Senate Democrats Gear up to Push More Gun Control
Jody Hice Wins Runoff Election!
Thousands of Gun Owners Stand and Say “I’m Larry Pratt”
The Anti-gun Left is coming unglued; frustrated by legislative defeats
NASCAR’s David Gilliland to Drive GOA Car at Irwindale Speedway this Saturday
Once Again, Gun Owners Like You Vanquish Reid and Obama
Senate Democrats Gear up to Push More Gun Control -- Even after a CCW holder averts a mass shooting in Pennsylvania!

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Jody Hice Wins Runoff Election! -- Great news for gun owners across the country came out of an obscure Georgia runoff last night.

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Thousands of Gun Owners Stand and Say “I’m Larry Pratt” -- Groundswell movement blasts Rep. Maloney for attacking Gun Owners of America

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The Anti-gun Left is coming unglued; frustrated by legislative defeats

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NASCAR’s David Gilliland to Drive GOA Car at Irwindale Speedway this Saturday -- Come out and bring the kids to Family Night!

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Once Again, Gun Owners Like You Vanquish Reid and Obama -- Kudos go to Senators Paul, Cruz, Lee and Cornyn

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image Senate Democrats Gear up to Push More Gun Control
image Jody Hice Wins Runoff Election!
image Thousands of Gun Owners Stand and Say “I’m Larry Pratt”
image The Anti-gun Left is coming unglued; frustrated by legislative defeats
image NASCAR’s David Gilliland to Drive GOA Car at Irwindale Speedway this Saturday
image Once Again, Gun Owners Like You Vanquish Reid and Obama

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Open Letter

An Open Letter to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

July 23, 2014Rep. Carolyn Maloney
United States House of Representatives
2308 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515Dear Ms. Maloney:It has recently come to my attention that you have levied baseless accusations against me to the Capitol Police and House Sergeant-at-Arms, claiming that I have “called for death threats...

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Maloney

GOA Chides Rep. Maloney for Foolish Comments

GOA today chided Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) for her utter hypocrisy -- and lack of understanding -- regarding our key historical documents, like the Federalist Papers.Rep. Maloney has called for Capitol Hill law enforcement to Read More...
ATF

ATF Backs Down on Gun Sale Reports

(American Thinker) -- For nearly three years, federally-licensed firearms dealers (“FFLs”) in southern border states have been badgered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) to report sales of two or more rifles to the same person during any consecutive five-day period. Purporting to need this information to stop arms...

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Open Carry

GOA Supports the Texas “Open Carry” Movement

Gun Owners of America has come out in strong support of efforts by Texas gun owners to combat anti-gun bigotry by exercising their rights to carry openly in public. The Executive Director of GOA told the Wall Street Journal:  “I see open carry as a positive thing...” Pratt went on to say that gun owners should “consider what’s the...

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19 Year Old Uses Shotgun to Shoot 2 Armed Home Invaders, Killing 1, to Save His Girlfriend

A 19 year old resident in Pennsylvania had to use deadly force to defend himself, his girlfriend and his home when two armed men forced their way in and opened fire.
According to TRIB Live,
"The apartment resident, whom authorities did not identify, told police that one of the men shot into...

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Home Invaders Sexually Assault Wife, Mercilessly Beat Husband – Now Victims Are Proud Gun Owners

Imagine that you live in a state like New Jersey, where your right to defend yourself with a firearm is hardly recognized at all.Now imagine two men forced their way into your home after following you home from walking your dog. They rob you, rape your girlfriend (and future wife), and mercilessly...

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Alaska Man Uses .45 Handgun to Kill 9ft Grizzly Trying to Get Into His House

Not going to include this one in our formal count of defensive gun uses since we usually don’t count animal encounters, but it is certainly an example of using a firearm to possibly save lives.In this case, an Alaska man had to use his .45ACP handgun to shoot and kill a 9ft tall grizzly bear that repeatedly tried...

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Naked Homeowner, Tattooed With Grim Reaper and Armed With Handgun Scares Off Intruder

A homeowner in Georgetown, TX isn’t sure if it was his gun or his, um, “gun” that scared away a recent intruder in his home.According to the AJC,“I have a tattoo of the grim reaper, my hair is sticking up all crazy and I’m naked,” said the homeowner, who asked that his name be withheld for safety...

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Homeowner Shoots 2 of 3 HomInvaderse , 1 in Chest, 1 in Head

A homeowner in Jackson, MS had to use deadly force to defend himself inside of his home after three men broke in.According to WJTV,"JPD Public Information Officer, Colendula Green tells us three suspects broke into a home around 2 a.m. on Myrtlewood. Police say the homeowner used his gun and fired several shots.One person was hit...

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Friendly Fire: If McCain's Going To Claim He's A Conservative On Guns, Then He's Got Some Explaining

Friendly Fire: If McCain's Going To Claim He's A Conservative On Guns, Then He's Got Some Explaining To Do
by John R. Lott, Jr.
as seen in National Review Online

With presidential primaries just over two-and-a-half years away, John McCain is moving back towards Republican conservatives. On some issues, from campaign finance to illegal immigration to global warming, he isn't even trying to convince conservatives that he agrees with them. But he realizes he can't oppose them on everything. So, on other important issues, such as taxes, abortion, and guns, he's brandishing his conservative credentials.

It is quite a contrast to his 2000 presidential campaign, when he openly criticized and needled conservatives. [Recently], he even gave a graduation talk at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University (though, for balance, he will also [addressed] graduates at New York City's very left-wing New School).

Reporters speculated on Meet the Press that McCain wants to make amends with conservatives well before he officially announces his candidacy for president next year. So can he convince people he is still sufficiently conservative?

Let's consider just one of these issues: McCain's claimed pro-gun record. This was true a decade ago, but since then, on issues such as regulating gun shows, banning less expensive guns and so-called assault weapons, and requiring gunlocks, McCain has supported central portions of the gun-control agenda. Indeed, in a couple cases, McCain authored the proposed legislation himself.

McCain's gun show regulations, instead of simply requiring background checks on sales at gun shows, would make it extremely difficult for gun shows even to function. A special license would be required to operate gun shows. Licenses could be denied without the federal government even having to give a reason, and no time limits would be placed on how long the government had to make its decisions.

While gun-control groups have tried for years to register the names of gun owners, McCain's legislation helps accomplish this by effectively requiring the registration of all people who attend a gun show. Gun show operators would even face criminal penalties and imprisonment if any unregistered attendees were to trade a gun after the show if the gun were discussed in any way during the show. The only option to operators would thus be to register everyone.

McCain acknowledges that these regulations could be abused, but, according to him, the goals are too important to compromise, and McCain assures us that we should trust the regulators. Yet, it was not so long ago that the Clinton administration constantly halted gun sales nationwide as background checks broke down and kept records long after the law explicitly allowed.

Most troubling are McCain's extreme measures for what is essentially a non-existent problem. The Bureau of Justice Statistics under Clinton conducted a survey of 18,000 state prison inmates in 1997 -- the largest survey of inmates ever conducted. Less than one percent of inmates (0.7 percent) who had a gun obtained it from a gun show. The vast majority of criminals -- 40 percent -- say they got their guns either from friends or family, and 39 percent got it on the street or from other illegal sources.

Of course, like with many gun-control regulations, this call for more regulations rests on distortions. Despite the "gun show loophole" term used by McCain and others, there are no special exemptions for buying a gun at a gun show. Dealers must perform the same background checks as in a store. What gun-control groups refer to is the non- regulated private transfer of guns. Eighteen states regulate the private transfer of handguns, with some having regulations going back more than several decades. However, not surprisingly, just as with the semi-automatic gun bans, there is not a single academic study showing that these regulations reduce any type of violent crime.

McCain has also done advertisements on behalf of Americans for Gun Safety, a gun-control organization that supports licensing and registering every gun owner in the United States. He has used the ads to greatly exaggerate the risks of children getting access to guns in the home -- a claim that is based upon a questionable survey -- and asked that people lock up guns. With the threats he claims existed, few would know that in 2002, for example, the number of children under 10 who died from accidental gun shots was 20, and the number of children under 15 was 56. Obviously, one death is too many, but McCain has launched no similar campaign against other much more dangerous items in people's homes.

No mention was ever made by McCain about using guns for self-defense or that gunlocks might make it difficult to stop intruders who break into your home. And research indicates that McCain's push for gunlocks is far more likely to lead to more deaths than it saves.

Unfortunately, these are not the only misleading advertisements that McCain has made for Americans for Gun Safety. As David Kopel has pointed out, McCain has also made misleading advertisements on an array of other issues, such as the Brady Law and gun shows.

McCain has helped protect guns owners, such as supporting legislation to protect gun makers from reckless lawsuits, but for McCain to argue this week that he is reliably pro-gun relies on conservatives having very short memories. Possibly the threat of Hillary Clinton being president will convince conservatives to vote for McCain, should he win the nomination. But unless he denounces his past positions, it won't be because they believe he is a "pro-gun" conservative.

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John R. Lott Jr. is the author of More Guns, Less Crime and The Bias Against Guns.
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