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GUN OWNERS OF AMERICA: ABOLISH BACKGROUND CHECKS, DESTROY LINKED DATABASE

On August 31, Breitbart News spoke with Gun Owners of America’s (GOA) executive director, Larry Pratt, about background checks for gun purchasers, and he made clear that GOA opposed them when they were first introduced under President Bill Clinton and that GOA believes they should be abolished now.

Pratt also stressed that the database tied to them should be destroyed.

Our conversation began with a discussion of how yet another public attacker, Vester Lee Flanagan, demonstrated the impotency of background checks by passing one to acquire the gun he used to shoot and kill Alison Parker and Adam Ward in Virginia.

Pratt responded by pointing out that public attackers are not the only ones background checks fail to stop. He said, “During the last year of record, although the government has done millions upon million of background checks, they brought 14 prosecutions to court for trial–hardly a crime-fighting tool.” He said some people respond to this by pointing out that there were people who were “denied getting a gun at the point of sale,” but these people fail to note that criminals get guns in ways that completely circumvent the checks.

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UN GUN CONTROL BODY SUPPORTED BY OBAMA SETS UP VETO-PROOF FRAMEWORK

Representatives attending the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Mexico this week have set up a structure for future conferences on gun control that include a veto-proof decision making process.

According to Reuters, representatives from 130 countries gathered in Mexico, although only 72 countries have fully ratified the treaty. They determined that Geneva will be “the seat of the permanent secretariat for the ATT” and they unanimously decided that unanimous agreements would not have to be reached on gun control decisions going forward.

This gives the body a veto-proof process for making gun control decisions going forward.

Anna McDonald, director of the international gun control group Control Arms, praised the agreed-to decision making process and the role representatives at the conference see for “civic groups.”

On August 23, Breitbart News reported Gun Owners of America’s warning that officials from the Obama administration would be attending the conference, even though the U.S. Senate had not ratified the ATT.

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CA CITY SEIZES WIFE’S GUNS BECAUSE HUSBAND UNDERWENT ‘PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION’

San Jose’s Lori Rodriguez says the city seized her 12 guns after her husband was forced to undergo a “72-hour psychiatric evaluation,” and she is suing the city to get back the guns....

These cases highlight the danger Breitbart News, the NRA, and Gun Owners of America have warned about in instances where domestic violence and other issues are used as a Trojan Horse for gun control. The push is insidious, and once those promoting gun control get their foot in the door, they often simply continue pushing.

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GOA Blasts Anti-gun Democrats as Tyrants who Prefer Their Subjects Unarmed

 

 

 

 



 

On August 20, Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt described the Democratic Party on the federal level as “increasingly” tyrannical and focused on passing laws to take guns away from law-abiding Americans.

Pratt said, “The Democrat Party has increasingly become a party of tyranny. And you can’t be a good tyrant if there are a whole bunch of schlubs running around with guns.”

And Pratt is not wrong. The link between federal-level Democrats and a relentless push for gun control is undeniable. Obama craves it, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) continually push it, and Representatives like Elizabeth Etsy (D-CT-5th) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA-5th) eagerly promote it.

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GOA:  Abolish Gun Free Zones by Hitting Their Creators in the Pocketbook

On August 19 Breitbart News spoke with Gun Owners of America (GOA) executive director Larry Pratt and he described gun free zones as “murder magnets” that must be abolished by hitting their creators where it hurts–“in their bloody pocketbooks.”

GOA has been unflinching in their opposition to gun free zones in schools from the moment Senator Joe Biden (D-Md.) introduced them in 1990. They remain opposed to the current cacophony of “guns allowed” versus “no guns allowed” areas in schools, colleges, and businesses that we see around the country today. This confusing mix presents law-abiding citizens with certain places where self-defense is honored and certain places were law-abiding citizens check their dignity and their ability to defend themselves at the door.

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Self-Defense Corner

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FL man shoots 2 intruders after finding dead dogs in his home

A Florida man returning to his Lantana home last week opened fire on two intruders he found inside, killing one and seriously injuring the other. Now the surviving suspect is charged with murder for the death of his accomplice.

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ALLEGED ROBBER CORNERS FEMALE CLERK, GETS SHOT IN BUTT BY CLERK’S HUSBAND

On August 18, an alleged armed robber who cornered a female clerk was shot in the butt by the clerk’s 75-year-old husband. The husband was sitting feet in away in a chair and unnoticed by the robber until it was too late.

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No charges against Oregon father who fatally shot prowler trying to break into kids’ bedroom

The Josephine County District Attorney announced Aug. 11 that no charges would be filed against an Oregon father who shot and killed a man trying to break into his Grants Pass home last month.

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Elderly Woman Pulls Gun To Thwart Two Men Attempting to Rape Her

An elderly California women thwarted two home invaders with the only practical tool for the job:

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Homeowner Shoots Intruder In Lake Highlands

A Lake Highlands homeowner shot an intruder Tuesday morning.

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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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