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Why the name GunFreeZone?

It has been asked and I guess it is not as obvious as I originally thought. First there is facetious intention behind it. There are (or were, I haven’t checked lately) other GunFreeZones out there covering the Anti Rights side of the Gun Issue. I staked a claim with the idea of providing an opposing view and hopefully somebody looking for information might read it and create a chink in the armor of lies from the other side. I enjoy the fact that is contradictory. Who in our side of things would ever be so deranged as to call his blog Gun Free Zone? That would be me in a very cheek in tongue manner.

Or if you want the short version: “I am just messin’ with y’all!”

For many years I lived under an isolated set of rules & ideas which forbid me to be able to defend myself or my loved ones. Options and opposing views were not allowed or simply quenched under the banner of violence leads to more violence. A mix of sheer luck and quick thinking allowed me to survive several incidents unarmed, but I did not fool myself into thinking I was gonna be able to ride the wave of good fortune forever so I chose to change. I changed attitudes, I changed methods and I even changed countries looking for a safer life and finding it.

I did learn that people in places of power are pretty much the same everywhere. The more power they can exert over the common folk by keeping them unarmed and afraid, the easier is to have them do whatever they want them to do. While they keep themselves well protected by layers of security, they fight and belittle when the citizen wishes to be empowered to be responsible for his own security. These are people who do not care for the well-being of those who the swore to protect and do not mind that the people suffer as long as their power remains intact and even will allow a certain amount of death among the common folk in order to achieve and retain power.

I have seen and lived the consequences of trusting government with my safety. I cradled in my arms a long time neighbor dying of a gunshot wound provided by a criminal. I saw property taken by the dregs of society and then suffer the frustration of police tell me there was nothing they could do and that I should feel lucky my life was spared. I saw houses slowly transforming into well fortified bunkers because government could not bring in the criminal element and the owners became inmates in their own homes.

When I moved to the US, I did so with the hope of being allowed to be responsible for my safety and I achieved it. So when I hear some idiotic do-gooder telling me that guns are bad, that the perfect world is achieved only with disarmament and that I should renounce my Second Amendment Rights for the good of the collective, I know I am in front of an idiot that will get people killed.

  • IDPA Shooter (The Worst IDPA shooter in South Florida.)
  • IDPA Safety Officer (Halfway decent)
  • NRA Instructor (Not bad either)
  • NRA Range Safety Officer (Halfway decent)
  • SFDCC Shooter (Amazed that I don’t do worse)
  • Reloader (Enough to actually save money)
  • A Pamphleteer. One who writes something whenever he likes about what he likes.  Not a Thomas Paine by any exaggerated stretch of the imagination but just somebody shooting his mouth off in blogging form.
  • And now a professional writer to boot. Go figure.

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23 thoughts on “About”

    1. Robert, be advised I am the dumbest thing you can find doing a blog. I did an upgrade recently and thanks to the kindness of several readers that backed me up and gave me info, everything went well even though I was nervous and teary eyed all the time.
      Gimme some time to figure if there is an automated way to do your request :)

      1. So did you ever go into Starbucks and sit with your piece on the table and get a photo? New to your blog so if I missed it, please direct me. Would be a great picture.

  1. Hey i am starting a concealed carry website for my state and I stumbled appon your website. I have booked marked it, id also would like to use portions of some of your articles on my site with direct link back to yours for credit, i wont use the full article. let me know. thanks.

  2. Saw your sight over at dc.com and had to stop by, must say well done!!
    Keep up the good work, if there’s anything we can help with give a holler.
    Once more, Good job!!

  3. Not too long a story…I stumbled across your blog after attending a non-resident CCW permit class this week. (firearms owner for <5-yrs, CCW for ~2 yrs, irregularly exercised that right) I was made aware of a truth during that class regarding the 7/20 Aurora, CO theatre shooting, that the targeted theatre was designated a "gun-free zone" — a convenient omission from all media reports I have seen. I had wondered since that date why no one had stopped the shooter with force, given Colorado's CCW laws and military presence.

    History has shown with similar targeted public shootings (Columbine, Virginia Tech, 2012 church shooting in Aurora, CO) that gun-free zones are popular shooting locations. Obvious the sense of security these policies are thought to provide is significantly misguided.

    Keep up what you're doing…

    1. Gun free zones definitely convey a sense of safety. Shooters feel safely empowered to enter and prey on those falsely feeling secure.

  4. Great job.
    I know how easy it has been for Fidel Castro to remain Cuba’s dictator for so long: One of the first things he did was to take the citizens’ guns away.
    Please, do not give up the fight.

  5. Not sure you have seen this, but some good news maybe…

    (from Breitbart.com)

    Good news — it has become known that hidden deep within the massive 2800-page bill called Obamacare there is a Senate Amendment protecting the right to keep and bear arms.

    It seems that in their haste to cram socialized medicine down the throats of the American people, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Barack Obama overlooked Senate amendment 3276, Sec. 2716, part c.

    According to reports, that amendment says the government cannot collect “any information relating to the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition.”

    CNN is calling it “a gift to the nation’s powerful gun lobby.”

    And according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), that’s exactly right. He says he added the provision in order to keep the NRA from getting involved in the legislative fight over Obamacare, which was so ubiquitous in 2010.

  6. Your site should consider contributing to the public discourse by publishing maps of gun-free zones:
    – businesses that post gun-free signs
    – states/municipalities that prohibit guns in schools
    – public places that have armed personnel; distinctly listed by: concealed/conspicuous/both
    – precinct-by-precinct ratios of pro-/con- gun-control legislators voters
    – anything else that help people to decide where to be/avoid-being
    – politicians who do not carry arms, use armed body-guards or refuse to admit/deny.

    All people – perpetrators, victims and police – should know the ground-rules where-ever they shop, send their children, transit or live. Perpetrators should know where to find victims who will not subject them to violence. Parents should know where their children are protected only by the police. Police should know where their services will be needed urgently after shots are fired. (Likewise, they could de-prioritize those areas where self-defense serves to lower the urgency of police response.) Constituents should know whether a public meeting with their Congress-man/-woman will be in a fire-free zone.
    Everyone will have the information they each need to manage their personal security according to their personal preferences. Perpetrators and police should – in such a marketplace of information – be able to determine easily where to concentrate their respective professions.

    I also urge you to publish and freely distribute:

    – window stickers proudly displaying “Gun-Free Home”
    – lapel pins indicating a pledge to not concealed-carry

    Ultimately, I’m sure, the foregoing civilized disclosures will lead to the same levels of violence enjoyed by subjects of the United Kingdom where neither the public nor the police are armed. Perpetrators are free to behave as comes naturally to them according to their preferred means of persuasion.

  7. From the Civillian Marksmanship Program forum: After a customer said his background check was denied then delayed, a gun dealer said “90% of 4473’s I called in from Jan-April were ‘delayed.'” Sounds much like the IRS deal. I don’t know how to pass the word. But I start, now.

  8. PLEASE!! lose the moving snow or what the hell ever it is supposed to be! Those dots moving across the screen drive me to distraction and drink!!

  9. I think you are propagating a society I will never want to live in. Yes, a culture of fear leads to violence and pretty soon, the wild west will return. Its absolutely disgraceful to even suggest schools, churches or malls need gun toting security people. Where will that end? Like in Brazil, where children are driven to school in gun-proof vehicles, never playing outside their fortress-like walls of their homes. Is that what all of you want, are striving for? Oh, and do you live in Texas by any chance? Previously in Mexico maybe? Just conjecture, so of course your experience may make you feel you need a gun, but thats not real freedom.

    1. I think you are propagating a society I will never want to live in.
      Nobody is forcing you

      Yes, a culture of fear leads to violence and pretty soon, the wild west will return. Its absolutely disgraceful to even suggest schools, churches or malls need gun toting security people
      Just like in England, right? That is where you live.

      Brazil and Mexico (Lived in neither place) are prime examples of a Gun Free Society… which means everybody but the good people of those countries are armed.
      I lived in another country, almost as violent as Brazil and more violent than Mexico… and with a tight set of gun control laws which have not worked.
      You know what freedom is? That the criminals fear you instead of the other way around.

  10. Some time ago you ran a piece “A Tale of Two Cities” comparing Chicago and Houston’s income, nationality, concealed carry laws, number of gun stores & homicides. Where did you get your numbers from?
    Thanks.

    1. I am not sure where the stats for the Houston-Chicago comparison come from but I would recommend “More Guns Less Crime” by Dr John Lott, Jr. as being one of the best references for gun stats available. Having spent much time in both cities, I would say the comparison is accurate.

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