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Friday, April 15, 2016

Poll: Most Believe Record Gun Sales Are For Self-Defense Purposes

While anti-gun organizations and gun-ban politicians continue attempts to derail our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, Americans are buying guns at a record pace. The exact reason why is uncertain, with many factors likely contributing.

But we now know what people think about why Americans continue to purchase more guns than ever before, as a recent Rasmussen Poll sought to answer that question. The survey asked: “What is the main reason most people purchase a gun—self-defense, to commit a criminal act, for job purposes, some other reason?”

The answer was unsurprising, although likely frustrating to those anti-gunners who would have you believe firearms are seldom used in self-defense. A whopping 66 percent believe self-defense is the main reason most people purchase a gun, while just 5 percent think they make such a purchase to commit a criminal act. A miniscule 1 percent say it’s for job purposes, and 22 percent say most people buy a gun for some other reason.


Judge Denies Gun Companies’ Motion To Dismiss Newtown Lawsuit

On Thursday, a Connecticut Superior Court judge denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that holds gunmakers and sellers liable in the Newtown shootings committed by an insane madman. The defendants in the lawsuit, which include Remington Arms, had argued that the lawsuit should be dismissed under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). That 2005 federal law shields the firearms industry from liability for crimes that it had no part in, no advance knowledge of, nor any reasonable suspicion of facilitating. 

While attorneys for the plaintiffs celebrated Judge Barbara Bellis’ decision, the ruling doesn’t prevent the defendants from filing future immunity claims. But it could open the floodgates to similar frivolous litigation. And as we wrote last month, that outcome could be devastating.

“If this argument is successful, you could see gun manufacturers stop selling these guns (AR-15-type rifles) to the public permanently,” warned UCLA Law Professor Adam Winkler.


Even The Media Gag On Hillary Clinton’s “Vermont-Guns-Fuel-NY-Crime” Whopper

Yet another newspaper has called Hillary Clinton to task for her deceptive, misleading claim—on the eve of the New York primary—that Bernie Sanders’ home state of Vermont is responsible for “guns that end up committing crimes” [sic] in New York.

As Albany Times Union columnist Chris Churchill wrote Wednesday, of the firearms seized in connection with crimes in New York that could be traced, only 1.3 percent were traced to Vermont, meaning that “Clinton’s claim would be a big, fat lie if not for the two words she inserted between ‘highest’ and ‘number’: ‘per capita.’”

This kind of weasel-worded deception—the Clintons’ stock-in-trade—has increasingly alienated even Clinton’s supporters, from Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin to the Washington Post, which “awarded” Clinton “three Pinocchios” for her claim, which the Times Union columnist summed up as “blatantly dishonest.” Is it any wonder the number-one word Americans associate with Hillary is “liar”?


Anti-Gunners Manipulate Moviegoers Into Viewing Real-Life Carnage

Theatergoers were expecting to see the usual fake blood, skilled stuntmen and CGI effects when they filed into a NYC theater to watch “Gun Crazy,” touted as the latest big-budget Hollywood blockbuster. Instead, to their shock, scenes of real-life homicides, suicides and accidental shootings filled the big screen, including domestic abuse, a massacre at a city hall meeting, and a policeman overpowered by armed thugs.

Being unwittingly subjected to scenes of graphic violence is bad enough. But the audience members, who were interviewed before the movie and whose reactions were being surreptitiously taped during the film, would soon become cast members themselves in a twisted PSA produced by extreme anti-gun group States United To Prevent Gun Violence.

The “Gun Crazy” PSA’s purpose is to shame action film lovers. But the idea that these people deserve to be punished by manipulation, shaming and emotional blackmail for enjoying fictional violence—where good triumphs over evil, and justice is served in the end—is the truly crazy part.


Florida Supreme Court Will Not Hear Opposition To UF Gun Ban

The state Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal on whether guns should be allowed in University of Florida housing. A gun-rights group had urged the court to overturn a 1st District Court of Appeal ruling upholding a firearms ban on school grounds. The lawsuit was filed against the university in 2014, stating that citizens have a constitutional right to keep guns in their homes, which should include university housing.

Florida Carry brought lawsuit to UF after winning a similar gun-rights case against the University of North Florida, where the Court of Appeal ruled students could store guns in their car while on campus grounds. However, in the University of Florida case the court pointed to a state law barring guns on school property, while weighing against another law affirming the right to possess guns at home. The court did not give a reason for declining the case.


Armed Neighbor Saves Texas Family

A Texas family under attack by a crazed home intruder on Monday was saved by an armed neighbor. 

According to police reports, the Spring, Texas, family said an armed man walked into the house, where a woman and her children were, and started taking things. The gunman loaded up more belongings and continued to threaten the family with his gun. 

Fortunately for the family, one of the children escaped and ran across the street to a neighbor’s house. Hearing of the crime in progress, the neighbor grabbed his gun, ran to the house and fired several shots at the suspect, chasing him away.


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