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A Good Reason Why Congress Shouldn't Fund Gun Control Research

Friday, August 23, 2013

It’s no news that the NRA supports not only the Second Amendment, but also other parts of the Bill of Rights, including the First Amendment’s protection of the right to express one’s political opinion. That was made that pretty clear in the debate over Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, in which the Supreme Court ultimately struck down restrictions on the ability of the NRA and other groups to speak freely during the days and weeks preceding elections.

So, NRA supports the constitutionally protected right of the anti-gun group, Washington Ceasefire, to buy advertisements mounted on the sides of city buses in Seattle, saying “Think twice about having a gun in your home. There is a 22x greater chance of killing a family member or friend versus an intruder.”

Fair is fair, however, so Washington Ceasefire should support our right to point out that their claim is baloney, that the itsy-bitsy Seattle-based “study” that the claim comes from has been discredited more times than we can remember, and that “studies” of its sort are precisely the reason Congress should deny President Obama’s request for $10 million to fund additional such nonsense.

Taking its cue from the Violence Policy Center, Washington Ceasefire is also claiming that more people die from gun violence than motor vehicle accidents. Bus-mounted posters are pretty large, but apparently not large enough for the group to include some words explaining, as we did in October, three huge reasons not to buy the claim. First, when anti-gun advocates use the term “gun violence,” they refer not only to criminal homicides, but also count self-defense homicides, suicides and accidents, which together account for two-thirds of all gun-related deaths.

Second, they neglect to note that with far fewer people holding jobs during the Obama “economic recovery,” fewer people are spending time on the roads, going to and from work, and traveling on vacation. To simplify it for activists who have time to campaign against guns because they don’t have real jobs, fewer miles traveled mean fewer vehicle traffic-related deaths.

Third, whatever the relationship between the risk factors for motor vehicle and firearm accidents, there is hardly any association between vehicle accidents and firearm homicides and suicides. Furthermore, firearm accidents have declined at a much greater rate than motor vehicle accidents, without anywhere near the restrictions that are placed on people who own and drive automobiles.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Lawsuit Filed Against California's Assault Weapons Control Act

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today announced it is supporting, along with the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), an important Second Amendment lawsuit challenging California’s newly expanded Assault Weapons Control ...

“F” Stands for Fail: School Jeopardizes Student’s Future for Possession of Squirt Gun

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Friday, April 21, 2017

“F” Stands for Fail: School Jeopardizes Student’s Future for Possession of Squirt Gun

Public education’s long-running “zero tolerance” war against anything that suggests the idea of a firearm (including, for example, clothing, gestures, toys, food, computer images, and favorable opinions of self-defense) has claimed another victim. This time ...

South Carolina: Senate Subcommittee to Hear Multiple Gun Bills Tomorrow

Monday, April 24, 2017

South Carolina: Senate Subcommittee to Hear Multiple Gun Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss several firearm-related bills, and subcommittee members need to hear from you.

Brace Yourself: ATF Reconsiders Obama-Era Policy on Stabilizing Braces

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Brace Yourself: ATF Reconsiders Obama-Era Policy on Stabilizing Braces

News broke this week that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reconsidered and “clarified” its Jan. 6, 2015 Open Letter on the use of stabilizing braces as shoulder stocks.

California: Open Carry Ban Passes in the Assembly

Friday, April 21, 2017

California: Open Carry Ban Passes in the Assembly

Yesterday, the state Assembly passed Assembly Bill 7 by a vote of 44 to 29.   AB 424 was not considered during yesterday’s floor session, however it remains eligible for a vote at any time.  

Rhode Island:  House Committee Will Hear Over a Dozen Gun Bills Tuesday Night

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rhode Island: House Committee Will Hear Over a Dozen Gun Bills Tuesday Night

On Tuesday, April 24, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a marathon hearing on several anti-gun bills.

The Prosecutors and the Pagans: Two Sides of the Empire State’s Gun Laws

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Prosecutors and the Pagans: Two Sides of the Empire State’s Gun Laws

Early this month, members of the gun-control group Prosecutors Against Gun Violence met at a “Manhattan Summit” and took the time to express their dismay and alarm over federal bills proposing national concealed carry reciprocity. ...

Chicago: Mayor Emanuel Demands Tougher Laws for Gun Dealers as Straw Purchaser Gets Probation

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Chicago: Mayor Emanuel Demands Tougher Laws for Gun Dealers as Straw Purchaser Gets Probation

On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with representatives of the UCAN organization to make the case for further gun controls to combat the city’s violent crime. Chicago’s WLS reported that Emanuel used the opportunity ...

Illinois: Anti-Gun Legislators are Attempting to Sneak their Agenda into Unrelated Legislation

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Illinois: Anti-Gun Legislators are Attempting to Sneak their Agenda into Unrelated Legislation

Yesterday, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton proposed Senate Amendment 1 to his shell bill, Senate Bill 233.

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

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