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How much ammunition do you REALLY need? A “rule of thumb” to stockpiling ammo.

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Published on: May 26, 2015

Ever since I’ve gotten serious about being ready to defend my home, I’ve heard people tell me that I needed 1,000 rounds of each caliber ammunition that I use or 10,000 total rounds of ammunition.

I’ve always been a bit uncomfortable with those numbers. Not that I see anything wrong with having a lot of ammo on hand, just that I’ve always thought they were rather arbitrary.

Arbitrary numbers bother me, because they clearly have not been though through.

When it comes to the equipment and supplies I have on hand for survival, I believe it is important to make sure that I have what I need, not just some arbitrary number. That means thinking the situation through and making some hard decisions.

So let’s start by defining some things FIRST when it comes to stockpiling ammunition …

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India: Guns for the Elite, but Not for the Common Man

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Published on: May 26, 2015

Will new norms liberalise access of guns to those in power, but ignore security of the common man?

A devout Hindu, Rampal Lodhi follows every ritual. He shuns non-vegetarian food on Tuesdays, fasts on full-moon days and even encourages his family to take part in religious ceremonies in his village of Gadhiya in Etah district, roughly 207 km from Delhi. But, unlike most other Hindus, he neither goes to any temple nor believes in idol worship.
“Bandook mera bhagwaan hai. Isne mujhe aur mere parivaar ko bachaya hai [The gun is my God. It has saved me and my family],” declares Lodhi. For over three decades, the 55-year-old farmer says he has borne the brunt of exploitation by the landed class in his village. That he has managed to protect himself and his family, he claims, is largely thanks to a gun he got in 2005 after 20 years of trying.

Bob Barr: Time for Congress to Stop D.C.’s Anti-Gun Shenanigans

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Published on: May 20, 2015

Since the landmark 2008 Heller v. District of Columbia case, which Second-Amendment lawyer Alan Gura argued before the Supreme Court, anti-gun officials in the nation’s capital have spent every waking hour trying to avoid doing what the high Court ordered be done: allow District residents to exercise their right to keep and bear arms.

Gura has been fighting them every step of the way; and on Monday, was victorious once again, as a United States District Court granted his injunction to stop the city from requiring concealed carry permit applicants to demonstrate a “good reason to fear injury to his or her person or property or has any other proper reason for carrying a pistol.”

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Brazil: Expanded Background Checks, Registration, and Gun Deaths at a 35-Year High

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Published on: May 18, 2015

Over the last 15 years, Brazil has instituted more and more gun control, including gun registration and criminal and mental background checks for gun ownership. Today they have “restrictive” gun control, and one more thing—a 35-year high for gun deaths in the country.

According to The University of Sydney, Brazil instituted expanded background checks in 2003. These include not only mental and criminal background checks, but checks into employment records as well. Brazilians who pass the background checks then get a gun owner’s license for which have to retest every three years.

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De Blasio’s New Political Agenda Document Reads Like the Communist Manifesto

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Published on: May 17, 2015

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Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a 13-point national “Progressive Agenda” that is being touted as the liberal “Contract with America.”

The aim is for the “Progressive Agenda” to become the basis for the Democratic Party’s main economic policies, including those of its 2016 presidential candidate.

De Blasio has compared his plan to the “Contract with America,” a document released by the Republican Party during the 1994 congressional election and drawn up by future House Speaker Newt Gingrich to serve as the GOP policy agenda.

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Federal Court: Toledo Man Can Sue Police for Handcuffing Him for Open Carrying a Handgun

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Published on: May 17, 2015

A Toledo man can sue a city police officer for detaining him illegally in 2010 for openly carrying a semiautomatic handgun in his neighborhood, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.

The three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, however, threw out similar allegations made against a second officer who, the court found, had acted in good faith based on what he’d been told by the officer who was on the scene.

“The Fourth Amendment no doubt permitted [Officer David] Bright to approach [Shawn] Northrup and to ask him questions,” Circuit Judge Jeffrey Sutton wrote. “But that is not what he did. He relied on these facts to stop Northrup, disarm him, and handcuff him.

“Ohio law permits the open carry of firearms …, and thus permitted Northrup to do exactly what he was doing,” Judge Sutton wrote. “While the dispatcher and motorcyclist may not have known the details of Ohio’s open-carry firearm law, the police officer had no basis for such uncertainty.”

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Fail: Professor Claims Gun Rights Lead to Grade Inflation

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Published on: May 17, 2015

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Most critics of campus carry couch their cultural bigotry against firearms and their owners in the dubious rhetoric of “public safety.” Yet an instructor at Texas Women’s University has come up with a new argument to suppress Second Amendment rights on campus. Writing in Newsweek, TWU Assistant Professor of Sociology Jessica Gullion stokes fears that campus carry would lead to rampant grade inflation. “Will we soon see a new sort of grade inflation,” Gullion asks, “with students earning a 4.0 GPA with their firepower rather than brainpower?”

We can answer that question with a simple, “No.” But for those paying for their kids’ college educations, consider that this is what passes for academic discussion of firearms policy in today’s institutions of higher learning. In this regard, it joins a tradition that includes calling for the death of NRA members’ children, insisting that campus carry is tantamount to blaming women for their own victimization, threatening to cancel class over the lawful carrying of guns, and reporting a student to police for giving an in-class speech on campus carry.

Gullion’s arguments about heated exchanges escalating into gun-fueled carnage are similarly divorced from reality and logic. In nearly every state that has a Right-to-Carry law, as the measure was being debated, gun control advocates frantically predicted scenarios of Wild West-type shootouts in the streets. This, of course, has not come to pass. Instead, modern America’s proliferation of firearms and lawful public carry have coincided with historically low rates of violent crime.

Recently, Illinois became the 50th state to recognize the right of its residents to carry firearms for self-defense in public. In an article following up on Illinois’ first year with lawful carry, Chicago Tribune reporters noted that the law had not prompted “the rash of shootings that opponents feared.” Later, the article explains, “Fred Hayes, chief of police in Elwood and president of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, said he was ‘pleasantly surprised’ that the rollout has gone so quietly. Hayes previously opposed the law but said fears of increased shootings have ‘not materialized.’” The article goes on to quote Arlington Heights Police Chief Gerald Mourning, who said, “We have dealt with it so infrequently that we simply haven’t had any difficulties. I am surprised by it. I thought for sure we would encounter issues on a more regular basis… It has not been an issue for us at all in terms of confrontations or misunderstandings.”

Gullion additionally labors under the false impression that legal and administrative restrictions on campus carry help to prevent a person intent on committing violence from acting on those plans. To the contrary, those willing to break the law to commit the kind of heinous violence Gullion fears will hardly be deterred by the potential consequences of carrying in a designated gun-free zone. Rather, they’re more likely to gravitate toward targets where they would expect not to meet armed resistance. Gullion inadvertently illustrates as much, citing three shootings that occurred at supposedly gun-free campuses. To put it in sociological terms, laws creating gun-free zones are useless talismans that have an illogical reverence among the social category known as academics. Is groupthink the culprit?

Indeed, aping the irrational fears, paranoid delusions, or cultural biases of one’s teacher is far more likely to prop up one’s GPA than lawfully and unobtrusively carrying a firearm of which the teacher is unaware. As for Gullion, perhaps her true calling was creative writing, rather than sociology. For our part, we’d give her an “A” for originality but an “F” for reasoned argument.

Bloomturd to Launch Proprietary Anti-Gun Media Arm

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Published on: May 17, 2015

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The ceaseless torrent of anti-gun commentary from the New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, and other “mainstream” media outlets, apparently isn’t enough for billionaire firearm prohibitionist Michael Bloomberg. On May 8, Capital reported that the ex-mayor of New York is developing a “news operation” to work alongside his Everytown for Gun Safety organization in furtherance of his megalomaniacal gun control agenda.

To steer his propaganda outfit, Bloomberg has hired former New Republic editor James Burnett, who departed the left-leaning magazine during its recent high-profile shake-up. Also on board is Jennifer Mascia, formerly of the New York Times, whose duties were described by Capital as “news and editorial assistant.” Mascia’s participation underscores the extent of the anti-gun bias at the Times.

This project is yet another illustration of Bloomberg’s ego-driven zeal to control other Americans and diminish, not just their rights, but their access to reliable information about their rights. Of course, Bloomberg’s existing media empire is already being used to attack gun rights and the NRA, albeit alongside promoting other Bloomberg-backed causes. The mainstream national media outlets, moreover, are firmly within the gun control camp. They uncritically treat Everytown’s bogus “reports” and press releases as newsworthy, and their “investigative journalism” is often barely-disguised gun control advocacy. Even so, nothing but a full-time, dedicated anti-gun operation will satisfy Bloomberg’s need to see nothing but his own opinion reflected back at him.

News of Bloomberg’s new disinformation campaign came three weeks before Everytown is set to host a two-day anti-gun indoctrination camp for “journalists.” On May 29 and 30, Everytown, in concert with the Columbia Journalism School’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, will offer journalists a workshop in “guns and gun violence,” in Phoenix, Ariz. According to the Dart Center, the workshop will feature “independent expert briefings and specialized reporting skills training to enhance the practical ability of journalists to report on guns and gun violence knowledgeably, ethically and effectively.” How a one-sided seminar funded by a billionaire’s pet interest group furthers ethical reporting is anyone’s guess, but the event may provide a handy recruiting platform to staff Bloomberg’s new media machine.

Unfortunately, Bloomberg is not alone in perverting traditional notions of journalistic integrity, and his hires aren’t the first “journalists” to cross the line from journalist to media flack, or vice versa. President Obama recently called for bringing about a change to “how the media reports” on certain issues to more closely conform to his own view of the world. George Stephanopoulos moved from the Clinton campaign war room, to the Clinton administration, and then landed at ABC where he is tasked with delivering the “news.” Now, Stephanopoulos is having to defend his credibility as a reporter after disclosures that he funneled tens of thousands of dollar he earned in that profession back to the Clinton Foundation.

Needless to say, NRA has its own messaging components, including the one you’re reading right now. We wholeheartedly support gun rights, and we’re proud to proclaim that fact. In one sense, we have the easier job, as facts, history, and the Constitution are on our side. Yet with the anti-gun echo chamber encompassing the White House, academia, big media, Hollywood, and much of the legal and medical professions, the pro-gun view of the world rarely gets the attention it deserves in a nation of over 300 million guns and 100 million gun owners. We’re here to see that it does, and the addition of yet another Bloomberg funded voice to the anti-gun cacophony will only give us more misinformation to set straight.

Concealed Carry Has Reduced Crime Everywhere in Chicago EXCEPT Mass Transit (Where It Is Banned!)

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Published on: May 17, 2015

On Sunday, Mother’s Day, for a second time in two weeks, a woman was attacked and raped on a Chicago elevated train.

Of course, we are told we are all safer because we can’t carry self defense guns on mass transit.

Concealed Carry has lowered crime rates except where there are gun free zones. Mass transit is one of those places. Each day thousands of vulnerable people board mass transit systems because they have no choice.

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thumbVideo: Shattered Dreams: Jersey Justice (NRA News Ginny Simone Reporting)

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Published on: May 17, 2015

thumbVideo: How to Reload a Revolver

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Published on: May 16, 2015

Chris from Lucky Gunner Lounge shows four techniques for speed reloading a revolver.

More info at http://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/how…

And don’t forget to buy some ammo at http://www.luckygunner.com

 

Ammo Test: DoubleTap 9mm 77-grain Lead-free for Compact Handguns

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Published on: May 16, 2015

This ammo is designed specifically for the new breed of compact 9mm handguns.

Do you suffer from a short barrel? Unfortunately, this problem afflicts millions of gun totin’ Americans.

With the explosive growth of pocket .380 ACP pistols like the Kel-Tec, Ruger LCP, Smith & Wesson Bodyguard and Glock 42, just to name a few, gun makers just had to up the power level as their next move. .380’s are still everywhere, but now we have a new crop of compact 9mm guns. Whether you carry a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield, Beretta Nano, Sig P938 or one of the many other pocket nine’s, you’re probably dealing with a short barrel. And by short barrel, I mean right in the vicinity of three inches.

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The .357 Magnum for Survival: You Can’t Do Better

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Published on: May 16, 2015
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As a martial arts/firearms’ instructor, I’m often asked what constitutes the “best” gun for a survival situation. My stock answer is, “A good .357 Magnum stainless steel revolver with a 4-inch barrel.” However, when asked this question at other times, I’ll simply tell the person that the gun they are carrying is the “best” because it’s what they are carrying at the time they might need it.

But really, when it comes to the .357 Magnum, there isn’t a better gun/ammo combination anyone could ask for in an all-around “best” gun set-up. I don’t make this statement lightly, either. The .357 Magnum round in a good, solid, stainless steel revolver can put meat on the table or save your bacon if need be.

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FACTUALLY EXAMINING DEATHS FROM POLICE USE OF FORCE (Less Than 500 A Year)

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Published on: May 15, 2015

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…During the 10 year period of 2003 through 2012, the CDC recorded 4,285 deaths from “legal interventions,” of which 3,627 (84.6%) were due to firearms and the remaining 658 were due to vehicles, impact weapons, electronic weapons, and officer’s unarmed use of force. Of the 4,285 deaths from “legal interventions,” 1,127 (26.3%) were of African-American men. These data, reported by medical doctors on death certificates, suggest that from 2003 through 2012 only an average of 429 individuals died each year from police use of force in the U.S. These data also suggest that, on average, only 113 African-American men die annually from police use of force.

So, from nation-wide death certificate data, we know that with over 800,000 peace officers policing a national population of over 320 million people:

  • An average of 429 deaths from police use of force actually occur annually
  • An average of 112 deaths of African-American men from police use of force actually occur annually

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Geraldo: ABC Fired Me for $200 Donation, Why Not the Same for Stephanopoulos?!

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Published on: May 15, 2015

Geraldo Rivera sees a double standard at work in ABC News’ decision to stand by George Stephanopoulos after the network’s chief anchor apologized for failing to publicly disclose $75,000 in donations to the Clinton Foundation over the last three years. In a Facebook post Friday morning, Rivera claimed he was fired by ABC News in 1985 for making a $200 political donation and wondered why Stephanopoulos isn’t getting the same treatment.

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