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NRANews released this new video from Wayne LaPierre at 6:00 PM Wednesday night.  In it, LaPierre starts out by saying “Americans are growing more and more sick and tired of Barack Obama. They’re sick of the sanctimony, the narcissistic celebrity, the dishonesty and the growing number of failures. But more than anything, they have never feared for America’s future like they do right now.”

He continues by pointing out the lack of prosecutions under this President for crimes that he claims his “executive actions” are supposed to help prevent.  LaPierre concludes with a challenge.  He says NRA won’t be suckered into a “fixed fight” with the President like the so-called Townhall last week, but will meet Obama for a one-on-one debate on neutral ground.  Don’t look for Obama to accept the challenge.

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With all of the Democratic presidential candidates and President Obama actively pushing gun control, it appears Democrats believe this is once again a golden issue for them.  But the Miami Herald has this article today that, after detailing what caused this change, asks is it really a safe issue?

“I think the Republicans will try to use the president’s executive actions to motivate part of their base,” said Nathan Gonzales, editor and publisher of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, a nonpartisan newsletter.

That prospect still may make some Democrats tread cautiously.

Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., who chairs a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee program for vulnerable incumbent Democrats, said the party isn’t requiring its candidates to press the gun control issue in their campaigns.

That in itself is interesting since the President said last night at his so-called “townhall” that he would not campaign or vote for any Democratic candidate who does not support his gun policies.

Only one Democrat has broken ranks with Obama on the issue, Heidi HeitKamp.  Considering she represents a pro-rights state, she is probably glad she does not have to worry about Obama making a trip to North Dakota.

Hat tip to Cam Edwards.

 

 

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Looking at the “executive actions” that were basically released last night but are being officially released today, leads one to conclude that this was all bark and no bite.  Then I read this article in the Washington Post and it makes me ask, is this provision intended to catch totally innocent people trying to sell a single firearm, one single time, from their own collection?

One of the main provisions is new federal guidance requiring some occasional gun sellers to get licenses from ATF and conduct background checks on potential buyers. Rather than set a single threshold for what triggers this licensing requirement, it will be based on a mix of business activities such as whether the seller processes credit cards, rents tables at gun shows and has formal business cards.

The “processes credit cards” caught my attention.  Anyone can do that now with a simple attachment to you Smartphone that can be purchased anywhere, including from Rite Aid pharmacies or any electronics stores.  What about the son who was left a collection of firearms by his father and for what ever reason wants to sell one or more of them and decides to rent a table one weekend at his local gun show.  He isn’t in the business of selling firearms.  He isn’t going to do it again, he just wants to go where there are people that might be interested in the guns he wants to sell.

I’m not the only one asking the question whether this is all to set up the prosecution of cases they otherwise wound not have pursued.

 

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