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Chicago, Poster Child for Gun Control? A Joke!!

Much has been written about Chicago, and the State of Illinois.  Recent action at the capital indicates that Illinois may soon join the rest of the country with a concealed carry program.  In a previous post I provided info that the DOJ has shown how violent crimes have decreased, and this is obvious in those areas that have concealed carry, especially in locations that have “shall issue”.

Previously I quoted an item that said “If gun control worked Chicago would look like Mayberry not Thunderdome”  Well, reading an article this morning brought that home again, So far this weekend 17 people have been shot in Chicago, 6 were killed.  When people are prohibited from defending themselves, they become easy targets of malcontents.

All of this reminded me about the item below.  It does make a point.

A Tale of Two Cities

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Obama Administration to Sign U.N. Arms Trade Treaty “In the Very Near Future”

This info is from the NRA and has also been in other media:  http://www.nraila.org/news-issues/articles/2013/4/obama-administration-to-sign-un-arms-trade-treaty-in-the-very-near-future.aspx

“As we reported last month, on April 2, the United Nations General Assembly voted 153-4 to pass the Arms Trade Treaty, with the United States voting in favor and several countries abstaining. The vote in the General Assembly pushed the treaty process forward after negotiations twice failed to deliver on the goal of developing the treaty by consensus. The Obama Administration is expected to sign the treaty soon after it is opened for signature on June 3.

According to a May 16 Amnesty International article, a senior US diplomat–Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Countryman–has confirmed the U.S. government will be quick to sign the new treaty.  According to the article, Countryman said on Wednesday that the United States would sign the ATT “in the very near future.”

If the deeply problematic treaty is signed, the fight will move to the U.S. Senate, where the Obama administration would need to find 67 senators to ratify the treaty.

Of course, anti-gun Amnesty International approves of the treaty and is advocating its signing and ratification.  In addition, Amnesty International has gone so far as to claim that the treaty will not affect “domestic gun control regulations.”

On the contrary, the ATT does indeed threaten the rights and privacy of American gun owners. Signatories will be encouraged to keep information on the “end users” of arms imported into their territory and supply such information to the exporting country. Exporting nations, nearly all of which have civilian firearm control regimes far harsher than the U.S., will be encouraged to take the firearm control laws of an importing country into account before approving a transfer of arms. And the treaty also encourages states to adopt domestic legislation to facilitate the treaty’s onerous requirements.

A majority of senators have already made clear their opposition to ratifying the ATT. On March 23, 53 senators endorsed an amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2014, “establish[ing] a deficit neutral fund” to oppose United States entrance into the treaty. Additionally, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kans.), along with 32 cosponsors, has put forth a concurrent resolution expressing the Senate’s opposition to the ATT, as it “fails to expressly recognize the fundamental, individual right to keep and to bear arms and the individual right of personal self-defense… and thus risks infringing on freedoms protected by the Second Amendment.”

Unfortunately, once a treaty has been signed, it normally remains available for the Senate to ratify in perpetuity, unless a later president withdraws from it. This means that American gun owners must remain vigilant in ensuring this treaty is never ratified. The NRA will continue to keep gun owners up to date on any movement toward ratification, and will work with our allies in the Senate to ensure the treaty remains unratified.”

Please contact your US Senator and tell them you are strongly opposed to ratification of this treaty. 

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Second Amendment

 

New Government Report Undercuts Obama Anti-Gun Agenda

This information was recently passed along by the NRA but it contains links to a report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (a division of the US Department of Justice) which basically refutes all the balderdash (did I say that?) that has been put out by Obama, Biden, Feinstein, Bloomberg and all the others that would attempt to inhibit our second amendment rights.  The same individuals whose ultimate goal is total confiscation of citizen owned firearms. 

Follow the links provided in the story to see the government’s own figures.  The info we are referring to starts in the 3d paragraph.  Also note that even though gun crimes are down, most folks think they are up. 

Things haven’t been very good for President Obama lately. This week, Congress heard from witnesses concerning his administration’s fatal failures related to the September 11, 2012, attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Not buying into the make-believe nonsense that Obama has improved America’s standing among terrorists devoted to our destruction, jihadists recently attacked the Boston Marathon. The unemployment rate has decreased by only 0.4 percentage point since January.

And then there are the things that Obama really cares about. Perhaps symbolically, this week, Republican senators Bob Corker (Tenn.) and Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) defeated Obama and Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) in a game of golf. Likewise, reporters have been suggesting that the defeat of Obama’s gun control agenda in the Senate puts his political clout in as much doubt as his golf prowess.

Adding to the bad news for the Obama agenda, a report issued by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS-a component of the Justice Department) shows that firearm homicides in general, and violence at schools, have decreased substantially during the last two decades; the percentage of homicides committed with firearms has decreased; and only a tiny percentage of state prison inmates imprisoned for gun offenses obtain their guns from gun shows. As the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin characterizes it, the report is “wonderful news for the country and rotten data for anti-gun advocates.”

To make matters worse for Obama, the story has been picked up by some heavy hitters in the national news media. In an article for U.S. News and NBCNews.com, veteran reporter Pete Williams points out that the BJS report shows that 40 percent of criminals get their guns from friends and family members, and another 37 percent get theirs from theft or other illegal sources. Lest gun control advocates accuse the BJS or Williams of having a pro-gun political agenda, Williams notes that “The report is strictly factual.”

In his article for the Washington Post, Jerry Markon says that while “gun shows were central” to the recent debate in the U.S. Senate over expanding background checks to cover private firearm transactions, “Less than 1 percent of state prison inmates who possessed a gun when they committed their offense obtained the firearm at a gun show,” according to the report. (To be precise, the figure reported by the BJS is 0.8 percent.)

NRA members probably are not surprised at the gist of the BJS report. In the NRA’s magazines and NRA-ILA’s Grassroots Alerts, we’ve been reporting the decline in violent crime, the relative safety of schools, and the relative rarity of criminal acquisition of firearms at gun shows, for nearly 20 years. But for the general public, the contents of the BJS report may come as a revelation, especially given the way that many in the media have reported on the gun control issue over the last few months.

As another U.S. News article and a Fox News article that covered the BJS report point out, a recent Pew Research Center poll found that while “The gun homicide rate in 2010 was the lowest it had been since [the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] began publishing data in 1981,” 56 percent of respondents believe that gun crime is higher than it was two decades ago, against 12 percent who believe it is lower.

To be clear, 2010 is the most recent year for which the CDC has released homicide data. For the record, FBI data show that the murder rate dropped again in 2011, and again in the first half of 2012. But let’s give the president a break; this much good news for the country might be more than the poor man can stand

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Second Amendment

 

Why “Gun Free Zone” Signs Are Useless

Criminals desirous of creating havoc don’t care about these types of signs.  Sandy Hook and the Aurora Colorado theater events took place in “Gun Free Zones”, and they were not the only ones.  Posting of these signs do nothing but give folks a false sense of security.  Actually, they may have the reverse effect………….allow, like in the above mentioned situations, a perpetrator to come in knowing they will not be challenged.  These signs actually create, IMHO, killing zones.  That’s why, groups like the Overland Park KS based Gun Violence Protection Project make me wonder as to how gullible some people can be.

Check out this video.  It’s comical, but it makes a point.

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Second Amendment

 

Sen. Reid – Background Checks for Gunpowder (and eventually ammo)

OK, by now many folks have already heard that the senate majority leader has introduced a bill to require background checks for gunpowder.  Another knee jerk reaction to a very terrible event (the Boston marathon bombing). If passed,  it is conceivable that this could be expanded to include background checks for ammunition purchases, since ammo includes gunpowder.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/295759-reid-proposes-new-background-check-requirement-for-explosives

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Second Amendment

 

Why Restrictions on Magazine Sizes Are Bad

This speaks for itself:

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Second Amendment

 

About Benghazi…….What Would Ike Do?

Many of us are following the Congressional hearings into what happened in Benghazi, Libya on 9/11/2012.  It appears that there was a tremendous amount of misinformation being bandied about by Obama and various senior members of his administration.  In addition to the misinformation there now appears to be strong evidence to support allegations that relief efforts were told to stand down.

A leader, must be a leader.  Ask any GI about that.  From the squad leader up to the Commander-in-Chief, leadership and responsibility are number one.

As such, I asked myself the question:  What would Ike do? The day before D-Day, June 6, 1944 Dwight D. Eisenhower penned a short missive in case the Normandy invasion was unsuccessful and a disaster.  This is what he wrote:

“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory  foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and  place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the  Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault  attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”

No spin, just straight talk and a willingness to accept responsibility, if the mission failed.  It was his decision to “go”, and he was responsible for what happened.

 

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2013 in My Thoughts