Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Andrew Quarless

South Beach. 5:30 am. A Porsche. A car full of women. A holiday weekend. Throw a 29-year-old professional athlete with a .45 pistol into the mix and, well, what could possibly go wrong? “According to the parking attendant, Quarless and another man — identified as Michael Ritchie, a 31-year-old from New York — were leaving the garage in a black Porsche Panamera when they approached a white car filled with several women. An argument ensued, with the attendant hearing the women yell ‘No, get away, leave me alone!'” Apparently public rejection in south Florida is a cue for a young man to assert himself . . .

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Quote of the Day: Why Stop at Wyoming?

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“Even with the strictest of gun control measures, Chicago still leads the charts with murderous shootings. What has Bloomberg’s background check expansion done for them? Absolutely nothing. Bloomberg needs to stay out of Wyoming.” – Wyoming Gun Owners’ Anthony Bouchard in Wyoming fails to send mental-health records to nat’l gun check database [at wyomingnews.com]

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Quote of the Day: Happy Independence Day Edition

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“I am apt to believe that [Independence Day] will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance; it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” –John Adams

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Show Your Independence – Carry on July 4

Reader Burt P. writes:

With the Independence Day 2015 Holiday approaching, much has been written of potential terror threats. State and local authorities have been notified by Homeland Security about reports of threats called for by various organizations.  National news has reported this also. Well, it’s Independence Day. Do we stay indoors, away from malls and celebrations? Or exercise our independence by going about our enjoyment of the day with our family? . . .

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OMG! A Soldier Carrying a Rifle! OMG!

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“Bryan Scott Wolfinger is charged with going armed to the terror of the public.” Is that a crime? Or even a sentence? “Police said Wolfinger was carrying an AR-15 assault rifle, military ballistic panel carrier and multiple high-capacity rifle magazine when he was taken into custody.” Wolfinger was arrested yesterday at the Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville, North Carolina (open carry of long guns is legal in the Tar Heel State). According to wral.com, the Ft. Bragg grunt said he came to the mall for a photo shoot . . .

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Question of the Day: Have You Scheduled Your Gun ‘Buyback’ Yet?

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Reader AG writes:

“I’ve been wondering recently – could a private citizen conduct a ‘gun buyback’? Think of the collectibles and rare items you’d be able to come up with just by offering $100 gift cards.” The answer, of course, (in most states) is…absolutely. Transactions for firearms between two willing individuals are perfectly legal. And with a few notable exceptions, no background checks are necessary. Of course, there’s always the chance that someone may take the opportunity to dump a gun that had been used in a crime (cops never check that when conducting their so-called buybacks), so there’s always that risk. But as AG points out, think of the haul you could potentially make with a stack of $50 and $100 gift cards. When will you schedule your buyback?

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Quote of the Day: White Man’s Burden Edition

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“A more satisfactory explanation for the unusually high rate of U.S. gun murders and massacres might lie in the fact that other countries have strict gun control laws that have limited gun ownership and use. And this, in turn, might result from the fact that they do not labor under the burden of a predominantly evangelical white Protestantism, committed to gun-owners’ ‘rights’ at all costs.” – Lawrence Wittner in Guns and the Godly [at huffingtonpost.com]

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VPC: GLOCK Responsible for Charleston Church Shooting

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Leave it to the mega-minds at the Violence Policy Center to look at an incident in which nine defenseless people were slaughtered and come away with another spurious argument for more gun control. In this case, it’s the NRA’s fault. Oh, and don’t forget to save some blame for GLOCK, too. Remember, since Dylann Roof chose one of Smyrna’s finest to commit his heinous act, Americans’ right to armed self defense needs to be curtailed. Or something like that. Anyway, make the jump for their latest email blast . . .

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Reader Poll: Mossberg 500 Beats Remington 870 by a Nose!

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As you may have noticed, we’ve been running reader polls in our right side column for a few months now. The latest — a face-off between two venerable do-it-all shotguns — got the biggest response yet. After over 12,000 votes, Mossberg’s 500 edged out Remington’s 870 in a 52-48 barn-burner. OK, if that had been a presidential election result, Mossberg would be declaring it a landslide win and claiming a mandate, but that’s close in our book. Our latest poll pits two of the two most popular military movies to come out recently and it’s neck-and-neck so far. Do as you would in Chicago – vote early and vote often!

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