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Canadian government to American tourists: Leave your guns at home

GOA's Erich Pratt noted that "two of Canada’s closest neighbours in the United States," the border states of Maine and Vermont, have homicide rates comparable to Canada’s although both allow people to carry handguns without a permit."


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GOA attacks gun-free zones, Everytown fires back

“We’re actually blaming the wolves that love to prey on unprotected sheep but a wolf doesn’t typically attack when there are a bunch of sheep dogs congregated together..." - GOA Executive Director Erich Pratt


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Gun Owners of America: Disarming Good Guys Does Not Disarm Bad Guys

“We’re not going to make people safe by trying to restrict access to guns. Because bad guys, we have found, get access to guns no matter what. You’ll impede it for the good guys, bad guys will [still] be armed.” - GOA's Larry Pratt


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Obama’s forgiveness of gun crimes amid push for controls ‘incredible hypocrisy’

“The president has commuted the sentences of dangerous criminals who were convicted of gun-related charges. But then, he does everything in his power to block law-abiding gun owners from purchasing firearms.”


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Gun Owners of America Supports Kelli Ward in Defeating ‘Gun-Grabbing Globalist John McCain’


"Gun Owners of America was one of the earliest endorsers of Dr. Kelli Ward in the race against the gun-grabbing globalist John McCain," Tim Macy said.


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Adding insult to injury, Emory History Professor Michael A. Bellesiles, author of the totally discredited book Arming America: The Origins of A National Gun Culture (Knopf, 2000), has been given a $30,000 National Endowment For The Humanities (N.E.H.) grant by the Newberry Library in Chicago. That's right. His scholarship demolished, his reputation shot full of holes, Bellesiles now has his snout thrust deeply into the public trough. And guess what he's doing with this $30,000 worth of your hard-earned Federal tax dollars and mine? He's working on another book about guns! This one is titled American Gun Laws: The Regulation Of Firearm Use, 1607-2000.

But, you may be thinking, as I have been: "How in the world could such an award be given to this individual? Who could possibly justify this expenditure of Federal tax dollars to this person?" Well, it's none of our business, really. Or so we were told when we investigated the awarding of this N.E.H. grant.

In an interview, Jim Grossman, Vice President for Research and Education at the Newberry Library, explains that Bellesiles was given his $30,000 grant by a Review Committee and an Awards Committee. Might we, please, have the names of those on these committees to ask them why they decided to give this person such a grant? No, says Grossman. Might we then, please, see a copy of Bellesiles application for this grant? No, says Grossman, all this information is "confidential."

But, how can this information be kept "confidential" since Bellesiles is being given $30,000 worth of what is called public money? Well, says Grossman, when the Federal Government (that's us) gives them money, "it becomes Newberry funds."

Still, why keep all this requested information secret? Grossman says: "Well, if I'm Joe Smith, and I didn't get a fellowship, and I'm upset about it, I might call a member of the Review Committee to complain." He assures us, however, that the N.E.H., by giving the Newberry Library this money (our money), has trusted them (the Library) to award it in a way "that is fair, honest and rigorous."

But, of course, if the names of those who awarded Bellesiles his Federal grant are kept secret, we can't contact and question them, can we? And, if we can't contact and question those who are giving out our Federal tax dollars, we don't know if they, in fact, did award this grant in a way that was "fair, honest and rigorous," do we? No, we do not.

But, seriously, Grossman is asked: "Why give one of your grants to Bellesiles, whose scholarship and reputation is under a huge black cloud when, presumably, there were many applicants whose work is not in question?"

Grossman: "Our Review Committee, which consists of scholars who are able to assess the work of other scholars, felt comfortable with the quality of his existing work. And most of the judgment is also made on the quality of the proposal itself for the next project."

Is Grossman kidding? This Committee was "comfortable" with the "quality" of Bellesiles' existing work?! How can this possibly be true when Bellesiles' existing work -- specifically on Arming America -- is, to put it mildly, of an extremely poor quality!

All of which raises an interesting question. Before Bellesiles was given his $30,000 grant, did he, in any way, have to respond to any of the devastating criticisms of his book Arming America? Incredibly, Grossman says: "That's not part of our process.... There's no interview in the fellowship process."

Well, excuse me, but any group who has given Michael A. Bellesiles any kind of monetary grant without, first, demanding that he prove that what he wrote in Arming America is true, has not awarded this grant in a way that is "fair, honest and rigorous." No way! The Newberry Library should immediately cancel Bellesiles' little excursion on the Federal Gravy Train. And if this isn't done by the Library, the N.E.H. should do it -- now!

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Bridgeport man corners armed burglar at gunpoint

BRIDGEPORT - A Bridgeport man says he cornered a burglar in his home and held the man at gunpoint until police arrived.

David Archilla, 44, tells News 12 he was getting ready to go to work around 4:45 a.m. Friday when he came face to face with a burglar in his kitchen, armed with a knife. 

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: AZ Open Carrier Shoots, Kills Armed Felon

Carolann Miracle was open carrying in the early morning hours of August 1. The 4-feet, 11-inch, 85-pound Arizonan was leaving a gas station with a drink in her hand and a GLOCK on her hip. 

 

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Man violates restraining order, shot dead by ex’s new beau

Neighborhood residents said the area is normally very quiet and they were surprised to awaken Saturday morning to a heavy police presence. (Photo: NJ.com)

A man was fatally shot outside of a Hamilton, New Jersey, home in the early morning hours Saturday, but authorities said the deceased man was violating a restraining order when he was killed.

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Brave KY Homeowner Takes on Four Armed Robbers to Protect Family

A homeowner in Olive Hill, KY fought back against four armed robbers who broke into his home early Saturday morning, leaving one of the suspects dead.

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Home Invader Didn’t Expect House Sitters To Be Armed

LA VISTA, NEBRASKA — A couple were house-sitting for a friend when an ex-boyfriend of the homeowner broke into the bedroom. One of the house-sitters retrieved a gun nearby and shot 26-year-old Darrick Minner. Minner fled the scene but was later picked up by police. He is currently undergoing surgery and is expected to survive.

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