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Color Commentary: A Clarification

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Color Commentary


By Jeff Knox


(November 13, 2007) Back in July I wrote a piece titled “The Color of Gun Control” in which I described some of the racist motivations which historically underlie gun control laws.  When that article was published in Shotgun News a month later and I re-read it, I was surprised to note a rather glaring error.  While I stand by the core premise of the article, that gun control is intrinsically racist, I think some corrections and clarifications are is in order.

What immediately caught my attention was reading my description of the Illinois Firearm Owner ID system as a local jurisdiction, permit to purchase style program.  The FOID is no such thing.  It is a non-discretionary program operated by the State Police under which any person wishing to own a gun in the state must apply through the State Police and pass a background check.  If their record is clear, they get the FOID with no further say-so from law enforcement.

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Brady Bunch, Police Chiefs Call for More Firepower

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Brady Bunch, Chiefs Call for More Firepower


By Jeff Knox


(November 7, 2007) The Brady Campaign Against Gun Ownership has renewed its old partnership with the virulently anti-gun International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) advocating increased police firepower and a renewal of the Clinton “Assault Weapons” ban.  Of course they blame regular gun owners and the politicians who allowed the 1994 ban to sunset for the need for more heavily armed officers.

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Appleseed: Purpose Driven Riflery

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Appleseed:  Purpose Driven Riflery


By Chris Knox


(October 22, 2007)  The Appleseed Project came to Phoenix this October.  It was my privilege to strap into a hard-kicking .30-’06 bolt gun, lay down on a concrete floor, and, fire well over 200 rounds into the teeth of an Arizona sandstorm.  It was among the most intense educational experiences of my life.  By the end of the day, despite the tough conditions, I knew that my shooting had improved, but more important, I had a new perspective on what it means to shoot a rifle. 

The Appleseed Project, a grassroots idea that seemingly came out of nowhere, has quietly grown nationwide and yet has stayed beneath the radar of the established shooting world.  Behind it is a club with the unlikely title Revolutionary War Veterans Association.   An Appleseed shoot is part history class, part rifle theory, and a whole lot of shooting.  Last year a thousand people participated in Appleseed shoots around the country.  This year’s goal is 2,000.  For 2008, it’s 4,000.  The longer term goal is to double the number of attendees every year. 

Nonetheless, Appleseed is not about shooting.     

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Back to Basics

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Back to Basics

By Jeff Knox

 (October 10, 2007) The single most important fact that gunowners and rights supporters need to understand and educate others about is that gun control laws don’t work.  It’s not that they don’t work well or are only marginally effective, they don’t work at all.  As a matter of fact, they actually work backwards; not only do they not reduce crime, accidents, or suicide, they enable crime and increase loss of life.  Gun control laws make criminals of innocents while protecting criminals.

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Fear, Mistrust, & False Promises

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Fear, Mistrust, and False Promises


By Jeff Knox

            Gun control is all about fear, mistrust, and false promises.  Typically some event or series of events, real or imagined, cause an increase in fear and mistrust of some one or some thing; criminals, terrorists, “Saturday night specials”, African-Americans, “assault weapons”, street gangs, etc.  This results in supposedly well meaning politicians, media, and special interest groups calling for legislation promising to limit, restrict, control, or disarm said object of fear and mistrust.

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Un-Picking Candidates

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Time to “Un-Pick” Some Candidates


By Jeff Knox

(Manassas, VA, October 3, 2007) Much as the man who said, “I may not know much about art, but I know what I like,” when it comes to the 2008 Presidential Primaries there are a lot of folks who aren’t sure who they want to support, but you can bet they know who they don’t like. Well it’s high time GunVoters made it absolutely clear who they don’t like and why. If they don’t, they could allow an unacceptable candidate to rise to the top of the heap based on a mistaken perception of broad “acceptability.”

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Great Expectations

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Expected Actions & Amazing Revelations


By Jeff Knox


DC files petition for Supreme Court review of Parker/Heller.

            (Manassas, VA, August 5, 2007) The District of Columbia released its long awaited petition asking the Supreme Court to review the Parker/Heller case.  Mayor Adrian Fenty held a Tuesday morning press conference which was anticipated by 3 articles and a guest editorial in the Washington Post.  All of the stories in the Post echoed the City’s contention that the Court of Appeals made a radical decision when they interpreted the part of the Second Amendment which says, “the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”, as meaning that the People’s right to keep and bear arms should not be infringed.

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Web Site Usage Rules

Usage Rules

Use of this Web Site implies an agreement to abide by the rules of the site.  These rules may be updated periodically without notice.

The purpose of The Firearms Coalition Web Site is to educate and inform members of the Site of news and issues regarding the Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms.  This site includes discussions areas that allow two-way communication between and among other users of the Site.  The Owners of the Site (Neal Knox Associates and Knox Communications) and its delegated Moderators will police the Site for offensive or abusive material through day-to-day moderation, but The Firearms Coalition disclaims responsibility for the actions of others including abusive or offensive material posted to the Site.

Abusive or Offensive Material and Actions

Users of the Site will refrain from posting Abusive or Offensive Material.  Abusive Material includes but is not limited to any of the following:

  • Spam.
    “Link spam,” posts or blog entries for the specific purpose of linking to unrelated sites, using the site to publish commercial messages to other members or anyone else on the net is spamming.  Spammers can expect no tolerance.  Actions against spammers may include immediately terminating the offending account, reporting the incident to the offendor’s ISP, or possibly law enforcement.
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    We recognize that sometimes it just comes out, but this is a public forum and appropriate decorum should be observed.

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    The term is trolling and it is rude. Feeding trolls (i.e. responding to inflammatory or offensive posts) is just as bad as the original trolling offense. Members do not need rise to the bait.  Note that this site is NOT an appropriate venue for debate of “gun control.”  Calling for (for example) banning, registering, or licensing of any firearm in this forum qualifies as trolling.  Opponents of gun rights should free to exercise their First Amendment right to advocate restrictions on firearms in a different forum.

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From time to time the Owners of the Site may appoint at their sole discretion and judgment Moderators to assist with enforcement of the Site Rules.


In summary, what we expect from our members is courtesy and adherence to the rules of civil discourse that are common to any public space.

Time for HELPS

Force the Issue


            (Manassas, VA, August 14, 2007)  The Firearms Coalition has drafted legislation which would restrict any federal funds from going to any college or university which prohibits employees and students who may lawfully possess and carry defensive weapons off campus from possessing and carrying those weapons on campus.  We call it HELPS, the Higher Education Lawful Personal Security Act and we believe it could be passed in the 110th Congress. 

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History Made at NRA ’05


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History Made at NRA '05 

(Houston, Texas, April 18, 2005) History was made at the 134th Annual Meetings and
Convention of the National Rifle Association held in Houston this weekend.
But not in the sense of historically significant events occurring. Instead,
the history was re-made in an Orwellian sense.

In the Houston version of NRA history, Neal Knox made no contribution to the
fight to preserve the Second Amendment.

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