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  • Study: Murder, Violent Crime Fall as Concealed Carry Rises 130 Percent

    A study released by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) shows the murder and violent crime rate has fallen significantly while concealed carry in this country surged 130 percent.

    According to the CPRC, concealed carry permit holders in the U.S. rose from 4.6 million in 2007 to 11.1 million during the time period of 2007 to 2013.

    And during that span, as more Americans got permits to carry guns with them for self-defense, the murder rate fell from “5.6 to 4.4 per 100,000.” This is a 22 percent drop.

    “Overall violent crime also fell by 22 percent over that period of time.”

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  • Do Gun Owners Have Any Rights Which Liberals Are Bound to Respect? (Nope – They Are Liars)

    In Michael Waldman’s lauded new book, The Second Amendment: A Biography, the president of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University makes a strange error. The first Supreme Court decision to establish the now-ruling interpretation of a constitutional amendment, most would agree, is an important moment in that amendment’s life story, something its biographer should trouble himself to understand.

    Yet in Waldman’s merely two sentences explaining what was at issue in the case that has defined the modern meaning of the Second Amendment, 2008’s District of Columbia v. Heller (I wrote the biography of that case, Gun Control on Trial), he seems strangely ignorant—or wants his readers to stay strangely ignorant—about exactly what law the case challenged.

    He writes that the D.C. statutes overturned by plaintiff Dick Heller (and, originally, five other co-plaintiffs booted off the case on narrow procedural grounds) “barred individuals from keeping a loaded handgun at home without a trigger lock.” In a later sentence he again refers merely to “the ban on loaded handguns.”

    This is quite off-target. The laws challenged in Heller did not merely ban the possession of a loaded handgun without a trigger lock. They banned the registration of any handgun that you hadn’t already registered before the restrictive statutes went into effect in 1976. They also banned owning unregistered handguns. That means D.C. law banned handguns entirely for anyone who hadn’t been grandfathered in decades before.

    It was long guns, which could still be legally obtained, that had the trigger-lock requirement. In essence, D.C. had banned any usable weapon for self-defense in the home. This is what the Supreme Court said could not stand based on the Second Amendment. Six years later that’s still as far as the Supreme Court has gone in authoritatively defending citizens’ rights under the Second Amendment.

    The style of that mistake is telling about the modern fight over gun rights: Those who advocate gun control prefer to greatly understate the importance of what’s at stake, as Waldman did with Heller.

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  • S.E. Cupp: Gun control activists’ cheap gimmicks (Slams Bloomturd’s Lies)

    In the week before gun violence in Chicago left 14 people dead and another 68 wounded over the holiday weekend, it’s worth asking what the gun advocate groups were busy doing.

    Many were engaged in an all-out assault on mass retailer Target for refusing to ban legal guns in their stores.

    Moms Demand Action and Everytown For Gun Safety, the two groups spun out of former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s first failed anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, took their fight to — where else — Twitter.

    Sending a flurry of tweets urging people to boycott Target using countless hashtags, Moms Demand Action flaunted photos of consumers buying their paper plates and hotdogs elsewhere. When Target finally capitulated, MomsDemand was victorious, retweeting supporters like CT Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who posted, “I’m shopping @Target today because they’re doing the right thing on guns.”

    Then, over the weekend, the very same weekend that Chicago was erupting in gun violence, ABCNews aired a package featuring Moms founder Shannon Watts proudly touting her wins over Target and other retailers. “They listened to us when we said we don’t want loaded assault weapons around our children when we’re shopping.”

    It’s a good thing Moms and Everytown are on the case, keeping us all safe from the army of legal gun owners who shop at Target, drink lattes at Starbucks and eat barbacoa burritos at Chipotle.

    This is what counts as “productive” if you are a gun control advocate today. Watts may be proud of her group’s efforts, but the sad reality is that today’s anti-gun activists are nothing more than political operatives, no more noble than any other kind of lobbyist, and generally less informed about their own issue.

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  • Patriot Militia group heading to Texas border (‘Get back across the border or you will be shot.’)

    A group that identifies itself as a coalition of “Patriots” has put out a call for people to go to the Texas-Mexico border and help with a citizen militia operation called “Secure our Border – Laredo.”

    A spokeswoman for the group, Denice Freeman, said the operation is a call for civilian militia members — both armed and unarmed — to voluntarily guard private property in the Laredo area and other Texas locations where owners feel threatened by “drug cartels and from gangs, particularly the MS-13 gangs,” a Salvadoran-based gang that is considered among the most dangerous in this country by law enforcement.

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  • Activists Struggle to Loosen Gun Laws in Mexico (Mexico Needs Their Own Version of the NRA)

    Members of self-defence groups wait for their turn during the registration and ballistics test at the Coalcoman community in Michoacan State, Mexico, on April 28. (ENRIQUE CASTRO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Luis Merino may be the loneliest gun rights activist in North America.

    Like a kid in a pastry shop, he gazes longingly into the display cases of 9mm handguns and sleek semi­automatic rifles here at the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales, the only gun store in this entire country. Run by the Mexican military, it restricts purchases of such models to police departments.

    “The ones we can buy are over there,” Merino said, pointing across the store to the deer rifles and small handguns, no larger than a .380 caliber.

    Yet Merino has gotten little traction trying to marshal a campaign for looser gun laws through his Facebook group, Mexico Armado (Mexico Armed).

    “I’ve tried to contact congressmen, senators. They never respond,” said Merino, a Mexican military veteran who works as a private security consultant. “At this moment there are few of us, but when we have built a movement and we have votes, they’re going to have to pay attention to us.”

    If, to some, the relatively lax gun laws in the United States seem to be out of whack with those of other industrialized nations, frustrated activists such as Merino say Mexico’s tight regulations are even further out of whack with his country’s heavily armed reality.

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  • Guess which U.S. Constitutional Right Foreigners Value Most? (C’Mon…I’ll Give You 3 Guesses!)

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    As America celebrates the 238th anniversary of the Founding Fathers’ decision to break from Great Britain, an outsider is telling WND it’s clear what made the unlikely revolution possible, and successful.

    An armed citizenry.

    “If the colonists had not had the means of defending themselves they would never have been able to throw off the chains of tyranny and bring forth a new birth of freedom on the American continent,” said Nick Adams, an Australian celebrity who is coming out with the a book, “The American Boomerang.”

    He comes from a perspective where an entire generation hasn’t had the freedom to protect themselves already.

    He said many things about America are exceptional, but he singles out the Second Amendment and the preference for individual freedom over state control as unique circumstances.

    “Without the Second Amendment, there are no other amendments: the rest of the Constitution is a recommendation,” he noted.

    In his native Australia, the government reacted to incidents of gun violence with a buyback campaign that claimed to be increasing safety.

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  • We Americans are one lawyer away from losing our right to practice our religion

    One more liberal Supreme Court Justice would mean that liberal extremists would be able to use the full power of the government to force people of faith to offer sacrifices at the altars of the gods of liberalism — abortion, contraception, gay marriage, etc.

    Liberal Supreme Court judges have said that employers have no religious freedom. If an employee wants something, then the employer must provide it despite the employer’s religious beliefs. No woman needs contraceptives or to be sterilized. Those are not part of providing a “living wage” or even of providing necessary, as opposed to optional, healthcare.

    If you want to go fishing you can’t expect your company to provide you with a boat. Instead, you take part of your salary and buy a boat. The same applies if you want a bigger TV or to go to a football game. But somehow, if someone wants to enjoy themselves by having sex, liberals believe that their employer has to provide them with contraceptives.

    No one has died from being celibate; contraception is not necessary healthcare.

    The coercive logic behind the liberal Justices’ position becomes obvious when we realize that the same Justices have no problem with small companies not having to offer health insurance at all. How can it be unconstitutional for a large company to not provide free birth control when it’s constitutional for a small company to not provide insurance if you get cancer? Are we to believe that our rights are based on the size of the company we work for?

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  • Guns in the Home

    In the July issue of Townhall Magazine, BearingArms.com’s editor Bob Owens explains why hiding your firearms isn’t enough–they must be put under lock and key.

    In May I wrote a post at BearingArms.com that I thought was rather straightforward, discussing some of the responsibilities of gun owners.

    When you decide to own a firearm, you are not just exercising a right, but taking upon yourself a responsibility to use that firearm rationally, intelligently, and safely at all times, without exception.

    That responsibility includes knowing and practicing the safety rules religiously at home, the range, in the field, while carrying, and during transport.

    That includes storing your firearms in such a manner where they cannot easily be accessed by the unauthorized (children, the mentally ill, infirm, etc.) or petty criminals.

    The National Rifle Association issues a similar gun safety rule: “Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.” Additionally, the National Shooting Sports Foundation states, “It is your responsibility to prevent children and unauthorized adults from gaining access to firearms or ammunition.” In short, the safe storage of firearms is hardly a radical concept.

    I was therefore quite surprised when a number of individuals attacked that position, claiming that educating children not to touch guns was enough. Several even took the position that by advocating for the same position as large gun rights groups and manufacturers I was championing gun control.

    Whoa!

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  • Obama’s Department of Agriculture orders submachine guns with 30 round capacity

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, located in Washington, DC, pursuant to the authority of FAR Part 13, has a requirement for the commerical acquisition of submachine guns, .40 Cal. S&W, ambidextrous safety, semi-automatic or 2 shot burts trigger group, Tritium night sights for front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore grip) and scope (top rear), stock-collapsilbe or folding, magazine – 30 rd. capacity, sling, light weight, and oversized trigger guard for gloved operation. NO SOLICITATION DOCUMENT EXISTS. All responsible and/or interested sources may submit their company name, point of contact, and telephone. If received timely, shall be considered by the agency for contact to determine weapon suitability.

    Read The Actual Government Purchase Order

    This story has mostly drawn attention from the journalistic right: Breitbart.com’s Big Government, The Drudge Report, Washington Times, Examiner.com, Guns Save Lives, Personal Liberty Digest, American Thinker, and so on. Last week on The Independents, we had two different Republicans—Rep. Thomas Massie (Kentucky) and Rep. Chris Stewart (Utah)—come on to bemoan the militarization of federal agencies. They are right to do so. But it’s equally true that the GOP is heavily responsible for the arming of the executive branch in the first place, and has in its hands the power to change the bad underlying legislation.

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  • Seven Things You Don’t Know About Body Armor

    Here are some facts that you need to know to be an informed body armor consumer:

    1) Body armor is heavy and hot. The soft armor isn’t much more than about five pounds, but it will wear you out if you aren’t used to having it on. Plate armor is really heavy. You won’t be able to move as quickly or get in and out of shooting positions easily while wearing it. Both are REALLY hot. I think the heat is even more difficult to handle than the weight. Make sure you stay hydrated while wearing it. A casualty is a casualty, whether it comes from a heat stroke or a bullet

    2) Body armor will make breathing under exertion more difficult. You will want your vest to fit you snugly so that it doesn’t move around when you start taking rounds. That snug fit will make it more difficult to expand your chest when breathing hard. You will have to take shallower, more frequent breaths if your heart rate is elevated while wearing a vest.

    3) Body armor will alter your shooting stance. The hard plates are the worst offenders in this regard, but even soft armor will interfere with your shooting stance. I normally shoot a handgun with my elbows locked, but I am unable to fully straighten my arms when wearing my soft armor.

    Armor may also necessitate the adjustment of the length of pull on your rifle or shotgun stock. Having anywhere from 1/2 ” to 2″ of extra thickness alters how you mount your long gun. You’ll need to practice with both pistols and long guns to get used to these differences.

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  • UN to Set Up a U.S.-based Disarmament Specialist in NYC! (Bloomturd, CuHomo Smile)

    It’s no secret that President Obama and the would-be global governors at the United Nations are anxious to disarm the American people. Now they’re looking to hire some help in getting it done.

    From the UN’s Programme of Action and Arms Trade Treaty, to his own executive orders, Obama is pursuing every available avenue toward de facto repeal of the Second Amendment and the God-given right to keep and bear arms that it protects.

    Over the next few weeks, though, the UN is looking to add personnel to its gun grabbing gestapo. In a job advertisement open until July 26, the UN is looking for a “Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Officer.”

    What will this bureaucrat’s bailiwick be? Here’s a summary of the job description as posted by the UN:

    Act as a Focal Point for DDR [Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration] components for 2-3 missions, responsible for planning, support to implementation and evaluation;

    Advise, develop and review (as appropriate) initial DDR functional strategy and concept of operations for further development into a full programme by the DDR component and the National DDR Commission;

    Provide Headquarters support in planning the civilian and military logistics support for DDR;

    Continually review DDR programme strategy and implementation through relevant documents, reports and code cables;

    Conduct field missions to assess implementation of established DDR programmes;

    Identify potential problems and issues to be addressed and suggest remedies to DDR units in the field; and

    Liaise with others (UN, regional organizations [sic] and Member States) providing DDR training.

    As if the list of tasks assigned to the disarmament specialist isn’t enough to fire up patriots who own firearms and refuse to have them seized by the UN or the Obama administration, the UN wants to base this office in New York City!

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  • The US Spy Agency Logo Boasting That ‘Nothing Is Beyond Our Reach’ Has A ‘Sinister’ Backstory

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    The National Reconnaissance Office came under fire in December when its logo for a new satellite boasted “nothing is beyond our reach” along with the image of an octopus taking over the world, but new documents obtained by Business Insider through a Freedom of Information Act request show even the agency itself believed the logo was “sinister” and was apparently excited about this.

    The NRO coordination sheet, a document passed along with information about the logo meant for signatures up the chain of command contains an interesting handwritten note with the NRO Director’s approval: “Ok,” it reads, “A little sinister!!”

    While the agency came under fire for its choice of logo at a time of increased scrutiny on U.S. intelligence services, the documents show the logo was approved on Feb. 13, 2012, long before Snowden’s disclosures.

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  • N.Y. top court says cyberbullying law violates free speech

    New York’s highest court said on Tuesday that a law designed to criminalize cyberbullying was so broad that it violated the First Amendment, marking the first time a U.S. court weighed the constitutionality of such a law.

    The 2011 Albany County law banned electronic communication intended to “harass, annoy, threaten…or otherwise inflict significant emotional harm on another person.”

    The law was challenged on First Amendment grounds by Marquan Mackey-Meggs, who at age 15 in 2011 pleaded guilty under the law to creating a Facebook page that included graphic sexual comments alongside photos of classmates at his Albany-area high school.

    The Court of Appeals in a 5-2 decision said it was possible to pass a law outlawing bullying via social media or text message that respected free speech rights, but the county’s statute went too far.

    “It appears that the provision would criminalize a broad spectrum of speech outside the popular understanding of cyberbullying,” Judge Victoria Graffeo wrote for the court, “including, for example, an email disclosing private information about a corporation or a telephone conversation meant to annoy an adult.”

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  • 6 Reasons Liberals are Incapable of Governing

    When you think poor governance, you think liberalism. Barack Obama could fairly be called the worst President in history and one of his biggest competitors for that crown is Jimmy Carter, whose name primarily brings to mind the words “malaise,” “hostage crisis,” and “liberal peanut farmer.” Lyndon Johnson? Other than the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which more Republicans voted for percentage-wise than Democrats, his presidency was a complete disaster.

    Some Democrats might point out John F. Kennedy’s time in the White House, but in all fairness, he’d probably have more in common with Republicans like Scott Brown or Chris Christie than he would with liberals today. Bill Clinton could fairly be called a liberal, but after the Republican Revolution of 1994 that came as a reaction to his liberalism, he was so chastened that he spent the last 6 years in the White House banging chicks and trying to fight off impeachment instead of pushing an agenda.

    Of course, liberal incompetence isn’t just confined to the White House. Who botched the hurricane preparation for New Orleans so badly that tens of thousands of people were stuck in a city built inside of a geological soup bowl when Hurricane Katrina rolled in? Liberals. Who bankrupted Detroit? Liberals. Why are states like Illinois, Michigan, and California on track to default on their debts in the next few years? Liberals.

    Why are liberals so bad at governing?

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