California Gun Collection Startles Cops, Media

The Internet’s alight with the story of a California man found Beethovening (a.k.a., decomposing) in a car outside his Pacific Palisades home. “The man had more than 1,200 firearms and two tons of ammunition stashed in his home and garage,” dailymail.co.uk reports. “Many of the guns had never been fired and some still had their price tags attached.” Needless to say, the media trotted-out the A-word: LA police discover arsenal of 1,200 guns in dead man’s home. Nope. It was a collection.”Police have found no evidence the man, who has not been identified, was involved in criminal activity.” But that hasn’t stopped both the cops and the press from getting their collective proverbial knickers in a twist . . .

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Gun Hero of the Day: Michael Baryla

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“In a rare legal challenge converging the First and Second amendments, a California gun store owner’s bid to continue advertising handguns has been denied by a federal judge, ending a temporary agreement between the store and the state Department of Justice to not enforce a nearly 100-year-old law that bans advertising handguns in public,” revealnews.com reports. The rest of the article details the travesty that is the judge’s ruling, which acknowledges gun store owner Michael Baryla’s First Amendment right to free speech while upholding the ban on the posters because it “dampens [the] demand for emotion-driven impulse purchases of handguns.” Barely’s continuing the fight. And how. Check out his reaction . . .

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Sara Tipton: Wounded Vets – Do NOT Look Away

I’m still nervous about going out in public. Since my infection, the left side of my face is noticeably different from my right. My left eye is slightly smaller than my right eye, now. I have quite the gnarly scar on the left side of my nose. But what I have gone through is nothing compared to what some of our vets have experienced, as illustrated by photographer Michael Stokes . . .

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Sara Tipton: Gun Ownership Is No Crime

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Obama Just Had A Huge “Accidental” Effect On Violent Crime & Murder the headline at madworldnews.com proclaims. There’s nothing much you don’t already know in the article: the President’s crusade against gun rights created a backlash that increased the number of gun sales and concealed carriers. The article includes stats and a Facebook post and caption that I shared on my personal timeline. (Yes, she asked my permission, and I gladly gave it. Anything to promote gun rights and concealed carry.)  But did her pro-gun piece sway others? Well . . .

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Sara Tipton: The Gun Industry Is Not Sexist

Women like guns. OK, some women like guns. Some don’t. And that’s OK. But I was recently asked by a very intelligent young lady to please explain how I feel being a female in a male-dominated industry. She was referring to my writing for TTAG and my guns as a hobby and for self-defense. It’s not like she was looking for any particular answer or prodding me to answer in any specific way; she was genuinely curious. Truth be told . . .

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A Brit’s View: Firearm Laws In The UK Aren’t Quite As Bad As You Think

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By Gabriel Carter (not pictured above)

Quite a few on TTAG reckon that the UK is a socialist “police state”, intent on eliminating the right of its “subjects” (not citizens) to bear arms, and implementing ever-expanding surveillance programmes and curtailing civil liberties of all sorts. As a proud gun-owning Brit, and one who regularly carries firearms in the course of my work (security contractor, mostly in Afghanistan) as well as for hunting at home, I’d like to give a little local perspective on that . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Newsweek Rejects the Second Amendment…And How Edition

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To paraphrase George Taylor, “They finally really did it!” Yup. Newsweek magazine finally put their civilian disarmament cards on the table, telling [both of] its readers that the magazine’s owners and editors reject Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Oh wait. Notice the word “any” in red? Kurt Eichenwald’s article argues that you don’t have the right to bear any arms. Specifically, any arms equipped with . . . go on, guess! Or read on . . .

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Contest Entry: I Will Not Comply

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By Dereck Hornilla

I used to live in Charleston, South Carolina for the better part of a decade, and I was just as saddened as others when I saw the news of the Charleston Shooting. However, that sadness quickly turned to anger when politicians and others on social media began using this tragedy to push their gun-control agenda even before the dead had been buried. In that state of anger, I wrote the following short poem . . .

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John Lott: More Guns, Less Crime. Again. Still.

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When John Lott released his book More Guns, Less Crime the title alone caused a sensation. Well it would, really. The statistics-laden text was indecipherable to math-challenged adults. Still, point taken: the parts of America with a high(er) percentage of legal gun owners have a lower crime rate than the parts of America with a low(er) percentage of legal gun owners. Despite numerous [failed] attempts to debunk Lott’s methodology and conclusions, MGLC remains a seminal work in the history of the fight to restore American gun rights. The man’s at it again, releasing his new, innocuously-titled report Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States. Here are the bullet points . . . Read More

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Mexican Cartels: They Shoot Helicopters Don’t They?

“Six people were killed after attacking a Black Hawk helicopter belonging to the Mexican Marina (Semar),” Proceso reports. “The helicopter was patrolling the south of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, where they were attacked and repelled the aggression killing six civilians. The helicopter received six bullet impacts, but none of the three crew were injured. Semar explained that they carried out the aero operation to surveil a breach into the areas of Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon and Nuevo Guerrero, Tamaulipas, to locate the criminal organization known in their data base . . .

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Sara Tipton: Mila Kunis is a Lousy Gun-Owning Parent

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Actress Mila Kunis recently shared her parenting choices at eonline.comMila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher Keep a Gun at Their House—Find Out Why and What She Said About Baby Wyatt. Mila Kunis displays a high level of firearms expertise in her movies (let’s hope so, considering the extensive training she receives in order to do so), but her view on “gun parenting” are wide of the mark. As a mother about the same age as Kunis and an avid gun owner who can also “take a gun apart and put it back together blindfolded,” I profoundly disagree with this statement . . .

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