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  • NRA Joins NAACP, New York Times, NYCLU, and others to Support Knife Law Reform

    10/23/2016 4:17:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 67 replies
    ammoland ^ | 18 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Demonstration knives from Knife Rights’ Federal Civil Rights Trial to stop bogus New York City gravity knife arrests. The four on the bottom left are actual gravity knives. On October 12, the New York State’s ACLU affiliate, the NYCLU, joined the NRA, the NAACP, the New York Times editorial board, the Legal Aid society, the office of Court Administration, and the Village Voice in support of Knife law reform.This unusual set of allies was brought together by the heavy handed abuse of the current knife law by New York City prosecutors, especially District Attorney Cyrus Vance.As many as 80% of...
  • Zimmerman's Attempted Assassin Sentenced to 20 Years for Attack

    10/23/2016 4:27:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Matthew Apperson has been convicted of attempted murder of George Zimmerman, firing a gun into a vehicle, and aggravated assault. The trial occurred in the same courtroom where Zimmerman was found not guilty by reason of self defense, in the killing of Trayvon Martin.  The sentence was handed down yesterday, on October 17th.  It is for a minimum of 20 years in prison. Apperson claimed self defense.  He said that as he was driving, Zimmerman accelerated, and that as he approached Zimmerman's vehicle from behind and to the right, he accessed his firearm, because he feared Zimmerman.  Then, as...
  • Homemade Canadian Submachine Guns and Silencers

    10/22/2016 8:34:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    As governments attempt to make more guns and gun ownership illegal, they succeed in doing so.  It does not mean that fewer criminals are armed.  Overall crime does not drop when controls are implemented.  One of the reasons is that guns are fairly easy to make, and the materials to make them are virtually impossible for an industrial society to control. An unintended consequence is that submachine guns or machine pistols may be substituted for ordinary pistols.  They are easier to make, because they are a simpler mechanism. The above machine pistol/ submachine gun, based on the MAC design...
  • Hot Springs AR: County Officials Restore Carry rights for County Workers

    10/22/2016 12:26:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Garland County Courthouse, Arkansas Garland County, Arkansas, has restored the right to bear arms to County employees. Political subdivisions across the country are restoring the rights of their workers to defend themselves with effective tools.  As the right to keep and bear arms has been incrementally restored across the nation, city, county and state employees are having restrictions on their rights removed.  From The Garland County Quorum Court voted Monday night to allow county employees with concealed-carry permits to take firearms to work. Justices of the peace defeated repeated motions to give the plan more consideration before voting...
  • Attorney General Investigation of City of Tucson for Illegal Destruction of Firearms

    10/22/2016 5:32:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from The Tucson City Council has become a notorious scofflaw for ignoring state law that involves firearms. Arizona has a state preemption law, to prevent a confusing patchwork of local laws, which could easily entrap innocent people who exercise their Second Amendment rights.  The Tucson City Council has ignored the law. Arizona also requires that valuable firearms that come into the possession of the police must be sold to federal firearms dealers, so that the value will be used for the public good.  Tucson has been accused of destroying these valuable items, presumably to make some sort...
  • Debunking the "8% forgot to take off the safety" in Bear Attacks Myth

    10/21/2016 9:29:51 PM PDT · by marktwain · 69 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    If you have been reading about defensive uses of firearms against bears, you have likely read that bear spray is more effective than firearms, and that a large percentage of people faced with bear attacks failed to disengage the safety.  Both are based on a highly flawed study. In a discussion at The Truth About Guns, a commenter, writing about the subject thought that a high percentage, maybe 20%, of defenders, failed to take off the safety.  The commenter did some research, found the study by Tom Smith and Stephen Herroro and others, and corrected the number to "8...
  • Suit Against Gunmakers, for Criminal's actions at Sandy Hook, Dismissed

    10/21/2016 1:52:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Attorney Josh Koskoff Judge Barbara Bellis struck down the lawsuit filed by attorney Josh Koskoff, representing some of the families of the victims of Adam Lanza's attack at the Sand Hook School in Connecticut. The lawsuit was fired against gun manufacturers. The Judge cited the PLCAA, Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, that forbids lawsuits of gun manufacturers, distributors, or sellers of lawful products that operate as they are designed to. The purposes of the PLCAA are to expressly to prevent this sort of lawsuit, so as to insure that citizens shall have access to such firearms. From...
  • Sheriff Clark Disinvited from University Speech, Campus Official Lied

    10/21/2016 6:48:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Sheriff David Clark was scheduled to speak at New Haven University.  He had been invited, and had accepted the invitation.  After the University considered the political ramifications, the person who invited him, Patrick Malloy, came up with a face saving excuse to revoke the invitation.  He said that Sheriff Clark made extravagant demands, such as requiring a "presidential suite" to speak at the event. Sheriff Clark produced emails that showed the arrangements and correspondence. The excuse was false. It compounded the lie with the injustice of smearing Sheriff Clark as being unreasonable and greedy. From the University of New Haven...
  • Prayer and Answer with Mike Vanderboegh at the NRA

    10/20/2016 12:19:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A year ago, I was with Mike Vanderboegh at the NRA meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.  We grew closer, and worked on stories together.  I first saw Mike in person at the Restore the Constitution Rally on April 19th, 2010.  Mike passed on 10 August this year.  He was a committed Christian, so I hope he is fighting for us from the other side. Mike and I once prayed for assistance.  We got it. I feel compelled to tell this story.  I have not published it before. It happened while working on a story that Mike and David Codrea had...
  • WV: Second Amendment Supporting AG Gains Maximum Reciprocity

    10/20/2016 6:08:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has done a remarkable job of expanding reciprocity with other states for West Virginia's concealed carry permits. The West Virgina Citizen's Defense League has noted his efforts.  From Keith Morgan, president of the West Virginia Citizens Defense League, said his group was optimistic the new provisional licenses would be recognized in three to six states, initially believing any expansion beyond that would take years. “The relentless tenacity with which Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office attacked this issue, resulting in recognition from 16 states, is quite frankly, astonishing,” Morgan said in...
  • I Wake You Up for the Presidential Debate

    10/19/2016 3:25:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Scott Adams' Blog ^ | 19 October, 2016 | Scott Adams
    Here’s a little thought experiment for you: If a friend said he could see a pink elephant in the room, standing right in front of you, but you don’t see it, which one of you is hallucinating? Answer: The one who sees the pink elephant is hallucinating. Let’s try another one. If a friend tells you that you were both abducted by aliens last night but for some reason only he remembers it, which one of you hallucinated? Answer: The one who saw the aliens is hallucinating. Now let’s add some participants and try another one. If a crowd of...
  • Mexico Looking at Second Amendment?

    10/19/2016 7:46:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Mexico had a flourishing, legal, gun culture until 1972, when the Mexican government made private, legal, ownership of guns extremely difficult and expensive.  The change in law was meant to disarm the political opposition and keep the existing power structure in place.  The power structure has remained in place, but it has not flourished.  Much of Mexico is contested ground, with narco-cartels that are not aligned with the Mexican government in armed conflict with the Government and its cartel allies.  Private citizens are caught in the crossfire, abused by both sides, and denied the legal ability to arm themselves....
  • Where Gun Permits are Alternatives to NICS

    10/19/2016 3:16:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Map made with In the 1993 Brady bill, exemptions for the background checks were provided for people who had undergone the background check for state gun permits.  Not all states meet the federal requirements.  For example, the background check for the permit system must go through the National Instant Check System (NICS) and it must have been done within the last five years.  That is why most state permits are renewed every five years. From The statute provides the following exceptions to the national instant background check system: 1. The transferee presents to the licensee a permit...
  • Adam Winkler: Banning "Assault Rifles" Counterproductive

    10/18/2016 4:45:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Adam Winkler is a law professor at UCLA.  He has been reliably for imposing additional gun control laws, but is more "moderate" than many academics on the left.  He has more intellectual honesty than most, and has fairly described the racist roots of gun control in the United States. It is interesting to note that Winkler has been writing about the futility of "assault rifle" bans as early as February of 2015. From the There are approaches to gun control, such as universal background checks and cracking down on rogue gun dealers, that can reduce the daily death...
  • Democrat Doctors Biased Against Guns in the Home

    10/17/2016 6:37:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 49 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A survey done at Yale, based on doctors political party registration, found that there was a significant difference in how Republican and Democrat doctors treated patients who owned guns. From And Democratic doctors were 66 percent more likely to say they’d urge parents of small children not to store guns in the home — while Republican doctors instead preferred to ask about safe storage of the firearms, concluded the survey, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “This was really an eye-opener,” said bioethicist Nancy Berlinger of The Hastings Center, a nonpartisan research institute. She wasn’t...
  • Sean Duffy (R) Wisconsin, Appreciates Open Carry

    10/16/2016 6:20:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Sean Duffy was happy to pose with this constituent who was openly carrying at the Rusk County Republican dinner. The event was in Ladysmith last night, the 8th of October, 2016. Sean told the Wisconsin resident that he felt safer when he had people openly carrying guns around him, because he knew he could trust them. Ladysmith is close to where I was born and raised in Northern Wisconsin.  The Duffy boys went to school in the same high school I did in Hayward.  Sean's father and I went to high school together. It did not surprise me when...
  • AzCDL Annual Meeting, 2016 Phoenix, Full House

    10/15/2016 5:19:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    I attended the Arizona Citizens Defense League annual meeting in Phoenix on Saturday, 8 October, 2016.  It was a 170 mile drive, one way, from Yuma. Usually I take a friend, but I was slow this year, and the meeting and annual dinner was sold out before I invited anyone. You can see the crush crowd outside the meeting hall, registering to get in. The majority, about 80%, were openly carrying. AzCDL is one of the most successful state groups that have organized to restore the right to keep and bear arms.  The group was founded by Fred Dahnke...
  • Worthwhile Information Revealed in Video of Crossroads Mall Attack

    10/14/2016 5:44:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Surveillance video of the Crossroads Mall stabbing attack and the shooting by Jason Falconer has revealed many previously unknown details.  They show that a determined attacker can absorb many hits before they are stopped. The attacker used two kitchen knives.  The have about five inch blades, with smooth handles and small, smooth guards.  I wouldn't be surprised to find cuts on the attackers hands from his own blades. A practical response at the Northwoods Candy Emporium illustrates the effectiveness of barriers against attackers with contact weapons.  An unnamed, quick thinking defender pulls down the gate to the store, denying...
  • Trump: The Official NRA Q&A

    10/13/2016 8:06:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | 29 September, 2016 | Chris W. Cox
    More This feature appears in the October ‘16 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.  View Related ArticlesThis year’s race for the White House is like no other in our history. Hillary Clinton has made it clear that, if elected, she will come after our firearm freedoms on her very first day in office. So it’s no exaggeration to say that the Second Amendment is on the ballot this November. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, to discuss our right to keep and...
  • Thinking Ahead: International Reciprocity for Concealed Carry Permits

    10/13/2016 7:21:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from Donald Trump has a reputation of being a world class negotiator.  He says he is going to renegotiate NAFTA and other international trade agreements.  He has a concealed carry permit. His sons have hunted internationally, especially in Africa. He is a world traveler. When a firearms owner in the United States leaves the country, he loses the protection of the Second Amendment.  This does not mean he loses the right to self defense. It is a historically recent development to be legally difficult for Americans to travel abroad with weapons.  Prior to WWI it was done...
  • Revolt Against the American Aristocracy

    10/12/2016 6:31:19 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The current aristocracy in America came to power in the 1960's.  It was a major shift in the power elite, away from the military, captains of industry, and religious leaders.  It became heavily concentrated in media elites, educators, bureaucrats and lawyers.  It was a deliberate infiltration of institutions and the seizure of power from the people and the states; concentrating it in unelected and unaccountable institutions. The rise of network TV, the fairness doctrine imposed by the FCC, and the takeover of virtually all national media by doctrinaire "progressives" meant that the "progressive" gatekeepers in the media decided who...
  • Review: The War on Guns by John Lott

    10/12/2016 5:46:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    ammoland ^ | 5 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    John Lott is the most admired and the most vilified of researchers on the effects of laws that restrict gun ownership and being armed in public, and the effects of the reform of laws that restrict gun ownership and bearing arms in public.His research is well accepted among his peers, and vilified by those who disagree with his results. John had to learn the hard way that honest science about guns and gun laws is not welcome in most of academia.Unfortunately, academia has, in large part, been taken over by people who are ignorant of guns and gun legislation,...
  • Bear Spray Failure in Montana (video)

    10/11/2016 3:30:33 PM PDT · by marktwain · 57 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Another documented bear spray failure.  In this case the victim chose to use bear spray instead of the pistol he had with him.  It is an interesting contrast with Kim Woodman, who was also charged by a sow grizzly with cubs.  Kim had a 10 mm pistol, a Glock model 20.  He stopped the charging grizzly at almost contact distance. Kim only had 30 yards to react.  Todd says the grizzly charged him from 80 yards off. Link to video From Todd's facebook post:  I yelled a number of times so she knew I was human and would hopefully...
  • TX: AK-47 Clone Used to Defend Jewelry Store from 4 Armed Attackers

    10/11/2016 4:57:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from A jewelry store owner used an AK-47 clone to defend his store, employees, and customers from four armed attackers during a dramatic gunfight.  The gunfight happened at high noon on three October, 2016.  The attackers came in shooting. But surprise and speed were not enough to win the fight against the store owner and employees. From In a hail of gunfire, Conroe jewelry store owner Jeffery Turner Jr. made the decision to shoot back – with his AK-47 rifle – at four men who opened fire on his customers and staff during an attempted robbery...
  • September 2016 Continues Record Breaking Gun Sales/NICS Background Checks

    10/10/2016 5:30:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In September, 2016 continued on its record breaking pace to become the year with the most gun sales ever.  September has maintained the pace from August. Both months broke records, but by a lower percentage than the rest of 2016.  The 2016 NICS checks are far ahead of those for 2015, the previous record holder. In 2015, the total NICS checks for the year were 23,141,970 .  In 2015, through September, they were 15,607,587 1,992,219 checks were done in September, 2016 making 19,872,694 checks done for 2016 so far.  2016 is about two months ahead of the 2015 record. ...
  • Armed Self Defense in Schoool: Student Who Stabbed Bully Not Guilty

    10/09/2016 5:12:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    ammoland ^ | 4 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On September 30, 2016, 18 year old, Donte Crawford, was found not guilty by reason of self defense in the death of another student, Ananias Jolley.  Crawford stabbed Jolley in a confrontation at school. The fight occurred on 24 November, 2015 at the Renaissance Academy in Baltimore. Jolley died a month later.Donte Crawford had managed to smuggle a pocket knife into the school, in violation of school rules. Charges included “Possession of a deadly weapon with intent to commit injury.” From Crawford, 18, was charged as an adult with first- and second-degree murder and carrying a dangerous weapon...
  • Federal Court Strikes Down $1000 Pistol Tax, Registration, Carry Ban, Assault Weapon Ban,

    10/08/2016 4:50:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Paul Murphy, a U.S. Army veteran, and resident of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) was denied his right to keep and bear arms in the CNMI since he arrived in 2007.  He followed every administrative remedy that he could.  He was denied at every turn.  He attempted to hire an attorney.  No attorney would take his case.  He filed suit in the federal district court, pro se (as his own counsel).  He (mostly) prevailed. The Northern Mariana Islands District Court, in Murphy v. CNMI Government ruled for Paul Murphy, in summary judgment. From Plaintiff Paul...
  • Noah Feldman Defends First Amendment Support for Second Amendment

    10/07/2016 6:01:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Noah Feldman is a Harvard law professor and a prolific author. On 17 May, 2016, Noah Feldman somewhat grudgingly, but honestly, explained why Second Amendment supporters keep winning in the courts.  I wrote about it a few days later: In the Post and Courier article, Feldman is having an difficult time explaining why the Second Amendment should *not* be a fundamental right.  From the   With that, the court embraced the old slogan that if you outlaw gun ownership, only criminals will have guns. The court then held that the regulation wasn’t narrowly tailored because the city would...
  • Armed Man Drives Through Charlotte Riot with Gun; Open Carry is Legal – VIDEO

    10/06/2016 4:38:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    ammoland ^ | 4 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    There are riots in Charlotte, North Carolina, sparked by the shooting of an armed black man by a black police officer.A motorist caught by rioters blocking the street, briefly displayed what appears to be a handgun.From A video of the alarming moment was posted on social media by writer Heather Head in the midst of the chaos.‘White dude drives into crowd of peaceful protesters, draws gun, allowed to drive away alive. With my own eyes. #CharlotteProtest,’ she wrote alongside the shocking clip.The man was surrounded by protesters who were marching against the deadly shooting of black man Keith...
  • Charlotte NAACP Leader Supports Open Carry, Second Amendment

    10/04/2016 4:14:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video The President of the Charlotte, North Carolina NAACP, Corine Mack, made statements that should be music to Second Amendment supporters ears.  On CNN, she said that the mere fact that someone had a gun should not be enough to allow police to shoot someone.  From CNN: MACK: At the end of the day, you know, a video may show a different perspective depending on the angle. And so if we don't have many different angles, you may not get the full picture. I think the most important part is the contrast in him having a book...
  • Review: Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage by Chris Bird

    10/03/2016 7:52:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    398 pages, paperback, Privateer Publications, 2016 I met Chris Bird at a Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC).  We were sitting next to each other in the front row.  We had both interviewed Vic Stacy, the hero who made hits at 57 yards at the Peach House gun fight.  Stacy shot the insane killer who was shooting at police sergeant Steven Means from behind cover.  He made the shots with a 6 inch, stainless .357 magnum Colt Python. Not surprisingly, the stories we got were nearly identical.  Chris published his account in one of his books, mine went on Gun...
  • Reality Trumped Perception for Jihadist at Crossroads Mall Gun Free Zone

    10/03/2016 5:24:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    ammoland ^ | 2 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    While the NO HANDGUNS sign is cut off in this photograph, it clearly shows that the Crossroads Center, where the Islamic mass stabbing terror attack took place, was and is posted as a Gun Free Zone.In Minnesota, the sign has no legal weight.  Minnesota law prevents malls from banning guns from the common areas, but malls are not prevented from asking that visitors not carry guns.  The sign reads “please while shopping”.  That makes it a request, not a command.The difference can easily be lost on a someone who is not well schooled in the niceties of the law. ...
  • ACLU Files Civil Lawsuit for Connecticut Open Carrier (video)

    10/02/2016 5:06:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video The First and Second Amendments protect and reinforce each other. On September 11th, 2015, the protestor in this case, Michael Picard, was legally open carrying a handgun and had a camera running.  The police took the camera, his pistol and pistol permit.  They did not realize the camera was still recording. Charges against Picard were eventually dropped, after he refused a plea bargain.  On September 15th, 2016 the ACLU-CT has filed a civil rights law suit against the three individual police officers.  From HARTFORD — In a complaint filed today in the U.S. District Court...
  • NM: Armed Citizen Holds Hit & Run Driver for Police ~ VIDEO

    10/01/2016 3:15:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    ammoland ^ | 27 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On Friday, September 9th, 2016, a man driving a Ford Explorer hit a bicyclist in Abuquerque, New Mexico.  The driver did not stop.  The bicycle was lodged under the SUV.  About a mile further on, the driver, who has been identified as a local MMA fighter, 33 year old Henry Martinez, was stopped. He was held at gunpoint by a legally armed man who remains unidentified. From ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A video sent to KRQE News 13 by a viewer shows an armed man holding another man, suspected of hitting a bicyclist and fleeing, at gunpoint until...
  • Open Carry at the Grapefest Festival between Dallas and Fort Worth

    09/30/2016 8:37:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    My Daughter and Son in law, and two grandchildren were going to the Grapefest in Grapevine, Texas, between Dallas and Fort Worth. They graciously invited me to tag along.  Sunday afternoon, 19 September, 2016, was the time that fit with schedules and the kids naps.  The temperature was 97 in Dallas, and I could feel the humidity. I missed my Sun Helmet.  I am heat acclimated, but the kids were not.  We had to walk a couple of blocks to the festival, and the family stopped in some shade to consider options. I notice some sign-age that looked as...
  • Hillary vs the NRA

    09/29/2016 9:32:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Hillary Clinton has picked a fight with the NRA and Second Amendment supporters.  It was not required.  From 1995 to 2012, the Democrats had shied away from public fights with the NRA, because of the severe beating at the polls they took in 1994.  It can be argued that the the Democrats gained the presidency of Barack Obama because they stayed quiet on Second Amendment issues during his elections.  But after being re-elected in 2012, Obama and the Democrats fiercely attacked the NRA.  They lost big in the 2014 mid-terms. Hillary must believe that the demographics have flipped in...
  • More Fronts in The Second Amendment War: Todd Rathner, Knife Rights, and the NFAFA

    09/28/2016 7:06:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    ammoland ^ | 28 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Todd Rathner is a talented freedom fighter.  I have been impressed with his abilities for several years.  I met him again at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Tampa.  Todd is the lobbyist for Knife Rights.  The accomplishments of Knife Rights for the last decade has been tremendous, impressive, a tiny organization fighting far above its weight class.  Knife Rights says they have opened a second front in the war to restore the Second Amendment.  They are correct, and they are winning significant victories every year.  I have written about Knife Rights before.  Doug Ritter is one of the...
  • New Survey of Gun Ownership Shows Bias Before Publication

    09/27/2016 7:00:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    ammoland ^ | 20 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The choice of those publications is highly instructive of the motives of the researchers.  The publications are The Trace, funded by Michael Bloomberg to promote citizen disarmament in the United States, and The Guardian, the British publication that is highly antagonistic to widespread gun ownership and the Second Amendment. From The unpublished Harvard/Northeastern survey result summary, obtained exclusively by the Guardian and the Trace, estimates that America’s gun stock has increased by 70m guns since 1994. At the same time, the percentage of Americans who own guns decreased slightly from 25% to 22%. The lead author of the...
  • Looking for Picture of "No Gun" sign at Cascade Mall in Burlington Washington

    09/26/2016 8:40:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 Se[ptember, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image by Brandy Shreve/ Skagit Valley Herald The Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington is the latest site of a mass killing.  Motive is uncertain, but the shooting was done by a 20 year old immigrant from Turkey, who came here as a young boy.   The Cascade Mall has been widely reported as a gun free zone.  I believe it is.  It has been stated that the parent company, Macerich, has a corporation wide gun free zone policy.  From an post: Cascade Mall (201 Cascade Mall Drive) - Burlington (Macerich Corporate-wide policy, due to this thread)  I am...
  • Third Circuit Rules Permanent Gun Ban from an Involuntary Commitment is Unconstitutional

    09/25/2016 4:39:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In May of 2012,  Clifford Charles Tyler filed a suit to regain his Second Amendment rights, which had been improperly withheld from him when he attempted to buy a firearm. When he attempted to purchase a firearm, he had been denied because he had been involuntarily committed 28 years before. The District Court dismissed the lawsuit on January 29, 2013. Tyler appealed to the Sixth Circuit.  A three judge panel of the Sixth Circuit ruled the provision unconstitutional in December of 2014. The Obama administration found the case important enough that they asked for, and got, an en banc review....
  • Pre-View Gun Rights Policy Confernce, Tampa FL, 2016

    09/24/2016 4:57:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Set-up nearly finished for 2016 GRPC I am writing from the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) in Tampa, Florida.  Got up at 0400 this morning in Dallas where I was visiting family.  The Dallas/Fort Worth airport was easy to get to, but if you are flying out of it,  research off-site parking.  The $24 a day inside the airport parking is a little stiff. Once inside, the ticket counter agent knew her gun protocol inside and out.  No problem.  The TSA agent did not need to X-ray.  Maybe an extra 5 minutes, max.  Going through the security screening a...
  • Hero who Stopped Mass Stabbing in St. Cloud, MN, is Firearms Instructor, Concealed Carry Advocate

    09/23/2016 3:51:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Jason Falconer on Left, with Hat Jason Falconer is the armed citizen who stopped the mass stabbing in the Crossroads Center Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on Saturday evening, September 18th, 2016.  Falconer is competitive shooter, firearms instructor and CEO of Tactical Advantage.  From Jason Falconer is President/Owner of Tactical Advantage Firearms Training, Inc. which has been operating since 2003. Tactical Advantage currently concentrates on firearms training for individuals in a group or private setting, including permit to carry training in MN. Jason has also created advanced and customized classes for individuals who desire more advanced safety training....
  • Analysis of Washington Post police-shootings data reveals surprising result – nearly 2x more whites

    09/22/2016 2:20:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    Watts up with that? ^ | 18 July, 2016 | Willis Eschenbach
    First, there were 990 fatal police shootings in 2015. How does this compare to other causes of death? Well, I can’t tell you because so few people are killed by police. The number is so small that it is outside the range of the usual mortality lists. I can say that death by police is not in the top fifty causes of death in the US, so it is relatively rare. It is extremely rare for women, because the overwhelming majority of those killed by police were men. And I would be greatly remiss if I did not highlight that...
  • High Ranking Retired Chicago Officer Benefits from Carry Reform

    09/22/2016 4:43:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Deputy Chief of Detectives Chicago PD, Fred Coffee Image from A retired Deputy Police Chief of Detectives in Chicago should be glad that gun carry law reform has been passed.  He was shot and had to return fire.  He wounded his 21-year-old assailant, who was later arrested.  From the Officers walked in and out of the park's stadium south of 82nd, where a retired deputy police chief had exchanged gunfire with a robber during an exercise session for senior citizens about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The retired officer, Fred Coffey, 72, was hit in the arm. The robber,...
  • KS: Unarmed Samaritan shot; Armed Samaritan Shoots Attacker

    09/21/2016 5:42:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A story out of Kansas is lighting up the Internets.  Video of the scene shortly after the shooting was captured by Wendy Russel Macrorie.  She posted it on Facebook, and it has also been posted on YouTube.  World Net Daily gives a synopsis of what happened.  From Two Good Samaritans are being credited with saving a woman’s life after she was attacked by two suspected carjackers who hit her over the head while she was putting her child into a car seat after leaving Walmart in Shawnee, Kansas, on Sunday.A bystander, who rushed to the aid of the woman after...
  • Amnesty any Administration can Implement

    09/20/2016 5:36:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 1968, Lyndon Baines Johnson forced the gun control act of 1968 through a reluctant congress.  The act was not popular, but Johnson's ability to twist arms and bribe Congressmen was legendary.  As part of the deal making to get GCA 1968 through Congress, a provision for amnesty of arms controlled by the National Firearms Act (NFA) was included.  The original amnesty only ran for 30 days, from October 2 to November 1, 1968. In the original amnesty, no tax was charged.  It was not limited by state or to certain dates of manufacture.  Information collected during the registration...
  • Followup: Stand Your Ground Defense in Doyle/Gonzalez Shooting from July of 2015

    09/19/2016 7:37:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The shooting scene: Driveway with car and truck is Doyle's. Truck and trailer are Gonzalez'. On July 23 of 2015, in Citrus County Florida, Robert Doyle and Candelario Gonzalez had a very bad day.  Both made intemperate statements.  Gonzalez had his wife and two child relatives in the car with him.  He followed Doyle and Doyle's wife to their home.  Gonzalez' wife reported to 911 that "My husband wants to go whoop his (expletive),".  Gonzalez can be heard in the background: “He just flipped me off, I’m going to kick him right in his (expletive). … I’m going to...
  • WI: Madison Banning Guns on City Transit Heard at Supreme Court

    09/18/2016 6:58:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 1999, Wisconsin passed a statue which prohibited political subdivisions of the state from regulating firearms.  The statute was expanded in 2011 with the passage of the shall issue permit law, and again in 2015 when knives were included as items protected by the law. The City of Madison political structure has been ideologically opposed to the right to keep and bear arms for decades.  It has paid out in lost lawsuits when it attempted to criminalize open carry by claiming that open carriers were "obstructing justice" and charging them with "disorderly conduct". After Wisconsin passed the shall issue...
  • Charges Dropped Against Open Carry Activist in Texas

    09/17/2016 4:31:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On 27 February, 2016, Brett Sanders was arrested while openly carrying a firearm in Texas.  He had refused to show the officers of the Southlake, Texas, Police Department, any identification or a Texas carry permit.  Brett Sanders is an open carry and liberty activist. Link to video on Youtube The legal ability of Texas police officers to demand to see a carry permit of people openly carrying firearms, was hotly debated during the passage of the law that restored the right to openly carry modern pistols in Texas. A clause stating that officers could not demand a permit without...
  • Hillary's Lost Shoe: Is that a ruby slipper?

    09/16/2016 12:42:43 PM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A freeper on freerepublic, publius911, suggested this image.  I needed to learn a bit about Gimp (the open source image processer), so I created it for practice. Have fun, Publius911!