Following a review of security policies at Ohio National Guard facilities, Ohio guardsmen and women will now be permitted to carry firearms in defense of self and others. In the past, Guard members were unable to carry in part because they work on state property, where guns are typically prohibited. But after a review, ordered by Gov. John Kasich after July’s attack on military personnel in Chattanooga, Tenn., found that potential risks such as accidental discharge were small compared with the proven danger of terrorists and others targeting these imaginary “gun-free zones,” the policies were revised. All 72 Guard facilities will now have at least some armed personnel.
In announcing the change, Maj. Gen. Mark Bartman said, “We must take necessary action to protect our members.” We applaud these new policies aimed at keeping Ohio’s brave men and women in uniform safe, and hope other states soon follow suit.
The Mendacity Behind The NBA/Everytown “Gun Violence” Holiday Ad
Several NBA players appeared in a Christmas Day anti-gun violence ad interspersed with families of victims. The ad did not advocate for any political or legislative actions, but rather ended with a rallying cry: “We can end gun violence.”
However, the ad was sponsored by Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and features a link to a page that, while not calling for gun control per se, includes a fundraising link. It was directed by Spike Lee, whose new film, “Chi-Raq,” is a platform for Lee’s gun-control advocacy. And anti-gun advocates like The New York Times and Mother Jones lauded the NBA, and President Barack Obama tweeted his support.
Reports say the NBA claims the ad was apolitical. However, that claim rings false when it aligns itself with visceral opponents of the Second Amendment. After all, professional basketball generates millions of dollars—certainly enough that the league could have funded its own PSA without Bloomberg’s help.
Democrats Introduce Absurd Ammo Limits Legislation
Anti-gun legislators in New York are at it again. This time, they’ve introduced a proposal that NRA-ILA calls “one of the most absurd bills being introduced in the entire country.”
Democrat Sen. Roxanne Persaud and Assembly member Jo Anne Simon, also a Democrat, unveiled a measure that would limit ammunition purchases to twice the registered gun’s capacity once every 90 days. That means if you owned a six-shooter, you could only buy 12 bullets every three months. As the Brooklyn Daily Eagle admits, the practicality of limiting small-capacity gun owners to a less than a box of bullets is “unexplored.”
Persaud and Simon seem to think the proposal would deter terrorists. “Limiting the quantity and duration between purchases of ammunition is one step in preventing someone with criminal intent from easily accessing large quantities of ammunition,” said Persaud. Yet like all gun-control laws, it’s never the criminal who is affected—only the law-abiding.
Kurt Russell Triples Down On 2A Support
Following recent pro-gun statements in an interview and on “The View,” actor Kurt Russell isn’t backing down on his support for the Second Amendment.
The 64-year-old actor told Event magazine: “Sure I believe in the right to bear arms, as guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the American Constitution.”
“This is what people need to understand,” Russell continued. “Now is not a good time to lay down your weapons—how will you protect yourself?
“I am a libertarian, a hardcore one, and of course I have guns. I shoot things with them. I hunt game.”
Florida Man Shoots Aggressive Home Invader
In Osceola County, Fla., a homeowner was sitting in his living room with his wife and a friend when they heard a sound at the back door. He retrieved his handgun and went to investigate, finding a man who had entered the screened-in porch and was trying to access the kitchen. The resident instructed the suspect to leave, but the suspect reportedly attacked him and was shot.
The suspect was transported to a hospital and eventually died from his injuries. Twis Lizasuain with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office told WESH that the homeowner defended his family: “He spoke with that individual and asked him who he was and what he was doing in his home. That individual lunged at the homeowner twice, which forced the homeowner to shoot the suspect.”
OKC Homeowner Fights Off Home Invader
A quick-thinking homeowner in southwest Oklahoma City used his firearm to stop a man from breaking into his home on Christmas Eve.
Seeing the alleged criminal breaking into his house, the homeowner shot the man, who quickly fled. The suspect didn’t get far, though, before he pulled over in the getaway vehicle and called 911 for medical help.
According to local media reports, the suspect is recovering at a hospital and will later be booked into the Oklahoma County Jail.