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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Box Office Flop “Miss Sloane” Nominated For One Golden Globe

Yesterday, we reported that the gun-control political drama, “Miss Sloane,” was failing at the box office—the 79th worst opening in the last 35 years. However, the filmmakers did receive one bit of good news: Jessica Chastain, who plays the title role, received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, the only nomination the film received. 

Much of the promotion for “Miss Sloane” centered around hailing Chastain’s performance in hopes of securing the film an end-of-year award. In fact, her role as a crusader for a progressive cause—facing impossible odds as she switches sides to fight the “powerful gun lobby” and pass a “universal” background check bill—is tailor-made for Hollywood awards. 

The film has earned only $1.9 million from 1,648 screens; projected to earn only $5 million, it appears that it will fall short of even that. “Sloane” reportedly cost $13 million to make. The producers are presumably hoping for a bump in receipts if Chastain receives further nominations.


Enough Already With The Wild West Predictions!

For the past 30 years—since Right-to-Carry laws became a topic of discussion—those opposed to law-abiding Americans carrying firearms for self-defense have made the same baseless claims. “It’ll be like the Wild West,” they shout. “Blood will run in the streets,” they assure anyone willing to listen.

And it has never come to be.

Yet that doesn’t stop some—in this case, the editorial board of The Tennessean—from making the same baseless claims about the current movement to pass “permitless” carry laws. “One can only imagine how many fender-benders, arguments over parking spots, domestic squabbles and the like will deliver a cascade of grief and regret to the families and friends of innocent victims,” these sage editors wrote in a recent op-ed.

Of course, that won’t happen, either. In truth, violent criminals who would use their firearms to harm others already carry guns wherever and whenever they want. Several states have passed “permitless” carry measures over the past few years, and none of them have seen such senseless violence from law-abiding gun owners as naysayers predict.


Anti-Gun Congressman Gets 10-Year Sentence For Racketeering

From a vote opposing a repeal of the Assault Weapons Ban in 1996 to serving as vice chair on a gun violence prevention task force in 2013 and every anti-gun move in between, former Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., was a staunch supporter of gun control. Fortunately for gun owners, Fattah won’t have the opportunity to cast any more anti-gun votes. 

On Monday, the 11-term congressman was sentenced to a 10-year prison term. Fattah was convicted in June on charges of racketeering, bribery, fraud and money laundering. 

A press release by the Justice Department provides details of Fattah’s crimes—which include using misappropriated funds to repay his son’s student loan. And while Fattah repeatedly griped about the government’s “witch hunt” against him, the findings speak for themselves. 

“Chaka Fattah represented his district in Congress for over 20 years,” said Special Agent in Charge Michael Harpster.  “And, if not for his sheer greed and venality, probably could have kept his seat for 20 more.”


Universities In Kansas Making Guidelines For Debut Of Campus-Carry Law

With Kansas’ new campus-carry law taking effect next July, university officials throughout the state are working to put together guidelines for their individual campuses.

The plans for Wichita State University and others will be presented to the Board of Regents next week. At this point, it is expected that most universities will permit concealed carry in all classrooms by those who have qualified for and received concealed-carry permits.

According to a report at kwch.com, the only place those with permits won’t be able to carry a concealed firearm is in a building with proper security measures—such as metal detectors and guards at every public entrance—or in areas that are already restricted.

We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.


Off-Duty Deputy, Wife Fight Off Convenience Store Robbers

Three Porter, Texas, robbers who thought a parking lot heist last Saturday night would net them some quick cash and an easy escape were foiled when their targets turned out to be carrying guns and knew how to use them. 

An off-duty deputy—a 20-year veteran of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department—had stopped at the Sumner Hills Food Mart to buy ice for a hunting trip. As he was loading the ice into the back of his truck, his wife—still inside the vehicle—heard a commotion. When she turned and saw two men hitting her husband in the head and jaw, she grabbed her handgun, exited the truck and shot at the suspects, distracting them long enough to allow her husband to pull out his own gun and fire at them. Clearly outgunned, the suspects fled to a waiting pick-up. 

The suspects remain at large, and it’s unknown whether any of them were injured in the fracas. The deputy was transported to a local hospital with broken teeth and facial injuries; his wife was unharmed.


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