A Memphis, Tenn., resident was rudely awakened on Wednesday to the sight of a stranger in his home. With the rest of his family asleep and vulnerable, the homeowner quickly retrieved a firearm and shot the alleged burglar. The suspect was transported to the hospital in critical condition, and police filed no charges against the homeowner.
Neighbors reported surprise that someone would try to rob the home, since it faces a busy street. Yet what is especially notable about the incident is that it does not stand alone. This is the second occasion in Memphis just this week in which the victim of a robbery fought back and turned the tables on an attacker by using a firearm. Memphis residents are tired of being victims, and perhaps a pattern is beginning to emerge.
How Is Gun Control Working Out For Brazil?
Research at the Library of Congress reveals that the Brazilian government has broad powers to regulate arms, and “handling, trading or possession of materials for the production of weapons without a license” is illegal. Brazil law stiffened in 2003 “to regulate the registration, possession and sale of firearms and ammunition” and foster “the disarmament of the society.”
If gun control works, then Brazil should be a gun violence utopia. Severe restrictions on gun ownership have been in place for more than a decade: By now, data should reflect the expected decline in gun violence.
Only it doesn’t. The United Nations reports that 42,000 Brazilians were killed with firearms in 2012 alone, equating to 115 deaths per day. Citing Daily Telegraph research, Brazil’s gun death rate of 22 per 100,000 population is 4.5 times the U.S. rate.
Perhaps we’ve had enough time to see the effects of “the disarmament of the society,” after all.
Court Rules Gun Owner Can Sue Officer
An appeals court has ruled that an Ohio man detained for openly carrying a firearm can sue the police officer who detained, disarmed and handcuffed him.
According to court records, Officer Dave Bright responded to a call from a motorcyclist saying Shawn Northrup was carrying a firearm in his neighborhood. When Bright arrived and Northrup tried to record the episode, Bright took his gun and put him in the squad car under suspicion that he was “inducing a panic.” Northrup later sued for violation of his Fourth Amendment rights.
“Ohio law permits the open carry of firearms … and thus permitted Northrup to do exactly what he was doing,” Circuit Judge Jeffrey Sutton, of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, wrote. “While the dispatcher and motorcyclist may not have known the details of Ohio’s open-carry firearm law, the police officer had no basis for such uncertainty.”
Maryland: Casing Closed
Finally there’s some good gun news coming out of Maryland. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has signed Senate Bill 736, which removes the current mandate for firearm manufacturers to submit shell casings for all handguns sold in the state.
Based on a law adopted in 2000, manufacturers have been sending shell casings to be stored in the state’s ballistics imaging database. That database has then been cross-referenced against casings left at crime scenes. The problem? Not a single match has ever been made nor case solved as a result.
First introduced by Republican state Sen. Edward R. Reilly, SB 736 will now serve to effectively shut down an unfunded and unsuccessful program. And that’s a win-win for taxpayers and gun manufacturers.
A New Day, A New Campaign
Moms Demand Action and Amnesty International have jointly announced yet another campaign to “amplify existing efforts to reduce gun violence in America.” How do we know they’re the usual gun-hating suspects? Easy: They’re the same folks who continue to abuse the legitimate grief of the families of suicide victims and pardon the rampages of serial criminals to fabricate a grossly overstated “gun violence” count: “88 per day,” their website claims.
With typically poor taste and logic, they’ve chosen an odd day for their first event, too—June 2. Theoretically, they are observing the 18th birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old murdered by two gang members with criminal records only a week after marching in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. Why her killers weren’t already in prison will never come up. Why these groups get a media “pass” on manufactured, bogus statistics is unlikely to be examined, either.
California Bill Would Ban Right To Carry At Schools, Colleges
Expressing alarm that California Right-to-Carry permits “are becoming more prevalent and easier to obtain”—the number of permit holders has increased to the apparently terrifying level of more than one-tenth of 1 percent of the state’s population—Democrat California state Sen. Lois Wolk has introduced legislation to ban the right to carry on all school grounds and college campuses.
Under California’s current Gun Free School Act, firearms are banned on campuses statewide, with an exemption for Right-to-Carry permit holders. Wolk’s legislation, SB 707, would end that exemption and ban firearms at college and university campuses, school apartment buildings, common areas and parking lots, as well as K-12 facilities—except, of course, for suicidal madmen bent on mass murder. To them, no law means anything, anyway.
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