From the Here-We-Go-Again Department: With the presidential election circus getting underway, and the recent tragedy in Charleston, SC, we've re-entered the seemingly never-ending loop of gun-grabber hysteria. The president made his ill-informed views known from the pulpit of a funeral, and this past week, candidate Clinton made her agenda known as well.
I've only been at this shooting sports thing for six years, and I'm already tired of the constant barrage of fear, ignorance and outright lies. I can only imagine how those of you feel who've been doing this your whole lives.
Every time I turn around, these people are trying to find ways to make me a criminal. Barely two years ago, they wanted to make me a felon for possessing a semi-auto rifle that had an evil collapsible stock, with a scary-looking "pistol grip". Then they wanted to make me a criminal for possessing magazines that could hold more than (insert arbitrary number pulled out of backside) rounds. Earlier this year, people with a similar agenda tried to make me a criminal for possessing a type of bullet with a tip that was painted green, because they said it was suddenly a threat to police, after being around for 30 years. Now, these same people want to make it illegal for me to buy ammunition online (where it is more convenient and cheaper to buy in bulk), and want me to have to buy liability insurance in order to possess a firearm - AND they tried to support the move with lies. The Blizzard of Bullsh*t is never-ending.
If these affronts to the Constitution managed to become law, I would be forced to think hard about joining the ranks of those in New York state and Connecticut who simply refused to comply. http://bearingarms.com/empire-state-rebellion-new-yorkers-refused-register-95-percent-assault-weapons/
If I sound cranky, that's because I am. The current presidential administration and its congressional cronies have succeeded in turning this previously Independent Moderate into a single-issue voter. Congratulations Dems, you've now made it personal ... Because if you manage to make me a felon, not only do I lose my 2A rights, but as a felon, I can no longer practice medicine. I'm not inclined to sit back and let that happen.
So, I'm going to be directing some of my money, not just to a political candidate, but toward combating the Bullsh*t Blizzard.
The Crime Prevention Research Center, under the direction of Dr. John Lott, is working daily to refute with hard facts, the lies and data-twisting of those who seek to infringe upon our 2A rights. http://crimepreventionresearchcenter.org/
I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Lott speak at this spring's NRA Annual Meeting, and I was impressed. I am very much a "show me the data" kind of gal, and that's exactly what Dr. Lott did. He pointed out flaws and limitations in data collection methods, and illustrated ways that the gun control machine skews statistics to get the effect they want.
The CPRC works to show the methodological flaws and biases in "public health" studies such as this http://crimepreventionresearchcenter.org/2015/07/evaluating-new-research-firearm-ownership-and-violent-crime-in-the-u-s-an-ecological-study-by-monuteaux-lee-hemenway-mannix-fleegler/
With the presidential election season starting to warm up, the CPRC is going to be busier than the proverbial one-armed paper-hanger, trying to provide factual refutations to the increasingly strident anti-gun rhetoric. If you would like to support their efforts through a tax deductible donation, this is the link. Helping them pay their research assistants, ultimately helps us all.