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Fellow gun owners, this is the final weekend to do all we can to defeat anti-gun Barack Obama.  We need large turnouts of gun owners at rallies in Virginia on Saturday.  Please attend and please where your NRA and/or other pro-gun, pro-sportsmen gear.  Here are the details:

Road to Victory Rally: Saturday November 1st in Newport News, VA with John McCain

What: Road to Victory Rally: Saturday November 1st in Newport News, VA
 
When: November 1, 2008 Doors Open at 7:00 a.m. (you need to arrive early)
 
Where: Christopher Newport University: David Student Union
1 University Place
Newport News , VA23606

Ticket Locations

Yorktown Victory Center
Wittman for Congress Headquarters
632 Hampton Hwy.
Yorktown, VA 23693
(757) 646-1844
Norfolk Victory Headquarters
6204 N. Military Highway, Suite G
Norfolk, VA 23518
(757) 334-0186
Virginia Beach Regional Victory Headquarters
512 S. Independence Blvd. Suite 200
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 305-9174
Chesapeake Regional Victory Headquarters
124 Battlefield Blvd, South
Chesapeake, VA 23322
(757) 482-1111

Road to Victory Rally: Saturday November 1st in Springfield, VA with John McCain 
What: Road to Victory Rally: Saturday November 1st in Springfield, VA
 
When: November 1, 2008 doors open at 9:00 a.m. (you need to arrive early)
 
Where: Interstate Van Lines
5801 Rolling Road
Springfield , V22152

Ticket Locations

Fairfax County Springfield Victory Center
8136 Old Keene Mill Road
Suite A207
Springfield, VA
703-752-4487
Fairfax Regional Victory Headquarters
4246 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA
703-766-4467
Loudoun Regional Victory Headquarters
46950 Community Plaza
Unit #201A
Sterling, VA
703-406-0947
Virginia Victory 2008 State Headquarters
1235 S. Clark Street
Arlington, VA
703-955-4255

Prince William Victory Center
4431 Prince William Parkway
Woodbridge, VA
703-680-7388

Western Prince William County Victory Headquarters
7466 Limestone Drive
Gainesville, VA
202-641-8816

Road to Victory Rally: Saturday November 1st in Glen Allen, VA with Sarah Palin

What: Road to Victory Rally: Saturday November 1st in Glen Allen, VA
 
When: November 1, 2008  Doors Open 6:30 p.m. Rally begins at 8:00PM (you need to arrive early)
 
Where: Deep Run High School
4801 Twin Hickory Rd
Glen Allen , VA23059

This will be Governor Palin’s last Virginia rally before Election Day.Tickets are available online or by visiting one of the designated Virginia Victory offices between 9:00am and 9:00 p.m. EDT.

If you have any questions please email virginia@johnmccain.com

Ticket Locations

Richmond Regional Victory Headquarters
*across from Tucker High School
2819 N. Parham Road, Suite 210
Richmond, VA
804-248-6981
Chesterfield Victory Headquarters
9507 Hull Street Road, Suite B
Richmond, VA
804-356-4970
Hanover County Victory Headquarters
9502 Chamberlayne Road, Suite 12
Mechanicsville, VA
202-641-6753
Charlottesville Victory Center
455 Albemarle Square
Charlottesville, VA
434-973-5499

Harrisonburg Regional Victory Headquarters
182 Neff Avenue
Suites 13 and 14
Harrisonburg, VA
540-830-3757

Fredericksburg Regional Victory Headquarters
150 Riverside Parkway, Suite 213
Fredericksburg, VA
540-479-1888
 

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posted on this earlier this week but it continues to be news. Cam Edwards on NRANews last night led his program with it as well. The increase in gun sales as the election approaches is clearly a nationwide story. All you have to do is google “Increase in Gun Sales” and you get page after page of articles around the nation, even here in Virginia.

National Review’s Jim Geraghty said on NRANews last night it is possible that if Obama wins and he has increased majorities in both houses of Congress as expected, that Obama will try to strike while the “iron is hot” and push through things like a renewal of the Clinton gun ban, to name one. Geraghty believes it will be hard for even normally pro-gun Democrats (he named Heath Shuler as an example but not to single him out) to resist the arm twisting from a president of the same party in the first 100 days.

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CNN’s Wolfe Blitzer will interview Barack Obama on Friday during the Situation Room and you can be part of the program.  Just go here and you can upload your question.  Since none of the presidential debates included a question about guns, maybe Blitzer will allow one to slip in. 

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin.

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On Sunday the Washington Post reported that while other items have seen sales declines in these uncertain economic times, gun sales are still increasing.  Here is a report from Florida on the same topic. Story mirrors the reasons mentioned in much of the Post article.

I was listening Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk program this week and he mentioned he had just bought another AR-15. He suggested now might be a good time to buy because market forces of supply and demand could cause prices to rise should the election winner not favor gun owners.

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Sebastian has another update via Dave Hardy on this still developing story.  Is there a chance that Cooper gave more than legally allowed to a single candidate?  What a tangled web we weave…

Update: Sebastian updated this story yesterday. He looked deeper into the numbers Dave posted and discovered nothing illegal or funny was going on. However, he noted that the other accusations of Cooper’s support of Obama’s candidacy still stand.  Hat tip to Bitter for the comment and correction.

Sebastian also noted here that it appears the Cooper Arms Board of Directors has asked Daniel Cooper to step down from the company he founded.

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There was a lot of chatter yesterday on Internet discussion boards and blogs about a USA Today article discussing corporate executives that don’t normally support Democrats that are now supporting Barack Obama. One such exec mentioned was Dan Cooper, “chief executive of Cooper Arms, a small Montana company that makes hunting rifles.” The article starts out with:

Dan Cooper, a proud member of the National Rifle Association, has backed Republicans for most of his life. He’s the chief executive of Cooper Arms, a small Montana company that makes hunting rifles.

Cooper said he voted for George W. Bush in 2000, having voted in past elections for every Republican presidential nominee back to Richard Nixon. In October 1992, he presented a specially made rifle to the first President. Bush during a Billings campaign event.

…Cooper changed sides, he said, “probably because of the war. And also because the Republican Party has moved so far right in recent years.”

He also likes Obama’s message about “the retooling of America, which involves the building of middle-class jobs and helping American small business be competitive with those overseas.”

You can imagine that the reaction to this news ranked right up there with the feelings of betrayal felt after Jim Zumbo made his uninformed comments about semi-auto military style firearms. Zumbo later apologized and after some range time with Ted Nugent, saw the error of his ways and now understands why people like to shoot firearms like AR-15s.

But is this USA Today report the whole story? In today’s Shooting Wire, Jim Shepherd writes:

This statement posted on the Cooper Firearms website would seem to indicate otherwise: “Regarding the USA Today Article. Cooper Firearms of Montana, Inc. did not contribute and does not support in any fashion the campaign of Senator Obama. Nine months ago Dan Cooper (personally) made an online donation to the campaign in an effort to help defeat Hillary Clinton and in protest of American plant closures and the shipping of jobs overseas. Three months ago he made yet another donation to the McCain campaign and the RNC totaling over twice that given to Obama campaign. There is no doubt that the article in USA Today has caused a considerable response. To this end we are encouraged and stand with our fellow NRA members and supporters of the Second Amendment and against those who oppose it.”

The end of this story is far from written, but were Cooper’s actions were not inaccurately reported in order to fit inside the “More executives sold on Obama” headline, Mr. Cooper is only beginning to feel the ire of already angry gun owners. When your name is on the sign, there is precious little discrimination between your personal actions and those of your company.

Given how the media has been in the tank for Obama all year, it is probably always good to dig deep into anything they report. In any event, Cooper will likely think twice about talking to the media in the future.

Update: Sebastian has another take on the Cooper response.  He makes some good points as always.

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The Politico reports that the NRA is running a new add in battleground states, including Virginia, in hopes of closing the sale for gun owners to vote their rights on November 4th.  The ad does not mention a candidate by name but uses the popular actor Chuck Norris in ads reminiscent of the Huckabee primary ads.

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