Thinking about carrying a gun...?

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Florida News

So, you’ve decided to get a CWP and buy a gun, or maybe you already have.  Now what?!

You’ve heard that you need to practice with some frequency and you think that’s a good idea, but you keep putting it off.  Maybe, like some people, you even carry your weapon unloaded or not “at the ready;” that is to say not ready to shoot without loading or “racking” a round, or, worse yet, it’s in your car when you need it.  

You might even have signed up for legal protection in case you do have to use deadly force.  I might add, that is a very sensible thing to do.  A great source for that by the way is www.ccwsafe.com.  For only $99 per year at current, they become your only call and can save your bacon.

Look, the last thing any of us wants to do is shoot someone.  However, if you’re going to carry a gun, you better be prepared and you need to consider all of the variables ahead of time because we live in a day and age where it is becoming increasingly possible that you may have to defend yourself or someone else using deadly force.  

Just like learning to drive a car or doing anything else that requires skill, you need to get yourself some professional training before you strap on your firearm.  I’m not talking about simply going to the range and learning how to put your rounds in the black.  Anyone can learn how to take their time to do that shooting at a piece of paper that isn’t shooting back.

The reality is that if/when you find yourself in a situation that requires the use of a firearm, you need to be ready and reflexive, because what happens next does not allow for second guessing yourself.  Bear in mind, there is an imminent threat to someone’s life taking place; most probably yours, and you need to neutralize that threat.  

Thankfully, there is a solution for this in West Palm Beach.  

About eight months ago a new "gun shop" opened up.  Yes, you can simply buy or sell a gun there if you want, however “Guns and Range, Inc.” is much, much more than a gun store with great prices.  

It’s more like a defense college where one can practice and test on the state of the art video range with a number of different real life scenarios; or practice on the live range with moveable targets.  Additionally, while both of these are serious learning tools, they’re also both a lot of fun.

Owner Alex Shkop and his expert staff offer a number of affordable courses for the beginner and the more advanced shooter, with flexible hours to work around just about any schedule.  

They are located just off of Parker St. at 1016 Clare Ave, Unit 1 & 2 in West Palm Beach.  You can reach them by phone at 561-402-7555 or visit their website at www.gunsandrange.com. Either way, this shop is the real deal and you don’t want to buy anything related to firearms or training until you’ve paid them a visit. 

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A Vet needs our help

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Florida News

I can't help all of our vets, but I can help this one.  I don’t often do this, however a gentleman I know is doing his best to help a Vietnam Veteran who is in need of a service dog like the one pictured in the Gofundme page set up for this vet.  If any of my readers is able to help, it would be much appreciated.  

This is a quick excerpt from that page:

"Sam is a Viet Nam era Veteran and he recently lost his wife. She had a medical problem that slowly took away her ability to walk.

Caring for her was a task that could easily wear down the strongest person. But he never stopped caring for her. They had a bond that could not be broken. 

Now Sam is hurting, both physically, and mentally. He is having trouble getting around and seems depressed.  A service dog would be able to help him in many ways. We would have the dog trained to brace for him if he lost his balance and almost more importantly would be a loving companion."

I will put my money where my mouth is and make a donation this evening.

You may help by clicking here.  Thank you all in advance for sharing and donating if you can.

David DiCrescenzo, Publisher

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Hurt or sick in PBC...take a cab!

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Florida News

Steven Rosenblum, Jupiter, FL  If you live in Palm Beach County Florida and you need to call 911 for ambulance/paramedics, you may be in for additional pain after your visit to the emergency room, because Palm Beach Fire Rescue will be sending you a bill.

On Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 my back went out.  I was in extreme pain and unable to get up.  I called 911 and Palm Beach Fire Rescue dispatched an ambulance staffed by two paramedics.  They moved me from the futon where I was laying face down to a gurney and then loaded me into their bus (police/fire lingo for an ambulance).  They administered no drugs.  In fact the paramedic advised me not to take the morphine, since the hospital would be able to give me something stronger.

The ride from my home in Jupiter to Jupiter Medical Center would normally take me 6-7 minutes by car. The trip in the ambulance took about 10-15 minutes.  Most of the time in the ambulance was spent with the paramedic getting my information, medical history and vital signs.  He also apologized several times for the rough ride.

Once at the hospital they unloaded me and rolled me into the emergency room.  And that was the extent of my interaction with the paramedics and ambulance of Palm Beach Fire Rescue.

Fast forward to this past Friday, April 17, 2015 when I received in the mail a bill for $626.00 from Palm Beach Fire Rescue for the above mentioned incident.  I was aware that they had billed my insurance and that the claim was not paid, because PBFR is out-of-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and I had not met my out-of-network deductible.

Having not received a bill for almost a year, I had mistakenly assumed that if the insurance didn’t pay the County took care of the cost.  After all, taxpayers pay for PBFR budget, including its emergency services.

After receiving the bill I called BCBSFL to ask why the only ambulance that can come if you dial 911 is out-of-network.  It’s not like when you have an emergency you can shop around to see who’s in-network.

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Honor Flight, Mission Accomplished

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Florida News

Once again a memorable evening spent with some of America’s Greatest Generation.  They are dwindling in numbers these amazing men and women, but they still stand tall and walk proud.  

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the Southeast Florida Honor Flight paid tribute once again to these brave men and women who went off to war to defend our nation.  WWII ended 69 years ago and a lot of them didn’t come back, but for every one of them that did, they have the opportunity to get up very early in the morning and fly to DC for a day.  

During an emotional and event packed day, they visit Arlington National Cemetery, the WWII Memorial, and several other venues.  There is the air of renewed camaraderie, solemn remembrances, gratitude, and so much more.  Everywhere they go, they are given the Red Carpet treatment that they so richly deserve.  Keep in mind, it isn’t easy on these guys and gals…they’re not kids anymore.  Every one of them is in their late 80’s and early 90’s.

When I stand along the sidelines as these heroes pass by, some walking, some in wheelchairs, I am humbled to have the chance to shake their hands.  I know that for every one of them that I do get to shake hands with, I am also shaking the hands of the spirits of those who sacrificed everything on battlefields like Remagen, The Bulge, Omaha Beach, Anzio, Bataan, Iwo Jima, Midway, and so many other battles, as well as those that have passed away since; they are all present.  Those spirits followed them all day long and they are being honored as well. 

As always, many hundreds of onlookers and well-wishers were on hand to greet them.  Boy scouts, military cadets, veterans from other wars, family members, and an entire community of people who understand that these men and women deserve our undying admiration and respect.

Among those in attendance were David Reback and his family of, count them, 15 children; two of which had the honor of escorting our heroes on the Flight.  I had the chance to chat with Mr. Reback for a few minutes, and while our conversation was very casual, there was no mistaking his emotion for the day, and the pride of having his daughters be a part of the event.  And that level of emotion and gratitude is all that can be asked for.

I don’t know how many more such events will take place, but I just hope and pray that all of our remaining WWII Vets get a chance to enjoy one of these very memorable days.  God bless them and keep them safe.  

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Honoring the Greatest Generation in Palm Beach

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Florida News

Honor, pride, joy, tears, Patriotism….those were just a few of the emotions that were on display last evening at the Southeast Florida Honor Flight Operation Homecoming at PBIA.

No fewer than 1300 supporters, from Boy Scouts to current and former military personnel, moms and dads, newborns to adolescents, grandmothers and grandfathers; they came out to honor our WWII Veterans, to welcome them home, shake their hands, hug them, wish them well, and share a tear with them. 

I so wish that we could bottle the spirit and the emotion that is always in the air during these flights.  If there was only a way to make a potion or a pill that we could all take every day, (especially our youth) to remind us not only of what these amazing men and women, our Greatest Generation, did, but just as importantly…WHY?

Look into the faces of any junior or senior in High School, or anyone just starting college, and you’ll see the same hopes and dreams that these guys had but were willing to risk to serve the country they loved.  They knew that we faced a monstrous enemy, the likes of which was unimaginable, and hasn’t been seen again until 'recently.’  They knew in their heart of hearts that it was up to them to stop that enemy on two fronts so that maybe those who survived could live out their lives in at least some sort of peace and normalcy.

Ask any of them what concerns them and I’m certain the answer might be that too many have lost the resolve to do what they rose to do, and many have just simply been dumbed down and/or sissified to step up to the even more deadly threat we face today.  

While no one would never ask these ancient warriors to take up arms again, I would bet every last one of them would do so in a heartbeat, and I know most of us that understand what needed to be done as they did and still do, would stand with them.  

God bless these heroes and all of our men and women who have served and are still serving. We owe them a debt that can never be repaid.  However we could sure as hell start by changing the course we are on, elect real leaders, and reject the liberal thinking that has and is destroying what they sacrificed so much for. 

 

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