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How the Anti-Gun Sentencing Bill Punishes Gun Owners

 

Gun Owners of America reported recently that gun owners’ activism has resulted in the death of the anti-gun sentencing bill (S. 2123 in the Senate and H.R. 3713 in the House).

But a number of our members have expressed confusion over how it is that we reached our conclusions with respect to the anti-gun provisions of the sentencing bill (S. 2123 in the Senate and H.R. 3713 in the House).  

We concede that it is pretty easy to get confused if you're not thoroughly conversant with federal gun law.  

But here is why those bills are anti-gun. 

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Supreme Court, Gun Rights Top Concerns in 2016 Elections

 The 2016 election season is the wildest in recent memory, and there’s still a long way to go until November.

After the Indiana primary in May, real estate mogul Donald Trump became the Republican presumptive nominee, wresting control from an establishment class that for years has ignored the pleas of rank-and-file voters to rein in the federal government. 

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On Facebook, critics see long pattern of discrimination


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"Lots of gun owners have been disappointed with Facebook's policies towards gun rights, and unfortunately, Facebook is alienating a lot of [gun rights] supporters." Erich Pratt said. 


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Hillary Clinton’s fierce anti-gun stance could backfire in general election


 Erich Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, said Mrs. Clinton is out of touch with reality if she thinks she can change those numbers.

“She is crazy if she thinks that advocating Aussie-style gun confiscation is going to help her win in November,” Mr. Pratt said. “Hillary is in for a rude awakening.”


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GOA Urges House to Support Constitutional Carry

Gun Owners of America tells Representatives to resist pressure from the House leadership -- and to give their support to Constitutional Carry reciprocity.

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Self-Defense Corner

  • Trigger Finger
  • Not this House
  • Fighting Back
  • Stopping Violence
  • Better Shot

Home Intruder Dead Wrong for Targeting Wheelchair-Bound Veteran

If 22-year-old Andre Smith thought he had found an easy target in 69-year-old Eddie Frank Smith, he was dead wrong.

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Mississippi Homeowner Shoots Alleged Burglar in Driveway

Lee County Mississippi Sheriff Jim Johnson says a local homeowner shot and killed 35-year-old Gary Sneed, Jr. after she caught him inside a vehicle on her driveway.

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Restraining Order Fails To Stop Ex-Boyfriend But Bullets Work

Lexington police confirmed that the man who attempted to invade a woman’s home was subject to a restraining order. By the time they arrived, he was laying out in the front lawn with multiple gun shot wounds. He was evacuated to a nearby hospital in serious condition.

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Concealed Carry Holder Ends Violent Outburst

A concealed carry holder in Texas was forced to make a tough decision Wednesday to end a violent outburst after a man destroyed property and threatened staff.

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Homeowner Better Shot During Gun Fight With Armed Home Invaders

A homeowner proved to be better prepared than the people who invaded his home, leaving one dead and the others fleeing Wednesday night after they broke in and demanded money at gunpoint.

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Two Thumbs Down for McCain's Gun Control Ad
by
Erich Pratt
(May 2001)

The bombs were dropping this Memorial Day holiday, as thousands of Americans filed into theaters to watch Pearl Harbor, the latest blockbuster to hit the big screen. But the bombs falling from Japanese planes were not the only ones that moviegoers witnessed.

Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona has appeared onscreen in many theaters, peddling a dangerous and very explosive propaganda -- thanks to an anti-gun group based out of Washington, D.C., which is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to run the political ad as a trailer in theaters this spring.

Urging parents to lock up their guns at home, Sen. McCain says "we owe it to our children to be responsible by keeping our guns locked up."

This might sound "responsible" at first blush, until one realizes this one-size-fits-all approach can be deadly.

The reason? People don't know exactly when they will wake up and find themselves under attack. Like the Japanese zeros, criminals do not phone ahead and tell their victims to prepare for an assault.

Locking up one's guns might sound to some like the "responsible" thing to do. But if, God forbid, you should have to use your gun in an emergency, you can be sure of one thing: the thug in your home will not have a trigger lock on his gun.

And neither should you, for locking up your safety can have serious consequences.

In California last year, two children died -- they were pitchforked to death by a crazed drug addict -- because a resident in the home could not access the household firearms in time. The guns were locked up in deference to California state law.

Just a few months prior to this tragedy, however, a San Francisco man survived an attack because he disregarded the California law effectively requiring him to lock up his guns.

A.D. Parker woke up one night to find a thug attacking him with a tire iron. Thankfully, Mr. Parker had not locked up his guns. He didn't have to fiddle around in the dark, looking for a trigger lock key or remembering a combination.

Parker simply had to grab his gun, point it, and shoot the intruder. That is why A.D. Parker is still alive today.

Americans use firearms almost 7,000 times a day in self-defense according to Dr. Gary Kleck, the highly acclaimed criminologist from Florida State University.

That means guns are used 60 times more often to save lives, than to take lives. But trigger locks can be deadly. Every second fiddling with a trigger lock in an emergency can mean the difference between life and death.

Maryland Governor Parris Glendening struggled for almost five full minutes to remove a trigger lock at a press conference last year. In an emergency, he would have been dead.

"But wait a minute," one might say. "Aren't there situations where guns should be locked up?"

Some parents might think so, and if they choose to lock away their safety that should be their own decision. Politicians like John McCain should not make that choice for them.

Before people decide they need to lock up their guns, they need to keep a broader perspective. According to the National Safety Council, children under the age of 14 have a greater chance every year of choking to death on things such as food (185), than they do of dying by accidental gun shots (142).

How often do you live in fear that the next peanut butter and jelly sandwich you serve your kids could be their last? You probably don't, and yet the sandwich could be more deadly than the gun sitting high up in your closet.

Why then do some people have such a tremendous fear of guns?

Quite frankly, they do so because there are politicians like John McCain who are scaring people to death, frightening them into locking up their best means of self-defense.

Erich Pratt is the Director of Communications for Gun Owners of America.

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