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Saturday, January 9, 2016

CNN Features Police Chiefs Who Want To Destroy Guns Instead Of Selling Them

A feature on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 tried to stoke outrage over NRA’s advocacy for police departments selling surplus firearms instead of destroying them. As analyzed by Newsbusters, the three law enforcement heads interviewed in the segment decried the fact that such sales put more guns “on the streets”—regardless of the fact that they are sold to law-abiding citizens. 

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo even identified a key reason for NRA’s stance: “And what the NRA is telling these lawmakers in these states is, ‘Why throw away a perfectly good gun when you could sell them and then use the money to reinvest into other law enforcement activities?’ And that is true, Anderson. Police departments that have sold these guns, they’ve been able to buy bullets for training or ballistic vests for the officers.” Yet Acevedo and crew maintain that they’d rather make a political point with no effect on crime than actually give their officers the resources they need.


CNN Brags About “Reasoned” Commercial For Gun Control

In an act of shameless self-congratulation, CNN claimed that its “town hall” on gun control—an event which, despite its name, was not open to the public—constituted “… a rare reasoned and respectful interlude in one of America’s most poisoned political debates … For once, the nation’s bitter, polarized politics failed to swamp a conversation on gun violence.” What all of this means, of course, is that the attendees were selected to ensure that anti-gunners were satisfied with the results. 

There were some voices who weighed in on the side of the Second Amendment. Sheriff Paul Babeu of Arizona spoke up, along with Taya Kyle, wife of legendary sniper Chris Kyle. She also submitted an editorial to CNN expressing her position. But while the pro-gun advocates made important points, this was a show staged by the president and his gun-hating media allies. There was never any question that it would end up the way CNN now boasts that it did.


President’s Op-Ed Repeats Lie About Gun Industry “Immunity”

In addition to his CNN “town hall,” President Barack Obama submitted an op-ed to The New York Times elaborating his feelings on gun control. The president promises not to support any candidate in the future—even a Democrat—who does not support gun control. He also, predictably, tells some falsehoods, most notably repeating Hillary Clinton’s frequent lie about a lack of liability for gun manufacturers and retailers. 

President Obama claims that gun lobbyists have “… guaranteed that manufacturers enjoy virtual immunity from lawsuits, which means that they can sell lethal products and rarely face consequences.” Last time we checked, guns are supposed to be lethal; manufacturers can certainly be sued for making them incorrectly, but not for making them do what they are intended for. What the president wants is an environment in which the gun industry can be bombarded into non-existence with frivolous lawsuits—his supposed concern over liability is a sham.


Washington Post Calls For Age Of Gun Ownership To Be Increased To 25

While Second Amendment advocates continue to express displeasure at Obama’s executive actions on gun control, some in the mainstream media feel he didn’t go far enough. 

Shortly after the announcement, the Washington Post ran an article co-authored by UCLA law professor Adam Winkler titled, “There’s a simple way to reduce gun violence. Raise the gun age.” The authors claim that because people under 25 are responsible for “a disproportionate amount of America’s gun violence,” and because the brain doesn’t fully mature until 25, that should be the minimum age to purchase or own a firearm. 

What the article doesn’t take into account is that untold numbers of gun owners under 25 never use their firearm illegally. Plus, as we’ve pointed out countless times before, those planning to use a gun to commit a crime have no qualms about breaking the law. Chances are, criminals would just buy one on the streets or steal one … much like they do now.

NRA To Sue Oakland Over Gun-Control Laws

January 4, attorneys for the NRA and the California Rifle and Pistol Association informed the Oakland City Council of their intent to file suit to block the implementation of the city’s newly approved gun-control laws. The laws will require firearms in homes to be disabled with a trigger lock or secured in a locked container and will establish a citywide ban on gun magazines that can hold 10 or more cartridges. The Oakland councilmembers also approved a new law prohibiting the storage of unsecured firearms in vehicles parked on public streets. 

The NRA and CRPA believe that both laws infringe on the Second Amendment right of gun owners and are a violations of state laws. “Adoption of such an extreme and unconstitutional law will result in litigation against the city to enjoin enforcement and have it declared invalid,” read a letter from the attorneys of the gun-rights organizations sent to the council.


Nevada Homeowner Uses Rifle To Shoot Hammer-Wielding Invader

Joey Imerti of North Las Vegas, Nev., was at home at night when someone he wasn’t expecting rang his doorbell for 10 minutes. Suspicious of the stranger’s motives, the homeowner declined to answer the door, retrieved a rifle and waited in his kitchen. Eventually the suspect found an unsecured window in the back of the house and pushed it upward, entering the home. “He had a mask on, a hoodie on, gloves on, also white gloves like latex,” said Imerti. “He kind of had a nylon mask on.” 

The suspect was also allegedly wielding a claw hammer. Imerti fired two shots from his rifle, neither of which hit the suspect. They did, however, cause him to flee the premises immediately. The home invader has not been apprehended as of last reporting, but Imerti is safe. “Definitely glad I had my gun to protect me,” he told News 3 Las Vegas.


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