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Perennial screwball, Virginia Governor, and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Terry McAuliffe recently stated that 93 million Americans die each day from gun violence. Sounds a little off, doncha think?

McAuliffe made this claim the day a Democrat extremist and Bernie-bro attempted to assassinate members of the House GOP. It’s been more than three days since his remarks and we’re all still alive. It’s thus safe to conclude that 93 million of us don’t die every day from “gun violence”. (Or any other flavor of violence, for that matter.)

Well… OK… It was a slip of the tongue. Even though he said 93 million, twice, he really meant 93; as in three more than ninety and 7 less than one hundred; the precise value between 92 and 94. But it does raise a pair of questions: Where did he get the number 93 and why did 93 million pop into his head, twice?

The first answer is easy: He’s cooking the books. 93 per day is the total number of firearms related deaths in the US each day. This includes suicides. He’s deliberately conflating the two in order to make homicides look more common than they really are. Suicides are not preventable via gun control laws any more than homicides are. In both cases, those intent upon killing, either themselves or others, will find tools appropriate to the task. It’s also important to remember that this is a nation of 321,000,000 people. Even if there were 93 homicides each day, that’s only .000029% of the US population.

As to the spurious multiplier, My guess is that McAuliffe said it because he truly believes that there are that many deaths per day. He’s not alone. There are lots of anti-gun activists out there who are thoroughly convinced that we’re all gonna DIE, if “something” isn’t done. You can hit them with the real numbers all day long, but you won’t get past their irrational fears.

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Michigan Congressman Mike Bishop has reportedly stated that the assassination attempt on House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and other GOP members of Congress was foiled, in large part, by an armed civilian who engaged the shooter

“The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover. We were inside the backstop and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there and every one of us would have been hit — every single one of us,” said Bishop. “He was coming around the fence line and he was looking for all of us who had found cover in different spots. But if we didn’t have return fire right there, he would have come up to each one of us and shot us point-blank.”

No details are available at this moment as to the identity of the shooter or the brave civilian who risked his life to protect others.

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Third Time’s the Charm? Sportsmen’s Legislation Passes House in Third Consecutive Congress

 

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Third Time’s the Charm? Sportsmen’s Legislation Passes House in Third Consecutive Congress
On Friday, a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015. The bill now heads to the Senate, where a similar package, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015, has already advanced out of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Committee on Environment and Public Works. This is the third straight Congress in which the House has passed far-reaching sportsmen’s legislation, with the prior versions falling prey to election-driven bottlenecks in the Senate. Hopefully, the third time will prove the charm for this important legislative package.

Court of Appeals Declines to Rehear Heller III, Reinforces Pro-Gun Victory

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Court of Appeals Declines to Rehear Heller III, Reinforces Pro-Gun Victory
Last year, we reported that a panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held in the long-running follow-up to the original Heller case (known currently as Heller III), that certain provisions of D.C.’s firearm registration scheme violate the Second Amendment. These included D.C.’s handgun rationing rule, its requirement to renew firearm registrations every three years, a required test of “legal knowledge” for registration applicants, and the requirement that registration applicants present their firearms in person at police headquarters. As we noted at the time, however, the District still had options for further review of the decision.

The Next Supreme Court, by the Numbers

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The Next Supreme Court, by the Numbers
With the passage of Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia, how will the Court rule on Second Amendment cases in the future? The answer is, “it’s just a matter of simple math.”

As the Primaries Turn

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As the Primaries Turn
The process of selecting the major party nominees for the presidential election moved forward this past week with results for the GOP from South Carolina and Nevada, and results for the Dems from Nevada (Democrats hold their South Carolina primary on Saturday, February 27).

Accident Victim, Corrections Officer Treated to “New Jersey Justice” for “Illegal” Firearm

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Accident Victim, Corrections Officer Treated to “New Jersey Justice” for “Illegal” Firearm
What started out as a pleasant evening with his wife soon devolved into a nightmare for Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Sergeant Raymond Hughes, when his safety, career, and freedom were all jeopardized by New Jersey’s draconian suppression of Second Amendment rights.

Stranger Than Fiction: Gun Control Debate Leads to Discovery of New Species

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Stranger Than Fiction: Gun Control Debate Leads to Discovery of New Species
Researchers have found a variety of new species on the planet in recent years. Bugs and slugs, bats and rats, mini-dragons with tails, fish that walk, pigs that live in the sea, monkeys that sneeze, translucent frogs and, well, the list of previously unknown critters goes on and on.

Has the VA Deprived You of Your Second Amendment Rights? NRA Wants to Hear From You!

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Has the VA Deprived You of Your Second Amendment Rights? NRA Wants to Hear From You!
As we have reported several times in the past (including here and here), the Veterans Administration (VA) has been reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the identities of its beneficiaries who have been assigned a “fiduciary” to manage their benefits. The VA claims that such determinations constitute an “adjudication of mental defectiveness” under federal law, thereby prohibiting the beneficiary (presumptively for life) from acquiring or possessing firearms. The NRA has for several years been supporting legislation to correct this unjustified infringement on Second Amendment rights, including the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act (H.R. 2001, Rep. Jeff Miller, R-FL) and the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act of 2015 (S. 2002, Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX).

Michael Bloomberg is ALL IN to strip away your Second Amendment Rights! Are you ALL IN to make sure he doesn't succeed?!

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Michael Bloomberg is ALL IN to strip away your Second Amendment Rights! Are you ALL IN to make sure he doesn’t succeed?!
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is in a spending freefall attacking our gun rights all across the U.S., on multiple fronts…in Congress, in state legislatures, and on the airwaves. Further, he’s gathering signatures and pouring money into anti-freedom ballot initiatives in states like WA, NV ME, and AZ.   In the ’15 VA elections, he spent more than $2 million on a couple of state senate races!  If he’s willing to invest that much in VA alone, imagine how much of his BILLIONS he will spend in ’16 all across the nation!

 

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In this News Minute from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, Jennifer Zahrn reports on important gun bills being considered in Iowa, Georgia, and Mississippi.

 


 

STATE GRASSROOTS ROUND-UP

Alaska Alaska
Alaska: NRA-Backed Campus Carry Bill Moves Quickly Through the State Legislature
California California
California: Assembly Public Safety Committee Scheduled to Hear Several Anti-Gun Bill on Tuesday
Florida Florida
ALERT! FL Senator Brags about killing 2A bills in Bloomberg venue
Georgia Georgia
Georgia: Campus Carry Legislation Assigned to Senate Committee
Iowa Iowa
Iowa: Five Pro-Gun Bills Pass House Floor Vote
Kansas Kansas
Kansas: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Passes out of House
Louisiana Louisiana
Louisiana: Urge Your State Representative to Protect Louisiana’s Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday!
Mississippi Mississippi
Ex-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Taking Aim at Self-Defense Bill in Mississippi Legislature
South Dakota South Dakota
South Dakota: Gold Card Permit Legislation Passes House
Virginia Virginia
Concealed Carry Reciprocity Deal Signed in Virginia
Washington Washington
Washington: All Anti-Gun Bills Stall in the House Judiciary Committee

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Given the lack of response from “Hollywood” himself, we have to assume that the response from his Woodbridge, VA, restaurant does represent his views…

While we understand and respect every person’s right to own and bear arms, we at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, with guidance from the State of Virginia and based on insurance regulations, have adopted a no weapons policy. It is our desire to provided a safe, enjoyable and entertaining experience for our patrons and staff.

But, as mentioned before, the Commonwealth of Virginia has no such requirements. It is perfectly legal to carry a permitted concealed handgun into a bar or restaurant. As for “insurance regulations”, we must presume that they mean the requirements of their underwriter. (This writer could not find any such “regulations” in Virginia; though, I did find this article from an insurance industry trade publication that indicates that there was no detrimental effect from Virginia’s law allowing firearms in establishments that serve alcohol.) The obvious solution would be to find an underwriter that isn’t biased against law abiding gun owners. There must be at least one in the Commonwealth since other Virginia restaurateurs seem to have secured coverage for their businesses. But of course, that assumes a lack of anti-gun bias on the part of “Hollywood” and his restaurant. They would have to want to show real respect for their law-abiding, gun-owning patrons. That clearly isn’t the case.

Speaking of insurance, does this response imply that “Hollywood” and his restaurant will guarantee the personal safety of their now disarmed guests?

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Toby Keith was for guns before he was against them

Now others have pointed out that Mr. Keith isn’t the manager of the restaurant. And it’s probably the case that he’s simply licensing his name to the restaurant’s owners. However, if he’s really a friend to gun owners, it’s hard to imagine a way to justify making that sort of agreement with people who so clearly bear hostility toward a sizable part of his fan base. CHP holders in Virginia are permitted to carry in establishments that serve alcohol, provided that they don’t drink; so any argument that the restaurant is merely banning an illegal activity is simply wrong. The restaurant’s management is banning legally carried firearms because they want to.

Now the question for Toby Keith is this: Are you OK with this? It is, after all, your name that’s hanging over the door.

(And by the way, silence generally signals acceptance. I only mention this because it’s been more than a few days since this story first broke.)

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Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that gun ownership is way up while gun crime is way down in The Old Dominion. Predictably, people like Josh Horwitz of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence are not amused. However, I don’t think that he gave careful consideration to his remarks to the press…

“Guns sold incident to a background check are less likely to be involved in crimes than guns sold without a background check,” said Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “So the real question — which I don’t think we really know — is what’s the level of gun sales without a background check?

“In other words, if people who buy those guns and have a background check, and keep those guns and don’t sell them, then you would not expect that those guns would affect the crime rate,” Horwitz said. “The important analysis is not the total number of guns sold with a background check, but rather the number of guns sold without a background check.”

So in other words, Horowitz is saying that the number of guns in Virginia has been under counted. He may not have intended to, but he’s pointing out that the data doesn’t include private party sales; and yet, gun crime is still down in Virginia.

Thanks for the tip, Josh!

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An ATF agent from Chesapeake has been indicted on federal charges reports The Virginian-Pilot:

Clifford Dean Posey, 43, of Chesapeake was charged with six counts of
wire fraud, embezzlement, four counts of making false statements and two
counts each of possessing stolen firearms and money laundering. The
indictment, returned Tuesday, was unsealed today following his arrest
and initial court appearance.

Posey is accused of selling guns and cigarettes seized by the ATF.

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