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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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Larry Pratt

Even though he may be the last human being on earth doing it, it's still not exactly a man-bites-dog story to learn that anti-gun junk-scientist Dr. Arthur Kellermann is defending anti-gun junk-historian Michael A. Bellesiles, author of Arming America: The Origins of A National Gun Culture (Knopf, 2000). If ever birds of the same feather have flocked together, it's these two characters.

When the Atlanta Journal And Constitution newspaper (12/18/01) wrote an editorial noting that Bellesiles "has been accused of shoddy and perhaps fabricated research," Kellermann wrote a letter-to-the-editor (12/27/01) saying "the case against Bellesiles is thin and clearly driven by individuals outraged that his book challenges long-cherished beliefs about guns in early American history." Kellerman, like Bellesiles, works at Emory University where he is Director of the Center for Injury Control and Professor of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Surgery at Emory's School of Medicine.

The evidence against Bellesiles is thin?! That's what the Doc says -- even though, in reality, this evidence is roughly as thick as the Empire State Building is high. And it's growing even higher as you read this.

When interviewed in mid-February, and asked if he still believes the evidence against Bellesiles is "thin", Kellermann says: "I think that there are -- you know, basically, what I said is what I said. But, basically, yes." He adds that anybody, whether an academic or not, "is innocent until proven guilty." Bellesiles, of course, has now been, for all practical purposes, proven guilty. But, Kellermann doesn't get it.

When asked if, for example, he's read James Lindgren's scholarly, detailed and well-documented demolition of Bellesiles' probate record data, Kellermann ignores the question saying only that he does not know Lindgren. He says: "I have enough familiarity with individuals' concerns about issues relating to firearms that I take anybody who goes to great lengths to go after another individual, particularly on the academic front -- I have to have some question about what their motivation is." Lindgren, of course, has been motivated only by a search for truth -- a possibility that seems not to have occurred to Kellermann.

When asked if he read the articles about Bellesiles in the Boston Globe, Kellermann interrupts saying, testily: "Well, I'll tell you what -- I don't use the Boston Globe as my source for a scholarly critique." He admits: "I'm not a historian or an expert in probate records." He says he does believe that Bellesiles has been "roundly assailed," deserves a review, that's where the issue is, and "I'm waiting for the jury."

Kellermann says his "basic thesis" is that Bellesiles has been "summarily judged" by the Atlanta Journal And Constitution newspaper that did not do its own independent assessment. But, Kellermann's focus is much too narrow. Bellesiles has been judged by numerous publications and scholars. Their judgment has been anything but a summary judgment. These critiques have been documented-in-detail. And they have been devastating.

Hmmmmm. Interesting point, this "review" business. And an interesting question. So, Kellermann is asked: So, would Emory really launch an official investigation of Bellesiles' work if the evidence against him is "thin?"

Kellermann: "I think that Emory, given the amount of heat that's been generated over this book, I think that Emory's review -- and, again, my understanding is that it was done at Professor Bellesiles' request."

Right. Like Bellesiles really wanted this investigation so much that he requested it. If Kellermann believes this, then, as the saying goes, we have a bridge in Brooklyn we'd like to sell him. As for the bit about "heat" being generated regarding Arming America, no, Doc, it's the light that's been shed on his shoddy scholarship that has caused this autopsy to be conducted.

At one point, Kellermann, amazingly, says, regarding the critiques of Bellesiles' work: "I suspend judgment one way or another." When reminded that he's said the evidence against Bellesiles is "thin," and this is a judgment, he says: "Okay." But, he's says he's said this based on what he has seen.

Eventually, Kellermann admits he did read the Boston Globe articles. So, what does he think about the Globe reporter discovering that Bellesiles had inserted the words "old" and "broken" into his characterization of certain old gun records in Vermont when these words were not in the original records? Long pause. He says he'd have to go back and re-read these articles. He doesn't remember this.

Finally, Kellermann is asked for some specifics. He said in his letter-to-the-editor that the case against Bellesiles is "clearly driven by individuals outraged that his book challenges long-cherished beliefs about guns in early American history." So, who, exactly, is he talking about?

Kellermann says, ducking the question: "I think there are people very happy to see Dr. Bellesiles trashed."

Q: "Like who?"

A: I don't feel that I have any need to share any particular individual's name."

Kellermann adds, pathetically, that the criticism of Bellesiles is "a cautionary note for anybody who wants to do any kind of work on this issue." But, this is pure, unadulterated hogwash. The criticisms of Bellesiles are "a cautionary note" for anybody who writes a lousy book full of lies and fabricated data!

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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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