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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sen. Chris Murphy Maxes WaPo Pinocchios

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., earned a whopping four Pinocchios from The Washington Post for a whopper he told June 24 from the floor of the U.S. Senate: Since the Sandy Hook massacre, similar school shootings have occurred weekly.

Murphy quoted a “study” from Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, which claims there has been one school shooting per week since December 2012. Everytown padded its total by counting every time a firearm was discharged at—or near—a school, including gang violence, suicides and accidental discharges; in one example, a couple shot a cat.

In giving Murphy maximum Pinocchios, the Post took a swipe at Everytown, too: “Lawmakers have a responsibility to check out the facts in the reports they use, especially ones that come from advocacy groups … lawmakers should rely more on official government statistics, such as from the FBI, rather than misleading metrics cobbled together by interest groups.”


South Carolina Man Shot In Apparent Burglary Attempt

A 60-year-old man in Belton, S.C., was shot after apparently breaking into a woman’s home and ignoring orders to leave. Authorities are investigating the shooting as a possible domestic dispute, but they believe that the woman shot him in self-defense after he instigated a fight with her. 

No charges have been filed against the armed citizen.


Missouri: Resident Shoots Alleged Burglar

Springfield, Mo., police said a man was shot multiple times Friday by a resident who claims the man was burglarizing his home in the 800 block of South Link Ave.

Springfield Police Lt. Robert Byrne told the Springfield News-Leader that police believe the home was not randomly chosen, but rather was “specifically targeted” by the burglar. He also said that it appeared as though the resident had been protecting himself.

According to recent statistics from the FBI, Missouri’s third-largest city ranked second in the nation among similar-sized cities for property crimes, and sixth in the nation among similar-sized cities for violent crimes. Over the past decade, Springfield’s violent crime rate has roughly doubled, according to analysis by the Springfield News-Leader.


Happy Independence Day, Kansas

Kansas gun owners will be celebrating Independence Day a few days early. That’s because SB 45—otherwise known as “permitless” carry legislation—goes into effect tomorrow. 

This important update to the current concealed-carry law removes the requirement to obtain a permit to carry concealed. It also keeps in place the current permitting system, so those wishing to exercise the reciprocity agreements that Kansas has in place with other states can still do so. 

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signed SB 45 into law on April 2, making Kansas the fifth state to remove this restriction. As it is also legal to openly carry a firearm in Kansas, law-abiding gun owners across the state now have the freedom to choose how and where they carry.


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