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NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 19, No. 48 12/07/2012

Bob Costas Uses Half-Time "Commentary" to Bash American Gun Owners

As most of you know, NBC sportscaster Bob Costas has deservedly come under fire for his latest "sports commentary," offered up to unsuspecting viewers on this week's "Sunday Night Football" half-time segment. Blaming the tragic murder-suicide committed by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher on America's "gun culture," Costas shamefully exploited the tragedy in order to espouse his views on gun control. Forget about the facts; for folks like Costas, the ends always seem to justify the means. And as this week has progressed, Costas has continued to put his foot in his mouth, seeming to value "face time" before the interview cameras more than the truth about firearm ownership and usage in America.

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox has written an op-ed for the Daily Caller regarding Costas's ill-conceived rant. To read the article, please click here.

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Outrage of the Week: Sports Columnist Likens NRA to KKK

Sportscaster Bob Costas' misplaced anti-gun rant during the halftime of NBC's broadcast of Sunday Night Football has received considerable media coverage and has been roundly criticized for interjecting politics into a what should be an entertainment program (please see related story above). Much less attention has been paid to the inspiration for the commentary; the work of Foxsports.com columnist Jason Whitlock.

Perhaps this is a blessing, because a day after Whitlock posted a column attacking the Second Amendment and shifting blame from a troubled man to an inanimate object, he made the following profoundly ignorant statement in a podcast with CNN contributor Roland Martin: "You know, I did not go as far as I'd like to go because my thoughts on the NRA and America's gun culture; I believe the NRA is the new KKK. And that the arming of so many black youths and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don't have our best interests."

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BATFE Taking Comments on "Sporting Purposes" Exemption to "Armor Piercing Ammunition" Law Until Dec. 31

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is taking public comments on its website until December 31, with regard to how it should determine what types of projectiles meet the "sporting purposes" exception to the federal "armor piercing ammunition" law. At this time, the question centers primarily around rifle-caliber projectiles made of metals harder than lead, such as the Barnes Bullets solid brass hunting bullets.

Under the law, adopted in 1986, "armor piercing ammunition" is defined as "a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium." A second definition, added in the 1990s, includes "a full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent of the total weight of the projectile."

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Anti-Hunters Want You Labeled as a Domestic Terrorist

Being an integral part of America's remarkable wildlife restoration success story is, at times, a thankless job, but having some animal "rights" fanatics petition the White House to label us as "domestic terrorists" for our efforts is something new altogether. These anti-hunting zealots state that NRA and other pro-hunting, pro-conservation organizations are a "menace in our midst" and "want our native predators like bears, wolves, wild cats, and the like decimated to the brink of extinction." It's likely the petitioners are the same peaceful folks who have recently issued death threats to wolf hunters.

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