Media Hype or Firearm Facts—You Decide

by Kellene Bishop 

Everyone has the right to defend themselves.

Fact:

100% of ALL firearm “accidents” occur as a result of someone violating one of the four most critical safety rules in the ownership and use of a firearm.  Firearms don’t kill people as the media would have us believe, any more than pencils are responsible for making spelling mistakes.  Your ability to STOP an firearm accident is strengthened by your knowledge of a firearm.  In contrast, if you are not familiar with the workings of a firearm, you may actually encourage a deadly accident if you encounter one in the hands of an unauthorized person.  That said, why don’t we ever hear a news report that says something like “There are over 80,000,000 gun owners in the nation today, and only 5 accidents were caused as the result of error on the part of the gun owner”?

  

Fact: Every person in the U.S. has the right to defend themselves, their family, and their property.  Fit or fat.  Blonde or brunette.  When a drug-crazed criminal has a gun point at you, your political affiliations do not lessen the impact on your body or your mind.  A bullet will sufficiently kill you.  So how you supposed to fight back under such circumstances? 

  

Fact: According to FBI statistics, over 5,500 violent crimes are PREVENTED EVERY DAY by the mere presence of a firearm.  So why are our newspapers and television screens only reporting the horrific scenes of crime and bloodshed at the hands of “crazed gunmen”?  All we ever hear about are the terrible and criminal uses of firearms – school shootings, gunmen clipping off innocent bystanders one by one in a mall or a neighborhood, or gangs who murder and plunder with guns.  Why aren’t we being given a clear picture of the use and importance of firearms in America?  Why aren’t we hearing the real stories from the media – like the 83-year-old woman who shot a would-be rapist in her home.  Or the woman who was raped, then given a rifle by a friend, and when the rapist RETURNED to her home she was able to defend herself and killed the rapist.  Or about the female convenience store employee that was able to save her fellow co-workers from abominable acts at the hand of a robber by grabbing for the gun, and shot him.  Or when a concealed-carry permit holder was able to thwart a massive shootout between police and a liquor store robber because he was willing to draw his gun and shoot the body-armored gunman squarely in the skull.  Violent crime rates have fallen dramatically in right-to-carry states.  

Why do we only hear about the terrible encounters with firearms?  Because blood and sex sells.  And it can’t simply be just anybody’s blood.  No, it needs to be the blood of an innocent person, not a violent criminal.  Yes, the so-called education of the facts of gun use for self-defense in America is being steered by money and mindless sheep, plain and simple.  

The media often fail to portray good examples of self-defense photo c/o abovethelaw.com

Why aren’t we hearing about the real firearm stories from the media?  Follow the same money that goes abundantly to the media and you will see that many members of our government fear the legal possession of guns by its citizens.  Why?  Because the government has committed acts in violation of the U.S. Constitution and thus have reason to fear reprisals from its citizens.  The majority of the media act as mindless minions to our government.  And since the government has trampled mercilessly on the freedoms and liberties guaranteed to us through the U.S. Constitution, left to their own designs with no accountability required from the media, it is clear that the media is a willing accomplice in these acts.  Violation after violation have occurred at the hands of each administration that have stripped many of our Constitutional freedoms in a clandestine manner, and yet the media and entertainment industry have failed to produce any headline which even questions such acts.  Do the media even know what’s it like to actually be courageous Americans anymore?  Or do they merely write about it in hopes that it earns them lauds of glory from their peers? 

Fact: Having a firearm and knowing how to use it does not make you a violent person.  In fact, you will find that responsible gun owners are peaceful, law abiding individuals because they are able to function without fear hanging over them.  Yet firearm owners are never portrayed such an image in the national news.  

Instead we hear the irresponsible and oppressive mantra of, “Don’t resist.” “Don’t fight back.”  “Just give them the money, it’s not worth your life.”   What they forget it that while money may not be worth your life, the freedom to be free IS worth your life.  Ironically, what Thomas Paine and his associates did to the king of England to protect free speech (particularly of the media)  is actually being used to give us a false education and thus strip us of other freedoms because of the false and criminalized picture of gun owners that we are confronted with every day. 

According to Thomas Jefferson, history has proven time and time again that the option for citizens to arm themselves is what ensures protection against a “tyrannical government.” 

  

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” (Thomas Jefferson Papers p. 334, 1950)   

You see, not only can this type of “preservation of property” give you peace in your ability to defend yourself against violent acts, but it also gives you peace in defending your nation against the loss of freedoms as well.  

 

  

Firearm training gives you peace of mind

Forty years ago, when the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised… to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia…” (In Virginia’s Ratifying Convention, Elliot p.3:379-380) 


• “The militia may be here destroyed by that method which has been practiced in other parts of the world before; that is, by rendering them useless – by disarming them.” (Elliot, p. 3:379-80)
  

The men and women of America are not only the sole stewards over their own lives and that of their families – they are also the sole guardians of the Constitution.  In the ultimate act of freedom, specifically for the women of our nation, I say that we must take on a more proactive stance in order to fulfill our roles appropriately.  With the increasing numbers of women raising families single-handedly, the extended hours our husbands are forced to work to sustain us, the increasing threat of brazen crimes being committed against women and children in broad daylight, the consistent attacks which are made on our freedom, for all of these reasons, women need to become informed and skilled in the use of a firearm—not just in matters of self-defense use and safety, but also as a Constitutional right.  We cannot relinquish our safety, our lives, or our freedom to the hands of strangers who may or may not be available to defend us when the need arises.  We must take this responsibility for ourselves.  After all, when all of our liberties are gone, there will be nothing left to protect. 

 Copyright 2010 Women of Caliber and Kellene Bishop. All rights reserved.  You are welcome to repost this information so long as it is credited to Women of Caliber and Kellene Bishop. 

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15 Responses

  1. Thank you for this blog, I have linked to it from mine. I bought my first ever gun today, a little Ruger LCP. I’m signed up for classes next month. I am 53.

    • Congratulations, Sue! I’m soooo excited for you!! Woohoo!

      • I live near Portland and I hear you might come visit us soon. I’m excited to meet you. I have been our ward emergency preparedness specialist since 1999! I’m always looking for better products and ideas.

  2. Do you have a reference for the FBI 5500 claim. I’d love to use it, but want to be based in verifiable data.

    • I believe that was in the John Lott Jr book, The Bias Against Guns. It’s been a while since I wrote the article, but I’m pretty sure it was in that one.

  3. Thank you for the post – I have included it in two of my blogs.
    Don

  4. Sue: Second the congratulations. Take your safety into your own hands, and you will control your destiny. I am a 47 year old man who bought his first handgun only last year. I am gradually becoming more skilled, proficient, and comfortable with firearms, and that comfort gives me confidence that I can use it to defend myself, my wife, and my family should the need arise.

    Killene: Would you cite the source for 5500 violent crimes being prevented each day? I would truly love to cite the same statistic on my own website.

    “In fact, you will find that responsible gun owners are peaceful, law abiding individuals because they are able to function without fear hanging over them.”

    Killene, how true is that statement! We can function without the fear that would make us slink away from defending ourselves and family, dying a cowards death, but confront the savages that depend on disarmed, fearful people for the opportunity to rob, rape, and pillage the innocent.

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  6. This just the level of ignorance on the medias part, can’t say agenda,even though it is still a possiblity.

    However, the only accident is when a gun discharges due to mechanical failure. Which even that can be negilance, due to improper maintance.

  7. can you cite your source for the FBI statistic please?

    • Andrew, I’ve been looking for my notes on that article, as it’s been a long time since I wrote it. The source was originally from Greg Evensen who is an expert on preparedness matters specifically those relating to law enforcement. His background is in law enforcement and he related this statistic giving credit to the FBI.

      • wow [koolest] Kellene, thnx soOooOoOo much for that awesum & seriously factual pro Gun– pro freedom– pro self defence–pro constitution–pro 2nd Amendment–Pro America–Pro women–Pro Life– pro family- -Pro patriotic –Pro freedom- -Pro, like “EVRYTHING IMPORTANT”,..essential…constitutionally Guaranteed, -essential to protecting all the rest of our Rights, cuz without our dang 2nd Amendment, the rest of our valuable Rights go down the sewer-
        And thats exactly why lotta politicians & many other evil people are so oOoOo obcessed with disarming us Law Abiding Citizens –
        -& don havta tell you super ~~>(*K*)(*K*)(*K*)<~~ and more jus like ya
        keep it goin

    • good point Andrew having Kellene site her source [i have found her source’s are one thing: accurate,factual, & not totally biased & anti-Gun
      You seem fair A. To continue being fair,try getting even one Anti-Gun,Anti- Constitution [specially 2nd Amendment-4th Amendment], Anti-American, Anti Freedom, Anti Life- [ for the endless number of “Anti” sites that relate to our great Country our Rights, Freedoms etc. that the Anti-Gun low Lifes try to destroy, is too many to list because without our Right to bear arms & in order to keep it from being “infringed” to death like it is being Hijacked today; they destroy America because without our GUNS like our forefather’s envisioned- WE WILL LOSE EVERYTHING period.
      neweyz A- try & get just one Anti Gun Nut to Cite “their Source” & then You Verify what “they” attempt to pull off as genuine,factual, un-biased & even relevant-[like Kellene’s always prove to be]
      I guarantee you will be seriously amazed ok A
      thnx

  8. I work for a major Financial Institution and the only person in our Branch that carries a weapon. I was aked by a co-worker if we were ever robbed would I protect them with my gun. Without hesitation my answer was….no….Unless their life was in danger and I had a clean shot. After 25 years in this business we are taught to give them the cash and get them out as quickly as possible. As far as I am concerned they are not stealing from me. That’s a job for the local Police not me. Now if he is trying to get me in his vehicle that’s a different story. If your afraid take lessons dont count on me because I am prepared and you are not.

  9. This reply is for Zakk & also add me to the lonnnnng like of Goooooooooo Kellene WoC for this ah-maye-ZinGGGGG blog.
    Anyways Zakk You Do have to Believe in God to not only have morals but to have ANYTHING [that is worth spit that is]
    And it isn’t just because i happen to believe in God
    [“OUR God”-not “my” God, God is EVERYONE’s GOD,& that is whether You want Him or not-
    God doesn’t need our permission for anything]
    neweyz Zakk, not nothing personal & i don’t mean no offence ok.
    You see Zakk EVERYTHING comes from God
    specially LOVE…
    As a matter of fact, God IS Love…
    And im a Christian & a Catholic & dang proud of it
    & i mean a Genuine Catholic-
    that means you gotta “Live” like a Christian\Catholic.
    Not to put you [or anyone else who fails to or refuses to accept who Created “ALLLLLLLL” of us whether we wanted Him or not & He Loves You too Zakk-Please just let Him.]
    I mean i’m telling you this cause i care about you Zakk
    & for anyone Not to know God is the Ultimate worse thing in any of us human’s life that could be possible.
    Zakk, it isn’t a matter of only if we “choose” [that word again that sucks in so many naive or otherwise well meaning humans] to believe in God-
    i mean He exists-He is [always was & always will be]
    alive & well.
    Zakk The only reason that me,you,Kellene,WomenofCaliber [little plug lol] & EVERY HUMAN here on His Earth that He only lets us use-is for ALL of us to get to Share Eternal [that’s a long time Zakk} Life with God in sooooooooo much freeken happiness, joy, & Love that no human hase the capacity to even clome close to imagining it….
    ..
    [poor Kellene we’re kinna getting off the subject of da blog here duh..but Everything includes the greatest Almighty being that exists -i mean Zakk God is incliuded in everything,,,& He is in all of us…
    Dont take this as a put down or some ego trip from Kellene -or specially me -i am not no genius omg…
    Without God, none of us hase ANYTHING-
    we may ‘think’ we do….but we would be so wrong…
    Zakk, for your loved ones, for your family,for your enemies, for YOURSELF, [& of course for God…]
    try it,you will [definitely seriously] like it…
    Ya see Zakk, You\me\Kellene\nobody is even capable of loving God unless like its simple in a way…
    we have to )Know God, 2) Love God, 3) Serve God…
    Zakk, no one can be expected to ‘respond’ or have the cognizence unless FIRST we have to get to KNOW God,..if you know Him, you will definitely Love Him..
    & not ” if” but “when you Love Him, you will then Die to Serve Him…k Zakk..
    Know, Love ,& Serve God…..that is it,& EVERYTHING
    else will fall into place…
    And i didn’t say everything will be a picnic in the park….
    But if we are straight will God & put Him FIRST in EVERYTHING, then everything & everyone,falls into place…
    Do it for yourself Zakk…ok..
    I know i dont HAVE TO CARE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS…
    But God Created us as one Family & He epects us to Look after our family…
    Without God, we just go through the “motions” or say some “words”. or perform some meaningless [maybe physically kool but Not the real deal] “actions…BUT-
    without God , i would agree with you Zakk that Life ‘would’ have no meaning, our exixtence would be hopeless,loveless, [i dont mean some physical or sex or desire of the flesh that turns back to worthless “DUST” thing]-i am talking about the real deal EVER-LASTING-Permenant-VERY ULTIMATE|SOLE reason that everyone of us is “here” thing…
    that’s why Kellene had God where she has Him…
    Not just cuz Kellene is soo kool nuf to “feel” her love for Him that Loves all of us-God was speaking to you [& me & all of us here on this kool site] through Kellene-
    God is so kool Zakk that He speaks to us through His creations\human family-
    i Love ya Zakk
    i wanna
    i am “OBLIGATED” to lol seriously…
    if i did’nt love all of my bros & sisters & omg my enemies too ug…
    “the smallest of His brothers even from the tiniest molecule of a baby in the womb to the oldest ugliest most grumpy sinner-
    God’s love is unconditional
    Don’t let the freeken Devil be successful with you by using “our” weaknesses” to make “us” FAIL what is the biggest mistake any [of us] humans can EVER make….
    by failing to keep God in our Lives & doing His will & not yours, or mine, or Kellene’s, or anyone else’s– but the one Almighty Ever Forgiving Being who means the most to us [simply because He IS the Most ]
    forever & always….
    Zakk, to make a “Long” story even Longer heh,
    after we die Zakk we cant go back & change anything we might want to…
    BUT-
    after we die & if we accepted Him when He gives us the chance [cuz He Loves us-me-you-kellene-alll of us ]
    Zakk like we won’t have to ‘wish we cud go back & change anything-
    and only then will it NOT be “to late”-
    but ya know what-then it is only the Beginning-
    & the beginning of what puts this short “dress rehearsal ” to shame
    & while you’re here You get to enjoy little boneses of stuff like Faith,….like Hope..[not hopelessness], true “meaning” [cuz each of our lives has more “meaning” than we cud even even fathom
    [wud be like a “squirell” tryen to figure out a “human’s brain\mind-only multiplied times a few hundred scillion umpteen billion ]
    God is Infinite
    God is “omnipotent” that’s why…
    & its all for us Zakk…
    ..That’s why i can’t & Kellene can’t none of us can help tryen to help ya see like we want you to help us see-
    God expects it from all of us…
    Zakk you brought me so much closer to God i cant even tell ya…
    & i know you brought kool Kellene closer to God….
    please dont sell yourself short….
    don’t sell your loved ones.& your family short…
    That’s why everyone wants to love his brother…
    its in all of us…He is in all of us…
    He is the “Way,”.. the “Truth” & the “Life”
    [& just as He showed us the “way” when He had His Son prove it & show it & Live it that “Life lasts forever & ever….& when we die, just Like Jesus Lived [for you & me & Kellene ,suffered [for allll of us & rose from the dead [to show all of us that death is just a new & unbelieveable “Beginning” wow..
    ..
    Love ya Zakk..

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