Adding Up; Another ISD To THE List

Seems that Bonham I.S.D. is trying to quietly make an important security upgrade for the safety of the staff and students.

BONHAM, TX – Under a new security program, some Bonham ISD staff members will be carrying concealed handguns at school.

Bonham ISD’s Superintendent tells News 12 his instructors are teachers, not a swat team–however under the district’s Defender Program, a select, trained, and qualified few will be armed.

Bonham ISD Superintendent Dr. Marvin Beaty says more than 80 staff members have applied for the District’s new Defender Program, to carry a concealed handgun at school.

“Of that group we will trim that down and there will be some actively in the program and we’ll have some alternates as well,” said Beaty.

Dr. Beaty says those who will carry a gun will be teachers, coaches, and administrators, “Nobody will know who they are but me and the campus principals. We’ll know who they are.”

He says the candidates will be thoroughly vetted, examined by a campus psychologist, and go through extensive training on the shooting range before they’re selected.

Bonham seems to be following the template set by Harrold ISD; training, pysch eval, confidentiality of the carriers; all the elements needed to satisfy legal and insurance liabilities. I know of three North Texas districts that have or are going to armed staff as part of their security. Harrold ISD has had it for years now; still waiting on the reports of problems. So far not one teacher who has snapped, no one gun stolen, etc.

One of the things that jumped out at me was the number of volunteers — over 80; in a school district that has less than 2,000 students! Doesn’t that seem like a pretty high percentage of the probable number of total employees?

That’s Texas for ya.

 

Positive Open Carry / LEO Interaction

Congrats not only to the Come and Take It – Texas group but the Austin Police officer !

This is how it should be.

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Now if we can get Open Carry of Handguns.

 

What Would the Antis Suggest?

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Okay…middle of the day; no apparent attempt to determine if the house was empty; dude just breaks a window and starts climbing in.

The home owner protecting at least his property; if not his life investigates the noise and sees the criminal breaking in. Shoots and kills the criminal breaking into his home. That is how it went down.

What will continue to go down is the police will finish their investigation, the District Attorney will present the case to a grand jury, and they’ll decide to bring charges or not. Still a costly process but one I don’t expect to end with charges brought. Especially not with the mom saying “yeah, this sounds like something he would do”.

But let’s turn the clock back and ask the antis what would they rather have the home owner do?

A.) Call the police and wait?
B.) Run out his house, leaving possessions – including a firearm behind for a criminal to steal and use for illegal drugs?C.) Fight him hand to hand after the criminal has gotten inside the house?
D.) Meekly stand there and let an unknown person with unknown intentions do what ever he wants to him?

3of those possibilities would have increased, not decreased, crime. One would still be violence but puts the home owner at a disadvantage. Either not used to physical violence, due to age, etc.

In contrast, the home owner’s actions not only stopped this crime but put an end to a long (some said 18 page rap sheet) career of crime.  Based on the recommendations of the anti-rights cultists; it is almost as if they want MORE crime to occur not less.

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Missed it by That ” ” Much

Alternative Title — “Don’t Use a Baseball Bat, the crook will Just take it away from you and use it on you”.

Ward told KITV-TV that she had hired Keese to fix her car last month. She was shocked when she says he forced his way into her home in the middle of the day. Ward’s friend then reportedly grabbed a baseball bat to defend herself, but the suspect ripped it from her grip and began beating her with it.

Keese is male and 54 years old. Mrs. Frances  Ward is 72. — For the anti rights cultists, they consider this a fair fight. Good thing Mrs. Ward agrees with me and not them.

It was around 3 p.m. when the intruder busted into the house and attacked both women, according to police. The homeowner, identified as Frances Ward, 72, was able to draw her revolver and shoot the man, grazing his head. If the shot was an inch lower, he likely would be dead. This photo confirms that:

72 Year Old Woman Shoots Intruder, Grazing His Head in Pendleton, S.C.

 

Mrs. Ward; if you ever make it to Texas or I make it to Oahu; I hope you’ll allow me the honor of buying you a meal.  Thanks for showing the world how effective armed self defense can be — single shot, no death required.

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Can We Be Less Like The Antis?

I realize that many subjects evoke hard feelings even amongst supports of something like the 2nd Amendment. I’m saddened by the response to Open Carry Events in our community. I understand some think they are counter productive. I understand that some people go too far in their advocacy. But let’s be realistic about what we are talking about here folks.

I do wish we could be less like the Antis though

1. Don’t use one example to condemn the entire activity.

There are a lot of good activities being conducted by Open Carry Advocates. Not all of them are counter-productive, confrontational or even make the news. So why do so many people take one event and consider that as representative of all the activities?
Isn’t that the  fallacy of the Misleading Vividness ? or would that be Appealing to Extremes?

The reality of Open Carry Event is simple – very few are “in your face confrontational”, very few are “ill considered as carrying around a school”, very few result in businesses shutting us out. Most of them are educational and result in either neutral opinions or slight gains. This is a slow incremental process folks.

 

2. Disagree without being disparaging.

Good Grief I didn’t realize how nasty some pro-rights advocates could be until I started seeing them turning on our own. Serious folks, I don’t see any way this can help at all. And please for goodness sake, let’s make sure the people who haven’t made up their might can tell the difference between the two sides.  The level of name calling is definitely similar to what the anti-rights cultists do and frankly it is very disappointing. I expect better of us. I know most of the people commenting against Open Carry don’t call names but that doesn’t mean they aren’t disparaging of it; mostly because they disagree with its effectiveness or how some people conducted themselves.

We can critique the method without disparaging the right.

 

Edited to Add — and this goes for those who favor Open Carry. While I’ve seen less of it from the OC crowd, I’ve seen too much.

3.  Consider your arguments very carefully.

I have seen a statement that “strapping on a gun and handing out candy is seriously deviant behavior” — and I wonder if the commenter even realizes how that reflects on the rest of the gun owning community. Many of whom actually have done activities like that; either concealed carry or open carry.

I’ve seen people arguing that ‘carrying a rifle means you are expecting trouble’ and maybe not realizing that the antis can (and have repeatedly) made that same argument about carrying a pistol. Isn’t that just giving them further fuel for them to use against us?

I’ve seen (too often) comments that go something like “If someone walks into X carrying a Long Gun, I”m going to draw down on them with my concealed carry piece or Call the cops”.  How different is that from “If I see anyone Openly Carrying a Pistol, I’m going to….” or “If I think someone has a gun, I’m going to….”

Making the argument that the firearm makes a person dangerous is something I expect the antis to do.

 

I’m not asking everyone to support Open Carry, Open Carry Events in general or particular activities. I am asking that people use them to further our cause regardless of your position on them.

I also think we should keep in mind the “Big Tent” mentality; there is room under the 2nd Amendment for many types of advocacy; even those you disagree with.

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I’m Alive — Finding Ancedotes

But instead of making this all about Bob’s health issues* I decided not to post. Sorry for the prolonged absence but I’m semi-back now.

And as soon as I’m back I see this news report of a violent criminal taken down – taken from slightly out of order.

The escaped convict, Rodney Long, had eluded officers trying to track him down for four days before he broke into the Bedford home of Jerome Mauderly, a retired prison guard, and his wife Carolyn Mauderly at about 10:15 p.m. on Monday night, according to the Daily Iowegian.

Long was suspected of shooting a southwest Iowa sheriff’s deputy on Sunday night after two days on the run from the Clarinda Correctional Facility’s minimum security prison where he was serving time on a burglary charge.

Okay, so we have an escaped convict willing to use deadly force on the loose. Of course, the anti-rights cultists would just have people huddle in their houses and wait for the police to solve the matter.

Long disabled the phones in the Mauderlys’ small one-story home in a rural area next to cornfields, and was suspected of trying to gather supplies to help in his escape, the Des Moines Register reported.

But sometimes the criminals have other plans and intrude where they shouldn’t. And in this case, I mean he really shouldn’t have intruded in the Mauderly’s home.

But after four hours as a hostage Jerome Mauderly had had enough and retrieved his shotgun, police said.

“As the situation wore on, a decision was made by the Mauderlys that they were going to defend themselves,”  the state’s lead investigator Mitch Mortvedt told reporters at a Tuesday news conference, the Register reported.

Can you imagine the terror they felt? The concern for the well being of their beloved spouse and self? Is it any wonder after 4 hours Mr. Mauderly had had enough?
Certainly the police didn’t rush to the rescue because the thug had disabled the phones.

Mauderly shot Long once, officials said. No one else was seriously injured in the shooting.

Police said Long, was carrying a semi-automatic weapon.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Carolyn called 911 to tell authorities her husband had shot Long. Officers found Long lying face down in the kitchen of the home.

One shot with a shotgun; one that the home owner had to retrieve. So much for the idea that once the bad guy has the drop on you it is all over, eh.

 

Time and time again we see cases like this that completely demolish the myths of the anti-rights cultists.  The police didn’t ride to the rescue, the bad guy prevented that by simply disabling the phone lines. The Anti-Rights cultists would have preferred the Mauderly’s to be forced to retreat from their own homes; as if 70-something year olds could outrun a younger man. They would have you believe it is better to give in, give the criminal what he wants. After 4 hours, didn’t he already have everything he wanted? We will never know what his plan was but I’m betting it was more violence, not less. Especially given his willing to use deadly force.

Jay G. at MArooned tracks hundreds of times the criminal ends up dead at the hands of home owners. Makes me wonder what outcome the anti-rights cultists would prefer instead; dead home owners and/or more violence from the criminals perhaps?

I don’t know. I do know that I will resist their efforts to make it harder for people like the Mauderly’s  to defend themselves.

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* Very minor for the most part, just very distracting

Getting Good News Brightens My Morning

Last weekend, my Tennessee Father In Law came to visit for his grand-daughter’s graduation. It was a good time and congrats to Lauren; our future Razorback.
During the visit Troy related an unsettling incident from 2 weeks prior to his visit. He was woken up in the middle of the night by someone banging on his door and yelling for him to open up. Troy kept the lights off and went to check it out but by the time he made it to the front door the banging stopped.

As he was looking around; the banging and yelling started again — at the back door.

He again kept lights off and moved to find out what was going on; picking up the land line in the process. He got to a window where he could see a young looking man wobbling and unsteady on his feet. Banging on the back door; still yelling to be let in.

Troy called 911 and during the call, the noise stopped and he lost sight of the man. By the time he moved around to get another view all he saw was a pair of legs on the steps leading up to his back door.

Police showed up after several minutes and apprehended the man; drunk and passed out on the back porch. He roused enough to tell them he was looking for his Aunt & Uncle’s house but couldn’t provide any address or names of who he was looking for.

Being the skeptical people cops are known to be; they booked him on disturbing the peace and drunk in public.

It was in the midst of all the commotion and waiting for the police that Troy realized something very important; he didn’t have any effective means of self defense in the house.
That is has been resolved as of yesterday.

Troy handled one of the choices we have available for home defense and purchased one like it yesterday — a Maverick by Mossberg Security 88.

He had to go to 4 different stores (maybe availability isn’t easing up that much yet) before he found one. Ammo is still hard to find in his area. Luckily Troy traveled by car out here so he went back with a few rounds from our inventory.

Hopefully this will be the first step; I know I’ll encourage him to find a handgun he can handle well. I already know he can handle a pistol, it is just a matter of finding one that fits his budget and he likes.

As usual, I continue to do things backwards; I thought it was supposed to be the elders that ‘corrupts’ the youth, not the other way around as I’ve done here.

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