News Flash: Chicago Really, Really, Really Doesn’t Like Guns

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Reader Anthony writes:

I went on a trip to Chicago this last weekend, taking the risk of being unarmed, though as a permit holder from Minnesota I carry regularly. I was walking down the street when I passed this building project and noticed (well, it was pretty hard to miss) the panel emblazoned all over with “no guns” emblems. I guess it just wasn’t enough for the building company to put up one large sign. So if it wasn’t apparent already, I think this makes a pretty good statement about the anti-gun culture of Chicago. Also noticed little “no gun” stickers on just about every door or window in the city.

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Question of the Day: Should the RCMP Release Terrorist Gunman’s Video?

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“Canadian authorities said late Sunday that the gunman who fatally shot a soldier and attacked the Parliament building in Ottawa last week had ‘ideological and political’ motives,” Captain Obvious foxnews.com reports. “The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a statement that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau had made a video of himself prior to committing Wednesday’s attack. No details of the video’s contents were released, but CBC News reported that the gunman appeared to make specific references to Canadian foreign policy in the video and praises Allah. CBC also reported that the video appeared to have been made the day before the attack and would be released publicly later this week.” Should they?

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Gun Review: BUL M-5 Commander 1911 (9mm)

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There has been a recent surge in firearms-related gear coming out of Israel. Starting with our readers’ choice as the best new rifle of 2013 (the Tavor) and continuing with some of Robert’s favorite people [insert Israeli supermodel of the day here], Israel has really been pumping out good looking and finely functioning exports lately. One of the latest Israeli products to hit the shores of the United States is the BUL series of handguns, and I was given a 9mm Commander version to test out . . .

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Wheels Up: Tac-Con Media Day

As you read this, I’m sitting on an airplane headed west towards Phoenix to spend a few days at the range with the people from Tac-Con to see what they’re up to, blow off some rounds, and generally have a good time out in the desert. In case you’ve been buried under a rock for the last year, let get you up to speed . . .

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RF’s Counterpoint to USA Today’s Pro-GVRO Editorial

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USA Today thinks California’s newly-enacted gun violence restraining orders are a wonderful idea. Because mainstream media. When they wanted an opposing view to run alongside theirs, though, they asked RF to contribute a piece expressing the views of the pro-2A side. Here it is:

Last May, Elliot Rodger stabbed three men to death in his apartment. Rodger then struck four victims with his BMW and fatally shot three more. Investigating Rodger’s attacks, detectives removed a knife, a hammer and two machetes from his home, and secured his BMW . . .

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Americans for Responsible Solutions Post-WA School Shooting Email Blast

Dear Robert,

Shortly after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we drove from New York to Newtown to meet with some of the parents and members of the community who lost so much on that day.

We had no idea what to expect.

We had experienced firsthand the wreckage left in the wake of a mass shooting, but to us, and the entire nation, Newtown felt different . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Raped Pit Bull Edition

TTAG tipster Pascal sent us this gem: an interview with Alice Woodruff, a woman who found a naked man raping her pit bull outside her doorstep. A mentally ill man (obvs) who told Ms. Woodfruff he was going to kill her. Pascal’s takeaway: always keep your gun loaded and don’t fire a warning shot. Really? No props for hanging fire, given the result? Anyway, “Since this is CT, interesting if she is allowed to keep her gun. Not only is she in a gun hell state, she is in a densely populated anti-gun city.”

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If You Shoot It, They Will Come

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At SHOT Show this year, I heard the craziest idea I’d ever heard in my life: someone was going to host a women’s only 3-gun match, and they fully expected to sell out the 200 slots to the match. I laughed because at the time, I could name literally less than 20 women who shoot 3-gun. The concept sounded nice to me, but I never believed they’d get 200 women to sign up. Well, match director Lisa Marie Judy and co-director Kay Miculek have gone and proved me wrong – and I’m thrilled about it! Next weekend is the Brownell’s Lady 3-Gun ProAm in Covington, GA, where a sold-out match will be the first-ever women’s only event in the history of 3-gun . . .

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NYT Editorial Asks “Do Black People Have Equal Gun Rights?”

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The Gray Lady’s headline – Do Black People Have Equal Gun Rights? – is pure clickbait. National Review staff writer Charles C. W. Cooke’s editorial is as solid a pro-guns-for-everyone read as anything you’ll find on TTAG. After torturing his lead to reveal his skin color (white), Cooke embarks on a potted history of American gun control, revealed as an unconstitutional policy rooted in racism. The only real surprise: it’s in The New York Times! Which means, of course, there has to be some anti-gun rights element to the pro-gun screed. Which there is, in the form of a shot across the bow of the NRA . . .

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Suicide-by-Cop Fail, Thanks to Cops’ Marksmanship (Or Lack Thereof)

According to kirotv.com, Washingtonian Hans Hansen’s “cabinet business had failed and he’d been evicted from a Granite Falls industrial park. He has a vascular disease and one of his legs must be amputated soon. He expects to lose his house in January because he hasn’t been able to pay the mortgage. His wife sent him an upsetting text message. He started drinking. Hansen decided to gather several guns that he owned and go to several locations where police might be ‘so he could fire at cars and buildings and engage the police in a gunfight and be killed.'” Nope. Not happening . . .

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Quote of the Day: Hope Over Experience Edition

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“The Safe Act really meets the test of good gun policy. It keeps guns out of the wrong hands, and I think it does that quite effectively.” – New Yorkers Against Gun Violence executive director Leah Gunn Barrett in Cuomo’s Gun Law Plays Well Downstate but Alienates Upstate [at nytimes.com]

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