Congress saw a flurry of legislative activity on guns this past week, with the introduction of 11 bills, including two significant pro-gun bills. The D.C. Personal Protection Reciprocity Act would allow gun owners with a valid concealed-carry permit from other states to carry a firearm in the District of Columbia. The Firearms Manufacturers and Dealers Protection Act of 2015 would end Operation Choke Point, which under the guise of fighting illegal arms trafficking has targeted gun sellers without the benefit of due process.
The roundup also introduced the Gun Violence Reduction Resources Act, the NICS Denial Notification Act, the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2015, the Safer Communities Act of 2015, and the Establishing the Select Committee on Gun Violence Prevention—mostly bills establishing laws that already exist or seeking to lend legitimacy to President Obama’s announced executive orders on gun control.
Hillary Beats Bernie With Gun Control Stick
In a strategy that might work great for the primaries but may not sit well with the general voting public, Hillary Clinton continues to lash out fellow Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for being insufficiently extreme in his anti-gun stance. “I think he has been consistently refusing to say that he would vote to repeal this absolute immunity from any kind of responsibility or liability,” she said on “Face the Nation,” referring to her opponent’s vote for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Acts (PLCAA), which does not bestow legal immunity on the gun industry but does prevent frivolous, politically motivated lawsuits.
For his part, Sen. Sanders isn’t doing much to stand up to her attacks. Instead of defending his support of the PLCAA, he has been trying to bolster his anti-gun credentials and has even suggested that today he would vote against the same law. “I’ve cast over 10,000 votes in my life … I am absolutely willing to take another look at that legislation and get rid of the onerous provisions,” he lamely promised.
Will Another Gun-Banner Enter The Presidential Race?
Reports from The New York Times indicate that billionaire gun-ban advocate and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg might just be throwing his hat into the presidential ring.
According to the Times, Bloomberg, who spends millions of his own dollars each year to push for more restrictive gun laws throughout the nation, commissioned a poll late last year testing how he would fare against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Shortly thereafter, he met with President Barack Obama during his preparation of anti-gun executive orders, which were announced last week.
Whether or not Bloomberg decides to run for president, one thing is clear—a vote for him or Clinton (or Bernie Sanders or Martin O’Malley) is a vote that says you care little about your right to keep and bear arms.
Chicago Tribune Columnist All Wet About NRA Support
Appearing on Friday evening’s “The McLaughlin Group,” liberal Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page said the reason the NRA has such higher approval ratings than President Obama—58 percent versus 46 percent—is because “a large percentage of people don’t know much about the NRA.”
With a very large percentage of so-called “mainstream” media reports decidedly negative toward the NRA—constantly and derogatorily called the “gun lobby” by many opponents—it seems to us that just the opposite is clear. Fed a steady diet of negativity toward the organization, the fact that Americans give NRA such high marks more likely means supporters aren’t ignorant, but that they have a good understanding of the Association and it’s effectiveness in fighting for the Second Amendment.
Armed Home Intruder Taken Down By Armed Home Owner
If you were to wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of someone breaking into your home, you’d likely want something close at hand for defense. Alberto Casola, a Columbia County, Fla., resident, had just the thing—a bedside pistol.
Casola, 63, grabbed his gun and headed downstairs to find a man inside his living room. He shot at the man, who dropped a knife and then soon fled, leaving behind a trail of blood.
After Casola called 911, police officers found 25-year-old Steven Craycraft in a yard a block away. Craycraft, who was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, had done work for Casola in the past, and police believe he intended to rob Casola. Without Casola’s go-to gun standing in the way, the robbery—or worse—might have been accomplished.