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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

More States Honor Historical Connections With Official Firearms

There are official state seals, birds and flowers—and over the last four years, six states have also adopted state firearms. Utah was the first, naming the Browning M1911 semi-automatic pistol the official firearm in 2011. Arizona followed suit, adopting the Colt Single Action Army revolver later that year. 

Soon after, more state guns were recognized. Indiana adopted the Grouseland Rifle in 2012, and in 2013, West Virginia named the Hall Flintlock Model 1819 as the official firearm. In 2014, two more states followed suit, with Pennsylvania choosing the Long Rifle and Alaska selecting the Winchester pre-1964 Model 70.

Opponents like Pennsylvania state Rep. Mark B. Cohen toe the typical gun-control line, saying that a state gun would be offensive to many Pennsylvanians. However, if historical connection is the usual reasoning for state symbol status, why should that not apply to firearms as well?


SIG Under Siege For Mexican Cartel Murders

Taking a page from American anti-gunners, a lawsuit in Germany is targeting SIG Sauer for a series of murders committed by a Mexican drug cartel member in Mexico. 

Interestingly, German anti-gunners can’t find information on where the gun was assembled, where it was first sold, how it got to Mexico or why the drug cartel member chose that particular gun to ply his nasty trade. They do admit, however, that the killer likely got the gun illegally.

Still, to German gun control advocate Jürgen Grässlin, the 12 murders are obviously the fault of SIG Sauer, not the hardened criminal who brutally murdered a dozen people with no apparent qualms. Supporting such an unjust lawsuit, which blames a lawful gun company for criminal misuse of its products, might just get Grässlin a job interview with the Brady Campaign, Bloomberg’s Everytown group or any other gun-ban organization here in the U.S. that is quick to blame the gun, not the violent murderer.


Foster Parents Lose Kids Over Gun

Kristi and Rod Beber were asleep at their home in Las Vegas, Nev., when they heard screaming from outside and looked to find their neighbors on their property. Concerned for the safety of their three foster children, Rob retrieved a gun while his wife called police. The incident was resolved, and it never became necessary to point the firearm at anyone. So the Bebers were shocked when the Department of Family Services (DFS) revoked their license to be foster parents and transferred their children to a group home. 

DFS claims that “the incident did not describe an adult exercising sound judgment” and indicates that state law prohibited foster parents from having loaded firearms. But the law in question has since been overturned by new legislation, and no one could seriously argue that defending one’s children with caution and restraint is a sign of bad judgment. The Bebers, who have fostered more than 100 children, are now fighting to have their license reinstated.


Free Educator Gun Training In Colorado

Nearly 400 Colorado educators took part this summer in a concealed-carry class at Centennial Gun Club near Aurora. It was the second time that general manager Dick Abramson has offered the one-day class free of charge to anyone who works in a school system. That means not just teachers and administrators, but secretaries, food service workers, custodians and even bus drivers. 

“We like to get teachers more information on firearms,” said Abramson. “We fear what we don’t understand, and this class helps them to be more comfortable and confident around firearms.” 

Kudos to Abramson for recognizing a need and fulfilling it. When Colorado lawmakers finally recognize that trained educators carrying guns and knowing how to use them is a legitimate defense for their children, 380 of them will already be ready. 


Tulsa Woman Uses Gun To Chase Away Would-Be Robbers

Carmen Smith of Tulsa, Okla., has been a victim of burglary before. That’s why she installed burglary bars and upgraded her alarm system; her fiancé also helped her get a gun. So she was ready when a trio of would-be robbers broke into her house on Monday morning.

“I just heard some ‘bamming’ real hard, you know, and they pried my door open and they knocked the window out, and my first instinct [was] just to go run and go get my gun. It was already loaded,” Smith told News on 6. She saw one of the three intruders advancing on her, “… like he was going to do something to me, harm me …” and opened fire. All three suspects fled the premises immediately and are currently being sought by police.


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