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by Chad D. Baus
In the wake of the horrific mass murder in at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut last month, one New York newspaper, Gannett Company's The Journal News of White Plains, N.Y., decided to punish people who had nothing to do with the crime by publishing an interactive map with the names and addresses of handgun permit owners in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties.
When indignant readers responded by publishing personal information about the The Journal News' staffers, much as Buckeye Firearms Association did in 2007 when The Sandusky Register pulled a similar stunt, the hypocritical Journal News hired armed guards, who it is now being reported will be employed "indefinitely."
Two Ohio newspapers, The Columbus Dispatch and The Lima News, have published editorials condemning The Journal News for its actions.
by Ben Shapiro
On Christmas Eve, seven people were shot in the city of Chicago. The media made little mention of the shootings, since they're now routine in Chicago -- the city has seen some 500 shootings in 2012 alone. The vast majority of the shooters are black, and the vast majority of the victims are black. Many of the victims are under the age of 18: Anton Sanders, 15, shot on Jan. 20; Deshun Winfert, 15, shot on Feb. 5; Damion Rolle, 14, shot on Feb. 21; George Howard and Albert Guyton, both 15, shot on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28; the list goes on. A few are under age 10. You've never heard of any of them.
But when an evil white person with a history of mental instability shoots up a school, killing 20 children, most of whom were white, the media is suddenly concerned with gun control.
Perhaps that's because the media is racist. Or perhaps it's something else. If the media pays attention to the shootings in Chicago, it will have to talk about the fact that Chicago is heavily gun controlled. It will have to discuss the fact that guns are illegally flowing into areas of heavy gun violence. And it will have to talk about the impact of social ills like single motherhood, gang recruitment and poor public education.
Instead, the media focuses on Sandy Hook, Aurora and Columbine. Focusing on such statistically aberrant scenarios rather than the more widespread gun violence that plagues our cities allows the media to target one of its most hated groups: the National Rifle Association.
This is what the left does: they pick a target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. They use individual cases as a baton to wield against groups they hate. The Trayvon Martin case was used as a club against the American Legislative Exchange Council for their support of "Stand Your Ground" laws -- even though George Zimmerman never claimed "Stand Your Ground." The war on women was used as a club against Komen for the Cure -- even though Komen cares for more women than Planned Parenthood ever will. The left uses specific cases to destroy important institutions. It makes their future battles far easier.
"As a result of direct conversations that I've had with Barack Obama, if you are a sportsman, if you are a gun owner, if you are someone that honors and respects the Second Amendment - you have nothing to fear from Barack Obama..." - Gov. Ted Strickland, 2008
by Chad D. Baus
Brietbart.com is reporting that the Obama administration is preparing to ram through a number of restrictions to our Second Amendment civil rights as early as Jan 15.
From the article, written by John Nolte:
The idea behind this strategy is to strike while people's heightened emotions are still scrambling common sense:
The White House and gun control supporters are gearing up for a whirlwind month, with plans to pass reform legislation before outrage over the Sandy Hook massacre has a chance to fade.
by Jim Irvine
We begin a new year and a new legislative session with many unknowns. This has the potential to be the best and the worst year gun owners have had in a generation. It is possible that we enjoy one extreme at the state level while enduring the other at the federal level.
We begin with Buckeye Firearms Foundation. For the first time, it is possible that our educational 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation could eclipse the PAC in what it accomplishes. The Foundation has announced that it will pay to train a pilot class of 24 teachers and other school personnel to safely carry firearms in schools as an added layer of security. That announcement has garnered significant media attention and over 800 applicants for the 24 initial spots.
Just because teachers are trained and qualified does not mean school boards will grant permission for them to carry guns in schools. Education and coordination with many local school boards will be required to make this program a success. Legislation may also be necessary.
Tactical Defense Institute is a great facility, but it is not possible for them to train every teacher. We need to plan additional classes, and find additional people and places to teach courses. We may need to coordinate with Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) to establish guidelines and recommendations for teacher training.
We could easily spend a million dollars in training and other school safety issues this year, but we don’t have that money yet. We will be reaching out to corporations and individuals to help raise the money needed to train teachers. The mission is not to run a class that gets some media attention, but to train our teachers and make our children safer. This will be a very time-consuming and costly endeavor, but our most precious resource demands that we leave no stone unturned as we seek to change the mindset of schools and give volunteers the tools and training necessary to do their jobs of educating our children in a safe environment.
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by Aaron Kirkingburg
Buckeye Firearms Association will host a Central OH Meet & Greet on Sunday, January 13 at Stacy's Homestyle Buffet in Heath, Ohio.
Meet & Greets have become a good way to meet new people, put a face and name to fellow Second Amendment advocates and share fellowship together. Social hour will begin at 4:00PM. The restaurant is carry friendly!
BFA Minute Man Aaron Kirkingburg will give an update on the sportsman's issues BFA has been working on with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Linda Walker, Central OH Chair of BFA and NRA board member, will give updates on legislation and other matters concerning BFA and NRA. Special guest speaker Licking County Common Pleas Judge Craig Baldwin, a 2012 BFA endorsee, will give remarks as well.
Buffet dinners will cost $11 per adult, payable at the door. Please email Aaron Kirkingburg directly with the number of people attending at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may sign up through Buckeye Firearms Forum at: http://tinyurl.com/BFAM-G1-13-13
Please join your fellow Second Amendment supporters Sunday, January 13 at 4:00PM at:
Stacy's Homestyle Buffet
833 South 30th Street
Heath, OH 43056
Ohio's white-tailed deer muzzleloader hunting season will open statewide Jan. 5-8, 2013, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Ohio hunters have harvested 188,853 deer this season. During the 2012 four-day muzzleloader season, 19,459 deer were harvested.
Ohio deer hunters must possess the proper permits. Regardless of zone, method of taking or season, hunters may take only one antlered deer during the 2012-2013 deer hunting season.
Legal hunting hours for the muzzleloader season are a half-hour before sunrise to sunset. Deer must be checked in by noon the day after the harvest, except on the last day of muzzleloader season when a deer must be checked in by 11:30 p.m. that day.
by Hal Baker
A sad reality of life is that those who are hell bent on destruction will find a way to destroy. As a result, we are left sitting in the fog of confusion that always follows tragedy. Beyond the fog, there is always an uproar from the media, politicians, and a portion the general populace crying for the government to do more to protect us. Following 9/11, fear drove us to seek out and support the creation of the often under-trained, misguided TSA. Further, the PATRIOT Act was successfully sold to the public as beacon of security and hope, not as the systematic removal of some of our basic liberties. Now, the United States has been confronted with another tragedy. This was not a characteristic terrorist attack or an overt act of war, it was a manifestation of evil that took the lives of the innocent and defenseless. In this time of pain, mourning, and reflection, many are searching for a way to end this madness, they are crying for government protection in the form of gun control.
by Jeff Thomas
Like all of you, the tragic mass killing at a Connecticut school made my heart sink.
What people who seek gun control do not seem to realize is that we, as gun owners, want a safe community to live in and raise our families, a safe work environment, and safe schools for our children to learn.
We are not crazy people, as the anti-gun crowd portrays us. We are fathers, mothers, Scout leaders, doctors, pastors, teachers, blue collar workers and come from many other professions. Above all else, many of us are parents, first and foremost.
We share a common thread with almost all other Americans, whether gun owners or not, we value our family's safety and our own. In fact, we probably value our family's and our safety even more than most.
That's why we've taken on the added responsibility of having a gun in our home for protection or becoming a licensed concealed carrier. Many of us recognize the importance of gun safety and the added responsibility by taking gun safety courses, additional training and practicing to improve our skills.
After the mass murder at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school, Buckeye Firearms Foundation announced that they would provide free firearms training to teachers and school administrative staff.
So far, the Armed Teacher Training Program has attracted more than 600 applicants from all parts of Ohio and several from other states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia. More teachers inquire about the program every day.
"We knew this would be popular, but the response has exceeded our expectations," said Jim Irvine, Chairman of the non-profit Buckeye Firearms Foundation. "People doubted if we would fill the first class. That happened in hours. This is something many in our schools have been asking about for a long time. We are already looking past the first class to future dates and locations to meet the demand."
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by Jeff Riley
Several years ago, published at BuckeyeFirearms.org, I detailed the Brady Center for the Prevention of Gun Violence's call for banning "any ammunition that can penetrate ballistic armor" worn by law enforcement. This of course would ban almost any rifle ammunition used by big game and deer hunters in the United States. For years, gun-grabbers like the Brady Center have claimed that they aren't after your hunting guns. As the old saying goes, however, "actions speak louder than words". Not content to go after deer hunters rifles by calling them intermediate sniper rifles, now they have targeted your grandaddy's bird gun.
On Sunday July 27, 2008 a disturbed man identified as Jim D. Adkisson entered the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church in Knoxville, Tenn, firing three shots resulting in two deaths, wounding seven others before being tackled and held until the police arrived. The murder used a Remington Model 48 semi-automatic shotgun. This is what has the Brady Center trembling with fear and outrage, the dreaded semi-automatic (insert any model of firearm) "assault weapon."
Never one to let any tragedy go by without capitalizing on it, they hurriedly published a news release falsely claiming that "The shooter used a Remington Model 48 that can fire three shells at a time." This is not true as this would make it more akin to a machine gun, though even that can't fire three cartridges at once. Apparently they confused ammunition capacity with number of shots fired per trigger pull. They have since corrected their error after numerous pro-gun bloggers noticed and ridiculed their mistake. They apparently are as clueless about hunting firearms as they are with military styled firearms.
They have posted two videos of these dangerous "assault weapons here":
For a group that promises they aren't after your bird gun, they sure do talk about them often. In the second video notice how they refer to an over and under shotgun as the "perhaps more familiar over/under your granddad might hunt ducks with." See how the emphasis that with an over and under gun you have to reload after only two shots. Never mind that in the the church shooting the murderer only fired two shots into the crowd before discharging the third shot into the ceiling while being tackled by parishioners. So in this case the shooter could have used your grandpa's over and under to inflict the same amount of damage.