First, America voted thumbs-down on gun control at the polls on Election Day. Now, they appear to be voting it down at the box office, too.
“Miss Sloane,” the much-hyped gun-control drama starring Jessica Chastain, flopped over the weekend. The film made a mere $1.9 million, making it one of the worst opening weekends ever.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that the Brady Campaign claimed victory in defeat: “‘Miss Sloane’ marks another chapter in Brady’s partnership with Hollywood to integrate the realities of gun violence into entertainment,” boasted Brendan Kelley, Brady’s press secretary. “While I’m not qualified to forecast how a film will perform, I can tell you that its production alone, with our input, is the success.” (The film’s directortold TheWashington Post that he did not offer the script to the Brady Campaign.)
We doubt that Hollywood will echo Brady’s enthusiasm—nor will investors, who might think twice before inviting Brady to advise on script development again.
Now, according to a report in the Portland Tribune, Rev. Jeremy Lucas has followed through on his attempt to bring even more attention to himself by destroying the rifle—making nobody anywhere safer than they were before he instigated the stunt. It’s easy to see why: Whoever won the raffle, had it not been Lucas, would have been required to undergo a background check before taking possession of the rifle. Consequently, the winner would have had to been deemed a law-abiding person to do so.
While the rifle was chopped into pieces to be made into garden tools, Lucas did apparently achieve his purpose of making more people irrationally scared of firearms—particularly AR-15s. “I've never seen one before,” Susie Coffman, Christ Church's director of Christian education, told the Tribune. “It made me very uncomfortable, even though I knew it wasn't loaded and that we were seeing it being cut into pieces.”
Colorado School District To Consider Arming Teachers
The board of education for one El Paso County, Colo., school district will vote tonight whether to arm teachers and other staff at the school to better protect the district’s students.
Board members of Hanover School District 28, which has about 270 students, are concerned not only with the potential for mass shootings, but also with marijuana operations in the area possibly drawing dangerous cartel members to areas near the school.
“There are three (grows) within 2 miles of the school,” board member Michael Lawson told Gazette.com. “The Cuban and Colombian cartels are buying up land to grow marijuana in Colorado. We need to look at the safety of the schools and the kids.”
The resolution under consideration would allow “one or more employees of the district to be designated as security guards and authorized to carry firearms on school property.”
California Lt. Governor: Trump A “Leap Backward” On Guns
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose latest gun control legislation consisted of requiring background checks to buy ammunition, is concerned about the effect a pro-gun president will have on his anti-gun state.
After Donald Trump endorsed national Right-to-Carry reciprocity, Newsom took to Twitter to complain that “this expansion would put lives at risk & is a giant leap backward for states that have proven smart gun laws work.”
If by “smart gun laws” working, he means keeping guns out of the hands of the law-abiding and only in the hands of criminals … then yes, they’re working, alright. FBI statistics show violent crime increased in California more than 2.5 times faster than the nation as a whole.
Newsom’s tweet linked to an anti-Trump opinion piece from the Los Angeles Times. As one reader commented: “It seems like Gavin is upset that he won't be able to trample the rights of gun owners in California after Trump gets in office.”
Ohio Family Fights Off, Then Holds Home Intruder At Gunpoint
A mother and father, their two children and three of their nephews returned home from a Christmas dinner only to find an unexpected visitor—one who wasn’t sporting a red suit and white beard. The family surprised 43-year-old Robert Molihan Jr., who was attempting to steal firearms from the home.
Miami County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Randy Slusher told WHIO-TV that the homeowner began to struggle with the intruder, while the mother and kids grabbed the guns away from Molihan. At that point, the son loaded one of the shotguns and quickly put a stop to the skirmish.
The father then held the home invader at gunpoint until officers arrived. Investigators said that Molihan was aware the weapons were in the residence, but they did not elaborate. The suspect allegedly also had an accomplice who was to pick him up, but that person has yet to be identified.