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Accepting Freedom   Leave a comment

Alaska is working on this issue as well and facing opposition from instructors who seem unfamiliar with the Constitution or with gun culture in general.

The biggest outcry has been at the Austin campus of the University of Texas, where students and faculty have protested and at least two professors have already resigned over the law.

One was Daniel Hamermesh, who taught an introductory economics course and said he feared that “a disgruntled student with a gun would ‘lose it,’ pull out the gun and shoot the instructor.”

“With 500 students in my class, this did not seem impossible,” Hamermesh, who now teaches at the Royal Holloway University of London, said in an email.

GunDaniel Hamermesh (and, indeed, most of the people interviewed for this article) sound paranoid to me. They live in Texas, which already has a high concealed carry rate, meaning they probably interact everyday with someone carrying a gun and they don’t even know it. I would suggest that it might actually make professors like Hamermesh more respectful of students. Most will choose not to carry, but keeping professors in the dark on who is carrying should serve to remind them that they’re not God and should afford the adults in their classes with the same respect they reserve for the professors they interact with.

And, no, I am not kidding. As an adult, post-college, I have interacted with many professors on a social level who simply believe that they have authority to run roughshod over their students. The most abusive professors tend to be the ones who fear armed students the most.

An important point to remember is that state universities are government-owned facilities and the Constitution of the United States is pretty clear that government “shall not infringe” the right to bear arms. This isn’t even a discussion we ought to be having. A right means you always have the freedom to do it. Gun control worry warts don’t seem to understand that a government-regulated privilege is not the same thing as a right.

Posted April 1, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in Liberty

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A Good Guy with a Gun Saves People   Leave a comment

It happened right here in Alaska — well, Anchorage, which is sort of Alaska. I happen to know Anna Bosin … she used to be married to a long-time friend. And the comments are incredible to follow. It really shows the lack of common sense from the anti-gun crowd. But it just goes to show that a good guy with a gun can save lives and sometimes do it better than the mall guards or the cops who are 20 minutes away. I have been in the 5th Avenue mall with a friend who always carries concealed. Nothing was going on that day and we had a good time. There’s an excellent coffee shop there and a great bookstore.


A security incident involving an armed robber at the Anchorage 5th Avenue mall in downtown ended safely Sunday afternoon after another armed man helped detain the suspect, police say.

Police spokeswoman Anita Shell said in a statement Sunday evening that about $1,200 in goods from the robbery’s target, the Buckle Clothing Store, were recovered during the arrest of 18-year-old Yan Bangout. Nobody was injured during the incident.

“Employees believed the man was attempting to conceal the clothing in a bag while in the fitting room and alerted mall security,” Shell wrote. “As the suspicious man left the store, he was confronted by mall security and a struggle ensued over the bag containing stolen goods. During the struggle, the suspect drew a gun from his waistband; however, a good Samaritan, also armed with a gun, stepped in and assisted security in taking the man into custody.”

Anna Bosin, a customer at the mall’s nearby Apple Store, said the incident occurred at about 12:15 p.m. Sunday, when “somebody was trying to enter the store.”

Bosin said the man was tackled before entering the store: “Two guns were involved, and I think the person of interest had a gun — so they were trying to get the gun from him.”

Bosin said the Apple Store was evacuated so quickly that customers weren’t reunited with their personal possessions until after the incident was resolved.

“Everybody at the Apple Store did a professional job evacuating the store,” Bosin said. “We went over to the Anchorage Museum and then they heard from mall security that the mall was cleared.”

The mall’s security office deferred questions to the mall’s marketing staff, who weren’t available Sunday.

Shell said Bangout was charged with robbery, theft and four counts of assault. He was held at the Anchorage jail on $10,000 bail, with a third-party custodian required for his release.

Cops Were How Far Away?   Leave a comment

My post — from more than a year ago — When Seconds Count, Cops are Hours Away — has been getting a workout of late. I can only guess it is because of the school shooting in Marysville Washington.

I have not changed my mind.

The most sensible solution to the problem of violence in our society is to allow sane people to go forth armed. I have friends who are teachers who have significant gun collections and the skills to use them. Some of them are concealed carry permit holders. And, yet, if a student comes into the cafeteria with a gun and opens fire, they can’t do a think about it. They’re forced to hide under the tables … or behind their dead students .. in hopes of surviving to go home to their families. The death toll is a great deal higher because we do not allow effective defenses in “gun-free zones”.

A few weeks ago, we were at the movie theater and a drunk GI went off on a guy who was supposedly his friend and I watched as at least five men in the crowd stood up. One of them unzipped his coat and said “Leave! Now!” The GI did. His friend gave the concealed carry patron a thumbs-up and followed his friend out.

What might have happened if there’d been nobody but cops — 10 minutes away — to discourage this violent man with impaired judgment and access to select fire weapons? How many people might have died that night? A half dozen concealed carry and one willing to take charge and the potential shooter never reached into his jacket. Was he armed? I don’t know, but I do know that many soldiers are. They’ve been to a war zone and they come back paranoid and they carry because they suspect society is dangerous. They’re right. Sadly, many of them don’t stay sober and therein is the problem. I have no problem with anyone carrying if they’re sober. Anyone who chooses to go forth armed with the understanding that they might have to protect themselves or someone else are a first-line of defense against the bad guys. Or against the mentally-ill teenager or the drunk GI.

A cop won’t fit under my arm. Sadly as a small lady, the gun that fits under my arm isn’t as big as I would like. My 357 will punch a big dent in body armor. My 38 won’t, but I feel better carrying it in many circumstances.

I’m not a teacher, but if I were, I think I’d be considering retiring because our government seems determined to continue the lunacy of not protecting our teachers and students in an effective manner. And that situation exists in malls, churches, public buildings and …

Well, far too many places.

How many kids could have been saved if just one teacher had been concealed carry?

Posted November 8, 2014 by aurorawatcherak in Gun control

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