After hours of debate, a measure that would let concealed-carry permit holders 21 and older carry on Florida’s public college and university campuses passed 80-37 in that state’s House Wednesday.
HB4001 encountered strong opposition from Democrats, including Rep. Barbara Watson, who said, “We need to do the responsible thing and protect every student at the school.” Rep. Dave Kerner concurred, saying the measure “frightens me on a level that I haven’t felt with other legislation.”
But bill cosponsor Democrat Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda has seen the futility of gun-free zones in her own district—in November 2014 a gunman on FSU’s campus shot three people before police could arrive. She and several House Republicans say incidents like these prove so-called “gun-free zones” don’t exist.
The Senate version of the bill was killed in the Judiciary Committee, but the victory in the House is a step in the right direction, and proponents say they’ll try again next year.
Hillary Clinton: “I Have A Bunch Of Litmus Tests” For Supreme Court Justices
At a Democratic presidential forum Wednesday night, when asked whether she’d have any “litmus tests” for Supreme Court nominees besides being pro-abortion, Hillary Clinton said, “I have a bunch of litmus tests, because the next president could get as many as three appointments”—if not four—to the Supreme Court, The Hillreports.
As an example, Clinton specifically cited the Supreme Court ruling that restored the right of groups like the NRA to sponsor communications exposing politicians’ anti-gun voting records in the months leading up to elections—a ruling Clinton wants to overturn, and a gag order she wants re-imposed.
In an interesting twist pointed out by AWR Hawkins on Breitbart.com, President Barack Obama is willing to blame Islamic extremist attacks on only a small minority of Muslims, yet he is more than happy to penalize all law-abiding gun owners for criminal acts committed by a tiny minority of them.
At Tuesday’s address to the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Obama told those gathered: “As Muslim Americans … your entire community so often is targeted or blamed for the violent acts of a very few.” That’s an interesting statement, coming from the same president who, each time a high-profile shooting occurs, proposes legislation that would negatively affect law-abiding gun owners—not violent criminals.
We’ll be diligently watching for Obama to next say: “As law-abiding gun owners … your entire community so often is targeted or blamed for the violent acts of a very few.” But we won’t be holding our breath.
Facebook Gun Forums Move To New Sites
As we noted on Wednesday, gun-control advocates including President Barack Obama have enthusiastically applauded Facebook’s decision to ban gun owners from advertising guns on the social media behemoth. As Tom Blumer of NewsBusters points out though, enforcement of this ban will consist entirely on tips from snitches. Yes, Facebook is planning to rely solely on its vast network of users to report any violations. Meaning that, in essence, Mark Zuckerberg immediately ingratiated himself to gun-control groups around the world without spending a penny.
In the meantime, thousands of gun-related groups—some having as many as tens of thousands of members—have been shut down since Facebook’s ban announcement. These gun enthusiasts are now working on migrating their sites to other social networks where they can resume discussions of guns, including what firearms they might wish to sell. In other words, they’re simply resuming their law-abiding activities on a different platform—no thanks to Zuckerberg and his gun-ban cronies.
Another Record-Setting Month For Gun Sales
The Federal Bureau of Investigation ran more background checks for gun sales last month than any January ever. The 2,545,802 checks processed in the first month of this year bested the previous record, set in January 2013, by more than 50,000. In fact, January 2016 was just the latest in a string of record-breaking months for background checks and gun sales, with May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December of 2015 also setting records.
While January’s numbers are lower than the all-time single month record set in December 2015, it is the third month in a row with more than 2 million background checks. Although not a perfect measure, the number of background checks processed by the FBI is often used as a gauge for the number of gun sales.
Florida Man Fights Off Armed Robbers
When two armed robbers attempted to rob a Temple Terrace, Fla., man while he was unloading groceries from his car, the fact that the victim had a gun and knew how to use it might have saved his life.
The two suspects grabbed Luis Enrique Alonso in front of his home, and one pointed a handgun at him. Alonso grabbed the robber’s gun and and tried to take it from him.
According to police, Alonso then drew his own gun and exchanged shots with the robbers, who quickly ran away. Alonso was treated at the scene for a minor thumb injury, and the police are still looking for the suspects.