BadWaterBill, on 01 May 2012 - 03:31 PM, said:
ming, on 30 April 2012 - 10:32 AM, said:
Did I miss a report on this meeting? Attendence, etc.?
Still looking for someone to post any type of report on Saturday or Monday meetings.
I'll give it a try. I'm not great at estimating attendance. I will say that I was hoping it would be much larger. I would guess maybe 25-30 people. Vince Romano was the MC. The speakers were very knowledgable and made a great case. First, there was a presentation by one of the Second Amendment Sisters. Then a lawyer spoke about recent legal decisions (Heller, McDonald, Ezell, Shepard, etc) and how the lower courts are misinterpreting the holdings of the SCOTUS to find a right to possess firearms only in the home. Next up was an officer of the ISRA. Next up was the most compelling speaker. I wish I had caught her name. At the age of 14 she was abducted and about to be raped. She escaped by jumping out of a second story window, breaking a leg in the process. That incident led her to learn how to use firearms. She later encountered 2 burglars in her basement. They attempted to attack her with tire irons. She shot at the first one and he ran. When the second man advanced on her, she shot him. He was still alive and attempting to threaten her again. She said she begged him not to get up so she wouldn't haev to shoot him again. She said the police asked her why she didn't empty her gun into the guy. She gave the most impressive answer: She didn't know if there were other attackers. How's that for clarity of thought under pressure. Shoudl tell you how much training she has had.
Valinda spoke next and covered the ISPs advice for women who find themselves under attack (think tactical tongue depressor).
Last to speak was an owner of a firearm training firm who said "my role in this fight is to train as many people as possible to safely handle firearms. What is your role? What are you going to do?"
There was a question and answer period. No one spoke against concealed carry.
Although I was disappointed at the attendance, I was pleased to see the quality of the people making the case on our behalf.