On Sept. 5, a warrant was served on brothers Eric Johnson, 48, and Lance Johnson, 36. Police seized three guns, a bulletproof vest, three boxes of hollowpoint bullets, 140 rounds of ammunition, and over 30 bags of crack cocaine and marijuana from their New York residence. They were arraigned Sept. 7, and Judge Abena Darkeh gave Lance a typical $60,000 bond. When Eric—who had a longer rap sheet—went before Judge Geoffery Wright, however, bail was set at only $500.
That same day, Wright assigned a $100 bail to a man with six felony convictions, including child molestation.
Unfortunately, this isn’t new or unusual for New York—Wright’s father, Judge Bruce Wright, was known as “Cut ‘Em Loose Bruce” for setting low bails in criminal cases. If they want lower crime, perhaps N.Y. legislators need to focus less on concocting increasingly stringent gun control, and more on the revolving doors on the state’s courtrooms.
Dana Loesch Targeted In Frightening And Unfunny Video
Like we needed any more proof: Gun-haters always, always, always get a pass in the mainstream media, no matter how shabby their grasp of the facts, or how tasteless their assaults on liberties they disapprove of. You know, like that Second Amendment thingy?
Take a look here, and you’ll see what we mean. NRA “Freedom’s Safest Place” personality Dana Loesch is shown shooting herself in the head in a modified version of a spot. The trash merchant (who we don’t name, just as we don’t name fame-seeking murderers) insists it’s merely “SATIRE with a message, DOPE.” (Ad hominem attack—so classy!) A little research reveals a long train of tasteless and even violent innuendo from this source: No surprise—the media pass, applied.
Loesch has wisely contacted law enforcement. We hope they will take seriously the risk of such garbage inciting violence against her or her family.
Starting A Gun Store Still An Uphill Battle In Illinois
Concealed carry is law in Illinois, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy to buy a gun and get a permit. Anti-gun politicians continue to do everything in their power to block gun sales, as illustrated by events in the city of Evanston.
The Daily Northwestern reports that while the city council defined five regions of the city in which gun ranges could be established, aldermen have voted for new hoops for potential business owners to jump through, including license conditions and insurance requirements. “We can’t ban them entirely, but we can regulate them. And we should regulate them as much as possible,” said Alderman Brian Miller.
Their intended outcome is that entrepreneurs become so frustrated with the red tape that they move on to other locales. “If you ask me, we should have the ability to limit what kind of guns people should have,” added Alderman Donald Wilson, “but the Supreme Court doesn’t agree with me.”
When Gun-Banners Feed Off One Another
What’s worse than an anti-gun Canadian whiner writing a book in which he tirelessly spouts off about Americans’ right to keep and bear arms? Perhaps the answer is a gun-hating American newspaper glowingly reviewing said anti-gun tome.
In reviewing Arms: The Culture and Credo of the Gun by A.J. Somerset, Washington Post writer Michael Rosenwald fawned: “But what makes his book entertaining, often funny and ultimately an important addition to the limited canon on guns is that Somerset is a gun guy.” Rosenwald particularly loves that Somerset blames the NRA “for convincing many gun owners that the Second Amendment is ‘the single most important sentence in the entire Bill of Rights.’”
An anti-gun Post writer insinuating that a gun-control proponent is a gun-lover certainly doesn’t make it true. And the fact that both writers hate the Second Amendment doesn’t change the fact that it is the one freedom that protects all others.
The Missoula, Mont., City Council’s Health and Safety Committee introduced a draft ordinance last week that would require gun shows and private firearm transactions to include a federal background check. Currently, licensed firearms dealers are required to run a check on gun buyers, but there is no federal or state law that requires the same check for private parties. The ordinance is under consideration by the Missoula City Council, and a hearing will be held Oct. 19.
Lawyers for the Montana Shooting Sports Association have released a three-page response outlining legal and practical problems with the draft ordinance, arguing that, while the city does have authority to suppress firearm possession for target groups, it has no authority to regulate sales and transfers. An informal poll conducted by NBC Montana also shows roughly two-thirds of respondents opposed to the ordinance.
Houston Man Shoots Three Home Invaders
One suspect is dead and two others injured after a Houston man shot them Friday morning as they attempted to break into his home in northwest Harris County. According to KRPC-TV, police said the men were armed as they approached the victim’s house, where several children were inside, and fired upon the homeowner before fleeing.
In a similar crime just three days earlier, KRPC reported, three armed home invaders forced two women to lie on a bed as they ransacked the room looking for cash, and fired a shot to gain entry to a locked room in the residence before escaping. Police haven’t said yet whether the two crimes are related.
Last month, in another Houston home invasion, KHOU reported that a man broke into a residence through a window before murdering six children and two adults there.