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Women Gathered on Capitol Hill to Promote Gun Rights

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H/T AmmoLand.

The drive by media will give little or no coverage to these women being on Capitol Hill but the drive bys would be all over Shannon Watts and her band of harpies.

 

WASHINGTON DC – -(Ammoland.com)- The DC Project completed its annual trip to the nation’s Capitol this past week. More than 50 women and girls in 11 teams met with members of Congress over 4 days. This marks the third year for the women to meet with their legislators to reveal their stories and safeguard their Second Amendment rights.

The DC Project is a nonpartisan initiative to bring 50 women, one from each state, to Washington to dispel common myths and garner support for gun rights. The project is the brainchild of Dianna Muller, retired law enforcement officer turned professional 3-gun competitor, who just represented the USA in the IPSC World Shotgun match, where she brought home individual silver and team gold medals. In 2016 Muller met with her legislator and wanted to encourage other women to do the same, so she asked colleagues in the shooting community to join her.

Robyn Sandoval, Executive Director of A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League, has joined Muller on all three trips to DC.

“When women and students make demands against our freedoms, it is important that our legislators know that those protestors do not speak for everyone,” says Sandoval.

“We have more women than ever before wanting to exercise their Second Amendment rights to protect themselves and their families. We have youth who are dedicated to their marksmanship sports. Our lawmakers need to know our stories.”

Each DC Project delegate funded her own trip in this truly grassroots initiative.

Participants’ schedules included meetings with Senate and House members and staffers, networking gatherings, and a rally on the U.S. Capitol grounds, featuring legendary advocate Dick Heller, 16-year-old Beth Walker of Indiana, 15-year-old Chloe Deaton of Florida, and Virginia House Delegate Nick Freitas. The schedule also included two range days for members of Congress and staff to meet with DC Project instructors to experience the culture of the shooting community and learn more about firearms.

Learn more at AGirlandAGun.org/dc-project

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A Girl & A Gun (AG & AG) is a membership organization whose events have been successful stepping stones for thousands of women into the shooting community and fostered their love of shooting with caring and qualified instructors to coach them. AG & AG breaks barriers for women and girls in the area of self-defense and in pistol, rifle, and shotgun shooting sports by welcoming beginners to learn the basics of safe and accurate shooting and providing experienced shooters with advanced-level opportunities. The club has more than 5,500 members in 48 states and hosts recurring Girl’s Nights Out at more than 160 ranges throughout the nation.

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Miami Beach Police Detain Legal Open Carriers, Chill First Amendment

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The city of Miami Beach police have always been pretty badge heavy and enjoyed pushing people around.

 

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- On June 24, at about 10 a.m. citizens peacefully openly and legally carrying holstered pistols were detained by police for two hours. The police closed the pier where the Second Amendment activists were fishing.

The legal open carriers were eventually released and allowed to continue their activities. However, police remained at the scene and actively discouraged other members of the public from making contact with the Second Amendment activists. From miamiherald.com:

Police reopened the pier, but left a couple of officers there and stated, “We are encouraging visitors to use other portions of South Pointe Park.”

The men cited Florida Statute 790.25(3), the (h) subsection of which allows openly carrying a gun by “person engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition.” They came prepared with a print out of the statute.

The action is almost certain to result in a lawsuit or lawsuits against Miami Beach for numerous violations of Constitutional rights.  From local10.com:

Eric Friday, general counsel for Florida Carry, said the men were held by police for two hours and had guns drawn on them.

“Overreaction would be an understatement, but I do believe they overreacted,” Friday said.

Friday said his group planned to take legal action against the city for how the police handled the situation.

If you look at the image from  local10.com, you can see that at least one Second Amendment activist was wearing a body camera. He appears to be in restraints.

The group associated with the event, Florida Carry, is a well managed resourceful, and experienced Second Amendment group. They have won several settlements in Florida courts. It is likely that more than one video camera was recording events. Florida Carry had this comment on its Facebook page:

The illegal attack on our members by the Miami Beach PD is a developing incident. We are pouring every necessary resource in to this incident.

Most of the news coverage of the police action says the Second Amendment activists were “briefly detained”. Two hours is not “briefly detained”. There is considerable court precedent about the definition of “briefly detained”. It is less than 10-20 minutes.

In this case, there was no probable cause. There was no reasonable suspicion. Open carry demonstrations while fishing have been ongoing in Florida for several years, and have been widely publicized.

The use of police resources to actively persuade members of the public to avoid contact with open carriers is an important twist to this event .

Open carry demonstrations are powerful, protected, symbolic speech. The stated purpose of the demonstration was to exercise First Amendment rights to protect and advance Second Amendment rights.

The Miami Beach Police used their police power to directly chill the exercise of the First Amendment, without any legal reason to do so.

This will not end well for Miami Beach.

Florida remains one of the five states where open carry of pistols is generally prohibited in public by state law. There are a few exceptions, such as open carry while camping or fishing or while in transit to and from such activities.

General open carry, is legal in 45 states. It has been stalled in the Florida legislature for the last few years through underhanded defections by Republicans and through machinations of the Republican leadership.  Those Republicans tend to lose their seats.

Eventually, I expect open carry to pass in Florida. There is no valid reason for it to be illegal.

There is one invalid reason. Open carry makes a loud, clear, political statement: the Second Amendment is real, and it means something.

Those who wish a disarmed population find that statement insufferable.

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Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle Blocking Pro-Second Amendment Legislation

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H/T AmmoLand.

The voters in Georgia need to send Lt.Governor Casey Cagle into retirement at the old RINO’s home. 

“Cagle has single-handedly fought pro-Second Amendment legislation in the State Senate over his tenure.” – Jessica Szilagyi, All On Georgia


Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle Blocking Pro-Second Amendment Legislation

 

Georgia – -(Ammoland.com)- For weeks, Casey Cagle has attacked conservative businessman Brian Kemp with television ads funded by the special interests.

Wanna know why? Because Cagle is hiding something.

On the campaign trail, Georgia’s Lt. Governor Casey Cagle claims to be a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment but his record under the Gold Dome is nothing short of alarming.

Here’s a quick summary:

  • In 2013, SB188, better known as Campus Carry, was introduced for the second time but Cagle refused to allow the Senate a floor vote.
  • In 2014, Cagle supported efforts to implement training requirements for gun owners during a Conference Committee on House Bill 65. Thankfully, he was unsuccessful.
  • In 2016, Casey Cagle told a group of pastors that Campus Carry was not “responsible” and he “does not agree with this and other legislation being pushed upon our state.”
  • In 2017, the legislature finally passed Campus Carry but Cagle allowed his College and Career Academies to remain on the exemption list. He said it was a “thoughtful compromise.

That same year, Cagle also sent the “Georgia Constitutional Carry Act” (SB177) to die in committee and blocked three pro-gun amendments in the Senate in 2017.

When it comes to protecting, promoting, and advancing our 2nd Amendment Rights, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle is “content” with where we are. As governor, he won’t fight for our values. He simply has “no appetite for that.”

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Brian Kemp for Governor

 

 

 

Family Separation At The Border – Here is the Truth ~ VIDEO

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H/T AmmoLand.

The drive by media thinks they found the story that will propel the DemocRats to victory in the November midterm election. 

The Apathetic consequence of Prosecutorial Discretion.

 

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Today’s mainstream media (MSM) thinks they’ve locked onto a strategy to help democrats win. That strategy hinges entirely on distortion in an effort to drum up emotional outrage. Nothing gets people more emotional than to see children harmed. Unless of course you’re an unhinged animal rights activist and animals suffering hits you the hardest.

The MSM and their Leftist friends claim that the Trump administration hates illegal immigrant children. They are attempting to convince the public that Team Trump has launched a war against illegal immigrant families by separating children from their custodians at the border. In some cases they’re with their parents, and in some they’re not.

The MSM’s distortion is that “Trump doesn’t have to separate families.” Every commentary I have seen makes this claim and all have failed to confront the jackass (pun intended) in the room. The only way Trump doesn’t have to separate the children from their parents is if he doesn’t arrest and detain the parents or custodian for their crime.

I am not aware of a detention facility in this country that permits children to be incarcerated with their parent or vice versa. Shame on the parent who would ask for such an accommodation. The reality is that Trump is enforcing laws on the books at his discretion as every law enforcement key holder in the executive branch does.

Most prosecutors and law enforcement have discretion in choosing whether to prosecute a given criminal case. Most of us probably think this is a good idea. Who wouldn’t be happy to get off the hook for some crime we had allegedly committed? That’s rhetorical of course, we all would.

Prosecutorial discretion was born out of obvious logistical and strategic need. Unfortunately, some crimes that go unenforced create a massive national crisis. The crime of unlawful entry into the United States is a glaring example.

The illegal immigration crisis at our southern border is nothing new. It has been ongoing since at least the Truman Administration. In 1952 the democrat controlled Congress sponsored and passed The Immigration and Nationality Act, which made unlawful entry a crime. Truman tried to veto it. There was such overwhelming support from Congress that they managed to overturn the veto.

Congress passed a law and they passed it to be enforced. How do I know that was their intention? Because they prescribed a punishment that carries not only a fine, but also jail time, or both with increasing severity for repeat offenders. Congress is not a passive parent that says, “stop it, or else!” They define what behavior constitutes the crime and prescribed a punishment. This is the way law is made and it is here that the separation of powers comes into play. It is up to the executive to enforce the law. Members of Congress like Elijah Cummings can’t now come out and criticize the Executive’s decision to enforce an existing law.

To claim that there is some better way for law enforcement to handle this is to deny the blunt instrument that is government. Worse still it is a denial of where the blame really lies.

Illegal Immigration Dreamers
Illegal Immigration Dreamers

These children’s parents put their family in this situation. Maybe it was an act of desperation and compassion, maybe it wasn’t. I have met many drug addicts, domestic abusers, and career criminals that “needed” to commit their crimes to survive. They all had families and many had children. I wasn’t the one who took someone’s mommy or daddy away. Mommy and daddy’s actions led them to the sad trail of consequence that is criminal action.

Today’s rhetoric is that the Trump Administration has a “policy of separating families.” Every analysis I have read casts the argument in that light. Many claim that we should limit our prosecution of illegals to single folks. The Left claims we shouldn’t be prosecuting parents and families that we apprehend at the border.

What democrats and other advocates of lawlessness are really saying is, “don’t enforce our law.” Ultimately, open borders are what they’ve wanted from the beginning. How much more of an open border can you have than to allow all “parents” and “families” to enter our country without prosecution. Is there anyone who isn’t a “parent” or a member of a “family?” Everyone would claim that status to avoid prosecution. In fact many have, which is Trump’s stated reason for cracking down on all of them.

Since when do democrats care about keeping families intact anyway? It’s hard to believe that keeping families together is their real goal. With all of their pro-abortion, anti-male, anti-masculinity, anti-patriarchal, anti-heterosexual, anti-nuclear family, and anti-religion I’m not buying it! The Left’s aim is to destroy the family, not to keep it intact. If you want to protect families then fight the Left tooth and nail!

Culture, Not The Availability Of Guns Is America’s Problem

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H/T AmmoLand.

I grew up watching shows like Combat,Gunsmoke,Paladin,and John Wayne movies and never once did I ever want to start shooting people.

The culture today has cheapened life by supporting abortions and euthanasia of the sick and handicapped people.

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- For years gun-control-groups and their supporters, as well as assorted politicians and their media allies have been proclaiming that the availability and “easy access” of guns that is the primary factor driving “gun violence” in the United States.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Of course, gun control as an ideology is as allergic to the truth as a vampire is to garlic.

The fact of the matter is that from the 1750’s up through the 1980’s, there were far fewer gun laws, and guns were more readily available to people, including kids, than they are today and yet Mass Shootings were reasonably rare events.

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We had “Cowboy” type revolvers that used paper “strip caps” to more modern types like 1911 pistols, replica’s of Walther PPK pistols, .357 Magnums, Luger’s and others and even full size copies of MP-5’s, Mini Uzi’s, AK-47’s. But we never thought to kill each other…

I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s and turned 18 in 1991. Like many kids of the era, we had both access to real firearms and a collection of incredibly realistic looking cap guns of various types. From the traditional style .38 Chiefs Special that took “ring caps” to the old “Cowboy” type revolvers that used paper “strip caps” to more modern types like 1911 pistols, replica’s of Walther PPK pistols, .357 Magnums, Luger’s and others and even full size copies of MP-5’s, Mini Uzi’s, AK-47’s

These newer types all used “magazines” that fed a plastic strip of caps into the “action,” they advertised on the packaging that they had functioning actions and even “ejected” the “spent rounds.”

It was a regular part of growing up than to spend summer days and or weekends when school was in session, running all over town or the woods with your friends from the neighborhood, playing “cops and robbers” or “war” or whatever people called it in their specific part of the Country.

The point being, 10 to 20 kids would spend all day playing and “shooting” at each other, and those same kids all had unfettered access to real firearms, yet the idea of actually shooting someone with a real gun never entered our minds!

We were able to differentiate between “play” or “make belief” and the real world but the two never mixed in our minds.

Kids also used to take their real guns to school for a variety of legitimate reasons, in all parts of the Country during the same period and again, mass and school shootings were rare events. The late Justice Scalia told a story of taking his rifle on the subway and El in NYC when he was growing up to shoot on the school shooting team, and no one blinked. Can you imagine the over the top response to something like that today?!

Some kids took their guns to school because they were, like Scalia, part of the school supported rifle or trap or skeet teams, some because they hunted before or after school. Some because they were in wood or metal shop and were doing repairs or making parts to get a grade in that class.

So what changed? Our culture did ! Hyper-violent movies, as well as video games, play at least some sort of role in this. But that’s a topic for another column. But its clear to me that the availability of firearms is far from the primary factor in whats causing our current spate of mass shootings by kids.


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New York WARNING Are Assisted-Openers Now Illegal Switchblades?

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The state of New York is going full blown Communist.

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U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- As if New York wasn’t already a confusing legal and regulatory nightmare for honest, law-abiding knife owners, the highest court in the state just upheld, in a one-paragraph opinion, the conviction of a person in possession of an assisted opening (spring-assisted) folding knife under the theory that it was an illegal switchblade knife under New York law.

The decision was overwhelming, 6 to 1, but it’s worth noting the excellent dissent by Judge Jenny Rivera which is detailed, analytical, logical and very well-reasoned.

People v Berrezueta

Assisted opening folding knives are widely and routinely carried by millions of law abiding individuals, and given the momentous nature of this decision, certainly affecting hundreds of thousands of pocket knife owners in New York State, a review of the briefs suggests that the seriousness of the issues at stake was not presented to the court. The prosecution fundamentally mischaracterized the nature of the knife as being a switchblade. The significant and fundamental differences between a switchblade and the assisted-opening folder the defendant was carrying were not before the Court.

In addition to completely redefining what a knife’s handle is, essentially eliminating the difference between the handle and the blade, the Court disregarded the fundamental difference in how the two types of knives operate – switchblades being automatic (an essential element of the definition) while assisted-openers are not.

Given that this confusion goes against clear historical precedent and that nobody in the real world is likely to interpret that statute in that manner, it creates a trap for all knife owners who would rationally never consider an assisted-opening folder to be a switchblade, especially if they were intimately familiar with plain wording of New York’s switchblade statue.

265.00 Weapons Crimes – Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons Definitions

4. “Switchblade Knife” means any knife which has a blade which opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife. (emphasis ours)

Regardless of whether we win our current civil rights case against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. over their unconstitutionally vague gravity knife prosecutions of those carrying common folding knives, the hundreds of thousands of knife owners who possess an assisted-opening folding knife anywhere in New York state could now be liable to being prosecuted for simply possessing a per se (inherently) illegal switchblade under §265.01, which is a serious crime, a fourth degree misdemeanor with a potential penalty of a year in jail. And, as we have seen far too often in our Federal gravity knife case, anyone who has had a prior conviction, even decades ago, is likely to have the charge against them upgraded to a felony with potentially years of jail time and loss of civil rights.

Actually carrying an assisted-opener will certainly raise the likelihood of arrest and prosecution.

At this juncture we must warn anyone living in New York State, or who visits or travels through New York State, that you risk arrest and jail if you carry an assisted-opening folding knife. Retailers within New York State may want to consider their potential criminal liability in continuing to sell assisted-opening knives.

We’ll certainly be looking to find a solution to this problematic decision, but for now, discretion is the better part of valor with regards to assisted-opening folders in New York State.

And, just to be clear, this assisted-opener issue that covers the entire state of New York is entirely separate from New York City’s gravity knife arrests and prosecutions; as well as New York City’s administrative code prohibiting open carry of a knife (including being clipped to a pocket or “printing”) and its under 4-inch blade length limit. Details at: https://kniferights.org/legislative-update/new-york-city-administrative-code-knives/

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New York’s Governor Cuomo Edges Closer to Total Gun Confiscation

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H/T AmmoLand.

It is time for the upstate Patriots to tell the downstate Communist and Comrade Cuomo FU we will not comply.

Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- “The ‘Few’ keep getting fewer!”

More misery for the few NY residents who still own guns:

NY’s Democrat governor, who (like most Democrats) wants to wholly eliminate the private ownership of guns, is now proposing a new measure designed to get him one step closer:

Governor Cuomo announced that he wants to add teachers, school administrators, and other school personnel to the growing list of individuals who may go to the head of the line in order to petition courts to issue “extreme risk protection orders” for individuals whom they believe “are likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to himself, herself or others.”

“Extreme risk protection order” is polite terminology for abrupt and permanent gun confiscation.

So any teacher, even one who has never even met you, can capriciously decide that you’re “crazy,” and thus should not own guns. On the basis of his unsworn, uncorroborated, unprofessional testimony alone, one’s Second Amendment Rights as a American can be instantly, arbitrarily, and probably permanently annulled, without a hearing, without warning, without ever having been even accused (much less convicted) of any crime, and without any opportunity to defend yourself.

“Due process” does not exist in the minds of these liberal Second-Amendment haters!

Of course, the governor’s heavily-armed security detail will not be affected by any of this!

“Many politicians are, by choice, far-removed from their own electorate and thus continue to make the mistake of ignoring voters’ concerns, because they (politicians) have manufactured their own secure, comfortable, and insulated world, and refuse to ever come out of it, nor even acknowledge other worlds exists!” ~ Kurz

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Memphis Gun Owner Uses AK-47 Rifle in Self-Defense from Two Attackers

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Another lie by the anti-gun crowd gets debunked that an AK-47 can’t be use for self defense.

 

Memphis TN –-(Ammoland.com)-Another myth from the anti-gun groups crumble. A homeowner defended his home against two home invaders with his AK style rifle.

A Memphis Tennessee homeowner, who wishes to remain anonymous, returned home from the barbershop on Monday at 7 PM. When he approached the front door, he found his door pried open and his dog wildly barking. He entered his house to find 28-year-old Azell Witherspoon and 17-year-old Demond Robinson ransacking his home.

“I see my house being ransacked and the dog was still going hysterical in the cage,” the homeowner told WMC Action News 5. According the homeowners robbers said, “Hey, they are here.”

The robbers drew their weapons which according to the reports were pistols. One of the robber’s gun jammed when attempting to shoot the homeowner, and the other robber’s gun fired but missed the homeowner. They retreated to the kitchen. The homeowner opened his closet and retrieved his AK.

Fearing for his life the now armed homeowner engaged the two men on his patio. He was able to fire his rifle and kill both armed men ending the threat to his life. The man called the police who responded to the call to find both men dead at the scene.

The homeowner went to the police station to answer questions about his claim of self-defense in the incident. After supplying law enforcement with surveillance video of the encounter the homeowner was released by police. The District Attorney General’s office has announced that after looking at the evidence and the supplied footage that no charges would be filed against the homeowner.

“I don’t know what’s going on, but I know I’m going to defend my life to the best of my ability,” The homeowner told WMC-TV.

This isn’t the first time the homeowner had issues in his neighborhood with crime. Earlier in the year his house was hit by bullets. Police were unable to figure out who fired those bullets, but do not think that the home owner was targeted in that case.

The homeowner believes that young people do not care about other people’s lives. Also, he believes that it is a lack of fathers in young men’s families that is pushing the crime rate up in Memphis.

“These boys need their father and need some type of discipline. They’re out here without any fear,” The Homeowner told WMC.

His neighbors agree with the homeowner. One neighbor told WREG TV, “We are living in a day and time where we don’t use much wisdom. Like the young folks…, it’s just like they don’t care.”

He believed that he had to choose between their lives and his own life. Fortunately for the homeowner he had the means to legally defend himself. He believes his rifle saved his life.

The homeowner does fear about retaliation for the shooting. When WMC asked if he was worried the homeowner replied, “That’s a possibility. You never know how someone else’s family may perceive the situation, but I mean, I just have to take it one day at a time.”

Police are not going to release the homeowner’s details for his safety.

Nine people were shot in 31 hours in Memphis.

What Calls For Common Sense Tell Us About Gun Politics

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The common sense approach to gun laws for the gun control crowd means only one thing a totally unarmed and defenseless American public.

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Fayetteville, AR –-(Ammoland.com)- What do gun control advocates claim to want? Common sense gun laws.

This fits into the marketing advice given by Frank O’Brien of the marketing firm, O’Brien Garrett, and others to avoid facts and focus on feelings and memes. The supporters of stricter, excuse me, stronger, or so the focus groups tell us to say, gun laws assert that their demands are sensible and hope that we won’t ask them to show their work.

But what exactly is common sense?

When first used in the 1300s, it referred to the feeling that we are all supposed to have for each other, something that today we’d call empathy. Over time, the phrase came to mean a recognition of propositions that any rational person must accept as self-evident.

And therein lies the problem. It’s easy to assert that something is self-evident. Our own Declaration of Independence tells us that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness qualify as things that cannot be denied without falling into absurdities, though with analysis, that claim is hard to sustain. My existence is self-evident to me, if I say, “I don’t exist,” I have to wonder who just spoke, and if something isn’t equal to itself, language and even reality itself is incomprehensible. But Jefferson’s list, copied from John Locke needs defending.

As do claims that gun control saves lives. Insisting that it does is an article of faith for supporters, but the evidence is not on their side.

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What gun control advocates are trying to get away with is to avoid doing the work of showing that their demands will achieve their stated goals, but calling something common sense doesn’t make it so

There is no correlation between gun ownership and gun homicide rates, nor is there any between how many are murdered by gunfire and the “strength” of the gun laws. Similarly, the suicide rate of a nation shows no effect from the regulations related to what weapons the people living there are allowed to own. To take a favorite country for those who think that our rights should be curtailed, yes, England’s homicide rate is lower than ours, but the Land of Hope and Glory has had essentially the same rate since before we declared independence, while their gun laws didn’t become silly until the middle of the twentieth century.

Perhaps gun control advocates have gained some of the common sense, using the original meaning here, in that they speak more often about mass shootings these days. No decent person can see people being slaughtered without feeling the pain of the victims and their friends and family, and those who seek to curtail gun rights see an opening here to exploit. But the kind of shootings that have filled the headlines recently are rare, and the overall trend in homicides is downward.

What gun control advocates are trying to get away with is to avoid doing the work of showing that their demands will achieve their stated goals, but calling something common sense doesn’t make it so. To be sensible, a proposal has to be defended with facts and logic. Saying that we all should or do feel a certain way does not answer the question of what we ought to do about the situation.

Saying “Military Grade Firearms” is Code for I-am-a-Dumbass Gun Banner

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H/T AmmoLand.

The ignorance of the gun banning crowd is mind numbing.

 

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Dear fans of gun control;

Calling guns, you don’t like “military grade” or “military style” only reveals how ignorant you are.

That’s right, here I go “gunsplaining” again, to the great disdain of several MSM figures who are complaining that gun control organizations and their fans shouldn’t be held to a minimal standard of knowledge on the subject they endlessly pontificate on

Silly me, how dare I expect the people screaming the loudest to severely restrict my rights have any clue what they are talking about!

When gun control organizations and supporters use phrases like “military grade” and “military-style” to describe firearms they want to ban; they have helpfully provided a gigantic clue that they are willfully ignorant idiots. Idiots that have no credibility, but unfortunately must still be taken seriously as enemies due to the oversized microphone they are granted by their sycophantic supporters in the media.

First, the history of firearms has always included crossovers between the civilian world and military world and back again. Its been that way for centuries. Certainly for the 243 years that have passed since the revolutionary war. The rebels and colonists often armed themselves with a “Pennsylvania” or “Kentucky” long rifle that had three times the range, as well as far greater accuracy, than the far more common “Brown Bess Musket” used by both the British and colonial armies. In fact, George Washington opposed raising large numbers of riflemen in the colonial army as formal troops. These “long rifles” were the state-of-the-art in rifle technology for their time.

Colonists also owned cannons and even armed coastal warships. The cannons were leased or sold to the fledgling US government /colonial army, and Congress issued “Letters of Marque” authorizing citizens to use their privately owned and armed warships to target British supply ships along the east coast of the colonies.

After the civil war, pistols like the Colt navy and Colt army revolvers were the “go to standard” sidearm for cowboys, ranchers, Law enforcement and just about everyone else that owned or carried a gun.

In the 20th century, two iconic firearms were again used by and cherished by both the government (military, law enforcement) and citizens. I’m speaking of course of both the Thompson submachine gun and the Colt 1911 pistol

Fixed cartridge revolvers were adopted as sidearms by the military for the first time in 1873. Beginning in the 1950’s, Colt and Smith and Wesson .38 special revolvers were issued to military pilots and other aircrews at the same time they were in use by law enforcement from the federal level all the way down to local police and were again quite common with citizens.

Colt AR15 Sporter Ad
Colt AR15 Sporter Ad

Contrary to popular belief, the AR15 rifle was developed by Armalite’s Eugene Stoner for citizens. Colt bought the design and started marketing the AR15 as the “Colt Sporter” several years before the Air-force adopted the M16 at the behest of General Curtis Lemay. And the AR15 has never been used by the military.

The US Army M24 sniper rifle is built on the chassis of one of the most common “hunting rifles” ever developed or sold, the Remington 700 .308 bolt action rifle.

The Barrett .50 cal rifle was introduced to the citizen market in the early 1980s and rapidly adopted by long range competition shooters competing in national and international matches. It was noticed by military participants of these matches, and it was then adopted by militaries around the world for their specific uses.

In 1986 the US military moved to the Beretta 92 in 9mm as their standard issue sidearm across all branches, at a time when the firearm was also popular with law enforcement and popularized by movies like Die Hard and Lethal Weapon. Specific select military spec-ops units and law enforcement Units did and still do retain use of the Colt 1911. Its design and base frame is also incredibly popular on the competition shooting circuit both nationally and internationally.

Girandoni Rifle
Girandoni Rifle

I could go on and on and on with other countless examples, but you get the point of how dumb these talking heads are.

And I haven’t even gone into Supreme Court decisions such as US V Miller in 1939, where the Supreme Court correctly ruled that weapons particularly well suited for military or militia service are protected by the Second Amendment. Nor have I mentioned the various writings and debates of the Founding Fathers, whos’ stated intent was for American citizens to each be as individually well armed as any government soldier would be. Or at least as close to that standard as possible.

Take for instance the words of Tench Coxe, Founding Father and delegate from Pennsylvania to the Continental Congress. “Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every terrible implement of the soldier are the birthright of Americans. “ Tench Coxe 1788

The bottom line is, phrases like “military grade” and “military style” are, like the rest of the arguments used by gun control, nothing more than utterly meaningless marketing buzz words.

Josh Sugarmann
Josh Sugarmann

Used in a deliberate attempt to sway public opinion by intentionally misrepresenting things. A tactic pioneered by the exec director of the Violence Policy Center Josh Sugarmann, who famously bragged about his intent and stated goal to confuse the public by redefining semi-automatic rifles that shared only a physical appearance with full auto ones as so-called “Assault Weapons.”

So the next time you hear some media talking head, gun control fan or “student activist” publicly revealing their ignorance, you can share these verifiable facts with them. Or even ask them if handguns, shotguns and bolt action rifles, all used by the military are also “military grade”. But take appropriate precautions, their heads might explode from rage, frustration or both.

About Dan Roberts

Dan Roberts is a grassroots supporter of gun rights that has chosen AmmoLand Shooting Sports News as the perfect outlet for his frank, ‘Jersey Attitude’ filled articles on Guns and Gun Owner Rights. As a resident of the oppressive state of New Jersey, he is well placed to be able to discuss the abuses of government against our inalienable rights to keep and bear arms as he writes from deep behind NJ’s Anti-Gun iron curtain. Read more from Dan Roberts You can also find him on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dan.roberts.18.

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