Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., is hard at work cementing his status as the clown prince of anti-gun politics. Whether he’s trying to get NASCAR to drop its NRA sponsorship or making the ludicrous claim that there has been one school shooting per week since Sandy Hook, Murphy is a reliable source of head-scratchers and outright howlers. His latest trick was to stump for gun control on CNN, but he hedged his bets when it came to the results that he anticipated.
Townhall features a good summary of Murphy’s interview, in which he made a quick run-through of typical anti-gun talking points. But when asked about his solution to stopping mass shootings, he backpedaled: “… I don’t think that we should expect that anything that we’re going to enact in Washington is going to stop shootings …”
For once we agree, Sen. Murphy!
Armed Miami Taxi Driver Targeted In Rush-Hour Robbery
Miami-area taxi driver Jean Louis, 30, was making his rounds Wednesday at about 7 a.m. when a couple flagged him down. Once in the vehicle, Christian Suarez, 23, and Nicole Iacono, 18, asked to be taken to a location about 20 blocks south. Just before arriving, Louis was asked to drive them one more block and make a right.
Becoming suspicious, Louis asked the two to settle their fare. In response Suarez pointed a gun at Louis, reached into the drivers-side door, and grabbed a handful of cash. Suarez and Iacono then exited the vehicle, and when Louis followed, they fired at him. When Louis returned fire with his own gun, the couple fled.
Officers tracked them to the nearby Wishes Motel where, after several hours, Suarez, Iacono and two others in the room surrendered to police. According to an arrest affidavit, Suarez has been charged with felony attempted murder with a firearm.
San Francisco’s Last Gun Store May Be On Its Way Out
Proposed legislation could spell the demise of High Bridge Arms, the last surviving gun store in San Francisco. Supervisor Mark Farrell will formally introduce an ordinance that would require all firearm sales to be recorded on video, with information handed over to San Francisco Police.
Owner Steve Alcairo says that he already has 17 surveillance cameras. He’s currently required to hand over any video the police request, and these further policies will have a significant impact on his business.
“What we don’t do is voluntarily give private information to the police department. Voluntarily, we just don’t do that. People are very private about their information,” said Alcairo.
Farrell says, “The goal here is not to run anybody out of business. But from my perspective, the public safety of San Francisco residents comes first.”
However, one area gun buyer thinks differently, saying, “Seems that they’re just trying to take the guns away from the people.”
Gun-Ban Lobby Resorts To “SWATing” Citizens Who Open Carry
On its Facebook page, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence urges, “If you see someone carrying a firearm in public and have ANY doubts about their intent, call 911 immediately and ask police to come to the scene.” Worse, their followers are even urging the public to report violent crimes in progress when they see lawfully armed citizens, clearly hoping to see them arrested or shot.
The 2012 case of Lu v. Baca accused the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department of violating state law by forcing citizens to obtain permission from a local police chief before applying for a concealed-carry permit. In January 2014, a Superior Court judge agreed and ordered LACSD to begin accepting and processing license applications.
Fast forward to today, when a new bill is now making the rounds. AB 1134, proposed by Democrat Assemblyman Mark Stone, would allow county sheriffs to establish agreements with local police chiefs to process concealed-carry applications—the very same practice that was ruled illegal in 2014. The bill passed the state Senate on Wednesday.
Gun rights advocates are raising the red flag on this end-around. They contend it would not only circumvent the Lu victory, but would force potential concealed-carry licensees to make their way through an ever-growing sea of red tape.
Another Do-Nothing “Safe Storage” Ordinance In New York
Albany joined other New York cities like Buffalo, Rochester and the Big Apple this week by enacting a gun storage law that requires both ammunition and firearms to be locked up when not—presumably—in actual use. It adds an unfunded government mandate to the silliness, with a requirement that retailers who sell firearms notify buyers of the statute as well.
We have no objection whatsoever to safe storage, but codification is a routinely terrible idea: Such laws simply cannot take into account all eventualities, and compliance essentially guarantees that a firearm needed in a hurry will never be available. Such laws are intended to ensnare and punish otherwise law-abiding citizens.
If the Albany Common Council was truly serious about “cut(ting) down on gun-related deaths,” they might have troubled themselves to be educated about what actually works, but doesn’t leave New Yorkers defenseless.