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GOA Countering the Anti-gun Left’s New Strategy -- Plus, GOA publishes its 2014 Voter Guide


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GOA Case Goes Before the U.S. Supreme Court -- While on the political scene, GOA exposing lying politicians


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No Surprise: Most Hated Cabinet Officials are also Bad on Gun Rights --Plus, GOA's message goes viral in social media!



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Great News! Shaneen Allen is Basically Free -- GOA thanks its members for sending postcards to Gov. Christie



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Britain Shows Again Why We Are No Longer British

There are a few private gun owners left in England.  What they have to endure shows once again why Americans are no longer British.To get a gun in England, the burden of proof is on the citizen.  And, no, self-defense is not one of the accepted reasons for wanting to buy a gun.  It doesn’t really matter, because guns have to be kept locked...

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Executive Order

Obama Executive Order Boosts Protections for Employees of Gun Owners’ Least Favorite Agency

President Barack Obama issued an executive order Friday to provide added protections to employees of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, one of the most scandal-plagued agencies in the federal government in recent years.The order allows more ATF agents to be converted to the career-employee...

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Amnesty

Most gun rights activists, groups remain silent on amnesty threat to gun rights 

Why is Gun Owners of America still the only gun group speaking out on the danger to gun owners?“Immigration reform could be a bonanza for Democrats [and] cripple Republican prospects in many states they now win easily," GOA quoted Politico in a 2013 alert to its members. “We predict that ... California-style...

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CO Governor

Anti-gun measures could cost CO governor his office

A gun-rights organization is excited about the possibility that Colorado's Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper, could be headed to defeat this November.In 2013 Hickenlooper signed strict anti-gun legislation that severely limits the size of ammunition magazines and imposes intrusive background checks on gun buyers.As a result of that unpopular...

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Sheriff Praises Pharmacy Employee For Shooting Armed Robbery Suspect

An armed employee at Family Pharmacy in Taney County, Missouri didn’t waste any time when an armed robber burst into the business, waving a gun around and demanding pills.The armed employee drew his own gun and opened fire on the suspect, striking him once.After being shot, the suspect was much less inclined to continue...

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California Woman Had Gun Held to Her Head by Armed Robber, but She Has a Surprise…

TURLOCK, CALIFORNIA – A California woman who had a gun held to her head by an armed robber remained calm and realized that she had to get her gun.The woman told the suspect that her valuables were stored in a safe. When she went to open it she didn’t pull out money or jewelry, she pulled out a handgun that...

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11 Year Old Girl Shoots Man Who Attacked and Stabbed Her Mother, Saves Her Life

Heroes come in all sizes and all ages, as illustrated by this story. An 11 year old girl in Oklahoma has certainly earned that title after her brave actions to defend her mother yesterday.After a violent ex-boyfriend came to Brandy Moreno’s home (who she had a protective order against), he attacked and stabbed...

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[Video] Store Clerk Shoots and Kills 2 of 3 Armed Robbers in Gunfight

A Marathon gas station clerk in Canton, Ohio found himself in a gunfight with three armed robbers last night.Despite the odds being stacked against him, it was the would be robbers that ended up on the losing end of the fight.The clerk struck two of the suspects. All three suspects were able to flee the scene, but the two...

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[Video] Manager of Meat Market Shoots Armed Robber in the Back of the Head, Saves Teenage Clerk

An armed robber entered a Houston, Texas meat market that has been open for over 60 years and demanded money from a teenage clerk.The manager of the business was in an office across the room from the counter with a window facing the action.After observing what was going on, the manager grabbed a...

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Two Thumbs Down for McCain's Gun Control Ad

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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