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Gun control would address declining crime rates with irrelevant laws
It's honestly a strange time for politicians to push ever-tighter restrictions on gun controls. Even if you're the sort of person who thinks that everybody's personal liberty should be restricted if somebody, somewhere, misbehaves, a report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics makes it apparent that crimes committed with firearms continue their steady, two-decade decline.
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Virginia 2nd-grader suspended for pretending his pencil was a gun
New York Daily News
Where would the Founding Fathers stand on a right to bear pencils? A second-grader was suspended from school for two days for pretending his pencil was a gun while playing with his friend in class. "It's an effort to try to get kids not to bring any form of violence into the classroom, even if it's violent play," school spokesperson Bethanne Bradshaw said.
The NRA's no-compromise strategy
The National Rifle Association has become, more than ever, part and parcel of the Republican Party. The officially nonpartisan group's no-compromise strategy helped defeat the background check bill in the Senate last month and grow its membership ranks to 5 million. But it has also repelled many old Democratic allies and raised the hackles of liberal activists, which will make it harder for moderates to work with the NRA in the future and pave the way for new gun control laws in blue states.
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Study: Gun violence plummeted, but people think it increased
The Daily Caller
The reality of declining gun violence in America is starkly at odds with public perception, a new study finds. The gun homicide rate shrank by 49 percent between 1993 and 2010, according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center. Violent crime rates surged in the 1960s and 1970s, peaked in the 1980s and early 1990s, and then began to fall dramatically. The decline leveled off in the early 2000s, but resumed in 2007.
Against abstinence — Only gun education
The front page of the Houston Chronicle boasted a photograph of a five-year-old boy who attended the National Rifle Association's annual convention with his family. In the photograph, the boy, Tate, is holding a plastic gun, "using a video-game at an exhibit booth." "Focus for day: Child safety," declared the Chronicle's headline. The sub: "Families taking practical advice and positive memories home." Tate's mother, Rebecca, is both practical and positive: She wishes to make "sure her children know the proper way to be around guns and not to be afraid."
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NRA Show 2013: Defensive shooting skills development
Guns & Ammo
If you made it to the defensive shooting skill development seminar taught by Rob Pincus at this year's NRA show in Houston, you may have thought for a moment you were doing yoga for gun enthusiasts. Pincus stood on a table demonstrating perfect form, while a room full of a couple hundred folks mimicked his movements, hands raised in the air. It was a thing of beauty.
Nugent helps NRA sign off on convention's final day
The Houston Chronicle
The final day of the National Rifle Association's annual meeting opened with hundreds lined up to meet board member and rock star Ted Nugent. Dozens of children waited with parents outside the door of the air gun range on the convention's Youth Day.
Outdoor Life Magazine reviews TrackingPoint rifle on the hunt in Texas
Precision Guided Firearms have been the talk of the tech, outdoors and firearms media since their launch in January 2013. While many have discussed the system, very few have had the privilege to actually be able to shoot it and even fewer have been able to experience it off the range and in action in a real life long range hunting scenario. John B. Snow, the shooting editor from Outdoor Life magazine, took the new TrackingPoint system out in Texas to hunt for nilgai to see how the precision long range hunting rifle really performed while in action. Along with other Outdoor Life staff members and a team of TrackingPoint firearm's experts, they took long distance shots and harvested game.
Gun lovers download printable gun 50,000 times on its 1st day
New York Daily News
The first downloadable gun has gone viral. The plastic firearm that can be churned out on a 3-D printer and easily assembled was downloaded at least 50,000 times in its first day posted, according to the self-described anarchist who made it available for free online. Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed, a collective of gun advocates, said the most downloads were done in Spain followed by the United States.
Online registration open for the 2013 National Matches
For 105 years the National Rifle and Pistol Championships have been held on the shores of Lake Erie at Camp Perry, Ohio. From July 8 to August 14, the best pistol, smallbore and high power rifle shooters in the world test their mettle against other top marksmen for NRA's prestigious trophies. But while the matches are steeped in history and tradition, that doesn't mean they haven't changed with the times.
Shooting while pregnant
Julie Golob, one of the most accomplished professional shooters in the world, writes: "Should I shoot while I am pregnant? The short answer? Consult with your doctor and your partner to make the right decision for you. You may just find that your doctor doesn't have much information on the matter and so for this episode I wanted to share links and resources I have found to be helpful when making my decision about when to stop shooting while expecting. There's also some good general information for shooters and especially those who have small children."
Gun control debate may return as Republicans signal a new willingness to talk
The Washington Post
At least two Republican senators have signaled that they may reconsider their opposition to expanded national background checks for gun purchases, aides said, suggesting that the push for stricter gun laws could return as a top issue in Washington in the coming weeks. The gun debate appeared to be largely abandoned on Capitol Hill following a resounding defeat in the Senate. But a handful of lawmakers are showing a new eagerness to engage on the issue after gun-control groups launched campaigns against senators in both parties who voted against the background check proposal.
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