This Monday Oct. 24th Begins Early Voting

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U.S.A.-( By now you’ve received your TSRA magazine and you’ve reviewed the 2016 Voter’s Guide. The TSRA-PAC wants you to remember two important things. First we show scores on federal candidates directly from NRA-ILA without addition or change. TSRA’s focus is Texas.

Please Remember!

The score of AQ indicates the candidate has no legislative voting record on Second Amendment issues; however the person successfully completed the candidate questionnaire shared between TSRA-PAC and NRA with perfect answers.

In addition to the magazine you’ll find the General Election Voter’s Guide here.

  • Early Voting-Oct. 24th thru Nov. 4th
  • Election Day-Tues. Nov. 8th

Please continue to help our friends in Dallas County where proven pro-gun incumbents need your help.

  • HD 105-State Rep. Rodney Anderson (R-Grand Prairie).
  • HD 107-State Rep. Kenneth Sheets (R-North Central Dallas).
  • HD 113-State Rep. Cindy Burkett (R-Sunnyvale).

Texas Fifth Court of Appeals

Please remember a name name not listed in our voter’s guide. Texas Fifth Court of Appeals, Justice David Schenck is up for re-election.

David Schenck is the best of the best and has done more for today’s gun owners than can be expressed. He was deeply involved and responsible for the outcome of Heller v DC and the Emerson case.

If you live in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, Grayson, Kaufman, or Hunt County look for incumbent Justice David Schenck on your ballot.

Think U.S. Supreme Court!

Think about all your down-ballot candidates, good people who may lose their election if you stay home and don’t vote.

More importantly, think about the U.S. Supreme Court and what a bad appointment will mean to your children, your grandchildren, and beyond.

** Clarification on Campus Carry! **

Texas State Technical College in Waco and their satellite campuses across the state are included in statutes effective as of 2016.

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TSTC is not a private college, It is not a junior or community college. Students, faculty and staff at TSTC with a LTC are legal to conceal carry now as school rules and Texas law.

Your Generous Donations to the TSRA-PAC Continue to Arrive

All PAC donations are reported to the Texas Ethics Commission and funds are used to elect or reelect pro-gun candidates. Donate TODAY!

The famous yellow post card for both the primary election and the general election were paid for by PAC funds. Tens of thousands of post cards to TSRA members! Also checks were written and continue to be written to pro-gun candidates’ campaign funds.

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Call the office and ask Doug about donating your extra gun to the PAC. 512-615-4200

It’s been a rough campaign season and We don’t know the outcome

You must remember, TSRA’s lobbyist and staff will continue the commitment to work with whomever the voters send to Austin.

With your help. we will protect the rights of all law-abiding Texas gun owners and we will move those rights forward!

And as always,
Keep the faith.

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Springfield Armory Daily Digest: Top Guns, Mouse Guns, and Campus Guns

Betcha can’t guess what number two is: Top Guns: What Americans Are Buying – “Gun sales are hitting the bullseye. Gun manufacturers, sports retailers, and even the FBI have noted a…

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NYPD Gloats Over Destroying Guns, Potential Training Dollars



Thousands of guns confiscated by the NYPD are being sent out-of-state to be destroyed. The decision by NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill was announced after NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a comprehensive report detailing the number of illegal guns being brought to the Empire State from along the I-95 corridor.

According to Stephen Davis, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for public information, destroying the guns is a good thing:

The NYPD works very had in getting these guns off the street and we are going to keep them off the street. And by destroying them there is no chance they will every find their way back out into the street, into the public. They can come up the Iron Pipeline, and they are going to end up as a hunk of iron at the end of this process.

The NYPD’s chain of command has an anti-gun agenda which Commissioner O’Neill put on display when he took to twitter to boast about the number of guns that are being destroyed.

The end of the iron pipeline. 2,421 guns to be crushed/smelted that will never hurt anyone or threaten quality of life of good New Yorkers

— Commissioner O’Neill (@NYPDONeill) October 26, 2016

Your dedicated NYPD cops went in harm’s way to keep NYC safe and take more than 1,000 guns off NYC streets this year

— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 26, 2016

Commissioner O’Neill is the same NYPD official who blasted a NYPD sergeant just a week ago for (allegedly) not following his training when he shot an elderly mentally ill woman, as he destroys a source of training dollars for his under-trained department.

Other cities across the nation have taken seized guns and sold them at auctions. It’s a win-win for law enforcement and law-abiding gun owners. Police departments that are strapped for cash can earn money and lawful citizens can purchase guns at a reasonable price. The best part? Officers know those guns are going to those who are lawfully allowed to own a firearm because they are purchased by FFLs who must perform a NICS background check before selling the gun.

“Firearms should be treated the same as boats, jewelry, or any other confiscated asset and sold at auction. Most departments are strapped for funds as it is, to cut off the potential cash flow for the sake of making some social commentary is short sighted at best,” said an NRA spokesperson.

When confronted with that idea, Davis immediately declined.

We don’t want them and we are not going to send them else where so that they can possible be re-circulated. They are going to be destroyed and that is the end of it.

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Kimber Gun Rights Bulletin: Centers for Disease Control Fails to Correct Botched Accidental Firearms-Related Death Data

In January of this year, More Guns, Less Crime author John Lott [not shown] notified the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that they’d made a mistake. The CDC had reported that there’d…

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Crow Shooting Supply Launches Multi-Warehouse Ordering

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Crow Shooting Supply

Montezuma, Iowa-( Crow Shooting Supply has launched multi-warehouse ordering, allowing wholesale customers to find products online in warehouses located from Nevada to Iowa to North Carolina.

To help reduce shipping times and expenses, wholesale customers will be able to see product quantities in all three Crow warehouses, and filter search results by location.

They will also be able to simultaneously order from multiple warehouses if desired, with shipping charges applying from each location.

“Being able to find products in quantity and not far away is important when you’re running a gun shop or a sporting goods store,” said Crow founder, Steve Crow. “Our wholesale customers can now find the stuff they need near their region, no matter where their business is located. And they can do it all online, from their desk or office.”

Wholesale customers can try out Crow’s new multi-warehouse ordering by logging on to, or by watching a short video hosted at the Crow website.

About Crow Shooting Supply:

Crow Shooting Supply is a family-owned national wholesale distributor of firearms, ammunition reloading components and shooting accessories. Proudly serving retail gun shops, major sporting goods stores, gun clubs, shooting ranges and government agencies for 30 years, Crow is a full-line supplier of more than 120 of the world’s premier shooting industry manufacturers. For more information, or to inquire about partnering with Crow Shooting Supply, call 800-264-2493 or visit

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LA Times Editors Call For Banning All Guns In The United States




In a editorial posted today called ‘Microstamping’ technology could help police crack down on gun crimes — if the gun lobby allows it, the editorial board of the Times revealed that they want to ban all firearms in the United States by requiring them to be equipped with a fantasy  technology that does not exist in a viable form.

When someone shoots up a neighborhood with a semiautomatic weapon, the shooter usually leaves evidence behind — not only the bullets fired, but also the spent casings ejected from the gun as a fresh round loads. Ballistics experts can match distinctive marks the firing process leaves on the bullets and the casings against fresh samples fired from a gun that investigators believe may have been used in the crime. But first, of course, they must have the gun.

But there’s another technological solution that can help investigators connect spent casings to the gun that fired them: microstamping, a process in which a gun’s firing pin and what’s known as its breech face stamp an identifying code on the casing as the gun is fired. And under the California Crime Gun Identification Act, a 2007 state law that finally went into effect in 2013, all new semiautomatic handguns sold in California must be equipped with microstamping technology so that recovered casings can be traced to the gun’s last recorded buyer through the state’s database of gun sales.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the gun buyer was the shooter, of course, but it gives investigators a trail to pursue. And it also makes it easier for investigators to link casings from different crime scenes to the same gun, discerning patterns and connections that might otherwise be missed.

But only California requires microstamping technology today, which has led gun manufacturers to simply stop selling new semiautomatic handgun models in the state. That has effectively negated California’s law; according to the state Attorney General’s office, there are no new models with microstamping technology on its list of handguns certified as safe for sale. Clearly, a nationwide requirement is needed to compel gun makers to adopt the identifying technology. U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) proposed just such a law in 2008, but the measure died in committee.

Oh, California! Oh, humanity!

The editorial board of the Times—which has all the intellectual diversity of a Politburo meeting—simply assumes that the firearms industry is recalcitrant, and refusing to sell microstamped firearms in California out of spite. In their myopic world view, firearms manufacturers are the epitome of evil. They truly believe that manufacturers don’t want to implement a technology that would put criminals behind bars, because… um… well…

Let’s look at this with a shred of rationality, shall we?

  1. Gun makers are forced to drop out of the firearms market in California (the largest singer state market in the nation) due to requirements of the Crime Gun Identification Act
  2. ?
  3. Profit

Where have I seen this logic before? Oh, yes…

Here’s a very short synopsis of why gun companies aren’t microstamping firearms.

  1. The technology to produce microstamping on a commercial scale does not exist. Period.

Yes, you read that correctly.

According to the inventor of micro-stamping and other experts, it isn’t a commercially viable technology.

Microstamping is not ready for use as a crime solving technology. That’s the conclusion of a peer reviewed study published in the scientific journal of forensic firearms examiners based on work conducted by a team of experts and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. The patent holder of the technology, Mr. Todd Lizotte, was himself involved in the research that concluded “…legitimate questions exist related to both the technical aspects, production costs, and database management associated with microstamping that should be addressed before wide scale implementation is legislatively mandated.”

As the journal article said, “…microstamping involves more than just ‘blasting a number’ onto a firing pin using a laser, which to the layman may seem how the technique works.” Instead, the process would have to be optimized for each model of firearm made by all manufacturers, a costly and time-consuming process that threatens the employment of thousands in the firearms industry.

A follow-up study, co-authored by Mr. Lizotte, the holder of the microstamping patent, conceded several major problems with the technology that occur even in an “optimized” situation. Because the alphanumeric codes are frequently illegible, the study attempted to use expensive Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM) to read the corresponding gear codes also imprinted on fired cartridges. The gear codes are meant to contain the same information as the alpha-numeric code. The study concluded that even with advanced technology, “a full gear code appears to be rare and dependent on the weapon that made the impression.”

California lawmakers may as well have passed laws regarding the use of phasers from Star Trek, another technology that doesn’t exist.

But let’s assume for the sake of argument let’s pretend that microstamping is real, and not fantasy, just to see the absurdity of the Crime Gun Identification Act play out.



This in example of a firing pin, scaled larger than it actually is in real life.

If microstamping was an real, commercially viable technology, the gear code would be engraved on the rounded part of the pin that contacts the primer (left above) to leave an impression on the primer when the pin strikes the primer. The shell casing would then be ejected with the (theoretical) code left on the primer.

Here’s reality.

An average person can take a firing pin out of just about any firearm in less than five minutes.

He can then obliterate the microstamp with a common shop grinder in less than five seconds, or if he wants to manually sand it down, it might take 2-3 minutes. The microstamp is permanently removed from the part and the gun is reassembled in less than 15 minutes. It’s much easier than defacing a serial number which professional criminals already do with great ease.


A person can simply buy a new firing pin on any number of web sites or in retail stores for $6.50 (up to $40 or so for other models). They are common small parts, easily swapped from gun to gun.

There are already hundreds of millions of them in the country.

They are not serial numbered parts that are controlled.

Instead of defacing the microstamped gear code, they’ll just swap out the part.



A criminal plotting a shooting needs to only “salt” the crime scene with one or more shell casings picked up from the ground at any firing range to send the police on a wild goose chase. Crime labs will be slammed with false leads. Detectives will have to bring in bewildered gun owners who have nothing to do with the shooting for interrogation, wasting time and money as officers have to rule them out as suspects.


The criminal can obtain two of the same model of firearms or two compatible models, and swap the firing pins, so that the rifling on the bullet and the microstamping gear code left on the primer suggests two different guns were used.


The simple fact of the matter is that that firing pin to primer is repeated metal-to-metal contact.

How many rounds fired will it take for the gear code imprinted to be hammered into illegibility?

A dozen? A hundred? A few hundred?

The reality of the matter is that these gear codes are going to be incredibly fragile due to their tiny size on small parts. A single trip to the range or a gun class will to see the gear code destroyed just through normal use in the course of a weekend.

As the average “time to crime” for a handgun in the United States is nearly eleven years, that means that the odds of a crime gun having a functional microstamped gear code on it are between slim and none even in a fantasy world where they could even be produced and managed, which the inventor himself concedes does not exist.


California’s microstamping law was never about solving crimes

For those of us that actually know a few things about firearms, microstamping makes about as much sense as putting serial numbers on toilet paper squares or regulating unicorn farts.

The California Democrats who pushed the Crime Gun Identification Act knew that microstamping is a commercial impossibility with existing technology. They also were aware of the many ways in which this fantasy technology would fail or actually complicate the lives of law enforcement officers, and actually reduce the likelihood of getting convictions, when they pushed for the law.

So why would California Democrats force through a law mandating a technology that doesn’t exist in a viable form, and which can’t work in the real world?

That’s simple: by requiring a technology that doesn’t exist, they have created the circumstance that will eventually ban all handguns in California.

When manufacturers make any change to a handgun, no matter how small, that firearm is no longer eligible to be sold in California. Dozens of models fall off the approved handgun list every year.

If you view the implementation of an unworkable microstamping law as the intentional sabotage of the California handgun market by a rogue, liberty-oppressing government, you would be right.

28 handgun models in common use were removed from the handgun roster by the California Department of Justice since January 28, 2014, and are now unavailable to gun buyers, reports Calguns. Of those, 22 are manufactured by Smith & Wesson, Inc.

However, California gun owners have reason to be optimistic, say the groups. In a major development, firearm manufacturers Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., have joined handgun maker Glock, Inc., in support of a federal Second Amendment civil rights lawsuit seeking to overturn the handgun regulation scheme commonly known as the “handgun roster.”

“SAF will be eternally grateful for the timely support from all three companies, which we believe strongly reinforces our case,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb.

In one of two new declarations filed with the trial court, Smith & Wesson CEO James Debney stated that “as a result of the microstamping requirement, Smith & Wesson is losing its ability to sell many of its semi-automatic handguns in California, as its handguns are forced off the roster [by the California Department of Justice].”

The lawsuit, filed by Second Amendment Foundation and The Calguns Foundation, seeks to overturn the entire roster scheme and restore the full handgun market to California consumers. The case is helmed by noted civil rights attorneys Alan Gura of Alexandria, Virginia, Donald Kilmer of San Jose, California, and Jason Davis of Mission Viejo, California.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris went for all of the proverbial marbles when she implemented a microstamping requirement that cannot be met by manufacturers of semi-automatic pistols. As a direct result of the technically non-feasible scheme, no new semi-automatic pistol designs can be approved for sale in California, while the state is culling an average of 59 semi-automatic pistols from the approved list every year, and have been for the past decade. The obvious goal is the complete destruction of the new semi-automatic pistol market in California, which at this pace will be complete in a decade.

Legendary handgun manufacturer Colt has just one handgun left for sale in California once the existing supply of older guns runs out. Soon, that, too may be gone.

The Los Angeles Times editorial board has called for forcing this non-existent technology on the rest of the nation, and not just for handguns, but for shotguns and rifles as well.

There is only one reason to force this on the rest of the nation.

The editors of the Los Angeles Times want all guns banned.

They just lack the integrity to say so plainly.

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The Importance of Your Knife and a Backup Bug out Bag

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Let’s first deal with the easier of the above listed two points: the backup bug out bag. I was talking to my best friend a while back and I brought up the bug out bag that I had made him as a birthday present and I asked him if it’s still in his car. He said no and I asked why not and where it was? He stated that it’s at home and that if the SHTF that he would be rushing home to his wife and it would be there. I then said, you may not make it home without having that bag. What if something happens to your car and you need to hoof it (I then had to list a couple of possibilities of what might happen to the car, auto accident, roads closed or impassable, EMP, etc.). Then I explained that if you’re forced to walk or jog and something else causes you to be out there longer than a couple of hours, you will be damn glad that you have that backpack full of all the supplies you need to survive. He was quiet for a minute then said that he hadn’t given that much thought and he would put the bag back in the car.

I won’t go into details about what is in the bag as various preppers have gone through the bug out bag checklist many times in the past but I will tell you this. I have two cars and two motorcycles (one each for the wife and me) and I have a bag for each vehicle. I also have another bag ready in the house in the event that I need to grab and run and don’t have time or the opportunity to get to the cars or bikes. The bags for the cars and house have all the exact same things in them but the bags for the motorcycles are by necessity smaller, and thereby have fewer items in them. They do have all the most needed items in them and I could get by with just those and of course, during the course of surviving, I would hope to pick up a bigger bag and add more needed things as I came upon them. I also have my computer bag with me at work and that has the bare essentials in it just in case I have trouble getting out to the parking lot where my car is.

The point of all of this is, you need a bag for any possibility that may arise for exactly where you might be at any given time. It would be terrible if after all the thought, time and effort put into making a bug out bag, that when you need it the most, it’s not within easy reach. That would be the epitome of Murphy’s Law, so prepare ahead of time by thinking all of the possible scenarios that could keep you from reaching your bag(s).

The Importance of Your Knife

StatGear 99416 Surviv-All Outdoor Knife with Firestarter, Sharpener & Cord Cutter

Now onto the importance of your knife(s), as my best friend (yes, the same one as mentioned above) once said, if you need a knife then you’d better have more than one. A knife is not just a hand-held weapon, nor should it just be a survival tool. For our purposes (preppers) it needs to be both as well as a third option-an offensive projectile. Most folks would say that a really effective survival knife is not suited for throwing and they would be partially correct, except for the fact that ANY knife can be thrown.

The best survival knife will have a blade length of between seven and ten inches with serrations on the top edge of the blade (to be used for sawing). However, the best knife for offense will be double-edged and can be as short as three inches and still be a deadly weapon and usually balanced nicely for throwing. I cannot offer any quick insights into how to throw a knife, but I can tell you this, again, any knife can be thrown (just like most tools can be thrown). Do a search on you tube for “how to throw a knife” and you will find many great instructional videos that will help you learn this.

Here is a VERY important thing to remember, do not go with a cheaper priced knife, no matter if you use it for survival or for combat, as your life might depend on this knife and a cheaper priced one will definitely let you down (and of course, when you need it the most). Having a sharp, easy to deploy survival knife can help you face almost any obstruction you may face in the wilderness. Your knife needs to be able to help you procure food, and help to cook it as well. It needs to be strong enough to help build your shelter, dig a hole and assist with the cutting of wood for a fire.

I have a ten inch survival knife, complete with a hollow handle that holds the basics: fishing line and hook, water-proof matches, compass, etc. and it is made from high carbon steel. I do not recommend stainless steel as it doesn’t retain its edge very long and is susceptible to bending and/or breaking. I also have a hunting knife with a six-inch blade made with a full tang (made of one single solid piece of metal) which are superior to partial tang or rat-tail tang blades and are capable of performing heavy-duty tasks like prying, digging and pounding. Also, make sure the grip around the handle is not made from a slippery substance as that can either cause you an injury or worse, your death. Hard rubber or a polymer is recommended as it won’t get slippery and will absorb some of the shock if you are using it as a tool. If you are buying a knife for your backpack, bug out bag or just for your camping/hunting supplies, make sure it fits comfortably in your hand. If the handle is too big, you won’t get the full benefit of the knife’s capabilities. If it’s too small, it could become a dangerous item for you (when a knife slips from your hand, they have a tendency to cut something that you didn’t want cut, usually another part of you).


My survival knife hangs in a leg sheath at my side and I have a few other knives in and on various spots on my back pack, my belt and on my web gear. These other knives are smaller, some are folding knives and some are fixed blades but all are the best that I could find as even a small folding knife can be used for almost anything that the above listed survival knife can do so I wanted the best quality available. Make sure that you have at least one knife that is a skinning knife, to be used as a cutting tool for removing the hide of game animals or for cleaning a fish. This will usually have an extremely sharp short thin curved blade that will keep the tip from puncturing the hide or spearing the meat. A gutting knife is also good to have but most fixed blade knives can serve this purpose if you are trying to keep your bags overall weight down.

I have two smaller fixed blade knives that are spear pointed with nylon wrapped cord for a handle. These are for making into a spear for fishing, hunting and/or as a long defensive/offensive weapon. These can be attached to the end of a long branch by using the cord to secure it. I also have one machete type knife that has a 17 inch blade (stored in a sheath attached to my backpack) to use for a brush clearer and also as a longer defensive/offensive weapon.

In conclusion, no matter how many knives you get, or the type, remember these basics: 1. If you need a knife make sure you have more than one. 2. Get the best quality that you can afford. 3. Think about what uses you can get out of the individual knife. And lastly, make sure it fits your hand!

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If Donald Trump Wins The Election, It Will Be The Biggest Miracle In U.S. Political History


electoral-map-2012-public-domainAre we about to see the largest election day miracle of all time?  Because as I will show in this article, that is precisely what it is going to take in order for Donald Trump to win.  Before I go any further, I want to make it exceedingly clear that I am not saying what the outcome will be on November 8th.  As I recently told a national television audience, I do not know who is going to win.  In this article I am simply going to examine the poll numbers and the electoral map as they currently stand.  But in this bizarre election things can literally change overnight, and it is entirely possible that we could still have another “October surprise” or two before it is all said and done.  And without a doubt Donald Trump desperately needs something “to move the needle”, because if the election was held today Hillary Clinton would almost certainly win.

What we have witnessed so far during the 2016 election season has been absolutely unprecedented.  Just consider some of the things that we have seen up to this point in time.

We have never had a bigger “October surprise” than the release of the lewd audio tape from 11 years ago in which Donald Trump claimed to grope women without their consent.

We have never seen the mainstream media openly attack a presidential candidate as much as they have attacked Donald Trump.  In the past, the big mainstream news outlets at least pretended to be fair and balanced, but this year they have completely discarded all notions of objectivity.  They should be completely and utterly ashamed of themselves, and no matter who wins the election they will never be able to get their integrity back.

We have also never seen a major party at war with itself this close to a presidential election.  It has been said that a house divided against itself will surely fall, and a whole host of prominent Republican leaders have been openly attempting to sabotage the Trump campaign.

If Donald Trump is able to overcome all of these factors, it truly will be a miracle of Biblical proportions.

As it stands at the moment, however, the numbers are looking quite ominous for Trump.  Right now, the Real Clear Politics average of national polls has Hillary Clinton ahead by 6.2 percent.  Most political experts consider that to be an insurmountable lead at this stage in the game.

But even if Trump can close that gap and pull ahead, that does not mean that he will win the election.  In fact, Trump could beat Clinton by millions of votes nationally and still lose.

In order to win the election, one candidate has got to get to 270 electoral votes.  And on the latest Real Clear Politics electoral map, 262 electoral votes are being projected to go to Hillary Clinton, 164 electoral votes are being projected to go to Donald Trump, and 112 electoral votes are in the “toss up” category.

So unless something dramatically changes, Donald Trump is essentially going to have to run the table in all of the closely contested states in order to win, and the mathematical odds of that happening are extremely slim.

Let’s take a closer look at this.  The first thing that Donald Trump is going to have to do in order to get to 270 electoral votes is to win all of the states that Mitt Romney won in 2012.  That would get him up to 206 electoral votes.


Unfortunately, it looks like that may be very difficult to do.  Romney won North Carolina, but the six most recent polls all have Clinton ahead in that state.  Romney also won Arizona, but the most recent poll to be taken there has Clinton ahead by five points.

But for a moment, let’s assume that Trump can win all of the states that Romney won.  On top of that, there are four other states that Trump must win…

#1 Trump must win Florida’s 29 electoral votes.  Without Florida, Trump has no realistic path to 270 electoral votes.  So on election night if it is announced that Trump has lost Florida, you might as well turn off your television and go to bed because Trump is going to lose the election.  Unfortunately for Trump, four recent major surveys all show Trump down by four points in the Sunshine state.

#2 Trump must win Ohio’s 18 electoral votes.  No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio, and the two most recent major surveys show that Trump and Clinton are tied in the state.

#3 Trump must win Iowa’s 6 electoral votes.  Fortunately for Trump, most recent surveys show him actually leading in Iowa.

#4 Trump must win Nevada’s 6 electoral votes.  At this point that is looking like it will be very tough to do, because all of the recent polls have Clinton leading in Nevada, including the most recent one that has her up by 7 points.

If Donald Trump can win those four states, that still does not get him to 270 electoral votes.  Instead, it gets him to 265 electoral votes, and so he would still need one more medium-sized state to win.

The most likely candidates for that last state are Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin or Minnesota.  Unfortunately for Trump, Clinton appears to have big leads in all four of those states right at this moment.

But even if Trump can somehow pull off a miracle and squeak past the 270 electoral vote mark, the truth is that Utah could still mess everything up.

Do you remember Evan McMullin?

He was the third party “conservative alternative” candidate that was hyped for a couple of days but that seemingly fell off the map afterwards.

He is only on the ballot in 12 states, but one of those states is Utah, and it turns out that Evan McMullin is a Mormon.

Many Mormons believe that a Mormon will be elected president someday when the U.S. Constitution hangs “like a thread“.  According to this belief, this Mormon president will turn the country around and all sorts of wonderful things will start to happen.  Many Mormons thought that Mitt Romney was going to be this president, but now Evan McMullin has become the target of these expectations.

So how in the world could Evan McMullin become president?

Well, their plan is to have Evan McMullin win Utah, and that could potentially keep both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton from both getting to 270 electoral votes if the election is super close.  If that happens, the election would be thrown into the House of Representatives.

It is being projected that the House will still be controlled by the Republicans after this election, and so the choice would come down to either Trump or McMullin, and those backing McMullin believe that he would have a realistic shot in that scenario.

I know all of this sounds very strange, but this is actually being discussed around family dinner tables all over Utah tonight.

And in recent days Evan McMullin has been soaring in Utah.  One recent survey shows Trump with a one point lead over McMullin, and another recent survey actually show McMullin leading Trump by four points in the state.

So Trump could pull off a miracle and do everything else that he needs to do to get to 270 electoral votes, and Utah could end up messing up everything for him.

In addition, it is also very important to keep in mind that Trump could actually get all of the legitimate votes that he needs to win and still have it stolen from him by election fraud.  There was widespread evidence of “funny business” in 2012, and this is something that I detailed for a live studio audience down at Morningside earlier this month

Are you starting to see why I would consider this to be the biggest miracle in American political history if Donald Trump actually overcomes all of these factors and wins the election?

And we don’t have to wait until November 8th to get some indications about how the vote is going to go.  Early voting is already taking place is some states, and so far the signs are not encouraging for the Trump campaign.  The following comes from CNN

Democratic early turnout has stayed steady in North Carolina compared to 2012, while Republicans have dropped by about 14,500. In Nevada, Democrats have a smaller early voting deficit today than they did at this point in 2012. And Democrats are slightly ahead in Arizona in the early vote so far, though they are lagging Republicans in the tally of how many Arizonans have requested ballots.

Perhaps most surprisingly, Democrats improved their position in conservative and Mormon-heavy Utah, where recent polls have shown a tight race. At this point in 2012, Republicans led Democrats in early voting by more than 22,000 voters. But so far this year, the GOP advantage is only 3,509.

But if you do want Trump to win, the good news is that we still have more than two weeks before November 8th.

We have seen some extremely bizarre things happen already in this election, and a miracle is definitely not out of the question.

In fact, I am of the opinion that it is quite likely that some very strange events could take place between now and early November.  So hold on to your hats, because the most interesting portion of the 2016 election may still be ahead of us.

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Diamond Archery Updates Atomic With New, Interactive Digital Content

Atomic Kids
Atomic Kids
Diamond Archery
Diamond Archery

EUGENE, Oregon ( Diamond Archery has upgraded its popular youth bow, Atomic, with new finish options including matching strings and cables, accessories and a first-of-its-kind website for kids and their parents featuring instructional videos, games, downloads and more.

The new Atomic is not your typical youth bow. Rather than using plastic parts, Diamond is giving the consumer the highest quality components made out of real aluminum, built tough for tough kids.

The website,, is an industry-leading resource for digital content on getting kids started in archery. Diamond has made it easy by featuring information on the anatomy of a bow, videos on bow setup and adjustment, games for kids, instructions on safe range setup and more. Kids aren’t left out either. The kidszone includes an array of downloadable targets as well as videos on fun archery activities.

“The Diamond Atomic is made with quality materials, built for the rigors of youth shooting,” said Todd Snader, Product Marketing Manager for Diamond Archery. “We’ve added new color options and accessories, and launched a truly unique website to help young archers get the most out of their new bow.”

The new finishes available on the Atomic include green, orange, purple, blue, black and Mossy Oak Break-Up Country. Accessories included in the Atomic package include a single-pin adjustable sight, capture arrow rest, tube peep sight, hip quiver, three Arctic arrows and a black nock.

The upgraded Atomic measures 24 inches axle-to-axle, has a six-inch brace height and weighs just 1.9 lbs. The bow has an adjustable draw length from 12-24 inches and variable draw weight between six and 29 lbs. Capable of firing arrows at speeds up to 191 fps, the Atomic delivers plenty of power for hunting or target shooting.

Suggested retail price on the new Diamond Atomic Bows are $229. For more information, visit and


Diamond Atomic:

• Aluminum Cams
• Rotating Module
• Draw Length Range: 12-24 Inches
• Draw Weights: 6-29 pounds
• IBO/ATA Speed: 191 fps
• MSRP: $229

Package Includes:
• Single-pin adjustable sight
• Tube peep sight
• Capture arrow rest
• Hip quiver
• Three (3) Arctic arrows
• Black nock

Atomic, the updated youth bow from Diamond.


Diamond Archery is a division of Bowtech. Bowtech manufactures and distributes the world’s finest compound bows and archery equipment. Founded in 1999, Bowtech’s corporate offices and manufacturing facilities are located in Eugene, Ore. With a worldwide distribution network, Bowtech’s family of brands include: Bowtech, Diamond, Excalibur, Octane, Stryker and WaterDog Surface Technologies.

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