Tuesday, February 19, 2013

MILLER: Obama's real gun-control aim - Washington Times

MILLER: Obama's real gun-control aim - Washington Times

The Armed Criminal in America

The Armed Criminal in America

Chicago gangs don’t have to go far to buy guns - Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago gangs don’t have to go far to buy guns - Chicago Sun-Times

frontline: hot guns: "How Criminals Get Guns" | PBS

frontline: hot guns: "How Criminals Get Guns" | PBS

NRA's Letter to Congress

TO:       NRA Members and Friends

FROM:  Marion P. Hammer
              USF Executive Director
              NRA Past President

On February 13, 2013, the NRA sent a letter to members of  the U.S. Congress concerning the White House proposals to require background checks for all firearms purchases.

The letter lays out facts that every concerned citizen needs to know -- just the facts, no fluff, no hyperbole, just simple, straight forward facts.

To view a copy of the letter from the NRA-ILA’s Executive Director Chris Cox to the U.S. Congress regarding so-called “universal background checks” click here.  

THESE ARE THE FACTS — READ THEM — LEARN THEM — SHARE THEM

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY TALKING POINTS

NRA and NICS
The National Rifle Association supported the establishment of the National Criminal Instant Background Check System (NICS) [1], and we support it to this day.  At its creation, we advocated that NICS checks be accurate; fair; and truly instant.  The reason for this is that 99% of those who go through NICS checks are law-abiding citizens, who are simply trying to exercise their fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Dealers
Since 1986, those engaged in the business of selling firearms for livelihood and profit have been required to have a Federal Firearms License (FFL).  All retail sales of firearms currently require a NICS check, no matter where they occur.

Private Sales
Regarding the issue of private firearms sales, it is important to note that since 1968, it has been a federal felony for any private person to sell, trade, give, lend, rent or transfer a gun to a person he either knows or reasonably should know is not legally allowed to purchase or possess a firearm.

Mental Health Records and NICS
According to a recent General Accounting Office study, as of 2011 23 states and the District of Columbia submitted less than 100 mental health records to NICS; 17 states submitted less than ten mental health records to NICS; and four states submitted no mental health records to NICS.[2]

Gun Shows
A common misrepresentation is that criminals obtain firearms through sales at gun shows.

A 1997 Bureau of Justice Statistics survey of state prison inmates who had used or possessed firearms in the course of their crimes found that 79 percent acquired their firearms from “street/illegal sources” or “friends or family.”
Only 1.7 percent obtained firearms from anyone (dealer or non-dealer) at a gun show or flea market.[3]

Prosecutions
In 2010, the FBI denied 72,659 NICS checks out of a total of 14,409,616.  But only 62 of these cases were actually prosecuted, and only 13 resulted in a conviction.[4]

“Universal Background Checks”
While the term “universal background checks” may sound reasonable on its face, the details of what such a system would entail reveal something quite different.   A mandate for truly “universal” background checks would require every transfer, sale, purchase, trade, gift, rental, or loan of a firearm between all private individuals to be pre-approved by the federal government.  In other words, it would criminalize all private firearms transfers, even between family members or friends who have known each other all of their lives.

According to a January 2013 report from the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice, the effectiveness of “universal background checks” depends on requiring gun registration.[5]  In other words, the only way that the government could fully enforce such a requirement would be to mandate the registration of all firearms in private possession – a requirement that has been prohibited by federal law since 1986.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Sacred Cow Slaughterhouse » WE NEED TO REGULATE CARS THE WAY WE REGULATE GUNS

The Sacred Cow Slaughterhouse » WE NEED TO REGULATE CARS THE WAY WE REGULATE GUNS

Manifesto of Spree Killer Dorner: Work of Nut Job With No Connection to Reality - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Manifesto of Spree Killer Dorner: Work of Nut Job With No Connection to Reality - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Cop Goes Berserk in LA | Shall Not Be Questioned

Cop Goes Berserk in LA | Shall Not Be Questioned

The Smallest Minority: "All Political Power Grows Out of the Barrel of a Gun" - Mao

The Smallest Minority: "All Political Power Grows Out of the Barrel of a Gun" - Mao

The Merced Pitchfork Murders by Richard Poe

The Merced Pitchfork Murders by Richard Poe

The Sacred Cow Slaughterhouse » Who Really Needs An AR15?

The Sacred Cow Slaughterhouse » Who Really Needs An AR15?

» California Senate Democrats roll out big gun control package » News -- GOPUSA

» California Senate Democrats roll out big gun control package » News -- GOPUSA

Decorated Combat Veteran arrested in New York: Charged With 5 Felonies For Possession of AR Magazines

Decorated Combat Veteran arrested in New York: Charged With 5 Felonies For Possession of AR Magazines: Decorated Combat Veteran Arrested In New York: Charged With 5 Felonies For Possession of AR Magazines

The Polemicist: The Rifle on the Wall: A Left Argument for Gun Rights

The Polemicist: The Rifle on the Wall: A Left Argument for Gun Rights: The Rifle on the Wall:
A Left Argument for Gun Rights

Armed and Safe: Fun with math and MAIG

Armed and Safe: Fun with math and MAIG

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Movie Theater Argument

I ran across this article on WaPo.  I think a reasonable point is made here by Sen. Nancy Jacobs in opposition to State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger.  There is a fine line between regulation and restriction.   When you are dealing with a right, you need to take into account how the right you are trying to "regulate" can "restrict" other rights.  Restricting the right to yell fire in a theater makes sense, restricting the right to peacably assemble to enjoy entertainment does not.  Restricting the rights to of violent criminals, those deemed mentally unfit and those who would supply the prior two classes with firearms (straw purchasers) makes sense.  Restricting those who lawfully purchase and own firearms for defense of all types (self-defense and tyranny included), hunting, competition and target shooting does not.  Perform your background check, keep the databases up to date and let people be.

“We all agree that the First Amendment right, the freedom of speech, is not absolute,” Shellenberger said. “We all agree that you cannot walk into a crowded theater and yell fire. So if we can agree that the First Amendment freedom . . . of speech has reasonable limitations we should be able to find a place where the Second Amendment has reasonable limitations.”

Sen. Nancy Jacobs (R-Harford), the committee’s most outspoken opponent of O’Malley’s plan, said the comparison to gun ownership didn’t work.

“We don’t prevent people from going to the movies in the off chance that they might yell fire,” Jacobs said.

See this link for the full story.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/gun-rights-advocates-make-voices-heard-at-md-senate-hearing/2013/02/06/4d39a326-709c-11e2-ac36-3d8d9dcaa2e2_story.html

Friday, February 8, 2013

Stalked: Girl Without A Gun http://www.seraphicpress.com/stalked-girl-without-a-gun/

http://deviating.net/words/?p=12

http://deviating.net/words/?p=12 Three things to never do when you’re emotional

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Caught on Camera: Joe Biden admits gun control will not stop mass shootings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTyoppK_aDM Caught on Camera: Joe Biden admits gun control will not stop mass shootings
http://www.thepolemicist.net/2013/01/the-rifle-on-wall-left-argument-for-gun.html The Rifle on the Wall: A Left Argument for Gun Rights
Decorated Combat Veteran arrested in New York: Charged With 5 Felonies For Possession of AR Magazines http://shar.es/YWOKd via @sharethis

bill stevens – the gun violence victim you will never hear about

bill stevens – the gun violence victim you will never hear about http://www.wallsofthecity.net/2013/02/bill-stevensthe-gunviolence-victim-you-will-never-hear-about.html
Mayor Booker: 'Legal Gun Buyers Aren't Causing Murders in Newark and Chicago and Other Places' | NewsBusters http://shar.es/YWDu4
Feinstein Gun Control Bill to Exempt Government Officials http://shar.es/YWIxj via @sharethis

Lawmakers propose liability insurance for U.S. gun owners

NRA: Anti-gun lawmakers are proposing mandatory liability insurance for firearm owners to exercise a fundamental, constitutional right. The NRA opposes mandatory liability insurance for gun owners because it is economically discriminatory and will penalize law-abiding gun owners. You don't have to carry insurance to exercise any other constitutional right! Lawmakers propose liability insurance for U.S. gun owners http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/06/us-usa-guns-insurance-idUSBRE91516920130206
Number Of Nation's Sheriffs Refusing To Enforce Unconstitutional Gun Laws Snowballs | CNS News http://shar.es/YWENr via @sharethis
Bruce Willis: Don't infringe on Second Amendment - Yahoo! News http://news.yahoo.com/bruce-willis-dont-infringe-second-amendment-134027014.html via @YahooNews
86-year-old woman grabs gun in self-defense | News - Home http://www.wcyb.com/news/86-year-old-woman-grabs-gun-in-self-defense/-/14590844/18404728/-/9fdio6z/-/index.html
NRA-ILA | Homeowner halts crime spree, WAFB, Baton Rouge, La. January 18, 2013 http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/armed-citizen/2013/homeowner-halts-crime-spree,-wafb,-baton-rouge,-la-january-18,-2013.aspx#.URPj66mLPGE.twitter
If ‘Assault Weapons’ Are Bad…Why Does DHS Want to Buy 7,000 of Them for ‘Personal Defense’? http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/26/if-assault-weapons-are-bad-why-does-the-dhs-want-to-buy-7000-of-them-for-personal-defense/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=story&utm_campaign=Share%20Buttons

Milwaukee Sheriff Says Arm Yourself to Stay Safe

http://www.nbc26.com/news/local/188752311.html Milwaukee Sheriff Says Arm Yourself to Stay Safe Jan. 28, 2013

Skeptical congresswoman challenges Obama to skeet shooting match

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/28/dubious-congresswoman-challenges-obama-to-skeet-shooting-match/ Skeptical congresswoman challenges Obama to skeet shooting match January 28th, 2013

Choose Your Own Crime Stats - YouTube

Choose Your Own Crime Stats - YouTube

WTF???: Components of the AWB

WTF???: Components of the AWB