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February 18, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Take a look at this. It’s from the 2013 Aspen Ideas meeting:

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If you haven’t heard of the Aspen meeting, it’s one of those gatherings of the high and mighty around the world, UN heavyweights and Hollywood nitwits and politicians with big government causes, like Giffords.

Here’s the text from that screenshot:

Two and a half years ago, Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly had their lives changed forever by a madman with an arsenal of deadly weapons. Today, the former congresswoman and the former astronaut discuss what it’s like to take on one of the most complicated issues in America—and one of the most difficult political challenges of our time. Giffords and Kelly will discuss how the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School drove them to commit themselves, personally and professionally, to reducing gun violence in America—by working toward common sense solutions that respect our Second Amendment rights and traditions of gun ownership. They will share what the first few months of their new organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, have yielded, what it feels like to be public figures again, and what the future holds, in terms of keeping our communities safer and building a political movement that reflects the diversity of our great country. Underwritten by PepsiCo.

Giffords’ group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, proffers “solutions” to gun violence that would not solve anything, such as mandating background checks among private sellers at gun shows. They use fuzzy logic to support this measure.

[T]here is a gaping hole in our laws that allow criminals and others to go to “private sellers” at gun shows, on the internet, and elsewhere to buy guns with no background check, no questions asked. Commonly referred to as the private sales loophole or “gun show loophole,” this failure in our public safety policy has allowed up to 40 percent of all gun transfers to take place without a background check.

In practice, this means that those wishing to purchase a gun have two easily available options – a federally licensed seller that will require a background check and an unlicensed seller that won’t. Not surprisingly, 80 percent of criminal inmates in a Department of Justice survey said they got their guns through private means – no background check necessary.

Do criminal inmates always tell the truth? Where is the link between how criminals get their guns “privately,” and gun shows? Giffords’ site doesn’t demonstrate that such a link exists.

Giffords uses an old statistic — “40 percent of all gun transfers take place without a background check” — which has been debunked.

The bolded line from the Aspen Ideas site above prompted the folks at TheTruthAboutGuns to call PepsiCo for an answer. An answer has not been forthcoming.

I called PepsiCo (1-800-433-2652) to see what’s what. “That is absolutely outrageous,” Customer Service Rep Hannah said. “We would never do something like that.” After spending an Internet eon on hold listening to the audio history of Pepsi jingles, Hannah transferred me to her supervisor, Elise Galgano. “PepsiCo doesn’t sponsor any gun control-related event,” she told me. “I’ll pass this along to my boss and get back to you.”

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell’s role alongside Giffords is a nice touch. Mitchell, whose show engineered smears of Republican Mitt Romney during the 2012 election, may be the most unethical reporter at MSNBC, which is saying something.

PepsiCo brands are numerous and difficult to avoid, should you want to avoid them.

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Pepsi earned criticism in 2009 for aligning its branding and rhetoric too closely to the Obama campaign’s look and feel.

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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The funny thing is: there ARE "commonsense solutions", some of which are quite straightforward and quite easy. I'm referring to policies about guns that WOULD increase public safety. For example --

- We could reduce (or eliminate) "gun free zones", also known as Target-Rich Environments. That's where the mass shootings have been. If mass shooters seek out gun-free zones, then it should be evident that gun-free zones don't work... so is it not common sense to eliminate them?

- We could make it easier for a person with a legal gun license to carry across state lines. I went to considerable trouble and expense to get a license in Massachusetts, one of the strictest states in the nation... but no neighboring state (except Vermont) will honor it. If I choose to carry a gun, to protect myself and my family, I dare not step across an imaginary line while doing so. Does this not defy common sense?

One could argue that what we really need is a Federal statute, establishing some minimum criteria for gun ownership nationwide. It turns out that we have such a statute... it's called the Second Amendment.

LEGAL GUN OWNERS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM. The United States has tens of millions of them, and the vast majority of them -- over 99% -- have never committed a crime with their guns, and never will.
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Bourbon.
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"Not surprisingly, 80 percent of criminal inmates in a Department of Justice survey said they got their guns through private means – no background check necessary."

That's correct; "Private means" is a term that includes theft, purchases from other criminals, and using "straw" buyers. And no law is going to successfully mandate background checks for these sources, ever. In fact, studies show that criminals almost NEVER obtain their guns from gun shows.
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If memory serves Mr. Giffords was caught on camera after his wife was shot in a gun store filling out the paperwork and yes getting the background check to buy an AR-15 rifle and .45 semi auto pistol. When confronted he whined that he was "demonstrating" how "easy" it was for bad guys to get guns. Don't know if he ever went back and picked them up after the waiting period......
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First Coke with their absurd Super Bowl ad, people singing "America the Beautiful" in Swahili or something, now Pepsi. I think this is all part of Bloomberg's plot to reduce cola consumption.
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Corporations are under great pressure to sell products and make money. If they can buy peace with donations and deference to liberal interest groups, then they will do it. It is not unlike rich Mexicans who pay off local Mafias in order to prevent their own kidnapping. Less affluent businessmen face a much more uncertain fate.
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I saw the 80% statistic and I decided to do some research. After about 2 minutes of searching I found the DOJ study she referenced. Here is the link.

http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fuo.pdf

I found this on the first page.

• In 1997 among State inmates
possessing a gun, fewer than 2%
bought their firearm at a flea market
or gun show, about 12% from a retail
store or pawnshop, and 80% from
family, friends, a street buy, or an
illegal source.

Kinda defeats her point now doesn't it?
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Regarding snack foods, as I am blessed to live in Pennsylvania I can avoid the salted cardboard that comes via the Lays brand and enjoy Wise, Herrs and Utz.

Also, I always was a Coke guy (and not in the way of Barry O.)

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I think I'm going to start a crusade to bringing the Second Amendment to Mexico. Let's stop arming drug lords and start arming citizens who want to be left alone.
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You'll have to take my Cheetos from my cold. dead hands.
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Try the 99 Cent Store - I have found options to name brand snack foods and many other products that compare favorably with the name-brands at much less cost.

Why support companies like Coke, Pepsi, General Motors etc. that espouse and undewrite opinions and broadcast advertisements that Americans do not embrace?

I have vowed never to buy another Coke or GM product following their SuperBowl ads and now PepsiCo products are on that list. (In reality Royal Crown Cola tastes better than Coke/Pepsi and is now the brand to buy)
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Hmmmm...I may smell a Sharpton-Jackson style shakedown here...
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The funny thing is: there ARE "commonsense solutions", some of which are quite straightforward and quite easy. I'm referring to policies about guns that WOULD increase public safety. For example --

- We could reduce (or eliminate) "gun free zones", also known as Target-Rich Environments. That's where the mass shootings have been. If mass shooters seek out gun-free zones, then it should be evident that gun-free zones don't work... so is it not common sense to eliminate them?

- We could make it easier for a person with a legal gun license to carry across state lines. I went to considerable trouble and expense to get a license in Massachusetts, one of the strictest states in the nation... but no neighboring state (except Vermont) will honor it. If I choose to carry a gun, to protect myself and my family, I dare not step across an imaginary line while doing so. Does this not defy common sense?

One could argue that what we really need is a Federal statute, establishing some minimum criteria for gun ownership nationwide. It turns out that we have such a statute... it's called the Second Amendment.

LEGAL GUN OWNERS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM. The United States has tens of millions of them, and the vast majority of them -- over 99% -- have never committed a crime with their guns, and never will.
8 weeks ago
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"Not surprisingly, 80 percent of criminal inmates in a Department of Justice survey said they got their guns through private means – no background check necessary."

That's correct; "Private means" is a term that includes theft, purchases from other criminals, and using "straw" buyers. And no law is going to successfully mandate background checks for these sources, ever. In fact, studies show that criminals almost NEVER obtain their guns from gun shows.
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