Episode 247 – John Pierce and Anthony Collandro

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Intro- “An armed society is a polite society.. and this is the Polite Society Podcast where we support and report on civilian self-defense.”

Paul: Welcome to the polite society podcast recorded live on Wednesday, June 25th 2014. I’m Paul Lathrop.
Rachel: I’m Rachel Malone and on tonights show we get to talk with John Pierce of Open Carry and Firearms law.
John: I’m John Richardson, and we also talk with Anthony Colandro about New Jersey issues..
Rob: I’m Rob Morse, we also have our usual news and DGU’s,: so climb aboard
Rachel: strap in
John: and hang on!
Paul: Episode 247 of the Polite Society Podcast starts right now.
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Seg 1- Personal news from each participant

John – In keeping with Tom Gresham’s “No Shrug” Policy, I responded to a local hospital’s Facebook post sending people to the Brady Campaign’s Asking Saves Kids website. I noted that the Eddie Eagle program was proven to work and had many endorsements while the Brady Campaign was really about gun control and trying to stigmatize firearms. Later that day they had removed their original post.

Rob- I  had a couple dry practice sessions with my SIRT pistol. It is good for practicing follow-on shots.

Rachel- Wilderness Fun Day with friends learning about wilderness survival – knot tying, fire building, sheltering, and a great line-up of scenarios requiring medical help in backwoods settings. Despite all the skills training segments and emphasis on medical training, I learned most about leadership this time around – some important do’s and don’t’s.

Paul-  Nothing gun related, did add a new show sponsor and screwed up the editing of the last show.

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Seg 2- News


Rob- 1- Welcome back Anthony Colandro.  Anthony is a Master firearms trainer.  He’s on many NRA committees. He is a podcaster and is also the owner and operator of Gun for Hire at the Woodland Park Range in Woodland Park New Jersey.  Welcome to the Polite Society Podcast.  Anthony, tell us what is happening in New Jersey gun law?

Please call New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and ask him to oppose the magazine capacity bill.  We need calls from every state, not only New Jersey.  Governor Christie has until July 7th to sign or reject the bill that cuts capacity from 15 rounds to 10 rounds.  Call 609-292-6000 and politely ask Governor Christie to reject the bill.

Rob- when I called they did not ask where I was from.  I assumed they saw that I was from out of state.

Anthony, where will our listeners learn more about you? GunforHire.com

Paul 2- It was not a quiet week in the gun control paradise of Chicago where the gangs own the streets.  The gangs usually shoot each other, and they have no trouble shooting innocents as well.  19 people were shot this weekend, and 5 were killed.  The victims were walking on the street or working in neighborhood stores.  886 people were shot in Chicago so far this year.

We have a link showing the shootings for the last 30 days.chicago wounded June

Rob Comment- It is a little hard to show a graph on a podcast.  Here, I’ll hold it up higher.

Paul Comment- yeah, that helps.

john 3- Anti gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg spreads his love around.  Bloomberg invested a quarter million dollars to help the struggling campaign of incumbent Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran.  The unremarkable Senator Cochran won his primary race, so how do you think Thad Cochran will now vote on gun issues?  Mississippi gun owners had 250 thousand reasons to vote for Chris McDaniel, and the missed.

Rob Comment- No money for RINOs.

Paul Comment- No money for anti-rights RINOs or Asses.

Rachel Comment- The revenge of the low information voter.

Rob Comment- Thank you to your listeners who choose to stay informed on self-defense.

Rachel 4- A Joplin, Missouri, church decided the best way to get more people in the pews was to raffle off two Black Rain AR-15 rifles.  The first raffle was held at Ignite Church on Father’s Day to entice more young men to attend services.  The pastor says more raffles could follow.

Quote- “If we get people in the door, we get to preach the gospel. If we can get more people to follow Jesus, I’ll give away 1,000 guns. I don’t care.”

John Comment- well praise the lord and pass the 223.

Rob 5- Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law that allows law enforcement to seize and store guns from someone subject to a restraining order.   Despite how good it sounds, I expect this tactic to be the latest escalation in disputed divorces.  Note that restraining orders often do not require evidence or a hearing.  Unfortunately domestic violence makes good press.. until we read about a victim being disarmed and beaten.

Paul 6- Everything the government does is political.  David James is suing the US Army Corps of Engineers because they will not give him permission to camp while armed at Georgia’s McKaskey Creek campground.  The Corps won’t even give mister James the reason why.  That left him with no choice but to file the lawsuit.  James is a former police officer and military veteran who has a Georgia Weapons Carry Licnese.  The Corps allows hunting on their property, and courts have ruled that a campground is considered a temporary domicile and due such protections under firearms laws.


John 6B- This is a surprising article.  It says that strengthening gun control won’t stop the next mass shooter, but changing the treatment for the mentally ill for treatment just might.  The article asks us to look at the last mass murderer in Santa Barbara.  California’s gun control laws received an “A-” grade from both The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.  The gun control organization got their wishes answered and we had mass murder in California anyway.  The murderer obeyed every California Firearms law.

Comment- Right up until the moment he didn’t.

You’re right.  In contrast, the nonprofit Treatment Advocacy Center looked at both the quality of involuntary mental health treatment and the availability of court orders to force treatment.  California received a failing grade of an “F”

That is from an article on CNN.

Rachel Comment- Let me check the weather report.  There might be snow in hell right now.

Rachel 7- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed bills into law that protect the identity of lawful gun owners by keeping state firearms records confidential.  The bills passed with support from both political parties.  Firearms records are now immune from Freedom of Information Act requests, though the records remain available to law enforcement during an investigation.

Rob 8- San Diego County, California is may Issue for concealed carry, so law enforcement grants the right of armed self-defense at their discretion.  San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore said law enforcement will protect you.  That is hard to believe given the thousands of crime victims in the county each month.

In the last few weeks-

-It was afternoon when a woman was helping her elderly mother into her car.  A man in a white SUV drove up next to her and asked for directions.  The stranger then got out of the SUV, pointed a handgun at her, and demanded the woman’s purse.  He then shot her in the back as she ran away.

Comment- That is one

-A San Diego woman was asleep in her Pacific Beach home at 2AM.   She woke to find a stranger touching her.  She screamed and the stranger fled.

Comment- That is two

-A gun-wielding robber approached two women as they were getting into their car in La Jolla.  The robber showed a pistol and ordered the two women into their car.  He then forced them to their local ATM and made them withdraw money.  He then had them return him to where they were originally kidnapped.  There the robber fled on foot.

Comment- That is three

-San Diego Police arrested a man suspected of a triple murder.  Back on Christmas Eve, the victims were shot as they sat in their cars at the Mission Valley Mall.  Police spokesmen said they would release details next week.

Comment- That is four

-A robber rode his motorcycle up to the Oceanside, California branch of Union Bank.  He parked the bike on the sidewalk, walked inside, and then robbed a teller at gunpoint.  Then he drove away on his motorcycle.  Oceanside is in north San Diego County.

There are four to five thousand examples in San Diego each month were the police could not protect the victims.  That is understandable.  The average police response time is 5 minutes but sometimes that stretches out to several hours.  Citizens are on their own in the mean time.

Sheriff Bill Gore says he can’t issue San Diego citizens a license to carry a weapon, though many other California Sheriffs do exactly that.  That sounds unfair to me, and a 3 judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.

The Court called Sheriff Gore’s policy unconstitutional!  Now the full court will decide.  Until then, the citizens of San Diego will continue to be helpless victims.  150 disarmed people a day are victims of violent crime in San Diego County.  (Link) This will continue until Sheriff Gore acknowledges their right of self-defense.Early May

Paul- Gun Quotes of the week- “With guns in the hands of many citizens, we will have tragedies.  With guns only in the hands of the government, we will have genocide.”  Multiple sources

Hang on everybody, we’ll be right back after this advertisement from Concealment Solutions.

Seg 3 Interview with John Pierce

I first read about John Pierce at Opencarry.org.  Later John and I met face to face.  Now John is a lawyer with his own practice in Virginia.  Welcome to the polite society podcast, John Pierce.

Councillor, we’ve seen citizens robbed as they left a convenience store where the convenience store had a no guns allowed sign up on their door.  We’ve also seen gun owners robbed as they left a shooting range that doesn’t allow concealed carry.  These stores identified their customers as being disarmed and as prime targets.  They can be robbed for their money, their wallet, or their weapons.  What principles of law apply to these stores and the risk they create for anyone who enters?

A man was shot outside a Jackson, Miss., convenience store where the proprietor had posted a “no firearms allowed” sign.


Two people shot outside gun shop.


To the criminals, the human predators, waiting outside, these gun-free zone signs say the victims have been disarmed and are easy pickings.

John, where can our listeners read about you?  http://monachuslex.com/

Segment 4 DGUs

John A- This DGU is from Memphis, Tennessee.  Drunk Tony Hardin was fighting with his girlfriend and her adult son.  According to the victims, Hardin chased them with a hammer and a wrench and threatened to kill them.  That was when the son shot Hardin and the victims made their escape.  The son was taken into custody, but released.  Hardin was taken to the hospital and charged with aggravated assault.

Rachel 1- Anti-gun groups say this never happens, but it sure happened here.  A gunman burst into a 15 year highschool reunion in East Peoria, Illinois.  The gunman then shot his ex-wife and her new boyfriend.  The assailant was then shot by an off duty FBI agent who happened to be in the same restaurant and witnessed the assault. Unfortunately, all three died.  Thanks to the FBI agent, for making sure no one else was injured.

A gun free zone since it served liquor in Illinois?  According to Illinois legislators, we’d be safer if everyone was disarmed except the criminal.

Paul 2- Two teens were on a car robbing spree when a man heard them break into his car early Tuesday morning.  The car owner stepped outside,and that is when the car thief, Jarvis Brooks, age 18, shot at the car owner.  The owner fired back.  Brooks and his accomplice, Jashayla Finney, 17, fled in another stolen car.  Brooks was picked up at the hospital where he was being treated for a gunshot wound.  Finney was picked up for questioning by police a short time later.  Since they are minors, the police can not say much about the two robbers. but both of their portrait pictures were available for the newspaper article, so perhaps this was not the first time they have come to the attention of the local police.  Both face charges.

Rob 3- Wendell Vanbuskirk of Indianapolis, Indiana got drunk and was fighting with his fiancee at a family cookout for Fathers Day. He agreed to leave the party.   He returned with a baseball bat after midnight and started beating his fiancee’s mother.  His future father in law saw the attack, drew his gun, and shot Vanbuskirk.  Vanbuskirk died.  No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. Police do not suspect the father-in law of any crime because he was acting in defense of his wife and himself.

John 4- It is good to have friends with guns.  A 27 year old convenience store clerk was robbed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday night.  During the robbery, the thieves shot the clerk.  A second employee at the convenience store shot back and wounded one of the robbers.  We don’t know how bad the situation would have become if the second store clerk was not armed.  We do know the shooting stopped when the criminal was wounded.  The wounded robber, age 25, and his 20 year old accomplice are in police custody.

rachel 5- A convenience store clerk in Rutland Vermont has been fired.  58 year old Don Pitaniello was closing up Mac’s Convenience Store Monday night when a man wearing a hoodie and a bandana over his face entered the store and threatened him with a roughly 5-inch blade.

Quote, “I looked up when I heard the doorbell chimes and saw the hoodie, the bandana, and a bag in his hand.  He (the robber) walked up to the counter, laid the knife on it and said ‘Empty the register.’”

The store clerk has carried a handgun all his life and had his .380 in his grasp and behind his back before the intruder made it to the counter.  The robber waved his knife in Pitaniello’s face, and the store clerk responded by pointed his handgun at the robber. Thats when the robber fled.

The store had been robbed at least eight times, and this attempted robbery is the the second time in a week that an assailant armed with a knife has demanded money from convenience store clerks in the Rutland.

The clerk, Don Pitaniello said, “I can always find a new job.”

Rob6- Some people can’t find another job.. not when they own the business.  Kent Wright and his wife live in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota.  They were sleeping the the basement of their convenience store early Father’s day when they heard a noise upstairs.  Kent went upstairs when 16 the year old intruder hit him in the head with a flashlight.  Kent recovered, and rather than shoot the youngster with the pistol he carried, the threw the youngster to the ground and jumped on him.  Quote, “I got on top of him and said don’t you move and I said a few other choice words I shouldn’t repeat.”

Thank you for your restraint, Mister Wright.  You, sir, saved a young man’s life.  The 16 year old male was charged with  1st degree burglary.

Comment- I’m surprised he wasn’t charged with assault, too.

Paul 7-  Speaking of choice words, this reads like a bad detective novel.  A traveling contractor in Jackson, Mississippi was staying the night in a Motel 6.  While crossing the motel parking lot, a stranger asked him for a cigarette.  He said he didn’t have any.  That is when the stranger drew a gun and said, “I bet you don’t have one of these, either.”  The robber lost the bet and the intended victim shot him.  The robber ran, but was soon picked up by police.  The charge against the robber have been filed with the Hinds County Jury.

John8- Two intruders broke through a front door and demanded money from the occupants of this Valdosta, Georgia home.  One of the robbers was armed with a rifle, and the other was armed with a handgun.  Two of the occupants of the home, a mother and son, were both shot as they attempted to flee.  Another occupant, an older man, was in the back of the house, and he grabbed his own handgun when when he heard the noise.  He shot both intruders several times.  The intruders ran but were soon picked up by police.

The robbers claimed they were victims of a separate shooting, but were identified by the homeowners.  That is why YOU want to be the first one to call police.

We have the links to each of our news and defensive gun use articles at Polite Society Podcast.com if you want to share them with a friend

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