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Jeb Bush disqualifies self from higher office with Hillary 'Liberty Medal'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Hillary Rodham Clinton is the recipient of the 2013 Liberty Medal, the National Constitution Center announced at a September 10 award ceremony in Philadelphia. Introducing the award was former Florida Governor and speculative 2016 presidential contender Jeb Bush." ...
 

BREAKING: Starbucks Issues Statement – Guns Not Welcome in Our Stores
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The above memo was sent out to Starbucks in the United States recently."

"An Associated press report confirms its authenticity."

"According to the statement, Starbucks no longer welcomes guns in its stores."

"The coffee chain giant has been extremely neutral on the subject recently. Previously the policy was to allow open and concealed carry where allowed by law."

"According to the memo, customers carrying guns will not be asked to leave, but the corporation wants to make it known that weapons are no longer welcomed in its establishments." ...
 

Media mongers new fear campaign over 'bump fire' stocks (Video avaliable)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It started with a CNN Money article last Thursday, titled 'New rifle mimics machine gun's rapid fire -- and it's legal.' The means by which the rifle ostensibly 'mimics machine gun's rapid fire' is not new--'bump firing,' whereby the recoil from each shot allows the trigger to reset, thus permitting rapid firing of a semi-automatic firearm--has been around for years. Somewhat newer are stocks like the Bumpski and DefendAR-15, from Fostech Outdoors, and the Slide Fire Solutions stock used in the new rifle, which mechanize the process of bump firing, making it easier and more controllable." ...
 

Colion Noir on universal background checks–’Side Effects’ (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The background check system isn’t really designed to keep guns out of the hands of prohibited persons — the definition of which can change at the stroke of a pen — it’s there to protect gun dealers from making an illegal transaction." ...
 

Gun Ownership a Civil Right and a Moral Duty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"... This fact is at the heart of the debate over whether or not private citizens have the right to own firearms: All governments eventually become uneasy with the idea that armed citizens have the power to control their own destiny. It need not even be a majority of the populace; only a small fraction of the population of the American colonies actually took up arms against British rule. The question of gun ownership, however, goes beyond this and even beyond the Second Amendment; gun ownership is a civil right. In a society that has no way to completely eliminate the possibility of those who wish to do harm from obtaining firearms, it is also a moral duty." ...
 

Daily Digest “Call of Duty: Reality” Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Finnish photographer Herra Kuulapaa has an ongoing project taking high-speed photos of bullets in flight. His stuff is worth a look. When you’re done, click the Home button and check out his other photos, too. Pretty awesome." ...

"A Louisiana student is in hot water after using a mobile app to go on a virtual mass shooting rampage at his school. The app overlays first person shooter-type graphics onto the real world as visualized by your phone’s camera, and lets you record what is displayed. A worried parent notified authorities after discovering the video on YouTube, and the teen was arrested for terrorizing and interference of the operation of a school. ..." ...
 

Question of the Day: What Are “Reasonable Restrictions” On Guns?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Over at TTAG’s Facebook page, Todd Ellner gave me a ration of you-know-what for being closerthanthis with the NRA. Huh? TTAG’s criticized the gun rights group for not reaching out to African Americans, Hispanic, gays and women. We’ve slated them for being slower than continental drift when it comes to reacting to breaking news. And we’ve called the NRA out for waving the blue shirt (fears of U.N disarmament). Mr. Elmer also didn’t like the fact we’re against ALL 'reasonable restrictions' on firearms. Rather than debate on generalities, I asked him for examples of 'reasonable restrictions' Here’s his reply . . ." ...
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Submitter's Note: The only restriction I can think of off the top of my head is that inmates in prisons and lockdown psych wards should not be allowed guns.
 

CA proves 'assault weapon' bans have nothing to do with 'military features'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"With last week's passage of California SB 374, which will redefine so-called 'assault weapons' to include any detachable magazine-fed semi-automatic rifle, the California legislature has abandoned any pretense that the objective of 'assault weapons' bans is to curb civilian access to 'military-style' firearms, 'designed to kill as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.'" ...
 

Liberty Suppressor & Silencer Shop Shoot
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"Hopefully, loyal TTAG readers can sympathize with me when I say that wedding season has ruined my shooting year. Seven weddings has meant that I’ve been to the range only a handful of times in 2013, and at one point, had every weekend for four months spoken for. So when RF and Nick shot me an email on Friday asking if I could cover an event on Saturday in nearby Lockhart, TX, I typed out, 'Sorry. Wedding season in effect. Can’t do anything.' Then I checked my calendar and realized that I was wrong – I actually had a weekend free to go shoot guns! Make the jump for gun porn and words . . ." ...
 

Revolver renaissance. Shooting it old school.
Submitted by: The Old Gunhand
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"I like revolvers. From what I read, a lot of us old shooters like revolvers. In fact, there seems to be a revolver renaissance with Ruger introducing new models and the gun store shelves sold out of the popular models. I have been looking for certain models for a year with no luck and when I stopped by a local gun store that got a new shipment in that included every popular S&W J-frame model they make, I bought three on the spot."

"We may carry a semi auto but that is no reason to fill our gun safes with more than we will ever carry. What makes a revolver very suitable for the seasoned senior shooter is its simplicity, choice of calibers and slow shooting." ...
 

TX: Concealed Carrier in Texas Shoots Two Car Jackers, Kills One
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"A Houston area resident, with a concealed weapons permit was using the Red Box DVD Kiosk outside of an area McDonald’ last week."

"The man was then approached by two men, identified as Melvin Frederick Austin and Elijah Alexander Mims."

"Both men were armed with handguns and demanded the man’s car keys and cell phone."

"According to KVUE, As the suspects entered the man’s car, he drew his concealed handgun and opened fire through the driver’s side window and front windshield."

"One of the suspects was struck and died at the scene." ...
 

AR: Homeowner Shoots and Kills Intruder to Protect Wife and Two Preschool Age Children
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"One of the most terrifying thoughts for most people is knowing that your young children are in a home with a potentially violent intruder."

"That’s exactly what happened to one family in Arkansas last week."

"A man identified as William Anthony Wilson, age 27, forced his way through the backdoor of a home in Ashdown, AR around 11pm on September 13."

"The family which included an adult male, female and two preschool aged children was asleep in the home during the break in."

"The suspect entered several rooms in the home before encountering the male homeowner, who had armed himself with a handgun." ...
 

Store employee: Navy Yard gunman's shotgun could fire SIX shells without reloading, was purchased for $419 over the weekend in Virginia
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The man who took 12 lives in a hail of gunfire at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday entered the military base with a six-round 12-gauge shotgun he had bought the day before, it emerged today."

"And as a renewed national debate rages over background checks for gun buyers, an employee of the store said of gunman Aaron Alexis 'didn't need a background check.'" ...
 

Original story dissolves, so press demonizes pump shotgun (Video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As the original narrative about Monday’s mass shooting at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in southeast Washington, D.C. involving an AR-15 rifle is dissolving, the new demon in the revised story now appears to be the Remington Model 870 shotgun that the Daily Mail on-line breathlessly gasps 'can load six shells at once.'" ...
 

Gun Control is Not the Answer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "But the fact that there is still so much we don't know about Alexis -- or the motive behind the shootings -- won't detour gun-control advocates from lumping his story in with that of [redacted], the man police say is responsible for the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, along with the victims from gang- and drug-related shootings."

"This is why after the tears have dried and the blood washes away, nothing, if anything, will change."

"And because gun-control advocates so often try to cobble together every distinct narrative involving guns into a one-size-fits-all conversation, they are as much to blame for this merry-go-round as the gun lobbyists against whom they fight." ...
 

Gun rights are a human right: Why more gun control isn’t the answer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Since the Aurora massacre occurred in July of 2012, gun control is on the media’s agenda. When the shooting occurred at Sandy Hook elementary, gun control quickly became the most talked about issue. Soapboxes have and are emerging across Facebook, as every major news network is putting inatheir two cents regarding the matter. Many Americans believe reforming gun control policies is long overdue and that stricter laws are needed. However, many Americans also think that the government has no right to infringe on the Second Amendment any further than they already have. Somewhere in the middle of the two extremes lies the nebulous concept known as common sense." ...
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Submitter's Note: Here's some common sense for you: Anyone who can't be trusted with a gun can't be trusted without a custodian.
 

What to tell your friends about the DC murders
Submitted by: The Old Gunhand
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"Talking points to use concerning the DC gunman:"

"1. He passed the Federal NICS background check."

"2. He used Joe Biden's approved weapon of choice, a shotgun and did not use a rifle. The handguns he had were taken from guards he killed."

"3. If every gun control measure proposed in the last 20 years were in effect, he still will have been able to get the shotgun and do what he did."

"4. He would have been able to buy that same shotgun in England and France legally if he lived there so even their strict laws would not have helped." ...
 

DC Shooting Triggers More US Debate Over Gun Control
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"A deadly shooting in the heart of Washington has reignited the national debate about gun control, but it is uncertain whether the tragedy will revive action in Congress that failed against opposition from gun rights supporters."

"Even after a national outcry when a gunman shot dead 20 young children and six adults in a Connecticut school in December, President Barack Obama was unable to find support from lawmakers for substantial changes."

"Monday’s rampage was at least the seventh mass shooting of Obama’s presidency." ...
 

New York Times gets it wrong, media obsessed with linking AR-15 with Navy Yard shooter
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"The liberal media is so obsessed with linking the Navy Yard shooter with the AR-15 rifle that it is making up false tales of Aaron Alexis trying to obtain one."

"The New York Times attempts to give the impression that a so-called assault-weapon law stopped Alexis from buying a rifle in Virginia, but that is not true." ...

"'Virginia law does not prohibit the sale of assault rifles to out-of-state citizens who have proper identification,' Dan Peterson, a Virginia firearms attorney, told me Tuesday night. The required identification is proof of residency in another state and of U.S. citizenship, which can be items like a passport, birth certificate or voter identification card." ...
 

Defenselessly ‘sheltered’ as anti-gun fortress is breached
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"For those of us foolish enough to live in a crime-gripped city that summarily denies our constitutional right to protect ourselves, this week's massacre at the Washington Navy Yard pretty well sums up our insane, defenseless existence." ...
 

Washington Shooting – The Real Target is the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The ongoing attacks on the Second Amendment are carefully planned and orchestrated through the means of mass shootings, the latest one at the Washington Naval Yard on September 16th, 2013. The target is the constitutional right to bear arms." ...
 

The gun debate continues
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "All of which is to say, the conversation we’re having today about how to avert the next act of gun violence is nothing new. Yet, we seem always to fall into the same pro-con template when a fresh shooting occurs."

"Before we knew the name of the shooter who killed 12 civilians at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, social media were atwitter with the usual exclamations:" ...
 

Gun prohibitionists rush to exploit Navy Yard shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Anti-gun Senator Dianne Feinstein wasted no time exploiting yesterday’s mass shooting at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in southeast Washington, D.C. – a crime involving a one-time Seattle resident – and neither did the Brady Campaign or the Washington Post editorial board." ...
 

Easy access enables gun tragedies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I was born and raised in the state of Maine. My dad bought me my first rifle when I was in the eighth grade and taught me how to use it."

"I understand the Second Amendment and the right of Americans to bear arms. But what I don't understand is why private citizens need to own semiautomatic military assault rifles configured to fire hundreds of bullets in less than a minute." ...
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Submitter's Note: Then in fact you do not "understand the Second Amendment".
 

You wouldn’t cut a cake with a machete: Coming to terms with America’s addiction to guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun control and the coverage of the debate surrounding it currently pervade our media. It wasn’t always this way – but after the massacre in Newtown, Conn. things changed. An assault weapons ban entered into play, the conversation shifted, and suddenly the National Rifle Association was forced to make a statement. President Obama’s gambit for gun control presented itself as many on the right had their fears realized. Obama was finally coming after their big guns." ...
 

Pull the trigger on sane gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Another mass shooting, another round of calls for tightening gun controls and another round of mind-numbing foolishness from a gun lobby arguing that more guns will reduce the violence, and that stricter gun laws are a step down a slippery slope toward police-state confiscation of all weapons." ...
 

Democrats call for AR-15 ban despite not being used in Naval Yard shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Immediately following reports of the shooting at the Washington Naval Yard, gun control advocates began calling for restrictions on firearms including a ban on the AR-15. However, it now appears that the shooter never used the rifle during his rampage."

"Only hours after the shooting, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) issued a statement calling on Congress to enact a series of gun control laws she has long supported which included a ban on 'assault weapons' such as the AR-15." ...
 

Congressional Democrats, White House demand more gun-buyer background checks after Navy Yard shooting and slam GOP for 'copout'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Washington, D.C. is buzzing in the wake of Monday's Naval Yard shooting with talk of a renewed push for a new gun control law that would require prospective firearm buyers to undergo expanded background checks. But it's unclear whether tighter restrictions would have made a difference, since Aaron Alexis, the shooter, passed federal- and state-level checks before he bought a 12-gauge shotgun on Sunday." ...

"The White House on Tuesday acknowledged that gun laws proposed in the Senate would not likely have prevented Monday's mass-murder, but Press Secretary Jay Carney insisted that 'is certainly not a reason not to strengthen and improve our background check system. It’s a copout to suggest that that is reason not do it.'" ...
 

After Navy Yard shooting, gun laws must be scrutinized
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Above all, Monday’s shooting should give urgency to efforts to enact more rational gun laws. No, we don’t yet know, as the investigation proceeds, what might have slowed or stopped Mr. Alexis. And, no, no law or reform could prevent every mass killing. But sensible protections would make it more difficult for the wrong people to get guns and for the wrong guns — which serve no law-abiding or sporting purpose — to be so readily available." ...
 

Lessons from the Colorado recall
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In 2008, when Barack Obama was running for his first term as president, we learned that differing with him on any issue, anytime, anywhere, was evidence of racism."

"It still is, but Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz upped the ante in a tirade last week when Colorado voters ousted two prominent Democrats in a recall election for their role in enacting a strict state gun control law." ...
 

CA: Calif. on verge of becoming first state to ban use of lead bullets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"So much for hunting in California: the Golden State may become the first state to impose a full ban on hunting with lead bullets, as a bill requiring that all ammunition used for hunting in the state be made of something other than lead is currently awaiting Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature." ...
 

ME: Maine bill would limit ammo magazines to 10 bullets
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"State lawmakers will take up a bill sponsored by Senate President Justin Alfond that would limit the capacity of ammunition magazines."

"The Portland Democrat's proposal is closely modeled after one of President Obama's 23 planned executive orders that would outlaw 'military-style' ammunition magazines." ...
 

BREAKING: Illinois Becomes Sixth Constitutional Carry State
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"That’s what today’s court ruling seems to indicate. If you’ll remember, the Illinois supreme court ruled last week that the right to keep and bear arms as enumerated in the bill of rights extends outside the home. A radical idea to be sure. What’s the practical effect of that? It’s this: 'A Cook County judge reversed herself Monday and dismissed weapons charges against a Chicago man after a recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling that called part of the state’s gun law unconstitutional.' The defendant, Deafalla Haddad, bought a .45 and began carrying it after he was attacked in his car. In Cook County. Illinois. When he was stopped for speeding in December . . ." ...
 

CO: Dudley Brown’s RMGO files suit to overturn Colorado gun laws
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"One week after two state lawmakers were recalled by constituents in large part due to their support of gun control legislation, the state’s largest gun rights lobbying group announced that it’s filed a lawsuit to overturn two of the new laws."

"Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, the 'no compromises' pro-Second Amendment group led by the controversial Dudley Brown, announced the suit in a fundraising pitch to members on Tuesday." ...
 

Letter to the Editor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "On Aug. 15, it was reported that a gun owner, during a public debate in Akron, responded to the questions: 'How can you not want background checks?' and 'How can you not want to prevent gun crimes?' He answered: 'We absolutely do. That’s why we want to be armed. We want to protect our children and the community' ..."

"It is commonly said that handgun owners carry their loaded ... guns for their own protection. But these words, spoken during a national debate over more gun-control laws, make it clear that self-defense is not the reason behind the great number of purchases of handguns."

"The reason, instead, is to play police officer, with the hope of being able to shoot and kill someone whom they believe is committing a crime." ...
 

Liberal high school textbook changes Second Amendment (Video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Liberals loves to teach the incorrect notion that the Second Amendment grants gun rights to members of a militia only. Then they define a militia as an officially organized government military group, like the National Guard. In other words, only government officials can have guns, according to liberals, and everyone else should be disarmed. That is the liberal utopia view on gun issues."

"Liberals are wrong on both counts. But they are teaching his propaganda in the government schools, and in some of the new textbooks used in those schools. ..." ...
 

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