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CNN Host Costello Crushed by Facts on Gun Violence


"Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year," Erich Pratt said.


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CNN Gets Schooled by Guest With Actual Facts on Gun Violence in the U.S.


 "Well, what you failed to point out, Carol, is that the CDC also pursuant to President Obama issuing a decree to have them study this issue, they found that any where from 500,000 to 3 million times a year, guns are being used in self-defense," Erich Pratt said. 


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House Democrats Relive College; Stage a Petulant Sit-In 

By Tim Macy

Once again, congressional Democrats are, hopefully, not going to get their way on gun control. So they did what any immature college student, meekly wearing his Che Guevara T-shirt, would do: They staged a sit-in on the floor -- the actual floor -- of the House of Representatives. 

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Vote No on Collins-Ayotte

Dear Senator:

Gun Owners of America is encouraging you to vote NO on the Collins-Ayotte amendment -- and will rate this as an anti-gun vote.

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MSNBC 'dares' guest to say gun-free zone caused FL tragedy


MSNBC host Thomas Roberts appeared livid in his response to a pro-gun rights guest Monday who suggested that the jihadist massacre that killed 49 and wounded 53 at an Orlando, Florida, “gay” nightclub last week was the result of a gun-free zone — not guns.


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Self-Defense Corner

  • Stupid Crook
  • Pistol Packing Pharmacist
  • Mass Shooting Stopped
  • Attacked While Working
  • Not so Happy Anniversary

Bad Guy Makes Fatal Mistake Of Raising His Gun To An Armed Homeowner

When confronting a stranger in your own home, the shock of seeing a gun leveled at you in the dark of night is probably greater than you wondering whether or not it’s a BB gun. That’s understandably what likely went through the mind of one Oklahoma City homeowner who confronted not one but three individuals breaking into his home at approximately 12:35 am. For Robert Sango, the 24-year-old holding the BB gun, it was a fatal underestimation of his prey.

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Shotgun-wielding robber killed by pistol packing pharmacist

A robbery suspect is dead and his accomplice charged with homicide after an attempted robbery Friday was thwarted by a pharmacist armed with a 9mm pistol in Levittown, Pennsylvania.

The suspect was wearing what was described as a frightening Halloween mask and concealing a shotgun covered by a partially opened umbrella. He entered the pharmacy around 10 a.m. as his accomplice sat in a getaway van parked outside the front entrance.

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Concealed Carrying Hero Battled Mass Shooter In Houston: Media Silent

Concealed carry permit holder Byron Wilson drew his handgun and engaged a mass shooter in Texas on Sunday, possibly saving lives at great risk to his own.

An Army veteran* of multiple tours in Afghanistan opened fire in Houston on Sunday, killing two people wounding and wounding six more before being killed by responding SWAT officers.

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Why We Carry At Home: Homeowner Attacked While Doing Yard Work, Luckily He Was Carrying His Gun

TULSA, OKLAHOMA — A man was outside his home doing yard work when he was approached by an intoxicated man who began to assault him. At the same time, police were driving around the neighborhood in search of a person’s “very intoxicated friend who was causing problems.”

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Happy Anniversary? Man Shoots Wife’s Nunchuck-Wielding Ex-Husband 

A wife in Avon, IN traded her nunchuck-wielding ex-husband for a gun-totin new hubby.

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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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