The escape of two convicted killers from New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility has alarmed local communities. Five days after the escape, armed officers sealed off the rural roads of nearby Willsboro, N.Y.
Fox News interviewed Win Belanger—his handgun in its holster and wearing an NRA cap—on the front lawn of his rural home. “You lock your doors, lock your truck and pull the gun out of the gun box and, if you have a license, you put it on and it makes everyone in the house feel a little safer,” he said. Many residents had left, but not Belanger: “I’m going to stay here. I have no reason to leave. As long as they don’t come in my home, I’m fine.”
In May 2003, A1F asked: In a crisis, would you turn to someone in 1) a Tommy Hilfiger T-shirt, 2) a Minnesota T-Wolves jersey, or 3) an NRA hat? The answer: Win Belanger.
Your Detroit Armed Citizen Trifecta
We couldn’t resist closing the circle with a third story of a brave Detroit woman standing up to criminals. A resident known to neighbors as “Ms. Dee” was asleep in her home around 2 a.m. when a group of men broke into her house and reportedly pointed a gun at her. “I was able to get to my gun,” she explained. “They didn’t know I had it. By that time, it was just gunfire.”
Ms. Dee was shot in the foot during the exchange, but she is expected to recover fully; she believes that she hit at least one of her assailants. She applied for a gun license after her home was burglarized on a previous occasion. Ms. Dee has survived cancer and is not prepared to give up on living: “I … think I’m a cat, because I keep just going through stuff and God keeps pulling me through it.”
Wisconsin Cans Waiting Period
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has said he will sign a law that eliminates a 1976 provision in the state code mandating a 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases. Although 10 states and the District of Columbia still have similar provisions, such delays are under deserved scrutiny: There is far more evidence they get people hurt than that they allow the supposed “cooling off.”
After the law takes effect, NICS-approved buyers will be able to take possession of firearms when they purchase them. A good governor, that Walker guy.
Everytown Head: American Colleges Are "Incredibly Safe"
In a CNN opinion piece attacking policies that remove the prohibitions against Right to Carry on college campuses, John Feinblatt, who leads former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety, wrote this week that "college campuses, historically, are incredibly safe places."
When he worked as Mayor Bloomberg's chief adviser for policy and strategic planning, Feinblatt wrote some astonishingly cynical and insensitive things in internal emails revealed through a Freedom of Information Act request, but the gall of this claim is impossible to ignore.
Far from being “incredibly safe places,” American colleges and schools are where, according to the FBI, an average of more than seven murders, 160 robberies, 388 rapes and 1,297 aggravated assaults are committed each year.
Burying The Lede
Do you find it surprising that in Tuesday’s congressional hearing on “Domestic Violence and Guns,” the most recent case involving domestic violence and guns wasn’t even cited? Can you believe that not one person mentioned Carol Bowne?
Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., brought up her mother being threatened by her father. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., threw out numbers about women murdered by an intimate partner. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., even suggested gun control is good for women and would prevent deaths in domestic abuse situations.
But no one mentioned that gun control did not prevent Carol Bowne’s death. Or that she might be alive today if NOT for gun control. That’s a story the antis want to suppress—and as of this writing, a quick search of CNN, MSNBC, ABC News and NBC News returns zero results for Carol Bowne. We promise this story will not go away quietly.
Legislation Could Put Freedom On Lockdown In The First State
Democrat Rep. Michael Barbieri has introduced a measure in the Delaware House that could make self-defense much more difficult. HB 168 would require gun owners to place guns in a locked box, utilize a trigger-lock system or store them in a “location which a reasonable person would have believed to be secure from access.”
Under HB 168, if a prohibited person obtains a gun not stored within these guidelines, the owner would be held responsible, and could face fines of up to $1,150 and up to 6 months behind bars. If the gun is used in a crime, both of those penalties could double.
If a middle-of-the-night home invader wakes you, will you instantly remember your combination or where your key is hidden? If a gun is stored in a remote hiding place, could you get to it in time without alerting the intruder? No one should be forced to choose between self-defense and jail.