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Friday, April 28, 2017

State Representative: Georgia Stands With NRA

As thousands of National Rifle Association members gather in Atlanta for the 146th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, one Georgia state representative has rolled out the welcome mat.

State Rep. Vernon Jones wrote in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “As Americans across the country celebrate a rebirth of freedom, it is an honor to welcome the members of the National Rifle Association to Atlanta for their 146th annual celebration of our Second Amendment freedoms.”

Jones pointed out that the 5 million members of the NRA are dedicated to promoting, preserving and protecting our right to keep and bear arms.

“This is a time for all of us to come together to celebrate our nation’s rebirth of freedom,” he concluded. “People will be coming from every city, state and hamlet in the United States. They will come with one anthem, ‘We are the NRA!’

Gavin Newsom Tweets That California’s Gun Control Saves Lives

Displaying the very height of arrogance—as usual—California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is once again bragging about his state’s unconstitutional gun laws, which are negatively affecting law-abiding gun owners.

On Tuesday, following the announcement that NRA and others had filed suit to fight Newsom’s restrictive “gunmageddon” gun control package, Newsom tweeted: “Hey @NRA-the people of CA have already spoken. Loudly. We reject your $ driven agenda. We're focused on saving lives.”

Of course, California already had the strictest gun control laws in the nation, and neither the old laws nor the new ones have done anything to stop recent murders there. Meanwhile, gun-banners continue to push for more and more useless restrictions. 

That fact prompted NRA’s Twitter response to Newsom: “Hey @GavinNewsom - The Constitution is clear. Americans - EVEN Californians - have #2A Right to Keep and Bear Arms. #sorrynotsorry.”

Atlanta Newspaper Op-Ed: NRA Helps Keep Kids Safe

Given the yearly ramping-up of anti-gun rhetoric in the media during the week leading up to the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, it was refreshing to see an op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution yesterday acknowledging the work NRA does to promote safety. 

Penned by Leslie Deets—owner of SharpShooters USA, an indoor shooting range, retail store and training facility—the article, titled “NRA’s Work Helps Keep Kids Safe Around Guns,” cites CDC data for the last two decades showing that even as gun ownership has risen, gun fatalities among young children have dropped 65 percent. “I credit one program in particular for the record-low number of accidental shootings among children: the National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program,” Deets said. 

In the last 30 years, the program—which is nonpartisan and makes no value judgment about firearms—has taught nearly 30 million children what to do if they find a gun. “The message is direct, simple and easy for children to remember. I am convinced these four easy steps have saved countless young lives,” Deets said.

Guns Are Keeping Minnesota Trap Shooting Team Out Of Yearbook

Members of the Big Lake High School trap shooting team are up in arms after their yearbook photo was rejected by the school board. In the photo, all 60 members of the shooting team are represented, each posing with a shotgun by their side.

Steve Westerberg, the school superintendent, told 5 Eyewitness News that the student handbook “doesn’t allow firearms or weapons to be displayed. This rule has been in effect since the school started sponsoring a Trap Shooting Team.” However, Clayton Birdsall, a new recruit to the team, doesn’t see how his gun is any different than his baseball cap. “That's what you use in the sport. It's just natural,” he said. Birdsall’s dad agrees, adding, “It is a school-sanctioned activity. It’s not like the kids are doing anything with it. They are literally just holding a gun.”

Parents and coaches have requested the school board reconsider the ruling at an upcoming meeting.

Arizona Woman Sends Home Intruder Scrambling With A Single Rifle Shot

What’s the best way to frighten away an intruder entering your home through a window? Try a firearm.

Mesa police told ABC 15 Arizona that last week a woman had pushed a man out her front door as he tried to break in. A short time later, the suspect—31-year-old Keion Terrell Ellis—tried to enter the residence again, this time through a window. When the homeowner’s child saw the intruder, the woman grabbed her rifle and fired a single shot, driving Ellis away.

Unbelievably, the suspect returned, pounding on doors and windows. This time police were at the scene and arrested Ellis for burglary and disorderly conduct. Investigators say the family knows Ellis from an ongoing dispute with another person at the residence.

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