Gun Control Articles


Jan 18, 2016

Shooting Straw Men

Jan 18, 2016

On January 5, President Obama announced various executive actions to tighten gun control measures. Most of the news led with the fact that Obama cried during the press conference. The Scrapbook takes no stand on whether the tears were sincere. We believe the president cares about victims of gun violence, even if his preferred solutions are unworkable or unconstitutional.

What we can’t abide is the president's belief that people who disagree with him don't care about preventing violence. "The gun lobby is loud and well organized in its defense of effortlessly available guns for anyone. The rest of us are going to have to be just as passionate and well organized in our defense of our kids," Obama said in his January 1 radio

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Obama's Empty Gesture on Gun Control

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:42 PM, Jan 05, 2016
The WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with senior writer John McCormack on President Obama's recently announced executive actions on gun control. Read more

Cotton: Terror Watch List 'Notoriously Inaccurate'

Yet, FBI 'is notified' when guns are purchased by terror suspect.
4:15 PM, Dec 08, 2015

In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting by a radicalized Muslim couple, House and Senate Democrats have spent the week pushing a dead-on-arrival measure to restrict gun purchases by those on the FBI's no-fly list.

Today, Senate Rs again blocked bill to prevent suspected terrorists from getting guns— Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) December 8, 2015

The proposal has drawn criticism from Republicans, liberals not in Congress, gun rights organizations, and civil libertarians (with the exception of the ACLU). Democrats are using the tragedy to push the gun control measure, with a series of coordinated speeches in the Senate.

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Dishonesty, Stupidity, Insults, and Other Problems with the Gun Control Debate

9:20 AM, Dec 08, 2015

I remain perplexed by the current "debate" over gun laws. After President Obama's speech on Sunday, a great many pundits seemed to have raced forward with evaluating the political considerations of pitching new gun control laws for 2016. However, it seems to me that the logical and rhetorical considerations must be dealt with first.

Indeed, the arguments being mounted in favor of gun control are so terrible every way you look at them that assuming the people making them are being honest or rationally motivated seems to be a major mistake. Here's stab at a of taxonomy of the problems:

Pure Demagoguery

The president, and many other national Democratic leaders, are uniting behind a proposal to prevent people who are on

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Obama: Gun Control a National Security Issue

8:18 PM, Dec 05, 2015

President Obama used his address to the nation on ISIS and terrorism to push for gun control. "This is a matter of national security," Obama said from the Oval Office.

Watch here:

"There are several steps that Congress should take right away. To begin with, Congress should act to make sure no one on a no fly list is able to buy a gun. What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terror suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon? This is a matter of national security," said the president.

"We also need to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons, like the ones that were used in San Bernardino.

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Obama Uses Planned Parenthood Shooting to Push Gun Control

9:13 AM, Nov 28, 2015

In a statement released this morning by the White House, President Obama used the shooting yesterday at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado to push gun control. 

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O'Malley Camp Likens Hillary to Jeb on Guns

3:44 PM, Nov 04, 2015

The Martin O'Malley campaign has released this video, hitting Hillary Clinton for flip-flopping on gun policy:

"While Secretary Clinton is in the middle of yet another policy reset--this time on gun safety--she just can't escape her past, poll-tested positions," the O'Malley campaign writes in an emailed press release of the video.

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Father of Murdered TV Reporter Campaigns For Gun Control

3:34 PM, Oct 07, 2015

The father of a Virginia television reporter who was murdered on air in August is calling for "commonsense gun control legislation" on behalf of the political committee of Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe.

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In Cancun, the U.S. Gets Played

4:14 PM, Aug 31, 2015

The Conference of States Parties—the first meeting of nations that have ratified the controversial Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)—wrapped up in Cancun on Thursday. Because it’s wisely not ratified the ATT, the U.S. was there as an observer.

So was I. And on Thursday, I got to observe as the U.S. got played.

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NYT's Nick Kristof Speaks Out of Both Sides of His Mouth on Gun Control

10:01 AM, Aug 27, 2015

At the New York Times, Nick Kristof has written a column in favor gun control in the wake of Wednesday's terrible shooting of a local news personality and camera man near Roanoke, Virginia. It's a drearily predictable column in that it reiterates a number of pat talking points about gun control that are easily refuted. Kristof writes:

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Poll: Most Americans Aren't Interested in Gun Control

2:02 PM, Jun 30, 2015

A new poll from Suffolk University and USA Today finds the majority of Americans do not want to debate gun control in the 2016 presidential election. According to the poll of 1,000 adults, 52 percent say they would not like gun control to be a "significant subject" during the election, with 43 percent saying they would.

“There is more desire to tighten than to loosen [gun laws]," said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, in a statement accompanying the release of the poll.

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Bernie Sanders Attacked For Not Being Liberal Enough

On guns.
2:45 PM, Jun 25, 2015

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders is being attacked in a new ad for not being liberal enough on guns. 

"Bernie Sanders is no progressive when it comes to guns," says a voiceover in the 15-second spot, which criticizes the socialist senator's votes against two gun-control bills. The ad also notes the National Rifle Association's support for Sanders. Watch the video below:

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Grimes Memo: How To Woo Liberal Journalists

1:43 PM, Oct 09, 2014

In a few minutes, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky will meet with the editorial board of the Courier-Journal in Louisville.

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D.C. Gun Ruling Could Open Door To Universal Carry Laws (Updated)

1:13 PM, Jul 29, 2014

In a surprising decision, a federal judge overturned

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Archie, We Hardly Knew Ye

Jul 28, 2014

Last week the world of comic books reeled from two bits of sensational news. First, it was -revealed that Archie Andrews, hero of the classic Archie comics, was dead. Or rather, “dead,” as they put it in industry parlance, because only the Archie of one of the Archie books, Life with Archie, had bought the farm. (The Archie of the long-running flagship book, Archie, lives on.) What made Archie’s demise so notable was the manner in which he was dispatched. He was assassinated. Gunned down while valiantly saving the life of his friend. Who’s a war hero.

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WaPo Columnist: Obamacare, Gun Control Might've Prevented Yesterday's Police Shooting and Navy Yard Shooting

11:07 AM, Oct 04, 2013

Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak uses her piece today to implicitly make the case that Obamacare and gun control might have been able to prevent yesterday's police shooting and last month's Navy Yard shooting.

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Special Report Panel on the Navy Yard Shooting

7:04 AM, Sep 17, 2013

Steve Hayes, with Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:

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Obama's 'New Executive Actions' on Gun Control; Two New Measures

8:17 AM, Aug 29, 2013

The White House just announced two new executive measures for gun control. The announcement came to reporters via email. 

"FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence," the subject of the announcement reads.

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NYC Taxpayers Help Sponsor Bloomberg’s Gun Control Group

7:06 AM, Jun 22, 2013

Reports surfaced earlier this week that the webpage of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) appears to have been purchased and hosted by City of New York.

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CNN: Might Take a 'Senator to Get Shot' for Americans to Care About Gun Control

6:39 AM, Jun 11, 2013

On Piers Morgan's CNN show, a gun violence victim asked if it would take a "senator to get shot" for Americans to be supportive of gun control:

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Biden: 'If We Had Guns that Shot Chocolate,' People 'Safer' and 'Happier'

8:19 AM, May 14, 2013

In a letter to a seven-year-old Wisconsin boy, Vice President Joe Biden considers the possibility of guns with chocolate bullets. Biden's letter reads:

Dear Myles,

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W.H. Touts $30 Million Award for Technology that Led to 3D Gun

12:25 PM, May 09, 2013

Just this week, news broke that the "world’s first entirely 3D-printed gun" was successfully built and test-fired by an engineer in Texas.  The technology involves a special printer that uses melted polymers to generate plastic components for a variety of uses, now including working firearms.  Today, in a press release announcing a $200 million program for a "Competition for Three New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes," the White House also touted a $30 million award in a similar competition in August 2012 for the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.  

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NRA Ad Defends Kelly Ayotte

10:51 AM, May 08, 2013

The National Rifle Association has a new ad defending Republican senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire for her vote against the Toomey-Manchin gun control amendment.

"Seen this TV ad paid for by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg? Don't believe it," the voiceover says. "Kelly Ayotte voted for a bipartisan plan to make background checks more effective." Watch the NRA's ad below:

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Obama Calls Push for Gun Control Only the 'Beginning'

"The last time we had major gun legislation it took six, seven, eight tries toget passed."
6:18 AM, May 03, 2013

President Obama took a moment yesterday in Mexico to "editorialize just for a second about gun control," as he said at a joint press conference with his Mexican counterpart.

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Honor System

Apr 29, 2013

More and more of our political activity seems to be about making people feel good, so why should gun regulation be any exception? We were looking at the myriad regulations in Connecticut’s new gun law, for instance, and noticed its prohibition on loading more than 10 rounds into a large capacity magazine. The Scrapbook often encounters regulations it considers pointless, but this may set a new standard in naïveté: The law does not ban ownership of large capacity magazines, or using them—you just can’t load more than 10 bullets at a time. New York has a similar new regulation, which caps total bullets loaded at seven.

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Dem. Senator: 'Absolutely' Going to Bring Gun Control Bill Back

"This not only protects your Second Amendment rights, it expands your Second Amendment rights."
9:26 AM, Apr 28, 2013

Democratic senator Joe Manchin said he'd "absolutely" bring the gun control measures that failed in the Senate back for another vote:

"This not only protects your Second Amendment rights, it expands your Second Amendment rights," Manchin said, talking up the failed legislation. He said he believes it can pass if people "read the bill."

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Kristol Podcast: All Hail the NRA

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:51 PM, Apr 18, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with William Kristol on the failed Toomey-Manchin proposal and gun control.

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Biden: 'The President Is Already Lining Up Some Additional Executive Actions' for Guns

1:44 PM, Apr 18, 2013

Joe Biden says the president of the United States is preparing to take "executive actions" to deal with guns. 

BuzzFeed reports:

Vice President Biden told White House allies in the gun control fight Thursday that President Obama will be announcing new executive actions on gun violence in the days after the Senate voted down a gun violence bill.

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Special Report Panel on Guns, Boston, and Ricin

7:49 AM, Apr 18, 2013

Steve Hayes, with Juan Williams and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:

And here's the Internet only aftershow, hosted by Steve Hayes:

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