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‘Smart Gun Evangelists’ Missed Fact That Silicon Valley Wasn’t Buying

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H/T Breitbart California.

The smart gun is a liberal wet dream that will not work a geek with some magnets has already beaten smart gun technology.

With “smart guns” still a theoretical idea rather than an actual product, the Wall Street Journal reports that “smart-gun evangelists” failed to note that Silicon Valley was not buying into the technology.

In other words, those who believed Silicon Valley firms and their investors would rally to the cause failed to consider the tech industry’s abhorrence for any kind of firearms manufacturing, even if such manufacturing was dubbed “smart.”

The Journal‘s report notes that calls for such firearms were widespread among many gun control proponents after Adam Lanza’s heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012: “In theory, a gun with a fingerprint reader or [radio frequency identification] technology might stop murderers like Lanza who used guns purchased and stored by his mother, and to a greater degree prevent accidental shootings and suicides.” The Journalalso suggests that “smart-gun evangelists” hope the recent Parkland, Florida, shooting will give them momentum to get something done.

However, real-world problems cloud these theoretical aspirations.

One such problem is the fact that smart guns with radio frequency identification can be fired by anyone who has the bracelet, ring, or watch with which the firearm is paired. Thus, for example, Lanza could have taken his mother’s watch, thereby activating the gun, then killed her with it, gone to school, and carried out his attack by keeping the watch in close proximity to the firearm.

An even bigger problem lies in the fact that legal gun owners, who alone would be authorized to use the firearms they own, could simply use their smart guns to carry out attacks. The Parkland school shooter used a gun he bought at retail via a background check. A fingerprint reader or radio frequency identification requirement would have done nothing to stop him.

And that brings us back to smart guns in general. They are a theoretical approach to gun control that is not ready for prime time. In order to be ready, there will have to be lots of investment and testing, followed by more investment and more testing. And the Journal makes clear that Silicon Valley — the obvious place for such technology to be perfected — is not interested in becoming involved in firearms.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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Former NRA President Doubles Down: Yeti Demanded NRA Cease Using Cooler Company Logo After Parkland

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H/T Breitbarts Big Government.

Yeti is scrambling to cover their ass from the backlash from NRA members.

Yeti’s crap is over priced I own the cup that beat Yeti and a couple of others in a test on which one held ice the longest nad my cup came from Walmart.

NRA President and current Unified Sportsmen of Florida (USF) Executive Director Marion Hammer says Yeti coolers demanded the NRA cease using the cooler company’s logo after the Parkland school shooting.

On April 21, Breitbart News reported Hammer’s announcement that Yeti coolers cut ties with the NRA Foundation. Over the next 24 hours, a #BoycotttYeti movement emerged on Twitter and videos of people shooting, crushing, and otherwise destroying their Yeti coolers began making their way onto Facebook, YouTube, and other social media outlets.

Yeti released a statement on Monday claiming the NRA-ILA’s statement about the cooler company cutting ties with the NRA Foundation was “inaccurate”:

On Tuesday, Hammer emailed Breitbart News a response to the Yeti statement. The statement said:

YETI severed ties with the NRA and is now engaging in damage control after a backlash from many of its customers. In early March, YETI refused to place a previously negotiated order from NRA-ILA, citing “recent events” as the reason – a clear reference to the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. YETI then delivered notice to the NRA Foundation that it was terminating a 7-year agreement and demanded that the NRA remove the YETI name and logo from all NRA digital assets, as well as refrain from using any YETI trademarks in future print material. While YETI is trying to spin the story otherwise, those are the facts. While Yeti can choose to run from the NRA, they can’t run from the facts.

Hammer concluded her statement by noting, “Whether this is due to the recent cancellation of the IPO from their New York City owners is a question only they can answer.”

Illinois Dems Push Bill That Might Result In Dead Kids

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H/T Bearing Arms.

This ignorance of the DemocRats pushing this bill is mind numbing.

Democrats have these weird ideas sometimes. They seem to think that if they hope really, really hard, bad things will magically disappear and we’ll all live peaceful, happy lives.

That’s the only explanation for this Illinois bill other than pure, outright evil.

Democratic lawmakers in Illinois have drawn up a piece of legislation that would give extra cash to schools that reallocate funds toward replacing armed security officers with unarmed social workers and behavior therapists.

The controversial bill, proposed by Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Westchester, would offer grants to schools that use funds meant for school security and instead spend it on mental health services, including hiring social workers or implementing other practices “designed to promote school safety and healthy environments,” as The Associated Press reported.

16 other Democrats in the House have backed Welch’s plan.

“This increased presence of law enforcement in schools does not necessarily enhance school safety,” Michelle Mbekani-Wiley from the Sargent Shriver Center for Poverty Law told The Associated Press. “Instead it dramatically increases the likelihood that students will be unnecessarily swept into the criminal justice system often for mere adolescent or disruptive behavior.”

However, supporters of school resource officers say their role is essential to keeping students safe, especially from acts of violence.

That’s because SROs are essential. When they’re not cowards, at least. They can meet an armed threat with an armed response. Removing them and replacing them with social workers is absolutely ridiculous.

I’m not saying social workers can’t do some good in some of these schools. I’m sure they can.

But when confronted with an armed threat, talking it out just isn’t really an option. Great Mills High School isn’t remembered as vividly as Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School because the SRO did his job and ended the threat. Period.

The truth of the matter is that this bill has more to do with hopes and wishes than real reality.

When people talk about the presence of law-enforcement in schools “sweeping” kids into the criminal justice system, they forget that unless the law permits the officer to arrest someone for a kind of behavior, they can’t do it. If you want SROs to be used less, then you simply make it so they can only act on things that would be criminal outside of school. Few would take issue with such a law, after all.

But to pretend that SROs represent some threat to students?

I’m sorry, but that’s dumb even by Illinois standards. School Resource Officers fill an important role, a role proven to be essential by the failures of Parkland. Had the SRO acted when he should have, how many lives would have been saved? Would we even be having this current gun debate? My guess is we wouldn’t.

But that SRO is the exception, not the rule, and to try and take SROs out of schools at a time when the public debate about combating violence in our schools is so prevalent isn’t just dumb. It’s potentially lethal.

Seriously, it’s almost like they want kids to be murdered.

Police Chiefs Send Letter Opposing National Reciprocity

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H/T Bearing Arms.

This 2.6% of the police chiefs opposing National Reciprocity are most likely from DemocRat controlled cities and states. 

As national reciprocity languishes in the Senate, it seems the anti-gun forces aren’t taking any chances on it staying that way. Recently, a group of police chiefs decided it was time to step up and do something about it. You know, just in case.

They sent a letter to leaders of Congress expressing their opinions on the bill.

The country’s police chiefs are rising up against another conservative crime-fighting initiative. They sent a letter Thursday (April 19) to leaders of Congress to oppose a bill that would let gun owners with concealed-carry permits in one state carry concealed weapons in all 50 states.

The letter from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, representing 18,000 police departments across the United States, and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans targets the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act,” which passed the House in December and is now pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The letter is endorsed by 473 police officials from 39 states, from large departments such as Los Angeles and Atlanta to small departments such as Spanish Fork, Utah, and Falls Church, Va.

“This legislation,” the letter states, “is a dangerous encroachment on individual state efforts to protect public safety, and it would effectively nullify duly enacted state laws and hamper law enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence.”

On concealed weapons, states currently issue permits to individual gun owners, and different states have different criteria for issuing the permits. Some states require training and proof of proficiency, while some states require no qualifications. Some states recognize the permits of certain other states, but many do not. And a dozen states now have “constitutional carry,” meaning weapons may be concealed without a permit.

The bill in Congress is described by the National Rifle Association as its “highest legislative priority.” The measure would require all states simply to recognize the permits of all other states, regardless of the conditions imposed by individual states for obtaining the permits.

Now, some may accept this as evidence that this is a bad idea. I, however, don’t.

First, it’s just over 2.6 percent of the departments represented by the Association of Police Chiefs. That’s a tiny fraction of the group. While it’s unlikely you’d ever get all the chiefs to sign onto the letter, if this had some overwhelming support from the chiefs, you’d expect to see at least a double-digit percentage represented.

That didn’t happen.

In other words, this was something more than 95 percent of the chiefs didn’t feel like signing on for because they most likely understood there were no risks involved in this.

Every state that issues a concealed carry permit has different requirements, but all include a background check beyond the NICS check used to purchase a firearm. The reality is, we’ve seen that those with permits are far less likely to commit crime than those who aren’t part of that group. Lawful gun owners aren’t the problem and never have been.

It seems that the vast majority of police chiefs understand that and opted to not sign the letter. Those that did represent liberal communities that just don’t know any better and don’t want to be bothered with facts that blow up their preconceived notions.

Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Schumer Launch Star-Studded Initiative to Take Down the NRA

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H/T Breitbarts Big Hollywood.

A bunch of Hollyweird has been stars and some never were types think they can take on the NRA and destroy it is a joke.

David Camrea Hogg and his sister have join this merry band of loons.

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Hollywood gun control proponents, including Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer, and Jimmy Kimmel are helping launch an initiative to take down the NRA.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the initiative is being called the “No Rifle Association initiative.” The hashtag will be #NoRA.

The organization penned a letter to NRA executive VP Wayne LaPierre on Friday, signed by more than 130 Hollywood stars.

“We’re going to shine a bright light on what you and your organization do to America. We’re going to make sure the whole world sees your bloody hands. We’re coming for your money. We’re coming for your puppets. And we’re going to win,” the letter said. “We’re coming for your money. We’re coming for your puppets. And we’re going to win.”

Other celebrities signing onto support the initiative include Ashley Judd, W. Kamau Bell, Don Cheadle, Minnie Driver, Jon Favreau, Nathan Fillion, Jordan Horowitz, Julianne Moore, Michael Moore, Patton Oswalt, Annabella Sciorra, Jill Soloway, Amber Tamblyn and Constance Wu.

Parkland student gun control activists David Hogg and Cameron Kasky have signed onto the initiative as well.

Supporters of the initiative made clear they plan to “counterac[t] the influence of NRA money in the political system.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

Illinois County Declares Itself a ‘Sanctuary County’ for Gun Owners

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H/T Breitbarts Big Government.

This is a warning shot across the bow of the gun grabbing pirates ship in  Springfield.

Effingham County, Illinois, officially declared itself a “sanctuary county” for gun owners on Monday.

The “sanctuary” status means the county will refuse enforcement of any new state law which might “unconstitutionally restrict the Second Amendment.”

Fox News Insider reports the county board passed the “sanctuary county” resolution by a vote of eight to one on Monday.

County board member David Campbell indicated the vote was part of fighting against the constant encroachment on the Second Amendment. He said, “[We] decided it’s time for someone to take a hard stand.”

Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler explained that the idea came from watching how the left declares sanctuary areas throughout the county as it relates to immigration. He said, “So we thought … why don’t we just make this a sanctuary county like they would for undocumented immigrants. So we did flip the script on it.”

The impetus for the vote was a Deerfield, Illinois, decision not simply to bar residents from “assault weapon” ownership but to empower the police chief to confiscate such weapons once the ban goes into effect.

 

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

David Hogg Pushing Boycott of Mutual Fund Companies Invested in Gun Manufacturer Stocks

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H/T Breitbarts Big Government.

David Camera Hogg’s boycotts have been backfiring and causing the companies or whoever is boycotted to prosper.

David Camera Hogg has had his fifteen minutes of fame it is time for his to STFU and go away.

Gun control proponent David Hogg is pushing a boycott of mutual fund companies invested in firearm manufacturer stocks.

This follows his boycott of Fox News’s Laura Ingraham, which resulted in her initially losing advertisers and apologizing to him only to have her viewership jump 20 percent.

Now Hogg is targeting BlackRock, Vanguard Group, and a few other mutual fund companies for holding gun manufacturers’ stock in their mutual funds.

Hogg tweeted:

David Hogg

@davidhogg111

.@blackrock and @Vanguard_Group are two of the biggest investors in gun manufacturers; if you use them, feel free to let them know. Thanks 😉

He is trying to get the hashtags #BoycottBlackrock and #BoycottVanguard to trend.

On April 17, Breitbart News reported that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) have launched similar campaigns. Emanuel wants to punish banks that continued unfettered business with gun makers and sellers by refusing city contracts to said banks. AFT is calling on school pension fund managers to divest of any holdings in manufacturers of “assault weapons.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

Small-Town County Takes on the NRA Boycotters

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H/T Town Hall.

It is good to see people standing up and saying we are going to boycott the NRA boycotters.

BUTLER, Pa. — A Western Pennsylvania sheriff has issued an order within his department to not conduct county sheriff business with any of the corporations that have decided to cut ties with members of the National Rifle Association.

Sheriff Michael Slupe’s order, released April 3, read as follows: “Though I cannot dictate which companies you utilize in your personal life, I can and am going to dictate which companies the Butler County Sheriff’s Office will not use.

“When making arrangements for any extradition or stay over that you are scheduling, the below companies will not be permitted to be used:

“Airlines: Delta and United

“Hotels: Wyndam Group of Hotels, which includes: Baymont Inn & Suites, Days Inn, Dolce Hotels & Resorts, Hawthorn Suites, Howard Johnson, Knights Inn, Microtel Inn & Suites, and Ramada.

“Rental Vehicles: Enterprise Holdings, which includes Enterprise, National, and Alamo.

“Also not permitted to use is Avis and Hertz.

“These companies made the choice to boycott the NRA for whatever their reason(s) are, so, I am making the choice not to support them.

“This order takes effect immediately.”

On the corporate response of punishing NRA members in their affiliate programs after the Parkland, Florida, high school mass shooting, Slupe said: “I believe it is important to send a message as a department that we support the members of our community that are members of the NRA that have had nothing to do with any of the shootings, yet they are the face of the blame in the eyes of corporate America.”He added: “While I cannot tell people what to in their personal choices outside of the county sheriff department, I can direct this department to not use the services of these corporations who made the choice to punish NRA members.”

Sheriff Slupe was first elected into office in 2009, the first Republican to hold the seat in nearly three decades. He won the election by 69 percent of the vote over his Democratic opponent. He won again in 2013 and last November, both times receiving over 98 percent of the vote. To date, Slupe has received no complaints from his constituents or his deputies.

Slupe said: “I don’t believe the NRA is responsible for any of these tragedies that have occurred, as a matter of fact, the NRA is more about education and safety than any group out there. So when these companies decided to boycott the NRA, for whatever their reasons I have a problem with that.”

He did put an asterisk in his order that says if the hotels are independently owned, like the Days Inn in Butler, they will not be part of the boycott. He said: “I know the owner. He’s an independent, he’s a businessman. I won’t have a problem with having my people go to an independently owned hotel in one of these groups. But if it’s not, they aint using ’em.”

In the aftermath of mass shootings in this country, the pattern of behavior has been grassroots activists demanding gun control laws and gun rights groups including the NRA responding with reasons why they oppose gun control laws.

After the school shooting in Parkland in February, student survivors responded with a call for a movement and boycotts, resulting in rallies across the country one month later, several retailers introducing restrictions on gun sales at their stores, and other companies such as Delta Airlines, Hertz and Wyndham Hotels announcing cuts on discounts for NRA members.

The corporate and political movement has escalated against NRA members; earlier this month, the American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said: “We’re issuing Wells Fargo an ultimatum — they can have a mortgage market that includes America’s teachers, or they can continue to do business with the NRA and gun manufacturers. They can’t do both.”

Bank of America will stop lending to manufacturers of “military-style firearms” that are sold for civilian use, Vice Chairman Anne Finucane revealed on Bloomberg Television last week. After internal discussions with the bank’s gun-manufacturing clients, it decided it will no longer finance their operations.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell introduced a proposal in late March asking city staffers to arrange a list of businesses that have a “formal relationship” with the NRA and then discuss ways to boycott business with them. That edict includes FedEx, who is working with the city Harbor Department to operate a warehouse and office space. To date, FedEx has not caved to the pressure from gun control advocates to stop providing discounted shipping for members of the NRA.

Slupe says he understands his effort is tiny in scope compared to the economic impact it will have to those goliath efforts of the big corporations, unions and large-city administrations: “We all make choices. Their decision was to cut their ties with the NRA for one reason or another. And I’m not bad-mouthing them. They made a choice. So I’m gonna make a choice. And we’re not gonna use these companies to do our work.”

Defiant Op-Ed Author Refuses To Comply With City’s Proposed Assault Weapon Ban

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H/T Bearing Arms.

It is refreshing to see an Op-Ed writer buking against the proposed tyranny from the city of Boulder. 

States that lack preemption laws are starting to see some of the ramifications of that. Communities are deciding to ban the ownership of so-called assault weapons within the city limits, thus forcing owners to either sell their guns or move.

One community considering such an act is Boulder, Colorado.

At least one resident of Boulder, however, is defiant.

My home town of Boulder is about to define me as a criminal if I do not disarm or move.

Let this column serve as a public notice, I will not comply.

I was raised in Colorado and moved to Boulder in 1984, graduated from CU there and stayed. I proudly represented Boulder on the RTD Board of Directors. My late daughter rests in a Boulder cemetery. I plan to be laid to rest beside her when my time comes. All that to say my roots are deep in my hometown.

But to be who I am, to be true to my values I hold dear, I must choose to leave or go to jail.

Boulder prides itself on promoting inclusion, diversity and tolerance. And there was a time it lived up to those now-empty words — a time when Boulder was diverse enough to welcome such opposites as the beatnik, Buddhist Naropa Institute and Soldier of Fortune magazine.

But it’s getting very clear Boulder doesn’t want my type in their lily-white, homogeneous town.

Boulder City Council is on the verge of passing a sweeping anti-gun ordinance, laughably called an assault weapons ban. So loosely written, this ordinance would ban the first gun I ever owned, a simple .22 caliber rifle, the same type most farm boys get on their twelfth  birthday. Its sin? It can be fitted with a pistol-grip or a folding stock.

The author, Jon Caldara, is right to be defiant. Such a ban is probably unconstitutional anyway, and defiance can lead to a Supreme Court decision overturning such a ban. Possibly all assault weapon bans, even, though I wouldn’t hold my breath. Still, a guy can dream.

However, Caldara is still right.

There are all kinds of problems with the Boulder proposal, but let’s start from a premise that’s actually bogus: that some guns are bad.

The problem here is that trying to ban particular weapons by name is a fool’s errand. The manufacturer will change as little as they can, then rerelease the weapon under a new name, thus avoiding the ban.

So you ban features. The problem is that then you start catching weapons that aren’t actually bad. You start covering guns like that .22 rifle so many kids get in their tween years. You start covering that collector’s rifle because you’re interested in a particular era of history. You start covering a lot of things you never meant to cover. In theory.

The alternate theory is that you want it broad so you can ban as many guns as humanly possible with your assault weapon ban, but that couldn’t be it, right? Nah. No one would do something like that. (Please tell me you can read sarcasm?)

For what it’s worth, I support Caldara’s defiance and I hope others in Boulder will speak out about their own plans to defy such a law. Perhaps if people understand that their neighbors, the people they’ve known for years, would become criminals overnight, they’d stop with this nonsense.

Despite Post-Parkland Activism, Youth Not Registering To Vote

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H/T Bearing Arms.

David Camera Hogg and his astroturf movement is losing steam and falling flat. 

A lot has been made about the so-called “Children’s Crusade” in the aftermath of Parkland. Supposedly it’s the turning of the tide on guns; this is the moment when we can kiss our gun rights goodbye.

However, the reality looks very, very different.

Two months of youthful activism in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre was expected to produce a bumper crop of teens registering to vote for the first time.

But in Tallahassee, the epicenter of the Florida protests, all the noise, speeches and carnival-like atmosphere have not produced a number of new young voters. The opposite happened. There now are fewer voters among the 18-25 age group than there were before the shooting.

According to the Leon County Supervisor of Elections office, there has been a drop of 690 registered voters in Leon County since Feb. 14 among the youngest voting-age group.

The number of vanishing youth voters grows larger the longer you look at voter registration rolls. Tallahassee, home to more than 63,000 students of two universities and a college has seen registration among younger voters drop by 4,673 since March 2017.

The vanishing voters could be a high school student who graduated, went off to college and switched registration to a Gainesville dorm. She could be a college graduate who left to pursue a career in Tampa. The voter could simply be someone who celebrated his 26th birthday.

Those are factors in producing the final number. But the “drop” remains striking when compared to the months leading up to the last mid-term election.

Between October 2015 and February 2016, Leon County saw an increase of 422 voters in the 18-25 group. Jump ahead two years later and the same four months show a decrease of 1,368 voters.

State data lags reports from the counties but in the first two months of 2018, Florida recorded a net increase of 51,013 in voter registration — a breakdown by age was unavailable.

In other words, David Hogg might be able to organize a boycott of advertisers on Fox News, but he can’t get his peers registered to vote. It’s telling as it’s a major factor in the efforts to supposedly stand against guns.

After all, lawmakers don’t really feel any obligation to appease non-voters. Remember that any democratic process, even in a republic such as ours, is essentially run by those who show up. People who aren’t registered to vote can’t show up, meaning a lot of the young people we’ve been told to fear.

That doesn’t mean to say they won’t get registered, mind you. However, if they were as outraged as we were told, it’s far more likely they would have registered immediately if they could. Yes, some are still waiting to come of age. The problem for the anti-gunners is that as time rolls on, anger wanes. People just don’t get as worked up as they had been, and that impacts their political positions.

Of course, this doesn’t mean it’s a slam dunk. It’s simply a snapshot of the reality as of right now in one state. Granted, it’s the state that should be ground zero for this kind of thing, but still.

Instead, look at this with some cautious optimism and keep up the good fight.

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