FBI crime statistics show violent crime declines again...

Preliminary crime statistics for 2011 released June 11 by the FBI show a 4 percent decrease in violent crime--a continuation of a long-term downward trend nationwide.

Shoot, shoot, and shoot some more! My 3-day handgun class at Tactical Defense Institute

by Dean Rieck

Tactical Defense InstituteIt seems that the more involved I get in the politics of guns, the less time I have to exercise my Second Amendment freedom and actually shoot.

So this year, I promised myself I'd get to the range more often, acquire some sorely needed gear, and get in more training time with quality instructors. One of the the best decisions I've made so far is to attend a Level I-III Handgun Class at Tactical Defense Institute (TDI).

TDI is a 186-acre training facility in West Union, Ohio, offering a variety of self-defense classes for civilians, law enforcement, security teams, and military/federal agencies. There's a 400-yard rifle range, three live-fire houses, two-story force-on-force house, jungle lane, upper range with steel plates, lower range with steel targets and a covered firing line for paper targets, plus a sizable classroom.

I've been to TDI on several occasions for Buckeye Firearms Association fundraising shoots, but always as a volunteer to help run events, never as a student. So this three-day outing proved to be a treat.

Summer Safety: NSSF® Reminds Gun Owners to Store Their Firearms Securely at Home

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- With target-shooting activity peaking during summer months and youngsters finishing the school year, now is a good time for gun owners to review procedures for storing their firearms safely at home, says the National Shooting Sports Foundation®, the trade association for the firearms industry.

NSSF® reminds firearm owners that on returning home after spending a fun day at the shooting range to immediately secure firearms so that a child or other unauthorized person cannot access a loaded gun.

Reason.TV: Girls, Guns, and The Problem with DC Firearm Laws

"Gun ownership goes up, crime goes down...that's how it works," explains Washington Times senior editor and recent gun owner Emily Miller.

After being the victim of a home invasion, Miller was determined to take advantage of the 2008 Supreme Court ruling striking down Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban. Miller initially thought the process of purchasing a firearm "would just be a hassle for a couple of weeks," and decided to blog her experiences at washingtontimes.com. After four months, countless headaches, and hundreds of dollars in fees, Miller is now legally able to own her Sig Sauer P229 9mm, so long as she keeps it in her home.

Miller joined Kennedy at Sharp Shooters in Lorton, VA to discuss DC's Byzantine gun laws, the surge in female gun ownership, and how she choose her firearm.

The Toronto Mall Shooting- Four Tips for Surviving the Active Shooter

by Greg Ellifritz

Active shooter events are not strictly an American phenomenon. They happen worldwide. The most recent was last night in a Toronto Canada shopping mall. An unknown man in the food court shot approximately 15 bullets from a handgun, killing one person and injuring seven others.

There isn't a whole lot of information available yet, but the best news article seems to be this one.


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