We’ve reported that the California State Sheriff’s Association, along with tens of thousands of other public safety officials, have expressed opposition to California Proposition 63. Many of those opposed to the measure—a ballot initiative designed to make the exercise of Californians’ firearm freedoms so expensive and inconvenient that residents are discouraged from practicing them altogether—interact with criminals daily and know what sorts of laws will actually affect violent crime rates.
So what about the measure’s supporters? Do they have a similar firsthand view of what laws like this might accomplish? In the case of Alex Soros, the answer is a resounding “No.” Soros—who’s given more than $100,000 to advance Prop 63—doesn’t even live in California. The Soroses have a long history of supporting anti-gun legislation that, due to their immense fortune and round-the-clock armed security, will never affect them at all.
So who should Californians trust on Prop 63? Law enforcement officials, or out-of-state billionaires with a grudge against gun owners?
Chicago Cop Beaten Unconscious Because She Feared Using Her Gun
A 17-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department says she took a brutal beating because she feared the backlash if she shot her attacker.
Officers confronted a 28-year-old male after he crashed his car into a building. High on PCP, he engaged them in a struggle lasting several minutes, repeatedly smashing one officer’s face into the pavement until she was unconscious. He finally succumbed after being hit with a Taser and pepper spray, but not before sending two more officers to the hospital.
“She thought she was gonna die, and she knew that she should shoot this guy, but she chose not to because she didn’t want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news,” said Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. “Officers are second-guessing themselves. That’s what we don’t want.”
Local Fraternal Order of Police President Dean Angelo said cops don’t want to become the next YouTube video: “You can save your life, but in 2016, you can lose your job.”
Stolen Gun Goes On Berserk Personal Rampage, Kills 2, Injures 4
Those pesky guns—some just seem to have a violent mind of their own.
At least that seems to be what many in the so-called “mainstream” media think, including Annie Sweeney, who authored a feature for Friday’s Chicago Tribune titled “One Gun’s Journey—42 Bullets Fired, 2 Killed, 5 Wounded.” The story tells of a Glock handgun stolen from a safe in a young woman’s apartment. Unexpectedly, the gun then went on a rampage of its own.
“Over the next year, that Glock would fire 42 bullets, leaving shell casings scattered on walkways, porches and side streets,” Sweeney wrote.
Of course, the gun didn’t actually fire itself—violent criminals used the tool to kill and terrorize. But such facts apparently have to be follow-up material only to media outlets that want their readers to believe that murders are the fault of guns and law-abiding gun owners, not violent criminals.
World’s Largest Anti-Hunting Lobby Endorses Clinton
The political arm of the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) has endorsed Hillary Clinton for her “compelling record of support for animal protection” and launched a new ad Wednesday that attacks Donald Trump’s sons for hunting, The Hillreports.
The lobbying group, known as the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF), has never endorsed a presidential candidate before backing Clinton. According to HSLF senior political director Joe Maxwell, Clinton’s voting record in the U.S. Senate matched the anti-hunting group’s priorities perfectly, with the group giving her a perfect score of 100 in the 108th and 109th Congresses.
Carry Applications, Gun Sales Rise In Wake Of Washington Shooting
“Usually we have a lot more than this. This case isn’t even full.”
Manager Guy Hanson is having a hard time keeping handguns in his store, Skagit Arms, after the Cascade Mall shooting in Burlington, Wash. Gun purchases and concealed-carry permits have risen dramatically since the attack, with Anacortes Police Chief Bonnie Bowers reporting eight times the normal number of carry permit applications.
Anacortes resident Mary Parker applied for a permit last week, feeling the need for protection after the mall shooting, adding, “I want to make sure it would never happen to me and that if it did, I would be prepared. I want to be in a place where I will never be afraid,” she told the Seattle Times. Meanwhile, the owner of Skagit Arms, Anthon Steen, has seen concealable firearm sales double. Steen told the Times, “Typically this time of year we are busy with hunting stuff. We got a double whammy recently because of the increase in handgun sales.”
Armed Colorado Man Fights Off Attacker
A Centennial, Colo., homeowner used his legally owned firearm to fight off an attacker at his home on Monday.
According to local media reports, Trevor Cecchettini was stabbing the tires of the boat in a homeowner’s driveway when the homeowner confronted him. Cecchettini then charged the homeowner, who ran back into the house and grabbed a gun.
Local police said Cecchettini then attempted to break down the door of the home, prompting the homeowner to shoot him twice. Cecchettini shot back, but the homeowner was uninjured.
Police arrested Cecchettini nearby on suspicion of illegal discharge of a firearm, felony menacing and drug possession.