Friday, May 31, 2013

Obama Administration Could Sign Arms Trade Treaty as Early as Monday

NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 20, No. 22 05/31/2013

Obama Administration Could Sign Arms Trade Treaty as Early as Monday

As we recently reported, on April 2, the United Nations General Assembly voted 153-4 to pass the Arms Trade Treaty, with the United States voting in favor and several countries abstaining. The vote in the General Assembly pushed the treaty process forward after negotiations twice failed to deliver on the goal of developing the treaty by consensus.

The Obama Administration is expected to sign the treaty soon after it is opened for signature on Monday, June 3--just days from now.

The ATT threatens the rights and privacy of American gun owners. Signatories will be encouraged to keep information on the "end users" of arms imported into their territory and supply such information to the exporting country. Exporting nations, nearly all of which have civilian firearm control regimes far harsher than the U.S., will be encouraged to take the firearm control laws of an importing country into account before approving a transfer of arms. And the treaty also encourages states to adopt domestic legislation to carry out the treaty's mandates.

The only way to stop the Obama-U.N. collusion from trampling our Second Amendment freedoms is through the U.S. Congress.


NRA Submits Testimony Opposing Mandatory Liability Insurance Bill for Gun Owners in D.C.

Since the Supreme Court's decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010), some anti-gun politicians have resurrected a decades-old idea: If you can't ban guns, why not tax them so heavily that no ordinary person can afford to exercise his Second Amendment rights?

The latest movement on that front is in our nation's capitol, where District of Columbia Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) introduced Bill 20-170, the "Firearm Insurance Amendment Act." The measure would require D.C. residents to purchase liability insurance--of no less than $250,000--before being allowed to purchase a firearm. The liability insurance policy would specifically need to cover any damages resulting from negligent acts, or willful acts that are not undertaken in self-defense, involving the use of the insured firearm while it is owned by the policy holder. Under B20-170, individuals who currently possess firearms in D.C. would have to purchase liability insurance within 30 days of its effective date.

This week, the NRA submitted written testimony in opposition to the bill, pointing out that the misguided council members who are championing this bill are doing so in spite of the fact that D.C. already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, yet consistently has one of the highest violent crime rates



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Rumor Control: Ammo Shortages Revisited!

As attacks on our Second Amendment rights increase, there is a predictable uptick in the number of internet rumors concerning firearms and ammunition. In particular, NRA-ILA receives frequent inquiries regarding ammo shortages.

A rumor that surfaced earlier this year was actually a variation of an old one, and claimed that George Soros owns "most of the ammunition manufacturing companies and many arms manufacturers," and that he's "selling ONLY to the government right now." This simply isn't true.


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ALABAMA: Governor Signs Omnibus Firearms Reform Bill into Law

CALIFORNIA: Get the Truth About the Proposed California Lead Ammunition Ban (AB 711) and the Misguided Campaign to Pass it

CALIFORNIA: Anti-Gun Legislation with Severe Ramifications Continues to Move in Sacramento

COLORADO: Plan for Federal Lands in Grand Junction Area Will Close Lands to Recreational Shooting

COLORADO: Recreational Shooting Targeted in Management Plan for Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area

CONNECTICUT: Lawsuit Filed in U.S. District Court Challenging Constitutionality of New Firearms Law

CONNECTICUT: Pro-Hunting Reform Passes House

DELAWARE: Your Action Needed! Two Anti-Gun Bills Awaiting House Vote

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: NRA Submits Testimony Opposing Mandatory Liability Insurance Bill for Gun Owners

FLORIDA: Update -- Pinellas County Gun Show/Sheriff Gualtieri's "Operation"

KANSAS: State House Approves Bill to Prevent Taxpayer Dollars from Funding Gun Control Advocacy, Goes to the Governor for his Approval

MAINE: Anti-Gun Bills Halted in State Senate

MARYLAND: Join NRA President David Keene at the Caroline County Lincoln Day Dinner

MISSOURI: Self-Defense Bill and Right-to-Carry Reform Delivered to Governor

MONTANA: BLM Management Plan Will Affect Motorized Big Game Retrieval

MONTANA: Management Plan Closes Public Land to Target Shooting

MONTANA: Miles City Resource Management Plan Will Affect Motorized Off-road Big Game Retrieval

NEVADA: Anti-Gun Legislators Still Pushing Background Check Bill Despite Gun Owners and Nevada Sheriffs' and Chiefs' Association Opposition

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Shurtleff Criminal Protection Bill Dies in Senate

NEW JERSEY: Senate Approves Remaining Anti-Gun Bills

OREGON: Contact Your State Senator in Opposition to Bill that Targets Law-Abiding Gun Owners

SOUTH CAROLINA: Self-Defense Bill Passes House Committee, Goes to House Floor for Vote

WASHINGTON: Please attend event featuring economist and acclaimed author, Dr. John Lott

WISCONSIN: Assembly Committee Unanimously Approves Bill to Increase Hunter Opportunity


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Page Nine No. 124 -- Background Checks Are Failing


Media confusion isn't helping:

We already know the proposed background-check bill was a gun-registration plan.
But the huge background checks we already have just turn the criminals free.
You didn't know that?
Do we need more of that?
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1- South Korea Makes U.S. Announcement
2- Associated Press CEO Gets His Own Medicine
3- Syrian Kidnapping Spun Into Anti-Gun Story

    Fugitives Set Free, Constantly
    Lack of Prosecutions Outrages Congress
    Push for More of the Same Now Questioned
    Monitor the Innocent or Capture the Criminals?

5- NICS Operations Stats Too Horrible to Believe
6- 80% of Kids Die From Undisclosed Causes
7- U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Coming June 3

The Uninvited Ombudsman Report, May 30, 2013
by Alan Korwin, Bloomfield Press

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When people tell me: "But I'm only one person," I shoot right back: "Everyone is only one person." If what you need are some ideas, try Tactics That Work: If you want to set brush fires, try cognitive dissonance: The Politically Corrected Glossary, "It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds."  --Samuel Adams.


Although we are constantly assured that a gun registry would never be made public, the same assurance was made for CCW carry-permit files. Looks what's happened there -- entire communities have had themselves and their property exposed. Is this something we want to encourage? Should people who have done such violence to privacy be brought up on charges?


Complete details on the so-called "universal background check" fraud are explored in this issue of Page Nine. There's a reason that bill was defeated, despite "news" claims of overwhelming support. Nancy Pelosi wrote to me and said it is 92% in favor (the media was wrong with their claim of 90%, go figure). Nothing serious in government has 92% support, not even giving away money.

The feds have apparently found 99,000 wanted fugitives trying to buy guns (a serious crime by itself). They had them standing there with the FBI on the phone, and then just turned them all loose. Sent them walking! Half a million hardened criminals too, same thing. Is that what 90% of the public supports? Is this what the "news" reported to you? What's wrong with this picture? I gathered the numbers, you can read the story later:

Why don't they arrest all the Brady criminals the find?
That's another story:


Reader Doug L. asks, and I frankly haven't got a good answer: "Logically, if voter ID laws are discriminatory because they require a photo ID, then aren't gun background checks discriminatory because they require a photo ID?" Great question. Do we have to give up one, or both? Maybe the whole discrimination thing has gotten out of hand.


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could we justify a government-run list of gold and gold owners?
Why not?


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: Zimmerman Case

The family of a charming young teenage boy had pictures of their adorable young child circulated by the "news" media after he was brutally shot to death by a ruthless wannabe vigilante. Then it came out that the teenager was actually a 6-foot-two-inch football player with a history of violence and gang connections who had pounded the block-watch captain's head into the pavement until he was bleeding and nearly unconscious. The survivor, on trial for his life, caught a tough break from a circuit-court judge in pre-trial motions the other day.

It turns out that prosecutors seeking to convict George Zimmerman for (the merciless cold-hearted vigilante murder of poor little Trayvon) (defending himself against the brutal life-threatening assault by Trayvon Martin) (you pick), will be able to suppress all evidence showing the attacker's controversial school records, previous drug use, history of prior fights, ownership of removable gold-tooth caps, or any text messages and photos found on Martin's cell phone, which defense attorney Mark O'Mara has seen. A delay in the proceedings was also denied. Trial is set for June 10. If you think the nation's diligent media turned the Jody Arias thing into a circus, you ain't seen nothin'.

Anyone armed who is concerned about a fair trial should keep this in mind, and read After You Shoot: Your gun's hot, the perp's not, now what? It's always better to avoid a gunfight than to win one. Zimmerman, who is living in hiding, and will likely have to continue doing so if he wins the case, has gained more than 100 pounds since the incident in February 2012.

For good measure, the judge decided witnesses will be banned from saying if they think the trial is politically motivated. You may recall the initial police investigation found this to be a clear case of self defense, with no grounds for a trial.

Then Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton got on TV, and a Florida prosecutor who usually has nothing to do with such activity took up the case amidst a non-stop firestorm of political commentary that blacked out all other news coverage for days. Worse than the Arias thing.


Of the top 200 colleges and universities in the U.S., not a single one had a conservative deliver the commencement address at graduation in 2013. Liberals feel they must exist in a hermetically sealed bubble in order to survive.  --Dennis Prager


1- South Korea Make U.S. Announcements

The lamestream media told you:
The lamestream media told you:

Seoul, South Korea -- North Korea fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters on Saturday, a South Korean official said (emphasis added). It routinely tests such missiles, but the latest launches came during a period of tentative diplomacy aimed at easing tensions, according to Sam Kim, reporting for the Associated Press. The story was picked up by every major mainstream news outlet.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The United States had South Korea make an announcement to the AP, for reasons that were unclear, about North Korea's routine test firing of missiles. The U.S. typically makes such announcements, and frames the context. In this case, the launches were described relative to "tentative diplomacy" aimed at easing tensions.

It is the U.S. that monitors all North Korean missile launches from our ground-based visual, radar, radio, infrared and microwave monitoring stations, as well as seismic, piloted, drone, naval and satellite observations posts, and from spies all around North Korea. Most of South Korea's monitoring capabilities are directly tied to U.S. support.

"There is always a reason why the U.S. allows its allies to make reports instead of doing it directly, but it's unclear why they let the South Koreans do it this time," a knowledgeable observer pointed out. The lapdog AP reported the report that was reported, without reporting, in typical "news reporting" fashion.

In other news, U.S. agents chose to inform the AP directly that North Korea withdrew two mid-range "Musudan" missiles recently, and pointed out that the North is banned from ballistic missile launches under U.N. Security Council resolutions, as if that's meaningful. Why they didn't have the South make this announcement was also unclear, but the AP dutifully carried the handout they were handed.

No one involved pointed out that these U.N. resolutions are meaningless wastes of paper, ignored by everyone and serve no purpose other than to fill newspaper space, thereby contributing to deforestation and global whining.


2- Associated Press CEO Gets His Own Medicine

The lamestream media told you:
The lamestream media told you:

By PHILIP ELLIOTT -- WASHINGTON (AP)- - The Associated Press' president and chief executive says the government's secret seizure of two months of reporters' phone records has already had a chilling effect on newsgathering, a week after the subpoenas were revealed publicly.

In his first television interviews since the AP reported the Justice Department seizure, Gary Pruitt on Sunday said it has made sources less willing to talk to AP journalists and, in the long term, could limit Americans' information from all news outlets (emphasis added). He called it "unconstitutional" and a violation of the First Amendment.

''The people of the United States will only know what the government wants them to know and that's not what the framers of the Constitution had in mind when they wrote the First Amendment,'' he said. In a separate interview Pruitt said, ''I can tell you we are positively displeased and we do feel... violated.''

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Still clueless even after government agents "violated" them, the AP leader (and his minions judging by their ongoing behavior), believes government interference might restrict news the American public gets, and that the "news" machine's cozy relationship with government isn't already among the main limitations on information the public receives. "Chilling" effects on reporters is such a remote factor it is hardly worth mentioning.

"The public is actually lucky that government agents illegally collected a ton of information from the AP," said The Uninvited Ombudsman, "as this woke up that slumbering giant to the normal levels of abuse the public routinely faces." Awakened and outraged, the AP may actually do something, where it otherwise snores so loudly you can't hear its mind-numbing banter. Government overreach and rights violations in Second Amendment issues are legendary and well known, despite news blackouts.

Reporters, especially AP reporters, are already one of the greatest restrictions on news the American public gets. See, for example, any of these 123 reports:

For grotesque ethical violations in the "news" that are fun but infuriating, look here:

Anything outside the approved mainstream narrative is suppressed or distorted beyond recognition, a fact known by anyone who carefully follows a subject of interest to them. The AP is famous for taking government handouts and spoon-feeding them to the public with no reporting whatsoever.

Among the most abused and suppressed areas of news, as readers of Page Nine know, are anything not left of center, such as firearms, religion, abortion, taxation, Tea Party activity, classical economics, classical education, Western civilization, capitalism, public morality, the entertainment industry, the purpose of government or even the news media itself. The most basic political questions are never even asked:

Using a popular media technique, we could take Pruitt's words above out of context, and use them to summarize the standard model of AP reporting for many stories: "The people of the United States will only know what the government wants them to know." That's an exact quote. An accent might provide some clever color, just for fun: "Ze people of ze United States vill only know vat ze government vants zem to know." Maybe not so funny.


3- Syrian Kidnapping Spun Into Anti-Gun Story

The lamestream media told you:
The lamestream media told you:

Gunmen on Saturday abducted the elderly father of Syria's deputy foreign minister (emphasis added) in the latest kidnapping targeting family members of figures in President Bashar Assad's regime, according to a story with no attribution or byline in The Arizona Republic, attributed in "news" media elsewhere nationwide to the AP There was no immediate claim of responsibility...

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Rebels on Saturday abducted the elderly father of Syria's deputy foreign minister... Islamists on Saturday abducted the elderly father of Syria's deputy foreign minister... Kidnappers on Saturday abducted the elderly father... Unknown thugs on Saturday... Someone on Saturday... gunmen is a biased term used by bigots in the media to smear gun ownership...

In lockstep compliance with Dr. Brown's rules for vilifying guns in the "news," AP reporters Bassem Mroue and Albert Aji on Sunday turned a story about a vicious muslim terror-tactic abduction into yet another gun-bashing story, by using the slanderous word "gunmen," as Brown recommends, instead of anything more accurate or descriptive.

Brown, whose revealing guidelines help make any story into a gun story, and any gun story a fear-filled screed, have been recently updated to include new buzzwords, anti-rights programs, mind-numbing legislative proposals and propaganda being promoted by liberals, now called progressives, leftists or blue staters.

One look at his guidelines is instantly enlightening. Much of what passes for news is described and recognizable as propaganda techniques that can be applied by any writer, as in the case cited above. Why call a kidnapper a kidnapper and lose an opportunity to smear firearms, when you can simply refer to any criminal as a gunman, and get the job done.

The new release of the guidelines is posted here:


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Background-Checked Fugitives Set Free, Constantly

Lack of prosecutions outrages Congress.

Lack of arrests outrages everyone (except the media, who are clueless).

Congress is 20 years behind the curve on this one.

Push for more of the same in Manchin-Toomey bill now questioned.

Do we want innocents surveyed or criminals apprehended?

The lamestream media told you:
The lamestream media told you:

Nothing. They missed this part of the story altogether.
Actually, that's not correct. They had it and suppressed it.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Rep. Trey Gowdy (Rep., SC) asked AG Eric Holder why so few failed background checks lead to prosecutions. Holder didn't answer. Trey actually helped him off the hook, sympathizing about the low "jury appeal" of NICS-denial cases.

But after all, attempting to buy a firearm if you're an escapee, felon, fugitive, jihadi, certified mental case, illegal alien, renunciant, drug lord, etc., is a five-year federal felony, on top of filling out the form falsely, on top of handling the gun before trying to buy it.

That's what the NICS background check finds and prevents, or so we're led to believe. What happens to all those attempted criminals? Then the AG ducked and dodged about seeking to grant illegals citizenship (which would remove them from the prohibited possessor list, by the way). All media follow these things but it somehow didn't make the "news" (watch five juicy minutes:

Here are the numbers since NICS checks began. The lamestream has kept this out of the debate for reasons that become immediately obvious:

In other words, we prevented one million gun sales from going through, presumably because these people are murderers, rapists, fugitives, muslim warriors and similar. We have the FBI on the phone, the bad guys standing there waiting in front of an armed guy (the gun dealer), and the bad guy's name and address on a form, from a picture ID. Why don't we arrest these people? We turn them loose.

The FBI looked them up, determined they're on Wanted Posters (figuratively speaking), or just got out of prison, or committed some major (or not so major) crime years ago, or are on a watch list, or whatever. The FBI utters the single word "Deny" to the dealer, and that's it.

Then you tell the criminal in front of you, "Have a nice day, please close the door as you leave." That's what the new and improved "universal background check" that failed in the Senate is designed to do too, but to more people. The phrase "lacks sufficient prosecutorial merit" only enters the discussion in this Page Nine report.

People who hate guns or have no respect for gun rights want to expand the system so more innocent people are included in the FBI list of 10.3 million people-to-be-kept gunless. More (theoretical, I'll get to that in a moment) criminals will be found and turned loose too. Gun owners and people who can see what's going on want to do something about the tens of thousands of criminals we're supposedly finding and turning loose with the system we have.

So which should it be? Deal with these countless (supposed) criminals we're finding now, or throw more wood on the fire? Add more burden to the innocent or burden the criminals already? We barely have funds to do either. We apparently have will to do neither. Bizarre.

But wait -- are these really criminals we're finding? If the FBI numbers are correct -- and why wouldn't they be -- 1.01 million Americans have had their right to keep and bear arms denied by a computer readout and a bureaucrat on the phone (a call-center clerk, actually).  That's the FBI's NICS process. Where is the due process in that? Don't you have to be tried, face a jury, have a judge, a lawyer, compulsory process for calling witnesses, rules of evidence, something more than a clerk and a phone call, to have your fundamental constitutional rights stripped away from you?

Oh, I'm sorry, you have the right to appeal the computer's denial of your rights, so that makes the system fair? Many people appeal the denials and win, so this is good? No, this means the system is falsely denying people their rights, and no one is being punished for the false denials. This means you are found guilty, and are allowed to prove your innocence. Guilty until proven innocent is reprehensible in the American system of justice.

Who concocted this abomination? Denial of civil rights under color of law is a criminal offense. 18 USC §241 et seq. The system is run by... wait for it... the Dept. of Justice.

Maybe they don't prosecute more of these because they know they can't get convictions?* Maybe we aren't denying guns to hardened criminals after all? You can't have it both ways. If NICS is keeping us safe, and mass murderers, or regular murderers, or just escapees and lo-class thugs are being prevented from buying guns at retail and paying sales tax, then we should definitely begin arresting them while they stand around at known locations.

If on the other hand, the system isn't all it's cracked up to be, and far too many of these people are regular citizens being denied their rights by a computer, then the idea of expanding the program needs a second look. How much computerized rights denial should we introduce into the fabric of society?

We should prove the worth of NICS by arresting the tens of thousands of criminals it claims to find, try them in court, make us all safer, and see if that's truly the case.

Where is the "news" media on all this? Once again, their coverage is abysmal. The public is not misinformed, they are uninformed, incapable of making anything approaching a rational decision. Congress, as you'll see, is in the same boat.


*Back when this began in 1994, I was told by numerous authorities that a NICS denial is insufficient grounds for prosecution (or even a response or arrest!) for all sorts of reasons. That White Paper will stun you: Sorry, Mr. Gowdy, you're 19 years behind the curve, and the "news" media has left you there. It's not your fault. In all fairness, they're there themselves.

Two of my favorite excuses from back then, this one from the Clinton White House, Janet Reno Justice Dept, and ATF (all offered the same response to my direct question): "The Brady law is neither designed nor intended to increase the annual number of federal prosecutions."

...and this one merely philosophical from a knowledgeable observer: "Because unless we have more crime and violence we won’t be able to justify taking everybody’s gun away."


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5- NICS Operations Stats Too Horrible to Believe

The lamestream media told you:
The lamestream media told you:

Although 90% of Americans suddenly support something called "universal background checks," which they had never heard of before, now that a madman killed little children in Connecticut, Congress has done nothing. The checks would have done nothing to save the children, a point on which everyone agrees. Dianne Feinstein's bill to ban guns Americans already own, which she has been promoting for 20 years, did not even make it to Congress, again. Bills to identify crazy people have not been introduced. Or drafted.

Sen. Schumer's various modifications of Feinstein's bill, as well as bills of his own suffered the same fate, despite overwhelming support. The Manchin-Toomey amendment, which we told you had overwhelming support of 90%, only got 56% support in the Senate and died. The actual contents of the 49-page bill were never reported in any lamestream "news" outlet, not even the fair and balanced one. It was described in detail in Page Nine:

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

I could only find one official study of what goes on between the NICS background-check office, the FBI, the BATFE and the US Attorney's Office (USAO), which handles prosecution of criminals trying to buy guns at retail and pay sales tax. I hope you didn't eat a heavy meal, because you'll have trouble holding it down when you read this. The report was issued in July 2004.

This is what the media is trying to convince you that 90% of the public supports:

-- In the two years studied (CY 2002-2003), NICS handled 16.7 million background checks.

-- 121,909 people were denied firearms, and the FBI referred these to ATF, who refers them to their Brady Operations Branch, who refers them to their NICS coordinators, who refers them to their ATF division offices, who refers them to their satellite offices or field offices, to see if they meet "USAO prosecutorial guidelines" so they can be brought up on charges of criminals  trying to buy guns.

In other words, just because a person was denied a firearm does not mean the U.S. prosecutors want to go after them. They have to meet guidelines. Most don't.

Without boring you, most people in the NICS chain-of-command don't have the guidelines, haven't been trained, don't even know there are guidelines (I didn't, like you, I thought most everyone caught is a criminal). The functionaries don't have a way to communicate up or down the chain, have cases "without prosecutorial merit" (which is not described) because they just send piles of "captures" over without review. The space they have to make notes on their computer screens is too small for notes.

Typical Keystone Kops procedures plague the system -- "increasing the workload of already overburdened field investigators... delaying investigation of prosecutable cases... cases without merit... insufficient resources... insufficient staffing... extensive case backlogs... " it's a loooonng list.

-- 7,030 prohibited possessors got firearms because their "delayed" response time periods ran out. ATF agents either did not conduct retrievals, did not do them in a timely fashion, took four months to more than a year, and did not document retrievals so there was no way to tell what happened, if anything.

-- Before trying to retrieve a gun from someone who should not have it, ATF sends a letter telling the person to give it up. Sometimes. They might include a deadline. They might act if there is no response. Or not. They let the person give the gun to anyone, which can include another person who cannot have a gun. Yes, you read that right. In 55% of these cases (from this study) ATF made no records of what happened, and lets the case drop. Only ATF's high-profile homicides, arson of occupied satructures and gun-smuggling makes the news.

"ATF special agents did not consider most of the prohibited possessors who had obtained guns to be dangerous and therefore did not consider it a priority to retrieve the firearm promptly." ATF did not track the retrieval process at all.

-- ATF had not conducted a NICS coordinator training conference in years. When it did, 6 of the 17 coordinators showed up.

-- In a sample of 200 denials referred for action, 22 were illegal aliens. These are referred to Dept. of Homeland Security (ICE) and the Brady Operations Center. The ATF division offices "closed these cases without investigation because they did not involve other prohibiting factors." Illegal alien status is one of the nine enumerated bans specified in statute. ATF has decided not to enforce this law, out of hand.

-- In 36% to 95% of the cases, NICS division field offices provide no feedback to the Brady Ops Branch. Command has little idea what the local offices are up to. "Several of the field office group supervisors told us they did not investigate the majority of the referrals they received."

-- Between 8% and 35% of denials in the samples were people found not to be prohibited from possessing firearms.

-- Only 154 cases were prosecuted of the 16.7 million checks of the 121,909 denials. ATF had sent only 230 to the U.S. Attorney's Office, USAO accepted on 185, and then went after only 154. I recall reading somewhere it managed to convict a small handful. The Washington Post reports that for 2010 (out of more than six million NICS checks):

"In the end, 62 cases were referred for prosecution, but most were declined by prosecutors or dismissed by the court. Out of the original 73,000 denials, there emerge just 13 guilty pleas." Is this what 90% of the public supports? The Post only ran this online.

What are we paying for the 13 guilty pleas? Is this a good use of limited resources, or does it just make some people feel good, and make anti-rights legislators look good as long as the "news" keeps you in the dark and you don't know what's really going on?

"Historically, USAOs have been unsuccessful in achieving convictions in many of these cases and consequently have been unwilling to expend their limited resources on prosecuting most NICS cases."

Why? The report answers this question about the much ballyhooed NICS system:

"These cases lack 'jury appeal' for various reasons.  The factors prohibiting someone from possessing a firearm may have been nonviolent or committed many years ago.  The basis for the prohibition may have been noncriminal (e.g., a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. military).  It is also difficult to prove that the prohibited person was aware of the prohibition and intentionally lied to the FFL [federally licensed dealer].  We were also told that in parts of the United States where hunting historically has been part of the regional culture, juries are reluctant to convict a person who attempted to purchase a hunting rifle."

The big bottom line is that despite all the BS about background checks, the real reason to increase the system is to register more gun owners. Gun registration is a bad idea. If, like Piers Morgan, you don't understand why:
("How does writing my name, or your name, in an FBI book help stop crime?")

If you really want background checks, they can be done with zero registration, and 10% of the current cost:

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6- 80% of Kids Die From Undisclosed Causes

The lamestream media told you:
The lamestream media told you:

Nearly one in five injury-related deaths in children and adolescents involve firearms, reports Liz Szabo, a reporter whose anti-gun stories are regular features in USA Today, a "news" paper with one of the worst anti-gun bias records in America. Thanks to First Amendment protection, they can spin stories and spew propaganda or anti-rights bigotry without any media control.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

More than four out of five injury-related deaths in children and adolescents do not involve firearms, but framing a story this way is banned by USA Today bias requirements. It is more important to imply fear of guns to readers, than to warn parents that 80% of the lethal risks their children face are from, well, the story doesn't say. Szabo is a winner of the excellence-in-media award.

"Why attack guns, when you could help more than 80% of parents keep their kids safe?" asks the Uninvited Ombudsman. "Do they have an agenda, rather than reporting the news and keeping the Republic informed? Can we bring these reporters up on some sort of ethics charges? Do they even know what harm they do, attacking fundamental rights while hiding lethal truths from the public?"

Unfortunately the answer is no, they know not what they do. They actually think they are doing good. It's unclear if "youths involved in accidents" includes "gangbangers in ghettos shooting each other," a frequent wording problem in lamestream reports.

A USA Today story that encouraged gun ownership, and spoke highly of the many people who are alive today because they were armed and shot hardened criminals, well that story never ran in that paper, though it could run as often as the scare tactics do. This is called ethics. Makes me ashamed of those colleagues.


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7- The U.N. Is Preparing Global Gun Control

The lamestream media told you:
The lamestream media told you:

Part I: The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty has collapsed in complete failure. (That was back in June 2012; that was a complete lie, a perfectly good draft treaty had been written and was a good first step, as these things go). You can read it in plain English:

Part II: The final negotiating conference on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty has failed to produce a Treaty Text that achieved consensus approval, to report to the U.N. General Assembly. It sounds like the wonderful effort by the glorious U.N. for an international ban on horrible guns has ended in failure.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Here's what really happened. In an effort to get unanimous support, called "consensus approval," the U.N. negotiating conference voted on an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) draft and got three "no" votes -- from the worst human-rights violators known to man -- Iran, Syria, and North Korea. They wanted to be free of the U.N.'s proposed controls, which is a good thing in a bizarre sort of way, but it won't stop the U.N.

That vote just kicked the whole thing up to a vote of the General Assembly members, for a less prestigious, but easier-to-get approval of the "Resolution" which has the same language. On April 3, 2013 they got 154 yeas, 3 nays (the same ones) and 23 abstentions. The U.S. voted "yes" (but that doesn't mean we adopted it). Russia and communist China were among the abstentions. This puts the draft in play, and instructs the Secretary General to open it up for signatures.

When 50 nations sign it -- and get it ratified by their governments -- and deposit that ratification with the U.N., the treaty enters into effect, 90 days later. That vote opens on June 3, a few days away. It is expected to pass. Our president is expected to sign it, which is an action taken solely by the Executive Branch, and is only for show. Sorta. The media and the antis will treat like an act of Greatness.

For it to become law here though, it would need ratification by 2/3 of the Senate (normally 67 out of 100 votes), and that is highly improbable. Now. But it will hang over our heads literally forever. Procedural trickery could possibly achieve "two-thirds ratification" with fewer than 67 votes, but that's another story.

You will see a flood of stories from the "news" soon assuring you the ATT has little affect on the Second Amendment. That's simply false. I'm also predicting a new narrative that bombards us with a sense that we are "out of compliance with the international community," and that our gun laws are "anachronistic," (old fashioned), no longer appropriate, that the world is sneering at us, that we should get with the program, and even that this should be the law even without it being the law, and we should obey. The "news" media is becoming one of the greatest impediments to freedom by campaigning for an agenda instead of reporting what is.

"Small arms" are right there in the treaty language. Signatories are required to create "national control lists" of all arms and ammunition imports and exports, and since this includes parts and even metals used, it's a very broad brush. Fine imported guns could be severely affected (can you say Glock?) Make, model and end users are covered, the U.N. is supposed to get copies of the lists, and the U.N. is supposed to give copies to every other participating nation, who are encouraged to make the lists public. "Improvements" are supposed to be made by amendment after six years.

Will this affect the tyrants, dictators, mass murderers, human-rights abusers, genocidal maniacs, people who want to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth and others who it is ostensibly aimed at? An extensive analysis in the Penn State Law Review by Kopel, Gallant and Eisen (Vol. 114, No. 3) concludes that the ATT "would have no more effective force than the arms embargoes that are already imposed by the U.N. Security Council... accordingly, the ATT is a distraction."

The authors point out that, "Control Arms, the leading international gun prohibition lobby, forthrightly acknowledges that, every one of the 13 United Nations arms embargoes imposed in the last decade has been systematically violated."


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Hi Alan, I'm pleased to answer, thanks for asking.  I listened to you on ARMED AMERICAN RADIO yesterday evening here in Salem, Oregon on 1430am KYKN.  I'm very interested (actually alarmed) at what's happening to our 2nd Amendment, therefor am trying to learn and educate myself so I can fight to keep this most important, God given civil right that we require to protect ourselves.  It's frustrating, and I sometimes feel hopeless - I live in a state with very liberal politicians - so I need encouragement and direction too. David L.


Mr. Korwin:  I just read your letter responding to the female legislator's question about why anyone needs rifles and magazines, you get a standing ovation from me. Thank you for so clearly and logically yet passionately answering a question I must hear asked on an almost daily basis. The next time someone does, I'll be handing them a copy to read for themselves. Jacqueline S.  [Thanks Jacq; you can do that anytime. Those people are so lost, and the media keeps them there. Alan.]


I recently read your article "how bad is antigun rights bigotry?" and I just had to tell you that that is one of the best articles I have ever read on gun laws. It was flawless, I mean you had all the facts. I just had to tell you that the article is amazing. Keep it up  -brenk [Love this review of course, but I can't for the life of me tell which article he refers to...]


Officer Friendly in Boston --

The media said they carried "rifles." They looked a bit motley to me, ill-fitting gear, like they hadn't worn it often, militarized as part of a federal program perhaps? Is this who you are up against now when Officer Friendly comes knocking? How many rounds do they need if there's 15 of them? Is anyone really armed if this is who they face?

[I was so totally delighted to learn I wasn't the only one to watch in horror as the brainwashed sheeple came out from their shelter-in-place hovels and applauded the massive throngs of overwhelming forces in impervious armor out to catch the wounded 19-year-old, demonstrating that a handful of more 19-year-olds could bring America to a standstill, before we applauded the heroism of jackbooted police troops who would never violate the law or our rights and can shut us down just lickety-split like that, even our cell phones. That was as big a story as catching the kid (but it didn't run). They should run those pictures non-stop, instead of the cherubic face of the youngster alleged monster. The fact that they don't show that demonstrates the statist lapdog nature of the media better than anything else.]

Media reports said the public cooperated with police "requests," but video and images on the internet (less so on TV) showed a different story, people barefoot, in robes, hustled out of their homes without warrants or any remote degree of civility, no warrants, due process, declaration of martial law, at gun point. Interviews showed "thankful" people, not a single person perturbed showed up live on camera, maybe that's just Boston, birthplace of liberty?

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Mr. Korwin: I just read your letter responding to the female legislator's question about why anyone needs rifles and magazines, you get a standing ovation from me. Thank you for so clearly and logically yet passionately answering a question I must hear asked on an almost daily basis. The next time someone does, I'll be handing them a copy to read for themselves. Jacqueline S.  [Thanks Jacq; you can do that anytime. Those people are so lost, and the media keeps them there. Alan.]


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