by Gila Hayes
The Network has enjoyed two months of unusually strong membership growth and we thank each new member for becoming part of the growing organization that is the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, Inc. You’ll be happy to learn that Network membership is nearly 5,000 members strong, and as a result the Legal Defense Fund is also growing larger with each new and renewing member.
Let me express a big thank you to all of you for making the Network part of your personal defense preparations. Our members frequently express their fervent hope to never need the Network’s assistance with legal costs, but they appreciate the peace of mind being part of this support organization brings to them.
Now and then something interesting comes across the Internet, and just in case your reading lists is a little different than mine, you might enjoy a few bits of info that I found useful.
I recently browsed an interesting and creative infographic at http://ammo.net/obama illustrating increases in gun sales and gun ownership. While the presentation is political, putting aside discussion about WHY so many Americans have decided to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights, it also portrays an impressive picture of armed America. If you’ve not already seen it, go and take a look.
Four years of vigorous growth of gun sales and increases in the numbers of new gun owners mean that there are a lot of people in the gun stores and shooting ranges – folks with whom you are regularly rubbing shoulders – who are very new to the armed life style.
Think about the hours and hours that you’ve spent in training classes, reading and studying books and articles by recognized leaders like Massad Ayoob, John Farnam and more, watching educational DVDs including, I hope, those sent to you by the Network, and catching up on current concerns by reading the Network journal and other websites. Ponder how all that training and information changed your ideas about self defense from scenarios that could serve as an Old West movie script into strategies that now reserve employing the gun only when death or serious injury are unavoidable.
After patting yourself on the back for putting in the time and effort to understand the role of deadly force in your self-defense strategies, stop and ask how we can raise the thousands of new armed citizens to a similar level of understanding. One tool is the Network’s 24-page booklet What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law, and we are shipping it out by the case to firearms instructors and gun stores every day. Our members are always welcome to ask for copies, too, and if you can leave a stack at your gun club or ask your gun store manager if he or she would be willing to give copies to the store’s customers, you’d be helping the Network grow while helping all our new brothers and sisters in arms clearly understand what is involved in the aftermath of using a gun in self defense.
One need only scan the Internet for reports of the difficulties armed citizens face after firing their guns. A member sent me a link to a story of a man who fired a shot into the ground while attempting to stop a burglar. It illustrates how warning shots can cause tremendous trouble, and how difficult it is to convince responding police that your life was at risk if you shot into the ground to make the offender stop and do as you commanded. Read http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012702219939 for the initial report.