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Robert Farago is the Publisher of The Truth About Guns (TTAG). He started the site to explore the ethics, morality, business, politics, culture, technology, practice, strategy, dangers and fun of guns.

Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris Indicted for Fraud, Money Laundering, Poaching

Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris owners indicted (courtesy ammoland.com)

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Press Release [via ammoland.com]:

The owners of Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris [above] were charged with conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts in South Africa in order to defraud American hunters, money laundering and secretly trafficking in rhino horns, announced Sam Hirsch Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division; George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama; and Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The indictment was unsealed Saturday in Montgomery, Alabama following the federal indictment. The indictment charges . . .

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Gun Tweet of the Day: What’s The Second Amendment For, Exactly? Edition

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I don’t share the general view that the above Tweet indicates that left-leaning political pundit Kirsten Powers’ is an ignorant slut (term used as a humorous reference to the Saturday Night Live sketch). Powers knows that the founders didn’t enact the Second Amendment to protect hunters from starvation. Or target shooters from boredom. Or even law-abiding citizens from criminal predation. She knows that the 2A is Americans’ bulwark against government tyranny. She just finds it, well, amazing! Amazing that . . .

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Apple Designer Designs Beretta Shotgun [Not Shown]

Marc Newson embryo chair (courtesy ivarhagendoorn.com)

“Last month Apple proudly announced it had hired Australian-born aesthetic guru Marc Newson [creator of the "embryo chair" above] to join the tech company’s legendary stable of designers,” businessweek.com‘s Paul Barrett reports. “He’s about to come out with a decidedly low-tech masterpiece: a high-end engraved shotgun to be produced by the Italian firearm manufacturer Beretta.” Specifically . . .

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BREAKING: CA Cop Killer Caught

Scene of the crime (courtesy sfgate.com)

“A man armed with an assault rifle shot three sheriff’s deputies and a civilian, killing two of the deputies and leading dozens of police officers on a wild six-hour chase and manhunt Friday that spanned two Northern California counties before the 34-year-old suspect was taken into custody,” sfgate.com reports. “Marcelo Marquez, of Salt Lake City, was taken alive Friday afternoon from a home in Auburn in Placer County after the shooting hours earlier in a strip mall in a commercial area of Sacramento, said Placer County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin. ‘This guy was on a one-man crime spree today. He has no idea of the damage he did,’ she said.” I find that hard to believe. But the cops also want credit for what didn’t happen . . .

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Quote of the Day: “Guns Escalate Violence Against Gays” Edition

Cece McDonald (courtesy advocate.com)

“Shelby Chestnut, a media spokesperson at the Anti-Violence Project, which targets LGBT community members, argues that guns are tools of hate crimes, not a way to prevent them. Citing the case of Cece McDonald [above], a transgender woman who was sent to jail after defending herself against a homophobic attack, Chestnut noted that carrying a gun can often subject LGBT people to even greater violence. ‘We need to look at the systemic inequalities that are causing people to be victims of violence,’ she said. ‘The solution to that is definitely not creating violence to end violence.'” – MEET THE GAY LIBERTARIAN GUN NUTS [via vice.com]

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Question of the Day: Would You Eliminate NICS Background Checks?

Back in 1968, NRA was OK with the Gun Control Act outlawing gun sales to prohibited persons by federal firearms licensees (sanctioned gun dealers). In 1993, they didn’t say no to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act mandating instant background checks for new gun sales. Despite the fact that background checks fall afoul of the Second Amendment’s prohibition against ANY infringements on Americans’ gun rights. And the fact that checks are useless. So how can the NRA defend new gun background checks and argue against background checks for gun shows and private sales? Although I doubt the veracity of the video above, I say checkless sales are how it should be for all gun sales, just like it used to be. What say you?

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong: Handgun Hunting in a Corn Field

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“Hunters typically think of standing corn as a hindrance to successful deer hunting,” Greg Wunderlich opines at ammoland.com. “No doubt deer love the golden morsels and can just about live in the confines of the towering plants, foiling dreams of open country success. While deer drives can be an effective means to scare them out, ethical shots can be problematic with whitetails in high gear. They can be downright dangerous, as well, when it comes to slinging lead in the heat of the moment. There is another way: Go in after them.” Wait. What? If shooting at bounding Bambis is dangerous – and it is – how is stalking through elephant eye-high corn less dangerous? “If you tend to be claustrophobic, still hunting tall corn might not be for you,” Greg admits. “If you can handle exciting surprises, however, proceed cautiously for up-close opportunities.” But wait! There are other perils . . .

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Americans’ Number One Fear: Walking Alone at Night. Unarmed?

“A new survey from Chapman University finds that the most common American fear is … walking alone at night, followed by becoming the victim of identity theft, safety on the Internet, being the victim of a mass shooting, and public speaking,” reason.com’s  writes. “I have never been so ashamed to be an American.” Huh? I’m NEVER ashamed to be an American, not even in jest. Anyway, notice that two of the three “worst fears” can be ameliorated by carrying a self-defense firearm (void where prohibited by law). And that’s [one more reason] why gun grabbers will never own the high ground and the NRA will always be able to motivate the base.

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Quote of the Day: Matthew McConaughey on Redskins and Gun Control

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“What interests me is how quickly it got pushed into the social consciousness. We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, ‘No, gotta change it’? It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board. I know a lot of Native Americans don’t have a problem with it, but they’re not going to say, ‘No, we really want the name.’ That’s not how they’re going to use their pulpit. It’s like my feeling about gun control: ‘I get it. You have the right to have guns. But look, let’s forget that right. Let’s forget the pleasure you get safely on your range, because it’s in the wrong hands in other places.'” – Matthew McConaughey quoted in Matthew McConaughey Wusses Out on Gun Rights and Redskins Name [via newsbusters.org]

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This is What Happens to A Disarmed Populace: Government Proxies Murder Critics

Felipe Ávila Díaz (courtesy borderlandbeat.com)

“A Rurales commander who gave an interview to the press saying Michoacán was better off with autodefensas, has been killed,” borderlandbeat.com reports. Background: for decades, Mexican drug thugs and their government co-conspirators have perpetuated a reign of terror over the country’s rural population. Despite the fact that Mexico has a de facto ban on civilian firearms, citizen militia groups known as autodefensas sprang up, gathering arms and ammunition where they could. They mounted an effective campaign against the cartel criminals, removed corrupt government officials and booted out police. They even sealed towns from government troops. The Mexican government wasn’t having it . . .

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Winning

Do it for the children! gun grabbers proclaim. Yeah, well, children this! This young lady’s got it going on, obvs. The fact that CNN didn’t diss the little darling tells us something important: the pro-gun side is winning. We’re gradually “normalizing” firearms for the gun muggles. If you want to help this process – and why wouldn’t you? – open carry where you can and concealed carry everywhere else. The future of our nature rests on you! And your children.

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License Plate Readers. Smart Guns. Connect the Dots

Topeka po-po defends license plate scanners (courtesy cjonline.com)

“Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department [not shown] refused to release data about what license plates police cameras had captured on the grounds that every single car seen is under investigation. All of them. And a judge bought that argument,” reason.com‘s J.D. Tuccille writes. “Now, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU of Southern California are looking to the California Court of Appeals for a dose of sanity (yes, that strikes me as a Hail Mary pass, too) and a ruling that the public has a right to know how many people’s movements are being monitored by the police, whether deliberately or through incidental data gathering.” TTAG Reader JB makes a good point about that . . .

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