Monday, July 25, 2011

Canton Ohio Officer Daniel Harless should be fired!

A Canton, Ohio police officer in the cross-hairs for his obscenity-riddled discharge at a legally armed citizen that now has the Second Amendment community from sea to shining sea, up in arms, the Ohio law that requires citizens to notify an officer "PROMPTLY" if they are armed is being blamed for what happened during the dash cam video that has shot around the world over the past few days.

If Law Enforcement is going to threaten to arbitrarily kill legally armed American citizens, is this not what the right to self-protection is all about? Many American see the Second Amendment as the founding father's way to ensure the citizens always had the ability to resist a tyrannical government. And isn't an officer threatening to kill any citizen a clear-cut example of tyranny?"

If it wasn't bad enough for Canton Police Chief Dean McKimm and the now-off-the-streets but still employed Officer, Daniel Harless when the video became big news on Ohio television stations, now the story has made national news.

Currently, Canton Ohio Officer Daniel Harless seems to be exercising his right to remain silent; something he probably should have done on that fateful night of June 8 2011, when he and his partner rolled up behind the car in which Mr. Bartlett was the driver. It is not clear what Mr. Bartlett was doing that night, nor is it relevant, but on the video, while he is being threatened with execution multiple times, he displays a monumental amount of grace under fire.

But what about Ohio's law to promptly notify an officer if you are legally armed? In this case, the video shows Bartlett apparently trying to do that at least a few time, only to be told to “shut up” or ignored by the officer. Bartlett can be seen holding both his driver’s license and his concealed handgun license, trying to inform Harless of his armed status while “shut up”.

According to Ohioans for a Concealed Carry the officer was way out of line. Philip Mulivor, an OFCC coordinator said in a news interview:
The notification law fails everybody. Ohio should follow the lead of some other states and require officers to ask if there is a legal gun in the car, rather than requiring the driver to say it first.

After talking to quite a few of my friends who are in Law enforcement, I've been told most were trained to approach every vehicle as if the occupant(s) were armed. That’s some good advice if you ask me.

As OCers have found, depending upon the officer, encounters can vary from non-issues, to shit hitting the proverbial fan. If Bartlett was OCing he would probably have been shot to death by Harless,who would probably have over-reacted at the sight of a holstered firearm.

Currently only a few states require legally armed citizens to notify an officer if they are armed. Why should they? Second Amendment supporters believe that if a legally armed citizen is minding their own business, it's nobody else’s business.

This "duty to inform" has caused other issues in the past. It happened to my friend Bryan.

Officer Harless is on “administrative leave” and went on sick leave earlier this week. Gun owners reacting to the horrid actions in the video are calling for him to be fired and prosecuted. Chief McKimm has promised a full investigation, but many predict that Harless will get a “slap on the hand” followed by some additional training, and a return to “his beat”.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Gun "Accidentally" Goes Off, Shoots Man In Leg

This news story Police: Gun Accidentally Goes Off, Shoots Man In Leg is another perfect example of not following the basic rules of gun safety and carelessness causing an injury.


If rule #3 had been followed as well as not mixing alcohol and firearms, the poor drunk redneck would not have been injured.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Shocking Failure To Notify Dash Cam Footage

Ohioans For Concealed Carry has acquired footage from an Ohio Police Department dash board camera recorded during a recent traffic stop where the driver was charged with failure to notify.

This is appalling that law enforcement is acting this way. This officer needs to be fired and forced to publicly apologize to the CHL holder. He should also have to pay a huge settlement to the CHL holder.

This is from a friend of mine in law enforcement:
"It was incredibly stupid of the guy to be picking up strange people at night in the hood, its not illegal by any law I've heard of, cops were fishing hoping to get drugs off the known prostitute and pimp and or get someone to admit to soliciting which by itself is only a misdemeanor 4. Driver should have ignored commands to shut up and told about permit regardless but I can see how he would be intimidated into not. Now pissed off or not there is no reason for the actions of the officer and IMHO he should at minimum be suspended w/o pay for 1-2 months or just fired as he can obviously not control his emotions in the street.. This is the kinda guy that beats cuffed suspects, both of them have piss poor officer safety as well. Arresting officer has obviously never heard of professionalism or the mantra of always acting if one is being recorded at all times. Finally I don't know what revision of the ORC he's been reading but no felony was committed there and he's just being a dick talking about said made up felony. A fun note is if the officers had known about his CCW status from dispatch before making contact and he failed to inform its not even an arrestable offense then, In short f--- those guys their actions would not have been appropriate if the armed citizen had instead been a felon with a huge bag of crack and a stolen gun with the same demeanor."

The story is now on the local fox affiliate:,0,3751036.story

And Fox News:

And Talk Radio:

And a local newspaper:

From the now removed Canton PD FB page:
Chief Dean McKimm
General Information:
Officers of the Canton Police Department abide by six major guiding principles. They are as follows:

1.To be a progressive, proactive organization, dedicated to safety and serving the needs of the community.
2.To be responsive and accountable to the citizens of Canton through the chain of command and the city's administration.
3.To promote the professional and personal growth of each employee throug...h strong, fair, flexible leadership.
4.To create an environment in which employees can attain the highest degree of creativity, productivity and sense of morale.
5.To maintain a spirit of cooperation within the department and between Labor Unions and other representative organizations.
6.To be fair, honest and display common sense in all actions.See More
The mission of the Canton Police Department is to protect the lives and properties of the citizens of Canton, enforce all city, state, and federal laws, prevent crime, and educate the public.

We, the men and women of the Canton Police Department, shall perform these duties with honesty and fairness through strong leadership and continuous training. We will strive to serve as role models for the community, applying professional standards and commitment to integrity, sensitivity and compassion to those we serve.

How an Imaginary Gun Saved A Life

GOProud's executive director, Jimmy LaSalvia, says he was violently attacked for being gay and that the experience has only strengthened his pro-gun beliefs.

In 2009, the federal .gov passed a law that is supposed to be preventing violent hate crimes against LGBT people. This law is called The Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.

In 1791, the founding fathers added an amendment to the United States Constitution which protects an individual's right to possess a firearm, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense. This is know as The Second Amendment.

Unfortunately for Jimmy LaSalvia concealed carry is not legal in the District of Columbia. He was attacked while riding his bike home from the office, by a group of "black men" he estimates there were eight of them. LaSalvia goes on to say:
Just as I got up to them, the assailant lunged off the sidewalk toward me and delivered a punch across my chest. The momentum of my bicycling drove me into his fist and arm, causing a shocking pain like I’ve never felt before. Just as I began to realize what was happening, I heard it. The words are still ringing in my ears as I write this — “Fucking faggot!”

The wind was knocked out of him, he caught himself before he was knocked to the ground and was now crouching sort of under his bike. At this point he could do was dig in his backpack looking for his phone when he heard one of the thugs say, “Does he have a gun?”

So I kept my hand in my backpack, allowing them to wonder whether I was reaching for a gun. Then a couple of them started to run away, and the others soon followed. I got back on my bike and pedaled as fast as I could out of there.

When I got home, I began to reflect on what had happened, and more disturbingly what could have happened. I am in contact with the LGBT unit of the police department to file a report. But I’ve thought a lot about the turning point of the situation — the fact that one of them thought that I might have a gun. None of them said, “There’s a law against antigay hate crimes!” That wasn’t the deterrent. It was the possibility that I might have had a gun that saved my life Friday night.

The author says he was raised around hunting and hasn't hunted in years, but will be buying a firearm to protect him while at home. He also no realizes the power of a gun in the hands of a law-abiding citizen.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

More people should OC more often.

This story is a very positive account from a person who was afraid to OC but did it anyways.

Bruh Bruh is at it again!

Booked by Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
on Jul. 17, 2011
for Weapons
23 (on date of arrest)


Tracking #:

Friday, July 1, 2011

Heading back to the Keystone Commonwealth...

So I'm heading back to PA with my wife and son. Packing my Glock in the Serpa and my Bersa in the schoulder holster. I will OC when I get to PA and will have my wife take a pic to post here.

Have a great independence day!

Stay armed, stay alert, stay safe... Piece be with you!
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