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The figures for the number of NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) checks performed in 2015 are in. Due to his anti-gun rhetoric, Barack Obama once again holds the unofficial title of gun salesman of the year. The number of new gun sales crushed previous records and included many first-time buyers.

The good news is that it will become harder for Congress to pass any new anti-gun legislation with more and more of their constituents owning firearms—especially in an election year. The bad news is that anti-gun politicians will continue to tell lies—lies that some uninformed fence sitters may believe.

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As this is written, just a few days have passed since the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris. Predictably, Internet sites and my newsfeed on Facebook filled up with comments—some giving sound advice, others amounting to mere chest thumping. Two recurring themes were that France’s restrictive gun laws contributed to the slaughter, and the terrorists would have been stopped quickly in the United States. Don’t kid yourself. It can, and very possibly will, happen here and result in the same kind…

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I recently spent a morning walking around an indoor swap meet. I stopped at one table and was waiting to talk to the man who was selling some guns as he talked to another customer. The customer was explaining how the only shot he’d ever take in a self-defense situation was a headshot, as it would shut down the bad guy’s CSN (sic). He went on to say he’d received this advice from an “instructor.” He turned to me and…

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Whether formally declared by our “leaders” or not, make no mistake that the world is at war. Police officers have been assassinated while sitting in their patrol cars, and publishers have been murdered for having the audacity to print a caricature. And race baiters continue to drive a wedge between private citizens and peace officers while padding their own checkbooks. While the mainstream media was oh so politically correct, lumping all the gatherings together as demonstrations, there were also riots—and…

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Almost 30 years ago, my wife and I were visited by her then 66-year-old father. As a young Marine, he had served in the Pacific in World War II. Among his decorations were a Navy Cross, Silver Star, and Purple Heart. On the second day of his visit, he asked me if I would take him shooting, telling me he had brought his pistol with him on the bus and he needed some practice. His once nice neighborhood in Southern…

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Recently I was watching one of my grandsons on the playground at the local mall when a man in full camouflage (MultiCam® pattern) walked by.

By full camo, I mean everything from his cap down to even his boots. He was wearing a Hi-Point pistol in a homemade thigh rig and sported a large patch on his right shoulder that read “OPERATOR.”

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Here at S.W.A.T., we really don’t picture ourselves as being in the magazine business. We’re in the information and training business—and we endeavor to do it better than anyone else.

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