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Friday, August 7, 2015

Seattle Moves Closer To Punitive Tax On Guns And Ammo

A new tax on gun and ammunition sales is one step closer to reality in Seattle, Wash., where the bill passed out of committee and will be heard before the full city council. The tax money collected would be directed toward the vaguely defined area of “gun violence research and prevention.”

Gun retailers are outraged and, in several cases, making plans to relocate outside the city. Sergey Solyanik, owner of Precise Shooter, said the council members “just don’t understand the areas that they are trying to regulate, and they didn’t try to talk to any of us.” The city estimates it could net up to half a million dollars per year with the tax—but the loss of Outdoor Emporium, a dealer looking at moving outside city limits, would by itself cause the city to forfeit twice that amount in tax revenue.


NRA Supports Bill To Protect Rights Of Veterans And Retirees

NRA has announced its support for Sen. John Cornyn’s Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, which contains provisions to counteract the president’s efforts to strip Second Amendment rights from millions of veterans and Social Security recipients.

To date, the Veterans Affairs Administration has prohibited more than 100,000 veterans from purchasing a firearm because a “representative payee” helps them manage their benefits. Additionally, the Social Security Administration announced that it is also moving forward with a similar plan for up to 4.2 million Social Security recipients. 

“The NRA is fighting to stop the Obama administration from denying millions of veterans and Social Security recipients their Second Amendment rights for no other reason than they want assistance in managing their financial affairs,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA executive director.

If passed, Cornyn’s bill will prevent agencies from labeling benefit recipients as “prohibited persons” because they have a fiduciary assigned to their account, and will require a full adjudication process.


Media Moving Toward Truth On Big-Game Hunting

With the initial media-fueled overreaction to the possibly illegal killing of a lion in Zimbabwe beginning to ebb, some press outlets are beginning to publish the truth about lawful African big-game hunting. 

On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a story with the headline “Many Big-Game Hunters Are Also Big-Time Conservationists,” which detailed an important point overlooked by nearly everyone—the collaring and study of lions in Hwange National Park where “Cecil” lived is being funded by big-game hunters.

“The University of Oxford study that followed Cecil and other collared lions was funded by hunting organizations to help quantify and prevent illegal hunts,” the Post-Gazette report said. “Lucrative organized poaching for exotic animal parts is responsible for most of the illegal killing of animals.” While poaching is reprehensible, blaming law-abiding hunters for illegal killing of animals is equally wrong. It’s good to see some media outlets are starting to get it.


D.C. Violent Crime Heats Up In June And July

It’s been a more violent summer than usual in Washington, D.C. During June and July, the District recorded 428 crimes committed by armed criminals, as compared to 333 a year ago. And D.C. isn’t alone—some other big cities across the nation have also seen a rise in crime this summer.

Sam Bieler, a research associate at the Urban Institute, says it’s normal to see more violence in summer than other months. He also notes a growing number of homicides related to domestic violence in recent years—it jumped from nine in 2012 to 17 in 2014.

Whatever the cause, it’s just another reason residents need the ability to arm and defend themselves with no questions asked. Far too many citizens have been denied concealed-carry permits in the past because they weren’t able to meet the arbitrary “good reason” requirement. The only “good reason” needed is the Second Amendment. 


Armed Citizen Halts Robbery By Masked, Knife-Wielding Home Invader

A man wearing a mask and a black hoodie held a Sunbury, Pa., man at knifepoint late Monday night, police say, in the third incident involving a weapon in two weeks in the small, Susquehanna River town. 

According to Sunbury Police Chief Brad Hare, the armed home invader demanded unspecified items from the resident, but the attempted robbery ended after a neighbor, hearing the disturbance, retrieved his personal firearm and confronted the attacker, who fled. 

“Unfortunately, it is still a busy time of the year and we are running from call to call, but we want these folks [armed criminals] to know we will not tolerate this kind of behavior,” Hare said.


Armed Neighbor Stops Theft, Rape And Possibly Murder

A woman asleep in her Jacksonville, Fla., apartment awoke around 2 a.m. Sunday to a terrifyingly familiar face. 57-year-old Zachary Richardson had spent years stalking her before finally attempting to rape her. Unfortunately, her protective order didn’t stop him from breaking in and climbing on top of her. When she screamed, Richardson began punching her in the face, telling her he was going to rape her. 

When he couldn’t remove her pants, he left, taking her TV with him.  He set it near a vehicle, then turned to go back inside.

A neighbor sitting on a nearby porch was concerned, so he grabbed his handgun and followed him. Through the window he saw Richardson attacking the woman and believed he was trying to kill her, so he fired a warning shot. Richardson fled, but was arrested a short time later and faces several felony counts. Though severely beaten, the victim is expected to recover.


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