Human Rights Advocate Paul Lathrop needs your help.


Human Rights Advocate Paul Lathrop urgently needs your help.  Paul was arrested and released last week.  He spoke with his lawyer today.  He needs another $5,000 before the lawyer will take the case.  The lawyer is optimistic, but they need more than that amount of money to mount a good defense.  The goal is $15 thousand.  We’ve opened a GoGetFunding site.

Please donate here.

Paul is a long-haul truck driver and driving instructor by trade.  Last weekend, Paul was in Nebraska training a student driver when the following situation unfolded.

The student driver had stopped at a station to refuel. As the student pulled away from the pump, another driver apparently felt that the student drove too close to his rig. Although there was no collision, the irate driver of the other truck rushed over to the driver’s side of Paul’s rig and aggressively approached the student. The student felt that he was about to be assaulted and told the aggressor to back off. Paul also demanded that the driver back off.

After some back and forth, the other driver finally went back to his vehicle and the student drove off. Unfortunately, the other driver decided to call the police and accused Paul of threatening him with a gun.

The student swears that he never saw a gun at any time during the confrontation, but the police stopped them and Paul was arrested.

Paul’s resources are modest and he really needs the help of the 2A and human rights community.  You can help Paul by making a donation in any amount.


Sandy Hook and the Body Count of Gun Control

A guest post by co-host Rob Morse.

December 14 is the anniversary of the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  We could talk about effective measures to stop public violence, but that talks to your head.  The battle is for your heart, and Big-government media like the Washington Post wants everyone to trot out their list of people murdered by those evil tools called firearms.  I have another idea. I have a list of people harmed because they were denied a firearm.  I’ll go first because I’ve had enough!

knife_attack2012-wideMy college girlfriend was raped after her attacker broke into her apartment and held a knife to her throat.  Monica couldn’t have a gun for self-defense because she lived in Chicago, and Chicago had very strict gun control laws.  Gun control is the theory that it is better for a 130 pound woman to be raped by a drug addict twice her size than risk injuring a rapist.  That stupid theory may work for a Chicago politician who has his own security detail, but my friend Monica paid the price.

Monica had to leave Illinois, and she moved to a state where she could defend herself.

mill valley policeSome victims can’t run away. Let me tell you about a girl named Anne.  She was a family friend and was home from college.  She sat in a quiet park near Mill Valley, California when she was murdered.  She was murdered by a mentally ill man who brought a gun into a gun-free zone and shot her.  Of course Anne obeyed California gun laws, so she wasn’t armed.  There was no one to help her when she was attacked and murdered.  The police didn’t find her body for hours.

That is the murderous insanity of gun prohibition!  We pretend that crazy people and criminals will obey gun laws while people like Anne are disarmed.. and murdered.  I named my daughter Anne, so this stays personal for me.

Do we need more names and more examples like Monica and Anne?  We are not talking about an untried theory, or even a theory that worked well in other countries.  Gun prohibition in the United States started after the civil war to disarm newly freed black men and women.  Gun prohibition was a bloody success at suppressing freedom.  The control freaks recently repackaged gun prohibition and re-branded it as gun control, crime control or gun safety regulations.  It failed as prohibition always fails, and I’ve named a few of the victims to prove it.

How many more names will it take to convince you?  How many more victims will you stand for?  My friends lived that experiment. I can’t ignore what has happened to them.  The Washington post may forget these victims, but please don’t ignore what has happened to your friends.

Now it is your turn.  What stories do you have?

Your Feelings About Guns

Thank you for allowing me a guest post.  Here is an article for our undecided friends.  Paul and I thought you might enjoy the graphics about firearms risks.

“Your Feeling About Guns”
Some people feel guns are bad and they feel better if they hate gun owners.  I beg you to keep things in perspective if you hate guns.  Most gun haters claim guns are an accident waiting to happen.  I guess so, but walking down the street is an accident waiting to happen also.  Let me show it to you.  Drunk drivers are a far bigger risk than guns.

accidental death 2010

People who fear and hate firearms say guns are only used by bad people.  I need to remind you that good people use all kinds of tools to protect and save others.  In fact, the first thing we do is call a good man with a gun when trouble happens to those we love.  For all the laws we pass to restrict honest gun owners, they are not the source of violence in our society.  Licensed carry holders are the most law abiding of citizens.

firearm homicide 2010

We’re missing something even with these charts.  Our perspective is incomplete and we’re only looking at half the picture.  These charts don’t show the many lives saved from public violence by civilians with guns.  These charts don’t show the hundreds of millions of disarmed people murdered by their government and in ethnic genocide.

Nigeria 2011c

Cry for them if you have a heart.  And yes, genocide happens here in the US.  I want good men to have guns.

If you’re a hater, the best I can do is try to change your mind.  Changing your heart is up to you.


Statistics from the Federal Center for Disease Control  courtesy of Stranger at Extreno’s Alley,  and collected by the author.