On the Aug. 23 airing of Al Jazeera’s “Third Rail,” Florida state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, Leah Gunn Barrett and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke debated campus safety. During the debate, Gunn Barrett, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, suggested women are too weak to be allowed to carry guns for self-defense on college campuses.
She made this suggestion even though fellow guest Rehwinkel Vasilinda was the victim of attempted rape while in college, which she thwarted with the gun her father gave her for self-defense.
When the “Third Rail” host asked moments later if there is a right to self-defense with a weapon, she admitted that there is such a right in the home, but only because the Supreme Court has ruled so. Apparently to Leah Gunn Barrett, women are out of luck because even if they have a right to defend themselves, they are so weak that a firearm is likely to be turned against them.
Texas Pawn Shop Owner Shoots Gunman
When two armed robbers walked into Diamond Pawn Shop in northeast Houston Monday shortly after noon and started shooting, the owner, who holds a concealed handgun license, fired back, killing one of the robbers. Two other robbers were arrested after they fled and struck a utility pole with their vehicle. A fourth suspect is still sought by police.
Investigators believe one of the alleged robbers may have committed a carjacking nearby that took place at about the same time as the attempted robbery. In that crime, a motorist was dragged down Jensen Drive as he tried to hold onto his car while the carjacker sped away.
Rupert Murdoch Leads “Bloomberg For President” Push In Media
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who among other endeavors owns Fox News, has spoken out in favor of a presidential run from Second Amendment arch-nemesis Michael Bloomberg. Murdoch referred to Bloomberg as the “greatest mayor” of New York, while acknowledging that he disagreed with him on some issues.
There have been recent stirrings in the mainstream media about a bid from Bloomberg, and this word from Murdoch is leading to more excitement. “We do think Bloomberg should run,” wrote former Chicago Tribune editor James Warren on Poynter MediaWire, “if only to assure that the National Rifle Association goes broke trying to trash him.”
D.C. Officials Cite Non-Existent Stats On “High-Capacity” Mags
As Washington, D.C.’s murder crisis ramps up, the mayor and police chief have been quick to place the blame on guns and, in particular, so-called “high-capacity” magazines. Yet according to a Fox 5 report by Emily Miller, both have made statements that aren’t completely truthful.
Mayor Muriel Bowser recently said: “Guns continue to make their way into the hands of violent criminals. Unfortunately some of those guns have high-capacity magazines that inflict maximum harm.” Police Chief Cathy Lanier doubled down: “Multiple of our cases have high-capacity magazines and multiple rounds fired, making the shots more lethal.”
However, Fox 5’s Miller has learned the department does not track the magazine capacity of seized guns, so neither the mayor nor the chief have any statistics about the matter. In fact, the form police use when they get property in a crime has a section for firearms, but no question for ammunition capacity.
Wal-Mart, Nation’s Largest Gun Retailer, Will No Longer Sell ARs
Those hoping to “Save Money” and “Live Better” through the purchase of a new modern sporting rifle will soon be out of luck. According to Kory Lundberg, senior director for corporate communications at Wal-Mart, the retailer is ceasing sales of AR-15-style rifles and semi-automatic shotguns with magazine capacities of seven or more rounds.
Lundberg claims that the decision was made of the company’s own accord and is “not political,” citing sales that have lagged far behind those of lower-ticket guns. The roughly 1,700 stores that carry firearms are now offering steep discounts on the rifles in order to clear inventory in time for the fall hunting season, when the MSRs will be replaced with economical bolt-action rifles and lever-action and pump-action shotguns.
Interestingly, a quick look at Wal-Mart’s website shows a wide selection of AR grips, rails, buttstocks and handguards offered at full price—suggesting these items may continue to be available.