Chicago suburb Oak Park had an extra question on last Tuesday’s ballot, and many of the residents there answered it in the wrong way.
The ballot question asked: “Shall the Constitution of the United States be amended as follows? The second article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is repealed. The United States Congress shall regulate the licensing and use of arms.” About 65 percent voted “yes.”
“I’m very satisfied, and I will take it to the next level,” said University of Illinois at Chicago Professor Piergiorgio Uslenghi, who proposed the referendum. “We have to keep fighting for this. The business of having a loaded gun in your pocket has to stop.”
Fortunately for America’s law-abiding gun owners, just because mouthy, elitist gun haters despise the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms doesn’t mean they can repeal it with a single vote at the local level.
President-Elect Trump Doubles Down On 2A Support
During his election campaign, Donald Trump vowed to protect the Second Amendment. He pledged at the time to appoint U.S. Supreme Court justices who were constitutionally sound and would bring conservative values to the High Court.
Now, as president-elect, Trump is reiterating and expounding upon his earlier vision. In a new statement posted Friday, Trump prefaced his positions by saying that the Second Amendment provides for a fundamental right that belongs to all law-abiding Americans, and that its purpose is to guarantee our right to defend ourselves and our families.
He then went on to call for instituting national Right-to-Carry (“the right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway”), eliminating gun and magazine bans (“a total failure”), ending gun-free zones on military bases and recruiting centers (“ridiculous”), and fixing the background check system (“what we don’t need to do is expand a broken system”).
That sounds pretty promising to us.
With 800 Shootings This Year, Baltimore Bans Replica Guns
The Baltimore City Council gave its unanimous preliminary approval Monday to a citywide ordinance that would ban toy guns that look real, with fines of up to $1,000 for violations. Final passage of the bill is expected by December, the Baltimore Sunreports.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, as well as the Baltimore Police Department, support the proposed ban. City Council President Bernard Young said, “It’s something we should do for our children.”
Fast-food giant Arby’s might make the statement, “We have the meats!” But when it comes to the chain’s venison sandwich, that’s a bit of an overstatement.
Arby’s venison sandwich, which is being introduced in 17 test markets across the country, has been such a smashing success that few have gotten to enjoy it. Customers gobbled up the available sandwiches in 15 minutes at sites in Nashville, while the 120 sandwiches available at Michigan locations sold out in 30 minutes. And it took only 90 minutes for all the sandwiches to sell out in Atlanta.
“We were very confident that hunters and even non-hunters would love this sandwich,” Arby’s spokesman Luke DeRouen told Nation’s Restaurant News. “But it’s safe to say that the response has exceeded our lofty expectations.”
It’s gratifying to see the product selling spectacularly, given Arby’s recent support of hunting in the company’s “It’s Meat Season” promotion.
Armed Citizen Saves Police Officer’s Life
Deputy Dean Bardes was working a crash along Interstate 75 when a car raced past at an estimated 120 mph. The Estero, Fla., officer kicked into high-speed pursuit and forced the car off the road. That’s when the armed suspect jumped out, raced towards Bardes and tackled him to the ground.
Luckily, a driver was passing the struggle—a man carrying a gun and his concealed weapons license. The good Samaritan stopped, approached, told the suspect he would shoot if the attack didn’t stop, then fired three shots when the warning was ignored. Early responders gave the suspect CPR, but he was pronounced dead, while Bardes was treated and released.
Another driver who witnessed the incident told WINK News, “There was a man on top of another man; they were struggling … then I heard three shots … the man who was sitting on top of the police officer fell to the side … the police officer got up.”