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Church Builds Gun Range, Launches Range Ministry ‘In The Name Of Jesus Christ’

Rocky Mount United Methodist Church decided what to do with the gully behind their church–they built a gun range and launched a gun range ministry “in the name of Jesus Christ.” Rocky Mount United Methodist is located in Jemison, Alabama. Pastor Phillip Guin said the church first thought of the range as a place to teach “gun safety.” Then, as involvement and interest grew, they decided to launch a full-blown gun range ministry. And because they have a number of hunters in the church, they named the range the “Rocky Mount Hunt and Gun Club.”

According to WIAT, Guin indicated another reason for the switch from simple gun safety to gun training was the increasing number of women who had bought guns for self-defense and needed practice in using them. He  said, “We had quite a number of church members, some elderly ladies, for example, and some not so elderly women that had purchased guns, but didn’t know how to use them.” They can now learn on church grounds.

Standing by the range, Guin said, “This is an opportunity for us to reach out in the name of Jesus Christ in a setting that is completely unique. Even odd by some people’s standards. But who’s to say that church can’t happen right here.”

The Jemison Police Department is using the Rocky Mount Hunt and Gun Club as well and “[offering] training courses to the public.”

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132-year-old Winchester rifle found propped against tree in Great Basin National Park

In a gravelly voice, it may recite a yarn of weary settlers swaying on horses’ backs in the parched, rocky Nevada wilderness. It may talk about riding in a saddle holster across neighboring Utah more than a decade before it became a state of the union. Great Basin National Park workers found the Winchester Model 1873 propped against a tree in the desert in November. The gun was manufactured and shipped in 1882 but little else is known about its history. It will be preserved in its current condition and put on display at the park for its 30th anniversary next year. (PHOTO: U.S. National Park Service)

Who knows how many years the rifle stood there, after someone left behind the model called “the gun that won the West.” Did they have to depart in a hurry — running from danger?

Or did they not see it, as it stood neatly camouflaged against the arid trunk of the juniper tree?

Wind, snow, desert sun have beaten years of furrows into the Winchester’s grayed stock, and rusted its barrel brown, along with its receiver and signature figure-8 repeating lever.

But its model name remains steadfastly engraved on its tang, along with a serial number. The Great Basin National Park’s staff checked it against the Cody West Firearms Museum’s records.

The gun was manufactured and shipped in 1882, the museum told them. “Winchester records do not indicate who purchased the rifle from the warehouse or where it was shipped,” the park said on its Facebook page.

Cultural researchers will try to squeeze out a few more secrets about the gun’s history from old newspapers and family trees. Then conservationists will not restore, but conserve it in the condition in which was found. It will become part of the display commemorating the park’s 30th birthday in 2016.

The 1873 model was widespread. Between 1873 and 1916, more than 760,000 were made, the park said. Today, collectors offer hundreds to around 10,000 dollars for one online.

But in 1882, the price dropped by half to $25 dollars apiece, the Park said.

 

It put them in the hands of many towards the end of “Indian Wars” in the Southwest. But those battles were mostly in surrounding states, particularly fights against Apache warriors who refused to be confined to reservations in Arizona.

That would seem a safe distance away. The spot where the gun was found in the Great Basin Desert could hardly be more in the middle of nowhere.

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UN Demands America Give Up Its Guns

The United Nations’ human rights chief called on the United States Tuesday to enforce more effective gun control measures in the aftermath of the Orlando terrorist attack, dismissing as “irresponsible pro-gun propaganda” the notion that firearms make societies safer. U.N. human rights commissioner urged the U.S. government to live up to its obligations to protect citizens from the “horrifyingly commonplace but preventable violent attacks that are the direct result of insufficient gun control.”

“Examples from many countries clearly show that a legal framework to control the acquisition and use of firearms has led to a dramatic reduction in violent crime,” he said.

“In the United States, however, there are hundreds of millions of guns in circulation, and every year thousands of people are killed or injured by them.”

He deplored what he called the ease with which individuals can buy firearms in America – “in spite of prior criminal backgrounds, drug use, histories of domestic violence and mental illness, or direct contact with extremists – both domestic and foreign.”

“How many more mass killings of school-children, of co-workers, of African-American churchgoers, how many more individual shootings of talented musicians like Christina Grimmie, or politicians like Gabrielle Giffords, will it take before the United States adopts robust gun regulation?” he asked.

American Omar Mateen killed 49 people early Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando, in a terrorist attack that quickly stoked fresh debate about gun control.

President Obama’s early response to the shooting included the view that it was “a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub.”

“And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be,” the president added. “And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.”

Others contend that had some nightclub goers been legally armed, they may have been able to stop the terrorist.

The U.N.’s chief challenged the thinking behind that view.

“Irresponsible pro-gun propaganda suggests that firearms make society safer, when all evidence points to the contrary,” he said.

He cited a recent report from his office on the question of human rights and civilian access to firearms. Its conclusions include a call for governments to regulate the acquisition and possession of firearms.

“Human rights law requires [member] States to protect people from harmful private activities and to adopt appropriate regulatory and institutional frameworks,” the report reads.

“In the light of the harmful impact of firearms-related violence on a range of human rights, the High Commissioner reiterates the call of United Nations and regional human rights mechanisms for States to regulate the civilian acquisition, possession and use of firearms.”

“I urge everyone in the United States to rally around the common cause of ensuring that the human rights, and consequentially the security, of all are strengthened in the aftermath of this horrendous incident,” he said.

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Gunman gets shot in Las Vegas by Pokemon GO player he tried to rob

A gunman and his underage driver tried to rob a group of people playing the popular Pokemon GO game, triggering a shootout after one of the players pulled out his own weapon at a Las Vegas park that has become a hot spot for virtual creature hunting. The incident early Monday marked the latest illustration of unintended consequences in everyday life due to the booming popularity of the GPS-powered “augmented reality” game.

Las Vegas police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said the shooting left a Pokemon player and the would-be armed robber hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Charges are expected against both that suspect and the juvenile who was driving the SUV.

Shortly after 4 a.m., a group of six people were at a public park east of downtown playing the popular smartphone game, which sends players to physical locations to “catch” virtual Pokemon characters.

Police said an armed man and the young driver drove up to the group in an SUV and demanded their possessions at gunpoint. One of the Pokemon players who has a concealed weapons permit drew his own gun and the two sides exchanged fire.

One person in the Pokemon group was shot once in the stomach and taken to the hospital. Meltzer said it’s unclear if that person shot is also the player who had his own gun but that the group of local players knew each other.

The man believed to be the suspect also was treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound. How he got to the hospital is not clear, but a matching SUV was found there.

Facebook users in a few Pokemon GO groups have suggested the location of the shooting, Gary Reese Freedom Park, as a hotspot for a particular kind of pocket monster known as Magikarp. In postings about nearby parks that are good places to catch specific kinds of Pokemon, the park is noted as a good place to collect the fish-like creature.

Police haven’t cited a motive or said if the Pokemon players were targeted.

But this isn’t the first report of suspects trying to rob people engrossed in the hugely-popular Pokemon GO game. Four teens in St. Louis robbed victims earlier this month after luring them to a specific location using Pokemon GO.

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Guess Who The Most Law-Abiding People in America Are?

A new report released by the Crime Prevention Research Center revealed concealed-carry permit holders are nearly the most law-abiding demographic of Americans. Yeah, we are! The report, Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States 2016, arrived at this conclusion by comparing permit holders to law enforcement.

“With about 685,464 full-time police officers in the U.S. from 2005 to 2007, we find that there were about 103 crimes per hundred thousand officers,” the report reads. “For the U.S. population as a whole, the crime rate was 37 times higher—3,813 per hundred thousand people.”

Additionally, the study used data compiled from 1987-2015 in Texas and Florida as a model to compare permit holders with police and the overall population. The data showed “that permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at less than a sixth the rate for police officers.”

“Among police, firearms violations occur at a rate of 16.5 per 100,000 officers. Among permit holders in Florida and Texas, the rate is only 2.4 per 100,000.10. That is just one-seventh of the rate for police officers.”

Impressive, especially since Texas and Florida have over a million residents who are active permit holders…. each.

In conclusion, according to the report, “It is impossible to think of any other group in the U.S. that is anywhere near as law-abiding.”

Hey, who are we to argue?

Carry on, patriots.

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Video Response To Reporter Claiming “Got PTSD From AR-15” – Man Shoots AR-15 Off Nose To Show “Bruising Recoil”

In response to the article and video created by NY Daily News reporter Gersh Kuntzmandescribing the absolute horror of the AR-15, a brave soul decided to test the recoil of an AR-15 by shooting it from his nose.

 

 

 

Gersh Kuntzman said that he received PTSD and bruising on his shoulder after firing an AR-15 in a safe gun environment. This gentleman decides to test the firearm to see for himself just how badly he will get hurt from it. It is brutal.

 

Here is another terrifying video of the PTSD causing effects of an AR-15.

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Massachusetts Just Banned The Sale Of All Semi-Auto Guns “Decided By State” Effective Immediately

Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, announced on Wednesday that the state of Massachusetts will be cracking down on the sale of all “new assault weapons.” The ban will prevent the sale of any weapon labeled an “assault weapon” by the state, such as semi-automatic versions AR-15s and AK-47s, as well as any weapons with similar operating systems. This means that all semi automatic sporting rifles are being pulled from shelves across the state based on the misconception that their aesthetic designs and modifications somehow make them more dangerous than other models with the same operating systems.

By definition, an assault rifle is a firearm capable of selective-fire automatic and/or burst modes. These modes allow the weapon to fire off rounds faster than even the most skilled shooters in the Untied States. This functionality makes an assault rifle far more destructive and dangerous than their semi-automatic counterparts. The “crack down” will focus not on assault rifles but assault weapons. The definition of an assault weapon generally varies but usually includes semi-automatic firearms with a detachable magazine and a pistol grip, and sometimes other features such as a flash suppressor or barrel shroud. Assault weapons are not capable of the automatic or burst modes, making them far less dangerous than an assault rifle and no different than your standard hunting rifle.

Healey’s decision to ban assault weapons reveals a shocking level of naivety and down right incompetence. Healy has stated they will be preventing distributors and manufacturers from selling semi-automatic weapons based on the idea that, because the guns share superficial traits such as collapsable stocks or barrel suppressors, they are somehow just as dangerous as an assault rifle and have “similar operating systems.” She stated during a press conference:

“If a gun’s operating system is essentially the same as a banned weapon or if the gun has component parts that are interchangeable with those of a banned weapon, it’s a copy,”

Healey’s announcement was quickly criticized because, as explained above, the operating systems of an assault weapon and an assault rifle are not “essentially the same.” The wording of the law allows state democrats to ban the sale of any gun with features similar, but not the same, as an assault rifle.

Healey will not be introducing any new laws to disarm the people of Massachusetts. Instead they will be strictly enforcing an “assault weapon” ban first signed into action in 1998. She states that she was motivated to enforce the ban after 10,000 assault weapons were sold in the state last year and sales of some increased 450 percent in the week after the Orlando nightclub shooting in June.

Rather than addressing the underlying issues that cause mass shootings, such as religious radicalism, untreated mental health issues, and the restrictive “gun free zone” laws that create bastions of easy targets Healey is targeting the weapons themselves. All new “assault weapons” have been pulled from the shelves from gun stores in Massachusetts. Gun store owners have been given the “privilege” of transferring their stock to more reasonable where the semi-automatic weapons are legal. Healy has stated that they have sent notices to all 350 gun dealers in the state, warning them the weapons are now prohibited.

Residents of the state that have already purchased these weapons will not be targeted according to Healey, for now. Any resident that owns an “assault weapon” will be able to keep them.

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