Thursday, 27 November

01:26

Have a blessed Thanksgiving, my fellow Three Percenters. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I will be in Central Ohio -- briefly -- late today, Friday and part of Saturday. If you are in the Columbus area and are not mugged on Black Friday, drop me an email and maybe we can chat -- briefly -- within that window. As for you black-bag-job types who are tempted to stay on the clock this holiday, the guy you see moving around in my house is the house sitter and, yes, he's armed. So are the neighbors. And the cameras are up and running. Sorry to disappoint you. ;-)

01:14

Some of you need to take a breath. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

It is possible to condemn rioting and lawlessness in the streets without embracing the militarized police state.
It is also possible to call into question the righteousness of Wilson's use of deadly force without embracing arson and pillage.
These are not mutually exclusive propositions.

00:09

Georgia Gun Laws and How They Compare Nationally [Gun News]

Georgia has some of the country's most lenient gun control laws and enacted a law over the summer - dubbed the "guns everywhere" law - that allows firearms to be carried anywhere, including airports, classrooms, houses of worship, and government buildings. But how does this new legislation compare on a national level? Since the Newtown shootings in 2012, national statistics show 64 laws have been enacted that strengthen state gun regulations have been enacted as compared to 70 that have weakened them.

Wednesday, 26 November

20:08

Sacramento Gun Stores Gearing Up For Black Friday Sales Surge [Gun News]

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20:08

Firing range reports gun sales hike after Ferguson unrest [Gun News]

A retired police officer fires a gun at the Ultimate Defence Firing Range and Training Centre in St Peters, Missouri, some 32km west of Ferguson, on Nov 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP Handguns are displayed at the Ultimate Defence Firing Range and Training Centre in St Peters, Missouri, some 32km west of Ferguson, on Nov 26, 2014.

19:21

California & Brady move for rehearing in Peruta [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. The three-judge panel rejected California's very late motion to intervene (and thus to appeal further when the defendant sheriff was disinclined to do so), so the State and Brady Center are asking the Ninth Circuit to hear the motion en banc.

BTW, in other circuits, en banc is en banc: if granted, all the judges of the circuit redecide the case. The 9th is so big that its en banc proceedings go to a panel of ten judges, chosen randomly, plus the chief judge.

19:09

Huge Black Friday Gun sales slow down background checks [Gun News]

Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. There's one item that may surprise you that thousands of people go after during Black Friday.

18:08

Thanksgiving, 2014 [The Liberty Sphere]

I hope all of you have a blessed and meaningful Thanksgiving. We take so much for granted, in our personal lives, our families, our professional lives, and even in this country with all of its flaws and challenges.

So, spend some time with those you love, your friends, your families, and others who mean something to you. Bow your head and thank God you have them, that you have a roof over your head and food on your table. We don't know how long we will be blessed with these things. So make sure you embrace them and enjoy them while you can.

I will be working this weekend. If there is breaking news or an emergency, I will report it here and at the Examiner. But at the same time I take Thanksgiving seriously. I will spend time with family and share with them a meal. And I will be glad that I can spend at least one more Thanksgiving as a living Patriot who has figured out that unless a man has a few things he is willing to die for, he has nothing to live for.

18:07

Thanksgiving Weekend Marks End Of Firearm Deer Season [Gun News]

Staying with MSU, police there say they have arrested two men in connection to a recent string of stolen laptops and other digital devices from residence halls. Staying with MSU, police there say they have arrested two men in connection to a recent string of stolen laptops and other digital devices from residence halls.

15:05

Surging gun sales swamp FBI background-check systemvisit|article-5920266|News-nav-hcat|4 [Gun News]

Friday opens the busiest season for gun purchases, when requests for background checks speed up to nearly two a second, testing the limits of the FBI's ability to conduct those checks. Paul Bastean, owner of the Ultimate Defense Firing Range and Training Center in St Peters, Missouri, some 20 miles west of Ferguson, shows a handgun on November 26, 2014.

14:07

Gun control group still trying to intervene in concealed-carry case [Gun News]

California Attorney General Kamala Harris and a national gun-control group are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider their effort to intervene in a case that could dramatically loosen California's restrictions on concealed handguns. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed papers Wednesday asking that an 11-judge "en banc" panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals review a three-judge panel's ruling from earlier this month barring the center from intervening in the case.

12:04

Black Friday Gun Sales: Two Checks A Second [Gun News]

As gun sales soar on Black Friday, so do requests for background checks - from 40 every minute on an average day to two a second. Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days not just for customers looking for holiday sales, but also for those buying guns.

10:00

FSU Student Caught In Shooting Had CCP But Couldn't Carry On Campus [Gun News]

During the November 20 2014 attack at Florida State University a student - -who is also an Army combat vet- was close enough to the gunman to shoot and kill him but was not allowed to have a handgun for self-defense even though he has a concealed carry permit . A bill to change that law and allow campus carry was thwarted by current FSU President John Thrasher in 2011, when he was a state senator.

09:57

With riots still going on in Ferguson, the New York Times publishes Darren Wilson's address [John Lott's Website]

From Howard Kurtz over at Fox News:
The New York Times, whether consciously or not, has just endangered Darren Wilson’s life. 
With tensions running high in Ferguson over the lack of an indictment for Wilson’s killing of Michael Brown, the paper has published the officer’s approximate address -- the street and town where he lives with his new wife, who also is named. 
Given the racial animosity unleashed by Brown’s death, given the rioting and the looting and the stores that were set afire, how can a news organization make it easier for some crazy zealot to track down Wilson? 
But there it is in the paper: 
“Officer Wilson and [blank] own a home together on [blank] Lane in [blank], Mo., a St. Louis suburb about a half-hour drive from Ferguson.” 
I mean, why not add a locator map?  . . . .

09:55

Chuck Schumer: "The Public Knows In Its Gut" Only Government Can Help Middle Class [John Lott's Website]


There is one way that Democratic Senator Schumer is correct here.   If you accept that we have the highest tax rates in the world and a huge regulatory burden and that those are reducing investments and thus wages. then "yes" there is something that government can do: get out of the way, 
. . . As 2014 began, the parties were in stalemate. But, when government failed to deliver on a string of non-economic issues: the rollout of the Obamacare exchanges and the mishandling of the surge in border crossers, the ineptitude of the VA, the initial handling of the Ebola threat, people lost faith in government's ability to work, and then blamed the incumbent governing party, the Democrats, creating a Republican wave.  
Ultimately, the public knows in its gut that a strong and active government is the only way to reverse the middle class decline and help revive the American Dream. Democrats lost in 2014 because the government made mistakes that eroded the electorate's confidence in its ability to improve the lives of the middle class. . . . .
There seems to be a lot more controversy over Schumer's crass comments about whether the Democrats should have done Obamacare rather than focusing on the economy.  What Schumer missed with these comments is that Obamacare actually made a lot of people worse off.  It increased health insurance costs, but subsidies hid those increases from many.

07:23

Stephen Halbrook Gun Control Measures Hazardous for Citizens [Gun News]

Restrictive gun laws, imposed by a well-meaning government, deprive people of the means of self-defense. So say Second Amendment advocates.

04:05

"Rioting as a planned event." Ferguson: Thanks for the reminder about the need for an armed citizenry. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

While Darlena Cunha writes in Time magazine a spirited "Defense of Rioting," Pravda-on-the-Potomac presents us with an analysis piece"Ferguson violence broke the mold in three ways — one of which is just unfolding no."

Monday night’s reaction to a grand jury’s decision not to indict the Ferguson police officer who killed an unarmed young black man in August consisted of peaceful protest in some places and vandalism and looting in others — a burst of violence so widely and persistently predicted that it seemed as much self-fulfilling prophecy as organic expression of rage.
Spontaneous or organized, riots have sporadically pierced the social compact through two and a half centuries of this country’s struggles over equality and opportunity. But August’s violence in Ferguson broke the mold in three important ways — one of which is just unfolding now. These were rare suburban riots, racial violence coming to the very place where many Americans — both white and black — had fled after the urban unrest of the 1960s. These were the most significant explosions of racial frustration since the election of the nation’s first black president, and so Ferguson forced the country out of the fantasy that America had entered a “post-racial” era.
Finally, what distinguishes Ferguson from the crowded historical catalogue of racially-motivated street violence is what has happened in recent weeks: The unseemly buildup to the announcement of the grand jury’s conclusion that no crime was committed in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown has produced an expectation of ugliness.
What occurred Monday night — and may continue in the days ahead — is rioting as planned event
, so pervasively predicted, so extensively prepared for as to obscure the power and meaning of the protests.
What did the experience teach anyone watching? First, that no particularly good excuse is necessary to spark social breakdown. Any old reason will do, imagined or not. Second, that the health and well-being of the cops is more precious to them than that of the citizenry (protecting the public buildings, especially police headquarters while the rest of the town burned). Third, that the health and well-being of the rioters, looters and arsonists was more precious to the cops and those who ordered them about than the lives and property of the citizenry of Ferguson, black and white.
Thank you, authorities of Missouri, for making our case about the armed citizenry.

03:31

First Look: New LaserLyte Training Products for 2015 [Gun News]

LaserLyte has introduced four new products designed to help shooters train in the comfort of your own home. Their new training products for 2015 include two trainer pistols with fully integrated lasers, a laser trainer barrel for Glock 19/23 and an interactive target for use with LaserLyte trainer pistols and cartridges.

Tuesday, 25 November

22:20

"Along West Florissant . . . about 20 men with handguns and AR-15 rifles stood around the perimeter of the parking lot, guarding the dozen or so stores." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Businesses burn, police cars torched as violence 'much worse' than August
"Along West Florissant just north of 270, in Greystone Plaza, about 20 men with handguns and AR-15 rifles stood around the perimeter of the parking lot, guarding the dozen or so stores. . ."
"They estimated that 100 cars had come by throughout the night, seemingly to check the place out, but turned away. . ."
"Mike Cross, the owner of St. Louis Ink at the plaza, said: “There's nothing in this strip mall open, so you're going to get scrutinized.”

22:09

Man confesses to killing bull elk on first day of firearm deer hunting season [Gun News]

A 51-year-old Waterford man admitted to shooting and killing an elk two weeks ago in Montmorency County, Mich. with a single gunshot, according to state officials.

18:55

Source: 'It may not be over for Officer Wilson in Ferguson' [The Liberty Sphere]

As far as the state of Missouri is concerned, the books can be closed on the Darren Wilson case, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18 year old Michael Brown in August of this year. The Grand Jury thoroughly examined the evidence and the witnesses and concluded that there is no evidence that justifies charges of murder or manslaughter in this case.
But one source, several in fact, have stated that Officer Wilson's woes may be far from over...
Click here to continue... 

17:46

Orlando to have Florida's largest shooting range, gun store [Gun News]

Developers are planning to construct Shooters World in Orlando, which would be the largest shooting range and gun store in the state. WE'LL STAY RIGHT HERE WITH "WESH 2 NEWS AT 5" WHEN CHIEF METEOROLOGIST TONY MAINOLFI WILL BE UPDATING US.

16:41

Obama's DREAMer poster girl portends nightmare for gun owners [Gun News]

"President Obama's action is personal for me - ," the subject of a Monday White House distribution list email signed by "Astrid Silva, DREAMer," declares. "President Obama's action on immigration offered me the chance to give back -- to do right by the law, and contribute to this country that has given me so much.

16:00

California: Thank You from the NRA Here is what your Contributions Made Possible in 2014 [NRA-ILA News]

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the NRA would like to thank its members and donors for their valuable contributions this year.  Without your continued support, the NRA would not be able to do what they do in the fight for your Second Amendment rights.  The NRA, its lobbyists, and its lawyers  have been heavily involved in a number of important legal and legislative battles, both in California and across the country, that are aimed at protecting, restoring, and expanding the gun rights of Californians.  Here is a summary of some of the more significant efforts your contributions made possible in 2014. The NRA graciously thanks you for your support!  If you would still like to contribute to these efforts, you can donate to the NRA Legal Action Project today!

California Attorney General Seeks En Banc Review of Ninth Circuit’s Denial of her Request to Intervene in Peruta Case [NRA-ILA News]

Today, November 26, California Attorney General (AG) Kamala Harris filed a request for en banc review of the Ninth Circuit’s denial of her request to intervene in the NRA supported case of Peruta v. San Diego, which produced a landmark decision striking down as a violation of the Second Amendment San Diego County Sheriff William Gore’s policy of refusing to issue licenses to carry firearms in public unless an applicant could demonstrate a special need for one.  The AG’s latest request comes after the Court denied the AG’s and several gun ban advocacy groups’ requests to join the case once they learned Sheriff Gore had decided not to further appeal the case.

13:28

Parents of 3-year-old shot in accident had argued about responsible gun ownership [Gun News]

The parents of a 3-year-old boy who was accidentally shot in the face by a 4-year-old neighbor had argued about access to guns at their home, court records show. The boy was wounded Friday night as the toddlers played in a bedroom of the home in Lake Stevens, about 30 miles northeast of Seattle.

13:28

L.A. Council wants residents to lock up or disable handguns [Gun News]

Los Angeles lawmakers vote to start drafting a city ordinance on locking up handguns or disabling them with trigger locks when not in use. Los Angeles lawmakers vote to start drafting a city ordinance on locking up handguns or disabling them with trigger locks when not in use.

12:21

Per post-tragedy script, guns rights activists call for more guns at FSU [Gun News]

Sadly, shootings are so frequent that the post-tragedy scripts by activists on both sides of the debate about guns have become predictable. Proving my point, one of Florida's most outspoken and extreme gun rights groups sent out a press release that landed in my inbox just before midnight.

10:07

The hunter and the hunted... [The Liberty Sphere]

Hiya. More than likely I will have an Examiner story ready this afternoon. If not this afternoon, then tonight.

Hope you all are well, and if you travel, use utmost caution, especially if you are going to the northeast. A major snow storm is forecast for that area at the very time most would be driving to various destinations for Thanksgiving. My advice is don't go. Do not drive in that. And if you fly, look for irritating, long-lasting delays.

As for me, well....on second thought I'm not gonna tell you. Some things need to be kept incognito. Digging, writing, reporting, that's my bag. I'm always working even when I have some down time. I've always been like that, and I don't foresee any changes. My work is my life, and my life is my work. The worst part of it is that many times you put in a ton of time and energy only to come up empty handed. You spend a lot of time and effort running down leads any way you can, only to discover that there was nothing there, or those involved so carefully covered their tracks that there is nothing to report.

But in today's case, there is plenty to report because a LOT is there. And it is all legitimate. It's just a matter of deciding which one to focus on, given that a one-man operation can't do it all. So, I will be back later on. And  I will be around during the holidays too. A new beast is afoot who's tentative name is ZERO, and this beast is so dangerous that he bears watching very closely. Beware of anyone who takes upon himself dictatorial powers, even if it involves a relatively minor issue.

04:42

"We're coming for your guns. And someday, we'll take them." Another tyrannical collectivist moron fails to think through the Law of Unintended Consequences. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Gerald Ensley wearing a nice necktie.
Stop the insanity: Ban guns
I'm not talking about gun control. I'm not talking about waiting periods and background checks. I'm talking about flat-out banning the possession of handguns and assault rifles by individual citizens. I'm talking about repealing or amending the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The author, one Gerald Ensley, has helpfully provided his phone number, 599-2310 (presumably area code 850, which is Tallahassee) and his email address, gensley@tallahassee.com. Now don't threaten the little wannabe tyrant, but a reminder of the wages of tyranny historically would perhaps not be amiss.
Julius Streicher. a "journalist" of similar stripe, with a different kind of necktie.

Monday, 24 November

21:42

Hat fundraiser update. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Some ugly old man wearing my hat.
Okay. I was a busy little wolverine today. Have got the first 100 hats contracted for and the first 40 will be available to ship the week after Thanksgiving. Price will be $20 each. Shipping will be via USPS and is set at $5.00 for first hat and $2.50 per additional hat in the same order. Send cash, money order or check made out to Mike Vanderboegh, PO Box 926, Pinson AL 35126. For those of you who have already used PayPal, you should have received an answering email. If you didn't get that confirmation, send me an email back. GeorgeMason1776@aol.com.

16:00

D.C. inches closer to contempt ruling over concealed gun law [NRA-ILA News]

The D.C. Council plans, with a few modifications, to make permanent the same concealed carry regulations lawmakers passed on a temporary basis — despite the fact a federal judge is considering whether to hold the city in contempt over the law.

Florida: Gun bill could rekindle school safety debate [NRA-ILA News]

After the issue drew heavy debate during the 2014 legislative session, a House Republican is bringing back a proposal that could lead to some public-school employees or volunteers carrying guns on campus.

10:06

Fund Raising Idea. Three Percenter ball cap [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I have three trips to make on the schedule before the first of the year. One a lightning visit later this week to Ohio, a second to Texas and the third to Washington state, It was suggested to me by a friend that I should sell some of these to raise traveling expense money:
The Ohio trip is covered. Not so Texas or Washington state. His suggestion is to sell them for $20.00 plus postage. Do you think there's a market for them? As far as payment, my PayPal is back working again IF you enter my email manually, GeorgeMason1776@aol.com yourself. No explanation yet from PayPal as to why the link was screwing up or why it was refusing payments. What great customer service. Anyway, what do you think? Is there a market for the hat?

02:00

Tallahassee Democrat Calls for Handgun Ban, Repeal of Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

On November 22 the Tallahassee Democrat called for the repeal of the Second Amendment and a total ban on handguns and "assault rifles."

Sunday, 23 November

20:20

Data dump on Fast & Furious [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. It's the DoJ memos on how to manipulate the press.

"I've talked to NYT, NBC and NPR --gave them all this. NBC not likely to go. Still waiting on other two."

"No stories..From NYT, AP, Reuters, WaPo, NBC, Bloomberg ... I"m also calling Sharryl"s editor and reaching out to Scheiffer. She's out of control"

Reply: "Good. Her piece was really bad for AG. Why do you think nobody else wrote? Were they not fed the docs?...And I sent NJ's Susan Davis your way. She's writing on Issa/FandF and I said you could load her up on the leaks, etc."

16:00

Florida: ACT NOW!! Get a Lifetime Sportsman's License for a 5 to 21 year old [NRA-ILA News]

TODAY, you can begin purchasing a Lifetime Sportsman's License for a 5 to 21 year old for $500 rather than the normal price of $1,000.  This special price is for a limited time only (Nov. 24th - December 31, 2014).  Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order authorizing The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to lower the price for a limited time during the Holidays.

Florida: ACT NOW!! Get a Lifetime Sportsman's License for a 5 to 21 year old [NRA-ILA News]

TODAY, you can begin purchasing a Lifetime Sportsman's License for a 5 to 21 year old for $500 rather than the normal price of $1,000.  This special price is for a limited time only (Nov. 24th - December 31, 2014).  Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order authorizing The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to lower the price for a limited time during the Holidays.

21 states hope to overturn Maryland's gun control law [NRA-ILA News]

Led by West Virginia's attorney general, 21 states have joined a legal effort seeking to overturn Maryland's tough new gun control law.

Ohio: Logan County school board considers guns in schools [NRA-ILA News]

The Riverside Local School board members discussed the issue last week and plan to revisit it on Dec. 16, as well as hold public forums. Superintendent Scott Mann said he hopes this policy could be used as a deterrent from potential threats.“If people know you are protected and that can help us a little bit more, I’m all for it,” Mann said. “Just to reiterate — it’s going to be a community decision.”

Ohio Senate delays vote on suppressors [NRA-ILA News]

A bill that would allow the use of suppressors while hunting in Ohio ran into a legislative snag last week.After passing the Ohio House by a big margin in April, the bill moved on to the Ohio Senate, where the Civil Justice Committee scheduled additional testimony on Nov. 12, about a week after the midterm elections.

Florida now allows hunters to use suppressors [NRA-ILA News]

Florida hunters can now muffle their shots when hunting deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail and crows.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Friday agreed, with little comment, to issue an order that immediately removes a prohibition on the use of noise-suppressors, or silencers, with rifles and pistols.

10:44

Getting into "Zero's" head [The Liberty Sphere]

When "Zero" decided that he would do something that directly contradicted everything he had said on the subject for several years, it never occurred to him that dozens of videos were extant that showed him in a passionate display, claiming he "had no authority" by executive order to write, change, or delete laws Congress had passed. The thing is, what he said was 100 percent correct. The Constitution specifically forbids a president from engaging in legislation making, or changing, or repealing. That job falls to Congress alone. Even the Supreme Court lacks the authority to do these things (but don't tell John Roberts, or he'll have another blackout fit or something).

The reaction to Zero's dictatorial orders on immigration have run the gamut as expected. Some applaud him for ripping the Constitution to shreds. Others are attempting to find a way to nullify the act. And still others are calling for his head on the chopping block of the legal system as a consequence for engaging in unlawful actions.

But there won't be any impeachment or removal from office. Republicans are deathly afraid that such a thing would doom their chances of reclaiming the White House in 2016. And they are probably right. In today's political climate, the nation's first black president cannot be impeached under any circumstance whatsoever. To do so would be to commit political suicide. Thus, it ain't happening, so we had might as well not even talk about it. The nation's first black president has the country by the balls. Everyone knows it whether they admit it or not, and there is not one friggin' thing we can do to change it. He could hang a thousand patriots by executive order, and nothing would be done in the legal system or in Congress.

You think he doesn't know this? Of course he knows, and he is using it to his advantage. That is why I keep saying Zero is the most dangerous man in America. When you know you will not suffer any consequences of your actions, the temptation is simply too great to use that infinite power in a deadly fashion.

I expect the very worst....

Friday, 21 November

20:38

FBI expands gun background checks to Indian tribal lands [John Lott's Website]

It would be interesting to know whether the Obama administration actually had the power to make this change.  None of the media coverage on this change explains why neither the Clinton or Bush administrations had previously made this expansion and why it took six years until the Obama administration made this change.  From The Hill newspaper:
The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is expanding background checks for firearm sales on sovereign Indian reservations as part of the Obama administration’s push to reduce gun violence around the country. 
Under new regulations, tribal law enforcement agencies will be allowed, though not required, to access the FBI’s criminal background check system before issuing gun licenses on reservations.  
The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, created by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, gives law enforcement agencies information about criminals who are prohibited from owning guns. But previously tribal police didn’t have access to this database. . . .

06:00

Vladimir Putin’s Russia Adopts Concealed Carry [NRA-ILA News]

It’s beginning to border on the surreal. We’ve talked to great lengths about the inversion of international influence between the US and Russia.

05:00

Hunting with Suppressors Now Legal in Florida [NRA-ILA News]

As anticipated, on Friday, November 21, 2014, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to remove the ban on using silencer/suppressor-equipped rifles and pistols for the taking of deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail and crows. The use of sound suppressors on shotguns, rifles and pistols for all other hunting was not prohibited in Florida.

03:00

Breaking: Florida hunters given quiet time following suppressor decision [NRA-ILA News]

At a meeting in Key Largo, Friday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to remove the ban on using silencers on pistols and rifles for hunting game animals despite opposition by gun control groups.

Thursday, 20 November

22:36

Remedy [The Liberty Sphere]

In case there was ever any doubt whatsoever, "Zero" is the most dangerous man in America today.
Zero has taken unto himself dictatorial powers.
He is forbidden from making laws in any fashion whatsoever but is COMMANDED to enforce the laws Congress has passed.

Zero is therefore a lawless criminal, a thug, a travesty of justice. He said so himself. At least 27 times he stated publicly he did not have the authority to change the law as written by Congress. Tonight he did the very thing he said he had no authority to do. His own words condemn him.

The remedy lies in the "Stealth War" or what others call "Fourth Generation Warfare." But beware. We do not advocate harming civilians or perpetrating violence.

At the least, he should be ignored completely. We do the opposite of what he wants. We defy him at every turn. From now on, he is a non-entity.

17:30

Motion win in case against California waiting period [Of Arms and the Law]

The US District Court had enjoined application of the ten day waiting period to three classes of gun buyers (I forget them now, but seem to remember that the largest one was persons who already owned a firearm--and also those who have a current CCW license). California moved to stay this on appeal, and the District Judge denied the motion.

Some very nice language:

"Defendant‟s motion suggests that the public has an interest in preventing violence and keeping firearms out of the hands of those who have a propensity to commit violence. However, Defendant submitted no evidence that demonstrated that the 10-day waiting period will have that effect on the three as-applied classes to any appreciable degree, and all persons wishing to purchase a firearm will still have to pass the background check."

"Given the on-going constitutional violations that are occurring to the likely thousands of Californians by operation of the 10-day waiting period laws, the Court cannot conclude that the balance of equities tips sharply in Defendant‟s favor."

16:00

ALERT: FWC Removes Ban on Suppressors for Hunting [NRA-ILA News]

At their meeting in Key Largo, Florida, today, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to remove the ban on using silencers/suppressors on pistols and rifles for hunting deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail and crows.

Federal Investigations to Proceed on Operation Choke Point [NRA-ILA News]

As we reported last month, a coalition of congressional representatives led by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer  (R-Mo.) had requested internal investigators at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to conduct formal inquiries into Operation Choke Point, as well as any officials and staff involved in the program.

Florida Alert: FWC Removes Ban on Suppressors for Hunting [NRA-ILA News]

At their meeting in Key Largo, Florida, today, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to remove the ban on using silencers/suppressors on pistols and rifles for hunting deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail and crows.

Remington CEO: SAFE Act impacted decision to expand in Alabama [NRA-ILA News]

Remington Arms has confirmed what many already long suspected — New York’s tough gun control laws played a role in the upstate gun manufacturer’s decision to expand outside the state.Remington, which has operated in New York State since 1816, shifted 100 jobs down south in August. Another 126 people were laid off last week as a result of a decline in gun sales.

Israel: Rabbi endorses firearms for self-defense [NRA-ILA News]

In general, carrying a cell phone and firearm on Shabbat is not permitted according to Jewish law, but Yosef ruled that the possibility that such items could help save lives overrides these prohibitions.“In light of the current danger, I think that anyone who has a gun license should carry it [his gun] on Shabbat... There should also be a telephone available in synagogues... If the premises are big, then there should be two or three,” Yosef said.

California: Judge declines stay in waiting period case [NRA-ILA News]

In August, U.S. District Judge Anthony Ishii struck down the California 10-day waiting period to buy guns for people who are known to the state to already own guns — a narrow but significant Second Amendment decision. Today, Judge Ishii declined to issue a stay of his decision.

Gun owners ask judge to block new D.C. concealed carry law [NRA-ILA News]

Gun owners who successfully sued the D.C. government to overturn the city’s ban on carrying firearms in public are asking a judge to block implementation of a new law regulating concealed carry, saying the measure is unconstitutionally restrictive.

Will D.C. be held in contempt for gun carry law? [NRA-ILA News]

All Americans can now apply to carry a gun in the nation's capital, but few will be granted a permit. That's why those who sued the city over the total ban on carry rights were back in a federal district court on Thursday to ask Judge Frederick Scullin to intervene.

School Suspends Fifth-Grader Armed with Finger, Childlike Imagination [NRA-ILA News]

Another sad battle by the agents of political correctness in their war on childhood was waged last Friday, when 10-year-old Milford, Mass., fifth-grader Nickolas Taylor was suspended for two days following an incident in the Stacy Middle School cafeteria.

Ill-conceived Washington State Background Check Initiative Already Causing Absurd Outcomes [NRA-ILA News]

Barely two weeks after Washington State voters approved Initiative 594 -- a measure the NRA warned was “deeply flawed” -- our predicted consequences are beginning to emerge.

The Doctor is In, but Privacy is Out: UK Proposes Adding Gun Ownership Records to Medical Files [NRA-ILA News]

With warrantless home inspections and an onerous registration and licensing scheme, UK gun owners already have little refuge from the prying eyes of the state.  However, some law enforcement and Home Office officials are keen to extend gun owner surveillance into the doctor’s office.

Israeli Officials Recognize Protective Benefits of Good Guys with Guns [NRA-ILA News]

This week, Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch announced a decision to relax the rules governing the carrying of firearms and the issuance of licenses to carry.  The move came shortly after the reprehensible slaughter of four Orthodox Jewish men and a police officer in a West Jerusalem Temple by terrorists armed with knives, axes and a gun.

07:37

Followup to DC v. Heller, in DC [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. The battle in DC continues. Heller established that a ban on possession failed Second Amendment muster; this followup case secured the same ruling as to DC's absolute ban on carrying. DC responded by adopting essentially a strict "may issue" system, and now Alan Gura goes for that. Stay tuned...

UPDATE: here's a story on the hearing.

Wednesday, 19 November

16:00

Washington: Wary of new gun law, Lynden museum to pull WWII rifles from exhibit [NRA-ILA News]

The Lynden Pioneer Museum will remove World War II-era guns from a current exhibit and return them to their owners, to avoid violating the new background-check law, according to the museum’s director.

California: Case targets state’s ban on gun placards [NRA-ILA News]

In a 1964 U.S. Supreme Court case involving a movie-theater owner convicted of an Ohio law banning the showing of obscene movies, Justice Potter Stewart famously said he could not “intelligibly” define obscenity, “but I know it when I see it.” People still use that line to showcase the imprecision and irrationality of many laws.How do we convict someone of something so hard to define? We often know when we see other absurdities, also, including an archaic statute now subject of a gun-related lawsuit filed this month in federal court. California Penal Code 26820 bans gun stores from displaying signs — visible from outside the premises — picturing handguns. They aren’t allowed to display words-only signs that advertise the sales of handguns, either.

Nevada: Law could change to allow bow hunters to carry handguns [NRA-ILA News]

A local lawmaker is on the verge of influencing policy change that would allow archery hunters to pack along more firepower than a bow and quiver of arrows – and the legislative session is still months down the road.State wildlife regulators have agreed to begin the process to revise archery hunt rules.

05:00

West Virginia: Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Continues his Leadership on the Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey continued to lead legal efforts to support your Second Amendment rights by filing an amicus curiae, or "friend of the court," brief with a bipartisan coalition of 21 state Attorneys General across the country.  This brief urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to declare unconstitutional a Maryland law forbidding the possession, sale or transfer of certain firearms.

00:25

The disaster of Taxi cab regulations in NYC, so few cabs that the medallions are $1m and the impact on service really shows [John Lott's Website]

I was in NYC yesterday to give a talk, and I had to get a taxi cab twice.  Once to go to the Grand Hyatt (traveling from 7th Ave & 28th St. to 109 E 42nd St, about 1.3 miles) and then another mile trip.  On the first leg of the trip, I flagged down several cabs, but I was told that the drivers were unwilling to travel to the hotel.  They wanted to go someplace else.  If I had said one of the airports, they would have been happy, but that isn't where I wanted to go.  On the second leg of the trip, it took  40 minutes waiting for a cab.  Now this second trip was at 5 PM, so I wasn't too surprised, but I had a big box of books and it was raining.  I have never previously run into so many cab drivers who simply refuse to take a ride because they apparently know that they can shop around until they get a bigger fare.

Yet, there are so few cabs that taxi medallions are now over $1 million each.  Can't they have enough cabs so that the price of medallions would only be at, say, $500,000?

Tuesday, 18 November

18:20

Republicans can use Congressional rules to thwart Obama [The Liberty Sphere]

With Republicans firmly in control of both houses of Congress beginning in January, speculation has grown as to which direction the new leaders will take the country, particularly in the Senate. But apart from two or three issues, the Republicans have kept their cards close to the vest.

In many if not most instances being careful not to tip one's hand to the opposition is good strategy. But in this case conservatives in particular have become so suspicious of the Republican elitist leadership that Speaker Boehner and the newly minted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may need to do some things early on that will reassure libertarian leaning conservatives that real change will be enacted by the House and Senate.

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16:00

Pawn store customer fells armed robber, WISH, Indianapolis, Ind. 11/18/14 [NRA-ILA News]

A man entered Cash America Pawn in Indianapolis, Ind. pulled a hood over his head, drew a gun, and attempted to rob the store. A customer responded by drawing a gun and shooting the criminal, killing him. Following an investigation, police revealed that the deceased robber was a suspect in other robberies.

Gun-control groups pressure New Jersey to enforce unusual gun law [NRA-ILA News]

Gun-control groups in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. are urging a New Jersey court to make the state enforce an unusual law, one that could ultimately ban sales in the state of all handguns that don’t embrace some sort of smart technology.

California: Sunnyvale gun law up in the air in federal appeals court [NRA-ILA News]

Reviewing another round in the gun rights battle, a federal appeals court offered few clues Monday on whether it will uphold a Sunnyvale law banning possession of large capacity ammunition magazines.

21 states want a court to overturn Maryland’s semi-auto ban [NRA-ILA News]

The law, signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley in May 2013, is among the nation’s strictest gun-control measures, banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition and most semi-automatic rifles, while also mandating fingerprinting and training for some new gun buyers. Violation of the law carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.

Oregon lawmakers work to restrict private transfers [NRA-ILA News]

Democrats in the Oregon Legislature say the outlook to expand background checks on gun purchases is better in 2015 than it has been in years, thanks to Senate seats they picked up in the Nov. 4 election and passage of an initiative with similar provisions in Washington.

Can California ban gun stores from advertising handguns on their signs? [NRA-ILA News]

I blogged last week about Tracy Rifle & Pistol LLC. v. Harris (E.D. Cal.), a case in which I’ve been hired to consult, and which the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, The Calguns Foundation, and Second Amendment Foundation are supporting. The case is a First Amendment challenge to Cal. Civil Code § 26820 (which was first enacted 1923, but is still being enforced today):

08:24

Motion in California 1st Amendment case [Of Arms and the Law]

It's a motion for preliminary injunction, i.e., to enjoin enforcement of the statute until trial or dispositive motions terminate the case. The statute in question forbids firearms dealers to display firearms, or advertising, any place where they are visible from outside the store. It thus forbids truthful and non-misleading commercial expression, and does so inside the person's own premises.

As I recall, that prohibition is in the Uniform Firearms Act of the 1920s and 1930s. The UFA was meant to head off laws like the Sullivan Act and this (and the requirement that firearms sold be "securely wrapped" before leaving the store) were probably meant as concessions to the antigunners. "At least you'll never have to see them."

Monday, 17 November

20:43

Stories like this make me shake my head [Of Arms and the Law]

I'd say they make me pull my hair out, but I have little to pull, and pull my beard out just doesn't have the ring. "Can a felon own a gun? 5 loopholes in Federal law".

"Although Congress had already passed the National Firearms Act of 1934, which made it illegal for felons convicted of a violent crime to own a gun,"

No, it was the Federal Firearms Act of 1938.

"1. A 1965 amendment to the federal Firearms Act of 1938 allows felons who want to own a gun the ability to apply for "relief from the disability of not being able to possess a gun.""

Yes, and for ten years appropriation riders have made that relief unavailable.

"2. According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, in order to be prohibited from owning a gun, a convicted felon must have been convicted of a crime that is "punishable by imprisonment for more than one year." Although even the least serious felony convictions carry a sentence of up to three years, sentencing guidelines are open to the interpretation of judges. Thus while it would be rare for a felony conviction sentence to be less than one year, it is not impossible."

Which means nothing. "Punishable by imprisonment" keys on the potential sentence, not the actual sentence given.

"3. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, "Felons whose convictions have been set-aside or expunged, or for which the person has been pardoned or has had civil rights restored" are not considered "convicted" and thus they would not be prohibited from owning a gun."

Yes, that's in the statute, part of the 1986 amendments. A conviction that has been set aside, pardoned, or had civil rights restored (unless the restoration excludes gun rights) doesn't count as a conviction. That's a loophole?

"4. Certain "white collar" crimes that result in a felony conviction don't prohibit those felons from owning guns. For example, felony convictions related to antitrust laws, restraint of trade, or unfair trade practices do not carry the same prohibition on gun ownership...."

True, that was put in the GCA (and its predecessor, the Federal Firearms Act) by Tom Dodd, Sr., to protect a major corporation in CT that had a conviction of that type, and owned an ammo manufacturing firm. Being wealthy and powerful has its benefits.

"5. Some states will reinstate a felon's right to own a gun after they have served their sentence or gone through a period of "cleansing.""

This overlaps with No. 3.

This is up there with "60% of quotations found on the internet are entirely spurious." Abraham Lincoln, 1864 Inaugural Address.

18:43

The latest string of Obama lies depicts desperation [The Liberty Sphere]

With Obama and his supporters still firmly in control of the Executive Branch, the lies just keep coming. Despite being caught red handed perpetrating a fraud on the American people, the powers that be only double down with more lies, without blinking. Such a course of action only proves the accuracy of observers who say that the progressive/neo-Marxists are showing signs of desperation. Their grand scheme is slipping away from them, and they are at a loss as to what to do about it.
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16:00

Illinois: Lake County concealed carry informational session [NRA-ILA News]

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Concealed Carry informational session on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus, Building C, Auditorium located at 19351 W. Washington Street, Grayslake, Illinois 60030 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Texas: Right-to-Carry bills filed for legislative session [NRA-ILA News]

It's among the most controversial bills prefiled in the upcoming state legislative session, the possibility of allowing open carry of sidearms. Governor-elect Greg Abbott has already gone on record that he would sign such a bill if and when it makes it through the state house and senate.

Florida poised to let hunters use suppressors [NRA-ILA News]

When the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission meets Thursday in Key Largo, the state's rule-makers for hunters and anglers are expected to lift a 57-year-old ban on silencers, noise-suppressing devices that can be attached to the barrel of a rifle or pistol to muffle the "bang."

Armed woman says 'It's about protecting yourself' [NRA-ILA News]

Being attacked by four men while working as an unarmed security guard, spending years in an abusive marriage, and then a burglary at her home taught Kim Bartlett a thing or two about staying safe.A gun, and knowing how to use it, is the answer for her.

Why more women are looking to carry [NRA-ILA News]

Women across the country are carrying more than just their purses these days by deciding to pack a pistol with them too.11.1 million people in the U.S. are licensed to carry concealed and a growing number of them are women.

Sunday, 16 November

16:26

An air gun for big game? [Of Arms and the Law]

The Quakenbush -- a .458 air gun. I guess he decided, if it was good enough for Lewis and Clark, it's good enough today.

16:00

Louisiana AG joins effort to deem Maryland's gun restrictions unconstitutional [NRA-ILA News]

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has joined 20 other state attorneys general in opposing Maryland's Firearm Safety Act of 2013, which Caldwell says restricts gun rights.

California: Ruling could make permits easier to get [NRA-ILA News]

A federal court ruling that could make it easier to carry a concealed gun in California won’t affect how Riverside and San Bernardino counties handle requests for concealed firearms permits, sheriff’s officials in both counties insist.But a gun rights group contends that the ruling, centered on concealed permit rules in San Diego County, also is proof that Inland counties aren’t following the law.

Women ‘want to be able to protect themselves’ [NRA-ILA News]

Frank Batten, the firearms instructor and certified trainer for Deep River Outfitters, said his goals for any concealed carry or firearms safety class is to educate, equip and train.As do all instructors, he keeps up with changes in the law via a state website.His classes are sometimes all male, sometimes male and female, and some classes are specifically for women.

13:57

Martha McSally recount fund [Of Arms and the Law]

In the last election, we had a cliffhanger of a race. It pitted Ron Barber, anti-gun and backed by a lot of independent expenditures by anti-gun organizations, against Col. (ret.) Martha McSally, who not only was pro-gun, but is retired Air Force, flew combat missions, holds a Master's from Harvard and graduated first in her class from the Air War College. In short, not the typical ("I'm a politician and likable") candidate.

She prevailed in the first vote count by 161 votes, out of nearly a quarter million cast, but the slim margin makes a recount automatic. She's asking for contributions to handle the recount. I've given, and would ask you to consider doing the same.

Saturday, 15 November

15:30

More evidence that Obama doesn't have a clue about basic economics: Impact of the Keystone XL pipeline on gas prices [John Lott's Website]

President Obama doesn't seem to understand that there is a worldwide market for gasoline.  If you lower the price in Europe, it will lower the price in the US.  Oil companies will ship gasoline to the place where they can get the higher price and they will keep doing that until the prices in all the places are the same.  From Bloomberg:
“Understand what this project is: It is providing the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land down to the Gulf where it will be sold everywhere else,” the president said yesterday during a visit to Yangon, Myanmar. “It doesn’t have an impact on U.S. gas prices.” . . .

14:25

Big increase in Federal undercover operations over recent years: Agents being used by at least 40 different agencies [John Lott's Website]

From the NY Times:
The federal government has significantly expanded undercover operations in recent years, with officers from at least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare recipients, political protesters and even doctors or ministers to ferret out wrongdoing, records and interviews show. . . . .
At the Internal Revenue Service, dozens of undercover agents chase suspected tax evaders worldwide, by posing as tax preparers or accountants or drug dealers or yacht buyers, court records show. . . .
“Done right, undercover work can be a very effective law enforcement method, but it carries serious risks and should only be undertaken with proper training, supervision and oversight,” said Michael German, a former F.B.I. undercover agent who is a fellow at New York University’s law school. “Ultimately it is government deceitfulness and participation in criminal activity, which is only justifiable when it is used to resolve the most serious crimes.” . . .
But many operations are not linked to terrorism. . . . 

Friday, 14 November

15:42

Vanderboegh behind enemy lines to promote gun rights [The Liberty Sphere]

Vanderboegh had called national attention to the Connecticut attack on the Second Amendment by sending inoperable gun magazines to key political leaders in the state. This was done not only to place political leaders on notice that pushback was on the way but to call attention to the 300,000 citizens in Connecticut who own guns, 85 percent of whom have stated they have no intention of complying with the new state laws.
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10:01

Buffalo NY seizes deceased gun owners' firearms [Of Arms and the Law]

NY law requires permits to possess handguns, and after a firearm owner dies sets a limit on how quickly his or her survivors must transfer the handguns to the heirs. In practice, the time limits are not often enforced. But Buffalo police have begun showing up at the houses of deceased gun owners, demanding to be allowed to search for and seize firearms. The program involves comparing death records to handgun permit lists, and the officers apparently are not informing the survivors that they can get the guns back, and improperly taking long arms, too.

As Dave Workman observes, so much for the claim that registration does not lead to confiscation.

Thursday, 13 November

18:22

Vote fraud in Colorado [John Lott's Website]

Story developing at Colorado Peak Politics:
Remember when it was concerning that Joe Salazar’s representative basically gave her blessing for an undercover James O’Keefe and his friends to commit voter fraud?  This is why.  Today, our sources tell us that allegedly a Denver Police Officer ballot with a signature cure turned up in Adams County.  The only problem?  The officer is saying he did not vote.  Our source up north is further saying that many showing up on the cured list have moved away.  . . . 

17:01

The hits keep coming from Obamacare architect [The Liberty Sphere]

In the aftermath of the disclosure that one of Obamacare's primary architects, Jonathan Gruber, admitted to false premise and fraudulent statements in an effort to sell the new healthcare law, it seems that the hits just keep on coming. The initial video showing Gruber admitting to fraud has now been corroborated by other videos in which he made similar false statements that not only misrepresent the healthcare law but disparage the intelligence of the American people.
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16:00

Marine stops home invader, KPRC, Houston, Texas, 11/10/14 [NRA-ILA News]

Dan Reynolds, a former Marine, was at home in Harris County, Texas when he heard the sound of glass breaking. Reynolds responded by retrieving a shotgun and going towards the noise. When Reynolds came upon a man climbing through a window, he fired at him, striking the criminal in the chest and halting the intrusion.

Please Take Action – Ask Congress to Protect the Interests of Law-Abiding Gun Owners and Sportsmen Today [NRA-ILA News]

As Congress considers budget legislation, the NRA respectfully urges that the interests of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen be protected from the ongoing attacks of the anti-gun Obama Administration.

FBI: Just-released figures for 2013 show a decrease in violent crimes and property crimes [NRA-ILA News]

The FBI released Crime in the United States, 2013 today, which shows that the estimated number of violent crimes in 2013 decreased 4.4 percent when compared with 2012 figures, and the estimated number of property crimes decreased 4.1 percent.

Florida: Could amendment on gun sales background checks be on the way? [NRA-ILA News]

Voters in the state of Washington sidestepped NRA-friendly politicians on Election Day and approved a measure that requires background checks on all gun sales.A similar amendment could make its way to Florida, says Patti Brigham, who leads the League of Women Voters' gun safety committee.

Gun background checks: Nevada is next target state [NRA-ILA News]

Backers of a Nevada measure to require criminal background checks of gun purchasers, similar to Washington’s Initiative 594, have submitted 246,674 signatures to get the Silver State to vote in 2016 on closing the “gun show loophole.”

Marijuana cards, gun ownership combination remain a legal risk [NRA-ILA News]

As the use of marijuana gains acceptance for both recreational and medicinal use, owners and buyers of firearms should be aware that the federal government still doesn’t believe the two should mix, according to authorities in both fields. They add that the chance of prosecution for a federal felony, while not highly probable, is nothing to take lightly.

New York: Buffalo to seize guns from families following owners' funerals [NRA-ILA News]

A plan by police in Buffalo, N.Y., to begin confiscating the firearms of legal gun owners within days of their deaths is drawing fire from Second Amendment advocates.The plan is legal under a longstanding, but rarely enforced state law, but gun rights advocates say, with apologies to onetime NRA spokesman Charlton Heston, it is tantamount to prying firearms - some of which may have substantial monetary or sentimental value - from the cold, dead hands of law-abiding citizens.

Record-Level of Support for Guns in the Home [NRA-ILA News]

For decades, anti-gun groups have been trying to scare Americans into getting rid of their guns, with the claim that you’re more likely to have a problem if you have guns in your home, than if you don’t.  But whatever they’ve been doing all these years apparently hasn’t been working.  Not only have Americans been acquiring guns at record levels, Gallup recently reported that 63 percent of Americans now believe that having guns at home makes them safer, nearly double the percentage reporting the same belief 14 years ago.

FBI: U.S. Murder Rate Fell Again in 2013 (and Other Bad News for Gun Control Supporters) [NRA-ILA News]

All categories of violent and property crime declined from 2012 to 2013, the FBI has announced, in conjunction with the release of its annual crime report for 2013.

Pro-Second Amendment Ruling Stands--Ninth Circuit Rejects Attempts by California AG and Brady Campaign to Meddle with Peruta Decision [NRA-ILA News]

As we’ve been reporting, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed gun owners a tremendous victory in February by recognizing the Second Amendment protects a right to bear arms outside the home.  The decision also invalidated the San Diego County Sheriff’s policy of issuing concealed carry permits only upon a showing of extraordinary need for self-protection that would distinguish the applicant “from the mainstream.”

Anti-gun School Administrators Dishonor Veterans on Their Day [NRA-ILA News]

The Eau Claire Area School District set a new low for the actions of anti-gun school administrators Tuesday when they put a halt to what had been a Veterans Day tradition in the Wisconsin city.  The school district barred a local veterans group, the Patriotic Council, from conducting their traditional Veterans Day program on school grounds because it includes veterans carrying rifles and a 21-gun salute with blank ammunition.

15:47

Despite gun control advocates spending millions on the Barber/McSally congressional race in Arizona, McSally appears to have won [John Lott's Website]

With Gabrielle Giffords' gun control organization spending at least $1.5 million and launching what even the liberal Arizona Republic labeled as “base and vile" ads, Republican Martha McSally appears to have run the congressional race by 161 votes.  There will be a recount, but the vote counters don't think that the result will be changed.

14:25

Colorado: Lead Ammunition Ban Defeated [NRA-ILA News]

Today, during the scheduled Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting, the Commission members voted against a proposal that would have banned the use of lead ammunition for your sporting purposes.  This misguided proposal was offered due to an emotional reaction, not one based on sound science and biological data.

08:00

Michigan: Update on Pro-Gun Legislation in Lansing [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony on Senate Bills 964, 965, 966 and 979, the Senate components of the Air Gun Reclassification Package, and Senate Bills 789 and 790, comprehensive concealed carry licensing reform.

07:35

Pennsylvania: State Legislature Holds Leadership Elections [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania legislature returned to Harrisburg to vote on its new leadership positions for the 2015-2016 session.  On November 4th, Republicans expanded their existing majorities in both legislative chambers: now 30-20 in the state Senate and 119-84 in the state House of Representatives.

06:35

Michigan: State Senator Mike Green Receives NRA-ILA Defender of Freedom Award [NRA-ILA News]

Today, state Senator Mike Green (SD-31) received the Defender of Freedom Award from the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action in recognition of his tireless efforts to defend liberty and protect the interests of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Michigan.

Wednesday, 12 November

18:36

As if we never saw this coming... [The Liberty Sphere]

Well, the announcement came down today that Obama has drafted an executive order that will allow nearly five million illegal aliens to stay in the country, immune from any threat of deportation. Thus, he has declared war on the Constitution and on the Republicans who will control both houses of Congress in January.

So much for the pledge to "work together."

This showdown is a test of the new Republican majority. True, they will not take office until January, but everyone knows Obama's opponents are waiting in the wings to take control. Democrat Harry Reid, the warlock Senate Majority Leader, is still firmly in control. And he and Obama have a message to the American people and their jobs: "F*** YOU!!!"

Republicans should mount a roadblock to anything Obama and Reid do during the lame duck session of Congress. Obama does not have the Constitutional authority to decide which laws are enforced and which are ignored. Nor does he have the power to create legislation. That is the role of Congress alone. If he takes it upon himself to create law regarding immigration reform, he will break the law in doing so. The penalty is impeachment, which the Republicans have no stomach for. Why? Well, would you want to be on record voting to impeach the nation's first black president? The Obama Chicago thug machine will go on a rampage. This is not to mention what Reid and the Democrat machine will do.

In short, the thugs in the White House and in the Senate have the country by the testicles and will show no hesitation to implement a Ferguson on a nationwide scale.

16:00

ALERT: Governor Scott reduces cost of Lifetime Sportsman's License for Floridians 21 years old and younger [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to offer Lifetime Sportsman’s Licenses for Florida children and young adults at a greatly reduced cost. The license now costs up to $1000 but from Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, 2014, the price will be reduced to $500 for Florida residents who are 21-years-old and younger. The lifetime license covers saltwater and freshwater recreational fishing, hunting and most associated permits. To view the executive order, click HERE.

ALERT: Governor Scott reduces cost of Lifetime Sportsman's License for Floridians 21 years old and younger [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to offer Lifetime Sportsman’s Licenses for Florida children and young adults at a greatly reduced cost. The license now costs up to $1000 but from Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, 2014, the price will be reduced to $500 for Florida residents who are 21-years-old and younger. The lifetime license covers saltwater and freshwater recreational fishing, hunting and most associated permits. To view the executive order, click HERE.

ALERT: Governor Scott reduces cost of Lifetime Sportsman's License for Floridians 21 years old and younger [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to offer Lifetime Sportsman’s Licenses for Florida children and young adults at a greatly reduced cost. The license now costs up to $1000 but from Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, 2014, the price will be reduced to $500 for Florida residents who are 21-years-old and younger. The lifetime license covers saltwater and freshwater recreational fishing, hunting and most associated permits. To view the executive order, click HERE.

Human sacrifices for gun control [NRA-ILA News]

A new memoir by Brian Aitken, The Blue Tent Sky: How the Left's War on Guns Cost Me My Son and My Freedom, tells such a story of injustice halted, often at excruciating, but always highly readable, length. It's the story of a man who meant no harm to anyone, who was doing his best to obey a picayune regulation, and who by most evidence was not even really violating the picayune regulation—New Jersey's Graves Act (which imposes certain mandatory sentences on certain gun-related crimes)—for which he was sentenced to seven years in prison, three of them mandatory without parole.

California can't challenge ruling on concealed guns, court says [NRA-ILA News]

Relaxed rules for carrying concealed guns in public may not be challenged by California state officials or advocacy groups, a federal appeals panel decided Wednesday.

Washington: Gun rights activists plan I-594 protest at Capitol [NRA-ILA News]

Gun rights activists plan to bring their firearms to the Capitol next month to engage in civil disobedience by violating the new background check law that they despise.

Ohio: Gun law overhaul could go to Kasich [NRA-ILA News]

In the few weeks remaining in the legislative session, lawmakers may send Gov. John Kasich a bill eliminating the legal duty of Ohioans to retreat from danger before using deadly force to protect themselves.

Michigan bills loosen regulations on air guns [NRA-ILA News]

Michigan lawmakers are passing legislation intended to loosen regulations on BB and pellet guns.The National Rifle Association says Michigan has outdated and "unduly burdensome" restraints on the purchase and possession of most air guns. Backers of an eight-bill package say it would bring Michigan in line with federal standards.

11:23

Maryland Democratic Governor Prevented Police from answering legislature's gun control questions, so much for claim that Democrats listen to experts [John Lott's Website]

From Fox News:
. . . McCauley says, and has sworn in an affidavit in federal court for the unsuccessful suit seeking to invalidate the law, that he was told by the administration not to answer questions from lawmakers about the law's effectiveness in curbing gun crime or stopping mass shootings.  
According to his affidavit from this spring's court case, the retired trooper was asked during a State House Judiciary subcommittee hearing, where he was called to testify, if the ban would have an effect on crime in Maryland.  
"As I began to respond, I was commanded by Shanetta Paskel, the Deputy Legislative Officer for the Office of Governor Martin O'Malley, not to answer the delegate's question," McCauley said in court papers.  
The trooper said he acquiesced to her request because he believed she was his superior in the administration. But, had he been able to answer, he said he would have told the delegate that the banned firearms are almost never used in crimes in the state -- less than 5 percent involve them -- and that it would have no effect on mass shootings since stricter mental health protections were more important. . . .

11:05

Question: Did Chinese agree to global warming agreement because it doesn't change anything or because they know that with Republicans controlling the Senate no treaty will be approved? [John Lott's Website]


The promise of 20% of energy from non fossil fuels actually requires a slower growth rate for those sources than has been true up until now.  Meanwhile, the US has agreed to a dramatically greater reduction in carbon emissions.
As part of its plan, the U.S. said Wednesday it would double the average pace of its carbon-dioxide reductions after 2020, eyeing an overall reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions of between 26% and 28% by 2025, compared with 2005 levels. . . .
But the agreement requires that the Senate pass the UN Treaty.  It seems extremely convenient for China to make this agreement immediately after Republicans take control of the Senate.  It is unlikely that an agreement would have been ratified with the Democrats in control, but with the Republicans there, it will allow Obama to attack them when the treaty is defeated.

07:55

Peruta intervention denied! [Of Arms and the Law]

Ninth Circuit order here. Peruta essentially held unconstitutional California's combination of "may issue" carry permits and banning all carry, open as well as concealed, absent such a permit. It was brought against the county sheriff. He announced he would not appeal further (to en banc rehearing or for cert.). California, which had not been sued and had not participated, then moved to intervene and take over, as did Brady Campaign (which probably had no standing and was just looking for media coverage). The panel denied both motions by a 2-1 ruling.

California can always move for rehearing en banc as to its motion. But apparently the Circuit wasn't willing to review the case itself en banc (which it can do on its own motionif a majority of judges want to), so odds there are not good. Ah, now I think I remember proceedings were stayed until this motion was ruled upon, so maybe the time period for voluntary en banc only now begins.

07:45

Podcast on Bloomberg Law [Of Arms and the Law]

It concerns the PA "super-preemption" statute and its legal problems. I only wish I'd gotten one or two more minutes of time. I'd meant to suggest that there is something curious about organizations (cities) suing to establish that organizations have no power to sue.

UPDATE: the spammer (advertising for a lawyer in India) just got clipped. Thanks for the news.

UPDATE: Yep, the attorney fees section is the important one. As far as giving NRA standing, NRA as a general rule has standing to sue on behalf of its members. There had been two cases where PA courts refused to allow NRA, or the individual plaintiffs, to have standing to attack city requirement to report lost or stolen guns. I read those opinions not as keying on the organization's status, but rather on the idea that the court controversy must be over something likely to occur and not mere speculation, and the possibility that the 2-3-4 individual plaintiffs named would have a gun stolen or lost and thus become subject to the statute was simply too low. (I think the decisions were wrong in that the odds that NRA members in PA as a whole will have lost or stolen guns in the foreseeable future is not speculation but a 100% certainty, so the organization has standing).

06:40

MSNBC host questions Hillary Clinton's moral compass [John Lott's Website]



At 2:57 into the video MSNBC host, Krystal Ball, asks what it is that Hillary Clinton believes:
Hillary Clinton is meeting right now with David Plouffe trying to “define a rationale for her candidacy.”  After decades in public life she apparently still needs a strategist to tell her what she is all about. . . .

05:40

Colorado: An Attack on Your Hunting Heritage is Set to Take Place Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will be meeting in Burlington to discuss a list of hunting-related issues, with a potential ban on lead ammunition being one of the main topics.  Lead ammunition used by hunters has not been scientifically proven to cause health problems for wildlife populations or pose health risks to humans.

Colorado: An Attack on Your Hunting Heritage is Set to Take Place Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will be meeting in Burlington to discuss a list of hunting-related issues, with a potential ban on lead ammunition being one of the main topics.  Lead ammunition used by hunters has not been scientifically proven to cause health problems for wildlife populations or pose health risks to humans.

04:00

Bull's-eye: NRA won 91% of races, crushing Bloomberg's gun grab [NRA-ILA News]

In its best election in over a decade, the National Rifle Association scored a 91.2 percent win rate in the House and Senate races it jumped into, and also found the bull’s-eye in state races, according to the Second Amendment group.

Tuesday, 11 November

23:10

Obamacare architect openly talks about how Democrats lied to voters about what was in the Obamacare bill [John Lott's Website]


Jonathan Gruber: This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure that CBO did not score the mandate as taxes.  Score the mandate as taxes and the bill dies.  OK, so it was written to do that.  . . .
Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.  Call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever. But basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.
And you know it is a second best argument.  Look, I wish Mark was right we could make it all transparent, but I would rather have this law than not. . . .
Certainly there is voter ignorance, but Gruber's admission that they purposely hid information from voters is maddening.  Sometime voters are wrong, though Gruber seems to think that is the common state of things, but in this case I believe that voters were smarter than this economist.  But the open lying about what was in the bill is amazing.

For more on Jonathan Gruber see these posts.

UPDATE: Jon Gruber now says that he just misspoke when he made the above comments.
"The comments in the video were made at an academic conference," Gruber said on "Ronan Farrow Daily." "I was speaking off the cuff. I basically spoke inappropriately. I regret having made those comments." . . .  
On Tuesday, Gruber said he only meant that much of ObamaCare's financing was done through the tax code, calling that more "politically palatable" than other means.
"That was the only point I was making," he said. . . . .
People can watch the above video themselves and judge whether Gruber simply wasn't speaking clearly. 

16:20

Lies, deception, fraud: Obamacare architect drops bombshell [The Liberty Sphere]

With the bombshell admission of the main architect of Obamacare that a series of lies were told to the American public to get the new healthcare law passed, conservatives have been vindicated. Everything we said about the law from the very beginning has now been confirmed as the truth by the very ones who put the law together.
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16:00

California: One Step Closer to Shall Issue! [NRA-ILA News]

A monumental February 14, 2014 ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the NRA sponsored case of Peruta v. San Diego County found that the San Diego County Sheriff’s policy of refusing to issue licenses to carry firearms in public unless an applicant could demonstrate a special need beyond the right of self-defense was an unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment. NRA News has produced a great video and America’s First Freedom magazine also published an enlightening article about the case.

Orthodox Jewish N.J. Shooting Club Challenges OU & RCA on Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

A New Jersey shooting club that caters to the needs of Orthodox Jewish gun owners is challenging two major Jewish organizations in an effort to get the Orthodox community to become more accepting of the idea of gun ownership. Golani Rifle and Pistol Club was established in 2003 to enable people who desire an extra level of personal protection, as well as those who enjoy shooting for sport, to improve their marksmanship skills and participate in gun club events, usually closed to observant Jews because they tend to be held on Shabbos.

Washington: Gun show sales appear to rise after passage of I-594 [NRA-ILA News]

Voter approval of universal background checks for gun transfers on Nov. 4 appeared to spur a bit more buying of firearms at gun shows over the weekend, according to gun show operators opposed to Initiative 594’s provisions.

Gun control measure could be headed for Nevada ballot [NRA-ILA News]

Nevadans for Background Checks collected about 250,000 signatures, according to Kayla Keller, a spokeswoman for the group. It currently takes 101,667 signatures from registered Nevada voters to qualify an initiative for the ballot.

Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh challenges state gun law [NRA-ILA News]

Pittsburgh is defending its local gun laws by suing Pennsylvania over a newly passed state law that the city contends could open it up to lawsuits from the National Rifle Association.

14:13

Veterans Day [The Liberty Sphere]

On this special day we thank all of those who served their country by fighting in its wars while members of the military. The sacrifices made to fulfill the mission of protecting we the citizens are too numerous to mention. But those who served should be assured that your putting service before self has never been forgotten.

We also wish to make it clear that those who died in protecting the citizens of this nation have never been forgotten. We will not forget, ever.

11:16

"Why the NRA is so powerful, in one chart" [Of Arms and the Law]

Yep. Of course they should have referred to the gun rights movement. But, astonishingly, the article comes from The Washington Post!

09:30

What should people do when the police can't be there to protect them?: With grand jury decision due soon in Ferguson, gun sales surge [John Lott's Website]

From CNN:
Lately, Dan McMullen has been bringing an extra gun to his office in Ferguson, Missouri. 
McMullen runs Solo Insurance on West Florissant close to where looting and vandalism briefly broke out in early August after a police officer shot to death teenager Michael Brown. 
"I bring an extra gun now only because it has a bigger magazine," McMullen says. He began carrying it after tensions increased in the area following the shooting. He says he would never use it to protect his business, but he would use it to save his life. 
"So maybe I get trapped here or something and have to have a John Wayne shootout," McMullen says before interrupting himself, smiling. "That's the silly part about it: Is that going to happen? Not a chance. But I guess, could it? I'm the only white person here." 
McMullen is particularly cautious now, as all of Ferguson and much of the nation waits to see whether a grand jury will indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting. Though the grand jury has until January to issue its ruling, the prosecutor's office has said a decision could come in mid-November. . . .

09:30

It turns out that even a diehard gun control advocate state Senator carries a concealed handgun for protection [John Lott's Website]

An anti-gun state Senator in Missouri was caught carrying a concealed handgun with her at a protest in Ferguson Missouri.  There is obviously no problem with her carrying, though in this case she was drunk, but it is interesting how she understands the benefit of having a gun for self protection.  From KMOV:
Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed had a gun in her possession at the time she was arrested Monday night outside the Ferguson Police Department, according to Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson. 
Nasheed declined comment about the having the weapon, but did tell News 4 she has a concealed carry permit. A Ferguson police officer said Nasheed was carrying a fully-loaded 9mm handgun and additional rounds of ammunition. . . .  
Nasheed was formally charged with Failure to Obey Lawful Order of Police and Manner of Walking in the Roadway.  She was released from St. Ann jail before 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. . . .

07:43

Gun control advocates think that smart guns will allow them to control where guns can be used, they are in for a rude shock [John Lott's Website]

(Click on figure to enlarge.)

Marcos Portnoi and Chien-Chung Shen at the University of Delaware have a new paper entitled: "Wireless-Delimited Secure Zones with Encrypted Attribute-Based Broadcast for Safe Firearms"
From the abstract:
This work presents an application of the highly expressive Attribute-Based Encryption to implement wireless- delimited Secure Zones for firearms. Within these zones, radio- transmitted local policies based on attributes of the consumer and the firearm are received by embedded hardware in the firearms, which then advises the consumer about safe operations. The Secure Zones utilize Attribute-Based Encryption to encode the policies and consumer or user attributes, and providing privacy and security through it cryptography. We describe a holistic approach to evolving the firearm to a cyber-physical system to aid in augmenting safety. We introduce a conceptual model for a firearm equipped with sensors and a context-aware software agent. Based on the information from the sensors, the agent can access the context and inform the consumer of potential unsafe operations. To support Secure Zones and the cyber-physical firearm model, we propose a Key Infrastructure Scheme for key generation, distribution, and management, and a Context-Aware Software Agent Framework for Firearms. 
The notion is that instead of controlling gun sales, WiFi signals could be used to turn guns off in certain areas.  But does anyone think that criminals can't get around this?  Either by using a traditional gun or disabling the electronic safety on their gun.  In addition, if criminals get ahold of these Wifi signals that disable gun, it might allow them to disarm their victims before the criminals attack them.

05:14

The most popular state attractions are all privately run and owned places [John Lott's Website]

(Click to enlarge, though the picture will be pretty blurry.)

#1: Mall of Americas: 40 million
#2: Times Square, NY: 37 million
#3: Las Vegas Strip: 30 million
#4: Faneuil Hall Marketplace: 20 million
#5: Walt Disney World: 17 million
#6: Disneyland: 14.7 million

Others
Navy Pier (Chicago): 8.6 million
San Antonio River Walk: 5.1 million
French Quarter (New Orleans): 5 million
Grand Canyon: 4.4 million
Independence National Historical Park: 4.1 million
Yellow Stone National Park (Wyoming): 3.1 million

Monday, 10 November

17:47

Suicide bomber at Nigerian school kills 47 and injures 79 [John Lott's Website]

There are obviously many different ways to kill a large number of people.  This attack is deadlier than any attack in the US.  From the WSJ:
A suicide bomber on Monday blew himself up during a school assembly in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least 47 people and showing how an Islamist insurgency is apparently drawing young, radical and educated people to its ranks. 
The explosion took place shortly after a morning assembly began at the Government Senior Science Secondary School in Potiskum in Nigeria’s northeastern Yobe state, said Nigeria Police Spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu. He reported 79 injured, in addition to 47 dead. . . .

09:16

What has Obama done to Democrats in state legislatures? Prior to 2008 to after 2014 [John Lott's Website]

With Obama as president Republicans have more than doubled the number of state legislatures that they control.  Interestingly, the 2012 election didn't slow this trend.

Prior to the 2008 election
Republicans in control of 14 legislatures (15 with Nebraska, which is technically non-partisan but is actually controlled by Republicans)
Obama's election in 2008 had impact on the number of legislatures controlled by Republicans, but Democrats did pick up four legislatures.



Prior to the 2010 midterm election (data from NCSL.org)
Republicans in control of 14 legislatures (15 with Nebraska, which is technically non-partisan but is actually controlled by Republicans)

After the 2010 midterm election
Republicans in control of 21 legislatures (22 with Nebraska).

Prior to the 2012 election
Republicans in control of 26 legislatures (27 with Nebraska)



After the 2014 election
Republicans in control of 30 legislature  (31 with Nebraska)
To put it differently, while Democrats controlled 23 legislatures prior to 2008, they now control 11.  Over that same time Republicans went from 14 to 30.

03:42

Alabama: Voters Come Out In Strong Support Of Alabama's Hunting Heritage and Second Amendment Rights [NRA-ILA News]

Sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters in Alabama have reason to celebrate after voters ratified the NRA-backed Right to Hunt and Fish state constitutional amendment by an overwhelming 80 percent on Election Day.  Thank you to all who supported the NRA’s efforts to pass this meaningful pro-hunting amendment.

03:23

Iowa: Proposed Firearms Ban Defeated [NRA-ILA News]

Thanks to your help, a proposed ordinance to ban carrying of weapons on city property was defeated in Tama on Monday, November 3.  The city council voted 3-0 to remove this proposal from its agenda, preventing a second reading and vote.

01:11

Ohio: Senate Civil Justice Committee to Hold Hearings on Three Pro-Gun Bills This Week [NRA-ILA News]

This Wednesday, November 12, the Ohio Senate Civil Justice Committee will hold its additional testimony hearings on House Bill 234 and Senate Bill 338 and its first sponsor hearing on House Bill 203.

01:00

"It's the Second Amendment, stupid" [NRA-ILA News]

As Democrat postmortem sets in and gun control proponents grasp for ways to explain the political beating they took on November 4, the explanation is already evident to voters -- "It's the Second Amendment, stupid."

Sunday, 09 November

16:00

Washington: I-594 supporters will make push in Olympia for stronger gun laws [NRA-ILA News]

Gathering Wednesday morning at The Edgewater hotel in Seattle, where only hours before supporters cheered the passage of I-594, advocates for stronger gun laws said in a news conference they will bring more proposals to next year’s legislative session.

Why the NRA is so powerful, in 1 chart [NRA-ILA News]

Gallup has long asked Americans whether they thought having a gun in their home would make their home "safer" or "more dangerous." In 2000, 35 percent of Americans thought it would make them safer. Today, that number is at 63 percent.

Proposed ordinance would require L.A. residents to lock up handguns [NRA-ILA News]

A newly proposed Los Angeles city ordinance would require residents to secure handguns when they aren’t being used, either by storing them in a locked container or disabling them with a trigger lock.

New York: Voters spoke out loudly against controversial gun control law [NRA-ILA News]

To understand the impact that a gun control law passed last year had on this week’s general election, look at the numbers.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo introduced and signed into law the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act — within a period of 24 hours — in January 2013. While he won re-election Tuesday without breaking much of a sweat (52 percent against Rob Astorino’s 39 percent, according to unofficial figures), his support evaporated in parts of the state where people more strongly oppose the legislation.

UK: Doctors told to report on gun owners’ mental state [NRA-ILA News]

Owners of shotguns and other firearms are to have medical files permanently marked. If they develop health conditions which could lead to a gun being used, either against others or themselves, or not kept safely, doctors would have to inform the police. The tightening of the gun laws — being discussed by police, the Home Office and medical bodies — is opposed by many doctors who fear it will compromise patient confidentiality.

Washington: Gun sales in Spokane soar after I-594 passes [NRA-ILA News]

Several gun shops in the area have experienced a spike in gun sales. In fact, sales at one shop have surged 25 percent in the last few weeks. Normally at this time of year, gun shops see record sales for hunting gear."The attitude is, 'I need to buy it before I can't,'" said gun store owner Robin Ball.

Saturday, 08 November

15:12

Attkisson's fairness, tenacity lead to big trouble [The Liberty Sphere]

Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has proven consistently that she is ultimately fair yet tenacious in following the facts wherever they lead. This has garnered the adoration and accolades of her colleagues in the press. But it has also resulted in her ostracism and outright disdain when her fellow reporters bemoaned the fact that she refused to sweep under the rug damaging information that portrayed Obama and others in his machine in a negative light.
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Friday, 07 November

19:57

Newest piece at the Wall Street Journal: "It’s Shocking How Little Was Spent on the Midterms" [John Lott's Website]

My newest piece in the Wall Street Journal, co-authored this time with Brad Smith, starts this way:
The “most expensive election in history.” Our democracy is being “bought and sold.” This election, “debased by money, shames us all.” These are some of the recent expressions of outrage about what the Center for Responsive Politics estimates to have been $3.67 billion spent for federal offices during the 2014 midterms.  
Two days before the election on “Face the Nation,” CBS’s Bob Schieffer asked viewers to name one item whose costs have gone up as much over time as campaigns. That’s easy. While campaign spending soared to $3.67 billion this year from $1.6 billion in 1998, federal government spending rose 5% faster, to $3.9 trillion from $1.65 trillion.  
It is logical that these expenditures have gone up in tandem. The bigger the federal government, the more is at stake, and the harder politicians and special interests fight to see who gets to control it. If the federal government were still the 2% to 3% of GDP that it was a century ago, people likely wouldn’t care as passionately about the outcome of most elections. 
In the Journal of Law and Economics (2000), John Lott, one of the authors here, studied gubernatorial and state legislative campaign expenditures from 1976 to 1994. After accounting for such factors as the number of contested races, how close the elections were, and how closely divided control of the legislature was, his research showed that almost 80% of the increase in campaign spending for state offices was explained by changes in the size of state governments. States with the fastest-growing budgets saw the biggest increases in campaign expenditures. . . .

16:28

Happy Birthday, Mr. Graham [The Liberty Sphere]

Today is the 96th birthday of world renowned evangelist Billy Graham. I would like to wish him a wonderful 96th and thank him for being a stalwart beacon of truth for over 70 years.

Graham has preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to more people than any other person in history. Yet he never strayed from his roots in the mountains and foothills of North Carolina. His log home near Montreat and Black Mountain, NC, still serves as "home" for Mr. Graham. It is the same mountain log home that was built shortly after he and his wife Ruth were married. The home was to be a haven of rest for the evangelist in those brief periods when he was not traveling and preaching.

Today, Graham is a member of the First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, SC, which is located not far from the mountains of North Carolina. Two years ago, Graham's "Living Room Crusade" was billed as his last. The Graham organization blitzed the airwaves on radio, TV, and the Internet with the Gospel message as only Graham can deliver it.

Although his physical maladies have intensified due to his age, his mind is still sharp as can be. Who knows. Graham may well do another Living Room Crusade before he is forced to quit.

A very happy birthday and a hearty "thank you" to Billy Graham on this special day!

(Cross-posted at Martin Christian Ministries).

09:23

Mississippi Overwhelmingly Approves NRA-Backed Amendment 1 [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, voters exhibited a firm commitment to preserving the Magnolia State's strong sporting traditions by ratifying NRA-supported Amendment 1 by a convincing 88 percent of the vote.  Amendment 1 establishes an individual constitutional right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife. Mississippi becomes the 18th state to add this important safeguard into the state's constitution.

Mississippi Overwhelmingly Approves NRA-Backed Amendment 1 [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, voters exhibited a firm commitment to preserving the Magnolia State's strong sporting traditions by ratifying NRA-supported Amendment 1 by a convincing 88 percent of the vote.  Amendment 1 establishes an individual constitutional right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife. Mississippi becomes the 18th state to add this important safeguard into the state's constitution.

02:00

Gun Control Loses, Second Amendment Wins Big In The Midterms [NRA-ILA News]

One might well call it a clear denial of reality by vanquished liberals grasping for any hint that their agenda even barely survived the Republican tsunami — “it” is this wildly celebratory article on theatlantic.com boldly declaring victory for advocates of gun control in America. Given the title of the post — “The Gun Control Movement Is Learning How To Win” — you might conclude that anti-gun forces scored big in their efforts to restrict private gun ownership…that the NRA was totally humiliated on Tuesday and sent packing by gun grabbers. But when you read the article….

01:13

This is not good, no matter which way you spin it [The Liberty Sphere]

In the midst of the celebratory mass hysteria on display by Republicans this week is some ominous news. As most of us have told you, the victories won by anti-Obama forces this week are no reason to let our guard down. The same old enemies are still there, and they aren't going anywhere.

Both Hickenlooper in Colorado and Malloy in Connecticut won their reelection bids to remain governors in their respective states. Both are also rabid anti-gun nutcases. Personally I am much more troubled by Hickenlooper's victory than Malloy's. One can expect the northeast to do such stupid things. But Colorado? This is the state that recalled and then ousted two state legislators for their role in the restrictive anti-gun and anti-ammunition law passed by the legislature. Hickenlooper was right in the middle of it, but voters in Colorado did not oust him as they did the others. Why?

That is the question of the hour. I would like to know why. What happened? Was there fraud? Did conservatives stay home for some reason? I doubt it on both counts. They ousted Sen. Udall, which suggests there was neither any fraud nor any apathy on the part of conservatives.

So what happened that this sorry anti-gun tyrant was allowed to stay in the governor's mansion for another four years? Does anyone have the answer?

00:01

Newly elected Texas Gov Greg Abbott affirms support for open-carry [John Lott's Website]

From My San Antonio:
Attorney General Greg Abbott affirmed his support for allowing Texans to openly carry handguns at his first press conference after being elected governor.  
“Throughout the campaign I announced my support for open carry in Texas,” said Abbott when asked about the issue at the Texas Capitol.  
Abbott said Texas is one of only a handful of states that doesn't allow open carry of handguns. . . .
Who knows how honest the Democrats' gubernatorial candidate in that race, Wendy Davis, also said that she supported open carry.  From Politico:


The Wild West tradition of openly carrying your six-shooter on the street has long been banned in Texas under state law. But the next governor could change that. 
Rising Democratic star and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has joined her top Republican rival in supporting a proposed "open carry" law. It would allow people with concealed handgun licenses to wear a pistol on their hip, in full view, while in public. . . . 
I am skeptical of the benefits of open carry for reasons that I have detailed before.  Still, passage of the law has one benefit, it will presumably stop those people who are openly carrying long guns into public places.  Hopefully, open carry advocates will realize that it is best for them to lay low and not create more of a ruckus until the legislation gets passed and then that they will openly carry only handguns, which is what I understand that they have been wanting all along.

Thursday, 06 November

22:43

So why were the polls so incredibly wrong?: Huge bias in favor of the Democrats [John Lott's Website]

What was supposed to be an easy Democratic victory in Maryland ended up being a Republican landslide win by nine percentage points.  In Illinois the Democrat was supposed to win, but the Republican won easily.  In Kansas what were supposed to be a couple close races turned into Republican comfortable victories for the Senate and governorship.  In Virginia, a race that no one thought would be remotely close turned into a late night nail biter and still isn't quite over.  Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky was supposed to be fairly close to Mitch McConnell, but it turned into a 15 percentage point tidal wave against her.

Larry Sabato:
"I want an investigation of the polls in Virginia," University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato told Fox News. "They were completely wrong, just as they were in Georgia. They were also way off in Illinois. And I could go on and on.
 From Nate Silver:
The Democrats’ complaints may have been more sophisticated-seeming than the ”skewed polls” arguments made by Republicans in 2012. But in the end, they were just as wrong. The polls did have a strong bias this year — but it was toward Democrats and not against them. 
Based on results as reported through early Wednesday morning — I’ll detail our method for calculating this in a moment — the average Senate poll conducted in the final three weeks of this year’s campaign overestimated the Democrat’s performance by 4 percentage points. The average gubernatorial poll was nearly as bad, overestimating the Democrat’s performance by 3.4 points. . . .  
Interestingly, this year’s polls were not especially inaccurate. Between gubernatorial and Senate races, the average poll missed the final result by an average of about 5 percentage points — well in line with the recent average. The problem is that almost all of the misses were in the same direction. . . .
A possible explanation is provided by Politico:
Republicans nearly swept the 10 Senate races rated as toss-ups by the Cook Political Report on Election Day, winning seven of the 10 outright – they lost New Hampshire, Alaska remains undecided and Louisiana is going to a runoff. 
To be sure, Republicans were favored to win back the Senate on Tuesday. They led in six of the 10 contested races – and hold the advantage in a seventh, Louisiana, in the runoff next month.
But it wasn’t that Republicans won so many of the most competitive races — it was how much they won by. . . . 
Republicans have long claimed that public polls, usually conducted by randomly dialing phone numbers rather than only contacting voters with a history of turning out in midterm elections, include too many people who won’t ultimately cast a ballot – a group that tends to lean Democratic. 
Those public surveys, they say, also weight, or peg, their demographic data to known Census parameters, ignoring historical trends of the midterm electorate – which is usually older and more white. 
“I think the media polls were dramatically off because too many media pollsters use Census weights,” said Republican consultant Brad Todd, whose firm, OnMessage Inc., conducts polls and creates TV ads for GOP candidates. “In a midterm electorate, using the Census as a reference point would have the same value as using a grocery list as a reference point.” . . . .
Nate Silver gave Republicans just a 15.6% probability of getting 54 seats in the Senate.


21:00

Second Amendment Prevails Over Cash-Flush Anti-Gun Candidates [NRA-ILA News]

Despite the lavishing of funds on anti-gun candidates and statements by anti-gunners that this would be the year they would mount a head-on challenge against the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA), when the smoke cleared, candidates supporting the rights of gun owners were the clear winners.Breitbart News reported "The Second Amendment crushed gun control candidates in Senate and gubernatorial races around the country," and added that while gun-control PACs donated heavily to anti-gun candidates, "The Second Amendment trumped their endorsement and their money."

16:00

Supreme Court Grants BATFE Broad Leeway on "Straw Purchase" Rules in Abramski v. United States [NRA-ILA News]

On June 16, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Abramski v. United States. The ruling seemingly allows the government to require virtually any information it wants from a person buying a firearm from a federally licensed dealer, whether or not that information has any relationship to public safety or the policies of federal law.

Sharply Divided Connecticut Bar Members Vote to Abandon Brady Campaign's Anti-gun Litigation Effort [NRA-ILA News]

Lawyers are generally required to be admitted to the bar association of a given jurisdiction (and to pay bar dues) before being allowed to practice in that locale. The overarching purpose of bar associations is to maintain the integrity, trust, and quality of the legal profession, and more broadly, to promote justice and the rule of law. Bar associations pursue these goals by, for example, establishing minimum standards of knowledge or competence for entering the profession, rules of professional ethics and conduct, continuing education requirements and opportunities, and free or affordable legal aid programs. Experienced, knowledgeable attorneys are rarely in complete agreement about the meaning or application of the law itself, much less politics or social policy, so when a bar deviates from its inward focus on the legal profession to an outward focus on social engineering, controversy is certain to result. The reputation of the legal profession itself is also bound to suffer.

Bloomberg’s wasted millions [NRA-ILA News]

Mike Bloomberg put $50 million into Tuesday’s elections, and he doesn’t have much to show for it. Someone, perhaps the Koch brothers, ought to treat him to a Big Gulp. The onetime mayor of New York City organized a group called Everytown for Gun Safety, meant to rival the National Rifle Association, and with a lot more money. The new group was supposed to put gun control on the front burner. Instead, the gun-control candidates got scorched on the back burner.

Election Eve Dump: Justice Department Turns Over 64,280 pages of Claimed ‘Executive Privilege’ Operation Fast and Furious Documents [NRA-ILA News]

Last night, in response to an Order from a Federal judge, the Department of Justice turned over 64,280 pages of documents that were withheld from Congress after President Obama asserted Executive Privilege on the eve of a contempt citation for Attorney General Eric Holder in June 2012. The sheer volume of last night’s document production—which consists entirely of documents that the Justice Department itself acknowledges are not covered by Executive Privilege—shows that the President and the Attorney General attempted to extend the scope of the Executive Privilege well beyond its historical boundaries to avoid disclosing documents that embarrass or otherwise implicate senior Obama Administration officials.

Voters Come Out in Strong Support of America's Hunting Heritage and Second Amendment Right [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, voters in Alabama, Mississippi and Maine came out in full support of protecting America’s hunting heritage and Second Amendment rights. The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) led the way to enshrine the Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Wildlife in the state constitutions of Alabama and Mississippi and worked with a coalition of sportsmen’s groups to protect hunters in Maine from extreme anti-hunting groups who aimed to ban traditional bear hunting methods in the state.

NRA-PVF Achieves Historic Election Victories, While Anti-Gun Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is Proven to be a Political Liability [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA would like to congratulate pro-Second Amendment candidates across the country who won significant victories in their respective states and districts in Tuesday’s historic elections.  And the NRA would like to congratulate YOU--our members--for the role YOU played in achieving those victories!

Voters Show Strong Support for America’s Hunting Heritage and Second Amendment Rights [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, voters in Alabama, Mississippi and Maine came out in full support of protecting America’s hunting heritage and Second Amendment rights. The NRA Political Victory Fund led the way to enshrine the Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Wildlife in the state constitutions of Alabama and Mississippi and worked with a coalition of sportsmen’s groups to protect hunters in Maine from extreme anti-hunting groups who aimed to ban traditional bear hunting methods in the state.

14:05

UPDATE: Republicans officially control 30 state legislatures (31 if you include Nebraska), Dems only 11 [John Lott's Website]

While Obama doesn't believe that he is responsible for the latest wave election, Republicans are more than happy to give him the credit (though presumably they would have preferred never having the damage done to the country to begin with).

To see how dramatic the change has been note that this change flips state legislatures that weren't flipped after the 2010 wave.  The new state legislatures controlled by Republicans are:

  • Colorado Senate (conceivable that Dems could still hold on after recounts)
  • Maine Senate
  • Minnesota House
  • Nevada Assembly
  • Nevada Senate
  • New Hampshire House
  • New York Senate
  • New Mexico House
  • Washington Senate
  • West Virginia House.
  • West Virginia Senate (after Democratic Senator Daniel Hall switched his party affiliation to Republican).
  • Legislatures: 30 R, 11 D and 8 split (Nebraska is technically nonpartisan, but is really controlled by Republicans so that would really make the total for Republicans at 31)
  • Chambers: 68 R, 30 D
  • Governors: 31 R, 18 D and 1 undecided (Alaska)
  • State governments: 23 R, 7 D, 18 divided and 1 undecided (Alaska)
  • 12:59

    Grocery Store Employee with concealed handgun permit shoots and kills armed man who made a disturbance [John Lott's Website]

    From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
    An employee of Karsch's Village Market shot and killed a man who allegedly threatened him with a gun this morning . . . . 
    The man caused a disturbance in the grocery store at 1730 Old State Road M about 10:20 am., said Capt. Ron Arnhart.  The man appeared to be intoxicated. 
    Two employees followed the man to the parking lot in hopes of stalling him until deputies arrived so he wouldn't drive drunk.  
    The man pulled a handgun from his vehicle and pointed it at them, Arnhart said. One of the employees has a concealed-carry permit and had his own gun. That employee shot the man, who died at the scene, Arnhart said. . . .
    Thanks to Tony Troglio for the link. 

    Wednesday, 05 November

    17:53

    An analysis of the midterm vote [The Liberty Sphere]

    Analysts attempting to explain the midterm vote Tuesday put forth various and sundry reasons why Republicans did much better than expected and Democrats did much worse. Juan Williams, for example, claimed that the vote was the result of an anti-incumbent sentiment on the part of voters. Williams downplayed any suggestion that the vote was indicative of Obama's failures and plummeting approval ratings.
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    Monday, 03 November

    15:57

    Last minute predictions for tomorrow's midterms [The Liberty Sphere]

    Much is riding on tomorrow's midterm elections. So much is at stake that a few last minute predictions are in order. Granted, the mood of the electorate is fluid, making it difficult to make predictions with a high degree of certainty. But there are indications that lead to at least some level of certainty, enough so that the electorate needs to be informed in order to brace themselves.
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    Saturday, 01 November

    16:19

    Danger of civil war places Conn. on 'knife's edge' [The Liberty Sphere]

    The danger of civil war in America has reached a fever pitch in Connecticut, of all places. One gun rights activist stated that Connecticut is now on the "knife's edge" of being ground zero in that war. The activist further said that state government is prepared to conduct raids against citizens suspected of keeping illegal guns and ammunition in their homes.
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    Friday, 31 October

    13:49

    Well, I'll be a freakin' son of a gun -- maybe I really do need to get a "real job" [The Liberty Sphere]

    I made all of $1.25 yesterday for my Examiner article. Just over 200 people read it.

    Now, through the years trolls have told me that I need to get a real job and stop with this notion of writing, that I can't write anyway, and even if I could the nation would be much better off without my point of view.

    Maybe they're right. As a free market capitalist I do believe in the basic premise that if your skills or the goods you offer cannot compete in the marketplace, then you go under. Maybe that is true about me. Maybe I'm not good enough to compete in the marketplace of ideas. Maybe people are not interested in what I'm offering.

    As far as getting a "real job" goes, writing is a real job, and a hard one at that. It is very hard work as any writer will tell you. But if I cannot make it by writing, what am I supposed to do? There are just a few things I can still do at this point in life. I am not physically able to do most of them.

    So, I dunno. To heck with it. If I can do no better than this, then what's the use? A pox on all of it!

    Thursday, 30 October

    14:45

    Felonies abound among political activists and illegals [The Liberty Sphere]

    It is now a mere four days until the 2014 midterm elections. Longtime observers of elections have noted that the political landscape seems to indicate a general shift away from Democrats. This would spell trouble for Barack Obama and his legislative allies such as Harry Reid. But many elections are so close that even a slight shift of a few hundred votes or less would be enough to tip the election to the Democrat. The reason? Widespread fraud.
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    Wednesday, 29 October

    17:21

    Well, despite my best efforts it's simply not coming together for tonight [The Liberty Sphere]

    Earlier I had promised a new Examiner article this evening. But it is not to be.

    I had the best of intentions, but I realized a few minutes ago that it just won't be coming together for tonight. I ran out of steam. The thing about having this kind of severe flair up is that one's energy level drops to near zero. But today I felt somewhat better. I had planned to do a Bible study for a church tonight, and I was determined to fulfill that commitment. This I did, but doing that plus an article tonight was just too much and did not take into consideration my energy level, which is running on low.

    I hope you understand. I will post an article tomorrow, for sure.

    13:09

    Back up and running [The Liberty Sphere]

    As you can tell from last evening's Examiner article -- Trouble Brewing on at least Two Fronts -- apparently the techies worked out most if not all of the bugs.

    But during my down time I lost hundreds of dollars. UGH!

    Anyway, give a tired, sick gentleman who is quickly growing old a helping hand by passing along the link above to anyone you can think of. It will help greatly.

    This evening I will have a new article ready, but I don't know the time or how late it will be posted. Heck, I'm just happy to be back up and running.

    And thank you, dear readers, for all you do. Many of you visit this blog on a daily basis whether I have anything to say or not. I am truly thankful for your loyalty, and I value each of you as friends.

    Tuesday, 28 October

    16:22

    Trouble brewing on at least two fronts [The Liberty Sphere]

    The 2014 midterm elections are now only one week away. Sources indicate that trouble is brewing on at least two fronts that go directly to the heart of those elections. On Monday reports surfaced from trusted sources concerning Obama's plans to grant citizenship to multimillions of illegal aliens after the election. And elections officials in several key states, such as Maryland, reported that tests on voting machines show that votes that are cast for Republicans are automatically funneled to Democrats. One group called Young Conservatives report that a Republican candidate in Illinois attempted to vote for a Republican (himself) but got a shock when his vote was actually tabulated.
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    Monday, 27 October

    20:13

    LIBERTY ALERT! Something brewing... [The Liberty Sphere]

    This is a special Liberty Alert.

    Something is brewing in the vast American heartland in response to threats by Obama and a lame duck Democrat Congress to unleash the full force of lawlessness after the Nov. election and prior to the new Congress in Jan. of 2015.

    Sources have stated that Obama intends to take full control over immigration by using the Executive Order to automatically naturalize multimillions of illegal aliens, unilaterally granting full citizenship to all who are in the country illegally. The action is designed to change the face of America from top to bottom, creating a permanent underclass that will make sure that for at least another 50 years and more Democrats will control all three branches of government.

    But some are hinting at chatter being heard in various sectors indicating that any more shenanigans that remotely resembles such an action by Obama will result in open violence in the streets. The "civil unrest" would then become a full scale war.

    While many patriots shudder to think of anyone on our side initiating such a war by firing the first shot, which most of us have condemned, the Stealth War would certainly take full advantage of the situation underground. None of those on our side would be interested in harming human life but in using stealth methods to thwart the plans of the leviathans. This can be done without taking to the streets to perpetrate violence. We are against violence. The Stealth War has always been about beating the statist leviathan by outsmarting him. There are ways to do this with regard to illegal aliens...with a little help from silent and secretive partners in government who detest working for this regime.

    More about this tomorrow. But remember one thing, my friends. A vote for a Democrat in November is a vote for Harry Reid and Barack Obama. No matter who they are or what they claim to be, you cannot believe them. Even if they go to the same church you do. That means nothing in this day and age. If they vote for people who support illegal alien citizenship, abortion on demand, Obamacare, and a host of other illegal laws, then I don't care who they are. They are not one of us, and they do not believe in the ideals of the United States of America.

    Sunday, 26 October

    18:33

    And now a word from our friendly local insane asylum... [The Liberty Sphere]

    Insanity. Pure and simple. There are no other words adequate enough to describe it.

    First, word came late today that the New York Times will have a front page story tomorrow proclaiming that Obamacare is a great success. Who or what in their right mind would make such an outlandish comment? Well, the NYT, that's who...proving again that the old gray lady is nothing but a left wing rag fit for the garbage can. It is the height of insanity, insensitivity, and outright cruelty to make such a claim when so many have endured hardship under the new healthcare plan implemented by worthless socialists. Obama said average families would save $2,500 on the plan. Instead, they are spending $2,500 MORE than before, PLUS copays that have skyrocketed through the roof. Some of our best doctors are hanging it up as well, either retiring or refusing to accept patients who have insurance or Medicare.

    The NYT has but one reason for doing this. It is a mere week before the midterm elections, and they know that enough dumbed down collectivists and other Democrats will believe this bilge, spurring them on to get to the polls to vote.

    I have ZERO respect for the Times or anyone who "thinks" like they do.

    Second, Jeb Bush is apparently committed to running for president in 2016. Now, I know some of you believe this is wonderful news. Not me. We need another Bush in the White House like we need another Clinton. Neither would be acceptable at a time such as this. Jeb is no conservative. He will continue to throw open wide the floodgates to more illegal aliens than the country can handle. He has other major troubles that conservatives will complain to high heaven about as well. The GOP had best steer away from Jeb. Fair warning.

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