MSNBC host Joe Scarborough may have been overly influenced by the position inside a den of anti-gun vipers. In the wake of the tragic incident in Newtown, Conn., he gently set down his support for Second Amendment rights and began to lean toward the gun-control set. So it was surprising when, during a recent interview with former New York Gov. George Pataki, he criticized the anti-gun lobby in no uncertain terms.
Scarborough insisted that, “… if you’re an advocate for gun control like a lot of people in New York state are, chances are good you’re only making sure that criminals have them.” We don’t know if this signifies a real change of heart on Scarborough’s part, but it’s refreshing to hear one voice of reason, however weak, making itself heard on MSNBC.
Is Bloomberg Smarter Than A Fifth-Grader?
Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun Everytown for Gun Safety continues to present its hyperbole as “research.” In a report on 25 law-enforcement officers murdered in 2013, Everytown’s “researchers” argued for background checks for all firearm transfers as a tool to reduce such tragedies.
However, the group’s own data proves that 13 of the cop killers obtained guns illegally in manners that circumvented any background check. The other 12 killers either passed a background check, or would have. Not one of the killers would have been stopped by enhanced background checks.
Does Everytown expect us to believe that the 13 killers with criminal histories exploited some loophole to legally purchase a gun? Or are they hiding the truth that every one of them obtained their guns by already illegal means?
Billionaire Bloomberg is certainly smarter than a fifth-grader; it’s his underestimation of everyone else’s intelligence that is appalling.
N.J. Might Make “Smart Gun” Mandate Smarter—By Scrapping It
Garden State lawmakers are reportedly considering a repeal of the 2002 law they passed, but never implemented, requiring so-called “smart gun” technology—which doesn’t exist—on handguns sold in the state.
Under New Jersey’s naively-named “Childproof Gun Law,” as soon as at least one manufacturer has delivered at least one handgun anywhere in the U.S. that “can only be fired by an authorized or recognized user,” any sale of any handgun that lacks such technology will be illegal three years thereafter.
Lawmakers apparently lacked faith in the law when they passed it, since they exempted law-enforcement personnel from its dictates. Now, more than a decade later, with no magical, sentient “smart guns” on the horizon, they apparently have even less faith in their supposedly well intentioned, but poorly thought-out, law.
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Next Step: Just Make Stuff Up?
For more than 90 years, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has been tasked with making surplus U.S. Government firearms available to properly vetted citizens (in a process more rigorous than that for normal purchases) to support general marksmanship and firearms safety. The program has recouped substantial money for the government through its programs, and put firearms of historical interest in the hands of shooters and collectors alike.
Now, spouting demonstrably false terms like “untraceable” and loosely asserting that they are “popular crime guns,” a supposed Army white paper—although it contains no definitive sourcing references at all—appears ready to sabotage the sale of roughly 100,000 highly collectible M1911 pistols. To the knowledgeable eye, the document has every mark of a “put-up” job, with strange terminology, statistical quasi-facts and crucial omissions.
How like the Huffington Post to forward a shabby, Dan Rather-esque game on the unsuspecting public—and at the expense of liberty.
Armed Citizen Stops Balcony Break-In
A female resident was at home around midnight on Wednesday when she and her mother heard a disturbance at the back door of her Lexington, Ky., apartment. The resident quickly called 911, while her mother—fearing for the safety of the two children sleeping in the next room—grabbed a handgun and went to investigate. When she discovered a man trying to force his way through the sliding-glass door, she fired two shots, striking him in the leg. The suspect has been treated for non-life-threatening injuries and will likely be charged with burglary.
Police say the man had a relationship with the female resident and had been breaking in to “cause some trouble.” The considerable determination he displayed —he had to climb up the patio railing of a lower-level apartment to reach the backdoor, which opened onto the resident’s balcony—suggests that the mother’s quick thinking may have saved lives.