The Yankee Gunner Podcast – Episode 009

Patriot-gun

Episode 9 is available for download here:

Wicked long show (3 hours!)…. this should get y’all through a few commutes to work!  There was a LOT of activity in CT the last couple of weeks.  Especially last week with the New Haven/Toad’s Place/Ted Nugent protests as well as the Starbucks Appreciation Day in Newtown.  Our elected “representatives” didn’t exactly make this a light week either!

Our leading stories:

Standing our ground in New Haven, CT; support for Ted Nugent and Toad’s Place

Protesters at Ted Nugent’s New Haven concert square off over racism (video, slideshow)

Protestors Clash With Nugent Fans At Toad’s

Ted Nugent At Toad’s Place

Crowd protests Ted Nugent concert in New Haven, Conn. over right-wing rocker’s comments on Trayvon Martin

Newtown Starbucks locks doors early after gun activists come to town

Guns and coffee: Area advocates stage ‘Starbucks Appreciation Day’

Gun groups to show support for Starbucks gun policy Friday

Gun Owners Plan Starbucks Appreciation Day Around Country Including Newtown

Newtown, Conn. Starbucks Closing Early Over Gun Group Event

MadCow and s’Murphy

Local News

Controversial firearms ordinance gets approval

Newtown shooting report expected in fall

In Newtown, Gun Permits Surge After Shooting

Public Last In Line To Learn Newtown Investigation Details

Despite No Report Yet on Shootings, Connecticut Police Give Talks on Newtown

Blue Trail team aims to be ‘the best of the best’

Bill Would Keep Guns From Abusive Boyfriends

State Police seek 39 new jobs to handle gun law workload

Two Bridgeport Men Charged in Drug-Related Murder

GOP must stand up on guns

National News

N.Y. newspaper that endangered gun owners hit with layoffs

Quinnipiac Poll: Majority of Americans Support ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

Walden, NY Mayor – Mayors Against Illegal Guns Offered to Pay Me Off to Remain Member of Anti-Gun Group

How Big Is The Internet Gun Sales Loophole Conservative Media Claim Doesn’t Exist? – This is the nonsense the lamestream media keeps repeating.

Family fights back when 3 gunmen storm their home; one intruder shot

MILLER: ‘Docs vs. Glocks’ showdown in Florida

Waxman Introduces Massive Firearms Ban Bill in House

Younger generation key to perpetuating ‘legal’ recognition of gun rights

Chris Christie 10 New Gun Laws

North Carolina Gun Laws Expanding Freedom

Playing the Race Card, Again

The 25 Most Dangerous Cities In America

Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns – Don’t Shoot Someone Attacking You With Axe Handle

This Is How the NRA Ends A bigger, richer, meaner gun-control movement has arrived

The moment George Zimmerman was pulled over with a GUN and told officers he was ‘going nowhere in particular’

AP refuses to comment after requesting gun permit data

Pelosi Urges Congress to Uphold Constitution by Passing Gun Control

Discussion:

ArchOil – This stuff is AWESOME!!!

INFOGRAPHIC: Gun Crimes Plummet Even As Gun Sales Rise

Leaked Democrat memo chillingly discusses how to use tragedies to push for gun control

 

 

NBC-30, really? We’re supposed to believe this is a typo?

WVIT, NBC 30….. The big NBC affiliate of CT.  Copies a friends post from facebook.  Now, they haven’t exactly been a bastion of honesty when it comes to firearms rights, I’ve had my dealings with a few of their reporters on the subject.  This…. is HORRIBLE.

Let me frame this for you in chronological order, then I’ll give you a link to a PDF I made of the original article (which was corrected a few hours later AFTER the majority of people saw it).

The Starbucks Appreciation Day was NOT about “rubbing their noses in it” or being callous.  It was something many gun owners have been doing for some time.  Starbucks has a clear “will not discriminate” stance with gun owners.  Essentially, if it’s legal to carry, carry.  Open or concealed, it does not matter.  This has been a big thing as some anti-gun groups have tried to stage boycotts that ended up as “buycotts”.  I regularly go to Starbucks to have coffee and chat with friends.

There has been a call to make Friday, April 9th “Starbucks Appreciation Day”.  Matt wanted to get some folks together to hang out and socialize.  He put the following on his facebook page:

Starbucks-Bottali-original

Instead of “I guarantee there will be no safer place in all of CT”, they completely changed the meaning by quoting him as saying “I guarantee there will be no safe place in all of CT”.  The rest of the post they got verbatim, that part….. color me suspicious.

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PDF of the article below, before NBC-30 made their “correction”.

Gun Rights Advocates to Stage _Appreciation Day_ at Newtown Starbucks _ NBC Connecticut – Before they corrected their mistake

 

Standing our ground in New Haven, CT; support for Ted Nugent and Toad’s Place

E. Jonathan Hardy – “Standing his ground” surrounded by various groups protesting a concert by “uncle” Ted Nugent. Photo: Palin Smith

So, picture this:  A private venue is about to have a concert.  Ted Nugent is the headliner and it’s a rather small venue.  Combine that with the irrational logic of many “professional” protesters.  What does a bunch of firearms rights activists do?  Do we stand buy and let this just “happen” or do we fight for what we feel is right?  The answer, of course, is rather obvious.

We started the day early.  We knew there was going to be a protest in the city.  A group of folks had a petition, supposedly with close to 3,000 signatures to try to get the venue (Toad’s Place) to cancel the show.  They really didn’t have any luck in that department.  It was a private venue, and there was a large amount of tickets sold (eventually, during the protest, it was announced that the show was sold out).  My partner in “justice” for the day was Ann Morse (no stranger to these sorts of things).  We arrived around 2:00 PM, no protesters were there yet.  So we stopped at the pizza shop next door, had lunch, and watched the media start to swarm on the venue.

It was really no go until a few hours later at around 6:45 or so when protesters started to arrive.  I was told by a New Haven police officer that they were expecting them to arrive in a bus.  How nice to have organizations pay to bring you to a protest.  All our folks were just simple citizens that drove and parked on their own.  I doubt the other side would have had the two dozen people they did if they did not have organized transportation.

Speaking of “organized” protest, let’s look at some of the groups (with very nice and professionally made signs) that were represented:

Answercoalition.org (organizers of the protest).

Defendwomansrights.org

Party for Socialism and Liberation

There were also a few “sprinkled in” from various fronts like “Occupy New Haven, Occupy USA and a family from Newtown with a sign that said “NRA Kills Our Kids!”.  Which I found funny, because the NRA has taught more child firearms safety classes with “Eddie Eagle” than any other organization, but I digress.  Nothing like using your children to push an anti-NRA agenda.

There was the usual fanfare.  The anti-rights crowd got there first.  They tried to get people waiting in line (fans with tickets to the concert) to cause a scene, but failed miserably.  New Haven police put a stop to that.  I’d also have to commend them for doing such a great job.  When our side just stood there, not raising our hands or anything, they flat out said “I’m doing my job, they aren’t doing anything” as the professional protesters tried to get us relocated.  They did not like the fact that I started a movement to get closer and make their circle a little smaller.  As long as we just took advantage of the opportunities presented, we weren’t going to be in any trouble.

They did get angrier that they lost a little real estate.  I decided, I had it and was going to get right in their “area” and “stand my ground”.  The picture above is myself, surrounded by them with the lone sign my friend Palin Smith made that said “Ted was right”.  Some, did not like that and tried to engage (or enrage) me at this point.  Tried to get into shouting matches or debates.  I just stood there, talked with a couple, but kept a neutral look on my face.  I listened to what they had to say, they had NO INTEREST in hearing me rebut, but so be it.  There were a ton of media folks present and I didn’t want to give them the satisfaction of causing a scene (kind of like we did in Newtown)  One of them tried to get me agitated by saying “Ted was a draft dodger”.  When I responded “what side would you be on 40 years ago?  I’m sure you would protest the war that women weren’t drafted in, right?”.  The confused look of silence was precious.

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Sign posted down the street from “Toad’s Place” to “Smash Racism”.

I stayed in their area for some time, but I had to maneuver myself so I had something behind me.  Both because of my situational awareness was going nuts, and because I am always armed (though I concealed carried here).  Before I left, there was a “tussle” as the protesters didn’t want people to see my sign.  They kept blocking my sign, so I would maneuver.  I was tapped several times by their signs, which they were trying to do to get me frustrated or just make me leave.  When I stepped forward, blocking their “circle”, they only had two choices:  Stop their marching in circles, or go around me with my sign staying exposed.  They went around me, begrudgingly.  Being a “big guy” has it’s advantages.

After an hour of this, I decided it was time to join my fellow patriots on the side of the protest, my job was done.  The rest of the event was rather uneventful except when they gathered in a circle, with a megaphone, and gave people a chance to talk.  Once again, we were called racists and bigots.  Many stopped short of calling us “crackers”.  The intent was known, laughter erupted.  One woman called me a racist.  I let her know, I failed at that regard with my biracial son.  However, I said “I love you too sister, and I’ll pray for you”.  That caused a ton of confusion in her eyes to which she responded “I’ll pray for you too”.

My favorite chant of the evening:

Them: “What do you do when you’re under attack”

Us:  “SHOOT BACK”!

They didn’t recycle that one much.

Learning Moment:

As firearms rights activists, we need to take the higher ground so we don’t get misrepresented by the media.  I did this in Newtown when my friend Joshua Flashman and I protested the Bloomberg “Magical Misery Tour”, and did the same here.  There was A LOT of media present.  I specifically didn’t go to the concert so I can try my best to prevent the media from getting their “nuggets” of footage to try to discredit our cause.  Keep in mind, when the media is present, always:

  • Keep a straight face or smile  Nothing confuses them more than gun rights folks in a good mood.
  • If engaged by the opposition, simply “listen” to them.  Don’t yell, shout or allow them to get you off your game.  They are TRYING to get you to lose your cool in front of the media.
  • Don’t engage the opposition.  Watch your language and keep your cool.  Like I said above about when they try to engage (or enrage) us, they look like the aggressor.
  • Stand firm.  We can be nice, but we don’t need to make them dictate the protest.  Get there early so you get the best spot and defend it.
  • Make sure you’re prepared for the “long haul”.  Snacks and water are a must (especially on a hot day!).
  • A camera, like the “GoPro” Hero on my head are a valuable tool.  They not only help you record the event (especially if antagonized) and your dialogue, they come in handy when the media “misquotes” you down the road.

 

The Yankee Gunner Podcast – Episode 008

Patriot-gun

Episode 8:  Download here.

We’re experimenting with audio to make good quality recording, but lower the bit rate.  This episode is 1/3 the last episodes file size for a similar amount of time.  Comment below and let us know how it works out for you.

Our leading story:

Connecticut gun group opposes anti-gun GOP candidate for governor

Gun lobby opposes McKinney’s candidacy

Not like father, not like son: McKinney charts path for governor

Local News:

CCDL announces Legislator of the Year

Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of Litigation

Torrington attorney asks Rockville judge to recuse himself after comment about Second Amendment supporters

Gun control advocates disappointed high-profile proposals did not clear General Assembly – Go Rhode Island!!

Rally eyed for New Haven Ted Nugent show over Trayvon Martin case remarks

Priest Arrested on Firearms Charges Days After Suspension on Sexual Assault Allegations

Speaker wants to review Conn. self-defense laws – We must be diligent and follow this story.

Veteran, paraplegic shooters join gun control lawsuit

Durham Teen Invited to ‘World Series’ of Shooting Competitions

Stratford man arrested in connection with weapons found in duffel bag – A good case to watch.

 

National News:

Rep. Waxman hopes to ban 80% complete receivers: What about 79% complete?

Is the joke on us? App targeting “dangerous gun owners” is social experiment, creator admits

Florida shop offers free gun to George Zimmerman

—–So does Brad Thor!

Gun rights advocates crash Bloomberg-backed gun control demonstration in Montana (VIDEO)

A Few Questions for Those Upset by the Zimmerman Verdict

ATF’s latest confiscation program

Mark Kessler, Pennsylvania Police Chief, Says ‘F*** All You Libtards,’ Apologizes With Assault Rifle

Bad News: CNN Host Reports Humans Have ‘Hunted The Dildo Into Extinction’ – funny.  This really happened on CNN!

Rep. Jackson Lee introduces bill to cut funds to stand-your-ground states

CO Anti-Gun Group Cancels Gun Buyback Due to Background Checks

Standing Their Ground in Texas

Pelosi Urges Congress to Uphold Constitution by Passing Gun Control

Discussion:

Why Gun Owners Are Right to Fight Against Gun Control – The anti-gun crowd doesn’t want “compromise.” They want confiscation and control.

If Cars Were Regulated Like Guns

Man shot in both arms at shooting range files lawsuit

Proper Range Etiquette

 

Firearms inventory requests from the state, why would you want to do this?

So, I sat at the legislature as our fate and rights were being whittled away in Hartford.  I was actually reading the new bill and saw all the “new” items that will end up being called “assault weapons”.  I got to thinking, I haven’t requested my inventory/registry record in some time, I should check.  Sure enough, there are discrepancies.  Then, I talk to a few others who decided to do the same and yep, even more errors.

My argument for getting your records checked is based on media reports over the last few weeks.  A few times, people have had firearms temporarily confiscated by the state only to have some end up “missing” upon return.  Come to find out, they are told they are “assault weapons” and can’t be returned.  That, is a whole ‘nother discussion.  That being said, I want to make sure my neck isn’t “in the noose” for something someone else does with a firearm I used to own.  The chances of that are VERY rare.  However, if I sold a firearm, I don’t want my doors getting kicked in after something else happens “down the road”.

I had called the state in the past for a copy of my inventory.  They used to mail it to the address on record.  They will not do this any longer.  The “Special Licensing Firearms Unit” require a notarized request.  I developed a letter to help everyone get copies of their inventory/registry.  I’m more concerned with what I no longer have, than what I do have.

I hope this helps. PDF link below:

firearms_record_request

Silent, but noticeable protest in Newtown

2013-06-14 16.07.47-1Sorry for my friends that see this elsewhere, sharing on the usual gun forums:
So, I have my asbestos suit on…. flame away….
I went down to Newtown to face the Bloomberg folks today Went with a buddy of mine, Joshua. He’s a younger guy, Marine, getting active in the 2A movement. I decided not to wear a CCDL shirt, I don’t think that was the time (especially if the anti’s decided to engage us in a loud ruckus and all – I didn’t want the organization getting the negative attention). So, I decided on wearing my “guns save lives” shirt. Pretty obvious, given their whole campaign was about ending gun crime. Which reminds me, you wanna see people in the anti-gun camp freak out: When they ask an open carrier why they are there, just say “I believe in stopping gun crime”….. the look on the face is EPIC!!!
But I digress…..

So, we were blatantly open carrying in our retention holsters. Turns out, the Bloomberg folks called 911 on us…. no biggie, we were in the right.
Officers showed up, said “Hi”. They did not hassle us at all about being there. No “sidewalk, grass” nonsense like I’ve seen at other events where I’ve OC’d. Mind you, we were the only pro gun folks there.
Officer says “do you have a permit?”…. obvious “yes”. “Can I see it?”. Now, I could have been a prick here and said, “why?”. However, as you can see by the few pictures, satellite trucks from CNN and national broadcasters were there as well. I didn’t want to draw negative attention (especially when we were doing so well). So, I said sure. I have my permit, Joshua did the same (mind you, funny hearing my name coming out of a cruiser over fifty feet away!).
Officer then called on her cell phone after running our permits (clean). She acknowledged our courtesy when she handed our permits back. She DID NOT ask for our firearms, run serial numbers or ANYTHING. Simply said, thank you and we had a short chat. She commented on the fact that we were indeed courteous and respectful. Admitted that we were free to walk wherever we want. She asked if others were coming and I said I wasn’t sure. She then continued with pleasant conversation by saying “if they give you a hard time, feel free to call us and we’ll fix the situation”….. Then a simple “thank you and have a nice day”.
Then, it gets even better….. the guy from Bloomberg’s group goes over to them and….. NOTHING. They obviously didn’t think it was legal, found out otherwise. Had our pictures taken A LOT of times by the anti’s that were VERY poor at trying to take pictures thinking we wouldn’t notice!
All in all, spent almost two hours out there, quietly on the side and EVERYONE knew we were there. Pointing, looking. NOTHING.

CNN tried to “direct” an pre-interview with me. Tried to flow the conversation with statistics. Look on her face when I gave her data right back that is provable, and she realized she couldn’t make me look like an idiot.
Best part: We stood in front of the NBC-30 folks for nearly two hours and they didn’t even notice….. when we were FACING them.
Bottom line:
We made our presence known.
Open carried.
Were courteous with everyone we met.

They found it so hard to comprehend because we didn’t argue, antagonize or try to belittle their little moment of exploitation.
Damn right it was a good day.
Now flame away, I showed an officer my permit…
—Jonathan—.