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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Oregon Takes Up Ivory Ban Ballot Initiative

Hot on the heels of a ballot initiative in Washington state, an anti-hunting group is pushing a similar ivory trading initiative in Oregon that could turn gun owners into criminals.

Backed by the devoutly anti-hunting Humane Society of the United States and other animal-rights groups, the statute—if put on the ballot and passed—could outlaw the buying and selling of highly collectible pistols with ivory grips in the state. Paul Allen, the billionaire owner of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks, has provided more than $1.7 million to get the initiative on the ballot in Washington, and is expected to back the Washington effort as well.

A measure with similar language was considered before the Oregon Legislature earlier this year. It passed the state Senate, but died in the House without a vote.


Suspect Shot In North Carolina Home Invasion

Three men reportedly entered a home in Merritt, N.C., at 3 a.m. on Saturday, wearing masks and wielding a weapon. They were said to have demanded money from the occupants, but a resident in the home opened fire and killed one of the intruders. The deceased suspect, Moses Ellis Tolvert III, had a long criminal history including several gun charges. 

The Sun Journal reports that the other suspects fled in a blue Chrysler and are being sought by police. Given Tolvert’s record, it seems quite plausible that he was ready to do violence against the residents. It is fortunate that one of them was armed and ready.


Israelis Flock To Gun Ranges As Attacks Increase

Israelis are rushing to gun stores following a wave of Palestinian knife attacks and government requests that permit holders carry their handguns in public. Washington Post reports that attackers began using knives, stones, guns and vehicles against Israeli citizens and security forces a few weeks ago in Jerusalem—and the attacks have since spread across the country.  

According to Yair Yifrach, the owner of a gun shop and shooting range in the West Bank, the increase in demand has been “dramatic.” “In truth, getting a gun permit in Israel is not easy,” he said. 

“This is something Israelis understand, appreciate and feel secure with,” said Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat. “In America and in Europe, if you see civilians carry guns you get scared. In Israel, it’s exactly the opposite. Given the current escalation in the security situation, those with a licensed firearm who know what to do with it must go out. It’s an imperative.”


Gang Member Does The Crime, But Not The Time

His nickname is Smack, and the Dymes R Us gang member has amassed a long rap sheet in his short life. The 26-year-old Bronx resident was first arrested at 16 for gang assault and has notched 11 arrests since—with charges including robbery, weapons possession and selling drugs. 

On Monday night, Dalone “Smack” Jamison shot and killed a woman and injured two more outside a New York nightclub. He remains at large. The father of the victim is outraged. “I just hope the police catch him before I do,” warns Wally Faussett. “I will search for him myself because he should pay.” Astonishingly, Jamison has paid very little for his crimes to date, serving virtually no jail time.

New York’s strict gun control laws already give criminals the upper hand. Add in a court system that enables these career offenders to remain on the street, and it’s a deadly equation for residents.


Julianne Moore: Gun Safety Expert, Constitutional Scholar

Actress Julianne Moore told People magazine that she was partnering with Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety to create the Everytown Creative Council—celebrities joined together to “amplify the movement to end gun violence in our country.”

Moore mentioned background checks and safe storage laws, but Everytown doesn’t stop there. The website states, “While these are just the first steps, we pledge to use our voices wherever and whenever we can,” and “… every action, no matter how small, helps bring us closer to a future free from gun violence.”

Of course, “ending gun violence” is the code phrase adopted when “enacting gun control” fell out of favor. Unwittingly or not, by signing on, these celebrities are endorsing Bloomberg’s entire gun control agenda. 

Yet, “[a]s actors, we are citizens first, so we believe in the Constitution and the Second Amendment,” Moore said. “I think the Founding Fathers would agree with me.” 


Lectures From On High

From the best-protected human being on the face of the Earth, it’s appalling to hear your own self-defense talked about as if it were a merely private taste: “… their Second Amendment rights as they understood them.” Yet this is precisely what President Obama said on Saturday of his visit to Oregon the preceding day. 

But this bent interpretation of the Constitution was only the beginning: “It’s not just mass shootings, it is the daily shootings that take place in cities across America. It is easier to buy a gun than buy a book,” Obama said, referring—we can only guess—to a lack of Barnes & Noble locations in low-income communities. 

Never mind gang-fueled drug turf wars. Just ignore black markets. Forget about felons on serial catch-and-release. The president and his acolytes apparently believe murderers and other violent criminals are choosing armed mayhem over Little Women. Wow! 

A presidential change of serious import can hardly come too soon.


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