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All fired up over gun laws
More than 100 people filled the McLean Community Center May 13 to hear from local residents and national gun control groups who both say they are frustrated with the shortcomings of gun control laws, both nationally and in Virginia. "I wish I could tell you that Virginia is a state we could all be proud of, but in terms of gun safety I cannot," said Martina Leinz, head of the Burke-based Northern Virginia chapter of the Million Moms March. "I have spent 13 years trying to make representatives realize that if you are going to represent people, you have to protect them. It has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with public safety."
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Ted Cruz duels with Joe Biden with gun control editorials
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the wake of the collapse of gun control legislation in the Senate, famously challenged Vice President Joe Biden to a debate on the subject of gun control and the relationship of private gun ownership to violent crime. Something like that has occurred in the pages of the Houston Chronicle on May 12, which has published dueling opeds by Biden and Cruz on the gun issue.
NRA introduces National Mid-Range Championships to Camp Perry
There's a new championship in the lineup at Camp Perry this year, the NRA National Mid-Range Championships. Created due to rising popularity of F-Class shooting, the new 3000-point championships will be shot from ranges of 300, 500 and 600 yards and will add yet another fun sport to the annual Remington/NRA National Rifle and Pistol Championships.
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Reid: Gun control advocates will 'settle' for certain restrictions
Following failed efforts to expand background checks for gun purchases, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that advocates for stricter gun laws will "settle" for rules restricting the mentally ill and criminals from purchasing guns. "Someone who has extreme mental problems, they shouldn't be able to buy a gun," Reid said on the Senate floor. "Someone who's a criminal shouldn't be able to buy a gun. That's all we want. We'll settle for that. The people of Sandy Hook will settle for that."
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Congress to hold hearing on bill to protect hunting on public land
The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance's Director of Federal Affairs, Bill Horn, will testify on the reasons why Congress must act on critical legislation which was recently introduced in the House of Representatives. The House Sub-committee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands held a hearing on HR 1825, the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act, on May 9. The bill establishes that fishing, hunting and recreational shooting have a key place on National Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands.
New government report undercuts Obama anti-gun agenda
Adding to the bad news for the Obama agenda, a report issued by the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that firearm homicides in general, and violence at schools, have decreased substantially during the last two decades; the percentage of homicides committed with firearms has decreased; and only a tiny percentage of state prison inmates imprisoned for gun offenses obtain their guns from gun shows. As the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin characterizes it, the report is "wonderful news for the country and rotten data for anti-gun advocates."
More gun permits going to out-of-state residents
The Roanoke Times
The number of non-Virginians obtaining state-issued concealed handgun permits has boomed in the four years since Ken Cuccinelli sponsored legislation making it clear online testing meets the legal training requirement for them. One beneficiary of that increased demand is a Norfolk gun dealer, and Cuccinelli campaign contributor, who markets virtual training to out-of-staters whose home states have tougher permit standards than Virginia.
Dems offer gun control bill inspired by latest James Bond movie 'Skyfall'
A House Democrat inspired by the last James Bond movie has offered legislation to produce handguns with "personalization technology." The idea is to produce guns that can only be used by the gun's owners. Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., cited the latest James Bond movie, "Skyfall," as inspiration for the bill.
5 reasons the NRA won the recent gun control debate
No matter one's position on gun control, there are lessons we can learn from the recent battle on background checks. According to Gallup, Over 90 percent of the public supports background checks for all gun purchases, yet the measure failed to pass the U.S. Senate. According to most published sources, the reason is simple: the NRA has tons of money and threatened to "primary" those who voted against their will in the next election. If only it were that simple. As Dr. Kelton Rhoads, reminds us: "People are generally unable to distinguish a successful tactic in a failed campaign, or a failed tactic in a winning campaign. People over generalize, and assume any tactic used in a failed campaign is a bad one. Whereas a successful campaign blesses every tactic used."
Manchin 'very hopeful' about gun control
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told The Hill in an interview that he remains "very hopeful" that the Senate will reconsider and pass a bipartisan bill on background checks that failed to get the 60 votes it needed to move forward earlier this year. Manchin co-sponsored the background checks bill with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and while the measure was supported by a majority of the Senate, it failed to break a Republican filibuster.
What really sank gun control: Distrust of government
Think gun control failed in the Senate because of gun-clutching extremists? Or because of fanatical radicals who want to abolish the Second Amendment? Sen. Joe Manchin, who's been at the heart of the effort, says it's nothing of the sort. In fact, the central problem really has nothing to do with firearms at all — it's about trust.
Police chief asks citizens for ammo, gets 1,500 round loan amid strong response
As the "Great Ammunition Shortage" continues, police departments across the country are struggling to supply their arsenals. One police chief turned to the community for help, and citizens stepped up. In Proctor, Minn., police chief Walter Wobig says that his suppliers have told him he'll have to wait "months" for the 1,000 rounds he's requested.
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