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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Trump, Clinton Talk Guns With NYT

When The New York Times recently asked the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns, “What would your administration do to reduce gun violence and mass shootings?” the difference in answers further reinforces why gun owners must do all we can to avoid a Clinton presidency. 

Clinton reverted back to her stock proposals: Expand background checks (which won’t affect criminals), ban common and popular semi-automatic rifles (which are used in less than 3 percent of all murders), and enable lawsuits against legal gun manufacturers for their legally made and marketed products (which is both illegal and immoral). Talk about ineffective action!

Trump’s camp, on the other hand, answered in support of the right to keep and bear arms. “A Trump administration would target criminals who use guns, and get guns out of the hands of felons and gang members,” the campaign answered. “Hillary’s solution is to disarm law-abiding Americans, which leaves good people defenseless while criminals will continue to commit crimes against the innocent.”


Will New Jersey Law Sink Armatix’s Second Smart Gun As It Did The First?

On Wednesday, Armatix, the German manufacturer of the failed .22-cal iP1 “smart gun,” announced plans to introduce a new 9 mm version in 2017. In an interview with Computerworld.com, CEO Wolfgang Tweraser touted the features of the $1365 iP9, which will utilize a fingerprint sensor instead of RFID technology. 

However, Tweraser failed to address the fact that the New Jersey legislation that guaranteed the failure of the troubled iP1 is still in effect. N.J. state law requires all new guns sold to be “smart guns,” starting three years from the date of sale of any such gun in the country. N.J. Sen. Loretta Weinberg’s law has effectively prevented the development of such technology for 14 years. 

Tweraser dismissed the iP1 gun review published by America's 1st Freedom, which found multiple problems with the gun and the technology. We would love to give Armatix a second chance once the iP9 is released; Mr. Tweraser, when can we schedule a demonstration?


World’s Richest Anti-Hunting Group Spending Big To Help Clinton, Democrats

The political arm of the Humane Society of the United States—whose merger with the Fund For Animals made it the biggest anti-hunting lobby in the world—is spending more than $600,000 to support ballot initiatives and anti-hunting candidates, mostly Democrats, in this year’s elections, Guns.com reports

In announcing its support for Hillary Clinton—only the second presidential candidate the group has ever endorsed—HSUS chief Michael Markarian wrote, “The next president will have an enormous impact over animal protection in this country.” 

HSUS tricks many Americans who believe they are supporting their local animal shelter into giving money, when in reality, HSUS spends only 1 percent of that money on shelters but spends millions on anti-hunting lobbying and political activities, from banning lead ammunition for hunting, to pressuring airlines not to transport trophies, to banning or blocking Americans from hunting everything from mourning doves to wolves and bears.


Australia Still Pushing To Ban Lever-Action Shotguns

Twenty years after Australia enacted a gun ban, crime has continued to spike. In Melbourne alone, gun-related crime has doubled, and they’ve seen one shooting per week since January 2015.

So with violence on the rise and self-defense almost nonexistent, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is looking to enact further gun controls and refuses to lift the import ban on lever-action firearms with a magazine capacity larger than five cartridges. The “Adler ban”—named after the Adler A110 shotgun—was put into place last year and was scheduled to be lifted on Aug. 7 of this year. 

These guns are currently classified as common Category A firearms, but Turnbull is determined to get them reclassified as Category C firearms, which would make them far more difficult to obtain. Independent Senator David Leyonhjelm, who has been critical of Turnbull’s reneging, wonders, “We had a deal, they didn’t stick to the deal, so how can I deal with them in the future?”


Home Contractor Cuts Robbery Short With Revolver

A woman was picking up a pizza with her 3-year-old when three criminals decided she would make an easy mark and decided to follow her home. But they weren’t expecting the contractors. 

While the suspects were planning their break-in, a worker and his brother were inside completing a home makeover. But when one of the workers went out to his vehicle to cut a piece of wood, the renovation took a twist. “I walked to my truck, and that's when the one guy walked up,” the contractor, James Jones, told WREG in Memphis. The suspect was soon joined by his two accomplices, and as one of them held a shotgun, the other two demanded his keys. 

“He told me to back up and as soon as I got away from this guy's line of sight, I pulled my weapon,” Jones said. By the time Jones’ brother Jeremy scrambled to the scene, Jones was already holding the car thief at gunpoint. Jeremy said, “I walked over, and told him to get on the ground or he's going to die. He laid on the ground and I tied him up.” 

Within minutes, officers arrived to arrest a hogtied Brendan Bryant. His accomplices escaped on foot.


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