“It will be a great jumping-off point for a conversation about this subject.” That’s Katie Couric discussing her new documentary titled “Under the Gun,” which will premiere at Sundance Film Festival next January. While she promises to “provide different perspectives from all sides of the issue,” Couric presents her film as “an opportunity to have a civil, productive conversation with the majority of Americans in this country who feel gun violence is unacceptable.”
Doing publicity for the movie, Couric shows exactly where she stands when she spouts ridiculous statements like, “There is what’s considered a mass shooting almost every day in America now.” So when she says “some people won’t like it,” it’s likely those “some people” will be America’s law-abiding gun owners and the 5 million men and women of the National Rifle Association.
Even The L.A. Times Hits Back Against Watch-List Gun Ban
We previously noted a growing faction within the political left that is speaking out against the Obama administration’s desire to prohibit individuals on an FBI watch list from buying guns. Now the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times has issued a statement condemning the policy for its abandonment of due process. “Ending gun violence is critically important, but so is protecting basic civil liberties,” the board wrote.
In case you weren’t sure, the L.A. Times is not known for being a pro-Second Amendment paper, and even in this editorial the writers seemed eager to defend their anti-gun credentials with talk about banning certain types of firearms and enacting more gun-control legislation. But in the end, President Obama’s assault on a constitutionally protected right was too much for them. “Although we agree to the ends here,” they concluded, “we object to the means.”
Proposed N.J. Smart-Gun Mandate: New, But Not Improved
A bill to replace New Jersey’s beleaguered smart-gun mandate passed in the state Senate by a vote of 22-15 Monday. Introduced by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, S3249 would eliminate the requirement that all handguns sold in N.J. must be smart guns within 30 months after “personalized handguns are available” anywhere in the country. Instead, as models are introduced, they would be vetted by the state attorney general—once a model is approved, all firearms wholesalers and retailers would be required to carry one in their inventory and display it in their stores.
While Weinberg believes S3249 will eliminate a roadblock to the development of smart-gun technology, many recognize it just replaces one gross government overreach with another. Notably, not a single GOP senator voted for it. “To have the government mandate what private business can and cannot sell, I think that’s wrong,” said Republican Sen. Mike Doherty. “That seems a lot like the Soviet Union to me.”
Writer Confused Over Why Younger Americans Like Guns
A Washington Post columnist on Tuesday expressed dismay that younger Americans don’t appear to be the driving force for gun control that many in the gun-ban movement had hoped they would be.
Catherine Rampell’s column, titled “Millennials’ Mysterious Support for Permissive Gun Laws,” chronicles how younger Americans, just like those in older age groups, more generally oppose more restrictive gun laws than support them. “Given the ambivalence of today’s young people—who are tomorrow’s high-voter-turnout middle-aged and older people—I wouldn’t expect that balance of power to shift (to anti-gun) anytime soon,” Rampell concluded.
Rampell need not have looked at reams of research to come to the same conclusion we do on a weekly basis when visiting the local shooting range. Just one trip will show that younger Americans are flocking to ranges in higher numbers than ever before—happily practicing the Second Amendment right that many in the media would love to curtail.
American Sniper Shootout Demonstrates TrackingPoint Tech
Taya Kyle, widow of legendary sniper Chris Kyle, took on NRA World Shooting Champion Bruce Piatt in a match intended to raise money for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation—and to demonstrate the power of TrackingPoint technology. Using TrackingPoint guns, Kyle—who describes herself as a “novice” shooter—handily defeated Piatt at the first inaugural American Sniper Shootout in Mason, Texas.
TrackingPoint has been looking for military and law enforcement contracts, and they are likely to encounter renewed interest based on this powerful proof of concept. When she spoke to us in October, Taya Kyle emphasized that this technology could be a major leap forward for modern warfare, and a way to save countless lives.
New Orleans Man Shoots Suspect Who Followed Him Into Home
An alleged New Orleans auto burglar was shot after an altercation with an Annunciation Street resident Saturday night.
According to a preliminary report from the New Orleans Police Department, the victim saw a man, later identified as Jordan Lowe, breaking into his vehicle. The owner of the vehicle, a 62-year-old man, came outside to confront the burglar who allegedly “armed himself with a large stick” and beat the victim several times with it, the report stated.
The victim retreated back into his home, but Lowe followed. The victim drew a gun and fired at the suspect, shooting him twice. Police said Lowe was transported to an area hospital and listed in stable condition.