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FBI Report Once Again Confirms What We Already Knew About Guns

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BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The FBI’s semi-annual uniform crime data for the first half of 2013 confirms once again what the firearms community already knew, that violent crime has continued to decline while gun sales have continued to climb, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

The report, issued last week, says murders declined 6.9 percent from the first half of 2012, while aggravated assaults dropped by 6.6 percent nationwide and robberies were down 1.8 percent. Forcible rapes declined 10.6 percent from the same period in 2012 and overall, violent crime fell by 10.6 percent in non-metropolitan counties and 3.6 percent in metropolitan counties.

“This new information reinforces the notion that not only do guns save lives, their presence in the hands and homes of law-abiding citizens just might be a deterrent to crime,” observed CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “The National Shooting Sports Foundation has been reporting a steady increase in firearm sales for the past few years. Taken as a whole, one cannot help but conclude that the predictions from gun prohibitionists that more guns leads to more crime have been consistently wrong.”

Gottlieb said the tired argument from the anti-gun lobby that more firearms in the hands of private citizens would result in sharp increases in violence have run out of traction. Not only has the decline in crime corresponded with an increase in gun sales, it also coincides with a steady rise in the number of citizens obtaining concealed carry licenses and permits, he noted.

“The FBI report says burglaries and auto theft have also decreased,” Gottlieb said, “and it is impossible to look at this pattern and not suggest that increased gun ownership just might be one contributing factor. Gun prohibitionists would, of course, dismiss that suggestion as poppycock, but you can bet your life savings that if the data was reversed, and violent crime had risen, the gun control lobby would be rushing to every available microphone declaring that guns were to blame.

“This continuing pattern brings up a pertinent question,” he concluded. “If the gun ban lobby has been so wrong about more guns resulting in more crime, what else have they been wrong about? The word ‘everything’ comes to mind.”

With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms  is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.

Virginia [finally] allows hunting on Sunday

Newtown, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) today hailed the bipartisan accomplishment of both houses of the Virginia General Assembly for passing legislation that will allow hunting on private property on Sundays in the Commonwealth.

In the final step in the legislative process, the State Senate today by a 28-to-11 vote passed the repeal of the old 19th Century Blue Law preventing Sunday hunting. The House of Delegates passed the bill in January by a vote of 71 to 27. The bill now goes to Gov. Terry McAuliffe to be signed into law. The legislation allows Sunday hunting on private land during designated hunting seasons by hunters who have the written permission of landowners.

“Today’s Senate vote is a real accomplishment for sportsmen in Virginia, but it is equally a victory for the economy of the Commonwealth that will see a more than $120 million annual direct economic benefit as the result of hunters going afield on Sundays,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “We congratulate the legislators and we thank our partners from all the hunting and sportsmen’s organizations and those in the wildlife management organizations that worked to encourage citizens to contact their delegates and senators in support of this legislation.”

Left-Leaning Loon Gun Logic Strikes Again!

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Gun Safety is Not the Issue, Disarmament Is

I stated on a recent Facebook post that I was going to deal with the phony report, “Young Guns: A Diane Sawyer Special,” that ABC News was doing on their Sunday show. Someone responded, “I hope you’re not going to spin this the way I think you’re going to.” Me? Spin something?

Why accuse me of spin before I even get there? And why on earth would I question ABC News and Diane Sawyer? I’m guessing that person leans left and feels that ABC News is “THE” definitive news source, or at least one of the many in the mainstream media.

So, am I going to spin it? YES! I’m going to spin it back towards the truth of the matter. The “Young Guns” special makes many “factual” statements. Let’s check them out:

1.7 million —  The number of kids under age 18 who lived in homes with a loaded and unlocked firearm in 2002. (CDC) Sounds like a lot doesn’t it? Considering there are over 220 million registered guns in the country, accounting for unregistered guns I would estimate there are closer to a total of 300 million guns in homes across America. 1.7 million is approximately ½ of a percent. Insignificant, by comparison.

31 — The percentage of U.S. households with at least one child and a gun in the home in 2012. (General Social Survey). OK, less than one third of American homes have both a child and at least one gun. Although we hear about gun violence more often now, it is actually on the decrease.

The next few stats were somewhat confusing. The “Young Guns” report lumps both kids and youth together, whereas the CDC definitions are different:

1,337 — The number of American kids under age 18 who died from gunshot wounds in 2010. This is trending down from 1,490 in 2005 and 1,544 in 2000. (CDC)

7,391 — The number of American kids and teens under age 20 who were hospitalized from firearm injuries in 2009. That means that on average a child or teen is shot almost every hour. (Yale School of Medicine)

98 — The number of American kids under age 18 who died from accidental shootings in 2010. This is trending down from 150 deaths in 2000 and 417 deaths in 1990. (CDC)

85 — Roughly the percentage of accidental shootings of children where the shooter was also a child in 2003-2006. (Catherine Barber, MPA, Harvard School of Public Health)

80 — The percentage of accidental shooting victims who were boys in 2010. (CDC)

Without spinning anything, let’s just break these out. Let me first say, anything we can reasonably do to protect our children should be done. Any loss of life due to negligence from someone with respect to kids is almost unforgivable.

Among the many definitions of “accidental gunshot wounds” and other gun violence sub categories listed by the CDC are:

  • Celebratory firing that was not intended to frighten, control, or harm anyone
  • A person shoots himself when using a gun to frighten, control, or harm another person
  • A person mistakenly thinks a gun is unloaded and shoots himself or another person while fooling around with it
  • A person unintentionally shoots someone while defending himself against an aggressor
  • A person unintentionally shoots another person while using a gun to commit a crime
  • Firearm injuries caused by unintentionally striking a person with the firearm, e.g., by dropping it on someone’s head, rather than with a projectile fired from the firearm (potential homicide or non-NVDRS accident)
  • Unintentional injuries from non-powder guns such as BB, pellet, and other compressed air or gas-powered guns (potential homicide or suicide)
  • A person engaged in a suicidal act, then changed his mind, but still died as a result of the act

Sawyer’s ABC News report does not clearly distinguish between crimes committed by young people vs. accidental gun injuries. Let me emphasize, all of these issues are on the decline except in gun-free, big city zones. That’s a story for another day!

I found more stats than I can print, so let’s just pick on Chicago. A few years back Chicago contributed 508 “kids” to the above statistics in little more than a year. Almost all of the ”kids” were male and a majority of those shootings occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Take a minute and think it through. The majority of the shootings were done while committing a crime and because they were under 19, they are categorized as “kids.” An 18 year-old “kid” robbing a 7-11 and getting shot on his way out is considered in the above numbers. These are not accidental!

My irritation with the “Young Guns” story is that they over dramatize and lie about the whole truth in order to get us on their side. How about you just give us the facts, the “real” facts, and let us decide what to do with them? Do you realize when you lie to us we don’t act on the information and then, like the boy who cried wolf, when there’s actually a real problem we don’t believe you and when something bad happens, the blood is on YOUR hands not ours.

The accidental gun death rate has been falling since 1930 and US accidental gun deaths per year were down to 613 by 2007, out of the over 300 million people (CDC). By comparison, there were 29,846 accidental deaths by poisoning in 2007 (CDC). Note that it is extremely easy to prevent accidental gun deaths if you simply take the proper precautions to keep your young children from accidentally gaining access to your guns.

If Sawyer was trying to get us to understand about real gun safety in our homes why use the above? Why not just tell us about the 2000 real kids whose parents or relatives did not secure their guns properly like most responsible gun owners do, who did not teach their kids about proper gun safety, and whose kids were hurt or killed? Because “gun safety” isn’t on the agenda…

America, wake up or you’re gonna lose the country!

Terrific .. Winchester Recalls .22LR ammo

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Buy any Winchester M22 .22LR ammo lately? Well, check the lot numbers, because it just could be dangerous to shoot.

Olin Corporation, through its Winchester Division, is recalling two (2) lots of M*22™ 22 Long Rifle 40 Grain Black Copper Plated Round Nose rimfire ammunition.

Symbol Number: S22LRT
Lot Numbers: GD42L and GD52L

Winchester has determined the above lots of 22 Long Rifle rimfire ammunition may contain double powder charges. Ammunition with double powder charges may subject the shooter or bystanders to a risk of serious personal injury and/or death, or cause firearm damage, rendering the firearm inoperable.

DO NOT USE WINCHESTER® M*22™ 22 Long Rifle RIMFIRE AMMUNITION WITH LOT NUMBERS GD42L or GD52L. The ammunition Lot Number is imprinted (stamped without ink) on the left tuck flap of the 500-round carton as indicated here. The 1000-round intermediate carton does not have a Lot Number.

To determine if your ammunition is subject to this notice, review the Symbol Number and Lot Number. If it is Symbol Number S22LRT with a Lot Number containing GD42L or GD52L immediately discontinue use and contact Winchester toll-free at 866-423-5224 or visithttp://www.winchester.com/Product-Service/Pages/Contact-Us.aspx for free UPS pick-up of the recalled ammunition.

This notice applies only to Symbol Number S22LRT with Lot Numbers GD42L and GD52L. Other Symbol Numbers or Lot Numbers are not subject to this recall.

If you have any questions concerning this 22 Long Rifle rimfire ammunition recall please call toll-free 866-423-5224, write to Winchester (600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 Attn: S22LRT Recall), or contact Winchester Customer Support online.

We apologize for this inconvenience.

WINCHESTER

Moms Group Demanding Stricter Gun Laws Bribe Legislators With Cookies

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cookiesThey say the way to any man’s heart is through his belly!

Sounds a bit like bribery, wouldn’t you say?!

Mothers Calling on Legislators to Support Initiative 594: Gun Background Checks

OLYMPIA, Wash., Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Washington State members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will convene at the Capitol on Friday, Jan. 17, to urge legislators to support background checks for private and online gun sales and gun shows.

The day will kick-off with a rally and press event at 9:30am on the North Capitol Steps in Olympia. Speakers will include Kate Beck, Washington State chapter leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and Zoe Moore, who lost her daughter to gun violence, Rep. Tara Senn (D-41), and Chair of House Judiciary Committee Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-27).

After the rally, volunteers will visit legislators to deliver bell-shaped cookies calling for “No More Silence.”

“We cannot stay silent. Our members will share their stories with over 50 legislators today,” said Kate Beck, Washington Statechapter leader of Moms Demand Action. “We are asking them to make it harder for criminals, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill to purchase guns by requiring background checks for private and online sales, and at gun shows.”

Initiative 594 would extend the criminal and public safety background checks currently used by licensed firearms dealers to all firearm sales and transfers, including gun show and online sales, with specific exceptions. If the legislature does not act on the initiative, it will appear on the November 2014 ballot to be decided upon by the people of Washington.

“Our children’s safety is top of mind,” said member and volunteer of Moms Demand Action, Jocelyn Wood. “Common sense gun legislation is a big part of keeping our children and our communities safe.”

In states that require a background check for private handgun sales, 38 percent fewer women are shot to death by their intimate partners, and there are 17 percent fewer firearm aggravated assaults.

“We hope that the legislature will act in the best interest of Washington’s public health, but if not, we know there is widespread support across Washington for background checks and our moms will be there every step of the way,” said Beck.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America-Washington State Chapter is a member of the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility.

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to build support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just one year, the organization has more than 130,000 members with a chapter in every state in the country. The group recently announced it is joining forces with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country.

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“Rendition”, Fact or Fiction? Totalitarian Government is Here

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RenditionI watched the movie “Rendition” a few nights ago and began thinking about the situation in our nation today.  The movie is about an Egyptian man who has lived in the United States for 20 years, moving here when he was 14. He is a college educated chemical engineer, married, with a young son and a pregnant wife.  He has some relatives who have the same last name as a known terrorist so he is kidnapped by the CIA upon his return to the United States from South Africa.  When questioned by the CIA counter terrorism branch he denies any knowledge of terrorists, past terrorist attacks, or plans for future attacks.  As a result of his denial he is put on a plane and taken to a country in the Middle East (which I surmised to be Egypt) and is given to the nation’s secret police for questioning.  He is subjected to beatings, water boarding, and electric shock torture.  He finally gives up names of “co-conspirators” and is thrown back into a very small cell.

An American intelligence analyst who survived a terrorist bombing that killed his companion replaces the dead man as part of the interrogation team.  After days of torture the prisoner gives a list of names to his interrogators.  The American runs the names of the people given up by the prisoner through various intelligence agencies, including Interpol.  What he finds is that the names given are the members of the Egyptian National Soccer Team in 1990, the year the prisoner left Egypt for America.  In the meantime, the wife of the prisoner has contacted an old friend who is the chief of staff for a prominent Senator.  The friend is stonewalled and when he is faced with losing his job if he pursues the matter further he tells the wife that he can do nothing to help.   The analyst goes to the Minister of the Interior in this foreign country, shows the information he has found, and gets the man to sign an order for the release of the prisoner.  The American then arranges clandestine travel for the man to get home.

After September 11, 2001 I bought into many of the steps taken to find terrorists and stop them in their tracks.  I agreed with the Patriot Act at the time, when I knew only talking points about it.  Much has changDept Homeland Security Logoed in light of thirteen years of wars that have not really made our nation any safer from outside attack, but have certainly made the nation much more of a police state.  Today the story line of this movie is more than just a story about Moslem terrorism; it is much closer to home.

When I first heard Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, and others call me a homophobic, Il Duce Obamaislamophobic, hate mongering, bomb throwing Nazi TEA Party “potential domestic terrorist” I took offense.  And frankly, they drove me deeper into the Republican ranks of voters.  But in the years since the 2010 elections, and especially in the last few months, I have begun to hear Republicans speak the same rhetoric as life-long Marxist Democrats.  John McCain, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Peter King, and others begin to call people like me the same names and refer to patriotic citizens in the same vein as the Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Schumer crowd.

This is alarming to me.  When I see the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens without charge, without trial, and without probable cause I begin to wonder.  I hear  those in both political parties call me and other patriots  “potential domestic terrorists” for having the temerity to staBi-partisanship logond up and demand our government follow the Constitution.  I wonder when they will subject me to the same treatment as this innocent man in the movie.  All that is necessary for me to be arrested and held indefinitely is for someone, anyone, to denounce me as a terrorist for my political beliefs and my rights under the Constitution are gone, just like that!!!! Call me crazy but this sounds like a movie right out of Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, Communist China, East Germany, North Korea, and countless Moslem countries.  Of course, politicians in both parties who are calling for these NDAA provisions say they will never abuse the Constitution and subject We the People to these provisions.   If that is the case then why even have those provisions in the bill?????

Our nation has lasted long past any form of government since the Roman Empire because the Constitution provides for “unalienable rights” given by God and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.  Those currently in charge of our government have already trampled on those rights.  The 1st Amendment, written to protect religious organizations FROM government, is constantly under attack where Christianity is concerned.  Atheists, agnostics, and Moslems aren’t attacked by those who are so concerned about the “separation of church and state”.  Only Christians are subjected to the restrictive decisions by activist judges.  The Secret Service now has the option of declaring the 1st Amendment  provision of “the right of the people to peaceably assemble” null and void if they decide they want to.  No justification is needed other than the President or other high level official will be present.  So they can prevent any dissent from being voiced by a gathering of protestors when it suits them.  I know what that sounds like to me, and it isn’t a free Republic!!!!!

Our civil rights under the 2nd Amendment are constantly under attack by local, state, and federal governments, despite the amendment very clearly stating that  ”the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”.  New Feinstein Veterans mentally illYork City and the State of California are using registration lists to confiscate the firearms of people who have done nothing to violate the law, and other states are not far behind.  This video is from Canada but it is coming here:

Some Senators are saying all veterans are mentally unstable and therefore should not be allowed to own firearms.  Colorado state legislators are being recalled by state voters for passing gun control laws that stand against the Constitution and the will of We the People because citizens are fed up and taking action.  Obamacare has provisions for the search of citizen homes without probable cause and without a warrant, violating the 4th Amendment.  The 9th and 10th Amendments are being rendered irrelevant by federal bribery and/or bullying of state governments who are so dependent on federal tax dollars that they refuse to stand on those provisions of the Constitution.  Add the fact that the political machines own most politicians at the state level, and many at city and county level also where do We the People go for redress of our grievances?

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, before he left office, outlawed what was it; salt, pepper, any soft drink over 16 ounces, among a host of unconstitutional actions.  The Federal Food and Drug Administration is about to outlaw trans-fats, and the EPA has now outlawed the use of wood burning stoves, just to name a few instances of government bureaucratic over-reach.  Wood burning stoves?????  I can’t eat what I want to eat now?????

Does anyone really believe these same people won’t subject We the People to the FEMA camps when push comes to shove and citizens have reached their limit of toleration of tyranny?  What have federal agencies, unconstitutional onesBarbed Wire at that, done to ensure that We the People will not be subjugated and led to the slaughter as were the Jews and others in Nazi Germany?????  It looks to me like they are doing exactly the opposite.

This is not a Democrat vs. Republican battle here.  This is, good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, ruling political elite vs. We the People, the working class American; and finally the Constitutional Republic vs. dictatorship.  From a practical aspect this is what we are facing, like it or not.  The Republican Party as currently controlled is as much a danger to liberty as the Democrat Party. They have teamed up to enslave We the People, and they are doing just that!!!!!

I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.

 

Bob Russell

Claremore, Oklahoma

December 20, 2013

‘MOLON LABE — How the Second Amendment Guarantees America’s Freedom’

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From the movie Molon Labe, premiering Thursday night, online:

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INSPIRED BY The Sword and Sovereignty
by Edwin Vieira, Jr.
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY:
James Jaeger

The world premiere for MOLON LABE will be Thursday, 24 October 2013. The full movie will be available at this link for FREE from 8:00PM until 12:00 midnight Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (5:00PM – 9:00PM Pacific Time) The purpose of the Premiere is to generate discussion of our nation’s right to “keep and bear” in particular the Militia as discussed in Dr. Edwin Vieira’s new book, The Sword & Sovereignty. Tell your family, friends and associates about the Premiere and refer them to this page:

www.Molon.us/premiere.

In the meantime, watch the MOLON LABE trailer below, pre-order DVDs or donate to the initial marketing campaign. We hope you enjoy it and we hope you enjoy the movie.

Groups Jointly Sponsor ‘Guns Save Lives Day’ On Bill Of Rights Day

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BELLEVUE, Wash., Oct. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the Second Amendment Foundation and DefendGunRights.com announced today they will join together with other groups to sponsor Guns Save Lives Day on Dec. 15, the day after the anniversary of the tragic Newtown, Conn., shootings “because crazy people, criminals and gun control extremists prefer unarmed victims.”

“We are proclaiming Sunday, Dec. 15 as Guns Save Lives Day,” said Alan Gottlieb, president of the Second Amendment Foundation and chairman of the Citizens Committee. “In the coming weeks, you can go to GunsSaveLivesDay.com and get updates on this open source national project that all freedom loving organizations are invited to be a part of.”

In addition, GunsSaveLivesDay.com has an on-line petition for individuals to sign in support of the fundamental right to own a firearm for self-defense. There will be events and activities in all 50 states to counter the anticipated push by the gun prohibition lobby to exploit the anniversary of the Newtown tragedy to push their political agenda.

Guns Save Lives Day was initially planned for December 14th, the day the gun prohibition lobby is planning to exploit theNewtown tragedy to further their anti-firearms civil rights political agenda. “In moving the event back one day to Bill of Rights Day we challenge the gun prohibition lobby to drop their plans to further continue their exploitation and politicization of this horrific tragedy,” Gottlieb added.

“The event is designed to counteract what certainly will be a day of activism and misinformation from the gun prohibition lobby,” noted Larry Ward, founder of DefendGunRights.com. “We wanted to ensure that the public has the facts on gun rights and understand how many Americans stand with them in defense of Second Amendment rights.”

“Americans are concerned about attempts to erode their gun ownership rights, and for good reason,” Gottlieb said. “Our mission with Guns Save Lives Day is to assure them our groups are working day and night to thwart government gun-grabbers at every opportunity. We are going to show America that there is a good side to guns.”

“The Founders understood what many modern-day politicians do not: that Americans are safer – from crime and tyranny – when they have the means to defend themselves,” Ward added.

Americans protect themselves from violent crime with firearms up to two million times annually, by some estimates. Nearly half of those incidents occur away from home, demonstrating the effectiveness of concealed- and open-carry laws. In the majority of those cases, a shot is not even fired, but the presence of the firearm serves as a deterrent to violence.

“No one at Newtown should have been a victim,” Gottlieb said, “and no one in the future should be victimized by laws that do not allow people to defend themselves.”

The Second Amendment Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms.  Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

Judicial Watch Special Presentation: ‘The Second Amendment under Attack’

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Judicial Watch announced it will host a panel discussion: “The Second Amendment under Attack.” Panelists include Dr. John R. Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime;” Attorney Stephen P. Halbrook, author of “The Founder’s Second Amendment;” and Emily J. Miller, author of “Emily Gets Her Gun: But Obama Want to Take Yours.”

The panel will examine how the recent mass shootings by two mentally ill individuals in Sandy Hook and the Washington Navy Yard have emboldened the Obama administration and its allies to promote policies, through executive action and legislation, restricting certain Second Amendment rights of Americans. The panel of pro-Second Amendment experts will explore the efficacy and constitutionality of anti-gun actions at the federal and state level.
Date: Tuesday, October 15
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET
*Location: Judicial Watch, Main Conference Room, 425 Third Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
 
Confirmed Panelists:
Dr. John R. Lott Jr.
President, Crime Prevention Research Center
Author of “More Guns, Less Crime”
Attorney Stephen P. Halbrook
Represented a majority of members of Congress as amici curiae inDC v. Heller
Author of “The Founders’ Second Amendment”
Emily J. Miller
Senior Editor of the Washington Times Opinion Pages
Author of “Emily Gets Her Gun: But Obama Wants to Take Yours”
Moderator:
Tom Fitton
President, Judicial Watch
The event is free of charge and open to the press and the public.
A mult box will be available.
*(near NASA headquarters, one block from Southwest Federal Center Metro Station)

Saturday Night Cigar Lounge Sept. 28th

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When:Saturday, September 28th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: Saturday Night Cigar Lounge with Taylor on Blog Talk Radiosncl_logocdn

What: Saturday nights were meant for cigars and politics.

Hear Taylor and his co-host Liz Harrison talk about everything from the past week – from politics, to news, to books, and entertainment. Whatever comes to mind, and of course, sobriety is not likely.

Tonight: Tonight the Rated-R Republican John Brodigan joins Taylor and Liz to talk politics, pop culture and more!

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How gun free zones and liberal policies contribute to mass shootings

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Aaron Alexis was allowed to walk into a Navy Shipyard last week and systematically execute 12 people because his prior arrests for gun possession were never prosecuted and his cries for mental help were never addressed.

Instead of prosecuting Aaron Alexis on two separate crimes involving a firearm our politically correct judicial system instead issued him two get out of jail free cards. In addition, the mental health professionals who were supposed to recognize the warning signs instead gave him the benefit of the doubt and never shared their findings with the appropriate agencies who could have determined his mental status.

How did this man pass multiple background checks and evade multiple arrests involving firearm use and possession? Why did Aaron Alexis choose the Navy Ship Yard to perpetrate his crime? What drove this young man to commit this heinous act?

The Democratic Party will have you believe that this shooting was a result of too many guns in too many hands. They will have you believe that a complete ban on guns is the only answer to preventing these acts. They will blame it on Right Wing Extremists, the Second Amendment, and the National Rifle Association. They will give you every single excuse under the sun except for their own failed liberal policies.

What they won’t tell you is the truth.

In 1993 former president Bill Clinton issued an order forbidding members of the military and their civilian contractors from carrying their own personal firearms on military bases. Since this ruling at least 25 military personnel have been murdered as a result of this policy. I bet you never heard this on ABC, NBC, CBS, or CNN did you?

Since 1950, almost every single public shooting in the United States in which more than three people have been killed have taken place in what are commonly known as “gun free” zones. The main reason this tragedy occurred was due to Bill Clinton’s 1993 draconian policy on gun control.

Let’s take a look at some mass shootings that took place in gun free zones.

The last mass shooting on a military base happened only four short years ago. Nidal Hasan shot 13 people to death in Fort Hood, Texas in what is the worst mass shooting on a military base in history. Once again, Fort Hood was a gun free zone.

Last December Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot to death 26 people, including 20 children. Once again, there were no faculty armed on school grounds essentially making the school another easy target in a gun free zone.

James Holmes, who shot to death 12 people last year in a Colorado movie theatre did so by seeking out the one theatre out of seven in the metropolitan Denver area that was in a gun free zone.

In 2007 Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho shot to death 32 students in the worst mass shooting in United States history. Once again, Virginia Tech was a gun free campus with a complete ban on firearms on school property even for security guards and those that possessed a legal concealed weapons permit.

In 1999 two students who attended gun free zone Columbine High School in Colorado murdered 12 of their fellow classmates before turning their guns on themselves.

There are many other incidents of mass shootings that took place in gun free zones but for sake of time I can’t list them all. The fact is that gun free zones kill innocent victims. The people that commit these crimes are well aware that they will not meet an armed resistance which is exactly why these cowards choose these locations.

If military personnel were allowed to carry personal firearms on base these shooters would have thought twice about committing these crimes. If colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, and even movie theatres were not in gun free zones than most of these tragedies would not have occurred.

The reality is not all shootings can be prevented. But allowing more law abiding citizens to carry firearms will decrease the amount of mass shootings. If plain clothed officers were allowed to patrol schools and carry a firearm it will make these places less of an attractive target. We need more guns in school not less guns in school. We need more guns on military bases not less guns on military bases. We need more armed citizens at movies theatres, restaurants, shopping malls, etc.

The biggest deterrent to fighting crime is not creating the environment that entices it. Most criminals will take the path of least resistance which is why gun free zones are so deadly. If more law abiding citizens were armed there would actually be less mass shootings. As Robert A. Heinlein once said, “An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his or her acts with their life.”

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Feeling Threatened? Borrow a Legislator!

Indians & Gun ControlThe reason the debate over the 2nd Amendment is so futile is that supporters of the amendment have two jobs — one expected, the other burdensome. Marshalling an argument for your position is only natural in a debate and if it’s not done, that side deserves to lose.

What’s burdensome is 2nd Amendment supporters also have to explain how guns function to opponents who are dangerously ignorant and basing their position on feelings, myths and MSNBC.

It’s like debating physics with Wile E. Coyote.

The gun control debate in Colorado is a perfect example. For years Rep. Diana DeGette (D–Space Cadet) has sponsored federal legislation to ban “high capacity magazines.” Naturally after Sandy Hook, DeGette began pontificating about her bill once again. She predicted that banning “high–capacity magazines” would reduce gun violence because “”the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available.”

This may have been true if DeGette was talking about a “high–capacity” lipstick cartridge, but not an ammunition magazine. This is the equivalent of fighting high school vandalism by banning “high–capacity” egg cartons sold at Costco. In the real world magazines are reloaded and can be reused over and over, just like purses!

Later DeGette sent her “spokeswoman” Juliet Johnson out to clarify her remarks, but unfortunately the ignorance in her office isn’t confined to the officeholder. Johnson explained, “The congresswoman has been working on a high-capacity assault magazine ban for years and has been deeply involved in the issue; she simply misspoke in referring to ‘magazines’ when she should have referred to ‘clips,’ which cannot be reused because they don’t have a feeding mechanism.”

Wrong again. “Clip” is an inaccurate term for magazine and by any name the device is reusable as long as the spring holds up.

During hearings for state anti–gun legislation in March, State Sen. Evie Hudak told a rape victim testifying before her committee that it was foolish to think she could have stopped her attacker with a gun: “Statistics are not on your side,” Hudak explained.

For those residents who might want to pack more than a sheaf of statistics on their hip, House Majority Leader Dickey Hullinghorst offered solace. She claimed during an interview that firearms ownership is unnecessary because the state legislature protects citizens.

“As a woman, I have the right not to carry a gun and to feel safe on the streets,” Hullinghorst lectured, “and that’s what we provide for in the state legislature is for all of us in the state of Colorado — to feel safe on the streets without having to carry a gun.”

This could work. Here in the DC area we have a system called Capital Bikeshare where participants buy a membership and then borrow bicycles from stations scattered across the area when they need to go somewhere and don’t want to walk or drive.

I can see the same principle working with Colorado Legis–share. When a woman who doesn’t want to pack heat feels uneasy at the prospect of walking along a dark street, she simply borrows a legislator from a nearby station and the solon accompanies her. Residents can buy memberships from the nearest lobbyist.

Strong, assertive women like Hullinghorst would probably be in high demand, but any legislator is better than no legislator when you’re in a tight spot.

The Democrat–dominated state house then passed a series of anti–gun laws that resulted in a recall election for two prominent Democrat gun grabbers Sen. Angela Giron (Pueblo) and Sen. John Morse (Colorado Springs). The recall pitted the media, Democrats and billionaires like Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Eli Broad against a plumber who had to borrow money from granny to start the recall drive.

Yet outspent 27 to 1 the plumber and conservatives in Colorado won! Both Democrats lost and will be replaced by Republicans.

Evidence of firearms fantasy is not confined to Colorado though. After a calm and courageous bookkeeper named Antoinette Tuff prevented a school shooting by talking the gunman into surrendering, I anticipated the gunphobics would be urging Congress to pass emergency funding to put a bookkeeper with a megaphone in every elementary school in the country.

Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak certainly didn’t disappoint. She crowed that there were no deaths in Decatur, GA in spite of the fact teachers weren’t armed, the NRA’s gun–toting police officers weren’t present and the school didn’t have “frightening ‘intruder drills.’”

Dvorak explains, “As soon as the man entered the school and fired one round into the floor, Tuff called 911 and stayed smooth and calm as a computer help line operator. She kept a conversation going among herself, the gunman and the 911 dispatcher…Her 911 call — listen to the whole thing; it’s riveting — is a portrait of poise, compassion and selflessness. She was exactly what America is forgetting to be.”

Unfortunately for Petula and all the lessons she would have America draw from this single incident, there is a stark difference between this attack and other shootings. The Georgia gunman shot the floor, while the high school, university and elementary school gunmen shot people. You’d think a highly trained reporter would notice that.

A school that prepared for a variety of contingencies and had a bookkeeper with a megaphone, along with an armed teacher or two, would have options for dealing with a gunman depending on whether the he shot the parquet or the principal. In Dvorak’s dream school the students and teachers would be out of luck in almost every case.

But that’s not an argument one can make with legislators, advocates and leftist journalists that live in a dream world. And even the Colorado recall results may bounce off their impermeable armor of ignorance and arrogance.

So for the rest of us the choice boils down to this: You can have “statistics” on your side or you can have Smith & Wesson. The choice is yours, for now.

Anti-Gun Colorado Dems Recalled

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With 100% of precincts reporting, Colorado voters have spoken and two anti-gun Democrats will lose their seats for their support of unpopular gun control legislation.

Sens. John Morse and Angela Giron were defeated in what the Colorado Republican Party called “a loud and clear message to out-of-touch Democrats across the nation.”

The recall was in response to highly controversial and ineffective gun control legislation limiting the magazine capacity of firearms. A move that caused a major firearms accessory manufacturer to begin moving operations out of the state.

Both Democrats will now be replaced by gun rights supporting Republicans Bernie Herpin and George Rivera.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper had been largely quiet during the recalls as he faces a similar fate in the 2014 election cycle. After the results, the Governor sought to change the public focus to other issues by asking voters to, “refocus again on what unites Coloradans — creating jobs, educating our children, creating a healthier state — and on finding ways to keep Colorado moving forward.”

The results mark the first time in state history that a recall has been used to remove sitting legislators. A clear signal that following the White House’s lead may not be politically beneficial.

Many voiced concerns that debate on the gun control legislation was cut short indicating that legislators were more interested in toeing Obama’s line on gun restrictions than listening to constituents.

Join ‘Drink at Starbucks’ Saturday

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In case you missed it, there’s a boycott scheduled for today. A Newtown group is encouraging people to not go to Starbucks today, because the corporation has stated that they are going to follow the local laws for their respective stores when it comes to guns. While the people of Newtown obviously did suffer through a horrific tragedy, that was due to someone breaking existing gun laws in Connecticut. It might make people feel a little better to try to force a company to prohibit guns, but just like anywhere else, such a rule would be ignored by the people that are most likely to decide to fire a weapon in a coffee shop – criminals.

Of course the organizers started talking about law enforcement statistics on shooting – the relatively low percentage of times that police officers actually end up hitting their targets in a situation where they fire their weapons. Of course that ignores the fact that by the time police officers are using their weapons, criminals aren’t typically considered “close range” targets. A properly trained citizen carrying a firearm legally is far more likely to end up being in a position to stop a criminal, because they’re not in a uniform – a criminal may not expect the person is armed, and more importantly, able to stop them by firing. But, we already know this. The group “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America” obviously doesn’t understand the concept that when you stop law-abiding citizens from being armed, the only people that will have guns are the criminals and the police. That leaves everyone else in the crossfire between them.

As for today, if you’re opposed to having a group force Starbucks to adopt a policy that doesn’t respect local gun laws, please do stop by and have some coffee. Boycotts are a wonderful tool, but so is showing support of a company. And yes, if you can, do ask to see the manager when you’re in that Starbucks location, and say that you’re buying from that store today because you support their company policy of abiding by the local gun laws.

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