It’s not common to see members of Congress asking the president to go over their heads, but this week we saw 24 U.S. Senate Democrats ask Barack Obama to issue an executive order expanding background checks to cover some private gun sales. The measure, which Obama’s staff tentatively advanced last month, would target private individuals who sell a certain number of firearms per year.
Breitbart reports that even this restrictive measure wouldn’t be enough for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, which is encouraging the president to take even more drastic action. Anyway, it shows how demoralized the congressional anti-gun faction is becoming that they are asking to be consigned to irrelevance.
D.C. Mayor On Reason For Gun Control: “I Don’t Like Guns”
In response to comments from District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier about the need for civilians to “take out” an active shooter in an emergency, Mayor Muriel Bowser clarified that she is not considering loosening the District’s strict gun laws. “I don’t like guns,” she explained to cheers at a local press conference, according to the Washington Examiner.
That Mayor Bowser finds it acceptable to use her emotional attitude toward guns as justification for impinging on her constituents’ constitutional right to bear arms—and that she is publicly applauded for it—shows that D.C.’s leadership doesn’t consider itself accountable to the people who live and work in the area. Why do the mayor’s likes and dislikes determine whether they get to live safely?
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New Bill Would Make TSA Recognize Handgun IDs
U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tennessee, has introduced a bill that would require the Transportation Security Administration to accept handgun carry permits with photographs as a valid form of identification. She maintains in an essay published by Fox News that current standards—which reportedly allow a Costco membership card but not a official permit that is more difficult to acquire than a driver’s license—are discriminatory against gun owners.
The legislation, known as the Nondiscriminatory Transportation Screening Act or “TSA Act,” would also prohibit tracking or disseminating the information of individuals who use handgun permits as IDs. Black, who is also a registered nurse, pointed to strong bipartisan support that already exists for such a measure in states including Texas.
Michigan Legislators Assault “Stand Your Ground” Law
A group of Democrats in the Michigan state senate have begun attempting to repeal the 2006 Self Defense Act, a state “Stand Your Ground” law that protects the right to self-defense with deadly force without a “duty to retreat” in the face of danger. “Emergency room physicians and folks are just honestly worried about the prevalence of gun violence in our communities, and frankly pretty nervous about the fact that there is no duty to retreat and substantial immunity from both criminal and civil liability under these statutes,” saidstate Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, who sponsored the proposal.
Re-establishing a “duty to retreat” could lead to prosecution for legitimate cases of self-defense, not to mention serious injury or death for retreating victims. “Whether they be black, white, Hispanic or Asian, they all have the right to defend themselves from death, rape and bodily harm,” said Sen. Rick Jones, an opponent of the legislation. “It’s un-American.”
Gavin Newsom Takes A Cue From Bill Clinton And Feigns Interest In Hunting
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom spent some time recently in the San Joaquin Valley, talking about water policy and trying to attract uncommitted voters for his gubernatorial run. The Sacramento Beepoints out that Newsom’s radically anti-gun record is likely to make things difficult for him with the region’s largely rural inhabitants.
“Last week, after visiting a valley wildlife refuge, (Newsom) said he had been skeet shooting and might go duck hunting for the first time this year,” the Bee reported. It looks like Newsom has taken a page from the Bill Clinton playbook—a good hunting photo-op would support his claim that he isn’t really anti-gun, no matter how much effort he’s been putting into taking away gun owners’ rights. Fortunately for us—but not for Newsom or Clinton—voters tend not to be so easily fooled.
Tennessee Man Wards Off Armed Intruders
Armando Morales of Sevierville, Tenn., was reportedly at home when two men knocked on his front door and asked to cut firewood. When Morales declined and shut the door, the suspects began shooting through it, then kicked down the door and invaded the house.
The Sevier News Messenger says that Morales retrieved his own gun and returned fire, driving the suspects back out of his home. He was unhurt, and the suspects were later picked up by sheriff’s deputies and charged for the home invasion.