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  • Hillary vs. The 2nd Amendment

    10/08/2015 9:58:20 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 8, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Hillary Clinton, who served an administration that ran thousands of guns to Mexican drug lords under Operation Fast and Furious, is now fast and furiously trying to resurrect a failing campaign by taking aim at so-called gun rights “extremists”. In the wake of the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Mrs. Clinton advocated in New Hampshire for a new gun group for “responsible gun owners” apart from the National Rifle Association, which she considers extremist, even though no NRA member has ever been involved in a mass shooting...
  • Should Obama beat Clinton to her own gun fight? (barf alert)

    10/07/2015 3:28:03 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 06 oct 2015 | Clarence Page
    After nine people were killed at an Oregon community college last week, Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed a new attitude on gun control. She sounds a lot like President Barack Obama's new attitude on immigration: If Congress doesn't act, she says, she will. "This epidemic of gun violence," the Democratic presidential candidate said, "knows no boundaries, knows no limits of any kind." She seemed to choke back tears as she introduced the mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting almost three years ago. With that she showed both the urgency and the futility of today's national...
  • New ideas to keep guns from dangerous people (barf alert)

    10/06/2015 11:43:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6 oct 2015
    The American debate over gun control has been stalemated for some time. Back in the 1990s, Congress was able to pass legislation requiring federal background checks on most gun purchasers and outlawing "assault weapons." But in this century, each mass shooting sparks a brief discussion of measures that might be helpful in preventing the next one — and the discussion ends with nothing being done. Maybe last week's attack at an Oregon community college by a man who killed nine people and wounded nine others will finally break the impasse. It is past time to make guns less accessible to...
  • Why Obama Is Powerless To Reform Gun Laws (Its The 2nd Amendment, Stupid Alert)

    10/03/2015 7:55:49 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/03/2015 | Anthony Zurcher
    And those victorious Republican candidates are selected in primaries where the financial support of deep-pocketed pro-gun lobbying groups like the National Rifle Association can prove decisive and the voters who turn out are the kind of conservatives who don't take kindly to a candidate in favour of greater restrictions on gun ownership. It's a political environment where Republican officeholders face grassroot challenges if they're deemed insufficiently conservative but never if they're not moderate enough. Congress isn't just against high-profile gun regulation - even measures supported by a large majority of the American people - it also prohibits federal efforts to...
  • Editorial: Illegal guns killing our city, body and soul

    10/01/2015 5:49:56 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 55 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 01 oct 2015
    There was a day, not so long ago, when driving drunk was borderline socially acceptable. A cop was more likely to wag his finger — you naughty boy — than haul you off to jail. No harm no foul, right? But as the death toll mounted, society came to understand that every drunk on the road adds to the possibility — the probability — that innocent people will be hurt and killed. We finally came to see that drunken driving, even when the drunk made it home without denting a fender, is anything but a victimless crime.
  • Colorado Sheriffs Move Forward With Challenge Of State Gun Laws

    09/29/2015 8:54:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    CBS4 ^ | September 28, 2015
    A group of sheriffs from different Colorado counties are moving forward with their fight to repeal stricter state gun laws put in place three years ago. Those laws limit the capacity of ammunition magazines and expand background checks on gun purchases in Colorado. Sheriffs like Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario say they are committed to fighting to protect what they say is citizens’ Second Amendment rights. Dozens of current and former sheriffs gathered in Denver on Monday along with gun rights groups at the Byron White Courthouse. Many of those individuals are named in a lawsuit which challenges Colorado’s new...
  • Aim of Dubuque rally against gun violence -- public safety

    09/28/2015 6:24:09 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Nick Utter marched because of escalating gun violence. "It's kind of terrifying, the effect it can have on a neighborhood," said Utter, 21, of Cross Plains, Wis. Utter, a Loras College student, was among about 75 people Sunday who marched to University of Dubuque for a rally against gun violence. "It's not about people owning guns; it's how they're using them," Utter said. Four area peace- and faith-based organizations -- Children of Abraham, Dubuque Coalition for Non-Violence, Dubuque Area Congregations United and Dubuque International Day of Peace -- held the event, which included marches from Loras College, Clarke University and...
  • Jeb Bush vs. the 2nd Amendment

    09/22/2015 10:04:28 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Daniel John Sobieski ^ | September 27, 2015 | Danirl John Sobieski
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is not a political amateur and has faced questions from many prominent talking heads in the media. Yet in the 2016 he has made multiple gaffes indicating he still might not be ready for prime time, the latest being a question of whether gun ownership is a right guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.
  • Watch: These Are The Shocking Statistics The Government Doesn’t Want You To See

    09/18/2015 4:51:23 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 6 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 9/17/2015 | Mac Slavo
    It is time to start banning anything that could potentially be used as a weapon? The latest micro-documentary from Crush The Street explores the reality of violence in America and the shocking statistics being used to justify complete disarmament of the American people. Last year 285 people died from a rifle according to FBI crime statistics. This includes the deadly assault rifles. It’s a shocking number. But upon further investigation we learned that 1,490 U.S. citizens died from a knife attack… The media has had us focused on guns for too long… (Watch the video at link)
  • Jessica Chastain's Gun Control Thriller Picked Up For Distribution

    09/15/2015 8:59:43 AM PDT · by OddLane · 50 replies ^ | September 13, 2015 | Awr Hawkins
    Jessica Chastain’s gun control thriller “Miss Sloane” has been picked up by EuropaCorp and production is set to begin in March 2016. In the film–written by Jonathan Perera–Chastain will play a lobbyist who dedicates everything she has to securing passage of stricter gun control laws. Deadline described Chastain’s role by saying, “She would play the lead, the seasoned lobbyist who, with her small team of politicos, attempts to pass the hot-button legislation into federal law while going up against well-financed and unscrupulous members of the gun lobby.” According to The Wrap, the film “was sold at the Toronto Film Festival.”...
  • Cook County prosecutors steer clear of judges in gun cases

    09/11/2015 5:11:46 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 11 sept 2015 | Frank Main
    Cook County prosecutors have been avoiding judges in the early stage of gun cases — opting to have grand juries approve their charges — to make sure the defendants are headed to trial, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. In a major policy shift, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez ordered her prosecutors to present felony gun-possession cases to grand juries about a month and a half ago. In the past, they typically brought those cases before judges in preliminary hearings. Grand juries and judges can both decide if probable cause exists for a defendant to go to trial. But grand juries almost...
  • Gun control activists push for expanded background checks (barf alert)

    09/11/2015 5:00:26 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 11 sept 2015 | Wesley Juhl
    Dozens of Las Vegas gun control activists rallied in the west valley Thursday night as part of a national push to get Congress to act on their behalf. Moms Demand Action, part of the Everytown for Gun Safety organization, held gatherings across the U.S. as Congress returned from recess. State senators joined families and activists near a bus stop on the corner of West Sahara Avenue and Fort Apache Road to hold signs, share opinions and stories, and also to tweet. State Senate Minority Leader Aaron Ford, D-Las Vegas, spoke at the event about the most recent legislative session's "crazy"...
  • We know how to prevent gun violence, so why don't we? (barf alert)

    09/10/2015 4:08:51 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 56 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 10 sept 2015 | Khary Penebaker
    I am 37 years old, and I don't remember my mom. In fact, I know very little about her. I don't know her birthday. I don't know what made her laugh. I don't know what made her cry. What I do know is that on Sept. 8, 1979, she committed suicide with a gun that her father — my grandfather — had given her despite the fact that she suffered from depression and had previously attempted suicide with pills as a teenager. She died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, alone in her car on the side of...
  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: If Sandy Hook is 'bearable,' what is not? (barf alert)

    09/08/2015 3:34:44 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 31 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 08 sept 2015 | Leonard Pitts, Jr.
    You frequently find fortune cookie aphorisms, yes, but it’s not often that you find searing insight within Twitter’s 140-character confines. Which is why a June tweet from one Dan Hodges — his profile describes him as a British political commentator — stood out. “In retrospect,” wrote Hodges, “Sandy Hook marked the end of the U.S. gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.” You may cringe to hear the nation’s response to the December 2012 massacre of 20 young children — six adults also died — at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, described...
  • The Wisconsin Legislature should hold hearings on gun bills (barf alert)

    09/07/2015 6:09:23 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 07 sept2015 | Ernst-Ulrich Franzen
    One of the more effective ways for government officials to shut out the public from policy issues and debate is to simply ignore the issues. Don't bring up matters of public concern; look the other way if someone else does. I'd guess that more bills have been buried in some state legislative committee by Democrats and Republicans than there are tombstones in Forest Home Cemetery. A couple of examples were offered Thursday when a delegation from the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort met with the Journal Sentinel Editorial Board. One bill would require background checks on all gun sales. Another would prohibit...
  • Shining a light on the gun show

    09/07/2015 6:01:30 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 17 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 07 sept2015 | Stacy J. Willis
    I’m standing in the flea market of firepower, a gun show at Cashman Center, listening to a salesman pitch the value of a solar-powered flashlight. “But how do you make it work?” I ask, and by “work,” I don’t mean create a beam of light. I’m already sold on that. I mean how do I make it do its semi-lethal thing, like stun someone with massive volts of electricity, or emit a stream of burning pepper spray, or turn into an easy-grip dagger—you know, defend me? “Oh no,” he says. “This doesn’t do any of that. But it does charge...
  • The Left Thinks Clerk Kim Davis Should be in Jail? Well, What About THIS Elected Official?

    09/05/2015 9:29:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Patriot Action Network ^ | September 5, 2015 | Eric Odom
    The left is going bananas over Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis and her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gays. They applaud the heavy hand of the government and rejoice that a judge has taken the extraordinary step of having her placed behind bars, guarded by U.S. Marshals. The double standard revealed her is astonishing. Now keep in mind that gay marriage is in no way every mentioned in the constitution. Nor is marriage generally. But the 2nd Amendment makes it abundantly clear that every American has a right to keep and bear arms. There is no question on this. None...
  • A deadly Wednesday as 8 people killed in homicides in Chicago

    09/04/2015 3:28:58 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4 sept 2015 | Patrick M. O'Connell, Alexandra Chachkevitch and Peter Nickeas
    A teen in a park on the West Side. Two men in their 30s in Uptown on the North Side. A woman in her 20s in the South Side's Morgan Park neighborhood. Chicago's most recent spasm of violence touched all corners of the city. On Wednesday alone, eight people were shot to death in homicides. A ninth victim — an 11-year-old boy — died of an apparent accidental shooting. That marked the most homicides in a single day in Chicago in more than a decade, according to a Tribune analysis of department data. The worst previous day occurred July 5,...
  • Gun control groups accused of ‘swatting’ open-carry permit holders..

    09/02/2015 5:11:29 AM PDT · by Envisioning · 44 replies
    Second Amendment groups are accusing the gun control lobby of putting law-abiding owners of firearms in danger by urging people to call the police on anyone carrying a gun in public. As more states relax rules about open-carrying of guns, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has taken to social media to urge the public to assume gun-toters are trouble, and to call the cops on anyone they feel may be a threat.
  • My daughter was killed on live television. I will do whatever it takes to end gun violence.

    09/01/2015 5:43:07 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 115 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 01 sept 2015 | Andy Parker
    Last Wednesday, my daughter Alison was brutally struck down in the prime of her life by a deranged gunman. Since then, I have stated in numerous interviews with local, national and international media that I plan to make my life's work trying to implement effective and reasonable safeguards against this happening again. In recent years we have witnessed similar tragedies unfold on TV: the shooting of a congresswoman in Arizona, the massacre of schoolchildren in Connecticut and of churchgoers in South Carolina. We have to ask ourselves: What do we need to do to stop this insanity? In my case,...
  • Mental Health and the 2nd Amendment - No Excuse For Gun Grab

    08/29/2015 10:36:51 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Daniel John Sobieski
    Despite the undeniable mental issues affecting black, gay Democrat Vester Flanagan, who was not sporting a Confederate flag before he shot and killed his two former KDBJ coworkers, reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward, the fact is that he passed a background check and legally possessed the Glock handgun he used. As much as we all want to prevent the mentally unstable from possessing firearms, the fact is that there was nothing in Flanagan’s background to prevent him from legally owning a firearm.
  • Virginia shootings revive gun myths

    08/29/2015 5:09:19 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 29 aug 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Bernie Sanders' record skews way to the left on one issue after another: health care, taxes, campaign finance, international trade, abortion and the Iraq war. Gun control? Not so much. "Bernie Sanders, Gun Nut" was the headline in the liberal online publication Slate. After the Sandy Hook massacre, other progressives called for tough new restrictions on firearms, but Sanders disagreed. "If you passed the strongest gun control legislation tomorrow, I don't think it will have a profound effect on the tragedies we have seen," he said. Seeing violence live is a reality for too many kids Seeing violence live is...
  • Video from sentencing shows guns, threats against police

    08/29/2015 5:01:24 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 34 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 29 aug 2015 | John Diedrich
    A video played in a courtroom Friday reveals a dangerous midday scene on a Milwaukee street: young men brazenly waving guns and large stacks of cash before the camera, boasting about selling drugs and threatening to shoot at police if officers come down the stretch. Meanwhile, children can be seen sitting on a stoop watching the scene unfold at N. 32nd St. and W. Auer Ave. At the beginning of the video, a man with what appears to be a MAC-10 assault-style rifle slung around his neck says: "It's MAC-aroni time. Police gonna get shot at, too." There are no...
  • Editorial: Concealed gun law allowing questionable people to carry

    08/28/2015 5:45:30 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 28 aug 2015
    Two years after Illinois’ concealed-carry law went into effect, it’s time we took a hard look at whether people who are a danger to themselves or others are getting permits to carry hidden weapons. Under the law, even people who been arrested for violence are eligible to carry concealed weapons. The law leaves it up to local police to object if someone who shouldn’t be packing heat applies for a permit. But that extra safeguard apparently is not protecting us the way it should, at least in Cook County, whose residents account for about a quarter of the state’s concealed-carry...
  • More mass shootings occur in the U.S. than any other country (barf alert)

    08/28/2015 5:23:54 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 28 aug 2015 | Jen Christensen
    When a gunman opened fire Wednesday on two Virginia journalists and the woman they were interviewing on live TV, he was influenced by a long history of public mass killings throughout the country. Shooter Vester Lee Flanagan II said he admired mass shooters like those at Columbine High School in 1999 and Virginia Tech in 2007, and that he put down a deposit for a gun two days after the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting in June. When it comes to gun massacres, the United States is tragically exceptional: There are more public mass shootings in the United States than...
  • How a Gun in a Purse Became a Permanent Ball and Chain

    08/28/2015 5:02:43 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 18 replies
    MSN ^ | 28 aug 2015 | jim dwyer
    At 27, Adele Langkil, mother of a 4-year-old son in Virginia, got her first extended break from her jobs as a single parent and waitress when her parents took the boy for a weekend. She spent a few days in New York. Refreshed, returning home to Virginia Beach, she checked her bag at La Guardia Airport. It was 1985 and airline screening was not as rigorous as it is today, but the authorities noted that there was a handgun in the luggage. “I was working as a waitress at night,” Ms. Langkil recalled Thursday. “A couple of people followed the...
  • At Virginia shooting, NRA, where were the good guys? (barf alert)

    08/27/2015 5:49:55 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 54 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 27 aug 2015 | Rex Huppke
    It was painfully easy, and just plain painful, to watch the country's latest high-profile shooting. This one was captured on live television as a gunman killed a news reporter and a cameraman and injured the woman they were interviewing. Within hours, a person believed to be the shooter tweeted what looked like a first-person video of the slayings. The staccato pops of the gunshots made my heart leap. The stories of the victims — Alison Parker, a 24-year-old reporter for a Roanoke, Va., television station, and Adam Ward, 27, a cameraman — made anyone with an ounce of humanity hurt.
  • Baltimore marks 211 homicides; mayor takes aim at gun control

    08/22/2015 5:51:21 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 59 replies
    BALTIMORE —Amid an unrelenting streak of violence, Baltimore's mayor said current gun laws miss the mark. The number of homicides in Baltimore reached 211 on Wednesday, matching the number for all of last year. The 211th homicide was recorded when police found the body of a man who was shot in a vacant house in the Penn-North neighborhood of west Baltimore, the same area hit by riots in April. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's political career may depend on getting the violence under control. She gave credit Wednesday to city police officers because arrests are back up to a normal pace. She...
  • Packing heat in Detroit: Motown residents answer police chief's call to arms

    08/22/2015 3:30:10 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | Aug. 21, 2015 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Detroit resident Darrell Standberry doesn't navigate streets of the Motor City without his licensed handgun, and it already has saved his life once. “I never leave home without my weapon,” he said. “You never know when or what you’ll encounter.” It was 2011, when Standberry stopped at a gas station on Six Mile Road after attending his son’s football practice. After filling up the tank of his SUV, he left the car running and went inside to pay, only to spot a man jumping in behind the wheel. “I went back over and told him to get out of my...
  • Why Shooting To Wound, Warn, Or Brandishing Is A Bad Idea

    08/21/2015 9:08:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 57 replies ^ | 8/20/2015 | unknown
    Prosecutors have another term for warning shots: attempted felonious assault, improper discharge of a firearm etc. Shooting someone in the leg rather than center mass is similarly misguided and will not evade serious felony charges. Similarly, pulling out a gun just to “defuse the situation” is a legal non-starter. Do not be tempted to do this. If the gun comes out of the holster, the gun owner had better be justified in immediately employing it fully. There is no such thing as a warning shot or shooting to wound. This will be construed as a miss, bad marksmanship and perhaps...

    08/18/2015 11:55:00 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 25 replies
    18 aug 2015
    --was in the Walmart in Spearfish,South Dakota and noticed the lack of any "assault" weapons -aka "modern sporting rifles"--commented to the clerk that they must all be sold out. --reply was the "we don't sell them any more--orders from above"---I commented on how stupid a policy that was, suggested I was going to write them a letter--he agreed that "might help""----I am wondering if anyone else has seen this in their area---
  • Wisconsin has the power to reduce gun violence (barf alert)

    08/15/2015 4:26:20 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 30 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 15 aug 2015 | Nina Vinik
    How will we remember the summer of 2015? The past few months already have been marred by mass shootings in Charleston, Chattanooga and Lafayette. Homicides are on the rise in many cities, including Milwaukee. Every major city has experienced firearm deaths, holes in the hearts of its families and communities. Milwaukee's situation is stark. Homicides have more than doubled in the first half of 2015 compared with last year. According to the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission, 31 of Milwaukee's 300 fatal and nonfatal shooting victims were 17 or younger, such as 13-year-old Giovonnie Cameron, who was shot and killed in...
  • RAW FOOTAGE=> Protesters Flee When They See Ferguson Store Owner Is Packing Heat

    08/12/2015 2:01:50 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 57 replies
    gatewatypundit ^ | Aug 11, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    After being looted twice in the past year, the Ferguson Market and Liquor Store employees decided to take things into their own hands since the government failed. Video
  • FL League of Women Voters Opposes Arming College Women for Self-Defense

    08/08/2015 9:56:45 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/08/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On August 13 Florida League of Women Voters (FLWV) Gun Safety Committee chair Patti Brigham will hold a conference for leaders who oppose arming women and other law-abiding citizens on college campuses for self-defense. Brigham’s conference comes as Florida state senator Greg Evers (R-Baker) and representative Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) prepare to renew their push for women with concealed carry permits to be able to carry guns on college campuses for self-defense. Evers and Stuebe both offered bills that would have allowed women to arm themselves in 2015, and both bills were defeated by opposition from gun control groups geared toward...
  • NRA's Wayne LaPierre promises apocalypse now (barf alert)

    07/29/2015 5:05:51 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 29 july 2015 | Francis Wilkinson
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, R, who presides over a state with a high rate of gun violence and a low quality of gun laws, is shocked. "We never would've imagined it would've happened in Louisiana or Lafayette," he said after last week's movie theater shooting in Lafayette, La. Jindal responded with a kind of gunner jujitsu, calling for other states to emulate the sloppy standards of Louisiana, which has loose gun laws and has largely failed to supply mental health records to the criminal background check system, although a law signed by Jindal now requires it. Louisiana has the nation's...
  • Editorial: Make gun laws work the way they're supposed to

    07/28/2015 6:25:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 28 july 2015
    Half the guns used by criminals in Illinois gush in from states that do an even lousier job than Illinois of keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. When a big city like Chicago is a national hub of the illegal drug trade — even El Chapo has competition in this town, as Sun-Times reporter Frank Main wrote Sunday — then stopping that flow of guns is essential. Now, finally, a leading voice of the Republican Party, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, on Sunday said what Chicago leaders have been saying for years: At least close...
  • Americans now know: More guns = less crime

    07/28/2015 5:15:25 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 28 july 2015 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Americans are increasingly convinced that owning a gun makes them safer. A new Rasmussen poll found that an overwhelming majority of Americans (68%) "feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed." And a series of polls by Gallup, the Pew Research Center and ABC News and The Washington Post show similar results. But it isn't just what people say. They are clearly putting more stock in self-defense. Since 2007, the number of concealed-handgun permits has soared, from 4.6 million to 12.8 million. A new study by the Crime Prevention Research Center finds that a record 1.7 million permits have...
  • Gov. Doug Ducey arms Arizona National Guard after Tennessee shooting (another one!)

    07/22/2015 5:40:28 PM PDT · by Marie · 11 replies
    KTAR ^ | July 22, 2015 | KTAR Newsroom
    PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order Wednesday arming the Arizona National Guard in response to multiple shootings at military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. "With the number of tragic shootings that have occurred on military installations in recent years, it's imperative that our soldiers and airmen -- people who put their lives on the line every day to protect our state and nation -- have at least the same level of self-defense as the citizens they're fighting for," Ducey said in a statement. Ducey's order will allow Guard personnel to carry weapons at Guard facilities and train them...
  • Milwaukee gun initiative is good step but more is needed

    07/25/2015 4:45:53 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 22 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 25 july 2015
    The initiative to curb gun violence in Milwaukee announced last week by state and local officials is a necessary and welcome step that may help reduce the sharp spike in homicides and shootings the city has experienced this year. Focusing on the aggressive prosecution of gun crimes, much like the successful Operation Ceasefire did when it was launched 15 years ago, this push should give authorities more of the the tools they need. The day the initiative was announced, Milwaukee matched its homicide total for all of last year with the death of a 17-year-old girl. While the total number...
  • 7th Circuit overturns Milwaukee gun conviction, say police stop improper

    07/22/2015 5:29:06 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 22 july 2015 | Bruce Vielmetti
    A federal appeals court has reversed a Milwaukee man's gun conviction and three year sentence, ruling that police unlawfully boxed him into an alley with their bicycles. The ruling -- the same day that law enforcement officials declared a new war on gun violence in Milwaukee”-- illustrates the kind of legal obstacles such an effort must overcome. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opinion was written by Judge Anne Williams, and joined by Judge Richard Posner and U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood. In June 2013, Milwaukee officers Michael Michalski and Michael Flannery were bicycle patrol on the city’s north...
  • Guns on the bus: Still a bad idea

    07/20/2015 7:16:13 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 july 2015
    "Granny's got a gun" was the headline on the television news report the day Ramona Taylor-Kamate was mugged on a crowded bus in Detroit. Taylor-Kamate, then 56, told WJBK News that she struggled with the young man who grabbed her purse in January 2013. He tried to flee when the bus stopped, but she held on and followed him onto the sidewalk. When he reached for his boot, she thought he was going for a gun — so she pulled out her own pistol and fired 11 times. He escaped. Rauner OKs changes to concealed carry law as state gun...
  • This gun control tactic is hard to shoot down (barf alert)

    07/20/2015 7:04:43 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 20 july 2015
    Aside from picking office holders, Nevada voters next year will have the opportunity to help keep guns out of the wrong hands. Granted, we can’t always identify “the wrong hands” because many crimes are committed in the passion of the moment by first-time gun-wielders who might not fit the profile of a gunman-in-waiting. But as a society, we at least can try to weed out those people who, on the face of it, shouldn’t be allowed to carry a weapon. It’s an obvious group: felons, domestic abusers and the mentally ill who have been identified by the state as having...
  • .Hutchinson Orders Adjutant General To Arm Full-Time Military Personnel (ARK)

    07/18/2015 6:49:37 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 26 replies
    5 News Online ^ | 17 JUL 15 1700hrs | Curtis Lanning and Dillon Thomas
    ARKANSAS (KFSM) – Following the shooting death of four Marines in Chattanooga, Gov. Asa Hutchinson has authorized Arkansas National Guard Adjutant General Mark Berry to arm full-time military personnel. The governor also ordered the Arkansas flag to be flown at half-staff on Monday (July 20), according to a news release. “Our hearts break at the news of another senseless act of violence and terror, this time out of Chattanooga,” Governor Hutchinson said. “Our prayers go out to all the families of the victims, especially the family of Staff Sgt. David Wyatt of Russellville, one of Arkansas’s own.” He continued, “I...
  • Plain Talk: John Wiley hit bull's-eye in critique of state's gun laws (barf alert)

    07/08/2015 5:48:51 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 26 replies ^ | 8 july 2015 | Dave Zweifel
    If you didn't see retired UW-Madison chancellor John Wiley's Voice of the People contribution last week, you need to go back and read it. It succinctly describes the utter lunacy of our lax gun laws that, despite the protestations of the pro-gun fanatics, help make us the most violent nation in the world. That violence is expected to push the national gun death toll to more than 33,000 people this year, which would probably for the first time exceed the number of deaths in motor vehicle crashes throughout America. Wiley, a gun owner himself, is appalled that the state Legislature...
  • From Sandy Hook to Charleston to Chicago (barf alert)

    07/07/2015 5:48:27 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 07 july 2015
    When 20 schoolchildren, mostly first-graders, were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, the nation renewed a fierce debate over gun laws. The slaughter of children, many of whom hid under desks and in closets to avoid a mad gunman stalking their hallways, seemed the tipping point for a sincere re-examination of state and federal gun laws. President Barack Obama proposed a broad agenda on firearms. But it was narrowed to legislation that would expand the requirements for criminal background checks of gun-buyers. As parents of Sandy Hook victims watched from the Senate gallery, even...
  • It wouldn’t hurt President Obama to continue to push for gun reform (barf alert)

    07/07/2015 5:27:30 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 7 july 2015 | Dan Thomasson
    As we continue to mourn the latest mass murder and the president has expressed the anger and frustration that most of us feel, we all can just settle back to wait for the next atrocity and the resulting worthless disingenuous rhetoric about changing the nation’s barbaric gun culture. Between now and then, this is certain: Nothing will alter the status quo and the victims will just be more martyred to the cause delivering us from the evil of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. If that seems unrelentingly cynical, it is justified by the refusal of American political and judicial...
  • Don’t Equate Same-Sex Marriage Decision with National Concealed Carry Reciprocity (NRA)

    07/06/2015 8:28:50 AM PDT · by PROCON · 14 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | July 5, 2015
    On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which concerned whether same-sex marriage is a right protected by the U.S. Constitution. Although the case did not address the right to bear arms, some pro-gun advocates began debating whether the Court’s reasoning and analysis had application to national concealed carry licensing reciprocity. This is a reasonable question. If states that formerly did not sanction same-sex marriage now have to recognize all marriages from states that do, shouldn’t that also mean restrictive “may issue” concealed carry jurisdictions have to recognize concealed carry...
  • Cops hate this gun-shaped iPhone case

    07/03/2015 6:34:36 AM PDT · by ToxicMich · 47 replies
    "Most kids carry their cell phone in their back pocket, and if someone reaches for it, in my mind they're reaching for a gun," said Al Della Fave, a retired New Jersey state trooper and firearms instructor. Dellla Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey, shared a Facebook (FB, Tech30) photo of the iPhone case that he found on a closed social media site for cops. A model poses with her phone tucked into her back pocket, and the protruding case looks like the handle of a semiautomatic compact pistol.
  • Details emerge in Northeast Las Vegas home invasion shootout

    07/02/2015 4:55:49 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 02 july 2015 | COLTON LOCHHEAD
    A 23-year-old man was able to fend off two intruders in his family’s home Tuesday morning, killing one and wounding the other, according to a police report released Wednesday. Just after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Tarneshia Harris, 29, also known as Tiffany Carter, and a male accomplice broke into a house in the 3800 block of King Palm Avenue, near Pecos and Alexander roads, while several people were home, according to the report. The duo initially tried a ruse to gain entry, police said. Harris knocked on the door of the house and told the 12-year-old boy who answered that her...
  • Commentary: Why Israel has lots of guns but few gun crimes (barf alert)

    06/30/2015 5:44:47 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 30 june 2015 | Daniel Gordis
    Early in 2002, as the Second Intifada was raging, guns — normally ubiquitous in Israeli society — were even more in evidence. In restaurants, at synagogue and especially on the street, you could see pistols stuck into men’s belts or pants. One of my wife’s closest friends kept a gun in her purse. Those were dangerous times in Israel. More than once, legally armed civilians killed or wounded terrorists in places as seemingly benign as the grocery store. I decided that I, too, should probably get a gun license, and promptly went to the appropriate government office to apply. Obama...