Anti-Gunners Want to Prevent Gun Shop From Opening in Arlington, VA

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Fellow small business supporters and pro-gun folks of Northern Virginia–where you at? One future gun shop is under attack, and its owner needs our support in wake of salacious attacks targeting his new gun shop.

Nova Firearms – a McLean, VA-based gun shop – is set to open an Arlington, VA shop in August. Its owner- U.S. Marine Corps veteran J.B. Gates, 28- is facing backlash from local curmudgeons of the leftist variety. Some local Arlington residents are trying to prevent the store from opening up in Cherrydale. Here’s more from the Change.org petition:

There are reports that the former Curves storefront at 2105 N. Pollard Street, in a small strip mall along Lee Highway, will be occupied by a gun shop. We, the citizens of Arlington County, oppose a gun shop at this location. We are alarmed that the shop is within 2 blocks of an Arlington County Public School that houses the HB Woodlawn Program and Stratford Program. Further, two elementary schools (Taylor and Arlington Science Focus), are only blocks away. Four additional schools are within 5 miles: Washington-Lee High School, St. Agnes, Key Elementary, and Glebe Elementary.

It is unconscionable, in an era where our children are forced to practice “lock down” drills designed to train them how to protect themselves from armed intruders, to locate a gun shop anywhere in the vicinity of schools. The fear of armed intruders permeates their education, and placing a shop that sells guns and/or ammunition within immediate distance of schools is confusing to students at best, and sparks fears of access to them at school at worst.

We call on the owner of the shop to exercise concern for the community, and most particularly its youngest and most vulnerable residents, and cease any action that would allow a gun shop to occupy the space.

Please also express your concern to your local elected officials –

Arlington County Board Members:  countyboard@arlingtonva.us
Arlington County School Board Members:  school.board@apsva.us

The petition has amassed nearly 2,000 signatures. And property owner Kostas Kapasouris may cave to pressure if we don’t speak out in support of  Mr. Gates, who’s the co-owner of Nova Firearms. From Washington Times:

And he has reason to be worried. Mr. Kapasouris told local news station WJLA-TV last week: “The community is very upset, and I don’t want the community to be upset.” The landlord said to the local television station he was looking for a way to legally break his lease with Mr. Gates.

I tweeted about the ordeal on my Twitter account:

Nova Firearms has every right to open up shop in Arlington. Our beloved Commonwealth of Virginia is a so-called business-friendly state. It’s relatively pro-gun too. And most of all, Arlington residents are allowed to conceal carry. 

First and foremost, opening a gun shop near an elementary school or any school for that matter shouldn’t be cause for alarm. Anti-gunners and other leftist apparatchiks have imposed “gun-free” zone policies nationwide. These zones arguably leave people, particularly students and teachers, vulnerable to attack. These signs invite dangerous folks to commit crimes at these respective places. (More good guys with guns will take out bad guys with guns. Period. I recommend supporting Project ChildSafe.) Second, guns don’t have a mind of their own. Responsible gun owners  practice the four gun safety rules. Guns won’t up and shoot an unsuspecting person; they’re operated by a person. (It’s called personal responsibility and having common sense!) Third, anti-gunners harassing Mr. Gates should redirect their efforts to combating crime in nearby D.C. perpetrated by criminals. Violence is high in The District because criminal activity isn’t reined in and strict gun control policies  dominate the Beltway. Fewer gun owners are able to legally protect themselves due to Draconian laws already in effect. This constant fearmongering isn’t going to fly anymore; we won’t tolerate it.

J.B. Gates appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to counteract attacks on his prospective gun shop.How can we support Mr. Gates and his gun store? Like Nova Firearms on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and sign this petition in support of the store. Additionally, we – citizens of Northern Virginia, regardless of jurisdiction – should be patrons of Nova Firearms and help this store rake in big bucks to show these bullies they can’t undermine local small businesses.

Welcome to Arlington, Nova Firearms! We look forward to welcoming you with open arms.

UPDATE I:

A counter Change.org petition in support of Nova Firearms has been created. It has amassed close to 2,000 signatures. If you live in Northern Virginia, please sign it here.

New Counter Cultured: Crayle Vanest Is Great Campus Carry Advocate

I interviewed Crayle Vanest of Students for Concealed Carry about gun rights on campus. Check it out!

Here at Counter Cultured, we are inclined to give our fellow right-minded Millennials the spotlight if they are doing big things. Our movement grows when we have more passionate voices–not fewer voices. One Millennial worth profiling is Crayle Vanest, a 22-year-old Indiana University senior passionate about the Second Amendment.  Crayle currently serves as the Midwest Regional Director of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.

GH: Why and when did you become a passionate advocate for concealed carry on campus?

CV: I have been passionate about all forms of self-defense since I was 14 years old, and began advocating for campus carry when I was 18. I’ve always enjoyed my independence from a young age, even it was just walking to a friend’s house a few miles away, but even with hand-to-hand self-defense knowledge, I was always aware that some people out there were just faster and stronger than me.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

New Townhall Column: Concealed Carry Can Reduce Sexual Assault on Campus

I’ve penned a new column up at Townhall.com today titled, “Concealed Carry Can Reduce Sexual Assault at Universities.” Below is an excerpt:

In a time where sexual assault is on the rise at American universities, it’s important to curb this trend by effective means.

How can universities best address and eradicate the threat of sexual assault on campus? Allow concealed carry on campus.

Seven states–WyomingMontanaFloridaTexasIndianaNorth Dakota, and now South Dakota–are considering legislation to permit concealed carry at universities. As more Americans channel support for gun rights over gun control, legislation to repeal gun-free zones and permit concealed carry should be deliberated in more states.

Universities are gun-free zones, which make them prime targets for criminals. Evidence shows that gun-free zones don’t deter crime; they enable them. No sign will stop a criminal; a good guy/girl with a gun will.

When young women and men are allowed to practice concealed carry on campus, they-not administrators or bureaucrats–are in control of their own lives.

Continue reading at Townhall.com. 

Update:

My article was cross-posted at Free Republic and Students for Concealed Carry.

Update II:

Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America tweeted out my article, which was linked to Bullets First.

Ukraine is Defenseless Against Russian Attack Due to ’05 $48 Million Grant Senator Obama Secured To Destroy Its Guns, Ammunition

With much hype surrounding whether or not the U.S. should aid Ukraine against Russian attack this week, it’s imperative to note a fact going unnoticed by the media.

As Russia continues to reassert itself in the Eastern Bloc with its Neo-Soviet territorial ambitions, one cannot help but shudder at the fact that Ukraine will be defenseless with or without aid from the U.S. (As much as I want Ukraine to defend itself, I don’t think it’s smart to give them aid at this time.) In fact, they shouldn’t trust this administration with providing them aid given one of Obama’s actions as senator that’s continually thrown under the rug. In August 2005, he and former U.S. senator Dick Lugar visited Ukraine and traveled to Donetsk, which is the hotly contested region Russia is so eager to seize from Ukraine. Then-Senator Barack Obama secured $48 million in federal funding to help Ukraine destroy tons of thousands of guns and ammunition, which has now rendered Ukraine essentially defenseless against any future attack from Russia.

Here’s more from Daily Mail:

As a U.S. senator, Barack Obama won $48 million in federal funding to help Ukraine destroy thousands of tons of guns and ammunition – weapons which are now unavailable to the Ukrainian army as it faces down Russian President Vladimir Putin during his invasion of Crimea.

In August 2005, just seven months after his swearing-in, Obama traveled to Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine with then-Indiana Republican Senator Dick Lugar, touring a conventional weapons site.

The two met in Kiev with President Victor Yushchenko, making the case that an existing Cooperative Threat Reduction Program covering the destruction of nuclear weapons should be expanded to include artillery, small arms, anti-aircraft weapons, and conventional ammunition of all kinds.

After a stopover in London, the senators returned to Washington and declared that the U.S. should devote funds to speed up the destruction of more than 400,000 small arms, 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles, and more than 15,000 tons of ammunition.

How ludicrous is that? As David Limbaugh said and famously wrote, Obama is- without a doubt-the great destroyer. Meddling with other countries and essentially making them weaker? He’s truly a great destroyer domestically and abroad.

Guns.Com Article: Keep Virginia Gun-Friendly

I’ve penned my first opinion editorial (op-ed) at Guns.com today. It’s titled, “The fight to keep Virginia gun-free must continue.” Below is an excerpt:

Last Monday, the Virginia State Senate Courts of Justice Committee shot down another series of anti-gun legislation from Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The Senate committee rejected a bill that would have imposed background checks on private firearm sales and another bill that would have limited firearm purchases to one a month.

Additionally, this Republican-controlled committee passed a bill that would allow for lifetime concealed handgun permits and a subcommittee of the Virginia House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety scrapped some more anti-gun bills.

McAuliffe’s support for gun control shouldn’t come as a surprise. While campaigning for governor in 2013, McAuliffe pledged support for “mainstream and majority supported gun control measures like universal background checks, limiting the size of magazines, and a return to the 1-gun-per-month rule.” True to his word, McAuliffe introduced a series of gun control bills in January 2014–that were subsequently defeated in the Virginia House Militia, Police and Public Safety subcommittee.

Despite McAuliffe’s penchant for pushing gun control in our state and the impression it may give others about our feelings towards the Second Amendment, Virginians know how disingenuous the gun control lobby truly is.

Continue reading at Guns.com.

Grateful to Have Attended My First SHOT Show

I recently had the pleasure of attending my first SHOT Show convention in fabulous Las Vegas. As a relative newbie to the gun industry, I took away so much information from the event, met various people in the industry, and made some new friends along the way.

(I especially want to thank Michelle Scheurmann of Sportsman Channel for encouraging me to attend the conference. I can’t thank her enough!)

Below are some of my pictures from SHOT Show:

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Top Shot’s Chris Cheng and I!

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Here I am testing out the MMC Armory PDW 7 rifle.

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Was honored to be covering SHOT Show as a member of the press!

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Caught up with and interviewed Townhall.com’s Katie Pavlich

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Hung out with some fellow Virginians, Ed Levine and Brian Griffiths of Virginia Citizens Defense League

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Modeling this cool gun coin at SHOT Show

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Was fun catching up with my pal Cam Edwards of NRA News

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Was also fun to run into Dana Loesch and her husband Chris at SHOT Show

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And topped off my trip to SHOT Show/ Vegas with a trip on the High Roller Wheel. It seriously has the best view of Vegas!

 

Here are some of the Counter Cultured articles I wrote for SHOT Show:

1) Counter Cultured Chats with Chris Cheng at SHOT Show

2) Katie Pavlich Talks ‘Safe Haven’, Youth Outreach at SHOT Show

3) More Women Are Flocking to the Gun Industry

4) New Documentary Exposes Dangers of Gun-Free Zones

5) The Coolest Guns from SHOT Show

Some of my tweets and photos from SHOT Show were featured in this Twitchy article. (How cool is that?!)

To learn more about SHOT Show, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and familiarize yourself with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

Hope to see you next year, Las Vegas!

 

New Counter Cultured Article: Coolest Guns at SHOT Show 2015

I’ve penned a new post up at Counter Cultured today called “The Coolest Guns from SHOT Show 2015.”

Below is an excerpt:

While at SHOT Show last week, I checked out some of the latest rifle, handgun, and pistol models from various gun manufacturers.  As a relative newbie in the gun industry, SHOT Show gave me a glimpse into this unfairly vilified yet wonderful community.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) SHOT Show attracted roughly 64,000 people and is the largest outdoor shooting sports convention in existence. Since the conference is not open to the general public, I was lucky to preview new guns. (This made many of my guy friends super jealous – ha!) Though absorbing these surroundings proved to be daunting at times, in the best sense possible, I can accurately divulge information on the beauty of firearms now.

Here are some of my findings from SHOT Show. Enjoy!

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.