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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Princeton To Provide Its Officers With Access To Guns

Princeton University in New Jersey will soon be providing Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers with access to rifles should emergency situations arise on campus. The policy change, which will be enacted in the coming months, was unveiled at a meeting on Monday. 

While certainly a step in the right direction, Princeton’s new policy falls just a bit short. Having officers merely ready to arm themselves instead of armed at all times could be the difference between life and death. As DPS Executive Director Paul Ominsky noted in announcing the policy change: “Response time matters. Even a few minutes can make a difference to save a life.”

All DPS officers undergo 26 weeks of training and possess many of the same credentials as local police officers, including the power to arrest. So why not give them the same opportunity to save lives—one of which may be their own?


Elderly Texas Man Defends Himself Against Career Criminal Grandson

81-year-old Norman Holley had been allowing his grandson, 34-year-old Michael Holley, to live in his Mesquite, Texas, home. The two were watching TV around 11 p.m. when they began arguing, and as the conflict escalated, Michael pulled out a knife and attempted to assault his grandfather. Fearing for his life, Norman grabbed his gun and shot the younger man. After being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, Michael was released to police, who have charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

This isn’t the first time Michael has attacked Grandpa: In February, he confessed to forcing Norman into a chair and cutting him. Despite his long rap sheet, he was given five years’ deferred probation—but after his most recent attack, he may now face jail time for both incidents.

Police say Norman Holley will not be charged in the shooting. “I think it is a clear-cut case of self-defense,” Mesquite Police Sgt. Joe Smith said.


Mass Shooting Tracking Site Doesn’t Follow Its Own Rules

If you’re looking for blatant propaganda posing as statistics, look no further than Mass Shooting Tracker. Spawned from the anti-gun /r/GunsAreCool subreddit, this site pretends to provide an objective look at the extent of gun violence in America. Critics have already pointed out that the site uses a skewed definition of “mass shooting”—four or more people, regardless of circumstances. Now a new post on The Truth About Guns points out that the Mass Shooting Tracker repeatedly violates its own lax guidelines. 

The article provides numerous instances, originally compiled by a Reddit user, where the Mass Shooting Tracker fails to provide citations or includes incidents that do not fit its stated criteria. Of 996 total shootings listed, 100 of them are shown here to be problematic in one or multiple ways. Like many sources of evidence used by anti-gunners, this site is guilty of massively skewing its numbers in the direction its ideology demands.


Firearms Stocks Rise By 70 Percent In 2015

At a time when the year-to-date value of the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down by more than 4 percent and the Standard & Poors 500 by nearly 3 percent, the share price of firearms stocks has increased sharply.

Successful gun companies like Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co. are some of the best investments in today’s market. S&W stock has jumped more than 80 percent this year—and if it were included in the S&P 500, it would be the second-best performer of the year, CNN Money reports. Meanwhile, Ruger stock is up 70 percent this year. 

One irony of the firearms debate is that the more anti-gun politicians push for “gun control,” and the more they attack the NRA, the more Americans purchase firearms and join the NRA. If those politicians truly wanted fewer Americans to buy guns and join the NRA, they would sit down and shut up about guns.


Two States Look To Expand Campus Carry Rights

Michigan and Wisconsin legislators are proposing bills that would allow licensed carry of concealed firearms in previously off-limits portions of college campuses, such as classroom buildings. Economist and commentator John Lott Jr. spoke in support of the legislation, saying concealed-carry permit holders hold a “strategic advantage” in mass shooting incidents that open carry advocates and uniformed law enforcement officials lack. “If you go to create a gun-free zone, the people who obey these rules are the law-abiding citizens, not the criminals,” he said.

Texas recently passed a campus carry law that will go into effect in August 2016. Private universities can opt out, but the University of Texas is currently considering how to implement the law, which will allow concealed weapon license holders over the age of 21 to bring handguns into buildings on public campuses.


Dem Candidates Show Their Hatred For NRA Members

It’s a sad day for America when most of the Democratic presidential candidates choose nearly 5 million law-abiding Americans as their public enemy number 1.

Yet that’s what happened at the first Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday, with Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders all taking potshots at members of the National Rifle Association. Sanders bragged of having a D-minus rating from the NRA, prompting O’Malley to boast, “I have an ‘F’ from the NRA, senator.” For her part, Clinton chided, “This has gone on too long and it’s time the entire country stood up against the NRA.”

With such hatred toward their fellow citizens just because they treasure the Second Amendment, it’s unlikely any of the Democrat candidates could honestly repeat the “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution” part of the oath of office. Fortunately, gun owners are watching and will vote next November.


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