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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Have Billboard, Will Blather

Just what we need: Another (uninformed) celebritista opining on firearms ownership. But in this case the dim blather is getting at least some of the criticism it deserves. 

Such are the present fortunes of designer Kenneth Cole, who paid for a Manhattan billboard reading, “Over 40M Americans suffer from Mental Illness. Some have access to care … all have access to guns.” The message drew criticism from American Psychiatric Association President Dr. Renee Binder: “It provides the gross misimpression that people with mental illness are violent.” 

Dare we suggest that, while we’re at it, we get a handle on another “gross misimpression”—the concocted connection between law-abiding gun ownership and criminal abuse? 

Fun fact: In case anyone wonders where Cole gets his ignorant anti-Second Amendment notions, his father- and brother-in-law are the former and present gun-grabber governors of New York state—Mario and Andrew Cuomo. 


NJ: Brian Fletcher’s Lawyer Continues To Push For Clemency

We told you last month about Brian Fletcher, the North Carolina man arrested in New Jersey for having his legally owned handgun with him while repairing cellular towers after recent storms. Now, Fletcher’s attorney is finalizing a clemency application in hopes that Gov. Chris Christie follows through on public comments made earlier that he would pardon Fletcher.

“We have this gentleman who we’re considering right now for pardon, from North Carolina who was up here, helping New Jersey after the storm to repair cell towers,” Christie said of Fletcher. “This is just not the right way to do these things. This was not a guy who was a threat to anybody.”

According to the recent media reports, Fletcher’s lawyer, Les Hartman, planned to have the clemency application to state parole authorities by yesterday. A1F Daily will keep you updated as this story continues to play out. 


Virginia Legislators Go After Private Transfers

Democrats in Virginia are determined to close the state’s nonexistent so-called “gun show loophole.” Thursday, a group of legislators presented a 28,000-signature petition demanding expansion of background checks for gun purchasers in the wake of the shootings of two Roanoke journalists and a tourism official on live television.

They join Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe in an effort to change the current law, which does not require background checks for gun purchases from unlicensed dealers or private sellers. The seven Northern Virginia delegates and two Democratic nominees to the House of Delegates unveiled their petition at a news conference in Arlington alongside the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

It hardly needs to be pointed out that the murderer who sparked this debate did not acquire a firearm by means of a private transfer. So what’s the point? Oh, that’s right—using tragedy as leverage to advance an anti-gun agenda.


California Nixes Campus Carry, Shooting And Lawsuit Follow

The California legislature approved a bill that would repeal the provision allowing those with a concealed-carry permit—obviously a small number of people in the Golden State—to have firearms on college campuses. While the bill has yet to be signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, at least one organization is planning to sue if he does sign it. Firearms Policy Coalition President Brandon Combs said his group would file an injunction immediately.

Meanwhile, a shooting on the campus of Sacramento City College, leaving one dead and two injured, proves that campuses aren’t the safe havens many would portray them as. The number of students and faculty currently allowed to carry is already minimal; why does the state think that they should be made even more vulnerable?


2A Tax Holiday Brings Bargains To The Bayou State

If you’re in Louisiana this weekend, you’re in luck: The annual Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday runs today and tomorrow, giving you the opportunity to save on a number of hunting and shooting-related items that, let’s face it, you were going to buy anyway. 

Whether you’re looking at a new AR, some 5.11 gear, some new eyes and ears, and several boxes of ammo for competitive shooting; camo, shotguns, boots, a treestand, scopes and decoys for your son or daughter’s first hunt; or a concealable handgun, holster and ammo for self-defense, you won’t owe a penny to Uncle Sam. 

Local retailers benefit, too: Lindsey Simmons Roberts of Simmons’ Sporting Goods calls it “a really good thing for our community,” saying shoppers even travel from Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas to find deals.

“Our whole store is hunting and fishing, so our whole store will be on sale,” she told The News Star.


Armed Senior Sends Home Invaders Scurrying

Shawn Mulberry, 34, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempting to burglarize a home. The Oakland man, along with an accomplice, had broken into an El Cerrito home just before noon. They likely weren’t expecting what they found.

As they broke in through the back door and entered the residence, standing in front of them was an 85-year-old man. An 85-year-old armed man. When he met the intruders face-to-face, the homeowner began firing, hitting Mulberry in the head. Both men immediately fled, and Mulberry was later picked up by police. He was transported to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition. The second suspect remains at large.


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