Friday, 24 October


Jihadis continue to make our case for an armed citizenry. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Man attacks New York police officers with a hatchet
You know, the more chaos in the streets (jihadi attacks, Ferguson riots, etc.), the more popular the armed citizenry is going to become with folks who previously were hoplophobes.


CT gun grabbers should take note. Blood dancers disappointed at Canadian jihadi's choice of weapons but two attacks illustrate the impossibility of defending against Fourth Generation Warfare. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Confusion reigns in the firearm-ignorant press, with the Canadian jihadi's weapon described as a "30-30 Winchester lever action shotgun." From the photographs (above and those at the scene) it seems plain that the weapon was in fact a Model 94 rifle in caliber .30-30. This comes as a distinct disappointment to the firearm confiscationist blood dancers who no doubt are weeping that a semi-auto "assault rifle" was not used. In the American context, the gun grabbers understand that, as much as they'd like, lever-action rifles are off the menu for now since to advocate their confiscation would be to rouse the great, somnambulant giant known as Elmer Fudd and fill him with a terrible resolve. (It remains to be seen how a drug addict living in a homeless shelter was able to conceal the long gun.)
Much has been been speculated upon in what passes for the cable news "press" about the precise links between the Parliament shooter and the other Canadian jihadi who plowed into soldiers with his car the day before (killing one) and their links to ISIS -- as if that matters. They are missing the whole point of 4th Generation Warfare. No orders need be given, no money needs to change hands. In 4GW, the targets are known and understood by all, the individual actions are targeted to specific enemy vulnerabilities. It is the IDEA that is weaponized. This makes defending against such attacks almost impossible, since you cannot kill an idea, nor can you trace a command structure that doesn't exist, nor "decapitate" it if you could find it.
As for the individuals who carry out the attacks, the only concern is how to avoid detection while sizing up, stalking and taking down the command structure of your enemy -- the war makes and decision takers. In retrospect we should be grateful that this jihadi didn't think that through and went for a common, unarmed soldier at a war memorial rather that heading directly for the high-value targets on Parliament Hill.
As disappointed as the gun confiscationists must be at the facts of this case, they (especially those in the state of Connecticut) should pay attention to this truth -- if you start a civil war by raiding heretofore law-abiding Americans for their politically-incorrect firearms, you will not be able to defend against the 4GW attacks that you spark. And, I daresay, the folks who come after the warmakers and decision takers in righteous self-defense in the context of an American civil war that the gun raiders start will not be addled, inadequate jihadis.
As an aside, and totally unrelated, are you sure, Governor Malloy, that you don't want to publicly declare that enforcement of your Intolerable Act will be suspended until the Supreme Court has a chance to rule? Or are you going to give in to the darker impulses of Mike "KGB" Lawlor and start the gun raids after your re-election? Some reflections upon the lessons of 4GW might be in order, don't you think? I'm just trying to help you out, here.


SAF lawsuit challenges Illinois CCW statute [Gun News]

The Second Amendment Foundation late yesterday filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Illinois , challenging that state's concealed carry law, contending that the statute causes "deprivation of civil rights under color of law" and that the law amounts to a virtual ban on all non-Illinois residents from obtaining a concealed carry license. That's unconstitutional, asserted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb .


"The Grease Gun Was for Killing Nazis." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Cheap, easy to make, great for shooting bad guys
It is no secret to my friends that the M-3A1 "Grease Gun" has long been my favorite submachine gun. (It is also no secret to the ATF, apparently, since three times in the 90s snitches tried to offer me one for sale in a "can't miss" deal. Each time I picked up the phone and called the state police and the snitch went away. The devil, it must be said, knows your temptations better than you do so be prepared to resist them.)
I first fired an original M-3 back in the 70s -- a specimen that bore no paperwork since it had been stolen by someone else, who stole it from someone else, who, presumably, stole it from Uncle Sugar. This was during my Benedict Arnold period when I handled quite a lot of illegal weapons. I have loved that clunky, junky SMG chambered in the justly revered caliber of .45 ACP ever since.


Scoot: Marijuana and gun ownership [Gun News]

Should a patient who is prescribed medical marijuana by a doctor in a state where the use of medicinal marijuana is legal lose their 2nd Amendment rights? Bobbi Jo Floyd of Richland, Washington is an authorized marijuana patient and a proponent for medical pot but Bobbi is also a Republican who believes in gun ownership. In January, Bobbi Jo Floyd applied for a concealed pistol license with the local police station.

Thursday, 23 October


Victoria (Australia) Police: Banning semi-automatic handguns won't take such guns off the street [John Lott's Website]

This news article misses the point that even to the extent that a ban takes some guns from criminals, that is offset by the fact that victims are easier targets.  From The Age newspaper:
Banning semi-automatic handguns won't take such guns off the street, Victoria Police has told a federal inquiry into gun violence. 
Victoria Police told the submission such a ban "would most likely have little effect on the number of illegally held firearms in Australia". 
"The majority of semi-automatic handguns seized are from criminals who are prohibited persons," the submission says. "It is unclear whether a ban on semi-automatic weapons will diminish their ability to obtain such weapons." 
It also warns that a ban could make it more profitable to import such weapons illegally, potentially pushing the market even further underground. . . . 
"It is likely that 3D printing of firearms will increase, posing a significant risk to community safety and law enforcement agencies," the submission says. . . .
By the way, there has just been an attack where three people were killed in a shooting attack in Australia.  Again from The Age newspaper:
Two men and a woman are dead and a man has been arrested following a shooting and siege north-west of Melbourne that police say was triggered by a neighbourhood dispute.  
Police were called to the property, near Wedderburn and about 210km from Melbourne, about 8.30pm on Wednesday after reports of a minor dispute between neighbours. 
Fairfax Media can confirm that Peter Lockhart, president of the Wedderburn Historical Engine and Machinery Society, his wife Mary Lockhart, and Mrs Lockhart's son Greg Holmes died on Wednesday night. . . . 


Frankly, after having considered all of my options today, the one that makes the most sense is to barf [The Liberty Sphere]

Well, folks, last night and today I had another bout with nausea as I normally do about once a week or so. I think it is due to the meds I have to take since they haven't found any underlying physical cause except for the inflammation with which I live constantly.

I contemplated writing an article, but that fell flat. I thought about putting some thoughts together on this blog concerning the upcoming midterms, but that, too fell flat when I realized on second thought that I didn't really feel like doing that either. Then, I thought I would pontificate on the terrorist attack in Canada, but I quickly laid that idea to rest as well.

So, having looked at all of my options, the one that makes the most sense is to barf and go to bed.

If I start to feel better I may do an Examiner article this evening. But sometimes I ask myself "what's the use?" when readership is as fickle as an angry mob. Every once in a while I get attention for an article, get plenty of readers, and make a decent amount of money to keep food on the table. But then before I know it my readership has dropped like a lead balloon, and I get nervous once again wondering how on earth I will pay my bills and eat if I make no more money than that.

So, to heck with it. Blah, blah, blah, BARF! At least with physical nausea I can barf and feel better. But with the emotional nausea that comes from worrying about those unimportant matters, you know, like having a roof over my head, having enough food to stay alive, and paying for the meds I need each day, one cannot deal with that through the process of the barf. But that is still what I wish I could do with it all.

As I said, to heck with it. BARF!


Urban prosecutors form group to demand 'gun control' [Gun News]

Mike Feuer is hitching his political wagon to a citizen disarmament dwarf star. That may play in Hollywood, but it will be a flop in the heartland.


Well, aren't these some privileged characters? [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Protesters temporarily block Downtown Connector in Atlanta without being arrested.
A human blockade temporarily formed on I-75/85 northbound Wednesday evening as protesters halted traffic. The incident was part of a protest in response to the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of a 18-year-old African-American by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo.


Members of Congress Ask Inspectors General of DOJ, FDIC to Investigate Operation Chokepoint [NRA-ILA News]

Coalitions of congressional representatives have issued letters over the past two Thursdays requesting internal investigators at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to examine Operation Choke Point (OPC) and any officials and staff involved in the program.

Obama claims executive privilege over 15,000 Fast and Furious docs [NRA-ILA News]

The Obama administration is claiming executive privilege over more than 15,000 documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, including correspondence between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife, according to records received Wednesday night by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

New York: Controversy surrounds pistol permit application asking for Facebook information [NRA-ILA News]

There's a reason we create private passwords for our social media accounts: the information contained therein is private.We're often warned not to give out these passwords — but how do we react if the police ask for them? That's what appeared to have happened in Watervliet recently, where a form included in the city's pistol permit application included a blank line for applicants to fill-in "Facebook & Password."

Anti-NRA Ebola Theme Infects Media, Spreads Rapidly [NRA-ILA News]

In the weeks since we last reported on media attempts to tie NRA to the Ebola crisis because of our opposition to the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general, the anti-gun echo chamber has continued to promote this absurd line of argument.

Woman Posts Yard Sign to “Out” Neighbor as Concealed Carry Licensee [NRA-ILA News]

Few of the anti-gun movement’s positions are as self-defeating and mean-spirited as the impulse to “out” others for the choices they make about their Second Amendment rights.

Outgoing AG Eric Holder Cites as “Personal Failure” Lack of Additional Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

As Eric Holder's disastrous reign as attorney general comes to a close, he counts among his and his anti-gun administration's biggest failures the inability to further restrict American's Second Amendment rights.


Canadian Parliament shooting: Will it spark a gun control debate in the U.S.? [Gun News]

The shootings Wednesday on Canada's Parliament Hill have started another discussion in Canada about gun control laws, according to Canadian Press Correspondent Le-Anne Goodman. Goodman told MSNBC Wednesday that the ongoing debate about Prime Minister Stephen Harper's attempts to loosen gun laws is "going to become part of the conversation in the days following."


Fox Host: Pro-gun Control Supermodel Is 'Known For Her Bottom... She Should Stick To That' [Gun News]

When it comes to expressing opinions on gun control, Fox News host Andrea Tantaros said on Thursday that supermodels should keep their mouths shut and their clothes off. When it comes to expressing opinions on gun control, Fox News host Andrea Tantaros said on Thursday that supermodels should keep their mouths shut and their clothes off.


SAF files against Illinois yet again.... [Of Arms and the Law]

SAF, Illinois Carry, and Illinois State Rifle and Pistol have filed Culp v. Madigan (C. D. Ill.), challenging a feature of the new handgun carry permit system, adopted in the wake of prior legal challenges. The new system, for reasons that seem hard to understand, says that nonresidents can only apply for a carry permit if their own State has a handgun carry permit system substantially identical to that of Illinois. Attorney is David Sigale.

The suit should be a winner. It's hard even to understand how that limitation got in there. I can only guess that someone knew that carry permit systems often have reciprocity and that these provisions commonly limit recognition to permits issued by States with similar standards, or standards at least as strict as those of the State being asked to recognize them. But the provision here isn't a matter of reciprocity, but of which nonresidents can get an Illinois permit.


Extraordinary [Of Arms and the Law]

Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Info lawsuit regarding ATF's operation "Fast and Furious," which ran guns to Mexican drug cartels.

The DoJ just asserted executive privilege as a reason for withholding communications to and from Mrs. Eric Holder.

Extraordinary. The spouse of a government employee is not a member of the executive branch, she's a member of the general public.


Shootout in Ottawa [Of Arms and the Law]

Gunman storms the Canadian Parliament building -- and finds the Master at Arms is indeed armed. Nice shooting. The only thing that stopped a bad guy with a gun was a good guy with a gun.


Chrissy Teigan snarks about American gun violence in wake of Ottawa shooting [Gun News]

When gunmen opened fire in Ottawa, killing a soldier at Canada's war memorial, and inciting a brief gun battle on Parliament Hill, most people reacted with shock and outrage. However, supermodel Chrissy Teigan decided to make a snarky comment on twitter, apparently as an attempt to make a point about gun control in the United States, according to a Wednesday story on Breitbart.


Majority of Washington State Sheriffs Oppose I-594 [NRA-ILA News]

A majority of Washington State’s 39 sheriffs have come out in opposition to anti-gun Washington State Ballot Initiative 594.  The sheriffs oppose I-594 because it will not make anyone safer, will strain scarce law enforcement resources, will criminalize the lawful behavior of millions of law-abiding gun owners in Washington and will be unenforceable.


Windsor gun lobby group Rocky Mountain Gun Owners files lawsuit in campaign donor dispute [Gun News]

Windsor-based Second Amendment lobby Rocky Mountain Gun Owners has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in Denver in an attempt keep private donor records related to a mailer sent out before this year's primary election. The lawsuit against the Colorado Secretary of State and Colorado Ethics Watch also aims to stop a Nov. 6 hearing that stems from a campaign finance complaint filed by Ethics Watch, a statewide watchdog group.


Watch White House make an embarrassing attempt to explain away why them ordering paper for 9 million green cards tell us nothing about Obama's forthcoming executive action on immigration [John Lott's Website]

A couple of days ago, news reports came out saying that the Obama administration is buying enough special paper to make 34 million green cards.  Here is an amazing video of Ed Henry and Major Garrett nailing WH Press Secretary Earnest on his unwillingness to answer a simple question.  This should be on every evening news broadcast. 


Drew Cline: Two weeks before the election, no one is talking about guns [Gun News]

LAST YEAR, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill to ban .50-caliber rifles, and on July 2 he vetoed a gun-control bill that would have banned magazines that hold more than 10 bullets.

Wednesday, 22 October


This is just too funny: Communists don't want to let people vote because popular vote would give poor too much power [John Lott's Website]

From the WSJ:
Speaking in an interview with foreign media, Mr. Leung reiterated that the student demand for direct input from the public on candidates for the city’s top post was impossible. He said using a nominating committee as required by Beijing gives representation to a wide range of groups.
He warned that if candidates were nominated by the public, the population that earns less than the median monthly salary of $1,800 could dominate the process.
“If it’s entirely a numbers game and numeric representation, then obviously you’d be talking to the half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than $1,800 a month,” Mr. Leung said.
Hong Kong has one of the world’s biggest wealth gaps and some of the world’s highest property prices, factors that have increased the frustration of young people. . . .


Target shooting range controversy in Chester [Gun News]

The Chester Meeting House was the place to be Tuesday night. There, many were turned away because there was no room for them to stand up and voice their thoughts on what's been going on at a target shooting range.


Before Bill Gates spent $1 million for gun control, he came pandering in Wyoming [Gun News]

Bill Gates is rolling out his anti-gun activism funded with $1 million of his own seed money, And just maybe, Wyoming Lawmakers will now have to answer to their constituents in why giving Billionaire Bill Gates company money was such a high priority. Wyoming's state and local Lawmakers handed out $12 million in grants to help Microsoft build a data center in Wyoming.


Guns, Giffords play big role in Arizona House race [Gun News]

As the one-minute television campaign ad for U.S. Rep. Ron Barber extols the virtues of southern Arizona and independent thinking, the narrator's voice stands out. It's none other than the woman who once held the House seat: Gabby Giffords.


My newest piece at Fox News: "The truth about young black men and police shootings" [John Lott's Website]

My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
Tensions are still high in Ferguson, Mo., after the Aug. 8 police shooting of Michael Brown. On Friday, it was reported forensics showed Brown’s blood was on both the inside of police officer Darren Wilson’s car as well as Wilson’s gun. The gun had also been fired twice within the car. This evidence hardly squares with early witness accounts that Brown was shot with his hands in the air while he was surrendering.
With forensic evidence finally coming in, Officer Wilson’s shooting Brown is looking as if it were justifiable self-defense.  But that hasn’t stopped people from making it a racial issue. 
Over the weekend, the New York Times noted some black leaders, such as Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, “often invoke voting rights and the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black man shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., as a way to mobilize black voters.” 
About a week ago journalists at ProPublica and Slate further fueled the anger many blacks felt about the shooting. Slate’s headline read: “Black Teens Vastly More Likely to Be Killed by Police Than Whites Even After Adjusting for Crime Rates.” 
The incendiary finding got massive uncritical news coverage . . . .
Top of the page at Fox News.

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Dad shoots, kills armed intruder who broke into Sarasota home at 5:40 AM [John Lott's Website]

From My Fox Tampa Bay:
. . . Deputies said the homeowner, Chris Bane, heard glass breaking at about 5:40 a.m. He grabbed his gun and went into the hallway, where he came face to face with Calvin Yoder. 
"The burglar fired a shot and the homeowner returned fire, striking and killing the intruder," said Wendy Rose, a spokesperson for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. "Apparently the homeowner has been the victim of burglary recently so he was on alert, he was on edge, and as soon as he heard glass breaking he armed himself to protect himself and his 11-year-old child who was in the home." 
Rose said Bane's home had been broken into as recently as Sunday, but deputies aren't sure if Yoder was involved. 
Yoder, 22, has had several run-ins with the law; he'd been arrested at least five times and spent several months in prison. . . . 
"[Bane and his son] were both uninjured," Rose said. "Clearly they're shaken up and speaking to investigators." . . .


Serious voting problems in this election, fraud, illegal aliens registered, and errors favoring Democrats [John Lott's Website]

Regarding Colorado:
James O’Keefe, the guerilla filmmaker who brought down the ACORN voter-registration fraudsters in 2010 and forced the resignation of NPR executives, politely disagrees. Today, he is releasing some new undercover footage that raises disturbing questions about ballot integrity in Colorado, the site of fiercely contested races for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, and the governorship. When he raised the issue of filling out some of the unused ballots that are mailed to every household in the state this month, he was told by Meredith Hicks, the director of Work for Progress, a liberal group funded by Democratic Super PACS.: “That is not even like lying or something, if someone throws out a ballot, like if you want to fill it out you should do it.” She then brazenly offered O’Keefe, disguised as a middle-aged college instructor, a job with her group. . . .
From Illinois:
Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.
Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library.
“I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”
The conservative website Illinois Review reported that “While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race . . . . .
Illegals registered to vote in North Carolina:
The voter rolls kept by the State Board of Elections contain 145 names that belong to a certain category of ineligible voter – immigrants in the U.S. under a federal program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, according to elections officials.
Josh Lawson, an SBOE spokesman, said that election officials found out about the number Tuesday night, after the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles ran a specific search for drivers with DACA licenses.
Letters from the SBOE will be sent to the 145 people asking for documentation that they are U.S. citizens, Lawson said.
More people who are ineligible because they are not U.S. citizens may be on the voter rolls.  Nearly 10,000 names on the rolls are tagged by the DMV as "legally present," according to elections and transportation officials. But that doesn’t mean that all 10,000 are ineligible to vote at this time. . . .


One of the Canadian shooters, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, recent convert to Islam, long criminal record [John Lott's Website]

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's name was apparently previously known as Michael Joseph Hall prior to converting to Islam.  He had been designated a high-risk traveler and that his passport had recently been confiscated.  Zehaf-Bibeau had a long criminal history with arrests for robbery, making threats, and various drug offenses.  He served time in prison on at least a couple of occasions (67 days for the uttering the threat), but he was still able to obtain a gun.

This attack comes on the heels of another recent muslim convert who used his car to run over two soldiers in Canada, killing one of them.
Terrorist ideology inspired a recent convert to Islam to drive his car into two Canadian soldiers, killing one, before he was shot dead by police, authorities said on Tuesday.
Quebec police spokesman Guy Lapointe said the act was deliberate and that one of the two soldiers was in uniform. There were no other suspects. 
Public safety minister Steven Blaney called it a “terrible act of violence against our country, against our military and against our values” that was “clearly linked to terrorist ideology”. 
Police identified the dead military member as Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53.
The suspect, Martin Couture Rouleau, 25, was known to authorities and recently had his passport seized, police commissioner Bob Paulson said. . . . 
Martin Couture Rouleau staked out the parking lot for 2 hours waiting for the soldiers.  He was apparently arrested in July, but was let go because he hadn't committed a crime and they did not view him as a threat to others.

Sadly, but not surprisingly given these two attacks on soldiers, the Canadian government is urging members of the military not to wear their uniforms when they are off duty.  In the attack today, the ceremonial guard who was in uniform was definitely targeted.

Possibly the weapon used in the attack was a shotgun.  Reports from the Chicago Tribune to the CBC indicate:
"He was wearing blue pants and a black jacket and he had a double barrelled shotgun and he ran up the side of this building here and hijacked a car at gunpoint," construction worker Scott Walsh told Reuters. . . .
In Jerusalem, an Arab terrorist rammed his car into a crowd, killing an infant and wounded several others.
A three-month-old girl, identified by her grandfather as Chaya Zissel, was killed and several US citizens and Israelis were wounded Wednesday evening when a convicted Palestinian terrorist from the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan rammed his vehicle into a crowd of people in the capital. . . .  


Backdoor gun control: D.C. sets impossible hurdles for carry permits [NRA-ILA News]

The District’s newly minted concealed carry laws require gun owners seeking permits to complete 18 hours of firearms training.One problem: As of Wednesday, the day before a court-ordered deadline for the permitting process to begin, no instructors had been approved to teach the compulsory course.

Washington: Ex-official may be charged with stealing gun-measure yard signs [NRA-ILA News]

A former Bellevue City Council member once called the city’s “last liberal” could be charged with stealing yard signs in a duel over competing gun-background-check initiatives.Police said Margot Blacker, who served on the Bellevue City Council from 1990 through 1997, told them she took signs advocating I-591, which is supported by gun-rights supporters, as retaliation for the theft of signs promoting I-594, a measure that would expand background checks.


Pennsylvania passes preemption [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. Sounds like the statute allows for recovery of attorney's fees, which would be an important addition.


Rough night. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Running late. More later.

Tuesday, 21 October


Eric Holder says failure to pass gun control is his biggest failure [John Lott's Website]

Eric Holder: “I think the inability to pass reasonable gun safety laws after the Newtown massacre is, for me, something that I take personally as a failure, and something that I think we as a society should take as a failure.”
Given that passing legislation isn't supposed to me Holder's job, possibly this tells up part of the problem with this administration.


Clerk defends himself from armed robbers, KBOB, Albuquerque, N.M. 10/21/14 [NRA-ILA News]

A pair of armed robbers entered the Pajarito Corner Store in Albuquerque, N.M., and demanded cash. As the pair were leaving, the clerk went to lock the store’s door, at which point one of the criminals leveled a gun at him. The clerk responded by firing at the robbers, striking one and causing both to flee. The thieves fled in a vehicle, but were involved in an accident. Police caught up with the criminals, finding one dead and arranging for the other to be taken to a hospital. The surviving robber will be charged with murder in the death of his accomplice.

Judge says Maine wildlife officials allowed to oppose bear-hunt restrictions [NRA-ILA News]

A judge on Wednesday refused to issue an emergency injunction aimed at stopping the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife from using its resources to campaign against a ban on baiting, trapping and using dogs to hunt bears.

Pennsylvania: Officials irked about state bill that could eliminate local gun laws [NRA-ILA News]

The Pennsylvania House's passage Monday of a controversial bill granting legal standing to the National Rifle Association to sue over local gun laws has put dozens of municipalities on notice.

Gun-control battle swings to Washington state [NRA-ILA News]

The center of the national debate over firearm background checks has, for the moment, moved to Washington state.Next month, residents of Washington state will get to vote on whether gun buyers should be subject to background checks for purchases made at gun shows or online.

Va. Beach OK's gun agenda item, triggering dissent [NRA-ILA News]

The city's legislative agenda isn't normally all that controversial for residents. But an item about guns this year has gotten people talking.The proposal asks the General Assembly to consider requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms. Failure to do so within two days of realizing a gun has disappeared would result in a civil fine.

Tennessee: Residents petition for Farragut guns in parks ban to be lifted [NRA-ILA News]

Another effort to repeal Farragut's ban on guns in parks is underway. A change in state law in 2009 allowed handgun permit holders to carry their weapons into parks, but local governments could opt out. That's what Farragut decided to do and they've stuck with it when the issue came up again last year.


Obama's Ebola czar has disturbing history [The Liberty Sphere]

...Barack Obama told the public that he would need an "Ebola czar" to coordinate the effort to stop the disease from spreading. It turns out that the person chosen for the job, Ron Klain, has a most disturbing history that not only makes him an odd choice for the position but confirms the charges of conservatives that his role is purely political.
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Hello my dear readers, saints and sinners, patriots and vermin alike... [The Liberty Sphere]

Well, hi. I hope you caught the humor in that title. That's the only reason I did it. I have no intention of addressing political vermin or sinners, at least not in this post. :)

I am writing to give my dear faithful readers and supporters an update on...well, me. I'm still here, hanging in, keeping up with the news and politics each day even though I am not writing about them at present. But today, I am compelled to come out of my cave for a bit.

There are somethings going on at the national level and the local level that need at least my small spotlight shining on them. I may not have any breaking news or anything new to report, but I am able to see patterns. I connect dots. Some would refer to me as a "political analyst," although I will be quick to say I never got a degree in political analysis (if there is such a thing). My insight comes by instinct and observation, having started early in life -- like at age 5 or 6 -- being tutored by family and friends of my family that loved the political debate. It wasn't long until I could hold my own with people much older than me. This was due solely to the time I put into reading, studying, and watching carefully the actions of politicians on TV, as well as listening to them on the radio.

So, having said that, I am sure some of the "progressive" elitists would debunk anything I have to say, which most do already, claiming that I am not an "authorized political analyst." But, considering that those who are "authorized" tend to be some of the most extremist neo-Marxists in America who engage in "advocacy journalism" on behalf of Obama, Clinton, and scores of other elitists who hate the Constitution, I have concluded that I did not miss anything by passing up majoring in political science or journalism. My majors were in different fields, but I have observed that anyone with a solid, well-rounded classic education can do the work of a journalist and political analyst with no problem. Walter Cronkite, for example, was a history major.

All of this is leading up to telling you that I will probably have a new article for Examiner to post later this evening. It all depends. But at least I am working on it. But I am going to need your help in spreading it. The Examiner still adheres to the old, tired, worn out, obsolete method of paying its writers on the basis of how many read it. This is not a "per click" method. You can only be counted once per day. That cuts down on the worthless clicking and encourages visitors to the site to actually read the article in question. I appreciate your help in this matter.

I will return later when the writing is done.


Pennsylvania: 2014 Legislative Session Ends With Victory [NRA-ILA News]

After four years of effort, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives finally passed critical firearms preemption legislation.  Yesterday, the state House voted to concur on the Senate amendments to House Bill 80 by an overwhelming 138 to 56 vote.  HB 80, when signed into law, will strengthen the state firearms preemption statute to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout Pennsylvania.


Washington: Majority of Washington State Sheriffs Oppose I-594 [NRA-ILA News]

A majority of Washington State’s 39 sheriffs have come out in opposition to anti-gun Washington State Ballot Initiative 594.  The sheriffs oppose I-594 because it will not make anyone safer, will strain scarce law enforcement resources, will criminalize the lawful behavior of millions of law-abiding gun owners in Washington and will be unenforceable.  Instead, I-594 would vastly expand the state’s handgun registry and force law-abiding gun owners to pay fees and get the government’s permission to sell or even loan a firearm to a friend or family member.


Obama adm starts process of soliciting vendors to produce 34 million "green cards," to be announced after November election [John Lott's Website]

If this is even remotely true, there will be a flood of people who think that they will be able to get US citizenship for free.  Republicans might challenge all this in court, but with millions of people flooding into the country, no one believes that those millions of new people will be asked to leave.  It is clear that the Democrats will be wining a lot of elections in the future.  From the UK Mail:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to seek a vendor to produce as many as 34 million blank work permits and 'green cards' – the paperwork that authorizes illegal immigrants to live and work in the United States – as the White House prepares to issue an executive order after the Nov. 4 midterm elections. 
According to a draft solicitation published online, the government agency will look for a company that can produce a minimum 4 million cards per year for five years, and 9 million in the early stages.   
President Barack Obama has pledged that he will make a move on immigration reform this year. His original timetable called for a decision by the end of the summer.  
Republicans have decried the plan as an 'amnesty' for millions of illegal immigrants, including hundreds of thousands of unaccompanied minors who have come across the U.S.-Mexico border this year. . . . 


NRA-backed bill clears Pa. legislature; Corbett indicates he'll sign it [NRA-ILA News]

In the final minutes of the legislative session, the House on Monday approved a bill clearing the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue local municipalities, among them Philadelphia, that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws.

Monday, 20 October


How gun-control legislation is affecting this election [NRA-ILA News]

Many sheriffs in states that recently passed gun-control laws have signed letters saying they are opposed to the laws, saying the gun bans won’t make America safer. Some even say they won’t enforce these new laws. This has gotten some press. What hasn’t been reported is the very governors in New York, Connecticut and Maryland who signed those gun and magazine bans are also reluctant to enforce these laws. It seems they don’t want a political backlash. They don’t want journalists making martyrs out of otherwise law-abiding citizens who might be charged with felonies for doing what they’ve done all their lives. This is where politics runs into reality. It’s a collision voters need to hear more about.

Eric Holder: ‘I take personally as a failure’ the inability to pass gun control [NRA-ILA News]

If there’s one thing that Eric Holder regrets during his time as attorney general for the United States, it’s his failure to press through a Second Amendment crackdown on the heels of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, he said.

NRA-backed bill clears Pa. legislature; Corbett indicates he'll sign it [NRA-ILA News]

In the final minutes of the legislative session, the House on Monday approved a bill clearing the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue local municipalities, among them Philadelphia, that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws.

Gun bill passed by House could lead to NRA lawsuit against Pittsburgh [NRA-ILA News]

Pittsburgh and other communities with firearms regulations could soon face lawsuits from the National Rifle Association and other groups.

Washington voters face rival measures on gun-sale background checks [NRA-ILA News]

Residents of Washington state will get to vote next month on whether gun buyers should be subject to background checks for purchases made at gun shows or online. In fact, they’ll be able to vote on the issue twice.


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 


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.

Sunday, 19 October


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.


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. . . .


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

From Sylacauga, Alabama (
. . . 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."


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


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.


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.


Opponents sue over Niles gun range plan [Gun News]

A community group filed a lawsuit on Friday against the village of Niles in an effort to stop a gun shop and range from being built near several schools. People for a Safer Society, an advocacy group that began in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut nearly two years ago, wants a permanent injunction to prohibit the firearms facility from being established at 6143 Howard Street in Niles.


Strong Preemption Bill Passes Senate in PA [Gun News]

HB1243 passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on October 6th, 143 to 54 . The bill adds teeth to the Pennsylvania preemption law that has been on the books for years.


Twisp: October 15, 2014 [Gun News]

In the 15 years since I arrived in the Methow Valley, I've been privileged to meet - and sometimes write about -many intelligent and beautiful young women: artists and craftswomen, cooks and garden farmers; all are accomplished at their vocations.

Friday, 17 October


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.


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.


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.


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.
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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!

Thursday, 16 October


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.


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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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.


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


"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. . . . 


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.


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. . . . .


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.


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.


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


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.


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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"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.


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."


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.”) . . .


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


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!


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.


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.


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. . . .


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).


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


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.


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


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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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.


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.


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


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


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. . . .


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. . . .


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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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.


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.


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.”


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.


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


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 (

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 (

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.


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


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 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. . . .


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


'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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Saturday, 04 October


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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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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


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.


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


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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Monday, 29 September


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.


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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