One mother of a 7-year-old who attends Mandarin Oaks Elementary in Jacksonville, Fla., was reportedly appalled that the school chose to bring the widely praised, award-winning Eddie Eagle GunSafe® message to students in her child’s classroom. Instead, she simply teaches her child that all guns are bad. "They’ve just undone seven years of parenting in one hour,” she lamented.
School administrators did acknowledge their failure to notify the parents that the course was going to be presented, but they made no apologies for bringing Eddie Eagle to the school.
“The program is about gun safety,” said Dr. Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Duval County Schools. “Information that many students are unaware of and could save their lives.”
Laureen Ricks, a DCPS spokesperson, concurred. “The Eddie Eagle gun safety program was chosen because its gun-safety message is packaged in an engaging and easily relatable presentation that resonates with students.”
“Americans are arming up for the election,” Gross claimed. “An industry CEO himself attributes the rising sales to the presidential campaign …”
(Note: Similar warnings of blood in the streets at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland never materialized.)
In fact, Gross and other anti-gunners make dire predictions of blood in the streets every time gun rights advance. Concealed carry, Stand Your Ground and Castle Doctrine laws were all preceded by warnings of a return to the “Wild West”—yet gun homicide has continued to drop for 20 years.
The real cause of rising gun sales is the fear that a Clinton administration, with Brady’s support, would curb those rights—just as previous surges were spurred by Obama victories in 2008 and 2012. If Gross is alarmed, he has no one to blame but himself.
R.I. Supreme Court Rebukes Police Chief For Carry Permit Denials—Again
How many times can you ignore the state Supreme Court and keep your job? One Rhode Island police chief might just find out.
Earlier this week, the Rhode Island Supreme Court rebuked East Providence Police Chief Christopher J. Parella for failing to abide by an earlier directive from the same court and improperly denying residents licenses for concealed-carry permits. Last year, the court ordered the city to back up any denial of a license to carry a concealed weapon with findings of fact, but Parella apparently didn’t listen.
"It's very frustrating that citizens have to hire a lawyer just to maintain compliance with the Supreme Court ruling," David J. Strachman, who represents the three denied applicants who sued, told the Providence Journal.
The permit denials by Parella and further chiding by the Supreme Court are proof that Rhode Island needs to institute a shall-issue permitting system, like is currently enjoyed by citizens in the vast majority of states.
NOVA Armory Drops Lawsuit Against Harassers
NOVA Armory of Arlington, Va., has notified Arlington Circuit Court that it will not be pursing a lawsuit filed earlier this year against 64 individuals that owners of the shop say had attempted to destroy the business through harassment via email, phone and the internet, as well as a mailed death threat against the owner’s 16-year-old daughter.
Before the store opened, the Arlington County Board issued an official disapproval of the business. Opponents started a Change.org petition asking the landlord not to rent to NOVA, and in a letter, Arlington County state legislators—seven in total, all Democrats—also attempted to bully the landlord.
While the plaintiff’s attorney hasn’t commented, it’s possible the lawsuit was dropped because NOVA is doing so well. The store, which was sold to store manager and former Marine Shawn Poulin in August, is “in the black” and planning a second-floor expansion, according to the Washington Post. As residents have gotten used to the idea of a firearms store, Poulin says, he has received mostly positive support from customers, many of whom are Washington, D.C., residents.
Daniel Defense, Charlie Daniels Team Up To Get Out The Pro-Gun Vote
“If we elect people who want to take our Second Amendment rights away from us, we’re at their mercy.”
Those are the words of country music legend Charlie Daniels, appearing in a video produced by Georgia-based gun maker Daniel Defense. The four-minute piece is a call to vote for candidates who support gun rights.
“We are the power of the United States,” Daniels continued. “We—the people—are the power. Not those guys that we pay their salary.”
In March, Daniels appeared in a National Rifle Association spot warning terrorists about America, saying, “Some people are willing to lose some freedoms just to maintain their way of life. I’m not.”
St. Louis Senior Citizen Stands His Ground, Shoots Two Intruders
Two young criminals saw a 73-year-old man in his garage and, no doubt thinking he was an easy target, decided to steal his truck. Neither knew the homeowner was an avid hunter, and was armed.
Police Capt. Mary Warnecke told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the 18- and 20-year-old robbers—armed with pistols—walked in, placed a gun to the head of the homeowner and demanded the keys to the pickup parked outside. The victim then pulled a gun from his pocket and fatally shot both intruders, who fell dead between the garage and the man’s home.
“It appears the homeowner acted in self-defense,” concluded Warnecke. Two neighbors said they have known the homeowner, a retired fireman, for decades, and that “He would never miss a chance to stop and say ‘Hi.’” They also said the man would never have shot anyone during a robbery unless he feared for his life. “Not his truck, but his life.”