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January 22, 2018

A civil war has begun. We’ve all seen it. This civil war is very different than the last one. There are no cannons or cavalry charges. The left doesn’t want to secede. It wants to rule. Political conflicts become civil wars when one side refuses to accept the existing authority. The left has rejected all forms of authority that it doesn’t control.

The left has rejected the outcome of the last two presidential elections won by Republicans. It has rejected the judicial authority of the Supreme Court when it decisions don’t accord with its agenda. It rejects the legislative authority of Congress when it is not dominated by the left.

It rejected the Constitution so long ago that it hardly bears mentioning.  It was for total unilateral executive authority under Obama. And now it’s for states unilaterally deciding what laws they will follow. (As long as that involves defying immigration laws under Trump, not following them under Obama.) It was for the sacrosanct authority of the Senate when it held the majority. Then it decried the Senate as an outmoded institution when the Republicans took it over.

It was for Obama defying the orders of Federal judges, no matter how well grounded in existing law, and it is for Federal judges overriding any order by Trump on any grounds whatsoever. It was for Obama penalizing whistleblowers, but now undermining the government from within has become “patriotic”.

There is no form of legal authority that the left accepts as a permanent institution. It only utilizes forms of authority selectively when it controls them. But when government officials refuse the orders of the duly elected government because their allegiance is to an ideology whose agenda is in conflict with the President and Congress, that’s not activism, protest, politics or civil disobedience; it’s treason.

There is no sign that the left understands or is troubled by the implications of the conflict it has initiated. And there are few signs that Democrats properly understand the dangerous road that the radical left is drawing them toward. The left assumes that the winners of a democratic election will back down rather than stand on their authority. It is unprepared for the possibility that democracy won’t die in darkness.

Civil wars end when one side is forced to accept the authority of the other. The left expects everyone to accept its ideological authority. Conservatives expect the left to accept Constitutional authority. The conflict is still political and cultural. It’s being fought in the media and within the government. But if neither side backs down, then it will go beyond words as both sides give contradictory orders.

The left is a treasonous movement. The Democrats became a treasonous organization when they fell under the sway of a movement that rejects our system of government, its laws and its elections. Now their treason is coming to a head. They are engaged in a struggle for power against the government. That’s not protest. It’s not activism. The old treason of the sixties has come of age. A civil war has begun.

This is a primal conflict between a totalitarian system and a democratic system. Its outcome will determine whether we will be a free nation and a Republic OR a nation of slaves. Don’t sleep through it as the results will affect us all!

Media and Anti-Gun Groups Ignore Government Data: 40 Percent of California Guns Purchased by New Gun Owners

Those who campaign for a disarmed population take perverse comfort in persuading themselves that gun ownership is declining in the US. BUT is it?

This is the primary goal, after all. If gun ownership is declining, they can claim they are “winning”.

The most commonly cited evidence that gun ownership is declining is the General Social Survey, which shows a gradually declining percentage of households in the United States that tell survey-takers they have guns in the household.

But the number of guns sold in the last decade skyrocketed.  At the beginning of 2008, there were about 301 million privately owned guns in the United States. At the end of 2017, there were about 418 million. That is an increase of 38 percent in ten years. 117 million guns were added to the private stock in the last decade. So, what could account for that?

The gun control advocates explain this by claiming that fewer gun owners are buying more guns.

Gun owners are buying more guns. BUT substantial numbers of new gun owners are buying guns as well.

In a study of California gun buyers, where ALL gun purchases are required to go through government approved gun dealers, the percentage of new gun owners varied from 32 percent to 40 percent when looking at periods before the Newtown (Sandy Hook) killings in December of 2012 and the San Bernadino terrorist attack in December of 2015.

A reasonable hypothesis is that new gun buyers would increase after highly publicized incidents. In another recent study, California data suggested that 59 percent of the increase in gun buyers after the Newtown (Sandy Hook) killings, the increase in buyers was mostly (59 percent) made up of new gun owners.

If even a third of gun purchases over the last decade were new gun owners, that would be a whopping 39 million new gun owners.

39 million new gun owners are more than enough to make up for losses as old gun owners die. It does not count the potential of gun ownership increasing by the transfer of guns through estates or gifts or private sales not recorded by NICS.

39 million new gun owners would mean that gun ownership has increased significantly! What is NOT factored into the anti-gun media calculations is the fact that gun owners, especially ‘new’ gun owners, are unwilling to tell survey-takers that they have guns in their house.

While the California data may not be representative of the United States as a whole, the number of new gun owners found in the California data is another indication that gun ownership rates in the United States are increasing, not declining.

NRA Board of Director Elections 2018 – Controversy Arising Again?

Controvery seems to follow the NRA BOD elections.  The recent article by Marion Hammer essentially trashing ‘all’ candidates for the upcoming NRA BOD elections who were NOT endorsed by the nominating committee is underhanded in our view at best.

Marion states “…some of the candidates on this year’s ballot were not nominated by the Nominating Committee, but rather they placed themselves on the ballot by collecting petition signatures. Petition signers had no way of knowing the real motives or qualifications of these petitioners.”

Marion down plays the significance and dedication of individuals who collected enough signatures to appear on the ballot, despite the recent by-laws change, which made it increasingly more difficult to do so by requiring candidates to collect almost 700 signatures from qualified members this year. At the same time, she insults those who signed the petitions of candidates, insinuating those who signed did no research into the qualifications of the individual for which they submitted a petition. This year, there were only five individuals who successfully collected enough signatures to be nominated by Petition of the Members.

Of those five, three were also considered and recommended by the Nominating Committee. Just so there is no confusion, Pennsylvania native Adam Kraut, did not submit his name to the Nominating Committee. There is only one individual, other than Adam, who was nominated only by Petition of the Members. To our knowledge that individual has not been very vocal as to his positions, at least that we’ve seen. Thus, it would seem logical to infer that Marion is referring to Adam Kraut directly in her remarks.

The articles below form an interesting picture of this controversy:

(The link above is a well documented and sourced article of the history of some of the NRA BOD issues!)

Adam Kraut is a hard-working dedicated young attorney who works in the law firm of noted 2nd Amendment Attorney Joshua Prince and is an outstanding advocate for our Freedoms. Adam has proposed numerous bylaws changes for the NRA which would encourage the involvement of NRA BOD members and hold them accountable, including for their attendance at Board Of Director meetings. This is why the article on the history of the NRA is important and if you want to be shocked look at the Washington Post article link from the year 2000 and search for the name Milius.

The gun rights fight in PA is inseparably intertwined in this controversy and part of the HORRIBLE gun laws we have now is due to these early machinations in the 90’s.  One of the reasons we got involved in the gun rights fight was because we saw the mistakes that were occurring in the fight to protect our Constitutional Freedoms.  These problems go back even further, as Jeff Knox illustrates in the article he wrote on the revision of the history of the NRA (first Link).

Thus, we submit these links to you in advance of the upcoming NRA BOD elections for you to decide. No matter what, we believe ‘all’ NRA members have an obligation to vote in these elections if you are eligible. We HIGHLY recommend that you vote for Adam Kraut for the NRA BOD.

ATF or AEF? Trump Budget Proposes a Realignment Of Agency

‘Senior administration officials’ have told the New York Times that the Trump Administration plans to strip out the tobacco and alcohol enforcement roles from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. These functions would be returned to the Treasury Department as BATFE has ignored cigarette smuggling and bootlegging in favor ‘fighting violent crime’.

Under the Trump administration’s plan, the Treasury Department would inherit the authority to investigate tobacco and alcohol smuggling. The A.T.F. would need a new name. One possibility: the Bureau of Arson, Explosives and Firearms, or A.E.F.
The move would resolve a bureaucratic split that has existed for years. Treasury collects the taxes on cigarettes and liquor, but A.T.F. investigates efforts to evade those taxes.
The change is included in a draft of President Trump’s coming budget proposal, according to two senior administration officials. The plan envisions hiring roughly two dozen Treasury agents, plus auditors and support staff, the officials said. Congress would have to pass a law to reorganize the agencies.
The officials who discussed the proposal did so on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it in draft form. Though budget plans can change, the officials said the A.T.F. language has remained in place through multiple revisions.

Spokespersons for BATFE and the Treasury Department did not respond to requests for comments.
A quick check of CleanUpATF.org shows no comments on the proposed change.

Closing Thoughts: You do what you want to do, but I know what I will NOT be doing during the 2018 Super Bowl – it won’t include watching or supporting the NFL.

Like most Americans, I love American football. It’s a uniquely American sport – but I refuse to watch or support the NFL so long as the NFL refuses to honor or support me, my friends, colleagues, and current and former Marines and other service men and women.

As long as the NFL and its players continue to disrespect the United States’ “colors” and the men and women who are fighting and dying and have fought and died under the ‘Stars and Stripes’, I will refuse to support, and WILL NEVER RESPECT, the NFL.

So long as the NFL and its players continue to disrespect our National Anthem, I will continue to show my lack of respect for them through the simple act of ignoring them and their events.

So long as NFL teams such as the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles support and contribute large sums of money to anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment organizations and causes, I will refuse to give credence to their annual event, and all other NFL events.

I will use my time to support pro-gun candidates as they prepare to run in the 2018 elections and to fight for pro-gun bills ‘and’ against anti-gun bills in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and in Congress (especially National Reciprocity)!

Historical Quote:  ‘The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.’ —George Washington (1783)

Yours in Freedom!

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Firearms Owners Against Crime (FOAC) is non-partisan, non-connected all-volunteer Political Action Committee organized to empower ‘all’ gun owners, outdoors enthusiasts and supporters of the 2nd Amendment to the Bill of Rights, of the U.S. Constitution, and Article 1 Section 21 and 25, of the PA Constitution, with the tools and information necessary to protect freedom from transgression.

FOAC became a formal statewide Political Action Committee in early 1994.

Here are this Week’s Top News Stories From Firearms Owners Against Crime

Gun owners and Republicans really DO want concealed carry reciprocity!

Recently the United States House of Representatives passed legislation to protect the right to bear arms that extends each state’s authorization to carry to all states. This was not to the liking of Daniel Webster, the Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, an arm of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

https://foac-pac.org/Gun-Owners-And-Republicans-Really-Do-Want-Concealed-Carry-Reciprocity!/News-Item/7575

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Is Mitch McConnell The Reason We Don’t Have National Reciprocity?

One of the biggest items on the agenda for many gun owners is national reciprocity. The time for such a law has never been better, with the GOP holding both chambers of Congress, the White House, and a majority on the Supreme Court. It seems likely that national reciprocity needs to happen now or it may never happen.

https://foac-pac.org/Is-Mitch-Mcconnell-The-Reason-We-Dont-Have-National-Reciprocity/News-Item/7571

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Gun control advocates see opportunities in states

Advocates of stricter restrictions on gun ownership believe they can notch new wins in state legislatures across the country this year, after Republicans in some states signaled they would be willing to break with the National Rifle Association (NRA) to support some new rules.

https://foac-pac.org/Gun-Control-Advocates-See-Opportunities-In-States/News-Item/7569

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An Example from CBS of Media Bias regarding Concealed Handgun Permits

Here is a very short clip of Hawaii Five-O trying to provide an example of a concealed handgun permit holder representing a danger to others.  Other parts of the program show the permit holder as a real jerk and eventually stealing a gun from a police officer and shooting someone.

https://foac-pac.org/An-Example-From-Cbs-Of-Media-Bias-Regarding-Concealed-Handgun-Permits/News-Item/7565

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Hudson Pushes Concealed Carry Reciprocity

WASHINGTON — Republican North Carolina Rep. Richard Hudson believes law-abiding Americans should be allowed to carry their concealed weapons in every state, and he’s hoping the White House will help him soon make that a reality.

https://foac-pac.org/Hudson-Pushes-Concealed-Carry-Reciprocity/News-Item/7560

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Tennessee Bill Would Create Second Amendment Sanctuary

A bill pending in the Tennessee State House of Representatives would forbid funds from the state being used to enforce federal restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms.

https://foac-pac.org/Tennessee-Bill-Would-Create-Second-Amendment-Sanctuary/News-Item/7559

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FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had large caches of guns and explosives, records show

FBI agents knew the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history left behind big caches of guns, ammunition and explosives when they sought warrants to search his properties and online accounts, according to court documents released Friday.

https://foac-pac.org/Fbi-Knew-Las-Vegas-Gunman-Had-Large-Caches-Of-Guns-And-Explosives-Records-Show/News-Item/7556