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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, today noted that Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) Co-Chair Bob Latta (R-Ohio) has introduced HR 3590, a new bipartisan version of the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2013.
Earlier this year, Latta and CSC Co-Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), joined by Vice-Chairs, U.S. Reps. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), introduced the SHARE Act as a package of pro-sportsmen's legislation designed to safeguard and promote America's hunting and fishing traditions. The legislation enjoys wide support from both sides of the political aisle.
"The SHARE Act is made up of several pro-sportsmen's bills that will help ensure our outdoor traditions are preserved, protected and promoted. HR 3590 addresses some of the most pressing concerns of American hunters and recreational shooters. Its passage would be a significant accomplishment for the sportsmen's community and for America. We salute Congressman Latta for his continuing stewardship of this important legislation."
by Kelsey Osterman
By now, you've heard the stories: Florida boy suspended for pointing his finger like a gun. Rhode Island student suspended for bringing quarter-sized gun keychain to class. West Virginia middle schooler arrested for wearing a National Rifle Association t-shirt.
Coast-to-coast, it seems our nation's schools have grown so gun-shy that every implementation of a "zero tolerance" policy entails a massive overreaction on the part of the school.
It's gotten so bad that one member of Congress, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), actually introduced legislation to prevent schoolchildren from being punished for "harmless expressions of childhood play" like using an imaginary gun.
Even Ohio state Sen. Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) proposed legislation earlier this year that would overturn the Buckeye State's law that requires schools to adopt zero tolerance policies.
"We're looking at using common sense," Tavares told The Columbus Dispatch. "A gun-shaped edible snack is not a weapon. Children bringing Midol or their own medications for their illness is not drugs."
If anyone was still wondering why Congress prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using tax dollars to fund gun control advocacy research, and why the White House has called for $10 million in new funding for such research to help the administration "transform" the country's gun laws, the authors of a recent "study" that characterizes gun-owning whites as racists have bent over backwards to explain.
Without offering any proof to support their theory, the authors of Racism, Gun Ownership and Gun Control: Biased Attitudes in US Whites May Influence Policy Decisions proclaim that "The public health importance of gun reform in the US is clear," and "attitudes towards guns in many US whites appear to be influenced . . . by illogical racial biases," so "greater control of firearms is the most logical direction for public health policy." Furthermore, they say, because "there remains considerable resistance in the US to even cursory gun controls," "gun control policies may need to be implemented independent of public opinion."
Though he didn't get everything right in his article about the AR-15 for Business Insider on November 8, Brian Jones included a number of facts that are beyond dispute. He noted, for example, that the AR-15 is "America's most popular rifle," which is certainly the case, based upon recent firearm manufacturer reports showing that between 300,000 and 500,000 AR-15s are made annually for sale to the public. Jones also mentioned that "Much of what makes the AR‑15 so popular is its adaptability. Modern AR‑15s feature a rail system that allows for custom sights, scopes, and accessories to be placed on the gun."
But since Jones made clear that the occasion for his article was the misuse of an AR-15 in the Los Angeles airport the week before, fairness would dictate that he should have also mentioned the ways in which AR-15s are used by good people for perfectly good reasons.
For starters, Americans own about five million AR-15s and it should go without saying that virtually all AR-15s are never misused.
Do as I Say, Not as I Do--NY Elitists Ray Kelly and Mayor Bloomberg Think Their Safety is More Important than YoursSubmitted by cbaus on December 4, 2013 - 8:00am.
Outgoing New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly has long been anti-gun. And, as a minion of anti-gun New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he is, naturally, an outspoken proponent of Bloomberg's gun control initiatives and agenda. But guess what? When he leaves office and reverts back to just being an "average citizen," Kelly wants for himself, what he would quickly deny to you: Self-defense in the form of armed protection.
According to a NYmag.com article, Kelly has requested a team of six NYPD detectives to keep him and his family safe back in civilian life. And get this: it's reported that each detective would make $120,000 a year, and the taxpayers--the very ones he wants unarmed--will be required to pick up the entire bill!
by Jeff Knox
The Obama administration has proposed changes to regulations dealing with the transfer of legally owned full-auto guns and other restricted items like short-barreled rifles and silencers. Such items are legal, but controlled under the National Firearms Act of 1934, and are commonly referred to as NFA items.
Under current NFA regulations, an individual wishing to purchase an NFA item must submit to an extensive background check, pay a special $200 excise tax on each NFA item, and get the signature of his local "Chief Law Enforcement Officer" or CLEO – typically a sheriff or chief of police. While possession of NFA items is legal in almost all states, a number of CLEOs routinely block all transfers by simply refusing to sign off on any paperwork.
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor -- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be -- That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks -- for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation -- for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed -- for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted -- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions -- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually -- to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed -- to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord -- To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us -- and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York
the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
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Editor's Note: Tactical Defense Institute's John Benner rarely weighs in on issues, leaving that function to others. When John addresses an issue it is noteworthy and well worth the read. This article was originally posted on the TDI Facebook page. Republished with permission.
by John Benner
The official report from the Connecticut States Attorney's office on the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has been released.
This horrific event has had a tremendous impact in many ways. My belief is the impact was so strong, not based on numbers killed, but the age of the 20 very young children murdered.
The interesting and most important section of the report from my standpoint is the timeline of the event. Time is THE important factor in the taking of and hopefully saving of lives. The FASTER the killer is stopped, the less lives we lose.
by Jeff Knox
New York City's controversial billionaire mayor was slapped down again in races in Colorado and Virginia on Tuesday, November 5. Unfortunately, in Virginia, the slap was only symbolic as Bloomberg’s chosen gubernatorial and Attorney General candidates actually won their elections. The fact that the races were so close and some Democrats are blaming the razor-thin margin of victory on Bloomberg's "help." Democrat Terry McAuliffe, whom Bloomberg supported to the tune of about $2 million, eked out a win over Republican Ken Cuccinelli. This in spite of the fact that all of the polls had the former Clinton fundraiser ahead by double digits just a couple of weeks ago, before Bloomberg started flooding the airwaves with anti-gun, pro-McAuliffe TV ad's. At least one Democrat leader has suggested that Bloomberg and his ads helped to drag McAuliffe down and almost cost him the election.
2- New Federal Gun Law Coming Under Radar
Lobbyists Overlooked Dec. 3 Date
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Anti-Rights Plans Top Secret for Now
by Alan Korwin, Author
Gun Laws of America
The Uninvited Ombudsman
With Mr. Obama and his allies attacking the right to keep and bear arms from a dozen angles at once, the anti-rights forces in America have overlooked the Undetectable Handgun Law of 1988, set to expire on Dec. 3, less than six weeks away. (Google 18 USC §922(p) for the letter of the law.)
If the law expires as it is scheduled to do, airports and all secure areas could be exposed to guns that metal detectors cannot identify.
Although no such guns exist (in the commercial world) and have never been available to the public, the "news" media created a furor over the non-existent firearms when the polymer-framed Glock pistol was introduced, spreading fear that such weapons could be smuggled into airports past all known screening devices. The Glock and all similar polymer-framed firearms contain large amounts of steel and are easily spotted by metal detectors.