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The United States is not Like the Rest of the World on Gun Control

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 12:16
If you’re an American, how you think about guns is usually related to three factors: What part of our country you grew up in; what you learned from your parents, relatives and friends; and whether you served in the military. Whether you or your family may have also been a victim of violence can have “pro” or “con” effect on your view on guns, and it’s easy to understand either reaction.
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The Future of African Wildlife Hangs in the Balance

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:49
This week, representatives of 180 nations are gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, for the 18th Conference of Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES.) Adopted in 1963, CITES globally governs the import and export of wildlife and wildlife products, including hunting trophies. The treaty is also the origin of implementing laws like the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).
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Caldara: I Want to Give You one of My Guns, Really (click for details)

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 13:38
I used to be passionately anti-gun. I gave money to anti-gun organizations. So, I know full well the emotional drive to promote “common-sense gun laws.”
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Churches Arm, Train Congregants in Wake of Mass Shootings

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 13:10
Acrid gun smoke clouded the sunny entrance of a Texas church on a recent Sunday. Seven men wearing heavy vests and carrying pistols loaded with blanks ran toward the sound of the shots, stopping at the end of a long hallway. As one peeked into the foyer, the "bad guy" raised the muzzle of an AR-15, took aim and squeezed the trigger.
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Florida Alert! "Assault Weapons" Ban Amendment Bans ALL SEMIAUTOMATIC RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 07:46
The so-called "assault weapons" ban that is proposed for a constitutional amendment to be on the 2020 Election Ballot bans the possession of: “any semiautomatic rifle or shotgun CAPABLE of holding more than ten (10) rounds of ammunition at once, either in a fixed or detachable magazine or other ammunition feeding device.”
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Sparking Dialogue or Sparking Joy: Competing Views on Gun “Buyback” Initiatives

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 20:10
The Christian Science Monitor describes itself as “an independent international news organization” that wants to “help you to see news events as starting points for constructive conversations.” Its editorial board recently published an article, A seed for society’s safety: Gun buybacks, discussing why New Zealand’s “gun buyback” program could serve as a useful model on how the government can engage with gun owners in this country. According to the piece, the “voluntary nature of gun buybacks – along with the incentive of being compensated – gives them a special place in the worldwide debate over gun regulations.” In the case of the New Zealand program, it is neither a “buyback” nor voluntary. Apart from the quibble that the privately-owned guns have not been owned or sold by the government such that any later relinquishment is, in fact, a “buy back,” there’s nothing optional about the program, unless the decision between surrendering your property or facing hard jail time can be said to represent a real and honest choice.
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Amnesty International’s Desperate Measure

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 19:47
There are some odd dynamics in international relations. Countries in which people are not free serve on the UN Human Rights Council. Political considerations guide every action.  Of course, the NRA is a single-issue organization so international relations are not usually front and center for us. We’re focused on protecting the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. The horrific attacks in El Paso and Dayton gave opportunistic foreign regimes an opening to offer clumsy critiques of the United States regarding our level of violent crime.
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No, Joe, Your Gun Ban Didn’t Work

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 19:45
Joe Biden has been out on the primary campaign trail working hard. Maybe a little too hard. “We got to let them know who we are,” he recently told a crowd of supporters at the Iowa State Fair. Perhaps the most accurate of the qualities he used to describe himself and his fellow travelers was “We choose truth over facts!” That much we know, Joe.
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Another Week, Another Democrat Presidential Contender Out to Round Up America's Guns

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 19:06
A smart person learns from his mistakes. An even smarter person learns from the mistakes of others.  Beto O’Rourke, an unemployed Texan running for president, must not be too smart.           
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California: Appropriations Committees Send Bills to the Suspense File

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 13:13
On Monday, August 12, the Senate Appropriations Committee sent AB 1254 to the suspense file and rescheduled AB 1669 to be heard next Monday, August 19. On Wednesday, August 14, the Assembly Appropriations Committee sent SB 172 to the suspense file.
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NRA Announces All-Star Lineup of Presenters at 2019 Personal Protection Expo

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 10:05
FT. Worth, TX. – The NRA Personal Protection Expo, Sept. 6-8, 2019 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, TX is the nation’s premier event for personal protection, concealed carry, and home defense products and education. 
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Virginia: Oppose Gov. Northam’s Gun Grab, Attend Public Hearing

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 08:23
On Tuesday, August 20th, the Virginia State Crime Commission will be accepting public comments as part of its August 19th-20th hearings on Governor Ralph Northam’s proposed gun control bills.  During the July 9th special session, the General Assembly directed the Commission to hold these hearings and report back with its findings.
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Guns Saved These Americans From Assault and Robbery in July

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 12:58
In the wake of tragic mass shootings, such as those occurring in recent days in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, it’s understandable that the nation would search for answers. It’s easy to blame the tools used in the killings and call for measures that would broadly restrict public access to them, instead of focusing on the more complex reality of why these individuals committed such horrible crimes in the first place.
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Senate Dems Deliver Stunning Warning to Supreme Court: ‘Heal’ or Face Restructuring

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:07
Several high-profile Senate Democrats warned the Supreme Court in pointed terms this week that it could face a fundamental restructuring if justices do not take steps to "heal" the court in the near future. The ominous and unusual warning was delivered as part of a brief filed Monday in a case related to a New York City gun law.
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Bill Clinton Touts Failed Gun Ban With Bogus Info

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 09:32
Bill and Hillary Clinton just don’t draw like they used to. Shunned by much of his own party, (described by one Vanity Fair commentator as “2020’s bubonic plague”) the former president has been relegated to providing lazy commentary on the issues of the day. Such was the case this week when the would-be first gentleman penned an op-ed touting one of his presidential administration’s abject policy failures, the so-called “assault weapons” ban.
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Tell Your U.S. Senators and Representative to Oppose Gun Control

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 06:40
In the wake of the recent two criminal mass attacks, a number of gun control proposals have begun to circulate in our nation’s capital. None of these proposals would have prevented the recent tragedies, but they all would restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners. According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), 75 percent of criminals in state and federal state prison who had possessed a firearm during their offense acquired the firearm through theft, “Off the street/underground market,” or “from a family member or friend, or as a gift.” Less than one percent got firearms from dealers or non-dealers at gun shows.
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“Universal” Background Checks Aren’t as Universally Popular as You’ve Been Led to Believe

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 06:34
Advocates of so-called “universal” background checks constantly cite their own polling data to claim that the vast majority of Americans support these measures. But, when these measures have actually been presented to voters, support is nothing close to universal. Take for example the background check ballot initiatives on the 2016 ballots in Maine and Nevada.
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Elizabeth Warren Plans to Tax Americans Out of Their Second Amendment Rights

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 15:07
Gun control has been a solid political talking point for over a week now in the wake of two mass shootings, one of which was carried out by a supporter of Elizabeth Warren. Democrat presidential candidates have wasted no time taking advantage of the opportunity to politicize their way through a crowded primary.
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FBI: More People Killed by Hammers, Clubs than with Rifles of Any Kind

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 13:15
The most recent FBI crime stats show that more people were killed in 2017 with hammers and clubs than were killed with rifles of any kind. Breitbart News reported the most recent numbers–those for 2017–on September 26, 2018.
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California: Legislature Returns from Summer Recess

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 14:36
On Monday, August 12, the California Legislature returns from the Summer recess and will be considering firearm- and hunting-related bills in both the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees. 
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