Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hawaii - Paradise or Hell Hole? © 2018 Phillip Evans

What do you call a Hawaiian luau with only sheep for dinner? I tried to come up with a clever name for it, but whatever you call it, don't call it a good time.

It was Hawaii's flock which elected their Democrat overlords who make sure to threaten any among them wishing to carry a pistol for self-defense with stiff penalties. 


Just to own a firearm in Hawaii requires jumping through several hoops. However, after jumping through the ownership hoops, you can FORGET about ever being able to carry it without the threat of arrest and several years of imprisonment.

You can ASK for permission to carry by completing all the forms and paying your fees, but if you are not a really good friend of a politician who can pull the strings for you, it is an exercise in futility.

So if you're fortunate enough to be able to keep a firearm in your home for self-defense, you must hope and pray that it is only at home where you are attacked by armed thugs that wish to rape, rob, beat, kill you, or all the above.

We all know the Second Amendment right to bear arms was limited in the U.S. Constitution to one's own home, right? (Please pardon my sarcasm.)


Survivors of any major disaster who have any supplies of food, water, or medicine will be sheep for the slaughter for roving bands of thugs armed with knives, clubs, crow bars, hammers. and yes, even firearms. 

Will this false missile alarm wake up the sheep? Frankly, I don't have high hopes. After all, bad things only happen to other sheep, right? (Again, please pardon my sarcasm.)

At least visitors from free states who wish to carry there can do so when National Reciprocity becomes law. 

Of course, if that happens, be wary that Hawaii will suddenly enumerate so many off-limits places to carry (what else would TYRANTS do?), that it might wise to leave your firearm in your hotel room after all.

Hawaii may look beautiful in the photos, but were you to be violently attacked there by criminals and unable to defend yourself and your loved ones, it may as well be a hell hole to you at that point.

President Trump, Please Drain The FBI Swamp! © 2018 Phillip Evans

When Federal Law Enforcement officers unjustly point sniper rifles at a man's family and later lie about it, and Federal Prosecutors lie by omission in withholding evidence that is favorable to those who are facing years in prison, that is the definition of a particularly obnoxious SWAMP.

Author: Office of the President of the United States

See the paragraph below from quoted from the Ron Paul Institute:



"Navarro was especially riled because the FBI spent three years covering up or lying about the role of their snipers in the 2014 standoff. The Bundys faced conspiracy charges because they summoned militia to defend them after claiming FBI snipers had surrounded their ranch. Justice Department lawyers scoffed at this claim but newly-released documents vindicate the Bundys. In an interview Saturday, Ammon Bundy reviled the feds: 'They basically came to kill our family, they surrounded us with snipers. And then they wanted to lie about it all like none of it happened.'"


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Just like some countries certainly are a "s#!+ hole", parts of our Federal Government are as well. The liars, thieves (yes, they tried to steal an American citizen's liberty), and murderers must be flushed out and down the drain. 

Those highly paid (on the tax-payer's dollar) government agents have abused the public's trust, have dishonored their profession, have failed to uphold their oath of office, and have trampled on the U.S. Constitution. They are traitors and should be punished severely.

Contact President Trump and ask him to get started on the cleanup: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Anti-Gun Rights Senators Caught! © 2018 Phillip Evans

While I do not believe in an impersonal force called "Karma", rather believing in a personal God who is the ultimate Judge of humanity, I suppose you could call a case of being bitten by your own actions some sort of nickname beginning with the letter "K" if you really wanted to.

Well, what was once secret has now come to light, the adulterous affair of Turncoat Anitere Flores and Oscar Braynon, the first a Republican State Senator (also on the Senate Judiciary Committee) and the other, a Democrat State Senator, of Florida.

Photo by Michael Rivera


For anyone who wants to sweep this under the rug with a wink and a nod about how all politicians do things like this, as if it were merely a private indiscretion, there's more to it than that for two reasons:

1. If public tax-payer funds were used to pay for any of their escapades this becomes a criminal matter.

2. If there was ANY possibility that Ms. Flores' Judiciary Committee opposition to Senator Steube's pro-liberty firearms carry bills had ANYTHING to do with her dallying with vocal anti-freedom Democrat Senator Braynon, then those bills MUST be recalled by Republican Senate President Negron and be put back on the table for reconsideration.

Investigations in the two matters above had better be taken up by the Florida Legislature to get to the bottom of this fiasco. Otherwise, it will make a mockery of state politics in Florida. Where is Governor Scott on this? Probably just as mum as he's been regarding the pro-carry gun bills the Republican Senate has tanked the last few years.

Citizens of Florida, it is your RIGHT to submit Public Records Requests to the Florida Legislature to get copies of public financial records of Flores and Braynon, to try and determine if any tax-payer money was spent on any of their rendezvous.

You should also be calling Senate President Joe Negron to demand that he put back on the table last year's bills on open carry, campus carry, and airport carry.


Senate President Pro Tempore, Anitere Flores, is Negron's handpicked second in command and right-hand ally in the Senate, so we will see what he does about this, if anything.

Also call Governor Scott's Office to demand a thorough ethics and criminal investigation of these two Senators.

Will the lazy news media be asking the hard questions that I brought up above, or will they just go with the "gossip" angle? 

Here is Flores' public commitment to oppose pro-liberty self-defense bills:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=4xdGA4Cm670

This is serious business. Lawmakers write laws that can have you taken from your family and locked away in a jail cell. They should be held to a very high standard, and pay a high price for abusing the public trust.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2018 Gun Bills In The Georgia General Assembly © 2018 Phillip Evans


House Speaker David Ralston has stated that any gun bills which restrict liberty will not be moving forward. Thank goodness we have state lawmakers who respect and defend liberty like Speaker Ralston!

Photo by J. Glover (AUtiger)

That means Mary Margaret Oliver (D) can count on any of her gun ban bills going nowhere. 

I'm sure there'll be a bill to ban "bump stocks" - oh wait, the prediction came true! However, the idea of banning them is ridiculous. People have been using a semi-auto rifle's recoil for years to "bump fire" (one trigger pull per shot, but with a higher rate of fire than carefully placed shots), without no special equipment at all! It just takes a little practice in how you hold the rifle. Bump stocks merely make this a little easier to do.

Owning a bump stock does not make a person blood thirsty. Thousands of people own fully-automatic weapons which fire with greater rapidity and accuracy than bump stock equipped rifles, with a single pull of the trigger, and they use them in a law-abiding fashion.  

Tools which allow or facilitate rapid fire are just that, tools. Inanimate objects do not commit crime. For those who would argue that these tools increase damage to lives in a mass shooting, one need only look at the Vegas shooting. Assuming the shooter used bump stock equipped rifles, we should probably be grateful for that. The inherent inaccuracy of bump stock bullet spraying most likely cost far fewer lives than what controlled semi-automatic fire would have cost.

Had the Vegas shooter really determined to kill more people, he could have just used fully-automatic rifles. He certainly could have legally purchased them. He legally purchased his other rifles, and he had the money to buy the more expensive full-auto weapons.

While we may never know his motive as to why he didn't, we might speculate that he limited himself to tools readily available to the general public, in order to light a fire to cause them to be banned. Full-auto weapons are not so readily available to the general public due to their cost in the multiple thousands for each one.

And as for MMO's bill imposing ammo magazine limits under penalty of fines and prison, the Democrats won't be happy until American citizens are limited to single-shot weapons, which must be manually reloaded after each time they're fired. For some freedom-grabbing politicians, their magic number is ten rounds, for others it's seven. Having more than that in your pistol or rifle makes you a non-trusted criminal in their eyes. How dare you disobey them, or you will be punished!

If you are attacked by multiple criminals on the road, or by those who break into your home, stopping to reload can cost your life and that of your loved ones. There are millions of "high capacity" magazines already in circulation, and criminals will always be able to obtain them. 

Even if all such magazines were confiscated (a practical impossibility) they are simple objects that can be homemade with a few tools and some sheet metal. My 9mm pistol has a total capacity of 20 rounds (19 in the magazine and one in the chamber), and it's always been well behaved. I prefer to call its magazines "normal capacity magazines." 

While holding the line against anti-self-defense bills is certainly a good thing, I do hope we see a further bloom of liberty this session for our carry rights.

Specifically:
  1. Strengthen State Preemption - Define public-private partnerships as political subdivisions.
  2. Remove off-limits locations on public college campuses
  3. Decriminalize primary and secondary school carry for licensed carriers
  4. Decriminalize private college carry to allow them to make their own decisions on carry
  5. Decriminalize church carry
If you care about your rights in Georgia, please consider joining Georgia Carry, an organization well respected by the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Carry is a classy grass-roots organization which treats our lawmakers with respect and works with them to help move liberty forward.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Atlanta Peach Drop - City Documents Obtained © 2018 Phillip Evans


The City provided me with five pdf files that I have read. What follows is some poignant information in light of the City and Atlanta Police Department's posturing regarding whether or not licensed-to-carry citizens would be allowed to carry their firearms at the event.
1. From the file: "PEACH DROP 2017.pdf", the "Insured Company Name" is "City of Atlanta and Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. (Live Nation)." 

It's interesting that both the City of Atlanta and Live Nation are listed there as a SINGULAR entity.

This same document also states the police as responsible for providing security, even though Sgt. Strozier with the Atlanta Police Department told that police would not be screening attendees for weapons, that only "private security" would be screening for weapons using hand-held metal-detecting wands.

2. From the file: "SIGNED 2017 PEACHDROP PERMIT.pdf" it states that the Peach Drop is a "City-sponsored event", and that "The Event will be executed on the City's behalf, by Live Nation Worldwide, Inc."

That means that Live Nation was a contracted agent of the City of Atlanta, and if the City could not ban lawfully carried firearm or other weapons (per state law OCGA 16-11-127) at the event, then neither could Live Nation, its contracted agent.

So in light of this, why was the Atlanta Police Department telling inquiring folks beforehand that weapons would not be allowed at the event, as Sgt. Strozier informed me when I spoke to him on the phone a couple of days before the event? He told that the police were "told" no weapons would be allowed. Who tells the police to do anything other than the Mayor's Office?

Nothing in any of the provided City documents mentions anything about weapons or firearms, and the Atlanta Police Department's bulletin for the event was edited a couple of days before the event to remove the word "firearms" from the list of prohibited items. 

Yet, at least two people reported (see the Peach Drop thread over at Georgia Packing) that after the edit, Anne Torres, the City's Communication's Director replied to inquiring emails that weapons would not be permitted at the event, even if the carriers were licensed to carry.

Why, in light of all the above was the City of Atlanta telling the local news media that weapons would not be allowed at the event? 

And had they detected any weapons (yes, the photo above is weapons screening at the event) on anyone with a carry license, would they have been prevented entry or ejected from the event? Perhaps the AJC can find out for us.

Do local Atlanta politicians just make up stuff as they go without regard for state law, or even their own documents and contracts?

Click here to see Chris Joyner's AJC article on how the City of Atlanta is responding to questions about the 2018 Peach Drop.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Florida Lip Service To Gun Carry Rights © 2018 Phillip Evans

Well here we are in another year, same old lip service, same old denial of our self-defense rights.

30 states have legal open carry of handguns with NO carry license required! 15 other states have open carry legal with a license. So why is Florida so different than 45 other states?
Adapted from a photo by Alan Levine
(Open Carry Go To Jail and pistol graphics added by me)

Many Republican NRA A+ members in the Florida Senate and House (we still have a few good guys like Senator Greg Steube and a handful of others) would prefer you go to jail for not covering up your pistol, even if licensed to carry, rather than change the law!


They want you to fumble with your clothing getting to your concealed pistol and risk getting shot, rather than having faster access to your gun in an emergency


They don't want your visible gun to deter crime, they want you to have to use your gun to shoot someone.


Those politicians talk a good game of supporting your rights, while at the same time denying them.


Republican Senate President Joe Negron packed his Judiciary Committee with a majority of anti-gun rights senators, who enjoy shooting down gun bills that legalize open carry, campus carry, and airport carry (most states have legal airport carry in non-sterile areas).


The NRA keeps giving those hypocrites A+ ratings. Go figure. I'm still scratching my head on that one.


They're hypocrites because they talk a good game of supporting the Second Amendment, while at the same time they deliberately keep on the books a law that lets police kidnap you and put you behind bars like a caged animal away from your family. 




That folks, is tyranny. It is immoral. It is evil. It is shameful.


There are tourists that come from all 49 other states to Atlanta and from countries all over the world. All to a state, Georgia, where open carry of a pistol is legal with a weapons license. There has been no mass panic and fleeing of tourists from public places where folks like me occasionally carry a visible holstered pistol. 


The tourist argument against open carry in Florida is B.S.


Where are the Florida tourists going to flee to? Atlanta? Or will they all stay in Europe, Asia, and Africa? Again, Bravo Sierra.


The bottom line is that the Florida RINOs despise liberty. They don't trust you to carry your handgun openly. They believe the hogwash from police and other law-enforcement officials that open carry would cause problems for their officers. 


Never mind that such problems are not a problem in 45 other states.

Folks, Florida is just a state. It's not an alien planet. The citizens and tourists there have no major differences to those in any other state. Certainly not enough to warrant trampling on self-defense rights, where the exercise of such is often a matter of life or death.

What can you do? Other than petition your lawmakers to get on the Liberty Train...

It is currently legal in Florida to wear hats and shirts that state you are armed. "Printing" is also currently legal in Florida. You can wear a large pistol on your side and let it bulge all you want from under your clothing. They can't take away your First Amendment Rights, can they?

Monday, January 1, 2018

Atlanta Peach Drop - Unlawful Weapons Ban Part 3 © 2018 Phillip Evans

Confusion, slight of hand, distraction and obfuscation - is this the way the Democrat controlled City of Atlanta operates? It would certainly seem so...

Let's pull back the curtain to see what I'm talking about:


Nedra Rhone/Talk of the Town


After I and some other folks ("gun rights activists") pointed out that state law, [OCGA 16-11-127,(7),(c)] is in disagreement, and that state law trumps any local city ordinance regarding the carrying of weapons...guess what?

Yep, the APD, at the direction of the City REMOVED the word "firearms" from the prohibited list. And since the police enforce the law, this made it publicly look like the police were in agreement to follow state law and allow licensed-to-carry citizens to bring their handguns to the event.

Afterwards however, City of Atlanta Director of Communications, Anne Torres, privately emailed inquiring people that firearms would still not be allowed at the event, even with a license to carry.


"Events such as the Peach Drop are permitted in accordance with the City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances, and the organizers thereof are subject to the laws of the State of Georgia and the ordinances of the City of Atlanta."

That FB post above looks like the APD was agreeing to follow state law, right?



Interviewer: "What about guns? Are people allowed to bring guns?"

Kreher: "Well this is a permitted event by Live Nation, so anytime you have a permit issued by the city you are required to follow all state and local laws, so we expect them to do the same."

Interviewer: "Which means that you can bring guns."

Kreher: "Well that's up to Live Nation. It's their event, and we'll certainly follow whatever guidelines they have in their permit."

Even the interviewer at first thought the police were going to allow guns! He had to ask again just to make sure. Only then did the police FINALLY admit what they had planned ALL ALONG. And that was to NOT allow guns into the event.

Had the interviewer not followed up, the police would NOT have CLARIFIED anything!

And the reason for the firearms ban? Because of Live Nation Entertainment? Really?

Just because the City of Atlanta hires Live Nation to produce the event doesn't give Live Nation legal control of a public city park. Live Nation in that case is merely an agent of the City, and if the City can't ban legally carried firearms, then neither can Live Nation!

The City of Atlanta is currently under a Superior Court Order to not ban weapons in city parks.


Open Record Act Requests


You can also email City and APD Officials with open records requests to get all the pertinent information as to who was behind this, what was said to whom about firearms (between the city and the police, and Live Nation), what were the agreements, costs, contracts, etc pertaining to the hiring of Live Nation.

Here's how you can begin your email:

"This is an official Open Records Act Request for copies of any documents, emails, voice recordings, or any other instrument pertaining to..." (and then tell them what you want to know).

They have three business days under state law to respond to you, or they can be prosecuted.

Click here to read part 2 of this article.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Atlanta Peach Drop - Unlawful Weapons Ban Part 2 © 2018 Phillip Evans

!!!LATEST BREAKING NEWS!!! Even though APD has edited their bulletin for the Atlanta Peach Drop to remove "firearms" from the list of prohibited items, I've received word that Anne Torres (ATL Communication Director) is privately emailing people that licensed carry of firearms is STILL prohibited!

What kind of game is the City of Atlanta playing? Are they trying to get people in trouble? The Mayor has already stated below that licensed carriers who want to carry are a challenge to his police officers.

Is he trying to get people shot? Watch Atlanta's 11 Alive News this evening for further updates on this!



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Well well, looks like Atlanta's 11 Alive News is paying attention. They picked up on my Facebook comment in which I said:


"Will Mayor Reed have the guts to publicly admit to telling APD that no weapons will be allowed at a public city park, contrary to state law?"





Now, why did I say this? It's because I spoke with Sgt. Strozier of the Atlanta Police Department, Friday Dec 29th, and he told me that they (APD) was "told there will be no guns at the Peach Drop."


Now who commands APD? The Mayor's Office of course, you silly goose!

"I haven't heard anything about that," said Mayor Reed, in reference to the social media critiques of which one was mine. "I have high confidence in our police department, and our fire department and our corrections department. We're going to have an amazing New Year's Eve."

Looks like the Mayor is mum about who told the police to keep the guns out! CHICKEN!!!


The 11 Alive article above goes on to say at the end, "Even if that happens, nothing will change before Sunday."

So I suppose that means they still intend to unlawfully ban legally carried weapons at the 2018 Peach Drop.

The City of Atlanta does have Ordinance 142-88 (d) on the books banning firearms at large events. However, that ordinance is preempted by state law, that is, IT IS NULL and VOID.

The anti-liberty Facebook comments are hilarious talking "g-g-guns and alcohol...aaaah!!!"


What they fail to realize is that people who are licensed to carry are among the most responsible adults out in public. To suggest that they would get drunk and shoot up the place is simply stupid.

Does the City of Atlanta wish to waste even more tax dollars over lawsuits to make it come into compliance with state law?

No one should be forced to be unarmed and helpless by unlawful government conduct, especially in downtown Atlanta.

Mayor Reed's bragging about the police is especially ironic in this case, since APD's Sgt. Strozier told me that the police will NOT be screening entrants for weapons. Only a private security firm will be doing that.

And if they keep people out who are lawfully carrying a pistol or knife, that is AGAINT the law. 

Edit: NEWS FLASH!!!

APD has removed FIREARMS from the list of their prohibited items!


http://www.atlantapd.org/Home/Components/News/News/114/17


It's good to know a little activism in getting the word out to the public about the law can get things changed. I don't take full credit, but since 11 Alive News quoted me (without naming me, I might add), I do take some credit.

P.S.

At the Atlanta Police Department Facebook page, they marked the following comment of mine as spam:

"Just now saw where APD has edited their bulletin for the event and has REMOVED firearms from the prohibited list!

I guess someone got straightened out on state law and passed the word on to the police. 

That means you can OPEN CARRY or CONCEAL CARRY your firearms at the event.

Thanks to whoever tipped us off to the change. I just now saw it somewhere but can't find it again."

Now, why did they do that?

I just now posted this comment there:
"With firearms no longer on the APD list of prohibited items, that means the police should not give you a problem if you are legally carrying. If you have a valid weapons license, you may carry openly or concealed according to your choice at the event."

Let's see if they let that one stand.

P.P.S.

Here's how Mayor Reed reacts when asked about people who feel they have a right under state law to lawfully carry their firearm at a public event in a public park:

"We're not going to be distracted by some folks who might want to challenge our officers."

Mayor Reed, it's NOT about challenging your officers. It's about being in compliance with state law. What is it about that, that you do not understand? 

Click here to read part 3...


Friday, December 29, 2017

Atlanta Peach Drop - Weapons Ban NOT Legal © 2017 Phillip Evans


"Chairs, coolers, firearms, umbrellas, drones, pets, bicycles, hoverboards and skateboards are all prohibited" (bold mine).


Photo by HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM


"Per APD, they got informed that no firearms will be allowed at Woodruff Park for the Peach Drop. Perhaps from the Mayor's Office??? However, according to state law, municipalities are forbidden to regulate the carrying of weapons on public property.

Off limits locations for weapons are regulated by state law alone. And state law authorizes the lawful carrying of weapons in ALL areas of the state, with certain exceptions, and public city parks ain't in the exception list. Period.

Just because the city hires Live Nation Entertainment to deejay and produce the event doesn't create a loophole in state preemption.

Sgt. Strozier told me that private security, not the APD, will be wanding for weapons.

Hopefully APD will follow state law and not partake in ejecting anyone from lawfully carrying a pistol or knife at the event. If anyone is barred from entry or ejected merely for lawfully carrying a weapon, I predict a lawsuit.

The City of Atlanta has ALREADY been successfully sued by Georgia Carry for trying to ban weapons in city owned parks.

If you are licensed to carry, here's how to get past the wanding:

Carry your pistol in a belly band type holster well below the waist. and wear a large metal belt buckle. The metal belt buckle will be your alibi for setting off the detector. They won't make you take off your pants. For ladies, they can carry their pistol in a hidden compartment in their purse, if they have one of that design.

Also, you can ankle carry. They will probably only be wanding at the waist, being too lazy to wand at the ankles. 

You don't and shouldn't have to be disarmed in a lawful carry location, especially in downtown Atlanta."
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Will Mayor Reed have the guts to publicly admit to telling APD that no weapons will be allowed at a public city park, contrary to state law?

Local Atlanta News stations and the AJC should be reporting on this.

Perhaps some Open Records Requests should go to the city to get a copy of the contract for the private security firm to see what it's costing the tax-payers on top of the extra police presence.

If the extra police were enough to keep people safe, then the private security is only being used to keep out lawful carriers of weapons. There should be a lawsuit over this. 

Oh wait, there was one. The City of Atlanta tried to ban weapons in city parks before, and lost to Georgia Carry. Another one is needed perhaps?