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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Oregon Background Check Bill Passes

Controversial Senate Bill 941 passed the Oregon House yesterday by a 32-28 vote. Mandating that all private gun sales take place through licensed firearm dealers, the measure will ultimately do nothing to prevent criminals from illegally obtaining firearms and will only impact the law-abiding. 

Many gun owners have already stated that they will no longer be law-abiding as they would refuse to comply with the law. And some sheriffs say they have neither the inclination nor resources to enforce the law. Even gun store owners aren’t sure whether they’ll agree to run the checks.

Nonetheless, SB 941 now heads to the desk of Gov. Kate Brown, who has previously voiced support for expanding background checks. We can only hope she’ll recognize before signing that this measure won’t make the public safer—it will only make gun ownership more inconvenient for the law-abiding.


Garland Good Guys With Guns

When two armed men attempted to attack those gathered in Garland, Texas, for a contest for the best cartoon of Muhammad on Saturday, fast work by local police officers brought the situation to a quick, efficient end.

According to media reports, as the art contest was ending, the two men drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center and shot a security guard there. But before the alleged terrorists could harm those in the building, Garland Police Department officers shot and killed them both.

The attempted terrorist incident represents a stark contrast to the January attack on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris, France—launched because that magazine published cartoons of Muhammad. If you’ll recall, attackers there were initially met by unarmed police, and went on to kill 12 people before escaping the scene unharmed.


Maine-ly False

A series of ads produced by Bloomberg’s Everytown and Moms groups opposing Maine’s LD652 (a bill extending permitless carry to those wishing to carry concealed) are, unsurprisingly, littered with lies and half-truths. A claim that 84 percent of Mainers “want permits for concealed carry” cites only a Bloomberg-supported study. Assertions that LD652 would make Maine more dangerous are equally suspect: Similar legislation caused murder rates to fall in Alaska (23%), Arizona (16%) and Wyoming (8%). But the biggest whopper is that LD652 would allow violent criminals to carry concealed. Even if the bill included this provision (it doesn’t), federal law prohibits felons from owning firearms.

Use Your Power

Conveniently left out of the ads is what the bill would actually do: Stop law-abiding gun owners from becoming criminals when they put on a coat or place their gun in a handbag. Maine residents, encourage your representatives to support this legislation by clicking here.

HuffPo’s “Gun Guy” Flies A False Flag

The Huffington Post’s self-described “gun guy” is now shilling for the Brady Campaign, which has recently lost lawsuits against lawful gun sellers and seen its attorneys forced out of the Badger Guns case for misconduct.

Attempting to rebrand Brady, “gun guy” cites 2000’s so-called Million Mom March (now absorbed by Brady) as “significant,” rambles about guns as a “public health issue” and makes a tenuous connection to product liability concerns. Though his post is confusing, his headline is revealing:

“Brady Campaign Counters Gun Industry in Three Important Ways.” What kind of gun guy demonizes the gun industry?

Obviously, “gun guy” is another self-applied false credential, like the short-lived American Hunters and Shooters Association, which gun-control advocates used to mask their intentions. When he recently wrote, “Wouldn’t it be much easier to just get rid of the guns?” those intentions were crystal clear.


“Open Carry Guitar Rally” Misses The Point

Hundreds of Texans rallied in downtown Dallas on Sunday, wielding guitars in what—in some obscure fashion—was supposed to agitate against open carry of firearms. While the point of the event isn’t entirely clear, the feel-good message—“Make music, not violence!” or something to that effect—takes a chilling turn when juxtaposed with what else was going on in the Dallas area that day. Bystanders at the art gallery in Garland are alive now because an armed response to the supposedly ISIS-affiliated gunmen was so quick and authoritative. The hippie-dippie narrative that says, “Why so many guns?” seems harmless until you consider what the results would be if more people took it seriously.


Dreadful Pittsburgh Two-Fer: Home Invasion, Then Burglary

Some our most courageous top cops—like Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and Detroit Police Chief James Craig—have lately bucked the media trend to force-feed disarmament of regular citizens. They have observed that law enforcement can’t always be available precisely when needed, and citizen may have to stand on their own.

Their warnings appear well justified, too, as a Pittsburgh homeowner discovered twice last week. Four men were arrested during an earlier home invasion, and on May 1, two burglary suspects were shot and killed during an “interrupted burglary attempt” at the same address.

Violent crime is down substantially since the early 1990s, and much of the credit belongs to America’s law-enforcement professionals. A1F likes any opportunity to say “thank you,” and “job well done,” but also to remind: Guys like Sheriff Clarke and Chief Craig aren’t making this stuff up.


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