Despite strict gun-control regulations in the Windy City, the number of homicides in Chicago so far this year is twice the number as at the same time last year, according to a Chicago Tribune report. With four murders last weekend and an additional two more Monday morning, the city has recorded at least 95 homicides since the beginning of 2016—a troubling increase compared to the 47 by this time in 2015. The Tribune also reported that the number of people shot has more than doubled, with about 420 victims to date in 2016, compared to 193 in 2015.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has faced increasing criticism for his handling of the city’s rising crime rate and gang wars that often claim the lives of innocent bystanders. With anti-gun Illinois politicians continuing to place most of their emphasis on passing more restrictive gun-control laws—which don’t affect criminals, only law-abiding citizens—we don’t look for this increased murder trend to end anytime soon.
Time Magazine Shoots Itself In The Foot
Today’s prize for “Most Deceptive Headline In The News”—and it’s a stiff competition nowadays—goes to Time magazine, which on Wednesday screeched, “Iowa May Allow Children to Carry Handguns.”
If by “carry,” Time meant “hold in their hands and even fire under adult supervision”—as Iowa already allows minors to do with rifles and shotguns—then the headline would be excusable, if not clear. But we suspect that upon reading “Iowa May Allow Children to Carry Handguns,” many of Time’s faithful and gullible envisioned tots toting Glocks ... which we suspect was exactly Time’s intent.
The Iowa bill, in fact, doesn’t allow minors to carry concealed firearms. And the First Amendment shouldn’t be a license for media outlets like Time to conceal, corrupt and corrode the truth with misleading headlines like this forgery.
Barrett Model M82/M107 Becomes Official Rifle Of Tennessee
On Wednesday, Tennessee became the seventh state to adopt an official state firearm. After passing the House 74-9 last year, the state Senate voted Wednesday to make the Barrett Model M82/M107 the official state rifle.
The rifle was developed by Tennessee native Ronnie Barrett, and is now manufactured in Christiana, Tenn. Since being adopted by the military in the 1980s, the M82/M107 has seen considerable action in the United States’ conflicts in the Middle East. In fact, the bill’s author, Rep. Micah Van Huss, is a former Marine sniper who used the gun during his deployment. The firearm’s origin and role in defending our freedom abroad led to the proposal passing the Senate 27-1.
“I love Goo Goo Clusters, I love Little Debbie cakes, and everything else—even Jack Daniel’s whiskey—that has come from Tennessee,” Sen. Bill Ketron said. “However, none of them have saved lives like this rifle has on the battle lines.”
Hillary’s Latest Constitutional Gaffe
When Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton once again took an interview opportunity to bash the Second Amendment on Wednesday, she further showed her lack of knowledge about the Constitution.
As pointed out on TheBlaze.com, Clinton said on the "Steve Harvey Show": “So we have to say to the gun lobby, ‘You know what, there is a constitutional right for people to own guns, but there is also a constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that enables us to have a safe country to protect our children from their senseless gun violence.’”
As most A1F Daily readers already know, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is, in fact, not a constitutional right, but a phrase from the Declaration of Independence. “Heckuva gaffe to have in the middle of an intensifying debate over the Supreme Court,” Republican National Committee spokesman James Hewitt said in a statement.
More Than 9 Million Guns Made In U.S. In 2014
The Barack Obama administration continues to drive a gun production windfall. While slightly lower than 2013, recently released 2014 manufacturing numbers showed 9,050,626 guns produced—the second highest on record this century.
More than 45 million guns have been produced commercially in the United States during the first six years of the Obama administration. That’s markedly higher than the 25 million guns made during the eight years of the Bush administration. What’s more, it’s a larger number than the 33 million produced during the Clinton administration—which included sales during the federal assault weapons ban.
The 2014 totals include roughly 3.6 million pistols, 750,000 revolvers, 3.4 million rifles, nearly a million shotguns and some 350,000 “miscellaneous firearms.” Smith & Wesson was the top pistol maker with 897,633, while Sturm, Ruger & Co. topped revolver manufacturers at 277,923. Remington topped the list in rifle manufacturing with 929,475.
Armed Ohio Man Thwarts Home Invasion
A Columbus, Ohio, man used his firearm to protect himself from a home invader early Sunday morning.
According to local media reports, 26-year-old Tory L. Jones kicked in the back door of the home, entered and attacked resident Darryl Francis. Francis then shot the man in self-defense.
The home invader was pronounced dead at the scene, and the resident was not injured.