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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Should The Harvard Political Review Be Renamed "The Harvard Propaganda Review"?

A Nov. 26 Harvard Political Review article, “One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Why the Tobacco Lobby Doesn’t Provide a Blueprint to Defeat the Gun Lobby,” seems to promise a logical argument ... until it begins to repeat false gun talking points, such as: 

“Guns cause gun deaths. The more guns, the more gun deaths. Period.” 

“In the wake of the Columbine massacre—at the annual convention of the National Rifle Association, NRA president Charlton Heston [said] … ‘I’ll give up my gun when you take it from my cold, dead hands.’” 

“Prior to the late twentieth century, the Second Amendment was never interpreted as conferring an individual right to bear arms …”

Note to Harvard students: Violent crime has declined while gun sales set new records; Charlton Heston did not say that at the NRA Annual Meetings in Denver; and the belief that the Second Amendment only protects a collective right is a recent claim, soundly refuted in the Supreme Court’s Heller decision.


Shootings Rise Dramatically In Chicago; 9 Fatalities Over The Holiday

On Sunday, two men killed less than 10 minutes apart brought Chicago’s total number of shootings to 61, with nine fatalities over the long four-day weekend. That adds up to one additional fatality and over 40 more shootings than last year’s Thanksgiving weekend, defined as the time between 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve and continuing through Sunday night.

The final two homicides had established characteristics of Chicagoland murders. Around 2 p.m., a 37-year-old man was killed when an attacker from across a neighborhood street fired, then escaped on foot. Ten minutes later, an 18-year-old driving his car was shot several times by an assailant in an SUV, who also sped away from the scene. To date, the number of shootings this year in Chicago exceeds 4,050, with more than 650 of those resulting in death—meaning one person is shot every minute and fifty-eight seconds, with a fatal shooting every 11 minutes.


Gun-Hating Obama Commutes Sentences Of Drug Dealers—Many Of Whom Had Guns

Last Tuesday, President Obama commuted the sentences of 79 criminals convicted of drug-related crimes. If you’ve bought into the Left’s narrative surrounding Obama’s recent commutations—that they’ve applied to drug users, and that their purpose was to bring excessive sentences for victimless crimes back within the realm of reason—allow us to shed some light. 

Despite the stereotypical image of the hapless college student caught with a joint in his pocket, these criminals specialized almost exclusively in harder drugs. In fact, out of the 79 commutations, only six were for offenses related to marijuana—and all of those also included charges for harder drugs. However, while the drugs they were found with ranged from heroin to PCP to crack cocaine to methamphetamine, with a single exception, the offenders all had one thing in common—their offenses all included the word “distribution.” That’s right: They weren’t drug users, they were drug dealers (and, in at least four cases, drug manufacturers.) 

Worst of all, 15 of the 79—nearly 20 percent—of the criminals had been convicted of gun-related offenses … suggesting that Obama only sees guns as a threat when they’re in the hands of the law-abiding.

Gun Sales Boom On Black Friday

In the weeks and months preceding the election, gun sales soared due to the possibility that Hillary Clinton could claim the presidency. Thankfully, gun owners and Donald Trump supporters turned out in full force at the polls.

Gun owners also turned out in full force on Black Friday, this time at their local gun shops. But instead of defending their freedom from Clinton, they were celebrating their freedom under Trump. At LI Outdoorsman in Long Island, N.Y., manager Ryan Reyes said while sales pre-election were driven by politics, Black Friday sales were driven by discounts—up to 50 percent off some items. And before the day was over, the store had already sold 15 guns—a three-fold jump over most days. 

Despite predictions from the media that gun sales would nosedive, Black Friday deals at many gun retailers drew crowds that rivaled those seeking similar deep discounts on items such as TVs. Shoppers reported lines wrapping around the building at Shooters Gun Store in Jacksonville, Fla., and in Randolph, N.J.’s RSTP gun store and range, hundreds of shoppers took advantage of holiday discounts.


Good Guy With Gun Stops Knife-Wielding Madman In Ohio State University Attack

After a suspect ran down multiple people with his car, then got out of the car and began stabbing and slashing people with a knife Monday at Ohio State University, a responding officer—a good guy with a gun—shot and killed the suspect, ending the rampage that had killed one and sent nine to area hospitals. 

“He pulled a large knife and started chasing people around, trying to attack them,” one witness, OSU student Jacob Bower, told CNN. He said the weapon appeared to be a big kitchen knife. 

"The cop that subdued the guy with the knife saved so many lives today,” Bower added.


Florida Convenience Store Clerk Stops Armed Robber

When a man walked into the Prime Stop Food Store in Orange Park, Fla., around midnight Friday night wearing sunglasses, it aroused enough suspicion from the clerk to allow him to get the drop on the would-be armed robber.

Because when the sunglasses-wearing man produced a handgun and approached the counter of the convenience store, the clerk—a Right-to-Carry permit holder—drew his own gun and shot the man, who was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The family of the attempted robber, 29-year-old William Smith, told WJAX-TV that Smith struggled with addiction. “In all honesty, if he didn’t die this way ... He would have ended up killing himself on drugs,” said his sister Lisa Marie.

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