On the Monday edition of Fox News’ “The Five,” commentator Juan Williams intimated that gun owners supported expanding background checks to rein in phantom gun owners who are supposedly brandishing fully automatic weapons.
“… [M]ost gun owners are in favor of stronger background checks [and] do not see the need for people going around the country with tremendous automatic weaponry.”
Whoa, Juan: Full-auto firearms are very rare in civilian hands, requiring additional background checks, a $200 fee to BATFE and a fat checkbook to afford a $20,000 firearm. Perhaps Williams is referring to the AR-15, which Americans have made the most popular rifle in America. Mr. Williams, none of those are automatic, and according to the FBI, they’ve been used in less than 2 percent of crime.
Williams’ careless use of language diminishes the quality of the argument; it’s no wonder that trust in the media is at historically low levels.
Suspect Dead After Botched Robbery Outside Restaurant
Two individuals were leaving a Benihana restaurant in Dallas, Texas, when they were accosted by a pair of strangers who reportedly asked to borrow a cigarette lighter. While the diners were distracted, one man then pulled a mask over his face and drew a firearm. But one of the intended victims had a gun of his own in his car, which he retrieved and opened fire.
Both the would-be robber and the armed citizen were shot in the ensuing exchange, but the intended victim’s injuries were not life-threatening. The assailant was killed, and police are currently on the lookout for the second suspect, who fled the scene.
St. Louis Woman Shoots Attacker After Stabbing
Police say a 35-year-old woman shot a 57-year-old man early Sunday morning during a struggle in which he allegedly stabbed her with a pair of scissors, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported. The man reportedly died at the scene.
The two were reportedly involved in an argument in the woman’s home, and after the woman asked the man to leave, he produced the scissors. In the ensuing struggle, the woman was reportedly stabbed in the hand before she retrieved a firearm and fired a shot, killing the man. The woman allegedly suffered a cut to her hand and bruising to her body.
Indiana Gun Owner Takes Her Case To Court
Melinda Voris was working at a retirement community in Shelbyville, Ind., when she decided to take five. The nurse went to her car, unlocked it and grabbed her cigarettes from the glove compartment.
But a little smoke quickly turned into fire when a co-worker, who spied Voris’ gun in the glove compartment, alerted management. They inquired whether she had a gun in her car on company property, and the carry permit holder answered affirmatively. She was fired on the spot.
Voris’ attorney Guy Relford states it was wrongful termination and has filed a lawsuit to get Voris’ job back. They should have good cause—Indiana law allows employees to have firearms in their car “if the gun is locked in the trunk, kept in the glove compartment of their locked car, or stored out of plain sight in the locked car.” Let’s hope justice is served and Voris is back on the job soon.
Another Win In Wisconsin
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed an important bill yesterday during a ceremony at the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.
Since the advent of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in 1998, Wisconsin’s 48-hour waiting period has served as nothing more than an obsolete and inconvenient restriction on law-abiding handgun purchasers. Senate Bill 35 repeals the nearly four-decade-old waiting period, allowing licensed dealers to transfer ownership as soon as the state DOJ informs them that the buyer has passed the NICS check.
Walker’s role in expanding Second Amendment rights cannot be underestimated—from Castle Doctrine and Right-to-Carry to range-protection laws and expanded hunter rights, the NRA A-plus-rated governor has been a stalwart ally in our battle to restore firearms freedom in the Badger State.