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THE LAST OF THE BLUE DOG DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE IS NOT AT ALL AMUSED BY 2020 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE’S PROPOSAL TO FORCIBLY CONFISCATE AR-15 AND AR-15-STYLE RIFLES. THE WAY WEST VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC SEN. JOE MANCHIN TELLS IT, THE NO-HOPE 2020 CANDIDATE IS A BIGMOUTH WHO IS DOING MORE THAN ANYONE TO ADD TO THE PERCEPTION THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS HOME TO LUNATIC GUN-GRABBERS.GUN RIGHTS GROUPS IN CANADA SAY THEY'RE MOBILIZING MEMBERS BEFORE THE OCT. 21 ELECTION. A RE-ELECTED LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BAN SOME TYPES OF "ASSAULT-STYLE" RIFLES, AS WELL AS INTRODUCE ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON WHERE FIREARMS CAN BE POSSESSED OR STORED, ACCORDING TO BILL BLAIR, WHO HAS BEEN THE PARTY'S POINTMAN ON GUN CONTROL. THE PLANNED MEASURES WILL BE ANNOUNCED "VERY, VERY SHORTLY" AS PART OF THE LIBERALS' CAMPAIGN PLATFORM, BLAIR SAID IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FIFTH ESTATE. TWO SHOOTINGS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. LEFT TWO PEOPLE DEAD AND SEVEN INJURED LATE ON THURSDAY, REPORTS BY POLICE AND SEVERAL MEDIA OUTLETS SAID, AS AUTHORITIES ON FRIDAY HUNTED FOR A PAIR OF SUSPECTS FROM ONE OF THE ATTACKS LIKELY ARMED WITH AN ASSAULT RIFLE.BETO O’ROURKE LIT INTO SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER ON GUN CONTROL ON THURSDAY, ACCUSING HIM OF DOING “ABSOLUTELY NOTHING” ON THE ISSUE. “ASK CHUCK SCHUMER WHAT HE’S BEEN ABLE TO GET DONE,” THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TOLD REPORTERS AFTER A TOWN HALL HERE, RESPONDING TO SCHUMER’S RECENT DISMISSAL OF O’ROURKE’S CALL FOR A MANDATORY BUYBACK OF ASSAULT WEAPONS. “WE STILL DON’T HAVE BACKGROUND CHECKS. DIDN’T HAVE THEM WHEN HE WAS IN THE MAJORITY, EITHER. SO THE GAME THAT HE’S PLAYED, THE POLITICS THAT HE’S PURSUED HAVE GIVEN US ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AND HAVE PRODUCED A SITUATION WHERE WE LOSE NEARLY 40,000 OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS EVERY YEAR.”PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ON THURSDAY POURED COLD WATER ON PROSPECTS FOR A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE ON GUN LEGISLATION, EVEN AS ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR CIRCULATED A DRAFT PLAN ON CAPITOL HILL TO EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN SALES. IN A FOX NEWS INTERVIEW THAT AIRED THURSDAY, TRUMP SAID NO DEAL IS IMMINENT, MORE THAN SIX WEEKS AFTER MASS SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS AND OHIO KILLED MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE. “WE’RE GOING VERY SLOWLY,” TRUMP SAID, ADDING THAT WHILE HE DOESN’T WANT “BAD PEOPLE” TO HAVE WEAPONS, HE WON’T ALLOW ANY PLAN TO MOVE FORWARD THAT TAKES GUNS AWAY FROM LAW-ABIDING PEOPLE OR RESTRICTS SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

Trigger Words: A Gun Ride Through American History

AMERICAN SPECTATOR June 4, 2019 – When Free Soil settlers in Kansas were being bloodied by pro-slavery forces in the years before the American Civil War, abolitionist preacher Henry Ward Beecher decided enough was enough, endorsing the shipment of a thousand high-powered Sharps rifles to the settlers.

The guns’ new breech-loading mechanism dramatically increased their rate of fire over the era’s slow, awkward muzzle-loaders. In essence, this made them the assault rifles of their time. The Rev. Beecher (brother to Uncle Tom’s Cabin author Harriet Beecher Stowe) told a reporter that there was “more moral power in one of those instruments, so far as the slaveholders of Kansas were concerned, than in a hundred Bibles.”

Viewing guns as a positive good isn’t typical in this era of mass shootings, but a recent book suggests that for much of America’s history, that is exactly how they were regarded.

In First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History with the Gun (Simon & Schuster, Oct. 2018), David Harsanyi argues that in America at least, guns were central to the national experience; without them we might still be squatting on the Atlantic seaboard subsisting on shellfish and charity from the nearby Wampanoag Indian tribes.

Harsanyi begins at the beginning, with man’s discovery that doing violence is safer at a distance. The use of “ranged weapons,” sticks and stones, for the most part, likely began in Africa some 71,000 years ago.

Working forward, he touches on the use of gunpowder weapons in China, where “alchemists searching for an elixir for immortality combined saltpeter, sulfur, and charcoal and inadvertently stumbled upon a man-made recipe that would cause more premature death than any other mixture in history.”

The Chinese also demonstrated an entertaining creativity in the naming of their gunpowder devices: “Heaven-Shaking-Thunder-Crash Bomb,” “Match-for-Ten-Thousand-Enemies Bomb,” “Bandit-Burning Vision-Confusing Magic Fire-Ball.” [Read More]

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BREAKING :
THE LAST OF THE BLUE DOG DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE IS NOT AT ALL AMUSED BY 2020 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE’S PROPOSAL TO FORCIBLY CONFISCATE AR-15 AND AR-15-STYLE RIFLES. THE WAY WEST VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC SEN. JOE MANCHIN TELLS IT, THE NO-HOPE 2020 CANDIDATE IS A BIGMOUTH WHO IS DOING MORE THAN ANYONE TO ADD TO THE PERCEPTION THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS HOME TO LUNATIC GUN-GRABBERS.GUN RIGHTS GROUPS IN CANADA SAY THEY'RE MOBILIZING MEMBERS BEFORE THE OCT. 21 ELECTION. A RE-ELECTED LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BAN SOME TYPES OF "ASSAULT-STYLE" RIFLES, AS WELL AS INTRODUCE ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON WHERE FIREARMS CAN BE POSSESSED OR STORED, ACCORDING TO BILL BLAIR, WHO HAS BEEN THE PARTY'S POINTMAN ON GUN CONTROL. THE PLANNED MEASURES WILL BE ANNOUNCED "VERY, VERY SHORTLY" AS PART OF THE LIBERALS' CAMPAIGN PLATFORM, BLAIR SAID IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FIFTH ESTATE. TWO SHOOTINGS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. LEFT TWO PEOPLE DEAD AND SEVEN INJURED LATE ON THURSDAY, REPORTS BY POLICE AND SEVERAL MEDIA OUTLETS SAID, AS AUTHORITIES ON FRIDAY HUNTED FOR A PAIR OF SUSPECTS FROM ONE OF THE ATTACKS LIKELY ARMED WITH AN ASSAULT RIFLE.BETO O’ROURKE LIT INTO SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER ON GUN CONTROL ON THURSDAY, ACCUSING HIM OF DOING “ABSOLUTELY NOTHING” ON THE ISSUE. “ASK CHUCK SCHUMER WHAT HE’S BEEN ABLE TO GET DONE,” THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TOLD REPORTERS AFTER A TOWN HALL HERE, RESPONDING TO SCHUMER’S RECENT DISMISSAL OF O’ROURKE’S CALL FOR A MANDATORY BUYBACK OF ASSAULT WEAPONS. “WE STILL DON’T HAVE BACKGROUND CHECKS. DIDN’T HAVE THEM WHEN HE WAS IN THE MAJORITY, EITHER. SO THE GAME THAT HE’S PLAYED, THE POLITICS THAT HE’S PURSUED HAVE GIVEN US ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AND HAVE PRODUCED A SITUATION WHERE WE LOSE NEARLY 40,000 OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS EVERY YEAR.”PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ON THURSDAY POURED COLD WATER ON PROSPECTS FOR A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE ON GUN LEGISLATION, EVEN AS ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR CIRCULATED A DRAFT PLAN ON CAPITOL HILL TO EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN SALES. IN A FOX NEWS INTERVIEW THAT AIRED THURSDAY, TRUMP SAID NO DEAL IS IMMINENT, MORE THAN SIX WEEKS AFTER MASS SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS AND OHIO KILLED MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE. “WE’RE GOING VERY SLOWLY,” TRUMP SAID, ADDING THAT WHILE HE DOESN’T WANT “BAD PEOPLE” TO HAVE WEAPONS, HE WON’T ALLOW ANY PLAN TO MOVE FORWARD THAT TAKES GUNS AWAY FROM LAW-ABIDING PEOPLE OR RESTRICTS SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS.