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GOA's Larry Pratt Speaks at the Gun Rights Policy Conference

Gun rights advocates and others gathered in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday during the Second Amendment Foundation’s annual conference....

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Gun Owners of America: Missouri Is 4th State to Adopt Permitless Carry this Year

On September 15, Gun Owners of America (GOA) pointed out that Republican lawmakers’ override of Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) veto of SB 656 makes Missouri the fourth state to adopt permitless carry this year. 

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GOA Praises MO Republicans for Overriding Gov. Nixon’s Veto and Establishing Constitutional Carry!

“This is a fantastic day,” said GOA Executive Director Erich Pratt.  “Four states have adopted permitless carry this year.  So Missouri’s action in overriding the Governor’s veto brings the total number of states with Constitutional Carry to twelve.”

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Five decades later, gun law recognizes need

"There were people who were responding and were actually shooting back at Whitman, and in fact after people starting shooting back, ... to my knowledge nobody else was killed after that because it was very difficult for Whitman to get a shot off. He had to start shooting through peep holes." - GOA's Executive Director Erich Pratt 


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16 states back lawsuit against DC’s strict concealed carry system

"Police lobby and conservative political organizations have informed the court they intend to file briefs in support of the suit this month [including] Gun Owners of America [and] Gun Owners Foundation ...."

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Larry Pratt

The Organization of American Historians and the National Council on Public History met jointly recently in Washington DC for their annual meeting. So, it was with great interest that we went page-by-page through the 194-page program for this event.

Certainly, we thought, there would be a panel that would discuss, in some way, the controversy involving Emory Prof. Michael A. Bellesiles' book Arming America, one of the greatest -- perhaps the greatest -- publishing frauds in American history.

But, alas, this widely-publicized scandal was not on the radar of either the OAH or the NCPH. Nothing was listed about it in their program -- nada, zip, zero, zilch.

Now, this conspicuous omission is, to put it charitably, odd. And it is particularly odd considering some of the topics that were discussed at this get-together of historians. For example, there were panels on such subjects as: "The American Man: Changing Conceptions of Masculinity;" "The Black Panther Party In Historical Perspective;" "Fluid Bodies: Motherhood, Sexuality, And Metaphorical Readings Of The Body From The Gilded Age To The 1970s"; "Reconsidering The Histories Of Women Of Color: Past And Future;" "Politics To Pedagogy: Incorporating Radical And Women's History Into Classroom Praxis;" "Interpreting Sexuality At Historic House Museums;" and "State-Of-The-Art: Multicultural Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, And Queer Histories."

So, what's the story here? Why all the attention to the aforementioned esoteric, downright weird topics, but no attention paid at all to Bellesiles and his wretched book? Seeking an answer to this question, we spoke with John Dichtl, Deputy Executive Director of the Organization of American Historians. Here's what he told us:

"In general, the annual meeting is not used as a venue for topics that are considered in the news right now." Instead, the annual meeting is "really a reflection of the scholarship going on out there."

OK. Great. So, since the scandal swirling around Bellesiles and his book involves, in part, "scholarship going on out there," specifically what has been proven to be Bellesiles' shoddy scholarship, why not have a panel on this topic?

Well, Dichtl says the meeting program is planned two years in advance. Papers and topics are submitted to the Program Committee but this Committee does not solicit or put together its own topics. So, the program for the meeting was "probably set six months or a year ago." Serious criticism of Bellesiles' book has, of course, been going on for almost two years now.

When pressed, however, Dichtl says he is not saying it would have been impossible to empanel a discussion of Arming America. He says this could have been done. He also admits "we're a little slow in reacting to things."

In another interview, we ask the same question of Michigan State University History Professor Darlene Clark Hine, the outgoing President of the OAH. Why completely ignore Bellesiles, his book and all the scholarship that has thoroughly discredited it? She, too, says the Program Committee finishes its work a year in advance of their annual convention. Besides, she adds, the OAH Newsletter devoted a cover story to this whole issue. "So, we covered it," she says.

But, with all due respect, this assertion is absurd. In his reply in the OAH Newsletter (November, 2001), Bellesiles' response was, as usual, pathetic, answered nothing really and gave his critics even more ammunition to blow additional holes in the tattered remains of his incompetent scholarship. To say that what the OAH Newsletter printed "covered" this story is ludicrous.

Other panels at the OAH and NCPH meeting were on these topics: "Historians As Public Intellectuals;" "Larger Than Life: Confronting Popular Images Of Nineteenth-Century Americans;" "History Under Fire: Scholars, The Public, And The Memory Of The Civil War;" and "Pages From History: Teaching With Primary Sources." Some mention of Bellesiles and "Arming America" could have been a part of any of these discussion groups.

What we have here, in my judgment, is obvious. It's a cover-up plain and simple. Two of the major American history organizations have chosen to ignore what is arguably the hottest topic about U.S. history in modern times. This is a disgrace and they should be ashamed.

The longer these groups continue the Bellesiles cover-up, the more they impugn the integrity of their members.

Self-Defense Corner

  • Bank Robbery Foiled
  • Homeowner Shoots Burglar
  • Vet Shoots Intruder
  • Pastor Saved By Wife
  • Guy Escapes Muslim Executioner

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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Guy Escapes Muslim Executioner

What he does after the escape is what’s most impressive.

This was no Hollyweird action film, where Jason Bourne or Bond figure a way out of an impossible situation. What’s shown here is real life. A group of Kurds fighting against ISIS are captured, and headed to certain death.

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