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  • “Fix NICS” Bill Would Take Away Your Guns as a Result of Unpaid Traffic Tickets

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  • Republicans, Democrats Join Together to Introduce Gun Control

  • Do You Think the Recent Shootings Justify Registering You as a Gun Owner?

  • Listen to Firing Back!

  • Democrats Want to Punish You for What Happened in Texas

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  • Gun Groups on “NICS Fix”

Firing Back -- Oh the Irony!

Oh the Irony! In this episode, Erich and Remso discuss how hypocritical anti-gunners can be.  

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GOA Comments on House Passage of H.R. 38

“While Gun Owners of America appreciates the House of Representatives for passing Constitutional Carry-friendly reciprocity, GOA continues to vehemently warn congressmen about the dangers of the ‘NICS Fix’ provision, which can also be referred to as the ‘Traffic Ticket Gun Ban.’"

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Some Gun rights activists celebrate House approval of concealed carry reciprocity bill

The House delivered a win for gun rights groups Wednesday with the passage of legislation that would force states to recognize concealed carry permits issued by other states and would strengthen the federal gun background check system.

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House Passes Interstate Concealed-Carry Gun Bill

Gun Owners of America Executive Director Erich Pratt warns Fix NICS is a “bad, raw deal for America” if it gets enacted into law, despite the conjoined reconciliation legislation.

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Claims from Gun Groups on “NICS Fix” 

Despite any concerns it has with the Fix NICS Act, GOA encouraged members of Congress to vote for the combined bill in hopes that the package had a better chance of passing the Senate.

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Larry Pratt

The official website of the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington DC says, among other things, that the MPD "protects District residents from crime, fear of crime, and general disorder and establishes trust and respect within the community." Why turn to the Comedy Channel when you can get lines like this for free?

How bad is crime in our Nation's capital? It's so bad that even the far-left Washington Post has repeatedly complained about it. In a recent editorial (1/11/03), the Post says: "The District of Columbia closed out 2002 with a record of violence that should have city leaders and residents worried sick... the District racked up 262 killings last year, the highest death toll in five years."

In another editorial (1/25/03), the Post says the Mayor of Washington DC, its Police Chief and other DC leaders "are badly misreading the mood of the city if they think there isn't general anxiety about the level of crime in the District... last year's 12 percent increase in homicides and the current pace of murders, which is nearly on par with last year's, are sufficient reason for rising public concern."

And in his column in the Post (3/01/03) -- titled "What About The War At Home?" -- Colbert I. King, writing about the "terror" being experienced by residents of Washington DC, says: "Homicides are up again this year. Broad-daylight and nighttime horrors -- callous shootings, murderers are running free -- occur with such frequency and so often without consequence that some people are no longer inclined to come forward."

So, what does the Post say is the cause of this rampant violent crime problem? Well, we're told, editorially (1/11/03), that: "Experts are still trying to sort out the reasons." But, "clearly the prevalence of handguns -- and people willing to use them -- has a great deal to do with it."

Hmmmmm. Interesting. Because, in so many words, the ultra-liberal Washington Post is now admitting, in effect, that what's being proved, with a vengeance, in Washington DC, is -- that when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns!

But, of course, the Post doesn't get it. In an editorial (8/5/02), the Post says: "We believe in strong gun laws." Well, the District of Columbia, for more than 25 years, has had "strong gun laws" which make it, de facto, impossible for any of the good guys to keep and bear arms for self-defense. The result? Re-read the previously mentioned excerpts from Post editorials and that King column.

The plain, obvious truth is that the Washington DC anti-self defense laws have been a dangerous flop as far as curbing crimes committed by people with guns. And -- God bless him -- at least one DC cop was honest enough years ago to admit this. An editorial in the Washington Times (3/27/96) quotes Lt. Lowell Duckett, president of the Black Police Caucus and a special assistant to Washington DC's Chief of Police, as telling a group of citizens they were right to arm themselves:

"Gun control has not worked in DC. The only people who have guns are criminals. We have the strictest gun laws in the nation and one of the highest murder rates. It's quicker to pull your Smith and Wesson than to dial 911 if you're being robbed."

Even the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) -- unwittingly, to be sure -- has admitted that gun-control in Washington DC has failed. On an "Operation Ceasefire" web page, the ATF says, in part: "The District of Columbia has the strictest set of local firearms laws in the country.... And yet, even by the most conservative estimates, thousands of illegal firearms continue to be present in the District every day, and firearms-related violence exacts a terrible and continuing toll on the lives of the people who live and work in the city."

According to data posted on the website of the Hamilton Fish Institute, in 1997, in the District of Columbia, even 10.6 percent of high school students carried a gun somewhere in Washington DC during the previous 30 days.

But, there's some good news about gun control in the District of Columbia and I'll be reporting on it in my next few columns. Despite the fact that the gun-grabbers have thus far succeeded in disarming private citizens in Washington DC, some of these citizens are fighting back and asserting their Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms. I'll tell you about several DC residents who have gone to court to challenge the city's gun-ban. And I'll introduce you to one courageous lady on the DC Taxicab Commission who is working hard to make it legal for cabbies to be armed for self-defense.

In addition, in my next few columns, I'll be naming names and exposing the arguments of those in Washington DC, and their allies, who want to continue the DC gun-ban even though this subjects citizens to murder and a variety of other violent crimes.

There may be hope, even in Washington.

Self-Defense Corner

  • Veteran Takes on Suspects
  • Good Woman Shoots Man
  • Pizza Deliveryman Shoots Back
  • Husband Surprises Thug
  • Suspect Dies From Gunshot

Two Suspects Break into Home of Korean War Veteran, Only One Lives to Tell

Two suspects broke into the home of a Korean War veteran on Friday and one them died on scene from a bullet wound to the chest.

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Good Woman with a Gun Shoots Man Allegedly Assaulting Officer

On Tuesday an unidentified good woman with a gun saw a law enforcement officer being attacked and shot his alleged attacker with her handgun.

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Pizza Deliveryman Shoots Back, Kills Armed Robbery Suspect

A St. Louis pizza deliveryman shot back and killed a robbery suspect after that suspect began shooting deliveryman’s vehicle.

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Fugitive Tries To Carjack Couple. The Husband Gets Out With A Surprise For The Thug.

ORANGE COUNTY, TEXAS — A fugitive involved in a multi-state car chase met his end at the hands of his next carjacking target. A husband and wife, who saw the danger coming up behind them, acted quickly and efficiently.

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Suspect Allegedly Invades Apartment, Dies from Gunshot Wound

A suspect died Saturday after allegedly breaking into a St. Charles, Missouri, apartment while an adult and two children were home.

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