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This is what happens when you pass every insane partisan two bit control idea that comes across your plate, eventually you start running out of ideas.  New York City is now trying to pressure Virginia into passing more gun control laws. It’s already much more difficult to buy a pistol anywhere in New York State than it is in many European countries. Start with a six month wait time just to get a permit, add in over a hundred of dollars in fees and maybe, just maybe, you can can a permit in rural parts of upstate New York. Want a pistol permit in NYC? Fuhgeddaboudit! Unless you’re buddies with the police chief or your last name is Bloomberg, it’s probably not going to happen.

The problem for leftists, isn’t that their ineffective laws don’t work, no, the problem is that people hundreds of miles away refuse to adopt their genius laws. New York politicians have been turning up the heat in their demand for more gun control in other states like Virginia, even the NYPD is getting in the act.

Now the NYC liberal who governs the state of Virginia is joining the chorus:

Unfortunately for Virginians, one of the New Yorkers blaming the Old Dominion for the Empire State’s problems occupies the commonwealth’s Executive Mansion. This week, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe – a native of Syracuse, N.Y. and staunch ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton – called for the enactment of a new one-handgun-a-month law. In doing so, McAuliffe stated in a press release “Five years ago, the General Assembly took the ill-advised step of repealing this common-sense limitation. As a result, Virginia is once again becoming the go-to state for criminals to purchase weapons in bulk.” Moreover, McAuliffe proposed an amendment that would resurrect the handgun rationing law to Senate Bill 1023, a bill intended to protect the privacy of Right-to-Carry permit holders.

As reported in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, SB 1023’s sponsor, Sen. Richard H. Stuart did not appreciate the governor’s attempt to pervert his legislation. Stuart noted, “I also find it unfortunate that the governor chooses to place his priorities with New York City instead of the citizens of Virginia.”

McAuliffe’s contention that “Virginia is once again becoming the go-to state” for gun traffickers, is not supported by the available data. 

Each year the ATF’s Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information releases information on firearm trace data for each state. This includes a breakdown of the number of firearms recovered in a state that are traced to individual “source” states. The most recent data available is from 2015.

It is important to note that there are significant limitations to the usefulness of ATF firearms trace data. The data carries an important disclaimer explaining these limitations. Two points to remember in this context are that “Not all firearms used in crime are traced and not all firearms traced are used in crime,” and that, “Firearms are normally traced to the first retail seller, and sources reported for firearms traced do not necessarily represent the sources or methods by which firearms in general are acquired for use in crime.” However, the use of this data is popular with gun control supporters, and is often used to blame the gun laws of another state for crime problems in a state with restrictive gun controls.

If McAuliffe’s contention were correct, or if Virginia’s handgun rationing law was an effective deterrent to interstate gun trafficking, it might be expected that the number of firearms recovered in New York and traced to Virginia would have dramatically increased following the repeal of the one-handgun-a-month law.

This is not the case.

Virginia’s handgun rationing law was repealed in 2012. That year, 458 firearms recovered in New York were traced to Virginia. Each of the three following years saw trace numbers lower than the 2012 total. Excluding 2012, as the law was removed during the year, in the three years prior to repeal (2009-11), a total of 1265 firearms recovered in New York were traced to Virginia. In the three years following repeal (2013-15), a total of 1259 New York recovered firearms were traced to Virginia.

When firearms recovered in New York and traced to Virginia are measured as a percentage of all traced firearms recovered in New York where the source state could be identified, there was not a dramatic increase in Virginia sourced firearms following the repeal of handgun rationing. From 2009 to 2015 the percentage of firearms recovered in New York and traced to Virginia hovered around 8-9 percent of the total. Further, the far and away most popular source for traced firearms recovered in New York has been and continues to be the Empire State itself. 

Such handgun rationing measures also appear to have little public safety benefit. A recent paper by scholar Clayton E. Cramer examined murder rates in relation to the enactment and repeal of gun rationing statutes. Cramer concludes, “The evidence that one gun a month laws are effective at reducing murder rates is less than overwhelming,” adding, “Virginia’s experience after passage suggests that such laws do not reduce murder rates.”

In the minds of progressives it’s not their fault. Nothing is ever their fault.

It’s not the fault of New York State’s anti-competitive business policies that the entire upstate New York economy was destroyed. No, no, it’s the fault of those stupid southerners who refused to follow suit by destroying their own business climate with progressivism. Those darn red states with their low taxes and free markets. The population of virtually all upstate New York cities plummeted, former residents fled to the south as economic refugees after the Cuomo crime family smashed the upstate economy with highest in the nation taxes, onerous regulations, and corrupt unions.  Brutal gun crime ravages the cities of Buffalo and Rochester with endless waves of violence, but the failure of progressive policies must never be at fault; some redneck in Virginia is surely to blame. Progressive policy always work, even when they don’t.

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Speaking at the NRA’s annual meeting on April 28th, Donald Trump will be the first sitting president to do so since Ronald Reagan. The NRA threw aside tradition and endorsed Donald Trump well before he even had the Republican nomination secured. Given that Trump has supported banning so-called assault weapons in the past, it was highly unusual for the NRA to endorse Trump so early.

The move paid off big time for the NRA. Getting the President of the United States to come to your annual meeting is a big deal, from fundraising to prestige it’s a huge win for the NRA. For Donald Trump it’s also a win-win. He can shore up some support with some of his disgruntled his conservative/libertarian base. Support he has been slowly losing by getting involved in Syria and failing to repeal Obamacare. Normally, the media would raise a huge stink about the president helping on the NRA like this, but the left-wing media has already maxed out the outrage factor. Trump is already being portrayed as a fascist dictator who spawned from Satan himself. Visiting the NRA at it’s annual meeting isn’t going to hurt Trump politically, it’s just another story that will be lost in the noise of the anti-Trump machine.

The NRA realized that Trump was going to win the nomination long before most pundits did and they also realized that Trump would be rewarding loyalty to him. While some angry Ted Cruz fans may have canceled their memberships for understandable anger, the NRA played the long game and won. Trump has put himself in a position where violating campaign promises on guns will be much more difficult than it will be with other issues. America is now discovering the difference between presidential candidate Trump and President Trump, to the relief of gun owners President Trump likes the Second Amendment just as much as candidate Trump did. Here’s the NRA announcement.

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It’s all over the news …

And I’ve heard the same thing over and over from people I know “inside the industry” …

Trump may be the WORST thing to happen to the gun industry in nearly a decade!

What’s going on?

 

Here’s the story …

Obama was BEST for gun industry, Trump looks the WORST so far!

If you’re reading this, then you probably voted for Trump.

Good for you!

You also might have thought that Trump would be GREAT for the gun industry.

But the fact is, so far, he has been really bad.

Here’s the surprising reason why …

Obama Was The World’s Greatest Gun Salesman EVER!

You might remember, shortly after the election, I wrote an article called “3 Reasons Why Obama Was The BEST President America EVER Had For Gun Owners!

I pointed out three facts:

#1: Obama’s Anti-Gun Policies Divided The Nation Into Vehemently Pro-Gun & Anti-Gun People

In short, he cured a lot of gun owners apathy.

He got a LOT of us to really care about gun ownership, protecting those rights, and buying more guns.

In fact, he led me to create this website you’re reading right now because I was so tired of him trying to ban guns!

#2: Obama Is 100% Certified The Greatest Gun Salesman In The History of The World!

More guns have been sold under Obama than any other president.

Period.

Practically every single month he was in office, record after record was broken in gun sales.

Of course this was mostly because so many people were worried he would ban guns — so we all stockpiled!

#3: Concealed Carry Has Grown More Under Obama Than Any Other President In History!

The bottom line is that — despite his best efforts to stop them — under Obama, right-to-carry laws have benefited to the point where there is NO state in the union that does not have some form of carry law because it was proven that it’s a constitutionally protected right.

Even Obama’s home town of Chicago, Illinois — one of the last hold outs — has a concealed carry law on the books now that happened during his presidency.

Why Pro-Gun Trump Has Been BAD For The Gun Industry … So Far

You might think, with full NRA endorsement, that President Trump would be great for the gun industry.

To quote the Donald …

“WRONG!”

1. Gun company stocks have dropped – and stayed down – since Trump was elected.

According to NPR, “… the day after the election shares of gun maker Sturm Ruger fell 14 percent. And the price of Smith & Wesson, which has since changed its name to the generic sounding American Outdoor Brands, fell 15 percent. Shares of both companies are still down”

2. Most companies in the gun industry are reporting lower sales (especially AR-15 companies!)

It’s estimated that AR-15 sales make up more than 70 percent of the long-rifle sales in the United States (after all, the AR-15 is the most popular rifle in America. Ever.)

But even AR-15 sales are down.

Boutique shop Primary Weapons Systems’ sales are down about 35 percent since Trump’s election last November.

Other gun companies are reporting the same. Sales are down all around!

3. The Gun Industry is laying off people left and right!

Trump promised to create jobs … but people are losing them in the gun industry!

According to IdahoStatesman.com,

“… Vista Outdoor, which operates Idaho’s largest ammunition-making plant in Lewiston, with 1,465 workers.

Vista reported a quarterly loss of $378 million in early March, compared with a profit of $43 million for the same period in 2016, the Lewiston Tribune reported. The company laid off 10 Lewiston workers in February and 15 in March, and it placed about 100 employees on furlough for a month.”

And they’re not the only ones …

A Minnesota ammo maker, Federal Premium Ammunition, laid off 110 of its 1,430 workers in March, according to the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.

Remington Outdoor Co. laid off 110 workers at its New York plant in March, according to The Wall Street Journal.”

4. Even Silencer Sales Are Suffering Under Trump!

This one might surprise you, given that there is a pro-silencer bill circulating right now largely due to Trump’s election.

But again, it has hurt sales!

In fact, Silencer sales have dropped off nearly completely, because two federal bills would make it easier, quicker and cheaper to buy sound suppressors, Martinez said. One of the bills is sponsored by Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho.

Many people in the industry thought one of the bills would pass in the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. That prompted would-be silencer buyers to wait for its passage before buying, Martinez said.

“However, Martinez said there are not enough votes in the Senate to pass either bill. If either survives, passage will take years, he said.”

So Is The Gun Industry Going To Fizzle Out Under Trump?

I hope not.

Another problem is that many people think Trump is somehow America’s savior and that they don’t need to be prepared, buy guns or ammo, or get training anymore.

He’s not.

In the long term …

If the silencer bill passes …

If some type of national reciprocity for concealed carry passes …

Then I think we will maybe see an uptick in the gun industry.

Will it rival the legendary growth under Obama?

I doubt it!

But maybe the shooting sports industry will grow. Maybe more youth will get involved. And maybe more and more people will start to conceal carry under Trump.

My only hope is that a — seemingly — pro-gun President Trump will help to reinvigorate the gun culture in America. In the long run. Because it’s not happening now!

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The results of Maryland’s high capacity magazine ban are in. The law totally and utterly failed to reduce the number of criminals carrying magazines with more than 10 rounds. In fact, the number of crooks doing so, has actually increased.

Don’t expect this complete and utter failure to deter progressives from continuing to push nonsensical gun control laws in the future. Maryland joined New York in the sham of “ballistic finger printing,” after both states wasted millions of dollars building a data base of shell casings, they both admitted that the databases had solved zero crimes. The progressive state leaders shrugged their shoulders and moved on to the next gun control scam.

The fine folks over at Bearing Arms Recap the miserable failure of the Maryland ban:

“Together, with a strong coalition of advocates, and the people of Maryland who overwhelmingly support policies to reduce gun violence, we’ve chosen to take action by advancing strategies that work to save lives,” O’Malley said at the time.

But in the four years since implementing the expanded gun laws, Baltimore police continue to see an uptick in criminals carrying the banned magazines.

“We’re dealing with absolute criminals who want as much weaponry as possible when they’re going after their targets,” T.J. Smith, a Baltimore police spokesperson told The Trace. “They’re not carrying .22s. They’re carrying the big guns that have these high capacities.”

Sadly, the media could care less that magazine bans have been proven to be totally ineffective. Nothing to see here, move along.

 

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Of all the crazy reasons to ban guns, this has to be the dumbest. Ar-15’s are totally impractical for most common criminals due to their size, In a world where the vast majority of crimes are committed with handguns, the Ar-15 rules the roost as the home owners weapon of choice.

According to these whacked-out leftists, that isn’t fair to criminals.

Watch Steve Crowders incredulous reaction to this insane argument:

Is this social justice for murders? We need an even playing field for murders? The reality is that the Ar-15 truly is the “good guys” gun. Almost never used in crimes while simultaneously being THE most popular self-defense rifle in America. The left just can’t get over that fact.

 

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An obvious no-brainer, is that silencers are the best method to preventing hearing loss among shooters. This fact doesn’t sit well with progressives obsessed with politicizing gun control.

Here’s the devastating blow:

This puts to rest the bogus claim from the Americans for Responsible Solutions that foam earplugs are the best way to protect hearing. That now thoroughly debunked claim, tweeted out as a “fact,” by the group led by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, earned three Pinnochios from the Washington Post’s Fact Checker column.

Here are the facts straight from the guys in the white coats who actually went to medical school and who are able to draw medical conclusions based upon peer-reviewed scientific evidence.

“Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership strongly supports making firearm suppressors readily available to the public as a critical health intervention to prevent Americans’ hearing loss,” said Dr. Arthur Przebinda, the group’s director. “Reducing barriers to firearms suppressor ownership and decreasing the likelihood of gunshot blast noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus in tens of millions of U.S. firearms owners will have no material impact on criminal firearms use.”

This is why these doctors support passage of the Hearing Protection Act of 2017, introduced in the House of Representatives as H.R. 367 and in the Senate as S. 59. They cited evidence of instant and permanent hearing loss reported by government and military researchers, as well as in medical journals.

You have to wonder why the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 is controversial with anyone.  Ohh no, now all these darn right wingers will be able to listen to their Rush Limbaugh program without hearing aids. Is that what leftists are worried about? Poor liberals, can they survive the horror of reducing noise pollution at gun ranges?

The good news is that left-wing groups like Americans for Responsible Solutions are wasting their resources to spread lies about laws like this one, laws that will almost certainly pass. Every dollar a leftist wastes fighting the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 is a dollar they could have spent fighting for socialism. Every ounce of political capital they waste on removing silencers from NFA regulations is an ounce of political capital they could have used to further degrade our culture. So have at progressives! Keep destroying your credibility with your hilarious lies, America will be all the greater in spite of your effort.

 

 

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Ok so this is going to be a little bit of a rant.

But it needs to be said because in this day and age — with the internet making practically all the information of the world available at your fingertips — we’re not suffering from a lack of knowledge sources or information to potentially learn from.

No. In modern life, you need to carefully sift through an incredible amount of information and pick out what’s good and bad.

So here’s your warning/rant for today.

Don’t Do Stupid Sh*t Just Because “Special Forces XYZ Does It That Way!

I don’t mean to pick on the Krav Maga experts and their followers, but it seems like it’s always something with these guys.

I wrote an article where I explained how “Israeli Carry” (Condition 3, no round in the chamber) got started. And why it’s obsolete now. (As a followup, you can Watch as Israeli carry nearly gets an Israeli Police Officer stabbed to death when you click here if you insist on carrying that way.)

But this isn’t about Israeli carry …

This IS about not doing stupid sh*t just because “Special Forces XYZ does it!

Here’s a new one to me …

Israeli Krav Maga “Tactical Movement” Shooting Position. Just Don’t.

There’s a Facebook vid that’s making the rounds …

In it, the instructor demonstrates a modified retention/CQB shooting position that goes like this.

Draw

Blade the body …

Shield yourself with an elbow out …

And put the pistol on the crook of your elbow there.

Looks like a perfect little place to stick the gun huh? Nice little spot, like it was made to cradle your pistol barrel …

The guy shoots a target and doesn’t shoot himself. It works out for him.

But do me a favor?

Just Don’t.

Just because you see this guy who was in a cool military service (Israeli something or other …) doesn’t mean you should mimic what he’s doing.

There’s a ton of problems with mimicking this …

Probably, what should be most obvious, is that you will eventually shoot a round through your elbow. If you’re really using this in a situation where people are making contact with you — bumping you around, grabbing for your gun, fighting you, etc (as is the justification in the video) — then your shielding arm IS going to get pulled away from you just enough to let the gun muzzle slip down to where it’s pointing into your elbow and you’re going to need a new elbow after you smoke a round through the one you were born with.

Just saying.

If you don’t believe me, clear a pistol for dry-fire or grab an airsoft gun and “war game” this one with a buddy. Basically get in a fight with him trying to grapple with you while you try this.

I’m sure there’s other reasons to not do this, but I just don’t have the energy right now …

If you’re going to shoot from retention, then check out my post where an Ex-Navy SEAL Shows You The Basics of Close Quarters Shooting.

There’s a much better position for compressed shooting. It usually looks something like this:

Former Navy SEAL and professional Firearms trainer Kyle Defoor demonstrating shooting from retention.

Retention shooting/shooting in close quarters usually looks something like this depending on the application. The gun is in a compressed position, so it still can’t be grabbed (easily). The other hand/arm is WAY out of the way because shooting yourself with the gun in retention is a very, VERY possible scenario.  This is pretty basic/proven stuff and it should stay that way.

Just because something is “cool” looking or “new” or taught by “Special Forces” or they (supposedly) do it that way — doesn’t mean you should too.

Oh by the way:

Mini Rant: Stop Saying “Special Forces” Unless You Mean “Special Forces”!

First, don’t do the dumb stuff.

Second, don’t do it and then justify it by saying “Special Forces” does it if you don’t really mean “Special Forces”!

As explained here, “Special Forces” is a specific term for a particular group of soldiers in the US Army (also commonly called the “Green Berets”.)

Because not only do you look dumb for justifying your dumb/not well thought out techniques by saying you’re copying “Special Forces XYZ“, but you look double dumb for mis-using “Special Forces”.

Anyways, Enough Negativity. Don’t Try This One At Home Folks!

I really mean no disrespect to the instructor in the video.

I don’t know who he is, his background, or whether he could kill me in a 1-on-1 fight to the death.

And I’m not linking to his page.

I’m not starting a fight.

I don’t care.

He may be a great guy, and everything else he teaches is solid.

I’m just showing the technique that was demo’d in the video and telling you not to do it.

But the BIGGER lesson here has nothing to do with this particular technique and definitely nothing to do with this particular instructor …

MY KEY POINT: Just because you saw some “Super JSOC Jedi Special Operator Ninja” show a technique on the internet, you shouldn’t try copying it because they do it. Apply critical thinking first.

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Pundits, from both the right and left end of the political spectrum, are shocked by a seemingly never ending surge in guns sales. Has every doomsday prepper become infected with insatiable compulsive hoarding? Are the liberals freaked out about Trump stockpiling weapons?

Famed researcher John Lott has an interesting explanation:

Comparing background checks in October to the average monthly rate in November through February, the 25 states with the highest percentage of blacks had more than twice the relative increase in gun background check compared to October relative to the 25 states where blacks are relatively underrepresented. (The 25 most heavily black states averaged 18% black and the 25 least black states averaged just 3.3% black.) Monthly gun sales in November through February increased by 8.2% in the heavily black states but actually fell by 2.7% in the other ones.

These changes fit in with general national trends in gun use and ownership. The number of concealed handgun permits has soared from about 4.6 million in 2007 to 14.5 million in 2016. And over the last four years some data indicates that permit-holding has been increasing about 75% more quickly among minorities than among whites. The number of women with permits has increased twice as quickly as the number of men with permits.

According to a December 2014 PEW poll, 57 percent of Americans believe that gun ownership “protects people from becoming victims of crime.” Thirty-eight percent believe that it “puts people’s safety at risk.” That’s an 8-percentage point increase in positive views from just two years earlier. Except for Democrats as a whole, every group identified by PEW had come to view gun ownership more positively.

The two groups with the largest attitudinal shifts were blacks and women. Compared to two years before, nearly twice the percentage of blacks answered that gun ownership does more to protect them than harm them. It rose from 29 to 54 percent. For women, the increase was 11 percentage points.

Basically, the gist of it all is that women and minorities have rapidly changing views about owning firearms. Mr. Lott suspects African American buyers are entering the market place at much higher numbers. This isn’t all necessarily related to one event such as the election of Trump or the Black Lives Matter movement. The bottom line is simply that the public (including minorities) is becoming more accepting of gun ownership, according to Mr. Lott.

 

 

 

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There are still millions of people in America that think simply banning guns will make it so that criminals and terrorists can’t access them.

That, my friends, is just dumb.

One of the easiest ways to prove or disprove this assertion is to simply look at other countries in the world that — unlike the USA — have practically banned guns and where there is no “gun culture” of normal citizens/civilians buying, using, carrying guns.

Does it work?

In a word? NO.

Gun Control Is 100% Useless In Stopping Terrorists & Criminals

As I pointed out in my article titled Why More Gun Control Will Not Stop Terrorist Attacks Like The Orlando Night Club Shooting, the killer in Orlando passed multiple background checks AND personal investigation by the FBI to go on to commit a mass murder in a “gun free” zone.

In my other article Why It’s IMPOSSIBLE To Actually Ban Guns, I pointed out that guns are actually really easy to simply make at home.

Even in some alternate universe — where the earth suddenly had ZERO guns — terrorists would just make them at home.

In another article called Terrorists ALWAYS get around useless “gun control” laws we talked about how Tel Aviv Terrorists Used Homemade Submachine Guns to attack Israelis …

In short, there is plenty of evidence to show that when guns are banned — terrorists and other criminal scum will still acquire them — and the only people that follow the gun control laws are the law abiding citizens that are then turned into sitting ducks.

Here’s something interesting I just found …

10,000+ “Illegal” Guns — Including Anti-Aircraft & Machine Guns — Seized In Spain

A story on the DailyMail reported that 10,000+ “deactivated” guns had been bought by a “gang” in Spain from online, then repaired and were being sold illegally throughout Europe.

They report an estimated black market value of around €10 million (£8.75 million) for the seized guns.

The collection is said to include more than 10,000 “assault rifles”, machine guns, revolvers, pistols and 400 grenades and shells

The DailyMail writes:

“Europol, which supported the operation, revealed the firearms were sold in Spain, France and Belgium.

It was previously reported that terrorists are finding it easier than ever to get guns because of the flow of illegal weapons flowing from the Balkans into the heart of western Europe.”

Meanwhile, All The Law Abiding Spanish People Sit On Their Hands With No Guns To Protect Themselves …

It’s enough to make you sick, but once again it’s proof that Gun Control only works to keep guns out of the hands of the people who need them.

What do you think?

Are you surprised that criminals are getting “Deactivated” guns and restoring them to use in crimes?

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A staggering 73% increase in pistol permits over 2015 occurred in Connecticut. The two chief motivator’s behind the increase are probably Daniel Malloy (CT’s anti-gun Governor) and of course, Hillary Clinton.

The Blaze gives us the best theory:

According to WTIC-TV’s account of a Norwich Bulletin report, state police issued 30,000 pistol permits last year — an increase of 73 percent — from 2015 when 17,000 permits were issued.

Gun owners told the Bulletin that they attribute the increase to fears that then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was going to win the White House, and that this would embolden Connecticut’s Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to seek increased gun restrictions.

During her campaign, Clinton said that she was going to “tackle the gun lobby” on day one of her presidency. She also praised New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, who would go on to be named the Senate minority leader, for being “one of the most effective legislators in taking on the gun lobby.”

Connecticut has some of  the strictest gun laws in the nation, with a permit being required to obtain not only a license but also to buy and carry a sidearm.

Democrats have a long history of motivating the American people to arm themselves. That’s really the hilarious part of the left’s gun control efforts: the net result is always more people buying guns. By enacting dishonest laws that serve their short term interest, left wing politicians have handed the long game over to gun owners.

Welcome! We are glad to have all 30,000 new pistol permit holders on board. There will be plenty more to come, but thank you bitter partisan blue state politicians. Your inept laws are only growing our base. With each poorly crafted encroachment on liberty, you shred your own credibility, while reminding Americans that the government isn’t always here to help.

 

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