As we previously reported, Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown group spent $700,000 on an ad campaign supporting Democratic candidate Dan Gecker, who is running for state senate. Now the Washington Post reveals a second, larger ad buy from Everytown—$1.5 million dedicated to capturing a second Commonwealth senate seat.
Both ad campaigns will attempt to galvanize voters by invoking tragedies that have occurred in the state. While Bloomberg and Everytown have massive coffers to empty on upcoming elections, American voters are not likely to accept an anti-gun platform that is far outside the mainstream.
Colorado Homeowner Finds Intruder In Garage
A resident of Grand Junction, Colo., went to his garage to smoke a cigarette and encountered an unfamiliar man. Upon questioning, the suspect, who was reportedly wearing gloves and carrying a flashlight, claimed that he was looking for a phone.
The Daily Sentinel records that the homeowner held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived to take him into custody. The district attorney said that the intruder was “lucky” not to have been shot because of his actions.
Hunter Sues Delta Over Trophy Rhino
A Dallas big-game hunter has filed a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines over the company’s refusal to ship his legally harvested rhinoceros carcass from Namibia to the United States.
Corey Knowlton, who legally hunted and harvested the black rhinoceros in May, is targeting Delta’s embargo on transporting African trophies, put in place after the widespread public overreaction to an American dentist legally killing a lion in Zimbabwe this summer. According to media reports on the lawsuit, Knowlton contends that safari hunting is the “backbone of anti-poaching” in Africa and is part of a “concerted management effort” to allow people and wildlife to coexist.
Knowlton, along with five other organizations including the Dallas Safari Club and Houston Safari Club, filed the suit on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Dallas. The complaint states that as a common carrier, it is illegal for Delta to “respond to pressure, discriminate against an unpopular but non-hazardous type of cargo and refuse to carry it.”
Martin O’Malley Tries To Get A Leg Up With Gun Control
With Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders receiving far superior polling numbers in the Democrat presidential race, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is trying to battle his way to the top with his anti-gun credentials. Consequently, he made his first campaign stop in Charleston, S.C.—capitalizing on tragedy, naturally—to call for new gun-control measures.
The Post and Courier reports that O’Malley supports banning “military-style” guns, exposing firearm manufacturers to liability for crimes committed with their products and beefing up background checks. Why O’Malley thinks that establishing himself as the most stridently anti-gun candidate is his ticket to victory is anyone’s guess. We doubt that touting his extreme positions will slow his inevitable slide into irrelevance.
Hearing Protection Act Would Remove Tax On Suppressors
U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., introduced the Hearing Protection Act (H.R. 3799) on Thursday. Designed to remove suppressors and silencers from regulations established under the National Firearms Act of 1934, the bill has been endorsed by the American Suppressor Association (ASA) and the NRA.
“Suppressors significantly reduce the chance of hearing loss for anyone who enjoys the shooting sports,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “On behalf of the NRA and our 5 million members, I want to thank Rep. Salmon for his leadership on this important bill."
In a press release about the legislation, the ASA wrote: “Despite common Hollywood-based misconceptions, the laws of physics dictate that no suppressor will ever be able to render gunfire silent. Suppressors are simply mufflers for firearms. In addition to hearing protection, suppressors also mitigate noise complaints from those who live near shooting ranges and hunting lands.”
Obama Vetoes NDAA, Blocking Firearms To U.S. Troops And Civilians
President Barack Obama on Thursday vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains provisions that would make it easier for U.S. Armed Forces to actually be armed on U.S. military facilities, and would allow the U.S. Army’s remaining stock of .45 ACP 1911A1 pistols to be sold to the public through the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
Although the annual NDAA is considered “must pass” legislation because it sets funding levels and priorities for the Defense Department, and although it was passed with clear bipartisan majorities in the House (where it passed by 270-156) and Senate (70-27), Obama vetoed it—only the fourth time a president has done so since 1961.
“The president would not only reject his own budget request for national defense … but also deny our troops the resources they need to defend the nation,” said U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. McCain described Obama’s veto as “reckless, cynical and downright dangerous.”