The quick thinking of two Aiken County, S.C., firefighters may have prevented a massacre Tuesday evening.
Thirty-one-year-old Chad Barker, who investigators later described as “grossly intoxicated,” drove into a New Holland Fire Department parking lot full of children and firefighters at about 6:30. He exited his vehicle, then fired several shots at it and into the air. After he aimed his gun at several firefighters, however, two of them—both concealed-carry permit holders—pulled out their own guns. The two forced him back to his car with the help of several other firefighters and convinced him to put down the gun.
Though the men were able to restrain him without a struggle, Barker proceeded to bang his head on the ground until deputies arrived to arrest him. He was treated for self-inflicted lacerations at a local hospital and has been charged with two counts of pointing and presenting a firearm.
Those who would have you believe that so-called “universal” background checks are the be-all, end-all to preventing crazed murderers from killing innocent people are simply pushing feel-good rhetoric, not hard facts.
Saturday’s terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, makes the case. Both of the ISIS-inspired shooters bought their guns legally, meaning they passed a federal background check. And they’re not alone. Breitbart.com recently posted a list of 13 mass shooters who had also passed background checks, including such well-known names as Elliot Rodger (Santa Barbara), James Holmes (Aurora, Colo.), Jared Loughner (Gabby Giffords attack), Nidal Hasan (Ft. Hood) and Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech).
Fact is, criminals typically get their guns through illegal street sales from other criminals or by stealing them—both already illegal. Making it harder for law-abiding citizens to practice their right to keep and bear arms simply won’t stop criminals from doing illegal things.
Choking On Schumer’s Iron Pipeline
N.Y. Sen. Chuck Schumer claims lax Georgia gun laws are responsible for an “Iron Pipeline” of illegal guns to New York City—and for the murder of NYPD officer Brian Moore. Coordinating with Bloomberg’s Everytown, Schumer and that organization claim the gun was “exported” to NYC, and that it’s impossible to trace such stolen guns because Georgia law doesn’t require reporting gun theft.
First, Senator, the gun that killed Moore was not purchased under lax gun laws; it was stolen (along with 22 other guns). How do you plan to make it more illegal to steal guns? How will punishing gun owners for being crime victims help you trace stolen guns? How does Georgia make it easier to buy stolen guns legally?
Finally, why didn’t you tell us that Little’s Bait & Tackle Pawn did report the burglary to police, as well as the BATFE, as required by federal law?
Sensibility In The Sooner State
The Oklahoma Senate has approved a bill allowing school districts to designate individuals who may carry firearms on school grounds. Each school board would be allowed to choose a staff member to receive training as a security guard or reserve peace officer. This would expand the ability to carry firearms beyond school resource officers, while ensuring that the armed staff are properly trained and that decision-making power resides with the local school board.
The bill is headed to the desk of Gov. Mary Fallin for her consideration.
Mother Files Suit Over Shirt
After her son was arrested for refusing school officials’ demands that he remove an NRA t-shirt reading “Protect Your Right”—or face suspension—a West Virginia mother has filed a federal lawsuit against the school board, charging them with violating the boy’s First and 14th Amendment civil rights.
In an irony worthy of Orwell, while the student has merely asked that his First Amendment right to wear a t-shirt urging readers to “protect your right” be respected, the “public servants” arrayed against him have done all in their power to deny those rights and silence that message—from police who charged the boy with “obstruction of an officer” for refusing to stop talking, to prosecutors who tried to impose a gag order to prevent him and his family from speaking to the press, to court officials who threatened to arrest a reporter covering the case.
Let freedom ring.
Shattered Dreams: Jersey Justice
A new special report by NRA News' Ginny Simone spotlights Steffon Josey-Davis, the 24-year-old Loomis Armored security guard and aspiring cop. Planning to visit the shooting range after work, he was checking his legally owned gun in the garage. When his 6-year-old sister walked out and surprised him, Josey-Davis quickly stuffed the gun into the glove compartment … and promptly forgot about it.
That evening, New Jersey police pulled him over for an expired registration. As he reached for his insurance, Josey-Davis remembered—“the gun.” But his nightmare was just beginning. Two years later, he’s an unemployed convicted felon whose career aspirations are dashed.
“That’s what New Jersey produces better than any other state: victims of gun control,” says Josey-Davis, who hopes for a pardon from Gov. Chris Christie. His attorney Evan Nappen wonders, “How many more law-abiding citizens need to have their life destroyed by this stupid law?”