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Pediatricians take on the NRA over gun safety
The Daily Beast
For the past three decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics — some 62,000 members strong — has been an outspoken voice on the issue of gun control, a position that has landed it on the NRA’s list of enemies. In 1992, the AAP issued its first policy statement supporting a handgun and assault weapons ban, making it the first public health organization to do so, and it has long recommended that doctors talk about gun safety with parents. Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, the AAP has stepped up attempts to educate parents about gun safety around children.
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Poll shows why gun control looks impossible
The Wall Street Journal
When President Barack Obama made a push for stricter gun control laws the first major policy push of his second term, he repeatedly cited polling showing wide support for expanded background checks for gun purchases. But despite the December 2012 massacre at Newtown, Connecticut, there was never a true national outcry for new federal gun restrictions, just like little was accomplished after previous mass shootings that briefly drew national outrage.
Sara gets her gun
Sara Warren will finally be given back her gun. About time, too. The pistol, a Ruger SR9, has been held by authorities since March 28, on which day Warren was involved in a serious automobile accident. "It was pretty bad," she tells me over the phone from her home in Fort Collins, Colo. "I was slammed against my driver's side door. I had blunt-force trauma to my kidneys, and I was bleeding internally. When the ambulance came, they grabbed me right away and rushed me to the hospital." At the time of the collision, Warren had her pistol on the adjacent passenger seat, but afterward moved it into her purse so as not "to alarm anybody."
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Video debunks myths about gun show background checks
Media Research Center's Dan Joseph took cameras to The Nation's Gun Show in Chantilly, Virginia, April 25, and found law-abiding citizens selling guns to law-abiding citizens. He also found a small bin of squirt guns and laughed, suggesting they were placed on the table "for Democrats when they come." In the video, Joseph interviews vendors and asks if they sell guns to all comers. They made it clear that they do not sell to felons, to those mentally impaired, or those who simply look like they might not be on the up and up.
The long and the short of it
By Massad Ayoob: "Back in the 1960s, when I was a kid-shooting bull's-eye, I noticed most of the young and prime-of-life shooters used long-barreled pistols. The S&W Model 41 with 7-inch tube, the High Standard Supermatic series with fluted 7.25-inch barrel, and the 6-7/8-inch Ruger Mark I. The older guys, however, were much likelier to 'go short' with a 5.5-inch heavy barrel on their Smith, H-S or Ruger. When I asked why, in those days before optical sights on .22 target pistols, I always got the same answer: 'When my eyes got older, I could see the front sight better with a shorter sight radius.'"
Gun bans in state Capitols draw cries of hypocrisy
South Dakota lawmaker Steve Hickey has 17 guns, a National Rifle Association card and a faith that pistol-packing residents make public places safer — except for the one where he works. "We have the most contentious issues being debated in public policy, affecting people in irate, angrily ways and affecting millions and millions of dollars," Hickey said of the copper-domed capitol in Pierre, where he sponsored a law allowing teachers to carry firearms in schools. "This is different than when you go work at the bar. This is different than you working at the bank."
How's that anti-gun stance working out for you, NBC Sports?
Misfires and Light Strikes
Just over a year ago, NBC Sports, bowing to the anti-gun hysteria in the wake of tragedy at Sandy Hook, cancelled 3 Gun Nation and all other "firearms-related" programming. Both shows have since found a home on Sportsman's Channel and are just as entertaining as when they were on NBC.
Washington Post freaks out about 80 percent lowers
Shall Not Be Questioned
Resident pearl clutcher Sarai Horwitz penned an article in a recent edition of Washington Post talking about the latest "loophole," meaning thing that is perfectly legal that we don't like: Zawahri's assault became one of the most notorious cases involving unfinished receivers, which are unregulated and have become readily available for purchase online and at some gun stores. One of the most notorious? It's the only one at all. But of course, they have to make this appear to be a bigger problem than it really is.
Study suggests red dot optics improve pistol accuracy
There are few things shooters obsess over more than accuracy. Unfortunately, there are few shortcuts in developing tack-driving precision when behind the trigger. Or is there? A recent study by James E. Ryan and Robin Adler suggests there might be one accessory that will tighten up a handgun shooter's groups in a hurry — a red dot sight. The criminology professors at Vermont's Norwich University came to this conclusion after running a comparative study between the optic and iron sights.
The long, slow death of the gun control cult
The citizen control movement is a movement that has slowly been asphyxiating over the past 40 years. Most of the "old-line" gun control groups have faded out of existence, and those that do remain are shadows of their former selves. The Brady Campaign, Violence Policy Center, and Coalition to Stop Gun Violence exist almost entirely on handouts from a handful of deep-pocketed progressive political groups, and are largely irrelevant as political forces. They merely exist now to serve up soundbites for lazy mainstream media journalists, and even these journalists are starting to recognize that citing these groups damages their credibility instead of helping their stories.
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PSA launches affordable Freedom series AR rifles
Palmetto State Armory is now offering its inexpensive Freedom series rifles. These capable rifles are being offered by themselves and in combo packs that can't be beat in terms of bang-for-your-buck. PSA has been selling stripped and complete lowers and complete rifles for ages but this is the company's first in-house brand rifle series.
The dangers of mixing up 5.56x45mm NATO and .223 Remington rounds
By John McAdams
Even though many people treat the .223 Remington and 5.56x45mm NATO cartridges as interchangeable rounds, this can be a dangerous practice under the wrong circumstances. It is true that the two cartridges are quite similar. However, there are some subtle, yet important differences between the .223 Remington and the 5.56x45mm cartridges. Today, I'll go over some of the differences between the two rounds and some good practices to follow when using them.
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