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A Time To Confront Our Enemies At Home

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Published on: July 20, 2015

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The killing of five unarmed military servicemen at two military recruiting centers is an omen and a warning: The “war on terror” has come home.

Thanks to Obama’s retreat from Iraq and the Middle East, the jihad waged by Islamic terrorists is now being fought on American soil, instead of on a battlefront in Fallujah and Anbar. Thanks to the borders Obama has destroyed and the tens of thousands of legal immigrants the White House has decided to import from terrorist regions, the enemy is among us. Thanks to Obama’s denial that we are at war at all, the Islamic jihad is now being waged in Chattanooga and Fort Hood, the fly over country that liberals and progressives have always despised.

This is not the first time that a military recruiting office in the South was attacked by a Muslim terrorist. In 2009 – Obama’s first year in office – Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad opened fire on a military recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas, under orders from Al Qaeda in Yemen, and killed Private William Long.

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Army To Allow Hollowpoint Ammo For New Pistol

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Published on: July 20, 2015

In a surprising break from decades of compliance with a 19th century treaty, the Army has said it will likely allow its troops to use hollow-point and frangible ammunition in its handguns, arguing the rounds are commonly used by law enforcement and for self defense and pose less of a risk to bystanders than fully jacketed rounds.

The previous ban on the use of hollowpoint ammunition for military rifles and handguns stems from the first Hague Convention of 1899, where ammunition that “expand or flatten easily” was banned for use in war. Though the United States never ratified that part of the treaty, the U.S. military has generally complied with the restriction for its conventional forces.

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San Francisco: One Sick Sanctuary City

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Published on: July 20, 2015

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The horrific — but likely preventable — death of Kate Steinle at the hands of five-time deported illegal alien and seven-time released felon Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez should remind us all of the dangerous wages of ignoring the law.

In the upcoming months, the trial of her killer (on parole from Texas authorities and a user of aliases) may well prove a circus of sorts. We will likely hear all sorts of contextualization to explain why either Lopez-Sanchez was not culpable for the shooting, or hardly can be seen as the inevitable result of a quite unhinged policy. Or we will hear that he was just aiming at sea lions and simply missed with one of his three shots. Indeed, already the ubiquitous and often shameless Rep. Gutierrez has scoffed (on Telemundo no less) that the death of Kate Steinle was “a little thing” (una cosa pequeña).

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New Obama plan: ban gun ownership for some Social Security recipients based on “incompetency”

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Published on: July 20, 2015

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The President is not going quietly into that good night and lame duck isn’t on the menu as far as he’s concerned. Barack Obama’s next fourth quarter play seems to be an attempt to go around congress and restrict the Second Amendment rights of millions of Americans based on data in the Social Security system. Specifically, if you are someone collecting benefits who has their payments handled by another family member or third party, you could find your information being turned over to the feds and your gun rights suspended.

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Published on: July 20, 2015

PA lawmaker seeks to reboot overturned pro-gun law

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Published on: July 18, 2015

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The controversial Pennsylvania law that allowed the NRA and other groups to haul municipalities to court over local gun laws is soon to have a modified replacement introduced.

That original measure, Act 192, was signed in October by Gov. Tom Corbett (R) and allowed third parties to sue cities and towns over gun codes stronger than what the state already had in place.

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thumbPeter Schiff on Greece, Puerto Rico, and America’s Looming Economic Crisis

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Published on: July 18, 2015

The Future Costs Of Politically Correct Cultism: “I See No Other Alternative But Utter Conflict”

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Published on: July 18, 2015

I rarely touch on the subject of political correctness as a focus in my writings, partially because the entire issue is so awash in pundits on either side that the scrambling clatter of voices tends to drown out the liberty movement perspective. Also, I don’t really see PC cultism as separate from the problems I am always battling against: collectivism and the erasure of the individual in the name of pleasing society. Political correctness is nothing more than a tool that collectivists and statists exploit in order to better achieve their endgame, which is conning the masses into believing that the group mind is real and that the individual mind is fiction.

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When the Trucks Stop Delivering, ‘The System’ Will Collapse

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Published on: July 18, 2015

Collectively speaking, most Americans take for granted the system in place to deliver essential supplies to their area. “The system,” an underlying infrastructure that keeps goods, services and commerce in America flowing creates a sense of normalcy and order. Food, water, gasoline and medications are just a few of the items restocked weekly in order for our dependent society to maintain a steady flow. What many fail to grasp is just how fragile the system is and just how quickly it can collapse.

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De Blasio mingles with bums in search of policy guidance

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Published on: July 18, 2015

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Mayor Bill de Blasio made a surprise visit to Tompkins Square Park on Thursday to check out the vagrant-infested space — and asked homeless people there for advice on what to do about the crisis.

The unscheduled East Village stop came a day after a cop shooed a “bum” — actually a Post reporter in disguise — from outside Gracie Mansion, saying the mayor would never stand for it.

Before his park jaunt, de Blasio denied any knowledge of the exchange at his home.

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New York Gun Owners Defy SAFE Act

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Published on: July 17, 2015

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New York gun owners—who strongly opposed passage of the anti-gun SAFE Act back in 2013—have now cast their votes against the semi-auto firearm registration portion of the law, this time by simply ignoring the requirement.

Recently released New York state police data indicate that out of an estimated 1 million semi-automatic firearms required to be registered under the law, 23,847 people have registered only 44,485 of the guns—about a 4 percent compliance rate.

Under the SAFE Act, noncompliance with the registration of one’s guns could result in either a misdemeanor or felony charge, with the possibility of one to four years in prison—so Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act has turned hundreds of thousands of gun owners into criminals.

Yet gun owners—familiar with the fact that registration has so often led to confiscation, even in their own state—apparently would rather be considered criminals than to comply with the punitive registration requirements.

Interestingly, Gov. Cuomo had attempted to keep the extremely low registration numbers, which prove widespread noncompliance, a secret from the public. Only a lawsuit by New York State Rifle and Pistol Association forced the release. On April 30, New York Acting Supreme Court Justice Thomas J. McNamara determined that the state police had improperly withheld the information from the public, and ordered them to turn over the registration data.

As NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action pointed out in a recent alert, gun owners’ concerns over confiscation are well founded, and many New Yorkers are likely familiar with the repeated confiscations carried out by New York City officials. In 1967, New York City enacted a law requiring the registration of rifles and shotguns. Subsequently, in 1991 the city banned many semi-automatic firearms. As New York City already possessed a registry of firearms and their owners, the city notified the owners that their newly illegal firearms must be removed from the five boroughs (not a realistic option for many people of lesser means), permanently disabled or relinquished to the authorities.

This shameful scenario played out again in 2013, when the NYPD sent out another round of letters to New York City gun owners, once again demanding the removal, destruction or surrender of legally registered firearms made illegal by a subsequent law.

Also, as ILA points out, the recent experience in New York is only the latest instance illustrating the futility of these types of laws. In Connecticut, a 2013 law required residents to register certain types of semi-automatic firearms and individual magazines with a capacity greater than 10 by Jan. 1, 2014. Out of an estimated several hundred thousand guns and 2.4 million magazines that were required to be registered, Connecticut gun owners had registered only 50,016 firearms and a mere 38,290 magazines by the deadline.

Widespread noncompliance in both states proves one thing—many gun owners are aware that firearm registration always leads to confiscation. Interestingly, registration continues to be the Holy Grail of gun-banners, even if they have to disguise it as something more palatable. That fact is easily seen by the numerous state and federal “universal” background proposals, which nearly always contain some kind of registration component.

Gun Control Sure Isn’t Helping “Charm City”

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Published on: July 17, 2015

Baltimore, which despite Maryland’s restrictive gun control laws, consistently has among the worst violent crime problems of any major U.S. city. Well, like salt in a wound, the city has now been forced to suspend a local anti-crime program after police seized guns and other contraband from one of the program’s offices. The Washington Times reported on Wednesday that nine people have been arrested.

The program, called “Safe Streets,” employs ex-felons who have “street creds” in an effort to reduce shootings and build rapport with misguided youths. It has apparently enjoyed some success. However, in 2010, the FBI tied one of the program’s sites to a local gang, and in 2013 the program was suspended due to allegation of criminal activities by its employees.

Among those arrested this week on guns and narcotics charges is one man previously sentenced to 12 years in prison on narcotics charges, another man twice acquitted of murder, and two others arrested on robbery and assault charges in the incident that led police to investigate Safe Streets this time. In response to concerns about the decision to employ ex-felons for the program, a city spokeswoman said, “[w]e do not see it as a risk but rather as a privilege to give returned citizens a second chance at hope and employment.”

Most Americans agree with giving second chances where warranted. The latest episode in Baltimore’s troubled past and present suggests that Maryland should give a second chance to the kind of firearm laws found in most other states. Clearly, Baltimore’s has problems no one should have expected the state’s gun bans, magazine ban, waiting period and concealed carry restrictions to solve.

Cuomo: Firing Blanks on Ammunition Law Deal

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Published on: July 17, 2015

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Gun rights advocates may recall that New York’s “SAFE Act” was passed only 24 hours after it was introduced, with no debate or public scrutiny, and with Governor Cuomo signing the bill an hour after the State Assembly approved it in January 2013.

Among the law’s restrictions is a requirement that within 30 days of a statewide license and record database becoming operational, no retail seller of ammunition may transfer ammunition to any non-dealer without recording the details of the transaction with the database (“amount, caliber, manufacturer’s name and serial number, if any, of such ammunition”) and running a background check on the buyer. All commercial sales and transfers of ammunition have to go through a licensed dealer and such transfers “must occur in person,” imposing a ban on internet sales that bypass these requirements.

Now more than two years later, the underlying database remains a work in progress with no expected rollout date. An open letter posted on the State website by New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico advises, “The State database is currently under construction and not operational, and prior notice will be given to all sellers on a timely basis before the database is completed and any requirements are relevant.”

Late last Friday, news of a “memorandum of understanding” (MOU) signed by State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and James Malatras, Governor Cuomo’s director of operations, regarding this key part of the 2013 SAFE Act, was released.

The MOU notes that the superintendent has informed the legislature “of the lack of adequate technology to allow the Database to operate,” and acknowledges that “the [ammunition] Database cannot be established and/or function in the manner originally intended at this time.” As a result, the document purports to suspend the provisions of the law referencing “the use” of the statewide ammunition database. It further states that no certification of the database will be made “until such time as the undersigned have determined that the [listed] concerns have been satisfactorily resolved.” The MOU further advises that state funds are not to be expended for any software or other implementing equipment for the database until the cost is approved by both parties.

This is a rare instance where bureaucratic ineptitude might be having a beneficial impact on the citizenry at large. Besides halting further development of the database before it goes into effect, it was also reported that the MOU ends the SAFE Act’s ban on internet sales of ammunition. These would be welcome changes for New York’s lawful gun owners.

The actual impact of this agreement, though, is now in dispute. Shortly after the MOU hit the news, counsel to Governor Cuomo, Alphonso David, offered an explanation that only muddied the waters. “The memorandum can in no way supercede the law as passed by the legislature and further, there is nothing in the memorandum that is inconsistent with the letter, spirit or intent of the law.” Far from curtailing any aspect of the legislation, Cuomo’s anti-gun administration clearly remains committed to moving towards a functional database and keeping the prohibition on internet sales in place in the meantime. Under this interpretation, the MOU simply confirms the existing state of affairs: that the ammunition database is technologically not feasible for now. Another explanation is the MOU provides a face-saving way for the administration to avoid dealing with yet another example of how the rush-job on the SAFE act resulted in bad policy for New Yorkers.

Insofar as it purports to abate parts of Governor Cuomo’s signature gun control law, the MOU may prove to be something of a misfire. New Yorkers hoping for relief from the SAFE Act may look to ongoing efforts to repeal the legislation, as well as a pending lawsuit to overturn the law, currently before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Everytown’s Editorial Arm, “The Trace”, pushes propaganda on self defense and firearms

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Published on: July 17, 2015

Bloomberg’s “The Trace” reported this week “breaking news” that anti-gun researcher David Hemenway has “debunked” the myth of self defensive gun uses in America. Of course, this “breaking news” amounts to nothing more than another failed attempt by Hemenway to challenge common sense and shared experience here in the United States. Hemenway has been trying (and failing) for nearly two decades to undermine the groundbreaking work of Florida State University’s Gary Kleck, which showed that firearms are used approximately 2.5 million times per year in self defense situations. You can read Kleck’s most recent response to Hemenway here.

And even beyond Kleck’s work, we might suggest to Hemenway that where social science flies in the face of common sense and the shared experience of millions of Americans, a new “hypothesis” might be in order. A simple review of the real accounts contained in The Armed Citizen would be a good place for him to start an earnest evaluation.

It is also interesting that “The Trace” article points to the Hemenway study as “new.” In fact, the Hemenway study came out in April. Apparently, the editors at “The Trace” were unhappy with the lack of interest in Hemenway’s allegations back when his study was initially published and are hoping to push greater coverage in the media now. Unfortunately, we can expect to see regurgitation of this “new study” repeatedly over the coming months and years.

The simple truth is Hemenway’s “study” didn’t gain much traction because his findings are problematic at best. At the core of the study’s failures is Hemenway’s reliance on self-reports of defensive gun uses (DGUs) based on responses in the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). Using the NCVS for the type of study conducted by Hemenway is inappropriate for several reasons, including: the NCVS relies on self reports of participants; is not anonymous; was not designed to measure DGUs; and does not ask participants about DGUs directly. Even though Hemenway would never admit it, these issues make the NCVS a extremely poor choice for the study of DGUs due to how unreliable the reporting is.

On the other hand, if the editors at “The Trace” are confident in the Hemenway study results, then it would be appropriate for them to begin lobbying their boss, Michael Bloomberg, to dispense with any armed security at his home, his various places of business, and within his entourage as he travels the country pushing his anti-gun agenda. After all, the “breaking news” reported this week – even though it was from nearly three months ago — suggests he has nothing to worry about since DGUs are such “rare” events. We won’t hold our breath.

Background Check Bill Seeks to Create Backdoor Gun Prohibition, While Bloomberg Group Piles On

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Published on: July 17, 2015

Demonstrating why he’s rated an “F” by the NRA, anti-gun Representative James Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would in effect vastly expand federal prohibited person categories. Worse, he is exploiting a recent tragedy and misinformation reported in the media to do so.

The bill, H.R. 3051, seeks to repeal a critical safety valve in federal law that allows for a firearm transfer to proceed three business days after a NICS check is initiated, provided “the system has not notified the [FFL] that the receipt of a firearm by [the buyer or transferee] would [violate federal law.]” This provision ensures that Americans’ rights to acquire firearms are not arbitrarily denied because of bureaucratic delays, inefficiencies, or mistakes in identity.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was designed to be just that: instant. Recognizing, however, that some determinations might require additional research to resolve authoritatively, the law states that if an immediate answer is not available, the transfer must be put on hold for three business days to give the FBI more time to research the matter.

After the three days, the FFL has the option to release the firearm to the buyer or transferee, so long as the FFL has no other reason to believe the person is prohibited from possessing it. The FBI will then continue trying to resolve the case for up to 90 days. If it turns out the recipient is determined to be prohibited, the FBI queries the dealer to see if the firearm was transferred. If so, the FBI notifies the BATFE, so appropriate action can be taken (for example, confiscation of the firearm and prosecution of the illegal possessor, if appropriate).

The safety valve provided by the three-day provision is necessary for several reasons. First, and most obviously, mistakes happen. Identities can be confused or records can be incomplete (for example, an arrest record could have been followed by dismissal of the charges or an acquittal at trial). Second, it encourages the FBI to administer the system quickly and efficiently. Third, it preserves a critical aspect of America’s constitutional system, the due process principle that the government cannot arbitrarily deprive a person of his or her rights without making its case against that person.

According the FBI’s most recent NICS operations report, 9% of FBI NICS checks in 2014 were delayed “for additional review.” The report does not go on to detail how many of those delays extended beyond three days. Nevertheless, based on the total number of NICS check the FBI ran in 2014, these delays affected some 743,102 people.

Meanwhile, the delays resulted in only 2,511 actions for firearm retrievals (or three-tenths of one percent of total delays). Thus, in over 99.6% of delayed cases, the delay was less than three days, the FBI could not substantiate the person was prohibited, or the FFL did not transfer the firearm. That hardly seems to indicate a public safety crisis demanding congressional intervention. This is especially so, because where prohibitions are substantiated after firearms are transferred following the three day window, law enforcement authorities already have the tools to act under current law.

None of this matters to Rep. Clyburn, of course, who is hoping the recent tragedy in South Carolina will give his legislation the momentum it needs to succeed. Clyburn claimed in his press release announcing the bill that “[u]nder current law, the Charleston shooter should have been barred from purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer.” That assertion is by no means clear, with media outlets now reporting that the suspect was arrested for a misdemeanor, not a felony, as originally reported. A single misdemeanor arrest, without more, is not cause for a denial under federal law (on the other hand, if the suspect had been formally charged with a felony, he would have been federally prohibited from buying a gun).

Should Clyburn’s bill become law, people who are unjustly subjected to NICS delays for reasons beyond their control would, in effect, be prohibited from exercising their rights to obtain firearms from dealers. In essence, every extended delay would become an extra-legal firearm prohibition. The FBI could affect denials without having to substantiate them, as they must under current law. Meanwhile, determined criminals can always obtain firearms illegally to carry out their plans.

Piling on the bandwagon, as usual, is Bloomberg’s front group, Moms Demand Action, who are now demanding that large firearm retailers like Cabela’s “voluntarily” adopt the restrictions Clyburn hopes to make law. As with Clyburn, they are insisting that the Charleston suspect was a prohibited purchaser at the time he obtained his firearm, although they have no legal basis for this claim. As with Clyburn, they also believe Americans should be presumed legally ineligible to possess firearms, even where the government lacks substantiation.

All of this just goes to show what we all already know. Gun control advocates are shameless in their willingness to exploit tragedy to achieve their agenda. We urge you to contact your Congressional representative and urge him or her to oppose H.R. 3051. You may contact your U.S. Representative at 202-224-3121 or use our “Write Your Lawmakers tool here.

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