After three armed, masked men stormed into a Long Jewelers store in Winston-Salem, N.C., broke into a display case, waved guns around and terrorized customers and employees, a store manager retrieved a gun, walked from the back to the front of the store, and shot one of the suspects, who died outside the store.
The suspect—identified as Matthew Shawon Elliott, 30, of Statesville, N.C., had two prior felony convictions for robbery with a dangerous weapon. According to a statement released by police, the manager shot him out of “fear of his life and the lives of the business’s employees and patrons.” No charges will be filed against the armed defender, the district attorney told the Winston-Salem Journal.
The two other suspects, who fled, are still being sought by police. While officers were responding to the attempted robbery, another nearby jewelry store was reportedly robbed.
Colion Noir Goes Off On “Mike The Gun Guy”
While we covered Mike Weisser’s failed attempt to paint an NRA video as “racist,” Colion Noir undoubtedly makes the case more eloquently. In a new NRA Commentators video, Colion slams “Mike the fake-ass Gun Guy” for exposing his own “bigotry and lack of Google skills” in his attempt to smear the NRA. Mike had triumphantly pointed to NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s supposed misidentification of a black murder victim as a murderer, while Mike himself was the one confusing one young black man for another.
“Do me a favor and miss me with the fake outrage … You’re engaging in the exact same type of racist behavior that you’re accusing someone else of doing,” concludes Colion.
Bloomberg’s Squandered Bucks
We’ve told you over the past few weeks about gun-ban billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s extravagant spending on a few select state races in Virginia, where his “Everytown” group forked over more than $2 million on a pair of state Senate races.
While Democrat Jeremy McPike won with 54 percent of the vote in Alexandria, a district that voted 63 percent for Barack Obama, Everytown-backed Dan Gecker was defeated by Republican Glen Sturtevant in the Richmond area, ensuring Republicans retain control of the Senate. Overall, despite Gov. Terry McAuliffe making gun control a central issue in the election, 92 percent of NRA-backed candidates won in Virginia on Tuesday.
Even the so-called “mainstream” media noticed the trend. As Robert McCartney reported in the Washington Post on Wednesday: “When Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his fellow Democrats study what went wrong for them in Tuesday’s crucial legislative elections, one possible mistake stands out: Their aggressive advocacy of gun control in a pivotal Senate race in the Richmond area may have backfired by producing a pro-Republican backlash.”
NRA-Backed Candidates Win Governor’s Race In Kentucky And Mississippi
NRA A-rated candidates prevailed in both of Tuesday’s gubernatorial elections.
In Mississippi, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, a former law enforcement officer and NRA Life member, won a second term. During his first term, Bryant signed into law more than a dozen pro-Second Amendment measures and advanced the state’s Right To Hunt And Fish Amendment, which voters approved by 88 percent in 2014. “As a gun owner and defender of the Second Amendment, I believe the work of the NRA is critical in protecting our freedom,” Bryant said.
Kentucky’s new governor, Republican Matt Bevin, is also an NRA Life member. While the businessman and Army veteran has never held public office, he has been involved in politics, recently calling on Kentucky lawmakers to legalize permitless carry. Bevin has vowed to defend firearms freedom as governor: “Matt believes the Second Amendment means exactly what it says,” explained his campaign manager.
We congratulate Bryant and Bevin on their victories!
Hillary’s Gun-Run Surprises Even The Antis
History has not been on the side of gun-control proponents when it comes to winning presidential elections. But Hillary Clinton, allowing her deep-seated hatred of guns to overshadow political acumen, has pledged to make gun control a voting issue for Democrats.
It’s a strategy few would recommend—including, it seems, fellow gun-control proponents. Die-hard anti-gunner Gavin Newsom warned, “I think she’s taking a big risk.” The California lieutenant governor, who “couldn’t agree with Clinton more” on her gun stance, was a little surprised: “I didn’t expect that.”
Nevertheless, the Democratic presidential hopeful plows on. “The political calculus has changed—candidates are now running on gun safety,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, utilizing the gun banners’ latest euphuism for “gun control.”
More power to you, Hillary. If Tuesday’s results are any indication, American voters are ready to show you exactly what they think of your gun control.
Texas Passes “Right To Hunt And Fish” Amendment
In what can only be described as a landslide (more than 81 percent), Texans on Tuesday added a “Right to Hunt and Fish” amendment to their state constitution. Eighteen other states have provisions that run along similar lines to preserve the right to hunt, fish or otherwise harvest wildlife, and four others have partial protections that are not actual amendments. The additions to the state charter also codify (public) hunting and fishing as the preferred methods for wildlife management.
If this draws a “huh,” consider that anti-hunting and animal rights groups have long sought to hamstring hunting for their own obvious purposes, but with anti-gunners quietly cheering in the background: Any attack or sabotage on the justifications for firearms ownership suits them fine, of course.
Just one more example of why you shouldn’t mess with Texas.