There is plenty of heartache to go around in Chicago, and under the leadership of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, it has become “the country’s murder capital in absolute terms,” according to the Washington Post.
It may not be much of a surprise, then, that two Chicago mothers are suing over the deaths of their children. But they’ve peculiarly chosen to sue three suburban Chicago gun stores with no known connection to the tragic deaths of their children—both of which occurred at least eight years ago.
More disheartening still is the continuing head-in-the-sand view of McCarthy. Despite a truly terrible record for gun-crime prosecution, he blathers on: “More guns, more shootings.” For the rest of the country, this isn’t true, and hasn’t been for decades. We get that it’s anti-gun politics and business as usual for McCarthy. But knowing what we know, it’s also something else: A lie.
Poll: Support For NRA Outpaces That Of Either Party, All Candidates, Supreme Court
The poll, which asked respondents to assign positive or negative ratings to nearly 20 organizations and individuals, showed NRA was the second-most highly regarded on the list—beating out every presidential candidate, President Obama, the Supreme Court and both the Democratic and Republican parties. Moreover, in a poll in which more than half the subjects had a higher percentage of negative ratings than positive, NRA supporters maintained a strong 11-point lead over detractors (43 percent to 32 percent).
In a similar NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll from 2013, supporters outnumbered detractors 41-34. The fact that NRA’s approval continues to rise shows that Americans aren’t looking to Hollywood when forming their views on guns—they’re looking at the facts.
Airlines Announce They’ll Discriminate Against Law-Abiding Hunters
In a politically correct overreaction, three major airlines have launched a full-scale assault on law-abiding hunters by refusing to ship legally taken hunting trophies from Africa to the Unites States.
Delta, American and United airlines, listening to public outcry over the possibly illegal killing of “Cecil” by an American dentist, have announced they will no longer transport buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion or rhino trophies, even though it is legal to hunt many of those species in some African countries. Since strict customs laws make shipping of poached trophies extremely difficult, only law-abiding hunters will be affected by the ban.
In truth, banning transport of legally taken trophies is nothing more than a blatant case of big companies discriminating against a minority group of customers with no just cause. If these airlines truly oppose legal hunting in Africa, they should just say so. That way, millions of American hunters can make other airline transportation arrangements for their future travels.
Library Of Congress Think-Tank Shatters Myth Of “Mass Shooting Epidemic”
A study of mass shootings released by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service shows that, contrary to the media’s ratings-driven obsession with such events—and despite the public’s misconceptions that result—mass public shootings have increased only marginally in recent years. And in fact, if the outlier year of 2012 were excluded, the number of mass shootings would actually be lower.
The report is titled “Mass Murder with Firearms: Incidents and Victims, 1999-2013” and is based on two very large data sets—the FBI’s series of supplemental homicide reports from 1999 to 2013, and a data set compiled by Grant Duwe, a criminologist and the author of Mass Murder in the United States: A History.
“No matter how you cut it, there’s no epidemic,” said James Alan Fox, a Northeastern University criminology professor and expert on mass murder. “This report should calm the fears that many people have that these numbers are out of control."
Dutch Soldiers Firing Blanks
“Whoosh, whoosh,” said a fireman with no water in his hose. “Vroom, vroom,” said a cop with the cruiser on E. “Thump, thump,” said an ER medic minus a heart machine. Professionals on the job, imitating children—it sounds like a children’s book, but it’s reality for the Dutch army.
An acute shortage of ammunition has plagued army personnel for years. It’s become so dire that compulsory shooting drills have been canceled and soldiers haven’t been able to practice their shooting skills for months. “Even if you have no bullets, you have to train with your weapon,” said Jean Debie, chairman of the military union VBM. “That means, as a soldier, you say ‘Bang, Bang!’”
Understandably, this child’s play has led to mounting frustration among soldiers. The Defense Ministry has acknowledged the problem and assures that, once additional funding is made available, stockpiles will be replenished.
Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots Assailant At Home
Tiffany Oakley, a sheriff’s deputy in Bradley County, Tenn., was returning to her home when she reportedly spotted a man lurking in the shadows. She told the suspect, Allan F. White III, to stop and show his hands, but he continued to advance toward her. Oakley then attempted to subdue him with her Taser, but she says that he continued advancing and began to choke her.
Only then did Oakley draw her service firearm and shoot White, who died in the hospital. The deputy was also hospitalized, with a department spokesman calling her “bruised up pretty good,” but she is expected to make a full recovery.