Tuesday night on the season premiere of CBS’s “The Late Show,” comedian and late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert falsely stated that the National Rifle Association is “opposed to mental health checks,” while discussing the issue of gun control with Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
Colbert phrased his misleading assertion in the form of a question: “And if mental health checks are opposed by the NRA, how do you fight back?” In truth, the NRA has been urging the federal government to address the problem of mental illness and violence since 1966.
More recently, the NRA has supported legislation to ensure that appropriate records of those who have been judged mentally incompetent or involuntarily committed to mental institutions be made available for use in firearms transfer background checks. Any suggestion that the NRA opposes such reform is misinformation at best—and likely intentional disinformation.
Everytown Rally Experiences Big Hype, Little Turnout
The “Whatever It Takes” rally held by Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun Everytown group in front of the U.S. Capitol received massive coverage this week, and it was attended by representatives of major national and international media outlets. It also featured speeches by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, both D-Va., along with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Anyone who attended the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Nashville won’t be surprised at the one missing ingredient—actual protestors. The Washington Free Beaconreports that only a few hundred showed up, despite promises from Everytown to “flood the Capitol grounds with gun sense supporters.” It turns out that while Bloomberg and friends are good at drumming up celebrity support, they’re not very good at this whole grassroots thing.
A Gathering Of Anti-Gun Hypocrites
Like every good gun-control event, the Everytown “Whatever It Takes” rally also featured the presence of armed security for the anti-gun politicians. While Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was preaching that, “This is an issue I talk about every day”—referring to so-called “universal” background checks—his burly bodyguard kept his eyes on the crowd and his trigger finger ready.
We’ve heard this tale a time or two, haven’t we? Political elites scheming for new ways to disarm America, all the while being protected with the very tool they would like to deny us access to. It’s the same tired old refrain: “Rights for me, but not for thee.”
Seattle Looks For High-Profile Legal Help In Court Battle
Having been sued by the NRA and other gun-rights groups over its new sales tax on guns and ammunition, the city of Seattle, Wash., is slated to receive help from a big name in the legal industry. The firm of Steptoe & Johnson, based out of Washington, D.C., has announced that it will provide representation for the city for free.
While the city claims that the measure falls under its taxing authority, the plaintiffs point to a Washington state law prohibiting unauthorized local ordinances regulating firearms.
American Electorate Focused On Guns In 2016
A CNN poll indicates that 42 percent of registered voters find the subject of firearms policy to be “very important” in the coming election. Jim Geraghty points out that only 22 percent gave the same answer in 2012. Likewise, the percentage of respondents saying that gun issues were “not that important” to them fell from 22 to 8.
With a presidential election coming up and several high-profile shootings in memory, it is not surprising that gun policy is a hot-button issue right now. But before you start worrying, this public shift in priorities does not appear to signal any corresponding shift in beliefs: Americans are holding strong in favor of the Second Amendment.
Crockett County “Gun Enthusiasts” Thwart Violent Home Invasion
Two Crockett County, Tenn., homeowners were startled when two armed men kicked in their door and began opening fire around 11 p.m. Tuesday night. It was immediately made clear to them, however, that they had chosen the wrong house. According to the Crockett County Sheriff’s Department, the two homeowners are “gun enthusiasts,” and quickly turned the tables on the two, firing back shots of their own. The two armed intruders promptly fled.
Investigators say the homeowners were unharmed. The condition of the assailants is unknown, as they remain at large.
“At this time we’re unsure if anybody was hit or not. … We got word out to the hospital that if anybody comes in with gunshot wounds, we’re still waiting to hear anything about that,” Captain Jordan Spraggins of the Crockett County Sheriff’s Dept. told WBBJ 7.