Teenager Shot Dead After Approaching Man with Fake AR-15

H/T Concealed Nation.

This punk got killed after pointing a toy gun at the wrong person.

HOUSTON, TEXAS — A 911 call to Harris County authorities was received around 2 am on Friday, October 16th. The caller stated that he had gone to an apartment complex on Uvalde Road to meet a woman and was approached by two young males. One was carrying what appeared to be an AR-15 style rifle, and the man responded by shooting one of the two with his handgun. He then fled the scene before calling 911.

When deputies arrived, they found the second suspect straddling the wounded one and administering CPR. Paramedics arrived and took over patient care but the young man, in his teens, did not survive.

Deputies recovered a toy guns which bore a realistic resemblance to an AR-15 rifle. The surviving teen was taken into custody and was uncooperative with officers during questioning. The man who shot and killed the other teen was also being questioned.

Houston County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ben Beall said, “We did find what turned out to be a toy gun, but we’ve also got some other evidence over there. We’re in the early stages of the investigation and it’s going to take a little bit to figure this out.”

Authorities have not identified anyone involved in the incident or said what, if any, charges may be filed.

Many of the “toy” guns available today are extremely realistic looking and can be extremely difficult to discern without close examination. When they are presented in low light conditions, at a distance, and carried as a real rifle would be carried, it can be impossible. Add to that the perceived threat and fear of one’s own life, and it can easily lead to a response by the owner of a real firearm, with real bullets and real consequences. This holds true whether the unknowing person is a civilian, military member or law enforcement officer. Regardless of the situation, it frequently has tragic results. The bearer, who is often a child or young adult, may end up paralyzed or dead. Similarly, it can have life-altering effects on the person who fires in self-defense. In the moment, there is no time for a second guess, but it can lead to a lifetime of second-guessing and emotional torture.

Home Invader Picks Wrong House, Meets Vietnam Veteran and His Pistol

H/T Concealed Nation.

This punk was lucky this guy did not shoot him.

PARADISE, PENNSYLVANIA — On the afternoon of Sunday, October 18th, Micheal Snyder was relaxing in his home when he noticed a man outside. Upon opening the door to speak to the stranger, Snyder quickly figured out something wasn’t right.

“He didn’t make a lot of sense. He said, ‘Would you please call the police? Please call the police. They’re going to kill me.’” Snyder told the man to wait outside while he called the State Police. While on the phone with 911 telecommunicator, Snyder heard a crashing noise in the house and found that the man had crashed through a window into his home.

Snyder, a Vietnam veteran, was in control of the situation instantly. “I had the pistol cocked and ready, and he was standing there in the kitchen.” The 72-year-old held the man at gunpoint for ten minutes until state police arrived.

 

Police said that 38-year-old Kwesi Skerritt of the Bronx, New York, was in fear that a gang was after him. He was charged with criminal trespass, simple assault and criminal mischief, and held in the Monroe County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail.

Snyder credited his wartime experience for his composure and control of the situation. “When I come under fire, how will I react? Will it scare me to death? Will I be able to react? But yes, experience helps…I was so happy yesterday I didn’t have to pull the trigger. I do not want to do that.”

Could you have reacted so quickly to a forced entry to your home? Would you have the composure to hold someone at gunpoint after they were inside, without actually shooting them out of fear of what they might do

Kamala Harris Says She Would Give Congress 100 Days To Pass Comprehensive Gun Control Before Signing Executive Order

H/T Concealed Nation.

As bad as a Joe Pee Pads Biden a Kamala Knee Pads Harris would be worse.

Vice President hopeful Kamala Harris spoke on CNN Town Hall last year, and one of the topics was gun control. If you think a Joe Biden President is scary for the 2nd Amendment, I can assure you that a Harris President is scarier.

Harris stated that if elected President, she would give Congress 100 days to pass comprehensive gun control legislation before she took matters into her own hands by way of executive order.

“Upon being elected, I will give the United States Congress 100 days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws. And if they fail to do it, then I will take executive action,” Harris said during the CNN Town Hall.

Give it a watch below and keep one thing in mind: The 2020 election isn’t Trump vs. Biden. It’s Trump vs. Harris.

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Dems Efforts Gives Lie To “No One Wants To Take Your Guns”

H/T Bearing Arms.

If you believe Joe Pee Pads Biden and Kamala Knee Pads Harris won’t take your guns see me for some oceanfront property in Arizona I have cheap.

“No one wants to take your guns. We’re just looking to enact some ‘common sense’ gun reforms.”

How many times have you heard that or some variation there of? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve encountered it. Over the years, it’s been said countless times to countless people, some of whom foolishly believed that no one wanted to take your guns.

However, as David Harsanyi writes at America’s 1st Freedom, anyone who really believes that should probably read the DNC’s gun policy platform first. They should then take a step back and think about things.

We have reached what should prove to be an infamous moment. The 2020 Democrat Party presidential ticket will be the first in American history to feature a candidate who openly supports the confiscation of firearms from law-abiding citizens.

During the primary debates, Joe Biden’s vice-presidential pick, Kamala Harris, warned that she would give Congress 100 days to pass her gun-control agenda, an agenda that includes a ban on AR-15s and other semi-automatic rifles. If Congress fails to implement her wish list? Well, then, Harris explained, “I will take executive action.” Harris has also publicly stated her support of a “mandatory gun buyback program,” which is simply how anti-gun extremists refer to confiscation without saying confiscation.

Those who believe Harris’ rhetoric is merely campaign hyperbole should peruse the draft of the 2020 Democrat Party’s national platform. It, too, supports the banning of “assault weapons,” which has the possibility of instantaneously transforming millions of gun-owners—the vast majority of whom have undergone criminal background checks and never used firearms for any illicit purpose—into criminals.

Many more Americans, of course, are murdered by fists or knives than AR-15s. But the DNC document is laden with misleading statistics and the kind of scaremongering intended to allow them to push through authoritarian gun policies.

Take, for instance, the DNC’s claim that criminal violence with guns is a “public health crisis” that takes “nearly 40,000 lives.” By conflating criminal and suicide deaths—around two-thirds of all gun deaths are self-inflicted—these politicians not only diminish the importance of mental-health struggles, but also inflate the problem of criminal use of guns. There is little evidence that tighter firearm restrictions do anything to stop suicides; for instance, nations with the highest rates of suicide—Russia and South Korea—also have some of the strictest gun laws.

Harsanyi goes on to detail and destroy each of the anti-gun provisions the DNC has laid out, and I highly recommend you go and read it. It does a great job of it. However, the official DNC position isn’t one of gun confiscation.

Not directly, at least, though it does seem that there’s at least support for that kind of thing. After all, let’s just look at that ticket Harsanyi mentioned.

Kamala Harris, as a potential vice president, is bad enough. However, let’s also remember that Joe Biden doesn’t seem to be firing on all cylinders. Whether he has outright dementia or something else, the man hasn’t been at his relative best for a while now. Also, the man is 77 years old. That alone is a reason why his vice presidential pick matters.

Should Biden die or leave office for some other reason, that leaves Harris in the driver’s seat. That means all those promises she made while campaigning can be enacted, or she can at least try.

Further, there’s nothing at all in the DNC platform that actually opposes Harris’ proposals.

Then there’s the man Biden said would spearhead his gun control efforts. That’s right, Beto O’Rourke. The very man who swore during a debate that, “Hell yeah, we’re coming for your AR-15s and AK-47s.”

Oh, he’s not elected, but if Biden wants him running point on this issue, then just how far can the two of them actually diverge on things? Especially since Biden also chose Harris as his running mate.

So-called “fact checkers” love to claim that because Biden hasn’t specifically claimed he was supportive of gun confiscation, he’s not in favor of it. Oh no, he’s clearly in favor of it. If he wasn’t, why would he try to surround himself with people who do?

Exclusive Interview: Don Jr. Gets Blunt About Biden Liberals and Gun Control

H/T Western Journal.

Everyone needs to hear Donald Trump Jr’s words.

In 2016, I sat down with Donald Trump Jr. during the Republican primary to discuss his passion for the outdoors life on the campaign trail and his desire to be a voice for hunters and anglers on a national scale.

With the 2020 presidential election less than two weeks away, I reconnected with Trump Jr., who has been traveling across the country relentlessly campaigning for his father. Despite his busy schedule, the president’s eldest son took some time for a wide-ranging interview that covered everything from hunting to Hunter Biden.

Like his father, Trump Jr. didn’t hold back: He spoke candidly about the Biden family’s questionable deals and the consequences of the upcoming election, and he even challenged the Democratic nominee’s self-proclaimed blue-collar roots. Trump Jr. also issued a stern warning to the millions of Americans who are gun owners, hunters and anglers: Now is not the time to be complacent.

The following is a transcript of our conversation:

Tom Venesky: “Joe Biden often refers to his blue-collar roots to appeal to middle-class voters. Do you think that’s an accurate portrayal from someone who spent a lifetime as a politician?”

Donald Trump Jr.: “Joe touts those blue-collar roots, but there’s nothing blue-collar about a guy who’s been a senator for 50 years and became one when he was in his 20s. It’s all smoke and mirrors, and that’s what you would get with the Biden administration.

“Joe Biden spent 50 years pushing for [the North American Free Trade Agreement], pushing for [the Trans-Pacific Partnership] and pushing for China’s permanent status on the [World Trade Organization]. Joe Biden has done more destruction to blue-collar jobs than any politician in modern America history. You think he’s going to change that now? No. Hunter Biden today owns 10 percent of a Chinese company that’s taking jobs and American technology out of Michigan and sending them to China. It’s happening today, while Joe Biden is trying to steal Donald Trump’s platform about building in America and bringing back jobs. Donald Trump actually did those things. Joe Biden has been all talk for half a century. Nothing’s going to change now and the corruption I imagine would be much worse if he was president.

“He pretends he’s a blue-collar Joe from Scranton, but he’s been an elected senator since his 20s. Give me a break. Unlike Joe Biden and Hunter, we were actually international business people prior to getting into politics. That’s what we did. Hunter became a businessman when he could leverage his father’s office. Now we see that coming out and the media is doing a full-court press to try and suppress all that information even though they’re not denying that it’s true. We don’t get the benefit of the doubt because we don’t have the mainstream media willing to run cover for us and campaign for us while we hide in our basement in Delaware.”

Venesky: “Like Biden, who was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in the pivotal northeast corner of the battleground state, you also have roots in Pennsylvania.”

Trump Jr.: “I have a farm in Equinunk [in northeastern Pennsylvania]. I have a cabin on the New York side of the Delaware River, and the farmhouse is part of the place we have in Pennsylvania. That’s where I spend my weekends. I shoot long-range there. I fly fish the Delaware River system from the New York and Pennsylvania sides every weekend of the summer. It’s where I snowmobile, ride motocross and ATV. So I’m in PA almost every weekend. Joe Biden likes to tout he’s from Scranton but the reality is he left when he was 10 years old and hasn’t been back since. Joe shows up here once every couple weeks because it’s a convenient drive from Delaware where he’s been a senator for 50 years. Don’t forget, I know we talked about this in 2016, but I went to the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, for five years. I lived there. I went to the University of Pennsylvania. I lived in PA longer than Joe Biden ever did and I still spend my weekends there.”

Venesky: “For those of us who are gun owners, hunters and anglers, how much is on the line with this election?”

Trump Jr.: “Look at the attack on the Second Amendment. They made that very clear. Having Beto O’Rourke as your gun czar is not a moderate position on the Second Amendment. And it’s not just the Second Amendment. You think that these people aren’t going to go after hunting next? The liberal mob? Joe Biden — they’re using him as the camouflage to get that radical mob in there. But you’re not a moderate with Kamala Harris as your vice president, and you’re not a moderate with Beto as your gun czar and you’re not a moderate adopting Bernie Sanders’ platform.

“They’re coming for those rights and those freedoms without question.

“You see what social media does to hunters, outdoorsmen, to shooters. How they’ll suppress that kind of information, attack and try to cancel people who take part in these hobbies. That’s what the left is about right now and that should scare all of us who sportsmen. I see the hate mail I get for being a vocal hunter, for being all about that lifestyle and defending it.

“Look at the Sportsmen for Trump board — some of the biggest hunters in the world like Michael Waddell, Chuck Paddock, Ted Nugent. Look at the Sportsmen for Biden — it’s every person, government bureaucrat that’s ever belonged to a [department of environmental conservation] agency that never held a shotgun in their lives. There’s a difference between real people and government bureaucrats. Real hunters get that difference.”

Venesky: “There’s a Sportsmen for Biden group?”

Trump Jr.: “There is theoretically. It’s literally a couple of bureaucrats and people form these leftist hunting organizations that pretend they’re for hunting but don’t actually do anything for hunters.”

Venesky: “Speaking of that, talk about what your father’s administration has done for hunting, fishing and conservation.”

Trump Jr.: “When we talked in 2016, I said this is what I would be focused on, as it relates to policies that affect outdoorsmen and women.

“Donald Trump opened up 4.1 million acres since then, accessible to hunters. He funded $900 million to buy more lands to get access into landlocked public lands, $740 million to the Great Lakes to save that fishery. Almost $1 billion to save the Everglades and all of the coastal fisheries around Florida. But because Donald Trump did those things, you won’t hear about it. He’s done more for conservation and opened up more public land for access than anyone since [former President Theodore] Roosevelt.

Venesky: “Those initiatives also benefit the environment as well. Do you feel the Democrats still have the monopoly on environmental issues?”

Trump Jr.: “They don’t have the monopoly at all. Donald Trump did incredible things for those kind of issues, and he does so without trying to destroy your livelihood or business. You can drill and utilize energy resources for Pennsylvania. You can do that responsibly and create jobs.

“Look at the disasters out West with forest management. They don’t want to touch anything, they don’t want you in there, they don’t want you walking on it. They have standing dead timber and allow it to burn. Every year they spend billions of dollars, lives are lost and homes are destroyed because they refuse to manage their forests. Standing dead timber is the worst for the flora and fauna. If you had new growth you could do wonders for all the creatures they’re supposedly trying to help. But they blame the fires on global warming. Since 1860 it’s been a 1.4 degree change in average temperature, that’s according to NASA — 1.4 degrees in 150 years. Really? That caused the fires? Or was it stupid management?

“Think of all the carbon emissions of all the wildfires in the west this year. It’s 50 times what our cars could do when you watch the West burn for three months straight. They pretend they’re the party of science but the reality is they’re not.”

Venesky: “Getting back to hunters, less than half actually vote. If more hunters turned out, could that be a key voting bloc in states like Pennsylvania?”

Trump Jr: “I think you worded that correctly because normally it should be but it never has been, historically. Hunters haven’t voted. They haven’t turned up in numbers. It’s a demographic that’s literally under attack and they don’t even know it.

“I always hear from hunters, ‘I don’t want to mix my politics with my hobby.’ You realize the other side’s hobby is trying to screw with yours? Groups like Hunt to Vote are trying to mobilize hunters to vote their values. Not choosing sides, but vote your values. It should be a big voting bloc but it hasn’t been. I hope hunters recognize that everything they hold near and dear, and the lifestyle they choose to live, is literally under attack from the left. One day they’re going to wake up and they’re not going to have it, and they’re going to be really upset they didn’t vote.”

Venesky: “You obviously have your father’s ear when it comes to hunting and outdoors issues. How important is that for those who enjoy hunting and fishing?”

Trump Jr.: “It means a lot. Hunter Biden has Joe Biden’s ears as it relates to getting shady money from corrupt, foreign countries. But I actually live the lifestyle of an outdoorsmen. It’s what I do. My vacations are spent on an elk hunt. My weekends are spent deer hunting in New York and Pennsylvania. As I told you in 2016, these issues are important to me and it’s what I was going to take part in — while I’m not in the administration, I don’t think anyone’s ever said that I wasn’t willing to be vocal. I think it’s given us the results I said would happen in ‘16. The difference is between ‘16 and now is we’ve actually delivered on those promises.”

Venesky: “With the campaign running nonstop leading up to the election, do you appreciate the time you do spend hunting and fishing even more?”

Trump Jr.: “Yes, 100 percent, but I can’t do it right now with the election. There’s too much at stake and I have to be in the game. Six weeks ago I got in a quick elk hunt out west. Shot a great elk in Colorado with the bow during bow season out there. The rest of my hunting is on hold until Nov. 4. But hunting is an important part of my life. It’s not like these politicians that talk about it once a year, do a pheasant hunt somewhere, borrow a gun and get the picture with their finger on the trigger. For me it’s real.”

Venesky: “On a final note, I heard that you hunted with the Robertson/’Duck Dynasty’ family a while back. Any good stories from that time in the duck blind?”

Trump Jr.: “One of the greatest compliments I got in my life was from Phil Robertson. I was duck hunting with Jase [Robertson] one day, and the next day the first thing Phil said was, ‘Boy, I hear you can shoot.’ If they’re talking about my shooting abilities behind my back, I guess that’s as strong a bona fides I can possibly have in the hunting world. I definitely put on a bit of a clinic for Jase and he was pretty impressed. We had a great time with those guys.

“We had three ducks come in at first light and they said when we say take them, you try and stand up and shoot. I was pretending I didn’t know what was going on. They were looking at me to see what would happen. I shot a triple and then it was all on. From then on it was a pretty solid competition. The kid from NYC can really shoot.”

The Double Standard About Gun Ownership

H/T Bearing Arms.

The big question is how to stop the double standard about gun ownership.

While looking at gun-related stories earlier, I came across one that asked people of different faiths if the American interest in firearms was idolatry. Now, as a Christian myself, I was curious to find what people thought.

I had my ideas of what I’d find, of course, but one of the responses just outright infuriated me.

 

See, while most of those they talked to about it recognized that there’s no actual worship of firearms, one person both failed to answer the actual question and managed to show just how idiotic they were on the topic itself. It was kind of impressive, really.

David Gardiner – Buddhist

David Gardiner is an associate professor in the Colorado College Religion Department, specializing in Buddhism and religions of China and Japan, and is co-founder and director of BodhiMind Center.

I believe the relationship many Americans have with guns is pathological. Not all gun owners idolize their possession, but those who do suffer from insecurity, paranoia, susceptibility to conspiracy theories, likely racism and other disorders. Similarly, some idolize the power of the military and police to keep our world and communities safe. Missing is a consensus to care for one another just as we care for ourselves. We have a violence fetish in America that profoundly damages our individual and collective well-being. As some bible scholars say, perhaps one source is the image of the angry, retributive God of the Hebrew bible that remains strong in our Christianity, despite Jesus’ teaching to turn the other cheek, to practice forgiveness. Regardless, we need to grow.

Now, first, I’m always amused when a non-Christian seems to try to lecture Christians in how to Christian correctly. Usually it’s atheists that try to do it, at least in my experience, but a Buddhist doing it doesn’t surprise me.

However, what really pisses me off is the first sentence in his response. “I believe the relationship many Americans have with guns is pathological,” Gardiner said.

Just how is it pathological? Our relationship with firearms, even if you’re susceptible to conspiracy theories or what have you, is not a pathology. Maybe the susceptibility is, but the relationship with guns? Hardly.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who view gun ownership in general as precisely that. A pathology. An illness.

Yet there’s no reason ever given why one’s “relationship” with firearms is, itself, pathological. I mean, no one says Jay Leno’s obsession over vintage cars is pathological. This despite the fact that automobiles claim more lives every year than firearms and the man seems to have taken car collecting to a different level than most could ever dream.

No one seems to call the Beanie Baby collectors of the world “pathological.” The same for those who collect coins or stamps or baseball cards. They’re just collectors. There’s nothing pathological there.

Nor is there anything pathological about owning guns. Sure, some who are a bit paranoid may wish to own firearms for their own personal safety from whatever it is they’re paranoid about, but if that paranoia is dangerous, there are ways to get that person help.

On the same token, though, taking your personal safety seriously is hardly pathological. It’s smart. The police can’t be everywhere at any given point, which means the odds of them being right where you need them to be right when you need them there are slim to none. It’s on you to protect yourself and it always has been.

The problem we have in this country can, oddly, be summed up by a different respondent to the above-linked article. Arnie Bass, who is a bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints (Mormons, as they’re more commonly known) started off, “For the criminals it is the ‘Glock,’ not ‘God.’”

Or issues are with criminals, not guns. It would be nice if we would start focusing our attentions there.

Ten Wins for Gun Owners That Only Happened Under President Trump

H/T AmmoLand.

Thank you President Trump.

 

Topping the List are Pro-Gun Judges, Opening Gun Stores During COVID, and Unsigning the UN Gun Treaty!

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USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Imagine having a President that did not believe the Second Amendment protects an individual right. Or a President who believes that’s it’s okay to confiscate millions of commonly-owned firearms.

 

That is precisely what gun owners would be facing if Joe Biden is elected President. Yes, we suffered two notable setbacks over GOA’s strong objections during the past four years, namely “Fix” NICS and Bump Stocks.

But had Hillary Clinton won, gun owners would have suffered many more losses than this.

In fact, gun owners can be certain that none of the Gun Owners of America policy goals would have been achieved under a Hillary Clinton Administration — and many of these successes would be undone by a new Biden-Harris Administration.

So here are the top ten highlights that gun owners can celebrate from the past four years under PresidentTrump:

Victory #1. President Trump nominated and confirmed two (soon to be three) pro-Second Amendment Supreme Court Justices and over 200 pro-Second Amendment Federal and Circuit court judges. The impact of this action cannot be overstated. Barring the Left’s plan to pack the Supreme Court, the confirmation of these judges and justices will enshrine our right to keep and bear arms as our nation’s precedent for generations to come.

Victory #2. President Trump recently renewed his promise to sign Concealed Carry Reciprocity if Congress put such a bill on his desk.

“I will support such legislation. If it comes across my desk, I will sign it.” – President Trump 10/13/2020

Victory #3. The Trump Administration worked closely with Gun Owners of America during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Responding to a letter from GOA, the Department of Homeland Security issued a memo designating the firearms industry as “essential business.” Because many states directly referenced the DHS guidelines for “essential business,” many gun stores were immediately protected. In other states, this DHS designation became an essential tool for GOA when fighting to overturn unconstitutional state shutdown orders.

Victory #4. President Trump directed his administration to restore your right to keep and bear arms on over 400 lake and river projects, totaling over 11 million acres of public lands in 43 states.

Victory #5. President Trump kept his campaign promise by signing House Joint Resolution 40 into law, which rejected a final rule submitted by the Social Security Administration. Without the President’s actions here, an estimated 75,000 otherwise law-abiding citizens would have had their names submitted to the NICS system as prohibited persons each year.

Victory #6. President Trump unsigned the UN Arms Trade Treaty before thousands of gun owners, saying the following:

“We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedom. This treaty threatened your […] rights. […] Under my administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone.”

Victory #7. President Trump empowered his administration officials to repeatedly attempt to allow Defense Distributed to publish 3D printed gun files. While the Obama Administration began this infringement, the Trump State Department settled the lawsuit in 2018, allowing for “unlimited release.” Unfortunately, several states’ attorneys general filed a lawsuit and won an injunction against the opposition of the Trump Department of Justice. The case is currently pending.

Victory #8. President Trump’s Department of Justice filed an Amicus Brief with the Supreme Court in the case New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. New York City in support of the defendants. While the high court dropped the ball with the case, the Administration’s brief was a huge show of support for the individual right to keep arms.

Victory #9. President Trump’s Administration successfully completed a modernization of export control regulations on the American arms manufacturing industry. It also removed a regressive federal registration fee of $2,250 that small gunsmiths and firearm companies were forced to pay even if they did not manufacture, or export firearms or ammunition. This was a huge win for small gun businesses and the firearms industry.

Victory #10. GOA opposed the passage of the unconstitutional Fix NICS legislation from start to finish. In response to GOA’s hard-hitting criticisms of Fix NICS that gun owners with unpaid out-of-state parking tickets would be subject to a federal gun ban, President Trump moved to redefine the ATF’s interpretation of the prohibited person category, “fugitive from justice.” This resulted in the successful elimination of tens of thousands of names from the NICS background check system.

Instead of facing vehement and unrelenting assault by a Hillary Administration, gun owners were handed this series of public political victories over the last four years.

No, we did not get Concealed Carry Reciprocity or pass the Hearing Protection Act, but we also have not sent the majority of pro-gun elected representatives we needed to Washington D.C.

This 2020 presidential election will determine if our next president will sign or veto legislation put on his desk and the congressional elections will determine whether that legislation is pro-gun or gun control.

So, get out there and vote on November 3rd, 2020!

Let’s vote for politicians who will fight to put Concealed Carry Reciprocity legislation onto the president’s desk.

In liberty,

Aidan Johnston
Director of Federal Affairs
Follow me on Twitter at: @RealGunLobbyist

Gun Owners Should Welcome Tommy Lee’s Threat to Leave U.S.

H/T AmmoLand.

I say don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out of America.

So will Tommy Lee come to gather up our guns and melt them into a Hillary Clinton statue before he leaves? Or does he have more blacks to assault and women to kick first? (Motley Crue/Facebook)

 

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee has made the promise that many left-wing celebrities have made before and failed to honor — leaving the United States if Donald Trump wins the presidency,” Breitbart reports. “Tommy Lee told the British publication The Big Issue that he will quit the U.S. and move to Europe if the president wins re-election in November.”

A reaction from gun owners paraphrasing Br’er Rabbit’s “Please don’t throw us in that briar patch” would hardly be out of line. That along with “Can we help you pack?” and “Don’t let the door hit you…”

That’s because not that long ago, Lee went on an obscenity-laced Twitter rant where, among other threats against “conservatives” and those with traditional and religious values, he “bravely” declared from behind his keyboard:

“We’re going to gather up ALL of your guns, melt them down and turn them into a gargantuan metal mountain emblazoned with the face of Hillary Clinton.”

Who Lee means by “we” is left unstated. Certainly, it won’t be the guy who couldn’t handle himself and back up his mouth at an Eminem party. He must not have had his “celebrity bodyguard” with him that night.

Speaking of guards, and noting Lee’s phony “championing” of “Rosa Parks [and] BLM leaders” in his virtual Twitter rant, it’s curious how “meat space” Tommy received a suspended jail sentence for assaulting and hurling “racial slurs” at a black security guard. The news accounts seem a bit general– perhaps this fearless word warrior could repeat what he said for his fans?

Ditto for Lee taking up the cause of “women’s rights.” Per the Associated Press, he was “sent to jail for 6 months” after he “pleaded no-contest … to charges that he kicked wife Pamela Anderson several times while she held their baby son.”

Would it be fair to assume, with the prohibition of those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence against owning a gun (Section A.21.i.), that might be why he doesn’t want anyone else to have one?

Then we have Tommy threatening Chick-fil-A for alleged discrimination against LGBTQ persons. It’s curious, because if he truly holds strongly to such beliefs, why did he reportedly have his bodyguards (again with the bodyguards!) be the ones to “protect” him from the advances of a transexual woman he almost “hooked up with”? And more to the point, why did he reportedly say what he said about poetry?

As long as we’re talking about someone posing as the exemplar of Democrat values, perhaps multimillionaire ($70M) Lee could explain why a former assistant felt compelled to sue him for unpaid wages…?

It really seems that despite all our differences, a broad coalition of Americans should welcome this overprivileged, lottery-winning reprobate’s departure from our shores.  Then again, there are already niche Republicans among the blackwomen’s, and gay communities committed to casting their votes for Donald Trump, even if Joe Biden is of the opinion that if they do, they “ain’t” real.

I’d much rather have them on my side than the cognitive dissonance-addled and hate-filled hypocrites that Biden seems to attract.

Gun Prohibitionists Cry Foul over Judge Benitez Taking Another 2A Case

H/T AmmoLand.

It will be interesting to see what happens after Judge Benitez makes his ruling.

U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- Federal Judge Roger Benitez in San Diego, who has issued pro-Second Amendment rulings at least twice against California state statutes, was scheduled to hold an evidentiary hearing in another gun rights case Monday morning, and that is eliciting wails from gun prohibition groups.

Anti-gun groups are already on the warpath against the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. For example, the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility is campaigning to prevent confirmation, calling Judge Barrett “a Second Amendment extremist.”

 
Federal Judge Roger Benitez in San Diego appears to be the newest target of anti-gun frustration as he has taken on a series of challenges to California gun laws. (Public domain)

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Judge Benitez, a 2004 George W. Bush appointee now on senior status, is presiding over a case challenging “several laws regulating and defining assault weapons in the state” of California. He can do this because of a rule that allows federal judges to take “related” cases. In this case, Benitez has handled other gun cases and anti-gunners haven’t like the outcome.

The case is known as Miller v. Becerra.

But there was no similar concern from the gun control lobby when federal Judge Jack B. Weinstein in New York was handling gun-related cases. In 2007, the Second Amendment Foundation called on Judge Weinstein to retire because of his consistently anti-gun rulings. He had cases assigned to him under the “related case” rule, but since his rulings were more favorable to the gun control side, nobody squawked.

If Judge Benitez again rules in favor of the right to keep and bear arms, expect the state to appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, and if his ruling is upheld by a three-judge panel, expect someone to demand an en banc hearing before a full panel.

It’s not just California laws at stake, either. The Ninth Circuit encompasses all the western states, including Hawaii and Alaska.

One of Benitez’ earlier cases, Duncan v. Becerrawas upheld 2-1 in August. That case struck down California’s ban on so-called “high capacity” magazines. The majority opinion was authored by Judge Kenneth K. Lee, a Donald Trump appointee.

Earlier this year, Judge Benitez declared California’s background check requirement for ammunition purchases is unconstitutional.

Long story short, Benitez is a judge anti-gunners do not want on the bench, at least when it comes to hearing Second Amendment cases. The gun prohibition lobby is spinning Judge Benitez’ expertise on gun issues into a threat to efforts aimed at curtailing so-called “gun violence.” As noted by the San Diego Union-Tribune—quoting Ari Freilich, state policy director for the Giffords Law Center—“The  purpose of the rule is for judges engaged in complex cases really drilling into the issues, and not having to reinvent the wheel on a really similar case…This has been taken to an illogical extreme now when one judge is ruling on everything touching upon gun violence in the state of California.”

Another way to frame this, however, is that Judge Benitez is ruling on everything touching upon gun control in the state of California. Essentially, Benitez is Judge Weinstein in reverse.

This week’s case before Judge Benitez reportedly challenges several state laws that define “assault weapons.” Plaintiffs include the Second Amendment Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, Inc., California Gun Rights Foundation, San Diego County Gun Owners PAC, two private businesses and five private citizens.

By no surprise, amicus briefs have been filed by the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund and Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

The Miller case unfolds against a dramatic backdrop that includes the confirmation effort to place Judge Barrett on the high court—succeeding the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—and the looming presidential election pitting career anti-gun Democrat Joe Biden against incumbent President Trump, who has spent the past three-plus years filling federal court vacancies with constitutional judges. This has brought some semblance of balance back to the federal courts, say Trump supporters, and it may be Trump’s most important and lasting legacy, whether he is elected to serve another four-year term, or Biden wins in what will be a hotly contested election outcome.

Adding to this mix, Trump has once again promised to sign national concealed carry reciprocity legislation, if such a bill hits his desk. As far back as 2015, Trump has expressed support for reciprocity, comparing the issue to that of a state driver’s license being recognized across the country. Driving is a privilege, bearing arms is a constitutionally enumerated fundamental right.

Yet Trump still has critics within the firearms community who are sore about bump stocks, and about some pronouncements, he has made in the past. Some observers say privately, however, that it’s not what Trump may have said in the past, but what he has actually done that should draw strong gun owner support.

The fact he is being challenged by Biden, who has bragged loudly he will ban so-called “assault weapons” and essentially make life miserable for gun owners via additional regulations and restrictions, is no small consideration, either. And his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, has been no friend to California gun owners.

Three years ago, the House under then-Speaker Paul Ryan, passed reciprocity legislation, but it gathered dust in the Senate. For such legislation to hit Trump’s desk will require the House to flip to Republican control, the GOP to retain the Senate and for the president to be re-elected.

Those are tall orders and would require every gun owner in the country to vote uniformly for Republicans.

Currently, many states have concealed carry reciprocal agreements, but only a federal law would cement that and apply it to all states. Politicians from New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland and other eastern and northeastern states have opposed this idea, along with those in California.

 

 

 

 

 

Why MI Push To Disarm Voters Is Misguided

H/T Bearing Arms.

This has the potential to become a major court case.

Michigan isn’t someplace I thought we’d see at the forefront of an anti-gun push, but Governor Gretchen Whitmer and her cronies have apparently never met an authoritarian measure they didn’t like.

The most recent push is to bar firearms in polling places.

 

Now, there’s a lot of reasons why someone might want to carry a firearm on their person when they go vote.

However, while this push is going on, it’s important to remember that there are a lot of places where this has never been an issue.

Growing activity from armed far-right groups and President Trump’s calls for his supporters to watch polling places “very carefully” have raised concerns of possible disruptions or voter intimidation ahead of the Nov. 3 election. States will also have to prepare for the prospect of guns being brought into voting sites — legally.

So can voters bring guns into polling places? In most states, the answer is: It depends.

Only about a dozen states — including California, Arizona, Florida and Georgia — explicitly ban open and/or concealed carry in voting sites.

In much of the country, voters may bring firearms into polling places, as long as the buildings being used for voting don’t generally ban them — as many schools, government buildings and churches do. Those rules vary at the state and local level.

It should be noted, though, that in these many states, you know what’s largely absent in states where people can carry firearms into polling places?

Problems.

That’s right. All this wailing and gnashing of teeth over armed voters is Whitmer and company’s response to what a handful of idiots were planning with regard to the kidnapping plot.

Look, I’ve smacked those morons around plenty, so I’m not going to do it here.

However, armed voters don’t represent anything other than people exercising two rights at once. That’s it. They’re voting and exercising their Second Amendment rights. In a time when we’re seeing more and more political violence, if I didn’t live in Georgia, I’d probably be carrying to vote as well. Of course, my polling place is a school, so I’d still be barred, but my point remains.

We’re living in an uncertain time. Even without the pandemic, we’re seeing more and more people ready to resort to violence. They’ve burned entire neighborhoods in numerous cities. They’ve destroyed property and injured countless folks. There have even been murders.

Does anyone really believe there’s zero chance of that happening on election day?

In the end, people have carried while voting for years and years, and what we don’t see are problems resulting from that. There aren’t mass shootings at polling places–so far, anyway–and there aren’t cases of armed citizens trying to intimidate other voters. Anyone intimidated by a holstered weapon on the hip of someone who isn’t threatening you in any way or even necessarily acknowledging your existence needs to toughen the hell up.

Sure, Michigan is going to do what it’s going to do, but it helps to understand that what is being decried isn’t particularly new, nor is it particularly dangerous.