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Buckeye Firearms Foundation today announced that they have formed an affiliate relationship with Second Call Defense, an Ohio-based membership organization offering legal defense options for gun owners who defend themselves with a firearm.
Our educational foundation has launched a program to provide firearm training to teachers free of charge.
If you are a teacher or school official, CLICK HERE to complete a questionnaire for consideration.
All information will be kept strictly confidential.
As we reported last month, on April 2, the United Nations General Assembly voted 153-4 to pass the Arms Trade Treaty, with the United States voting in favor and several countries abstaining. The vote in the General Assembly pushed the treaty process forward after negotiations twice failed to deliver on the goal of developing the treaty by consensus. The Obama Administration is expected to sign the treaty soon after it is opened for signature on June 3.
According to a May 16 Amnesty International article, a senior US diplomat--Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Countryman--has confirmed the U.S. government will be quick to sign the new treaty. According to the article, Countryman said on Wednesday that the United States would sign the ATT "in the very near future."
If the deeply problematic treaty is signed, the fight will move to the U.S. Senate, where the Obama administration would need to find 67 senators to ratify the treaty.
Editor's Note: Today's feature is reproduced with permission from http://www.shellypalmer.com/2013/05/3d-printing-is-way-scarier-than-plas.... We might not agree with Shelly's characterization of printing guns as the "dark side of the technology" but we agree wholeheartedly with his description and assessment on the future of 3D printing.
by Shelly Palmer
Ever the publicity hound, Sen. Chuck Schumer, who obviously has no idea what additive manufacturing actually is, came out big and strong against "stomach-churning" 3D printed plastic guns last week.
"Everyone's seen the movie 'In The Line of Fire,' where one of the great bad guys, [played by] John Malkovich, labored at making a gun out of plastic and wood so it could get through metal detectors and he could assassinate the president..." Senator Schumer went on to say, "But that was only a movie, and just this week, it has become reality. We're facing a situation where anyone -- a felon, a terrorist -- can open a gun factory in their garage and the weapons they make will be undetectable. It's stomach-churning."
by Jeff Knox
That demented, hate-filled terrorists could build bombs and detonate them in a crowded public place should not have come as news to anyone. That's what terrorists have been doing around the world for decades - centuries. That it could be done in the U.S. by people we had welcomed with open arms, should also have been no surprise. Islamist extremists have been promising, and perpetrating attacks in the US since the 1970s. Other extremists, from anarchists, to White supremacists, to Puerto Rican separatists, to anti-abortion activists, to radical leftists have perpetrated acts of terror on our soil since the foundation of the republic. Indeed, American revolutionaries of the 1700s were considered terrorists by the British. The use of violence as a means of advancing a social or political goal is as old as society itself. How it is remembered generally depends on who wins and is around to write the history. Nonetheless acts of terror, particularly when perpetrated against civilians, generally backfire and engender hate and loathing for the assailant’s cause rather than sparking the desired changes in policy.
Attorney General Mike DeWine denies backing away from comments made in support of arming school employeesSubmitted by cbaus on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 07:00.
by Chad D. Baus and Jim Irvine
This week, an Associated Press article by Julie Carr Smyth, entitled "Ohio's state school board urged not to arm teachers," hit the wires and shot around the state and across the country.
The article is making waves because, according to Carr Smyth, Attorney General Mike DeWine made comments at a State Board of Education meeting that go against his previously-expressed support for arming employees in school buildings to stop an armed killer inside a building.
Other officials are quoted painting a picture of unified opposition to armed persons in our schools, both in the original AP article, and also in a follow-up article published by the Columbus Dispatch, entitled "State public-safety chief rejects arming teachers."
After investigating the assertions and quotes presented in these articles, we can report that the truth is a far different story.
Perhaps the true goal of these articles was exposed in Joe Vardon's opening sentence in the Dispatch story, when he suggested that the quotes contained in the articles might succeed in "...blunting any momentum behind proposals to arm teachers." Many school boards are already moving ahead with armed protection, and it seems some are desperate to derail this progress.
Consider again the AP headline, "Ohio's state school board urged not to arm teachers," and consider also how DeWine's comments are being spun by liberal Ohio blog site "Plunderbund" in it's coverage of this article: "DeWine changes his mind on arming teachers."
But is either headline correctly describing DeWine's comments?
Not according to DeWine's office, and not according to a comparison of his comments on Tuesday to those made last December immediately following the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary.
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation® has launched its annual nationwide offer to schools nationwide to receive--free of charge--educational videos that teach children about firearm safety and wildlife conservation.
NSSF, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, has been a leader in firearm safety and conservation education for decades.
The firearm safety videos teach students how to react if they should encounter a firearm in an unsupervised situation. The conservation titles educate students on how wildlife and wild lands are protected, and how hunters support this effort with contributions amounting to more than $1 billion annually.
NSSF believes all teachers and their students, whether in public, private or home schools, can benefit from the important messages in the videos, which are contained on two DVDs. Both the Firearm Safety DVD and Conservation DVD can be ordered online. Each of the individual video titles can be previewed online.
Rep. Bob Hagan's gun control bill exposes impotence of "protection orders" and need for victim educationSubmitted by cbaus on Thu, 05/16/2013 - 07:00.
by Chad D. Baus
State Representative Bob Hagan (D), who recently announced that his candidacy for U.S. Senate is grounded in his anger that Sen. Rob Portman (R) stood up for gun owners' constitutional rights in recent votes against gun control, has apparently figured out that support for gun control is his ticket to gaining media attention for his fledgling candidacy.
This week, Hagan introduced House Bill 160, a gun control bill that is getting Hagan the attention he craves from willing media outlets across the state.
From WFMJ (NBC Youngstown):
State Representative Bob Hagan wants Ohio to join other states which have enacted Domestic-Violence Gun Control Laws.
Hagan said on Monday that he is sponsoring legislation that would force any person named in a domestic violence protection order to surrender their firearms to law enforcement within 24 hours.
by C. D. Michel
Teaching Americans gun safety is like teaching politicians how to lie. It comes naturally.
Despite the National Rifle Association (NRA)’s high profile political activities, gun safety training and marksmanship comprise the overwhelming majority of its activities. Roughly 80% of its budget goes to these types of programs.
Gun control organizations, recognizing a way to rebuild themselves and fool the public into being less critical of their gun ban messages, have deceptively rebranded themselves as "gun safety" groups. In the process, they distort conventional notions of safety training and ignore that organizations like the NRA have been conducting actual gun safety classes since Reconstruction.
This is one of the gun ban lobby’s more modern and transparent political canards. While the disingenuous rebranding ploy insults true gun safety trainers, the gun ban lobby’s attempt at “safely” positioning also ignores one truly relevant trend; thanks to real and very common gun safety training programs, accidental gun deaths and injuries are at historic lows, and still falling.
As gun ownership rates climbed, accidents declined
Nationally, the gun ban lobby has steadily lost each of its arguments, and so the patience of most of the voting population. They lost the criminological argument thanks to reams of research gathered and posted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (a federal agency) and the National Academy of Sciences showing no connection between gun control laws and reductions in violent crime[GS1] . They lost the Constitutional argument when the Supreme Court certified, again, that the Second Amendment protected a fundamental individual right; just as the NRA, and constitutional scholars, had said all along. They lost the self-defense argument over the last two decades as 42 states voted to allow citizens to carry concealed firearms in public — and the dire predictions of Wild West shoot-outs in the streets didn't happen.
Exaggerating the risk of death in the home from guns is their last fear card. So they have turned the debate to “gun safety,” and mislabeled gun accidents as a disease.
Gun control advocates claim that firearms are inherently dangerous. Some go as far as to cite suspect research that insinuates (but, due to methodology mistakes, failed to prove) that the existence of guns in the home were contributory to deaths. But during the last few decades, private firearm ownership has steadily risen, while accidental firearm deaths have steadily dropped. The gun ban lobby;s claim that more gun control will improve safety runs counter to the data. That shows people are increasingly safe with firearms – even without the "benefit" of Vice President Joe Biden's advice.
Overall, from 1979 through 2009 (a conveniently round 30 year window for analysis), the accidental death rate from all types of firearms has fallen a whopping 80%! It has dropped from 0.9 deaths per 100,000 people to less than 0.2 in 2009. Meanwhile, the accidental death rate from guns has fallen vis-à-vis handgun ownership at a much faster rate. Refuting the gun ban lobby's claims is the fact that accidental deaths from firearms fell nearly 90% as a function of handgun ownership, dropping from four deaths for every 100,000 handguns in America to less than 0.5. This occurred despite the number of revolvers and pistols owned in private hands doubling in the same period.
Click here to read the entire article at CalGunLaws.com.
by Chad D. Baus
Last week I wrote about the intense media effort to force Sen. Rob Portman into changing his vote on gun control legislation in the Senate. I pointed out that journalists, gun ban extremists and uninformed or misled letter-to-the-editor writers continued to use a discredited statistic which claimed that 91% of people preferred that that gun control bill had passed, all in an effort to give the legislation a second chance. Finally, I invited the many people who were thankful for Sen. Portman's vote to respond with letters of their own.
The response has been overwhelming.
The following letters of support were published by the Cincinnati Enquirer:
I very much appreciated Senator Portman's "no" vote on more gun control.