3D Gun Printing Is BS

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Thoughts on the 3D Gun Printing Hysteria

I think a lot of what is put out about 3D Blueprinting guns is bovine excrement (BS).  I admit that some of the reports are true, but I don’t believe the hype is warranted.  It doesn’t represent freedom.  It doesn’t present a clear and present danger.  It is just another “thing.”

I say this because I see the folks that are benefiting from the attention.  This thing has been around since 2013 and is coming from what looks like to me a guy loving the attention with his ugly plastic gun called the Liberator. 250px-M1942_liberatorWhich looks a little like the real metal pistol (FP-45 Liberator manufactured by the US military during World War II for use by resistance forces in occupied territories. Comparatively, a zip gun from the streets is more dangerous than this 3D printed gun)

So what happened?

Cody Wilson, of Defense Distributed, came under fire after uploading code for the world’s first 3D printable firearm, a plastic single-shot pistol also called “The Liberator.”  It’s now out there for all.

As a responsible gun owner and lifetime activist, I know that except for gaining attention, and giving ammunition to politicians that will milk this thing for all they can— it’s a non-issue.

Glock 17

In 1982, when Gaston Glock put out his 17th version of his safe action pistol made of 33 parts, in polymer and steel, called the Glock 17, folks said the same thing about “plastic guns.”  It even made a mention in the first Die Hard movie.  The myth of the plastic gun is that it will be able to go undetected.  The truth is that bullets if nothing else are metallic.  The quality of gun that can be made with a 3D printer would not be economical, practical, or safe.  But that doesn’t stop anyone from hyping this thing.

What is 3D Printing really?

3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D-printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process, an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.

It starts with making a virtual design of the object that is to be created. This virtual design is made in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D-modeling program (for the creation of a totally new object) or with the use of a 3D scanner (to copy an existing object). A 3D scanner makes a 3D digital copy of an object.

According to the news, Cody Wilson is suing the U.S. State Department for his constitutional right to 3D print guns.  In May 2013, the federal government demanded that Wilson take down the instructions. They claimed that Wilson and his company Defense Distributed were exporting secret military hardware for anyone to take, which violates the International Traffic in Arms Regulations or ITAR.

However, Wilson believes that 3D-printed guns should be protected by not only the Second Amendment but the First as well. Technically all he created was a digital how-to guide, which is free speech, he says.

Wilson’s lawyers told the New York Times that the case was supposed to be settled two months after the State Department ordered the instructions removed. But after two years without a ruling, Wilson is counter-suing for having his speech restricted. As the Times noted, Wilson thinks his effort drew particular scrutiny because it happened shortly after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012.

ATF picture of Liberator

One of the things I learned after this podcast episode is that all of Cody’s files are already in the public and that 3D printing is not only polymers but you can also do it in metals like even titanium.

It’s not good for our community to side with this crap.  It’s not a threat.   It is feeding the attention whores on both sides of the argument.  Politicians are using this to scare people and galvanize their campaigns.

Don’t be fooled by the threat of a 3D printed gun.  A 3D printer can cost around $2500.  Any gun printed can be detected by TSA and almost all x-ray machines.

Criminals are not going to all that trouble, since the guns themselves tend to disintegrate quickly and traditional firearms are easier to come by.

Unlike traditional firearms that can fire thousands of rounds in a lifetime, these polymer ones usually hold a bullet or two and then must be manually loaded afterward. And they’re not usually very accurate.

3D printers can make parts for guns to make them un-serialized aka “ghost guns” but the BATFE is well aware of all of that.  A ghost gun is a firearm without a serial number.  To the uninitiated it sounds like the stuff movies are made of.  It’s not. In the US, under Federal law, it is legal to make a firearm for your own use. It has to be a firearm that is not regulated under NFA. That means it can’t be fully automatic, a short barrel shotgun, a short barrel rifle, or a disguised gun of some sort.

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Zip Guns

The premise, however, is great for political grandstanding.  Case in point, there is a state attorney that is also suing the Trump administration for making the settlement with the guy that started this whole thing out of Texas.  In addition, their lawsuit asks for a nationwide temporary restraining order that’ll prevent him from uploading the gun design files online.

Last week, attorney’s general from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the city of Los Angeles also threatened legal action in an effort to ban access to the guys’ website in their local jurisdictions.

My point is; 3D gun printing is here and possible but this is not a bell we should be ringing in celebration of freedom.   Don’t give the anti-freedom people a rope to hang us with using the support of the ignorant.

This video is pretty snazzy. And makes some points that I agree with and disagree with.

 

What do you think?

 

This week on the Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast ends a month long break I took to reassess and reflect on my success and failures of blogging and podcasting.  I attended the Podcast Movement and hobnobbed with successful podcasters and Content Creators.  I got a chance to remember why I do this thing that my wife still doesn’t understand called “podcasting.”  She is not alone though.

I plan to be more purposeful with the show.  It even starts with a new tag line, which is “The Responsible Gun Owners Podcast.”  I have decided to “stay in my lane,” and be the common sense guy.  That alone ought to ruffle feathers the way things are now.

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Celebrating Juneteenth and The Heller Decision

This week on the Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast episode 574 I have an conversation with the guy in whom the Heller Decision is named, Dick Heller. He is funny. I also share some back story that it originally had a black woman and friend of mine, Shelly Parker as the plaintiff. The history of Juneteenth and the importance of it relating to gun rights.

My birthday is six months before Christmas. It is also usually when the US Supreme Court meets and hands down a decision on a landmark case. Ten years ago, the Supreme Court did just that for us in the District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), that said:

…that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home, and that Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban and requirement that lawfully-owned rifles and shotguns be kept “unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock” violated this guarantee. It also stated that the right to bear arms is not unlimited and that guns and gun ownership would continue to be regulated.

To mark that anniversary, I have a conversation with Dick Heller on this weeks podcast.

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Juneteenth

It commemorates the emancipation of African-American citizens throughout the country.

American slavery took a chunk out of us that hasn’t healed. Juneenth is a day we should be celebrating freedom.

The word is a combo of the words June and nineteenth. Juneteenth marks the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas on 19 June 1865.

During the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on 22 September 1862, to be introduced at the beginning of January 1863. Americans of African ancestry celebrate Watch Night on New Years Eve because of this. It proclaimed the freedom of slaves in the ten states still in rebellion, freeing around 3 million of the 4 million slaves in captivity at the time.

Texas, even after military hostilities had ended, did not comply with the proclamation.

Major General Gordon Granger born in Joy, Wayne County, New York, in 1821 landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another, is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another, is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All of which, or neither of these version could be true. Certainly, for some, President Lincoln’s authority over the rebellious states was in question   For whatever the reasons, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory.

One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began:

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”

The reactions to this news ranged from pure shock to immediate jubilation. Some stayed but a lot of folks went north getting off the plantations at first chance.

North was a logical destination because it represented true freedom, while the desire to reach family members in neighboring states drove the some into Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The celebration of June 19th was coined “Juneteenth” and grew with more participation from descendants. The Juneteenth celebration was a time for reassuring each other, for praying and for gathering remaining family members. Juneteenth continued to be highly revered in Texas but not too many other places unfortunately.

On January 1, 1980, Juneteenth became an official state holiday through the efforts of Al Edwards, an African American state legislator. The successful passage of this bill marked Juneteenth as the first emancipation celebration granted official state recognition.  Edwards has since actively sought to spread the observance of Juneteenth all across America.

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Why You Need This Air Gun In Your Life

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On this weeks show, I will share my review of the Airforceairgun.com Condor SS, .22 cal. Michael J. Woodland introduces us to Kimo Moya of Moyatactical.com. Attorney Andrew Branca gives us a new case in his feature from the Law of Self Defense.

Zen of Airguns Part 2

Airforceairguns.com sent me (blackmanwithagun.com) a Condor SS air rifle to review and I fell in love with it. If you are an “urban shooter,” live in close proximity to others as in a city, suburban, not rural America, one of these rifles is a good addition to your gun safe.

view of the airforce airgun

Features:
• .22 or .25 Caliber Lothar Walther Barrel
• Lightweight
• Recoiless
• Pressure Relief Device
• Adjustable Power
• Extended Scope Rail
• Ring-Loc ™ Valve System
• Black Finish

Technical Specifications:
• Velocity: 600-1300 feet per second (Depending on caliber, pellet weight, and power setting)
• Power Adjustment: User-adjustable
• Maximum Fill Pressure: 3000 psi / 200 bar (Only use compressed air or dry nitrogen)
• Action: Single shot
• Weight: 6.1 lbs.
• Length: 38.125 inches
• Barrel: 18 inches
• Trigger: 2-stage adjustable for position
• Sights: Open optical sights may be installed
• Air Tank Volume: 490cc
• Safety: Automatic on cocking

Unlike the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun I got when I was nine, I had to use and external air supply to charge this rifle. I went to Columbia Scuba, in Columbia, MD to rent a scuba tank. Airforceairguns sent me a device that allowed me to take air from the tank and charge the gun to the recommended capacity not to exceed 3000 PSI.

I was scared to be honest I have never used a tank in this way. It went without a problem. The gun was about the six lbs. I used a picket fence in my yard as a gun rest to shoot at a paper plate and .22 steel target about 50 yards away.

shooting a lead .22 cal. pellet from Crossman with a hollow point. It’s a single shot rifle with some pretty good optics. To shoot I had ago disengage a safety right in front of the trigger guard much like one from an old Garand rifle.

This rifle is cool. It is suppressed because the pellet will come out faster than the speed of sound. It made a sound that sounded like a suppressed .22 bullet. The sound got quieter as the air was used. I shot about twenty plus rounds.

This gun would be good for plinking, collectors, pest control and hunting in the urban environment. It is not a firearm but not a toy either.

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I highly recommend this rifle for all responsible urban shooters.

 

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Michael interviews James “Kimo” Moya of MoyaTactical.com  Kimo shared because of the popularity of his products, he is asking for your patience on orders.

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The Zen of Airguns, Part One

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Podcast 569

This week on the podcast I want to introduce a gun that is not a firearm.  Introducing the AirForceAirGuns.com Condor SS that I will be reviewing and the history of airguns.  Remember the Daisy Red Ryder?  This is the beginning of a project I am working on for folks in the urban environment to get one of these pro airguns.  Andrew Branca’s feature on the Law of Self Defense is from a 2014 case talking use of force and our martial arts.  Michael talks about how important fitness is to one that uses firearms.  Barbara Baird shares some inside info on the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 pistol.  And I share some news and commentary.  

When is a gun not a firearm?

From a legal definition (in 46 of 50 US states) All firearms are guns but not all guns are firearms.

A firearm is a mechanical device that uses pressure from a burning powder or an explosive charge to force a projectile through and out of a metal tube; a weapon, especially a pistol or rifle, capable of firing a projectile and using an explosive charge as a propellant.

But there are also air rifles and pistols, which are commonly called BB guns or pellet guns, but which are not commonly called “firearms,” since they use compressed air or CO2, not gunpowder to propel the projectile. There are also toy guns, such as airsoft or paintball, so gun is a more general or broad term that could be applied even to toys, which look like firearms, but are not.

What Is an Air gun

A airgun (rifle or handgun) that launches projectiles by means of compressed air or other gas such as carbon dioxide.
The Red Ryder BB Gun is a BB gun made by Daisy Outdoor Products and introduced in the spring of 1940 that resembles the Winchester rifle of Western movies.[5] Named for the comic strip cowboy character Red Ryder (created in 1938, and who appeared in numerous films between 1940 and 1950, and on television in 1956), the BB gun is still in production, though the comic strip was cancelled in 1963.
The year was 1886. France had just given the bright copper Statue of Liberty to the United States. Coca-Cola had just been invented and was only available as a syrup mixed with soda water. The Plymouth Iron Windmill Company in Plymouth, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, had for four years been making iron windmills for farmers. However a premium item, given free to farmers who purchased these windmills, was about to change that company’s destiny.

Windmill sales did not take off as expected and the company came close in 1888 to liquidating. The vote failed by one vote – that of General Manager Lewis Cass Hough. While the “Chicago” air rifle–made almost entirely of wood – had been made since 1885 by the Markham Air Rifle Company of Plymouth, Hamilton was the first to develop a metal air rifle. After firing the gun (first at a basket of red-ink covered paper and then an old shingle), Hough exclaimed in the slang of the time, “Boy, that’s a Daisy!” and later convinced the Board of Directors to use the metal air rifle as a premium item.

The popularity of the premium item was huge. Farmers were more interested in the “Daisy” than the windmill– so much so that the focus of the company shifted from windmills to airguns. By 1890, the twenty-five employees of Plymouth Iron Windmill Company were producing 50,000 guns, most of which were distributed within a radius of one hundred miles of the factory.

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From a technical point of view, any gun that launches projectiles utilizing compressed gas rather than producing gases burning a propellant (powder) is considered to be an “air” gun. In some cases, the propelling gas may be carbon dioxide in which case the gun is actually a “gas” gun, but the term airgun is still generally applied to them. One of the great American airgun designs is the multi-pump (sometimes called a “pump up” gun) in which air is compressed by a series of pump strokes. When the gun is fired, the compressed air enters the breech behind the projectile driving it forward. This type of rifle has been produced for well over a century, and with a maximum number of pump strokes, some of these rifles are powerful enough to be useful tools in hunting.

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Kevin Dixie of No Other Choice Firearms Training

Back in November 2017, my patient co-host Michael J. Woodland, interviewed St. Louis, MO firearms trainer and holistic community activist Kevin Dixie. I apologize in advance for the lateness and the quality of the show. I just got a chance to process the audio and present it this week for the Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast. (For the record don’t use a Bluetooth device for an interview) And there are some sounds I couldn’t get rid of when a little girl does a drive by but please stick with it. I did the best I could…

Founder of NOC firearms training, NoOtherChoice.net, Kevin Dixie is awesome. He is not talking to the choir for more FaceTime. He is the real deal. The audio starts off a little rough but try to stay with it because it is gold. Aiming for the Truth conference coming. He explains it.

He is doing this for sure not for show!

Family first, how to talk to people about the Second Amendment, empowering, law abiding, attacking misconceptions, for fatherhood. A mentor in the community. Former LEO. A good guy with a gun. A Black Man With A Gun.

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How to Say the Right Thing

[Podcast 563]

We are talking effective communication for the new gun rights activist. The struggle is real and you can win this thing if you are properly prepared to do battle. The opportunity to make a difference can come at any time and I want to share some stuff I have learned over the years about communicating. The USCCA is having a three day expo next week and I got a chance to snag my friend Tim Schmidt for an interview. http://uscca.blackmanwithagun.com to join up. Michael J. Woodland has a commentary about the attack on the Second Amendment. Atty. Andrew Branca is back with a Law of Self Defense tip and story of the week.

Fight on!

Pro-rights people are under attack every day.  We are demonized, vilified, and maligned by people that get their point across more effectively than we do.  Communicating effectively is more important than talking.  The facts can get lost in the presentation.  I want to share with you how to say the right thing at the right time.  Communicating is secret sauce of life.

There are a lot of smart people that are not great communicators.  If you can communicate with others, the opposite sex, other folks in our community or when you get the opportunity to speak against gun control, effectively it makes a difference.  The newest tool of the anti-gun movement has been children.  The only thing more precious might be your pets.

So what do you do?  For many of us it is to counter-protest.  The media will be selective and chose someone from our side that they can ridicule or discredit if possible.  You won’t get chosen to speak if you are wearing a suit, clean shaven and not wearing a baseball hat.  If they don’t have a choice they may still give you some camera time but edit what you say.  You speak for 30 minutes and they put .30 seconds of that on the air.

 

I’ve been doing this since 1991 and would like to give you some tips.  In addition to that I just so happened to get a copy of the anti-gunner playbook that I will gladly share with you if you ask.  It’s an 80 page PDF I’ll exchange for a working email address from you.  I am trying to grow an email list of leaders in our community so if you want a free copy, click here 

Context is king for communication.

It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to. — Jean-Luc Godard

Context helps you listen.  Think of context as anticipating your reader’s questions, and answering them.  Get into their heads and hearts: You need to really understand how and when your messages are going to be in front of your audience and what they are thinking and feeling in that moment. Every word you use or visual you include is filtered through their state of mind at that moment. Some of you call that “emotion.”  Don’t ever ignore the context of how, where and when your communication will fall into the audience’s day.

A Consistent Message

It’s where, how, when, and to whom, and how often you say it. For the pro-gun community, we have facts on our side but often lack the power of persuasion.  We need to be as relentless as our opponents.  If your message actually matters, then surely the time, place and tone you say it will matter equally.

Correct Facts

Your communication requires a high level of accuracy in reporting information. Characteristics of effective interviews in media include clear dates, facts, resources and schedules that should be double-checked for completeness and clarity. Effective messages are also free of jargon, and slang.

For example, the reporter says:  What is your response to the fact that more children are shot and killed in the US than anywhere in the industrialized world?

YOU say passionately that I heard that too but I know it’s not true, did you know that criminals are included?  Yeah according to the CDC, over half of all homicides of victims aged 15-19 are gang-related. The same study found that gang-related homicides are more likely to involve firearms than those that are not (95% versus 69%).

Clear Purpose

Effective messages include a clear purpose to inform, persuade or collaborate with the intended audience. The message should be designed according to the audience’s level of understanding, potential reaction and relationship with the composer. Generally, it’s best to include only one main idea in each message, unless there are closely related issues that must be addressed together. Having a clear purpose in mind for this communication will also help determine the medium used to deliver the message.

Complete Messages

Prepare at least three solid points for when the reporter sticks a microphone into your face or attaches you a lapel mic.  Knowing that you will be edited, keep your message succinct, know that the camera is rolling if you are in their presence.  Nothing is off camera for you.  If the question is off base deliver your points, regardless of what was asked.  If they want to use your sound byte give them the complete message of what you prepared.  For example, the reporter says,

Thank you for agreeing to speak with us.  What do you have to say in response to the uniquely destructive role that the NRA plays in America?

You respond with a smile, and say, I’m not sure where you get your facts but as a good neighbor, an active recreational and competition shooter I know that though the number of firearms owned by private citizens has been increasing steadily since 1970, and that the overall rate of homicides and suicides has not risen.

Creative Characters

 

The most effective messages are short, engaging and to the point.  Figure out how to provide infotainment.  Don’t deliver or respond to the sound bite the same dry, I know more than you, you are an idiot look.  Look at Wayne LaPierre, don’t be him.  There is only one Wayne.  You be you.  To be effective your communication should include a bit of creativity but not buffoonery.

 

Overall, and more important than the truth here is getting your message across.  The other side knows this.  That is why they are pimping kid victims and indoctrinating them with the PDF I want to share with you.

 

Socialist youth are made not born. – Kenn Blanchard

 

Draw attention to their ridiculousness of their claims.  Illustrate it, tell a story, everyone, even the ignorant care about personal safety.  Frame your response so you don’t look like a smarty pants, know it all but a concerned responsible father, brother, mother, sister.  Be self-deprecating if possible, appeal to the audience not the reporter or speaker.  Be as emotional as you have to be to be true to you.  You know this stuff matters.  You know the truth.  I am not saying you have to go for it like a Pentecostal preacher but …

I want the truth… you can’t handle the truth.

 

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Gun Rights and Porn in the Afternoon

Episode 561

On 24 March 2018 there was a huge march in Washington, DC funded by the super rich against gun owners. Kenn Blanchard talks about the shotgun in self defense, Michael J. Woodland on a survivors mindset, Andrews Branca gives a tip on the judicial system, and Kenn shares the news of the tragedy in Maryland with a school shooting. Kenn inspires and tries to encourage the law abiding gun owner now demonized. Gun control, gun rights, civil rights, and civil liberties explained.

SHOTGUN

Is the shotgun a one size fits all tool for self-defense? Probably not.  It is an effective tool and worth considering when choosing a home defense weapon.  For one thing, it is still a very economical option when compared to carbines. 

There are many  misconceptions surrounding the home defensive shotgun .  The stuff Hollywood puts out is misleading.  For the record, you can easily miss with a shotgun. Movie scatterguns may lift grown men completely off their feet or stop large cars in their tracks, but real ones don’t do anything like that.  The shotgun remains an excellent choice of armament for use in home or where concealment is not an issue.

The shotgun has been a ubiquitous home-defense tool for decades but it has lost its sparkle over the years. As I spoke of last week, the AR-platform rifles are getting cheaper and the fact that they are almost, endlessly customizable, and available in nearly every modern caliber under the sun, it becomes harder and harder to justify the harsh recoil and comparatively clunky operation of a shotgun.

 

Defensive shotguns still have a wide array of configurations, accessories, and ammunition types.  Tactically, a  shotgun offers four points of contact to steady and guide an easier-to-aim barrel. And then there’s the “terminal energy.”  In each typical shotshell of 00 Buck, there are nine pellets that combine to deliver roughly 1500 ft.-lbs. of energy to the target—or four times the energy of a .45 ACP bullet fired from a Model 1911 pistol. Factor in five to nine shells capable of being fired in rapid succession, and what you have is one of the most formidable arms for home defense ever conceived. The point is simple–proper selection of a fighting shotgun and effective ammunition, combined with training, give the defensive shooter one of the most devastating firearms possible.

The shotgun doesn’t have to be the shoulder-breaker that it is often stereotyped as.  Excessive recoil is going to negatively impact performance during training as well as during defensive situations, and as many of us have found out one way or another, shotguns can generate a ton of recoil.

 In states where magazine capacity is restricted, there may not even be a substantial capacity disparity between the shotgun and other defense platforms to begin with, which makes the shotgun an even more attractive option for those of us faced with excessive legislation against the law abiding.

Shot guns come in several flavors all categorized by their actions, some are.
Pump-Action
Semi-auto
Bolt action

Breech:  The breech types are for hunting and sport shooting not defense.

Training is what makes a difference.

 

PORN,  YOUTUBE and Gun Sites NEWS

Pornography is any image, picture, statue, advertisement, writing, etc. whose purpose is to create sexual titillation. In modern Western culture, sex has become such a public topic that the lines between what is legitimate and what is illicit are harder and harder to draw. In fact, sexual images have become so prominent that what used to be considered soft porn, is now considered tame enough to be on prime time television. And while it used to be that people could only get access to it in magazines behind the counter – and then only at certain stores – it is now so pervasive that virtually anyone can access any kind of porn through the most basic internet connection. Many now even question why Christians think pornography is such a big deal.

It is possible for a person to become desensitized to just about anything. Many people who live around abject poverty get to where they hardly even notice it. People who play violent video games often become so desensitized that even real violence is seen as no big deal. This technique is even used by the military to desensitize young recruits. And to get into the topic we are dealing with today, pornography has become so prominent in our society that we hardly even notice it anymore – much less think of it as something bad and destructive. A great example of this is the many “soft porn” TV commercials advertising everything from lingerie to hamburgers. It is so prevalent that most people aren’t even embarrassed anymore when they are shown.

There are many reasons why pornography is a bad thing. Some of those reasons include the fact that it is instrumental in breaking up marriages, it desensitizes people concerning the true significance of sexuality, it objectifies people – turning them into objects of self-gratification instead of persons of worth – and it creates literal addictions which, in turn, lead to acts of perversion.

From a Christian perspective it is bad because it rips people out of their personal fellowship with God. It changes our hearts. Pornography makes sex  purely an object of self gratification. In any area, when our life is focused on gratifying ourselves rather than accomplishing the purpose of God, we have put ourselves in a position which is outside of our relationship with God.

As Christians, we need to be living and expressing our own faith (worldview beliefs) in a way which not only serves to eliminate this destructive influence, but which, literally, changes the hearts of individuals.

In the news I referenced came from this one:

Gun enthusiasts publishing videos to Pornhub amid YouTube crackdown

BY
JESSICA SCHLADEBECK

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Friday, March 23, 2018, 11:06 AM

It’s getting hard to share gun videos on the internet these days.

A recently announced YouTube crackdown on a portion of its gun-related content has pushed some users to a new, unorthodox hub willing to host their content.
InRangeTV, which has more than 144,000 subscribers on its YouTube channel, has opted instead to publish its videos on Pornhub. A search of the adult website turns up a series of clips including one that sees hosts comparing a Glock 19 and a Hudson H9.
Though it’s listed among racier clips common to a porn site, the video appears exactly as it does on YouTube.
InRangeTV on its Facebook page said the move was an effort to defend “freedom of expression on the internet.”

“We will not be seeking any monetization from PornHub and do not know what their monetization policies are, we are merely looking for safe harbor for our content and for our viewers,” wrote Karl Kasarda and Ian McCollum, who run the popular gun review blog.
YouTube on Monday announced new policy regarding gun-related content shared to the website.

Starting next month, videos that offer instruction on how to make firearms and accessories — like bump stocks and silencers — will no longer be allowed on the popular video-sharing platform. Content detailing modifications to guns and videos aiming to sell firearms and accessories will also be prohibited under the new policies.

Several gun adovcates have slammed YouTube for the move. (INRANGETV VIA YOUTUBE)
“We routinely make updates and adjustments to our enforcement guidelines across all of our policies,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement.

“While we’ve long prohibited the sale of firearms, we recently notified creators of updates we will be making around content promoting the sale or manufacture of firearms and their accessories, specifically items like ammunition, gatling triggers and drop-in auto sears.”
Prominent pro-gun bloggers and advocates were quick to denounce the move, many of them expressing their frustration on social media.

“The liberal left will slowly chip away at our freedoms and erode our rights, and the first step is to squelch our voice,” Florida-based gun manufacturer, Spike’s Tactical wrote on Facebook.

“To say we’re f—ing pissed is an understatement.”
The new policies are slated to go into full effect on April 20.
The announcement comes just more than a month after a gunman killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida. The student survivors of the deadly attack have since thrust the issue of gun violence into the national spotlight

YouTube today updated its policies on videos containing firearm and firearm modifications, banning demo videos, how-tos, and anything containing links to sites that sell guns. Needless to say, the gun enthusiast community on the site is not taking happy about it, and some are starting to find unconventional new hosts for their content.
According to YouTube’s updated policies, it will no longer allow content that:

…intends to sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales (e.g., private sales by individuals) or links to sites that sell these items …Provides instructions on manufacturing a firearm, ammunition, high capacity magazine, homemade silencers/suppressors, or certain firearms accessories such as those listed above. This also includes instructions on how to convert a firearm to automatic or simulated automatic firing capabilities, [or] Shows users how to install the above-mentioned accessories or modifications.

The community is already starting to feel the pressure, as several channels are seeing videos disappear, according to Motherboard. One popular channel, Spike’s Tactical, was taken down entirely for content that, according to a notice posted to the channel’s Facebook page, “promotes violent or dangerous acts.” The channel has since been reinstated, and YouTube told Bloomberg the takedown was a mistake.

At least one of the vloggers in question has turned to a different platform: PornHub. InRangeTV, a channel with over 100,000 subscribers, said in a statement on Facebook that it was “merely looking for a safe harbor for our content and for our viewers.” It also said, “YouTube’s recent update on their policy towards firearm content is extremely poorly worded and open ended.”

YouTube first began taking down videos with gun modifications last October, following the massacre in Las Vegas. At the time, the big target seemed to be bump stocks, a modification allegedly used by shooter Stephen Paddock to tragic effect.
We’ll have to wait and see if other gun enthusiasts follow InRange over to PornHub and other video sites. Though if I were Vimeo, I’d be feeling very unappreciated right now.

From NPR

From the Washington Post

 

*photo with woman and shotgun is from Oleg Volk.

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Why Does This Black Person Want An AR-15?

On this episode of the Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast #560

My Country Tis of Thee…

What Happened on YouTube – Michael j. Woodland interviews Hank Strange

Which gun organization should you join?

Why Would This Black Man Want An AR-15?

For the record, I’ve been African American, Black not Hispanic most of my life. Before that I was Colored, Negro, and Afro- American. I’m over 50 so I have weathered the social and cultural storm. I am not confused.

I’ve been there done that, and got the scars to prove it.

Also, the title of this post and podcast is to bring attention to the foolishness which has become our normal. Some of you will get that later.

If you are still reading, let me share some stuff with you that is true and factual. Some information about gun control, deliberate misinformation, and fear based hypocrisy regarding a mechanical device called the AR-15. I have one and want to share why I “aint scared.”

The Armalite Rifle (AR-15) is the subject of debate, hysteria and fearmongering since a murderer used one in Parkland, Florida. Over the past twenty-five years of my tenure in the gun community I have seen and heard this argument over and over again. The laws that are proposed only affect the innocent, and the law abiding gun owner. The Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Act (the Federal Assault Weapons Ban) was enacted as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to 2004 it did not work. The AWB did not prevent the 1999 Columbine massacre either. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people at a high school in Colorado, carrying two illegal sawed-off shotguns as well as a Hi-Point 995 carbine and Tec-DC9 pistol.

The bill was originally written by Vice President Joe Biden—then a Senator—no crime bill before or after was bigger. Inside the 356-page bill is the Assault Weapons Ban (AWB), which banned any new manufacture of semiautomatic rifles that accept a detachable magazine and had two additional cosmetic features from this list:

· Folding or collapsible stock
· Pistol grip
· Bayonet mount
· Flash suppressor or threaded barrel
· Grenade launcher mount

Along with the firearms ban was the stop to any new manufacture of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. The AWB’s intention was to stop mass shootings and lower homicide rates of law enforcement officers.

Remember Sandy Hook? Some anti rights folks, claim the assault weapons ban would have prevented Adam Lanza from obtaining the firearm he used. However, during the time of the shooting, Connecticut had its own assault weapons ban in effect. The alleged Bushmaster Lanza stole from his mother was legally purchased and owned in Connecticut.

The AR-15 was developed in the late 1950s as a civilian weapon by Eugene Stoner, a former Marine working for small California startup called ArmaLite (which is where the AR comes from). The gun, revolutionary for its light weight, easy care and adaptability with additional components, entered the mainstream in the mid-1960s, after Colt bought the patent and developed an automatic-fire version for troops in Vietnam, called the M16. I had a M16A1 in 1980 in MCRD Parris Island.

Why is it good?

The AR is a lightweight, magazine-fed, gas-operated semi-automatic rifle. It was designed to be manufactured with the extensive use of aluminum alloys and synthetic materials. They can be chambered in .22, .223 (5.56 x 45mm), 6.8 SPC, .308, .450 Bushmaster and about a dozen others. Upper receivers for pistol calibers such as 9 mm, .40, and .45 are available. There are even .410 shotgun versions.

These rifles are used for many different types of hunting, from varmint to big game. And they’re used for target shooting in the national matches. AR-15-style rifles are no more powerful than other hunting rifles of the same caliber and in most cases are chambered in calibers less powerful than common big-game hunting cartridges like the 30-06 Springfield and .300 Win. Mag. The AR-15 platform is modular. Owners like being able to affix different “uppers” (the barrel and chamber) to the “lower” (the grip, stock).

This is why some people compare the AR-15 to a car chassis, others to Legos or Mr. Potato Head. It is relatively easy to take it apart, reassemble it and modify it ─ including changes to the caliber of ammunition it fires. Pushing the gun’s “takedown pins” with his fingers, he broke his gun down into its basic components, and within several seconds snapped it back together.

Building an AR-15 at home often begins with buying a “lower receiver,” the only part with a serial number and that requires a federal background check. The rest of the core parts are available online. Then there is a seemingly endless array of accessories: barrels, grips, stocks, rails, magazines and scopes.

Everything about the AR-15 platform can be changed to fit the specific end user and their intended use. Long range shooters might add a longer barrel and big scope to the gun for increased accuracy. Those interested in home defense might choose a shorter barrel and add a flashlight to the gun. You can even change the grip to fit your hand exactly and make shooting more comfortable.

Hundreds of thousands of new hunters use the AR-15 platform (which is often sold in complete configurations specifically designed for hunting). The gun is rugged, reliable, portable and accurate. What’s more, the ability to quickly and easily change the rifle’s caliber offers American hunters a huge advantage.

Before the AR-15 rifle made its way onto the market gun owners needed to buy a different gun for each caliber and application.

Shooters were also stuck with their rifle’s ergonomics. If the stock was too long or too short there wasn’t much they could do—except pay a gunsmith to modify the gun. The same was true if you didn’t like the rifle’s trigger or the sights. Changing anything was a major pain in the butt.

For self-defense the AR-15 is an easy-to-use and effective rifle for self-defense, both at close and distant ranges. It’s also the reason the police rely on AR-15s to counter active shooters.

Since the 19th century, civilian sporting rifles have evolved from their military predecessors. The modern sporting rifle simply follows that tradition.

Misconceptions from the ‘hood.

AR-15-style rifles are NOT “assault weapons” or “assault rifles.” An assault rifle is fully automatic — a machine gun. Automatic firearms have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934.

FYI: The M16 was not the original so called assault rifle, the German created at in WWII with a rifle called the Sturmgewehr 44 or STG 44.

Re-naming AR-15’s “assault rifles” is comparable to how folks named health care legislation (Obama Care) the “Affordable Care Act”.

Versions of modern sporting rifles are legal to own in all 50 states, provided the purchaser passes the mandatory FBI background check required for all retail firearm purchasers.

1. Owning a rifle does not equal murder.
2. Owning a rifle does not mean I am evil.
3. Owning a rifle does not mean I don’t have faith in God.

I am a steward of everything God has given me. He has given me the ability to get training, knowledge, and learn how to be safe, accurate and secure as a person. With this I can protect others and have fun with this device.

Shooting these rifles is fun.

The skill required to shoot accurately past one hundred yards is no joke.

LWRCI –DI

 

Being in the gun community, being an advocate for 20 plus years is starting to really pay off for me. I got a chance to visit the LWRCI shop in Cambridge, Maryland last summer. I had a ball. What made it for me was that it was in the town on Harriet Tubman. It was in a formerly poor part of the Eastern Shore. The folks there have a choice of either farming, working for Frank Purdue in the chicken realm, or become skilled craftspersons at a machine shop that makes high performance rifles. I saw old ladies, old dudes, young people cranking out, finishing, polishing, engraving, cutting, sanding, and building beautiful works of art that you can shoot.

Some people collect rifles for nostalgia. It reminds them of a movie, a war, a time period. For me it is to support my state, one of the most un gun friendly states in the union and the people that work for LWRCI.

Can I tell you about this rifle? (seen in the picture)

The LWRCI™ Di is made with the same craftsmanship and design excellence that comes with every LWRCI™ firearm. I have seen the African American hands that put these together. It’s built from the ground up to be more than just another direct impingement rifle, the LWRCI™ Di delivers the quality every rifle enthusiast demands with innovation that’s expected from LWRCI™. It has a “keyless” bolt carried design, combined with an operating system . It has an ambidextrous lower receiver is compatible with the rest of our IC family, you can upgrade your Di to our flagship, piston-driven IC just by switching out the upper.

LWRCI™ A2 BIRDCAGE FLASH HIDER

LWRCI™ AMBIDEXTROUS SLING MOUNT

LWRCI™ AMBIDEXTROUS CHARGING HANDLE

LWRCI™ ADJUSTABLE COMPACT STOCK

MAGPUL® MOE+®GRIP

CALIBER 5.56 NATO

BARREL 16.1” [40.9cm]

WEIGHT 6.6lbs [2.9kg]

O/A LENGTH 32″-35.25″ [81.3-89.5cm]

MUZZLE THREADS 1/2 x 28 TPI

RIFLING 1:7″ RH

How these guns work.

The bolt carrier acts as a movable cylinder and the bolt itself acts as a stationary piston. This mechanism is often called “direct gas impingement” (DGI), although it differs from prior gas systems. Designer Eugene Stoner did not consider the AR-15 to be a conventional direct impingement mechanism, but that is how it came to be characterized.[4]

Gas is tapped from the barrel as the bullet moves past a gas port located above the rifle’s front sight base. The gas expands into the port and down a gas tube, located above the barrel that runs from the front sight base into the AR-15’s upper receiver. Here, the gas tube protrudes into a “gas key” (bolt carrier key), which accepts the gas and funnels it into the bolt carrier.

At this point, the bolt is locked into the barrel extension by locking lugs, so the expanding gas forces the bolt carrier backward a short distance. As the bolt carrier moves toward the butt of the gun, the bolt cam pin, riding in a slot on the bolt carrier, forces the bolt to rotate and thus unlocks it from the barrel extension. Once the bolt is fully unlocked it begins its rearward movement along with the bolt carrier. The bolt’s rearward motion extracts the empty cartridge case from the chamber. As soon as the neck of the case clears the barrel extension, the bolt’s spring-loaded ejector forces it out the ejection port in the side of the upper receiver.

Behind the bolt carrier is a plastic or metal buffer, which rests in line with a return spring. The buffer spring begins to push the bolt carrier and bolt back toward the chamber once it is

Being into guns is not a strange weird thing people have been hunting with long guns for centuries, collecting, passing them on as heirlooms, investing in them.

Shooting is an internationally recognized Olympic sport.

Having a gun makes you better able to defend your family.

If gun ownership one day is made illegal, criminals won’t turn in their guns. Gun control makes easy prey out of law-abiding citizens. The police can’t come to help you until AFTER a crime has been committed. Having a gun may enable you to stay alive long enough to call for help from the police. Our courts regularly return violent criminals to the streets to do their crimes again.

Guns in the home are safe, when gun owners keep guns responsibly. More children die every year in swimming pool accidents than in gun accidents.

It is a fact that armed American men and women prevent two million crimes every year with their guns.

Self-defense is more honorable and better for society than being a victim. It is up to YOU to act responsibly for your own safety, and the safety of your family.

It is true that cities which impose strict gun control create the highest assault and murder rates in America.

The most violent cities involve gang members that shoot other gang members. The average gun owner never uses his or her gun to commit a crime.

Most states issue permits to carry concealed handguns. Men and women who get permits take gun safety classes, and have extensive criminal background checks.

These people make everyone a little safer, wherever they may be.

Imagine walking out to a outdoor range where the sky is blue and the grass is green like a golf course. You can’t even see the target without binoculars or the scope on your rifle. But if you are old school like me, you are using iron sights. The Zen of shooting is the ability to decompress, block out the troubles of the day, concentrate on your breathing, marksmanship skills and the abilities of the rifle you probably put together. Your goal is to hit a target accurately and continuously a foot ball field away.

The Japanese had bows or swords, we now have the AR15. It is the same art really, just a different choice of weapon but the mind game is the same – getting rid of “mind” so that one can just hit the target naturally. It’s a Zen thing.

If you still don’t get it after everything I said, then maybe you are not someone I would want around me or my family. Just saying…

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Gun Control is Bearing False Witness Against Your Neighbor

Podcast 559

I shared the feelings of my ace writer on this blog Dave Cole and riffed on the article by J. Christian Adams, he linked to as well, in my thoughts about how folks think this gun control debacle is new. We must not let the socialist youth movement try to destroy our republic.

The 9th Commandment

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Exodus 20:16

It is exactly what prohibitionist, and anti-rights do when they push for gun control. The people, you and I that are affected by the changes in laws not the criminals, the insane, the evil or the terrorist.

To be a false witness against our neighbor basically means to falsely accuse someone else of wrongdoing. In the Torah, false witnesses were dealt with very harshly. We see in the above verses that if a person was found to be bearing false witness against another person, they would be given the punishment that the other person would have received if the witness was true! With such a righteous law, we can understand why ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses’ every matter truly was established. If anyone rose up as a false witness, they would be given the same punishment they thought to give to their neighbor…. risking their own life! With such a thing facing them, they would be very careful, yes?

If this righteous rule were established in today’s court systems, there wouldn’t be nearly the problems we see today.

We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.

The idea that guns caused the carnage we have faced is so intellectually bankrupt that it is isn’t worth discussing. Remembering where we were as a nation just 30 years ago makes it even more so. It’s time to ask the real question. what changed?

Democracy?

The Pledge of Allegiance includes the phrase: “and to the republic for which it stands.”

Did you know that the United States is, indeed, a republic, not a democracy? Accurately defined, a democracy is a form of government in which the people decide policy matters directly–through town hall meetings or by voting on ballot initiatives and referendums.

Law of Self Defense with Andrew Branca

Shoot don’t shoot Scenario

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Thanks for listening, I am not the bombastic gun guy.  I might be a little too subdued for some.  But I’ve been around, since the fax machine and bulletin boards online.  I’ve been the leader of national black gun club called the tenth cavalry gun club that I founded in 1991.  I’ve testified for concealed carry reform in a few states.  I’ve been a part of the gun community since then.  I’ve lost jobs, bankrupted my family finances chasing after the dream of entrepreneurship in this space.  I have learned.  All my wisdom comes from the school of hard knocks.  I’ve seen smooth talkers, come and go.  I’ve seen the keypad contenders and the photograph pretenders.  I’m a life member of the NRA.  I helped edit the refuse to be a victim program. I’ve received commendations for the Eddie Eagle program and been awarded the Harlan Carter award for civil rights from the NRA.  I am currently on the training committee. Just FYI.

Did you know this podcast is over ten years old?  I’ve tried it all and I thank you for supporting me.  I hope you can tell I am trying to encourage our side.

We go through a lot staying free in America, in 2018.

 

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Black Panthers [Podcast 557]

This week on the BMWAG show podcast I share the history of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, Andrew Branca returns with his segment on the Law of Self Defense, my cohost Monster, aka Michael Woodland, talks about a guy that responded to the tragedies by destroying his rifle. There was a tragic shooting in Florida and as a result the gun control people are on a roll. I share where I was last week.

This weekend is the premier of the Disney movie, Black Panther. a radically different kind of comic-book movie, one with a proud Afrocentric twist, featuring a nearly all-black cast, that largely ignores the United States and focuses instead on the fictional nation of Wakanda — I loved it. It had a little Lion King in it… It was one of Marvels best adaptations.  But back in the day…

Around February 1981, while stationed in Camp Pendleton California, a engineer base in San Mateo, a young Marine Lance Corporal named Blanchard got into trouble and called a r”acist, a militant, a subversive” for reading the history of the Black Panther Party.

Here’s the history.

The Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO), also known as the Black Panther Party, was started in 1965 under the direction of Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) activist Stokely Carmichael.  In 1965, Lowndes County in Alabama was 80% black but not a single black citizen was registered to vote.  Carmichael arrived in the county to organize a voter registration project and from this came the LCFO. Party members adopted the black panther as their symbol for their independent political organization.

More than half of the African American population in Lowndes County lived below the poverty line.  Moreover, white supremacists had a long history of extreme violence towards anyone who attempted to vote or otherwise challenge all-white rule.  Lowndes County Freedom Organization members didn’t simply want to vote to place other white candidates in office.  Instead they wanted to be able to vote for their own candidates.

White voters in Lowndes County reacted strongly to the LCFO.  In many instances, whites evicted their sharecroppers, leaving many blacks homeless and unemployed.  Whites also refused to serve known LCFO members in stores and restaurants.  Small riots broke out with the local police often firing only on blacks during these confrontations.  However, the LCFO pushed forward and continued to organize and register voters.  In 1966, several LFCO candidates ran for office in the general election but failed to win.  While their attempt was unsuccessful, the LCFO continued to fight and their goal and motto of “black power” spread outside of Alabama.

The movement spread all over the nation.  Two black Californians, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, asked for permission to use the black panther emblem that the Lowndes County Freedom Organization had adopted, for their newly formed Black Panther Party.  The Oakland-based Black Panther Party became a much more prominent organization than the LCFO.  Thus few people remember the origins of this powerful symbol with impoverished African Americans in a central Alabama County.

The Black Panthers, dressed in black berets and black leather jackets, organized armed citizen patrols of Oakland and other U.S. cities. At its peak in 1968, the Black Panther Party had roughly 2,000 members. The organization later declined as a result of internal tensions, deadly shootouts and FBI counterintelligence activities aimed at weakening the organization.

Founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale met in 1961 while students at Merritt College in Oakland, California.

They both protested the college’s “Pioneer Day” celebration, which honored the pioneers who came to California in the 1800s, but omitted the role of African Americans in settling the American West. Seale and Newton formed the Negro History Fact Group, which called on the school to offer classes in black history.

They founded the Black Panthers in the wake of the assassination of black nationalist Malcolm X and after police in San Francisco shot and killed an unarmed black teen named Matthew Johnson.

Originally dubbed the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, the organization was founded in October 1966. The Black Panthers’ early activities primarily involved monitoring police activities in black communities in Oakland and other cities.

As they instituted a number of social programs and engaged in political activities, their popularity grew. The Black Panthers drew widespread support from urban centers with large minority communities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. By 1968, the Black Panthers had roughly 2,000 members across the country.

Newton and Seale drew on Marxist ideology for the party platform. They outlined the organization’s philosophical views and political objectives in a Ten-Point Program.

The Ten-Point Program

1.We Want Freedom. We Want Power To Determine The Destiny Of Our Black Community.

2.We Want Full Employment For Our People.

3.We Want An End To The Robbery  By The Capitalists Of Our Black Community.

4.We Want Decent Housing Fit For The Shelter Of Human Beings.

5.We Want Education For Our People That Exposes  The True Nature Of This Decadent American Society. We Want Education That Teaches Us Our True History  And Our Role In The Present-Day Society.

6.We Want All Black Men To Be Exempt From Military Service.

7.We Want An Immediate End To Police Brutality And Murder Of Black People.

8.We Want Freedom For All Black Men  Held In Federal, State, County And City Prisons And Jails.

9.We Want All Black People When Brought To Trial To Be Tried In  Court By A Jury Of Their Peer Group Or People From Their Black Communities, As Defined By The Constitution Of The United States.

10.We Want Land, Bread, Housing, Education, Clothing, Justice And Peace.
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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

The Black Panthers were part of the larger Black Power movement, which emphasized black pride, community control and unification for civil rights.

While the Black Panthers were often portrayed as a gang, their leadership saw the organization as a political party whose goal was getting more African Americans elected to political office. They were unsuccessful on this front. By the early 1970s, FBI counterintelligence efforts, criminal activities and an internal rift between group members weakened the party as a political force.

The Black Panthers did, however, start a number of popular community social programs, including free breakfast programs for school children and free health clinics in 13 African American communities across the United States.

The Black Panthers were involved in numerous violent encounters with police. In 1967, founder Huey Newton allegedly killed Oakland police officer John Frey. Newton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 1968 and was sentenced to two to 15 years in prison. An appellate court decision later reversed the conviction.

Eldridge Cleaver, editor of the Black Panther’s newspaper, and 17-year old Black Panther member and treasurer Bobby Hutton, were involved in a shootout with police in 1968 that left Hutton dead and two police officers wounded.

Conflicts within the party often turned violent too. In 1969, Black Panther Party member Alex Rackley was tortured and murdered by other Black Panthers who thought him a police informant.

Black Panther bookkeeper Betty Van Patter was found beaten and murdered in 1974. No one was charged with the death, though many believed that party leadership was responsible.

The Black Panthers’ socialist message and black nationalist focus made them the target of a secret FBI counterintelligence program called COINTELPRO.

In 1969, the FBI declared the Black Panthers a communist organization and an enemy of the United States government. The first FBI’s first director, J. Edgar Hoover, in 1968 called the Black Panthers, “One of the greatest threats to the nation’s internal security.”

The FBI worked to weaken the Panthers by exploited existing rivalries between black nationalist groups. They also worked to undermine and dismantle the Free Breakfast for Children Program and other community social programs instituted by the Black Panthers.

In 1968, Chicago police gunned down and killed Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, who were asleep in their apartment.

About a hundred bullets were fired in what police described as a fierce gun battle with members of the Black Panther Party. However, ballistics experts later determined that only one of those bullets came from the Panthers’ side.

Although the FBI was not responsible for leading the raid, a federal grand jury later indicated that the bureau played a significant role in the events leading up to the raid.

The Black Panther Party officially dissolved in 1982.

I have learned many things about American history.  It’s not always pretty.  I do not romanticize it.  The purpose of history is to learn from it so we won’t make the same mistakes again.  We are living longer, so we might as well live better.  Go forward my friends…

Sadly, this week, this happened…

in the News

 

 

 

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