A federal three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a ban on so-called "assault weapons" and "large-capacity magazines" in the city of Highland Park, Ill., in part because it unilaterally decided that "[i]f a ban on semi-automatic guns and large-capacity magazines reduces the perceived risk from a mass shooting, and makes the public feel safer as a result, that's a substantial benefit."
In the 2-to-1 decision, Judge Frank Easterbrook held that "... the Constitution establishes a federal republic where local differences are cherished as elements of liberty, rather than eliminated in a search for national uniformity ..."—apparently using that to justify ignoring the Heller and McDonald Supreme Court precedents, ignoring the U.S. Constitution and allowing local jurisdictions to do whatever they want.
The opinion is worthwhile reading—both for the breathtaking ignorance in the majority opinion, and for the dissent's effective demolition of their arguments.
Even Big Bucks Don’t Sell Bad Ideas
In a trend we can only hope continues, mostly out-of-town (and certainly out-of-touch) Everytown For Gun Safety and Gun Sense Vermont lost their bid to buy restrictive gun legislation in Vermont.
Outspending their rivals by nearly 5-to-1, Everytown and GSV nevertheless saw their preferred measure to extend background checks fail handily in both houses of the legislature.
Three-term Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin will instead sign a measure that creates state penalties for certain convicts who possess firearms, and beef up Vermont’s mental health reporting to NICS: “I am very happy that the bill is a shadow (of the one) I objected to in the beginning,” he said.
Bravo, Governor. Perhaps others will follow your lead.
Kroger - 2, Moms Demand Action - 0
Without firing a shot, a good guy with a gun (who happened to be a Kroger shopper) stopped seven individuals who were beating an elderly man in a Kroger parking lot in Little Rock, Ark., on April 22.
“Gene” (last name withheld) kept his finger off the trigger and used cover; he refused to respond to the attacker’s taunts and forced them to retreat; and he saved the victim from further harm, or perhaps even death.
The event must vex Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action, who is currently staging an ineffectual boycott of Kroger in an attempt to force them to ban the carry of firearms in their stores. Kroger stated that they would continue to allow carry in accordance with local law, and their profits rose 21 percent in Q3 2014.
No word yet from Watts on how the outcome would have been better had Gene been disarmed.
Gun-Hating, Non-Debating Everytown
C-SPAN was recently scheduled to host a debate on America’s shifting gun views between John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center and Ted Alcorn with Everytown For Gun Safety. Alcorn, however, refused to appear with Lott and requested instead to appear after Lott. In Alcorn’s solo interview, following Lott’s solo interview, Alcorn incredibly made this statement:
“We welcome debate. … When there is a credible scientist, someone who wants to have a real, constructive conversation, we will be there.”
Yet there was Lott, as credible as they come—a Ph.D. who has formerly served as chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission, has held positions at several prestigious academic institutions, and is a respected author and columnist—ready to discuss … and Alcorn bailed.
Seems Everytown’s claims of “welcoming” debate fall as flat and false as nearly all the rhetoric spewed by the gun-hating group.
Wyoming Cites Magpul, HiViz Jobs As Policy Success
When restrictive gun laws in Colorado drove Magpul and HiViz out of the state, Wyoming was more than happy to take the manufacturers off their hands. With Magpul now headquartered in Cheyenne and a major portion of HiViz’s operations centered in Laramie, dozens of jobs have opened up for Wyoming workers—and that’s not counting the additional facility that HiViz plans to build in the next three years.
Other gun makers are said to be eyeing the Cowboy State, and economic officials are seeing proof that having gun-friendly laws can be beneficial in more ways than one.
Of Riots, Reporters, Store Owners And Shotguns
On April 27, the Baltimore Sun’s Justin Fenton charged into a riot scenario that deteriorated quickly. When he was inevitably attacked, he “retreated back to my safe spot where I was with a store owner who had a shotgun, protecting his property.” Later, Fenton credited a gang member for rescuing him, but parsing his language in the fog of a riot obscures the real truth.
Fenton witnessed “an incredible number of officers” who “had perimeters set up, …” yet “you could come to this place and break into stores, and you could set fires, and you could stand on the police car and get your selfie taken.”
This is the stark truth of the Rodney King riots, Katrina, Ferguson and Baltimore: When order breaks down, the armed citizen is the only defense beyond that perimeter. The Second Amendment limits government abuse, but is more often needed when government is absent.