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Friday, October 30, 2015

Burglar In Broad Daylight Taken To The Shed

It was a little before lunchtime, around 11:30 a.m., when a New Orleans homeowner heard noises coming from the alleyway next to his home. The 68-year-old grabbed his gun and went out to investigate, and he found a man stealing items from his shed. 

The homeowner confronted the thief at gunpoint, hoping to detain him for the police, when 48-year-old Kelly Jackson reportedly tried to attack him. During the resulting physical altercation, the victim fired several shots at Jackson—striking him in the stomach, arm and leg. The armed citizen then called for police while Jackson fled and then collapsed. 

Jackson remains in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He will be charged burglary upon his release, and detectives are investigating whether he might be responsible for other thefts in the area. The homeowner is not facing any charges.


Obama Breaks Promise Of More Federal Gun Prosecutions

A recent publication by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC Reports, revealed that Obama’s tough talk about increasing prosecution of federal gun laws is nothing more than just that—talk. According to Yahoo News, one of Obama’s 23 executive directives in January 2013 was to “amp up prosecutions of federal gun laws.” The reality is that Obama’s annual prosecution of gun crimes has never reached the levels of prosecutions seen during George W. Bush’s last five years in office. 

The TRAC Reports show that prosecutions for gun violations actually began a decline in 2013, dipped further in 2014 and dropped to an all-time low for the Obama administration in 2015. The 2015 fiscal year actually represents a 15.5-percent drop in prosecutions from five years ago and a 34.8-percent drop from the midway point of Bush’s eight years in office. So much for enforcing gun laws!


Hillary Continues To Make Outlandish Liability Claim

It doesn’t matter much how often or how thoroughly an anti-gun talking point has been exposed as false—if it makes for a good sound bite, you’re going to keep hearing it. Just like the “40 percent of guns are sold without background checks” lie, Hillary Clinton’s claim that gun manufacturers face no legal liability for their products is completely false and has been debunked by multiple sources

Yet she just keeps repeating it! It’s clear that gun manufacturers face the same kind of liability as anyone else for faulty products; of course, that’s not the kind of liability that Hillary is interested in. She wants to see manufacturers sued out of existence because of what bad people do with their guns—an outcome that even socialist Bernie Sanders recognized as illogical and destructive.


Voting Site Pits Donald Trump Against Michael Bloomberg

The pre-election political climate is a bit like football: There are ever-evolving rankings, surprising upsets, passionate spectators, occasional touchdowns, and plenty of fumbles. And, like football, sometimes you’ll get some really interesting fantasy matchups.

The new site, Battle of the Billionaires, pits Republican Donald Trump against Independent (or whichever party he’s affiliated with this week) Michael Bloomberg, and asks whether several statements apply to one, both or neither. According to creator Gary Tobin, “The great and proverbial silent majority would love to weigh in on this rivalry.” 

Oddly missing is any mention of gun control. It’s unclear why—Bloomberg’s entire post-mayoral life seems devoted to it; Trump has repeatedly come out strongly against it. We’d posit any polling that neglects what’s become a key election issue is, at best, incomplete. But in the end, it’s something of a moot point: Bloomberg’s likely too busy buying politicians to contemplate actually running in 2016.


New Non-Lethal Gun May Provide False Sense Of Safety

Two entrepreneurs in (of course) Chicago have invented what they are touting as a self-defense tool for people who are concerned about home security but don’t want to commit to the responsibility of an actual firearm. The Salt gun is a CO2-powered paintball-style gun that fires pellets full of pepper spray. The developers claim that its area of effect means it is not necessary to hit an intruder directly and that fatal accidents are nearly impossible. 

Bearing Arms has a feature pointing out the myriad problems associated with such a defensive tool. Beyond the strong possibility of the gun not firing if the CO2 charge has been rendered inert, pepper spray is simply not an acceptably reliable measure in a home invasion scenario. (Or in any life-or-death situation: Why do you think police carry real guns?) While the Salt gun sounds innovative, the idea that someone would entrust their safety to it is scary.


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