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Incumbent House Losses Not a National Rebuke of ‘Trumpism’

President Trump Delivers a Statement on Midterm Election Results (The White House-video screen capture)U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- With the turnover of the House of Representatives to the Democrats in Tuesday’s midterm elections, those who predicted a “Blue Wave” are ecstatic and pointing to a national “thumbs down” for the Donald Trump administration and its policies. While a surface “analysis,” (meaning no real effort besides parroting “progressive” talking points) may look like that’s what happened, a closer look suggests Democrat “wins” owe plenty to gun owner apathy over turning out to reelect “RINO” squishes. That and changing demographics.I prepared the chart below based on the Fox News report “Incumbents ousted by opposition.” It focuses on House Republicans that lost their seats and lists their rating grades from the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America and immigration watchdog Numbers USA. The last is included because, denials of relevance by many in the “gun lobby” notwithstanding, it’s self-evident from all objective polls and real-world experience that manipulated entrance policies, and a “pathway to citizenship,” are supported by Democrats because they’re confident it will result in overwhelming political returns to the party.Determining their scores is straightforward for Numbers USA and GOA. For reasons, only the NRA can explain, access to their ratings requires membership log-in, so public stances often need to be gleaned from press releases that have not been taken down from the Political Victory Fund website, issues websites and news stories.The following are the House GOP incumbents whose seats have flipped. Note that each grade is hyperlinked to its source:NAMESTATE/DISTNRAGOANUSADean HellerNV-2ABBBarbara ComstockVA-10ABDDave BratVA-7AA-A+Kevin YoderKS-3ABB-Randy HultgrenIL-14ABB-Peter RoskamIL-667%B-D-John FasoNY-19A*BDDan DonovanNY-11?FC+Leonard LanceNJ-7?DCErik PaulsenMN-3A*CDJason LewisMN-2Aq *A-C+Mike CoffmanCO-6A*A-BKeith RothfusPA-17AA-BPete SessionsTX-32A+BA+John CulbersonTX-7A+CBRod BlumIA-1A*AADavid YoungIA-3A*BB-Carlos CurbeloFL-26?D-F-Steve RussellOK-593%A-BMike BishopMI-8?BB*  2016 ratingName added from The Miami Herald:Mia LoveUT-4AA-DThe race has not been officially called at this writing. Curiously, Love supports all kinds of “gun control.”Added from Axios:Scott TaylorVA-2ABB-Steve KnightCA-25ABC-Yet Taylor wants “3D guns” looked into.There are some losses that hurt the hell out of us. Dave Brat and Pete Sessions come to mind.  Others are “good riddance and don’t let the door hit you” results.  You can’t afford to have someone inside the walls who will exploit past testimonials until it becomes politically expedient to publically betray you and stab you in the back.Yeah, but some of these guys have pretty good grades, just not perfect, some will argue.  The perfect is the enemy of the good, right?If you want to be a leader, act like one and inspire by word and deed. Don’t expect personal mediocrity and gutlessness to put fire in anyone’s belly. And if you dig deeper into some of those Numbers USA ratings, you’ll find a passing overall grade can include flat-out failures on specifics like “Reduce Unnecessary Worker Visas” and “Reduce Amnesty Entitlements,” the very categories that pose the greatest long-term cultural danger.The other lesson for Republicans when you look at outright anti-gun punks like Dan Donovan of New York or Leonard Lance of New Jersey is that you can give the “progressives” everything they want and they still won’t vote for you in places where they dominate.  Sure, they might say nice things about you as they did with John McCain, but that was calculated to relegate anyone to the right of him into the “extremist” category.We’ll see over the coming days, weeks and months how the rhetoric and actions pan out. I believe Nancy Pelosi when she says guns will be her “top priority” – albeit a Senate majority may dampen that somewhat, depending on how many will look to the midterms as a signal to start weaseling. I also look for nothing from House Oversight on Fast and Furious now that Elijah Cummings will likely take the reins and begin the obstruction and harassment of Donald Trump and his (our) agenda in earnest.About David Codrea:David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and a contributor to Firearms News, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.The post Incumbent House Losses Not a National Rebuke of ‘Trumpism’ appeared first on AmmoLand.com.

50 Years of Infringements after GCA68 Show Only Constant is Obsession with Control

With enactment of GCA68 in October, a simpler time was about to get a lot more complex. ©FMG Publications. Used with permission.USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “Why must all gun owners be classified as being pawns of, or brainwashed by, the NRA?” the “Trigger Talk” column in the October, 1968 issue of GUNS Magazine asked. “With one million members, the NRA still has little or no influence over the rest of the 20 million gun owners in the U.S. Why can’t the news media believe that 19 million people have minds of their own, and as much right to “lobby” as the members of the NRA?”Probably because it’s easier to focus on a monolithic target and you don’t need to call attention to individuals the people you’re trying to influence live among. Otherwise they might catch on they’re being conned, and that the stereotypes being foisted on them bear little resemblance to the friends and neighbors being smeared.Media hostility to and subversion of the right to keep and bear arms has only grown stronger and more pervasive over the last 50 years, and at the time this issue of GUNS hit the newsstands, Americans were about to have the greatest infringements since the National Firearms Act of 1934 forced on them by representatives capitalizing on media-fueled-political hysteria: The 1968 Gun Control Act  was signed into “law” by President Lyndon Baines Johnson on October 22 (the semicentennial is next Monday).Due to magazine publishing lead times, that was still a few months away when this issue of GUNS came out, so reporting on that could not be included at press time. Still, it contained plenty more unique advocacy reporting on what the political establishment was up to. As such, the magazine was an early leader in mobilizing citizen activism in defense of the right to keep and bear arms. Blaming everyone who didn’t do it is a time-tested tactic.        ©FMG Publications. Used with permission.“A total ban on all guns is in the final stages of enactment at this writing, Carl Wolff, who penned the regular “Our Man in Washington” column warned. The “no one is talking about taking your guns” lie is what the gun-grabbers have always been talking about. A Shooters Club of America alert in the January 1968 issue of GUNS warned its readers about GCA ’68 author Sen. Thomas Dodd:“He has said, ‘I would be for abolishing all guns … I never saw any sense in guns anyway, and I do not go backward by saying so. I hope some day the world will say, ‘Destroy them all.’”“Chances are that when Congress closes, all sales of so-called mail order guns will be stopped,” Wolff warned. And all out of state purchases of guns will be stopped.”Significantly, that was supported by the NRA and that is what happened (and more).This is the kind of history that very few today, even in the gun owner rights advocacy community, are aware of. Fortunately for us, GUNS Magazine has seen the value of posting its past issues going back to Volume One, No. 1-1, from January 1955, archived on its website.It’s been the source of remarkable historical finds over the years, all the more interesting because Democrats are now out of the closet as the party of citizen disarmament. Case in point, check out this quote in the “Know Your Lawmakers” feature from the April, 1960 issue by none other than John F. Kennedy:By CALLING ATTENTION to ‘a well regulated militia,’ the ‘security’ of the nation, and the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms,’ our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny which gave rise to the Second Amendment will ever be a major danger to our nation, the Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important.Then there’s this bit of wisdom in the February, 1960 issue from “liberal icon” Hubert H. Humphrey:CERTAINLY ONE of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used, and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.Another article illustrating a “180” in attitudes paid tribute to J. Henry Fitzgerald, legendary “in two fields of gun wizardry: for his shooting, which was fabulous, and for his artistry with tools in making fine guns even better.” In addition to that, Fitzgerald “was ‘half cop’: Inspector-Instructor New York State Police School … Member New York State Police Chiefs Association.”Compare his convictions with New York’s politically-motivated  police chiefs of today when he advocated:“If the good citizens of our country knew how to handle firearms properly, crime would decrease by half.”Good stuff, and there’s more. Unlike today’s age of hypocritical Hollywood hoplophobia, it was quite common to find “A-list” celebrities showcasing their love of guns: The October ’68 issue includes a full-page ad for Mossberg, featuring beaming actor Robert Stack kneeling by his coyote kill. Imagine the Twitter death wishes that would “provoke” today. Boys were a lot better adjusted when they were treated like young men. ©FMG Publications. Used with permission.Standing out on the cover of this issue is the title “Boy’s Rifles of Yesteryear,” taking us back to a time before school shootings, and recalling an even earlier time when a boy could earn a rifle by selling cards, salves and seeds. “Like the shaggy mutt, it was the boy’s constant companion,” the article remembered about a commonly accepted practice that today would more likely result in SWAT being deployed, depending on where you live.Plus there are features one would expect to find in a gun magazine, the technical stuff on guns and ammunition, the reviews, and the ads with prices that illustrate the (intentional) devaluation of the dollar more than anything else.I always get a kick out of introducing readers to these old issues – I find most had no idea digitally-archived copies even existed and it opens up a whole new and vast resource that will only grow as time goes on. As we prepare to mark the passing of an anniversary that ought to be marked with infamy, we need to familiarize ourselves with what happened in the past so that we can apply its useful lessons to the present.That is if we want to make the centennial a cause to celebrate a victory.—Disclosure: I’m a field editor for GUNS Magazine and write the monthly “Rights Watch” column.About David Codrea: David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.The post 50 Years of Infringements after GCA68 Show Only Constant is Obsession with Control appeared first on AmmoLand.com.

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