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The entire background check system is flawed
by Erich Pratt appearing in USA Today (July 28, 2015)

 

 

 

 

FBI Director James Comey recently said a flaw in the gun background check system allowed Dylann Roof to purchase the gun he allegedly used to kill nine people in a church in Charleston, S.C.

But the fact is, the entire background check system is flawed. Not only is it unconstitutional — and disarming many law-abiding citizens — it’s failing to keep guns out of criminals’ hands and is not keeping people safe.

Consider Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who used a gun stolen from a federal agent to allegedly kill Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco.

The same is true for Adam Lanza at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and Jacob Tyler Roberts at the Clackamas Mall in Oregon. Background checks failed to stop these killers from stealing their guns and committing atrocities.

If Roof had been denied a gun by a background check, couldn’t he have stolen his weapon, just as Lanza and Roberts did? Couldn’t he have used a fake ID to illegally purchase one?

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A Tale of Two Shootings, and Why Gun Control is Killing Us

 

In the wake of Thursday night’s Louisiana shooting, the media has made much ado about the President’s “prediction” that law gun control laws would lead to more shootings.

But the reality is that strict gun control laws made Thursday night’s shooting at the Lafayette Grand Theater possible.

While facts are still pouring in, here’s what we already know:

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Gun production has doubled under Obama

Gun production has more than doubled over the course of the Obama administration, according to a new report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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GOA's Larry Pratt is the Second Most Powerful Gun Rights Activist
-- The 100 most influential pro-gun rights advocates

Newsmax is out with our list of 2015's 100 Most Influential Pro-Gun Rights Advocates.

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Leading gun-rights group calls background checks ‘utter failure’

That Dylann Roof was able to purchase a firearm despite a drug arrest comes as evidence that background checks have been an “utter failure,” says a leading gun-rights group.

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Self-Defense Corner

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Houston Store Clerk Fights Back, Killing Two Of Three Armed Robbers

The news reporter for this station summed up gun ownership for self-defense in her opening segment; “Those who work here were prepared because they know what it’s like to be victims.”

Well, almost. It’s good to be armed before knowing what it’s like to be a victim, but you get the idea.

Robbed just 12 days earlier, the workers at the Super K store in Houston were prepared for trouble this time around.

When three armed men stormed into the store, they went to the register and pistol-whipped an employee. One of the armed men waited by the door to hold it open. The owner’s brother was on break, but still in the store, when the robbery was happening.

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Constitutional Carrier Thwarts Robbery In Topeka Less Than Two Weeks After New Gun Law Is Signed

It’s amazing what armed citizens can do to help preserve the peace when government gets out of the way, and allows law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback just signed a bill legalizing so-called “constitutional carry”—allowing citizens to exercise their right to carry a firearm for self-defense without permits—less than two weeks ago.

It has already proven instrumental to thwarting a robbery.

24 year old Joey Tapley was a key witness in Friday’s armed robbery for weapons inside the Academy Sports and Outdoors store in Topeka.

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A Burglar Broke Into a Texas Man’s Home. What He Saw Next Had Him Screaming an Apology and Jumping Through the Window.

Sleeping naked could be the latest innovation in home security, provided you’re imposing enough to scare would-be burglars out of their wits.

A Georgetown, Texas man said that he was awoken Wednesday night by a flashlight moving outside his bedroom door, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

He checked on his sleeping wife, grabbed his 9mm handgun and went to investigate — stark naked.

“I have a tattoo of the grim reaper, my hair is sticking up all crazy and I’m naked,” said the homeowner, who asked that his name be withheld for safety reasons. “I’m not sure if [the burglar] was more afraid of me or the gun.”

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[VIDEO] Off-Duty Cop Takes Out Thug With Incredible Shot During Pharmacy Robbery

Two armed robbers picked the wrong pharmacy to knock off in São Paulo.

According to a video uploaded to Liveleaks, the man in a leather jacket is a warrant officer in the São Paulo Metropolitan Police.  From start of the robbery to the time the second robber beat feet, this off-duty police officer was a smooth operator every step of the way!

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Man shot, killed after breaking into ex-lover's home in Upper Marlboro, Md.

A man was shot and killed during a home invasion in Upper Marlboro, Maryland early Monday morning.

Police were called for a report of a home invasion at a house inside of a gated community in the 6100 block of Blue Sage Lane around 2:40 a.m.
Sources tell ABC 7's Brad Bell that the deceased was previously in a relationship with the homeowner and called the homeowner the night before threatening to come to the house and “kill everybody inside".

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Larry Pratt

The official website of the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington DC says, among other things, that the MPD "protects District residents from crime, fear of crime, and general disorder and establishes trust and respect within the community." Why turn to the Comedy Channel when you can get lines like this for free?

How bad is crime in our Nation's capital? It's so bad that even the far-left Washington Post has repeatedly complained about it. In a recent editorial (1/11/03), the Post says: "The District of Columbia closed out 2002 with a record of violence that should have city leaders and residents worried sick... the District racked up 262 killings last year, the highest death toll in five years."

In another editorial (1/25/03), the Post says the Mayor of Washington DC, its Police Chief and other DC leaders "are badly misreading the mood of the city if they think there isn't general anxiety about the level of crime in the District... last year's 12 percent increase in homicides and the current pace of murders, which is nearly on par with last year's, are sufficient reason for rising public concern."

And in his column in the Post (3/01/03) -- titled "What About The War At Home?" -- Colbert I. King, writing about the "terror" being experienced by residents of Washington DC, says: "Homicides are up again this year. Broad-daylight and nighttime horrors -- callous shootings, murderers are running free -- occur with such frequency and so often without consequence that some people are no longer inclined to come forward."

So, what does the Post say is the cause of this rampant violent crime problem? Well, we're told, editorially (1/11/03), that: "Experts are still trying to sort out the reasons." But, "clearly the prevalence of handguns -- and people willing to use them -- has a great deal to do with it."

Hmmmmm. Interesting. Because, in so many words, the ultra-liberal Washington Post is now admitting, in effect, that what's being proved, with a vengeance, in Washington DC, is -- that when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns!

But, of course, the Post doesn't get it. In an editorial (8/5/02), the Post says: "We believe in strong gun laws." Well, the District of Columbia, for more than 25 years, has had "strong gun laws" which make it, de facto, impossible for any of the good guys to keep and bear arms for self-defense. The result? Re-read the previously mentioned excerpts from Post editorials and that King column.

The plain, obvious truth is that the Washington DC anti-self defense laws have been a dangerous flop as far as curbing crimes committed by people with guns. And -- God bless him -- at least one DC cop was honest enough years ago to admit this. An editorial in the Washington Times (3/27/96) quotes Lt. Lowell Duckett, president of the Black Police Caucus and a special assistant to Washington DC's Chief of Police, as telling a group of citizens they were right to arm themselves:

"Gun control has not worked in DC. The only people who have guns are criminals. We have the strictest gun laws in the nation and one of the highest murder rates. It's quicker to pull your Smith and Wesson than to dial 911 if you're being robbed."

Even the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) -- unwittingly, to be sure -- has admitted that gun-control in Washington DC has failed. On an "Operation Ceasefire" web page, the ATF says, in part: "The District of Columbia has the strictest set of local firearms laws in the country.... And yet, even by the most conservative estimates, thousands of illegal firearms continue to be present in the District every day, and firearms-related violence exacts a terrible and continuing toll on the lives of the people who live and work in the city."

According to data posted on the website of the Hamilton Fish Institute, in 1997, in the District of Columbia, even 10.6 percent of high school students carried a gun somewhere in Washington DC during the previous 30 days.

But, there's some good news about gun control in the District of Columbia and I'll be reporting on it in my next few columns. Despite the fact that the gun-grabbers have thus far succeeded in disarming private citizens in Washington DC, some of these citizens are fighting back and asserting their Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms. I'll tell you about several DC residents who have gone to court to challenge the city's gun-ban. And I'll introduce you to one courageous lady on the DC Taxicab Commission who is working hard to make it legal for cabbies to be armed for self-defense.

In addition, in my next few columns, I'll be naming names and exposing the arguments of those in Washington DC, and their allies, who want to continue the DC gun-ban even though this subjects citizens to murder and a variety of other violent crimes.

There may be hope, even in Washington.

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