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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

DOJ Adds Five Cities To Violence Reduction Network

The Department of Justice is expanding its efforts to reduce violent crime in major U.S. cities. At the Second Annual Violence Reduction Summit, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates announced that five new cities were selected to join the Violence Reduction Network: Little Rock, Ark.; West Memphis, Ark.; Compton, Calif.; Flint, Mich.; and Newark, N.J. They join the inaugural sites of Oakland, Calif.; Richmond, Calif.; Wilmington, Del.; Chicago, Ill.; Detroit, Mich.; and Camden, N.J.

“The Violence Reduction Network uses every tool in the Justice Department’s toolbox to help communities combat violent crime,” said Yates. “And we deploy these resources in a targeted, strategic, data-driven way to get the most bang for our buck.” 

Unfortunately, we doubt reforms that help get guns in the hands of vulnerable law-abiding citizens are part of the agenda. It may sound strange, but cities currently experiencing spikes in violent crime may profit by looking at the example of Detroit.


More Gross Injustice In New Jersey

“I did my research, and I didn’t do anything wrong. The police knew I wasn’t out to commit a crime with the gun—they knew it. And New Jersey is not any safer for arresting myself or anyone in a similar situation.”

Chiropractor Mia Higginbotham just wanted to take her legally owned firearm from New Jersey, where she previously lived, to her home in Florida. She and her husband researched the Transportation Security Administration rules and were following the instructions to the letter of the law. But in the blink of an eye, she found herself arrested—not charged with a federal crime, but charged with a second-degree New Jersey felony punishable by five years in prison. 

To view Ginny Simone’s exclusive in-depth report, “New Jersey’s Web of Injustice,” click here.


New Poll Shows Independent Voters Continue To Favor Freedom

If the old maxim about Independents winning elections is true—and we strongly suspect it is—the results of a new Quinnipiac University poll show that in at least one prominent issue, GOP candidates have gained an edge.

Conducted between Sept. 17-21, the poll asked, “Do you support or oppose stricter gun control laws in the U.S.?” While the votes of those identifying as Democrats (who favored gun control 76-16) and Republicans (who opposed it 73-23) fell about as you’d expect, the key finding is how everyone else voted. Among Independents, opposition to stricter laws led 49-45.

Freedom supporters have outnumbered gun-control supporters among Independent voters since before the midterm elections. In May 2014, a Washington Post/ABC poll found that 49 percent of Independents sided with the GOP on gun control, while 29 percent sided with Democrats. And in June, when Zogby removed the context of parties, Independents said they favored freedom 45-36.


Gun-Ban Lobbyist Tries (Again) To Blame NRA For Criminal Shootings

Shannon Watts, Michael Bloomberg’s mouthpiece for his “Moms Demand” gun-ban lobby, used a criminal shootout among illegal gamblers to try—desperately and dishonestly—to blame the criminal misuse of firearms on laws that protect people against the criminal misuse of firearms.

Around 3 a.m. Monday, at the Hill Haven Event Center in Greenville, Ga., an illegal gambling operation turned violent with “at least several suspects pulling handguns and firing multiple indiscriminate shots within the building,” Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Five women and five men were shot in the melee.

On cue, Shannon Watts tweeted, “The #NRA still fighting for state laws to allow guns in bars: #Georgia bar shoot-out.” But here’s a clue, Shannon: Blaming NRA in this case makes about as much sense as blaming MADD for drunken driving. It’s absurd, and everyone who has a brain cell or an ounce of honesty knows it.


U.S. Reps Float Proposal For Gun Retailer Code Of Conduct

Four Democrats in the House of Representatives proposed a measure that would establish a code of conduct for federal firearms licensees. The Justice Department would certify businesses that followed this code with a “Good Neighbor” certification. There are four items listed, three of which are more or less what gun retailers should already be doing: Not selling firearms to criminals, detecting theft of guns and cooperating with law enforcement. 

The fourth item is not selling a firearm unless a background check has been completed, and this is the problem. Legislators continue to try to put this responsibility on gun sellers, but what anti-gunners call the “three-day loophole” is there for a reason. No one wants dangerous criminals getting their hands on firearms—and that’s why the pressure needs to be on the FBI to conduct checks in a timely fashion.


Tennessee Senior With Gun Sends Intruders Running

A 74-year-old man entered the Athens, Tenn., police station Friday morning to report a robbery. According to the Decatur Daily, the elderly man told officers that a friend stopped by his residence Thursday accompanied by two women, identified by police as Jodi Strange and Mary Beard. The women asked to borrow $25, but he told them no because he didn’t know them.

The women later returned uninvited with another man, Vantella Malone. Malone grabbed the victim around the neck and told him to “tell them where the rest of the money was or he was going to hurt him bad.” The women allegedly started searching the home for money.

The victim then reached into his pocket, pulled out a pistol and aimed at Malone’s face. The pistol did not fire, but sent the suspects running from the home with $320. Athens police arrested the three suspects Friday afternoon, charging each with second-degree robbery.


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