The Democratic Party is divided on how hard they should push gun control. Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley are trying to tap into anger over gun violence—and the ignorant assumption that stricter gun control translates into greater safety—but the issue threatens to hurt centrists running in battleground states.
According to Democratic strategists in Washington, the politics of gun control have changed, but pro-gun voters historically have a greater impact on Election Day because they tend to be single-issue voters. People in favor of stricter gun control, on the other hand, are typically more motivated by other issues.
“It depends to what extent they push gun control and how it’s viewed,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. “It always has the potential to be a problem depending on how far you push it.”
NOVA Firearms: A Political Pawn
James Gates, owner of NOVA Firearms, faced strong opposition when opening a new gun shop in McLean, Va. Now, reports have come out that detail how that opposition came about—an exchange of emails shows Democratic elected officials working together to thwart Gates’ expansion efforts.
In one email, state Sen. Barbara Favola wrote: “Basically, we convinced the land owner that his business tenants would lose business. In other words, moving a gun shop to a small cluster of shops in the middle of a neighborhood was bad for business.”
The attacks on the gun shop, which is located near an elementary school, continued at the hands of Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust. He sent out a mailer depicting a School Zone sign riddled with bullet holes.
The result? “They protested us the day we opened,” said Gates. “But, to be honest, that helped us more than it hurt us. Business is good.”
Now Hiring: Chicago PD
We guess it’s a good thing that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy are announcing the forming of a new hiring pool for more police officers in the crime-ridden Windy City. The city will accept 12,500 new applications, as the previous batch (of 19,000 from 2013) is now exhausted.
Of course, the city leaders, who are hard at work expanding the police force, are striving with even more devotion to disarm law-abiding citizens wherever possible with a nightmarish maze of red tape. We see what happens—even in Chicago—when good people arm themselves. So while putting more good cops on the streets is a wise strategy, criminals would have far more to fear from an armed and self-confident citizenry.
CBS News Overstates “Smart Gun” Case
It’s difficult to ascertain why the “smart gun” hype machine has rumbled back to life recently, but a Washington Postarticle seems to have gotten the ball rolling again. Now a special CBS News segment has explored the case for such “safe” firearms—and gives the misleading impression that the technology is viable and could be ready for the market soon.
As a Forbes piece points out, when CBS talks to famous angel investor Ron Conway about his support for multiple “smart gun” startups, it implies that these ventures are poised for success. In reality, the majority of the projects that Conway backs never become profitable. The author also makes the case that the tech sector does not always succeed in transforming other industries—so even with the backing of a power player like Conway and a concerted effort from developers, “smart guns” are likely to succeed only if they someday live up to the standards of gun owners.
When Two Fools Collide
If you thought the NRA hater who calls himself “Mike The Gun Guy” couldn’t stoop much lower than his normal name-calling and hateful rhetoric against law-abiding gun owners, you’d be wrong.
Mike, who has his own hateful blog aimed at deriding NRA members and gun owners in general, recently wrote in lavish praise of University of Nebraska English professor Amada Gailey. “Great work Amanda, great work,” Mike gushes. What was Gailey’s incredible contribution? A lapel button stating, “#*$& The NRA.”
Mike is wrong for cheering about such obscene insults that in no way help curtail violent crime. Of course, that’s not all he was wrong about in his recent hate-filled screed. “… the NRA has been making this big play recently about getting women into the shooting sports, but the truth is that women … just aren’t all that interested in getting into guns.” Hey Mike, tell that to America’s fastest-growing demographic of new shooters and gun owners—women!
Halloween Night Robbery Thwarted By Two Armed Employees
One customer was shopping and two employees were on duty when a trio of masked men burst into Latino’s Meat Market in Reading, Pa., just before 11 p.m. on Saturday. Witnesses say one robber fired a shot with his pistol, while another pulled a stun gun on one of the employees. As the third suspect was removing money from the register, two employees drew their own guns and opened fire on the men, striking two of them. According to police one man died at the scene, while the other was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital. The third man, who fled with an undisclosed amount of money from the store’s register, remains at large.
Aside from a minor cut on one worker’s nose, the employees and the customer were unharmed. District Attorney John Adams told police that while the investigation continues, the shootings are being treated as justified self-defense.