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Flashback: Chicago's Police Superintendent Predicted Concealed Carry Would 'Lead to more Tragedgy'

Aug 27, 2014 7:56 PM PT

Chicago’s crime rate dropped as concealed carry permits in the city have sky rocketed, The Washington Times reported. The number of robberies leading to arrests in Chicago declined 20 percent since last year’s police department statistics were released. Since July of 2013, residents with a clean background check and appropriate training all over Illinois could begin carrying concealed in the state.

Despite Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s prediction that making Concealed Carry legal in Chicago would adversely affect the Windy City, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics.

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NRA Loses Love For Charlie Crist

Aug 11, 2014 7:24 PM PT

The once hardcore “Conservative Republican” and staunch supporter of the National Rifle Association, Democrat Charlie Crist, has just received a “D” rating from the national gun rights organization that once gave him their full-throated endorsement.

 While Crist was a Republican, and being in favor of the Second Amendment to the Constitution was just about mandatory for any politician running for office on the conservative platform, Charlie Chameleon received the NRA’s highest rating marks, helping him solidify many grassroots Republican votes during his run for Attorney General, and then for Governor.

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S.E. Cupp Hits Bloomberg with Barrage of Facts, Gun-Control Advocates Freak

Apr 23, 2014 8:46 AM PT

Like S.E. Cupp, I am also an NRA member and I couldn't be more proud of the way she's stood up for gun owners and the 2nd Amendment.  On ABC's This Week, she said "Mayors Against Illegal Guns has crumbled because [Bloomberg] duped mayors into thinking they were actually going to fight illegal guns.  And when they all found out actually they were going after law-abiding gun owners, they said, ‘that’s not what I want to be apart of.’ His efforts are duplicitous and they’re measurably failing."  

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Thousands of 2nd Amendment Rights Supporters Attend Rally at CT State Capitol

Apr 5, 2014 10:51 PM PT

More than 3,000 gun rights activists rallied on the lawn of the Connecticut state Capitol Saturday to protest the one-year anniversary of the state's stringent gun control laws, passed in the wake of the Newtown school shooting. 

Organized by the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, the rally lasted from noon to 2 p.m. and featured political candidates, 2nd Amendment rights supporters and attorneys as speakers.

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CT Gov: Reportedly Low Number Of State's Gun Registrations Are 'Made Up'

Feb 24, 2014 6:11 AM PT

Connecticut’s Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy told Breitbart News on Sunday that numbers reported by The Hartford Courant, showing only 15 percent of Connecticut residents owning “assault weapons” applied for the mandated state certificate, were wrong.

“It’s not true. That’s a made up number and quite frankly you’re repeating a made up number. It was a made up number—I have no reason to believe that that’s at all true in Connecticut,” said Malloy who was attending the National Governors Association 

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Shot Show: State of The Industry Address (VIDEO)

Jan 17, 2014 6:41 AM PT

Remarks by Steve Sanetti, National Shooting Sports  Foundation (NSSF) President and CEO, at the State of the Industry Dinner at SHOT Show on Tuesday, Jan. 14:

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.

A year ago, we met in the shadow of a horrifying event that shook America to its core.

A lot of soul-searching needed to be done, and was done.

In the light of an unprecedented gun-control push by this administration, advocacy groups, and the media, it was thought by many that emotion would triumph over facts and logic.

We were called every name in the book.

This industry and its law-abiding, responsible customers responded respectfully and thoughtfully to some of the most outrageous attacks upon us.

The determination to make our case known to all those interested in the truth was overwhelming and extremely gratifying.

A look around this room will show one of the finest assemblages of the American spirit we will ever see.

We rely upon you to win this fight.

If our industry doesn’t have the integrity, the passion, and the determination to stand up for the law-abiding citizens of this great nation, then we are finished.

But we’re not finished! … Not by a long shot.

In fact, our message of thoughtful criticism of well-meant but ineffective proposals to thwart the lawless elements of our society by heaping even more restrictions upon hunters, target shooters, collectors, and those seeking to lawfully defend their families, has resonated with the American public.

Not only has support for these wrongly-directed gun control proposals returned to pre-Newtown levels, but  we have seen record numbers of Americans from all walks of life flock to the side of lawful firearms ownership.

WE HAVE WEATHERED THE STORM.

Now, this has been the result of a lot of hard work and dedicated efforts by a lot of good people.

To borrow a now-famous phrase, “We didn’t do it alone.”

But we at the NSSF, our board of governors, and our entire industry, embarked on what many thought was an extremely ambitious, perhaps overly-ambitious, or even an unachievable goal five years ago—

“To increase participation in hunting and the shooting sports by 20 percent by the year 2014.”

Let’s see how we’ve done, working together as never before, in the face of overt hostility by those who see no value in the lawful enjoyment of responsible firearms ownership or a day afield or at the range with family and friends.

We know those joys —and our efforts to include others is having a profound effect upon participation in the shooting sports.

Consider these facts, comparing 2008 to 2013:

–Hunting license sales are up, led by a million new apprentice hunting licenses issued pursuant to the Families Afield and TrailBlazer Programs, themselves up 223 percent.

–Our firearms retailer survey also shows sales trends strongly up

from 2008 to 2011. And since 2006, hunter expenditures have grown 55 percent.

“Hunting Works for America” is a strong coalition of businesses that directly benefit from these expenditures, giving local economies a healthy boost in revenues in these past five economically troubled years. That’s over a million American jobs, and $67 million added to the economy each year.

–A nationwide scientific survey by Responsive Management shows that 79 percent of Americans over age 17 approve of hunting, up five percent in just two years to the highest level since 1995; and hunting participation is up nine percent since 2006, reversing a decades-long decline, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Total days of hunting went up 28 percent during this period, and the number of women hunters surged by 25 percent between 2006 and 2011, according to the census bureau.

–National Instant Criminal Background Checks for new firearms sold at retail are up over 53 percent.

Federal excise tax revenues on the sales of new firearms and ammunition, used to conserve all species of wildlife, shot up from $309 million in 2008 to almost $644 million in 2012, over a 100 percent increase, with 2013 on track to do even better.

Sportsmen remain the single largest contributors to conservation in America, with funds coming from every cartridge or firearm or hunting license sold.

–Membership in the NSSF is up 71 percent, to over 10,000, despite the fact that currently only 25 percent of exhibitors are members, and NSSF’s First Shots participants are up 23 percent.

–Skeet shooting and sporting clays are up 26 percent, with an increase of 27 percent in scholastic clay target program participants.

–Defensive pistol shooting course participation is up 57 percent.

–Persons holding concealed carry licenses are up 32 percent nationwide.

–National Wild Turkey Federation programs are up 70 percent.

–Outdoor Adventures and Youth hunts are up an astonishing 100 percent, and 4-H Shooting Sports activities are up 169 percent.

THERE ARE SO MANY POSITIVE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THE STATE OF THE SHOOTING SPORTS IN AMERICA TODAY!

–“Pull the Trigger,” our extremely popular and informative short how-to-do-it video clips on the NSSF website, has gone from nothing to over one million email addresses each month—I suppose that’s a one million percent increase!

–Our “Analysis of Sport Shooting Participation trends in the U.S. 2008-2012” shows that over 40 million Americans now enjoy target shooting, up 17 percent since 2009. Twenty percent of all target shooters first started participating during the last five years. These participants are younger, more female and more urban-based, coinciding with the surge in firearms sales that began in 2008 — 40 CONSECUTIVE month’s sales growth.

While self-defense was a key motivation for 76 percent of these sales, right behind that was the desire to participate in shooting activities with family and friends, cited by 73 percent of first-time gun buyers.

Women target shooters have also increased by 34 percent, according to the National Sporting Goods Association.

These represent the future of our industry and shooting sports in America.

The NSSF range partnership program has helped upgrade over 100 shooting ranges nationwide.

More ranges have received our coveted Five Star rating.

And our “Where to Shoot” app has been a big hit with iPhone and Android users, at one point soaring up to the number four spot of all free sports apps with more than 100,000 downloads.

Our Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative has also grown since 2008, from nothing to over 100 participating colleges and universities.

These are just some of the statistics we’ve gathered on the successful efforts of so many groups, and so many of you, to keep our recreational shooting sports vital and growing.

Time doesn’t permit me to mention all of you who have given so much so successfully to our cause, but you have the profound thanks of our entire industry and the recreational shooting sports community.

So, ladies and gentlemen, as we gather tonight, the State of Our Industry is renewed.

More persons are entering the recreational shooting sports than ever before.

More hunters, more target shooters, more women, more diverse groups, more licensed gun owners, and, as you all know, more firearms sales.Perhaps the best news of all is that, despite tremendous increases in these numbers, violent crime with firearms has decreased dramatically during the last five years, to early 1960s levels; and accidents with firearms have dropped 22 percent, now accounting for less than one percent of all fatal accidents in this country, according to the National Safety Council.

Voluntary industry safety programs such as Project ChildSafe’s 36 million free lock and safety package giveaways to over 15,000 communities have undoubtedly helped.

And we are pledged to continue these efforts.

So be proud of the contributions you are making.

Be proud of our young people, like the Olympic shooters we are honored to have with us tonight.

Be proud of your NSSF staff, which works so hard every day for you to promote, protect, and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.

Be proud of all the volunteer hunter and firearms safety instructors who work so hard to keep a safe sport safe.

Be proud of all those who take the time to take a new person to the range.

Be proud that the excise taxes you all pay every time you buy any firearm or ammunition contribute billions of dollars a year to conserve wildlife, game and non-game species alike.

And finally, be proud that you are keeping our nation strong by keeping a precious American tradition of personal responsibility and safety and security alive for future generations.

For ours is a precious legacy enjoyed by no other society on the face of the earth.

As we begin a new year and set new goals for the next five years, we stand on the shoulders of giants — and we will not let them down.

Thank you.

Sportsmen's Organization Introduces Hunting and Conservation To Illinois Youth

Jan 16, 2014 3:11 PM PT

The United Sportsmen's Youth Foundation (USYF) introduces American youth as young as six years of age to hunting and conservation. 

"What we do is we get young people anywhere from six to seventeen or eighteen or so and get them out in the field. What I mean by getting them out in the field is get them out on the hunt after they've taken their hunting safety course and have their safety briefing," Dahl said. "What we'll do is teach them what they're about to hunt. For instance, if it's going to be a pheasant hunt, we'll say to them before they even go out into the field what that bird eats--what its habitat is--what its tracks look like so they know what they're going after--what are its predators," said USYF Director David Dahl to Breitbart News on Thursday at the annual Shot Show in Las Vegas.

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Obama's 'Fast and Furious' Program Is Still Killing People

Jan 3, 2014 10:12 AM PT

The botched "Fast and Furious" gun operation conducted by the U.S Justice Department, through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), where hundreds of guns were sold Mexican drug dealers and cartels, is once again at the center of yet another shoot out in Mexico.

The gunfight  between Mexican authorities and drug dealers in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, which left 5 drug gunmen dead, produced a gun that was traced back to the gun store in the United States at the center of the ATF's gun-selling operation.

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Armed Guards at Schools Deserves a Second Look

Dec 16, 2013 4:54 PM PT

Last January President Obama kicked off his push for new gun control legislation saying "if there is a step we can take that will save even one child from what happened in Newtown, we should take that step." Last week we learned that one step that meets that criteria is the one that was recommended by the NRA.

Nearly one year ago NRA President Wayne LaPierre made a statement in response to the Newtown shooting. His recommendation: Place armed guards at every school to protect children. In the midst of his speech, LaPierre asked a rhetorical question "what if, when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he had been confronted by qualified, armed security?" He continued "Will you at least admit it's possible that 26 innocent lives might have been spared?"

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Schumer Seeks to Extend Ban on 3D Guns

Nov 18, 2013 2:44 AM PT

The federal law that bans 3D guns is set to expire on December 9, and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is seeking an extension of the law. 

Schumer is alarmed that anyone with $1000 and access to the Internet can obtain plans to print their own gun.  Plastic guns cannot be detected by x-ray machines or metal detectors.  Joining the Schumer effort are Sen. Patrick Leahy and Sen. Bill Nelson.  

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New York Man Charged for Having Three Extra Rounds in Handgun Magazine

Oct 21, 2013 8:33 AM PT

Last week, the Lockport police department charged a resident under the New York Secure Ammunition Firearms Enforcement Act for possession of a magazine loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition. 

Paul A. Wojdan, who was pulled over in a traffic stop, was charged and arrested when he turned over his loaded semiautomatic handgun from his glove compartment. The gun was legal, however, there were 10 rounds of 9mm ammuniton found in the magazine, which is illegal under the law. The SAFE act outlaws knowlingly possessing a magazine that has more than seven rounds.  

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Gun laws, like most other laws, are for the little people

Oct 20, 2013 12:37 PM PT

Emily Miller, "it" girl of the Second Amendment (and author of a lively book about her adventures in exercising her gun rights) brings us another example of inequality under the law, as the D.C. police hand over a pile of confiscated gun parts to a gun-control group for use in a silly demonstration.  (They had blacksmiths beating the guns into plowshares outside the National Cathedral.)  

As Emily writes at the Washington Times, not only is it awfully convenient for the authorities to provide activists with props for their demonstration, it's a blatant violation of the hyper-restrictive gun laws in our nation's capital:

It is illegal in the District to possess a firearm that is not registered. When asked about the event, Police Chief Cathy Lanier’s spokesman said that, “These are not firearms. They are scrap parts only, and they are inoperable.

”That’s actually legally irrelevant. According to the District firearms laws written after the Supreme Court’s Heller decision in 2008, even a non-functioning firearm must be registered and can result in criminal liability.

The chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police for D.C., Kris Baumann, disagrees with the department participating in this event.  “We are supposed to be the police and, as such, the laws must be applied to everyone without bias,” the head of the 3,600 member union told me Friday. “The minute we become politicized in how we enforce the law, we become compromised and we lose public trust. This is not rocket science, and yet there appears to be no learning curve on this issue.”

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Colorado Gov To Bloomberg: Butt Out

Oct 14, 2013 5:03 AM PT

Colorado Governor Democrat John Hickenlooper, still stinging from a recall vote that saw his party lose seats in the state senate last month after members of his party followed him off the cliff with radical gun control measures, is advising anti-2nd amendment activists to stay out of Colorado politics. 

A new round of recalls are expected to reach a state-wide ballot in the coming months and if they go the way of the last ballot, the Democrats will lose control of the Senate in the Rocky Mountain State. 

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NY Paper Sues for Names of Gun Permit Holders

Oct 4, 2013 5:32 AM PT

A New York newspaper has sued Putnam County to release the records of pistol permit holders so they can reveal who has gun permits on their website and in their newspaper. The county has denied two Freedom of Information Act Requests and an appeal.

The newspaper first requested information from Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties following the Newtown, Conn., shooting massacre. It made another request after the state passed a gun control law allowing permit holders to apply to keep their names and addresses private.

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New Normal: President Pushes Gun Control Agenda at Memorial

Sep 23, 2013 10:37 AM PT

In what Twitchy staff called "as predictable as the sun coming up in the east", the president used the Navy Yard memorial service as a venue to push his gun control agenda.

President Obama, addressing yet another memorial gathering after a deadly mass shooting, said Sunday evening that he senses “a creeping resignation” in the United States that homicidal lunacy like the Washington Navy Yard massacre “is somehow the new normal.” But he said “it ought to be a shock to us all” and should spur Americans to demand “a common sense” balance between gun rights and gun control.

“We cannot accept this,” Obama said of the Sept. 16 attack that killed a dozen people at the Navy Yard. “As Americans bound in grief and love, we must insist here today there’s nothing normal about innocent men and women being gunned down where they work.”

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Poll: Mental Health Failures Blamed for Most Gun Violence, not Access to Guns

Sep 20, 2013 3:39 AM PT

In a rebuke to the gun-obsessed main stream media, Gallup released a new poll showing that most Americans blame a failing mental health system for mass shootings in the United States. What is notable is that there is a drop of 6% among adults who blame "easy access to weapons."

Almost half (48%) say the "failure of the mental health system to identify individuals who are are a danger to others" is a "great deal" to blame for mass shootings. Forty percent say it is "easy access to guns." This is a drop from 2011, when the survey was taken after the shooting in Tucson, Arizona.

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Criminals do not need guns

Sep 15, 2013 8:27 AM PT

The latest thrilling tale of the Second Amendment in action brings us the story of a machete-wielding thug who came across the counter of a Little Rock pharmacy in search of painkillers, only to find himself staring down the barrel of a .45.  The robber skedaddled, leaving the armed store owner, Andy Blansett, and a female employee unharmed.  Blansett took the opportunity of a media interview to inform the criminal community that armed pharmacists are not uncommon in Arkansas.

This incident is one of many that leads me to reflect upon one of the gun-control movement's fundamental logical errors: the belief that criminals need guns.  Supposedly guns increase crime because they make it easier for thugs to injure, kill, and intimidate law-abiding citizens.  But in reality, it's not difficult for a determined crook to do all those things without using a gun.  It does become much more difficult for citizens to defend themselves, however - especially the sort of vulnerable citizen criminals prefer to prey upon, including women and the elderly.

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Gun Control: Watch Joe Scarborough Get His Shine Box

Sep 12, 2013 10:30 AM PT

Not for days, not for weeks, but for months, Joe Scarborough and his Morning Joe panel not only pushed, begged and berated Congress to pass new gun control laws -- they threatened, shamed, mocked, and laughed in the faces of anyone who dared disagree. But Tuesday, voters in the bluer-than-red state-of Colorado told Scarborough and company to go get their shine box.  Here is their unforgettably awkward and red-faced reaction:

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PPP Didn't Release Poll Showing Landslide Recall Vote Against Dem Angela Giron

Sep 11, 2013 11:00 AM PT

In response to Huff Po: CO Gun Recall 'Stunning Victory':

The Dist 3 recall result would have been less "stunning" had  PPP gone ahead and released its own bombshell poll showing Pueblo Democrat Angela Giron losing by a 12 point margin - which is exactly what happened, last night.

We did a poll last weekend in Colorado Senate District 3 and found that voters intended to recall Angela Giron by a 12 point margin, 54/42. In a district that Barack Obama won by almost 20 points I figured there was no way that could be right and made a rare decision not to release the poll. It turns out we should have had more faith in our numbers because she was indeed recalled by 12 points.

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A lot of Democrat talking points got shot down in Colorado, too

Sep 11, 2013 10:14 AM PT

In response to Two Anti-Gun Democrat's Political Futures 'Shot Down' in Colorado:

I see Debbie Downer has taken to describing the Colorado recall as "vote suppression," based on roughly the same amount of evidence that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had for calling Mitt Romney a tax evader - i.e. a giant rabbit appeared out of thin air and told Wasserman Schultz that voters were being suppressed.  The rabbit was talking backward, so it took her a little while to decipher his message.  He also said something about a tangent universe collapsing, but that all went right over her head.

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Two Anti-Gun Democrat's Political Futures 'Shot Down' in Colorado

Sep 11, 2013 8:02 AM PT

In response to Huff Po: CO Gun Recall 'Stunning Victory':

The Pro-Gun lobby shoots a double bulls eye with the results of the recall election in Colorado. Even after Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz railed against this 'unholy' recall measure, a measure she championed against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, the anti-Gun failed to protect two of their own.

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Huff Po: CO Gun Recall 'Stunning Victory'

Sep 11, 2013 5:07 AM PT

The Huffington Post described the recall of two anti-second amendment, pro-gun control state senators a "stunning victory" for gun rights activists.  Two state senators, including the president of the senate, John Morse and Angela Giron, were handed their walking papers last night by Colorado voters. 

"The highest rank in a democracy is citizen, not senate president," Morse said in his concession speech, as his supporters solemnly watched, some shedding tears.  Boohoo. And Morse is right, it is the citizen to whom these officials answer. Let this be an example of what happens when elected officials ignore the will of their constituents.

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CO Recall: Republicans Are Dominating In Sen. John Morse Early Voting

Sep 8, 2013 10:42 PM PT

The early voting in one of the two recall elections in Colorado is not looking very favorable for the incumbent. Senate President John Morse is in danger of getting thrown out for his support for strict gun control laws passed in the 2013 session.

Early voting began Thursday, continued through Friday and Saturday and will resume Monday. The election is on Tuesday.

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MLK III disappoints

Aug 28, 2013 11:28 AM PT

This week, we've had to watch a string of liberals appropriate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. to push the Left's agenda of the moment.  Sadly, one of the most egregious offenders is Martin Luther King III, who penned an extremely disappointing op-ed for the Washington Post.  We're supposed to think that if Dr. King were alive today, his top priorities would be repealing Stand Your Ground laws and pushing for a ban on assault weapons.  Here's why:

The date of the ’63 march, Aug. 28, was chosen to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the brutal slaying of 14-year-old Emmett Till. The ensuing outcry helped to awaken a new era of protest against racial injustice. A half-century later, however, African American youth still have good reason to fear racially motivated violence.

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Obama Promises Liberal Mayors Executive Action on Guns

Aug 28, 2013 10:10 AM PT

In a closed-door meeting with a group of Democrat mayors and Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday at the White House, the president promised to take more executive actions to reduce gun violence.

Via The Washington Times:

Mr. Obama “vowed to continue doing everything in his power to combat gun violence through executive action and to press Congress to pass common-sense reforms like expanding the background check system and cracking down on gun trafficking,” the White House said in a statement.

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Antoinette Tuff is a Hero... and an Exception

Aug 26, 2013 2:00 PM PT

If you haven't already heard the story of Antoinette Tuff talking an armed, mentally ill man at her school into surrendering, it's pretty amazing.  Last week Michael Hill walked into a private school of just under 900 children in Decatur, GA with a rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition.  Hill took Tuff, the school's bookkeeper, as his hostage.  She called 911 and negotiated between the gunman and the police.  She told him about her thoughts of suicide after her divorce, told him she wouldn't hate him, "anchoring yourself to the Lord," and convinced him to put down his rifle and give himself up to the police.  She was nothing short of amazing. 

Predictably, gun control advocates are exploiting this extraordinary story for their own gain.  From an op-ed in The Guardian:

After the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, left 20 children and six adults dead, Wayne LaPierre, the head of the National Rifle Association, insisted the incident was not evidence of the need for more gun control but more guns. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,'' he said.

Tuff's action shows neither guns nor guys are necessarily compulsory. A woman armed with emotional intelligence, immense poise and copious amounts of empathy can do the job and leave everybody alive.

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Apartment Property Management's Gun Ban Overturned By Owners

Aug 8, 2013 10:43 AM PT

The Washington Times reported on Wednesday that renters at an apartment complex in Douglas County, Colorado were told that they were prohibited from keeping firearms in their apartments by the management company:

Renters at an apartment community just south of Denver are between a rock and a hard place, ordered by their landlord to either get rid of their weapons or move out.

The manager at Oakwood Apartments in Castle Rock, Colo., sent a notice to renters last week advising them of the new rule banning all “firearms and weapons” from the premises, a local news station reported.

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Nikki Haley opens fire

Jul 25, 2013 5:43 AM PT

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley recently dropped by the offices of FN Manufacturing to celebrate another business success story in her state.  The video of her visit has become a viral sensation.  If you don't understand why, Brian Cox explains it very well in "Red 2."

Groupon lifts ban on gun-related deals in some cities

Jun 28, 2013 6:19 AM PT

From Red Alert:

“We have decided to reopen certain firearm-related deals in specific markets where they’ve been frequently requested by both merchants and customers,” Nicholas Halliwell, a public relations officer for Groupon wrote in an email to Red Alert.

The reintroduction of gun deals — which include firing ranges and skeet shooting — is a “pretty recent decision” according to Halliwell, who noted that no public statement on the decision had yet been made.

This decision comes months after the company abruptly cancelled one gun shop owner’s coupon for a concealed handgun training course and subsequently issued a statement in January declaring a hiatus on gun-related deals.

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev, victim of gun violence

Jun 19, 2013 9:59 AM PT

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" movement held a demonstration in Concord, New Hampshire on Tuesday.  A somewhat larger group of gun-rights proponents showed up.  One of the gun-rights demonstrators got aggressive with the gun-control people and the police, which got him tasered and arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and assault.  Needless to say, nobody on either side of this, or any other, debate should behave this way.

The person on the gun-control side who was the object of this misbehavior, John Cantin (whose daughter was "shot and killed by her husband in 2009 by her husband," according to the New Hampshire Union-Leader) said of the gun-rights advocates, "They just weakened their cause and strengthened ours."

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Donor Caught On Tape Slipping Cash To Demonstrators Supporting CO Democrat Senator Facing Recall

Jun 18, 2013 3:42 PM PT

Democrat State Senator Angela Giron is one of two Colorado legislators facing a recall effort in retaliation for her support of the draconian gun control measures passed by Democrats, earlier this year. 

Last week Kyle Clark of Denver's 9News was asking viewers for tips on the identity of the mystery man seen passing out twenties to supporters of  Democratic Senator Angela Giron.

An unidentified man was caught on tape slipping money to Giron supporters holding signs in opposition to a recall effort by gun rights supporters.

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OFA Gun Control Rally in San Bernardino Draws 3 Protesters

Jun 18, 2013 10:08 AM PT

Last week, Obama's political action arm, Organizing For Action, held rallies throughout the country advocating for stricter gun laws. Their rallies drew small numbers as seen here and here. 

We can thank the vigilant San Bernardino Sun for putting a spotlight on perhaps the smallest of the rallies.

"On Flag Day growing up, I used to always wave a flag with my grandson, and it hit me that the victims of that horrible tragedy won't ever be able to do that," said Curtis Lewis, the group's gun violence prevention coordinator. "We need people to stand up and write to Congress to say they want laws that respect the Second Amendment but also help prevent these tragedies."

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Embattled ATF Nominee B Todd Jones Grilled By Grassley and Cruz At Senate Judiciary Hearing (Video)

Jun 12, 2013 9:18 AM PT

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing for B. Todd Jones, the part-time acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Jones also serves as the U.S. attorney for Minnesota, where it is alleged  that he mismanaged the prosecutor’s office and presided over a “climate of fear.”

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Mo. Governor May Allow Gun Control Nullification Bill To Pass Without His Signature

May 28, 2013 12:17 PM PT

Missouri could soon join Kansas in enacting a state law that refuses to enforce federal gun control measures.

Jay Nixon, the scandal-plagued governor of Missouri has a decision to make. He can sign the Second Amendment Preservation Act (HB 436) which was passed by both houses of the Republican-controlled state legislature earlier this month, or he can veto it, or he can "vote present", i.e. not make a decision, and allow the bill to pass without his signature.

When asked about Governor Nixon’s intention, a source inside his office told The New American that in an effort to avoid multiplying the several scandals already plaguing his administration, Nixon would likely let the bill sit on his desk without signing or vetoing it, thus allowing the measure to become law without his participation.

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Colorado Gun Contol Advocates Face Recalls

May 28, 2013 6:50 AM PT

Democrat State lawmakers in Colorado are facing recall bids as fall out from their support in the legislature of gun control legislation.  So far, Senate President John Morse and three other Democrats are in the crosshairs, so to speak.

The recall strategy here is sound. The targets were not necessarily the most vocal supporters of gun control, but they do represent districts where the electoral calculus is in the GOP's favor, "all come from districts with enough Republicans to give opponents hope they can boot out the Democrats and replace them with lawmakers friendlier to guns."

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54 out of 64 CO Sheriffs File Lawsuit Against New Anti-Gun Law (Video)

May 17, 2013 8:05 PM PT

84% of all Colorado sheriffs have filed a lawsuit against the new gun law that passed earlier this Spring in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting. The  sheriffs are hoping to have the new restrictions invalidated because they believe they violate the Second Amendment.

The Colorado Legislature passed two laws that are set to take effect July 1 which limit the size of the of ammunition magazines to 15 rounds and expand background checks to private and online firearm sales.

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DC Considers Mandatory $250K Insurance for Gun Owners

May 17, 2013 4:20 AM PT

Two members of the DC City Council support a mandate forcing gun owners to carry  $250K liability insurance policy. 

Name and shame: "Councilmembers Vincent Orange and Mary Cheh said after a hearing Thursday that any bill they pursue would likely be narrower than Cheh’s initial proposal, which includes a requirement that gun owners insure themselves against intentional as well as accidental shootings"

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Cruz Challenges Biden to Gun Debate

May 3, 2013 1:17 PM PT

Senator Ted Cruz R-Texas spoke at the National Rifle Association meeting in Houston Friday. NRA supporters were gathering there for the first time since successfully fending off the Obama administration's push to enforce stricter gun laws. 

Cruz, noting Joe Biden's pledge to revive the fight for gun control, challenged him to a debate about the best way to end violent gun crimes.

"If he believes the answer to violent crime is not prosecuting felons and fugitives, not prosecuting  gun crimes, but going after the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens, I would like to invite the Vice President to engage in an hour long conversation and debate: How do we stop crime?

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Biden Going 'Rogue' on Gun Control

May 3, 2013 8:44 AM PT

Vice President Joe Biden is ready to move with a new wave of gun control,  "planning even more travel, with trips around the country to stump for a renewed push on expanded background checks and gun-trafficking laws that failed to pass the Senate last month."

Unfortunately, he hasn't told Obama of his plans. Speaking to a group of law enforcement officers, Biden said he "hasn’t really discussed" his plans with Obama. 

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