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Mother Jones: NRA General Counsel Robert Dowlut is a Murderer

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If you’ve been reading these pages in the last few months, you’re probably aware that the lefty magazine Mother Jones has been on its own anti-gun jihad of late. Apparently supremely peeved by the lack of anti-RKBA progress — particularly on the national level — in the 18 months since Sandy Hook, the gloves have clearly come off. And, like most members of the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex, pro-gun public enemy number one is, was, and always will be the National Rifle Association and its 5 million members. As seen by Second Amendment foes, the NRA is the 800-pound gorilla of gun rights advocacy, the lobbying colossus that bestrides Capitol Hill striking righteous fear into the hearts of any who would presume to oppose them. Which means they must be struck down at any cost. And that explains MoJo’s article recounting NRA general counsel Robert Dowlut’s 1964 murder conviction . . .

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Houston Schools to Eddie the Eagle: FOAD

Eddie the Eagle and friend (courtesy nrablog.com)

“Two Houston school district principals have cancelled gun-safety presentations for their young students since learning the National Rife Association is involved,” chron.com reports. As Fergie would say, h-h-h-h-h-hold it. Who did the principles think ran the Eddie the Eagle safety program? The Texas Bikini Team? “A spokesman for the Houston Independent School District said the principals of Peck Elementary and the Martin Luther King Early Childhood Center thought the safety lessons were being taught by the Metropolitan Transit Authority police department.” What was that they taught us about “assume”? Anyway, so what? . . .

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Illinois Concealed Carry Crippled by Cook County Carve-Out

“With just 40 days before a federal court-ordered deadline to enact a law allowing public possession of firearms, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is holding fast to the notion that decisions about who may carry guns — and where — should be made at city hall, not by a statewide standard,” the AP reports. In other words, the crooks in Cook County want a carve-out. Yeah, well, screw you. Or, as NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde puts it (more diplomatically than I ever could) “How do you sit there and take this fundamental right and decide that it’s meted out by bureaucrats and then you have a different standard depending on what town you live in or travel through?” I think that was a rhetorical question. The real question: can Land of Lincoln gun rights advocates hold off any “compromise” bill that lets the Chicago machine continue to deny residents their Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Watch this space.

Romney Panders To NRA, Anti-Gunners. Simultaneously.

“Actually the law that we signed in Massachusetts was a combination of efforts both on the part of those that were for additional gun rights and those that opposed gun rights, and they came together and made some changes that provided, I think, a better environment for both, and that’s why both sides came to celebrate the signing of the bill.” Mitt Romney, CNBC, July 23rd, 2012.

How can anybody know what to make of this guy? As governor of Massachusetts in 2004 he pandered to gun-grabbers and made his state one of the worst in the nation for gun rights . . .

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Growing Up (Mostly) Gun-less


I am a child of Television. It’s true. Most kids first words are “Mama!” or “Da-da!” Mine was “Popeye.” I am not making this up. I grew up on a steady diet not of ABCs and phonics, but of ABC, NBC, and CBS. I watched everything from Captain Kangaroo and Kukla, Fran and Ollie, to Eliot Ness and Matt Dillon. As such, I was intimately acquainted with guns. Six guns. Shotguns. Lever action carbines. Tommy guns. You name it, and I saw it on TV. And of course, growing up in the 1960s, guns were a regular part of my play. I had that Mattel belt buckle with a derringer in it, where if I pushed out my stomach, I could flip it out and fire it at the bad guys. I had a Mattel M-16 Marauder (a.k.a. a toy M-16/AR-15). I even had a toy Thompson submachine gun. So riddle me this, Batman: why did it take until I hit my mid-forties, before I bought my first handgun and learned how to shoot?

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Gun Ownership and the Privileges of Youth

At what age are you responsible enough to own a weapon? A firearm? Or to get more specific, a handgun? On Friday, a Federal judge in Northern District of Texas ruled against overturning a law that sets the age limit at 21 or older for buying/owning a handgun. Most states set 21 as the minimum age for handgun purchase, and 18 as the youngest you can be and own a long gun. The NRA, God bless ‘em, plans to appeal. But if we’re gonna have law that puts limits on Constitutional right, what limits? What’s reasonable? And how young is too young to own a handgun?

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U.S. Senate Stands with the NRA against the UN’s ATT? Really?

You’ve got to hand it to the NRA. At a moment when the news is all-budget, all-the-time, the NRA has succeeded in getting the U.S. Senate to Take A Stand against the UN’s arms treaty, which appears to be leaning toward regulating the private ownership of guns. How? They’ve asked each member to stand up and be counted, by sending a letter expressing their position on the issue to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton. Would that this were all of the story.  continue reading