Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I Dare You To Read This Post To See If You Are As Pro-Gun As Rick Ector!

Today, there is a meme floating all over Facebook whereby posters are sharing how "Detroit" they are by recalling either their childhood memories or experiences about growing up in our city.

Alternatively, I thought that I would change it up a bit if I shared with my contacts exactly how pro-gun I am.

I am so pro-gun that I believe that it is none of your doctor's business whether you own a firearm.

I am so pro-gun, that the status of being a gun owner would be a legally protected class.

I am so pro-gun that you would not need a license to carry a firearm - open or concealed. #ConstitutionalCarry

I am so pro-gun that reporters in the media should be required to take firearm safety and firearm identification training.

I am so pro-gun that every able-bodied citizen would be required to qualify annually with a firearm as a matter of public safety and national security.

I am so pro-gun that I envision a country where there would not be a need for a NRA. Further, groups such as MAIG, VPC, and MDA would be classified as subversive organizations.

I am so pro-gun, every community recreation center would have a gun range.

I am so pro-gun that gun rights would be as sacred as voting, sitting on a jury, and running for office. If you are not imprisoned or mentally incompetent, there should be a pathway for firearm rights restoration - on a case by case basis - per a review by a judge or another authority.

I am so pro-gun that I could care less what kind of firearm you carry and how you carry it as long as it was done safely and responsibly.

I am so pro-gun, that gun buy-backs would be punished as crimes: fraud, larceny, and misappropriation of public dollars.

I am so pro-gun, that firearm registration would be a capital offense.

I am so pro-gun, that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms would be a chain of shopping stores.

I am so pro-gun, I would repeal the NFA and the GCA.

I am so pro-gun, that citizens could legally own any firearm that our military uses.

I am so pro-gun, that every state in the union would allow citizens to own firearms.

I am so pro-gun, firearm safety and marksmanship would be taught in the schools.

I am so #pro-gun, all gun free zones would be abolished.

So, are you you as pro-gun as I am? 

 About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.7404

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Rick Ector To Appear on NRA's "Cam and Co." To Discuss Armed Citizens' Role in Reducing Detroit Crime

In today's Detroit News' newspaper, Detroit Police Chief James Craig acknowledges that armed good citizens in Detroit had a role in reducing violent crime in the city of Detroit. 

 Detroit has seen 37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings. Craig says: "Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon."

Tomorrow evening, I will be appearing on the NRA's "Cam and Company Show" to discuss Chief Craig's comments. The show will broadcast at 6:00pm EST on the Sportsman Channel.

Tune in!

 About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.74

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Michigan CPL FAQ: Do I Need To Disclose That I Am Armed To Every Police Officer I See?

Do I Need To Disclose That I Am Armed To Every Police Officer I See?


Q: Do I need to let the police know that I have a CPL and that I am armed if they around me?

A: According to MCL 28.425
"(3) An individual licensed under this act to carry a concealed pistol and who is carrying a concealed pistol or a portable device that uses electro-muscular disruption technology and who is stopped by a peace officer shall immediately disclose to the peace officer that he or she is carrying a pistol or a portable device that uses electro-muscular disruption technology concealed upon his or her person or in his or her vehicle."

If the police are merely around you, you do not have an obligation to go up to them and announce that you have a CPL and are armed. In fact, you might even irritate them by doing do.

However, if you are on foot or in a vehicle, and if they STOP you, then YES, you have a duty to IMMEDIATELY disclose your status if you are carrying a concealed pistol or TASER. Moreover, if you summon the police or if the police wish to specifically talk to you about an investigation they are conducting, IMMEDIATELY disclose that you are carrying a concealed pistol or TASER.

In addition:
"(1) An individual who is licensed under this act to carry a concealed pistol shall have his or her license to carry that pistol in his or her possession at all times he or she is carrying a concealed pistol or a portable device that uses electro-muscular disruption technology.

(2) An individual who is licensed under this act to carry a concealed pistol and who is carrying a concealed pistol or a portable device that uses electro-muscular disruption technology shall show both of the following to a peace officer upon request by that peace officer:

(a) His or her license to carry a concealed pistol.
(b) His or her driver license or Michigan personal identification card."

In general, I don't go out of my way to speak to LEOs unless I know them personally. If anything, it's a passing salutation.


About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.7404

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Rick Ector Appears In NRANews' Special Report - Detroit: Armed and Determined

Here is the report that NRANews' Ginny Simone created during her visit to Detroit a few short months ago. 

It is an upbeat and positive story about Detroiters not giving up on their city. Rather than flee to the suburbs, they are digging in and fighting back against violent crime. Several of my students and friends were featured in the story.

Check it out!



 About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.74

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Name That Firearm Safety Violation: Don Cheadle's Promo For A Miles Davis Bio

In the following photo, which fundamental firearm safety rules, if any, are being violated?

The following is a promotional photo being used by Don Cheadle to raise funding for a proposed Miles Davis bio-pic:



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About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.74

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Rick Ector Rips Michigan House Rep. Townsend on Firearm Privacy

In the aftermath of the state of Michigan recently enacting a law to protect the privacy of firearm owners, I was invited to participate in a live discussion on the "Let It Rip" TV show. My principal opponent was Michigan Representative Jim Townsend.

In my opinion, it is nobody's business how many firearms I own and it is certainly true that my information should not be allowed to be published in the daily newspaper. Of course, the gun grabber on the show disagreed.

Check out the show and see where I called him out his erroneous claims that background checks are not being conducted at gun shows and on gun sites on the Internet. It is galling how easily some politicians can publicly claim things that are simply not true.

The show was hosted by Fox2 Detroit's Huel Perkins and Charley Langton. Check out the video below and please leave feedback.

Let It Rip 6/26/2014

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.74

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Michigan Personal Protection Tip: Don't Advertise Your Absence on Garbage Collection Day

Michigan Personal Protection Tips - Don't Advertise Your Absence on Garbage Collection Day

If you are going to be out of town during the time period in which your garbage is scheduled to be picked up, make arrangements with a neighbor, family member, or a trusted friend to pull your trash can out to the curb on the appointed day. 

If your home is the only one on the block without a can out front, it may serve as a marker to the bad guys that you are not home. In a similar fashion also make sure that you have someone remove your trash can after the garbage on your block has been collected.

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.74

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Michigan Personal Protection Tip: Secure Your Vehicle's Windows While On The Road

Michigan Personal Protection Tips - Secure Your Vehicle's Windows While On The Road

One way to better enhance your safety on the road is to secure your vehicle's windows while driving. An open window is an inviting enticement for dangerous carjackers or deranged madmen. It takes only a second for a person to be snatched out of his car or to be invaded.

Earlier this month, a Dallas woman was assaulted when a naked man climbed into her vehicle via an the open sunroof. The assailant quickly proceeded to choke and beat the victim until a police car that witnessed the resulting traffic accident quickly investigated and intervened in the attack.

Thusly, it is strongly recommended to keep your windows up and your sunroof closed.


About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.74

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Name That Firearm Safety Violation: Gang of Roses

Name That Firearm Safety Violation - Gang of Roses

How many firearm safety violations, if any, do you see in this still from the movie "Gang of Roses?"



For more info on safe firearm handling and responsible firearm ownership, visit our blog - Legally Armed In Detroit - on the Internet: http://www.legallyarmedindetroit.com

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.74

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Name That Firearm Safety Violation: 22 Jump Street

Name That Firearm Safety Violation - How many safe gun handling violations, if any, do you see in this promo still for a recent movie - 22 Jump Street?



 For more info on firearm safety and responsible firearm ownership, please visit our blog - Legally Armed In Detroit - on the Internet: http://www.legallyarmedindetroit.com/

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.74

If this information was useful for you, would you please make a small recurring donation to support this site?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Michigan Personal Protection Tip: Remotely Answer Your Front Door

Michigan Personal Protection Tips - Remotely Answer Your Front Door

A couple of disturbingly violent crimes have recently occurred in metro-Detroit in which home owners have been shot at or through their front doors. 

In the first incident, a Bloomfield Hills resident was shot through his front door when responding to a visitor who claimed to be a police officer. When the home owner refused entry, the impersonator fired a gun which led to the home owner being shot several times.

In another incident, a 76 year old Army veteran was shot at his Detroit home when a person knocked on his front door and fired a firearm five times at his front door. The home owner was hit one time in his hand.


Moreover, a Westland man was recently shot at after he looked out his window to get a better look at a man on his porch. When the home owner opened the door the gunman discharged a firearm. Luckily the home owner was not hit.

Three incidents are not exactly what one should call a trend but the two aforementioned incidents should make us think about ways to avoid injury when doing something as mundane as going to your front door if someone rings your doorbell.

One such solution would be to install a bullet-proof door to your home. The time and expense necessary to adopt that solution might be prohibitive for many. Thus, home owners may want to consider buying and installing a "DoorBot" system which would allow a home owner to answer their front door safely and securely via an application on their cell phone.


About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.74

If this information was useful for you, would you please make a small recurring donation to support this site?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Latest Detroit Self-Defense Shooting Shows How Guns Save Lives

Latest Detroit Self-Defense Shooting Shows How Guns Save Lives
Yesterday, a local news station broadcast a story about how a 50 year old Detroit woman used her .45 ACP caliber handgun to save her own life. In the local pro self-defense community, she is rightly being hailed as a hero but you won't hear about this story in the national news media. The harrowing tale, as recounted in the aforementioned news story, shatters several myths about guns and their role in self-defense. 
Last Saturday night Paris Ainsworth noticed two men approaching her after she exited her car. They shot her four times - three times in her side and once in her non-shooting hand. Without hesitation, she returned fire. She managed to shoot one of her assailants one time in both of his legs. Her assailants got away but they were later apprehended by police at a hospital. She was quoted as saying the following, "If I wouldn't have had my gun I would be dead today."
One commonly told myth is that once a victim has been targeted for a violent crime, there is nothing that he can do about it. The unvarnished truth is that a victim, armed with a handgun, has options. Whereas it is true that citizens should maintain a continual state of awareness of their environment, however, seeing an attack materialize before your very eyes without a means of defending yourself is a moot activity. Having a gun is no guarantee of total safety but it is a chance as opposed to no chance. Without a handgun, victimization is practically assured.
Another myth is that women are not equipped to defend to themselves. It is no big secret that many predators are cowards. As such, their preferred victims are women and senior citizens. I have personally witnessed the increase of women enrolling in CPL classes to take on a more active role in their personal protection. In the city of Detroit, there have been more than a few stories in just this year alone in which trained and armed women have shot violent criminals during an attack. Moreover, sufficiently motivated and trained women are better shooters than men.
Furthermore, another myth is that only police officers are equipped to use a firearm. This premise is constantly floated by the anti-self-defense crowd despite a plethora of evidence to the contrary. The city of Detroit has already seen dozens of self-defense stories this year in which regular law-abiding citizens have lawfully used lethal force to defend themselves in Detroit without being charged by the Prosecutor. Good Americans with firearms know the law and have exercised good judgement in not ruling afoul of it.
Guns save lives. Paris Ainsworth is certain that her firearm saved her life. Enemies of self-defense and gun rights would rather have women like Ainsworth defenseless and shot dead in the street. We are empowered, as Michigan residents, to have "shall issue" CPL issuance whereby any person who meets the state's uniform requirements shall be issued a carry permit, as opposed to the discretionary policies that exist in NYC and LA.
I have never claimed that guns are the answer to everything that ails Detroit, but until those problems are solved, a firearm solves the "being imminently and reasonably attacked" problem. Learn from example that Ainsworth illustrated: Buy a pistol, get a CPL, train constantly, and be aware.

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.74

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Are Detroit Home Owners Taking The Law Into Their Own Hands By Shooting Invaders?

Over the last couple of months, several Detroit news media outlets have been describing some home owners as vigilantes taking the law into their own hands.

As of Tuesday, there have been about 12 justified homicides in the city of Detroit. In the majority of those cases, armed intruders forced their way into occupied homes and were met with gunfire from the legal occupants. Were these Detroit residents lawfully justified to shoot? Or were they exacting street justice?

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines a "vigilante" as a person who is not a police officer but who tries to catch and punish criminals. With this definition, I believe that it is a stretch to say that a person in their own home is making a concerted effort to catch criminals. When I hear the term "vigilante" I think of the Charles Bronson character in the "Death Wish" movie series who cruised the streets looking for robbers, rapists, and jackers to shoot and kill.

So, what does Michigan law say about self-defense in your own home? The relevant legal concept is referred to as the "Castle Doctrine." It is so named because it acknowledges that a person's home is their castle and is a place that a person should never have to flee.

As such, if an invader either attempts to either break into a home or has already broken into a home, there is a legal presumption that the occupants are in both reasonable and imminent danger. Thus, occupants of that residence are well within their rights to use deadly force to defend themselves. The aforementioned presumption is rebuttable by the County Prosecutor but the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the invader did not create an imminent and reasonable danger has to be overcome.

Some critics of the Castle Doctrine have cried foul when invaders were later discovered to be teenagers. Their typical argument is that the home owners should bear additional risk by ascertaining the age and the intentions of invaders before shooting. I personally believe that if a person - regardless of age - is so emboldened to enter someone's home without permission, they are old enough to be shot. Conducting an investigation during an active home invasion can only lead to an increased risk of the home owner being victimized.

Home invasions are especially dangerous because home owners have no other choice but to assume the worse case scenario. If a criminal only wanted material possessions and had no desire to inflict suffering on victims, why wouldn't they wait until the home was vacant? People who are so brazen to invade an occupied home is mentally prepared do whatever it takes to achieve their objectives, even if it means killing someone.

In the aftermath of a home invasion shooting, the prevailing law enforcement agency will be tasked with the responsibility of conducting an investigation. Their findings will then be submitted to County Prosecutor for a decision as to whether the home owner should be charged with an offense. Thus far, Detroiters defending their homes have done an outstanding job of operating within the law and not being prosecuted.

So, are home owners defending their lives against invaders operating outside of the law? The answer is a resounding "NO." Anyone suggesting such nonsense either has a political agenda or is too stupid to look up the word "vigilante" in a dictionary.

If criminals do not want to get shot, they should not invade someone else's home, especially when they are there.


About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.74

If this information was useful for you, would you please make a small recurring donation to support this site?






Thursday, May 1, 2014

Does The City of Detroit Have A Justified Homicide Problem?

While I was in attendance at the "Second Amendment March" at the Michigan Capitol Building on this past Tuesday, I ran into a State Senator who represents Detroit residents. After we exchanged pleasantries, he immediately stated to me that we should talk about doing something about Detroit's "justified homicide problem."

Without hesitation, I countered by telling him that justified homicides are not a problem. I then asked him, "Why do you think that we need to focus on reducing justified homicides?" I may have caught him off guard because I did not get an immediate response.

I went on to tell him that a justified homicide only occurs when a person is faced with a reasonable and imminent threat of great bodily harm, rape, or death and that victim uses lawful self-defense which results in the death of the assailant. All shootings are investigated and vetted by the local police department and the results are submitted to the County Prosecutor to determine if criminal charges should be levied.

Detroit has already recorded roughly 12 justified homicides this year. Most of those cases involved a predator forcing himself into an occupied dwelling without permission, announcement, or notice. Under the "Castle Doctrine," the presumption - legally speaking - is that the invader of a home presents both a reasonable and imminent danger to the occupants. However, the presumption can be overcome but that burden rests with the Prosecutor.

Apparently, there are too many criminals being shot and killed while they are attacking citizens. No, I do not see justified homicides as a problem. Rather, it is a legal solution for selected victims to defend themselves and their families against danger. However, we definitely DO have a violent crime problem in Detroit and until that issue has been resolved will we then see less citizens needing to defend their families.

Some anti-self-defense activists believe that home owners should not be allowed to shoot invaders. One such person suggested to me during a live airing of a local news show that invaded citizens should attempt to guide the attackers in prayer. Moreover, this same "activist" a few days later tried to chastise the local police chief because he referred to home invaders as predators. In my opinion, they are predators and a few other choice expletives that come immediately to my mind.

The bottom line is that the political agendas of some anti-gun people have become so desperate and amoral that they now seek to absolve violent criminals for their actions. If they had their way, home owners would face prosecution for nothing more than safe-guarding their families.

In any case, the aforementioned state senator made an overture to meet with me on the subject. If it happens, I will hear him out but I doubt he'll change my mind. Coddling invading predators will never make sense to me. I'll keep you updated.

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.74

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Are You A Second Amendment Keyboard Activist?

I have been online long enough to recognize several familiar names belonging to people who exhibit behaviors best described as complaining, moaning, and whining. They constantly rail on about how badly gun laws have strayed from the original intent of the Second Amendment of the US Constitution and Article I Section VI of the Michigan Constitution.

Usually when I see such posts, I just shrug it off and keep scrolling down my timeline to find something more interesting to read. However, today, against perhaps my better judgement I am letting the comments get the better of me and will let off some steam.

Just two days ago, we had a march and rally in support of gun rights in Lansing at the State Capitol Building. Attendance was respectable but it did not get close to the overwhelming numbers we saw at last spring's march.

At that time, last year, the nation was embroiled in a showdown over gun rights at the national level in the US Senate in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre in Newtown. Further, gun rights rights activists were pushing hard for the passage of both SB59 and HB5225. Those bills if passed would have expanded conceal carry areas and eliminated handgun registrations, respectively. So, it is easy to understand how over a thousand attendees were present at that time.

My simple point is that favorable gun rights laws just don't get written and get enacted by themselves. Those outcomes require ACTION. Examples of action include showing up at marches, rallies, and demonstrations, writing and calling your legislator during announced "call to actions," and being a PAID member to a gun rights group. If you aren't doing your part, you don't have a right to complain, gripe, or moan.

Moreover, spare me the excuses about why you weren't there BUT you still chose to vent about what is getting done or not getting done about our gun laws. The date was announced far enough in advance for you to be there. Quite simply, gun rights are either important to you or they are not. If they are, you will be active and participate.

Our movement has too many keyboard activists. Either get with the program or at least do not vent publicly. The folks who usually do most of the heavy lifting will still be working for better gun laws.

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Does The Marissa Alexander Case Merit The Legalization Of Warning Shots?

I have written on the subject of warning shots a few times over the years. In every blog post on the subject, I have consistently derided the practice of "warning shots" as a bad idea. Well, this past Friday the Florida House joined the Florida Senate in approving legislation that would allow warning shots by citizens when faced with either great bodily harm or death.

The approved legislation was obviously inspired by the Marissa Alexander case. In that case, Alexander was convicted on firearms related offenses as a result of her actions in the aftermath of an altercation with her allegedly abusive and estranged husband. Under mandatory sentencing guidelines, she was sent to prison for twenty years.

It had been consistently reported that her husband blocked her egress from a room one day during a disturbance. Alexander left the home by going in another direction and entered the garage to retrieve a handgun from a vehicle, and returned into the home to fire warning shots.

Of course, we all know that at that time that warning shots were illegal in Florida at that time. Once Alexander removed herself from the home and entered the garage, she was "safe" and certainly had an opportunity to leave the premises if she wanted to do so. If she was under any reasonable threats of imminent danger in the house earlier, those circumstances were treated as a separate incident.

She created a new incident by coming into the home with a firearm and intentionally firing at least one warning shot to put her husband into a state of fear. Her actions were clearly illegal and led to her conviction. Warning shots are ill-advised and are usually illegal in all states because a person can never predict where discharged bullets will come to rest.

A firearm operator is responsible for every bullet that exits his firearm. If any discharges lead to the destruction of property or an injury to a person who did not reasonably put the shooter in fear of at least great bodily harm, the shooter will face a long list of criminal charges.

In addition, the legalization of warning shots could put operators under a greater degree of scrutiny in the aftermath of a bona fide self-defense shooting. It could be possible that prosecutors could then be able to ask shooters why did they shoot a rapist instead of "warning" him.

The biggest point in all of this discussion is that this new legislation probably would not have helped Alexander in her case. After all, she walked into a home with a gun and faced a person who did not pose at threat to her - at that time - and then fired her gun. That act would have still been illegal. Toss in the facts that innocent people could be unintentionally injured and that victims would have to correctly decide whether a warning shot is preferable to actually shooting a would-be rapist and it is abundantly clear that this new Florida legislation is a huge train wreck just waiting to happen.

Owning a firearm is a grave and huge responsibility. Knowing the law is part of that responsibility. Legalizing warning shots because of the Alexander case defies reason.

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

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Phone: 313.733.74

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In Defense of Good Boys: Rapists, Robbers, and Jackers

In Defense of Good Boys: Rapists, Robbers, and Jackers

That young man and his buddy who just pulled a firearm out of a coat pocket and pointed it at your head do not deserve to be shot and possibly killed. 

After all, nobody really knows if he would really shoot if you refused to be a victim. I mean, come on, he didn't just shoot you first and then victimize you while you were laying dazed and confused on the pavement. 

Are you really afraid that this dude - too immature not to keep his pants pulled up - means business when he threatens you with rape, robbery, or death? I bet at least four of his family members can attest to his fine moral character. Peer pressure to commit violent acts is a lot greater when you were reared. You have no idea of what it is like to be young, dumb, and stupid these days.

Young people today are lost, misguided, and are in need of correction. We need to at least give them a fighting chance for a future by forcing their victims to turn their back on the clear and present danger posed by these confused souls. 

In a split second we are going to require victims to find the best and safest path to freedom. Their physical reaction to a threat will be analyzed in pain-staking detail to ensure that no attempt to vainly survive actually starts until the thugs have had sufficient time to reconsider the possible consequences of their actions. 

Moreover, we are going to shield the predator from his perilous transgressions by focusing on the behavior of the victim. If the victim clearly chose the wrong way to run or did not sufficiently run enough steps, the victim should be justly prosecuted for injuring this future pillar of the community. Rapists and jackers deserve every opportunity possible to turn his life around before he can be lawfully shot - even while he is trying to take your life or violate your body.

The bottom line is that four lives - home invaders and jackers - were sadly cut down over the last two weeks because their misunderstood acts of violence against lawful gun owners were met with force instead of hugs of compassion and empathy. Those poor souls were just "acting out" and wanted attention.

Not only should these guns owned by CPL-holders be strictly controlled but the laws governing their use must be so confined that it should be virtually impossible to lawfully use them for self-defense. This statement should in no shape or form be considered and interpreted as anti-gun or anti-Second Amendment because the Constitution clearly says that gun ownership is a right.

Jackers and rapists are people. They have families. They deserve a future. Shooting them because they unjustly put another's life in imminent danger is wrong. Do it for the misguided and lost children. What if that jacker or rapist was your child?

Repeal "Stand Your Ground." Too many thugs are dying and their victims don't care.


About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Web: http://www.detroitccw.com.
Email: info@detroitccw.com
Phone: 313.733.74

If this information was useful for you, would you please make a small recurring donation to support this site?