“I take responsibility for a decision that misrepresented an exchange I had with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League.”
Katie Couric’s mea culpa earlier this year came about after it was revealed she used “creative” editing to embarrass members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. A well-placed pause after one of Couric’s question made it appear as if the interviewees were at a loss for words—which was not the case. “Those eight seconds do not accurately represent their response,” Couric finally admitted.
The VCDL responded by filing a $13 million defamation lawsuit in September. “We were horrified to see how Couric and her team manipulated us and the video footage to make us look like fools who didn’t stand up for the Second Amendment,” said Philip Van Cleave, VCDL president. “We want to set the record straight and hold them accountable.”
On Tuesday, Couric’s legal team called for dismissal of the suit, arguing that it “does not rise to the level of defamation.” A Virginia federal judge will ultimately be the one to determine whether or not that’s the case.
Milwaukee Police Chief Claims Concealed-Carry Permit Holders Are Criminals
A Nov. 23 Post-Crescent feature titled, “5 years of concealed carry: Law obscures impact” could find no evidence that Wisconsin’s law, signed by Gov. Scott Walker in 2011, had endangered public safety. Attorney General Brad Schimel said, “I’m not aware of any evidence of statistical significance that there are people who gain a permit who are committing crime with guns …”
However, a lack of proof didn’t prevent Milwaukee police chief Ed Flynn from smearing lawful concealed-carry permit holders:
“I can tell you anecdotally we’re seeing a number of shootings involving concealed-carry permit holders—many of whom have extensive criminal records—but I’m not allowed to tell you how many or whom, because the law has been carefully written to prevent analysis of that information.”
Flynn knows that holders of concealed-carry permits must pass a background check that screens out anyone with a criminal record. Anyone in a position of public trust deserves to be questioned about such an outrageous falsehood—but the Post-Crescent seems unwilling.
However, A1F is happy to put the chief in the hot seat. What proof of your claim can you produce, Chief Flynn? Or are you all talk?
Texas AG: Fort Worth Zoo Can Continue Banning Carry
The Texas Attorney General’s Office has upheld a ban on open and concealed carry at the Fort Worth Zoo.
While the 64-acre zoo had long banned carry, until recently the state issued no penalties to state and municipal facilities that banned guns in defiance of state statute. However, last year the law changed, allowing citizens to submit facilities for review. If the businesses were found to be in violation of the law, they would then be forced to either remove the signs and allow carry, or be subject to hefty daily fines.
Based on the new guidelines, a Texas gun owner lodged a complaint against the zoo, saying its ban on carry was unlawful because it is on city property—and Texas law has long held that local governments may not ban carry except under very limited circumstances. However, according to the Attorney General, because the zoo is operated by a private entity, the Fort Worth Zoo’s imaginary gun-free zone will be allowed to stand, continuing to put law-abiding Texans at risk.
Kansas University Professors Argue Against Campus Carry
A coalition of six professors at the University of Kansas are vowing to fight the law allowing concealed weapons on campus.
The teachers claim allowing guns will only add danger, and will make firearms more accessible to students who may have suicidal thoughts. English professor Maryemma Graham argues, “A concealed-carry campus is anti-intellectual, anti-education, implicitly condoning violence in the name of safety … I always take my father’s advice. ‘If a law is bad,’ he used to say, ‘why would you knowingly follow it?’”
However, the Kansas State Rifle Association, who supports the legislation, posted this message online this week: “The KSRA has worked with legislators in the past five years to bring (campus carry) to Kansas and we will fight to keep it so our students, campus guests, and faculty are not left defenseless and unable to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.” The law is scheduled to take effect in July 2017.
Ohio State President Still Opposes Campus Carry
Even after Monday’s terrorist attack on Ohio State University, OSU President Michael Drake still opposes campus carry legislation that would allow licensed, lawful adults to protect themselves on Ohio college campuses, Columbus Business Firstreported. That attack—in which a man struck students with his car and with a butcher knife, sending 11 innocent people to the hospital—was stopped only by an armed campus police officer, who shot the attacker.
In a conversation broadcast Wednesday morning by WOSU, host Ann Fisher discussed legislation currently being debated in the Ohio legislature that would end the state’s prohibition on Right-to-Carry permit holders carrying on college campuses, and allow universities to choose for themselves whether to allow firearms on their property. “None of my colleagues or myself [sic] think that’s a good idea,” Drake said.
We suspect there are at least 11 people on the OSU campus who would disagree with Drake.
Ohio Homeowner Holds “Whacked Out” Burglar At Gunpoint For Police
A Coventry Township, Ohio, couple had just finished feeding their 18-month-old son Monday night when the wife, Amanda Fillinger, heard a noise and told her husband, “Oh my God. Somebody’s in the kitchen,” Jonathan Fillinger recounted to Ohio.com. “So I told her, ‘Get my pistol.’”
Amanda ran and retrieved her husband’s 9 mm, then called 911 while Jonathan held the home invader at gunpoint for police. When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found Thomas R. Duncan, 51, standing in the couple’s kitchen. Jonathan, who has a concealed-carry permit, said the intruder “seemed whacked out of his mind.”
“He went and started to reach into his pockets, and I said, ‘OK, man, don’t reach in your pockets. I don’t know if you have a gun.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t want to shoot you. But if you reach in your pockets again I’m going to shoot you.’ … He didn’t move after that.” Duncan was charged with felony burglary and taken to jail.