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Thursday, January 7, 2016

AP Confirms Expanded Background Checks Wouldn’t Have Stopped Mass Shootings

President Barack Obama claims his recent executive action will expand mandatory background checks to online sales, gun shows and flea markets (where the laws are, ironically, the same as they are everywhere else). He even plans to add an additional 230 background check processing examiners and ask states to submit updated and accurate criminal history data. Yet according to a fact-checking piece by the Associated Press, the gun-control measures presented Tuesday would not have prevented the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary or San Bernardino, Calif. 

In fact, when it comes to mass shootings, the new policies would not have kept the suspects in several of the deadliest recent incidents from obtaining weapons. The killers either legally purchased their guns or bypassed background checks altogether by using firearms bought by others.


Woman Shoots Assailant Who Followed Her Home

In Manchester, N.H., a petite 65-year-old woman became frightened when she noticed that the same car had been driving behind her since she left a gas station. When the vehicle followed her into her apartment complex, she parked as close as possible to her door and hurried inside. But the driver pulled up next to her, ran past her and blocked her path; he then allegedly grabbed at her, causing her to draw her handgun and fire a single shot at him before running inside and calling police.

The suspect was helped back to his car by a female companion and driven to a local hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the chest and apprehended by police. He is being charged with robbery, and his suspected accomplice may face charges as well. The armed citizen who defended herself was described as possessing a valid concealed-carry permit.


Howard Dean Unhinged—Again

Many A1F Daily readers likely remember Howard Dean coming unhinged during the 2004 presidential primary, crazily screaming “yeeeeaaaaah” during a speech in Iowa.

Now Dean, former Vermont governor and past chair of the Democratic National Convention, has again come unhinged, this time trying to convince Americans that Republican candidates opposing more restrictive gun laws paves the way for a Democrat to win the White House.

“This is a no-win issue (for Republicans),” Dean said on MSNBC. “They’ll beat it to death in the primary, then everything those Republican candidates say will be put up in a television ad in the general election … I can see Republican women in droves going to vote for Hillary, or Bernie if he wins, on this issue.”

While history has proven Dean’s theory wrong in the past, such a statement is a direct call to action for all Americans—especially women—who believe in the Second Amendment and who respect our right to keep and bear arms.


President Obama’s Gun Control Might Boost Hillary In Primaries

While the president’s executive orders on gun control seem designed to convey the sense that he is “doing something” during the last year of his presidency, they may also have the effect of strengthening Hillary Clinton’s standing in the upcoming primaries. An article in Politico theorizes that Hillary benefits from President Barack Obama making gun control a central issue, since she uses her extreme anti-gun stance to distinguish herself from her only viable Democratic opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders. 

Hillary is even taking the opportunity to imply that she is personally driving the president’s policy choices: “I was pleased because some of what he’d called for, I’d advocated for a couple months ago in the debates and in the campaign.” It remains to be seen how wise she is in the long run to bet her campaign chances on Americans’ hatred for guns—or on voters having a positive view of the current president’s record.


Hillary Calls For New Group To Rival NRA

After President Obama’s gun-control announcement Tuesday, MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” aired an interview with Hillary Clinton on the subject of—what else—gun control. In it, Clinton proclaimed, “There needs to be a rival organization to the NRA of responsible gun owners who know that their hunting rights, their shooting rights, their collection rights … all of that is not going to be affected.”

But then she says: “I do support comprehensive background checks, and to close the gun show loophole, and what’s called the Charleston loophole, and to prevent people on the no-fly list from getting guns.”

We know enforcing comprehensive background checks would require gun-owner registration—an established path to confiscation. Closing the “Charleston loophole”—a misnomer if ever there was one—removes from the FBI all accountability to gun purchasers. And using the no-fly list to prohibit gun sales is a blatant violation of the Constitution’s guarantee of due process.

What sort of “responsible gun owners” would be in support of that? And why would gun owners stand against an organization dedicated to preserving their rights, in favor of a politician committed to tearing them down?


CNN Poll Shows Majority Don’t Want Expanded Background Checks

Speaking of background checks, while anti-gun politicians like to claim (erroneously) that 90 percent of Americans support expanded, even “universal” background checks, a recent online poll conducted by CNN suggest otherwise. A handy majority of respondents to the question, “Do you support expanded background checks for gun buyers?” answered negatively—55.4 percent at the time of this writing.

While the poll does not reflect a scientific sampling, it reveals how implausible the “90 percent” figure truly is. Surely a poll on a so-called “mainstream” media outlet like CNN—indeed, the same one hosting the White House’s “town hall” on gun control—attracted the attention of plenty of people outside that fabled 10 percent said to be in opposition. Next time you hear President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or another anti-gunner talk about how the “vast majority” of Americans want more background checks, just remember that they’re full of hot air.


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