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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Armed Oklahoma Mother Saves Children From Knife-Wielding Boyfriend

28-year-old Francis, Okla., mother Danielle McWethy was at home with her two children and her boyfriend, 33-year-old Oscar Darnell James Foreman, Friday morning when a dispute broke out. At around 7:30, while McWethy and Foreman were arguing, Foreman reportedly went into the kitchen and grabbed a large knife. He then kicked McWethy’s 9-year-old son in the head before shoving her 11-year-old daughter against a wall and threatening to use the knife to cut her. McWethy retrieved a 9 mm handgun and shot Foreman twice, eliminating the threat to her children. Foreman was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.  

While Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian cautions the incident is still under investigation, he said that the case appears to be justifiable homicide. So far, no charges have been filed.


Salon Contributor Calls For Potential Gun Owners To Be Shot

Salon has posted an op-ed on the subject of gun control by D. Watkins here, but be warned—the logic is tough to follow, and the grammar suggests that the publication no longer employs editors. The main takeaway is that Watkins wants “gutless NRA cowards”—by which we’re pretty sure he actually means all gun owners—to be shot before they’re allowed to buy guns.

Yes, we understand that he’s being satirical, although this conceit really isn’t funny or illuminating. But after listing a number of historical figures who were shot—it doesn’t matter to him how or why—Watkins posits that people who are pro-gun are “… just like the people who were in favor of slavery back in the day …” This kind of rhetoric isn’t just extremist; it offers no solutions and has no purpose but to promote hatred and further polarize the nation.


University: No Guns, Please—Now Fight For Your Lives!

Just when you think academia could hardly get any screwier, the University of Gun-Unfriendly-Maryland ups the ante. In a “campus wide safety message,” students are advised to 1) run, and 2) hide from an active shooter. Good advice, as far as it goes, especially when you’re guaranteed to be unarmed as a result of Terrapin policy. Where things really get bizarre is step three: Campus PD Chief David Mitchell says students must also be mentally prepared to fight for their lives.

How, we’d like to know, are these mindsets (to say nothing of the actions) compatible? So just the slow people are left to die; those who were poor at “hide and seek” as children? And fight with what? Dry-erase markers? Chalk?

This is one more ugly example of an increasingly common phenomenon: The officially armed or protected get to dictate literal life and death for the rest of us, without an accounting of any sort, ever.


New York Legislator Proposes Liability Insurance Requirement

The idea that gun owners should be required to purchase liability insurance has been making the rounds the past few years, and New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz is the latest to try to build legislation around it. Ortiz, a Democrat, introduced a bill in the state legislature to call for a $250,000 liability threshold before it is legal to own a gun. He has crafted similar legislation in the past but has failed to push it through committee.

While proponents act as if insurance would be a financial incentive for gun safety, there is no reason to think that owning a policy would make a household less susceptible to accidents—leaving aside the fact that insurance would not cover criminal use of a gun. This is simply another cynical gun-control ploy meant to make firearm ownership as expensive and burdensome as possible, and we should continue to reject it as such.


NRA Applauds New Mental Health Bill

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., has introduced HR 3722, NRA-supported legislation to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens from bureaucratic abuse by the Obama administration while strengthening America’s failing mental health system.  

McSally’s bill is the House version of the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, introduced in August by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, as S. 2002. The act requires that significant due process protections must be in place before an individual can be entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System as a prohibited person. This critical change is necessary as the Obama administration sweeps more Americans into NICS, with his agencies working to deny the Second Amendment rights of the law-abiding without due process.

Beyond the due process mandate, the bill will also provide incentive funding to the states to forward prohibiting mental health records to NICS, but, importantly, the bill clarifies the scope of mental health records that are to be shared to ensure that only those who pose a danger to themselves or others are included.


Clinton’s Lifetime Achievement: Gun Control

On Nov. 19, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence will present Hillary Clinton with the inaugural Mario M. Cuomo Visionary Award at the Brady Bear Awards Gala in New York. The Brady Campaign is “honored to recognize Mrs. Clinton for her leadership on this issue [gun control].”

Clinton’s “leadership” has included an increasingly vocal desire to dismantle the Constitution of the United States. Cocooned by Secret Service protection, she doesn’t believe ordinary Americans like you and me should have the right to firearms for self-defense. She thinks Australian-style gun confiscation is “worth considering.” And she’s declared the highest court of the land to be in error, stating, “The Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment.”

Kudos to Hillary on her win this November. We say enjoy it … because as long as America’s gun owners have anything to say about it, she won’t be enjoying any wins next November.


Armed Citizen Stops Indiana Home Invasion

When two armed men forced their way into an upstairs apartment in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Monday, the occupants of the apartment were ready and willing to fight back. Shots were fired by at least one of the intruders, prompting return fire from one of the three adults in the apartment. While none of the occupants were injured, one intruder was found by officers suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The wounded suspect is listed in critical condition at a nearby hospital. 

Officers at the scene recovered a shotgun, which is believed to have been used by one of the men breaking into the apartment. The second suspect fled the scene and has not been found by officers.


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