In some ways it’s hard to believe it was nearly 30 years ago (1987) that the Florida Legislature broke the state-level logjam that was concealed carry. In the interim, Florida has been precisely the laboratory of liberty that the Founders envisioned for “the several states”: All 50 states (40 with “shall issue”/10 with “may issue”) now have some sort of concealed-carry issuance, although complexity remains vexing in a few.
But in the wake of the deadly disarmament of U.S.-based military personnel as recently highlighted in Chattanooga, Tenn., Florida appears ready to take the lead again. While the military still oversees who can carry on its own facilities, Gov. Rick Scott has asked the Department of Agriculture (who oversees permit issuance) to fast-track military applicants. Instead of the usual 90 days, qualified personnel with the proper credentials can receive their permits in just 30 days.
Bravo, Gov. Scott.
Governor Malloy And Mayor Segarra Shift Blame For Hartford Homicides
Hartford, Conn., just recorded its 20th murder of 2015, surpassing the city’s 2014 total with five months to spare.
Fox News reports that Hartford leads all major New England cities in homicides. Hartford’s 2015 homicide pace threatens to eclipse the city’s totals in 2009 (33), 2011 (27) and 2013 (23).
Mayor Pedro Segarra said, “Cities across the country are experiencing spikes in violence … impacted by factors beyond any one city’s control.” One factor Segarra didn’t mention was the draconian gun control regime he, Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Dannel Malloy rammed through in 2013—measures they promised would make Connecticut safer.
Segarra appealed to Gov. Malloy: “There’s a long tradition of Connecticut governors working with cities to reduce crime. We hope to continue that relationship with the current governor.” However, when asked about the spike in murder by the Hartford Courant in July, Malloy ducked: “That’s a better question for the Hartford mayor and the Hartford police chief.”
Los Angeles Backs Law To Disarm Citizens
Based on the most recent data from the National Center for Health Statistics (2013), the firearm accident death rate is 0.2 per 100,000 population. Firearms are involved in 0.5 percent of accidental deaths nationally, compared to motor vehicles (29 percent), poisoning (27 percent), falls (21 percent) and six other causes before you reach firearms.
Despite these facts, guns continue to be singled out as public enemy No. 1. Case in point: Los Angeles. On Tuesday, the L.A. City Council unanimously backed new requirements to lock up or disable handguns in homes. Their reasoning: To help prevent deadly accidents. So while they’re busy addressing cause No. 10, in turn, they’re denying the privileged few residents who are actually able to possess a gun in their oppressive gun-control city the right to defend themselves and their loved ones. Because we all know that a gun locked in a safe when you need it most is just a paperweight.
Whoopi: Listen To Me, Just Don’t Talk Back
While “The View” moderator Whoopi Goldberg is quick to call for gun-control supporters to push National Rifle Association to support anti-gun legislation, she doesn’t want to hear from those who disagree.
In a rambling conversation on Tuesday, Goldberg called for gun registration (“If [they are] responsible owners, have your guns. There’s no reason for us not to know who you are.”), and a ban on AK-47s ("If you’re responsible, why [do] you need an AK-47? …Because [if] you hit someone with an AK-47, all that’s left is dust!”). She also encouraged viewers to harass NRA leaders. (“Perhaps you just want to write to the folks who are in power over at the NRA. Let them know that the people are saying we need a change.”)
As for your viewpoint: She’d rather you keep that to yourself. “It’s my opinion only,” she concluded. “Please don’t email me ugly, nasty stuff.”
Use Your Power!
While we are always opposed to ugly, nasty responses to anyone for any reason, Whoopi’s wish that you keep your mouth shut doesn’t mean you don’t have the right to speak your mind. The program’s message board ishere.
Arizona Gets Pro-Gun Acclaim; Brady Gets Ticked
For the third straight year, Guns and Ammo has named Arizona the best state for gun owners, awarding maximum points in each of five categories.
Despite Arizona’s overwhelmingly pro-gun climate, not everyone was celebrating. Brady Campaign President Dan Gross derided Arizona’s “lax gun policies,” saying, “‘Best’ should be reserved for those states that promote responsible gun ownership and gun sales practices.”
To claim that Arizona doesn’t do these things is dubious at best. Arizona has to follow federal laws governing firearms sales—and the presence of nearly 70 NRA-certified firearms instructors and a little place called Gunsite Academy illustrate exactly how seriously Arizonans take their responsibilities as gun owners.
Brady also claims Arizona’s pro-gun laws make it the easiest state for criminals to obtain firearms. That’s an errant conclusion, given that the top gun homicide rate was actually in Washington, D.C., where Brady might as well have written the gun laws themselves. Arizona didn’t even break the top 10.
Strip Club Employee Defends Self Against Ambush
A worker at the Crazy Horse Showclub in Rock Hill, S.C., is uninjured today because of his quick reflexes—and his possession of a firearm. He walked outside the strip club at 2:15 a.m. and saw a man waiting for him. David “Chilli Bean” Morgan, an ex-con who had been escorted out of the club earlier for sitting on the stage, reportedly fired several shots at the employee, who drew his own gun and shot Morgan in the shoulder.
Morgan, identified as the father of NFL star Jadeveon Clowney, was transported to the hospital and later charged with attempted murder. Of course, his criminal record meant that he was already legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.