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NAT’L – OPINION – I Cover Financial Crime. Here’s How I Got Held Up Without a Gun.

IN LESS CYBERNETIC TIMES, BANK ROBBERS “KNOCKED OVER” BANKS WITH TOMMY GUNS AND DROVE OFF WITH THE LOOT, SAYS WRITER. NOW THIEVES ARE MORE LIKELY TO SILENTLY STEAL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION IN INDIRECT (OFTEN ONLINE) MODES BEFORE THEY PILFER ACTUAL DOLLARS. I KNOW THIS FIRSTHAND BECAUSE IT HAPPENED TO ME. THIEVES ACQUIRED MY PERSONAL BANK INFORMATION, PRINTED FAKE PAPER CHECKS, AND TRIED TO PASS $8,000 WORTH OF THEM. WHILE I CONSIDER MYSELF A FAIRLY SOPHISTICATED PERSON – I’VE BEEN COVERING FRAUD AS A JOURNALIST FOR DECADES – THE IRONY OF BECOMING A VICTIM SHOWED HOW PERSISTENT AND MULTILAYERED THIEVERY IS TODAY.

NAT’L – OPINION – Pensacola Shooting Is Not A Useful Gun Control Narrative

As with any other mass shooting, Democratic leaders used the terrorist attack in Pensacola, FL, to push for gun control. Several presidential contenders rushed to social media to call for more restrictions on firearms. But this particular incident is fading in usefulness. Why? After news of the shooting broke, Democrats began their calls for more gun control, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tweeting: “Pearl Harbor. Pensacola. Not even our military bases are safe from…

IL – OPINION – Will Supreme Court review or punt on gun rights?

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was apoplectic over oral arguments that were scheduled to be held Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court.

He complained that the National Rifle Association, in an effort to wipe out “basic gun-safety laws around the country,” was “getting a hearing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.” “The stakes couldn’t be higher,” he warned. He is, of course, correct….

NYC – OPINION – Judge Andrew Napolitano: Supreme Court considering important gun rights case (VIDEO)

In a 2008 case called District of Columbia v. Heller, and again in a 2010 case called McDonald v. City of Chicago, the Supreme Court definitively interpreted the Second Amendment. That amendment was written, the court ruled in both cases, to mandate the obligation of the federal government, as well as cities and states, to recognize, respect and permit the exercise of the right to self-defense, using the same level of technology…

NAT’L – OPINION – The End of the “Trump Slump” in Gun Sales Has Arrived

EVER SINCE DONALD TRUMP TOOK OFFICE AND REPUBLICANS MAINTAINED CONTROL OF THE SENATE, GUN SALES HAVE BEEN DOWN. PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRY HAVE REFERRED TO IT AS “THE TRUMP SLUMP.” BUT NOW, WITH THE NEXT ELECTION NOT LOOKING LIKE A SURE THING AND DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES PROMISING BANS AND CONFISCATIONS, THAT TREND HAS FINALLY TURNED AROUND. BASED ON FBI RECORDS OF BACKGROUND CHECKS BEING PERFORMED, THE UNITED STATES IS ON TRACK TO BREAK A GUN SALES RECORD SET DURING BARACK OBAMA’S LAST YEAR IN OFFICE.

NAT’L – OPINION – We cannot rely solely on the courts to save the Second Amendment

For the first time in nearly a decade, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a case directly involving the Second Amendment. The nuanced and highly specific nature of the case also makes it less likely that the court, even if it were to issue a ruling, would hand down the broad support for gun rights that Heller and McDonald failed to deliver. Instead, like those two…

NAT’L – OPINION – It’s Never Enough: Gun Control Advocates Won’t Ever Be Satisfied With Marginal Changes to Our Gun Laws

WHEN SEEKING TO PASS WHATEVER THE ANTI-GUN FLAVOR OF THE MONTH IS WHEN IT COMES TO GUN LEGISLATION, ANTI-GUN ADVOCATES OFTEN CLAIM TO BE SEEKING ONLY “REASONABLE” SOLUTIONS. THEY OFTEN CLAIM THAT IF JUST ONE MORE MARGINAL RESTRICTION ON OUR RIGHTS IS ENACTED, THEN WE WILL BE “SAFER.” NOWHERE WAS THIS MORE EVIDENT THAN EARLIER THIS YEAR WHEN ANTI-GUN ADVOCATES AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WORKED TO PASS TWO ANTI-GUN BILLS THROUGH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, H.R. 8, THE SO-CALLED “UNIVERSAL” BACKGROUND CHECK BILL, AND A “RED FLAG” BILL.

NAT’L – OPINION – Can we sue the authoritarian left for endangering us with gun control?

CAN WE SUE THE AUTHORITARIAN LEFT FOR ENDANGERING US WITH GUN CONTROL? THAT QUESTION WAS ASKED BY A WRITER WHO BELIEVES THAT THE TAKING OF LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THE AUTHORITARIAN SOCIALIST LEFT FOR ENDANGERING EVERYONE WITH THEIR FARCICAL RESTRICTIONS ON LIBERTY SOMEHOW PROTECTS THEM.

NAT’L – OPINION – African Americans Aren’t The Only People Democrats Want To Disarm

Democrats running for president may have realized they angered voters by calling for gun bans and confiscation earlier this year, because they barely mentioned the subject in their November debate. However, as Ecclesiastes 1:9 reminds us, “What has been is what will be . . . there is nothing new under the sun.” In the post-bellum South, Democrats prohibited blacks from possessing guns outright or imposed gun prohibitions selectively…

OK – OPINION – TAKING AIM: The not so Wild West

Permitless carry, aka “Constitutional carry,” went into effect in Oklahoma this past Nov. 1. It has been somewhat of a bother stepping over all those bodies to get into church, or dodging flying bullets while carrying groceries to the car as Oklahoma has regressed to the days of the Wild West. Okay, I exaggerate a tad. But that was the scenario painted by such groups as, “Mothers Who Demand…

CA – OPINION – Being pro-gun is the only way to maintain rights and freedoms

As of Nov. 1, 2019, the United States has suffered from 351 mass shootings with roughly 400 people killed, according to the Gun Violence Archive. For the uninitiated, a mass shooting is defined by the FBI as four or more individuals shot in an incident. These numbers may seem staggering and the media does play into building up the hysteria around mass shootings, but I want to give context…

NAT’L – OPINION – The Smith & Wesson M&P .45 Shield M2.0 Gun: A Pint-Sized Powerhouse?

Smith & Wesson, one of the most well-known gun manufacturers in America, has introduced one of the most feature-filled semi-automatic pistols around. The M&P .45 Shield Model 2.0 subcompact handgun is a distillation of the company’s larger offerings, and the result is a pistol that is smaller yet leaves little on the table. Another benefit: unlike many subcompact pistols, the M&P .45 Shield 2.0 is available in the powerful…

NC – OPINION – The real numbers of a gun culture

The FBI is tasked with publishing data on crime in its annual Uniform Crime Report, drawing on information from more than 18,000 city, university and college, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies. Participation in the program is voluntary. That is a critical bit of information. As impressive as the number of cooperating agencies is, the gathered data is not necessarily complete. For example, a footnote in the…

NAT’L – OPINION – A New Paradigm to Beat the Gun-Grabbers

THE PRO-SECOND AMENDMENT SIDE MAKES THE MISTAKE OF "DEFENDING ITS SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS," AKA "PREACHING TO THE CHOIR," SAYS AUTHOR. THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE SECOND AMENDMENT DO NOT NEED PERSUASION. OUR GOAL INSTEAD SHOULD BE TO PROVE THAT THE ENEMY LEADERS ARE DISHONEST, MANIPULATIVE, AND SELF-SERVING. THIS OFFENSIVE RATHER THAN DEFENSIVE APPROACH DESTROYED THE ANTI-SECOND AMENDMENT MILLION MOM MARCH MORE THAN 19 YEARS AGO AND WILL DISCREDIT ITS COUNTERPARTS TODAY.

NAT’L – OPINION – The Smith & Wesson 500 Is a (Too) Powerful Rifle (Non-specific VIDEO)

Key point: This cool gun has a niche following, but it isn’t very practical. In the world of firearms, there are plenty of boutique guns and calibers out there. Many are very powerful, but may have a very small market audience. Among the unique class of very, very big handguns, the Smith & Wesson 500 packs both popularity and power in a ridiculously lethal package, with a killing power equal…

NAT’L – OPINION – Re: Kevin Drum Misses the Point on Guns

AUTHOR WRITES THAT AFTER ANY MASS SHOOTING, THE INEVITABLE CONSERVATIVE REPLY IS “NOTHING DEMS ARE PROPOSING WOULD HAVE STOPPED THIS PARTICULAR MASS SHOOTING ANYWAY.” HE ADDS: THE OBVIOUS ANSWER IS TO PASS LAWS THAT MIGHT ACTUALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE, BUT UNFORTUNATELY CONSERVATIVES UNANIMOUSLY OPPOSE THEM ALL. THEN BY DEFINITION THE LAWS CURRENTLY ON THE BOOKS DIDN’T STOP IT. DITTO FOR MURDER, ROBBERY, RAPE, CARJACKING, AND SO FORTH. YOU CAN PLAY THIS JUVENILE GAME FOREVER. PAY NO ATTENTION TO IT, HE ADDED.

CO – OPINION – Colorado’s experience shows Democrats’ gun control doesn’t work

IF ONLY COLORADO HELD ITS PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES EARLY, LIKE IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE. THEN WE COULD TELL THE DEMOCRAT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES THAT GUN-GRABBING POLICIES DON’T WORK. EVERY DEMOCRAT COMPETING TO RUN AGAINST DONALD TRUMP IS PROMISING TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE WITH FEEL-GOOD STRATEGIES SUCH AS MANDATING "UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS" AND BANNING “WEAPONS OF WAR.”

DC – OPINION – Is Kavanaugh, The Supreme Court, Or The First Circuit Right About The Second Amendment?

In April, in Worman v. Healey, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, on appeal from the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, upheld Massachusetts’ ban on “assault weapons” and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Worman has been appealed to the Supreme Court, which will soon decide if it will take the case. If the Supremes take the case, it will be interesting to…

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