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Saturday, October 17, 2015

CNN’s Parallel Universe

A piece on CNN.com mangled history in an attempt to prove that the NRA will eventually “lose”; not on any specific piece of policy, but eventually just cease to exist. As evidence, the writer cited the Cuban-American resistance to the Castro regime, the tobacco settlement and Congress’ failure to override the Iran nuclear deal. But the most bizarre comparison was to the Anti-Saloon League (ASL), an organization that CNN credits with singlehandedly bringing us the Prohibition era.

However, Prohibition was repealed in 1933 because it banned a consumer product that had been demonized by a vocal, well-funded minority; it was as unpopular as it was unenforceable. It gave rise to unintended consequences such as organized crime and widespread civil disobedience—which makes ASL sound far more like Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown and similar anti-gun organizations who wish to ban popular firearms and eliminate constitutionally guaranteed liberties, and not at all like NRA, who represents lawful gun owners opposed to efforts to take them.


Robbers Shot At By Intended Victim In Nashville

A man and woman sitting in a car outside their home just north of Nashville, Tenn., were approached by two men who tried to rob them. Before the exchange was over, the man in the car pulled a gun out and fired at the suspects.

News Channel 5 reports that the would-be robbers ran away and are currently being sought by police. Neither of the individuals inside the car were hurt.


Obama’s Common Core: Committed To Indoctrinating Our Children

Common Core has been repeatedly criticized for its politically biased materials. Perhaps the most egregious example is a study guide titled, “The Battle Over Gun Control.” 

Created by northern California NPR affiliate KQED and taxpayer-subsidized National Writing Project (NWP), the guide briefly describes the Newtown massacre, then states, “Yet months down the line, the issue remains highly controversial: An attempt to enact moderate new gun-control measures this spring was voted down in the Senate, due in part to the powerful political influence of gun-rights groups like the National Rifle Association.”

Follow-up questions include: “Are rules and guidelines that were created over 200 years ago still applicable today?” and “How accurate is this statement: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun?”

NWP and KQED told FoxNews.com it’s important for students to “engage in fact-based conversations about issues that matter”—but if they really believed that, they’d present both sides of the issue.


Wisconsin Lawmakers Want Guns Banned On College Campuses

Under current law in Wisconsin, anyone with a concealed weapons permit may carry a firearm on the grounds of public colleges and universities. However, some institutions, such as UW-Madison, prohibit weapons inside campus buildings. 

Two Republican state legislators in Wisconsin introduced a bill Monday to eliminate that exception. “If there’s a shooting on the campus, I think you want more guns on the campus—because you want more bullets flying to actually stop whoever it is that has started that shooting,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jesse Kremer. 

Two days later, three Democrats introduced legislation to ban weapons on college campuses outright, making carrying a weapon anywhere on campus a Class I felony. If passed, the Democrats’ bill would make Wisconsin the 20th state to ban concealed weapons on college campuses. But in a gun-friendly legislature, it is unlikely to move forward.


Gun Buybacks Don’t Work, So Let’s Expand Them

A recent gun policy meeting at Hunter College in New York City brought forth some, um, interesting proposals. After NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Collaborative Policing Susan Herman admitted that gun buybacks don’t work, she suggested that, instead of dropping the program, it be expanded to allow people to turn in anyone’s gun … whether they want you to or not. 

Herman actually encouraged reaching out to mothers, sisters and grandmothers—apparently no woman should want a gun—to have them steal the gun of any young man in their home and turn it in. “Nobody asks who you are, where you got it, anything,” Herman proposed. “You should be able to turn in, get rid of the gun in your house any time you want.” 

More ideas were forthcoming. One philanthropist proposed Guns for Gifts—a holiday buyback that would enable you to exchange your firearm for a brand-new toy.


Who Needs An Executive Order To Enforce Existing Laws?

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has issued an executive order targeting gun violence in the state, which in part has the effect of establishing a task force to investigate illegal firearm sales. It would also ban guns in the office buildings of certain executive branch agencies, according to WJLA, and set up a tip line for anonymous reporting of violations.

But strangely, most of the order’s scope seems to overlap with laws that are already in place. Gov. McAuliffe admitted in his statement that enforcement had been lacking in the past. NRA media liaison Lars Dalseide said: “The governor doesn’t need an executive order to enforce laws already on the books. It’s what the NRA has been calling for all along—for officials to enforce existing regulations and prosecute the criminal offenders to the full extent of the law.”


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