July 2, 2014
Charity events and finding the right cause
Chris and I attended the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation's annual dinner last week. As usual it was attended by some really great people, all committed to what MCLEF does. What they do is provide a fully funded 529 account (Tax Fee Scholarship) to the children of military service members or law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Since 1995, they have provided more than $62 million in scholarships to ensure the social pact of taking care of the families of the fallen is kept.
Eric and Juliet Toryikian (Pictured in the photo to the right of Chris, Cybele, Elisa and I) put together the annual San Diego Dinner event each year. MCELF is a completely volunteer driven organization - meaning nearly 100% of the funds collected from donors go to creating 529 accounts for surviving family members. That also means the tasks of keeping up with phone calls, emails, scheduling, raising money and awareness, handling notifications and scholarships, and the litany of ancillary duties associated with managing a non-profit fall on their shoulders as well. Thanks to both of you for your commitment to the families of the men and women who keep us all safe!
Occasionally, I get asked what people can do to support the military, or show their support for families who have lost someone in service to our nation. We donate a series of courses each year to be auctioned off, as well as make a donation in support of attending the event. Attendee's typically save a few dollars on the courses and the charity makes some money! For me, this is one of the best charity options out there due to the lack of overhead and the cause it supports. Find out more about MCLEF here.
There are plenty of opportunities to donate money or volunteer your time toward worthwhile causes. The key is that you do something to engage with a cause bigger than yourself. It's seeing and supporting causes like this that remind me of the many reasons why this country is such an incredible place to live!
~ Patrick Henry
The Impact of Concealed Weapons on Crime
The impact of concealed weapons on crime is a largely ignored element of the gun control debate. In More Guns, Less Crime, John Lott laid out the statistical effect of restrictive vs. non-restrictive concealed weapons carry policies on crime. Specifically he focused on violent crime. Despite numerous attempts to discredit it, not one study has found a statistically significant different result. That result is in non-restrictive cities, counties and states we see about a 4% reduction in the rate of violent crime.
~ Patrick Henry
The Pro-Gun Control Lobby has put a number of arguments forward in search of data to subvert the findings of the study. They were unable to find any statistical problems with study that would have resulted in a different outcome. Since the original release, John Lott has reworked his data multiple times, and more pointedly any time that a valid critique of statistical methods was presented over the last 18 years. The results have not significantly changed.
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News Review from June:
Colorado Gun Laws Upheld As Constitutional
A federal judge upheld Colorado’s controversial new gun control laws Thursday, ruling that limits to the size of ammunition magazines and requirements for universal background checks are not unconstitutional. Check out the full story here.
Sen. Rand Paul Speaks Out Against Senators Voting without Reading the Bills
Senator Rand Paul comes across as a bit of an extremist from time to time (In general I appreciate his honest and frank comments, but he is far from a main stream politician). Regardless of which side of the aisle you sit on, it’s pretty hard to argue with his logic here. Check out the video here.
Gun controversy lost on new shooting stars
The present resting under the Christmas tree for 10-year-old Rio Ferguson last year was a mystery. Carefully wrapped in cream-colored paper adorned with black-and-gold game animals, the rectangular box could have contained any number of toys or games. Check out the full story here.
Blunt candor from Bloomberg’s departing gun control advocate
Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal featured a stunning display of candor from the man it described as “the face of the gun-control movement” for billionaire anti-gunner Michael Bloomberg, who acknowledged as he stepped down Friday as head of the ex-mayor’s gun control effort that, “when a mass shooting happens…nothing that we have to offer would have stopped that mass shooting.” Check out the full story here.
‘An Australian Debunks Australian Gun Laws for Obama’ Allen West and Joe for America Trending Online
An article published on Sunday in which an Australian hits back at President Barack Obama saying that the U.S. laws about guns should be closer to those of Australia is trending across the web. Check out the full story here.
'Gun Intelligence Center' to Unite Police, Feds to Target Gun Trafficking
The Chicago Police Department is teaming up with federal and local law enforcement agencies in a new effort to curb gun violence and stop the flow of illegal guns to the streets of Chicago. Check out the full story here.
A Look Back in Time:
From July 2013: Gun Safety
We spend most of our time sharing information regarding technical tips on maintenance, tactical tips on getting faster and more accurate, and we (the staff) typically forget the experiences that shaped our approach to safety. In light of the needless and negligent death of a ten year old this week in San Diego – I think it appropriate to reiterate a few of those lessons.