The murder of Albertina Choules, whose burned body was found at her home, is just the latest tragic example from the UK.
A citizen with a valid concealed carry permit put a stop to a mass shooting in a South Carolina nightclub.
Below is an action alert from the NRA. I encourage all gun owners to take a moment of their time to contact their elected officials and voice their opposition to new senseless gun bans.
Those who are fixated on “gun violence” are squandering resources that could be expended in a way that actually saves lives.
Today’s murder of a British member of parliament is a sad reminder that gun ban laws will not stop a person who is bent upon committing a murder using a firearm.
Colion Noir tackles the fractured gun community and the need for a unified front against the anti-gun agenda. As the season comes to a close, Colion reflects on the conversations he had and the minds he changed, and discusses what it means to identify as a gun owner with Farran, Kandace, Richard Ryan and the town hall participants.
The 2016 legislative session in Iowa has begun, and there are multiple pro-gun bills pending.
Dana Loesch challenges every politician who has utopian gun-control dreams.
In the last few decades, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of people convicted of felonies and denied various civil rights (including gun rights). That is a problem for society.
On January 5, 2016, the president unveiled his executive order plans to force gun control measures down America’s throat. Dana Loesch strikes back at the president’s extreme overreach by shedding light on his dishonest history of enforcing existing gun control legislation. The “Commander in Deceit” continues to empower and enable gang members, felons and repeat offenders … while the only people he continuously punishes are law-abiding citizens.
Author Dana Loesch speaks with John Stossel about gun control and mass shooting myths.
Guns in America. Kimberly Corban at Obama Gun Control Town Hall “Do you think a good guy with a gun can be a bulwark against a bad guy with a gun,” Cooper asks. Throws the question to Kimberly Corban, a rape survivor, who says that being able to buy a firearm is “a basic responsibility as a parent at this point.”
CNN Guns In America Town Hall. American Sniper Widow Tells Obama ‘We Can’t Outlaw Murder’ The first question for President Obama comes from Taya Kyle, the widow of Chris Kyle, on whom the book American Sniper was based. She worries that the laws will not be followed by the murderers. “Would it be a better use of our time to give people hope in a different way?” She says that America is at an all-time low for murder rate.
Below is a guest article contributed by “AMomymous” that is entitled “The politiks of tragedy have become the tragedy of politics.”
President Obama and other opponents of gun rights have seized upon the San Bernardino terrorist attack as a basis to justify more misguided gun control laws. In particular, it is being argued that those on the Terrorism Watch List should be denied the ability to purchase a gun. Such a proposal is ineffective as a means of trying to prevent terrorism, and is grossly unconstitutional and un-American.
Below is an action alert from the Iowa Firearms Coalition, concerning the Omnibus Firearms Bill that I certainly hope to see passed his year. Please write to your elected officials using the advocacy campaign provided by the IFC. Week 19 Review Wednesday the Iowa House of Representatives passed its version the 2015 Standings Bill (aka the Appropriations Bill). This bill essentially sets the state budget for the coming fiscal year, without passing it we’d see a state government shutdown. When … Continued
Below is a call to action from the Iowa Firearms Coalition, regarding the Omnibus Gun Bill. I encourage Iowa residents to contact their elected officials today to help get this important pro-gun legislation passed.
From the Iowa Firearms Coalition: Senate File 425, the Omnibus Gun Bill, does a great many things to protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of Iowans. Privacy protection, gun safety, suppressors, family rights, tougher penalties for criminals, and more. It’s time this bill was brought to a vote! Iowa residents, please click here to contact your elected officials. More information about this excellent pro-gun piece of legislation can be seen here.
On April 11, by a vote of 68-31, the U.S. Senate voted to move forward with debate and votes on a variety of gun control proposals. The underlying bill that will be considered by the Senate is S. 649, the so-called “Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013.” A number of amendments will be offered to S. 649, including a ban on commonly and lawfully-owned firearms and magazines and language to criminalize the private transfer of firearms and force gun … Continued
Below is an alert from Gun Owners of America:
Below is an action alert from the NRA, regarding a pending anti gun bill in the state of Iowa. I encourage all law-abiding Iowa gun owners to take action.
Below is an alert from the Illinois State Rifle Association regarding an upcoming anti-gun meeting. Gun owners in the Northern suburbs of Chicago are encouraged to attend:
Below is information for the 2013 Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day. I encourage all Illinois residents to attend.
As is readily apparent, those opposed to gun rights are making full use of the the the Sandy Hook School Shooting and resulting public sentiment to enact pointless and wrongful anti-gun laws. Now is the time for supporters of gun rights to take action. That action should be at both the individual and group levels:
Below is the text of NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s testimony before the United State Senate at its “What should America do about gun violence?” hearing last week.
The County Sheriffs of Colorado have opposed the introduction of new anti gun laws, calling the anti-gun reaction after Sandy Hook “hasty.”
Below is a video clip in which Cam Edwards interviews Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley about the ongoing Senate Judiciary Committee hearings about so-called “assault weapons” in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings.
Below is an NRA article that discusses S. 150, which is the new proposed Federal “assault weapon” ban. Those who haven’t done so already should take action now to protect our gun rights.
As reported, a letter signed by 77 members of Congress and addressed to President Obama points out the flawed approach that is being undertaken by the president in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings. A couple of noteworthy paragraphs:
Opposing Views recently published an article that highlights over a dozen pro-gun celebrities. That article can be seen here.
SPECIAL ALERT – NEW LOCATION FOR RALLY: GLENVIEW GUN CONTROLLERS PLAN RECRUITMENT AND ORGANIZATION RALLY The ISRA has been notified that the location of this event has been moved due to “anticipated larger attendance”. The new location is the Glenview Police Station, 2500 East Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL 60026. The gun control movement is on a roll in the northern suburbs. They will be holding a rally to recruit and organize new gun grabbers into their campaign to take your … Continued
Rabbi Jen Feldman of the Kehillah Synagogue in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, recently spoke out in favor of anti gun laws. Some of the Rabbi’s statements, other statements from related individuals, and my responses, follow:
Below is a news release from the Second Amendment Foundation. It addresses an issue that I have also discussed both in the past as well as more recently, which is the hypocritical manner in which anti-gun politicians try to deny ordinary citizens the right to keep and bear arms for self defense, while still keeping their own armed bodyguards:
Ruger has created a nice webpage that will allow you to inform the President, Vice-President, your Senators, Representative, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State-Level Elected Officials, and State Attorney General that you support gun rights and believe that the passage of anti-gun laws is misguided. I encourage everyone to spend a minute doing so. The web page can be seen here. Then, click here to see other steps that you can take to protect our gun rights.
President Obama is a long-standing opponent of gun rights. He has opposed concealed carry, going so far as to voice support for a Federal law banning concealed carry in every state. One would be hard-pressed to find an anti-gun law that Obama hasn’t supported. At the same time, President Obama enjoys the armed security provided by the secret service. His neighbors in Chicago are unable to park their cars near their own homes, and have to pass through security checkpoints, … Continued
I would like to point out an excellent article entitled Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Gun Control Alchemy. This article was written by Nicholas J. Johnson, who is a Professor of Law at Fordham University. My thanks to the reader who pointed out this excellent article to me.
Below is another urgent alert from the Illinois State Rifle Association. I would encourage all Illinois gun owners to act now:
Below is the Gun Control Fact-Sheet, created by Gun Owners of America. The original can be found here. Mar 2004 Gun Control Fact-Sheet 2004 / From Gun Owners Foundation by Gun Owners Foundation 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102 Springfield, VA 22151 1. Highlights * Guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year—or about 6,850 times a day.(1) This means that each … Continued
In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings in Newton, Connecticut there have been calls for new gun control laws. My thoughts on the matter are below:
Below is an action alert from the Illinois State Rifle Association, concerning concealed carry and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Shepard/Moore v. Madigan:
As previously mentioned, Illinois’ Governor Quinn attempted to use his amendatory veto power to turn a quite reasonable pro-gun bill into a ban on so-called “assault weapons.” The good news is that, despite Governor Pat Quinn’s efforts, Illinois’ law abiding gun owners have prevailed:
The Daily Barometer published an editorial entitled “Guns are Not Toys,” which is little more than anti gun propaganda. Quotes from that editorial and my response can be seen below.
Below is a bulletin from the Illinois State Rifle Association, concerning Illinois SB681 and Governor Quinn’s actions to turn an unobjectionable piece of pro-gun legislation into a ban on so-called assault weapons: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE On Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 2012, the Illinois Senate passed SB681 in its original form at a margin of 49 – 4. The bill, SB681, was a simple bill that allowed ammunition to be mail ordered from dealers or companies in Illinois and shipped to … Continued
Back in 2008, I wrote a brief article entitled “Gun Rights for Convicted Felons?” In that article, I noted that a US Federal law (and various state laws) prohibit anyone convicted of a felony from possessing firearms*, and stated that
As reported, an elderly disabled veteran used his gun to stop a home invader:
As reported, a New Mexico woman used her gun to stop a man who broke in to her home, threatened her with a knife, and ordered her to undress:
Below is an NRA announcement concerning two important pro-gun bills for Iowa. I would encourage everyone who lives, works, or is otherwise involved with Iowa to take action:
As I’ve mentioned, I am an attorney who practices in the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa, with a large percentage of my practice comprising criminal defense cases. That practice has prevented me from updating this website for some time, however I remain committed to gun rights in both my personal and professional life. I recently had the honor of representing a woman named Judy, who used her gun to defend herself, her sister, and her sister-in-law after they … Continued
Motivated in part by the assassination attempt on Gabrielle Giffords, the Texas legislator is considering a bill that would grant expanded concealed carry rights to certain state officials. While this is a far better reaction than those that historically follow a high profile gun-related crime, it still leaves much to be desired:
I’ve previously mentioned how the National ACLU is, much to my dismay, anti-gun. However, some state chapters of the ACLU have been known to stand up for gun rights. Recently, the ACLU of South Dakota has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a South Dakota law that unfairly (and unconstitutionally) restricts concealed carry permits: