“I now know what it means to be an American.” Scot Spooner chokes up as he says those words. “It’s a good deal being a civilian in this country.”
Scot and his brother Tom joined the Army and ascended through the elite ranks and service of Army Special Forces and Special Operations. Their story is one of achievement and success, both in and out of uniform. However, success comes amidst the trials and tribulations of their personal affliction with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
NRA News introduced us to the Spooners through one of their Patriot Profiles. In this poignant excerpt, Scot talks about the sacrifices made and freedom earned. “It’s pretty damn amazing to be an American in this country.” Watch the video here.
Vegas: Citizen With AK-47 Stops Home Invasion
Anti-gunners who like to deride semi-automatic rifles as “assault weapons” and want to ban ownership of them likely won’t be talking about a Tuesday morning incident in Las Vegas where an armed citizen with an AK-47 stopped a home invasion.
According to police reports, a woman knocked on the door and told the 12-year-old inside she had car trouble and needed to use the phone. When the 12-year-old tried to shut the door to get the phone, the woman pushed through the door and put him in a headlock. After the male suspect ran into the home armed with a gun, the youngster’s 23-year-old brother shot at both of the intruders, with a handgun and then the AK-47, prompting them to flee.
The male suspect later died of his wounds, while the woman was hospitalized.
Chicago’s Mean Streets Get Meaner
Shootings and murders were up sharply during the first half of 2015 in Chicago, home of some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation.
According to data from the Chicago Police Department, through the end of June there have been 13 more murders, 20 more shootings and 24 more shooting victims than in the first half of 2014. And surprisingly, rather than blaming so-called “lax gun laws” as usual, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy seems to have actually found one of the causes—a revolving-door justice system.
McCarthy told CBS Chicago that at least eight people have been arrested twice this year for illegal possession of firearms. “Five of them are already back on the street as we speak,” he said. “Three out of four people that we arrested in the first quarter are on the street right now, who we’ve arrested with firearms.”
NRA Instructor Schools County Election Board
A Douglasville, Ga., man who was told he couldn’t wear his NRA hat at the polls has agreed to drop his lawsuit against county and election officials.
Bundy Cobb, veteran and owner of True Aim Defense, wears his “NRA Instructor” hat everywhere to advertise his business. But after he arrived at his polling place for early voting last October, workers there told him to remove it.
When Cobb asked why, he was told that since NRA was perceived as being “associated with the Republican party,” the hat could be considered illegal campaign material—even though no gun initiatives were on the ballot that day.
In December, Cobb filed a lawsuit claiming his civil rights were violated. Fortunately, because the Board of Elections and Registration has since agreed to remove its prohibition on clothing or materials referring to a person, organization or viewpoint not on the ballot, Cobb was able to drop his suit.
Hypocrisy On Parade
Leland Yee was a Democratic California state senator from San Francisco when he was arrested in March 2014 on wide-ranging corruption charges, including arranging the sale of machine guns and shoulder-fired missiles to undercover FBI officers. The anti-gun former politician has now reportedly agreed to plead guilty to one charge of racketeering.