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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the USA Today editorial writers for pointing out Medicare for All would rip more than 100 million Americans away from coverage they like and run up a cost that even government economists can’t figure out. They also slam Cory Booker for demanding a […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are exasperated as Democrats and the media breathlessly report that Robert Mueller disagrees with Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of the report since the very same story confirms that Mueller did not find the summary inaccurate. They’re also disappointed as Juan Guaido’s effort to […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America recoil at the synagogue shooting in southern California but also honor the heroes who made sure the attack was not far deadlier. They also wince as the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association ends in a very public dispute between two top officials, […]

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Fox News reporting NRA president says he won’t serve second term amid turmoil in gun rights group. Anyone here know who’s got the better position — LaPierre or North? I am sickened that just when our Second Amendment rights are under fiercest attack the NRA is distracted with this internal turmoil. I have read the accounts […]

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Shooting Illustrated published an article with the same title as this post. A number of comments were critical of the seeming premise of the article and the editors posted a prefatory disclaimer against quietly stalking home intruders rather than calling the police. As I read the article with the benefit of the prefatory note, the […]

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A Cautionary Tale: New Zealand Moves to Ban Semi-Automatic Guns

 

We saw it coming: after the horrific shooting on the mosques in Christchurch, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned the public that gun laws would change. The deed has been done.

Today, New Zealand began the process for banning “military style semiautomatic weapons, assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.”

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America blast House Majority Whip James Clyburn after the congressman likens President Trump to Adolf Hitler and says the Trump family is the greatest threat to democracy in his lifetime. They’re also aghast as CNN receives a Cronkite award for their disastrous Parkland Town Hall […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see not all Democrats have lost their minds after Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet begs 2020 candidates not to campaign on expanding the Supreme Court. They also hammer Beto O’Rourke and other liberals for using the New Zealand mosque massacre to push […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America recoil at the mass murder of 49 Muslims in New Zealand, the radical manifesto that came with it, and the aggravating tendency of politicians and activists to claim instantly that an attack vindicates their existing political positions. They also slam Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for mocking […]

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Sanctuary Counties in New Mexico

 

I am visiting relatives in New Mexico and noticed that the leftist government passed a law requiring background checks on gun sales between individuals.

The governor signed it, of course. A quote shows that she apparently has never read the US Constitution:

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Sheriffs and Prosecutors Vow to Resist New Gun Laws

 
Russian weapons designer Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov holding his best-known creation, the AK-47, 1997.

Across the country, law enforcement agencies are telling their legislatures that they’ve had enough. From several states, they have decided to join forces in refusing to enforce laws that inappropriately limit the Second Amendment. The movement is called “Second Amendment Sanctuary”:

For instance, in New Mexico, 30 of 33 county sheriffs have signed a letter pledging to not help enforce several gun-control measures supported by Democrats in Santa Fe, according to the state’s sheriff association. The sheriffs, who are elected, say they are heeding the wishes of voters in the counties they serve. More than two dozen counties in the state have enacted ‘sanctuary’ resolutions backing the sheriffs and affirming that no tax dollars in their jurisdictions should go to enforcing the proposed laws.

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“These Bills Don’t Do Nothing for the Black Community”

 

The above was posted to the Armed Polite Society by a Minnesota human rights advocate. Reverend Christopher is fed up with the usual gun control “solutions,” and wants a real solution that will keep “the thugs, the boneheads,” and teen-aged delinquents from having guns. And he’ll keep his AK, thank you.

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Culture Clash

 

Right wing virtue signalllingMy good friend Michael Bane has an interesting podcast up this week, talking about American gun culture and how that culture is perceived in American media. On the podcast, he compares an article in Forbes by Elizabeth Macbride, which claims that guns in America are mainly used as a political virtue signal to others who have a certain belief in the American dream, with a blog post which talks about how guns mean many things in America, but one of the biggest reasons why guns are so popular is because they’re so much fun to shoot.

And they are.

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My daughter is doing an essay for her Current Events class. She is pro gun. We need to find legitimate statistics on women owning guns and defending themselves. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you! Update: With your help, she finished her essay with verifiable information. Thank you so much! This will also be a […]

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Avoid the Trap of Outrage Culture

 

There is a tempest brewing inside the pro-Second Amendment community over some … questionable political activities by companies which either make firearms accessories or are fellow travelers along the road to armed and safe self-defense.

First was the news that the Oregon City Police Department teamed up with Benchmade Knives to destroy guns confiscated or turned in to the police department. Gun owners the width and breadth of the internet were upset that a company that makes one type of self-defense tool (knives) would help the police destroy another type of self-defense tool (a gun). And to make matters worse, posts criticizing these actions by Benchmade were reported as offensive on Facebook (either by Benchmade or a third party) and taken down en masse, further enraging gun owners.

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Not Just Guns Walked During Fast and Furious

 

I love my country, but I fear my government. Fast and Furious has come up in comments about the current Deep State concerns in the Russian collusion investigation. The Los Angeles Times has a series of articles on the ATF Fast and Furious debacle. One article concerning a Glendale, Arizona firearms store owner is pretty revealing that the guns sold to Mexican drug cartels were not followed across the border.

Not just guns walked away, Eric Holder, the Attorney General in the Obama administration also walked away from any responsibility for around 3,000 firearms sold to criminals on the Mexican side of the border.

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The Aurora Shooting

 

The Aurora, Illinois shooting: five killed and five police officers wounded by an employee who had been fired by his employer.

It is time to start enforcing firearms laws that are already in place. The Aurora shooter was a convicted felon who purchased a firearm in spite of having an aggravated assault conviction for stabbing a woman in Mississippi in 1995. He had also been arrested six times by Aurora, Illinois police officers and his most recent arrest was in 2008 for violating an order for protection.

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Banding Together, As Brothers

 
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Americans are constantly bombarded by the statistics “gun violence” here in our country, but what’s missing from the conversation is what those numbers really represent. The vast majority of deaths involving guns aren’t due to violent crime or school shootings or accidental discharges, the problem is suicide, and it’s a very big problem indeed.

Since 2008, the rate of gun suicides has risen 22 percent and is driving the increase in gun-related deaths. (Suicides make up almost two-thirds of all gun-related deaths.) Among children and teens in particular, the gun-suicide rate is up more than 76 percent. Although only a small percentage of suicide attempts are made with a firearm, more than half of all suicide deaths are carried out with one. The primary victims are older white men.

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Readers have been asking when we’ll have back Power Line’s International Woman of Mystery, “Lucretia,” and your wish is our command. “Lucretia” joins us again with some choice rants about the whole Ralph Northam affair and the Democrat’s “Calhoun moment” on abortion, the invincible ignorance of the new socialists like AOC, and the Wall. But […]

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Next week the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives will take another swipe at gun owners in the guise of universal background checks. One of the main reasons that the NRA opposes this legislation is that it doesn’t stop criminals from acquiring guns. If we would enforce the legislation already on the books, the […]

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