The late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia—a conservative and author of the District of Columbia v.Heller decision, which affirmed the individual right to keep and bear arms—was the longest-serving current justice and was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986.
His death means President Barack Obama could have an unprecedented opportunity to shift the balance of the court during his final year in office. As the NRA warned in a tweet on Saturday night, "We are one justice away from a Supreme Court that would harm our Second Amendment rights."
Each of the GOP presidential candidates in Saturday night’s debate called for the Senate to oppose Obama’s ability to nominate Scalia’s successor, preferring to wait on the next president. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed, stating, “This vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
New Gun-Rights Organization To Debut In Israel
An Israeli Knesset member is preparing to launch a local version of the U.S. National Rifle Association. MK Amir Ohana will debut the initiative today with a caucus aimed at protecting and widening the rights of Israelis to own and carry firearms.The caucus is expected to be attended by several MKs, heads of pro-gun organizations and experts on legislation about the rights of citizens bearing arms in Israel.
The caucus comes on the heels of terror attacks being carried out by “lone wolf” assailants. Currently, it is virtually impossible for anyone who can’t demonstrate a proven reason to carry a gunor to obtain a gun license. “The caucus will examine whether, due to security threats facing Israel, the time has come to update the criteria,” said Ohana. He noted that having more trained citizens carrying legally owned guns “equals more terror neutralized at the scene, equals fewer lives lost.”
Home Invaders Stopped Cold By Armed Homeowner
Their doorbell rang, multiple times. But apparently not expecting anyone so early in the morning—it was around 9 a.m.—the husband and wife ignored it. To the two thugs outside, no answer meant no one was home. Thinking they had a clear window of opportunity, they broke a window and attempted to break into the Peoria, Ariz., home.
At the sound of the breaking glass, the male homeowner grabbed his gun and went to investigate. Seeing two people trying to get into his home—one who was half inside—he shot at the suspects, hitting the 17-year-old intruder in the leg. Both he and the second suspect fled and drove off in a light-colored sedan.
Police responding to the 911 call spotted the injured suspect at a nearby convenience store and took him into custody. He was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The second suspect remains at large.