In a rare show of restraint, a New York State Senate committee has narrowly defeated a measure that would ban ownership of .50-caliber rifles in the state.
Sen. Bill 2050 was the brainchild of Democrat Sen. Daniel Squadron, who had stated: “My bill would protect New Yorkers against certain high-powered .50-caliber rifles that have the capacity to kill a human from more than a mile away, pierce body and vehicle armor, and destroy military and civilian infrastructure. Today these weapons are available in New York state without registration or a permit.”
Of course, .50-caliber rifles aren’t commonly used by criminals for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that they cost thousands of dollars, the ammo costs nearly $3 a round, and most weigh in the 30-lb. range and are four feet long.
Bloomberg’s Accidental Researchers
Those pillars of agenda-driven scientific research—Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action—have announced the creation of something called the #NotAnAccident Index, which promises to be “a first-of-its-kind tracking of unintentional shootings by children.”
This “Index” will be produced by the same people whose inflated total of 74 school shootings since Newtown was reduced to only 15 by CNN, and rated “mostly false” by Politifact.com; whose Internet “sting” operation in Vermont grossly inflated illegal gun sales in the safest state in America; who added the names of the Boston bombers to their list of victims of gun violence on their “No More Names” bus tour; and whose research director, Ted Alcorn, ducked an on-air debate with economist John Lott earlier this week.
One final distortion: These two groups actually comprise only one “pillar,” led by Michael Bloomberg … leaving him one leg short to stand on.
CNN Anchor Blames Baltimore Chaos On ... Veterans?
Covering the Baltimore riots this week, CNN reporter Brooke Baldwin won top honors in the “Huh?” category of truly world-class non-sequiturs when—to fill airtime with words, any words—she blamed the chaos on American veterans.
While interviewing Democrat Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, who indulged in his predictable “blame the police” routine, CNN’s Baldwin said, “A lot of young people, and I love our nation’s veterans, but some of them are coming back from war, they don’t know the communities, and they are ready to do battle.”
In other words, Baldwin and Cummings managed to malign both the police who protect us from rampaging criminals, and our men and women in the armed forces, who protect us from terrorists and tyrants. This proves, yet again, that it’s often better to remain silent and be only thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
Billion-Dollar Sportsman Bonanza
This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will be distributing $1.1 billion to help expand and protect America’s hunting, shooting and conservation heritage. The USFWS generates these revenues through taxes levied against manufacturers of hunting and shooting equipment.
“These funds are the cornerstone of state-based efforts that are critical to the preservation of America’s wildlife and natural resources,” said USFWS Director Dan Ashe. “Their value cannot be overstated in providing opportunities for the next generation of Americans to get outdoors, experience our wild places and learn the importance of conserving our natural heritage.”
States generating the largest revenue were: Texas, $54,840,551; Alaska, $51,951,630; California, $44,134,573; Pennsylvania, $37,974,470; and Minnesota, $37,850,616.
Ask NH Gov. Hassan To Let You Put Your Coat On!
Use Your Power
Contact New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan today and urge her to sign SB 116, which removes the requirement for a concealed-carry permit to exercise your Second Amendment rights. New Hampshire already allows open carry without a permit, but existing law turns law-abiding carriers into criminals the minute they don a jacket. Moms Demand Action claims to have delivered “hundreds of postcards” urging Hassan to veto SB 116. Gun owners can counter with thousands of emails and phone calls today.
To contact Gov. Hassanclick here.
Philadelphia Judge Allows NRA Lawsuit To Resume
NRA lawsuits against the illegal gun ordinances found in several Pennsylvania cities have been held up in the courts on a legal technicality, and the case in Pittsburgh has been halted by a stay that an appeals court opted not to lift earlier this week.
But happier news prevails in Philadelphia, as the presiding judge has ruled that the case may move forward. Pennsylvania state law is clear on the point that municipalities may not regulate guns more strictly than in state law, so striking down these restrictive and wrong-headed ordinances is one step closer to reality.
Homeowner Stops Seasoned Burglar With A Single Shot
An East Knox County, Tenn., homeowner awoke to the sound of broken glass Wednesday morning. Grabbing his Glock handgun, the man walked into his living room, where he found 40-year-old James Vinson crawling through his living room window. The homeowner fired a single shot at the intruder, striking him and causing him to fall backward out the window and onto the front porch, where he succumbed to his injuries.
According to the Knox County Sheriff’s office, this is the third break-in at this rural home: Police reports were filed by the homeowner after previous burglary attempts, including one less than a year ago. This wasn’t Vinson’s first rodeo, either. In an interview with WBIR, a sheriff’s office spokesperson said the suspect “has quite a long history with the Sheriff’s Office and Knoxville Police Department,” and his rap sheet shows at least a dozen incidences of theft and aggravated burglary.