Monday, 20 October

13:28

Are Democrats losing the women's vote?: Does Obama make women feel less safe? [John Lott's Website]



Everybody values competence, and Obama's approach of never taking responsibility and blaming others might be wearing thin.  Obama surely hasn't show competence when claiming that he didn't know what was happening with everything with IRSgate, EPAgate, APgate, VAgate, NSAgate, Secret email gate, StateDepartmentgate, etc.    If women are generally more risk averse then men, possibly this incompetence 

12:51

Supreme Court takes a gun forfeiture case [Of Arms and the Law]

The Court just granted cert. in Henderson v. U.S.. The issue: can a person who is convicted of a felony, and has firearms seized (because of his status as a felon, not because the guns were used in an offense), deal with it by selling them to another party, who does not have a felony record?

There's a recent law review article on just that topic.

02:38

Praxis: Soldier Battlefield Effectiveness [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I picked up an old copy of Infantry magazine the other day, specifically the September-October 2011 issue. In an article entitled Soldier Battlefield Effectiveness, pages 12-19, there is an interesting discussion of current Army thinking on small arms effectiveness. Much of it is an apologia for the M-4 system, but the discussion is very valuable.

01:58

Well, well. I had forgotten about THAT. Ebola Czar Ron Klain was Janet Reno's Chief of Staff at the time of Waco. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

A couple long-time friends and readers brought this to my attention from 1994:
In a city where name recognition is synonymous with success, Ron Klain has made a virtue of being unknown. As Attorney General Janet Reno’s chief of staff, he is all but invisible to the public but recognized in Democratic circles as the man to have on your side in a political or legal fight. A rare mix of top-flight lawyer and savvy politician, Klain shepherded the nominations of Reno and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg through the Senate and steered the omnibus crime bill through the turbulent legislative process.
So, he's a firearm confiscationist AND a Waco cover-up participant. Just the kind of guy that inspires trust.

Sunday, 19 October

17:00

Mental health issues put 34,500 on New York’s no-guns list [NRA-ILA News]

A newly created database of New Yorkers deemed too mentally unstable to carry firearms has grown to roughly 34,500 names, a previously undisclosed figure that has raised concerns among some mental health advocates that too many people have been categorized as dangerous.

New D.C. rules on carrying gun in public will be put to legal test next month [NRA-ILA News]

U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. was quick Friday to dismiss a last-ditch request for reconsideration of his July ruling to legalize carrying a gun in public in the District.

Gun-grabbers unite! [NRA-ILA News]

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, initially avoided then signed by the Obama administration (but not ratified by the Senate), has received the necessary 50 ratifications needed to advance to its next stage — a conference of signers.

Illinois: Threat of legal action prompts repeal of thumbprint rule for handgun purchases [NRA-ILA News]

An ordinance requiring a thumbprint to purchase a handgun within city limits has been repealed in the wake of possible legal action from the Illinois State Rifle Association.The Peoria City Council on Tuesday approved a measure that vacated portions of the deadly weapons ordinance without discussion.

12:48

Home owner shots man who was breaking into home at 10:45 PM [John Lott's Website]

From Lake Elsinore, California (The Press Enterprise):
. . . About 10:45 p.m., a woman called 911 to report a burglary in progress, Riverside County sheriff’s officials said in a news release. The woman said a man was trying to force his way into their home in the 100 block of South Torn Ranch Road and that her husband had armed himself with a handgun. 
Sheriff’s officials said the husband, who is in his 40s, warned the man that he was armed and would shoot if he continued. The intruder did not heed the resident’s warning, breaking a window, and the homeowner opened fire, according to sheriff’s officials. 
Sheriff’s officials said there is no known connection between the intruder and the residents. Sgt. Mike Manning said the intruder threatened the family and demanded to be let inside. He said the intruder was not armed. 
“The Sheriff’s Department is not seeking charges against the homeowner at this time,” Manning said in the release. . . .

12:35

Concealed carry permit holder stops robber who was threatening to hit him with a large stick [John Lott's Website]

From Sylacauga, Alabama (Al.com):
. . . Police Chief Chris Carden . . . said in a news release that a man was walking near Beth Yates Park on West Spring Street Sunday at about 6:15 p.m. when he was approached by Hall, who threatened him with a large stick and demanded money. 
The victim pulled out a handgun and aimed it at Hall, who then fled the scene, Carden said. The victim was unharmed, and he returned home to give a detailed description to police of the man who threatened him. Patrol officers located Hall near Ogletree Plaza, matching the man's description. 
Carden said . . . "I'm also extremely proud of the victim whom I spoke with today and thanked for his service."

11:41

Radio Question [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I have been given a half dozen used BFDX BF-71B hand-held radios with batteries and chargers. . .
Along with nine used Motorola XTN series radios XU2600, also with batteries and chargers.
I am embarrassed to say that I am not a radio guy and have no experience with these units. Has any reader used them and are they of sufficient utility to have them looked at by someone who knows what they're doing?

05:15

Blood and Lead. "The entire nation will burn." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Listen to what they did.
Don’t listen to what they said.
What was written in blood
Has been set up in lead.
Lead tears the heart.
Lead tears the brain.
What was written in blood
Has been set up again.
The heart is a drum.
The drum has a snare.
The snare is in the blood.
The blood is in the air.
Listen to what they did.
Listen to what’s to come.
Listen to the blood.
Listen to the drum.
-- Blood and Lead by James Fenton on the Cambodian killing fields.
Looter, LA Riots, 1992.
As race tribalism threatens once again to destroy this country, I was reminded of Fenton's poem when I saw this: "‘The entire nation will burn': Ferguson protestors discouraged by NYT profile of Darren Wilson." There's is more than a whiff of barbaric atavism in the air and we seem to be slouching rapidly toward a new time of blood and lead.
As Bob Owens comments:
I would suggest being prepared for the outrage that is almost certainly going to come from those who have invested so much in recent months in created the mythology of an innocent martyr shot down for no reason. Religious movements died hard, and the cult of St. Michael Brown will no go quietly. It probably shouldn’t be a surprise at all that some agitators are calling for not just “revenge,” but Palestinian-style terrorism.
Readers will recognize that I am not shy about denouncing militarized police violence. But in the Brown case -- should riots break out over a failure to indict -- that will be little more than a pretext for far greater evils. Rodney King did not deserve to be beaten by a mob of cops but that hardly made a difference to Reginald Denny or the other victims who died in the LA riots.
Reginald Denny dragged from his truck, LA Riots, 1992.
This does not happen in a vacuum. The collectivist race hustlers and this administration's Justice Department under Eric Holder (but I repeat myself) and their willing handmaidens in the propaganda corps formerly called the mainstream media have worked mightily to work up this frenzy since Obama came into office. The lead that flies and the blood that's spilled will be their responsibility.
The most dangerous thing about this is that if "get whitey" is what they want, get whitey is what they'll get, although not perhaps in the way they envision. The lumpenproletariat foot soldiers being manipulated could scarcely be considered long-term strategic thinkers. Nor for that matter are they tactical geniuses. For one thing, the numbers of the opposing sides of this race war they seek are hardly in their favor. For another, when you pick out your victims based on some collectivist reference point of skin color, ethnic origin, or religion, then your intended victims will come to see themselves -- and you -- in the same light.
Bosnia, before the break-up of Yugoslavia, was the most Westernized, cosmopolitan and truly diverse region of that country. But as the Serbs and then the Croats decided to craft their own futures along the lines of ethnic cleansing, Bosnians were disabused of their illusions violently. As David Rieff related in his book Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West:
And if, by the fall of 1994, people in Bosnia did begin to identify themselves as Muslims and turn their backs on the multiculturalism they had fought for so desperately for almost three years to preserve, this was hardly surprising. They were being murdered as Muslims, made homeless as Muslims. "First I was a Yugoslav," a friend in Sarajevo said to me once. "Then I was a Bosnian. Now I'm becoming a Muslim. It's not my choice. I don't even believe in God. But after two hundred thousand dead, what do you want me to do? Everybody has to have a country to which he can belong."
This is what Ralph Peters describes as wars of blood and faith. And do you know who's crowing about -- and profiting from -- the current slide to race war? Why the reverse side of the same bloody collectivist coin -- the Klan and the neo-Nazis.
The challenge for those of us who claim to stand by the Founders' Republic and who believe that the Constitution extends to everyone regardless of race, creed, color or religion will be to maintain those beliefs in the face of a three-sided race war where many will be targeting us based upon skin color. We cannot be sucked into a false "us versus them" collectivist construct. On the other hand, we cannot be victims, nor permit innocent people -- of any race or creed -- to be victimized by race barbarians. Nor should we uncritically identify with the lawless bastards of the militarized police with the excuse that they are "our bastards."
Korean shopkeepers defend their businesses, LA Riots, 1992.
Fenton writes, "The heart is a drum. The drum has a snare. The snare is in the blood. The blood is in the air."
We may be coming to that once more. Pray to God that we do not become comfortable wearing the "racial enemy" mask that our collectivist enemies seek to press upon upon us. Think about these things now, reflect upon them, pray about them, talk them over with your friends and family. The more intellectually prepared we are for what's coming, the better we can meet the challenge in a way that will not shame us in the eyes of our ancestors who fought and died to build and maintain this republic.

04:00

Obama administration scrapped 16 aircraft that cost US taxpayers $500 million for $32,000, apparently didn't consider alternative [John Lott's Website]

From Reuters:
A U.S. government watchdog agency is asking the Air Force to explain why it decided to destroy 16 aircraft initially bought for the Afgan air force and turn them into $32,000 of scrap metal instead of finding other ways to salvage nearly $500 million in U.S. funds spent on the program. 
John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, asked Air Force Secretary Deborah James to document all decisions made about the destruction of the 16 C-27J aircraft that were stored at Kabul International Airport for years . . . 
"I am concerned that the officials responsible for planning and executing the scrapping of the planes may not have considered other possible alternatives in order to salvage taxpayer dollars." Sopko said in a letter to James that was dated Oct. 3 and released Thursday by his office. 
Sopko also asked if any other parts of the planes had been sold before they were destroyed by the Defense Logistics Agency. 
Sopko's office has been investigating the matter since December 2013 after numerous non-profit groups and military officials raised questions about funds wasted on the planes. . . .

Saturday, 18 October

17:23

Court Finds Corps of Engineers Ban on Guns Unconstitutional [Gun News]

Senator Coburn of Oklahoma has been attempting to remove the ban on carrying guns on lands managed by the Army Corps of Engineer for several years. Perhaps the Obama administration should have agreed to the legislative compromise before the ban was challenged in court.

13:52

Florida's 55 Bloomberg Anti-Second Amendment Mayors [Gun News]

If your Mayor is on this list, please take a moment to ask why your elected officials are fighting against your right to bear arms. As unlikely as it may seem to those of us who pay attention to Second Amendment issues, there may still be some Florida Mayors Against illegal Guns Mayors who have been mislead by lies fed to them by Bloomberg's anti-gun group.

08:06

Incompetence Meets Mendacity in Obama Administration’s Ebola Response [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Americans are shaken by government’s inability to function.
Well, color me surprised.
It is a short step to incompetence when you lose sight of what you are expected to be competent at accomplishing. It is an even shorter step to mendacity for a ruling class that is schooled to believe the country is fatally flawed and, thus, that the pursuit of our national interests is evil. It turns out that when real crises rivet their attention, the rubes still expect the government to protect and defend them. At that point, the government must either attend to those basic duties, or lie. This government has made its choice.

02:33

No madness, only method. And in a way, that's far more scary and bodes ill for the creation of future Stalins. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Understanding Stalin: Russian archives reveal that he was no madman, but a very smart and implacably rational ideologue.
In the contemporary West, we often assume that perpetrators of mass violence must be insane or irrational, but as Kotkin tells the story, Stalin was neither. And in its way, the idea of Stalin as a rational and extremely intelligent man, bolstered by an ideology sufficiently powerful to justify the deaths of many millions of people, is even more terrifying. It means we might want to take more seriously the pronouncements of the Russian politicians who have lately argued for the use of nuclear weapons against the Baltic states, or of the ISIS leaders who call for the deaths of all Christians and Jews. Just because their language sounds strange to us doesn’t mean that they, and those who follow them, don’t find it compelling, or that they won’t pursue their logic to its ultimate conclusion.

02:21

The White House wants you to know that Obama's mad about the failures of his minions -- and he's appointed a political hack with no health care experience to do something about it. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe
But of course everything's okay because the new "White House Ebola Czar Was ‘Key Player’ In Solyndra Scandal." so it's not like he lacks for experience in cover-ups and political logrolling. I know I'M reassured.
More here -- New Ebola Czar Ron Klain Is A Long-Time Lobbyist, Democratic Operative and here -- Naked Politics: The Ebola Czar Has No Clothes.
The choice makes sense if Obama's main concern is a) the incompetence of his team, or; b) midterm politics. My strong hunch is it's "b". The Obama White House is not self-aware. It is nakedly political. The uneven response to Ebola threatens to be a toxic issue for Democrats, and the president is under pressure from his party's desperate candidates to do something.

01:58

Meanwhile, preppers get to say, "I told you so." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Apocalypse Now: Preppers Are Gearing Up for Ebola
When it hits your city, be ready to lockdown your house and banish outside family members, they seem to suggest. On Organic Prepper, lockdown guidelines are so severe they include segregating family members for one-month periods before interaction. “I know this sounds harsh, but there are to be no exceptions,” it says. “If you make exceptions, you might as well go wrestle with runny-nosed strangers at the local Wal-Mart and then come home and hug your children, because it’s the same thing.”

Friday, 17 October

23:09

House Committees question FDIC on Operation Choke Point political pressure [Gun News]

Darrell Issa, Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , and Jim Jordan, Chair of the Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee, launched a probe Thursday after uncovering evidence the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation pressured banks to terminate accounts with disfavored businesses. Information was requested from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry, a Friday committee press release reports.

19:26

Attempted Arm Robbery of State Reps Sparks Gun Control Debate [Gun News]

The circumstances surrounding the armed robbery of two state representatives sparks new debate on Pennsylvania's gun policies. On Tuesday night, Jamani Ellison, 17, allegedly held a gun to Representative Ryan Bizzarro's head in a robbery attempt.

19:26

Sanchez: With a gun readily available, mental illness turns to tragedy [Gun News]

She shot him once in the back as he sat at the family's dining room table. A paranoid schizophrenic, Weathers had used the money from her disability check to buy the handgun.

17:02

Is it time for my swan song? [The Liberty Sphere]

I am certain that there is better than a 50-50 chance that all of what I am about to say is a product of having been bitten by the 'black dog.' In a previous post I wrote about this, providing a description of being beset with depression arising from the circumstances of life. One possible manifestation of such a state is the tendency to think that life is nearing its end, that one is getting ready to kick the proverbial bucket.

But let me emphasize I am NOT suicidal or homicidal. I have never wished to harm another human being in any way. And I believe that only God gets to decide when this life is over, not me. Thus, such a thing is not even remotely a part of my thinking.

My problem is more of a feeling, an internal thought process that has led me to believe that my time on this earth is nearing its end.

Now, don't start to panic or to become alarmed. All of this, as I said, is probably more of a product of my emotional state than anything else. Nonetheless, the feeling is there, and I have been forced by circumstances to at least consider the fact that I may be nearing the end -- this year or next year. My Mother, God rest her soul, died at roughly the same age I am now. So did my beloved maternal grandmother.

When I think of the losses I have encountered throughout my life, sometimes I wonder how on earth I lived this long. I don't see how I survived it. Despite outward appearance, I am a deeply feeling person, deeply empathetic to the suffering of others. I have usually been able to cover that up in order to avoid disclosing to others what I am truly feeling internally. And it has seemed to me that with each loss I experienced, with each disappointment, with each failure to reach what to me was an important goal, I felt each blow deeply within my body, with each organ and each cell taking a hit that gradually depleted me of energy, fight, and motivation, the life beaten right out of me.

There are aspects of my life that I never write about. Privacy has prevented it. But needless to say there is much going on behind the scenes that make this existence painful, physically and emotionally. Often I wake up wondering how on earth I am going to make it another day. And then at night I wonder how on earth I am going to recoup my internal resources to face the next day. Sleep is difficult under these circumstances, not to mention the physical pain I encounter that makes sleep impossible.

I told you about some of my losses -- my Mother and my Grandmother -- but this is far from the gist of it. I lost others in my family that meant the world to me. I was very close to all of them, and I miss them terribly. And then, there was my beloved dog. Some people hear or read my account of my special bond with Bo, a Lhasa Apso who seemed to know me in a way one would not associate with a dog, and they find the whole thing amusing. But Bo was special in every way. He was like the child I never had. He WAS my child. And when he died (I had him for 15 years), it was a blow that I had never experienced except for my Mother's death. The fact that he is gone has left a major gap in my heart, a gaping hole in which there is nothing but emptiness. I have had many other dogs all of my life, being a "dog person." I have a good little dog now. But none of them are like Bo. That is not their fault. It is just that Bo was that unique and special. To this day I wish he would appear out of nowhere to lick my hand as he always did, and then find himself a place to lay at my feet, giving me last brief lick on my foot to let me know he was there just before going to sleep.

Of course the physical malady I have does not help matters at all. I get tired of constant pain, inflammation, eye problems, and a dozen other aspects of this disease.

Looking ahead to the future of our nation, frankly I don't see any way out of the current predicament peacefully. It will take an all out war to reclaim and restore the authority of the Constitution and its Bill of Rights. And I am not jumping for joy over the midterm elections next month. The people we are fighting are experts at fighting dirty. They lie at the drop of the hat. They throw people in jail to silence them. They undermine the Constitution and our rights by using their like-minded vermin in Congress, the vast bureaucracy, state governments, and the courts. If they can't get the people to approve of their tyranny at the ballot box, then they get one of their blacked robed scoundrel judges to "rule" on it on their behalf. And let's not forget these people wrote the book on voter fraud and election tampering.

Frankly, I don't know for sure that our fellow citizens will help us in getting rid of the Senate Majority. There is simply too much corruption in the system. Too many payoffs in exchange for votes. This means we get another term in which Harry Reid leads the Senate, he and his Democrat vermin who are actually nothing more than "progressive" Marxists.

I don't trust the electorate anymore. Right next door to me, North Carolina on one side and Georgia on the other, the brain dead vermin are getting ready to vote Kay Hagan right back into the Senate, where she votes 96 percent of the time in favor of Obama's Fascist-Marxist programs. And down in Georgia is yet another Obama-Clinton worshipper waiting in the wings, Michelle Nunn. If they do this in North Carolina and Georgia, then I will no longer be able to hold out any hope for the salvation of this nation as a Constitutional Republic based on human liberty.

Don't even try to come out with your rank stench of horse ca ca by claiming you hate Obama but enthusiastically support Nunn, Hagan, Joni Ernst in Iowa, or Greg Orman of Kansas, who claims he is an "independent" but is actually being pushed by Harry Reid and the Democratic Party. Your actions speak louder than words, and your votes for these persons only prove you are one of the Obama vermin who are actually destroying this country as we know it.

Why would I want to live in such a society? What am I fighting for? The populace acts as though it does not care. Another group cares but wants the hope and change horse ca ca of Obama. Those who truly want to restore the Republic are few and far between.

Huh? You protest that last statement? Then PROVE IT. Get out there and refuse to vote for any Democrat in any race. And get your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same thing. By all means VOTE! But don't cast your vote for a single Democrat if you want to help your country survive.

I get very tired of having to do this. But as long as I am breathing I can't help it. To me, to live is Christ first and foremost, and then to seek to restore the Founders' vision for a free society based on maximum individual liberty. The thing is, I get worn out fighting for these things. And this is one of the reasons I feel that my time may be short on this earth.

If this is true, am I scared? Not one bit. I used to be afraid of death. Not anymore. One day I noticed it went away, and I had the clearest message from Christ saying that death is no big deal, only a door that leads straight to His arms. So, I am not afraid at all. When my time comes, I will be excited to look up and see the face of Jesus.

In the meantime, I will fight even if it is limited to this computer. And if one day you awaken and find the news that I am no more, well, I will be safe in the arms of Christ in a place far, far away from wicked human beings who make life miserable for the rest of us.

15:40

Largest gun store in Tenn. opens in Sevierville [Gun News]

Largest gun store in Tenn. opens in Sevierville Sevierville can now claim the largest gun store and shooting range in Tennessee Check out this story on WBIR.com: http://on.wbir.com/1tzTgKR The Buds Gun Store and Range held its grand opening on Friday.

15:40

Democrat Gun Control Candidate Distances Herself from 'Aggressive' Gabby Giffords [Gun News]

As gun control proponent Gabby Giffords gets more "aggressive" in her push for gun control candidates, at least one of those candidates is distancing herself from the ads Giffords is running. New Hampshire's WMUR 9 ABC reports that though incumbent Carol Shea-Porter is thoroughly in favor of gun control, the tone of attack in Giffords' new ad is simply too much for her.

15:00

Connecticut Law Review is online [Of Arms and the Law]

Symposium issue here. Very interesting articles. George Mocsary on requiring insurance as a condition of gun ownership, Clayton Cramer on mental illness and the 2A, Michael O'Shea on slippery slope and background checks, myself on standard of review Josh Blackman and Shelby Baird on the "Shooting cycle" -- mass killings and media coverage lead to support for gun restrictions, but the support soon fades away.

Also of course some antis.

11:44

Stevie Wonder Breaks Promise To Trayvon Martin [Gun News]

Singer and musician Steve Wonder has broken his promise to Trayvon Martin and Martin's defenders by having a concert in Georgia, a state with "stand your ground" laws on the books. After the subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman, who shot Trayvon Martin, Stevie Wonder famously spoke out against the state of Florida and the laws intended to protect self-defense.

10:29

Inept bungling of Ebola by Feds part of a pattern [The Liberty Sphere]

One thing that can be said about the Obama Administration's handling of the Ebola outbreak in the United States is that from the very beginning it has been a comedy of errors. But the comedy inherent to the Administration's handling of the crisis has been anything but funny. It's reactionary stance to a deadly disease has been a tragic, deadly, and lackadaisical response that has caused millions of Americans to have even more distrust of their government than ever before.
Click here to continue...

07:44

Good DC Residents May Again (Legally) Carry Guns to Defend Themselves ... [Gun News]

After a long hiatus in respect for individual self-defense rights, Washington, D.C. will, once again, accept applications for permits to carry concealed pistols. This should put the honest residents of that unpleasant burg-at least, the ones who feared the old law enough to abide by it despite the capital city's impressive crime rate -on a more even footing with the two-legged predators who never gave a shit about the ban on concealed carry.

05:10

Pennsylvania: Senate Passes Firearms Preemption Legislation, Also Votes to Ban Pigeon Shoots [NRA-ILA News]

After four years in the making, yesterday the Pennsylvania Senate finally voted to pass firearms preemption legislation in the form of an amendment to House Bill 80.  HB 80 passed by an overwhelming 34-14 vote.  This critical firearms preemption bill is not out of the woods yet, though.  We are down to the final hours of the 2014 legislative session, and your immediate action could make the difference to achieve this long-overdue measure.  The state House is expected to vote on HB 80 on Monday, October 20, and we need you to contact your state Representative today!

03:49

CT-Gov: Tom Foley (R) Refuses To Say What He'd Do About Connecticut's Gun Laws [Gun News]

The subject of gun control resurfaced during Connecticut's fifth gubernatorial debate, with Foley facing incumbent Gov. Dan Malloy and conservative Joe Visconti, who is petitioning to run as an independent. Visconti, in his first debate of the election, spoke in favor of repealing most of the gun control package signed into law by Malloy in April.

00:03

Handgun laws and D.C. distractions [Gun News]

D.C. officials have a tough time trying to comply with the U.S. Constitution when it comes to gun rights. D.C. is not a state, so its top guns in the executive and legislative branches never seem comfortable trying to be on the right side of the issue.

Thursday, 16 October

20:14

Guns, Drugs, and Money: Here's What's on State and Local Ballots in the 2014 Midterms [Gun News]

Already bored of the endless, exhaustive, never-ending analysis of which party will control the Senate after the midterms? Maybe it's because you realize it's probably not going to change anything substantial about how Congress or the president behaves anyway. Perhaps take a gander at some ballot initiatives instead.

17:00

Hawaii: Please Join the Hawaii Republican Assembly for an Evening with NRA President, Jim Porter! [NRA-ILA News]

Please Join the Hawaii Republican Assembly for an Evening with NRA President, Jim Porter!  Please join the Hawaii Republican Assembly as they proudly present "An Evening with NRA President Jim Porter" in honor of our veterans and our Second Amendment rights.

D.C. Council Moves Forward with Backward Concealed Carry Law [NRA-ILA News]

This week, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced that the District would soon begin accepting applications for licenses to carry a concealed pistol.  It’s questionable if many applicants will actually receive a license because of the nearly unfettered discretion given to the chief under the temporary law that is currently in effect.  That law has numerousproblems, yet the D.C. City Council appears to be intent on making the temporary law permanent.

D.C. to begin accepting first applications in decades for concealed-firearm permits [NRA-ILA News]

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier on Thursday said her department will begin accepting applications next week for the first public permits to carry concealed firearms in the nation’s capital in more than four decades.

D.C. police chief doesn’t want to release names of gun permit recipients [NRA-ILA News]

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Thursday she does not support a proposal to publicly identify gun owners who are granted concealed carry permits, undercutting a nascent effort by some lawmakers to make the names available upon request.

Pennsylvania Senate approves bill to allow gun groups standing to sue municipalities [NRA-ILA News]

The state Senate approved a measure late Wednesday that would give gun groups -- including the National Rifle Association -- standing in court to sue municipalities that enact their own gun laws.

Documents Reveal Additional Victims of Fast and Furious in the U.S., Continued DOJ Cover-Up [NRA-ILA News]

Eric Holder may have announced his resignation as U.S. attorney general, but his legacy of mismanagement, incompetence, and the politicization of federal law enforcement will continue to plague Americans for some time to come.  That became even more evident this week with further revelations about Operation Fast and Furious based on information of which the Justice Department was presumably aware but withheld from the American people.

Crayon "Gun" Subjects 5-year-old to Suicide/Homicide Screening and Non-Violence "Contract" [NRA-ILA News]

E.R. Dickson Elementary School in Mobile, Ala., has introduced two new vocabulary words into their kindergarten curriculum:  homicide and suicide. Local media outlets report that a 5-year-old was forced to fill out a bizarre safety agreement and risk assessment questionnaire containing those words after making an innocent gesture with a crayon.

London Calling: UK Gun Owners Now Subject to Surprise Warrantless Firearm Storage "Inspections" [NRA-ILA News]

A new firearm policy from the United Kingdom Home Office, put in force on October 15, has accelerated the once-proud nation's devolution into a police state.  The Home Office's October 2014 "Guide on Firearms Licensing Law" adds a new rule allowing for police to conduct warrantless surprise inspections of a gun owner's firearm storage practices.  As bad as that is, what's far worse is that the President of the United States cites England's gun control policies as a model for America to follow.

Corps' Regulation Violates Core Right of Self-Defense [NRA-ILA News]

A federal regulation that banned the use of firearms by law-abiding citizens for self-defense purposes on property administered by, or subject to, the control of the Army Corps of Engineers violates the Second Amendment and is unconstitutional, according to a ruling this week by Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho.  This decision, granting the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment and granting a permanent injunction, follows an earlier ruling in January issuing a preliminary injunction.

16:20

D.C. police chief opposes making names of concealed carry permit holders public [Gun News]

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier opposes the public identification of gun owners who are granted concealed carry permits under the new city gun laws, saying that doing could put them at a greater risk of harm. The chief spoke out in favor of shielding identifying information Thursday at a D.C. Council hearing after a lawmaker suggested adding the controversial provision to permanent regulations on the carrying of concealed handguns in public.

16:18

Flap between Houston mayor and pastors confirm suspicions [The Liberty Sphere]

The city of Houston, Texas elected an openly gay mayor in 2010, Annise Parker. The mayor, a Democrat and a lesbian who is apparently afflicted with a very thin skin, decided this month to go after Houston pastors who sometimes preach against homosexuality. She then apparently initiated a program of intimidation and bullying by using the power of the court and the local city attorney, David Feldman, to threaten the pastors.
Thus, subpoenas were issued by the city attorney to at least five Houston pastors, demanding that they turn over to the mayor's office their sermons so that city officials could scrutinize the sermons for any negative mention of homosexuality.
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12:16

Class Offered on California Gun Laws for Gun Owners [Gun News]

California has some of the most confusing and complicated firearms laws in the nation. And now more laws are on the way!!! The law firm of Michel & Associates, P.C., is again partnering with Shooters-Edge, Inc. and MV Tactical & Firearms Training, Inc. to present "Gun Law for Gun Owners" at the Angeles Shooting Range in Lake View Terrace, California on This all-day class will combine the expertise of trainer Dr. Bruce Krell , firearm instructor, and court certified expert witness), attorney Joseph Silvoso , and trainer Brian Fitzpatrick .

10:33

Robbery in AZ has its risks [Of Arms and the Law]

Robbers hit credit union, are departing with a sack of cash when an incoming customer opens fire and kills one. This is Arizona. When it comes to concealed carry, we don' need no steenking permits.

08:13

Police issue warning after seizing automatic rifle [Gun News]

Lake Illawarra police have warned gun enthusiasts to know the law before purchasing firearms, after seizing a military-style rifle posted from Queensland. Lake Illawarra police have warned gun enthusiasts to know the law before purchasing firearms, after seizing a military-style rifle posted from Queensland.

04:19

DC police chief to testify on concealed-carry bill [Gun News]

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is scheduled to testify at a hearing on a bill that would allow District of Columbia residents and visitors to get concealed handgun permits for the first time in nearly 40 years. The bill has widespread support from the District's political leaders, and Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray has already signed a temporary version.

00:30

Gabby Giffords Starts Nine-State Gun Control Tour [Gun News]

Here comes the magical mystery tour! Anti-gun activists and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is taking her gun control cause on the road because that is the number one priority on the minds on most American right now...said by no one ever. The focus will be strengthening laws to protect victims of domestic abuse.

00:09

Neighboring business owner stops credit union robbery by two armed men [John Lott's Website]

The fact that the individual who stopped this robbery was outside his business when he saw what was happening indicates that it is a concealed handgun permit holder who stopped this robbery.  From Phoenix, Arizona:
. . . Two armed suspects wearing masks entered the Desert Schools Credit Union near Cactus and Tatum around 3 p.m. and attempted to rob it, police said. A witness then opened fire on the suspects. It is not known if the suspects returned fire. 
Authorities said one of the suspects was shot and transported to a local hospital where he died. The second suspect fled the bank and stole a vehicle from someone at gunpoint, damaging several cars as he fled. 
That suspect struck a mini-van, which then ran into a wall near 44th Street and Thunderbird. Two people in the mini van were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The suspect was taken into custody. 
The owner of the salon next door to the bank said it was another business owner who opened fire. . . .

Wednesday, 15 October

18:21

"Find My iPhone" App helps find woman whose care tumbled hundreds of feet down an embankment [John Lott's Website]

From SF Gate:
 28-year-old woman from Campbell whose car tumbled hundreds of feet down an embankment on Mount Hamilton east of San Jose was rescued and taken to a hospital Tuesday morning after she spent more than 12 hours stuck and injured, officials said. . . . 
On Monday afternoon, just after 2 p.m., Campbell police officers received a report from General Motors’ OnStar system saying there had been a rollover accident involving Melissa Vasquez’s Chevrolet Cruze in the area of White Oaks Road and Shelley Avenue in Campbell, said Capt. Gary Berg. . . . 
Officers spent two hours searching the area, Berg said. But the pegged location wasn’t right. Police had OnStar honk the car horn remotely, to no avail. A second strategy — having officers run sirens in different locations to see if they could be heard over the OnStar system — also failed. . . . 
Officers then contacted Vasquez’s cell company, which provided a location of her phone within a 7-mile radius of downtown San Jose, Berg said. Authorities were still unable to locate the car. Campbell police officers broadcast the vehicle’s description to all agencies in the county, he said. 
Then, just before 3 a.m. Tuesday, Campbell police officers received a missing person’s report from Vasquez’s stepmother, with whom she lives, officials said. She said she hadn’t heard from her. 
Officer Dave Cameron met with the stepmother and asked if Vasquez had Find My iPhone, an app that allows you to locate your misplaced iPhone using cell signals. The stepmother responded that Vasquez owned an iPad — but she didn’t know where it was. . . .
The officer was able to find the woman's iPad, guess her password, guess that she used the same password on her iPhone and they use the "Find My iPhone" app to figure our where she was.
“Amazingly, Officer Cameron was able to guess the correct password after only 3-4 tries using his knowledge of commonly used password combinations,” officials said.
The Find my iPhone app was also locked. But the same password opened it up. 
Cameron activated the “lost phone” feature and saw a map of the location of Vasquez’s iPhone — 14555 Mount Hamilton Rd. . . . 

17:00

UN gun grab enters new and dangerous phase [NRA-ILA News]

Those wild and crazy bureaucrats on the banks of the East River are at it again. The United Nations – a bureaucracy so bloated and byzantine that it makes the United States Senate appear efficient by comparison – is poised to begin tossing legal monkey wrenches into international firearms transactions; and indirectly affecting firearms policies in the United States.

D.C. police chief to testify on concealed-carry bill [NRA-ILA News]

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is scheduled to testify at a hearing on a bill that would allow District of Columbia residents and visitors to get concealed handgun permits for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Idaho Woman Wins: U.S. Army Corps Gun Ban Unconstitutional [NRA-ILA News]

An Idaho woman who is barred from carrying a functional firearm for self-defense when she visits federal recreational facilities prevailed today with the ruling of an Idaho federal district court that the federal government ban on firearms violates the Second Amendment.  Elizabeth E. Morris of Nez Perce County is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, regularly carries a concealed weapon, and often seeks to recreate on lands managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Because Corps of Engineers regulations ban functional firearms, even while camped in tents, Ms. Morris is subject to criminal prosecution if she attempts to exercise her Second Amendment rights.  Alan C. Baker, a firearms instructor and a resident of Idaho’s Latah County, is a co-plaintiff in the suit, which was filed in August 2013 in Idaho federal district court.  The Corps of Engineers did not respond to requests from attorneys for Ms. Morris and Mr. Baker, Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF), seeking an exemption from its firearm ban, a ban that has not changed since the landmark Heller ruling.

16:39

Pennsylvania state representative uses his permitted concealed handgun to stop four armed robbers [John Lott's Website]

This event occurred on Tuesday night.  From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
The two alleged assailants were caught a few blocks away, and two additional teenagers were later arrested as accomplices, Harrisburg police said Wednesday. 
Arrested were Jamani Ellison, 17; Jyair Leonard, 15; Derek Anderson, 17; and Zha-quan McGhee, 15. They were charged with attempted homicide, conspiracy, robbery, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and carrying a firearm without a license. They were charged as adults, police said, and officers recovered the gun they used. . . .
Flynn and Bizzarro were returning from a late dinner with four other lawmakers at a Second Street Restaurant about 11 p.m. when a male "pointed a gun first at Flynn and then at Bizzarro and demanded their wallets," according to the statement. 
A second male in the meantime was across the street, shouting directions to the gunman.Flynn drew his handgun and "exchanged shots" with the gunman. The lawmakers and the assailants then fled in opposite directions. 
Bizzarro and Flynn made it back to the front of their residence and called 911. Flynn told an responding police officer that he had fired his gun and handed over his weapon."Bizzarro and Flynn expressed relief that nobody was struck by gunfire, and they thanked the Harrisburg police for the remarkably quick response," the caucus statement said. . . . .

07:25

District of Columbia: City Council to Consider “License to Carry a Pistol Amendment Act of 2014” Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, October 16, at 10:30 a.m., the DC City Council will hold a public hearing to consider Bill 20-930, the “License to Carry a Pistol Amendment Act of 2014.”  Despite sounding like a step in the right direction, this act’s name is deceptive.  Its language is rife with bureaucratic hurdles, including long mandatory training requirements, as well as requiring applicants to undergo the already restrictive and burdensome process of registering a firearm in the District.

06:00

Charles C. W. Cooke: Another Brazen Lie from Moms Demand Action [NRA-ILA News]

Once again, Mom's Demand Action was caught in a lie. A recent Facebook post from the group shows a blatantly false meme intended to increase support for background checks.

05:10

Pennsylvania: In the Final Hours of the 2014 Legislative Session, the Fight for Firearms Preemption Legislation Continues [NRA-ILA News]

Unfortunately last night, a vote on state Senator Rich Alloway’s (R-33) preemption amendment was derailed on the Senate floor.  Attempts will be made again today to amend critical firearms preemption legislation into House Bill 1796, and it is critical that you continue to contact your state Senator IMMEDIATELY and urge him or her to vote for the Alloway amendment.  We are down to the final hours of the 2014 legislative session, and your action now could make the difference in achieving what the NRA has been seeking to pass for the past four years!

Tuesday, 14 October

17:00

Washington measure to increase gun background checks bleeds support [NRA-ILA News]

A ballot initiative that would require background checks on all firearm purchases in Washington state, including sales at gun shows and online, has support from a majority of voters — but that majority is shrinking.

Washington: NRA donates $150K more in fight against I-594 [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association has donated an additional $150,000 to its political action committee in Washington to fight a measure seeking universal background checks on gun sales and transfers.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to advocate for semi-auto ban [NRA-ILA News]

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is drawing on the support of families of mass-shooting victims to highlight the issue of gun control and assault weapons in his re-election bid against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.

16:06

Democrats to lose Senate? Not so fast... [The Liberty Sphere]

Sometime, somewhere years ago the following quote, tucked away in a book long forgotten, was discovered that packed more unvarnished truth into one simple sentence than that which is contained in most lengthy treatises. "During times of great evil and political corruption," it said, "Never underestimate the willingness or the ability of unscrupulous politicians to gain the upper hand and retain power, with the full consent of most unsuspecting citizens."
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15:53

"ThinkProgress" has second thoughts on no-retreat [Of Arms and the Law]

"South Carolina Prosecutors Say Stand Your Ground Doesn't Apply To Victims Of Domestic Violence." Sounds like the argument is a variant of "the statute on its face says this, but we can't believe the legislature meant this to happen." Amusing to see prosecutors arguing that. It's usually argued by defense counsel, when the prosecutor comes up with a theory that the statute, if applied very literally, would turn a jaywalking charge into a ten year felony sentence.

UPDATE in light of comment: thanks for the citation. It looks to me as if §16-11-400 breaks down:

A. Presumption of reasonable fear if home is illegally entered.

B. Exceptions: (A) does not apply if other person is a lawful resident, etc.

C. A person who is in a place where he has a lawful right to be has no duty to retreat if attacked.

The article may have gotten it wrong (lots of reporters think (A), which is castle doctrine, is no-retreat. But if the defense is based on (C), that subsection has no exemption for the attacker being a co-resident. And I could see why the Legislature might want to create an exemption for A but not for C.

14:23

Zero tolerance = zero brains, part 2,356 [Of Arms and the Law]

An entirely nice female student, who has to travel though rough areas of Detroit, gets suspended from school for an entire year after she is found with a pocketknife that was a quarter inch longer than the school rules allowed.

I can't help but wonder if what we are seeing is "cracking down on the aggressive thugs in school might be difficult or dangerous, so let's crack down on the decent students."

12:07

Washington Post: U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner implicated in Virginia big corruption scandal [John Lott's Website]

If the Washington Post gives this scandal 1/4th the coverage that it gave former Senator George Allen's macaca quip, Warner will be toast.  McAuliffe has already been implicated in the scandal to bribe state Senator Puckett to stay in office.  Now it appears that Warner was also directly involved.  From the Washington Post:
The son of a former Virginia state senator has told federal investigators that U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner discussed the possibility of several jobs, including a federal judgeship, for the senator’s daughter in an effort to dissuade him from quitting the evenly divided state Senate. 
Warner was part of a string of high-powered Virginia Democrats who in early June pressed then-state senator Phillip P. Puckett not to go through with plans to give up his seat in the middle of a bitterly partisan battle over health care. 
A Warner spokesman acknowledged Friday that the conversation occurred, but he emphasized that the senator had made no explicit job offer. 
Puckett eventually resigned, throwing control of the chamber to the Republican Party and dooming Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s top legislative priority — expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The incident also triggered a federal investigation into Puckett’s surprise exit, which came at a time when Republicans were planning to give Puckett a job on the state tobacco commission and confirm his daughter to assume a judgeship. 
On June 6, three days before the state senator’s resignation became official, Warner called Puckett’s son, Joseph, and discussed an appointment to the federal bench as well as a potential corporate position for Martha Puckett Ketron, according to Joseph Puckett’s attorney, Charles E. “Chuck” James Jr. of Williams Mullen. 
James said that Warner suggested a post for Ketron at CGI, at high-tech firm Warner helped lure to Southwest Virginia when he was governor a decade ago. . . .
UPDATE: After the initial article in the Washington Post, little discussion is occurring.  However, Jennifer Rubin as this online discussion.
Then things got very interesting when Warner was implicated in a scandal. The Post reported: “The son of a former Virginia state senator has told federal investigators that U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner discussed the possibility of several jobs, including a federal judgeship, for the senator’s daughter in an effort to dissuade him from quitting the evenly divided state Senate.” Gillespie told Right Turn, “The report that Sen. Warner may have suggested a federal judgeship or other job in relation to a political decision is deeply troubling. We all need more answers on this matter, and he owes Virginians a full explanation of his actions” 
At issue is whether the state senator was bribed by one side or the other in his decision to resign and thereby switch control of the state senate to Republicans. Warner’s response was less than a full-throated denial: “Warner spokesman acknowledged Friday that the conversation occurred, but he emphasized that the senator had made no explicit job offer.” Not explicit but perhaps an obvious effort to induce her father not to resign his seat. (“Warner was part of a string of high-powered Virginia Democrats who in early June pressed then-state senator Phillip P. Puckett not to go through with plans to give up his seat in the middle of a bitterly partisan battle over health care.”) . . .

10:10

Pennsylvania: Senate Could Vote on Firearms Preemption as Early as Tonight [NRA-ILA News]

Your NRA-ILA has just learned that this evening, an amendment is going to be offered by state Senator Rich Alloway (R-33) to House Bill 1796 on the Senate floor.  This amendment would achieve what the NRA has been seeking to pass for four years, and would amend critical firearms preemption legislation into HB 1796.  It is critical that you contact your state Senator IMMEDIATELY and urge him or her to vote for the Alloway amendment.

Monday, 13 October

23:22

Putrid vermin [The Liberty Sphere]

Just a heads up, folks. Unless conservatives double and triple their efforts, the putrid vermin of the Democratic (Marxist-Fascist) Party will retain control of the Senate. Believe it or not, your fellow citizens who are brain dead are ready to vote the vermin right back in.

Some of the following have sufficiently fooled their constituencies into supporting them, although they are as dangerous and moronic as Barack Obama himself. Others don't have much of a chance at winning, but they deserve the dunce cap honorable mention just for the heck of it. And that goes double for the citizens who vote for them.

Wendy Davis, Democratic candidate for Governor of Texas. This "lady" is one of the most despicable human beings I have ever encountered in all my years following politics. She just sank to a new low in a TV ad that attacks her Republican opponent, who is in a wheelchair and partially paralyzed due to the fact that a large tree limb fell on him while he was out jogging years ago. This worthless piece of human excrement (Davis) had better be watching the sky and the trees constantly. One day she may find that Divine retribution for her words will mean she herself will be paralyzed. Karma can sometimes be quite a bitch, even much worse of a bitch than Davis herself. YES, I SAID IT AND I MEANT IT!!

Kay Hagan, the Democrat running for reelection to the U.S. Senate from North Carolina, could aptly be described as "liar extraordinaire." She claims she is the most "moderate member of the Senate." But the record shows she voted with the Obama agenda to destroy America 96 percent of the time. Does North Carolina really want to send back to Washington a Senator who is such a slave to her lord and master Barry Soetoro, alias Barack Obama?

Mark Pryor, the Democrat running for reelection to the U.S. Senate from Arkansas -- another wolf in sheep's clothes who can put on a Oscar performance that rivals anything Peter O'Toole did as an actor. "But he's so nice, and such a fine upstanding Christian," some poor misled little old ladies in Arkansas have been heard to say. Oh really now? With Pryor, we have yet another Obama slave. He votes with the occupant of the Oval Office the vast majority of the time while fooling his constituents into believing he is a "conservative Democrat," which is an oxymoron. Pryor, like Hagan, will probably go right back in this November. Thank your brain dead fellow citizens if that happens. There is no excuse anymore for people being that uninformed.

Gov. Dannel Malloy, D-Conn., one of the tyrannical opportunists who took a tragedy in order to push a political agenda that would rob citizens of their gun rights, faces Tom Foley, the Republican who refuted Malloy's charges that he would repeal the oppressive new gun laws. Foley responded by saying he never promised to repeal but that the law that was passed does not make Connecticut safer. OK, so here we may have two birds of a feather. This IS Connecticut, after all, and we will not get a governor out of there -- or Senators either -- who support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But I sure would like for Malloy to get whacked, BAD, at the polls. That worthless piece of stench.

Mass voter fraud is said to be afoot in Colorado as U.S. Sen. Mark Udall faces challenger, Republican Cory Gardner. Dozens of elections officials say that the new voter laws in the state create a ripe scenario for widespread election fraud -- all of which will help Democrats. This is one state where partisanship is a must. Colorado needs to oust its Governor and most of the Democrats in the legislature. They shoved outrageous gun control laws down the throats of citizens in spite of massive citizen protests and polls that showed the public did not want these laws.

Did I mention that Democrat Mary Landrieu of Louisiana needs to be sent packing too? Well, she does whether I said it or not. She has been a blight on the state and needs to be put out to pasture for good.

There are others that need highlighting, but I swear, I get sick and tired of dealing with it sometimes. To hell with 'em all. And to hell with the voters who put them in office!

17:00

Shooting the foot in Biden’s mouth [NRA-ILA News]

Joe Biden’s ability to say, unfiltered, whatever thought pops into his head is his charm. He’s everybody’s favorite crazy uncle. Barack Obama didn’t even mind when ol’ Joe once described him as “the first mainstream African-American [presidential candidate] who is articulate and bright and clean.”

Judge upholds concealed-gun ban at N.C. State Fair [NRA-ILA News]

Concealed-carry permit holders will not be able to bring their handguns into the N.C. State Fair when it opens Thursday, a Wake County Superior Court judge ruled Monday.

14:57

Speaking of being bitten by the 'black dog',,, [The Liberty Sphere]

Mike Vanderboegh has written several times on his blog of late that he is being hounded by "the black dog." The term is an old expression that is used to denote depression or being in an emotional funk. I know the feeling. I have struggled with it greatly of late but never said anything about it.

Most of the time people struggle with the black dog for good reason. Mike, for example, has struggled with severe health issues over the last two years, including cancer, life threatening surgery, and treatments. That is enough to put anyone in an emotional funk.

In my case, I have tried as best I could to describe to you my travails concerning my eyes. Although we finally got rid of this last bout with inflammation, the struggle with the underlying disease process is ongoing and has not subsided one bit. This means that from time to time I will be hit with eye inflammation, since the inflammatory condition that besets me is ongoing. The struggle with my eyes has been going on, on and off, for six years. Imagine yourself having to undergo extensive eye exams and procedures for six years, sometimes two or three times per year. And then imagine being told by your eye specialist that it was a good thing you got intense treatment when you did, because if you had ignored it you would probably be blind by now.

That in itself is enough to plunge a person into some significant depression.

And then I look ahead to the future, and what do I see? If the eyes finally become immune to the inflammatory process after years of treatments and surgery, that in no way addresses the rest of it. This stuff could set up shop in any organ it chooses -- lungs, heart, pancreas, liver, kidneys, bladder, reproductive organs, and the like. Is this what I have to look forward to next?

I am also discouraged that the eye specialist told me last week that he thinks we ought to wait for the surgery until late next year, IF the inflammation stays out of my eyes. Well, I was ready to go ahead and get the surgery behind me. But now we are on a holding pattern yet again.

And then I look at what once was a great nation, and I see nothing on the horizon but pain, woe, oppression, and slavery to the centralized government leviathan. My fellow citizens as a whole seem to want to head in this direction in spite of their anger and protests. Why would I say that? Because they keep sending back to Congress the likes of Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Gerold Nadler, Corine Brown, Sheila Jackson Lee, Bernie Sanders, Patrick Leahy, Mary Landrieu, Mark Pryor, and a ton of other collectivist Marxists who believe in government sanctioned theft. They want to reach into my pockets and take my money against my will in order to give to people that I don't want to have it. I don't want to pay for your healthcare. I don't want to make my hard earned money so government can take it and give it to you, enabling you to get an abortion at Planned Parenthood. If you want an abortion, YOU pay for it. And if Planned Parenthood wants to do abortions, let them use their own money instead of taking mine in the form of subsidies. I don't want my taxes subsidizing Planned Parenthood.

But this is not even the half of it. Criminals now run the prison that is known as the federal government. I don't want a single nickel of my money going to them. I don't want to subsidize the IRS that turns around and retaliates against me because I am a conservative. I don't want a dime of my money going to the ATF that sent our guns to cartel drug criminals in Mexico but opposes the right of American citizens to keep and bear arms. I don't want a government that is so sensitive to criticism going after my free speech rights because I call them vermin, roaches, thugs, liars, and pieces of human garbage. They ARE all of these things. So live with it. And live with my forcing you to hear the truth about yourselves. After all, I pay your salaries, and you work for ME.

Sure, we can keep on trying to change things through the ballot box. But do you honestly think that is going to change anything? Your fellow citizens in Frisco are going to keep sending Vermin Pelosi back to Congress, year after year. California is going to continue to make a bee line toward Communism. So is New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, and Colorado. And most of the citizens in those areas leap with glee over it.

So no, I do not have much to celebrate. I am grumpy, grouchy, and difficult. I don't have much hope for the country outside an all out civil war to TAKE back what the "progressives" stole from us. And even then I am not sure it would work. So yes, I am held in the grip of the black dog. And from this vantage point at present, I have good reason to be.

08:17

Concealed handgun permit holder saves young woman being brutally attacked by rapist [John Lott's Website]

This is a dramatic story from last Friday in Flint, Michigan.  From MLive:
The mother of a woman who told police she was attacked inside an eastside home said she is thankful for neighbors who rushed to her daughter's aid, including a man who held the alleged attacker at gunpoint then chased him down and helped hold him until police arrived. . . .
"If it wasn't for all these people who cared enough to help her, and not turn the other cheek like so many people would, my daughter would be dead right now." 
Jessica Abels, who lives near the spot on Cronk Avenue near Illinois Avenue where the woman was found walking bloodied and naked, said she looked out the window when she heard a woman screaming for help around 2 p.m. Sept. 26. 
She saw the woman jump out the window of a nearby vacant home, she said.
"Her eyes were all swollen and she had blood all over her and in her mouth," Abels said. "She was pretty messed up." . . . 
Several area residents offered the 21-year-old woman clothing and comfort while a man who holds a valid concealed pistols license ordered the suspect out of the house at gunpoint, according to Flint police. 
The man took off running but was chased down by the gun-wielding citizen who, with the help of an undercover auto theft police officer, tackled and held him down until police arrived. 
Jeffery McSwain, Jr. was arrested and charged with one count of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration. During a preliminary exam on Wednesday, Oct. 8, a Flint District Court judge ruled McSwain will stand trial in Circuit Court on the charge, a 10-year-felony. . . .

06:00

I-594 Unenforceable [NRA-ILA News]

I am Scott Brennan. I have been with your Sheriff’s Department for over 26 years. As the person who will have to enforce I-594 I have read it very carefully. Here is what it will mean to you. If passed I-594 covers ALL gun SALES and TRANSFERS (more on this later).

03:00

Money Pours Into Maine for Bear Hunting Vote [NRA-ILA News]

A ballot question that could ban the use of dogs, bait and traps for bear hunting in Maine has outside groups pouring money into the state on both sides of the issue.

Sunday, 12 October

23:55

Australian criminals adapt to the times [Of Arms and the Law]

Prices of black market semiautos rise into the thousands, so criminals turn to sharing or leasing out their guns. They even do so on a contingency basis: the user only pays if he actually commits a crime with it.

22:08

Levin: 'The Constitutional Republic is gone' [The Liberty Sphere]

Excerpt:

But as time has passed since the early 1900s, the violations of the spirit and letter of the Constitution have only intensified. Gun rights have been targeted with a vengeance. So have private property rights. The freedom of religious expression has been restricted. The press is now nothing more than the mouthpiece of the Administration, failing to do the most elementary tasks of the media in a free society. Freedom of speech has been rolled back with the "politically correct" movement that has muzzled the free and plain exchange of ideas. And freedom of assembly is now a joke as police departments enforce illegal "free speech zones"...
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17:00

Lott: The FBI’s bogus report on mass shootings [NRA-ILA News]

It’s disheartening to see the FBI used to promote a political agenda, but that’s what we got with the bureau’s release last month of a study claim to show a sharp rise in mass shootings, a la Newtown, Conn.

Joe Biden: ‘What we need is another Jim Brady’ to push gun-control measures [NRA-ILA News]

Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Friday the nation needs another high-profile, respected spokesman for gun control who is able to convince fearful members of Congress to buck the National Rifle Association and other organizations and vote for firearms restrictions.

D.C. mayor signs into law emergency legislation on new gun carry permits [NRA-ILA News]

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) on Friday signed into law emergency legislation allowing residents who are properly registered to seek permits to carry concealed firearms in the District.

12:52

Armed gunman got more than he bargained in St. Louis, stopped by armed store clerk [John Lott's Website]

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
An armed gunman got more than he bargained for when he tried to hold up a store clerk at a BP Gas Station in the 3100 block of South Grand early today. 
St. Louis Metropolitan Police provided sketchy details and said the shooting happened at 1:30 a.m. when the clerk managed to fire two shots at the gunman wounding him in both legs. The man was taken to a local hospital. His condition is not known. . . . 
Thanks to Tony Troglio for the link.

12:33

DC forcing people to reregister and re-finger print gun owners, new fees [John Lott's Website]

DC claims that it lost all the finger prints of everyone who has registered their guns in DC.  Emily Miller has the story available here.

Saturday, 11 October

15:27

Zelman Partisans [The Liberty Sphere]

The aftermath and consequence of the financial woes of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO), which led to its being absorbed by the Gottlieb conglomerate, has also led to a new website called Zelman Partisans. You will notice that The Liberty Sphere has added the new site to our preferred links in the left column, under the heading "Websites."

We will still list Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership as always, as long as it remains true to its founder's views and objectives, the late great Aaron Zelman. But we also support the new site, Zelman Partisans, as a remnant of JPFO under Zelman.

We welcome Zelman Partisans to The Liberty Sphere.

Friday, 10 October

22:07

CNN interviews me on "Why blacks should have more guns" [John Lott's Website]

CNN's John Blake has a new article on how race and guns.  Bob Cottrol is also interviewed for the piece.  Here is part of the discussion where he discusses my work:
Some gun rights advocates say contemporary black communities could learn from that tradition of self-defense.
Restrictive gun control laws often victimize black people more than any other group because they suffer disproportionately from violent crime, says John R. Lott Jr., author of "More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws." 
A black person is 6.5 times more likely to become a murder victim than someone who is white; and 92% of black murder victims are killed by members of their own race, Lott says. 
"Given the anger about police in many black communities, it might make more sense to let the law-abiding citizens in those communities have a greater chance to defend themselves," says Lott, founder and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, a group that examines the links between gun control and crime. 
There are some who say that gun laws actually discriminate against poor blacks by making it more difficult for them to buy guns for protection, he says. He says states do this by raising the costs of concealed gun permits, training and other fees that price out poor minorities. 
And gun restrictions don't help black people living in violent neighborhoods, he says. Every time guns have been banned, Lott says, murder rates have increased. When the state of Massachusetts increased the costs of gun ownership, the number of registered gun owners in the state plummeted -- and the state's murder rate rose. Other academics say Lott's research is faulty. 
"The big problem," Lott says, "is that law-abiding good citizens, not criminals, obey the gun control laws." 
But are gun proponents like Lott really promoting safety or, as one scholar says, are they selling fear? 
Gallagher, the sociologist, says gun producers and the NRA create a perpetual state of fear so that people can buy their products. An NRA spokesman, Andrew Arulanandam, was repeatedly contacted but declined to answer questions submitted for this article. . . .

17:32

One problem that drone package delivery faces that other delivery methods don't face: Hawks and other birds of prey [John Lott's Website]

From Fox News:
. . . a large hawk took offense to the quadcopter drone loudly buzzing in the same airspace. The GoPro camera captured the hawk swooping in from above and slamming into the drone. At this point, Schmidt throttled down the props to avoid doing any serious damage to the hawk and the drone is filmed falling to the ground where it lands upside down on a grassy area of the park. 
According to Schmidt, the hawk zipped away and was apparently unharmed from the encounter. Detailed in the description of the YouTube video, Schmidt states “As far as I could tell, the hawk came out unscathed,…The quadcopter came out unscathed as well.” . . . 
Of course, this isn’t the first time that birds have taken out a drone that was invading nearby airspace. During December 2013, YouTube user Buddhanz1filmed a similar scenario where an entire flock of birds started dive bombing his DJI phantom drone. Also filmed with a GoPro Hero 3+ Black, repeated attacks from the birds ripped the battery connector and control of the drone was slowly lost as it plummeted to the ground below. . . .

17:09

Reese case an example of citizens targeted on political grounds [The Liberty Sphere]

When the Examiner reported on Wednesday that citizens are being jailed on trumped up charges, critics debunked the story as a fabrication. Their reason? No names were given. Sources were anonymous for various reasons. The claim was made that a legitimate news story, reported in accordance with "authorized journalists" with journalism degrees, would not rely on anonymous sources. Such a claim is false...
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11:36

Memories [Of Arms and the Law]

Joe Foss, NRA President who earned the Medal of Honor. I got off the plane with him in DC when he was talking about the incident with airport security, and I called some folks who had media contacts.

Not in the official story: that was shortly after 9/11, when they had National Guardsmen (with, I noted, no magazines in their rifles, this was more "security theater") in the airports. Joe told me that when the airport security people gave him flak about carrying his Medal of Honor -- it had vaguely sharp points -- he called over a Guard lieutenant to tell them what it was. The lieutenant didn't know. Foss dressed him down. The lieutenant took it, which (since Foss's next stop was West Point, to give the commencement address) was probably a very good idea.

When I worked at Interior Dept, NRA had an annual meeting at Philadelphia, and one of the other attorneys had a father who'd fought as a USMC grunt at Guadalcanal, and was going to the meeting just to see Foss again, after half a century. I asked him what a man had to do to earn the Medal of Honor at Guadalcanal, where, as one writer puts it, courage above and beyond was an everyday matter. He told me that his father had related some extraordinary things, draining other fighters of gasoline by hand pump while the airfield was under artillery fire and every sane man was in a foxhole, to put gas into his own plane so he could go up and engage whatever was incoming without a wingman.

Heinlein says that there are no deadly weapons, only weapons and deadly men, and Foss was the extreme case of the latter.

11:32

Restoring rights? [Of Arms and the Law]

Interesting. But I wish the story explained how the person lost their firearm rights. I can only think of (1) it's some State disqualified or (2) while he was incapacitated following the stroke, they had a guardian created for his property, and that was treated as being found mentally defective.

09:00

Biden: ‘I Pray That It Is Sooner Rather Than Later’ That We Have Another Gun Control Champion [NRA-ILA News]

Vice President Joe Biden emphasized the need to pass more gun control Friday during a memorial service for former Reagan White House press secretary James Brady, one of the champions of the movement. Vice President Joe Biden shares his memories of former White House press secretary James Brady during a memorial service, Oct. 10, 2014 in Washington, D.C.  (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) “What we need is another Jim Brady who has the skill and the ability to convince those who are afraid to walk the halls of Congress to step up and do what they know is right,” Biden said. “One will come along. It will happen. I pray that it is sooner rather than later.”

08:53

Pssst. It's me! [The Liberty Sphere]

I'm back. Got good news from the eye specialist. The inflammation has cleared up in both eyes. I am thankful to the Lord for this news.

This bout was the worst yet. The inflammation was stubborn and did not want to cooperate with steroidal eyedrops and injections. Over the past five or six years or so, these bouts have been bad enough, but none have been as stubborn as this recent bout. This only goes to show me how inflammation can be sometimes. It is very unpleasant and slow to respond. Other times it clears right up in a couple of weeks.

Anyway, as of yesterday, we are all clear. Now, the real problem here is the underlying cause of the inflammation. That is another story in and of itself. Suffice it to say it is a systemic condition that can effect multiple bodily systems. So far only two, one of which is my eyes, have been effected. But due diligence is always necessary.

Thank you for your prayers and kind words during these past few months. Right now I got a reprieve, but there is a lot going on internally that has nothing to do with the eyes. As for the eye surgery I will need, we are going to put that off for a bit longer until we see how all of this goes. I will keep you posted.

03:00

Denver Post Dumps Udall, Endorses Gardner in Colorado Senate Race [NRA-ILA News]

After endorsing Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) in his initial 2008 run, the Denver Post said Friday it had decided to back his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) this year.

Thursday, 09 October

17:00

New Jersey: Shaneen Allen to Keynote N.J. State Association Annual Banquet October 18! [NRA-ILA News]

Shaneen Allen will be the featured speaker at the NJ State Association annual meeting banquet on Saturday evening, October 18, in Edison, New Jersey.  She will also be joined by Ginny Simone of NRA News, and gun rights attorney Evan Nappen.  The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) is the official NRA State Affiliate in New Jersey (www.anjrpc.org).

Washington: Washington State Republican Party Opposes Anti-Gun Initiative 594 [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Washington State Republican Party issued a press release formally opposing Washington’s anti-gun Initiative 594.

Bloomberg group’s mass-shootings report ‘riddled with errors’: gun reseacher [NRA-ILA News]

The July report by billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s funded gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety is “riddled with errors,” including mistakes in the number of shootings reported, the extent of the shooter’s mental illness and even where the attacks occurred, according to an analysis by gun researcher John Lott.

Rival Gun Measures on Ballot in Washington State [NRA-ILA News]

Two competing measures on the Washington state ballot this fall ask voters to take a stance on expanded background checks for gun sales. One is seeking universal checks for all sales and transfers, including private transactions. The other would prevent any such expansion.

Mississippi: Amendment seeks to make hunting, fishing 'constitutional rights' [NRA-ILA News]

Preserving Mississippians' tradition of hunting and fishing is what backers of a constitutional amendment say is behind the issue that will be on the ballot on Nov. 4.

Shaneen Allen to Keynote N.J. State Association Annual Banquet [NRA-ILA News]

Shaneen Allen will be the featured speaker at the NJ State Association annual meeting banquet on Saturday evening, October 18, in Edison, New Jersey.  She will also be joined by Ginny Simone of NRA News, and gun rights attorney Evan Nappen.  The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) is the official NRA State Affiliate in New Jersey (www.anjrpc.org).

Researchers Assail Everytown and FBI Shootings Reports [NRA-ILA News]

The “Everytown” anti-gun group’s Analysis of Recent Mass Shootings is “riddled with errors,” and the FBI’s Study of Active Shooter Incidents is “flawed,” according to researchers at the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC).  CPRC is led by noted gun control researcher and former chief economist with the United States Sentencing Commission, John R. Lott, Jr.

Just What Everyone Wanted: More Piers Morgan [NRA-ILA News]

Honestly, we’re not kidding about this. Just last week, we were thinking that the great 20th century American songwriter Johnny Burke could have had today’s gun control supporters in mind when he wrote some of the lyrics for Swinging on a Star.

NICS Checks Show Gun Purchases Strong in 2014 [NRA-ILA News]

New numbers reported by the FBI suggest that Americans may be buying firearms at a slightly higher rate in 2014 than they did in 2012, following a record number of checks during the “surge” brought on by President Barack Obama’s re-election in November 2012 and his subsequent campaign for gun control.

04:00

NRA Releases Online Video Featuring Seattle's '30 Cal Gal' Anette Wachter to Defeat Ballot Initiative 594 [NRA-ILA News]

Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association (NRA) has released a one-minute digital video as part of it's online campaign to defeat Washington State Ballot Initiative 594. The video, titled I-594 Will Not Make Washington Safer, features Seattle resident Anette Wachter, "The 30 Cal Gal" blogger and U.S. Long Range Rifle Team member.

Wednesday, 08 October

23:33

The EPA scandal takes a new turn with crucial EPA losing text messages missing [John Lott's Website]

Remember the scandal where the EPA was accused of trying to charge conservative groups fees while largely exempting liberal groups. The fees applied to Freedom of Information Act requests -- allegedly, the EPA waived them for liberal groups far more often than it did for conservative ones.  The Obama administration has done what it always does.  Delay, delay, delay, and then say that the information has been destroyed and that all this is old news.  Of course, this isn't the first time that the EPA has tried to hide information.  EPA administrator Lisa Jackson resigned over emails that she tried to hide under a pseudonym.  From Fox News:
The EPA is being accused of pulling “an IRS” for reportedly planning to inform the National Archives it has lost text messages being sought in an open-records request. 
The Washington Times reported Wednesday that lawyers from the Department of Justice informed a federal court of the EPA’s plans to tell the National Archives it cannot produce the text messages because they have been deleted. 
The open-records request in question came from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which is seeking text messages from the devices of EPA administrator Gina McCarthy.
Christopher Horner, a senior fellow for the institute, told FoxNews.com in a statement it is clear the EPA has not learned from the IRS’ mistakes. . . .
“Here we see EPA agreeing to the court to 'do an IRS', which is to say: notify the National Archivist of the loss of every one of Gina McCarthy's thousands of text messages we have discovered she destroyed, just as the IRS finally agreed to notify (the National Archives) about the emails lost from (former IRS official) Lois Lerner's destroyed hard drive,” he said. “The IRS's insincere efforts at following through on Federal Records Act obligations drew the court's ire – the same court now hearing the EPA case.  Taxpayers should rightly expect EPA to have learned the proper lesson from the IRS's experience and hope for better.” . . .
the [EPA] argued that text messages are personal and therefore do not have to be stored as part of the agency's official record as required by law. . . .

21:32

Actor Dean Cain speaks out on how a personal experience shaped his views on guns [John Lott's Website]

From Fox News:
The actor is particularly vocal about gun rights. He said a frightening experience at his home in Los Angeles helped shape his opinion on the topic. 
“I was terrified. I’m a big, strong guy and my knees were buckling like ‘Oh my gosh,’” Cain said of a night when he awoke to a stranger pounding on his door. “I’m armed to-the-teeth now. At 4 o’clock in the morning come bang at my door, my knees won’t buckle.” . . .
This provides a contrast with recent news that Liam Neeson opposing guns.  On the other hand, you have people such as Jerry Lewis and Robert De Niro who are gun owners.

21:24

If you want the best fuel economy, don't buy the smallest cars. Yes, that is right. [John Lott's Website]

So much for all the people who have bought more dangerous cars because they thought they were getting better fuel economy or saving money on gas.  From the UK Telegraph:
Drivers looking for savings at the petrol pump could be making a mistake if they swap their estate or 4x4 for a smaller car, according to research which suggests that fuel economy estimates are biased against larger vehicles. . . . 
The discrepancy between manufacturers’ claims and the road data was especially stark for vehicles with smaller engines, which generally have to work harder to accelerate. 
Tests showed that vehicles with an engine size up to one litre had an average advertised 60.3mpg, but consumption was measured at 38.6mpg in tests, a drop of 36 per cent. 
Average consumption for cars with one to two-litre engines was measured at 46.7mpg, 21 per cent lower than the advertised 59.1mpg. This meant they travelled further on the same amount of fuel than the average smaller car. . . .
It is also interesting that there is almost no difference in fuel economy between midsize and larger cars.

There are at least a couple US cars with 1 Liter engines.

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost
2014 Smart fortwo

UPDATE: Here is something that I found at Green Car Reports:
The worst offenders were vehicles with engines displacing 1.0 liter or less (no sub-1.0-liter engines are available in the U.S.), which missed the mark by 36 percent. Engines between 1.0 liter and 2.0 liters were second worst, at 21 percent. . . .
 

21:11

Newest piece at Fox News: “Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun propaganda” [John Lott's Website]

My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
When former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control groups release a report, they consistently garner massive, uncritical news coverage.  Alas. With the huge number of factual mistakes in these reports, you would think that reporters would have grown wary of pushing their propaganda. 
For example, Bloomberg’s Everytown, Mothers Demand Action, and Mayors Against Illegal guns have been caught padding the number of school shootings.  While Everytown claimed 74 school shootings occurred between the Newtown, Connecticut shooting in December 2012 and June 2014, Politifact, which rated Everytown’s claim as “mostly false,” put the number of “incidents such as Sandy Hook or Columbine in which the shooter intended to commit mass murder” at 10. 
Every single report released by Bloomberg’s groups has contained major errors.  A new report by the Crime Prevention Research Center has corrected Everytown’s July study on “mass shootings”: again, it is no different – lots of errors, but worldwide publicity touting the erroneous claims. . . .
The piece continues here.

17:00

Sheriff's gun views spark effort to revoke certification [NRA-ILA News]

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence wants Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis' teaching certification to be revoked.The group started a campaign after Lewis and his comments on gun rights were brought into the national spotlight. A quote from Lewis highlighted on the Web page from his interview with News21 reads:

Oklahoma lawmakers push for campus carry [NRA-ILA News]

Allowing more students and faculty at colleges and universities to carry guns on campus would be a serious mistake and jeopardize the public’s safety, the University of Oklahoma president told members of a legislative committee on Wednesday.

10:54

South Carolina: City of Tega Cay Choosing to Disregard NRA Language on Discharge Ordinance [NRA-ILA News]

As we have previously reported, the City of Tega Cay is in the process of amending its current ordinance that imposes unnecessary restrictions on the discharge of firearms within the city limits.  The NRA had communicated its concerns to the Tega Cay City Council, and offered carefully crafted language that ensured law-abiding gun owners would not be confused as to what is legal when discharging a firearm.

03:00

Bellingham Herald Recommends No on I-594 and I-591 [NRA-ILA News]

Voters will have to decide between two clashing gun initiatives on the November ballot. Initiative 594 would add another hurdle to buying guns in this state, while initiative 591 would limit government interference in these same gun sales.

00:26

Citizens jailed on trumped up charges a foretaste of coming woes [The Liberty Sphere]

Several trusted friends with significant contacts in the federal government have reported that they personally know of many citizens who are sitting in jail on trumped up charges, all the result of retaliatory actions on the part of the federal government. The reason? The only reasonable explanation is that the current administration and its enablers in Congress seem determined to punish those who run afoul of what the Washington elitists deem to be the politically correct manner of speaking and behaving in the new world order.  
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Tuesday, 07 October

22:13

So what do these Democrats know?: Democrats are already putting blame on why they are going to lose the Senate [John Lott's Website]

Apparently, a number of Democrats are not very optimistic about their election prospects.  From The Hill newspaper:
Democrats are starting to play the blame game as they face the possibility of losing the Senate in November. 
Tempers are running high a month out from Election Day, with polls showing Democratic candidates trailing in the crucial battleground states that will decide whether control of Congress flips to Republicans. . . . 
“Yes, you’ve seen pre-emptive finger pointing in the last couple of weeks,” said Gerald Warburg, a former Senate Democratic leadership aide and assistant dean at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. . . . 
With control of the Senate in jeopardy, some Democrats are eyeing potential scapegoats: Obama’s low approval rating; low turnout from Hispanic voters; overly centrist messaging; and the media, to name just a few. . . .
From the New York Times:
. . . As November nears, Mr. Obama and his loyalists are being forced to reconcile that it is not only Democrats in conservative-leaning states, like Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas, who are avoiding him. . . . 
Democratic senators in Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia — states that were pivotal to his success and whose demographics reflect his winning coalition of young, minority and female voters — do not want him. Nor does his party’s Senate nominee in Iowa, where Mr. Obama won twice and whose youth-filled 2008 Democratic caucuses vaulted him toward the nomination. 
Some leading Democrats say it would be better for him to make the case for the party’s economic policies safely away from the most crucial races — as he did last week in Illinois. 
“It’s not so important where he says it — it’s what he says,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York. 
Yet even the slightest injection of the Obama brand into this election seems perilous for Democrats.
Last week, speaking at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., Mr. Obama declared that while he was not up for re-election, his “policies are on the ballot.” Immediately, Republicans pounced, putting the clip in videos to link their rivals to the president. Democrats winced, and David Axelrod, the longtime Obama adviser, acknowledged Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the remark was “a mistake.” . . .

14:20

Pennsylvania: Senate May Vote Tomorrow on Bill to Ban Pigeon Shoots, Firearms Preemption Bill Awaiting Action in Senate Judiciary Committee [NRA-ILA News]

As early as tomorrow, the Pennsylvania Senate could vote on House Bill 1750, previously reported on here.  HB 1750 would criminalize organized pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania.  Pigeon shooting is a traditional shooting sport and has many participants across the Commonwealth and around the world.  Shoots have been held in Pennsylvania for more than a hundred years, and their participants are law-abiding, ethical shooting enthusiasts, hunters and sportsmen.

12:18

The other side [The Liberty Sphere]

A heads up for my friends and readers here. Over at Drudge today there is an entire section on the other side of the Ebola debate. A significant number of medical and scientific experts on Ebola now say that the virus is much easier to transmit than previously thought.

In short, as all viruses, it mutates as it goes along, as it moved from the bush to the city in Africa, and as it moved from Africa to the United States and Europe. Some medical authorities say that it may now even be airborne...another reason not to trust the CDC, the UN, or the Obama Administration.
The Drudge Report.

11:34

Safety concerns about some 9mm ammo [Of Arms and the Law]

Article here. It's apparently military contract overrun, and loaded to 9mm+P levels, good in modern guns but not in all.

10:19

Obamacare causes Wal-Mart to cut health benefits for some part-time, following cuts by Target [John Lott's Website]

Obamacare has a funny way of reducing the number of people without health insurance.  From the Associate Press:
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer. 
Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that starting Jan. 1, it will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week. The move affects 30,000 employees, or about 5 percent of Wal-Mart's total part-time workforce, but comes after the company already had scaled back the number of part-time workers who were eligible for health insurance coverage since 2011. 
The announcement follows similar decisions by Target, Home Depot and others to completely eliminate health insurance benefits for part-time employees. . . .

08:20

Vermont: Anti-Gun Group Throwing Money Around [NRA-ILA News]

Taking a page out of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s playbook, “Gun Sense Vermont” has tried to muscle their way into the Second Amendment debate in Montpelier with their checkbook.  This group has mailed 91 campaign contribution checks to state legislative candidates.  Oddly, the list of donation recipients appears to be fairly random, and a number of pro-gun candidates have contacted the NRA after refusing to cash their checks from this anti-gun group.

02:00

Bloomberg Gun Control Group’s Endorsements Are Incumbent-Heavy [NRA-ILA News]

When last year’s push for expanded background checks failed, Michael Bloomberg’s gun control organization said it would have to change Congress to get different results.

Monday, 06 October

19:58

BATF settles with another whistle-blower agent [Of Arms and the Law]

David Codrea has the story. The BATF hierarchy terminated Agent Vince Cefalu after he exposed illegal wiretapping. (The grounds for the firing were essentially "telling the truth while under oath"). The District Court settlement is that he will be reinstated, allowed to retire, negative references will be deleted from his record, and the government will pay attorneys' fees.

19:24

DHS to intensify attacks on freedom oriented citizens [The Liberty Sphere]

Within the last two weeks several tips came into the Examiner indicating pending dangers to certain groups of citizens. These tips led to a source who, speaking on condition of anonymity, alleges that just after the election a major initiative will be launched against citizens whose values are diametrically opposite to that of Barack Obama and the current Washington elitist leadership in Congress. According to the source, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will greatly intensify its attacks on freedom oriented citizens.
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17:00

Lott: Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun propaganda [NRA-ILA News]

When former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control groups release a report, they consistently garner massive, uncritical news coverage. Alas. With the huge number of factual mistakes in these reports, you would think that reporters would have grown wary of pushing their propaganda.

Pennsylvania House passes 2 gun-related bills [NRA-ILA News]

The state House of Representatives passed two gun-related bills Monday, including a new minimum sentence for certain violations in Philadelphia.

Connecticut agencies battle over whether man who refused to show gun permit should have one [NRA-ILA News]

The arrest of a Connecticut man for refusing to show his gun permit -- dismissed by a prosecutor as a “nothing case” -- now has two state agencies battling in court, with the individual's right to carry hanging in the balance.

16:48

Evening... [The Liberty Sphere]

Hiya, folks. Just a heads up that I will be posting an Examiner article this evening. I am running late as you can see, late as all get-out. But I am here, and I am of a mind to write. Hope you all are well.

By the way, the comprehensive follow up exam on my eyes is this week. I could use your prayers.

15:25

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Passes Today in House but Now in Danger in Senate Judiciary Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 1243 by a 143 to 54 vote.  HB 1243 has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, however, your NRA has just learned that attempts may be made tomorrow to amend a ban on pigeon shoots into this legislation, as well as the possible inclusion of other anti-gun amendments.  If these anti-gun amendments are adopted, they will kill the bill, and with it, any attempt to pass and enact meaningful and necessary firearms preemption legislation this year.

10:52

Man halts robbery by four armed men at bar, kills two, but business had posted sign banning concealed permit holders from carrying [John Lott's Website]

This is an interesting case where a frequent and well-known customer stopped a robbery, but apparently the people who work at the bar and the other customers can't identify him to police.  Presumably this concealed carry permit holder knew that he wasn't allowed to carry in the business and wants to avoid an possible criminal penalties.  I know one person who undoubtedly wishes that she had violated the prohibition against carrying a concealed handgun in a bar when Tennessee used to ban it.  From KHOU in Houston:


Instead, a customer inside the bar, which is located on the 16500 block of Kuykendahl Road, pulled out his gun and started exchanging fire with the robbers. He shot and killed two of them while the other two ran. Once the heated exchange ended, the patron left, too.
"We're still trying to determine who he is, and why he left the scene," said Harris County Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Spurgeon.
Harris County Sheriff's deputies are looking into whether the same robbers held up a gas station on Cypresswood earlier in the night.
Most folks driving by EJ's Place Saturday afternoon thought the patron there was in the right.
"He has his right to protect himself and his family and his friends," said Charles Webb. "It's just unfortunate something like that happened." . . . 
Another longtime customer said that the patron who killed the robbers always stays until closing to walk the female bartenders to their cars. The friend said the man would never start anything, but would always protect his friends. . . .

08:58

Information on errors in Bloomberg's various claims on guns [John Lott's Website]

Fox News is broadcasting a discussion that I had on Bloomberg's misinformation on guns three times this weekend.  They did it yesterday at 5:15 PM EDT, and today at 10:15 PM EDT and tomorrow morning at 1:15 AM EDT.  Fox Business will also show the discussion at 9:15 PM EDT.

However, you can watch the two segments from the show on youtube here and here.

Bloomberg's people were invited yet again to participate, but they continue to refuse to appear with anyone to debate.  If you would like to embarrass them for refusing to debate anyone, please consider following this link available here and retweeting it.

06:41

Oklahoma: City Council to Discuss Future of Hunting in Lexington at Tomorrow’s Meeting [NRA-ILA News]

The Lexington City Council will discuss hunting within the Lexington city limits at its meeting tomorrow, October 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Luther Dean Memorial Council Chambers of Lexington City Hall at 111 East Broadway Street.  Public comment will be heard at the beginning of this meeting.

04:40

Oklahoma: City Council to Discuss Future of Hunting in Lexington at Tomorrow’s Meeting [NRA-ILA News]

The Lexington City Council will discuss hunting within the Lexington city limits at its meeting tomorrow, October 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Luther Dean Memorial Council Chambers of Lexington City Hall at 111 East Broadway Street.  Public comment will be heard at the beginning of this meeting.

Sunday, 05 October

20:36

DC gun registry operating at usual efficiency [Of Arms and the Law]

Unless, as the saying goes, "that's not a bug, that's a feature!" The District is requiring submission of a second set of fingerprints, stating that it somehow lost the first set.

17:00

Pharmacy employee fights off armed robber, Ozarks First, Springfield, Mo. 09/30/14 [NRA-ILA News]

An armed man entered Family Pharmacy in Taney County, Mo. and ordered an employee to give him pills. One of the store’s employees responded by retrieving a gun and firing at the robber, striking him and causing him to flee. The criminal was captured by police a short time later. Following the incident Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell told a media outlet, “As long as you've got store owners or store employees who are well trained and proficient with fire arms, more power to them.”

Marketing tactic pays off with a bang [NRA-ILA News]

Business has been booming at Bergeron’s Restaurant since owner Kevin Cox came up with an emphatic declaration of his support for the Second Amendment: offering any gun-toting customers a reduced price on their meals.

New York: Safe Act gun control law a key issue upstate in governor's race [NRA-ILA News]

Driving along the two-lane roads of upstate New York, the signs seem to pop up every few minutes: "Repeal the Safe Act."Often, the owner of the sign will have scribbled "Un" in front of "Safe," making it clear he or she thinks very little of a statewide gun-control law Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo pushed through last year in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting massacre. For some upstate residents, it's become a key issue in the gubernatorial campaign.

Gun control group targets female Air Force pilot who was stalked [NRA-ILA News]

Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly's gun control group--Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS)--continues to target Republican Congressional candidate Martha McSally (R-AZ-2) as part of their attempt to force the passage of more federal gun control for stalking-related convictions.

14:39

Bloomberg hypocrisy [Of Arms and the Law]

NRA lights a fire under the former mayor.

To his mind, it's not hypocrisy, mind you. One of the traits of narcissistic personality disorder is for the person to feel that he can lay down rules, but they don't apply to him because he is "special," with unique purposes, attributes, and needs.

13:07

Biden upsets allies in Middle East by incorrectly claiming that they are funding al-Qaida fighters in Syria [John Lott's Website]

From the Associated Press:
Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday called the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates to clarify that he did not mean to imply in his remarks last week that the Gulf ally was supporting al-Qaida fighters in Syria.
Biden spoke with Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and a key Emirati leader, the White House said.
It was the second time in two days that Biden had to call a key partner in President Barack Obama's coalition to walk back comments he made on Thursday, when he said that U.S. allies - including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE - had funded and armed extremist groups linked to al-Qaida. . . .

12:47

'Obama's disease' has infested all of government including CDC [The Liberty Sphere]

Americans can add yet another organization of the federal government to the list of entities that cannot be trusted. The latest addition is the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The agency has demonstrated in recent days that at the very least it has issued misleading statements about the Ebola outbreak.
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10:36

Gallup: Opposition to President similar to 2010 and 2006, greater than other second term midterm elections [John Lott's Website]

Registered Voters' Use of Midterm Election Vote to Send Message to President, by Political Party
Click on table to enlarge it.

Compared to the 2010 election, Republicans are virtually exactly the same, but Democrat support is down 7 percentage points.  Democratic strategist Mark Mellman in The Hill newspaper claims that Republican picks ups over 2010 will be small and that means the Republicans won't be able to claim a mandate, but that is equivalent to saying the tide isn't very high because it can't greatly exceed the record levels reached during the last hurricane.

Saturday, 04 October

22:34

Corruption in Virginia, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe should be in a lot of trouble for bribing state senator, bribe caught on tape [John Lott's Website]

Democrats don't seem to understand that there is a huge difference between the two cases:

1) Republicans offer a Democratic State Senator a job.  Now it is true that the Democrat has to resign his seat to take the job and that his resigning will give the Republicans control of the state Senate, but there is no explicit quid pro quo.

2) Democrats promise the that same Democratic State Senator a job for his daughter if he remains in office.  That is a definite quid pro quo and  against the law -- it is a crime.  To put it simply it is a bribe.  More specifically, the bribe was being offered to get a particular piece of legislation through.

Now prosecutors have been looking diligently into the first case, even though the now former Democratic State Senator claims that there was no quid pro quo.  Now the state Attorney General is a Democrat and prosecutors have not yet launched an investigation in to Terry McAuliffe, but the evidence here seems overwhelming simply because there is a recording of the McAuliffe's chief of staff offering the bribe.  The Washington Post has this transcript (the part in bold is the key):
“Hey Senator. This is Paul Reagan again. I just wanted to bounce one idea off you. I know there was a lot of frustration with your daughter, not, you know, getting a judgeship or something. if there’s something that we can do for her, I mean, you know, we have a couple of big agencies here that we still need agency heads. We could potentially, potentially, subject to approval of the governor and so forth, you know, the department of mines, minerals and energy could be available. So we would be very eager to accommodate her, if, if that would be helpful in keeping you in the senate. We, we would basically do anything. We just need you really, we need you for the rest of your term and beyond, but in the immediate future, we need you to help us get this Medicaid deal through and I think we’ve got a way to do it. So anyway, please let’s keep all this confidential. Call me 703-850-----. Thank you sir. Bye.”
Now the obvious point is this: Who could have turned the audio over to the Washington Post?  It seems that the only person who was likely to do that is the former DEMOCRAT state senator.

Here is the problem for McAuliffe.  His press spokesman noted: "Coy indicated that McAuliffe had no objections to it and suggested that the prospective job offer Reagan floated was not on par with what Republicans are accused of promising Puckett.  'The governor has full confidence in Paul Reagan,' Coy said."  Paul Reagan is McAuliffe's chief of staff so it is also hard to put much distance between the two of them.

It is pretty hilarious to listen to some Democrats suggest a defense for the Democrats (from the Washington Post): “Certainly based on prior cases, an offer of a job would be a thing of value. But would it be a thing of value to Puckett if the job is being offered to his daughter? That’s not clear cut.”  Does anyone who reads the above transcript not believe this is a bribe?  Read it again:  "So we would be very eager to accommodate her, if, if that would be helpful in keeping you in the senate. We, we would basically do anything. We just need you really, we need you for the rest of your term and beyond, but in the immediate future, we need you to help us get this Medicaid deal through and I think we’ve got a way to do it." Does anyone think that it wasn't clear that something of value to the state senator was being offered?

Will national media cover this?  When McDonald got in trouble it instantly got major national attention.  McDonald was convicted on less evidence than this.  Jason Riley has a write up about this in the WSJ, but there are relatively few stories on all this.

17:02

The lesson AIDS teaches us about Ebola [The Liberty Sphere]

I remember all too well when the AIDS crisis first hit the United States. In order to keep people from panic, all sorts of erroneous information was reported by nurses, healthcare professionals, and others. "You can't get it from this, that, or the other," they said.

Actually there is a lot they don't know about illnesses that are relatively new to the United States. Before AIDS was adequately understood, the pronouncements from the "experts" about it were way premature. I even heard a Master's Degree level nurse with my own ears stated that AIDS is "very hard to get," and that you have to come into contact with an infected person, such as through sex, over and over and over to put yourself at risk. BULL. Later it was confirmed you could get it after engaging in sex with an infected person ONCE.

We are hearing the same things about Ebola. "It is hard to catch." "It is very difficult to spread." If this is true, how is it that a cameraman for NBC News got it while reporting from Liberia?

I wouldn't trust the CDC any more than I do DHS, the EPA, the ATF, or the Obama White House. Protect yourself any way you see fit until we know more about this illness.

Friday, 03 October

21:05

That's funny, I thought it was George Bush [Of Arms and the Law]

MSNBC finds someone to blame for the Ebola scare: the NRA.

I just hope they never figure out how the virus was genetically modified in the NRA labs so that it cannot infect anyone who has recently been exposed to nitrocellulose smoke or Hoppe's No. 9.

19:12

An update on the dreaded inflammation: I've given a name to my pain, and it is inflammation [The Liberty Sphere]

Evening, folks. Just a brief word about the eyes. I had a setback today. It feels and looks like some inflammation is still lurking in there. I am nowhere near as bad as when this started a few months ago, but any step backward is discouraging to say the least. I could use your prayers.

Next week I go back for the comprehensive follow up. So, we shall see.

A lot is happening in our country right now. It is uncanny, even mysteriously unlikely, that all of these things would be coming together all at once. One or two coincidences would be easier to swallow. But a dozen or more? Nahhh. Too much of this smacks of sinister human manipulation, even the manner in which the Ebola virus has invaded our country. And in spite of even that, Obama doubles down on his open borders strategy, essentially announcing to any terrorist or bioterrorist, "Here we are, come on in!" What complete demonic blob of humanity!

I have some info that I am sitting on, waiting for the right time to report it. As always, Obama worshippers will dismiss it outright, right out of the starting gate. Others will claim that "this is not news" -- another common mantra of the "progressives." Don't listen to them. They are evil and they intend evil.

More about that at the right time.

10:56

Alabama: Use of Firearm Suppressors for Hunting Legal as of October 1 [NRA-ILA News]

On October 1, the use of firearm sound suppressors became legal for all hunting in Alabama. Previously, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources prohibited the use of suppressors/silencers through their hunting regulations.

06:00

National Rifle Association Launches Second Round of Advertising in Anti-Bloomberg Campaign; Powerful Ad Features Violent Crime Survivor Calling Out Bloomberg Hypocrisy [NRA-ILA News]

Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association today launched the second round of advertising in a national campaign aimed at exposing Michael Bloomberg’s anti-freedom agenda. The second ad of the "Meet the Real Michael Bloomberg" campaign is a powerful to-camera ad titled "Kim" and features violent crime survivor Kimberly Weeks speaking directly to Michael Bloomberg. The "Kim" ad is part of a $2 million plus national advertising campaign and will air on television stations across America.

03:55

Connecticut: State Representative Rob Sampson Receives Award for His Commitment to Upholding the Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

State Representative Rob Sampson (R-80) was recently recognized by the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action with its Defender of Freedom Award for his role as a legislative champion fighting against Senate Bill 1160, one of the most egregious anti-gun bills in U.S. history.  Representative Rob Sampson is rated an "A+" by the NRA Political Victory Fund and has shown an extraordinary commitment to defending the Second Amendment.

Thursday, 02 October

19:15

Moms Demand Action urges murders of open carry gun owners [The Liberty Sphere]

One of the advocacy groups that has sprung up in recent years to support the disarmament of citizens is Moms Demand Action. But other than supporting legal efforts to deprive citizens of their constitutional rights, some of the members of the group have taken an ominous turn by urging the murder of gun owners who engage in open carry.
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17:00

Think Nationally, Act Locally [NRA-ILA News]

With NRA-PVF’s grades and endorsements now posted, you are able to find out which candidates in your area support our rights.  For some of you, there may be numerous contested races in your state or district.  For others, this may not be the case.

Daughter saves mother from violent ex-boyfriend, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Okla. 09/24/14 [NRA-ILA News]

A man, who had a protective order filed against him a week earlier, broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home in Oklahoma City, Okla. Once inside, the man attacked his ex-girlfriend, stabbing her. The woman’s 11-year-old daughter responded to the attack by retrieving a pistol and shooting the attacker twice, ending the assault and prompting the criminal to flee. A neighbor told reporters that the wounded woman “just showed the girl how to use the gun last week so she could protect herself.”

Connecticut: Come participate in a discussion on Crime, Guns and Race [NRA-ILA News]

Come participate in a discussion on "Crime, Guns and Race" hosted by the Connecticut Black Republicans and Conservatives (CBRAC) and the Connecticut chapter of The Frederick Douglass Foundation (CTFDF).

Attention Washington Second Amendment Supporters: You Need to Know Why It's Critical to Vote No on Initiative 594 [NRA-ILA News]

Attention Washington Second Amendment Supporters!  As you are aware, Initiative 594 is the latest, most comprehensive and well-funded attempt to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners in Washington State.  Although proponents describe it as a “universal background check” measure, in reality, this 18 page initiative is a universal handgun registration scheme being pushed by a very wealthy group of anti-gun elitists. That is not hyperbole, it is fact.

Bonidy v. United States: The Second Amendment at the post office [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday the Tenth Circuit heard oral arguments in Bonidy v. United States, which is an as-applied challenge to the U.S. Postal Service regulation which completely prohibits firearms on all postal property, including parking lots. Mr. Bonidy lives in Avon, Colorado, and has a concealed carry permit issued pursuant to Colorado law, following a fingerprint-based background check, safety training, and the County Sheriff’s determination that he does not pose any threat to himself or others.

Gun Control Supporters Advocate “SWAT-ing” of Gun Owners [NRA-ILA News]

America is a big country.  That being so, there’s always a chance that a few people here despise gun owners for reasons other than a need to compensate for deep self-loathing, a debilitating sense of their own inadequacy, or a desire to feel morally or intellectually superior to others.

Sick Joke: MSNBC and States United Blame NRA for Ebola Crisis [NRA-ILA News]

In what appears to be an attempt to upstage Louis Farrakhan’s assertion that Ebola is an invented “race-targeting weapon,” MSNBC and gun control organization States United are pointing the finger at NRA for the ongoing public health crisis.

Mark Kelly Lies About Gun Sales Before I-594 Vote [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, five weeks before voters in Washington State will decide whether to require “universal” background checks on firearm transfers, gun control advocate Mark Kelly lied on national television about how many such transactions occur without a background check.  Asked by CNN, Kelly said (at 3:30 in the video), “right now 60 percent of all gun sales go--occur--with a background check.  Why do we allow the 40 percent, the other 40 percent, to happen?”

NRA-PVF Candidate Ratings and Endorsements are Now Posted for the 2014 General Election [NRA-ILA News]

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day!  Your NRA Political Victory Fund has rated and made endorsements of pro-gun/pro-hunting candidates in the upcoming federal and state elections.  These candidate ratings can now be found at the NRA-PVF website.  Before casting your vote in the general election on or before November 4 depending upon early voting in your state, please visit this site to learn who will best protect your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage.

Fact-Checkers Appoint Themselves Arbiters of What Constitute “Gun Rights” [NRA-ILA News]

In the past, NRA has detailed the tendency of mainstream media “fact checkers” to skew information to support a particular viewpoint or agenda.  This tradition continued this week as the Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact and the Washington Post’s Fact Checker both took issue with an NRA ad running against Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu.

Wednesday, 01 October

17:00

NRA strikes back at Bloomberg [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association is fighting back against former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the powerful gun lobby moves to counter an aggressive midterm push from proponents of stronger federal firearm regulations.

Gun rights advocates slam Jersey City mayor over plan to reward 'socially responsible' gun dealers [NRA-ILA News]

Gun rights advocates are blasting Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop for a new city initiative that the mayor says uses the power of the city's purse to reward "socially responsible" gun distributors.They say Fulop's plan will do nothing to stop the flow of illegal guns into the city, and is merely intended to tout his liberal credentials. Fulop is among the Democrats eyeing the governor's mansion in 2017.

Gay gun activists: Growing LGBT push to support the Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

Two years ago Chris Cheng came out of nowhere to beat seasoned marksmen, police officers and veterans to win History Channel’s reality shooting competition show “Top Shot.”“When I auditioned, I was openly gay. But I was surprised as nobody cared. They only cared how well I could shoot and represent our season,” said Cheng, who quit his job at Google after the show and is now an NRA news commentator and is releasing his first book “Shoot to Win.” “There is this stereotypical view of the gun community as anti-gay rednecks, but nothing could be further from the truth. It was interesting as the History Channel never ‘outed’ me on the show even though they had hours of footage. I asked why and they said simply that it just wasn’t relevant.”

09:15

Michigan: House Judiciary Committee Expected to Vote Tomorrow on House Air Gun Reclassification Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee is expected to consider and vote on House Bills 5450,5749 and 5750, part of the Air Gun Reclassification Package.  If enacted into law, this legislative package would align Michigan’s definition of “firearm” with the federal definition; such that “firearm” would be redefined to mean “any weapon which will, is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by action of an explosive.”

07:00

A Pro-Gun House, Bulwark of Freedom [NRA-ILA News]

The Obama presidency hasn’t been easy for gun owners. During his first term, the president reversed Bush-era policy in order to participate in the profoundly anti-gun United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. His administration issued a policy requiring FFLs in the southwestern border states to register multiple sales of certain rifles. He nominated two U.S. Supreme Court justices who are hostile to the Second Amendment. And his Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) engaged in the notorious Operation “Fast and Furious” that supplied firearms to Mexican criminals, while his administration simultaneously blamed Americans for the proliferation of guns south of the border.

06:00

Is Shaneen Allen the Victim of State-Sponsored Persecution? [NRA-ILA News]

Oct. 1, 2013, was a bad day for Shaneen Allen – and for justice in New Jersey. As Ted Housel, the former prosecutor in Atlantic County, made clear: “She’s come underneath a very draconian law. Welcome to New Jersey.”

04:00

Thirty Years to a Gun-Free America? Their Prediction; Your Decision [NRA-ILA News]

One of the biggest mistakes we can make in the struggle for freedom is to underestimate our opposition.

A Sick Law Gets Cured: Doctors Can No Longer Ask Patients If They Own A Firearm [NRA-ILA News]

The 11th u.s. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that Florida doctors do not have the right to ask patients if they own a gun when the question is unnecessary to a patient’s care.

Will D.C. Carry? [NRA-ILA News]

What if the citizens of the Disrict of Columbia, and visitors to the District, could exercise their Second Amendment-protected right to bear arms? For four days in July, they were able to do just that.

03:00

Stop Obama's Lawlessness [NRA-ILA News]

I was recently in deep discussion about the serial scandals of the Obama administration:refusal to stem the flood of illegal aliens pouring across our porous borders; get-out-of-jail-free pass release of more than 36,000 illegal aliens with criminal convictions; legal challenges to state laws designed to prevent voter fraud and the flagrant cover-up of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) war on the political free speech of American citizens.

Vote To End The “Choke Point” Extortion Racket [NRA-ILA News]

Imagine, with your good credit rating and long relationship with your financial institution, you get a notice from your banker that your services are cut off immediately. No checking. No investments. No line of credit. No credit card. Savings closed. Or even that your assets are frozen. If you are in business, this could ruin you. Pronto. And there’s no explanation and no appeal.

Sheriff Clarke Beats Bloomberg Bucks [NRA-ILA News]

Battling anti-gunners is nothing new to Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke (see our feature story in the August issue of America’s 1st Freedom, p.36). But taking on Michael Bloomberg’s megabucks in a very closely contested election is a whole different ballgame.

00:38

Time to dismantle US academia [The Liberty Sphere]

In light of the fact that academia in the United States has become a hotbed of extremist indoctrination, it is time to dismantle the power, reach, and influence of major universities in America. They are no longer needed and society would be better off without them.
Modern America is replete with opportunities to obtain higher education apart from costly traditional universities. 
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Tuesday, 30 September

20:15

Police officers charged in alleged straw man sales [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. The trial starts Monday, and the defendants are two Sacramento County deputies, an FFL, and a private purchaser.

As I read the story, it arises out of California's discriminatory gun laws. To be sold new in CA, a handgun must pass "safety tests," which are expensive (they must be done by State-licensed labs, and involve a lot more than safety). Lots of ordinary handguns -- such as the Ruger .380 said to be at issue) don't have the certification.

BUT (despite this being a supposed safety standard) police officers (and as I recall the law, employees of a prosecutor's office) can buy unlisted guns from a dealer. I'd guess that the charges involve officers buying unlisted guns and reselling them to private persons who wanted an unlisted firearm. Since California requires all sales to go through an FFL, and also as I recall requires handgun sales to be reported to the State, there can't be an argument that these were true "straw sales," intended to hide the identity of the ultimate owner.

17:03

Ron Paul says secession in US inevitable [The Liberty Sphere]

In an interview with the National Journal today, former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, stated that he supported the attempt by citizens in Scotland to secede from the U.K. He further believes that secession is inevitable in the United States due to the continuing failure of the federal government to stay within the boundaries the Framers delineated in the U.S. Constitution.
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17:00

California Will Allow Family Members to Seek Seizure of Guns [NRA-ILA News]

California will be the first state in the country to allow private citizens to ask a court to seize guns from family members who they believe pose a threat to themselves or the public, under a measure signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday.

Pennsylvania could give the NRA the right to sue cities [NRA-ILA News]

Cities in Pennsylvania may have to think carefully before passing ordinances relating to guns and gun control in future years: Doing so could land them in legal trouble with the National Rifle Association.

Gun rights a flashpoint in Louisiana Senate race [NRA-ILA News]

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is trying to defend her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the National Rifle Association in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.  Landrieu was recently endorsed by former NY City mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun contol group.

Bloomberg gun control group enters Oregon governor and state Senate races [NRA-ILA News]

Everytown for Gun Safety -- the gun control group funded by billionaire Michael Bloomberg -- is running ads in favor of Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and attempting to unseat state Sen. Bruce Starr, R-Hillsboro.

Second Amendment Vs. Islamic State In Oklahoma [NRA-ILA News]

The Islamic State's call for "lone wolf" attacks on Western infidels might have met its match in the Second Amendment, as an armed man saves lives by shooting a jihadist wannabe bent on heeding that call.

Pennsylvania could give the NRA the right to sue cities [NRA-ILA News]

Cities in Pennsylvania may have to think carefully before passing ordinances relating to guns and gun control in future years: Doing so could land them in legal trouble with the National Rifle Association.

07:55

Virginia: Virginia Beach City Council Draft 2015 Legislative Agenda to Include Anti-Gun Legislation Recommendation [NRA-ILA News]

At their October 21 meeting, the Virginia Beach City Council is expected to consider and may vote to include recommendations to the Virginia General Assembly that they pass legislation in 2015 requiring victims of crime to report lost or stolen firearms within 48 hours of discovery of the loss or crime.

Monday, 29 September

20:58

Music for the ages [The Liberty Sphere]

Perhaps the best known and most beloved of Russian composer Tchaikovsky's works is his moving 1812 Overture. The work is based on the war between France and Russia in 1812 and is an appeal to God to save Tchaikovsky's people in Russia and their Czar from being conquered by the French. That war predated the Bolshevik (Communist) revolution in Russia by nearly a century.

Within the work Tchaikovsky draws from both the Russian national anthem and the French national anthem. The piece begins with a brief choral introduction that is quite moving, the prayer on behalf of the Russian people. You will hear mega-deep notes on the part of the bass vocalists.

This rendition of the work is presented by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and it is perhaps the greatest recording of all among the various renditions of the 1812 Overture. Ormandy pulls out all of the stops, utilizing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the pipe organ, and the cannons firing and bells ringing at the end, which was recorded by Ormandy and the orchestra at Valley Forge, using the Valley Forge Military Academy Band.

You must hear this. You will not be sorry. And if you can listen without being deeply moved, there's something wrong with you. Click on the photo below to listen.

17:00

Armed mother defends home from intruder, WKMG, Orlando, Fla. 09/26/14 [NRA-ILA News]

Lizette Rosario was inside her home in Orange County, Fla. when her son alerted her to an attempted break-in. Rosario retrieved a 9mm pistol and went to confront the intruder, who fled behind a shed in the yard. With the help of her son, Rosario was able to hold the man until police could arrive.

California: Three More Anti-Gun Bills Signed into Law Today and One Anti-Gun Bill Vetoed [NRA-ILA News]

On the final day of Governor Jerry Brown’s deadline to act on pending legislation, he signed into law three more anti-gun bills and vetoed one anti-gun bill.

NRA launches new round of anti-Bloomberg ads [NRA-ILA News]

The advertising war over gun control is about to escalate.On Tuesday, the National Rifle Association will begin airing an emotional, 30-second commercial featuring a Colorado crime victim who had been assaulted in her apartment by a stranger. In the ad, Kimberly Weeks said she once had been afraid of owning a gun. That changed, she said, after enduring two hours of "evil" at the hands of her assailant.

Colorado's Second Amendment wildfire [NRA-ILA News]

Last year, in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings in Connecticut, the Obama administration and then-New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg worked to put together a "coalition of the willing" to join them in a war on the Second Amendment and hit upon Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper as a likely recruit.

Data divulges racial disparity in Chicago’s issuance of gun permits [NRA-ILA News]

In Chicago's South Side earlier this month, a 16-year-old boy was shot dead, the seventh person killed this year in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.The boy was able to give his name and reportedly pleaded with the responding police officers, "Please don't let me die."If you live in 60624, the ZIP code where the shooting took place, you don't expect your streets to be safe. In the last 30 days, that neighborhood has recorded more homicides, robberies, assaults, thefts and narcotics charges combined than any other ZIP code in Cook County when measured on a per capita basis. Its population is 98 percent black and averages a median income just above the poverty line.It also is one of the ZIP codes that registers the fewest active concealed carry firearms permits per capita in the county, according to concealed carry numbers obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by The Washington Times.

15:41

Dems start the blame game again [The Liberty Sphere]

Most Americans are well beyond the stage where blaming George W. Bush for the nation's woes seems to have a least some validity. Eventually the citizens caught on to the fact that to persist in blaming a former president for current problems is not only totally unreasonable but points to a major ulterior motive on the part of those who insist on continuing such a blame game.
Take the recent announcement that Attorney General Eric Holder will be resigning as soon as a new attorney general is chosen and confirmed by the Senate.
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12:50

Obama continues the blame game [The Liberty Sphere]

The petulant child that occupies the Oval Office continues his blame game as he
"explains" to 60 Minutes' Steve Croft how the administration missed something as powerful and dangerous as ISIS. This time, however, he had sense enough not to blame Bush. Rather, he blamed his own intelligence-gathering apparatus.

Obama said that the intelligence community, headed by James Clapper, missed all the signals of a new type of terrorist as depicted in ISIS. He further claimed that they grossly overestimated the ability of the Iraqi army to defend itself once Obama pulled out all U.S. troops.

First, Obama flat-out lied. His commanders on the ground all told him that the United States needed to keep a residual force of troops in the region even after we withdrew. This was due to one reason alone -- they all knew that without that support we would lose back to extremists all of the ground we had gained in the Iraqi War. Obama ignored them.

Second, Obama flat-out lied again when he stated that the intelligence community "missed" all the signals that a new and much stronger terrorist organization was rising in the region by the name of ISIS. False again. Earlier last week the administration, including the White House press secretary, stated that the military, the CIA, the State Department, and others had been monitoring ISIS for TWO YEARS! So not only did they know but they tracked them.

But this brings us to an even more important question -- if all of these agencies in the administration knew all about ISIS, why did they fail to stop them? One would think that something as barbaric and dangerous as this group would necessitate a quick, decisive military response that would decapitate the serpent before they started on a head-chopping spree against Christians, Jews, and moderate Muslims in the region.

12:33

Did you see the latest shenanigans in Texas? [The Liberty Sphere]

The last time I wrote about the concerted effort on the part of progressives and Democrats to turn Texas from red to blue elicited some strong reaction from residents in the state. "Over my dead body," one declared. "Don't mess with Texas," said another.

While I am glad that many Texas citizens see the threat and are taking steps to counteract it, I am also aware that the progressive underground is hard at work ignoring them and pushing forward to take the state, even if they must break the law to do so.

Remember, this is how progressives make inroads into conservative territory. Voter fraud and election tampering is in their DNA. And this is why honest citizens cannot afford to hope for the best by assuming all people are as trustworthy as we are. A word to the wise.

And as this news article shows, the dirty rotten electioneers of the progressive cabal are working overtime in Texas. Beware, patriots!

Friday, 26 September

17:54

Friday nights at the White House [The Liberty Sphere]

Well, my friends, it's Friday night and it is time once again to closely monitor the White House, and the rest of the government, to see if there is some bombshell lurking around that is ready for release. During the last six years the Administration waits to report controversial news items until Friday night when most are not paying attention.

This is not the only way the Administration attempts to blunt the impact of news that places it in a bad light. They are known to wait until Congress is out of town so that no oversight is provided over their actions.

By the way, Obama is going to need the approval of Congress eventually for its actions in Syria and Iraq. Only Congress can declare war, but even if military action is not connected with a specific war, the War Powers Act mandates that when a president sends in the military in an emergency situation, he must eventually come to Congress for ultimate approval, or else he has acted illegally.

But of course right now none of that matters. Congress is out of town for the November midterm elections. And even if they were in town, would it really matter? This president has never worried about staying within the boundaries of the law on anything.

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