NSSF is implementing S.A.F.E. Summer to further spread the message of Project ChildSafe and help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. "S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Be Aware of those around you who should not have unauthorized access to guns; Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner and Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage. The effort is focused on providing education and tools that helps gun owners take responsible action to keep their families and communities safer.
Educational materials and resources are also available through the Project ChildSafe (www.projectchildsafe.org) website and social media, with tips on safe firearm storage, brochures, and information on the variety of safe storage options available.
Last week, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) launched a public service announcement campaign to get gun owners to lock up their firearms when not in use. VSSA is betting however that S.A.F.E. Summer Across America will be better received than the approach taken by NCPC and BJA.
NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1998 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety in the home. The program has provided more than 36 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 60 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.
Project ChildSafe was originally supported by federal grants provided by the U.S. Department of Justice. Since 2008, when this funding was cut, the firearms manufacturing industry has solely funded the Project ChildSafe program through the members of NSSF.
Participation in the nationwide 4-H Shooting Sports Program, which includes archery, hunting, pistol, rifle, and other firearms, has nearly tripled since 2009 and last year drew 336,558 program participants nationally. The actual number of youths involved is doubtless somewhat different than that, as some sign up for more than one offering and not all states report, but the trend is clear.
Also, after a long decline, participation in hunting in the US increased by 9 percent between 2006 and 2011, and one of the main reasons appears to be an array of youth recruitment and retention programs sponsored by local clubs and national youth organizations, according to a recent study funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.No surprise to those of us who have children who enjoy the shooting sports, parents interviewed for the article mentioned target practice and competition has increased their child's focus and sense of responsibility.
During Sportsman Channel's NRANews Cam and Company, Edwards spoke with world champion shooter and captain of Team Smith and Wesson Julie Golob about the article and the positive impact the shooting sports have on young shooters.
That was the most offensive of the two television public service announcement developed by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the Ad Council and funded by the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance. You see, firearms are scary. They scare kids, and, they cause nightmares, and are something for which we have to apologize. Apparently, they didn't think about the millions of kids that participate in the shooting sports.
If they had simply stayed with the below, ad, it might not have been so bad, other than the fact NCPC/Ad Council must think that gun owners need children to tell them how to "follow rules."
But the print ads are even worse:
The above print and video ads are all part of a campaign where the Obama Administration found $1 million laying around (at a time when the "sequester" was causing cuts in defense) to spend on this. You'd think from the ads, that there is an epidemic of accidental deaths from firearms in the home. But just the opposite is true.
So, you tell me, which do you think will be a more effective firearm safety campaign targeting gun owners, something like this:
or the Justice Department/BJA/NCPC campaign?
By the way, the Julie Golob firearm safety campaign rolled out for Mother's
Day didn't cost $1 million.
It starts off talking about Ken Blanchard, a minister, blogger and podcaster known as "Black Man With a Gun." They caught up with Blanchard in April at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. The article than goes into the numbers of minority gun owners and how they are lower than their white counterparts as well as their percentage of the population:
Blacks are less likely than whites to own a gun. In surveys from 1973 to 2012, an average of 27 percent of African-Americans nationwide said they owned a gun, compared with 47 percent of whites, according to data from NORC, a research center at the University of Chicago. Even so, their attendance at the N.R.A. convention was minuscule compared with their rate of gun ownership, let alone their presence in the population at large.The accompanying video with the article featured interviews with a number of minority shooters at Anthony Colandro's Gun For Hire range. It also mentioned NRANews Commentator Colion Noir. While discussing the number of minorities who own firearms, the reporter accurately mentioned "the number of Blacks who admitted" to owning a firearm. It is likely that a lot of gun owners, black and white, aren't likely to admit to a stranger on the phone if they own firearms, whether that person identifies themselves as a representative of a polling firm or not. The reporter also repeated the myth that "overall less people own firearms now than in the past." Tell that to the gun shops, firearms instructors, and manufacturers.
Talking about the "stigma" of being a Black gun owner, and how "gun violence" plays a part of that and how Blacks are more likely to be victims of such acts, the article also dredged up "Stand Your Ground" laws and the Trayvon Martin incident. What the Times did not mention is that, at least in Florida, which has been the focus of such laws and where the Martin incident occurred, Blacks have actually benefited more from the Stand Your Ground defense.
Overall, it is a good article and worth checking out.
Update: Reverend Ken Blanchard, one of the main subjects of the story, spoke with Cam Edwards of NRANews about the experience and how the reporter became a convert to the Second Amendment.
BREAKING: The language has been removed from the Sussex County noise ordinance, a seeming victory for gun/land owners pic.twitter.com/OAd57QcOrx
— Mike Campbell (@itsthesoup) June 19, 2014This victory is due to the hard work of gun owners and hunters who made a public outcry to the Board Chairman Eric Fly. Thanks to your hard work, it is once again legal to target shoot on private property.
If you want to check to see if you are pulling the trigger, draw about a 6" vertical line on your target and put a 1" circle or smaller in the center. Aim at the circle every time and you will know if you are pulling the trigger off to the left or right. Right-handers typically pull the gun to the left, left-handers to the right.
Still having trouble getting your handgun to group well? Try the "Ball & Dummy" drill to get you back on target
The background: Abramski, a retired police officer purchased a Glock pistol for his uncle from a gun shop in Collinsvile, Virginia, using a law enforcement discount. He then transferred it to an FFL in Pennsylvania so his uncle could take posession of the firearm. The rub was Abramski stated he was the purchaser on the form 4473. He was arrested as a suspect in a bank robbery several days later but never charged, but he was charged with lying on the 4473. He challenged the conviction and the Supreme Court sided with the government. Anthony Kennedy was the deciding vote. In the past, Kennedy has sided with the majority in Heller and McDonald which up held an individual right to keep and bear arms.
Justice Elana Kagan, writing for the Majority, said:
“Abramski’s reading would undermine — indeed, for all important purposes, would virtually repeal — the gun law’s core provision,” Kagan wrote. She added, “Putting true numbskulls to one side, anyone purchasing a gun for criminal purposes would avoid leaving a paper trail by the simple expedient of hiring a straw.”The problem with this is that Abramski was not arguing that he should be able to buy a firearm for a criminal. I guess the difference between what Abramski did and what my wife would do if she buys a firearm for me for Christmas is, she is buying it - I did not give her the money to do so as Abramski's uncle did, she just gives it to me as a present after she buys it.
Apparently, Kagan does not find "ambiguity” in the law a bad thing.
Liberals also don’t want to see their family members marry gun owners, with 31% saying they’d be unhappy; only 1% of consistently conservatives would feel unhappy about a gun owner.As you can see, religion seems to be another area that affects family relations. Conservatives really don't want a family member to marry an Atheist. About 27% of Liberals don't want family members to marry a Born Again Christian, but guns really seemed to get Liberals upset more than any other area. Seems marrying a Republican gets slightly less dislike among liberals than if their family members marry a gun owner.
As many of you know, our friend Ken Cuccinelli stepped down as Virginia’s Attorney General in January. Ken is continuing his advocacy for 2nd Amendment Rights as a lawyer in the private sector. With 3 other lawyers, he has started a unique law firm called “VSD Law, PLC,” a Virginia Self-Defense Law Firm. You can visit them at www.VSDLaw.com . Ken has offered VSSA members a special discounted membership rate for both individuals, or for married couples. What VSD Law, PLC does is defend you if you get harassed for being a gun owner or for carrying, and they will defend you if you have to use your firearm lawfully in self-defense. This is not insurance – you would be hiring a law firm – and if you have legal issues due to your ownership or use of your firearms, you will not pay for any attorney fees for their representation beyond the annual retainer cost noted above. My wife and I have signed up, and I’d urge you to visit their website and check it out. Don’t lose your life savings just because you have to defend your own life or family. If you want to sign up, contact the VSSA office by e-mail at email@example.com. After your membership has been verified, you will be provided a special link for VSSA members, where you will receive the special VSSA discount. This special discount is not visible any other way on the VSDLaw web site except through the link provided to you by the VSSA office. You must be a VSSA member to receive this special rate.
I urge you to go to the VSDLaw web site to learn more about their services. Then, if you are a VSSA member, send an email to the address above and you will be provided the special URL for VSSA members. Not a VSSA member? We can help with that too! Just click here to join.
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Also not surprisingly, the numbers are wrong. Johnson spoke with Cam Edwards on NRANews' Cam and Company yesterday about his finding.
Reading news clips and listening to talk radio this morning, much is being made of the "historic" nature of Cantor's loss. There is also a lot of talk about Brat's Tea Party connections and how the "Tea Party Roared." It's likely less due to the Tea Party and more along the lines of what an unnamed "GOP strategist" told the Roanoke Times last night during a conversation at the Cantor election party wake and reported by the Times this morning:
“This is what happens when you don’t tend the weeds in your backyard,” the strategist said. He went on to question Cantor’s decision to go on television — a strategy that may have raised Brat’s profile and let more voters know about the race. “Six weeks ago, Brat was an unknown. The question will be: Did the campaign overreact?”Something happened between 2012 and 2014. Jim Geraghty noted on the Campaign Spot that in 2012, Cantor took 79of the vote in his primary. He also notes turnout wasn't the issue. It was higher than 2012:
Cantor and his allies can’t blame low turnout for this one. My old colleague Derek Willis noted that the 2012 primary turnout was surpassed with only 71 percent of the precincts reporting. “People who ran David Brat’s turnout operation are gonna be getting some phone calls, methinks.” A perfect storm appears to have been created in the last year that led to last night's surprise upset. In full disclosure, I have known Cantor for years. I also personally know many of the former Cantor supporters who were supporting Brat and, who in my opinion, made this more personal toward some of the players than it should have been. And, I know Cantor's consultant. Cantor became the target for the anger caused by events that began in the run-up to this year's GOP mass meetings and state nominating convention, orchestrated by Cantor's consultant, and likely with the approval of Cantor. They were tactics that were regularly used in the 80's when I was cutting my teeth in politics. They served only to tick off people and had for the most part been tossed in the waste can, until this year. Bearing Drift does a good job of explaining those events in this post. In short it can be summed up like this:
Don’t piss off the grassroots.John Fund confirmed this when he wrote on National Review Online:
Primaries are often criticized for low voter turnout. But they are also expressions of the grassroots sentiments of political parties. The lesson tonight is that establishment candidates ignore their most ardent voters at their peril. As political analyst Stuart Rothenberg put it tonight: “The GOP establishment’s problem isn’t with the Tea Party. It’s with Republican voters.”So, Brat is to be congratulated on his win. He energized grassroots and it paid dividends. But now he has to figure out how to raise money for a general election because you can bet the Democrats would love to try and make this a race. The district is drawn to favor the GOP, but if you can't raise money to get your message out, that advantage may evaporate.
Cantor will likely question whether he made the right decision to not debate Brat and lay out his positions for the voters rather than first ignor Brat then go on an ad blitz to paint Brat as a liberal.
This is clearly a case of money not being able to beat energized grassroots. Cantor spent raised $5 million and Brat raised less than 100,000 about $200,000.
The Virginia primary comes in a political season when most challengers trying to dislodge incumbents because they are too soft on immigration have failed, or likely to fail. But the anti-immigration side may score a measure of victory if their campaigns push lawmakers closer to their side, even if they are not defeated.
Responding to Mr. Brat, Mr. Cantor has repeatedly emphasized he work to block “amnesty” for “illegal aliens.”If Brat holds Cantor to just a few points over 50%, Cantor may determine it is in the GOP's best interest not to address the issue until after the November elections so as not to depress their base vote. If Cantor trounces Brat with a vote total of 60% or more, he may take it as a signal the GOP has noting to fear and push forward with an immigration vote before November. Either way, most voters in the 7th District are going to be happy when today is over. The winner is assured of going to Congress next January as no Democrat has qualified for the ballot as of today.
“This situation is unacceptable, but the bipartisan majority in the Senate and I will continue to work hard to put Virginians first and find compromise on a budget that closes the coverage gap.“With the gun banners in contol of Senate Courts of Justice, they were hopeful they could get gun control bills to the floor of the Senate. Now, that could all change as Repubicans could be slightly favored to win the open seat. Stay tuned as more information for the special election becomes available.
Miller talked more in depth about the initiative and its impact on Second Amendment Rights with NRA News on Tuesday.
Anyway, as could be expected, the mainstream media jumped all over what appeared to be a family feud in the pro-rights community. Yesterday, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox appeared on NRANews to clarify their position.
I'll admit that when I read the original statement, I was surprised at some of the terms used, but was not surprised at the overall message. As Sebastian noted on Shall Not Be Questioned, even legislators pushing the current open carry bill in the Texas legislature have said what some supporters of Open Carry Texas (OCT) are doing is not helping their cause. And, their actions are impacting all of us. National attention has been drawn to businesses like Sonic, Chili's, and Jack-in-the-Box, and the subsequent requests that patrons leave their firearms at home. These businesses haven't outright posted "no firearms" but that doesn't matter to the media and gun ban groups. The narrative is being written that another business has told gun owners we don't want your business. The businesses didn't ask for this attention, and like the below video from a Texas based blogger, shared on Bearing Arms notes, they have to consider all of their patrons.
So, what was hoped to be a story that went away after Open Carry Texas issued new guidance on how supporters should conduct themselves, continues to cause heartburn. We can only hope that the most zealous among OCTs' members have not caused irreparable damage to the legislative effort to secure open carry of handguns in the Lone Star State. If they can get a bill passed, the story may finally go away. Wishing Texas gun owners success in this legislative effort.
The market shift toward handguns has been so pronounced that Colt is repurposing some of its manufacturing equipment and personnel that were dedicated to making semiautomatic rifles to make handguns instead.
No surprise based on the story shared yesterday where the Seattle Times noted that the growth in concealed carry permits in Washington is being driven largely by women.
Katie Oittinen, just received her Concealed Pistol License in the mail. "It's important for me to have a CPL to protect myself and my son," she said. Oittinen drives down long, dark roads to reach her home outside Granite Falls. "You can't count on a sheriff to show up in a timely manner and keep you safe. It is also important for me to be able to protect myself while out in the woods. You never know what kind of wildlife you may run in to," she said. Gracie McKee, director of training and range manager at West Coast Armory, knew she wanted her Concealed Pistol License by the age of 19, and obtained it at age 21. "The reason I carry is out of a deep-seated love for myself, my family and the innocents," she said. By the age of 24, McKee became an NRA training counselor, a certified instructor and a range safety officer. "I'd like to encourage women to explore any avenues, whether it be carrying concealed or something else, that will empower them to take on the survivor mind-set and refuse to be a victim," she said. Anette Wachter, a member of the U.S. National Rifle Team and Belltown resident, secured her Concealed Pistol License three years ago. "I carry because I feel I am responsible for my own safety," she said. Wachter says she can't rely on others or the police to be there at the right time to protect her. She conceal carries in a variety of ways, including a bra holster, an inner waistband holster and side holster. She also designs upcycled-bullet jewelry and blogs about women and gun culture at http://www.30calgal.com. Michelle Locke Hemby, of Queen Anne, applied for her Concealed Pistol License in March. "My biggest concern is that in the event I need to use a gun, I most certainly do not want to be afraid to," she said. Hemby wanted a license to exercise her rights of gun ownership. She also applied after hearing rumors that the federal government could try to restrict CPLs. The license would also give Hemby the ability to make an immediate purchase of a gun, instead of going through a waiting period. Apparently Moms Demand Action has never talked to these women.