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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Most Americans Oppose National Ban On "Assault Weapons"

According to ABC News/Washington Post poll results released Wednesday, a majority of Americans now oppose banning so-called “assault weapons”—a first in more than 20 years of ABC/Post polling. From the peak of 80 percent in 1994 and down 11 percentage points from 2013, of those surveyed, only 45 percent were in favor of a Bill Clinton-style ban. The poll also revealed that over three-quarters of Americans have doubts that the authorities can prevent “lone wolf” terrorist attacks carried out by individuals acting alone. 

These findings denote a shift away from positions touted by Barack Obama and others in response to the recent terror attack in San Bernardino, which reignited the debate over gun control or the effectiveness in civilian firearm ownership to prevent violence. When asked which is the better reaction to terrorism, 47 percent say encouraging more people to carry guns legally.


Obama Uses Facebook To Huckster Anti-Gun Schemes That Are Proven Failures

In what must be a new low for an American president, Barack Obama used the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy to politick for gun control—not from the Oval Office or Rose Garden or in a joint address to Congress, but through a post on Facebook

After admitting anti-gun laws can’t stop lawless killers, Obama nonetheless asked, “But what if we tried to stop even one?” In so doing, he succinctly summarized the long-on-feelings but short-on-facts, sentiment-over-substance desperation that characterizes so much of the anti-gun lobby’s rhetoric and supposed “reasoning” today.

So it’s no surprise that the schemes Obama promoted—from Connecticut’s gun registration and magazine bans, to supposedly “universal” background checks, to outright gun bans—have all already been tried, and failed, to prevent crimes like the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.


This Is How Hard It Is To Get Off The No Fly List

With members of Congress pushing for a gun ban applying to everyone who ends up on the FBI’s Terrorist Watch List, it is instructive to emphasize just how difficult it is for anyone on such a list to clear their name. According to an article published in the Daily Beast, Malaysian architect Rahinah Ibrahim is “… the only person since the 9/11 attacks to file a court challenge that ultimately removed her name from the watch lists.” 

While Ibrahim was able to clear her name, the process took her most of a decade, even with clear evidence that her name was added to the No Fly List by mistake. And her objective has not been met, as she is still unable to obtain a visa to visit the United States. That Ibrahim has the closest thing to a success story most people on a watch list find indicates just how unacceptable it is to deprive people of their constitutionally protected rights on such a basis.


Maine Bill Would Give Local Governments Leeway To Ban Guns

While the balance of Maine’s recent legislative activity falls on the side of expanding gun rights, a new bill is cause for some concern. State Sen. Linda Baker has introduced a measure that would allow municipalities to ban guns in their public buildings without being thwarted by state pre-emption. “This is a local control issue,” explained Baker. “At the request of local officials, I agreed to bring this bill forward. 

Baker, who is a Republican, is facing opposition from other members of her party in the state Senate. Sen. Eric Brakey, a leader in the recent fight to deregulate concealed carry, stated his opposition: “I do think it is very important that we maintain the tradition we have on Second Amendment issues being determined on the state level and not letting that devolve so we have a mishmash of policies.”


Conn: Gun-Ban Group Offers 28 More Anti-Gun Tactics

As if Connecticut’s gun-ban Gov. Dannel Malloy didn’t have enough bad ideas on how to curtail his citizens’ right to keep and bear arms, the rabidly anti-gun and grossly misnamed Centers for American Progress is feeding him even more suggestions for restrictions.

The so-called “progressive think tank” issued a 28-point “framework” it says will curtail gun violence, including requiring monthly background checks for concealed-carry permit holders, implementing a lethality assessment program for police officers responding to domestic violence calls, requiring background checks for all sales at gun shows and implementing a violence-intervention program in local hospital emergency rooms for gunshot victims. 

While Malloy was rubbing his hands with glee (“These are great proposals,” he gushed), it’s obvious that most, if not all, would only affect law-abiding citizens, not criminals. Of course, Malloy likely knows that—he simply doesn’t care about the rights of Connecticut gun owners if throwing them under the bus might earn him political points.


Bakersfield Man Protects Family From Invaders

A homeowner in Bakersfield, Calif., was with his wife and three children when two men reportedly burst into their house, wearing masks and holding guns. The resident drew his own firearm and shot at the suspects, injuring one

Police arrived at the scene quickly, having already been notified by the alarm company of a problem. They heard shots fired and apprehended the wounded suspect as he attempted to escape. His accomplice is on the loose and being sought by law enforcement.


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