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  • Clinton’s Five Point Plan
  • Obama’s Parting Shots
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  • Gun-Show Customers’ License Plates
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Tim Macy: Hillary Clinton’s Five Point Plan to Destroy the Second Amendment

"If Hillary wins, you can all but kiss the Court's recognition of that individual right goodbye. But Hillary Clinton’s attack on the Second Amendment involves more than just stacking the courts with anti-gunners." - Tim Macy, Chairman of Gun Owners of America

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Obama’s Parting Shots

"Obama administration moves to put gunsmiths out of business,” GOA said in a headline. “Gun owners understand that, notwithstanding the Obama administration’s dishonest protests to the contrary, the clear intention of this regulation is to effectively make gunsmithing illegal.”

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GOA's Legal Defense Team Goes to Bat for Constitutional Rights of Gun Owners

"GOA's legal team has submitted an amicus brief in this Supreme Court case, Manuel v. Joliet, on the basis that protecting the Fourth Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans will ultimately protect the rights of gun owners to be free from "unreasonable searches and seizures."

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Gun-Show Customers’ License Plates Come Under Scrutiny

"Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said his group also opposes such surveillance. “Information on law-abiding gun owners ends up getting recorded, stored, and registered, which is a violation of the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act and of the Second Amendment,” Mr. Pratt said."

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Donald Trump Agrees with Clinton that People on Watch Lists Should Potentially be Barred from Buying Guns

“The problem with secret government watch lists is that they are full of non-criminals,” [GOA's Erich] Pratt said. “No one should lose their rights, including those protected by the Second Amendment, without being convicted in a court of law.”

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Media Blind To Guns Used To Stop School Killer

Larry Pratt

In Utah, according to USA Today (1/14/2002), Bernie Machen, President of the University of Utah, says he's willing to go to court, if necessary, to defend his school's campus gun ban. And he says this despite the fact that Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff's legal opinion is that such a campus gun-ban would violate the state's concealed-weapons law.

President Machen does not get it. Having people on campus with guns, people who know how to use guns, will actually save lives. A recent case-in-point involves the man who shot six people -- murdering three of them -- on the campus of the Appalachian School Of Law (ASL) in Grundy, Virginia.

In mid-January, a disgruntled student at ASL, Peter Odighizuwa, opened fire on campus wounding three people and murdering three others -- the school's Dean, a law professor and a student. As reported in The Charlotte Observer newspaper (1/18/2002), two men who helped bring the murderer under control were ASL students Mikael Gross and Tracy Bridges, both North Carolina law enforcement officers. The Observer says, in part:

Gross ran to his car, parked about 100 yards away, without dropping the gunman from his sight, grabbed his bullet-proof vest from his trunk and a gun from under his front seat. While the man pointed his gun at fellow students, Gross and two others ran toward him from different directions. One of the others was Tracy Bridges... who also had his gun, Gross said. When the gunman saw them, Gross said, he put his weapon down and his hands up. The third man, Ted Besen... was not armed and ordered the gunman onto the ground. Instead, the gunman lunged at Besen and punched him in the face.

Now, notice the difference here, please, President Machen. When the murderer was confronted by the man with no gun, he ignored him. The murderer punched him in the face. But, when the murderer was confronted by the two men with guns, the murderer put his gun down and surrendered.

In an interview, Tracy Bridges tells us that he was told by a Virginia State Police investigator that when the murderer was stopped by himself and Gross "[the murderer] was going back to his car to get more ammunition." And yes, Bridges says, if he (Bridges) had been carrying his weapon -- instead of having to go to his car to get it -- he probably could have stopped the murderer earlier since "he (Bridges) was in a classroom across from where the first professor was killed." Bridges says the gun he used to force the surrender of the murderer was a Ruger Speed Six, an old .357 revolver; the gun Gross had was a Beretta.

Bridges says he wasn't carrying his weapon and had to go to his car to get it because he is from out-of-state and had not gone through the procedure required to carry it. He says that this procedure "is rather expensive for a law student." And yes, he says he has, indeed, had second thoughts about going through this procedure now so he can carry his gun.

Now, all of this may be news to you because the media has widely ignored the fact that the students who forced the murderer to surrender were armed. James Eaves-Johnson, writing in the Daily Iowan newspaper (1/24/2002), reports that a Lexis-Nexis search revealed 88 stories about the ASL murders and only two mentioned Bridges and Gross were armed. A Westnews search exposed worse results. It revealed 112 stories on the murders, of which only two mentioned that Bridges and Gross were armed.

On the NBC Nightly News (1/16/02), Tom Brokaw noted, in part, that Virginia State Police were crediting law students at ASL "for preventing further loss of life, saying they overpowered the gunman and held him until police arrived." That's it. No mention that two of these students were armed.

The CBS Evening News (1/16/02) noted only that "students tackled the suspect." Again, no mention of any students being armed. And Public TV's NewsHour (1/16/02) said nothing about students doing anything reporting only that "the suspect was captured."

In a lengthy interview on CBS' Early Show (1/17/02), co-host Bryant Gumbel spoke with several people - including Tracy Bridges - regarding the ASL murders. All Gumbel said was that Bridges was among a group of students "who took the gunman down," who "helped pin him down." No mention of Bridges having a gun.

To his credit, on NBC's Today show (1/17/02), Bridges, though not asked, of course, noted that he (Bridges) "got out my handgun, and started to approach [the murderer]. At that time, [the murderer] threw up his hands and threw his weapon down."

In a story of almost 1000 words on the ASL murders, the rabidly anti-gun Washington Post (1/18/02) reported that "three students pounced on the gunman and held him down until help arrived." The Post noted that Bridges and Gross "helped subdue [the murderer] until sheriff's deputies arrived." No mention that Bridges and Gross were armed.

So, the moral of this story is so obvious that it ought to be clear even to a University President like Bernie Machen in Utah. The moral: More guns, less crime. In this case, the more people who had guns at the ASL that tragic day, and knew how to use them, the less people who were murdered. And the same thing will be true at the University of Utah if they ever have a murderous gunman on their campus.

The Charlotte Observer (1/18/02) quotes Mikael Gross as saying, after he and others headed into the ASL administration building to help those who had been shot: "There was blood everywhere. It looked like somebody had mopped the floor with blood." But -- thank God -- a lot less blood was shed at the ASL than might have been shed thanks to the fact that two courageous students were armed and knew how to use their guns.

Self-Defense Corner

  • Armed Robber Becomes Target
  • Bank Robbery Foiled
  • Homeowner Shoots Burglar
  • Vet Shoots Intruder
  • Pastor Saved By Wife

Armed Robber Goes To Walmart, Becomes Target

An armed robber went up to a Walmart employee sitting in his car before his shift started, pulled a weapon, and told the employee to, “give him everything.”

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Concealed Carrier Defends Himself And Others Against Bank Robber

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA — A concealed carrier was waiting patiently to deposit a check at a local branch of Wells Fargo when a bank robber rudely cut in front of him. The bank robber allegedly told all the customers to get in the corner and wait while he turned his attention to the bank teller. After complying with the bank robber’s initial request, the concealed carrier drew his pistol and fired a shot — missing the bank robber and hitting the couch behind him.

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Texas Homeowner Shoots Burglar — Burglar Confesses To Crime While Being Treated For Gunshot

DALLAS, TEXAS — James Nero, 30, broke into a Dallas man’s home in broad daylight and was shot by the homeowner. He fled the scene but later was forced to surrender to police in order to seek treatment for his gunshot wound. He confessed to attempting to burglarize the man’s home and was charged by Dallas police.

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71-Year-Old Disabled Vet Shoots Home Invasion Suspect

A 71-year-old disabled veteran protected himself, shooting and wounding a home invasion suspect who refused to stand still when ordered to freeze.

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Pastor’s Wife Shoots Would-Be Robber Who Beat Her Husband with Rifle

On September 15 a pastor’s wife in Philadelphia opened fire on an alleged assailant as her husband yelled, “Shoot him, Shoot him.”

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