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What Pistol did Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers use?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 22:45
Smith & Wesson 5946

By Dean Weingarten

 

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)-
I would give long odds that it was a Smith and Wesson 5946 in 9mm.   They come with 15 round magazines.   I doubt that the RCMP used the politically correct 10 rounders.

The 3953, above, is also issued, but it is more likely he had the 5946.

The picture is from a discussion of the RCMP pistols on defensivecarry.com.

Another source confirms that the Smith is the choice of the RCMP.  From Silvercore Firerams Training, BC(pdf):

Smith & Wesson 5946 – The Side Arm of the RCMP
Manufactured 1990 – 1999 A double-action-only (DAO) variant of the 5906, this can be visually distinguished from other models by the complete lack of decocker levers. Note that the hole is still there, and is just plugged, so it is hard to tell on a right side shot. The slide is also slightly longer at the back, almost concealing the rounded-off hammer, and the frame matches this contour. Issued at one time to numerous law enforcement agencies, notably the NYPD (not exclusively) and the RCMP.

If you look at the screen shot below, you can see the characteristic outline with the ejection port and the tell tale stainless finish.

 

Here is a link to the video of Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers shortly after the shooting.  He is the larger gentleman with a pistol in his right hand, white hair, and an ID around his neck, in a suit, as shown above.  Below is a screen shot that captures the pistol from the rear.   You can make out the black grips, another confirmation of the 5946 Smith.

Here is Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers getting a standing ovation in the House.

Sergeant at Arms, Kevin Vickers.

 

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Naw…My Vote Doesn’t Count…or Why I Am A Stupid, Lazy Loser

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 21:13

By Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown USAR (Ret.)

Naw…My Vote Doesn’t Count…or Why I Am A Stupid, Lazy Loser Soldier of Fortune Magazine

Boulder, CO - -(Ammoland.com)- On how many occasions, come election time, do you hear gunnies come up with some inane excuse as to why they are not going to vote? “Oh, my vote doesn’t count,” they snivel.

“The politicians will do whatever they damn please. A pox on both houses.”

Well, SOFers, if that was the case, why do all the left-wing, bottom feeders swarm to the ballot box? Because they know that voting Democratic will ensure they get their share of slop at the public trough.

Or I should say, filtching dollars out of your and my wallet? Keep in mind, George W. Bush only beat fat boy Gore by some 300-odd votes in Florida, in 2004, which saved our guns – for another eight years. (Clarification: I certainly was not impressed when George W. said he would sign a renewal of the 1994 assault rifle ban if Congress passed it.)

Bringing it closer to home and more current, in the Colorado recall election last year, in which SOF played a minor role, the pro-gun candidate that defeated the ultra-anti-gun state senator who honchoed the 30-round magazine ban only won by 300- some votes. Bringing it even closer to home, SOF’s Gun Rights Editor, Paul Danish, lost a race for the Colorado Assembly by four votes several election cycles ago.

The National Rifle Association’s“TRIGGER THE VOTE” campaign, promoted by NRA stalwart Chuck Norris, wasn’t put together to waste time and money. Also, Norris, who didn’t get paid for the endorsement, has plenty of fish to fry without having to front for such PR For those who haven’t had an opportu- nity to see what “TRIGGER THE VOTE” is all about, check out the SOF website…sofmag.com. Basically, Norris provides 10 reasons to register to vote.

The number one reason, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, reads, “With one hand, I can crush coal into a diamond. With yours, you can protect your rights!”

That basically says it all. If you can’t figure that out, you belong in a FEMA camp somewhere.

While speaking of the NRA, I know that a number of you who are reading this may have some imaginary or valid complaint with the NRA. I’ve been on the NRA Board of Directors for 30 years and I have had butted heads with various individuals in the power structure. But look, the NRA has had warts, has warts, and always will have warts, as does any large organization.

Think the U.S. Army. It’s composed of humans with individual frailties…some large, some small. But the bottom, bottom line is, no matter what the NRA’s critics and naysayers say, like Dudley “Doofus” Brown (no relation, please!), the NRA is the only thing that stands between gunnies and gun confiscation.

The anti-gunnies preach “No More Gun Violence” and “Common Sense Gun Legislation,” which are simply dishonest ploys to bamboozle the masses of “sheeple” by concealing their ultimate objective, is a gun-less society in which the individual is at the mercy of an all powerful, oppressive state.

As Thomas Jefferson said, “Those who beat their arm into plows will plow for those who don’t.”

I have no doubt that if Jefferson were around today, he would be standing arm-in-arm with Chuck Norris, the NRA and, of course, SOF. Get off your lazy ass and vote…save your guns…join the NRA! God bless and pray for the Republic!

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NO On I-594: Don’t Turn Neighbors Into Accidental Criminals

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 20:43
Initiative i-594 is a Gun Ban Phil Shave

Washington - -(Ammoland.com)- Would you vote for a law that would make criminals of half your neighbors? Initiative 594 would do exactly that.

In their zeal to impose “universal background checks,” the creators of I-594 have written a law that would require nearly all “transfers” of firearms to be conducted at the premises of a Federal Firearms License (FFL) dealer.

I-594 defines transfers as a change of possession, no matter how temporary, including gifts and loans. There are exceptions for family gifts, organized competitions and youth activities, but they are so narrow that most recreational, non-sale transfers would be crimes.

The father who loans a hunting rifle to an adult son during hunting season would commit a misdemeanor (upon the first violation). When the rifle is returned, both father and son would be two-time offenders, and thus felons under I-594.

Shooting buddies who met on public land or their own property to target practice with shared firearms would violate I-594. Routine gun repairs would also be criminalized. The initiative would effectively forbid you from dropping your firearm off with a gunsmith friend unless he had a federal license. Most gunsmiths in this state, often the most skilled, lack federal licenses.

Women are targeted by several provisions. Instructors could no longer provide loaner firearms during introductory women’s self-defense classes. And if your sister were being stalked and in fear of her life, and you loaned her a firearm, you would both be criminals. I-594 has an exception to “prevent imminent death,” but the legal definition of imminent means “about to happen.”

Widows and heirs beware: If your spouse died and you found a couple of handguns in your husband’s sock drawer 61 days after death, then you’d be an accidental felon.

I-594 only allows you 60 days to register those guns; after that, they’d become contraband. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, and intent to commit a crime is not an element written into 594. Why write a law that makes inheritance of grandpa’s old guns a crime?

Colorado passed a law in 2013 requiring universal background checks, but the Colorado law includes exceptions for temporary transfers without change of ownership, transfers while hunting or target shooting, transfers for gun repairs and loans for 72 hours. The transfer fee is capped at a reasonable $10 (fees are unlimited in I-594).

If only I-594 were that reasonable. Failure to complete the Colorado paperwork is a misdemeanor, whereas I-594 makes the first offense a gross misdemeanor and the second a Class C felony.

I urge you to follow the lead of our state’s law enforcement officers, those who deal with crime and criminals on a daily basis; they oppose I-594 and support passage of Initiative 591. Vote yes on I-591 because it leaves intact our current background check laws while allowing our state to implement future enhancements adopted at the federal level for all 50 states.

I-594’s penalty provisions are one huge reason that law enforcement officers oppose this flawed initiative. Its promoters cleverly revised the law to define an I-594 felony as a “serious” offense, placing it in the same category as child molestation, third-degree rape, leading organized crime and drive-by shootings.

You could loan your gun to a friend for the weekend, and the judge hearing your paperwork crime would have to follow “serious” crime-sentencing guidelines, including consecutive sentences for these newly defined “serious” crimes.

No law enforcement organization supports Initiative 594.

The Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs represents the majority of law enforcement line-level officers in our state; it opposes the initiative. The Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association opposes it. These are the firearm professionals who would be tasked with enforcing this unreasonable law.

Nineteen elected sheriffs oppose I-594. They understand that the initiative will consume scarce resources in the prosecution and imprisonment of its accidental violators.

 

Philip Shave is executive director of Washington Arms Collectors and editor of GunNews.

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Second Amendment Foundation Sues Illinois Over Restrictive CCW Residency Requirements

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 20:30

By Alan Gottlieb, Executive Director, SAF

Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA --(Ammoland.com)- The Second Amendment Foundation recently filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Illinois, challenging that state’s concealed carry statute that restricts otherwise qualified non-residents the rights and privileges of carrying concealed firearms based solely on their state of residence.

Joining SAF in this legal action are the Illinois State Rifle Association, Illinois Carry, Inc., and ten individual plaintiffs, all residing in other states and who are licensed to carry in those states. Under the restrictive Illinois statute, only residents from states with “substantially similar” requirements to obtain a carry license are allowed to apply for non-resident licenses.

Only four states currently qualify under that provision. They are Hawaii, New Mexico, South Carolina and Virginia. None of the individual plaintiffs reside in those states.

According to SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb, this situation is not simply unfair, it is untenable and we believe unconstitutional.

“Our plaintiffs have qualified for carry permits or licenses in their own states,” Gottlieb said, “which means they have gone through background checks and other requirements that show they are responsible, law-abiding citizens. Yet, because of the current Illinois statute, their self-defense rights are suspended immediately after they cross the Illinois state line.”

Named as defendants in the lawsuit are Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau and Jessica Trame, bureau chief of the State Police Firearms Service Bureau. Plaintiffs are represented by attorney David Sigale of Glen Ellyn, Ill.

“This lawsuit,” said Sigale, “is brought because it is unfair that otherwise qualified people from states outside Illinois, who work and travel in Illinois are barred from obtaining means to defend themselves in public solely based on their state of residence. We expect to correct that.”

“We’re asking the federal court for a declaratory judgment on equal protection and due process constitutional grounds,” Gottlieb stated. “It makes no sense at all for Illinois to enforce such a narrowly-defined law that seems to recognize the rights of some non-residents, while dismissing the rights of most other non-residents. We can’t allow that kind of discriminatory situation to stand.”

IllinoisCarry is pleased to be an active plaintiff in this lawsuit and wishes to thank the Second Amendment Foundation, Alan Gottleib, and Attorney David Sigale for bringing this suit forward.

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Michigan Man Faces Brandishing Charge for Allegedly Displaying Gun

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 20:16
Michigan Open Carry

Michigan – -(Ammoland.com)-Today we received the following email:

I am currently fighting a Livonia Ticket for alleging I “Brandished” my Glock 19 in a Meijers [sic] Store located in Livonia, MI.

My Firearm was concealed under a safari vest and holstered to my body. During a conversation with the Store Manager with my spouse over a problem he saw my firearm and someone called the police. We left the store without incident after paying for our groceries.

We were surrounded by 6 police cars, I was handcuffed and thrown into a police car with no indication as to why….I was given a ticket for brandishing.

So let’s review:

  1. Man and wife shop together.
  2. Man has concern which he is addressing with the store manager.
  3. Manager sees man’s gun inside vest and the cops are notified.
  4. Cops surround, detain, handcuff, and ticket the man for brandishing (in front of wife).

Now it’s true, there may be more to this story.  Let’s assume the story is as simple as it is presented.

This may be the type of thing HB 5091 and HB 5092 is designed to prevent.  These bills passed the House by a vast bi-partisan majority (over 95% voting in favor).  Where are these bills?  These bills (which passed the State House back in March) are sitting on the Senate floor, awaiting for Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville to pick them up?  Why won’t Randy act? Probably because Richardville is being a “Good Republican” and holding back guns bills, just like his Republican Governor (Snyder) wants!

In the meantime, a possibly innocent man faces Charges in Livonia.  You can attend a hearing on his motion to dismiss.  Details below:

Date of Hearing: 10/23/2014
Time of Hearing: 9:00 AM
Address of Hearing: 16th District Court
32765 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI  48154-3045
Name of Judge Hearing Case: Kathleen J. McCann
Case Name: People v Ponkey

There is one disputed fact in the case that might give rise to pause on supporting Mr. Ponkey.  According to his own motion to dismiss:

[The store manager] claims that Defendant approached him and said, “I know how to fix your cashier problem” before opening his jacket and showing Mr. Mislevy his gun. The witness also alleges that Defendant pointed to his gun.

Obviously, we don’t know whether this actually happened or not.  That is something that the Court will have to determine if it is:

  1. Relevant
  2. True

Update 10/23/2014: According to MGO’s Facebook page: This morning Mr. Ponkey plead guilty to Disorderly Conduct & his CPL was revoked.

About Michigan Open Carry
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Bill to Spank Scofflaw Governments goes to Governor

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:56

By Dean Weingarten

Bill to Spank Scofflaw Governments goes to Governor Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- Every one of the 50 states has some kind of firearms preemption law.   This makes perfect sense, as otherwise each town, county, and local government could enact a local ordinance to invalidate your right to keep and bear arms.

You could easily be placed in jail for an inadvertent violation of an ordinance that you never knew existed, just because you crossed an invisible political boundary.

Pennsylvania has such a law, and it is a well thought out example.  There is only one problem; the means to enforce it is weak.   To prevent local governments form flouting the rule of law, Pennsylvania has passed a simple revision:  If a local government violates the law, they can be sued, and they have to pay the legal fees of the other side if they lose.

Once the suit has been filed, they cannot simply revoke the law and walk away, smug in knowing that they cost those attempting to enforce their rights, and did not have to pay anything.  It is a trick that has been used successfully in Pennsylvania, but it seems that it is headed for the dust bin of history.   HB80 started out as HB 2011.  It passed the House on 6 October, 143 to 54.

It went on to the Senate as HB1243.   In what has become a common legislative maneuver, it passed the Senate 36-14, on 16 October.    The vote was originally reported as 32-16, then later revised to 34-14

Because of the amendment maneuver,  HB80 had to have a concurrence vote in the House.   On 20 October, it passed,  138 to 56.    It has been signed in the Senate, and now goes to Governor Corbett.

Governor Corbett has said that he will sign the bill.

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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The Islamic Madness Persists

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:39

By Alan Caruba

The Islamic Madness Persists Column by Alan Caruba

New Jersey --(Ammoland.com)- The lull in the coverage of all things Islamic was broken by two terrorist attacks in Canada, a reminder that so long as the world does not unite to destroy the Islamic State, we shall all remain vulnerable.

A “lone wolf” terrorist can kill you just as dead as one in a terrorist organization, particularly one encouraging these attacks.

While the media’s herd mentality continues to report about Ebola in West Africa and gears up for massive coverage [after] the forthcoming November 4 2014 midterm elections, the Middle East remains in a low state of boil, never failing to produce bombings, skirmishes, and the usual inhumanities we associate with Islam.

Americans pay attention to the Middle East only when blood is flowing and at the present time the only element generating that is the Islamic State (ISIS) which continues to attack Kobani in northern Syria and assault the Yazidis and other targets in Iraq. The U.S., Britain and France are bombing ISIS forces, largely to protect and assist the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, the only fighting force of any consequence.

Virtually unreported are the 18 million Muslim refugees throughout out the Middle East. The U.N. reports that these and internally displaced persons reflect the turmoil in Afghanistan, Iraq. Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. To grasp this, think about what either the U.S. or Europe would be like with a comparable number of refugees.

As David P. Goldman, a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and Wax Family Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, noted October 20 on the Forum website, “That is cause for desperation: unprecedented numbers of people have been torn from traditional society and driven from their homes, many with little but the clothes on their backs.”

“There are millions of young men in the Muslim world sitting in refugee camps with nothing to do, nowhere to go back to, and nothing to look forward to…never has an extremist movement had so many frustrated and footloose young men in its prospective recruitment pool.”

So what does John Kerry, our Secretary of State, think is the greatest problem in the Middle East? While discussing the ISIS coalition with Middle East leaders, Kerry expressed the opinion a week ago that the Israeli-Palestine situation was the real problem. Apparently he is unaware that there is no Palestinian state and never has been. The one on the West Bank exists thanks to Israeli support and the one in Gaza, controlled by Hamas, provoked Israeli defense measures by rocketing it for months.

Prof. Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and a Shillman/Ginsberg fellow at the Middle East Forum, has a quite different point of view. “In reality, however, the novelty of the Islamic State, as well as the magnitude of the threat it poses, are greatly exaggerated.”

Noting that many of the Arab states have “failed to modernize and deliver basic services” Prof. Inbar has little anticipation that ISIS could do that either. Moreover “Much of the fragmented Arab world will be busy dealing with its domestic problems for decades, minimizing the possibility that it will turn into a formidable enemy for Israel or the West.”

What has seemed to escape Kerry’s and the President’s attention is the threat of a nuclear armed Iran. The negotiations to encourage Iran to step back from its efforts to create the warheads for its missiles do not appear to promise a favorable outcome. Iran managed to get some sanctions lifted and that was likely why Iran entered into them. They don’t care what the West or the rest of the Middle East wants.

Neither Israel, nor Saudi Arabia are as naïve as the U.S. In March, Richard Silverstein, writing in Tikun Olam, reported that “the level of intense cooperation between Israel and Saudi Arabia in targeting Iran has become clear. Saudi Arabia isn’t just coordinating its own intelligence efforts with Israel. It’s actually financing a good deal of Israel’s very expensive campaign against Iran.” A recent explosion at an Iranian nuclear facility suggests that the campaign is still quite active.

Noting “airtight military censorship in Israel”, Silverstein pointed out that information about the Israeli-Saudi relationship would not have been reported in an Israeli daily newspaper, Maariv, if both governments did not want Iran and the U.S. to know. In effect, the Saudis have replaced the U.S. as a source of support given President Obama’s barely concealed dislike of Israel.

“But Israel,” wrote Silverstein, “isn’t going to war tomorrow.” Israel will watch the outcome of the U.S.-Iran negotiations and determine what action to take or not at that point. Meanwhile, it will keep the pressure on Iran with its covert program.

At some point the news media will begin to pay more attention to the Middle East. It will not get much cooperation, however, from ISIS because the Islamic State has made it clear that only journalists that obey its rules and write what it wants will live very long.

The “religion of peace”, Islam, has not produced much peace in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world for the last 1,400 years.

c Alan Caruba

About:
Alan Caruba’s commentaries are posted daily at “Warning Signs” his popular blog and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. If you love to read, visit his monthly report on new books at Bookviews.

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Who Says There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch in New Jersey

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:23
New Jersey Second Amendment Society

New Jersey --(Ammoland.com)- Come and join the New Jersey Second Amendment Society for a casual meeting of some of our far west New Jersey members and supporters.

We’ll even provide you with a FREE LUNCH! The NJ2AS is hosting a meeting in Hunterdon County.

The event will be held at the Clover Rod & Gun Club, 46 Lockatong Rd, Stockton, NJ 08559. Our Hunter liaison, Eric Saperstein will deliver a brief welcoming address. There will be a member of law enforcement present to discuss some of our ongoing concerns, and Dan Ingram will be on hand to demonstrate some of his unique concealment furniture.

This is an opportunity to meet a bunch of people who think the way YOU do (well… if you love freedom and respect individual rights and responsibility, and I know that you *DO*). You might even have some fun. Nice grounds! If the weather is good, bring the kids and some lawn games.I hope you can make it.

Please register so we can be certain to have more than enough food!

If a few people are available to assist Eric in setting up please give him a call at 609-658-2955.

Thank you, The NJ2AS Leadership Team

About:
New Jersey Second Amendment Society – Our mission is to promote the free exercise of Second Amendment rights within the community and Legislature of New Jersey, to educate the community regarding the enjoyable, safe, and responsible use of firearms, and to engender a sense of camaraderie and fellowship among the members and their families. Visit: www.nj2as.com

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Shooting in Canada, More ‘Workplace Violence’

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:40

By John Farnam

Vandal Desecrates Canadian War Memorial on Veterans’ Day: ‘Canada Will Burn Praise Allah’ (Photo source: CTV — Sean MacInnes) Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO --(Ammoland.com)- Our “media,” less than a day following an attack on the Canadian capitol by yet another Islamic extremist, has already begun to rewrite history, based on their sluttish leftist agenda.

Once more, they are doing their best to absolve Islam and ISIS of all guilt, and all connection.

We are now to believe a “mental case” committed this crime. Just one more example of purely spontaneous “workplace violence,” I’m sure!

The truth is that this Violent Criminal Actor was clearly motivated by radical Muslim ideology, freely preached and plotted in mosques, there and here, with not the slightest interference from either of our governments.

At the War Memorial. Each of two uniformed guards carried a fully-functional black rifle, but there was no ammunition anywhere near them. We’re told, with a straight face, rifles are kept and carried unloaded, so they won’ t “go off” (all by themselves, I’m sure) during daily routines. The Canadian government obviously has the same condescending contempt for their own people, and for their joke small-arms training, that our current Administration does!

A local Canadian Police Chief assured all that he “… promises to protect our soldiers,” but, of course they will never be allowed to protect themselves. Yet, he didn’t do such a good job protecting the one who was murdered. Did he?

I fear Canadians are currently paying the price for this dress-rehearsal of what is coming here. ISIS is obviously fully capable of keeping its promises. We aren’t!

In the West, I’m convinced we have lost our minds. We’ve certainly lost our way!

“The business of intelligence is connecting dots. The Art of Intelligence is clearly seeing where the dots are going!” ~ Intelligence Axiom

As a civilization, we’re no longer able, nor willing, to clearly see anything!

/John

About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit: www.defense-training.com

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First Annual Minnesota Gun Owners Lobby Day To Be Held January 26 2015

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:07
First Annual Minnesota Gun Owners Lobby Day To Be Held January 26 2015 Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance

Minnesota – -(Ammoland.com)- On Monday, January 26th, Minnesota’s gun owners will converge on the Minnesota State Capitol for the first annual Minnesota Gun Owners Lobby Day (MNGOLD).

We will show our strength with a rally outside the capitol, then march inside to meet with every single legislator in the state. In the capitol, we’ll deliver a strong message: you work for us, and it’s time for you to respect, protect, and advance our Second Amendment rights.

The event is co-sponsored by Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance and Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee.

The organizations will be releasing more information about the event next week.

About:

We are the Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, the organization behind CCRN (Concealed Carry Reform Now!). We are people from all walks of life who have banded together to preserve and protect all of our civil rights as gun owners. Visit: www.gocra.org

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North Carolina’s Commissioner Steve Troxler Leaves Disarmed Fairgoers Unprotected

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:04
North Carolina State Fair Grass Roots North Carolina

North Carolina --(Ammoland.com)-After vowing to disarm all law-abiding citizens at the State Fair, NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler promised fairgoers that security at the Fair would be top-notch.

Unfortunately, politicians will say anything that is convenient at the moment to get what they want, but they rarely see a need to follow through. This instance seems to be no different.

Reports from fair-going families are now rolling in, and they are telling us that security at the Fair is little more than pretense. Fairgoers have reported going through metal detectors with all sorts of metal objects in their pockets, and the detectors did not react. They’ve been asked if they have any weapons, and a simple “no” has sufficed. At other times, metal detectors seem to have been turned off entirely, and bags were often not searched when it would have seemed necessary. Of course, most people passing through Troxler’s lax security apparatus are just nice people who are there to have fun. However, slack security does tell us that anyone who is a danger to North Carolina families will have little problem moving in and around the fair with weapons. And now, they can do this with confidence, knowing that Commissioner Troxler has kindly disarmed all of their potential victims.

With that in mind, note that Police Chief Joel Keith’s promise of uniformed police escorts on demand also seems to be hit and miss (mostly miss). Some fairgoers in need of an escort to or from their vehicle have been flat refused. It seems that some officers are either unaware of Keith’s promise, or just unwilling to assist vulnerable fairgoers. As was feared, Troxler’s promise that safety at the fair will be a priority was just talk—talk he used to disarm North Carolina families. Funny all of that, since as recently as Tuesday, Troxler said:

“I want to refocus today on what the state fair is. The state fair is about being safe.”

After fighting hard to deny NC citizens their Second Amendment rights, Troxler has added insult to injury by failing to follow through on his promise of vigilant security at the Fair. Below, see how you can easily contact Commissioner Troxler to tell him that you don’t appreciate him thumbing his nose at NC gun owners, and you certainly don’t appreciate him putting your family in danger with his unnecessary “gun-free” zone.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!

CALL COMMISSIONER TROXLER: Use this number: (919) 707-3000, and deliver this message:

I’m calling to express my disappointment in Commissioner Troxler’s security arrangements at the State Fair. After fighting so hard to deny fairgoers their Second Amendment rights, the commissioner has added insult to injury by failing to follow through on his promise of vigilant security. I understand that metal detectors are barely working, bags are not being searched when necessary, and citizens have been denied the police escorts that were promised to them. Please inform the Commissioner that I am taking note of his lack of follow-through on his promise, and the fact that the gun-free zone he has unnecessarily created has put my family at risk. Thank you.

EMAIL COMMISSIONER TROXLER: Use the email address steve.troxler@ncagr.gov and deliver the copy-and-paste message below. (Note: This email was derived from others in the department and tested, but not confirmed, so please make sure to use the comment form below as well.)

USE THE FOLLOWING COMMENT FORM: To ensure Troxler gets the message, use the following link by CLICKING HERE (http://www.ncagr.gov/htm/contactusform.htm). Use the copy/paste message below.

DELIVER THIS MESSAGE

Suggested Subject: “Why is Fair Security so Lax?”

Dear Commissioner Troxler:

I am writing to express my severe disappointment in the security arrangements at the State Fair.

After fighting so hard to deny law-abiding fairgoers their Second Amendment rights, you have added insult to injury by failing to follow through on your promise of vigilant security. I understand that metal detectors are barely working, bags are not being searched when seemingly necessary, and citizens have been denied police escorts when they were requested, escorts that were promised to them. This is not acceptable.

I am only one of many thousands of North Carolina gun owners who are taking note of your attack on gun rights, as well your lack of follow-through on your promises.

I will continue to monitor this issue via alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.

Sincerely,

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Majority of Washington State Sheriffs Oppose I-594

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:35

UPDATE: 26 of 39 Sheriffs now oppose Initiative 594

Majority of Washington State Sheriffs Oppose I-594 NRA – ILA

Fairfax, Va --(Ammoland.com)- A majority of Washington State’s 39 sheriffs have come out in opposition to anti-gun Washington State Ballot Initiative 594.

The sheriffs oppose I-594 because it will not make anyone safer, will strain scarce law enforcement resources, will criminalize the lawful behavior of millions of law-abiding gun owners in Washington and will be unenforceable.  Instead, I-594 would vastly expand the state’s handgun registry and force law-abiding gun owners to pay fees and get the government’s permission to sell or even loan a firearm to a friend or family member.

To date, 26 of the 39 sheriffs have publicly opposed I-594.

Here is what some Washington State Sheriffs who oppose I-594 have to say about this ill-conceived initiative:

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Spokane County:  “I-594 is just another attempt to erode the Second Amendment.”

Sheriff Alan Botzheim, Pend Orielle County:  “[I-594] is focused on honest hardworking citizens and making them criminals when they are not criminals.”

Sheriff Steve Mansfield, Lewis County:  “I-594 does little to nothing in addressing the high profile shooting sprees and massacres that have pushed the gun control advocates’ agenda: registering, restricting and controlling the law abiding citizens’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms.  The very fact that this legislation further expands the government’s massive database on law abiding citizens is even more disturbing.  Government cannot address the serious mental health issues at the root of this violence through gun control. It won’t work.”

Sheriff Scott Johnson, Pacific County: “While I am sure the initiative was well-intended, it would not solve the problems we in the law enforcement community face. “

Sheriff Brian Burnett, Chelan County: “My biggest concern is that this initiative is a fast track in turning many law abiding citizens into potential criminals.”

Sheriff Frank Rogers, Okanogan County:  “I-594 will do nothing to stop the bad guys….it just puts more of a burden on the folks that follow the law.”

Sheriff Ben Keller, Garfield County: “This initiative is a violation of the Second Amendment.  I come from a gun owning family and it would be a crime every time someone wanted to use my trap gun at a trap shoot. Being in law enforcement for 24 years, this initiative is not going to keep guns off the street.  What keeps guns off the street is keeping the felons that are using the guns illegally in jail.”

Sheriff John Hunt, Adams County:  “I believe that the current proposal would put an unnecessary strain on law enforcement agencies without any additional funding, and will not affect in any way the ability for criminals intent on getting a firearm to do so.”

Sheriff Pete Warner, Ferry County: “I wholeheartedly oppose I-594. It’s just stupid. It penalizes the honest and law abiding citizens, and does nothing to keep the criminals from having firearms.”

Sheriff Brett Myers, Whitman County: “I-594 is like requiring everyone to pay for a buffet dinner on the “honor system” while leaving the door open at the other end of the food line. In the end only the honest patrons will pay and those who don’t, still eat all they want.”

Other sheriffs opposing I-594 include:

  • Sheriff Steven Keane – Benton County
  • Sheriff Bill Benedict – Clallam County
  • Sheriff Rocky Miller – Columbia County
  • Sheriff Mark Nelson – Cowlitz County
  • Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal – Douglas County
  • Sheriff Richard Lathim – Franklin County
  • Sheriff Thomas Jones – Grant County
  • Sheriff Rick Scott – Grays Harbor County
  • Sheriff Gene Dana –  Kittitas County
  • Sheriff Rick McComas – Klickitat County 
  • Sheriff Wade Magers – Lincoln County
  • Sheriff Dave Brown, Skamania County
  • Sheriff Kendle Allen – Stevens County
  • Sheriff John Snaza – Thurston County
  • Sheriff Mark Howie – Wahkiakum County
  • Sheriff John Turner – Walla Walla County

Other law enforcement organizations including the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS) and the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (WSLEFIA) also oppose I-594.  Here is what these organizations had to say about their opposition to this initiative:

Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs: “As law enforcement officers, we do not believe that I-594 will keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals or the dangerously mentally ill. They will continue to ignore the law and engage in black market transactions.” For more on WACOPS’ opposition, click here.

Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association: “There are a lot of politicians, including some mayors and chiefs, who will tell you that I-594 is a good law designed to close the gun show loophole. This is not the truth. I594 is a law so broadly written that it clearly is designed to make criminals of all recreational shooters and most law enforcement officers. When you understand what it will actually do, then you too will oppose it.” For more on WSLEFIA’s opposition, click here.

For more on why I-594 would be disastrous for Washington’s law-abiding gun owners, go to www.VoteNo594.com.

 

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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Cheap Guns Event, New Orleans, 25 October, 2014

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:15

By Dean Weingarten

Detroit Area Activists Turn Firearm Buy-Back Into Gun Show Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- The New Orleans Jefferson Parish and Kirsha Kaechelel, will be hosting a gun turn in event on 25 October, 2014. While these events are commonly labelled with the propaganda term “buyback” the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them.

The event will be held at The Embassy located  at  1200 Franklin Avenue, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

It appears that they will be giving out cash.   $75 will be given to those who turn in a handgun, $200 will be given to those who turn in “Assault Rifles” (no definition given).  I did not see the price for ordinary rifles and shotguns.

A “progressive” “artist”  states upfront that the purpose is a political message:

“The project itself is basically an anti-gun violence message,” Lozano said.

Nola.com writes a pretty balanced article about the “buy back”.   It quotes Steve Levitt:

 Steve Levitt, an economist and co-author of the Freakonomics books, once called gun buybacks the most “ineffectual public policies that have ever been invented in the history of mankind.”

A particularly ironic note is that Kaechele’s husband is coming up with the $100,000 for this bit of political theater, but she still owes over $33,000 in back taxes.  It is not unusual for people to abandon properties in overtaxed, Democrat run cities.   But the people who still live in New Orleans have mixed feelings about giving this “progressive” artist a pass.

It’s certainly an uncomfortable place she has put herself in. On the one hand, the lifeisart installations seem quite beautiful. On the other hand, it feels like New Orleans was just a convenient place for artists to get that ‘third world vibe’. It’s some form of poverty tourism/exploitation. These are people’s homes, afterall.

Still, her wealthy husband’s money might create some opportunities to buy some nice firearms relatively cheaply.   If anyone attends, I would love to have a report.

Across the country, communities, police departments and churches are sponsoring gun turn-ins to get “guns off the street”. At many of these events, private buyers are showing up, offering cash for the more valuable guns. These private additions to the public turn-in are effective, no doubt, in getting more guns off the street, because they add to the resources that are available to those who want to get rid of guns for something of value, be it a grocery card or a number of twenty dollar bills.

You can help make the turn-in in your area more effective by standing on the curve with your “Cash for Guns” sign, or at a folding table, willing to offer more than the gift card for firearms that are more valuable. It would be best if numerous private parties were available, as more good guns could then be transferred into responsible hands.

This action serves many useful purposes. It stretches the turn-in budget so that more guns can be taken off the street. It helps keep fearful widows from being defrauded of most of the market value of the gun they are turning in. It prevents valuable assets from being destroyed by bureaucratic inflexibility. It is a win-win-win situation.

It also dispels the pernicious message that guns are bad and should be destroyed.

Link to article with numerous examples of private sales at gun turn in events

Link to most recent article about private buyers at Detroit event

Link to Phoenix Article: pictures of private buyers

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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Did University of Idaho Promote ‘SWATting’ of Legal Gun Carriers?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:05

By Dean Weingarten

Matt Dorschel University of Idaho Executive Director For Public Safety Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- Last Wednesday, 15 October 2014, the University of Idaho held a forum on “guns on campus”.   The main presenter was Matt Dorschel, university executive director for public safety and security.  While the forum attracted only a few students and faculty, the policy presented was radical.   From the Lewiston Tribune (pdf):

Dorschel said any firearm sighting is grounds to call 911 even if a person is not purposely showing their weapon. He said firearm holders have a responsibility to conceal their weapons and they are violating the university’s policy if they don’t.

Despite this strict interpretation of the concealed carry law, it is unclear what the repercussions might be if a carrier can prove they have a concealed carry permit and were not intentionally showing the firearm. Aside from being asked to conceal or remove the weapon, Nelson said it’s unlikely there would be any further punishment in these minor situations.

On 11 September, Dorschel said essentially the same thing.  From the uiargonaut.com:

Nelson said faculty should contact police even if they see a firearm for a brief moment.

“We will not question a decision to call 911,” he said.

This is very close to “swatting” people who are carrying firearms, if someone notices them for any reason.  The article says that this is a “strict” interpretation of the law.   It goes far beyond that.   Nothing in the law that I read indicates that individuals with the enhanced permit have to conceal their firearms.   The enhanced permit merely allows them to carry concealed weapons.   It does not *require* them to carry concealed weapons.   Idaho law does not prohibit the open carry of firearms, although the law allows open carry of firearms to be regulated on a college campus for people who do not have the enhanced concealed carry permit.  The wording of the law which restricts the authority of public colleges and universities is clear:

(2)  Notwithstanding any other provision of state law, this authority shall not extend to regulating or prohibiting the otherwise lawful possession, carrying or transporting of firearms or ammunition by persons licensed under section 18-3302H or 18-3302K, Idaho Code.

Neither 18-3302H or 18-3302K, referenced above, requires that holders of these permits always carry all of their weapons concealed.   That would be absurd.  It would mean that they could never carry a rifle or shotgun, even while hunting.  It would mean that they would be *more* restricted than people with ordinary permits or without permits at all, because they would not be allowed to carry weapons openly.   From  the Idaho Constitution:

Idaho Constitution Article I, Section 11
The people have the right to keep and bear arms, which right shall not be abridged; but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to govern the carrying of weapons concealed on the person nor prevent passage of legislation providing minimum sentences for crimes committed while in possession of a firearm, nor prevent the passage of legislation providing penalties for the possession of firearms by a convicted felon, nor prevent the passage of any legislation punishing the use of a firearm. No law shall impose licensure, registration or special taxation on the ownership or possession of firearms or ammunition. Nor shall any law permit the confiscation of firearms, except those actually used in the commission of a felony.

The state constitution seems quite clear; open carry of firearms shall not be abridged, but the carry of weapons concealed on the person may be regulated by law.

Nonetheless, the UI policy maintains that the law specifically allows the University to prohibit the open carry of firearms on campus.  From uidaho.edu:

Q 14. Does the new statute prohibit open carry of firearms on University property?
A – Yes. The law specifically allows the University to continue to prohibit open carry of firearms on University property. Open carry of firearms on University property is a violation of the Board of Regents and University policy.

However, the Q & A document never cites any applicable law that grants them the authority to ban the open carry of firearms by people with enhanced permits; they repeatedly only state that it is University policy.

People who go to the trouble of obtaining an enhanced permit are extremely law abiding.   They do not seek out trouble, but go to considerable lengths to avoid it.   Otherwise they would not go to all the effort to obtain an enhanced permit.   The permit is available to those from out of state, but the intricacies of the requirements effectively mean that you have to go to Idaho to obtain the permit if you are not a retired law enforcement officer.

Chances of someone challenging the absurd UI interpretation of the law are small.   It is unlikely that a retired, black, female, FBI agent will stroll through the UI campus with an obviously unloaded hunting shotgun over her shoulder.  Still, I think a YouTube video of such an event would be a hit.

Rights not exercised are rights lost.   Perhaps an alumni of UI would perform this act of strong, symbolic, political speech to show that the disarmenters* and hoplophobes among UI officials are all bluff.

*dis·arm·en·ter (ds-ärmn-tr)
n.

1. A political operative who works to disarm political opposition through the use of irrational and/or emotional arguments.

2. A person who believes that disarming citizens will reduce crime or unjustified violence, in spite of contrary evidence or facts.

3. A person who wishes to disarm others because they do not trust themselves to bear arms responsibly.

 

 

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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Peoria IL, Gives In & Repeals Unecessary Concealable Weapons Ordinance

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:11
Illinois State Rifle Association

Illinois --(Ammoland.com)- On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 the Peoria City Council repealed their Concealable Deadly Weapons Ordinance.

This ordinance was nothing but a restriction on the right of self-defense.

We could never find a case that this ordinance, which required Peoria residents to register with the City and a thumbprint fee of $20, was used in a crime investigation.

The Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) had been pursuing this ordinance for quite a while. Finally, with the help of our members who live in Peoria, our General Counsel had prepared a lawsuit which would have been filed had the ordinance not been repealed.

We are now looking at other municipalities who have such noxious ordinances. This is why being a member of the Illinois State Rifle Association is so important.

If you have not purchased your 111th anniversary coin please do so right away. These donations are what enable the ISRA to continue with our Pro Second Amendment Rights agenda.

Thanks for being a member.

Richard Pearson
ISRA Executive Director

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The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. Since 1903, the ISRA has represented the interests of over 1.5 million law-abiding Illinois firearm owners Visit: www.isra.org

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Sportsman, Are You Going To Just Surrender Your Guns This November

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 18:50
Many hunters once echoed this thought. Now the recently passed CT gun bill ONLY effects sportsmen! Coalition Of Connecticut Sportsmen

Connecticut --(Ammoland.com)- I recently spoke with “Ray” a Sportsman who told me he wasn’t voting in the mid-term election on November 4 2014.

When asked why, he replied, “My vote isn’t going to make a difference.”

Sadly Ray’s defeatist attitude is shared by many sportsmen who have endured years of Presidential lies, political abuses from both parties, a wanton lack of respect of our Constitution, and so much more. But sportsmen can make a difference, and it starts at the ballot box on November 4 2014.

Most voters are frustrated with the inability of CT to keep financial pace with the rest of the nation, and we are truly disturbed with the recently passed gun bill which affects ONLY sportsmen!

You as a sportsman not showing up at the polls in 14 days is surrender! What will you tell your children?

Vote!

About Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen:
The Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen is the only state sportsmen’s organization singularly dedicated to the protection, promotion and preservation of hunting, fishing, trapping and the scientific wildlife management programs which support them; Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional provisions; Boating; Land use; and other sportsmen associated issues through legislative lobbying, legal defense in the courts, and political action. No other state sportsmen organization has as its sole purpose these activities. The Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen takes pride in its unsurpassed achievement and service to all of the Connecticut sportsmen’s community. Visit: www.ctsportsmen.com

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WAPO: ‘Thank God’ a Good Guy Had a Gun to End Terror Attack in Canada

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:37

By AWR Hawkins

Canadian Sergeant at Arms and National Hero Kevin Vickers AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)-  The Washington Post (WaPo) published a story on October 23 expressing thanks to God that Canadian Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers saved an untold number of lives and further carnage in Canada’s Parliament when he drew a gun and shot and killed Michael Zehif-Bibeau–the recent Islamic convert who had shot and killed a Canadian Forces reservist and was running through Parliament trying to reach the gallery of MPs.

On October 22, Breitbart News reported that Vickers, a good guy with a gun, ended the terror attack by ending Zehif-Bibeau’s life. This point is not lost on The Washington Post, which on October 23 2014 ran a story thanking God for Vickers and his gun. According to WaPo, “In numerous news reports, Vickers, 58, is already being held as a national hero who eyewitnesses say prevented a massacre that would have been nothing short of a national tragedy.”

The article continued:

By all accounts, the white-haired grandfather, a decorated veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, kept cool amid the chaos as dozens of bullets flew in the corridors, went in his office, retrieved his weapon and with a firm hand and a steely eye shot a killer before he could kill again. Vickers, who is 6 feet 4 inches tall, then walked away, gun-in-hand, having “taken care of business,” as one news outlet put it.

After the attack, Craig Scott, who represents Toronto-Danforth, tweeted that members of Canada’s Parliament “owe their safety, even lives, to Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers who shot [the] attacker just outside the MPs’ caucus rooms.”

After saving lives, Vickers “called his mother to say he was safe.”

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AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for RedCounty.com, for Townhall.com and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.

If you have questions or comments, email him at awr@awrhawkins.com. You can find him on facebook at www.facebook.com/awr.hawkins.

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No Ebola Panic Despite Media Hysteria

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:41

By Alan Caruba

Obama, Ebola, currently only one is curable, get ready to vote November 4th 2014 Column by Alan Caruba

New Jersey --(Ammoland.com)- One man has died of Ebola in the U.S. and he came here from Liberia.

Two of the nurses that tended him are in intensive care and likely to survive. A third was thought to be infected, but wasn’t. That news has been sufficient to keep most Americans calm as the media has done its best to exploit Ebola-related news.

The public absorbed the facts and came to their own conclusion.

An October 8 2014 Pew Research survey found that “Most are confident in Government’s ability to prevent major Ebola outbreak in U.S.” That reflects the way we have all been conditioned to look to the federal government to solve our problems, but the public mood had not changed by October 20 when a Rasmussen Reports analysis of a survey concluded that “Americans are keeping their cool about Ebola, but some acknowledge that they have changed travel plans because of the outbreak of the deadly virus in the United States.”

Wrong. There has been no “outbreak.” One dead Liberian and two infected nurses is not an outbreak.

Fully 66% of the Rasmussen respondents said that Ebola is a serious public health problem, including 29% who deemed it very serious, but few believe it is an active public health threat here in the U.S.

All this was occurring as spokesmen for the Centers of Disease Control tried to both warn and reassure Americans, managing only to evoke a measure of derision. President Obama also sought to reassure Americans, but fewer and fewer believe anything he has to say these days.

Then he appointed an “Ebola czar” who had no medical or healthcare background whatever to qualify for the job. Add in Obama’s failure to institute a travel ban and the likelihood is that Democratic candidates will pay a price for this on Nov 4 2014.

I suspect the President’s advisors are telling him the Ebola problem has been a blessing because the media will not be reporting any of the stories that could harm Democratic candidates. Starting with the fact that the nation’s voters are evenly divided between a liberal or conservative point of view that means that independent voters will be the deciding factor and they are independent because they pay more attention to events and the news.

One of the stories that are being held back from the news is the outcome of the U.S. Army investigation of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was traded by Obama for five top Taliban leaders to secure his release. Members of his unit unanimously say he deserted them and, if that is the Army’s conclusion, it makes the swap look dubious, if not treasonable.

The news after the midterm elections will be filled with reports of employers cutting healthcare insurance to both full and part-time employees. Wal-Mart has already announced this for its part-timers. There is already news of the fact the ObamaCare, the Affordable Patient Care Act, is proving to be very expensive for those who signed up. This includes news about its higher deductibles and premiums.

Robert E. Moffit, a senior fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Health Policy Studies, recently reported that “Thanks to ObamaCare, Health Costs Soared this Year”, noting that “On November 15, open enrollment in the ObamaCare exchanges begins again.” Among the lessons learned from Year One of ObamaCare is that “Health costs jumped—big time.” Compared with employer-based coverage, the average deductible of a little over $1,000, doubled to more than $2,000.

Obama promised that the typical family premium cost would be lowered by $2,500, but it has actually increased and ObamaCare actually reduced competition in most health-insurance markets. We do not know how many Americans are actually insured. Despite predictions of millions who would be insured, the administration “now concedes that there are 700,000 fewer persons in the exchanges.”

The claim was that ObamaCare would reduce U.S. health spending, but a recent Health and Human Services report —delayed as long as possible— found that its Accountable Care Organization element has increased costs. States are dropping out of ObamaCare exchanges as a result.

The Obama administration has been very quiet about his intension to by-pass Congress to impose an amnesty program for the eleven million or more illegal aliens in the US. Most polls demonstrate widespread opposition to amnesty. Obama is expected to try to institute one anyway.

Lastly, unless the Islamic State shows up at the gates of Baghdad and takes control, there is likely to be little news from an Iraq that exists now in name only.

The results of Obama’s six years in office have been a disaster in many ways and the outcome of the midterm elections will have a dramatic effect on Obama’s ability to continue his destruction of the U.S. economy and other policies.

Essentially, a majority of Americans, including many of his former supporters, have concluded that there is no Ebola crisis and that Obama’s time in office has been the very opposite of what he promised. The change they want is to see an end to Obama’s term in office. A start in that direction is the November 4 midterm elections.

c Alan Caruba

About:
Alan Caruba’s commentaries are posted daily at “Warning Signs” his popular blog and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. If you love to read, visit his monthly report on new books at Bookviews.

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No Ebola Panic Despite Media Hysteria

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:41

By Alan Caruba

Obama, Ebola, currently only one is curable, get ready to vote November 4th 2014

Column by Alan Caruba

New Jersey --(Ammoland.com)- One man has died of Ebola in the U.S. and he came here from Liberia.

Two of the nurses that tended him are in intensive care and likely to survive. A third was thought to be infected, but wasn’t. That news has been sufficient to keep most Americans calm as the media has done its best to exploit Ebola-related news.

The public absorbed the facts and came to their own conclusion.

An October 8 2014 Pew Research survey found that “Most are confident in Government’s ability to prevent major Ebola outbreak in U.S.” That reflects the way we have all been conditioned to look to the federal government to solve our problems, but the public mood had not changed by October 20 when a Rasmussen Reports analysis of a survey concluded that “Americans are keeping their cool about Ebola, but some acknowledge that they have changed travel plans because of the outbreak of the deadly virus in the United States.”

Wrong. There has been no “outbreak.” One dead Liberian and two infected nurses is not an outbreak.

Fully 66% of the Rasmussen respondents said that Ebola is a serious public health problem, including 29% who deemed it very serious, but few believe it is an active public health threat here in the U.S.

All this was occurring as spokesmen for the Centers of Disease Control tried to both warn and reassure Americans, managing only to evoke a measure of derision. President Obama also sought to reassure Americans, but fewer and fewer believe anything he has to say these days.

Then he appointed an “Ebola czar” who had no medical or healthcare background whatever to qualify for the job. Add in Obama’s failure to institute a travel ban and the likelihood is that Democratic candidates will pay a price for this on Nov 4 2014.

I suspect the President’s advisors are telling him the Ebola problem has been a blessing because the media will not be reporting any of the stories that could harm Democratic candidates. Starting with the fact that the nation’s voters are evenly divided between a liberal or conservative point of view that means that independent voters will be the deciding factor and they are independent because they pay more attention to events and the news.

One of the stories that are being held back from the news is the outcome of the U.S. Army investigation of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was traded by Obama for five top Taliban leaders to secure his release. Members of his unit unanimously say he deserted them and, if that is the Army’s conclusion, it makes the swap look dubious, if not treasonable.

The news after the midterm elections will be filled with reports of employers cutting healthcare insurance to both full and part-time employees. Wal-Mart has already announced this for its part-timers. There is already news of the fact the ObamaCare, the Affordable Patient Care Act, is proving to be very expensive for those who signed up. This includes news about its higher deductibles and premiums.

Robert E. Moffit, a senior fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Health Policy Studies, recently reported that “Thanks to ObamaCare, Health Costs Soared this Year”, noting that “On November 15, open enrollment in the ObamaCare exchanges begins again.” Among the lessons learned from Year One of ObamaCare is that “Health costs jumped—big time.” Compared with employer-based coverage, the average deductible of a little over $1,000, doubled to more than $2,000.

Obama promised that the typical family premium cost would be lowered by $2,500, but it has actually increased and ObamaCare actually reduced competition in most health-insurance markets. We do not know how many Americans are actually insured. Despite predictions of millions who would be insured, the administration “now concedes that there are 700,000 fewer persons in the exchanges.”

The claim was that ObamaCare would reduce U.S. health spending, but a recent Health and Human Services report —delayed as long as possible— found that its Accountable Care Organization element has increased costs. States are dropping out of ObamaCare exchanges as a result.

The Obama administration has been very quiet about his intension to by-pass Congress to impose an amnesty program for the eleven million or more illegal aliens in the US. Most polls demonstrate widespread opposition to amnesty. Obama is expected to try to institute one anyway.

Lastly, unless the Islamic State shows up at the gates of Baghdad and takes control, there is likely to be little news from an Iraq that exists now in name only.

The results of Obama’s six years in office have been a disaster in many ways and the outcome of the midterm elections will have a dramatic effect on Obama’s ability to continue his destruction of the U.S. economy and other policies.

Essentially, a majority of Americans, including many of his former supporters, have concluded that there is no Ebola crisis and that Obama’s time in office has been the very opposite of what he promised. The change they want is to see an end to Obama’s term in office. A start in that direction is the November 4 midterm elections.

c Alan Caruba

About:
Alan Caruba’s commentaries are posted daily at “Warning Signs” his popular blog and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. If you love to read, visit his monthly report on new books at Bookviews.

Super Model Chrissy Teigen Responds to Canadian Attack by Criticizing America

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:01

By AWR Hawkins

Super Model Chrissy Teigen AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)-  With one attacker dead and up to two more still on the loose in Ottawa on October 22 2014, super model Chrissy Teigen tweeted a joke about gun control in America and defended the joke by tweeting that she was unapologetic.

The tweets began at 8:34 a.m., when Teigen wrote: “active shooting in Canada, or as we call it in America, Wednesday.”

After being criticized for “minimizing” the attack on Canada, Teigen sent an 8:37 a.m tweet explaining that she was knocking America, not Canada. The tweet said: “Sorry you don’t understand that is a knock at america and our issues with gun control. No one is minimizing the Ottawa shooting.”

One minute later–at 8:38 a.m.–after taking more heat for her comments, Teigen tweeted: “I’m not apologizing. If you take it wrong, that is your fault.”

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Super Model Chrissy Teigen Responds to Canadian Attack by Criticizing America

About:
AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for RedCounty.com, for Townhall.com and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.

If you have questions or comments, email him at awr@awrhawkins.com. You can find him on facebook at www.facebook.com/awr.hawkins.

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