Gun Control: Former Arizona US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords chimes in.

First it was letters written, ostensibly, by little children begging for gun control and now its mentally disabled (i.e., shot in the head and now has trouble with, though not limited to: walking, speaking, reading and writing) former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

I, myself, couldn’t care less about Giffords being shot in the head.  Please don’t mistake, or misinterpret, that with condoning the act of shooting Giffords in the head.  I don’t condone that.

I don’t care nor should I.   The US President, US Senators, and US Congressmen/women are not my gods nor are they my heroes and I don’t know any of them personally, I’ve never spoken with them directly and we’ve never shaken hands and certainly never sat down at the dinner table with any of them.  I’m under no obligation to feel bereaved or saddened when one of them dies or is murdered or when attempts are made on their lives.

Readers are welcome to their own opinion and so am I.   The first amendment affords me with the right to free speech and freedom of expression.   I haven’t said anything illegal or immoral on this blog today.    If my mother was murdered I don’t believe that US Senators or US Congressmen/women would grieve or roam about in low spirits or take even a second out their day, after reading of such news, to remember my mother.   Who is my mother you might ask?   It doesn’t matter who she is or was.  Maybe she was/is a good women, may she was/is an egregiously abominable women.  I believe that some very famous person once wrote something like, if you pay everyone what they deserve, would anyone ever escape a whipping?

Every day in the Congo women are raped by their biological sons.  Congolese children are murdered and are forced to commit murder.  The breasts/nipples of women are often cut off so that they cannot nurse their young.

I don’t have the time nor the mental deficiency which would be required to grieve for a murder, or an attempted murder, carried out on elected/unelected US Government Officials.   Again, please don’t misinterpret that statement with condoning the act of murdering elected/unelected US Government Officials. I don’t condone those acts.

I advocate free speech including melodramas such as letters from little children begging for gun control and gun control speeches given by mentally disabled former Congresswomen which are protected by this revered and sacred right.

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26 Responses to Gun Control: Former Arizona US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords chimes in.

  1. Bruce says:

    Free Republic is running a thread titled, ‘Carrying a Gun Saved My Life’: Meet Ryan Moore (The type of gun incident most media has no use for), which was started 1/30/2013 by ‘SeekAndFind’

    The thread references a 1/30/2013 Pajamas Media article written by Paul Hsieh –

    View the complete Free Republic thread at:

  2. Bruce says:

    I, as only ONE of an unfathomable 7 BILLION PEOPLE on this nearly 200 MILLION SQUARE MILE, often unspeakably and tragically cruel planet, must agree with your general sentiments regarding former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, AT LEAST IN PRINCIPLE!

    It is only natural that MOST of our limited emotional energy MUST be directed toward those most loved, admired, understood, known or otherwise PERSONALLY CLOSE to us.

    However, I wouldn’t go nearly as far as claiming:

    “I, myself, couldn’t care less about Giffords being shot in the head.

    I DO believe it is ‘tragic’ that ANY U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN was shot and seriously/permanently injured, even though I don’t recall even seeing Ms. Giffords’ name mentioned in the press before the incident. That being said, in all honesty, I probably didn’t give the event more than a few minutes thought after it occurred. This follows from the fact that I was not then, and am not now, in any way PERSONALLY CLOSE to her.

    However, what is really EMOTIONALLY UPSETTING to me right now is the fact that the radical left, encouraged and supported by the Kenyan Usurper, Barack Obama, is shamefully USING Ms. Giffords, despite her obviously compromised condition, to advance their own political and unconstitutional agenda of legislating ADDITIONAL GUN CONTROL, and future, forcible but largely unsuccessful, attempts at GUN CONFISCATION!

    The above outlined, EXCEEDINGLY DANGEROUS Obama Gun Confiscation Plan is, without a doubt, a topic that is PERSONALLY CLOSE to me. This is because Obama’s oft-historically-trod path, now possibly leading to gun confiscation in the U.S.A., has SERIOUS IMPLICATIONS FOR ME AND FOR THOSE CLOSEST TO ME!

  3. Bruce says:

    Gabrielle Giffords’s testimony (Photo)

    The Washington Post
    Natalie Jennings


    Americans for Responsible Solutions, the PAC created by former Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, posted this photo (shown in post) on Facebook of the statement Giffords read at Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee on gun violence.

    Giffords’s speech therapist wrote the statement. ….

    This post has been updated. An earlier version did not note that Giffords’s therapist wrote the statement in the photo. – (bold emphasis added in the preceding two paragraphs)

    View the complete article, including photo of Giffords’ written testimony statement, at:

  4. Voice of Reason says:

    Yeah, how DARE someone who was a victim of gun violence, and through the grace of God survived, have an opinion on the subject.

  5. DGroundhog says:

    I thought she stepped down to focus on her recovery? Now that the left needs a high profile gun victim they decide her recovery can wait and the wheel her out to make some pointless speech? She says ‘do something’. OK – thanks for your input Gabby! Next!

    I applaud Gabby Giffords for her strength in surviving the attack on her life – but knowing how liberals would react to Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann if they were in her situation there I will not condemn any criticism or mocking of Gabby Giffords. I believe in fighting fire with fire.

    In fact I think it is entirely possible that Jared Loughner shot Gabby Giffords because Loughner and Gabby were having an affair and her husband Mark walked in as Gabby was nearly chewing off Loughner’s man meat. Gabby may have ended the affair and Loughner simply may not have taken this rejection very well at all.

    I don’t have any proof of this – but it is a possible scenario and since we have no other motive for the shooting we are left to speculate. So I speculate.

    It seems there is an intentional effort to NOT discuss the prescription drugs these mass shooters are on. Selective Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitors are being prescribed to kids who fidget too much in class and it is turning them into emotionless killers. Violent Hollywood movies and the violent video games they obsess over seem to be a contributing factor as well. The Newtown shooter was ‘reloading’ and casting aside partially fired magazines just like a video game addict would do.

    John Noveske of Noveske Rifleworks recently made Facebook post highlighting a number of recent shooters and the prescription drugs they were on. Noveske died shortly after in a car accident. This site contains his final post – along with some conspiratorial angle I’m not inclined to believe – but with an increasing number of ‘right wing’ activists ‘accidentally’ dying it starts to make you wonder.

    The list he assembled simply cannot be ignored. I see a much stronger correlation to SSRIs and shootings than any other reason presented to this point. Dr’s and schools all get kickbacks for having a certain number of people on these drugs. Big Media surely doesn’t want to bite the hand of their Big Pharma advertisers – and we are endlessly pelted with these Big Pharma drug advertisements on CNN and other news outlets.

    Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold’s medical records have never been made available to the public.

    Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather’s girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.

    Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the event.

    Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.

    Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.

    Mathew Miller, age 13, hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.

    Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.

    Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.

    A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand off at his school.

    Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded..

    A young man in Huntsville, Alabama (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.

    Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.

    TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.

    Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.

    James Wilson, age 19, (various psychiatric drugs) from Breenwood, South Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school killing two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two teachers.

    Elizabeth Bush, age 13, (Paxil) was responsible for a school shooting in Pennsylvania

    Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) – school shooting in El Cajon, California

    Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil), after five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.

    Chris Shanahan, age 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.

    Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic’s file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.

    Neal Furrow (Prozac) in LA Jewish school shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on Prozac along with several other medications.

    Kevin Rider, age 14, was withdrawing from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head. Initially it was ruled a suicide, but two years later, the investigation into his death was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also age 14, had been taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.

    Alex Kim, age 13, hung himself shortly after his Lexapro prescription had been doubled.

    Diane Routhier was prescribed Welbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after suffering many adverse effects of the drug, she shot herself.

    Billy Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and a University of Florida student, was prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. His family found him dead of suicide – hanging from a tall ladder at the family’s Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July 2002.

    Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter, age 12, was on Paxil when she hung herself from a hook in her closet. Kara’s parents said “…. the damn doctor wouldn’t take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit. I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil…”)

    Gareth Christian, Vancouver, age 18, was on Paxil when he committed suicide in 2002,
    (Gareth’s father could not accept his son’s death and killed himself.)

    Julie Woodward, age 17, was on Zoloft when she hung herself in her family’s detached garage.

    Matthew Miller was 13 when he saw a psychiatrist because he was having difficulty at school. The psychiatrist gave him samples of Zoloft. Seven days later his mother found him dead, hanging by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.

    Kurt Danysh, age 18, and on Prozac, killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and writes letters, trying to warn the world that SSRI drugs can kill.

    Woody ____, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Zoloft. Shortly before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he have any history of any mental illness symptoms.

    A boy from Houston, age 10, shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was increased.

    Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school student. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.”

    Matti Saari, a 22-year-old culinary student, shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine.

    Steven Kazmierczak, age 27, shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.

    Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, age 18, had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School – then he committed suicide.
    Asa Coon from Cleveland, age 14, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon was on Trazodone.

    Jon Romano, age 16, on medication for depression, fired a shotgun at a teacher in his
    New York high school.

    Missing from list… 3 of 4 known to have taken these same meds….

    What drugs was Jared Lee Loughner on, age 21…… killed 6 people and injuring 14 others in Tuscon, Az

    What drugs was James Eagan Holmes on, age 24….. killed 12 people and injuring 59 others in Aurora Colorado

    What drugs was Jacob Tyler Roberts on, age 22, killed 2 injured 1, Clackamas Or

    What drugs was Adam Peter Lanza on, age 20, Killed 26 and wounded 2 in Newtown Ct
    Roberts is the only one that I haven’t heard about being on drugs of some kind.

  6. Bruce says:

    Gabby Giffords Launches Gun Control Ad Ahead of SOTU

    Jerome Hudson


    Gun control is still en vogue. And it seems that former Congressman Gabby Giffords has cemented herself as the face of the campaign. Giffords’ new gun control ad come just ahead of the president’s State of the Union Address, where he is expected to put more pressure on Congress to pass some form of gun control legislation.

    The new ad is just one part of a coordinated campaign to help bend public support toward the passage of new gun control laws. In the coming weeks, Leftwing advocacy groups are set to engage in an aggressive gun control crusade, awash in social media and internet ad campaigns. Something tells me that the immigration-obssesed GOP will be caught flatfooted on this one.

    View the complete article, including video, at:

  7. Bruce says:

    Thirteen Reasons Why Congress Should Oppose Universal Background Checks

    Gun Owners of America
    Erich Pratt

    – Biggest concern relates to gun registration and confiscation

    Can we really trust the administration that gave us Fast & Furious to respect our Second Amendment rights?

    Recent articles in the liberal media have suggested that setting up a framework for gun registration and confiscation -– the so-called “universal background check” –- is somehow less insidious than other gun control proposals currently on the table.

    Anyone who believes this is delusional. Here are thirteen reasons why the “universal background check” is the most insidious gun control of all:

    FIRST: The principle that no American can own a firearm without getting the go-ahead from the government is offensive to Americans. We don’t require breathalyzer checks before people get into their cars even though drunk drivers kill more than 30 times more people than “assault rifles” do. Nor do we require background checks on clubs and hammers, which also kill more often than “assault rifles.”

    SECOND: Universal background checks would not have stopped Adam Lanza (who stole his guns), or James Holmes or Jared Loughner (who passed background checks).

    THIRD: One of the nation’s leading anti-gun medical publications, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that the Brady law has failed to reduce murder rates. In August 2000, JAMA reported that states implementing waiting periods and background checks did “not [experience] reductions in homicide rates or overall suicide rates.”

    FOURTH: Increasingly, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms is illegally going into gun dealers and xeroxing all of the 4473’s -– a practice which represents the beginnings of a national gun registry.

    FIFTH: The FBI refuses to tell us how or whether it is complying with the Smith and Tiarht amendments prohibiting Brady names from being kept for a national gun registry.

    SIXTH: Germany just set up a national gun registry, based on index cards kept at 551 locations throughout the country –- cards not dissimilar to the 4473’s which every American gun buyer would be required to fill out under a Universal Background Check system.

    SEVENTH: The NICS list currently contains the names of more than 150,000 law-abiding veterans who didn’t do anything wrong (but honorably served their country and then sought counseling for their wartime experiences) -– and could soon contain tens of millions of names of Medicaid patients with post partem depression, IDEA students with ADHD, and soldiers, police, and firemen with PTSD.

    EIGHTH: Anyone who doesn’t believe a national gun registry leads to national gun confiscation should consider the confidential memorandum advocating confiscation and circulated by New York Democrats prior to their most recent round of New York gun control.[iii]

    NINTH: Even under current demands, the Brady system is constantly breaking down -– for example, shutting off many purchases on Black Friday, a day when there were massive numbers of gun purchases which were effectively blocked.

    TENTH: Many sellers in very rural areas would find it a great hardship to travel hundreds of miles, accompanied by their purchasers, in order to make a sale in a licensed dealer’s place of business. This inconvenience for rural sellers would be even more significant if, as happens 10% of the time, the purchase –- usually for no reason at all -– is not immediately approved.

    ELEVENTH: In a significant number of current transactions, purchases are held up for no reason other than the fact that the seller’s name is similar to someone else’s name. Often, these botch-ups permanently block gun purchases when (1) the FBI’s response remains non-committal after three days, (2) the gun dealer refuses to sell based on a non-committal response, despite the language of the Brady Law, and (3) the FBI’s response is “sue us.”

    TWELFTH: Can we really trust the administration that gave us Fast & Furious to respect our Second Amendment rights? The Obama Administration knowingly approved (via background checks) the sales of thousands of guns to the Mexican Cartel in order to justify calls for greater gun control here at home. As a result, several hundred Mexicans have been killed — not to mention at least one U.S. federal agent. Considering the administration’s record on guns, the administration should NOT be trusted to keep guns out of the “wrong hands.” Isn’t this the fox guarding the hen house?

    THIRTEENTH: Let’s be honest: Universal background checks are nothing more than the ineffectual platform from which gun haters will make their next set of demands, based on the next horrific tragedy.

    View the complete article at:

  8. Bruce says:

    Video: Ask Obama’s Experts

    Published on Feb 12, 2013 by NRAVidoes

    Even Obama’s experts say his gun control policies won’t work. According to an internal Department of Justice memorandum, a gun ban, like the one being debated right now in Congress, will not work without a mandatory gun buyback, and “universal” background checks will not work without requiring gun registration. Call Congress at 202-224-3121 and tell them to reject President Obama’s gun control agenda — and to get serious about prosecuting criminals and fixing our broken mental health system.

  9. Bruce says:

    Stand and Fight

    The Daily Caller
    Wayne LaPierre, Executive VP, NRA


    Before I tell you how the NRA and our members are going to Stand And Fight politically and in the courts, let’s acknowledge that all over this country, tens of millions of Americans are already preparing to Stand And Fight to protect their families and homes.

    These good Americans are prudently getting ready to protect themselves.

    It has always been sensible for good citizens to own and carry firearms for lawful protection against violent criminals who prey on decent people.

    During the second Obama term, however, additional threats are growing. Latin American drug gangs have invaded every city of significant size in the United States. Phoenix is already one of the kidnapping capitals of the world, and though the states on the U.S./Mexico border may be the first places in the nation to suffer from cartel violence, by no means are they the last.

    The president flagrantly defies the 2006 federal law ordering the construction of a secure border fence along the entire Mexican border. So the border today remains porous not only to people seeking jobs in the U.S., but to criminals whose jobs are murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping. Ominously, the border also remains open to agents of al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Numerous intelligence sources have confirmed that foreign terrorists have identified the southern U.S. border as their path of entry into the country.

    When the next terrorist attack comes, the Obama administration won’t accept responsibility. Instead, it will do what it does every time: blame a scapegoat and count on Obama’s “mainstream” media enablers to go along.

    A heinous act of mass murder—either by terrorists or by some psychotic who should have been locked up long ago—will be the pretext to unleash a tsunami of Gun Control.

    No wonder Americans are buying guns in record numbers right now, while they still can and before their choice about which firearm is right for their family is taken away forever.

    After Hurricane Sandy, we saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia. Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all.

    Anti-gun New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had already done everything he could to prevent law-abiding New Yorkers from owning guns, and he has made sure that no ordinary citizen will ever be allowed to carry a gun. He even refused to allow the National Guard into the city to restore civil order because Guardsmen carry guns!

    Meanwhile, President Obama is leading this country to financial ruin, borrowing over a trillion dollars a year for phony “stimulus” spending and other payoffs for his political cronies. Nobody knows if or when the fiscal collapse will come, but if the country is broke, there likely won’t be enough money to pay for police protection. And the American people know it.

    Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face—not just maybe. It’s not paranoia to buy a gun. It’s survival. It’s responsible behavior, and it’s time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that.

    View the complete post at:

  10. Bruce says:

    Five gun companies tell New York to pound sand



    Five companies, thus far, have communicated their intention not to sell to any police or government agencies in New York State.

    — LaRue Tactical
    — Olympic Arms
    — Extreme Firepower Inc, LLC
    — Templar Custom
    — York Arms

    Guns Save Life is joining with Grass Roots North Carolina in calling for all American gun owners to pressure Sig Sauer, Smith and Wesson and Glock to shut off sales to government agencies in New York State.

    If you know executives in any of these companies, email them directly. If not, we’ve got some email addresses below for you.

    Keep it short and sweet. Long missives will not be read, so save your time for constructive endeavors.

    Here’s a suggested message, tweaking on GRNC’s suggested message: We don’t live in a police state: If it can’t be sold to citizens, it won’t be sold to State and local government.

    View the complete article at:

  11. Bruce says:

    Video: Wayne LaPierre Responds to State of the Union Address

    Published on Feb 14, 2013 by NRAVideos

    “Less than two months after saying we had to look at our schools, the president made not one mention, in his entire speech, of the need to improve security for our schoolchildren.” says NRA CEO and EVP Wayne LaPierre in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address from the 37th Annual Convention and Sport Show of the National Wild Turkey Federation in Nashville, Tennessee. “They only care about their decades old agenda — ban every gun they can, tax every gun sold and register every gun owner.”

  12. ARNOLD CARL TAPP says:

    @ Bruce:

  13. Bruce says:

    Missouri Dems Introduce Alarming Gun Confiscation Bill Giving Law-Abiding Gun Owners 90 Days to Turn in Certain Firearms or Become Felons

    The Blaze
    Jason Howerton


    Democrats in Missouri introduced startling anti-gun legislation that would require gun owners to hand over their legally purchased so-called “assault weapons” to “the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction” within 90 days.

    Under the proposed bill, “Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution.”

    Here are some additional provisions found in the gun control bill:

    — (1) Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of Missouri;

    — (2) Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; or

    — (3) Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction, subject to specific agency regulations.

    — [..]

    — 5. Unlawful manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale, or transfer of an assault weapon or a large capacity magazine is a class C felony.

    So essentially the law would turn a law-abiding gun owner today, into a felon tomorrow.

    State Reps. Rory Ellinger (D-86) and Jill Schupp (D-88) reportedly introduced the anti-gun legislation, House Bill 545, this week.

    Gun confiscation is being talked about more and more by lawmakers as a means to get so-called “assault weapons,” which are really semi-automatic rifles, off the streets. Democrats in California last week also proposed legislation that called for the potential confiscation of the state’s 166,000 legally purchased semi-automatic rifles.

    View the complete article at:

  14. Bruce says:

    Would New Gun Laws Spark Widespread Civil Disobedience?

    Perhaps no other current issue has such potential.

    PJ Media
    Paul Hsieh


    In his State of the Union address, President Obama doubled down on his gun-control proposals, again demanding that Congress ban so-called “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines.” This is not a surprise. What has been a surprise are the increasingly open calls for defiance from gun owners, state legislatures, and local law enforcement. If the president’s proposals become law, he may move the country into turbulent waters we haven’t seen in many years.

    Gun control has long been a controversial issue in American politics. However, there are three aspects to this issue that make this more volatile than other hot topics such as taxes, foreign policy, or abortion:

    —– 1) The strongest advocates of each side hold fundamentally irreconcilable positions.

    On one hand, committed gun-control advocates say: “No one should be allowed to own certain weapons.” On the other hand, equally committed gun-rights advocates say: “No way in hell are we giving up these weapons.”

    —– 2) Ordinary Americans have declared their willingness to disobey the law.

    New York state has already passed laws similar to Obama’s proposals. Gun owners there are now organizing a campaign of open civil disobedience, daring state officials to “come and take” their rifles. State officials already acknowledge that they will be unable to enforce the new law.

    —– 3) Local law enforcement officials and state governments have also vowed civil disobedience.

    Over 280 sheriffs and eight state sheriffs’ associations have vowed to protect citizens’ Second Amendment rights against new gun laws.

    The Utah Sheriffs’ Association used unusually strong language:

    —– We, like you, swore a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and we are prepared to trade our lives for the preservation of its traditional interpretation.

    Similarly, several state legislatures are considering laws to stop federal officials from enforcing new gun laws within their jurisdictions, including Missouri, Wyoming, and North Dakota.

    In the worst case, we could see clashes between armed law enforcement officials at different levels of government, each regarding themselves duty-bound to enforce their respective understandings of the Constitution. Wide swaths of the country would likely thumb their noses at the central authorities — and get away with it.

    In addition to open civil disobedience, new technology also increases the capacity for quiet noncompliance, at least with respect to magazine capacity restrictions. 3D printing enthusiasts are already developing plans that allow people to create their own 30-round magazines at home. The designs are still rough, but will almost certainly improve when thousands of motivated hobbyists turn their minds to this challenge. Even if the government outlaws the dissemination of the design data and/or possession of such home-built magazines, an underground market will likely still thrive, just as there is already a thriving underground market in pirated software and music.

    View the complete article at:

  15. Bruce says:

    NRA’s 2/13/2013 Letter to Congress lays out the real facts regarding so-called ‘universal background checks’

    NRA-ILA Institute for Legislative Action – SPECIAL ALERT – 2/18/2013

    NRA Members and Friends

    Marion P. Hammer
    USF Executive Director
    NRA Past President

    On February 13, 2013, the NRA sent a letter to members of the U.S. Congress concerning the White House proposals to require background checks for all firearms purchases.

    The letter lays out facts that every concerned citizen needs to know — just the facts, no fluff, no hyperbole, just simple, straight forward facts.

    To view a copy of the letter from the NRA-ILA’s Executive Director Chris Cox to the U.S. Congress regarding so-called “universal background checks” click here.



    NRA and NICS
    The National Rifle Association supported the establishment of the National Criminal Instant Background Check System (NICS) [1], and we support it to this day. At its creation, we advocated that NICS checks be accurate; fair; and truly instant. The reason for this is that 99% of those who go through NICS checks are law-abiding citizens, who are simply trying to exercise their fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

    Since 1986, those engaged in the business of selling firearms for livelihood and profit have been required to have a Federal Firearms License (FFL). All retail sales of firearms currently require a NICS check, no matter where they occur.

    Private Sales
    Regarding the issue of private firearms sales, it is important to note that since 1968, it has been a federal felony for any private person to sell, trade, give, lend, rent or transfer a gun to a person he either knows or reasonably should know is not legally allowed to purchase or possess a firearm.

    Mental Health Records and NICS
    According to a recent General Accounting Office study, as of 2011 23 states and the District of Columbia submitted less than 100 mental health records to NICS; 17 states submitted less than ten mental health records to NICS; and four states submitted no mental health records to NICS.[2]

    Gun Shows
    A common misrepresentation is that criminals obtain firearms through sales at gun shows.

    A 1997 Bureau of Justice Statistics survey of state prison inmates who had used or possessed firearms in the course of their crimes found that 79 percent acquired their firearms from “street/illegal sources” or “friends or family.”
    Only 1.7 percent obtained firearms from anyone (dealer or non-dealer) at a gun show or flea market.[3]

    In 2010, the FBI denied 72,659 NICS checks out of a total of 14,409,616. But only 62 of these cases were actually prosecuted, and only 13 resulted in a conviction.[4]

    “Universal Background Checks”
    While the term “universal background checks” may sound reasonable on its face, the details of what such a system would entail reveal something quite different. A mandate for truly “universal” background checks would require every transfer, sale, purchase, trade, gift, rental, or loan of a firearm between all private individuals to be pre-approved by the federal government. In other words, it would criminalize all private firearms transfers, even between family members or friends who have known each other all of their lives.

    According to a January 2013 report from the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice, the effectiveness of “universal background checks” depends on requiring gun registration.[5] In other words, the only way that the government could fully enforce such a requirement would be to mandate the registration of all firearms in private possession – a requirement that has been prohibited by federal law since 1986.

  16. Bruce says:

    Comcast bans all gun commercials (Video)

    Marv Dumon, Republican Examiner


    On Monday, ABC reported that Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has dropped all gun-related commercials on its extensive media networks which include holdings in television, cable, Internet, radio, and voice services. A Michigan gun shop confirmed that weapons-related businesses such as manufacturers, distributors, and firearms shops will no longer be able to advertise their products on Comcast’s empire, affiliates, and subsidiaries.

    The Philadelphia-based company is among the biggest media corporations in the world with annual revenues exceeding $55 billion. Last week, it announced intentions to acquire NBC Universal from GE in a deal valued at $16.7 billion. NBC has not shown weapons-related commercials on its network, according to ABC’s report.

    Starting in February 2012, Comcast will pull all gun shop advertisements beginning with its cable network. However, the move has come element of secrecy as the company never announced the rollback on its corporate website. The company did issue a statement to ABC’s Michigan affiliate saying, “Consistent with long standing NBC policies, Comcast Spotlight has decided it will not accept new advertising for firearms or weapons moving forward. This policy aligns us with the guidelines in place at many media organizations.”

    The move could spark multi-million dollar lawsuits in multiple states from class-action lawyers. One argument could be that denial of ad placement will cost the weapons industry billions of dollars in revenue.

    Additionally, Comcast’s move could be seen as infringing on free speech protections from the First Amendment, and citizens’ rights to bear arms as stipulated in the Second Amendment of the U.S. constitution. Monday’s actions could also initiate a larger response from the media industry as other giants such as Time Warner could follow suit.

    Williams Gun Sight, a company that specialized in targeting products based out of Michigan, said that it was denied ad placement. Owner Tom Wright said “I thought it was ridiculous, we are a legitimate business, we have been here for 80 years . . . There’s no reason why we can’t promote what we believe in and something that’s guaranteed under the Second Amendment.”

    Andrea Olson, a media buyer for the local ad agency who acted on behalf of Williams Gun Sight, expressed disappointment in Comcast’s decision. “[The owner] thinks this is a direct infringement on our constitutional rights and links it to gun control, and he’s a member of the NRA and passionate about the issue,” she said.

    Last week, it was discovered that the Obama administration has been pressuring major financial institutions to stop extending letters of credit to gun companies. A Bank of America spokesman admitted that the move was “politically motivated”. TD Bank was also identified as dropping clients who belong to the weapons business.

    View the complete article, including video, at:

  17. Bruce says:

    Packing Heat with Hot Coffee: ‘Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day’

    CBS, Sterling, VA


    STERLING, Va. (CBSDC) — If you enjoy packing heat while sipping a hot cup of coffee, Friday is your day.

    Firearms owners and gun rights advocates are heading to local coffee shops to celebrate “Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day.” It’s their way of saying ‘thank you’ to the Seattle-based coffee franchise for — as they see it — not infringing on their Second Amendment rights.

    By trying to stay out of the gun control debate, the popular coffee chain has actually found itself in the thick of it. A spokesperson for Starbucks tells the Washington Post that the company’s position is for stores to comply with the local laws where they are located.

    “Some anti-gunners wanted citizens such like myself kicked out of Starbucks for carrying a gun and Starbucks said, ‘Hey, we’re here to sell cakes and coffees,’ ” Ed Levine, founder of Virginia Open Carry, told WNEW’s John Domen.

    When the complainants attempted to organize a boycott of the coffee chain, the gun enthusiast jumped into action. Levine organized a day of support for the franchise known for its loyal following and potent java.

    The inaugural event went well and participants are hoping to make it an annual tradition.

    “I’ve got a pocket full of $2 bills that signify the Second Amendment,” Levine said at a Starbucks in northern Virginia. “We tip them and we show them we support them, supporting us.”

    It’s no coincidence the event is being held on February 22. Event organizers chose the day for its trio of 2′s as a way to pay homage to the Second Amendment.

    View the complete article at:

    ITB – February 22nd is also the REAL BIRTHDAY of George Washington, although it has not been celebrated on that date since January 1, 1971.

    Even the current, ‘3rd Monday in February’ designated date for celebrating Washington’s Birthday is now almost universally celebrated exclusively as the generic and largely meaningless ‘President’s Day’.

  18. Bruce says:

    Free Republic is running a thread titled, ‘Is this even legal? (OBAMA to bus people in to protest NRA in Albany. This is a big deal)’, which was started 2/24/2013 by ‘Celerity’

    The thread references a 2/24/2013 post on –

    View the complete Free Republic thread at:

    ALBANY LOBBYING FOR “NY SAFE ACT” (Day of Action) Governor Cuomo and our legislature passed the “NY SAFE ACT.” It will reduce gun violence in our state. Predictably, it is under attack by the National Rifle Association and allied groups. :::We are joining with the SEIU 1199 to lobby in Albany. This free bus trip will last from 8:00 to 4:30 with breakfast and lunch included. Meet up at 250 S Clinton St. Park in the M Lot at the corner of W Fayette and S Clinton Sts. (Parking in that lot may be validated. No sure yet.) Show your determination to keep our excellent new law!:::You must call this number to get a seat on the free bus. 315-424-1743 Ext 110 Ask for Nekeia:::Also sign up here. Time: Thursday, February 28, 2013 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Host: Jayne H Location: 1199 SEIU Office (Syracuse, NY) 250 S Clinton St. Syracuse, NY 13202 Directions: Please google 250 S CLinton St, Syracuse, 13202

  19. Bruce says:

    Video: Dan Bongino @ Guns Across America Rally in Annapolis, MD

    Dan Bongino, former US Secret Service Officer and former US Senate Candidate speaks at the Annapolis, MD Guns Across America Rally. Jan 19th, 2013….

    Published on Jan 20, 2013 by opditch

  20. Bruce says:

    Gabby Gifford’s husband buys AR-15

    American Thinker
    Rick Moran


    The nauseating hypocrisy of this guy is incredible. When caught red-handed by Breitbart, who tracked down a tip that Mark Kelly, former Rep. Gifford’s husband purchased an “assault weapon,” here’s what the gun control advocate put on his Facebook page:

    — I just had a background check a few days ago when I went to my local gun store to buy a .45. As I was leaving, I noticed a used AR-15. Bought that too. Even to buy an assault weapon, the background check only takes a matter of minutes. I don’t have possession of it yet but I’ll be turning it over to the Tucson PD when I do.

    Did I mention that witnesses say he also purchased several “high capacity” magazines as well?

    We are to believe he bought the weapon just to turn it over to the police? Or is he turning it over to the police because he’s been caught in a very compromising position that makes him out to be a dishonest, gun grabbing lout?

    — Testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee Jan. 30, Kelly had urged senators to restrict sales firearms based on their lethality–a common refrain with other witnesses that day, who argued that semi-automatic weapons, which chamber subsequent rounds as bullets are fired, and other guns with military-style features level the playing field against law enforcement.

    — Kelly and Giffords founded their own advocacy group to restrict gun rights, Americans for Responsible Solutions, in January. On its website, ARS wrote: “High capacity magazines are a deadly factor in gun violence.” A 30-round magazine is considered a high-capacity magazine.

    — The ARS website says: “Congress should act to limit the sale of high capacity magazines, which are not needed for hunting or self-defense, but have proven very lethal.”

    — Similarly, the ARS website says: “Congress should act to limit the sale of assault weapons.

    — In February, Kelly told Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace that lawmakers need to address “assault weapons.” He said the purpose of an “assault weapon” is “to kill a lot of people very quickly,” and he lamented that such products were “too readily available.”

    — Kelly has not commented on whether he will also return the .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol he purchased.


    View the complete article at:

  21. Bruce says:

    Gun Shop Owner Says Mark Kelly Has Not Completed Background Check For AR-15

    Breitbart / Big-Government
    AWR Hawkins


    Why did Mark Kelly pick a rifle for which he has yet to do a background check?

    Kelly, a gun regulation advocate and husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, has explained that he bought an AR-15 rifle last week because he wanted to show how “easy” it was to buy an “assault weapon.”

    Yet if that were really his purpose, why did he purchase a traded-in rifle for which he must wait 20 days–and for which he must still complete a background check? Why not purchase a new rifle he could have claimed immediately?

    Kelly may have completed the background check process for the pistol he bought, but not for the AR-15. On March 12, after Breitbart News contacted Diamondback Police Supply, the store where Kelly bought the weapons, the store’s owner Douglas MacKinlay provided the following statement to the media:

    On March 5, 2013 Mr. Mark Kelly purchased a Sig Sauer 45 caliber pistol and a Sig Sauer M400 5.56 AR style rifle from my company, Diamondback Police Supply Co. in Tucson, AZ. The rifle, having been purchased in trade from another customer, cannot be released to Mr. Kelly or any other customer for a minimum of 20 days in accordance with local ordinances. Mr. Kelly did not ask for any modifications to the rifle, nor are we making any. Once the hold period is up, Mr. Kelly must then show proper identification, complete the Federal Firearms Transfer Record (Form 4473) and successfully complete the NICS background check prior to his taking physical possession of the firearm. [emphasis added]

    The “local ordinances” that apply to the Sig Sauer M400 5.56mm AR-style rifle required that the AR-15 be placed on hold for 20 days because it was second-hand. If Kelly’s goal was to show how easy the background check system really is, why didn’t he buy a new “assault rifle” so he could take possession of it immediately, thereby allowing him to finish the background check on day he originally walked into the store–March 5?

    When CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Kelly on Monday what it was like going into a gun store and “buying an AR-15.” Kelly said that for such a “deadly” weapon, “especially with the high capacity magazines, it’s a pretty easy thing to do, even with the background check.”

    He went on to say: “public access to these [weapons] is too easy, as I demonstrated the other day.”

    Yet Kelly has not completed the process of taking possession of the AR-15.

    Kelly has openly stated that his plan from the beginning was to buy such a firearm and hand it over to the police (even though, as Breitbart News reported, under pending legislation the police would likely have to sell the AR-15 rather than destroying it, returning it to the streets).

    In that case, wouldn’t any AR-style rifle do?

    View the complete article at:

  22. Bruce says:

    Mark Kelly’s ‘AR-15 Stunt’ Provokes Giffords Photo Leak

    Breitbart / Big-Government
    AWR Hawkins


    Mark Kelly’s campaign against “assault weapons” such as the AR-15 rifle has sparked a local backlash. On March 13, a Tucson, Arizona radio host published a photograph of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords holding an AR-15 rifle at a gun range. Giffords has since confirmed that the photograph is authentic.

    James T. Harris, blogging at the website of “101.4 FM The Truth,” wrote:

    — What is wrong with this picture? Absolutely nothing, and prior to the aggressive progressive opportunistic fear mongering in the wake of Sandy Hook, this picture would have raised no eyebrows and garnered little public attention.

    — However, in response to the exploitative political scheming of Mark Kelly, persons connected to Congresswoman Giffords released this photo in response to what they perceived to be her husband’s hypocrisy.

    Subsequently, Breitbart News confirmed the authenticity of the image through law enforcement sources in Arizona, and obtained a copy of the photograph from a source who requested anonymity.

    The latter source was present when the photograph was taken, and said that Giffords had requested it for campaign purposes during October 2010.

    According to the source, the image sent to Breitbart News was cropped to protect the identity of the person on the right-hand side of the original photograph (to Giffords’s left).

    The source, who is a member of the law enforcement community, told Breitbart News:

    “We were told she wanted to toughen her image. She asked to come out and she wanted to shoot a rifle. She had one of our guys out there to show her how to shoot an AR-15.”

    View the complete article at:

  23. Bruce says:

    Denied: Gun Store Owner Refuses to Hand AR-15 over to Mark Kelly

    Breitbart / Big-Government
    AWR Hawkins


    Diamondback Police Supply owner Douglas MacKinlay has halted Mark Kelly’s attempted purchase of an AR-15 over concerns that Kelly was not in fact buying the gun for himself, and therefore could not have passed question 11a of the NICS background check form 4473.

    You’ll recall Kelly’s AR-15 had been on hold for 20 days because it was a trade-in firearm, and during those 20 days Kelly has not been shy about the fact that his plan was to buy the gun and give it to someone else all along.

    Gun store owner Doug MacKinlay has now released this statement:

    — While I support and respect Mark Kelly’s 2nd Amendment rights to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible way, his recent statements to the media make it clear that his intent in purchasing the Sig Sauer 5.56mm rifle was for reasons other than his own personal use.

    View the complete article at:

  24. Bruce says:

    In the spirit of honest and comprehensive reporting, I am referencing the following two posts:

    (1) Mark Kelly’s Pocket Cam Video Destroys Breitbart/Fox News Gun Purchase Gotcha! Smear

    Tommy Christopher

    View the complete article, including video, at:

    (2) NRA-ILA – Issues by Topic: Background Checks/NICS

    View the complete NRA-ILA presentation at:

    In the interest of full disclosure, I am a member of the NRA and support their views on the matter of Universal Background Checks prior to gun purchases.

  25. ARNOLD CARL TAPP says:

    @ Bruce:
    2 . patriot@gunalertcnews,com

  26. Bruce says:


    Let me add one more Gun Rights related organization to your great list:

    Gun Owners of America

    In addition to the NRA, I have also been a long time member of GOA.

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