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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have no good martinis to serve on Presidents’ Day. They shake their heads as two survivors from last week’s school shooting label the NRA “child killers” and insist the group be disbanded and blast CNN for the leading questions that led to those statements. They also groan as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicts the GOP will lose seats in the House and Senate, which would suggest he expects to be in the minority after an election map that couldn’t be better suited for Republicans. And they slam CNN again for horribly biased questions to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is now demanding something be done about guns while scrubbing his website of language describing how he is a champion of the Second Amendment.

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Winning the War on Guns

 

Gun owners are winning the war on guns. There is no Federal Assault Weapons Ban in place anymore and there is no reasonable chance one will return anytime soon. Concealed carry (in some form or another) is, in theory, the law of the land in all 50 states. Things are calming down on the legislative front and some of my friends in the gun industry talk about how they look forward to the market getting back to “normal” after the panic-buying of guns and ammo during the Obama administration.

But what is normal? “Normal” certainly wasn’t the time before the Assault Weapons Ban, when “Gun Culture 2.0” was just an idea and “shall issue” concealed carry was the exception, not the rule. For over 20 years, the gun owners of America have either been dealing with the effects of an Assault Weapons Ban, feeling an urgent need to buy guns in fear of another ban being enacted in the near future, and their ability to carry a gun for self-defense was outright banned in a large number of states. Today’s environment for gun owners isn’t “normal,” it’s unlike anything we’ve seen since the Sullivan Act was first passed.

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John Hinderaker: Vegas Politicized, NRA, and Anti-Trust for Google?

 

On this episode of Whiskey Politics, John Hinderaker joins us to discuss the horrific massacre in Las Vegas, the instant politicization by the Left, the NRA, and assault weapons, and we also tackle how Google, Facebook, and other large internet companies may fall under the anti-trust legislation as they appear to limit free speech.

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Bump Stocks, Political Cowardice, and Urinary Incontinence

 

The dam broke on Thursday and now everybody and their brother is now in favor of a ban on bump stocks. Word went out to politicos in DC that it was “safe” to support such a ban, and now everyone loves it.

And why shouldn’t they be? Banning bump stocks is politically palatable and easy. After all, everyone agrees that they’re to blame for what happened in Las Vegas. If it weren’t for bump stocks, there would’ve been no massacre.

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The Unbalanced Scales of Las Vegas

 

Over the last 24 hours, I’ve been doing something I don’t normally do: I’ve been debating the right of self-defense with gun-control advocates on social media. I don’t normally do this because I find most gun-control arguments rather tiring. However, it’s been interesting to note the assumption of guilt in the minds of a great number of gun control supporters, and the National Rifle Association in particular as the source of their wrath, as if the NRA itself gave somehow gave tips to the Las Vegas murderer on how to perform his horrible deed.

The NRA is not responsible for this, neither are its millions of members. I am not in favor an entire group responsible for actions of one man, because the minute you do such things, you lay down tracks for the boxcars headed east.

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The day after America’s worst mass shooting, we hear stories of heroism and, unfortunately, the same old politics.

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, anti-gun Democrats go cleats high with partisan rhetoric against Republicans and the NRA with “blood on your hands” attacks against the GOP. At least one congressman is going to boycott any “moment of silence” for the victim.

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Concealed Carry Dojos

 

Imagine how popular boxing would be if there was no such thing as shadow boxing, the heavy bag, or the speed bag. Instead, rather than have future boxers prepare outside the ring, boxing trainers would plop a pair of gloves onto anyone remotely interested in the sport and toss them into the ring for three rounds the first thing someone set foot in the gym.

Oh, and there’s no coaching from the outside the ropes either, because that’s a penalty for the boxer and coach if that happens. If our neophyte boxer is lucky, he/she will have a chance to watch a few other boxers go at it for a few rounds and figure out the rules of where to punch and what the pre- and post-match etiquette, and if they’re really lucky, they’ll have an experienced pugilist give them tips and pointers before their bout.

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David Keene on the Future of Conservatism

 

We caught up with the remarkable David Keene, founder of the American Conservative Union (which organizes CPAC). Just a few highlights of Mr. Keene’s incredible life: He served as political and/or campaign advisor to Vice President Spiro Agnew, and Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and as campaign advisor to Bob Dole and Mitt Romney (second run). He also served as President of the National Rifle Association. Currently Mr. Keene is the Opinion Editor at The Washington Times. David shares his wealth of knowledge and wisdom on where conservatism is heading.

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This Is Not A Nail; Put Away the Hammer

 
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Chris W. Cox by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0.

As Jon reported yesterday, Donald Trump announced that he was meeting with the NRA “about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns.” For years, America’s premier defender of the Second Amendment has consistently opposed using such lists to restrict firearms purchases. In a 2011 article titled “Why NRA Opposes Gun Control Supporters’ ‘Terrorist Watchlist’ Bills,” they wrote:

As the name suggests, the “watchlist” is not limited to people guilty of “terrorism” or who are suspected of other acts serious enough to warrant their arrest. It broadly includes people “known or reasonably suspected to be or have been engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism,” including those only “being preliminarily investigated to determine whether they have links to terrorism” and those “for whom the FBI does not have an open terrorism investigation.”

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NRA-ILA Leadership Forum Livestream

 

The NRA is holding its annual meetings this weekend in Louisville, KY. Their popular Leadership Forum — which features politicians, pundits, and policy experts — begins at 12:30 pm ET, and it will be streamed live. You can watch it on the video link below. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA
  • Chris Cox, Director of the NRA-ILA
  • Donald Trump
  • Senator Rand Paul
  • Senator Mitch McConnell
  • And … a whole bunch of others

It’s worth noting that the NRA is by no means a monolithic organization. The Institute for Legislative Action is the lobbying arm, a different group of people from those who mail you American Rifleman magazine or train the folks who teach you how to shoot.

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