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The myth of American gun violence

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Published on: June 24, 2015

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In the wake of the murders in Charleston, President Obama has made more exaggerations and false claims about gun violence in America. He made two public addresses this past week — one to the nation on Thursday and one to the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Friday. On both occasions, he gave distorted impressions of how rates of violence in America compare with those in the rest of the world.

In his address to the nation, Obama claimed that, “We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.”

But Obama overlooks Norway, where Anders Behring Breivik used a gun to kill 67 people and wound 110 others. Still others were killed by bombs that Breivik detonated. Three of the six worst K-12 school shootings ever have occurred in Europe. Germany saw two of these — one in 2002 at Erfurt and another in 2009 at Winnenden. The combined death toll was 34. France and Belgium have both faced multiple terrorist attacks over the past year.

After adjusting for America’s much larger population, we see that many European countries actually have higher rates of death in mass public shootings.

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thumbTed Cruz Takes Down Tavis Smiley on Gun Control (Video)

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Published on: June 24, 2015

25 Things We Did As Kids That Would Get Someone Arrested Today (Pussification of the USA)

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Published on: June 24, 2015

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With all of the ridiculous new regulations, coddling, and societal mores that seem to be the norm these days, it’s a miracle those of us over 30 survived our childhoods.

Here’s the problem with all of this babying: it creates a society of weenies.

There won’t be more more rebels because this generation has been frightened into submission and apathy through a deliberately orchestrated culture of fear. No one will have faced adventure and lived to greatly embroider the story.

Kids are brainwashed – yes, brainwashed – into believing that the mere thought of a gun means you’re a psychotic killer waiting for a place to rampage.

They are terrified to do anything when they aren’t wrapped up with helmets, knee pads, wrist guards, and other protective gear.

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De Blasio calls for NYPD to hire more black cops (He agrees to hire 1,300 more cops this year)

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Published on: June 24, 2015

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A day after agreeing to give the NYPD 1,300 more cops, Mayor de Blasio issued an ultimatum to hire more black officers.

“We need our force to reflect every element of this city. Speaking plainly, we have not seen as many young men of color, particularly young African-American men, signing up to join the force. It’s crucial that this force reflects all of New York City,” he told a gathering of black clergy at One Police Plaza Tuesday.

The mayor did not say what measures the NYPD should take to meet his demands — and he did not take questions from reporters.

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Cuomo losing support with new progressive politics

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Published on: June 24, 2015

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Gov. Cuomo has lost the support of many wealthy contributors as a result of his accelerating embrace of leftist “progressive” politics and US Attorney Preet Bharara’s ongoing Albany corruption probe, The Post has learned.

Cuomo — dropping in the polls, at odds with many of his fellow Democrats and no longer able to bend the state Legislature to his will — is finding it “increasingly hard, much more difficult, to raise money,” one of Cuomo’s biggest fund-raisers told The Post.

“A lot of people who were big contributors are worried by his policies,” the well-known fund-raiser continued. “He’s not been doing anything for them, he doesn’t seem to care about their interests anymore, and, as a result, it’s hard to raise money for him.”

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NYSRPA statement regarding low SAFE Act gun registration numbers

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Published on: June 24, 2015

In response to the SAFE Act gun registration numbers released by the New York State Police, NYSRPA President Tom King made this statement:

“I am amused at the pathetically low numbers of New Yorkers who registered their so-called assault rifles. The number of individuals who registered their guns is 24,000 and many of these are law-enforcement officials mandated to comply by their department. In short, New Yorkers have, by their lack of compliance, effectively repealed a portion of the NY SAFE Act. Congratulations to the gun owners of New York State.”

“The NY SAFE Act is a blatant violation of our specifcally enumerated Constitutional freedom, period. I am proud of the comprehensive litigation that NYSRPA has filed with the help and support of the NRA to overturn this deeply-flawed law. New York gun owners know it is flawed and they are not complying with it. I am confident that we will ultimately prevail in getting significant portions of the law overturned in the courts.”

NYCG Radio Episode #125 – 6/23/15 “Ideology Over All”

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Published on: June 24, 2015

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While the statists try to ban everything from guns to the confederate flag, the actual villain in the South Carolina rampage is presented as an empty vessel that was filled with rage and alienation by external forces beyond his control. When will the sheeple realize that WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR OWN ACTIONS?!

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Through George Orwell’s Eyes (The Death of the Grown Up)

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Published on: June 23, 2015

It is not too many centurions, particularly 100-year-old-plus writers, whose vision of the world is as relevant today as it was when first shared with the public over half a century ago. It is this vision of Orwell, the X-ray view through the cant, platitudes and lies to that ugliest of human drives, the lust for powers absolute, that still distinguishes the British writer, born 112 years ago this week on June 25, 1903. He was only 46 when he died on January 21, 1950. It is his frightening acuity that keeps him not only in the pantheon but even within the orbit of contemporary consciousness.

This is testament not only to Orwell’s talents, but to the unhappy state of the human race. The totalitarian drive, cloaked in cant, platitudes and lies, is more vigorous than ever before, which explains why it is that Orwell’s Cassandra cries resonate to this day. Frankly, how much better to live in a world where Orwell gathers dust on the shelf, an antique with nothing to say to us. But that, of course, would be a state of ordered liberty.

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So What Do Liberals Actually Want To Do About Guns?

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Published on: June 23, 2015

Earlier this year, Dylann Roof was arrested and charged for felony possession of the prescription-only drug Suboxone. His case is still pending. Federal law prohibits people with pending felony charges from obtaining firearms. Yet, here’s how a glaringly misleading Washington Post headline characterizes this federal prohibition: “The legal loophole that allowed Dylann Roof to get a gun.”

The piece, you may not be surprised, doesn’t offer a single “legal loophole” that allowed Dylann Roof to obtain a gun. It only offers up examples of laws that Roof ignored. And, as my colleague Sean Davis has argued, lack of gun control laws didn’t cause the Charleston shooting.

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Cuomo FINALLY Releases “Assault Weapon” Registration Stats – Less than 5% Compliance State Wide!

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Published on: June 23, 2015

Associated Press Runs Picture of Ted Cruz With Gun Pointed at His Head (No Bias There)

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Published on: June 21, 2015

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thumbTed Cruz Weighs In On The Charleston Shooting, SLAMS Obama For Politicizing The Tragedy (Video)

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Published on: June 21, 2015

“It is a shame that there are some in politics that want to use this tragedy to divide us. I think that’s wrong. But I also think there’s a qualitative difference between that and protecting the Bill of Rights– protecting the constitutional rights to keep and bear arms of law-abiding citizens, which is all together different and unconnected from a horrific murder committed by a sick and deranged individual.”

Ted Cruz Defends Gun Rights In Iowa

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Published on: June 21, 2015

During a June 19 town hall meeting in Red Oak, Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) defended gun rights and suggested Iowans define gun control the same way Texans do–namely, as “hitting what you aim at.”

Besides defending gun rights, Cruz also told the Iowa crowd how much his wife, Heidi, loved shooting machine guns with him at an earlier campaign event in a another state.

Americans Comfortable Living Around Guns, Despite Decades–long Fear Campaign

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Published on: June 21, 2015

The results of a Rasmussen Reports poll released June 12 provide further evidence of just how out-of-step the gun control movement is with the American people. In a survey of 977 likely voters, Rasmussen found that an overwhelming majority of Americans would rather live in a neighborhood where residents are allowed to own firearms than one that is completely disarmed.

Specifically, the survey asked “Would you feel safer moving to a neighborhood where nobody was allowed to own a gun or a neighborhood where you could have a gun for your own protection?” Armed neighborhoods were favored in landslide, with 68 percent of those polled choosing a neighborhood with guns. A further 10 percent answered that they were not sure which option they preferred, while a mere 22 percent felt safer in a disarmed area.

The Rasmussen results come at a time when various polls show strong support for gun rights. For decades Gallup has asked Americans the question, “In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?” Since the 1990s, the percentage of respondents that answer “more strict” has significantly trended downward, while the percentage of those hoping to see firearms laws “kept as now” or made “less strict” has risen to the point where they now comprise a majority. Further, a November 2014 Gallup poll revealed that 63 percent of Americans think having a gun makes a home a safer place to be, while only 30 percent believe a firearm makes the home more dangerous.

These results are bad news for gun control advocates, who spent the 1990s trying to convince Americans that close proximity to firearms posed a threat to their safety. The polls suggest that the public has thoroughly rejected the gun control talking points derived from the anti-gun research of Arthur L. Kellerman, M.D., while embracing the reality that firearms are frequently used for self-defense as shown by the work of Florida State University Criminologist Gary Kleck.

The decades-long campaign to convince Americans that they are safer without firearms has been an utter failure. Unfortunately, with an infusion of funds from their oligarch benefactor, the gun control movement appears intent on trying to convince the public to reject good research and common sense well into the future.

Pivotal Case on “Bearing” Arms in Public Heard by Federal Appellate Court in California

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Published on: June 21, 2015

The never-ending battle against defiance of the Second Amendment saw another skirmish yesterday with oral arguments in the rehearing of the critically important NRA-supported case of Peruta v. San Diego County.

As we reported earlier this year, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had initially ruled favorably for the plaintiffs. The panel decision held that the San Diego County Sheriff’s policy of refusing to issue licenses to carry firearms in public unless an applicant could demonstrate a special need – the so-called “good cause” requirement – was a violation of the Second Amendment.

Nevertheless, in March, a majority of judges on the Ninth Circuit voted to have the case reheard by a broader “en banc” selection of the circuit’s judges. That hearing occurred yesterday in San Francisco before a panel of 11 judges (video of the proceedings may be viewed at this link).

The good news for Second Amendment supporters is that while four attorneys from both sides argued before the court and differed on a number of issues, they all agreed that the individual right recognized in the Heller and McDonald decisions applies to carrying a handgun for self-defense outside the home. This included the attorney for the State of California and for one of counties whose discretionary licensing policy was being challenged.

Unless the Ninth Circuit judges disagree on that point, the case will likely come down to whether the state and counties can justify carving out entire jurisdictions within the state from places where loaded firearms may lawfully be carried.

The first question to be resolved is whether the court will even be willing to consider California as a party when rendering a final decision. Although its attorney acknowledged that California officials were aware of the earlier proceedings, the state declined to participate. This lead to sharp questioning from the panel about why the state should now be allowed to participate in a case in which it had previously shown so little interest. If this were any other case, one judge stated, the state’s intervention would not be allowed. Whether that implied the case should be treated differently because it concerned the Second Amendment or that the state had missed its chance is unclear. In any event, the court had the attorney for the state on the defensive almost immediately.

When asked what the state’s view of the statutory requirement for “good cause” is, the attorney said state policy is to allow local sheriffs, who best understand local conditions and are accountable to their constituents politically, to make that decision. This led one judge to observe, correctly, that the Second Amendment cannot mean different things from one county to the next.

The state then tried to characterize the plaintiffs’ claim as insisting they had a right to carry concealed in the public areas of towns and cities, something the attorney for the state said the Second Amendment has never been understood to protect. A judge then asked what happens when both concealed and open carry are prohibited, as is the case in California counties like San Diego that refuse to recognize self-defense as sufficient “good cause” for the granting of permits. On this point, the state tried to rely on various exceptions to the bans on carry, including one that applies to “immediate necessity,” to argue the burden on carry is minimal. But a judge remarked that she didn’t understand how such exceptions were even supposed to work.

A county attorney then tried to argue that most areas – even in counties where getting a permit is very difficult – remain open to some form of carry, because private property owners have the option to allow unloaded open carry on their premises, and some rural areas are exempt from the ban on unloaded open carry. He went on to theorize that the burden imposed by the county policy was minimal, as most private property owners wouldn’t allow licensees to carry concealed loaded guns on their premises anyway, and people don’t just walk up and down the streets just to walk. A judge then pointed out the obvious, that people do indeed stroll around in public areas of cities and towns.

In short, the lawyers for both the state and counties attempted to argue that even if California’s law is very restrictive, since exceptions to the restrictions allowed some citizens to carry in limited circumstances, the restrictions were reasonable.

Of course, that the Second Amendment was never meant to protect firearm possession for some citizens some of the time is the thrust of the Peruta challenge at its core, but this is clearly the view of state and county lawyers arguing the case in support of current California law.

Arguing for the Peruta plaintiffs, as before the earlier three-judge panel, was former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement. Showing the skill and preparation of a seasoned professional, he quickly dispatched the county attorney’s argument that carry was still permitted in most rural places with references to provisions of state law that clearly established this wasn’t true. He then put the central issue of the case in context by saying his clients were merely asking to be able to exercise a right that all agreed existed – to carry a readily operable firearm in public for self-defense – in developed areas of cities and towns.

Longtime observers of Second Amendment litigation initially reacted with dismay to the composition of the larger Ninth Circuit panel chosen to decide the case on rehearing. Nevertheless, the proceedings featured some tough questions for the state and county attorneys and at least some reasons for optimism. On the other hand, nearly half the panel sat silent during the argument, betraying no inclination one way or the other.

A decision in the case could come at any time. When it does, count on your NRA to provide the essential details. Whether the case will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court remains to be seen, but the battle for judicial recognition and respect of the Second Amendment will surely continue.

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