On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether to hear an appeal of Friedman vs. City of Highland Park, a case in which the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Chicago suburb’s ordinance banning semi-automatic firearms that hold more than 10 rounds.
Every firearm that uses a detachable magazine can be fitted with a larger magazine, which means this arbitrary ban could outlaw virtually all semi-automatics. Moreover, the firearms banned are some of the most common in the U.S., owned by millions of law-abiding Americans for sport, competition, hunting and self-defense. The AR-15 has been the best-selling type of rifle in the U.S. for several years now.
If the Supreme Court lets the lower court’s decision stand, similar bans—like those in California, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Hawaii—could continue to spread. A decision on whether to hear the appeal could come as early as Tuesday.
Democrats Unveil New Plan To Pass Old Ideas
As promised by former U.S. Senate Leader Harry Reid, Democrats unveiled their anti-gun proposals on Thursday.
In the wake of President Obama’s increased pressure on lawmakers and gun owners to take action, and Hillary Clinton’s announcement of her own gun control plans, Senate Democrats called for closing the non-existent “gun show loophole,” restricting online sales, expanded background checks and increased penalties for straw purchases. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., claimed to be riding a crest of voices calling for increased gun control: “We expect there will be a groundswell.”
Of course, they expect nothing of the sort, having seen the national polls trending in support of gun rights. They even admit they hope to score political points for the November elections.
Ironically, they staged their calls to restrict the rights of gun owners on the steps of the Capitol, protected by about a dozen armed U.S. Capitol Police officers.
Louisiana Woman Defends Herself Against Ex-Boyfriend’s Attacks
According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s office, a Gonzales, La., woman armed herself in self-defense against her violent ex-boyfriend. This decision may have saved her life. Deputies say that the victim returned home Sept. 27 to find her Gonzales apartment ransacked. She filed a report with police, indicating ongoing domestic turmoil with her ex-boyfriend Jonathan Beaureau, 35, of Sorrento.
After the break-in, the Gonzales Police Department helped the victim apply for a temporary restraining order against Beaureau. Three days later, Beaureau blocked the victim’s car with his truck in the courthouse parking lot and proceeded to threaten her. She then called 911 and pulled out her handgun, warning that she would fire if he came any closer. Police responded and Beaureau was arrested, charged with improper telephone communications, stalking and threatening a police officer. Officials say Beaureau has a lengthy criminal history and has been previously charged with simple battery, domestic abuse battery and possession of marijuana.
Giffords-Backed Group Pours Money Into Virginia Campaigns
The Second Amendment battleground is spreading to Virginia, where the Washington Post reports that Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun-control organization founded by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, is focusing its efforts. The group is planning to spend $600,000 on three Senate races this year.
Richard H. Black is one of the senators whom Americans for Responsible Solutions intends to unseat. “I really don’t think the money they’re spending is going to affect any races at all,” he said. “Virginia has a pretty comprehensive set of rules dealing with firearms, and people understand that if you’re going to have a safe community, you’re going to have citizens who have the right to keep and bear arms.”
Thousands Of Prisoners To Be Released Early
How’s this for irony: While the Obama administration is stepping up efforts to take away your guns, the same administration is now set to release a sea of violent criminals back onto the streets.
The mass release was triggered by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which lowered maximum sentences for drug offenders last year. That means the Federal Bureau of Prisons will now be releasing some 6,000 inmates from prison later this month. As many as 40,000 more could be eligible for reduced sentences in coming years. Yet these aren’t just small-town drug dealers. Many have a rap sheet that goes well beyond drug charges and includes gun offenses and violent crimes.
So in essence, our President wants to make it harder for you to protect yourself while adding to the threats against you. At some point, you have to ask yourself which side he’s really on.