Twenty-six organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association and the American Bar Association, are endorsing policies to further restrict private firearms ownership from an American College of Physicians proposal, “Firearm-Related Injury and Death in the United States.”
This list of suggestions begins with the claim, “the only way to ensure that all prohibited purchasers are prevented from acquiring firearms” is to require universal background checks for all purchases. It fails to explain how they expect to force criminals to submit to a NICS check for street purchases or guns they’ve stolen. The authors also call for reinstatement of the 1994 “assault weapons” ban, even though they admit the ban wasn’t effective.
Also listed among those endorsing the proposal were the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Violence Policy Center, begging the question: Why are professional medical and law organizations aligning themselves with gun-ban groups determined to restrict the rights of law-abiding Americans?
High-Handed In Highland Park
In 2013, the Illinois General Assembly rewrote state law to allow gun owners to obtain concealed-carry permits—all good, as far as it went. The legislation also provided a short window to prohibit assault weapons at the municipal level, and though there were few takers, ritzy Highland Park was one.
Challenged by a local resident and the Illinois State Rifle Association, the ban was unfortunately upheld in a 2-1 decision by 7th Circuit in late April. In effect, this means that other municipalities can now be flooded with hysterical propaganda and anti-gun money one at a time, and Second Amendment rights re-confiscated in Illinois piece by local piece.
“This is about local control,” Morrison opined this week. You bet it is: control of law-abiding citizens—but not of the criminals who will continue to break any and every law Morrison pens.
Stolen Guns, Stolen Honor In The New York Times
In a Tuesday feature, The New York Times blamed the tragic murder of NYPD officer Brian Moore on lax gun laws in Georgia. In “A Gun From Georgia Is Linked to a New York Officer’s Death, Again,” the Times reports: “Law enforcement officials have long focused on Georgia and neighboring states with looser gun laws as the starting point of a so-called iron pipeline of guns flowing north …” (Emphasis ours.)
The Times also reported that the murder weapon, along with eight other guns that have “turned up in New York City,” were stolen from a pawn shop in Perry, Ga., in 2011.
Stealing guns is also against the law in Georgia. However, hijacking the tragic story of a slain police officer to advance an anti-gun agenda is OK in the Times.
California Confiscation: Big Bucks For Small Results
California’s misguided program to take guns away from those they believe shouldn’t own them is turning out to be far more expensive than gun-ban advocates expected.
The state’s so-called APPS initiative, which sends armed officers knocking on doors to confiscate guns from anyone who has found their way onto California’s increasingly easy-to-get-on “prohibited” list, has already blown the $24 million it received in 2013 to investigate the 21,000 gun owners on the list. Yet by the end of 2014, 17,479 people still remained in the illegal gun owner database. A little quick math reveals that adds up to more than $7,100 for each gun owner investigated.
Proponents of the program should take heart, however—at that rate, to investigate the remaining 17,479 people on the list should only cost taxpayers about another $125 million!
A Hero In Garland
As more details emerge about the terrorist incident in Garland, Texas, in which two allegedly ISIS-affiliated gunmen were killed, it has become clear that one man killed both of the assailants. This hero, whose name was not released, is described as a traffic officer who was armed only with a .45-caliber Glock handgun. His bravery and impeccable performance against two men with superior firearms and body armor are responsible for saving countless lives. A1F Daily sends kudos to Garland PD and that unnamed officer!