You remember Katie Couric’s gun control documentary, “Under The Gun.” It was widely criticized for deceptive editing that made Virginia Citizens Defense League members appear stumped when asked how we can prevent felons and terrorists from purchasing guns. In reality, the VCDL team was ready with answers. (She also omitted any mention of a 4-hour interview with researcher John Lott.) Couric was forced to issue an apology, and the VCDL filed a $12 million defamation suit.
Nonetheless, gun control organizations continued to promote Couric’s slanted film. Moms Demand Action’s Shannon Watts heavily promoted a free screening in Louisville opposite the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in May, but the showing was attended by only 40 people.
Lack of enthusiasm continues to dog Couric who, on Nov. 15, was recognized by the Brady Campaign with a Bear Award, given to honor gun control advocates. As of this writing, multiple posts about the awards on Brady’s Facebook page have drawn only single-digit likes and shares.
Last year, Brady gave an award to Hillary Clinton—another gun control figure who generated little enthusiasm.
Student Calls For Taking Up Arms Against Trump Backers
When a group of Northeastern University students decided to hold a gathering on their Boston campus Thursday night, they billed it as a “Students Against Trump—By Any Means Necessary” protest. Approximately 100 students attended the so-called Students Against Institutional Discrimination (SAID) event.
As the billing indicated, this was more than just a protest, and it quickly turned the corner into inciting violence. In denouncing Donald Trump, Towsif Ahasan used a megaphone to urge the crowd to, “Exercise your Second Amendment right. Let’s make the NRA regret giving us the right to bear arms.”
SAID then went on to call for administrators to designate the school as a sanctuary campus. “We’re pushing for Northeastern University to make sure this is a safe space,” said another student.
It seems ironic that some at this “institute for higher learning” want to make the campus a safe haven, while at the same time calling for gun violence against Trump and his supporters.
Texas Lawmakers Eyes “Permitless” Carry
Fresh off this year’s passage of campus-carry legislation, some Texas lawmakers are hoping next year will be the year for “permitless” carry in the Lone Star State.
In a feature story on Fox7Austin.com, Republican state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, who has already filed a “constitutional carry” bill, said 2017 might well be the year. “This is meant to restore the constitutional rights of Texans to be able to carry a firearm without being forced to take a government-mandated test and pay a fee,” Stickland said.
Last session Stickland’s measure didn’t come up for a vote since campus carry was in the spotlight. But now this measure’s time has come, according to Stickland. “The truth is, gun owners in Texas are not flashy. They just want to be able to protect themselves and their families and their loved ones and not have to depend on someone else to do that,” he said.
Law Enforcement Officers Convene In Idaho For School Security Training
Last week, 20 law enforcement officers representing 12 jurisdictions convened at Clark Fork Junior/Senior High School in Idaho for a National School Shield Assessor Training Course. This was the first course offered in the area, and Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler said that the training will benefit the whole county. “The officers that are trained here are going to be able to work together and do the same assessment for every school in the county,” Wheeler said.
The week-long program, founded and sponsored by NRA, teaches law enforcement how to conduct school security assessments. These assessments give local law enforcement the opportunity to observe the campus, learn what to do in the case of an active shooter or natural disaster, and address any blind spots in a school’s current security plan. The program is free to participants, and even offers a grant program that allows schools to apply for the funding needed to make necessary security improvements.
“This is the first time this training has been offered west of the Mississippi,” Wheeler said. “We are very fortunate to get this caliber of training in rural Idaho.”
Ohio Dairy Mart Employee Ends Armed Robbery With Personal Firearm
An employee of an ice cream store in Garfield Heights, Ohio, this week used his firearm to stop an attempted robbery—cold.
Late Wednesday evening a robber burst into the store, pointed a gun at the employee and demanded money. The employee kept his cool, drew his own firearm and fired once, sending the intruder out the front door without any cash.
A short time later detectives spotted a man matching the robber’s description, but he slipped away before officers could make an arrest. Another employee of the Dairy Mart was in a back room of the store at the time, though he was wearing headphones and never heard the skirmish. Both employees were unharmed during the encounter. Investigators were hoping surveillance cameras could provide a lead, but the store was unable to provide any video.