President Barack Obama, bent on pushing more restrictive gun laws despite a majority of Americans opposing such laws, will take his appeal to a friendly audience Thursday evening in a one-hour “town hall” meeting with Anderson Cooper on CNN.
Obama has announced that, on the Monday prior to that appearance, he will meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss options for tougher gun restrictions.“We know that we can't stop every act of violence,” Obama said, despite knowing that his proposals won’t affect criminals—only law-abiding Americans.
Both moves come despite polls here and here showing opposition to more restrictive gun laws by most Americans, who recognize that Congress is simply representing its constituents in not passing such laws. Ironically, given CNN’s ratings, it’s unlikely that more than a handful of people will even pay much attention to the program.
Homicides Jump In Gun-Free D.C.
Washington, D.C., which boasts some of the most restrictive gun-control laws in the nation, continues to see the failure of such restrictions, which only affect the law-abiding.
Newly released figures show the District experienced a whopping 54 percent increase in murders in 2015. The 119 homicides in 2015 outpaced the total of 105 in 2014, 104 in 2013 and 88 in 2012.
D.C. wasn’t alone in the increase, however. While the majority of American cities saw a continued reduction in violence, Chicago, Baltimore and New York City—all municipalities with restrictive gun laws—experienced a substantial increase in murders in 2015. Ironically, in mid-December the D.C. City Council unanimously passed a resolution urging Congress to impose “sensible and comprehensive gun control” in a city that already has some of the nation’s most onerous anti-gun laws.
San Antonio Father Stops Carjackers
A San Antonio, Texas, man driving with his 15-year-old son around midnight on Saturday proved to be a harder target than some carjackers expected.
According to police reports, when the man stopped his SUV at a red light, a car pulled up alongside. A man jumped out of that car, pulled open the door of the SUV and tried to drag the driver out of the vehicle. When the attempted carjacker pulled a gun and fired two shots, the driver, who was carrying a concealed handgun, pulled his gun and returned fire.
The suspect immediately fled, and was later arrested when seeking treatment for two gunshot wounds to the arm at a nearby hospital.