on August 29, 2015 in E News

NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS VOLUME 22, NUMBER 34

NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS VOLUME 22, NUMBER 34
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NEWS
White House, Media Mislead on Crime Trends, Ignore Evidence that Could Save More Lives
Tragedy strikes – and the White House immediately shifts into exploitation mode, trying to use raw emotion to push “solutions” that don’t fit the facts. From Charles C. W. Cooke at National Review comes a timely reminder, however, that despite well-publicized crimes, the nation as a whole is getting safer and less violent. As Mr. Cooke notes, the U.S. firearm homicide rate peaked in 1993 and has fallen dramatically since then. Meanwhile, he adds correctly, gun control has been rolled back and the number of firearms in private hands has increased dramatically. Yet 88% of the public were unaware of favorable crime trends in a May 7, 2013, Pew Research Center Poll. Mr. Cooke attributes this knowledge gap, in part, to the increasing prevalence of “round-the-clock news” and more powerful forms of social media.
NEWS
Walmart Discontinues Selling America’s Most Popular Rifle
Americans acquiring the most popular rifle in the country will now be doing so only from traditional firearm dealerships and full-service sporting goods stores, which— as it happens —typically have the most extensive selections of firearms and accessories from which to choose, and employees who support the Second Amendment and who can answer firearm questions with expertise. Walmart said this week that it will no longer sell AR-15s and other “semi-automatic weapons,” and from now on will sell only the kinds of firearms used “by hunters and people who shoot sporting clays and things like that.” The Associated Press reports that Walmart claims its decision wasn’t political, but was rather because sales of the rifle have declined.
NEWS
Call Guinness, New Record in Gun Control Stupidity
Despite the best efforts of the Brady Campaign and Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown, a small group in suburban Chicago has managed to break new ground in gun control stupidity. The achievement took place August 25th at a rally protesting a new Mariano’s grocery store in Northbrook, Ill. organized by Peaceful Communities. The company’s offense? Not forbidding licensed carry inside their suburban locations.
NEWS
Martin Scorcese: Pathetic Hollywood Hypocrite
After producing some of the most violent movies ever to come out of Hollywood, rife with the most graphic portrayals of the most vicious, brutal murders imaginable, Martin Scorcese wants the world to believe he’s a redeemed man. The Guardian reports that for purposes of his next film, Scorcese will participate in something called the Gun Neutral/One Less Gun campaign, the gist of which is to destroy real guns whenever fake guns are used on screen.
LEGAL & LEGISLATION
Smoke and Mirrors: Seattle Sales Tax
This week, the NRA, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), firearms retailers, and private gun owners filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle, alleging that its new firearms and ammunition sales tax ordinance is illegal and unenforceable. Earlier this month, Seattle passed the Firearm Tax and Ammunition Tax ordinance which imposes a new $25 sales tax on the retail sales of firearms, plus a per-round sales tax of two to five cents on ammunition. The ordinance is slated to go into effect on January 1, 2016. A failure to pay the tax is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, imprisonment of up to 364 days, or both.
NEWS
Research Findings a Blow to Anti-gun Academics
For decades, anti-gun academics have attacked firearms and firearm owners by conducting “research” that purportedly offers insight into the psyche of gun owners. The dubious findings of these psychology studies typically portray gun owners in a negative light, and are frequently published in uncritical academic journals, and then touted by gun control activists and the mainstream media as legitimate science. However, as a study published this week in the journal Science reveals, the entire field of psychology research warrants severe skepticism; and consequently the field’s frivolous attacks on gun ownership.
LEGAL & LEGISLATION
Federal Court Finds Due Process Violation in NY County’s Confiscated Gun Policy
This week, a federal court ruled that the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department could not rely on its “retention policy” to keep guns seized from a woman without providing her with a due process hearing.
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VIDEOS
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NRA Takes Seattle to Court
In this News Minute from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, Jennifer Zahrn reports that the NRA, along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Second Amendment Foundation, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Seattle for violating a Washington state law that prevents cities from creating their own firearm regulations.
Next Week on NRA All Access
Introduced in December 2012, the NRA’s National School Shield program focuses on providing schools across the country with tips and tools on improving security measures and developing security strategies. Sit down with the experts who created the program and school administrators preparing to implement it on this episode of NRA All Access.
Watch episodes of NRA All Access Presented by Taurus on Wednesdays at 7pm ET on Outdoor Channel.
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STATE GRASSROOTS ROUND-UP
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California
Warning for California Upland Bird Hunters: Lead Ammunition Restrictions in Effect for Opening Day of Dove Season and Beyond
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California: Anti-Gun Legislation on the State Senate and Assembly Floor
Texas
Texas: Will You Vote to Protect Your Right to Hunt and Fish in November?
Virginia
All eyes will be on Virginia’s elections this fall

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