In a new column in USA Today titled, “No, Mr. President, the NRA is not to blame,” NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox struck back against Barack Obama’s attempt to leverage the atrocious attack in San Bernardino, Calif., for more gun control. Cox points out that “… California has already adopted President Obama’s gun control wishlist: ‘universal’ background checks, registration, waiting periods, gun bans, magazine bans and an expansion of prohibited gun categories. But these laws did nothing to prevent this horrific crime from taking place.”
Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley were also quick to use the shooting to advance their agenda, not waiting for details to emerge first. What we have discovered in the meantime does not support these politicians’ claim that the NRA is somehow to blame, or that stricter gun control is the answer.
University Prof Rants About Guns, NRA
In a rant secretly videoed during an introductory biology course, University of California, Irvine professor Richard Symanski blamed violent crime on the National Rifle Association and urged students to become gun-ban activists.
In the video found here, Symanski says: “If you want a cause—want to get on a bandwagon—then get these guns outlawed, and do something about the Second Amendment.” Symanski also addressed the NRA: “Who’s the big culprit of this? It’s the NRA—the National Rifle Association—which is enormously powerful in this country, in a way that you and I can’t imagine.”
Symanski even revealed his own mental instability, and his inability to believe gun owners might be different: “Look, we’re all sort of off the edge at some point, right? We don’t know when we’re going to fly off the edge. And what does the issue become? The issue becomes do we have access to a gun or an AK-47 or an automatic weapon? If we don’t have access to the damn thing we can’t kill anybody.”
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N.Y. Sheriff Urges Carry Permit Holders To Carry Their Guns
“In light of recent events that have occurred in the United States and around the world, I want to encourage citizens of Ulster County who are licensed to carry a firearm to PLEASE DO SO.” That was part of a letter posted on the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and signed by Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum.
Ulster County is located two hours north of New York City. Given the recent attacks and ISIS’ threat to the Big Apple, it certainly seems like sage advice not only for residents of Ulster County, but for residents in every county across the country.
After his letter went viral, Van Blarcum later said the post wasn’t intended to spark debate, but merely to encourage the licensed gun owners to carry. He also urged fellow officers to do the same when off-duty: “We must be prepared to act at any given moment.”
WaPo Rates Obama’s Statements On Mass Shootings Abroad
The Washington Post Fact Checker turned its analysis on a series of recent statements by President Obama comparing the number of mass shootings in America with those in other countries. Obama’s initial claim—that “… this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries”—is rated “Four Pinocchios,” a complete falsehood. The president has limited the scope of subsequent statements, and this article rates his overall factuality on the subject at “Two Pinocchios.”
The Fact Checker does note that even the statements deemed true are comparing the total number of mass shootings, a method that economist John Lott says is misleading: “I don’t know what sense it makes to say, ‘I have an area of 320 million people, and I’m going to compare it to 8 million, or even 40 million people.’ I would expect, just out of randomness, to have more of whatever event to happen in a country of 320 million people.”
Amy Schumer Keeps Stumping For Gun Control
Actress and comedian Amy Schumer is using her twitter following of 2.7 million to rally support for stricter gun control after the mass shooting in San Bernardino—tweeting Thursday, “Text ‘enough’ to 877-877 for the public to tell congress directly that we want background checks on ALL gun sales. Do it now! I did!” When someone texts as directed, they receive a message from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, transferring them directly to their senator based on area code.
Schumer also tweeted, “U.S. Senate vote today on gun violence. Will your senators stop dangerous people from getting guns? Ask them: http://tinyurl.com/qeww2dn,” which links to contact information for all members of Congress. The “Trainwreck” star has been an outspoken advocate for stricter gun control since a man shot and killed two at a Louisiana screening of the film—making multiple appearances with her cousin Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and mocking gun owners in a sketch on SNL.
Woman Holds Would-Be Burglar At Gunpoint
A woman was sitting home alone in Cleveland, Tenn., when she heard the sound of someone trying to break through her front door. She retrieved her handgun and called through the door that she was armed. She then stepped outside and encountered a stranger, whom she ordered to stay where he was. Police arrived on the scene and found the woman holding the suspect at gunpoint.
The would-be burglar was reported by WRCB to have more than 40 arrests on his record. The armed citizen reported that her prior training helped her know what to do: “We went over this when we got my concealed-carry permit, these types of scenarios.” The suspect is currently facing multiple charges.