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Yet Another Example Of Why Gun Control
"Research" Should Not Be Publicly Funded

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ince 1997, Congress has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention from using tax dollars to fund gun control advocacy
research. In 2013, the White House nevertheless called for $10 million in
new funding for research on firearms, no doubt to assist the administration
in its efforts to "transform" the country's gun laws. If anybody still wonders
why Congress enacted the restriction in the first place, the authors of a
recent study, "Racism, Gun Ownership and Gun Control: Biased Attitudes
in u.s. Whites May Influence Policy Decisions," have bent over backwards
to illustrate the problem.
Dredging up a tired refrain that gun control advocates periodically trot out
to slander and intimidate supporters of the Second Amendment, the authors of
the study proclaim, "The public health importance of gun reform in the u.s. is
clear," and "attitudes towards guns in many u.s. whites appear to be influenced
... by illogical racial biases." They go on to assert that because "there remains
considerable resistance in the u.s. to even cursory gun controls," gun control
policies "may need to be implemented independent of public opinion."
In a rebuttal to the study, economist Dr. John Lott ably refuted these claims.
Among other things, he noted that within the data set, even African Americans
and other non-whites who expressed what the study's authors considered
"racist" views were more likely to have guns.
Political hit jobs disguised as social science research may be an unfortunate
fact of life in the public policy arena. That does not mean, however, that
u.s. taxpayers should have to foot the bill, especially when the results are
specifically designed, not to illuminate the debate, but to silence or marginalize
voices within it.

Florida House Subcommittee
Stands Firm On Self-Defense

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n November 7, 2013, the Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee
held a five-hour hearing on hb 4003, which would repeal the state's Stand
Your Ground law. Stand Your Ground laws-under which persons who are not
otherwise engaged in criminal or provoking acts can defend themselves without
first having to retreat from their assailants-have come under attack by those who
would do away with the right of self-defense altogether. Echoing a discredited
refrain that unfortunately seems to be making a recent comeback, critics of the
law insist that ordinary Americans cannot be trusted to exercise their rights
because of intrinsic biases.
While such outrageous and unfounded accusations are nothing new, they have
gained renewed popularity in the wake of certain highly-publicized cases in which
the defendants have claimed self-defense. Despite dubious and inflammatory
reporting on these cases, they have become a rallying cry that is supposed to silence
all support for strong self-defense laws. Fortunately, that has not happened.
The only bias inherent in Stand Your Ground laws is one against criminal
assailants and in favor of innocent persons lawfully minding their own business. As
Marion Hammer noted in her testimony on behalf of nra and Unified Sportsmen
of Florida, "A duty to retreat in the face of attack protects the life and safety of an
attacker and jeopardizes the life and safety of a victim."
Supporters of Florida's Stand Your Ground statute have repeatedly explained
that its protections are not available to a person who is "engaged in an unlawful
activity" or "[i]nitially provokes the use of force against himself or herself." The
protections of the law only apply, moreover, when the person has an actual and
objectively reasonable belief that force is necessary to "prevent death or great

IN MEMORY NRA-ILA CONTRIBUTIONS
(October 26, 2013 - November 25, 2013)
Joe Maninger, Saint Charles, MO (from Joanne Maninger);
John Quinlan, Hinckley, IL (from Karen Quinlan); Glenn
Gulvin, Modesto, CA (from Robin Gulvin); Howard O'Dell,
Oconomowoc, WI (from Georgie Ann O'Dell); Harold
Martz, Fairview, NC (from Randal & Cheryl Wallen); Lyle
Dean Payne & Brian Dunlap (from Gordon Strahan);
John Albert Tomas, Sr., Lexington, IL (from Scott & Lisa
Hammel); Francis Kuschel, Dumfries, VA (from Florence
Diaz); Gary Wilkes (from James & Elizabeth Gausman);
Caroline O'Dell, Califon, NJ (from Kenneth & Barbara Mc Manis);
Sam Scudder (from Bennie Scudder); George Alves
(from Warren & Vickie Alves); Matthew (from Delane
Angelini); Mackie Rotenberry (from The Scoular Company);
Timothy Riordan, Summerville, SC, and William "Billy"
C. Hilson, Charleston, SC (from Palmetto Gun Club); James
Snyder & Robert Molnar, Sr. (from Hamburg Rod &
Gun Club, Inc.); William "Bill" Sinker (from Dundee
Sportsman's Club of Dundee Michigan); Lillian Shively
and Don Shively, Modesto, CA (from Modesto Rifle Club,
Inc); Shelby Estep (from The Stark Gun Collectors, Inc.)

ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

(The following contributed $1,000 or more to
the NRA Institute for Legislative Action during
October 26, 2013 - November 25, 2013.)

Charles Rouse Decedent Trust, Saint Louis, MO;
Barry Stroup, Lewistown, PA; Robert Eddy, Big
Lake, MN; Anne Draper, Littleton, CO; Fred White,
McConnellsburg, PA; Brad Wuest, San Antonio, TX;
Robert Kimsey, Salt Lake City, UT; J.R. Purvis,
Midland, TX; Farris Wilks, Cisco, TX; Donald Willett,
North Branch, MI; Karen Lien, Perkasie, PA; Walter
Obermeier, Cranberry Twp, PA; Gerald Nault,
Woonsocket, RI; Elmer Schoenhals, Perryton, TX; Pat
Rutherford, Pearsall, TX; Rian Burkes, Hibbing, MN;
Bobby Tigert, Shreveport, LA; Wideners Reloading
& Shooting Supply, Inc., Johnson City, TN; Franklin
Targeteers, Franklin, NH; Cape Radiology Group,
Cape Girardeau, MO, Brownells, Inc., Montezuma, IA;
Remington Arms/Freedom Group, Madison, NC.

bodily harm" or "to prevent the
commission of a forcible felony." The
concept of objective reasonability
means that the person's subjective,
good-faith belief also has to be
recognized as reasonable by police,
prosecutors and ultimately judge and
jury. It does not allow persons acting
in self-defense to be, as some have
claimed, a law unto themselves.
Hammer's testimony aptly
characterized the duty to retreat as
signaling "that the justice system
places more value on the life of a
criminal than the life of a victim."
On the other hand, the Stand Your
Ground law, as Hammer observed,
"puts the rights of victims ahead of the
rights of criminals."
These are not complicated
concepts. They are intuitive and
universally applicable. That's probably
why Florida's 2005 Stand Your Ground
law passed unanimously in the Senate
and with overwhelming (94-20),
bipartisan support in the House. It's
also likely why the Subcommittee
voted down HB 4003, 11-2.

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