Episode 389 – Operation Blazing Sword

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1- Open and Personal News Segment: 

2- News Segment:

3- Interview Segment 1: Guest Erin Palette Part 1

4- Interview Segment 2: Guest Erin Palette Part 2

5- DGU Segment:

6- Email and Show Close:


1- Introduction

Paul: Welcome to the polite society podcast sponsored by the Firearms Policy Coalition recorded on Monday September 12 2016, I’m Paul Lathrop.

Rob: I’m Rob Morse and on tonight’s show we talk with Erin Palette about gay gun owners coming out of the closet to other gays about owning guns.

John: I’m John Richardson, and we’ll talk about Ruger’s matching program for NRA-ILA donations.

Rachel: I’m Rachel Malone, and Second News or DGU.

Gary: I’m Gary Daugherty and we talk about a good DGU where the victim was initially charged with murder … so climb aboard

Rachel: strap in

John : and hang on!

Paul:  episode 389 of the Polite Society Podcast starts right now.

Show intro music.


Personal news from each participant (when you are done with your segment please ask the next person what has been up with them)


Rob- I ordered an ambidextrous handgun for my wife.  That means I have another gun to sell.  Sighted in my two new rifles at 50.  Now I have to move them out to 100.  Rachel and I made an advertisement for Buckeye Firearms.  Ben Branam and I put together another episode of Self-defense gun stories.  Ben is on the modern self-protection podcast that is part of this same network.


John – Had dinner with Prof. David Yamane of the Gun Culture 2.0 blog. We’ve had him as a guest here on the show before. I’m working on modifying the stock of a Ruger American Rifle. It’s plastic and I’m trying to stiffen it up a bit. Donald Trump was in Asheville this afternoon and early evening. Tickets were picked up very quickly. I watched part of his speech and he did mention gun rights.



  • SREC meeting. Politics never takes a break. Sometimes we have to. During the times I have to take a break, I’m so thankful for those who keep working. Last weekend I was rejuvenated and ready to jump back in. While I was at the MAG-40, the Republican State Convention voted to again make Constitutional Carry the 1st legislative priority. It is the job of the SREC to make this happen, and it’s MY job (and other activists’ job) to make sure they do their job. I’m so happy to see Amy Clark, the Vice-Chair of the Republican Party of Texas, taking this job seriously. I love her plans for pushing legislative priorities. However, the plans could still get derailed. Texans, please plan to come to the December SREC meeting where plans will be settled – or, watch the livestream from home so you can stay updated.
  • Text from a friend who just got her first handgun. She’s a survivor, a victor, and I love seeing her journey of redemption.





Paul – Susan can’t join us tonight. She is getting some rest. Been on a metric ton of radio shows and podcasts.


Promo about upcoming training classes here.



2- News 1

Paul – Ruger made several announcements during its investor conference call and webcast In August.  Michael Fifer, the company’s CEO, announced Ruger’s Take Action campaign.  This refreshing program will provide a $5 million challenge grant benefitting the NRA-ILA.  He stated that this is being done to inspire “our customers and all freedom-loving Americans to take action in support of the Second Amendment, especially in the months leading up to the November election.”  They are matching contributions to the NRA-ILA, dollar for dollar up to $5 million.  Additionally, Ruger is donating $2 for every gun sold through the November election.  Is this in their best interest?  Of course it is.  They know the well-being of this historic American company is in serious jeopardy.


Only two analysts asked questions on the conference call.  It is not surprising that the CNNMoney analyst, Aaron Smith, felt it necessary to question the executives on the political topics first.  He asked, “how much of an impact … Hillary Clinton and the mass shootings [had] on gun sales…?”  He even seemed confused by the CEO’s statement that Mrs. Clinton is “actively campaigning against the lawful commerce in arms.”  He then tried asked the Ruger executives to quantify their sales performance as it relates to Clinton and the Orlando massacre.  Apparently, if you work at CNN, you must drink the Kool-Aid.


John – Ruger as well as Beretta, Smith & Wesson, and others are also donating significant sums to the NSSF’s GunVote campaign.

Rob-  Hillary is used to taking greenmail money.

John –  Financial industry donations – can donate to Hillary but not Trump due to Pence.


Rachel- Guns in Some Arizona Schools-  Defending those you love begins with the attitude that your loved ones are worth protecting. Now the remaining question is how to how to defend them.  Administrators and staff of private schools in Arizona asked the state attorney general if they could go armed at school.  The Arizona attorney general issued a ruling that any recognized member of a school safety team would be exempt from state and federal gun free school zones. The original exemption might have been put in place to allow precision rifle teams or military drill teams on campus.  It might have been written so a reenactor could bring old artifacts on campus for history class.  In any case, the law says that arms are allowed on campus with permission, and that exemption includes arms which are stored on campus.


Paul- There is an analogy we often talk about, between having fire extinguishers on campus and having guns on campus.  In both cases, we do what we can until the second responders arrive to help us.  That makes sense wherever we are, and is not confined to our homes.


Rob- That brings up a great question.  Fires take minutes to develop.  Mass murders can be lethal in seconds.  That says that time is more critical in an active shooting emergency than in a fire.  Most schools have a fire extinguisher in every school hallway and on every floor.  When seconds are precious, what does it say that we put two guns on campus and keep them locked unloaded in a safe behind another locked door in a principal’s office?


Gary- It says that private schools and daycare centers in Arizona have taken a first step.  We can guide them from there.


Rachel-I want to hear from listeners who work at schools. Does your state have a provision for you being able to carry a firearm if you obtain special permission? Have you gone to the school board (or whoever has authority to grant permission) and asked? If not, why not?


John – Chicago Man Pays Good Guys with Guns to Walk Streets, Preserve Safety

A Chicago citizen worried about crime is using his own money to pay for good guys with guns to walk the streets of neighborhoods and preserve safety.


The Chicago resident — De Mudd — says he spoke to Alderman Walter Burnett (27th Ward) before launching his plan and now pays a security company to put men with guns and handcuffs on the streets.


Mudd has spent $5,000 for the security “since mid-August and anticipates spending $50,000.” He says he does not mind spending the money to keep the neighborhood safe. He also stressed that he does not blame the police for the growing threat of crime in the area. Rather, he believes the police department is stretched so thin they cannot adequately patrol every part of the city.


Mudd also suggests that the solution he has undertaken for crime in his neighborhood is not a fix-all for every part of the city. He said, “I have solved the problem for my neighborhood, but what I’ve done is I’ve  just pushed the problem to another street corner in Chicago. That’s not the results that we, as citizens, should be looking for.”

Paul –

John – High end, wealthy,  neighborhoods in Seattle have done this while voting for gun control.

John – It would have been nice to see Mr. Mudd fund these security guards in the Southside.


Rob- Socialists politicians charge a fee to regulate your right to own a gun.  The state says it has the right to regulate your rights.  The state then says it can charge you a fee.  Now some politicians are saying they can charge you anything they want as the bill you for mandatory licensing, for mandatory registration or a required carry license.  The latest war on your rights is about the cost of concealed carry licenses in California.


The california legislature just sent a bill to Governor Brown’s desk that would let sheriffs and chiefs charge any fee they could justify.  Opponents say this legislation is an obvious attempt to limit a right by imposing undue costs.  This is particularly true in the failing state of california where most counties are struggling to pay their current expenses and their pension debts.


Professor John Lott pointed out that “background checks in D.C. cost $125.”  The state checks if you have outstanding traffic tickets when you get your driver’s license, and that costs pennies. This places an undue tax on the poor who live in our failing inner cities.


Other states have required smart guns.. Even though the so called biometric gun might cost tens of thousands of dollars.. And both law enforcement and politicians are exempt from those laws.. Of course.


John- This is similar to the Obama administration requiring gunsmiths to pay a 2500 dollar annual registration fee or New York City charging 4 times as much for a permit as in the rest of the state.


Gary- The government says it needs to regulate me, then it charges me so it can make larger political kickbacks with our tax money.


Rachel-So is California doing some kind of fundraiser and planning to start issuing more carry permits? Unfortunately, I think that’s too optimistic.




Gary-Gun Quotes Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John Adams


Hang on everybody, we’ll be back with our guest Erin Palette.



3- Interview 1 Erin Palette Part 1





4- Interview 2 Erin Palette Part 2


5- DGUs  (at beginning) We are trainers, but this is not formal training and YOU NEED formal training. The Defensive Gun Use segment is intended to promote discussion and consideration, NOT as advice or training. As always the opinions of the hosts are only their own opinions and not those of any sponsors or other affiliations.

John – Amityville Horror: Young Man Cleared of 2nd Degree Murder In Defending His Mother

A young New York man experienced his own version of an Amityville Horror when he was charged with 2nd degree murder after defending his mother from a violent attacker.  Tephonte Smith, 18, shot Rashad Woolridge, 28, in the neck with a 12 gauge.  Minutes before, he had stopped a fight between his mother, Stephanie Sims, 33, and Woolridge, her ex-boyfriend. A furious Woolridge returned 10 minutes later, yelling for Smith. He was heard to scream; “Where you at, Tephonte?” just before the fatal gunshot. Police found Woolridge dead outside Smith’s bedroom, with a handgun underneath his body. Despite every indication of a justifiable self-defense shooting, the Amityville DA charged Smith with second-degree murder. However. the charges were dismissed when the grand-jury returned a no true bill.  


Smith had known the deceased for the years during Woolridge’s cohabitation with his mother. The couple’s relationship degenerated into violence, and a restraining order was granted to Sims. Not unexpectedly, Woolridge ignored the paper and assaulted his ex. He then apparently brought a handgun to deal with the only thing that had effectively resisted his anger: Tephonte Smith. Fortunately, Smith had the means to counter the armed madman.   


Paul – New Boyfriend Defends Lover From Old

In the City of Brotherly Love, the new lover killed the old in a tale more ancient than civilization itself. In this particular version of the all too common scenario, an old boyfriend was desperate to see his girlfriend, so desperate in fact that he climbed through her kitchen window at 1 in the morning. He was met by his ex — and her new boyfriend — and then pushed back out the window. LIke an eons old bad habit, the ex returned, this time using a second story window to get inside the house. There, he brutally attacked the mother of his two children. The new boyfriend came to the damsel’s rescue and shot the attacker in the chest with his gun.  

The old boyfriend died shortly afterward in the hospital. The new boyfriend left the scene before the police arrived. The police are looking for the new, saying they would like to get his statement – and maybe just a little more. As of this writing, no charges have been brought.


It’s a fact of the human condition that this tragedy of three parts has been around before fire. Those that think eliminating guns will somehow eliminate these crimes are sadly mistaken…. likely as deluded as the old boyfriend.


John – Not smart to leave the scene.

Win the race to the phone.


Gary – Woman Shoots Home Invader Attacking Husband

Things were looking very bleak indeed for a Port Richey, Florida homeowner when three armed men broke into his house, pointed a gun at him and demanded he drop to the floor. However, he had a couple of aces up his sleeve — his wife and a gun. As the early evening break in unfolded, the woman ran to her room for a gun. She returned to the living room and found the three standing over her husband going through his pockets. “Freeze!” she shouted, but the trio spooked and ran toward the door. At another “Freeze!” one of the intruders turned toward her with a gun. She fired, slamming a round into the intruder’s shoulder. To protect his wife, the husband jumped the wounded suspect and fought over his firearm, which discharged twice. A neighbor arrived to help, and between the two they subdued the criminal for the police.


Michael Jay Shackelford, 46, was arrested at the hospital and charged with home invasion robbery with a deadly weapon. That weapon was reported as stolen. Unsurprisingly, Shackelford was similarly sketchy; he was a paroled criminal with a warrant out for his arrest — for violating that parole. Police are still searching for his two accomplices, but they probably will need more than the assistance of the brave woman, her husband, and the neighbor.


John – Politicians ask why anyone needs a 30 round magazine and/or an AR or AK.

Rob- Teamwork can conquer all, or at least most.

Paul – POGO

Rachel- women are often expected not to have a gun or shoot. I’ve encountered that and found it frustrating. Maybe this worked in her favor.


Gary – Two Men Came To The Aid of a Mother: One is Hospitalized, the Other Had a Gun

Early in the afternoon, the mother of a small infant was attacked by two men in a Shawnee, Kansas Wal-Mart parking lot. While placing her young child in the car, she was stuck on the back of the head and knocked to the ground. Her screams brought a Good Samaritan to her aid. However brave, the unarmed man was no match for the two armed thugs and he suffered several gunshots wounds to the face and chest. A second citizen ran to the scene, but there was a critical difference, that man had a CCW license, training — and his gun.


In the ensuing gun battle, the second Samaritan hit and killed one attacker, and received a minor wound in return. The other thug ran off, and was still being sought. Photos show the dead man lying on his side, left arm over his forehead, while paramedics work on the mother and police secure the area. The woman and the wounded Samaritan were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Both victims were later upgraded; the woman is expected to be released soon, and the man was awake and alert and slated for surgery. The infant was fortunately not harmed. As of yet, police do not have a motive for the attack.


We can only commend the tremendous bravery of the two men that came to the mother’s aid.  However, this DGU perfectly illustrates that all the bravery and best intentions in the world are of little use unless they can be backed up by force. The second Good Samaritan, through the use of deadly force, almost certainly kept this bad situation from getting much, much worse. As a true first responder, this armed citizen and his chivalry, bravery, and foresight, as well as his firearm, is a tremendous example of our guiding philosophy of a good guy with a gun, doing good things.    

Well done sir, well done, indeed.  


Rob- I’m glad there was video.


Rob- Are you armed in your car?

A concealed carry holder in Granite City, Illinois dropped off a friend late at night after work.  One report says the driver was in the car.  A second report says the two men were standing next to the car when a stranger walked up to them.  The stranger presented a gun and announced a robbery.  The concealed carry holder drew his firearm and shot the robber.  This is where the news reports start dropping details.  We do know that the local prosecuting attorney praised the victims for defending themselves.

(news interview clip)


John – Another story says that Granite City ranks high in the number of carry permits. Given it is just north of East St. Louis.


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6- E-mail, blog notes, and show close


Listener e-mail discussion


Ty writes in


I listened to the discussion on competition shooting with interest.  Paul made a comment that points out exactly why he should be shooting competition, he said he was “comfortable” doing what he was doing.  A good stage designer will put you in uncomfortable positions and force you to do things that aren’t easy.  It’s much different solving someone else’s problem they have presented to you.  I know many people who are excellent shots but when put under the pressure of the competition have a hard time getting shots on paper.  You are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t give it a try.



Paul’s reply to Ty


I STRONGLY disagree. A Small amount of discomfort is a good thing, it makes you sharp. A large amount of discomfort (what I honestly believe that I would feel) would not at all be beneficial.


The last thing I need are people who have no clue about me or why I carry telling me that they know so much better than I do what I should be doing. Or strutting around with a race gun and tons of extra equipment thinking that they are better than I am.


I train A LOT. I practice A LOT. I have done both under pressure. I don’t need someone that is clueless except that they can score more points than I am at some game telling me that I need to do this or that.


I am sorry if I seem overbearing, but as you can see I am rather passionate about this. Is competition bad? Not for everyone. Am I going to go to one? Not in the near future, and if I do I will leave my gun in the holster.


Rachel-My lifestyle is to run toward the things that scare me and do them until I am no longer uncomfortable. I know that that is my best path to self-improvement and getting rid of fear empowers me. That’s why I started doing competition a little this year. On the other hand, I’ve seen competition shooters get very comfortable with their niche, and perhaps they need to move out of their comfort zone and make themselves uncomfortable again.

Rob- Take what you want and leave the rest.

Gary – That is not how we grow the culture Yes


Rob-  I found the competitors to be very welcoming.  You don’t have the right equipment, so use what you have.  You need a mag, here, use mine.




Rachel- The following email has been shortened due to time constraints. Please see the website for the full email.

Dear Polite Society,

I have been listening to the podcasts for the past few months and was especially interested in your interview with Joseph LaJoy in episode 385.

Eye issues seem to be a theme among listeners, and especially for us whose eyes are not getting any younger. . . . Interestingly, Mr. LaJoy describes a big problem with notch and post sights in that the eye/brain is not readily able to effectively utilize the five different lines of the typical notch and post sight which leads to all kinds of home-made modifications. . . . What is not being addressed in a sudden, chaotic, and violent encounter is the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) response with the immediate effects of adrenalin and cortisol on vision. . . .

The Hex-Site Sighting System was designed around the science of how the visual system (the eye and the brain’s interpretation) responds under stress. The website contains a wealth of information on the science behind this sighting system and the experience of actual users. (www.goshen-hexsite.com)

I have no financial interest in Tim’s company, but I am a personal friend and a satisfied user. . . . I enjoy the podcasts and look forward to hearing more from instructors who use more “science based” principles and training methods.


Henryetta, OK


John: Rob, do you have any new posts from your SlowFacts blog you want to mention?


Rob- I helped a doctor in California write a rebuttal to a gun control article that was published in his state anesthesiologist journal.  That article is called  “Taking the cure to stop violence”  It is on my blog at slow facts dot wordpress dot com.  John, tell us what’s new at your blog no lawyers only guns and money.


I did a quick post this evening before the podcast. It featured pictures of people waiting to see Donald Trump’s campaign plane arrive at the Asheville Regional Airport. Unfortunately, we missed it as he arrived sooner than expected. Given Hillary Clinton’s recent comments saying that half of Trump’s supporters were “a basket of deplorables” and that they were “irredeemable”, I thought it interesting how ordinary my fellow deplorables looked. I really do think that Hillary thinks in her heart of hearts that those who don’t support her – especially those of us who believe in gun rights – are irredeemable and deplorable.


That and more is at only guns and money dot blogspot dot com.

Paul – We are all flyover country people to her

Gary – We would like to thank Charlie Foxtrot for writing up show notes for us. Even though you don’t hear him on the air he is certainly part of what you do hear. Look at his blog at not one more gun law dot blogspot dot com


Rob: That wraps up another episode of the Polite Society Podcast.  I’d like to thank Erin Palette for joining us today. We would like to ask you to listen to the other shows on the Self Defense Radio Network like The Gun Blog Variety Cast and Geeks Gadgets and Guns So for Charlie Foxtrot, Festus, Craig, Gary, John, Rachel, Susan, and Paul,

(Paul, stop talking now)


Rob: Until the next time…

Gary: stay safe,

Rachel: be aware,

John: and we’ll see you down the road.

Thanks everyone


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