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4 years 49 weeks ago, 9:12 AM

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Recent national polls by CNN, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal have revealed that support for new gun control measures is declining in the United States, despite efforts by the Obama administration and its media cheerleaders to demonize guns by sensationalizing recent shooting incidents, and the bloody drug war in northern Mexico.
In April, CNN polling found that 46 percent of Americans say existing gun laws are adequate, and another 15 percent believe they ought to be relaxed, while only 39 percent of those responding want stricter gun laws.
Also last month, an NBC News/WSJ poll revealed that support for restrictions on so-called “assault weapons” had dropped from 75 percent in 1991 to 53 percent today, which may have something to do with the rush on gun shops over the past six months by people buying those guns and case upon case of ammunition for them.

A recent story on National Public Radio said the shortage — as well as a sharp rise in gun sales — coincided with the election of President Obama, fueled by fears his administration would usher in more restrictive gun laws.

In the midst of this, U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah weighed in the other day with an opinion piece published on-line by the Main Street Business Journal that takes the press to task for its treatment of gun owners, especially in the Beehive State, but also at the federal level. He was critical of the Department of Homeland Security document, leaked to the public in April, that revealed a depth of paranoia about gun owners and traditional conservatives in the federal agency that should leave the public outraged.
As gun owners are fond of observing, “Don’t trust a government that doesn’t trust its citizens.” Emphasis should be placed on armed citizens who are the target of this mistrust.
Hatch made specific points about the demonization of gun owners and gun rights organizations, particularly the National Rifle Association. In a recent editorial cartoon published in the Salt Lake Tribune, Hatch noted, it was implied that a member of the NRA was responsible for a recent mass shooting, and that gun owners worshipped “at a gun-shaped altar atop a mountain of skulls.”
This sort of demagoguery is nothing new to gun rights activists. It is rare, however, that the level of vitriol is enough to bring public admonishment from a member of the U.S. Senate, which suggests that the gun prohibitionist movement – which appears to include, or at least influence, far too many members of the working press – may have finally gone too far.

While the issues are often lightning rods for attack, fewer than 2 percent of all gun crimes involve guns purchased at gun shows, and concealed-carry permit holders commit so few crimes that the statistics can't even be tracked. When faced with these facts, anti-gun enthusiasts are left with only one option: attack on personal and/or cultural grounds. - Sen. Orrin Hatch

Yes, this nation has a problem with people who misuse firearms, but taking legislative sanctions against law-abiding citizens who are not responsible for those heinous deeds is not the way to deal with that problem. Here’s a novel approach: Punish people who break the law and leave everyone else alone.
Note to Congress and state legislatures: Stop trying to micromanage the lives of your constituents. Stop blaming gun owners, firearms retailers and manufacturers for crimes committed by felons here and in Mexico.
While on the one hand, newspaper editorials and opinion pieces consistently dismiss gun owner concerns about new gun control efforts, on the other hand some newspapers confirm – as did one in New York State – that legislation has been introduced that would require some gun owners to surrender their particular firearms to the state. This bill involves the much-demonized class of large rifles chambered in .50 BMG, but if that legislation is approved, what would stop some zealot from pushing a different proposal to ban “sniper rifles,” which might be defined as rifles with synthetic stocks, telescopic sights and bipods. You know, the kind of rifle used by millions of target shooters, varmint hunters and big game hunters.

Another of the bills bans .50 caliber weapons and not only prevents their sale but would require current owners to turn them in to the State.

April’s polling results should send a clear message – not just a signal – to every member of Congress. Fewer people are buying into the notion that strict gun control is the solution to violent crime. Increasing numbers of people are ready to try something different, and judging from the volume of gun and ammunition sales the past few months, they’re pretty serious.

Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course." Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I'll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out! – Lee Iacocca

Congress and the Obama administration should take a lesson from Lee Iacocca, the business giant who saved Chrysler (the first time), and author of Where Have All The Leaders Gone? His message was simple. If something has not worked over and over again, it’s time to do things differently.
They should also remember the words of Thomas Paine, whose advice Iacocca turned into a great American catch phrase: “Lead, follow or get out of the way.”

4 years 49 weeks ago, 9:39 AM

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Good Article

It's interesting that we see Orin Hatch once again "a stalwart in the defense of the 2nd Amdt" making his position known. Where are the voices of these other elected Politicians. Maybe, it's time to get on the phone and just touch base. The elected officials here are all anti-gun (they don't know the difference between a pistol and a revolver)and I make an attempt to contact their office at least once a month. Yes, you can do that on line but, I want them to hear my voice. Be polite but be firm and if you talk to staff (which you probably will) ask them when you are going to receive a response (feedback). I know don't preach. I just had to say it !

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4 years 49 weeks ago, 3:42 PM

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here in Chicagoland everything gets blamed on guns!!!its always gun related this and gunrelated that.But to me its like blaming the match for Arson.

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4 years 49 weeks ago, 4:15 PM

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on thsee last couple of posts. I would like to point out that accidental gun deaths have decreased six fold in the last 100 years. The actual number is half what it was in 1900, but the population has tripled, so on a per-capita basis that's six-fold. Pretty impressive. And there are a heuuva lot more guns out there than there were 100 years ago, too. I don't think we know exactly why. The NRA would like to take credit. Maybe that's true.

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4 years 49 weeks ago, 4:16 PM

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Capital punishment or life imprisonment doesn't seem to have much of a deterrent effect.

And I'll tell you why, there is no punishment for the perps. I know of three guys today who are walking around free after committing murder, how do I know they brag about it. How did they get off, well lets see they were all three black guys that killed a white girl, and lied about it. There is no punishment. Start hanging every killer in prison, it wont take long before the rest get the message you kill your killed point blank, and die the same way. Eye for an Eye.

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 12:59 PM

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As stated with the number of guns and the amount of ammo that has sold in the last 6 months, I don't see how the government could think they can ban any guns much less take them away like the>50 cal ban would do.
I think we are starting to see and end to anti gun legislation now it's time to focus on throwing out the bafoons and getting a real government back in charge, a much smaller one too.

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 1:09 PM

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I think it's time

to take the offense. Montana has apparently taken up the banner of liberty as far as gun rights. It's not a good idea to sit back and breath a sigh of relief after hearing that many of the Dems don't want anything to do with the gun control fight. The NRA, as the largest pro-gun organization, needs to dip into its coffers and start working to get current laws repealed. The Dems have shown they don't have the stomach for this fight, let's use that against them. It's a clear weakness. The time to make this an issue of freedom and start putting the pressure on thos democratic representatives whose jobs are on the line soon is not two weeks before the polls open, it's right now. Just my thought.

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 1:27 PM

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so has Oklahoma with a Sovereignty Bill. Looks as though it has passed for the Govs signature.

4 years 48 weeks ago, 1:54 PM

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The govener has been taken out of the scenerio. The govenor vetoed it the 1st time so they ran this one through diffrently and it just has one more vote. Which last time it was WAY in favor of. So oklahoma will be the first standard state to be Soveriegn it would appear.

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