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The NRA-ILA issued a statement today referencing an article in the Charlotte Observer talking about the success of the recent NRA convention in Charlotte.

I agree, that the convention appeared to be a huge success, and all the reports I saw on it were very positive.  I wish I was there, not only for the incredible gun show, but also the great presentations.

Anyways…my gripe:

With that many visitors in town, you might be thinking that there must have been some serious problems — maybe some opportunistic criminals preying on preoccupied tourists making their way around an unfamiliar city.  Well, crime was actually lower during NRA’s convention — much lower.

According to the CharlotteObserver.com article, Captain Jeff Estes, commander of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Central Division, said crime for the week was 45 percent lower than the same week a year ago.

For those who know that NRA members are among the most law-abiding of citizens, and that more guns often equates to less crime, then that figure should come as no surprise at all.

That is directly from the NRA press release.

I am all for the “More guns less crime” movement, but why try to correlate a drop in crime to the fact that the convention was there for 3 days? I really don’t think that had anything to do with it, considering the Charlotte Observer article goes on to say that crime in central Charlotte is down this year as a whole from 2009.  I highly doubt the criminals in and around Charlotte were sitting at home saying “Man, I should really be out there robbing and stealing.. but there are so damn many gun owners in town.  Too Risky for me!”

Maybe I’m just feeling in a nit picking mood, but this type of cause-effect reporting seems very Brady-esque. I expected more from the NRA.

*Puts on and zips up protective flame suit* :P

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This is absolutely priceless:

[youtube width=”560″ height=”340″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ayMZyKL6NA[/youtube]

Awesome camera work, music, and editing!

I like Kimmel’s choice of the Beretta 92

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With some obviously fabricated information, and it was accepted:

Clicked Submit and…

Makes you wonder if there any checks and balances in place to ultimately discard my signature? What’s to stop some Brady goons from signing their own petition with made up names, or even more cleverly using address information out of the phone book or readily available online.  With minimal web programming skills a program could easily scrape the internet for valid addresses and automatically submit them to their little web application.  At the very minimum I find it surprising there was no zip code validation in the form;  55555 isn’t even an Arkansas zip.

I am now even less impressed by the 28,000 28,001 signatures they claim.

UPDATE: CREDO action, the company that is handling the Starbucks petition actually has zip code validation on their own site where people can sign the petition ( http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/starbucks_guns/ ).  There still isn’t any other validation.

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Mission Statement

We are devoted to creating an America free from gun violins, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.

The Brady Center works to reform the violin industry by enacting and enforcing sensible regulations to reduce gun violins, including regulations governing the violin industry. In addition, we represent victims of gun violins in the courts. We educate the public about gun violins through litigation, grassroots mobilization, and outreach to affected communities.

The Brady Campaign works to pass and enforce sensible federal and state violin laws, regulations, and public policies through grassroots activism, electing public officials who support common sense violin laws, and increasing public awareness of gun violins. Through our Million Mom March and Brady Chapters, we work locally to educate, remember victims, and pass sensible violin laws,

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Two days ago I posted about the Brady Campaign’s WEAK Twitter Following

Today I officially surpassed their number of followers by 1 :P

Thank you to everyone that made it happen!

If you are just reading this for the first time and you want to follow me on twitter, check out my page – HERE

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My blog is on twitter, I have 87 followers.  Not impressive by any means, but I don’t lose any sleep over it.

Evidence of my first twitter post can be found here:

Note the date: Oct 15, 2009

The Brady campaign’s first twitter post:

Note the date: July 21, 2009

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