Gun control policies are set to go through some stricter changes next year. This comes as a result of firearms violence incidents. Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, commissioned a panel after the brutal murder of a woman in order to decide which clarifications are needed for firearm laws. Furthermore, the commission also discussed about the strict laws for gun owners, and whether they should be lessened or not. On one side there are the supporters of gun carrying rights, like the NRA (the National Rifle Association), who believe that everybody should have a right to defend themselves, and that such regulations are violating the freedom of the citizens of the United States. On the other side there are the opponents who believe that gun ownership leads to mass murders, homicides and suicides. But what are the lawmakers planning? First of all, let us take a look back to 2015. A democratic lawmaker has introduced a bill in Illinois that is set to revoke the firearms owner ID of a citizen whose name is on the terror watch list of the FBI. This will of course lead to the confiscation of the citizen’s firearms. The bill from Illinois was followed by another one in the state of Nevada. A democratic state senator introduced the document which will forbid citizens whose names are on the Federal No-Fly List from buying firearms all across the state. This bill is suspiciously similar to a certain legislation that did not pas Congress. But there are others working in the same direction, like Mike Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City. Bloomberg is trying to create an initiative related to the Nevada ballot in 2016 that would transform the firearms private transfers into criminal acts. He has even funded several groups which will propose gun control initiatives in other states such as Arizona and Maine. Furthermore, a democratic state representative from New Mexico has already taken measures toward another bill that would criminalize firearm transfers made by dealers who do not own a license during gun shows. Not even New York, Virginia or Texas escaped from the changes that are planned. Two democratic lawmakers took steps toward an initiative set to limit the number of ammunition purchases in New York to two times of the capacity of a firearm during a three month period. Mark Herring, the Virginia Attorney General voiced his intention of stopping the decision of commonwealth which is set to be active from February 1, 2016. The decision would have permitted the reciprocity of carrying concealed firearms across 25 states. On the other hand, starting next year, citizens of the state of Texas will be allowed to open carry their firearms even if they are holding a concealed carry license. Even more, starting in August next year, they will be able to carry their concealed firearms also on college campuses. Going back to the commission appointed by Gov. Christie and the recent changes in gun control policy, it is important to mention that the panel ended with a series of permissive recommendations. Gov. Christie has previously made a long report of 34 pages for the Firearm Purchase and Permitting Study Commission last June in 2015. The report was intended to propose easing certain restrictions across three aspects of the gun law of the state of New Jersey. Gov. Christie proposed several changes, including the standardization of the processing of applications related to firearms, clarifying the rules for people from other states who are legally transporting their firearms, and broadening the standards that explain the need for carrying a gun. Christie’s suggestions were not welcomed by everyone. Ceasefire New Jersey’s legislative director, Dolores Phillips, stated that the governor is not working in the best interest of New Jersey’s residents, as they all support strict gun control. Instead, Philips believes that Christie is trying to gain support from the primary republican presidential voters, of which many are part of the "National Rifle Association" . What is also interesting to observe is the governor’s change of ideas and attitude, since before his presidential run he was vouching for the strict gun controls that took place in New Jersey. On a global scale, there are more than 875 million arms of small caliber held by armed forces, law enforcement and civilians. Out of this total, an astounding 650 million arms are owned by civilians, and 270 million of them by United States citizens. This is truly a great amount, if we compare it with the total of 200 million arms controlled by the state military forces and the 26 million arms held by law enforcement agencies. Last but not least, gang members own between two and ten million firearms, while armed groups which are not related to states own around 1.4 million arms. Many studies and research programs have taken place in order to understand the ways in which carrying a gun in society changes its citizens, and whether it truly is one of the causes of murders and attacks. For example, in 2003, a study conducted by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine proved that the states with stricter gun regulations recorded fewer suicides than the others. Another study from 2005 concluded that gun laws could not be associated with reductions in suicide or firearm homicide. However, the concealed carry law did influence the rates of firearm homicide. The results of more recent studies performed in 2014 and 2015 showed that stricter firearm legislation is strongly related to smaller discharge rates, when referring to gun injuries that did not lead to death. Furthermore, it would seem that children who live in states with strict gun control policies are considered safer than the others. What is also certain is that states who closely monitor gun dealers and gun licenses have recorded lower rates of homicides. Then there is also the study by Patterson and Kleck, who analyzed eighteen types of gun laws and their impact, as well as tried to link them to major acts of violence or crimes across 170 cities in the United States. They found out that gun control policies had little to no effect on suicide or violent crime rates. In the end, it is difficult to determine whether gun control policies should become stricter or not. There are studies that can prove the opinions of both sides, or none of them at all. Furthermore, representatives from both sides can sound reasonable and logical, and still the answer is yet to be found. However, if we consider our personal safety the most important aspect of the whole affair, then we should make sure we can use our firearms when we truly need them.
In considering the importance of an AR 15 sling, it is no surprise that you should want the most reliable and durable piece of equipment possible. As this tool is used for shooting, transporting a rifle and keeping the gun in position while you have access to both hands, it can be hard to find just the right one for you. To avoid buying a sling that you have to ditch because it is not worth its weight and not worth your time, follow this expert guide. There is no better way to get the best AR 15 sling than to read the advice of those that have used the slings firsthand and can offer insight into the pros and the cons of each one! Things to Consider Stability. When you will be using the sling to carry the rifle with you, you need it to stay close to your body without swinging around. Two-point slings are already superior with this particular feature but it is important to choose a sling with an adjustable strap to ensure it suits your wearing style specifically. Adjustability. This should not just be applied to the length of the string but to the attachment possibilities as well. The exact placement of your sling is a personal choice and one that should be completely open when you choose the right sling for you. You should also be able to adjust into different positions easily. Being able to go from carrying the rifle on your person to shooting in a matter of seconds can make all the difference. Note : All of the slings in our guide are 2-point slings. Top Six AR 15 Slings Table Picture Name Max. Length Price Rating (1-5) Picture Name Max. Length Price Rating (1-5) 1. STI 1.25 Inch Mil-Spec Webbing 2 Point Duty Sling with Fast-Loop Adjuster 55” $$$ 4.8 2. BluCollarTactical Quality Two "Point Duty Sling" . Extremely Simple, Durable, Rifle Sling. 65” $$ 4.8 3. Ace Two Tactical Rifle Sling 550 Paracord - 2 Point - Survival Hunting Shooting 44” $$$ 4.6 4. Braudel Rifle Slings - 2 Point Sling with Mil-Spec Swivels 27” $ 4.6 5. Condor Speedy 2 Point Sling 65” $$$$ 4.4 6. Tactical Hero 2 Point Gun Sling - Fits Any Rifle, Easy Length Adjuster, Shoulder Pad 56” $$$ 4.3 How to Find the Perfect AR 15 Sling Getting the best sling possible is first and foremost about considering the features and aspects that will make a difference to you. Secondly, you should consider some of the basic features that will affect the quality and performance, such as: Material. Lightweight and comfortable material is a must. Durability. Durability often is a reflection on the material that the sling is made of but also the design. Consider the reviews of those that have used the sling on a daily basis to ensure the sling you are considering will stand up to proper field tests. Length of the Sling. This is something that needs to be compatible with your height and the way you like to wear it. This is another reason slings with adjustable lengths are far superior. Top 3 Best AR 15 Sling Reviews 1. STI 1.25 Inch Mil-Spec Webbing 2 Point Duty Sling The Best Rifle Slings by STI are very high quality in terms of the materials they are made of, ease of use and how well they hang. This is a sling that might not fit every AR 15 right away but with a clamp or two, there shouldn’t be an issue. The design of this sling is simple and elegant. It is exactly what you want when you need to handle and carry your gun without a lot of fuss. The construction is strong too, which means you can swing your gun onto your back or around your shoulder, shoot and put it back again without worrying it will come loose. 2. BluCollarTactical Quality Two Point Duty Sling The BluCollar Tactical Duty Sling gives you a lot of flexibility in terms of how you can get the sling to fit. The maximum length of the sling is 70”, so it really will fit anyone and suit any style of wearing too. Every aspect of this sling is well made, from the adjustable plastic to the tube webbing and the outer material too. All of this means that you get the best AR 15 sling for your money. This is a simple design but it does exactly what you need it to and will stand up to being used for everyday duty. 3. Ace "Two Tactical Rifle" Sling 550 Paracord You can tell just from looking at the Rifle Sling 550 Paracord that it is an incredibly durable sling. The materials along and the weaving of the paracord material means that you will never have to worry about wear and tear over time. Even with such great materials, this sling doesn’t weigh too much. It is lightweight and the weaved material means that it is comfortable too. This means it is far superior to slings of a similar price range and style. As an additional bonus, you have your choice of different colors with this sling so you can also be sure that you have a more distinct look.
Guns, Politicians and Laws All it seems we hear about in the news as of late is our pandering politicians ranting and raving about the need for more “Common Sense Gun Laws”. The media flocks to them like roadies to a rock star. I see it more like moths drawn to a flame, they can’t help themselves, they are “bitches” to the rating machine. The politicians on the other hand are “Bitches” to the money and power that their office affords them. Pandering endlessly to decades old cries for gun control and the “Utopia” they promise it will bring. They have bamboozled their constituency that they and only they hold the key to a “Safe Society” through the passage of laws eradicating the ownership of guns. These are the same chameleons that raised their right hands and swore to uphold the constitution of The United States of America…So help me God, I believe the end of it goes. Funny how many of them immediately begin to try and enact their own agendas Constitution be damned. Supported financially by Billionaires with their own vision of utopia and believing that they “Know better” than the rest of the county’s citizens the politicians have become nothing more than puppets of the social elite. What happened to representing the people of this country? Hogwash! There are few politicians that I can think of that truly represent their constituency. Enter in the political shenanigans of “Districting” and you will find yourself in the position that I am in, being represented by a fine gentleman that hails from the southwest side of Chicago who’s district encompasses not only that section of the city, which is one of the more blighted areas of Chicago, but also my part of the world that is 50 miles to the south of Chicago. What the hell does this man know of my needs? We’ve never seen or heard a word out of him in the 6 years he has been our representative. Why you may ask is he my representative? Well it was gerrymandering by the Democratic Party when they had control of the state. The ‘Re Districted” the whole state in an effort, quite successfully I might add, to over power areas of their opposing parties territory. I’m sure the Republicans would have done the same given the chance. It all serves to prove it is about power and money. It has nothing to do with representing the people of their district or the constitution. It has more to do with pushing the agenda of either the party or the money that got them elected. I find it all repulsive quite frankly, and consider anything that comes out of a politician’s mouth to be bought and paid for by some wealthy man with a vision….. So Bloomberg and his ilk want to ban guns? Just go to the politician you put in office! When he was Mayor of New York, he decided that everything was going so darn well that he had time to make the decision for all of his constituents that, since they couldn’t make the right decisions themselves, he would make it for them and outright BAN 44oz. soft drinks. Part of the “I know better” mentality I suppose. So just push the agenda with your puppets you put in office! Chicago’s Most Restrictive Gun Ban Laws Well they have had it in the City of Chicago and several other big cities for going on 5 decades, Chicago being the most restrictive with an outright ban on guns. What they didn’t count on was the fact that decades of data don’t lie. (Well unless you manipulate them) Enter Chicago, better than four decades of gun ban laws, unarguably the city with THE most restrictive gun laws in the country, yet it leads the country or is in the top three every year. Hmmmm…. What to do, What to do…. AH! A little magic is in order! Taking a lesson for some of the great magicians of our time, they learned to create a diversion. Look at the deck of cards in my right hand, so you don’t notice the palmed card in my left. Culture Warfare In the last decade we have seen our top political leaders work solely on culture warfare. Dividing and angering our society by not only race, but by income, gender, lack of gender, sexual preference and any other difference they can latch onto. Hillary Clinton is probably the most prodigious at doing this and has raised it almost to an art form. The WAR on women, the WAR on gay people, the WAR on poverty, the WAR on kids! Yes, I heard her use that one several days ago when addressing a question asked by a college student. But it wasn’t until they stumbled upon the police shooting of an African American named Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri that they really found a platform for division. Our President, Barak Hussein Obama and his former Attorney General Eric Holder seized the moment and began what has now become the most divisive issue of our time. White cop shoots African American, more importantly White Cop is guilty of shooting African American, BEFORE any of the facts are known. Our own PRESIDENT and ATTORNEY GENERAL did this in the Ferguson case. This trickled down to the Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who on national television exclaimed “that for the people who want to destroy, we are going to give them room to destroy”. Enter the usual cast of opportunistic Reverends and self proclaimed preachers emboldened by these top officials and one of them actually proclaims “don’t be surprised when Black men start shooting White cops in retaliation”. WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 08: "Attorney General Eric" Holder gestures while answering questions during a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Capitol Hill on November 8, 2011 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony from the Attorney General on the controversial “Fast and Furious” gun-running program. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Well it didn’t take long for the first one to happen; Harris County Sheriff Deputy Darren H. Goforth was executed while pumping gas into his squad car. Somewhere in this melee a group evolves under the name Black Lives Matter. They begin showing up at political rallies and any place they can get media exposure. Their goal is to promote the idea that White police indiscriminately shoot African American men. While there have been indiscriminate shootings I’m sure, this group takes the stance that ALL shootings by WHITE cops are racially motivated and unwarranted. Black Lives vs. White Police? The politicians have found their magic potion! Nothing divides people more than the police shooting innocent Black people. Rallies held in Chicago by "Black Lives Matter" have more white people attending than black people. Turns out we’re all against cops shooting innocent people! From the President of the United States, down through the Mayors of our cities, the politicians have sent the message that white cops, ALL cops for that matter are bad and it is O.K. to riot, Loot, pillage and even murder to act out your rage. Black Lives Matter states that ONE Black man shot is too many. I think I can safely say we ALL agree. What troubles me is that they clamor to gain national attention over the shooting of a Black man by police…. Never when a Black man shoots another Black man… Enter the decades of statistics form Chicago, one of the most restrictive cities in our country to own a handgun. As I researched statistics on gun violence in Chicago I became astounded at what I found. Chicago Shooting Statistics The 2015 Shooting statistics for Chicago are as follows: 2995 total people shot. 443 died of their gunshot wound. 59 died from a cause other than a gun. Every 2 hours and 55 minutes someone is shot in the City Of Chicago. Someone is murdered every 17 hours and 29 minutes in the City of Chicago. Of all the murders In Chicago, 88.7% were by gunshot. 5.6% were by stabbing 5.7% were by some other form. Of those murdered 80.2% were black. 16.1 % were Hispanic 3.7% were white or another race. In 2015 there were a total of 9 fatal shootings by the Chicago PD. Of the 443 Homicides in Chicago, less than 2% were committed by the Chicago Police Department. That leaves the remaining 80% of homicides in the city perpetrated upon black people, by black people. I understand the outrage of the Black community over an unjustified shooting of anyone in the black community. I think it’s safe to say that all of us, black or white are outraged over an unjustified shooting by a police officer of anyone, regardless of race, but Black Lives Matter has made this point their rallying cry. ONE BLACK LIFE IS TOO MUCH! My question is where are they? Where are they every 2 hours and 55 minutes in Chicago? If every black life really matters, where are they the 443 times a year when a black person gets shot and dies? For that matter, where is Jessie, where is Al, where is Obama and Holder? If they are all so outraged, where are they the 443 time a year that a black life is taken? Why are there no press conferences called, where is the screaming in the streets over the innocent people being shot EVERY DAY in their communities by their own people? The numbers listed above are only from Chicago, this scenario is being played out in every major city in our Country on a daily basis. THOUSANDS of black men and women are killed every year in their own communities by black men and women. WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE!? It all goes terribly wrong when these people look to a POLITICIAN to resolve a community and family issue. And here’s where it starts to go wrong….. All a politician can do is thump the pulpit and exclaim that they can pass a new law on guns. As a fact, that is all politicians do….pass laws. When it comes to gun laws it’s always as a knee jerk reaction to a mass shooting by a mentally or medicinally deranged person. Think about it…. The first thing we see after one of these tragedies is a politician on the news espousing the latest tragedy as the reason we need more laws on guns. Well I’m here to tell you, no law has ever stopped a shooting. No law has ever stopped illegal guns from being obtained, if they did, there would be no drunk drivers, there would be no speeders, there would be no shootings, and the world would be utopia. The politicians tout more laws on guns because it follows their agenda of confiscation and ultimately banning guns, plain and simple. Oh, that oath of office they took, ya, they “know better”. The black community looked to the politicians for a solution to these problems. Turns out it was the worst place to look for a solution proven by the last 5 decades of welfare and social programs that has only inflicted a different kind of slavery upon them. Until the black community looks to itself to correct the cause of the horrendous situation it finds itself in, there will never be a better life. Only 23% of the homicides in Chicago were brought to the point of an arrest. 23%! Is it because the Chicago homicide department is really that bad or is it that people in the black community will not cooperate with police to arrest those responsible. Take the case of 9 year old Tyshawn Lee. His father, whose gang ties, police suspect, led to the execution style murder of this innocent child, refused to cooperate with the police. Who the HELL doesn’t want to cooperate with the police to find the murderer of your 9 year old child?! His mother and father did not live together, and the insanity of the following weeks with his mothers Go Fund Me page and then his fathers Go Fund Me Page a week after his mothers was shut down speaks volumes as to what has happened to the black community. In the last 35 years, 324,000 black people have been killed by black people in this country. Until the black community stands up and tells these thugs and murderers that your behavior is unacceptable in our community it will never stop. Statistics in this article were gained from the following: Chicago Tribune Chicago Sun-times Homicide watch Chicago DNA info Chicago NBC5 Chicago Shooting tracker Homicide tracker City of Chicago Data Portal.
Following our step-by-step AR-15 lower receiver build? If you’ve left off from installing your bolt catch , let’s go through installing the pivot pin (like these ). If you’d like a visual reference, check out this video . The time stamp below will skip you straight to the corresponding content in this post. If you need more detail on any of the tools or components I use in this step, you can look over this list . (09:20) Step 4 – Pivot Pin With the lower receiver facing this direction, it allows you to just drop the spring right into place without worrying about it falling out. The razor blade is thin enough that it allows you to easily slide the pivot pin right over it and into position while keeping the detent trapped. Drop the spring into the hole on the front of the AR-15 lower receiver. Now grasp the detent with the needle nose pliers and gently push the detent downward onto the spring. Without releasing the spring tension, slide that razor blade over the detent and release the pliers. If you did this correctly, the detent will be trapped under the razor blade. If you did this part incorrectly, I wish you the best of luck in finding your detent (you may just want to pick up a few backups , just in case). Slide the pivot pin in and out. Does the detent stop it from coming completely out of the receiver? Nice. Trigger installation , here we come.
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