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NRA not always “unflinching and unapologetic” for the Second Amendment

Wayne LaPierre

Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President and CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA), gave a fiery speech yesterday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in which he decried the media and called on attendees to stop President Barack Obama’s anti-gun agenda.

“History has proven again the truth that President Obama and anti-freedom activists everywhere deny and try to empress: the truth that firearms in the hands of good people save lives,” said LaPierre. “The political elites can’t escape and the darlings in the media can’t change the God-given right of good people to protect themselves.”

There’s nothing wrong with that statement in and of itself. The White House and congressional Democrats tried (and failed) last year to enact more onerous gun control laws. The media often painted an unflattering picture of Second Amendment activists and frequently pilloried the LaPierre and NRA.

“For that fundamental human, the NRA stands unflinching and unapologetic and in defense of our freedom,” said LaPierre. “NRA’s 5 million members and America’s 100 million gun owners will not back down, not now, not ever. I assure you that.”

Today in Liberty: Lois Lerner to appear before committee, Alan Grayson accused of domestic battery

“In government, the scum rises to the top.” — F.A. Hayek

— Disgraced IRS official to appear before Oversight committee: Lois Lerner, the ex-IRS official at the center of the agency’s targeting of conservative groups, will appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this morning at 9:30. Though Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) said Lerner would testify, her lawyer has denied that claim. You can livestream the hearing here. Should be fun.

Did you really think Bloomberg’s Mayors group was about safety?

In 2006, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg started a group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). The group’s mission was ostensibly to keep America’s “communities safer by keeping illegal guns out of dangerous hands.”

Apparently MAIG’s definition of “dangerous hands” is “your hands.”

It comes as no surprise that the petty, pathetic, sniveling despot’s ultimate goal is not what it seems. Since Bloomberg ascended to his dictatorial throne, he’s been working to control the lives of every New York citizen. From trans fats, to salt (resulting in a ban on food donations to homeless shelters, because the hungry homeless are more concerned about sodium intake than… you know… STARVING TO DEATH!) to sugary drinks (a ban deemed unconstitutional by a court with just a little common sense), Michael Bloomberg became the anointed Prince of Peremptoriness in the city, taking it upon himself to “save” New Yorkers from themselves.

So it’s no surprise that he would want to ban guns – not just keep them out of dangerous hands, but ban them outright. It’s also not surprising that he would lie and obfuscate to legitimize his group of gun grabbers.

Today in Liberty: Americans believe Obama will fail, final stage set for $1 trillion farm bill

“I have a question, a question for the president: Do you hate all rich people, or just rich people who don’t contribute to your campaign? Do you hate poor people or do you just hate poor people with jobs?” — Ron Paul

— Most Americans believe Obama’s policies will fail: Just 37% of Americans believe that President Obama’s polices will be a success, according to the latest CNN/ORC poll via the Washington Examiner, while 56% say that they will fail. The Examiner notes that those figures “were almost reversed” from last year.

— FreedomWorks to endorse in North Carolina Senate race: The Hill reports that FreedomWorks PAC will endorse Dr. Greg Brannon, a Republican looking to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), today at a rally in Raleigh. Brannon has already been endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). A Rasmussen poll released last week found Brannon holding a 4-point lead over the vulnerable Democrat. NC House Speaker Thom Tillis leads Hagan by 7 points.

— C’mon and take a free ride: Members of Congress and staffers took some 1,900 privately-sponsored trips in 2013, according to a report from Legistorm. In all, the trips cost $6 million, the most since 2007.

Survey: 39% of American households own guns, up from previous year

The joke has been that President Barack Obama has brought economic stimulus for at least gun manufacturers and fire arms dealers, thanks to his push for more onerous gun control laws. Though meant to be a slight, there may be a little truth to it. The Washington Examiner points this morning to a new Economist/YouGov survey which found a jump in gun ownership in American households last year:

The slow drop-off of households owning guns has ended, rebounding in a new poll to 39 percent, up five points from the latest survey.

A new Economist/YouGov poll said that nearly 4 in 10 American households have guns, with 56 percent claiming not to have one.

That is a sizable uptick from the four-decade drop in household ownership charted by the authoritative General Social Survey. It pegged household gun ownership at 50 percent in the 1970s, 49 percent in the 1980s, 43 percent in the 1990s, and down to 35 percent in the 2000s. The latest 2012 statistics put the share of households with guns at 34 percent.

Federal judge strikes down Chicago’s anti-gun laws

In yet another win for the Second Amendment, U.S. District Court Judge Edmond E. Chang ruled yesterday that Chicago’s ordinances banning the sale or transfer of firearms are unconstitutional:

U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang said in his ruling that while the government has a duty to protect its citizens, it’s also obligated to protect constitutional rights, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. However, Chang said he would temporarily stay the effects of his ruling, meaning the ordinances can stand while the city decides whether to appeal.
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Chang’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed by the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers and three Chicago residents. The judge noted Chicago’s ban covers not only federally licensed firearms dealers, but also gifts among family members, all in the name of reducing gun violence.

Chang wrote that the nation’s third-largest city “goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms, and at the same time the evidence does not support that the complete ban sufficiently furthers the purposes that the ordinance tries to serve.”

Chicago has had a lot of bad luck in federal courts when it comes to their onerous gun laws. In the landmark case McDonald v. Chicago (2010), the United States Supreme Court struck down the Windy City’s hand gun ban and incorporated the Second Amendment to the states.

Another Fast and Furious Gun Turns Up at Mexican Resort Shootout

Guns from the failed “Fast and Furious” operation continue to turn up in murder scenes along the Arizona-Mexico border. The latest gun linked to the owner of the Lone Wolf gun store, who had been cooperating with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, turned up after a shootout in Puerto Peñasco on December 18th. The shootout took place at a resort in Mexico that left at least five suspected cartel gunmen dead.

The shootout involved suspects and the police. According to Fox News at least one gun found at the scene was traced back to the Lone Wolf gun store owner. The firearm was reportedly purchased on September 14, 2010.

The ATF-run Fast and Furious operation carried out within the period between 2006 and 2011 made it possible for Mexican drug traffickers to purchase hundreds of guns provided by the government agency through the owner of Lone Wolf gun store. The goal was to find cartel leaders by tracing the weapons back to its ultimate owners, however, several guns used in the operation began turning up at different murder scenes, including the 2010 killing of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

The ATF has already accepted responsibility for the mistakes the agency made concerning the execution of Fast and Furious. According to the ATF’s official statement, the agency acknowledges that “firearms related to the Fast and Furious investigation will likely continue to be recovered at future crime scenes.”

Study: Concealed carry leads to fewer murders

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The gun control crowd has tried, endlessly, to exploit tragedies to make a push for new or expanded anti-gun laws. But the narrative that these devout advocates try to paint often falls flat.

For example, gun control activists will tell us that gun violence is an epidemic for which the only cure is more onerous gun laws. But this defies reality. After all, the gun homicide and non-fatal gun violence rates have dropped by 49% and 75% since 1993.

This same crowd will tell us that gun ownership should be discouraged, even though Centers for Disease Control study confirmed that “[s]elf-defense can be an important crime deterrent” and pointed to other research that has found “consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims.”

Another frequent claim is that concealed carry laws will turn society into a Hollywood depiction of the Wild West. But a new study by Mark Gius, an economist at Quinnipiac University, found that the states with concealed carry laws had lower murder rates than states that restrict the practice.

“Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects,” wrote Gius in the abstract, “the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states.”

Biggest Stories of 2013: Obama’s Gun Control Push Falls Short

Throughout New Year’s Eve, we’ll be going through the 10 biggest political stories of 2013 as selected by United Liberty’s contributors. Don’t forget to chime in on the biggest stories of the year on our Facebook page.

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After the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012, the left began its predictable charge for gun control. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) wrote a new assualt weapons ban. Many pundits were claiming that some sort of new gun control bill was likely out of the new Congress. In addition, the newly reelected President Barack Obama vowed to make gun control a focus of his second term.

However, Second Amendment advocates mobilized their supporters into a grassroots campaign to pressure their Senators to reject new gun control measures. Hunters, gun owners, other shooting enthusiasts, and liberty lovers flooded their Senators with phone calls, letters, and e-mails urging the Senate to defeat any new gun control measures.

As a result, gun control supporters began to move away from measures like the Assault Weapons Ban and towards “compromise” bills like the Toomey-Manchin bill that expanded background checks. In April, the Senate defeated all the proposed gun control bills. Later that same day, President Obama gave an angry and whiny press conference lamenting the defeat of gun control.

NFL refuses run Super Bowl ad promoting armed home defense

Daniel Defense Super Bowl Ad

The National Football League (NFL) has picked sides in the gun control debate by refusing to run an innocuous ad by Daniel Defense, a gun manufacturer based in Georgia, promoting armed home defense.

“It’s been a long road getting here. And a lot has changed since I’ve got back. Now this is the center of my world. And my families safety is my highest priority,” says the narrator over video of a man coming home to his wife and child.

“I am responsible for their protection. And no one has the right to tell me how to defend them. So I’ve chosen the most effective tool for the job,” he says as the ad cuts away to the logo for Daniel Defense and its slogan, “Defending Your Nation, Defending Your Home.”


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