TSRA Weekly NewsBrief
Jan. 10, 2013

10 gun bills filed the 1st week of 2013 Congress
Members of the 113th Congress introduced 10 bills relating to gun violence, most of which came from Democrats seeking new restrictions on gun ownership. The flurry of legislative proposals show that members are likely to push the issue in the wake of the December shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children dead.More

In campaign for tougher gun laws, Obama and allies work to tilt public opinion
The Washington Post
The White House is working with its allies on a well-financed campaign in Washington and around the country to shift public opinion toward stricter gun laws and provide political cover to lawmakers who end up voting for an assault-weapons ban or other restrictions on firearms. With President Barack Obama preparing to push a legislative agenda aimed at curbing the nation's gun violence, pillars of his political network, along with independent groups, are raising millions of dollars and mapping out strategies in an attempt to shepherd new regulations through Congress.More

Attorney General Holder back at the table for Obama's gun control push
The Hill
Gun rights groups are suspicious of the attorney general's involvement in the task force being led by Vice President Joe Biden. Attorney General Eric Holder will be the nation's top law enforcement official as the administration tackles new restrictions on guns in a major initiative of President Barack Obama's second term. More

Defensive fundamentals
American Rifleman
Violent confrontations are usually sudden, dynamic and unpredictable. Avoidance and escape are always at the top of our list of responses, but when this isn't possible an immediate defensive response is required that includes movement, communication, cover and, if needed, shooting.More

5 senators to watch in gun control debate
The Washington Post
Vice President Joe Biden is promising to produce a package of proposals aimed at curbing gun violence by the end of January, a move that will trigger a major legislative brouhaha on Capitol Hill. Biden, a veteran of congressional slugfests, made clear in remarks that he was both open to compromise and committed to action. "This is a problem that requires immediate attention," he said. More

To beef up school security, lawmakers turn to firearms
San Marcos Mercury
While the federal government and other states ponder more rigorous gun control laws following the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, some legislators in Texas have taken the opposite approach. They have emphasized the need to make firearms more available and their discussions have included increasing access for teachers and other school personnel.More

Expectations low for Joe Biden, NRA talks
Vice President Joe Biden and the NRA are sitting down to talk gun control. Up next for a talk: Wal-Mart. But don't be fooled that the high-profile meetings are going to get much done. The National Rifle Association doesn't want new gun laws. And Wal-Mart sells a lot of guns, and has a lot of gun owners for customers, so the retail giant doesn't want to look too close to the White House's anti-gun push either, one source familiar with the company's stance said. More

Sport's best of 2012 athletes
USA Shooting
Four Olympic medalists highlight USA Shooting's top athletes for 2012. Recognized for not only their shooting prowess, the six overall Athlete of the Year awardees are also honored for their character and unparalleled representation of the shooting sports industry as a whole. More

Nojay against 'feel-good' gun laws that help nobody
Human Events
A freshman upstate New York state assemblyman told Human Events instead of making law-abiding gun owners criminals, the state should focus on actual criminals. "The murderer who killed two volunteer firemen just 20 minutes from my home had previously smashed his own grandmother's skull in with a hammer, yet here he was living free, without parole supervision," said. Republican William R. Nojay, who is an attorney and radio show host.More

Central Texas teachers take advantage of free gun classes
A Central Texas handgun instructor has begun giving gun lessons to teachers in Axtell. It has been a few weeks since the tragic events in Newtown, Conn., and since then there have been a wide array of solutions suggested including a ban guns to arming everyone. Since the Dec. 14 shooting, lawmakers and 2nd amendment supporters have been pushing to arm teachers. One of those people is Johnny Price with Big Iron Concealed Handgun Training.More