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http://www.gunssavelife.com/?page_id=68 CCRA/GSL member for 15 years and VP for almost as long. Lead instructor for GSL Defense Training with nearly 15-years experience as a handgun instructor and more recently rifle instructor as well, teaching hundreds of people (kids and adults like) basic firearm safety and handling skills. Editor emeritus of GunNews. Grew up in Hillsboro, IL. University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Alumni. Works as an office manager during the day, publication editor at night and firearms instructor on the weekends. Firearm training junkie. Graduate of shooting schools taught by nationally-known instructors Massad Ayoob (Lethal Force Institute, 299/300 qualification score), John Farnam (Defense Training International), Pat Rogers (EAG Tactical), “Sully” Sullivan (Defensive Edge), John Krupa (Spartan Tactical Training Group, class top individual combined skills shooter), Frank Sharp (Fortress Defense), Steve Tarani and classes from numerous other regional and local instructors on firearms and defense topics as diverse as exhibition shooting (shooting trap with a rifle among other fun stuff), defensive knife, speed skills and first aid. United States Rifle Association Certified Instructor, Appleseed Intructor (in training), NRA Certified Rifle, Pistol and Personal Protection in the Home instructor. Teaches primarily with GSL Defense Training, but does 100% volunteer work for USRA, RWVA and the longest-running NRA Youth Shooting Camp in the USA, recently promoted to running the pistol line there. Married to guns and firearms training, and enjoys photography, flashlights, amateur radio as hobbies. Shares the home with three furry ferrets and a delightful woman who could do better than John. Terribly unlucky, John has tragically lost most of his guns and ammo in a series of boating accidents.


Outdoor Sportsmen’s Group: Is the gun culture just a paycheck for firearm mag employees?

August 14, 2018
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The Outdoor Sportsmen's Group is headquartered at #2 News Plaza in Peoria, IL.  While you may not have heard of the company, you surely recognize and probably grew up with their dead-tree publications:  Guns & Ammo, Firearms News (formerly Shotgun News), Handguns, Shooting Times, and many more.  Employing scores of staff, you would think...
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A Detailed Look At Last Weekend’s Chicago Gang Violence Shooting Victims

August 13, 2018
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Last weekend's orgy of violence in Chicago actually made the national news. With 78 shooting victims and 12 dead, it well and truly should have. But as a closer look makes extremely clear Chicago has a virulent gang problem, not a gun problem. What's more, Chicago Police internal documents show gang involvement in virtually...
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Chicago Violence: Brought to you by the Democrat Machine

August 13, 2018
Chicago Violence:  Brought to you by the Democrat Machine

Two good commentary pieces do a pretty decent job hitting the nail on the head when it comes to why nothing changes despite the horrific gang violence on Chicago's streets. First, on the police.  Jack Dunphy notes how Chicago PD's leadership is filled with butt kissers who pander to the political hacks who run...
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UPDATE: Judge Cavanaugh finds for defendant James Love in Knox County fatal shooting

August 6, 2018
UPDATE:  Judge Cavanaugh finds for defendant James Love in Knox County fatal shooting

Judge Raymond Cavanaugh rejected a probable cause to continue Knox County Assistant State's Attorney Brian Kerr's indictment for murder in the shooting death of Xavier Hartman.  However, because of the previous grand jury charges, the charge will remain in effect.  I am not a lawyer so that may not be exactly right. Anyway, on...
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BLAME SHIFTING: Mom says *YOU* are responsible for the dead “Trayvon Martin 2.0” in Knox County, IL

August 3, 2018
BLAME SHIFTING:  Mom says *YOU* are responsible for the dead “Trayvon Martin 2.0” in Knox County, IL

Melissa Hartman, mother of the slain 19-year-old man named Xavier Hartman, blames YOU for the death of her son.  Yeah, she blames the law-abiding members of America's oldest civil rights organization for her son's violent death in late June in rural Knox County, IL.  As I wrote earlier this week, Xavier Hartman's mother had...
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CALLING ALL TEACHERS: Here’s a second chance at that Illinois CCW class for education professionals…

August 3, 2018
CALLING ALL TEACHERS:  Here’s a second chance at that Illinois CCW class for education professionals…

Education professionals:  Did you miss your chance for the free teacher gun training back in July?  Well, we have another opportunity for you.  GSL Defense Training, the same people who put on the free class earlier, will host another Illinois Concealed Carry class on September 8 & 9, 2018 at the same location:  The...
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Dad detains child molester at gunpoint

August 3, 2018
Dad detains child molester at gunpoint

A father and concealed carry license holder did what he had to do when faced with a naked child molester in Georgia. Tae Lovelace and his family worked to feed the homeless at a church event. As they enjoyed the day, a man began taking his clothes off and grabbing at people, including children....
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HEARING MONDAY! Illinois self-defense case looking like “Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman 2.0”

August 3, 2018
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Remember the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case from Sanford, Florida? Who could forget? Well, it looks like our own state of Illinois will host a similar legal battle in the coming months. The shooting death of Xavier Hartman in western Illinois has inflamed passions and left residents divided and confused. During a confrontation in rural...
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Partially GSL-sponsored NRA youth shooting camp makes memories

August 3, 2018
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With some exceptionally mild summertime weather for Illinois, a few of my fellow GSL Defense Training instructors and I spent last weekend teaching kids how to shoot pistols. More importantly, we helped make memories for the kids on that pistol line.  Not only that, but we made sure these young men and women stayed...
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Scenes From Nation’s Longest-Running NRA Youth Shooting Camp – Day One

July 30, 2018
Scenes From Nation’s Longest-Running NRA Youth Shooting Camp – Day One

The smiles keep me coming back to help at America's longest-running NRA Youth Shooting Camp in Bloomington, Ilinois. Darnall's GunWorks and Ranges hosts the kids each year for a four-day, three night gun camp on their property. This year marks the 24th year for the event. It's also probably the only National Rifle Association summer...
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