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An open letter to America's news media
From: Alan Korwin, The Uninvited Ombudsman, Gunlaws.com
Re: The Batman Movie Massacre, Our Forgotten Waiting Periods, The Need for "Gun-Control", Counseling, Banning the Glock, Really Small Bullets, Copycat Heroes, Media Culpability for Massacres.
Dear Media Colleagues,
Guns can't seem to keep themselves out of the limelight. Urban shootings, outside the ghettos where most shootings take place, are now becoming national news. What changed?
Why aren't we talking about waiting periods anymore? The media and the gun-control movement have abandoned waiting periods, but they used to be the holy grail. Why is that?
It turned out waiting periods didn't matter. They didn't work, had no impact on crime, they were a distraction. They were just an attack that could be made on guns, the flavor of the day, a reflection of what the public out here perceives as media hatred for guns. Like a reported shooting... from two thousand miles away.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on the website for Texas Fish & Game. Republished with permission.
by Dustin Ellermann
To terminate the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, you would have to work slowly, by eroding the traditions and values that founded this great country.
You would need to use news media to ignore positive uses of firearms, and only highlight tragedies of crime, exaggerate “gun” violence, and misrepresent facts.
You would need to dub scary looking firearms as “assault weapons” simply for cosmetic differences and push for bans without any factual data for crime use.
You would need to argue that the Second Amendment was only intended for the government and military, even though all the Amendments were ratified for “the people” to protect them from the government.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in The Lima News. Republished with permission.
by Thomas J. Lucente Jr.
Columnist for The Lima News
On July 16, a pizza delivery driver in Columbus was delivering a pizza when two men armed with shotguns approached him.
The deliveryman, who has a license to carry a concealed handgun, warned the men off. When they ignored his warnings, the pizza driver opened fire, injuring one of the robbers.
On July 22, John Mutter, who was asleep in his Johnstown home, was awakened by Brian Dyer, who poked Mutter in the head with one of his own shotguns. Dyer was reportedly looking for more weapons. Mutter directed him to another part of the room.
When Dyer turned, Mutter, who is a paraplegic, grabbed a .357 revolver he kept nearby and killed Dyer.
Buckeye Firearms Foundation (BFF) minuteman volunteer Jason Mihalick discusses the full size Smith and Wesson M&P 40 that BFF will be raffling off at "The Bulletproof Mind" with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman.
The event will be held in Mason, OH (near Cincinnati) on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Kings Island Resort and Conference Center. Click here to reserve your seats.
David Bowie has worked his magic on this M&P 40 with the following customizations:
1) Stipple full grip
2) "Reliability package" -- polished feed ramp and chamber
3) "S" trigger job
4) Ameriglo tritium night sights
The M&P with customizations is valued at $750!
by Chad D. Baus
In the July 3, 2012 Cincinnati Police Department Staff Notes, CPD Chief James E. Craig took the opportunity to inform his department on the law regarding open carry of a firearm in Ohio.
From the document:
3. LAW DEPARTMENT MEMO ON OPEN CARRY OF A FIREARM IN OHIO
Ohio law permits the open carry of a firearm with few exceptions. Citizens may openly carry firearms in public places unless there is a specific prohibition against carrying a firearm in that place (police station, school safety zone, courthouse, etc.).
Since Cleveland v. State of Ohio, 2010-Ohio-6318, regulation of the "ownership, possession, purchase, other acquisition, transport, storage, carrying, sale, or other transfer of firearms, their components, and their ammunition" is only done by state and federal law. Local municipal laws may only regulate the discharge of firearms. Therefore, officers should not charge individuals with violations of the Cincinnati Municipal Code unless the ordinance deals with the discharge of a firearm.
Dept. of Homeland Security funds video on surviving a spree killing; Accurately depicts armed attacker passing "no-guns" signSubmitted by cbaus on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 11:57.
by Chad D. Baus
A video recently published on YouTube by the City of Houston, and reportedly funded by the Department of Homeland Security, may have accidentally brought the reality of where spree killings typically take place to a whole new level of national awareness.
The video, entitled "RUN, HIDE, FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event," is designed to provide tips on how persons involved in such an attack can reduce their risk of injury.
While the video states realities, such as "sometimes bad people do bad things," and "unfortunately, you need to be prepared for the worst," the video fails to address a central and deadly real-life problem that is clearly depicted in the video: Thanks to the "no-guns" signs present at the vast majority of spree killings, only the bad guy has a gun.
by J.R. Absher
Whether today's well-equipped archery hunter is heading to a woodlot treestand just a few miles from home or to a remote meadow high in the Rocky Mountains, there is a good chance he or she carries a standard piece of equipment that would have been unusual-and illegal in some states-just a few years ago: a handgun.
Dangerous people and dangerous places are simply an American fact of life these days-even for those hunting in locales that were once among the most crime-free in the country. That's why an increasing number of state wildlife agencies and lawmakers are addressing the safety needs of bowhunters and others who have previously been restricted from carrying handguns for personal protection while afield.
For many, the argument for carrying a handgun while bowhunting is simple one, particularly in regions that hold grizzly and brown bears, wild boars, mountain lions or other potentially dangerous game. Beyond that, there's the increasing likelihood hunters may unintentionally discover clandestine methamphetamine labs or hidden marijuana-growing operations on public land-along with the ne'er-do-wells who occupy them.
From Mexican drug cartels operating marijuana-growing operations in the Southwest and West, to methamphetamine-cooking operations in the rural Midwest and South, there are a disturbing number of ruthless characters inhabiting the exact places we prefer to hunt and recreate in the outdoors.
by Linda Walker
The leadership team and supporters of Buckeye Firearms Association would like to congratulate Nikki Goeser of Nashville, TN as the latest recipient of the NRA's "Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award."
Each year, this prestigious award is given to one woman on the national level for her deep commitment to the Second Amendment through efforts of advocacy, education, legislation and upholding the values of the National Rifle Association.
As our readers will recall, Nikki was thrust into the fight for our Second Amendment rights on April 2, 2009 when her beloved husband Ben was murdered in front of her by the man who had been stalking her. She was not looking to become an advocate, but within a week of that awful night, she became our nation's hero when she spoke out against the laws that restricted her from carrying her lawfully-owned handgun into the club she and Ben were working that night.
So many victims of gun violence will blame the gun instead of the criminal, and Nikki never once wavered on her belief that all law abiding citizens possess the right to defend themselves.
Ohioans were fortunate enough to have Nikki Goeser come to testify in our Statehouse for restaurant carry not once, but twice. She has made several trips to Ohio on our behalf to improve our laws and has spoken across the country in support of our Second Amendment.
Following is the NRA's press release announcing Nikki's award:
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- USA Shooting Team members have stood on the Olympic medal stand, appeared on the NBC Today Show and made millions of target shooters proud with their medal-winning performances at the Summer Olympic Games. As a major sponsor of USA Shooting, the National Shooting Sports Foundation doesn't want the cheering to stop.
So [on Wednesday, August 22] NSSF [ran] a full page, four-color ad in USA Today that congratulates all members of the USA Shooting Team who competed in London and, particularly, the four athletes who earned three gold medals and one bronze. The ad's headline reads: "Congratulations To All Our Shooters on the U.S. Olympic Team" and continues, "Making history, setting records, showing the world the fun and excitement of the shooting sports: You've made us proud."
"The National Shooting Sports Foundation is honored to be a sponsor of USA Shooting, and we are thrilled to draw even more attention with this ad to the fine men and women representing our sports on the world stage," said Chris Dolnack, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for NSSF, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry.
by Greg Ellifritz
I’ve been contacted by several friends recently about the Federal Government’s ammunition purchases. Apparently, the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security has ordered 750 million handgun, rifle, and shotgun rounds (in addition to the 450 million purchased earlier this year). You can read the actual request for proposal HERE.
My friends are concerned that this signifies that the Federal Government knows something that we citizens don’t and is preparing for future problems. Even worse, some believe that the ammunition order is tantamount to an act of war against the citizens of the USA. After all, why would Federal agents need more than a billion rounds of hollowpoint and match grade ammunition?
Some of the media hype around this incident has been prompted by the slanted “journalism” in articles written on the Prison Planet and Info Wars websites. For an example of one such article, check out the link below:
While I often find myself agreeing with the articles posted on these two sites and occasionally even listen to Mr. Jones on the radio, I think that they are wrong on this issue. I’m completely open to the idea of governmental conspiracies and regularly research such claims, but I really believe this “conspiracy” is just more media hype. Here’s why: