An email purporting to list helpful holiday tips that was distributed by a well-meaning, but misinformed neighborhood group, caught the attention yesterday of Mark Walters, host of the nationally-syndicated Armed American Radio program. Concerned about irresponsible advice traced to a Ga. police department telling shoppers to leave their guns at home, Walters is aiming to use his voice and influence to set the facts straight.
“Regarding [tip] number nine, my firearm does me or my family NO good left at home,” Walters replied to the sender when he saw that bit of dangerous advice. “In fact you should have mentioned that your readers and residents are in fact safer WITH their firearms on them, not in their cars or left at home as you suggest.
“The area’s finest criminals are counting on residents to follow your suggestion making it easier for them to do their jobs,” he continued.
“This information was provided by the Woodstock Sheriff’s office,” was the sulky response he received. “If you have an issue with the advice, please take it up with them.”
This, of course, means that those who got bad information in the original email will not receive the benefit of counter-advice from a man well-qualified to offer it, the co-author of “Lessons from Armed America,” one of the seminal books on armed self-defense, a longtime columnist for The United States Concealed Carry Association’s Concealed Carry Magazine , an experienced shooter who has received advanced training from some of the foremost experts in the country, and a sought-after expert media guest. Instead, a wholly unqualified person he was trying to educate accused him of being “snotty” and then washed their hands of the matter.
Gun Rights Examiner followed up on this information and soon discovered it originated with the Woodstock Police Department (not a sheriff). Along with some unarguably good advice, one “safety tip” stands out:
9) Leave you [sic] firearms at home. Thieves will take them turning the situation dangerous.
But obviously, firearms are still OK in the hands of the superior “Only Ones”?
While no one would argue that takeaway incidents never happen (officers being killed with their service weapons provided the original motivation for an early government grant to research the development potential of so-called “smart guns”), the tip being offered here would appear to be a mere opinion, and an uniformed and biased one at that, as the Woodstock P.D. has offered no substantiation for its conclusion, such as the number of concealed carriers who have had their guns taken away and used against them by thieves vs. successful defensive gun uses, for which there is a mountain of overwhelming evidence, and peer-reviewed at that.
If the do-gooder neighborhood group won’t issue a correction, perhaps their source can be persuaded — it would no doubt reach a wider readership if they were the ones to clarify their “safety tip,” and perhaps those who passed along their initial bad advice will be inclined to stifle their hurt feelings and share a retraction.
There’s a way to “lobby” for that, two actually, using the power of social media. The Woodstock P.D. maintain Facebook and Twitter accounts, and using both of these powerful platforms can quickly mobilize other concerned gun safety advocates — the ones who actually know what they’re talking about, not the citizen disarmament frauds who have tried to hijack that title — to school some wayward public servants into learning a thing or two about armed citizen safety before blundering in and making things more dangerous for everybody.
Walters will be discussing this and more with Gun Rights Examiner on his Sunday evening Armed American Radio program, aired from 8 to 11 p.m. Eastern time. A nationwide station guide is posted on the program’s website, as well as “live-streaming” links for those few (and shrinking) areas the broadcast signals don’t yet reach.
UPDATE: See “Woodstock police amend holiday tip list following gun owner uproar.”
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