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Palin Around with Terrorists' Pals: Sarah Speaks to the NRA

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Cliff Schecter

I was truly honored to have the former demi-term Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, contact me and ask me to write her speech for today's family-friendly NRA event. Here is an advanced copy of what I came up with.

How Many Non Sequiturs Does It Take to Arm Terrorists?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

As I understand it, Lindsey Graham's argument goes like this: Some people who support closing the terror gap also support banning handguns. I don't support banning handguns. Therefore, I don't support closing the terror gap.

Supreme Court Argument Portends Hollow Victory for Gun Lobby

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Last Tuesday, I was in the courtroom as the Supreme Court heard arguments in the Second Amendment challenge to Chicago's handgun ban. As my report fo...

Gun Industry "Ambassador" Antonin Scalia to Hear Gun Law Case

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

We in the United States accept that a Supreme Court Justice who's an "Ambassador" for the gun industry can ethically rule on cases that impact the very industry he represents.

The Most Dangerous Right

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Even if the Supreme Court decides in favor of incorporation, and strikes down Chicago's handgun ban, the Court should reaffirm the broad power of states and local governments to enact strict gun regulations.

Starbucks Sticks To Its Guns. Why?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dennis A. Henigan

The "open carry" movement has been convening groups of its followers to meet up at restaurants and coffee shops, with pistols, revolvers and ammo hanging from their hip. So far, Starbucks has all but welcomed them.

Killings by Concealed Handgun Licensees Hit 139 Since May 2007

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The number of killings by concealed handgun permit holders since since May 2007 has hit 139, including nine dead law enforcement officers, 13 mass shootings, and 11 murder-suicides.

Coming Soon to a National Park Near You: Guns, Guns, Guns!

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

As a result of a rider sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) added to the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act, visitors to national parks will be able to openly carry guns starting on February 22.

Guns And Starbucks: Espresso Shots, Not Gunshots

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Helmke

Welcome to the "open carry" movement, an effort by "gun rights" extremists to foist their interpretation of the Second Amendment on the rest of us by openly carrying handguns in public places.

Frank Luntz: "Culture War" Over Guns Is a Myth

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

A poll by Republican messaging guru Frank Luntz found that even NRA members see stronger gun laws to protect public safety as entirely consistent with the Second Amendment.

Supreme Court Decision Shakes up 2012 Presidential Race; Poll Shows New Leaders

David Wallechinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Wallechinsky

Barack Obama, who had been considered a shoo-in for the nomination, now finds himself 3 percentage points behind Goldman Sachs.

NRA Bosses -- But Not Members -- Defend Policies That Help Arm Suspected Terrorists

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

If the National Rifle Association's leaders want to help suspected terrorists get easy access to guns, bucking the wishes of their own membership, they should come out and say so.

Good People, Bad People and the Fort Hood Shootings

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

In 1996, after completing his official "NRA Personal Protection Course," Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was issued a permit in Virginia to carry a concealed weapon.

The Gun Issue Is Back in the Supreme Court: What Does It Mean?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Although the Chicago handgun ban Supreme Court case involves interesting constitutional issues, even if Chicago loses, such a ruling is unlikely to prove a serious threat to state and local gun regulation across-the-board.

Bury This Book! Amazon.com and the Gun Issue

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dennis A. Henigan

It seems apparent that, at least as to Lethal Logic, the Amazon customer views function more as a forum for the gun control debate than a forum for a debate about the book.

Beyond the Easy Irony of Murdered Gun Advocate Meleanie Hain

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The absolute she tried to personify -- that owning a handgun will guarantee your safety -- is false.

107 and Counting: Killings by Concealed Handgun Permit Holders

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Those who bluster on about the "public service" provided by concealed handgun permit holders are the first to turn tail and run in the face of demands for detailed information from government agencies on permit holders.

Armor-Piercing 5.7mm Pistol Used at Fort Hood Originally Designed for Military Only

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

How a pistol originally designed as a military-only handgun came to be sold on the U.S. civilian market is a stark example of the increasing militarization of the U.S. civilian gun market.

Message to Rahm Emanuel: On Guns and Terror, If Not Now, When?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

I have a modest suggestion for the President. In the State of the Union address, demonstrate that national security trumps fear of the gun lobby.

Virginia Tech Survivor With Hidden Camera Films Dangerous Gun Sales at Gun Shows

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

At gun shows in 43 states, felons, gangsters, wife-beaters, and the dangerously mentally ill can buy assault weapons, semi-automatic pistols and other firearms with no questions asked.

NRA Targets Bloomberg, New Yorkers In Commercial For Bob McDonnell (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The NRA is taking aim at Mayor Bloomberg, New Yorkers, and apparently the mafia (who one would think would be some of the gun rights group's biggest s...

NRA Members For Reasonable Gun Restrictions

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

it is time for Congress to start listening to the American people -- including NRA members and gun owners -- instead of responding to the dictates of NRA bosses.

For the Gun Lobby, Ignorance is Bliss

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

The gun lobby insists that "the people should be trusted to have guns." But it is unwilling to trust the people with the truth about guns.

Guns Allowed In Arizona Bars Starting Wednesday

AP | AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX — Bartender Randy Shields was serving British brews and Arizona ambers as usual at Shady's bar in east Phoenix when he saw a customer wa...

Demand For Guns After Obama's Election Leads To Ammo Shortage

AP | MARY FOSTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Bullet-makers are working around the clock, seven days a week, and still can't keep up with the nation's demand for ammunition.

Shooting ranges, gun dealers and bullet manufacturers say they have never seen such shortages. Bullets, especially for handguns, have been scarce for months because gun enthusiasts are stocking up on ammo, in part because they fear President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress will pass antigun legislation – even though nothing specific has been proposed and the president last month signed a law allowing people to carry loaded guns in national parks.

Gun sales spiked when it became clear Obama would be elected a year ago and purchases continued to rise in his first few months of office. The FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System reported that 6.1 million background checks for gun sales were issued from January to May, an increase of 25.6 percent from the same period the year before.

"That is going to cause an upswing in ammunition sales," said Larry Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association representing about 5,000 members. "Without bullets a gun is just a paper weight."

The shortage for sportsmen is different than the scarcity of ammo for some police forces earlier this year, a dearth fueled by an increase in ammo use by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.