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  • BREAKING: Obama Named Gun Salesman of the Year

    10/09/2009 11:01:12 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 2 replies · 539+ views
    National Rifle Association ^ | 10/09/09 | EEEvil Gun Manufacturers
    Finally, an award he deserves.
  • Ammo rationing at Wal-Mart as panic buying sweeps US

    10/05/2009 2:55:57 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 91 replies · 3,375+ views
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 9/24/09 | Lewis Page
    The USA is suffering the most severe ammunition famine in living memory. Gun fanciers, fearing a Democrat crackdown on every American's right to pack heat, are clearing shelves at ammo shops and hoarding cartridges. AP reports that the Remington Arms Company's factory in North Carolina is now working around the clock trying to supply insatiable demand for rifle, pistol and shotgun cartridges. "We've had to add a fourth shift and go 24-7," Remington spokesman Al Russo told the news wire. "It's a phenomenon that I have not seen before in my 30 years in the business."
  • 450 Mayors Petition Obama To Adopt Broad Gun Reform (Gun Grabbers Inc.)

    10/05/2009 1:35:35 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 58 replies · 2,259+ views
    washingtonpost ^ | 10/3/2009 | Staff
    A new report from a national coalition of mayors urges President Obama to adopt dozens of reforms to help curb gun violence, including steps to crack down on problems at gun shows and the creation of a federal interstate firearms trafficking unit. The "Blueprint for Federal Action on Illegal Guns," a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, presents 40 recommendations that "would dramatically improve law enforcement's ability to keep guns out of the hands of criminals -- and, in doing so, save innocent lives." The strategies outlined by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan group of...
  • Gun retailers aim to plug yearlong bullet shortage

    10/04/2009 3:46:35 PM PDT · by Radix · 29 replies · 2,067+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 4 October 2009 | McClatchy Newspapers
    FORT WORTH, Texas - Weapons sellers say gun enthusiasts won’t have to bite the bullet much longer, as a nearly yearlong nationwide ammunition shortage may be winding down. “We’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,” said DeWayne Irwin, owner of Cheaper Than Dirt, a Fort Worth store and online retailer. Demand for guns and ammo began growing last year before the November presidential election, partly because many gun owners were concerned that President Obama and Democrats in Congress would reinstate an assault weapons ban or drastically raise taxes on ammunition, guns and firearms materials. “It was the...
  • 450 Mayors Petition Obama To Adopt Broad Gun Reform

    10/02/2009 7:54:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies · 3,172+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 3, 2009 | David S. Fallis
    A new report from a national coalition of mayors urges President Obama to adopt dozens of reforms to help curb gun violence, including steps to crack down on problems at gun shows and the creation of a federal interstate firearms trafficking unit. The "Blueprint for Federal Action on Illegal Guns," a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, presents 40 recommendations that "would dramatically improve law enforcement's ability to keep guns out of the hands of criminals -- and, in doing so, save innocent lives." The strategies outlined by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan group of...
  • Ammo Shortage Linked to Fear of Obama and Democrats, Say Gun Owners

    09/27/2009 11:01:38 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 110 replies · 3,259+ views
    MensNewsDaily.com ^ | September 27, 2009 | Jim Kouri
    While the dismal economic picture in America hasn’t caused “bank runs” wherein customers demand to withdraw their savings from banks across the country — a frequent occurrence during the Great Depression — gun owners are causing a run of their own: a national “gun shop run” for ammunition. Ammunition manufacturers report their factories are producing ammunition at record rates and keeping their facilities operating 24/7. Yet they still cannot keep up with the demand for bullets for everything from handguns to hunting rifles. Gun store owners and manufacturers claim this is the first time they have ever seen such...
  • America Armed, But Guns Not Necessarily Loaded [Historic Bullet Shortage!]

    09/23/2009 8:55:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 45 replies · 1,859+ views
    AP Report ^ | September 23, 2009
    America Armed, But Guns Not Necessarily Loaded By MARY FOSTER, Sep 23 NEW ORLEANS – Bullet-makers are working around the clock, seven days a week, and still can't keep up with the nation's demand for ammunition. Shooting ranges, gun dealers and bullet manufacturers say they have never seen such shortages. Bullets, especially for handguns, have been scarce for months because gun enthusiasts are stocking up on ammo, in part because they fear President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress will pass antigun legislation — even though nothing specific has been proposed and the president last month signed a law allowing...
  • There's No Ammo on the Shelves (Defends DHS Report slamming vets)

    09/24/2009 9:35:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies · 3,618+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | May 11, 2009 | Yasha Levine
    VICTORVILLE, Calif.—Ever since it became clear that Barack Obama would be our next president, there's been an unprecedented run on guns 'n ammo in America. Partly this is fueled by fears, some justified some not, that Obama will outlaw a broad range of assault weapons; partly it's fueled by socioeconomic factors, racism and right-wing hate. Nowhere is this phenomenon more evident than in Victorville, a desert exurb of Los Angeles that boomed faster with the subprime craze than just about any city in the country and fell harder when it all collapsed. Today, guns and ammo are in short supply...
  • Firearms, Ammunition See Explosive Sales Growth

    09/22/2009 12:11:14 PM PDT · by pissant · 66 replies · 2,924+ views
    WSJ ^ | 9/21/09 | Bill Spain
    While a remarkable surge that began late last year is starting to ease, Americans' demand for firearms and ammunition - driven largely by economic concerns and the fear of new regulations - remains brisk as double-digit sales increases continue to fill the financial coffers of gun and ammo makers alike. In August, the number of background checks performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Instant Criminal Background Check System was up 12.3% from the same month in 2008 to about 1.1 million. That is down from the nearly 42% increase of November but is still a growth rate that would...
  • Surprise Winner of Obama Stimulus Spending: Gun Industry

    09/12/2009 2:19:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 1,857+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 9/12/09 | Patrik Johnson
    Many gun-loving Americans are convinved that President Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress are bent on ripping rifles from their "cold, dead hands," as actor Charlton Heston once declared at a National Rifle Association meeting. But from the perspective of police departments – not to mention gunmakers – the Obama administration may go down as one of the most gun-friendly in history. Across America, police departments are using the taxpayer-funded stimulus bill to boost their arsenals with shotguns, handguns, and assault rifles. Among the general public, a record 1 million guns were sold across the United States in August alone, rebuffing...
  • Good News: 1M New Firearms Bought By Americans in August

    09/09/2009 6:35:07 PM PDT · by jdfromny · 28 replies · 1,575+ views
    tammybruce.com ^ | 9/8/09 | Tammy Bruce
    That’s right. In one month alone Americans made themselves and this nation safer (from enemies foreign and domestic) by choosing to exercise one our most precious rights–the right to own a firearm. I think Thomas Jefferson would be especially pleased with this news when we consider a letter he sent to one of his nephews: “A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the Body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind . . . Let your gun therefore be the constant...
  • Another 1,000,000+ Guns Added to American Homes in August

    09/08/2009 9:12:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 113 replies · 4,566+ views
    Ammoland.com ^ | 9/8/09 | staff
    Washington, DC --(AmmoLand.com)- Data released by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,074,757 checks in August 2009, a 12.3 percent increase from the 956,872 reported in August 2008. So far that is roughly 9,076,205 gun bought this year! The total is probably more as NICS background checks may cover the purchase of more than one gun at a time.
  • Radicals in robes: why extreme right-wing courts are wrong for America

    09/06/2009 9:24:40 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 28 replies · 1,694+ views
    Google Books ^ | 2006 | Cass Sunstein
    Chapter titled "Guns, God and More" - pp. 219-222. Sunstein states his view that the 2nd Amendment does not guarantee an individual right to keep and bear arms.
  • Women boost Conn. gun sales (pistol permits up 90% over 2008)

    09/06/2009 10:13:53 PM PDT · by Brugmansian · 38 replies · 2,030+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | September 6, 2009 | not given
    WATERBURY, Conn. - Connecticut residents are arming themselves at quite a clip, with women, in particular, packing heat in growing numbers. The state issued 7,741 pistol permits from January through May, a 90 percent increase over the same time period in 2008. Nearly 12,000 new permits have been issued so far this year in a state that recently posted one of the lowest gun ownership rates in the country, according a study of 2006 data by the Violence Policy Center, a national gun control advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. Connecticut gun retailers and educators who run the safety classes...
  • Fear Of Gun Limits Fuels A Burst Of Demand For Bullets

    08/29/2009 11:01:49 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 93 replies · 2,669+ views
    LATimes ^ | August 29, 2009
    Fear of gun limits fuels a burst of demand for bullets Since President Obama's election, demand for guns and ammunition has skyrocketed. Gun shops have trouble keeping bullets in stock. A sign at the Los Angeles Indoor Pistol Shooting Range notifies customers the sale of ammo sales is limited. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / August 25) By W.J. Hennigan August 29, 2009 There's a bull market for bullets. Stacks of ammo, once piled high at gun shops across America, have dwindled. Prices paid by consumers for much-sought-after Winchester .380-caliber handgun bullets have doubled. At weekend gun shows,...
  • The Media Gets It (Really) Wrong, Again, On Guns

    08/20/2009 8:29:30 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 14 replies · 1,450+ views
    Fox News ^ | Friday, August 20, 2009 | John R. Lott Jr.
    In Portsmouth, New Hampshire recently, a man carried a handgun a few blocks away from the site where President Obama was scheduled to hold a town hall a couple of hours later. Was it a danger or not? The man carrying the gun, William Kostric, even had permission to have the gun on private church property while he was protesting Obama's appearance. Everybody from the New York Times to USA Today to CBS News expressed their outrage, interpreting it as a hot head threatening the president and linking it to militias and conservative talk radio. A prominent liberal radio talk...
  • Norton Calls on Homeland Security Officials to Restrict Gun Carrying Outside Public Events Where...

    08/20/2009 11:51:00 AM PDT · by neverdem · 84 replies · 2,521+ views
    norton.house.gov ^ | August 19, 2009 | NA
    Norton Calls on Homeland Security Officials to Restrict Gun Carrying Outside Public Events Where President and Federal Officials Appear in D.C. and NationwideAugust 19, 2009    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who sits on the Homeland Security Committee, today called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan to restrict the carrying of weapons openly or concealed in or around the areas where the President of the United States and cabinet officials are appearing, following reports, photos, and videos of people carrying guns outside of  an Obama town...
  • MSNBC vid: Gun-Toting Protesters are 'White' Racists... Black Guy with AR-15 Edited to Conceal Race

    08/20/2009 12:09:12 PM PDT · by past_present · 76 replies · 2,263+ views
    youtube ^ | 8-18-09
    On Tuesday, MSNBCs Contessa Brewer fretted over health care reform protesters legally carrying guns: "A man at a pro-health care reform rally...wore a semiautomatic assault rifle on his shoulder and a pistol on his hip....there are questions about whether this has racial overtones....white people showing up with guns." Brewer failed to mention the man she described was black.
  • Did MSNBC Edit Video of Man With Rifle at Obama Event to Hide His Race?

    08/19/2009 10:13:14 PM PDT · by Justaham · 27 replies · 1,513+ views
    breitbart.tv ^ | 8-19-09
    "Here you have a man of color in the presidency and white people showing up with guns strapped to their waists or to their legs." -- MSNBC Editor's note: The man was black.
  • FOLLOW-UP: Anti-gun bigotry may be losing traction

    08/18/2009 8:05:09 PM PDT · by marktwain · 37 replies · 2,353+ views
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 18 August, 2009 | Dave Workman
    As the Obama health care program continues to descend from debate to debacle, increasing attention is being given to a handful of activists who have attended protest rallies openly carrying firearms, leaving some television reporters and commentators having to acknowledge there is nothing illegal about it. When I wrote about MSNBC’s Chris Matthews joining in the vitriolic attacks on gun owners here, and about anti-gun bigotry here, it brought the hoplophobes out of the proverbial woodwork. At least a few of these folks were not shy about displaying their prejudices, to the point of race baiting, which – thanks to...
  • White House Backs Right to Arms Outside Obama Events

    08/18/2009 8:57:05 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 8 replies · 662+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 19, 2009 | Alexi Mostrous
    But Some Fear Health Talks Will Spark ViolenceArmed men seen mixing with protesters outside recent events held by President Obama acted within the law, the White House said Tuesday, attempting to allay fears of a security threat. Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said that individuals are entitled to carry weapons outside such events if their states allow it. "There are laws that govern firearms that are done state or locally," he said. "Those laws don't change when the president comes to your state or locality." Anti-gun campaigners disagreed with Gibbs's comments, however, voicing fears that volatile debates over...
  • Armed Men Gather At Obama's Town Hall (Phoenix) (Be afraid, be very afraid!)

    08/18/2009 1:28:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 123 replies · 4,712+ views
    CBS 13 ^ | 8/18/2009
    One Arizona professor says people carrying guns to protests at President Barack Obama's events could be the beginning of a disturbing trend. About a dozen people packing heat, including one man with a semi-automatic rifle, milled with protesters outside Phoenix's convention center, where Obama was speaking Monday. At Obama's town hall in New Hampshire last week, a man stood outside with a pistol strapped to his leg. Gun-rights advocates say they're exercising their constitutional right and police say they are not violating any laws. But Northern Arizona University political scientist Fred Solop says guns at political rallies create "a chilling...
  • Man carries assault rifle to Obama protest -- and it's legal

    08/18/2009 7:12:45 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 136 replies · 4,977+ views
    cnn ^ | August 18, 2009
    PHOENIX, Arizona (CNN) -- A man toting an assault rifle was among a dozen protesters carrying weapons while demonstrating outside President Obama's speech to veterans on Monday, but no laws were broken. It was the second instance in recent days in which weapons have been seen near presidential events.
  • Several Gun-Toters Attend Obama Protest

    08/18/2009 6:09:25 AM PDT · by fishhound · 50 replies · 2,562+ views
    Aol/AP ^ | 08/18/2009 | AMANDA LEE MYERS and TERRY TANG ,
    PHOENIX (Aug. 17) - About a dozen people carrying guns, including one with a military-style rifle, milled among protesters outside the convention center where President Barack Obama was giving a speech Monday — the latest incident in which protesters have openly displayed firearms near the president. Gun-rights advocates say they're exercising their constitutional right to bear arms and protest, while those who argue for more gun control say it could be a disaster waiting to happen. Phoenix police said the gun-toters at Monday's event, including the man carrying an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle slung over his shoulder, didn't need permits. No...
  • Talking to the Man Who Brought a Gun to an Obama Event

    08/18/2009 5:27:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 33 replies · 1,494+ views
    thefastertimes.com ^ | 17 August, 2009 | Oliver Miller
    The Faster Times: Hey there, Mr. Kostric. So what’s going on? Are you at home? Has your phone been ringing off the hook? William Kostric: Well, my only phone is my cell and it gets spotty reception where I live so I’ve actually been staying with friends in order to conduct phone interviews. So far there’s been Alan Colmes, Alex Jones, Ernie Hancock and Richard Hunter. I have a few more scheduled next week. When the on-site interviews were happening, I was asked by a few reporters for a phone number which I declined to give out so the contacts...
  • Man carrying assault weapon attends Obama protest

    08/17/2009 4:03:17 PM PDT · by NetLiberty · 192 replies · 5,901+ views
    AP ^ | 08/17/2009 | AMANDA LEE MYERS and TERRY TANG
    PHOENIX (AP) - About a dozen people carrying guns, including one with a military-style rifle, milled among protesters outside the convention center where President Barack Obama was giving a speech Monday—the latest incidents in which protesters have openly displayed firearms near the president. Gun-rights advocates say they're exercising their constitutional right to bear arms and protest, while those who argue for more gun control say it could be a disaster waiting to happen.
  • Men tote assault rifles at Obama event

    08/17/2009 7:10:13 PM PDT · by Greystoke · 41 replies · 2,236+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/17/2009 | CNN
    (CNN) – At least two Arizona men brought assault rifles to President Obama’s speech Monday to the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Phoenix.
  • Gun-Bearers Put Obama President in Cross Hairs (Liberals Want Obama To Be Assassinated)

    08/15/2009 6:36:52 PM PDT · by kristinn · 80 replies · 4,650+ views
    UK Times ^ | Sunday, August 16, 2009 | Tony Allen-Mills
    To the increasingly toxic American mix of racial anger, political frustration and economic despair, a frightening new ingredient was added last week — belligerent gun-owners on a mission to defy President Barack Obama. A series of minor but worrying incidents involving citizens carrying handguns to political meetings has raised new questions about the president’s security and a potentially inflammatory gun control issue that he has so far managed to avoid. When William Kostric, a 36-year-old gun-owner from New Hampshire, turned up near an Obama meeting last Tuesday with a 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol strapped to his leg, he instantly...
  • Demand for Concealed Carry Inexplicably Up Since Obama Election

    08/05/2009 6:33:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies · 1,469+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | August 4, 2009
    USA Today has a front-page article on the dramatic increase in demand for concealed handgun permits since Obama was elected: Applications already have hit a record this year in Clay County, Mo., where the sheriff's office received 888 through June, compared with 863 in all of last year, says Sheriff Bob Boydston. The office recently hired two part-time workers to deal with the rush. In the past, applicants tended to be middle-aged men, he says, but recent applicants include "grandmothers, older folks, young women, young men." [...] Statewide, the Missouri State Highway Patrol has processed 18,878 background checks so...
  • NRA Can’t Halt Sotomayor’s March To Court

    08/01/2009 4:07:16 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies · 594+ views
    AP Report ^ | August 01, 2009
    NRA can’t halt Sotomayor’s march to court Gun-rights group still forces senators to consider if ‘yes’ vote will hurt Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is expected to easily win confirmation in a vote this coming week. WASHINGTON - The National Rifle Association's threat to punish senators who vote for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayorhas been met with a shrug by Democrats from conservative-leaning states and some Republicans who are breaking with their party to support her. The gun-rights group is used to getting its way by spooking lawmakers about the political consequences of defying its wishes. But it never before...
  • Alan Gura: Defeat of Thune amendment runs afoul of Constitution's full faith and credit clause

    07/29/2009 12:49:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 904+ views
    The Jurist ^ | July 28, 2009 | Alan Gura
    Alan Gura [Partner, Gura & Possessky, PLLC]: "Gun rights opponents at last have cause to rejoice. Only 58 members of a lop-sided Democratic-controlled Senate approved of a provision mandating that states give full faith and credit to each other's gun-carry permits. The laws of forty-eight states, at least in theory, allow their peaceable citizenry to carry guns in public for self-defense. Forty of these states either require no license to do so, or issue such licenses as a matter of routine upon meeting basic qualifications. Even in the small minority of hold-out states, gun carry licenses are often available...
  • Obama Administration Begins Opposition To States Claiming Sovereignty And Gun Rights

    07/29/2009 9:34:47 AM PDT · by FlorianG · 103 replies · 4,089+ views
    blacklistednews ^ | 7/26/2009 | Black Bear Blog
    The several states are lining up to reclaim their sovereignty and telling the federal government to butt out. This is being done in myriad ways but all are related in that most claim that the Tenth Amendment protects the states from federal tyranny. States are passing resolutions, memorials and two states have passed laws and they intend to apply those laws for their citizens. The two states are Montana and Tennessee. It was expected that at some point these laws would be challenged and it appears actions to do such has begun. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and...
  • Sotomayor: Fundamental Right To Abortion, Not to Bear Arms

    07/28/2009 8:41:10 AM PDT · by Reagan Man · 5 replies · 419+ views
    Human Events ^ | July.28, 2009 | Charmaine Yoest
    Of all the generalities and evasions that Judge Sonia Sotomayor offered the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearing, surely the strangest was one she made when describing her role in the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. Sotomayor was on the PRLDEF’s board of directors for twelve years during the 1980s and early 1990s, a period when the fund issued no less than six briefs to the Supreme Court in abortion cases. Those briefs argued, among other things, that abortion was a “fundamental right” and that, contrary to scientific evidence, “the belief that life begins at conception is...
  • NRA warns senators Sotomayor vote will be rated

    07/23/2009 10:31:08 AM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 8 replies · 508+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 23, 2009 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    The National Rifle Association is warning senators that it will consider their votes on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as part of its influential annual ratings of lawmakers. The NRA says President Barack Obama's first high court nominee has a hostile view of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. It announced last week that it was opposing her nomination, although her confirmation in early August is virtually guaranteed.
  • CBS News: For Democrats, Gun Control Fades From Agenda

    07/22/2009 3:45:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies · 599+ views
    CBS News ^ | July 22, 2009 | Brian Montopoli
    A decade ago, the calculus was simple: Those who wanted greater gun control aligned with the Democrats. And those who wanted fewer restrictions on guns turned to the Republicans. No longer. Despite the fact that Democrats control both the executive branch and Congress, supporters of gun control have had few opportunities to celebrate this year. The Senate moved to weaken the District of Columbia's strong gun laws (though the House stalled the legislation, which was attached to the D.C. Voting Rights bill) and Congress voted to allow individuals to carry guns in national parks. Indeed, for many Democrats a vote...
  • Concealed arms reciprocity rejected by Senate

    07/22/2009 10:28:23 AM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 64 replies · 2,144+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 22, 2009 | JIM ABRAMS
    In a rare win for gun control advocates, the Senate on Wednesday rejected a measure allowing a person with a concealed weapon permit in one state to also hide his firearm when visiting another state. The vote was 58-39 in favor of the provision establishing concealed carry permit reciprocity in the 48 states that have concealed weapons laws. That fell two votes short of the 60 needed to approve the measure, offered as an amendment to a defense spending bill. Opponents prevailed in their argument that the measure violated states rights by forcing states with stringent requirements for permits to...
  • Second Amendment Confidential - Sotomayor takes the Fifth on gun rights.

    07/20/2009 10:55:21 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 1,080+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 18, 2009 | Masthead Editorial
    Those watching Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings this week didn't learn much about what she really thinks about judging. But they were treated to an Abbott and Costello legal moment on Thursday between the judge and South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham. In the wake of the Supreme Court's recent decision in D.C. v. Heller recognizing an individual right to bear arms, Mr. Graham wondered what template Judge Sotomayor would use to determine whether that "fundamental right" also applies to the states? "The rule of law," Judge Sotomayor answered.So "isn't the rule of law, when it comes to what you consider to...
  • NRA's Joint Statement On Judge Sonia Sotomayor's Nomination To The United States Supreme Court

    07/17/2009 2:08:41 PM PDT · by benvec · 9 replies · 741+ views
    Other than declaring war, neither house of Congress has a more solemn responsibility than the Senate’s role in confirming justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. As the Senate considers the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Americans have been watching to see whether this nominee – if confirmed – would respect the Second Amendment or side with those who have declared war on the rights of America’s 80 million gun owners.
  • NRA Statement On Judge Sonia Sotomayor's Nomination To The United States Supreme Court

    07/17/2009 7:51:15 AM PDT · by pabianice · 36 replies · 2,257+ views
    NRA Newsletter | 7/17/09 | Cox
    Other than declaring war, neither house of Congress has a more solemn responsibility than the Senate's role in confirming justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. As the Senate considers the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Americans have been watching to see whether this nominee - if confirmed - would respect the Second Amendment or side with those who have declared war on the rights of America's 80 million gun owners. From the outset, the National Rifle Association has respected the confirmation process and hoped for mainstream answers to bedrock questions. Unfortunately, Judge Sotomayor's judicial record and testimony clearly demonstrate a...
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch Questions Sotomayor on the 2nd Amendment - Video 7/14/09

    07/14/2009 10:32:01 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 10 replies · 696+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 14, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video today of Sen. Orrin Hatch questioning Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor about her views of the 2nd Amendment right to "keep and bear arms." Sotomayor danced around the question, justifying some questionable rulings in her career as "based on precedent." It would seem from her past decisions and her words today that she does not hold that the right to "keep and bear arms" is a fundamental right. . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Sotomayor refuses to acknowledge right to self-defense

    07/15/2009 1:43:54 PM PDT · by pabianice · 10 replies · 895+ views
    Fox News Live | 7/15/09
    Haven't seen this posted elsewhere. This morning, under questioning from a Repub senator, she was asked directly: "Do you believe I have the right to self-defense?" Sotomayor dropped right into her defense crouch, eyes averted (notice that she NEVER looks at anyone asking a tough question? The basis of being a bully is, of course, viciousness and cowardice). She then danced around the question for five minutes, refusing to answer it, but dragging-in states laws that "might apply in those locations or might not" because she "didn't have enough information to answer the question." Despite her being asked the same...
  • Libertarians take aim at Sotomayor’s anti-gun stance

    07/15/2009 12:38:36 PM PDT · by VirginiaConstitutionalist · 17 replies · 1,027+ views
    The Libertarian Party ^ | 7/15/09 | Donny Ferguson
    Libertarians take aim at Sotomayor’s anti-gun stanceNominee “can’t think” of a right of self-defense WASHINGTON -- America’s third largest party reiterated its opposition Wednesday to the Supreme Court nomination of federal judge Sonia Sotomayor after the nominee refused to give a firm answer on whether individuals have the right of self-defense. “Is there a constitutional right to self-defense?” Sotomayor asked when questioned by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) whether or not the Constitution guaranteed him the right of self-defense. “ I can’t think of one. I could be wrong.” “Whether you agree with her position or not, Judge Sotomayor has had...
  • Sotomayor flexes her guns

    07/14/2009 9:39:48 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 71 replies · 2,472+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 7/14/2009 | Staff
    No issue scares Democrats more than gun control. Republican claims that then-President Clinton and his fellow Democrats would erode the 2nd Amendment led to big GOP gains in the 1994 midterm elections. That defeat made guns a third-rail issue for the next generation of Democrats. And into this briar patch walks Sonia Sotomayor. Early in her testimony, she tried to reassure senators that she would not take any "preconceived notions" about gun rights to the Supreme Court if confirmed as a justice. Her proof point? "One of my godchildren is a member of the NRA," Sotomayor said. "I have friends...
  • Gun Sales On The Rise As NRA Warns Members Of Days To Come

    07/13/2009 11:18:06 AM PDT · by FromLori · 47 replies · 1,634+ views
    News Junkie ^ | 7/12/09
    Second Amendment zealots are not letting the bad economy stop them from buying guns. According to a news article published on Saturday by The Telegraph/UK, gun shops across the U.S. are having a heyday selling rifles and pistols to those afraid President Barack Obama may take away their right to bear arms. The Telegraph’s article findings may have something to do with the rhetoric National Rifle Association leaders are using to fire up their members. The NRA is going around the country setting up meetings and urging members to fight for their guns at all costs. “Are you ready for...
  • Sotomayor and the Second Amendment

    07/12/2009 9:18:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 1,131+ views
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | July 12, 2009 | Nelson Lund
    Second Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor recently held that the Constitution does not protect the right to keep and bear arms against infringement by state and local governments. Her defenders maintain that she was merely applying settled precedent, which only the Supreme Court itself is authorized to reconsider. This is a half truth that conceals more than it reveals. Last year, the Supreme Court resolved a longstanding debate by holding that the Second Amendment's right to keep and bear arms includes the right of American citizens to have weapons for personal self defense. Accordingly, the Court struck down a D.C. statute...
  • Local sales shoot up; Washington liberals might be the reason (0bama = Stimulus in gun sales)

    07/11/2009 8:19:49 PM PDT · by appleseed · 33 replies · 1,206+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | Jul. 11, 2009 | Susan Herendeen
    There are no layoffs, no furloughs and no signs of a recession at gun stores such as Barnwood Arms in Ripon. A spike in sales that began after Barack Obama won November's presidential election continued throughout the spring, with the FBI reporting dramatic monthly increases in the number of background checks it performed on would-be gun buyers. Although the Obama administration hasn't taken a strong stand on gun laws, customers are betting that a Democrat in the White House and a Democratic-controlled Congress will translate into stricter gun-control laws and perhaps the revival of a national assault rifle ban that...
  • Gun sales soar amid fears of Barack Obama weapons ban (Guns aren't the only thing we're stockpiling)

    07/11/2009 11:33:49 AM PDT · by appleseed · 84 replies · 3,032+ views
    Telegraph. ^ | 11 Jul 2009 | Toby Harnden in Memphis
    President Barack Obama may never have fired a gun but he is turning out to be one of the best firearms salesmen in American history. I've sold probably four times as much in the last six months as I have in 20 years combined," said Cliff Hunter, owner of Tommy Bronson Sporting Goods in Memphis. "Hand guns and the tactical weapons, they're absolutely off the charts." Most of his gun sales used to be for hunting, or personal protection in a city riddled with crime. But just before the November election, anxiety that Mr Obama would win and enact a...
  • NRA Says Sotomayor Is Antigun

    07/07/2009 6:55:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies · 1,372+ views
    U.S.News & World Report ^ | July 7, 2009 | Paul Bedard
    The National Rifle Association has finally weighed in on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, and while it doesn't come right out and oppose her, it does suggest that she's antigun. In a letter to the Senate from NRA Executive Director Chris Cox, the nation's largest gun-rights group mentions several court cases Sotomayor has reviewed that put limits on the Second Amendment. It even cites a footnote in one case where the court claimed that "the right to possess a gun is clearly not a fundamental right." Dear Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Sessions:I am writing to express the National Rifle...
  • Rasmussen poll confirms Americans fear Obama gun control agenda

    07/02/2009 7:53:26 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 28 replies · 1,143+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 7-2-09 | CCRKBA -OP/ED
    Rasmussen poll confirms Americans fear Obama gun control agenda By CCRKBA Thursday, July 2, 2009 BELLEVUE, WA – A new Rasmussen poll reveals that 57 percent of American citizens believe gun sales are up over the past several months because of widespread fears that the government will tighten restrictions on gun ownership. “The poll results confirm what we’ve been saying,” noted Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. “American citizens are fearful that the Obama administration and a Democrat-controlled Congress will pass new laws to further erode the individual right to own...
  • Rasmussen poll confirms: People fear government that fears guns

    07/02/2009 12:39:30 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 24 replies · 1,202+ views
    examiner.com ^ | July 2, 2009 | Dave Workman
    New Rasmussen poll released earlier this week reveals that 57 percent of Americans believe gun sales have skyrocketed in this country over the past several months because of fears that the government – now under control of the Obama administration and a Democrat Congress – will move to restrict gun rights. Since just before last November’s election that put Barack Obama in the White House and has now finally put Far Left Democrat Al Franken in the U.S. Senate from Minnesota – giving Democrats a 60-seat filibuster-proof majority in the upper house – American citizens have been flocking to gun...