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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.

On a national scale, over the last few years, the NRA and other organizations have done an admirable job of defending our natural right to defend ourselves. In the wake of the horror at Sandy Hook, the forces of gun control made a full-court press to re-enact an “assault weapons ban” on a national level, and it failed spectacularly. A bill to validate a concealed carry licenses across state lines has passed in the House, and while its future in the Senate is a little iffy, we’ve started the process of having concealed carry licenses act just like marriage licenses and driver’s licenses do.

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Last February President Trump rescinded one of Obama’s executive orders regarding gun control. Basically, Obama ordered the Social Security Administration to report people who were no longer in control of their finances to  the National Instant Criminal Background Check System that Trump chose to nullify. I can’t imagine why he did this or why Congress supported […]

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I’m finding it hard to put into words how sad, shocked and angry I feel about what happened over the weekend in the small, rural town of Sutherland Springs, Texas, where twenty-six people were murdered and 20 injured, sitting in church, in yet another mass shooting. When I pulled up the news to find out […]

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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.

Except that’s nonsense and we all know it.

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.

Why then do people see a need to scapegoat the NRA here? I can think of a number of reasons why:

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.

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.

Other than that, it’s “Hey, welcome to boxing, kid, now go get into the ring!”

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.

The Rules of Gun Safety Are for Everyone, Not Just Gun Owners


GunLet’s begin with the obvious: The senseless, stupid tragedy of a 73-year-old Punta Gorda, FL volunteer being killed was caused by a cop and/or a police department who thought it would be a good idea to point an actual firearm (loaded with blanks or not) at a person and pull the trigger.

Period, full stop.

For reasons that are sure to come out at a later date, they thought that breaking the fundamental rules of gun safety in order to set up a poorly-design “active shooter” drill was a good idea. They’re the ones who broke the fundamental rules of gun safety, and so they need to be rightly excoriated for what they did.

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On June 29, the National Rifle Association (NRA) launched a pr0-Trump ad narrated by Benghazi Survivor Mark “Oz” Geist, USMC (ret.). Geist was in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 and survived the terror attack that cost four other Americans their lives: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALS Tyrone Woods and […]

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This Is Not A Nail; Put Away the Hammer


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:

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.

2016 NRA Annual Meeting, Day Zero


Sig Sauer SuppressorsThe National Rifle Association annual meeting officially starts tomorrow and runs the rest of the weekend, but I received an invite to an event set up by the American Suppressor Association where I’d shoot a whole bunch of suppressed guns for free, with other people’s ammo.

Of course I went. I’d be crazy not to.

The American Suppressor Association is an industry trade group devoted to making firearms noise suppressors easier to obtain for American gun owners. Currently, suppressors can be purchased in some states (but not all) if you submit a photo, fingerprints and a special form to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with $200 for a tax stamp. And then you wait for a quite along time until the government says you can own a safety device for your guns.

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Do you recall Grimm’s Fairy Tales Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel? Now those classic stories have been rewritten with a twist by arming the characters with guns.  “Little Red Riding Hood (Has a Gun)” was published in January, while “Hansel and Gretel (Have Guns)” came out last week. Both are featured on […]

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A Tale of Two Lobbies


On Sunday, 15,000 will converge on Washington, DC for the 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the country’s largest pro-Israel lobbying organization, knows how to throw a party. It is a marvel of organization, with every contingency anticipated and planned for. There are events for young and old and everyone in between. “Delegates” will get to meet with their representatives — two-thirds of Congress will be attending — and presidential candidates from both parties will deliver addresses.

AIPAC’s mission and methods are often misunderstood. Three principles govern its approach. First, it focuses on Congress. Although it may issue a policy statement from time to time, it seeks to develop relationships and influence the legislative branch, not the executive. Second, it is an American organization. It only advocates policies and legislation that it perceives of benefit to both the US and Israel. And third, it works hard to maintain a nonpartisan posture. Any legislation it lobbies for must have both Republican and Democrat co-sponsors.