Is The NRA Fighting Shy of Bloomberg’s Billions?

The National Rifle Association has anti-ballistic billionaire bully boy Michael Bloomberg in its proverbial sights. As you can see in the video above – one of a series attacking the former New York City Mayor for bankrolling America’s civilian disarmament movement – the NRA pits “big city” big bucks Bloomberg against rural America (amber waves of grain and all that). Yes, well, the pro-gun folks in Washington state are yelling “hello?” Where’s our cash? So much so their kvetching has caught the eye of the Washington Post . . .

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“A sheriff attributed a suspect’s being shot 68 times to ‘that’s all the bullets we had.’” True Story.

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Remember the good old days, when cops were always the good guys and bad guys got what they deserved? Before Johnny Law dressed up in military camo, fired-up the MRAP, loaded-up his full-auto rifle and rang the local judge for a no-knock warrant for a local meth head. Back in the day, older folks and mass media regaled young lads with stories of courageous law enforcement officers. Here’s one from snopes.com dated, surprisingly, 2006 . . .

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Question of the Day: “If the NRA does not step up to the Hispanic community and bring them in, we are again screwed.” True?

TTAG tipster Pascal emailed us an examiner.com story linking U.S. immigration policy with gun control: Migrant politician Torres reflects shape of things to come for gun owners. “The take away is simple,” Pascal opines. “Step 1) Make all the illegal immigrates either citizens or eligible to vote; Step 2) Since Latinos vote Democrat as a block 70% of the time, ram rod future gun control via this new voting block. If anyone doesn’t believe all these illegal aliens and what Obama has done is nothing more than to solidify Democrats in politics for as far as the eye can see, then you have been on another planet because this article shows what the plan will be. Backdoor gun control — literally!” Hopefully not too literally. Anyway, true story?

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Ask Foghorn: Short Stroke Versus Long Stroke Pistons

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The piston-based operating system has long been the gold standard for firearms design. Sure there are other methods like roller-delayed blowback and Blish lock designs, but nothing really stands up to the simplicity and raw reliability of a piston. The AR-15 rifle was originally designed to use a “gas expansion” system for operation, but these days more and more people are getting into the piston game. I’ve had a couple people ask me the difference between long and short stroke pistons, and so here’s the long and the short of it . . .

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ATF Just Approved the First New Civilian Machine Gun in 28 Years. By Accident.

A couple months back I talked about an ATF ruling that may have made it possible for those with a gun trust to legally manufacture machine guns. The key element is that since the Gun Control Act of 1986 stated that no person may manufacture or register a new machine gun and the ATF says trusts aren’t people, there may be an opening for trusts (not people) to register those devices. As soon as word leaked out a couple people immediately filed applications to make and register machine guns (ATF Form 1), and those applications seem to have finally made it through the process. Rumor has it at least one application has been approved — with a twist . . .

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Countering the Myths: Notes From a Foot Soldier in the Fight for Gun Rights

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By Sgt. Patrick Hayes

We all know someone, friends, coworkers, even relatives who either believe the gun control lies or actively spout them. These are usually baseless exaggerations designed to instill fear with the intent of forcing a type of government control over a natural and constitutional right. As Robert Farago and others have said, it is not about guns, it’s about control. If you choose to engage a gun control activist in a debate, understand that you will rarely get a sensible, logical engagement. This is because they won’t listen to you. They don’t care about facts or the truth. They want control and you are not going to change that . . .

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Quote of the Day: Real Estate Agents Should Not Carry a Gun Edition

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“I recognize that we live in a scary world full of scary people. Realtors, real estate agents, brokers, and others have every right, duty, and responsibility to protect themselves. But count me among those who think that the answer to gun violence is not introducing more guns into the equation. That argument has never made any sense to me. It’s like saying we can defeat heart disease by eating more cheeseburgers. The real answer is making sure we live in a safer world. I’ve often said that the world would be a better place if guns didn’t exist at all. Maybe that’s naïve or narrow-minded, but it’s what I believe.” – Ben Lane, Against: Real estate agents should not carry guns [via housingwire.com]

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BREAKING: MO Legislature Overrides Gov’s Veto, Expands Open Carry, CCW, Teacher Carry in Schools

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In a session that saw the Missouri legislature override dozens of Governor Jay Nixon’s vetoes last night, the senate and house both mustered the votes needed to override Nixon’s nixing of SB656 which included three key pro-gun provisions. The new law will allow specially trained and designated employees to carry firearms in schools. It lowers the age for obtaining a concealed carry license to 19 from 21 and allows anyone with a CCW permit to openly carry a firearm. As washingtonpost.com reports, Missouri schools had the option to allow carry on their campsites before, but the new law “requires the state Department of Public Safety to establish training guidelines for schools wanting to designate a teacher or administrator as a ‘school protection officer’ authorized to carry a concealed gun or self-defense spray.”

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A Modest Proposal for Gun Control Advocates

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TTAG reader JK has a modest proposal for gun control advocates:

“The antis should have a way to demonstrate how deeply they are committed to their cause. Let’s introduce legislation that would allow anyone to voluntarily add themselves to NICS as a prohibited person, and receive a ‘diploma’ confirming the fact. The details could include expiration of such a commitment (e.g. after 5 years), and a way for third parties to check if a magic number quoted on the ‘diploma’ is valid (I’m sure Mr. Bloomberg would like to offer, say, $1000 to each volunteer). Let’s see how many antis are really willing to give up their rights for the ‘greater good.’”

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Honolulu PD’s “Gun Safety” Protocol Revealed!

SPOILER ALERT! Keep the gun in the holster until you’re ready to shoot and keep your finger off the trigger until you’re really ready to shoot. Wonder how the HPD managed to have three negligent discharges in the past month – one fatal for an officer showing his gun to a friend at a BBQ - given their common sense protocol and rigorous training? Does the HPD’s apparently cavalier attitude toward “gun safety” have anything to do with the islands refusing to “allow” residents to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms? Probably not.

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Self-Defense Tip: It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over. And Then It Is

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“According to police reports, the incident happened at the Tiger Mart, 901 East Meighan Blvd. [in Gadsden, Alabama] about 9:27 p.m. A 47-year-old man working at the store told police that a man ran into the store holding a gun. The gunman was described as a black man wearing a black shirt, black pants, gray gloves, a black ‘do rag’ and a red bandana covering his face, and red, white and black shoes. He was carrying a Titan Tiger .38 special handgun.” I believe the correct nomenclature is “doo-rag.” And as we’re a gun site, please note that Germany’s Weihrauch & Weihrauch makes the Titan Tiger revolver which appeared in the 1978 movie Dawn of the Dead. But back to the story . . .

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