Tourists crossing the border from El Paso, Texas, to Ciudad Juarez used to have a frightening welcome—a steel sign with the words “NO MORE WEAPONS” fashioned out of firearms. It was a symbolic gesture of accusation, another facet of former president Felipe Calderon’s strategy of dealing with rampant murder by blaming it on the Americans. Now the sign is coming down, as crime has sharply declined—due to internal factors—and city leaders are itching for tourism dollars.
“This was the main diplomatic expression of its time …” said Juarez Mayor Enrique Serrano. “But it is a topic that should be addressed more politely.” Indeed, one suggestion for the new sign that will be erected in its place has an even simpler message: “Welcome.”
Detroit Cook Fends Off Armed Robber
On Sunday morning, a man walked into Pete’s Grill and Coney Island restaurant on Detroit’s East Side, announced a robbery and pointed a gun at the establishment’s owner. A quick-thinking cook at the restaurant then shot the attempted robber, killing him and possibly saving the lives of several customers.
At this writing, no charges have been filed against the restaurant employee. “When you are being threatened with a weapon and you face a split-second decision, you make your decision based on the information that you have in front of you at that moment,” said Sgt. Cassandra Lewis of the Detroit Police Department.
“It was a good thing, because the guy was threatening everybody, and there had to be at least 20 people in the restaurant,” witness Robert Felton told Local 4 News. “So the guy that works here was a hero, really a hero.”
Armed Anchorage Citizens End Animal Attack
A pit bull, startled by a slamming door, bolted from an Anchorage, Alaska, trailer home, sprinted to a nearby playground and attacked a nine-year-old girl, clamping down on the top of her head.
According to a report on Anchorage’s KTUU.com last Friday, the girl’s screams alerted neighbors, who rushed to her aid. One rescuer struck the dog repeatedly, and another used pepper spray on the animal. The dog finally released the girl, but the struggle wasn’t over. The dog turned on the adults, two of whom were armed; one ended the episode by shooting the animal in the head.
KTUU reported that the child had been transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries to her scalp.
Bill Would Protect M1 Garand Importation
The National Rifle Association is backing a measure that would reverse a State Department decision blocking the importation of historic M1 Garand rifles and M1 carbines from South Korea. H.R. 2611, titled the "Collectible Firearms Protection Act," was introduced last week by U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo.
According to NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, the United States exported these firearms to South Korea at the onset of the Korean War in the 1950s. The M1 Garand and M1 carbine have become collector's items and are perfectly legal to manufacture in the United States and, like all firearm imports, they would be subject to the federal rules and regulations governing retail firearm sales.
Use Your Power!
Please contact your U.S. representative and urge him or her to support this legislation by calling (202) 224-3121 or using the "Write Your Lawmakers" tool on the NRA-ILAwebsite.