Obama has less than a week to take away our guns

  With only a few days left in Barack Obama’s presidency, one wonders if the paranoid bed-wetters at the National Rifle Association are still afraid that the jack-booted thugs in his employ will soon descend upon our homes to seize all our firearms. Indeed, one wonders why anyone ever had any such fears. Never once did Obama ever propose a blanket ban on guns. Most of the measures he’s advocated — stronger background checks for firearms purchases, for example — are supported by a majority of Americans.  But Wayne...

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Trump tries to play on unreasonable fears among gun enthusiasts

  One of the great ironies of American culture is that many of the self-styled tough guys who parrot the rhetoric of the National Rifle Association actually are nervous nellies who believe virtually all of the conspiratorial nonsense about plots to take away guns. For example, all through Barack Obama’s tenure as president, the scaredy-cats have bought into every ridiculous warning that the man in the White House spends his every waking hour on plans to send out an army of jack-booted thugs to seize  everyone’s firearms. It...

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Why aren’t GOP bigwigs fighting for open-carry rights at their convention?

  What a bunch of weenies! Republican Party leaders apparently are sometimes just wimps when it comes to defending what they universally claim are sacred Second Amendment rights. Tens of thousands of people have signed petitions in favor of allowing guns to be carried openly at the GOP convention in Cleveland in July. Party leaders have said nothing about the matter, but the Secret Service has announced that only duly authorized officers will be allowed to bring firearms to the conclave. You would think that the poohbahs who run the...

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Fewer than one in four Americans own guns, but some are armed to the teeth

  With the subject of guns back in the spotlight in the wake of yesterday’s deadly shooting spree at a college in Oregon, it would  do us all well, I think, to review THESE FACTS: The number of Americans who live in a household with at least one gun is lower than it’s ever been, according to a major American trend survey that finds the decline in gun ownership is paralleled by a reduction in the number of Americans who hunt. According to the latest General Social Survey, 32 percent of Americans either own a firearm themselves or...

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Study shows that right-to-carry laws have spurred an increase in violent crime

It’s an article of faith among some firearms enthusiasts that more guns equal less crime. Indeed, that theory has been a cornerstone of the political argument in favor of laws allowing ordinary citizens to carry weapons in most public places. But research by Stanford University  law professor John Donohue and his colleagues has concluded that  more guns equal more crime. The story is HERE: “The totality of the evidence based on educated judgments about the best statistical models suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated...

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