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CONTINUING HIS RESPONSE TO RECENT MASS SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS, GOV. GREG ABBOTT RELEASED AN ACTION PLAN THURSDAY THAT INCLUDED NUMEROUS GUN-RELATED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO TACKLE BUT REJECTED CALLS FOR UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS OR LIMITS ON MILITARY-STYLE FIREARMS. THE GOAL IS TO IMPROVE SAFETY WHILE RESPECTING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, AND SOLUTIONS WILL REQUIRE MORE THAN WHAT WAS OUTLINED IN HIS 15-PAGE TEXAS SAFETY ACTION REPORT, ABBOTT SAID.A NEBRASKA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION HAS RAISED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR PATIENTS BATTLING CANCER FROM THE SALE OF ONE OF AMERICA'S DEADLIEST BULLETS. THE UNLIKELY PAIRING UNDERSCORES THAT, WHILE GUN MANUFACTURERS IN THE U.S. FACE MOUNTING PUSHBACK FOR THEIR ROLE IN A STRING OF MASS SHOOTINGS, THE MAKERS OF THE AMMUNITION THAT GOES INTO THOSE GUNS HAVE LARGELY ESCAPED SCRUTINY.GUN OWNERSHIP WILL ALWAYS BE A HOT-BUTTON TOPIC IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE LANGUAGE OF A CENTURIES-OLD DOCUMENT IS STILL BEING ANALYZED FOR MEANING. WHAT WAS ONCE CONSIDERED A SUBJECT SAVED FOR JUST THE MEN OF THE WORLD, THOUGH, IS NOW BECOMING A UNISEX INTEREST, OPENING UP A WHOLE NEW INDUSTRY FOR FEMALE FIREARM CARRIERS. DATA FROM THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER SHOWS THAT ONE IN FIVE WOMEN OWNED A GUN IN 2017, THE YEAR WITH THE MOST RECENT OWNERSHIP FIGURES, AND THAT THIS PERCENTAGE HAS SLOWLY GONE UP OVER THE YEAR.DEMOCRATS' PUSH FOR STRICTER GUN CONTROL MEASURES ARE AN EFFORT TO "CHIP AWAY" GRADUALLY AT THE SECOND AMENDMENT, FOX NATION HOST TOMI LAHREN ARGUED FRIDAY ON "FOX & FRIENDS." LAHREN WAS ASKED SPECIFICALLY ABOUT DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE DECLARING AT THURSDAY NIGHT’S PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, “HELL YES, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE YOUR AR-15, AK-47.” THE LINE FROM THE FORMER CONGRESSMAN FROM TEXAS RECEIVED LOUD APPLAUSE FROM THE AUDIENCE AT THE THIRD-ROUND DEBATE IN HOUSTON, AS HE PROPOSED A MANDATORY BUYBACK OF ASSAULT WEAPONS.PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TALKED ABOUT EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS, THEN WAVERED. HE WAS CONSIDERING A “RED FLAG” BILL TO LET AUTHORITIES TAKE GUNS AWAY FROM DANGEROUS PEOPLE, BUT HAS NOW “COOLED” ON THE PROSPECT, ACCORDING TO THREE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE DISCUSSIONS. THE WHOLE TIME, THE GUN RIGHTS LOBBY WAS THERE TO NUDGE THE PRESIDENT ALONG. ADVOCATES BOMBARDED THE WHITE HOUSE WITH CALLS AND PETITIONS. REPRESENTATIVES SCORED MEETINGS WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS. AND THE INDUSTRY EVEN HAS A FORMER STAFFER WORKING IN THE WEST WING ON LEGISLATION. MEANWHILE, GROUPS PUSHING FOR MORE RESTRICTIONS ON GUN PURCHASES HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET IN THE DOOR.

NH – OPINION – I Was an NRA Lobbyist. Here’s My Road Map for Gun Reform.

I’m a long-time gun rights proponent with pretty solid credentials. I lobbied for the NRA. I am the president of the Independent Firearm Owners Association and I even gave Ronald Reagan his first shooting lesson with a customized AR-15 when I ran the Firearm Industry’s Trade Association in 1992. I am also someone who has worked successfully on bipartisan gun control measures, specifically a child safety lock agreement supported by Bill Clinton, which explains in part why I am also a former NRA lobbyist. Even at this highly charged moment, when emotions are at their peak after the shootings in California, Texas and Ohio, I believe there is a way to achieve meaningful gun law reforms without alienating millions of responsible gun owners who don’t believe that criminals, unsupervised children or mentally ill people should have access to any kind of weapon. When I began my career as a lobbyist for the gun rights community back in 1984, it was not uncommon to hear prominent Democrats champion gun rights as vocally as their Republican colleagues. House Commerce Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.), House Judiciary Chairman Jack Brooks (D-Texas) and Senator Frank Church (D-Idaho) all argued that our identity as Americans was encapsulated in the rights enshrined by the Second Amendment. But those moderate Democratic voices have all but disappeared, lost to redistricting and changing demographics, and in their place the pro-gun and anti-gun rights groups have filled the void with inflammatory culture war rhetoric—all to the detriment of average gun owners. Democrats, the presidential field in particular, aren’t exactly helping things. Democratic candidates desperately need to realize that tens of millions of us gun folk view our participation in this democracy of ours through the lens of the gun issue.  [full article]

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BREAKING :
CONTINUING HIS RESPONSE TO RECENT MASS SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS, GOV. GREG ABBOTT RELEASED AN ACTION PLAN THURSDAY THAT INCLUDED NUMEROUS GUN-RELATED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO TACKLE BUT REJECTED CALLS FOR UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS OR LIMITS ON MILITARY-STYLE FIREARMS. THE GOAL IS TO IMPROVE SAFETY WHILE RESPECTING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, AND SOLUTIONS WILL REQUIRE MORE THAN WHAT WAS OUTLINED IN HIS 15-PAGE TEXAS SAFETY ACTION REPORT, ABBOTT SAID.A NEBRASKA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION HAS RAISED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR PATIENTS BATTLING CANCER FROM THE SALE OF ONE OF AMERICA'S DEADLIEST BULLETS. THE UNLIKELY PAIRING UNDERSCORES THAT, WHILE GUN MANUFACTURERS IN THE U.S. FACE MOUNTING PUSHBACK FOR THEIR ROLE IN A STRING OF MASS SHOOTINGS, THE MAKERS OF THE AMMUNITION THAT GOES INTO THOSE GUNS HAVE LARGELY ESCAPED SCRUTINY.GUN OWNERSHIP WILL ALWAYS BE A HOT-BUTTON TOPIC IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE LANGUAGE OF A CENTURIES-OLD DOCUMENT IS STILL BEING ANALYZED FOR MEANING. WHAT WAS ONCE CONSIDERED A SUBJECT SAVED FOR JUST THE MEN OF THE WORLD, THOUGH, IS NOW BECOMING A UNISEX INTEREST, OPENING UP A WHOLE NEW INDUSTRY FOR FEMALE FIREARM CARRIERS. DATA FROM THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER SHOWS THAT ONE IN FIVE WOMEN OWNED A GUN IN 2017, THE YEAR WITH THE MOST RECENT OWNERSHIP FIGURES, AND THAT THIS PERCENTAGE HAS SLOWLY GONE UP OVER THE YEAR.DEMOCRATS' PUSH FOR STRICTER GUN CONTROL MEASURES ARE AN EFFORT TO "CHIP AWAY" GRADUALLY AT THE SECOND AMENDMENT, FOX NATION HOST TOMI LAHREN ARGUED FRIDAY ON "FOX & FRIENDS." LAHREN WAS ASKED SPECIFICALLY ABOUT DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE DECLARING AT THURSDAY NIGHT’S PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, “HELL YES, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE YOUR AR-15, AK-47.” THE LINE FROM THE FORMER CONGRESSMAN FROM TEXAS RECEIVED LOUD APPLAUSE FROM THE AUDIENCE AT THE THIRD-ROUND DEBATE IN HOUSTON, AS HE PROPOSED A MANDATORY BUYBACK OF ASSAULT WEAPONS.PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TALKED ABOUT EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS, THEN WAVERED. HE WAS CONSIDERING A “RED FLAG” BILL TO LET AUTHORITIES TAKE GUNS AWAY FROM DANGEROUS PEOPLE, BUT HAS NOW “COOLED” ON THE PROSPECT, ACCORDING TO THREE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE DISCUSSIONS. THE WHOLE TIME, THE GUN RIGHTS LOBBY WAS THERE TO NUDGE THE PRESIDENT ALONG. ADVOCATES BOMBARDED THE WHITE HOUSE WITH CALLS AND PETITIONS. REPRESENTATIVES SCORED MEETINGS WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS. AND THE INDUSTRY EVEN HAS A FORMER STAFFER WORKING IN THE WEST WING ON LEGISLATION. MEANWHILE, GROUPS PUSHING FOR MORE RESTRICTIONS ON GUN PURCHASES HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET IN THE DOOR.