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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Déjà Vu: Gun Control Bills Fail Again In Vermont.

After legislation for universal background checks was overwhelmingly rejected last year, gun-control initiatives once again failed or were seriously weakened in Vermont’s 2016 legislative session. 

Charter changes had already been passed through the city of Burlington, but they were quickly and systematically struck down by lawmakers. Among many proposals—including another run at universal checks—the changes included allowing police confiscation of guns after domestic abuse accusations, barring guns from enterprises serving alcohol, a ban on lead ammunition, and requiring legally owned guns be locked away at home.

The vice president of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Evan Hughes, believes Vermonters are serious about protecting gun rights and urged voters to support pro-Second Amendment candidates. Hughes also noted the low crime numbers in Vermont, although the state boasts high gun ownership, adding the highest crime rates are in stringent gun-control cities like New York and Chicago.


Number Of Gun Manufacturers Also On The Rise

It’s no surprise that guns have been flying off the shelves at record paces recently. That’s to be expected when political leaders and lawmakers are continually threatening to ban or confiscate them. 

But perhaps what you didn’t know was that this increased demand for firearms has also resulted in more gun manufacturers. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) reported that the number of gun makers increased more than 25 percent in just two years—from 318 in 2012 to 400 in 2014. Only companies who produce 50+ guns per year were considered in this data.

“With the steady and dramatic rise in the number of Americans purchasing firearms for target shooting, self-defense and hunting over the last decade, both established companies and startups have clearly seen the business opportunities presented them,” noted Chris Dolnack, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for the National Shooting Sports Foundation.


Grasping At Relevancy, MTV Fires Up The Propaganda Machine

MTV, the station that inflicted upon the world “Jersey Shore,” “Beavis and Butthead,” and a slew of shows glorifying teenage pregnancy, recently began dipping its toes into politics. In an episode titled “Should Your Teacher Carry A Gun,” MTV’s “The Racket” took on campus carry, along the way conflating it with both regular concealed carry (citing a since-debunked study attempting to show that armed citizens don’t stop mass shootings) and violent crime. “From 2000 to 2013,” the graphic screamed, “there were 160 active shooter incidents in the U.S.” But all these incidents were committed by criminals, not the law-abiding students and teachers campus-carry laws actually apply to—sorry MTV, but no matter how many campus-carry laws pass, crime will still be illegal. 

The video closes by asking, “What can YOU do about lawmakers trying to turn your campus into an NRA experiment? VOTE THEM OUT.” But we’re not exactly worried: Among those ages 18-29 (anyone who would’ve seen this clip) and those with less than a high school education (anyone who would have believed this clip), voter turnout rates are by far the lowest among any group.


Humane Society Presents Latest Inhumane Attack Ad

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) tries to present itself as a group who helps pets that have been neglected and abused. The reality is they’re an anti-hunting extremist organization that drops more cash attacking the NRA and hunters than it does supporting its purported cause. As has been widely reported, less than 1 percent of HSUS’s annual budget goes to pet shelters.

Instead, they find their money is better spent creating political ads like this one, which has been ripped by real animal protection advocates. The ad targets state Rep. Val Hoyle, who is running for secretary of state in Oregon, and ends with a message of “No to the NRA and no to Val Hoyle.” While Hoyle may have killed the 2015 ivory trade bill, she was all-too-happy to accept a $250,000 “reward” from Michael Bloomberg for helping to pass Oregon’s universal background check bill.


Investment Site: Only Anti-Gunners Want “Smart Guns”

The Motley Fool, a financial-services company that offers tips to potential investors, wrote an article pillorying the “smart gun” industry as lacking a viable market. Despite claims that the NRA is blocking development, the article points out that innovation on “smart guns” is stagnant because the technology doesn’t work reliably, and because most gun owners simply aren’t interested.

We’ve reviewed the most notable example of the technology previously and found it to be wanting; but as the media at large continues to blame the NRA, it doesn’t feel bad to be validated by an authoritative source well outside the pro-gun blogosphere.


Texas Homeowner Shoots Attempted Armed Robber, Sheriff Warns Other Criminals

When a Richmond, Texas, homeowner pulled into his garage Wednesday night and a man pulled a gun on him and demanded money, the homeowner grabbed a gun from his vehicle and shot the attempted armed robber twice, killing him, law enforcement officials told KPRC‑TV

According to Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls, two firearms were recovered from the scene, one belonging to the homeowner and one carried by his assailant. “This appears to be pretty cut-and-dry,” Nehls said. Although the homeowner’s elderly parents live with him in the house, no other injuries were reported.

Noting that the growth of Fort Bend County is attracting criminals from Houston and elsewhere, the sheriff also issued a warning: “Don’t come into Fort Bend County and start waving guns around because you could leave in a bag,” Nehls said.


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