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Audio Shows Katie Couric Documentary Deceptively Edited Interview with Pro-Gun Activists

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Blowback is becoming fierce on the makers of a new Katie Couric documentary on gun violence because those producers deceptively edited an interview between Couric and members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League in an apparent attempt to embarrass the activists.

Couric can be heard in the interview asking activists from the group, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”

The documentary, called Under the Gun, then shows the activists sitting silently for nine awkward seconds, unable to provide an answer. It then cuts to the next scene.

Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon wrote, “However, raw audio of the interview between Katie Couric and the activists provided to the Washington Free Beacon shows the scene was deceptively edited. Instead of silence, Couric’s question is met immediately with answers from the activists.”

And now other media outlets are joining in. At the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple Blog, the author writes, “An apology, retraction, re-editing, whatever it is that filmmakers do to make amends — all of it needs to happen here.”

Charles Cooke of National Review wrote, “Let’s be clear, here: This is lying. It is dishonesty. It is, in a disfavored word, propaganda.”

And here are other takes on the edits:

Hollywood Reporter

Steven Crowder

Katie Couric stands by ‘Under the Gun’ as director apologizes for misleading edit

Katie Couric doc accused of deceptively editing interview with pro-gun activists

Katie Couric’s Pro-Gun-Control Documentary Unfairly Edits Interview With Gun Rights Activists

Katie Couric’s New Anti-Gun Documentary Deceptively Edited Interview with Pro-Gun Group

An ‘Informercial for Gun Control’: Pro-Gun Rights Group Accuses Katie Couric of Editing Interview Footage in New Documentary

Are you surprised that a media organization tried to show gun owners in a bad light?

Obama Administration Looks to Deny Firearm Purchases through Social Security

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post at U.S. Law Shield warns that the Obama administration’s new gun-control measures would strip some Social Security recipients of their Second Amendment rights. A new proposed regulation would use information from the Social Security Administration to determine whether an individual will be allowed to buy a gun!

“Under the proposed regulation, the Social Security Administration would identify any individuals who were ‘adjudicated as mentally defective,’ for the purposes of the 4473 Firearm Purchasing Form,” says Law Shield Independent Program Attorney Michele Byington, who’s also a partner in the Houston law firm Walker & Byington. “The problem is this term is incredibly broad; while it includes people who have been found in a courtroom to be mentally incompetent or committed to a mental health institution against their will, it also includes anyone ‘unable to manage one’s own affairs.’”

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Michele Byington, Law Shield Independent Program Attorney

There is no exact definition for “unable to manage one’s own affairs.” One of the departments that already also uses this definition, the Department of Veterans Affairs, interprets the phrase to mean anyone who has been declared incompetent to manage pension or disability payments and assigned a fiduciary. Currently, 4.2 million recipients of Social Security have their payments managed by someone else and could be affected by this new regulation.

Byington said, “If anyone receives Social Security payments on your behalf, you could be banned from buying a gun!”

Information about these potentially millions of people would be provided to the Justice Department four times a year and would be included in the F.B.I.’s NICS background check system. If a person comes up on the background check system as having a mental impairment or as being unable to manage their own affairs, they will not be allowed to exercise their Second Amendment right to purchase a firearm.

The Obama administration’s justification of this proposed regulation is that it will “plug holes” in the background check system with the goal of preventing mentally unfit individuals from obtaining firearms. However, the way the regulation is currently worded could unfairly affect millions of Americans, Byington said.

This proposed regulation could discourage senior citizens from applying for financial management help for fear of losing their Second Amendment rights. It could also unfairly take away rights from those more than capable of safely and responsibly possessing a firearm who have opted to receive their Social Security payments through a representative. Luckily, Congressman Sam Johnson has sponsored a bill that would prevent the agency from placing people who need financial help into the gun background check system.

Do you think this law is the best way to keep firearms in the hands of responsible owners or is it government overreach that will do more harm than good?

‘Women Had the Right To Carry Long Before We Won the Right to Vote’

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Cosmo magazine kicks off a new, sexist “gunsplainer” campaign with the article “Why You Should Never Date a Gunsplainer” and an accompanying video. In the 150-second video below, Dana Loesch points out that the campaign defines gun owners as white, male and unattractive, while ignoring women’s rights, intelligence, and proficiency with guns when, often, they are the citizens who need them most. Super stuff.

 

Iowa Legalizes Suppressors; Free Shoot Set for April 16

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Iowa became the 42nd state to legalize suppressors when House File 2279, introduced by Rep. Matt Windschitl and Rep. Terry Baxter, was signed by Governor Terry Branstad on March 31. And to celebrate, a national suppressor-owners’ rights organization is throwing a free shoot next week.

After three years of efforts by the American Suppressor Association (ASA) and the Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) to educate lawmakers on the benefits and realities of suppressors, HF 2279 was met with positive response. The legislation passed earlier this session 46-4 in the Senate and 78-21 in the House.

Effective immediately, the new lawalso makes Iowa the 39th state to allow for the use of suppressors while hunting.

“The legalization of suppressors in Iowa is a tremendous victory for the law abiding citizens of The Hawkeye State,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the American Suppressor Association. “For the past three years, the ASA has worked alongside the Iowa Firearms Coalition, the National Rifle Association, Rep. Windschitl, and, this year, Rep. Baxter to get this legislation passed so that the sportsmen and women of Iowa could use these benign accessories to protect their hearing while in the field and at the range. We are incredibly excited that Iowa is now one of 42 states that allows suppressor ownership, and one of 39 states that allows their use while hunting.”

To celebrate the new law, the American Suppressor Association will be hosting a public suppressor shoot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 16 at the Big Springs Shooting Complex.

To find the range, use Google Maps and search for the address, 5015 Highway 146, Searsboro, IA 50242. That will get you a pointer right by the range gate, according to the Big Springs Range website.

Knox said, “We will be bringing the top manufacturers from across the country to showcase their products, and educate any interested Iowans on why they should be excited that Iowa became the 42nd state to legalize suppressors. Admission and ammo are free, so we encourage you to join us!”

Video: Is Hillary Agreeing that Gunowners are ‘Terrorists’?

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Is Hillary Clinton nodding in approval as one of her supporters claims that gun and ammunition manufacturers “are making terrorists out of our citizens”? Click the video link below to watch the Democrat Presidential candidate’s reaction to an unbelievable smear of gun builders and gun consumers:

Major Gun Groups Oppose Supreme Court Nominee

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President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and U.S. Appeals Court Chief Judge Merrick Garland. Photo from NRA-ILA.
President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and U.S. Appeals Court Chief Judge Merrick Garland. Photo from NRA-IL

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, Gun Owners of America, and the Second Amendment Foundation have all come out against the recent nomination of U.S. Appeals Court Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court.

This week, President Barack Obama nominated Garland, 63, to replace Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Feb. 13. Garland was appointed to the appeals court in 1995 by President Bill Clinton and has been chief justice of the court in Washington since 2013.

Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement, “With Justice Scalia’s tragic passing, there is no longer a majority of support among the justices for the fundamental, individual right to own a firearm for self-defense. Four justices believe law-abiding Americans have that right — and four justices do not. Obama has already nominated two Supreme Court justices who oppose the right to own firearms, and there is absolutely no reason to think he has changed his approach this time.

“In fact, a basic analysis of Merrick Garland’s judicial record shows that he does not respect our fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. Therefore, the National Rifle Association, on behalf of our five million members and tens of millions of supporters across the country, strongly opposes the nomination of Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court.”

The Gun Owners of America said Wednesday that it would oppose the nomination of U.S. Appeals Court Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court because he “is not only anti-gun, he supports the ability of a president to illegally use executive power to advance liberal causes.”

“If Garland were confirmed, we can expect to see more gun registration, more gun bans, more limitations on ammunition — and all of it would be approved by the Supreme Court,” said the group’s executive director, Erich Pratt. “As a practical matter, good people will go to prison for exercising their constitutionally-protected rights.”

Pratt added that in 2007, Garland voted to reverse a D.C. Circuit Court decision striking down Washington’s handgun ban as unconstitutional. A three-judge panel had ruled against the ban in what became known as the Heller case.

Seven years earlier, Garland backed a Clinton administration move to maintain the registration of gun owners in NRA v. Reno.

His vote in the McDonald case supported the White House’s efforts to use the instant check to illegally retain the names of gun owners for six months.

Both decisions were later struck down by the Supreme Court in 5-4 decisions. In the Heller case, Scalia cast the deciding vote and wrote the majority opinion, the Daily Signal reports.

“Hence, we don’t have to speculate as to how Garland would vote on Heller if confirmed to the Supreme Court,” Pratt said. “He’s already voted against Heller once before, thereby showing he’d effectively rip the Second Amendment from the Constitution.”

The founder of the Bellevue, Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation, Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, said, “This is not a good nomination and Judge Garland should not be confirmed.”

Gottlieb said, “Judge Garland voted to grant an en banc hearing to Heller after the three judge panel struck down the District of Columbia’s gun ban law. The only reason to do so would be to overturn the pro Second Amendment ruling. That was hostile to gun rights.”

Gottlieb said, “Those of us on the front lines of the Second Amendment battle have warned for the past eight years that the right to keep and bear arms can live or die on a single vote, and nothing makes that more clear than today’s nomination. I hope the Senate, if it takes up this nomination, promptly rejects it.”

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Dies; Is ‘Heller’ Now In Danger?

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United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the author of the Court’s landmark Second Amendment decision Heller v. District of Columbia, has died at age 79. Scalia was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan.

Reports the San Antonio Express-News:

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of apparent natural causes Saturday on a luxury resort in West Texas, federal officials said.

Scalia, 79, was a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region south of Marfa.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead Saturday at a luxury resort in West Texas, Scalia was 79.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead Saturday at a luxury resort in West Texas, Scalia was 79.

According to a report, Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people. When he did not appear for breakfast, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body.

In a statement, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said, “As liberals and conservatives alike would agree, through his powerful and persuasive opinions, Justice Scalia fundamentally changed how courts interpret the Constitution and statutes, returning the focus to the original meaning of the text after decades of judicial activism. And he authored some of the most important decisions ever, including District of Columbia v. Heller, which recognized our fundamental right under the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms….”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement Saturday afternoon, calling Scalia a man of God, a patriot and an “unwavering defender of the written Constitution.”

“He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution,” Abbott said. “We mourn his passing, and we pray that his successor on the Supreme Court will take his place as a champion for the written Constitution and the Rule of Law. Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences to his family, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”

President Obama has said he will try to name a Supreme Court successor to Scalia immediately. Should the Senate try to block such a move? Let us hear your strategy in the comments section below.

Virginia Reciprocity Agreements May Be Renewed

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The Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc., (VCDL), an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization defending the right to keep and bear arms in the state, released a statement regarding the pending cancellation of carry reciprocity with 25 other states. Most important: The just-passed February 1, 2016 cutoff date for dropping recognition of 25 states has been extended to March 1.

Click here to read our previous coverage.

VCDL reported that there is a package deal in the works between Governor McAuliffe and the Republicans in the General Assembly dealing with 1) concealed handgun permit (CHP) reciprocity, 2) voluntary background checks at gunshows, and 3) those subject to a permanent domestic violence protection order.

VCDL-logoThe VCDL release said, “To many CHP holders, CHP reciprocity is a HUGE deal, especially if they travel out-of-state regularly and want to be able to carry discretely. For example, there is no solution to carrying in South Carolina if we don’t have an agreement between our two states.”

Gunowners should know the deal is still in the works, and there is no absolute guarantee this will become law — but there’s a reasonably good chance it will.

There are three components that make up the deal, each component represented by matching bills in the House and in the Senate.

1: Reciprocity Details

Virginia will honor the carry permits from all states, VCDL reported. “This is considerably better than current law and something VCDL has been trying to get for at least seven years now,” the release said.

Because Virginia will honor all other states, Virginia CHPs will be recognized by all the states affected by the reciprocity cancellation, plus three new states will be given reciprocity status: New Hampshire, Georgia, and Colorado.

Further, going forward, the State Police and the attorney general will have no say in the new law. If another state requires a formal agreement to honor Virginia CHPs, the new law requires the attorney general to enter into any such agreement.

It’s important to recognize that reciprocity does not mean equal treatment inside all other states, VCDL said. For example, someone from New York will be able to carry in Virginia, but a Virginia resident won’t be able to carry in New York, unless New York is willing to enter into a reciprocal agreement with Virginia.

2: Voluntary gun-show background checks

Background checks for a private sale are completely voluntary. The State Police shall be at every gun show in Virginia, by law. The gun show promoter shall notify the State Police of the location and times of the gun show at least 30 days in advance, shall provide a free location for the police to set up, and shall have signs letting attendees know of the voluntary background checks at the State Police booth. The State Police may charge a reasonable fee. If a background check is run, the seller receives some special legal protections that are currently not available for private sales. If a background check is not run, the seller doesn’t have any more, or any less, legal protections than under current law.

For those gun owners who would feel safer selling a gun to someone who has had a background check, this provides a new option, in addition to the current option of either asking if the person has a CHP or going through the more laborious and expensive route of letting an FFL do the transfer. It also has no effect on private sales conducted anywhere outside of gun shows, where this voluntary option is not provided.

3: Persons subject to a permanent domestic violence protection order cannot possess firearms until the order expires.

The only permanent protection order this restriction applies to is one for domestic violence and nothing else. VCDL said, “The subject of the protection order must have had his day in court along with any legal counsel. Temporary protection orders do not affect possession of firearms.”

For further effects of the deal, click the following links:

McAuliffe’s Cave On Concealed Carry In VA Suggests Problems For Clinton in Iowa

Five things that (kind of) explain McAuliffe’s gun deal with Republicans

Everytown For Gun Safety Comes Unglued Over Terry McAuliffe’s Gun Control Reversal

Sour Grapes: Gun Control Advocates Feel ‘Betrayed’ Over McAuliffe Reversal On Carry Rights

Governor, GOP call gun deal a bipartisan win, but gun-safety activists unconvinced

Gun control advocates slam usual ally McAuliffe on gun deal

HILLARY ENDORSES OBAMA FOR SUPREME COURT SEAT

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On the campaign trail recently, Hillary Clinton said she thinks it would be a “great idea” for Barack Obama to serve on the high court. The most recent Second Amendment cases at the U.S. Supreme Court have been decided by a 5-4 vote. Would a Justice Obama tip the ideological balance of SCOTUS against gun rights?

Taya Kyle Addresses POTUS at Town Hall.

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Last night President Barack Hussein Obama took to the airwaves yet again, to repeat his rhetoric on gun control at a town hall style meeting with press and commentators. The president has stood by his agenda from day one, but decided in the last few remaining months of his presidency to make it an issue worth politicizing for liberal gains at the polls in 2016.

Taya Kyle, widow of war hero Chris Kyle, challenged Obama openly at the town hall. Please take a moment to watch the clip below.

There are several issues here, but let’s break down what you’re seeing here:

Firstly, you stand up. Stand up and address the lady. It’s taken up till now for the president to even acknowledge Taya or Chris Kyle, and offer a word of thanks. He didn’t stand to do this. He didn’t shake her hand. A hug may have been a bit much for some, but it wouldn’t have been off the table. It may be my upbringing that causes me to take offense to any man that treats another person this way. He’s an elected official who’s protected because of what he is, not who he is. This does not give him the right to disrespect anyone, especially the widow of a hero who died helping those who’ve given so much for their country.

Taya Kyle made excellent points on how the media is causing terror by using this current administrations agenda against the general public. People are scared, and the likelihood of anything violent happening to them now is remote. You wouldn’t know that by the way our media, and current administration sensationalizes the acts of the mentally unstable or the criminally driven, but they’re good statistics, nonetheless.

Secondly, the president is a broken record when it comes to his agenda, and he will not deviate from that agenda. In his mind Guns=bad, Gun Control=good.

Here’s his false narrative on that. The president says:

“The fact of the matter is that violent crime has been steadily declining across America for a pretty long time. And you wouldn’t always know it from watching television.” (this part is true, and it weirds me out to think that he admitted to something backed by fact) “Now, I challenge the notion that the reason for that is that there is more gun ownership. Because if you look at the where the areas are with the highest gun ownership, those are the places that the crime hasn’t dropped down that much,” (nope, that’s just false, or they are areas with low crime already, i.e. New Hampshire) “and the areas with the greatest amount of gun control, gun deaths are down.” (It must be amazing to be able to disregard entire cities like Chicago, Baltimore, and Detroit. The overall total of gun deaths may be down from years past, but they are still the largest hot spots for gun violence today in the U.S.A.)

The president went on to tell a single mother of two, also a survivor of rape, that he wouldn’t make it harder for her to arm herself for protection, but goes on to contradict himself further by telling the next questioner that he would make obtaining a weapon more difficult for everyone by doing whatever he could to increase the prices of firearms, therefor making them harder to obtain.

It seems that this administration will continue with its impotent agenda, while trying to remain as divisive as possible, in hopes that they can scare the ignorant voter into showing up at the poles for protection, and more “free” stuff.

Please feel free to express your opinions in the comments (no foul language please), but also remember that you are not alone in your sentiments on gun control. Remember that Taya Kyle voiced her thoughts to the President of the United States, and all he could do was stammer his memorized statement. He didn’t cry this time, though.