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Games and Guns

Games and Guns

What type of effect does gun violence in video games have on human behavior with real firearms?

Call of Duty, which has been passed by Fortnite is one of the most successful franchises in video game history, topping charts year over year and boasting around 40 million active monthly users playing one of the franchise’s games over the internet.

What research has been done on the link between video games and violence, and what does it really tell us?


Studies on how violent video games affect behavior date to the mid-1980s, with conflicting results. Since then there have been at least two dozen studies conducted on the subject. One study was linked to an increase in physical aggression while another study had a “calming effect” where boys used them to blow off steam.  Many studies have taken place and continue to come back with conflicting results.

Why has it been so difficult to gather conclusive data?

There seems to be no fundamental way to maintain consistency to aggression research.  With that being said, there is really no way at this point, because it is not strong enough, to draw any kind of causal or even really correlational links between video game violence and aggression.

Determining why someone carries out a violent act, such as a school shooting, can be very complex.  Almost always, underlying mental-health issues are present. 

What about our consumption of violent video came?  That must help explain some of the gun violence.

Actually, it doesn’t.  The Washington Post compared 10 countries and showed that countries with the highest per capita spending on video games, such as the Netherlands and South Korea, are among the safest countries in the world when it comes to guns. In other words, America plays about the same number of violent video games per capita as the rest of the industrialized world, despite that fact that we far outpace every other nation in terms of gun deaths.

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Weren’t the mass shooters all gamers?

Some were die-hard gamers however, this is just an oversimplification of the situation.  The gender and age of many mass shooter places them right in the target demographic for video games.   This demographic which is ages between 18 and 25, also tend to report the highest rates of mental health issues.  To use this as evidence that all gamers are violent, excuses all the other millions of other young men and women who game and aren’t violent.  It is also difficult to determine if the violent youngsters are drawn to the games or do the games make the kids violent?

Whose responsibility is it to monitor what the kids are watching?

Stores can limit youth access.  We can also call for government intervention and ask for tougher laws but whose responsibility is it?  Parents should think long and hard about purchasing these games for their kids. Better yet, they should be involved in the games their kids play so that they can know firsthand whether the actions and images they’re allowing their children to see are appropriate or not.

What do you think?

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Who Are the Good Guys?

We are so worried about gun control and getting all the guns off the streets, when we have police officers and prison guards who misuse their power and are just as guilty as what we call “criminals.”

Our prison systems are infiltrated with those of power that are more-evil than those they guard.  When put in a position of power, you are given great responsibility to lead with integrity.  When you are the law, breaking the law and getting away with it just because you have power, a double standard is being set that absolutely no one benefits from.

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Where do you think inmates get all their contra ban such as drugs, cell phones, and weapons from? It isn’t from all the visitors that get thoroughly searched every time they come in.

Inside the prisons, physical, sexual, mental, emotional and verbal abuse are prevalent.  Food has been denied and people are just down right treated worse that you would treat your animals.  Our prison systems do not even have air conditioners.  Everything is metal.  It gets over 110 degrees in there.  It is against the law to have an animal in those conditions.

If anyone thinks that any rehabilitation is going on under those conditions, we are sadly mistaken, and many wonder why inmates end up back in the system.  They are not given the tools they need to survive in the free world, on top of having to deal with PTSD as a result of being incarcerated. 

Yes, they made a bad choice to end up in the slammer and no it isn’t supposed to be enjoyable.  However, there should be an opportunity to be treated like a human and to rehabilitate so that a life beyond prison is obtainable.  We all are just one decision away from being inside ourselves or it may be that we just haven’t been caught yet.

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Maybe if the rehabilitation of our inmates were a bigger priority and the actions of the staff that kept them were held to a higher standard, gun control wouldn’t be such an issue.  So really, who are the good guys here?

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Should Teachers be allowed to Conceal Carry?

Should School Teachers be Armed?

This is a very hot and controversial topic that has been up for debate.  There are very emotional augments on both sides.  What is the right answer?

The United States experiences numerous deadly school shooting yearly.  According to the National Sherriff’s Association it takes police, on average, 18 minutes to respond to a 911 call.  The average school shooting last 12.5 minutes.  Let’s just say we cut the average response time down by half, the gunman has still had time to almost complete the entire shooting with little to no opposition.

You don’t hear of a gunman walking into a police station to shoot it up.  Let’s ask ourselves why?  Well, there are trained professionals who will fire back!  It is time to fire back!  The argument against allowing teachers to protect themselves and our children is that they are not trained.  I say get them trained.  Not only do they have to have a concealed hand gun license but require tactical training to go along with it as a stipulation to be able to carry on the job.  Require continuing education classes as well just as any other profession does.  Teachers can’t teach our children if they aren’t alive to do it. 

Legally gun owning adults are now allowed to carry guns in publics schools in more than two dozen states, from kindergarten to high school hallways.  Seven of those states allow teachers and other staff members to carry guns throughout the school specifically. 

This August 2016 photo shows a sign outside a school in Claude, Texas, which Claude ISD posts outside their schools.

We place a huge responsibility on our teachers for the overall wellbeing of our children.  They have our children for at least 25% of their young lives.  It is important that we give our teachers the resources to do a good job.  These resources include, education, training, supplies, money and empowerment to protect.   If they don’t have these things them shame on us.

There is a reason that school shootings have increased over the past few years.  Evil preys on the weak.  Children with adults that are not protected are viewed as weak.  We have to change this!

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BLACK FRIDAY GUN SHOPPING TIPS

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So the biggest gun-shopping season is literally right around the corner. Friday is September 1st. We will have officially hit the “embers.” This means that holiday season is official here and just less than one day after Americans give thanks for what they have, they rush to Walmart to beat the snot out of the person trying to take their precious, big screen TV.

While there may or may not be a chance that gun sales will be down from last year, people will still undoubtedly be going to the gun-store to buy their favorite guns. Bargain shoppers are ever on the lookout for the best deal.

Though, I tend to shy away from large crowds of people, I indulge in the insanity of Black Friday shopping through the internet. You not only get a chance to get goodies on Black Friday but there is also Cyber Monday!

Here are a few tips I’ve got for you, if you decide to test the waters for good deals.

Know before you go:

You should have some kind of idea what you’re looking for before you head out. Try to figure out what you’re going to the store for. You should also check out not only what time the store opens but make sure you know what time the sale actually begins. Know that if the item is really popular people will actually camp the night before to get it.

If it’s a gun, be prepared to wait:

Everyone and their mother will be buying a gun on Black Friday, or so it will seem. The system can get bogged down on high buy days. Calling in for clearance of background checks can take time and if everyone is doing it at the same time the system can ring busy.

Know where it’s located:

Just because Bass Pro, Cabela’s, Dick’s, and similar store goers are more pleasant than Walmart shoppers doesn’t mean those folks aren’t moving as quickly as they can to get the deals they want. If you have a general idea of where the product you’re looking for is located, you’ll have a better chance at scoring the deal than someone who is clueless.

 

Prepare for long lines:

 

Standing in line is inevitable. People get cranky. Babies are crying. It gets hot. It’s not pretty. There is a price to pay for getting the discounted price and this is it. Decide before you go if it is worth it. Take a bottle of water and a snack with you.

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How Girls With Guns Get Respect

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Most of the time, the gun range is a firearm man cave where woman look really out-of-place. It is not unusual to be the only woman at a shoot match or gun range. Fortunately, that is becoming less and less but when that is the case, it is very possible that you won’t be taken seriously. Girls aren’t supposed to play with guns. I have discovered a few things that help girls gain a little more respect behind the firing line.

1. Dress for the occasion. You don’t have to wear a long-sleeved button up shirt, with baggy jeans, combat boots and baseball cap but you do want to look like your prepared for the activity. You can save the mini skirt and stilettoes for the night club. No one wants to get a shell casing burn on their cleavage either. Having the proper attire insinuates that you are serious about what you came to do which makes people take you more seriously.

2. Have a handgun that fits your frame. It is very important to have the proper fit. Your trigger finger must be able to comfortably reach the trigger without affecting your grip, and you must be able to easily access any other functional buttons or levers on the gun, such as the magazine release and safety. You also want the right caliber. If the handgun is throwing you back 10 feet when you fire it, it is too big.

3. Learn how to handle your handgun. Practice at home. This can payoff big time by making you look and feel much more confident. Know how to load and unload your handgun and magazines, as well as performing basic operations. Locking back slides and using the manual safety shows everyone how self-sufficient you can be and gains a lot of respect even if you may be struggling. Everyone appreciates safe gun handling skills.

4. Don’t go in with a chip on your shoulder. Inappropriate jokes and salty language is usually more than most of us would like it to be. Firing back with as good as you’ve got will probably make you more of “one of the guys,” than tears or running to someone to complain. That kind of drama does nothing but show that you are truly a girl. No one is asking you to tolerate illegal or misbehavior but usually by calmly calling someone out face to face gains much more respect from everyone. Most of the time, people make fun of you to take the focus off themselves.

5. Hit the bulls-eye. Put your money where your mouth is. When you can shoot, people tend to shut up. Being a “fantabulous” shooter is not required but there are certain people who are best addressed by showing them that they just got beat by a girl! Use this as your motivation to practice and learn to be the best shooter you can be.

6. Go by yourself. People will see that you are there strictly for yourself. They will see that you are there to better yourself as a shooter and nothing else. You are not there on a date as the helpless girl! You are there because you are a competent gun handler that is going to practice hitting the bulls-eye.

Just because you are a girl doesn’t mean you can’t have a gun! Gain your respect by knowing how to use your firearm safely and accurately.

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Choosing a Concealed Carry Insurance Policy

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Most gun owners view the possession of a firearm in the gun safe or concealed carried as our insurance against those who would harm us. What if the unexpected happened? What if you are forced to use your firearm in self-defense? Well, since you are a legally armed citizen, you just show up in court and prove that you met all the legal requirements to justify using deadly force. Then the court rules in your favor and life goes on… not quite. Sounds real simple but I guarantee that it’s not! Just the word “court” is complicated and expensive. Even though the court may rule that you are innocent of any criminal charges the family of the deceased can take further action and file a civil suit for wrongful death resulting in even more time and money.

Insurance companies are now offering concealed carry and self-defense insurance policies just for such occasions. Since this has become so popular, there are several coverage options and several providers to choose from.

When choosing a policy, do your homework. Most homeowner’s insurance policies have clauses that may either enable or prevent your current plan from covering you in a self-defense scenario on your own property. So consider any coverage you may already have through your homeowner’s insurance.

You need to also understand what the state laws are and how they can protect you in certain situations. However, word of caution these laws are always changing so you need to stay abreast of what they are at all times. A lot of states have Stand Your Ground laws that protect individuals against civil suits in lawful self-defense situations. Most of the time, these laws make it unlikely that you will face a civil suit when rightfully defending yourself.

Consider the different types of coverage. Of course, the higher the premium, the more coverage you get. Many plans will cover your legal bills for civil cases up to the plan limit. For criminal trials, most plans only offer reimbursement for money spent defending yourself. Several insurance plans will not provide any money upfront and will only pay if you are found not guilty. With all this in mind, it important to understand exactly what you are getting.

A few other things to consider is how much coverage you feel you might need based upon where you live. Going to court in one jurisdiction versus another can be very different and can costs various amounts. Find out if the plan provides an attorney for you or if it allows you to pick the attorney you feel will best represent you. Will the plan cover fees for an expert witness and are the fees provided up front or reimbursed? Does the plan offer a list of resources such as expert witness? And determine if the plan covers your family members during a self-defense incident within your home using your firearm.

I am sure there is something that I am missing but you get the idea! You can never be too ready for the unexpected.

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When Should You Draw Your Concealed Handgun?

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This is a very important question that everyone needs to try to answer before they decide to carry a concealed handgun. When law-abiding citizens carry a gun, they implicitly decide to take the responsibility of protecting themselves against potential threats and also accept the legal and moral consequences of carrying a deadly weapon.

Do you feel that is it your moral obligation to step in and help stop a crime that is in progress? Defending those outside your family circle, even when the use of deadly force is warranted, raises the stakes. Pulling your concealed handgun to stop a crime is a life-changing decision. What if you are charged with a crime and have to spend time in jail until it is all sorted out? What if you get injured? What happens to your family? No one can truly answer these questions but you. However, all these thoughts are secondary to the psychological effects of actually using your firearm. Your life will never be the same if you kill or seriously injure someone. I don’t care how prepared you think you are.

Many people feel empowered because they are packing which is a good thing however you should never and I will say it again, “NEVER,” pull you handgun unless:

1. You or someone else is in imminent danger and
2. You intend to fire it at the target.

You never pull a firearm just to “SCARE,” somebody. You have broken a cardinal rule of responsibility and played your hand of stupidity. It is not to be used to ward of threats. Once you present your gun you have essentially backed yourself into a corner and you now may be forced to use it when there could have been other options prior to that point. You also never pull a firearm unless you are ready to fire. Your handgun is a tool of last resort. It does not come out of the holster unless not drawing would result in someone innocent being seriously injured or killed. However, once pulled, you shoot to kill. I say shoot to kill because if you have pulled your firearm in the right situation the danger is so that you need to kill. Many women will pull a firearm without shooting only to be overtaken by their attacker.

In most situations, you are not going to have time to think about all of this. Things happen too fast and your adrenaline is pumping. It is very important to ask yourself these questions now. Go over possible scenarios in your mind and practice how you would want to respond. This is no guarantee that you will do what you have practiced but it will help if the time ever arises. You are responsible for knowing the laws in your state and you are responsible for that bullet once it leaves your handgun. “I didn’t know,” doesn’t hold up in the court of law.

Making the decision to conceal carry is a big one but a good one. Just like driving a car, once you understand the rules and safety guidelines, driving responsibly is a piece of cake!

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Conceal Carry in a Sexy Dress

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I mentioned in another article that in my opinion carrying a handgun in your purse is a really bad idea! The first thing that your assailant goes after in a robbery is your purse. If your handgun is in your purse, once the purse is gone so is your protection. You are rendered almost helpless at that point.

One of the challenges for women with concealed carry is where to put the darn thing! Most clothes with any style about them provide next to no possibilities. This is where the right concealed handgun accessory comes in. Depending on which dress you choose to wear at the moment will depend on which way you will want to conceal your weapon.

1. Ankle Carry – Okay, so whether it’s a slinky evening gown or a long flowing summer beach dress ankle carry would most possibly be the best choice here. There is usually not much fabric to the upper bodice of the dress so you take advantage of the lower coverage. Ankle carry is perhaps one of the most comfortable on this list, not to mention among the most accessible.

2. Traditional Inside Waistband Carry – With this type of concealed carry it is important that you wear something to keep your firearms and accessories anchored to your body. Most women choose shorts capable of accommodating the firearm belt in order to accomplish this. Jean shorts are the best as they are not only form-fitting, but tough enough to support the weight of your gear. With this in mind you also have to choose a dress that is non-form fitting from the waist down so that the bulk of what is under there is not visible.

3. Hip Hugger Carry – This option works well with a drop waste dress. The belt sits low on the hips where the top is resting a few inches below the belly button. You also have the convenience of sliding the holster around until the pockets are exactly where they need to be.

4. Belly Band Carry – The belly band may be ultimately the most flexible on-body holster, making it possible to position the firearm nearly anywhere on your torso to suit the clothing you are wearing. The belly band allows you to position the gun high or low, toward the front or toward either side. With a dress, the firearm could also be positioned just beneath the bosom to allow a draw from the neckline.

5. Back Carry – One solution for back carry is the pocketed compression shorts. They feel like Spanx and secure the handgun right in the small of your back. With this option you get your tummy control too!

6. Thigh carry – The length of your dress will decide if this is an option for you. You want to be sure the pistol and holster stay concealed because the handgun can only sit so high before the grip of the gun becomes an issue. It is important to test a thigh holster out before you use it. Without a comfortable enough holster, the wearer can chafe from movement.

7. Bra carry – With a dress that is not just skin-tight and has a little fabric below the chest the bra carry holster would be a great option.

With each one of these options comes practice with the draw. You are going to either have to hike your skirt, or reach down your shirt but you can still be pretty and pack at the same time.

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Handguns Do Not Kill

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Handguns or any type of gun for that matter does not have the ability to stand up, load itself, aim at its target and make the decision to pull its own trigger. To say otherwise we are anthropomorphizing the handgun to make decisions as a human would.

Only living creators who have the ability to rationalize and make the decision to physically act upon a thought process kill people. If that is the case then, we would have to say that cars, knives, airplanes, pens, needles, drugs, alcohol, axes, hammers, ropes, rocks, food, money, you name it, kills people.

If we continue down that path and add the control that is being suggested by the “gun control” activists, we would have to implement the same control with all the other items I just listed. Now how absurd is that? Many say we don’t need guns because we have police. Does that mean we don’t need a fire extinguisher in our house because we have a fire department? So if the house burns down, whose fault is it?

Grant it, some people are irresponsible to put it politely. They cannot handle the responsibility of handgun ownership just as they can’t hand the ownership of a car or drinking responsibly. Those along with mentally ill, minors, and criminals are the people we ideally don’t want to have the handguns. However, until we figure out a way to accomplish that, taking handguns away from people who need to protect themselves is NOT the answer! Think about it. If you can protect yourself then you can stop criminals from breaking in and stealing. Would you break into a house knowing the owners had guns for their protection? I know I wouldn’t.

Listen, it all boils down to do you or don’t you? With privileges comes responsibility. Do you want the privilege of having a handgun or don’t you? If you do then you take on the responsibilities that come with it.

Of course these are just a few, but you get the idea.

Privileges:

1. Protection
2. Hunting
3. Target shooting
4. Hobby/Family heirloom
5. Constitution Right

Responsibilities

1. Concealed Carry license
2. Secure Firearm when not in use
3. Education on how to handle
4. Treat Firearm as if it were loaded.
5. Never point firearm at anything you don’t intend to shoot

If you make the decision to own a handgun, you make the decision to own all the things that come with it. Being a responsible gun owner empowers us with the best tool we can have on hand to counter a threat to one’s life, and/or the lives of our family members. So to own a gun for the purpose of defense is one of the most universal and basic human rights

As gun ownership increases, crime decreases. It’s a win-win situation when more honest people are armed. Many, if not most, instances of self-defense don’t even necessitate the firing of a gun. Its mere presence is enough!

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Concealed Handguns for Women – Get One She Will Actually Use

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Buying a concealed handgun can be a daunting task but knowing what to buy for your wife, mother, or daughter can be downright scary! Let’s face it we care too much to let them be the next victim of frivolous crime. That’s why we put a gun in their hand to begin with!

Here are a few tips to consider when purchasing a concealed handgun for your female loved one. For starters, make sure that you take her with you. Usually, the person that you are buying for is going to have a smaller hand than you so they are going to need a different size. It is very important to have the proper fit. Your trigger finger must be able to comfortably reach the trigger without affecting your grip, and you must be able to easily access any other functional buttons or levers on the gun, such as the magazine release and safety. She is going to want to see how it feels in her hand to make sure that it is comfortable. It’s just like buying a pair of shoes you have to try them on before you buy them.

Decide what features you want the gun to have. Example: Does she need a gun with a safety? Revolvers don’t usually have a mechanical safety and first time shooters usually have an easier time with a revolver. They also have a trigger pull that helps keep the gun honest when you go to re-holster. However a semi-automatic is more accurate in longer distances and the trigger pull is usually softer.

Another important thing is the ease of use. Make sure that whichever way you go (revolver or semi-automatic) she can manipulate the functions of the handgun. If it is a semi-automatic pistol, make sure she can pull the slide back, deactivate the manual safety and line up the sights. Which brings me to… , “choosing the right caliber.” The best bet is to try a few different ones and see which one she is most comfortable with. If the gun is so big that she can’t pick it up then what good is it? You also don’t want it to throw her back 10 feet when she fires it.

Next consider: How are you going to carry? Thinner, lighter guns are typically most popular for concealed carry because they are more comfortable. They are much easier to conceal than a larger handgun. If you’re only going to own one gun for concealed carry purposes only, you should consider handguns that you would be willing to carry at all times. Remember that versatility and ease are key factors because a gun that is difficult or complicated to operate will only hinder your ability to accurately and efficiently defend yourself and others. You will only have seconds or less to act and anything that slows you down puts you and others in danger.

Regardless of which concealed handgun is chosen it is important that she goes to the gun range to make sure that she is proficient with it. It is also important that she is comfortable with the concealed accessories that are used to successfully carry her gun with her at all times

 

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