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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Boston Real Estate Developer And Gun-Ban Zealot Launches Anti-Gun Super PAC

Boston real estate mogul John Rosenthal, whose anti-gun billboards near Fenway Park have been a landmark for over a decade, has launched a super PAC called “Don’t Be A Target” that will target Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire for her defense of the right to keep and bear arms, the Boston Globe reports

Unlike traditional political action committees (PACs), so-called “super PACs” can raise funds from individuals, corporations, unions and other groups with no limits on donation size. But Rosenthal apparently is glad to engage in shady politics, having left his six-year post on the board of the anti-gun Brady Campaign to launch the American Hunters and Shooters Association, a front group for the anti-gun lobby.

Rosenthal’s new super PAC will be funded by a Kickstarter campaign and by proceeds from “The Concert Across America To End Gun Violence”—an array of concerts held in 40 cities across the country on September 25.


NPR: HuffPo’s Weisser Describes His Gun-Controlled Fantasy World

In an interview with NPR, HuffPo’s resident anti-gun writer Mike Weisser described his fantasy world of gun regulation and registration.

“What I would like to see is that there’d be a measurement of how lethal a particular weapon is. And the more lethal it is, the more it has to be regulated …” he said. 

Weisser then sketched his national gun registration plan: “Because if we don’t have a really good system—and it’s not hard to do it—to keep track of guns in people’s houses so that this theft starts to drop … if you’ve got a couple hundred thousand guns going out into the population that are there to be used as crime guns, then you’re going to have an awful lot of gun violence.” 

There is no “lethality” scale for guns. Nor is there an easy path to register the hundreds of millions of firearms owned by law-abiding citizens, let alone criminals. But these teensy details don’t matter in Weisser’s World, the imagined anti-Second Amendment utopia of the supposed “gun nut” who once wrote, “wouldn’t it be easier to just collect all the guns?”


Half Of Americans Are Concerned Government Will Go Too Far On Gun Control

Half of American voters are concerned about government overreach when it comes to our guns. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted after the Orlando terror attack quizzed 1,000 registered voters about gun control. 

When asked what concerns them more about government and guns, 50 percent said that the government will go too far in restricting guns. Questioned about the merits of an “assault weapons” ban, 49 percent said that it is “NOT worth it because it will not stop the attackers from getting the weapons they need.” 

The government distrust is unsurprising as we’ve watched President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats rush in—before facts were even known—and call for bans and restrictions. Once facts were known, the president refused to accept it as a terror act and still called for strict regulations. Seems the real surprise is that only 50 percent of voters doubt the government on this issue.


The D.C. Project Will Bring America’s Female Gun Owners Together At U.S. Capitol

On July 6, a diverse and talented group of women will travel to Washington, D.C., to take part in the D.C. Project, a nonpartisan event aimed at highlighting the importance of the Second Amendment from the female perspective. The event was created by Team Benelli Captain and former law enforcement officer Dianna Muller in collaboration with A Girl & A Gun. For two days, a group consisting of one female volunteer from each state will meet with legislators to share how the Second Amendment directly impacts their everyday lives through things like competition shooting sports, business, hunting and self-defense. 

“Female gun owners are diverse, and have individualized stories … These stories need to be shared, as they are representative of many within legislators’ constituencies,” Muller explained.

The event will culminate with a rally at the U.S. Capitol West Front Lawn at 2 p.m. on July 8. Event organizers are inviting all women to attend the rally and make their voices heard.


Tom Ridge: Gun Control Wouldn’t Have Stopped Attack In Orlando

The former secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush had strong words for House Democrats last week. Tom Ridge told John Catsimatidis’ “The Cats Roundtable” radio listeners, “You kind of wonder what kind of glasses some of the Democrats are wearing as they look at that horrible tragedy.” 

In the wake of the Orlando terror attack on a nightclub, Democrats held a protracted sit-in on the chamber floor hoping to force a vote on gun reform. Earlier, the Senate had rejected several pieces of gun-control legislation—including a ban preventing those on terrorist watch lists from purchasing firearms without due process of the law. 

Ridge said that wouldn’t have prevented the attacks, “OK. I get that. ... But this is totally unrelated to the incident in Orlando where the murderer pledged allegiance to [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] and was probably inspired and converted by the virtue of the Internet and some of his travels.”


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