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Thursday, June 4, 2015

D.C. No Longer Living In Denial

After Judge Frederick Scullin denied a request from city officials to stay his ruling that the “good reason” clause of D.C.’s carry law was unconstitutional, the District may be transitioning to a new normal. The Washington, D.C., police department reported on Monday that no new carry applications have been denied since those restrictions were struck down.

“We have not denied any applications,” Lieutenant Sean Conboy told the Washington Free Beacon. “We have issued two letters invoking the additional 90-day period to process two of those applications that were pending. We’re awaiting further guidance from the Office of the Attorney General on the other applications.”

D.C. AG Karl Racine has expressed disapproval of the ruling, saying the increase in guns carried publicly will have “important safety consequences”—meaning an appeal is likely. And with only one confirmed preliminary approval issued, others could still be denied. Even so, these recent developments are a step in the right direction.


Houston Smoke Shop Clerk Shoots Robber

When three men wearing masks and carrying guns tried to rob the Happy Daze Smoke Shop in northwest Harris County, Texas, around 10 p.m. Monday night, a clerk at the store shot one of the masked men.

The three attempted robbers then ran outside. Two sped off in a dark-colored SUV, while the one who was shot collapsed outside the store. Several customers were in the store during the incident, but there were no reported injuries to anyone except the alleged attempted armed robber, who died at the scene.

Harris County sheriff's deputies interviewed the smoke shop clerk for most of the night, but he was not arrested or charged. Detectives plan to use surveillance video from the store to try to identify the two escaped would-be robbers, who remain at large.


Guns In Public: No Big Deal To Americans

We know that many vocal anti-gun advocates live in a state of fear of firearms—that regardless of human intent, they don’t want to see them or be anywhere near them. It turns out that most Americans don’t share that irrational phobia. A recent poll from online service YouGov established that 52 percent of Americans report a feeling of comfort with seeing properly holstered firearms carried in public. Just shy of half of the surveyed population trusts the “average American” with a gun, which probably says as much about their perception of “average” as it does about their feelings toward guns.

We’d like to see those numbers improve, but it says a lot that the image of firearms seen freely on the street—the fear of which is trumpeted hysterically by anti-gunners—is actually not something that Americans in general are very concerned about.


Your Tax Dollars At Work: Buying More Anti-Gun Stupidity

Massachusetts Rep. Edward Markey and New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney (or is it Malarkey and Baloney?) have earmarked millions of your tax dollars for two familiar anti-gun measures.

The first is the Gun Research Safety Bill, a plan to give $10 million a year (2016-2021) to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for “gun violence” research. The CDC is perhaps the most notoriously misleading conflator of gun statistics: Their website makes no distinction between criminal murder and suicide.

The second is another attempt to cram “smart guns” down your throat. It calls for all new handguns to be authorized-user-only enabled in five years, and all handguns of any vintage to be retrofitted in 10. Based on personal experience we can tell you this technology is nowhere near ready, to say nothing of it being a truly rotten idea for other reasons.

That flushing sound? It’s your Second Amendment rights and tax dollars going you-know-where.


Geraldo Sounds Like Shannon Watts

On Fox News’ The Five, Geraldo Rivera said actor Vince Vaughn, in voicing his support for the Second Amendment, sounded like the worst homegrown mass murderer in American history: “Doesn’t that remind you of Timothy McVeigh …?”

When The Five’s panel deftly backed Vaughn with facts and statistics, Geraldo remarked flippantly, “When was the last time you heard of a civilian stopping a crime with a gun?” He dismissed accounts of defensive gun use as “a legend,” adding, “You’re watching too much ‘True Detective.’”

It is more accurate to say that Geraldo sounds like Shannon Watts of Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action, who lied about defensive gun use to CNN: “This has never happened. Data shows it doesn’t happen.”


Decision From Hell: Hillary Or Bloomberg?

What could possibly be worse for America’s law-abiding firearm owners than eight years of a Hillary Clinton presidency? How about welcoming President Michael Bloomberg into the White House after next fall’s critical election?

With support for Hillary floundering (recent polling indicates that 57 percent of Americans believe she is neither honest nor trustworthy) some in the anti-gun movement are looking for another candidate who will do their gun-ban bidding if elected. Their latest selection—yep, you guessed it, “Hizzoner” himself.

Of course, nobody but Bloomberg knows how interested he actually is in pursuing the title of “Most Powerful Man in the World.” But as the New York Post pointed out, in 2008 Bloomberg seriously investigated a presidential run as an independent, even saying he would spend $1 billion of his own fortune to pursue the office.


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