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March for Our Lives: Gun control ideas sound good, but are deeply flawed and won't save lives

America continues to mourn the 17 people killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month. There is an understandable emotional desire to “do something” in response – but without evaluating what the “something” will actually accomplish. This is the driving force behind the March for Our Lives [which took] place Saturday in Washington. The motivations of many...

The Incredible Shrinking World of Social Media

“What ’cha gonna’ do when they come for you?” Two news items largely escaped notice this month: Twitter “restricted” a tweet from the President, and one from Donald Trump, Junior, that could be “offensive”. The offense? Linking to an article on Drudge. And YouTube “restricted” the videos from Prager University, the online series of conservative videos hosted by such notables as Mike Rowe and...

"G is for gun" debuts to an engaged and questioning crowd

The movie, “G is for Gun: The Arming of Teachers in America” has debuted and will be coming to a PBS station near you. It was directed and produced by Massachusetts-based independent filmmakers. The promotion said about the film: This is the first documentary film of its kind to examine the rapidly growing, controversial trend of U.S. Kindergarten through 12 public schools arming teachers as a...

The Second Amendment rights of more than 4 million Americans are at risk thanks to Republicans in Congress (and President Trump)

Republicans are jeopardizing the Second Amendment rights of 4.2 million senior citizens. At the same time, they have voted to funnel tens of millions of dollars to gun control organizations and support other actions that Democrats will love. About 10 percent of all people 65 and older risked being classified as “financially incompetent” – about 4.2 million in all. Using the Congressional Review...

Who Runs March for Our Lives?

Follow the money. It’s a strange political fact, but nearly every major anti-gun group has been a front group. The NRA is maligned 24/7 and yet it’s completely obvious whom it represents. Despite the efforts to tie it to everyone from firearms manufacturers to the Russians (if you can’t tie any random Republican thing to the Russians these days, you won’t be working at the Washington Post or CNN...

Buckeye Firearms Association PAC Endorses Joy Padgett

Buckeye Firearms Association is proud to announce that our Political Action Committee has endorsed Joy Padgett for Republican State Central Committee for the 31st Senate district in the May 8, 2018 primary election. The State Central Committee is the governing power of the Ohio Republican Party. It recruits and endorses candidates for federal and state offices. "To ensure we continue to restore...

Trump/Sessions do what even Obama/Holder wouldn't: Move to ban bump stocks

In November 2017, President Donald Trump, who had a record of support for gun control before his latest run for president, directed his Attorney General Jeff Sessions to have the Department of Justice to "review" whether or not bump stocks could be banned through means other the legislation. This "review" was something that had been done twice before by their predecessors, President Barack Obama...

The Utah School Bombing

Editor's Note: This article was written before it was realized by officials in Austin, TX that a serial bomber was targeting people in that city. Let’s talk about bombs for a minute… [On March 6], a Utah high school student was arrested after he attempted to detonate a large backpack bomb in his school . Luckily, the bomb malfunctioned and the school was evacuated before anyone was hurt. Those of...

Anti-gun Dick's Sporting Goods reports "deeper than expected" losses

Fortune magazine is reporting on the "tumbling" stock price of Dick's Sporting Goods, a company which recently made headlines for having decided (again) to stop selling modern sporting rifles in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, FL, and for discriminating against military-aged persons under 21 who wish to purchase a firearm. According to Fortune , Dick's is experiencing "deeper than...

Op-Ed: No one would accept, in any other national discussion, the level of ignorance seen in the gun debate

...It’s remarkable that so many proponents of stricter regulations appear to be generally ignorant of not just the minutiae of firearms, but also the basics. It’s also remarkable that this ignorance continues unabated, even after several recent mass shootings. Journalists Adam Weinstein and Zack Beauchamp defend the generally ill-informed, claiming some in the pro-Second Amendment camp prefer to...

CMP Seeking Staff Assistance for 2018 National Matches

After a successful first year with a crew of outstanding and knowledgeable range personnel, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is again in search of individuals to serve as members of NM Support Staff during our 2018 National Match events, held in July. CMP NM Support Staff will be assisting with CMP National Match events only and will be picked from a selection process through all received...

Toward less gun control, not more

Eliminating gun-free zones is a good place to start At a time when students and those on the left of the political spectrum are crying for more gun control in the mistaken belief that it will reduce mass shootings, less gun control might cut down on the number of innocents murdered. Perhaps the most horrifying mass shooting in this century was the murder of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary...

Ohio to receive $23,356,598 in grants thanks to gun owners, manufacturers, and hunters

You are invited to join Aurelia Skipwith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks for the U.S. Department of the Interior to announce the disbursement of the Pittman-Robertson grants to Ohio. This year the grants total over $1.1 billion. Ohio will be receiving $23,356,598. Background on Pittman-Robertson Grants: Pittman-Robertson grants are funded by an excise tax on long guns,...

NRA: Don’t use tax dollars to promote gun control

Problem is researchers who are unable to drop their anti-gun bias In the wake of the tragedy in Parkland, Fla., the media are claiming that the NRA and our supporters in Congress are opposed to government-funded research on criminal violence perpetrated with firearms. Nothing could be further from the truth. We, along with a majority of Americans, believe that research is important in identifying...

RSVP Reminder: 2018 Candidates Reception

The Sportsmen’s Alliance will host its Candidates Reception on Tuesday, March 20, at the Athletic Club in downtown Columbus from 6-8 p.m. All Ohio sportsmen are encouraged to attend! The event is free of charge. Food and refreshments will be served thanks to the support of our sponsors, which recently includes the addition of the Ohio state chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. “The...

Parkland Aftermath: Lessons in Progress and Lessons Learned

The weeks since the horrific school shooting in Florida have been learning experiences for almost everyone. Students, teachers, police officers, parents and extended families of the victims learned the most grisly lesson of all: no matter how safe you think you are, bad things still happen to good people. Some politicians have learned that, despite their best efforts to the contrary, not everyone...

Florida Governor and legislature put politics before children’s lives

The Florida state legislature has passed, and Governor Rick Scott has signed into law Senate Bill 7026, also known as the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.” Quite simply, they put the politics of the day ahead of good policy, ahead of expert advice, ahead of common sense, and ahead of the children’s lives. It was more important for them to stick a finger in the NRA’s eye in...

Ohio-Based Kroger to Remove Magazines with "Assault" Weapons from Stores Nationwide

The Outdoor Wire has obtained a memorandum telling magazine distributors servicing Kroger stores nationwide that “after much consideration” Kroger has decided to remove the Assault Weapons magazine category from all their retail locations. As of 2015, Kroger currently operates 2,782 grocery stores in 35 states under nearly two dozen banners. Distributors for the stores have been given a two-week...

Buckeye Firearms Association testifies in favor of bill to arm Maryland school staff

Last week I traveled to Maryland to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on House Bill 760 sponsored by Delegate (similar to a “Representative” in Ohio) Richard Impallaria (R). Chairman Joe Vallario (D) chaired the hearing for the annual “gun day” in which it hears all testimony on all gun bills before the committee. I was there with Michele Speakman and John Rigney, who set up meetings...

Stemming the Tide: Violent Crime Decreased in First Six Months of 2017

The FBI released the first-round of 2017 crime data earlier [recently]. The Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report covers January through June of 2017 and the results are mixed. The good news is that there was an overall decrease (down 0.8%) in violent crime for the first six months of 2017 compared to the same time period in 2016. This respite comes after two consecutive years of increases...

Parkland, FL: A Systemic Failure of Law Enforcement

The Broward County Parkland Florida Marjory Stoneman-Douglas School Rapid Mass Murder© February 14th 2018, is one of the biggest news stories in nearly a half century. It was widely covered in media print, radio, Internet and television. Where does it begin? We cannot bypass the student community itself. Considering different cliques, whispering, pointing, laughing, shunning, bullying, etc. kids...

Ohio Deer & Turkey Expo Returns March 16-18

*** Buckeye Firearms Association will be at BOOTH # 629. Come see us! *** PEWAUKEE, Wis. — The annual Ohio Deer & Turkey Expo returns to Columbus for three days of all things deer and turkey hunting March 16-18 at the Ohio Expo Center. The state’s premier consumer expo for hunting and outdoor enthusiasts features the latest strategies, trends and techniques in hunting while providing a look...

Disgraced former AG Marc Dann admits he had to lie about his support for gun rights to get elected

We had more important issues to discuss over the past week than news about a disgraced former Ohio attorney general writing an op-ed to confess that he had lied about his support for gun rights, and naming Buckeye Firearms Association by name, but it probably is worth mentioning. On Sunday, March 4, an op-ed by Democrat Marc Dann appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer - the same newspaper which...

Broward County: A Commentary on Contemporary Policing

Lots of folks are talking about the poor performance of the Broward County Sheriff’s deputies during the recent Florida school shooting. The problem of police inaction goes way beyond this single agency. It’s system wide and present in nearly every law enforcement organization. A friend of mine wrote the article below to help explain some of the issues that few people outside the profession...

CHL-holder forced to defend own life in central-Ohio Walgreens

WSYX (ABC Columbus) reported recently that a man with a concealed handgun license was forced to defend his own life with a firearm recently after a violent encounter in a Grove City Walgreens. From the article : A man who shot and killed a customer inside a Walgreens drug store told police he did it in self-defense. Grove City Police said the surveillance video appears to support the shooter's...

Annual Attorney General Summary on Concealed Carry: 2017 sees record number of active licensees

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) has released the Concealed Handgun License (CHL) statistics for the fourth quarter of 2017 and the annual report. More Ohioans than ever are discreetly carrying firearms as they go about their day. 2017 saw a decline in initial applications compared to the prior year, which was the all-time high for demand. But with steady renewals of an ever-increasing...

Researchers: Schools are safer than they were in the 90s, and school shootings are not more common than they used to be

The deadly school shooting (last) month in Parkland, Florida, has ignited national outrage and calls for action on gun reform. But while certain policies may help decrease gun violence in general, it’s unlikely that any of them will prevent mass school shootings, according to James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern. Since 1996, there have...

Cleveland PBS: Ohio Program Provides Training for Teachers Who Want to Conceal and Carry

The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has renewed the debate over whether teachers and other school personnel should be armed. Although the policy discussion continues, Ohio teachers already can take classes to learn how to defend themselves and their students if a threat arises. The Buckeye Firearms Foundation provides free training to teachers through...

Get Your Tickets for Buckeye Bash 2018

It's once again time for Ohio's patriots to assemble at our annual banquet to raise funds for Buckeye Firearms Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that sponsors FASTER Saves Lives, youth shoots and grants for youth programs, and Second Amendment litigation and legal defense. As always, you will enjoy a great meal. And you're encouraged to enter the many raffles and auctions to win guns, gear,...

Gun Control in the Buckeye State?

Should we ban the AR-15? All semi-automatic firearms? Ban certain accessories? Close the so-called "gun show loophole"? (BTW, there is no such thing.) Raise the minimum purchase age? Register and heavily tax all guns and ammunition? Universal background checks? Require larger signage stating "No Guns Allowed" in schools? Create a "Gun Violence Awareness" month? Let's say we do one, some, or all...

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