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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Police: Mississippi Cop Killers Are Felons Barred From Owning Guns

Two men charged in connection with the shooting murders of two police officers in Hattiesburg, Miss., Saturday night are convicted felons, according to local press reports, which means that they were barred by federal law from owning, possessing or even touching any firearm, anywhere, ever.

Yet despite a total ban on felons possessing firearms—let alone murdering police officers—Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree suggested on CNN that Mississippi’s Right-to-Carry law was somehow to blame for the murders.

We see this same kind of “mistaken” or deliberately misleading “blame guns” tactic on an almost daily basis. Just last week The New York Times tried to blame last Saturday’s murder of NYPD Police Officer Brian Moore on “loose gun laws” in Georgia, despite the fact that the gun used in that murder was stolen, a situation in which no law—“loose” or otherwise—can do anything. That’s dishonest, and it’s despicable.


Hot Air In The Windy City

Never one to miss an opportunity to draw attention to himself and bash private gun ownership, Jesse Jackson took to the streets of Chicago last weekend to call for banning guns—ironically guns that are already illegal to own there.

“There’s no place in this city for AK-47s,” Jackson said. “There’s no place in these cities for automatic weapons. Street gangs are more armed than the police are. Nobody is secure ‘til all of us are secure.” What Jackson—who puts the “Windy” in the term Windy City—failed to mention is that Cook County’s “assault weapons” law already bans ownership of AK-47s. Of course, such information doesn’t fit his anti-gun, anti-gun-owner narrative.  

At least, though, Jackson got one thing correct. He was wearing a cap emblazoned with “Mothers Against Guns”—the name Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action should actually go by.


Big Election Losers: Pollsters

National Review writes that, according to an American expert, one group is consistently losing elections worldwide—pollsters.

Referring to an article by polling expert Nate Silver, NR reported that pollsters missed big conservative margins in the Scottish independence referendum, the 2014 U.S. midterm elections, Israel’s recent elections for the Knesset and last week’s elections in the United Kingdom. Silver listed difficulties in methodologies and contacting voters, and listed instances where pollsters withheld significant results because they ran counter to popular consensus.

A1F has reported problems with polls that claim a decline in gun ownership, too. It’s far more likely that they only measure the percentage of gun owners who will tell a strange caller they own guns. Massive rises in sales as reported by manufacturers, the number of background checks conducted, and the number of new gun owners taking classes are far better indicators of the true state of gun ownership.


North Carolina Background Checks

A perplexing stance has the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association opposing House Bill 562. What’s peculiar about the opposition is that the measure would regularize Tarheel background checks to the standard accepted throughout the nation—NICS (National Instant Criminal Background System). HB 562 seeks to end an antiquated, county-by-county hodgepodge that’s nearly a century old.

We understand and respect local control. But it pays to remember that this is essentially “may-issue” from the bad old days: Sheriffs, using criteria they don’t have to articulate, can decide for their own reasons who is, and who isn’t, permitted a handgun—end of story.

Use Your Power

We’d argue it’s a mighty fine line between this and the denial of Second Amendment freedom altogether. North Carolinians can write their lawmakers here.

Texas Dealership Offering Free Gun With Auto Purchase

Now this is the kind of promotion we can get behind—and a powerful argument for life in the Lone Star State.

For a limited time, a car dealership in Andrews, Texas, is offering a free firearm to anyone who purchases a vehicle. Because real life isn’t “Bowling for Columbine,” the winner is expected to undergo a background check—the general manager for the Benny Boyd car dealership pointed out that “Sometimes bad people buy cars.”

The prize comes in the form of a $500 gift certificate to a local farm and ranch supply store, so it could be spent on a gun or something else. We salute Benny Boyd for support of the Second Amendment—and their clever marketing sense.


Burglar Receives Late-Night Surprise

Wallace Hann had already stolen a child’s backpack before breaking into a vehicle under cover one night in Knoxville, Tenn. It was just before 3 a.m. when he was spotted attempting to burglarize the vehicle by Donald Williams, who confronted the 41-year-old Hann and tried to stop him.

But Hann was not to be deterred. And in a move he likely later regretted, he made the mistake of threatening the bystander. At the sign of danger, Williams pulled out his gun and fired. The burglar was hit several times and attempted to flee, but a trail of blood led police straight to the place where he was hiding in the bushes.

Hann is being treated at UT Medical Center. No charges have yet been filed.


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