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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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screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-5-04-47-pmHere’s how Hillary plans on protecting you: call 911 to report the crime where you are about to be victimized. That’s basically the message behind this new advertisement from the NRA. Watch the 30-second ad below, it’s pretty cool:

Remember, that the NRA is trying to reach moderate voters to change hearts and minds about guns. It’s pretty hard to argue against complicated laws like assault weapons bans in 30 second TV spots. Short appeals to the emotions like this ad are probably the best that they can do with limited time. Attacking Hillary is great, but the NRA might experience backlash by backing Trump.

Donald Trump doesn’t exactly have a perfect record on guns. Plenty of #NeverTrump conservatives canceled NRA memberships over the NRA’s endorsement of Trump during the primary.

The NRA is a single issue organization and they’re right to go after Hillary, but should they also aggressively be pushing Trump? Might getting behind Trump backfire and turn off libertarians, independents, and conservatives who have beef with Trump on other issues? What would you do if you were in charge of the NRA?

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screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-6-42-18-pmThe narrative of the great Australian gun ban solving the problem gun violence down under has just collapsed. A new study pours salt in the wounds of one of the anti-gun rights movement’s most beloved lies.

The myth that the massive gun confiscation scheme enacted in Australia in 1996 reduced crime never made sense. Liberals who attributed decreased homicide rates in Australia to gun control, could never explain why similar trends occurred in the United States during roughly the same time period. If gun control was the reason for the decline of gun crime in Australia: why was the U.S. homicide rate plummeting? Americans were buying record numbers of guns, but our homicide rate dropped right along side the Aussies.

 

Things just got a heck of a lot worse for the Australia myth, from NRA-ILA:

 

Despite the confiscation of roughly 700,000 firearms and the severe licensing and registration requirements imposed on law-abiding Australians, criminals have little trouble securing weaponry. The report noted that in Melbourne, “firearms offences have doubled in the past five years,” and that incidents where a prohibited person has been found with a gun increased five-fold from 2011 to 2015. Moreover, Victoria Police Assistant Police Commissioner Stephen Fontana conveyed to The Age that police are seeing “military-grade weapons” “more often than ever before.”

Those intent on breaking the law procure firearms in a handful of ways. The report cited a “senior law enforcement source” who made clear that criminals often acquire weapons “through theft or illegal sale.” The piece went on to note that “Despite Australia’s strict border controls, the smuggling of high-powered military-style firearms is also a growing problem.” Describing the extent of the issue, the authors explained, “Criminal networks also create caches of illegal weapons, including machine guns and pistols with silencers, that are bought, sold and traded among the underworld in ways that are difficult for police to track.”

The ineffectiveness of Australia’s severe gun controls will come as no surprise to many gun rights supporters. A 2013 DOJ National Institute of Justice memo on the efficacy of various gun control measures concluded that the Australian confiscation program, “appears to have had no effect on gun homicide…” Moreover, surveys of state prison inmates here in the U.S. conducted by the Department of Justice have shown that criminals often procure firearms in a manner unlikely to be effected by stiffer gun controls. In the 2004 version of the survey, 40 percent of the inmates surveyed answered that they obtained a firearm through a “street/illegal source,” with another 37.4 percent citing “family or friend” as their source.

I hate to beat the already rotten corpse of a dead horse, but this story is worth repeating; it didn’t work people, the Aussie gun ban didn’t make anyone safe.

Now gun crime is actually reversing and going up. Alarmed, the leftists in Australia have a brilliant idea: more gun control! That’s right, the NRA reports that officials over there are drawing up new plans to confiscate even more guns from the Australian people.

 

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