In a piece dominated by breathtakingly selective compassion, Mother Jones continues its assault on firearms ownership. In a now-familiar mix of serpentine statistics and one conflation after another (like adding criminal homicide to suicide numbers), four authors including Senior Editor Mark Follman assert a “cost” for gun violence of a whopping $229 billion.
It’s only in paragraph 23 that a reader discovers that “at least” $221 billion are “indirect costs.” In other words, researcher Ted Miller simply picked more than 96.5 percent of the costs in his tally, like “trauma and fear that stunt neighborhood development.” Seriously.
Let’s be clear: Victims of crime deserve apolitical care and compassion, and suicide is a hideous scourge on too many American families. But essentially made-up numbers and an increasingly stubborn, politically motivated refusal to look at real causes is of no help to anyone.
Bills Violating 2nd, 14th Amendments On The Move In The “Constitution State”
The Connecticut Judiciary Committee has passed two bills that seek to undermine citizens’ Second Amendment rights by circumventing the Fourteenth Amendment. SB 650 would require police to serve all temporary restraining orders in which an applicant indicates that the respondent has access to firearms or ammunition, or holds firearms or ammunition permits—and upon serving the order, immediately take “temporary” possession of all the respondent’s legally owned firearms, ammunition and permits.
HB 6848, which also deals with temporary restraining orders, would give respondents 24 hours to transfer all firearms and ammunition to a FFL dealer or surrender them to the Commission of Emergency Services and Protection—with no mechanism provided for these rights or possessions to be restored.
Both bills would allow an applicant to file a temporary restraining order without ever having to go before a judge, and would mandate that a respondent’s firearms and permits be confiscated without a hearing to determine the merits of the order.
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Connecticut residents can help stop the destructive measures mentioned above—SB 65 and HB 6848. If you live in Connecticut, it is critical that you contact your state representative immediately and urge them to vote “NO” on these bills byclicking here.
And You Thought The Wall Street Journal Knew Data
On April 15, The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog repeated previously published data claiming to show a decline in the number of American households with guns.
The University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center (NORC) asked, “Do you happen to have in your home any guns or revolvers? Is it a pistol, shotgun, rifle or what? Do any of these guns personally belong to you?”
Given that the same survey reported record lows in confidence in the White House (7 percent), Congress (5 percent) and the media (7 percent), did it occur to NORC that Americans might be suspicious of strangers asking about their firearms?
Here’s data NORC could Google: The number of background checks for gun purchases has skyrocketed since Obama took office and his gun control efforts fueled historic sales; new gun owners’ demand has driven the number of NRA instructors to record highs; and the number of certificates earned by new owners taking NRA classes has risen significantly since 2008.
Given all that, what’s more likely: gun ownership is declining, or that Americans are reluctant to tell strangers that they own guns?
Boy Scouts To Use Donated Firearm Suppressors
A Boy Scout camp in Maine is set to become the nation’s first to protect scouts’ hearing through the use of firearm suppressors donated by several forward-looking companies. GEMTECH and SilencerCo, two manufacturers of firearm suppressors, are working with Sturm, Ruger & Co. to provide .22 LR rifles, rifle suppressors, shotgun suppressors and 25,000 rounds of subsonic ammunition to Camp William Hinds in Raymond, Maine, to reduce noise on the range while training scouts in gun safety and marksmanship.
In the latest attempt to defy laws and deny law-abiding citizens their constitutional rights, the organizer of a popular music festival in Norman, Okla., is calling for a ban on firearms. Claiming their special-event permit lets them set the rules, organizers with Norman Music Alliance are requesting that festival-goers leave their guns at home.
The Oklahoma Second Amendment Association has filed a lawsuit in response, seeking to stop the ban. Regardless of the outcome, they plan to have members in attendance. “We will peacefully carry,” said Don Spencer, vice president of the association. “We will peacefully not resist any officer, and we will take it up in court.”
Despite their request, the Norman Music Alliance claims to be “a supporter of every amendment in the Constitution.” It’s the same song, different verse for the anti-gun crowd, who never quite seem to recognize their own hypocrisy.
Armed Officer Handcuffed And Denied Medical Treatment
You probably don’t expect to encounter a problem if you seek routine medical attention at a facility that doesn’t post a “no firearms” sign, especially if you’re a cop. But one such patient recently found himself encountering trouble at a clinic in Mansfield, Ohio.
Wayne Liggett Sr., a policeman from the nearby town of Plymouth, mentioned out of courtesy that he was carrying a firearm when he visited the clinic for problems with his eyesight. The next thing he knew, he was escorted out of the room by local officers at gunpoint and handcuffed while his employment status was verified. Even after the incident was resolved, he was denied treatment at the facility.
According to both state and federal law, officers are exempt from businesses’ rules prohibiting concealed carry. It’s not clear how the clinic justifies the decision to escort Officer Liggett from their facility and deny him the treatment he needed.
Orlando Burglar Picks The Wrong Target
A neighborhood in Orlando, Fla., was recently shaken up when an alleged burglar entered an apartment and was shot by the resident, Jordan Damato. Witnesses reported hearing broken glass followed by three gunshots. Afterward, the burglar was heard apologizing to Damato and requesting medical attention.
Most described Damato as a “nice” and “friendly” neighbor. Police did not comment on the incident, but it appears that the assailant was transported alive to the hospital.