TSRA Weekly NewsBrief
Apr. 10, 2014

Fort Hood soldier: 'Stripped of God-given right,' all I could do was 'wait to die'
The Washington Times
A soldier who survived the gruesome murders at Fort Hood recently penned a letter to Texas lawmakers, urging them to prevent another tragedy from happening again by allowing soldiers to carry personal firearms on base. "Stripped of my God-given Right to arm myself, the only defensive posture I had left was to lie prostrate on the ground, and wait to die," writes 1st Lieutenant Patrick Cook of the 49th Transportation Battalion, who witnessed the massacre firsthand.More

At hearing, activists clash over gun policy
The Texas Tribune
Less than a week after a Fort Hood shooting that left four dead, advocates for and against gun control clashed at a hearing before state lawmakers as they discussed proposals that would allow Texans to openly carry handguns.More

Questions to ask before hunting abroad
The Daily Caller
Mia Anstine, for Women's Outdoor News, writes: "I dream of hunting abroad. In our downtime we chat about where we would like to go. Can you imagine how long the list is? We've all had those, 'If I won the lottery' chats, right? The 'where' question really isn't the hard part because we'd be happy to see the entire world. That is, if money, safety and time weren't issues. Now we just have to figure out how to get there. I chatted with a few of our friends who are experienced world travelers and accomplished hunters. Their answers about hunting abroad enlightened us."More

GOP Rep. Stockman urges House to repeal gun ban on military bases
Townhall
The grievous shooting at Fort Hood recently claimed three innocent lives and left 16 wounded — the deaths occurred in a gun-free zone due to former president Clinton's 1993 policy to disarm soldiers on military bases. The attack at Fort Hood lasted 15 minutes before military police arrived and exchanged fire with the shooter who then shot himself, according to the Wall Street Journal.More

Gun rights group protests San Antonio law
KSATY-TV
VideoBrief Dozens of armed San Antonians gathered outside the San Antonio Police Department's west substation to protest the treatment of one of their members by officers and to take aim at a controversial city law. On March 31, Henry Vichique was walking home with his loaded rifle slung over his shoulder. Someone called 911 and when police arrived they asked the 19-year-old to put his weapon down. Vichique did not comply with the order and officers used a Taser to subdue him.More

NSSF takes over Rimfire Challenge program, announces sponsorship and partnership opportunities
NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation alerts potential sponsors, partners and participants that it has assumed administration of the Rimfire Challenge program — a national family-friendly, target shooting competition previously known as the Ruger Rimfire Challenge. Now called the NSSF Rimfire Challenge, the program will continue using the format that has made it so popular: Providing new and novice shooters with a first taste of competition, with emphasis on fun, safety and mentoring by experienced shooters.More

At hearing, activists clash over gun policy
The Texas Tribune
Less than a week after a Fort Hood shooting that left four dead, advocates for and against gun control clashed at a hearing before state lawmakers as they discussed proposals that would allow Texans to openly carry handguns.More

The way Texas cop responds to group of armed open carry advocates makes this video viral-worthy
The Blaze
As we've noted in previous reports, sometimes things can spin out of control when open carry activists and police officers meet.More

Chance encounter with CHL holder saves Frisco woman from robber
WFAA-TV
There is constant sound and motion at DART's Convention Center Station, and it's one of Kim Lanphere's regular stops.More

Gun-rights group sets sights on Arlington ordinance
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
With AR-15s, Mossberg 20-gauge shotguns and modified AK-47s slung over their shoulders, gun-rights activists received thumbs up, handshakes and honks of approval recently as they distributed information to motorists who rolled down their windows at a busy Mansfield intersection.More

A caretaker and a killer: How hunters can save the wilderness
The Atlantic
By Tovar Cerulli: "Fourteen years ago, I stood in the snow, struggling to digest what I had heard. A group of us, gathered to learn about monitoring and protecting wildlife habitat, had just discovered that our instructor — Sue Morse, founder of Keeping Track — was a deer hunter. I found the news disturbing. How could she work to safeguard the homes of animals she described as 'neighbors' and then turn around and shoot one of them? I found it inconceivable that someone could be both an environmentalist and a hunter, a caretaker and a killer."More

Illegal allocation of hunting licenses linked to US ban on tusks
SW Radio Africa
The unlawful allocation of hunting licenses in Zimbabwe in recent years has been pegged as a major factor in the decision by the United States to ban hunted elephant trophies. The U.S. wildlife department announced that it was suspending the import of sport-hunted elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Tanzania, citing questionable management practices and a lack of effective law enforcement.More