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Cleveland NAACP Pres.: Don't blame CHL-holder for protecting himself

Cleveland's News Channel 5 is reporting that the Cleveland NAACP responded Friday to criticism surrounding the shooting death of a teenage boy during a robbery, and for once this organization is placing the blame where it belongs - on the criminal. From the story: NAACP President George Forbes and Cleveland Councilman Zach Reed said the black community failed 15-year-old Arthur Buford,...

Plain Dealer: Gun advocates say assaults are thwarted, but not reported

In the fallout from an erroneous Cleveland Plain Dealer story claiming that the death of an armed robber at the hand of the concealed handgun licenseholder he attacked was "what appears to be the first time", Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Michael O'Malley spent time late last week discussing the facts with Buckeye Firearms Association's Chairman and Vice Chairman. He published a follow-up story...

Letters to Plain Dealer editor continue to pour in

Last week, Plain Dealer columnist Regina Brett wrote that she had received more than 400 letters in response to a column defending a concealed handgun license-holder who was forced to shoot a 15 year-old armed robber. The Plain Dealer published a few of those letters along with Brett's column. Two days later, on Sunday, April 29, many more letters on the subject were published. While Brett's...

Pro-gun Democrats should look west to find hope in the Presidential primary

By Chad D. Baus Jockeying for position for the 2008 Presidential primary race began earlier than ever this election cycle, and for gun owners in both parties, the signs have been bleak . However, pro-gun voters who will vote in the 2008 Republican primary got a lift in their spirits last month when actor and former Senator Fred Thompson announced that he was considering a Presidential run. But...

Op-Ed: Rudy Giuliani's Narrow Reading of the Second Amendment

By Jacob Sullum Townhall.com Despite his promise to appoint "strict constructionists" to the Supreme Court if he is elected president, Rudy Giuliani recently said he has no interest in overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that discovered a previously unnoticed constitutional right to abortion. Offending social conservatives (and strict constructionists) even further, he told CNN this...

AG Dann: Handful of CHL applicants slip through mental health background checks

By Chad D. Baus Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann (D) announced today that at least some Ohioans applying for concealed handgun licenses (CHLs) since 2004 have not been properly screened to determine if they have been found mentally incompetent by a judge, or involuntarily committed to a mental institution. Such screens are required by state law. Mr. Dann, who initiated a check of the state’s...

Plain Dealer letter-writers let 'em have it

Readers passionate about shooting By Regina Brett April 27, 2007 Off. The. Scale. The reaction to the shooting of 15-year-old Arthur Buford has everyone up in arms. More than 400 readers told me Damon Wells had every right to shoot and kill Buford. Only 20 disagreed. Wells was not sitting on his porch when he was attacked, as I wrote Wednesday. He was returning from the store and walking across...

Restoring the Second Amendment in Parker v. Columbia

By Alan Gura "Fear and disinformation have long been the hallmarks of the movement to end private gun ownership. Not surprisingly, the D.C. Circuit's decision in Parker v. District of Columbia , confirming that people have an individual right to keep and bear arms, has elicited outrageous predictions of doom from gun prohibitionists. The Violence Policy Center’s Josh Sugarmann neatly summed up...

Good For The Country: School Shootings Recommendation

by John Longenecker I want to elaborate a few principles in connection with how we will meet and manage future School Shootings, and the emphasis is to meet them. Let's talk a little bit now about the Constitution, about Rights and about Authority, three distinct concepts in this country. Let us imagine our nation is a charitable Foundation. It's purpose is to educate, or bring up the next...

FRIDAY FLASHBACK!: Feet On The Ground

Buckeye Firearm Association's web site is seeing an amazing growth in visitors and new articles are being posted several times a week. With everything that is going on, it is easy to miss some important and interesting articles. To make sure that you don't miss anything, we are going to repost one of our more popular articles every Friday. This week's "Friday Flashback" is.... Feet On The Ground...

Toledo Blade editorial board member tirade: This explains everything

Now that Toledo Blade editorial board member Dan Simpson has written his "The disarming of America" tirade, we guess you'd call it ("rant" probably being too mild, and more accurate words being inappropriate to print), we can finally understand some of the anti-gun editorials that the Blade has spewed over the past 3-4 years. Thanks to NBC's sick attempt to lift their dismal ratings, we've all...

Plain Dealer journalistic integrity update: No new corrections, another error

In the wake of having been notified by Buckeye Firearms Association that three news stories in the past week have contained significant errors, the Cleveland Plain Dealer has thus far refused to answer to the Indictment of Cleveland Plain Dealer - Violation of Journalist Code of Ethics . A href="http://www.cleveland.com/corrections/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/other/1177057847243560.xml&coll=2...

The Illusion of Safety

By Chris Chumita David Blaine is a master illusionist. When he performs his amazing street magic, he makes you believe in the unbelievable. He spins his illusions so well that you don't see that they are really just cheap parlor tricks. In a way, the gun-grabbers are also illusionists. Unfortunately, their illusions often lead to the loss of innocent life, instead of astonishing you. Their...

VT Roundabout: 26 Beautiful Stories on the VT Massacre, and Three Ugly Ones

The typical BuckeyeFirearms.org's "Pro-Gun Punditry: Buckeye State Roundabout" notes that there are many more stories pertaining to our gun rights in Ohio than we could draw attention to with individual daily commentary, but that they are all worthy of mention. This past week, the same can be said for commentary on the Virginia Tech massacre. Click 'Read More' for this special edition, Wednesday'...

Plain Dealer columnists defend self-defense; AP continues to report bad info

By Chad D. Baus I hope none of the Cleveland Plain Dealer readers who opened their newspapers today had a serious heart condition, because it must have been quite a shock. The newspaper has published not one, but TWO, op-eds by Plain Dealer columnists defending CHL-holder Damon Wells taking action to defend himself against an armed teenaged thug. The first column, written by Plain Dealer...

Plain Dealer Abandons Journalistic Ideals in Coverage of Self-Defense News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE While most of Ohio’s news media have done a fair-to-admirable job covering the issue of self-defense, Cleveland’s Plain Dealer appears to have abandoned any pretext of journalistic integrity on this topic. Consider several recent stories: A boy dies, and a gun debate is reignited (April 24, 2007), Tragedy at Virginia Tech (April 18, 2007), and Gun advocates in massacre find...

Responder Zero

By Clint Lake In the world of infectious diseases there is a term called ‘Patient Zero’. This is essentially the first person to start the epidemic spreading to numerous points unknown. The Center For Disease Control has the job of backtracking from the most recent recipient of the disease all the way back to ‘Patient Zero’ in order to determine how the bug transported from person to person and...

David Graham Appointed Ohio DOW Chief

Buckeye Firearms Association would like to extend congratulations to David Graham, Ohio's new Division of Wildlife Chief. Mr. Graham played a key role in the recent rules change allowing CCW for hunters, and was instrumental in implementing Ohio's hugely successful Apprentice Hunting License Program. We look forward to working with our new Chief, and wish him many more years of success. Click '...

Ohio CHL-holder protects self with gun; lazy media buys lie that it's a "first"

The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that another innocent life has been protected thanks to Ohio's concealed handgun license law. From the story: Damon Wells is the man gun supporters were imagining when they fought for the right to carry concealed weapons. He had a permit to carry his gun, and he had the gun on him when a pair of teenage thieves approached him Saturday night on his front...

Quiet No Longer

By Gerard Valentino Over the last 12 years gun-control was the equivalent of a political black hole with Congress firmly in the grasp of the GOP. Now, as Democrats control our nation’s legislative bodies, the quiet enjoyed by pro-gun activists on the gun-control front will surely come to an end. Although not heavily covered by the establishment media, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and her cohorts in the...

Cleveland homicides - criminals killing criminals

By Alex Payton A recent article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that most homicide victims in Cleveland are criminals. From the article: Most of the victims of homicide in Cleveland look a lot like their killers. They are criminals being killed by other criminals. The incidents almost always involve black men killing a man of the same race. The deadliest areas are those stricken with...

The most neglected part of self-defense training

By Ken Hanson Most self-defense advocates take training very seriously. We cover mindset, awareness, equipment, ammunition and scenarios in most any training. However, there is one component of concealed carry training that is completely ignored by most schools. This is unfortunate, as this one component is the one that is statistically most likely to result in the arrest of a concealed carry...

VT massacre: OH Gov. says state gun laws sound; Sheriff calls for armed teachers

The Dayton Daily News is reporting that while Governor Ted Strickland (D) believes dangerous mentally disturbed people should not have access to guns, he does not believe the Virginia Tech case means Ohio's gun [control] laws need strengthened. Gov. Strickland, who was a practicing psychologist prior to being elected to Congress in 1992, says the massacre raises troubling questions about how...

Northwest Ohio newspaper shows up Pulitzer-winning Plain Dealer on gun coverage

Defiance Crescent gets facts by looking past unreliable Brady Campaign anti-gun propaganda By Chad D. Baus On Wednesday, April 18, the Cleveland Plain Dealer published an article entitled “In Ohio its really easy to buy a gun.” It was immediately apparent that the writer, Plain Dealer reporter Terry Oblander, relied on incorrect information from the Brady Campaign. (I highly encourage readers to...

Op-Ed: Signs of Intelligence?

By Fred Thompson ABC Radio One of the things that's got to be going through a lot of peoples' minds now is how one man with two handguns, that he had to reload time and time again, could go from classroom to classroom on the Virginia Tech campus without being stopped. Much of the answer can be found in policies put in place by the university itself. Virginia, like 39 other states, allows citizens...

D.C. Gun Ban Update: Mayor Fenty petitions for en banc hearing

By Tim Inwood "The District of Columbia and Mayor Adrian Fenty respectfully petition this Court for rehearing en banc " With these words the Mayor of Washington D.C. launches his challenge to the D.C. Circuit Court's ruling in Parker vs. Washington D.C. , made on March 9,2007. For those of us who have fought hard to restore our Second Amendment rights, the Parker ruling was a stunning victory...

Pro-gun legislator Kevin DeWine Chosen as GOP Deputy Director

Buckeye Firearms Association is pleased to report that the Ohio Republican Party State Central and Executive Committee chose State Rep. Kevin DeWine to be the state party's deputy director. Kevin DeWine, the current Speaker Pro Tempore, is a three-time endorsee of this political action committee. His voting record in the Ohio House is solid for gun-owners and sportsmen. He has co-sponsored and...

Plain Dealer victim of bad information from Brady Campaign?

Editor's Note: The following information has been distributed as a press release to Ohio media outlets in response to the information contained in the Cleveland Plain Dealer article “In Ohio it's really easy to buy a gun”. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE It appears that the Plain Dealer’s Terry Oblander relied on incorrect information from the Brady Campaign in his April 18 piece “In Ohio it's really easy...

Governor Strickland calls for Task Force on Campus Security

By Chad D. Baus In the wake of the massacre of 32 defenseless students on the 'gun free' campus of Virginia Tech, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland (D) has called for a review of safety issues on Ohio's college campuses. Though Strickland himself has a pristine record of voting to protect our Second Amendment rights, the person he selected to establish a Task Force on Campus Security is anything but...

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