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Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. has had enough of the so-called “Black Lives Matter” movement.  Clarke has called the movement “a political construct that has nothing to do with black lives.” Following a weekend in Milwaukee that saw Black Lives Matter extremists, along with anarchists, burn down businesses and attack innocent bystanders, Sheriff Clarke was interviewed on NRA News’ Frontlines, hosted by Lt. Col Oliver North. Speaking about Black Lives Matter, Clarke asserts, “It’s a dangerous, hateful, destructive ideology,” and that they are “purveyors of hate toward American police officers.” He also takes on the political correct portrayal of the extremist ideology as some type of new civil rights movement: “How did we fall this fast? From Rosa Parks to Mike Brown.” The Milwaukee County Sheriff also points out that Brown, along with Eric Garner and Freddie Gray, “are criminals who engaged in behavior that contributed to what happened to them.”

 

Just a little less than a year ago, the Chicago Tribune wrote this editorial:

The recent deadly shooting at an Oregon community college, like so many before it, isn’t likely to lead to new federal laws designed to curb dangerous people’s access to guns. While this understandably frustrates supporters of gun safety legislation, there is reason for them to be hopeful. The National Rifle Association’s days of being a political powerhouse may be numbered.

Why? The answer is in the numbers.

Support for, and opposition to, gun control is closely associated with several demographic characteristics, including race, level of education and whether one lives in a city. Nearly all are trending forcefully against the NRA.

The core of the NRA’s support comes from white, rural and relatively less educated voters. This demographic is currently influential in politics but clearly on the wane. While the decline of white, rural, less educated Americans is generally well known, less often recognized is what this means for gun legislation.

Yesterday, this editorial appeared in the Tribune:

The group has been racking up victories in conservative states that have adopted wholesale the movement creed that guns on campus, in bars, at church, in cars — guns everywhere — constitutes both a rational public policy and an extension of liberty.

Still, it’s more than likely that, for the NRA, it’s downhill from here. In fact, some of the organization’s strengths may prove to be its undoing.

Having abandoned even a pretense of bipartisanship, the NRA benefits from a conservative network of allies, including the religious right. But it has completely forfeited influence with Democrats, who have concluded that they have nothing to lose in becoming a party fully devoted to gun regulation. With the GOP publicly unraveling, congressional Democrats appear poised to grow stronger. That’s not good for the NRA.

It’s not like the NRA stopped supporting Democrats that support our Second Amendment rights.  But at the national level, pro-rights Democrats have pretty much gone the way of the Dodo Bird.  Look at what they did to Bernie Sanders (no “A” rated candidate) for having taken the common sense approach that firearm manufacturers should not be sued out of business when a criminal uses a firearm in a crime.  That’s kind of like suing Ford when a drunk driver kills someone while driving drunk in an F-150.  Ford had no control over that. Neither does Remington or Smith and Wesson have control over a criminal getting their hands on a firearm and using it to kill someone.

The Tribune has a point when it talks about changing demographics.  The NRA is making efforts to address that with folks like Colion Noir, Chris Cheng, Antonia Okafor and Gabby Franco as NRANews Commentators or in outreach ads.  Noir and Okafor are Black, Cheng is Asian and gay, and Franco is a Latino immigrant.  One can argue as to whether the out reach is successful but the organization did recognize it needed to put forward others than just the stereotypical “old white guy” and it continues to expand the list of folks appearing in those efforts.

It is not good for our rights when only one party supports them because at some point, the one that is with you will start taking your for granted.  But the NRA and it’s members are not going to support candidates who do not stand for our freedom.  What is needed is to bring those individuals from groups like blacks, Asians, Latinos, and others who do own firearms into the fold and get them understand why they need to be NRA members and support candidates who support their right to own firearms.  It is up to us who know those people to make those efforts, not just the folks at NRA HQ.

With all that is at stake this election cycle and everything that will be determined by its outcome, it is up to us as members of the pro-Second Amendment community to do everything we can to make sure we elect candidates who will defend our constitutional rights.  As Virginians, we play a crucial role in preserving a pro-gun majority in the U.S. Senate and electing a pro-gun President.  If we fail to make our voices heard in November, not only could we see an anti-gun President or U.S. Senate, they would have the power to appoint an anti-gun Justice to the Supreme Court and strip away or victories from the Heller and McDonald cases. This election is not about the next four or eight years it is about the next fifty!

It may only be July, but this election cycle is already in full swing and so is NRA-ILA. The Virginia NRA-ILA Campaign Field Representative, Patrick DeStefano, has been tasked with one goal, making sure we turn out the pro-gun vote, but he can’t do it alone, he needs our help.  Our strength comes from the passion of NRA members and activists and that’s just what we need right now, ACTION.

Helping NRA contact fellow Virginians will be critical in harnessing the pro-gun grassroots power in support of those that support the Second Amendment.  Please consider volunteering some of your time to make voter phone calls, canvass local neighborhoods, distribute materials or attend NRA-ILA events to spread our message.  These simple tasks have an enormous effect and any amount of time you can donate will help us make a real difference!

Please contact Patrick today to volunteer!  You can contact Patrick at:
patrick@nrailafrontlines.com
http://www.nrailafrontlines.com/

NRANews Commentator Colion Noir lays out why politicians turn to gun control rather than tackling the real hard issues facing crime plagued inner cities.

It’s no wonder recent polls show strong support for banning people on the so-called “Terrorist Watch List” from being able to buy firearms are so high.  Pollster’s ask questions that most anyone would respond to with a yes answer.  Take for example the just released  Quinnipiac University poll

52. As you may know, individuals on the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list are not allowed to fly on planes. Would you support or oppose banning those on the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list from purchasing guns?

                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              86%    85%    91%    83%    82%    89%    86%    86%
Oppose               12     12      8     15     15      9     11     13
DK/NA                 2      2      1      3      3      2      3      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              87%    84%    88%    86%    83%    89%    86%    88%    90%
Oppose               11     13     10     12     15      9     12      8      9
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      2      2      2      4      1
 
                     Gun    DENSITY............
                     HsHld  Urban  Suburb Rural
 
Support              83%    84%    87%    87%
Oppose               14     15      9     12
DK/NA                 2      1      4      2

No where in the poll is there an explanation of exactly what the list is or how someone gets on or off of the list.  It is doubtful the average American knows this is a “secret” government list and the government won’t tell the public how a name is added or how to get it removed.  It is also doubtful the average American knows in 2014 a federal judge ruled that the government’s method for allowing the public to challenge placement on the no-fly list was “wholly ineffective” and unconstitutional.

This isn’t the only poll that uses simplistic questions to get the desired result.  It is all too clear that polls are more a tool to drive the news than they are to determine the mood of the public.

On Sunday, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation to discuss the Obama administration’s failure to protect Americans from radical Islamic terror attacks. He portrayed the administration’s concentration on gun control as a distraction from the very real threats that our nation faces today.

Also NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox appeared on This Week With George Stephanopoulos, explaining where the responsibility lies for Americans’ vulnerability to terror attacks and firing back against false accusations toward the NRA. He affirmed the organization’s absolute stance against arming suspected terrorists and argued against the effectiveness of so-called “assault weapons” bans.

 

Apparently Starbucks works differently in some places than they do in Richmond.  That’s the only thing I can take from this CBS This Morning piece.

Did you catch gun control advocate and UCLA Law School professor Adam Winkler saying “in most places you can go in to a gun store and buy an AR-15 much like you can a Starbucks and buy a coffee.”  Really?  The CBS producer bought the firearm after showing the required two forms of ID plus she provided a passport.  Have you ever done that in a Starbucks or any other coffee shop?

Mark Anthony Wright at National Review Online offered some great thoughts on this non-story:

Take a minute to think about the demands of the gun-control Left. Would universal, instant background checks have prevented this purchase? The purchaser passed a background check. How about preventing those on the terrorism watch list from purchasing guns? While I can’t be sure, I assume CBS’s producer was not on the terrorism watch list. How about making sure the mentally ill, those involved in domestic abuse, or minors cannot purchase guns? What about cracking down on “Internet sales” or expanding the definition of “federally licensed firearm dealers” to include most private sellers? What about closing the “gun-show loophole”? It doesn’t appear that any of those reforms would have prevented this purchase either.
CBS’s producer fulfilled the requirements under the law to purchase the weapon — if CBS wants to take the editorial position that all gun purchases should face a mandatory 48- or 72-hour waiting period, that is their prerogative. But as it stands, this is a non-story. What would have made it a story? Perhaps if a CBS producer with a criminal record, or under some other current legal prohibition from purchasing a firearm, had managed to buy the rifle in 38 minutes. Now that would be a scandal.

And they wonder why fewer and fewer people watch network news programs.

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