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U.S. Wins Gold in Men's Skeet Shooting, Hancock Sets Olympic Record 

With near perfect shooting, 23-year-old U.S. Army Sgt. Vincent Hancock won the gold Tuesday with an Olympic record score.  With his final shot, Hancock broke into a wide grin and pumped his right fist several times in celebration of his second gold in as many Olympics.

Vincent Hancock of the United States has won the gold medal in the men’s skeet competition at the London Olympics, his second straight.

It gives the U.S. a skeet sweep, after Kimberly Rhode won the women’s competition earlier this week.

Hancock clinched the gold on his next-to-last shot, and missed only twice in 150 tries on Tuesday. Anders Golding of Denmark finished two targets back to win the silver, and Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiya won a shoot-off over Russia’s Valery Shomin for the bronze.

Hancock topped his own Olympic record by hitting 123 targets in qualifying earlier Tuesday, and was a perfect 25-for-25 in the medal round to wrap up the gold.

Hancock is based at Fort Benning, Ga. He is a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.


Today is Choose Cruz Day in Texas

Polls are open from 7am-7pm today for the GOP (Republican) primary runoff.  Ted Cruz will defeat David Dewhurst with your support today.  Dewhurst is backed by the big money and the moderate RINO political machine. 

We the People support Ted Cruz. Get out and vote.

Cruz, a Cuban-American lawyer, grabbed enough votes in the May 29 primary to keep Dewhurst below the majority required to win the party nomination outright. Dewhurst placed first with 44 percent of the vote, while Cruz came in second with 34 percent, and the two headed for a runoff. Seven additional candidates received votes in the May 29 Republican primary.

Polls and anecdotal evidence suggest that supporters of third-place finisher Tom Leppert, the former Dallas mayor, were more likely to back Dewhurst, who has strong support from sitting Gov. Rick Perry and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Leppert ended up supporting Dewhurst in the runoff.

But tea party power just might overshadow Dewhurst’s endorsements. Cruz has earned outside support from major organizations such as FreedomWorks, the Club for Growth and the Tea Party Express, which have boosted his financial prowess and extended his reach.

Supporters say Cruz put in the time and effort to spread his message at rallies and grassroots events around the state, even while he remained at a financial disadvantage. As of July 11, Dewhurst had raised over $24.5 million compared to Cruz’s $9 million, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

“Ted is a proven, common-sense constitutional conservative and he’s a fighter and he will bring new leadership to the United States Senate,” Palin, the former governor of Alaska, said at a rally for Cruz on Saturday. “He will shrink government, he will be putting it back on the side of the people, and he will defend the United States Constitution.”

A Cruz win will not only invigorate the tea party in and outside the state, but it also has the potential to greatly shake up the Republican establishment in Texas, which remains firmly behind Dewhurst.

Tuesday’s primary will likely be the deciding contest in this open seat race, as voters choose a successor to retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Democrats lost their top pick for the race, retired Army Gen. Ricardo Sanchez.

But on Tuesday, Democrats have their own runoff to contend with to select their nominee. The candidates competing are former state Rep. Paul Sadler and retired educator Grady Yarbrough.


Liberal Fascism is on the Rise in America

NJ Senator Frank Lautenberg wasted no time in calling for expanded gun control , jumping on the bandwagon pulled by NY City Emperor Michael Bloomberg within hours of the deadly movie theater shooting in Aurora Colorado.

Bloomberg, Lautenberg and numeours other crass political opportunists have repeatedly displayed disturbing disregard for Citizens Rights and Freedoms in myriad ways. These arent well meaning individuals who have gone ” just a little to far”. They are wannabe tyrants, drunk on power and lustful for greater control over the Citizenry.

They are both ego maniacs. They and they alone will decide what people do or don’t “need” , regardless of what the Constitution says or the oaths they swore to uphold and DEFEND that same document. Bloomberg with not only his incessant drum beat for “more gun control” , but with pushing for a ban on large sugary drinks over a certain size. After all, its “for your own good” according to Bloomberg.

Lautenberg shares the same twisted mindset, insisting to anyone that will listen that no one “needs” a so called “high capacity magazine” for a firearm. The Same Frank Lautenberg who was caught on tape this past Spring at a Planned Parenthood Rally telling screaming supporters that their opponents “don’t deserve their rights! , but we’ll give them to them” When considered in light of his previous actions, votes and statements , this exhortation gave a glaring but little noticed insight into how Lautenberg thinks.

Its painfully obvious he actually believes or feels that as a Senator, he gets to decide what rights people do or don’t have and to what level they will be permitted to practice them.

Lautenberg has attached an amendment to the Cybersecurity Act that would ban the sale or transfer of large capacity feeders like magazines, belts, feed stripes and drums that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition with the exception of .22 caliber rim fire ammunition.

Today Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) announced that they will introduce legislation that would effectively ban online sales of ammunition by requiring buyers to present photo identification at the time of purchase.

The bill, the “Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act,” would require anyone selling ammunition to be a licensed dealer. Dealers would have to report the sale of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition to an unlicensed person within five business days.

I’ve ordered over 5,000 rounds of ammo online so far this year.  That’s not much ammo for a family involved in the shooting sports. Regardless, it’s none of the government’s business how many rounds of ammunition citizens purchase in a FREE country, where our right to keep and bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment.

Going after ammo is a common practice of the liberal fascist gun grabbers.  Both New Jersey and New York severely restrict ammunition sales.  This is a state issue not a federal issue. 

Thousands of people a week purchase more than 1,000 round of ammunition online every week.  Millions of Americans are involved in shooting sports and ammo is very expensive. Buying in bulk is a normal practice for hundreds of thousands of law abiding Americans.

It’s time for all of us to realize that we the people must stop the madness.  Wake up America! Join the NRA and contact your elected representatives to safeguard your Second Amendment civil rights. 


Kim Rhode Wins Women's Skeet Gold, 1st American With Individual Medal in 5 Straight Olympics

This morning Kim Rhode won the women’s skeet gold medal, making her the 1st American with an individual medal in 5 straight Olympics!

 Rhode broke the Olympic record when she missed only one of 75 targets during the qualifying round of women’s skeet shooting. She hit 25/25 in the medal round.  That strong performance of 99 hits out of 100, ties the Olympic record in Skeet Shooting.

Rhode is now the most successful female shooter in Olympic history and the first American athlete to medal in five successive games.

Rhode, the most decorated female clay shooter ever, started off with gold in Atlanta, then won bronze in Sydney, gold in Athens and silver in Beijing.

Rhode was runner-up in skeet four years ago in one of shooting’s most memorable finals.  Rhode, Chiara Cainero of Italy and Christine Brinker of Germany were tied after qualifying and the final, forcing a shootoff for the medals. Cainero prevailed, Brinker was third and all three were back shooting today.

Rhode has had a rough and lonely build-up to her Olympic bid after flight cancellations forced her to miss her team training camp… before her puppy ate her ticket.  Rhode, seeking to become the first American to win individual medals at five Summer Games in a row, went to the airport in Los Angeles on Friday intending to fly to Copenhagen in Denmark for the training camp.

But the first leg of her flight — to Newark — was twice cancelled and as timed ticked away she eventually flew direct to London, arriving on Tuesday.

When asked whether the dramas of the past few days had affected her, a relaxed Rhode said: “It’s like anything. You just roll with the punches and hope for the best.”


TCU Junior Sarah Scherer Shooting for Olympic Gold

TCU Junior, Sarah Scherer, will carry America’s hopes for gold in the 10-meter air rifle competition at this summer in London Olympics.

The 2012 London Olympic Games commence on Saturday and shooting will present the first medal ceremony of the Games after the women’s 10m air rifle.

Americans Jamie (Beyerle) Gray and Sarah Scherer will be representing Team USA in the air rifle event, as they attempt to capture the 2012 London Games’ first medals.

The 21-year-old Scherer will be making her Olympic debut Saturday and already knows what it is like to win gold on the international stage. In her World Cup debut in 2011, Scherer proved she could compete with the best in the world winning gold in the 10m air rifle.

Scherer also won several NCAA championships in rifle events with Texas Christian University.

Two-time Olympian Gray narrowly missed earning a medal in Beijing, finishing fourth just 1.1 points shy of medal contention.
Gray and Scherer will be competing against favorites Katerina Emmons and Yi Siling.

Emmons, of the Czech Republic, is the wife of American shooter Matt Emmons. She won the gold medal in Beijing with a perfect score in the qualifying round and setting an Olympic record in the finals with a score of 503.5.

However, China’s Siling is the current top-ranked shooter in the world in this event. The 23-year-old won the 2010 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Munich where she was the first athlete to qualify for London, winning an Olympic Quota. Siling has reached the finals in 12 of her last 15 ISSF competitions, winning a medal nine of those times.

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