Poll: Buying New Guns?

gunsA recent Rasmussen poll reported that Americans are buying guns at a record pace.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that nearly one-out-of-four Americans (23%) say they or someone in their immediate family has bought a gun in the past year. Seventy percent (70%) have not, but six percent (6%) aren’t sure.

The majority of the respondents claim their purchases are for self defense. What about you guys? Are you purchasing more guns? Why?

Let us know below.


Hank Johnson Off His Meds Again

House Rep. Hank “Tippy” Johnson [D-GA] bares his hatred of Jews.

Congressman: Jewish Settlers Are Like Termites
“There has been a steady [stream], almost like termites can get into a residence and eat before you know that you’ve been eaten up and you fall in on yourself, there has been settlement activity that has marched forward with impunity and at an ever increasing rate to the point where it has become alarming,” Johnson said during an event sponsored by the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, an anti-Israel organization that galvanizes supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS.

Clearly one of his staffers needs to be permanently assigned the job of monitoring the lunatic’s medications.

As you would probably have guessed from that “D” behind his name, this man, when he isn’t insulting people and embarrassing himself, works to disarm all his potential victims.


Sigh. Can’t win.

Everybody goes on about how we need to have more women and minorities in starring roles, both in society and in movies.

Until … wait for it … a strong new female superhero is an Israeli Jew.

Yes, Wonder Woman, the impressive Gal Gadot, soon to be the lead in her very own movie after debuting the role in Batman vs. Superman, was born in Israel and served in the Israeli Defense Forces. Therefore … tweetstorm of bigotry against her.

(H/T Irons in the Fire)


10 Reasons You Really, Really, Really Want to Own This Rifle

This post appeared first in TZP’s weekly email alert.

You may know that The Zelman Partisans is holding a contest to award this beautiful Israeli Mauser 98 to one of you out there in the gun world. Entering is as simple as writing a statement on “Why I want to own this rifle” and paying an entry fee.


You’ll have to come up with your own reason (or reasons; we encourage multiple entries and offer discounts for them). But to inspire you, here are 10 things to consider:

You might really, really, really want to own this rifle because:

1. It’s rare. Sure, there are lots of Mauser 98s in the world. But not many of them were made by Nazis then later adopted and adapted to become Israeli liberation tools. You’ve got to admit, that’s amazing.

2. It’s historic. This very rifle helped create the nation of Israel. It may have served the Irgun or the Haganah; it certainly served one of the many liberation forces. From there, it went on to join the IDF and may later have served civilian guards, protecting Israeli citizens.

3. It’s in beautiful condition and comes with a frameable Certificate of History.

4. Where else are you going to get a treasure like this with an investment of only $10? Such a deal! Invest $25 for three entries and have an even better chance; it’s still a deal.

5. Where else are you going to get a treasure like this just for paying your entry fee and writing a simple statement about why you want this rifle? How long does it take to write a sentence or two? You’d regret it if you lost out because you didn’t take time to jot down your thoughts.

6. Okay, true. You might not win. But with only 300 total entries allowed, you have a darned good chance to stand out amid the competition.

7. There’s a reason there are so many Mauser 98s in the world. They’re rugged, durable, reliable shooters. Though we expect this one is likely to end up over a mantelpiece or in a display case next to its framed certificate, in time of need, it can be taken down and put to its historic work of fighting for freedom.

8. Think of this firearm’s symbolic value. Its spirit, if you will. This rifle, this very rifle, already helped bring freedom out of savagery. Look at the Middle East — a cauldron of tyranny, terrorism, perpetual war, and medieval intolerance. Then look at Israel — standing alone amid the chaos, a modern, civilized land. This rifle, and the people who wielded it, helped make that difference.

9. Consider the conversations this historic firearm will start. Think of the awe when your friends learn the meaning of the firearm you so proudly display. It came from savagery; it overcame savagery.

10. We hope you also want this rifle because your entry fee helps The Zelman Partisans stand tall for its mission: Jews. Guns. No compromise. No surrender.

We’d like one of you great-hearted supporters to own this rifle for all 10 of those reasons.

So please enter today. Make one entry or use the special form for multiple entries. Enter as many times as you like. Once we’ve received 300 statements on “Why I want to own this rifle,” we’ll close to contest, judge the entries, choose a winner (and second- and third-place winners, as well), and award this incredible piece of history.

YOU might soon hold this rare and significant rifle in your hands.


Poll: The Democratic Party Platform

Hillary-Clinton-Gun-Control-600x337Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the Democrats have “perfected” their party platform, if you can call it that. The platform unsurprisingly includes their gun control plans, otherwise known as all the different ways they plan to infringe on your right to keep and bear arms.

So our question today is simple: what are they likely to focus on first?

It’s been hard for them to pass any kind of gun control measure, given the public’s lack of support and Republican majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, but it doesn’t mean they won’t try. So where do you think they’re likely to strike next?


And since we’re being “commercial” today …

We’ve just added a small, but very handy item to the TZP store:



Earplugs in a TZP-customized case. Carry one pair in your range bag in case you forget your earmuffs or need to loan a pair. Or carry them on your keychain every day for a noise emergency. Carry three or more so you can give them away to all those newbies you take to the range. The plugs are high quality and make very good ear protection.

Two purchase options, both available on our Cool Gear page:

1. Buy 3 pairs (with 3 cases) for $12.50 plus shipping.

2. Or add a single pair to any order for $5 and no additional shipping charge. (Single pairs are available only as an add-on item.)


While I’m at it, I’ll also second Carl Bussjaeger’s urging that you enter to win our rare, historic Nazi-made Israeli Mauser 98. Entering is super-simple. Just tell us in 50 words or less why you’d like to own this rifle, then pay your entry fee. You can enter as many times as you like. In fact, we have a special form and a discount for multiple entries.

Not a writer? Not to worry! We’re looking for sentiment and ideas more than cleverness or polish. (We’ve already received at least one single-word entry, and while we encourage you to write a little more than that, even a single short sentence could be the winner.)


Mass Ban

Just in case you missed the news out of Massachusetts…

The loophole in the Mass. assault weapons ban
It prohibits the sale of specific weapons like the Colt AR-15 and AK-47 and explicitly bans “copies or duplicates” of those weapons. But gun manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to define what a “copy” or “duplicate” weapon is. They market “state compliant” copycat versions of their assault weapons to Massachusetts buyers. They sell guns without a flash suppressor or folding or telescoping stock, for example, small tweaks that do nothing to limit the lethalness of the weapon.

BS Translator: Since it turns out that some weapons actually weren’t ‘assault weapons’ under our ban, we’re going to ban everything that vaguely resembles an ‘assault weapon.’ Which means we’ll work our way down the list and ban everything.

Doubt it? “If a gun’s operating system is essentially the same as that of a banned weapon, or if the gun has components that are interchangeable with those of a banned weapon, it’s a ‘copy’ or ‘duplicate’.” That means any blowback, direct-impingment or piston gas-operated semi-auto, or revolver. She’s gone from, These specific evil features make ordinary guns into death-spewing murder-machines to Oops, the folks who said those features are operationally cosmetic, so now I’ll pretend the law meant something other than those specific features. Now it’s type of action.

What’s next? Oops. I meant any repeating firearm. No more pump or bolt action repeaters for you. Even though the law specifically exempts those.

No doubt this current move will save a lot of lives not make a difference, except to criminalize what was legal 24 hours prior.

Amusingly, those of us old enough to remember the ’94 federal Assault Weapon Ban could have predicted the immediate result. Back then, arbitrarily-designated “assault weapons” a list which included the very rifle I purchased specifically for deer hunting) flew off the shelves as people hustled to get theirs before the law went into effect.

Yep. Lines running out gun store doorways.

Oh, the litigation circus we’re going to see in coming months and years. Get busted for having an “assault weapon” and hope you kept your receipt to prove it pre-dated the arbitrary change-by-non-legislative fiat; false arrest suits. Can a grandfathered “assault weapon” be transferred again (as one could under the federal AWB)? Will anyone challenge this in court as clearly being beyond the specifically stated scope of the written law?

Oh, the irony.


POLL: Will hoplophobes finally get that it’s not all about GUNS?

After last week’s monstrous mass-murder-by-truck in France, is it possible that American hoplophobes will finally begin to get that guns aren’t the problem — that vicious humans are the problem and that they’ll use any weapon to carry out their evil will? Give your opinion here or below.


Gun Free Zone Responsibility

Tennessee recently had a very, very good idea. Until politicians ruined it. Originally they had a great gun free zone responsibility bill. Originally it said if you disarmed a licensed concealed carry holder on your premises, you take responsibility for their safety since your policy prevented them from doing so. As well as the time they are traveling to you “Armed Criminals Welcome” zone. Your firearm is left in your car? They are responsible for your safety till you get back to your car. I love this idea. I’ve been told by businesses that their insurance company demands they post those signs. Ok, fine. Then when I am injured because I was defenseless, your insurance company can pay for my hospital stay and rehab.

Then politicians did what politicians do. They messed it up.


Senate Bill No. 1736*

House Bill No. 2033

1 by deleting all language after the enacting clause and substituting instead the following:


Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13, is amended by adding the following as a new section:

(a) A person, business, or other entity that owns, controls, or manages property and has the authority to prohibit weapons on that property by posting,pursuant to §39-17-1359, shall be immune from civil liability with respect to any claim based on such person’s, business’s, or other entity’s failure to adopt a policy that prohibits weapons on the property by posting pursuant to §39-17-1359.

(b) Immunity under this subsection (a) does not apply to a person, business, or other entity whose conduct or failure to act is the result of gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.

So now if you can post your business and you don’t you are immune from liability. Ok, well, that’s better. Not the goal, but better.

But all these mass shootings have happened in gun free zones, including Wounded Knee which actually was the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, not Orlando.

The time has come for states to begin to pass actual, real, meaningful “Gun Free Zone” responsibility laws. You post a GFZ sign, you need to know what it means. People want to go home at night. Generally I try to stay out of businesses that have such signs, and I’d prefer to work in a place that doesn’t have one. But there are times one must. But the days of cavalierly posting a GFZ sign need to come to an end. You want responsibility for the safety of all these people? You’ve got it.