Friday, September 18, 2009
CULTURE & POLICY
Around the Nation: Guns, Crime and Prison Population
According to new data released by the FBI, violent crime in America continued its downward trend in 2008, proving once again that criminals -- not more guns -- are the problem. While murder, manslaughter and rape have all been on the decline since an all-time high in the early '90s, killings dropped 3.9 percent between 2007 and 2008 alone, even with millions of guns purchased during that time -- especially those scary "assault rifles" that give liberals such heartburn. "These are rates we haven't seen since the 1960's, even though the change from year to year has been rather small," said Alfred Blumstein, a criminal justice professor at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Of course, despite the drop in crime (or the fact that none of these crimes even require a gun), liberals continue to push for stricter gun control laws in the interests of our "safety," and the Leftmedia (expectantly) points out that crime usually rises during recessions and that the bulk of this data was gathered before the height of the economic crisis.
While government is trying to deprive us of our Second Amendment rights, courts are advancing the rights of criminals. When presented with a class-action suit brought by California inmates, a three-judge district court panel found that prison overcrowding is robbing them of their constitutional rights and decided to free 46,000 criminals in order to make incarceration more comfortable. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay on the ruling, arguing that the safety of Californians would be at risk if the prisoners are released, but the Supremes refused.
So, if the Left has its way, we should all turn in our firearms and pray that Big Brother will protect us from the thousands of newly released criminals prowling the streets. Another attempt to pay lip service to the Constitution while trampling it.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
So far that is roughly 9,076,205 guns bought this year! The total is probably more as, NICS background checks may cover the purchase of more than one gun at a time.
Full Article HERE
A confrontation with a bear had a happy ending for a man in Alaska but one with a violent criminal had a tragic ending for two Virginia Tech students.
Greg Brush of Alaska used his .454 Casull to stop an angry 900-pound bear from ripping him to shreds.
Fortunately, Brush put a couple well-placed rounds in the right places to stop the bear from tearing him to pieces.
Guns do in fact save lives. That is why police carry them and why law-abiding Virginians should not be disarmed in criminal safe zones.
Of course, Sarah Brady doesn’t want you to have the ability to protect yourself in the wild. According to her and the rest of the gun control lobby, you surrender your right to life when you enter a National Park or other “gun-free” zones.She’s probably crying at a memorial service for the bear.
FULL ARTICLE HERE
Thanks Gene for the TIP!!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
The hunt is on for more ammunition U.S. Supply can't keep up with demand, a trend that began after election
The scarcity of ammunition is part of a trend that began immediately after the presidential election, retailers say.
Gun enthusiasts, concerned with perceptions that Barack Obama and a Democrat-controlled Congress would increase gun control measures, began buying firearms and ammunition at an astounding rate.
According to the Department of the Treasury's most recent Firearms and Ammunitions Excise Tax Collection Report, firearm and ammunition manufacturers paid $109.8 million in excise taxes in the first quarter of 2009, up 43 percent from the same quarter in 2008.
All manufacturers are required to pay a 10 or 11 percent excise tax on firearms and ammunition produced, which makes the tax one of the most reliable ways to track firearm and ammunition sales in the United States, Novin said.
A second key indicator is the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS Checks.
In November, NICS checks were up 41.6 percent versus November 2008, and have been up month-to-month since the election, indicating that firearm sales are still booming.
"Those numbers are beyond outrageous when you consider the recession," Novin said.
A TEMPORARY PROBLEM
Although demand is extraordinarily high, and manufacturers are running at full capacity, more plants haven't been opened to supplement the need.
The reason, analysts say, is because manufacturers don't believe the demand is being driven by natural economic need, but something else.
"It's customer paranoia," Rainey said, "in our new president."
SECOND AMENDMENT COSTS
Even with a nationwide shortage, retailers and manufacturers say they haven't seen a drastic increase in prices.
Lowrie and Rainey said prices in their stores have remained stable over the past eight or nine months, and Russo said Remington hasn't raised prices.
The only place costs have skyrocketed have been at gun shows, where sellers have jacked up prices to take advantage of the paranoia, said Robert Smith, president of the Nevada State Rifle & Pistol Association.
Click in the above excerpts to go the the full article ar the The Review Journal. com
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Dean pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana in the incident and was sentenced to a one year of probation and 10 days in jail. According to a search warrant affidavit, police discovered marijuana in the cab of his vehicle after the shooting.
Click in the above text to see the entire article in the Daily Sentinel.
An observance of that name is underway this weekend in Louisiana, thanks to a law signed by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal in July. It decrees that each year, on the first Friday through Sunday in September, shoppers in the Bayou State shall be exempt from paying state or local taxes on firearms, ammunition or hunting supplies.
The law was sponsored by state Sen. Robert Marionneaux Jr., who said in a statement that it will "save families money, boost retailers' sales, and help our economy in this worldwide recession where every little bit helps."
A click in the story will take you to the original article in the Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
SEPTEMBER 12, 2009
Signups start at 8:30 a.m.
On the range by 9:00 a.m.
Bring the Girls out. They need to show us a thing or two and still get the
practice they need to safely and effectively carry their last resort.
The shoot for September will not be on Labor Day Weekend. It will be on the
Another month, another chance to be challenged by some great stages
Saturday, JULY 11th at the Action Pistol Group IDPA Whitewater Range match.
Here we go with the details:
* Four stages with a $20.00 entry fee
* Sign-ups at 8:30 am; match starts at 8:30 am with a brief safety
meeting. (Please come early enough so we get everyone signed up by 9:00 am)
* Bring proof of current IDPA membership. (Does not apply to
* Bring a concealment garment. You will be required to use it.
* It is also expected you will bring gear appropriate for an IDPA
match. Check your rule books. After all, this is an IDPA match!
* Bring insect repellant. The gnats are still a bit "gnasty."
Sunscreen would be a good idea too.
Start your presses! Roll yourself some serious target punchers and clean up
the old magazines and speed loaders. We expect great weather and a super
REMEMBER: "HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN!"
September 12, Char Stuart will offer a classification match in the event at
least six people sign up, for those who want or need to shoot it. You are
greatly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity if you are not IDPA
classified, or if you are ready to move up in classification. You must be an
IDPA member to shoot it.
The cost to shoot the classifier is $20.00, and you will not be able to
shoot the regular match if you opt to shoot the classifier. Char is the
"Queen of the Classification Match" and really enjoys helping you through
it. So, if you want to be counted in the classifier Saturday September 12,
email her and let her know you want to shoot it. Her email is
email@example.com. Notifying her now will be a great help in planning! When
she receives your $20.00 payment she will set you up for the classifier.
Keepin' 'em all in the Zero
Joseph W. Olt, Jr., Director
Action Pistol Group IDPA
P.O. Box 1421
Grand Junction CO 81502
(970) 243-1177 FAX