Archive for the '2nd Amendment' Category

The ‘Gun Violence Tax’

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

As expected, three gun-rights groups — the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and the Second Amendment Foundation — have sued the city of Seattle over the City Council’s unanimous August adoption of a so-called “gun violence tax.” The lawsuit accuses the city of violating Washington state law, which prohibits local governments from […]

Dems can’t help themselves . . . it’s guns once again

Friday, September 4th, 2015

What’s that? The next presidential election is still 14 months away? Sorry, but Americans are sports fans, and they’ve expressed a growing preference for the multi-level “playoff.” Not enough anymore for a team to be quietly awarded a trophy or “pennant” for simply winning the most games over the course of a long season. No. […]

If we don’t have ‘common-sense gun control’ now, time to start over

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

“There is no greater coward than a criminal who enters a house of God and slaughters innocent people engaged in the study of scripture,” said Cornell William Brooks, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, after a visitor to a Bible study group at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church […]

Gun control, which never worked, loses more ground

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

As of July 1, Kansas residents are again be able to lawfully carry concealed handguns without a permit. Introduced in the state Senate in January with an impressive 26 co-sponsors, the Sunflower State’s new “Constitutional carry” bill swept the senate 31-7 and cleared the house in March by a bipartisan 85-39 margin, reports Chris Eger, […]

‘Background checks’: Trojan Horse for registration

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

What’s the big deal about requiring background checks for private firearm sales? If you want to sell your gun to your neighbor, you just telephone the National Instant Check hotline and ask to have your potential buyer checked out . . . right? Wrong. Although it’s reported the Nevada state Legislature, in its semi-annual scramble […]

Going after the green-tip

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

(A version of this column appears in the May 10 issue of “Shotgun News.”) Back in mid-February, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives announced it was considering a ban on the popular M855 variety of .223 rifle ammunition — the popular “green-tip” fodder for the AR-15 rifle — by re-categorizing the round […]

‘He killed that guy and he didn’t have to’

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

John Geer was killed a year and a half ago, but it wasn’t until a judge ordered officials in Fairfax County, Virginia, to release 11,000 pages of documents earlier this year, detailing their 17-month cover-up of the case, that details of his homicide by police became known. Owner of a local kitchen design business in […]

Gun owners no longer willing to take it lying down

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has long prohibited towns and cities from enforcing local firearm ordinances that impact the ownership, possession, transfer or transport of guns or ammo. But gun-rights groups have long complained that scores of municipalities ignored the 40-year-old prohibition by passing their own, piecemeal gun control enactments, which rarely got tested in court, […]

‘A substantial shift in attitudes’

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

In case anyone is suffering those winter blahs, let’s start with some recent good news: The Huffington Post reports “For the first time in more than 20 years, Americans say it’s more important to protect the right to own guns than it is to control gun ownership.” A new Pew Research Poll released Dec. 10 […]

Retail sales down, with one intriguing exception

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

America’s remaining retailers were already pretty well shell-shocked after seven years of Great Recession administered by those geniuses from Goldman Sachs. But store owners got whacked again when they totaled up retail sales for the long Thanksgiving weekend — traditional start of the Christmas shopping season — and found they were down 11 percent from […]