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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Media Dramatizes Business As Usual In Kansas

Now that campus carry is the law of the land in Kansas, we’re starting to see a trickle of media coverage focusing on preparations for the new rules going into effect. The presumption is that public universities in the state are unprepared for the massive implications of legal concealed carry on school property, and school administrators and police forces are rushing to implement security plans in order to keep students and faculty safe.

It’s a dramatic enough story, but ultimately it’s trying to spin something out of nothing. Look at other states where campus carry is in effect, notably Colorado: The only news is that nothing newsworthy is happening. Kansas gun owners who exercise their concealed-carry rights on college campuses are likely to be another boringly responsible bunch.


Positive Pro-Gun Sign In The Lone Star State

If Texas Gov. Greg Abbott agrees, government entities that post signs prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns in areas where Texans aren’t prohibited by law from carrying them would be subject to fines up to $1,500 for a first offense and $10,000 for repeat violations. Government officials and agencies could also be held liable for civil damages.

The NRA-backed measure, authored by Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), passed both houses by a wide margin and with little debate. Should the pro-gun governor sign SB 273, the Texas attorney general’s office would be responsible for receiving and investigating complaints.


Bloody Baltimore

Baltimore Police report that 29 people were shot in the city over the Memorial Day weekend, 9 of whom died. The Baltimore Sun reports that 35 residents have been killed by gunfire in the month of May, the most since December 1999. In 2015, 108 Baltimore residents have been murdered with firearms.

CBS Baltimore reported that Councilmember Mary Pat Clarke linked the violence to last month’s riots: “It was an earthquake kind of time and I think we’re still dealing with the aftershock.”

That link deserves a closer examination than simply blaming crime on unrest. Baltimore officials ordered police to let rioters loot, and a longstanding lack of support has left cops demoralized. Fox News reported, “There’s a sentiment here of ‘why bother showing up?”

When Baltimore’s leaders abandon their police, they create a vacuum on the streets—a vacuum that will be filled by violent gangs who sense opportunity.


Bikes For Guns “Buyback” In Miami

Gun “buybacks” have always seemed a strange mechanism, whether they provide gift cards, cash or—as in the case of The Miami Bike Shop—a pedal-powered set of wheels.

The brainchild of MBS manager Karim Nahim and Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes, the current program hopes to net 50 firearms. Nahim says more than 50 guns are not a worry: “We will not turn anyone away. We’ll give them a voucher to get a bike from us.”

Just two problems: Communities that once endorsed these programs are discovering they have problems (here, here and here)—research indicates that they either capture firearms unlikely to be used in crimes or break a chain of evidence so that crimes will remain unsolved. The second difficulty remains as intractable as ever—criminals don’t play by rules, and black markets will always provide them with the tools of their ugly trade.


NY: Most SAFE Act Support In Big City

New York’s so-called SAFE Act, a restrictive package of gun-control laws that has been touted by many politicians as having widespread acceptance in the Empire State, is actually only favored by those living in New York City, according to new polling numbers.

A Siena Research Institute poll released just yesterday revealed that upstate voters see the laws much differently than those in NYC, with a majority (51 percent) saying they’re against them.

Further results of the survey show that the SAFE Act has strong support from Democrat (77 percent) and liberal (78 percent) respondents, but is opposed by a majority of Republicans (57 percent) and conservatives (54 percent).  


Miami-Dade Armed Citizen Turns Tables On Armed Robber

According to Miami-Dade police, when an armed robber attempted to hold up a man at gunpoint, the would-be victim first attempted to flee. It was only after the thief began firing at him that the man pulled out his own gun and returned fire.

The outcome of this scenario highlights the importance of training for anyone wishing to lawfully carry a firearm for self-defense. Police say that the armed citizen is fine; however, the same cannot be said of the thief. He sustained several gunshot wounds and was taken to an area trauma center, where he was listed in stable condition and is expected to soon face charges.


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