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"There is nothing in Obamacare that prohibits another federal agency from compiling a database of gun owners."
by Rachel Alexander
What does gun control have to do with health care? As odd as it seems, Obamacare contains provisions that jeopardize gun ownership, especially for veterans. Anti-gun provisions were added to initial drafts of Obamacare legislation under the pretext of prohibiting people with mental illness – which can include PTSD - from owning guns. Fortunately, the NRA stepped in and got some of the worst language revised last December. Senate amendment 3276, Sec. 2716, part c. prohibits the creation of a firearms database and stops doctors from disclosing or collecting information relating to a patient's firearms. Ironically, this provision was probably the only positive result of most members of Congress not bothering to read the bill before voting on it.
Recent news out of Texas has pro-rights parents reaching for their children's backpacks after it was revealed that a popular textbook used to teach high school advanced placement U.S. history courses includes a shocking misinterpretation of the Second Amendment. Published by AMSCO School Publications, Inc., and titled, United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Exam, the 2010 edition of the textbook incorrectly summarizes the Second Amendment as meaning, "The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia." The Canejo Valley School District of Thousand Oaks, Calif., has made a copy of the entire text of the widely-used volume available on its website.
As most Americans know, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives--and perhaps others in the Obama administration--knowingly allowed guns to be smuggled from the United States to Mexican drug-smuggling cartels, on the hope that the guns would be recovered at Mexican crimes scenes and eventually traced to sales in the United States. The goal of the effort, dubbed Operation Fast and Furious, was to give anti-gun politicians evidence to use in their campaigns against general-purpose semi-automatic rifles, such as the hugely popular AR-15. As for the carnage that might precede the guns' recovery? That was obviously a risk the planners of the operation were willing to take.
Some of the smuggled guns were indeed used to kill people in Mexico, but one was also involved in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. An investigation ensued, the House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for refusing to cooperate with its investigation of the scandal, and senior officials associated with the scandal were forced to resign.
by Jeff Knox
When two teams of cowardly, Muslim extremist terrorists stormed the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya last month, police and government forces were slow to respond, but local gun owners were not. Kenya has very strict gun laws, banning most semi-auto rifles, and tightly restricting possession of handguns, but, like New York City, those with the right connections, enough money, and who are persistent enough, can own, and even carry, personal defense handguns. One such concealed carry license holder was standing in line at a bank in the mall when the shooting started. A New York Times story from September 26 reported that the man, identified as Raju, immediately sent out an urgent text message to friends in his shooting club. The story then says that shooting club members, neighborhood watch volunteers (like George Zimmerman?), and "plainclothes police officers" rushed to the mall and gave the terrorists something to worry about while they helped people trying to get out of the besieged buildings.
by C. D. Michel
"It started with a coffee date. Now I'm married with kids. How the heck did that happen?"
How indeed? Life sneaks up on us. Change occurs in tiny increments. Before you know it, the order of life has been inverted.
It's the same with the law. Aristotle knew what he was talking about when he wrote "Jealously maintain...the spirit of obedience to law, more especially in small matters; for transgression creeps in unperceived and at last ruins the state, just as the constant recurrence of small expenses in time eats up a fortune."
The California slippery slope of anti-freedom legislation – whatever the political agenda – has been a model for the rest of the nation. This is the ceaseless, incremental strategy of the California gun control movement that continues to this day. On gun control, thankfully, the rest of the nation has mostly failed to follow. But here in the Golden State, the Golden Rule of gun control has always been to swipe freedoms one small step at a time. Over, and over, and over again.
As we previously reported, the Obama administration, via the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has proposed a new rule governing applications by legal entities such as trusts and corporations to make and transfer National Firearms Act (NFA) firearms. To justify the proposed rule, the administration and BATFE have stated that over 39,000 applications for transfers of NFA firearms to trusts or corporations were received in 2012 alone. Nevertheless, the agency cited not a single case in which an NFA firearm transferred to a legal entity was used in the commission of a crime.
by Greg Ellifritz
I travel quite a bit. Most of my adventures take place in third world countries where I can't carry my gun. But whenever I travel anywhere in the United States, I bring a couple pistols...even when traveling by air.
I flew out west for a camping trip with some friends a few weeks ago. As I was going through the airline firearms check procedures, it struck me that many of my readers might not know that it is legal to carry guns in checked airplane baggage. It's really a simple process. Here's what you have to do:
Cincinnati.com online poll shows overwhelming support for pending gun rights legislation, opposition to gun controlSubmitted by cbaus on October 21, 2013 - 8:00am.
by Chad D. Baus
A Cincinnati.com interactive online poll, open since July, reveals overwhelming support for pending legislation that would improve or restore rights for gun owners in Ohio, while at the same time reveals massive opposition to proposed gun control.
COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio muzzleloader hunters enjoyed warm weather as they harvested 5,608 antlerless white-tailed deer during the new antlerless-only muzzleloader hunting weekend Oct. 12-13, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
"Ohio's first antlerless-only muzzleloader deer season was a success, and we are pleased so many hunters participated," said ODNR Director James Zehringer. "We remain committed to providing Ohio's sportsmen and women with some of the best hunting opportunities in the nation."
The new antlerless muzzleloader weekend was the first opportunity to take advantage of Ohio's new extended hunting hours. A half hour of golden opportunity hunting time after sunset was added to all of this year's upcoming deer-gun hunting seasons.
The Ohio counties that reported the most checked deer during the 2013 antlerless-only muzzleloader season: Ashtabula (200), Licking (164), Guernsey (144), Muskingum (143), Knox (141), Coshocton (138), Adams (135), Columbiana (128), Carroll (120), Athens (117) and Trumbull (117).
by Chad D. Baus
On Friday, October 11, a 15 year-old Kentucky boy brought a pistol to his high school. According to media reports, the boy never pulled the gun, but instead showed it to other students about two hours before Friday night's homecoming game. The boy's friends quickly informed their coaches and he surrendered the weapon and ammunition to school officials with no dispute.
Several days later, the local sheriff informed the media that the boy obtained the pistol from an Ohio man. From The Daily Independent, in an article misleadingly entitled "Gun brought to football game was purchased via Internet":
The youth charged with bringing a gun onto Greenup County High School grounds before a football game Friday bought the weapon from an Ohio man he contacted on the Internet, Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper said.
Cooper has interviewed the man, but on Monday afternoon was not sure whether he would face any charges.