Gallup Poll Shows Mixed Results For More Gun Control

Americans are now arguably at the height of post-Newtown gun control frenzy. But the latest Gallup poll on firearms shows a slim majority of 51% still opposing outlawing “assault rifles,” the very popular semi-automatic rifles more properly called modern sporting rifles. Ominously, they are leaning toward more restrictions on firearm purchases and outlawing “high-capacity ammunition clips that can contain more than 10 bullets.” But a record majority (74%) still opposes a broad ban on handguns, and the 24% in favor of a ban is the lowest recorded since Gallup began asking the question in 1959. ...
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NRA Offers Solutions for School Shootings

After a week of the nastiest barrage of media abuse in recent memory, gun owners have reason to look up. The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and the Second Amendment Foundation have already called for a national commission to investigate media violence including violent video games, lapses in mental health care, and false reliance on “gun-free zones” as contributing factors in mass shootings. Today, after a week of respectful silence, the National Rifle Association’s Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre addressed the media. His strong message stands out as a beacon...
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Sober As a Judge?

The Los Angeles Times, like all the other mainstream media, is beating the drum and jumping up and down, trying to instigate drastic action against America’s 80 to 100 million gun owners. We are the target of choice for their undifferentiated rage in the wake of the Newtown school shooting. This is understandable coming from the press corps, many of whom have a long and scandalous history of obfuscation, rabble-rousing, and bloody shirt-waving when guns are discussed. We expect judges, however, to refrain from the heat of emotion and to assure that the rule of law is followed. But the Decem...
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Heal the Sick and Stop the Shootings

The predictable flurry of accusatory op-eds, name-calling, and general bad feeling began before the dead were counted in Newtown, Connecticut this week.  One of them was the work of Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez.  You can always tell the pundits who know little or nothing about guns and gun owners.  They obsess over the instrument itself, marveling in horror over technical wonders they find foreign and scary—high capacity magazines, black, military-looking rifles.  Sometimes politicians get carried away with the emotion of it all, too.  Lopez laments the recent failure of California ...
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No More Gun-Free Zones!

Today the mass shooting was at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The latest report puts the death toll at an unthinkable 20 young children and six adults. The solution for what happened today is the same solution many of us proposed with the last mass shooting disaster—and the one before that, and the one before that.
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