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VA – Opinion – 10,000+ Gun Stockpile PROVES Criminals Always Get Around Useless Gun Control Laws (While Law Abiding Citizens Are Sitting Ducks!)

PREPARED GUN OWNERS.COM March 21, 2017 – There are still millions of people in America that think simply banning guns will make it so that criminals and terrorists can’t access them. That, my friends, is just dumb. One of the easiest ways to prove or disprove this assertion is to simply look at other countries in the world that — unlike the USA — have practically banned guns and…

MT – Opinion – In Billings, an armed vigilante drives hard bargain at Penney’s

MISSOULA INDEPENDENT March 16, 2017 – Like flood insurance or a home defibrillator kit, a handgun is one of those products you buy hoping never to use. Rifles are for hunting. Shotguns are for shooting trap and, if you insist, skeet. But a handgun is pretty much exclusively for shooting people. Even if you just enjoy going down to the firing range and squeezing off a few rounds, the…

OK – Opinion – TAKING AIM: My gun is better than your gun

STILLWATER NEWS PRESS March 15, 2017 – Writing a gun column has few perks. One, however, is I get to choose what I write about. As long as it doesn’t defame city fathers or slur the NP editor’s ancestry, I have a free hand. So, seeing as how it is my column, I want to write about my gun. Typifying my inherent modesty, I say with aplomb: my gun…

AL – Opinion – Our View: Gun rights, yes; but we should outright halt Senate Bill 24

OANOW.COM March 13, 2017 – The Constitution of the United States includes the Second Amendment, and that law clearly states the right for American citizens to bear arms. Americans also have the right to vote. But to do so, they must register first. It should be the same for anyone desiring to carry a concealed weapon. For that reason, the proposed Senate Bill 24 making its way through the…

GA – Opinion – Bob Barr: 2nd Amendment Rights: Some setbacks, and a few wins

MARIETTA DAILY JOURNAL March 13, 2017 – When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its seminal rulings in Heller (2008) and McDonald (2010), finding that the Second Amendment does in fact guarantee an individual right to keep and bear arms that must be recognized by the states, many Americans felt like the issue of the Second Amendment had finally been settled in America. Unfortunately, as we would quickly see in…

MO – Opinion – Carl Smart: No need to panic over concealed carry

KANSAS CITY STAR March 6, 2017 – Gun laws are changing, and as more people are carrying concealed weapons the hysteria is out of control. So let’s take a deep breath and think. Are you afraid of the people you meet and work with every day? Are they killers or gangsters? No, they are not. They are decent, everyday people who may be carrying a gun. If you aren’t…

CA – Opinion  – A troubled man with a gun, and a gun-rights blogger’s tyranny

SACRAMENTO BEE March 3, 2017 – Cody Moore was a 19-year-old kid with a shotgun who hit a rough patch last summer, at about the same time an anonymous gun-rights advocate who goes by the handle Doe Publius decided to splay the names and addresses of 40 state legislators on his blog. Doe Publius, whoever he or she might be, had become outraged last summer when the California Legislature…

WA – Opinion – If ‘Democracy Dies In Darkness,’ Dave Workman Will Light A Torch With Gunpowder

FORBES.COM March 2, 2017 – The Washington Post’s new slogan “Democracy Dies in Darkness” is apt given all the pressures now reshaping journalism (some from the Oval Office), but then, when you consider how the Post treats a few highly polarizing issues, their new slogan at times can feel insincere. If there are two sides to every story, then,…

NY – Opinion – Sorry: Still No Proof Gun Control Decreases Murder and Mayhem

OBSERVER.COM March 1, 2017 – In this age of waxing laws and waning freedoms, a notable exception to the pattern of ever-tightening restrictions is gun prohibitions. New Hampshire no longer requires a license for the carrying of a concealed, loaded firearm; Florida is considering eliminating all “gun-free zones” (e.g., at schools); and Iowa may institute a “Stand your ground” provision and lower the age at which children could use handguns, to cite a…

FL – Opinion – Young Dems’ guns debate pits ‘fundamental rights’ versus ‘compelling reasons’

FLORIDA POLITICS.COM March 1, 2017 – A gun laws debate featuring staunch 2nd Amendment Republican state Rep. Scott Plakon and irrepressible “common-sense reforms” Democrat state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith boiled down Tuesday night between a demand that fundamental rights should not be abridged without compelling reasons, and expressions of perceived compelling reasons. Plakon, a Longwood Republican who sponsored House Bill 6005, to allow guns on college campuses, continuously referred to gun ownership as…

CT – Opinion – Memo to Gov. Hickenlooper: Help Colorado Economy by Reversing Some Gun-Control Policies

NSSF.ORG February 27, 2017 – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has put to rest the idea that he might challenge President Donald Trump for the Oval Office in 2020. His reason? He’s focusing on making Colorado’s economy great again. He really said that. Magpul Industries left Colorado after the governor refused to back down from signing the legislation. It moved manufacturing operations across state lines to nearby Cheyenne, Wyo., and…

FL – Opinion – Do most mass shootings happen in gun-free zones?

POLITIFACT.COM February 21, 2017 – In the wake of mass shootings at the Pulse night club in Orlando and at the Fort Lauderdale airport, Florida lawmakers are expected to act on a series of bills to expand where people can carry their guns. The bills would allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry their guns in places such as airports, schools, college campuses, police stations and polling places. Florida leads the nation…

GA – Opinion – Appeals court strikes down Florida ‘docs v Glocks’ law that barred physicians from asking about gun ownership

WASHINGTON POST February 17, 2017 – In 2011, the Florida state legislature passed a law called the Firearms Owners’ Privacy Act. The act prohibited Florida doctors from asking routine questions about their patients’ gun ownership, unless that information was deemed relevant to patient care or the safety of others. On Thursday, the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled that the matter was not one of the Second Amendment, which protects…

CT – Opinion – Gun Control Activists Rush to Download Data for Biased Reports

NSSF.ORG February 13, 2017 – President’s Trump ascension to the White House has sent shock waves rippling through anti-gun groups. The activists that seek to undermine the Second Amendment rights of Americans and put the firearms and ammunition industry out of business see the new administration as a threat to their goals. One recent article explains how a frequent author of gun control screed sent his staff into a “frenzy of…

NC – Opinion – Our View: State should pass constitutional carry

LINCOLN-TIMES NEWS February 13, 2017 – North Carolina’s legislators may soon have a chance to bring the state’s gun laws in line with what the Founding Fathers intended. Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus County) has sponsored a “constitutional carry” bill, which would eliminate the state’s requirement that people who want to carry a concealed handgun must first receive a permit to do so. Many courts have upheld the legality of…

SD – Opinion – Daugaard: SD’s Gun Laws: Effective, Appropriate and Minimal

CAPITAL JOURNAL.COM February 13, 2017 – South Dakota is a state that respects the Second Amendment. A great many of our citizens own pistols, rifles and shotguns. Here, guns are as common as saddles and pickups. Many of us grew up hunting or on farms or ranches where we needed to be able to handle a gun. Most importantly, we understand that law-abiding individuals should be able to defend…

LA – Opinion – Background checks, regulations ineffective in controlling gun-related crime

LSU NOW.COM February 9, 2017 – Background checks, screenings, exams, licenses; none of these, alone, will ever be enough to stop gun related violence. No matter how much people want you to think firearms will somehow become inherently safer if such methods are put in place — their assumption would still be wrong. Guns, simply, are the tools of killing. People are far too volatile for them to ever be safe….

CA – Opinion – Study: gun owners with a history of alcohol abuse are much more likely to commit crimes (VIDEO)

VOX.COM February 9, 2017 – Alcohol may not be the first thing that most Americans think of when they think of violent crime, but a growing body of research keeps proving that America’s favorite drug is a big contributor to crime and violence. The researchers looked at a sample of more than 4,000 handgun buyers in California, using data that ran from 1977 to 1991 to take a longitudinal…

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