With the debate over whether soldiers should be armed, here is an Army veteran who knew exactly how to use a gun, may have saved a life

From WALB in Georgia about an Army veteran with a concealed handgun permit who stopped an armed robbery and may have saved a life.  The event occurred in Sycamore, Georgia:
An Army veteran speaks, out after firing three shots at an armed robber in Sycamore. The store clerk says Don Rogers may have saved his life. 
Investigators left the gas station Friday afternoon, with glass was shattered earlier from  Rogers' shots. It's damage the clerk would take any day if it means his life was saved. . . .  
This Vietnam veteran was in this Sycamore gas station getting change for a 20 when his day took a bizarre turn. "I heard somebody say "put the money in the bag". So I looked up and I seen this gentleman holding a pistol on the clerk," said Rogers. . . .  
The gun-carrying veteran pulled his weapon on the robber. "And when I did, he looked over at me and turned my way and I fired a shot. And he grabbed his side and then I fired two more shots before he got out the door," said Rogers. 
Two of the shots hit 18-year old Devin Burton. Burton got into a car driven by, 17-year old Marleigh Agner, and the couple took off down Denham Road, but Burton's condition worsened so they stopped to call 911.  . . .


Miss Texas explains why government shouldn't regulate CEO pay

Here is a woman who understands first hand the returns to hard work.  And she makes that argument. One could also point out the importance of companies getting the best people working for them as well as the benefits to consumers from getting the best products.

What was very striking about this clip was overwhelmingly positive response from the audience.



My latest piece at Fox News: "Chattanooga shootings: Why should we make it easy for killers to attack our military?"

John Lott's latest piece at Fox News starts this way:
Thursday saw yet another tragic attack in a gun-free zone.  Four Marines were murdered.  Others were injured. 
Watching the coverage on television Thursday, it was hard to ignore the gun-free zone sign on the front door of the recruiting station. It was surrounded by bullet holes. 
Army regulations are very clear stating that personnel cannot have firearms during their official duties.  Last year the Obama administration instituted interim rules that clearly prohibit privately owned weapons from all federally leased office and land, including recruiters’ offices. 
We trust soldiers to carry guns all the time when they are stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan, but somehow when they come home we no longer trust them. 
The Obama administration hasn’t learned anything from the massacres at Fort Hood in 2009 and 2014 or the Washington Navy Yard in 2013. 
After the Navy Yard shooting, the Obama administration focused solely on mental health issues.  Mental illness is important, but only about half the mass public shooters in the U.S. are meeting with mental illness experts and none of these killers was identified as a danger to others. 
But if the dangers from mental illness aren’t identified or if the cause turns out to be terrorism, what is the back up plan? 
With the exception of military police, military personnel are banned from having weapons on base, in federally leased buildings, or while they are carrying out official duties. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.



Actress Kelly Carlson: Speaks about how she got a gun when she was stalked

This beautiful woman will get a few people to listen about guns.  From Fox News:
“Nip/Tuck” actress Kelly Carlson began training in Kali, a form of martial arts from the Philippines, when she was 19. But despite her extensive self-defense training, she found herself in a life-threatening scenario where her martial arts background wasn’t enough. 
"Owning a firearm...was life changing for me because women for sure, but even men too can be in a very, very vulnerable position with no options if you have intruders or any scenario where you're being dominated physically," Carlson told FOX411. "[A firearm] is the only equalizer you have." 
The 39-year-old revealed a person in her past began stalking her in 2012 and even hired people to break into her home and tap her phones. After several break-ins and being followed on the streets, she contacted law enforcement who were not sympathetic to her situation. 
“Law enforcement, they didn’t take me seriously. probably because I’m an actor but also because my situation was a little crazy,” she admitted. 
One good thing came out of the scary ordeal: Carlson met her husband Dan after hiring him to teach her counter-surveillance. . . .



Remarkable segment by Jesse Watters on Fox News trying to get answers from San Francisco City Officials

The video is available here (see particularly at 2:54 into the video). The notion of keeping on deporting criminals who just return again to the US seems pretty irresponsible. Here is a thought: if you are an illegal alien who commits a crime, we put you in jail and then deport you.


Most telling quote about Iranian nuclear arms deal: Do you really want a treaty that depends on "goodwill" from both parties to work?

Here is a quote from the very end of an article in the WSJ:
. . . observers warned that given the complexity of the agreement, which contains one main text and five detailed annexes and totals about 100 pages, the risks of disputes over implementation of terms could cause delays or even derail the deal. 
“The technical obstacles can be surpassed with goodwill and diligence, but political hurdles can turn into poison pills,” said Ali Vaez, senior Iran analyst at Crisis International, an international conflict resolution group. 
“Neither Iran nor the U.S. has ever implemented such a complex quid pro quo. . . .
How good is a deal that depends on the "goodwill" for the two parties involved to make sure that the treaty works? 

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Mark Halperin: Hillary Clinton's idea of growth is through "big, New government programs," and I would add higher taxes

Mark Halperin might not be very conservative, but he accurately describes Hillary's position that making government bigger is her program for growth.

Hillary Clinton's entire speech is available here.

Clinton keeps repeating "growth," "growth," and "growth," but it is a puzzle why someone things that higher tax rates will give an incentive for growth.  As to government spending, where does the money that the government is spending come from?  She seems unable to understand that government spending merely takes the money from others who would have spent the money someplace else.  Whether it is taxes or borrowing or printing up money, the government is taking money from others.



Newest piece at the Daily Caller: "Why Background Checks Couldn’t Stop Dylan Roof"

FBI Director James Comey
John Lott's latest piece at the Daily Caller discusses the FBI's announcement that mistakes were made in the background check for his gun purchase. His piece starts this way:
The FBI says that the federal background check system for guns should have stopped Dylann Roof, the racist who killed nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston. 
This rips all of our hearts out,” says FBI Director James Comey, who blamed the mistake at least partially on improperly labeled paperwork. 
But the truth is more complicated. First, even a perfectly functioning background check system very likely wouldn’t have stopped Roof from getting a gun. Second, the current background check system is a much worse mess than Comey recognizes. 
With Roof planning his attack for at least six months, it seems hard to believe that he couldn’t have figured out some way of obtaining a gun. Indeed, he stole the gun that he used in this attack. 
The truth is, the databases the government uses to determine eligibility for gun purchases are rife with errors. Comey’s comments focus on one type of error, where someone who should have been prohibited from getting a gun wasn’t stopped. But a much more common error involves people who should have been able to buy guns but are stopped. 
This is the same problem experienced with the “No Fly” list. Remember the five times that the late Sen. Ted Kennedy was “initially denied” flights because his name was on the anti-terror “no fly” list? His name was just too similar to someone that we really did want to keep from flying. . . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.  What is at issue is Roof's answer to question e (click on the copy below of the 4473 form to enlarge).