Interview with Jim Irvine, Buckeye Firearms Association – Episode #068

In this episode the Podcast I interviewed Jim Irvine from the Buckeye Firearms Association. Also Mark from Maine send in an update. And my push for you to get more active, so remember to vote over at


Buckeye Firearms Association

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Killing zones by Mark Cushman

Letter to the editor by Mark Cushman Poland, Maine:

What do the recent shootings at the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb., have in common with the Virginia Tech, Trolley Square and Columbine High School tragedies? They all occurred in gun-free zones.

When are we, as a society, going to realize that the only ones who are going to obey a “gun-free zone” sign are the law-abiding, not those intent on killing as many people as they can.

Currently, this country has more than 20,000 gun control laws, and a study by the Centers for Disease Control has concluded that not a single one of them has done anything to reduce crime. It is the gun-free zones that should be outlawed. Those supposed gun-free zones are nothing more than victim-rich killing zones where madmen can kill as many people as they choose, and the law-abiding can do nothing to protect themselves.

Forty-eight states allow some form of concealed-carry of firearms. Nebraska allows people to carry concealed handguns, but it allows property owners, such as the Westroads Mall, to post signs banning permit holders from legally carrying guns on their property. Maine schools, universities and certain restaurants are also gun-free zones.

Holders of concealed-carry permits have taken a firearms course, been fingerprinted and had mental and criminal background checks done. It is time to stop disarming the law-abiding, and ban all gun-free zones in Maine and elsewhere.

Mark Cushman, Poland


5 thoughts on “Interview with Jim Irvine, Buckeye Firearms Association – Episode #068

  1. You are not wasting your time doing this podcast. Your podcast has gotten me to write letters to all of my reps. I’ve also written a majority of the Presidential Candidates. Additionally, your podcast provides us with real news on guns, instead of the media’s slant. Thanks!!!

  2. Mark, I enjoy the podcast very much and have enjoyed being a part of it’s growth. You mentioned the fact that anywhere between 900-1200 people download the podcast but very few left votes on podcast alley, and you related that to folk’s ambivolence. I don’t agree. Personally, here in Maine I am working very hard with my legislators to improve Maine’s gun laws (specifically CCW). As you mentioned, we only have so much time in the day. I have a wife, 5 and a 2 year old son and a full time job. The only reason I had not been to podcast alley is I simply ran out of time given my choice to become active in Maine. Your podcast is a big part of my commute to work, and gives me many great ideas to use locally. You are doing us a great service. Don’t get frustrated and don’t give up!

  3. Mark, I’m listening. Of all the podcasts I listen to, yours is my top pick. On my way to and from work, if I have a Gun Rights Advocates show I haven’t listened to yet, I will play it before any others even if I’m backed up on them all. I just started listening a few weeks ago and you’ve got me thinking hard about ways to contribute. I’m brand new to the arena. I just got my permit in NY, so perhaps I can relay my experience. Just keep reminding everyone that they need to try and be active supporters of our rights, and how they can do it. It’s not all falling on deaf ears I can assure you.

  4. Mark, you’re not wasting your time. Don’t lose heart. I love your show. In fact, if you browse you’ll see my plug for your show. I’ll see if I can get a few more listeners.

  5. In regards to Mark’s questions about my segment of this podcast regarding Delaware’s permit process, the rationale I’ve heard used (people who’ve been apply that have asked people in official positions is), “If you had a neighbor who wasn’t quite right, wouldn’t YOU want to know?”

    In my honest opinion, if it’s something that’s not picked up in the state and federal check when purchasing the weapon, the state police fingerprinting, the instructor who passes the person from the safety course, the attorney general who checks out the references and conducts an investigation, and the judge who eventually takes everything into account and signs off on it, I’d feel fairly confident.

    However, our statutes do say that the judge MAY hear evidence against a person making application (MAY ISSUE STATE), so this would give the public due notice to present their opposition.

    As for the training, that definitely won’t be going away anytime soon here, as it was just passed in 1998 by our Republican anti-gun Senator, Tom Carper.

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