Drawing attention to the fact that Reverend Clementa Pinckney [above] – the pastor murdered in the Charleston church massacre – was a gun control advocate is bound to anger his family, friends and like-minded colleagues. Suggesting that his crusade for gun control may have contributed to his death will no doubt be seen as adding insult to injury. But is it true? The first part of that statement certainly is . . .
TTAG’s been on the NRA’s butt for years, pleading with them to initiate minority outreach programs. Introduce them to guns, STAT. Because that’s where the battle for our gun rights will be won or lost. And right now, gun rights are losing. Big time. The latest research from Pew on Hispanic and African Americans’ views on gun control – and the role of government – is some scary, scary you-know-what. Check out the graphic above. And check this out . . .
Word comes that Rob Bishop (R-UT) has introduced HR 2710, a bill designed to permanently define the “sporting purposes” clauses in federal gun control legislation and remove the ATF’s ability to interpret those laws as they see fit. The proposed legislation would require that self defense and all other lawful purposes be included in the consideration and given equal weight. This move would eliminate the ATF’s ability to ban things like the importation of certain firearms (Korean M1 Garand rifles, Norinco M-14 copies, Saiga shotguns and rifles), types of ammunition (M855), and keep shotguns from being labeled as destructive devices in some situations. The bill is consistent with a previously reported rumor that specifically is looking to clean up an ATF mistake in a politically acceptable manner. Here’s the text of the press release . . .
Dear National Rifle Association,
I want to begin this correspondence by saying that I believe very much in what you’ve stood for over the years. Your organization has worked tirelessly to defend our nation’s Second Amendment. Although I never took the time to join the NRA, I am a fan and believe the nation is indebted to your great work. As you know, there is currently legislation under consideration in the North Carolina General Assembly that would repeal North Carolina’s 145 year-old Sunday hunting ban . . .
Some here at TTAG can be quick to voice our criticism of the NRA. When we think they are slow to react or we think their message is off. But we should also take time to pat them on the back when they get it right. And they did just that in Illinois this week. In a showing of forward thinking, NRA arranged for a shoot and demonstration of suppressors for the capitol press corp. NRA has been working with the American Suppressor Association to legalize suppressors in the Land of Lincoln. Bills have been filed and they continue to work on the issue at the state capitol . . .
A gun control law repealed? In Maryland? True story. Here’s NRA-ILA alert (because the world needs more lerts):
Your NRA-ILA is glad to report that Governor Larry Hogan (R) has signed into law Senate Bill 736. As previously reported, SB 736, sponsored by state Senator Edward Reilly (R-33), will eliminate the unnecessary database and failed ballistic fingerprint system from state law. This pro-gun bill will . . .
The National Rifle Association’s public and ongoing acceptance of The Brady Bill’s provisions – specifically the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) – runs completely counter to the Second Amendment. What part of “shall not be infringed” does the NRA not understand? That said, the NRA lives in the real world. They’re trying to hold the line against expanded background checks, a movement that just gained purchase in Oregon. The chances of repealing Brady at the federal level are somewhere between slim and none and slim just left town. The NRA’s mantra . . .
Last night, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly defended the NYPD’s now-discontinued stop ‘n frisk policing practice. The bloviating blowhard claimed it’s OK to trample citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights because stop ‘n frisk “takes guns off the street.” More firearms-related arrests = less firearms-related crime. A theory which only works if the arrests lead to convictions and, thinking out loud, incarceration. After all, removing bad guys from the streets is an actual possibility. Choking off criminals’ supply of guns to the point where they can’t get one rivals the Rock’s version of Hercules for credibility-stretching fantasy. And here’s something else Mr. O’Reilly and his fellow anti-gun elitists don’t take into account . . .
I’m not an accountant, a lawyer or tax attorney. So I can’t tell you whether or not The NRA’s brazen shell game with donations: A Yahoo News investigation reveals a major scandal in the National Rifle Association’s fund-raising practices and reporting to the Internal Revenue Service. But it doesn’t look good. At all . . .
““They are coming to take your guns away!’ That was the message from this past weekend’s annual NRA Convention,” Dean Obeidallah [above] writes at dailybeast.com. “In fact, it’s the same message we have heard for years from the NRA. And just as it has been in the past, as it was this weekend, that message is a lie.” Tell that to residents of New York; gun owners forced to sell or transfer their “assault rifles” under the terms of the SAFE Act. OK, the Empire State’s storm troopers didn’t knock on doors and physically remove illegal firearms. Yet. But same diff. Besides, is there any question that gun control proponents want to control Americans’ guns right out of existence? For some, there is . . .
My war was the Cold War. I spent a good chunk of my career helping to develop weapons to counter the communist threat. A portion of our intelligence effort was spent attempting to determine what was going on inside of the Soviet Union, who might succeed whom in the leadership, and what it might mean. The called it Kremlinology. Watching the NRA and trying to determine what is happening in its internal politics is much the same . . .
“Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a bill that would allow residents to carry a concealed gun in a purse, briefcase or other fully enclosed satchel without a state-issued license,” wreg.com reports. While I’m against off-body carry on principle (safety), the Hospitality State is doing its level best to be hospitable to its residents’ gun rights. The same bill lowers the permit from $100 to $80, and drops the renewal fee from $50 to $40. Yes, I know: we Constitutionalists don’t need no stinkin’ permits! But it enables reciprocity with other states and, besides, when was the last time the government reduced a tax? More good news . . .