The passage of the Firearms Act of 1997 in the United Kingdom served to prohibit the ownership of handguns and made it virtually impossible for citizens to acquire a long gun. The result: By 2009, Britain was declared the most violent country in Europe.
With citizens still disarmed to this day, you can imagine the fear that swept through Stoke-on-Trent and Hanley, two cities in Staffordshire, England, when a gang of teenagers brandishing guns rampaged through the streets on Tuesday, terrorizing bystanders. Alerted to the danger, armed police officers, a police helicopter and dog-handling units arrived on the scene. They arrested three teenagers and a 27-year-old man. The firearms were later revealed to be BB guns.
If the likes of Obama, Bloomberg, Schumer and Clinton have their way, the above could well play out in America—armed criminals roaming the streets while the unarmed law-abiding cower and hide inside.
Michigan Bill Would Exempt Military From “Gun-Free” Zones
Michigan State Rep. Tom Barrett will introduce a bill that would exempt military personnel in uniform from the state's pistol-free zone restrictions. Currently, carrying handguns in certain locations, such as day care centers and schools, sports stadiums, churches, bars and casinos, is prohibited by state law.
However, the military recruitment center shootings in Chattanooga have shed light on the ongoing risk faced by our unarmed active-duty military personnel. If passed, Barrett’s bill will provide uniformed military an extra layer of security in public places.
“They wouldn't have to disarm to go drop their kid off at school or at day care while they're in uniform,” said Barrett, a 13-year veteran of the Army National Guard. “When we're out of uniform and less likely to be targeted, we would have to follow the exact same rules and regulations as every other person in Michigan.”
Social Security Administration Ignores Congressional Deadline
The NRA-backed bill sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, with the purpose of defending the rights of veterans and retirees, looks especially necessary now. A letter sent to Social Security Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin by members of the House Ways and Means Committee expressed strong concerns over indications that up to 4.2 million beneficiaries might be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and declared “prohibited” persons. The representatives requested a response by July 31.
Unsurprisingly, that deadline has come and gone with no response at all from the Social Security Administration. Any thought that the agents of Obama’s covert gun-grabbing plan would play nice should be dispelled by this disrespectful silence.
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Bandemonium, Canadian Style
Politicians in Hamilton, Ontario, are learning something that many in the American gun-ban movement also have a hard time understanding—when guns have been banned and criminals continue using them, it’s hard to ban them even more.
According to a report in The Hamilton Spectator online version, after a recent mid-day shootout in downtown Hamilton, Mayor Fred Eisenberger said: “I think anything we can do to make guns less accessible is a positive step. We ban a lot of things in the city. My question would be ‘Can we ban guns?’”
City lawyers looked into that request and brought the mayor some negative news. As it turns out, the city has already banned carry of a loaded firearm. And it has already banned firing of guns in the city limits. Perhaps Mayor Eisenberger might have more luck with a law making it illegal for violent criminals to shoot people in the streets. Oh, wait: I guess the criminals shooting up downtown must have missed that memo.
Homeowner’s Son Halts Home Invasion
Residents in upscale Lakemont say it’s normally a quiet neighborhood, but that wasn’t the case on Thursday, when gunshots broke the silence in the Fayetteville, Ga., subdivision.
A man in his 20s was at home with a friend just before 3 p.m. when he thought he heard someone trying to break in. From a window, he could see a man with a gun trying to enter the locked garage. The resident ran to get his own gun, but when he came back downstairs, the suspect had moved to a window at the back of the house. He had just made it inside when the resident shot him four times.
Police who questioned the resident say he was unharmed, but remained quite shaken up. “He’s in shock from the … extremely traumatic incident,” Fayetteville Police Lt. Mike Whitlow told reporters.
An investigation into the suspect’s motives remains ongoing.
Arizona Man Uses Firearm To Ward Off Car Thief
Antonio Silvas had gone into a Home Depot in the Phoenix, Ariz., area for a brief shopping trip; he returned to find Jose Reyes sitting in his car. “Originally, in my mind, I thought I had the wrong vehicle,” said Silvas. But the car was his, and Reyes had no business there. When Silvas confronted him, Reyes allegedly tried to stab him with the same screwdriver he had used to dismantle the car’s ignition.
Silvas’ firearm was in the car—not yet discovered by Reyes—and he managed to reach it in the course of the struggle. Silvas fired into the air, scaring off the suspect, who was later apprehended by police. Silvas will not be facing any charges for his act of self-defense.