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.
CAIRO — It is no longer cool to have a beard. Islamist president Mohamed Morsi is out. His opponents, a military-backed interim government of secularists, are in. And if you’ve got a beard — that most conspicuous symbol of Islamism in post-Arab Spring Egypt — you’re likely to get taunted on the metro, harassed in the souk and possibly even assaulted, according to conservative Muslims. A month after a military coup ousted Morsi and landed his top cohorts in the Muslim Brotherhood behind bars, a popular backlash against the Islamists who governed for just over a year is palpable
George Mitchell was the son of a poor Greek goatherd who worked his way through college, graduated top of his class, and became known for his determination and vision. The Economist describes him as the father of fracking: He did not discover shale gas and oil: geological surveys had revealed them decades before he started. He did not even invent fracking: it had been in use since the 1940s…. His greatness lay in a combination of vision and grit: he was convinced that technology could unlock the vast reserves of energy in the Barnett Shale
Shawn Aiken is an American veteran of two tours of combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan but he met perhaps his most formidable foe back home—the Defense Department’s finance and accounting department. During treatment for a brain injury, PTSD, and other afflictions, the Army stopped paying Aiken. His salary for December 2011 came in at $117.99. He struggled to pay his medical bills, put food on the table for his family, buy gifts for his young children for Christmas. The Defense Department treated him like a bad soldier and couldn’t explain why he wasn’t being paid.
Someone sent me the link to this article, and I could hardly believe what I read. Folks, this is just too crazy for words. Forty-year-old Tawana Brawley was recently celebrated, treated as a rock star at a New Jersey fundraiser. (Snip) Have the event organizers completely lost their minds? Are their brains so infected with the putrid pus of racial hatred that they have lost all sense of a moral compass? For those of you unaware, Tawana Brawley committed an evil hoax which sparked a national racial firestorm in 1987.
Dave Miceli doesn´t know me from a hole in the ground, but he´s my new hero. (Snip) "How dare you accuse, through implication or otherwise, that the need for ´better schools´ is a reason there is so much killing. I have taught in the Baltimore public school system for the past two decades. What we need is better students. They have trashed brand new computers, destroyed exit signs, set multiple fires, destroyed many, many lockers, stolen teachers´ school supplies, written their filth on the tops of classroom desks, defecated in the bathrooms and stairwells, assaulted teachers
In a letter to fellow-Republicans on the Hill today, Senator Jeff Sessions declares with admirable straightforwardness that the GOP establishment’s main argument for the Gang of Eight immigration bill — that “the great lesson of the 2012 election is that the GOP needs to push for immediate amnesty and a drastic surge in low-skill immigration” — is quite simply ”nonsense.” He is, of course, correct. (Snip) Today’s letter from GOP donors and fundraisers — i.e., the GOP establishment — to the House Republicans repeats the same dreary fallacies.
Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., will launch his bid to challenge incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., next week, Cotton’s office confirmed Wednesday. (Snip) Cotton has long been rumored to be weighing a bid for the Senate seat held by Pryor, a Democrat and the son of a former senator. A Republican operative confirmed earlier this year that two Democratic trackers had been following Cotton in case he decides to run. National Democrats wasted no time attacking Cotton on Wednesday, with one spokesperson for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee saying that Cotton’s decision showed “arrogance.”
Said Thomas Jefferson: “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” (Snip) For example, TV news programs often illustrate air pollution with a smoke stack emitting water vapor, implying it is pollution when it is anything but. Distortion and deception are accentuated by hyperbole. Television news and documentaries frequently report normal weather as “extreme weather,” implying it is abnormal and caused by human activity.
The question that incessantly tugs at my gut is," when will we say ´enough´?" I have the good fortune to interact with physicians across our nation. (Snip) Nearly everyone echoes the same sentiments. We are downtrodden by the yoke of our loss of social and economic standing combined with an overdose of unnecessary and crippling logistical constraints. Regarding the former, doctors have been subjected to an apparently intentional diminution of stature. Most obviously we are no longer "doctors"; instead, we are a mere segment of the blurred gamut called "healthcare practitioners".
It’s always a little galling (not to mention hilarious) for those of us on the right to reflect that the Democratic Party — the party of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, and family-destroying social programs — the party of Detroit, New Orleans, Newark, and Baltimore — the party that facilitates a black abortion rate that would bring a smile to the face of Planned Parenthood’s genocidally racist founder — has somehow managed to sell itself to African Americans as the friend of black people! But it’s beginning to be equally galling (and equally comic) to reflect that the Democrats have
The death of Colonel George “Bud” Day, who received the Medal of Honor for his heroism as a prisoner of war in communist North Vietnam, is a moment to reflect on what goes into the making of an American hero. (Snip) It was during Korea that he decided to make the Air Force his career. He eventually volunteered to fly in Vietnam, where his detachment used as its call sign the name of Day’s favorite song, “Misty.” He was using the call sign “Misty 01” when, on August 26, 1967, he was shot down over North Vietnam and parachuted
Peter Robinson at Ricochet directs attention to a study by the Heritage Foundation of military enlistment to population ratios by region. It tells us that, generally speaking, folks from Red States are much more inclined to serve in the military than folks from Blue States. (Snip) The Heritage Foundation study also explodes the myth that military service disproportionately attracts men and women from disadvantaged backgrounds. To the contrary, the study shows that U.S. military service disproportionately attracts enlisted personnel and officers who do not come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
The nation´s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of phenobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn´t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. "We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires," agency spokesman Jason Clark said. "We are exploring all options at this time."
Goose Creek resident Nancy Mace officially announced her campaign to defeat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the 2014 Republican Party primary. The first woman to graduate from the Citadel, Mace is a well-regarded up-and-comer in Palmetto State politics, counting at least one notable South Carolina Tea Party fave as an ally, state Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort). However, if Mace truly hopes to secure the SCGOP nomination, she will need to answer questions about another comrade, Will Folks of FITSNews. As the former co-owner of FITSNews, Mace presided over the South Carolina political gossip site during its most infamous days;
A dart game that used President Obama´s face for target practice at a county fair in New York state is being dismantled today. Fairgoer Abigail Czapsky submitted photos of the booth at Otsego County Fair to HuffPost yesterday, which show President Obama´s face lined up alongside yellow stars in a dart game. According to Czapsky´s Facebook page, following yesterday´s HuffPost story the booth has now taken down the offensive targets. Czapsky says the Otsego County Fair Board called her to apologize about the booth and explain that it was being taken down. Not one individual on the fair board
Some of the earliest clues scientists had that Earth´s climate has changed over time were mismatches between the fossil record and a current ecosystem. How could this palm tree have grown in Wyoming? Why have fossils of the tropical breadfruit tree been found as far north as Greenland? These cold places must have once been warm and wet. The world is not as it has always been. And somehow, despite the tumult, species adapted, moving thousands of miles to habitats where they could survive. Won´t species today just do the same as temperatures rise in the years ahead?