While much attention has been given to the importance of voting in November’s election—and rightly so—one app is helping Texas gun owners vote freedom first in another way: with their wallets.
The “30.06 and 30.07 Information Resource”—named after sections of Texas law permitting businesses to ban concealed carry (30.06) and/or open carry (30.07)—was created in 2007 to provide Texans a centralized list of stores, restaurants and government buildings that have posted signs prohibiting armed self-defense. Formerly available only on the Web, the project’s success led to the creation of both iPhone and Android apps, which present the information in a mobile-friendly format and alert users when they are near an anti-gun location so they can take their business elsewhere.
Pro-gun advocates have submitted thousands of entries and comments about locations all over Texas, helping users more easily plan their day while sending a powerful message to companies that spurn the Second Amendment and endanger their patrons. Here’s hoping this idea catches on in other states very soon.
Oops—LA Times Accidentally Calls Americans For Responsible Solutions A “Gun Control” Group
The Los Angeles Times appears to have unwittingly departed from the script Tuesday when it referred to the electoral arm of “Americans for Responsible Solutions” (ARS) as a “gun control PAC”—which, of course, it is.
So how did the truth slip out? Our guess is that the Times reporter didn’t see the strategy pamphlet that ARS distributed to Democrats and the press, advising them not to “use the phrase ‘gun control’” and instead to soft-peddle the idea as “gun safety” or “gun law reform” or “fighting gun violence.”
It’s all part of the latest rebranding effort by which the gun-ban lobby seeks to “redefine” itself in the eyes of a public that has repeatedly rejected its tried-and-failed strategy of gun prohibition. Americans instinctively understand that the right to arms guarantees their God-given right to defend themselves and their families. And no amount of focus-grouping, rebranding or relabeling can convince them to surrender their ability to survive.
Hillary Outspending Trump In Battleground Advertising
According to numbers released this week, Hillary Clinton owns the airwaves in all but two crucial election states. The Democratic nominee is still heavily outspending Donald Trump, dumping around $12 million in Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada and Ohio.
Even so, Trump is buying more television presence than at any other time in his campaign, spending $8.7 million this week. Adding to the push, the National Rifle Association is airing almost $3 million in Trump ads, from Indiana, Maine, North Carolina and Virginia to Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Since early May, Clinton’s campaign has spent an estimated $150 million on radio and television advertising, while Trump has only purchased $66 million in airtime. The Democratic super PAC, Priorities USA Action, is also spending big money for Clinton—while Trump hasn’t received the same advantage. Most of the GOP groups that backed Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign have so far failed to support Trump’s presidential run.
Nevada Sheriff Counters Question 1 In USA Today Op-Ed
Yet another Nevada sheriff has announced his opposition to Question 1, the Michael Bloomberg-funded anti-gun ballot initiative on background checks that would affect the law-abiding while being completely ignored by violent criminals.
“The measure would force anyone who loans or sells a firearm to a friend, or even a cousin, to go through a government background check, paying a fee each time,” Allen wrote. “If sellers don’t jump through all these mandates, they could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. A second offense, and you could be a felon facing up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
“All the while, actual criminals are free to go about their criminal business, as they ignore the law.”
Self-defense advocates are hoping to get Castle Doctrine legislation introduced in the Gem State this year, according to a report from KPVI.
“We have what's called a justifiable homicide statute that allows a home owner to use deadly force, basically under the same circumstances that you could use deadly force out in public,” Alexandria Kincaid, an attorney and an advocate for the bill, told KPVI. “So there's no extra protection for you inside your own home.”
Kincaid said the goal of the law is to give homeowners the ability to defend themselves and their family while putting the burden on the violent criminal. “You would have the ability as the person who lives there to defend yourselves and your family with deadly force,” he said. “The law would assume that somebody who breaks inside your home intends to cause you harm.”
We’ll keep you posted on this issue in future updates.
Carry Permit Holder Saves Wife, Self
A Minnesota man and his wife are safe following a scare in a Wal-Mart parking lot, thanks to the man’s concealed firearm and his knowledge of how and when to use it.
According to local media reports, the man and his wife were walking through a Wal-Mart parking lot in St. Cloud, Minn., last Wednesday night when a man approached them with a baseball bat and asked them if they had “ever been hit in the head with a bat.”
The couple ignored him and continued toward their vehicle, but then heard the suspect take a deep breath. Turning and seeing the assailant with his bat raised to strike, the man pulled his concealed handgun, prompting the wannabe attacker to drop the bat and run away. Police later arrested 30-year-old Phillip Keys on suspicion of second-degree assault.