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The Genius of July 4 Trumps Every Gun Control Argument

by Erich Pratt

The most amazing debate took place in the Grand Canyon State earlier this year.

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Pope Francis Libels Gun Owners

by Larry Pratt

The Pope has been taking aim at the Second Amendment for some time.  Last year, he referred to arms makers as “merchants of death.” Now the Pope has questioned the Christianity of manufacturers and owners of guns

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The President Gets it Wrong Once Again -- Guns are actually saving lives

by Erich Pratt

Just hours after the tragic shooting in a South Carolina church, President Barack Obama resumed his fanatical war on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.

 

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Gun Groups Slam Obama on SC Comments

Gun-rights groups Thursday slammed President Barack Obama's call for a national reckoning on gun violence after the fatal shooting of nine people in a South Carolina church Wednesday night and his remark that "this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries."…

"Just hours after the tragic shooting in a South Carolina church, President Barack Obama resumed his fanatical war on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners," said Erich Pratt, spokesman for the Gun Owners of America.

"The president wants to blame an inanimate object — the gun," Pratt added. "But that just deflects blame away from the real culprit: gun-control policies that leave people defenseless in the face of evil perpetrators who are never effectively prevented from acquiring weapons."

[The President] acknowledged the scant sentiment within the Republican-controlled Congress for stricter gun laws, saying that he recognizes "the politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now."

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State Department Proposal May Make Information-Sharing on Guns Illegal

There has been quite a buzz recently about the State Department’s proposed rulemaking concerning the Arms Export Control Act -- and its impact on information concerning guns.

GOA has looked over the regulations -- and other people’s comments concerning the regs. One initial comment is that a lot of the proposed language which has caused such a stir is carried over from current regulations.

This is not dispositive. If an anti-gun president, like Obama, wanted to use a long standing preexisting statute to implement comprehensive gun control -- and if that preexisting statute had historically been interpreted conservatively -- the first thing the anti - gun president would do is recodify the regulations, with slight modifications.

That said, here are the major problems with the proposed regs, as we see it. This is probably more than you want to know. But, if you’re going to get involved, it’s not more than you need to know.

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Self-Defense Corner

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  • Robber v. Clerk

Female Concealed Carrier Shoots Knife-Wielding Robber In Houston

Don’t mess with Texas women.

A woman was “cool as a cucumber” Friday evening when she opened fire at a man who tried to rob her at a gas station in northeast Harris County, sheriff’s deputies said.

The woman, in her mid-30s, pulled into an Exxon station about 6 p.m. along FM 2100 and Saddle Creek Farms Drive.

She was in the driver’s seat when a man suddenly got into the passenger side. He pulled out a knife and demanded her cash, Harris County sheriff’s deputies said.

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Elderly Man Defends Himself After Second Home Invasion Attempt

When people hear you’re 70 years old, they may think you’ve begun to slow down with age.  

In the case of this attempted home invasion in Sullivan County, Tenn., apparently not slow enough.  Ronald Dykes, living alone in his home, heard an intruder coming in through the window at night and successfully hit the burglar.

Sullivan County Sheriffs Department, when they arrived on the scene, were quickly able to apprehend the burglar when he – understandably – arrived at a medical facility with a gunshot wound.

Elderly Targeted for Home Invasion

It’s become an all too common situation where burglars will scout the homes of the elderly and see them as easy targets. Often living alone or with little supervision, they’re seen as veritable treasure troves of valuables and given little consideration. Just like this tragic home invasion that happened in early May, where an elderly couple was targeted – criminals often don’t consider the lives of their prey when it comes to burglary. As such, why should the home owner make any consideration at all for the burglar?

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Detroit Woman Saves Herself From Carjackers

Detroit is no stranger to violent crime.

And a history of hard times mixed with increasingly desperate criminal elements only make matters worse.   That’s why more and more residents are taking matters into their own hands.  Today, that choice was vindicated when carjackers attempted to force a woman from her car at a stop sign.

CCW Raises the Risk of Preying On Vulnerability

Most violent criminals aren’t looking for the hardened target. A woman in her car, at a stop sign probably seemed like a safe bet. But these carjackers weren’t simply going to take ‘no’ for an answer. Not only were they willing to pull the trigger – they did even before she had her weapon out.

On the opposite side of the fence, just two weeks ago a man died of gunshot wounds in Detroit when he was carjacked.

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FEDERAL AGENT KILLS MIDDLE EASTERN MAN ALLEGEDLY PLANNING TO BEHEAD OFFICER IN BOSTON

The Middle Eastern man shot and killed by counterterrorism agents in Boston Tuesday was allegedly planning to behead a police officer.

The man–26-year-old Usaama Rahim–was holding a “large military-style black knife” at the time.

Breitbart News reported that the man was shot after refusing to comply with orders from law enforcement. Boston police commissioner William Evans said:

He was on foot, under surveillance. The officers have been surveilling him and again they wanted to speak to him… and he turned and our officers gave several commands for him to drop the weapon and unfortunately he came at the officers and they did what they were trained to do and that’s never an easy decision for any officer to make.

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ALLEGED ARMED ROBBER MEETS ARMED CLERK: POLICE FIND ROBBER LYING IN PARKING LOT

On June 2, three armed men allegedly targeted a business in which the clerk was armed as well. The clerk saw the three would-be robbers coming, had his gun at the ready, and shot the first of the suspects as soon as he entered the store.

The incident occurred around 10 pm at the Happy Daze smoke shop in Houston, Texas.

According to ABC 13, the store owner said three suspects “pulled in. They made a U-turn and they parked right there and [the clerk] heard them yelling, ‘Go, go, go.’ When they opened the door, they had their mask on and everything.”

The owner said the clerk figured out what was about to happen and grabbed his handgun.

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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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