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Seems You Can Get Tired of Winning

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Art by Michael Ramirez Seems You Can Get Tired of WinningUSA –-(Ammoland.com)- Seems You Can Get Tired of Winning.From the look of this weeks elections, it seems that some people can get tired of winning, despite that Donald Trump says we will never grow tired of it. Good thing he keeps on winning for the rest of us.Did you enjoy this cartoon?Sign up for Ammoland in your Inbox and get our daily cartoon and email news!You call yourself pro-gun? Prove it by joining any one or all of these fine civil rights organizations:National Rifle Association (NRA) : www.membership.nrahq.orgSecond Amendment Foundation (SAF) : www.saf.orgFirearms Coalition : www.firearmscoalition.orgJews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) : www.jpfo.orgCitizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) : www.ccrkba.orgGun Owner of America (GOA) : www.gunowners.org Give Me Liberty or Give Me ObamacareAnd, please consider support for the Second Front in Defense of the Second Amendment:Knife Rights: www.kniferights.orgAbout Michael RamirezTwo-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Michael Ramirez, combines an encyclopedic knowledge of the news with a captivating drawing style to create consistently outstanding editorial cartoons on Ammoland Shooting Sports News.“An editorial cartoon is not just a funny picture,” says internationally known editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez. “It is a powerful instrument of journalism, sometimes sharp and refined, its message cutting quickly to the point, and other times, blunt and overpowering, seizing the readers’ attention with its dark imagery.”Visit : www.michaelpramirez.comShare this page and help spread our pro gun, conservative message with humor. AmmoLand says Join the NRAThe post Seems You Can Get Tired of Winning appeared first on AmmoLand.com.


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.


Surprise: Physician Group Rehashes Same Tired Gun Control Policies

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Opinion Surprise: Physician Group Rehashes Same Tired Gun Control PoliciesFairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- Everyone has hobbies. Some doctors’ collective hobby is opining on firearms policy. Half of the articles in the “Latest from Annals” email from the Annals of Internal Medicine journal are related to firearms.The most prominent of these articles is a position paper written by the American College of Physicians (ACP) that expands upon their 2014 paper and reflects every anti-gunner’s public policy wish list, save for the outsized role given to doctors. The ACP’s policy recommendations include a ban on semiautomatic firearms and “high” (read: standard) capacity magazines, licensing and permitting requirements, improved reporting to NICS, restrictions on concealed carry, and so on. None of the ACP’s policy recommendations focus on law enforcement or the importance of identifying, prosecuting, and incarcerating criminals. As Philip J. Cook notes in his commentary, “It is unfortunate that the public health community has not recognized the importance of policing gun violence as a key aspect of prevention.”Language matters, and the ACP “favors enactment of legislation to ban the manufacture, sale, transfer, and subsequent ownership for civilian use of semiautomatic firearms…” They refer to the targeted firearms as “assault weapons” only in parentheses, and the word “rifle” only appears once in the entire document: in the appendix, specifically in a section about 3-d printing a rifle receiver. Does the ACP support a handgun ban? We know that the American public opposes a ban on semiautomatic rifles and a ban on handguns. The ACP proposal for a ban on semiautomatic firearms certainly looks like it would apply to handguns, and they acknowledge that increasing the minimum age to purchase semiautomatic firearms to 21 is “an interim step toward a complete ban…”The ACP claims that their policy recommendations are “based on an analysis of approaches that the evidence suggests will be effective in reducing deaths and injuries from firearm-related violence.” They want physicians to “advocate for national, state, and local efforts to enact legislation to implement evidence-based policies, including those recommended in this paper…”The problem is that the ACP cites “studies” that wouldn’t qualify as “evidence” in any other debate. One cited study was focused on a single rural county in Iowa. Another was of 106 outpatients at a single clinic. The authors acknowledge evidence is limited but cite their own belief there is “enough evidence” or simply argue the policy should be enacted anyway. Inconclusive evidence is not “enough evidence.” Applying narrow findings to a larger population is not “enough evidence.”The ACP’s misuse of evidence isn’t limited to a ban on commonly owned firearms.They claim the RAND Corporation found “evidence suggesting that increasing the minimum purchasing age for firearms could decrease the suicide rate.” RAND actually found that the only discernible effects of minimum age requirements for purchasing a firearm on suicide were relegated to children and the evidence was limited. The effects of minimum age requirements on total suicides is uncertain because the evidence is inconclusive.The ACP claims that a “growing but limited body of evidence…suggests the concealed-carry laws may create a greater risk of firearms injuries and deaths than any protective value they may provide.” Most of the research on this topic is poorly done and clearly designed to produce a predetermined result. As with other policy areas in this position paper, the authors should have consulted the RAND literature review. RAND found that shall-issue concealed carry laws have uncertain effects on total homicides, firearms homicides, robberies, assaults, and rapes. The evidence is inconclusive, but the American College of Physicians has no qualms about accepting works that violate many of RAND’s most important criteria.The ACP wants to require gun purchasers to undergo an “educational program” before they can obtain a firearm and they support universal background checks, which would necessitate a licensing and permitting system as well as a registry of firearms and owners. This ignores the RAND Corporation’s finding that evidence on the impact of licensing and permitting regimes on firearm homicides and total homicides as well as total suicides and firearms suicides is inconclusive. The ACP is apparently only interested in pseudo-science “evidence” that supports their preferred anti-gun policies.This position paper leaves one wondering if the authors reviewed the evidence, or just found works that suited their needs. For all of the bluster about their own important role in the anti-gun movement and all of the misuse of research findings, the ACP makes one thing clear: they respect their own rights and opinions far more than they do those of law-abiding gun owners.The ACP’s first recommendation acknowledges their support for building coalitions of different perspectives on the firearm issue but makes no mention of firearms experts or lawyers. Health professionals and “injury prevention experts” are listed first and second. Their second recommendation holds that “state and federal authorities should avoid enactments of mandates that interfere with physician free speech.”If only the ACP had the same sort of respect for the 2nd Amendment. The authors claim that the individual right to keep and bear arms was established by the Supreme Court.The Supreme Court affirmed that right. That’s the sort of mistake one can expect when anti-gun doctors talk to themselves instead of lawyers or gun policy experts.About: Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.orgThe post Surprise: Physician Group Rehashes Same Tired Gun Control Policies appeared first on AmmoLand.com.


Firearms Policy Coalition Statement Following Thousand Oaks Shooting

Firearms Policy Coalition Statement Following Thousand Oaks ShootingSACRAMENTO, CA —-(Ammoland.com)- Last night, a man carried out a horrific attack on our American brothers and sisters in Thousand Oaks, California. Today, we grieve for those lives lost. Today, we thank Ventura Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus for his ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. And today, we encourage all people to become informed about defensive tactics, weapons, and their use so that – when necessary – you are capable of employing just force – even deadly force – to oppose those evils that would cause innocent people to be hurt or killed.The State of California has some of the harshest gun control laws in the United States. But, as history teaches, violence does not respect government authority. Those who would perpetrate violence do not respect human life. And the government is not a divine entity capable of shielding you from danger and our flawed human condition. It is not a shield against bad acts. The government has no duty to protect you, and you are your own first responder.Once more we see the devastating effects of the illusion of safety that gun control laws and policies are founded upon. Once more we see that people intent on causing death, injury, and chaos ignore the thousands of federal, state, and local criminal laws that criminalize conduct including murder, terrorism, and assault. Once more news outlets show us proof that evil and insane people will find a way to hurt or kill the innocent until they voluntarily end their attack, commit suicide, or are stopped by a courageous person willing to sacrifice themselves to save others – most likely one who is armed.Gun control proponents like Gavin Newsom, California’s incoming governor, are irrationally committed to passing more and more laws that just do not prevent violent people from doing evil things. Indeed, he and other anti-gun advocates are the embodiment of insanity, doing the same things over and over again while expecting different results. They make innocent people more and more defenseless and then feign shock when their policies result in predictable and tragic outcomes.Under Governor Newsom, we expect that Californians will be put in grave danger through further restrictions on the human right of self-defense. By promoting and adding new restrictions to the states already-Byzantine gun control laws, Newsom and the legislature will ensure that everyone except the rich and politically connected – those who have the means to heavily-armed government or private security personnel – will be vulnerable, defenseless targets.But, as we have said before, our fundamental rights do not come from the government, the people, or even the Constitution itself. Our right to keep and bear arms exist with or without official legal recognition of it, with or without judicial enforcement of it, and with or without a desire for them to be exercised or respected.Firearms Policy Coalition will continue working in executive offices, in legislatures, in the courts, and in the public to restore America’s lost Constitution. FPC will continue fighting for fundamental rights so that we, our members and supporters, and everyone may defend themselves against unjust force, wherever it may come from. And we will continue to defend and advance individual liberty – especially the People’s human right to keep and bear arms for all lawful purposes – so that they have the opportunity and means to #ShootBack if and when necessary to end a violent attack.About Firearms Policy CoalitionFirearms Policy Coalition (www.firearmspolicy.org) is a 501(c)4 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.The post Firearms Policy Coalition Statement Following Thousand Oaks Shooting appeared first on AmmoLand.com.


State Outlook Even More Jumbled For Firearms After Midterm Elections

Brian Kemp | Georgia Republican Candidate for GovernorU.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)-– Everyone has that kitchen drawer. That’s the one where a book of matches, take-out menus, extra cell-phone power cords, pet treats, a pack of gum and a hammer are kept. That is, of course, if you could only find them under the rest of the junk in there.That’s sort of what our state-by-state landscape looks like when it comes to firearms legislation after this week’s midterm elections. It’s ugly, but if you dig, there’s something worth finding.GovernorshipsSeven states will see new Democratic governors in the New Year. Those include Illinois Democrat J.B. Pritzker, who defeated Republican Bruce Rauner and Kansas Democrat Laura Kelly, who beat Kris Kobach. Michigan Democrat Gretchen Whitmer came out on top over Republican Bill Schuette. Meanwhile, in Maine, Janet Mills topped Republican Shawn Moody. Nevada Democrat Steve Sisolak ran away with the election over Republican Adam Laxalt and, in New Mexico, Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham bested Republican Steve Pearce. Wisconsin Democrat Tony Evers eked out a win over out Republican Scott Walker.Going into the election, there were 36 gubernatorial races, with 16 held by Democrats, 33 by Republicans and one by an independent. That split is now 23 for Democrats and 25 for Republicans. In one remaining race, Georgia’s Republican Brian Kemp declared victory over Democrat Stacey Abrams, who isn’t conceding, saying the race is still undecided. Kemp holds a slight lead and if it is less than one half a percent, it will be headed for a recount.What it meansThings got even tougher, even in states where it was already tough. California elected Democrat Gavin Newsom, who campaigned on a platform that some of the strictest gun laws in the country weren’t strict enough. Illinois’ Gov. Rauner has signed restrictive legislation in the past, but he’s also vetoed some bills that were disastrous for the firearms industry and gun owners.LegislaturesWe all know, though, that governors don’t make gun laws by themselves. Those originate in the statehouses and 46 states held contests for more than 6,000 seats. Six chambers in state capitols flipped from Republican to Democratic control in Connecticut, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota and New Hampshire. Democrats in New York have had a numerical advantage for some time, but that state’s Senate was controlled by a coalition of Republicans.Still, Republicans maintained hold of 62 of the 99 state legislatures (Nebraska’s is unicameral and nonpartisan). Those included races in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin that were held by less than 10 seats.What it MeansMuch of the fight on gun rights is happening in the states. Take, for instance, the ban on modern sporting rifles. The federal ban expired in 2004, but since, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York banned the most popular selling rifle. These states also outlawed standard capacity magazines for modern sporting rifles and some handguns, as did Colorado and Vermont.Ballot InitiativesBallot initiatives make it even more difficult to predict the future of firearms-related legislation in the individual states. Voters in the Washington state voted to pass the I-1639 ballot initiative, putting Washington on par with California, Massachusetts and Hawaii as having some of the most restrictive firearm laws in the nation. A few of the many requirements imposed by I-1639 are: raising the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic firearm from 18 to 21, creating new background check requirements, mandatory training requirements for gun purchases and new storage requirements for law-abiding gun owners.But all wasn’t bad news. North Carolina voters approved state constitutional protection for hunting and fishing, backed by NSSF and other sportsmen and conservation organizations that ensured this heritage for future generations. North Carolina becomes the 22nd state to constitutionally protect hunting and fishing.More to ComeWe’re still sifting through all the results. Tune in when NSSF hosts webinars on what the midterm election results mean to our industry and what we can expect. You can know this much: NSSF will remain engaged, fighting against legislation that hurts our industry and that infringes on our rights while working to make America safer while respecting our liberties.About NSSFThe National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 6,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.The post State Outlook Even More Jumbled For Firearms After Midterm Elections appeared first on AmmoLand.com.


Wisconsin’s New Governor Declares War on Your Gun Rights

Tony Evers Wins Wisconsin Governor’s RaceWisconsin – -(AmmoLand.com)- As you now know, Wisconsin has a new Governor in Tony Evers, and he is even more hostile to gun rights than the outgoing one.Early yesterday morning, Democrat Tony Evers edged out Scott Walker in the Wisconsin governor’s race, while state republicans kept control of the assembly and state senate.Tony Evers has said he will make it harder for people to get concealed carry permits and, like Scott Walker, opposes Constitutional Carry.But what really worries me is Evers’ wishlist for gun control in Wisconsin:Universal background checks (total control to deny you your right to purchase guns for any reason they invent)State registry of firearms (gun owner registration list)Ban on certain accessories like bump stocks and so-called “high-capacity” mags (“Evers Calls For Tougher Gun Laws In Wisconsin” wpr.org)“I think we have to be pragmatic here, we have to start someplace,” Evers said. “We’ve had young people all across the country, people in high schools, saying, ‘Enough is enough, the adults have to stand up and do something.’”“Do something.”Those two chilling words have become code speak for, “Take the guns.”Here’s the problem. Many gun owners will wrongly assume that a republican assembly and state senate will keep Evers’ extreme gun ban measures from reaching his desk.If you believe that, I have a house to sell you.You can bet that following the next “tragedy” Evers will push the state legislature to “do something,” and will label his extreme gun controls “reasonable restrictions.”And that’s when republicans will cave and go along with public pressure.Unless … UNLESS you and I and thousands of other WGO activists around Wisconsin keep republicans from selling out and compromising.The greatest danger to our gun rights is right now.It’s the perfect storm – a rabid anti-gun Governor and a legislature willing to sell you out in order to appear “reasonable.”We’ll lose even more gun rights this session gradually … incrementally … and once a statewide registry of gun owners is in place, the next logical step will be (and always has been) gun confiscation.Please take this threat seriously.If your WGO membership is NOT active: Please join now. There is strength in numbers and we need your help now like never before. When you join, we’ll rush your NO COMPROMISE GUN RIGHTS PLEDGE in the mail.Because the stakes are so high and we need you in the fight, we’ve reduced our membership levels:Don’t be duped. Your gun rights are now on the chopping block. Please take action now.Corey Graff Executive DirectorWisconsin Gun Owners, Inc. PO Box 329 Waupaca, WI 54981About Wisconsin Gun Owners:WGO works for grassroots gun owners, not politicians. While many gun lobbies fight for “reasonable gun control,” WGO sets a higher standard: Defining the terrain of pro-gun political battle. Sure, many groups claim they’re “pro-gun” – all the while they provide cover for anti-gun deals cut by politicians – but only WGO truly informs gun owners, remaining committed to a 100% pro-gun position. We oppose all gun control – regardless of the political party – and work tirelessly to restore the Second Amendment. Visit www.wisconsingunowners.orgThe post Wisconsin’s New Governor Declares War on Your Gun Rights appeared first on AmmoLand.com.


Angels in Disguise

Art by A.F. Branco Angels in DisguiseUSA –-(Ammoland.com)- Angels in Disguise.The mainstream media is trying to put a good face on much of the criminal element illegally coming across the border.Did you enjoy this cartoon?Sign up for Ammoland in your Inbox and get our daily cartoon and email news!You call yourself pro-gun? Prove it by joining any one or all of these fine civil rights organizations:National Rifle Association (NRA) : www.membership.nrahq.orgSecond Amendment Foundation (SAF) : www.saf.orgFirearms Coalition : www.firearmscoalition.orgJews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) : www.jpfo.orgCitizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) : www.ccrkba.orgGun Owner of America (GOA) : www.gunowners.org Make America Laugh AgainAnd, please consider support for the Second Front in Defense of the Second Amendment:Knife Rights: www.kniferights.orgAbout A.F. BrancoA.F. Branco is a GrassRoots Conservative Political Cartoonist for Conservative Daily News, Net Right Daily, Legal Insurrection, and now Ammoland Shooting Sports News.A.F. Branco has taken his two greatest passions, (art and politics) and manifested them into the cartoons that have been seen all over the country, in various news outlets including “Fox News” and “The Washington Post.” He has been recognized by such personalities as James Woods, Sarah Palin, Larry Elder, Lars Larson, and even the great El Rushbo.Share this page and help spread our pro-gun, conservative message with humor. AmmoLand says Join the NRAThe post Angels in Disguise appeared first on AmmoLand.com.


Armed and Unarmed: A Difference in Mindset

Armed and Unarmed: A Difference in MindsetArizona -(Ammoland.com)- Being armed or unarmed is, in many ways, a state of mind.An armed person sees the world differently from a person who has decided to be unarmed.  Nicolo Machiavelli, the famed author and political philosopher, states it well in The Prince:Because there is nothing proportionate between the armed and the unarmed; and it is not reasonable that he who is armed should yield obedience willingly to him who is unarmed, or that the unarmed man should be secure among armed servants. Because, there being in the one disdain and in the other suspicion, it is not possible for them to work well together.Reactions to a recent murder and self-defense shooting highlight the difference of the viewpoints of armed and deliberately unarmed people.On 21 October, 2018, a neighbor, Tyler Herrick, entered a house, uninvited.  Kyle Adams, one of two roommates, was in the house.  He woke to find Herrick in his bedroom. Adams told Herrick to leave. Herrick left.Adams texted his roommate, Brennan Pebbles. Pebbles immediately left work and came to the house. After Pebbles arrived, the neighbor, Herrick, entered the front yard carrying an  AR15 type rifle. Adams and Pebbles were in the living room.Herrick opened fire on the two men through the living room window, striking Adams, who was mortally wounded.  From ktvz.com:“Herrick stood in front of the living room window, aimed his rifle at Adams and Pebbles, and fired multiple shots that shattered the front window. At least one of the rounds struck Adams, who eventually died from his injury.“Pebbles fled from the living room and ran upstairs. Once upstairs, he grabbed his (9mm handgun) and hid in the bathroom of the master bedroom. Herrick fired multiple shots at the front door, and entered the home and methodically hunted Pebbles down in a room-to-room search. When Herrick entered the master bedroom, Pebbles shot and killed him.Pebbles had made the decision to be armed by obtaining a handgun and storing it in the house. He was able to use his handgun to defend himself against an armed attacker who had shot and mortally wounded his roommate.People who have the mindset of an armed person will read of the incident and consider it from the viewpoint of an armed person. They will consider the choice of weapon. They will consider the wisdom of storing the handgun in the house, instead of carrying it on the person. They will discuss the tactics and tools of armed self defense.People who have made the decision to be unarmed will read of the incident and consider it from the viewpoint of an unarmed person. They will create hypotheticals to validate their decision to be unarmed. They will suggest the police should have been called. They will say if only there were no guns, this would not have happened.Two comments from the article illustrate the differences between the armed and unarmed mindsets.Comment from Boisefan:When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. This was certainly a terrible situation to be faced with, but Mr. Pebbles demonstrated why folks fight for their second amendment rights. Comment from Stanley78, in reply to Boisefan: Of course, folks fighting for second amendment rights is why the crazy neighbor was able to obtain his gun that was capable of firing into the house from outside and killing a man, so really it’s kind of a wash. Or not even that. If nobody in this situation had a gun, the neighbor would have been stuck outside while the two roommates called the police and waited for him to get arrested, and everybody might have survived. As it is now, a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to everyone involved and their families.People who support the Second Amendment have the mindset of an armed person.President Trump made the decision to be an armed person. He supports the Second Amendment.Most people who choose to be unarmed do not support the Second Amendment.  They see armed people as a potential threat.Few people trained in arms choose to be unarmed. Most people who choose to be unarmed do so because they are ignorant of arms. Many consciously unarmed people have followed the easy path. Many never had the opportunity to learn basic firearms skills.There are endless examples of people who, once exposed to firearms by friendly instruction, change their mindset and become Second Amendment supporters.Few Second Amendment supporters reverse their position, and work to disarm the population.  Learning to shoot is a form of taking the red pill.The change in mindset from unarmed to armed, can happen in one session at the range.When you take a person shooting, make the experience pleasant. Use good hearing and eye protection. Have them shoot a .22 rifle or pistol.  More powerful guns can come later.  Have the target close to build their confidence.  Explain the safety rules so they know they are safe.Nicolo Machiavelli was right.  Armed people view the world differently from unarmed people.About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.The post Armed and Unarmed: A Difference in Mindset appeared first on AmmoLand.com.


How the Anti-Gun Media Skews Public Opinion

Fake News Media BiasedU.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- There was a mass murder at a Pittsburgh Synagogue. If you read the posts on social media after that attack then you would think that guns are pure evil. Those writers seem not to know that guns save lives every day. Unfortunately, they are not alone.Public MisperceptionI’ll go further and say the average voter is only vaguely aware that ordinary citizens use their firearms to save lives every single day. Most people don’t know that firearms are life-saving tools because the US news media hides that story from us. This media distortion has serious consequences. What voters don’t know can move elections. Ignorance can cost lives.Media DistortionI don’t think the media’s treatment of self-defense and mass murder is merely a subtle editorial choice as assignment editors select articles based on excitement and novelty. It’s definitely newsworthy when a gun owner stops a sexual assault. It is important to the public debate that we know a legally armed citizen successfully defended police officers who were under attack. It is compelling news when a dad stops mass murder in a fast food restaurant, not just once, but here, and here again at a park. We could go on with millions of examples.I’d have a lot less to write about if the media would set aside its agenda and tell the whole truth. Unfortunately, many of us only know what we read in the papers.Crime PreventionIf you search deeply enough, you’ll find that victims who defend themselves with a firearm usually save their life. In addition, they make crime more difficult and less rewarding. An armed defender makes me safer even if I don’t carry a gun. Armed defense also reduces the incidence of rape after a sexual assault. Doesn’t that seem newsworthy to you?Saving a FamilyPeople who use a firearm for defense might protect themselves, but the might also protect their family. That saves lives for generations to come. I celebrate their defense as I would mourn their loss if they were injured.Stop Mass MurderSometimes, people who defend themselves save many lives as they stop what could be a mass murder. These events are more frequent than we would know by looking at the television, the newspaper, or from most online media. When a mass murderer is successful it is on the front page for days. The self-defense story that stopped mass murder might never make it to the last page of Section B. That editorial decision means we never hear about the mass murder that didn’t happen.Effective Self-DefenseThe debate over guns in the US is skewed by media distortion and by public ignorance. The public thinks TV crime dramas are real. They don’t know the real-life drama where law-abiding citizens defend themselves with a firearm millions of times a year. The public never learns that firearms are effective tools in civilian hands. Citizens use guns more often than they use fire extinguishers.Firearms SafetyThe average citizen doesn’t know that US citizens with their concealed carry licenses are among the most law-abiding and non-violent group of people on the planet. That means that guns in the hands of honest citizens are extraordinarily safe. Even with that safety record, we continue with firearms safety education. The Eddie Eagle gun safe program reached its 31 millionth child this year. Unfortunately, there were 64 fatal firearms accidents with children under 13 years of age, so there is more work to do. The number of firearms accidents continues to fall over time.Informed DebateIf you didn’t know that guns save lives then it makes perfect sense to restrict gun ownership. Firearms and firearm ownership only looks like a virtue after you learn that people save their lives by using their gun as a defensive tool.The gun debate generates a lot of heated opinions. I wish the argument was over different interpretations of the benefits and costs of guns in society. We can’t have that debate until we have a common set of facts. That means we have to get unfiltered news.I say guns save lives. Now do your own research and find out what the news media won’t tell you.About Rob MorseThe original article is here.  Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.The post How the Anti-Gun Media Skews Public Opinion appeared first on AmmoLand.com.


Senate Election Certainty, BUT Only if You Vote on Tuesday

Opinion Senate Election Certainty, BUT Only if You Vote on TuesdayUSA – -(AmmoLand.com)- There is one clear certainty about the 2018 elections. Senator Chuck Schumer will not be the majority leader. I have looked at every Senate race this year, and I do not see any way the Democrats can get to a majority.The supposed blue wave broke before making it to shore.This is a much bigger breakthrough in national government than you might have expected.If the Democrats had acquired a majority in the Senate, they could have blocked every person President Trump nominated for federal judgeships. Now that this seems unlikely [assuming we all get out and vote next Tuesday], Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans will continue the amazing shift of the courts back toward a reliance on the American Constitution as the source of legal decision-making. This was the biggest achievement of Trump’s first two years, and now it is likely guaranteed to continue.If the Democrats acquired a Senate majority, they would launch dozens of investigations and help hobble the senior leadership of the government. They would make life endlessly frustrating for Trump appointees.Instead of developing new policies, the President’s team would be absorbed with preparing for unending, irritating-but-dangerous hearings. Their time and energy for new reforms and new policies would be severely limited.A Democratic Senate would have pursued hearings on issues they thought would keep their base excited and enthusiastic.Among the biggest losers, next Tuesday will be the would-be presidential candidates mired in the minority. The outbursts of Senators Cory “Spartacus” Booker and Kamala Harris were early indications of the frustrations of trying to run for president while being in the minority. Senators Booker, Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren are among those who will lack the majority pulpit to schedule the right hearings on the right topics to maximize favorable publicity.Depending on the scale of the Democratic defeat, Senator Schumer may face a rebellion against his own leadership. After next Tuesday, Schumer will have failed to bring his party into the majority. Furthermore, he kept his team together on big questions such as the tax cuts and approving Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, but still, with a breathtakingly small margin, Leader McConnell simply kept winning.Four Republicans deserve credit for this extraordinary outcome: President Trump, McConnell, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, and Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel.President Trump has been the foundation for everything because he assembled the red state majority. His policies, mass rallies, tweets, and media savvy have kept that majority together for two years. Trump may not have broadened his base, but he has certainly solidified and educated it. If Senator Joe Manchin loses next Tuesday, it will be a sign no personality can overcome being on the wrong team in a state President Trump carried by a 42 percent margin.Leader McConnell has once again vindicated his methodical, steady approach to governing. His memoir, The Long Game, is filled with examples of how patient and persistent he is. He helped recruit and fund candidates and in some cases, provided campaign managers. When necessary, he has talked bluntly with incumbent senators to get them to do what is needed for re-election. His consistency in working with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to get Kavanaugh approved for the Supreme Court may have been the final turning point in defining the Senate elections in the key states.Senator Gardner did a superb job of working with all his Republican colleagues and the Trump White House to recruit the candidates who had the potential to win. Without these strong, competitive personalities, the opportunity for a Republican victory would never have materialized in a number of states. It is easy to forget how much Republicans shot ourselves in the foot with weak — and sometimes downright weird — candidates in 2012 and 2014. Not a single unforced error was made in recruiting candidates for 2018.RNC Chair McDaniel has had the wisdom, energy, and perseverance to do an outstanding job of fundraising and then focusing that fundraising to expand and deepen the Republican ground game nationally. There are some key reasons Republicans won eight of 10 special elections for the House these past two years, and one of them is the extra votes turned out by the RNC local neighborhood outreach program. McDaniel deserves credit for the vision to grow the system – even beyond its 2016 base. She has had the energy to raise the money and the personality to keep the party focused on winning instead of bickering.Speaking of 2016, IF the size of the Republican victory next Tuesday shocks the media and the Left, some credit must go to the years of hard work by former RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and his leadership in building a big enough system to help win hard-fought states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.The House is still a tough contest that could go either way. I think the GOP range is probably a low of 204 to a high of 229. None of us will know for sure until the votes start coming in. The polls are about as meaningful as they were in 2016, and the so-called experts are probably as right as they were in 2016 when they just misread reality and imposed their own models.The Senate as an institution is settled. Individual Senate races are still up in the air, but the general picture is clear.There is no circumstance where Schumer can become majority leader. At a minimum, we will have a two-vote Republican majority after Tuesday night.McConnell’s majority will certainly grow.My current conservative estimate is a GOP gain of three seats. My optimistic prediction is a gain so high I am afraid to put in writing. Leader McConnell dislikes and distrusts projections, so I will keep my much more positive number to myself.The Trump Revolution will be safe and continue to grow in the Senate – and that is an amazing outcome for 2018.Your Friend, Newt Newt GingrichP.S. My new book, Trump’s America: The Truth About Our Nation’s Great Comeback is out and available for order.About Newt GingrichNewt Gingrich is well-known as the architect of the “Contract with America” that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in forty years. After he was elected Speaker, he disrupted the status quo by moving power out of Washington and back to the American people.Gingrich Productions is a performance and production company featuring the work of Newt Gingrich and Callista Gingrich. Visit : www.gingrichproductions.comThe post Senate Election Certainty, BUT Only if You Vote on Tuesday appeared first on AmmoLand.com.


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