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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Timing Fishy On Proposed Michigan Gun Ban

A law proposed by Michigan Democrats is raising eyebrows throughout the Wolverine State—especially since it makes ownership of a number of common, popular firearms a felony offense.

The measure, House Bill 5996, would make the manufacturing, purchasing, possessing, selling and transferring of so-called “assault weapons” a four-year felony. And it defines an “assault weapon” as a semi-automatic pistol or semi-automatic or pump-action rifle capable of using detachable magazines, trigger pistol grips, shoulder stocks, barrel shrouds, muzzle brakes or compensators, and shotguns with detachable magazines or revolving cylinders.

“We’re 22 months into a 24-month legislative session,” Tom Lambert, a gun advocate for Michigan Open Carry, told FOX17. “I think it’s, what, three weeks till the election? I think everyone can piece together why they are suddenly coming out right now.”


Media Parrot Anti-Gun Junk Science, Public Suffers Because Real Causes Of Crime Ignored

The national media’s unquestioning acceptance of the junk science in an anti-gun “study” concocted by the leftist Center for American Progress (CAP) not only threatens your rights, but also may cost innocent lives, as it gives politicians cover to ignore the real causes of crime to push gun-control gimmicks, an op-ed in the Connecticut Post suggests. 

After the CAP “study” elaborates on the many causes of crime, it then ignores all those factors to focus exclusively on one—gun control in each state—in what social scientists call a “bivariate” analysis between just two conditions. As NRA-ILA’s Christopher Kopacki points out, such “analysis” could also show that roosters crowing at dawn cause the sun to rise. 

As criminologist John Lott found by comparing crime trends to multiple factors in states that have imposed so-called “universal background checks,” since 2000, the per-capita rates of mass shootings and injury have increased by 15 percent and 38 percent, respectively. Maybe if those states had attacked the real causes of crime, their crime rates would have continued to decline in step with the national average.


Illinois Ammo Serialization Bill Would Affect Gun Owners, Anti-Gunners Alike

Illinois residents in favor of the serialized ammo bill currently being pushed, take note: Even if you don’t own a gun, the half-cent-per-round tax will likely hit you in the pocketbook.

Authored by state Rep. Sonya Harper, ostensibly to trace ammunition used by gang members, the measure would require all ammunition sold in Illinois to be imprinted with a serial number, with the proceeds from the tax financing a new tracking database. 

But according to Police Chief Pat O’Conner, former president and current legislative chairman of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the high cost incurred by manufacturers to obtain and operate the imprinting technology will be passed on to customers, including all law-enforcement agencies. Departments would also have to destroy any remaining un-serialized ammunition. “Our budgets are going to take a hit there, and they’re already thin, so we’re going to be in a position where we’ll be paying additional monies for ammunition to train,” he said. “It will impact the average citizen and local governments.”


Respect For Local Police Nears Record High

If you listened to the so-called “mainstream” media hype lately, you’d think everyone hates cops. It turns out, however, that just the opposite is true.

According to a new Gallup poll, despite recent racial tensions connected to multiple officer-involved deaths, Americans' respect for police is nearing a record level and reaches across racial lines. The poll’s findings, released Monday, show that 76 percent of U.S. adults said they have “a great deal” of respect for local police—a 12-point jump since last year and just one point shy of the all-time Gallup high in 1967. Seventeen percent reported having “some” respect for cops, while just 7 percent said they have “hardly any.” Gallup reports that both minorities and whites approve of police, with 80 percent of whites saying they have “a great deal” of respect for local police compared with 67 percent of people of color. 

These numbers are also higher than the previous year, when 69 percent of whites and 53 percent of nonwhites said they have “a great deal” of respect.


Armed Criminal Shot On Victim’s Front Lawn

Riviera Beach, Fla., police responded quickly to a shooting in a residential neighborhood last weekend—and arrived to find a man lying in the road. The man, Julnord Vilsaint, apparently picked the wrong barbecue to rob. 

Police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown told Florida’s WPTV-TV that Vilsaint had walked up to three local residents who were grilling on the front lawn, pointed a gun at them, then demanded cells phones, money and other valuables. As tensions escalated, one of the victims took a shotgun from the rear of his truck bed and fired two shots at the attacker.

The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner and investigators found a handgun, as well as one of the victims’ cell phones, under Vilsaint’s body. In addition, police discovered a car nearby that was believed to have been stolen by Vilsaint before the shooting. 


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