Shocker: Mother Jones Admits Gun Control Not Popular in America

Mother Jones is no friend of the right to keep and bear arms. This is exemplified by their willingness to embrace studies that twist data to endorse a favored political solution, and their investigative series on lead and crime which always seemed to veer a bit too close to confirmation bias, since it flattered the writers’ preconceived notions in favor of environmentalism and against guns. That’s why I was surprised when veteran MoJo writer Kevin Drum flatly admitted something that we’ve been aware of for years: there just isn’t a lot of support for the gun control side in the United States . . .

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Gun Rights Policy Conference 2015: Preaching to the Choir


I was sitting in Robert’s garage smoking a cigar last week when he mentioned that the 2015 Gun Rights Policy Conference was coming up that weekend. My immediate response whenever I smell a potential junket: “Do you want me to go?” A little back of the napkin budgeting later and I had a plane ticket to Phoenix for the three-day event. I had never been to a GRPC before (even though they have been going on for 30 years now) so I had no idea what to expect. What I found when I arrived was a conference that felt every one of those 30 years old — dated, lackluster, and something my grandfather would design if you could get him out of the nursing home long enough . . .

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NJ Gov Christie Pardons Three [Otherwise Law Abiding] Out-of-State Citizens Accused of Gun Crimes

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Christie pardons 3 on gun charges after pressure on campaign trail the headline at northjersey,com proclaims. How cynical is that? Surely Christie pardoned North Carolina cell tower worker Brian Fletcher, Floridian Elizabeth Griffith and Pennsylvanian Todd Doering because the New Jersey governor recognizes the unconstitutionality of his state’s gun control laws. has a different, although hardly unique perspective on the presidential candidate’s motivation, including this background info on Christie’s gun rights record . . .

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Cuomo Demands Democrats Shut Down the Government Unless More Gun Control Legislation Passes


Democrats are absolutely livid over the concept that the Republicans in Congress are so staunchly opposed to funding Planned Parenthood that they are willing to shut down the government rather than continue to see their tax dollars getting spent on abortions. The idea that someone could be so firm in their convictions is apparently beyond their comprehension. Andrew Cuomo (Democrat and governor of New York) sees things a little differently. In his opinion, Democrats should be pushing just as hard for the “nuclear option” of politics as the Republicans, but for a different reason: gun control. Unable to push his agenda any other way, Cuomo is asking the Democrats to resort to holding the entire U.S. government hostage in order to push through proposals that lack any factual basis and which the majority of Americans do not want.

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Grassroots Gun Rights’ Biggest Fear: Bloomberg


Here at the Gun Rights Policy Conference there has been quite a bit of speechifyin’. Most of it is stuff we already know — the various gun rights organizations generally do a good job of keeping us in the loop, so I’ve been spending most of my time browsing Reddit and schmoozing with the other attendees rather than paying close attention to the substance of most of the speakers. But there’s been one notable theme I have picked up on while browsing amusing cat pictures: Michael Bloomberg . . .

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BREAKING: Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Releases His Gun Policy

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Donald J. Trump on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period. The Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that belongs to all law-abiding Americans. The Constitution doesn’t create that right – it ensures that the government can’t take it away. Our Founding Fathers knew, and our Supreme Court has upheld, that the Second Amendment’s purpose is to guarantee our right to defend ourselves and our families. This is about self-defense, plain and simple . . .

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Gun Policy Increasingly Important in the 2016 Race for President


Until former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley went full CSGV in a desperate effort to garner some media attention, gun rights have largely been absent from the 2016 presidential campaign so far. Still, a growing proportion of Americans believe that a candidate’s position on guns and gun control is important to their decision on who to vote for, and overall the majority seem to think that keeping the laws as they are right now is the right thing to do . . .

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Grassley Asks AG Lynch About Sexual Harassment and More at ATF


“Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is asking about the handling of multiple claims of sexual harassment, bullying, gender discrimination and witness intimidation by senior Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) managers dating back to 2012, including alleged attempts to prevent independent oversight by the Inspector General,” a Wednesday committee media advisory reported. “The allegations from eight whistleblowers include threats, unwanted sexual advances, graphic sexual comments and attempts to retaliate against employees who disclosed the inappropriate behavior.” . . .

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Gun-Grabber Proposals, Including O’Malley’s, Getting More Outlandish and Laughable


An editorial in The Ellsworth American promises us “rational gun control.” Unsurprisingly, to anyone who understands that for “progressives,” every day is Opposite Day, it’s anything but that. In typical bipolar fashion, noise is generated to make it sound like the right to keep and bear arms is recognized, but that’s just lip service as the author tries to convince us that “bans on semi- automatic and assault-style weapons and high capacity ammunition clips,” along with all the other obligatory infringements shoved at gun owners ad nauseam, are just the ticket for giving the public what it wants.

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Internet Poll: 29% of Americans Could Support a Military Coup


Sixty-two percent of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia think that Internet polls are worse than useless. True story! Internet “opt-in” surveys are the dictionary definition of a self-selecting sample. They have zero scientific credibility. They are inherently, profoundly misleading. And fun! “Almost a third of Americans could imagine supporting a military coup against their own government, according to a new poll,” reports. The result is roughly similar to the number of men who could imagine sleeping with Jessica Ashley in the next twenty-minutes. And not so favorably with the number of men with whom Jessica Ashley would sleep, ever. Again, who cares? OK, Ms. Ashley makes her living appealing to carnal desires. I mean, who cares about the coup stat? Still, check it out . . .

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Is Open Carry at a Polling Place Electioneering?

Is open carry an act of political advocacy? And if so, should it be restricted at polling places on election day? I thought about those questions as I was perusing the remarks left by the TTAG commentariat earlier today. In response to my article on the recent conviction of Alabama voter Robert Kennedy Jr. for openly carrying his revolver while voting last year, TTAG reader Xanthro posted the following comment . . .

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