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GOA Declares Victory Over Safeguarding Seniors' Gun Rights in New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s judges are refusing to comply with a directive from the state attorney general to report the names of some with mental illnesses [including, in the most extreme cases, seniors who have had guardians appointed to handle their finances] to a federal database of prohibited gun possessors.

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Attorney general launches new crackdown on rifles.


"Maura Healey is likely to embarrass herself as much as the legislators who voted for the state’s gun ban already have,”  Larry Pratt GOA Executive Director Emeritus said.


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The Stupidity of Gun Free Zones


"Because I value human life, I want to protect myself and others from people who are evil," Jordan Stein said.


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Film exposes 'gun-free zones' as 'unarmed-victim zones'


Gun Owners of America has released a short film portraying the real problem that governments, schools and others are trying to address by banning guns in specific areas, what critics describe as “unarmed victim” zones.


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Open Carry in Ohio


Pratt said his bigger concern is that people with valid permits to carry concealed guns will not be allowed to take their weapons into the convention hall. 


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Self-Defense Corner

  • Robbery Stopped
  • Open Carry
  • Media Silent
  • Armed Woman
  • Armed Homeowner

Robber with AK-47 shot by Waffle House customer, DeSoto police say

DeSoto police have identified the suspect in an aggravated robbery at a Waffle House last week.

About 2:30 a.m. Thursday, police were called to the Waffle House in the 1500 block of North Beckley Avenue, where they found a man shot in the parking lot.

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Oregon Open Carrier Stops Armed Robbery

An Oregon open carrier stopped an armed robbery suspect who demanded money at knife point. Out for a stroll with his girl, Jason Rorex ran into someone who’d inadvertently brought a knife to a gunfight. As kezi.com reports, when a miscreant demanded Rorex’s money,

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This Concealed Carrier Just Stopped A Mass Shooting At A Night Club, And The Media Remained Silent

On June 12, a Muslim terrorist attacked a gay night club called Pulse in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 and wounding 53 in a three-hour ordeal that was the nation’s most drawn-out mass killing, and the deadliest domestic terror attack since 9/11.

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Home Invader Poops Himself, Hides Behind Door After Being Shot by Armed Woman

A man in Ocala, Florida is recovering from a gunshot wound today after being shot by an armed homeowner during a home invasion. 27 year old Victor Alex Etherington is currently in intensive care at an area hospital.

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Bad Guy Makes Fatal Mistake Of Raising His Gun To An Armed Homeowner

When confronting a stranger in your own home, the shock of seeing a gun leveled at you in the dark of night is probably greater than you wondering whether or not it’s a BB gun. That’s understandably what likely went through the mind of one Oklahoma City homeowner who confronted not one but three individuals breaking into his home at approximately 12:35 am. For Robert Sango, the 24-year-old holding the BB gun, it was a fatal underestimation of his prey.

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Larry Pratt

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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