Repetition may be the strongest form of emphasis. But as any child knows, if you repeat a word or phrase enough times, it becomes meaningless mumbling and nonsensical noise.
Texas lawmakers were reminded of that on Monday as a seemingly endless series of women—recruited by Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun astroturf operation Moms Demand Action—“testified” in opposition to legislation permitting licensed open carry, robotically reciting the same scripted remarks over and over againad nauseum infinitum.
Shakespeare’s murderer Macbeth said of life, “It is a tale/Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury/Signifying nothing.” Our lives, our safety and our ability to defend both when no one else will—because no one else can—demand far more seriousness, and far greater intelligence and individual initiative, than the farcical display of unthinking rote repetition that Moms Demand Action presented in Austin.
Don’t Believe Everytown: Violence In Schools Is Declining
According to a report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the rate of violent incidents in schools decreased notably between the 2009-10 and 2013-14 school years. The percentage of U.S. public schools that reported at least one act of violence dropped from 74 to 65 percent, while the rate of incidents per 1,000 students fell from 25 to 15. The main cause in the decrease is believed to be an increase in security measures such as cameras in schools.
For all the handwringing of the anti-gun lobby, and the panic brought on by mass-shooting atrocities, the truth is that our children are getting safer. And we can’t wait to see what these statistics look like in a few years, once the arming of some school staff in many states has been around for long enough to be analyzed. We have a feeling that the downward trajectory of those numbers will only get steeper.
For New York Gun Haters, A “Good Reason” For Fear
With the recent success of the lawsuit against the District of Columbia’s “good reason” requirement for gun-permit applicants, other anti-gun municipalities are feeling the heat. New York currently has a similar standard for issuing permits. You must identify a credible threat, because apparently they don’t consider, “It’s my Second Amendment right,” to be good enough. But such standards are now at increased risk of being declared unconstitutional by a higher court using the D.C. ruling as precedent.
New York looks like the state to watch for the foreseeable future. Could the beating heart of the anti-gun movement soon become a “shall-issue” state? We might find out soon.
Pro-Gun Student Muzzled By Anti-Freedom College
After being told she needed “special permission” to exercise her First Amendment rights in support of the Second Amendment, a Houston-area college student has filed a federal lawsuit against her school. Nicole Sanders, of Blinn College, had been standing in front of the student center holding signs, one of which read “Defend Gun Rights On Campus,” in attempt to recruit members for her newly formed group, Young Americans for Liberty. Afterward, she was approached by the student center coordinator—flanked by three armed campus policemen—who notified her she’d violated policy.
Blinn’s policies state that student organizers must request permission a month in advance, get prior approval from the school for all distributed materials, and obtain approval from four administrators for any on or off-campus expressive activity—a clear violation of the First Amendment.
We wish Sanders luck, and hope for an outcome that will allow students to express themselves freely.
Another Good Guy With A Gun
A 49-year-old man recently showed up for his dialysis appointment in Independence Township, Mich., only to be confronted by a revolver-wielding suspect just outside the clinic. The 4:40 a.m. confrontation was over the victim’s wallet: When he refused to turn it over, the suspect produced the revolver. The victim then drew his own weapon, and asked, “Do you really want to do this?” The suspect immediately fled.
We would offer three observations. Clearly, an expectation of safety while minding one’s own business under totally legitimate circumstances is the stuff of dreams; criminals are opportunists. Second, when criminals act, there is rarely time to call for help, much less wait for it to arrive. Last and most importantly, the bloodthirsty reputation of defensive carry practitioners as often depicted by anti-gunners is simply not justified, and this case makes that point yet again.