Even as Americans have become more and more opposed to new gun control measures in recent years, the actual number of households owning guns has declined. (Snip) But then something happened in 2011. Gun ownership spiked to its highest level since 1994 — 47 percent. The people who suddenly had more guns? Not the white males, the Southerners, and the Republicans most associated with guns. Instead they were mostly Democrats….… women …… and people in every region but the South.
Comments: Look at the article for the charts. But I´ll bet it´s spiking even higher every time Obama opens his mouth about guns.
A word to the wise and ever vigilant, there may be many out there who seek to keep and bear an AR-type rifle in the coming days in anticipation of some kind of ban being enacted (by hook or by crook - see "Obamacare"), but may not have the means to purchase a $900+ rifle.
My advice to you is to buy stripped AR lower receivers. As per the law, a firearms is not necessarily the completed item. The law considers the serial number-marked received to be the "firearm". Therefore, if you have $200 - $300 available and you seek to thwart the efforts of the gun-grabbers, my advice is to purchase "stripped" (sans trigger group, stock, buffer tube, etc.) AR receivers right now from reputable and quality manufacturers. There will always be time to "build" up your rifle into a functioning firearm (or have someone do it for you) even after a ban.
I would also advise (for those in "free" states) to purchase at least a couple of dozen USGI aluminum and/or polycarbonate standard capacity magazines (20-30rds) from likes of D&H, Magpull, etc., while you can.
It´s worth noting that the first battles of the American Revolution were fought in April 1775 at Lexington and Concord when King George III sent his troops to disarm Americans. This act to deprive free men their God-given rights is why the Second Amendment was enacted as a means of protecting those rights forevermore.
The issue is highly important to a large group of Americans. Those who are Second Amendment supporters probably make up 80% to 90% of that large group to whom the issue is one of their top 5 most important issues.
It is not unlike abortion as an issue in that the group supporting abortion on demand is not a majority but for a large group of the electorate it is their top, or only, issue.
Time, money and indivudual involement make the groups powerful especially at the COngressional level.
A differnece between the Second Amendment supporters is that an overall majority of citizens broadly support the right to bear arms while a only a minority of all voters support abortiion on demand.
The media treatment of the issues makes it easier for the abortion supporters to appear to be a larger group than it is and vice versa in the case of the Second Amendment supporters. Work harder is the only solution
Re: the AR-15 price - find an SKS, which is basically the old Chinese version of the AK-47 - lots cheaper than an AR or AK, and shoot just as well. I was in a CPA´s office today - his 20-something daughter called and said that she had just bought two AR-15s. In a gun shop this afternoon - they had gotten two AR-15s in at lunch-time. A woman called asking if they had any in stock, and she bought both of them. It is women who are buying guns now. Big time.
The SKS uses the same 7.62x39 cartridge as the AK, but they are different rifles in function and design. Nonetheless, I own a Yugo SKS and an Arsenal (US-build/ Bulgarian licensed) AK. The Arsenal AK is a fine weapon, but I have to say, I enjoy shooting the SKS more.
However, between the three rifles, you just can´t beat the ergonomics and accuracy of the AR. In fact, an AR-type carbine is probably ideal for shooters of smaller stature. Low-recoil, inherently accurate, outstanding iron sights, and none of the punishing recoil of the "full size" .30 caliber battlerifle cartridges (30-´06, 8mm, 7.62x54, 7.62x51 (.308)). Plus, its extremely modular and adaptable. An AR featuring a rail-mounted flashlight (plus an EO-Tech/ACOG/etc. sight) is an outstanding civil defense rifle in times of civil unrest, looting prevention (such as most recently in the wake of Irene), and home defense.
I´ve instructed a handful of women to operate and shoot the AR and they are taken-aback at its "comfort" factor compared to the bolt-action/semi-auto .30 caliber (and similar) rifles their fathers, brothers, etc. may have taught them to shoot years before.
#2, i have advised the very same thing, but get a copy of Shotgun News and you can find AR lowers for about $100. Add in shipping and the FFL fees to a local dealer(shotgun news used to have a listing of mail-order friendly FFLs for most areas) and you can probably get one delivered for $150. And the beauty of an AR is that the same lower can be reconfigured from a 16" barreled collapsible stock compact rifle to a heavy 28" varmint rifle and in a number of different calibers.
This is not a return to Diana West’s book. However, Andy McCarthy, a man for whom I have very great respect and whom I like very much, has written a review of it in The New Criterion that, because of its revisionist presentation of a number of historical events, is among the most discouraging political documents I have read in many years. (Snip) First is Andy McCarthy’s view that the scandalous, cowardly refusal of the mainstream elite of American culture and politics to recognize that America’s Islamist enemies are enemies can be traced to Soviet infiltration of the U.S. government
Amy (not her real name) sat in my office and wiped her streaming tears on her sleeve, refusing the scratchy tissues I’d offered. (Snip) It became increasingly difficult to balance school, socializing, laundry, and a part-time job. She finally had to dump the part-time job, was still unable to do laundry, and often stayed up until 2 a.m. trying to complete homework because she didn’t know how to manage her time without her parents keeping track of her schedule. I suggested finding a job after graduation, even if it’s only temporary. She cried harder at this idea. “So, becoming an
Nobody should be surprised that President Obama´s Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a new bailout for insurers. Whenever Obama sees a problem, he proposes a regulation. When that regulation hurts someone, he proposes a subsidy. That subsidy, in turn, justifies a new tax or regulation, then more bailouts. It may seem like he’s swinging back and forth — pro-business, then anti-business — but he’s marching in a straight line: more state control of industry. It´s the ratchet of state corporatism, and Obama is pretty handy with it. Health insurers and the federal government were intertwined in a web of subsidies
A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report shows that while gun ownership climbed from 192 million firearms in 1994 to 310 million firearms in 2009, crime fell—and fell sharply. According to the report, the "firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide" rate was 6.6 per 100,000 Americans in 1993. Following the exponential growth in the number of guns, that rate fell to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2000. This rate rose from 2004 to 2005 and got as high as 3.9 in 2006 and 2007, but it then resumed falling in 2008, the year the Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that individual
The first glimpse of how Richard III could be reburied has been revealed, with the service to be shaped by the scholarly detective work of an Oxford University academic. Alexandra Buckle, from St Anne´s and St Hilda´s colleges, has reconstructed how an authentic medieval reburial service should be conducted. (Snip) Richard III, found by archaeologists last autumn below a Leicester car park, would have attended such reburials in his own lifetime, including for his own father. And when this last king of the Plantagenet dynasty is reburied next year, with Leicester Cathedral the planned resting place, Dr Buckle´s discovery is likely to form an
When President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed in his Second Bill of Rights that having a job is a right, the squire of Hyde Park unwittingly ushered in the era of White Trash Normal, the subject of my new book. With apologies to FDR, a job is not a right. How could it be? Obtaining and holding down a job are instead obligations unless a trust fund (now, that’s my idea of a right!?) relieves you of such mundane concerns. It seems that that many recent college grads agree with President Roosevelt, however. Indeed, many have not bothered to cultivate the social
Saturday the 7th of December will mark the seventy-second anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. (Snip) A glance at one of the nation’s leading high-school literature textbooks—Prentice Hall’s The American Experience, which has been aligned to the Common Core—will tell us how we are doing on that front. The opening page of the slim chapter devoted to World War II called “War Shock” features a photograph of a woman inspecting a large stockpile of thousand-pound bomb castings. The notes in the margins of the Teacher’s Edition set the tone: In this section, nonfiction prose and a single stark poem etch into
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long