If you’ve been asleep for years, what follows may come as a surprise: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has hired Scott Hogan from the Minnesota chapter of Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety to manage her campaign in the Gopher State. Since Clinton, Bloomberg and Hogan are all outspoken fans of both a renewed “assault weapons” ban and prep-for-confiscation background checks, the shuffle is doubly no surprise.
At what point will left-leaning or independent shooters tire of being labeled “terrorizers” by their own candidate? When will Minnesotans recall the wiser words of another presidential contender and fellow Minnesotan: “But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote, but which historically has proved to be always possible.” (Hubert H. Humphrey, Feb. 1960)
2016, we observe, would be a good time to start.
Students Protest The Right To Carry ... Protected By Right-To-Carry Permit Holders
You would think that if you were frightened by the right to carry a firearm and you wanted to protest against it as a dangerous practice on your college campus, you'd choose to protest in a location that doesn’t allow firearms.
But ironically, students at the University of Texas-Austin did just the opposite: They staged their protest Tuesday in the West Mall Rally Space—where state law already recognizes the right to carry—rather than in one of the buildings on campus, where the right to carry is currently banished by a state law that the Texas Senate voted in March to repeal.
Irony, anyone? It’s like renting billboards, bankrolling TV commercials and buying USA Today all so you can blanket the United States with the message that free speech and freedom of the press ought to be abolished.
ISIS “Hackers” May Get A Dose Of Military “Carriers”
Using the unintentionally ironic name “Islamic State Hacking Division,” ISIS released a hit list of 100 U.S. troops “so that our brothers residing in America can deal with you.” ISIS claimed to have hacked U.S. Central Command to obtain their personal data, and urged American ISIS fighters to kill the troops’ families.
In response, the U.S. Army Reserve 1016th Quartermaster Company reached out to E4 Tactical Solutions of Pocatello, Idaho, for help. E4 provided a “free, enhanced concealed-carry class for military personnel and their families.” E4’s Nick Edwards said, “When we heard about the threat to our families, money didn’t matter. We are a veteran family.” (Breitbart News, 4/28/15)
Kudos to the Edwards family (E4) for stepping up. Thanks also to the leadership of the 1016th for recognizing that Second Amendment rights mitigate lone-wolf threats—even to the world’s mightiest military.
Lancaster Dumps Gun Sales Ban In Emergencies
The Lancaster, Pa., City Council has voted unanimously to remove a city ordinance that allowed the city’s mayor to stop gun sales during an emergency.
The vote stemmed from a lawsuit filed against the city by the National Rifle Association in response to the city not conforming to the state’s Uniform Firearms Act. Mayor Rick Gray said in the meeting he was not even aware the statute existed, and that it did, indeed, violate the state’s pre-emption law.
“We’re pleased that Lancaster recognizes the illegality of portions of their emergency ordinance and that they are taking steps to conform with the law,” Jonathan Goldstein, the NRA’s attorney, told the Lancaster News.
Mississippi Parks Ban Guns In Defiance Of State Law
The state of Mississippi has recognized the right of individuals to carry guns in public parks since 2010, but that isn’t stopping some localities from setting their own policy. The Pat Harrison Waterway District, which is owned by the state and administers several parks, has prohibited guns on its premises for several years.
Waterway District Parks Director Allen Wright explains: “Right now, it’s policy that weapons aren’t allowed in the parks. To allow someone to carry one on their hip and walk around the park with it, no, that’s just a recipe for disaster, in my opinion.” Good thing for Wright that he’s allowed to ignore the law if he has a really strong opinion about it.
Armed Citizen Stops Knife- And Chain-Wielding “Prophet”
Michael White had already had a busy morning by the time he arrived at the Ring residence in Auburndale, Fla. He had just been chased away from a neighbor’s property after telling them he was a “prophet and could talk to animals,” and swinging a chain over his head, chanting about “the time of Revelations.”
Had he actually been a prophet, White would have simply gone home at this point. Instead, he entered the yard of Paul and Lisa Ring. They shouted at him to leave, but White refused, saying he “belonged” on the property because his sister was “Lord of the Estate.” After Paul Ring retrieved a 12-gauge shotgun, White tossed a dagger at him through the screened porch. Ring fired his shotgun, hitting White in the arm. The assailant was apprehended after fleeing the scene.