First Gold of Summer Olympics

Congratulations to 19 year old Ginny Thrasher who became the 1st gold medalist of the 2016 Summer Olympics, winning the women’s 10-meter air rifle competition.

Surprisingly Ginny’s first exposure to shooting occurred only few years prior, on a hunting trip with her grandfather. That experience resonated with her so well that the then-figure skater began devoting her full competitive energy into marksmanship.

“I am so proud of being American,” she told ABC News. “I am so proud to stand on that podium, to listen to my nation’s anthem and to just be able to represent, and start off this Rio 2016 games on such a positive note.”

Thank you Ginny for your hard work and dedication. Congratulations!

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How do you protect yourself? With Paper or Lead?

Original Story by Jenn Jacques, Posted at 11:39 am on July 20, 2016

Police say a Leitchfield, KY woman had an active domestic violence order against her 43-year-old ex-boyfriend Patrick Decker. Decker was told by family members and more importantly by the courts to stay away from her home and not to have any contact or communication with her.

Authorities said Decker had ignored the restraining order and went to her house where he proceeded to bang on the windows and doors. After Decker kicked in the door and gained entry into her home, the woman fired several shots at him, hitting him in the chest at least one time. Decker ran a couple hundred feet back to his parent’s home next door before collapsing in their driveway and the coroner pronounced him dead at the scene.

According to police, Decker’s criminal history includes burglary, rape, kidnapping and assault. The sheriff’s release also stated his ex-girlfriend feared for her life and the life of her 11-year-old son, who was in the home at the time of the incident.

In this case, the pen was not mightier than the sword.

“Fact Checkers” Embarrass Themselves Covering for Hillary

At a campaign rally in Lynden, Washington on May 7th, presidential nominee Donald Trump said, “Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment. She wants to abolish it. Hillary Clinton wants to take your guns away.”

Anyone who has heard her speak before knows that to be the case.

However, in the days since his statement, the Annenberg Foundation’s FactCheck.org and PolitiFact have bent over backwards to defend Hillary Clinton from this description of her positions. These outlets’ attempts to contort Clinton’s record to suit their agenda is so shameless one hopes the efforts prompt Columbia University to create a Pulitzer Prize for cognitive dissonance.

Both FactCheck.org and PolitiFact take a handful of carefully selected statements Clinton and her campaign have made at face-value, while dismissing her more candid statements.

On September 24, 2015, at a fundraiser held at the New York City home of John Zaccaro, Clinton made her views on the Second Amendment abundantly clear. An audio recording of the private event captured the candidate stating, “the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.”

For most Americans, the Second Amendment is synonymous with protection of the individual right to keep and bears arms, thus an effort to eliminate the latter is rightly thought of as an attempt at abolishing the former. Illustrating this link in the minds of the vast majority of Americans, a USA Today/Gallup poll from February 2008 found that 73-percent of respondents understood the Second Amendment to protect “the rights of Americans to own guns,” rather than “members of state militias such as National Guard units.” In 2009, a similar CNN poll found that 77-percent of Americans endorsed the individual rights interpretation of the Second Amendment.

In her response, Clinton, exhibiting a knowledge of the contours of the Australian confiscation scheme, stated, “In the Australian example, as I recall, that was a buyback program. The Australian government, as part of trying to clamp down on the availability of automatic weapons, offered a good price for buying hundreds of thousands of guns.” Clinton concludes her answer by noting, “So I think that’s worth considering. I do not know enough detail to tell you how we would do it, or how would it work, but certainly the Australian example is worth looking at.”

In 2004, Clinton took to the Senate floor to oppose the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which protects firearm manufacturers and dealers from liability arising from the unlawful actions of a third party. On March 6, after having been repeatedly attacked by Clinton for not opposing the PLCAA, Clinton’s opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), said of her position, “what you’re really talking about is people saying let’s end gun manufacturing in America. That’s the implications of that. And I don’t agree with that.”

Now we have self-described socialist, Bernie Sanders, even stating her desire to hinder American’s from owning guns.

Hillary to Attack Gun Owners Her “First Day” in Office

In what has become as reliable as clockwork, with the passing of another week comes another Hillary Clinton attack on gun owners. This time, the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination explained to supporters her intent to make an assault on gun rights and NRA one of her top priorities. A video of her comments has been distributed by Breitbart.com and can be viewed by clicking here.

Somewhat of a political pragmatist, Barack Obama waited until he secured a second term before launching most of his efforts to restrict firearm ownership. Hillary Clinton is continually making clear that under her reign gun owners would receive no such reprieve.

This is why NRA members, along with their families and friends, must get involved in our efforts to secure a victory for gun owners this fall. At the bare minimum, gun owners must ensure that they and their loved ones are registered to vote. For those that can contribute more to our fight for freedom, NRA-ILA’s Grassroots Division can connect you with volunteer opportunities anywhere in the country, and NRA has made it easier than ever to participate in our efforts. To register to vote or explore further opportunities to help, please visit NRA-ILA’s Election Center.

Bill Introduced, Firearm Due Process Protection Act

On April 19th, new legislation to combat errors of the National Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was introduced by Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN). H.R. 4980, the Firearm Due Process Protection Act, affords those who are denied a firearm purchase an effective and expeditious means of correcting any misinformation that would erroneously cause such a result.

Due process is a fundamental pillar of the American constitutional system, and the NRA commends Rep. Emmer on his efforts in introducing this legislation.

In January, we reported on the alarming news that the FBI had “temporarily” suspended work on processing appeals of denials issued by NICS. The backlog of pending appeals at the time stood at 7,100. As we noted in that article, FBI data from 2014 showed that some 5% of the denials rendered by NICS that year were later overturned on appeal, meaning 4,411 people who had initially been erroneously denied were later able to vindicate their rights.

Rep. Emmers bill would address these problems in several ways. First, it would require the government to make a final determination on an appeal within 60 days after it received information in support of the claim. If the matter was not resolved within this timeframe, the individual would have the right to bring an action in federal court for a declaratory judgment on the person’s eligibility to receive and possess a firearm; a hearing would have to be held within 30 days after the action is brought.

To read more about this and other important gun legislation, visit www.nraila.org.

Violent Home Invader Shot and Killed

(Released by HST Public Affairs)A violent New Years day home invasion ended with the home owners shaken but safe thanks to their ability to fight fire with fire.

The armed invader, who had a long and violent police record, broke into a home in Lakeland, Florida and began shooting at the two people inside. One of the occupants was able to fire back, striking and killing the invader.

The Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd, sent a clear message to any others thinking of doing the same in his county.

 

“Forcing your way into an occupied residence is a bold and foolish decision – if you are foolish enough to break into someone’s home, you can expect to be shot in Polk County.”

Thankfully, no one else was injured.

The investigation is ongoing, but so far no charges have been brought against the armed homeowner.

 

 

Obama Readies Gun Control Executive Order

sig-sauer-sp2022-semi-auto-pistolOn Wednesday, President Barack Obama met with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to talk about what can be done to end the threat of gun violence.

“The two discussed ways to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have access to them, and what more could be done at the state and local level to help address gun violence in America,” the White House said of their meeting.

 

The Truth About Gun Control

The fiercely debated issue of Gun Control strongly divides Democrats and Republicans in the United States of America. The Second Amendment becomes a hot topic of conversation whenever a shooting makes the national news and tempers flare across the political spectrum. This presentation presents the available evidence regarding gun prevalence, gun homicides, gun control laws and much more in an attempt to get to the bottom of this complicated issue. What is the Truth About Gun Control?