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Last week, the FBI released its national crime report for 2012. By a slight margin, the nation's violent crime rate decreased in 2012--relative to 2011--making it the lowest it has been since 1970. Compared to 1991, when it hit an all-time high, violent crime is down by 49 percent. The nation's murder rate was unchanged in 2012; still lower than any time since 1963 and at nearly an all-time low.
Between 2011 and 2012, 24 states and the District of Columbia experienced decreases in their murder rates. There was no correlation of these trends with the severity of the states' or the District's gun control laws. Troubled Detroit, under Michigan's law requiring a permit to purchase a handgun, had the highest murder rate among large cities, followed by Baltimore, under Maryland's law imposing a seven-day waiting period on handgun purchases. But there was no relationship between other large cities' murder rates and their gun control laws.
COLUMBUS, OH – Crisp fall air and brilliant fall foliage signal the start of Ohio's world-class hunting seasons and family traditions that can be carried on for generations. Ohio's young hunters have many opportunities to learn and improve their outdoors skills during several special youth hunting seasons, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
"Ohio offers great hunting opportunities for sportsmen and women of all ages," said ODNR Director James Zehringer. "Our youth hunts provide parents a chance to share with their children the excitement of their first hunt."
by Jeff Knox
The California legislature is on the verge of passing a bill banning the use of traditional ammunition - bullets containing lead - for hunting statewide. The justification for the ban is that the giant, endangered carrion eater, the California Condor, is seriously threatened by lead poisoning from ingesting bullet fragments in game animals. Proponents of the ban say that hunters leave carcasses or gut piles containing lead fragments in the field where the birds consume it causing them to become sick and die. Even though research into the problem was extremely sketchy, in 2007, the California legislature bypassed the scientific review process of the state's Fish and Game Commission, and instituted a ban on the use of common, lead-based bullets in areas where the condors live and feed.
No bucks may be harvested during this weekend regardless of hunting implement.
COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio hunters have the opportunity to participate in a new antlerless-only deer muzzleloader season Oct. 12-13, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
It is legal to hunt antlerless deer statewide with a muzzleloader or bow during the two-day season. No bucks may be harvested regardless of hunting implement. Antlerless deer include deer without antlers and deer with antlers less than 3 inches in length. All hunters are required to wear a vest, coat, jacket or coveralls that are either solid hunter orange or camouflage hunter orange.
Hunters will be able to use antlerless permits and either-sex permits during the two-day season. Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.
This muzzleloader hunt encourages early antlerless harvest. Reducing the deer population early in the hunting season means that more resources will be available for the surviving herd later in the winter. Harvesting does early should make for a more intense rut by encouraging buck movement.
One of the main issues that law abiding gun owners face every day is a threat from politicians of taking their Constitutional rights away. This becomes even easier for politicians when "the polls" support whatever "common sense" law they want to put in place.
Of course as many of us know most of these laws will ONLY affect law abiding gun owners and do nothing to deter crime. The problem is too many politicians win the war of words. They use a twisted language and innocuous sounding laws to strip away rights. Sadly those in the public that don't know the history of this or don't understand how it works are susceptible to falling for these civil rights stripping moves.
Here is an opportunity to counteract some of the lack of education happening out there. The documentary "Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire" was created to get the real facts out. A screening of this has been set up at Levis Commons in Perrysburg, Ohio, but we need 71 more people to sign up and buy tickets or the movie won't be screened.
Cleveland City Councilman Eugene Miller hosts “Stand Your Ground!” a firearm safety discussion for residents of Ward 10Submitted by cbaus on October 2, 2013 - 4:00pm.
Cleveland City Councilman Eugene Miller invites residents to attend a special community meeting to discuss firearm safety on Thursday, Oct. 3.
The discussion, "Stand Your Ground!" will feature Jim Irvine from Buckeye Firearms to share information and answer residents' questions on firearms, safety and gun laws.
"Guns and gun safety is a conversation every household in Cleveland should have,” said Councilman Miller. "Residents, regardless if they own a gun or not, should be familiar with basic firearm safety and discuss the issues with their families. It very well could be a matter of life or death."
WHAT: Cleveland City Councilman Eugene Miller hosts community discussion on firearm safety
WHEN: 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3
WHERE: Five Pointe Community Center, 813 E. 152nd Street
For more information call 216-268-2138.
by Mike Horning, PhD
On September 14 and 15, 2013, ninety-four youth spent the second weekend in September at Dillon Sportsman's Complex in Nashport, Ohio earning various qualifications and learning the basics of firearm safety. In addition to the youth, over 30 adult volunteers and families participated.
The first youth shoot began several years ago as a Boy Scout activity, but with the support of Buckeye Firearms Foundation, it has opened enrollment to anyone 15-years-old and younger.
by Greg Ellifritz
As I write this, Kenyan officials just declared the terrorist hostage siege in a Nairobi shopping mall to be over. A current count of fatalities is at 75, with nearly 200 more reported injured in the three day event. For those of you who haven't heard about this terrorist attack, here is a brief description....
Approximately 10-15 terrorists from the Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab attacked a Nairobi shopping mall [Saturday September 21] around noon. al-Shabaab is a Somali Al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist group. The group live tweeted to their followers during the attack at the mall. Apparently, al-Shabaab planned the attack for quite some time, actually renting a storefront in the mall where they could amass their weapons and explosives. It took three days of heavy fighting for the Kenyan defense forces to re-take the shopping mall.
by Sean Maloney
Whether across the street, across town, across the state line, or across the country, we as EVCs or NRA-ILA Volunteers, should not limit our volunteerism by self-imposed geographic borders. What we offer as experienced grassroots activists is unique, highly respected by those we assist, and feared by those who oppose us and the liberty we fight to protect. Just because the area you live in is not currently embroiled in a heated battle for our freedoms doesn't mean you can't lend your valuable assistance elsewhere.
The tools and training you have acquired--whether from attending an NRA University, Grassroots Workshop at an Annual Meeting, or just from your contact with NRA-ILA--staff will set you up for success wherever you fight for freedom.
Recently, I found my activist strategies work just as well in Colorado State Senate District 11 in Colorado Springs as they do in Ohio's 8th Congressional District in Liberty Township. With NRA engaged in the recall elections of two state senators in Colorado, I decided to travel to Colorado for the final seven days of the campaign to see if I could help unseat anti-gun Senators John Morse and Angela Giron.
by Greg Ellifritz
Officials are remaining tight lipped about the Washington Navy Yard active killer incident that occurred [two weeks] ago. Not much information about the attack is being released. Most sources have determined that the killer gained access to the facility where he worked by using his own pass card. He carried a sawn-off Remington 870 in a duffel bag to a fourth floor bathroom where he removed it. He started firing down a hallway and then from an elevated position down into a full cafeteria below.
At some point during the attack, he killed an armed security guard, took his Beretta 9mm handgun, and continued the rampage until he was shot by responding cops approximately 35 minutes later.
Even though we don’t have much information, there are a few known facts that we can use to make better decisions in the future. Here are a few of the "lessons learned:"