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  • Get ready for new face of gun owners(FL)

    04/29/2012 6:33:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | 29 April, 2012 | John Romano
    They stood side by side, staring intently at the iced tea jugs resting on the ground in front of them. The teacher. The widow. The student, the homemaker and the businesswoman. It is a Saturday afternoon, and they are among more than two dozen people who have paid $50 to be here. To watch videos, listen to instructors and feel safer than before. For just a few moments, it is virtually silent. And then comes an explosion of thunder as they begin raising pistols and blasting away at the doomed jugs before them. • • • Chances are, someone in...
  • Open Carrying of Firearms(MO)

    04/29/2012 6:20:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    emissourian.com ^ | 28 April, 2012 | NA
    The Washington City Council is considering a ban on open carry of firearms. Police Chief Ken Hahn has asked the council to pass an ordinance that would prohibit people from openly carrying a firearm in the city. There is no need for anyone other than a law enforcement officer, or the military, to openly carry a firearm in the city. We do have in Missouri a law that permits the carrying of a concealed weapon as long as a permit is obtained. To obtain a permit, the process includes a degree of training in the use of the firearm. The...
  • Texas Hunters Can Now Use Silencers On Their Firearm

    04/29/2012 6:13:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    the33tv.com ^ | 28 April, 2012 | Daniel Novick
    DALLAS— It is now legal in Texas to use a silencer on your firearm while hunting, after the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted new rules in late March. The main goal of a silencer is a pretty simple one: Hearing protection. "Anything over 140 decibels is by OSHA standards is too loud for the human ear, and most gunfire is over 160 decibels," said Joshua Waldron, CEO for Silencerco, a silencer manufacturing company. Silencers, legal in 39 states including Texas, are becoming more popular. The concept of hunters having silencers however has drawn some controversy. Some said having silencers...
  • Police Chiefs Focus on Disparities in Gun Violence, With an Eye Toward Solutions

    04/29/2012 5:17:42 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | 29 apr 2012 | ERICA GOODE
    WASHINGTON — In a single week last April, 3 people were killed with guns in Philadelphia, 14 more were shot and wounded, 68 robberies were carried out at gunpoint and a total of 144 crimes involving firearms were reported. During that same week in San Diego, a city of roughly the same size with far fewer police officers, there were no gun-related homicides, 2 people wounded by gunshots, 4 robberies committed at gunpoint and a total of only 20 gun-related crimes.
  • Crime and Courts: Television, 'preppers,' among factors driving gun boom (barf alert)

    04/29/2012 5:06:43 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Capital Times ^ | 29 apr 2012 | Steven Elbow
    So the state has just passed the 100,000 concealed carry permit threshold. Does that mean people are buying more handguns? You betcha. And then some. Sure, a lot of the people applying for concealed carry permits already have guns. But the state Justice Department has seen record numbers of applications for background checks for gun buys, which hit 14,842 in February, the last month for which the agency supplied data. That’s more than double the 6,314 background checks in February 2011, which was up from the 4,994 background checks in 2010. The state’s new concealed carry law may account for...
  • Arizona v. United States: Reading the Tea Leaves of Oral Argument

    04/29/2012 1:38:22 AM PDT · by Flotsam_Jetsome · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 29, 2012 | Herbert W. Titus and WIlliam J. Olson
    The issue arose early in the oral argument, even before the solicitor general could make his claim of exclusivity. Justice Scalia kicked off, asking Mr. Clement whether he would concede "that the State has to accept within its borders all people who have no right to be there, that the Federal Government has no interest in removing ... and the State has no power to close its borders to people who have no right to be there." This time Mr. Clement answered: "I think my answer to that is no." But he did not back up his answer with either...
  • Margie Omero’s Open Letter to Pollsters Seeks to Control Gun Control Debate

    04/28/2012 6:25:04 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 28 April, 2012 | Rober Farago
    Margie Omero [above] is a Democratic pollster and president of Momentum Analysis. She’s well-up on the dark art of creating a poll that delivers the results her client seeks. And Marge is pissed off that her competitors keep publishing poll results which show that most Americans don’t support gun control. So the Big O has written an open letter for the Huffington Post exhorting her colleagues to go all George Orwell and literally change the “terms” of the “gun control debate.” It’s a clever piece of writing that educates by example; ceding the right to keep (but not bear) arms...
  • Tea Party Battles GOP Establishment In Texas Senate Race

    04/28/2012 6:12:26 PM PDT · by reformedcrat · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4-28-2012 | Tom Thurlow
    Enter the Texas Tea Party's favorite GOP Senate candidate, Ted Cruz. "These bureaucracies," Cruz recently e-mailed me, "must be reined in. Instead of allowing the people to participate in the democratic process, the bureaucrats create the rule and then declare that it will benefit society, sidestepping the constitutional legislative process. That's why we must re-establish the proper role of the federal government. To do that, we need new leadership in the U.S. Senate." Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/04/tea_party_battles_gop_establishment_in_texas_senate_race.html#ixzz1tO4cHCNG
  • Conservative Candidate Fights RINOs in NC 13th District Primary

    04/28/2012 4:48:23 PM PDT · by Mustachistan · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4/28/12 | Rich Stowell
    WASHINGTON, April 28, 2012—In the 2010 midterms, voters sent two black Republicans to the House. Allen West (FL-22) and Tim Scott (SC-01) were the only two of a field of 32 to make it, and are currently the only African American Republicans in Congress. Bill Randall was in the field with West and Scott, and is coming back for a second try this year in North Carolina's 13th district. "The district has been redrawn, and now it is more favorable for a Republican," Randall said in an exclusive interview with the Washington Times Communities. North Carolina holds its primary on...
  • Bill Clinton to appear at fund-raiser with Obama on Sunday

    04/28/2012 3:51:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | April 28, 2012 | CNN Staff
    (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton will appear Sunday alongside President Barack Obama at a fund-raiser for Obama's re-election effort, a campaign official told CNN. The fund-raiser will take place in Virginia at the home of former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe. More than 500 supporters will attend a reception with the two presidents, and 80 will attend a dinner at the house, the campaign official said. Tickets for the reception started at $1,000 a person and tickets for the dinner were $20,000 a person.
  • Barack Obama 'Making History' Again

    04/28/2012 1:47:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 28, 2012 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    America has had 43 presidents, but only a handful of them are considered truly great. First, of course, is the humble general and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, George Washington, and certainly right behind him is Abraham Lincoln, who saved the Union and whose actions led to the abolition of slavery. Then there was foundational figurehead Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence and doubled the size of the country; a surprising wartime leader named Harry Truman whose bold decision brought the end of WWII; and the incomparable Ronald Reagan, communism-buster and Cold War victor. Now, after just three...
  • N.H. gun law has controversial loophole(uber barf alert)

    04/28/2012 11:53:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    seacoastonline.com ^ | 27 April, 2012 | Michael McCord
    According to New Hampshire law enforcement officials, Brittany Tibbetts bought a Ruger .357 revolver at a gun show in Manchester during the weekend of Jan. 14-15. Three months later, the weapon was one of two handguns recovered by police in the home of Cullen Mutrie following the April 12 shooting death of Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney and the wounding of four other officers. Investigators have said Mutrie shot the officers and killed Tibbetts before taking his own life. Associate Attorney General Jane Young didn't say how officials discovered Tibbetts purchased the weapon at that gun show or whether the...
  • MMfA's Response to 'Fast and Furious' Plays Fast and Loose with Facts

    04/28/2012 8:34:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 27 April, 2012 | Mary Chastain
    The Department of Justice reportedly referred a journalist to this story by Media Matters for America, "Fast And Fallacious: Pavlich's Book On ATF Operation Filled With Falsehoods." The "research," presumably written by Matthew Gertz (M.G.), claims Katie Pavlich’s book, Fast & Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and its Shameless Cover-Up, is filled with false claims. MMfA argues Ms. Pavlich played up the importance of Holder’s briefings, citing Mr. Holder's testimony that none of the memos say anything about "unacceptable tactics employed b ATF"--only "short summaries of matters that the agencies deem of interest that week." But look at Appendix 20...
  • Ted’s Own Words On “The Alaska Incident”

    04/28/2012 8:19:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    handgunsmag.com ^ | 27 April, 2012 | Bart Skelton
    If you haven’t heard all the recent chatter about Ted Nugent, you’re likely living in a hovel in the far reaches of Siberia. As a result of his highly outspoken views in support of freedom, the Second Amendment, and the American way of life in general, Ted has been persecuted by many. I have a number of things in common with Ted, as many of us do. I love music, guitars, and firearms, especially the 10mm automatic – Ted’s all-time favorite pistol cartridge. I caught up with Ted at his Mescalero, New Mexico concert the other night and had the...
  • 8 Ways the Media Doesn’t Understand Gun Owners

    04/28/2012 8:01:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 27 April, 2012 | Kyle Wintersteen
    This is a dire situation: I have three anti-gun media hit pieces left to read, and I’m down to my last antacid. I normally ration them, but that last story was a real doozy. Why endure such torture? If you can grasp the mindset of someone who fears gun ownership—who doesn’t even trust himself with the right, let alone you—you’ll be better equipped to articulate your point of view. The more we’re familiar with the other side’s argument, misguided as it may be, the better equipped we are to defeat it. I’ve learned something through this approach: Big Media does...
  • Feinstein continues to misrepresent Mexican gun tracing numbers

    04/28/2012 7:44:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 27 April, 2012 | David Codrea
    “New ATF Data Proves Overwhelming Majority of Guns Recovered in Mexico Come from U.S.,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., claimed yesterday in a press release. “Between 2007-2011, 68.5 percent of recovered weapons were of U.S. origin; more must be done to stop firearms trafficking to Mexico,” she declared. The senator is referring to data disclosed in yesterday’s “roundtable” hosted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), held with credentialed members of the media “to discuss firearms trace data from the Government of Mexico.” This column predicted yesterday that “What we will no doubt hear the loudest after the...
  • Rubio, Amnesty and Article II

    04/28/2012 7:40:56 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 119 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 4/28/2012 | JB Williams
    I realize that many Tea Party folks have fallen for leftist tricks aimed at keeping the current Article II constitutional crisis off the campaign table, but just how far are they willing to fall in the name of political agendas? Real “constitutionalists” are as concerned about Article II as they are any other constitutional text, maybe even more so since the current Muslim-n-Chief is a one-man constitutional crisis of monumental proportions. Faux “constitutionalists” are those who cherry-pick which parts of the founding document to take issue with, or make up new meanings for old words, all based on their individual...
  • The President Has a List

    04/28/2012 5:15:45 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Kimberly A Strassel
    Barack Obama attempts to intimidate contributors to Mitt Romney's campaign. Try this thought experiment: You decide to donate money to Mitt Romney. You want change in the Oval Office, so you engage in your democratic right to send a check. Several days later, President Barack Obama, the most powerful man on the planet, singles you out by name. His campaign brands you a Romney donor, shames you for "betting against America," and accuses you of having a "less-than-reputable" record. The message from the man who controls the Justice Department (which can indict you), the SEC (which can fine you), and...
  • The Man Who Should Be President

    04/28/2012 4:52:59 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 25 replies
    Daily Paul ^ | 4/12/2012 | Chuck Baldwin
    Today, I am going to do something that I have never done: I am going to devote virtually my entire column to posting another man’s words. That man is the man who should be President of the United States: Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. The following is a written transcript of a speech Dr. Paul gave on the floor of the US House of Representatives back in 2007. Had Congressman Paul been elected President in 2008, the country would be four years into the greatest economic, political, and, yes, spiritual recovery in the history of America. As it is, the...
  • Social Conservatism’s Staying Power: A philosophy that the Right must not abandon

    04/28/2012 12:41:24 AM PDT · by neverdem · 50 replies
    City Journal ^ | 27 April 2012 | Herbert London
    The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Need Social Conservatism, by Jeffrey Bell (Encounter, 322 pp., $25.95) I recently attended a political meeting in New York City at which the people tended to identify themselves as “fiscal conservatives and social liberals.” They argued that conservatives should focus on the nation’s economic challenges while either ignoring or downplaying social issues. It’s a point of view shared by Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, among others. When he was considering a presidential run, Daniels memorably told an interviewer that the next president “would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues.”...