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However, do this nonsense in a public area when I am around, and we will find out eventually, as I will happily testify at your trial as a witness, open carry be damned.

If convicted, could you spend the many thousands of dollars (read over $100,000) to eventually get the case decided by the United States Supreme Court? You see, once convicted, the only chance you have to get the conviction overturned is an appeal based on constitutional grounds. And with the United States Supreme Court already ruling that local jurisdictions can place reasonable restrictions on the Second Amendment, I would only hold out a 50/50 chance for you to win.

The right to keep and bear arms is analogous to the right to free speech. One cannot yell “fire” in a crowded theater or trade in child pornography. I would say that carrying a semi-automatic rifle on a tactical sling in an open and notorious manner might just be akin to possession of child pornography.

Mental Health Reporting and Guns

The other news worthy of commentary is the recent mass murder by a disaffected mentally ill individual in Santa Barbara, CA who legally bought three handguns, then went on a murder rampage. He stabbed three people, then took his guns and began randomly shooting others, killing another three people and wounding 17 more. As it turns out, he had a history of mental illness, including being prescribed “psychiatric drugs.” In doing a little Internet research on the subject, I came across this discussion of the shooter and his mental issues:

Is it time for us sane gun owners to request restrictions on gun possession by people being treated with psychiatric drugs?

I mean, if a person voluntarily takes federally regulated and strictly controlled drugs that are known to produce suicidal or violent tendencies, might it not be a reasonable thing to require the psychiatrist to report the prescription to the National Instant Check System people, to red-flag that person until they get off the drugs for a logical period of time?

I do not know the answer, but instead, I am asking the question. I would welcome your thoughts, either for printing as further discussion in this eJournal, or email me privately at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

Recently, a new member wrote: “I just [got] a box from your firm with a whole bunch of DVDs. I do not have the time to watch those. I will be joining [business name redacted], as they don’t have all this stuff. I plan on returning this to your company. My time is very limited and don't have that many hours to watch those things.”

Knowing the value the Network places on having well-educated members, you won’t be surprised to learn that we contacted him and arranged to refund all of his prepaid dues when we received the membership package back. A few weeks later, the box of DVDs was returned by mail and we mailed off a full refund check.

Why am I bringing this up? First, you gotta like a guy who is self-aware and knows his limitations. But, having said that, I cannot fathom why on earth anyone would pass up the opportunity for eight hours of education on use of deadly force in self defense, simply because he does not have time to view the lectures! Such a person could find that they have plenty of time after screwing up and ending up in prison.