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1. "The Brady bill will make the streets of America so safe that our nation's police will not even need to carry guns anymore."

William Jefferson Clinton, on TV, while signing the Brady bill in 1993, quoted in Sheriff Richard Mack's book, The Magic of Gun Control.

"When they're not lying they're just ignorant."
--Anonymous, speaking about political leaders.

2. ALERT: So-called "universal background checks" can stop all gun sales nationally:

When NICS (the FBI background computer) is down, you can't buy a gun at retail. But you can still get a gun if you need to -- private sale, loaner, gift, temporary transfer, etc.

If all transfers are forced through NICS, no one in the nation could get a gun if NICS were turned off, or broken, or went under maintenance for a while.

No one has thought that angle through very far so far, or made much noise about it.

NICS was closed 84 times in a six-month period in 1999.

It's been closed for as long as four days in a row (so far). It can be closed regionally. (Scroll down to Federal Gun Registration Plans)

Although the law explicitly says you don't have to use NICS if it's not running, federal agents have intimidated everyone into waiting until they turn it on again.

And of course, so-called "universal background checks" is a coverup for universal gun registration, everyone but the lamestream media knows that, see the main story below.

3. Name calling.

Friend Jon Haupt was struck recently by how liberals like to put down conservatives (and Founding Fathers) as a bunch of "dead old white men." It occurred to him that's ageist, racist and sexist, and let me add, morbid. The left is forever projecting their own biases onto those they hate. I'm forever reminding them, "It's not good to hate."

4. Christmas in July

It's not too early to start thinking about National Training Week, when everyone is encouraged to go to the range and practice during 4th of July week (July 4 - 11). "Celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, firearms and freedom!" Ask your local range if they plan to support it with free one-hour handgun rentals during that week.

Adult gift giving -- Maybe your first gun came under the Christmas Tree. Today, with so many adults considering their first gun, Independence Day becomes the perfect gift-giving holiday! A uniquely American tradition on the day firearms ensured our freedom. There's just enough lead time to get ad placement done... if only inventory wasn't already maxed out...

Look at the plans for National Training Week. NOTE: Supporters -- It's time to get this year's info up on your websites. Copy and paste at will.

5. "I do find it mysterious that the lefties fear excessive government power yet want to disarm everyone but the king's men. Very irrational... [in an email, that I can't find now]. The word "irrational" is becoming ever more important, as the medical community comes under ever greater scrutiny in the firearms debate.

6. You can trust lawyers as much as you can trust a guy with a gun.

7. This whole ammo shortage thing --

I haven't seen anything that suggests foul play of any kind, to me, it's strictly supply and demand, and it shows you what panic in a market looks like. Rationing and price spikes are the result of demand far outstripping supply. Sure, government ammo purchases should give you pause, it's the reason we're all armed.

A trusted source provided this: "Take for example .22LR ammunition. The industry as a whole (all manufacturers combined) is setup to produce 4,200,000,000 (4.2 Billions) .22 LR annually. That is running all the machines, full capacity all the time, all manufacturers together. There is NOTHING they can do to produce more. That corresponds to 230,137 cartridge per State per day, which is 460 bricks of 500 .22lr per day per State. That means that if less than 50 people per day in each State are buying 10 bricks of .22, it is enough to dry up the entire supply as it is being manufactured."

News from ammo makers seems OK too, but it's right to be wary. Trust but verify. How do you do that?

If you don't have ammo, you're stuck in a high market. If you're like many Americans, you'll comfortably ride this out until the market corrects.

8. How did that ASU debate go?

Thanks for asking, here's that short video as I warmed up the Students for Liberty event at Arizona State University. It's a little unsteady at the start but the guy sits down, audio's fine.

The entire gun-rights debate in a capsule according to Alan:

The whole debate that day if you care: 

9. Let’s conduct a thought experiment.

If there was no mental illness and everyone owned five assault rifles, how many senseless murders would occur?

If everyone was mentally ill and guns did not exist, how many senseless murders would occur?

(Thanks, Bob.G. for the idea)


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