Gun politics

Another ‘loophole’ claim busted

Politicians and media like to talk about ‘loopholes’ in laws.

Recently Heather du Plessis-Allan decided to prove a ‘loophole’ existed in New Zealand law to purchase a firearm. She then went ahead and broke at least 5 laws in procuring a firearm, including impersonating a police officer. But it was explained away as a loophole, despite the fact that not a single real incidence of this occurring before could be found in the records.

In the US, media and politicians have been promoting that people can easily buy automatic firearms at gun shows. Everyone from Obama down has made this claim and the idiot media have repeated it.

But it isn’t a loophole at all.

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The world’s greatest gun salesman boosts shares in gun stocks

Obama’s cry-baby speech about gun control has resulted in…more gun sales:

President Obama’s move to tighten gun restrictions follows a string of high-profile shootings and surging sales of firearms — and some experts believe Tuesday’s executive action will only heighten demand.

Gun manufacturers have seen their stocks climb in recent days as sales pick up.

Shares of Smith & Wesson jumped 11 percent Tuesday, to $25.86, when the president unveiled his new plan for expanding background checks on gun sales, while Sturm, Ruger & Co.’s stock climbed nearly 7 percent, to $65.54.

For gun-rights groups, the numbers serve to validate a long-running joke within the industry: Obama is the gun salesman of the year.

Not just of the year…of all time!

“President Obama has single-handedly done more to promote gun ownership than anyone else,” said Erich Pratt, executive director of the Gun Owners of America.

“Gun owners are concerned, and they should be,” Pratt continued. “We see people running to gun stores to buy firearms and ammunition.

If Obama wants to ban it, they want to buy it,” he added.President Obama’s move to tighten gun restrictions follows a string of high-profile shootings and surging sales of firearms — and some experts believe Tuesday’s executive action will only heighten demand.   Read more »

Obama announces that more laws will stop criminals from breaking laws

The world’s greatest gun sales man is going to use executive actions to introduce new gun control laws.

He better get ready for a Supreme Court challenge by the NRA.

From the Oval Office Monday, President Obama, sitting alongside Attorney General Loretta Lynch, announced a new round of executive gun control actions he says are “well within my legal authority.”

The president assured that even the strictest Second Amendment-rights advocate would stand behind his proposals:

It is my strong belief that for us to get our complete arms around the problem, Congress needs to act. What I asked my team to do is to see what more we could do to strengthen our enforcement and prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands.

The good news is, is that these are not only recommendations that are well within my legal authority and the executive branch, but they’re also ones that the overwhelming majority of American people, including gun owners, support and believe in.   Read more »

Bob Harvey is an idiot

Bob Harvey, just back from troughing it up in Paris at our expense, has decided to start lobbying for tougher gun laws.

New Zealand needs tighter controls on gun ownership to prevent mass shootings like the Paris terror attacks, a former West Auckland mayor says.

Sir Bob Harvey, who was mayor of Waitakere City from 1992 to 2010, believes gun violence will “come like a bloody avalanche” to New Zealand if the Government doesn’t do more to control who can own firearms.

He was recently in Paris to attend the UN climate talks and was “deeply, deeply traumatised” by the memorials to the victims of the November attacks.

“The reality of it, to be there, just shatters you,” he said. “You think, how far away are we from this?”

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No suprises here: NRA more popular than Democrats

Truth Revolt reports:

The Democrats’ attempt to demonize America’s most prominent gun rights group doesn’t seem to be working. It apparently is vastly more popular than even the Dems’ two most prominent figures.

According to a new Gallup Poll, 58 percent of Americans surveyed said they have a favorable view of the National Rifle Association, while 35 percent said they have an unfavorable view, says Fox News.

Compare this to recent approval ratings for President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who recently announced that she would support tougher gun laws if elected President.

According to a Gallup Poll between Oct.19-21, just under 50 percent approve of Obama’s job performance, while 45 percent disapprove. Meanwhile, in an NBC/Wall Street Journalsurvey of Americans taken Oct. 15-18, 39 percent of those surveyed had a favorable view of Clinton, compared to 48 percent with an unfavorable view.   Read more »

Dirty Media meets Dodgy Unions, this time over gun control

So Radio Live host Duncan Garner and his TV3 co-host Heather Du Plessis-Allan have got a hold of a gun through mail order from Gun City. This is sure to propel to the front of the news a discussion around gun control and a whole lot of panic, to the detriment of rational conversation and law abiding gun owners.

Firstly if someone has obtained a gun illegally and have broken the law – they should be prosecuted just like everyone else would be. Journalists included.

There are good reasons for that suggestion. Firstly for the Police to prove that they are actually onto managing firearms offences when they occur and secondly to ensure the law isn’t mocked by inaction. Inaction on this example surely points the finger of blame back on the Police for not doing enough about it. Nobody can rightfully whinge about guns getting into the wrong hands when the Police won’t take the law seriously and prosecute law breakers.

I also note that the point made by journalists in this instance is grossly undermined if they are not themselves charged. You can’t cry wolf about gun laws and then when you break those laws – expect not to be prosecuted.

The Police have no choice but to prosecute the journalists concerned.

But I wish to make another more pertinent point about why this topic is even in the news.

Police Association president Greg O’Connor was quick to get on the radio after this story broke on Radio Live and state that there is a big issue with guns in NZ.

But Greg has been working hard lately to get all Police officers armed with Glock pistols. Rather than carry Glocks in the squad cars he wants Glocks on the hips of every cop. Greg claimed that thugs are increasingly obtaining guns illegally and thus cops need to also be armed.    Read more »

Hillary Clinton attempts to beat Obama as the world’s best gun salesperson

I'm coming for yer guns!

I’m coming for yer guns!

Barack Obama currently holds the title of the world’s best gun sales man. Firearms company stock is up more than 60% since he became president.

But it appears that Hillary Clinton is trying to unseat him from that position.

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton today proposed tighter gun control measures, and suggested that if elected she would use executive action to bring them to fruition, reports Fox News.

“I want to push hard to get more sensible restraints,” Clinton said on NBC’s Today. “I want to work with Congress, but I will look at ways as president.”

Among the proposed measures are expanded background checks for firearms sales online and at gun shows, closing loopholes in federal laws that allow for gun-sale transactions to be completed if the buyer’s background check is not finished within three days, and a repeal of legislation shielding gun manufacturers, distributors and dealers from most liability suits.   Read more »

Police Association pushing for more protection for cops, but what about us?

Greg O’Connor of the Police Association is highlighting that criminals appear to have increased access to guns.

Firearms have become “ridiculously easy” for offenders to get their hands on and police are being confronted almost daily by gun-wielding criminals, the Police Association says.

The union is calling for an official police inquiry into where the guns are coming from and says the issue has been badly neglected by the top brass.

The call comes days after police were shot at as they pursued a pair of alleged offenders in West Auckland, and follows a spate of incidents where other police were fired on.

There have also been numerous instances in which firearms were aimed at the public, including a Hamilton diary owner who wrestled a gun from a would-be-robber during a dramatic encounter in August, and an armed holdup of a Mangere service station in September in which the offender fired a shot.

“It has become ridiculously easy for… criminals to get firearms. The evidence is apparent as police are stumbling across firearms and becoming involved in armed incidents on a daily basis,” said association president Greg O’Connor.

“Contrary to police assurances that armed incidents are ‘rare’, hardly a week goes by that police are not coming into contact with illegal firearms in the hands of offenders.

“A steady stream of information is coming in from cops on the street. They say there is no doubt that the number of weapons out there is on the increase and gun-toting crimes are becoming the rule rather than the exception… The big question is – where and how are they getting them?”

In the latest edition of association magazine, Police News, Mr O’Connor said firearms in the wrong hands was “an additional risk that police don’t need”.

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Crime drops in Chicago…you’ll never guess why

Crime has dropped dramatically in Chicago.

What has caused this?

Is it better welfare payments to the poor? Nope.

What about increased resources to Police? Nope.

What then?

Gun rights activists have often held up Chicago as an example of the failures of gun control. The city has historically had some of the strictest laws against gun ownership while also suffering under some of the worst crime rates in the US. In 2012, Chicago surpassed New York as America’s murder capital. However, after the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit struck down Illinois’ ban on concealed carry in December of 2012, a concealed carry program was implemented in the state this year, finally and for the first time allowing law-abiding Chicago residents to arm themselves in public against the city’s seemingly-perpetual crime wave.

According to The Washington Times, now that citizens in Chicago can legally defend themselves, the city’s historically disastrous crime rates have begun to plummet precipitously. Police department crime statistics note that, in the first quarter of 2014, the homicide rate in Chicago has dropped to a 56-year low. In 2014 so far, burglaries are down by 20%, auto theft rates have dropped by 26%, and robberies leading to arrests are down by 20%.

The Chicago Police Department wasted no time in declaring victory and claiming credit for the drop in crime, but Illinois State Rifle Association executive director Richard Pearson told The Washington Times, “The police department hasn’t changed a single tactic — they haven’t announced a shift in policy or of course — and yet you have these incredible numbers.” He feels that the drop in crime can at least in part be attributed to the implementation of concealed carry in Illinois. Said Pearson, “It isn’t any coincidence crime rates started to go down when concealed carry was permitted. Just the idea that the criminals don’t know who’s armed and who isn’t has a deterrence effect.”

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Obama is the greatest gun salesman of all time

Barack Obama continues to hold the title of the greatest gun salesman of all time as gun sales surge to new highs.

A record surge in recent firearms production and transactions have swamped the federal government’s automated registration system for select weapons, including machine guns.

In a notice earlier this month to the firearms industry, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was temporarily suspending parts of its computerized system to shore up capacity in part to process the required registration and transfer of National Firearms Act covered weapons, which also include silencers, short-barreled shotguns, short-barreled rifles and some explosive devices.   Read more »