Members of Mayors against Illegal Guns are more likely to commit crimes than holders of concealed carry permits. Of course, so are members of the general public.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns member and Democratic Gainesville, Fla., Mayor Craig Lowe was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and property damage after police found him asleep in his car at the scene of a crash last Thursday.
Police said Lowe appeared intoxicated and his Honda Civic was badly damaged, according to WKMG in Orlando.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a nationwide campaign to assess police militarization in the United States. Starting Wednesday, ACLU affiliates in 23 states are sending open records requests to hundreds of state and local police agencies requesting information about their SWAT teams, such as how often and for what reasons they're deployed, what types of weapons they use, how often citizens are injured during SWAT raids, and how they're funded. More affiliates may join the effort in the coming weeks.Took them long enough.
Having that handgun with him would have been perfectly legal at home in Ohio and presumably on the military base at Walter Reed. Had he not had a flat tire, he would not have stopped in DC. Had he not stopped in DC, or arguably transported the firearm in his trunk instead of the glove compartment, he would have been protected by a federal law governing travel with firearms through jurisdictions hostile to gun rights.
After being deadlocked twice, a D.C. Superior Court jury yesterday acquitted a Marine amputee on felony charges of gun possession stemming from an arrest while he was on the way to Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
In the 2006 incident, Cpl. Melroy H. Cort, 24, and his wife, Samantha, were en route from their home in Columbus, Ohio, to Walter Reed. Cort's legs had been amputated above the knees when he was wounded by a makeshift bomb in Ramadi during his third tour of duty in Iraq.
The couple's car got a flat tire, forcing them to pull over at a car repair shop in the 5000 block of Georgia Avenue NW. While there, Cort said, he reached into the glove compartment, removed a 9mm pistol and put it in his jacket pocket.
We have several concerns about the proposal including the burden it would place on law-abiding gun owners, the failure of the DOJ to prosecute prohibited persons who attempt to buy firearms and the cumbersome delays that it would place on legal purchasers, while leaving criminals free to buy firearms illegally on the black market.Read the whole thing. We need to make sure that any ban on private transfers doesn't make it out of Congress, and your legislators need to hear these arguments in order to understand the issues.
Earlier this month Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder held a press conference to expose the backdoor gun registration operation in Missouri. Kinder accused the Missouri Department of Revenue of working with the Department of Homeland Security to install new hardware and software to obtain data on Missouri citizens and transfer this information to DHS and unnamed third parties.What's disturbing about this is the secrecy.
They are dancing in the blood of dead children:
Vice President Biden on Thursday pushed ahead with the White House's pursuit of an assault weapons ban, putting the administration at odds with centrist Democrats who would rather see the legislation die on Capitol Hill.
Even though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has already pulled the ban from gun control legislation soon heading to the chamber's floor, Biden was bullish about the prospects for such a prohibition. He reminded the public about the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., saying it would be a disservice to the victims there to give in to political obstacles.
"For all those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons -- for all those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that?" asked Biden during a joint news conference with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a vocal gun control supporter. "When you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies and what happened to them? And those six teachers and administrators?"So-called assault weapons did not murder those children and their teachers. An insane and evil individual murdered them.
Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are threatening to filibuster gun-control legislation, according to a letter they plan to hand-deliver to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office on Tuesday.What concerns me about this is that it seems to be only those three planning to filibuster. It only takes one to filibuster (and 41 votes to sustain it), but still.
Lee staged a test vote on the issue during consideration of the Senate budget last week. He tried to amend a point of order against gun control legislation to the budget but fell short. It needed a three-fifths supermajority and failed 50-49, needing 60 votes to pass. But the final tally emboldened Lee, Paul and Cruz because they were so close to a majority and a filibuster takes just 41 votes to sustain.50 votes is enough to sustain a filibuster and stop gun control, although we can probably expect to lose a few to administration pressure on real votes -- particularly if they can say they voted against the actual gun control law and gloss over the filibuster vote. It's promising that we have a reasonable margin for sustaining the filibuster, and we can remind Senators that we will be watching procedural votes carefully.
The theory behind such proposals is that mandatory gun insurance provides a market-based tool to reward safe, responsible gun ownership. Hypothetically, insurance companies would consider a gun owner?s risk characteristics to determine insurance rates. For example, gun owners who have no criminal record or history of mental illness, take safety courses, own fewer weapons, and store them securely would have lower rates than, say, an ex-convict with an arsenal of assault rifles and a record of domestic abuse.I can discredit this whole proposal right here: the ex-convict with an arsenal of assault rifles and a record of domestic abuse is not allowed to own, or even touch, a firearm under existing law.
Sen. Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania says the Connecticut school shootings in December caused a significant change in his position on gun laws, despite the vast number of hunters in his state and the reality that politicians tend to "fall in their lanes and vote the way they vote over time."He's up for election in 2018. Google has a long memory, Bob.
The NRA on one side, and Bloomberg on the other. Real grassroots versus well-funded astroturf. We beat them in 1994, and we will need to do so again.
The Senate's upcoming vote on the assault weapons ban is going to put vulnerable Democrats in a difficult spot.
Democrats facing tough reelection races will either attract the ire of the National Rifle Association or prominent gun control activists such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I). A vote against the ban could spark primary challenges that could weaken Democrats in the general election.
Bringing an opposing viewpoint to the lecture was Skeptic magazine founder and psychologist Michael Shermer, who believes more gun control is needed.In other words, he has no expertise on guns or gun policy. He may have expertise in dealing with insane people, but he doesn't make use of that expertise to propose policy changes for better dealing with insane people. Instead, he proposes treating everyone in the country as if we were all criminally insane.
While Shermer acknowledges nothing can be done to completely eradicate crime and violence, he does believe more control can be placed on the sale of guns, the amount of ammunition people can buy and the places guns can be carried. He believes America should reduce the number of guns available, rather than to continue increasing them.He acknowledges gun control doesn't work and won't stop violence, then calls for gun control. That's practically the definition of irrational behavior. As for his specific proposals:
Allowing college students to carry guns likely would lead to deaths as a result of lovers quarrels and drunken brawls that could have otherwise been prevented or would not have happened had their not been access to guns, Shermer said.Gun control advocates need new lies. The old ones aren't working anymore. They have tried this same line every single time a state considered passing shall-issue concealed carry legislation. Every single time, the blood in the streets failed to materialize, yet they are making the same old argument.
"The idea of arming teens and students in their early 20s, who have access to alcohol and narcotics and are also emotional and competitive in nature, is a bad mix," said Shermer, who calls mass shootings such as Sandy Hook "black swan" events because they were rare and unpredictable.You must be 21 years old to own a handgun, and the same age to have a concealed carry license in Texas. That's not only legally an adult, it's three years past the age of legal adulthood. The people who are getting drunk or using drugs are not going to be the same people getting a concealed-carry license, even if both sets of people are students.
Pitrucha and 54 percent of the 221 UTPB students polled in a recent survey agree that students with a valid CHL should be able to bring their handgun on campus and into the classrooms.Students want guns on campus.
In contrast, Macias does not believe guns should be allowed on campus, as students may make snap, uneducated judgments and use them detrimentally.Macias doesn't seem to have faith in his students, or in his ability to educate them -- even though educating them is supposed to be his job.
Macias said all decisions regarding guns on campus should remain local and be made by each school?s board of trustees, not state or federal governments.He says that because if the state government makes the decision, it will overrule his own personal opinion, just as he is overruling the opinion of 54% of students at his school.
After all, it's not like our police officers are using military surplus equipment on a regular basis or anything.
Hold on... Why is there a bird in here?
You could argue that the whole Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is about "sin taxes". Read the whole thing, but I want to call out a specific part of the article for a little extra commentary:
Burdened by unfunded public pension liabilities and healthcare costs, state and local governments are in bad shape, considering the willingness of voters to embrace new spending proposals and their general reluctance to pay taxes to finance them.
Responding to the latest round of public budget "crises," policymakers around the country have begun reviving an old, but not necessarily good idea with added enthusiasm?taxing "sin." What better way to raise revenue than to find something that your neighbor buys or an activity he engages in that you don't like and tax it?
Millions of dollars have been spent to thwart taxation of the soft drink industry's products and to prevent existing taxes from being raised. In 2009 alone, the industry spent more than $57 million on lobbying. Such lobbying expenditures are socially wasteful. How much money is now being spent attempting to block Mayor Bloomberg's ban on 32-ounce soft drink containers?It's obviously not in the public interest for government to constantly threaten to tax or ban items the public desires to use and considers worth the costs. Nonetheless, we frequently see our elected "representatives" making exactly that sort of threat. Why?
The ad does not specify if the man is an actor, but the text accompanying it says he is a "gun owner." Either way, the man violates all three gun safety rules taught by the National Rifle Association (NRA).Anyone who starts a sentence -- and especially if they are starting a whole discussion -- with "I'm a gun owner, but..." is lying to you. They aren't a gun owner. They are using a rhetorical tool designed to create a sense of similarity to better persuade you of something. This is usually where I tune something out and move on to the next thing. Of course, if it's an actual conversation in public, it's a good point in the conversation to interrupt and ask "Oh, really? What guns do you own? Do you shoot IPDA or three-gun or benchrest? Bag any deer lately?"
After the state of New York passed its far-reaching and poorly thought out post-Newtown gun law with unseemly haste, I suggested that we might need a waiting period for laws more than for guns. After all, the idea behind waiting periods for guns was that people might get overexcited and do something rash, but would "cool off" if they had to wait a few days before getting their hands on a dangerous instrument. But laws are dangerous instruments, too, and legislators seem highly prone to sudden fits of hysteria.The Instapundit pundits again!
I can find no fault with their position on this. While the "Police Supply" is a bit annoying, Arizona is a free state and if people want to focus their business on a law-enforcement niche, that's ok.
"While I support and respect Mark Kelly's 2nd Amendment rights to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible manner, his recent statements to the media made it clear that his intent in purchasing the Sig Sauer M400 5.56mm rifle from us was for reasons other then for his personal use. In light of this fact, I determined that it was in my company's best interest to terminate this transaction prior to his returning to my store to complete the Federal From 4473 and NICS background check required of Mr. Kelly before he could take possession this firearm. A full refund was sent to Mr. Kelly, via express mail, on Thursday of last week.
The Sig Sauer rifle will be donated to the Arizona Tactical Officers Association where it will be raffled off to generate funds the association can use to purchase much needed tactical equipment for the organization's members. The A.T.O.A. represents the SWAT and Special Response officers of the state's law enforcement community who regularly place their lives on the line to protect the residents of this state.
Additionally, Diamondback Police Supply will make a $1295.00 contribution (the selling price of the M400 rifle) to the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program that teaches children, in pre-K through 3rd grade, four important steps to take if they find a gun. The emphasis of the program is on child safety, something that is important to all of us and at the core of the current debate on gun control," stated Douglas MacKinlay, Owner/President, Diamondback Police Supply Co., Inc.