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2A News: March 18, 2016 Newsletter by Jeff Pittman


RINO GOP presidential candidate John Kasich has been bragging that he voted for a gun ban. And, Bill Clinton thanked him for it.

And we have a report from GOA and the Ted Cruz camp that Kasich is also funded by anti-gun billionaire George Soros, through his Soros Fund Management.

Hillary has a new ad featuring a felon’s mother supporting her candidacy.

Also from Hillary: “We didn’t lose a single person in Libya.” I guess technically that’s correct, since we lost more than one — Ambassador Chris Stevens, State Department information officer Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

Blogger David Codrea says that Gun Owners of America, the “no compromise” gun rights group, has defaulted on its pledge to score candidates partly on their illegal immigration positions, as they relate to gun control.

Meanwhile, ICE reports that 124 released illegal aliens were later charged in 138 new murder cases, and in 2014, ICE released 30,558 criminal aliens who had been convicted of 92,347 crimes. Only 3% have been deported.


President Barack Obama nominated left-wing liberal Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court Wednesday morning, to fill the seat vacated by Associate Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.

Garland, 63, the chief judge for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is a Clinton appointee and a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law School and was a Justice Department lawyer.

The NRA says Garland is unacceptable and is the “most anti-gun nominee in recent history,” while GOA calls him a “radical anti-gunner.”

Republican senators say they will not schedule any confirmation hearings for Obama nominees and will instead wait for a nominee from the next president. But we have an unconfirmed report that the GOP told Obama that if he nominated Garland and if the Democrats won the White House, the GOP-controlled Senate would confirm Garland in the lame duck session.

Mr. Obama has apparently had Garland on his short list since at least 2008, along with fellow left-wingers Cass Sunstein, Sonia Sotomayor (since appointed), Eric Holder Jr., former MA Gov. Deval Patrick, and former US Sen. Tom Daschle.

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The Justice Dept. confirmed this week that “El Chapo” Mexican drug lord had guns from ATF’s Fast and Furious gunrunning scheme. And others keep turning up too.

But ABC, CBS, NBC, and Univision reports on the El Chapo weapon find censored any mention of it being from the Fast and Furious scheme.

MS bills update

HB 786, the MS Church Protection Act and HB 1300, the gun range bill, have both passed the Senate Jud. A committee and head to the full Senate. The other bills still have until the March 22 deadline to make it out of committee.

NV caliber ban

The Nevada Department of Wildlife is considering a regulation which would make it unlawful to hunt big game animals with a rifle using a centerfire cartridge larger than 46 caliber or an overall loaded length of 3.8″ or longer.

As is typical with hunting weapon/caliber/ammo restrictions, this is just another plank in the gun ban platform.


You may have heard about the new “study” published in the British medical journal The Lancet which claims that in the USA, imposition of a federal “universal” background check law (gun registration), in concert with federal ammunition background checks and “firearm identification requirements,” could reduce overall firearm mortality by more than 90%.

Nope. False. B.S. Bogus. Debunked. Disproved. (The Lancet is sort of a Pravda from the UK.)

Background Checks on Mass Public Shootings

Click to enlarge (image source).

A February 2016 report by the anti-gun Violence Policy Center claims that hunting organizations, the NRA and the firearms industry are involved in a nefarious plot to target children to become hunters and recreational shooters. They determined this by noticing that gun makers are building some firearms specifically for younger, smaller-statured shooters and hunters, and because these groups provide educational opportunities for kids to learn about firearm safety, hunting, and ethics.

The VPC report claims that the gun companies and pro-hunting organizations seek to recruit young people to the shooting sports “with no regard for the lethal consequences that we see over and over again when children have access to guns: suicides, homicides, fatal unintentional shootings and even mass murder.”

Except that is a different group of kids.

“I don’t care if she have her gun license or any of that. That is way beyond the law… way beyond. He was not supposed to die like this. He had a future ahead of him. Trevon had goals… he was a funny guy, very big on education, loved learning. You have to look at it from every child’s point of view that was raised in the hood. You have to understand… how he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school? You have to look at it from his point-of-view.” — Nautika Harris, cousin of 17-year-old Trevon Slick Johnson, who was killed by a homeowner who confronted him while he was burglarizing her Miami, FL, home.

Well if he loved learning, y’all probably should have taught him not to be a criminal. And no, we don’t have to look at it from his point of view. He was a criminal. And you, ma’am, are an accomplice.

Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun ban group run by Gabby Giffords and husband Mark Kelly, is merging with the San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a smaller, lawyer-rich competitor.

The Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) has been spreading its “Firearm Depiction Tip Sheet” since 2000 to Hollywood insiders to make gun ownership of any kind look like a bad idea.

“Because of the raucous and unprofessional behavior by Mr. [Robert Shuler] Smith, [Hinds County, MS] District Attorney…”

Mr. Smith is one of our anti-gun officials. Now it appears he’s also protecting criminals instead of prosecuting them.

About those jihadist terrorists: “Islam — Facts or Dreams?

The audio version is available here.

And the FBI said this week that a California college student who went on a stabbing rampage last November that wounded four people before he was shot down by a campus police officer at the University of California, Merced, was inspired by the Islamic State group but acted alone.

The last known surviving suspect in the deadly November Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people has been captured, wounded but alive, in Brussels, Belgium. Captured by men with guns, of course.

Dept. of Idiocy

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says slashings and stabbings are up in NYC because of gun control. Could be, since the victims presumably are defenseless.


In Burien (near Seattle), WA, this week, a masked man in his 40’s entered a 7-Eleven store swinging a hatchet, with which he threatened a customer and attacked the 58-year-old clerk, causing a non-life-threatening injury. The 60-year-old coffee-drinking customer pulled his legally concealed pistol and fatally shot the attacker.

King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said, “This could have been disastrous. Had this guy not shot, who knows what would have happened? We might have a dead clerk right now, and instead we have a dead bad guy.” West continued by saying the “customer, the shooter, is shaken up but from everything that we see right now from the scene — there’s no wrongdoing on his part. In fact, he probably saved a life in this case.” (Or more than “A” life. — JP)

Lesson: A masked man with a hatchet in a retail business is almost certainly a legitimate threat.

While a Florida man was receiving dialysis treatment and hooked up to the machine in his apartment this week, a burglar broke in. The resident then “pulled the gun and tapped the window to let him know, I’ve got a gun. And then he took the advice and jumped back over the rail and got out of there,” the homeowner explained.

Meanwhile in Hampton, VA, 18-year-old Jafari Mitchell and a 15-year-old approached a 71-year-old man; one of them pulled out a gun and demanded money. The victim also had a gun and fearing for his safety, he fatally shot Mitchell. The 15-year-old is in custody, charged with attempted robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

The Only Ones

Veteran Boone County, IN sheriff’s Deputy R.T. Krise was suspended without pay for two days and is required to take continued firearms training following an accidental discharge of an off duty firearm in the Boone County Courthouse last month. Deputy brought a 32 caliber Beretta Tomcat pistol into the courthouse (most likely a crime in itself) and displayed the firearm to a potential buyer in the former Prosecutor’s Office/Division of Child Support office, when “the firearm discharged” into a wall inside of the unoccupied office. Apparently “it just went off” all by itself. Two day suspension. No charges.

While two unidentified Norwegian police officers were discussing the problem of accidentally discharging their weapons, one officer reached into the other’s holster and “accidentally” shot through his pants leg. We understand that there have already been a couple of similar incidents in Norway over the last year.


Six people were injured in an accidental shooting at the Forest Road 88 Shooting Range in Florida last weekend, when an antique shotgun reportedly accidentally discharged into the concrete floor while a 21-year-old man was loading it. Ricochets from the shot hit six people, who were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Terminal ballistics

From Handloader 301
April, 2016
John Barsness:

“Slow-motion photography of plastic-tipped bullets shows the tip quickly moving ahead of the expanding mushroom, then drifting off to the side due to cavitation from the bullet. (Tipped bullets expand easily not because of wedging but the big, hollow point under the tip.)”

Secret Service rifle

The US Secret Service has put out a request for a new select-fire rifle (with no burst limiter) with a 34″ OAL (10-12″ barrel), folding stock, chambered in 5.56x45mm. Interestingly, they want 10,000 such rifles, but they only employ 4,500 agents, not all of whom would be issued rifles.

You know, when I see something I really like, I sometimes buy two of them, with my money. Now it looks like the SS is doing the exact same thing, including doing it with my money.

USMC sights

The Marine Corps will phase out the “legacy” iron sights, carrying handle and three-point sling for the M16 rifle. The old iron sights will be replaced with modular micro backup iron sights attached to a rifle’s rail mount and flipped up for use.

Coastie snipers

The US Coast Guard has just started sending a few Guardsmen to the Army Sniper School at Fort Benning, GA, to become designated marksmen.

MS gun shop closing

We have a report that Discount Hunting and Fishing on Lakeland Drive near Jackson, MS, is closing its doors. Good luck, Wes & Shirley. That is at least the sixth local gun shop I remember closing since I’ve been in the Jackson area, while we’ve added 2 or 3, plus a few big box stores.

.41 Magnum article — JP’s comment


  • OATH Ammunition has a new “Maximum Cavitator” bullet in rifle loads. The bullet is cut or fluted similar to the Lehigh Defense Extreme Penetrator or Ruger/Polycase ARX, sort of the opposite of a hollowpoint. The 30 caliber, 124-grain bullet is available in .300 BLK and .308 Win.
  • Ontario Knife Co. now has a line of affordable, foreign-made folding knives. One interesting example is the Dozier Arrow, designed by renowned custom knife manufacturer Bob Dozier, with a spearpoint blade of D2 tool steel, G10 handle slabs, narrow profile, and one-handed opening.
  • 12ga MagnetsBurris Optics is offering a FREE FastFire 3 Reflex Sight with 3-MOA red dot (a $249 value) when you purchase a Burris AR-332 or AR-536 prism sight from now until April 1, 2016.
  • ExtraCarry‘s concealed carry Mag Pouches are lightweight and ambidextrous and have a pocket clip. You put it in your pocket and it looks just like a pocket knife clipped onto your pants. Starting at $50.

Quote of the Week

“Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.” — Gen. Douglas MacArthur

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