Mar 10

2014: Knowing who to trust. Should America trust the values of 90 million gun owners? Part II


In a word, yes. It is because it strengthens the voting bloc on the shared values of what America is asking for at this hour. It is because 90 million gun owners and so many non-gun owners are all fighting for the same things; why not merge?

And what would those be, John?

They would be integrity, good faith dealings, shared values, and fair play.

As a voting bloc, liberty voters may at first appear to be single-issue voters, and are dismissed as such without a hearing. What is needed is more than a hearing; what is needed is a heeding to discover what gun owners and non gun owners have in common.

As I explained in Part I, gun control affects every single person adversely, and cannot be a single issue to anyone;just because non-gun owners do not notice any connection doesn’t mean it isn’t real. It is the task of the liberty culture to show that connection.  Gun control is a nice predictor of what the electorate will tolerate and, so far, it is has been an exceedingly reliable one and to the detriment of all. 

In Part II, we need to show how this awareness can be applied to regain the totality of rights for everyone. Everyone is losing everything, and for a lot of non-gun owners, the concern of is over whether regaining rights can be done non-violently. In a word, yes.

First of all, gun owners need to shed that “single-issue” canard and demonstrate to the balance of the electorate precisely how gun control has deleteriously affected how people run their homes much worse than gun ownership ever could. As described in Part I, the focus needs to begin with dispelling the mistaken notion that gun owners are eager to shoot, that owning a gun means only one defensive choice, namely shooting; that gun owners take the law into their own hands, and that they are stupid, hasty and untrained.

In fact, gun owners are rather well trained. They are trained to respond instead of react; they are coached, practiced and taught close quarter courses, defensive gun use in the home and away from home; they train in working in darkness and they have quite a library of both heritage and current law on how to do it all best for safety and for others. For the non-gun owners looking for who to trust in values, America’s gun owners are a seriously untapped resource.

And beyond all of this, many Sheriffs endorse the armed civilian and view them as an adjunct bloc perhaps at some time in the future to be so summoned. Let us hope not. It’s not the armed citizen we want to avoid, it’s the conditions requiring them we want to avoid.In believing the gun owners are single-issue voters, the entire electorate is missing a bet.

Once having established these in some sort of organized lecture crafted especially for both Congress and non-gun owner audiences, liberty speakers can enunciate their second half; just how gun control can be reversed for safer streets and safer futures for all.

Safer futures? In a word, yes.

This is where gun rights are not a single-issue plank in only one voting bloc; an armed citizenry makes the streets safer, and in doing so, also removes the abuses of gun control as a device to control conditions conducive to enlarging bureaucracies. Reducing the need for large bureaucracies and controlling spending makes the people’s futures safer as well. The key is that the armed citizen is an enormously valuable asset as many Sheriffs point out.

Is it the gun on the street? No, it’s the positive attitude on the street, and more to the point, it is the presence of the law when the belief is that when the police are not present, neither is any law. Who do you trust for values in 2014?

The armed citizen makes for safer streets by immediacy and presence over absence of political assurances. I like to put it like this: when the armed citizen is present, so the law is present also. Gun control cannot do this on its word alone in some substitute for lawful force.

Safer streets is proof of a healthier self-rule, and not just for gun owners.

Speaking of dispelling the canards, self-rule does not mean vigilanteism or anarchy; it means independence and that is something all Americans sense is being diminished more every week on every issue.

Why isn’t the armed citizen vigilante?

Because civilians – citizens – are already possessed of the legal authority they need to stop a violent crime in progress. Vigilante has specific elements to it: it operates outside of due process and operates on positively no authority; it operates for a criminal purpose, such as coercion, and it operates generally with a killing, all for political purposes.

Irrespective of the origin of Vigilanteism, being vigilante remains a series of acts for the purpose of silencing political action, such as the abolition of slavery. Today, it is a smear of the armed citizen which is to silence people for political purposes.

Looking to the 2014 elections, American non-gun owners might like to be informed as to the legal latitude gun owners actually possess in the public interest and how they perform the function in the absence of police.

Moreover, the balance of the electorate might like to know how gun owners have not deserved the vulgar smears of lust and anger about them and have actually played a vital role in making their communities safer, often one person at a time.

On more thing that is true is that gun owners share values of personal integrity, good faith, fair play and due process with everyone else who loves liberty and personal independence. .. and who wants to get it all back as the reasonable expectation of public service. This now enlarges a voting bloc from 90 million to tens of millions more who are seeing the entire platform to gather around in 2014 as one set of shared values.

It is not about gun rights – it is about all your rights, the ones you feel slipping away year after year. It is not about more guns, it is about a wider acceptance of the ubiquitous armed citizen for safer futures.

Making streets safer as proof of a healthy self-rule is the second amendment in action; it becomes visible when the streets are safer by the much more likely immediacy of an appreciated armed citizen over the idea of the bureaucracy that is absent at the very moment it is needed most.

The solution: take a gun owner to lunch; they ought to take you to the range. Be sure to register to vote, get out the Vote, and get out and vote.


Who could possibly oppose the training of millions of citizens in CPR? It happened. The CPR Corollary is the case study of how initial resistance to training millions in CPR in 1979 was identical to the acceptance of the ubiquitous armed citizen of 2014 and how that initial resistance was overcome in the public interest. Download your free e-copy here.

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Mar 03

2014: It’s all in knowing who to trust; should America trust 90 million gun owners’ values?

Far from being a single-issue voter, the American gun owner is much more of a libertarian – independent – conservative blend of the average citizen: the shared values I’m talking about are where gun owners stand generally as a rather reliable early warning to presage how the rest of the nation will fare. As I put it often, the health of the second amendment is the primary indicator of the overall health of the nation.

Gun owners work a double duty sort of. They not only serve as a sensitive early indicator, but they’re mouthy, and you can depend on their complaining as a reliable cawing to let you know that whatever is happening to them is going to happen to non-gun owners next. This has generally been true for any segment of society singled out at first, but there are 90 million gun owners who can see a future and that’s a good segment to heed if you’re thinking of who to trust for information, insight, and for the same kind of way of life.

This is why gun rights is not a single-issue question; there is more to how gun rights gone means all other rights to go next.

First, it’s not all about rights; often it is about way of life, commerce, regulations and shortages, each of which affects us all. No matter what your political position, we all have to have energy, food, safety of services and a most reasonable freedom of movement within our society. This alone is a value shared by gun owners and non-gun owners alike.

How are they related to gun control, exactly? The affirmation of the armed citizen will help the non-gun owner electorate get what they want most: safer streets and a safer self-rule. This is the message.

We often say that gun control is much more about control than about guns, or safety or politics. Yes, it is all about control, and from the very beginning, gun control has been an indicator of the health of the nation by being an indicator of how far the American people can be pushed. Gun control’s original purpose was to be a dependable indicator for officials of how deep the electorate will go in tolerance for political nonsense and the unreasonable. That unreasonable was made to sound reasonable by pushing gun control on American blacks first. Naturally, it spread to everyone. With me so far?

In short, politicians can understand from one freshman generation to the next that if the people will delegate responsibility for what belongs only to the people (personal safety especially to begin with), then they will delegate anything.

Until this paradigm is reversed, the belief will continue and to our detriment. So far, they have seen that it is quite true. This evergreen control served the primary purpose of interfering with one dynamic; citizen authority to act in an emergency and your ability to fight crime where it is fought best, at the scene of the crime. This citizen authority has not really changed; it is, however, vexed, frustrated and concealed. Punished. Many Sheriffs know this is true and try to restore it by one action: granting CCW to constituents when they can. Thank you for your service to the United States, Sheriffs.

How this relates to the 2014 election is this: do you trust 90 million gun owners — and CCW Sheriffs — to share the very same values you have in your home, or do you believe that politicians independent of the electorate have ideas better than your ideas of restoring integrity of office, fair play, and abolishing corruption? Do you trust them to abolish corruption?

Here’s a question: Do gun owners abolish corruption? In a word, yes. An armed citizen is the law present in the absence of police. Police are not the only ones who enforce the law; they involve citizens. We have programs such as CERT for emergencies, Neighborhood Watch programs, Militia who operate under the Governor as their Commander-in-Chief for their state and not as hate groups certainly, and we have Amber Alerts just to name a few examples of how citizens play a vital role in keeping the peace and working with law enforcement, and on LE’s request at that. That is, citizen authority to act independently. [Citizen CPR is another shining example of independent action.]

One may stop a crime in progress; one may come to the aid of another; one may bring lethal force to bear if one reasonably believes he/she is in grave danger; in California, one has no duty to retreat, and – tactically speaking – retreat is often a very unwise move. One may hold suspects for police, and one may even effect an arrest.

Like all such defensive and legal actions, the citizen must be trained in these things, but more important; America’s gun owners who understand these must bring them outside the liberty community to the layman to clear the air of derogatory smear and myth, and show how the vexing of gun rights affect every single household adversely on so many levels.

Continuing, too many people indifferent about armed citizen rights and citizen authority do not know that their police have no duty to protect them from the criminal acts of others [Lynch v. NC DOJ, for instance] and their reliance on police to the exclusion of their own independent action is firmly fixed.  Most people believe that shooting and killing an aggressor is the only reason for having a gun, and too many believe that gun ownership cannot assure safer streets non-violently. The armed citizen is actually key to safer streets most folks long for, and this value in common is what needs to be enunciated.

Most citizens indifferent to armed citizen societal purpose or even opposing it think of gun owners as eager to shoot; as being subject to forces beyond their control, such as the fraud that a gun in the home is 17 times more likely to shoot a loved one.

It is these issues which need to be addressed in order to muster support for the armed citizen as the norm. Gun owners are the most mobile and family-minded authority for delivering that message.

In short, politicians seem to understand from one freshman generation to the next that if the people will delegate responsibility incumbent only to the citizen (personal safety especially to begin with), then they will delegate anything.

Many citizens are still waiting to hear or read just how second amendment rights in 2014 affect them, personally. The key is, of course, in showing them how the forces harassing them on all issues they grapple with are long related to the concept of interfering with personal independence, concealing knowledge of citizen authority to act, and in making hay of crisis after crisis when citizens can see only the crisis and not the interference compelling it all.

For officials, remedy is their stock in trade, but never quite remedying the crisis. For personal citizen independence, the formula is the same, but in a different application: restoring the official recognition of citizen authority to act as a way of curtailing violence; stop it before it is completed.

Fifty states affirming second amendment values – and especially the Ninth Circuit’s recent ruling that California can’t remove both open carry and concealed carry – is not enough; America must see a national will for reducing bureaucracy as being connected to the health of armed citizen rights and official recognition of our lawful latitude. Interfering with the ability to fight violence where it is fought best is habit for many by now; it seems they enter office thinking we’re idiots. As long as gun control prevails, they will continue to believe that. As long as gun control prevails, they are right. And as long as gun control prevails, they will know for a fact that they can get the people to delegate them anything.

The affirmation of the armed citizen will help the non-gun owner electorate get what they want most: safer streets and a safer self-rule. This is the message.

Americans can trust the gun owner for explaining just how gun control has generated a boldness affecting every household on so many different fronts. In 2014, we need to identify and support the most independence-friendly candidates for all offices, including Sheriff in some locales. Gun rights is not a single-issue position because gun control has adversely affected every single issue in the country.


The CPR Corollary is the case study of how initial resistance to training millions in CPR in 1979 was identical to the acceptance of the ubiquitous armed citizen of 2014 and how that initial resistance was overcome in the public interest. Download your free e-copy here.

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Sep 07

More Guns, Less Shootings.

Recently, city administrators nationwide reminded me of Professor John Lott’s title, More Guns, Less Crime. Among the messages within Professor Lott’s book is how a greater embrace of second amendment purpose can restore the nation. He’s right, of course, as he applies statistical evidence and their inferences which educate any reasonable person.

Meanwhile, city administrators who deal with defunct cities remain puzzled as to how to regain the value of derelict properties. Blight has seized whole neighborhoods, both commercial and residential, and it is a disaster. Disasters tend to interrupt services, and that tends to interrupt the tax base. One of disaster recovery’s objectives is to restore the tax base so that the neighborhood can regain its health.

But, how to begin?

Several cities are looking at acquiring abandoned properties and converting them to performing assets. This places the property on the tax rolls again, and things begin rolling again. If the plan works and if it is . . . what’s the word . . . . sustainable.

But the puzzlement is in how the properties went bad in the first place and why investors show little if any interest and then balk. As long as this question is unanswered, it remains a puzzle which will not be completed by acquiring title to properties, placing them into a land bank inventory and rehabilitating them somehow.

What is it that made this problem and which still haunts the land? What is that missing piece?

Violent crime is a common factor in flight from cities; flight of business, flight of assets, flight of people, fleeing interest and even giving a damn. They all leave, driven out by crime. Crime seems intractable, and everything seems to try and endure crime instead of meeting it.

Directly, the fleeing may be the victim of crime; but indirectly, everyone is a victim of crime in that their entire city suffers from the growth of crisis and the refusal to grasp the crisis by the throat. Instead, the system has the people by the throat and not enough blame to go around or placed where it belongs. Truly, everyone is a victim of gun control which makes them victims of crime. 

And it’s not just crime. Drill down a little more.

What Professor Lott and others have enunciated is that crime cannot thrive in an environment which refuses to tolerate it. Where cities fall to pieces trying to manage crises (spend), crime was tolerated. In defunct cities, one thing seems to stand out; citizens dislike the idea of how their inability to travel armed subjects them not only to shootings, but all sorts of violence. To them – to us – any attempt to control guns misses all the other violence and becomes part of a baffling puzzle.

everyone is a victim of crime in that their entire city suffers from the growth of crisis and the refusal to grasp the crisis by the throat.

The puzzle is easily answered by the armed citizen. The armed citizen has the authority she needs to stop a crime in progress. She may use lethal force if she reasonably believes herself to be in grave danger. She may carry that force with her at all times, since she carries with her at all times her authority to stop a crime. These are especially useful when she is the target of violence and she is alone.

This is a precious and untapped asset when you think of blight and flight as a disaster; this piece of the puzzle is integral to the entire desired disaster recovery picture.

The armed citizen furnishes the one piece of the puzzle missing in blight and flight. The armed citizen fights violence where it is fought best, namely at the scene of the crime.

This changes the entire complexion of one piece of the puzzle, and can change the entire picture.

Shootings can be our catch-all word to be the symbol of all types of criminal violence which has driven away businesses.

More guns, less shootings can mean a great deal to anyone considering investing in a community: if shootings is the thing to eradicate and our word for all types of violence, let’s say, then investors may return if they know crime is the one to leave instead of them.  

The armed citizen fights violence where it is fought best, namely at the scene of the crime.

More guns means less shootings, fewer knifings, and fewer rapes, fewer completed acts of violence. Gun control means more rapes, more beatings, more shootings and less tax base. Lott has added on talk radio and other venues that it always does.

Investors, call your office. All fifty states now have some form of concealed carry for your tax base. The people who pay that tax base are not the criminals who do the shootings and drain the tax base; the taxpayers have asked time and again to drop gun control as a facilitator of violence.

What every major city should know is that jurisdictions who have opted-in for armed citizens have not been made to regret their action. More, they have discovered that violent crime is in fact not intractable.

The health of the second amendment is the primary indicator of the overall health of the nation. It also applies to cities.


Download your free copy of The CPR Corollary monograph here.


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Jun 03

Another important identity between the armed citizen and Citizen CPR.

Naturally, I have been following CPR news for a long time, about four decades.

Over the last two years, I have been discouraged by CPR training by several important indicators. The first is that I have spoken with doctors of various specialties – dentists, physicians and other practitioners – who believe that CPR doesn’t work. Without getting into a discussion with them, I simply probed a bit and learned that they don’t believe in it because statistics show them that it doesn’t make a difference.

Who told them that? Statistics?

Underneath that, I have read articles which say about the same thing.

Beneath that, I have read articles by physicians who delineate warnings to citizens about how CPR breaks bones, sentences the moribund to more misery, and generally doesn’t work as taught.

Beneath that, I see videos of hands-only CPR which show an incorrect technique.

We then see an article which explains how CPR is not working because it isn’t taught right. No kidding! [linked below]

One of the most conspicuous elements missing from the hands-only technique is the ABC’s or checking to see if the patient even needs CPR when they pass out. The hands-only is described as two steps, but there is much more to intervention than that.

It’s starting to sound like the anti-gun rhetoric; discouraging and mistaken. Like the anti-gun rhetoric, the victim loses.

In the seventies, a good CPR course was at least six hours. By the end of the course, students knew they had really learned something; laymen when they entered the room, certified when they left – if they passed.

The material included a brief background on how resuscitation developed over the centuries. That course then proceeded to some words on a Healthy Heart lifestyle. CPR is a mechanical concept, and there were slides and handouts on how the concept is applied. There was a brief review of the chest, how the heart operates, and what circulation is. Then there were other issues: When does one administer CPR? What if there are more than one patient? What is the law on this? When does one not administer CPR? When does one quit CPR?

Then down to the meat of the course; what is a cardiac arrest? How is it assessed by a non-medical person such as a lay rescuer? How does one administer CPR on a newborn? How is it done on an adolescent or an adult? 

Then there is the abdominal thrust anti-choking maneuver, what we called The Heimlich Manuever. How is this assessed by the citizen bystander in order to do it well or not do it when not needed? How is it delivered? What if it doesn’t work? What if it does work?

What about practical experience:  what does it feel like to give CPR? What if the patient has merely stopped breathing and has a pulse? What should it feel like when it’s done right? How do you know you’re even making a physiologic difference for the patient’s best possible outcome?

Many negative articles post CPR’s realities for laymen: broken bones; sentencing the moribund to a continued misery; ideas which belong to the Instructor to cover, and which cannot really be done professionally in a 10 minute / two-step session. Let me describe one of CPR’s realities a sec. Citizen CPR is like gun safety.

The Yuck Factor. I was informed a few years ago that CPR rolls dropped due to a lay objection affectionately known as the ‘yuck’ factor. The yuck factor is how many people will decline CPR training because it means administering the Kiss Of Life or mouth-to-mouth breathing for the patient. The reluctance to touch another person even in an emergency is well known in lay First-aid training (you have to touch the patient to take their pulse, and many balk at this); the hands-only was crafted to overcome this reality, and many credit hands-only for an increase in the rolls of trained persons. But in 10 minutes? And are they saving lives? [When the patient is not breathing, you have to breathe for them. Sometimes, this can avert a cardiac arrest. What about the yuck factor beforehand in preventing cardiac arrest by giving them precisely the Kiss Of Life as all they need? Artificial respiration (mouth-to-mouth) is part of a CPR course. Or was.]

The call for help – Does anyone here know CPR? – has now changed.

It is my not-so-humble opinion that you do not lower your values in order to lift enrollment. The American people are smart enough to prefer being educated beyond their assumptions and misconceptions, and to overcome genuine misgivings with training rather than being met halfway and accomodated in ignorance. You may lose a few because they do not want to deliver mouth-to-mouth breathing to a stranger, I am sure of that much. But education means a better graduate and that becomes better delivery of care.

With the hands-only course, so much more than yuck has been eliminated.

I know that Americans can be most generous and come to the aid of another with education which replaces assumptions and overcomes misgivings; they will take risks, perhaps even make sacrifices for the sake of another, even if it means touching the patient. For many, the best resuscitation effort is simply to breathe for them when the patient cannot; the one thing exempted from the hands-only. Breathing is the basis for the Heimlich Maneuver, this objective of restoring breathing to avert a cardiac arrest. Is it in the 10 minute course?

One article of 2010 pointed out what I am saying. “Standard CPR with mouth-to-mouth and chest compressions is still best for very small children and victims of near-drowning and drug overdose, experts say,  instances where breathing problems probably led to the cardiac arrest.”  I also acknowledge that it is recognized that many lives are saved without the lay rescuer even having been trained in CPR, but this is a different issue. My solution: learn CPR and First-aid. Get the total picture, warts and all.

The medical community and CPR educators and advocates must re-establish the full CPR Course, complete with ventilations, irrespective of the yuck factor. Instead of meeting people halfway or even in giving up so very much vital content, accept only the devoted, come what may.

Here is the article I promised. Its purpose is positive and quite correct. Being more recent, it counters the findings of the hands-only advocacy of 2010. It makes more sense to me as the more likely conclusion: patient care has suffered.

Citizen CPR has always been identical to the content imparted to Healthcare Providers. It was one of Citizen CPR’s jewels in its crown four decades ago when the movement’s goal was to train millions of citizens in the very same content as the professionals. This gave real meaning to a CPR Certification; it was identical to the training of your provider. As well-intentioned and as convenient as it seems, any abbreviated courses do not serve the patient as well as before. .. and outcomes are what we are all about.

Many lives will be saved by Good Samaritans this year, each in their own way of putting one’s two hands together. In an emergency, you can put your two hands together in prayer, you can put your hands together in complete control of your weapon, or you can put your hands together in operating the heart of a stranger. Medicine is already aware of the role of immediate layman CPR in patient outcomes. Second amendment advocates are just as keenly aware of how an armed citizen plays a definitive role in outcomes there, too.

Are Pro-Citizen CPR people also pro-second amendment people? I don’t know, but I did find that gun owner readers of mine are pro-Citizen CPR as part of their overall values system.

Not surprisingly, the first articles I read as adhering to the older convention of Healthcare Provider caliber training emanated from Arizona. Nice work, Muskogee EMS and Summit Volunteer Rescue Squad. Save a life.

As a life-affirming public safety objective, in high schools, colleges, workplace, and public buildings, one out of ten should know CPR, the full course, please. I also believe that – in general – one out of ten adult citizens should be armed and that every high school and college student must be taught the purpose of the second amendment as being every bit as life-affirming as Citizen CPR.

The key now is to restore CPR to being complete and vital, and I believe we’re seeing that begin.


For more, download your free copy of The CPR Corollary monograph here.

Apr 29

Add one more life-affirming mission to your legacy. The Last Mission.

Our values are at the core of our survival, both societally and literally. It is up to us to live them in the present so that we can hand them down to future generations for their survival, too. Here is one more.

Over three years ago, I polled 1800 of my readers and asked if they were gun owners as a condition of the poll’s core question. Since I write for non-gun owners, many of my readers do not own a gun. My poll question was whether they were a gun owner who also knew CPR. Of those 1800 of my opt-in mailing list, 72% responded that they knew CPR. The poll drills down further to ask why they learned it. Many answered that they learned it in the Military or other similar organization, but the majority added that they felt it a duty which they elected to learn. Many gun owners will recognize this answer as their own reason for being armed. To them, each is pro life and even more.

One of the main reasons we are armed is to protect ourselves within the emergency and, by extension, our freedoms too from encroachments of others who might substitute something lesser for our immediacy and authority to act. As pro life, freedom and life are inextricable. 

I have a new thing to ask my readers in my nosiness with purpose. I wonder…. Would you happen to be an organ donor?

An organ donor does something very powerful today that is for tomorrow and which, in a single action, can benefit more than a dozen recipients. In fact, organ and living tissue donation – where you donate without having to pass on in life to do it – can serve as many as fifty persons awaiting a transplant. Some transplants are very important to quality of life while, for others, an organ transplant is their very last hope for their very survival. It makes one’s wellness into a legacy of survival for another. [For instance, see, a Donate Life Organization.] This decision is a wellness of body and mind as much as a simple generosity; it is a small personal, intentional sacrifice so very important for another, generally a complete stranger.

Again this year, my wife Aurea and I participated in a walk for Organ Donation awareness. Every year, our group is Team Harbor – UCLA Trauma Center. The stories, the photos of donors, and the spirit of the purpose . . . Did I mention the stories?

Among other facts, more than 100,000 Americans are awaiting an organ transplant. 

If you are an organ donor, you already know the solemnity of your promise and how it fits in with your overall values system. It only takes a minute to register your decision, one which will last much longer and go much further than you could ever imagine. For many of us in EMS or Military or Law Enforcement who have gone out on thousands of vital missions, this as another such mission; it is one more mission remaining; for those who donate upon their passing, it is the very last mission. 

America’s gun owners can now become known for three life-affirming values if they should choose; the freedom and choice of being armed for the life and safety of self and loved ones, the willingness to learn and administer bystander CPR for the life of another, and now the election to become an organ donor… for the life of someone you may not likely ever meet. 

By nearly 90 millions, happier, more hopeful outcomes is what we are all about.

Please think of organ donation as a mission of yours in your values of independence, your concern for community, and in giving back to tomorrow for what we have today.


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