A coalition of non-profits in Cleveland is running a campaign with the stated intention of promoting gun safety and gun buybacks. This is not made up: They are staging buybacks for toy guns, having already conducted a run that netted around 150.
The initiative is inspired by shootings in which police mistook an airsoft pistol or pretend gun for the real thing. It is appropriate to have a serious conversation about the wisdom of taking any toy gun—especially a realistic one—out in a public space. But this is the sadly familiar anti-gunner narrative: “We need them off of our streets!”
Any shooting of an innocent child is immensely tragic, and we support efforts to combat this trend with real gun safety training. But fixing the problem by encouraging kids to give up their toys? If our children don’t feel free to play and imagine, that’s not America.
Good Guys Save Lives In Waco
A gathering of at least five rival motorcycle gangs turned into a deadly brawl in Waco, Texas, over the weekend. Nine bikers died and 18 more were injured after fighting escalated around lunchtime outside Twin Peaks restaurant, and as many as 170 people are being charged with engaging in organized crime.
Perhaps the most amazing stat of all: No officers or civilians were injured. For that, we can thank the good guys with guns. Not only was law enforcement prepared for possible trouble—they knew gangs were present and had pre-positioned officers outside the restaurant—but the second gunfire broke out, police and troopers swarmed the scene. They worked to secure the area and protect citizens from what Waco Police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton called “a true gang fight.”
Their courageous efforts saved many innocent lives on Sunday. Job well done.
Despite Cuomo’s Efforts, SAFE Act Data Will Be Made Available To Public
A recent N.Y. Supreme Court ruling in Robinson v. Cuomo requires the immediate release of statistical data regarding “assault weapons” registration in New York since passage of the SAFE Act.
State police originally claimed the act exempts this data from public view. But while it was framed as a compliance issue, it’s likely that noncompliance was at the heart of Cuomo’s reticence. Reactions to the new registration requirements tend to range from shrugged shoulders to outright hostility—according to Breitbart News, hundreds of gun owners gathered in March to burn over a thousand registration forms in protest. Estimates place the number of registrations actually filed at 3,000 to 5,000, out of 1-2 million “military-style weapons” in the state—a noncompliance rate of 90-plus percent.
We’ll know soon how close those estimates are to reality, and we’re predicting a near-100-percent chance that Cuomo will wind up with egg on his face.
Armed Citizen Saves Woman From Naked Assailant
A horrifying predicament for a woman in Altoona, Penn., came to an end thanks to the intervention of a bystander. Henry Clinton Yancy Jr., the woman’s ex-boyfriend, is accused of taking her hostage and subjecting her to physical abuse for 20 hours. In between the beatings administered, he allegedly stabbed her in the leg and announced his intention to kill her eventually. She finally escaped the residence around 10 in the morning, but a nude Yancy chased her and began attacking her again.
At this point an armed neighbor, who heard the commotion and had gone outside, stepped in. He held Yancy at gunpoint until police arrived, while other neighbors reportedly provided first aid to the victim. This armed citizen is to be thanked for ending the woman’s ordeal and likely saving her life.