According to a recent report by the Physical Activity Council, the number of Americans described as “inactive” fell to 81.6 million in 2015, down from a record high of 82.7 million the previous year.
While those keeping up with pop culture might guess CrossFit, Soul Cycle, and the continuing explosion of “fun runs” are behind the increase, sports industry group PHIT America found the jump came from a surprising source—the shooting sports. According to that group’s report, four of the eight top growth activities were firearm-related, specifically sporting clays, trap/skeet shooting, handgun hunting and target shooting with a handgun. Moreover, those taking part in firearms related activities made up 46 percent of the increase in the number of active Americans.
Whether this upswing is due to the growing number of guns in American households, the re-emergence of high school and college shooting teams, or people simply taking a cue from Colion Noir, one thing is clear—this new generation of health-conscious shooting enthusiasts may prove an invaluable asset in the fight to protect our freedoms in coming decades.
Even Caught Red-Handed, Katie Couric Stands By Her Deceptive, Defamatory “Under The Gun”
Even after everyone from the Washington Post to CNN to The New York Times lambasted Katie Couric for the dishonest, deliberately misleading “edits” used to make gun owners appear clueless and heartless in her bogus hit piece “Under the Gun,” Couric still defended the phony production, announcing, “I am very proud of the film.”
In case you missed it, Couric’s film completely misrepresented an interview with gun owners where she asked them a question that no one (apparently) could answer—as they silently stared at their shoes for almost 10 seconds. The problem is, it didn’t happen. The interviewees actually answered Couric’s question almost immediately—and they proved it by releasing an audiotape they’d recorded of the interview.
Is it any wonder no one trusts the media anymore, when Katie Couric—once the highest-paid “journalist” on the planet—spouts lies like these, then defends them even after she’s caught red-handed?
Did D.C. Order Cops To Ignore A Federal Court Order?
When The Federalist’s Devin Watkins recently read of U.S. District Judge Richard Leon’s temporary injunction against D.C.’s requirement that residents show “good cause” before being issued a carry permit, he went to submit his application. He then wrote about what happened next: “The police officers there told me the D.C. attorney general’s office had ordered them to ignore the court order and continue to deny applications.” Watkins then contacted the AG’s office, who told him he could file a complaint online.
Watkins told Reason.com that the receiving officer “strongly implied that his lack of listing the ‘good reason’ meant he would be denied.”
When Watkins broke the story, the AG’s office released a denial, saying they “would not instruct any officer of the district government to ignore any court order.” They also posted a clarification online, saying they “will not require applicants to comport with the ‘Good Reason’ requirement … while the injunction is effective.”
Police Chiefs Endorse Ayotte In N.H. Senate Race
Several New Hampshire police chiefs are featured in a new advertisement endorsing U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., in her critical Senate race against NRA F-rated challenger Gov. Maggie Hassan.
“Kelly voted to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists,” Nashua Police Chief Don Conley said in the ad. “And Kelly is a leader in closing gaps in the mental health system,” said Berlin Police Chief Peter Morency. The spot ends with Atkinson Police Chief Al Brackett saying that Ayotte “supports common sense solutions—to protect our constitutional rights—while making New Hampshire safer.”
Campaign spokeswoman Liz Johnson believes voters will know the truth when they hear it. “Voters won’t be fooled by misleading attacks from Gov. Hassan’s Washington special-interest allies who are desperate to distract from her repeated absences from the state,” Johnson told the Washington Examiner.
Michigan High School Senior Targeted For NRA Shirt
Another T-shirt, another teen in trouble. This time it was 18-year-old Andrew Eichorn, a senior at Flushing High School in Michigan. The shirt in question has an NRA logo on the front and the words “Keep Calm and Carry Guns” on the back. It was a Christmas gift for Eichorn, who has been around firearms his whole life and was instrumental in founding the skeet shooting team that he captains at school.
On the day he wore it to school, Eichorn didn’t make it until third period before Assistant Principal Deb Goldstein requested he change it. Eichorn refused and he was asked to leave the school.
“I am extremely proud of Andrew for not giving in to the demands of Ms. Goldstein and am proud that he stood up for his rights and freedoms,” said Andrew’s dad Mark Eichorn. “We as a family have always taken our constitutional rights very seriously.”
Police Say Tulsa Man Shot Attacker
A Tulsa man used his firearm on Monday night to stop a man who was attacking him in his yard, according to local media reports.
Police told the Tulsa World that an apparently drunk man was running around a south Tulsa neighborhood “acting oddly” so police were called to investigate. While police were questioning neighbors, the man allegedly attacked an elderly man who was working in his yard.
According to police, the homeowner said the man approached while he was doing yard work and punched him in the back of the head. He said the attacker then continued to beat him and even “mounted” him to hit him. That’s when the homeowner pulled his handgun and shot the man in the neck, ending the attack.