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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Archive for the ‘Firearm Owner’s Civil Rights’ Category

Massad Ayoob


Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

So far, the President’s nervously-awaited announcement on his executive orders relating to “gun control” shows little potential except for unmitigated cluelessness.

Here’s friend Andrew Branca’s take on it at the always-informative Legal Insurrection site.

Second Amendment stalwart Alan Korwin has some important observations, as well.

And Dave Workman of the Second Amendment Foundation has another cogent analysis.

Let us know what you think of it all.

Massad Ayoob


Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Let me get this straight. Their Bill Clinton Assault Weapons Ban that lasted for a decade until its sunset in 2004 didn’t do a damn demonstrable thing for public safety, and the Democrats are introducing it AGAIN?  See this from our friend Dave Workman at the Second Amendment Foundation:

BOHICA – Bend Over, Here It Comes Again.

Wait. Did I say “Bend Over”?  Nah – to Hell with that.  Stand up and fight.

Time for calm, well-reasoned letters to your Representatives and Senators in Washington.  (Hint: my friends with great experience on The Hill say that short, respectful handwritten letters get much more attention from our elected officials than form letters or emails.  They show that a voter cared enough to sit down and write an opinion.)

We all know why this sort of legislation is BS, but this would be a good place to collect those good reasons to oppose it, so feel free to share here.

When you write to those who represent you in the Nation’s Capitol, you might want to remind them of an on-point meme that’s going around among gun owners:

“We agree with you when you say not to blame all Muslims for the acts of a vicious few…so why would you enact legislation that hurts all us lawful gun owners for the acts of a vicious few criminals?”

As for me…I suddenly feel another AR15 coming on.


Massad Ayoob


Monday, November 16th, 2015

The six-day Legal Eagles seminar continued on Sunday with a powerful all-day presentation by attorney Mitch Vilos, author of “Self-Defense Laws of All Fifty States.” Mitch specializes in firearms law and has done a hundred or more such cases himself as trial lawyer, and has studied hundreds more such cases for research.  He has discovered the epiphany almost every attorney experiences in the courtroom:  law school teaches you the law, not trial tactics.  The latter is something that is learned on the job, or in specialized in-service training known as CLE (continuing legal education).M_Vilos

Mitch is smart, he’s funny (in a good way), and he’s a voice of experience. He pointed out that the defenses-with-firearms which seem to cause the least trouble to the good person with the gun are those involving home defense, interdiction of mass murder, and fighting off armed robbers.  The least defensible are those in which the defendant might be seen as “the initial aggressor,” or those in which the defendant was doing something illegal at the time of the incident.

Some of those epiphanies are counter-intuitive. Mitch, like veteran defense lawyer Jim Fleming who spoke the day before him, has found that cops make wonderfully favorable jurors in self-defense shooting cases.  And that’s just the tiniest sample of the experiential wisdom for which the dozens of attendees are paying a well-spent $3,000 over the course of this six-day seminar. It wouldn’t be right for me to give it all away here.

Let me share another bit of Mitch Vilos’ wisdom. I am not exactly the world’s biggest fan of pastel pistolas. However, Mitch revealed that his current concealed carry pistol in his stomping grounds of Salt Lake City is a purple-color SIG-Sauer.  Mitch, like others of us in this business, has seen more than one case where someone has claimed the defendant pulled a gun on him when he didn’t.  Mitch likes the idea of being able to say to the investigating officer, “Ask the complainant what color the gun was that he says I pulled on him.”  If the liar doesn’t say “purple,” Mitch has a strong reinforcement of the truth that the guy never saw a gun at all and is making up a story.

Damn…live and learn.  That’s the first good reason I’ve come across for carrying a handgun of a non-traditional color.  And learning, of course, is what I came for.

Massad Ayoob


Saturday, November 14th, 2015

While terrorists slaughtered helpless unarmed citizens unable to fight back in Paris, armed Americans on the West Coast listened to trainer of instructors Marty Hayes, completing his lecture program begun the day before.  Then, they heard from a series of survivors.

There was Bob, the jeweler who when a masked thug from Compton burst into his store screaming profane commands and waving a Glock .40 responded by drawing his own Kimber .45 and putting a 230 grain jacketed hollow point into the thug’s chest, fatally ending the encounter. Bob’s description of this incident, along with links to the security camera recording of the shootout, can be found at   There was John, who used his skills in combatives to keep a fellow vet with PTSD from snatching John’s gun to commit suicide and end his despair.  There was Sherry, who when she was 18 and unarmed endured along with a friend a nightmare ordeal at the hands of an armed rapist.  Miraculously and courageously surviving that, she now walks the path of the armed citizen.

And, capping the day, there was George Zimmerman.9A7A4715

He went through his notorious incident in detail, clarifying many of the points that became confused in the media propaganda blitz that followed. I learned something I hadn’t been aware of until now.

If you read my take on Zimmerman’s trial (here in the blog archives beginning on the day of his acquittal, July 13, 2013 and running for a total of twenty segments), you saw how Benjamin Crump – the attorney for the family of the deceased Trayvon Martin – manipulated the media. I did not know at that time that when Crump won an earlier multi-million dollar lawsuit in the state of Florida, he had received assistance from then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama.  In return, Zimmerman said, Crump had sent a very substantial donation to Obama’s campaign for President.

Hmm.  And then came from President Obama: “If I had a son, he would have looked like Trayvon.”

Gosh, Mr. President…if Trayvon had wanted to date one of your daughters, and you had Secret Service check him out first, would you have allowed that date to take place?

The Legal Eagles conference on firearms law, hosted by JB and Glenda Herren, continues for four more days.

Massad Ayoob


Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

I just got home from Columbus, Ohio where I spent a day giving a sort of a “myth-busters” class on armed self-defense for Buckeye Firearms Association.  We had 400 attendees, not counting a couple dozen more from BFA staff.  The class only ran six hours, but we were able to pack in a lot of “reality check” info.


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In October, we gave an intensive 20-hour MAG-20 classroom course over a two-day weekend West Des Moines for Iowa Gun Owners. That curriculum is a full “armed citizens rules of engagement” class. We had thirty-some people in attendance.

Earlier in October we did a full-blown 40-hour MAG-40 course that included all of the above plus a bunch of shooting at the ISRA (lllinois State Rifle Association) range and classroom facility in Bonfield, IL.  Got about two dozen people through it, and about 12,000 bullets into ISRA’s well-crafted backstops. It was a combined effort between Midwest Training Group and ISRA.




My primary job is teaching the judicious and effective use of defensive weapons (  It’s always a pleasure to get the truth and the reality to more folks in the American heartland.  I’m not saying this to drum up business; we’re already packed full on the 2016 schedule, and what remains on our 2015 calendar.

A respectful suggestion: talk to your state-level gun owners’ civil rights organizations about hosting training. On the local level, talk to your gun club, grange, or whatever about doing the same. You don’t necessarily need high-priced out of state talent; there are lots of NRA-certified firearms instructors, pro-gun attorneys who’ve done self-defense cases, and street-wise cops who would love to come in and share reality with you and others in your club and your community.

The more we spread the knowledge, the more we spread the hard-won truth, the better it is for all of us.



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