Temporarily stalled by regulatory issues, the merger between the two sporting-goods retailers began moving forward again earlier this month. Now they have announced the completion of the deal.
FOX Business reports that Cabela’s will continue to operate as a separate brand. “As we move forward, we are committed to retaining everything customers love about both Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s by creating a ‘best-of-the-best’ experience that includes the superior products, outstanding customer service and exceptional value our customers have come to expect,” said Bass Pro Shops founder CEO Johnny Morris. “We’re also deeply motivated by the potential to significantly advance key conservation initiatives.”
Morris has been a trustworthy friend to the NRA—as one example, the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum is housed in the flagship Bass Pro Shops store in Springfield, Mo.—and to the Second Amendment. Cabela’s has also proved a good steward of gun rights, and gun owners can expect that both brands will continue to have their backs moving forward.
NRA Ad: We Are All Standing
Dom Raso is a veteran U.S. Navy SEAL who has witnessed firsthand the sacrifices that brave men and women make in defense of our freedom. So with an increasing number of athletes refusing to stand during the playing of our National Anthem, he felt compelled to speak out.
“We Stand” is the latest ad in NRA’s Freedom’s Safest Place campaign and, in it, Raso explains why he rises up. “I stand to honor the sacrifices of the generations before me,” he says in the 60-second spot. “Heroes who charged into battle through bombs and bullets … who lost their brothers and still pushed through, fighting for every inch of our freedom.”
Raso isn’t alone in his refusal to take a knee. "NRA members stand for the flag, and they want the whole country to know it," declared NRA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre. In other words, says Raso, “We are all standing.” Watch the full video here.
Police In The UK Increasingly Want To Be Armed
As a rash of terror attacks continues to plague the United Kingdom, the mostly unarmed police are beginning to feel unprepared for the threats they face.
A survey conducted by the Police Federation of England and Wales found that over a third of the officers surveyed would prefer to be armed, compared to 23 percent in 2006. The Independent reports that UK police are especially interested in being trained to use firearms, even if they do not routinely carry them, so that they may be better prepared for emergencies.
“Let’s face facts, we live in dangerous times,” said Steve White, chair of the Police Federation. He expressed hope that the UK government would pay attention to the survey and be convinced to allow police “to not only keep themselves safe but help achieve their number-one priority in keeping the public safe.”
Study Shows That Concealed-Carry Permit Holders Drive Less Recklessly
A new study on Michigan drivers, conducted by John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center, has found that those without concealed-carry permits were 12.2 percent more likely to break the law.
Lott was in part responding to research conducted by the anti-gun publication The Trace, which attempted to establish that higher rates of gun ownership corresponded to a greater number of road-rage incidents. “Michael Bloomberg’s The Trace didn’t actually look at the behavior of permit holders, and they didn’t look at all the convictions for reckless or dangerous driving,” he explained to FOX News. “Looking at news articles on road-rage incidents may only tell you what the media is interested at during any point in time. By contrast, we have data on how permit and non-permit holders actually drive.”
Compared to permit holders, Lott’s study showed that non-permit holders were 2.4 times more likely to drive drunk and 10.6 times more likely to drive recklessly.
Indiana Homeowner Shoots Robber Who Forced Family Into Basement
At approximately 7:30 a.m. last Friday, a man forced his way through the front door of a home in Hammond, Ind., pulled a gun, then told the residents he knew there was a safe inside and he intended to rob them. That’s when he corralled three of the occupants and ordered them to the basement.
Unfortunately for the suspect, there were four people at home.
Police Lt. Steve Kellogg told the Northwest Indiana Times that when the would-be robber led the three out of the basement and back into the kitchen, a fourth resident—who had been hiding in another room—encountered the suspect and shot him multiple times. Police pronounced the intruder, who has not yet been identified, dead at the scene, and investigators have labeled the shooting a clear case of self-defense.