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The Washington Post has this story on so called “Smart Guns.” The interesting point in the story is that one of the gun control group that you would think would be in favor of this , the Violence Policy Center, seems to be adamently opposed to the idea – not because it won’t work, but because it might work so well it will encourage more people to become gun owners:

Policy Center officials argue that the new technology is unlikely to stem gun homicides, which often occur between people who know each other, and that personalization will have no effect on the more than 300 million guns in circulation. The organization also questions whether the technology would deter the nearly 350,000 incidents of firearm theft per year, though some of the proposed technologies are add-ons that can be installed on existing guns.

And perhaps most important, the Violence Policy Center worries that smart guns will increase the number of firearm owners, because marketing that touts safety could sway those previously opposed to guns to make their first purchase.

Can’t have anything that creates more gun owners can we.

I remain skeptical.  My reason can best be summed up in this quote from the story:

The chief concern for potential buyers is reliability, with 44 percent of those polled by the National Shooting Sports Foundation saying the technology would not be reliable at all. A commenter in an online Glock forum explained the concern this way: “They can’t even make a cellphone that works reliably when you need it, and some dumbass thinks he can make a reliable techno-gadget gun that is supposed to safeguard you in dire circumstances?”

 

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The Washington Post reports that the NRA has released a new ad letting Virginia gun owners know Democrat AG candidate Mark Herring is not their friend.

Both the Governor and Attorney General campaigns have turned to gun rights issues in the last week with the news that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is dumping over $1 million in ads in Northern Virginia attacking GOP nominee Ken Cuccinelli for his support of the 2nd Amendment.  Herring is trying to tie Obenshain to Cuccinelli by sayign both have extreme positions on the right to keep and bear arms:

“It’s no wonder that fringe groups like the NRA are doing everything they can to help tea party candidate Mark Obenshain, because he agrees with them and votes with them,” Herring campaign spokesman Matt Wojtkun said in an e-mail. “Virginians are rejecting this extreme Cuccinelli-Obenshain ticket because it’s wrong for Virginia.”

It’s important for gun owners to get involved in the final week of the campaign to help defeat the anti-rights team of Terry McAuliffe, State Senator Ralph Northam, and State Senator Mark Herring.  All have committed to push for restrictions on our basic rights.  You can help by contacting the NRA-ILA Field Reps below:

Pittsylvania
James Lee
434-993-8672
JamesLeeNRA@gmail.com

Chesterfield, Powhatan
James Morton
512-659-5213
JCMorton.NRA@gmail.com

Newport News
Trey Ramsey
717-448-3426
tramseyNRA@gmail.com

Augusta, Rockingham
Terry Durkin
434-989-5089
tdurkinnra@gmail.com

Buchanan, Wise
Lexy Rusnak
540-315-4823
lexynra@gmail.com

Northern Virginia
Jacob Champion
703-672-0251
jchampionNRA@gmail.com

Bedford, Amherst
Raney Quirk
540-406-2342
rquirknra@gmail.com

 

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It appears “There’s an App for That.”

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Terry McAuliffe has tried very hard to make Ken Cuccinelli look as extreme as possible, most recently on the issue of firearms. Last week McAuliffe sent out this tweet:

“In 2004, Ken Cuccinelli voted against making it a misdemeanor to carry a missile into an airport terminal,”

“Fast Terry” was referring to a 2004 bill that

Cuccinelli was one of 16 people in the 40-member state Senate that voted against that would have barred people from entering an airport terminal carrying a “gun or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile or projectile of any kind.” According to PolitiFact, it can be argued that the description does encompass missile launchers, but that’s an interpretation that doesn’t weigh the debate at the time the bill was considered.

McAuliffe’s tweet focuses on the term “missile” and suggests that the bill’s purpose was to ban warheads from airports. But the term “missile” is undefined in state law and could mean bullets, rocks, or even a cup of soda if it’s thrown maliciously.

So there’s a trace of truth to a deeply distorted and inflamed statement by McAuliffe. We rate his claim Mostly False.

I think that is a good way to rate McAuliffe’s entire campaign.

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A recent Reason-Rupe Poll found that 54% of Americans say Congress should cut spending from current levels and 62 percent say Congress should forget about gun control and move on to other issues.

You can hear Emily Ekins her talk about it below.

Hat Tip to Cam Edwards and NRANews

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Politico reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that targeting Democrats on gun votes could backfire and harm the party.  Bloomberg decided to ignor the warning.

Ads from the Bloomberg-funded Mayors Against Illegal Guns are going up soon in Alaska, Arkansas and North Dakota — three states with Democratic senators who broke with the White House on last month’s background checks vote.

The group is also moving as many as 60 field organizers into about a dozen states where senators — Democrats and Republicans — voted against bill, with the goal of building infrastructure and countering gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association.

In Arkansas, Bloomberg is placing ads in markets in Black communities, a segment of the voters that Politico notes Democrat Mark Pryor must carry to win re-election.  Senate Democrats want Bloomberg to focus on “flipping” Republicans who voted against the gun control legislation.  Biden, in an Op/Ed in this past weekend’s Houston Chronicle wrote:

In the end, I believe we will prevail. And those who wrote off gun safety legislation last month will come to realize that moment wasn’t the end at all. It was the turning point.

Biden pointed to poll numbers that suggest those who stood with law abiding gun owners have seen their poll numbers sink and those who want to criminalize private transfers have seen their poll number hold or increase.

We will see if those numbers hold.  In the end, it’s not about what the polls tell politicians, but what their constiuients tell them, and by most accounts, senators voting against Schumer, Manchin, Toomey heard from a lot more gun owners than they heard from gun ban supporters.  So, keep holding their feet to the fire and make sure they know we are watching.

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The vote count continues to be close but looks to be short of the 60 votes needed for approval, so Senators Manchin and Toomey are trying to sweeten the deal to appeal to rural senators who may be concerned about the requirement that advertised private sales be done through a licensed retailer because some constituents may not have easy access.  This from Politico:

Late Monday night, the New York Times reported that Manchin and Toomey are considering a possible revision to their bill that would exempt residents in rural areas living hundreds of miles from licensed gun deals from some of the requirements of the bill.

The revision, which would be added only as amendment if the Manchin-Toomey proposal is adopted, is designed to appeal to Begich and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), said aides familiar with the issue. Manchin huddled with both Alaskan senators on the floor after a vote Monday night.

However, only four Republicans are voting for the bill at this time. They include Toomey, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Susan Collins of Maine and John McCain of Arizona.

Other Republicans are on the fence and undecided, such as Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Dean Heller of Nevada. Democrats believe they will pick up some of these Republicans.

In related news, Virginia Senator Mark Warner just spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate and his comments indicate that he supports the Manchin-Toomey-Schumer background check amendment.  Please call Senator Warner and let him know that you do not approve of his support of this amendment.  Tell him that the amendment is not pro-rights but is actually a “Bonanza of Gun Control“.

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