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Let’s Just Say That a Company Never Picked a More Appropriate Name.

Dick's Sporting Goods, commits financial suicide.Great Name, Especially Considering Management Style.

CEO Edward Stack  addressed the company being expelled from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry’s trade group, by saying “it’s really not that big of a deal.”

Sorry Stack, but if you think you’re a player in the firearms retail market you need to be supporting the industry.  When the industry expels you because you are working directly against the God given rights we are blessed with, then it is a big deal!

People who buy firearms are also active in most outdoor sports.  They raise children who are active in sports, hunting, fishing and camping, in short, they are your best customers because they buy for multiple seasons and product lines.

Stack claimed industry-wide struggles were at least partially to blame for Dick’s struggles in selling firearms. (couph, couph) However, gun-related background checks set records in both March and April and competitor Sportsman’s Warehouse reported gun sales were as strong as ever in the first quarter. They stated that customers were driven to them by Dick’s policy changes.

Larry Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel, told the Free Beacon.  “They (Dick’s) went beyond simply making decisions for their own company and are trying to impose their view and their decisions on other companies in the industry by hiring a lobbyist to lobby for gun control,” He went on to say, “The CEO of Dick’s, which owns Field and Stream, is on the record as saying he wants to see a ban on modern sporting rifles, he wants to see restrictions on magazines, and also wants to see an unconstitutional restriction on the ability of young adults to purchase any firearm.”

They are not just trying to impose their views on other companies.  They are trying to take away the rights of the People.  Historically, people who take the tact are trying to appease those who are most vocal.  It never works out well, know your history.

Bottom line, management at Dick’s and Field and Stream stores have made it clear.  They are anti- 2nd Amendment, I guess that means we gun folk will have to spend our dollars elsewhere in the future.  See ya, Dick’s.

 

 

 

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8th Annual Gunsmith Conference and Career Fair

This conference has become an important part of the firearms trade, helping gunsmiths and employers to locate each other.

The Gunsmith Conference and Career Fair is the perfect venue for prospective, student or working gunsmiths to interact the with industry’s top employers and personalities. Further, it’s great opportunity for those firearm-related companies looking for qualified gunsmiths, or to show off their products to key customers. As in year’s past, there will be no charge for individuals or companies to attend. The industry-exclusive event will again be held at the Downtown Marriott in Des Moines, Iowa, April 1-2, 2014.

In addition to the unique networking and potential employment opportunities, the Gunsmith Conference and Career Fair will feature a host of seminars ranging from firearm-specific topics to business tips for gun shop owners.

Among the speakers already signed up are Steve Sanetti, President of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Les Baer, owner of Les Baer Custom, Stan Chen, owner of Stan Chen Custom, Jason Hornady, Vice President of Hornady Manufacturing, and legendary gunsmiths and gunmakers Joe Balickie, Jerry Fisher, Ron Power, Sharon Dressel and more. Doug Turnbull of Turnbull Manufacturing will deliver the keynote address at Wednesday evening’s banquet.

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Are Motor Vehicles More Dangerous Than Firearms?

First of all it’s pretty difficult to take seriously the premise that guns are more dangerous than cars.  In 1994 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) release a publication which made the exact same claim.  According to that article firearms related deaths would exceed the number of deaths related to vehicle crashes in the United States by 2003.[1]

 We are ten years past that prediction and it is not even close to coming true.  When you look at the number of firearms in the United States as apposed to the number of motor vehicles it is obvious that firearms are far safer. 

The CDC actually breaks out a listing specific to death caused by “accidental discharge of firearms”.  For 2010 there were 606 such deaths, in the same period there were 37,961 deaths in “transportation accidents”.

 There are an estimated 245 Million motor vehicles in the U.S. and estimated 310 million firearms.  Firearms are designed to produce damage to the target.  Vehicles are not intended to do any damage at all. 

Take into consideration that there are about twenty percent more guns than cars in the U.S. you would expect far more accidents with firearms.  The reason you do not see this in actuality is that the law abiding citizen who owns a firearm are by their very nature disciplined.  Firearms owners on average know the responsibility of owning a gun and take it seriously.  Consider that millions of rounds of ammunition are expended every year in practice, competition, plinking and hunting.  The tiny number of deaths legitimately attributable to firearms accidents is proof of the great care and thought that goes into properly handling guns by law abiding citizen.

 Some of you may be screaming that I left out a lot of deaths that are tracked in the CDC data related for firearms.  There were 19,392 suicides using firearms in 2010 and 11,078 homicides that involved a firearm.  Terrible as it is, these were intentional acts, not accidents, so they do not belong in a comparison of the danger of firearms vs. motor vehicles, unless you have an agenda that is opposed to firearms.

 In the United States, motor vehicle-related injuries are the leading cause of death for people age 5-34.[2]  Suicide and unintentional poisonings are more common than death by accidental firearms injuries. 

 The unintentional poisoning category is a growing cause of death.  Beginning in 2004, poisoning deaths outnumbered firearm deaths and have increased at a greater pace than firearm deaths since then. Unintentional drug poisonings are the largest component of poisoning deaths; they are primarily related to drug overdose and their rates of increase have outpaced those of all poisonings.[3]

 Often the statistics for firearms deaths are commingled so that it is difficult to determine if the deaths are due to negligence.  Occasionally justifiable force by law enforcement is included in the numbers, further muddying the waters.

 It’s popular to attempt to make firearms seem more dangerous than they are.   The CDC often reports all firearms related deaths as “injury death”.  This is misleading because it includes homicide and suicide in these statistics.  We would not do this for motor vehicle deaths.  Strictly speaking the later two (homicide and suicide) are not unintended injuries or accidents so they do not belong in a comparison of accidental death.  Simply looking at the accidental deaths related to these tools the motor vehicle was involved in 62 times more deaths than firearms in 2010.

 Below are the top ten causes of death according to the CDC.  There is much more to be gained by concentrating on these problems than on guns.  But that’s not as dramatic.

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  • Heart disease: 597,689
  • Cancer: 574,743
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 83,494
  • Diabetes: 69,071
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,476
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364

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Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show Cancelled.

Reed Exhibitions has decided to “postpone” the 2013 Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show.  Postponed is really code for cancelled, this show will not take place in 2013.

Reed Exhibitions’ announced several days ago that modern sporting rifles (i.e. AR-15 and all variants) and high capacity magazines would be prohibited from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. The leadership of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has been in intense, frank discussions with Reed Exhibitions management in an effort to reverse this unacceptable decision. These discussions reached an impasse.

NSSF is in no way affiliated with, nor does it participate in or exhibit at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in any way. However, Reed Exhibitions does manage the NSSF-owned SHOT Show (though Reed manages the SHOT Show, all SHOT Show decisions, policies and actions are made at NSSF’s direction). Watch for that relationship to end soon.

This successful boycott, began on the website mynortheastoutdoors.com. It’s the best demonstration of support by the outdoors industry yet against gun control efforts being pushed in Washington and in several states.

Reed Exhibitions has taken a position that is clearly in opposition to the exercise of 2nd Amendment rights. The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show was scheduled for February 2nd to the 10th , 2013, in Harrisburg, PA.

Chet Burchett, Reed Exhibitions President for the Americas stated, “Our original decision not to include certain products in the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show this year was made in order to preserve the event’s historical focus on the hunting and fishing traditions enjoyed by American families,”

“In the current climate, we felt that the presence of Modern Sporting Rifles would distract from the theme of hunting and fishing, disrupting the broader experience of our guests. This was intended simply as a product decision, of the type event organizers need to make every day.

“It has become very clear to us after speaking with our customers that the event could not be held because the atmosphere of this year’s show would not be conducive to an event that is designed to provide family enjoyment. It is unfortunate that in the current emotionally charged atmosphere this celebratory event has become overshadowed by a decision that directly affected a small percentage of more than 1,000 exhibits showcasing products and services for those interested in hunting and fishing.”

In light of the fact that about thirty percent of the vendors scheduled to show at the trade event have pulled out it seems that Reed underestimated the importance of Modern Sporting Rifle. On top of that, the majority of the celebrities who were scheduled to appear at the event also pulled out, leaving Reed Exhibitions with a pretty lack luster show.

On Tuesday January 23rd the NRA announced that they were pulling sponsorship for the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show event as a result of Reed Exhibitions stance.

“We had called on Reed Exhibitions to reconsider their decision; unfortunately they have steadfastly refused to do so,” the news release said. “As a result, the NRA will not be participating in the upcoming show in Harrisburg or in any other shows hosted by Reed Exhibitions that maintain this policy. We are disappointed that Reed Exhibitions has ignored the concerns expressed by attendees, the outdoor industry and the NRA in not reconsidering their position to ban the display of Modern Sporting Rifles.”

For more info see:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/nra-boycott-kills-outdoors-show-that-banned-assault-weapons/article/2519579#.UQHwnr9tCSo

http://articles.mcall.com/2013-01-21/sports/mc-gun-decision-protest-01212013-20130121_1_vicki-cianciarulo-eastern-sports-cabela

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Bob Costas and Jason Whitlock are Intellectually Bankrupt.

Just in case you have been living under a rock since last Sunday night…

NBC sportscaster, Bob Costas often provides commentary at halftime during the weekly Sunday night game. This week he addressed the weekend’s murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher.

Paraphrasing and quoting from a piece by Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock, Costas said: “In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here, wrote Jason Whitlock, is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”

Belcher shot and killed the mother of his 3-month-old daughter, Perkins, on Saturday morning December 1st. A short time later he committed suicide in the parking lot of the Chiefs’ practice facility at Arrowhead Stadium.

Meanwhile in CASPER, Wyo. — Casper Community College instructor was killed in a senseless classroom murder-suicide Friday, November 30th. Police said James Krumm, 56, gave his students time to flee by fighting the attacker, his son, after the younger Krumm walked into the computer science class and shot James in the head with an arrow.

It was later learned that Christopher Krumm, 25, of Vernon, Conn had stabbed to death his father’s live-in girlfriend at the couple’s home prior to the on campus attack. When police arrived at the classroom after the attack, they found Christopher Krumm bleeding from self-inflicted knife wounds and taking his last breaths. James Krumm was dead at the scene, Casper Police Chief Chris Walsh said.

Bob Costas and Jason Whitlock are either intellectually dishonest or just plain morons. Mentally ill people sometimes make fatal decisions for themselves and occasionally they include others.

Is that fact tragic? Absolutely.

Does it affect the lives of family, friends, and even the community?
More than we will ever know!

Does it mean we need more laws and public policy?
In most cases I would argue the answer is a simple; NO.

Costas tried to use his job as a sports announcer to further his personal political beliefs. In so doing, he purposely overlooks the fact that a mentally ill person does not function from logic. They don’t say, “Oh, I can’t get a gun so I can’t exact my revenge.”

Instead they use a car, a bat, their hands, or as in this example a bow and arrow backed up by two knives. It’s not about the weapon. It’s about the violent act they wish to perpetrate on others.
Saying that Belcher and Perkins would be alive today if Jovan Belcher did not have a gun is intellectually bankrupt. In all likelihood he would have found a way to produce the same result. It’s easy to blame the weapon. Then you don’t have to deal with the people involved and analyze what really went wrong.

When a person tells you that a gun makes it too easy; that is a confession of the quality of their character. They don’t trust anyone but themselves to have good judgment or self control. Look hard at the person who blames the weapon and does not place responsibility on the perpetrator. They are dangerous to themselves and society, because they are pandering to emotions, either for power or to make themselves feel better.

Thank God for the mute button!
I will never again hear Bob Costas spew moronic opinions.

Read more:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/01/casper-college-attack-murder-suicide_n_2223580.html

http://www.ctpost.com/news/us/article/Wyo-campus-killer-near-genius-at-odds-with-dad-4087596.php#ixzz2E9NoRdRl

http://news.yahoo.com/costas-gun-control-commentary-gets-142107845.html

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National Shooting Sport Foundation (NSSF) Offers Tools or FFL Holders

The NSSF is constantly looking for ways to help the firearms trade to deal with the ever changing array of laws and regulations.  One of the tools they provide is an online resource center that helps the FFL holder and Firearms retailer to stay in compliance.

Regulatory compliance is becoming a bigger part of the daily operation of a firearms business.  The basic Tool Box on this useful website includes not only licensing and regulation assistance.  There are articles and videos all aimed at helping the professional maintain a business that is both profitable and in compliance with the myriad of laws and regulations that apply to your business.

NSSF puts on seminars for retailers around the country, the schedule and locations are listed on the site.  An Import/Export Conference is hosted by NSSF as well.  Anyone who has attended the SHOT Show will recognize the “SHOT Show University” a program of training courses designed to improve business skills for attendees of the show.

There is a huge amount of material at the web site that we have not even mentioned here.  If your in the business or are thinking about getting into the gun business this is an invaluable resource you should check out.

nssf.orghttp://nssf.org/compliance/

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Anti Gunners in the Government Create a Problem So They Can Rescue US

It just makes me sick to think that the Justice Department signed off on this.  I hope the Senator investigating never lets go.  The memos mentioned in this report are damning enough to indicate there is malfeasance involved here (For those of you at the justice department, that means your actions are criminal).

Too bad a half dozen of this ATF agents co-workers were not lined up behind him to support his story.  At least he is trying to do what’s right.

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Wyoming may join Alaska, Arizona, and Vermont in returning rights to Law Abiding Citizens.

Wyoming Legislature Approves Permitless Carry Bill

http://www.nraila.org/

Law-abiding Wyoming residents were big winners this week when both chambers the Wyoming Legislature overwhelmingly voted for a permitless/“constitutional” carry bill. When signed into law, Wyoming will become the fourth state to recognize permitless carry, joining Alaska, Arizona and Vermont.  Similar bills are under consideration in other states across the country including Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Utah.

The concept of permitless carry, where law-abiding residents are allowed to a carry a concealed firearm without permits, has been gaining popularity across the country as more people realize that despite their best intentions, law enforcement cannot be there at the precise moment a crime occurs to prevent the attack.  Furthermore, as state and local governments wrestle with massive budget shortfalls and are forced to lay off law enforcement and furlough prisoners, citizens realize that help will likely arrive later as the odds of a crime occurring increase. The NRA has also always believed that there should not be a tax associated with self-defense and the opportunity to carry a firearm for self-defense without having to obtain a costly permit, especially during these trying economic times, will be welcomed by many.

The lead sponsors of the Wyoming bill are state Senator Kit Jennings and Representative Allen Jaggi. The bill now goes to Governor Matt Mead’s desk for his consideration.

 

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Act Immediately to Block ATF Long Gun Sales Reporting!

Time Sensitive!  Act by February 14th, 2011

Act Immediately to Block ATF Long Gun Sales Reporting!
If you’re one of the nearly 71 million Americans who live in the four southwest border states, some of your gun purchases could soon be reported to the federal government. And whether you live in one of those states or elsewhere, your help is needed now to stop the federal government’s plan to register Americans’ gun purchases.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is demanding the authority to require all of the 8,500 firearm dealers in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to report all sales of two or more semiautomatic rifles within five consecutive business days, if the rifles are larger than .22 caliber and use detachable magazines. For example, a dealer would have to tell the government every time a deer hunter in Sacramento or Amarillo finds a good deal on a pair of semi-auto .30-06s like the popular Remington 7400.

The ATF has no legal authority to demand these reports, and the flood of new paperwork will waste scarce law enforcement resources that should be spent on legitimate investigations.

Unfortunately, there are only a few days left to comment on this proposal. Comments will be accepted until Monday, February 14. Every concerned gun owner’s voice should be heard on this critically important issue.

To read the ATF proposal, click here

To read the NRA’s comments, click here.

Please send your comments today. Be sure to refer to the December 17, 2010 “Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Report of Multiple Sale or Other Disposition of Certain Rifles.” You can submit your comments to:

OMB
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
Attention: Department of Justice Desk Officer
Washington, DC 20503

Please send a copy of your comments to:

Barbara A. Terrell
Firearms Industry Programs Branch
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
99 New York Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20226.

Barbara.Terrell@atf.gov
Fax: (202) 648–9640

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The Messiah is a Liah!

The Mesiah

CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, reacting to yesterday’s remarks by Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder that the president will seek to reinstate the ban on semi-automatic firearms, Gottlieb said  “We warned America that Obama’s ‘support’ for the Second Amendment was empty rhetoric,” he stated, “and now Holder’s disclosure has confirmed it. Obama was lying, and now gun rights may be dying.”

 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s response to a reporter’s question on weapons’ regulations, Holder said, “Well, as President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to re-institute the ban on the sale of assault weapons. I think that will have a positive impact in Mexico, at a minimum.”

Holder refused to speculate when regulations would move forward, likely no law would be passed, instead a decree will be handed down from mount Olympus.   “There are obviously a number of things that are — that have been taking up a substantial amount of [Obama’s] time, and so, I’m not sure exactly what the sequencing will be,”  Holder said.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)  in response to Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments on Feb. 25, 2009, about reinstating the assault weapons ban, NSSF issued a press release reminding Congress and all Americans that such a ban would result in a loss of jobs, have no effect on reducing crime and would deprive millions of law-abiding gun owners of their Constitutional right to own the firearm of their choice.

History is a good teacher.  We know that the Clinton Gun Ban had ZERO effect on crime in the United States, or Mexico for that matter.  There is no reason to reinstate this restrictive and useless ban except to limit gun ownership.   Assault weapons as defined in the Clinton Ban were involved in less than 1% of homicides before the assault weapons ban took effect in 1994. The same is true as of 1998. (1)    As of 1998, about 13% of homicides involve knives, 5% involve bludgeons, and 6% are committed with hands and feet. (1)    The Clinton administration prosecuted 4 people in 1997 and 4 people in 1998 for violating the assault weapons ban. (2)

(1)    “1998 NRA Fact Card.” Viewed in January of 1999 on the National Rifle Association web site, http://www.nra.org/

(2)    Heston, Charlton. “Truth and Consequences.” 1999.

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