When a strange man jumped into her Shasta County, Calif., backyard around 9 a.m. on Monday, Jennifer Doolittle had reason to be afraid. Only minutes before, Doolittle had received a reverse 911 call from the sheriff’s office alerting her that 44-year-old Dillon Carmelo, a sex offender and parole violator, was being pursued by deputies in her neighborhood and was considered armed and dangerous. She had just grabbed her handgun and gone outside to retrieve her dogs when Carmelo approached her, acting as though he was reaching for a gun. Doolittle fired several shots, striking him once in the ankle.
The deputies, who had been tracking Carmelo with the help of his GPS ankle bracelet since he fled from them earlier, arrived moments later and arrested him. He is being charged with resisting arrest and parole violations. Doolittle, who sheriffs say was acting in self-defense, will not be charged.
Twisting The Facts In North Carolina
When you detest private firearms ownership as much as Michael Bloomberg and Everytown for Gun Safety do, maybe twisting the facts to mislead voters in a paid advertisement doesn’t seem like a big deal.
That’s apparently the case in North Carolina, where Everytown for Gun Safety has made a statewide ad buy to help nix HB 562. While Everytown’s commercial makes it sound like the legislation would do away with all background checks for handgun purchases, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The legislation actually would put the state under the federal NICS system—just like the rest of the nation—doing away with an antiquated system that keeps firearms ownership under the strict control of County Sheriffs.
We’ll hope Tarheels resist falling for such claptrap, update their laws and send the misleading Everytown bunch packing.
Of Guns, Cars, Apples And Oranges
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely noticed that anti-gunners are beating a renewed propaganda drum, trying to make guns seem less acceptable by comparing gun-related deaths to those from motor vehicle accidents.
The faults in the comparison, and conclusions drawn, are far too many to address in this small space. But suffice it to say that comparing accidental vehicular deaths to the grand total of suicides, murders, defensive homicides by private citizens, legal intervention homicides by law enforcement officers, and the relatively smaller number of firearm accident deaths is truly apples to oranges.
In truth, from 1981 through 2013 (the first and last year of data reported by the federal government), deaths due to accidents involving firearms decreased 73 percent, while those due to accidents involving motor vehicles decreased only 31 percent. You can read NRA-ILA’s more detailed examination of the guns versus cars propaganda here.
Anti-Gun Detroit Democrat Shoots Girlfriend’s Car
In the anti-gun tradition of “Don’t do what I do, do what I say,” Democrat Michigan State Sen. Virgil Smith, whose anti-gun stance has earned him a grade of “D” from the NRA-PVF, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a gun and malicious destruction of property after he reportedly fired multiple shots from a shotgun into a car owned by his former wife and current girlfriend early Sunday morning.
Sources say that after his ex-wife found him naked in the home with another woman, a domestic dispute ensued in which Smith fired as many as 10 shots into the white 2015 Mercedes-Benz owned by his ex-wife, a prominent Ann Arbor businesswoman.
Michigan lawmakers are reportedly watching the fallout carefully to decide upon appropriate punishment for Smith, who serves as chair of the body’s legislative black caucus.
Oklahoma Governor Goes With The Gun Grabbers
SB 41 was a popular bill in the Oklahoma legislature, sailing past the House 88-4 and the Senate 39-7. The measure, which prohibits private entities from banning guns at events held at parks, recreational areas and fairgrounds, should have been a shoo-in. Instead, Republican Gov. Mary Fallin shot it down.
Fallin apparently fell for the rhetoric of the Greater OKC Chamber of Commerce, who sent out an “important alert” urging citizens to “protect OKC events.” They falsely warned that if the law went into effect, the state could lose major events and millions of dollars in a loss that would be “devastating for the community.”
As Fallin’s signature was saying one thing with her veto, her statement was saying another, declaring her strong support for Second Amendment rights. Yeah, right.
Use Your Power
Oklahoma residents can contact their Senate and House leadership to encourage an override of the governor’s veto by using NRA-ILA’s Write Your Lawmakers toolhere.