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James Brady, RIP

August 4th, 2014 1 comment

James Brady, Sarah Brady

August 4 at 5:24 PM

James S. Brady, the often-irreverent press secretary to President Ronald Reagan who was shot in the head during an assassination attempt on his boss in 1981 and who became an enduring symbol of the fight against unfettered access to guns in American society, died Aug. 4 at a retirement community in Alexandria, Va. He was 73.

Gail Hoffman, a family spokeswoman, confirmed his death and said she did not know the immediate cause. Mr. Brady had long suffered from health problems resulting from the shooting.

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Open carriers target Target

June 12th, 2014 81 comments


Supposedly a real gun was found in the toy section of a Target store that had recently had open carry demonstrators parading through the place with all weapons “exposed.”

INDIANAPOLIS, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Responding to new reports that a loaded gun was found in the toy aisle of a Target in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is today reiterating its call on Target Corp. CEO John Mulligan to prohibit the open carry of guns in its stores. Yesterday Read more…

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Stopping Mass Shootings

June 3rd, 2014 2 comments

These are common sense approaches to a serious problem.  Will it solve every mass shooting?  Of course not, but its a place to start.

I particularly like the notion of reforming the privacy laws.  Mr. Kelly was right.  NO one would tell him where his son was, because of privacy laws.  How ridiculous.

Every time some nut case goes on a rampage, I ask myself what laws could have stopped the killer.  In most cases a change in gun laws would have had little effect, other than keeping the seriously mentally ill from being able to get their hands on a gun.

Is this the common grown we have all been talking around?

There ought to be a law…several of them

June 3rd, 2014 10 comments


If this dude is legal, then something is wrong. The entire state of Florida should be shut down for stupidity.

This guy has to win the worst neighbor award.

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Former marine threatened by open carry demonstrators (Profanity alert!!)

June 3rd, 2014 17 comments

On Memorial Day this week, a former Marine in Texas named James got a couple calls from friends who’d spotted an unusual gathering in downtown Fort Worth: Roughly a dozen people, mostly men, were hanging out in the middle of the city’s cultural district, armed with semi-automatic rifles. James quickly knew what his friends were describing, having recently encountered an open-carry demonstration himself in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. An independent TV commercial producer who sometimes films live events, James headed downtown with his camera to get some footage.

What he saw there struck him as especially provocative. Not only had the open-carry activists come to a typically relaxed, family friendly part of town, they were displaying intimidating firearms just three days after a major gun massacre in Southern California. What he didn’t anticipate was that they would soon be pursuing him for several city blocks with cameras of their own, harassing him and later posting the footage online, where they would also level homophobic slurs and violent threats against him.


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NRA opposes long rifle protests in restaurants

June 3rd, 2014 25 comments


The National Rifle Association condemned the “scary” actions of open carry activists in Texas, including some who were shown in a video harassing a Marine veteran on Memorial Day.

The NRA also addressed recent no-gun policies put in place by several restaurants including Chipotle, which said it created the rule because “the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers.”

In a May 30 statement, the NRA applauded Texans for the “robust gun culture” in the Lone Star State, but said recent public showings of gun support “crossed the line” and were “downright weird” (emphasis NRA’s).

“Using guns merely to draw attention to yourself in public not only defies common sense, it shows a lack of consideration and manners,” the NRA statement said. “That’s not the Texas way. And that’s certainly not the NRA way.”


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Richard Martinez: a new voice demanding change

May 28th, 2014 82 comments

Richard Martinez will not be silenced. It is very hard, as a parent, not to agree with this man. I think that is what many of us simply do not understand. After Sandy Hook, what more will it take to have some sort of gun reform and some sort of mental health reform? Just what WILL it take?

His rage, sorrow, tenacity and determination seem to be the perfect storm. I hope he is successful in capturing the ears and commitment of America. Tech wasn’t enough. Giffords wasn’t enough. Aurora wasn’t enough. Sandy Hook wasn’t enough. Just what IS enough?

Mr. Martinez’s anguish goes beyond grief.

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A grieving father’s response

May 27th, 2014 78 comments

Richard Martinez said:

Our family has a message for every parent out there: You don’t think it will happen to your child until it does. Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights, what about Chris’ right to live?

When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say: Stop this madness, we don’t have to live like this? Too many have died. We should say to ourselves — not one more.

We can feel Richard Martinez’s anguish.  However,  There is more to it than craven politicians and the NRA.  Is it time to put some limits on who can buy a gun?  Right now, pretty much anyone who is in the United States legally who has not been convicted of a felony can buy and own a gun.  Should there be more proof of sanity, for lack of a better word?  Should there be certification that the potential purchaser at least knows how to shoot the gun and to take proper care of it?  We do this for drivers.

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Guns a’blazing at Chipotle

May 21st, 2014 55 comments


Smart guns sound like a good idea, especially for a home where there are kids.

How on earth is a smart gun stripping anyone of their 2A rights? It doesn’t. The NRA is once again, full of it.

I would leave any establishment where assault weapons were visible.  Jon Stewart is correct.  We don’t know who the good guys are.

I assume that if there is an assault weapon present, I don’t want to be there.  Something is going down.

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Cuccinelli on the Daily Show, hawking gun insurance

May 1st, 2014 18 comments

Gun insurance? What a clever idea. Good money maker for the Cooch also. Maybe all gun owners in Virginia should have gun insurance. It should pay for trials and have a little liability in there for the victims so they can heal or get buried.

Is this insurance part of home-owners?  What do renters do?

What does the State Corporation Commission have to say about all this?
People’s ingenuity never ceases to amaze me.

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Fixing the 2nd amendment

April 12th, 2014 47 comments


Nothing in the Bill of Rights has caused more debate, in recent times, than the second amendment.  As written, it seems that there are no limits placed on private citizens.  Others would argue that the words imply a well regulated militia.  Retired Justice John Paul Stevens suggests that adding 5 words to the current amendment would remove all ambiguity.  What do you think?

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.”

Your opinion please.  Why can’t states regulate guns?  The Bill of Rights defines the limitations of the federal government, not the States.


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Cat Scratch Racist rears his ugly head…again

January 23rd, 2014 30 comments

Ted Nugent said:

 “I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America”.

How long is the NRA going to harbor this racist pig?  It’s time for them to fire him and disassociate themselves from Nugent if they want to remain a viable organization.  At what point does his behavior simply make the NRA a redneck organization?

Free speech be damned.  He can say whatever he wants.  At some point, however, the NRA is going to have to take ownership of his remarks as long as he sits on their board of directors.  If I were the NRA and the NRA my parents used to belong to, I would want to at least try to sound like the voice of reason.

Additional offensive remarks by Nugent.

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Gun show arrests on the rise

January 20th, 2014 18 comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The percentage of people arrested after being denied permission to buy firearms at Virginia gun shows has increased over the last two years.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that 10.6 percent of the people who were denied permission to buy guns in 2011 were charged with an offense related to being someone legally prohibited from possessing a firearm. That increased to 12.4 percent in 2012 and to 27 percent last year.

Thomas Baker is a criminologist at Virginia Commonwealth University. He says that while the upward trend is a positive sign, it’s important to note that those who weren’t arrested after failing a background check could simply go to a private seller at a show and buy a gun. Existing law requires only federally licensed dealers to run background checks.

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No guns allowed at McAuliffe’s inauguration

January 7th, 2014 4 comments

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Virginia legislators who lawfully carry concealed handguns at the state Capitol can’t bring them to Virginia’s inauguration Saturday due to stricter U.S. Secret Service security protocols due to the attendance of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

As The Virginian-Pilot reported Saturday, the former president and his wife, a past U.S. senator and secretary of state, plan to be at the Jan. 11 ceremony in Richmond for the swearing in of their longtime friend, Terry McAuliffe, as the state’s 72nd governor.

Because of that, House of Delegates Clerk G. Paul Nardo in an email Friday advised members of the 100-seat House of “special, one-time security arrangements” similar to those when Queen Elizabeth II visited the Capitol in 2007.

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Guns sales up: Now I can sleep better at night

December 5th, 2013 13 comments


Richmond Times Dispatch:

 Sales record: Virginia gun sales set a new high for
Black Friday as the number of firearms sold statewide continues to soar
and is just days away from setting an annual record.
Gun transactions in Virginia totaled 3,902 on Black Friday, a 1.2
percent increase over the previous record of 3,856 transactions on the
same day in 2012, according to the latest Virginia State Police figures
of mandatory criminal-background checks of gun buyers.

What is causing this rush to buy a gun?  Is there something happening I don’t know about?

Everyone needs to help break Virginia’s record.  Go out and buy a gun. Make sure you get a trigger lock while you are at it., especially if you have children in the home.

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