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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Everytown Stumps For Background Check Revision

Everytown for Gun Safety’s new ad campaign and congressional lobbying efforts are targeting a provision of federal gun law that allows a sale to be issued if a background check is not completed within three business days.

This latest crusade is a response to the FBI’s recent allegation that accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof was allowed to buy a gun, despite previous narcotics possession charges, because his background check was not completed within the mandated 3-day period. 

Everytown neglects to hold the FBI accountable for bureaucratic failures to process background checks within the regulated time frame, a necessary dual safeguard to protect the rights of lawful gun purchases and restrict access to criminals. Instead of misguided attempts to fix laws that aren’t broken, the conversation should be about the FBI’s responsibility to complete the background check process in a timely manner instead of pointing the finger at the NRA.


New Obama Plan Could Strip Rights Of Those In Need

A new Obama administration plan could strip away the Second Amendment rights of millions of Americans receiving Social Security, the L.A. Times has reported. The changes would require the SSA to, for the first time, submit data on benefit recipients whose monthly benefits are managed by “representative payees” to the NICS system, which would list them as prohibited from purchasing firearms.

An examination of what NICS stands for—National Instant Criminal Background Check System—should make the problem clear. It’s intended to prevent criminals, or those determined to lack the capacity to prevent themselves from potentially doing something criminal, from purchasing firearms. There’s no reason to use NICS to ban people who simply are forgetful or bad with money, as neither are good indicators of overall competence or criminal intentions. The elderly and disabled are in fact disproportionally targeted by criminals—should we deny their right to self-defense simply because they cannot balance a checkbook?


D.C. Metro Shoots Down City’s Excuse

When NRA criticized the District of Columbia’s gun ban in the wake of a fatal stabbing on a train, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson tried to deflect guilt by claiming that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) prohibits firearms regardless of the city’s laws. But according to a spokesman for WMATA, that is simply not true.

“We are governed by the laws of each jurisdiction,” said Mike Tolbert on behalf of WMATA, stating that the organization has no internal policy on allowing carry. In fact, it is fully legal for a permit holder to carry a firearm in WMATA facilities in Virginia. It looks like the ball in back in Mendelson’s court to defend D.C.’s eagerness to disarm its residents.


Armed Citizens Stand Guard Over Military Recruiting Offices In Virginia, Georgia

The day after the murder of four Marines and a Navy petty officer at two military recruiting offices in Chattanooga, armed citizens stepped forward to protect military recruiters in Georgia and Virginia.

In Winchester, Va., Friday morning, a man stood guard outside a military recruiter armed with his AR-15 rifle. “I went into each office, the ones that were open, and I was received with handshakes and thank you’s,” he told the Washington Times. In Hiram, Ga., about 30 people showed up Friday morning, many carrying their personal firearms, to protect the local recruiting office.

Meanwhile, the governors of six states have ordered the arming of full-time National Guardsmen to help deter and defend recruiters against similar attacks. So far, however, the Obama administration has refused to allow military recruiting personnel to be armed and even told Marine recruiters not to wear uniforms in public.


Bad Policy Enables Terrorist Attacks

With 35 members of the military killed and more than 50 others wounded during President Obama’s tenure in office, the continued, enforced defenselessness of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines while on duty is simply unconscionable.

How it got to be this way is now immaterial. We know that terrorist organizations are recruiting disaffected American Muslims. We know these so-called “lone wolf” attacks are much harder to predict and stop. And we know that firearms are not the only methods these killers can and will employ. But such incidents can be made manifestly more difficult to carry out without any assault on the Second Amendment: End that mandatory defenselessness, particularly for those already trained to protect themselves and others. The president has already issued something like 221 executive orders, and #222 should be along these lines.

And don’t kid yourselves—this works, as the Israelis have been proving for the best part of 40 years.


Vietnam Vet Steps In To Prevent Armed Robbery

A Vietnam veteran continued to defend American citizens, this time preventing an armed robbery. It happened in Sycamore, Ga., where Don Rogers was inside a convenience store getting change for a $20 when he heard someone say, “Put the money in the bag.” 

Rogers looked up to spot a young male pointing a gun at the clerk. Rogers pulled out his concealed-carry firearm and, when the robber turned his way, he fired before the robber could. He got in two more shots before 18-year-old Devin Burton fled into a car driven by 17-year-old Marleigh Agner.

Both suspects were eventually captured—Burton is in critical condition in a Macon hospital and Agner is in jail charged with party to armed robbery. Rogers is just grateful it all ended well. “I was hoping nothing like this would ever happen, but I was glad I had my weapon with me,” said Rogers.


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