Random Thoughts on the Antis’ Post-Roanake Shooter’s “Easy Access to Guns”

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“If the Virginia killer did not have easy access to guns, if his scheme for murdering his former colleagues had to be accomplished with knives, hammers, or a home-made explosive device, the truth is that those murders would have been much less likely to occur.” So writes Michael Brendan Dougherty at theweek.comThe conservative case for reforming America’s sick gun culture is a shambolic editorial that wants its armed IRA and gun control in America too. But Dougherty’s central argument – that the average American shouldn’t have “easy access” to guns – is making the rounds in the post-live-TV shooting in Roanoke. Let me say this about that . . .

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Father Of Slain Journalist Dedicates Himself to Gun Control [VIDEO]

A TTAG reader called me yesterday to complain that we were overly focused on the Roanoke TV killer, rather than the victims. I’m posting this video to at least partially redress the balance. I regret the fact that father of slain TV journalist Alison Parker has decided to dedicate himself to increasing gun control, which would have done nothing to save his daughter. And wouldn’t prevent future, similar tragedies. But I understand Andy Parker’s desire to give Alison’s life meaning in the best way he knows how. Our thoughts and prayers are with the survivors.

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Confirmed: VA Gunman Bought His Gun Legally, Passed Background Check


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By Brandon via concealednation.org

The firearm used in yesterday’s horrific shooting was purchased legally by the gunman after he passed a federal background check. ABC News reported late last night: “The ATF says the disgruntled former reporter who killed a television reporter and a cameraman legally purchased the gun. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman Thomas Faison said Vester Lee Flanagan legally bought the gun used to kill Alison Parker and Adam Ward. They were doing a live broadcast Wednesday morning when they were shot to death.” . . .

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Question of the Day: What if the Roanoke Killer Had Been A Straight, White, Republican?

As we reported last night, the usual suspects made the usual pronouncements about gun control in the wake of the horrific live TV shooting in Roanoke. This despite the fact that the killer bought his murder weapon legally, passing a background check. Anti-gunners also used the attack to assert that armed self-defense wouldn’t have saved his victims. This despite the fact that their murderer, known to his victims and known to have anger issues and a grudge against their mutual employer, approached them slowly, in a space without other people, and lingered dangerously close for a good five seconds before opening fire. Once again, it’s all about the gun. But what if . . .

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Gear Review: Counter Strike Coffees

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By Wes D. AKA Tex300BLK

Jon Wayne Taylor’s Cabot article struck a particular chord with me when he said, “I’ve killed a lot of men, but never with a coffee cup in my hand.” I’ve never met Jon, but I am fairly confident that while I’ve never killed a man, the probability of it happening diminishes significantly with a hot cup of coffee in my mitts. As a combat veteran-owned company, Counter Strike Coffee understands the business of killing men and the importance of good coffee . . .

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NRA-ILA: Remember Katrina Gun Confiscation [VIDEO]

Fairfax, VA -(AmmoLand.com)- August 29th marks the 10-year anniversary of when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, La. The memory of the devastation wrought by the storm and the resulting chaos is a human tragedy of such a vast scale that it endures to this day; and will well beyond. Further, the measures taken to disarm law-abiding firearm owners in Katrina’s wake should serve as a testament to why gun owners guard our right to bear arms so vigilantly . . .

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South African Police Blame Legal Gun Owners for Firearms-Related Crime

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SOUTH AFRICA – (Ammoland.com) – The South African Gunowners’’ Association (SAGA) has taken note of the advertisement on the official South African Police Service website [since modified] entitled “ILLEGAL GUNS TAKE INNOCENT LIVES.’ The advertisement stated that, “the majority of these illegal guns come from legal owners who were either negligent or robbed of their gun, which ends up with the gun being used for criminal activities.” While it is an indisputable fact that illegally possessed firearms are used in the commission of crimes . . .

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Quote of the Day: America Continues to Disappoint the President

“The president’s found that disappointing and frustrating, principally because he believes it’s bad public policy for us to not take commonsense steps to address what I think we all acknowledge is a pretty significant problem. The president has also been disappointed that our political system hasn’t responded in the way that he would like. There’s clear majorities in both the Democratic and Republican parties, according to many polls, for these policies. There are even some polls that indicate that there are clear majorities of gun owners that support some of these commonsense steps, but yet we haven’t seen Congress take action and that has been the source of significant frustration.” – White House spokesman Josh Earnest in White House renews calls for gun control after Virginia TV shooting [at guardian.com]

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Hillary Clinton Reacts to Roanoke Shooting: Calls for More Gun Control [VIDEO]

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacted to the shooting in Roanoke by calling for universal background checks and a “time out” for people predisposed to committing firearms-related crimes. Ms. Clinton believes “we are smart enough, compassionate enough to figure out how to balance legitimate Second Amendment rights with preventive measures, and control measures, so that whatever motivated this murderer, who eventually took his own life, we will not see more deaths.” Basically, “we’ve got to do something about gun violence, and I will take it on.” As if you didn’t know.

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White House Reacts to Roanoke Shooting: Calls for More Gun Control [VIDEO]

The White House responded to the shooting in Roanoke by asserting that the killing was “another example of gun violence that is becoming all too common in communities large and small all across the United State.” The President’s Press Secretary called on Congress to “pass common sense things that we know would have a tangible impact on reducing gun violence in this country.” Apparently, Congress could take those steps “in a way that would not infringe on the . . .  Constitutional right of law abiding Americans.” Josh had a had time with that one, and couldn’t quite bring himself to say “keep and bear arms.” I wonder why that is . . .

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Letter to the Editor: Tax, License, Restrict Ammo!

Ammo! (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

This is not the first time gun control advocates have targeted ammunition. You may recall that New York’s post-Sandy Hook dead-of-night signed-into-law-as-an-emergency-measure SAFE Act contained a provision mandating ammunition licensing, shelved (but not eliminated) due to the fact that it would be insanely expensive, not to mention completely unworkable. Politicians in various gun control enclaves have also proposed adding tax to ammo. But Ted Schaefer’s letter to St. Louis Post Dispatch breaks new ground in ammo-flavored gun control fervor. Here’s his proposal . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Home Carry, People…Home Carry

“[Mike] Lash and his wife, Whitney, and their two children had just come home from vacation on August 16 when there was a knock at their door. According to the account given by the Lashes to ABC News, Lash answered the door and saw two young men who told him they had just moved in down the street and experienced car trouble. The two men said they needed a jack, according to Lash.” Unarmed (home carry people), he opened the door . . .

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