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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Top Hoops Prospect Shuns “Dangerous” Hometown Of Chicago For Gun-Friendly Texas

While gun-ban advocates would have you believe areas with more restrictive gun-control laws are safer than those that allow widespread gun ownership, a top college basketball recruit has chosen where to play based on facts to the contrary.

According to a report at pilotonline.com, highly recruited point guard Evan Gilyard is shunning schools in his home city of Chicago, instead choosing the University of Texas-El Paso—located, incidentally, in one of the most gun-friendly areas in the country.

“It’s safer out there,” Gilyard told pilotonline. “In Chicago you have a lot of violence, a lot of gang violence, and it hasn’t been as safe. When I looked at UTEP, I saw there was a very small amount of murders.”

Gilyard makes a good point. This year, the Chicago homicide toll has already surpassed 700, and more than 4,000 people have been shot. And while some might say comparing the two communities is comparing apples to oranges, El Paso has a violent crime rate of 3.75 per 1,000 residents, while Chicago’s is nearly three times higher, at 9.08 per 1,000 residents.


Michael Bloomberg’s The Trace Blames “Fake News” On NRA

In a Dec. 12 post, The Trace blamed the rise of “fake news” on NRA

“Fake News” is the newest fad among those seeking to lay blame for Hillary Clinton’s defeat on something other than Hillary. And The Trace blames NRA for using it to undermine trust in so-called “mainstream” media: “Rather than critically evaluating articles for their correspondence to known facts, the NRA has long encouraged its audience to dismiss these reports and the outlets that produce them as irredeemably opposed to a cherished way of life.” 

NRA knows all about fake news. For decades, we’ve countered fake news from “trusted” sources with facts, debunking “Saturday Night Specials,” “Cop-Killer Bullets” and “Assault Weapons.” (The same sources told us, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” and, “Benghazi was caused by a video.”) 

In fact, A1F deconstructed The Trace’s own fake news in a 17-part series earlier this year. If The Trace wants to debunk fake news, it can start by explaining how lobbyists, labor unions and a synagogue wound up on a list of “141 medical groups” promoting gun control.


Florida Will Again Consider Campus Carry In 2017

Following the ISIS-inspired attack on the campus of Ohio State University—a rampage that ended when a university police officer shot and killed the student—campus safety has again become part of the national discussion. And many are calling for new laws that will allow students with carry permits to legally carry a concealed firearm while on campus. 

Such is the case in Florida, where an NRA-backed proposal has been filed by Republican state Rep. Scott Plakon for the 2017 session. It will make the third year in a row that legislators have advocated for students being afforded the same right to protection on campus that they take advantage of while off campus. 

Should it fail to pass next year, proponents say it would endanger the state’s 40 public college and university campuses by making them less safe. Many school police forces remain understaffed and, just last year, administrators unsuccessfully sought $74 million from the legislature to increase campus security operations.


WA Bill Would Protect The Right To Carry At Sports Stadiums

Should licensed, trained, background-checked, card-carrying Right-to-Carry permit holders be barred from entering sports stadiums while armed? Legislation now proposed in Washington state would prevent public stadiums or the private companies that operate them from barring armed Right-to-Carry permit holders from entering stadiums, but the NFL, The Washington Post and some at Fox News apparently think that’s a bad idea. 

“We haven’t seen the proposed legislation,” said Brian McCarthy, the NFL’s vice president of communications, “but we have a policy forbidding carrying a weapon into NFL stadiums.” Former NFL player Jack Brewer pronounced it “a ridiculous law to even be proposing.” And The Washington Post darkly warned that if the law passes, “guns could be added to an already combustible environment.” 

Yet isn’t that what critics said about the dozens of states that allow Right-to-Carry permit holders to be armed in establishments that serve alcohol? So ... where’s the fire?


Armed Florida Homeowner Fights Off Invaders

When an unknown woman rang the bell and knocked on the door of a Florida home, the homeowner decided not to answer, prompting the woman to drive away. But what was initially strange turned sinister when the woman immediately returned, aggressively knocking again. Then there was a sudden noise from the back of the house. That’s when the homeowner grabbed his gun.

Winter Garden police say the homeowner encountered a man wearing all black and a ski mask entering the house through a smashed patio door. The terrified homeowner acted instinctively and shot the intruder, who escaped and drove off with the woman.

“He had a masked person at the back door … and then someone beating at the front door,” police Lt. Scott Allen told WKMG News 6. “He was in fear for his life and thought that was his best option.” A neighbor added, “The burglars probably thought no one was home, so that's kind of scary.”


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