WOS Article: Pro-Sportsmen Bill Passes U.S. Senate

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A major pro-sportsmen bill was passed in the U.S. Senate on April 20, 2016.

The Bipartisan Sportsmen Act of 2016 was overwhelming passed in the U.S. on April 20, 2016 with a 85-12 vote.

The bill was lauded by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a trade association for the firearms industry best known for putting on SHOT Show. They praised it as a step in the right direction to ensuring and enhancing the rights of anglers, hunters, and shooting sports enthusiasts.

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WOS Article: People Buy Guns For Self-Defense

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An April 13th poll suggests that Americans overwhelmingly buy firearms for self-defense purposes. 

A new Rasmussen Reports poll released on April 13, 2016 found that voters believe their fellow law-abiding Americans are buying guns for self-defense purposes.

Off those polled, 66% believe self-defense is the main driving force for people purchasing firearms. 5% polled from that same study think Americans purchase guns to commit criminal acts, while 1% says gun purchases are job related. 22% of those polled for this survey believe people bought firearms for purposes other than self-defense.

The study also found that 44% percent of Americans believe it’s too easy to purchase firearms in the United States, while 11% say it’s too difficult. 36% percent see no difficulty in obtaining firearms.

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WOS Article: 5 Virginia Parks To Visit This Week

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Here are the five best parks to visit in the Commonwealth of Virginia this week. 

The National Park Service (NPS) will be turning 100 this August 25, 2016. Affiliated parks, monuments, and points of interests under the NPS banner, including those here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, will be celebrating. From April 16-24, 2016, National Parks from across the country will open their doors for free.

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TWT Column: Doctors

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ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Owning a firearm is a personal choice and right afforded to us by the Second Amendment, not a symptom of a disease.

Some doctors have joined the crusade to impose greater restrictions on firearms in this country under the guise of public health. Why? Patients who own firearms, they assert, must have a predilection to act violently and dangerously toward children and others.

Instead of getting triggered by law-abiding gun owners who pose no immediate threat to the public, why don’t these doctors focus their efforts on actual medical issues?

There are two recent instances affirming this dangerous trend. One instance involves doctors requiring patients with children to confess gun ownership to them, while the other instance involves medical professionals lobbying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct studies favorable to gun control.

 

Continue reading at Washington Times.

WOS Article: Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population Grew 35% Last Year

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A new study suggests blue crabs from the Chesapeake Bay Shed are seeing a huge spike in population. 

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources released results of the 2016 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey on April 12th, 2016.

This study showed a positive year of growth in the stock of the Chesapeake Bay crab population, which foreshadows a better harvest in 2016.

The study determined the bay-wide crab population to be 553 million, which is a 35-percent increase from last year. The total population of blue crabs found in the watershed was estimated at 411 million in 2015. Here’s more about the study, which has been jointly conducted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Virginia Institute of Marine Science since 1990:

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WOS: New Study Says Americans Buy Guns for Self-Defense

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An April 13th poll suggests that Americans overwhelmingly buy firearms for self-defense purposes. 

A new Rasmussen Reports poll released on April 13, 2016 found that voters believe their fellow law-abiding Americans are buying guns for self-defense purposes.

Off those polled, 66% believe self-defense is the main driving force for people purchasing firearms. 5% polled from that same study think Americans purchase guns to commit criminal acts, while 1% says gun purchases are job related. 22% of those polled for this survey believe people bought firearms for purposes other than self-defense.

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Resurgent: Soviet Refugees Don’t Like Bernie Nor Trump

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There is an interesting article in The Atlantic this week examining the voting patterns of older Russian-American immigrants who escaped the Soviet Union. It’s titled, “Why Russian Immigrants Hate Bernie Sanders and Love Donald Trump“. Naturally, it piqued my interest given my family history and parents’ similar journey from Soviet-occupied Lithuania to the United States 30 years ago. So I read the article and did my best to absorb the subject matter.

This voting bloc, though small, inclines themselves to conservatism given how skeptical they are of big government, unwarranted 24/7 surveillance, high taxes, and anti-life measures. Those who’ve lived under tyranny–my parents included–refuse to support anyone (Left or Right) who seeks to resurrect this here in the United States.

The article gives an interesting glimpse into Russian-Jewish immigrants currently residing in the Bay Area, who echo similar sentiments to their compatriots residing in New York City. The majority of those profiled in the article were fiercely anti-communist, non-religious/religious, or politically conservative. They didn’t offer positive words for either Clinton or Sanders. When pressed about whom they supported for president on the Republican side, there responses were more mixed. Several expressed support for Ted Cruz, while others expressed support for Donald Trump.

The article did a decent job of demonstrating this group’s generally conservative inklings, but fell short on a few things:

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