Charles Hill, principal of Strobridge Elementary School in Hayward, California, isn’t a fan of toy guns or the effect he believes they have on kids. “Playing with toy guns, saying ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ desensitizes them, so as they get older, it’s easier for them to use a real gun,” he said. That’s why, last Saturday, Hill organized a toy gun trade-in program at his school. In exchange for their faux firearms, kids could get free books and a shot at a new bike. Read more: Toy gun exchange held at California elementary school.
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“A gun didn’t kill my husband, a man killed my husband,” Taya Kyle, 38, told The New York Post. Chris Kyle — credited with 160 confirmed kills during his 10-year career as a Navy SEAL was shot in February at a Glen Rose, Texas, gun range after ex-Marine Eddie Ray Routh allegedly blasted him and another man at close range, killing both. The mother of two has steadfastly defended the rights of gun owners. She recently rallied gun enthusiasts at an NRA convention in Houston to continue to defend the Second Amendment, said she owns a Smith & Wesson pistol and even aims to take up hunting soon. “Unfortunately, it’s a hot issue and people like to make it into a bigger picture that’s not an accurate picture,” she explained. “The majority of ways guns are used every day are very positive. Her husband wrote the bestselling memoir “American Sniper” and was penning a new book, “American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms,” at the time of his death. It will be released June 4. He was so lethal he had an $80,000 bounty placed on his head by insurgents in Iraq and was nicknamed “Al-Shaitan Ramad” — “The Devil of Ramadi.”
His past is never far from his wife’s mind.
“For somebody like me, who can feel vulnerable, it is nice to have an added element of protection because there are people who are motivated to do evil,” she said. “That’s not going to change. If you’re going to do evil, you are going to do it — and . . . I’d like to be able to protect myself.”
Her husband’s alleged killer, Routh, 25, was reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and Kyle was trying to help him through it. Taya doesn’t buy that Routh was suffering PTSD.
“People who have PTSD don’t talk about it. They don’t use it as an excuse. They carry guns and they do good work and love their families,” she said. “They struggle, but it doesn’t change their character.”
She said Routh’s upcoming trial would shed light on the alleged killer’s motives, but declined to discuss how. “Chris has a lot of experience with guys with PTSD — hunting, shooting and healing. For that reason alone, there was no reason not to take him to the range — there’s a lot more information Chris would have needed to not to make that decision.”
Taya said she’ll be promoting the book in her husband’s place. And the spotlight will soon grow even brighter. Steven Spielberg will be directing a movie based on “American Gun,” and Bradley Cooper will be playing Kyle — an actor he approved, Taya said. Read the original article here.
Today President Obama responded to the defeat of the Toomey-Manchin Bill. He was quite emotional, angry, and showered veiled threats on the Democrats who chose to side with the Constitution. He was surrounded by Sandy Hook parents and Gabby Giffords. Watch the video below of President Obama, and then let’s discuss some of the points he makes in the video:
Lil Chantilly: If the Senate had the required 60 votes they would have passed. You are an Ivy League educated scholar Mr. President, surely you know that it only required 41 votes to shoot down these amendments. There is a reason our system is set up as it is.
President Obama: It wouldn’t have prevented future massacres.
Lil Chantilly: Um… then why spend valuable Congressional time on this?
President Obama asked: “A victory for who? A victory for what?”
Lil Chantilly: This victory goes to the god given rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.
President Obama: (Regarding the Sandy Hook parents) “Isn’t their opinion relevant to this debate?”
Lil Chantilly: They have a first Amendment right to speak their mind, and my heart goes out to them. Their opinion, the opinion of Gabby Giffords, are all valid opinions. The millions of responsible gun owners also have valid opinions and a first amendment right to speak our minds. That is the beauty of our country, we can have a civil debate with two different passionate points of view. In the end our elected representatives listen to the opinions and facts presented to them and they vote. Today our representatives, our Senators did just that. The President said they voted against this Bill because they feared they would not be elected next time. I am not as educated as Mr. Obama, but if the constituents have written e-mails, made phone calls, and slammed social media with an overwhelming opinion communicating their displeasure with a Bill, so much so that a Senator worries he will not be elected if he goes against that flood of communication, isn’t that the point? Mr. Obama, they DID listen to us!
President Obama: All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington.
Lil Chantilly: Somehow I do not think that George Washington or Thomas Jefferson would agree with you.
President Obama: “Even without Congress my Administration will keep doing everything it can.”
Lil Chantilly: I am sure you will, and when you step too far – there will be backlash.
President Obama did say quite a lot that I agree with 100% and I plan on taking his advice. I hope you do to:
President Obama’s closing remarks (summarized, not a direct quote:)
Law enforcement and responsible gun owners Democrats, Republicans, Urban moms, rural hunters, if your elected officials don’t act as you wish, come election time you must remember. From the NRA households, you need to contact the leadership and let them know if they represent your wishes! You outnumber those who argue the other way, you are better organized, and focus on this one issue [2nd Amendment] at election time. We, the American people, must sustain passion about this and must send the right people to Washington.
Yes, I know he was really speaking to the anti-gun crowd, but I KNOW those who actively support the 2nd Amendment out number those who actively support anti-gun legislation. We made our voices heard and the Senate proved that truth today.
In the words of John Paul Jones, an old Navy man, “We have not yet begun to fight!”
Speaking of Audacity, today the president scolded Congress and the Nation saying, “Shame on us if we’ve forgotten, I haven’t forgotten those kids.” Mr. President, I have not forgotten them either. Shame on you for assuming that supporting the 2nd Amendment and legal gun owners means our hearts don’t break for those babies and their families. Shame on Congress for attempting to pass feel-good laws that will do nothing to prevent another spree killer, but instead punish every single gun owner in the country. Shame on the media for supporting these meaningless bills and politicians.
My conscience is clear.
I can grieve for the victims of Newtown and continue to fight for our right to bear arms, they are not mutually exclusive. Mr. President, I have not forgotten those kids nor have I forgotten the constitution and the rights guaranteed in the fading ink.
A number of things have occurred with Dianne Feinstein’s proposed Assault Weapons Ban over the past week. When I first heard that Senator Harry Reid decided he didn’t have the votes for it and that it would not be part of the Bill he brought to the floor for a vote, I was thrilled. A couple days before that, one of my favorite BIG gun stores said they hadn’t had lines in a few days. For one moment, I took a breath and wondered if things were finally going to calm down. The gun grabbers did their very best, rode the most terrible tragedy imaginable like a old broken horse until the whole thing collapsed around them. Those of us who are steadfast 2nd Amendment supporters are extremely passionate. The gun control crowd, whose numbers are much less, underestimated the fury that was ignited when they tried to use this horrible tragedy for their own political gain. Their only chance to take our guns was on the back of such a nightmare.
I believe there are a small percentage who are passionately anti-gun enough to fight, and maybe a little less than 50% of the country is passionately pro 2nd Amendment, and then there is about 30-40% of the people who really don’t care either way – unless you paint gun control within the context of a tragedy like Sandy Hook. The problem is, when you give people time to really think about the constitution, and what the Bill of Rights means – all ten Amendments – most have the presence of mind to realize that if one of them crumbles, they all may fall.
It is very important to realize, this is not over – it will never be over. Senator Reid decided that he would separate the AWB and the high capacity magazine ban from the Gun Control Bill that will be voted on in about a month on Capital Hill. Those two initiatives can now be brought as amendments to the Gun Control Bill. This means that Ms. Feinstein may still get an up or down vote on her AWB after all.
This is very important to me. And I’m not going to lay down and play dead. ~ Dianne Feinstein
Yesterday, Vice President Biden also said on NPR that he has not given up on the Assault Weapons Ban. The Washington Times also reported the Vice President said “The notion that an assault weapons ban doesn’t address the main problem because many more people die from handguns each year is a bizarre argument. No, you are not fixing the problem,” he said. “That is like saying, does it make any sense to ban cigarette smoking while you still have global warming going on? Come on. Does that fix the environmental problem? No. But it saves some people’s lives. Do you say the fact that we took lead out of gasoline? Does that solve the problem? No. It doesn’t. We still have too many emissions going into the air. But it helps.”
Ummm…. That last Biden quote reminded me of the AT&T Commercial with the kids sitting around the table.
Mayor Bloomberg’s Political Action Committee, Independence USA, has hinted that they will pour funds toward opposing candidates for any Democrat that votes against increased gun laws or the Assault Weapons Ban. This puts some Democrats in a hairy situation, if they vote for the ban, their constituents may run them out of office, and if they vote against the laws, they face the wrath of one extremely wealthy man who wants to dictate every part of your life. Because of the Bloomberg threat, I believe that some Democrats are hoping there is never a vote so they do not have to enter into the no-win situation.
Here we are, three months after the tragedy that stoked the fires of liberty to a raging inferno. We have lost some battles (NY and CO), and are winning some along the way as well – but this is going to be a long war. Remain united, do your research, use your voice! This is still a Representative Republic, which means that if the people we have chosen to represent us are not listening – we can, and will, replace them!
The President and CEO of Colt’s Manufacturing Co., Dennis Veilleux, published the following OP-ED in a Connecticut News Paper this week: As a leader of a Connecticut manufacturing business who answers to owners, I can tell you the one question I am asked regularly, “Why does it make sense to stay or grow here?” For 175 years, Hartford and Connecticut have been our home. The genius and vision of Samuel Colt built a core of manufacturing excellence that helped make Hartford one of the nation’s wealthiest cities and ignited the industrial revolution in the Connecticut River Valley. Amazingly, that heritage continues with a substantial firearms industry and a critical mass of skilled craftsman and machining expertise for aerospace and other precision industries that are the envy of the country. But this tremendous economic advantage is in grave danger. What’s most astounding is our advantage is not being taken away — it’s being given away.
Colt, for example, manufactures the AR-15 platform rifles in a military version and a very different commercial version. Colt has manufactured the commercial semi-automatic version of the AR (one shot for each trigger pull) since 1963. The AR-15 has evolved into the modern sporting rifle. It is owned and used responsibly by millions of Americans for hunting, target shooting and home defense. This product is the backbone of our business and is very important to us and our customers.
Now Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says that with or without bipartisan consensus, he intends to ban this rifle. But a ban of the most popular semiautomatic rifle in the United States for what are essentially cosmetic reasons would make no one safer and punish a vital Connecticut industry.
Changes are needed to make our communities safer, and there are things we can all agree on to meet this goal. We should focus on keeping firearms out of the wrong hands.
We must strengthen what we know works such as strictly enforcing penalties for those who purchase or possess an illegal firearm. We can build on the existing National Instant Background Checks to bring all appropriate mental health and other records, such as restraining orders, into the system.
We can educate gun owners and enforce laws on the safe storage of firearms in the home (Imagine if the firearms criminally and insanely misused in Newtown had been stored securely.) I have two young children and like so many in our state, I identify with, but can only imagine, the searing pain of those parents who lost children in Newtown. If I thought a ban would make the state and especially its children safer, I could not write these words.
The fact is bans don’t work. We tried to ban alcohol nearly 100 years ago, which just drove a regulated activity underground.
I know one thing that the governor’s proposed ban will do: It will irreparably damage — if not destroy — the brand of any Connecticut firearms manufacturer.
Our customers are unusually brand-loyal. In many cases, they personally identify with the firearm brand they choose. Although our Connecticut heritage has historically enhanced our brand, that will change overnight if we ban the modern sporting rifle.
I will be asked why we should continue to manufacture in a state where the governor would make ownership of our product a felony. I will be asked these questions and, unlike in the past, there will be few good answers. ~Dennis Veilleux (Colt mfg. CEO)
As a result Colt, as well as other Connecticut manufacturers such as Mossberg and Stag Arms will see immediate erosion in brand strength and market share as customers migrate to manufacturers in more supportive states. This will have consequences for dozens of Connecticut companies and thousands of workers. Connecticut will have put its firearms manufacturing industry in jeopardy: one that contributes $1.7 billion annually to the state’s economy. Like every other precision manufacturer in Connecticut, Colt is constantly approached by other states to relocate, but our roots here are deep. Colt is and always has been an integral part of a state characterized by hard work, perseverance and ingenuity.
I know, however, that someday soon, I will again be asked why we fight to keep well-paying manufacturing jobs in Connecticut. I will be asked why we should continue to manufacture in a state where the governor would make ownership of our product a felony.
I will be asked these questions and, unlike in the past, there will be few good answers.
Read the story here.
My daughter comes from home from school almost everyday with stories from two or three of her teachers. These teachers are leading the AP Classes and Honors Classes she is taking in her junior year of High School. We actually live in a conservative part of California and in a town with a high population of 2nd Amendment supporters. Still, I am finding out that not everyone here feels the same about the 2nd Amendment as I do. Basically, the brightest children at my daughter’s school spend hours in classrooms with teachers who blatantly discuss their opinion on given topics in the news without properly discussing the alternate side. If any of the students begin to debate the other point of view, they are frequently told that the teacher is finished talking about it, or he simply tells them they are misguided.
Another well respected mother and blogger at the Bookwormroom.com who does more than her part to support the 2nd Amendment found herself in this situation. Her son came from from high school a couple days ago and shared with her two New York Times articles that his English teacher had distributed to the students. One article was byElisabeth Rosenthal and the other by Nicholas Kristof. Each advocates a significant increase in gun control.
Please click HERE to read the letter that she wrote in response, and wanted to send.
Listen to your children. They learn so much from us, their parents, but they spend most of their waking hours with these teachers. If we, as parents, complain, will we put a target on our children? If we do not, will the situation get worse?
I would love to hear suggestions about how you would handle these situations without affecting your child’s grade. Is there a way to bring fairness and ethics gently into a classroom that has gone astray?
Media Research Center (MRC) analysts reviewed all 216 gun policy stories on the Big Three networks’ evening (ABC’s World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News) and morning show programs (ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today), beginning with the evening of the shooting through January 17, the morning after Obama made his speech surrounded by children who had sent him letters pushing for more gun control.
The results show staggering imbalance:
- Stories advocating more gun control outnumbered stories opposing gun control by 99 to 12, or a ratio of 8 to 1.
- Anti-gun soundbites were aired almost twice as frequently than pro-gun ones (228 to 134).
- Gun control advocates appeared as guests on 26 occasions, compared to 7 times for gun rights advocates.
One of my favorite You Tube Channels is “Mr. Colion Noir’s” You Tube Channel. He frequently has the most well spoken, well thought out arguments in support of the 2nd Amendment that I have ever seen. Also, a lot of pro-gun blogs are more rural in their focus, even though much of what they teach and show can be applied across all living arrangements. Mr. Noir is all Urban, his channel is a good resource for figuring out how to live a solid pro-gun life while still enjoying all the city has to offer.
This particular video caught my attention today because Mr. Noir brings up points I have wondered about myself regarding not only about inner-city violence, but also how one demographic who has already had so much suffering at the hands of the government can just turn a blind eye now. How can some of today’s leaders, including President Obama, Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, or today’s celebrities, including Bill Cosby, the NFL greats in Bloomberg’s commercial, or Chris Rock actually lobby for increased gun control?
Tuesday evening in OAK HARBOR, WA at the city council meeting City Council meeting, dozens of people attended carrying guns. The guns were mostly open carried as a protest to a meeting that had occurred on the 15th of January. During that meeting, an US Army Veteran, Lucas Yonkman, came to listen to the discussion as the council was considering a repeal the city law that banned guns at parks and the marina. Lucas decided to voice his opinion during the time allotted for citizen feedback. He stated his opinion is a very straight forward, polite, professional manner, I was impressed. Watch the below video to see what happened next, one of the council members, Rick Almberg, tried to bring a motion to have Mr. Yonkman disarmed right there at the meeting. Mr. Almberg’s motion failed, and he immediately left the meeting in protest. The video is great – the Mayor of Oak Harbor, Scott Dudley, gives a stirring talk about the oath to uphold the constitution that upon which most elected officials are sworn in.
On Tuesday night, at least a dozen people, mostly men, came openly carrying pistols strapped to their belts. An unknown number had concealed weapons, as an overflow crowd of 160 filled three rooms at City Hall on Tuesday night. They saw the City Council unanimously repeal an ordinance that bans guns from city parks and the marina. State law allows guns in these locations, and the pro-gun Second Amendment Foundation had threatened to sue if the city’s rules remained at odds with the state’s.
Well done Oak Harbor, Well done!