In the wake of the accidental death of a gun instructor in Arizona, many are likely asking how a 9-year old was allowed to hold and fire an automatic weapon. But gun laws in the United States — specifically those concerning minimum legal age requirements for gun possession — are actually still surprisingly lax.As the article points out, there are federal laws for minimum age purchasing of firearms. But, as Sebastian's title of his post points out, The Horror! Parents can buy firearms and give them to their children:
But a child's parent could. "If dad wants to give his son a rifle or a shotgun on his 13th or 14th birthday, he's pretty much free to do that in most states," Webster said.And we can't have that! Although accidental deaths related to firearms are at all time lows, the gun ban proponents have trotted out a new response - questioning the number as being something that is under reported:
But it’s important to note that these numbers could be too low. A recent study found that federal reports of accidental child gun deaths are significantly underreported. There’s good reason to assume that accidental gun deaths and injuries are underreported for all ages. "You are potentially looking at accidental shootings that are twice current estimates," said Sam Bieler, an Urban Institute researcher who studies gun violence.
The nannyists will continue to use tragedies like the one on Monday to take away the ability of parents to decide what is best for their children when it comes to firearms but the fact is, millions of young people of varied ages use firearms safely for competition and hunting. And, as Adam Winkler, a law professor at the UCLA who is not usually consider a proponent of gun rights told the Wall Street Journal:
"There's nothing wrong with having children at gun ranges," he continued. "Shootings at gun ranges are freak accidents. They don't happen very often. Usually there's no place where shooters are more supervised than on a gun range."
The National Rifle Association doesn't make its demographic makeup public, although you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who wouldn't concede it is overwhelmingly white, conservative, and male. (Gun ownership data published by Pew Research seems to support this.) But lately, it seems like the NRA's leadership is especially interested in courting a new and very vocal demographic with considerable household influence: moms. I don't know that NRA is specifically targeting moms, but with female gun ownership at all time highs, it only makes sense that the NRA would reach out to women.
That same article included a graphic from Dave Kopel's new piece in America's First Freedom about Shannon Watts, the head of Moms Demand Action. Apparently, Fastcompany.com didn't like that Kopel exposed the facts about Shannon Watts' background because they referred to the article as a "hit piece." Apparently, Shannon Watts isn't very happy with how the NRA depicted her in that graphic either.
It's probably no accident that this attention to NRA's marketing comes on the heels of NRA unveiling a new membership campaign which features a number of women, one of which is below.
In a 21-page legal filing, D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan and aides said that Scullin relied on opinions of “questionable logical and legal foundations” by a minority of courts, and said that no controlling court has found that the right to carry firearms outside the home is at the core of the Second Amendment. DC officials still have not decided whether they are going to appeal the judge's decision or enact laws to comply with the ruling.
Also part of the campaign is a new web site - MeetBloomberg.com.
The Post notes that USA Today was the first to report the campaign. From USA Today:
"Michael Bloomberg has declared war on the NRA and our 5 million members," Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, said in an e-mail. "We will not sit back and let him use his billions of dollars to impose his radical anti-freedom agenda on the American people."The NRA plans to spend $500,000 on the first round of ads which will run in several states including Colorado.
In a surprise mover earlier this summer, Senator Puckett resigned, throwing control back to the GOP. A special election was called to fill the seat and Chafin came up the winner.
The articles explore a number of topics like what they call "a resurgence of the gun control movement," as well as articles on background checks and the mentally ill, "Stand Your Ground" laws, the increase in female gun owners, and others.
I've found some things that don't appear to be completely accurate. For instance, in the article on the pro-rights and anti-rights organizations, they seem to confuse total NRA income (membership dues which cover the operation of the organization including programs) with the political income for purposes of the chart on the web page. The reason that the NRA has a budget of $256 million (their number) is because the NRA has 5 million members. That money goes to running the various programs and the overhead of the organization. That's not the political side of the house. So, to compare the $16 million they say is raised by the gun ban lobby with the NRA member dues is comparing apples to oranges.
Another thing I don't think is completely accurate is in the article on armed teachers. In that article the author states:
In 28 states, adults who legally own guns will be allowed to carry them in public schools this fall, from kindergarten classrooms to high school hallways. Seven of those states specifically cite teachers and other school staff as being allowed to carry guns in their schools.
A News21 examination of open-records laws in those states found that teachers or staff who choose to carry a firearm into their classrooms are not required to tell principals, other teachers or parents. Only five of those states have completely open access to concealed-carry permit information through public records requests. Some state's laws seal off those records, and others are silent on the issue.
In states where it is legal, parents may have no idea their child's teacher carries a gun into the classroom every day.I could be wrong but I believe they are confusing the statutes that don't allow public access to a state's list of concealed carry permit holders with requirements related to schools allowing teachers to carry on school property.
Look for a whole list of articles by the group to continue appearing on news web sites.
Virginia Firearm Sales Level Off to Pre-2013 Levels But Still on Pace to Be Second Best Year in History
Gun transactions have fallen every month from Jan. 1 through the end of July compared with the same period in 2013. Cumulatively, the numbers dropped from 286,480 transactions for January through July last year to 219,491 for this year. Firearm sales at 45 gun shows across Virginia also declined during the first seven months of 2014, from 24,870 transactions in 2013 to 20,492 this year, a drop of 21 percent. Gun show transactions represented 9.3 percent of the state’s total transactions through federally licensed firearms dealers.Last year's sales were driven by the direct assault on our rights by Obama. But, while sales are down a little less 25% from last year, they are still higher than 2012 and 2014 is on pace to still be the second best year for firearm sales on record:
“While firearm transactions seem to be declining, it’s important to recognize that 2014 is still on pace to be the second-highest year for firearm transactions in Virginia, outpacing 2012 by nearly 5 percent,” said Thomas R. Baker, an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs who specializes in criminology theory and has an interest in gun-related issues.
The number of firearm transactions through the first seven months of 2012 totaled 209,591, compared with this year’s 219,491. Baker also rather than looking at this year's numbers compared to last year, we should look at the general pattern of firearm purchase over the last several years:
The percentage increase in Virginia gun transactions has grown steadily — in some cases dramatically — every year since Obama has been in office except for 2010, records show. The annual number grew 7.2 percent in 2009, dipped to 3.7 percent in 2010, and then climbed in the double digits over the next three years — 16 percent in 2011, 35 percent in 2012 and 11 percent last year.It was to be expected that sales would not continue at the pace they set last year. But it is also clear from the above numbers that firearms sales, at lease in Virginia, are still increasing at a healthy pace, and that's good news for Virginia's firearm retailers.
Now, as a condition for the interview I’d agreed not to ask these cops policy questions, as ATF agents are enforcers not policy makers, so I couldn’t ask them for recommendations on how to make the system better. Still, these findings make it clear that requiring all private sales of firearms be put through the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) wouldn’t do anything to stop criminals from getting guns, as criminals are already largely getting their guns through thefts, straw purchases and other illegal means.You can find more of Miniter's findings by picking up a copy of his book.
And last week Bloomberg's political action committee, Independence USA, bought more than $150,000 in television ads and took aim at Clarke and his pro-gun stance that encourages residents to arm themselves for their own protection.Last year in Colorado, Bloomberg spent upwards of $350,000 in an attempt to defeat the recall of two anti-gun Democrat state senators. Tuesday, the big money from Bloomberg and others ended up working to Clarke's favor.
"In the end, we turned this and used it against them," Clarke said. "They were my get-out-the vote. They raised my base. They energized my base."While Bloomberg was pouring in the big bucks, it appears that gun owners from out of state were chipping in small donations to Sheriff Clarke. So, Bloomberg has another high profile defeat. Wonder if he is reconsidering spending that $50 million leading up to November?
Update: The Wall Street Journal had this piece on its Washington Wire Blog talking about Tuesday's result underscoring the limits of Bloomberg's clout.
In the last year, Mr. Bloomberg has also struggled to persuade state lawmakers in Oregon, Washington State and Nevada to pass laws expanding background checks on gun purchases.Of course the Journal blog had to bring Virginia's 2013 Governor's race up to show that not all of Bloomberg's efforts have fallen flat:
He threw more than $1.5 million behind Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s successful campaign for governor.None of the media mention the fact that Bloomberg did not become active in the Virginia race until polls showed McAuliffe with a sizable lead, nor that the final margin ended up being less than 2%. And, Bloomberg lost a House of Delegates race in Northern Virginia and 65 of 67 pro-rights candidates won House Races in the 2013 election.
And, the Journal blog claimed Bloomberg has had success in advancing is cause in some large corporations:
But the ex-mayor has made more headway in the corporate world, where he’s pushed companies like Target, Chipotle and Starbucks to take stands against customers bringing guns into their stores.Yet the Journal did not mention none of the three instituted an outright ban in their stores or restaurants.
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- 206 Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Archery)
- 207 Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Muzzleloader)
- 208 Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Firearms)
- 209 Presquile National Wildlife Refuge
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- 212 Lone Star Lakes Park (Hunter's Choice)
- 213 Lone Star Lakes Park (Hunter's Choice)
- 214 Lone Star Lakes Park (Muzzleloader/Archery)
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When a woman gets a restraining order against a former intimate partner, she is clearly making every effort to “get away from him.” When a woman buys her own gun for protection against a possible domestic violence attack, her chances of dying by a gun go up drastically. Women involved in domestic disputes are almost 10 times more likely to have a gun used against them than to use a gun in self-defense.What we do know is that a restraining order is just a piece of paper that has very little affect on an individual who is banging on the front door attempting to get in and do harm. Call 911 is just as ineffective. Purchasing and being trained to use a firearm for self-defense will be more effective than either of the other two choices. When you lose the women who host ABC's The View on this issue, you are probably on the wrong side.
If D.C. adopts gun laws similar to those of Virginia, the nation’s capital will witness a reduction in crime when law-abiding residents are permitted to conceal-carry.Hoffman spoke with NRANews' Cam Edwards on Monday and talked in more detail about how D.C.'s residents would benefit if the City Council adopted a carry ordinance similar to Virginia.
“This interested Eric Holder,” Gentry says. “He wondered how we might be able to control who was or wasn’t authorized. I stopped him right there. I looked right across a table at Eric Holder — yeah, the attorney general of the United States — and told him, ‘If you try to mandate my smart-gun technology, I’ll burn it down.’ The Intelligun is designed to save lives, not restrict freedom.”Gentry told Miniter that the meeting ended after that exchange.
Something you won't here from the mainstream media, but that Miniter pointed out, manufacturers (and the NRA) aren't against the technology. They just want the market, not the government to dictate when it is available. The problem is that the government keeps getting in the way:
If he can keep the government out of the way, Gentry says, he sees a lot of possibilities for the technology. Theoretically, a villain couldn’t take a gun from a police officer or armed citizen and then use that gun — as the Navy Yard killer did. Also, a parent would have another safety mechanism to help prevent a child from firing a self-defense gun.Unlike the Armatix "smart gun" the Intelligun doesn't rely on sending a signal to a bracelet or other device worn by the gun owner. The best way to describe it, it's kind of like installing grips similar to those with Crimson Trace laser sites. You install a conversion kit (currently on a 1911 pistol), changing out the grips and the mainspring. It doesn’t read a person’s fingerprints but instead takes a series of photos of a person’s fingertips and overlaps them. The sensor then looks for enough points that match an algorithm. Gentry expects to have the technology ready for other popular models within the next year.
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Interestingly, three of the four women on ABC's The View, did not buy into the message in that ad.
And an enterprising YouTuber came up with their own version:
No big surprise, Virginia's junior U.S. Senator jumped on the "guns cause domestic violence" band wagon yesterday.
Maybe Everytown should talk to Nikki Turpeaux about the subject. Nikki is a victim of domestic violence and she made the decision that it would never happen to her again.
Hat tip to Bearing Arms.
Update: The enterprising YouTuber had to remove the video linked above because he edited the actual Bloomberg video and Bloomberg's lawyers threatened to step in if he did not remove it.
You can however see it here, for now.
Yearly favorites such as The Virginia Deer Classic, the Virginia Open Calling Contest, and the Virginia Sportsman Gunning Decoy Contest will again be present. New this year, in the Henrico Building, there will be a Gunning Decoy Carving Contest and a kids section with archery, casting and air rifle range. There will be over 350 Booths, free parking. This is a family affaire and children 15 and under FREE! Prices for the event are $10 Daily and $15 for a three day pass. As has been the case for the last few years, there will be a Greater Richmond Friends of NRA Banquet Thursday night, August 5th, to kick off the show. But if you don't have a ticket, you're out of luck as this year's Friends Banquest sold out on July 28.