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Arab Cooperation

Let us agree to stand with our Arab brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain, and implore our Arabic-named president Barack Hussein-Obama for sympathy and to follow their lead toward their fellow Arab refugees, for the same reasons the Arabs intelligently express. They understand, and being so much closer to the problem, are in the best position to judge and establish a rational policy.

These Arab nations refuse to accept any of these refugees due to the threat of jihad they pose, what our media prefers to call terrorism. Perhaps more important, moving these people halfway around the world at enormous expense to a totally alien environment where not even the language, food, clothing, housing or customs are familiar is cruel and unusual, and frankly, bizarre.

P.S. The irony of governors using Executive Orders and Executive Action to halt forced federal immigration, where the governors' powers are less than explicit, is exquisite. Taking their examples from our own glorious leader, it absolutely highlights the "news" media's hypocrisy and convulsions -- having to denigrate these actions while championing Hussein-Obama's identical approach. A joy to behold.

Texas Open Carry Overview

After 20 years (1995-2015) the familiar Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL) officially changes to a Texas License To Carry or LTC -- because it now protects both discreet and open carry of sidearms.

Bit by bit, the lost right to bear arms in Texas is being restored -- at least for those with government carry papers -- after decades of near-total infringement. Texas now has 826,000 license holders, a source of pride to many, but it means 97% of all Texans' rights remain infringed -- carry without papers remains banned in Texas. Still, it is a step in the right direction, for the pro-rights side (the left dislikes this liberty intensely).

As Texas joins the rest of the nation in varying degrees of freedom to bear arms in public, I advise caution while the kinks are worked out, authorities get used to the new standards and procedures, social norms develop, shop keepers acclimatize, the public gets used to the new normal of open carry, some bad apples test the limits of endurance and civility (not recommended), and a few of you become test cases to clarify the gray areas. Even here in Arizona where I am, with free (paperless) open carry legal since statehood in 1912, there's a little more to it than just putting on your boots.

Do your best to avoid being a test case. The anti-rights advocates out there and some authorities will be looking for the very worst examples to make into test cases, to hurt our rights, make gun owners look bad in public, and set precedents that limit exercise of the Second Amendment. They'll be seeking to "prove" the BITS myth -- blood in the streets -- like they tried in vain when CHL passed. Don't argue in public while armed.

Especially in the early days of open carry, watch out for each other and be on best behavior. We don't live in the same wild west any longer. Belligerence or anything less than calm civilized behavior while you're reasonably well dressed and carrying openly is an invitation for scrutiny and attention you would do best to avoid. I'm being nice about that (from a state that now enjoys full Constitutional Carry). Go slowly as you test the waters.

Open carry has advantages, especially the "inoculation effect" on the uninitiated, when they see reasonable people going about business politely armed. Because you can switch over as circumstance merits, your carry options grow. Criminals get the message, and things get better (despite lunatic ravings... in the "news" media).

But if I'm open, I am constantly on alert for a grab (exhausting), and I know I've given up tactical advantage, along with all the chilling glances open carry attracts like super-conducting magnetism. So I need a reason for it, like convenience on a range trip, or any of the many open carry banquets ("tasteful open carry appreciated"), political meetings and other events where it's the modern normal. Like...

Continue reading "Texas Open Carry Overview" »

The SHOT Show Highlighted

I've written it up every time I go, the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade show, 17 miles of aisles (up from 13), where the firearms and related industries meet annually in Las Vegas to meet, greet and do business for the coming year. See lots of pictures, flavor and eye candy from a prior show here:

No way to see it all, so you skip the parts that don't relate directly to you, outdoor clothing, tree stands, police gear, miles of firearms, survival products, the show directory is $75 (but free to participants) and you need proven credentials just to get in. Exhibitors want to see Buyer badges, everyone else is in the way, sort of. Nikon's booth is two-stories high (and they're not alone in that), Perrazi has half-million-dollar shotguns on display, you gun guys would pass out from salivating if you could get in, dealers use wheelbarrows to gather all the literature and swag.

Between meetings and time with editors and other efforts in the press office I saw less on the show floor than usual, and a lot seemed to me to be more of the same, tweaks to guns and gear, subtle distinctions, new lens coatings, more electronics in everything, the crowds were bigger. Business was so brisk thanks to the Obama attacks on our rights (isn't he supposed to defend the Constitution?) but that's not a thematic element of the show.

I do think the Outdoor Channel will be pursuing last year's effort about combating gun-free zones, using their amazing documentary on the subject to advance the issue and move the liability question forward. Police seemed even more militarized than before, a trend I don't see subsiding. Tactical firearms are becoming more mainstream at every level. The women's market is advancing rapidly, with women's programs and companies everywhere. Gun media, on the web and traditional outlets seemed more prevalent. A few items caught my eye:

The well-outfitted dog
(I had the company's literature and now can't find it, sorry.
I'll bet some folks will feel worse about shooting the camera-snooping dog
than aggressive agents who are using it against possibly innocent people?)

The well-outfitted cop
Same apology, except I don't think this is a really good idea
for police to be outfitted like invulnerable jackbooted enforcers
and upset the balance of power the Second Amendment is
designed to provide, but that's a long discussion.
Yes, we have some really bad desparados out there,
but these gangsters are starting to appear in a
neighborhood near you.

Fighting the Good Fight in a T-Shirt
Do you remember when Miami Vice cops fought bad guys from T-shirts?
Elliot Ness and his Untouchables went up against machine-gun-wielding gangsters
in suits and ties? When did "officials" decide they needed space cadet outfits
to represent law and order? This discussion needs to start.

Superb New Use of Language
I can't add to this.

"Law Abiding" Dying as PC Glossary Grows

The Politically Corrected Glossary


"law abiding" is becoming virtually impossible.


Political Correctness is really Cultural Marxism,
a perverse way to control thought and move America
toward a socialist, Orwellian future.

Political correctness has leaked its way into our schools, media, culture and thoughts -- sometimes unconsciously, sometimes deliberately, by people seeking to undermine our freedom and undo the advances we the people have achieved, replacing liberty with tyrannical control over the populace.

Unable to defeat us with military might, our enemies are having great success undermining our values using mere language. As George Orwell so keenly observed, control the language and you control thought. Control thought and you control everything else. It's time to re-read the book 1984, or read it for the first time if you haven't already.

As many of you know, I have now stopped using the phrase "pro gun," because this makes our opposition "anti gun." And since they think guns are bad, the proper position to take against bad guns would be anti gun -- and they win that on the words.

We are actually pro rights, casting them correctly as anti rights, putting us automatically on the moral high ground. Read the Politically Corrected Glossary to get the whole picture and fix your own verbiage.

We have reached a point where so many laws are immoral or infringements, or can no longer be legitimately obeyed by anyone dedicated to constitutional governance, the phrase "law-abiding" has become arcane and a relic. "Law-abiding gun owners" are reduced to shivering vestiges of their former selves, dependent on government travel papers, expiration dates, qualification tests, violations based on ammunition types and amounts, infringements so vast and immane it defies the average person's ability to even know them all, let alone obey them and not step into violation.

In place of the olden standard "law-abiding gun owners" we now find ourselves in need of better and more accurate phrases such as:

good gun owners
honest gun owners
decent gun owners
honorable gun owners
righteous gun owners
innocent gun owners

These fit beautifully in all the spots where you might use that other now inaccurate phrase. It leaves no telltale blemish in its place, and reads smoothly. I have a series of articles coming soon on other recent distortions on our language, propaganda really, especially "gunman," which is a vile and offensive sexist affront, and "shooter," which demeans and assaults anyone who goes to a range, and is used by media to avoid the correct word, murderer. The "news" media loves the distorted propaganda phrases that assault our rights. Don't help them.
The Politically Corrected Glossary,
Take a quick peek.

OMG! One Newspaper Might Lean Right

The lamestream media told you:

"Republican benefactor and casino king Sheldon Adelson's purchase of the Las Vegas Review Journal, Nevada's largest newspaper, has fueled anxiety about partisan influence tainting coverage of the 2016 presidential race in a crucial western swing state." -Dan Nowicki, Arizona Republic, 12/20/15

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Are they serious? With USA Today running virtual campaign ads for Hillary Clinton and calling them news, and printing supportive editorials for her right on the front page where news is supposed to go, it is stunning to see a reporter throw a fit over change in ownership of a small newspaper in a small state, and suggest this could swing the presidential election. USA Today is sold nationwide (1.7MM copies) and as an insert in Nowicki's paper. The Review Journal has a small audience (172K) in the nation's gambling state, Nevada.

Nowicki supports his angst with a quote from a professor Kahn (pronounced "con"), at the University of Southern California journalism school, certainly a bastion of neutral news education, who says with great erudition, "This just smells bad from the getgo." No concern over truly outrageous existing front-page bias in national news was in the story, for reasons that were unclear at press time. The Review Journal hasn't even published anything yet under new management.

Going to Harry Reid for additional comment, arguably the most left-wing politician in Congress, the reporter points out Reid calls it, "a dog of a newspaper," and "They have the worst editorial policy in the history of the world." He apparently doesn't read USA Today or even the Republic.

People familiar with the Nevada paper know it is home to Prometheus-award winning Vin Suprynowicz, one of the most enlightened, incisive and brilliant commentators on the political scene, bar none, author of Send In The Waco Killers, exposing the government slaughter of innocents, for which no one was prosecuted.

John Lott's New Study

If you like stats with your gun debate this scratches the itch.

Since President Obama's election the number of concealed handgun permits has soared, growing from 4.6 million in 2007 to over 12.8 million this year. Among the findings in our report:

The number of concealed handgun permits is increasing at an ever-increasing rate. Over the past year, 1.7 million additional new permits have been issued -- a 15.4% increase in just one single year. This is the largest ever single-year increase in the number of concealed-handgun permits.

5.2% of the total adult population in America has a permit.

Five states now have more than 10% of their adult population with concealed-handgun permits.

In ten states, a permit is no longer required to carry in all or virtually all of the state. This is a major reason why legal carrying handguns is growing so much faster than the number of permits.
[NOTE: is tracking this and the logic behind it, with talking points for your legislators and "news" media; is your state on the list?]

Since 2007, permits for women has increased by 270% and for men by156%.

Some evidence suggests that permit holding by minorities is increasing more than twice as fast as for whites...

[This is from the “executive summary.” The linked page below includes a map and a couple of graphs, along with a link to the full report.]

As always, John Lott's work is exemplary, so it is hidden from view by the lamestream media.

Misguided Management

A Page Nine reader writes:
I just saw where Regal Cinemas are now checking bags of patrons.  Excuse is because of the recent theater shootings.  But I don't carry my concealed handgun in a bag to the movies.  Methinks it's a ruse, an excuse to keep folks from bringing in outside food/drink to avoid the exorbitant price of popcorn and soda and has nothing to do with guns. Ted H.

[You're not alone in that Ted.
Won't stop anyone who needs a pat down.
What does the 16-year-old do when the kid finds
guns and bombs, knives, dope, booze, cash and porn?
Low-rent security guards, eh?
At least... they're ineffective.

Liberals Building Monument to Murderer

Progressives in Tucson have decided they need a monument to the spree murder at a supermarket in their town, in which former congresswoman Gabby Giffords was injured but survived.

Giffords, who has become a figurehead in the anti-rights gun-control movement, has already had a naval vessel named after her (her husband is a former Navy officer).

Not everyone agrees building monuments like this is a good idea. In response to the announced release of the design of the monument, this letter went to hundreds of news outlets in the state. No word yet on results. Permission granted to send to your local outlets.

Dear Editor,
One day in Tucson at the "January 8th Memorial" site:
"Hey Mommy, what's that they're building?"
"It's a memorial hon."
"What's it for?"
"It's to remember some people who died there and the evil man who murdered them."
"Why would they do that?"
"Some people are afraid they'll forget them."
"Where is the evil man?"
"He's living in prison."
"Can he see his memorial?"
"No, honey, but he knows they're building it."
"Will it cost a lot of money Mommy?
"Four million dollars sweetheart."
"I wish I had four million dollars!"
"You could do a lot of good with that much money."
"Won't other people want to kill people so they can get memorials too Mommy?"
"I hope to God not, honey, I hope to God not. Come let's get away from here."

Korwin Directory Posted Finally

I've finally gotten around to posting a list of my work for The Daily Caller and It's some of my best material (the editors tell me). Just the list and descriptions (like above) make a good quick read.

Normal Capacity Magazines

Legislators asked me to prepare talking points refuting the arguments against 30-round magazines; The Daily Caller has published my full list: depriving us of gear as a way to stop murderers is misguided, puts you at risk, and is a thinly disguised effort to get to zero-round magazines -- in the false and dangerous belief that disarming innocent people will finally disarm criminals. Police never want less ammo because they know that's dangerous -- neither should you.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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