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Women's March group is at it again. This time they've decided to protest against the NRA, partially over an ad that features radio host Dana Loesch. Organizers of the group, which include Sharia-loving Linda Sarsour, claim the ad called "for armed conflict against our communities" and insulted people of color. Of course it didn't. The ad actually highlighted the rising violence the left has used lately. But that didn't stop the left from engaging in a smear campaign against Loesch, which Professor Jacobson described in this post.

Dana Loesch, a TV and talk show host who frequently appears in NRA videos, is the victim of a vicious smear campaign after she appeared in a video called "The Violence of Lies." The video was released on June 12 on the NRA Facebook page. The attacks on Loesch assert that Loesch's video calls for violence. But it doesn't. Just the opposite. It calls to meet the violence of leftist radicals with truth. What's actually going on is an attempt to deflect from the violence of a Bernie Sanders-loving, liberal Democrat who shot up a group of Republican congressmen at a baseball practice on June 14, and numerous other acts of "Resistance" violence. Loesch became the target of this smear campaign because her video was a convenient excuse to try to change the subject.

I was a guest on NRA TV, with Bill Whittle sitting in for Colion Noir. I'm a big fan of Bill's, and we often post his videos, so it was great to finally speak with him. The appearance arose after NRA noticed my post, NRA VIDEO hits back at NY Times’ pretentious Oscars “Truth” Ad. The TV conversation covered that NRA response and the original NY Times video. We also spoke about the role of legacy media and the challenges it faces.

I didn't watch the Oscars. Why would I want to watch smug people who hate me congratulate themselves on how great they are? I'd rather vomit blood. Maybe that's not a fair analogy. I'd rather crawl on my stomach over hot coals covered with broken glass. Yeah, that's the ticket. I wasn't alone, as viewership hit a 9-year low, just a little more than half the audience in 1998. I was aware, however, that the NY Times planned to run a pretentious ad called "Truth" as a retort to Donald Trumps hits on fake news and, particularly, the NY Times.

A new ad from the NRA reminds voters that Hillary wants to enact stricter gun control laws which could leave innocent people defenseless. They're also planning to run the ad in five key swing states. Politico reports:
NRA warns voters that Clinton will leave them unprotected The National Rifle Association’s new spot is aimed at people who are already afraid, and hammers Hillary Clinton for wanting to leave them defenseless.

At the memorial service for the police officers slain in Dallas, President Obama made a stunning statement on the availability of guns and the ease with which they can be obtained. The Washington Free Beacon reported:
Obama Again Claims Handguns Easier for Teens to Buy Than Books President Obama repeated a claim Tuesday he has previously made that some teenagers can more easily purchase handguns than computers or books during his speech at a memorial service for five Dallas police officers murdered last week.

Following the now famous "sit in" occupation of Congress, Democrats continued their demands for greater gun control with "Day of Action" protests. Roll Call reported:
'Day of Action' on Gun Violence When Rep. Elijah E. Cummings saw two young black men in wheelchairs, he wanted to know more. "Was it a disease, what happened?" he asked. Both said they'd been shot. And both said they were involved in robberies.

Friday morning, July 1, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown “gunned down the Constitution” when he signed six and vetoed four of the eleven anti-gun, pro-restriction bills passed by the Legislature only the day before. Despite the failure of California’s strict gun control laws to prevent the San Bernardino massacre, the California Legislature passed the 11 anti-gun bills to decide whether 15 or 10 bullets in a clip is or is not criminal in a bill to allow for confiscation of previously allowed magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets. Another bill will require background checks for ammo purchases. There is even a bill to limit your ability to lend guns to family members.

Today at its Annual Meeting the NRA formally endorsed Donald Trump for President of the United States.  Immediately following Trump gave a nearly 30 minute speech to a packed room and was met with frequent applause and several standing ovations. The following reflects my rapidly-typed contemporaneous notes as Trump spoke.  I've phrased them as if I were quoting Trump, and mostly that's the case, but there is also some necessary paraphrasing here and there when he spoke too quickly for me to keep up.  The paraphrases accurately reflect the gist of Trump's comments.  There are also some passages of Trump's talk that I didn't capture in my notes.  Finally, I came into the speech after it had begun, but believe I only missed a couple of minutes.

The NRA's Freedom's Safest Place series of videos is excellent. So far, we've run posts about three of the videos: The video below came out a month ago, but I just saw it:
I'm a mom, a business owner and a patriot. But I am not a politician. A few years ago I founded a nonprofit to defend voters' rights and stop election fraud. We exposed corruption—so the corrupters wanted me silenced. The IRS, FBI, ATF, OSHA and a U.S. Congressman turned my life upside-down. Their investigations were invasive, abusive, relentless … and political.

The NRA has a very well-done video series, Freedom's Safest Place. The latest video is Venezuela:
I emigrated from Venezuela—one of the most dangerous countries in the world today. A few years ago, the government came for our guns. We were told we would be safer without them. Of course, the politicians, the rich and famous, their bodyguards and criminals—they still have their guns. Everyone else lives in fear. Mothers and fathers are powerless to defend their families. But the drug cartels and gangs—the colectivos—still have all the guns they want. And 90 percent of murders are never solved.

There was plenty of talk about gun control and the NRA at the Democratic Party debate Tuesday night. These talking points make great fodder for a progressive audience but ignore the truth. Good people need to be able to defend themselves from bad people. A new ad from the NRA features a man who lived through the horror of World War II and ultimately made it to America. He reminds us of the importance of the Second Amendment in this new ad from the NRA. Transcript via the NRA News website:

Real talk: the media does a terrible job of reporting on gun violence. America has seen a lot of tragedy this year, and each time that tragedy involved the use of a gun, the mainstream media took the opportunity to lay the blame not on the hand that pulled the trigger, but on the gun that contained the bullet. We don't trust guns as a matter of principle, and we certainly don't trust those who are experienced with firearms to make the decision to use them for protection. This needs to stop. The NRA may have found an "in" with one of the most vocal and important demographics: women. Their new ad, featuring firebrand pundit and mother Dana Loesch is simple, slick, and offers a simple message: women (and moms) who demand the right to defend themselves "are everything that makes America strong." Click 'play':

As I type this roughly 79,000 people are still happily recovering from their participation in the NRA Annual Meeting held this past weekend in Nashville, TN—your humble scribe among them. The massive scope of the event—three days of legal seminars, classroom instruction, political speeches, country music concert, and 9 acres (not a typo) of exhibits displaying an incredibly variety of firearms and related stuff and activities—is is obviously too great to cover in a single blog post. Accordingly, I’ll share my own view of the NRAAM 2015 through a series of relatively brief posts, focused largely within my particular area of expertise—the day-long Firearms Law Seminar held on Friday, April 10. (Full disclosure, I was a speaker at last year’s seminar, but merely an attendee at this one.) For those not familiar, the National Firearms Law Seminar is billed as providing “a unique opportunity for attorneys who represent firearms owners and firearms-related businesses to meet and discuss legal issues relevant to this expanding area of the law.” And I must say, they delivered, through a dozen talks on a variety of firearms-law related issues delivered by incredibly well-informed, experienced, and enjoyable speakers. I’ll do this first post on the talk given by Attorney Stephen Halbrook, who has for decades been a leading legal figure in gun rights legal actions, and is perhaps most commonly known for his ground-breaking book “That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right.”
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