Banks, credit-card cos. explore tracking gun purchases in possible prelude to restrictions

Banks and credit-card companies are discussing ways to identify purchases of guns in their payment systems, a move that could be a prelude to restricting such transactions, according to people familiar with the talks.

The discussions are preliminary but could be deeply controversial. Gun-rights groups have long resisted any effort to monitor which Americans own guns; there are federal laws limiting the government’s use of electronic databases of gun sales.

The financial companies have explored creating a new credit-card code for firearms dealers, similar to how they code restaurants, or department stores, according to people familiar with the matter. Another idea would require merchants to share information about specific firearm products consumers are buying, some of the people said.

Such data could allow banks to restrict purchases at certain businesses or monitor them. The talks, which are informal and might not lead to any action, have occurred against the backdrop of the national debate around guns in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., high-school shooting, which left 17 dead.

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R., Idaho) last week sent letters to Citigroup Inc C, -0.10% and Bank of America Corp. BAC, +0.03% criticizing moves by the companies to enforce new policies on gun-industry clients or to stop doing business with certain gun makers.

The prior week, the American Federation of Teachers announced it would cut ties with Wells Fargo & Co. WFC, -0.76% over what it said was the bank’s failure to discuss with the union its relationship with the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers.

The Progressive Contortion Over Gun Control’s Constitutionality

The anti-gun left desperately wants gun control to be a thing. However, the plain text of the Constitution often thwarts them in debate after debate. “Shall not be infringed” is about as clear as it gets.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Our rights are infringed left and right when it comes to the Second Amendment. However, all that infringement is why so many of us refuse to give up any further ground on the subject of gun rights. We’re just not going to budge.

But the anti-gunners continue to try and make the case, hoping they can sway not just the undecideds, but maybe even some on our side by claiming gun control really is constitutional. And the mental gymnastics they engage in is really quite impressive.

The Second Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights because of concern that a standing army might pose a threat to the security of free states, thus the inclusion in the amendment of the language “a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state.”

For more than 200 years after the adoption of the Second Amendment, it was uniformly understood that it did not restrict or prohibit federal or state governments from enacting gun control legislation. In a PBS interview, Warren Burger, a conservative who was chief justice of the Supreme Court from 1969 to 1986, stated that the National Rifle Association’s claims that the Second Amendment prohibited the federal regulation of firearms was “one of the greatest pieces of fraud — I repeat the word fraud — on the American public by special interest groups I have ever seen in my lifetime.”

In 2008, in Heller v. District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned more than 200 years of jurisprudence and, in a 5-4 decision, held for the first time that there was an individual right to bear arms. But even that decision made it clear that this newfound constitutional right did not prohibit the states or the federal government from strictly regulating the sale, ownership or use of firearms, including completely banning the sale of certain categories of guns.

It should also be noted that the Supreme Court’s earlier rulings are irrelevant…much like the Dread Scott decision and Plessey vs. Ferguson, which labeled segregation as constitutional.

In other words, previous jurisprudence doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

23-year-old woman shoots man attempting to rob her outside bar

RALEIGH, N.C. — A woman decided to fight back during an attempted robbery in Raleigh, North Carolina, by shooting the man who was trying to rob her.

According to police, a 28-year-old man attempted to rob a woman in front of a bar on Thursday.

WTVD-TV reports, the 23-year-old fired her weapon to keep the man from attacking her. He was later identified as Jonathan Tyrone Peace.

He sustained a non life-threatening gunshot wound to the chest.

Area woman tells intruder, ‘If you take one more step I’ll kill you’

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) Laura Williams says she grabbed her pistol and held an intruder at bay while her teenage daughter called 911 after the man kicked in the front door of her home on U.S. Highway 84 just outside of Mexia and charged her with a shovel.

Laura Williams demonstrating how she confronted the intruder. Deputies later arrested Allen Tompkins (inset). (Photo by John Carroll/Jail photo)
“I aimed it at him and said if you take one more step I’ll kill you,” she said Friday.

The man ran, but Limestone County deputies later arrested him.

Allen Tompkins, 47, was charged with burglary of a habitation, but additional charges are possible.

He’s held in the Limestone County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

The incident happened Tuesday and Williams’ daughter, Hannah, 17, hasn’t been quite the same since.

“I felt really scared and my adrenaline was pumping so I don’t really remember a lot of it, but I’m not sleeping well at all.”

Laura Williams was awakened Tuesday morning by a ringing doorbell.

“I went to the door and just kind of opened it and there was an older man standing at my front door with a shovel and he asked for a lady’s name and I said ‘there’s no one here by that name I’m sorry, you’re at the wrong house, she doesn’t live here,’” Williams said.

The man left, but Williams says she felt uncomfortable.

She looked out through the blinds of her bedroom window to see if he had left.

“I looked out and he was standing at the opening of the woods with a shovel still in his hand and he kept looking back and looking, I said ‘no this is not going to go down like this.’”

Williams ran to the other side of her house where Hannah was asleep.

“I woke her up and I said ‘go to my bedroom, get the dogs and let’s go’ because that’s where we keep our guns in our house.”

“No sooner did we get to the bedroom and shut the door, he was kicking in the front door and hitting it with the shovel,” Williams said.

Williams got her pistol out of the drawer of a bedside table and confronted the man in the living room while her daughter called 911.

“I had time to grab the revolver and come out the door. So when he came in the shovel was up on his shoulder, he was headed straight towards us,” she said.

“I aimed it at him and said ‘if you take one more step I’ll kill you.’”

The man stopped, mumbled some words and turned to leave.

As he walked out the door he turned to back to Williams.

“He said ‘Well all y’all need to know is y’all need to leave me the F alone,’ and I said ‘I don’t even know you, get out of my house, ‘” Williams said.


New Documents Reveal FDR’s Eugenic Project to ‘Resettle’ Jews During World War II.

Settlement contingencies for a wide range of peoples were studied, but when Roosevelt described the M Project to Churchill during a lunch at the White House in May 1943, he focused on one particular group. FDR described it as a study about “the problem of working out the best way to settle the Jewish question,” Vice President Henry Wallace, who attended the meeting, recorded in his diary. The solution, which the President endorsed, “essentially is to spread the Jews thin all over the world,” rather than allow them to congregate anywhere in large numbers.

After Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945, Carter wrote to Truman explaining his work for FDR, offering to continue his unit’s covert activities and urging the new President to fund completion of the M Project.

Truman was deeply skeptical about the need for espionage or secret intelligence, and he had been informed by the State Department that the $10,000 per month that was being spent on the M Project was a waste of money. He terminated Carter’s operations and cut off funding for the migration studies.

Very few people outside the team that produced the reports were allowed to see them and they had no discernible impact on policy decisions. In retrospect, the M Project’s principal accomplishment was to shed light on how now-discredited eugenic theories influenced FDR’s thinking about race, immigration, and the Jews of Europe. As the M Project’s reports rolled into the White House, so did news about the methodical starvation, torture, and extermination of Europe’s Jews in the Nazi Holocaust.

As Jonah Goldberg wrote in Liberal Fascism:

In order to see how this conventional wisdom is built upon a series of useful liberal myths, and therefore understand the real lineage of American liberalism, we need to unlearn a lot of false history and categories we take on faith. In particular, we need to understand that American Progressivism shares important roots with European fascism. No clearer or more sinister proof of this exists than the passion with which American and European progressives greeted eugenics—widely seen as the answer to the “social question.”

On this day in 1803, American Minister to France Robert Livingston, James Monroe and Barbé Marbois signed the Treaty for the Louisiana Purchase in Paris. The Americans had been authorized by President Jefferson to offer up to $10 million for New Orleans and its environs and were shocked to be offered the whole enchilada for only $15 million (cheap!). Certain that the United States would approve, Livingston took the deal.

Parkland officials investigating teacher who allegedly called pro-gun student ‘Hitler’ in class

This is now a standard proggie trait from the ANTIFAgoons.
Anyone who disagrees with them is a Nazi.

Officials at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are investigating a history teacher who allegedly compared pro-gun student Kyle Kashuv to “Hitler” during a recent in-class rant about Kashuv.

What are the details?
MSD history teacher Gregory Pittman, who has been active on Twitter following the February massacre and has been outspoken in support of gun control, allegedly compared Kashuv to Adolf Hitler during a recent in-class rant where he claimed Kashuv — and his pro-Second Amendment views — are “dangerous.”

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Pittman’s comments came after an intense back-and-forth with Kashuv on Twitter this week. The exchange followed a recent trip Kashuv made with his family to a local gun range.

“It was basically a hate fest. They were just saying means things about Kyle. He talked about how he was right, and how Kyle was making an ass of himself. He did say he ‘was the Hitler type.’ I don’t really know what that means exactly, but I think he was just being crazy,” an MSD junior who witnessed Pittman’s rant told Fox News.

Kashuv was not present in the class during the rant. He later denounced Pittman’s rant.

He said: “My grandfather was one of the only survivors of the holocaust out of his entire family, and now a teacher is calling me the next Hitler because I have different political views. Sad!”

Hornady stands up to State of New York

Today, the State of New York did one of the most despicable acts ever perpetrated by any state by asking New York banks, financial institutions and insurance companies to stop doing business with the gun and ammo industry.

While it may not make a difference to New York, Hornady will not knowingly allow our ammunition to be sold to the State of NY or any NY agencies. Their actions are a blatant and disgusting abuse of office and we won’t be associated with a government that acts like that. They should be ashamed.

-Steve Hornady, president of Hornady Manufacturing Company

How to stop the West from committing cultural suicide

The key factoid animating “Suicide of the West” is this: For 2,000 years, everywhere on earth, the large mass of humanity lived on the equivalent of $1.90 a day. “Near subsistence living,” Goldberg writes, “defined human habitats for almost all of human history.”

Then something happened. In the 18th century. In Great Britain. It was a complex phenomenon [Jonah] Goldberg [in Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy], calls the Miracle — a new way of thinking about humanity and human achievement and personal liberty that unlocked a hidden door in the possibilities of the species.

* * * * * * * *

The political liberty we were granted by the Miracle has freed humankind to pursue individual achievement — and it’s a series of unbroken individual achievements that have led the world to unprecedented bounty. But these achievements involve harnessing nature and improving on it. And it’s this aspect of the Miracle that creates a cognitive dissonance in us. It’s not so easy to transcend humanity’s hard-wired pre-modern drives.

As Goldberg says, we’re tribal creatures, intensely social and innately hierarchical, and we find greater meaning within groups. The great ideological fight in the Age of the Miracle is between those who see the rise of the West as a fulfillment of humankind’s potential and those who cannot reconcile themselves to the ways it seems to go against what they think is natural.

The problem is that the rejecters are themselves creating unnatural constructs to try and restore the existence that seems most real to them. They’re building fake tribes through the vehicle of what we now call “identity politics.” And these fake tribes and the demand that we adhere to the arbitrary rules they establish for who is in and who is out are the true drivers of the West’s suicidal impulses.

DNA Blunder Creates Phantom Serial Killer.

Remember this when you hear that science is infallible.

“The only clues that ‘The Woman Without a Face’ left behind at 40 different crime scenes were DNA traces. These were collected on cotton swabs, supplied to the police in a number of European countries. Now police investigators have established that in all probability the DNA had not been left by their quarry but by a woman working for the German medical company supplying the swabs, who had inadvertently contaminated them.”

That’s right: Her DNA was on the cotton swabs they used to check for DNA, because she worked at the cotton swab factory.

Yakima home invasion deaths considered self defense by prosecuting attorney

YAKIMA, Wash. — No criminal charges will be brought against three Yakima residents involved in a violent home invasion that led to the death of two suspects last weekend.

“It is clear that the homeowner in this horrific event was defending himself and his family from intruders who had unlawfully entered his home and were attempting to rob him at knifepoint,” Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic said in a news release Friday evening.

Man killed after breaking into home

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – It started with a frantic 9-1-1 call from a woman whose husband was fighting with an intruder.
It ended with the couple escaping and the intruder dead.

As of Friday night, police have taken down the tape that had Jones st. near downtown Lansing blocked off all morning.
Police were called to a home in the 400 block of Jones St. after a man broke in in the middle of the night.

The intruder was dead before they arrived.



WCRP and the Second Amendment

If firearms were the problem, prison would be the safest place on earth; we all know that’s not the case. London banned guns some time ago and now sees that it hasn’t helped their street violence problem. So banning firearms, types of firearms, or sizes of magazines isn’t picking low hanging fruit; it’s stopping at the mirage to drink sand rather than pressing on to the oasis to find real water. As we press forward in our experiment with freedom, here’s my advice: don’t ever give up any of your rights, because to compromise on one is to lose them all. And don’t ask me to give up any of my rights, because I won’t.


A newly declassified report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections reveals that former intelligence chief James Clapper lied to Congress about information he shared with CNN on the infamous Steele dossier.

Buried within a newly declassified congressional report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections is a shocking revelation: former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper not only leaked information about the infamous Steele dossier and high-level government briefings about it to CNN, he also may have lied to Congress about the matter.

In one of the findings within the 253-page report, the House intelligence committee wrote that Clapper leaked details of a dossier briefing given to then-President-elect Donald Trump to CNN’s Jake Tapper, lied to Congress about the leak, and was rewarded with a CNN contract a few months later.

As The Federalist‘s Mollie Hemingway noted after Comey’s memos were finally made available to the public, the fired FBI director’s account of the briefing of Trump suggested that the entire briefing was a setup from the beginning, and that it was scheduled and held just so it could be leaked to journalists who wanted an excuse to publish a dossier nobody had verified.

In their coordinated response to the full intelligence committee’s findings, committee Democrats defended Clapper, claiming that he broke no laws while acknowledging that he did leak information about the dossier to CNN’s Jake Tapper.

“Evaluated in context, Clapper denied leaking classified information, while acknowledging that, as DNI, he engaged in legitimate discussion of unclassified, non-intelligence information with Tapper,” they concluded.

Clapper, who previously lied to Congress about whether the U.S. government was electronically spying on millions of Americans, was subsequently hired by CNN just months after his leak. Although he eventually apologized to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for lying to Congress about government mass surveillance of American citizens, he subsequently told MSNBC that the question to which he responded–“Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”–was a gotcha question similar to, “When did you stop beating your wife?”

U.S. economy grew faster than expected in first quarter, the first since Trump’s tax cuts

This is from the Washington Post, so you know it really had to hurt them to have to write this.

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.3 percent in the first three months of 2018, the Commerce Department said Friday.

The results were slightly above Wall Street analysts’ forecasts of 2 percent annual growth rate and represented an expected slowing from the fourth quarter’s 2.9 percent growth rate.

The $20 trillion economy turned in a better showing than most recent first quarters, which government reports have struggled to accurately assess because of seasonal issues. Financial market reaction was subdued with both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the 10-year Treasury closing almost unchanged.

The Commerce Department report was the first since President Trump’s tax cut took effect on January 1. The centerpiece of the tax overhaul was a reduction in corporate taxes aimed at boosting investment and jobs. So far, the results are mixed.

Brian Stelter is a CNN ‘reporter’.

(for those who are still sending you children to public school indoctrination centers)
Are you taking care to keep informed of what they’re ‘teaching’ you children?

22% of NY 8th graders have proficiency in math32 NYC middle schools had less than 10% math proficiency , 4th graders saw a 7% drop in math proficiency.

Washington DC, only has 10% math proficiency for graduating seniors.

Half of Baltimore schools have 0% math proficiency.

I’m sure, however, that all these students know their 31 state recognized genders and the hierarchy of intersectionality.


These progressives like Jessica Valenti are happy to use Twitter and Facebook and technology while systematically destroying the  educational system needed to produce people who know how to maintain and create technology.


Do Americans let their children shoot guns?

Contributor William Lawyer

Of course we do. I mean, come on. We are talking about America here.

There are tons of young firearms enthusiasts here in the States, and lots of American families make it a priority to teach their children how to handle and shoot guns safely and responsibly.

Some kids, like Shyanne Roberts, a 13-year-old competitive shooter who is known for trouncing adults in shooting competitions, start learning how to shoot from a very young age.

My relationship with firearms started when I was three to five years old…I started sitting on my dad’s lap and shooting his 10/22 bolt-action.

Others, like 12-year-old Vincent Martucci Bond, whose entire family is really into shooting, start learning to shoot a little bit later in life. When exactly families start teaching their kids how to handle and shoot firearms safely and responsibly varies greatly based on the family and the maturity of the child in question. Not saying anything negative about Vincent’s maturity!

Youth competitive shooting in America is a sport that is once again growing, and shooting is one of the few sports out there where people can compete, regardless of age, purely based on skill and ability, with a competitive spirit that is seen in few other sports out there.

One of the biggest mistakes I think that we can make is to underestimate the potential skills and fortitude of our youth in any situation. Our children are not incapable of being taught, or unready to learn, there are countless junior shooters out there that are incredibly capable and skilled, who win championships, draw massive online followings and fan bases, and get sponsorship from prominent shooting organizations.

For example, Vanessa Aguilar has amassed a huge number of fans, and has received sponsorship from VF Gunrunners, Alamo Tactical, Molon Labe Firearms LLC, Warrior’s Edge Armory, and Blackhawk Shooting Range. She trains to have fun and best her dad at shooting, and plans to enter law enforcement in the future.

Another competitive shooter, Gia Rocco, developed legions of fans from her first match and caught the attention of multiple sponsors, including Scalpel Arms, who sponsored her early shooting and customized her Smith and Wesson M&P .22.

Matheu Langston, who entered in the competitive circuit in late 2013, has participated in several competitions and earned multiple state and regional titles for top Junior in Rimfire Steel Challenge, along with a sponsorship from Tandemkross, a company that manufactures solutions and enhancements for popular firearms.

Youth competitive shooting is a very popular sport here in the USA, with some competitions hosting thousands of youth competitive shooters at a time. There are also numerous organizations out there devoted to hosting competitions, training youth in how to use firearms safely, and encouraging them to get into shooting sports.

Indeed, not so very long ago it wasn’t uncommon for American children to be packed off to school with his lunch in his hand and a rifle on his back, and to see them leaving school with their rifle bags slung lazily over their backs. Shooting clubs were once so common in American schools that ranges would regularly be installed in new educational buildings. Kids would leave their guns leaning up against the wall during lessons, or give them to their teachers so that they would be out of the way, and school shootings we almost unheard of.

While it’s important to note that for the most part these kids are not training for self defense (Not that they necessarily shouldn’t be), but for sport and competition, there have been times where their skills have come in extremely handy when defending themselves or their family from those who would do them harm.

One 14 year old in Phoenix for example was watching his three younger siblings when an armed intruder attempted to break into his home. He rushed his siblings upstairs, got his parents handgun from their bedroom, and shot the intruder, potentially saving the life of himself and his three siblings, and protecting them from serious harm.

A 13 year old kid in North Carolina used her rifle to protect herself and her younger sister from three men who entered through the back door of her house. When she pointed her dad’s rifle at them, all three immediately fled the house.

Another 12 year old girl defended herself with her families gun when a strange man kicked open her back door. She hid in the closet as the man searched through the house looking for her, and when he started to turn the knob to the closet, she fired a shot through the door and hit the intruder. Listening to the recording of the 911 call of this incident will send a chill down your spine.

In a similar incident, an 11 year old girl locked herself inside a bathroom and hid in a closet with her shotgun when a man forced his way into her house. The intruder forced open the bathroom door and closet where the child was hiding with the weapon, only to find himself looking down the barrel of a shotgun. The suspect fled the house, and was later arrested.[6]

Another 11 year old awoke to find her mother being attacked and stabbed by her ex-boyfriend. She retrieved her mothers gun and shot the man twice, after which he attempted to flee, but was located only a short distance away. Her mother had just taught her only a few days prior how to use the firearm for self defense, fearing for the lives of herself and her children.[7]

A 13 year old boy ended up exchanging gunfire with two men, at least one of whom was armed, when attempted to enter his house while he was home alone. He ended up killing one and scaring the other one off.[8]

I could go on for quite a while, and if you guys are really interested I’ll compile a much larger list of such incidents, but the point is that these kinds of incidents are actually surprisingly common, relatively speaking. In evaluations of defensive gun uses where gun owners use their firearms to successfully to defend themselves from criminals, a surprising number of kids often turn up, and with somewhere between several hundred thousand and more than two million defensive gun uses every year, that adds up fast.

None of us want these kids to have to defend themselves against anyone, but I am sure that we can all agree that it is certainly better than the potential alternatives.

Personally, I think the first time I ever shot a gun was at scout camp. I was… 12, 13 maybe? My parents might have taken me shooting beforehand, but if so I don’t remember. I do remember thinking at that scout camp however that I had never had more fun in my life.

I don’t currently own a gun, but I wouldn’t mind owning one, and I really would like to go shooting more often. The thrill of shooting is frankly amazing. It beats the heck out of pretty much any other activity, and I’ve seriously never heard from anyone who didn’t find it fun. Well, there was that one dude who said firing a gun was horrifying ‘like a Bazooka’ and gave him a ‘temporary form of PTSD’ of course, but nobody cares about him.

Shooting guns is a blast for people of any age, and it is really one of the few sports out there where age is almost entirely irrelevant, and only skill and ability matter.

So of course Americans let their children shoot guns.

Where the Sierra Club Stands on Gun Control
Not all firearms are created equal

There you have it. They like all that tax money that can influence Congress to use in ways they ‘approve’, but only those ways.

Sierra recently published an article about the Pittman-Robertson Act, an 80-year-old piece of legislation that directs funds from an tax on the sale of guns and ammunition to state wildlife conservation programs. Pittman-Robertson dollars fund 75 to 80 percent of state conservation programs for both game and nongame species; $1.1 billion was distributed this year alone for wildlife protection in Pittman-Robertson funds.The Sierra Club supports an assault weapons ban, stricter gun control laws including background checks, and banning lead in ammunition. At the same time, the organization’s official policy about wildlife and native plant management recognizes that lawful hunting and fishing are an acceptable strategy for the management of natural areas, as long as such hunting and fishing are based on scientific data, consistent with all other management purposes, and necessary for the protection of wildlife populations. The Sierra Club opposes all sport hunting in national parks, which are set aside for the preservation of natural landscapes and wildlife.

Why is the CDC Hiding Its Defensive Gun Use Statistics?


A lot of statistics have been thrown around in the national gun control debate. Here’s one you probably haven’t heard: in the 1990s, there were more than 2.2 million defensive gun uses each year in the United States.

That was the finding of a 1993 study (“Results from the National Self-Defense Survey,” updated in 1998) by Florida State University criminologists Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz. Their findings reveal another statistic that will shock everyone but gun owners: on average, 2.7 million adults legally carry a gun for protection—and less than one in a thousand of them are involved in gun-related crime.

Kleck and Gertz’s study was predictably lambasted by the gun control crowd, who falsely raked it over the academic coals for what they called its “huge overestimation bias” and for producing different results from the Justice Department’s National Crime Victimization surveys—apparently a thought crime.

That might have been the end of the story. But in 2015, two gun control advocates writing in POLITICO—Kevin DeFilippis and Devin Hughes—dug up criticism of the Kleck-Gertz study to frame it as a “tragic myth: that millions of gun owners successfully use their firearms to defend themselves and their families from criminals.”

But who are these “experts”? It turns out DeFilippis and Hughes are investment advisors who run an anti-gun blog—hardly qualified criminologists.

But according to Reason, new findings by the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) unearthed by Kleck in April show that the CDC quietly conducted its own surveys about defensive gun use in 1996, 1997, and 1998. The results are stunning.

“During the last 12 months,” respondents were asked, “have you confronted another person with a firearm, even if you did not fire it, to protect yourself, your property, or someone else?”

In each of the three surveys, the researchers—who carefully worded their questions to exclude occupations which involve regular gun use (e.g., police officers)—found evidence that using firearms in self-defense is more common than many would believe.

This is a devastating admission from the CDC considering that its former director, Dr. Mark Rosenberg, once opined in 1994: “We need to revolutionize the way we look at guns, like what we did with cigarettes. . . It used to be that smoking was a glamour symbol—cool, sexy, macho. Now it is dirty, deadly—and banned.”