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The NRA’s real interest (Megabarf alert!)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | August 4, 2012 | Michael McNulty

Posted on 08/05/2012 6:11:21 PM PDT by neverdem

TUCSON, Ariz.

It is easy to ignore the issue of gun control, given the perfect leaderlessness it enjoys in Congress. Then again, it becomes harder to ignore when your relatives or friends are murdered in the company of someone you idolize, which describes thousands of us here.

I have owned guns, continuously, since I was 6. I still own my grandfather’s pump-action Winchester, carried for decades in a scabbard behind his saddle as he rode the range where he ranched, in Wikieup, Ariz. All the guns I’ve owned have been what are quaintly called long guns. I began my brief assault on local fauna at age 12 and I had taken four white-tailed deer, a couple of javelina and innumerable quail and dove by the time I got my driver’s license at 16.

There are, today, few who hunt with handguns or assault rifles equipped with 100-clip magazines. There are even fewer reasons to do so. But the National Rifle Association’s principal focus has evolved mostly to those. It is news to no one that the NRA has abandoned the sportsman in every practical sense. If the group were honest, it would change its name.

The NRA not only dependably opposes limits on assault-rifle sales but even opposes reporting bulk sales of assault rifles. Last year, the NRA went to the mat to prevent anyone from cross-checking the names of those on the terrorist watch list against the names of those buying guns.

These two actions clarify beyond argument that the safety and welfare of you and yours have simply dropped from the NRA’s list of priorities. The NRA represents gun manufacturers, period.

Now, handguns excel at certain things. They are unequaled at killing people at close range — quite useful for law enforcement officers and drug dealers. They’re genuine security in a drawer for those who have received unambiguous threats, like my friend Gabby Giffords.

They’re even a useful, if dubious, tool to defend yourself from murderers and rapists breaking in at 2 a.m. That hasn’t happened to me in the past 60 years. But maybe your experience is different. NRA President Wayne LaPierre thinks it might happen to you tonight.

And how else are the gun manufacturers going to “grow the market,” to sell more than the 3 million handguns they already do per year? Fear is a great motivator; mass murder is great for the gun business.

Just weeks ago a dozen citizens were murdered and about five dozen plugged with slugs from a trinity of firearms. Setting aside the shotgun, it bears mentioning that the Glock and assault rifle James Holmes is suspected of firing in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater were being used for the purpose for which they were designed, manufactured and sold.

But the gun makers have no product-liability litigation to worry about because in 2005 Congress approved and President George W. Bush signed into law legislation providing immunity for gun manufacturers from the foreseeable consequence of building instruments of murder.

But blessed be the gun makers, for they are pardoned in advance.

It strikes me that the NRA is pretty comfortable when debates over mass murder devolve into intellectual discussions relating to civility vs. demagoguery, insanity vs. impressionability and freedom vs. the tyranny of gun zealots. The more abstract, the better.

In the end, however, it’s simple: The NRA shills for gun makers who profit from the murder of American citizens. If you think the country’s policies are shaped by Judeo-Christian values, you’re not paying attention.

Michael McNulty, an attorney in Tucson, was chairman of the Giffords for Congress campaign in 2006, 2008 and 2010.


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The NRA not only dependably opposes limits on assault-rifle sales but even opposes reporting bulk sales of assault rifles.

What a crapweasel! If it was a real problem, let the Congress authorize it. Bulk sales of semi-automatic, so called "assault rifles" were not a significant problem until they tried Fast and Furious to gin up the numbers when it blew up in their faces!

1 posted on 08/05/2012 6:11:30 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

100-clip magazines.

100-clip

clip-magazines

writer comfirmed full retard.


2 posted on 08/05/2012 6:16:55 PM PDT by omega4179 ( el 0bama comio un perro)
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To: omega4179

confirmed.


3 posted on 08/05/2012 6:17:26 PM PDT by omega4179 ( el 0bama comio un perro)
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To: neverdem
Michael McNulty, an attorney in Tucson, was chairman of the Giffords for Congress campaign in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Yet another liberal moron who thinks that the Second Amendment is about hunting.

4 posted on 08/05/2012 6:17:36 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The NRA did not create James "The Joker" Holmes. Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood did.)
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To: neverdem

Let’s ban all the bad machines and only allow good machines to be built.
Problem solved.


5 posted on 08/05/2012 6:18:16 PM PDT by alpo
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To: neverdem
There are, today, few who hunt with handguns or assault rifles equipped with 100-clip magazines.

Yes, the author certainly knows what he's talking about... Handguns? Yes, they're used for hunting. But more to the point, they're used as defense, primarily against 2 legged predators.

And a "100 clip magazine?" My guess is that would be larger than a .50cal ammo can!

He presents his bone fides, and immediately proves he's NOT what he tries to present.

Mark

6 posted on 08/05/2012 6:25:31 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the barf alert, über-liberalism is to be expected from the pioneer press, but this one went above and beyond..


7 posted on 08/05/2012 6:25:39 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Do I really need a /s tag?)
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To: neverdem
I've shot more feral pigs and rattlesnakes with handguns than I've shot people. And one skunk.

/johnny

8 posted on 08/05/2012 6:27:44 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cardinal4

Wrong paper


9 posted on 08/05/2012 6:28:34 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Do I really need a /s tag?)
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To: neverdem

Ok McNulty, what do you think of Obama’s Fast and Furious project? That is the one where at least hundreds of what you call assualt rifles went into Mexical and were responsible for at least 200 deaths plus some agents on this side of the border.


10 posted on 08/05/2012 6:35:20 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: neverdem

>>I still own my grandfather’s pump-action Winchester, carried for decades in a scabbard behind his saddle as he rode the range where he ranched, in Wikieup, Ariz.

100-clip magazine?? If his grandfather was as the author described him, he would probably kick the author’s pillow-biting, suburban, cowardly ass for claiming to know things that men know and for pretending to have done things that men do. This liar has never handled any hardware more dangerous than a Shake-Weight!


11 posted on 08/05/2012 6:36:18 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: neverdem

How ‘bout Mike McNutty having product liability exposure for those people who invest in his journalistic product, disarm as he advises, and then are murdered or maimed by criminals that they cannot protect themselves against? After all if a doctor gives you bad medical advice or performs improperly medically, ya can sue him.


12 posted on 08/05/2012 6:41:51 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: neverdem

Hey, McNulty, let ME decide what I need and you decide what you need.


13 posted on 08/05/2012 6:44:12 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: MarkL; marktwain; Joe Brower; neverdem
There are, today, few who hunt with handguns or assault rifles equipped with 100-clip magazines.

And I want me one! I figger it's gotta be 800 or a thousand bullet shells at least!

14 posted on 08/05/2012 6:49:30 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: neverdem

More tripe from the gun grabber crowd. And I couldn’t care less what guns he has owned in his life...he still wants to take away any that YOU own.


15 posted on 08/05/2012 6:51:54 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Vote for willard. Because "our" pro-abort, anti-gun socialist is SO much better than theirs.)
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To: neverdem
It makes me feel so warm and fuzzy, when socialists tell me they are worried about my safety, and want to take the semi-autos away for my own good.

Not.


16 posted on 08/05/2012 6:52:25 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

I attempted to create an account to sign in for a comment. Either they are slow in opening accounts,or they do not allow comments on this article,


17 posted on 08/05/2012 7:01:49 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: neverdem

gun ban in Australia not working as planned

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8RDWltHxRc&feature=player_embedded


18 posted on 08/05/2012 7:09:32 PM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: neverdem

I still own my grandfather’s pump-action Winchester, carried for decades in a scabbard behind his saddle as he rode the range where he ranched, in Wikieup, Ariz.

A pump-action Winchester? Possibly known in the real world as “lever action”? My guess is that his grandfather carried a lever action Winchester carbine in a scabbard behind his saddle which held 6-8 cartridges that would make it an “AK 47” in his circles although I’m sure that it could be retrofitted to hold “100 clips” of ammo by application of magic. I would suggest that he just sell it to me for $50 because it might hurt someone if left unattended.


19 posted on 08/05/2012 7:10:56 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Skittle pooping unicorns are more common than progressives with honor & integrity.)
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To: neverdem
There are, today, few who hunt with handguns or assault rifles equipped with 100-clip magazines.

Ummm...the Constitution says nothing at all about hunting.

However, it does have much to say about the security of a free state. It's in the same sentence that states 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.'

Michael McNulty can go p!$$ up a rope.

And what the hell is a clip magazine?

20 posted on 08/05/2012 7:11:12 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (As long a hundred of us remain alive we will never on any condition be brought under Obama's rule.)
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To: neverdem
OK McNutty, others have beaten your "100-clip magazine" gaffe to death, so let's dig into this gem:

"But the gun makers have no product-liability litigation to worry about because in 2005 Congress approved and President George W. Bush signed into law legislation providing immunity for gun manufacturers from the foreseeable consequence of building instruments of murder."

By your logic, McNutty, we should hold car makers liable every time someone is killed by a drunk driver. We should hold knife makers liable every time someone is stabbed to death. We should hold Louisville Slugger liable every time someone's head gets bashed in with a baseball bat.

A defective gun is one that blows up in the user's hand when fired. A defective mind uses a gun to take innocent lives in a designated "no guns allowed" zone.

21 posted on 08/05/2012 7:13:07 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Cheap ass! I’ll give 100 and call it all good.


22 posted on 08/05/2012 7:13:49 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: neverdem

how about gun control for out Govt or should I say this admin, obama, Holder , after all it is they who let guns go over the borer to murderers, drug lords etc and then hundreds died and border agents did too.

Where is th epeace the families deserve, where are hte facts?

Nope yet again the liberal crap we call the media ignore this and use this shotting as an excuse to push teir agenda.


23 posted on 08/05/2012 7:14:14 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Parley Baer

exactly , how about gun control and letting guns go to the wrong people.

Er the white house awaits you and your questions over this and certainly Terry’s family would like some answers.

Funny how this liberal media ignore obama,Hlders etc gun selling.


24 posted on 08/05/2012 7:17:46 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

His grandpap’s rifle could have been a Remington Model 14 pump rifle, popular a century ago; a young George S. Patton Jr. captured one during the Pershing expedition.

Anyway, this guys’s a jerk. Molon labe!


25 posted on 08/05/2012 7:39:35 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Yes, a pump-action Winchester. Winchester made some nice little slide-action .22 rifles up until the 1960s; the Model 1890, Model 61, Model 62. Good knocking-around guns. Very popular with shooting galleries.


26 posted on 08/05/2012 7:40:22 PM PDT by Flatus I. Maximus (OVERTHROW OBAMA!)
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To: Travis McGee
equipped with 100-clip magazines.

And I want me one! I figger it's gotta be 800 or a thousand bullet shells at least!

Sure, it sounds good here, but let me share a bit of personal experience.

When I first started USPSA practical shooting, I was using a Taurus TP-99. I wanted to make sure I wasn't going to run out of ammo during the stages, so I loaded up my rig (an Ernie Hill Speed Leather rig, leather over steel), w/ 4 mag pouches, the pistol, and 5 full mags (75 rounds of 9mm), and the first time I tried using it, it was all I could do to keep my belt from pulling my pants down around my ankles! Believe it or not, there is such a thing as having too much ammo with you!

There's a reason for tactical, load bearing vests!

27 posted on 08/05/2012 7:40:29 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: neverdem

There are, today, few who hunt with handguns or assault rifles
***He seems to think the 2nd amendment is about hunting, whereas the founders made it clear it was about fighting against a facisct guvmint for the most part.


28 posted on 08/05/2012 7:53:52 PM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: marktwain

I attempted to create an account to sign in for a comment. Either they are slow in opening accounts,or they do not allow comments on this article,
***I’ve been here since 1998. Here’s what they said about my account.

Thank you for your contribution. Your comment has been submitted for review.

And when I try to reply with email,
“Sorry, your account is too new to use this feature.”


29 posted on 08/05/2012 7:54:02 PM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: neverdem

Democrats learned that gun control was a loser at the polls which is why they eased off. I hope they go full throttle. It will cost them.


30 posted on 08/05/2012 7:56:52 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: neverdem
What will be the story when all they want to ban now is banned and someone shoots up a theater with a 6 shot revolver? They will then scream for a ban on revolvers!

Disarming the American people has always been an incremental plan, one little step at a time until the 2nd amendment is gone.

31 posted on 08/05/2012 8:33:16 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Impy; neverdem
Democrats learned that gun control was a loser at the polls which is why they eased off. I hope they go full throttle. It will cost them.

Hell, I hope they go full-bore on the whole "typical-white-racist bitter clingers belong under the Trayvon Express reparations bus" complex and summon the New Black Panther Party to purge the voting rolls on election day with truncheons. Just, you know, "go for the cheese!"

32 posted on 08/05/2012 9:14:28 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Winchester made .22 pump action rifles.
I’m skeptical that his grandfather rode the range with nothing more than a .22 at hand.

This guy is the very definition of a “Fudd”, only “Sporting rifles” are acceptable, handguns are only for killing people, the RKBA is about duck hunting, etc.


33 posted on 08/05/2012 9:17:53 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition
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To: neverdem
Perusing FR tonight, all I can say is sheesh.

5.56mm

34 posted on 08/05/2012 9:26:09 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: neverdem

Every once in a while, one of these “I own shotguns but handguns and assault weapons should be illegal” traitors shows his ugly face. Usually their own writing reveals their own ignorance and dishonesty, like this idiot does.
Nobody hunts with handguns? 100 clip magazines? You’re an idiot AND a liar, you stinking traitor.


35 posted on 08/05/2012 9:31:28 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: neverdem

I was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. Michael McNulty has been there for years. If I remember correctly, he held Public office in the past. My recollection of him is that he is a real opportunist, arrogant shithead.


36 posted on 08/05/2012 9:32:33 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: neverdem

Oh I forgot. He and Raul Grijalva are good buddies too! I believe Mikey was also RAT Party Chairman for Pima County at one time.


37 posted on 08/05/2012 9:43:45 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: cardinal4
Wrong paper
Not to worry. If The Red Star didn't print it today, they will print it sometime this week.
38 posted on 08/05/2012 9:52:48 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: omega4179

No, writer confirmed that he is a complete fraud.


39 posted on 08/05/2012 9:53:57 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: MarkL

NOT TRUE. The only times you can have to much ammo is when you are drowning or if you are on fire. Otherwise you just have to pay more attention to how you load out and carry.


40 posted on 08/05/2012 10:04:01 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: neverdem
the NRA went to the mat to prevent anyone from cross-checking the names of those on the terrorist watch list against the names of those buying guns.

It's a list of names, not people

The widow of the late Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, Catherine "Cat" Stevens gets investigated, every time.

41 posted on 08/05/2012 10:26:24 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Literals will believe anything.)
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To: neverdem
There are, today, few who hunt with handguns or assault rifles equipped with 100-clip magazines. There are even fewer reasons to do so. But the National Rifle Association’s principal focus has evolved mostly to those. It is news to no one that the NRA has abandoned the sportsman in every practical sense. If the group were honest, it would change its name.

This is the biggest obscene lie this fool "writer" could have manufactured without really looking at the publication numbers of "American Rifleman" and "American Hunter" that serve the interests of those who PAY the NRA about $35 per year to protect their rights to own and use firearms of all kinds, and who are always concerned with firearms safety.

The combined circulation of these two magazines (each NRA member for the annual fee can have one or the other) is over 3 million per month, about that of "Sports Illustrated" or "Cosmopolitan," not far from that of "Time."

These magazines are also made possible by advertising suppliers of shooting sports and personal defense articles, including guns; just as these other magazines have their own advertising clients.

This columnist writes that "In the end, however, it’s simple: The NRA shills for gun makers who profit from the murder of American citizens.

It is not farfetched to say that Michael McNulty is using the Pittsburgh Tribune Review and other carriers of his column so that he can shill for the murderers who unlawfully use firearms on unwillingly disarmed citizens; as well as for those factions who wish to blot out the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which is not one of those "living" segments that can be twisted to say whatever you want it to mean.

Shame on his logic, as well as his prostitution of the art of journalism.

42 posted on 08/06/2012 12:55:22 AM PDT by imardmd1 (Be forearmed when you have been forewarned.)
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To: neverdem

It is telling that the media constantly publishes an unending stream of opinion from those who prove beyond any shadow of doubt they are utterly ignorant of the subject on which they opine.

“100 clip-magazine,” indeed!


43 posted on 08/06/2012 1:25:10 AM PDT by papertyger ("And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if..."))
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To: neverdem
I get tired of hearing about our right to bear arms as if it's for hunting or self defense against a burglar. It's a right given to us for self defense against our tyrannical government. That makes me question how far they can go when regulating those arms. It seems assault rifles would be one of the most protected arms under the Constitution. It's a lot of BS that these guns have no other use than killing humans like liberals like to label them, but the liberal argument is total BS to begin with, and everyone is afraid of saying it. Supporting this right with the argument that is most valid isn't telling people to go on a shooting spree of government officials. I'm sick of people having to worry about what crazy idiots will do, and then be blamed on them, when talking about anything conservative and constitutional. It's also not something you should have to always make clear that's not what you're supporting when it's common sense that's not what anyone is saying. Listening to mainstream Conservatives pick their word so carefully the few times they speak about these things is ridiculous. If you are that stupid and crazy you are going to do something sooner or later no matter what, and it's no ones fault but yours.
44 posted on 08/06/2012 2:27:24 AM PDT by ThermoNuclearWarrior (The time for our second revolution has come. It's our Constitutional right to overthrow tyranny.)
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To: neverdem; harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; wku man; SLB; ...
Standard formulated attack from the anti-gunners: the worn-out trope of "I own guns too but this is crazy!". Today's Sarasota Herald-Tribune (aka "The SHT") had a letter from some guy ranting about limiting ammunition and, oh, btw, "I have a CCW". As if that meant any more than this individual may have one part of the problem possibly solved...

As many here have already noted, this guy blows it right out of the starting gate by demonstrating such gross ignorance on such firearms fundamentals. It would almost be funny, if it weren't so aggravating that we have to put up with these brainwashed sheep in the first place. And let's remember, this had to get by editors and such as well, which shows their level of, er, 'knowledge'.

If one has to have adversaries, may they always be as transparent and ineffective as these.

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

45 posted on 08/06/2012 5:18:18 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: neverdem

A man with a genuinely good heart knows what the NRA is about. It is about protecting the 2nd Amendment. The fact that some selfish, self-centered jerk shoots up a number of people in a crowd is no reason to ban guns, except to a soft headed clown. There are around 50,000 deaths each year from automobile accidents. How many homicides are there by comparison? Fewer; a lot fewer. Where is the call to ban automobiles?


46 posted on 08/06/2012 5:32:51 AM PDT by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: neverdem
Published: Saturday, August 4, 2012, 8:54 p.m.

This "story" has had no comments in the last 36 hours.

They must have a very small number of readers.

47 posted on 08/06/2012 6:03:20 AM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: TYVets; All

See post 29. The “comment” feature appears to be a sham. They do not actually allow comments, they just want people to sign up so that they can have a list to send spam to.

Any article that does not allow comments should be dismissed out of hand.


48 posted on 08/06/2012 6:14:07 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: ThermoNuclearWarrior
That makes me question how far they can go when regulating those arms. It seems assault rifles would be one of the most protected arms under the Constitution.

You would think that wouldn't you? But the only weapons explicitly regulated by our Government are those that we need most. Even those weapons heavily restricted by 1934 National Firearms Act were again restricted by the ironically titled "Firearm Owners Protection Act" in 1986. Both of these acts of outright unconstitutional legislation were supported by the NRA. I think the NRA membership is waking up to the real dangers posed to the 2nd amendment and are finally figuring out what the 2nd amendment actually means. When there seems to be real movement to repeal both of these legislative boondoggles then we will know we are on the right track.

49 posted on 08/06/2012 6:14:43 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: neverdem
The NRA represents gun manufacturers, period.
The NRA represents gun owners, period. If they represented gun manufacturers, they'd not have been so quick to destroy Smith&Wesson, back when they reached an "accommodation" with the Clinton administration.
50 posted on 08/06/2012 6:35:11 AM PDT by jdege
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