Despite an increase in arrests—nearly twice as many were recorded from July 15-31 as from May 15-31—crime continues to run rampant in Baltimore. On Wednesday, in a vacant Penn-North-area house, police found the body of the 211th homicide victim. That’s as many homicides as Baltimore saw in all of 2014, and the highest homicide count reached by this point in the year since the 1990s.
At City Hall on Wednesday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake lauded recent police efforts and implored residents to work with authorities to bring perpetrators to justice. Not a bad start: But then, predictably, she called for a “national response,” claiming similar upticks in violence in a few other cities indicated that the “state-by-state approach” to gun laws “has not been effective,” and blaming other states’ “lax” gun laws for Baltimore’s ongoing violence.
If that’s the case, Ms. Rawlings-Blake, why aren’t cities in those states seeing a corresponding jump in crime?
Convenience Store Owner Scares Off Armed Suspects
A Lowell, Mass., convenience store owner protected himself and his property by shooting at a pair of armed robbery suspects who held up his business Wednesday. According to police, the robbery occurred at approximately 8:50 p.m., and the owner fired twice at the suspects with “a legally possessed handgun.”
The alleged robbers were described as two men wearing dark-colored hoodies. About an hour after the incident, police spotted a man matching the description. As they approached him, he fled with police pursuing him on foot and dropped a backpack.
“He was eventually taken into custody,’’ police said in a statement. “Inside the backpack was a loaded Tech 9 firearm.” He is charged with several felonies. At this time, it is unclear if the suspects fired any shots or if they stole any cash or merchandise.
Remington Pokes Fun At Hillarys Server Shrug
Displaying a rather shocking flippancy in the face of very serious accusations, Hillary Clinton responded to a question earlier this week of whether she wiped clean her email server with, “What, like, with a cloth or something?” Needless to say, most Americans aren’t laughing off her record of back-door dealing and dodging accountability.
Remington Arms took a lighthearted shot at Hillary’s attempt to shrug off the question with a tweet promoting the company’s oil wipes: “Works on firearms, not email servers. In stores now.” We’re glad to see a respected firearm manufacturer capitalizing on Hillary’s stumble—while reminding customers how important it is to not have another President Clinton.
“We’re Fighting A War Here”
The “here” that Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson is referring to is on U.S. soil. It’s just outside of Phoenix, Ariz., where Mexican drug cartels have seized a 50-mile swath of land. When Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu states that “This is literally an unsecured border”—as he’s been saying for years—he is not exaggerating.
With billions of dollars in drugs and thousands of undocumented individuals moving freely into America, Babeu has been begging for help from the Obama administration. He points to the absurdity of a single small county trying to take down a powerful cartel, where one day’s total following a $3 billion drug bust netted 76 arrests and 108 weapons. Yet Babeu has been met with nothing but silence from America’s leader.
One of Obama’s would-be successors clearly understands the urgency. Upon viewing the porous border up close, Carson suggested utilizing drones to help fight the uphill battle.
California Bill Would Expand 10-Year Gun Ban On Misdemeanor Offenders
A bill now moving through the California Assembly would expand the state’s automatic 10-year ban on gun ownership to a much larger pool of individuals convicted of misdemeanors, including offenses that are not even illegal outside California.
The legislation, SB 347, introduced in April by Democrat Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, would lengthen the state’s list of offenses that trigger an automatic, 10-year prohibition on gun ownership to include misdemeanors such as selling or giving ammunition to a minor; transferring a handgun without a license; and possession of an unregistered firearm. It’s possible that some of these prohibitions could entrap innocent, otherwise lawful gun owners who give or lend firearms or ammunition to relatives without knowing California’s requirements.
Use Your Power!
The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 24-to-15, and is now moving through the lower house in Sacramento. Help stop this attack on your rights by identifying and contacting your California assembly membertoday.
Social Security Administration Confirms Gun-Grab Fears
Although the Social Security Administration initially ignored a letter from members of the House Ways and Means Committee expressing concerns about a new plan that could prohibit millions of beneficiaries from purchasing firearms, the agency did finally respond a week after the requested deadline. And while officials there say they don’t plan to bar all retirees who don’t manage their own finances from gun ownership, they certainly are planning to send the names of some to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
The intention here seems to be to persuade us that it’s not as bad as we think—but there’s no indication of just how bad it really is. As NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said: “The SSA response does not adequately address our concerns and leaves the door open for abuse … The NRA will continue to employ all means available to prevent the implementation of such a widespread injustice.”