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Firing Back -- The Root of It All

Government or God? The debate of where our rights come from and more as GOA's Erich Pratt and Remso W. Martinez uncover why the controllers want to mask the truth.

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Bloomberg Group Puts Gun Store Owner Out of a Job 

“It’s wrong to punish the seller of a legal product for doing what’s constitutionally protected,” GOA's Erich Pratt said in an interview. “The bad guy in this case is the murderer. You don’t go after Chrysler because a car that was sold by a dealer is used to run somebody over.”

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July Gun Sales Were Second-Highest Total Ever for the Month

“[D]uring every month this year, gun sales have either set a new record — as seen in May — or they have come in second or third place.” GOA’s Erich Pratt said.

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Firing Back -- Rage and Riots

It's finally here! Listen to the first Episode of "Firing Back," a podcast by Gun Owners of America hosted by Erich Pratt and Remso W. Martinez. 

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GOA is One of the Largest Pro-Gun Groups Defending the Second Amendment

GOA’s Tim Macy said that while they have concerns about Luther Strange, on the other hand, both Mo Brooks and Roy Moore have strong, uncompromising records on gun rights.  Gun Owners of America is one of the largest groups in the United States dedicated to defending the Second Amendment.  The pro Second Amendment rights community is divided on Strange.

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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

  • Concealed Permit Holder Intervenes
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Concealed Permit Holder Intervenes, Holds Robbery Suspect at Gunpoint

A concealed permit holder in Boardman, Ohio, intervened on Thursday and held a robbery suspect at gunpoint in a neighbor’s driveway.

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Pizza Hut Employee Shoots Robber

The Herald Tribune reports in Sarasota County, Florida on 07-19-2017, a Pizza Hut employee shot a man who attempted to rob the store Tuesday night.

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Police: Armed Woman Stops Road Rage Attacker with One Shot

Police in Glendale, Arizona, say an armed woman stopped a road rage attacker with one shot on Wednesday.

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3 Stabbed In Florida Parking Lot, And Then An Armed Citizen Stepped In

SEMINOLE, FLORIDA — Three people were stabbed during an attempted armed robbery in a Publix parking lot, and it showed no signs of stopping until an armed citizen stepped in and held the suspect at gunpoint.

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Man Allegedly Attacks Concealed Permit Holder with Fork After Church, Gets Shot

A suspect in Nashville, Tennessee, allegedly attacked a concealed carry permit holder with a knife “after church” and got shot with a Glock 19 handgun.

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