Buying and selling pistols with ivory grips in Washington state could be outlawed if voters pass I-1401 on Nov. 3. This veiled effort to criminalize firearms owners was funded by longtime anti-gunner and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, most recently in the news for his purchase of a Nazi tank.
The implications are troubling. First, there is no “grandfather” clause—meaning that even if the ivory in your grips was harvested legally when elephants were more abundant, you could still be charged with Unlawful Trafficking in Species Threatened with Extinction. An exemption exists for antiques, but the burden of proof is on the owner, and detailed documentation is required. Finally, many musical instruments are exempt, but the language includes no similar allowance for firearms owners. As they’re both already-existing products, they’re equally unlikely to contribute to poaching—but anti-gunners like Allen would be remiss to turn down an opportunity to criminalize legal gun ownership.
Women Lead Right-To-Carry Boom
While it’s no secret that gun sales have boomed during President Barack Obama’s two terms and that the number of concealed-carry permit holders has followed suit, newly released information on demographic trends is quite interesting.
According to new statistics from the Crime Prevention Center, since 2007 the number of women who have obtained concealed-carry permits has jumped a whopping 270 percent, far outpacing the increase by men of 156 percent. Also according to the report, carry permits among minorities are increasing about twice as fast as by whites.
Incidentally, during the same 2007-2014 time period that carry permits rose by a total of 178 percent (about 5.2 percent of U.S. adults now have a permit), both the murder rate and violent crime rate fell by 25 percent.
Richard Dreyfuss Sours On Second Amendment?
Full disclosure: We’ve some unrepentant fans of Neil Simon’s “The Goodbye Girl” here at A1F, and in consequence have always been grateful that Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss was at least a tepid defender of the Second Amendment. And in some deep water too, as he showed here against elitist loon Piers Morgan in 2013.
That’s why his latest foray is disheartening, and it truly falls apart when he compares cars and their licensing to firearms ownership. This decades-old, tiresome notion is simply insupportable if you trouble yourself to read about the true basis of the right.
So here it is again: Fresh from a successful insurgency, no one knew better than the Founding Fathers that the last organ of society to entrust with exclusive firearms possession or knowledge of where THE OTHER firearms were, is government. As history repeatedly shows, they simply come and take them, whereupon tyranny writ large begins anew.
Violent Offenders Poised To Hit The Streets This Fall?
As illustrated by NRA News Cam & Co.’s Deal of the Day, much of the gun crime that anti-gunners blame on availability of firearms is actually the product of a broken criminal justice system. And things could get worse in November. Thousands of federal inmates are scheduled for early release under new guidelines for drug offenders issued by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. The stated intention of this reform is to lower penalties for non-violent drug users—but some legislators are worried that violent offenders might be included in the amnesty.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley have sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, asking for details on the records of the inmates slated for early release. They have expressed concerns that by “lowering the baseline” for some offenders, dangerous criminals will be on the streets before their time—and ready to spread more mayhem.
Does HBO Actually Stand For Hypocrite Box Office?
HBO is well known for its programs featuring gratuitous violence and criminal misuse of firearms. So it seems hypocritical that the cable network would make a champion boxer remove an ammunition company logo from his trunks before an upcoming title bout this weekend.
According to a Guns.com report, HBO is demanding that Sergey Kovalev remove the logo for Tulammo, a longtime sponsor, from the seat of his trunks for this Saturday night’s title fight set to be broadcast live from Las Vegas. This revelation prompted an astute observation by Lawrence Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).
“TV networks are certainly free to decide what they broadcast, but the typical daily HBO fare of murder, mayhem and the glorified misuse of firearms suggests a certain degree of hypocrisy in HBO’s reported decision to ban the simple logo of a company that manufactures ammunition,” Keane said.
Convicted Rapist Shot During Arkansas Home Invasion
The homeowner, Donna Salvo, 42, said she was awakened by breaking glass around 5:30 a.m. on July 10, and found a man standing in her bedroom. The suspect, 36-year-old Jonathan Hill, a convicted rapist, then allegedly grabbed a shotgun, pointed it at Salvo and pushed her down on the bed. Hill later held a knife to the throat of a friend of the homeowner’s, Cornenia Dillard, 70, who was sleeping on a couch in another room.
When Hill returned to Salvo’s bedroom, Dillard shot him in the abdomen with a small handgun before being struck in the back by Stacy Wright, 38, an alleged accomplice of Hill’s, who then fled the house with him. The two were later arrested at a nearby hospital.