Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

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Other Gun Makers Nervous Over Lawsuit Against Remington

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, March 28, 2018: 

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One of the many factors behind the decision by the board to seek bankruptcy protection for Remington Arms on Sunday was likely the pending lawsuit against the company stemming from the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.

The 40-page lawsuit, filed two years after the horrific murder of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut, names as defendants not only Remington Arms (the maker of the Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle that Adam Lanza used on December 14, 2012 to commit those murders) but the entire supply chain. The suit named Camfour, the distributor; and Riverview Sales, the retail gun store where Adam’s mother, Nancy Lanza, purchased the weapon.

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Remington Arms Declares Bankruptcy, Will Continue Operating Under Chapter 11

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, March 26, 2018:

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Remington Arms

Remington Arms filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 in Delaware  on Sunday evening. Directors of the 200-year-old company — America’s oldest gun maker — threw in the towel: “Directors have determined that it is advisable and in the best interests of the Company that the Company file … a Voluntary Petition … for Chapter 11 [bankruptcy].”

Observers blamed the president and Adam Lanza for the filing. Remington’s sales of its iconic shotguns, rifles, and pistols were increasing during the 2016 presidential election as American gun owners, fearing that anti-gun Hillary Clinton would assume the presidency in November, went on a buying spree. When Donald Trump won, those gun buyers not only breathed a sigh of relief, they ended the spree, leaving gun shops with vast inventories and gun manufacturers such as Remington with falling sales and revenues.

Others blamed Adam Lanza for using one of Remington’s products, its Bushmaster AR-15, to kill 20 youngsters in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. They note that the families of those victims filed a class-action wrongful-death lawsuit against Remington two years later, which lawsuit is presently before the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Those much more familiar with Remington’s recent history are blaming the company itself

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When Firearms are Present, Shooters are Absent

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, March 7, 2018: 

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John Lott

John Lott, in his book, The War on Guns, gave his readers an astonishing statistic:

Since 2011, there have been only three mass public shootings in areas where concealed carry was allowed … these cases are very rare. From 1950-2010, not a single mass shooting occurred in an area where general civilians are allowed to carry guns.

 

Over the entire period from 1950 through February 2016, just over 1 percent of mass public shootings occurred in such places.

Put another way, according to Lott more than 98 percent of the time shooters choose places where their intended victims aren’t allowed to defend themselves with firearms!

Those shooters may be certifiably insane, but they aren’t stupid. Take, for example, Khalil Abu-Rayyan, an ISIS supporter who was planning an attack on one of the biggest churches in Detroit. According to Lott, Rayyan explained his choice of target this way:

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Success of Las Vegas SHOT Show a Harbinger for Gun Industry Growth?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, January 18, 2017:

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Chris Krueger, an equity analyst who covers the gun industry, is in Las Vegas this week for the National Shooting Sports Federation’s 39th annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade [SHOT] Show. He’s bringing with him the perception that the boom enjoyed by the firearms industry over the last two years is over. He told reporters for The Trace, the Bloomberg-funded anti-gun magazine, “It’s a very uncertain environment right now” and that he’ll be looking for evidence of that uncertainty in Las Vegas this week.

At first blush, he might be expected to find some. After all,

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Claim of “Negligent Entrustment” Fails in Lawsuit Against Remington Arms

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 17, 2016:  

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Lawyers decided to attempt to nullify a law passed by Congress a decade ago protecting the gun industry from frivolous (and costly) lawsuits. The law, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), signed into law by President George Bush in 2005, specifically and deliberately prohibits civil liability actions against any part of America’s gun industry for damages or injunctive or other relief resulting from the misuse – criminal or otherwise – of their products.

There’s an exception built into the law called “negligent entrustment” which

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Superior Court Judge Slaps Down Lawsuit Brought Against Remington Arms

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Saturday, October 15, 2016:  

On Friday Fairfield (Connecticut) District Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis dismissed the lawsuit filed in January 2015 by families of victims murdered by Adam Lanza in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, three years earlier (see memorial above). They hoped to use a legal loophole involving “negligent entrustment” as a way to get around Congress’s intent to protect the gun industry from frivolous lawsuits: the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA).

The act, prohibiting civil liability claims against not only gun manufacturers but also

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A Closer Look at the Man Behind California’s Anti-gun Ballot Initiative

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 4, 2016: 

Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom

Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom

It’s often helpful to look into the background of a politician promoting a ballot issue on the chance that that look might reveal a hidden agenda. So it appears with California’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. Last year he announced that he was creating a petition for some anti-gun legislation that, if successful, would appear on this year’s November ballot. Last week he announced that he had secured 600,000 signatures for his petition, more than enough for it to be on the ballot.

The agenda is right in line with the anti-gun mentality expressed by

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Obama and the New York Times Work to Increase Crime in the United States

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 7, 2015:  

Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) reviewed the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and discovered that, contrary to views perpetrated by the likes of President Obama and the New York Times, gun violence in the United States is continuing to decline sharply as gun ownership increases. In 1993 there were seven firearm-related homicides for every 100,000 Americans, but by 2013 that had fallen by 50 percent,

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Getting Inside a Liberal Judge’s head

This article was published by the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 21, 2015:  

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Vladimir Lenin’s famous quote, “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted,” seems to apply to Jose Cabranes, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. His parents were both school teachers, he attended public high school and then studied history at Columbia College. After that he got a law degree from Yale and then returned some years later to serve as Yale’s first general counsel at the invitation of Yale’s president, Kingman Brewster.

He served as a consultant to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance for two years. He joined the ultimate insider’s club, the Council on Foreign Relations, and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the President’s Commission on Mental Health. He just missed being nominated to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton who instead nominated far-left Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In other words, Cabranes had no choice but to adopt the worldview that government is a good thing, and more of it is better. When it comes to the Second Amendment to the Constitution, Cabranes considers it a minor impediment to doing whatever it takes to keep the public safe.

Take, for example, his ruling on Monday

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Obama Ramping up the Rhetoric on gun Control

This article appeared in the October 8, 2015 issue of the New American magazine:

 

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Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California

Ever since Barack Obama first surfaced in public, he expressed opposition to the private ownership of guns by American citizens, and has been working ever since to limit that ownership with the goal of eliminating it altogether.

In 1996 when Obama ran for the Illinois State Senate, he was asked if he supported legislation to “ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns.” He answered simply: “Yes.” He also wanted to ban “assault weapons” (semi-automatic firearms) and supported mandatory waiting periods, along with background checks, in order to make it more and more difficult for Americans to exercise their gun rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

In his third term in the Illinois Senate, he

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Obama Wants US to Emulate Australia’s Gun Laws

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 7, 2015:  

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Frustrated with the failure of his frontal attack on the Second Amendment, President Obama has chosen another approach: the United States should emulate Australia’s gun laws. A year ago, Obama said:

A couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting, similar to Columbine or Newtown. And Australia just said, Well, that’s it, we’re not doing … we’re not seeing that again, and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws, and they haven’t had a mass shooting since.

 

Our levels of gun violence are off the charts. There’s no advanced, developed country that would put up with this.

In June he iterated the meme:

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Hillary to Pick Up Where Obama is Leaving off

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 4, 2015: 

Now that President Obama has essentially given up in his efforts to foist further restrictions on Americans’ right to keep and bear arms, and political odds makers have virtually declared Hillary Clinton as president of the United States in 2017, she now is feeling free to tell everyone how she really feels about the Second Amendment. If those pollsters are right (and they have an uncanny and unsettling history of being right), the long war against private gun ownership will continue long after Obama is gone.

Chris Cillizza, a staffer at The Washington Post, first noticed the change in Obama’s demeanor back in June when he spoke about the murders of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina:

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Is Obama the “Gun Salesman of the Decade”?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, July 28, 2015:  

The gun manufacturing industry produced about 4.5 million firearms in 2008, the year before Obama was elected president, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (still known as ATF). In 2013 the industry produced 10.8 million, an increase of 140 percent in just five years.

This, according to Erich Pratt, spokesman for the pro-gun group Gun Owners of America, gives President Obama quite a distinction:

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National Rifle Association Almost Missed This End Run Around the Second Amendment

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, July 20, 2015:  

NRA Headquarters, Fairfax Virginia USA

NRA Headquarters, Fairfax Virginia

With five million members and annual revenues of a quarter of a billion dollars, one would think that someone at the National Rifle Association was watching the store. But it took theLos Angeles Times to break the story and expose the latest end run the Obama Administration is taking to attack the Second Amendment.

In its efforts to ban guns from American citizens, the administration is

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Obama Seeks to Ban Handguns to All on Social Security Disability

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 20, 2015:  

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In this file photo, a Stryker lies on its side after surviving a buried IED blast in 2007.

When Marine Steven Overman’s Humvee hit an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) in Iraq in 2007, he was diagnosed not only with PTSD but with a brain injury sufficiently severe that the VA deemed him 100-percent disabled and incompetent to handle his financial affairs. His wife is now Overman’s fiduciary.

Under VA rules dating back to the installation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), Overman couldn’t own any weapons. But

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Presidential Narcissism Revealed in Charleston Speech?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, June 24, 2015: 

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When Democratic operative and pollster Patrick Caddell was interviewed by Sean Hannity last November, he called President Obama a “raving narcissist”:

Caddell: I just want to say … this man is a raving narcissist. He has absolutely…

 

Hannity: This is your president, Pat! You’re saying he’s a raging narcissist?

 

Caddell: He’s a raging narcissist who has no grip on reality. What he’s been doing … is that I’m king and I can rule like a king….

This is in line with how the Mayo Clinic defines “narcissistic personality disorder”:

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The Second Amendment continues to Thrive, says Pew Research

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 15, 2014:

Life has lately been hard for the anti-gunners and those opposed to the Second Amendment. According to Pew Research, it isn’t likely to get easier any time soon. For 20 years, Pew has been asking Americans a simple question:

What do you think is more important – to protect the right of Americans to own guns, OR to control gun ownership?

In 1993, the Second Amendment guaranteeing American citizens the right to keep and bear arms had few friends. According to Pew, just 34 percent of those polled thought it was more important than passing more gun control laws, while 57 percent favored more gun control legislation.

Its popularity hit bottom in March, 2000, about a year after the Columbine High School massacre in a Denver suburb, with just 29 percent supporting it compared to 66 percent wanting more controls.

Since then, however, Pew has been measuring a resurgence of support for the beleaguered guarantee,

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Pew Research Shows Increasing Public Support for Gun Rights

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 12, 2014:

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Cover of The Second Amendment by Historian David Barton

On Thursday, just four days before the second anniversary of the horrific Newtown, Connecticut, massacre by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Pew Research released its latest poll on Americans’ view on the Second Amendment versus gun control. To some their conclusions were startling, while to others it was dismaying. The Washington Times reported that Americans’ support for gun rights “is higher than it’s been in decades,” while left-leaning CS Monitor was much more subdued, saying only that “Americans say protecting the rights of gun owners is more important than gun control.”

A closer look at the exact wording of the question that Pew has been asking Americans for 20 years, however, reveals a

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BATFE: the Agency that Just Won’t Go Away

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, July 25, 2014:

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U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team

News that gun prosecutions under Obama have dropped an astonishing 25 percent raised hopes that this most feared agency (outside of the IRS) was going away. A closer look reveals exactly the opposite.

News about the drop came from Syracuse University, which, at the request of the Washington Times, looked at the data from the Justice Department over the past 10 years and concluded that

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ATF: Guns are the Problem

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, July 24, 2014: 

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Initial hopes were that somehow the bad press that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (still known as ATF) has been receiving had caused the agency to pull back in its prosecution of criminal cases involving guns. But those hopes have faded.

Reports from Syracuse University showed that there were 6,791 such prosecutions recommended by the ATF in President George W. Bush’s last year (2008), while there were just 5,082 gun violation cases under Obama in 2013 — a decline of 25 percent. The all-time high occurred during the Bush administration in 2004, when 8,752 cases were brought by the Justice Department. And so far this year, prosecutions have declined even further, likely to end the year at fewer than 4,400, if the present trend continues.

On the surface this appears to contradict the president, who stated, following the Newtown massacre, “We should get tougher on people who buy guns with the express purpose of turning around and selling them to criminals. And we should severely punish anybody who helps them do this.”

The obvious incongruity between these numbers and public pronouncements by the anti-gun president was reflected by Robert Cottrol, professor at George Washington University: “We have this irony. The Obama administration, which is asking for more in the way of gun regulations … is actually prosecuting less of the gun laws already on the books.”

Many excuses were offered to explain the dichotomy — among them, budget cuts and bad press. This appeared to be reinforced by some ATF agents interviewed anonymously by the Washington Times, who said the agency had been burned by scandals such as Fast and Furious and an extensive report by USA Today on setting up fake stings to entrap potential criminals:

The current climate within ATF is: Let’s take a step back and not go after too many hard-hitting violent crime cases that use informants or undercover agents. We can’t just go it alone anymore….

We need buy-in from everybody: local law enforcement [and] other agencies. Then, and only then, [will we be] able to sell it [and have] the U.S. attorney come on board.

There was sequestration, which a spokesman for the ATF used to explain the apparent decline: “ATF faces key resources challenges in staff attrition …  resources are limited and difficult choices must be made with regard to priorities.”

The press has certainly been bad for the ATF. The “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal has become common knowledge in the United States, while the USA Today study is causing people to link “false stings” with the ATF as well. Back in June 2013, journalists at the paper invested hundreds of man-hours poring over thousands of pages of court records and agency files, not including hours of undercover recordings of sting operations that transcended the law. According to the paper, here’s how the ATF conjured stings to create arrests and convictions:

The stings work like this: When agents identify someone they suspect is ripping off drug dealers, they send in an undercover operative posing as a disgruntled courier or security guard to pitch the idea of stealing a shipment from his bosses. The potential score is almost always more than 5 kilograms of cocaine — enough drugs to fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars on the street, or to trigger sentences of 10 years or more in prison.

When the target shows up ready to commit the robbery, he and anyone else he brings with him are arrested and charged with a raft of federal crimes, the most serious of which is conspiring to sell the non-existent cocaine.

Upon conviction, the unsuspecting target could spend the next 25 years of his life in jail.

USA Today quoted a former ATF supervisor who asked rhetorically, “Do you want police to solve crimes, or do you want them to go out and prevent crimes that haven’t occurred yet?” Another ATF source defended the practice:

Are we supposed to wait for him to commit a murder before we target him as a bad guy? Are we going to sit back and say, well, this guy doesn’t have a bad record. OK, so you know, throw him back out there, let him kill somebody, then when he gets a bad record, then we’re going to put him in jail?

Judges have increasingly answered that question by calling such stings “disreputable,” “tawdry,” and bordering on entrapment.

A closer look at what the ATF is doing, however, shows a change in direction with undiminished enthusiasm. The focus now is not on the criminal and his crime, either present or future, but instead on the gun — who’s making it, shipping it, or buying it. For that, the ATF is using an obscure section of the 1934 National Firearms Act (NFA) that allows the agency to go after violations perceived in the making, shipping, buying, and selling of firearms. The rules are tricky and often difficult to follow. Here’s a brief snippet:

No person shall make a firearm unless he has (a) filed with the Secretary a written application, in duplicate, to make and register the firearm on the form prescribed by the Secretary; (b) paid any tax payable on the making and such payment is evidenced by the proper stamp affixed to the original application form; (c) identified the firearm to be made in the application form in such manner as the Secretary may by regulations prescribe; (d) identified himself in the application form in such manner as the Secretary may by regulations prescribe, except that, if such person is an individual, the identification must include his fingerprints and his photograph; and (e) obtained the approval of the Secretary to make and register the firearm and the application form shows such approval. Applications shall be denied if the making or possession of the firearm would place the person making the firearm in violation of law.

According to the Justice Department, just when prosecutions of criminals using guns has appeared to taper off, prosecutions under this obscure part of the NFA has increased an astounding 243 percent just in the last five years, and is up another 129 percent so far this year.

And then there’s the Hobbs Act, enacted in 1946, prohibiting the interstate shipment of property, including firearms, where there is any perception of illegality in the process. It is on track this year to become the third-most-prosecuted gun statute, compared to just a few years ago, according to the Times.

Robert Sanders, a former ATF assistant director, says the shift from criminals to guns is deliberate. “The agency’s philosophy has shifted to ‘guns are the problem and access to guns is the problem’ rather than the criminal being the direct instigator of crime.”

The ATF is not going away any time soon. It’s just morphing into a more efficient, effective, and frightening version of itself.

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