TSRA Weekly NewsBrief
Dec. 19, 2013

Polls: Americans agree more gun control ineffective; emphasis should be on mental health
Ammoland.com
Some 63 percent of Americans do not believe that tighter restrictions on purchasing and owning firearms will be effective, according to a new Reason-Rupe poll. Only 32 percent of poll respondents said stricter regulations would be effective in preventing criminals from obtaining guns. The same polling organization found that when asked to select the most important factor that may have prevented the tragic shooting in Newtown, some 27 percent of respondents, told the Reason-Rupe poll that better mental health treatment is the most important factor in preventing such tragedy.More

1 year later: Schools still seek safety through security guards, technology, armed teachers
Guns.com
One year after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary and with several more school shootings on the books, school officials across the country are still debating over the most effective way to keep students safe. As Reuter's reports, many schools are relying on additional security guards and the latest technology. Yet some schools across the country continue to arm teachers and other staff in an attempt to increase safety.More

6 out of 10 Americans doubt new gun-control laws
GunReports.com
When it comes to keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, 63 percent of Americans remain unconvinced that tighter restrictions on buying and owning guns will be effective, according to the latest Reason-Rupe poll. About a third (32 percent), said stricter regulations would be effective in preventing criminals from obtaining guns.More

National Shooting Sports Foundation: Giving a firearm as a gift? Remember these rules...
The Daily Caller
The holidays are just around the corner. As hunters, shooters, collectors or just plain plinkers, it's a natural instinct to want to share our enjoyment of firearms with others. What better way to do that than to make a gift of a firearm to a family member, close friend or relative? The first thing to remember if you're thinking about giving someone a gun is that ... it's a gun! You already know that ownership of a firearm brings with it some serious legal and ethical obligations that other consumer products don't. So let's look at some questions you may have about giving a firearm as a gift.More

Gun statistics are irrelevant to the Second Amendment
The Washington Times
The Washington Post is at it again. Days before the one year anniversary of the murders at Sandy Hook, the Post is running another piece asking readers "What's your gun number? Share your gun story." Citing statistics is a central plank in the liberal war on private gun ownership. CNN host Piers Morgan began several televised "debates" with gun ownership proponents by asking them if they knew several statistics on gun violence or gun-related deaths. It was partly just a ploy to try to catch his opponent without an answer and make him seem uninformed. Sometimes he was successful, sometimes not, but nobody gave him the right answer.More

Ammunition prices double this year due to shortage
Republic Herald
For some hunters this season, it was more difficult to find ammunition than it was deer. Although the two-week rifle deer season concluded Dec. 14, some hunters had to pay twice as much for ammunition because there simply wasn't enough to go around. "A lot of people think the dealers are marking up the prices, that's not the case," Joshua Shamonsky, owner of Shakey's Gun Shop in Orwigsburg, said Tuesday. Shamonsky said the average price for ammunition went from $18 to $25 last year to $25 to $40 this year. The price of ammo for the .22-caliber long-rifle doubled in price, he saidMore

Background checks allow firearms to be given as gifts during holidays
Republican Herald
For generations of young hunters, the first firearms they could truly call their own came in a long, narrow box under the tree Christmas morning with their name on the tag. No matter if the contents inside that box was a bolt-action .22 rifle that would make them ruler of the squirrel woods, a pump-action shotgun that would be the match for any rabbit or a lever-action .30-30 rifle that would be used in the deer woods some 11 months later, that gift was a dream come true.More

Gun control advocates vow to take fight into 2014 elections, spend millions
Fox News
Gun control advocates acknowledged Sunday that they were disappointed with efforts this year to tighten firearm laws across the country but vowed to continue their fight, including spending millions on their candidates in next year's elections. Their comments came one year after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in which 20 students and six adults were fatally shot in Newtown, Conn. However, Congress failed to pass no major gun-control legislation in the aftermath.More

Background checks allow firearms to be given as gifts during holidays
Republican Herald
For generations of young hunters, the first firearms they could truly call their own came in a long, narrow box under the tree Christmas morning with their name on the tag. More

Texas Republican arrested for trying to bring gun on a plane
Burnt Orange Report
Republican State Rep. Drew Darby of San Angelo has no regard for the law, apparently.More

Whitetail vision: Shedding light on deer eyesight
Outdoor Hub
The general consensus years ago was that whitetails had super-vision — they could pick out the slightest movement at great distances and their eyes could bore a hole right through you.More

Gun control is not a cultural battle
CNN
On the eve of the anniversary of the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, yet another shooting broke out Friday -- this time in a high school in the suburbs of Denver. A few people were reported injured, so far, while the gunman took his own life, police said. And once again, an American community reels -- bewildered that such violence could occur among its young people. While the vast majority of youth murdered in the U.S. are gunned down in the street, school shootings that are rare in other countries occur far too frequently in America.More

The benefits of big game scoring
By John McAdams
I recently passed the test and became a Safari Club International official measurer. I mention this not because I'm trying to make money scoring trophies, but because I'm convinced of the profound positive effect that scoring systems like those developed by SCI, Boone and Crockett, and Pope and Young have on wildlife populations and on the sport of hunting. The goal of this article is to explain some of the more overlooked positive byproducts of the big game measuring and scoring systems.More