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 »
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 »
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 »
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”.
What has caused this?
Is it better welfare payments to the poor? Nope.
What about increased resources to Police? Nope.
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.”
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 »
The NRA is one of the most effective lobbying and political movements in modern history. I am a member for two reasons, the first is to assist them in protecting the rights of gun owners and secondly to learn how they campaign.
Politicians though to try to take them one and they always fail.
After the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, many in the American media insisted that the tragedy should prompt a “conversation about gun control.” These articles were written as if there had never been such a conversation. In fact, the issue had been debated for decades. Given the results,I argued, there was no reason to presume that a new conversation would end in more gun control.
That conversation has now come and gone. The result? Read more »
Periodically some left-wing arsehole will complain to Police about the fact that I have a firearms licence.
What thy neglect to understand is that in order to be declared a fit and proper person to own firearms you have to tell Police all about any medication or mental health issues. I have had to get a forensic psychiatrist to say everything is ok. It is.
In the US there is real push to look at removing access to firearms from people suffering mental illness. The thinking is wrong.
Check this video from Reason.TV
A combat veteran of Iraq and law enforcement officer Aaron Weiss delivers a brilliant speech
Another issue is the insistence of certain people to stand on the graves of dead children and challenge those that disagree to say it to the parents faces. Well, I, for one, will puck up that gauntlet. First off, why is “dead children” your battle cry? You didn’t say anything about the hundreds of Chicago children being killed and for some reason you only screamed when it happens to wealthy white ones. And yes, I’ll say to anyone’s face, my right is more important than your dead, because I fought for it first hand. I washed the blood of my friends out of my humvee and I picked up their mangled bodies and I fought day in and day out. I did more things than people can imagine. So, yeah, my right trumps your dead. I earned it in blood. I gave up a lot for this country, including my youth, and better men than me game up a whole lot more so that all of you, myself included, could enjoy the rights that are guaranteed to us in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. We didn’t go though all of that to come back home and watch you surrender what we fought for happened based on the demented actions of a couple of mad men. Read more »
It has been no secret that Piers Morgan is a big opponent of guns and the Second Amendment, but for a fleeting second it almost seems as though the irritable whinger ‘gets it’. Almost.
I’ve had some of the pro-gun lobbyists on here, saying to me, ‘Well, the reason we need to be armed is because of tyranny from our own government,’ and I’ve always laughed at them,” Morgan said last night. “But, actually, this is vaguely tyrannical behavior by the American government. Read more »