Category Archives: Safety

#BlueLivesMatter

Count me in on the #BlueLivesMatter crowd. Our law enforcement officers have a tough job. They never know when they might die from the most innocent of calls. Their pay is low and some people give them little respect. Disgustingly, Don Lemon of CNN said he didn’t understand why he was expected to say “Sir” when speaking to officers. He’s a symptom of the problem.

This week two officers were videoed having to shoot law breakers. Naturally, the media and groups blamed the cops. Info has since been revealed that showed the shootings justified. The Baton Rouge guy had a rap sheet as long as your arm going back to the late 90’s. He had previously been charged with resisting arrest, was a sex offender, failed to register as a sex offender twice, charged with illegal possession of a gun, etc. He had a gun in his pocket, which could have been used to shoot the officers. (you can shoot a gun while it’s in your pocket – see video ) The guy in Minneapolis was stopped because he matched the description of a convenience store robber, not because of a broken tail light as his girlfriend said. He had a gun but the Sheriff checked and he does not have a Concealed Carry License as his girlfriend said.

Even though these stories have proven to not fit the narrative of Obama, Loretta Lynch and the liberals, they didn’t bother to learn the facts before stirring up trouble. Because of that 5 Dallas police officers lost their lives and 7 others were injured.

Over the years I’ve had very little interaction with the police. I’ve had some car accidents – none my fault – and a few speeding tickets – my fault. I’ve always found them to be professional and/or caring in the case of the accidents. It had been many years since I’ve had a speeding ticket but I got one last December. (whoops!) In this stop I noticed a major change in the officer’s actions.

I was on my way to the shooting range to take my 8-hour Concealed Carry class so I had my gun and ammo in the Jeep but separated as we’re supposed to do when we don’t have a CCL. I quickly got my driver’s license out to have it ready. I watched the officer approach my car via my side mirror. He had his right hand on his holstered gun. I thought how sad that he must do that, even though I’m an “over 70” grandma and it’s 9:30 in the morning. No matter, he can’t take a chance because his life depends on it. Before he said a word, I told him where I was going and the details about where the gun/ammo were so he would know I wasn’t a threat. That’s what we’re supposed to do.

While I didn’t like getting a ticket right before Christmas, it was my fault. I mostly felt bad that officers must assume that everybody they interact with may cause them harm. How would you like to have a job where you were in constant danger just by doing your job! It’s really sad what we’ve become.

Americans Still Exercising 2nd Amendment Rights

I’ve updated the NCIS Background Checks charts for June 2016 (see far right side bar). The National Checks are up 32% YTD, while Ohio is up 35% YTD.

As I was reviewing the YTD numbers for other states, I noticed some rather interesting results:

  • For Midwest states: Ohio’s YTD total is 442,360. Michigan’s YTD total is 303,537. But Indiana’s YTD total is 945,071! Those “quiet” Hoosiers are getting armed.
  • California is a well-known anti-gun state with even greater restrictions just signed by Gov Brown. Even so, there were 1,147,934 checks done so far this year. By comparison, Texas only has had 859,659.
  • The real surprise was Kentucky. 1,878,787 background checks have been done so far this year!

It should be noted that Background Checks are done when a person buys a gun but, depending on state laws, also when they apply for a concealed carry permit.

It’s been said that Obama has been the best gun salesman EVER! It appears he’s still doing a good job.

Are you safe mowing the lawn?

Are you at risk of a criminal attack while doing yard work? The Buckeye Firearms site just asked that question. (click to read)

I live in a very safe neighborhood and seldom worry as I work outside in the yard. The one thing I do do that’s mentioned in the article is to shut my garage door when I’m working in the back yard.

However, last year something happened that caused me to pause as to how quickly an undesirable situation can occur. I was chatting with a neighbor in front of my garage. Nearby another neighbor who is a policeman was home, as was another neighbor who is an EMT supervisor and former military guard.

All of a sudden a teenager came running through one of the yards, just as the policeman’s wife was arriving home. The kid ran up to the wife’s car then to her window. We could tell the kid wasn’t ‘acting right’ so we became alert. Soon her husband came running out of the house. By that time the kid was up to my drive and staring at me. I’ve never been around people who are on drugs, but I could tell by his eyes that “the lights were on but no one was home”. I grabbed the first big tool – a shovel – in case he proceeded up my drive. He continued on up the street, stripping off his clothes along the way.

Now the EMT guy was out so he and the cop chased and ultimately caught the kid and held him until the police arrived.

Later we learned he had been to a party another teen held since his parents were out-of-town for the weekend. They had multiple types of drugs. This kid tested to have several different drugs in his system.

This event was a wake-up call for me. I realized that someone on drugs does not act rationally and I’ve heard that they are difficult to ‘take-down’ because they don’t feel the pain. Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO) was an example of this. He was a very large man under the influence of drugs. Even though the policeman shot him several times, he wasn’t stopped until he was shot in the head.

Whether watching the Boston Marathon, attending a movie, sitting in a comapny meeting or dancing with friends in a bar, we don’t know when our lives might be in danger. Our lives can change in an instant. We each have to decide how we want to handle that danger – be a victim or be a survivor.

Ohio’s Crime Rate Lower Than Nat’l Average

Columbus’ Business First had a link to a report on Safe Places to Live in Ohio. Although none of Central Ohio’s communities made the Top 20, three were between 20-25. Powell was ranked 21, Marysville ranked 23 and Dublin ranked 25. Upper Arlington ranked 31.

“In terms of feeling secure, Ohio’s crime rate is significantly lower than the national average. Between 2013 and 2014, both violent and property crime rates declined with some of the steepest drops occurring in the robbery and burglary categories.”

Glock 19 Gen 4The article said that Ohio’s Crime Rate is significantly lower than the National Average. Although not mentioned in the article, I wonder if Ohio’s open-carry law and the popularity of concealed carry licenses is due somewhat to lower crime rates.

People are arming themselves in record numbers

WOW! More records are being set with NCIS Background Checks! The February numbers have just been published showing that on a National basis, Jan-Feb 2016 is UP 42% over Jan-Feb 2015. Ohio’s growth is even larger – UP 54%! Several things are likely causing these increases: * Obama & Hillary anti-gun penchant * Increased fear of danger from illegals or terrorists * Anti-police rhetoric possibly causing police to pull back. People are purchasing guns as a new purchase or buying additional firearms. I’ve never seen any data of purchases by gender but based on what I’ve seen at the range, my guess is a high percentage of women are buying for self-defense. The classes I’ve taken so far have consisted of over half the class being made up of women “over 50”.

National NCIS Background Checks

Nat'l NCIS Background Checks

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Ohio NCIS Background Checks

Ohio NCIS Background Checks

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Ohio Promotes Self-Defense

Buckeye Firearms Association posts many interesting articles. This week they had two that were interesting statistics for Ohio.

The first article reported on the current results of the FASTER program which trains school teachers to use a gun as well as other tactical maneuvers should an active shooter situation occur. Currently 63 counties have trained teachers with more signing up for future training. Read the complete article on Buckeye Firearms website.

Today they posted an 2015 Year-End update to the number of Concealed Carry licenses issued in the 4th Qtr per Ohio’s AG Mike Dewine. At the end of 2015 there are now close to 500,000 license holders. As the article notes, if you’re in a crowd of 18 people, chances are there is 1 person carrying. If the crowd is older and upscale the chances are greater. Read the complete article on Buckeye Firearms website.

Concealed Carry Chart

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