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From My Cold Wet Hands: Humorless Scold Targets Squirt Guns

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H/T Bearing Arms.

These nattering nabob are worried about a water pistol causing children to turn violent.

There biggest reasons children are turning to violence is absentee parents and God has been taken out of our schools.

We had parents that taught us right from wrong and busted our asses when we did not follows the rules.

We started our school day with the pledge of allegiance a prayer and lots of times bible verses.

We grew up watching The Rifleman,Gunsmoke,The Rat Patrol and Combat yet we did not go around killing people.

 

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We have yet to reach Memorial Day, but the fun police have already set their sights on at least one cherished summer childhood activity. In an article for PopSugar.com, titled, “Why Kids Should Never Play With Water Guns. Period,” author Lauren Levy lectures the nation’s parents on the hidden menace of squirt guns.

According to Levy, no child should be permitted to use a water gun under any circumstances. That a particular squirt gun might bear no resemblance whatsoever to a real firearm is of no concern to Levy, who contends, “Even if they’re colorful and super cool, kids shouldn’t be playing with water guns because it normalizes the real thing.”

Fully embracing the role of a humorless scold, Levy earnestly warns readers, “There are some children who will never smile again — all because someone picked up a gun. At the same time, we have little ones playing and laughing over the very thing that is killing other kids. It just isn’t right.”

One could reasonably mistake Levy’s article for satire, were it not for the fact that recent decades have witnessed a wide-ranging effort to stamp out the fictional toy gun hazard. There have been toy-gun turn-ins modeled off of gun “buy-backs,” local bans on the sale of toy guns that have crippled small business owners with outlandish fines, and too many zero-tolerance school suspensions to count.

Levy makes several assertions about how toy guns are detrimental to children but offers no evidence to support her claims. Levy’s expertise on the matter appears limited to a combination of her feelings and a childhood where her mother insisted on a toy gun-free home.

Levy’s lack of evidence is revealing. In an interview with WebMd.com clinical psychologist and best-selling author Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. made clear, “Everyone has an informal causation theory that playing with guns leads to the use of guns in adulthood,” but that, “There’s no scientific evidence suggesting that playing war games in childhood leads to real-life aggression.” In recent years, the work of Thompson and other researchers has led to a bevy of articles in typically anti-gunpublications that have sought to calm parents’ fears about aggressive play and toy firearms.

Further, the type of ban Levy encourages has second order consequences. The Centers for Disease Control has made clear that physical activity and play are vital to a child’s healthy development, and research indicates that outdoor play is particularly beneficial. In surveying the available research on outdoor play, an article published in the journal Health & Place noted “encouragement of outdoor play and fostering an environment of movement among children improves the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive health of children…” Sadly, other research has found that today’s children are not getting enough outdoor playtime. Fun, wholesome physical activities like a summertime squirt gun battle should be embraced as an exciting way to get kids up off the couch and away from their screens.

Levy’s broadside on summer fun even puts her at odds with some of the most anti-gun politicians. NRA has had its differences with former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden, as both are unabashed gun control supporters. However, on the matter of water guns, we have found common ground.

Super Soaker wars were an annual fixture at the former vice president’s summer parties at the Naval Observatory, where Biden was often pictured engaged in battle with young attendees. In 2012, the White House tweeted a picture of Obama wielding a squirt gun while taking fire from what appears to be one of his daughters.

At one point in her piece Levy writes, “as much as we want to teach our kids about gun control and safety, we contradict ourselves the second we allow them to run around with toy versions to shoot their friends.”

Here Levy betrays her motives. Her piece isn’t about children mistaking real guns for toy guns, or that squirt guns will cause children to fail to appreciate the dangerousness of real firearms. Levy’s attack on water guns is about instilling an anti-gun political orthodoxy in America’s youth, lest a favorable childhood experience with a toy cause anyone to develop anything less than an unthinking animosity towards firearms.

Levy’s unsupported theories about the hazards of squirt guns should earn her derision from all but the most zealous adherents to the cult of gun control. Wise parents will look to the research on, and prevalence of, toy gun play and dismiss such overwrought attempts to curtail normal and healthy childhood behavior.

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Don’t Bring Cherry-Picked Data to a Gun Fight: 2A Supporters Attack Biased Newsweek Article

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H/T Bearing Arms.

The lamestream media and the gun control will not let the facts get in the way of their lies about guns and gun owners.

 

Don’t bring cherry-picked data to a gun fight.

If there’s one thing all who propose strong gun restriction laws should realize, it’s that 2nd Amendment supporters know their stuff, and we’re not afraid to call you out on misinformation.

In a Newsweek opinion article masquerading as a news, a Boston University professor and a BU researcher argued for stricter gun control laws by using a new public database they created regarding state firearm laws. While the database itself is quite interesting, their arguments, presented with fancy diagrams and statistics about rising gun death rates, became low-hanging fodder for 2nd Amendment supporters within hours of its publication.

Readers quickly picked up on problems with the “study”, most specifically that the authors were not taking into consideration historical trends and instead merely considering data that filled their pre-formed opinions towards guns. The ensuing comments on Newsweek alone are worth reading.

The first sentence of the article states:

“From 2014 to 2015, the United States experienced its largest annual increase in firearm deaths over the past 35 years, a 7.8 percent upturn in a single year.”

Scary, right? Only if you’re intentionally avoiding data that doesn’t fit into your worldview. This “upturn in a single year” doesn’t take into account the years that firearms deaths dropped or the years that they steadily increased. According to The Conservative Firing Line,

It is true that the number of homicides did go up in 2015 (9,616) from the previous year (8,124), but those figures are below the 10,225 logged in 2006, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report. A further check of FBI data, all the way back to 1996 – which was not 35 years ago – showed there were 11,453 gun-related homicides in 1996, followed in 1997 by 10,729 gun homicides, 9,257 slayings in 1998 and 8,480 firearms-involved murders in 1999.

It’s a numbers game, and the numbers bounce up and down.

The misinformation continued from there to show how the authors firmly believe that closing the “gun show loophole” will effectively end crime. There’s only one small problem with that:

  • 39.6% of criminals obtained a gun from a friend or family member
  • 39.2% of criminals obtained a gun on the street or from an illegal source
  • 8.3% of criminals actually bought their guns from retail outlets
  • 3.8% of criminals purchased a gun from a pawn shop
  • 1% of criminals purchased a gun at a flea market
  • 0.7% of criminals purchased a gun at a gun show

Based on the facts, their “loophole” looks a bit more like a speck now, doesn’t it? 78.8% of criminals admit they either obtained the gun illegally or from a friend or family member.

The authors then came around to states that have “stand your ground” laws, chastising them by stating,

States are increasingly enacting laws that allow people to shoot other people as a first resort in public, instead of retreating when threatened. If a person perceives a threat of serious bodily harm, so-called “stand your ground” laws allow them to fire their gun with immunity from prosecution, as long as they are in a place they have a legal right to be.

This is a gross over-simplification of what “stand your ground” laws actually allow, which is not a free pass to shoot any “perceived” threat. Like everything in life, actions have consequences. “Stand your ground” laws allow individuals to protect themselves without having to deal with the life-changing consequences that may otherwise come with protecting oneself against deadly force, not just the “perception” of it.

As commenter David P. Johnson told Newsweek:

Have you ever tried to run away from someone without turning your back on them? Do you really want to turn your back on someone threatening you? And face it, not everyone can run. Old people, handicapped people, etc can not run. But that is what those opposed to “stand your ground” want you to do.

Though the anti-gun bias that runs through this article is laughably apparent, there are two good things that can be gleaned from it:

  1. The database itself, if correctly interpreted, could actually be used to show the benefits of legally-owned firearms
  2. The comments left by astute 2nd Amendment supporters are pure gold and show that 2nd Amendment supporters are some of the most well-informed individuals out there

It is imperative that we 2nd Amendment supporters continue to make our voices heard when misleading articles, such as this one, are presented to an increasingly ignorant crowd.

Right Place, Right Time: Las Vegas Security Guard Shoots, Kills Gunman

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H/T Bearing Arms.

A good guy with a gun can and does stop a bad guy with a gun.

 

An armed security guard was in the right place at the right time when a disgruntled customer returned to a North Las Vegas convenience store early Monday morning to settle the score.

While the North Las Vegas Police Department continues to investigate the incident, the family of 19-year-old Geraldo Moncayo is speaking out, claiming the young man had been assaulted by a store employee late Sunday night.

“He had an argument last night with the clerks from 7-Eleven, and they got in a fight. One of the guys from 7- Eleven knocked his teeth out and really beat him. He had to go to the hospital,” said Fabiola Grajeda, Moncayo’s cousin.

Instead of contacting authorities, Grajeda says her cousin tried to take matters into their own hands, heading back to the 7-11 on Lake Mead and Pecos shortly before 5 am the next morning.

“He came back with one of his friends, and they say he started shooting up to the ceiling,” she said.

One thing Moncayo wasn’t expecting was an armed security guard, who was on duty when he decided to exact his revenge on store employees. When Moncayo began firing his gun in the store, the security guard quickly eliminated the threat to store employees and patrons. The security guard shot and killed Moncayo in the store before anyone was harmed by his actions.

“We’re just lucky at this time nobody else was struck with the gunfire inside that store,” said North Las Vegas Police Department Officer Ann Cavaricci.

Investigators have not confirmed if a fight did take place in the store Sunday night, but Moncayo’s family admits the young man’s actions were an inappropriate response to the alleged incident.

“I know he did something wrong. I know that wasn’t the way he was supposed to deal with it,” she noted.

Red Alert: Shocking View on Guns from 1 Lead Comey Replacement

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H/T Conservative Tribune.

Guns owners in America need to make our opposition to Joe Lieberman as the new Director of the FBI.

Joe Lieberman has a very anti-gun stance.

One of the top names being floated as a potential replacement for former FBI Director James Comey is that of former Democrat Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman.

While Lieberman is generally viewed as a moderate and independent-minded Democrat who gets high marks from the right for his bipartisanship and open eyes regarding the threat of radical Islamic terror, there are nevertheless a number of reasons why Lieberman should be passed over for the position, according to National Review.

Left unmentioned in the National Review article — but certainly important in the mind of gun owners — is Lieberman’s history of support for strict gun control measures, as was laid out by Gun Owners of America’s Erich Pratt in a piece published by Freedom Outpost.

Lieberman has voted against Second Amendment rights by way of supporting “gun-free zones” and so-called “assault weapons” bans, and likely wouldn’t be particularly supportive of Trump’s pro-2A agenda. He could in fact work against that agenda in a role as head of the chief federal law enforcement agency.

According to On The Issues, Lieberman has also supported universal background checks on all gun purchases, as well as mandating gun manufacturers include safety locks with all new firearms sold.

Lieberman voted against allowing Amtrak passengers to include firearms in their checked baggage and the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which prohibited frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers for anything other than product defects.

Lieberman is also a supporter of the idea that so-called “smart” gun technology should be developed and required, technology that renders guns inoperable by anyone other than the firearm’s owner, but which is feared to be susceptible to hacking and remote disabling.

The former senator from Connecticut is certainly a nice man and a welcome respite from rabid anti-Trump leftists — one who could conceivably work with Trump in some form on certain issues — but guns and law enforcement are not those issues, meaning the FBI director position is just about the last place Lieberman should be.

Town gives back valuable shotgun man turned in at hazardous waste amnesty

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H/T Guns.com.

Kudos to Hoover Councilman Gene Smith for helping saving this old shotgun from being melted down.

The SXS German-made double, likely a black powder gun made with Damascus steel, dates from 1892 and is thought to be worth four figures. (Photo: Jon Anderson/Hoover Sun)

 

An 84-year-old man was able to recover a 19th Century German shotgun that he dropped off to be disposed of after city officials pointed out it was likely valuable.

The Hoover Sun reported that the North Alabama city of Hoover had a pretty good haul at an annual event designed to get rid of household hazardous waste such as old paint, pesticides, batteries and questionable cleaning products, with some 1,400 area residents dropping off items on April 19. There was, however, a little bit of boom dropped off to include a .22 revolver, a pellet gun, 50-75 pounds worth of ammo (mostly oxidized shotgun shells), some fireworks and an old shotgun.

How old?

Like 1892 made in Imperial Germany back when they had a Kaiser old. The owner, who had the shotgun in his family for generations, had been told it was unshootable after trying to get ammunition for it at local gun shops and had decided to get rid of it.

While city officials at first said they were going to melt the old double down, Hoover Councilman Gene Smith, a local gun shop owner, estimated the antique 16-gauge was “probably worth at least several thousand dollars and maybe as much as $10,000” and it was decided to save it from the scrap heap.

“For the age, this gun is in amazing condition,” Smith said. “It’s in extremely good shape. In fact, anything you’d do to try to restore it would actually bring its value down. It’s most valuable just as it sits right now.”

Upon finding out the gun’s value after news of the turn-in began to circulate, the former owner decided he was better off reclaiming the Teutonic scattergun and his daughter picked it up from the Hoover Municipal Center last week. While Alabama law governs how firearms turned to police are handled, the shotgun, made by a small Jewish custom gunsmith, predated the 1898 dividing line between antique and modern, making it exempt from gun transfer mandates.

                 

WRONG ON GUNS: Congressman John Lewis Puts Lives at RISK By Pushing Anti-Gun Agenda

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H/T Clash Daily.

John Lewis getting whacked in the head during the Civil Rights Era did more damage to his brain than we ever knew.

 

Bigotry works for politicians. After the civil war, white Democrats promoted fear of newly freed blacks. Today, black Democrats promote fear of free blacks who will defend themselves and the people they love. Politicians always wrap themselves in the cloak of public safety. In fact, that cloak is usually the white sheet of bigotry directed against minorities and the poor.

Democrat Congressman John Lewis said we need him so we can be safe. Lewis also said that honest gun owners are not welcome in Atlanta. “I must say to the NRA that you are not welcome here in the 5th district, you are not welcome here in Atlanta.” That would have come as quite a shock to gun owner Martin Luther King Junior who was born in Atlanta. Last month Congressman Lewis said, “We need to make our cities, our states, our neighborhoods free of gun violence.”

Murder isn’t a racial problem. Murder isn’t a national problem. Murder is a local problem, and let’s see if Democrat politicians actually keep us safe. Research by the Crime Prevention Research Center found out that here in the US only a few counties produce most of our homicides. These are populous counties, to be sure, but there remain large areas of peace and quiet even within our most violent counties.

Los Angeles gives us a living example. California has strict statewide gun laws. In Los Angeles today, ordinary citizens cannot get a permit to carry a concealed weapon in public. Those are the restrictions Congressman Lewis asked for, yet Los Angeles County had over 500 murders and thousands of assaults last year.

Violence is concentrated into small areas. Even within Los Angeles County, the cities of Beverly Hills, Hawthorne, and Van Nuys had one murder each. Like Los Angeles, Atlanta, Georgia has areas that have very little crime, even though, taken as a whole, the city is four times more violent than the US average.

Congressman Lewis is wrong. Guns are not the problem. Eighty-one thousand NRA members flooded into Atlanta at the end of April. There were more than 20 thousand armed individuals in one room for days on end. There was no surge in “gun violence”, to use the Congressman’s phrase. When the statistics are made available, I predict that crime fell in Atlanta while the NRA was in town. That is the pattern we’ve seen year after year, in city after city.

It is worth noting that even in the most violent section of our deep blue cities, only a few percent of the population cause crime. The vast majority of us are law-abiding. That is true everywhere. Unfortunately, bad government policies have poisoned the life of our inner cities. Democrat politicians drove out industry and encouraged dependency. Local prosecutors refused to remove violent criminals from our streets.

Politicians also protect their donors. That is true in both a political sense, and in a literal sense. We’ve seen big-city mayors move police into elite enclaves while crime flourishes in the ghetto.

Poor minorities are disproportionately hurt by crime. Black women have the greatest need to defend themselves and their families. Marchelle Tigner is a black firearms instructor who teaches in the Atlanta area and helps fill that need. Tigner said, “My end game is to teach a million women how to shoot.” She’s taught hundreds of black women this year alone. Her students learn the safe and responsible use of firearms. And Tigner’s classes are full.

My end game is to teach a million women how to shoot. Marchelle Tigner

Tigner advocates self-defense for women. Maj Toure is a hip-hop artist who tours the US teaching that everyone has the right of self-defense. He says that black guns matter.

I don’t think there’s a black gun culture or white gun culture, I think there’s an informed gun culture and an ignorant gun culture.Maj Toure

That Tigner and Toure have eager audiences shouldn’t surprise us. This is not the 1960s. Today, our society embraces self-empowerment. That includes self-protection and self-defense. A poll taken in late 2014 by Pew Research showed that 54% of black people felt that owning guns did “more to protect people than endanger personal safety”. That attitude explains why we see more and more minorities taking firearms classes and learning to legally protect themselves.

Real feminism is about empowerment and taking our safety into our own hands.Antonia Okafor

Not everyone agrees. Congressman Lewis wants us disarmed. Shame on him. Condemning the innocent for the actions of a few is the very definition of bigotry. The answer is simple for young politicians and for old ones.

Protect all our rights…all the time, everywhere.

Los Angeles Residents Turn Over Firearms…In Exchange For Gift Cards?

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H/T Bearing Arms.

How many murder weapons get turned in with these no question asked buy backs?

In an effort to get guns off the street, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) hosted their annual “gun buyback event” last Saturday. Between 8a.m. to 1p.m., residents were able to drop off firearms, no questions asked. In exchange for the gun, a gift card was rendered.

“This is one of the tools that we use to combat gun violence,” Det. Ben Meda of the LAPD told KCAL 9.

A $100 Target gift card was given for handguns, shotguns and rifles. A $200 Target gift card was given to those who turned over “assault rifles,” as defined by the State of California.

“The citywide Gun Buyback Program is an initiative of the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD),” a media release states.

There was no limit on the number of firearms a person could bring; however, there was a limit on the number of gift cards one could obtain. Every year, there’s always one or two firearms the department has yet to see, said LAPD Sgt. Jack Richter.

“Every year, somebody opens up their trunk and our people say, ‘Haven’t seen one of those before,’” Richter told CBS 2.

What’s even more surprising? Some legal gun owners were turning over their firearms, when they decided they no longer had a need for them. Steve Fish said he and his wife decided to turn over two rifles, because their grandchildren are at their house quite frequently.

“The thought that our rifles end up being used in a crime or hurting someone? That’s not a good thing,” Fish told CBS 2.

According to the department, all firearms turned over during the event were destroyed within 48 hours. As of now, it is unknown how many guns were turned over during the event.

Watch CBS 2‘s coverage of the event.

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