Hunting the Milwaukee Lion

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Photo: Screen shot from cellphone video of possible Milwaukee lion.

 

No, it isn’t beer. There is something else brewing in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It has residents scared, and gun owners prepping their trigger finger. Welcome to the Summer 2015 blockbuster…the legend of the Milwaukee Lion.

Is there really a Milwaukee Lion on the loose? There might be. Starting on Monday, multiple people have claimed to see a lion or a “large cat like” animal roaming the streets.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn is saying his department is taking the matter of a “lionish creature” seriously. Each time, they’ve gotten a call about a sighting of the Milwaukee Lion, they have responded to the scene. No proof.

Annie Nolan is a resident who spotted the animal. She told WKOW-TV, “I was afraid to move. “I was sitting there and I couldn’t move. I thought, ‘What am I looking at?'”

On Monday, Kelly Brooks found a large, strange footprint in his yard. It was nothing compared to the call he got from a neighbor. She told him, “Hey Kelly, don’t go in your backyard. It’s a big animal back there and it looks like a lion.”

Brooks admits he thought it may be the neighbor pulling his paw at first. Then, he saw the woman’s video shot with her cell phone.

By far, the video is what has created the loudest roar about the possibility of a Milwaukee Lion. It’s gotten the attention of police, wildlife, officials, and the public.

 

 

This isn’t like the Loch Ness Monster or an alien abduction. Chicago had a big cat turn up in the city a few years ago. Philadelphia also had a longstanding series of cougar sightings a few years back. As for Wisconsin, the mountain lion or cougar is actually native there. Last fall, the state’s Department of Natural Resources spotted a pair of cougars in Northern Wisconsin. Did the Milwaukee Lion or a similar animal happen to wander down into the big city to go food shopping?

One expert doesn’t believe so.

Jill Carnegie runs a home for dozens of exotic felines called “Valley of the Kings.” She is sure of what she sees in the video and screenshot of the so-called Milwaukee Lion. “I feel very confident it is a male cougar. You tell by the size. It’s a very well-fed cougar,” Carnegie told Fox6. “I believe truly that it is somebody’s pet.”

Whether it’s a real lion or real people lyin’ the big cat is trending. It already has a Twitter account: @Milwaukee_Lion. Plus the hashtag: #MKElion

Officials say attacks by mountain lions or cougars are extremely rare. Still, if you do see it you are urged not to approach it but rather call the Milwaukee Police right away. Tuesday night, a man thought he was shooting the Milwaukee Lion. He wound up putting a bullet into the right leg of a stray pit bull. If you were in a matter of hunting or self-defense, an AR-15 would be preferable over a 1911 firearm. Don’t you think?

Domesticated or not, accuracy and added distance creates safety any time you could be a little snack for a big cat.

Alexander Hamilton Aaron Burr Duel

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It is the most famous gun duel in American history. You probably learned the headline and final score like every other kid in a U.S. school. But what was the trigger for the Alexander Hamilton Aaron Burr duel?

Truthfully, there were many triggers. The bloodshed from bearing Arms that day capped a history of hatred and bad blood between the two personal and political rivals. Meanwhile, the controversy continues.

Let’s go modern before we go back in time. Let’s apply the significance of the Alexander Hamilton Aaron Burr duel to current American politics. Imagine this scenario for just a moment:

Former Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner gets challenged to a deadly duel with Vice-President Joe Biden. The Vice-President would win the gunfight he picked, but not face prosecution. Think of the stink such a story would create today.

Alexander Hamilton

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211 years ago next month, that’s just what happened with the Alexander Hamilton Aaron Burr duel. Hamilton was the well-known former Secretary of the Treasury. Burr was the sitting Vice-President beside President Thomas Jefferson. The VP challenged his arch-nemesis to a duel. Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers, would not lower himself to decline.

Early morning on July 11, 1804, Hamilton, Burr, and witnesses rowed across the Hudson River from New York City. They went to the Heights of Weehawken, New Jersey, a popular spot for duels in those days. This was because even then in the year 1804 B.B. (before Bloomberg), New York was a more anti-gun state than others.

Aaron Burr

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It was the same spot where in 1799, Aaron Burr had a duel with John Church, Hamilton’s brother-in-law. Bad guns blazing in that one. Neither went big. Both went home. In 1801, Hamilton’s son had no such luck. He was killed there in a duel by an ally of Burr.

Even the facts of the Alexander Hamilton Aaron Burr duel are disputed. This is because the witnesses gave themselves “plausible deniability.” They stood with their backs to the participants. No one saw exactly what happened. Opinions on the subject are like the right to bear Arms, everyone has them.

We do know Burr and Hamilton stood paces apart with Wogdon pistols. Some believe Hamilton gave himself the upper hand by choosing pistols with a larger barrel than traditional dueling pistols, knowing they had a secret hair-trigger. The plan backfired because Hamilton seems to have shot first and missed.

Burr then pulled the trigger on his firearm hitting Hamilton who died the next day of one gunshot wound. In his memoirs, Aaron Burr claimed he provided the pistols used with Hamilton.

Why the Alexander Hamilton Aaron Burr Duel Happened

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Pick your favorite reason. The former friends built a feud which had decades worth of ammo. It was far more baggage than either could carry in his arms or rucksacks. Below are some of the triggers we know to help you draw your own conclusions:

  • Both men served as officers under General George Washington in the Continental Army. Burr was more of a war hero. However, he allegedly got on George’s bad side for snooping on his personal communication. As president, Washington shot down Burr’s request to be made a general. Hamilton became Washington’s closest advisor.
  • Alexander Hamilton was the powerful “Alpha Dog” in New York politics. He successfully set up his father-in-law, Philip Schuyler, for a U.S. Senate seat. In his bid for re-election, Schuyler was opposed by New York Attorney General Aaron Burr. Burr won the election handily, humiliating both Schuyler and Hamilton.
  • Hamilton got involved in the first big sex scandal in American politics. He admitted an affair with the younger, Maria Reynolds, after word got out from Reynolds’ husband who was blackmailing Hamilton. Of all the possible lawyers, she was represented by Aaron Burr in her divorce.
  • The 1800 presidential election got ugly. This was the debut of the nation’s two political parties. John Adams, the Federalist, was seeking re-election against Thomas Jefferson, the Democratic-Republican nominee, whose running mate was Aaron Burr.
  • Jefferson won, but the U.S. Constitution at the time did not distinguish between President and Vice-President in the Electoral College voting. Jefferson and Burr were tied. The Federalist-controlled House of Representatives was left to decide the election.
  • Most in the Federalist Party saw Jefferson as the bigger enemy. But not Alexander Hamilton. He hated Burr more than Jefferson, whom he battled in Washington’s cabinet. As a leader, Hamilton was convincing enough to get Jefferson elected by Congress instead of Burr.
  • In 1804, Burr was dumped by Jefferson as his running mate. So, while he was Vice-President he ran for Governor of New York. Hamilton worked hard to get Burr beaten…again.
  • Following the election, Hamilton did some trash talking about Burr’s lack of character in a newspaper article. Burr demanded an apology. Hamilton refused, setting the stage for the duel.

Aaron Burr was indicted for murder, but was not arrested. Bringing it back to modern times, if an Alexander Hamilton Aaron Burr duel were to take place today, it seems these two arch-enemies would happily stand before with each other with a loaded AR-15, and let the best man win.

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Poll: Americans Open Up on Open Carry & More

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Are you down with the Barack Obama Countdown? It shows there are 594 days until a new president assumes the Oval Office. Your Second Amendment supporting friends at AWC just happened to know. : )

A newly released poll could provide thought-provoking ammo for the growing list of 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates. It shows how Americans today stand on issues such as rifles, handguns, open carry, and concealed carry of firearms. These are among the issues targeted by both the Second Amendment supporting candidates, and the gun control crowd (Hillary Clinton).

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Full disclosure: AWC will keep an emailed copy of this document just in case it gets deleted from the Clinton’s private server.    

Back to the poll. It was conducted May 20-22, 2015 by the international market research firm, YouGov. The data is based on a total of 1,000 U.S. adults who pulled the trigger on participating.

Based on the story we just shared about Jim Cooley of Georgia recently choosing an open carry of his AR-15 at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, we begin with the topic which had a lower approval rating than all other questions:

  • 20% overall of Americans polled say they would be comfortable if someone carried a semi-automatic rifle in public. Among Republicans it was 35%. Independents – 19%. Only 8% of Democrats agree.

It gets better.

  • 36% overall would be comfortable with a person carrying a hunting rifle in public. 47% among Republicans. 37% of independent voters. 20% of Democrats agree.

It gets better.

  • 37% percent overall say they prefer open carry of firearms in public. 36% of Republicans. 37% among independents. 38% of Democrats agree.

It gets better.

40% overall say they prefer concealed carry for firearms in public. Opinions were split at 50% among Republicans. 38% of independents agree, as do 36% of Democratic voters.

NOTE: This poll did not include a question regarding Constitutional Carry of firearms. But we’ll still play along.

It gets better.

41% overall of those polled believe people should be allowed to carry firearms in public. It was 67% of Republicans. 43% of independents agree. 21% of Democrats agree.

It is what it is on this one.

45% overall say people should not be permitted to carry firearms in public.  23% of Republicans agree. 42% of independents agree. 66% of Democrats polled agree.

It gets better.

48% overall say they can trust the “average American” with a firearm. 69% of Republicans agree. Independent voters were split at 49%. Nearly 1 of 3 Democrats agree – 32%.

Now it is as good as it gets. Here at this point we can honestly say, “Most Americans…”

52% overall of the 1,000 American adults polled by YouGov say they would be comfortable if they saw someone with a handgun in a holster in public. 72% of the Republicans polled agree. More than half of the independent voters polled agree – 54%. And more than 1 of 3 Democratic voters polled agree – 35%.

 

 

 

 

Right to Bear Arms at Georgia Airport gets many up in arms

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90 million is always greater than one. Right? Right. It just didn’t seem like it last week at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). As the world’s busiest airport, it serves about 90 million people a year. However, by simply exercising his legal right to bear arms, one law abiding Georgia man and his trusty AR-15 rifle created a whole lot of turbulence on the ground, getting the whole Atlanta airport up in arms.

Fasten your seat belt and put up your tray table for this story.

9-1-1, what’s your emergency? The calls for emergency assistance at the Atlanta airport were ringing off the hook. It was all because of Jim Cooley. The man from the Atlanta metro area openly carried his AR-15 rifle for protection as he and his wife took their daughter to the airport.

At a rate faster than the average AR-15 bullet speed of 2,900 feet per second, the 9-1-1 calls went from dispatch to the officers at the Atlanta airport. Different officers approached Jim Cooley with concern and curiosity about his rifle and his right to carry it. Cooley coolly stuck to his guns each time.

He told them he was carrying it for the safety of his family. He told them it was legal, and it was they who were infringing on his right to bear arms. He didn’t lower his firearm. Instead, he got the upper hand each time forcing the officers to pull the trigger on whether they were detaining him. He also videotaped each interaction as he was entitled to do legally.

No matter how alarming, terrifying, or dead wrong it was to others, Jim Cooley had every right to openly carry his AR-15 rifle under Georgia law.

Obviously, the fast spreading firestorm over the legal firearm had ignorance of the law as an accelerant. Travelers from other states and countries didn’t know it was legal. Georgia residents didn’t seem to know it was legal. Heck, even the authorities and law enforcement at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport didn’t seem too sure about it either. Let’s make sure you know the facts.

The P & G in Politics in Georgia now stands for Pro-Gun thanks to Georgia HB 60.

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It was the Safe Carry Protection Act. The law took effect on July 1, 2014. Governor Nathan Deal (R) signed House Bill 60 into law on April 23, 2014. This was after the most comprehensive pro-gun legislation in Georgia history was passed in the state Senate  and the state House of Representatives by a roughly 2 to 1 margin.

The gun control crowd called Georgia HB 60 “extreme” and the “Guns Everywhere Bill.” The realists saw it as a sweeping victory for the Second Amendment and gun rights. It became legal for all law-abiding gun owners in Georgia like Jim Cooley to open carry firearms in some schools and churches, restaurants and bars, and yes even…airports.

Since the September 11th tragedies and other incidents following it, airports can be an unsettling place. Thus, one of the more bitterly fought provisions in HB 60 other than Georgia schools, dealt with airports.

The new HB 60 law allows firearms to be carried at airports (the “airport drive, general parking area, walkways or shops and areas of the terminal that are outside the screening checkpoint and that are normally open to unscreened passengers or visitors to the airport) (§ 1-9).

Carrying a gun is now allowed at the entrance and in the waiting areas of TSA security checkpoints at Georgia airports. However, they are not legally permitted beyond them. Those areas are Federal jurisdiction. However, the Georgia law is so pro-gun it even allows those carrying firearms into the TSA security checkpoints the right to leave with their firearms rather than surrender them.

Jim Cooley did not break Georgia law. Still, upon leaving the terminal, three Atlanta police officers followed him into the parking lot, and took photos. He objected before leaving. Jim upset them. They upset him. In the end, HB 60 the law of the land in Georgia was upheld.

Here’s one more thing Jim Cooley and the police can agree upon. The AR-15 is a great offensive weapon to carry for self-defense. It’s a lightweight, easy to use rifle. It delivers speed, capacity, and accuracy for eliminating threats at both close and distant ranges. It’s why Jim Cooley chose an AR-15. It’s also why police regularly depend on the AR-15 when up against active shooters.

Oh by the way, it’s also 100% legal for you to own and build your own AR-15, unserialized and unregistered, from the trusted experts at AWC Inc.

Vince Vaughn Goes off on Gun Rights

vince-vaughn-british-gqDid you hear those loud shots fired? Many people just heard them from London all the way to Los Angeles. Were they from an AR-10? Were they from an AR-15? No. There was no rifle involved. It was just another round of actor Vince Vaughn going off on gun rights in America.

He is best known as an actor in comedy films. But in real-life, Vince Vaughn has the ammo to come across as a dead serious straight shooter. He obviously follows a much different script than most of his fellow stars in Hollywood. And if you are strong believer in the Second Amendment, he’s taking on a public role you wish more celebrities or people of influence would have the courage and common sense to do.

In a cover interview with Jonathan Heaf for the July 2015 issue of British GQ, the star of the Wedding Crashers movie was invited to fire away with his opinions on firearms and the problems of there being restrictions on them.

I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home. We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars; we have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government. It’s not about duck hunting; it’s about the ability of the individual. It’s the same reason we have freedom of speech. It’s well known that the greatest defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back. All these gun shootings that have gone down in America since 1950, only one or maybe two have happened in non-gun-free zones. Take mass shootings. They’ve only happened in places that don’t allow guns. These people are sick in the head and are going to kill innocent people. They are looking to slaughter defenseless human beings. They do not want confrontation. In all of our schools it is illegal to have guns on campus, so again and again these guys go and shoot up these f***ing schools because they know there are no guns there. They are monsters killing six-year-olds.”

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Vince Vaughn let the British magazine readers know he thinks banning firearms for protection in defenseless schools is a barrel of nonsense. Here is his response to the question, “Do you think guns should be allowed in schools?”

“Of course. You think the politicians that run my country and your country don’t have guns in the schools their kids go to? They do. And we should be allowed the same rights. Taking away guns, taking away drugs, the booze, it won’t rid the world of criminality.”

Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat.   – actor Vince Vaughn

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Vaughn himself is at a critical fork in the road in his acting career. He’s heading off in a new direction as one of the stars of the popular HBO original series, True Detective (opposite Colin Farrell).

He says season two of True Detective will be very different than last year’s based in Louisiana with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. This season is set in California where Vince plays Frank Semyon, a guy in danger of losing his large criminal empire.

“I really like my character,” says Vaughn.  “I want to watch this show not because I’m in it but as a fan of the material.” You may want to watch Vince Vaughn in True Detective just because of his stance on gun rights and the Second Amendment.

The July issue of British GQ with him on the cover goes on sale this Thursday, June 4, 2015.