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2nd Amendment threatened in Obama's trade plans

UNITED NATIONS – Giving President Obama fast-track authority to conclude an international trade agreement is like playing Russian roulette with six bullets in the chamber, says one of America’s leading gun rights organizations.

Gun Owners of America is blasting a congressional proposal that empowers Obama to unilaterally negotiate international agreements as “a ‘bait and switch’ scheme that could seriously impact the Second Amendment.”

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The Right to Defend Your Family is a “Pro-Life” Value
by Erich Pratt

USA Today isn't exactly a close ally of either the pro-life or Second Amendment movements. So it’s not surprising that on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the newspaper published an opinion piece by Pastor Rob Schenck trying to pick a fight between the two communities. 

That's not going to happen.

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Not Ready for Prime Time
by Tim Macy

You have to admire anyone who calls out the President of the United States to his face, criticizing his train wreck that is universally known as “ObamaCare.”  Dr. Ben Carson catapulted himself into national prominence when he confronted the President on this issue at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013.

As a result of that one act, Dr. Carson is being considered as a potential presidential candidate.  His gentle, avuncular manner makes him all the more attractive.  But let’s do a little vetting before we go all in.

From a review of some of his public statements, it is clear that he is developing his positions on the issues on the fly.

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Anti-gunners Misfire Again Trying to Debunk the Benefits of Guns in Self-Defense
by Erich Pratt

In October of last year, a North Carolina man used a handgun to stop three armed invaders who were beating his wife and attempting to rape his granddaughter.  The home defender shot all three of the thugs, killing one of them.

In July, a doctor prevented a mass shooting at a hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania, when he used his concealed firearm to stop a gunman.  Police said that had it not been for the armed doctor, the perpetrator would have gone “out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition.”

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GOA Blasts Liam Neeson for Ignorant Comments on Guns

WorldNetDaily (1/13/15) reported that action movie star Liam Neeson has been accused of “rank hypocrisy” for his comments blasting gun ownership in America.  Neeson offered these views, despite the fact that he has made a career appearing in movies featuring ... guns.

Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, said he was “not impressed” by the comments from Neeson, who appeared in Schindler’s List.

“Too bad Neeson didn’t learn anything from Schindler’s List. Those were unarmed people who were being slaughtered (by the Nazis),” Pratt said. “You know they had to have wished there had been ‘too many (expletive) guns’ in Germany.”

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Man Relives Bone-Chilling Moment When a Neighbor Kicked Through His Door and Came at Him With a Machete: ‘It Was Like ‘The Shining”

James Cvengros lived with the horrific memory for nearly a year — and then a few days ago in an Idaho courtroom he watched it unfold all over again…on video…for the very first time.

Cvengros, 29, had started to document the alarming behavior of his 54-year-old neighbor Twain Thomas — in case something goes wrong, he figured, visual evidence might help him out.

After all, one time Thomas reportedly kicked in Cvengros’ door over loud music. What could be next?

One day last February, Cvengros found out. Things were much worse in their Pocatello apartment building — windows breaking, other neighbors screaming — so he hit “record” and pointed his camera at his front door.

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Armed Woman in PA Detains Two Thieves at Gunpoint For Police, Police Praise Her

Fearless, armed women are certainly making a statement so far in 2015. Case in point, when an armed Pennsylvania woman found two men breaking into a car in her driveway she quickly took action.

According to local media reports:

Ephrata police already had been alerted by a 911 caller that two men were entering cars along Misty and Creek lanes at 2:30 a.m. Monday, according to criminal complaints. But the woman took action when she saw the man trying to break into a car in her driveway at Meadow View and Overlook drives.

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Store Clerk Takes On Four Armed Robbers, Kills Two, Breaks Up Robbery Ring

A Tulsa convenience store clerk took on four masked men during an attempted robbery earlier this week, shooting and killing two and helping bring an end to a serial robbery ring.

The four assailants entered Ryan’s Convenience Store at around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Tulsa World. One of the men, 27-year-old Brian Powell, pulled out a handgun and fired a shot upon entrance and demanded money.

But the store clerk did not comply. Instead, he pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and fired it, hitting and killing Powell and 16-year-old Kevin Dobbs.

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Papa John’s Delivery Driver Shoots Would Be Robber

In a very rare instance, the company that employed the driver is actually standing by the employee.  Despite a company policy against using firearms, the driver is keeping her job and has been reassigned to work in the store while she recovers from the incident.

I applaud Papa Johns for doing the right things, hopefully it might lead to a change in their policy prohibiting firearms.  The suspect is being treated in a local hospital for a gunshot wound to the face.

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‘Amazing’ Armed Customer Thwarts Armed Robbery, Inspires Woman To Obtain Concealed Carry Permit

A Houston-area man is being hailed as a hero after he stopped an armed robbery with a gun of his own.

The incident occurred Saturday at K&S Seafood when two armed men barged into the store near closing time.

“All of a sudden my wife ran back panicking,” K&S owner Koy Sam told KHOU.

According to KRIV, the assailants confronted the couple in the kitchen and put a gun to Sam’s head and demanded money, which was actually kept at the front of the restaurant.

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Gun Rights Advancing Across The Country
-- Report from the front lines

Gun Owners of America
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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Well, it's been a pretty good year so far.

GOA-supported legislation has passed in several state legislatures, and in many cases, the final vote tallies have been overwhelmingly pro-gun.

Good bills that have now become law would allow gun owners to "Stand their Ground" when attacked, to carry concealed firearms in their home state, and to be free from the fear of gun confiscation during a state of emergency.

The last of these the "emergency powers" reform bills -- have been introduced at both the federal and state levels.

You may recall that during the post-Hurricane Katrina debacle, video documentation surfaced showing that officials were disarming law-abiding gun owners who were doing nothing more than keeping their self-defense firearms available to protect their property and loved ones. (You can view this disgusting footage at http://www.gunowners.org/notb.htm.)

Gun owner outrage led the courts in Louisiana to insist that the practice cease, after the fact. But to keep it from happening again, officials need to be specifically prohibited from even TRYING it. Most states have "emergency powers" laws, and THAT is the hook anti-gun officials use to take away your guns just when you need them most.

This year, one of GOA's highest priorities at the state level is to address the problems with so-called "emergency powers" across the country. GOA-supported bills that will make it absolutely certain that no state official could disarm the citizenry during an emergency are currently pending in several states.

It all started when GOA supplied video footage to Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, after he had received reports of disarmament. The video was shown in conference during a Special Session of the legislature dealing with Katrina fallout, and the result was a 78-1 vote REQUIRING the legislature to decide on GOA-approved legislation during Louisiana's normal session later this spring.

Meanwhile, the national movement is growing steadily. Emergency Powers bills have been introduced in a dozen states ... with several bills being introduced by legislators who are GOA members. Idaho, Virginia and Mississippi have already signed their bills into law. And six other states have passed bills out of the house or senate.

FEDERAL REPORT

In the nation's capital, two congressmen have introduced federal versions of the "emergency powers" reform bills. In the House, Rep. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) has introduced H.R. 5013 to prohibit the confiscation of firearms by any federal employee.

Likewise, pro-gun Senator David Vitter (R-LA) has sponsored S. 2599 to do the same thing. GOA will be watching these two bills for you and will keep you up-to-date on their progress.

GOA has been tracking other federal bills for you this year, but unfortunately, the progress report is not as good:

* FREE SPEECH RESTRICTIONS. On April 5, the House of Representatives narrowly passed HR 513 -- a bill that will regulate "527 organizations" like the Swift Boat Veterans as severely as the most heavily regulated political groups in the country. If enacted, HR 513 could effectively eliminate organizations like the Swift Boat Veterans. The final tally in the House was 218-209. The bill is now in the Senate.

* FREE SPEECH PROTECTIONS. In March, GOA alerted you to legislation that was introduced by Texas Congressmen Jeb Hensarling and Ron Paul. Their bill (HR 1606) was good legislation to exempt the Internet from regulation under federal "electioneering" laws. The House probably had the votes to pass this bill, but it was yanked at the last minute.

When the Federal Election Commission issued favorable regulations last month, House leaders decided that HR 1606 was no longer necessary. This was unfortunate, because a future anti-rights administration could one day reverse the recent FEC ruling and decide to gag bloggers and internet users in such a way that they will be unable to criticize candidates in the days leading up to an election. So, while we're in the clear for now, we'll have to keep watching this issue closely.

* McCAIN'S GAG ACT. GOA has also alerted you to harmful legislation introduced by Senator John McCain (R-AZ). McCain's bill (S. 2128) is dead, but in typical shell-game fashion, one has to always keep his eye on the "ball." The "ball" in this case is the bill's contents.

The troublesome provisions from McCain's legislation were included in another bill (S. 2349) which passed the Senate in March. The language does several things to limit the free speech rights of Americans who want to lobby their legislators, and it eliminates some of the legislative weapons that U.S. Senators have used in recent years to kill anti-gun bills or to get pro-gun provisions enacted into law.

S. 2349 passed with very few dissenting votes. In fact, the only pro-gun Senators who voted AGAINST the bill were Oklahoma Senators Tom Coburn and James Inhofe, and South Carolina Senators Lindsey Graham and James DeMint. All other normally pro-gun senators voted in favor of this troublesome bill.

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