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KSRA Shooting Team Takes Second Place!

Ask the Right Questions By Former Congressman Todd Tiahrt



KSRA Shooting Team Takes Second Place!

On Sunday, October 1st, KSRA sponsored the Second Annual Mid-America Boy Scout Sporting Clays Classic at Camp Naish in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Hodgdon Powder took first place by one bird, while the KSRA team came in a close 2nd. The KSRA team is pictured below with the plaque and individual trophies they were awarded.

Thank you for representing KSRA gentlemen and congratulations!

Shooting Team

From Left to Right: Chris Hopkins, Steve Taylor, Jim Scott, and Bob Stoneking.

Ask the Right Questions By Former Congressman Todd Tiahrt

American’s are furious about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF’s) undercover program, “Fast and Furious”. Little is known of the programs origin, including the author, date of conception, scope of operations and who, if anybody authorized the agenda. Even Congressional oversight Committees have been stiff armed from the answers to these questions. But was it part of some grander design?

Like the origins of the earth, the birth of this program remains a mystery. The facts haven’t been revealed. We know that the ATF was involved thanks to the courage of ATF agent John Dodson who risked his career to “blow the whistle” on the Fast and Furious program. But was it cleared through the Department of Justice (DOJ) prior to the start of this risky, controversial program? One would think that would be the case.

Perhaps the “when” is more interesting? Was it conceived by the political appointees of this Administration? The timing of the origins of the program may be enlightening.

Do you believe in coincidences? In the spring on of 2009 the new Attorney General Eric Holder approached Congress for changes to the Tiahrt Trace Data Amendment to the Commerce, Justice and State Appropriations Bill. The Tiahrt Trace Data Amendment protects the privacy of undercover officers and private citizens when they purchase a firearm by restricting the information tracing ownership from manufacture to final purchase, including home addresses, unless a crime has been committed. Trace data is then shared with the police organizations and prosecutors.

The request by AG Holder, to share firearms trace data was accepted printed in the bill, “(2) a foreign law enforcement agency solely in connection with or for use in a criminal investigation or prosecution;” Once signed into law, it became effective immediately.

This request was surprising considering Candidate Obama’s called for the repeal of the Tiahrt Trace Data even listing his position of repeal on his campaign website. According to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an organization created and funded by NY City Mayor Michael Bloomberg the White House still seeks this goal. On their website, they write, “The Obama Administration supports repeal of the Tiahrt Amendments: "Obama and Biden would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment…-White House Urban Policy Agenda”. Contrarily, President Obama re-affirmed the Tiahrt Trace Data Amendment when his signature made it the law of the land.

Why sign into law the Tiahrt Trace Data Amendment with clarification language to share trace data with foreign law enforcement agencies at approximately the same time that “Fast and Furious” program illegally allows firearms to cross the border into a foreign country?

The contradiction of calling for repeal the legislation that protects the privacy of undercover police officers and firearms owners and then signing it into law creates a conundrum.

Was the purpose clarified by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in their July 6, 2011 letter signed by Mayor Bloomberg? “Mayors Against Illegal Guns to urge you to repeal the appropriations riders commonly referred to as the “Tiahrt Amendments”.

Until Congress asks the right questions the connection of the origins of the “Fast and Furious” program and the sought after changes to the Tiahrt Trace Data Amendment will remain a mystery.

Todd Tiahrt is currently the president of Todd Tiahrt, LLC, he was a Member of Congress from 1995 to 2011. He currently serves as a Director on the board of the Kansas State Rifle Association


Voters in Kansas went to the polls on November 2nd and voted overwhelmingly to declare that Article 4 of the Kansas Constitution should clearly state that it is an individual right to bear arms!

Voters decided with 710,255 votes (89% of votes cast) that our Kansas Constitution should be changed to insure that every law abiding individual has the right to bear arms in Kansas. What a great victory!

While we are enjoying such a landslide victory, we do have to ask ourselves why 11% of the voters (91,004) did not think that this right should be declared in our constitution. We still have lots of work to do to try to educate these folks so that they understand the importance of this Second Amendment right.

Thank you to all those that supported this effort and turned out to vote! How exciting to see another great victory for the Second Amendment in Kansas!

This vote sets a record for the largest majority vote ever recorded for a Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment in America.

The previous record was set in 1986 when West Virginia voters approved their Constitutional Amendment with a 83.6% approval.

The people of Kansas have spoken- loud and clear!


Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Fairfax, Va. -- The NRA is challenging federal laws that prohibit law-abiding Americans eighteen through twenty years of age from legally purchasing a handgun through a federally licensed firearm dealer. The case was filed Tuesday evening in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas Lubbock Division. James D'Cruz of Lubbock, TX is the plaintiff in this case.

"In Heller and McDonald, the U.S. Supreme Court clearly stated that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms for all law-abiding Americans," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA's Institute for Legislative Action. "That right is not limited only to Americans twenty-one years of age and older. Indeed, throughout our nation's history, adults beginning at age eighteen have served in the military and fought for this country with honor. But while the Supreme Court has consistently made clear that the federal government cannot ban or unduly restrict sales of items protected by the Constitution, the federal government continues to prohibit these adults from purchasing handguns from federally licensed dealers, which represent the largest and most accessible means of purchasing handguns."

The suit asserts: "At eighteen years of age, law-abiding citizens in this country are considered adults for almost all purposes and certainly for the purposes of the exercise of fundamental constitutional rights. Indeed, at eighteen, citizens are eligible (and male citizens could be conscripted) to serve in the military-to fight and die by arms for the country. Yet, Section 922(b)(1) prohibits law-abiding adults in this age group from lawfully purchasing -- from the most prevalent and readily available source -- what the Supreme Court has called "the quintessential self-defense weapon" and "the most popular weapon chosen by Americans for self-defense in the home."

The plaintiff, Mr. D'Cruz, is well-trained in the proper handling and use of firearms, including handguns. His initial training was with his grandfather, a World War II veteran, who wanted his grandchildren to understand the proper and safe techniques for use and storage of firearms. Mr. D'Cruz received further training from his father and as a member of the Navy Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. During his junior and senior years of high school, Mr. D'Cruz was a member of the JROTC's marksmanship team, and as member of that team has competed in regional and national marksmanship competitions. Mr. D'Cruz received numerous awards, including a first place medal for marksmanship, in a regional competition. Mr. D'Cruz also received a Foreign Legion unit award for marksmanship.

The case is D'Cruz v. BATFE.

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