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Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Call To Arms In Chattanooga

“We’re gun carriers, we’re the South, we’re Tennessee. We tote guns, we carry guns, we carry several guns. You’d never think it would happen here, but it caught us off guard,” said Kristi Manning, co-owner of Carter Shooting Supply in Harrison, Tenn. Her gun shop, along with others in the area, is seeing an increase in activity and sales after the recent attacks on military personnel in Chattanooga. 

Since the attacks, Carter Shooting Supply has sold 15 AR-15 rifles and 40 other guns, and as many as 80 people signed up for a concealed-carry permit class over the weekend. Shooters Depot in Chattanooga experienced a similar spike—they sold nearly 90 guns, and close to 300 people signed up for a class. 

“You’re never going to take the guns out of the bad people’s hands no matter what you do,” said Michael Brown, a Ringgold resident. “So I feel like we need to arm ourselves and be prepared.”


Fighting Back Against The Latest Obama Gun Grab

According to a recent Los Angeles Times report, President Barack Obama’s latest gun-control effort could strip Second Amendment rights from millions on Social Security, deeming them “prohibited persons” under federal firearms law because their affairs are managed by a representative payee. 

Recognizing that a Veterans Affairs policy already in place has affected around 177,000 veterans, the NRA vows to prevent the measures from being implemented.

“The Obama administration will stop at nothing to strip as many people as possible of their Second Amendment rights,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “The NRA will employ all means available to prevent the implementation of such a widespread injustice.”

NRA’s efforts have already prompted Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee to send a formal letter to the Social Security Administration’s acting commissioner, demanding a response by July 31.  


Shannon Watts Of Moms Demand Action: When The Facts Don’t Fit, Fudge The Facts

Within hours of the Chattanooga shooting, Shannon Watts, president of Michael Bloomberg’s “Moms Demand Action” gun-ban group, took to the airwaves and opinion pages to push more anti-gun laws. In one breath, she admitted, “we’re still learning the facts” about how the accused killer had obtained his firearms. Yet in the next breath, Watts twisted the few facts we did know to deceive the public into believing that some nonexistent “loophole” allowed Abdulazeez to get his guns.

To wit, Watts took the FBI’s statement that Abdulazeez had passed NICS background checks for “some” of the guns he possessed during the attack to suggest that some guns were obtained without a background check—when in fact the FBI said no such thing.

Whatever the case, Abdulazeez passed his background checks and was not a prohibited purchaser—meaning none of Watts’ proposed gun-ban “solutions” would have stopped him.


Ben Carson Pleads The Second

With some Second Amendment advocates voicing concern about his support for the right to keep and bear arms, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has come out firing to clarify his position on private firearm ownership.

The soft-spoken neurosurgeon told TheBlaze.com on Tuesday that people’s uncertainty about his stand on the Second Amendment stemmed from his political inexperience when first addressing the issue, and he clarified his earlier statements about guns in inner cities.

“What I was trying to get across is that the place where dangerous weapons are most likely to fall into the hands of crazies are crowded places,” he said. “They are not likely to happen in some remote place. But in no way do I think we should restrict the rights, particularly the rights of law-abiding citizens to have guns.”


Sheriff’s Department Goes Full-time On Concealed Carry

In conjunction with a plan to arm all his certified deputies with backup weapons they can carry concealed, DeKalb County (Ga.) Sheriff Jimmy Harris said, “A deputy sheriff is never off-duty.” An admirable candor, we submit.

Harris told AL.com, “We’re too much of a target, and we need to prepare for anything that happens.” In his statement, Sheriff Harris acknowledged that Chattanooga—the site of an attack that cost four Marines and a sailor their lives—is only 35 miles from the DeKalb County line.

Also interesting to note is that his cautionary remarks were not limited to law enforcement or the military. “I ask each and every one of you to take a look at how you are prepared to protect yourself,” he said. “If you are not prepared, it is time that you get self-defense training or firearms training.”


Bakery Robbery Ends With Suspect Shot

A man allegedly tried to steal the tip jar from Barranquitas Mini Bakery in Hartford, Conn., leading the owner to chase him down the street. Authorities say that the suspect, Marcus Torres, fought with the owner and appears to have motioned at one point as if he were drawing a weapon, at which point the owner shot him in the leg. 

No one else was injured in the scuffle. Torres was treated and is being charged with attempted robbery and assault, while the owner is not facing charges.


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