Friday, August 26, 2016

Wall Street Journal: Gun-Control Groups Reignite Debate by Crossing the Aisle in Senate Races

It appears from this Wall Street Journal blog post that some in the gun ban lobby community don't like Gabby Giffords' group endorsing two Republicans, Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey and Illinois' Mark Kirk, both of which are in tight re-election races this year:
“You can’t blame some of these groups for trying to show some bipartisanship by supporting Republicans, but I’m not convinced it’s ever worked,” said Jim Manley, a former top aide to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) “It doesn’t change the fundamental dynamic: Republicans are still in control.”

But others argue that these groups are helping neutralize blowback Republicans could face when they buck powerful interest groups like the National Rifle Association.
Some pundits look at the move as the group playing "long ball" thinking if supporting candidates that crossed gun owners help them win, it may encourage others to do the same and show there is no price to be paid for crossing gun owners.

While Giffords and Bloomberg are rewarding Toomey for betraying gun owners who worked hard for him six years ago, it looks like a local PA gun ban group is stabbing him in the back based on this report from Bitter at the blog Shall Not Be Questioned:
Back in March, Sebastian called it when he noted that while Pat Toomey was touting support from CeasefirePA leadership, these are not people who would ever actually cast a vote for him. Granted, we thought that was more of a “won’t vote for you in the privacy of the voting booth” type of prediction, not a “will actively campaign against you despite doing what they wanted” kind of way.

But, it seems that’s how loyalty to gun controllers is rewarded. Toomey’s opponent has been endorsed by the very same group whose leaders were kissing his rear back in March, likely knowing all along that they would throw him under the bus come the run up to November’s general election.
It remains to be seen whether Toomey can convince gun owners in Pennsylvania that his opponent Katie McGinty will be more dangerous to their gun rights than he is given he has already double crossed them.  In a close election, gun owners sitting out his election could make the difference between winning and losing.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

NRA's National Day of Action

Second Amendment advocates will take to neighborhoods in Richmond this Saturday, August 27th, for the NRA's National Day of Action. Teams will be doing a neighborhood walk and informing the community about pro-gun candidates in the upcoming election. Volunteers will receive training, light refreshments, and free NRA swag! They will be meeting at 10am at the Dollar General parking lot, 7528 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, Virginia.

In addition to the neighborhood walk, volunteers are needed to help at the Richmond Gun Show at the Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, August 27th, starting at 9am.  If you can help at any of these activities, contact Joey Vrechek, the Richmond area Campaign Field Representative.  You can contact Joey about the National Day of Action, or if you are interested in any other volunteer opportunity, at or (817) 729-8365.

NRA-ILA Fundraiser in Chesterfield September 29

Virginia NRA Field Representative David Wells has alerted VSSA to an event that will take place in Chesterfield County on September 29th.  The special Defend America event is a fundraiser for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action division.
The list of speakers include VSSA Life Member and President of the National Rifle Association, Mr. Alan Cors.   This will be an entertaining evening in a relaxed casual BBQ setting, while raising much needed funds for the battles that lie ahead for our 2nd Amendment freedoms.

 You can download the RSVP card here that details the various giving levels.  There are premiums included for upper level tables.   Seats are limited, but if you have any interest in attending or need more information please contact David Wells at: 
Phone: 434-696-2189 office

Ultimate Training Munitions Available to the Public

Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) was founded in 2000 with a mission to provide a safe training ammunition that would allow military, law enforcement and professional training organizations to ‘train as they fight’ in immersive and authentic training environments and disciplines.  Through a partnership with NRA, UTM is now offering "the safest and most accurate training ammunition on the market" as an alternative to traditional live-fire ammunition. This technology has previously been available only to Military and Law Enforcement trainers but now it is available to the general public.

This past weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway, site the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, NRANews host Cam Edwards had the opportunity to speak with Tony Lambraia of UTM. For attendees of the race, UTM converted firearms with training kits to shoot non-lethal munitions. People shot Glocks and AR-15 rifles with interactive targets in a safe and comfortable environment. UTM training has been adopted by NRA training programs as a safe and reliable alternative to live ammunition. Lambraia explained how it works.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Car Regulations vs Firearm Regulation

Yesterday, VSSA Executive Director Lu Charette forward this article from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) that points out traffic fatalities rose 7.7 percent last year and more than 35,000 people were killed, yet President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Congressional Democrats have not called for cracking down on car owners the way they do on gun owners.  It's one of the things you hear from the gun ban crowd from time to time that it's easier to get a gun than it is to drive a car.

CCRKBA is turning the gun ban lobby's argument back on them but as Dr. John Lott points out in his new book The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, and earlier this month on Armed American Radio, the gun ban crowd compares apples to oranges in making the comparison between guns and cars because the majority of deaths involving automobiles are due to accidents/negligence.  Accidental/negligent deaths involving firearms are at all time lows and are around 500-600 per year.

Libertarian Presidential Ticket No Friend to Gun Owners

It's no real secret that many Americans are not happy with the choices in this year's Presidential Election.  Gun owners know that Clinton will continue the attacks on our rights that Obama opened and has continued since 2013.  Donald Trump has declared he supports our rights and has received the endorsement of the NRA, but since the GOP convention, he has made one misstep after the other.  Polls show Clinton with as much as a 9 point lead.

I've posted on this blog previously that the only real choice for gun owners is to be single issue voters and to pull the lever for Donald Trump.  For those who may be considering the Libertarian candidate due to the party's usual support for the 2nd Amendment, consider these comments from the Libertarian Vice Presidential Candidate William "Bill" Weld via Jim Geraghty at National Review Online:
“The five-shot rifle, that’s a standard military rifle; the problem is if you attach a clip to it so it can fire more shells and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon, and those are independent criminal offenses,” Weld said. “That is when they become, essentially, a weapon of mass destruction. The problem with handguns probably is even worse than the problem of the AR15.”
Those kind of comments make you wonder how he ended up on the Libertarian ticket but as Geraghty points out, Weld has a history of being anti-rights:
While failing to keep his fiscal promises, Weld also managed to make some moves on cultural issues that are seriously inconvenient for a Libertarian candidate in 2016. In 1993, as governor, he endorsed a slew of gun-control proposals: a statewide ban on assault weapons, a waiting period for buying handguns, a limit on the number of handguns an individual could buy, and a prohibition on handgun ownership by anyone under 21. “The purpose of this common-sense legislation is to remove deadly guns from our streets and to take weapons out of the hands of many teens who themselves are becoming deadly killers,” he said at the time.
Just more proof, gun owners have only one choice this election it we don't want the Second Amendment to become irrelevant - pull the lever for Donald Trump.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Virginian Gold Medalist Ginny Thrasher Talks to Media About Olympic Experience Upon Return to WVU

Virginia's Ginny Thrasher returned to the U.S. this week and returned to classes at WVU on Wednesday.  Besides attending classes, she had a whirlwind day and met with the media to talk about her Olympic experience and what it meant for the shooting sports.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Rasmussen: Most Like the NRA But Aren't Moved by Its Endorsement

Rasmussen reports has the results of a new survey that shows approval for he NRA is high at 54% (much higher than congress and about the current average of approval for President Obama) but the survey also shows that the NRA's endorsement of Donald Trump is not a huge factor in how they will vote this election:
Most voters share a favorable opinion of the National Rifle Association and say their Second Amendment constitutional right to own a gun is important to their vote in the coming elections. But even among voters who rate the second Amendment highly, the NRA's endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump isn't critical to how they will vote.
That almost looks like a contradiction, given that the other major candidate in the race has constantly attacked the right to keep and bear arms.  How can you say on the one hand the right to own a gun is important to your vote but that the endorsement of one candidate over the one who has made it clear she does not respect that right will not affect your vote?

Gun owners are not monolithic.  You have people who own firearms for different reasons, from the folks who own and carry everyday for self defense to the guy who owns the gun for hunting and only takes it out of the gun cabinet from October to January.  A large number of gun owners don't vote based on whether a candidate plans to greatly restrict that right. The activist gun owner is a small percentage of the overall gun owning population.

Despite what the Washington Post Fact Checker says, Hillary Clinton has no respect for our right to keep and bear arms and here is the proof that she wants to make the Second Amendment totally meaningless via Frank Miniter of
Our task in the next couple of months is to get gun owners, especially the new members of the gun owning community to understand the results of this election will affect their rights and if they don't base their vote on the gun issue, they may not like what they wake up to four years from now.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Correction on VSSA Board of Directors Ballot

By now members should be receiving their VSSA Annual Meeting mailing.  We would like to correct one error on the ballot.  While the bios provided mention that current VSSA Vice President Tom Ciarula is a current member of the Board of Directors, the ballot does not designate that he is an incumbent.  We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Olympic Shooting Sports Update

Courtesy USA Shooting
Anyone paying attention on Saturday knows that the first Gold Medal awarded at the 2016 Rio Games was to a young fresh faced teenager from northern Virginia named Ginny Thrasher.  Dan Patrick had a great interview with Thrasher after her win and at no time did he bring up the subject of crimes committed with guns in the US, it was all about Thrasher's unexpected win.  The shooting sports received great coverage due to Thrasher's win.

On Sunday, trap shooter Corey Cogdell-Unrein earned a Bronze Medal.  In a tweet on Sunday, The Chicago Tribune referred to her not by name but as "Wife of a Bears' lineman wins a bronze medal today in Rio Olympics ".  Being the great person she is, Cogdell-Unrein handled it all in stride.

So far they are the only two medals awarded to Team USA shooters.  This morning, Thrasher missed making the finals of the 50M Three Position due to a costly 8 on her second to last shot.  Still, a Gold Medal and finishing 11th in Three Position isn't bad for a first time Olympian.  All eyes now turn to Friday's Skeet competition where 6 time Olympian Kim Rhode is going for her sixth consecutive medal.

This week on, host Cam Edwards had the opportunity to speak with Corey Cogdell-Unrein about her experience and her return to the Olympics.
Cam followed that up with an interview of Kevin Neuendorf, director of Media and Public Relations for USA Shooting. He provided a recap of Team USA’s 2016 Olympic shooting competitions and noted the sport is getting more attention than ever.

Obama Going After Gunsmiths

Last week's eBullet included an article from NRA's America's First Freedom that detailed the effects of a new directive from the State Department that essentially means gunsmiths must now register as gun manufacturers and pay a fee of over $2000 each year.  On Monday, Frank Miniter wrote about the new directive in Forbes and how Obama is using the bureaucracy to target gun rights:
Imagine a gunsmith getting up from his bench, where he was busy tweaking a gun’s stock for a customer, to answer a call from the State Department demanding he pay $2,250 every year or face the legal consequences, and you see why this is outrageous.

As there is no known reason for burdening gunsmiths with this large annual fee, and because doing so requires a strange and expansive redefinition of the word “manufacture,” it seems clear this is just more gun-control politics from the Obama administration.
Miniter mentioned in the article that the National Shooting Sports Foundation is lobbying Congress to step in and fix this problem with legislation.   Larry Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation appeared on on Monday to discuss the issue and how it is causing confusion for gunsmiths and gun owners, and what NSSF is doing to fix the problem.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Thrasher Wins First Gold Medal of 2016 Olympic Games

Virginian Ginny Thrasher set an Olympic record and upset Chinese shooter Du Li to take home the first Gold Medal awarded in the 2016 Olympic Games.  From USA Today:
Thrasher, 19, beat silver medalist Du Li of China in the final round with a total of 208.0, setting an Olympic record in the finals. Du finished with 207.0.

Yi Siling of China took bronze as the first medals in Rio were awarded.

Thrasher wasn't one of the favorites to win a medal coming into the Olympics.
The final shots of the medal round for NBC Sports:
And talking about winning the medal:
Thrasher is a product of  the air rifle program at West Springfield High School in Fairfax County and Arlington-Fairfax IWLA (a VSSA affiliated club).  She will compete again on August 11 in three position.