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BREAKING :
IT'S THE FIRST TIME IN A DECADE THAT THE SUPREME COURT HAS CONSIDERED A CASE ON GUN RIGHTS. THE CASE, WHICH HAS A HEARING SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER, CHALLENGES A NEW YORK CITY LAW THAT ALLOWED INDIVIDUALS WITH HANDGUN PERMITS TO KEEP THEIR WEAPONS IN THEIR HOMES OR TRANSPORT THEM TO AND FROM ONE OF SEVERAL GUN RANGES WITHIN THE CITY BUT BANNED THEM FROM TRAVELING WITH THEIR FIREARMS OUTSIDE OF CITY LIMITS. NEW YORK OFFICIALS SOUGHT TO GET THE CASE DISMISSED SINCE THE LAW WAS REPEALED THIS SUMMER.) A 12-YEAR-OLD KANSAS GIRL WAS HAULED OUT OF SCHOOL IN HANDCUFFS AND CHARGED WITH A FELONY — FOR MAKING A FINGER GUN WITH HER HANDS, ACCORDING TO REPORTS. THE UNIDENTIFIED OVERLAND PARK YOUNGSTER MADE THE GESTURE DURING A CLASS DISCUSSION LAST MONTH IN WHICH ANOTHER STUDENT ASKED WHICH CLASSMATES SHE WOULD KILL IF SHE COULD PICK FIVE, SOURCES TOLD THE KANSAS CITY STAR. SHE SHAPED HER FINGERS LIKE A GUN — SOMETHING ROUTINELY DONE IN KIDS’ GAMES — AS SHE POINTED TO FOUR OF HER CLASSMATES, BEFORE POINTING HER HAND AT HERSELF, THE PAPER SAID.DYLANN ROOF GOT THE PISTOL HE USED TO KILL NINE PEOPLE IN A HISTORIC BLACK CHURCH IN SOUTH CAROLINA WITHOUT A COMPLETED BACKGROUND CHECK BECAUSE OF GAPS IN FBI DATABASES, LEGAL RESTRICTIONS ON HOW LONG THE FBI CAN KEEP DATA ON GUN PURCHASERS AND OTHER BREAKDOWNS IN THE SYSTEM, ACCORDING TO AN INTERNAL REPORT OBTAINED BY CQ ROLL CALL.GUN CONTROL WILL AGAIN BE A POINT OF CONTENTION FOR STATE LAWMAKERS IN 2020, AS AT LEAST A DOZEN BILLS AFFECTING OWNERSHIP OF FIREARMS HAVE BEEN FILED SO FAR IN THE BOTH THE FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE STATE SENATE. THEY INCLUDE MEASURES TO REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS TO BUY AMMUNITION — EVEN THOUGH UNDER EXISTING LAWS A PERSON WHO CANNOT BUY A GUN IS ALREADY PROHIBITED FROM PURCHASING AMMO.TEACHERS IN SEVEN FLORIDA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS WILL SOON BE LOCKED AND LOADED THANKS TO A STATE LAW ENACTED THIS MONTH THAT PROVIDES SCHOOLS WITH THE OPTION TO ALLOW TEACHERS TO CARRY CONCEALED GUNS. THE LAW EXPANDS ON A SAFETY MEASURE KNOWN AS THE "GUARDIAN" PROGRAM.

Opinion Archive

FL – OPINION – Editorial: Guns work as tools, not as causes

Gun control will again be a point of contention for state lawmakers in 2020, as at least a dozen bills affecting ownership of firearms have been filed so far in the both the Florida House of Representatives and the state Senate. They include measures to require background checks to buy ammunition — even though under existing laws a person who cannot buy a gun is already prohibited…

NAT’L – OPINION – Another Russiagate Flop: Senate Finance Committee Calls NRA a Russian Asset

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee released a report in September, claiming the National Rifle Association (NRA) acted as a “foreign asset” for Russia in the run-up to the 2016 election. The 77-page minority report released by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) focuses on a 2015 NRA delegation to Russia, and the relationship between the NRA and Russian nationals, Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin. The report capitalizes on the anti-Russia attitude…

Background check loopholes in gun sales put Texans in danger

HOUSTON CHRONICLE.COM  October 9, 2019 – Even before the mass shooting in Odessa, Texas’ two highest elected officials knew about a dangerous background check loophole in stranger-to-stranger gun sales.

Gun reform advocate Ed Scruggs attended a meeting called after the El Paso shooting in which he says both Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick acknowledged…

IA – OPINION – There are plenty of bipartisan ways to make Iowa schools safer

After every school shooting, millions debate the same hackneyed talking points on guns. These discussions typically ignore state and local K-12 policies that have proven effective, and fall under the radar because they don’t create nearly the level of controversy that gun control does. I recently sat down with Iowa Sen. Chris Cournoyer, R-LeClaire, to discuss school safety. Cournoyer said her political career began inadvertently in the…

NAT’L – OPINION – The Gun Debate Is Obsessed With Form, Largely Ignoring Function

The AR-15 has taken center stage in the American gun debate. But at its heart, the AR-15 is a rifle that has been modified to look and feel a certain way. The emphasis on its appearance, however, has shaped how the country regulates firearms, to the frustration of many gun owners and gun control advocates alike. The AR-15 is a semiautomatic rifle that usually shoots 5.56 mm rounds. It…

NAT’L – OPINION – Everytown for Gun Safety or Walmart?

Taylor Swift makes a single Instagram post about the importance of voting and 65,000 young people register to vote within the next 24 hours. Chick-fil-A is transparently against BGLTQ rights and thousands across the country decide to boycott the establishment. The newest name in the all-encompassing political game? Walmart. On August 3, a mass shooting took place in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas where over 22 people were killed. As…

CO – OPINION – YOUR TURN: Guns make us safer and we have proof

Maine has just been designated as the No. 1 safest state in the nation. Vermont held this illustrious honor for several years but they’re fine with it. Since 2015, residents of Maine have been allowed to carry a firearm without any special permit, no background checks. No doubt a dangerous precedent. Maine had the audacity, despite the experts who opined, “Mainers will have to be afraid every…

NAT’L – OPINION – Majority Of US Gun Deaths Are From Suicides, But A New Poll Shows Most Americans Don’t Know It

Mass shootings may grab the headlines, but suicides are by far the leading category of gun death in America. However, most Americans don’t know this, according to a new national poll from APM Research Lab, Call To Mind and Guns & America. Experts say this misperception is handcuffing suicide prevention efforts. The poll asked more than 1,000 Americans what they think the leading cause of gun deaths is. Thirty-three percent of…

DC – OPINION – NRA’s Alleged Dark Bargain With Trump Deserves Close Scrutiny

As the House began its impeachment inquiry last week, President Donald Trump met privately with the leader of the National Rifle Association, reportedly getting an offer of a “special arrangement” to help him through the coming political fight in exchange for ending his on-and-off support of reasonable gun control. If true (the NRA denies it), it would represent yet another instance of improper use of presidential power…

NAT’L – OPINION – The real threat of the Demos’ ‘universal background checks’

At the 2016 Democrat convention, when Hillary Clinton was coronated as the next president because only Deplorables would vote for Donald Trump, she declared: “I’m not here to repeal the Second Amendment. I’m not here to take away your guns.” That was a brazen lie, of course — and it didn’t fool anyone on Election Day. Fast-forward to last month’s back-to-back mass…

PA – OPINION – Democratic calls for rifle bans are misinformed

A firestorm of applause in an otherwise sputtering campaign was, perhaps, one thing Beto O’Rourke had going well on the debate stage earlier this month. Conservatives have expressed outrage at follow-up comments from O’Rourke clarifying his stance. Even some liberals think it could damage, if not doom entirely, the prospect for additional gun control. For the sake of competent policy, Americans should hope that proposed gun legislation like this is not…

NAT’L – OPINION – Exorcising The Demons: The Superstition Of Gun Control

Remember learning about the Dark Ages in World History, when superstition superseded rational thought and reason?  When ritual practices had the potential to protect a person from dark forces, and most tragic or unfortunate events could be explained away with the existence of evil spirits? If not, don’t worry. One only need look at modern politics to see Old World myths at play in real time. Arguably,…

NAT’L – OPINION – ‘No, your gun rights aren’t actually safe with Trump’

For gun owners like me, it’s hard to forget President Trump’s promise on his 99th day in office, proclaiming that President Obama’s “eight year assault” on our Second Amendment rights had come to a “crashing end.” But in the years since Mr. Trump took his seat in the Oval Office, the “eight year assault” of the Obama administration has seemed more like a holiday by comparison. Just…

CT – OPINION – Congressional Gun Banners Can’t Get Their Story Straight

Professional movers make a note. When Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) eventually vacates her office on Capitol Hill, it’s going to be an easy lift. She recently compared the weight of an AR-15 to something really scary and simple to visualize for those who are easily frightened. Since no one really likes moving, it must have been natural to compare them to moving boxes. “I held an…

SC – OPINION – It’s Not Guns, Steve Benjamin – Your City Has Too Many Damn Criminals

Columbia, South Carolina mayor Steve Benjamin is getting plenty of pats on the back from his liberal allies this week after delivering some passionate remarks at a recent press conference on the issue of guns (specifically his support for seizing them). According to the third-term incumbent – who took office in 2010 amid a cacophony of controversy – the Palmetto State’s capital city is home to escalating levels of violence because…

NAT’L – OPINION- What’s realistic when it comes to guns?

We need stricter gun laws. Will you create new gun laws? Yes. What are they? Universal background checks.  We already have universal background checks.  Every licensed gun dealer in America is required to perform a background check before he/she sells a gun.  Well, I’m talking about the need for a background check at gun shows and personal transactions among friends and relatives. OK, let’s do it.  But, do…

NAT’L – OPINION – Dr. Rachel Wisnefski: Gun Free Zones Endanger Both The Public And Their Elected Leaders

Growing up in South Carolina, I learned early on about firearms and when I was old enough to obtain a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP), I did. Like many CWP holders, I got my permit for protection. I was aware during my college years that, although I was a SC CWP holder, I could not carry a firearm on campus. That was my first exposure to “Gun Free Zones,” which are regulations against…

DC – OPINION – Sheila Jackson Lee Confuses AR-15 for 10 Moving Boxes and a Heavy Machine Gun (VIDEO)

Introducing her new gun control legislation, Congresscritter Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) proved conclusively that she’s just too uninformed to go anywhere near the subject. She claims to have “held an AR-15 in my hand,” which weighed as much as “10 boxes that you might be moving.” She also claimed the rifle fired a .50 caliber round, and that “these kinds of bullets need to be licensed and…

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BREAKING :
IT'S THE FIRST TIME IN A DECADE THAT THE SUPREME COURT HAS CONSIDERED A CASE ON GUN RIGHTS. THE CASE, WHICH HAS A HEARING SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER, CHALLENGES A NEW YORK CITY LAW THAT ALLOWED INDIVIDUALS WITH HANDGUN PERMITS TO KEEP THEIR WEAPONS IN THEIR HOMES OR TRANSPORT THEM TO AND FROM ONE OF SEVERAL GUN RANGES WITHIN THE CITY BUT BANNED THEM FROM TRAVELING WITH THEIR FIREARMS OUTSIDE OF CITY LIMITS. NEW YORK OFFICIALS SOUGHT TO GET THE CASE DISMISSED SINCE THE LAW WAS REPEALED THIS SUMMER.) A 12-YEAR-OLD KANSAS GIRL WAS HAULED OUT OF SCHOOL IN HANDCUFFS AND CHARGED WITH A FELONY — FOR MAKING A FINGER GUN WITH HER HANDS, ACCORDING TO REPORTS. THE UNIDENTIFIED OVERLAND PARK YOUNGSTER MADE THE GESTURE DURING A CLASS DISCUSSION LAST MONTH IN WHICH ANOTHER STUDENT ASKED WHICH CLASSMATES SHE WOULD KILL IF SHE COULD PICK FIVE, SOURCES TOLD THE KANSAS CITY STAR. SHE SHAPED HER FINGERS LIKE A GUN — SOMETHING ROUTINELY DONE IN KIDS’ GAMES — AS SHE POINTED TO FOUR OF HER CLASSMATES, BEFORE POINTING HER HAND AT HERSELF, THE PAPER SAID.DYLANN ROOF GOT THE PISTOL HE USED TO KILL NINE PEOPLE IN A HISTORIC BLACK CHURCH IN SOUTH CAROLINA WITHOUT A COMPLETED BACKGROUND CHECK BECAUSE OF GAPS IN FBI DATABASES, LEGAL RESTRICTIONS ON HOW LONG THE FBI CAN KEEP DATA ON GUN PURCHASERS AND OTHER BREAKDOWNS IN THE SYSTEM, ACCORDING TO AN INTERNAL REPORT OBTAINED BY CQ ROLL CALL.GUN CONTROL WILL AGAIN BE A POINT OF CONTENTION FOR STATE LAWMAKERS IN 2020, AS AT LEAST A DOZEN BILLS AFFECTING OWNERSHIP OF FIREARMS HAVE BEEN FILED SO FAR IN THE BOTH THE FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE STATE SENATE. THEY INCLUDE MEASURES TO REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS TO BUY AMMUNITION — EVEN THOUGH UNDER EXISTING LAWS A PERSON WHO CANNOT BUY A GUN IS ALREADY PROHIBITED FROM PURCHASING AMMO.TEACHERS IN SEVEN FLORIDA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS WILL SOON BE LOCKED AND LOADED THANKS TO A STATE LAW ENACTED THIS MONTH THAT PROVIDES SCHOOLS WITH THE OPTION TO ALLOW TEACHERS TO CARRY CONCEALED GUNS. THE LAW EXPANDS ON A SAFETY MEASURE KNOWN AS THE "GUARDIAN" PROGRAM.