NRA-ILA: Supreme Court Stun Gun Ruling a Damp Squib

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NRA-ILA Press release [via]

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court caught both friends and foes of the Second Amendment off guard with a summary opinion in the case of Caetano v. Massachusetts, ordering the state’s highest court to reconsider its decision that stun guns are not protected under the Second Amendment. While a clear rebuke to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for its superficial treatment of the case, it is not, as at least one gun control advocate opined, a “signal” by the Supreme Court’s liberal justices “that they are not eager to overturn Heller” . . .

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The Entertainment Industries Council: Hollywood’s Anti-Gun Star Chamber

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The NRA-ILA writes:

Does it ever seem like the entertainment industry needlessly interjects biased and politically-charged content into otherwise entertaining television programs or films? If so, rest assured you’re not unreasonably suspicious. Aside from the biases already attendant to the industry, the truth is that Hollywood is engaged in a concerted effort to propagandize unsuspecting Americans on certain political issues; and one of their chief causes is gun control . . .

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Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords Building Anti-Gun Empire, ARS Takes Over Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Michael Bloomberg and his billions get most of the attention in the anti-gun universe, but don’t go to sleep on Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly. The peripatetic duo just announced that they’re merging their civilian disarmament advocacy shop, Americans for Responsible Solutions, with the San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Sometimes mergers like this are done in desperation, the last ditch efforts of two failing organizations to keep their heads above water. But as’s report lays out, this one looks like the firm of Kelly & Giffords saw an opportunity to add some legal muscle to their anti-2A portfolio by taking over a smaller competitor . . .

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Flawed Study from the Prestigious Lancet Exposes Broader Problems in Anti-Gun Research


(This post originally appeared at NRA-ILA and is reprinted here with permission)

The anti-gun press couldn’t contain their excitement. A new study published in the UK’s prestigious The Lancet medical journal purported to show that certain gun control measures could lead to incredible reductions in the firearm mortality rate. CNN blared, “Study: 3 federal laws could reduce gun deaths by more than 90%,” the L.A. Times touted, “Aiming to drive down gun deaths? Put these three laws on the books, researchers say,” and the Christian Science Monitor proclaimed, “Federal gun control laws could reduce deaths up to 90 percent, study says.” What these outlets weren’t anticipating . . .

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The NRA Plays the Hurricane Katrina Confiscation Card

CBS’ Sunday Morning wanted Wayne LaPierre’s scalp interview for their program dedicated to “America and guns.” Instead, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization sent in Sandy Froman. The NRA board member and past president did a reasonable job defending Americans’ gun rights, but it was an uphill battle. Clearly, CBS sees the NRA as obstructionists. From’s best moment came when she . . .

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Not-So-Obscure Object of Desire: The Plains Rifle

The NRA Museum’s YouTube Channel isn’t exactly popular. When I caught up with it, the Gun Gurus’ Plains Rifle video above had garnered just 527 views. I’m sad that there’s such a limited audience for such a superlative production about such a historically important firearm. As a gun blogger who can spend four hours writing a post that’s seen by less than a thousand or so readers, I know that it’s not all about the views. Some things simply must be said. Like this: thank you NRA, the NRA Gun Gurus, Henry Repeating Rifles and NRA members/financial supporters for preserving and promoting our firearms heritage. Much obliged.


Did A Protester Steal Firearms from NRA Exhibit at Civil War Museum?

Interesting idea for an exhibit: Guns & Lace, Firearms and Fashion in the Civil War. I’d prefer Guns ‘N Grits, Shooting and Eating During the Civil War but that’s me (still on my paleo diet). Meanwhile, if someone sidles up to me and says “Pssst. Farago. Wanna buy a Civil War Henry cheap?” I ain’t gonna say no. Then I’d turn it over to the authorities. Eventually. Anyway, the exhibit’s protesters focused on a Colt revolver — which wasn’t stolen. Even so, perhaps there’s a connection? Sounds like a perfect plot for Murder She Wrote, save the obligatory murder.


My Favorite NRA “I Am America’s Safest Place” Video

I saw this video for the first time on CNN during the one-before-last Republican debate. It was posted on YouTube back in January but garnered only 12k views. I thought it well worth resurrection for members of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia who may have missed it. Hats off to the NRA for its hard-hitting PR efforts to defend and extend Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Post this on your Facebook feed, so that the message doesn’t languish in the backwaters of the NRA’s back catalogue.


Codrea: Vote “Yes” on the Recall of Grover Norquist from NRA Board

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By David Codrea [via]

“For the first time in my 16 years on the NRA board there will be a recall on the NRA ballot,” NRA Director Todd Rathner notes. “I urge you to VOTE NO on the recall of Grover Norquist.” Rathners characterizes the recall effort as an “attack” on Norquist. He writes the motive behind it is personal, by a “troubled” and “obsessed” individual. “There are no allegations in the Recall Petition that have anything whatsoever to do with the NRA, its mission, purpose or programs,” Rathner assures us.Perhaps . . .

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Campaign to Keep Grover ‘Taxpayer Protection Pledge’ Norquist on NRA Board

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Submitted by TTAG reader Todd Rathner

Dear Friends,

Many of you ask me who to vote for in the NRA board elections. I usually tell you to support the incumbents and this year I will tell you the same BUT with a small twist. For the first time in my 16 years on the NRA board there will be a recall on the NRA ballot. I urge you to VOTE NO on the recall of Grover Norquist. Here is a letter I wrote to gun rights leaders nationwide on why I oppose the recall. Ballots will be arriving in the NRA magazines between February 15 – 20 . . .

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