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Mr. Bob -
First, I want to thank you and IWI for having this contest – I couldn’t believe it when I opened my e-mail at work this morning to find your message. Needless to say I was skeptical at first but then I went to the website & BOOM! – there was my name in fine print !!!
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Guns Boom in 2014 Campaign Ads
(Multiple Videos) NPR.ORG, Sept. 1, 2014 – Political campaign ads come in many shapes and sizes. There’s the gauzy candidate profile, and the blaring, biting personal attack. Some are amusing; many are just annoying. Each year trends emerge. This year, lots of spots are hitting the air featuring candidates with firearms shooting at things: TVs, drones, thick copies of the Affordable Care Act. The story about this crop of 2014 campaign ads seems to begin with this ad from the last midterm election season: Sen. Joe Manchin’s 2010 ad “Dead Aim”: [full article]
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 -- There was a time, if you’re old enough to remember, when guns were apolitical. They were accepted as, believe it or not, “tools.” Tools for cops and military, tools for hunting. My, how things have changed.Now, those tools are being used to pound down an ideology and to pry votes out of the undecided or the apathetic, the determined and the couldn’t-care-less.
Blame the NRA. They found success in working the political system, in holding accountable those career or newbie politicians whose votes mirrored the NRA doctrine. They were so good at it, in fact, that billionaire Michael Bloomberg, in frustration at the NRA’s success, is attempting to copy the NRA playbook.
After another three-day holiday weekend, media of all stripes including HedSpace await the day’s happenings and in the process take note of the ongoing campaigns for the November mid-terms just 64 days from now and the grind-it-out game of turning heads and votes. One look at today’s top story should be enough to convince any fence-sitter that guns used for many purposes around the world are now more than just objects for work or for play. They are industry. The industry of politics.
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WTHI TV, August 30, 2014 - TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Community members are staging a boycott on businesses that ban guns, and they’re using social media to spread the message. When you see a “No Guns Allowed” sign the challenge is asking you to use your wallet elsewhere. It’s just one way a local business owner is firing back hoping to protect his second amendment right.“What we are hoping to see is that gun enthusiasts will ban together and say look this is a location that doesn’t want our business, and we are going to oblige them and not give them our business,” said Steve Ellis, Owner of Top Guns Gun Store in Terre Haute. [full article]
KC officers kill armed man during confrontation Sunday morning
KMBC.COM, Sept. 1, 2014 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. —A Kansas City community activist called for calm in the wake of a fatal police shooting over the weekend. Ron Hunt said he still has questions about what happened early Sunday near Sixth Street and Myrtle Avenue, but he's also grateful for good relationships with Kansas City police. Officers were sent to the neighborhood before sunrise Sunday after a report of a suspicious man with a gun. Police said when they encountered the man, Eugene Turner, 28, he started firing at them. Officers returned fire and Turner was killed. Police said they recovered a gun nearby. [full article]
Welcoming armed customers can attract Second Amendment rights activists, deter crime
WASHINGTON TIMES, Sept. 1, 2014 - The owners of TBonz Steakhouse in Augusta, Georgia, decided to be proactive when Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law one of the most comprehensive pro-gun bills in the country this April, which allowed firearms into the state’s bars and restaurants. The eatery hung up a “No Guns” sign on its front door. Its customer backlash was so harsh and quick that the steakhouse immediately took down the sign and then posted a mea culpa on its Facebook page. [full article]
THE DAILY SIGNAL, Sept. 1, 2014 - Holly Fisher, a mom of three from West Virginia, never thought she would be a gun owner. But when her husband joined the military in 2006, that all changed. Now, almost 10 years later, Fisher calls herself an avid supporter of the Second Amendment. She has attracted some fierce critics for posting photos of herself holding legal firearms, including a pink handgun. She is unapologetic. [full article]
WASHINGTON POST, Sept. 1, 2014 - Just a day after the Obama administration banned imports of AK-47 assault rifles as part of sanctions against Russia, a US dealer specializing in the weapon had nothing left. The Atlantic Firearms company in Maryland had shipped hundreds of the weapons as buyers wiped out inventories across the United States. The frenzy was brought on, in part, by a suspicion among some that the sanctions against Russia for its role in the Ukraine conflict was a back-door excuse to ban guns many Democrats don't like. Some customers bought up to 10 rifles for nearly US$1,000 each, stockpiling them as investments. [full article]
KOPIS MOBILE, Sept. 1, 2013
LA TIMES, August 30, 2014 - The state Assembly on Saturday failed to muster the votes to approve legislation aimed at identifying criminals and others who are improperly buying ammunition in California. Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) originally proposed that residents who buy bullets be required to get a state permit and undergo a background check before the purchase to make sure they can legally own guns, but Gov. Jerry Brown opposed that scheme. The revised bill that failed Saturday would have required ammo sellers to… [full article]
COLUMBUS DISPATCH, August 31, 2014 - Who would try to bring a gun through airport security? Only someone incredibly stupid, say the people who have been caught with weapons in their carry-on luggage at security checkpoints at Port Columbus. “Hell, no,” a 70-year-old West Side man told airport police when they asked if he knew the unloaded handgun was in his bag in January 2013. “Not only no, but hell no. Only a dumb--- or a professional football player would do that.” [full article]
ABC NEWS, August 29, 2014 - A Border Patrol agent pursuing a group of immigrants in a wooded area near the Texas-Mexico border on Friday fired several shots at an armed man who later identified himself as a militia member. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said agents had been chasing a group of immigrants east of Brownsville Friday afternoon when an agent saw a man holding a gun near the Rio Grande. The agent fired four shots, but did not hit the man. The man then dropped his gun and identified himself as a member of a militia. Zamora said no other details were immediately available. [full article]
CBS4 DENVER, August 29, 2014 - The library in Windsor has changed its policy on guns after it was challenged by a gun rights activist group. The Clearview Library District will change their no firearms policy and signage to comply with state law. This comes after Erika Sattler said she was asked to leave her weapon in the car after someone apparently spotted her gun on her person while she was inside the library. [full article]
WBNS 10 TV, August 29, 2014 LANCASTER, OH - It happened along a walking path in Lancaster. Dinah Burns is licensed to carry a concealed gun, but she'd only recently started taking her weapon while walking her dog. Based on what happened, it looks like she'll make a point of carrying from now on. "I think if they'd gotten any closer, I probably would have fired,” said Burns. "Two gentlemen came out of the woods, one holding a baseball bat, and said 'You're coming with us'." [full article]
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"Dangerous and unusual"?
Federal Judge gets it wrong on tactical rifles
Shelby Murdoc, August 21, 2014 --A federal judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Maryland has ruled that semi-automatic AR-15 style rifles are "dangerous and unusual" firearms and, therefore, not protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution or covered by the precedent of the Heller decision.
Gun rights groups brought a case against Maryland’s 2013 assault weapons ban, claiming that semi-automatic rifles such as the AR-15 and AK-47 are, in fact, in common use and do not represent any greater danger than any other rifles. They argued that Maryland’s ban was unconstitutional and infringed upon the rights of American gun owners, rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment and recent legal decisions regarding the interpretation that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental individual right and that classes of arms in common use cannot be banned outright. The Heller decision found that firearms in common use and typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes, are protected. [full article]
Bob Rogers, August 19, 2014 -- Oh, sure, you say. Why not lead cats? Put them on a copper diet. We'd save a lot of birds that way.
We don't blame you. We were just as confused when we read a report that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service wants a toll of dead birds recorded for a full year over parts of southern California's Mojave Desert. That's where a massive solar plant, BrightSource Energy, has encountered toasted, roasted, fried, stewed, baked and cremated birds that have flown through the plant's sun rays, have ignited in mid-air, and have puffed into smoke trails called "streamers" at a rate estimated to be about one bird every two minutes. But, who's counting? [full article] More Features
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