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  • After this year, there will be 16 or 17 States allowing carrying concealed handguns without a permit

    01/14/2017 1:35:53 PM PST · by richardb72 · 32 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | January 14, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    With Missouri, West Virginia, and Idaho enacting Constitutional Carry laws last year, twelve states allow people to carry without a permit in all or virtually all their states. This includes Montana that allows people to carry in about 99.4% of the state. And 2017 is shaping up as a banner year for passing more of these laws. States that are about to pass these laws include: Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Tennessee is considering allowing “open carry” without a permit, though that is already quite common in most states. Other states that are considering this legislation,...
  • Obama's Real, Scandalous Legacy

    01/12/2017 8:58:45 AM PST · by PingPongChampion · 8 replies
    Poletical.com ^ | January 12th, 2017 | R. Rados
    All this talk of fake news has everyone in a tizzy. I'm personally glad that we've finally put media bias and unsubstantiated news into the spotlight. Organizations like CNN and CBC have been publishing lopsided and unsubstantiated news stories for decades, so I'm glad we've finally noticed. As an example, a CBC segment from last week made the erroneous claim that Barack Obama ran a scandal-free administration. CNN and MSNBC have made similar claims, so we can't just single out CBC, but we should definitely hold them to a higher standard. As Barack Obama puts his obnoxious and self righteous...
  • Psychiatrists Can’t Predict Mass Shootings — Meanwhile, Let the Public Defend Itself

    01/11/2017 9:56:34 AM PST · by richardb72 · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | January 11, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Pouring money into mental-health care won’t stop mass public shootings. Unfortunately, psychiatry is far from a perfect science. There has already been a lot of second-guessing about Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, who killed five people and wounded eight at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport on Friday. Despite extensive psychological evaluations, many psychiatrists had failed to identify Santiago as a danger to others. One of Santiago’s brothers blames the government. In November 2016, local police escorted Santiago to a psychiatric hospital. Relatives say that after being released, he received further psychological treatment at his home in Alaska. Shouldn’t the experts have picked up...
  • The CDC’s latest report on firearms might not make many gun control activists happy

    01/10/2017 11:18:34 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    rare.us ^ | 1/6/2017 | Frank Luna
    Gun rights advocates have long defended their right to bear arms out of a need for self-defense. And now they have a new report from the Centers for Disease Control that says they make a darn good point. The $10 million study commissioned by President Barack Obama as part of 23 executive orders he signed in January says “self-defense can be an important crime deterrent.”
  • Chicago's Bloody Mess

    01/08/2017 10:14:51 PM PST · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Real Clear Policy ^ | January 07, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Chicago is a bloody mess. Last year, Chicago had 762 homicides — more than New York and Los Angeles combined. This represents an astounding 57 percent increase from the 2015 murder rate. On Sunday night, CBS’s 60 Minutes rightfully expressed concern about the fall in stops and arrests by police over the last year. Criminals have seemingly become emboldened as a result of the decrease in arrests. The 60 Minutes piece quotes Garry McCarthy — Chicago’s Police Superintendent up until a year ago — as saying that “officers are under attack, that is how they feel.” This isn’t a new...
  • President Obama advocated for more gun control measures in an editorial he wrote for the Harvard Law

    01/08/2017 4:29:42 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 30 replies
    In a lengthy essay titled “The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform,” Obama urged the country to “take commonsense steps to reduce gun violence” while celebrating the executive orders he has enacted. “We also need to do everything we can to keep our children and communities safe from gun violence,” Obama said. “Addressing the country after mass shootings has been one of the most frustrating and disheartening responsibilities of being president–and it’s something I’ve had to do far too often.” “The names of so many places that should be remembered for their great contributions and strong communities–places like Tucson,...
  • Gun Control Advocates Really Just Want To Ban Guns

    01/06/2017 3:00:13 PM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 6, 2017 | Dr. John R. Lott
    Gun control advocates keep claiming that they don't want to ban guns — they only want reasonable regulations. But their actions keep saying otherwise. Gun control advocates expressed "concern" after Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz bought each of his offensive linemen a very expensive personalized Beretta shotgun for Christmas this year. If they believe in gun ownership, why should it bother them that law-abiding adults have shotguns? Right before Christmas, President Obama finalized new rules requiring 4.2 million Social Security recipients who have trouble managing their finances to undergo background checks before buying guns. But just because someone can't...
  • Official: Airport shooting suspect could be 'home-grown violent extremist'

    01/06/2017 2:41:40 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 33 replies
    Local10.com ^ | Jan 6, 2017
    Official: Airport shooting suspect could be 'home-grown violent extremist' Suspect identified as Esteban Santiago By Jeff Tavss - Executive Producer Posted: 4:15 PM, January 06, 2017 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Within hours of a shooting that left 5 dead and many injured at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, details emerged about the alleged suspect. Sen. Bill Nelson was first to identify the suspect as Esteban Santiago, 26. Santiago was apprehended without a fight and suffered no injuries. The FBI and Broward Sheriff's Office are interrogating Santiago at the airport and trying to determine his motives. A former member of the military,...
  • Official: Suspected Gunman Told FBI He Was Being Forced To Fight For ISIS

    Law enforcement said he was found with an active military ID and is an American citizen, born in New Jersey. Previous known addresses include Penuelas, Puerto Rico and Anchorage, Alaska. They add that in November 2016, he walked into an FBI office in Anchorage claiming that he was being forced to fight for ISIS. He was sent to a psychiatric hospital. In 2011 or 2012, he was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations for child porn. Three weapons and a computer were seized, but there was not enough evidence to prosecute, according to law enforcement sources.
  • Study: Stand Your Ground led to increase in homicide cases

    01/06/2017 4:23:20 AM PST · by rarestia · 73 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Friday, January 06, 2017, 12:04 AM EST | Cheryn Stone
    New medical findings link Florida's Stand Your Ground law to a significant increase in gun deaths. JAMA Study: 24.4% increase in homicide associated with Stand Your Ground Study authors say findings should be used to make informed decisions A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association states implementing Stand Your Ground in Florida is associated with a 24.4 percent increase in homicide and a 31.6 percent increase in firearm-related homicide in the state. "So the implication of these findings is that almost immediately after Stand Your Ground was enacted, rates of homicide and firearm homicide have gone...
  • NRA Backs Newly Introduced National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

    01/05/2017 6:46:42 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/5/2017 | Katie Pavlich
    Yesterday North Carolina Republican Richard Hudson introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 for consideration in the House. If passed, the legislation would allow concealed carry holders in any state to travel across state lines without fear of criminal retribution. “Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines, and this legislation guarantees that. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is a common sense solution to a problem too many Americans face. It will provide law-abiding citizens the right to conceal carry and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes or onerous civil...
  • Boom: Record 27 million guns bought in 2016

    01/04/2017 8:51:38 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 43 replies
    Driven by terror threats and a potential Hillary Clinton administration, sales of guns in America soared to record levels in 2016, according to the FBI. Just released FBI background check numbers, which roughly equate gun sales, totaled some 27,538,673, 4 million more than in 2015 and nearly double the number in President Obama's first year.
  • Illustrating Chicago Values (homicides in 2016; compare to MLB runs scored)

    01/02/2017 1:10:58 PM PST · by doug from upland · 16 replies
    The linked website has detailed stats. 2016 Stats Preliminary 2016 Totals Shot & Killed: 713 Shot & Wounded: 3665 Total Shot: 4378 Total Homicides: 795 Gun control laws do not seem to be working too well in Chicago. Now compare the 795 homicides in Chicago to runs scored by teams in the 2016 baseball season. Thugs in the city of Chicago had an impressive year. Only three teams scored more runs than Chicago's homicides -- Red Sox, Rockies, and Cubs. At least you have to give credit to the Cubbies for being one of the three.
  • Murders double in a Va. county and a community scrambles for answers

    12/30/2016 11:52:12 AM PST · by VanShuyten · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/30/2017 | Victoria St. Martin
    ... There have been 22 homicides in the Prince William so far in 2016, compared to 10 last year. In many communities, the prospect of 22 murders in a year might not seem like a cause for concern. This year the District has so far tallied 134 slayings and neighboring Fairfax County so far had 18 homicides. But the numbers in Prince William County are the highest in the county since authorities began tracking homicides in 1975. The next most deadly year was 2006, when 16 people were slain. ... Experts attribute the increase to a range of factors, including...
  • US On Track for Record Foreign Weapon Sales

    12/28/2016 12:37:09 PM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies
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  • Petaluma cops looking for suspect in pellet gun theft at sporting goods store

    12/28/2016 11:50:14 AM PST · by rey · 11 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 28 Dec 2016
    Petaluma police are looking for a man they believe stole a black-and-tan BB gun from Big 5 Sporting Goods. The theft occurred Tuesday about 9 p.m., when a white man, approximately 25 years old, 6 feet tall and weighing about 180 pounds, entered the store and took the gun without paying for it. The man was described as wearing a black beanie cap, black leather jacket, gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, light gray-and-tan shoes and a purple backpack. When employees confronted the man outside the store, he fled on foot. The gun police say he took was a Beretta PX4...
  • 2 Killed, 4 Wounded in Suburban NYC Nightclub Shooting

    12/26/2016 1:55:54 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 19 replies
    Police have arrested a man they say opened fire on a packed suburban New York City nightclub, killing two people and wounding four others. Authorities say the suspect may have been ejected from the Mansion nightclub in Mount Vernon shortly before the 4:26 a.m. shooting on Christmas Day.
  • Obama Administration Finalizes Social Security Gun Ban

    12/24/2016 7:02:39 AM PST · by rktman · 55 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/23/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    On Monday the Obama administration finalized a Social Security gun ban that could prevent “tens of thousands” of law-abiding elderly citizens from purchasing guns for self-defense. Breitbart News reported this ban on July 18, 2015, when it was learned that the Obama administration was creating a ban on gun purchases that would apply to Social Security recipients who needed help managing their finances. The Los Angeles Times reported that the ban would be sweeping; that it would cover those who are unable to manage their own affairs for a multitude of reasons–from “subnormal intelligence or mental illness” to “incompetency,” an...
  • Katie Couric, ethics-free filmmaker, to return briefly to NBC to co-anchor the news

    12/24/2016 6:23:23 AM PST · by kevcol · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 21, 2016 | Becket Adams
    Yahoo News' Katie Couric will appear for one week in January as the co-anchor of the "Today" show's news desk, a move that comes just months after she and a team of documentarians were caught deceptively editing an interview with a pro-Second Amendment group. . . . Couric, who has admitted to a least one deceptive edit, and is embroiled now in a $12 million defamation lawsuit, will co-anchor the "Today" show's news desk in January for one week. Remember what we said about fake news not going anywhere until media make an effort to re-establish its own credibility?
  • Hollywood’s Gun-Control Dud

    12/23/2016 6:11:25 AM PST · by richardb72 · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | December 23, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Miss Sloane, a highly anticipated movie demonizing the NRA and calling for gun control, has bombed. The movie succeeded only in emphasizing the top-down nature of the gun-control campaign and how little intensity there is for more regulations. The movie seemed to have everything going for it. Liberal movie critics loved it, and it was backed by a hefty ad budget along with heaps of favorable news coverage. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has already nominated the movie’s star, Jessica Chastain, for a prestigious Golden Globe, considered a strong predictor of the Oscars. But two weeks after its national release,...
  • Gun Sales Surge in CA Ahead of Sweeping New Gun Control Laws

    12/20/2016 12:42:00 PM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 20, 2016
    California is seeing a big surge in gun sales as the Golden State gets ready to enact sweeping gun control measures. Some Californians are rushing to get their hands on the AR-15, which is America's most popular rifle and a longtime target of gun control proponents. Gun sales, including handguns, are up 40 percent this year in California, while sales of semi-automatic rifles have doubled. The new laws, set to take effect January 1, will ban so-called "assault-style rifles" with easily-detachable magazines. ... today is the last day to make a purchase, since the state has a 10-day waiting period...
  • Sowell: A Public Service

    12/19/2016 12:44:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 20, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Sometimes someone inadvertently performs a public service by bringing an unbelievably stupid and dangerous idea to the surface, where it can be exposed for what it is. The New York Times can be credited — if that is the word — with performing this public service in a recent editorial against proposals to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed guns. They refer to what they call the National Rifle Association's "fantasy that citizens can stand up to gunmen by shooting it out." Nobody has suggested any such thing. Data collected over many years — but almost never seeing the light...
  • Review: John Lott’s “The War on Guns”

    12/16/2016 11:10:55 AM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 2 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 16, 2016 | Andrew Branca
    This past year, however, Dr. Lott has published a book that seems to me to be the clearest successor to that seminal work, “More Guns Less Crime.” This new book, “The War On Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies,” brings a new level of sophistication and insight, as well as a greater variety of social and economic perspectives, to the great civil rights debates that continue around the Second Amendment. “The War on Guns” does more than just update and expand upon the research of the earlier book. It also takes a comprehensive and data based look at the...
  • Universal Background Checks Simply Won’t Work(WHAT?!)

    12/15/2016 10:47:34 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 12/13/2016 | Unk
    The antis couch Universal Background Check laws as being “common sense” and as closing a “loophole used by criminals to get guns.” Those who take that on face value and who don’t realize the full implications, including many gun owners who too often agree.
  • Pro-Gun Control Movie Released, You Won’t Believe How Much it Made at the Box Office

    12/14/2016 6:52:14 AM PST · by xzins · 75 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | December 13, 2016 | John S. Roberts
    The American people don’t want to condescended to. They don’t want to go to the movies and watch some flick about the far left political agenda. They want to be entertained; to escape reality. What a concept! Miss Sloane was just released and it’s all about gun control. It earned $1.9 million while playing in 1,648 theaters. That’s insanely awful. From Fox News: Movie goers weren’t too interested in “Miss Sloane,” a film that explores the gun control debate from the perspective of a lawyer who is lobbying for universal background checks for gun ownership. Still, the film’s leading lady,...
  • FACT! Americans For Responsible Solutions Declares War on the Second Amendment

    12/11/2016 9:39:14 AM PST · by rktman · 34 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | 12/9/2016 | Robert Farago
    Today, Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, and its partner organization the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, announced a bold new effort with seven top law firms, as well as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brennan Center for Justice, to fight gun violence. This new effort, the Firearms Accountability Counsel Taskforce (FACT), will be devoted to pursuing legal strategies to address America’s dire gun violence crisis and hold the gun industry responsible for...
  • Gun Control Group: Interest in Guns, Music Signals Intention to Murder

    12/10/2016 5:33:06 AM PST · by Noumenon · 24 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016 | NRA-ILA
    Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), an activist group out of Connecticut, has created a heart-tugging “public service announcement” that it hopes will capture the public’s imagination. Spoiler alert: The spot reveals the organization as simply another anti-gun group that wants to marginalize firearm ownership. The main takeaway from its PSA is that any young person who shows an interest in guns should be treated as a would-be mass killer. The 2 ½ minute PSA focuses on “Evan,” a lonely high school student who finds himself in an unlikely courtship after he starts writing on a desk in the school library. Someone...
  • Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data show

    12/09/2016 2:46:14 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 43 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 9, 2016 | Christopher Ingraham
    Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history, according to CDC data released Thursday. That marks an increase of nearly 5,000 deaths from 2014. Deaths involving powerful synthetic opiates, like fentanyl, rose by nearly 75 percent from 2014 to 2015.
  • Gun Control Advocates Find a Deep-Pocketed Ally in Big Law

    12/08/2016 1:09:30 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 7, 2016 | By JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and BEN PROTESS
    In Congress and in the Supreme Court, the gun lobby has racked up some crucial victories in recent years. It won again last month when Donald J. Trump, buoyed by the gun lobby’s money and support, secured an upset victory in the presidential election. On the defensive, gun control advocates are now quietly developing a plan to chip away at the gun lobby’s growing clout: Team up with corporate law firms. After the Orlando nightclub massacre and a string of other mass shootings, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Covington & Burling; Arnold & Porter; and four other prominent law...
  • Miss Sloane: When WaPo thinks the movie sucked…

    12/08/2016 9:36:10 AM PST · by rktman · 29 replies
    gunfreezone.com ^ | 12/8/2016 | miguel
    By nailing the little things — the casual assertiveness, the sharp dress, the impatience for nonsense — her character’s larger transgressions later in the film feel more believable. The same cannot be said for the cause she fights for; gun control advocates spout sub-Daily-Kos silliness, claiming, for example, that Texas regulates sex toys more stringently than guns with a straight face. I think part of the problem is that filmmakers didn’t consult with people heavily involved in the issue in order to see if the film made sense.
  • Former NSA Director Michael Hayden: Banning Guns ‘Might’ Be Part of Counterterrorism

    12/08/2016 7:27:21 AM PST · by rktman · 75 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/8/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    During a Wall Street Journal Future of Cybersecurity breakfast, former NSA director Michael Hayden suggested banning whole categories of guns “might” need to be part of America’s “counterterrrorism discussion” going forward. He specifically referenced the June 12 Orlando Pulse terror attack and suggested there “might be some guns out there that nobody should be able to buy.”
  • Virginia Democrat: I Think We Should Have A Gun Registry

    12/08/2016 6:22:35 AM PST · by rktman · 69 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 12/7/2016 | Matt Vespa
    Sen. Barbara Favola says she doesn’t want to take away your guns. She just wants to know what you’re packing. The Arlington Democrat is proposing to have the state study whether the registration of firearms in Virginia is feasible, because she believes arming police with a database of gun records would provide them with an additional tool to fight crime. But she knows even a study will draw opposition in Richmond […] “My guess is that there will not be a single Republican who will vote for this bill,” says Sen Richard Black (R-Loudoun). “The whole purpose of [the study]...
  • Lawyers Donate Millions in Pro-Bono Work to Help Gun Controllers Fight Trump’s Pro-Gun Push

    12/07/2016 10:14:01 AM PST · by rktman · 27 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/7/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    On December 7, the New York Times made two things clear: 1. Gun controllers are losing, as exemplified by Donald Trump’s win; 2. Corporate lawyers are coming to their rescue, donating “tens of millions” of dollars worth of pro-bono work to said groups in order to help fight Trump’s pro-gun push. Teams of corporate lawyers began working for gun controllers in a somewhat unorganized manner after the June 12 Orlando Pulse attack failed to garner any gun control traction. The teams of lawyers were not united, rather, “they worked largely on their own,” the NYT reports. Now they are unifying...
  • Should Ohio's universities be able to authorize concealed-carry on campus? Yes

    12/06/2016 5:59:08 PM PST · by richardb72 · 2 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | December 6, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Ohio State University is still reeling from the attack last week. A terrorist followed the Islamic State playbook as he drove his car into a crowd of students and slashed others with a knife — 12 people were injured. Fortunately, a campus police officer was able to shoot the attacker in a record time of less than two minutes. University President Michael Drake took this as evidence that only campus police should be armed on campus. Police are very important, but they virtually always arrive after the attack has occurred and they have an extremely difficult job stopping terrorists —...
  • An open letter to men, who can help female runners feel safe

    12/06/2016 11:08:19 AM PST · by conservative98 · 162 replies
    NT News ^ | December 6, 2016 | Carolyn Tate
    DEAR man on the street, I’m writing to ask for your help. As a female runner, I am constantly aware of my safety when I’m out on an evening run. What is behind me? Do I hear anything strange? Why is that man running towards me? What is making those bushes rustle? And I am always home before dark. Author Margaret Atwood said, “Men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid men will kill them.” You may think that’s hyperbole, but I promise you, it’s not. Every woman I know has been in a situation at least...
  • Exclusive: GOP Congressman Preps National Concealed Carry Bill For Next Congress

    12/05/2016 8:38:46 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/5/2016 | Kerry Picket
    A Republican congressman is prepared to introduce national concealed carry legislation in the next Congress after Donald Trump is sworn in as president. North Carolina Republican Rep. Richard Hudson introduced a similar bill in February 2015, H.R. 986. Now known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, the bill, which The Daily Caller obtained exclusively, would allow a person with a concealed carry license from one state to carry a concealed handgun in any other state that permits its resident to concealed carry, as long as the person is not banned from possessing or transporting a firearm under federal...
  • Video: STAR WARS Stormtrooper VS. Fort Worth Police Officer !

    12/03/2016 7:30:54 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    U-Tube ^ | Dec 2, 2016
    STAR WARS Stormtrooper VS. Fort Worth Police Officer !
  • Move On Miss Sloane

    12/02/2016 6:47:17 AM PST · by yetidog · 19 replies
    Miss Sloane Movie ^ | December 2, 2016 | Vanity
    "In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C"
  • Bloomberg has little to show for millions spent on gun control

    12/02/2016 3:11:48 AM PST · by richardb72 · 29 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | December 2, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    If it wasn’t for Michael Bloomberg’s billions, there wouldn’t be much of a gun-control movement. This year, Bloomberg got a background check initiative onto the ballots of Maine and Nevada. He lost in Maine by 4 percent, and won in Nevada by just 0.8 percent. Now, Nevadans won’t be able to privately transfer their firearms without going through a background check. Bloomberg’s initiative only eked out the win in Nevada because of the $20 million spent to support it, amounting to an incredible $35.30 per vote. He outspent his opponents by a factor of three – in Maine, by a...
  • Despite Predictions, Black Friday Produced Record-Breaking Gun Sales

    12/01/2016 3:18:28 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 14 replies
    Media be damned, last Friday’s gun sales exceeded all expectations – retailers included. Despite grim warnings in the weeks leading up to Black Friday, the FBI is reporting their National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) processed 185,713 total background checks on firearm purchase this year. That’s more background checks run on a single day since the system was launched almost two decades ago. NICS numbers are the closest indication of gun sales since they determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms. Before ringing up a sale, cashiers call in a check to the FBI or to...
  • Gen. Petraeus Now Pushing Gun Control(now?)

    11/30/2016 5:22:01 AM PST · by rktman · 37 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 11/30/2016 | Matt Vespa
    Gen. David Petraeus may be on the short list to be our next secretary of state, but his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, led to him being convicted of mishandling classified information; Broadwell had access to journals of Petraeus that contained sensitive material. I’m not so sure he’s the best pick to lead the State Department. Moreover, isn’t mishandling classified information exactly what we’re trying to avoid and what we slammed Clinton for? Well, another venture Gen. Petraeus is diving into is gun control policy (via CNN):
  • Progressives Demand Gun Control After Knife Attack At Ohio State University

    11/29/2016 7:37:00 AM PST · by detective · 31 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 28, 2016 | Bre Payton
    Progressives used a brutal knife attack at Ohio State University (OSU) on Monday as an excuse to demand more gun control, even after authorities declared that they had no evidence the attacker even used a gun during his rampage. The attacker reportedly struck pedestrians with his vehicle and proceeded to stab several others, harming at least nine individuals, one of whom is in critical condition. Despite OSU’s initial tweets stating there was an active shooter on campus, authorities later said there was no evidence that the attacker used a gun during his attack. The victims are being treated for stab...
  • David Petraeus, Mark Kelly launch gun control group

    11/29/2016 6:38:22 AM PST · by DOC44 · 89 replies
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/10/politics/david-petraeus-mark-kelly-gun-control/index.html
    Washington (CNN)Retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, who has long resisted calls to run for political office, is teaming up with retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly to create a new group urging greater gun control. The two announced on Friday that they were launching Veterans Coalition for Common Sense to encourage elected leaders to "do more to prevent gun tragedies." The group will feature veterans from every branch of the military who are urging lawmakers to toughen gun laws, the organization said in a news release.
  • Castro’s Legacy Summed Up in His Three-Word Question about Arms

    11/28/2016 7:55:12 AM PST · by Noumenon · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 11/28/2016 | David Codrea
    "Authorized Journalists” are outdoing each other coming up with superlatives for dead Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Some are comparing him to George Washington, others are calling him a “folk hero,” and all are gushing over the superiority of socialized medicine and centralized communist indoctrination of the young. The problem is, like so much of the agenda-driven narrative the media feeds the public, Cuban health care ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Per a National Review summation, they have a three-tiered system, one for rich foreigners, one for party officials, and one for the workers and peasants: Then there is...
  • Hollywood begins massive assault on gun ownership (HUH?)

    11/27/2016 6:43:23 AM PST · by rktman · 50 replies
    johnrlott.blogspot.com ^ | 11/26/2016 | John Lott
    These movies and television shows that are pushing gun control make no attempt to treat the arguments on the other side seriously. "Miss Sloane" -- focuses on a battle-hardened female lobbyist who gives herself the Herculean challenge of taking on the gun lobby The movie opens on December 9th. Is already getting a huge amount of publicity simply because it has a political message that the liberal media likes. Just from the trailer it appears as if they make the NRA look like a bunch of evil guys, not people who really care about letting the most vulnerable people in...
  • Gun Store Lines Stretched Around Corner on Black Friday

    11/26/2016 8:15:27 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/26/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    The line to get into Shooters gun store in Jacksonville, Florida, stretched around the corner as customers waited to get inside and buy the firearms and firearms accessories they wanted for themselves or planned to give as Christmas gifts. The scenario was not limited to Florida. In Randolph, New Jersey, “shoppers packed into RTSP, a gun shop and firing range.”
  • John Lott addresses the Mexican Legislature on Gun Law

    11/24/2016 5:38:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from eluniversal.com.mx On Wednesday, 16 November, 2016, John Lott testified before the Mexican legislature about the benefits of an armed population. He was invited by Senator Jorge Luis Preciado.  A reform of the Mexican gun control laws is getting a serious consideration.  On October 6, Senator Preciado published a policy recommendation to emulate the U.S. Second Amendment. This would not be simple legislation, but a change in the Mexican constitution. From John Lott: The last few days have been very exciting with me testifying before the Mexican Senate and House Constitution Committees as they consider changing the Mexican...
  • Trump's pro-Second Amendment platform could end gun sales boom

    11/24/2016 5:15:30 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 62 replies
    President-elect Donald Trump is expected to push to relax gun laws when he takes office, but significant changes in the firearms industry began as soon as he was elected – and some put the law of unintended consequences squarely in the cross hairs. For instance, while Trump’s unapologetic pro-Second Amendment stance may be good for gun owners, it has already dealt a blow to manufacturers, who enjoyed record sales throughout President Obama’s eight years in office. Stocks in companies like Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co. plunged on Nov. 9, and experts say it is because Trump’s election...
  • Las Vegas gun shops want guidance on expanded background checks

    11/21/2016 8:35:51 AM PST · by rktman · 16 replies
    reviewjournal.com ^ | 11/20/2016 | WESLEY JUHL
    Las Vegas gun shops are looking for guidance after Nevada voters approved a ballot question extending firearm background check requirements. Question 1 passed on Election Day by a narrow margin — much more narrow than polls predicted — cementing background check requirements for private-party sales and transfers into state law. The new background checks law takes effect Jan. 1, but some gun store owners said they aren’t sure what to do then. Bob Irwin, owner of the Gun Store on East Tropicana Avenue, was under the impression that the law still had to go through the Legislature before it would...
  • Johns Hopkins Study: Hands Up, Don't Shoot

    11/17/2016 9:48:03 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 13, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    In a recent study published by Johns Hopkins University, entitled "Firearms on College Campuses: Research Evidence and Policy Implications," ten authors push back against the campus carry movement, whereby state legislatures have given college students the right to carry firearms on college campuses in light of mass shootings. Although the researchers gave a detailed background on the progression of the campus carry movement, complete with brief summaries of court cases on campus carry, the authors' anti-gun narratives are apparent throughout the study. The authors make twenty-four references to gun rights advocate and author John Lott and focus on an attempt...