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Stopwatch: How quickly will antis exploit California school shooting?

By: Dave Workman

Another tragic shooting near an elementary school in Northern California was brought to a quick end by good guys with guns – in this case police officers – and now gun rights activists are wondering how long it will take for the gun prohibition lobby to use the incident to push its agenda.

At least four people were killed, and Fox News is reporting that two school children were wounded. Initial reports said two youngsters had been killed, but that has been corrected.

Already, anti-gun U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who has sought to ban so-called “assault weapons,” posted a statement on Twitter; “Another heartbreaking shooting, this time in Rancho Tehama, California. When will this stop and how can we stop it?”

Law enforcement is releasing few details, although it is known that a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns have been recovered. The shooter, at this report, had not been identified, but one published report talked with a neighbor of the suspect who described him as acting “crazy” and firing off multiple rounds.

California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, especially that apply to semi-auto rifles. It was not immediately clear what the motive for the shooting might have been, but several people were also wounded and transported to area hospitals.

There are reportedly several crime scenes that are being processed.

The community is about 130 miles north from Sacramento in Tehama County. It is located about 15 miles southwest from Red Bluff and west of Corning.

In recent years, California lawmakers have increasingly tightened up the state’s gun laws. However, those restrictions didn’t prevent this incident, which began at about 8 a.m.

Ironically, on Oct. 2, the Los Angeles Times quoted Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, an anti-gun liberal Democrat, who challenged other states’ legislatures “to look closely at the work we’ve accomplished here, through the Legislature and the ballot box, and act.” Newsom is looking to become the Golden State’s next governor.

Earlier high-profile shooting incidents also have not been prevented by the state’s tough gun laws. The San Bernardino terrorist attack would be high on that list, and the Santa Barbara spree killings in which three people were fatally stabbed and three others were killed by gunfire were also considered by Second Amendment activists as gun control failures.

Anti-gunners Don’t Skip A Beat, Keep Pushing For Restrictions

By: Dave Workman

While the headlines are blaring about Hillary Clinton’s campaign footing the bill for the infamous “Trump Dossier,” anti-gunners haven’t allowed themselves to be distracted in their push to exploit the Las Vegas mass shooting to push an agenda that would not have prevented the tragedy.

Clinton and the Democratic National Committee just might be in big trouble, depending upon where the story goes, but none of that seems to have registered with anti-gunners bent on eroding the rights of law-abiding citizens.

Clinton campaigned on gun control (and lost) and Democrats have it as part of their party platform.

In an email blast, anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown for Gun Safety” is angry that Congress has “done nothing since Las Vegas to enact common sense gun laws.”

And what strategies is this organization pushing?

They want Congress to reject the proposed Hearing Protection Act, which would ease access to suppressors (“silencers”) that are so rarely used in crime that nobody apparently keeps a statistic.

They want to defeat the proposed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act that would require states to honor the concealed carry permits and licenses issued by all other states.

Of course, Everytown also wants recipients of its email to kick in some money. This time around, they are asking for $9 “or whatever you can” afford to send. And they also disingenuously remind recipients about “gun violence that kills 93 people every day” without acknowledging that at least two-thirds of those fatalities are suicides. Using the inflated figure that combines homicides, suicides and accidents creates the impression that a bloody epidemic of violence is under way.

If anti-gunners want to talk about crime, then it might be instructive to discuss the failure of strict gun control laws like the “universal background check” statute in Washington State. A high-profile shootout between an undercover cop and a pair of would-be illegal gun sellers last week is getting lots of attention in the Seattle media.

According to the Seattle Times, the two suspects allegedly were willing to sell a handgun stolen from the home of a police officer in a parking lot exchange in the city of Kent, south of Seattle. There are no background checks when guns are stolen, even from a police officer’s home, and there would have been no check in this illicit sale, either.

One of the suspects was shot and the other one was struck by a car as he tried to run from the scene on foot, according to the newspaper. It comes as no surprise to gun rights activists that the suspects had criminal histories which would have prevented them from legally possessing a firearm.

As for the Las Vegas killer, he passed background checks while acquiring the guns over an extended period. He had no criminal background that might have raised questions during any transaction.

Anti-gun Media Bias After Las Vegas Exposed

By: Dave Workman

Following the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the dominant media seemed to go full tilt toward the left with an anti-gun bias, according to a report from the Media Research Center on Newsbusters.

According to Newsbusters, the “Big Three” networks “wasted little time in exploiting the tragedy to advance their anti-gun rights agenda” with an almost 5-to-1 reporting ratio that left stories stressing gun rights at a distinct exposure disadvantage.

The report accused NBC of being “the most stridently anti-gun rights network.” NBC reports supporting gun control efforts outpaced stories supporting gun rights by a 10-to-1 ratio, Newsbusters reported this week. Coming in at second place was CBS, with a 4-to-1 anti-gun ratio.

“Separate from the overall arguments on gun rights, the networks also devoted 28 minutes and 30 seconds to regulation of bump stocks (devices that allow semi-automatic guns to perform like fully-automatic guns) that would essentially put them in line with already existing laws about fully-automatic weapons. With the NRA and many Republican lawmakers signaling they would be open to looking at regulation of bump stocks, the thrust of the coverage favored some sort of restrictions. However 1 minute and 45 seconds was spent on those who opposed any new regulations, even those on bump stocks.”—Newsbusters

The report came almost simultaneous to an editorial in the Weekly Standard that essentially threw down the gauntlet, challenging gun prohibitionists to have a serious discussion about guns, and in the process drop all pretenses about being only interested in new regulations. The Weekly Standard declared, “What makes the debate so stale, rather, is the disingenuousness of those who claim to want ‘sensible’ and ‘reasonable’ gun regulations but who in fact want an outright ban.” So far, none of the major gun control organizations has taken up the challenge.

Instead, the well-financed Everytown for Gun Safety was out with an email early Wednesday morning that declared the group has “Hosted over 65 vigils to honor those affected during the Las Vegas shooting,” and “Held over 200 events, including public education events and visits to members of Congress across the country.” The Michael Bloomberg-backed anti-gun rights organization has also “Driven 30,000 messages to Congress, demanding them to (reject the NRA’s) dangerous policies.”

The imbalance in reporting should be no surprise to veteran Second Amendment activists. They have long complained about media bias against their gun rights that, in their view, only gave cursory attention to their side of the story.

But the Weekly Standard challenge included a slap at the gun prohibition lobby’s deliberate avoidance of any discussion about the failure of its gun control agenda.

“The case for increased gun regulation isn’t helped, either, by the fact that what laws have been passed and rigorously enforced all over the nation have had little or no measurable result. A comprehensive study published in 2013 by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council could find no clear correlation between the implementation of gun-control laws and reductions in gun-related violence.”—Weekly Standard

The controversy over guns is not going to disappear, and so long as one side of the argument seems dishonest while the other side at times seems reclusive, those who practice the alleged bias will continue getting away with it.

Illegal Crossings Plummet Under Trump

Dave Workman is an award-winning career journalist with an expertise in firearms and the outdoors. He is the author of several books dealing with firearms politics. He has a degree in editorial journalism from the University of Washington and is a lifelong Washington resident.

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By: Dave Workman

There has been a remarkable decline in illegal border crossings from Mexico to the United States since Donald Trump took office, according to National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd, who appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal Monday. “We attribute that to actually enforcing the law,” Judd said.

It is making big news except in the mainstream press, where the obsession with Russia appears to be continuing.

The Washington Examiner reported that Judd, in a separate interview with Fox News, said, “There’s a vibe, there’s an energy in the Border Patrol that’s never been there before in 20 years that I’ve been in the patrol.”

Stemming the tide of illegal immigration along the southern border was a large part of Trump’s campaign, and it appears to be paying off.

“As far as the Trump administration’s efforts on immigration, this is something they campaigned heavily on. At six months, where we are on meeting those promises, we are seeing nothing short of miraculous. If you look at the rhetoric that President Trump has given, it has caused a number of illegal border crossings to go down. We have never seen such a drop that we currently have.”—Brandon Judd, president National Border Patrol Council
Under the previous administration, the southern border seemed like a sieve, with people pouring across and heading north. That was then, this is now.

Earlier this year, the Washington Times reported that illegal immigration was “down a stunning 76 percent since President Trump was elected, with the flow of children and families dropping even faster as analysts say the administration’s commitment to enforcing the law has changed the reality along the border.”

In May, the Washington Examiner noted that there had been “a huge crop in arrests along the Southwest border.” The newspaper quoted U.S. Customs and Border Protection asserting that this was “a likely result of president Trump’s aggressive effort to stop illegals from entering the nation and deport those with criminal records.”

There has been trouble along the southern border for many years, with some remote stretches showing a fair amount of activity, keeping the Border Patrol busy.

It was one enforcement effort in December 2010 that led to the infamous gun battle resulting in the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. That slaying blew the lid off of an Obama administration scandal surrounding Operation Fast and Furious, a gun smuggling sting that went bad for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Border security is more than just smuggling firearms or even drugs. With international terrorism a constant threat, there have been concerns that terrorists might be able to enter the country illegally through Mexico.

2A Victory: North Dakota Governor Signs ‘Constitutional Carry’ Bill

TOPIC: 2A Victory: North Dakota Governor Signs ‘Constitutional Carry’ Bill

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Communications director for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Award-winning outdoor writer & former member of the NRA Board of Directors

Recognized expert on Washington State gun laws.

He has appeared and been featured many times by local TV stations, news programs, and talk shows, including Kirby Wilbur, Dave Ross, Dori Monson, John Carlson, Ken Schram, and more.

2A Victory: North Dakota Governor Signs “Constitutional Carry” Bill

By Dave Workman


Gov. Doug Burgum (Source: YouTube screen capture)

Second Amendment activists have scored another victory for so-called “Constitutional Carry” as North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed legislation that will allow law-abiding adults to carry concealed sidearms without a permit, according to the Bismarck Tribune and Associated Press.

State House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo) said it was “a great day for the Second Amendment,” according to the Washington Times. The law applies to citizens over age 18 and over, and requires the person carrying the firearm to have valid identification and notify law enforcement any time there is a contact, “such as a traffic stop,” published reports say. Continue Reading →

TOPIC: Anti-Gunners Fearful Of Gorsuch On Gun Rights

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Award-winning outdoor writer & former member of the NRA Board of Directors

Recognized expert on Washington State gun laws.

He has appeared and been featured many times by local TV stations, news programs, and talk shows, including Kirby Wilbur, Dave Ross, Dori Monson, John Carlson, Ken Schram, and more.

Anti-Gunners Fearful Of Gorsuch On Gun Rights 

By Dave Workman


Sen. Richard Blumenthal was on the losing side last year over gun control. (Source: Screen capture, YouTube, CBSN)

Democrat Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has repeatedly let the proverbial cat out of the bag by mentioning that when Judge Neil Gorsuch faces confirmation hearings Monday, the Supreme Court nominee will be quizzed “on his positions on abortion rights and gun control.” Continue Reading →

Anti-Gunners Fearful Of Gorsuch On Gun Rights

TOPIC: Anti-Gunners Fearful Of Gorsuch On Gun Rights
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Anti-Gunners Fearful Of Gorsuch On Gun Rights
By Dave Workman

Sen. Richard Blumenthal was on the losing side last year over gun control. (Source: Screen capture, YouTube, CBSN)
Democrat Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has repeatedly let the proverbial cat out of the bag by mentioning that when Judge Neil Gorsuch faces confirmation hearings Monday, the Supreme Court nominee will be quizzed “on his positions on abortion rights and gun control.”
Make no mistake about it, anti-gunners who last year expected the high court balance to shift, either with a Barack Obama nominee or under an anticipated President Hillary Rodham Clinton, cannot abide Gorsuch filling the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia more than one year ago. Blumenthal, a perennial gun control supporter, noted to CNN Monday that “he’s concerned about Gorsuch’s judicial independence considering that ideologically conservative groups lobbied (President Donald) Trump for his nomination.”
Over the weekend, he told WTNH News that he will ask Judge Gorsuch “about gun control and consumer protection.”
Rest assured that Blumenthal would utter nary a peep if Clinton had won in November and had been lobbied by liberal groups to nominate a liberal anti-gunner to the Supreme Court. The gun prohibition lobby was salivating over this one year ago, perhaps even expecting to reverse the 2008 Heller and 2010 McDonald rulings. Continue Reading →

If ‘Democracy Dies In Darkness,’ Dave Workman Will Light A Torch With Gunpowder

TOPIC: If ‘Democracy Dies In Darkness,’ Dave Workman Will Light A Torch With Gunpowder

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Communications director for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Award-winning outdoor writer & former member of the NRA Board of Directors

Recognized expert on Washington State gun laws.

He has appeared and been featured many times by local TV stations, news programs, and talk shows, including Kirby Wilbur, Dave Ross, Dori Monson, John Carlson, Ken Schram, and more.

If ‘Democracy Dies In Darkness,’ Dave Workman Will Light A Torch With Gunpowder  

 

 

 

 

 

Reporters attempt to pose questions to U.S. President Donald Trump during a news conference in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Washington Post’s new slogan “Democracy Dies in Darkness” is apt given all the pressures now reshaping journalism (some from the Oval Office), but then, when you consider how the Post treats a few highly polarizing issues, their new slogan at times can feel insincere.

If there are two sides to every story, then, when it comes to the Second Amendment at least, the Post has only been telling one of them.

There are a lot of reasons for this, but one is they don’t have even one politically incorrect, gun-owning nonconformist like Dave Workman in their newsroom. They once had Stephen Hunter on staff, but he is a rare thing indeed.

In the 1940’s, Central Casting would have called Workman an “atmosphere” character for any newspaper newsroom scene. Today they wouldn’t even let his mustache in the door.

Workman is the type who only trips into a lyrical line out of sheer bluntness. He is after facts, not prose that paints a pretty picture or a witty line that would impress Maureen Dowd. After President Donald Trump’s speech before Congress, Workman wrote that a few Democrat’s “gave [Trump] a ‘thumbs down’ like privileged Romans motioned for the death of a gladiator at the Colosseum.” With Workman, even if you disagree with his conclusions, you always get the feeling he is trying to boil out the perfidy. Continue Reading →

Washington’s Liberal AG’s Anti-gun Agenda Takes Two Embarrassing Hits

TOPIC: Washington’s Liberal AG’s Anti-gun Agenda Takes Two Embarrassing Hits

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Award-winning outdoor writer & former member of the NRA Board of Directors
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He has appeared and been featured many times by local TV stations, news programs, and talk shows, including Kirby Wilbur, Dave Ross, Dori Monson, John Carlson, Ken Schram, and more.

Washington’s Liberal AG’s Anti-gun Agenda Takes Two Embarrassing Hits
By Dave Workman

Washington AG Bob Ferguson (right) with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. (Source: YouTube, CNN)
Washington State’s liberal anti-gun Attorney General Bob Ferguson may basking in the media sunshine for beating the Trump administration in court on immigration, but he apparently can’t push his gun control agenda through the state House of Representatives, which is controlled by his fellow Democrats.
By no small surprise, Puget Sound media has overlooked the fact that Ferguson’s effort to ban so-called “assault weapons” and his backup measure to license and strictly regulate them both died in committee. On Thursday morning, KVI talk hosts John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur discussed this debacle, along with the failure of another Ferguson-backed bill, one that would have abolished the death penalty.
Instead, the spin on Ferguson is only positive for his challenge of the Trump administration’s immigration order, which has now been revised. Seattle media may be wearing blinders.
Ferguson made a rather big deal of his gun ban proposal last fall, which many believe was the launch of his 2020 gubernatorial bid; an effort to cement his liberal credentials with the increasingly far-left Democrat voting base in Seattle and metropolitan King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. But Democrats in the Legislature, who have to run next year, appeared to be in no mood to push a politically toxic measure certain to bring every gun owner to the mid-term polls. Once away from the I-5 corridor, the Evergreen State is still purple or bright red in many counties, especially east of the Cascades. It would be a disaster for rural Democrats to pass a restrictive licensing bill to say nothing of an all-out ban. Continue Reading →

What’s with Democrats’ obsession to ‘do something about guns?’

Topic: What’s with Democrats’ obsession to ‘do something about guns?’

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What’s with Democrats’ obsession to ‘do something about guns?’

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House Democrats walk down the Capitol steps after ending their gun control sit-in last week.

While the Everett Herald and Seattle Times today carry reports about an apparent home invasion robbery-gone-bad in Snohomish County early Saturday morning — one of the would-be robbers was killed — it might be a good time to ask anti-gun Democrats what they think about self-defense.

Indeed, according to Second Amendment activists all over the landscape, it might be even better to ask Democrats why they have such a compulsion for “doing something about guns” after the Orlando terror massacre. After all, they didn’t go on a political rampage after pressure cookers following the Boston Marathon terror bombing.

At least one gun rights leader, Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, lambasted Democrats last week for their “temper tantrum” on guns. He put it bluntly, telling Democrats that “Their party no longer represents the ideals of a free society.” Continue Reading →