Chris Freind — Obama Gun Orders Sensible

 Obama Gun Orders Sensible By Chris Freind Obama Gun Orders Sensible

It’s not exactly taking a shot in the dark to predict that the sniping over President Obama’s executive orders on guns will intensify. As the elections draw near, both sides will aim to put the issue directly in their sights and blast away at those who disagree.

But like most important issues, there’s too much rapid-fire rhetoric and not enough common sense, which serves only to move the debate off-target. If the politicians truly care about reducing violence, both sides would holster their weapons and keep their powder dry, and instead hone in on the real problems with sharpshooter precision.

Let’s look at the smoking guns in this latest firestorm:

• Policy: The president, stating he was fed up with a Republican Congress that he saw as doing nothing to tackle gun violence, announced executive orders to increase the scope of background checks for prospective gun buyers, including sales conducted online and at gun shows. Anyone selling firearms would be required to obtain a federal license, and the loophole allowing individuals to buy weapons through a trust or corporation without a background check would be closed.

The GOP, predictably, has been shooting from the hip about how such measures violate Second Amendment freedoms.

One question: How?

How does requiring a criminal background check using the FBI’s database in any way violate one’s rights? Put another way, do these people really believe we shouldn’t have background checks at all? Talk about firing blanks.

Contrary to claims by conspiracy theorists, background checks are not federal gun registries. Neither do they lead to them.

For those who believe that expanding background checks will lead to gun registries, where have they been for the last decade? Background checks aren’t new, so, by definition, if we are simply expanding and modernizing an existing system, then under the critics’ rationale, wouldn’t we already have such a registry? They can’t have it both ways.

Background checks are not a conservative/liberal, Republican/Democrat issue. And since they do not infringe upon a law-abiding citizen’s right to own a firearm, it’s not “gun control.” It’s criminal control.

Undeniably, such checks work. There have been 1.8 million denials since 1998. In 2010, half of those denied had felony convictions or indictments, almost 20 percent were fugitives, and 11 percent had violated state laws.

To allow convicted felons or the mentally ill to buy a gun with quasi-legal impunity is crazy, since savvy criminals will choose the no-background-check loophole rather than risk getting caught in an undercover sting. It’s a no-brainer.

But while background checks are useful, they are not a panacea. The FBI database is only as good as the information it receives from states. If criminal and mental health records aren’t routinely sent and/or updated, it won’t be as effective, which is why the administration is boosting its efforts to have states increase their records reporting. It’s also why the president is mandating the FBI upgrade its NICS database system, and providing for additional manpower to staff it. That modernization will greatly reduce the number of gun applicants who, by law, are permitted to take possession of a gun if their background check isn’t completed within three days.

Background checks certainly aren’t perfect, but that’s not a reason to opposes expanding them. Nothing will ever fully prevent lunatics from engaging in a shooting spree, but a background check system is a solid first line of defense.

Political: While idiocy is not illegal, it would behoove some gun-rights people to get a shot of common sense. For example, don’t show up at a gun rally or counter-protest with AK-47s on full display, as some routinely do. And don’t blame the “liberal media” when they post that shot on the front page. Do you want to look cool by touting guns in public, or do you really care about protecting gun rights?

The two never go hand-in-hand. Leave the guns at home, wear something that isn’t camouflage, and articulate a reasonable message with a calm demeanor. You’d be surprised how much more effective you’d be at convincing the Great American Middle – and it is they who will ultimately decide this issue.

Take it to the bank, expanding background checks is a winning political issue.

• Principle: Here’s the problem: President Obama’s executive orders may well get shot down by the courts faster than a speeding bullet – as they should. The Constitution makes it abundantly clear that presidents are elected to implement laws passed by Congress – not do end-runs around the legislative branch.

By no means is that criticism leveled simply at Mr. Obama, since both Republican and Democratic presidents have used executive orders. But wrong is wrong.

The GOP would do well to remind itself of that the next time one of its own occupies the Oval Office, as many will undoubtedly shelve their criticism of executive orders when it happens to be on an issue near and dear to them.

(As an aside, the most egregious executive order of this administration was its agreement with Iran. What is clearly a treaty – which legally should have been subject to ratification by the Senate – was accomplished instead by executive fiat. While the GOP-controlled legislature tried to kill this via legislation, they were unable to muster enough Democratic support to overcome the 60-vote cloture rule in the Senate. Having said that, the question remains why Congress has not filed suit to undue the usurping of its powers.)

• Practicality: Whether executive orders or Congress-passed laws, these measures, while valuable, will simply not stop terrorists and mass killers, and to think otherwise is stunningly naïve. From the San Bernardino terror cell to the Sandy Hook shooter, these people have no regard for laws in the first place, and won’t be deterred by gun restrictions or background checks, especially when they know they won’t live to see another sunrise. All too often, they steal and kill in their quest to obtain weapons.

The answer to stopping these attacks isn’t rooted in limiting magazine size or types of weapons. It’s finding out what we’ve done that has destroyed empathy in many of our young people and fostered a mentality that killing with abandon is somehow a viable option.

Remember that this mass violence didn’t happen in the 1950s – or even the 1980s or most of the ‘90s – when access to guns was considerably easier than now. We didn’t bolt school doors a generation ago, we didn’t have lockdowns, we didn’t whitewash everything, we didn’t constantly coddle our kids, and we didn’t get a trophy even when we lost. And we didn’t kill people when something didn’t go our way or we had hurt feelings in a warped but somehow romanticized outlook of going out in a “blaze of glory.”

There is no single cause for these mass shootings, and it will take a comprehensive effort to stop such tragedies, from increasing efforts to identify and assist the mentally ill to stemming the entitlement mentality of coddled youth.

A good start would be would be to stop sniping at each other, and instead keep our eye on the real target – the bad guys.

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Assault Rifle Cooks Bacon

Competitive shooter Dustin Ellermann has a new way to cook bacon. He wraps the rashers around a silencer attached to an M-16 assault rifles, wraps aluminum foil around them and shoots. Assault Rifle Cooks Bacon

Bacon, silencer, assault rifle, how politically incorrect can you get?

He say it takes about 90 rounds.

There are less expensive ways of cooking it Dustin.

Here’s his demonstration:

Assault Rifle Cooks Bacon

Joshua Prince To Discuss 2nd Amendment

The Valley Forge Patriots and Citizens for Liberty will have a meeting 7 p.m., tomorrow, March 4, on the topic of Supporting the Second Amendment. Joshua Prince To Discuss 2nd Amendment

Location is the King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Co., 170 Allendale Road, King of Prussia, Pa. 19406

Speakers will be Kim Stolfer, chairman of Firearms Owners Against Crime and a Marine combat veteran who served in Vietnam and Joshua Prince of Prince Law Offices & Firearms Industry Consulting Group.

Recently, Joshua has sent letters to over 90 municipalities regarding their illegal firearms ordinances, and many have repealed these illegal ordinances because of it.

Joshua Prince To Discuss 2nd Amendment

Carlisle Moody: Handguns Stop Murders

In the days of old when knights were bold murder was pretty common.  In 13th century Europe, the rate was 22.68 per 100,000 rising to 40.79 per 100,000 by the 15th century. Carlisle Moody: Handguns Stop Murders

It was as though every place in Europe was Chester, Pa. Well, maybe not that bad. Figure Detroit or New Orleans.

But then something happened. In the 16th century the rate tumbled back to 20.28 per 100,000.

Carlisle Moody of the College of William & Mary says that the year the trend changed was 1505 and what happened was the handgun, namely the wheel lock pistol which by that year had become common enough to make a social impact.

The pistol put the little guy (and gal) on a equal footing with the big, strong, armor-plated club/knife/ax wielding thug.

Moody says the likely inventor of this device was Leonardo Da Vinci  which would make Leonardo the father of the handgun. Thank you Leonardo.

For what it’s worth, the authoritarian types didn’t like them from the beginning. The first gun control law happened  in 1517 when Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I declared “Inasmuch as certain persons in our territories of Lower Austria are in the habit of carrying self-striking hand-guns that ignite themselves which we are on no account prepared to allow . . .our nobles, stewards, administrators, chief justices, mayors and judges should under no circumstances permit such guns to be carried.”

Still handguns didn’t disappear and the trend continued. In the 17th century  the murder rate dropped big to 7.84 per 100,000. Moody says the big year was 1621 when the flintlock — which became the standard firearm for the next two centuries  — entered general use.

Moody notes the cost of firearms was rarely prohibitive for the masses. In 1699, a pair of pistols cost 5 shillings or about $41 in today’s dollars.

The European murder rate continued to fall reaching 1.18 per 100,000 by the 20th century. In Britain, by 1920 it had fallen to .84 per 100,000. That was the year The Firearms Act was passed essentially ending the English right to bear arms. Since then the British murder rate has risen to 1.44 (as of 1999) and the assault rate has exploded from 2.39 per 100,000 to 419.29.

Some other tidbits: Moody says London had a homicide rate of .26 per 100,000 in the 1820s before the first world’s first police force was created in 1829. It now has a rate of 2.28 per 100,000.

Carlisle Moody notes that three out of every four murder victims before 1850 would have survived with today’s medicine. He says, however, even dividing by four would not affect the pattern regarding the previous century murder rates.

Moody’s paper can be found here. The math is there to back up his claims to other academics and doesn’t have to be followed to get his point.

Hat tip James Delingpole of

Carlisle Moody: Handguns Stop Murders
Carlisle Moody is a member of the Economics Department at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

Carlisle Moody’s paper is titled Firearms and the Decline of Violence in Europe: 1200-2010.



Bryant Gumbel Calls NRA Members “Pigs”

Bryant Gumbel in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine brought up  the National Rifle Association in a response to a question regarding his story on the Eat What You Kill hunting movement:

There are a few things I hate more than the NRA. I mean truly. I think they’re pigs. I think they don’t care about human life. I think they are a curse upon the American landscape. So we got that on the record. That said, I’m willing to separate that this story had nothing to do with that. It’s not a gun story. So I would like to think that I would have done it, but I don’t know. Obviously, that was my first experience around killing and guns and hunting.

So, we would like to ask Mr. Gumbel, whose fame comes from  his descriptions of men playing children’s games, how many NRA members — figure 100 percent armed — commit murder versus non-NRA members with guns? Hmmm? Do you, Mr. Gumbel, have the guts to take on those who really are the ones who “don’t care about human life”?

And how do you feel about abortion?

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Bryant Gumbel Calls NRA Members “Pigs” -- Bryant Gumbel Calls NRA Members "Pigs"


Guns Make Music With Cup Song

Jim Huish of the Tennessee band Amber’s Drive has recorded a video of The Cup Song made with firearms as the musical instrument.

The Cup Song, also known as When I’m Gone, was made famous in the 2012 movie Pitch Perfect.

Below is the Huish version. It was made in Utah during a spell of global warming. It was placed on YouTube on Dec. 28 and already has 2.2 million views


Guns Make Music With Cup Song

Jim Huish of Amber’s Drive shows how Guns Make Music With Cup Song also known as When I’m Gone.

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HB 1243 Stops Local Gungrabbing

A bill is before the full Pennsylvania House that would keep local governments from implementing their own ordinances, rules or laws regarding ownership, possession or transportation of firearms, says State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).

The bill is HB 1243.

“Such local ordinances are already prohibited by state law; however, some municipalities have enacted local laws anyway,” Cox said. “To help deter that practice, the measure also would give legal standing to any person who has been adversely affected by any regulation put forth or enforced in violation of this premise, to seek injunctive and declarative relief, as well as damages.”

HB 1243 would also  require the Pennsylvania State Police to provide existing mental health records already incorporated in the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) to the National Instant Check System (NICS) and require ongoing submissions of this data to NICS within 72 hours of State Police receiving it. The goal is to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them, not only in Pennsylvania but across the country.

An additional amendment to require universal background checks on all firearms sales in Pennsylvania was considered but failed, Cox said. Under current Pennsylvania law, all firearms purchases are subject to background checks, with the exception of the private sales of long guns (hunting rifles).

HB 1243 Stops Local Gungrabbing
HB 1243 Stops Local Gungrabbing

Chester Drug Bust Gives City Hope

A massive sweep by federal, state, county and local authorities, yesterday, Sept. 26, snatched up 35 men who were running a ring of drug based terror that has given Chester, Pa. what may be the nation’s highest murder rate for 2014.

The men, who range in age from 20 to 52 and almost all of whom live in the blighted city on the Delaware, face all face maximum sentences of 30 years in prison with 22 facing potential life sentences.

Chester, which has a population of 34,000, has had 24 murders this year so far guaranteeing it a murder rate of at least 70.5 per 100,000 for 2014. This would have made it the 8th most dangerous city in the world last year not in a war zone, and by far the most dangerous American one.

So kudos to U.S. Attorney Zane D. Memeger, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan, Chester Mayor John Linder, Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail Jr. and the rest of those responsible for this big step forward in saving the city.

And for those saying a gun ban was the solution to the problem, why not just push to make selling drugs illegal?

That was sarcasm, if you missed it.


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Avenue of the States, Chester Pa.

 Chester Drug Bust Gives City Hope




Shaneen Allen Must Be Freed

Shaneen Allen

Shaneen Allen Must Be Freed


Courtesy of National Review

In October of 2013, a Pennsylvania resident named Shaneen Allen drove into New Jersey’s Atlantic County and was pulled over by police for an “unsafe lane change.” When the detaining officer arrived at her car window, Allen informed him that she was carrying a concealed firearm, and presented her Pennsylvania carry license as proof of eligibility. Unbeknownst to her at the time, however, was that New Jersey is among the 20 states that do not recognize Pennsylvania’s permit. In consequence, she was arrested. If convicted of the charges that the state has elected to bring, she will be locked in prison for up to a decade.

A single mother of two young children, Ms. Allen works more than one job and as a result leaves her home at odd times of the day. After two robberies made her aware of her vulnerability, she became convinced that she should be prepared to defend herself and her family, and resolved to do something about it. Which is to say that Ms. Allen bought her firearm, and obtained her concealed-carry permit, not to commit crimes but to prevent them. This has failed to move the prosecutor, Jim McClain, an overzealous man who has routinely declined to use the considerable latitude with which he has been entrusted by the state.

Under New Jersey’s rules, McClain could have declined to press any charges against Ms. Allen, recognizing that she was guilty of little more than an innocent mistake. He could have treated it as merely a misdemeanor and sent her to municipal court. He could have permitted her to enroll in one of the diversionary programs that New Jersey has established for peaceful first-time offenders, thereby sparing her both the prison time that will take her away from her children and the felony conviction that will almost certainly destroy her career in medical work. Instead, he has sought punishment to the fullest extent of the law: in this instance, a three-year mandatory minimum jail sentence for illegal possession of a firearm, and an extra year or more for possession of illegal ammunition. This is a travesty of justice.

The travesty can be reversed. First, McClain could drop the charges and let Ms. Allen off with a warning. If he refuses, his superiors could step in. Governor Chris Christie has a mixed record on the question of the right to bear arms, but he has at times demonstrated a commonsense streak. As he famously did for Brian Aitken — another peaceful American who fell afoul of New Jersey’s draconian rules — we hope the governor will grant Allen clemency as early in the process as is legally possible.

More generally, we would like to see the question of concealed-carry reciprocity cleared up at the national level. Allen may have been incorrect in assuming that concealed-carry permits issued by one state are, like driver’s licenses, valid in every other. But this was not an unreasonable assumption for her to make. The Second Amendment to the Constitution has been held to protect an individual right, and that right has been incorporated to the states. Under the Full Faith and Credit clause, Congress has the power to “prescribe the manner in which such Acts, Records, and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof,” and thus to mandate that all state-issued permits are valid nationwide. To prevent further miscarriages of justice, it should use it.

In the meantime, we urge friends of the Second Amendment — and of prosecutorial prudence — to contribute to Allen’s legal-defense fund, which can be found here.

Marino Press Secretary Faces Gun Charge

It’s not yet getting much notice but the press secretary of a Pennsylvania congressman is facing gun charges.

Ryan Shucard, 26, was hired by Congressman Tom Marino (R-Pa10) in late May.

He is a resident of Alexandria, Va. and is registered, trained and permitted to hold a gun in his state, which he does, a 9mm Smith and Wesson.

Well, on Friday, July 18, he brought it work, unloaded, which he is allowed to do as federal law allows employees of Congress to bring unloaded guns into the Capitol — which can even be loaded afterwards.

The gun was seen by Capitol Police screeners on the x-ray belt and stopped the process and secured the area. Washington D.C. Police were called and they arrested Shucard, who had apparently forgotten he had the gun in his bag.

While it is now legal due to the Heller decision to have a gun in one’s one and business in the District of Columbia, carrying a gun in D.C. without a D.C. gun license is a crime punishable for up to five years in prison, and the District does not recognize Virginia’s permits.

Shucard has pleaded not guilty and Marino has placed him on unpaid leave albeit has been supportive of him.

That a young man faces a criminal record and a long prison sentence for doing nothing wrong is a disgrace. The District must be made to recognize the legitimate rights of others and end its unnecessary and obtrusive policies designed to harass those who are inclined to leave others alone.

Shucard is not facing any federal charges.

Marino Press Secretary Faces Gun Charge Ryan Shucard

Marino Press Secretary Faces Gun Charge