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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Why the Gun Ban Lobby Lies About Guns

Charles Cooke has a great piece over at National Review's web site that talks about why gun control advocates lie about guns.  You see, the gun ban lobby is not at all happy that the Pew Poll on the public's attitude about firearms shows that for the first time, more people than not believe that owning a firearm makes one safer:
Angered by the news that American voters are now more supportive of the Second Amendment than they have been in two decades, the New York Daily News’s Mike Lupica used his weekend column to vent. Over the course of 900 words, Lupica lambasted the public for continuing “to protect gun nuts,” chided the “mouth-breathing” NRA for its murderous myopia, and contended emotively that “there are no words” available to describe the horror of “a recent poll that says a majority of Americans believe it is more important to protect the right to own guns than it is for the government to limit access to guns.”
Cooke spoke with NRANews' Cam Edwards about the article and why the gun ban lobby uses lies to promote their cause.

Stafford County Considering Changes to Air Gun, Archery Ordinance

The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star reports that Stafford Board of Supervisors on Tuesday considered amendments to the part of the county code that deals with how pneumatic guns, firearms and arrows can be used, bringing the air gun ordinance in line with state law:
The amendments allow pneumatic guns to be shot outside of the county’s no-shooting zones. Under the changes, pneumatic guns including BB guns, paintball guns and pellet guns would be allowed at facilities approved for shooting ranges, properties where firearms can be shot and on private property with permission of the property owner as long as “reasonable care” is taken to prevent a projectile from crossing the property’s boundaries.

With the proposed changes, those under 16 wouldn’t be able to use pneumatic guns unless they are accompanied by an adult. Punishments for violators were relaxed under the proposed changes from a Class 2 misdemeanor to a Class 3 misdemeanor.
Currently, pneumatic guns can’t be used in no-shooting zones, on public streets and in public places.
One Supervisor questioned why 16 was chosen as the age that requires supervision by an adult.  County staff noted that the Code of Virginia references the restriction and Sheriff Charles Jett said his office doesn’t have any statistical data that indicates that an air gun is more dangerous in the hands of a 14-year-old versus a 16-year-old.

The proposed changes to the archery ordinance was similar to the air gun change.  Currently, the county allows arrows to be shot only by licensed hunters or at archery ranges. In line with state law related to shooting air guns, the proposed changes would allow property owners to have archery target practice on their land as long as the other properties aren’t impacted.  Supervisors voted to place the matter with a county committee.

Monday, December 15, 2014

NPR: Do Guns on the Premises Make Workplaces Safe?

That's the question addressed in an All Things Considered story on Friday.  The report looked at the states that have laws allowing employees to keep a firearm in their car while at work.  When will people learn that a "No Weapons Allowed" sign will not stop someone intent on doing harm.  Concealed Carry Magazine executive editor Kevin Michalowski, was featured in the story and told how his brother attempted to rob a business in Arizona and was stopped by an off duty police officer who happened to have his firearm.  The story is also another illustration how people who are not gun owners don't understand the concept of concealed carry:
In 1993, Heisse was working in a high-rise building in San Francisco when failed businessman Gian Luigi Ferri opened fire, killing eight people before turning the gun on himself. Some of the victims included Heisse's colleagues.

"What I wasn't prepared for was walking through the aftermath of an event like that, and stepping over the body of a young law student that I had hired to work for me for the summer," he says.
Heisse says neither he nor other survivors of that tragedy believe a gun could have stopped the carnage.

"These scenes don't play out like they do in the movies," he says. "It's incredibly stressful. To think that the untrained, inexperienced person in that stressful situation will make all the right decisions is, I think, foolish."
Again, the comments about "untrained" people carrying firearms.  If all these people are so untrained, why don't you have over 8 million (the estimated number of people with concealed carry permits) people being locked up for shooting the wrong people? 

Governor McAuliffe Rolls Out Gun Control Proposals

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that Governor Terry McAuliffe will travel to Arlington today to roll out several gun control proposals for the upcoming session of the General Assembly:
Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday will call for a package of gun restrictions in Virginia, including a renewal of the state’s one-a-month limit on handgun purchases and a requirement that buyers at gun shows undergo background checks.

McAuliffe will also propose keeping guns away from people convicted of crimes related to domestic violence and revoking concealed-handgun permits for parents who are behind on child-support payments.

McAuliffe (D) will unveil his plan during a speech in Arlington County the day after the two-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, according to a news release provided to The Washington Post.
Gun ban proponents have pointed to McAuliffe, who changed course late in the 2013 statewide campaign to vocally support gun control, as proof that it can be a winning issue.  At the time McAuliffe was enjoying a double digit lead in the polls.  He ended up winning by about 2% and some Democrats complained that latching on to Michael Bloomberg and his gun ban agenda may have hurt McAuliffe more than it helped.  Bloomberg dumped $1 million into advertising for McAuliffe late in the campaign.

McAuliffe also will propose giving move money to the State Police so that private owner that wants to conduct a background check on a prospective buyer at a gun show can do so.  He may want to look to Colorado before ponying up new taxpayer money for this proposal.  It turns out that the estimate of the number of background checks that would occur under the state's new so-called "universal background check" law were vastly over blown.

In any event, it's not likely that any of the proposals that will be unveiled today will gain much traction in the General Assembly.  VSSA will be vigorously opposing all legislation aimed at restricting the rights of Virginia's gun owners.

I had the opportunity to discuss this with Cam Edwards of Sportsman Channel's NRANews Cam and Company on Monday afternoon.
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Hat tip to BearingArms.com.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Pew: Support for Gun Ownership Rises

A new survey out from Pew Research shows that support for gun ownership is now higher than public support for gun control.  Dr. John Lott notes the results mirror other surveys showing more people believe owning a firearm makes them safer. But congressional  Democrats want to push so called "universal background checks" in the new congress. Can you say tin ear?

Judge to Rule on Injunction to Stop Fredericksburg " Gun Give Back"

The Fredericksburg Free Lance Star reports this morning that a hearing is scheduled for 1:00 pm today to decide rather to grant an injunction against a so-called "Gun Give Back" planned for this weekend.

Virginia Law requires any locality that wants to hold a "Gun Buy Back" event to pass an ordinance that specifically allows the event to take place.  They also must put any firearm acquired by the event to be offered for sale to an FFL.  Such schemes typically give the owner of the firearms gift cards or cash of around $100. Fredericksburg apparently thinks it can get around this requirement  because instead of giving something to the gun owner, they found a benefactor  to give small donations to one of four area charities.

VSSA made contact with the City Attorney last week after learning of the scheme. No surprisingly,  Kathleen Dooley, the city attorney, told VSSA that we were interpreting  the statute incorrectly and that the event in question is not covered by the law.

The injunction was filed on behalf of Patricia Webb, an FFL in the area.  Dooley not only is asking that the request be denied but is also asking that the city be reimbursed for its cost in defending the action.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Fredericksburg's Unique Way of Circumventing State Law

Yesterday VSSA posted on its Twitter feed and Facebook page this story about the Fredericksburg Police Department's "Gun Give Back" planned for December 13th.  Under state law, before a locality can engage in a compensated gun confiscation scheme (aka "gun buy back"), the locality must a): pass an ordinance allowing the specific event to take place and; b)such firearms acquired by the "buy back" must be offered for sale by public auction or sealed bids to a person licensed as a dealer before otherwise disposing of them, which may include destruction or sale to a dealer.

It seems that the Fredericksburg Police thinks it has found a unique loophole in the law by finding a benefactor to donate money to one of four charities.  You see, "buy backs" usually involve something of value (money, gift card etc.) being given to the owner of the firearm in exchange for turning in the gun.  In this case, the owner would not be given something but instead, a charity donation would be made by a benefactor identified as Dorris Buffet, thus, not triggering the second part of the legislation, or so the Fredericksburg Police must think:
The Fredericksburg Police Department will collect unwanted guns, no-questions-asked, Saturday, Dec. 13. Guns should be taken to the police headquarters, 2200 Cowan Boulevard, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The police department’s sponsor, Dorris Buffett, will donate $100 for every turned-in gun to one of four charities: Empower House, Cops and Kids (shop with a cop), Micah Ministries and the Thurman Brisben Homeless Shelter. Those surrendering their weapon can choose which charity their donation will benefit.

All guns turned in to police during this time will be destroyed. Fredericksburg Police can ensure that the firearms will never be used to commit a crime.
I'm not a lawyer but it could be argued that even though the owner of the firearm is not being given the $100, a donation to a charity could still be considered "something of value."  In a lot of cases, compensated confiscation schemes usually end up taking in a lot of firearms that are not functional or widows who don't know of a way to dispose of the firearms left by their deceased spouse.  They are turned in because of the allure of getting an easy $100 or so.  It appears that Fredericksburg has not passed an ordinance allowing this to take place and it most certainly is not following the law by planning to destroy the firearms.

The question is, how many people are going to be willing to participate if they aren't getting anything in their pocket in return.  VSSA has contacted the City Attorney regarding this matter and is awaiting a response.

Young Shooter Great Spokeman for Shooting Sports

The Blaze has the story here.  ABC's Nightline was doing a story on the increase in women shooters and as part of the segment interviewed 10 year-old Shyanne Roberts and her dad.  When the reporter was sittting with Shyanne in the woods talking about the firearms she likes to shoot, the reporter admitted how it all made her "a little nervous."  Shyanne did not miss a beat responding: "If you learn how to handle them right and not hurt yourself, it's not scary at all.  It's pretty fun."  Of course ABC also spoke with a gun ban advocate who said children should not have firearms because they are not physically able to handle them.  Shyanne proves her wrong.


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Washington Spectator Editor Calls For Obama to Follow Action on Illegal Immigration With Same Move on Gun Control

Today, The Hill web site has an op/ed from John Stoehr, editor of the Washington Spectator, urging President Obama to follow the model he used giving amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and go around congress to move gun control.  Exactly how could he do this?  Stoehr calls for a "recess appointment" of Vivek Murphy to the post of Surgeon General:
Obama needs to change the context. He can do that by appointing a surgeon general.

Vivek Murthy is a doctor at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital with degrees from Harvard and Yale. He founded Doctors for America, researched AIDS in Africa and hoped, as Obama's pick for surgeon general, to focus on obesity. Senate Republicans filibustered him last spring, with assistance from five Southern and Western Democrats, because Murthy threatens the NRA's control of the gun debate. And he threatens the NRA's control of the gun debate because he believes guns are not an issue of constitutional liberty or natural law, but an issue of public health and safety. He is right. Eight people die every day in gun-related deaths, according to one study. The annual total of deaths will surpass vehicular deaths some time next year.
The left (the Washington Spectator is a left leaning publication of The Public Concern Foundation) just won't let go of the Murthy thing.  While Stoehr, focused on the NRA's opposition to Murthy in making his case for a recess appointment, there have been real concerns about rather this is just another appointment of a campaign supporter:
At the ripe old age of 36, Murthy would not even come close to being picked to run any medical department, in any academic medical center in this country. This is not because he is a bad doctor, but simply because he has not contributed enough, published enough or healed enough to qualify him to be a medical leader.

Since 2008, Murthy has dedicated his career to achieving a political agenda, forming groups like Doctors for America, which has lobbied heavily for ObamaCare. Miraculously enough, that political campaign seems to have now paid off and earned him this nomination.

To me, health care should be 80 percent science and 20 percent politics – not the other way around. I hope that the president reconsiders this nomination and instead chooses a doctor who better personifies the greatness of America’s medical and scientific achievements. After all, the healing power achieved in America’s hospitals is mimicked by hospitals around the world, and sought out by patients everywhere.
The question is, does Obama want to use what little political capital he has left to take Stoehr's advice?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dr. John Lott Responds to "More Guns, More Crime"

In a November 25 letter to the editor of the Washington Post, Dr. John R. Lott, Lloyd Cohen, professor, George Mason University School of Law, and Carl Moody, professor, College of William and Mary Department of Economics, responded to Christopher Ingraham’s “More Guns, More Crime” Wonkblog post that appeared on the Washington Post web site in mid-November, and discussed here.  In that post Ingraham reported on a "slightly updated paper" by law professor John Donohue and two graduate students that purported to show that by adding additional data to a previous study, their research shows that concealed carry laws actually increased crime on states with such laws.  Lott and his colleagues disagreed by pointing out:
Their revised paper’s “preferred” results supposedly show violent crime rates increase after states pass right-to-carry laws. Among the problems:

— They rely, without explanation, on estimates Mr. Donohue has previously claimed were unreliable and misleading. Measuring simply the average crime rates before and after the law can miss an upward trend in crime before the law and drops afterwards.

— They focus on the period from 1999 to 2010. But later-adopting states were often reluctantly dragged into passing these laws. Their laws were more restrictive — higher fees, longer training requirements and more gun-free zones. The authors compare the drop in violent crime for these late adopters with other states — primarily earlier adopters who issued many more permits — who experienced larger drops in crime. But smaller drops for more restrictive states is exactly what the “More Guns, Less Crime” hypothesis predicts.

— Even relying on these flawed estimates, Mr. Ingraham ignored that most of the authors’ results still provide no evidence that violent crime increases.
On Monday, Lott spoke in more detail with Cam Edwards on NRANews' Cam and Company where he discussed not only the letter to the editor but the flaws in the Donohue paper.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Black Friday Gun Background Checks Set Record

The Blaze has the story here:
By Friday afternoon, that figure had reached three checks per second, CNN reported, putting 2014 on track to blow past the prior Black Friday record of 144,758 FBI-processed gun transactions in a single day.
Black Friday is usually one of the busiest days of the year for the FBI, which handles the large portion of firearm background checks.  However, Virginia conducts its own checks throught the state police.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cabela's PMC Rifle Ammo Sale

I know this may sound like an advertisement but when I saw the price on a box of .223 is over $3.00 off the regular price, I thought I would share that Cabelas is running a sale on PMC brand rifle ammunition.  You can find your favorite caliber that is included in the sale here, here, and here.