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Governor Of Florida Announces Major Change To State’s Gun Laws

Over the course of the last week, the gun control debate has touched on a number of different proposals, from banning AR-15s, bump stocks and high capacity magazines, to changing the way we approach mental health and even raising the age of eligibility for purchasing a rifle. Friday morning, Florida Gov. Rick Scott decided to support the latter.

In a press conference, Gov. Scott issued a statement saying he would support requiring residents of the state of Florida to be 21 years or older to purchase any firearm. However, he says there would be exceptions. The governor explained, “There will be exceptions for active duty, and reserved military and spouses, national guard members, and law enforcement.”

BREAKING: Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state "will require all individuals purchasing firearms to be 21 or older." https://t.co/n7TqA3VDnW pic.twitter.com/knob4wzFEK

— ABC News (@ABC) February 23, 2018

The announcement comes after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida took the lives of 17 and as survivors of the attack, their community, and people across the nation demand change. This move by Florida’s governor may not be considered good enough, though, as activists and supporters of gun control want a complete ban on AR-15s and similar semiautomatic rifles.

Florida’s move to raise the age limit will face opposition from supporters of the Second Amendment and organizations like the NRA which recently released a statement on such a proposal. In its statement, the NRA says, “We need serious proposals to prevent violent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from acquiring firearms. Passing a law that makes it illegal for a 20-year-old to purchase a shotgun for hunting or an adult single mother from purchasing the most effective self-defense rifle on the market punishes law-abiding citizens for the evil acts of criminals.”

At the national level, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) will be introducing similar legislation that is backed by Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Note: Language in the article was updated to accurately show this is a policy change supported by the Florida Governor. The policy has yet to become law. Florida’s legislative session ends March 9.

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Parkland Survivor Compares Marco Rubio To Parkland Shooter

Cameron Kasky seems to be the anti-gun golden boy these days. The 17-year-old Parkland survivor can’t even vote, but he’s held up as a reasonable voice on gun control by the anti-gun zealots.

However, it seems their golden boy lacks some basic manners or even good taste (emphasis mine):

Wednesday’s CNN town hall to promote gun control and gun grabbing was off the rails from the start. Moderator Jake Tapper sat back as the wild crowd targeted Republican Senator Marco Rubio (Fla.) with boos and jeers for basically just being there. The wildest moment allowed by Tapper was when Parkland, Florida student Cameron Kasky smeared the Senator by equating him to the shooter that killed 17 of his classmates. And Tapper thanked him for all of it.

I’m sorry, I know I’m not supposed to do this, but I’m not going to listen to that. Senator Rubio, it’s hard to look at you and not look down the barrel on an AR-15 and not look at [the shooter], but the point is: You’re here and there are some people who are not,” Kasky spat.

After Rubio answered his question, Kasky began to browbeat him for the money the NRA donated to his campaign, basically insinuating he was being bribed. “And this is about people who are for making a difference to save us and people who are against it and prefer money. So Senator Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA in the future,” he demanded as the crowd went crazy.

When the crowd finally settled down, Kasky took a swipe at NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch who appeared in a later segment. “I wished I could have asked the NRA lady a question. I wish the NRA lady – I could have talked too because I would ask her, how she can look in the mirror, considering the fact she has children, but maybe she avoids those,” he chided.

Look, I get that Kasky and his classmates have been through hell. I can only imagine the horrors of what they experienced. However, that doesn’t excuse this kind of disrespectful dialogue where Rubio isn’t even permitted to respond. I can’t help but wonder if Kasky’s tactics are new and motivated primarily by passion, or if he has a history of trying to bully people.

Frankly, I don’t know and I’m not interested in digging to find out. Kasky, however, is quickly becoming the poster child of just how crazed the anti-gun left is.

His comments are clear. He’s not interested in debate. He’s not interested in ideas. He’s interested in pushing people to sit down, shut up, and do what he tells them to do.

At 17, he might be forgiven for that. When people are young, they often make decisions they regret later in life. But there’s a good chance Kasky won’t ever regret his words. Why? Because he’s surrounded by adults who are telling him that he’s some kind of hero for making an oh-so-very-brave stance against the NRA, a group which has never hurt a single human being.

The reality is, if Kasky and the rest of the anti-gun crusade thought for a moment that the NRA would actually turn violent, they’d never open their mouths, and we all know it. The fact that they’re so willing to yell and scream is proof that the NRA isn’t the pro-slaughter organization they claim it is.

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CNN Asks If DOD Will Continue To Stay Out Of Gun Debate

As if you needed yet another reason to distrust CNN, now it seems the network’s reporters don’t really understand how our government works. For example, one reporter at the Pentagon wants to know if the Department of Defense can continue to stay out of the civilian debate on gun control.

No, seriously.

CNN correspondent Barbara Starr on Thursday pressed Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White to explain why the Department of Defense is not more involved in the national debate on gun policy.

Starr asked White during a press briefing about the Pentagon’s role in the gun-control debate multiple times, referencing the fact that three of the victims in last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, were Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets.

“The Pentagon has always stayed out of the civilian gun debate, but given the emotion in the country, the president’s involvement in it, the fact that three Junior ROTC young people were victims, and it does involve recruiting young people into the military, can the Pentagon really continue to stay out of the gun debate in this country, realistically?” Starr asked.

White responded that discussions about gun rights and possibly enacting tighter gun restrictions are for political leaders in Congress, the White House, and their counterparts at the state and local levels, rather than the military.

Starr wasn’t done.

She continued to push for an answer, seemingly demanding that the DOD get involved in the debate.

“Again, there is a sense that this is a subject right now that has grabbed the national conversation. I’m not sure anybody would dispute that, and young people who might want to be recruited, might want to consider the military, certainly are watching this,” Starr said. “We have seen Junior ROTC people in this situation. No one is suggesting that the Pentagon would have the solutions, but do you stay out of the national conversation given the fact that the U.S. military most certainly involves the young people of this country?”

I don’t think Starr understands that the last thing this country should want is for our military to get involved in civilian politics.

For one thing, the job of the military is to focus on external threats to our nation. We have plenty of people focused on the internal, but the military is focused on the external. They’re the ones figuring out what to do if North Korea gave a nuke to ISIS, for example. They’re the ones who make plans to roll in and help defend Israel should it be needed.

They don’t need to be involved in the gun debate.

Further, if the military were to start getting involved in civilian politics, that could set a dangerous precedent. If they began worrying about gun control, then they may well start caring about other issues. And if they don’t like the direction the government takes on those issues, they’re in a unique position to change things…and I don’t mean that in a good way.

It’s ridiculous to think the military, once involved in civilian politics in any way, would suddenly slink back and not take any other positions ever again. However, if they did, I don’t think Starr would like the results. After all, the military isn’t really known as being a haven for gun-grabbing liberals hellbent on destroying the Second Amendment. In fact, my experience is that almost everyone who has seen combat tends to land on the pro-Second Amendment side of things. While there are exceptions, of course, those generalities seem to hold true. And that’s probably not what Starr was hoping.

 

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NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Makes Valid Point On School Security

For all the talk about gun control these days, we’re not hearing much about school security. As per usual, the people screaming so loudly for gun control are acting like it’s a silver bullet for any and all problems at schools. They don’t seem to even be capable of acknowledging the possibility that new gun laws might not make all the evil in the world go away.

At CPAC, however, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre made a really great point.

National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre on Thursday said suggestions to limit guns are “completely ridiculous,” arguing more security measures is what is needed to increase safety in schools.

“Evil walks among us, and God help us if we don’t harden our schools and protect our kids,” the NRA leader told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

“Every day, young children are being dropped off at schools that are wide-open, soft targets for people bent on mass murder. It should not be easier for a madman to shoot up a school than a bank or a jewelry store or some Hollywood gala,” he said.

The top NRA executive promised that the group would provide “immediate assistance” to schools for security consulting free of charge.

“The whole idea from some of our opponents that armed security makes us less safe is completely ridiculous. If that’s true, armed security makes us less safe, let’s just go ahead and remove it from everywhere. Let’s remove it from the White House, from Capitol Hill, and remove it from all of Hollywood,” LaPierre continued, prompting some cheers from the crowd.

LaPierre has a valid point. Armed security is everywhere; we see it everyplace from our banks to Hollywood awards shows. And yes, some of us even see it in our schools.

For example, when I drop my son off for school in the morning, I know he’s protected by more than the metal detector he has to walk through. After all, I’ve figured out a half dozen ways to get around that if I wanted.

My son and his schoolmates are also protected by the school resource officers that work in the school. These are armed, sworn police officers that can respond to a potential problem far more quickly than any of the local police departments. It’s not the metal detectors that make me feel like my son is safe at school, it’s the gun on the hip of a police officer.

Honestly, this idea of armed police officers on school campuses shouldn’t be controversial. Heightened security at schools shouldn’t be controversial. None of these are ideas that should cause alarm, at least not on the surface. Yes, some of the ideas that come up during the discussions may well go too far, but that’s the discussion we should be having.

What we shouldn’t be doing right now is pretending that our schools will somehow become safer if law-abiding Americans can’t purchase AR-15s anymore.

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Did CNN Try To Stack The Deck On Gun Control Town Hall?

When CNN announced they were hosting a town hall on the subject of guns, I think a lot of us knew it was going to be a trainwreck. The only real reason to watch was to see gun rights activist Dana Loesch in action. She, along with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, were there to represent the pro-gun side.

However, what actually happened was a farce. It was an anti-gun infomercial with only the thinnest veneer of impartiality.

There’s a reason why people found it so easy to believe that CNN tried to stack the deck, even though they denied it.

CNN reached out directly to The Daily Caller to deny the claim made by a Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor in regard to Wednesday night’s gun safety town hall in Florida, but their explanation seems to run contrary to programming featured in that same town hall.

Colton Haab, a JROTC enlistee who has previously spoken with media outlets about how he helped his peers seek shelter during the shooting, did not take part in Wednesday’s event on the grounds that CNN attempted to plant “scripted” questions for him to ask.

“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab claimed. “I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions.”

A CNN spokesman reached out to TheDC and explained that while Haab did in fact submit remarks to be delivered, they were turned away once it became clear he planned on delivering an extensive speech and not just ask a singular question.

Dornic added the network gave Haab the opportunity to expand on the idea of arming teachers, a topic which was brought up multiple times during the town hall, as opposed to delivering a prepared speech. Haab reportedly declined to reframe his remarks, and his father subsequently prevented him from taking part in the program.

However, it seems that others were allowed to offer lengthy speeches rather than questions, which gives lie to CNN’s claim as to why Haab wasn’t permitted to offer his comments.

If they’re dishonest about that, what else are they being dishonest about?

Once upon a time, CNN billed itself as “the most trusted name in news.” That was a long time ago, now. Today, the network likes to pretend it’s the neutral alternative between leftist MSNBC and conservative Fox News, but no one is really buying that. This supposed town hall is one example of why.

Haab, a kid who risked his own life to protect his fellow students, didn’t want to talk gun control. He wanted to talk about other things like better school security, something that shouldn’t be controversial, and the possibility of arming teachers, something that’s controversial for some odd reason. Yet he wasn’t allowed.

More than that, though, he claims CNN tried to push liberal talking points down his throat, talking points that have been pushed time and time again, talking points that call for nothing less than the punishment of law-abiding citizens for the actions of a madman.

CNN needs to remember this the next time they’re referred to as “fake news.” There’s no reason to trust them based on their own actions, and no amount of cutesy videos saying, “This is an apple,” will change that.

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GOA Statement On President Trump’s Bump Stock Memo

Many people are less than happy about President Trump’s willingness to push Attorney General Jeff Sessions into potentially banning bump stocks through executive fiat. While I can understand the reasoning involved in such a move, others don’t really care about the reasons. They take issue with the action itself.

Take, for example, Gun Owners of America:

Gun Owners of America Statement on Pres. Trump Bump Stock Memo 

Springfield, VA – President Donald Trump released a memo to direct the attorney general to seek comments on a rule purporting to ban bump stocks. The memo, states, in part:

“Today, I am directing the Department of Justice to dedicate all available resources to complete the review of the comments received, and, as expeditiously as possible, to propose for notice and comment a rule banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machineguns.”

In light of Trump’s action, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America (GOA) Erich Pratt issued the following statement:

“If President Donald Trump’s goal is to ban bump stocks, then that is a gross infringement of Second Amendment rights. GOA has long warned that such a ban can easily be applied to triggers, magazines, or semi-automatic firearms.

“Furthermore, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has ruled multiple times that bump stocks do not convert semi-automatic firearms into fully-automatic firearms. Converting semi-automatic firearms into fully-automatic firearms is already illegal under federal law.

“Additionally, a ban on bump stocks would ignore the ATF’s previous public comment period that garnered over a hundred thousand comments, which were overwhelmingly anti-regulation.

“Banning bump stocks will not stop criminals from getting guns, but it can be used by gun controllers to ban triggers, magazines, and semi-automatic firearms.

“While Trump ran as a pro-gun candidate, this action does not appear to line up with his campaign rhetoric. Instead of further restricting the right to keep and bear arms, Trump should urge Congress to pass H.R. 34, which would repeal gun-free school zones, an issue Trump campaigned on.

“Regardless of Trump’s future actions on bump stocks, Gun Owners of America remains committed to fighting any bump stock ban or regulation — including the use of legal action.”

I’m not thrilled about this either. For me, it’s simply a matter of the ATF not having grounds to ban bump stocks, so it doesn’t really matter just who is making the decision. Whether it’s the ATF itself or whoever they answer to issuing the directives, the directives are still wrong.

The fact is that while a bump stock may mimic full-auto fire, it doesn’t change a weapon into a machine gun as per the law as written. Saying it does requires one to stretch the interpretation of the law beyond a realistic point, especially since bump fire can also be accomplished with a rubber band or a belt loop.

I have to agree with GOA on this 100 percent. President Trump campaigned as a pro-gun candidate, and this is the time to act like one. The only thing that matters is moving the needle of gun rights more toward the side of freedom. There’s no reason to ban bump stocks unless we get something that’s ultimately a bigger win in return.

For example, if Democrats were to offer national reciprocity in exchange for a bump stock ban, well, I’d consider it. After all, national reciprocity would have far-reaching ramifications while bump stocks are, basically, entertainment items for gun owners.

But since we all know that’s not going to happen, there’s no point in giving up bump stocks without a fight. Yes, there are sound political reasons to do it now, but those reasons don’t really trump (pardon the pun) the reasons to not do it.

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Hundreds of Teachers Sign Up for CCW Class After Parkland Massacre

In the wake of every mass shooting, we ask ourselves the same question: how do we prevent this from happening again? For many, the go-to answer is to enact stricter gun laws, specifically a ban on the type of weapon used. But there’s another idea that seems to be gaining traction this time around, and it doesn’t involve taking away your guns. In fact, it suggests the opposite: arm teachers and other school staff members.

Now, it’s important to note that those in favor of such legislation do not believe all teachers must carry. No one is forcing anyone to carry a gun who is not comfortable doing so. But those who are comfortable conceal carrying a firearm, and are willing to do so in a school setting, should be allowed to – after receiving the proper training, of course.

That’s why, following the massacre in Parkland, Florida, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones in Ohio announced that his department would be offering a free concealed carry weapons course for all Butler County school employees.

Attention Butler County School Employees: If you're interested in our FREE CCW class, email your full name, school affiliate, and contact information to ccwclass@butlersheriff.org. Accepting 50 candidates. We will contact you for date / time of class.

— Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff) February 19, 2018

According to Jones, within 20 minutes, 50 people had signed up for the class. On Tuesday, when registration closed, that number had risen to 300.

The Ohio Sheriff first shared the idea in a Facebook post the day after the Parkland shooting.

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The time to act is NOW!

Posted by Butler County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, February 15, 2018

“This is not going to stop or go away, but we need to be prepared, and we don’t need to have our heads in the sand,” Jones says in the video. President Trump, a number of legislators, and the hundreds of teachers who signed up for the course seem to agree.

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We Actually Have ‘Dueling’ Gun Cultures in the U.S.

Some people want to blame the gun culture in the United States for all of our nation’s ills. People like me keep pointing out how criminals won’t obey laws and how new laws will only hurt the non-criminals. But we need to recognize that there are two different cultures that deal with firearms in this nation. We only represent the one less likely to see the inside of a prison.

Frank Miniter, in an op-ed for Fox News, recently pointed out this sad fact (emphasis mine).

When a mass murder happens in our country, like so many Americans I wring my hands and look for answers – for anything that will stop these monsters. I don’t like to speak out at these times, because as Ecclesiastes correctly tells us there is “a time to every purpose under the heaven,” including “a time to mourn.”

But then someone kicks me in the shin.

This time it was CNN media reporter Brian Stelter, saying on CNN’s “New Day” program Wednesday that the National Rifle Association and gun owners don’t want to tell the truth about guns.

No, the truth that is many in the media refuse to cover the truth about guns and the gun cultures in America. They don’t want to admit there are two wildly different gun cultures in our country. One is the freedom-loving, gun-rights culture that upholds the responsible use of guns for hunting, sport and self-defense. The other is the criminal culture that thrives in the places where government restricts gun rights.

Not acknowledging that the two cultures exist separately, and instead pretending legal gun owners are responsible for crimes committed by the illegal gun culture in America, isn’t just a lie. It is getting good people killed.

In the most recent mass murder last week at a Florida high school, where 14 students and three adults were killed, the FBI failed in its responsibility – not guns or gun owners. That was hardly an anomaly. In many other cases a murderer should have been denied legal access to guns, but the bureaucracy failed us.

Miniter is exactly right. The law-abiding gun owners, the very same who will be impacted by any knee-jerk legislation rammed through right now, aren’t responsible for Parkland. The FBI dropped the ball. They admit it.

Yet the anti-gun zealots will continue to try and say the blood is on our hands. Why? Because we aren’t in favor of penalizing everyone for the depraved acts of a handful of individuals.

When we start talking about combatting so-called gun violence, it’s important to understand that the “culture” using firearms for those purposes are people who routinely ignore the law.For them, the gun is an integral part of their culture, too. It’s not just a tool of their “trade,” but also a way to get respect. It’s a screwed up place they live in, but it’s the culture they have embraced.

I resent being lumped in with people like that. I have guns for self-defense and sporting use – in that order.

In a way, the two cultures are dueling with one another, since one is arming up to defend themselves from the other.

None of us have any interest in taking part in criminal activity. We’re not the problem, and we never will be. We’re the law-abiding gun owners that we so often refer to when having these kinds of debates. That’s how we know what’s going on in their heads, because we live there.

If anti-gun activists are serious about combating violent crime, then a good place to start is to stop pretending we, the law-abiding gun owners of this country, are part of the problem. Then, I might consider listening.

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Rant of the Week: Despite What the Left Says, It’s Not About the Guns

So we have had yet another horrific school shooting. Despite what liberals would have you believe, pro-Second Amendment people are just as shocked and have just as much, if not more, of a desire to stop the insanity. The difference is, we prefer to stick to the truth when we discuss how to deal with the situation. There are several reasons why nothing positive gets accomplished with respect to finding a solution, not the least of which is that liberals distort the facts, and in some cases outright lie, to push their point of view.

For instance, the press has been repeating the liberal talking point that there have been 18 school shootings so far in 2018. It’s nonsense, of course. They’re using totally unrelated situations to inflate the number, such as a gun that accidentally discharged in a glove compartment in a car that was in a school parking lot long before students arrived. Another of the alleged 18 school shootings was a man who parked outside a Michigan elementary school and called police to say he was armed and suicidal, then subsequently committed suicide. The catch: no one was around, and the school had been closed for seven months.

Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and Mom’s Demand Action simply make up statistics, and the liberal, anti-Second Amendment press carries the water for them. It’s a play straight out of Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky – if you say it often enough and loud enough, it becomes the truth. The real truth, however, is that decades-old liberal policy in education is the root of the problem. From the earliest grades, students are taught they have a right not to be offended; they aren’t allowed to say or do anything that might upset others, and the right of an individual outweighs that of everyone else. As a result, anything that a student finds offensive becomes justification for striking back at the offender.

Despite what anyone says, games that glorify killing others, particularly police, are nothing more than advertising that breaks down social mores designed to keep societal aggression in check. One of the things that all these shooters have had in common is a sense of righteous indignation over some perceived insult or act against them. There is no innate inhibition left in these individuals. To make matters worse, liberalism shields the socially deviant unless, of course, the socially deviant is conservative. But for the rest, it is wrong to call the cops and tell them, “My next door neighbor Bob is constantly talking about how much he hates the principal of the local school for firing him. And, by the way, every day in his backyard, Bob practices blowing open a fake door with an explosive then runs through it shooting.” Obviously, we can’t tell anyone about Bob because it would be violating his right to privacy.

It’s never about the shooter; it’s always about the gun. The most overused and hollow phrase in the news is “sensible gun control.” But we’ve seen what liberals call sensible gun control, and it always ends with total confiscation. They constantly put forth unrealistic concepts such as the Second Amendment is outdated, the Founding Fathers would have never included a Second Amendment had they any inkling of what modern weapons would be like, the Constitution is a living document and needs to be updated to fit the times by eliminating the Second Amendment, and other equally ridiculous notions.

The truth is it’s about the shooter and nothing else. In a civilized society, the aggrieved take the aggressor to task through legal means to seek justice. Unfortunately, many liberals have pushed the idea that long established systems such as police, the courts and government are against citizens and should be avoided in favor of personal revenge. Take to the streets, burn cop cars, trash cities – those are quickly becoming the hallmarks of liberalism. Instant gratification and the right to seek revenge for even the smallest slight against someone is the new sense of justice. Chaos has replaced a civilized society, and liberals will seek any excuse to bring about gun confiscation, because the only thing that has any hope of holding that chaos back is an armed citizen, and that would only serve to chill the liberal dogma.

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Olympic Biathlete Offers Support For Assault Weapons Ban

When I think about the politics of those who compete in shooting sports, I invariably think of how most are avid supporters of the Second Amendment. I don’t remember the last time a big name in the shooting sports world stepped up and advocated for gun control.

Then again, the Olympic biathlon isn’t what most people think of as a shooting sport.

On Tuesday night, after he finished competing, American biathlete Lowell Bailey spoke out about the gun he uses to compete — and the type of gun that was used to kill 17 people in Parkland.

“We’re a sport that uses a .22-caliber rifle,” Bailey said, according to Yahoo Sports. “A .22-caliber rifle that shoots a single round is a much different thing than an AR-15. In my opinion, there’s just no reason for assault rifles to be in the hands of ordinary citizens.”

The Florida shooter used a semi-automatic rifle similar to an AR-15.

“I support an assault weapons ban,” Bailey said, according to The Washington Post. “I really do. Our country needs to wake up. Our country needs to change. There’s just no excuse. I compete against all of these other World Cup nations — Germany, Norway. How good are they on the range? They’re great at rifle marksmanship. Do you know how strict their gun control laws are? It’s a travesty America hasn’t changed and continues to go down this path. It just makes me want to cry.”

His teammate Susan Dunklee has previously described the tension between needing to use a gun for biathlon and hating gun violence.

Watching the news after the Las Vegas shooting, I just had this disgust about anything gun-related,” Dunklee told NPR’s Melissa Block. “It really took away the joy that I enjoy doing my sport, just thinking about that and the whole gun culture. Most of the time, I kind of forget that my sport is a gun sport. It’s just biathlon: To me it’s something totally different.”

That’s okay. For most gun advocates, they aren’t really involved in a shooting sport, so we agree it’s totally different.

Of course, Bailey and Dunklee’s comments are going to be taken and amplified as if they are somehow part of the firearms community, as if our own are advocating for an assault weapons ban.

It ain’t happening.

Instead, what we have here are a couple of people who take part in a fairly obscure sport, who pop a round or two during the event, but have shown no real understanding of the issue.

Not to mention, these athletes are currently staying in an Olympic village protected by armed guards that will help shield them from any and all harm. Unfortunately, that’s something most people don’t get to enjoy. That’s why we have so-called assault rifles. We can’t afford to outsource our protection, so we do it ourselves.

While these two will leave the Olympic village shortly and find themselves back in the real world, they need to understand that nothing they’ve uttered seems to be premised on anything other than emotion. As a result, I find myself not really caring about their opinions, except for potential mockery.

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