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Gallup's most recent poll on public attitudes toward gun laws shows that anti-gun activists and their friends in elected office and in the media have lost considerable ground over the years, and in the months since the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut in December last year. However, it also shows that both sides in the gun control debate have their work cut out for them in the days ahead.
The poll found that 74% of respondents--an all-time high--oppose banning handguns, up from only 36% in 1959. Compounded with the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010), that the Second Amendment protects the individual right to have handguns and that it does so nationwide, that's bad news for the Brady Campaign, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the Violence Policy Center, all formed by handgun prohibition activists in the 1970s and 1980s.
by Chad D. Baus
The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that, by almost a 2-to-1 ratio, Columbus City Schools voters want an armed police officer in their school.
From the article:
A new poll by Saperstein Associates for The Dispatch shows support for gun-carrying police across geographic, racial, gender and age boundaries, regardless of whether those answering have a child in Columbus schools.
"There definitely should be armed officers in the school, and clearly with everything going on in the nation, with Sandy Hook being the biggest thing," said survey participant Gian Sposito, 24, of the West Side, referring to the Connecticut elementary school where 20 first-graders and six employees were gunned down in December.
"When I went to (Pickerington Schools), we had an armed officer in the school every single day,” said the warehouse worker. "That put everybody at ease.
Companies throughout the firearms industry each week are posting new job openings to NSSF's Firearms Industry Jobs board.
The webpage has proven to be a huge hit with both employers and job seekers. Each day, it is one of the most visited pages on NSSF's website.
Job seekers can view current listings at nssf.org/jobs
by Jeff Knox
The head of the international police organization INTERPOL created a minor stir recently when he suggested that armed civilians might be a more realistic answer to the evolving trend of terrorists attacking "soft targets" like shopping malls, schools, and public events, than trying to "harden" those areas with more physical barriers and police officers. While the comments have been picked up by some conservative media and the rights movement, they have been roundly ignored by the traditional media, not just in the US, but worldwide. You can bet that his comments won't be ignored by the statist authorities at the UN and the White House though. I think it is very likely that this very prominent, popular, and effective law enforcement official will soon find himself under fire for all sorts of seemingly unrelated matters, and in a relatively short time, be looking for a new job. It is simply not politically acceptable for anyone within the "circle of trust" to be trusting of the common people. Taking a public position in favor of armed civilians over expansion of police presence and powers is unlikely to go unpunished.
by Greg Ellifritz
On Monday morning, October 21, a 12-year old seventh grader in Sparks, Nevada shot and killed one teacher and wounded two other students on the school playground before classes began. The shooter then killed himself with the same gun. If you are unfamiliar with the event check out this article from CNN.
While details are still sketchy in this case, several facts have come out. Here are some important things for parents, teachers, and students to understand...
by Jim Irvine
This was a busy week at the Ohio Statehouse where guns, Second Amendment rights and self-defense were discussed and debated before committees.
Lobbyists and citizens invested many hours to explain their perspective to legislators, and to answer questions.
HB234, sponsored by Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) would allow the use of Hunting with suppressors. The Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee heard from Larry Moore representing Buckeye Firearms Association, Todd Rathersberg representing the American Silencer Association, James Goerz, Tom Hall and many others, all who testified in support of allowing the use of suppressors while hunting. At least 10 people/organizations submitted information in support of this bill.
Victim zones: Cleveland news station finds day care owner that supports repeal legislation - and gun store owner who opposes?Submitted by cbaus on October 31, 2013 - 4:00pm.
by Chad D. Baus
Last week, Rep. Ron Maag offered sponsor testimony before a House committee on House Bill 231, which would repeal the ban on concealed carry in many of the places where multiple-victim public shootings often occur.
In news coverage about the hearing, Cleveland's Fox affiliate, WOIO, interviewed a day care owner who is very concerned for the safety of the children in her care and who supports the changes proposed by Rep. Maag.
Strangely, they also found a gun store owner who apparently opposes allowing this day care owner to have her right to carry restored in her place of business.
by Jim Irvine
Buckeye Firearms Association has endorsed several local candidates for the November 5, 2013 election.
Off-year elections do not garner the same attention as the years when we are voting for president or governor, but they are important to you. Candidates for higher offices generally come from state legislatures, and those candidates come from city councils, law directors, clerk of courts and judicial positions. Electing good candidates at the local level this year will yield better candidates for other offices in future years.
Fewer people vote in off-year elections, making every vote a bigger percentage of the total vote. In general, fewer votes will decide races. This gives you a bigger impact in races this year.
Take advantage of this opportunity. Too many gun owners didn't show up to vote last November, or voted for candidates that didn't support our rights. That energized the anti-freedom groups, and gun owners have come under heavy attack this year. Our side has reversed that trend with two critical recall elections in Colorado and it is critical that we continue that momentum at the polls.
Voting is now underway. Please support our endorsed candidates.
The popularity of the AR-15 as a general-purpose rifle that is useful for defense and sports alike was demonstrated during three NRA National Defense Matches (NDM) held at Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, West Virginia, last weekend. Though similar rifles are permitted under match rules, almost every shooter came equipped with an AR-15. For more than 15 years, the AR-15 has been the most commonly-used rifle during the joint NRA-Civilian Marksmanship Program National Matches, held annually at Camp Perry, Ohio.
During the basic-level NDM, shots were fired and reloads were performed from the positions most commonly used in defensive situations--standing, kneeling and reverse kneeling, and prone--and additional shots were fired in the sitting and opposite-shoulder prone positions, from distances between 100 and seven yards. In the advanced-level and open-terrain championship-level NDMs, shooters moved between firing points against the clock, with targets from six feet to 600 yards.
Ohio House committees hear TEN gun rights-related bills this week; Buckeye Firearms Assoc. offers testimonySubmitted by cbaus on October 30, 2013 - 8:00am.
by Chad D. Baus
A total of ten gun rights-related bills are being heard in committee this week - four of which are gun control bills.
On Tuesday, Buckeye Firearms Association leaders offered testimony on two bills - HB 203 (Concealed Carry & Self-Defense Law Reform) and HB 234 (Allow Noise Suppressors While Hunting).
A substitute bill was offered for HB 203 - click here to download.
The following written testimony was submitted by Buckeye Firearms Association in support of HB 203:
Testimony of Ken Hanson Esq.
Legislative Chair, Buckeye Firearms Association
Ohio General Assembly 130 House Bill 203
I am here today to testify in favor of House Bill 203. Specifically, I am here to testify in favor of the portion of H.B. 203 that is referred to in the media as "Stand Your Ground." Anytime the media or an advocacy group uses the term "Stand Your Ground," they are referring to two (2) sentences in Revised Code Section 2901.09.