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Reid Blasts GOA and the Gun Lobby for Killing Gun Control







Days after a shooting at an Oregon community college left 10 dead including the gunman, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., made a new push for tougher gun control legislation.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Reid urged his colleagues Monday to pass legislation to require mandatory background checks on gun purchases.

"I've started to reach out to senators and talking about what can be done to advance the cause of background checks," Reid said, renewing a push for more stringent gun laws that followed the 2012 Newtown school shooting that left 20 first-graders dead, along with 6 educators. The effort eventually stalled and fell by the wayside....

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Gun free zones are killing us: Opposing view in USA Today

Our hearts go out to the victims and the families of the Umpqua Community College shooting. Last week’s events were very tragic, and all Americans are mourning with the residents of Oregon.

But most Americans find it very offensive to hear the president use a tragedy like this and instantly turn it into a political opportunity.

The White House is calling for “common sense” gun control, which is insane, given that the criminally minded don’t obey the law.

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GOA Responds to the President on the Oregon Shooting
-- Top Ten misstatements made by Obama






On October 1, 2015, the nation witnessed another tragic shooting -- this one at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon.

The President shortly took to a national platform to address the killings.

This should have been an opportunity for the President to unite a grieving nation. But instead, he chose to foment division. He even bragged that it was right for him to politicize this tragedy.

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GOA Responds to Oregon Shooting

“Our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” said GOA Director of Communications Erich Pratt. “This is a very tragic day, and all Americans are mourning with the residents of Oregon.

“But we find it offensive to hear the White House use a tragedy like this, and instantly turn it into a political opportunity. The President spoke to the nation today, saying it’s proper for him to politicize this tragedy. He called for more ‘common sense’ gun control, which is insane, given that the criminally-minded don't obey the law,” Pratt said.

“It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun,” the President said. He then rattled off a list of gun free zones where shooters had inflicted damage, including Columbine, Blacksburg, Newtown, Aurora and Charleston.

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Gun Groups Enraged at Obama's Rant After Oregon Shooting

Gun rights groups Thursday slammed President Barack Obama for using the Oregon community college shooting to push for more gun control, with Dave Dalton of the American Gun Owners Alliance telling Newsmax that "I literally screamed at the TV set" as the president spoke.

Dalton said he was particularly incensed at Obama's remark that " 'it's just too easy to get a gun' without having any knowledge of the facts.

"They don't have any facts about the situation," he added. "How the person got the gun? What the person's mental capabilities were? Were they unstable? It's always, 'It's too easy to get a gun.'"

"How is it too easy to get a gun?" Dalton asked. "What more would they like besides an FBI background check? Is it mental records? Possibly.

"Nothing short of thought-policing is going to stop these kind of people."
At least 13 people and as many as 20 others were killed in the shootings at Umpqua Community College, about 180 miles south of Portland, which began shortly after 10:30 a.m.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said the gunman was slain in an exchange of gunfire with police officers in a campus building.

At the White House, Obama said that the shootings further illustrated the need for more gun control.

"As I said just a few months ago, and I said just a few months before that, and I said each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It's not enough."

Erich Pratt of the Gun Owners of America attacked Obama for "instantly" turning the tragedy into "a political opportunity." Based in Springfield, Va., the group has a million members.

"Our hearts go out to the victims and their families," Pratt told Newsmax. "This is a very tragic day, and all Americans are mourning with the residents of Oregon.

"But we find it offensive to hear the White House use a tragedy like this, and instantly turn it into a political opportunity," he added. "The White House is calling for 'common-sense' gun control, which is insane, given that the criminally-minded don't obey the law."

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Self-Defense Corner

  • Rifle vs Invader
  • Stupid Criminals
  • Shot Multiple Times
  • Bank Robbery Stopped
  • MI Robbery Stopped

Elderly Man Grabs Rifle, Confronts Alleged Home Invader

On September 22, an elderly man in Carter County, Kentucky, grabbed his rifle and confronted an alleged home invader who was going through drawers, looking for valuables in an unused room of the house.

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Elderly Man Shoots Alleged Home Invader Who Ignored his Warnings 

On September 22 at around 10:20 a.m., an alleged home invader ignored the warnings of an elderly Phoenix homeowner and was shot. First responders later found him in critical condition.

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Alleged Home Invader Picks Wrong House, Is Shot ‘Multiple Times’ by Elderly Resident

On September 21 an alleged home invader entered an Indianapolis home and pointed a gun at the head of an elderly woman only to be shot “multiple times” by her husband.

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Alleged Bank Robber Points Gun At Elderly Customer, Gets Shot

On September 21, an alleged bank robber in Warren, Michigan, pointed his gun at an elderly customer, who pulled his own gun and shot the suspect in both arms and one leg. The alleged robber then “staggered” out of the bank and collapsed.

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Bank Robber Shot By Concealed Carrying Customer In Michigan

A quick thinking customer is credited with thwarting an armed bank robbery at a Citizens Bank on Monday.

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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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