96-year-old Arthur Kamberis doesn’t usually take his cane when he walks outside, but it was a good thing that he did on Saturday. While he was walking, a man approached him and began to aggressively try to reach into his pockets for his wallet. Kamberis, who is an NRA member, says that he realized his assailant must not have a firearm and decided to take action. He swung his cane, hitting the man twice before a bystander intervened and chased away the attempted robber. Kamberis is fine, but he says that next time he steps out of the house, he’ll have his cell phone on one hip—and a .357 revolver on the other!
Tennessee Takes Step To Block Federal Gun Control
Last Thursday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law a measure that prohibits the implementation of federal gun-control laws that do not comply with the state constitution. It represents a big step toward ending federal gun control in Tennessee.
The bill was first introduced in the House by Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, who noted at the time, “There is no need for Washington, D.C., to be the end-all and be-all with regards to the regulatory world.” SB 1110, sponsored by Sen. Richard Briggs, received overwhelming support, passing 74-20 in the House and 29-1 in the Senate.
More pro-gun legislation recently signed by Gov. Haslam:
HB 745 creates a lifetime handgun carry permit;
SB 633 prohibits schools from requiring families to provide information on firearm ownership;
HB 1255 mandates “shall-sign” legislation for Class III NFA items;
HB 955 strikes down local laws banning guns in parks.
When Seconds Count, Minutes Kill
New information coming from the terror attack Saturday on an art contest in Garland, Texas—an attack for which ISIS has claimed responsibility—underscores the difference that good guys with guns make when the chips are down.
CNN reported on Monday that the time from when the two men, armed with AK-47s, exited their vehicle and began firing to when they both lay dead in the street was only 15 seconds—thanks to quick action and straight shooting by Garland police officers. Contrast that to the January attack at Charlie Hebdo magazine headquarters in Paris, where attackers were met by unarmed police officers, killed 12 people over a period of minutes (including one officer), then escaped the scene unharmed. They were finally captured nearly two days later.
Say what you want, but in this type of situation, good guys with guns fare much better than good guys without guns.
“Gun Safety,” Shannon Watts Style
In a potent case of “Eddie Eagle envy,” Moms Demand Action is rolling out its own “educational” program entitled Be SMART. Rather than focusing on training children, Be SMART seems more concerned with teaching grown-ups to badger other parents about whether they store guns in their house. And Moms is really bringing in the celebrity star power with ’90s teen sensation Melissa Joan Hart—who presumably could use the cash after her latest get-rich-quick scheme made her a national laughingstock.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Shannon Watts passion project unless it was served up with a generous helping of untruth. There is the off-hand reference to a child who “found a loaded gun in Speaker Boehner’s office” (this actually happened in a Capitol building bathroom). Watts is hoping you’re too lazy to actually click the link and see what happened—and too lazy to start fact-checking any of her “statistics.”
Really? Elitism In The Anti-Gun Movement?
Despite a seemingly presumptive coronation of Benghazi bungler-in-chief Hillary Clinton as the Democratic candidate for president in 2016, a few other possibilities are queuing up.
They aren’t promising.
Self-described “Democratic Socialist” Bernie Sanders of Vermont has thrown his hat in the ring. Earning a solid “F” from NRA-ILA, he voted for the 1994 Crime Bill (including the so-called assault weapons ban) and a long list of other restrictions. Now—oddly—he purportedly “cares that other people care about guns” and “thinks there’s an elitism in the anti-gun movement.” Is he referring to the “it’s-more-important-for-me-to-feel-safe-than-you-to-be-safe” taxpayer-paid/private personal security crowd?
Elitism, eh? There's a shocker.
Crime In The Charm City Not A Recent Phenomenon
While continued protests in Baltimore draw national attention, a look at historical crime rates show the current rash of violence is less of an anomaly, and more of a slight upward blip. Baltimore’s homicide rate has increased by 25 percent this year, but the city has consistently ranked among the most dangerous in America. According to Police Captain Eric Kowalczyk, while the police department increased ranks due to civil unrest, some of the additional personnel have been redirected toward the ongoing deluge of unrelated crimes citywide.
Baltimore’s population has been falling since the 1960s, likely due to persistent criminal activity. But state lawmakers have turned a deaf ear to those who stay, instead passing increasingly restrictive firearms legislation. No law has ever stopped criminals from misusing firearms—so why doesn’t Maryland instead address the drug and gang issues, and allow the law-abiding sufficient means to protect themselves in the meantime?