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Gun Owners of America stress pro-gun changes to American Healthcare Act

Gun Owners of America wants congressional Republicans to strip provisions related to gun ownership from the Obamacare replacement bill scheduled for a vote Thursday in the House.


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GOA-Backed Case Enjoys Supreme Court Victory

On March 21, 2017, the Supreme Court decided Manuel v. Joliet, a case in which Gun Owners of America -- and its legal arm, Gun Owners Foundation -- came to the defense of a man who had been arrested and detained for 48 days based on false charges. 


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Gun Sales Still Robust, As Concealed Carry Continues to Skyrocket

Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said the number of concealed carry permits has tripled in recent years. "Not surprisingly, Americans are purchasing guns that are especially suited for concealed carry,” he said.


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New Mexico Lawmakers Shoot Down Ban on Private Gun Sales 

A New Mexico state bill to expand background checks to most private gun transactions has been voted down by a legislative panel, ending chances for approval this year.

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General Petraeus Opposes GOP Efforts to Repeal Gun Ban for Military Veterans

On March 13 Breitbart News reported that House Republicans were eyeing a repeal of the gun ban for military veterans. On March 14 retired Army General David Petraeus and his gun control group blasted the proposed repeal as “irresponsible and dangerous.” 

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How Long Does it Take to Die?

By
Robert A. Waters
As published by KeepAndBearArms.com.


One of the arguments the gun-banners use is that victims of crime should call police and let the authorities handle the situation. As James Brady said, "For defense of the home -- that's why we have police departments."

An examination of two cases, however, would seem to put the lie to that statement.

On July 16, 2000, a woman at Greenwood Village Apartments in Denver, Colorado did just what Brady recommended. At 8:40 p.m., she dialed 911. Although she was unable to speak when dispatchers answered, they could hear the sounds of a struggle. Because the apartment's address didn't show up in the 911 system, it took eight minutes for police to find the location of the call.

When they arrived, police found a man with a bloody knife standing over a dead woman. In another room, a three-year-old child was screaming. The murderer, a rejected lover, had attacked and killed his former girlfriend sometime during the eight minutes it took police to arrive.

Contrast that with the following case.

This is the actual transcript of a 911 call from Maria Pittaras to the Pasco County, Florida Emergency Communication Center at 1:51 a.m., August 10, 2000.

Dispatcher: "911."
Pittaras: "I just shot a man, a man was just in my house, and tried raping me, and I shot him, oh my God." (Gasping for breath.)
Dispatcher: "Ma'am."
Pittaras: (Unintelligible screams.) "He's still alive! Come quick."
Dispatcher: "Ma'am, calm down."
Pittaras: "He's still alive. I heard him in there."
Disptacher: "All right, what's the address?"
(Pittaras tells the dispatcher her address.)
Dispatcher: "You say a man broke into your house?"
Pittaras: "Yes. Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God! I heard him in there!"
Dispatcher: "All right. What kind of a gun is it?"
Pittaras: "I don't know. I don't know. Oh my God. Oh my God. How long will it take for the police to get here? Oh my God."
Dispatcher: "We're getting an ambulance on the way over there right now."
Pittaras: "Please hurry, he's still alive, he's going to come back after me."
Dispatcher: "All right, stay on the phone. I'm going to put you through to the Sheriff's Office, okay?"

According to the St. Petersburg Times, Robert Metz broke into Maria Pittaras's home through a guest bedroom window. A family man who lived a few doors down, he pulled a nylon mask over his face, and climbed on top of the sleeping woman. Pressing a knife to her throat, Metz threatened to rape her.

Pittaras reached into a night-stand and pulled out a loaded .38-caliber revolver. In her panic, she fired a shot into the wall. Then she pressed the gun against the intruder's neck and squeezed the trigger. Although Pittaras didn't know it at the time, Metz died almost instantly.

It was only moments later that the frightened woman's 911 call came in.

"How long will it take police to get here?" Pittaras asked the dispatcher. The question hung in the air, a plaintive plea for someone to come fix the problem. But the police had not been there when the attack began, and it would be several more minutes before they would arrive.

Maria Pittaras had been left alone to fix her own problem.

Fortunately, unlike the woman in Denver, she had a gun and knew how to use it.

Let's examine what Pittaras's options would have been had she not had a gun.

When she awoke with the masked man on top of her pressing a knife to her throat, she could have tried to talk her way out of the situation. Those odds aren't good, of course, but they're better than nothing.

Or Pittaras could have meekly submitted and prayed that her assailant wouldn't kill her. Indeed, that's one of the alternatives recommended by many so-called experts. If you give in, maybe he'll let you live. It's better to suffer the trauma of having been violated than to fight back. In this case, as in many others, submitting would almost certainly have been a death sentence since her attacker was a neighbor who would have feared being recognized.

Or Pittaras could have fought back with her hands, or pepper spray. This would have undoubtedly enraged her assailant, causing him to inflict even more harm on her.

The gun-banners' best solution for surviving violent confrontations is to call the police. But that was obviously not an option in this case. Had Pittaras even had a telephone next to her, Metz would have physically restrained her as she attempted to call for help.

None of the above options offered any real protection to Maria Pittaras.

What does offer protection to rape victims, or victims of domestic violence, or victims of assault?

Guns.

A few days after killing Metz, a Times reporter interviewed Pittaras.

"I understand that I did what I had to do," she said. "But I'm never going to be a normal person again. Every day I'm going to have to come to terms [with the fact] that I took a man's life, a man with a family."

Pittaras paused, then continued, "I know I'll get past this, but I'll never forget it. And I don't think I'll ever stop wondering why it had to happen."

Unlike the victim in Denver, Maria Pittaras survived.

But sometimes survival isn't pretty.


Self-Defense Corner

  • Homeowner shoots invader
  • Don't Mess with Texans
  • Jogger Protects his Life
  • Carjacker Tricked by Purse
  • Electric Drill vs. Gun

 Police: Homeowner fatally shoots home invasion suspect, 2nd suspect arrested

Police say a fatal shooting Tuesday night at a Moncks Corner home was justified because the homeowner was protecting his family from a home invasion.

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Two killed in Athens-area home invasion

Two men were shot and killed Sunday near Athens after they invaded a home and attempted to rob two residents, according to Henderson County Sheriff's Office reports.

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Jogger Decided To Carry Concealed For His Morning Run — And That Decision Likely Saved His Life

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — A jogger on his morning run reported seeing a truck following him. A juvenile got out of the truck, pointed a gun at the jogger, and demanded all his belongings.

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A Carjacker Thinks His Victim is Giving in…Until She Hands Over Her Purse

Last Monday at 7:30 a.m., a woman in Boise, ID fended off a would-be carjacker with her Ruger LCP. The woman had just dropped off her daughter at school when a man jumped in front of her car. When she stopped to keep from hitting him, he jumped into the car.

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Homeowner Shoots Dangerous Intruder Wielding An Electric Drill & Knife

While a man in Las Vegas was doing maintenance on one of his vacant properties, he was met by an intruder. This was not any ordinary intruder, however. This man was wielding a knife and an electric drill when he attempted to attack the homeowner.

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