Rachel Maddow, storyteller and gun lover There's rarely any doubt where Rachel Maddow stands on an issue. She's a cable news headliner, and Rita Braver has been watching her in action ... both on the air, and off: "This is a beautiful gun." So maybe you wouldn't expect the woman wielding the Colt .45 pistol or the AR-15 rifle to be unabashedly left-leaning Rachel Maddow. "Like, I'm a real liberal, even on, like, gun safety and gun control issues," said Maddow. "That said, I think that shooting is fun, and I think that shooting ranges are an excellent place to both learn about guns and to freak your friends out!" Rachel Maddow with correspondent Rita Braver. Indeed, as the host of her own MSNBC show, Maddow delights in doing the unexpected. For example, she's credited as one of the first national journalists to spotlight the lead in drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan -- a story about which she said "it is starting to become inconceivable that no one has been jailed or impeached or recalled from office." Spooling out the story, as she usually does, in a long, impassioned monologue... "The kids of Flint, Mich., have been poisoned by a policy decision." Her goal: To make you REALLY listen. "Storytelling is fun for me," she explained. "But I also think when you're telling a good story, it sinks in more. That's a more influential way to communicate information rather than just reading the news." "So those jeans ... what you're wearing underneath [the desk]?" "It's like a mullet: it's business upstairs, party downstairs." And of course, there's the fact that in 2008 she became the first openly-gay American to host a national news [...]
http://www.northjersey.com/news/kelly-how-an-idea-for-safer-guns-lost-its-way-1.1464242 It seemed like such a great idea at the time. A nationally respected engineering university in downtown Newark set out to design a safer gun with high-tech electronic locks to prevent it from being fired by a thief or a child who found it accidentally. In Trenton, the governor even signed a law ordering New Jersey’s firearms dealers to sell only so-called smart guns once the first one hit the market. But that was 2002. Much has changed since then — some say, for the worse. The New Jersey mandate, known as the Childproof Handgun Law, is now considered a well-meaning but misguided failure that sparked a vigorous campaign by gun-rights proponents to block the sale of “smart” firearms with safety locks. The law’s Democratic supporters announced this month they want to revamp it. Meanwhile, smart guns are not available in New Jersey — or anywhere else in America — even though consumer studies suggest that as many as two-thirds of gun owners would opt for high-tech locking systems on their firearms if they were reliable. And in Newark, an ambitious, decade-long research project at the New Jersey Institute of Technology to develop just such a reliable electronic safety lock for firearms has been shut down. “The project is dead,” said Donald H. Sebastian, the NJIT administrator who emerged as one of America’s most vocal proponents of smart-gun research — and, as a result, a target of gun-rights advocates who argued NJIT was part of a conspiracy to promote more control over firearms. How did this happen? How could a project that did not aim to limit guns so much as to make them safer fall so flat with gun owners? There are many [...]
I just read an article on your range by a Bethany Mandel http://opportunitylives.com/how-one-jersey-guy-breaks-stereotypes-on-guns-in-a-deep-blue-state/ and I loved every word I read. I owe my wife a trip to her hometown of Philadelphia PA sometime and if I can work it in I would love to visit your range and do a little shooting. That being said if you ever make it out to my neck of the woods, Roscoe Texas you are absolutely welcome to come shoot with me. Thank you for what you are doing and keep up the fire. Robert U.S. Army Retired
HOW ONE JERSEY GUY BREAKS STEREOTYPES ON GUNS IN A DEEP BLUE STATE Recently, I wrote for the New York Post about an experience at a local gun range in my home state of New Jersey. In the piece, I noted the diverse participants learning with me in a class on basic pistol safety and classes. I am a stay-at-home mother, and in the class alongside me were three men interested in becoming law enforcement officers and an optometrist. Walking into the range, I noticed men, women, teens and even children walking around ready to shoot. This is not your average shooting range, which, I learned, is due to the fact that its owner is anything but average. Anthony Colandro is a 6-foot-2-inch, 230-pound Italian-American. So far, he fits the profile for a gun enthusiast, but his physical attributes are where it ends. Colandro doesn’t consider himself a Republican or a Democrat, but a political free agent. He’s a self-described health nut, dedicated to maintaining good nutrition and rigorous exercise. Colandro’s determination in the gym and in the kitchen has helped him lose over 160 pounds while also working through a painful divorce. That same determination helped him open a gun range in Northern New Jersey, one of the bluest parts of the country. Colandro started his own business as a firearms trainer in 1992 after receiving certification from the National Rifle Association. He would travel around the tri-state area, training people in the safe use of guns from as far south as Philadelphia to as far north as Westchester. In that time, he became familiar with every single gun range in the area, its positive attributes and, in his mind, many of the negatives. [...]
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Please watch this tragic story. This is why we need to restore our rights in NJ. Recallsweeney. Be there tomorrow please. Enough already.
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A Brief History of the NRA Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the National Rifle Association in 1871. The primary goal of the association would be to "promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis," according to a magazine editorial written by Church. After being granted a charter by the state of New York on November 17, 1871, the NRA was founded. Civil War Gen. Ambrose Burnside, who was also the former governor of Rhode Island and a U.S. senator, became the fledgling NRA's first president. An important facet of the NRA's creation was the development of a practice ground. In 1872, with financial help from New York State, a site on Long Island, the Creed Farm, was purchased for the purpose of building a rifle range. Named Creedmoor, the range opened a year later, and it was there that the first annual matches were held. Political opposition to the promotion of marksmanship in New York forced the NRA to find a new home for its range. In 1892, Creedmoor was deeded back to the state and NRA's matches moved to Sea Girt, New Jersey. The NRA's interest in promoting the shooting sports among America's youth began in 1903 when NRA Secretary Albert S. Jones urged the establishment of rifle clubs at all major colleges, universities and military academies. By 1906, NRA's youth program was in full swing with more than 200 boys competing in matches at Sea Girt that summer. Today, youth programs are still a cornerstone of the NRA, with more than one million youth participating in NRA shooting sports events and affiliated programs with groups such [...]
New Jersey’s first Pro-‐2nd Amendment talk show is now “The Voice of 1 MillionNew Jersey Gun Owners.” Master Firearms Trainer and Urban Defense Expert, Anthony P. Colandro and International Bestselling Author and broadcast veteran, Alexander “Sandy” Berardi share the “how to’s” and “what for’s” of legal, responsible gun ownership, and protecting your most valuable assets… yourself and your family, especially in the dangerous and crowded Urban and suburban environments we live and work in. They, and their guest experts, answer questions and give advice. They talk about the news, current events, and legislation that are important to New Jersey Gun Owners. They’ll keep you abreast of fast-‐paced changing laws, pending legislation and anti-‐ gun wackiness that can impact your right to protect and safeguard the life and safety of you and your family. They expose the veiled propaganda and “under the radar” midnight attacks against your second amendment rights from Washington, Trenton, Hollywood, the mainstream media and the powerful Anti-‐Gun Industry. And they do it all from behind the “Second Amendment Iron. Website: www.gunforhireradio.com
“Defending Freedom does not depend on someone else. It depends on each and every one of us. Our strength is a large and vocal membership that is not afraid to stand up and be counted.” —Scott L. Bach Member, NRA Board of Directors Executive Director, Assoc. of NJ Rifle & Pistol Clubs Website: www.bachbio.com
The Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the lobbying arm of the NRA. Established in 1975, ILA is committed to preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ILA’s ability to fight successfully for the rights of America’s law-abiding gun owners directly reflects the support of NRA’s nearly 5 million members—a number that has more than tripled since 1978. When restrictive “gun control” legislation is proposed at the local, state or federal level, NRA members and supporters are alerted and respond with individual letters, faxes, e-mails and calls to their elected representatives to make their views known. In 1986, the NRA and millions of gun owners nationwide applauded as the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. ILA worked for more than a decade to secure passage of that historic legislation to reform the Gun Control Act of 1968. Combined with the strong grassroots efforts of NRA members and NRA-affiliated state associations and local gun clubs, the Institute has worked vigorously to pass pro-gun reform legislation at the state level. These efforts include enacting laws that recognize the right of honest citizens to carry firearms for self-protection; preemption bills to prevent attacks on gun owner rights by local anti-gun politicians, and fighting for legislation to prevent the bankrupting of America’s firearms industry through reckless lawsuits. The Institute is also involved in educating the public about the facts concerning the many facets of firearms ownership in America. Through the distribution of millions of printed fact sheets, brochures and articles annually and the posting information and the latest news daily on its Internet site [...]
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New Jersey’s gun debate: Does the 10 round magazine limit make sense? As New Jersey lawmakers debate and eventually pass a bill setting a 10-round limit on gun magazines, a shooting occurs in Donohue’s neighborhood by a man recently released after a prison stint for two previous shootings, prompting him to question whether lawmakers are really on the right track in their efforts to curb gun violence. (Video by Brian Donohue / The Star-Ledger) By Brian Donohue/The Star-Ledger It's not often I agree with the pro-gun crowd. I'm a surfer not a shooter. And one look at many of the positions the National Rifle Association has taken, like its opposition to safe storage laws, and I start hearing the sound of cuckoo birds in my head. But unlike the partisans who make our laws, I spend my time (and video footage) trying to find common ground with those I generally disagree with. Even if it means a trip outside my comfort zone (ie the shooting range) for my first time. This time, as I watched the New Jersey legislature pass a bill outlawing gun magazines containing more than 10 rounds, it was easy. Check out the video and let me know what you think in the comments section below. Click to watch the video
After a year-long push by families of children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre, a bill to reduce the permitted size of ammunition magazines in New Jersey took an important step today. The state Senate’s Law and Public Safety Committee today voted 3-2 along party lines to approve the legislation (A2006), which lowers the allowed size from 15 rounds to 10. The bill has been kicking around the Legislature since 2012 as one of several dozen pushed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Ct. But while it has already passed the Assembly twice, this is the first time it has advanced in the state Senate. “Large capacity magazines are not needed for hunting or for self defense. They are used to claim as many victims as possible, as fast as possible,” said state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), the bill’s sponsor. “If a gunman has to stop and reload, it offers a critical window of time to take down the shooter.” Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), who faced re-election last year in a relatively conservative district, refused to put the bill up for a vote last year. But Sweeney said he changed his mind after parents of 6- to 7-year-olds killed in the Newtown school shooting personally lobbied him. To become law, the bill – which the Assembly passed 46-31 in March – must pass the full Senate and be signed by Gov. Chris Christie. Although Christie has not taken a position on the bill, he noted at a March town hall meeting that he had vetoed more bills than any governor since at least 1947. Gun rights advocates vastly outnumbered gun control supporters at the committee hearing, with about 100 [...]
Check Out Chasing New Jersey's Video about Anthony P. Colandro, Gun For Hire CEO stand for New Jersey's Gun rights. My9 New Jersey Woodland Park, New Jersey (My9NJ) -After the hearing Monday on the controversial ten-round magazine law, many gun owners became enraged over the fact that they could quickly become felons if their firearms hold more than ten bullets. Anthony Colandro owns the Gun For Hire gun range in Woodland Park, New Jersey and he says that if the proposed law passes, 40% of his rental guns will be illegal and he’ll become an immediate criminal for owning them. Colandro also says that his customers are concerned about this law and don’t understand why they’re being targeted. “My customers which are all law-abiding citizens, cause you have to have a firearms ID card, they’re all disgusted, they can’t believe that they’re being put in this position and that they’re going to be made felons. It’s quite disheartening and in a state that you grew up in and you love and you pay taxes, to have our legislatures just make me a felon,” he explained. One of the reasons behind the magazine limit law was allegedly that the “bad guys” would have to stop to reload and that could save lives. But Colandro questioned that after showing that even a novice shooter could reload pretty quickly. He is afraid that past stereotypes are what are driving these changes. “We’re not all old white guys clinging to our guns and our bible, it’s not about that anymore those days are long gone,” Colandro said. He feels that more supporters would back this law if they added one addition to the proposal that would state, “In the [...]
Star Ledger features Anthony P. Colandro's Speech at the 2A Rally.