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  • After the UCSB Killings

    05/27/2014 9:34:52 AM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 26, 2014 | The Editors
    In the wake of a mass murder in Isla Vista, Calif., critics of America’s gun laws have been predictably quick to trot out the classics, advocating the passage of new restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms and blaming the National Rifle Association for opposing what are invariably termed “common sense” reforms. On Sunday, Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut took to Face the Nation to claim that if Congress had passed his preferred measures last year, it would have “finally” put a “stop the madness” and brought an “end the insanity that has killed too many young people.”...
  • The NRA’s Next Challenge: Its Success

    04/28/2014 9:16:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 27, 2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Religious freedom, life, education, reining in Big Government — are these the proper focus of the NRA?In Indianapolis this weekend, tens of thousands of members of the National Rifle Association came, saw, and — well, in truth, they had already conquered. Last year, in Houston, Texas, the outfit was still running its victory lap after the defeat of the Schumer-Toomey-Manchin gun-control bill, celebrating not only the defeat of that proposal but also President Obama’s failure to to reinstate a federal ban on cosmetically interesting weapons and to establish a national limit on the size of magazines. This time, there was...
  • NRA calls for universal conceal carry gun law for crossing state lines

    04/25/2014 9:16:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    AP via Washington Times ^ | April 24, 2014 | Charles D. Wilson
    INDIANAPOLIS — With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association’s focus at this week’s annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country. The nation’s largest gun-rights group, which officially opens its meeting of about 70,000 people Friday in Indianapolis, wants Congress to require that concealed weapons permits issued in one state be recognized everywhere, even when the local requirements differ. Advocates say the effort would eliminate a patchwork of state-specific regulations that lead to carriers unwittingly...
  • NRA vs. Michael Bloomberg Smackdown!

    04/17/2014 9:20:44 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Real Clear Policy ^ | April 16, 2014 | Robert VerBruggen
    The former New York City mayor is dedicating himself to a new group that will organize voters who support gun control; called Everytown for Gun Safety, it will subsume his existing groups (Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense), and it will focus specifically on expanding background checks. His previous approach was to fund ad campaigns in races where gun control was an issue. Here's how he matches up with his arch-rival. Money Bloomberg says he'll be putting at least $50 million into the project this year -- and according to the New York Times, he...
  • The NRA Wins Again

    03/28/2014 12:06:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | MAR 28 2014 | CONOR FRIEDERSDORF
    The Newtown shooting led gun-control advocates to try the same failed strategies again. And once again, they didn't work. After the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, many in the American media insisted that the tragedy should prompt a "conversation about gun control." These articles were written as if there had never been such a conversation. In fact, the issue had been debated for decades. Given the results, I argued, there was no reason to presume that a new conversation would end in more gun control. That conversation has now come and gone. The result? "Perverse as it may sound, the...
  • NRA: Federal surveillance policies could lead to gun registry

    03/24/2014 7:39:22 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 16, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    The National Rifle Association has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case in federal court in New York challenging the federal government’s data surveillance techniques, arguing the data collection violates the First Amendment and could undermine federal privacy laws that prohibit the formation of a registry of firearms or gun owners. The gun rights group is supporting a request by the American Civil Liberties Union to reverse a ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that upheld the surveillance policies. The brief filed this month comes as privacy issues and government spying has once...
  • MILLER: NRA to score Senate vote on Obama’s nominee for surgeon general, Vivec Murthy

    03/01/2014 4:26:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 14, 2014 | Emily Miller
    The The National Rifle Association (NRA) has brought out the big guns to stop the U.S. Senate from confirming President Obama’s nominee for surgeon general. Late Friday, Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action released a letter he sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to notify them that his organization “strongly opposes” confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy. A spokesman for the NRA told me that the five-million member organization will score the Senate vote, meaning that it counts toward a member’s rating in campaigns. The NRA decision will undoubtedly...
  • MILLER: The Obama effect: NRA’s ‘American Rifleman’ surges to top 25 magazines in America

    02/08/2014 9:39:06 AM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 6, 2014 | Emily Miller
    President Obama’s second-term effort to get Americans to hate guns has backfired. Not only did firearm sales in 2013 blow out all records, interest in learning more about Second Amendment issues has risen dramatically. This is evidenced by the news that circulation for the magazine “American Rifleman” has broken into the top 25 magazines in the country, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. The magazine, which is published by the National Rifle Association (NRA), surged 29 percent to 2.2 million readers in the second half of 2013 over the same period the previous year. At the same time, circulation...
  • Dueling ads on gun rights from NRA, Bloomberg enter Virginia campaign

    10/24/2013 10:36:23 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 23, 2013 | Fredrick Kunkle
    Dueling ads on gun rights by the National Rifle Association and a group backed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg have joined the onslaught of campaign advertising in Virginia’s elections this year...
  • Louisiana's new gun rights law considered by state Supreme Court

    10/21/2013 6:43:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies
    Times-Picayune ^ | October 14, 2013 | Paul Purpura
    Louisiana Supreme Court justices are considering the residual and likely unintended effects of the constitutional amendment that voters overwhelmingly approved last year to make gun ownership a "fundamental" right. The question is whether the amended Constitution now lets convicted felons possess firearms, an act that is forbidden by the state criminal code. Just how far Louisiana's new gun right, one of the strongest in the country, should extend was a central theme of argument that lawyers gave Monday, on the constitutionality of Louisiana's law against felons possessing firearms. As Associate Justice John Weimer of Thibodaux framed it, in weighing a...
  • MILLER: Washington National Cathedral used to attack NRA, destroy illegal guns

    10/21/2013 5:50:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2013 | Emily Miller
    The Washington National Cathedral, a symbol of unity among faithful Americans, was the site of a politically divisive event promoting gun control on Sunday. Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, and the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the cathedral, exited the church service to participate in a event based on a theme of “beating swords into plowshares.” The gun-control leaders donned protective eye gear and took up hammers to bang on the gun parts that blacksmiths had turned red from heat. Before the dramatic performance in Northwest Washington, I interviewed Mrs. Edelman about her...
  • Fears of gun registry prompt NRA to back lawsuit against U.S. surveillance

    09/05/2013 2:08:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 4, 2013 | Mica Rosenberg
    The National Rifle Association said on Wednesday it supports a lawsuit brought by civil rights groups to strike down the U.S. government's broad telephone surveillance program, citing potential violations of gun owners' privacy rights. In a brief backing the American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit against senior U.S. government officials, the NRA said the collection of vast communications threatens privacy and could allow the government to create a registry of gun owners. Civil rights groups filed the lawsuit earlier this year after documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed a massive government program to collect and store...
  • NRA asks SCOTUS to strike down gun limits for minors

    08/02/2013 9:55:38 AM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies
    Salon ^ | AUG 1, 2013 | JILLIAN RAYFIELD
    The gun lobby is challenging a law that bans the sale of handguns to those between 18 and 21The National Rifle Association is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a federal law that prevents federally licensed gun owners from selling handguns to people over 18 and under 21.In a court filing(PDF), the NRA and two 19-year olds ask the court to strike down the 1968 law, which a three-judge panel for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld last year.The law prevents licensed gun dealers from selling handguns, shotguns and rifles to anyone under 18, and further prevents the...
  • Bryant, lawmakers, NRA want to join gun lawsuit

    08/01/2013 8:39:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 30, 2013 | JACK ELLIOTT JR.
    JACKSON, MISS. — A posse of state officials and gun advocates has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to let them file briefs in support of the state's open-carry law. The court had not ruled Tuesday on the requests by Gov. Phil Bryant, about 80 lawmakers, the National Rifle Association and others. Their motions included arguments supporting the law. A brief has not yet been filed with the high court by those who challenged the open-carry law, including Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith. Earlier this month, Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd declared the law unconstitutionally vague. Attorney General...
  • NRA blasts Holder for attacking 'stand-your-ground' laws after Zimmerman verdict

    07/17/2013 3:23:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies ^ | July 17, 2013 | NA
    The National Rifle Association blasted Eric Holder for using the George Zimmerman case to attack "stand-your-ground" laws, accusing the attorney general of exploiting Trayvon Martin's shooting death for political gain. Holder weighed in on the controversial self-defense laws for the first time on Tuesday during a speech to the annual NAACP convention, calling for a national review of the statutes. "Separate and apart from the case that has drawn the nation's attention, it's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods," Holder said. Holder has already confirmed that his Justice...
  • Making our nation’s school children safer (Wayne LaPierre)

    05/21/2013 8:48:39 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/20/2013 | Wayne LaPierre
    To understand the current state of the gun-ban crowd’s “conversation” about destroying the Second Amendment, it boils down to this: insanity versus sanity. With the horrific series of mass murders culminating in the cold-blooded killing of children and teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last December, this latest iteration of “gun control” is entirely directed at making the sane pay the price for unthinkable acts committed by the insane. It is the root of the civil disarmament movement in America today.The Sandy Hook rampage was the evil work of an individual who was clearly insane. There...
  • Illinois Swamped By Surge In Firearm Owner Applications

    05/10/2013 2:19:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | May 9, 2013 | NA
    Illinois State Police say they’re trying to deal with a huge backlog of applications for Firearms Owner Identification cards. The agency received more than 28,000 applications for cards during April alone. That’s on top of an existing backlog of nearly 76,000 applications. The state police say they are dealing with a record number of applications. State police are supposed to approve or deny applications within 30 days. The agency says its understaffed due to budget cuts and is having trouble meeting the deadline. Every month since December has seen a record number of Illinois residents applying for FOID cards. Officials...
  • NRA official: 'Culture war' more than gun rights

    05/03/2013 4:03:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 03, 2013 | JIM VERTUNO and JUAN LOZANO
    The National Rifle Association kicked off its annual convention Friday with a warning from its incoming president that its members are engaged in a "culture war" that stretches beyond gun rights, further ramping up emotions surrounding the gun control debate. NRA First Vice President James Porter, who will take over the top job Monday, issued a full-throated challenge in the opening hours to President Barack Obama after the NRA's major victory on gun control and a call to dig in for a long fight that will stretch into the 2014 elections... --snip-- Debbie and Daniel Ferris of Gun Barrel City,...
  • NRA plans to challenge Maryland gun law

    04/11/2013 2:17:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | April 9, 2013 | Erin Cox
    National Rifle Association President David Keene said Tuesday that the organization intends to challenge the constitutionality of Maryland's newly passed gun law, as a conservative group readied plans to try to overturn the law through voter referendum. Keene said during a radio interview the group will “absolutely” go to the courts. “We are already in court in New York and we will be in court and aiding those in Maryland — and I am myself a Maryland resident — who want to challenge the constitutionality of this and other provisions here in Maryland,” Keene said to the Washington, D.C., station...
  • NRA Trumps OFA - Support for Barack Obama doesn’t mean support for his policies.

    04/08/2013 12:35:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 8, 2013 | Andrew Stiles
    Pro-gun rally in Albany, N.Y., February 28, 2013 Obama for America’s post-election transformation into the grassroots lobbying group Organizing for Action (OFA) was supposed to provide the political heft (and supersized bank account) President Obama would need to implement his sweeping second-term agenda. So far, however, efforts to translate OFA’s success in turning out support for its candidate into generating support for his actual policies have thoroughly failed to impress.Take gun control. In the months since the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., the president has waged an aggressive campaign to implement stricter gun-control policies. He concluded his State of the...
  • As Views Shift on Guns, Reid Corrals Senate

    04/01/2013 12:04:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 48 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 31, 2013 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    It was, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada ebulliently proclaimed, a “happy day for me” as he stood with Wayne LaPierre, the head of the National Rifle Association, in 2010 at a new shooting range in Las Vegas made possible by federal money secured by Mr. Reid. “People who criticize this probably would criticize baseball,” Mr. Reid said before firing off a few rounds. These days, Mr. Reid, the Senate majority leader, is far more likely to meet with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York, an outspoken advocate of stricter gun control, than with Mr. LaPierre as he prepares to...
  • Is America irreversibly pro-gun?

    03/28/2013 4:08:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 68 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 28, 2013 | JAKE MILLER
    On Sunday, the country marked 100 days since a man wielding a semiautomatic Bushmaster assault rifle killed 20 young children and 6 faculty members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Just days earlier, on March 19, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced that he would not include a ban on military-style assault weapons - like the rifle used by the killer at Sandy Hook - in the Senate's upcoming gun bill and would focus instead on other gun laws that stood a better chance of passage. Disappointed supporters of the ban mostly moved on, fixing their sights...
  • NRA head LaPierre says Bloomberg trying to ‘buy America’

    03/25/2013 2:24:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 24, 2013 | Aaron Blake
    National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre said Sunday that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) is trying to “buy America” by spending millions of his personal fortune to urge key senators to vote for gun control. “He can’t spend enough of his $27 billion to try to impose his will on the American public,” LaPierre said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “They don’t want him in their restaurants, they don’t want him in their homes, they don’t want him telling what food to eat. They sure don’t want him telling what self-defense firearms to own. He can’t buy America.”...
  • NRA ad: Obama gun proposals would lead to ‘confiscation’

    02/13/2013 3:11:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/13/13 | Jonathan Easley
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) pushed back against President Obama’s calls for gun control in his State of the Union address, arguing the proposals would lead to “confiscation” of citizens’ firearms. A new Web video released Tuesday night from the nation’s largest gun lobby sought to rebuff the president’s impassioned call for lawmakers to vote on a package of measures including bans on the sale of assault weapons, high-capacity clips and instituting mandatory background checks. “President Obama gives a good speech and when you listen him talk about new gun laws, you may think he sounds reasonable,” says NRA executive...
  • Gun Control: Founding Fathers vs. Today's Lawmakers

    02/04/2013 11:28:01 AM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 4, 2013 | Carl M. Cannon
    Within hours of the Jan. 8, 2011, mass shooting in Tucson that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the local sheriff blamed the state’s lenient gun laws. “I have never been a proponent of letting everybody in the state carry weapons under any circumstances that they want -- and that's almost where we are,” complained Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. “I think we’re the Tombstone of the United States of America.” Dupnik would prove to have a knack for intemperate remarks, and this one was historically inaccurate, but the frustration of law enforcement officials...
  • Analysis: Obama's gun-control plan faces steep challenge in Congress

    01/17/2013 12:23:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 16, 2013 | John Whitesides and Thomas Ferraro
    President Barack Obama's proposals to curb gun violence face a difficult path through a sharply divided U.S. Congress, where the biggest gun-control fight in decades looms on an issue that has long been one of the most divisive in American politics. Obama's plan sets up a showdown between a gun-control movement re-energized by the massacre of 20 children and six adults last month at a Connecticut school, and a powerful gun-rights lobby led by the National Rifle Association, which has blocked new action on gun control for almost two decades. Members of both parties said Obama's call for expanded background...
  • Statement From the National Rifle Association of America Regarding Today's White House Task Force...

    01/10/2013 2:40:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 74 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | January 10, 2013 | NA
    Statement From the National Rifle Association of America Regarding Today's White House Task Force MeetingFairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association of America is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again. We attended today's White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals. We...
  • NRA fingerprints in landmark health-care law

    12/31/2012 11:29:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 30, 2012 | Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger
    <p>The words were tucked deep into the sprawling text of President Obama’s signature health-care overhaul. Under the headline “Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights” was a brief provision restricting the ability of doctors to gather data about their patients’ gun use — a largely overlooked but significant challenge to a movement in American medicine to treat firearms as a matter of public health.</p>
  • Gun Owners, Segregationists, and Jim Sleeper

    12/24/2012 7:43:50 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 18, 2012 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Jim Sleeper, a “lecturer in political science” at Yale, wrote the following in today’s Huffington Post: The astonishing “new normal” of heavy gunfire that took hold in Newtown long before last week’s massacre only reinforces the parallel I drew here last week between today’s gun enthusiasts and yesterday’s racial segregationists.… To understand what we’re up against here, understand that many other gun enthusiasts think of themselves this way, too — and that they see their critics as moralists addled by silly delusions about human nature. They alone uphold honor against depravity: Southern segregationists thought their way of life necessary to channel the...
  • Remarks from the NRA press conference on Sandy Hook school shooting (Wayne LaPierre)

    12/21/2012 9:49:37 AM PST · by neverdem · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Dec. 21, 2012 | Wayne LaPierre
    Remarks from the NRA press conference on Sandy Hook school shooting, delivered on Dec. 21, 2012 (Transcript)Here's a transcript of the remarks from the NRA press conference on the Sandy Hook school shooting. Statements are being updated as the remarks unfold.DAVID KEENE, PRESIDENT,  NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION: Good morning.--snip--LAPIERRE: Good morning.The National Rifle Association -- 4 million mothers, fathers, sons and daughters -- join the nation in horror, outrage, grief, and earnest prayer for the families of Newtown, Connecticut, who have suffered such an incomprehensible loss as a result of this unspeakable crime.Out of respect for the families and until the facts...
  • Working with the NRA

    12/19/2012 12:06:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 19, 2012 | Frank Miniter
    Instead of demonizing gun owners, the government should help them promote safety. As a gun owner I am frustrated that some positive ideas for helping stop mass murders are being left out of the conversation. As we again search for ways to prevent the deranged from slaughtering people in malls, schools, and churches, we find we have had this debate before. It’s like watching a shouting match between partisans on a cable show. One side wants more gun control. The other side points out that more guns mean less crime. One wants a new “assault-weapons” ban. The other points out...
  • Important Statement from the National Rifle Association

    12/18/2012 10:56:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 105 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | December 18, 2012 | NA
    The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters – and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown. Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting.The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.The NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, DC area on Friday, December 21.Details will...
  • Let’s Have That Conversation About Guns

    12/17/2012 1:03:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 17, 2012 | Kurt Schlichter
    For once I agree with liberals. It’s high time to have a conversation about guns. Let’s start with the problem that there are far too few guns on our streets. Wait, we can’t have that conversation. In fact, we’re not supposed to have what people might commonly describe as a “conversation” at all. We’re supposed to shut-up and listen as liberals, barely masking their unseemly delight at the opportunity, try to pin the murder rampage of one degenerate creep on millions of law-abiding Americans who did nothing wrong. The conversation is then supposed to end with us waiving our fundamental...
  • Anti-gun sports columnist Jason Whitlock: ‘The NRA Is the New KKK’ [AUDIO]

    12/04/2012 11:34:53 AM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/03/2012 | Jeff Poor
    On CNN contributor Roland Martin’s podcast posted to his website Monday, Jason Whitlock, the columnist who inspired Bob Costas’ commentary on gun control during halftime of Sunday’s Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game on NBC, revealed his peculiar take on the National Rifle Association (NRA).Whitlock spoke out against the NFL’s handling of the aftermath of Jovan Belcher’s suicide and gun issues in his Sunday column. During Martin’s podcast, he likened the NRA to the Ku Klux Klan and tied the group to the dangerous street culture that unfortunately dominates “so many black youths.”“Sports gets so much attention, and people tune out...
  • MILLER: NRA vs. Bloomberg - The final shootout over guns and the election

    10/23/2012 11:38:53 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 22, 2012 | Emily Miller
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) has been saying for the past two years that President Obama would ban guns if given a second term. Mr. Obama had been careful to pretend otherwise until last week’s debate, when he let slip his intention to ban certain types of firearms. That has sparked a renewed political war on both sides of the issue. Mr. Obama’s revelation has energized the pro-gun forces. “The president peeked out from behind the curtain and said, ‘Guess what, the NRA has been right all along. I am anti-Second Amendment and you can take my protestations to the...
  • The NRA’s real interest (Megabarf alert!)

    08/05/2012 6:11:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 52 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | August 4, 2012 | Michael McNulty
    TUCSON, Ariz. It is easy to ignore the issue of gun control, given the perfect leaderlessness it enjoys in Congress. Then again, it becomes harder to ignore when your relatives or friends are murdered in the company of someone you idolize, which describes thousands of us here. I have owned guns, continuously, since I was 6. I still own my grandfather’s pump-action Winchester, carried for decades in a scabbard behind his saddle as he rode the range where he ranched, in Wikieup, Ariz. All the guns I’ve owned have been what are quaintly called long guns. I began my brief...
  • Thank You, NRA

    08/01/2012 5:44:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 27, 2012 | Rich Lowry
    In America, we are supposed to like constitutional rights.One would think that an organization that vigilantly — and effectively — safeguards a constitutional right would be honored as a kind of national jewel.Yet the National Rifle Association gets only obloquy. It’s practically branded an accessory to murder whenever a lunatic shoots people. It’s labeled a nefarious special interest that lobbies Congress into submission. It’s all that is wrong with our system.No one can doubt the NRA’s enormous clout. But the group comes about it the right way. It represents millions of members, including lots of union members and rural...
  • Fast and Furious front and center - Victim becoming a footnote

    06/23/2012 4:06:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | June 22, 2012 | Michael Graham
    The two most important words in the current Obama administration scandal aren’t “Fast” or “Furious.” They are “Brian Terry.” In December 2010, Brian Terry — a former Marine and police officer turned Border Patrol agent — was working in Arizona, 11 miles from the Mexican border. He was killed in a gunfight with Mexican drug runners, and two of the AK-47s found at the scene were linked to a then-unknown program of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms called “Operation Fast and Furious.” Is the investigation into ‘Fast and Furious’ something being driven by partisan politics? Join the Friday...
  • The View From the N.R.A.: ‘We’ll Fight for You’ (CHRIS W. COX is the NRA's chief lobbyist.)

    05/04/2012 10:01:48 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 3, 2012 | CHRIS W. COX
    To the Editor: “I Hunt, but the N.R.A. Isn’t for Me,” by Lily Raff McCaulou (Op-Ed, April 25), is another desperate, but predictable, election-year stunt to try to marginalize National Rifle Association members. The N.R.A. not only represents four million N.R.A. members, but polls also indicate that tens of millions more support us, and a healthy percentage of the population takes our positions into account before casting a vote. Whether liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, man or woman, we’ll fight for you because at its core, the Second Amendment isn’t about hunting. It’s about self-defense and freedom. The claim...
  • NRA Delivers Remarks at United Nations Concerning Proposed Arms Trade Treaty

    08/29/2011 12:48:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | July 14, 2011 | Wayne LaPierre
      NRA Delivers Remarks at United Nations Concerning Proposed Arms Trade Treaty   Thursday, July 14, 2011   National Rifle Association's Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre addressed the United Nations this afternoon. He told the U.N. to not interfere with the Second Amendment freedoms of Americans and pledged to continue the fight to preserve civilian ownership of firearms in the U.S. He said the NRA will oppose any U.N. provision that seeks to prohibit or regulate U.S. civilian firearm ownership.  LaPierre said in his remarks, "The cornerstone of our freedom is the Second Amendment. Neither the United Nations, nor...
  • N.R.A. to Sue Over Bulk Gun Sales Rule

    08/03/2011 4:26:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 3, 2011 | CHARLIE SAVAGE
    WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association on Wednesday filed a lawsuit challenging a new federal regulation requiring gun merchants along the border with Mexico to report bulk sales of certain semiautomatic rifles, contending that the Obama administration exceeded its powers by imposing the rule last month without Congressional permission. The N.R.A. is bringing the lawsuit in the name of two firearms dealers in Arizona. Its complaint asks a federal judge in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to issue an injunction barring enforcement of the rule by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “N.R.A....
  • NRA Beats Back Gun Control Measures

    07/22/2011 2:17:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | July 21, 2011 | Paul Bedard
    Bracing for a wave of expected gun control measures, the National Rifle Association and supporters in Congress pushed back hard this month to derail the initial efforts. At least five antigun efforts were killed for now. "Though none of these votes settle the respective issues," said the NRA, "all are setbacks for gun control supporters who have been encouraged by talk of the Obama administration planning to bypass Congress and implement a variety of gun control schemes under the radar."[See who in Congress gets the most money from gun control groups.]The key vote came last week to bar a new...
  • NRA reacts to CBS News investigation on ATF "gunwalking"

    03/24/2011 3:37:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 34 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 21, 2011 | Sharyl Attkisson
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) has asked Congress to investigate allegations that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) allowed thousands of weapons to cross the US border into Mexico, knowing they were likely to be acquired and used by Mexico's drug cartels. Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA, told CBS News that his group has heard from many of its law enforcement members who are outraged at the so-called "gunwalking" by ATF. "They wanted to prove that there were guns flowing to Mexico, so they set up an illegal pipeline to send guns to Mexico," speculates...
  • NRA to President Obama: The Problem Isn’t Guns, it’s Law Enforcement, Media and the Mental...

    03/16/2011 2:46:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 14, 2011 | Jake Tapper
    NRA to President Obama: The Problem Isn’t Guns, it’s Law Enforcement, Media and the Mental Health SystemThe heads of the National Rifle Association wrote to President Obama Monday, taking issue with his op-ed in the Sunday Arizona Daily Star, in which he said that since the tragic shooting in Tucson perhaps another 2,000 Americans have been lost to gun violence. The president pushed for states to provide better data to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and suggested "an instant, accurate, comprehensive and consistent system for background checks to sellers."The heads of the NRA responded to the president's op-ed on gun...
  • NRA to Congress: Don't mess with gun laws

    01/21/2011 7:00:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 19, 2011 | Sean Lengell
    The National Rifle Association generally has kept a low profile in the days since the Tucson, Ariz., shooting rampage this month that killed six and wounded 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. But the group has begun to push back at congressional proposals to tighten gun laws, warning lawmakers not to chip away at gun rights. "Even while our country was respecting the heartache of the people of Tucson and waiting for the full facts of the case, anti-gun activists were renewing their push for more gun control laws," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative...
  • Legislature Passes Gleason Legislation to Heighten Safety for Michigan Residents and Students

    12/18/2010 11:39:07 AM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sen. John Gleason 2010-12-16 (517) 373-0142 Legislature Passes Gleason Legislation to Heighten Safety for Michigan Residents and Students Gleason bills will encourage gun safety education for students, help cleanup contaminated sites in local communities, and strengthen health regulations in tattoo parlors LANSING—The Michigan Legislature recently voted to pass several bills sponsored by Senator John J. Gleason, including his legislation to increase programs for gun safety in public schools. Under Senate Bill 1402, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is required to develop or adopt a model gun safety program based on the “Eddie Eagle” curriculum...
  • New Jersey: Invasive Personal Privacy Legislation Passes Committee!

    11/22/2010 9:48:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 1+ views
    NRA-ILA ^ | November 16, 2010 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   New Jersey: Invasive Personal Privacy Legislation Passes Committee!   Tuesday, November 16, 2010   On Monday, November 15, the New Jersey State Government, Wagering and Tourism Committee approved S2379 by a 3 to 1 vote.  Introduced by State Senator's Barbara Buono (D-18) and Loretta Weinberg (D-37), this legislation would require organizations such as the NRA and the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC), to send information regarding their contributions to the government. Specifically, S2379 would mandate that any "issue advocacy organization" classified under IRS Code as a 501(C)(3), 501(C)(4)...
  • NRA Support Propels Candidates

    11/11/2010 12:44:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 107 replies · 1+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 09 Nov 2010 | Brad O’Leary
    When you analyze the impact of conservative and single-issue membership organizations on the 2010 midterm elections, you find that one group’s efforts dwarfed the rest: The National Rifle Association of America. The NRA spent $20 million on behalf of its candidates — nearly five times more than the combined effort of all other such groups. In fact, the amount of money the NRA spent to defeat Democrat John Spratt in South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District was more than all the other Second Amendment groups combined. The group is now well-positioned to protect gun owners’ rights at the state and federal...
  • Democrats Tout NRA’s Blessing

    10/15/2010 1:07:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies · 2+ views
    CQ-Roll Call ^ | Oct. 14, 2010 | Bennett Roth
    When Rep. Scott Murphy hit the campaign trail Monday, he made sure to drop by a meeting of the Columbia County Sportsmen’s Federation. There, the upstate New York Democrat, who neither owns a gun nor hunts, touted a recent endorsement by the National Rifle Association to bolster his contention that he is an enthusiastic fan of Second Amendment rights. The backing from the influential gun-rights organization gave the first-term Congressman an opening with a constituency that is suspicious of Democrats, who are often viewed as too liberal on the issue. This year in particular, when many Democrats such as Murphy...
  • Pro-gun Democrats win endorsements from NRA

    10/07/2010 1:56:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 7, 2010 | Ben Pershing
    Not a lot of things have gone the Democrats' way this year, but dozens of their House candidates are getting a late boost from an unusual source: the National Rifle Association. So far this year, the NRA has endorsed 58 incumbent House Democrats, including more than a dozen in seats that both parties view as critical to winning a majority. The endorsements aren't the result of a sudden love for a party with which the NRA is often at odds. Rather, the powerful group adheres to what it calls "an incumbent-friendly" policy, which holds that if two candidates are equally...