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Hillary Could Owe Donald Big if She Wins White House

If Hillary Clinton wins the White House in November, she will almost certainly have won Virginia.  And if she wins Virginia, she owes a huge debt of thanks to her old pal, Donald J. Trump.

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Gun Owners of America: Right To Carry Doesn’t Stop At State’s Border


"It’s time that our laws stop punishing law-abiding citizens like Shaneen Allen, who simply want to carry self-defense guns while traveling. The Stutzman-Cornyn bills are the best way to do this, as they will protect the rights of any honest citizen who wants to carry a firearm across state lines — even citizens who live in Constitutional Carry states." - Erich Pratt, Executive Director of GOA


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Gun Owners of America Claims Victory over ‘Bloomberg’s Billions’


 “For all the talk about Bloomberg’s billions, Daddy Warbucks had his lunch handed to him in Idaho and West Virginia,” GOA’s Erich Pratt told Breitbart News.


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No, Senators, You Don’t have to Honor Garland’s Efforts to Shred the Second Amendment


"No, senators, you don’t have to dignify this contempt for the Constitution by meeting with [Merrick Garland].  And you don't have to give him a platform for another phony photo-op.

"If you want, Gun Owners of America will send you a bag of shredded Constitutions.  This will tell you more than Garland would about his judicial philosophy."



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GOA Encourages the Senate to Tell Obama: ‘Your Supreme Court Pick is D.O.A.’


"Despite promises to nominate a consensus candidate, Obama has chosen a radical leftist in Judge Garland. He supported the DC gun ban in 2007, voting to reconsider the Heller case after a three judge panel had ruled against the ban." - Erich Pratt, Executive Director of GOA

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Self-Defense Corner

  • Stopped with Shotgun
  • Stopped at the Door
  • Not Today
  • Held at Gunpoint
  • Not this Time

Armed Robbers Stopped by 11-year-old Girl With a Shotgun Sentenced

A man and woman who committed an armed robbery stopped by a shotgun wielding 11-year-old girl have been sentenced in Michigan.

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Woman fatally shoots man kicking in front door while waiting for police

A Kansas City homeowner, who said she feared for her life, shot and killed a man after he kicked down her door late Wednesday night.

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Salon Employee Pulls Gun on Armed Robber: “Not Today!”

A man committing what police believe was a string of robberies throughout Dayton and Kettering, Ohio was free to continue his crime spree, hitting several local businesses within a span of about fifteen minutes without any opposition.

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Armed Citizen Holds Church Burglary Suspect at Gunpoint

On April 4 Tampa, Florida’s WFLA published video of a church maintenance worker holding a suspected church burglar at gunpoint until police arrived.

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Elderly Man On Oxygen Tank Retrieves Gun, Shoots Alleged Intruder

On March 31 an elderly man on oxygen was allegedly attacked by two men in his home, but he stopped the attack by grabbing his gun and shooting one of the suspects in the abdomen.

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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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