zZz Custom Works Gunfighter Gear

We all know that there isn’t a lack of kydex holster companies out there, it seems that new shops are popping up as fast as a Black & Decker toaster oven can be purchased.

A few months ago I did a review on some kydex gear sent to me by zZz Custom Works. I like the gear so much, that when the company’s owner asked me if I’d be interested in being their East Coast sales rep, I enthusiastically agreed.

Take a look at the current catalog, and be prepared for some unique new ideas coming soon. If there is anything I can help you out with, let me know!

 

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zZz Custom Works Holster review

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Anyone in the tactical, concealed carry, or shooting sports world knows that there are a ton of companies building kydex holsters and accessories. Some copy – if not make – exact clones of systems that are well-known and highly regarded. Others have unique ideas and sport great craftsmanship that separates them from the K-crowd. zZz Custom Works is one of the later.

Martin Zatrapa says that the decision to start creating his own kydex products came about because of long wait times, and/or the gear didn’t meet his standards. Many of the big-name kydex makers are still producing square holsters, magazine and accessory pouches with straight lines and tons of extra, unneeded material. Many are still using thin .060 kydex which, in my opinion, is fine for inside-the-waist holsters where a bit of flexibility and lighter weight is a plus, but not for use on first line gear or the trendy “warbelts” that nearly everyone wears for for the multitude of tactical shooting classes. zZz Custom Works is building their standard holsters with .080 kydex, and use .093 for their heavy duty holsters, large knife sheaths and tomahawk sheaths.

The holsters supplied to me by zZz Custom Works were each built for my full-size Smith & Wesson M&P 9. Martin sent me one of his standard, OWB strong side holsters in tan (or FDE if you only use “tacti-cool” colors), a matching double magazine pouch, and a matching single M-4 Speed pouch. Also included was a holster I wasn’t too sure about using when he and I talked on the phone… but more about that in a bit.

First impressions are important to me and, as the saying goes, “image is everything.” The holster and mag pouches are very nicely finished. The edges are smooth – nothing sharp to snag clothing or skin, and the zZz logo is nicely pressed on the outside. A drain hole is cut on the back of the holster as well in each magazine well. The belt loops are some of the strongest I’ve come across, built from .125 thick kydex. All the edges are cut close enough to the gun/magazine to minimize material, but there is plenty to provide a secure hold. One nice touch that I haven’t seen before is the use of allen-head screws instead of smooth or slotted ones like other makers use. You’ll need an allen wrench if you want to remove the belt loops, but I had no problem adjusting the tension screw by just holding the outside with my finger and using a flat-head screwdriver on the back.

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As I said, the belt loops are made of a thick .125 kydex, and are built to the size of your belt – in my case 1.5 inches. The loops have enough depth to allow easy belt threading, but aren’t so overly large that the holster and mags sit too far off the body. They are angled, from top to bottom, which, as I’ve experienced, allow the holster/pouches to be snugged tightly against the body for concealment, but push the grip or top of the magazine out just enough to clear the tiny bit of “love handle” my 40+ year-old body carries. I have to say, it’s nice not to be poked in the side by the top of my magazines!

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Retention on both the holster and magazine pouches are excellent. I had a bit of a problem with the double mag pouch at first, as the front magazine would pop right out if I turned the pouch upside down. But after a bit of discussion with Martin, I found it to be user error. Usually is with me! I messed with the tension screw just a bit and actually seated the magazine into the pouch, and now they stay where they belong, even with my 20 round extended mags.

PMAGS snap securely into the well-made M-4 Speed pouch. Like the holster and double pistol mag pouch, the M-4 Speed pouch features the same heavy duty belt loops. I have to be honest and say, other than a few minutes on the range one day, I haven’t had the opportunity to really run drills or use the M-4 Speed pouch. But I can compare it to other custom-made pouches I own and say the zZz M-4 Speed pouch is MUCH better. I have a carbine class coming up in a month or so and I’ll run it then and update the review.

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The final piece of gear sent to me by zZz Custom Works is their C.A.C (Concealed Appendix Carry) holster, designed in partnership with Falcon Operations Group in Huntington Beach, CA (www.falconops.net). I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical of a.) being able to conceal a full-sized pistol in the front of my pants, and b.) having said pistol pointing at the family jewels. Now, I do have experience with AIWB (appendix inside the  waistband) holsters, I’ve been carrying a Kahr CW9 that way for several months now, but I really thought the longer barrel and much larger grip of the M&P would be not only impossible to conceal, but down right uncomfortable. Boy, did zZz Custom Works prove me wrong.

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The C.A.C. Holster is a simple but effective design that is held in place with a single belt loop that can be adjusted to position the holster in that “sweet spot” that everyone who carries AIWB knows about. The holster sits deep in the waistband, but still provides plenty of purchase for a proper grip and draw. Re-holstering is easy, though I still feel the need to look down and make sure my shirt isn’t getting caught up In the trigger as I do. And yes, I can conceal my full-sized M&P easily under a polo shirt with the C.A.C. Actually, it conceals far better than with my old tried-and-true Raven Concealment Systems holster.

I’ve been carrying the M&P quite a bit in the C.A.C. holster and am happy to be carrying a full-sized gun. Even more importantly, I’m happy to be carrying a full-sized magazine – especially on those days when I’m doing high-risk activities, like shopping at the local Bakara market (ie Walmart). After practicing with an empty gun (as to not blow my nuts off), I recently put the holster through some draw-and-shoot drills. And, as I have experienced in the past with AIWB carry, draw and presentation of the gun is FAST from the C.A.C. rig! The C.A.C. is quickly becoming one of my favorite concealed carry holsters.

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Overall, I am extremely pleased with the design and quality of zZz Custom Works products. Their team has extensive military, law enforcement and nuclear security experience and it shows in the care and workmanship they put into their holsters. Not that I expect to need it, but zZz Custom Works provides a limited lifetime guarantee on their products and their customer service is wonderful.

You can contact zZz Custom Works at:

www.zzzcustomholsters.com

or call at

951-442-6163

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Gear Review – Vigilance Tactical appendix belt clip holster

The Appendix Carry belt clamp holster

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Quicktuck magazine holder

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Vigilance Tactical

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Several months ago a friend showed me his new kydex holster from Vigilance Tactical while on a range trip. The holster looked very well made and Mark was real happy with it so I touched base owner Chris Moon about having some work done. I’ve been carrying my Kahr CW9 in a Galco leather holster, and while well made, the holster didn’t do a very good job of concealing my tiny 9mm.

After a bunch of missed attempts to drive over to Manheim to meet with Chris, I finally got to visit Vigilance Tactical about two weeks ago. Located in a beautifully remodeled barn, the shop is small but neat, and very well stocked with enough nylon to excite a gear whore like me. Chris showed me some of his recent work, and we talked in detail about my holster design. I decided to go with an appendix carry, inside the pants rig because it just seemed to offer the best concealment available. I also ordered a holster for a spare mag.

I was lucky to hit Chris up between projects and since I left him my daily carry gun to wrap, he made extremely quick work of putting together a quality holster for me. A few days later I was back at the shop and picking up the new kydex gear.

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The appendix carry belt clamp holster is made of a single piece of kydex, this one being .60 in thickness. Chris usually uses .80 or .93 thickness kydex, but since this is an inside-the-pants design, the thinner material is perfect. The first thing I noticed about the holster was the lack of “extra” kydex that a lot of makers include. The holster is cut very exactly to the shape of the gun and the front of the holster is cut down to the ejection port. The trigger mechanism is completely covered, a feature that is required for a holster that carries my firearm so close to the “family jewels,” and there is a full-length slot for the front sight, which will reduce wear on the little plastic front sight that Kahr uses on the CW9.

A single belt “clamp” is located directly behind the trigger guard. The way the clamp is designed, the holster is held in place by looping over the top of the pants, and behind the belt. Instead of a solid belt loop, the clamp is “C” shaped when viewed from the side, and while having plenty of purchase to hold the gun in place during wear and draw, it is very discreet, showing only the tiniest amount of black plastic above and below the belt. With a black belt, this would blend right in and by utilizing the built-in slot, you can actually tuck your shirt in and be concealed.

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Using an appendix carry rig is a bit of a pain, literally, at first. If you are not used to it, which I wasn’t, the first few days of wearing it will cause a bit of discomfort. I’ve been wearing my daily for the past week and am getting used to it. This is not a problem with the design of the holster, it’s a problem with body shape. If you have flat, six-pack abs, you will no doubt, take to carrying an appendix rig quickly. I’ve got a touch of the 40 plus year old gut, and while I don’t overhang my belt, it’s enough to put added pressure on the top of the gun, pushing it into my groin.

Concealing the holster and gun is amazingly simple with the Vigilance Tactical appendix rig. A t-shirt or polo will conceal the gun easily and unlike a traditional inside-the-pants holster behind the hip, your gun will not print while bending over or stretching above your head. Matter of fact, the only way I can print with the appendix rig is to do a near back-bend, and I guarantee you, I won’t be doing that out where the public can see me!

Deployment from the Vigilance Tactical appendix holster is fast, like really fast! I haven’t had a chance to do a range trip but I have run a bunch of dry-fire drills wearing it and I can attest to the fact that an appendix carry holster is a much faster draw, at least for me, than a traditional hip holster. Chris knew I was concerned with having the ability to get my fingers around the small grip of the CW9. Most inside-the-pants holsters hold the CW9 way to deep to be able to get a secure grip on the draw. He designed my holster to hold the gun a bit higher from the belt enabling me to get three full fingers around the grip on the draw. Removing the gun is smooth and the holster stays put on even the most rapid draw strokes. Re-holstering is just as quick and easy once I remembered that my holster was now in the front of my pants instead of behind my hip bone (did I mention I never used an appendix rig before?)

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The Quicktuck magazine holster is just as well thought-out and made as the appendix rig. While designed to be used inside-the-pants, Chris suggested I place the mag holster between my belt and my pants, it is just as secure and it’s one less thing taking up space inside my waistband. The suggestion is a sound one and after fiddling around a bit with placement, the mag holster is just as concealing as the appendix rig.

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After a week or so of use, I have to say that the Vigilance Tactical appendix holster with the belt clamp is by far my favorite concealment holster I’ve tried. It is a well thought-out, well made holster that complements the concealablity of my Kahr CW9. Of course, after seeing how well Chris constructed the appendix rig and mag holster, I dumped my Olight T25 and Leatherman tool on his desk for him to wrap and I have plans for him to build a custom holster for my grand-dad’s S&W Highway Patrolman .357.

If you are looking for a quality holster or have an idea for a custom rig, give Chris at Vigilance Tactical a ring!

Vigilance Tactical

info@viitac.com

717-917-5090

YDR Opinion: City Council should be able to ban guns at meetings

I’ve been wanting to revive the Gun Toting Journalist blog since the first of the year but decided to hold off until the emotional fury over the tragic events in Arizona calmed down.  The resulting drive for more gun control was just to be expected out of the anti-gun crowd, with their ever senseless idea that more gun control is going to stop criminals from obtaining and using firearms.

Anyway,  the shooting in Arizona has resulted in a hysteria around the country that has elected officials of all levels of government concerned about their safety. At a recent MLK event, a local mayor had a police presence. I won’t go so far to say the uniformed officer was her body guard, but the said officer stood within a few feet of the Mayor for the entire event.

The hysteria in doesn’t end here. A local councilwoman is trying to buck the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act by calling for a ban firearms from City Council meetings  (See the York Daily Record Opinion article here:  http://www.ydr.com/ci_17187426).

Aside from isolated incidents like the Florida school board shooting,  city council, school board and other ‘public’ meetings are peaceful.  These meeting have the same risk of having an crazed gunman as does any public event, but statistically, the threat of a serious incident is next to nothing.

From a legal and financial standpoint, trying to pass such laws are a waste of taxpayer money.  According to the UFA, only the Commonwealth of PA has the right to create gun laws. We’ve seen cities and municipalities all over the state try to overstep this law by introducing “Lost or Stolen” firearms laws in the past few years and all end with a big cost to taxpayers due to court costs and attorney fees. York City even considered trying to implement a similar law but realized that it was fruitless.  And even if they could pass a law banning firearms from City government property, where is the money going to come from for metal detectors, extra personnel to man the detectors, gun lockers for law-abiding citizens to store their weapons? Are we going to take even more law enforcement officers off the streets to “protect” our local officials?

The best solution for this problem would be for elected officials to provide for their own safety and security if they are so inclined. City council can hire security if they feel the need, but it shouldn’t come at a cost to the taxpayers they serve.  Or, they can decide to defend themselves as  at least two local mayors,  several state reps and other law-makers I’ve know through the years who entrust their safety in their own Second Amendment right.

Several States Ease Restrictions on Gun Laws

as reported on Fox News

In many states across the United States, it’s getting easier to carry a gun — and many say it’s the result of a campaign by the National Rifle Association.

A nationwide review by The Associated Press found that over the last two years, 24 states, mostly in the South and West, have passed 47 new laws loosening gun restrictions.

Among other things, legislatures have allowed firearms to be carried in cars, made it illegal to ask job candidates whether they own a gun, and expanded agreements that make permits to carry handguns in one state valid in another.

The trend is attributed in large part to a push by the NRA. The NRA, the leading gun-owners lobby in the U.S. which for years has blocked attempts in Washington to tighten firearms laws, has ramped up its efforts at the state level to chip away at gun restrictions.

“This is all a coordinated approach to respect that human, God-given right of self defense by law-abiding Americans,” says Chris W. Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist. “We’ll rest when all 50 states allow and respect the right of law-abiding people to defend themselves from criminal attack.”

read it all here:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/12/12/states-ease-restrictions-gun-laws/?test=latestnews?test=latestnews

While most gun owners, myself included, expected 2009 to be a bad year for gun rights, the exact opposite happened. Many states eased gun laws especially for people licensed to carry a concealed weapon. The NRA is to be credited with some of the triumphs but a lot of the thanks needs to go to everyday Joe’s who have made it clear that they want their Second Amendment rights restored, not degraded further.
One part of the restriction ease has taken part in places like Tennessee where licensed gun owners were, at least until a liberal judge got the case, allowed to patron establishments that serve alcohol. Many state have a restriction on carrying a firearm in a place that serves booze, thankfully PA isn’t one of them.
The anti-gun crowd has been trying to convince the country that allowing gun owners to carry their guns in bars would just lead to more violence. Funny thing considering we’ve been doing it all along here in PA and I can only recall one instance locally where a licensed gun owner drew his weapon in a bar and that was in defense of himself after a non-licensed (ie illegally carried) firearm owner drew a gun. We don’t have shoot-outs at Tailgaters and the Corner Stable, imagine that.
While I fully support our right to visit establishments that serve alcohol, we gun owners must be responsible in our actions while doing so. Yep, the law in PA says you can visit the bar with you six-shooter on your hip but that doesn’t mean that you should get totally shit-faced while you are there.
While I’m against most gun regulation, I personally wouldn’t have any problem with people loosing their License to Carry if found legally intoxicated while carrying. Sorry, but if you want to get drunk, leave your gun at home, or better yet, stay home and drink all you want. I don’t care how well you think you can handle your alcohol, at some point, your perception will be altered as will your common sense.
I’m sure there are those out there that will disagree with me on the idea of license revocation. Unfortunately, the actions of a few degrade the rights of many.
I hang out with guys that can put away a lot of booze and still be safe with their firearms, but none of us go out bar hopping while carrying a concealed (or otherwise) firearm. Does that mean I don’t enjoy a beer while carrying? Nope. I’ll have a beer (read that as a single beer) if out having dinner in a restaurant that serve. But as soon as that first drink is gone, I drink water or coffee.
My reasoning is this. If I leave the restaurant and have to use my weapon during a violent encounter, I don’t want to be even remotely under the influence when it happens. Not only because of the effect it could have on my actions and reactions, but, I’m guaranteed that if I shoot someone, no matter how justified I may be, their family is going to sue me. And if I just so happen to have had a drink before the event, that information is going to come out in court and the family’s lawyer is going to make me out to be a gun-toting, shoot first drunk.
Above all else, gun owners should strive to not make themselves an example for the anti-gun movement. People who have a LTCF should hold themselves to a higher standard because of the additional responsibility that we carry. Just my two cents.

York Dispatch runs article on LTCF’s in York County

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After several months, the article on York’s LTCF numbers finally ran today. When this story was first being planned, the reporter and I talked about doing a behind-the-scenes piece on people (like me) who carry a concealed weapon. Unfortunately, a series of events, including conflicting information from the PA State Police and the York County Sheriff’s Department, and ending with the reporters untimely move to Boston, kept us from doing the story as planned. Pile on the fact that several of the “gun enthusiasts” that I had lined up for the reporter to talk to ended up not wanting to give their names or going off on tangents about Obama’s quest to confiscate guns limited our quotable information.
Our new reporter did a fine job of reporting the facts and given that she was handed a mess, I think it turned out good. I truly like the fact that I’ve gotten a photo involving a firearm on A1 three times in the past three months and all were for positive stories.

Arlen Specter visits York

My first assignment today was to cover Senator Arlen Specter’s visit to York. This was Specter’s first visit since he switched parties in April.

I was interested in hearing what Sen. Specter had to say, his reasoning for making the switch. I was even more interested to hear what he had to say about his recent vote against the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Amendment.

Thankfully, one of the local dems thanked Specter for his “no” vote on the amendment and asked him about how he will vote when Senator Feinstein reintroduces the assault weapons ban.

Specter surprised me by saying that back in 1994 he opposed the assault weapons ban because the studies showed so called assault weapons differed very little from repeating rifles (earned an A from me there) but continued on to say that he’d take  to take another look at it because of the “we’ve had a changing world on police deaths and the use of weapons against the police, and that was a big factor in my thinking on voting against the reciprocity allowing somebody from Wyoming to bring their gun into York.”

I just stood there in disbelief.  Obviously, the great old Senator never did any research about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry reciprocity laws. If he had, he would have known that PA already honors concealed carry permits from Wyoming, along with 23 other states.

So, I expect that now that Specter has bowed to not only Ed Rendell but President Obama and VP Biden, that he will continue to do half-assed research before voting and will become an even greater enemy of the Second Amendment than he was as a “moderate Republican.”

I still can’t fathom how these lawmakers can, in good conscious, flagrantly disregard the Constitution.  “the right of the people to bear arms, shall not be infringed” says nothing about my rights only pertaining while in my home state. As much as I dislike the federal government messing around with state rights, National Reciprocity needs to become federal law.  I believe that the Second Amendment is the only concealed carry permit I need and that my life, and the lives of my family, are worth no less when I travel out of state.

Concealed weapons permit holder ends criminal’s career

A New Jersey man has been shot and killed at an Alcoholics Anonymous center in South Carolina in what police say was a thwarted robbery. The State newspaper reported that Columbia police said Sunday that a visitor to the AA center shot and killed the 18-year-old man who was trying to rob members there.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Kayson Helms of Edison, N.J., was shot in the neck, abdomen and chest.

Columbia Police say Helms walked into the meeting at 2015 College Street, the Acoa Club, at 11 p.m. Saturday night with a gun and demanded whatever those at the center had and was shot.

Helms was taken to Palmetto Richland where he later died.

Police did not identify the man who shot Helms, but said the individual had a concealed weapons permit.

So far, no charges have been filed.

http://www.wltx.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=72491&catid=2

Another story you probably won’t see on CNN, a law-abiding gun owner with a concealed weapons permit douses the lights on a criminal from New Jersey. Of course, this will be added to the annual gun related death statistics used by the Brady Bunch and other anti-gun groups, but we know the truth.

If you have a concealed weapons permit, get training and carry your gun. No where is safe from crime.

Rendell seeks new gun control

It took longer than I thought for our esteemed Governor Ed Rendell to call for more gun control in the wake of the fatal shootings of three police officers in Pittsburgh two weeks ago.

Gov. Ed Rendell will call on state and federal legislators to take action on gun control in response to last week’s fatal shootings of three Pittsburgh police officers, he announced Downtown today.

Rendell, at the Allegheny County Courthouse to announce economic development grants, declined to give details on his gun control request. He plans to announce more at a press conference tomorrow in Harrisburg, he said.

At the very least, he said, he would like state legislators to allow local governments to set their own gun laws, something prohibited in 1996, he said.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/breaking/s_620613.html

As horrible as the Pittsburgh incident was, Rendell is once again making a mockery of the oath of office he took when he became Governor. The Pennsylvania Constitution specifically guarantees that the individual right to keep and bear arms shall no be infringed. While I don’t agree with him politically, Rendell seems to be intelligent, but why he believes that more gun laws are going to make any difference is beyond me.

There is one fact that the media hasn’t played at all in regards to the Pittsburgh incident. The initially responding officers were never told by the dispatcher that there were weapons in the house. Whether this was just a mistake, or gross negligence, the first officers on the scene, two of which died immediately, never knew that they may be facing a violent encounter. They thought it was a argument between mother and son.  If they had known there were weapons in the house, the outcome of this incident would have been a lot different.

As for Rendell’s idea of allowing individual municipalities and cities to enact their own gun laws, that is a huge disaster waiting to happen. As the law is written now, a citizen with a LTCF can travel anywhere in the state with his firearm. Now suppose that, under Rendell’s plan, York City enacts a ban on concealed weapons. First off, the criminals aren’t going to leave their weapons at home, just because Mayor Brenner decided he doesn’t like the idea of people carrying guns. They are criminals.

For me, that would mean that I would have to quit my job, because I would refuse to work in and would never visit the City of York again. No Revs games, no dinner at the Harp & Fiddle. And I wouldn’t be the only one, the City of York would soon realize they were being boycotted by most the 30,000 York County residents that have a LTCF.  That sure won’t help improve the economic situation in the city. And, of course, the enacted ban would do nothing to stop crime.

Rendell’s idea of allowing individual municipal governments to enact their own gun laws would create the exact situation that lead to the courts imposing an injunction on former President Bush’s law that allows legal concealed carry in National Parks. The Dept. of the Interior said that because of varying state laws, it would create to much confusion. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the boarder of Tennessee and North Carolina. In TN, it is legal for anyone with a TN permit or any state that has reciprocity with TN, to carry in State parks, and therefore in the GSMNP. But North Carolina’s carry laws are immensely different. While I may be completely legal to carry my firearm on one side of the parking lot at Newfound Gap, as soon as I step over the line onto the other side of the same parking lot, I’m violating North Carolina law. So if the Park Service and the Dept of Interior seea problem with this, how come Rendell can’t?

I believe that with the current make up of our State government, Rendell’s call for more gun control will be met with a deaf ear. Of course, his cronies in Philadelphia will jump right on the band wagon, but for the most part, I think that our representatives know that more gun control is not the answer.

Hopefully this whole thing is just more hot air blowing from the mouth of someone who will be political history in another year.

If I only had a gun

Carrying a Gun Wouldn’t Necessarily Get You Out of a Shooting

‘If I Only Had a Gun’: 20/20 Examines Gun Violence in America By EAMON MCNIFF April 10, 2009—

America is facing an epidemic of gun violence. Thirteen people were killed last week in Binghamton, N.Y., when a gunman, identified by authorities as 41-year-old Jiverly Wong, executed a mass shooting at the American Civic Association. The aftermath of that bloodshed has raised many questions, including whether armed, everyday citizens could take down such a gunman and save lives. Could you protect yourself if you only had a gun? There are 250 million guns in the United States, enough for almost every man, woman and child to arm themselves. The FBI performed 12 million gun-related background checks in 2008, according to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. And with more than 50 deaths resulting from mass shootings in the past month alone, the argument for ordinary citizens arming themselves in schools, workplaces and anywhere else continues to grow. But if teachers at Colorado’s Columbine High School or the students and faculty of Virginia Tech University had concealed or open-carry permits, range training and loaded handguns mixed with their school supplies, could they have taken down men armed to the teeth, ready to die and acting under the element of surprise?

see the rest of the story here:

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Story?id=7298996&page=1

I missed this story on TV last night but I already know that once again, our main stream media couldn’t produce a unbiased report on guns. The basic gist of the story is that we American citizens couldn’t defend ourselves with our guns if we had too, and there is no one but the police that will protect us.

Of course, they based their entire report around a police department that serves some of the most liberal people in our state, the Bethlehem, Pa. police department.

“Video games and movies, they glorify gun fights,” said Chris Benton, a police investigator with the Bethlehem, Pa. police department. “It’s not reality you know and they get that warped sense that this video games is exactly what I can do in real life.”

Chris Benton obviously doesn’t know his history. Back on Tuesday, April 20, 1999, two students, who never had any firearms training, killed 12 classmates and a teacher. We all know the story, it was the basis of piles of gun-control legislation and the PR baby for the Brady Campaign. So, how could two kids that never received training kill 13 people with guns?  The answer is video games. It is a proven fact that playing video games improves hand-eye coordination and with the more realistic first-person shooter games, basic marksmanship is easy to obtain.

So, according to Benton, real life gun fights are nothing like video games, unless your the bad guy.

Average Citizens Not Prepared to Handle a Gun in an Emergency

The next section of the ABC story goes into how we ill-prepared we citizens are to protect ourselves.  This is the only part of the story that will even get a minor degree of agreement from me. There are way too many people out there that purchase a gun, shoot 50 rounds through it and then strap it on. I personally wouldn’t have a problem with PA requiring, at the very least, the NRA basic pistol course to get a LTCF (license to carry a firearm) similar to Utah and Florida.

That being said, I can also attest to the fact that most gun owners that carry their weapon on a daily basis spend time and money on training and perfecting their basic skills.  Carrying a concealed firearm is uncomfortable, limits you to what clothing you can wear, where you can go, and exposes you to a host of legal and moral considerations. People like me that chose to carry a firearm every day make a commitment to do so and most of us back up that commitment with training.

Our government doesn’t have the right to tell our citizens they can’t defend themselves and I think that it is irresponsible of ABC and the law enforcement professionals they interviewed for the story to say that our citizens shouldn’t attempt to defend themselves. Sorry, but I’d rather die fighting than go out like a calf waiting for slaughter. Look at the seven incidents in the past month. Of the seven mass shootings, only two incidents involved police officers at the time of the shooting, and that is because they were the victims. In the other five events, the police showed up after the incident was over. The worst shootings in our history, Columbine, Virgina Tech, the North Carolina nursing home, and the NY Civic Center all had one thing in common, they were all in supposed “gun-free” zones.

One thing that the ABC report completely overlooked are the 2 million gun owners that use their weapons to defend themselves every year. Right here in York, PA we had a lethal shooting involving a legally carrying gun owner just last year. This man came to the defense of a woman being victimized and was able to stop an attack by a crazed man (video of the shooter talking about the attack). Defending yourself with your firearm doesn’t always mean pulling the trigger. Most of the time the crime ends when the firearm is presented. This is because criminals look for easy prey and like us, don’t want to die.

Regardless of ABC’s report, I think the American people are realizing that the police can’t be there to protect us. In fact, they are under no obligation to do so. In this day were our citizens are depending more and more on the government, I’m afraid that many of the 250 million gun owners in this country are going to be willing to give up some of their freedom in order to believe that they will be safer. More gun laws will not fight this problem.  Benjamin Franklin said it best.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”