Any time that the media picks up a story about any crime involving a firearm, a couple of things are a near certainty. The first is biased coverage and the second, often a result of the first, is that a small contingent of the population will wring their hands and loudly call for more gun control.
One of the more often bandied about measures that the hoplophobes push for is increased – or “universal” – background checks. They often refer to the imaginary “gun show loophole,” a myth perpetuated by major news organizations such as the New York Times, USA Today, and the Las Vegas Sun. These media outlets have, once again, recently latched on to outdated and incorrect figures, citing a seemingly high figure of firearm transactions that take place without “a background check or registration.” Let’s take a look at the narrative:
Gun control advocates say that ignores the biggest flaw of all in the system, that about 40 percent of all gun sales are exempt from background checks because the seller is a private party, often operating online or at a gun show.
From USA Today:
[G]aping holes remain in the system. About 40% of gun sales – chiefly those at gun shows and online – face no legal requirement for a background check outside states that have made their laws broader than the federal one…
From the Las Vegas Sun:
With some exceptions, the proposed law would require every person who buys a gun from an unlicensed, private seller — they account for about 40 percent of all gun sales and typically are found at gun shows and online — to undergo a computerized FBI criminal background check.
USA Today went on that “Congress had a chance to expand background checks in 2013, after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., but shamefully refused to do so.” Shameful? That’s what I call “common sense gun control.” Why? Because the whole background check issue is a Continue reading
What else would we post in this week’s patriotic series for this, the anniversary of its adoption by the Continental Congress, than the document which formally announced this nation’s separation from the rule of British government in 1776. July 4th is our nation’s birthday and the Declaration of Independence is her birth certificate.
Read it in its entirety below when you get the chance, but take the opportunity today to spend some time with friends and family; go outside and take a deep breath of freedom.
Whether you are going out to a fireworks display, setting off your own, exercising your RKBA at the range, barbecuing in the back yard, or just relaxing, have a safe and happy weekend. And a special “Thank You!” to the men and women who put themselves in harms way to ensure that we, and future generations, can enjoy the blessings of liberty.
Happy Independence Day from the GunLink crew!
There has always been much debate and rhetoric about the true meaning of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and what it’s guarantee of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms really means. From consternation over the placement of a comma to knee-jerk reactions to discourse over who, exactly, comprises the militia and what well regulated means, it seems like some are having a problem – perhaps deliberately, sometimes – grasping what the intention of our nation’s charter was.
Since we are celebrating the birth and early shaping of the United States of America this week, let’s take a look at what some of America’s architects had to say about gun rights and the necessity of individual firearm ownership.
As you read through these quotes and discussion, do so through the lens of current gun control laws and regulations, as well as those that have been proposed with various levels of success throughout history, and reflect on how you think the Founding Fathers may have felt about them. Continue reading
Continuing on with the patriotic theme of this anniversary week of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, we will go back to a previous anniversary of this auspicious occasion: a speech given by president Calvin Coolidge. Delivered in Philadelphia for the 150th anniversary, the Vermonter posited that “a century and a half measured in comparison with the length of human experience is but a short time, yet measured in the life of governments and nations it ranks as a very respectable period. Certainly enough time has elapsed to demonstrate with a great deal of thoroughness the value of our institutions and their dependability as rules for the regulation of human conduct and the advancement of civilization.” We have now nearly had another one hundred years to vet those institutions and principles and, today, they seem no less good than they did then.
The 30th president went on to reflect that “[a]mid all the clash of conflicting interests, amid all the welter of partisan politics, every American can turn for solace and consolation to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States with the assurance and confidence that those two great charters of freedom and justice remain firm and unshaken.” Great words in which one could take pride, although some may question whether they still ring as true today – nearly 90 years later – as they did in 1926. Lately it can seem like the din of those clashing partisan politics can drown out everything else, as basic rights guaranteed by those “charters of freedom and justice” are disregarded in the name of emotion, false “facts,” and agendas. Those resolute, “firm and unshaken” principles are often treated as living, evolving things – perhaps mere suggestions – or even considered deleterious by some.
Be that as it may, these documents, and those like them, are our founding documents. They are the charter that codifies what America is all about and what makes it the greatest nation. Let’s celebrate that this Fourth of July.
President Calvin Coolidge’s full speech from Philadelphia, PA – July 5, 1926: Continue reading
As Independence Day fast approaches, Americans are gearing up for a long weekend. Maybe some time off from work, a barbecue, some frosty cold beverages, fireworks, time well spent with family, and other red-blooded patriotic American festivities. We’re certain that many will also be celebrating the 239th anniversary of the adoption of The United States’ Declaration of Independence by exercising the right to keep and bear arms and burning up some gun powder at the shooting range. Perhaps a fitting observance, considering some of the events that ignited the American Revolution and fueled the forge that made this nation what it is today.
As a tribute, this week we will be posting some patriotic stuff. Because… America!
In the mid-1770s, after some uppity American colonists threw a bunch of tea into the Boston Harbor as a protest over the Tea Act’s “taxation without representation,” the British government tried to spank them with the Intolerable Acts. Well, those free spirited early American men didn’t much care for that, so they began taking steps to resist Brit control, such as passing the Suffolk Resolves and creating the Massachusetts Provincial Congress. Not about to take any guff from those yanks, the British government declared Massachusetts to be in a state of rebellion and, as oppressors often do with those they want to control, decided to disarm the people. Nihil novi sub sole, right?
It was on their way to capture and destroy militia supplies that, under secret orders, approximately 700 British Army regulars under the command of Lt. Col. Francis Smith marched – by way of Lexington – on Concord. There, at the North Bridge, 400 or so militiamen engaged a contingent of the British regulars, driving them back to Concord proper where the rest of their force was searching for arms to confiscate before being forced to withdraw, first back to Lexington – where shots had been fired earlier in the day – and then, along with their reinforcements, back to Boston. That day, April 19, 1775, the battles of Lexington and Concord marked the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War and put us on the path to becoming the nation that we are today.
Some 62 years later, Ralph Waldo Emerson penned the Concord Hymn for the dedication of the memorial at the North Bridge to commemorate “the shot heard ’round the world:” Continue reading