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Who Killed Tamir Rice?

29 Dec

If you’re not familiar with the story about Tamir Rice, there’s enough information buzzing on the Internet to start a fire right about now. With the holiday season coming up, this unfortunateshiny toy gun situation of a 12-year-old child being killed by a policeman may even get a bit more complicated.

Due to the holiday season, there will be a lot of people giving gifts.

One thing that you know for sure is that some of these gifts will be given to children and teenagers.

Some of these gifts might be handgun replicas, very similar to the toy handgun that Tamir Rice was playing with.

Rice’s toy was replicated to look identical to a real .45. Lately, toy handgun models have been specifically marking these fake weapons to let law enforcement officers know that the replica is a toy.

These markers were created to communicate in a very strong visual way so that no one would be confused and react to a perceived threat.

The markers are there for protection purposes in order to avoid another Tamir Rice incident. By placing a loud orange color on the tip of the muzzle, the toy manufacturers are doing their part to communicate that their products aren’t real guns. However in Rice’s case, the orange part of the toy had been removed, making it harder for police to see the difference.

Author Rick Sapp goes in depth about the dangers of replica guns manufactured to look real and why they could be dangerous in his article “Who Killed Tamir Rice?” on USConcealedcarry.com:

“The audio of that call is available online. ‘There is a guy with a pistol,’ the caller says. ‘It’s probably fake, but he’s pointing it at everybody.’” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)

If you do buy a toy handgun for a family member or friend this holiday season, you should be sure to take out time and explain to the children the importance of these additional features and why they shouldn’t be removed.

You should also stress that the toy is something that kids shouldn’t go around pointing at everyone. Teach them to treat the toy as if it were not a toy, and you’re providing a great lesson, maybe one that will lead them to be responsibly armed Americans later on down the line.

Have a face-to-face conversation so that you can be absolutely sure that the child or teenager completely understands what you’re saying. Of course, if you can’t be there in person, it might be smart for you to consult the child’s parents first to see if the gift is really a wise idea in the first place. Many parents don’t want their children to have guns, toy or not.

The important issue is that of using the tragedy of Rice’s situation to make sure that no more children die. Police should never have to encounter a child with what they believe to be a handgun so that they’re forced to respond. Make sure that all safety features remain intact and that kids understand that you should NEVER point a weapon, even a toy, at an officer of the law.

Personal Reasons To Have a Concealed Carry Permit

23 Jul

Author Emily Burton on USConcealedCarry.com shares her story about her personal reasons to have a concealed carry permit.  These reasons started out pretty general, to eventually wind their way into a pretty specific need for the permit.  Often, that’s the case.  We citizens see the need for a CWP, but it’s ‘in case’ and the idea of something or someone truly dangerous coming after us is kept a little at arm’s length.  Here is Burton’s initial take on the permit.ccw license

Personal Reasons To Have a Concealed Carry Permit

“I got the permit just in case, if something happened where I felt it was necessary, I would be able to carry legally. I found that having a concealed carry permit was an excellent filter for my actions: if I felt I would need to carry my gun somewhere, I just didn’t go there. I know some will argue with me on this one, and that the only logical choice is to have the gun with you always. My carry gun (when I carried), was a Glock 19 and my carry rig was a fanny pack.” (More of the story here)

Her initial reasoning mirrors many other people’s reasons and as she points out, when she thought she actually might need the gun, she avoided those places and situations. That’s not such a bad thing.  But soon a situation came up where someone she knew was attacked.  She became involved because it was one of her son’s friends and Burton then put time and effort into catching the attackers.  Of the three, one attacker was put back in jail for parole violation, eaving two more who possibly knew who she was.

At a visit to the corrections department, one staff member took it upon herself to ensure that Burton renewed her permit that had expired a couple of months prior.  Sometimes it takes a special circumstance or a special person to give us the push in the right direction.  Even with renewed personal reasons to have a concealed carry permit, it’s easy to allow other things to take priority and not take a step back to see the big picture.  We don’t need to be in imminent danger to realize that our personal safety should always come first. Take this message to heart and be sure that you renew your own license yearly and at least consider getting a permit if you don’t already have one.

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