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PBS Gun Poll Gets Pummeled

6 hours 54 min ago

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -( Internet polls measure the ratio of people who have enough interest to participate in the given poll. has put up an Internet poll with the responses noted above.   You can see that the poll is getting hammered by second amendment supporters.   The message, loud and clear, is that of people who are interested enough to answer the poll, second amendment supporters outnumber disarmists by  24 to 1.   This is one of largest differentials that I have seen in second amendment related Internet polls.  A couple of weeks ago, we had one in Florida that was 15 to 1.  Maybe this is the start of a trend.

A hat tip to David Workman for the link.

Link to the Poll:

Definition of  disarmist 

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Armed PA Dog Walker Saves His Own Life, VCA Now Dead

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:40

By John Farnam

Police gather at a staging area as they search for Bradley William Stone on Dec. 16 in Pennsburg, Pa. Stone is suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives, amid a child custody dispute.(Photo: Matt Rourke, AP) Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO --( Six die. But, this one goes his way!

On Monday, a man walking his dog in the Philadelphia, PA area was approached by a knife-wielding Violent Criminal Actor ( VCA ), who threatened him and demanded he surrender keys to his car.

Instead of meekly complying, this dog-walker quickly produced a pistol and fired at the VCA, who immediately fled. Dog-walker was unharmed. Whether or not the VCA was actually hit by the dog-walker’s bullet(s) is unknown.

The VCA in question committed suicide shortly thereafter.

There is a lesson here:

This VCA had just murdered six people, his estranged wife and five of her relatives. The issue was apparently a child-custody dispute.

Victims were attacked at night by this murderer, in their own home. I don’ t know any details, but they obviously didn’t live through it!

Yet, one armed person, walking his dog- a routine activity, when confronted and assaulted by this multiple murderer, successfully repelled the attack and attempted intimidation. At the time, it is unlikely the dog-walker knew whom this person was.

This man, out casually walking his dog, was armed and prepared!

He is alive today. Six homicide victims aren’t!

The point is:

Never depend upon a “guardian angel,” or some other delusional fantasy. That is the exclusive dominion of fools! When your very life is threatened, you, and only you, will be in a position to effectively act in your own behalf. The window will be short, a second or two, and you will either act boldly, or freeze/panic. Either way, the outcome may be an unhappy one.

But, if history has taught us anything, it is:

“Who dare, prevail!”

That is the motto of Icans!

“Success is the child of audacity.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

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Former Sydney Deputy Mayor: Lift Gun Ban So Australians Can Defend Themselves

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:11

By AWR Hawkins

Former Sydney Deputy Mayor Nick Adams is calling for a gun ban to be lifted so Australians can defend themselves… AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC - -( In the wake of the December 15 2014 hostage situation in which an armed man held unarmed Australians at gunpoint for hours, former Sydney Deputy Mayor Nick Adams is calling for a gun ban to be lifted so Australians can defend themselves.

Adams said he believes if there was ever a time Australians wanted to have a gun, it was December 15 2014.

He told Fox News that he thinks gun laws will soon be revisited–that “Australians are now beginning to realize what it is for the bad guys to have guns and for the good people not to.” He said a lot of Australians woke up when the crisis was over and thought about how different things “could have been if someone did have a gun on them to stop this terrible, awful ordeal.”

“Why should we give advantage to the bad guys, whether they’re criminals … [or] they’re terrorists?” he asked.

Adams said the hostage situation helped Australians realize that gun control is “enabling the bad people to carry out their agenda a lot more easily, a lot more freely than they may otherwise have.” 

Follow AWR Hawkins on Twitter @AWRHawkins.

AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for, for and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.

If you have questions or comments, email him at You can find him on facebook at

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Complete Repudiation: Pro-Gun Candidate Wins Gabby Giffords’ Former House Seat

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:29

By AWR Hawkins

Complete Repudiation: Pro-Gun Candidate Martha McSally, Wins Gabby Giffords’ Former House Seat AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC - -(  On December 17 2014, pro-Second Amendment candidate Martha McSally (R) was officially declared the winner in the race for Arizona’s second congressional district over pro-gun control Representative Ron Barber (D-AZ-2.)

Arizona’s second district is gun control proponent Gabby Giffords’ former seat and the contest she campaigned hardest for during the months prior to the November 4 2014 mid-term elections.

According to Roll Call, McSally won the election by “167 votes.” Barber released a statement congratulating her and “wishing her well in serving southern Arizonans.”

Breibart News previously reported that Barber was trying to get re-elected on a gun control platform, while McSally was running as a pro-Second Amendment candidate. On September 20 2014, Breitbart News reported that Giffords ads against McSally were filled with such vitriol that The Arizona Republic described them as “base and vile,” and said Giffords was harming Barber and her own image more than she was hurting McSally.

McSally’s win gives the GOP a historic majority in the House.

Follow AWR Hawkins on Twitter @AWRHawkins

AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for, for and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.

If you have questions or comments, email him at You can find him on facebook at

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Out West vs Life Behind New Jersey’s Iron Curtain

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:04

By John Farnam

You are Leaving Free America
Welcome to New Jersey Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO --( “History does not entrust the care of Freedom to the weak, nor timid” ~ Eisenhower

From a friend and colleague in UT:

“Two Russians visited us last week. They were aghast at life beyond New Jersey! They stopped moving west way too soon. Often, immigrants get to our East Coast, and settle there.

Big mistake!

‘You mean here in UT you can just waltz into a gunstore and buy a gun, or several? No permit? Scant paperwork? No waiting period? No anal examination?’

‘You mean any good citizen can demand a CCW permit from the state, without proving his affiliation with the ruling party?’

On the way home, they took pictures of our 80-mph speed limit signs!

‘In UT, and most western states, a non-government-employee can drive down a federal highway at eighty mph, carrying a privately-owned, loaded pistol(s) on his person, with a privately-owned AR (or several) in his trunk, and not fear tyrannical molestation?

How cool is that?’

I made it a point to take them into a well-stocked Cabellas.

Outside the store, I said ‘Do you hear that? Silence! No gunfights here, in spite of all these privately-owned guns in the hands of ordinary Utahans.

Imagine that!’

By comparison, NJ’s western boundary represents the ‘Iron Curtain.’

Comment: NJ has a professing “Republican” as governor, and he wants to be president!

“Who asks of Freedom anything other than Freedom itself, is destined to be a slave” ~ Tocqueville


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

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More Details On VCDL’s Injunction Against Fredericksburg’s Illegal Gun Buy Back

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:23
More Details On VCDL’s Injunction Against Fredericksburg’s Illegal Gun Buy Back Virginia Citizens Defense League

Covington VA --( In the last Virginia Citizens Defense League ( VCDL ) Update we told you about VCDL filing for an injunction against Fredericksburg VA, to try and prevent them from holding what we believe to be a clearly illegal gun buyback.

In that update we noted that the case was lost without ever discussing the merits of the case because the court found that neither Virginia Citizens Defense League  nor Pat Webb had standing to file the suit and that we should have included the person providing the funding as a party.

I misspoke on the last part – we didn’t need to sue the funding party, the issue was solely standing.

Because the entire field of law governing causes of action, standing, and jurisdiction is such a detail-oriented area of law, a number of our attorney members emailed us with additional questions. EM John Pierce, also an attorney, provided the following detailed information to try and answer those questions and explain both the court’s ruling and its implication in greater detail.

EM John Pierce:

I guess I will start by noting that the issue of whether or not the additional party should have been added to the case was raised by the City but was not a part of the judge’s actual decision, which was based solely upon standing.

This may be very confusing to many. Civil procedure (the requirements for filing a proper suit) is one of the more complex areas of law and this is especially true where a declaratory judgment is being sought. In our case, we were seeking a temporary injunction, a declaratory judgment, and a permanent injunction. There are specific statutes that govern each of these action however, these statutes do not, in and of themselves, give rise to a cause of action that the court will recognize.

To quote from the controlling case, Charlottesville Area Fitness Club Operators Ass’n v. Albemarle Cnty. Bd. of Supervisors, 285 Va. 87, 737 S.E.2d 1 (Va., 2013),

“The declaratory judgment acts do not create or change any substantive rights, or bring into being or modify any relationships, or alter the character of controversies, which are the subject of judicial power. … The reason for these rules is that the courts are not constituted, and the declaratory judgment statute was not intended to vest them with authority, to render advisory opinions, to decide moot questions or to answer inquiries which are merely speculative. … We have previously held that the declaratory judgment statutes may not be used to attempt a third-party challenge to a governmental action when such a challenge is not otherwise authorized by statute.””

In our case, we were arguing that the harm to VCDL, EM Patt Webb, and her business was more than merely speculative and that substantive rights would be impacted by allowing Fredericksburg to hold the buy back in violation of state law. Furthermore, we were arguing that the text of §15.2-915.5 should be read to grant a private right of action both to those who would be involved in the local legislative process as well as FFLs who would have an interest in the process of bidding on firearms thus put up for auction.

In agreeing with the City, the judge effectively held that no one organization, person, or FFL, even one who might regularly bid on firearms auctions held by cities, would have sufficient standing to challenge a violation of § 15.2-915.5 because it does not give rise to a private cause of action in any circumstance.

To put that in perspective, because § 15.2-915.5 does not have the standing and fee-shifting provision that is contained in § 15.2-915 (which does give rise to a private cause of action), any locality may blatantly violate the statute and there is nothing anyone can do about it. They are effectively able to spit in the eye of the legislature.

As Philip noted yesterday, it is imperative to get the same ‘teeth‘ in the gun buyback statute that we have in the general preemption statute. This holding will assist us in that by providing a concrete example of how easily the will of the people, as expressed through the legislature, can be subverted by a locality.

Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right. Visit:

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While Senate Confirms Murthy Nomination, Getting Rid of Reid was Worth the High Cost

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:09
Vivek Murthy Gun Owners of America

Washington, DC --( We’re not going to tell you we’re happy about the way things have gone in Congress the last week.

Obama’s anti-gun executive actions were funded until September 30 2015, and anti-gun political hack

Vivek Murthy was confirmed as Surgeon General by a 51-43 largely party-line vote. (See how your legislators voted below.)

It was hardly unexpected.

Pro-gunners played a central role in taking away congressional power from liberal loons like Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi — and soon-to-be-jobless losers like John Walsh (D-MT), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mark Udall (D-CO), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA).

And these former “friends of the Second Amendment” gave us a nice knife-in-the-back on their way out the door. This is the reason you never get too close to a rabid dog.

We’re not going to tell you that victory doesn’t matter. Or that defeat doesn’t matter. They do.

But for those who are feeling down-in-the-dumps, we would make four points:


We sent Harry Reid and his cadre of clowns swirling down the toilet bowl of history. And we have set up an electoral template that will ensure that they don’t regain power in 2016.

In addition, we killed Obama’s legislative gun control agenda. Had we lost the battle against Universal Gun Registration — a.k.a., the Toomey-Manchin background checks — it would have been a serious setback. But we didn’t, and it wasn’t.


When we started fighting the unconstitutional, anti-gun Cromnibus, every indication was that we would get zero Republican votes. Zero.

Instead, after a loud and boisterous grassroots campaign, we got 67 — almost a third of the caucus. And by forcing Boehner to spend an entire day begging, one-by-one, for votes, this means that Boehner will be in less of a position to betray us on an unconstitutional, anti-gun amnesty bill.


Save for three exceptions, all Senate Democrats voted for the anti-gun Murthy. And of the three Democrats who voted pro-gun, two of them are being discussed as gubernatorial candidates in two years. This means we are facing the old pattern in which “red state Democrats” will only vote pro-gun if they are facing an upcoming election. Otherwise, they revert to voting anti-gun.

The good news is that this pattern has now become painfully obvious to virtually all of the gun movement. So, hopefully, other gun groups won’t be fooled into supporting anti-gun Democrats and acting as the instrumentalists their own defeat.


Gun Owners of America has always believed that the Second Amendment is worth fighting for, even when we are faced with huge odds. The battle over Obama’s legislative gun control — and the Toomey-Manchin background checks — was initially viewed as hopeless. Yet, we won it, and the importance of that victory was transformational.

We also would have liked to defeat Harry Reid’s scheme to confirm Vivek Murthy. And, while we don’t like to lose, there have been a lot of benefits which have flowed from undertaking the battle.

In a few months, the government-funding bills for the “fiscal year” running from October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016, will begin to move. It will be “a new season.” And we will start fresh with another opportunity to block Obama’s unconstitutional, anti-gun “executive actions.”

We hope you will be with us in the fight.

ACTION: Click on the links below to see how your legislators voted. If they voted to support the Constitution, then thank them. If they voted wrong, then express your disappointment. You can see they voted here:

NOTE: The cromnibus bill number is HR 83. But be warned: The description of the bill refers to the tiny legislative vehicle on which the gigantic funding bill was attached for parliamentary reasons. So just realize that the votes you are viewing in actuality refer to the vote on the 1,600 page amendment funding the entire government.

About: Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue. `The only no comprise gun lobby in Washington’ – Ron Paul Visit: to Join.

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Chanukah Celebrates Rededication

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 18:12

By Alan Caruba

Chanukah Celebrates Rededication Column by Alan Caruba

New Jersey --( Sometimes I think that Jews are going to have to arm themselves in order to celebrate Chanukah.

These days, merely praying in a synagogue, whether it is in Jerusalem or Brooklyn has become hazardous.

Of course, those who hate Jews don’t really need an excuse to attack them. In November, Palestinian attackers killed five Israelis, four of whom were rabbis, in a Jerusalem synagogue. On December 8 2014, a lunatic shouting “I want to kill the Jews” stabbed an Israeli student in the Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue in Brooklyn. The student survived the attack. Police killed the attacker.

December 16 through 24 2014 marks this year’s celebration and one can only hope that it will be enjoyed without providing an excuse to attack Jews around the world. Chanukah celebrates an ancient military victory.

Known also as the Festival of Lights, the menorah that holds nine candles is the widely recognized symbol of the holiday; eight for the days and one to light the others. It celebrates the overthrow of an oppressive Greek ruler, Antiochus IV, and the rededication of the temple. Chanukah is not mentioned in formal Jewish scripture though the story is related in the book of the Maccabees. In 1948, Jews restored the nation of Israel.

Chanukah is a relatively minor Jewish holiday compared to the holy days of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur or Passover. Because it falls close to Christmas, American Jews have incorporated it into their celebration and one suspects that most are likely to exchange gifts on December 25th to blend both holidays together as one

Of the estimated 14 million Jews worldwide approximately 5.5 million live in America. An estimated 6.2 million live in Israel, with 2 million in Europe, and about 100,000 in Africa, most of whom live in the nation of South Africa.

Fourteen million Jews may sound like a lot, but they represent about 0.2% of the world’s population. You could put them all in Texas and few would notice.

In the Middle East, Christians and Jews have been driven from their homes where many families had lived for centuries. In Syria and Iraq these days Christians are being crucified and beheaded for their faith. Muslims divided by whether they are Sunni or Shiite are also dying. It all seems so pointless.

Worldwide, religious and other forms of bigotry continue during this Chanukah and Christmas season as ever before.

One need look no farther than the United Nations which, on December 10 2014, celebrated the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. In 2014 the UN General Assembly adopted twenty more resolutions against Israel than any other nation for alleged violations of human rights. To put this in perspective, not one resolution was directed at China, Russia, or Saudi Arabia, among a long list of nations that deserve criticism.

Citing the Religious Freedom in the World Report 2014, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks noted that “Freedom of religion has deteriorated in almost half the nations of the world and sectarian violence is at a six-year high.”

Here in America, as the first Chanukah candle is lighted this year we are days from celebrating Christmas. These holidays are a good time to remind ourselves to resist those for whom religion is a reason to hate others as well as those who reject spiritual faith and seek to deny its message and joy to everyone.

These holidays are a time to rededicate ourselves.

c Alan Caruba

Alan Caruba’s commentaries are posted daily at “Warning Signs” his popular blog and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. If you love to read, visit his monthly report on new books at Bookviews.

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HHS Leaks Your Health Records And Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:26
Health Records And Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms Montana Shooting Sports Association

Missoula, MT --( Last session Montana Shooting Sports Association got a bill passed that the governor signed that clarifies that you may not be denied medical treatment in Montana because you refuse to answer questions at a medical facility about the guns you own or how you store them, EXCEPT that medical providers may ask if you are carrying a firearm at the time of treatment.

The news item link, below, will tell you why it is important that you not let information about your guns creep into your medical records:

Last week, the Health and Human Services Department announced a plan to share your medical records with over 35 federal agencies – all in the name of “health care,” of course.

All in the name of “efficiency,” the favorite excuse used by fascists wherever they appear… What this really does is remove the privacy and control in your relationship with your doctor by removing your records from their office file cabinet and dumping them into the Internet “cloud” where everyone and anyone can access them…

With the release of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, the HHS is required to seek input from the public and has opened a two-month period ending Feb. 6, within which you can be heard. If there is one thing that represents everything dangerous about an expanding federal government, this is it.

Take a stand and make sure they know you reject this unacceptable violation of your privacy and expansion of the federal government’s control of our lives. (I don’t know that anyone can access data stored in the “cloud” but professional hackers seem to do so. Be careful with what you allow into your medical record.)

Gary Marbut, president Montana Shooting Sports Association author, Gun Laws of Montana

About Montana Shooting Sports Association:MSSA is the primary political advocate for Montana gun owners. Visit:

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Youmaynot Philosophy of Death for Others

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:03

By John Farnam

Iguessicant’s Run For Their Lives, Sydney Hostage Shooting, AU 2014 Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO --( “Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our political opponents have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?” ~ Joe Stalin (so eloquently articulating the “Youmaynot Philosophy!”)

Australia this time!

Most of this day, I’ve listened to hand-wringing commentators on many networks, including Fox News, agonizing about how to prevent lethal attacks on citizens in Western countries by Islamic terrorists.

Lone Wolf” is the “term du jour,” but the next attack may be more organized, along the Mumbai Massacre model, and we’ll be back to talking about that convention.

No corespondent was able to offer any concrete solution, save outright banning of Islamics from our shores!

We have observed over the past few decades that neither Jewish Zionists, nor Christian Crusaders, nor Norwegian folk-dancers for that matter, have presented a terrorist problem.

The problem is always Islamics. Islamics are terrorists, and have been for the past 1500 years!

We can, immersed in PC, dance around that fact, ad-nauseam, but it is something we all plainly see.

The only legitimate answer to these unprovoked and mostly unpredictable terrorist attacks (“lone-wolf” or otherwise) on innocent citizens in Western countries, is privately-armed, private citizens! Of course, that is the only solution, the mere mention of which, is absolutely banned from the lips of all media commentators and “officials” alike. It is prohibited from even being acknowledged, much less publically discussed, in any fair and enlightened forum!

The open discussion of armed teachers in public schools was also “subject non-grata,” for years. Some of my courageous colleagues, Mas Ayoob for one, were viciously censured for even suggesting that the subject be talked about in anything but whispers! The concept is only now seeing the light of day! Curiously, it has worked splendidly everywhere it has been tried, but the very idea of such a high degree of personal freedom predictably upsets control-freaks (“Youmaynots“), both elected and appointed.

Two days ago, the Lindt Cafe in Sidney was filled with unarmed IguessIcan’ts, all of whom were obediently following the dictates of Youmaynots in Parliament (who themselves duplicitously enjoy continuous personal protection provided by heavily-armed bodyguards), and thus submissively left the important matter of self-protection against Jihadi madmen exclusively to “the police.” They were unwittingly betting their lives on that personal decision.

Several lost that bet!

Sadly, no Icans were present. A single audacious, armed citizen could have stopped this violent attack in its tracks, and, in so doing, discouraged others

Disarmed and helpless IguessIcant’s, who religiously obeyed wide-reaching gun bans enacted by Youmaynots, were, once again, pitilessly murdered and maimed during this incident. As a result, future massacres are, even now, being entertained.

Politicians have expressed “deep personal concern.” They always do. I’m sure that represents a prodigious source of comfort to families of the murdered!

All “collectivist reform,” without fail, peremptorily supplants its purported goal of everlasting utopia with a sinister, but familiar, feudal system of “masters-and-slaves,” wherein owners remain few, and the masses are forced to accept “security” at the expense of perpetual servitude. And, of course, Youmaynots are ever fearful of armed slaves!

Curiously, modern firearms, which Youmaynots piously purport to hate, are actually protecting them every moment! Those particular guns are apparently okay. It’s only privately-owned guns, that protect you, that they don’t like. Although you may not view yourself as a slave, they do!

One might even accuse those particular Youmaynots of being Exceptformes!

“The Roman Republic fell, not because of the ambition of Caesar, but because it had already long ceased to be a republic at all. When the sturdy Roman Plebeian, who lived by his own labor, who voted without reward according to his own convictions, and who formed in war the terrible Roman Legion had been changed into an idle creature who craved nothing in life save the gratification of a thirst for vapid excitement, who was fed by the state, and who sold his vote to the highest bidder, then the end of the Republic was at hand, and nothing could save it.” ~ Teddy Roosevelt


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

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Anti-Gun Groups: Even Their Names Are Lies

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 13:28

By Jeff Knox

Anti-Gun Groups: Even Their Names Are Lies

Buckeye, AZ --( Advocates for gun control are liars.

They specialize in taking some little snippet of fact and presenting it in a way that totally misrepresents reality.

Statements like “3000 children are killed with guns every year,” don’t inform people that most of those “children” are late-teen gang-bangers who are actually killed by adults, or that accidental firearm deaths among children and youths have been falling for decades and are currently at historic lows, despite the fact that guns and gun ownership are up dramatically.

The claim that “gun deaths exceed traffic deaths” in this or that state, conceals the fact that two thirds of those deaths are suicides, and that suicide rates in “gun friendly” states are comparable to rates in “gun restrictive” states. Still these misleading “factoids” are unquestioningly parroted by “journalists” based solely on press releases from professional anti-rights lobbyists.

Advocacy organizations like Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Gun Violence Policy Center, or the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, all have “gun safety” or prevention of “gun violence” in their names, but even their names are lies.

All of them focus exclusively on restricting firearms – gun control – while ignoring the fact that gun control laws have no impact on gun violence and no relation to gun safety.

They don’t just lie in their names and about their objectives, they also lie about who and what they are. They present themselves as grassroots organizations – some claiming as many as two million “supporters” – or as research foundations, but they have few, if any, actual members, and they don’t do any actual research. None are funded primarily by contributions of regular concerned citizens, though they will take some misguided rube’s $20. These not-for-profit corporations are funded primarily by huge grants from “leftist charitable foundations” like the Joyce Foundation or the deep pockets of billionaires like Mike Bloomberg and George Soros.

A little digging reveals that their “supporters” include anyone who ever “signed” one of their on-line petitions, signed up for their email alerts, or “Liked” their page on Facebook, and many are probably counted two or three times. I, like many gun owners I know, am probably counted as a “supporter” because I signed up for their email alerts as a way of monitoring their activities. And the “research” these charlatans put out could be compared to me calling my columns research papers. The only difference is that my columns are more factual and less biased.

Gun Banning Sycophant Jonathan Alter

Back in December of 2012, shortly after the horror at Sandy Hook Elementary School, columnist and Obama sycophant Jonathan Alter wrote a piece for Bloomberg View in which he laid out a blueprint for advocacy operations wishing to advance a gun control agenda. The piece was titled To Get Better Gun Control, Don’t Use the Phrase. In it Alter called for the building of a “smarter, more effective movement for commonsense gun laws” to counter the intimidating influence of the NRA. He compares such a movement to the abolition of slavery and women’s suffrage, noting that “every great stride forward in U.S. history has come from ordinary people defying the odds and bringing organized pressure to bear on politicians.”

He advises the retirement of the phrase “gun control,” in favor of more appealing terms like “gun safety,” “anti-violence regulation,” and especially, “common sense.” The Brady campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and the National Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, which changed their names from Handgun Control, Inc., and the National Coalition to Ban Handguns, respectively, apparently figured some of this out decades ago, but Alter insists that lack of funds kept these groups from being able to reach “moderate, compassionate people” in the suburbs.

Alter’s solution to the problem of ordinary people not rising up in righteous indignation to demand that the government repress their constitutional rights, take away their means of protecting themselves, their families, and the Constitution, and make criminals of them should they dare to swap guns with their shooting buddies, is to further obfuscate the language of the debate and inject massive funding – which he intimates is on the way – into the coffers of those who advocate for further restrictions.

One year later, the guy who signs Alter’s paycheck, Mike Bloomberg, rolled out his new and improved gun control gun safety advocacy conglomerate, Everytown for Gun Safety, which incorporated his previous gun control common sense advocacy group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and a floundering new group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Bloomberg, who was already propping up other gun control gun violence prevention agencies with hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, promised to fund the new effort with at least $50 million of his personal fortune to take on the NRA head-to-head.

This past November he did just that and was trounced at the polls nationwide. It wasn’t because he didn’t spend enough money, or because his sophisticated social media campaign didn’t burn up the internet; the reason was, unlike his astroturf organizations, the pro-rights movement has actual grass roots organizations with real, live members who refuse to be swayed by his impressively deep pockets and his deceptive marketing.

The only real win Bloomberg and his minions managed to pull off was in Washington state where NRA made little effort, and fellow billionaires like Bill Gates and Paul Allen gave Bloomberg an 8 to 1 spending advantage. With that he managed to dupe a majority of voters into believing that forcing all firearm transfers – even swaps with buddies or loans to friends – through federal dealers, with all of the associated paperwork and expense, isn’t gun control.

Now Bloomberg is bringing his lie machine to Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, and Maine, while already pushing additional restrictions in Washington State. Let’s hope voters are smart enough to realize that any organization that is unwilling to openly disclose their full agenda to the people cannot be trusted to be working for the benefit of the people.

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Liberals Will Get Us All Killed

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 13:01

By Alan Caruba

Liberals Will Get Us All Killed Column by Alan Caruba

New Jersey --( The news from Sydney, Australia was of another incident in which a lone Islamic fascist took civilians hostage to fulfill a demented notion of a “holy war” on non-believers.

After a siege by police two of the hostages he had taken were dead along with the gunman.

These attacks are becoming more frequent, referred to as “lone wolf” events, but in a larger context, they represent an effort by al Qaeda and the Islamic State, ISIS, to recruit individuals to wage a war of terror everywhere.

Looking back over the year, in May Mehdi Nemmouche who had returned to France after fighting for ISIS, entered the Jewish museum in Brussels and killed four people. In October Martin Couture Rouleau ran down two Canadian soldiers in Quebec, killing one of them. The same month, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau killed a soldier at the Canadian parliament in Ottawa. Also in October, Zale Thompson attacked four New York police officers with an axe, injuring two in an incident that was deemed to be an Islamist attack.

In the wake of these attacks police everywhere are grappling with what they can do to anticipate and respond. In the attacks that have occurred, the perpetrators were all known to law enforcement authorities for their extremist views. In September, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI put out a joint intelligence bulletin that the Islamic State has the capacity to mount attacks on U.S. targets overseas with little or no warning. Presumably the warning also included domestic attacks as well.

At a time when the threat is real and growing, there are forces in America that have deliberately sought to undermine public support and trust in the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, both on the front line of defense against the Islamist menace. The release of a report by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Senate Intelligence Committee chair, was widely denounced for its evident failure to interview those named as engaging in “torture” to deter further attacks. This 20-20 hindsight and reinterpretation of events is an offense on many levels.

One has to ask why it is always liberals who are unable to acknowledge an actual threat and defame those charged with preventing them. It is as if they live in a parallel universe, a make-believe world where our enemies do not exist.

This is the mind-set that led the President to remove our troops from Iraq, creating a vacuum that ISIS filled. He is now lowering our role in Afghanistan and the news of the day is a barbaric attack by the Taliban in Pakistan that has killed 130, mostly school children.

Can liberals grasp the barbarity of the Islamist enemies of our nation and the whole of humanity?

Most serious, though, are the negotiations with Iran, led by the Obama administration, that are sure to permit a leading sponsor of terrorism to acquire its own nuclear weapons.

This is why many cringed when the anticipated Democratic Party candidate for President, Hillary Clinton, a former Secretary of State, recently touted an approach she calls “smart power,” urging America to use “every possible tool and partner” to advance peace.

This, she said, includes “leaving no one on the sidelines, showing respect even for one’s enemies, trying to understand and insofar as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view.”

This is the classic liberal excuse and attitude for not taking our enemies seriously when they say they want to destroy America. There isn’t a single justification for empathizing with people who want to kill you!

I frankly find the outcry against the nation’s police corps curious and outrageous. In the Ferguson incident, it was a case of self-defense that got Michael Brown killed. In Staten Island, it was the unanticipated death of Erik Garner who had resisted arrest and had a long record of similar offenses. The police did not set out to kill him, but a combination of his ill health and the takedown triggered his death.

The response of the communist Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, was not to defend his police force, but to join in the condemnation. Around the nation thousands marched, repeating the lies about Brown’s innocence and the claims about Garner’s death. The marches, held in a number of U.S. cities, were organized by groups with an agenda and it was aimed at undermining public support and trust in our police corps.

Remember, too, liberals are also opposed to the Second Amendment which empowers Americans to “keep and bear arms.” There is no way to misinterpret or not understand the limit this puts on government from the federal to the local level. Even so, the calls for such limits are constant.

Reportedly, “according to the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey – the leading source of international public information about firearms – the U.S. has the best-armed civilian population in the world, with an estimated 270 million total guns. That’s an average of 89 firearms for every 100 residents.” Liberals translate this as an invitation to mass murder in the streets and homes of America, but the reality is that gun ownership prevents criminal mayhem and protects lives. In states that permit concealed carry, the crime rate is less than in those that do not.

Liberals, though, would have you fear your local police force and those agencies that are tasked with protecting the nation, the CIA and the NSA. And, yes, the FBI too.

If not resisted, liberals would cause us all to be killed by our nation’s very real foreign enemies and the domestic perpetrators and criminals who prey on our society. Next time you see a police man or woman, take a moment to tell them how much you appreciate their service.

c Alan Caruba

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Chuck Norris: Democrats Masters of Deceptive Persuasion

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:02

By Chuck Norris

Masters of Deceptive Persuasion, Coincidence? I think not… Chuck Norris

Dallas, TX - -( Democrats are the masters of deceptive persuasion, meaning they will take our attention off something they have really screwed up and put it on something that’s not quite so bad.

And chief among those masters is he who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C.

For example, let’s look at the bumbling idiot Jonathan Gruber, who has repeatedly said that the key for passing Obamacare was the stupidity of the American people.

When Gruber was called before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to explain himself, he ducked and weaved questions, to the point that even Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., couldn’t take it anymore. He told Gruber he had just handed the Republicans “a public relations gift.”

I was shocked when Cummings said that, because he was more concerned about the production of a Democratic nightmare than he was about getting at the truth of what Gruber had said. That is politics at its very lowest!

So what did the Democrats do to take the people’s mind off this PR nightmare? (I can just see the White House and leading Democrats desperately trying to come up with something to distract the American people. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall as the panicked Democrats tried to find a solution!)

Voila! Let’s release the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report about how the CIA misled Congress and was illegally torturing detainees in the war on terror on the very same day as Gruber’s congressional grilling!

For those who are living on a political island, it’s called wag the dog, a strategy in which a leader diverts negative attention away from a politically damaging issue to an issue of allegedly greater significance, which often builds up his character and reputation while tearing down his opponents. The goal is for the attention to the latter to drown out the negative press of the former event.

The classic example happened in 1997, when Tinseltown produced a movie by the same name, “Wag the Dog, ( ) ” about an American president who started a war in the Balkans to distract people from his sex scandal. A little more than a year after its release, then-President Bill Clinton, while facing a sex scandal, actually entered us in a war in the Balkans.

There’s no better tail-wagging Washington weasel than the current president himself. Or do you think strokes of deflective luck just keep coming Barack Obama’s way as his administration fumbles and tumbles in its cesspool of ineptness?

You think the Democrats just happened to release a report shredding the CIA and Bush administration (again) on the same day as Gruber’s garbage testimony?

And I’m sure it was a coincidence in December 2009 — at the very moment when Obamacare’s passing seemed to be in jeopardy in the Senate — that Obama ordered the mission for the U.S. to attack an alleged al-Qaida camp in Yemen that allegedly caused the deaths of civilians, including women and children.

And I’m sure it was just a coincidence a few years into Obama’s presidency — when he was being hit hard from Main Street to Wall Street about the skyrocketing price of oil and the failure of his economic stimulus and policies — that he unilaterally decided it was a good time to start dropping bombs on Libya.

And I’m sure it was just a coincidence that when National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden prompted Obama’s scandal about electronic spying on the private lives of almost every voter in America, the president thrust our attention oversees with his surprise decision to provide weapons, ammunition and air power to the Syrian rebels.

And I’m sure it was just a coincidence that when Obama and his Department of Veterans Affairs started to nosedive over the debacle in the veterans hospital, Obama again lured our eyes abroad by deciding to trade five Guantanamo Bay detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

And I’m sure it was just a coincidence that when the select committee formed to investigate what really happened in Benghazi, Libya, Obama and his cronies drew the world’s attention to how much they were concerned for the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. (All that heartfelt concern, yet then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused to declare Boko Haram a terrorist organization.)

And I’m sure it was just a coincidence that when the Islamic State group was hacking the heads off Americans in the Middle East, Obama put people’s attention over in Africa, sending 3,000 military personnel to Liberia to help combat Ebola, the Pentagon’s No. 1 priority. (Remember Ebola, the virus the White House initially said would never reach the U.S.?)

And I’m sure it is just a coincidence, too, that Obama has utilized the recent riots and protests over police brutality for his political expediency. (He actually prefers to have others create the wag for him!) As the media and nation focus their attention on race baiting, Obama’s executive order about illegal immigration has been pushed out of their minds.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who would make an exceptional secretary of homeland security, even said about Obama: “He built this racial divide. It was a wound that had been healing for a number of years — a number of decades, I should say — and he reopened it with his divisive politics … (a) divide-and-conquer strategy (that has been) very destructive for America.”

Obama has taken past presidents’ periodic political manipulation to a new level; all we see is his tail. His foreign policy has been built largely upon wagging the dog to get attention off his failed domestic leadership and policies, including Obamacare. That is what started this recent “wag the dog” show. He wanted to divert the American public’s focus from Gruber’s testimony about Obamacare, so now there’s the Senate report about the CIA.

That is one more reason I believe that Obama deserves an Oscar for his role as “Master of Deceptive Persuasion”!

Franklin D. Roosevelt hit the political nail on the head when he said decades ago: “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”

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Tortured Reasoning

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:45

By Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell

California --( Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were “torture.”

But any serious discussion of a serious issue — and surely terrorism qualifies as serious — has to move beyond semantics and confront the ultimate question: “Compared to what alternative?”

If you knew that there was a hidden nuclear time bomb planted somewhere in New York City — set to go off today — and you had a captured terrorist who knew where and when, would you not do anything whatever to make him tell you where and when? Would you pause to look up the definition of “torture”? Would you even care what the definition of “torture” was, when the alternative was seeing millions of innocent people murdered?

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s recent release of a massive report on the CIA’s severe interrogation methods, used against captured Islamic terrorists, has set off a firestorm of controversy. It is hard to see what benefit the United States of America gains from releasing that report. But it is painfully obvious what lasting damage has been done to the security of Americans.

One of the most obscene acts of the Obama administration, when it first took office, was to launch a criminal investigation of CIA agents who had used harsh interrogation methods against captured terrorists in the wake of the devastating September 11, 2001 aerial attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Right after those terrorist attacks, when there were desperate fears of what might be coming next, these CIA agents were trying to spare fellow Americans another attack that could take thousands more lives, or perhaps millions more. To turn on these agents, years later, after they did what they were urged to do, as a patriotic duty in a time of crisis, is both a betrayal of those who acted in the past and a disincentive to those in the future who are charged with safeguarding the nation.

Other nations, whose cooperation we need, in order to disrupt international terrorist networks, see how their involvement has now been revealed to the whole world — including terrorists — because supposedly responsible American officials, in the Congress of the United States, cannot keep their mouths shut.

The public’s “right to know” has often been invoked to justify publicizing confidential information. But is there any evidence that the American public was clamoring to learn state secrets, which every government has? I don’t know where our nuclear weapons are located and I don’t want to know, certainly not at the cost of letting our enemies know.

The ease with which politicians are willing to pull the rug out from under people whose job is to safeguard our lives — whether they are CIA agents, the police or the military — is not only a betrayal of those people but a danger to us all.

People who are constantly denouncing the police, including with demonstrable lies, may think they are showing solidarity with people in the ghettos. But, when police hesitate to go beyond “kinder and gentler” policing, that leaves decent people in black communities at the mercy of hoodlums and thugs who have no mercy.

When conscientious young people, of any race, who would like to help maintain peace and order see that being a policeman means having race hustlers constantly whipping up mob hostility against you — and having opportunistic politicians and the media joining the race hustlers — those young people may well decide that some other line of work would be better for them.

High crime areas need not only the most, but the best, police they can get. Taking cheap shots at cops is not the way to get the people who are needed.

When people who volunteer to put their lives on the line in the military to defend this country, at home and abroad, see their buddies killed on the battlefield, and sometimes themselves come back minus an arm or a leg, or with severe physical and mental damage that they may never get over — and then see some headstrong politician in the White House throw away everything they fought for, and see enemy forces take back places for which Americans shed their blood, that can be galling to them and a deterrent to others who might otherwise take their place in the future.

If we cannot see beyond the moment today, we will pay dearly tomorrow and in many more tomorrows.

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The Cop-Killing Cult of Larry Davis

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:35

By Michelle Malkin

The Cop-Killing Cult of Larry Davis Michelle Malkin

Los Angeles, CA - -( In Manhattan’s Union Square last week, a protester wielded a menacing sign.

It didn’t make the front page of any newspaper. You didn’t see it on cable news. An appalled bystander sent me a photo of the marcher and his inciteful placard, but didn’t want to be identified in any way.

You’ll know why in a moment.

“Justice Please,” the top line of the poster read. “Before we see a lot of new Larry Davis[es],” the message threatened. “1986 6 cops killed,” the banner ended ominously. It was underlined in red marker for bloody emphasis.

“Larry Davis” is quite the faddish battle cry among young minority agitators these days. Enraged tweets about the Ferguson and Eric Garner cases over the past several weeks have heralded Davis as a “street legend” and “hero.” Chicago-based actor Demarco Monroe vowed on Twitter that if police “[c]ome at me on that gun pointing s—t, please believe the LARRY DAVIS gon (sic) come outta me.”

Nova Sankofa, a Philadelphia-area “social activist” and “active philanthropist” advised his followers and fellow grievance-mongers:

“You’ve got to be able to ride on the cops like Larry Davis.”

For those outside of New York City who are not steeped in the social justice movement’s racially charged vigilantism against the police, and for those who may have forgotten, let me tell you about this homicidal “hero.”

Larry Davis, known as “Loco Larry” on the streets of the Bronx, had racked up a mile-long rap sheet by age 20. The black rapper-turned-drug dealer boasted arrests or convictions for petty larceny, resisting arrest, violating probation, possession of stolen property and burglary. He led violent turf wars against other crack kingpins.

In the fall of 1986, police suspected him in the execution of four rivals.

When an NYPD unit descended on Davis’s flat for questioning, the hoodlum came out with guns blazing. “I’ll shoot them first. I want to die,” he reportedly bragged to family members.

Davis shot six officers; two sustained grave injuries. Contrary to popular legend (echoed by the Union Square sign displayed last week), the officers all survived. Officer John O’Hara lost an eye. Emergency Service Unit cop Mary Buckley, 40, took shotgun blasts to the face.

Mary was a mess,” her doctor recounted at the time. “Her face was mutilated. The pellets had knocked out her front teeth; her upper jaw was shot away. Your heart went out to her.”

After reconstructive surgery, she returned to duty as a police sniper.

Davis escaped out an unguarded window. He led police on a 17-day, five-city manhunt. Desperate, he sought refuge in a Bronx housing project, where he took a mother and her two young children hostage as he conducted marathon negotiations with law enforcement. When he finally surrendered, many residents cheered him as the ultimate “symbol of resistance.” His radical left-wing lawyers William Kunstler and convicted terror helper Lynne Stewart played a minority-dominated jury like a fiddle – stoking racial resentment and asserting police corruption without evidence.

The panel acquitted Davis on attempted murder of the officers, but he was convicted on weapons charges. He was ultimately imprisoned on separate murder charges involving another drug crime. In 2008, after reinventing himself as “Adam Abdul Hakeem,” he was stabbed to death by another inmate at Shawangunk Correctional Facility in upstate New York.

Larry Davis used children as human shields. He talked a big game about martyring himself for The Cause, but turned yellow when push came to shove. Revered by the post-Ferguson generation’s wanna-be revolutionary hipsters, this gutless wonder shot a female officer in the face.

Former Democratic New York City Mayor Ed Koch minced no words:

“Those people are fools and they are giving heroic status to a criminal.” This was no righteous crusader. “He was a killer, and he shot six cops,” Koch said after Davis’s death. “You shouldn’t take pride in the execution of anybody illegally, but I believe that there is a special oil pot in hell for him.”

Today, fear and political correctness reign on the streets. Few truth-tellers in public office will call out the cop-hating cultists seeking racially driven retribution. Social justice mobsters sucker punch cops in New York while “peaceniks” cheer. Police officers have been attacked with hatchets, knives, and bottles from the Big Apple to Canon City, Colorado. In Oakland, “F—k the pigs” has been a constant refrain. In St. Louis County: “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon.” And in Denver, dedicated police officer John Adsit remains in critical condition after being mowed down by a vehicle while escorting Ferguson protesters last week. Witnesses reportedly applauded and the ongoing investigation of the driver has been characterized as “complex.”

President Obama this week condemned the “deeply rooted” racism of police officers. But what of the deeply rooted racism and violent hatred of those who glorify America’s Mumia Abu Jamals, Christopher Dorners and Larry Davises?

Silence is complicity.

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Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” & “Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild“. Her e-mail address is

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House Committee Faults FDIC for Participation in Operation Choke Point

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 21:46
House Committee Faults FDIC for Participation in Operation Choke Point NRA – ILA

Charlotte, NC --( In May, NRA-ILA reported on a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee exposé that substantiated improper activities by the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the guise of Operation Choke Point.

While DOJ insisted that the operation was meant to protect the soundness of America’s financial system by targeting fraudulent businesses, the committee report concluded that the true goal of the operation was to “choke out” legitimate industries that regulators considered objectionable.  Among others, these included firearm and ammunition sales.

A new report by the committee, “Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Involvement in ‘Operation Choke Point,’” makes equally damning findings about the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the “primary federal regulator of state-chartered banks” outside the Federal Reserve System.  According to the report, FDIC officials “targeted legal industries” and deliberately portrayed disfavored business types as “high-risk” to send a “message” to banks about the regulatory consequences of dealing with them.  They did so, moreover, based on FDIC officials’ own judgments about the moral standing of these industries as a whole, rather than on the compliance and financial performance of individual companies.  The report also concludes that a senior FDIC official’s statements under oath to Congress materially mischaracterized the degree of cooperation between the FDIC and DOJ in implementing the program, as well the program’s intentional targeting of specific business sectors.  “As a consequence of Operation Choke Point,” the report states, “banks are indiscriminately terminating business relationships with legal and legitimate merchants across a variety of business lines.”

In particular, the report cites several examples of firearm and ammunition businesses that have suffered the ill-effects of banks being effectively forced to drop lawful and well-performing clients.  “The experience of firearms and ammunition dealers – one of the most heavily regulated businesses in the United States – is a testament to the destructive and unacceptable impact of Operation Choke Point,” it states.  It further notes how in representative cases, “the financial institutions and payment processors made no reference to the merchants’ creditworthiness, individual risk profile, or due diligence findings.”  Rather, the “sole basis for the termination is their participation in an industry deemed ‘high risk’ by federal regulators.”  Indeed, the animosity of federal regulators toward firearm and ammunition sellers was so well understood that at least one private producer of compliance and risk management training software for bank employees included a related warning within its program.  Ludicrously and without justification, it advises, “Arms and Ammunition Dealers are identified as higher risk businesses because they have a higher risk of being associated with terrorism and terrorist acts.”

Just what caused the FDIC to lump in firearm and ammunition sales with such inherently fraudulent or improper operations as Ponzi schemes, “Racist Materials,” and drug paraphernalia?  The FDIC has not offered an official explanation.  While it purported to identify criteria common to “high risk merchants,” none of these factors applied to the gun shops victimized by the operation. Under federal law, retail firearms sales must occur in face-to-face transactions between licensed dealers and customers, leaving a paper trail that remains accessible to law enforcement officers and compliance auditors.  Yet the FDIC’s claimed risk factors included, “1) the consumer’s lack of familiarity with the merchant, 2) uncertainty with respect to the quality of goods and services being offered, 3) online or telephonic sales, and 4) the consumer’s ability to verify the identity or legitimacy of the merchant.”

The report impliedly offered another potential explanation in a lengthy examination of how FDIC regulators characterized another targeted business, payday lenders.  “Personal animus toward payday lending,” it states, “is apparent throughout the documents produced to the Committee.”  This even included one senior FDIC official’s directive to “always mention pornography when discussing payday lending,” the better to “convey ‘a good picture regarding the unsavory nature of the businesses’” on the “high risk” list.

Needless to say, the current administration’s attitude toward the firearm and ammunition industry is similarly condemning.  President Obama last year characterized congressional rejection of his demands for gun control as “shameful,” and alleged the “gun lobby and is allies willfully lied” about the expanded background check bill defeated in the Senate.  More recently, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called the administration’s inability to translate the horror of Newtown into increased federal gun control “something that I take personally as a failure.”  While the report leaves open the question of how high up the chain of command creation of Choke Point’s target list reached, numerous federal officials obviously concluded that firearm and ammunition sales should similarly be treated as obscene.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Cal.) is to be commended on his leadership in pursuing and exposing the corruption of Operation Choke Point.  Internal investigators at DOJ and FDIC are even now pursuing formal inquiries into the program and the officials and staff involved.  Hopefully this will lead to more transparency and accountability.  It should also be a recurring theme in vetting Eric Holder’s replacement as U.S. attorney general.


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Washington State Gun Control Activists Vow More Legislation

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 21:40
Washington State Gun Control Activists Vow More Legislation NRA – ILA

Charlotte, NC --( In Washington State, gun control activists are already vowing that the recently-passed anti-gun Initiative 594 is just their first step toward dismantling gun rights.

In fact, they are promising to dump more anti-gun bills at the legislative session next month.

I-594 is an ill-conceived and deeply flawed initiative that was sold to Washington voters as a means of keeping them safer.  Under I-594’s restrictive language, a person simply handing his or her firearm to another is presumptively required to broker this “transfer” through a gun dealer, with very few exceptions. This also necessitates the accompanying background check, fee, paperwork, taxes and, in the case of a handgun, state registration.

According to a recent Seattle Times article, Sandy Brown, president of the board for the Center for Gun Responsibility, said of I-594’s passage, “The people of Washington State have made crystal clear that they expect our elected officials to take action on policies that will save lives.”  Translation:  With the passage of I-594, he and other anti-gun activists now feel emboldened to push for more gun laws and plan on doing so.

Brown went on to say that as they push for more gun laws, anti-gun activists will start keeping a “scorecard” on key votes in order to document which legislators “stand with us on sensible gun policies, and which legislators stand with the gun lobby.”

Supporters of I-594 have also indicated they will use the momentum from passage of the measure in Washington State to pursue similar “background check” campaigns in other states, including Nevada and Oregon.

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Alan Gura’s reply to Palmer v. D.C. Contempt Defense

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 18:45

By Dean Weingarten

Alan Gura Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -( On Thursday, 11 December 2014, Alan Gura replied to the D.C. government arguments that they should not be held in contempt in the case of Palmer v. D.C.

The reply is 24 pages of double spaced legal argument.  It is well organized and clearly argued.

As GTOGUNNER noted on the

In reality, win or lose this case, surely from my POV, it won’t be do to a sucky Attorney.

To give you the flavor of Alan Gura’s reply, I have quoted a small selection of his points.  Here is a link to Gura’s entire reply in a pdf file .

Below, Gura explains why the D.C. government cannot simply make minor, technical changes in the law, and continue doing essentially the same thing it has for decades:

Section 22-4504(a) has not materially changed from what the Court enjoined. The Court enjoined the provision not because the city cannot maintain a licensing system—as the Complaint acknowledged, it can. The Court enjoined the provision because no adequate licensing system was in place. The City cannot respond by enacting a licensing system that does not treat the carrying of handguns as a right, that facially and specifically precludes the general community from applying, and thereupon claim total compliance. Why not a licensing system limited to vegans, or ambidextrous people, or requiring the payment of a billion dollar fee? All of these would be different in the sense that some people could apply and obtain licenses. But the Court must necessarily have the ability to determine whether the “new” system is materially different in satisfying the condition previously found wanting. As the Supreme Court long ago explained,

It does not lie in their mouths to say that they have an immunity from civil contempt because the plan or scheme which they adopted was not specifically enjoined. Such a rule would give tremendous impetus to the program of experimentation with disobedience of the law which we [previously] condemned . . . . The instant case is an excellent illustration of how it could operate to prevent accountability for persistent contumacy. Civil contempt is avoided today by showing that the specific plan adopted by respondents was not enjoined. Hence a new decree is entered enjoining that particular plan. Thereafter the defendants work out a plan that was not specifically enjoined. Immunity is once more obtained because the new plan was not specifically enjoined. And so a whole series of wrongs is perpetrated and a decree of enforcement goes for naught.

McComb v. Jacksonville Paper Co., 336 U.S. 187, 192-93 (1949) (citation omitted).

Here is Gura’s argument that exercise of a right cannot itself be grounds for deprivation of the right:

Finally, Defendants’ argument regarding the constitutionality of their “new” old licensing regime proves too much. This claim is nothing more than an assertion that carrying a handgun for self-defense, which this Court recognized as a constitutional right, is harmful to society, and therefore, the Defendants have an interest in limiting its exercise per se. No constitutional right could survive this sort of claim. The Fourth Amendment, without question, imposes severe restrictions upon the police’s ability to detect and prevent crime. Does that mean that only a select few, as opposed to the community at large, might have “good reason” to be secured against unreasonable searches and seizures? Were Defendants correct in their views regarding the public safety implications of handgun carrying, that would prove, at most, that the Framers made a terrible decision in ratifying the Second Amendment. What Defendants fail to do is show how their laws target the misuse of guns in a way that respects the fundamental right at issue. A law that deliberately targets the right’s exercise cannot be constitutional, under intermediate or any other form of scrutiny, because the government cannot have an interest in eliminating a fundamental right, and targeting a right cannot be proper tailoring.

Gura shows that the D.C. licensing scheme is illusory, and not adequate for the exercise of a constitutional right:

This Court, like Plaintiffs, was likely aware of Defendants’ past conduct with respect to illusory licensing schemes. See Complaint, ¶ 19; Bsharah v. United States, 646 A.2d 993, 996 n.12 (D.C. 1994). This Court’s language requiring an adequate licensing system was not accidental. Plaintiffs requested that form of relief because they are not completely naive. As the Court’s opinion describes, the right can and has been destroyed by improper licensing schemes. This city maintained a completely illusory licensing scheme for decades. Defendants’ response to this decision was predictable as far back as August, 2009, and they have met that expectation.

He takes apart the contention of the D.C. government that exercise of the right is itself harmful, by empirical measures:

Plaintiffs do, however, take this opportunity to reply to Defendants’ new arguments, rooted in alleged empiricism. Defendants assert that they may ration the right to bear arms to a select few; they need not deign to allow the “right” to all who may have it, but only to those whom Defendants believe have an exceptional case for enjoying their “right.” And it can do this, allegedly, because the right itself is harmful. In other words, where a court, applying means-ends scrutiny, would expect to see the governmental interest being claimed as public safety, with the regulation carefully tailored to avoid trenching on the right, Defendants instead offer that the governmental interest is the suppression of the right itself, and they measure success by the degree to which they stifle, not preserve, the right’s exercise.

He makes a good case that D.C’s is attempting to undo the settled Heller and McDonald decisions, based on the “danger” argument:

Apart from their claim that the right itself is dangerous, Defendants do not attempt to show that their “good reason” requirements target any specifically dangerous people or behavior. And since Defendants admit that they are targeting the right itself, it is difficult to see how they might prove that the measure is properly tailored under any level of scrutiny. In sum, Defendants are merely trying to do again what they failed to do in Heller: “prove” that a fundamental Second Amendment right harms society, and thereby justify its violation. Even were Defendants able to prove their point, it would not legally justify their conduct.

It is difficult to estimate how long it will take for Judge Scullin to rule on the question of contempt.   Nonetheless, krucam on the takes a stab at it.

From krucam:

I would anticipate a few weeks, perhaps into early Jan for a ruling on the 2 Motions still outstanding in the District Court (Permanent Injunction, Contempt). The Holiday will have an impact as well.

The Circuit Court has certainly gotten the message of there being unfinished business at District, and this surely hasn’t escaped Judge Scullin.

Alan Guras reply to Palmer vs D.C. Contempt Defense

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Patriot Fire Team: Preserving the Republic Four Men at a Time

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 17:31


An indispensable guide to not simply survive, but to triumph in these uncertain times. Student of the Gun

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Democratic Senator Says Good Guys With Guns Wrong Response to Sydney Hostage Taking

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 16:16

By AWR Hawkins

Good guys with guns rescue Sydney hostage and use same guns to kill Muslim terrorist. AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC - -( Rabid gun banner Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) described as “mythology” the claim that good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns.

“This mythology that you end up killing bad guys by arming good guys just doesn’t work,” Murphy said on CNN. “Reality is that if you have a gun at home, you are more likely to be killed by it than to kill an attacker or someone that’s going after your neighbor.”

Murphy then suggested the Sydney hostage incident reminds us that we have to a “conversation here in this country” about the legality of “assault weapons,” which he claims are “more likely than not” to be used “in…mass slaughters rather than used by some citizen to stop someone in one of those situations.” [even though statistics prove the opposite]

Then he falsely claimed we’re having “one school shooting a week in the United States” and that that should be enough to persuade us to discuss more gun control directed toward “assault weapons.”  

On December 9 Everytown for Gun Safety released a study claming “100 school shootings” in the US since Newtown. On December 13 I reported that list included non-school, non-existent, and accidental shootings.

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