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Churches, Permit Holders, Classes

September 29, 2017 Newsletter by Jeff Pittman


We note that during the church shooting attack in Antioch, TN (Nashville metro) last Sunday, as far as we know no one inside the church was armed at the time of the attack.  An unarmed 22-year-old church usher who “forgot” that he didn’t have his gun on him, confronted the masked shooter before being pistol whipped in the face and suffering a shoulder separation, while the attacker shot himself in the chest, possibly by accident. Then the usher went to his car for his gun while his father guarded the attacker until the now-armed usher returned and held the man at gunpoint and literally underfoot until police arrived.

Remember last week’s quote, just two days before this incident? Perhaps this courageous but forgetful young man should have heeded it:

“The car is not a holster. Carry your %&$%&# gun. All the %&$%&# time.” — Pat Rogers

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We also have a report that Nashville Metropolitan Police reported that four guns were found at the scene of church shooting (in addition to the defender’s gun) and all four guns were acquired from retailers — which means they were acquired via background checks.

Other high-profile mass attacks in which background-checked gun purchases were involved include:

  • The Congressional baseball attacker (June 14)
  • The Orlando Pulse attacker (June 12, 2016)
  • The UCLA gunman (June 1, 2016)
  • The San Bernardino attackers (December 2, 2015)
  • The Colorado Springs attacker (October 31, 2015)
  • The Umpqua Community College attacker (October 1, 2015)
  • Alison Parker’s attacker (August 26, 2015)
  • The Lafayette movie theater attacker (July 23, 2015)
  • The Chattanooga attacker (July 16, 2015)
  • The alleged Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal attacker (Jun 17, 2015)
  • The Muhammad Carton Contest attackers (May 3, 2014)
  • The Las Vegas cop killers (June 9, 2015)
  • The Santa Barbara attacker (May 23, 2014)
  • The Fort Hood attacker (April 2, 2014)
  • The Arapahoe High School attacker (December 13, 2013)
  • The D.C. Navy Yard attacker (September 16, 2013)
  • The Aurora movie theater attacker (July 20, 2012)
  • Gabby Giffords’ attacker (January 8, 2011)
  • The Fort Hood attacker (November 5, 2009)
  • The Virginia Tech attacker (April 16, 2007)

Maybe we should ban background checks…

Newspaper article on central MS area church security team training which took place the day before the Nashville incident.

Firearm safety classes

More on Campus Carry

Campus carry went into effect in Colorado in 2003, in Utah in 2004, and followed in another nine states over the next 13 years. Throughout this time, there have been zero (0) crimes by concealed-carry permit holders on campus.

CCW permit holders

You’ve heard the statistics on CCW permit holders as a group being more law-abiding than pretty much any other group, including clergy and cops. But now we hear (unsurprisingly), that they’re also better drivers; drivers without concealed carry permits were 12.2 times more likely to violate the law than are permit holders.


Update on Washington, D.C.’s “good cause” CCW license requirement that was found unconstitutional and appealed. En banc hearing denied.


MS Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed state Sen. Sean Tindell (R-Gulfport) to the state Court of Appeals to replace David Ishee, whom Bryant recently appointed to the state Supreme Court. If memory serves, Tindell is pro-gun.


In Hattiesburg, MS, this week, two men armed with guns attempted a home invasion but one got dead for his trouble, while the other was arrested on burglary and robbery charges. I’m guessing the surviving criminal may also be charged with the murder of his accomplice, who died after being shot by the homeowner.

Should have been a DGU

In Chattanooga, TN this week, a man is accused of ripping out the eyes of the mother of his child and stabbing her in the stomach. Police found the woman lying face down next to her eyeballs Wednesday night.

So, you still wanna call 911 and wait?

NRA’s Women on Target in MS

The Southwest Gun Club and the Mississippi State Firearm Owners Association are again offering the NRA Women on Target event on November 18, 2017, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the SWGC facilities in McComb, MS. FREE, including ammo, targets, loaner guns, and hamburger lunch. Open to women age 18 and up who are Mississippi residents or members of MSFOA-affiliated clubs. You must sign up in advance. Contact Doug Bowser at [email protected] or (601) 341-8797.

Hunting declines

A recent US Fish and Wildlife Service survey indicates that about 2.2 million fewer people hunted in 2016 (11.5 million) when compared to their 2011 survey (13.7 million).  Estimated related spending by hunters also declined, from $36.3 billion in 2011 to $25.6 billion in 2016. Mississippi wildlife officials say the state has seen a decline as well, though no hard numbers are available.

I didn’t even buy a hunting license this year for the first time in 40 years, because the state-managed dove field program was terminated.

Guns in civilian hands

— “at least it’s a start

NRA stands for America and its symbols


Circle K convenience stores, which provides no security or protection for employees, suspended a clerk (who then quit, or was fired, depending on which source you believe) at an Albuquerque, NM, store because she went out to her car and armed herself after being warned of a convenience store robbery in the area. Sure enough, the armed would-be robber came into the gas station shortly after she retrieved the weapon, screaming and pointing his gun at the clerk, a mother of three and caregiver for her disabled mother. She shot first, a violation of company policy. A company that apparently prefers her dead. Circle K.

Another one of Michael Bloomberg’s favorite illegal mayors against guns is in the news. Jose “Joey” Torres, 58, former mayor of Paterson, NJ, resigned on Monday after he pleaded guilty last week in state superior court to a second degree criminal conspiracy charge that he ordered city employees to perform work at a warehouse leased by his family members. The plea agreement includes a recommended five-year prison sentence, and required that Torres relinquish his office and never again hold a government job in New Jersey. It also means that Torres is now a “prohibited person” who can’t possess a gun. We hear that Torres was not just a plain old member of MAIG. When he was mayor of New York City, Bloomberg actually called Torres out for special recognition in a “State of the City” address, praising his gun banning efforts.

Chicago gun control activist and “former” gang banger Camiella Williams has a gun and a carry permit. Guns for her but not for you.

Staff at an unidentified “popular” physician’s office at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge in Columbia, SC, told a sheriff’s deputy not to come back to the office or the hospital’s campus wearing his firearm. I suggest that the sheriff and his deputies honor the request and not go back there, even when called.

The Only Ones

Brisbane, Australia, cops lose four (4) rounds of ammo, have a meltdown.

Former Memphis, TN, police officer Timothy J. Bates, 37, medically retired and with mental issues, was arrested by the US Secret Service on numerous weapons charges outside the White House.

Off-duty Waterbury Police Officer Hallock “Hal” Yocher, 37, apparently committed a murder-suicide by gun this week, even though he should have already been disarmed (and probably dismissed) due to a history of domestic violence.

A retired veteran Jacksonville, FL sheriff’s officer was injured this week during a training exercise when an unidentified idiot student went up and took a blank gun from the instructor’s waistband and placed it against the instructor’s back and fired. The gun was loaded with blanks, which of course are dangerous and possibly deadly at close range. Fortunately the instructor was wearing protective gear, but still suffered penetrating gunpowder burns.

Violent Kentucky State Trooper Anthony Harrison attacked some road workers and got “citizen’s arrested.” But when other troopers arrived, a coverup ensued.

Kids lock themselves inside gun safe

680 yard shot.

Crossbow shot. If Geronimo and Crazy Horse had these, we’d all be speaking Apache or something.

New rifle barrel locknut system

Pump shotgun comparison: Mossberg & Remington

Remington 870 v Mossberg 500 v Mossberg 590: Comparative design notes

Booby-trapped shotgun shipped to Virginia dealer

Might want to open and closely inspect any “new” gun you get….


I’m from the Government and I’m Here to Kill You,” by former federal attorney David T. Hardy

KY Gun Co. has certain Thompson/Center Compass rifles for under $200, shipped, after the T/C $75 rebate. That is not a typo. Under $200.

Sixty (60) round mag conversion for Glock 9mm pistols. Finally those movies make sense…

Nighthawk Custom’s Tomahawk “firearm” (non-NFA/Class3 sawed-off shotgun)

Federal Premium is supposedly introducing a new long range rifle cartridge on Oct. 16.

Quote of the Week

“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” — H.L. Mencken

Has it ever occurred to that crackpot dictator over in North Korea that the US has dropped two nuclear bombs on enemies — one called “Fat Man” and the other called “Little Boy?”

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