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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Gun-Control Cousins #AimingForChange

Comedian Amy Schumer and her longtime anti-gunner cousin, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, are continuing their crusade for your guns. They stood in front of New York’s City Hall on Sunday proclaiming that Americans need to, among other things, close the mythical background check “loophole” and “make background checks better” by mandating checks on all sales. 

Schumer and Schumer want voters to call, write, tweet, post on Facebook and march to stop so-called “gun violence.” They’ve even introduced a hashtag, #AimingForChange.

Well, we’re #AimingForChange, too. We’d like to see politicians who actually represent the interests of their constituents. Or a Hollywood that portrays the views of Middle America instead of the Left Coast. Instead we get a double dose of the Schumers and their elitist “we need a public outcry” opinions. Hint to the Schumers: There’s no outcry because Americans don’t believe that guns are the problem.


Wayne LaPierre: “How to Stop Violent Crime”

NRA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre appears in the first of a series of commentaries on NRA News that address today’s timely issues and tells the truths you won’t hear from mainstream media. 

In this initial video, he talks about the need to take violent criminals off the street. He says the best way to save lives is to prosecute offenders under the current gun laws and make sure they don’t get to their next crime scene. 

LaPierre also calls out Obama, Hillary Clinton and other politicians who wait for a crime that fits their agenda, then use it to campaign for more gun laws that they don’t enforce.

The NRA leader says Americans have no tolerance for a media that devotes endless time to new gun laws, but won’t ever ask why we don’t enforce existing laws. As he notes, “no organization has been louder, clearer or more consistent on the urgent need to enforce the federal gun laws than the NRA.” 

To watch this Wayne LaPierre commentary, click here.

Poll Says Americans Blame Mental Health System, Not Gun Laws

Democratic candidates are keen to try and make gun violence a core issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, but where does the American public stand? According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, voters decry gun-related violence but don’t feel that gun-control legislation is the solution. Fully 82 percent say gun violence is a serious issue in the United States, and 58 percent call it a “very serious” problem, but 47 percent believe that protecting gun rights should be the top priority.

Furthermore, while many have called for stricter gun laws in the wake of mass shooting incidents, the Post-ABC poll finds that the majority point to mental health issues. Based on the survey’s findings, more people say mass shootings reflect problems identifying and treating people with mental health problems rather than inadequate gun-control laws, and by a more than 2-to-1 margin (63 percent to 23 percent).


New Bill Would Prevent ATF’s Stonewalling Of Ammo Manufacturers

A new bill could prevent ATF’s stonewalling of ammunition manufacturers seeking to produce alternative types of ammo. Since 1986, ATF has regulated ammunition composed of brass as “armor-piercingunless it is designed for hunting or target shooting (the so-called “sporting-purposes” exemption). However, these waivers must be obtained from ATF on a case-by-case basis. The Alternative Ammunition Manufacturing Act (HR 3802), introduced by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin of Texas and 15 cosponsors, would require ATF to issue a ruling within 60 days of receiving a waiver application—otherwise, the application will be automatically granted. 

Babin explained that manufacturers’ waiver requests have been routinely delayed or outright ignored, leading to “considerable uncertainty” and slowing development of new products. “Manufacturers looking to comply with the law … should not be given the silent treatment by ATF. Our legislation will hold the ATF accountable for their inaction by requiring a timely and detailed response to all waiver requests,” Babin said.

Obama Says Unenforced Laws Prove Need For ... More Federal Anti-Gun Laws

President Obama visits his hometown of Chicago today where, at the annual meeting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, he will blame Chicago’s epidemic of murders and shootings on a supposed lack of federal anti-gun laws and renew his push for gun control, aides told the Los Angeles Times.

But as we’ve pointed out, what good are laws when Obama won’t enforce them? The feds don’t prosecute: Last year, Chicago police seized 6,252 illegal guns, yet the U.S. attorney prosecuted less than 1 percent of those cases. The state doesn’t prosecute, either: Between 2006 and 2013, more than 13,000 cases involving gun violations were thrown out of court there. More felony cases involving guns were dismissed than any other kind of case. 

So let’s call this what it is: Obama’s transparent, shamelessly cynical attempt to “politicize” gun control by blaming Republicans for his own refusal to enforce existing laws.


Bar Employee Shoots Armed Robber

Two men allegedly entered a bar in Baltimore, Md., and robbed several patrons at gunpoint. According to ABC 2 News, an armed employee of the establishment informed the suspects that he was calling police. One of the robbers proceeded to reach into his pocket, possibly for a weapon, and the bar worker shot him. 

The wounded suspect fled on foot and sought medical attention at a local hospital. There was no immediate report on the fate of his accomplice.


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