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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.

Dyspeptic Gunsmith: Gun Rights on Indian Reservations

Tony Larvie, chief of police for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Crow Agency office  (courtesy billingsgazette.com)

OK, since I live in Wyoming and am reasonably close to the Crow Reservation, I’m going to dispel some myths for people here.

1. You should NEVER assume that state law applies on a res. NEVER. The reservations are their own sovereign nations, and they are not bound to recognize state laws except where they agree to do so. Getting pulled over and whipping out a CCW issued by a state (whether MT or another state) when you’re on a back road or reservation property might not get you the results you want . . .

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Funny or Die Lampoons NRA, Wayne LaPierre. Or Not.

Holy mother of Bill Murray, this is terrible. Not in the sense that the Funny or Die video unfairly characterizes the arguments mooted by the NRA in general or Veep Wayne LaPierre in specific. It’s terrible in the sense that it’s not funny. At all. It’s not even smirk-worthy. It’s exactly the kind of mean, mirthless “parody” you’d expect from middle schoolers – after they’d snuck out and smoked a joint. Oh how they must have laughed when they had Sheen praise his underling for his “expert marksmanship.” Saul Alinksky acolytes, the Moms Demanding Action and the haters at CSGV will adore it. But as anti-gun agitprop it’s too angry and paints with too broad a brush. Thankfully.

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TTAG Contest: Watch This Entire Schumer Twins Video. Win Internet Points!

I’m a professional gun blogger. I get paid to surf the Internet for firearms-related material on your behalf. So it behooves me to watch anti-gun agitprop on YouTube and the mainstream news nets. But there are times when making it through an entire anti-gun video is harder than watching my daughter’s soccer team get trounced by the competition. In this case, we have Amy Schumer, first cousin (removed, but not far enough) of veteran gun-grabber, New York Senator Charles Schumer, telling Americans that their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right should be infringed by gun control legislation. Why? Well . . .

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Confirmed: Barack Obama The Best Thing That Ever Happened to the U.S. Firearms Industry

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Time to light-up a celebratory cigar. “Gun production has more than doubled under President Barack Obama’s administration, according to a report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” al.com reports. “The ATF’s annual firearms commerce report includes the number of guns manufactured in the U.S. with data going back to 1986.” My J school professor told me to never to put stats in the lead ‘graph (one course, I swear). So you’ll have to click on the link or make the jump to savor the data. Suffice it to say, not only have gun rights advocates pushed back the anti-gunners on the national level and expanded gun rights in half a dozen states (though losing ground in the usual places), they’ve also . . .

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AZ Central on Decapitation Killer: What If He’d Had A Gun?

Mr. Wakefield (courtesy 11alive.com)

It seems that there aren’t enough firearms-related homicides for anti-gunners intent on waving the bloody shirt for gun control. So they’re now asking the public to degrade and destroy Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms in the name of potential firearms-related homicides. “Imagine how much worse the death toll could have been if the mentally ill man accused in Phoenix of decapitating his wife and pets, had chosen a gun instead of a knife,” EJ Montini of azcentral.com instructs. “In Arizona, that would have been easy for him to do.” It’s hard to believe, but it gets even more fabulous than that . . .

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TTAG Contest: Finish This Sentence for a Free CMC AR-15/10 Trigger

Bernie Sanders (courtesy cnn.com)

Bernie Sanders finds his #BlackLivesMatter message washingtonpost.com reports. Here’s the money shot: “When I mention a few names, like Sandra Bland or Michael Brown or Rekia Boyd or Eric Garner or Walter Scott or Freddie Gray or Tamir Rice or recently Samuel DuBose, you know and I know that unarmed African Americans have been shot and killed by police forces in a way that never would have happened if they were . . .” Complete the sentence without using the word “white” (Bernie’s choice). TTAG commentator Jeremy (not S) is the winner of the previous TTAG sentence completion contest. This contest winner could be you!

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An Anti-Gun Meme is Born: “Sheepdog Fife”

Don Knotts (courtesy wikimedia.org)

Tex300BLK called it in our article Washington Post: “Watch what happens when regular people try to use handguns in self-defense.” “This is the straw man we have been made into,” Tex300BLK wrote. “The bumbling incompetent ‘civilian’ who went into Walmart, bought a GLOCK and a box of bullets and got a CHL without ever firing a shot from it . . . This is the new meme that the media will now go full court press on.” Just a day later, nashvillescene.com published a piece called Why Would You Want to Bring Your Gun to a Concert? A post that launches the term “Sheepdog Fife” to disscredit [sic] armed self-defense. Like this . . .

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Texas Vets! Warm-Up for the Texas Firearms Festival with the Veterans Shoot on August 29th

Texas Gun Fest Veterans Shoot

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Sunday, November 15th is Veterans Appreciation Day at the Texas Firearms Festival [click here for tickets] at Best of the West Shooting Sports in Liberty Hill Texas (just NW of Austin). All prior and active U.S. military members receive a $5 discount on standard shooting tickets. (Veterans: send an email with any form of military ID to registration@texasgunfest.com.) For every Sunday standard shooting ticket sold, the Festival’s also donating five dollars to Veteran Outdoors, a charity that takes veterans hunting or fishing to help them assimilate back into society. But BEFORE that totally awesome day . . .

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Huffington Post’s Tim Mullen: Cops Should Stay at the Station and Wait for a Call

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Over at huffingtonpost.com, Tim Mullen has a radical idea on how to prevent dubious officer-involved shootings and civil rights abuses: confine cops to their station until they’re needed. You know; like firemen. No really. “If they were, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, and Sandra Bland would be alive today. All three encountered police doing what would be considered outlandish for any other institution charged with public safety: roaming the streets, looking for trouble” . . .

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Senator Ted Cruz Makes Bacon with a Machine Gun. Or Does He?

Hillary Clinton has dropped some TV spots promoting her candidacy for President of the United States. Hillary Clinton Tells Her Late Mother’s Heartbreaking Story in First TV Campaign Ads people.com pronounces. What’s that 80’s expression? Gag me with a spoon. Meanwhile, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has released the above video Making Machine Gun Bacon with Ted Cruz. Nice contrast, ballsy move, coulda used a hat tip to FPSRussia, but . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Abortion Edition

Gun control vs. abortion cartoon

I detest abortion. At best it’s a waste of human life. At worst, it’s murder. But I detest government tyranny, too. I don’t like the idea of government dictating what women should or shouldn’t do with their reproductive system. Honestly? I don’t know what to think.  Whether or when it’s OK to terminate a pregnancy, and whether or when it isn’t. But I do know that a government that protects a “woman’s right to choose” . . .

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Question of the Day: How Do You Counter Gun Control Advocates on Television?

Magician comedian and gun rights supporter Penn Jillette gets owned on a Comedy Central’s Nightly Show debate on gun rights. For one thing, it looks like he’s struggling (#tonematters). In this clip, Jillette attempts to draw a parallel between the “technology means the Second Amendment is outdated” argument by his millennial antagonist and the technological enhancements since the First Amendment was drafted. It’s the right approach, but incomplete – thanks to an interruption. He switches gears and concedes that “we’re evolving as people.” Which is where things go seriously wrong . . .

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