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Last week was the annual Shad Planking and Fox News was there. Shawn Hannity ran this story on his program last night.

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Congressional Quarterly ran a great article this morning about Eric Cantor and his “monster first-quarter” campaign finance report, raising an impressive $963,900.  That more than doubled his take from the comparable first quarter of the last non-election year — 2007 — the other six members of the House Republican leadership combined to produce $25,900 less in the first three months of 2009 than they had two years earlier. Together, those six raised $1,031,100 for the first quarter of 2009 — only $67,200 more than Cantor.

Cantor is my congressman and he is one of the few bright spots in what can only be described as a dismal period for the GOP right now.  He has always been a hard worker and the fact he is an “A” when it comes to Second Amendment issues just makes him that much better in my book.  While I disagreed with his vote on the bailout bill late last year, he has an otherwise spotless record when it comes to voting conservative. 

Cantor’s Chief of Staff Rob Collins when asked about the great numbers said, “We’re grateful that we have been able to tap into a grass-roots energy to support Eric Cantor and the common sense conservative ideas he brings to the table.”

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On the 10th Anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, media outlet after media outlet, inside and outside of the U.S., ran stories to mark the event.  The BBC ran this story.  The Australian Broadcasting Company posted this story on its web site including this audio report from the World Today.  Both stories played into the theme started in February when Attorney General Eric Holder first stuck his foot in his mouth regarding reinstating the semi-automatic rifle ban.  Since that time, the media has led a steady drumbeat for more gun control, using the various shootings around the country as their back drop.

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The Obama Administration and anti-rights crowd in congress and the media seem to believe that by simply repeating a talking point enough will make it so – thus the constant repetition of the “90% of guns confiscated in Mexico are purchased in the U.S.”

Well, FactCheck.org, which did a horrendous job during the presidential campaign of picking out the facts about candidate Obama’s record on Second Amendment issues, has done their own check on the U.S. guns in Mexico debate. FactCheck.org also picked apart Fox News‘ number of 17%. Here is what FactCheck came up with:

Given the lack of hard data from Mexico we can’t calculate a precise figure for what portion of crime guns have been traced to the U.S. Based on the best evidence we can find so far, we conclude that the true percentage is probably less than half of the 90 percent claimed by the president and others in his administration, who base their claim on a badly biased sample of all guns seized in Mexico. But we also conclude that the number is probably at least double what Fox News has reported, based on their mistaken interpretation of ATF testimony.

Unfortunately, FactCheck.org did their own editorializing with this close:

Whether the number is 90 percent , or 36 percent, or something else, there’s no dispute that thousands of guns are being illegally transported into Mexico by way of the United States each year.

Maybe the President should work on protecting our borders.  That way we could stop a whole lot of illegal activity that is going on in both this country and south of the Border.

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Yes, you read that right. On tax day, a day where thousands of Americans attended “Tea Parties” around the counrty to protest the out of control spending by Congress and the President, the media reported that a Department of Homeland Security report titled Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment, included a footnote targeting Americans that tend to support certain conservative causes, as being likely to join “extremist” groups. The footnote went on to say while there is no specific information that domestic “right-wing terrorists” are planning acts of violence, such acts could come from unnamed “rightwing extremists” concerned about illegal immigration, abortion, increasing federal power and restrictions on firearms. The footnote also singled out returning war veterans as susceptible to recruitment of “rightwing extremists.”

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre appeared on Glenn Beck’s Fox News program the afternoon that the report was issued to discuss it.

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An editorial in yesterday’s NY Times lamented that the shootings of a decade ago at Columbine, two years ago at VA Tech, and last week in Binghamton haven’t resulted in tougher gun control.  NRA was once again trotter out as the reason, sighting the organization’s “intimidation” tactics against congressmen and the Times urged the President to “place the immense persuasive powers of his office behind an across-the-board, badly overdue push for sensible gun control”.  Never mind the fact that a recent Gallup poll showed that  support for gun control is at an all time low.

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Today is your last day to contact your legislators and urge them to override Governor Kaine’s vetos of five important gun bills.  Get more information here.

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