They’re notoriously outspoken on gun control. If they had their way, the Second Amendment would be stricken from the Constitution. Yet, ironically, some of their biggest political benefactors are firms with a financial stake in the sale of guns and ammunition. And while there has been a growing push among other political leaders for investors to divest from firearm firms, President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton are holding tight.
International Business Times reveals that financial firms and hedge funds investing in U.S. firearm and ammunition companies have not just given big to Democrats, they’ve contributed mightily to the Obama and Clinton re-election campaigns as well: More than $15 million in all, plus another $4.1 million toward the Clinton Foundation.
But apparently neither the president nor the would-be president see any conflict of interest—they’ll continue to assault our gun rights while greasing their palms from the very industry they’re working to destroy.
President Takes A Day Off From Attacking Second Amendment
After spending nearly an entire week relentlessly hammering on law-abiding Americans’ Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in several press appearances, President Barack Obama took a rare day off from those attacks in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday evening.
But don’t take that to mean he’s backing down on the gun issue. On the very same day as the State of the Union speech, Denis McDonough, Obama’s White House chief of staff, boldly stated, “We’ll do audacious executive action throughout the course of the rest of the year, I am confident of that.”
While no specifics were mentioned, it’s not unlikely that the president would again target gun owners’ rights with further executive actions. After all, who really believes that Obama’s push to “fundamentally transform” the Second Amendment won’t continue right up to his last day in office?
Anti-Gun Celebrities At Golden Globes Protected By Heavily Armed Guards
The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards gathered some of today’s most vocal anti-gun celebrities, including Eva Longoria, Jason Schwartzman and director Tom McCarthy. Jon Hamm, Julianne Moore and Olivia Wilde, who together cosigned a “thank you” letter to Obama for his unilateral actions on gun control, were also on hand, along with gun-control proponent Amy Schumer and Natasha Lyonne, who reportedly said, “We are past the tipping point of everybody getting a gun being a good idea.”
Despite their virulent objections to our firearm freedoms, not a single celebrity was heard speaking out against the unprecedented number of armored vehicles and armed guards outside the event, many of which had AR-15s with so-called “high-capacity” magazines. Instead, they used the event as a soapbox to call for further gun control. What we want to know is, if guns are so bad, why do these celebs feel the need to be surrounded by them at all times?
Tennessee Bill Would Allow Guns In Private Schools
If passed, a newly proposed bill in Tennessee will allow private K-12 schools and higher education institutions to allow qualified people to carry handguns in all buildings and on all campuses owned and operated by the private school. According to the bill, qualified persons are defined as anyone who has a valid Tennessee handgun carry permit and is not prohibited from possessing a handgun.
Although the legislation filed Monday would not require private educational institutions to allow all qualified people to carry firearms on school grounds, it would compel school administrations to implement a firearm policy—with the ability to decide who is allowed to carry a gun on premises. This proposed legislation is among at least six gun-related bills that have been introduced for the 2016 Tennessee legislative session, which range from decreasing lifetime handgun permit fees, to “permitless” carry, and will be addressed when the General Assembly reconvenes.
Idaho To Consider “Permitless” Carry Bill
With West Virginia and Louisiana already examining bills to deregulate concealed carry this session, Idaho has now joined the trend. Two Republican state legislators, Rep. Heather Scott and Rep. Ronald Nate, wrote the bill to end permit requirements for gun owners who are not legally prohibited from having a firearm. The authors worked with numerous outside parties to ensure a cleanly written piece of legislation that would garner widespread support.
According to the Clearwater Tribune, that attention to detail appears to be paying off already. The Idaho Sheriffs’ Association confirmed that it is satisfied with the language of the bill and confident that it will not put guns into the hands of dangerous people. So far eight states recognize a similar form of “permitless” carry.
Texas Mom Shoots Menacing Intruder
A mother of three in Dripping Springs, Texas, was at home with her children when she saw an unfamiliar car parked in her driveway and a man getting out of it. She told police that the man attempted to enter her locked front door before trying other access points, ultimately making his way into her kitchen by means of the garage. At this point she confronted him with a handgun and ordered him to leave.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that the suspect failed to comply with the homeowner’s order. She fired one shot, hitting him in the abdomen and causing him to flee. The suspect was found and transported to a nearby hospital; the Hays County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that he is expected to recover and will be charged with a count of felony burglary. None of the home’s occupants were harmed.