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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Massad Ayoob


Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Schedules are funny things.  Months ago, I knew that September of this year was going to be consumed by a wrongful death trial in Federal court on one coast and a murder trial on the other, with some days allotted for the Texas Bar Association’s annual Firearms Law Seminar, and the Gun Rights Policy Conference.  That left only a couple of days at the end of the month for a regular training class, which is what I’m doing as I write this.

When not one but both trials postponed (not an uncommon occurrence), I figured the Evil Princess and I might have a few rare days of free time.

No such luck.  Nature abhors a vacuum.  An opportunity came up to take a Ruger new product seminar, at the awesome FTW Ranch in Texas.  It coincided well with the Bar Association seminar.  An annual periodical I used to write was resurrected when a publisher bought the rights to the title from the original publisher, which had closed its doors earlier in the year…and the deadlines were coming up close.

There was also an invitation to lecture in the town where I live on how Stand Your Ground laws actually work, and to be guest speaker at a local Republican Committee meeting where I advised them not to take gun owners for granted because a whole lot of them were inclined to cast protest votes for a third party.

Each of those opportunities turned out to be useful and enjoyable, so I really can’t complain.

Christmas. Yeah, that’s it.  I’ll relax around…Christmas.

Massad Ayoob


Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

The Gun Rights Policy Conference has broadened the diversity of both speakers and attendees since the first one I attended decades ago.  But the entire gun owners’ civil rights movement still has some distance to go on that.

I was happy to see Tiffany Johnson at the GRPC for the first time. Tiffany is an attorney, a person of color, and one of the best of the “younger generation” in the movement. Check out her insights here:

Massad Ayoob


Saturday, September 17th, 2016

FTW Ranch is awesome,   

More when non-disclosure agreements time out. 


Or watch video here:

Massad Ayoob


Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Yesterday marked the half-century anniversary of the mass murder by a crazed ex-Marine at the Texas Tower.

Few remember the role armed citizens played in pinning him down and cutting short the death toll.

Fortunately, the Washington Post DOES remember.

Thanks to the Evil Princess for reminding me.

Massad Ayoob


Sunday, July 17th, 2016

In the 7/13/16 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News, the Sports & Outdoor section had a column by Alli Harvey titled “Outdoors serves as an elixir to stressful news.”  Amen to that!

In Alaska to teach, the Evil Princess and I spent Tuesday with friends on Prince William Sound doing a glacier tour.  The majesty of The Last Frontier is breath-taking in the depths of winter, as I learned my first three frozen-butt times in the 49th state, but last year and this I’ve learned to love it in the summer.  I’m looking forward to very pleasant days on the range.

It gets your mind off a strong sense that there are people who would like to see a race war in this country, and seem to be doing their damndest to ignite it.  It gets your mind off the DOJ saying Hillary Clinton is not culpable because she didn’t have the necessary intent (known as mens rea, which translates to “the guilty mind”) because while she was extremely careless she did not have intent to commit a crime.  This sticks in the throat of those of us who were taught by the criminal justice system that mens rea can be created by specific intent or by culpable negligence, of which “extreme carelessness” is a classic example. My favorite Chicago columnist, John Kass, makes some good points here.

In hopes of getting your mind off the news too, let me share some soothing sights:


Whittier, Alaska


Bald Eagle


Blackstone Glacier




Baskin’ Alaskan


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