Sit down. Have your heart meds standing by. The FBI’s widely disseminated pre-election mass shooting report contained “imperfect” and “developed” data. We pause briefly to allow you to recover.
Two lessons here, we’d suggest. Next time someone on the other side of the Second Amendment debate asks why we shouldn’t send money for “gun violence” studies to universities or the CDC, here’s a great—or terrible—example of precisely why: When the facts don’t fit the ban-‘em-all narrative, they make stuff up. Over and over and over again (as the references illustrate).
Second, when forced to admit errors, the enemies of liberty do it almost exclusively on the down low. The Obama administration saw fit to trumpet this “imperfect” report juuuuuuust before the 2014 elections. Big news! Those bad guns, and worse gun owners! The “retraction,” (and here) such at it is, appeared in ACJS Today. In what, you ask? Our point exactly.
Real Gun Beats Fake Gun
Two teens ambushed a Tampa, Fla., couple as they were walking back to their vehicle after dining at an area restaurant. They pointed a gun at the couple and demanded their cash and cell phones.
The couple complied initially, but when the woman attempted to escape back to the restaurant, 17-year-old Reginald Smith turned his gun on her. At that point, her male companion—in fear for her safety—drew his own handgun and shot Smith in the leg.
The other teen, 17-year-old Jeremiah Walker, dropped the stolen goods and fled. Smith was unable to flee and was taken into custody, where it was discovered that his gun was a fake. Walker turned himself in shortly thereafter, and both teens are now facing felony armed robbery charges.
A Rally “Against Gun Violence” That Asks The Right Questions
A rally was held in East Harlem this week decrying the recent violence that has swept through the surrounding area. When you hear about another “anti-gun-violence” rally, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that this will be another covert push for gun control. Having said that, we were delighted to be wrong about this one.
Some residents stated a resurgence in “stop-and-frisk” stops might be beneficial to deter criminals. “They feel like they can get away with it,” said Serena Davis. “They feel like maybe I’m less likely to get caught if they’re not looking for that.” “Why is there not an outcry that the shootings have gone up the way they have …?” asked a preacher. “Is it just police shootings that we turn the streets upside-down?” He went on to lead his audience in a prayer for police officers. Many of the people present have lost family to violent crime. They are desperate for answers, and they don’t appear to be simply buying the gun-control narrative.
Federal Bill Targets BATFE Abuses
A measure aimed at limiting the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from using executive overreach to undermine the Second Amendment is receiving wholehearted NRA support.
H.R. 2710, introduced by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, would eliminate BATFE's authority to reclassify popular rifle ammunition as "armor-piercing ammunition;” provide for the lawful importation of any non-National Firearms Act firearm or ammunition that may otherwise be lawfully possessed and sold within the United States; protect shotguns, shotgun shells and larger-caliber rifles from arbitrary classification as "destructive devices" which, under federal law, subjects them to onerous registration and taxation provisions and creates a ban on possession of the firearm in some states; and broaden the temporary interstate transfer provision to allow temporary transfers for all lawful purposes rather than just for "sporting purposes."
With more than a year left until President Barack Obama leaves office, such a law would greatly benefit law-abiding gun owners.
Nevada's Clark County Ends Handgun Registration
Perhaps contradicting the slogan "What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas," Clark County, Nev., this week ended its mandatory handgun registration requirement.
Although Nevada passed firearms pre-emption in 1989, Clark County's handgun registration regime—enacted in 1948—survived by being grandfathered in. As a result, Clark County was the only part of Nevada requiring gun registration. Now, thanks to bipartisan legislation signed into law last week by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, that system is history.
"The State of Nevada has passed new laws which render null and void local ordinances/codes regulating the transfer, sale, possession, ownership, transportation, registration and licensing of firearms and ammunition," the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced Tuesday. "Therefore, effective immediately the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will no longer enforce local ordinances/codes regarding handgun registration" and "will no longer register handguns."
Baltimore Cops: “Proactive Policing Has Stopped”
As Baltimore homicides continue to escalate, two anonymous Baltimore police officers told CNN that “proactive, self-initiated policing has stopped. We’re in a totally reactive mode.”
“The criminal element feels as though we are not going to run the risk of chasing them if they are armed with a gun, and they are using this opportunity to settle old beefs or scores ... The public really, really sees that they asked for a softer, less-aggressive police department, and we’ve given them that, and they are realizing that their way of thinking does not work.”
The national conversation over police tactics and rising crime is ongoing: Investigations are underway, stats are being examined and the causes are being debated. However, one thing is clear: When police hesitate for whatever reason, criminals will exploit the resulting vacuum ... and Baltimore residents are left to deal with the consequences, largely deprived of their Second Amendment rights.