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Dec 3, 201208:59 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

A Christmas message for self-defense: Where ’tis better to give than receive

A Christmas message for self-defense: Where ’tis better to give than receive

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A great week for Wisconsin football, pro and college. Huge redemption for Badger coach Bret Bielema Saturday; losing six assistant coaches and going down to your third-string quarterback can take its toll. But can he afford to lose three straight Rose Bowls?

Let’s go to the Bo Pelini cam. Now there is a very angry man who can’t seem to win the big ones.

Any time you beat the Vikings and the Bears lose (thanks to former Badger Russell Wilson), it’s a good weekend. I got to think the ViQueens are still paying the price for their gamble on Brett Favre instead of building for the future, as the Packers have done. Badger and Packers; there’s nothing like peaking at the right time, which is what we’re doing here at the Blaska Policy Research Factory and Tanning Salon (thanks to a recent merger).

Sell stupid someplace else

What is the most stupid thing you encounter on a daily basis? For me, it’s those “No Firearms on These Premises” signs. Like an armed robber is going to turn away when confronted with words on a window. “Dang, here I was a-gonna rob me some smokes!”

It is well noted that the movie theater in Aurora, Colo., was posted against firearms. That didn’t stop a madman from killing 12 and wounding another 58 at a midnight showing of the Batman movie last summer.

What if just one patron had fired back? I have been asking that question for a few years now. Good to see confirmed liberal Jeffrey Goldberg asking same in the December 2012 edition of The Atlantic magazine.

“If someone is shooting at you, it is better to shoot back than to cower and pray,” he writes.

Duck and cower

Which is, essentially, the instructions our gun-banning colleges and universities give their students (think Virginia Tech) when confronted with an armed madman. In fact, Goldberg reports, violent crime at Colorado State University has declined in the nine years since concealed carry was allowed. I should note that the university’s governing board voted to reinstate the ban two years ago but the local sheriff announced he would refuse to enforce it.

From the October 1938 Outdoor Life magazine

About those gun-free signs, Goldberg writes:

Publicly describing your property as gun-free is analogous to posting a notice on your front door saying your home has no burglar alarm.

More quotes:

There is no proof to support the idea that concealed-carry permit holders create more violence in society than would otherwise occur; they may, in fact, reduce it.

Today, the number of concealed-carry permits is the highest it’s ever been, at 8 million, and the homicide rate is the lowest it’s been in four decades – less than half what it was 20 years ago.

The NRA is ... powerful in good part because so many Americans are predisposed to agree with its basic message.

The author notes that the greatest increase in concealed-carry permit holders in the state of Texas are African-American women.

The Atlantic article is entitled “The case for more guns (and more gun control).” The more gun control Goldberg seeks is requiring background checks on gun buyers at gun shows.

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Dec 4, 2012 09:25 am
 Posted by  sarge

Somehow I'm not too sure blaska...that you have the skills needed to engage successfully in a gun battle in a crowded theater in the dark while the crowd around you panics, running hither and yon

Typical. It's a sign of true cluelessness to think a couple hours in the CC classroom and a permit makes one a real operator.

Dec 4, 2012 12:52 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Sarge, if someone is shooting up a theater and only Blaska has a gun, I'll take my chances and hope he hits his mark. I know the chances I have if everyone but the shooter is unarmed - Todd

Dec 4, 2012 02:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Sarge, your comments show your total and complete ignorance as to why well over 100,000 people in the state of Wisconsin choose to legally carry a concealed weapon.
Myself, and the many people who I know that legally carry a firearm are not carrying to protect others, I/they do not think we are police auxiliary always on the ready to try and stop an active shooter situation in some crowded theater
Instead, we realize that there are violent criminals among us (ever read the crime section of the newspaper?) We hope (some even pray) that we are never forced to remove our firearms from our holster in defense of ourselves and our loved ones, instead we realize that it is better to have a firearm and hope we never need it, than to find yourself in the unfortunate situation where one may save the life of your loved ones and yourself, but not have the tools available to do so. I have been legally carrying a handgun since 1987, it was removed from it's holster once in defense of myself in 1989 while a knife was being held to my side by a crazed individual demanding my vehicle and my wallet. I was able to stop the assault against myself that day, and hold the criminal at gunpoint until the police arrived 27 minutes later to arrest him, sadly his victim before me was not so lucky, she died of his stab wound to the chest because she was not exiting her vehicle fast enough. He left her to die laying on the road. Sarge, Why do you prefer to have people go defenseless against violent criminals who possess and use guns illegally? Do you feel a piece of paper waved in the face of a violent criminal will stop them from doing harm to someone? That is exactly how well a restraining order works, lets take a look at the recent murders at a salon in Brookfield WI? Did the restraining order stop her estranged husband from killing his wife and other that day? Imagine if she would have been armed and able to defend herself, the story may be very different.

Dec 4, 2012 03:43 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

"I'm not too sure [Mr.] Blaska...that you have the skills needed to engage successfully in a gun battle in a crowded theater."

Neither am I certain, "Sarge." But I do know without the faintest doubt that if all I've got is a box of popcorn in my hand I will most surely fail ... and probably die.

Dec 4, 2012 08:23 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I attended an Active Shooter training last year, and I asked the cop: How many such shooters have been stopped by a person legally carrying a concealed weapon? Answer: zero. There were several concealed carriers present when the nut shot the congresswoman and all the innocent bystanders in Arizona; how many defensive shots were fired at the nut? Zero.

Enjoy your heroic fantasies, but understand, they are just fantasy.

I didn't ask the cop how many children are shot, and how many die each year because mommy or daddy left a loaded gun laying around...but then guns don't kill people, people kill people, right? Even little people kill little people. Oh well, what's a little collateral damage here or there, compared to the greater good?

Dec 5, 2012 07:36 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

In 1997, a disturbed high-school student named Luke Woodham stabbed his mother and then shot and killed two people at Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi. He then began driving toward the nearby junior high to continue his shooting spree but the assistant principal, Joel Myrik, aimed a pistol he kept in his truck causing him to veer off the road. Myrick then put his pistol to Woodham's neck and disarmed him.

On Jan. 16, 2002, a disgruntled former student at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia, had killed three people, including the school's dean, when two students, both off-duty law officers, retrieved their weapons and pointed them at the shooter, who ended his killing spree and surrendered.

in December 1997, a man armed with a semiautomatic rifle and two pistols entered the New Life church in Colorado Springs ...

Well, I could go on but you never will get the picture, Anonymous. Not that it matters if you do.

Dec 5, 2012 08:45 am
 Posted by  Meade

From Interactive Web-based Course, Homeland Security, IS-907 - Active Shooter: What You Can Do:

"Take Action
As an absolute last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter:

Act as aggressively as possible against him/her.
Throw items and improvise weapons.
Commit to your actions."

I know what you're thinking. "If push comes to active-shooter shove, should I hang with "Anonymous" who is trained to yell, throw things and instantly invent weapons on the spot? Or should I hang with Mr. Blaska?"

Well, to tell you the truth, in all the excitement I kind of lost track myself. But seeing as how Mr. Blaska is carrying concealed and doesn't need to fashion a .44 Magnum out of chewing gum and paper clips, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel committed to my actions?

Well, do ya, Ms. Napolitano?

Dec 5, 2012 08:59 am
 Posted by  Meade

Illustration of "Anonymous", committed to his actions:

Dec 6, 2012 09:05 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) - A Tuesday road rage incident handled by Wausau police appears to have been minimized because the victim carried a legal handgun.

An Appleton man was traveling on highway 29 heading into Wausau from the west when the vehicle he passed accelerated and rammed his vehicle from behind. The driver contacted 9-1-1, which advised him to meet the officer at the Menards parking lot. The man was followed by the attackers, who got out and attempted to beat him and use their keys as a weapon to injure him. That’s when the man pulled his gun, and the attackers backed off.


Then of course, is the would-be hold-up by a man carrying a sawed-off shotgun into an Aldi food store in Milwaukee earlier this year -- in the middle of the day! A shopper standing in line at the cash register, who possessed a legal CCW permit and, more critically, a loaded weapon, did not wait for the robber to clear away witnesses.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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