It’s an odd thought experiment to imagine Bill Clinton’s campaign without his notorious anti-gun policies—culminating in his federal “assault weapons” ban—but there apparently was a point at which cooler heads attempted to prevail. According to The Washington Times, former Jimmy Carter press aide Jody Powell drafted a memo encouraging Clinton to steer clear, “… because [the NRA] is largely right when it claims that most gun-control laws inconvenience and threaten the law-abiding while having little or no impact on violent crime or criminals.” Clinton’s advisor George Stephanopoulos reportedly seemed to agree with the memo and encouraged Clinton’s other aides to engage in conversation about it.
It’s unlikely that anyone could have convinced Bill Clinton—or Hillary, for that matter—that going after law-abiding citizens’ firearms was a bad idea. But it’s interesting now to see just how obvious that fact was to everyone else in the room.
Spending Big Bucks On Bad Biker Boys
Is it possible for a shoot-‘em-up street brawl to be so big that those involved avoid prosecution just because the county doesn’t have enough money to hold dozens upon dozens of trials?
According to reports from Waco, Texas, where a shootout between motorcycle gangs left nine dead and resulted in some 170 arrests, that just might be the case. “The magnitude of the arrests is amazing,” Michael Heiskell, a former federal and state prosecutor, told The Weekly Standard. “It could break the bank in McLennan County. I think when the dust settles you may have maybe a few capital charges filed.”
In the meantime, Waco police officers are remaining alert for more trouble, as two biker gangs have allegedly issued orders to shoot and kill uniformed law enforcement officers there.
I Am Serious. And Don’t Call Me Shirley!
Just when we thought political correctness concerning kids and “guns” had hit rock bottom, two new reports make us pause and remember saner days in years past.
According to a report in The Washington Times, the Boy Scouts of America have now banned scouts from shooting each other with water guns, as pointing a “firearm” at another person isn’t considered “kind.” To boot, BSA regulations also stipulate that water balloons be filled “no larger than a ping pong ball.” Meanwhile in New Jersey, a fifth-grader has received a five-day in-school suspension for accidentally bringing a foam Nerf-gun “bullet” to school in his pocket, according to a Breitbart.com report.
If the term, “Stop this world and let me off,” comes to mind when reading this, you likely remember a simpler time when kids were allowed to be kids, play was considered good and imagination was praised, not smothered.
A Game-Changer In Iowa?
The NRA’s 2014 exit polling has revealed some interesting insight into the impact and influence of the Association on voters. A case report by The Washington Times looks specifically at Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. With the Democrat-controlled district claiming 75 percent of voters from urban areas, it wouldn’t be an area most would advise the NRA to wade into. Yet that’s exactly what they did, and the result was that Republican David Young defeated Staci Appel by 10 points.
Use Your Power
So what happened? Of voters with a favorable impression of NRA, a high percentage (81 percent) voted accordingly. Conversely, only 8 percent of voters said NRA’s support of Young compelled them to vote for Appel. In the end, NRA defied conventional political wisdom and walked away with a hard-fought victory. With your help, we can do it again—on a massive scale—in 2016. If you’re not a member,join today!
Just Makin’ It Up, Part Bazillion
In the wake of the Waco biker gang fiasco, UT-Austin Professor John Traphagan has suggested “… as a whole, Americans do not seem to be able to handle gun ownership in a way that permits maintenance of a civil society.” This mind-bending statement appeared in the Dallas Morning News, accompanied by erroneous analysis by Traphagan of his own statistical assertions. The coup de grace is a tired series of proposals for gutting the Second Amendment and providing facile illusions of safety.
Most infuriating is the insinuation that there is no material difference between criminal abuse of firearms and lawful ownership. In reality, for every firearm abused at Twin Peaks, 10.4 million in private ownership were not. That’s more than 10 million-to-1—more than twice as safe as any individual airline flight.
Traphagan is entitled to his own opinions, but not his own “facts”—otherwise known as lies.
East Texas Homeowner Subdues Attacker
A Cherokee County, Texas, homeowner reportedly shot an intruder Tuesday morning after the man allegedly broke in and attacked her husband.
According to sheriff’s deputies, the intruder broke through the front door of the house and confronted several people in the home. When the husband came home shortly thereafter, the criminal attacked him at the back door. After the two fought for several minutes, the husband was able to get into the house and lock the back door. But the attacker got back in, and assaulted the husband again. The wife, who was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher at the time, demanded that the attacker stop. When he wouldn’t, she reportedly fired one shot, ending the attack.
At press time, the suspect was in the hospital in stable condition. Authorities plan to charge him with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault and possibly other offenses.