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Friday, July 10, 2015

Sun’s Out, Dumb’s Out

When a Sebastian, Fla., mother opened her J.C. Penney circular last week, she was outraged to see a shirt she claims “advocates, glorifies gun violence.”

“I did a double-take when I saw the ad … right on the front page,” Rita Richardson told WPTV-5, pointing to a men’s tank top reading “Sun’s Out, Guns Out.”

While we have been waiting for the rain to stop so we can head to the range, you won’t find these shirts in your local outdoors store—and it’s not because they “glorify gun violence.” As most everyone knows, “guns” is slang for biceps—meaning when Channing Tatum wore a similar shirt in “22 Jump Street,” he wasn’t referring to his service pistol.

When someone informed Richardson, she doubled down, saying since the phrase might be misunderstood, “I would take it off the shelves, immediately.” Maybe Penney’s refusal to pull the shirts will prompt Richardson to shop at Target instead. Oh, wait … 


Pennsylvania Town Official Chases, Shoots Alleged Bank Robber

A Hatboro, Pa., town official and concealed handgun permit holder chased down an alleged bank robber Wednesday morning and, when the suspect advanced upon him, fired two shots, subduing the man and leading to the alleged robber’s arrest, police say.

According to media sources, the robbery occurred at TD Bank, 256 York Road, where a man produced a note demanding, “Give me 2,500 or I’ll start shooting ...” The alleged robber was outside the bank when borough councilman George Forgeng, 60, who witnessed the dye pack explode, chased the suspect about a quarter-mile, urging bystanders to call 911.

The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Kevin Phillip Johnson Way, was shot in the arm and hand and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, where he was expected to be charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and simple assault. At this writing, no charges have been filed against the armed citizen.


Military Ammo Gets a 21st-Century Tuneup

The Hague Convention of 1899 forbade acts like the killing of enemy combatants who surrendered, looting, impressment and collective punishment. Indeed, the modern notion of war crimes largely stems from those deliberations.

In a doctrinal shift driven by bitter experience dating back to at least the Vietnam War, the U.S. military is abandoning the Hague prohibition on hollow-point projectiles, or “bullets which expand or flatten easily.” The U.S. had never been a signatory to the provision, but had observed it for well over a century.

Law enforcement and civilians widely use the projectiles for the same reason the military wants to: “(They) more efficiently transfer energy to the target … present much less of a risk of over-penetration, (are) more humane and less of a risk to innocent civilians downrange ...” than current full metal jacket ammunition.

We readily concede there is no pleasure in such contemplations. But if it protects our soldiers, we’re for it.


Violent Crime Surges In L.A.

Los Angeles is the latest big city reporting an uptick in violent crime this year, following a steady decline in crime since 2003.

Through the first half of the year, crime in L.A. jumped 12.7 percent, with much larger increases in some areas. In the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Division, which includes parts of downtown, Chinatown and Skid Row, violent crime jumped a whopping 67 percent compared to the same period last year. And several other areas of the city saw increases in the 20- to 40-percent range.

Unfortunately for L.A. residents, they live in an area where the possibility of armed self-defense is greatly restricted. Too bad the violent criminals don’t follow the same punitive firearm laws.


Juan Williams Thinks Most Gun Owners Go Around Shooting Each Other

The Fox News series “The Five” ran a segment on Wednesday about Lynne Russell, the former CNN anchor whose husband killed a robber in a motel shootout. Russell has been vocal about ascribing her survival to the Second Amendment.

Unfortunately, commentator Juan Williams has a penchant for making risible statements about guns, and this time he did not disappoint. When asked whether Russell’s case made him more sympathetic to gun owners, Williams glibly responded that, “Most of the time people with guns are shooting each other.” He then attempted to invoke the slaying of Kathryn Steinle—as if a murder committed with a gun stolen from a federal agent has any bearing on gun policy.

Williams has established himself as a clownish supporter of gun control, and it is to be hoped that no one takes his views seriously—although we will acknowledge that he can be good for a laugh.


Sixth State Embraces “Permitless” Carry

Maine has joined the ranks of Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming, Kansas and Vermont in recognizing “permitless” concealed carry. Republican Gov. Paul LePage signed the carry bill on Wednesday, allowing legal concealed carry of handguns without a permit.

“On behalf of the NRA’s 5 million members, we would like to thank Gov. LePage, Senator Eric Brakey, and the House and Senate leadership for their work in pushing this legislation through,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “It’s encouraging to see a governor stand up for the rights of their constituents, instead of caving to the demands of an anti-gun billionaire from New York City.”

Legislative Document 652 goes into effect 90 days after lawmakers adjourn later this month. It leaves the current permit system in place for those who want to take advantage of Maine’s concealed-carry reciprocity agreements.


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