Gun Control Lies, Misconceptions,
Disingenuousness and Hypocrisy

Note:  To save space, the commentary about President Obama's dubious claim that he shoots skeet "all the time" has been moved to this page.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul wrongly says Buffalo supermarket killer used a bump stock.  Around an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a ban on bump stocks, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul wrongly said a gunman who carried out a racist massacre in her hometown of Buffalo had used the gun accessory that can allow semiautomatic rifles to shoot as fast as a machine gun.  Hochul, a Democrat, made the error first in a statement emailed to media and posted on a state website Friday, then later in [a] post on X that has since been deleted.

State AG claims handguns can fire 1,200 rounds per minute!  This could be a case for Joe Biden's attacks on "misinformation" or "disinformation" or "malinformation" or something.  Or it could just be a case of a politician trying so hard to pursue his agenda that the facts don't matter.  Case in point is the claim from Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison that Glock is failing to protect the public and might even have "broken to law" by knowing "for decades" of a modification to its handguns that would make them fire 1,200 rounds a minute. [...] That is the same official, according to a sarcastic report at Twitchy, who recently blamed a spate of auto thefts on auto manufacturers.

Exposing the 'nobody wants to take your guns away' lie.  How many times have you heard a variation of the lie that "nobody wants to take anybody's guns away"?  Or read in an editorial that "President Biden Does Not Want to Take Your Guns Away"?  Probably more times than you can count.  That's because leftists are following in the footsteps of Joseph Goebbels and Vladamir Lenin in always repeating a lie to make it the truth.  They keep on saying that no one is talking about taking your guns, even though we've documented that they have been talking about it for more than 30 years now, in order to lull as many people as possible into a false sense of security.  Anti-liberty leftists think that if they keep on gaslighting this point, they can get people to accept the incremental moves to gun registration that will inevitably lead to gun confiscation.  Never mind that draconian controls on your private property with so-called "universal" background checks won't do anything to stop crime.  They are a stepping stone to gun confiscation.

Is America really the most gun violent nation?  America is far safer than most nations, as this classic Bill Whittle video, Number One With A Bullet, illustrates, America is not first, tenth, not even fiftieth in the world in per capita homicides, but one hundred eleventh. [...] If not America, what are the top ten most violent countries in the world?
  [#1]   Honduras
  [#2]   Venezuela
  [#3]   United States Virgin Islands
  [#4]   Belize
  [#5]   El Salvador
  [#6]   Guatemala
  [#7]   Jamaica
  [#8]   Lesotho
  [#9]   Swaziland
  [#10]   Saint Kitts and Nevis
Note that all of these countries/territories are either socialist, strictly gun controlling, or both.

The Left's Favorite Gun Crime Talking Point Gets Destroyed.  In the ongoing debate over crime rates and gun control, one of the most common claims made by the left is that gun crime is worse in red states.  During a Senate hearing this week, a so-called gun expert from Yale made the very same argument.  "Why do you think that Chicago has become America's largest outdoor shooting range?" Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) asked Dr. Megan Ranney from Yale's School of Public Health.  "Do you think it's because of Chicago citizens who have no criminal record but who have a gun in their home or perhaps for hunting, or do you think it is because of a finite group of criminals who have rap sheets as long as King Kong's arm?"  "Mississippi, Louisiana, and Missouri actually have higher firearm death rates," Ranney replied.  This claim is not true.  Billy Binion, the associate editor at Reason magazine, debunked Ranney's claim in a post on X/Twitter.

We don't have a homeless or mass shooter problem, we have a mental illness problem.  After the Maine massacre, we are hearing the familiar response to a mass shooting by a mentally ill man, which is to deprive everyone of their civil rights.  The reality is that if you have violent and dangerous people on the loose, they will get their hands on guns or other weapons, regardless of whatever laws there are.  Gun control doesn't stop killers, it stops people from protecting themselves.  If you want to stop mentally unstable mass shooters, institutionalize them. [...] There's a persistent bias against institutionalization in America, as opposed to Europe, fed by movies featuring patients being abused within the system.  As a result, we have crazies wandering the streets and other crazies shooting up bowling alleys.

Gun Control:  The End Results.  [Scroll down]  Anybody who still supports "commonsense gun laws" is a dishonest or incompetent quack like Joe Biden, who depicts knife-wielding assailants as "unarmed" and suggests that defenders shoot to wound.  If your life is really in danger, you must shoot to center of mass to stop and, if your life is not in danger, you must not shoot at all.  Advocates of magazine size limits are clearly incompetent quacks as proven by events in Israel and also Massad Ayoob's expert testimony in Fyock v. Sunnyvale.

Whose idea was it to invite Ilia Calderón?  How many Republicans watch Univision?  How many Univision viewers become Republicans?
Second GOP Debate Marred By Univision Moderator's Anti-American HATE and LIES.  The second GOP presidential primary debate Wednesday night was a case study in why the Republican Party shouldn't award debate moderation privileges to hostile and dishonest members of the liberal media.  While Fox Business Network occupied two of the moderator positions (Stuart Varney and Dana Perino), the third was given to Univision anchor Ilia Calderón.  Her questions were by far the most anti-American and dishonest; ranging from lies about gun violence being "unique" to America to blaming America for the drug trafficking at the southern border, and more.  In a question directed to North Dakota governor Doug Burgum, Calderón peddled the liberal media's BIG LIE about gun violence:  "Mental health concerns are not unique to United States.  But gun violence is."  Back here in reality, Central American and South American countries were some of the most dangerous countries in the world.  Their violence was often cited as a primary driver of illegal immigration to the U.S. According to reporting from NPR, those countries have per capita violent gun death rates many times that of the U.S.

A 'gun registry' is leftist code speak for government control of personal property.  Like master artists who can work in oils, watercolors, or pencil, leftists work in many different kinds of lies and propaganda.  Everything from straw man arguments to repetitive lies is carefully crafted and deployed with finely honed instincts.  But their first love in lies always has been, and always will be, accusing others of what they are doing at the moment, better known as projection.  This is their favorite form because it forever confuses everyone and constantly knocks their opponents back on their heels.  Most if not all the time, they never have proof of their charges, but that's not the point.  They do that so the pro-freedom side is always on the defensive with these ridiculous indictments.  So have you ever heard them accuse the pro-freedom side of wanting to confiscate guns?  Anti-liberty leftists are careful in never projecting this particular little lie.  Now, why is that?  Could it be that if they tried this projection, it would be obvious that this is an outright lie, as in just about everything else they say?

It's not really a buy-back.  How many AR-15 rifles has Eric Swalwell sold?
Democrat Eric Swalwell Calls for Buyback of All AR-15s.  Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) used a Monday post on X to call for a buyback of AR-15s and firearms that Democrats refer to as "assault weapons."  He also wants a ban in place to keep future AR-15s from being manufactured or sold.  [Tweet]  The attacker that struck the Jacksonville Dollar General on Saturday was armed with a Glock handgun and an AR-15-style rifle.  Therefore, banning the rifle would not have prevented the attack from occurring.  Moreover, on October 10, 2022, Breitbart News reported FBI data showing more than twice as many people were killed with knives and other cutting tools than were killed with rifles in 2021.

The Lone Ranger Had Good Life Lessons But Bad Gun Advice.  We live in the real world, which means that firearms must not be handled as cavalierly as you TV heroes were able to do on screen.  In our real world, they must be handled and used with the utmost caution and responsibility.  In our real world, they must be used only as a last resort when another individual threatens life and serious bodily harm.  If we conclude that the situation has reached that point, That said, our intention must always be to do whatever is necessary to stop the threat.

The left argues that gun owners are insecure, paranoid, and trigger happy.  The New York Times reports that social scientists are examining why people want guns.  The conclusions are bad for gun owners.  Writes the Times, American gun owners are (check notes) insecure, paranoid, suicidal, and trigger-happy.  Look closely at what the article says, though, and it's just arrant nonsense.

So Ukrainians can be trusted to use cluster bombs safely, but Americans cannot be trusted to use guns safely?  We are sending very deadly cluster bombs to Ukraine this year because, as Biden disclosed, we are essentially running low on other ammunition.  The Biden administration assures everyone that Ukraine can be trusted to use these deadly and internationally condemned bombs safely.  But somehow, according to this same Biden administration, Americans can't be trusted to use their legal and constitutionally protected guns "safely."  Gun ownership in the states is common, and around 99.99% of those guns were not involved in any deaths in 2021, but Biden, the media, and other Democrats say we have to significantly reduce gun ownership for safety's sake, despite the Second Amendment.  Americans own almost 400 million guns.

NY Gov. Kathy Hochul packs incredible gun control lies and claims into a 58-second video.  I live in New York, which is one of the worst states to be a lawful gun owner and a taxpaying citizen.  The proof is in the pudding; people vote with their feet when life becomes intolerable due to poor governance, and New York's allegedly wonderful governance resulted in the loss of yet another congressional seat after the 2020 redistricting cycle.  It is grating to see Gov. Kathy Hochul still bragging about New York as some sort of bastion of freedom and opportunity in the face of the evidence of outmigration.  Part of her braggadocio was a video her office posted on Twitter, discussing all the "good" she has done to keep the people of New York "safe from concealed carry weapons."  [Tweet with video clip]

Those scary guns the National Guard leaker possessed?  Airsoft rifles.  This captures so much about the MSM.  It combines total ignorance and open contempt for their audience along with a determined insistence that whatever the intelligence community says must be accepted at face value.  Before I get into the story I want to make clear that am not a fan of dropping classified documents into the public realm, with the exception of whistleblowers revealing the corruption of government.  I haven't followed this story closely, so I really haven't an opinion worth sharing about the whole affair. [...] With that out of the way, I do have a strong opinion about the propaganda we are being fed, and there appears to be proof that we are being lied to.

The Progressive Backlash to DeSantis's Permitless Carry Is Baseless and Unhinged.  On Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law allowing "constitutional carry" in his state.  Then, progressives and Democrats online had an absolute meltdown in response.  "Sickening," the official Democratic Party's Twitter account wrote of the news.  "Hiding behind closed doors and with the NRA by his side, Ron DeSantis just signed a bill that could make it easier for criminals to carry guns.  He's prioritizing winning the MAGA base over our kids' safety."

The great gun control myth.  Mass murders and school shootings have become so commonplace that the average person can accurately predict the results.  From politicians to special interest groups to private citizens who share the same anti-gun, anti-2nd Amendment sentiment, the responses have been reduced to redundant, recycled talking points.
  •   Enough is enough
  •   Ban assault weapons
  •   Who needs weapons of war?
  •   We need gun violence prevention legislation to keep or children safe.
'Assault weapons"?  There is no legal definition of 'assault weapon.'  At best, it's a poor attempt at fear via semantics.  In fact, such weapons so referenced are only guilty of objectionable cosmetics having one or more:  black color, flash suppressor, magazine capacity, pistol grip, folding stock and the dreaded bayonet lug due to the rash of drive-by bayonetings so prevalent in America today.  Operationally, they are no different than the millions of semi-automatic hunting and target rifles languishing peacefully in millions of homes where, on a daily basis, they kill no one.

Barack Obama Falsely Claims Guns Are Number One Killer of Children.  On Monday evening, former President Barack Obama tweeted his response to the Nashville Christian school shooting by repeating the left's false claim that guns are the number one killer of children.  On March 23, 2023, Breitbart News reported that actor Billy Porter made the same false claim, screaming that "the leading cause of death in children are guns" during an appearance on ABC's The View.

Gun Control Activist Takes Over Nashville Police School Shooting Briefing.  A gun control activist took over the Nashville Police's briefing and began ranting about the problem with guns after the officers had concluded giving initial details about a school shooting at Covenant School, a private Christian elementary school that has left three students and three adults dead.  The woman walked up to the microphones and asked the journalists if they were tired of reporting on school shootings.  She revealed she is currently on family vacation with her child but she came down to the scene when the news broke.  "I have been lobbying in D.C. since we survived a mass shooting in July.  I have met with over 130 lawmakers.  How is this still happening?  How are our children still dying and why are we failing them?  Gun violence is the number one killer of children and teens.  It has overtaken cars," the woman said.

CNN Uses Misleading Data to Claim over 100 Mass Shootings in 2023.  CNN used misleading data from the Gun Violence Archive to claim Monday "the U.S. has surpassed 100 mass shootings in 2023."  CNN noted, "America reached the grim number by the first week of March."  Both CNN and the Gun Violence Archive departed from the standard definition for mass shootings, which the Rand Corporation observed as being derived from the FBI's 1980s definition of a "mass murderer" of an individual who "kills four or more people in a single incident (not including himself)."

Newtown Gun Controllers: There Is No Such Thing as 'Constitutional Carry'.  The gun control group Newtown Action Alliance is responding to the constitutional carry push in Florida by tweeting that "there is no such thing as 'constitutional carry.'"  Twenty-five states have constitutional carry, and Republicans in Florida and South Carolina are now racing to see which state will be number 26, but Newtown Action Alliance says it does not really exist.

Mayors in D.C. Conference Target Gun Makers over City Crime.  A coalition of mayors working with Mike Bloomberg-affiliated Everytown for Gun Safety are targeting gun manufacturers over crime the exists in various levels across cities in the United States.  Axios reports pro-gun control mayors attended this week's U.S. Conference of Mayors in D.C., where they blamed gun makers for crime problems.  Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas (D), a member of Bloomberg-founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said, "Mayors are on the frontlines of our nation's gun violence epidemic and that's why we won't shy away from naming those who make the guns that are killing our communities."

The Editor says...
Guns aren't killing communities.  Individual shooters, who probably don't know one gun manufacturer from another, are killing other individuals.  The descriptions and biographies of the shooters are remarkably similar, but nobody wants to talk about that.  The only "communities" involved in this mess are rival gangs.

Fox's Geraldo Rivera Slammed for Calling AR-15s 'Automatic Rifles'.  Longtime journalist and Fox News co-host Geraldo Rivera received a wave of criticism on Twitter Tuesday after incorrectly identifying the AR-15 as an "automatic rifle."  In an exchange on the opinion roundtable show, "The Five," Rivera discussed President Joe Biden's pledge to ban assault rifles with his fellow co-hosts.  "I submit to you, ladies and gentlemen, there is no legitimate reason ... to have an AR-15," Rivera tells the table.

ABC Appalled Armed Robber Got Stopped By Armed Good Samaritan.  Seemingly on the side of criminals, ABC's Good Morning America was appalled on Monday [1/9/2023] after they learned that an armed good Samaritan in Houston, Texas shot and killed an armed robber who was holding up an entire restaurant.  They portrayed the hero as ducking police and the source of the fear in the restaurant that night.  All of this was part of their anti-gun narrative that bars even defensive uses of firearms.

Dem Lawmakers Say They Worry Their Republican Colleagues Could Shoot Up Congress.  Some House Democrats are concerned that their Republican colleagues could shoot up Congress after metal detectors were removed from the House of Representatives, they told Raw Story.  "A lot of my Republican colleagues glorify violence and proudly display the firearms they have in their offices, so it just makes me nervous that we could have a workplace violent event.  They're not the most stable people," Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell said in an interview this week with Raw Story.  Metal detectors were first installed in the House of Representatives following the Jan 6. riots, but were removed at the start of 118th Congress.

The Editor says...
I stopped listening when they mentioned Eric Swalwell, and I've never heard of Raw Story.

CDC colluded with gun-grabbing groups to "cook the numbers" on defensive use of firearms.  Let's face facts, shall we?  It has become painfully clear that the American people can no longer trust a word that comes out of "official" Washington, DC.  From the FBI to the CIA, the White House to the CDC, it's clear that whatever sewage emanates from the swamp must be taken with a giant grain of salt mixed with an even bigger dose of suspicion and skepticism.  The latest example comes to us courtesy of the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF), which reported last month that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which we found during the COVID situation has as much credibility as the National Enquirer, "cooked the books" so to speak when it comes to defensive use of firearms.

CDC removed stats on defensive gun use over pressure from gun control activists: report.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reportedly removed statistics on defensive gun use in the U.S. following pressure from gun control advocates.  The stats sourced from a CDC-commissioned study finding that instances of defensive gun use occur between 60,000 and 2.5 million times per year.  References to that study were deleted from the site following private meetings with gun control advocates in 2021, emails obtained and published by The Reload show.  "[T]hat 2.5 Million number needs to be killed, buried, dug up, killed again and buried again," Mark Bryant, executive director of the Gun Violence Archive, wrote to the CDC in one of the emails.  "It is highly misleading, is used out of context and I honestly believe it has zero value — even as an outlier point in honest DGU discussions."

Biden Calls For 'Assault Rifle Ban After' Freeing Arms Dealer Peddling 30,000 AK-47s.  While leaving multiple white male Americans behind in Russian prisons, Biden undermined national security, freeing the 'Merchant of Death', an arms dealer with reported ties to Al Qaeda and Hezbollah, who had been busted trying to sell surface-to-air missiles to Marxist narcoterrorists to kill Americans.  Defense officials are anonymously objecting to the treasonous move that rewards Putin while endangering American lives.

NYT Accuses Gun Rights Advocates of Brandishing to Shut Down Free Speech.  In a Saturday article headlined "At Protests, Guns Are Doing the Talking," New York Times investigative reporter Mike McIntire accuses gun rights advocates with "a right-wing agenda" of "increasingly using open-carry laws to intimidate opponents and shut down debate" at protests, gatherings, and public meetings.  There's a legal term for what he's describing and it's called "brandishing"; a term that describes an illegal activity and does not appear once in his nearly 2,600-word piece.  The word doesn't appear because he knows that's not what's happening.  He even admits that "shootings were rare" and that "armed protests accounted for less than 2 percent" of total protests.  But that admission didn't come until paragraph 42 of 56.  He would also admit that when the rare violence would break out it "often involved fisticuffs" with other groups "such as antifa [sic]." [...] Giving little credit to the fact that Democrats are openly anti-gun rights in many states, some even calling for abolishing the Second Amendment altogether, McIntire seems appalled that law-abiding gun owners find a home in the Republican Party.  He treated the political partnership as some sort of cabal, seemingly finding it suspicious that "Republican officials or candidates appeared at 32 protests where they were on the same side as those with guns."

Biden [is] Protected By [the] Same Guns He Says Have 'No Redeeming Value' and Wants to Ban.  Joe Biden said semiautomatic firearms have "no redeeming social value" and yet hie is protected by the very same guns.  Ironically, Biden is protected by the very same semiautomatic handguns he wants to ban ordinary people from owning.  Biden said, "The idea we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick.  It has no social redeeming value."  The U.S Secret Service transitioned from Glock handguns to Sig Sauer pistols recently, and both Glock and Sig are semiautomatic pistols.  It's one rule for thee and another for me.

Joe Biden Accidentally Reveals That He Doesn't Have A Clue About Guns.  The Biden administration's plans on gun control are really bad and instead of addressing the real underlying problems when it comes to gun violence, President Biden is pushing politically divisive measures that could seriously damage our right to keep and bear arms without making the nation any safer. [...] Remember, Biden is a lawyer, as he's so often reminded us.  He's supposed to have some basic understanding of the law and how to address it.  For the life of me, I don't understand why the White House staffers who control Biden continue to put him in these kinds of positions.  I suspect the president is stubborn enough to demand his voice be heard, but when being heard constantly leads to stuff like this, it's best to be quiet.  That's a lesson Biden has not and obviously will not learn — before he finally heads to his Delaware beach house for good instead of just four days a week.

Guess How Many Violent Crimes in the USA Involve a Gun.  Harvard health policy expert Dr. David Hemenway routinely uses statistics like "250 people were shot each day in the US" and "Children aged 5-14 ... are more than 13x more likely than children in other high-income populous countries to be murdered with a gun" to support a myth.  That myth is that America is one of the most violent nations on the planet because its citizens possess firearms.  Domestically, this myth survives by focusing on U.S. homicide rates where guns are used 74% (FBI 2019) of the time, and it thrives internationally because the U.S. outranks most all other nations for the same reason.  But is the rationale rational?  Domestically speaking, citing firearm homicides to prove that America is a violent nation fails for two primary reasons:  1) homicides are 1% of U.S. violent crime (FBI 2019) invalidating it as a metric for national violence; and 2) 78% (FBI 2019) of total violent crime is committed without a gun.  This bears repeating:  nearly 8 in 10 violent crimes in America don't involve a gun.

Sadly, we've become an idiocracy.  Do I need to list all the stupidity currently being presented as fact?  It'd be a very long list.  It's hard even to pick out a few points to address.  I'll try to keep the list manageable:  What makes me most angry daily is "gun violence."  Living in the SF Bay Area, we seem to have a lot of guns causing a lot of violence. [...] It's so much easier to talk about preventing "gun violence" than addressing who is doing the shooting and what societal norms have been trampled to allow such things to fester and grow. [...] If we want to change things, we need to acknowledge that much of the violence comes from Blacks (who prey mostly on each other) and illegal aliens (any violence from them is unacceptable).  Reality, folks! Around here, it's generally the same unhinged, gangbanger cohort doing the shooting.

Are US Firearm Deaths Overstated?  Some view any unwillingness to increase gun safety regulation for the sake of "the children" — the sine qua non of virtue-signaling — as "evil."  But can a complex, multi-faceted issue like national gun policy be accurately analyzed along a single dimension to the benefit of all citizens?  No responsible gun-owner debates the lethality of firearms or the need to exercise caution when using any dangerous device, from kitchen disposals to chainsaws.  Nor is it likely any would oppose manufacturers' efforts to make firearms as safe as possible.  What is contested are regulations that restrict responsible use of firearms under the guise of safety, for the sake of the children, or any manner of other reasons that are unsubstantiated.  When arguments to disarm Americans for "the children" are examined, three things emerge:  1) a lack of evidence; 2) a pivot from evidence to emotion to garner support; and 3) a desperate call for governmental intervention that disregards 1) the U.S. Constitution and/or 2) parameters for sound public policy.  We have space to consider point #1.

Karen Bass, a gun-control leftist, had her guns stolen.  Karen Bass is a U.S. Congresswoman who is currently running for office as the Mayor of Los Angeles.  She is a hardcore leftist, so much so that she called a prominent Communist Party USA member, not just a friend, but also a mentor.  She is consistently in favor of gun control measures.  And on Saturday, she announced that someone broke into her home and stole two of her guns.

Gun salesman of the year:
Biden Claims Bullet Out of AR-15 Is 5X Faster than Bullet Out of Any Other Gun.  While speaking in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday President Biden said, "The bullet out of an AR-15 travels five times as rapidly as a bullet shot out of any other gun."  Ironically, on June 30, 2022, Field & Stream did an in-depth look at the "Five Fastest Rifle Cartridges" and the two AR-15 rounds, .223 and 5.56, did not even make the cut.

Joe Biden Screams, 'I Am Determined to Ban Assault Weapons!' During PA Speech.  President Joe Biden screamed, "I am determined to ban assault weapons in this country!" during a Tuesday speech in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  Biden segued to "assault weapons" by talking about passing Sen. John Cornyn's (R-TX) gun control package this summer.  He built toward a crescendo as he claimed "the vast majority" of Republican members of Congress could not support Cornyn's gun control because the NRA was against it.

What's a Gun Got to Do with It?  After all, isn't peace most ensured when strength is most projected — or, as Reagan put it, "peace [comes] through strength"?  In other words, doesn't common sense inform us that criminals exploit vulnerability?  The arguments for gun control are familiar to most.  The anti-gun stance is that no guns means no mass shootings at schools less violent crime generally.  In support of this position, the figure of fewer deaths by guns in nations where guns have been banned is often cited, while violent deaths by other means are typically ignored.

Biden and Pelosi Give Wrong 'Facts' About 'Assault Weapon' Ban.  President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are trying to reinstate the federal assault weapon ban that was in effect for 10 years because — they claim — it reduced gun crime.  The bill, which just passed the House, will soon get a vote in the Senate.  In the effort to get it passed, Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made some grand claims, which they called "facts," about the previous ban on rifles leading to decreasing crime.  But those facts don't appear to be backed up by evidence.  "Supporters of the bans are calling their assertions 'facts,' in an effort to mislead the public," Lawrence Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) told The Epoch Times.  "Many of the Democratic Members of Congress were purposefully misleading in their assertions that the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban reduced crime.  This level of willful ignorance would be comical if the effects of what they are trying to do wasn't so blatantly unconstitutional."  The ban was in effect from 1994 to 2004.

It's Not About the AR-15.  [Scroll down]  I'm not an avid gun enthusiast, but I know enough to know that the AR-15 isn't ideal for deer hunting.  But what the AR-15 does have is a large payload potential, mild recoil, and tremendous accuracy and stopping power.  These are all traits which would make it incredibly useful for self-defense, if, say, your home was invaded by several intruders.  It would also make this weapon incredibly useful in a militia.  Herein lies even more incoherence in the argument being made by gun-grabbing progressives these days.  Back in 1939, the Supreme Court ruled that only guns with "some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia" were justifiably afforded protections under the Second Amendment.  By that logic, the AR-15 should be explicitly protected rather than isolated for exclusion from Second Amendment protections.  But today, the left's argument is that the AR-15 is too good in its potential usefulness in a militia, and its usefulness in deer hunting, or whatever, is lacking.  None of that makes any sense, and that's because it's all smoke.

David Hogg:  Putting More Cops in Schools May Endanger Non-White Students.  While speaking at the June 11 March for Our Lives rally, gun control proponent David Hogg suggested that putting more cops in schools may actually endanger students do not have white skin.  Hogg suggested that a common response to school shootings is to put more police in schools.  He then claimed, "Putting more cops in schools hasn't worked."  He cited two examples to bolster his viewpoint:  First he pointed to the armed officer who stood outside Parkland instead of entering, even as the attack was carried out.  Then he made claims about the police response to Uvalde.  Hogg did not mention the numerous times armed resource officers have saved lives on campus.  For example, on December 13, 2013, an 18-year-old with a shotgun entered Denver-area Arapahoe High School and had to face the fact that an armed resource officer was coming for him.  The Denver Post noted that the resource officer was a deputy sheriff who, hearing a gunshot, ran toward the gunman.  As the resource officer closed in, the attacker took his own life, ending the attack.  The Arapahoe attack lasted 80 seconds.

A friendly reminder that many gun control groups routinely inflate school shooting numbers.  [Threat reader]  [Scroll down]  Are these all instances of gun violence?  Yes.  Are they all problematic in their own right?  Yes.  But packaging these as part of some "school shooting" epidemic is dishonest nonsense.  [Indeed], they literally count a cop who shot himself in his own vehicle vaguely near an elementary school.  Presumably overnight.  In mid-JULY. We've got a 25-year-old fatally shot [and I quote here] "near a school playground."  On a Sunday evening.  A 17-year-old fatally shot outside of an elementary school... on Veteran's Day, when school wasn't in session.  It doesn't get less absurd.  They include an instance where, after a night game for an adult league flag football league, a man fatally shot a member of the opposing team because of an on-field dispute... solely because it happened behind an elementary school. [...] We've got an instance where a stray bullet struck a window of an elementary school while no one was inside the building.  We've got "a couple shots fired near a middle school baseball field on a Friday evening while a 20 year old and friends were taking batting practice," apparently not directed at anyone associated with the school, and as far as anyone can tell there were no injuries.  There are bullets hitting the outside wall of a middle school gym in the early morning before anyone was on the campus, likely during an unrelated drive-by shooting.

Following Biden's Gun Control Speech, An Inconvenient Story Surfaces.  Thursday night's news programs were dominated by the story of President Biden's speech earlier in the evening, in which he pressed for more stringent gun control measures. [...] When it comes to inaccuracies, it's also important to zero in on Biden's call for "Repeal of the immunity that protects gun manufacturers from liability."  This repeats a theme he brought up in his State of the Union address, one that sees him advocating for the repeal of "the liability shield that makes gun manufacturers the only industry in America that cannot be sued.  The only one."  That was wrong then and it was wrong Thursday night.  The truth is that the firearms industry is far from the only industry that enjoys liability protections.  Those liability protections are the same ones that keep you from suing General Motors just because the driver who smashed into your car happened to be driving a Chevy.  Manufacturers are liable for badly made products, not for well-made products that are used badly.

There Have Been 13 Mass School Shootings Since 1966, Not 27 This Year.  For many people, the Uvalde, Texas, mass shooting — which claimed the lives of at least 19 children and two adults — seemed all the more horrible after they learned it was the 27th school shooting so far this year.  That fact makes it harder to view Uvalde as any kind of isolated incident.  An NPR article highlighting this statistic has been shared frequently on social media.  The headline, "27 school shootings have taken place so far this year," probably gave many readers the impression that gun-related killings in schools have been especially high this year, even before Uvalde.  Naturally, the prospect of 26 other previously unnoticed mass shooting events in schools should provoke alarm.  It should also raise eyebrows.  The problem here is that three very differently defined terms are being used somewhat incautiously and interchangeably:  school shooting, mass shooting, and mass school shooting.  Uvalde was a mass school shooting; the 26 previous tragedies at schools this year were not.

From Senseless Trauma to Predictable Hackery.  As revolting a spectacle as it was, it was scarcely surprising (considering the source) that in the immediate aftermath of the horrific killings at Uvalde, the "President" hobbled to a microphone to rehash stale partisan lies designed to defame half the nation and to scapegoat his political adversaries — even sinking so low as to repeatedly enlist God as his partner in this disgraceful, transparently self-serving stunt.  In his screed, Biden delivered a litany of angrily couched, divisive lies.  While the trotting out of these recycled, cheap falsehoods is galling, one of the most offensive aspects of Biden's hateful little rant was its subtext.  Biden's falsehoods were delivered in a tone that implied the Uvalde tragedy gives Biden and his political allies a license to gloat over the victims and to proclaim accusatorily "See!  We told you so!  You wouldn't let us have our way, and now this happened!"

School Shootings — Beyond the Hype and Spin.  Start with the spin.  President Joe Biden, in prepared remarks after the Uvalde shooting, asked, "But these kinds of mass shootings never happen with the kind of frequency that they happen in America."  Actually, the opposite.  The five worst mass shootings worldwide occurred outside the U.S. as did 32 of the top 50, contradicting Biden's assertion.  Then there is the inevitable blame on ill defined "assault weapons," which is a made-up and ambiguous term invented by the anti-gun lobby in the 1980s.  Perhaps the confusion lies in the distinction between automatic and semi-automatic firearms, the latter being what most gun owners and law enforcement use and the former being machine guns, which are incredibly difficult for civilians to obtain legally.

Jackson Lee:  If a Shooter Has 'Weapons of War' and an 'Automatic Weapon,' 'a Good Guy with a Gun' 'Doesn't Work'.  On Friday's broadcast of CNN's "Don Lemon Tonight," Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) argued that it has been proven that if a shooter "has weapons of war, and has the unbelievable automatic weapon," then a law-abiding citizen with a gun responding "doesn't work."  [Video clip]

Don't assume school shooters are mentally ill.  There is a lot of mumbo-jumbo psych talk circulating around the dead bodies in Uvalde, a town I knew pretty well because I consulted frequently with their hospital administrator.  I want to remind readers of the problem of personality disorders (P.D.) and distinguish P.D. from mental illness.  P.D. is pattern of anti-social or dysfunctional behavior caused not by mental illness, but by bad manners and bad social adaptation.  There are three groups of personality disorders.  In the emergency medicine part of my life, I taught residents that P.D.s are the weird, the wild, and the withdrawn.  The killers and criminals are usually in the wild group, who are the most anti-social and disruptive. [...] Consider my warning:  P.D.s are not a mental illness; they are a culturally dysfunctional behavior problem.  P.D. individuals are not psychotic or out of touch with reality — they just have a bad set of behavior and social controls.

Mass shootings:  Don't confuse madness with evil.  [Scroll down]  The left's "do-somethingism" on COVID-19 has destroyed countless lives and livelihoods.  The damage is still being measured, and worse, still happening!  If the American left can "do something" to get rid of guns (or ammunition) in the U.S., it absolutely will.  As numerous nations have proved, America has remained America largely because of the Second Amendment.  Recently, the idea that America needs to be "fundamentally transformed" has reached the highest levels of the left.  The quickest way for this to happen would be to take guns from law-abiding Americans.  We largely surrendered to "do-somethingism" on COVID. We should never make that mistake with guns.

Classicalliberty on Twitter.  I will not be lectured on gun control by a government that left 300,000 guns in Afghanistan for the Taliban.

Data Shows White Supremacists Are Not The Most Likely Mass Murderers.  Of the 82 mass public shootings from January 1998 to May 2021, 9 percent have known or alleged ties to white supremacists, neo-Nazis, or anti-immigrant views.  Many of the anti-immigrant attackers, such as the Buffalo murderer, hold decidedly environmentalist views that are more in line with the Democrat agenda.  Other groups commit mass public shootings disproportionately more than whites do.  While non-Middle Eastern whites make up about 64 percent of the population, they make up 58 percent of the mass public shooters.  Another 9 percent are carried out by people of Middle Eastern origin, who make up only 0.4 percent of the country's population.  That makes Middle Easterners the most likely ethnic or racial group to carry out mass public shootings.  Blacks, Asians, and American Indians also commit these attacks at a slightly higher rate than their share of the population.  Hispanics commit them at much lower rates (11 percent lower) than their share of the population.

Guns, guns, guns.  You likely have read in the press that the United States has an unparalleled number of mass shootings due to our "lax" gun control laws.  Such assertions are rarely challenged, but in fact they are untrue.  I haven't seen more recent numbers, but I am sure little has changed since this 2019 post.  On a per capita basis, our mass shooting rate is quite low.

There was Another Mass Shooting in America.  You Didn't Hear About It Because the Suspect is a Chinese Communist.  President Biden is rushing off to Buffalo, apparently to console the families and local community impacted by the heinous mass shooting that took the lives of ten people on Sunday.  It is a rare in-person visit from a president whose administration has overseen an explosion of violent crime.  The Buffalo mass shooting is being labeled a "hate crime," due in part to the racial motivation of an 18-year-old with a bizarre radicalized worldview that purportedly includes an authoritarian leftist past and white nationalist bent.  The suspect Payton Gendron has described himself as being "mild-moderate authoritarian left." These inconvenient facts have not stopped departing Congresswoman Liz Cheney from getting in a petty cheapshot that House GOP leaders purportedly 'enabled white nationalism.'  If anything, the known facts of the Buffalo case demonstrate the left's argument that 'white nationalism' is the exclusive purview of the far-right rests on feet of clay.

Guess how the Buffalo shooter identified himself politically.  The alleged supermarket killer is self-described as authoritarian left — so why isn't this being reported?  If the alleged Buffalo killer's "manifesto" is authentic, he was deep into communist ideology and now is an authoritarian leftist.  Why is this being kept under wraps?  The teenager accused of murdering ten people last Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y. also allegedly posted a 180-page "manifesto" online that the national media are selectively exploiting, leaving out key facts.

Family members say Buffalo shooter was paranoid about COVID, wore a respirator mask, and recently caught it.  Relatives of the suspect in the Buffalo mass shooting, that took the lives of 10 individuals, are blaming Covid "paranoia and isolation" for the reason behind the attack.  Family members of suspect Payton Gendron, 18, told The New York Post that he "likely snapped" from isolation caused by the pandemic.  Gendron, the sole suspect in the case, showed clear signs of mental instability prior to going to the Tops Friendly Market and specifically targeting black people with a semi-automatic rifle.

Tucker Carlson Responds to Charges He Inspired Buffalo Shooter.  While the mass shooting of 10 people by a mentally ill man in Buffalo, NY, on Saturday stands on its own as an unspeakable horror, others have rushed to blame their political opponents for the tragedy.  In what can only be called ghoulish behavior, Democrats (and Liz Cheney, of course) have decided that a white supremacist who describes himself as a "moderate left authoritarian" and evolved communist was inspired by various conservative figures.  Chief among those being blamed is Fox News' Tucker Carlson.  Accused of spreading "The Great Replacement Theory," Carlson has come under heavy fire from the left and news organizations despite having no connection to the killer.  On Monday evening, he took to the airwaves to respond to the situation and made his critics look like clowns.

When You Label Half of the Country Racist.  Hearing of the the racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, I fully anticipated the leftist cries to restrict guns.  But these calls were overshadowed by an elevation of a more recent progressive talking point:  Blaming Republicans as a whole for the attack.  Rolling Stone, long a banner-carrier for the Left, went with these headlines:  "The Buffalo Shooter Isn't a 'Lone Wolf.'  He's a Mainstream Republican...  The right-wing extremists who control the modern GOP are all gripped by a racist delusion."  CNN's Jim Acosta came out and laid the blame at Tucker Carlson's doorstep.  Newsweek ran the headline, "Parkland Father Blames Ron DeSantis, Other Republicans for Buffalo Shooting."  Overnight, anyone who had conservative values and voted Republican was complicit in mass murder and carried the taint of being called a racist... or so the Left hoped.

Authorities Say Gunman in SoCal Church Attack is Chinese Immigrant Motivated by Hate For Taiwanese.  As TGP's Kristinn Taylor reported, the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods was the target of a mass shooting Sunday afternoon with five wounded, one person killed and a suspect in custody.  On Sunday it was reported that a large portion of the parishioners were Taiwanese.  The shooter, 68-year-old David Chou of Las Vegas, was booked on one count of murder and five counts of attempted murder.  According to authorities, David Chou is a Chinese immigrant motivated by hate for Taiwanese.

The Editor says...
This story doesn't really sound right.  One would think that anyone who has lived 68 years — and has relocated to a new home on the other side of the world — would know better than to shoot up a bunch of people due to leftover bigotry.  Let's assume the man is not a Chinese spy, which is assuming a lot.  It still sounds uncharacteristic of an old immigrant man.

Buffalo Killer Wasn't Conservative, Also Despised Fox News, Greg Gutfeld, Ben Shapiro, Rupert Murdoch.  After a self-identified "white supremacist" allegedly shot up a New York grocery store, many news outlets and left-leaning Twitter users went wild trying to pin the crime on Fox News, Tucker Carlson, Ben Shapiro, Greg Gutfeld and other people on the right.  But now it has been revealed that the suspect openly hated all the conservatives the media wants to blame as a motivation for the crime. [...] Authorities did not speculate on the motive for the crime, but leftists in the media and on Twitter immediately blamed conservative TV personalities.  Former Obama press secretary Joe Lockhart, for instance, jumped to his Twitter account to claim that Tucker Carlson and Fox News have "more blood" on their hands.  [Tweet]  Another blue checked Twitter user, Georgetown professor Don Moynihan, also blamed Tucker Carlson despite the fact that he had no evidence whatsoever that the suspect was a Carlson fan.  [Tweet]

Neither poverty nor the illegal use of firearms is a disease control issue.
CDC Links Poverty to 2020's Elevated Firearm Homicide Rate.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study this week which showed a higher firearm homicide rate in 2020 relative to 2019, and pointed to poverty as a factor in the increase.  The CDC study showed that "the firearm homicide rate in 2020 was the highest recorded since 1994."  But it also showed that the increase in the firearm homicide rates varied across demographics.

America's Ruling Class Wants to Reduce Us to Incompetence.  New York Gov. Kathy Hochul blamed the recent shooting death of Jason Rivera, a New York City police officer, on "a shot from an illegal gun."  In this strange passive voice, the Democratic governor didn't mention the officer by name, but concluded that the true threat facing New York City was "the scourge of illegal guns on our streets."  By refusing to state that an actual person acted viciously and illegally in killing a police officer, Hochul asked us to believe in a lie.  Obviously, that lie's utility rests in its redefinition of violent crime as a problem stemming from lack of government regulation — in this case, insufficient gun control measures.  She wants New Yorkers to ignore the violent crime rate spike in their city, aided and abetted by progressive crime policies.

Biden's False Gun Claims Are a Lousy Basis for Law.  President Joe Biden so frequently and willfully tells lies about firearms that, if he were a podcaster talking about anything other than guns, aging rockers would trip over their walkers in a rush to sever even the most tenuous ties to him.  Of course, we live in an age of misinformation and disinformation and probably should expect nothing better from the White House.  But Biden proposes to impose ever-tougher rules based on his repetitive malarkey, illustrating the problem of governments wielding their vast regulatory apparatus based on misunderstandings and malice.  "Congress needs to do its part too:  pass universal background checks, ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, close loopholes, and keep out of the hands of domestic abusers — weapons, repeal the liability shield for gun manufacturers," Biden huffed last week in New York.  "Imagine had we had a liability — they're the only industry in America that is exempted from being able to be sued by the public.  The only one."  Big, if true!  But it's not.  As it turns out, gun manufacturers are not immune from lawsuits for flaws in their products.

Biden on gun control plan: 'There's no amendment that's absolute'.  President Joe Biden said Thursday that his gun violence prevention strategy is necessary to combat rising violent crime in cities across the country and that preventing the sale of certain firearms "doesn't violate anybody's Second Amendment rights."  "Making sure that people who are not allowed to have a gun, don't get the gun in the first place," the president said of his push to institute stricter background checks for firearm sales.  "This doesn't violate anybody's Second Amendment right.  There's no violation of the Second Amendment right to talk like there's no amendment that's absolute."

Biden Lies About Guns — Again — During Visit to NYC to Address Crime Surge.  Joe Biden made a series of bogus claims about guns during a visit to New York City on Thursday [2/3/2022] to address skyrocketing crime rates in the city.  His visit came one one day after the massive funeral for the second of two NYPD cops who were gunned down last month.  A group of protesters carrying the anti-Biden message "Let's Go Brandon" and chanting "no vaccine mandate!" greeted Biden as he arrived at One Police Plaza just after 1 p.m., the New York Post reported.  [Tweet]  Biden delivered a speech touting his plan to crack down on firearms trafficking alongside fellow Democrats Mayor Eric Adams, Gov. Kathy Hochul, and Attorney General Merrick Garland.  He said it was important to make sure that "people who aren't allowed to have a gun don't get one in the first place" — unlike his son Hunter Biden, who obtained a gun license after lying on the registration form, and was never prosecuted.

The Cynical and Dangerous Weaponization of the "White Supremacist" Label.  Within hours of the August 25, 2020, shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin — not days, but hours — it was decreed as unquestioned fact in mainstream political and media circles that the shooter, Kyle Rittenhouse, was a "white supremacist."  Over the next fifteen months, up to and including his acquittal by a jury of his peers on all charges, this label was applied to him more times than one can count by corporate media outlets as though it were proven fact.  Indeed, that Rittenhouse was a "white supremacist" was deemed so unquestionably true that questioning it was cast as evidence of one's own racist inclinations (defending a white supremacist).  Yet all along, there was never any substantial evidence, let alone convincing proof, that it was true.  This fact is, or at least should be, an extraordinary, even scandalous, event:  a 17-year-old was widely vilified as being a white supremacist by a union of national media and major politicians despite there being no evidence to support the accusation.  Yet it took his acquittal by a jury who heard all the evidence and testimony for parts of the corporate press to finally summon the courage to point out that what had been Gospel about Rittenhouse for the last fifteen months was, in fact, utterly baseless.

Kyle Rittenhouse and the Red-Pilling of America.  Remember, leftism only succeeds when surrounded by a fog of lies.  When the fog lifts, people reject it.  And the media pumped out all the fog it could.  There were people who literally did not know the collection of criminals and/or perverts Kyle exorcised were as white as Mitt Romney at a Cure concert.  Really.  That was the media's doing, [...] But when people watched the trial, they saw something entirely different from what they had been fed by the Enemy of the People, and it stuck.  People were shocked [...] to see that they were being lied to, and hard.  Not little lies.  Not careless errors.  No, these were calculated, intentional lies designed to push the party line.  And their lies were revealed to all in that Kenosha courtroom.  The liberal champions were Binger and Lunchbox, the [...] assistant DAs who were incompetent when they weren't straight-up lying.  And people saw it all.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis Says Law-Abiding Citizens with Guns Don't Deter Criminals.  U.S. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) said at a House Judiciary hearing last week that good people with firearms do not stop bad people with firearms.  "Show me a case in Memphis where a good man or woman with a gun protected and stopped the use of a weapon.  That canard doesn't occur.  That dog won't hunt.  It doesn't happen.  You talk about people losing their Second Amendment rights through these procedures," Cohen said, referring to various states' red flag laws. [...] Dan Zimmerman, writing about Cohen's remarks for The Truth About Guns, called Cohen a liar.  "We're sorry to burst the Congressman's well-insulated, Beltway-bound bubble, but surely even he heard about the shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ outside Fort Worth that was stopped by a congregant with a pistol?  It was caught on video for all the world to see.  But that was almost two years ago!  Someone as busy and important as a U.S. Congressman can't be expected to remember something like that!" Zimmerman wrote.

The Definitive Debunking of the Gun Control Movement's Lies.  Last month, columnist David Frum penned a piece for The Atlantic that revealed he knows as much about firearms as Michael Moore does about dieting.  In his article, "Responsible Gun Ownership Is a Lie," he argues that Americans are better off with strict gun control designed to make it more difficult for people to own firearms.  Frum makes most of the usual anti-Second Amendment arguments in his piece, deceptively claiming that lax gun control laws make people less safe.  But, as with most of his anti-gun comrades, Frum fails to make a compelling case.  One can understand why Frum is concerned.  Indeed, Americans are buying guns at a rate that would be upsetting to anyone who doesn't want people to own firearms.  A recent survey revealed there were almost 9.8 million background checks for gun sales by June of 2021.  It also found that 33.2 percent were purchased by first-time gun owners.

Guns, Germs, and Feelz.  [Scroll down]  When certain words are not useful to the political left's agenda, the meanings of those words are simply changed to fit the agenda.  In the left's war against personal ownership of firearms, the ATF empowered itself with the barely checked authority to redefine what a "machine gun" is.  By fiat, unelected cubicle kings have deemed a trigger a "machine gun."  A pistol is a machine and a gun, too.  How long before the ATF decides that new wordplay epiphanies empower it to criminalize the Second Amendment more broadly?  Of all the mass delusions that have been perpetrated upon the American people, the government's decades-long mission to terrify the public from owning firearms is the most dangerous.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Blames 'Guns' After Chicago Officer's Death.  Hours after Chicago police officer Ella French was killed during a traffic stop, Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) blamed "guns," describing them as "a common enemy."  Breitbart News reports that French was working a traffic stop Saturday night just after 9 p.m. when at least one suspect opened fire on her and the male officer who was her partner.  The gunfire proved fatal for French and left the male officer in critical condition.  There were three suspects in the car from which the gunfire came: two males and a female.  CNN notes that all three suspects are in custody.

ACLU Excoriated for Claiming Racism [is] 'Foundational' to [the] Second Amendment — 'Embarrassment to Your Own History'.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) faced an online backlash Sunday [7/25/2021] after publicizing claims racism is "foundational" to the Second Amendment and its inclusion in the Bill of Rights.  Critics accused the civil rights group of spreading misinformation and abandoning its own founding principles.  In a recent ACLU "At Liberty" podcast episode, historian Carol Anderson, a professor of African American Studies at Emory University, explained how "anti-blackness" determined the decision to include the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights and informed its "unequal and racist enforcement over the last several hundred years."

Gun-Death Hoax Faked the Facts, Which the Media Echoed.  I recently drove 950 miles to give the keynote commencement address at an online high school based in Las Vegas.  Two thousand students were supposedly going to attend, but it turned out that the school didn't exist.  The fake high school and the deceptive editing of my speech weren't the only falsehoods here.  A gun control organization called "Change the Ref" hoodwinked news outlets worldwide to propagate a lie about how extensive gun violence is in the United States.  The videos made from this address focus on the "lost class."  Specifically, "they are the 3,044 graduating high school seniors that died from gun violence," according to Change the Ref.  These dead students were represented by the vast sea of 3,044 empty chairs that the group had me give my "dress rehearsal" talk in front of.  It is a claim that received unquestioning national (e.g., USA Today, MSNBC, CNN, Washington Post) and international (e.g., The Guardian [UK], Stern [Germany], SBS News [Australia]) news coverage parroting this figure, even running the number in their headlines.  But it is a number that isn't even remotely close to the truth.

Democrats Versus America's Founding Documents.  Joe Biden stated in a public address from the White House, "The Second Amendment, from the day it was passed, limited the type of people who could own a gun and what type of weapon you could own."  To their credit, several fact-checkers have called out Joe Biden for his obvious misrepresentations about the Second Amendment, but I have not heard him or his spokespeople retract or clarify his statements in a way that could illustrate his fealty to the Constitution, rather than an insatiable lust for ever-more power.

Former Detroit Police Chief Disputes White House Talking Point on Guns.  The White House has been on super spin mode for a lot of issues since Joe Biden was installed in office.  They have saved the extra fast spin for the issue of defunding the police and now ignoring the reason for gun violence that is sweeping some areas of the country.  Now that this is becoming an issue and is showing up in polling as a bad thing for the Democrats for the midterms next year, the "defund the police" crowd is trying an oldie but goodie from the nonsense bag of tricks:  Flat out lie.  Thankfully, there is a former top cop of a major city who is refuting the nonsense of the Defund The Police movement and also laying waste to the notion that guns are the problem for the rise in crime.  The former top cop in Detroit, James Craig recently spoke out on the "gun causes crime" view and he was very direct in how he sees it.

Biden's gun crime prevention speech was equal parts ludicrous and scary.  With murder rates skyrocketing in major American cities, Joe Biden announced his "gun crime prevention strategy."  Because Democrats are opposed to punishments for crime, Biden was reduced to maligning the Second Amendment.  Thankfully, he lacks the authority to grab our guns, but he managed a few chilling statements.  Violent crime has dramatically escalated in Democrat-run states and cities, where Democrats have released violent prisoners; defunded, hamstrung, and demoralized the police; decreased or done away with bail; and elected Soros-funded prosecutors who refuse to prosecute potential Democrat voters. [...] The real point of Biden's speech was grabbing guns.  (If the filibuster holds, Biden lacks the political might to pass gun-grabbing laws.)  His problem is that the cities with the worst violent crime already have gun-grabbing laws.

Media has No Standards for Phrase "Surge in Gun Violence" but Loves using it Anyway.  Whenever mainstream outlets use the phrase "surge in gun violence" or "surge of gun violence" you can be relatively assured that they are arguing via left-wing meme rather than any useful statistic.  Most importantly, when someone hears 'gun violence' they are likely thinking criminal use of a gun, when that phrase is deliberately vague so as to overinclude many gun uses that most readers would not intend, such as suicides, defensive gun uses, and accidental discharges.  But this phrase, 'surge in gun violence' is so commonplace that it appears in many mainstream outlets, even when they provide no evidence for the statistical rise in violence, no theory as to why it is rising, and no causal allegation of any kind.

The 1619 Project Comes for the Second Amendment.  Left-wing academic Carol Anderson's new book, The Second:  Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America, is all over the news. [...] The Second is an attempt — much like the 1619 Project — to reimagine history in purely racial terms.  The result is tendentious polemic that suffers not only from a paucity of historical evidence, but from a dishonest rendering of the facts we do know.  After comprehensively detailing the constitutional debate over slavery and the nefariousness of that institution, Anderson takes the liberty of asserting that the Second Amendment was "not some hallowed ground but rather a bribe, paid again with Black bodies."  This is a contention that isn't backed by a single contemporaneous quote or piece of hard evidence in the book.

Pandemic?! Don't you mean the riots?  I'm seeing this headline on the front page of the NYT website:  "Pandemic Fuels Surge in U.S. Gun Sales 'Unlike Anything We've Ever Seen.'"  Clicking through, I see the headline "An Arms Race in America:  Gun Buying Spiked During the Pandemic.  It's Still Up.  Preliminary research data show that about a fifth of all Americans who bought guns last year were first-time gun owners."  It's absurd to state — as if it's a fact — that the pandemic "fueled" the surge when there were riots and the police stood down and did not protect the citizens!  I personally got trained to use a gun last summer, and I fired a gun for the first time in my life.  That had nothing to do with the pandemic.  It was about civil disorder threatening my neighborhood and the manifest unwillingness of the city to keep order.  You're on your own, we were told, quite plainly.

Dana Loesch Drops a Reality Bomb on Jen Psaki After She Blamed the National Rise in Crime on Gun Owners.  When Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked if we have a crime problem in America as evidenced by a rise in shootings, Psaki took the predictable Democrat route of pointing at the lack of laws for law-abiding gun owners.  Radio show host Dana Loesch, however, wasn't having it, and took to Twitter to make sure Psaki's narrative crashed and burned. [...] Loesch, known for her knowledge on firearms, gun-related issues, and 2nd Amendment advocacy, watched Psaki's response to the questions she was asked and made a response of her own that peeled back the mask the Biden administration was putting on the rise in crime and exposed what the issue really is.  "We have record gun sales and new gun owners but not the crime to match," Loesch tweeted.  "What we have is a judicial problem, lowered deterrents for repeat offenders via her party's policies, reduced police morale, and criminals emboldened by "defund cops" talk from her party."

CA Assemblyman Makes People Laugh Their Heads off With Ridiculous Remark About Guns.  One of the things about Democratic politicians' ignorance when it comes to guns is that it is part hilarious and part troubling that people in charge of making laws can be so lacking in knowledge.  Most seem to have no understanding at all about guns.  California Assemblyman David Chiu (D-OfCourse) proved that in spades.  Chiu tweeted about how upset he was about "finding the discarded packaging of a semi-automatic on a leisurely weekend walk was disturbing, particularly during this month's surge of gun violence in San Francisco. [...]"

A California assemblyman got triggered on the streets of San Francisco.  One of the most shocking things about gun-grabbing Democrats is their ignorance about guns, legal gun-owners, and gun culture.  That ignorance was on display Sunday [5/23/2021] when David Chiu, a California assemblyman, was walking the streets of San Francisco and discovered the abandoned packaging for a Glock.  The horror!  Except it wasn't a Glock at all, something he would have realized if he'd read the packing or known anything about gun sales.

9 of Hollywood's Biggest Acts of Hypocrisy:  China, #MeToo, Guns, Climate Change, and More.  When they're not making movies, TV shows, or albums, left-wing Hollywood elites can be found lecturing average Americans on how to live their lives.  Gun control is imperative, lockdowns are necessary, and burning fossil fuels is wrong.  Except when they do it, of course. [...] Celebrities love to promote gun control legislation, with stars cheering on President Joe Biden's recent executive actions.  Yet many stars employ private armed security while studio movies and TV shows thrive on fake gun violence.

Biden Adviser Richmond:  Republicans Need to Stop Hiding Behind Second Amendment — It's Not Meant for 'Weapons of War'.  Biden senior adviser Cedric Richmond said Thursday on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" that President Biden was determined to do "something about gun violence" so Republicans who "have hid behind the Second Amendment for far too long" need to respond to public demand for gun regulations on "weapons of war."  Richmond said, "I know President Biden's passion about doing something about gun violence and creating sensible gun laws along with Vice President Harris, and I think the country is shifting too."

Merrick Garland Absolutely Beclowned Himself at Biden's Gun Control Presser.  Has there been a better political decision in the last five years than blowing up Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court by Barack Obama?  Some might argue otherwise, but now that we've gotten a good look at Garland as Attorney General, it's apparent the country dodged a bullet. [...] Today, Garland doubled down on the stupidity at Joe Biden's gun control presser.  At one point, he claimed that AR-15 pistols with stabilizing braces are concealable.  [Video clip]  That's not how any of this works.  An AR pistol is not in any way concealable.

Biden Gun Speech Filled With Falsehoods.  President Joe Biden made numerous false and misleading statements while unveiling a package of gun-control actions on Thursday [4/8/2021].  Biden falsely described how federal firearm laws work as he called for Congress to amend those laws.  He pushed the Senate to pass H.R. 8, which would ban private gun sales unless done through a licensed dealer, by claiming there is a special exemption for sales made at gun shows.  "Most people don't know, you walk into a store and you buy a gun you have a background check," Biden said in his speech at the White House.  "But you go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want and no background check."  Most people do not know what the president said because it is not true.  Federal law does not regulate gun sales based on where they occur.  Instead, it regulates them based on who is involved in the sale.  If a licensed gun dealer is selling a gun to a private citizen, the sale must go through a background check.  Licensed dealers can and do sell guns at gun shows.

Biden Falsely Claims That At A Gun Show 'You Can Buy Whatever You Want — No Background Check".  President Joe Biden falsely suggested that Americans who purchase firearms at gun shows don't need to first pass a background check prior to the transaction.  Biden said background checks aren't required for firearm purchases at gun shows during his remarks at the White House Thursday.  However, federal law already mandates firearm dealers to initiate a background check on prospective buyers at stores, gun shows or anywhere a transaction may occur, according to the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action.  "Most people don't know that you walk into a store and buy a gun, you have a background check," Biden said during the ceremony Thursday, in which he announced a slew of executive actions on gun violence.  "But, you go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want — no background check."

Ever notice how the perpetrator is portrayed?  The Socialists have their fingers-crossed — oh, please let the shooter be a white guy!  This automatically means the killer is a racist conservative who voted for Trump.  Doesn't matter who he kills.  This is their narrative:  NEED to stop people like that from buying firearms!  And if he purchased the gun illegally?  We require more laws.  But what happens when he is an Islamic Terrorist?  First, we can't use those words.  Second, regardless of his postings on Facebook or Twitter — where he is from or worships — We can't infer anything.  The shooter can make the most outrageous Social-Media statements on his beliefs and Allah, but there is still nothing to see here.  Ignore it.  Not Real.  The Man is Obviously Insane!  [Of course].  Anyone who kills a bunch of people isn't going to be of sound mind.  And the sympathetic Liberals will go out of their way to call it a Hate Crime.  Work Related Crime.  Anything but an Islamic Terrorist Act.

Federal 2018 Data:  Falling Killed 126 Times More People than Rifles of Any Kind.  Federal data on causes of death in America show that, as recently as 2018, falling accounted for at least 126 times as many fatalities as rifles of any kind — an inconvenient fact for Democrat lawmakers who are currently demanding a new round of nationwide gun controls.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) 2018 National Vital Statistics show 37,455 people died from unintentional falls throughout the year.  The same CDC data shows unintentional firearm deaths for 2018 came in at 458, which means accidental death by falling was about 82 times more likely than accidental death via any kind of firearm.

Ilhan Omar tries to make car and knife attack at the U.S. Capitol about AR-15s.  Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) somehow tried to make the latest attack at the U.S. Capitol about AR-15s and she received a lot of ridicule and mockery from social media in exchange.  The heinous attack at the Capitol on Friday was perpetrated by a suspect who was a supporter of the Nation of Islam who used a car to ram into Capitol police officers and then threatened other officers with a knife.  He was shot and killed by other officers.  Despite the only gun in the incident being used to kill the assailant, Omar tried to shoehorn a gun control narrative into the lethal attack.

Leftist talking point claims mass shooters are majority 'white', mug shot compilation tells another story.  Democrats keep insisting that the majority of mass shooters are violent, white males but photo collages from 2019 and 2020 do not seem to support that assertion and in fact, show a diverse mix of faces that are guilty of going on shooting sprees.  The Post Millennial's Editor-at-Large Andy Ngo tweeted out collages that appear to contradict the media's claims concerning race when it comes to mass shooters.  Those on Twitter were quick to ask the source of the information which at least partially comes from a wiki seemingly dedicated to recording who comprises the list of mass shooters in the U.S. Specifically in this case, 2019.  But there are allegedly other statistics out there that appear to support the other side of the issue as well and the debate rages on.  When the narrative of race collapsed, commenters immediately turned to how gun control was necessary due to the number of shooters out there.

Joe Biden [is] Protected by [the] Same Guns He Wants to Ban After [the] Boulder Shooting.  President Joe Biden is protected by AR-15s and similar firearms while pushing to prohibit law-abiding Americans from owning those same guns.  Breitbart News reported that Biden responded to Monday's [3/22/2021] Boulder, Colorado, shooting by calling for Congress to pass an "assault weapons" ban that would include a ban on "high capacity" magazines.  Biden campaigned on such a ban in the lead-up to the 2020 election.  On August 12, 2019, MSNBC noted Biden expressing his commitment to banning "assault weapons" and making clear his belief that the Second Amendment is not "absolute."  At the same, Biden is protected 24/7 by Secret Service agents armed with AR-15s and similar rifles.

TV Shows Push Gun Control Myths in Sync With Biden.  Last week, the Biden administration promised gun control groups that it will soon roll out a massive push for limits on firearm purchases and other measures.  President Biden reiterated that promise on Sunday.  And the television networks aren't waiting to lay the groundwork for this effort.  CBS is in a full-court press for gun control on its evening entertainment television shows.  The bad guys are always white supremacists who use machine guns — supposedly AR-15s — to commit mass public shootings.  Criminals in Mexico supposedly get machine guns from the United States.  A father's desire to protect his family only leads to tragedy when his daughter gets into the gun safe and uses the weapon in a mass public shooting.  And guns in the home pose a danger for children.  Gun registration is necessary for solving crime.

Does Joe Biden Believe All Gun Owners Are Hunters?  A common refrain from Joe Biden over the past decade has been his commitment to hunters and other sportsmen.  In a 2013 Facebook town hall event with Parents magazine, then Vice President Biden proudly stated, "no one's taking my shotguns" when the issue of the Second Amendment was addressed.  Biden has stuck to his guns — or more accurately his shotguns — many times when the issue of gun control has been brought up.  The same year as the town hall, Biden offered advice for self-defense — buy a shotgun, not an assault rifle.  "You don't need an AR-15," Biden said as reported by the Reuters News Agency at the time.  "It's harder to aim.  It's harder to use and in fact, you don't need 30 rounds to protect yourself.  Buy a shotgun."

Another day, another stunning display of AOC's ignorance.  CNN's Chris Cuomo interviewed left-wing darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and naturally asked why she didn't attend Biden's inauguration.  Her reason, she said, was that she and some of her colleagues "don't yet feel safe around other Members of Congress." [...] After all, people have guns there, which is just unacceptable in the District of Columbia.  "For individuals who don't know," she says, "guns are not allowed in the District of Columbia."  We've become accustomed to such displays of pure ignorance from the young bartender/taco waitress-turned-congresswoman, but there's something in this exchange that seems particularly instructive.  First of all, that "guns are not allowed in the District of Columbia" is a shocking revelation to the people who legally own guns there.  It must be particularly shocking to the people who have concealed carry permits issued in the District of Columbia.

Biden calls gun violence 'national health crisis'; Harris says 'past time' for new gun control.  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris both advocated for strict new gun control measures during a remembrance for the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012.  On Monday [12/14/2020], the eighth anniversary of the attack, Biden released a statement in which he called gun violence a "national health crisis," leading some to believe he may, as president, use that as a basis for new executive action on firearms.

The Editor says...
[#1] There is no such thing as "gun violence."  Guns are not violent.  [#2] Felonious use of firearms is not a health issue.

Don't Let the Fake Fact Checkers Fool You — Joe and Kamala Support Gun Confiscation.  Just like Joe Biden, vice presidential hopeful Kamala Harris supports outright, mandatory gun confiscation.  She just disguises it under a couple of flowery words: "mandatory" and "buyback."  This of course is when all of the fake media's fake fact checkers pour out of the woodwork to lie with the false claim Kamala Harris Never Said She Wanted to Confiscate Guns.  We know the fake fact checkers are going to publish their fake fact checks with their fake claims because that's what the fake fact checkers did to protect their precious Barry Obama, who also said he wanted to confiscate your guns.  Further, the fake fact checkers published lies to protect Hillary Clinton, who also said she wanted to confiscate your guns.  Oh, and Joe Biden said he wanted to confiscate your gun, and he also used flowery words about "buybacks," and as you will see below, he has not taken that sentiment back, even after the fake media tried to help him cover up that fact.

Liberals, Secession, and "The Other".  Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (affectionately known here as Beetle juice) has blamed the state of Indiana for all the murders in Chicago.  That's right, Chicagoan's are killing each other because of truckloads of guns brought in by Hoosiers.  Previously, she said, "we had a law enforcement first [policy] and it wasn't working."  Dubious, either that that was her policy, or that it wasn't working — because it wasn't being allowed to work.  But now?  "The fact that you can cross the border," she said, "go into Indiana and purchase military-grade weapons at any number with no background check is a terrible thing, not only for a city but look at the devastation that gun violence is wreaking every single day in our community."  She's not alone in blaming outsiders for her own city's problems.

The Editor says...
Guns are not violent.  One could bring "truckloads of guns" to some cities, and the crime rate would go down.  On the other hand, one could import a truckload of baseball bats to certain cities, like Chicago for example, and the crime rate would likely go up.

The Chicago Gun Myth.  The tragically incompetent mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, appeared on CNN's State of the Union this weekend to deflect attention from the horror show unfolding in her city by blaming interlopers for its spiking murder rate:  "We are being inundated with guns from states that have virtually no gun control, no background checks, no ban on assault weapons — that is hurting cities like Chicago."  Although these accusations have leveled by Chicago politicians for decades now, they are a myth.  For one thing, there is no state in the nation with "virtually no gun control" or "no background checks."  Every time anyone in the United States purchases a gun from a federal firearms licensee (FFL) — a gun store, a gun show, it doesn't matter — the seller runs a background check on the buyer through the NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) database.

Joe Biden Doesn't Know How Guns Work.  Joe Biden can best capitalize on the rioting following the death of George Floyd in the same way he can best capitalize on anything in 2020: by keeping quiet and out of sight.  Unfortunately for Biden, he does occasionally show up and say things.  And then this happens:  He suggests that police should be trained that, if cops rushed by unarmed person, they could "shoot them in the leg instead of the heart is a very different thing."  This is bad advice that would get people killed.  Police do have a variety of tools of non-deadly force at their disposal (tasers, rubber bullets, etc.), although some of those, too, can be deadly in some circumstances.  Floyd, after all, was killed by a man's knee.  But anyone who has been trained in police work or the military could tell you:  Firing a gun is always potentially deadly force.  You shoot for center mass, to kill, or you don't shoot at all.  If you're not prepared to kill someone, you should not even point a loaded gun at them, much less fire it.  If you don't have grounds to shoot to kill, you don't have grounds to shoot.

Columnist Thinks Virus Will Be More Deadly Due To Gun Buying.  We've written a lot of stories about people buying guns over the last week.  That's really unsurprising since it's been such a significant amount.  There doesn't seem to be a gun store in the country — nay, North America — isn't being hammered with customers during this terrifying time.  However, as our sister site Red State reported earlier this week, some seem to believe that the gun buying is going to somehow make the virus more deadly.

Joe Biden Is Ignorant And Dishonest About Guns, Just Like The Media.  Set aside Joe Biden's weirdly aggressive response to the Detroit auto plant worker who challenged him on gun control policy at a campaign stop yesterday [3/10/2020] — [...] and consider instead how the blue-check media exulted in it.  Instead of noting how Biden distorted his record, or that he was factually wrong on almost every particular about guns, pundits and reporters focused on the optics, on how great it was that Biden stood up to a random voter who dared to question him.

GOP rep shouts down hearing witness for claiming nobody has died due to gun restrictions.  A House Oversight Committee hearing on voter suppression in minority communities erupted into a shouting match Wednesday when Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., tried to draw parallels between laws that restrict people's ability to vote — like ID requirements and restrictions on ex-felons — and gun control measures.  Toward the end of Massie's time, witness Timothy Jenkins, who serves on the board of social justice organization Teaching for Change, criticized Massie for steering the hearing in what he believed was the wrong direction.  To underscore his point, Jenkins claimed that "nobody has died" because they were deprived of the right to carry a gun.  Massie was quick to tell him otherwise.

Mike Bloomberg:  Having a Gun in Your Home Puts You at Risk.  Democrat presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg suggested average Americans are placed at higher risk of death or injury by having a gun in their home, during a CNN town hall on Wednesday [2/26/2020].  Bloomberg said, "You don't want to have guns.  If you have a gun in your house you're something like 22 times as likely to get killed with a gun."  He added, "There's domestic violence, there's children playing, there's accidents."  Bloomberg did not provide any substantiation of his claim that owning a gun makes someone "22 times as likely to get killed with a gun."

Joe Biden Claims A Whopping 150 Million People Have Been Killed By Guns Since 2007.  Former Vice President Joe Biden made an egregious claim during Tuesday's Democratic debate, saying that a whopping 150 million people have been killed by guns since 2007.  Biden was asked how he would stop gun violence, with the moderator noting that "Congress has not been able to pass a major gun legislation in a quarter of a century."  The former vice president said that he is "the only one who ever got it done nationally" before making the false claim that 150 million people have been killed by guns since 2007.  "One hundred fifty million people have been killed since 2007, when [Vermont Sen.] Bernie [Sanders] voted to exempt the gun manufacturers from liability," Biden claimed.  "More than all the wars, including Vietnam, from that point on.  Carnage on our streets."

Bloomberg spent $10 million on a Super Bowl ad that was a complete fabrication.  Far-left Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is an anti-gun radical.  So, naturally, he ran a $10 million anti-gun Super Bowl commercial Sunday.  The only problem is he gave misleading information about the subject of the ad and he cited incorrect data on gun-related deaths for children that included adults and suicides.  Furthermore, he didn't bother to mention the problems are suicides and gangs, not guns.

Bloomberg's Super Bowl anti-gun ad blows up on him — white billionaire disarming minorities not a good look.  Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg's $10 million gun control advertisement may not have the impact he was hoping for.  Bloomberg's 60-second commercial touting gun control aired during the 2020 Super Bowl and quickly sparked negative reactions from defenders of the Second Amendment, members of the National Rifle Association and even top Democrat strategists.  The ad focused on the shooting death of a young football player, George Kemp, in 2013. [...] Across the bottom of the screen, the caption read: "2,900 children die from gun violence every year."  Kemp was not a child, but was 20 years old at the time of his death in an incident reportedly gang-related.

Bloomberg's $10M Super Bowl ad posts misleading stat on child gun deaths.  Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg's $10 million 2020 Super Bowl ad includes a misleading statistic concerning the number of children killed in violent gun-related crimes, and inaccurately suggests that an adult victim of gun crime in Texas was a child, Fox News has found.  In the raw and emotional one-minute spot, Calandrian Simpson Kemp recalls her son's death:  "On a Friday morning, George was shot.  George didn't survive.  I just kept saying, 'You cannot tell me that the child that I gave birth to, is no longer here.'  Lives are being lost every day.  It is a national crisis."  A statistic immediately appears on the screen:  "2,900 CHILDREN DIE FROM GUN VIOLENCE EVERY YEAR."  The number is not attributed to any source.  However, a recent report from the Bloomberg-founded group Everytown for Gun Safety came up with that same number — but only when it included teenagers ages 18 and 19 in the calculation.

CNN Lies About "Permitless Carry" In Kansas City Shooting.  While I no longer expect the mainstream media to not be biased in their reporting, I do expect them to be factual.  They can be plenty biased in their reporting without mangling the actual facts available, after all.  However, CNN — an outfit that still likes to bill themselves as both trusted and trustworthy — has a habit of not necessarily doing that.  They routinely get labeled "fake news" by people like President Trump and it infuriates them.  The thing is, though, if they don't want to be labeled fake news, they probably should stop doing stupid stuff like this.

CNN Blames Bar Shooting on Lax Gun Laws.  It Got The Facts Wrong.  A CNN article on a recent Kansas City bar shooting mischaracterized the shooter's criminal history to blame the killing on Missouri's gun laws.  Police identified 29-year-old Jahron Swift as the shooter who killed one woman and injured 15 before he was killed by an armed guard January 19.  CNN published a report Wednesday saying Swift likely would have gone to prison over a weapons charge if not for the state's 2017 permitless carry law.  However, the report obfuscated the date of Swift's charge to suggest the law let him off the hook for it.  All of Swift's prior arrests and weapons charges came before Missouri's gun law went into effect.  Even after it was enacted on Jan. 1, 2017, the permitless carry law would not have nullified Swift's pending unlawful use of weapons charges.  But regardless of the permitless carry law, Swift was convicted of two felonies and therefore could not have legally carried a gun.

The Best 'White Supremacist' Minority Protests From the Virginia Gun Rally You Won't See on the News.  All day Monday the media tried to whip up fear and loathing by calling peaceful Americans of all colors and creeds "white supremacists," "white nationalists," "hate groups," and "militia groups," warning they would cause "violence" at the rally for Second Amendment rights in Virginia on Monday.  Here's an absolutely mind-numbing montage of the kind of fake news pumped into every American living room today.  Literally none of it happened.  Not only was no one arrested, but they carried out their trash too.

Warren: Concealed Carry 'Doesn't Make Anyone Safer'.  Elizabeth Warren says that concealed carry 'doesn't make anyone safer.'  "The first part is, I say that the reason those people were injured was that somebody came into that church with a gun.  And that's how it is that people got hurt in the first place."

Texans React to the Ridiculous Things Dems Say About Guns.  Students for the 2A, @NRAStudents, put out a humorous video with spots from a few famous Texans, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and Chad Prather, who has a show on Blaze TV, pointing out some of the most ridiculous statements by Democrats about guns.  [Video clip]

Gun Control Activist Promotes False Data To Uphold Anti-Gun Propaganda.  In light of the West Freeway Church shooting in White Settlement, Texas, gun control activists are blaming gun access and conceal-carry laws for the rise in gun deaths in the United States.  Gun control activist Shannon Watts claimed more than 3,500 Texans are killed by guns every year.  Her tweet insinuated mass shooters and increased access to guns are to blame for the rise in this number. [...] There are many problems with Watts's analysis, beginning with the fact that Texas has one of the highest state populations, making statistics between states incomparable.  When Texas is compared to all 50 states and Washington D.C. factoring in gun deaths per population, it falls to number 27, making Texas far from the highest rate of gun violence

WaPo Fact Checker Slams Pelosi for 'Bogus Talking Point' on Guns.  A Washington Post fact-check released Thursday [12/12/2019] gave House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) four Pinocchios for a "bogus talking point" about the number of children killed with firearms each year.  Pelosi has repeatedly claimed that 47 percent of gun deaths were "teenagers or children," according to the Post.  CDC data show the real number is closer to 9 percent, meaning the House speaker exaggerates the true number by more than fivefold.  This discrepancy led the Post to assign Pelosi's claim the harshest rating on its fact-checking scale.

A New Paradigm to Beat the Gun-Grabbers.  Paltering is the telling of a literal truth with the intent to deceive, a practice the U.S. Military Academy's Honor Code defines as lying.  "Cadets violate the Honor Code by lying if they deliberately deceive another by stating an untruth or by any direct form of communication to include the telling of a partial truth and the vague or ambiguous use of information or language with the intent to deceive or mislead."  Joe Biden, the Democrats' best hope to win in 2020, said, "Federal law prevents hunters from hunting migratory game birds with more than three shells in their shotgun.  That means our federal law does more to protect ducks than children."  New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, said similarly in a 2013 speech, "No one hunts with an assault rifle.  No one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer."  These statements are literally true but there is, in fact, no Second Amendment right to hunt.

Joe Biden:  Incompetent, Dishonest, or Both.  Shotgun Joe, who once advised people to discharge shotguns recklessly to frighten prowlers, says, "Ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.  Federal law prevents hunters from hunting migratory game birds with more than three shells in their shotgun.  That means our federal law does more to protect ducks than children."  New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, said similarly in a 2013 speech, "No one hunts with an assault rifle.  No one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer."  Both of these gentlemen have told a literal truth with the intent to deceive. [...] Deer and ducks do not, however, invade people's homes at night, rob banks and convenience stores, rape women, shoot up the Pulse Nightclub, Fort Hood, a Black church, or a Pittsburgh synagogue, or go abroad in armed gangs such as MS-13 to terrorize innocent people.  Semiautomatic rifles, which Cuomo mischaracterizes as "assault rifles," are extremely useful against violent felons.

NRA 1, San Francisco Board of Supervisors 0.  Remember last month when San Francisco's Board of Supervisors passed a resolution declaring the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization and ordered city employees to "take every reasonable step to limit" business interactions with the NRA and its supporters?  The one that our David French labeled "a retaliatory public attack on constitutionally protected speech"?  The NRA sued, and lo and behold, San Francisco is backing down, before the suit even went to court.

San Francisco backs down after NRA challenges its designation as 'terrorist organization'.  Derangement is in the air as progressives, driven to distraction by not just Trump's election and successes but their own failures, act out their rage with no consideration of the downsides.  An excellent example of Non-Trump Progressive Derangement Syndrome (NTPDS) is offered by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, embarrassed by their city's descent into filth and squalor, lashed out of the National Rifle Association instead of doing anything about the homeless population that is making sidewalks dangerous to traverse and spreading disease and crime.

Jackson Lee:  AR-15s Weigh as Much as 10 Moving Boxes.  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) claimed to have held an AR-15 and immediately regretted it, saying it weighed as much as "10 boxes that you might be moving."  Speaking to reporters last week, she added that AR-15s use a ".50 caliber" bullet that ought to be licensed. [...] Jackson Lee's remarks drew mockery online, as AR-15s are not particularly heavy rifles, weighing around seven to nine pounds when loaded.

Pro tip from Rep. Jackson Lee:  The AR-15 is 500 pounds and shoots .50 caliber rounds, or something.  You know what gives Congress its confidence ratings from American voters?  The expertise among legislators on subjects for which they intend to dictate choices to the electorate.  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee offered her expert review of the AR-15, which apparently takes five men to lift and shoots cannonballs from its muzzle.

Sheila Jackson Lee Confuses AR-15 for 10 Moving Boxes and a Heavy Machine Gun.  Introducing her new gun control legislation, Congresscritter Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) proved conclusively that she's just too uninformed to go anywhere near the subject.  She claims to have "held an AR-15 in my hand," which weighed as much as "10 boxes that you might be moving."  She also claimed the rifle fired a .50 caliber round, and that "these kinds of bullets need to be licensed and do not need to be on the street."  [Video clip]  If Lee wants to ban 90-pound .50 caliber AR-15s, I say, "Why not?"  While she's at it, Lee could put a ban on flying cars, unicorns, and doing seven impossible things before breakfast.  If Lee wants to get heavy .50 machine guns off the streets, well, first she's going to have to get some on the streets.

Memo to Beto:  Don't Forget To Ban Cars, Knives, Stairs And Bathtubs.  If "assault rifles" are so dangerous that no law-abiding citizen may own one, what else should the government take away to protect citizens?  Despite the relentless focus on "assault rifles," and their use by deranged mass shooters, these weapons are responsible for a tiny fraction of murders each year.  Data from the FBI show that, of 15,129 murders in 2017, 10,982 involved a firearm.  Of those, rifles of any kind were responsible for 403 deaths.  Regular old handguns, however, were used in 7,032 homicides.  So if Beto wants to ban a weapon that is, as he put it in his Reddit answer, "so often used to kill and terrorize people throughout this country," why ignore the one that kills and terrorizes the most?  And why stop at guns?  Why not ban knives, which were used in three times as many murders in 2017 as rifles?

Democrats Demagogue Death.  Every candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, for example, has echoed the familiar refrain that the number of mass shootings is on the rise and that more stringent federal laws regulating the sale of firearms will ameliorate the "crisis of gun violence."  The problem with these claims is that mass shootings are not increasing in frequency.  Nor is there any objective evidence that new gun control laws would reduce their number.  This may be difficult to believe, considering the self-confident certitude with which gun control advocates make their assertions about the allegedly worsening state of affairs.  Nonetheless, a little research will reveal that there isn't even a settled definition of "mass shooting" among the people who produce the statistics anti-gun activists so glibly repeat.

How AR-15s Became the Plastic Straws of the Gun World.  Demagogues need scapegoats.  Yet just as banning plastic straws won't make a dent in the ocean-polluting plastics problem, banning "assault rifles" (which aren't) won't save even one life.  It's tragic how, just like faddish teenagers playing a dangerous or stupid social-media-driven prank, so-called adults go on misguided, media-driven, lynch-mob kicks.  Remember when SUVs were demonized as planet killers approximately 15 to 20 years ago?  Some environmentalists claimed that SUV drivers were essentially "hate group" members, and other vandalism-crazy greenies would, ironically, set fire to the vehicles to combat global warming.  Yet SUVs currently appear more popular than ever, and all is quiet on the gas-guzzler front.  What happened?  The demagogues and their dupes have moved on to a different neurotic fixation.

Cruz Criticizes PolitiFact for Claiming O'Rourke Doesn't Plan to 'Take Our Guns'.  Texas senator Ted Cruz took aim at fact-checking website PolitiFact on Friday, criticizing the site for having previously claimed that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke does not plan to "take our guns" after O'Rourke explicitly suggested otherwise at Thursday night's Democratic debate. [...] "Just a reminder, when I said it, PolitiFact (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the DNC) rated 'Beto wants to take our guns' as FALSE," Cruz wrote in a tweet.  "Maybe they should buy one of his new t-shirts," he added, along with a picture of a shirt being sold by the O'Rourke campaign which reads, "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15."

New Data Shows Strong Economy, Middle Class Shrinking, Because People Are Movin' On Up.  Amid several news cycles dominated by a deeply stupid hurricane dispute, a controversy over the Taliban and presidential optics, "impeachment," and the non-amicable departure of the National Security Adviser, some decidedly positive economic news has gotten lost — or at least muted — in the shuffle.  For instance, one of the Democratic attack lines on GOP economic policies, no matter how successful they may be, is that they exclusively benefit "the rich."  This Washington Post story underscores why that simply has not been the case during the current expansion: [...]

Anti-Gun Laws Will Never Solve Gun Violence in America.  Despite of what the left-wing media wants you to believe, there is not an epidemic of mass shootings, or an epidemic of gun violence in general, in the United States.  The data make this clear.  In fact — and again, in spite of what many in the media would have us believe — by many accounts, mass shootings are not even on the rise. [...] Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox, a leading expert with decades of experience on such matters, has long held that "There is no evidence that we are in the midst of an epidemic of mass shootings."

It's Official: The Democrats Just Want You Dead.  Americans are normalizing violence in their politics, but not in the way the media and the "experts" would have you believe.  No, "white supremacists" are not the greatest threat to your safety, despite what Don Lemon and his cohorts in the Fake News Industrial Complex say.  In fact, of 250 shootings in America wherein four or more people were shot (which is the official definition of a "mass" shooting), not one of the perpetrators was a conservative, let alone a "white nationalist."  But that hasn't stopped the Democrats.

Lies the Left Tells About Guns.  Here's the thing about guns.  The Constitution — that handy little document — guarantees our rights to them, and that guarantee is a profound reflection of the nature and character of our freedoms.  As Ben Domenech of The Federalist wrote recently, "the right to bear arms is not about hunting." [...] The simple fact that we have a right to own guns doesn't mean individuals must own them, use them, or even like them.  But what it does mean is that people advocating further regulation of firearms at least should have a baseline understanding of how firearms actually work, as well as the current statutory environment that regulates their purchase, handling, and use.

O'Rourke: El Paso Shooting Came 'At the Invitation of Our President'.  Beto O'Rourke (D.) accused President Donald Trump of inviting mass shootings during an appearance Saturday [9/7/2019] at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention.  The former Texas congressman said the El Paso shooter, who killed 22 people, was a product of America's racist culture and Trump's racist rhetoric.  "This person drove 600 miles with that hatred, really at the invitation of our president, and opened fire with that AK-47 on innocent people in a Walmart, killing 22 of them and grievously wounding many dozens more," O'Rourke said.

National Democrats Dodge Questions on Whether NRA Is a 'Domestic Terrorist Organization'.  National Democrats in Congress and on the presidential campaign field have dodged questions of whether they agree with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors' decision to declare the National Rifle Association (NRA) a "domestic terrorist organization."

Beto Claims Warnings Against His Anti-Gun Platform Are 'Not Helpful' Because They're 'Self-Fulfilling'.  Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke criticized opponents of his recent proposal for the federal government to seize firearms from American citizens, arguing that the warning that it could lead to violence is unhelpful.  "I just, I think that kind of language and rhetoric is not helpful," O'Rourke told The Daily Beast on Wednesday.  "It becomes self-fulfilling — you have people on TV, who are almost giving you permission to be violent and saying 'you know, this is, this is going to happen.'"

Can Americans still co-exist?  That the yawning chasm between blue and red America continues to widen is obvious.  It has gotten to the point, frankly, where one wonders what we still have in common as Americans.  Today's instance is a resolution by San Francisco's Board of Supervisors labeling the National Rifle Association, America's largest and most successful civil rights group, a "domestic terrorism organization." [...] This is insane.  The NRA obviously has not incited anyone to violence.  On the contrary, it has trained many thousands of Americans in gun safety and has saved countless lives by doing so.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Declares NRA a Domestic Terrorist Organization.  San Francisco's legislative body has challenged other American cities and states to follow its lead and formally condemn the National Rifle Association (NRA).  The Californian city's board of supervisors passed a resolution on Tuesday officially labeling the gun rights' group a domestic terrorist organization. [...] It said the NRA "musters its considerable wealth and organizational strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence."

Mark Levin: 'The NRA Doesn't Kill People.  That's Planned Parenthood!'  [Scroll down]  "But let's move on.  The elimination of assault-type weapons.  What's an assault-type weapon?  It's any weapon that these politicians in government decide they want to ban.  There is no such thing as an assault weapon.  What if I use a weapon for just target practice, what if you use a weapon to hunt, what if you use a weapon just because you want to have it to protect your family and your household in case some thugs try to break in and kill your family members and maybe rape your wife?  Is that an assault weapon?  No, that's a defense weapon.  So there is no such thing as an assault weapon."  In fact, Levin correctly said, a baseball bat can even be deemed an "assault weapon" if it's used as such.  Why?  Simple.  "Assault is an action," Levin explained.  "So if you hit someone with a frying pan, that's an assault. [...]"

San Francisco Declares NRA a 'Domestic Terrorist Organization'.  San Francisco, the "sanctuary city" for illegal aliens — now crowded with homeless people camping and defecating on sidewalks — has just declared the National Rifle Association a "domestic terrorist organization."  The resolution, which the Board of Supervisors passed unanimously Tuesday, urges the rest of the country to "do the same."  The resolution accuses the NRA or mustering "its considerable wealth and organizational strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence."

If You're Trying To Ban Guns, The Least You Can Do Is Learn The Basics.  Can anyone imagine a major newspaper running an op-ed justifying public ignorance on public policy?  Actually, not merely justifying the ignorance, but rather arguing that facts only help smother discourse rather than enhance it.  It's improbable.  Then again, this is the gun debate.  And one side benefits from policy illiteracy.  The Washington Post ran an op-ed by former Gawker writer Adam Weinstein arguing that Second Amendment advocates use "jargon" to bully gun-control supporters.  "While debating the merits of various gun control proposals," he contends, "Second Amendment enthusiasts often diminish, or outright dismiss their views if they use imprecise firearms terminology."

Government, Media, and Gun Control.  People are far more likely to turn on gun owners if the tragedy is in their own backyard, a Walmart, a concert, or a club.  These are places most Americans go at one time or another so the message is no one's safe.  The media then binge-reports on the tragedy, paints it as a national crisis, a recurring event, an ever-present danger that demands new gun laws.  Thus these domestic terror attacks are tailor-made to achieve gun control.  But the left and their media can't wait around for a crisis so they augment their gun control argument with a blatant lie.  They repeatedly claim that the US has the most mass shootings, that these events only happen in America.  But that narrative is false.

Joe Biden Is Wrong.  There Is No Compelling Evidence That Assault-Weapon Bans Work.  The U.S. had a ban on "assault weapons" — semiautomatic guns with certain combinations of "tactical" cosmetic features, including pistol grips and folding stocks — from 1994 to 2004.  The existing guns were not confiscated; it was just illegal to sell new ones.  The same law banned "high-capacity" magazines, setting the threshold at ten rounds, which is actually below the standard capacity of many modern handguns.  (Both of my own handguns come standard with 15-round magazines, for example.)  After the ban was allowed to expire, experts were more or less unanimous that it hadn't had a strong effect on overall homicides.

Proposed Gun Laws Would Do Nothing to Prevent Mass Killings, and Everyone Knows It.  The demonization of "assault weapons" is merely a pretext to get gaggles of ignorant, squealing soccer moms who don't know a muzzle from a buttplate to demand what the Democrats have always wanted: total gun control.

Mass Shootings and Mainstream Conservative Twaddle.  [Scroll down]  Now whites constitute 61% of the country's population, followed by Hispanics at 17.8% and blacks at 12.7%. As with all violent crime, most mass shootings are committed by young men.  But whether we adjust for age and gender or not, white people are underrepresented among mass shooters.  So are Hispanics.  Blacks, however, are highly overrepresented.  Of course, since whites are a kind of scapegoat these days — whereby other groups form an alliance, albeit thin and transitory, via enmity for whites — the left-wing media present mass shootings as a distinctly white phenomenon.  "White-nationalist terrorism" and "Alt Right ideas, memes & speech," we're to believe, are about to turn the U.S. into Nazi Germany.  Such an egregiously biased perspective, if it does anything, will likely lead to more "white-nationalist terrorism."

The Killers In El Paso And Dayton Targeted Unarmed Citizens — But The Media Won't Admit It.  The media has ignored the fact that killers targeted unarmed citizens — including in El Paso, Texas and in Dayton, Ohio. [...] So what we see are politicians making false claims out of ignorance.  For example:
  •   Cory Booker claimed that mass shootings are a "uniquely American problem."  But this is false.  The United States is not even in the top 50 countries when one compares mass shootings per capita among nations.
  •   Countless Democratic presidential hopefuls are bashing firearms like AR-15s, claiming that Americans have no use for owning such weapons.  Again, this is grossly false.  Several men and women have used these guns in self-defense, including a Houston man who used his AK-47 to fend off five home invaders this year.
  •   Even the president weighed in on Monday, arguing that Congress should encourage states to pass "red flag" Gun Confiscation Orders.  But these gun grabs allow for the confiscation of firearms from innocent Americans — which often turn out badly, as seen by the police killing of an African-American Maryland man last year.

Pete Buttigieg on El Paso Shooting:  America 'Under Attack' from 'White Nationalist Terrorism'.  Pete Buttigieg, 2020 White House hopeful and South Bend, Indiana, mayor on Saturday [8/3/2019] reacted to the deadly shooting at an El Paso, Texas Walmart, claiming the United States is "under attack" from "homegrown, white nationalist terrorism."  "America is under attack from homegrown, white nationalist terrorism," Buttigieg said in his opening statement before the AFSCME 2020 Public Service Forum in Las Vegas.  "We have to talk and act about two things in this country:  first of all, we are the only country in the world with more guns than people.  It has not made us safer.  We can respect the Second Amendment and not allow it to be a death sentence for thousands of Americans."

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No, America is not under attack by white nationalists.  Mayor Pete is delusional if he thinks that guns don't make America safer.  The American mainland has never been invaded, because everybody in the world knows that most of us are heavily armed.  In addition, there are numerous defensive uses of firearms in this country every week.

No, the United States Doesn't Lead the World in Mass Shootings.  A common myth you can expect to hear a lot in the coming days and weeks is that the United States "leads the world in mass shootings" and therefore we must pass some law that will do nothing to stop future mass shootings, but will infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.  What you might not hear is that this claim is completely bogus.  Sure, if you following conservative media, you're probably aware of this.  Townhall, The Daily Signal, Bearing Arms, FEE, The Washington Examiner, and others have all previously reported on how the myth that the United States leads the world in mass shootings is based on a deeply flawed study, which has been debunked by the Crime Prevention Research Center.  Yet, the myth remains alive and is sure to be regurgitated endlessly again.

Liberals Blame Trump, Fox News Following Weekend Shootings.  Some liberals blamed Republicans on social media following two deadly shootings over the weekend.  A gunman opened fire at an El Paso, Texas, shopping area Saturday [8/3/2019], killing 20 and injuring at least 26.  A shooter killed nine people and injured 26 in downtown Dayton, Ohio, Sunday morning.  Many on social media put blame on conservatives, President Donald Trump, Fox News and others.  The alleged El Paso shooter, identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, is believed to be a white nationalist, and some blamed various conservatives such as Fox News host Tucker Carlson for spurring on the attack with "talking points."  Others blamed Republicans for supporting the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Are Gun Control Advocates Committing Treason?  The claims that the United States has the most mass shootings of any country are based on faulty research by University of Alabama associate professor Adam Lankford and splashed all over the media.  Claiming that his research is compiled on 171 countries, (it's not).  He refuses to show his research to anyone else, even other pro-gun advocates.  His research has since been debunked by John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center.  Lotts study uses actual numbers to show that the United States is 62nd with a number lower than Norway and Switzerland.

Democrat Debate — Elizabeth Warren:  Gun Violence a 'National Health Emergency'.  Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said during Wednesday's debate that gun violence is a "national health emergency in this country."  She suggested that solutions might include "universal background checks" and banning "weapons of war," a reference to "assault weapons."  Warren did not mention that California adopted universal background checks in the early 1990s, yet the state has witnessed mass shooting upon mass shooting in the decades since.

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Guns are not violent.  Widely scattered gunshots are isolated law enforcement problems, not a composite national health emergency.

Delving Into Rep. Eric Swalwell's Gun Control Proposal.  Rep. Eric "Nuke 'em All" Swalwell has campaigned primarily on one issue, and that's gun control.  Despite the supposedly broad support for restrictions on firearms within the Democratic base, Swallwell is polling only slightly better than my cat.  He's being beaten on the issue.  That means Swalwell had to up his game, which he did when he rolled out his gun control plan.  Let's take a look at this point by point. [...]

Ilhan Omar slammed for blaming NRA for Virginia shooting that left 12 people dead.  National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch ripped Rep. Ilhan Omar after she blamed the gun rights group for the deaths inside a Virginia Beach municipal building on Friday [5/31/2019].  The embattled Minnesota Democrat took a swipe at the NRA just hours after a disgruntled city employee went on a shooting spree that left 12 people dead and four more injured.  "I am outraged and heartbroken," she wrote in a tweet.  "How much longer will we ignore the pain of our communities?  We need to immediately confront the power of the NRA and end the epidemic of gun violence in this country."

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There is an epidemic of black violent crime in this country, and the NRA isn't the problem.

6 Gun Lies (And One Truth) Obama Told In Brazil.  On May 30, former president Barack Obama was a keynote speaker at an event in Brazil.  The event, VTEX Day, is billed as "the largest digital innovation event in Latin America."  During a conversation with a host on stage during the digital innovation event, Obama took the opportunity to speak negatively about U.S. gun laws.  He said, "Our gun laws in the United States don't make much sense.  Anybody can buy any weapon, any time, without much, if any, regulation.  They can buy [guns] over the internet, they can buy machine guns."  His statement to a foreign audience includes six lies about our gun laws and one truth.

Barack Obama told brazen lies to Brazilians about his favorite target.  Barack Obama lied through his teeth during his speech in Sao Paula, Brazil on Wednesday [5/29/2019].  He told the adoring crowd that "Anybody can buy any weapon any time — without much, if any, regulation.  They can buy it over the Internet, they can buy machine guns.["]  Obama knows it's illegal to buy or own a machine gun and he knows not everyone can buy a gun.

Obama Tells Multiple Lies About Guns In The U.S. To A Crowd In Brazil.  Former President Barack Obama told multiple lies on Thursday [5/30/2019] to a crowd in Brazil while discussing gun laws in the United States — something that he repeatedly did during his presidency.  In a clip flagged by Grabien's Tom Elliott, Obama stated:  "Some of you may be aware our gun laws in the United States don't make much sense.  Anybody can buy any weapon, any time.  Without much, if any, regulation, they can buy it over the Internet, they can buy machine guns."

The Lie That Will Not Die and the Truth about Black Mass Shooters.  The lie that will not die:  Most mass shooters are white.  Just Google "white mass shooters," and you will find hundreds and hundreds of stories from The Grio, Root, Salon, CNN, PBS, and Newsweek, right up to the Washington Post, with headlines likes this, from Vice:  "Why are so many mass shootings committed by young white men?"  All accompanied with fairy tales like this from the Washington Post: "a consistent pattern:  Young, white men with demonstrable backgrounds of mental instability or violence against women taking the lives of as many people as possible."  At least one legacy media outfit figured out, however painful it was to report (and bury in the middle of the jump), that three quarters of mass shooters are black.  That was the New York Times.  You read that right:  mass shootings are a black thing.  And we find them almost every day.  Often more than one.  In Philadelphia alone, they report one every eleven days.

Eight Facts That Will Keep Gun Grabbers Up At Night.  The fact of the matter is that violence is a complicated problem.  Trying to separate gun violence from other forms of violence is pointless.  No one feels better that their loved one was stabbed to death.  Focusing on a tool used does nothing to combat the underlying issues, issues we only barely understand.  Every solution proposed by anti-gunners is the simple idea that if we somehow restrict law-abiding citizens from owning guns, we'll somehow make the problem go away.  That's not how it works.

CNN Goes Melodramatic To Push Gun Control Agenda After Colorado Shooting.  CNN took to not only politicizing the recent school shooting in Colorado but doing so with a melodramatic new gimmick.  Brooke Baldwin simply emoted into the camera as images flashed behind her on a screen.  First, you see Baldwin at her desk at CNN.  Then, you see the inside of a classroom where students are discussing the incident.  "I'm afraid that one day I'll go to school and I'll never come out," one grieving student sobs.  "What actions will you take to protect people like me and my classmates from this happening?"  Then we see Baldwin again, hands folded in her lap, glaring angrily at the camera.

Booker Receives Three Pinocchios for Claiming Toy Guns are More Regulated Than Firearms.  The Washington Post's fact-checker awarded Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) three Pinocchios for his false claim that in the United States there is "more federal regulation over toy guns than real ones."  Polling in the low single digits in the Democrat presidential primary, Booker last week rolled out a 14 point policy proposal to combat gun violence which the New York Times described as one of the "the most progressive gun-control measures suggested by a candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for president."

America: #56 in Mass Shootings.  That the U.S. leads the world in mass shooting events, and that the cause is our liberal gun laws, are articles of faith on the Left.  Barack Obama, for example, said:  ["]The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world.["]  This belief, while pervasive in our culture, is untrue.  John Lott and Michael Weisser explode the myth, while at the same time demolishing a widely-cited but bogus "study" by one Adam Lankford.

David Hogg:  "You're A Terrible Shot" If You Need An AR-15 To Defend Yourself.  First of all, he's a liar and doesn't really believe this because he's not advocating that the police be disarmed of long guns, and has never done so.  He just wants the state to have a monopoly on violence.  It's always enlightening to run things like this through the grits mill in order to see the hypocrisy of their views.  If you advocate disarming people other than cops, then you're just a communist.  Second, as for not needing an AR-15 to defend yourself, I think Mr. Stephen Bayezes would beg to differ when he used an AR-15 to defend against multiple assailants in a home invasion.  So would a number of other folks.

Latest News of Self-Defense With Firearms Contradicts Gun Control Rhetoric.  Gun control advocates long have controlled the narrative about defensive uses of firearms, calling the "good guy with a gun" scenario a "myth meant to scare people into buying guns for self-defense."  This is a false narrative that does not reflect reality.  Despite a backdrop of rhetoric asserting that "the average person ... has basically no chance in their lifetime ever to use a gun in self-defense," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a 2013 report concluded that studies routinely find that Americans use firearms in defense of themselves or others between 500,000 and 3 million times every year.

Dianne Feinstein:  U.S. Needs to Follow New Zealand's Gun Ban Example.  Hours after New Zealand announced prohibitions against semiautomatic rifles and shotguns, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) tweeted the U.S. needs to follow the gun ban example.  Feinstein tweeted:  "In country after country, massacres are followed by sweeping changes to gun laws, as logic would dictate.  The United States needs to follow these examples and take action to protect Americans from this deadly public health scourge."

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A nation may have homicidal maniacs at large, but it's a bit of a stretch to call that a "public health scourge."  On the other hand, abortion is a completely avoidable and "deadly public health scourge," but Senator Feinstein is one of the biggest defenders of abortion in this country.

It's a Myth That the US Leads the World in Mass Shootings.  More than a hundred years ago Mark Twain noted, "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."  Twain's quote remains true even in the age of the internet.  Lankford's erroneous research had free rein for two years and was disseminated to tens of millions of viewers and readers before the truth finally got its shoes on.  If you ask most Americans today which country leads the world in mass shootings, I suspect a vast majority would say the U.S.  And there's always a price for the erosion of truth.

NBC News Reports Armed Intruder as an 'Unwanted House Visitor'.  NBC News now reports armed home intruders who are known to the homeowners are unwanted house visitors.  One of these unwanted visitors was shot and killed by a New Jersey man with his own gun.  The two men did know each other but that doesn't change the fact that one came brandishing a gun.  The owner of the home had to fight this unwanted house visitor off and he fought for his life, according to reports.  The intruder allegedly arrived at the residence brandishing a semi-automatic handgun and a fight erupted with the man who lives at the home.

Dianne Feinstein Pushes Ban on Commonly Owned Semiautomatics, 'High Capacity' Mags.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is pushing a ban on commonly owned semiautomatic rifles and high capacity magazines.  She announced the push via Twitter where she wrote:  "Americans across the nation are asking Congress to reinstate the federal ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.  If we're going to put a stop to mass shootings and protect our children, we need to get these weapons of war off our streets."  Feinstein wants to ban any assault weapon which accepts a detachable magazine and has one or more military characteristics including a pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or a folding or telescoping stock.

Here are the Most Egregious Fake News Stories of 2018.  [#15] Chris Cuomo shares false story about AR-15 purchase:  CNN anchor Chris Cuomo spread a false story claiming that a 20-year-old student was able to purchase an AR-15 rifle without going through a background check.  The story itself admitted that the student never actually finished filling out paperwork — which would trigger the background check — nor did he purchase the gun.  Cuomo doubled down on sharing the story, insisting that the "point" he was trying to make still stood.

How The Left Manipulates Facts To Advance The Narrative.  Anti-gunners love to distort facts.  In fairness, they're far from the only ones who do it, but anti-gun leftists are especially fond of this tactic.  Personally, I think they're so good at it that they do it on a subconscious level, never realizing they're knee-deep in a delusion.  A prime example comes from Forward.  It seems that Nikki Fried's win as Agriculture Secretary in Florida is proof of pro-gun control swing.

Attacker Killed In Self-Defense Held Up As Evidence Of Gun Violence.  For most folks, having to shoot someone in self-defense is horrific.  It's a traumatizing affair all on its own, completely separate from the attack that necessitated an armed response.  But it's something that has to be done, or else you're going to die at the hands of a maniac.  Imagine, though, sometime later you find out that the man who attacked you, who tried to strangle you, was being held up as a victim of "gun violence."  How would you respond?  Well, that's the reality facing one woman right now.

Deconstructing the Anti-Gun Cult.  Before she blocked me last week on Twitter, I frequently read the posts of Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, as well as tweets from former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Everytown for Gun Safety, which is her organization's chief financial backer.  Combined, the two gun control groups are front and center in the U.S.'s anti-gun cult, with 4 million members, which is about the same number of members as the National Rifle Association.  It's alarming how frequently Watts manipulates data to craft a narrative that America is held hostage to pervasive gun violence and how often she and her organization regurgitate the usual debunked Democrat and DMIC (Democrat Media Industrial Complex) myths, lies, half-truths, and conspiracy theories.

Emma Gonzalez Fears 'Cars With Gun Stickers' Will Run Her Off Road.  It must be exhausting.  The idea that everyone is out to get you is classically thought of as extreme paranoia.  However, some people probably do have some grounds to be concerned about their safety.  After all, there are those in the world who receive death threats by the dozens.  But even one death threat is enough to make anyone concerned.  It doesn't help when you go out of your way to [anger people], either.  Perhaps that's why anti-gun activist and Parkland kid Emma Gonzalez decided to admit that she's terrified someone with a gun sticker on their car will run her off the road.

Obama's Education Secretary:  Not in Trump's 'Best Interest to Have a Well-Educated Citizenry'.  Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who served in the Obama administration, argued that the U.S. does not "value our kids the way other nations do" and that Americans "value our guns more than we value our children."  Duncan named Australia, Canada, England and Japan as other countries that do not have the same level of gun violence when compared to the U.S.

VICE: There Are No 'Good Guys With a Gun'.  In an article meant to argue that owning a gun makes one's home more dangerous VICE magazine stated:  "'good guys with a gun' don't really exist."  They make this claim in contraction to academic work proving otherwise.  For example, Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck's academic work on self-defense gun uses shows a minimum of 760,000 such uses each year, and notes that the number could be as high as 2.5 million.  Kleck's has never been countered with empirical evidence.  VICE tries to take a swipe at Kleck's work by noting that he counted instances in which a gun was drawn in self-defense but not fired.  But why is that a negative?

Senator Durbin Blames GOP For Chicago Gun Violence.  Actor James Woods slammed Sen. Dick Durbin after the Democratic Illinois Senator blamed the Republican Party in a tweet for Chicago's gun violence problem.  Durbin shared an ABC News report on his Twitter account about a 19-year-old "anti-violence activist" who was shot while standing outside a store in Chicago's South Side.  "This is heartbreaking," Durbin wrote.  "Chicago has lost far too many aspiring young people to senseless gun violence.  When will Republicans in Congress finally decide to act?"

Dick Durbin Says The GOP Is To BLAME For Chicago Violence.  On Saturday [9/8/2018], the Democratic senator from Illinois shared an ABC News story about 19-year old 'anti-violence activist', Delmonte Johnson, who was shot in the chest and later died in hospital.  Johnson was standing outside of a store in Chicago's South Side when he was shot.  It is indeed a senseless tragedy.  Durbin decided to politicize the death of Johnson to score political points before the midterms.

Parkland father shreds Dianne Feinstein for 'radical' anti-gun agenda.  Andrew Pollack, the father of a student killed in the Parkland school mass shooting, tore into Sen. Dianne Feinstein in a series of tweets Wednesday, accusing the Democrat of pushing a "radical" anti-gun agenda during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  "Senator Feinstein, Please stop weaponizing the death of my daughter to push your radical agenda.  Sincerely, Andrew Pollack #FixIt," tweetedMr. Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter, Meadow, was killed in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

US accounts for just 1% of mass shootings, not media-hyped 31%.  An authoritative fact check of a media-hyped report that 31 percent of the world's mass shootings have occurred in the United States has found that just 1.43 of the killings happened in America.  The shocking push back from the Crime Prevention Research Center also found that just 2.11 percent of mass murders occurred in the U.S.  "Attacks in the U.S. are not only less frequent than other countries, they are also much less deadly on average," said the Center's President John R. Lott Jr.  The media and anti-gun liberals have heralded the earlier report that suggested that the United States is the world's kill zone.  That report, from Adam Lankford, a professor at the University of Alabama, won world-wide attention when it concluded that the U.S. accounted for 31 percent of mass shootings.  Lott, however, said that the Lankford data did not add up and he did a deep dive into world statistics to come up with his refuting report.

Shock study claiming U.S. accounts for nearly one-third of mass shootings 'botched,' researcher says.  A shock[ing] 2016 study argued that the U.S. accounted for nearly one-third of all mass shootings, sparking global headlines about the dangers of an American gun culture.  Now another researcher says the original study "botched" the data.  John R. Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, crunched the numbers and said his count shows that the U.S. had less than 3 percent of the world's mass public shootings over a 15-year period.  That is smaller than the 4.6 percent of the world's population that the U.S. accounts for — and way less than the 31 percent of global mass shooters that Adam Lankford, a professor at the University of Alabama, claimed in his widely publicized studies.

No, Betsy DeVos is Not Trying to 'Sneak Guns Into Schools.'  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is under scrutiny once again, this time for allegedly trying to use federal funds to "sneak guns into schools."  These harsh criticisms mainly come from gun control advocates and educators in response to an August 22 New York Times report that said DeVos was considering using federal funds to purchase weapons for school staff.  Other reports have characterized the Education Secretary as exploiting a "loophole" — a federal grant program that fails to explicitly prohibit the spending of federal dollars on guns.  But this widely-circulated narrative is ignoring key facts.  Using federal money to arm schools was not DeVos's idea.  In reality, the secretary has tried to end the very grant program she's accused of abusing.

NPR: Over 66 Percent of Claimed Shootings Never Happened.  NPR examined a U.S. Education Department study and discovered that over 66 percent of reported school shootings for 2015-2016 school year never occurred.  The Education Department claims there were "nearly 240 schools ... [which] reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting."  But NPR contacted schools and districts and was able to substantiate that 161 of the incidents "never happened."  They verified that something did occur in four instances, "but it didn't meet the government's parameters for a shooting."  Moreover, they received no response regarding 25 percent of the Educated Department's reported school shootings.

Let's Debunk The Misleading Panic Over 3-D Guns.  First of all, "3-D Plastic Guns" aren't being sold to the public.  Nor are "downloadable firearms" or "ghost guns."  These things don't exist.  Data, code, and information is being sold to the public.  There is no magical contraption that creates a new gun on demand.  Sorry.  Even if such a machine existed, however, the Trump administration hasn't suddenly begun "allowing" Americans to fabricate guns in the comfort of their homes, as so many stories have intimated.  It's never been illegal to make your own (non-NFA) weapons in the first place.  The pretext for this freakout is news that the State Department reached a settlement with Cody Wilson and his company, Defense Distributed, which offered digital designs for 3-D printed guns, not guns.

David Hogg Brought WHAT to the NRA Protest?  Now, why would gun control activist David Hogg need armed security?  Could it be that guns really do keep people safe?  Hogg is a useable tool for whatever group is currently funding his travels.  I would love to know what Soros group for him.  All he is really doing is making more gun owners join up with the NRA.  But it becomes fun when Hogg shows up to protest gun rights at NRA Headquarters with a team of armed guards.

Video Proves 'No One Wants To Take Your Guns' Is A Lie.  [Scroll down]  I can't help but be amazed at the number of people protesting who don't even understand the subject they're supposedly so passionate about.  I mean, if you think the gun laws are insufficient, how can I take your claim seriously when you don't even know what the gun laws are?  I mean, maybe she's from California or some other state that has some kind of gun registry, but she's at a protest in Washington, D.C., so I don't see that as a valid defense of the stupid.  Then the NRA released this one where we see lots of people who don't even understand what an AR-15 is, despite wanting to ban them.

NRA mocks David Hogg for protesting with 'armed security'.  The National Rifle Association mocked gun control activist David Hogg for apparently showing up to a protest at the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Va., this weekend with "armed security."  "Today, @davidhogg111 (with armed security) and a bunch of gun-grabbing activists protested our empty HQ, and there were some interesting people there.  Our social team chatted up the crowd and ended the day with ice cream paid for by @Everytown!  Stay tuned for video interviews!" the NRA's official Twitter account said on Saturday along with some photos.  Everytown for Gun Safety is a nonprofit gun-control group.

McCaskill Support For The 2nd Amendment Is Fake News.  During her 10 years in office, Senator McCaskill has consistently voted against the right to keep and bear arms and has routinely stood with anti-gun liberals like Elizabeth Warren to oppose pro-Second Amendment judges.  For instance, the Senator voted in favor of a bill that would ban common hunting and target-shooting firearms that hold magazines with over 10 rounds, voted against a bill allowing firearms in checked baggage on public trains, and introduced her own bill that would raise the minimum age to buy a rifle to 21 years old.

3D printer guns were banned 30 years ago.  In 1988, Alyssa Milano was in her heyday on "Who's the Boss?" Ronald Reagan was president.  The National Rifle Association lobbied for the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988.  Regan [sic] signed it into law on November 10, two days after his vice president was elected to Reagan's third term.  Years have passed.  Plastic guns are on the horizon.  Reagan's gone.  And Milano has gone from a 15-year-old ingenue to a 45-year-old activist who cannot grasp basic facts.  Milano and the rest of the Marxists in America are demanding that President Trump ban plastic guns.  She wrote a piece for CNN, "Alyssa Milano:  A 3D printed gun is downloadable death."  She said the guns would be undetectable.  They also would be illegal.  Reagan already signed the act into law.  It is still the law.  The NRA still backs the law as well.

Op-Ed Claims Every Gun Is An Assault Weapon.  Anti-gunners have a nasty tendency to grab hold of whatever they can to try and take away people's rights.  Following Parkland, the focus was on modern sporting rifles.  It wasn't the first time, either, of course.  It was just what happens after a shooting.  Following the Santa Fe High School shooter and the Capital Gazette shooter both using shotguns, though, it seems that anti-gunners are trying to use that to open the door on broader restrictions.

10 Despicable Attacks Blaming President Trump for the Annapolis Capital Gazette Shooting.  As tragedy struck, before the shooter's motive was known, Americans were already attacking one another, assuming the worst.  Naturally, Trump was attacked as "full Hitler" — because it was Thursday.  On Thursday [6/28/2018], a middle-aged white man with a grudge targeted the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md.  He killed five people and injured two others.  Before his motives became known, both liberals and conservatives assumed a political motive.  Many liberals went so far as to directly blame President Donald Trump for the shooting.

Liberal Lies!  Capital Gazette Shooting Had NOTHING To Do With Trump.  Horribly, five people were killed in a deadly shooting which took place at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland on Thursday, prompting alleged "journalists" and other liberals to immediately blame President Trump.  It turns out, however, that the shooting suspect, identified as Jarrod W. Ramos, "had obsessively harassed and threatened the publication's journalists for years." [...] Let's connect the dots for those on the left who apparently don't know how to read a calendar.  Ramos' harassment of the paper started in 2011.  Trump was elected in 2016.  Trump had nothing to do with it.

Parkland survivor and anti-gun campaigner David Hogg is spotted with 'armed security guards and publicists' as he promotes his book.  Parkland survivor David Hogg has been spotted in New York City with an entourage which is said to include armed bodyguards and publicists.  The teenager was seen in Manhattan on June 20 surrounded by a group of men and women. [...] Hogg did not respond to's questions about his entourage on Saturday [6/23/2018].

Hogg Spotted in NYC with Armed Guards.  Media hog and poster boy for attacking gun rights in America, David Hogg, strolled through New York City this week flanked by armed guards.  He didn't deny it when Twitter users called him out for hypocrisy.  Nothing new for a Democrat to be hypocritical, but Hogg obviously thinks he's one of the elite who is entitled to armed protection.

New Book '#DUPED' Shoots Down All Of Hogg's Rhetoric.  Constitutional lawyer and New York Times best-selling author Mark Smith combats David Hogg's rhetoric in his latest book, "#Duped," which serves as a response to the newly-minted gun-control activist and Parkland graduate's recently released book, "#NeverAgain."  Smith exposes the left's celebration and exploitation of students in order to advance so-called common sense gun control.  "#Duped:  How The Anti-Gun Lobby Exploits The Parkland School Shooting — And How Gun Owners Can Fight Back" deconstructs the progressive narrative and illustrates how advocates use children to promulgate an agenda that is so unpalatable they have failed to otherwise enact.

Kansas Dem Congressional Candidate Apologizes After Linking Cop Killings to NRA.  A Kansas congressional candidate has apologized after his disgraceful attempt to politicize the shooting deaths of two sheriff deputies in Kansas City, Kansas, blew up in his face.

Gun Lies, Myths, Half-Truths, and Conspiracy Theories.  [For example,]  There have been 23 school shootings year to date.  No, there haven't been.  This half-truth has been peddled by many DMIC outlets and Parkland's David Hogg.  The originator of this half-truth is former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety.  According to Everytown's "criteria," no one has to be injured, and the shooting can occur off school grounds — but if the shooting off school grounds is heard on campus, or a bullet from the off campus shooting hits somewhere on campus, we have, voilà, a school shooting.  In eight of the 23 cases counted by Everytown, no one was injured or killed, and two were suicides.  Twenty-three minus 10 doesn't equal 23.

AMA Unscientifically Calls Gun Violence a "Disease".  Crime is not a health problem.  Murder is not a disease.  When people who claim to be guided by the rules of science start throwing around overheated rhetoric like that, they lose all credibility.

Anti-Gun Priest's Body Guard Arrested For Illegal Firearm.  The argument has been made that anti-gunners aren't really anti-gun.  They're just anti-gun-in-anyone-other-than-their-hands.  It's probably a fair statement.  I'll be honest; I'm not exactly comfortable with the majority of Americans being able to buy and carry a firearm.  I think of how stupid the average American is and then realize that half of the people are even dumber.  It's a terrifying thought.  However, I also recognize that if I don't want my right mucked around with, I need to get over my lack of comfort and recognize that the right to keep and bear arms extends to everyone.  In truth, doing so isn't particularly difficult.  Anti-gunners, on the other hand, have a nasty habit of wanting "rules for thee, but not for me."

Uncontrollable Chicago Violence Demonstrates Fraud of Gun-Grabber 'Solutions'.  It's warm where I am, too — not that my neighbors and I have been tempted to trade shots.

In the span of one week, the American media showed us exactly whose side it's on.  Friday brought the atrocity of the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.  Ten people were murdered.  Throughout the day, unconfirmed rumors about the shooting were picked up by an all-too-eager national media.  The local media in Houston stepped up to distinguish fact from rumor.  As part of KHOU's admirable reporting, the station debunked a false narrative spread by CNN that misleadingly exaggerated the number of school shootings this year by lumping in shooting incidents like the attack in Santa Fe with a BB gun hitting a school bus, suicides, and gang violence.  The local journalists, in other words, acted as journalists — reviewing the facts, dispelling rumors, and seeking to report the truth.  CNN misled Americans to score political points.

CNN misleads with report about '22 school shootings' this year (wrong).  [Scroll down]  All because this air-headed, fact-challenged network wanted a provocative headline.  CNN's report mentions up front that it includes "gang violence, fights, and domestic violence" as well as "accidental discharge of a firearm" in the parameters for determine a "school shooting."  But in context of the breaking news about a school shooting, where an individual murdered students, CNN's headline implies that there have been 22 similar incidents this year — and that is not true.

CNN Says There Have Been 22 School Shootings This Year.  That's A Lie.  CNN used the following parameters for their count:
  •   A shooting that involved at least one person being shot (not including the shooter)
  •   A shooting that occurred on school grounds
  •   We included grades K through college/university level
  •   We included gang violence, fights and domestic violence
  •   We included accidental discharge of a firearm as long as the first two parameters are met
So, in other words, not mass shootings; not even purposeful shootings; not even shootings involving children.  If a gang member shot another gang member on school grounds during the summer, this would count as a school shooting.  If a wife shot a husband at a school, they counted it.

Armed Security Guards At Alyssa Milano's Anti-Gun Rally Chase Man Out Of Public Park.  Former television actress turned Twitter activist Alyssa Milano held an anti-gun rally at a public park in Dallas, Texas on Sunday [5/6/2018].  After a Texan was seen asking the security guards at her event if they were armed, one of them responded by getting up in his face and demanding he leave the public park.

A Leftist Core Belief:  Denying Evil.  [Gun control is] premised on the idea that people don't kill people; guns do.  But we know that removing guns does not stop evil men from murder; contrary to the leftist's deeply held belief, Cain didn't murder Abel with an assault rifle.  After all, if some men weren't evil, why would Great Britain now be starting to control knives?  Because leftists reject the idea that there are evil men, they refuse to admit that the best way to stop an evil man with a gun is a good man with a gun.  In the leftist's universe, all men become equally bad once you put a gun in their hands.  Because leftism is a faith-based but God-rejecting belief system, it doesn't matter to leftists that gun control has been tried and has failed.  Facts will not stand in the way of leftists' emotional belief.

Here are 1,366 well sourced examples of Barack Obama's lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc..  [#96] [Obama supports] guns for himself and his wife, but opposes them for everyone else.  On January 10, 2013, President Obama signed a bill that provides armed guards to himself and his wife for the rest of the lives.  However, in 2004, when Obama was an Illinois state Senator, he voted against allowing people in their own homes to use guns to protect themselves and their families from rapists and murderers.

An example of a gun control sophism:
My Waffle House Home.  A few days ago, a man with a long history of mental illness and violence shot and killed four innocent people at a Waffle House in Tennessee.  It's horrifying and yet another example of why no civilian needs an AR-15 or a facsimile.  It's just sickening.  I'm a Second Amendment guy, but no one needs a gun that just begs the owner to start shooting people.

The Editor says...
The gun does not beg the owner to shoot people.  The owner of the gun decides when to shoot, and in what direction.  A baseball bat doesn't beg the owner to hit people.  A butcher knife doesn't beg the owner to stab somebody.  Your knuckles don't tell you to hit someone.  (If they do, you've got a problem.)  The writer of the article above is an intelligent man who has unfortunately started with a canard.

A Gun Nut's Guide To Gun Control That Works.  [Scroll down]  [Jon] Stokes has seriously and passionately embraced the dark side.  It may be no accident that he's done it in Politico.  Only a dolt and simpleton believes things like what he is advocating being an advantage for personal safety.  Only some in the gun community will actually do this, and certainly not criminals.  Second, he apparently doesn't believe in the predilection of mankind towards evil and wickedness, witness his sophomoric belief in the idea that a national registry will be given up by the progressives, and that we should later (after already succumbing to the wishes of the progressives) be at the mercy of ideas that "gain popular support."  The Armenian genocide had popular support too.  Third, a fundamental error he makes runs contrary to the intent of the founders.  He advocates centralization of power, which is exactly what the Bill of Rights was intended to prevent (albeit imperfectly).  He we are again at his naïve belief in the inherent goodness of man, whereas Paul advocated a different viewpoint (Romans 3:23).  Fourth, when he considers the effect on public safety, Stokes ignores the biggest effect, which is mass shootings in gun-free nations at the hands of government actors, which in the twentieth century was near 170 million souls.  Jon's math is all screwed up.  Finally, he actually appears to believe that his gun creds are stamped and sealed because he is a so-called "gun nut." [...] Jon's "gun nut" creds means nothing whatsoever to me, and it shouldn't to you either if he intends to compromise the observation of our liberties to progressives on a naïve promise of good will.

Concealed Carry Permit Holders And The Japanese Murder Rate.  Lately, one of the more amusing places people try to compare the United States with is Japan.  You see, Japan tightly controls firearms and, they argue, has a very low murder rate as a result of that.  This is usually taken as evidence that we should follow Japan's lead on guns.  On the contrary.  Anyone who has watched a Japanese game show and thinks we should follow their lead on anything needs to have their head examined, but that's just me.  However, it also seems that when you look at the numbers, the average concealed carry permit holder in the U.S. is just as safe as the average gun owner in Japan.

Gun Control Logical Fallacy:  Ignoring Lives Saved.  A person who dies because they did not have a gun is just as dead as a person who is murdered with a gun.  In practice, overall unjustified homicides tend to rise a bit when gun are banned or restricted.  Those who push for disarmed populations use a logical fallacy when arguing for gun restrictions and gun bans.  They only count people who are killed with guns, and ignore people who are killed because they were unarmed or disarmed.  This logical fallacy is called an irrelevancy argument.  Whenever you see a chart or graph or statistic that uses the terms "gun homicide", "gun deaths", "gun suicides" or "gun violence".  The people using it are promoting a logical fallacy.

Everybody's Lying About the Link Between Gun Ownership and Homicide.  There is no clear correlation whatsoever between gun ownership rate and gun homicide rate.  Not within the USA. Not regionally.  Not internationally.  Not among peaceful societies.  Not among violent ones.  Gun ownership doesn't make us safer.  It doesn't make us less safe.  The correlation simply isn't there.  It is blatantly not-there.  It is so tremendously not-there that the "not-there-ness" of it alone should be a huge news story.  And anyone with access to the internet and a basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel can check for themselves.

We need to hold lawbreakers accountable, not ban guns.  John Pepper is either intentionally lying or ignorant of the facts considering the gun numbers he uses to support his perspective of "common-sense gun legislation" in his recent guest column ("What automobiles, tobacco and guns all have in common," April 1).  His comparisons to the automobile are suspect, and he never really defines what he means by "common-sense" laws.  He does reference background checks for all gun sales and indicates he is not lobbying for banning guns, then goes on to praise businesses for doing just that.  Reviewing the "Murder Victims by Weapon" from 2012-2016 in FBI Uniform Crime report, about 10,000 people are murdered with firearms annually.  This equates to about 27 per day, not the 50 (18,250 annually) that he states.

'Assault Weapon': The Semantic Trojan Horse.  Any weapon becomes an "assault weapon" when the user attacks another party with it.  The "assault" nature of any weapon lies in the heart of its possessor.  Many Americans who seem to accept that this vague phrase means "big bad guns in the hands of madmen."  Under its banner, a lot is happening.  The expression "assault weapon" is a semantic Trojan horse that represents a real threat to our constitutional rights.  Since it does not define the weapons in question, it can be used to define anything people want to get rid of, starting with semi-automatic long guns and ending with revolvers and even ammunition.

5 Compelling Reasons Why The Youtube Shooting Has Disappeared From Headlines.  [#2] The shooter reportedly used a handgun, which also deviates from the mainstream narrative that all mass shooters use high-powered rifles. [...] [Nasim Najafi] Aghdam's weapon of choice was a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun, which she purchased legally in January.  While Bloomberg attempted to blame Smith & Wesson by noting that the company's AR-15 was the gun used in the Parkland shooting, the fact is that the weapon Aghdam used does not fit the narrative of dangerous firearms pushed by the mainstream media.  To attempt to ban a 9mm handgun would be almost impossible, but to attempt to ban a firearm that has been demonized and referred to as an "assault rifle" used in a number of mass shootings, is something the media has been working towards for years.

De Blasio aide busted with gun in car.  A $90,000-per-year director with Mayor de Blasio's Office of Criminal Justice was arrested along with two men Saturday night in Queens after a loaded gun was found in their car — double-parked just blocks away from the scene of an earlier shooting, police said.  Reagan Stevens — the Office's Deputy Director of Youth and Strategic Initiatives — was busted on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon after cops found the loaded 9mm gun in the glovebox of the 2002 Infiniti double-parked on the corner of 177th Street and 106th Avenue in Jamaica around 10:25 p.m., cops said.  A single shell casing was also found in the car, police sources said.

Persian Vegan PETA Activist Shoots Up YouTube HQ, Probably Because of the NRA.  Our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters keep telling us that if we lived in a world without guns, nobody would ever get shot.  This is true, in the same sense that if we lived in a world without cars, nobody would ever get run over by a car.  (You'd also have to get your pizza delivered on horseback, and the toppings would get stuck to the top of the box from all the jostling, but whatever.)  If we want to stop gun crime, just get rid of guns, right?  "Wave a magic wand and make all the guns in the world disappear" is a liberal's idea of a policy prescription.  Unfortunately, Harry Potter can't save us.  We have to live in the world that is, not the world that we'd prefer.  In this world, it's inevitable that some people are going to abuse their right of self-defense.  The answer isn't to curtail the rights of law-abiding people.  And we can't count on the cops to stop people from doing bad things, because they can't or won't.  Just look at what happened at YouTube HQ yesterday [4/3/2018].

Perpetuating The Assault Weapon Lie.  For openers, the never-ending assault on the 2nd Amendment has been going on for a very long time.  It could be said that those pushing this agenda are beyond patient with their eyes open for any opportunity to move the individual's right to own and bear arms into some dusty history book, a memory of things past.  If you haven't been paying attention then perhaps a look at the newly revised definition of Assault Rifle as found in Merriam-Webster's Dictionary might be a bit troubling for some.

Do states with stricter gun control laws have fewer gun deaths?  No.  Do they have fewer homicides and suicides?  Definitely not.  Do more gun control laws mean fewer firearm deaths?  Gun control advocates typically provide graphs looking across states that show more gun control laws related to fewer firearm deaths, but there are real problems with this approach.  A Boston University School of Public Health project is one of the latest to make the rounds in various news outlets.  Few academics look at such purely cross-sectional data, simply because it is impossible in that case to accurately account for differences across different places.

Scammed by a Black, a Woman, and Now a 17-Year-Old.  Exploiting the Florida school shooting, wacko leftist retired justice John Paul Stevens and other leftist nuts have called for the repeal of our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.  Leftists also flood the media with deception and lies.  Parroting fake news media, my relative ranted that you don't need an assault weapon for hunting and home protection.  She thinks current gun law allows nutcases to purchase a machine gun (assault weapon).  Civilians cannot casually purchase machine guns.  The AR-15, which is hated by leftists, requires the trigger to be pulled for each round fired.  The AR-15 is not a machine gun and has saved numerous homeowners' lives.  Women defend themselves with guns against sexual abuse 200,000 times per year.  Guns are used 80 times more often to save a life than to take a life.  Of the 2,581,268 gun-related incidents each year, 2,549,596 are self-defense.  Only 31,000 are assaults.  American gun-owners kill 1,500 criminals each year.  Police kill 600 criminals annually.  The term "assault weapon" is a made-up political term by gun-haters to deceive people into thinking bad guys are legally buying machine guns.  Everything leftists try to sell us is always rooted in misdirected hate, irrational emotion, deception, and lies.

Stop Using The Holocaust To Push Gun Control.  Since WWII, we've heard countless warnings not to compare world leaders with whom one might disagree to Hitler.  There are few in subsequent world history who quite compare as leaders who have orchestrated mass murder at the hands of state agents:  Pol Pot, Slobodon Milosevic, the Kims of North Korea.  Those with a healthy sense of historical frame of reference would not dare compare a political opponent or event to those of the Holocaust.  The systematic murder of millions of Jews at the hands of a government was, thankfully, an anomalous event in human history.  What Nikolaus Cruz did when he killed 17 innocent victims in Parkland was atrocious.  But is it really comparable to genocide?

House of Canards:  Netflix Drama Gets it Wrong on Gun Laws, NRA.  March 4 saw the premiere of the fourth season of Netflix's hit political drama House of Cards.  The show follows the machinations of House Majority Whip Frank Underwood as he ascends to the presidency and subsequently runs to stay in office.  While the real-life Washington elite certainly have an unsettling fondness for the Machiavellian drama, its depiction of life inside the Beltway is highly stylized.  This season this fact is made abundantly clear with the show's portrayal of federal gun laws and NRA.

The Glades, "Iron Pipeline": it's always the awkward ones.  Guns are bad and only police personnel should own them; that is what the episode teaches.

The mirage that young people are in mass pushing for gun control.  If anything, younger people are least inclined towards it.  For those who were at the "March for Our Lives" event this past Saturday, there were lots of old people with grey hair and lots of middle age people, but relatively few who were high school age.  Of course, we weren't able to see the whole crowd, nor did we really try, but it turns out that only about 10% were under 18 years of age[.] [...] Other survey evidence indicates young people are possibly more pro-self defense as a way of stopping violence than other people.

Boss Hogg and His Ingraham Angle.  There is plenty to criticize about David Hogg's actions and statements, yet that is not permitted.  Hogg is permitted to slander and slime anybody from the president on down.  If you disagree with him, blood is on your hands.  But don't dare mock one of his tweets, as Fox News host Laura Ingraham did.  The tragedy at Parkland has somehow transformed Hogg into an oracle we must honor and worship even as he ironically seeks to transform America into a gun-free zone.  In a rhetorical sense, he has become bullet-proof.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary Changes Definition Of 'Assault Rifle' After Parkland Shooting.  "Assault weapon" and "assault rifles" are malleable terms often used in public discourse to scare people.  After all, all guns are designed to "assault" something.  The usual proper use of this term is to describe fully automatic machine-gun-style weapons, which in the United States have been banned from civilian use for years.  Notice that the Merriam-Webster change stretches this definition to include anything that looks like such a gun regardless of whether it shoots like one.  Yet media and politicians often use this term inaccurately, as doing so furthers their desire of getting Americans to support gun-control policies.

Stone Age Thinking.  David Hogg, who has turned surviving the Parkland massacre into a career, is vilifying the NRA for "murdering" his fellow students.  He likes to use obscenities in his speechifying and proudly sports a "We Call B.S."  lapel pin, because using vulgarities makes him feel like an adult who knows what those words mean.  Polite debate isn't for him.  He's a passionate spouter of truth, and if you don't like obscenities, you must be, like, really old and stuff.  So shut up while he figuratively slaps you around with naughty words his mom should have told him he shouldn't use.  She probably didn't expect the nation's media to gleefully encourage her boy to go blue.

Gun control ideas sound good, but are deeply flawed and won't save lives.  Supporting gun control is now the "in thing." Stars such as Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus tweet their support.  Time and Teen Vogue magazines run cover stories glorifying people working to put stricter controls on guns and ban some weapons.  The New England Patriots used their team plane to fly students and families from Parkland, Florida, to Washington for Saturday's gun control rally.  You would be unlikely to know it from the media coverage of the Washington demonstration, but only 47 percent of Americans between 13 and 17 believe that more gun control could reduce mass public shootings.

Every Word Liberals Say About Guns Is A Lie.  Let's start out with a basic premise — if you are a healthy, law-abiding American citizen you should own, and be proficient with, effective firearms and have sufficient ammunition on hand to act to defend yourself, your family, your community, and your Constitution.  That's what free people do.  Of course, it's the people who don't have those tools — backed up by the random goofy vet who tweets pics of himself turning in his personal weapons to baffled and embarrassed law enforcement officers — who want to take your firearms from you.  Which presents certain practical difficulties when push comes to shove.

The Federal Government And War With The American People.  Notice the sleight of hand?  "Multiple Department of Homeland Security law enforcement components and other federal agencies."  While wrapped in a patriotic cloak of border security, this contract so hidden as to its real import that you have no idea what's in it or who receives the ammunition or for what purpose.  I suspect various commenters will come to the rescue of the FedGov on this one as well (I've seen it every time something like this is announced), but the fact remains that 180 million rounds is a lot of PD ammunition.  Note: this isn't range ammo — it's duty ammo.  I have faced the usual suspects before, like "Well, the FedGov has to protect the American nuclear facilities."  No, I reply, go back and try again.  Commercial nuclear power plants owned by utilities in America must provide their own security, and sometimes they are utility employees, while sometimes they are contract workers.  But always, the FedGov has nothing whatsoever to do with it.

No One Is Saying That.  Did you hear?  They're talking about repealing the Second Amendment.  It started with former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley.  And it sure does seem like those calls prompted skeptics of American gun culture to echo their remarks.  Turley and Stevens were joined this week by op-ed writers in the pages of Esquire and the Seattle Times.  Democratic candidates for federal office have even enlisted in the ranks of those calling for an amendment to curtail the freedoms in the Bill of Rights.  Of course, this is just the most mainstream invocation of anti-Second Amendment themes that have been expressed unashamedly for years, from liberal activists like Michael Moore to conservative opinion writers at the New York Times. [...] You might be surprised to learn that none of this occurred.  It's only your vivid or, some might go so far as to say, fevered imagination.  Rest assured, CNN host Chris Cuomo insists that "no one" is calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment.  And even if they are, as Justice Stevens most certainly is, he's a "boogeyman" who commands no influence or respect.

Larry King: Repeal 2nd Amendment... It Was Passed To Fight Off Slaves.  Larry King has an interesting tidbit for why the Second Amendment should be repealed — and it's got to do with what he says is the real reason it was created ... to fight off slaves.  We got the ex-talk show host Wednesday at E. Baldi in Bev Hills, where we asked what he thought of former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' NYT op-ed calling for the amendment giving Americans the right to bear arms to be repealed.  Larry says he's completely on board, adding that the antiquated provision needs to be rewritten due to unclear language ... and also, because it's "real" purpose is moot now.

David Hogg Is Quickly Learning How to Be a Bully.  When is it okay to talk back to someone who keeps falsely branding you a murderer?  Well, that depends on whether he's being funded by Republicans or Democrats.  Ever since the shooting last month at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a student named David Hogg has become the new face of the gun-confiscation movement.  He's everywhere you look, telling you that if you disagree with him, you've got blood on your hands.  If you've managed to miss his schtick, here's a quick recap from David Rutz at the Washington Free Beacon:  [Video clip]

The Most Hypocritical Thing I Saw At The March For Our Lives.  Each celebrity speaker and high school activist who took the stage to give an impassioned speech condemning firearms was themselves protected by a wide arsenal firearms.  I personally witnessed multiple celebrities go to and from their limousines under the heavily armed guard of private security members and the Capitol Police.  I watched Katie Couric, Cher, George Clooney and the student celebrities of Parkland all get escorted to safety by police officers who were visibly carrying holstered handguns.  None of the speakers waived the protections of an armed officer.  Every major movie star, singer or student leaving the rally rushed to the protective bubble of well armed security as they traveled from the gated backstage area to idling limousines and private cars.

Sociologist: Less Than 10 Percent Of March For Our Lives Participants Were Children.  A sociologist on MSNBC threw cold water on all the media's claims that the March For Our Lives protests were spontaneous and led by the nation's children during a "Morning Joe" segment on Monday [3/26/2018].  University of Maryland sociologist Dana Fisher conducted a study of the demographics of Saturday's march in Washington, D.C., and discovered that only less than 10 percent of those in the crowd were under the age of 18.  While Fisher tried to make it sound like these individuals were all potential voters, it is likely that many of those who showed up were simply run-of-the-mill liberal activists.

6 Reasons Why The AR-15 Is Actually Ideal For Self-Defense.  The AR-15 may well be the most vilified rifle in existence at the moment, possibly even more so than the Soviet-designed AK-47.  This is especially true following several incidents where bad people did bad things with the rifle in question.  As per usual following such incidents, politicians begin clamoring for the rifle to be banned.  They use all kinds of rhetoric to paint the firearm as some kind of evil murder-death-kill machine that serves no other purpose except to end lives.  This usually comes from the same people who claim that the most recent gunman, armed with a Glock, didn't have a semiautomatic weapon.  Yeah.  Anyway, many of these folks — including at least one former vice president of the United States — have said that all you need for self-defense in your home is a shotgun.  Unfortunately, this just isn't the case.  The AR-15 is a great weapon for self-defense, and there are a number of reasons why.

There's So Much Derp at the March For Our Lives.  In case you're thinking that lowering the voting age to 16 is a good idea, then look at the March for Our Lives.  The kids marching in this might be savvy on social media, but they know little about real life.  Or laws, or the Constitution. [...] Yes, a gun does provide protection.  Otherwise millions of us who legally own them for defense wouldn't spend the money on them.  Or the time spent learning how to use them properly.  And "thoughts and prayers" refer to comfort for the families of victims — from shootings, car accidents, hurricanes — you get the drift.  This is nothing more than another slam at religious people.  Yeah, so helpful to the debate.

The Hypocrisy Of Gun Control Activists.  [Example #1] Shannon Watts:  The founder of "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense" has been working directly with former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg for several years, and even officially combined her organization with his gun control group in 2014.  Watts enjoys the benefits that come along with being bankrolled by a literal billionaire, including having drivers and armed security personnel. [...] [Example #2] The March For Our Lives itself:  As RedState's Brad Slager reported earlier today, today's March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C. "enjoys a surprising amount of armed security."  Photos and video from the march shows a high level of police presence, with many uniformed officers visible in photos (and presumably, additional undercover police in plainclothes) plus road blockades, security fencing, and military vehicles.

America doesn't have a gun violence epidemic.  Democrat cities do.  America does not have a gun crime epidemic.  There are, however, epidemics in many locales and cities.  Who do you think runs the vast majority of those cities?  NRA-funded Republicans?  No.  Lobbyists for firearm manufacturers?  No.  The vast majority of those cities have been run by Democrats for decades upon decades.  Here are the top 20 cities with the highest gun murder rates in the U.S. per capita. [...]

Narrative Fail:  Tons Of 'Good Guys With Guns' Protecting MarchForOurLives Gun Control Rally.  On Saturday [3/24/2018], thousands of left-leaning people descended on the streets of Washington D.C. to demand gun control as they were surrounded by a heavy presence of "good guys with guns."  It was a truly ironic scene.  In a piece compiled by Twitchy, a presence of heavily armed local law enforcement officials and members of the National Guard were on scene to protect those rallying against guns, claiming they make American less safe.

The AR for Home Defense:  One Expert's Opinion.  The catch with many magazine articles, Internet postings and gun shop discussions is not the fact that folks want to select a different system for the defense of their home — as an unbending supporter of the Second Amendment I am in favor of whatever you prefer, are comfortable with, or can afford.  The rub comes when folks tell me that mine is a poor choice and cite reasons that cannot be supported by fact.

Yes, They Do Want To Take Your Guns Away.  Every time the issue of gun control comes up and America goes to war with itself over the preservation of the Second Amendment, I get a slew of leftists and uneducated statists popping up in my mentions and comments sections telling me that no one is trying to take our guns.  But they absolutely are.  In their braver moments, when they think all the momentum is with them, they straight up admit it.

Fact Checker's big mistakes in comparing mass public shootings in the US and Europe. fact-checked a post that we first put up in June 2015 and updated on January 7, 2016.  They wrote:  "Our conclusion is that this is accurate based on the CPRC's definition of a mass shooting, but also extremely misleading.  It uses inappropriate statistical methods to obscure the reality that mass shootings are very rare in most countries, so that when they do happen they have an outsized statistical effect."  They made two general points:  questioning our definition of mass public shootings and that we obscure how rare these attacks are in European countries.

Governor Of Connecticut Says 'NRA Has Become A Terrorist Organization'.  Connecticut's governor called the National Rifle Association (NRA) a terrorist organization in an interview Tuesday [3/6/2018].  Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, also said his state would "boycott" the NRA and said the organization has been acting like a "terrorist organization," in an interview with Fox 61.  He also believes the NRA has changed throughout the past 20 years.  "They act, quite frankly, in some cases as a terrorist organization," Malloy said.  "You want to make safer guns?  We will boycott your company.  That's who they are.  That's what they do."

Obama Can't Stop Lying About Guns, As He Touts The Phony '18 School Shootings' Stat.  During a keynote speech in Washington, D.C., Barack Obama started talking about guns, and repeated the completely bogus claim that Parkland, Fla., was the 18th school shooting this year.  It's hardly the first time Obama has peddled blatant falsehoods to push gun control.

A Boycott is Terrorism?  Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy called the National Rifle Association a terrorist organization.  "They act, quite frankly, in some cases as a terrorist organization.  You want to make safer guns?  We will boycott your company.  That's who they are.  That's what they do," Malloy told Fox 61 in his home state.  Yes, I remember when Bill Ayers boycotted the Pentagon.  Yes, I remember 9/11 when 19 terrorists boycotted the Twin Towers.  Yes, I remember when two brothers who were Islamic refugees boycotted the Boston Marathon.  Words have meaning.

If The NRA Is A Terrorist Organization (It's Not), Then Planned Parenthood Is Something Far, Far Worse.  At this time the NRA's kill count is zero.  If they are a terrorist organization, they are the worst one in history.  Furthermore, those who do commit these mass murders have zero connection with the NRA, and in fact usually commit these atrocities in defiance of every principle the NRA holds, as well as many of the safety laws the NRA helped to create.  In fact, the laws drafted with the NRA's help would have stopped many of the shootings if law enforcement agencies such as the FBI or, very recently, the Broward County Sheriff's Dept had done their jobs.  People forget that the NRA is an organization principally concerned about the preservation of our Second Amendment rights, education about firearms, and the promotion of their safe usage.

Obama repeats '18 school shootings in 2018' lie.  Former President Barack Obama on Monday [3/5/2018] repeated the now-debunked claim that there have been 18 school shootings in 2018 after the Parkland, Fla., massacre on February 14 that took the lives of 17 people and wounded 16 others.  The claim went unchallenged by the moderator, which was debunked shortly after the shooting initially by the Washington Examiner.  It was also fact-checked by the Washington Post and even Snopes.  Despite the fact that it was debunked, it didn't stop the former president from spreading the lie.

NAACP Urges National Gun Confiscation.  NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson called for a national gun confiscation program in a syndicated column through Black Press USA on Monday [3/5/2018].  Comparing recent school shootings to the violence and discrimination black students faced after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, Johnson wrote that "fear and terror still exist in our children's classrooms" because of the "National Rifle Association and the politicians [sic] that support them."

NRA called 'terrorist organization' in billboard funded by former Clinton staffer.  A new controversial Florida billboard is targeting the National Rifle Association as a "terrorist organization."  The anti-NRA billboard is funded by Claude Taylor, a former White House staffer for President Bill Clinton, through MAD DOG PAC, a political action committee that also erected billboards calling for President Trump's impeachment in states across the country.

Ignorance and lack of logic underlie Progs' Second Amendment position.  There are around 270,000,000 guns in America, but only 11,000 were used in crimes last year.  The vast number by far, are used for creation, for self-defense, or not at all.

Gun Laws and the Second Amendment.  My opinion, which is supported by FBI Statistics, is that gun laws don't work.  It isn't about the gun.  It's about the person behind it.  There are Modern Sporting Rifles (MSR), such as AR-15's in the hands of millions of Americans across the country, and yet a rifle (all types combined) is used in only 2% of all murders.  The lack of knowledge of this firearm is extreme in both those that push for anti-gun laws and sadly, those that support the Second Amendment.

The First Amendment Is In Far Greater Danger Than The Second.  A case in point of this change has been the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting.  Despite the complexity of the issues involved and the diversity of views held by Americans as to the proper response, the elites have pursued a scorched earth campaign against those who do not hold their black-and-white views on guns.  In the news media, a narrative emphasizing the immediate necessity of national gun control legislation has become a 24-hour rallying cry, with victims of the tragedy exploited to advance this narrative and brand those who disagree as somehow complicit in the violence.  Meanwhile, corporations have begun to sever ties with the NRA, sending a message that only one side of the debate is socially acceptable while the other is deserving of punishment. [...] Make no mistake:  an America with total elite control over the population and where dissent from their views is vilified is not an America at all.

The Mental Health Punt.  The honest argument in favor of the Second Amendment is that it's worth it.  It's worth it because the risk of an oppressive government is simply too great to bear and recurs too often historically without this "doomsday option."  And the other argument, made by the author among others, is that even in the absence of some revolutionary moment, we would rather take our chances with our own means of self protection, even at the cost of the occasional horrific shooting spree, than to depend solely and unrealistically on the government to protect us.  Indeed, this preference for self-reliance is the defining feature of American life.  Irresolution about this historical American freedom has characterized the emotional debate over assault weapons after the Parkland shooting.  Avoiding weighing in on the side of either more order or more liberty, a consensus has emerged around a supposed magic bullet:  expanded mental health care and institutionalization.

Narrative Fail:  Florida School Shooter Did NOT Use 'High-Capacity' Magazines.  While Democratic politicians insist on infringing on the rights of law-abiding Americans to prevent the next mass shooting, a report from earlier this week that received barely any attention shows that their efforts would not have stopped the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman.  House Democrats introduced an assault weapons ban bill this week that would also "prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of semi-automatic rifles and pistols that have a magazine or can accept a magazine that can hold more than 10 bullets, and any ammunition-feeding device that can hold more than 10 bullets."  This bill would have done nothing to prevent the Parkland shooting as the gunman did not use "high-capacity" magazines, he used 10-round magazines.

An Open Letter to David Hogg.  Who is David Hogg and why should we care?  He seems to think he is now a policy expert and can arrange for his thoughts and opinions to be taken seriously.  How many times have you heard him on CNN or MSNBC slandering those who disagree with him or heard him say "I am not going to allow".  My first thought is who [...] does he think he is.  The son of a supposed FBI agent father and a VIP mother who works for CNN (his own words) what makes him any more expert just because he was in the building next to where the shooting occurred?  His condescending attitude and his inability to see past the myopic preening group that are his handlers is self serving.  His present course will allow him to move forward in his future plans as either a journalist of politician, another progressive leftists that can lie easily and do nothing more than push the Alinsky principles forward.  He is the perfect "victim" he can say and demean anyone he likes and lie about facts and can do it with impunity because he can always fall back on being a "victim".  Any who call out his lies or his demeaning of others will be set upon by the socialists who are cheering him on.

The president may be confused, but the citizenry is not.  [Scroll down]  The biggest problem in this senseless slaughter was that the courageous calls to authorities fell on deaf ears and the system collapsed.  So the purveyors of the system figure they will be able to stop the next shooting if they disarm all law-abiding adults from 18-21, give law enforcement another law to avoid enforcing, demonize a group that speaks for millions of lawful gun owners in America, and get rid of bump stocks, which is such an insult to our intelligence that it's painful.  It's like they were so busy since that massacre in Vegas that they didn't get around to it, and this has nothing to do with the Florida case, but they'll ban them anyway, leading to an ultimate ban on semi-automatic firearms.  It won't be long until most politicians say, "Who really needs a semi-automatic?"

Reality: Parkland Killer Did Not Use High Capacity Magazines.  If you get your news from the Media (D) — and other Democrats — you might think banning high-capacity magazines might make a difference.  That was the case Debbie Wasserman Schultz was trying to make when she showed her contempt for the Second Amendment a little more openly than she probably meant to.  She straight up admitted to not wanting civilians to have access to 'those' guns.  The 'BAN THEM' brigade is marching, looking to put every possible limitation on lawful gun owners — Truth [notwithstanding] — without any regard to whether these proposed limitations have anything WHATSOEVER to do with stopping the kind of shootings you pretend to care so much about.

In Defense of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.  Americans deeply.  After burying their dead, the survivors have mobilized into a mighty political force that loosely seeks more laws to regulate the right to keep and bear arms.  The young people, traumatized and terrified with memories of unspeakable horror that will not fade, somehow think that a person bent on murder will obey gun laws.  Every time I watch these beautiful young people, I wince, because in their understandable sadness is the potential for madness — "madness" being defined as the passionate and stubborn refusal to accept reason.  This often happens after tragedy.

Laughably Stupid Media Mistakes In Gun Reporting:  How Much Do They Matter?  As surely as night follows day, a mass shooting is followed by national grief, cries of "politicization" and various forms of kabuki (blustery speeches, staged "town hall" events augmented with social media thoughts and prayers, and of course, hashtags). [...] Part of the massacre-grief-anger-blame cycle includes journalists too-frequently beclowning themselves with stunningly idiotic statement about firearms.

16 Stupidest Comments About the Parkland Shooting Massacre (So Far).  In the wake of the Parkland school shooting massacre, and in order to deflect away from the only answer to this contagion of school shootings (which of course is hardening school security), our media and the left in general have to manufacture one stupid-hour after another in order to keep the focus on gun-grabbing.  The results of this cynical and desperate crusade have not only exposed these provincial elites as completely opposed to keeping our children safe, but as liars, and morons.  Here are the 16 most dishonest and/or stupidest things we have heard so far...

Parkland Shooting:  Questions the Left Can't Answer.  What has Big Education done for school safety, other than making schools "gun free zones," turning them into target-rich environments?  Not only are they not protecting their students, but they are also leaving their union dues-paying teachers vulnerable in school shootings.  Why doesn't Big Education care about teachers and students?  Why do these shootings almost always happen in "gun free zones"?  Would a bank or jewelry store ever declare itself a "gun-free zone"?  What about any government building in the country?  Does this make sense?  Members of Congress bray about the evils of guns and how arming teachers is a bad thing.  Yet their workplace is surrounded by armed guards and metal-detectors.  Many of them travel with armed escorts.  Governors and big-city mayors surround themselves with armed security, at work and at home.  Why won't they protect children with the same zeal?

Sheriff Scott Israel shoves aside NRA as scapegoat for Parkland massacre.  Leftists love scapegoats when they get to choose them.  But their narrative on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass slaughter is crashing and burning.  The statist gun-grabbers thought they had another golden opportunity when 17 people were massacred at a high school in an affluent suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Plenty of articulate student survivors and grieving parents to mobilize for kangaroo court town halls and to be bussed to Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. spelled good visuals and heartbreaking stories.  The knee-jerk response of the left-media combine following a school shooting always is to blame the NRA, which stands in the way of dreams of tyranny.  If only Americans didn't have access to guns, we'd all be safe, goes the familiar mantra, ignoring mass slaughters in gun-restrictive locales the Bataclan in Paris.

MSNBC Host:  Handgun Bullets Are Ineffective In Stopping School Shooters Because They're Too Slow.  Talk about a facepalm moment.  Is it the media's stupidity or stacking sandbags because they know this National Rifle Association initiative could gain traction?  You decide.  The NRA wants more armed guards in schools.  Teachers should be allowed to carry as well.  After the tragic Sandy Hook shooting, the school board voted to approve this proposal.  This is not an alien concept.

CNN Analyst Suggests Women Can't Carry Guns Because They Wear Skirts, Dresses.  A CNN analyst insisted Saturday that arming school teachers is impractical, arguing that women who wear skirts and dresses can not carry guns on their person.  "A lot of these schools — Sandy Hook had an all-female faculty, from principal to teachers," noted CNN senior law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes.  "For a woman, where are you going to hide that gun during the day?"

Canada Doesn't Have Mass Shootings?  Let's Check The Headlines.  Tragedies such as the massacre in Florida this month produce a variety of reactions.  Some express sympathy and prayers.  Others engage in intelligent, well reasoned policy debates.  Then there's stuff like this: [...]

Women's March Leader Fueling Parkland Student Activist Protests.  A leader of the Women's March LA Foundation filed for the permit to organize Parkland, Florida, students who are advocating for gun control.  Deena Katz, co-executive director of the Women's March LA Foundation, filed an application for a permit with the National Park Service for a March 24 rally called March for Our Lives, which is described as a student-led protest, reports the Washington Times.

Harvard Law Grad:  Armed Teachers Would Shoot Black Students.  A Harvard law grad argued Thursday [2/22/2018] that armed teachers would shoot black students.  Elie Mystal, who graduated and practiced law with a Harvard University law degree, made the case for why armed teachers would shoot black students, reported The College Fix.  He published the argument on Above the Law, a law blog he edits.  Mystal argued that arming teachers would be pricey, not dissuade potential shooters, and "directly result in students of color being shot to death at school."

Despite Gun-Control Advocates' Claims, U.S. Isn't The Worst Country For Mass Shootings.  It's become commonplace to hear after a U.S. shooting tragedy that, when it comes to guns, America is just more violent than other countries, especially those in Europe, where many countries have stiff gun-control laws.  It's a progressive shibboleth, but even some conservatives agree.  The only problem is, it's not true.

Some notes on claims about Australia's crime rates.  [Scroll down]  Here is the actual data from Australia.  First note that gun ownership exhibits a very interesting pattern that isn't often acknowledged.  There was a large gun buyback in 1996 and 1997 that reduced gun ownership from 3.2 to 2.2 million guns.  But immediately after that gun ownership increased dramatically and is essentially back to where it was before the buyback.  Why is that important?  Well, if it is the number of guns that is important, you should initially see a large drop in suicides or crimes and then see it increasing.  Yet, in none of these data series do you observe that pattern.  For example, homicides didn't fall until eight years after the laws.  It is not clear what theory they have for why the long delay would occur.  Nor can I even find an acknowledgment of that long lag in the cited literature.  A more natural explanation for the drop at the eight year point would be the substantial increases in police forces that occurred at that time.

It's Not All About the NRA.  In the aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy, like the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last week, anguish needs to find an outlet.  Students have taken to the streets and the halls of political power demanding an end to the violence.  Parents, in their darkest hour, talk of their pain to cable TV hosts and even to the President of the United States.  There are so many questions about why and how this could happen.  The natural human reaction is to try and answer them.  One of the most enduring and predictable answers is that the NRA squelches any and all forward movement on the issue of gun legislation.  Many point to the power of the gun lobby as the most insidious and powerful force in all of politics.  However, pointing the finger at the gun lobby misses the underlying values that define the owning of a gun in the first place — the values of safety and freedom.  In the American version of the 'hierarchy of needs,' these two values are at the top.

Debunking Gun Control Myths.  In the wake of last week's Parkland, Florida, murders by a deranged former student, culture warriors predictably rushed to exploit it in their ongoing effort to chip away at other people's Second Amendment rights.  Typically, gun-grabbing gladiators descended into mere emotional exhibitionism and implored politicians to "do something," but conspicuously avoided identifying what exactly should be done.  And to the extent that any of them did identify actual policy proposals restricting Second Amendment freedoms, they rested their proposals upon commonly held popular myths that must be debunked, lest their efforts unfairly target the Second Amendment's individual right to keep and bear arms and make the nation less safe, not more safe.

CNN Pimps Traumatized Kids To Push Politics.  Conservatives Should Boycott The Network.  Adults who prostitute traumatized teenagers to advance their political agenda should be ashamed of themselves, and those at CNN who do it should be fired. [...] Conservatives should be undeterred by this trick, rendered all the more transparent by a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student enrolled in the ROTC program, Colton Haab, who alleges that CNN told him to read a scripted question during their slanderous broadcast.  CNN is now calling that student a liar — because we must listen to the children except when what the children say is inconvenient for CNN.  Without falling into Democrats' trap and stooping to attack the ignorant teenagers themselves, conservatives should aim their criticism squarely at the craven adults who exploit them.  CNN so desperately seeks to manipulate its audience's emotions because the facts uniformly refute its gun-grabbing agenda.

The Contemptible American Left.  The American left, whose enthusiasts traffic constantly in victimhood and noble intentions, are once again exploiting and manipulating a tragedy.  They are now shamelessly claiming not only that teenagers who have been victims of or witnesses to a shooting must be the recipients of the nation's sympathy, but that whatever they say — however inane or uninformed, as long as it conforms with the left's anti-gun orthodoxy — cannot be questioned.  Their unfortunate experience gives rise to their newly minted status as unassailable spokespersons in any debate regarding gun control.  Therefore, anyone who has the temerity to question or criticize these newly anointed voices of reason is an insensitive brute who favors continued and unabated gun violence.

A Test of Endurance.  The Stoneman Douglas High School shooting confirmed what many feared:  every public event in America will now be politicized.  The victims' families had scarcely registered the tragic facts before the blame game got under way at full steam divided almost exactly along ideological lines.  The liberal narrative was predictable.  The NRA was a merchant of death; the benighted American was pathologically obsessed with military grade firearms, and it was time for the US to join the civilized world.

That story about a 20-year-old who said he was 'able to buy' an AR-15 in five minutes with no ID is an outright lie.  A viral tweet this week alleging a 20-year-old with an expired ID was able to buy an AR-15 rifle in five minutes is a lie.  It's a [...] lie.  The viral tweet, which has been shared by more than 9,000 social media users, quotes a two-year-old blog post written by then-20-year-old blogger Cody Davis.  The quote reads:  "I was able to buy an AR-15 in five minutes.  I'm 20 and my ID is expired."  Not to put too fine a point on it, but he's lying.

Cries to 'Ban the AR-15' [are] Based on Ignorance and Hysteria.  I've shot service rifle competitions for nearly 20 years and held the classification of "Master" for nearly eleven.  I've probably put 20,000 rounds through AR-15 rifles.  Though I've never been in the military, I have more familiarity and proficiency with the weapon than most active-duty soldiers.  So I think I am as qualified as anybody to dispel the common myths about the AR-15.  First, the AR-15 is not a machine-gun or an "assault weapon."  The AR-15 is a semi-automatic version of the M-16, which is a machine gun. [...] Second, the idea that the AR-15 is some kind of horrifically powerful weapon is absurd.  In its most common chambering, the 5.56 NATO, the AR-15 is actually underpowered compared to traditional American battle rifles like the M1873 "Trapdoor" in .45-70 or the M1903 Springfield in .30-06.  The AR-15 is a .22-caliber centerfire.  When its M-16 counterpart was introduced in Vietnam, it was derided as a "mouse gun" and a "poodle-shooter."  Many troops were dismayed when their .30-caliber M-14s were replaced with the new rifle.

Sorry, Despite Gun-Control Advocates' Claims, U.S. Isn't The Worst Country For Mass Shootings.  It's become commonplace to hear after a U.S. shooting tragedy that, when it comes to guns, America is just more violent than other countries, especially those in Europe, where many countries have stiff gun-control laws.  It's a progressive shibboleth, but even some conservatives agree.  The only problem is, it's not true.

Amazing New Breakthrough to Reduce Mass Shootings.  Thanks to our Second Amendment, the United States has fewer mass shootings per capita than many other developed countries, including Norway, France, Switzerland, Finland, Belgium and the Czech Republic.  (And 98 percent of our mass shootings occur in "gun-free zones.")  But imagine if we could cut our mass shootings in half?

Teenage Survivors Are Not Immune from Criticism When They Push Gun Control.  Democrats have perfected the art of using sympathetic public figures to argue for positions most Americans reject, then accusing critics of mean-spiritedness when they disagree.  We saw that tactic in the Khizr Khan controversy in 2016, when a Muslim father whose son died fighting for the U.S. blasted Donald Trump from the podium at the Democratic National Convention.  When Trump responded, he was accused of attacking a Gold Star family.  Likewise in the gun control debate, where people who disagree with impassioned calls for gun control from some of the students who survived the Parkland shooting are being accused of attacking children.

Leftists Use Teens as Pawns for Gun Control.  First, a point we always make.  So-called "assault weapons" are nothing of the sort.  That's a made-up term by the Leftmedia meant to make people afraid of what is a basic semi-automatic rifle with certain cosmetic features.  Find out the truth here.  Second, it's incredibly unfortunate that teenagers likely suffering post-traumatic stress from a horrific attack are being held up as the sage voices of reason and unassailable moral authority.  The Left is using these kids as pawns to advance gun control, and it's arguably even more sick than politicians making a platform out of the caskets of Sandy Hook's children.

CNN's Chris Cuomo Caught Promoting Fake News Story About Buying AR-15 Without ID.  CNN reporter Chris Cuomo was caught sharing a 'fake news' story about a 20-year-old who was allegedly "able to buy an AR-15 in five minutes" without a valid driver's license.  Problem being, it never happened, and the author of the post, Cody Davis, even admits to it within the body of the story.  Oh, there's no doubt he's trying to convince you that he could have walked out of the store with an AR-15 in five minutes, but there's also no doubt that he definitively did not buy the gun.  In fact, he didn't even fill out the paperwork for the background check.

School Shooting Survivor Turned Activist David Hogg's Father in FBI, Appears To Have Been Coached On Anti-Trump Lines.  In less than a week since they survived a mass murdering gunman attack on their school, two students who quickly became media stars of the Parkland, Florida school shootings are now media obsessed to the point they say they are snubbing an invitation to meet with President Donald Trump this Wednesday in favor of appearing on a televised town hall with CNN's Jake Tapper. [...] One student, in particular, David Hogg has been astonishingly articulate and highly skilled at propagating a new anti-Conservative/anti-Trump narrative behind the recent school shooting.  Few have seen this type of rapid media play before, and when they have it has come from well-trained political operatives and MSM commentators.

Florida School Shooting "Victim" Has Been A Media Darling Before.  Something sure seems off about a handful of "survivors" who are garnering 99% of the media attention immediately following the shooting tragedy in Flordia.  They are quite eager to get in front of the camera, often appear to be reading from a teleprompter, and in at least one other case, have a history of news media attention already.

Left-wing groups hijacked students' anti-gun protests, says former GOP lawmaker.  Former Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., argued Tuesday that left-wing groups are helping high school students mobilize against the Trump administration to push for tougher gun controls in the wake of last week's school shooting in Florida.  "Let's ask ourselves:  Do we really think 17-year-olds, on their own, are going to plan a nationwide rally?" Kingston said on CNN.

Anti-Gun School Shooter Witness Rehearses Spoon-fed Lines.  An anti-gun Florida school shooter witness, David Hogg (whose Trump-hating dad works for the FBI), rehearses his spoon-fed lines.  [Video clip]  This is the same kid who repeated the lie that "there were 17 mass shootings so far this year" and Chris Wallace let him get away with it.

Florida Student Activists Want to 'Dismantle' NRA; Trump Is 'Disgusting'; FBI Gets a Pass.  The FBI failed to investigate warnings about the Florida school shooter, but never mind that.  And the National Rifle Association has no control over school shootings, but never mind that, either.  Two newly minted gun control activists from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida are defending the FBI, while demanding that NRA "child murderers" dismantle and disband.  And they have declined an invitation to discuss their concerns with President Donald Trump, whom they call "disgusting."

CNN resorts to its usual fake news hackery on Florida gun laws.  In some areas, such as Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, California, New Jerse and New York, there are are draconian gun restrictions.  Heavily burdensome.  Yet, interestingly, there are a lot of crimes that occur there that involve the use of guns.

We Can't Have A Debate About Guns If Liberals Keep Lying About Them.  There's always a lot of emotion after a horrific school shooting, and that's completely understandable.  There is also an immediate push for vague "do-something" gun-control legislation often wholly untethered from the incidents it is purporting to stop, which is less understandable.  Worse, most of these efforts are bolstered by falsehoods and half-truths that make it virtually impossible to have a genuine discussion about the problem.  It's an endless task, but let's just take Joe Scarborough's Washington Post column on the Parkland shooting as an example, since he uses a couple of the most fraudulent talking points about modern gun ownership.

Why You Can't Have A Debate on Gun Rights With Liberals.  There can be no honest debate about gun control because the left's real goal (expressed every time a shooting happens) is complete civilian disarmament.

Liberals Fail, Volume XXXVII.  No one who wants us to give up our guns does so because they want us to be more able to defend ourselves from crime or tyranny.  Their agenda is clear, no matter how much they lie and deny.

18 School Shootings In 2018? Yeah — Not Quite.  According to reports being screamed at us from our TV screens, there have already been 18 school shootings in America, this year. [...] The number being pushed yesterday through media came from a group called Everytown for Gun Safety — an anti-gun group.  To say their numbers are a bit "finessed," would be generous.

No, There Haven't Been 18 School Shootings This Year — Not Even Close.  The latest mass shooting, which claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, was a horrible tragedy.  But that's no excuse for the flurry of stories parroting a gun control advocacy group's false claims about school shootings.

Lying About Gun Violence With Statistics.  Every time a Muslim terrorist shoots, stabs, bombs or runs over Americans, the default response is, "Let's not jump to any conclusions".  That's swiftly followed by media spin pieces claiming that the majority of terrorist attacks are really committed by white male Republicans and the Amish based on math so bad that even the world's crookedest bookie wouldn't go near it.  And anyone who argues that the pattern of Islamic terror attacks is a call for common sense migration reform is regarded as a racist and a coward who wants to destroy the Constitution by blowing a handful of attacks out of proportion.  And whenever a suburban shooting happens, especially in a school, it becomes a clarion call to dismantle the 2nd Amendment.  And that's also backed by some of the world's worst statistics.

Dem Congressman With Violent District:  Mass Shootings [are] Caused By Poverty.  Who knew?  All these shootings weren't caused by guns, but by poverty.  So let's end the whole gun control thing and just work on more poverty programs.  Or does that just apply to Dem districts?  Poor Democrats shoot people because of poverty.  Rich Democrats shoot people because guns exist.  Do Democrats ever take responsibility for anything?

Gun control advocates rush to distort the truth about what happened in Parkland.  Gun control advocates are only too sure that they occupy the moral high ground.  In the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead, they are accusing their opponents of having "blood on their hands."  It's no longer just activists such as Chelsea Handler who are spewing such vitriol.  Even mainstream liberals such as political scientist Norm Ornstein use the phrase.

MSNBC's Scarborough Says There Are 33,000 Gun Deaths Every Year.  Here's What He's Not Telling You.  On Thursday morning, discussing the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough quoted a misleading statistic in order to emphasize how dangerous he thought guns were, saying there are 33,000 people killed by guns in America every year.  Scarborough said to co-host Mika Brzezinski, "Mika, here we are again.  More than 33,000 people are killed by guns in the United States every year.  That's according to the CDC. 33,000. We've had 1,607 mass shootings since Sandy Hook when we said, 'Never again.'"  There's one key factor that Scarborough left out:  the huge percentage of gun deaths by suicide.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Turns Florida Shooting Vigil Into Political Rally!  Debbie Wasserman Shultz turned the candlelight vigil in Parkside, Florida into a political pep rally tonight [2/16/2018].  Wasserman Schultz started screaming about "other people's officials" during her speech to remember those lost in Wednesday's high school shooting.

Scarborough Accuses GOP Of Purposely Allowing Gun Violence 'Epidemic' To Spread.  MSNBC host Joe Scarborough labeled gun violence an "epidemic" Friday on "Morning Joe," and accused GOP leaders of purposely allowing it to spread.  "Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump do nothing about it, and I will say these words were apparent in Parkland along with all of the other horrors that I would be experiencing right now, these words 'we will do anything to protect you' would sting the most because Donald Trump knew this day was coming.  Donald Trump knows another school shooting is coming," Scarborough said.  He then pivoted to the opioid crisis and attempted to tie the two issues together, suggesting Republicans will allow gun violence to spread until they are all out of excuses.

Sen. Nelson Incorrectly Claims Florida High School Shooter Used Automatic Weapon.  Democratic Florida Sen. Bill Nelson incorrectly stated on MSNBC that the shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida used an automatic weapon, when in fact he used a semi-automatic weapon.

Democrats Blame Republicans, Demand Gun Control After Florida School Shooting.  Democrats immediately politicized the Florida school shooting that left at least 17 people dead on Wednesday and demanded gun control legislation, even before it was known how the shooter got his gun and whether any proposed legislation would have stopped it.  Some Democrats blamed Republicans for Wednesday's [2/14/2018] tragedy, without citing any evidence whatsoever.

Walls, BIG guns, military vehicles protect Hollywood elites at Golden Globes.  Even if an adoring member of the unwashed masses wanted to get close to a Hollywood A-lister, they couldn't, as elite celebrities were protected by walls, heavily-armed police and even military vehicles near the Golden Globes venue on Sunday [1/7/2018].  Photos tweeted by Margaret Carrero show heavy security outside the Beverly Hilton.  One photo shows a massive wall, approximately 12 feet high, surrounding the venue.  If that wasn't a deterrent enough, the road was blocked by heavily armed police.

Hypocrisy Alert:  Golden Globes Security For 'Elites' Included Walls, Guns, ID Checks.  Wait, isn't it "racist" and "anti-immigration" to demand identification checks, and twelve-foot high walls to hold back the "unwashed masses"?  And, aren't we supposed to ban all guns?

Walls, BIG guns, military vehicles protect Hollywood elites at Golden Globes.  Even if an adoring member of the unwashed masses wanted to get close to a Hollywood A-lister, they couldn't, as elite celebrities were protected by walls, heavily-armed police and even military vehicles near the Golden Globes venue on Sunday [1/7/2018].  Photos tweeted by Margaret Carrero show heavy security outside the Beverly Hilton.  One photo shows a massive wall, approximately 12 feet high, surrounding the venue.  If that wasn't a deterrent enough, the road was blocked by heavily armed police.

Stumped: DHS' Jeh Johnson Can't Name Gun Law that Could've Stopped Mateen.  I find this so very telling of the mind set of those who sit in rule over us.  Their solution to gun violence is to take the guns from those who can protect themselves and others and give to those who are intent on killing us.  Create gun free — shooting gallery — zones so the real killers will know that they won't have any opposition from the victims.  That is how the occupation force thinks — how it plans to make us safer — remove any opportunity to protect ourselves.  A gun in the hands of the protectors is a thousand times better than a cop on the phone.

From Salon and Ed Asner:  America was founded on gun control.  Salon is known for its hot takes, but give them an anti-Second Amendment piece co-written by none other than Ed Asner, and you've got something so hot it melts right through reality.

How The Media Tries To Pressure Gun Rights Advocates Into Gun Control Support.  Despite claims to the contrary, gun rights advocates are a large and active voting block.  There's a reason lawmakers in pro-gun regions — regions that make up the bulk of the nation — make it a point to present their pro-gun credentials when running for office.  While polls occasionally claim most people support some kind of gun control, those polls rarely delve deeper into how important the issue is for those people.  Most don't so much support new regulations so much as think, "Yeah, sounds good."  In their minds, however, there are bigger issues to tackle and so they don't care enough about gun control for it to make a difference in their voting.

Breaking Down The CBS News Gun Poll.  CBS News released the results of a new poll on the topic of guns.  There are some interesting tidbits in there for discussion, but there's also a lot that shouldn't be overly surprising.

Three Pinocchios For Pelosi On Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.  As with most things these days, it started with a tweet.  After the House passed their version of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, the former Speaker of the House (now Minority Leader), Nancy Pelosi expressed her displeasure by going on social media and informing everyone that the Republicans were once again trying to unleash drooling hordes of criminals and dungeon dwellers on the nation armed to the teeth.

Bad Math for Gun Control.  The article is from the University Press at Lamar University. [...] The writer got basic facts wrong, claiming that "The CDC reports 90 people each day are killed by guns (excluding suicides)".  Simple math shows that 90 x 365 = 32,850 deaths a year.  For 2015, there were 36,252 deaths associated with firearms, a bit more than the figure claimed.  But of those deaths, 22,018 of them were suicides, leaving 14,234 deaths for homicides, accidents, and unknown intentions.  Perhaps due to a simple math error, the number of non-suicidal deaths inflicted with a gun were increased from 39 a day (in 2015) to 90 a day.

6 Reasons Your Right-Wing Friend Isn't Coming To Your Side On Gun Control.  [#3] The Loudest Voices Are Often the Most Ignorant.  Whether it is an explosive news story or a late-night show host, journalists and celebrities are pretty ignorant about guns.  I can see why the Left constantly feels right-wingers are deflecting the gun debate because we get pedantic at details, constantly correcting things like the inappropriate labeling of "assault rifles."  While this is an extremely emotional issue after a tragedy, it's also a policy debate.  Good policies should be extraordinarily specific, explicit, and, you know, accurate in describing what it's actually legislating.  It's hard for Second Amendment advocates to believe that the loudest voices are approaching this policy issue with seriousness when they constantly get even the most basic details wrong.  I don't want legislation that's been emotionally manipulated into existence, I want legislation that is shown to actually do what it is intended to do.

Semi-Auto Rifles:  Common for 100 Years:  Mass Shooters, Not.  Opponents of an armed population often claim that semi-automatic rifles are a new phenomena in the United States.  That is false.  One of the first successful semi-automatic or self loading rifles was the Remington Model 8 above.  It was patented in 1900 by John Moses Browning.  Commercial production started in 1906.  It was a successful design, used in the hunting fields, in law enforcement, and had limited usage in the U.S. military.  The model 8 was modified a bit in 1936 and become the model 81, which was produced until 1950.

Know the facts:  Anti-gun activists utilize emotional grief to line their pockets.  The Second Amendment is under siege now more than ever.  Every day, we see more assaults made on our Constitutional rights to keep and bear arms.  Radical gun-grabbing organizations like Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety, and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence are just a few of the national organizations that seek to take away law abiding citizens' guns, and it's not much better at the university level.  There's a Student Pledge Against Gun Violence and a campaign to "Keep Guns Off Campus."  In many cases, students cannot exercise their recognized rights just because they step foot on campus.  These radical organizations employ misleading phrases to win over new supporters such as "Secure freedom from gun violence", "Disarm Hate," and "take common-sense steps to save lives".  However, they don't tell you what gun-grabbers' real intentions are.  These organizations carefully craft phrases they know will cause an emotional response from Americans.  It's all propaganda used to fill their pockets and combat their boogeyman:  the National Rifle Association.

Alt-Left Insanity:  Libs Think Being a Real Man Is 'Toxic'.  Talking about spree killers, [Amanda] Marcotte says:  "There is a common theme here:  Toxic masculinity."  This is one of those think pieces that pretends to be rational when it's really not.  Actual quote:  "Toxic masculinity aspires to toughness but is, in fact, an ideology of living in fear:  The fear of ever seeming soft, tender, weak, or somehow less than manly."  Notice how liberals never "live in fear" about being other than themselves?  There's no major media outlet pushy wimpy pajama boys to be actual men, grow up, move out of their [...] basements and get jobs.  No, the media ideal is to take men who act, you know, as men, and get them to act more feminine.  It's a deliberate strategy. [...] According to Marcotte, "proving manhood and warding off anything considered feminine or emasculating is the main reason why we have so many [...] shootings in the United States."  That's it.  She's solved all the mass shootings.  It's not media celebrating violence or liberals refusing to lock up violent criminals.  Must be men refusing to be like women or perhaps some previously undiscovered gender.

Barack Obama Touts Gun Control After Texas Church Massacre.  Former President Barack Obama wasted little time before calling for gun control after 26 people were killed in a church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  Sunday afternoon [11/5/2017], he expressed his condolences and immediately politicized the tragedy. [...] Obama was far from alone in calling for gun control following the shooting, and his gun control tweet proved rather restrained compared to some declaring that the National Rifle Association had "blood on its hands."  Even so, his subtle insistence that getting rid of guns is the solution to such mindless hate shows exactly the kind of patronizing political correctness that got Donald Trump elected president.

No One Glorifies 'Gun Violence' More Than Hollywood.  Late-night comedian turned progressive propagandist Jimmy Kimmel may not know why people like Stephen Paddock commit heinous acts, but he is certain who's to blame for them.  Kimmel says we should blame "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and a number of other lawmakers who won't do anything about this because the NRA has their balls in a money clip," adding they should all "be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country."  The gun lobby runs the country?  [Rebuttal omitted for brevity.]  Nonetheless, Kimmel and a large number of other Hollywood celebrities love to rail about the undue influence the NRA and anyone else who supports the Second Amendment have on the nation's "culture of violence."  Or as Kimmel piously referred to it during his second monologue on the subject, our "dirty business as usual."

Senator to Colleagues:  Is Political Backing from Gun Industry 'Worth the Blood'?  One of the biggest gun-control advocates in Congress ripped colleagues after the Sutherland Springs, Texas, mass shooting, telling fellow lawmakers to "shed" their "cowardly cover and do something." [...] "As long as our nation chooses to flood the county with dangerous weapons and consciously let those weapons fall into the hands of dangerous people, these killings will not abate," he added.

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As long as known violent atheist nut-cases roam the streets, the background check system fails miserably, and church-going citizens fail to prepare to defend themselves, bad people will kill good people.  I'm somewhat surprised that half the congregation wasn't armed and ready for this now-deceased (and burning in hell) perpetrator.  At times like this, political opportunism doesn't help.

5 Gun Myths That Need To Die.  The people who write Hollywood screenplays and direct action sequences aren't exactly gun people, so it's somewhat understandable that they botch so much.  However, there are a few myths that seem to float around people who, in theory, should know better.

California:  Proof That Everything The Liberals Run Turns [Bad].  The Las Vegas shooting's a tragedy.  The Left says it's the Right and the NRA.  And the only way to fix it is with more violence.  Nancy Sinatra (and others) thinking we should execute NRA card-carrying Conservatives.  Yet, not a word by the Left of the 57 killed and almost 300 shot in Chicago this year.  Not a word about a mental health issue.  Only that sane, card-carrying NRA members are to blame.

Texas Democrats Apologize For Blatantly Wrong Tweet.  The Texas Democrat Twitter account really blew it.  In typical Democrat fashion, they saw a shooting on a college campus and immediately blamed a piece of pro-gun legislation.  In this case, it was campus carry in the Lone Star State.  They were immediately hammered over the fact that absolutely nothing the shooter did was legal in any way, shape, or form.  Now, they're offering up an apology for their behavior.

Hollywood Homicide: 108 Automatic Weapons Blaze Away in 4 Top Movies.  Last week Stephen Paddock killed at least 59 Las Vegas concert-goers using automatic weapons.  Reportedly aided by "bump stocks" that made his semi-automatic rifles into automatic weapons, his killing spree was the worst in U.S. history.  People were understandably horrified that he was able to fire what amounted to machine guns into a crowd.  Yet similar weapons were being fired in movie theaters around the country.  Three of the top five movies at the box office featured characters blasting away with automatic weapons.  Two — Kingsman:  Golden Circle and American Assassin — included so many examples of such violence that the numbers were difficult even to count.  An analysis of the top five movies in theaters the week before the attack (Sept. 22-28) showed incredible big-screen carnage, including characters firing handguns and employing a wide range of other forms of violence.

St. Louis Mayor Blames The Second Amendment For Gun Crime.  St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay and Police Chief Sam Dotson assailed the Second Amendment in a recent interview, claiming that law-abiding gun owners's access to legal firearm purchases are the driving force behind the city's high crime rate.

The Passionate Non-Sequiturs of the Gun Debate.  [L]iberal politicians never let the inapplicability of their proposals stop them.  The passion with which they advocate for new gun-control measures is inversely related to their prospective efficacy.  Powered by The go-to proposal is universal back-ground checks, although the perpetrators of mass shootings usually haven't been adjudicated and therefore have passed background checks, as Paddock did in purchasing at least some of his guns.  He had no history of mental illness, and people who knew him didn't report any bizarre behavior.  He had no criminal record, beyond a minor violation years ago.  He didn't even have politics that anyone was aware of.  ISIS is claiming responsibility, but the FBI says it hasn't found any evidence of a connection.

The Normalization of Gun Violence Lies.  It takes six months in America to get an x-ray, but you can buy an AR-15 immediately.  That is one of the lies pushed by gun control advocates in the United States.  It is easier to buy a gun in the United States than vote.  Never mind that one needs photographic identification to do the former and, in still many places, not the later.  But again, this is a lie pushed by gun control advocates.  The very people who tell us Donald Trump is a fascist would have us hand over all our guns to him.  The very people who demand Christians provide goods and services to certain weddings or be put out of business tell us we can trust them with our freedom if we give up our guns.  The problem with gun control arguments in the United States is that so many of the gun control advocates lie.  Having never touched a gun, let alone fired one, they make stuff up.  We see this routinely in the news media.

Truck Control, It Only Happens Here and Other Gun Control Myths.  [#1]  "Guns are uniquely lethal."  Last year, a Muslim terrorist with a truck killed 86 people and wounded another 458.  Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, the Tunisian Muslim killer, had brought along a gun, but it proved largely ineffective.  The deadliest weapon of the delivery driver was a truck.  Mohammed, who was no genius, used it to kill more people than Stephen Paddock would with all his meticulous planning in Vegas.  Do we need truck control?  Deadlier than the truck is the jet plane.  Nearly 3,000 people were killed on September 11 by terrorists with a plan and some box cutters.  And then there are always the bombs.  The Boston Marathon bomber wounded 264, a suicide bomber at the Manchester Arena last year wounded 250 and the Oklahoma City Bombing (the only non-Islamic terror attack on the list) killed 168 and wounded 680.  Paddock was also stockpiling explosive compounds.  If he hadn't been able to get his hands on firearms, he would have deployed bombs.

Statistician: Typical Gun Control Recommendations Won't Make A Difference.  The opinion piece was not about slapping up tons of data from someone who spent three months researching.  Interestingly, German forgets that all the policies that Democrat gun grabbers trot out fail to tell us exactly what will occur if implemented.  For instance, they all want the so-called "universal background checks."  OK, if implemented, what is the expected reduction in crimes that use guns?  How many lives will be saved?  Banning assault rifles:  again, what is the reduction in the use of guns in crimes?  The previous one did not make a difference.  Why would a new one change the results?

Uninformed Hillary shamelessly politicizes Nevada tragedy.  Ever the hypocrite, she urged Americans to "put politics aside."  Then she proceeded to immediately inject politics into the catastrophic shooting in Las Vegas.  Clinton knew she could not call for a ban of a weapon already banned by law.  The fully automatic weapon allegedly used by gunman, Stephen Paddock, was made illegal under federal law back in 1986.  So Clinton invented an ancillary argument that more people would have died if Paddock had used a "silencer."  Survivors were still being treated when she began condemning the National Rifle Association and attacking the law on "silencers."

CNN Stereotypes Country Music Fans as 'Trump Supporters'.  Amidst microphone issues at CNN, the home studio was able to communicate with Jeff Zeleny at the White House.  He said of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting, "A lot of these country music supporters were likely Trump supporters."  Firstly, why does that matter?  The worst mass shooting in American history — what does it matter whom they voted for in 2016?!?  But also, is that true?  What makes him think that this stereotype is correct?

CNN Reporter Bizarrely Reminds Viewers That Country Music Fans Are 'Likely Trump Supporters'.  CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny appeared to suggest in an interview Monday [10/2/2017] that many of the victims of Sunday night's Las Vegas mass shooting were Trump supporters.  Zeleny made the bizarre observation after noting that President Trump's morning press conference about the situation in Las Vegas was "pitch perfect."  He went on to say that it was worth it, however, to "keep in mind" that there is significant crossover between Trump supporters and country music fans.  [Video clip]

Hillary Clinton slammed for 'ignorant' statement on guns after Las Vegas shooting.  Hillary Clinton took heat Monday for issuing what critics called an "ignorant" and "irrelevant" statement going after the NRA and silencers in the hours after the Las Vegas mass shooting.  As details were still emerging about the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history — which killed at least 58 people — the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee took to Twitter to imagine how much deadlier the massacre might have been if silencers had been used.

Hillary's Running Mate:  Vegas Massacre Was Stopped Because The Shooter Didn't Have a Silencer.  In a very special attempt to link his opposition to a Republican proposal to ease federal restrictions on gun suppressors to the massacre, [Democrat Tim] Kaine explained how he believes local authorities were able to put an end to the shooter's reign of terror. [...] [Quoting Senator Kaine:]  "He was only stopped finally because he did not have a silencer on his weapon."  [Video clip]

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It sounds as if the Senator thinks silencers make it possible to fire a rifle in total silence.

Jimmy Kimmel Versus Our Constitutional Rights.  There may be no more menacing threat to liberty than shallow fools like Jimmy Kimmel, who relies on cheap emotional tactics to sell authoritarianism to glassy-eyed nitwits.  Characteristically, he leapt at the chance to exploit the Las Vegas Massacre to advance his agenda, shamelessly blaming the bloodshed on Republicans.

Why gun control won't end mass murder.  As the nation continues to reel from the nation's worst mass shooting in modern history, politicians and other opportunists find the massacre too inviting not to exploit. [...] [Hillary Clinton] actually managed to insist we put politics aside while doing the opposite, all within the 140-character limit, "Our grief isn't enough.  We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again."

Hillary Clinton:  Would've Been More Deaths If Las Vegas Shooter Had 'Silencer'.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton weighed in on the deadliest mass shooting in US history, claiming Monday morning that there would have been more deaths if the shooter had a "silencer."  "Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer," Clinton tweeted on Monday [10/2/2017], "which the NRA wants to make easier to get."

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"Would have" and "could have" cover a lot of ground.  "Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer," she says.  Okay, imagine the deaths if the shooter had a grenade launcher.  Or a flamethrower.  Or a tank.  What difference at this point does it make, one might ask.

The Left Misunderstands the Power of the NRA.  It never fails.  Every single time there is a mass shooting in the United States, a huge section of the Left singles out a single political culprit.  Yes, they condemn the shooter, but it's almost as if there's another murderer out there, lurking in the shadows — the National Rifle Association.  The NRA, you see, is to blame for America's gun culture.  It's to blame for the lack of so-called "common sense" gun regulations.  It's the puppeteer, and GOP politicians are its marionettes.

The Right Questions Can Help the Uninformed Think Past Anti-Gun Disinformation.  When did self-defense become morally wrong?  If someone violently attacks me or my family, is it wrong for me to resist?  Do I not have a right to life?  Forget about me.  How about your elderly mother?  If someone with intent to rob, degrade, beat, rape and butcher attacks her, would she be morally at fault for protecting herself? [...] Let me ask another basic question.  What is a right?  Is it something that is granted by a government authority?  If so, how does that differ from a privilege?  Can something that is granted be withheld?  Can something that is licensed be revoked?  Are rights not unalienable?  Do they not precede the establishment of government?  Are they not, in fact, outside the authority of government?  Does our Second Amendment say the right it articulates "may be infringed" or "shall not be infringed"?

Another of those gun confiscations which we're told never happens.  When elected officials, at both the federal and state levels, propose new gun control laws we are given the same speech every time.  Stop crying wolf.  It's not as if armed officers are about to go door to door confiscating everyone's guns.  When you listen to that speech repeated often enough you might even become tempted to start believing it.

Howard Dean Rants Against 'White Supremacist' NRA.  Former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean accused the National Rifle Association of branding itself as a "white supremacist group" while speaking about the current political climate Monday [7/3/2017] on MSNBC.  Dean started by saying that Republicans have "been out of step with where America is for a long time."  MSNBC host Katy Tur reminded Dean that Republicans won the House and Senate.  "A lot of the Trump voters are not far-right nut cases with guns that want to shoot up the place," Dean said.

FBI Report on Alexandria Quietly Debunks the Gun-Controllers' Talking Points.  The FBI has published a brief report on the shooting in Alexandria.  It is devastating to the idea that the gun-control measures presently coveted by the Democratic party would have done something to prevent the attack.  Over the past two decades, Democrats have focused on three major proposals for reform.  They are:  1) That all private transfers should be contingent upon a federal background check;  2) That firearms that look a certain way should be classed as "assault weapons" and prohibited from sale;  and 3) That civilians should be forbidden from buying magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.  None of these proposals intersect with what happened in Alexandria.

If You Read One Twitter Argument On The Scalise Shooting, Make It This One.  It did not take long for journalists on Twitter to start politicizing the Alexandria shooting that targeted a group of Republican Congressmen on Tuesday [6/13/2017], as Atlantic Editor David Frum was quick to make a gun control argument. [...] John Podhoretz, the editor of Commentary Magazine, admonished Frum in a responding tweet.  "Seriously, David, wait an hour before you start wagging your finger and delivering a lecture," said Podhoretz.  Undeterred, Frum doubled down:  "Given the non-stop carnage in [U.S.] due to our inability to acknowledge our national firearms pathology it is always the right time to raise it."

Terry McAuliffe:  Alexandria Shooting Proves We Have 'Too Many Guns on the Street'.  Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) responded to the news of the shooting in Alexandria by saying it proves we have "too many guns on the street."

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Exactly the opposite is true:  There aren't enough guns "on the streets" — in the hands of law-abiding citizens who could stop incidents like this one before multiple casualties accumulate.

'Gray Lady' Loses Her Mind:  NYT Claims Trump Is Helping Terrorists.  The New York Times, the once-respected newspaper of record, posted a shockingly distasteful, dishonest, and ironically self-defeating editorial Monday titled "Shunning Gun Control, Helping Terrorists."  In the piece, The Times editorial board claimed President Trump's desire to defend the Second Amendment and skepticism of the Left's proposed anti-gun measures help radical Islamic terrorists.  The Times noted a pro-Second Amendment tweet of Trump's, written following the latest Islamic terrorist attack in the United Kingdom.  "Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now?" he tweeted at the time.  "That's because they used knives and a truck!"

The Left Slams Even the NRA's Program to Keep Children Away from Guns.  The National Rifle Association doesn't want young children handling guns, and so it runs the "Eddie Eagle GunSafe" program for schools, designed to teach kids four steps they should take if they find a gun:  Stop, don't touch, run away, and tell a grown-up.  This is absolute common sense, and the sort of message that every kid in the country should hear.  Nothing in the program encourages kids to want guns, purchase guns when they're older, or shoot guns.  The potential harm of a gun in the wrong hands — and unprepared hands are the wrong hands — is made clear.  Despite the utterly innocuous message, some voices on the left object to the Eddie Eagle program.

Former University Professor Suggests the NRA Is 'More Dangerous' Than ISIS.  A former University of Missouri journalism professor is suggesting that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is more dangerous than ISIS.  George Kennedy, former managing editor at the Columbia Missourian newspaper and professor emeritus at the university's prestigious journalism school, brought up the comparison in a column published Thursday [4/20/2017] by the Missourian.

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When journalism students are taught by political activists, it should be no surprise when the students become activists themselves, masquerading as journalists.

The News Is Propaganda.  By stating that one cannot "make the argument that more guns will make us safer" while claiming that "states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths," the President deliberately lied while also taking the focus and the blame off of the individual who perpetrated the crime and onto the gun and society itself.  The President made no mention to the fact that the shooting occurred once again on a gun-free zone as he deceitfully claimed that states with the most gun laws have the fewest gun deaths.  If we look at the actual facts "borne out by the evidence," it isn't hard to refute Obama's claim.

Obama's outgoing US Attorney blames Chicago violence on...  Forget about open borders and the gangs that flood in and engage in open warfare.  Forget about the hateful rhetoric of Black Lives Matter and the White House visit that honored those cries of hatred.  And pay no attention to the ACLU and Justice Department's halting of most stop-and-frisk action by the Chicago Police Department.  Nope, the reason Chicago is so violent is... social media!

Research By Gun Control Group Shockingly Comes To Predetermined Conclusion.  In a move that will come as an absolute shock to no one, "research" funded by a radical gun control group has been shaped to draw a conclusion would greatly restrict who can carry firearms for self-defense, and force them to undergo expensive and time-consuming training that wouldn't necessarily change how they would perform in a typical real-world scenario. [...] What none of the researchers nor the media outlets gushing over the report want to discuss is the elephant in the room:  the context for an average concealed carrier using a firearm in self-defense is radically different for that of a law enforcement officer in the line of duty.  Put bluntly, the subjects of the test were forced to role-play in a law-enforcement training scenario, so that the study would arrive at the predetermined outcome that you need to be trained like a law enforcement officer to perform well in law enforcement scenarios.

NBC News Spreads Fear, Lies With "Ghost Gun" Fake News.  Here's the thing: former ATF agent Rick Vasquez and Jeff Rossen are boldly and directly lying to the viewers/readers of NBC News.  I know this from firsthand experience, as I've built semi-automatic firearms from the ground up, including AR-15s and an AKM.  You cannot buy "all the parts" for any firearm online and simply slap the pieces together to build a functioning firearm as they mislead viewers, and this is a very easy claim to debunk.  Every firearm made or imported into the United States has a part of the frame or receiver that the ATF recognizes as the actual firearm that carries the serial number.  All the other pieces are just parts.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Botches Crime Stats in Defending John Lewis.  On Friday, Georgia Congressman John Lewis, whose 5th District includes the City of Atlanta, said of Donald Trump that "I don't see the president-elect as a legitimate president."  Trump characteristically fired back with a two-part tweet suggesting that Lewis "... spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results."  As would be expected, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution rushed to Lewis's defense.  In its apparent haste to do so, a pair of journalists at the paper committed a colossal math blunder vastly understating the city's crime rate.  With that mistake, the paper made the city look over 13 times safer than it really is.

Kaine Tweets OSU 'Senseless Act of Gun Violence' — Updates After No Gun Involved.  With early reports of an "active shooter" on the Ohio State University campus Monday, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tweeted about the "senseless act of gun violence" before updating the campus attack was performed with a car and a knife.  "Deeply saddened by the senseless act of gun violence at Ohio State this morning.  Praying for the injured and the entire Buckeye community," Kaine tweeted at 11:58 AM.  The Associated Press reports authorities are saying nine people were injured at Ohio State University when an attacker purposely drove over a curb and into pedestrians and then got out of the vehicle and began stabbing people with a butcher knife.

Progressives Demand Gun Control After Knife Attack At Ohio State University.  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.

Chicago Tribune:  Obama has been Pro Second Amendment!  Steve Chapman is a writer for the Chicago Tribune.  He has often written about gun legislation.  He stands out at the Tribune as a voice that recognizes reality more often then most.  His writing and viewpoints have been a reasonable voice crying in the wilderness of Chicago.  Unfortunately, he lives in the fantasy bubble of current Progressivism.  It is evident in his recent column excoriating the NRA.  He buys into the leftist propaganda without introspection or examination of facts.  It is an opinion column, but opinions should have a basis in reality.

Yippee!  Clinton Defanged.  Mrs. Clinton is totally devoid of charm or warmth or even what most people would consider femininity.  Hillary Clinton's idea of communicating was to deepen her voice, furrow her brow and deliver heavy-handed pronouncements, reminding some of us of Benito Mussolini in his heyday.  It didn't help that she was so out of touch with people who weren't millionaires that she actually thought most Americans wanted their taxes raised in order to subsidize illegal aliens, inner-city blacks and thousands of Islamic refugees. [...] But, then, why would people like the Obamas and the Clintons, who will spend the rest of their lives being protected by large men with big guns, be concerned by the collateral damage created by their anti-gun/pro-open borders agenda?

Hillary Clinton: Trayvon Martin Only 'Bought a Pack of Skittles and Walked Back Home in the Rain'.  Hillary Clinton is pushing gun control by describing Trayvon Martin as a young man who simply "went to a cornerstore, bought a pack of skittles..and his life was cut short" by gun violence.  In reality, a jury found that George Zimmerman shot Martin to death in self-defense on February 26, 2012, after Martin attacked Zimmerman during his walk back from the corner store.  Moreover, a subsequent federal inquiry into the shooting death of Martin also found no grounds upon which to bring charges against Zimmerman for his actions.  Yet Clinton described Martin as an innocent bystander, killed by random gun violence.

National Park Service:  Discharging Firearms for Self Defense Illegal.  The National Park Service is giving bad legal advice to people who visit their web page and attempt to find out about firearms policy at various national parks.  For Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, they claim that firearms "cannot be used as a wildlife protection strategy". [... But] Having a firearm as a "wildlife protection strategy" is not illegal.  It is not something the park has any say over.  It is ruled by state law, not park regulations.  The Supreme Court has ruled that the carry of firearms for self defense is a constitutional right, in Heller v. District of Columbia.

Leaked Audio:  Hillary Says Americans Have No Right To Bear Arms.  It is well known that Hillary Clinton does not support the Second Amendment.  This is why the 2016 presidential election is so critical to our country, and maintaining our Constitutional right to bear arms.  In 2014, CNN held a town hall style interview with Hillary.  Part of her talking points included claims that those who support the Second Amendment and gun rights are in the minority.  She also declared that gun owners are terrorizing Americans.

The 5 Most Outrageous Hillary Clinton Lies From The Last Debate.  Was there anything more ridiculous last night [10/19/2016] than Hillary's answer on guns?  When pressed by Wallace to explain her opposition to 2008's landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision, Clinton went through a checklist of platitudes before landing on the following:  ["]You mentioned the Heller decision, and what I was saying that you reference, Chris, was that I disagreed with the way the court applied the Second Amendment in that case.  Because what the District of Columbia was trying to do was protect toddlers from guns.["]  Hillary brought up "toddlers" a few more times, because little children are mostly adorable and no one wants to see them shot.  The thing is, the Heller case revolves around Richard Heller, a then 66-year-old police officer in Washington DC, who was allowed to carry a gun in a federal office building to protect politicians and strangers, but not in his home to protect himself, his family, or his property.  Also of note, the Heller decision had nothing to do with toddlers or saving toddlers' lives or toddler gun safety or even toddlers shooting at each other.

No, Hillary Clinton, The Supreme Court's Heller Decision Wasn't About Toddlers.  During the final presidential debate on Wednesday night, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told another unbelievable whopper about the country's gun laws.  In her answer to a question about her views on gun rights, Clinton said she opposed the Supreme Court's Heller decision, which recognized the constitutional right for individuals to own and carry firearms, because it was about whether toddlers should have guns.  Yes, she said that.  It's a lie so absurd that I honestly don't know where to begin, but I'll give it a shot:  No, the Heller decision was not about toddlers.  It had nothing to do with toddlers.  Nothing.  It's no coincidence that the word "toddler" doesn't appear in either the majority or dissenting opinions in the case.  Nor does the word "toddler" appear anywhere in the 110-page transcript of the case's oral arguments before the Supreme Court.  Because the case had absolutely nothing to do with toddlers.

The Gun Control Hoax:  Perverting The Meaning Of The Second Amendment.  Is anyone else tired of navel-gazing pieces on firearms written by people who know nothing about them?  If you're not, you're in luck!  Slate added another to the trash heap: [...]

Reid: Dem gun bill 'would prevent the next attack'.  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Monday a gun control bill authored by Democrats would prevent another terrorist attacks like the ones carried out in New Jersey and New York this weekend.  "We can argue from now on about whether this bill would have prevented this weekend's attacks," Reid, D-Nev., said.  "But one thing is for sure, it would prevent the next attack."  Democrats have authored a bill that would ban people on a federal terror watch list from purchasing guns or explosives.

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Everything a terrorist does is illegal, during an armed attack on innocent people in a public place.  Terrorists don't care about what's legal and what's not.  Criminals acquire guns through any means at their disposal, without worrying about background checks.  In other words, the laws that are already on the books haven't stopped acts of terrorism or waves of homicide.  More laws won't help.

Hillary at Commander-in-Chief Forum:  Gun Control Part of Fight Against Terrorism.  During MSNBC's September 7 Commander-in-Chief Forum, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton suggested more gun control is part of the fight against terror attacks in the United States.  She did this after forum host Matt Lauer brought up "terror attacks on our soil."  Lauer asked, "Would your message as the next President of the United States — or potential next president — be ... that we are simply living in the reality that those attacks will happen?  And can you guarantee people that, after four years of a Clinton presidency, they'll be safer on the streets of San Bernardino or Boston than they are today?"

Gun Control Is Totally On The Ballot In Four States Or Something.  There are many things Leftist become utterly hysterical over.  The fake anthropogenic climate change.  Abortion on demand.  And, of course, gun control, with Think Progress' Kira Lerner highlighting 4 ballot initiatives [...] Of course, these are mostly minor measures that do not encompass the true gun banning that Leftists would like to see occur.  They are nickle and diming it.  But, remember, add up a bunch of small steps, and suddenly you'll realize that Democrats have severely restricted your Constitutional rights.  This is what they do when they can't get their big "comprehensive" packages through.

Hillary: You Stupid Republicans Need to Fight American Gun Owners.  In a recent online question and answer on Quora, Hillary Clinton began her answer to a question on gun control by saying, "It's not that we can't find common ground.  It's that our lawmakers need to find the courage to stand up to the gun lobby[.]"  There is that word again, the mythical "gun lobby", some secret cabal of rich gun makers that manipulates pro gun groups, like the NRA, into doing their dirty work of forcing everyday Americans to spend their hard earned money on lots, and I mean lots of guns. [...] The only "gun lobby" is the millions of voluntary citizen members of the National Rifle Association, The Gun Owners of America, The Second Amendment Foundation and the thousands of state level, pro gun, groups and associations.  All made up of folks like me and you.

Obama Claimed It's Easier in Some Neighborhoods to Get a Gun Than a Book.  Here Are the Facts.  President Barack Obama said it is easier in some neighborhoods to get a gun than a book.  Is that true?  The fact checkers weighed in and we have their verdict: it's false.  Here's why:  To buy a gun in most states, you need to be 18 and pass a background check.  To get a book, all you need is a library card.  And when it comes to price, there is no evidence that books are more expensive than guns.  So why does Obama keep making this false claim?  [Video clip]

Democrats Warn:  Your Gun Is a Public Health Threat.  [Scroll down]  This is, however, the first time that a Democrat Party platform has formally categorized gun control as a public health issue.  Even the 2012 platform put the issue under "Protecting Rights and Freedoms" and stuck to the usual talking points about gun show loopholes, strengthening background checks, banning assault weapons, ad nauseam.  By converting gun violence from a law and order issue to a health crisis, Hillary Clinton and her accomplices hope to achieve two goals:  Move the public's focus away from crime prevention, a task at which Democrats are notoriously inept, and convince us that it's all about scientific progress rather than increasing the power of the federal government.

The Perversion of Science and Medicine, Part II.  [Scroll down]  [T]oday in our own country, government agencies, e.g., the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) of the CDC funded by American taxpayers, are systematically producing flawed gun control research using a priori logic and junk science to arrive at predetermined conclusions.  Yes, hypotheses are being tested but not rejected; selected facts are being collected; valid information is being omitted; and statistics are being concocted based on skewed biased population samples — all of this to reach the predetermined conclusion that guns and not criminals are responsible for violent crime in our society and that firearms, even for home and family protection, have no place in modern civilian society and that said firearms for self-protection should be banned and unavailable to ordinary citizens.

Do Democrats want to disarm minorities?  Instead of additional background checks and creating problems for more law-abiding citizens, let's acknowledge and fix the broken system that we already have.  Virtually everyone who fails a background check is someone who is legally eligible to buy a gun.  Law-abiding minorities, particularly blacks, are the ones most likely to be stopped from buying guns.  Hillary Clinton claims that background checks have stopped 2.4 million dangerous or prohibited people from buying a gun.  But what she ought to say is that there were 2.4 million "initial denials."  These initial denials are akin to being stopped from flying because your name is similar that of someone on the No Fly list.  This happened five times to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.  By Hillary Clinton's method of counting, five terrorists were stopped from flying.

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Misleading Headline of the Month:  AP "Man who shot sleeping intruder".  The above headline must be one of the most misleading that I have seen.  It comes from AP itself.  It is aided and abbetted by the AP leading sentence.  From the  ["]BEND, Ore. (AP) - The man who shot and killed another person asleep inside a Bend home in 2012 is asking a court to throw out a wrongful death lawsuit against him.["]  The intruder was not sleeping.  He was actively fighting the couple that found him asleep in the homeowners house.  There was an extensive investigation, and the shooting was ruled justified.  The story is all over the Internets, with the factually wrong headline and first sentence.

Hillary Is More Important Than You.  That's Why You Don't Need Guns.  There IS one standard for Hillary Clinton and one standard for everybody else.  It's that Hillary gets armed security, while the rest of us are supposed to go defenseless.

White House Defends Obama's Claim That It's Easier to Buy a Gun Than a Book.  During the memorial service for five slain Dallas police officers who were killed in the July 7 shooting, Obama made the comparison between buying a gun and a book. [...] PolitiFact determined the comment was "mostly false."  The Washington Post Fact Checker gave Obama "Three Pinocchios," while was the most charitable, stating that Obama "simply goes too far in his analogy."  [White House press secretary Josh] Earnest said Obama was trying to address crime and lack of opportunity.  The spokesman also took shots at Republicans.

Rep. Ellison: 'Situation With These Guns... Not Unlike Climate Change' Not Unlike 'Banning Tobacco'.  Rep.  Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) says the situation with gun sales is "not unlike climate change, it's not unlike banning tobacco — restriction."  "We've got to understand this situation with these guns is not unlike climate change, it's not unlike banning tobacco — restriction," Ellison said on the Breaking Through program on We Act Radio last week.  "It's not unlike trying to restrict lead.  Big industry making money off a particular activity that's harmful to the public and they lie about it so they can preserve their profits and they spread campaign donations around to loyal members of Congress that will protect their financial interests — that is what's happening here."

How Obama Divides America.  At the funeral service for five slain Dallas cops, President Barack Obama delivered another one of his needlessly politicized lectures.  As is customary these days, those who were critical of his rhetoric were branded racists and unthinking haters. [...] Why wouldn't Obama offer completely unsubstantiated claims about guns?  "It is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book," was a contention Obama made that no rational person could ever possibly believe.  It's meant to convey the idea that half the nation cares more about the NRA than about children.

Barack Obama offers flawed comparison between teens' ease in obtaining Glocks vs. books.  Obama said, "We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book."  There's little doubt that in some lower-income and high-crime neighborhoods, it is strikingly easy for even teens to acquire a handgun.  On this, there is ample anecdotal evidence.  But buying a gun is not likely to be cheaper than buying — or borrowing — a book or securing access to a computer, even for teens in poor neighborhoods.  On multiple levels, Obama's comparison is flawed.  We rate it Mostly False.

Revealing Gun Control Legislation Takes aim at Youth Shooting Sports.  On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, two Democratic legislators introduced another gun control bill — this time, to effectively end all youth shooting sports and hunting programs in the United States.  Think that's bad?  Wait 'till you read how it's worded.  Senator Edward J. Markey and Congressman Ruben Gallego introduced new legislation that claims will "ensure that powerful, military-style weapons don't end up in the hands of children".

There Is No Such Thing As "Gun Violence."  It's Pure Propaganda.  "Gun Violence" is pure political propaganda.  A gun, whether the tiniest Derringer, or an enormous artillery cannon, is an inanimate object.  It in incapable of doing anything whatsoever without action by a shooter.  It is very clearly the shooters who may or may not be "violent."  Saying "gun violence" suggests that without the inanimate objects of guns, there would be no violence, which is absurd.  Far more homicides or deaths take place without guns at all.

CA Lawmakers Quietly Exempt Themselves From Gun Laws.  Even by California standards this is stunning.  The lawmakers of the state love to write gun control laws.  They love to give speeches about the need for strict gun laws.  They love to enforce gun laws that restrict the average Californian from enjoying the Second Amendment rights they deserve.

No, President Obama, It's Not Easier To Buy A Glock Than A Book.  During his speech at the memorial service in Dallas for murdered police officers, President Barack Obama lamented that his words have little power to effect change, then proceeded to peddle blatant, easily refutable lies about guns.  "I've seen how inadequate words can be in bringing about lasting change," Obama said.  "I've seen how inadequate my own words have been."  One reason for that inadequacy may be that he says things he knows aren't true.

During Dallas Police Memorial Obama Claims Teenagers Can Get a Glock Easier Than a Book.  Last week five police officers in Dallas were assassinated by a black nationalist.  Today, President Obama spoke at an interfaith memorial service to honor the officers and their sacrifice.  During his remarks, President Obama couldn't help himself and lectured the country about gun control.  The full statement was, "We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to by a Glock than to get his hands on a computer or a book."  Not only is this statement completely untrue, it was wholly inappropriate for the solemn occasion.

Fraudulent Study in the American Journal of Public Health Inaccurately Claims that States With More Guns Have More Police Deaths.  The end of last week a study in the American Journal of Public Health claimed that there were more police feloniously killed in states that had more guns.  The study got extensive news coverage at the TV networks such as NBC News, newspapers such as the Chicago Sun-Times, and international coverage such the UK Guardian.  Yet, it took just a couple of minutes to read the paper and realize that the empirical work was done in a very non-standard way.  There is a big benefit to using so-called panel data, where you can more accurately account for differences in crime rates across states or over time.  This method is called "fixed effects."  Strangely the authors, David Swedler, Molly M. Simmons, Francesca Dominici, and David Hemenway, only control for the differences across states and not over time.  A couple of simple examples show why other studies on crime take into account these factors[.]

The Dallas Shooter Used An SKS, Not An AR-15.  I hadn't thought much about it or researched it, but I stumbled on this Inquisitr article where the weapon used in the Dallas shootings was an SKS, not an AR-15.  The New York Times also mentioned this.  Dean Weingarten writing for Ammoland spent a good deal of time on this.

Gun-Toting Action Star Matt Damon Wants Australian-Style Gun Ban in U.S..  Gun-toting action star Matt Damon of The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, and The Departed, says he wishes the U.S. would implement a gun ban similar to the one Australia implemented in the 1990s.  Appearing in Sydney, Australia, for his latest gun-toting action film, Jason Bourne, Damon praised Australia's gun ban and said he wishes the U.S. would follow the Aussies' lead.

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I am happy to say that I've never seen any of those films.  Nor would I care to.

DHS Secretary: 'Sensible Gun Control... Is a Matter of Homeland Security'.  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday that a gun is "an instrument of terrorism" and that "sensible gun control consistent with the 2nd Amendment" is "a matter of homeland security."  "I believe that sensible gun control consistent with the 2nd Amendment and consistent with a responsible gun owner's right to own a gun is a matter of homeland security," Johnson told the Senate Judiciary Committee in response to a question from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on whether it was "a significant security vulnerability" that terrorists can get "powerful firearms" and whether this is being exploited by those who would harm us.

Chicago: 51 Wounded, Seven Killed During Hot, Humid Weekend.  High temperatures helped raise the number of weekend casualties in Chicago up to 51 wounded and seven killed, topping the number from the same weekend in both 2015 and 2014.  Between about Friday noon and early Monday morning, Chicago's temperatures exceeded 85 degrees with high humidity.  That caused residents of the usually 'Windy City' to endure sweltering conditions.

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Right.  The problem can't possibly be godless, fatherless black thugs.  It must be global warming.  No, the truth is that if the dew point had been 40 below, there would still have been multiple shootings.

Speaking In Mogadishu, Hillary Calls Gun Control A Civil Rights Issue.  And by Mogadishu, I mean Chicago.  It used to be that Detroit was referred to as Mogadishu, due to all its shootings and murders and crime.  I think it's safe to move the title to Chicago.

How You Lost The Constitution.  Let's talk for a bit about the so-called "narrow" and "common sense" compromise being put forward by Democrats — and a few Republicans, notably Susan Collins (R-ME), to block people from buying guns if they're "on a terror watch list."  Sounds reasonable, right?  Well, it's not.  And the reason it's not has nothing to do with letting terrorists have guns.  Nobody in their right mind wants to have someone who is an actual terrorist walk into a gun store and buy a firearm — or 10.  Rather, we blew it when we allowed the creation of "watch lists" that are (1) secret, (2) constrain people (e.g. "no-fly" lists) and (3) have no due process protections of any sort associated with them.  These are all unconstitutional, I remind you, to the extent they apply to American citizens.

Most people on terror watch lists can't buy guns anyway.  With few exceptions, only U.S. citizens and legal residents in the country on immigrant visas can buy a gun.  The FBI estimates that less than 1 percent of people on watch lists are U.S. persons, meaning citizens or those living legally in the United States.  The number is imprecise because government terror watch lists aren't public, and federal officials have been reluctant to say how many Americans are on the "no-fly" list.  The number also fluctuates as officials add and remove suspected terrorists from the list — which in some cases is done when a list error is discovered.  To further complicate finding an exact number, there's no official estimate of how many U.S. citizens or residents on government watch lists already are prevented from buying a gun because of some other legal disqualifier — for example, a history of mental illness or a felony conviction.

The Gun Control Farce.  Surely murder is a serious subject, which ought to be examined seriously.  Instead, it is almost always examined politically in the context of gun control controversies, with stock arguments on both sides that have remained the same for decades.  And most of those arguments are irrelevant to the central question:  Do tighter gun control laws reduce the murder rate?  That is not an esoteric question, nor one for which no empirical evidence is available.  Think about it.  We have 50 states, each with its own gun control laws, and many of those laws have gotten either tighter or looser over the years.  There must be tons of data that could indicate whether murder rates went up or down when either of these things happened.  But have you ever heard any gun control advocate cite any such data?

Hypocrisy: List of 26 gun-owning Democrats who participated in anti-gun sit-in.  Democrats don't want you to own guns, and for that matter, don't think the constitutional right of due process applies to you, which is why they violated House rules to engage in an hours-long sit-in in the House of Representatives.  But, Heat Street reported Thursday [6/23/2016], at least 26 Democrats who participated in the sit-in are gun owners.

They Will Never Lie Away Our God-Given Rights.  It is very easy to unintentionally say something that is untrue, whether because of haste, ignorance, or a simple brain-mouth discombobulation.  But standard issue stupidity does not explain these statements.  They are simply too transcendently false to be mere error.  In fact, as Murphy admits, they are deliberate attempts to achieve a political result that liberals cannot achieve through honesty.  They are lies.  Conscious, deliberate lies offered not by some random idiot on the street but the senior political columnist at National Journal and by a sitting United States senator.  Their provenance as planned prevarications is beyond debate.  As a matter of objective reality, the "gun lobby" has never killed anyone.  It has never murdered even 1/49th the number of people the adherent of the radical branch of The Religion That Must Not Be Named did in one night in Orlando.  Nor have the Senate Republicans ever decided to sell a single weapon to ISIS.  We normal people have a word for such inaccurate statements made knowing they are inaccurate.  That word is "lie."

The Useful Illogic of 'Assault Weapon' Bans.  After Omar Mateen used a Sig Sauer MCX rifle in an attack on an Orlando nightclub that left 49 people dead, USA Today urged Congress to "ban assault weapons now."  The paper's editorial board said such firearms must be prohibited because they are "accurate and quick, firing with just the twitch of a finger."  Like most people who want to ban "assault weapons," including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, USA Today's editorialists do not know what they are.  They assume the category is defined by features that make guns especially lethal in the hands of mass murderers.  It isn't.

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Valerie Jarrett:  We Need To 'Drown Out' The NRA.  Senior Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett told reporters on a Monday [6/20/2016] conference call that the way to stop mass shootings is to "drown out" the voice of the NRA.

Obama:  Senators who don't exploit emotion to gut Second Amendment guilty of 'shameful cowardice'.  Trying to follow the purported logic of Barack Obama is rarely an easy proposition, but I think I've got this one worked out.  As he sees it, your duty as a U.S. senator is to take advantage of the high emotion of the moment to decimate the Second Amendment, regardless of whether the gun-grabbing, Constitution-shredding move you make would have done anything to stop the shooting that's provided the convenient pretense for your legislative recklessness.  And if you don't do this, you're a coward, and he'll make sure everyone knows it by saying so.

Sen. Reid:  The NRA 'Doesn't Care About The Constitutional Rights'.  Following the Senate rejection of a series of new gun control measures on Monday, Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D- Nev.) told fellow senators "the NRA doesn't care about you" adding that the National Rifle Association doesn't care for the constituents of lawmakers and "it doesn't care about the constitutional rights of the followers."  "Here's a little secret for my Republican colleagues," Reid said on the floor of the Senate Tuesday morning, "The NRA doesn't care about you.  It doesn't care about your constituents, it doesn't care about the constitutional rights of the followers."

The Gun Control Farce.  Do tighter gun control laws reduce the murder rate?  That is not an esoteric question, nor one for which no empirical evidence is available.  Think about it.  We have 50 states, each with its own gun control laws, and many of those laws have gotten either tighter or looser over the years.  There must be tons of data that could indicate whether murder rates went up or down when either of these things happened.  But have you ever heard any gun control advocate cite any such data?  Tragically, gun control has become one of those fact-free issues that spawn outbursts of emotional rhetoric and mutual recriminations about the National Rifle Association or the Second Amendment.

Gun Control Advocates Peddle Another 'Turning Point' Myth After Orlando Attack.  The Washington Post ran an op-ed Sunday arguing that, because the attacker targeted a gay nightclub, the gay community could accomplish what gun control advocates have failed for decades to achieve.  "This time, things might be different," University of Toronto sociologists Jennifer Carlson and David Pettinicchio wrote in a Post op-ed. [...] Except this is the same basic script gun control advocates have trotted out after every headline-grabbing shooting.  After the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the New York Times claimed the attack was "profoundly swaying Americans' views on guns."  Trayvon Martin's shooting was supposed to be another "turning point."  The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was also going to "shift the gun control debate."  A 1993 rampage at a San Francisco law firm was once cited as "a crucial turning point in the gun control movement."  And, as today, the media play up quickie polls that seem to show a big jump in support for more gun laws.

Do Democrats Care About The Constitution Anymore?  It Sure Doesn't Look Like It.  Not long ago, I met up with a progressive writer from a well-known liberal outlet to discuss democracy.  At one point, he told me that while the Constitution contained some superb ideas, it was an impractical and antiquated document unworthy of 21st century America.  The Second Amendment, he argued, was a violent relic, and the Constitution's penchant for diffusing direct democracy an affront to equality.  I don't think we're far away from this being a common view on the Left.  It might already be so.  It's not exactly surprising that Democrats and the media have transformed an Islamic terror attack into another finger-wagging national conversation about Christian "homophobia" and the NRA.  Gotta keep the focus on the real enemy, after all.  What is surprising is how boldly illiberal many Democrats have become in trying to achieve their objectives.

Boston U. Dean blames Orlando massacre on hate speech.  Boston University has launched a social media crusade against gun violence, condemning the apparent pandemic as a "public health issue."  The social media campaign, known as "#Enough," has garnered the support of school administrators, including School of Public Health Dean Sandro Galea, who blamed the recent Orlando massacre on a "toxic combination of hate language and widespread availability of guns" and declared that "guns facilitate hate."

Trump: Obama Is Trying To Make Terrorism Into Guns.  "This is terrorism," GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump said Friday [6/17/2016] of Islamic terror attacks in the United States, as he slammed President Barack Obama for "trying to make terrorism into guns."  Trump referenced the Islamic terror attack that left 14 people dead and more than 20 injured in San Bernardino, California saying, "It's a radicalization like nobody has ever seen before ... it's a deep-seated hatred and President Obama is trying to make terrorism into guns, and it's not guns folks, it is not guns, it is not guns.  This is terrorism."

Ted Cruz:  Democrats' 'favorite hobby horse' is grabbing guns from Americans.  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz excoriated congressional Democrats in a 23-minute speech on Thursday [6/16/2016] for using an Islamic terrorist attack as a pretext for crafting new gun-control laws.  President Obama, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and numerous Democratic lawmakers have said last Sunday's massacre in Orlando, Florida, by 29-year-old Omar Mateen is proof that new gun restrictions are necessary.  The former security guard pledged allegiance to ISIS while killing 49 and wounding 53 others at Pulse, a gay nightclub.  "This week played out all too predictably.  Yesterday we saw a political show on the Senate floor.  Democrat after Democrat standing for hours — incensed not at ISIS, incensed not a radical Islamic terrorism — incensed that Americans have a right to keep and bear arms.  This is political distraction," Mr. Cruz said.

Obama is still in denial about terror in Orlando.  President Obama proved Thursday [6/16/2016] that when it comes to radical Islam, he not only won't say the words, he won't even acknowledge the reality — or its role in the Orlando massacre.  Obama visited Orlando to meet privately with the relatives of Sunday's victims and then to speak at a public memorial service.  But the only lesson Obama's willing to draw from the attack is the need for gun control.  In linking Orlando to other horrors, he rightly mentioned last year's San Bernardino attack.  But not the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.  Instead, he went back to 2012: the Aurora, Colo., movie-theater slaughter and the Newtown, Conn., school massacre — both perpetrated by mentally deranged gunmen.  In Orlando, he said, "the motives of this killer may have been different" — but he refused to even hint at what that motive was.

American Medical Association says gun violence is a public health crisis.  The massacre in Orlando spurred the American Medical Association on Tuesday [6/14/2016] to formally call gun violence "a very public health crisis," and say the organization will "actively lobby" Congress to end a funding ban on federal health research into the problem. [...] "With approximately 30,000 men, women and children dying each year at the barrel of a gun in elementary schools, movie theaters, workplaces, houses of worship and on live television, the United States faces a public health crisis of gun violence," said the AMA's president, Dr. Steven Stack.

Democrats Should Try Blaming Terrorists For Terrorism.  The AR-15 variant on top was sold throughout the life of the 1994-2004 "assault weapon" ban.  The AR-15 variant on bottom was sold before and after the so called ban.  There is no significant functional difference between them.  The current President of the United States and the woman who is the first political candidate to even run for office while being the subject of a criminal investigation by the FBI clearly have their priorities askew as they attempt to blame the rights of law-abiding American citizens to deflect away from their politically-correct ineptitude.  The popularity of AR-15s is not to blame, as the Islam terrorist did not use an AR-15, but instead used an entirely different family of rifle.

Don't Tell Me Which Gun I 'Need' for Self-Defense.  Any person who breaks into my house or who threatens my family on my property will very soon find themselves staring at the business end of an AR-15 — specifically this one, made by the DoubleStar Corporation, a Winchester, Ky., arms manufacturer.  It's light, maneuverable, accurate, and highly reliable.  While self-defense experts can and do disagree on the optimal weapon for home defense, large numbers choose AR-style rifles for exactly the reasons I do.  It provides more firepower — with greater accuracy — than the alternatives.  But now I'm told — largely by people who don't know the first thing about firearms — that no American "needs" an AR-style rifle.  But when your life is on the line, what do you want?  More accuracy or less?  More firepower or less?  More recoil or less?  More reliability or less?

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Hollywood's Gun Hypocrisy — in 15 Movie Posters from 2016.  On Sunday afternoon [6/12/2016] — before most of the facts were known about the Orlando massacre, in which 49 people were killed and another 53 injured by a Muslim gunman who reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State — actresses including Julianne Moore and Olivia Wilde were already on social media to demand stricter gun laws, even if those laws would have made no difference in the terrorist's ability to acquire a gun.  Yet Hollywood conveniently forgets that the movie business is itself at least partly — and probably largely — responsible for the glorification of gun use in American culture.  Of course, the examples are endless, and practically impossible to enumerate, though a few come to mind almost immediately: [...]

Michelle Obama blames scarce playgrounds for high crime, gun violence.  First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday [5/17/2016] linked the lack of youth sports and playgrounds to higher crime and even gun violence.  Appearing with her brother and sportscaster Michael Wilbon at the Newseum, she said that bored kids are turning to crime.

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Universities Embrace "Assault Weapons" on Campus.  Over a hundred universities and colleges have embraced the concept of having "assault weapons" on campus.  It is worth noting, that when the university administrations buy the weapons for their own use, the menacing nomenclature of "assault weapon" is magically transformed into "semi-automatic rifles".  Campus administrations all over the country who have been claiming that allowing adults who have concealed carry permits on their campus will chill free speech and academic freedom, have no such concerns with having "assualt weapons" on campus, as long as the weapons are in the hands of the people they command.

We Have A Thug Culture Problem, Not A Gun Problem.  The majority of homicides of young black males in the United States are far from random acts of violence, but are instead typically linked to gang-related activity.  While I can't easily find national data to support my thesis, we all know where the "bad part of town" is where we live.  We also know that's where violent crime tends to occur, and that the majority of those shootings and stabbings are related to gang activity, typically over territory, perceived slights, and the narcotics trade.  Democrat politicians dishonestly assert that we have a "gun problem" in the United States because it's much easier to blame problems on an inanimate object than deal with the reality that decades of Democrat social engineering have utterly and consistently failed to manufacture prosperity in certain communities.

Clinton blames Vermont for gun violence in New York.  [Hillary] Clinton said Monday [4/11/2016] at a roundtable in Port Washington, "Here's what I want you to know.  Most of the guns that are used in crimes and violence and killings in New York come from out of state.  And the state that has the highest per capita number of those guns that end up committing crimes in New York come from Vermont."  Vermont's Governor, Peter Shumlin, is a Clinton backer.  But he says her claims about his state aren't 'entirely accurate' and hurled an accusation of his own in New York's direction about heroin distribution.

You know the case for background checks is weak if...  [Scroll down]  A lot of people like to point to the UK's lower homicide rate and fewer guns and attribute this to strict gun control laws.  Many cite this as proof that gun control reduces homicides.  But there is a problem.  The UK had an even lower homicide rate before the country banned handguns.  After the ban, homicide rates rose by 50 percent over for the next 8 years.  The point is that homicide or suicide rates can differ for lots of reasons that have nothing to do with gun control, and that simply looking across countries or states is often quite misleading.  The most accurate option is to see how a place's crime rates change after new laws go into effect and then compare that change with the changes that occurred in places where the laws didn't change.

Don't Be Fooled: The White House Is Still Stonewalling Fast & Furious.  There has long been speculation that Operation Fast and Furious, one of up to ten gun-walking operations in states along the southern border, was an attempt to add material support to the Obama Administration's so called "90-percent lie."  Soon after taking office, President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushed the blatant falsehood that 90-percent of the guns recovered from crime scenes in Mexico came from gun dealers in the United States.  The reality was that only 8-percent were traced to American gun dealers.

Army Chief of Staff Says Concealed Carry Wouldn't Have Stopped Fort Hood Shooting.  Gen. Mark Milley, the Army chief of staff, came out strongly against the carrying of private guns on military bases as a security measure in the wake of shootings at Fort Hood, the Washington Navy Yard, and a recruiting station in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Milley, who assumed his current post in August 2015, was testifying alongside acting Secretary of the Army and former democratic congressman, Patrick Murphy before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Army Chief of Staff Opposes Private Weapons for Protection on U.S. Military Installations.  "I've been around guns all my life.  I know how to use them, and arming our people on our military bases and allowing them to carry concealed, privately owned weapons — I do not recommend that as a force protection," Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley told Congress on Thursday [4/7/2016].  Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) asked Milley what the Army is doing to provide force protection at military bases and facilities in the United States, following last summer's attack on a Marine recruiting center and a Navy Reserve facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that killed four Marines and one sailor.

Top 10 Misreported or Underreported Stories of 2015.  [#5] Blame Gun Control Laws or the Attacker?  President Obama and his loyal media brigade are fond of arguing for gun control in the wake of attacks on Americans, regardless of whether gun control laws would actually have helped to prevent murder. [...] When Kate Steinle died in California, it was at the hands of an illegal alien who had been convicted seven times and deported five times to Mexico.  In some of these cases, the attack is the fault of a criminal illegal alien released back onto the streets, jihadists, or a crazed son stealing guns from his mother.

White resentment is fueling opposition to gun control, researchers say.  Racial prejudice could play a significant role in white Americans' opposition to gun control, according to new research from political scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  In their paper, published in the journal Political Behavior in November, Alexandra Filindra and Noah J.  Kaplan found that whites were significantly less likely to support gun control measures when they had recently looked at pictures of black people, than when they had looked at pictures of white people.  The study, which surveyed 1,000 white respondents, also found that the higher they scored on a common measure of racial prejudice, the stronger negative effect the photos of black people had on the respondents' support for gun control.

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To accurately critique this "research," it would be necessary to see the "pictures of black people" they used.  Pictures can convey a lot about people, other than mere skin color.  Maybe you've noticed.  Were the test subjects looking at pictures of Clarence Thomas, or were they looking at pictures of Thayon Samson?

Clown de Blasio Credits Wave of Stabbings and Slashings on Fewer Guns.  The idiot unwittingly make the point of gun proponents that no laws will prevent criminals from being criminals.  Take away all the guns you want and the bag guys will use knives.  Take away knives and they're use bats.  Or rocks.  Or pipes.  It's the criminals, stupid.

Meet The Radical Gun Control Group That Pushes The Anti-Gun Hollywood Agenda.  If you are a gun owner, or even somewhat knowledgeable about guns, sometimes watching television shows or movies can be frustrating.  The depiction of anything firearms-related often seems to have no basis in reality.  You'll see someone stalking another person with a gun, then several minutes into it decide to rack the pistol and actually load a round.  What would that person have done if he encountered his adversary, politely ask him to wait while he loaded his pistol?  You'll see people rack empty guns, then insert the magazine, then shoot the gun.  You'll see people shoot with deadly accuracy pointing from the hip without aiming.  Just today I watched a modern British murder mystery where someone used a "silencer" to make a modern revolver whisper quiet.  Being ignorant of firearms and too lazy to actually learn anything about them for your job is one thing.  Intentionally misrepresenting the truth and slanting your tale to present your leftist agenda surreptitiously is another.

Celebrities to Wear Gun Control Bracelets at Oscars While Surrounded by Massive Increase in Armed Security.  Celebrities like Patricia Arquette, Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and others, plan to make wear gun control bracelets at the 2016 Oscars while benefiting from massive increases in armed security at the event.  The bracelets are part of a gun control push sponsored by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. [...] We saw a similar situation at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards in January, where gun control celebrities sat in comfort while good guys carrying semi-automatic handguns and AR-15s with "high capacity" magazines roamed the grounds to keep them safe.

Obama: Mass shootings should dominate the news.  President Obama implored the media to pay more attention to mass shootings Friday [2/26/2016], saying "the real tragedy is the degree to which this has become routine."  Obama's remarks at a Florida battery factory were his first public remarks since a a shooter opened fire in a lawn mower parts factory in Hesston, Kansas Thursday, killing three people and leaving 14 wounded.  "I hope all of you pay attention to this.  I hope the media pays attention to this.  Once a week we have these shootings, and it doesn't dominate the news.  And that's got to change," Obama said Friday at an event in Jacksonville, Fla. intended to highlight the success of his 2009 economic stimulus plan.

The Democrats's Phony Gun Violence "Epidemic".  On the first day of the year, President Obama declared that he could "no longer sit around and do nothing about the epidemic of gun violence" in this country.  The New York Times in December published a front-page editorial titled "End the Gun Epidemic in America."  But do we really have an "epidemic," and at what point does hyperbole damage rational debate and resolution?

Yes, They Are Coming For Your Guns.  Progressives love to ridicule Americans who are concerned that their Second Amendment rights are being threatened by a gun control-obsessed Obama administration.  "No one is coming for your precious guns," the hoplophobes taunt.  "We just want common sense gun laws."  Except that the pursuit of "common sense gun laws," which already exist, is just a smokescreen — President Obama and his crew really are coming for your precious guns.  Obama has made it no secret that he intends to push hard for stricter gun control in his final stretch in office.

Biden: 'The Second Amendment Says You Can Limit Who Can Own A Gun'.  Vice President Joe Biden says "the Second Amendment says you can limit who can own a gun."  In an interview with CNN's Gloria Borger on Monday [1/11/2015], Biden said, "people who are criminals shouldn't have guns.  People who are schizophrenic and have mental illnesses shouldn't have guns."

Obama Tells a Rape Victim a Gun Won't Protect Her.  Liberals like to talk about women's rights but among those rights is, or should be, the second right enshrined in the Constitution's Bill of Rights — the right to keep and bear arms to protect one's self.  A woman's body is her own, liberals tell us, and she has the right to choose to have an abortion.  But the same liberals would deny women like Kimberly Corban the right to defend her body, and her children, with a firearm against the predators who lurk among us.

Gun Control Celebrities Attend Golden Globes with Benefit of Heavily Armed Guards.  The 73rd annual Golden Globe awards witnessed a new level of good guys with guns — handguns, tactical gear, and AR-15s with "high capacity" magazines — moving through the awards venue at the Beverly Hilton and guarding the parameter for a gaggle of anti-gun celebrities gathered inside.

Obama gets away with some whoppers on guns at town hall event.  President Obama's appearance at a town hall meeting Thursday night [1/7/2016] on "Guns in America" was an orchestrated performance by invitation only.  But event, hosted by CNN at George Mason University, saw anchor Anderson Cooper continually surprise the president.  Cooper demonstrated a deft command of the facts related to the gun issue and that came through with his guests and in his questions — though, as the evening unfolded, he continually let the president get away with untruths about his past positions.

The case of David Lewisbey.  Perhaps the most biggest whopper President Obama retailed at CNN's town hall forum on "gun violence" this past Thursday [1/7/2016] was his support for Second Amendment rights. He obviously detests the Second Amendment and obviously believes Americans should not have the right to own guns.  He therefore bashes the foremost organizational advocate of Second Amendment rights in the United States at every opportunity.  John Lott has testified to Obama's opposition to gun ownership as expressed to him personally by Obama at the University of Chicago Law School.  And so on.  Obama bashed the NRA for declining to appear at the forum staged by CNN.  The NRA protests that it would have been restricted to one prescreened question.  They would in any event have reasonably shied away from serving as a foil for Obama at such an event.

Obama White House misfires on gun control and mental illness.  President Obama spoke Tuesday about his "Common Sense Gun Safety Reform" and the White House issued a "fact sheet" on new executive orders to reduce gun violence.  Among these is a plan to spend $500 million to "increase access to mental health care" and a reference to increased reporting of "relevant information about people prohibited from possessing a gun for specific mental health reasons."  First of all, $500 million isn't going to change the nation's access to mental health care without fundamental reform in the way that patients are treated (undertreated) by third-party insurers, who act as gatekeepers.

Obama: My Only Mistake Is Poor Salesmanship.  When President Obama was defending his ISIS strategy late last month — which has been pretty much universally derided as a failure — the only mistake he would admit to is that he hadn't spent more time talking about how successful it's been. [...] It was hardly the first time Obama has made such a claim.  In fact, the Washington Free Beacon has gathered up eight clips of the president arguing that the only mistake he made was that he didn't do enough selling.

Obama and guns: Eleven false or misleading claims from the president's remarks this week.  With tears in his eyes, President Obama pulled out all the stops in pushing his new executive orders on gun control this week.  A Washington Post headline exclaimed, "President Obama's amazingly emotional speech on gun control."  But the president also tried to appeal to people's minds with a barrage of factual claims.  Unfortunately, the president's remarks had a large number of errors.  Here are 11 of the false or misleading claims that the president made.

Cruz: Obama is 'not telling the truth' about guns.  Sen. Ted Cruz, who is working to solidify his lead in the crucial early voting state, on Wednesday [1/6/2016] accused President Barack Obama of wanting to take Americans' guns away despite his assurances otherwise.  "He's not telling the truth," Cruz said flatly during an interview with CNN aboard his campaign bus.

AP Analysis: Obama Executive Actions Wouldn't Have Prevented Mass Shootings.  Despite the fact that President Barack Obama pointed to past mass shootings as justification for a series of gun control executive actions, an Associated Press analysis found that none of Obama's new orders would have prevented those tragedies.  The execution actions, AP's Michael R. Sisak rules "would not have prevented the slaughters of 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, or 14 county workers at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California," the two mass shootings Obama alluded to in his Tuesday speech.

Obama cries while issuing new gun orders.  [Scroll down]  Ignoring the recent mass slaughters in Paris, at the Charlie Hebdo offices one year ago and more recently at a music hall, bars and soccer stadium, Obama said no other "advanced country" has as much gun violence as America and it was time to lay aside the polarizing political issues that divide rather than provide "solutions."

Obama Declares War on Gun Owners.  The Hypocrite in Chief also is directing several federal agencies "to review the availability of smart gun technology on a regular basis, and to explore potential ways to further its use and development...."  Of course, such a move is entirely hypocritical, given that the President has made no indication that his Secret Service agents will also be carrying these dumb guns.  As stated by Breitbart's A.W.R. Hawkins:  "When it comes to his personal safety, Obama appears to remain a big fan of traditional firearms."

Obama's gun control lies.  [#4] The "Smart Gun" Lie:  Obama's proposal included a push for so-called "smart gun" technology, in which a gun may not be fired unless a specific user is electronically authorized to do so.  In a sickening display of lowbrow pandering, Obama equated this concept with childproof aspirin bottles and cell phone apps that prevent unauthorized use.  Of course, such technology would enable the government to prevent the supposedly "authorized" owner from using the weapon as well.

Obama: My Anti-Gun Agenda Isn't A 'Slippery Slope To Confiscating Guns'.  This morning [1/5/2016], President Obama listed what his new executive orders on gun regulations would accomplish, most of which (again) is already law.  Yet, he also emphasized that he's not out to take anybody's guns away. [...] Last October, the president also repeated the claim that he isn't looking to take anybody's guns away at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago.  The president may say he's for the Second Amendment, but his policies say otherwise.  Moreover, the president's party seems to be totally fine with passing legislation that manifests itself as de facto confiscation in the name of safety.

How Big is the "Gun Lobby?".  [Scroll down]  First, there's the simple fact that the gun industry isn't all that big.  According to IBISWorld, the guns and ammunition manufacturing industry had revenue of $13.5 billion in 2015.  Wal-Mart makes that much every 10 days or so.  And the industry's $1.5 billion in total profit is lower than 223 individual companies in the U.S.  The industry directly employs more than 130,000, but this too is relatively small potatoes.  The furniture manufacturing industry employs almost 400,000 in the U.S.  Nor is the gun and ammo industry a massive donor to political campaigns.  According to, gun rights groups gave $4 million in congressional campaign contributions in the 2012 election cycle.  Public unions, in contrast, coughed up almost $17 million.  In 2015, gun rights groups spent just over $8 million lobbying Congress.  Labor unions spent almost four times as much — $33 million.

Valerie Jarrett: Obama 'Clearly Within His Authority' on Gun Executive Action.  On Tuesday's [1/5/2016] broadcast of CNN's "New Day," Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett insisted President Barack Obama's forthcoming executive action on guns would be well within his authority and that it is the fault of Congress for the need of Obama to take action.  "Let's be specific — the president isn't circumventing Congress," Jarrett said.

Obama's Legacy Will Be Executive Abuse.  "Change, as always, is going to take all of us," Obama theorized the other day.  "The gun lobby is loud and well organized in its defense of effortlessly available guns for anyone.  The rest of us are going to have to be just as passionate and well organized in our defense of our kids.  That's the work of citizenship — to stand up and fight for the change that we seek."  Get it?  You can be with the loud and reprehensible gun lobby who supports allowing criminals to obtain guns "effortlessly," or you can stand with the kids.  Your choice!  Well, not exactly your choice.  As a reactionary, I wonder is it really the duty of "citizenship" to cheer on a president who single-handedly constrains Americans from practicing one of their constitutional rights?  If President Bush had instituted a series of restrictions on the abortion industry — since it has a loud, well-organized, and well-funded lobby that wants to make abortions "effortlessly" available — without congressional input, would that have been procedurally okay with liberals?  You know, for the children?  I don't imagine so.

No, Tamir Rice Was Not "Open Carrying," You Race-Baiting Liars.  I'm just as sick of the Tamir Rice case as the next guy, but it's also my job to debunk lies and information on firearms and firearms laws, so I've been sucked back into this story at least one more time to debunk a pair of idiotic articles written by out-of-their depth leftist writers who allege that Tamir Rice was "just open carrying."

Why Would Anyone Want a Firearm?  Of all the ill-considered tropes that are trotted out in anger during our ongoing debate over gun control, perhaps the most irritating is the claim that the Constitution may indeed protect firearms, but it says "nothing at all about bullets."  On its face, this is flatly incorrect.  Quite deliberately, the Bill of Rights is worded so as to shield categories and not specifics, which is why the First Amendment protects the "press" and not "ink"; why the Fourth covers "papers" and "effects" instead of listing every item that might be worn about one's person; and why the Fifth insists broadly that one may not be deprived of "life, liberty, or property" and leaves the language there.  The "right of the people" that is mentioned in the Second Amendment is not "to keep and bear guns" or "to keep and bear ammunition" but "to keep and bear arms," which, per Black's Law Dictionary, was understood in the 18th century to include the "musket and bayonet"; "sabre, holster pistols, and carbine"; an array of "side arms"; and any accoutrements necessary for their operation.

Obama to Fight "Gun Violence" by Freeing Drug Dealers, Importing Terrorists and Gangbangers.  Barack Obama is very concerned about gun violence.  That's why he voted against charging school shooters as adults back in Chicago and why Federal gun crime prosecutions have fallen to a new low under him.  It's why his amnesty has driven hordes of gang members to America even while he continues freeing violent drug dealers from prison.

Media Bias Against Gun Owners: We're All Tinfoil Hat Rednecks.  The mainstream media doesn't like gun culture.  I know, I know, this is not a new revelation, but I thought I'd point out some recent examples of how they mischaracterize us and malign us as if we're all knuckle-dragging, tinfoil-hat-wearing, mouth breathers.  Let me start with the most obvious example, the call to ban modern sporting rifles by The New York Times.  Although they don't outright say it, the editorial board suggests that those of us who keep an AR-15 on hand are fundamentally indecent.  In other words, we are obscene, dirty, filthy, rude, coarse, naughty, vulgar, gross, crude, lewd because we keep and bear black rifles.

The Liberal Ivy League Gun Study That's Been Kept Locked Up.  A Harvard study released in 2007, before Obama took office, is completely ignored.  Liberals hate facing the truth about guns.  If they can't keep stoking fear about guns, these lose whole blocks of voters who have never owned or fired a gun.  Is it any wonder more private citizens are buying guns?  They know the truth.  And didn't need any Harvard study to tell it to them.

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The 10 Dumbest Gun Control Political Cartoons of 2015.  Say, you mean stricter gun control laws will stop terrorism?  No one tell the 300+ victims of the terror attack in Paris, where civilian ownership of guns is prohibited.  The government's arbitrary, capricious and mandatory CAFE (fuel efficiency) standards are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths and many more crippling injuries.  The left's insane push to ban DDT sentenced millions of the world's poorest children to death by mosquito-borne diseases like malaria.  But it's the "assault rifle", don't ya know, that's evil.  The leftists never mention that such weapons are used in a small fraction of the less than two dozen mass shootings that occur each year, according to a 34-year study of such events by Northeastern University.

Andrea Mitchell Blames 'The South' for New York Gun Violence.  During a segment on her Monday [12/14/2015] MSNBC show using the third anniversary of the Newtown school shooting to demand gun control, host Andrea Mitchell pleaded for national legislation:  "Andrew Cuomo, the governor who passed really tough gun legislation in New York....  Yet he has said that it is impossible task because you can't do it state by state."  She claimed states that support gun rights were to blame:  "It has to be a national conversation because those guns just come in, in people's trunks from the south and they are actually more valuable because they get sold on the black market in New York City..."

So Josh Earnest, how many mass shooters have been on 'no-fly' list you're so obsessed with?  The "solution" Dems are obsessing over wouldn't have stopped a single mass shooting, but who cares — they've got an NRA to demonize!

Dishonesty, Stupidity, Insults, and Other Problems with the Gun Control Debate.  Since the Sandy Hook attacks, gun control advocates have been trying to pass new laws.  For a couple of years now, they have been trying to gain ground by convincing gun owners, as well as more conservative and rural politicians, that they just wanted common sense regulation and they had no hidden anti-gun agenda.  For this reason, they abandoned the gun control label and have rebranded themselves as "gun safety" advocates.  Indeed, Obama said "gun safety" in his speech Sunday night.  Barely a month ago, Obama told the International Association of Chiefs of Police "please do not believe this notion that somehow I'm out to take everyone's guns away."  Many gun owners have been deeply suspicious of this frame, and for good reason.

Gun Control: An Incipient Tyranny's Desperate Last Stand.  The term "gun violence" is a propaganda device intended to divert attention from a real problem that its politically correct inventors need desperately to prevent the public from considering[.] [...] The anti-gun Left is and has always been completely out of touch with reality.  Consider (1) its continued focus on "gun violence" instead of overall violence; (2) its insistence that semi-automatic rifles are "assault weapons"; (3) its continued claim that the U.S. has an unusually high murder rate; and (4) its repeated assertion that the widespread private ownership of firearms is responsible for the murder rate.  The facts are readily available to anyone who cares to look for them and they still are not being accurately reported by the establishment media.  The U.S. homicide rate per 100,000 population has been dropping since 1993 and is now at its lowest level since 1968!

The Gun Control Crusade Lives on Misinformation, Not Facts.  The worst terror attack in the United States since September 11 has become the occasion for another frenzied, poorly informed push for new gun restrictions.  President Barack Obama gave a prime-time address on the terror threat, in which he resolutely reaffirmed the status quo in the campaign against ISIS.  Except that he hopes that gun control, one of the signal political and policy failures of our time, will now be deployed to help foil the apocalyptic terror group.  Almost every time there is a mass shooting, there is a rush to push old gun-control chestnuts, regardless of their applicability.

The facts shoot holes in Obama's claim that US is only host to mass killings.  On Tuesday [12/1/2015], President Obama stunned Americans and French alike with his false claims about gun violence in America.  "I say this every time we've got one of these mass shootings.  This just doesn't happen in other countries," claimed Obama.  It is a claim that he has continually repeated over the years.  Talk about being self-absorbed.  The French have witnessed three mass public shootings this year.  January saw two attacks, one on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and another on a Paris supermarket.  In the November attacks, 129 people were killed and 352 were injured.  In just 2015, France suffered more casualties — killings and injuries — from mass public shootings than the U.S. has suffered during Obama's entire presidency (508 to 424).  This number includes the San Bernandino massacre on Wednesday.

Pelosi: No right to moments of silence without action on gun violence.  Congress has no right to moments of silence for victims of gun violence unless lawmakers intend to take action to prevent it, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) charged Thursday [12/3/2015].  "Gun violence is a crisis of epidemic proportion in our nation," she said during a press briefing in the Capitol.  "We've had far too many moments of silence on the floor of the House.  And while it is right to respectfully acknowledge the losses, we can no longer remain silent.  "What gives us the right to hold moments of silence when we do nothing to act upon the cause of the grief?"

It's Not the Guns, It's the Evil.  Every generation before this one understood that the right to defend ourselves against evil was a moral imperative.  Every generation understood what was worth defending and how to defend it.  The enemy hates these things.  The enemy craves chaos, disorder, fear, and destruction.  The enemy hates that America was founded on the idea that the individual is infused with the divine, and must be treated by others as such.  All of the horrors of human history stand in opposition to this idea.

How Often Do Mass Shootings Occur? On Average, Every Day, Records Show.  More than one a day.  That is how often, on average, shootings that left four or more people wounded or dead occurred in the United States this year, according to compilations of episodes derived from news reports.  Including the worst mass shooting of the year, which unfolded horrifically on Wednesday [12/2/2015] in San Bernardino, Calif., a total of 462 people have died and 1,314 have been wounded in such attacks this year, many of which occurred on streets or in public settings, the databases indicate.  It is impossible to know whether the number of such shootings has risen in recent years because the databases go back only a couple of years.

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The heavily biased article above is an effort to have you believe that people are killed or wounded every day in "such attacks" as the California incident of December 2nd.  Really?  There are hastily-organized acts of Islamic terrorism every day?  Why hasn't anybody noticed?  Perhaps it's because the propaganda piece above counts all multi-casualty shootings as "mass shootings," so a murder-suicide incident that even the neighbors didn't hear is counted as equivalent to a military-style slaughter in a public place.

Reid: NRA now the 'quasi-militant wing of the Republican Party'.  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday [12/3/2015] rebuked GOP senators for their opposition to gun control legislation, saying the National Rifle Association (NRA) has become a "quasi-militant wing of the Republican Party."  "We can start by passing improved background checks legislation," Reid said.  "I know that the thought of upsetting the National Rifle Association scares everybody, especially my Republican colleagues.  You know what scares the American people?  Gun violence."

ATF Says Weapons Used in San Bernardino Shooting Were Illegal in California.  More information about the San Bernardino massacre is trickling out as federal officials investigate details surrounding the attack on a county employee Christmas party.  Many people, including myself, were curious about the firearms used since California has notoriously strict gun regulations. Reports of "automatic weapons" and even "semi-automatic assault-style weapons" seemed to be disconnected from California's almost uniform prohibition on such firearms.  Another reason the guns in question are important is that the left and its media handmaidens swiftly mobilized to beat the gun control drum... even before the shooters were permanently put out of business.  The media proudly reports that the firearms were purchased legally.  They are trying to create the narrative that the current gun laws allowed this to happen.

Obama Is Wrong: Mass Shootings Do Happen Elsewhere, And More Often.  Barack Obama stunned Americans and French alike on Tuesday [12/1/2015] with his false claims about gun violence in America.  "I say this every time we've got one of these mass shootings.  This just doesn't happen in other countries," the president claimed, as he has repeatedly over the years.  Talk about being self-absorbed.  The French have witnessed three mass public shootings this year.  January saw two attacks, one on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and another on a Paris supermarket.  In the November attacks, 129 people were killed and 352 were injured.  In 2015, France suffered more casualties than the U.S. has suffered during Obama's entire presidency (508 to 394).

Obama Says US Is Only Country With Mass Shootings.  In Paris.  Where 130 People Just Got Shot.  On Tuesday [12/1/2015], [Barack H.] Obama continued digging himself deeper on issues ranging from abortion to ISIS.  But his most laughable line came with relation to the Colorado Springs shooting outside the Planned Parenthood facility:  "This just doesn't happen in other countries."  He said this in Paris.  Yes, Paris.  The place where just three weeks ago, 130 people were murdered in a mass shooting attack by ISIS.  The place where just last January, 12 people were murdered at Charlie Hebdo offices and at a kosher deli in an ISIS attack.

Obama Just Said the Most Stunningly Idiotic Thing EVER.  Is Mr. Obama so invested in talking down to America, does he so despise the United States he cannot conceive that terrible tragedies do in fact occur elsewhere around the world?  Or when he is given a script does he not have the mental capacity to see beyond that script and realize how it does not apply to the real-world situation he finds himself in?  It should be said again — if this was a Republican president who said something so stunningly inaccurate and insensitive there would be open calls from the media to investigate his mental competence.

Obama Speaking in Paris: Mass Shootings 'Don't Happen in Other Countries'.  While giving a press conference in Paris, President Barack Obama told reporters that the mass shootings that plague the United States just never happen in other countries.  "With respect to Planned Parenthood, obviously, my heart goes out to the families of those impacted," Obama said in response to a reporter's question.  "I mean, I say this every time we've got one of these mass shootings; this just doesn't happen in other countries."  For those living under a rock, the city of Paris itself was just hit with a series of simultaneous terrorist attacks.

The Obama administration, not the NRA, sells guns to terrorists.  In an effort to distract away from President Obama's failing strategy against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and desire to bring more Syrian refugees to U.S. soil, especially after the massacre in Paris, the White House is pulling out the ammunition against its favorite enemy and straw man:  the NRA.  Last week during questioning from reporters, White House press secretary Josh Earnest urged Congress to "do something" about the capability for terrorists to easily purchase firearms in the United States. [...] First off, France is one big gun-free zone, and the Kalashnikov rifles, grenades and suicide belts ISIS terrorists used two weeks ago to kill 130 people are banned.  Second, the so-called "terrorist watch list" Earnest refers to is a clunky, bureaucratic list of hundreds of thousands of people who have no links to terrorism at all.

Even the AP couldn't validate any of Hillary's gun control nonsense.  The Democratic debate on November 14 has come and gone — and Hillary is just like any other Democrat when it comes to the issue of gun violence:  she's completely and utterly wrong.  Just like her former boss, she rattled off talking points that were wholly inaccurate and rested on the border of being a flat-out lie.

French Ambassador: 'Only in the Movies' Does Someone Use a Gun to Defend Himself.  Wednesday [11/25/2015] on Fox News Channel's "Special Report," French Ambassador to the United States Gerard Araud defend a tweet he had posted in response to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump immediately following the terror attacks in Paris earlier this month.  Araud described Trump as a "vulture" for a tweet Trump had made earlier in the year following the January attack on Charlie Hebdo.  Araud acknowledged he deleted the tweet, explaining it was immediately as his home country was reeling from the attacks, but doubled down on the sentiment he originally conveyed, which was using a gun to defend themselves in such a situation is something "only in the movies."

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For anecdotal evidence to the contrary, please refer to this page.

Sorry Democrats, But There Is No 'Loophole' That Allows Terrorists To Legally Buy Guns.  Having overwhelmingly lost the public debate about whether the Obama administration's Syrian refugee screening policy should be enhanced, Democrats have retreated to more comfortable rhetorical ground:  demanding more gun control.  Their new secret weapon?  A bill that would ban anyone whose name appears on a terror watch list from buying or possessing a firearm.  The idea sounds reasonable enough until you dig into the details and realize that the proposed Democratic legislation is a shocking assault on the constitutional right to due process.  What makes the proposal even worse is that the Democrats' assault on due process isn't necessary to accomplish what they say is their only goal:  preventing "dangerous terrorists" from legally purchasing or possessing a firearm.

When Only Tyrants Have Guns...  The gullible that rely on emotion rather than logic are easy prey for such opportunists as Bloomberg, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Holder and of course Barack Hussein Obama. Governmental anti-gun types are shameless in their efforts to exploit a tide of mindless emotionalism by advocating what they euphemistically refer to as "sensible gun laws".  While they bend over backwards attempting to sell their notions as "sensible", there is nothing sensible about it.  To these control freaks, the only solution to gun shootings is to disarm the law abiding.

Is There a Gun Violence Epidemic? The Numbers Say No.  Rolling Stone magazine has an entire section on its website dedicated to gun violence entitled "America's gun violence epidemic."  Hillary Clinton recently stated that "this epidemic of gun violence knows no boundaries."  Even the American Public Health Organization states in its section on gun violence that "a comprehensive public health approach to addressing this growing crisis is necessary."  A quick look into the facts reveals an entirely different picture.

Sherrod Brown: 'Generally white males' to blame for terrorist attacks in U.S..  Sen. Sherrod Brown argued Thursday [11/19/2015] that "generally white males" are to blame for terrorist attacks committed in the U.S. since 9/11.  The Ohio Democrat called mass shootings in movie theaters and schools "terrorist attacks" that are committed by "different kinds of terrorists."

Obama says gun control to be top issue of final year.  President Obama hopes to make gun control the top issue of his final year in office, saying Americans aren't more violent than other people but they "have more deadly weapons to act out their rage."  In an interview published Tuesday [11/17/2015] in GQ magazine, Mr. Obama said easy access to guns is "the only variable" between the U.S. and other developed countries.

Bloomberg group mourns Paris dead as "victims of gun violence".  It didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what was happening as soon as the news broke and for once I didn't see too many people on social media urging everyone not to jump to conclusions.  We knew what it was and who — in general terms — was responsible for it.  But that clearly wasn't going to stop one particular group here in the United States from trying to capitalize on it almost immediately.

Congressional Gun Control Hypocrisy Shines On Capitol Hill.  On Thursday [11/5/2015], Senate Democrats gathered on the steps of the Capitol to announce a new push for tougher gun-control laws.  While Democrats exploiting the death of children and unarmed victims for their own political gain is not a new phenomenon, the abject hypocrisy in how they do it is always mind boggling to me.  You see, these Democrats, including NY Sen Chuck Shumer and Oregonian Sen Ron Wyden, made the announcement while surrounded by a dozen armed guards who were in addition to the regular detail of Capitol Police who protect Congressmen.

CNN's Deplorable Sally Kohn Lies About "Children" Killed With Guns.  CNN commentator and activist Sally Kohn took the lowest of the low roads today [10/29/2015] in an op-ed calling for more gun control.  Kohn claims that CNN host Ashleigh Banfield made the claim that "10,000 children are killed by guns every year," and so — of course — we need more gun laws. [...] You'll note that Sally doesn't provide a source for the claim that she attributes to Ashleigh, and that's probably for the very good reason is that the claim is blatant propaganda.  Kohn is intentionally misquoting the headline of MSNBC article from last year, Nearly 10,000 American children are injured or killed by guns every year.  When you actually go to the MSNBC article, you'll find that the story's lede doesn't come close to saying that 10,000 kids are killed by guns in a given year.  It's all a sleight of hand based on the study of a single year's data.

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The article above goes on to explain that the actual number was 3,453, and the victims were "gang-bangers shooting other gang bangers."  When you hear a Democrat using the word children for emotional leverage in an otherwise futile argument, remember that anyone under the age of 18 is technically a child, and there are plenty of 17-year-old fatherless thugs on Martin Luther King Boulevard (in any big city!) who have no reservations about unprovoked homicide.

Obama Assures Americans He's Really Not "Out to Take Everyone's Guns Away".  "Please do not believe this notion that I'm out to take everyone's guns away," Barack Obama pleaded in his Tuesday [10/27/2015] speech before the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in Chicago.  "Nobody is doing that.  We're talking about common sense measures to make sure criminals don't get them."  Actually, plenty of people are doing that, from increasing calls to repeal the Second Amendment to Hillary Clinton asserting the Supreme Court got it wrong when it ruled 2A an individual right, to Hillary and Obama himself entertaining Australian-style "gun control," which entailed gun bans and government collection of firearms.  That's what "progressives" mean by "common sense measures."  Next we need to look at who Obama was talking to.

Obama's latest lie: If you like your guns you can keep your guns.  Of course he's lying.  Remember, "if you like your plan you can keep your plan?"  Or, "if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor?"  And, "I'll reduce premiums by $2,500 dollars per year?"  How'd those promises work out for you?  He also "wasn't going" to force you to buy health insurance either.  So have you made your Shared Responsibility Payment yet?  And are you detecting a pattern here?

Obama Blatanty Lies About Violence As He Proposes More Gun Laws.  President Barack Obama, who has recently championed the idea of "Australian-style" forced gun confiscation, is once more shamelessly lying about the reality of violent crime in the United States in order to strip American citizens of their natural human right to armed self-defense.

Women Disarming Women.  The gun control movement has become the new feminist battleground.  Courtesy of millions of dollars flowing from Michael Bloomberg to women-fronted groups, the face of "gun control" is now decidedly female.  Feminization of the issue is not by happenstance.  It is a deliberate strategy designed to appeal to gender voters, to beta males, to those who make decisions based on emotion rather than fact, and to those who are ill-informed but know what is best for all.  If this movement is successful, the consequences will be tragic and deadly — especially for women.  Women who choose to arm for self-protection in an increasingly dangerous society will be denied that right and instead, will be forced to become easy prey and crime statistics.  Make no mistake:  gun control is the real war on women and civilian disarmament is the goal.

The Massive Ignorance Behind The Guns Cause Crime Agenda.  The arguments for gun control or gun confiscation basically boil down to this:  "If guns were illegal, they would not be available.  If they weren't available, people like that crazy killer in [fill-in-the-blank-with-location-of-latest-shooting-here] would not be able to use them."  This assumes that a crazy psychopathic killer, hell-bent on murder, would let an obstacle like finding a gun legally stop him.  This is absurd.  A crazy psychopathic killer, by definition, has decided that he must do his evil deed, and indeed is even entitled to do it.  There will be an underground "market" for guns, if they are outlawed, just as presently there is an underground "black market" for marijuana, heroin and cocaine.

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Clinton's claim that 40 percent of guns are sold at gun shows and over the Internet.  So where does the 40 percent figure come from?  It is derived from studies that were based on data collected from a survey in 1994, the same year that the Brady Act requirements for background checks came into effect.  In fact, the questions concerned purchases dating as far back as 1991, and the Brady Act went into effect in early 1994 — meaning that some, if not many, of the guns were bought in a pre-Brady environment.  The survey sample was relatively small — just 251 people.  (The survey was done by telephone, using a random-digit-dial method, with a response rate of 50 percent.)

Common Core-aligned writing lesson on gun debate fuels claims of political agenda.  Common Core backers are sneaking a social and political agenda into nationalized curriculum, say critics, who now have new ammo in a writing lesson plan for teachers that they say gives a slanted perspective of the gun debate.  A study guide dubbed, "The Battle Over Gun Control," authored by KQED, a northern Californian affiliate of National Public Radio, and the nonprofit, taxpayer-subsidized National Writing Project, states that "moderate gun control" measures introduced following the Sandy Hook school massacre were deep-sixed by the "powerful political influence" of the NRA.  Second Amendment advocates say the wording, in supplemental material designed to help teachers plan instruction, frames the debate in a one-sided fashion aimed at influencing young minds.

Perspective on Mass Shootings.  This graphic gives needed perspective on the "epidemic" of mass shootings.  The question an unbiased observer might ask is "Why is such enormous attention given to such a tiny fraction of deaths?  The answer is fairly easy to understand.  The media gains both monetary and political benefits from hyping these shootings.  They gain monetary benefits from increased attention to their programs and advertiser base, but that does not explain why similar mass killings get far less coverage.

Are You Ready For Three Common Sense Gun Policies?  [Scroll down]  [Alcohol] is one of the top drugs on the market.  Do we sue Jim Beam and Coors because someone became an alcoholic or killed someone while driving drunk?  These gun grabbers want to force gun makers to make "smart guns" and do things which would make the firearm virtually unusable when it's necessary.  What if a doctor prescribes the wrong medicine?  Do we sue the medicine company? [...] Of course, this is still mostly aimed at law abiding citizens, rather than those who obtain the guns illegally and use them for criminal activity.  None of this would stop most of the mass murders, and would barely make a dent in the "gun crime" running rampant throughout mostly Democrat Party run cities, especially in the Black community.  [H]ey, it's almost like the gun grabbers don't actually care that Blacks are offing themselves.

Hillary Clinton hints at gun control body to counter NRA 'scare-mongering'.  Speaking in front of about 1,000 people on the campus of Keene State University, Clinton issued what will undoubtedly be seen by the NRA as a provocative challenge by calling for the creation of a new body to check its power.  "The fight against the NRA should be led by a new organization of gun owners," she said.  She added that she herself had begun collecting names of people who she said were "stepping up and writing about their feelings as people who enjoy hunting and target shooting but who are sick and tired of the violence".

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That doesn't sound like a long list of names.  Sounds instead like a list of potential shills.  Before giving Hillary's alleged anti-gun activists any air time, perhaps they should be individually tested (at a gun range) to see if they really know anything about guns.

The Biggest Threat to our Second Amendment Rights? Propaganda.  If Barack Obama is the biggest gun salesman of all time, then the progressive party he comes from is the sales firm he reports to.  Each morning, I check my Google alert for "Second Amendment News" and I'm deeply troubled at what my search is fetching from the forefront of the internet.

'Gun Control' — A Deadly Farce.  The zealotry of gun control advocates might make some sense if they had any serious evidence that more restrictive gun control laws actually reduce gun crimes.  But they seldom even discuss the issue in terms of empirical evidence.  Saving lives is serious business.  But claiming to be saving lives and refusing to deal with evidence is a farce.

A Liberal's Ten Commandments.  Gun control is an iconic liberal issue, specifically limitations on handguns and concealed weapons.  Too many guns in too many places supposedly encourage violent crime.  Again, what better way to make a statement than by having all liberal celebrities, business people, and politicians take the following pledge:  "I will pledge that no one in my security detail will ever carry a concealed firearm of any sort"?  Surely the pope, of all people, did not need armed guards, with lethal concealed weapons, surrounding his pope-mobile?

President Obama visits Oregon town where community college shooting occurred; greeted by 300 unhappy pro-gun protesters.  Hundreds of irate Oregonians, toting guns and nasty signs, gave President Obama a derisive Friday welcome before he sat with relatives of last week's college shooting victims.  "Obama Go Home" and "Go Back To Kenya" read two of the crude homemade posters held aloft by demonstrators who rolled out the rhetoric, not the red carpet for the commander-in-chief.  "He's exploiting a local tragedy to make a political point," griped Bruce Rester, 66, who came from Glendale, Ore., carrying a .45-caliber automatic handgun.  "He doesn't care about the people who live here," said Rester.  "I don't think he cares about the people who are victims of this shooter."

Armed guards protect Senate Democrats as they demand new gun-control laws.  Senate Democrats gathered Thursday [10/8/2015] on the steps of the Capitol surrounded by about a dozen armed guards to announce a new push for tougher gun-control laws.  The officers from the U.S. Capitol Police, who carried sidearms, were in addition to the regular detail paroling the Capitol ground due the large number of elected officials attending the event, according to a officer on the scene.

7 Gun Control Myths That Just Won't Die.  After every shooting, politicians and activists rush to the cameras or their keyboards to tell people exactly what should be done to stop mass shootings in the future.  Gun control proponents demand more gun control.  Gun rights advocates dig in their heels and explain why new laws won't stop evil people from doing evil things, especially when current laws aren't adequately enforced.  Unfortunately, the debate between the two sides is rarely illuminating, as it usually devolves into tired recitations of worn-out talking points about the issue.  These talking points are invariably littered with myths and factual inaccuracies.

Armed guards protect Senate Democrats as they demand new gun-control laws.  Senate Democrats gathered Thursday [10/8/2015] on the steps of the Capitol surrounded by about a dozen armed guards to announce a new push for tougher gun-control laws.  The officers from the U.S. Capitol Police, who carried sidearms, were in addition to the regular detail paroling the Capitol ground due the large number of elected officials attending the event, according to a officer on the scene.

President Jackass.  Last week, in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, President Barack Obama took to the microphones to deride anyone who did not agree with his gun control agenda.  Stating that it was only good and right to "politicize" the Oregon shooting, Obama stated, "This is a political choice that we make to allow this to happen every few months in America.  We collectively are answerable to those families, who lose their loved ones, because of our inaction."  Obama then called for "modest" gun regulations, without specifying the nature of those "modest" gun regulations.

Hillary Compares The NRA To 'The Iranians And Communists'.  Hillary Clinton took aim at the National Rifle Association in Iowa on Wednesday [10/7/2015], hitting the group for what she claims is its "absolutist" stance on gun rights and comparing it to "the Iranians and Communists."

Hillary Clinton and your right to self-defense.  She who has ripped into Republicans for seeking political gain from the four American deaths in Benghazi, Libya, now seeks her own political gain from the dozens of murdered children and young adults in Newtown, Connecticut, and Roseburg.  On the heels of the latter and referring to both tragedies, she launched an emotional attack early this week on the two most recent Supreme Court decisions upholding the personal right to keep and bear arms.  She offered to "fix" them should she be elected president.  Her so-called fix consists of a dead-on-arrival legislative proposal making gun manufacturers financially liable for the misuse of their products and an executive order determining the meaning of certain words used in federal statutes.

Hillary Clinton's Simple-Minded Gun Control Ideas.  After a gunman murdered nine people at a community college in Oregon last week, President Obama said the solution to such violence is obvious.  "It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun," he declared.  The problem is that we generally do not know a gun buyer "wants to inflict harm on other people" until he does it.  That reality shows the folly of relying on background checks or psychiatric intervention to prevent mass shootings.

The truth about gun deaths: numbers and actual solutions.  When the President went on television after the Oregon college mass shooting he issued a challenge to the media.  He asked them to show America the number of gun deaths as compared to the number of terrorism related deaths since the 9/11 attacks.  The media dutifully complied and soon every network, newspaper and magazine was putting up startling graphics, such as this one tweeted by CNN.  [Chart]  These graphics and figures were almost uniformly followed by comments about the mass shooting and the "pressing need" for background checks and other gun control laws.  Unfortunately, all of these numbers flashing around were dishonestly offered up with no context or details.

Guns Don't Kill People, Liberalism Does.  President Obama wants us to politicize gun deaths in America.  I decided to take him up on his invitation.  I hope that no one is surprised that Obama took this opportunity again to attack guns, the gun industry, and those of us who are fans of the Second Amendment.  This is what a community organizing career politician does.  For liberals like Obama, virtually everything is political, or must be made so.  Because political problems require political solutions, and thus, when something is politicized, those in favor of empowering and growing government get to do what they do best:  give speeches, call for legislation, and attempt to stir up the electorate in their favor.

Hillary Will Grab your Guns, With or Without Congress' Help.  Back in 2008, Barack Obama realized that he needed to avoid alienating blue collar rust belt workers in order to win the general election, and he knew that many of them were concerned about his well earned reputation as a gun grabber.  Rather than risk alienating his voting base by trying to sound like he wasn't opposed to guns, he instead made the argument that it wasn't politically possible for him to take anyone's guns even if he wanted to: [...] This, of course, turned out to be a lie, as Obama tried to do quite a bit to take away guns even without a single vote in Congress.

Of The 20 Deadliest School Killings in World History, Guess How Many Are In America.  [U]nlike what liberals will say, some of the largest school shootings in history did not even occur in the United States, they occurred in countries where gun control is heavily enforced.

Anti-gunnites More Overtly Reaching For Ban On Private Gun Ownership.  We're still waiting for a plan from Democrats that will actually reduce gun violence. [...] Those who are killing each other in the streets of major Democratic Party run cities typically did not obtain their guns legally.

Facile quick-draw responses to mass murder.  Each time there's a shooting like the one that took place in Oregon on Thursday [10/1/2015], a choir of politicians and pundits rises up to pretend they have known all along how to stop such incidents from happening.  If only people had listened to them in advance!  What they wanted to tell everyone all along was that one or another gun control proposal would have solved the problem.  They are not only wrong, but they are also fueling the dumbest kind of policy discussion possible, the demand that lawmakers do something, anything, even if all of the solutions under discussion are proven failures.

'Gun Control' Is Actually Conservative Control.  Any casual observer of reality in America can figure out which citizens are likely to embrace the Second Amendment, and which will need to change pants at the mere thought of a gun.  Liberals are terrified of guns in a way that is utterly detached from logic and reason.  They aren't terrified of their cars.  They aren't frightened of their carving knives, or pruning shears, or hammers, or baseball bats.  Liberals are terrified of guns because they've been conditioned to believe they are possessed of evil, and can only do evil.  By extension, many of them further believe that to touch one, or use one, is tantamount to a betrayal of their own imagined morality.  This same set of fallacies enables them to comfortably indulge their considerable capacity for bigotry and unabashed hatred for those who have no use for superstitions and delusions.

How to make a progressive's head explode.  Progressives love to emote when discussing politics.  Right now, in the wake of the Roseburg shootings, they are emoting about the need for "commonsense" gun control, which gives them an opportunity to compassionately wring their hands while blaming conservatives for the suffering they deplore.

Liberals Trash Christianity Non-Stop, Then Blame The 2nd Amendment When Someone Murders Christians.  Liberals are delighted when there's a mass shooting because as Rahm Emanuel famously said, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."  Of course, they'd deny they feel that way, but before the blood even cools on the floor after a mass shooting, liberals are always working en masse to take advantage of the situation.  After the shooting in Oregon, Barack Obama immediately took to the airwaves to declare that, "This is something that should be politicized."  And that's what it is:  pure politics because inevitably, nothing liberals ever seem to suggest would make mass shootings happen less frequently.

Obama urges 'single issue' voting on guns.  President Barack Obama urged Americans who want to see tighter gun laws to become "single-issue voters."  At a press conference on Friday [10/2/2015], Obama predicted that there will be little action in Congress to prevent mass shootings like the one that took place in Roseburg, Oregon, on Thursday until Americans hold elected officials accountable at the polls.

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Voters don't go to the polls to hold politicians "accountable."  If they did, Barack H. Obama would not have been re-elected.  About half of the voters in the U.S. make their choices based on emotional appeals (like the one Mr. Obama was making), public school indoctrination and biased news coverage.  The remainder vote for Republicans.

With All Due Respect, Mr. President, Fix Your Own Gun Plan.  My usual rule is to refrain from discussing policy in the interim following a tragic situation.  After all, there's nothing more useless than pontificating in the meantime, while tempers are hot, and no one knows what to do.  We all want an easy fix to horrifying situations like the one that played out yesterday in Oregon.  We all want to believe there's one, singular solution that will put an end to senseless violence.  There isn't.  But yesterday [10/1/2015], President Obama used the Oregon shooting to make a political point, openly and unabashedly, before the bodies of the dead had cooled, before knowing the facts of the case, and without, apparently, a modicum of respect for the families and community that is suffering losses today.  As a nation sought help, leadership, prayer and support; President Obama did little but throw a temper tantrum on national television, calling for solutions in the form of "gun control," and "action," without specifiying any concrete legislative agenda, or, even, what he believes the country needs to take action on.

CNN Photoshops Oregon Jihadist Shooter to "Fundamentally Transform" Him into a Caucasian Male.  Remember the Trayvon Martin case?  You know, the dude involved in burglary, PCP-like drug cocktails, and/or drug dealing who assaulted George Zimmerman and got capped for his trouble?  Remember how the media claimed there was a new race called "White Hispanics", a term invented "by The New York Times to describe Zimmerman, apparently in some kind of push for a white vs. Black narrative"?  Good times.  Well, the media is at it again, this time photoshopping the Black Jihadist Oregon shooter [...] to make him appear white.

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The Curious Case of Oregon Shooter Chris Harper-Mercer — A Social Media Profile Shaped, Modified and Deleted.  On the left is the selfie Christopher Mercer uploaded to his social media.  On the right is how CNN presented the same selfie in broadcast stories about him.  Why did CNN need to change the complexion (color) of their broadcast?  Why is no one showing pictures of mom, Laurel Margaret Harper[?]

Guy who intentionally distributed thousands of assault weapons to criminals offers America lectures on gun control.  To paraphrase Rahm Emanuel, never let a tragedy go to waste.  Such is the situation with Democrats, who have once again attempted to leverage a tragic mass-shooting in Oregon as yet another lever to confiscate America's guns.  The sheer idiocy of such advocacy never seems to cross their addled brains.  After all, nothing short of a time machine will un-invent guns; new 3D printers have made the home manufacturing of firearms a reality; and the idea of confiscating 800 million guns seems rather irrational when Leftists argue that deporting a few million illegal aliens is impossible.  As it turns out, the Oregon shooter asked victims their religion before shooting them.  I don't know, but for me that spells "Militant Quaker terror attack" all the way — not the typical work of a right-wing Constitutionalist.

The awful truth about Obama's hometown that he and the media ignore in gun discussion.  Why has no one asked President Obama what "commonsense" gun control measures in addition to those already at work in Chicago he would like to see?  Why has no one asked him about the disparity in his concern over a handful of white victims in Oregon versus his completely ignoring hundreds of black murder victims in his hometown?  Chicago, the town Obama adopted as his own and where his mansion still sits, puts the lie to the vague gun control nostrums he is selling.

You and your party are responsible, Mr. President.  [Scroll down]  In his parting shot, President Obama promised us that each and every time there is a mass shooting, he will be there to remind us of his position.  His final words were correct.  President Obama will indeed remind us.  He will remind us that liberals, currently following his lead, own a big part of the responsibility for the high casualty count in these shootings.  He will remind us that "gun-free" zones ensure that murderers, whether psychopaths or Muslim extremists (I know, redundant), look for what is known as a "target-rich environment" upon which to inflict their horror.  He will remind us that gun-free zones provide just such environment.  He will remind us that federal and local laws preclude, under threat of felony incarceration, the ability of law-abiding citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights to stop cold the second and/or subsequent shots of mass murderers, psychopaths, or jihadis returning from Syria.

White House Reacts To Oregon College Shooting With Gun Control Talking Points.  White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest reacted to the news that there was a college shooting by promoting the administration's support of gun control.  Earnest was informed by reporters of the shooting during the White House press briefing.  They then asked him about the administration's position on gun control.

Jeb: The 10th Amendment Can Trump The 2nd Amendment.  Presidential candidate Jeb Bush told Stephen Colbert Tuesday [9/8/2015] that gun control — including but not limited to ramped up mental health background checks — should be left up to the individual states.

Gun Control Shills Won't Let Roanoke Journalists' Murders Go To Waste.  [Scroll down]  Even the reporter's grieving father, Andrew Parker, got drawn into the gun control debate.  Mr. Parker told Megyn Kelly on Fox News on Wednesday:  "My mission in life, and I talked to the governor [McAuliffe] today, he called me, I told him I am going to do something whatever it takes to get gun legislation, to shame people, to legislators, into doing something about closing loopholes in background checks."  McAuliffe apparently encouraged Parker to speak out on the issue.  But when reporters asked McAuliffe whether the killer was prohibited from legally buying a gun, he replied:  "I don't know anything."  By late Wednesday night, it turned out that all their assumptions were wrong.  Vester Lee Flanagan, the killer, had legally bought the gun from a registered firearms dealer.  The so-called expanded background checks, which would have mandated background checks on private transfers, would have done nothing to stop this attack.  Indeed, such expanded background checks would not have stopped any of the mass public shootings that President Obama has frequently pointed to in justifying such a law.

Father of Murder Victim Will Campaign For Gun Control, After He Buys One.  The father of the young female reporter killed by a black gay former colleague obsessed with serial killers and imagined racial slights has announced that he is going to make gun control the focus of his life's work... right after he buys one. [...] The poor man doesn't seem to be aware of the fact he's clearly stating his belief that firearms have an obvious defensive role to play in society.  He's proving our point as he contradicts himself.

This May Be Obama's Dumbest Gun Control Argument Yet.  Obama is determined to fight his gun control Jihad and attempted to exploit the racist murder of two white reporters by pushing his own political agenda in the dumbest way possible.  "It breaks my heart every time you read about or hear about these kinds of incidents," Obama said.  "What we know, is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism."  Since the set of people killed by guns includes terrorist attacks, this is a stupid and meaningless thing to say.

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Dem Senator: Congress 'Complicit' in Gun Murders Like Virginia Shooting.  Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said today [8/28/2015] that Congress has become "complicit" in murders such as this week's shooting during a live news shot in Virginia for not passing more gun-control laws. [...] Murphy, who has been lobbying for more gun control since Sandy Hook, told CNN today that he feels this time "change is going to happen."

Jarrett on Gun-Control Push: 'Everyone Should Be Able to Live in Our Country'.  White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett said the administration is renewing its call for gun control because while Wednesday's journalist murders in Virginia "may not have been a mass shooting... it felt like a mass shooting."

The White House Lies About Gun Violence ... Again.  The bottom line: America is getting safer and less violent.  Unfortunately, Pew reports, only 12 percent of Americans know this, which is why the Obama administration can get away with spreading falsehoods.  If there is an argument to be made, it's that America has too many gun-related deaths in absolute numbers, and that this drop does not make up for that.  Personally, I don't know what people who say this really mean.  As always, we start from where we are, and we are going in the right direction.  That's good, especially given that the positive changes have come at the same time as the laws have been liberalized and the number of guns increased vastly.

Obama Admin. Again Warning That White 'Militias' are as Big a Threat as Islamists.  Since the day his regime took over in Washington, Barack Obama's blinkered "intelligence" agencies have been warning that it is white people, conservative groups, tea partiers, military veterans, and "militias" that are the real danger lurking in America and recently Obama's FBI did it again claiming that "militias" (read white male gun enthusiasts) are looking to attack Muslims inside the USA.  In a report issued in May only to police departments and other law enforcement agencies, the FBI's Counterterrorism Division insisted that "militia extremists" are looking to kill Muslims.  The report goes on to cite two — yes only two — instances of "militia" leaders saying they are mad at Muslims and may want to target them.  No actual instances of this desire to attack Muslims has been seen, though.  Only talk.  Still, the FBI is all worried over Americans with guns.

White House says Virginia TV shooting points to need for gun control.  The White House said on Wednesday [8/26/2015] that the shooting of two television journalists in Virginia is another example of gun violence that is "becoming all too common."  White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that Congress can pass legislation that would have a "tangible impact of reducing gun violence in this country."

Yes, Dems Care More about Grabbing Guns Than About Victims of Violence.  We don't, at this point, know anything about how the shooter got the gun, or what measures at all would have prevented him from getting a gun, if any.  So it seems kind of ludicrous to suggest laws to fix a problem when you don't even know what the problem is.

Calls for 'Commonsense Gun Control' Re-Emerge after Virginia Shooting.  Illegally obtained guns, used by criminals who disobey laws, account statistically for the vast majority of gun-related crime in America.  If one were to employ common sense in discussing disarming the law-abiding, it would be readily apparent that solving this different and nonexistent problem is distinctly illogical and counter-intuitive.  Gun control, as envisioned by the left, is a "heads I win, tails you lose" proposition.  When discussing indisputable facts, including that the overwhelming number of deaths caused by the use of firearms occurs when those firearms are illegally obtained and possessed by black males in Democrat-controlled cities, the left argues that the problem is exclusively the gun and refuses dialogue on any other issue.

Obama's Political Two-for-One: Using a Black Racist's Murders to Blame Guns and Minimize the Terror Threat.  While there's certainly evidence the shooter was deeply disturbed, the evidence is now overwhelming that this shooting was in large part about race.  The shooter wanted vengeance for Charleston, he wanted a "race war," and he was known for angry, unfounded accusations of racial persecution: [...] So, how does the President of the United States respond?  It's the guns of course, and the guns are worse than terrorists.

Obama on WDBJ Shooting: Gun-Related Deaths 'Dwarf' Terrorist-Caused Deaths.  In a preview of an interview with President Barack Obama set to air tomorrow on Philadelphia ABC affiliate WPVI, the president reacted to the WDBJ shooting earlier in the day with commentary on what he described as "gun-related incidents."  "It breaks my heart every time you read about or hear about these kinds of incidents," Obama said.  "What we know, is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism."  [Video clip]

Gov. Terry McAuliffe Admits Not Knowing How Gunman Acquired Firearm, Calls For More Gun Control.  Just hours after a gunman shot and killed WDBJ-TV's Allison Parker and Adam Ward just off camera during a live interview, Governor Terry McAuliffe admitted not knowing anything about how the gunman got his gun, yet the Governor stressed that more gun controls — specifically background checks — are needed.  Speaking on Fox News while a police chase of the gunman was underway, McAuliffe called for background check legislation.

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It was later revealed that the shooter passed a background check and obtained his weapon legally.

D.C. Police Chief, Mayor Dishonestly Play "High Capacity" Blame Game.  Emily Miller of Fox 5 has been one of the few journalists attempting to holding government officials responsible for the outbreak of murders in the nation's capital, and their attempts to pass the buck onto law-abiding gun owners in other parts of the country where citizens still have a practical right to bear arms.

Study Claims Private Gun Ownership Endangers Police.  [T]he study was conducted during the years 1996-2010, which means it missed the fact that New York's gun control got even stricter beginning in 2013 — discouraging gun ownership even further — yet many of the most prominent officer shootings in recent memory took place in NYC.  For example, NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were gunned down in an ambush attack on December 20, 2014, while sitting in their patrol car.  And on May 2, 2015, NYPD Officer Brian Moore was fatally wounded with a stolen gun.  He died on May 4.  But these attacks on officers were not part of the American Journal of Public Health study.

Gun Lies.  [Guns are often] used to prevent crime.  The homeowner pulls out the gun and the attacker flees.  No one knows how often this happens because these prevented crimes don't become news and don't get reported to the government, but an estimate from the Violence Policy Center suggests crimes may be prevented by guns tens of thousands of times per year.  Add politics to the mix and the anti-gun statistics get even more misleading.  Gang members in their late teens or early adulthood killing each other get called "children."  Fights between gangs near schools get called school "mass shootings."  The number of mass shootings in America has been roughly level over the past 40 years, but the New York Times still runs headlines like, "FBI Confirms a Sharp Rise in Mass Shootings Since 2000."

Top 10 reasons to vote Democrat.  [#6]  Vote Democrat because you're way too irresponsible to own a gun, and know that your local police are all you need to protect yourself from murderers and thieves.  You're also thankful you have a 911 service that get police to your home in order to identify your body after a home invasion.

The Great White Terrorist.  The Portland Christmas Tree Bomber, the Times Square Bomber, the Underwear Bomber, Nidal Hasan, the Virginia Tech shooter, the Beltway Snipers, the Shoe Bomber, the London Bus Bombers, Colin Ferguson, Ramzi Yousef ... Multicultis hear of the the latest terrorist atrocity and they're whispering to themselves:  "Oh please let it be a white Christian guy!"  Occasionally is it; it's a Jared Loughner or a Timothy McVeigh.  Considering that the vast majority of Westerners are still white and Christian, though, the multiculturalists' prayers aren't answered anything like often enough.  Time and again, when the media can't hold off any longer on identifying the killer, it turns out to be a Muslim, or if not a Muslim, a black, or occasionally some other ethnic minority.  So along comes Anders Breivik, who looks like the neo-Nazi terrorist in every politically-correct movie, and the multicultural left is breaking out the champagne.

Reacting to Spree Killings, Progressively.  When the dreaded D.C. sniper turned out to be two Nation of Islam black Muslims who admired bin Laden and planned to 'kill six white people a day' because 'the white man is the devil,' leaders were quick to call for caution: [...] Years earlier, Sharpton et al.  had also been quick to react to the Long Island Railroad mass murderer Colin Ferguson (6 dead, 19 wounded), known by neighbors for his nightly chants of 'all the black people killing all the white people'[.]

Gun-Grabbing Democrat Seeks Plea Deal for Arms Trafficking/Corruption.  Yes, the media is doing their best to minimize the hypocrisy of a man who was once one of California's leading supporters of gun control, but the facts don't lie.

Sorry, Josh Earnest, But The Second Amendment Isn't About Hunting.  Following last week's shooting in Charleston, White House press secretary Josh Earnest implied during his daily press briefing that Americans don't need to own weapons that aren't used for hunting.  "You don't need an assault rifle to go hunting," Earnest said.  "It's not part of your family heritage."  Whether his mischaracterization of the Second Amendment and its defenders was intentional or merely based on ignorance of this country's history and laws, we can't say.  But his statement was most certainly ignorant on multiple counts.

Gun Control Laws Protect Criminals By Disarming Their Law Abiding Victims.  The gun control controversy is only the latest of many issues to be debated almost solely in terms of fixed preconceptions, with little or no examination of hard facts.  Media discussions of gun control are dominated by two factors:  the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment.  But the over-riding factual question is whether gun control laws actually reduce gun crimes in general or murder rates in particular. [...] The central issue boils down to the question:  What are the facts?  Yet there are many zealots who seem utterly unconcerned about facts or about their own lack of knowledge of facts.

OMalley: A single life 'worth more than all the guns in the United States'.  Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley may not be doing well in the polls, but he's putting in a concerted effort to make his voice heard on gun violence in the wake of the recent Charleston massacres.  "A single American life is worth more than all the guns in the United States," O'Malley said while giving a speech at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco.  "How many senseless acts of violence do we have to endure as a people before we stand up to the congressional lobbyists of the National Rifle Association?  How many more Americans have to die?"  While governor of Maryland, O'Malley instituted laws banning assault weapons and high capacity gun magazines that "exist only to inflict human casualty."

Obama Claims Mass Murders Don't Happen In Other Countries; Here's the Truth.  President Obama yesterday proclaimed that because other countries have strict gun control laws mass murders don't happen in those countries. [...] President Obama is once again using a tragic event to try and rally people behind his radical anti-American agenda.

Serial Lies: PolitiFact Blasts Obama Over Gun Claim About Mass Killings In Other Countries.  Just hours after a racist terror attack took the lives of nine black parishioners guilty of nothing more than attending Bible study at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, Obama stood before America and did what he usually does when standing before America:  He cynically exploited a tragedy to further his political agenda, and he lied.

Obama's Howler.  To gild the point a bit further about how "This type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries," Wayne Laugesen of the Colorado Spring Gazette tallies the numbers for us:
  Behring Anders Breivik killed 75, 2011, Norway
  Mohammed Merah killed 7, 2012, France
  Genildo Ferreira de França killed 14, 1997, Brazil
  Michael Robert Ryan killed 16, 1987, UK
  Eric Borel killed 15, 1995, France
  Friedrich Leibacher killed 14, 2001, Switzerland
  Christian Dornier killed 14, 1989, France
  Ljubiša Bogdanović killed 13, 2013, Serbia
  Derrick Bird killed 12, 2010, UK
  Robert Steinhäuser killed 16, 2002, Germany
  Tim Kretschmer killled 15, 2009, Germany
  Wellington Menezes de Oliveira killed 12, 2011, Brazil
  Bai Ningyang killed 12, 2006, China
  Juhani Matti Saari killed 10, 2008, Finland
  Huanming Wu killed 9, 2010, China
  Ahmed Ibragimov killed 41, 1999, Russia
  Ami Popper killed 7, 1990, Israel
  Antoní Blažka killed 6, 2013, Czech Republic

Obama's shameful gun control rhetoric.  There is evil in the world and evil will find the instruments needed to commit its crimes and atrocities.  France isn't the only gun-controlled "advanced" country where heinous violence has occurred, with or without guns.  Take Norway, for example: [...] Guns save lives as well as take them and if Carol Bowne's gun permit been approved, she might have provided yet another living testimony to that fact.  Creating more unarmed potential victims is no the answer to armed evil and the evidence mounts that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

Dylann Roof's Racist Massacre Was Universally Condemned — Why Are Liberal Pundits Pretending Otherwise?  It is not 1861 in Charleston, and the killer does not speak for the city.  Rather, he is a throwback; an anomaly; an isolated and reviled recrudescence.  In 2015, the Declaration of Independence has been restored to its rightful place at the heart of American life, and the dissenters have been pushed righteously to the margins.  That the shooter saw fit to stage such a painful attack on history and on progress is alarming to us precisely because it is so rare.

Top Democrat advisor 'cannot imagine the horror' if S.C. churchgoers were armed.  It's hard to imagine how the massacre at the Emanuel AME Church that left nine dead could have been worse, but a top Democratic strategist says the shooting would have been a "horror" if the black parishioners were armed.  "Now I cannot imagine the horror that could have occurred if people were sitting around with concealed weapons, this thing started, and you have a full-scale gunfight," said Democratic advisor Bob Shrum on Friday's [6/19/2015] episode of MSNBC's "The Ed Show."  "You might not even have three survivors," said Mr. Shrum, a top campaign aide to now-Secretary of State John Kerry during his failed 2004 presidential bid.

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On the contrary, the nine victims were shot because they were sitting defenseless in a "gun free zone."

Obama Lies, Says Mass Shootings Don't Happen in Other Countries.  Already rushing to the microphones to try and use the murders in a South Carolina church to undermine the U.S. Constitution and push his loser gun control ideas, Barack Obama lied today saying that the US is the only country with mass murders.  During his press conference today Obama said, "This kind of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries."  But this simply isn't true.  We have but to look to France only a few months ago when Islamists murdered 12 members of the staff of Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Obama Excitedly Leaps to Politicize the Tragic Charleston Church Shooting.  Barack Obama turned a beautiful speech into another politicized attack on gun owners and white people.  He blamed the Second Amendment in part.  "I've had to make statements like this too many times.  Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times...  Once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun."  "Let's be clear, at some point we will have to reconcile with the fact this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries."  [That's blatantly untrue.  Where's the coverage of people with guns who stop mass slayings?{...}]  He got in his dig at Republicans and other Second Amendment supporters, insinuating we are responsible for this horrible slaughter.

As Obama Claims Gun Violence Is Unique To U.S., 160 Are Massacred in Mexico.  So much for President Obama's claim this morning [6/18/2015] that gun violence of the kind that horrified South Carolina Wednesday "doesn't happen in other countries."  This morning, Mexico's Excelsior reported a massacre of 160 Central American migrants in two separate incidents.  The migrants were machine-gunned and left for dead, with just 60 managing to flee for their lives.  One incident occurred in Sonora state near the Arizona border.  The other was in Veracruz state in Mexico's south.

Every Mass Shooting Shares One Thing In Common & It's NOT Weapons.  Multiple credible scientific studies going back more than a decade, as well as internal documents from certain pharmaceutical companies that suppressed the information show that SSRI drugs (Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors) have well known, but unreported side effects, including but not limited to suicide and other violent behavior.  One need only Google relevant key words or phrases to see for themselves. [There] is one popular site that has documented over 4500 "Mainstream Media" reported cases from around the World of aberrant or violent behavior by those taking these powerful drugs.

Actually, President Obama, Mass Killings Aren't Uncommon In Other Countries.  It only takes some quick research to discover that rampage killers, acts of terror (as the Charleston shooting most certainly is), school attacks, spree killers are not unique to the United States.  In 2011, a deranged Anders Behring Breivik killed eight people by setting off a van bomb in Oslo, before going on to murder 69 more people, mostly children, at a summer camp.  This is the single worst shooting spree incident in history.  Obama surely remembers that he left the White House and visited the Norwegian ambassador's residence to offer his condolences.  It takes only a rudimentary search to find out that mentally unstable killers can be found anywhere.

Examples of church shootings in other countries abound: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] as well as an endless series of firebombings, which you can find on this page, but Mr. Obama doesn't mention those attacks because they are being carried out by Muslims.

FBI: Uhm, remember Obama's pre-election claim that 'mass shootings are up'? Yeah, that was a lie..  Just before last year's midterm elections, the Obama administration widely distributed an FBI "report" that claimed that mass shootings had increased.  Obama used this "report" to flog his gun control ideas and to "prove" that Republicans were wrong on gun control in the wind up to the midterms.  Now the FBI has been forced to admit that the report was "imperfect."  Thereport was all over the news in September and October last year, only a month or so before the Nov. 4 election. [...] But now that the elections are over, now the FBI can admit that the whole thing was a pile of lies.

Rev. Michael Pfleger: NRA 'Will Pay for the Murder' of Chicago Children.  On June 6, Reverend Michael Pfleger listed recent shootings in heavily gun-controlled Chicago then said the NRA "will pay pay for the murder of our children."  He was joined by Reverend Jesse Jackson and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence president Dan Gross.  Pleger [sic], Jackson, and Gross rallied outside of Chuck's Gun Shop, where Jackson recently rallied for the ban of guns already banned in Chicago.

Hey, let's create a national database of gun owners!.  There's one refrain which the Democrat choir always breaks out whenever they propose new gun restrictions:  Oh, we're not trying to establish some national registry of gun owners.  Perish the thought!  But when you look under the covers of these various proposals, they all seem to come suspiciously close to doing just that.

7 Anti-Gun Myths That Need To Be Debunked ASAP.  Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, America has been embroiled in a renewed gun control debate.  In the Information Age there can be a lot of misinformation, and gun control is unfortunately no exception.  Here are some of the ways you are being misled.

Hillary Equates Gun Owners With Terrorists, Says They're "Prone to Violence.".  Democrat Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton thinks that "gun free zone" signs work, twice claims that modern sporting rifles are "automatic weapons," and states that owners of the most popular rifle sold in the United States today are a small group "that terrorizes the majority of people."  The June 17, 2014 interview shows just how out of touch Clinton is with a nation where the majority of people in this country who favor gun rights.  Clinton went on to bizarrely claim that those who do not bow to her views on gun control are "prone to violence."

The New York Times doesn't have a clue about the meaning of the Second Amendment.  [Quoting Noah Webster:]  ["]Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe.  The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.["]

FBI figures tweaked to show phony increase in mass shootings, report says.  Crime stats published by the FBI and relied upon by the media distort the gun violence and leave the public with the impression "mass shooting" incidents are a much bigger threat than they really are, according to a criminologist and Second Amendment scholar.  The bureau's annual reports tabulating and classifying a wide range of crime throughout the nation have been historically free of politics, but John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said the latest statistics contain numbers that are misleading at best and deliberately fudged at worst.  Lott believes the numbers may have been presented to overstate for political purposes the true risk of being a victim of random gun crimes.

Gotham 'gun shop' appears as ruse to preach anti-firearm message.  A "gun shop" that suddenly appeared in the heart of Manhattan last week only to close its doors after two days was actually an elaborate ruse by a pro-gun control group that sought to lure potential customers in order to make their anti-firearms case.  States United to Prevent Gun Violence set up the "Guns with History Gun Shop" on Manhattan's Lower East Side, and pretended to offer for sale guns used in high-profile crimes.  The phony sales pitches were really part of a "social experiment" — pretexts for telling customers about the dangers of gun proliferation in unconsummated transactions recorded by hidden cameras, according to the group.

Anti-Gun Idiots May Have Broken State Laws With Firearm Stunt.  A sign on the front of the store read:  "First time gun buyer? We're here to help you."  Once the patrons went inside, they noticed that the store only had a few selections of guns that were models used in high-profile shootings such as Sandy Hook.  One store clerk even went so far to describe a .22 revolved to a couple as "the easiest gun we have to use.  It's our most popular one...  It's also a gun that a 5-year-old found in his parents bedroom, went down and shot his 9-month-old baby brother with it."  While the gun-shop owners may have been patting themselves on the back for making a mockery of innocent consumers, the joke really is on them.

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Can a person actually purchase firearms at this fake gun shop?  If not, there's probably a consumer fraud law that could be used against them.  Does the shop have the proper licenses and permits to sell guns?  What happens to the proceeds from their gun sales?

Joe Manchin Shows His Anti-Gun Colors Again.  West Virginia is a tradition open carry state (with some limited preemption).  So Joe believes that covering the gun with a shirt means that people needed training and certification by the state that they don't if they open carry.  Well, Manchin voted for Obamacare, so his voting record is about as lousy at it gets.  When a politician (or anyone else) begins a conversation with "I support the right of the people to own and bear arms, but ... ," or "I believe in the second amendment, but ... ," ignore the balance of their remarks.  They are liars.

Obama's odd series of exaggerated gun claims.  A reader asked us to examine these remarks, believing they showed a pattern of exaggeration by the president.  (We also got a number of tweets about the statements.)  The president's comments came as part of a long answer in response to a question concerning programs to keep youth off the streets and away from gun violence.  These are an interesting set of remarks to fact check, because some of the analysis in part turns on what the listener believes the president was trying to say.

Does Anyone Fact-Check the President?  [Scroll down]  Obama is also wrong in asserting that America's homicide rate is attributable to the "ready availability of firearms, particularly handguns."  In fact, our homicide rate is only half what it was during the Clinton administration, even though handgun ownership has exploded over that time period. More guns have been associated with less homicide, and less crime generally.  Further, international experience shows that there is zero correlation between gun laws and homicide rates.

Obama: Stronger gun regs would lower homicide rate.  Increased gun control measures would go a long way toward cutting down on America's homicide rate, President Obama said during a town-hall event on Friday [3/6/2015].  "Our homicide rates are so much larger than other industrialized countries, by like a mile," he said during a speech at Benedict College in South Carolina.  "Most of that is attributable to the easy, ready availability of firearms, particularly handguns."

Washington Post: Disarming Police Might Save Lives.  On February 18, The Washington Post highlighted five countries where "officers are unarmed when they are on patrol" and suggested that unarmed officers "have saved lives — exactly because they were unable to shoot."  The five countries cited as examples were Britain, Ireland, Norway, Iceland, and New Zealand.  The WaPo quotes Northern Michigan University Associate Professor Guomundur Oddsson's explanation that "the practice [of using unarmed police] is rooted in tradition and belief that arming the police with guns engenders more gun violence than it prevents."

ATF Bans Popular Rifle Ammunition It Says Is "Armor-Piercing".  As if in anticipation of Obama's remarks, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (still referred to simply as the ATF) issued its latest broadside against the Second Amendment the day before, declaring that by definition "green tip" M855 "ball ammunition" chambered in 5.56 mm is now "armor piercing" and can no longer be manufactured, imported, or sold in the United States.  In its "framework" that exposes the twisted logic behind its unilateral decision in a mind-bending 17-page analysis, the ATF defines armor-piercing based how the cartridge is constructed, rather than how it may, or may not, penetrate armor.  But that doesn't faze the authors: [...] There are so many flaws and errors in logic in the "framework" one scarcely knows where to begin.

Let's not be so quick to believe gun-control rhetoric.  People walking the streets with guns pose a danger to others, right?  With 12 million Americans across all 50 states now having concealed handgun permits, one would think that this question would have been settled one way or another.  In fact, contrary to the rhetoric by gun-control organizations, permit holders almost never use their guns to commit violent crimes.

Missing the answer to terror attacks: Guns.  Liam Neeson, action movie star, who should know better, made a stupid statement after the Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo cartoonists.  He said, "There are too many [bleeping] guns out there, especially in America."  Missing the irony by posing in front of a poster of his latest movie-Taken 3-showing Neeson holding a handgun, he said the level of private gun ownership in the US is "a [bleeping] disgrace."  Neeson proves that Truman Capote was right when he said, "'the better the actor the more stupid he is.'  Liam Neeson is a very good actor.

Action Hero Liam Neeson on Paris Attack: US Gun Ownership 'A [Bleeping] Disgrace'.  Standing in front of a poster of himself holding a handgun in Taken 3, the latest installment in a film series that relies on gunplay to heighten action sequences, Liam Neeson spoke to the attacks on Charlie Hebdo by offering condolences, then saying:  "There are too many [bleeping] guns out there, especially in America."

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Not only does the man make a living by glorifying the use of firearms, which he hypocritically condemns, he is apparently incapable of expressing himself without profanity.  Therefore his opinion is of no value.

Watch the Worst Anti-Gun PSA of All Time.  Feast your eyes upon what is perhaps the most absurd anti-gun video ever made.  It's astonishing how many bad ideas the creators were able to cram into a two-and-half-minute video, which concerns a child protagonist who "doesn't feel safe with a gun in my house."  First, the child steals the gun out of his mother's dresser — something no young person should ever do.  Then he brings it with him to school.

The FBI's bogus report on mass shootings.  It's disheartening to see the FBI used to promote a political agenda, but that's what we got with the bureau's release last month of a study claiming to show a sharp rise in mass shootings, a la Newtown, Conn.  The FBI counted 160 "mass" or "active" shootings in public places from 2000 to 2013.  Worse, it said these attacks rose from just one in 2000 to 17 in 2013.  Media outlets worldwide gave the "news" extensive coverage.  Too bad the study is remarkably shoddy — slicing the evidence to distort the results.  In fact, mass public shootings have only risen ever so slightly over the last four decades.

Joe Biden: Gun Control Movement Needs Another High-Profile Victim.  On October 10 Vice President Joe Biden spoke at a memorial for the late Jim Brady and said the gun control movement needs another high-profile victim who is well-spoken in order to succeed. [...] CNN reported that Biden also said "seventy-five percent of the American people" agree with the push for more gun control.

You Can't Keep A Good Myth Down.  First, this past Sunday, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof repeated the canard about guns being dangerous to their owners.  A "study in the journal Injury Prevention," he wrote, "found that the purchase of a handgun was associated with 2.4 times the risk of being murdered and 6.8 times the risk of suicide."  No kidding.  As a lifelong subscriber to Injury Prevention, I could have told Kristof that people who live in crime-ridden neighborhoods or who have friends or professions that increase their likelihood of being killed — or who plan to commit suicide — are astronomically more likely to buy handguns than people whose lifestyles do not put them at such risks.

Rank Hypocrisy: Father Pfleger comes to gun control rally with armed bodyguards.  Chicago's activist Catholic Priest, Father Michael Pfleger was on hand at Saturday's Brady Campaign Rally against America's gun stores in Riverdale, IL.  Pfleger is gun civil rights what Bull Connor was to racial civil rights in the 1960s.  It wasn't that many years ago that the Chicago Catholic Priest called on the owner of Chuck's Guns, John Riggio, to be "snuffed out" — using the lingo of his parishioners.  Pfleger also called for legislators voting against gun control to be snuffed out as well.  Pfleger didn't call for anyone to be snuffed out this year, but he did enjoy the protection of three armed bodyguards.

Anti-Gun Billionaire Buys a Nazi Tank.  If you've paid attention at all to the gun control debate over the past two decades, you've certainly heard the argument from gun control activists, "What do you want? For people to be able to buy and own tanks?!"  That argument and question are red herrings.  The average citizen is not trying to own or buy tanks (even though there are legal ways to do it), but an anti-gun billionaire dedicated to taking away your Second Amendment rights, just bought one.

Places With More Guns Don't Have More Homicides.  It's true (as [Dylan] Matthews notes) that there are some studies showing guns to be associated with increased homicide once other factors have been statistically "controlled" (a highly subjective process that can be manipulated, even subconsciously, to make the data say whatever the researcher wants them to say).  But there is no simple relationship between gun ownership and homicide rates as such, either among developed countries or among states in the U.S.

Gun law based on flawed estimate.  A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report.

Bloomberg: Colorado Gun Recall Towns So Rural, They Don't Have Roads.  In what may come as a surprise to residents of Colorado Springs and Pueblo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn't think those cities have roads.  Bloomberg told Rolling Stone that he was "sorry" about the recalls of two state senators last year over the Democratic state legislature's gun-control laws, but added that their districts were so "rural" that, "I don't think there's roads."  "In Colorado, we got a law passed.  The NRA went after two or three state senators in a part of Colorado where I don't think there's roads," said Bloomberg in the interview published online Wednesday [7/9/2014].

What liberal media won't tell you: School shooting deaths down, not up, across America.  Is there an epidemic of school shootings? Parents are understandably fearful, but their fear is unjustified.  Schools are relatively safe places, and they have gotten much safer.  While even one death is too many, the number of children killed in school shootings has declined over the last couple of decades.  The drop is even larger than the overall decline in the murder rate.  Last week, Michael Bloomberg's various gun control organizations exacerbated the fears by claiming that there were 74 school shootings since the actual Newtown school shooting in December 2012, and that something must be done.  But Bloomberg's numbers were dead wrong.

Surprise! The Vegas Cop Killers Weren't So Right-Wing After All.  After a week of blather from the leftist media about the mythical rise in "right-wing violence," it turns out the Millers were just a bit less "right-wing" than the left assumed.

Obama, Media Mislead on Gun Crime Statistics in U.S., Australia.  The Troutdale, Oregon, shooting on June 10 gave both the president and the liberal media another opportunity to rehash old arguments and repeat old lies about the need for more gun control in the United States.  When Jared Padgett entered a boys' locker room at Reynolds High School on June 10, he murdered a classmate before being confronted by armed officers.  Following that confrontation, Padgett took his own life.  The fact that he stole the weapons from his family home, defeating various security measures, meant that he also defeated any background check measures that were in place to prevent such a shooting from occurring.  That simple fact escaped the attention of the president who, taking advantage of the tragedy, pushed his ongoing agenda for more gun control measures.

Cop-killer was a Pothead.  John Avlon's dishonest column on the cop-killers in Las Vegas should be studied by journalism students as an example of how to exploit a tragedy for political purposes. [...] He said Jerad and Amanda Miller killed two metro cops while shouting, "This is a revolution!," and then they "flung the Tea Party's favorite coiled snake Gadsden flag and a swastika on the still-warm corpses and then moved to a nearby Walmart to murder a shopper before turning the guns on themselves."  The reference to the Gadsden flag being "the Tea Party's favorite" was an obvious effort to link the Tea Party to the murders.  The flag dates back to the American Revolution and is used by various groups and people to protest Big Government.  Miller's notion of "Big Government" was a government that interfered with his marijuana smoking.

Did a Gun Control Cultist Intentionally Leave A Pistol In A Target Store for Children to Find?  One unyielding characteristic in the citizen control movement is a "the ends justify the means" mindset.  They will say or do nearly anything to get their way, and don't let small things like morality, decency, or honestly ruin their plans.  From the early days of Handgun Control Inc. (which is now the Brady Campaign) up to today's Bloomberg-paid duplicitous demanding moms, the citizen control movement has always relied upon hyperbole, hypocrisy, smears, rigged research, and outright lies to advance their cause.

The Media Attempts To Grant "Absolute Moral Authority" To The Gun Control Movement.  So Mr. Martinez wants us to approach his arguments from a rational perspective?  We can do that.  We can start by noting that equating handguns to nuclear weapons is a fallacious argument to be made by schoolchildren, not by serious adults looking for real solutions to a complex problem of balancing the constitutional rights of the individual, the desires of the community, and the will of the state.  Martinez's claim that, "Nobody needs to own three semi-automatic handguns," is likewise a fallacious argument.  No matter how distraught he is at the moment, Mr. Martinez is arguing his opinion.  He is not arguing facts.  His arguments are from the heart.  They are sincere.  They are well-intentioned.  They are also misguided and dangerous.

More Media Matters mistakes on gun-free zones.  The point of this discussion was that Michael Bloomberg has 24 hour/7 day a week armed body guards.  He understands the benefits from guns for protection, but he opposes others being able to have the same protection.  That he supports a gun-free zone for everyone but himself.  Of course, Media Matters doesn't directly deal with this point.  Instead, Media Matters points out that gun shows ask patrons not to have guns loaded.  They also make it sound as if there are attacks involving multiple victim public shootings that occur at gun shows.

Former Justice Stevens: Revising the 2nd Amendment 'Is a Moderate Proposal'.  During an April 20th appearance on ABC's This Week, former justice John Paul Stevens said each of his proposals to change the Constitution — including his proposal to change the Second Amendment — "is a moderate proposal."  On April 11th Breitbart News reported that Stevens uses his new book, [...] to argue that we should add five words to the Second Amendment to correct its interpretation — namely to ensure that it is interpreted as a collective right rather than an individual one.

More about Justice Stevens' proposal can be found here.

Retired Col. to MSNBC: Military Downsizing Will Result in Fewer Shootings.  Retired Col. Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient and NBC News military affairs analyst, joined the hosts of MSNBC's The Cycle on Wednesday [4/9/2014] to react to President Barack Obama's address commemorating last week's shooting at Fort Hood.  Jacobs lamented that the military is downsizing personnel to pre-World War II levels, but noted that one element of "good news" to that condition was that there would be fewer shooting incidents on bases similar to what occurred last week.

6 Arguments Only A Liberal Could Believe.  Guns cause crime and if we take guns away from people who haven't broken the law yet, then criminals will also not have guns somehow.  Gun-free zones also protect people from criminals, who we're sure won't enter "gun-free zones" for some reason.  Unless they do.  Which proves the problem is actually law abiding gun owners somehow or another.

Rep. Larson: Congress 'Complicit' in Gun Violence Deaths by Lack of Action.  Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) said that Congress, by not taking a vote on more gun control legislation, is "complicit in the deaths and atrocities that take place," at a Capitol Hill news conference on Tuesday [3/11/2014].  Several other Democratic congressmen stood with Larson as he spoke, as well as members of Team 26, a group of bicyclists who were embarking on their second annual Sandy Hook Ride.  "The United States Congress is complicit, the United States Congress shares the responsibility, the United States Congress by not, even in the House of Representatives, taking a vote, is complicit in the deaths and the atrocities that take place because of the lack of action, on the part of the United States Congress," Larson said.

Academic Malpractice and "Gun Violence".  When you lump all violence in which a gun is used into one category and define reducing that number as a positive good, in and of itself, you necessarily discard or negate anything positive that results from "gun violence", and ignore violence that results from the substitution of other methods.  That is the semantic trick that is being employed in this instance.  To avoid this trap, researchers need to look at all unjustified violence to see if policies that reduce "gun violence" reduce overall unjustified violence.

How Did 'Millions' of High Capacity Magazines Disappear in Connecticut?  As the State of Connecticut went through the process of gearing up to push more gun bans and bans on high capacity ammunition magazines, it was estimated that The Constitution State had at least "2.4 million" of the offending magazines within its borders.  But now, after the new forced registration law set in, only about 38,000 high capacity magazines were registered.  So, where did they all go?  It seems that Connecticut's set up for future gun confiscation is failing despite that officials are trying to claim that it is a great success.

Crime study: Handguns, not 'assault rifles,' used in most mass shootings.  Media hype about mass shootings in America has fostered a myth that the killings are on the rise and that an assault weapon ban, expanded background checks and greater attention to the mentally ill will curb a rampaging epidemic, according to an authoritative and exhaustive study by a noted criminologist.  Instead, according to James Alan Fox, author and criminology professor at Northeastern University, mass shootings have remained stagnant over 34 years, averaging 20 a year, and few were committed by the type of berserk psychos portrayed by the media.

Hypocrite: Anti-Gun Bloomberg Enters Civilian Life Surrounded by Armed Guards.  As New York City's new mayor Bill de Blasio was sworn in on Wednesday, former mayor Michael Bloomberg left office to resume life as a civilian.  However, though Bloomberg has spent copious amounts of his own personal fortune, time, and effort in keeping the law-abiding from gaining access to firearms, the former New York City mayor will be enjoying civilian life encased in the comfort of a team of armed security personnel.

New Study Demolishes Almost Every Gun Control Myth.  A study published in the latest issue of the academic journal Applied Economics Letters took on many of the claims made regularly by advocates of stricter gun laws.  The study determined that nearly every claim made in support of stronger restrictions on gun ownership is not supported by an exhaustive analysis of crime statistics.

Washington's three most irrational arguments in 2013"If we can save only one life..." The demagoguery started early in 2013, as Democrats tried to push gun-control laws in the wake of the December 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn.  The White House argued for gun restrictions using a litany of facile talking points, most absurdly this gem by President Obama:  "If there's even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try."

Gun-Control Dishonesty.  The left-wing blog ThinkProgress has compiled a list of massacres perpetrated between 1999 and 2012.  Let's have a look at the most recent ten.

Posters don't stop bad men with guns.  Anti-gun activists in Philadelphia can't see the forest for the trees.  "" claims to be "Seeking solutions to the epidemic of homicide by gunfire in the City of Brotherly Love".  In reality, they are advocating civilian disarmament.

A Quick Note on Weaponry and Language.  I just watched the press conference from Los Angeles airport and I was irritated as usual by the way in which law enforcement agents and politicians who should know better throw around incorrect terminology to the press.  Over and over, we were told that the shooter at LAX used an "assault rifle."  This is now being repeated widely.  There is one key problem with this:  It's not true.  We can argue all day about the silly "assault weapon" term, but "assault rifle" actually has a meaning.  An "assault rifle" means that the rifle can be switched between safe (off, in layman's terms), semi-automatic, and automatic fire.

Are you a racist if you own a gun?  If you believe a new study, whites who own guns do so because they harbor racist feelings towards blacks.  Indeed, in the study, four Australian and British psychologists also claim that racism is associated with opposition to gun control.  The lead paragraph on this study in Friday's New York Daily News summed up the claim this way:  "Racism and guns go together."  So how is racism measured?

Smoking gun exposed — D.C. police covers up giving Feinstein illegal 'assault weapons'.  Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier seems to think that gun-control laws don't apply to the liberal elite.  The police chief helped Sen. Dianne Feinstein acquire "assault weapons," which are illegal to possess in the District, for a news conference early this year to promote a ban on these firearms, then tried to cover up the police involvement.  Now, a response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveals Chief Lanier's shocking willingness to bend the rules for partisan and ideological purposes.

Obama, the Sultan of Sob Stories.  Take for instance the president's enthusiastic desire to curtail Second Amendment rights.  To address that issue, he has mentioned and put on display shooting survivor and former Arizona congresswoman Gabby "deserves a vote" Giffords many times.  Mr. Obama has spoken at prayer memorials, exploited the grieving families of the Sandy Hook victims, and given seats of honor at the State of the Union speech to slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton's parents, Cleo and Nat.  The president has read letters from terrified albeit amazingly articulate schoolchildren convinced that without drastic gun control measures they'll be gunned down in school, and even went so far as to assume symbolic parenthood of shooting victim Trayvon Martin.

Sen. Casey: Unarmed Prison Guards Can Use Pepper Spray Against Knife-Wielding Inmates.  On Tuesday, the father of Eric Williams, the 34-year-old guard who was stabbed 129 times by an inmate brandishing a jailhouse "shank," said he only learned after his son's death that he had been sent alone to lock 125 hardened criminals in their cells for the night at the high-security prison equipped with just handcuffs and a radio.

Senate Website Gets Second Amendment Wrong.  A web page covering the Constitution gets the scope of the Second Amendment wrong, telling readers that it is not clear whether the amendment protects an individual right or a collective right.  Here is what the Senate's web page on the Constitution says about the Second Amendment:  "Whether this provision protects the individual's right to own firearms or whether it deals only with the collective right of the people to arm and maintain a militia has long been debated."  This is simply not true on at least two levels.

There They Go Again.  Obama recounted in his September 22 remarks, "As president I have now grieved with five American communities ripped apart by mass violence:  Fort Hood, Tucson, Aurora, Sandy Hook, and now the Washington Navy Yard.  And these mass shootings occur against a backdrop of daily tragedies as an epidemic of gun violence tears apart communities across America, from the streets of Chicago to neighborhoods not far from here." [...] When was the last time a Republican served as Mayor of Chicago?  Or of Detroit?  Or governed the "neighborhoods not far from here"?

Our Truest Lies.  After the recent shooting tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard, cable news shows, newspaper reports, and talking heads immediately blasted lax gun laws.  The killer, Aaron Alexis, had mowed down 20 innocent people — twelve of them fatally — with yet again the satanic AR-15 semi-automatic "assault" rifle. [...] Then the assault weapon vanished into fantasy.  Instead, over the course of the week, it was slowly learned that the unhinged Alexis had somehow passed at least two background checks, legally bought a shotgun, modified it, and for 30 minutes shot and reloaded it to slaughter the innocent.  Are we to outlaw the owning of shotguns despite background checks and lawful purchases?

Same Lies, Different Day.  In recent months, the hyperbole and emotionalism of liberal efforts to reinstitute the Assault Weapons Ban, and other de facto infringements of the Second Amendment, have calmed in some places, and been reversed in others, giving those who seek real solutions to difficult problems a chance to be heard.  Discussions regarding practical means of preventing the mentally ill from gaining access to guns have taken place among the rational, who recognize that the problem lies with the actor, and not the instrument.

Congressman Calls House Judiciary Cmte. 'Murderers' Row': 'They All Like Their Guns'.  Apparently, being pro-Second Amendment in Congress is equivalent to supporting mass shootings in America.  At least, that's the interpretation of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) during an appearance on MSNBC today.  Congressman Cohen, who is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, commented that the congressional reaction to the Navy Yard shooting on Monday September 16 wasn't that surprising given the inaction on gun-control legislation after the shootings in Newtown.

Gun Control's Dead End.  Those claiming that yesterday's abomination demonstrates the need for stricter gun control are lying, or else they are ignorant, and, either way, they should be ashamed of themselves.  It does no such thing.  We now know that the perpetrator owned only a Remington 870 shotgun, and that he murdered and maimed his way into possession of the two other weapons that he used in his attack.  Those weapons were two standard 9mm handguns — not, as the media tripped over itself prematurely to report, a much-maligned AR-15 "assault rifle."

Waking a Sleeping Giant in Colorado.  Two weeks ago, the Washington Post declared the recall elections of two powerful state senators in Colorado a national "referendum on guns."  Indeed, the defeat of state-senate president John Morse and fellow state senator Angela Giron will cause some Democrats to rethink their push on gun control.  But of course, many Democrats have reacted by shrugging off the results.  Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has dismissed the losses as the result of "voter suppression, pure and simple" (orchestrated by the National Rifle Association and the Koch brothers, of course).

Three Teens Who Could Look Like Obama's Son Murder Australian Man, NRA Gets Blamed.  Instead of placing the blame where it belongs, somehow the NRA gets attacked here.

Shot to the Heart.  Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner has uncovered a fascinating document:  an 80-page "talking points" monograph titled "Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging," written by a trio of Democratic political operatives.  The document, as Bedard writes, instructs politicians and advocates "to hype high-profile gun incidents like the Florida slaying of Trayvon Martin to win support for new gun control laws."  Essentially it's a how-to book on inciting a moral panic.

Democratic anti-gun 'guide' urged using Trayvon Martin's death to hit NRA, guns.  "The most powerful time to communicate is when concern and emotions are running at their peak," said the 80-page document titled "Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging," and produced by three Democratic firms led by the polling and research outfit Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.

Leaked Democrat memo: Use tragedies to push for gun control: Lott.  Apparently Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns playbook has been discovered.

Obama Misrepresents 'Stand Your Ground'.  "Stand your ground" does not, therefore, entitle you to shoot somebody just because he makes you uncomfortable.  That's unless the discomfort is the physical kind that results from a violent assault.  Michigan's "stand your ground" law is almost identical, and so is Pennsylvania's.  Suspicious behavior does not rise to what the law calls "reasonable," and attorneys Barack Obama and Eric Holder both know this.  Their efforts to convince the public that "stand your ground" turns streets into free-fire zones are therefore willfully dishonest.

Pelosi: Congress Must Uphold Oath to 'Protect and Defend' Constitution... by Passing Gun Control.  In a press release marking the one-year anniversary of the Aurora, Colorado shootings, the former Speaker of the House said:  "In Congress, there can be no more fitting memorial to the lives lost in Aurora, in Newtown, and across the country than a concerted effort to enact commonsense gun safety legislation.  "We must uphold our oath to 'protect and defend' the constitution and all Americans by expanding background checks and keeping dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands."

Obama's politicking over Trayvon's death.  "If Trayvon Martin was of age and was armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?"  "If the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we should examine those laws."  So said President Obama on Friday [7/19/2013] in an unusual appearance at the White House press briefing room podium.  The answer is yes.  If Trayvon Martin was legally armed, and if (and this part is pivotal) he had been attacked physically, he could have stood his ground, according to Florida law, regardless of his race.  However, the president would have us all believe otherwise.

'Stand Your Ground' Against the Left.  [Scroll down]  There is no epidemic of accidental or malicious shootings caused by some expanded concept of self-defense.  Indeed, there is not even a short list.  There is no fear of dangerous conflicts in our neighborhoods arising from "stand your ground" laws.  And hypothetically, if there were, wouldn't it be constructive for the assailant to be constrained by such fear not to attack?  Who besides the prospective attacker would be risking such a dangerous conflict, or its escalation?

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy Admits Newtown Families Were Deceived.  How breathtaking is it that the Democrats in their zeal for disarming American citizens will even lie to the people they want to use as props for their gun control agenda.  Senator Chris Murphy and every one else who was involved in deceiving these Newton families should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

Bloomberg Group Named Christopher Dorner, Other Murder Suspects On List Of Gun Violence "Victims".  Demonstrators trying to bolster support for gun control read aloud from a list of more than 6,000 gun violence "victims" — including at least 10 murder suspects who were killed by police.

Gun-control group's list of victims of gun violence includes Tamerlan Tsarnaev.  Wasn't Dzhokhar also wounded by the cops at some point?  He's a victim of gun violence too, you know.  [Update:  Group apologizes.]

No crisis goes to waste.
Boxer: Santa Monica Shooting 'Gives Us Wind at Our Back' for Gun Control.  Senator Barbara Boxer celebrated the rekindling of talks about gun-control legislation after a shooting at Santa Monica College last Friday.

Bill Clinton: There's no 'big, conspiratorial federal government' push for gun confiscation.  Former President Bill Clinton, while suggesting that another push for gun control legislation might succeed, faulted the National Rifle Association for convincing "country" people that "there's this big, conspiratorial federal government" plan to confiscate firearms.

The Editor offers this reminder:
Bill Clinton lied under oath to a federal judge.

Cruz: 'Why hasn't the Obama administration prosecuted a single felon who illegally tried to buy a gun?'.  It turns out that in 2010 more than 48,000 felons tried to buy guns illegally.  The Department of Justice attempted to prosecute just 44 of them.  Not 44,000.  Forty-four.  Jones throws up a dust cloud of words but basically admits that there haven't been many prosecutions of obvious gun crimes that ought to be prosecuted.

Dem Sen: Second Amendment Not Meant For Citizens To Take Up Arms Against Government.  Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) on states nullifying federal gun laws: [...] ["]The Second Amendment is not an absolute right, not a God given right, always had conditions upon it like the First Amendment has.  The idea that the Second Amendment was put in there in order to allow citizens to fight their government is insane.["]

Pressure cooker background checks.  Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, for one, is not giving up on the quest for more gun control measures, and is convinced that further gun legislation "will pass eventually" — but she drew a few rather dubious conclusions in the process.

Michelle Obama's 'Plan B' Gun Control Effort.  The first lady said that after delivering her speech on gun violence in April, she was amazed at the extent to which Chicago's children were forced to live in subjugation to the fear of being shot.  Thus, the unspoken premise of Michelle Obama's comments is that the cure for children in Chicago being dominated by the fear of being killed by a stray bullet is to subjugate the entire nation's Second Amendment rights.

Obama Spins Furiously On Guns.  Barack Obama's comments about guns in Mexico today [5/3/2013] demonstrated a curious lack of self-awareness.  "[M]ost of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States."  So the violence perpetrated by Mexican drug cartels is our fault?  That seemed to be the implication.  But obviously, if there were not a single firearm in the U.S., the drug cartels would be just as well armed as they are today.

Ayotte's gun vote: 'Disgusting' political bullying.  A senator's job is to study the issues that come before the Senate, to engage thoughtfully in debate and to cast a considered vote.  On the Senate's voluminous gun control legislation, Sen. Kelly Ayotte did that job incredibly well.  And for that she has been attacked by partisans on both sides whose emotional outbursts demonstrate why we need a Senate in the first place.

America's Most Feared Economist.  You can tell the conservatives liberals fear most because they start being automatically referred to as "discredited."  Ask Sen. Ted Cruz.  But no one is called "discredited" by liberals more often than the inestimable economist John Lott, author of the groundbreaking book More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws.  Lott's economic analysis of the effect of concealed-carry laws on violent crime is the most thoroughly vetted study in the history of economics, perhaps in the history of the world.

Maloney: Background Check Would Have Stopped Boston Bombing Suspect.  Law enforcement recovered one 9mm Ruger semi-automatic with an obliterated serial number from the scene of the shootout with the brothers, while younger suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had no guns when taken into custody.  The fact that the serial number was defaced is strong evidence the gun was purchased illegally, where background checks would clearly not apply.

Joe Biden Invents Phony Gun Statistics.  Facts?  Logic?  Who needs silly stuff like that, when you've got President AngryPants ranting against his opponents as moral inferiors?

Obama's Political Army Targets Sen. Ted Cruz's Office for Direct Protest.  Tonight after the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, President Obama called on Americans not to "rush to judgment against groups of people."  The president applies such thinking when terrorists strike and kill, but not to Americans who happen to disagree with him.  He spent Wednesday afternoon yelling at Americans who disagree with him on gun ownership.  Saturday, the political army that answers directly to Barack Obama and no one else, Organizing for Action, will muster in Dallas to target Sen. Ted Cruz for disagreeing with him on gun ownership.

The President's Gun Tirade and You.  President Obama's lecturing little temper tantrum at the White House Wednesday should cause you some alarm.  What are we to think when the most powerful man in the country spits venom all over the Rose Garden, accusing opponents he lost to in a fair fight on Capitol Hill of lying, craven capitulation to political imperatives, and worst of all, not caring about dead children.

Liberal Incivility and the Gun Debate.  While Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and California Senator Dianne Feinstein have vowed to keep pushing for assault weapon bans and other proposals that have zero chance of passage, from this point forward the debate will be conducted solely with an eye toward public opinion and next year's midterm election, not any specific legislation.

'Civility President' Again Uncivil After Gun Defeat.  After Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot, President Obama called for "more civility in our public discourse."  Now, after losing a Senate vote, he uncivilly calls his political foes willful liars — with Giffords at his side.

Boston Manhunt Shows Importance of 2nd Amendment Rights.  Gun control advocates mistakenly assume Americans cherish their 2nd Amendment rights because of either a cultural anachronism or an affinity for hunting.  The left looks at gun control as a debate over which guns Americans "need."  They often argue, for example, that Americans don't "need" a 30-round magazine to hunt deer.  That's true, but the debate isn't about "needs", it is about rights.

'Pro-Choice' Only Goes so Far.  [Scroll down]  Dianne Feinstein believes taxpayers should be forced to cover abortion services; she also believes in banning a large variety of weapons for private use.  So you can choose to have an abortion on the county, but your rifle magazine better not hold more than ten rounds.

Hiding behind Grieving Mothers.  In any normal situation, the President's decision to push Francine Wheeler — a sobbing, grieving mother of a six-year-old boy killed at Sandy Hook — in front of the cameras to argue for the latest Senate gun control bill would be breathtaking for its exploitation and its cynicism.  Yet now it is a regular part and parcel of a typical left-wing tactic — to suppress rational discussion with a tidal wave of emotion.

Obama Throws Tantrum over Gun Control Defeat.  President Barack Obama lashed out defiantly and viciously at political opponents who defeated his efforts to expand federal gun regulations today. [...] Ironically, while accusing others of lying, President Obama resorted to false claims and statistics about current laws, including the repeatedly debunked argument that 40% of gun sales are private, and that guns can be bought over the Internet without background checks.  It was partly the dishonesty of those very arguments that had led potential supporters of new bipartisan legislation to doubt the administration's motives in supporting the bill.

Obama angrily denounces gun-rights groups as willful liars.  President Obama angrily blamed the defeat Wednesday of his centerpiece gun-control proposal on lies spread by the National Rifle Association, calling it "a pretty shameful day for Washington."  "The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill," Mr. Obama said in the White House rose garden about 90 minutes after the vote.  "It came down to politics."

The Editor says...
Mr. Obama has no room to complain about willful liars.

Don't Let Logic Ruin a Good Law.  Last week, Barack Obama flew some of the Newtown families to Washington, D.C., for a rally at which he argued for the putting aside of "politics" that disagree with his own, warned against "political stunts" (presumably with the exception of the one he was performing), and declared a monopoly on "common sense."

Obama's rush to judgment.  In his statement after the capture of Boston bomber number two, a serene President Barack Obama cautioned against making a "rush to judgment" about the motives of the terrorist killers. [...] That sounds like great advice.  Too bad nobody gave it to the whiny hyper-partisan Barack Obama who had an emotional meltdown in front of the cameras when his push for gun control legislation failed.  He certainly didn't have any trouble "jumping to conclusions" and making a "rush to judgment" about the "motivations of the individuals" who opposed him.

Factcheck: Biden's gun check 'good old days' never happened.  Vice President Biden exaggerates when he waxes nostalgic about the "good old days" — a time when "everybody, including the NRA, thought background checks made sense."  Biden's office says he was referring to the NRA's support for background checks in the early 1990s and its stated support for expanding background checks to include gun shows in 1999.  But [the] vice president's sentimental journey rides roughshod over the facts.

Fact-Free Crusades.  Amid all the heated, emotional advocacy of gun control, have you ever heard even one person present convincing hard evidence that tighter gun control laws have in fact reduced murders?  Think about all the states, communities within states, as well as foreign countries, that have either tight gun control laws or loose or non-existent gun control laws.  With so many variations and so many sources of evidence available, surely there would be some compelling evidence somewhere if tighter gun control laws actually reduced the murder rate.

Michael Bloomberg's Gun Stings.  The New York Daily News lauded the effectiveness of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's sting operation in which his office hired private investigators to buy guns without background checks at gun shows.  The article omits, however, a warning from the U.S. Justice Department that Mayor "Kim Jong" Bloomberg's anti-Second Amendment vigilantism has strayed into a legal gray area, the black side of which is a felony (straw firearm purchases). [...] [A]t least one mayor resigned from Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns when he found out about it.

Bloomberg: If You Sell a Gun to Your Son, 'There's Something Wrong in Your Family'.  If you sell a gun to your son, "there's something wrong with your family," says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  In a radio appearance on Friday [4/12/2013], Bloomberg, a gun control activist and co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, praised the legislation that is now moving forward in the Senate.  The bill would require universal background checks for most sales of firearms, including those online and at gun shows.

Obama Exploits Grieving Sandy Hook Mother in Weekly Address.  It is [Francine] Wheeler's choice to appear on camera. But it is President Obama's choice to exploit her tragedy, perversely hiding behind her grief rather than making actual arguments as to why gun control would lower the rate of incidents like those in Sandy Hook.  Nothing Obama is pushing will make any child in America safer; calling on shooting victims' family members to avoid making a rational case for legislation is the hallmark of a political bully.

Obama's 'Lying Problem' about Firearms.  Almost from the moment he walked into the Oval Office, Barack Obama has had a serious lying problem when it comes to firearms.  The 44th president has a near pathological predilection for using defective, invalid, and flat-out dishonest statistics in his quest to restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of American citizens, [...]

Also posted in the catalog of Obama lies.

'If We Can Save Just One Child...'  "Moderate" and even conservative senators still embrace the effort to "do something," even though many premises of the proposed legislation are false.  Myths about uncontrolled gun show and internet gun sales abound, with media reports erroneously claiming, for example, that "[f]ederal background checks are currently required only for transactions handled by the roughly 55,000 federally licensed firearms dealers; private sales such as gun-show or online purchases are exempt."  (Tell that to and other such sites.)

Barack Obama Couldn't Care Less about Dead Children.  The truth is that in comparison to other causes of death, guns are responsible for a relatively small percentage of fatalities.  Even so, the president remains focused like a laser on passing unpopular legislation and using the prevention of death as an excuse to restrict constitutional freedom and limit the sale of firearms and firearm accessories.  For good measure, Obama also insinuates that any American unwilling to acquiesce to his anti-gun viewpoint might be harboring nefarious intentions.

Air Force One Becomes Politicized Gun Control Tool.  In a speech Monday [4/8/2013] at the University of Hartford, accompanied by some of the parents of the victims of the Newtown massacre in December, in which 20 elementary school children and six adult staff were slaughtered, Obama claimed that his push for gun control was apolitical.  Why, then, was he yelling?  The president was thundering over and over that "this is not about politics." [...] None of this is political?  How dense does Obama think the American people are?

Obama flying in Newtown human props for anti-gun speech.  Barack Obama knows full well that when it comes to using facts to argue for gun-grabbing laws, he doesn't have a leg to stand on.  Cue the human props!  After delivering an anti-gun speech in Hartford, Conn., later today [4/8/2013], Obama will fly 11 families of slain Sandy Hook children to D.C.

We need an IQ test for politicians.  The debacle over New York's rushed-through gun bill is one example of what happens when enthusiasm meets stupid.  But another is to be found in Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), who supports a ban on full-capacity magazines without understanding what a magazine actually is.

Guns Responsible for Global Warming.  For months [...] we were told Obama's "stimulus" would create tens of thousands of jobs and get our economy growing.  It did no such thing, but the media narrative helped it become law.  Now the gun control narrative is equally false, and borders on the insane.  It has become so wacky that it resembles the left's hysteria on "global warming."

Democratic front group hyped as hunters by media in gun control fight.  The liberal media will do anything to pressure lawmakers to support President Obama's gun-control agenda.  Politico published a story Wednesday [4/3/2013] with this headline:  "Hunting Group Wants Background Checks."  The story gave the false impression that the millions of hunters in the U.S. support Mr. Obama's push for "universal background checks."  That is way off target.  In fact, 31 well-known hunting and conservation groups sent a letter to Capitol Hill Thursday [4/4/2013] expressing opposition to intrusion by the federal government into private firearm transfers.

Obama Arrogantly Mocks Second Amendment.  Obama hit the campaign trail again, this time pushing his unconstitutional (What part of "shall not be infringed" does he not understand?) gun control agenda in Colorado, where the progressive democrats in the State have just enacted some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.  In his typical arrogant, condescending, and ridiculing Saul Alinsky-like style, Obama said, using police officers as props in the background [...]

The President Gives Hollywood a Pass on Violence.  The president's campaign against gun violence has produced a stale debate marked by lots of speeches with little achieved.  A more creative chief executive would have used this moment to widen the discussion by drawing attention to the increasingly graphic violence so pervasive in television shows, movies and videogames.  Mr. Obama is particularly well positioned to challenge Hollywood because of his special relationship with the media world's elites.

Obama criticized for using dated, disputed gun stat to sell background checks.  During several speeches, Obama has said 40 percent of all gun purchases were made without a background check.  But that number is nearly two decades old and comes from a poll with a relatively tiny sample size.

Obama: Newtown Shooter Gunned Down 20 Children With 'Fully Automatic Weapon'.  At a fundraiser last night [4/3/2013] in San Francisco, President Barack Obama said that the Newtown killer gunned down 20 children using a "fully automatic weapon."

Obama: Newtown Shooter Used 'Fully Automatic Weapon'.  President Barack Obama doesn't know the barrel of a firearm from a hole in the ground.

Gun bill sponsor apparently doesn't understand how guns work.  Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette, the lead Democratic sponsor of a federal bill to ban high-capacity magazines, is apparently unaware that such magazines can be reloaded and reused, according to a comment she made at a Denver Post-sponsored forum on gun control on Tuesday [4/2/2013].  When asked how limiting the number of bullets in magazines would help reduce violence, she replied:  "I will tell you these are ammunition, they're bullets, so the people who have those now, they're going to shoot them.  So if you ban them in the future, the number of these high-capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time, because the bullets will have been shot and there won't be any more available."

Michael Bloomberg and Mayors Against Illegal Guns Caught Lying to the Public.  [Scroll down]  Joseph Goebbels said that "[i]f you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."  The Bloomberg-funded ads from Mayors Against Illegal Guns follow Goebbels's advice perfectly.  Here, for example, is a MAIG video of artists repeating "Newtown," "How many more?" "Enough," and "As an American" repeatedly.  This exemplifies the following advice from Mein Kampf:  "But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention.  It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over."

Proposed Gun Legislation Does More (and Less) Than Advertised.  Sadly, the info-tainment media has so badly failed at keeping the public informed about pending legislation that we are once again forced to address the "firearm" issue.  The real issue is not publicly discussed by neither [sic] our elected representatives nor the wide media of either political orientation.  The true concerns and thoughts differ significantly from what is commonly being discussed and commented upon.

Obama Hectors, Lies on Gun Control Statistics (Again).  Everyone who purchases a firearm in a retail or licensed resale setting must undergo a background check.  This is true whether the purchase is made in a brick and mortar store, at a gun show, or via a licensed online gun retailer.  The president's claim that 40% of all gun sales fall outside the national background check system is based on a single survey of 251 people done two decades ago.  The federal background check system did not even become mandatory until 1994.

Here we go again with, "Do it for the children."
Gun Control Activist Calls for Child's Rights Amendment to 'Counterbalance' Second Amendment.  During a speech at the Moms Demand Action rally for gun control in St. Louis, a call went out for a "Children's Right Amendment" to "counterbalance" the Second Amendment.  YouTube video posted by Jim Hoft shows Dr. Robert Flood at the March 30 rally, asking for support of a constitutional amendment, "The Children's Rights Amendment, or the CRA, would allow a more solid legal foundation to so-called counterbalance the legal interpretation of the Second and 14th Amendments as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court," Flood said.

A Tragic, Vicious Irony.  While [Mark Kelly is] the ideal spokesman for liberals, a former warrior who espouses stricter gun control legislation, there's a good deal of criticism building out there in the blogosphere.  Much of the negativism has to do with Kelly's suspicious recent purchase of a .45 semi-automatic pistol and his truly suspicious attempted purchase of a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle.  The former was consummated under the eye of a camera concealed on Kelly's person; the latter was thwarted when the gun shop proprietor reasoned that Kelly would have to lie on the federal firearms form in order to complete the purchase.

Rahm takes the train
Rahm takes the train.  Surrounded by bodyguards.

Running The Numbers On DHS' Ammo Purchases.  The current solicitation can be found on the Federal Business Opportunities website and you will notice that the "Bid MUST be good for 30 calendar days after close of Buy."  So this purchase is not one of those "over five years" kinds of purchase.  Several congressmen have pushed DHS on these purchases, which resulted in the response from DHS, including fifteen that banded together to get answers.  Some of which were not addressed.

Flashback: Mayor Bloomberg Visits Gun-Free Bermuda, Requests Exception For His Bodyguards To Carry Guns.  In another "some animals are more equal than others" example, we bring you the tale from 2010 of Bermuda's frequent guest, Mayor Bloomberg, now known more as forbidder of Big Gulps and Anti Gun harridan.  Mayor Bloomberg, a billionaire, often visits the island.  That's not a problem.  But this hypocrisy is.

Mayor Bloomberg's irresponsible gun attack ads.  Mike Bloomberg is spending $12 million on attack ads designed to force U.S. senators to vote for national gun control laws that will supposedly save lives.  However, the New York mayor's commercials running in 13 states over the next two weeks could cause injury or death by showcasing irresponsible handling of a firearm.

The Top 7 anti-gun liberals who are heavily armed.  One of the great ironies of the gun control debate is that everyone who calls for gun control still wants a man with a gun protecting him.  Every governor in America has armed security.  You have to go through a metal detector guarded by men with guns to get into the Capitol building.  Barack Obama has hundreds of Secret Service agents carrying fully automatic weapons who protect his safety.  Even run-of-the-mill Democrats who want to take guns away from everyone else will unhesitatingly pick up the phone and call the police if they feel threatened — so that a man with a gun can show up and make them safe.  But, if a man in a bad neighborhood wants a gun to make his family safe, a rape victim wants a gun to be protected, or just the average Joe wants a gun in case his life is endangered by a burglar, thug or the next Adam Lanza, these same people want to take their guns away.

Media Play Up Faulty Study Suggeting Link Between Guns, Death Rates.  Do fewer guns mean fewer firearm deaths?  If you believe the March 6th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association of Internal Medicine, the answer is "yes."  A study by Eric Fleegler and four other co-authors received massive national news coverage from USA Today to the television networks.  But the report is based on embarrassingly bad statistics that are rigged to get the result the authors wanted.

Connecticut Governor Malloy plotting to ram through "emergency" gun control bill.  Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and his liberal allies in the state House and Senate are plotting to ram through a restrictive and unconstitutional gun control bill next week using procedural tricks that circumvents the rights of the state's citizens.

Meet the NRA's Biggest Recruiter.  Months ago, it was clear that [Sen. Dianne] Feinstein's assault weapons ban had little chance of making it through the Democratic-run Senate, let alone the GOP House.  Nonetheless, gun control enthusiasts pushed the measure in the dubious belief that the awful Newtown, Conn., shootings would make an assault weapons ban more palatable.  But it is doomed.  Meanwhile, these efforts have driven some law-abiding Americans into the loving arms of the NRA.

Universal Background Checks: the Liberal Holy Grail.  The goals of the left have always been shrouded in deception and misrepresentation.  Hide your true agenda behind a deceitful argument and then, after grabbing power, do what you really meant to do all along.  That is what Hitler, Lenin, Mao, Castro and Obama have all done.  By controlling the terms of the discussion, the left controls the argument.  Actual Assault Rifles are not sold to the general public.  The left invented the term "assault-style rifles" and the next thing you know assault-style rifles become assault rifles.

Rangel Fibs: Democrat claims 'millions' of kids being 'shot down by assault weapons'.  During an appearance on MSNBC this morning [3/21/2013], Congressman Charlie Rangel was asked what he thought about the assault weapons ban being dropped from Senate bill.  Rangel blamed the defeat on politics and money and then made the extraordinary claim that "millions of kids" are dying because they are "being shot down by assault weapons."

First bullets, now assault rifles bought by Feds.  The federal government's grab for bullets is now being matched with a buy of assault-style rifles that would be banned for civilians under President Obama's gun control law.  The Drug Enforcement Agency has just issued a solicitation for AR-15-styled rifles that include other elements that the president and his Democratic allies in the Senate would ban:  30-bullet magazines and a pistol grip.

Sheriff Cruz Meets School Marm Feinstein.  Here's what Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) learned from questioning Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) about the constitutionality of her "assault weapons" ban.  She's out of estrogen and she used to have a gun.  Feinstein came armed with a scowl and a ruler when she confronted Cruz at the Constitution Corral.  The outcome was so not OK for her.

Losing it: Dianne Feinstein compares common firearms to child pornography.  After getting ripped to shreds by Texas Senator Ted Cruz for her gun laws attempting to gun the Second Amednment, the questionable sanity of Dianne Feinstein took another blow as she compared semi-automatic firearms to child pornography.

Now We Know Why Schumer's Been Hiding His Gun Control Bill.  I pulled up S.374 - Protecting Responsible Gun Sellers Act of 2013 on Thomas, and I came up with a two-page shell of a bill that means nothing.

Sheriff Claims CO Democrats Used Threats, Extortion and Blackmail To Pressure Sheriffs Into Supporting Gun Control Bills.  According to El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, the vast majority of the 30 Sheriffs who made the trip to the Capitol, last week, came to testify in support of the second Amendment.  Unfortunately, the rules were changed so that only one Sheriff could testify on a bill.  Maketa claimed that CO Democrats were pressuring pro-gun sheriffs in the state with tactics that border on extortion.

N.Y. Enacts Drastic Gun Law Diminishing Personal Protection.  New York's NY SAFE Act, passed in January, looks to be another political deception straight out of the pages of George Orwell.  Officially called the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, the new law is merely another end-run offensive around the Second Amendment.

Gun control stampede misguided.  These proposals are rushed and are about "doing something," but a more deliberate and effective approach is the one Virginia took after the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.

How the White House silenced gun control groups.  President Barack Obama's gun control agenda is looking more doomed by the day, but gun control advocates still haven't said a word to complain.  That's no accident.  The White House knew its post-Newtown effort would require bringing key gun control groups into the fold.  So the White House offered a simple arrangement:  the groups could have access and involvement, but they'd have to offer silence and support in exchange.

New Gun Control Lie: States Can Ban Anything.  Gun bans and confiscation at the state and city level are the new push of the gun-control Left.  That's clear from the near-identical gun-ban and confiscation legislation appearing in state houses all over the country, from New York, to Missouri, to Minnesota, to Colorado, to Connecticut, to New Jersey, and beyond.  These are the states where high-profile members of the Left, like VP Joe Biden, are making appearances.

Dr. Ben Carson: Your right to own a semiautomatic should depend on where you live.  I'm a bit surprised that Democrats haven't made more of urban/rural logic on guns, punctuated by the federalist approach that Carson endorses here.  Obama and Biden pay lip service to it, periodically reassuring rural gun owners that no one wants to take away their hunting rifle or shotgun, but that argument's hard to swallow when they're pushing blanket bans on certain weapons nationwide from the seat of power in D.C.

Gun Free Zones: The Ugly Truth.  The ugly truth is that gun free zones are not about irrational dreams of safety.  They are about power and control.  The irrational spouting about safety is just a way to get emotional support from those who don't really think about the issue.  Gun free zones are just another incremental way to move toward total control.

Disarming the law-abiding is not sound gun control.  [Scroll down]  For example, the Governor has proposed banning the simple possession of a firearm within 300 feet of a school.  Such a law is meaningless to criminals who are likely prohibited under state and federal law from possessing a firearm in any location.  The true impact of the school zone law proposed by Markell and Biden will be felt by law-abiding citizens, for whom every trip to the range or the hunting field would be akin to running blindfolded through a legal minefield.

DHS Backdooring Gun Registration in Missouri.  Missouri cannot be alone in this scandal; doubtless numerous other states have complied with DHS requests as well.  We are seeing but the tip of the iceberg.

The Editor says...
Backdoor is not a word, and certainly isn't a verb.  Please develop an adequate vocabulary before becoming a writer.

Excuse Me, Your Illogic Is Showing: Orwell's Vision Emerges In California.  Emeryville, California Police Chief Ken James claims that guns are not defensive weapons.  If true, then why do police carry them?

More advice from Joe Biden: 'Just fire the shotgun through the door'.  In an interview with Field & Stream magazine on Monday [2/25/2013], Vice President Joe Biden once again touted shotguns as the best weapon for self-defense, offering advice similar to the questionable instructions he gave during a Facebook town hall last week.

Every single bit of gun advice Biden gives will get you arrested.  These are the people who think they know better than you and should dictate your firearms choices.

Why is Joe Biden a Moron?  It almost seems impossible.  Giving Americans advice to step out their door and fire warning shots from a double barrel shotgun when they're afraid?

Homeowner Takes Biden's Shotgun Advice, Gets Arrested.  During the past few days and weeks, VP Joe Biden has been passing out advice on how to use a shotgun — the problem is, much of what he has advised is against the law.  Virginia Beach resident Trevor Snowden found this out the hard way when he fired "a shotgun through the door" and faced charges for "reckless handling of a firearm."  The 22-year old Snowden fired through a door after seeing two masked men by a window of his residence.

Man accused of illegally firing shotgun cites Biden's advice.  A Washington state man who fired a shotgun to scare away possible car prowlers from his property was arraigned Wednesday for illegal discharging of a firearm, and he cited Vice President Joe Biden's public advice about shooting such weapons in the air in his defense.

N.Y. gun law mandates magazines that don't exist.  Starting April 15, New York will have the smallest gun magazine limit in the country, and all signs indicate no gun makers have plans to accommodate it.  Gun manufacturers have never had a reason to make a magazine with fewer than 10 rounds, because no state required it until now.  And, as far as local gun dealers and the Democrat and Chronicle have been able to determine, there are no manufacturers planning to make seven-round magazines.  This means that in less than two months, gun dealers [...] can only sell something that doesn't exist yet.

Using Gun Violence to Get Elected.  Because "using" crises is so valuable to the liberal ruling class, even if they had a solution to anything, they wouldn't apply it.  After all if your entire political strategy consists of using crises and problems to paint your adversaries as villains and enemies in order to get people to vote for you, the last thing you want to have happen is for a problem to be solved.

VA Unconstitutionally Tries To Disarm Veterans.  The contempt by the Obama administration for our Constitution and our rights has reached a new low with news the Veterans Administration has begun sending letters to veterans telling them they will be declared mentally incompetent and stripped of the Second Amendment rights unless they can prove to unnamed bureaucrats to the contrary.  On Thursday [2/21/2013], Michael Connelly, executive director of the United States Justice Foundation, said veterans have begun getting warning letters from the Veterans Administration.

Weighing the Gun Control Argument.  It is a bit misleading to call our current national discussion about gun control a "debate."  Simply put, politicians and the media directing the discussion aren't interested in evidence or conclusions contrary to those that they have a vested interest in disseminating.  They are interested merely in silencing any opposition, and they rely on their devoted acolytes to continue empowering them to do so.  It's about belief for these acolytes, not proof.  Because they believe in the moral imperative, whether or not facts support their beliefs is unimportant.

On CNN, Cause of Chicago Violence Is — You Guessed It — The GOP.  Chicago hasn't had a Republican mayor in over 80 years.  Democrats have controlled the Illinois governor's mansion and both houses of the legislature for more than a decade, with Democrats ruling the Illinois House for 28 of the last 30 years.  No matter, Chicago violence is the fault of Republicans.  We learned that this morning [2/22/2013] on CNN Newsroom [...]

The Gun Control Movement's Dangerous Incompetence.  Senator Dianne Feinstein and Governor Andrew Cuomo, like any medical quack who prescribes drugs for real or imaginary illnesses, think they know how many bullets a person might reasonably need for self-defense against one or more violent assailants.  Feinstein thinks it's ten, and Cuomo seven.  "Interview with a Gunfighter" by Front Sight describes, however, an attack in which a senior citizen needed 11 rounds of .40 caliber to stop two armed home invaders.

Feds Buy 2 Billion Rounds of Ammunition.  Something strange is going on.  Federal non-military agencies have bought two billion rounds of ammunition in the last 10 months.  The Obama Administration says that federal law enforcement agents need the ammunition for "mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications and other training sessions."

'Lethal Weapon' star Danny Glover says US should 'abolish guns'.  Hollywood actor and political activist Danny Glover, star of the "Lethal Weapon" films with Mel Gibson, told The Daily Caller that Congress should "abolish guns" in the U.S.  "I don't own a gun and definitely not only Gun Control, we should abolish guns, the personal guns.  That's how far I'm willing to go," Glover told TheDC at a TransAfrica Forum benefit event on Wednesday night.

The Editor says...
I've never seen a Danny Glover movie, but apparently Mr. Glover has made a living glamorizing firearms and gunfire, and now he wants the rest of us to think guns are evil, dangerous and unnecessary.

War on women:
Democratic lawmaker apologizes for suggesting women afraid of rape can't be trusted with guns.  Democratic Colorado state Rep. Joe Salazar apologized Monday [2/18/2013] for suggesting some women are so unjustifiably afraid of being raped that they are liable to start shooting wildly.  Salazar, arguing in favor of disarming college students, said Friday on the Colorado House floor that women fearing rape may suddenly and haphazardly "pop a round at somebody."  "It's why we have call boxes; it's why we have safe zones; it's why we have the whistles — because you just don't know who you're gonna be shooting at. [...]"

Cultural Deviancy, Not Guns.  What percentage of murders, irrespective of race, are committed with what are being called assault weapons?  You'd be hard put to come up with an amount greater than 1 or 2 percent.  In fact, according to FBI data from 2011, there were 323 murders committed with a rifle of any kind but 496 murders committed with a hammer or a club.

Tragedy and Comedy at the SOTU.  Obama wants "common sense" reform like "universal background checks to make it harder for criminals to get guns."  But criminals don't purchase their weapons legally, so they won't undergo any kind of background check when they acquire their guns through illegal means, like, always.  All the background checks in the world wouldn't have saved that young girl in Chicago who performed at Obama's inauguration.

Chicago's top cop likens gun lobby's influence to corruption.  Facing a surging homicide rate and several headline-grabbing murders, Chicago's top cop is taking aim at lobbyists who he says prevent politicians from implementing more gun control measures. [...] Gun rights advocates seized on the comments, saying that McCarthy was blaming the city's gun violence on donors and lobbyists who advocate for the Second Amendment.  "Garry McCarthy's understanding of our Constitution barely qualifies him as a meter maid, never mind the chief of the nation's third largest police department," Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson said.

Chicago Top Cop Calls Legal Gun Owners Corrupt.  Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy accused legal gun owners of being involved in corruption.

State of the Second Amendment.  Obama benefits from the confusion created by media and anti-rights politicians who intentionally mislabel modern semi-automatic sporting rifles.  "Weapons of war" were severely limited by the 1934 National Firearms Act, which required a stamp tax and registration for all military firearms purchases by private citizens.  In 1986, the Hughes Amendment to the Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA) limited civilians purchasing automatic firearms — true assault rifles used by military — to what existed in civilian inventory at the time FOPA took effect.  As a result, sub-machine guns over 25 years old, like the Heckler & Koch MP5, regularly sell for $20,000 or more.  Murderers aren't likely to spend $20,000 and then wait for ATF approval of their purchase.

Urgent, impassioned campaign against gun violence interrupted for vacation and some golf lessons.  If he took a break from insinuating that gun-rights supporters don't care about children getting shot for nothing more than a few lessons with the local club pro, that would be callous. But he's not.  He's taking a break from those insinuations for lessons with thousand-bucks-an-hour top pro instructor Butch Harmon.  He's not taking this gun-control thing lightly, guys.  Not now, I mean.  He took it pretty lightly for the past 10 years or so, especially during election years, but now he's serious.  Or he will be, once he finally gets the kinks out of his swing.

Why The Centers For Disease Control Should Not Receive Gun Research Funding.  Among President Obama's 23 new executive orders purportedly aimed at reducing gun violence, it is one which may appear relatively innocuous that perhaps poses the greatest danger as an assault upon our Second Amendment protections.  Referring to this issue as a "public health crisis", the president is determined to resurrect a previously failed Clinton tactic to build public support for stringent gun control gun regulations premised upon trumped-up "guns as a public disease" rationale based upon federally-funded medical pseudo-research.

State of the Second Amendment.  Obama's "more than a thousand" claim is confusing.  Was he implying there were 1,000 firearms-related deaths in the last two months?  Gun banners like the Violence Policy Center claim "more than 30,000 Americans die in gun suicides, homicides, and unintentional shootings."  According to the FBI, a monthly average of 715 firearms murders occurred in 2011, or 1,430 over two months.  If Obama based his claim on government data not yet publicly available, this means America is experiencing a historic drop in firearms-related fatalities.

Nancy Pelosi: Push for Gun Control While We Have the Chance.  The measures, which largely reflect recommendations by President Obama and Vice President Biden, include universal background checks, "high capacity" magazine bans, an "assault weapons" ban, a "crack down on gun trafficking," laws against "straw purchases," and mandatory gun safety training programs.  It should be noted that none of these would have prevented the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

El Paso, America's safest big city, shatters Chicago's case for gun control.  Chicago, Ill., a city surrounded by the rural midwest, has tight gun laws. El Paso, Texas, has lax gun laws and neighbors one of the most violent cities in the world.  Yet, El Paso is the safest big city in the U.S., whereas President Obama cites the murder rate in his hometown as a reason to implement his gun control agenda.  Gun violence isn't much of an issue in El Paso, Texas, which is the safest city of its size in the country.

The Obama Ogling Cop Killer Is Using Assault Weapons with High Capacity Mags.  Gun control zealots state that we (the serfs of Obamaland) shouldn't have "assault weapons with high capacity magazines" because we don't "need" them.  And these wizards — who don't know diddly about guns — know exactly what we need.

Officer Turned Suspect Discredits Gun Control Argument.  Armed police officers turning into serial killers might be rare, but the Dorner nightmare is further proof that the problem is not guns, but criminality; not the tools of crime but its perpetrators.

Pelosi: First Amendment Protects Right To Bear Arms.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on "Fox News Sunday" was confused, claiming it's the first, not second amendment that protects Americans' right to bear arms.  [Video clip]

Obama's Colossal Politics.  "If there's just one life that can be saved," Mr. Obama said Monday in Minnesota, using standard Washington risk-benefit analysis, "then we have an obligation to try it."  And so the president will spread gun-control across the land.  But consider the discrepancy between the Washington lawgivers and the nation receiving their unitary solutions.  Congress has 535 members who work inside the Capitol Building, which you may notice is shaped like a bubble.  The rest of the United States consists of 313.9 million individuals spread across a 50-state land mass of more than 9.6 million square miles.

Cuomo: Gun Control Would Have Never Happened If Public Was Allowed to Review It.  In order to pass the New York SAFE Act, which substantially erodes a citizens Constitutionally granted Second Amendment right to bear arms, Governor Cuomo had to circumvent his own state Constitution.  That document has an amendment requiring a three-day public review of all laws.  By issuing a "Message of Necessity", Cuomo was able to pass the law without public scrutiny, with the Senate actually voting on the bill a mere 30 minutes after receiving it.  The process led to State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin to say that, "Moscow would be proud of our state Legislature and Executive Chamber, but every New Yorker should be outraged."

The '40 Percent' Myth.  Gun-control advocates have recently been throwing around an impressive new number.  President Obama used it last Wednesday, claiming:  "as many as 40 percent of guns are purchased without a background check."  Vice President Biden and everyone from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal to USA Today repeatedly use it.  That "fact" provided the principal support for his first announced gun-control proposal, "universal background checks."  But unless you include family inheritances and gifts as "purchases," it is simply false.

David Axelrod Attributes Chicago Murder Rate to Lax Gun-Control Laws in 'Surrounding Areas'.  As President Obama prepares to stump for gun-control legislation in Minneapolis today, David Axelrod offered him a helping hand on morning television.  In doing so, Axelrod attributed the murder rate in the city of Chicago, which is subject to some of the most stringent gun-control regulations in the nation, to the lack of such laws in surrounding areas.

Gun control fails rationality test.  On Wednesday [1/30/2013], the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the various gun control proposals that have been floated in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings.  Although they are said to be merely "reasonable regulations" of the Second Amendment's right to keep and bear arms, most or all of these proposals are irrational and unconstitutional.

The Senate Hearing on Gun Control.  I should probably title this post "The First Senate Hearing on Gun Control" since, apparently, Sen. Dianne Feinstein is quite upset at having to tolerate pro-Second Amendment speakers.  She has since asked to hold her own hearing on gun control where she controls the witness list.

The true causes of Chicago's insane orgy of violence.  Guns aren't the problem, folks.  Guns are merely the scapegoat.  Gangs are the primary problem, and they are prevalent and popular with the young men because of the urban dependency culture.  Uncle Sam is the absentee "father" and breadwinner for too many of these families in the inner cities and those young men have no role models aside from what they see on TV which is about as far from healthy and responsible as one could get.

Cruz educates Senate on gun violence in its 'fact free zone'.  Sen. Ted Cruz took his time today in the gun violence hearing to explain the fallacy of proposed Senate legislation going after so-called 'assault weapons' and 'gun show loophole', using charts and statistics and props.  He even told the Senate that many times it seems their policy is based on emotion and that decisions are made in a 'fact-free-zone'.

DHS Report: Mass Shooters Prefer Handguns, Unlikely To Be Veterans.  Data?  That stuff's not important when you're simply using a tragedy to advance your long-stated policy goals.

DHS Study on Mass Killers: Bad Hygiene, Semi-Automatic Handguns.  A November 2012 study by Homeland Security concluded that mass killers are almost always male with bad hygiene, likely did not serve in the military and the weapons of choice are overwhelmingly semi-automatic handguns.  The study used 29 "major" mass killings since 1999, which included Nidal Hasan, the Ft. Hood jihadist.  The study reveals that half of the murders were "workplace" violence, which is how Nidal Hasan's heinous acts against his fellow soldiers are classified by this administration — not jihad [...]

Anti-gun protestor a convicted rapist.  On Wednesday [1/30/2013], we reported on the fact that Dayton anti-gun protestor Jerome McCorry, who had staged a small protest outside Bill Goodman's Gun & Knife Show over the weekend and received generous media attention, is also a convicted rapist.  We also pointed out that, despite this fact, media outlets like the Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV (CBS Dayton) (and, as it turns out, WKEF (ABC Dayton), not only failed to report the fact that McCorry is a sex offender in their coverage of the protest, but that they have repeatedly failed to do so in past coverage about McCorry.

He's the Biggest Celebrity in the World.  First of all, the figure of roughly 30,000 gun deaths per year was endlessly tossed about after Newtown and in the recent Senate hearings about gun violence.  Thirty thousand is a huge number.  But I didn't hear anyone say that two-thirds of those gun deaths were suicides — self-inflicted gun deaths.  These are sad, no doubt, often unbearably sad, but very different from gun deaths caused by a madman with an AR-180 at a school, shooting six year olds with .223 ammunition designed to be used against the Vietcong.

The gun-show loophole myth.  Currently, a gun owner who goes to a retail shop to purchase a gun from a licensed dealer is subject to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.  The system, run by the FBI reviews criminal history, mental health and restraining-order records to weed out those who are legally barred from gun ownership.  The gun grabbers' real goal has always been universal registration, and tracking every gun owner in the country would be a big step in that direction.

The high-capacity magazine myth.  The anti-gun crowd labels any firearm magazine capable of holding more than 10-rounds "high-capacity."  It's a scare tactic.

The assault weapon myth.  Gun grabbers aren't subtle.  Flanked by uniformed police officers and a wall of black rifles, Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Thursday unleashed the most restrictive ever national "assault weapon" ban in the Senate.  The California Democrat and the assembled anti-gun officials directly referenced last month's horrific shooting of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School no fewer than 45 times.  They will let no tragedy go to waste.

The cop-killer bullet myth.  Give the administration credit for its creativity.  The theatrical show President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. are putting on in their effort to foist gun control on the public disguises a more subtle push to disarm America in the name of protecting cops.  On Monday, Mr. Obama invited police chiefs from towns that have had mass shootings to the White House for a discussion on firearms and, more importantly, a photo opportunity.

What's an Assault Weapon?  Although arbitrary distinctions are a defining characteristic of "assault weapon" bans, recent polls indicate that most Americans support them.  New survey data suggest one possible explanation:  Most Americans don't know what "assault weapons" are.

White House: Obama 'Has a Strong Record of Support for 2nd Amendment Rights'.  Although President Barack Obama recently signed 23 executive orders regarding more gun control and is pushing Congress to pass more gun-restriction measures, the White House says the president has a "strong record on Second Amendment rights."  On Wednesday [1/30/2013], a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, "What is the president doing to convince members of his own party in the Senate that are against the measure [to re-ban assault weapons]?"  Carney responded that the president has been an advocate for the Second Amendment.

If you're counting on the government to keep you safe, you can expect to be disappointed.
Homeland Security: In an Emergency; Grab Your Scissors.  Continuing the idea that only the government can protect you the Department of Homeland Security has released this video of options if you are in a dangerous situation.  Key in the DHS plan is to take cover and hide. [...] One has to wonder if teaching actual self defense tactics might be a better plan.  Or maybe an offer to put a baseball bat at every cubicle.

Homeland Security has advice for confronting mass murders: scissors.  Is your workplace getting shot up by a crazed gunman?  No problem — just grab a pair of scissors and fight back!  That's some of the helpful advice in a new instructional video from the Department of Homeland Security that was posted on the agency's Web site just a month after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

The Argument that Wins the 'Assault Weapon' Debate.  The first step is to challenge the other side with a very simple question:  "Do you believe that all human beings have a natural and inherent right to defend themselves from violent attack?"  Even people like Barack Obama, Andrew Cuomo, and Dianne Feinstein will not dare to answer in the negative.  They will, however, demur that nobody needs an "assault weapon" to exercise this right.  Cuomo said quite correctly that nobody needs ten bullets to kill a deer, but he knows full well that the Second Amendment is not about shooting deer.

WAPO: Obama Fibbed About Gun Background Checks.  Two weeks ago when President Obama annnounced his new executive actions on gun control surrounded by children and Vice President Joe Biden he said, "Studies estimate that nearly 40 percent of all gun sales are made by private sellers who are exempt from this requirement." [...] Turns out according to even the Washington Post, that number is far from accurate.

The Left Loves A Phantom Statistic.  The Left loves a phantom statistic that a firearm in the hands of a citizen is X times more likely to cause accidental damage than to be used in the prevention of crime, but what is there about criminals that ensures that their gun use is accident-free?  If, indeed, a firearm were more dangerous to its possessors than to potential aggressors, would it not make sense for the government to arm all criminals, and let them accidentally shoot themselves?

DHS Wants 7,000 Scary Looking Rifles For Personal Defense.  In Liberal World, only The Government should be afforded guns.  Because that worked well in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. [...] The Government thinks that their employees should have protection, but the same Government is against law abiding citizens being similarly armed for their own protection.

Media Matters for America gave bodyguard illegal weapons to guard founder David Brock.  A staffer at left-wing Media Matters for America committed numerous felonies in the District of Columbia and around the country by carrying a firearm to defend the organization's founder, David Brock, The Daily Caller has learned.  According to a knowledgeable source, multiple firearms used to protect the Media Matters founder were purchased with Brock's blessing — and apparently with the group's money.

San Francisco, 1978, Dianne Feinstein and Gun Control.  Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has now released her hit list of weapons that would be banned under her proposed "gun control" legislation. [...] Nowhere on the list, though, do I see "police service revolver" — the .38 caliber handguns that were standard issue in American police departments for decades, and which were in use in November of 1978 when former San Francisco city supervisor Dan White shot and killed mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk with one of them.

Feinstein Flashback: 'I Understand the Urge to Arm Yourself... That's What I Did'.  In 1995, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) went on the record about the fact that she had a concealed carry permit and carried a concealed handgun when she walked back and forth to the hospital to see her ailing husband.  She was also dealing with threats from a terror group, the World Liberation Front.

Feinstein measure will permanently ban semi-autos.  California Senator Dianne Feinstein's newly-introduced measure to ban so-called "assault weapons" permanently so that over time, the supply of such firearms would "dry up" also contains safe storage provisions and a requirement for background checks on all sales or transfers of "grandfathered" firearms.  The legislation also bans semiautomatic handguns with any of the following features:  threaded barrel, barrel shroud, a detachable magazine anywhere outside of the pistol grip, a second grip or any "semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm."

Feinstein's "Gun Control" Law Goes For Broke, Treats Gun Owners As Criminals.  It is more than likely going nowhere.  Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, himself a supporter of 2nd Amendment rights (hey, one good mark for him), may not even bring it up for a vote, instead allowing it to languish in committee.  And, if he does bring it up, he may not have the votes.  And, if it somehow manages to pass, it'll die in the House.  That doesn't matter to DiFi [...]

Assault Weapons Ban Lacks Democratic Votes to Pass Senate.  A proposed ban on sales of assault weapons would be defeated in the U.S. Senate today unless some members changed their current views, based on a Bloomberg review of recent lawmaker statements and interviews.

Of the nearly 520 murders committed in Chicago in 2012, none were committed with so-called "assault weapons."
Rahm Goes Fascist on Firearms.  Fascism is a system by which enterprise remains owned privately but is marshalled by the power of the state to serve its ends.  Fascists use the state's power to suppress opposition.  Take a look at what Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to do to the firearms industry.

Feinstein Gun Control Bill to Exempt Government Officials.  Not everyone will have to abide by Senator Dianne Feinstein's gun control bill.  If the proposed legislation becomes law, government officials and others will be exempt.  "Mrs. Feinstein's measure would exempt more than 2,200 types of hunting and sporting rifles; guns manually operated by bolt, pump, lever or slide action; and weapons used by government officials, law enforcement and retired law enforcement personnel," the Washington Times reports.
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Reverend Jesse Jackson claims assault weapons can "shoot down airplanes".  The Reverend's misinformed assertion that assault weapons are capable of shooting down airplanes came during a Fox News appearance yesterday [1/16/2013].

Gun Control Frenzy — Proof Democrats Are The Real Racists.  There is no doubt that the Sandy Hook school massacre was an unspeakable tragedy but I doubt seriously that had the murdered children been killed at an inner-city school, Presidential Obama would be holding a conference using children as a dramatic prop for his dictatorial gun control agenda.  Nor would there be hysterical politicians calling for tighter gun control laws nor column after column from leftwing writers exploiting the tragedy.  The sad truth is that none of these demagogues care one bit about murdered black or Hispanic children unless the perpetrators of these crimes are white.

Feinstein Opens Gun Control Presser with Prayer by Clergyman.  The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, said Thursday morning [1/24/2013] that "people of faith" should come together to fight for gun control against the "gun lobby."  In his opening remarks at a press conference on gun control organized by California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, Hall spoke about the influence of the so-called gun lobby in Washington.  "Now, everyone in this city seems to live in terror of the gun lobby," Hall said.  "But I believe the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby."

Where are all the Separation of Church and State people now?

Obama Moves Fast And Furious On To Hide Gun Hypocrisy.  The president seeks a review of groups barred from gun ownership, while his attorney general asks the courts to keep hidden documents on running guns to drug lords sealed by executive privilege.

Assault rifles have been banned for 27 years. So why are politicians and the media lying to you?  It pains me to say this, my fellow Americans, but people who want your trust have been lying to you about assault rifles, and shamelessly at that.  Adam Lanza did not use an assault rifle at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  Jacob Roberts did not use an assault rifle at the Clackamas Town Center Mall, near Happy Valley, Oregon.  James Holmes did not use an assault rifle in the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.  When you hear the Huffington Post, or CBS News, or the Associated Press or any number of other news organizations blaming a crime on a legally-owned assault rifle, they are lying to you, as are the politicians they feature in front of their cameras.

Democrats Vilify Guns, Own Stock in Gun Companies.  Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), for example, is a proponent of an "assault weapons" ban, who in the meantime is enjoying the money her husband makes off a $50,000 investment in the Vanguard Small Cap Growth Index fund.  As of Jan. 18, that fund included 219,918 shares of stock in Ruger Firearms.  Meanwhile, Senator Clair McCaskill (D-MO) has approximately $100,000 in the iShare Russell 2000 Growth Index.  That fund held 254,290 shares of stock in Ruger Firearms as of Jan. 18, along with shares of Smith & Wesson as well.

Good Sense and Gun Control.  President Obama has said that anything is worth it "if even one life can be saved."  Citing Newtown in his inaugural address Monday, he said that our journey as a nation will not be complete until we know our children are "always safe from harm."  First, common sense tells us that's ridiculously impossible.  Moreover, a Nestorite standard would not only do terrible violence to the First, Second, and Fifth Amendments, it would indisputably hold the freedom, health, and happiness of the many hostage to the potentially bad actions of the few.

Second-Term Reckonings.  The more the Obama legions try to push curtailments of the Second Amendment, the more pushback they will encounter.  Voters sense rightly that ultimately Obama is angry not so much at the "clingers" and their guns, but at the Second Amendment itself.  And yet they sense that Obama himself — and most celebrities — quite rightly count on the guns of their security guards to protect them from evil.  James Madison did not write that amendment just as a protection for hunters or to ensure home defense, but rather as a warning to an all-powerful federal government not to abuse its mandate, given that the citizenry would be armed and enjoy some parity in weaponry with federal authorities.

The Left's Inability To Be Civil.  It was inevitable that the American left, and its mouthpiece the mainstream media, is now resorting to its usual mindless name calling, as they cannot intimidate the NRA and the bulk of the American citizens into meekly acquiescing to their so-called "gun violence" initiative.  The majority of the citizenry see this ploy for what it is:  an attempt at further incrementalism with the ultimate goal of eviscerating the Second Amendment.

Report:  the Sandy Hook shooter left his AR-15 in the car!
Debunking the Sandy Hook Debunkers.  [Scroll down]  As to the guns, on December 15, one day after the shooting, NBC's chief justice correspondent Pete Williams spoke with Today Show host Matt Lauer.  Williams shared "new information" from a "couple of federal officials and state officials."  Said Williams, "They say now that there were actually four handguns recovered inside the school, not just two as we were initially told; four handguns and apparently only handguns that were taken into the school."  (Italics mine)  Williams said that Lanza also brought an "assault style, AR-15 style rifle" with him to school, but, he added, "We have been told by several officials that he left that in the car."  In the days that followed, the story would shift to the AR-15, not as the exclusive weapon — two handguns remained in the story — but as "the primary weapon used in the attack."

Update / correction / rebuttal:
Official: The Guns Used in Newtown Shooting.  The Newtown Police Department have released the details of the firearms used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.  We had some idea about what guns were used pretty quickly after CNN's choppers started flying overhead, but no official word until recently.  As expected, the press release reads like a [short] list of the most popular firearms in the United States.

Governor Cuomo: Dishonesty is not Enough.  New York's Governor, Andrew Cuomo, and his predecessor Eliot Spitzer, are well known for their dishonesty and lack of integrity.  As shown by their own state government's Web site, both fomented malicious, groundless, and frivolous lawsuits whose sole purpose was to harass law-abiding gun manufacturers.  The failure of Cuomo's latest anti-gun legislation to exempt police officers proves him incompetent, and amendment of the law to exempt police officers reinforces his dishonesty even further.

Where Are the 23 Executive Orders?  The President held a press conference on January 16th explaining 23 executive orders that he was to sign in relation to gun control measures.  President Obama, surrounded by children, concluded his press conference by sitting at a desk and signing several papers.  But why are those 23 orders not listed on the White House website?

Tax dollars for gun control.  The directives on gun violence President Obama signed Wednesday were meant to seem harmless.  A closer look at the president's first memorandum reveals it to be a sneaky assault on congressional authority in order to fund gun-control propaganda.  Getting this done has been on the White House "to do" list for some time.

White House Posts Videos of Children Beseeching President to Act on Guns.  The White House was quick to call the NRA "repugnant and cowardly" for allegedly dragging the president's children into the battle over gun control.  (In an ad released earlier this week, the NRA pointed to the fact that the president's children are protected by armed guards, and asked provocatively, "Are the president's children more important than yours?")  President Obama, however, did not hesitate to bring other people's children into the grudge match.

Obama Uses Emotion And Children As Political Tools.  Children and grieving parents are far from the only tools President Obama has shamelessly exploited to expand government and curtail freedom.  Emotionalism has often been a weapon against liberty.

Left-wing voters make their decisions based on emotion rather than reason.

Obama's Use Of Children In Gun-Control Debate Is Dishonest.  To understand why President Obama surrounded himself with a human shield of children last week as he ordered a tightening of our nation's gun controls, you have to remember this is an administration that never lets a "crisis" go to waste.  Nor does it resist the use of a superficial prop to divert attention from serious deliberation.

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Practically everything Obama does is dishonest to some degree.

Forward! Obama's gun control agenda.  President Obama's Wednesday press conference was political theater at its best.  The carefully-selected audience applauded at all the right moments.  The reading of letters from children was classic heart-tugging emotionalism.  A little girl wrote:  "We are sad.  We want everybody to be happy and safe."  How could we want anything else?

Kids Write Obama on Abortion.  I'm getting sick and tired of the Obama administration using children selectively in order to help the president advocate his public policy positions. [...] As I sat and watched Obama surrounded by little human political shields, three things struck me as being especially hypocritical:  1. Just a few years ago, the president would have supported murdering all of those children by dismemberment.  2. The president would have classified their dismemberment as "health care" within a comprehensive reform package necessary to preserve the well-being of children, and finally  3. All the children at the press conference were protected from being murdered at that particular moment by government agents carrying concealed weapons.

Revealed: New York's Democrats Wanted to Gut the Second Amendment.  NY State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin has posted a list of 15 items that New York's Democrats in the state Senate wanted to include in the gun bill they rammed through last week.  Is this the Democratic Party's true gun agenda on display?

Democrat: Please Don't Release Our Gun Confiscation Plans.  [Scroll down]  The list of proposals that Democrats would rather you didn't see, can be seen below.
   1.  Confiscation of "assault weapons"
   2.  Confiscation of ten round clips
   3.  Statewide database for ALL Guns
   4.  Continue to allow pistol permit holder's information to be released to the public
   5.  Label semiautomatic shotguns with more than 5 rounds or pistol grips as "assault weapons"
   6.  Limit the number of rounds in a magazine to 5 and confiscation and forfeiture of banned magazines
   7.  Limit possession to no more than two (2) magazines
   8.  Limit purchase of guns to one gun per person per month
   9.  Require re-licensing of all pistol permit owners
 10.  Require renewal of all pistol permits every five years
 11.  State issued pistol permits
 12.  Micro-stamping of all guns in New York State
 13.  Require licensing of all gun ammo dealers
 14.  Mandatory locking of guns at home
 15.  Fee for licensing, registering weapons

Democrats See Political Opportunity in Newtown Deaths.  Ed Rendell, former Pennsylvania Governor and influential Democrat, drew no gasps of surprise or shocked response from his fellow liberal travelers when he recently articulated the left's position that "the good thing about Newtown is, it was so horrific that I think it galvanized Americans to a point where the intensity on our side is going to match the intensity on their side."  Approving nods and continued conversation ensued.

The Facts About Assault Weapons and Crime.  Yes, the Bushmaster and the AK-47 are "military-style weapons."  But the key word is "style" — they are similar to military guns in their cosmetics, not in the way they operate.  The guns covered by the original were not the fully automatic machine guns used by the military, but semiautomatic versions of those guns.

Biden to NRA: We 'don't have the time' to prosecute gun buyers who lie on background checks.  During the National Rifle Association's meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and the White House gun violence task force, the vice president said the Obama administration does not have the time to fully enforce existing gun laws.  Jim Baker, the NRA representative present at the meeting, recalled the vice president's words during an interview with The Daily Caller:  "And to your point, Mr. Baker, regarding the lack of prosecutions on lying on Form 4473s, we simply don't have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, that checks a wrong box, that answers a question inaccurately."

Sandy Hook: Obama's Latest Crisis To Exploit.  Liberals have an uncanny knack for designing solutions that do not address the problem at hand, and they're doing it again in their current effort to use the Sandy Hook shootings as fodder for promoting stringent gun control measures.  It's as if President Obama and his fellow travelers lie in wait for the unfolding of big events that they can use to incite the public's passions and thereby gain popular support for otherwise unpopular government action. [...] Democrats often seek to inflame our emotions to impede an honest, good-faith discussion on the merits of various issues.

Alderman Suggests Requiring GPS Devices On All Guns.  A South Side alderman is asking for City Council hearings on an unorthodox gun control measure that would allow for GPS tracking of firearms.  WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Ald. Willie Cochran (20th), a former police officer, has suggested that global positioning system chips be embedded in new guns, and retrofitted on existing firearms, so they could be located if they go missing.

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This is a remarkable display of ignorance on the part of the Alderman.  If the police wanted to locate a specific gun, the "GPS" device would have to include a cell phone, and the criminal would have to be dumb enough to leave the device on the gun, and the device would have to be in contact with a cell tower, which is easy enough for a gun owner to prevent.

In 1999, Obama wouldn't support tougher prosecution for school shooters.  In 1999, State Senator Barack Obama voted "present" on a bill that would require adult prosecution for discharging a gun in or near a school.  That legislation came as a response to the tragic Columbine High School shooting that year.  SB 759 provided that anyone 15 years of age or older charged with aggravated battery with a weapon in school or within 1,000 feet of a school would be charged as an adult.  It passed the Illinois State Senate in a 52-1 vote, with 5 members voting present — including Obama.

In gun control push, Obama abandons logic and facts.  After December's Sandy Hook massacre, Obama has reached deeper than usual into his bag of debater's tricks and rhetorical ploys.  He assigns evil motives to those who disagree with him on policy.  He tries to pre-empt cost-benefit analysis with facile assertions that any policy is mandatory if it will save "only one life."  And the most contentious policy he seeks — a ban on so-called assault weapons — has near zero correlation to the problem he claims to be addressing.

Democratic Lawmaker Joe Morrissey Brings AK-47 to Virginia State Capitol.  A Virginia state lawmaker raised eyebrows to say the least when he tried to make a point about assault weapons by bringing an AK-47 into the State Capitol!  The shocking video shows Democratic State Delegate Joe Morrissey speaking on the floor of the state House of Delegates when he pulled out an unloaded AK-47.  The move drew gasps from fellow lawmakers.

Virginia lawmaker's AK-47 sparks gun debate on House floor.  A Richmond-area lawmaker brandished an AK-47 on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday [1/17/2013] in a wild stunt aimed at rallying support for tougher gun laws.  Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Highland Springs, pulled the weapon out shortly after the day's session got underway, a time when legislators typically welcome school groups and other visitors in the chamber's gallery.

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Imagine the uproar and the coast-to-coast headlines if a Republican had done this.

Va. lawmaker who brandished AK-47 during legislative session was disbarred following assault, death threat.  A Virginia lawmaker who drew gasps from his colleagues when he brandished a borrowed AK-47 during an anti-gun speech Thursday [1/17/2013] was found guilty in 2002 of committing a vicious 1999 assault, was sanctioned for legal misconduct while prosecuting a rape case, spent six months in jail for contempt of a federal court, and saw his law license revoked in 2003.  Democratic Delegate Joseph Morrissey brought the rifle to the floor of the House of Delegates to demonstrate how easy it is to carry firearms in Virginia.

Virginia lawmaker's AK-47 sparks gun debate on House floor.  A Richmond-area lawmaker brandished an AK-47 on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday in a wild stunt aimed at rallying support for tougher gun laws.  Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Highland Springs, pulled the weapon out shortly after the day's session got underway, a time when legislators typically welcome school groups and other visitors in the chamber's gallery.

Gun-Control Theater.  [Scroll down]  The president overstepped his bounds, however, in directing the Centers for Disease Control to study gun control.  Congress has taken steps to deny the CDC funds for this purpose — the unfortunately imprecise statutory language is that the CDC may not "advocate or promote gun control" — primarily because the agency has proven itself unable to address this topic in an unbiased fashion.  If the president wants to spend federal dollars on these studies, he should go through Congress.  Anyway, the administration does not seem interested in learning from the research we already have.

Cuomo signs flatly unconstitutional gun control law.  [Scroll down]  But the content of the legislation is taking a back seat to the imaginary need to get it passed as quickly as possible.  The state Senate passed the measure without any debate on the bill, and Governor Cuomo has dispensed with the three-day public review law in an attempt to avoid public debate on the topic.

Control politicians, not guns.  If laws were enough to deter criminal behavior prisons would be empty. [...] President Obama put Vice President Joe Biden in charge of the task force.  Biden calls his gun control effort a "moral issue."  Does Biden suffer from selective morality?  For him, same-sex "marriage" and abortion don't appear to be moral issues, as they are for his Catholic church, but gun control is.

Pelosi: More Gun Control Needed Because 'We Took an Oath to Protect and Defend'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said action must be taken in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School because members of Congress took an oath to "protect and defend," although the actual oath says to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States...."

How to talk about guns.  I recently had a debate on gun control with a colleague on television.  It was one of dozens following the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.  After I pressed him on some fast and loose gun terms he used, he — to his great credit — e-mailed to ask what he could read to get a better handle on the language.  He's not alone.  The vast lexicon of gun verbiage is arcane and incredibly technical — and because of that, frequently misused by the voices most vocal on gun control.

They're Coming to Take Our Guns Away, Ha-Haaa!  [Scroll down]  Obama, Biden, and the rest of the political left are using similar language and characterizations in their description of gun owners.  Theirs is a coordinated effort to paint American gun owners as crazed, government-hating lunatics, whose guns, used for sport, recreation, and defense are somehow a great danger to our society, potential Adam Lanzas or Jared Loughners.

Obama is coming for your guns.  The White House also called for a "a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun."  Since the majority of states don't require registration of guns, it is unclear how the White House can enforce this provision when one law-abiding American sells or trades a gun privately with another resident of the same state.  Criminals who obtain their guns off the streets won't be calling the FBI to perform a background check before completing the transaction.  Most of the nearly two dozen items on Mr. Obama's action list are equally pointless or unenforceable.

Gun Sales and Background Checks: Obama's Bogus 40 Percent Stat.  Of all the gun-control measures touted by President Obama on Wednesday, the one that got top billing was a dramatic tightening of background checks on gun purchasers.  Obama himself said the need was urgent because "40 percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check."  But before we make the most sweeping changes in federal firearms law since the 1960s, shouldn't we at least examine the validity of that figure?  It's about as dubious as they come.

Gun Control's Potemkin Village.  In the category of "useless" is the ban on "assault weapons," which has been tried before with no evident effect.  The administration is fond of demonizing a style of firearm that the gun industry likes to glamorize. [...] Most criminals have no need of them.  In 2011, reports The New York Times, 6,220 people were killed with handguns — compared to 323 by rifles of any kind, including "assault weapons."

WH: Obama Is Committed to the Second Amendment.  One day ahead of President Barack Obama's announcement of sweeping gun control measures, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president is committed to the Second Amendment.  "First of all, the president of the United States believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual's right to bear arms," Carney told reporters.  "He has been explicit about this."

Why Does the Anti-Gun Camp Need to Lie?  The Brady Campaign has a long track record of using distorted statistics to deceive the American people, including well-meaning donors of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt money.  Consider, for example, the Brady Campaign's statement that a firearm in the home is 43 times as likely to kill a family member as a violent criminal.  The Brady Campaign, therefore, wants us to believe that gun owners shoot family members in fits of rage, when the truth is very different.

Bill Clinton fibs about gun control.  At a speech before the Conusmer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 9, Bill Clinton stated:  "Half of all mass killings in the United States have occurred since the assault weapon ban expired in 2005, half in the history of the country."  But that statement is untrue, as Glenn Kessler of the Washngton Post demonstrates.

Blame for Massacres Aimed at Law Abiding Citizens.  Remember in grade school when a kid stole something off the teacher's desk and she announced the whole class was going to pay if the thief didn't come forward?  Well, Vice-President Joe Biden, Eric Holder, and their fellow task force members who met this past week in the great gun debate want 80 million law abiding gunowners to pay for the acts of homicidal nutcases from John Hinckley to Adam Lanza.

Soros: 13 New Gun Laws Needed Now.  [Scroll down]  Did Adam Lanza foil the background check system to get his weapons?  No.  As a matter of fact, reports indicate he purposely forewent the background check because he knew he wouldn't pass it.  Many of the other proposals include things which you probably guessed Soros & Co. would suggest — "assault weapon" ban, "high capacity magazine" ban, start gun registry database, and "treat gun trafficking as a serious crime."  Seriously — what does a gun registry have to with ending crime?

Biden Compares Gun Control to Car Air Bags: 'We're Saving Lives'.  Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday [1/10/2013] compared restrictions on guns to auto safety regulations such as air bags, by saying neither the gun nor the auto industries wanted regulations to save lives.

Bill Clinton's over-the-top 'fact' on mass shootings.  With gun shootings, you immediately get into some definitional issues.  Depending on how one defines a "mass public shooting," the answers might turn out to be different.  There is also surprisingly little historical data about mass murder in the United States to go back all the way to the nation's founding.

Doing the research the New York Times won't do.  In Sunday's New York Times, Elisabeth Rosenthal claimed, as the title of her article put it, "More Guns = More Killing."  She based this on evidence that would never be permitted in any other context at the Times:  (1) anecdotal observations; and (2) bald assertions of an activist, blandly repeated with absolutely no independent fact-checking by the Times.

Fact-Checking the Gun Grabbers.  After observing and opposing and reporting on Barack Obama's actions for going on six years now, it's evident that majority opinions and facts have no effect on him. [...] We can fact check him and his cronies all day and it will have no effect on what they do.  He believes that he can impose his will on the nation, and the combination of low-information voters, liberals who support him no matter what he does, and the high rate of dependency on government may help prove him right.  But in the interests of maybe changing a mind our two out there, Reason TV runs down five facts about guns, schools and violence.

Hollywood's Denial and Blatant Hypocrisy on Guns.  Arnold Schwarzenegger is the latest Hollywood star to chime in on guns and gun control. [...] Schwarzenegger has starred in films such as, "Predator," and "The Terminator" which are loaded with gun violence.

The great guns debate: Grabbers rise anew.  Post-Sandy Hook, the great debate over guns has sunken to new levels of deceit and misrepresentation, all in the name of unconstitutional gun-grabbing.  Consider legislation being proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein.  The California Democrat seeks to dishonestly redefine "assault weapons" — heretofore machine-gun-type weaponry banned nearly 30 years ago — to be just about any weapon that liberals think looks especially menacing or they simply don't like.  She proposes measures clearly in violation of the Second Amendment.

Nancy Pelosi coins a new term for gun control.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has adopted a new term for gun control, "gun violence prevention," in hopes that the euphemism will make it easier to marshal public opinion in favor of new gun laws as well as other policies designed to prevent shootings.

Nobody "Needs" Detachable Magazines.  Nobody needs 24/7 media coverage of mass killings.  It leads to the copycat effect where unbalanced people are given an incentive to kill masses of innocents in order to become famous.
Nobody needs to go to the church of their choice.  One state sponsored church is plenty.
Nobody needs to refuse police questions.  What have you got to hide?
[...] Nobody needs Automobiles.  Mass transit is more efficient and safes the lives of children.
Nobody needs to videotape police.  It hinders investigations and police efficiency.

Don't call it gun control, says Democrats' point person on the issue.  "I think assault weapons are a pox on the home of every gun owner," Rep. Mike Thompson said Saturday [1/5/2013] on CNN. [...] The phrase "gun control," Thompson said, is not comprehensive enough for the discussion.  "A lot of times when you talk about gun control, you turn off more than half of your audience," he said in the interview.

Democrat Leading Gun Control Drive Says Don't Call It Gun Control Because It Makes It Harder To Pass Legislation.  Oddly, the Congressman makes no suggestions as to what to call it, although I'm sure we can think of plenty.

McFortress: An antigun newspaper avails itself of the Second Amendment.  Under normal circumstances, a company's lawful security arrangements would hardly be newsworthy.  But as we noted Monday, the Journal News provoked the bitter backlash that so frightened [Caryn] McBride by publishing a report in which it named residents of the two counties who have done exactly what the Journal News has now done:  lawfully availed themselves of their rights under the Second Amendment.

The Journal News is Armed and Dangerous.  A Clarkstown police report issued on December 28, 2012, confirmed that The Journal News has hired armed security guards from New City-based RGA Investigations and that they are manning the newspaper's Rockland County headquarters at 1 Crosfield Ave., West Nyack, through at least tomorrow, Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

'Journal News' hires armed security guards.  The Journal News of West Nyack, N.Y., has hired armed security guards to defend its offices after receiving a torrent of phone calls and emails responding to the paper's publication of the names and addresses of area residents with pistol permits.

Oh, the Irony.  The Journal News — the newspaper that mapped the home addresses of the law-abiding handgun owners in its area — has hired armed guards. [...] This action has the effect of putting the Journal News on its own map of gun owners.  Which will make it and its staff safer.  Any chance they'll learn anything from all this?

Gun Control's Self-Refuting Arguments.  Like LaPierre said, the only thing that'll stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.  The only problem the left really has with this is that the proposal was made by the NRA.  When Bill Clinton said largely the same thing after Columbine, it was the most brilliant thing ever.

Cops in Schools.  The NRA's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, has been the subject of Beltway ire for his proposal to put police officers in schools across the country; the White House, lawmakers, and political analysts on both sides of the aisle have summarily denounced him.  Rewind just 13 years, though, and many of these lawmakers were cheering a proposal that bears a remarkable resemblance to the one set forth by the NRA:  President Clinton's "COPS in Schools" program.

Speed Limiters, Too?  Most people — including people who favor what they call "gun control" — would probably not support the idea of fitting all cars with speed governors.  But why?  Isn't the principle exactly the same?  A car is a machine that's capable of being used for "illegal" purposes.  It can be used to cause harm, even to kill.  Why should anyone be allowed to own a car with more capability than they need?

Liberals Who Cling To Their Guns.  When NRA President Wayne LaPierre called for armed guards to be placed in schools late last week, an irate David Gregory derided the idea during his interrogation of LaPierre on Meet the Press.  Yet Gregory's children attend the same school in Washington, D.C. as President Obama's daughters.  And yes, Sidwell Friends, a Quaker school, employs armed guards.

Questions for Gun Controllers:  What's the functional difference between an assault weapon and a semiautomatic rifle?  You do understand that the answer is "nothing"? [...] What gun law would have stopped Newtown?  Please be specific.  Adam Lanza's mother didn't have a criminal record.  Neither did he.

Rahm's Kids' School Protected by Armed On-Duty Police.  Breitbart News has confirmed that The University of Chicago Laboratory School, where Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sends his children, is protected by an armed, on-duty police officer.  University of Chicago Police public information personnel informed Breitbart News that there is at least one armed officer on duty a the school everyday and has been for "several years."

How the FBI Uniform Crime Report defines Jusifiable Homicides.  The definition of justifiable homicides vary from state to state.  What is reported is often politically determined. [...] By this definition, many justifiable homicides will never be reported to the FBI.

Murder by Numbers.  Listening to the latest media chatter, one could get the impression that murder in the US is historically bad and getting worse.  As the Reverend Al Sharpton put it, "The time for their talk is over.  Now's the time for action, and real change on gun control."  Actually, now would seem to be a very bad time for such action.  The reason is simple:  the murder rate is historically low and is already trending downward.

Brilliant: Jesse Jackson Asks Jail Inmates to Help End Gun Violence.  How can it be nobody's ever thought of this before?  Let's have hardcore criminals patrol the streets from inside prison walls.  Sheer genius.  And people call Wayne LaPierre the crazy one.

People are Buying Guns and Ammunition for a Reason.  The AR 15 is taking lots of heat because it's an "assault weapon," but if an intruder breaks into your home and threatens your family, as far as you are concerned it's just an effective weapon.  High capacity magazines are under attack as well, but despite what you hear from pandering politicians, those magazines enable you to fire freely so that your attacker has to advance on you and your family through a wall of bullets.

Contempt for 'Bitter Clingers' Fuels Gun Control.  The massacre of school children in Connecticut has been followed by the same irrational reactions and useless prescriptions that attend every mass shooting.  The usual suspects have already been rounded up, most predictably the availability of weapons in America, especially what many misleadingly call "assault weapons." [...] Of course these "efforts" will include new gun control laws that will serve liberal political ends, but will do nothing to prevent the next massacre.

School Obama's Daughters Attend Has 11 Armed Guards.  Shame on President Obama for seeking more gun control and for trying to prevent the parents of other school children from doing what he has clearly done for his own.  His children sit under the protection guns afford, while the children of regular Americans are sacrificed.

NBC's Gregory Mocks NRA Security Guard Idea But Sends Own Kids to Guarded School.  On NBC's Meet The Press over the weekend, David Gregory was quite confrontational with the Vice President of the National Rifle Association over the organization's idea of putting armed security guards in every school in America.  But even as Gregory mocked the NRA for the idea, he seems to see nothing wrong with sending his own kids to a school that has armed security guards each school day.

The Politics of Gun Control.  A Republican task force could survey "assault weapon" bans.  They should start with Connecticut's, which didn't ban the "Bushmaster" rifle Adam Lanza used to kill the children in the Newtown massacre.  That law focuses on the cosmetic appearance of the weapon, not its capability.  DiFi [Sen. Dianne Feinstein] wants to ban "assault weapons" but — by her description of the bill she intends to introduce — her "ban" would exempt at least 900 kinds of weapons.

Gun Control Advocates' Loudest Voices are Most Heavily Protected.  The mayor of the nation's largest city is protected around the clock, even when he's not working.  He's trailed on the golf course, at the theater, while visiting relatives for Thanksgiving dinner — with taxpayers footing the bill.

Gregory Mocks LaPierre for Proposing Armed Guards, but Sends Kids to High-Security School.  David Gregory mocked the NRA's Wayne LaPierre for proposing that armed guards be at every school in America.  But the NBC host seems to have no problem with armed guards protecting his kids everyday where they attend school in Washington, D.C.

Demonizing NRA Won't Transform America.  More than any other lobby or cause, the NRA is the boogeyman of the American liberal imagination.  To listen to liberals talking about it is to hear a portrait of an organization that treats errant members of Congress the way heretics and Jews were handled by the Spanish Inquisition.  More than that, many liberals speak as if it is primarily a profit-making entity funded by gun manufacturers that has imposed a bizarre reign of terror on an unwilling populace.

Mass Shootings, Political Correctness, and Magical Thinking.  It is worth analyzing the issue of mass shootings as a problem that might be addressable with public policy.  I would start by measuring the magnitude of mass shootings as a problem.  How does it compare to other issues such as preventable diseases, regular crime, terrorism?  I searched for data, and found out that in the past 30 years, 543 people have been killed in 70 mass shootings.  That's an average of 18 deaths per year.  For comparison, three times as many die from lightning strikes.

TV and Furniture as dangerous as Guns to Children under 10.  As many children under ten die from accidental falling TVs and Furniture as from guns.

Banning scary-looking guns.  Leftists, whose basic functions are right brain based and thus "feel" more readily than think, believe the solution to gun crime of the recent sort is to ban assault weapons. [... But] assault weapons, categorized by the US Government as Class III weapons, have been tightly controlled in the US since Congress passed the National Firearms Act back in 1968.

The Biden Gun Violence Task Force:
Three Reasons Gun Control Isn't Going to Happen.  In Washington, blue-ribbon task forces are reserved for issues where you want the appearance of taking action, without having to actually do anything.  There's a reason we've had so many task forces on government spending and the debt.  Politicians want to look like they are doing something on an issue.  By the time the task force completes its work, the national conversation will have moved on to a new issue.

Disastrous Gun Law Sparked School Shootings .  From 1900 to the late 1990's, there were no mass shootings in schools.  Lest it be thought that guns were uncommon in schools, that was not the case.  Guns were commonly brought to school for shooting competitions, hunting after school, for teachers to trade or show to each other or their students, or for show and tell.  Guns were even made in shop class under the supervision of the shop teacher.  Guns were common in gun racks in pickup trucks in the school parking lot.  Even today, many schools provide special dispensation for students to take off from school for deer hunting season.

The Return Of The Scary Gun Ban.  In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut the usual suspects, including our president, have made noises about renewing the ban on assault weapons.  This ban was a truly bad idea when it was first imposed under the equally feckless Bill Clinton in 1994 as the Orwellian named Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act.  Why was it a bad idea?  Because no one knows what constitutes an assault weapon other than it is scary looking.

Let's Have That Conversation About Guns.  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. [...] The conversation is then supposed to end with us waiving our fundamental right to self-defense.  Because that is what the goal is — a total ban on the private ownership of firearms.

Media myths on 'assault weapons' and 'semiautomatic firearms'.  If gun-control advocates and our media want to have a conversation about government restrictions on gun ownership, I think that's fine.  Debating more issues, rather than fewer, is probably good for our politics.  But the conversation about guns needs to be a bit more factually precise.  Today's New York Times story on the AR-15 has a lot of good information and aims to be balanced, but the story still manages to perpetuate many of the most stubborn myths about rifles.

Bloomberg on Unarmed Sandy Hook Principal: "I Don't Know What A Gun Would Have Done".  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg [...] was asked by a reporter to respond to Rep. Louie Gohmert's comments over the weekend that he wished the principal of the school, who died trying to take down shooter Adam Lanza, had a gun.  Bloomberg responded by saying, "There are dumb statements and then there are stupid statements... I don't know what the gun would have done."  With this logic, I'm sure Bloomberg feels the same way about his armed body guards; that the guns they carry to protect him "do nothing."  If sane and trained people with guns are capable of "doing nothing," then why do police and security guards carry them?

Illinois Anti-Gun Democrat Busted Trying to Bring a Gun Onto an Aircraft.  Illinois Democrat State Sen. Donne Trotter joins a long list of leftists who live by a simple rule:  Guns for me, but not for thee.

Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter's Fake 'Security Guard' Job.  Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter, a Chicago Democrat, was arrested at O'Hare airport for having a gun in his baggage.  Today he faced the judge in his case after spending the night in lock-up.  He claimed he forgot the gun in his luggage and that it is from his "job" as a security guard.  But this is a flat out lie.  He has no such job.

Trotter voted against allowing Illinoisans to carry concealed weapons.  State Sen. Donne Trotter's legislative voting record on guns doesn't exactly align with his alleged actions Wednesday [12/5/2012].  Despite prosecutors charging him for allegedly trying to bring a gun onto an aircraft at O'Hare Airport, the South Side Democrat once voted against allowing Illinoisans to carry concealed weapons.  Trotter later voted "present" on another measure that would have softened the penalty for getting caught with a concealed weapon.

Gun-grabber meets karma.  Illinois state senator Donne Trotter has gotten himself into a hole and can't seem to stop digging.  You see, the good senator is an advocate of harsh gun control measures, and is an important co-sponsor of Governor Pat Quinn's latest bill banning "assault weapons" and large capacity clips.  But on Wednesday [12/5/2012], the solon got himself arrested at O'Hare airport for carrying a concealed handgun in his carry-on luggage.

Bob Costas, NFL Surrounded by Armed Security.  Bob Costas' gun control rant was bad but made worse by one key point — he lives much of his life with the benefit of armed security.  If you've ever been to an NFL game this point is academic.  The number of armed policemen you pass between the gate your seat is incredible.  And if you get behind the scenes, in certain corridors, the armed presence can be just as strong (or stronger).  Those policeman and security personnel are there to preserve order and to protect their assets, be they football players, football coaches, or the celebrities and news anchors in attendance.

Violence Policy Center Targets Women's Choice.  This time women are the target of the latest Violence Policy Center (VPC) misinformation campaign. [...] To the FBI, dueling drug dealers who kill each other are "acquaintances."  Victims who knew the attacker that lived in their building or neighborhood are also "acquaintances."  To the FBI, ex-spouses, pimps, and abusive husbands are "domestic" contacts.  VPC has perverted the definition of such "acquaintance and domestic homicide" into false, but politically useful, imagery of violence amongst "friends and family."  That vicious criminals have acquaintances and prey upon their girlfriends and relatives does not mean that such predators are like the "friends and family" that you and I know — or that good people are driven to bloody violence by a gun in the home.  Almost all the "relatives" killed each year are the very same men, well-known to the police, that have been brutalizing their wives, girlfriends, and children for years — those men are killed in self-defense.

A gross misinterpretation of the election results:
Bloomberg: NRA Dying, Americans Want More Gun Control.  NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his infamous "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" have struck again — this time with a conference call where he proclaimed the recent presidential elections "proved" the NRA is dying and the American people want more gun control.  Did Bloomberg miss the Black Friday sales of a week ago — where gun sales shattered the last Black Friday guns sales record by 20%?

Congressman uses Colorado shooting victims to justify Obamacare.  In case you're wondering, yes, he's already called for stricter gun laws, too, two days after the incident on "Face the Nation," so he's marking off all the politicization boxes.

'Military-Style Weapons'.  The common perception that so-called "assault weapons" can hold larger magazines than hunting rifles is simply wrong.  Any gun that can hold a magazine can hold one of any size.  That is true for handguns as well as rifles.  A magazine, which is basically a metal box with a spring, is also trivially easy to make and virtually impossible to stop criminals from obtaining.  Further, the guns in a couple of recent mass shootings (including the one in Aurora) have jammed because of the large magazines that were used.  The reason is simple physics.

D.C.'s made-up gun laws.  D.C. officials will do just about anything to keep law-abiding citizens from lawfully possessing a gun in the city.  The Washington Times' Emily Miller has found in the "Emily Gets Her Gun" series that the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has been spreading false information about firearms ownership.  As a result, residents and nonresidents who have done nothing wrong risk false arrest and gun confiscation.

Political opportunism:
Biden: Trayvon case could spur Fla. gun law debate.  Vice President Joe Biden said Florida's "Stand Your Ground" gun laws will be a topic of debate in light of the controversy surrounding the shooting of Trayvon Martin.  "It's important that people be put in a position where their Second Amendment rights are protected, but that they also don't, as a consequence of the laws, unintendedly put themselves in harm's way," Biden told anchor Bob Schieffer in an interview to air on "Face the Nation" on Sunday [4/1/2012].

The Editor says...
Note to Mr. Biden:  When you don't have a gun, you're "in harm's way."  Get a clue, and MYOB.

Guns permitted, crimes drop.  Once again, our moral and intellectual superiors on the left are wrong.

Urban Gun Buyback Targets Nerf Guns.  An urban anti-violence group in Buffalo, NY conducted a gun "buyback" — targeting Nerf guns.  Yes, Nerf guns — the spring-loaded children's toys that fire harmless, spongy little projectiles.  Seems that these simpletons believe that "a toy gun today" invariably leads to a "real gun tomorrow."  One parent said that if the kids have Nerf guns, "Then there's no fear holding the real gun when they get older.  We want to put that fear back into our children."

The Editor says...
Read that again.  They want to put the fear of guns into children.

Toying with gun control.  As reported in the Buffalo News, a group calling itself Fathers Armed Together to Help Educate Restore and Save and a local pizza joint are rewarding toddlers willing to trade in a plastic assault rifle with a delicious slice of pizza.  They hope it's an offer too good to refuse.

When Happiness Was a Warm Toy Gun.  Today, of course, parents worry that allowing their son to play with guns will turn him into a murderer.  In traditional America, parents knew that this was about as logical as the concern that allowing him to play with trucks will turn him into a truck driver.  I played with realistic-looking toy guns as a child, and all my friends did, too.  And I don't remember any mother ever batting an eye at it.  It was simply what boys did.

Gun grabbers grasp at straws.  Gun grabbers love statistics, especially when they're misleading.  The latest report from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) would have us believe that Americans are lined up at the recycling center ready to toss out their Glocks.  The group claims that a firearm protected every other home in 1980 but only one out of three today.  It's a not-so-subtle attempt to convey the message that the anti-Second Amendment crowd is winning.

Gun grabbers treat criminals as victims.  The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Violence Policy Center (VPC) are peddling the notion that concealed-handgun permit holders are a danger to society.  Last month, the center released a report claiming that in the past three years, 166 people were killed by holders of concealed-weapon permits.  A closer look at the evidence suggests that many of the so-called victims of gun violence were criminals.

The "War on Cops" That Isn't.  Despite what you may have read, it's safer to be a police officer today than it has been in 35 years.

Comforting Myths about Gun Control.  There are certain comforting myths that the gun-control movement likes to promote.  "Mandatory gun registration would help us solve gun crimes" is a big one.  Perhaps the most comforting — and dangerous — of all is:  "Give the robber what he wants, and he probably won't hurt you."

Testimony on Assault Weapons Guts Obama's 90 Percent Lie.  The myth that legal guns sales in the United States are responsible for Mexican drug cartel violence took another serious blow last week when an ATF official testified in Congress that only eight percent of weapons recovered in Mexico came through licensed U.S. gun dealers.  This figure is far lower than the 90 percent claim made previously as an appeal to reinstate ineffective gun laws that expired in 2004.

Guns are good.  The notion that guns are evil is one of the most dishonest and hypocritical arguments of the left.  The fact that Rosie O'Donnell ranted and screamed about banning guns, then employed an armed bodyguard for her kids, should have given any intelligent person cause to distrust the anti-gun crowd.

Obama's gun problem:  Barak (sic) Obama has a problem.  It is a problem that has plagued Democrats for years. ... The problem is guns.  Democrats know that they have this problem.  They don't know how to respond to it.

Gun laws breed corruption.  Ordinary citizens who have had death threats or those who operate small businesses in high crime neighborhoods have little hope of obtaining a [concealed weapon] permit.  And using an unlicensed gun to defend oneself in New York City is a guarantee of serious prison time, no matter how legitimate the defensive need.  According to information obtained through leaks and the Freedom of Information Act, many NYC permitees are celebrities and political cronies.  The last time information was released, celebrity permit holders included … Arthur Sulzberger, publisher of the rabidly anti-gun New York Times.

Did someone mention the New York Times?

Fifteen Myths about Gun Control:  Firearms are used to commit as many as 650,000 crimes each year.  But firearms are also used to prevent crimes as many as one million times each year.  In fact, criminals are three times more likely to be killed by armed victims who resist them than by the police.  Would tougher gun control laws make our lives safer?  Fair appraisal of the issue requires us to put aside some common myths.

"Decommissioned" Guns Nearly As Good As Confiscations.  The Brady group and its congressional supporters are proceeding, and making headway, with a below-radar effort to ban operating firearms from the general public, without having to actually disarm America's 80 million gun owners.  The plan is now evolving around an innocent-sounding new legal term.

Leftists Fight "Gundamentalism".  Mockingly, the "God Not Guns" coalition labels as "gundamentalist" nearly anyone who is skeptical about gun control as a panacea for all gun crimes.  The Religious Left almost always slams its political adversaries as "fundamentalist," while itself offering its own simplistic political solutions, which purportedly will build God's Kingdom.  In the minds of "God Not Guns," all the "violence" will end when guns are snatched away from private owners and are the exclusive preserve of a collective authority.

Mayor Won't Use Pistol to Start Race.  Mayor Mark Mallory is refusing to fire a starter pistol to kickoff an upcoming road race, saying he doesn't like the gun's symbolism in a city that set a record for homicides last year.  Mallory said he'll blow a whistle at Saturday's Rhythm Race 5K instead.  A pistol filled with blanks is traditionally used to start races and track meets.

What "Lord of War" Tells us about Guns:  "Guns kill people" was what the makers of this movie kept hammering into our minds.  In the opening scene, our viewpoint is manufactured into a bullet.  Then, from a bullet's-eye-view, we take a voyage overseas, get smuggled across a border by dark-skinned ne'er-do-wells, loaded into an assault rifle and aimed at a young, innocent boy.  We never see anyone pull a trigger.

More information about cultural and political bias in motion pictures can be found here.

Democratic Gun Rights?  Democrats will not acknowledge that they really aren't changing their underlying philosophy about guns, they're simply trying to repackage the message to make it less offensive to the tens of millions of Americans upon whose gun rights they want to infringe.  They stopped calling it "gun control" and now call it "gun safety," but the product is always the same:  Some new scheme that ratchets down on a citizen's right to own a gun.

The Dems' Gun Owner-Bashing YouTube Moment:  Snide is the embodiment of the left-wing attitude toward gun owners.  So when snide Joe Biden confronted a YouTube user who asked Democrat presidential candidates about gun control during a debate Monday night, what unfolded was a Teachable YouTube Moment — the caught-on-tape embodiment of ideological snideness toward the Second Amendment and those who defend it.

Black legislators walk out of Pennsylvania House session.  Black lawmakers from the state's urban areas, frustrated in their efforts to get a vote on gun control measures, walked out of a House session in protest Wednesday [12/5/2007].  A majority of members of the House Legislative Black Caucus, all Democrats, are from Philadelphia, where 369 people were killed this year through Monday.  About 80% of the deaths involved handguns.

The Editor says...
I suspect that an even higher percentage involved black perpetrators.

Armor piercing bullets:  In an October of 1996 campaign stop, Bill Clinton met with the widow of Police Officer Jerome Harrison Seaberry.  Later at a political rally, Bill Clinton cited Officer Seaberry's death as a reason to outlaw armor piercing bullets.  But officer Seaberry died in a car crash.  No guns or bullets were involved.  Armor piercing bullets have been referred to in the media as "cop killers."  But as of 1998, no law enforcement officer has ever been killed because an armor-piercing bullet defeated a bulletproof vest.

Foes of gun ownership perpetuate many myths.  Quickly now, who said it? "The great object is that every man be armed. … Everyone who is able may have a gun." … It was Patrick Henry. … One of the Founding Fathers.  A patriot.  A revolutionary.  One of those guys who knew the intent of the Second Amendment, because he was there when it was written.

Gun control doesn't protect us — guns do.  If there were no guns, I would say allow no guns.  But since all the wrong people already have them, and the cops can't do much about it except match their firepower, then it may well be time to arm thyself, citizen.  When Florida liberalized permits for concealed weapons in the 1980s, critics predicted a Wild West bloodbath.  It never happened.  Responsible gun owners don't use guns irresponsibly.  Go figure.

Gun control is based on false premises.  A year has passed since the tragic events at Virginia Tech, and there are some assumptions upon which gun control is based that require investigation.  Chief among them is the misplaced feeling that banning firearms somehow eradicates them.  When examining this notion, we can look for another example of a ban to give us a sense of the difference between banning and eradication.  There are people in America known as illegal immigrants who are banned from being here.  If the state cannot keep a person from coming into the country illegally, what possible hope does it have in banning a gun?  What is to stop the illegal immigrant from bringing guns with him?

10 Differences between Conservatives And Liberals.  Liberals believe by taking arms away from law abiding citizens, they can prevent criminals, who aren't going to abide by gun control laws, from using guns in the commission of crimes.

Study Obliterates the Notion that Gun Ownership Correlates with Violence.  Whether causative or not, the consistent international pattern is that more guns equal less murder and other violent crime.  Even if one is inclined to think that gun availability is an important factor, the available international data cannot be squared with the mantra that more guns equal more death and fewer guns equal less death.  Rather, if firearms availability does matter, the data consistently show that the way it matters is that more guns equal less violent crime.

Fighting Climate Change, Gun Control and Income Tax Laws:  What do Virginia Tech's 32 murders, Columbine High School's 13 murders, Jonesboro Westside Middle School's five murders, Germany's Gutenberg High School's 16 murders, the murder of 14 legislators in Zug, Switzerland, and the murder of eight city council members in a Paris suburb all have in common?  Answer:  All the murders were committed in "gun-free zones."

Things to Think About.  What do Virginia Tech's 32 murders, Columbine High School's 13 murders, Jonesboro Westside Middle School's five murders, Germany's Gutenberg High School's 16 murders, the murder of 14 legislators in Zug, Switzerland, and the murder of eight city council members in a Paris suburb all have in common?  Answer:  All the murders were committed in "gun-free zones."  So a reasonable question is:  Does legislation creating gun-free zones prevent murder and mayhem?

Anti-firearms nuts are dead wrong.  In a study of all public, mass-murder incidents in the U.S. between 1977 and 1999, economists John Lott Jr. of Yale's law school and William M. Landes of the University of Chicago's law school … [found that in] states in which law-abiding citizens can get a concealed weapons permit, the incidence of mass-murder shootings like the one at Virginia Tech were reduced 60%, and when they did occur, the deaths and injuries from such attacks were reduced nearly 80%.  In other words, self-defense works.

The Truth About Guns:  In Virginia, you cannot legally use deadly force to simply protect your property.  You should only resort to it if you fear serious bodily harm to yourself or someone else.  We were told in no uncertain terms that if we shoot and kill someone, it's a homicide.  A jury will determine if it was a 'justifiable' homicide.  In fact, except in your own home, it is your duty to retreat, to remove yourself from a public situation if possible before it becomes dangerous.  Isn't that comforting?

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In the state of Texas, up until recently you were expected to retreat from an intruder in your own house.  But an amusing incident happened before changes in the law took effect.  Keep reading...

A Democrat's hypocrisy comes home to roost.  Here is a man who evidently felt comfortable voting against giving Texans the right to defend themselves while thumbing his nose at his own vote and blasting away at the bad guys. … Bearing in mind that the new "Castle Doctrine" law doesn't take affect until September 1st, I wonder if Borris Miles might face criminal charges for shooting a guy in his own house?  The only thing more delicious than witnessing yet another Democrat's rank hypocrisy would be to see a legislator go to jail for breaking a law that he voted to uphold.

A Few Words About Gun Control.  It was only a matter of time before anti-gun nuts all over the country started calling for stiffer gun control measures in the wake of the recent Virginia Tech massacre.  If there's one thing leftists are, it's predictable.  If there's another thing they are, it's staggeringly foolish.  Yeah, we need more firearm restrictions because some nutbag went on a shooting spree on a college campus where nobody but criminals and psychopaths could have been expected to be packing iron.  As it turns out, it wasn't so much a "gun-free" zone as it was a self-defense-free zone.

Bedlam Revisited:  Why the Virginia Tech shooter was not committed.  Penning up and carefully scrutinizing the killer was never an option.  Not in Virginia or California or any other state in the union.  Because in our well-intentioned quest to maximize personal liberty, we've moved conceptual eons away from taking the concept of dangerousness seriously.  The best predictor of future violent behavior is past violent behavior, yet we regularly grant parole to murderers, serial rapists, chronically assaultive individuals and habitual pedophiles.

'Dark and dangerous' Democrats under fire.  America is under threat from malevolent forces intent on stripping citizens of their liberties.  Dark enemies are stalking the innocent and the public must gird itself for confrontation.  So claims the National Rifle Association, America's largest, wealthiest and most politically powerful gun rights group, which has printed pamphlets entitled Freedom in Peril to alert its four million members.  The danger, it says, can be summed up in one word:  Democrats.

Pro-Gun Liberals?  The entire government machine is based on force or the threat of violence.  If I don't pay my property taxes, the government sends out a bunch of guys with guns to kick me out of my house.  If I don't claim all of my income on my "voluntary" federal income tax return, then you send out the guys with guns to put me in jail for tax evasion.

The "gun death" fraud:  "Gun death" is a pot pourri of suicides, homicides and accidents; the supposed link is that these deaths share a common cause: a gun was accessible, but the mere availability of guns does not make ordinary people commit murder, or suicide or have accidents….

Hunting for feminist scholars:  I guess I've never had a deer tell me it was okay to pull the trigger.  If they ever do start to talk, whether offering or refusing consent, I promise to sell all of my firearms immediately.

The doomsday provision:  The Centers for Disease Control did an extensive review of various types of gun control:  waiting periods, registration and licensing, and bans on certain firearms.  It found that the idea that gun control laws have reduced violent crime is simply a myth.

Gun Facts version 4.0:  Over 80 pages of information, divided into chapters based on gun control topics.  Each chapter lists common gun control myths, then lists a number of documented and cited facts that directly dispute the gun control claim. [PDF]

60 Minutes, Terrorists and Guns:  Last year the big fear was over the semi-automatic assault-weapons ban just before it expired.  Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D., N.Y.) claimed the ban was one of "the most effective measures against terrorism that we have."  Of course, nothing happened when the law expired.

Politicians Want Gun Buyers Checked, Not Illegal Aliens.  Dozens of U.S. House members who sponsored the nationwide instant background check system for gun buyers in 1993 or backed the expansion of that system in 2002, have shown no support for a similar database intended to identify illegal aliens trying to find work in the U.S.  At least one member who supported the gun control measure is challenging the proposal to crack down on illegal immigrants.

The truth about guns, part two:  The anti-gun side of the gun-control question seems to believe that the world is a place where things "just happen" to them, that guns are somehow dangerous all by themselves — "accidents just waiting to happen" — and they conclude that the best way to prevent gun crime is for the government to get rid of guns themselves.  The pro-gun side of the debate sees the world as a place where it's people who do things — that it's the moral character of the individual that determines whether or not a gun will be used properly — and they conclude that the best way to prevent gun crime is for law-abiding individual citizens to be armed to defend themselves against criminals with guns.

Guns Still Need Their Triggers Pulled.  I've yet to see one gun shoot a person on its own.  Somebody has to pull the trigger.  The hypocrisy swarming around in the United States Senate chambers is repulsive, concerning the ban on guns.  Trying to pass the buck seems to be the only option most of these men and women know how to do.  First, it was the tobacco companies who held a gun to the heads of irresponsible people and made them smoke and become ill from tobacco products… now, it's the gun manufacturers who are pulling the trigger on their guns… while in the hands of criminals.

Doctors are three times as deadly as guns.  Doctors kill three times as many people every year as guns do — which is why the new head of the American Medical Association should stop crusading against guns and target incompetent physicians instead, say Libertarians.

Anti-Gun Academics:  This month [December 2004] the National Academy of Sciences issued a 328-page report on gun-control laws.  The big news is that the academy's panel couldn't identify any benefits of the decades-long effort to reduce crime and injury by restricting gun ownership.  The only conclusion it could draw was:  Let's study the question some more (presumably, until we find the results we want).

Fully automatic propaganda:  Educators are not the only ones spewing nonsense about gun control these days.  Nightline did a segment last week on the assault weapons ban with fully automatic weapons blazing in the background, nearly drowning out the voice of Ted Koppel (that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing).  Such weapons have nothing to do with the 1994 ban.  In fact, they have been banned since 1934.

170 Million Reasons to Own A Gun:  In the twentieth century, 170 Million citizens were executed by their own governments, presumably for political reasons, while only 37 Million were killed in warfare.

Gun control myths.  In 1954, there were only a dozen armed robberies in London but, by the 1990s, there were more than a hundred times as many.  In England, as in the United States, drastic crackdowns on gun ownership by law-abiding citizens were accompanied by ever greater leniency to criminals.  In both countries, this turned out to be a formula for disaster.

Gun control myths:  part II.  [One] dogma among gun control supporters is that having a gun in the home for self-defense is futile and is only likely to increase the chances of your getting hurt or killed.  Your best bet is to offer no resistance to an intruder, according to this dogma.  Actual research tells just the opposite story.  People who have not resisted have gotten hurt twice as often as people who resisted with a firearm.  Those who resisted without a firearm of course got hurt the most often.

Gun control myths:  Part III.  While John Lott's study ["More Guns, Less Crime"] is perhaps the best known one showing that widespread gun ownership has led to less crime, other studies with similar findings include "Pointblank" by Gary Kleck and the more recent book "Guns and Violence" by Joyce Lee Malcolm.

Gun Control Group Stands Against Lawsuit Control.  A gun control group that uses lawsuits in an effort to bankrupt the gun industry says it is opposed to tort reform legislation — legislation, it says, that would "shut the courthouse doors to victims of negligence and mistreatment."

Hunters were already suspicious about CBS' Rather.  On [the evening of Sept. 5, 1975], a much younger and very dashing Dan Rather was the host of a CBS special entitled "Guns of Autumn." ... When the program ended, I realized Dan Rather had lent his journalistic credibility to a hatchet job on America's hunters.  "Guns of Autumn" wasn't an examination of hunting; it was largely a one-hour condemnation of hunting.

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2024 by Andrew K. Dart

Gun Lock Law Endangers Families.  Colorado's anti-gun lobby SAFE is threatening to promote a ballot initiative next year mandating the "safe storage" of guns and requiring trigger locks.  After all, who could be for "unsafe" storage?  Unfortunately, despite the obvious feel-good appeal of these rules, gun locks and safe storage laws are more likely to cost lives than to save them.

Everything is a "Gun Show".  When you hear "gun show" do you think of a father who wants to give his son a gift by letting him choose a gun from his collection?  How about a widow who pulls her husband's guns out of the closet and lets her children take their pick?  According to SAFE Colorado, these activities are gun shows if twenty-five or more firearms are displayed.

 Read this:   Liberals Gunning for "Assault" Weapons.  The so-called "assault" weapons that are targeted in the 1994 law are semi-automatic handguns, rifles, and shotguns.  The ban would therefore affect nearly 50 percent of all gun owners since many of the guns in question are "mechanically indistinguishable" from traditional hunting rifles, according to Gun Owners of America.  Likewise, The Wall Street Journal has reported that 20-30 million hunting rifles are covered by the ban.  Thus, the claim circulated by liberals that only criminals use these banned weapons is blatantly false.

Anti-gun rhetoric fails test of time.  The sky was the limit, promise-wise, when the Liberals were trying to sell their gun control scheme [in Canada] in 1994 and 1995.  No purported benefit was already too big that it couldn't be inflated even more.  No ludicrously unlikely side effect was too outrageous to be promoted as a sure thing.  Gun control was a Liberal shibboleth and the need to pass it made any tall tale justifiable.

Is Gun Control A New Religion?  Gun control advocates say that liberal permit laws increase accidental shootings, facilitate mass murders, and make fits of rage more deadly.  Twenty years ago, when facts were scarce and study of the issue was in its infancy, such arguments carried weight.  But real numbers are now available.  As summarized in economist John R. Lott's recent book, More Guns, Less Crime, the data show that liberal concealed-carry laws reduce deaths from violent crime without any significant increase in gun accidents.

Boulder's "Common Nonsense" Gun Laws:  On January 16, 2001, the Boulder City Council unanimously passed a set of gun ordinances ostensibly intended to "protect the public health, safety, and welfare."  Unfortunately, there's no reason to believe the laws will accomplish anything other than to harass peaceable gun owners.  The ordinances provide a good example to other communities of what not to do.

Gun Storage Law Endangers Families.  [Colorado] Senate bill 160 claims to be about "safe storage of firearms."  In reality it will not save lives, but will instead empower criminals by discouraging responsible self-defense.

Pistol-Packin' Liberals:  Liberals have it tough.  Many liberals smoke, but hate big tobacco; drink, but belong to M.A.D.D.; vote, but want the courts to overturn elections; drive their automobiles, even to protests against internal combustion engines; are patients of tremendous doctors, in a health-care system they say is broken; enjoy virtually every aspect of freedom, while denouncing its guarantor, our military.

"Assault Weapons" Bait-and-Switch:  The so-called "assault weapons" ban has absolutely nothing to do with the Rambo-style machine guns being used to frighten the public into bad policy.

The Seen and Unseen in Gun Control:  If we look at only obvious, primary consequences, we will badly misjudge circumstances and any resulting policy will be bad.  That is one problem with gun control.

Latest Democrat Extremism:  Guns Are Weapons of Mass Destruction.  Defenders of the Second Amendment are on the lookout for a new Democrat campaign, already attempted in one state, to brand handguns as "weapons of mass destruction."

"Cop-killer" Bullets are a myth born from media hype and nurtured by unrealistic Hollywood portrayals and the deliberately misleading claims of the anti-gun lobby.  An objective, rational look at the facts quickly separates the myth from the reality.

Gun Locks:  Bound to Misfire.  Recently, the Colorado Legislature defeated two bills to mandate the "safe storage" of guns.  The legislature's decision generated loud protests from gun control activists.  After all, who could be for "unsafe" storage?  Unfortunately, despite the obvious feel-good appeal of these rules, gun locks and safe storage laws are more likely to cost lives than to save them.  While accidental gun deaths have claimed the lives of children, this happens much less often than most people might think.

If trigger locks do not interfere with the ability to use a gun for defensive purposes, why don't police officers have them on their weapons? *

Taking Aim at Gun Control:  The causes of crime are more complex than experts would have us believe.  The evidence appears to indicate that gun control will not solve our crime problem.

Gun Control:  Racist and Elitist.  It is shocking to find out how few people, White or Black know about the role guns played in the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Gun control myths:  In England as in America, sensational gun crimes have been seized upon and used politically to promote crackdowns on gun ownership by law-abiding citizens, while doing nothing about criminals.  American zealots for the Brady bill say nothing about the fact that the man who shot James Brady and tried to assassinate President Reagan has been out walking the streets on furlough.

Gun control myths: part II:  Talking facts to gun control zealots is only likely to make them angry.  But the rest of us need to know what the facts are.  More than that, we need to know that much of what the gun controllers claim as facts will not stand up under scrutiny.

Gun control myths: Part III:  Professor Bellesiles has now resigned from Emory University after an investigation into his research led to a report that raised questions about his "scholarly integrity."  But that is unlikely to stop his study from continuing to be cited by advocates of gun control.

Gun Controller Schumer Has an Armed Bodyguard.  The Senate's leading gun control advocate, Senator Charles Schumer — who's currently pressuring the White House to extend the 1994 assault weapons ban — travels with an armed bodyguard, NewsMax has learned.

New Jersey Lawmakers Demand Nonexistent "Smart Guns":  New Jersey's new law will require all pistols sold in the state to eventually include "safety" features that don't even exist.

The Gun-Control Exploitation Society:  Gun-control opportunists have wasted no time exploiting the serial sniper shootings as if on a mission to undermine those who insist they be taken seriously.

"Arming America" Author on Paid Leave Pending Probe:  The author of a controversial book, which claims there was no widespread ownership of firearms by U.S. citizens prior to the Civil War, has been removed from his teaching position at Emory University, the school announced [recently].

 Updates   The Truth Wins:  Antigun scholar Michael Bellesiles gets the boot.

Gun Grabbing Favorite Resigns:  The Emory University professor accused of falsifying documents utilized in his award winning book, "Arming America:  Origins of a National Gun Culture", has resigned his position at the school.

SAF Demands Revocation of Bancroft Award from Discredited Author:  "Along with the [Bancroft] prize, Professor Bellesiles should be required to return the $4,000 cash award that came with it," said SAF founder Alan Gottlieb.

Responses to the Emory Report on Michael Bellesiles

2nd Amendment phonies:  With the Academy Awards behind us, we now turn our attention to the SAP Awards, honoring the biggest Second Amendment Phony.

Author under fire on accuracy of gun research:  Michael Bellesiles' book "Arming America" won praise from gun-control advocates for "demolishing the myth" behind the individual right to gun ownership, with reviewers calling the book "exciting" and "valuable and thought-provoking.  Now Mr. Bellesiles' book, which contended that private gun ownership was uncommon in early America, is being called a fraud.  Several scholars, including some who favor gun-control laws, say the research in "Arming America" is inaccurate or even deliberately deceptive.

Seven Myths of Gun Control:  Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Richard Poe cuts through the blizzard of anti-gun propaganda and uncovers the truth about guns, crime, and freedom.  He details the seven most common arguments used by gun prohibitionists, debunking each one with a wealth of statistical and legal data gleaned from top experts in the field of guns and gun rights.  You will discover that, contrary to myth, the availability of guns leads to less crime, not more; that guns do not pose a special threat to our children; and that the Second Amendment is as vital to the lives and liberty of modern Americans as it was in frontier times.  You will also learn how the current drive to further regulate and even outlaw firearms is a point-blank assault not only on truth but on freedom as well.

Gun Control vs. American Freedom:  (Another review of The Seven Myths of Gun Control).

Gun Executive Says Brady Center Misled Media  on the status of lawsuits against firearms manufacturers.

Catch Them In A Whopping Big Lie.

Gun control clichés: Shooting Down Faulty Arguments by Robert W. Lee

A tale of tragic irony:  Barbara Graham used a gun to paralyze an innocent man, is pleading for leniency from the courts for her actions, and she is an activist involved in demanding that firearm possession be more severely restricted in this country.

Violence Policy Center's License To Kill IV:  In their own words ..."just more rhetoric".  VPC misinforms public with improper use of statistics, unsupported statements, and outright fabrication to attack the successful CHL law in Texas.

The "Million Mom" Posse:  When will these "Million Moms" stop lying about kids and guns?

Million Mom March:  Deadly Deceptions.

Feminization of gun debate drowns out sober analysis.

Ignoring gun-check realities.

The Seen and Unseen in Gun Control:  The heinous shootings by young people at public schools around the country have predictably renewed calls for more gun control.  Advocates of gun bans commit a classic fallacy that is usually associated with economic policy.  But it fully applies to all government policy, including gun control.

Self-Control, Not Gun Control:  Disarm Americans.  Force every law-abiding citizen to surrender all firearms and America will at last be a safer place to live.  Sounds absurd doesn't it?  But the anti-gun lobby, fueled by misinformation and the FBI's unprecedented political support of gun control — is effectively eroding Americans' constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

Gun Owners Group Lashes Out at 'Self Righteous Doctors':  A new "gun safety" campaign, launched by the Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Children's Center is "misguided" and "aimed at demonizing guns," according to a spokesman for the Gun Owners of America.

Rosie vs. Reality:  What Every Woman Must Know:  Over 500 women use firearms to defend themselves against sexual assault or abuse each day — that's one woman protected every 3 minutes.  That is why Rosie's hired bodyguards pack guns, and also why you should too.

Death Among Children: Tragedy at Tommy Lee's:  Drownings are the second-leading cause of unintentional, injury-related death among children 14 and younger, with more than 1,000 deaths a year.  That's 10 times the annual number of accidental shooting deaths for children 14 and under.  If the gun-control crowd spent just a fraction of its resources on public awareness campaigns about the risks of childhood drowning and the importance of learning CPR, they could truly make a life-saving difference for America's youth.

Gun Control Group Depicts NRA President As Hijacker:  In a new push for gun control legislation, an anti-gun group has launched an Internet-based message depicting National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston as an airline hijacker.

Gun Panel Meets and Comes Under Fire:  The panel was immediately criticized for allegedly being stacked with pro-gun control academics and funded by advocates for tighter gun control laws.  John Lott, a criminal researcher who is skeptical of gun control laws, says the panel is like "a parting present from President Clinton," that will be delivered just in time to boost pro-gun control candidates in the 2004 elections.

Gun-Control Group Changes Name, Keeps Agenda:  When one of the nation's largest anti-gun lobbyists dropped the "gun control" part of its name, some 2nd Amendment advocates labeled it a public-relations ploy.

Gun Control Science MisfiresGun control advocates used to claim that more guns meant more crime.  Research demonstrated, though, that more guns meant less crime.  As the criminology argument faded, gun control advocates began arguing guns were a public health problem.

Medical Evidence:  Gun Control Won't Solve Crime The gun control lobby has just received a stunning setback in a new article appearing in the spring issue of the Medical Sentinel.  Written by Miguel A. Faria, M.D., the study finds that most gun violence studies of the past two decades are based on flawed methodology and unduly influenced by political agendas, leading to biased and incorrect conclusions.

Shots in the Dark:  What do we really know about gun crime?  Almost nothing.  Officials don't know where crimes occur, how criminals get guns, what kind of guns they use, or how other risk factors such as poverty or drug use affect gun crimes.  I asked if it was then true that all existing laws were created in absence of this critical information.  Patti Culross, associate program officer of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, brought down the house with, "I don't think it's surprising to anyone here that sometimes laws are not based on information."

The Evil Gun:  When someone who is unfamiliar with guns plans a murderous rampage, he (or she) may be inclined to pick a gun that looks like a TEC-DC9.  But that doesn't mean the existence of such guns makes murderous rampages more likely.  Navegar has sold hundreds of thousands of these guns.  Every one of them was purchased by a murderer?

Riding Shotgun

Sense and Nonsense About Guns by Mackubin Thomas Owens

The Gun Show Bugaboo And The Rocket Launcher Myth

In the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's, anyone could buy guns at hardware stores, army surplus stores, gas stations, variety stores, or Sears mail order, with no waiting, no background check, no fingerprints, no government forms... and there were no school shootings. *

Civil Litigation, Boycotts and Other Organized Action

Dem bill would let shooting victims sue gun makers, dealers.  Democrats say gun manufacturers and dealers that sell firearms to criminals should be "on the hook" for mass shootings.  Lawmakers unveiled new legislation Wednesday [1/27/2016] that would allow the victims of gun violence to sue manufacturers and dealers.  Currently, the gun industry is shielded from such lawsuits under federal law.

Landmark jury verdict orders gun shop to pay nearly $6 million to injured police officers.  A Milwaukee state court jury ordered Badger Guns, one of the country's most prominent firearm retailers, to pay $5.73 million after the suburban West Milwaukee store was found liable for negligence Tuesday [10/13/2015] in the 2009 shooting of Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch, two local law enforcement officers.  The landmark case, which held firearm retailers responsible for disregarding the potential harm of their sales, is only the second of its kind nationwide — and the first to rule against the gun store.

Missouri Law Professor Sues School Over Campus Gun Ban.  One of the University of Missouri's very own legal eagles is suing the school over its policy banning firearms on campus.  Royce de R. Barondes, who has taught business and corporate law at the school in Columbia since 2002, is looking to give his employers a lesson in constitutional law by challenging a policy he said violates his federal and state rights.  Barondes, who also teaches a course on firearms law, has "extensive knowledge and training on the lawful use and safe handling of a firearm," according to his legal case, filed in state court, and believes carrying a firearm helps ensure his safety on the 35,000-student campus.

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Knoxville ammo company.  A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against a Knoxville ammunition company in connection with the 2012 Aurora, Colo., theater shooting and ordered plaintiffs to pay the company's court costs.  Last week a jury convicted James Holmes of carrying out the attack.  Federal Judge Richard P. Matsch dismissed the case against Lucky Gunner LLC and other defendants and ordered that the plaintiffs pay Lucky Gunner legal costs of about $111,971.00.

Chicago suburbs hit with lawsuit for guns used in city crime.  Summertime in Chicago, shootings ring out on the South and West sides as gang members execute drug-fueled vendettas.  Bodies pile up, and innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire.  Still, nothing seems to stop the bullets flying from illegal weapons.  Father Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina on Chicago's South Side, is trying something new; pressuring the municipalities where he says the illegal guns originate.  He and several co-plaintiffs are now suing the Villages of Riverdale, Lyons and Lincolnwood.  Each town is home to a gun store that Pfleger claims is lax with oversight for gun purchases.

Chicago group sues 3 suburbs over gun store regulations.  Two mothers who lost sons to gun violence joined ministers and an activist group Tuesday [7/7/2015] in an unusual lawsuit against three Chicago suburbs, alleging that weak oversight of gun stores has allowed criminals to easily obtain weapons flowing into a metropolitan area besieged by gang violence.

Federal Judge Orders Brady Center to Pay Ammo Dealer's Legal Fees After Dismissing Lawsuit.  A federal judge has ordered that the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence pay the legal fees of an online ammunition dealer it sued for the Aurora movie theater shooting.  The order, which was issued last week, comes after Judge Richard P. Matsch dismissed the gun control group's suit that sought to hold Lucky Gunner legally responsible for the 2012 shooting.  The Brady Center had argued in their suit that the way Lucky Gunner sells ammunition is "unreasonably dangerous and create a public nuisance."

Parents Urged to Ask About Guns in Other People's Homes.  Anti-gun groups are observing the fifth annual National ASK Day — ASK, an acronym for "asking saves kids."  Anti-gun activists say with most children now out of school, the question parents should be asking is this:  "Is there a gun where your child plays?"

"Radio Free NRA" Considers Broadcasting From Mexico.  Wayne LaPierre says:  "If I could find a radio station in Mexico with 50,000 watts, I would go with them.  Fifty thousand watts would cover over half the country."

 Editor's Note:   Really?  Half of which country?  There is a 150,000 watt station in Juarez that can't be heard in Dallas.  In my opinion, Mr. LaPierre appears to know more about ballistics than broadcasting.  It is true that a 50,000 watt station would cover half the country, but only on a clear channel — something which no longer exists — and only in the middle of the night.

Anti-Gun Group Sues Maker of Gun Tied to DC Snipers:  The nation's largest anti-gun group Thursday [1/16/2003] filed suit against the manufacturer of the gun allegedly used by Washington, D.C.-area sniper suspects John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo and the Washington state gun store from which the semi-automatic rifle was allegedly lost or stolen.

Anti-Tobacco Lawyers Fund Anti-Gun Suits With Tobacco Money:  On October 31, 1999, the city of New Orleans launched the first of over thirty harassment lawsuits attempting to outlaw the sale and manufacture of firearms in the United States.  These lawsuits were not random, nor were they coincidental.  Rather, these anti-gun lawsuits were the brainchild of a group of trial lawyers from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas using billions of dollars of proceeds they had received in legal fees from their suits against tobacco companies.

Anti-Gun Agenda Cost Candidates for House and Senate:  Republicans focused their mid-term election campaigns on homeland defense and the potential of a war with Iraq while Democrats mainly concentrated on the economy, Social Security, and healthcare issues.  But for many candidates in both parties, their position on the Second Amendment played a significant role in their election or defeat.

It's Time to Sue the Gun-Lie Industry:  A restless spirit is taking hold of American gun owners.  When I write about gun issues nowadays, many readers respond impatiently, "We already know our gun rights are threatened.  Tell us what we can do about it!"

Smith & Wesson Stock Rebounds, Despite Consumer Boycott:  Seventeen months after gun maker Smith & Wesson Corp. laid off more than a hundred workers from its Springfield, Mass. plant in the middle of a consumer boycott, the company's new owners this week watched their stock hit an all-time high.

Gun Rights and Dell Computers:  Corporate managers should take note:  Any sign of prejudice against lawful gun owners now risks a confrontation with millions of net-wired activists.

Anti-Gunners Gunning for Ashcroft's Silence on Gun Policy:  Attorney General John Ashcroft removed himself from the Enron investigation because he has accepted contributions from the energy giant, and on Thursday [2/7/2002], a gun-control group said Ashcroft should also recuse himself from all matters relating to firearms policy because he has accepted contributions from the gun industry and the National Rifle Association.

The Rise of Nuisance Theory:  A new class of lawsuits is being used to go after gun manufacturers based on the theory that firearms are being deliberately marketed to criminals.

Unintended Consequences:  The fruits of hysterical antigun lawsuits.  As pistol-packing Eleanor Roosevelt knew, when stand up for your own rights, you start a chain of good events which helps you — and lots of other people too, in ways that no one could foresee.

Anatomy of a gun-controller.

Disney's Decision to Stop Shooting Hippos Draws Fire From Pro-Gun Lobby.

Gun Lawsuits Make Us All Less Safe:  These suits would reverse well-established tort law:  manufacturers are not responsible for the criminal misuse of their products.  Should automobile makers be held responsible for vehicular homicides committed by people in the grip of road rage?  If gun makers are held liable when criminals misuse guns, where will the lawsuit parade end?

Gun lawsuits rage despite 9 defeats:  Judges toss cases against manufacturers, but cities, counties, New York won't quit.

Environmentalists See Threat in Mandatory Gun Laws:  The city of Escalante, Utah, is thinking about making gun ownership mandatory, something that environmentalists see as a thinly veiled threat.  City leaders are expected to vote on a proposed ordinance that would require all heads of households in Escalante to own a gun.  The town of Virgin, Utah, passed a similar law earlier this year.  Supporters say such laws are intended to make a clear statement about Americans' individual right to bear arms.

Surprise Assault On Gun Ownership:  The gun-control lobby is on the warpath in a most surprising venue.  A group called Doctors Against Handgun Injury is calling on doctors, including psychiatrists, to ask their patients nosy questions about their gun ownership.

Anti-Gun Groups File Complaint Against Ashcroft:  The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Common Cause on Tuesday filed an "ethics complaint" against Attorney General John Ashcroft for allegedly violating "his ethical obligations to his client, the United States" by sending a letter to the National Rifle Association in favor of the Second Amendment.

AMA Launches Attack on Guns:  The new president of American Medical Association dedicated his organization Wednesday to fighting guns in the United States, prompting concern that the group is straying too far into social activism.

Dems Fight Change in Gun Records:  Democrats oppose Attorney General John Ashcroft's plan to reduce the time federal officials retain criminal background check records on gun buyers.

Anti-Gun Group Wants Everyone to TattleImagine your child asking a friend over to your home to play. Then you get a phone call from the parent to ask if there are any guns in your home. If one anti-gun activist group has its way, these and other types of personal questions will become commonplace in America's neighborhoods.

Pistol Whipped:  Baseless Lawsuits, Foolish Laws

Invasion of the Anti-gun Doctors, by Dr. Michael S. Brown:  The new organization Doctors Against Handgun Injury brings nothing new to the gun debate.  Its arguments are the same old mix of junk science and emotional appeals, but with a strange schizophrenic twist.

Anti-gun Group Launches Ashcroft Watchdog Web Site Violence Policy Center announced Wednesday it has launched a Web site to monitor what it calls the "pro-gun activities and gun lobby ties" of Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Shrinking AMA Calls the Shots on Anti-gun Policy:  Despite a declining membership, the American Medical Association is having significant success with its campaign to infuse politically correct anti-gun propaganda into the mainstream of the medical profession.

Government-Sponsored Gun Lawsuits By The Numbers:  Five things you probably didn't know, but should.

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