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GOA News

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GOA Puts Ryan on Notice; Betrayal of the 2nd Amendment Will Be Remembered On Election Day

 

“The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution prevents the federal government from imposing ANY infringements upon our gun rights.” -- GOA’s Erich Pratt

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GOA to Paul Ryan: Bump Stock Bans Lead to Magazine Bans

“If the Trump administration starts supporting infringements — even if they are so-called minor ones — it will weaken their ability and resolve to oppose the next set of infringements that come down the pike.” -- GOA’s Erich Pratt

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GOA’s Erich Pratt: Ten Reasons Why Gun Owners Should Oppose a Ban on Bump Stocks

A ban on bump stocks will also prohibit other gun parts and magazines. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s bill (S. 1916) to ban bump stocks would ban any part or device in a firearm that “functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle.”

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Ky. congressman emerges as vocal defender of bump stocks

"[Massie] thinks very deeply about these issues,” GOA's Michael Hammond said. “He thinks beyond the surface questions. And incidentally on the bump stocks, he’s absolutely right.”

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'Bump stock' ban opposed by Gun Owners of America, despite NRA stance

"Gun Owners of America opposes a ban on bump stocks,” Executive Director Erich Pratt said in a statement, noting that the Obama administration’s ATF allowed the devices “to help gun owners with disabilities fire their weapons.”

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Larry Pratt

In early February, the Chronicle of Higher Education ran an article more than 5,000 words long examining the controversy surrounding Arming America: The Origins Of A National Gun Culture (Knopf, 2000) by Emory History Professor Michael A. Bellesiles -- a book that has been thoroughly discredited. This article quoted and reported on the views of a number of individuals.

Conspicuously missing from this lengthy piece, however, was anything said by Northwestern History Professor Gary Wills. Instead, we were told that Wills "declined to be interviewed for this article, explaining he would need more time than he currently has to properly reconsider this matter."

But, Wills has not always been too busy to comment on Arming America. In fact, Wills wrote a glowing, love letter of a review of this book for the New York Times Book Review (9/10/2000) headlined "Spiking The Gun Myth." And what a review it was. Wills swallowed everything Bellesiles wrote -- hook, line, sinker and fishing pole! The Times liked this review so much it was featured on the Book Review cover along with a piece of art work showing a bony, skeletal hand holding a gun. The headline on the cover read: "Gun Culture? What Gun Culture?" A subhead noted that Bellesiles's book tells us: "The freedom-loving, gun-toting yeomanry of 1776 never really existed."

In his review, Wills began by sneering at and mocking those Americans for whom, supposedly, "the gun is a holy object, the emblem and guarantor of their identity," those folks who -- without a gun -- "would not be the self-sufficient persons they consider themselves, the very models for all lovers of freedom."

Wills mindlessly regurgitates virtually anything Bellesiles asserts as if something is true simply because Bellesiles says it. He reports, as truth, Bellesiles's bogus data regarding gun ownership in the mid to late 1700s. Ditto, what Bellesiles says about: the expense and trouble of owning a gun; how most murders were committed; the militia; and much more. Wills even repeats what has now been exposed as fiction, that Bellesiles searched "over a thousand probate records."

Right. And Bellesiles is still searching for these records!

Wills concludes his embarrassing review: "Bellesiles has dispersed the darkness that covered the gun's early history in America. He provides overwhelming evidence that our view of the gun is as deep a superstition as any that affected Native Americans in the 17th century."

Well, to make a long story short, we now know the truth about Arming America -- but no thanks to gullible, intellectually dishonest reviewers like Gary Wills. The book is one long Big Lie about guns. Michael A. Bellesiles has "spiked" nothing. Instead, he has attempted to perpetuate a fraud. He's been caught. And the only "darkness" related to this sordid affair is that which is rapidly covering Bellesiles's academic career which lies in rubble. And this couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

But, even though Gary Wills won't comment on the record -- he has ignored our phone calls and e-mails -- we know that he knows he got badly burned. When Don Kates sought to organize a critics-and-defenders panel on Arming America for the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, he contacted, among others, Gary Wills. Wills' reply, in an e-mail, regarding Bellesiles, was, in its entirety: "Nobody defends him."

Ho, ho, ho. What Wills means, of course, is that nobody defends Bellesiles now. But, Gary Wills once defended him, vigorously and with great gusto. And the fact that Wills won't now admit, on-the-record, that he was had, and apologize to readers of the New York Times Book Review, is a cowardly disgrace.

Self-Defense Corner

  • Two Suspects Allegedly Burst Home
  • Armed Texan Stops Sexual Assault
  • Church Shooter Stopped
  • Intruder Kicks in Wrong Door
  • Defensive Use of AR-15

Police: Two Invasion Suspects Allegedly Burst into House, Only One Lives to Tell

Delaware State Police say two suspects–at least one of which was armed–burst into a home late Sunday night and only one survived the confrontation with the homeowner.

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Armed Texan Intervenes, Stops Alleged Sexual Assault of Female Jogger

Court documents filed this week claim an armed good Samaritan intervened and stopped an alleged sexual assault after hearing a female runner scream.

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Tennessee Church Shooter Stopped by Good Guy with a Gun

A good guy with a gun confronted Emanuel Kidega Samson on Sunday and held him at gunpoint after he allegedly opened fire on congregants at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ.

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Police: Intruder Kicks in Wrong Door, Dies from Gunshot Wound

Indianapolis police say 34-year-old Percy Walker kicked in the wrong door and was shot and killed by a father protecting two young children.

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Defensive Use of AR-15, Man Kills Two, Wounds One Attacker

On May 6th, 2017, an armed man was sitting on his front porch in the 400 block of Glenburnie Drive in Houston, Texas. He had a concealed carry permit. His brother says that he goes to the range often. He was on his porch and had another firearm with him. An AR-15 type rifle.

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