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The “left side” and the “right side” are in constant disagreement and debate over the causes (and correlations between factors) that might lead to more gun related crimes in the US. And as the age-old phrase goes, “you can use statistics to prove any point,” this is even more real today than ever before. But now we know the REAL FACTORS that the FBI uses to get to the heart of the problem. There was a great article written in NewsTimes, “Listen to FBI, not bogus science, on gun safety,” that specifically lists out what the FBI uses in its [more]
Firearm training is always an interesting discussion among gun owners. Most people believe they don’t have enough, but they have enough. I know…doesn’t make sense but it’s the best way I know how to describe it. What it means is that most gun owners get some basic level of training and consider themselves “trained enough” for home defense and use of their firearm(s). But if you ask them if they are “trained enough” they all say they could use more training. Is there ever enough training when you are talking about a weapon that can [more]
Most people would say that “religion and guns” don’t mix. While this might be true on certain levels, especially with regard to the law, they might not be so distant from each other in the real world. Take the case of Pastor Gary Smith in York, Pennsylvania. Gary is a Christian Pastor who has been guiding people in their faith for 30 years but is also a gun instructor and NRA Certified Trainer. As Gary says… “On this side of heaven, we live in a wrecked world," Smith said. "Christians or not Christians, if legally we can carry or not [more]
There is sometimes a misconception that when an initiative is passed into law that it will start being enforced the next day. While those that promote these initiatives wish this were the case, often times (maybe most of the time) its enforcement lags much further behind. One of the reasons is that the legal system needs time to fully understand the law, communicate it to their agencies and individuals, and then ensure they have the time (and manpower) to enforce it. What this all boils down to is that there is usually a “lag time” from passing something into law [more]
When it comes to increasing the safety of everyone there are often two different debates going on…both of which have great support for their own arguments. But in the end nothing seems to change all that much other than more arguing and debate. While this is going on, there are others who are coming up with some creative solutions to do what everyone wants…more safety. There was an article written in WIRED magazine, “One Great Way to Reduce Gun Violence? A Whole Lot of Data,” that shared some interesting insights and alternatives I think are worth sharing. While [more]
One of the main reasons my clients want to establish a solid trust based estate plan is to avoid probate. Probate can be expensive, take many months to years to complete, and end up disclosing your estate assets in the public record. Let me share with you a story that might “light a fire” under you if you haven’t already created a Gun Trust for your firearms. I’ve changed the names to protect the people in the story but their situation isn’t unlike that of many others…maybe even you! George and Sylvia had an estate plan [more]
We’ve always heard, “The Law is the Law”…but sometimes this can change. The Law is still always the law but there are times when it can change due to circumstances or particular situations. It’s important, as a gun owner, to understand when certain laws are “Temporary” and when they aren’t. A case in point is the Concealed Carry law in Florida. The fall is hurricane season in the Southeast part of the country, typically Florida and the Caribbean. This is pretty much guaranteed during this time of year. Because this is something they know will most [more]
As a gun owner, you know you have additional responsibilities. This goes without saying, even though I just said…it never hurts to repeat it and keep it in the front of our minds. But are there times when you can “say too much” in a particular situation? As an ordinary citizen, if there is an incident involving a firearm and other people, most of us would leap forward to help provide as much information as possible to help out the authorities. Is this the same protocol or path we should take if we happen to be either carrying a [more]