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Another company to add to your “do not support” list: YETI Coolers ends affiliation with NRA Foundation

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YETI…no longer a friend

On Saturday I received a bulletin from the NRA:

For years YETI Coolers have been a hot item for sportsmen at the Friends of NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction events around the country.  These Foundation events raise money to support youth programs and educational programs nationwide. The youth of America who benefit from these programs are the future hunters, hikers, fishermen/women, bikers, campers, wildlife photographers, mountain climbers, sportsmen/women and conservationists who will protect our natural resources and recreational lands.

Suddenly, without prior notice, YETI has declined to do business with The NRA Foundation saying they no longer wish to be an NRA vendor, and refused to say why.  They will only say they will no longer sell products to The NRA Foundation.  That certainly isn’t sportsmanlike. In fact, YETI should be ashamed.  They have declined to continue helping America’s young people enjoy outdoor recreational activities.  These activities enable them to appreciate America and enjoy our natural resources with wholesome and healthy outdoor recreational and educational programs.

The NRA Foundation is 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization.”

YETI was purchased by the Cortec Group in 2012. Cortec Group is a New York-based private equity firm.

According to Cortec, YETI has experienced rapid growth and holds the #1 market position in the premium cooler category. YETI currently sells to a broad-based “enthusiast” customer group through a diverse range of national, regional, and local retailers serving a variety of end markets, including specialty hunting and fishing, outdoor sporting goods, hardware, farm and ranch supply, and oilfield services, among others.”

If interested, contact YETI here.

If you support the Second Amendment and the NRA, be sure to add YETI to your list of companies whose products you do not plan to use.

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Alyssa Milano, Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer help launch anti-NRA campaign

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BRING. IT. ON.

They obviously missed what happened when Hogg thought he could take on the NRA all by himself.

From Hollywood Reporter: Less than a month after March for Our Lives events swept through American cities to protest gun violence, a group of Hollywood stars including Alyssa Milano, Amy Schumer and Alec Baldwin have partnered with Parkland, Fla., students, activists and policy experts to launch a new initiative aimed at advocating for gun control and reducing the political influence of the National Rifle Association.

The No Rifle Association initiative (#NoRA) announced its formation and goals in a letter to NRA executive vp Wayne LaPierre on Friday. It was signed by over 130 celebrities and activists including Parkland shooting survivors David Hogg and Cameron Kasky, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, Ashley Judd, W. Kamau Bell, Don Cheadle, Minnie Driver, Jon Favreau, Nathan Fillion, Jordan Horowitz, Jimmy Kimmel, Julianne Moore, Michael Moore, Patton Oswalt, Annabella Sciorra, Jill Soloway, Amber Tamblyn and Constance Wu.

“We’re going to shine a bright light on what you and your organization do to America. We’re going to make sure the whole world sees your bloody hands. We’re coming for your money. We’re coming for your puppets. And we’re going to win,” the strongly worded letter announces.

The letter says the #NoRA movement will “rais[e] the voices of all victims of gun violence,” citing as examples people from communities of color, which are disproportionately affected by gun violence, women who have survived domestic violence and children who have died in shootings. The letter also says that the organization intends to “counterac[t] the influence of NRA money in the political system.”

Since 1998, the NRA has spent more than $11 million in contributions to federal lawmakers and political candidates. In 2016 alone, the group spent about $54 million in the presidential and congressional races.

The formation of #NoRa follows in the footsteps of the #MeToo movement, the Time’s Up Organization and the #AskMoreofHim campaign, which have all seen starry groups of Hollywood players leveraging their platform to advocate for social change.

And gun control has proved to be a strong issue with stars and Hollywood creatives, who showed up in force during March for Our Lives events last month. Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, George Clooney and Jimmy Fallon attended the D.C. march, while Connie Britton, Laura Dern, Willow and Jaden Smith and more showed up at the L.A. edition.

Read the full letter to Wayne LaPierre here.

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Bank of America to stop lending to some makers of “military” firearms

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Know thy enemies of the Second Amendment.

From Yahoo (via Reuters): Bank of America Corp plans to stop lending to companies that make military-style firearms for civilians, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, making it the second major U.S. lender to address gun sales after the Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead in February.

The company is in discussions with a few manufacturers who make military-style firearms for civilians, Bank of America’s vice chairman, Anne Finucane, told the news agency in an interview.

“It is not our intent to underwrite or finance military style firearms on a go-forward basis,” she said.

A spokesman for Bank of America declined to comment on the report.

Last month, Citigroup Inc added restrictions on firearm sales for new retail sector clients, requiring them to sell firearms only to customers who passed a background check, restricting sales for buyers under 21, and not sell so-called bump stocks or high-capacity magazines.

The second-deadliest shooting at a U.S. public school re-ignited the long-running national debate over gun rights, pitting many of the students who survived the Feb. 14 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, against powerful gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association.

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South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman puts loaded gun on a table at meeting to make a point

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Liberals’ head promptly explode.

Not the best way to make his point, IMO. But I get where he’s coming from. Must suck to be so triggered by seeing a gun sitting on a table.

From Fox News: To make a point that guns are dangerous only in the hands of criminals, a South Carolina congressman on Friday pulled out a loaded handgun during a meeting with constituents.

U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, a Republican, reportedly placed the .38-caliber gun on a table during the “coffee with constituents” meeting at a Rock Hill restaurant.

“I’m not going to be a Gabby Giffords,” Norman said, referring to the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot outside a grocery store during a 2011 constituent gathering.

In a follow-up statement, Giffords’ husband, retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, criticized Norman’s stunt.

“Americans are increasingly faced with a stark choice: leaders like Gabby, who work hard together to find solutions to problems, or extremists like the NRA and Congressman Norman, who rely on intimidation tactics and perpetuating fear,” Kelly said.

Norman, who reportedly holds a state-issued concealed-carry gun permit, said he’ll display his gun at future constituent meetings. “I’m tired of these liberals jumping on the guns themselves as if they are the cause of the problem,” Norman told the Post and Courier. “Guns are not the problem.”

Norman’s point about gun safety drew support from Republicans in the state, the newspaper reported. “Hysterical to see liberals freak out over @RalphNorman accurately demonstrating that guns really are inanimate objects,” state GOP Chairman Drew McKissick tweeted.

But some meeting attendees had a different view.

” … (H)he chose to take the gun out and put it on the table not knowing if any of us had mental health issues,” said Lori Carter, a schoolteacher from Charlotte, N.C., told the newspaper. “What was to prevent me from leaning across the table to take that gun?

“I felt it was highly inappropriate for an elected official, honestly, and it almost felt like an intimidation tactic,” Carter added.

Meanwhile, South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Trav Robertson criticized Norman’s action, saying “no responsible gun owner” would do such a thing.

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Chicago suburb bans assault weapons and large-capacity magazines

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Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal

Via Yahoo (Reuters) – A Chicago suburb has banned the possession, sale and manufacture of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in response to the massacre at a Florida high school and other recent mass shootings in the United States.

Residents of Democratic-leaning Deerfield, Illinois have until June 13 to remove any firearms and magazines that fall outside the new restrictions or face a fine of between $250 and $1,000 per day, according to an ordinance passed by the town board on Monday night.

The ban was a direct response to the Feb. 14 killing of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and the student-led campaign for tighter restrictions on guns inspired by the mass shooting, the ordinance said.

The Deerfield decision is likely to face legal challenges from gun rights groups that see it as a violation of their constitutional rights. A similar ban in Highland Park, Illinois was challenged all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and upheld.

The National Rifle Association and the Illinois State Rifle Association did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“We hope that our local decision helps spur state and national leaders to take steps to make our communities safer,” Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal said in a statement.

Opponents of the ban fear the town will now try to outlaw other firearms, further violating their right under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to own guns.

“First it’s going to be assault rifles. There will be new bans in the future. It’s just a matter of time,” Deerfield resident Larry Nordal told the Chicago Tribune. Nordal did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.

The ban defines assault weapons as a range of firearms such as semiautomatic rifles like the AR-15, a gun similar to the one used in the Florida massacre. High-capacity magazines are defined as those holding more than 10 rounds.

Deerfield High School senior Ariella Kharasch, who supported the legislation, wants more action on the local and national levels. “This is our generation’s fight. We’re going to keep fighting and this is part of it. Change happens gradually step by step,” Kharasch told the Chicago Tribune.

Some excerpts from the ordinance (which lists specific firearms):

“…may increase the public’s sense of safety by effecting a cultural change which communicates the normative value that assault weapons should have no role or purpose in civil society…”

“…the possession, manufacture and sale of assault weapons in the Village of Deerfield is not reasonably necessary to protect an individual’s right of self-defense…”

Read the full ordinance here.

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Donations to NRA PAC tripled after Florida shooting

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Backfire…

A more accurate headline: Donations to NRA tripled after #GunControlNow crowd goes after NRA. Great job kids!

From NY Post: Contributions to the National Rifle Association’s political action committee tripled in February amid public attacks against the organization following the Feb. 14 high school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Supporters of the Second Amendment donated about $779,000 in February to the NRA’s political arm, the Political Victory Fund, according to recent Federal Election Commission (FEC) data.

The figure marked a more than threefold increase compared to January, when the PAC received nearly $250,000 in donations, and was the fund’s second-best month over the last year.

The NRA has come under fire from gun control activists, who have criticized the group in the wake of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead.

Last weekend, thousands of people rallied in support of gun control during the “March for Our Lives” protest, with many placards openly attacking the NRA. The increasing onslaught against the organization, however, correlated with more donations going to the group’s PAC.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, two weeks before the fatal school shooting, the NRA’s PAC received $27,100 from itemized contributions — donations that exceed $200 — from 51 donors. Over the next two weeks after the shooting, the itemized contributions skyrocketed to nearly $71,000 from 226 donors.

Most donations to the group — totaling $685,099 — came in small donations that did not exceed $200.

Multiple politicians are facing the fury of anti-gun activists who criticize them for accepting the NRA’s support and donations. US Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) is among the primary targets due to the NRA’s support of him, which totals more than $3 million, although actual donations to his campaigns since 2010 totaled only nearly $15,000.

The Political Victory Fund’s donations to individual lawmakers are limited due to election laws that limit contributions to $10,000 per election cycle.

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Media propaganda: Switzerland has a stunningly high rate of gun ownership yet it doesn’t have mass shootings

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On Sunday evening, an article published by Business Insider the previous day was all over the internet. The article is entitled, Switzerland has a stunningly high rate of gun ownership — here’s why it doesn’t have mass shootings.”

The article touts many things wonderful about Switzerland’s gun control laws. Here are some excerpts from the article:

Switzerland hasn’t had a mass shooting since 2001, when a man stormed the local parliament in Zug, killing 14 people and then himself.

The country has about 2 million privately owned guns in a nation of 8.3 million people. In 2016, the country had 47 homicides with firearms. The country’s overall murder rate is near zero.

The National Rifle Association often points to Switzerland to argue that more rules on gun ownership aren’t necessary. In 2016, the NRA said on its blog that the European country had one of the lowest murder rates in the world while still having millions of privately owned guns and a few hunting weapons that don’t even require a permit.

But the Swiss have some specific rules and regulations for gun use.

Unlike the US, Switzerland has mandatory military service for men. All men between the ages of 18 and 34 deemed “fit for service” are given a pistol or a rifle and trained. After they’ve finished their service, the men can typically buy and keep their service weapons, but they have to get a permit for them.

In 2007, the Small Arms Survey found that Switzerland had the third-highest ratio of civilian firearms per 100 residents (46), outdone by only the US (89) and Yemen (55). But it seems that figure has dropped over the past decade. It’s now estimated that there’s about one civilian gun for every four Swiss people.

Swiss authorities decide on a local level whether to give people gun permits. They also keep a log of everyone who owns a gun in their region, known as a canton, though hunting rifles and some semiautomatic long arms are exempt from the permit requirement. But cantonal police don’t take their duty dolling out gun licenses lightly. They might consult a psychiatrist or talk with authorities in other cantons where a prospective gun buyer has lived before to vet the person.

People who’ve been convicted of a crime or have an alcohol or drug addiction aren’t allowed to buy guns in Switzerland. The law also states that anyone who “expresses a violent or dangerous attitude” won’t be permitted to own a gun. Gun owners who want to carry their weapon for “defensive purposes” also have to prove they can properly load, unload, and shoot their weapon and must pass a test to get a license.”

Read the whole article here.

My problem with this article is the very misleading statement in the headline: “…here’s why it doesn’t have mass shootings.”

The author then starts by clarifying that Switzerland hasn’t had a mass shooting since the Zug massacre in 2001.

Too bad the author didn’t Google “mass shootings Switzerland.”

I did and found out that the author’s statement about mass shootings is NOT TRUE. Here’s a list of mass shootings in Switzerland I was able to locate through a Google search:

  • 2001 Zug Massacre (the last mass shooting, according to Business Insider): The Zug massacre took place on September 27, 2001 in the city of Zug (Canton of Zug, Switzerland) in the canton’s parliament. Friedrich Leibacher shot dead 14 people before killing himself.
  • 2012 Annecy Murders (see update at the end of this bullet): A couple were found shot to death on a remote road near Annecy along with one of the victim’s mother and a French cyclist. Saad al-Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, 47, and her 74-year-old mother all died at the scene of the September 5, 2012 attack. The al-Hilli daughters — Zainab, 7, and Zeena, 4 — survived the attack, although Zainab was shot in the shoulder and severely beaten, suffering skull fractures. Zeena hid for hours under her dead mother’s skirt in the family car but escaped injury. (The reason I included this one was because of the article headline, “Five years on, death of family in the Alps remains a mystery.” Annecy is 22 miles south of Geneva – it’s the Pearl of the French Alps. It’s not clear if the family was from Switzerland. Don’t know why it came up when I searched for Switzerland mass shootings. h/t Facebook reader Todd.)
  • 2013 Daillon Shooting:Three women were shot and killed and two men were wounded before police in southern Switzerland disabled the gunman by shooting him in the chest. Police said the alleged assailant, an unemployed 33-year-old who had been treated for psychiatric problems in the past, was arrested and hospitalized after the rampage late Wednesday in the village of Daillon. The man began firing from his apartment down toward the street and through the windows of other houses before coming outside and continuing to fire.
  • 2013Menznau Factory Shooting: A gunman opened fire on several people at a wood plant in Menznau in central Switzerland, leaving three people dead and seven others injured. The shooter, a 42-year-old company employee, was among the dead.
  • 2014 Wilderswill Shooting:Switzerlandshooting leaves three dead near Interlaken. The bodies of three people were discovered near a train station in the Swiss Alps town of Wilderswill on Monday, police said, amid reports of a murder-suicide. Media reported though that two men and one woman, all Portuguese citizens, had been killed in a jealousy drama.
  • 2015 Wuerenlingen Shooting: Married father-of-three opens fire in mass shooting in tiny Swiss town killingfour before turning the gun on himself.
  • 2016 Islamic Center Shooting:Three people were wounded in a shooting near an Islamic center in central Zurich, police said. Swiss media said a suspect was on the run after the incident near the main train station in Switzerland’s financial capital.
  • 2017 Basel Café Shooting: According to police, two men entered the premises and opened fire on guests at a cafe in Basel, Switzerland. Two people were killed and one critically injured. Investigations are ongoing but a police officer said: “This is a local incident. It has nothing to do with Islamists or terrorism.”
  • 2018 Zurich UBS Shooting: A man shot and killed his companion, reportedly an employee of Swiss bank UBS, in front of shocked onlookers in the heart of Zurich on Friday before turning the gun on himself, police said. (Only two shot here, as opposed to the three necessary to qualify as a “mass shooting.” Yet this happened in public and terrified people in this country that doesn’t have mass shootings any more.)

Media, in their desire to “inform” us, really should know that Google is available to all to verify their misleading, pro-gun control propaganda.

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