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Christmas Comes Early for Hunting Retailers  

Bass Pro Shop

Bass Pro Shop

FOX BUSINESS – Thanks to hunting season, Christmas comes early for megastores that cater to outdoor enthusiasts. Retailers like Cabela’s (CAB) and Bass Pro Shops are known to draw customers who travel many miles to both gear up for hunting season and browse in-store attractions. “Our stores across the U.S. and Canada are what many of our customers love about Bass Pro Shops,” Tammy Sapp, the Springfield, Mo.-based company’s director of communications said. Bass Pro Shops stocks its stores with log and rock work, large indoor aquariums and museum quality fish and wildlife mounts that “pay tribute to a region’s outdoor heritage,” she added. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group that represents firearms retailers, more than 21 million have purchased a hunting license at least once over the last five years. License sales have been stable in recent years, while excise taxes on equipment like firearms, ammunition and fishing tackle are on the upswing. For many retailers, hunting season is a critical period that can make or break their entire year. [full article]

FEATURE: Anthem to arms: Man performs Star-Spangled Banner with gun (VIDEO)

RT.COM - For many people in the United States, guns are as patriotic as apple pie – so using them to play the Star-Spangled Banner may be just about the most American thing there is to do. In what manages to be an impressive demonstration of accuracy and timing, a video from the Colorado-based Musical Targets group showcases a man performing the American national anthem with a rifle. The man shoots various steel targets – each one designed to sound a specific note when hit – and strings them together to the tune of the song.  [full article] 

FEATURE: Using Instagram to capture the emotional weight of Philadelphia gun violence

WASHINGTON POST - “You know it’s us today, but tomorrow it could be any of y’all,” Terrance “Bird” Cox’s father, Keith Lyons, told 1,000 people at the vigil for his son. Cox, 25, was shot and killed down the street from his house in North Philadelphia. “He was a good kid, never had any problems with him,” his father said. During the vigil, weeping friends and family placed teddy bears and candles next to the China King takeout near where he was killed.  [full article]

Members of the Cox family mourn the loss of Terrance “Bird” Cox. Bird, 25, who had no police record, was shot and killed near a Chinese takeout down the street from his house in North Philadelphia. Police described the killing as an “execution-style” ambush.

Members of the Cox family mourn the loss of Terrance “Bird” Cox. Bird, 25, who had no police record, was shot and killed near a Chinese takeout down the street from his house in North Philadelphia. Police described the killing as an “execution-style” ambush.

FEATURE: Is The Federal Government Trying To Put Gun Ranges Out Of Business?

THINK PROGRESS.ORG - In a nation where tens of thousands of people die annually as a result of gun violence, many have become desensitized even to mass shootings. But a tragic August death at an Arizona gun range made national headlines due to its horrific circumstance: a nine-year-old girl shooting and killing her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun. The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which handles the state’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement, announced it would launch an investigation. Some reacted to the story with outrage. Some noted that in many states, virtually anyone, of almost any age or criminal background, can rent a gun at a shooting range. The National Rifle Association sharply criticized what it termed “exploitative” media coverage. And one prominent gun rights expert argued that “gun range accidents are exceedingly rare” and that people should not worry about them.  [full article]25Oct14 GunRanges

SELF PROTECTION/FEATURE: Guns Do Not Have Rights, People Do. Legitimate Self Defense is One of Them
Guns have no rights, only people do. Yes, one of them is the Right to Self Defense - and the Right to defend your neighbor. You may ask, "Is this simply a matter of semantics?" I insist it is not!

Guns have no rights, only people do. Yes, one of them is the Right to Self Defense - and the Right to defend your neighbor. You may ask, "Is this simply a matter of semantics?" I insist it is not!

CATHOLIC ONLINE - We live in a precarious time in the United States of America. Many of us are deeply concerned about the effort to infringe upon the fundamental rights which were delineated in the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution. I have written extensively about the threats to the First Freedom, Religious Freedom. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right which is rooted in the Natural Law and secured by the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution. In this article, I will address another Right secured in the Bill of Rights to the US Constitution. This right is controversial in many of the circles where my articles are often read. The Right to which I refer is secured by the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights to the US Constitution.  [full article]

SELF-PROTECTION/FEATURE: Meet the Gay Libertarian Gun Nuts

VICE.COM - Tom Palmer, a gay libertarian, was walking to dinner with a co-worker in 1982 when he was told by a group of passing homophobes that he would be killed and nobody would ever find his body. Walking slowly away, and then running, Palmer was pursued by the gang for about a hundred feet until he turned to face them with the handgun his mother had given him. His aggressorsretreatedwhen they saw the gun, and Palmer was safe—the gun may very well have saved his life. Today, Palmer, now a senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute, is fighting to tear down Washington DC’s prohibition against carrying handguns. [full article]

The Pink Pistols

The Pink Pistols

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Lessons from the Ferguson Black Riots of 2014

A PSA FROM Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL)

ALAN KORWIN, October 10, 2014 -- The 2014 riots in Ferguson, Missouri ,should serve as an important reminder to anyone who is thinking about owning a gun.  When your safety is already at risk, it may be too late to buy that first gun. 
Why do I say that? 
1.  You’ll be lucky to find a gun at a gun store when EVERYBODY is trying to buy one.  And IF you do find a gun, it may not be the best gun or the most suitable gun and it’s going to cost you a lot more money than it would have before the emergency. [full article]

Abandoning California

JIM MATTHEWS, September 22, 2014 -- The ammunition manufacturing industry in the United States effectively said it is going to abandon California hunters, help reduce hunter opportunity and sound wildlife management, and assist in driving more hunters from the sport. This will make it much easier for the anti-hunters in this state to accomplish their goal and simply ban hunting entirely.

To explain that requires some background: The anti-hunters have more influence in Sacramento politics than the hunting community. It was the pressure from those anti-hunters that pushed the California legislature to ban the use of lead ammunition for hunting (AB 711) by 2019. The antis were able to convince the liberal legislature, which is profoundly anti-gun, that lead ammunition shot by hunters was a danger to the state’s wildlife resources. It doesn’t matter that that’s a profound lie. With an emasculated Department of Fish and Wildlife that was muzzled from refuting those claims and a pro-hunting lobby that is largely ignored in Sacramento, the legislation passed easily. [full article]

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