On March 31, ad giant Clear Channel Outdoor proudly announced the donation of 25 Boston billboards to the group Stop Handgun Violence. Three days later, those billboards were gone
Clear Channel reversed course due to reaction from gun owners, much of it organized by NRA affiliate Gun Owners Action League (GOAL). “This campaign has become politicized and misconstrued as a political position by our company, so we have taken it down,” said Clear Channel spokesman David Grabert. As if gun-control messages aren’t already “political.”
The billboards featured an AR-15 with a white flag of surrender and the headline, “We’re not anti-gun. We’re pro-life. Massachusetts Gun Laws Save Lives.”
President Obama—Giving Credit Where Credit’s Due
We’ve all heard the tongue-in-cheek references to President Barack Obama being named gun salesman of the year for his constant barrage of attacks against the Second Amendment. Now a well-known gun rights attorney is making the case that such an “honor” doesn’t go far enough.
“President Obama is the gun salesman of the decade,” C.D. Michel told Larry King in an ORA.TV interview. “His laws have caused people to go out and buy guns in record numbers.”
Michel further explained how the president’s efforts have basically backfired. “When you threaten to ban a gun, that causes a rush on those guns,” he said. “There’s more guns being sold in California and the country the last few years than there’s ever been before. There’s been a huge increase in demand. So those gun companies are making money.”
Oregon Stands Up Against SB 941
Opponents of an Oregon “universal” background check bill outnumbered supporters at a public hearing in Salem last Wednesday morning. Critics of the proposed Senate Bill 941 say the requirement for buyers to meet private sellers at an FFL dealer and pay to submit to a background check prior to purchase would create an undue tax burden. The current denial rate for background checks in the state is roughly 1 percent—no doubt because criminals typically obtain firearms via theft or the black market. In truth, the measure is unlikely to have any effect on violent crime, but could open the door to mandatory registration in the future.
Prior to the hearing, sheriffs from across the state submitted resolutions declaring they would not enforce any laws that infringed on Second Amendment rights. Oregon residents should contact the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 941.
Armed Citizen Stops Fight As Bystanders Take Video
A retired police officer intervened during an altercation in Salt Lake City, Utah, in which a knife-wielding assailant was seen threatening an apparently unarmed man. Although a crowd of bystanders had gathered, they seemed preoccupied by filming the attack instead of calling police.
The good Samaritan drew his firearm and told the assailant to lie down until police arrived. Members of the crowd began pressuring him to put down his own sidearm, but the situation remained stable until officers arrived two minutes later. Those involved should be happy that one witness was willing to take action instead of passively watching a tragedy ensue.
Chicago Vs. Mayberry
Chicago—home to some of the strictest gun laws in the nation—continues to prove that making gun ownership more difficult for law-abiding citizens isn’t the way to curtail violent crime. Recent reports from the Chicago Police Department show that shootings in the Windy City have increased by more than 40 percent during the first three months of this year. Through March, there were 355 shootings, compared to 253 through March 2014. Murders were also up by 18 over the same period last year.
For a complete analysis of the fallacy of Chicago’s anti-gun laws, see our archived feature, “If Gun Control Worked, Chicago Would Be Mayberry” here.
Slow And Infuriating
An Indianapolis firearms dealer has filed suit against the BATFE to recover its own previously stolen property. A1F was able to speak with a representative of Profire Arms and Supply, who explained the nuts and bolts: “Our trailer was stolen following a demonstration … but eventually all the items were recovered and an arrest was made—a previous felon. … Now the BATFE is holding onto all our equipment as evidence, but not pursuing charges. They simply won’t respond. This is the only avenue left.”
Profire has all its federal licensing in good order, and has confirmed the company isn’t under investigation. But most perplexing of all, it appears to be another case where the right hand of the Department of Justice doesn’t know what the left hand is doing: “We even talked to a DOJ lawyer—a really nice guy—and he said there was nothing he could do.” Is it too much to hope that incoming acting BATFE Director Thomas Brandon will put an end to this sort of misadventure?