Opinion Archive

Nat’l – Opinion – Guns on campus is progressive academia’s straw man

THE HILL.COM May 26, 2017 – Gun control advocates frequently advise against people using guns for self-defense. But Michael Bloomberg and various anti-gun politicians often use armed guard as protection. Talk is cheap. But when a professor resigns because of his university’s concealed carry policies, that’s a story that can get national attention. In May, associate history professor Jacob Dorman resigned from the University of Kansas. He accepted another tenured position at…

KS – Opinion – Concealed weapons likely are coming to a Kansas institution near you

KANSAS CITY STAR May 24, 2017 – Hey, Kansans: Brace yourselves. Your state is about to change in a consequential way. Barring the unexpected, concealed weapons soon will be allowed in state hospitals, psychiatric institutions and on the state’s public university campuses. That’s happening in just 38 days unless pro-common-sense lawmakers pull a rabbit out of their hats and muscle through a new law. But that looks increasingly unlikely…

SC – Opinion – Open-carry law makes our job harder

THE STATE.COM May 21, 2017 – Far fewer people are choosing to go into law enforcement, and many experienced officers are leaving the field, making it difficult for police agencies to maintain adequate staffing levels, all while violent crime is on the rise in many large cities. It’s against this backdrop that the S.C. House passed a bill to make it legal for people to openly carry handguns in…

VA – Opinion – Why Does Salon.com Have To Lie To Make A Point?

AMERICA’S 1ST FREEDOM.ORG (NRA) May 19, 2017 – In a rambling rant made up largely of lies, half-truths and innuendo, Salon.com on Wednesday twice repeated a whopper that jumped off the screen and deserves to be addressed. Trying to bolster the popular new gun-ban talking point that NRA’s dedication to Second Amendment rights is somehow helpful to Islamic State terrorists, Salon used a bait-and-switch tactic in citing the heinous…

Nat’l – Opinion – Acting Appropriately Is Key to Second Amendment Advocacy

NEWSMAX.COM May 17, 2017 – One of my main criticisms of many in the gun rights community is that sometimes they act like anti-gunners. Name-calling. Mockery. Screaming. nprofessionalism. Violence. These are the weapons of the left. Our main arsenal should only consist of the Constitution, the writings of the Founding Fathers, logic, reason, and respect. Those who follow my Facebook.com/2ndAmendmentUSA page have seen me criticize inappropriate behavior and remove…

Social Media Safety In An Anti-Gun Age

AMERICAS 1ST FREEDOM.ORG (NRA) May 10, 2017 – Over the past few years, we’ve seen students around the country suspended for Pop Tarts that were bitten into a vaguely gun-shaped pastry, having a water gun in the front seat of a car, pretending a stick was a gun, and more. Last week, an Ohio middle schooler was slapped with a 10-day suspension for liking a photo of an airsoft gun…

TN – Opinion – Gun ban bill is a step too far

TIMES FREE PRESS.COM May 5, 2017 – A bill that passed the Tennessee House and is awaiting action in the Senate puts the onus on local governments to keep guns out of their property, where the law permits them, even though the governments never wanted them in the first place. For example, many municipal officials in the state didn’t want licensed gun permit holders to be able to bring…

Nat’l – Opinion – We Must Stop the Gun-Panic Epidemic

PJ MEDIA.COM May 3, 2017 – I’m calling for a grassroots movement, a community organization of some kind against a dangerous epidemic plaguing our nation: GUN-PANIC. This poisonous contagion is wiping out what we as a society used to call common sense. Shortly before 8 p.m. on Monday night, Colgate University officials released an emergency alert that there was an armed individual on campus. The gunman was later identified as a…

We’re Just Starting to Comprehend How Social Media Breeds Shootings

THE TRACE.COM May 3, 2017 – We probably could have predicted Gakirah Barnes’s death based on the stories she left on Twitter. By the time she was 17, the self-identified gang member allegedly shot or killed 20 people. Vernon is a well-known street on the Southside of Chicago, and Gakirah is identifying it as the boundary between her and any rival crew or clique. Her handle, @TyquanAssassin, is a moniker…

VA – Opinion – The NRA Annual Meetings Through My Eyes

AMERICA’S 1ST FREEDOM.ORG May 3, 2017 – My Annual Meetings experience included interviewing Tony Simon, a resident of New Jersey and the founder of DiversityShoot.com, a regular gathering at a gun range in north Jersey devoted to welcoming those curious about shooting as well as fostering a broad culture of gun ownership. I got to check in with Natalie and Meredith Gibson, the tweenage dynamos of Iowa grassroots activism…

Nat’l – Opinion – For Trump, Real Test on Gun Rights is Yet to Come

TOWNHALL.COM May 3, 2017 – When he addressed the National Rifle Association at its annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia last Friday, Donald Trump did not mince his words.  The President declared to a rousing ovation that, “the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.” This was welcome news to the thousands of firearms owners, manufacturers and retailers in the audience – many of…

Nat’l – Opinion – Veterans At Risk Of Suicide Negotiate A Thorny Relationship With Guns

WMFE.COM (NPR) May 2, 2017 – There’s sort of a designated driver in Jason Stavely’s circle of Iraq buddies, but he doesn’t take away peoples’ car keys. He takes the guns. “Come toward September-October, if I get the feeling, I’m more than happy to give my guns back to my buddy again,” said Stavely.  “I called up my buddy, and I’m like, ‘Hey, can you hold on to ’em…

Nat’l – Opinion – How Hillary Clinton Convinced Me to Buy an AR-15

BEING LIBERTARIAN.COM May 1, 2017 – I’m a casual gun owner. I don’t own a handgun, because I don’t need it. Most of my guns are long arms inherited from family. Until recently, only one was military in any form – a Korean War era M1 Garand – for which I have several cans of military surplus ammunition. I also have some shotguns, of various gages. I believe in…

GA –Opinion – From Gandhi to guns: An Indian woman explores the NRA convention

CNN.COM April 29, 2017 – Guns are not a part of the culture of my homeland, except perhaps for the occasional Bollywood movie in which the bad guy meets his demise staring down the wrong end of a barrel. My childhood in India was steeped in ahimsa, the tenet of nonviolence toward all living things. The Indians may have succeeded in ousting the British, but we won with Gandhian-style civil…

NAT’L – Opinion – Guns and the Media

ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH April 28, 2017 – Only 7 percent of journalists identified as Republican when polled on their political affiliations in 2013 in a study done by Indiana University professors. That poll result, which also noted that more than half of participating journalists stated no party affiliation, came to mind when I read an April 14 St. Louis American item “If we loved our children as much…

INT’L – Opinion – Why a ‘Great Wall’ Won’t Stop the Cross-Border Gun Trade

AMERICAS QUARTERLY.COM April 28, 2017 – That Mexico’s drug cartels get their firepower from the United States is no longer much of a mystery. Even President Donald Trump has acknowledged that the U.S. should do more to curb the flow of arms across its southern border. But Trump’s plan to stop that flow?—?at least as it pertains to the construction of a “great wall”?—?doesn’t fully take into account the…

GA – Opinion – NRA’s work helps keep kids safe around guns

ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION (MY AJC.COM) April 27, 2018 – Because my husband is a former police officer and we both conceal-carry, we have always had guns in our home, even when our children were little. We kept the guns locked in a gun safe. When the kids were old enough, we took them to the gun range to teach them proper handling of and respect for guns. We always…

Nat’l – Opinion – 2017 is shaping up to be another winning year for gun owners

THE HILL.COM April 25, 2017 – So far this year, thirteen state legislatures have enacted laws to strengthen the right to keep and bear arms, and none have passed new gun control laws. In every year this century, pro-gun laws have outnumbered anti-gun laws, but this year’s score is particularly lopsided. A short-term reason is the Clinton-Obama strategy of marketing the Democratic Party as the party of gun control,…

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