Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence IDs ‘Gun Lobby Lap Dogs’

In the run-up to the mid-term elections, The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has abandoned any pretense of rational argument. The anti-gun org’s ad above rivals SpongeBob SquarePants for intellectual sophistication – minus SBSP’s endearing honesty and positive mental attitude. The ad directs viewers to lapdogscorecard.org, which “outs” pro-gun politicians in an interactive map. The page includes a “Worst of the Worst” (“Best in show if you will”) gallery of 12 elected officials [screen cap after the jump]. It’s an excellent resource in the sense that . . .

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Random Thoughts About Common Sense Gun Control Control

Anita Sarkeesian (courtesy destructoid.com)

“The Utah gun law that canceled a USU speech is an embarrassment,” deseretnews.com declares. Backstory: feminist videogame reviewer Anita Sarkeesian gets a death threat before a planned speech at Utah State University. USU checks it out and deems it incredible. Unsatisfied, Sarkeesian demands a no-guns policy at the venue, including pat-downs and a metal detector. USU says “You must be joking son, where did you get those shoes?” State law says we can’t do that “gun-free zone” thing. Ms. Sarkeesian cancels the gig. All of which is grist for deseretnews.com’s anti-gun mill . . .

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NPR Report on “Gun Violence” Uses the Term 13 Times

Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (courtesy facebook.com)

Over at npr.org, a report entitled Lawyers Band Together To Fight Gun Violence reveals “a new group called Prosecutors Against Gun Violence [that] has formed to find solutions to gun violence in the U.S.” NPR’s Arun Rath interview with attorneys and co-chairs Cyrus Vance Jr. (NY, above) and Mike Feuer (LA) uses the term no less than 13 times. A rose may smell so sweet by any other name, but “gun violence” is a deeply misleading term for “firearms-related crime,” which properly highlight the criminal rather than the method used. But don’t take my word for it. Look at the the PAGV’s Facebook profile pic above. And consider this from commentator Willy Roentgen . . .

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Is the University of Idaho Encouraging the “SWATting” of Legal Gun Carriers?

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Last week, the University of Idaho – where concealed carry is legal – held a forum to discuss guns on campus. The main presenter was Matt Dorschel, university executive director for public safety and security. While the forum attracted only a few students and faculty, the policy presented was radical . . .

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Tell Me Again How New York City’s “Tough Gun Laws” Keep Guns Out of the Hands of Dangerous People

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“A Queens man already in custody for shooting at two cops in Jackson Heights while wearing a fake beard and dark glasses copped a plea Wednesday to host of new weapons charges,” nypost.com reports. “Authorities found five pistols and rifles at his home following the arrest and then discovered that he had a secret weapons cache in a Yonkers storage unit he rented. The cache included at least 15 other weapons, including Norinco AK-type machine guns, AR-15 rifles and handguns. Sources previously told the Post that Olmeda also had on-site city maps with Queens police precincts marked off, pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge and fake NYPD shields. It was unclear if he was planning a mass shooting.”

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MTV on Musical Target Tribute to Star Spangled Banner: “‘Merica, F–k Yeah!”

“Using technology developed by a company called Musical Targets in Colorado, this marksman hits a number of metal plates, each of which is designed to play a specific musical note,” mtv.com‘s undercapitalized Tess Barker reports. “The result of careful engineering, the melodious plates are lined up to form an entire octave — and can be purchased with additional octaves for the rifle-musician seeking extra range.” So to speak. “Even if you’re not a fan of firearms, you have to admit that’s impressive.” She just had to put that in didn’t she? Still one false note does not a travesty make. And the headline says it all.

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NY SAFE Act Adds 34.5k to “No Guns for Crazies” Database

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Did you know that New York legislators had less two hours to read the SAFE Act before voting on it? That Governor Cuomo signed the bill as an emergency measure, avoiding the normal three-day waiting period? That the Act compels licensed mental health professionals to report any patient they deem “likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to self or others”? Who can wave their gun rights bye-bye without anything remotely resembling due process? True story. And now the New York Times reveals that the Act’s mental health prohibition database has 34,500 entries . .

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Will You #GUNVOTE? (Plus WA Ballot Initiative 594)

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With midterm elections only a couple weeks away… actually, scratch that, more than a million Americans have already cast their midterm ballots. In fact, I received my Washington State absentee ballot in the mail yesterday (Oct 16th). For fellow Washingtonians, I’d like to express my concerns with I-594 as well as mention its most glaring issues in the hope that you will pass along the good word. For the rest of y’all, let’s discuss NSSF‘s #GUNVOTE campaign.

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Cohoes, NY Pistol Permit Police Tell Applicants to Reactivate Facebook Accounts

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My name is Jason and I live around Watervliet. I found the article [on the town's pistol permit application Facebook inspection requirement] interesting. I would like to add that Cohoes, NY (neighbors) also has the FB requirement. The police actually reach out to your FB friends and ask about your character, some of whom you may not have spoken to since high school or even grade school. This is on top of the character references you include in your application. I have a friend who applied and told them that he no longer had his FB account and that he deactivated it a few weeks prior. They insisted that he reactivate it so they could go through his contacts, photos, and prior posts. It’s not fun in upstate N.Y. People need to know how restrictive law enforcement is on our 2nd amendment rights.

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New Mexico Using Roadblocks to “Detect Wildlife Violations”

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I’m not a big fan of police roadblocks, whether they’re designed to snare drunk drivers or search for escaped felons. Something about the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures. Unreasonable meaning that roadblock cops presume I’m guilty until proven innocent. In short, I see a roadblock I think police state. New Mexico’s hunters may agree, as “the Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during hunting seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations.” (Press release after the jump.) More specifically they’ll check for compliance with the . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: OK Gun Owner’s First Ever Shot Takes Down Shotgun Burglar Edition

This one goes out to all you people who think that any gun owner who doesn’t train to operate operationally (while remaining tacticool) is putting themselves at a major disadvantage should they need to perform a defensive gun use. And it’s a shout-out to anyone who says all gun owners should have mandatory training before being “allowed” to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. “Cardell and his wife, Frances, were asleep when they heard a banging on their back door,” kfor.com reports. “’I grabbed my gun and loaded it,’ Cardell said . . .

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