Let’s talk about that loophole…

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One of the hot button issues this presidential election on the minds of voters is gun control.

Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s proposals to curb gun-related violence focus on closing loop holes in current legislation to prevent criminals from obtaining firearms, banning high-caliber assaults weapons and devoting more resources and attention to mental health access.

Here is a rundown of where Hillary Clinton stands on gun control:


Further, she says that she wants to close what she calls the “Charleston loophole,” which allows a gun sale to proceed without a full background check if the check isn’t completed within three days.

The Charleston loophole refers to Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine people inside a Charleston, South Carolina, church in June 2015. Roof was allowed to legally purchase a firearm despite a drug arrest months earlier. That arrest did not appear on his background check.

Let’s talk about this again. The “Charleston” loophole was a CLERICAL error. The system in place failed the victims of Emmanuel, not the background check itself. The clerk NEGLECTED to report the drug arrest for it to show up on his background check. This is sign that the system needs audited and fixed under current legislation. I feel the real aim of closing this “loophole” is to tax and record private gun sales. When I hear universal background checks and amending legislation to track people’s health records to declare them fit or not to be a firearm owner, there’s a huge problem here.

Universal background checks would need a firearm registry. Which you know they want, because they want to confiscate and ban “assault” (modern sporting/AR-15s, et al) rifles. I wonder if that includes the .22 caliber ones? Hmm, because we’re going based on looks, correct?

Have you been to the pediatrician lately? Has the good doctor asked you if there are firearms in your home? Guess what, along with your answers about alcohol, they are reporting your answers.

Hillary Clinton wants the same as she has always wanted, power and money. She was dead broke coming out of the White House as First Lady, remember? But she understands the middle class struggle with Obamacare and the immediate JUMP in healthcare costs once it was instated. The same bill that was “just pass it, we’ll read it all later.”

Trump is not a saint, never thought he was. I do truly believe he wants to help America as President. I know Congress will give him hell and he’ll be critiqued to the hilt. Whomever thinks that those in higher political offices are not narcissistic, you’re kidding yourself. Trump is not a presenter, he is a business man. We haven’t had a candidate in this election cycle that I was ‘excited’ about at all. I want us to stop being the nanny-state to the world and our citizens.  I know without a doubt, America is in grave danger with Hillary as president.


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7 Minutes to Gun Ownership

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Columnist Helen Ubinas bought an AR-15 in seven minutes, she chose the firearm, filled out the FFL forms, waited for the background check and walked out of a gun store with a firearm. In an attempt to create a newsworthy article, she sensationalizes the fact that an American with a clean background can purchase a firearm at a gun store. Wow! What a concept!

Somehow she has confused the responsibility of gun ownership with terrorism and crime. Could this be due to the current administration of the United States refusing to label terrorism what it is? It’s not an act of terrorism until we have irrefutable proof, oh wait- breaking news…that was an act of terrorism!

Daily News columnist Helen Ubinas with a newly purchased AR-15 semiautomatic rifle on Monday. (AARON RICKETTS / Staff Photographer)
Daily News columnist Helen Ubinas with a newly purchased AR-15 semiautomatic rifle on Monday. (AARON RICKETTS / Staff Photographer)

Sorry, Ms. Ubinas. All terrorism and crime does not come from legal gun ownership and people with clean backgrounds like yourself. Aren’t you lucky, another journalist tried the same thing and was declined! You can turn any firearm into a police station after funding the gun industry, hey- show us some more how easy it is to buy a firearm in America with a clean background!

Here is her article: http://preview.tinyurl.com/hzwpy3b

She comments that “We are more divided every single day, and yet our answer to that is to meet fear and hate with more fear and hate and then expect a different outcome. To be shocked at the world we live in, left to do little else but hold vigils.”

We would have to hold less vigils if there were more clean background Americans carrying, ready to react to terrorist threats. We could stand UNITED, if all would just believe in the Constitution and decide education is more important than destroying American principles. Stop blaming the innocents for the criminal’s’ behavior and start encouraging people towards legal ownership and training.

Law Abiding Permit Holders Reduce Crime? What!?!

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Just more about the ‘common sense’ gun laws that anti-gun democrats keep purposing in speeches and sound bites. Where is the gun education? No. Let’s just talk about how we can control you (ahem, slip there) the criminals and the terrorists from getting firearms. Let’s limit the magazine capacity, the types of firearms, and expand background checks, that is common sense! Why not do those things?

In the recent Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States report from the Crime Prevention Research Center

Permit Holders are Extremely Law-abiding

It is very rare for permit holders to violate the law. In order to appreciate how incredibly rare those problems are, one needs to remember that there are over 12.8 million permit holders in the US. Indeed, it is impossible to think of any other group in the US that is anywhere near as law-abiding. To get an idea of just how law-abiding concealed handgun permit holders are, we need only compare them to police. According to a study in Police Quarterly, police committed an average of 703 crimes per year from 2005 to 2007.8 113 of these involved firearms violations. This is likely to be an underestimate, since not all police crimes receive media coverage. The authors of the study may also have missed some media reports. So how law-abiding are police? With about 685,464 full-time police officers in the U.S. from 2005 to 2007, we find that there were about 103 crimes per hundred thousand officers.

For the U.S. population as a whole, the crime rate was 37 times higher — 3,813 per hundred thousand people. Perhaps police crimes are underreported due to leniency from fellow officers, but the vast crime gap between police and the general populace is really undeniable. Concealed carry permit holders are even more law-abiding than police. Between October 1, 1987 and June 30, 2015, Florida revoked 9,999 concealed handgun permits for misdemeanors or felonies.9

This is an annual revocation rate of 12.8 permits per 100,000. In 2013 (the last year for which data is available), 158 permit holders were convicted of a felony or misdemeanor – a conviction rate of 22.3 per 100,000.10 Combining the data for Florida and Texas data, we find that permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at less than a sixth the rate for police officers. Among police, firearms violations occur at a rate of 16.5 per 100,000 officers. Among permit holders in Florida and Texas, the rate is only 2.4 per 100,000.10 That is just 1/7th of the rate for police officers. But there’s no need to focus on Texas and Florida — the data are similar in other states.


The more gun education, the more law-abiding? What?!?! That isn’t what the democrats are telling us! Oh and my favorite from the report, the women.


Women want to protect themselves and their families. The more available firearms seem to women, the more the firearm industry advertises to them, the better. Women will share with other women, they will encourage each other given the tools.

Why I joined the NRA and why you should too.

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A couple of years ago, the only true exposure to the NRA was what I heard in the media and the fact my dad would get NRA phone calls about membership. I felt it was a lobbying giant for firearms without really understanding what that meant. I didn’t really care about the NRA.

When I homeschooled, I understood for the first time the importance of following the state legislature and speaking up when bills were being presented that threatened the freedom to homeschool. I wrote and called senators for the first time in my life to protect the parental right I feel every parent should have. I understood that as a republic we cannot leave the votes to our elected officials, we have to hold them accountable and share our voices as their constituents.

When I decided to seek firearm instruction, guess what organization had the most comprehensive, widely available, and most respected training programs? The NRA. What organization had programs for women? The NRA. What organization had competitive shooting programs also widely available and highly respected? The NRA. Here’s the brief history of the NRA.

The NRA-ILA is the political part of the NRA. ILA stands for Institute for Legislative Action. The NRA-ILA is a watch-dog over our Second Amendment right, which supports all other Amendments. If we cannot fight tyranny, what will stop it from tyranny from happening? The NRA-ILA stays on top of issues and gives the public access.

The NRA is so much more than what the media portrays them to be. You need to check it out. Here’s a sampling of benefits for joining the NRA. 

It is my hope that joining will change your life as much as it has mine! Click here to get the Live Love Load discount on your NRA membership!

Fed up? Train!

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Every terror attack, every life lost angers and saddens me. I have plenty of opinions about the political landscape, but I don’t wish to be yet another voice in the void complaining. Instead I would rather focus on being positive. My observation about these terror attacks is that most of them are planned and executed and I am sure there are more to come. What can we do about it? Sitting around and complaining about how the government is not doing the right thing is not the answer.

The answer is to get prepared! Develop your personal safety strategy, buy personal protection devices and train with them. If you have put off training, get refocused! Trouble is not going to wait for you to be ready, terrorist are not just Jihadist, there are people out there that wish to cause harm to others because they are hurting themselves.

I was mugged at gunpoint at my own local gas station by someone asking for directions it can happen any time, any where. Firearms are one of many personal protection tools, if you don’t wish to learn how to use a firearm, you must learn close combat. I encourage everyone to learn everything you can about self-defense and multiple disciplines. Share your experience with others, the more you share, the more others will be encouraged. Invite your friends with you to that self-defense class, a local shooting class, or even take someone to a local shooting competition like IDPA.

Stay Safe. Stay Aware.

HuffPost doesn’t understand the meaning of empowerment.

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Alanna Vagianos writes that Dana Loesch and the NRA is misdirected in empowering women and says due to the statistics that have been used time and time again to say women shouldn’t have guns.

As The Cut pointed out, the presence of a gun in instances of intimate partner violence actually increases the risk of homicide for women by about 500 percent. That includes instances when the gun belongs to the victim.

Women in abusive relationships are also more likely to be murdered with a gun than “all other means combined,” according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

To further debunk the ad’s message, Loesch and the NRA seem to paint rapists and abusers as strangers who lurk in dark corners waiting for their next victim. When it comes to perpetrators of sexual assault, that’s most definitely not the case.According to RAINN, 93 percent of sexual assault victims under the age of 18 know their attackers.

Of course! If the abuser in a relationship (because women can be abusers too) has access to a firearm and wishes to yield power and control over another, it is logical that any means of intimidation and control will be used. Financial, mental, and physical means will be used- a gun allows the abuser a means of intimidation without being too close to their victim.

There is not actual numbers of that statistic that allow for an understanding of how many victims of abuse owned their own firearm and still resulted in their death. Where are the numbers of the abuse victims that survived the ordeal and found solace in owning a firearm. What about the abuse victims that got away and bought a firearm for self-protection afterwards?

No. Let’s just retrain the men not to abuse or rape women. Yes, that is the answer. Let’s not allow Americans their 2nd Amendment right, let’s just change our mainstream culture which systematically objectifies women through all entertainment and advertising channels.

What a cop-out answer! Alanna, where is the empowerment you suggest is misdirected? Call for help and wait? Pray that you won’t be killed or hurt worse in the meantime?

The statistic of 93% sexual assault victims know their attacker, why wouldn’t you want a potential victim to know how to defend themselves? If a woman gets firearm training, she will also get situational awareness training, firearm safety training, and learn about other self-defense techniques. No, let’s just retrain the criminals who have no regard for others.

Stay Safe. Stay Aware.


“Oh, I’d love to do that,” she exclaims!

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There are very few women I have met that don’t want anything to do with guns. Most of the time, women wish they had time, or wish they knew where to learn when I ask them why they don’t shoot. The one thing I realize is that they consider it an optional pastime as I once did.

It’s for fun, novelty. The local gun store has a ‘Ladies’ Night’ and you get 50 rounds of .22 ammo, a 22. semi-auto and/or revolver pistol. You sit through a short presentation on grip and sights and then go onto the range to shoot. You leave with your target, a grin on your face, and a t-shirt. This may be an excellent way to introduce women to shooting for some but it is lacking in so many regards in my opinion.

On some level, everyone understands the need for personal safety and the reasons why someone would carry but there is a path to take between the thought and the action. First, I feel the solution is to make the path to action easier and more accessible. Women need to know who to talk to, I think this is the main reason women are not as involved as they could be. Shooting sports aren’t even televised or reported about!

For most women, shooting is a man’s world- we see it in the movies and our own male friends and husbands can talk hours about their ‘macho’ subjects. It is no longer just a man subject anymore, women who shoot, enjoy it and want to learn more. However, the cultural norm prevents women from crossing that invisible line, unless they see another woman interested and talking about it. I wish there was more media exposure to the shooting industry, that the 3-gun events were mainstream broadcasted and IDPA and other competitions were more mainstream.

As women shooters, I feel we have to share our experiences and encourage other women. I was hooked when I saw Julie Golob on Love at First Shot on NRA Women TV, how wonderful is that! I want to do that! The more I learn, the more I love, the more I want to share.  The more I see violence in the news, the more I want to arm others so they can protect themselves.

We have to change the “Oh, I’d love to do that!” to “Wow, that was awesome, I want to learn more!”

Stay Safe. Stay Aware.


I’m Terrified Of Guns, But I Felt Like A BADASS Shooting An AR-15

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It can be a bit intimidating trying something new, especially something it’s been taught to be afraid of. Are there rules to follow? Sure, but for yours and others protection. I’m sharing her story because we were all there. It’s short and sweet and she’s hooked!


Woman Power in Politics

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3770e3b58f4b7e9a5872ce818d4870e6Women have so much power, we can rally people together not just on an intelligence level but also speak to people’s emotions. Sadly, there is a huge push to “mother” the nation with gun control. I feel that women for the 2nd Amendment must stand up and speak out. Of course, evil doings when others are killed shocks us, makes us want to act, punish those that would hurt others, and we must do everything to prevent it from happening again but absolute control is not the way.


Education is the only way. We must call for gun education everywhere, as an American is deplorable that gun education is not taught in schools. I know, I know- the Department of Education has already messed with the political tone and history taught to our children. American history shouldn’t have political slant. That’s a whole other post…I digress.


The Right to Bear Arms is American, 100%- our children should be taught why and gun safety education at every age. Women have powerful voices, women are passionate about their causes and can rally others easily. Men can come across as condescending, patronizing, and rude while if a woman says the same exact message, it can be a call to action. Hillary Clinton’s popularity has nothing to do with Hillary’s politics or record- it is about what she is saying and how she makes people feel.


As women, we must speak out. We must get involved in the political conversation. We must help or form political organizations reach the constituents in our areas. We have voices that should be heard. We can be just as loud about our right to carry as others are about their right to choose. Find organizations in your state, get involved. Be vocal on social media. Help educate your friends, family and advocate!


The NRA doesn’t have control of any legislature- that is spin. The NRA lobbies for the 2nd Amendment and fights to protect it. End of story. The NRA also educates and empowers and has been the sole organization that promotes gun safety education on a mass level. I am the NRA. I will fight. Will you?


Join the D.C. Project: http://www.agirlandagun.org/dc-project/

The D.C. Project is a nonpartisan initiative bringing 50 women, one from each state, to Washington, DC, to establish relationships with their legislators, and reveal the faces and stories of firearms owners and 2nd Amendment supporters.

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is dedicated to promoting a better understanding about our Constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms. To that end, we carry on many educational and legal action programs designed to better inform the public about the gun control debate.


The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is dedicated to protecting your firearms rights. Our role is to educate grass root activists, the public, legislators and the media. Our programs are designed to help all Americans understand the importance of the Second Amendment and its role in keeping Americans free.


Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) is a 501(c)4 grassroots, non-partisan, public benefit organization.

  • To protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the People’s rights, privileges and immunities deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition, especially the inalienable, fundamental, and individual right to keep and bear arms;
  • To protect, defend, and advance the means and methods by which the People of the United States may exercise those rights, including, but not limited to, the acquisition, collection, transportation, exhibition, carry, care, use, and disposition of arms for all lawful purposes, including, but not limited to, self-defense, hunting, and service in the appropriate militia for the common defense of the Republic and the individual liberty of its citizens;
  • To foster and promote the shooting sports and all lawful uses of arms; and
  • To foster and promote awareness of, and public engagement in, all of the above.

Keep and Bear Arms is a grassroots movement of the people, by the people, and for the people.  It is a call to action, a call for self-education, and a 21 gun salute to the many good men and women who fought and died to bring America into being.

National Association for Gun Rights   With our rapidly expanding membership of 4.5 million grassroots activists, the National Association for Gun Rights has led the charge to halt the radical anti-gun agenda across the nation. Accepting NO COMPROMISE on the issue of gun control, NAGR works tirelessly to hold politicians accountable for their anti-gun views, and has made great strides in protecting and preserving the Second Amendment. But our effectiveness in the battle against the gun grabbers depends entirely on the support of gun rights supporters like you.

There are many more!

Learn about their mission, learn how you can help, do more than donate money, get involved. Your state has advocate groups that need you to volunteer. Be the woman that stands up and rallies others together. Let’s drown out the message of more control and less personal freedoms! Together we can do it!

click here to find out more about NRA membership


She’s Packin’!

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Very soon social media with be abuzz with She’s Packin’ photos, to bring awareness to women who carry personal protection devices. This campaign is close to all of our hearts because concealed carry is just that, concealed. We want to share with other women that they can protect themselves, see what we carry, you can too!

Carrying women will be sharing a photo amongst their friends, groups, and family. The group of women involved in spreading the message and bringing awareness that women are just as serious about personal protection as men, and want for women to feel empowered. Even if another woman decides to start carrying pepper spray or a self-defense tool on their keychain, it’s one tool more than she had before.

If you see a She’s Packin’ photo, please feel free to submit your own photo in the comments below or jump into the conversation! We are more than happy to talk about the products pictured and answer any questions you have. If you would like to get involved, email me jessica@liveloveload.com, or private message Live Love Load via social media and I will get your She’s Packin’ photo ready to share!

The photo with this post is from Henn Holsters and Tactical, owner Hannah shared her own photo for this project. Please visit her Etsy shop for more options that may fit your conceal carry needs. Henn Holsters is also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so please feel free to Like & Share her posts.

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Stay safe. Stay Aware.