The Los Angeles Police Department admitted Tuesday that 2016 murders there had spiked by 27.5 percent—with double-digit increases in robbery and aggravated assault—over the same period in 2015, the Los Angeles Timesreported. Last week, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said that 10 of the 12 shootings reported the previous weekend were considered gang-related, as were more than half of the 48 homicides reported in the city by then.
So although LAPD Chief Beck told CBS in January that the “the solution” to gang violence “is communities that work to save their children”—and although California lawmakers continue to play games with more gun laws that affect only honest law-abiding citizens—we can’t help but wonder: Since it’s already illegal under federal law for gang members, drug dealers and convicted felons to carry guns—and each count is worth five years in federal prison—why not simply enforce the laws on the books?
New Petition: President Obama, Keep Your Hands Off Our Second Amendment!
As the 2016 campaign season progresses, attacks on NRA and our Second Amendment rights have been mounting. While the threat of electing an anti-gun president should certainly galvanize us to action, some are considering what we can do to protect our rights in the meantime.
A petition was recently started at StandUnited.org demanding President Barack Obama cease his war on our firearm freedoms. Drafted by the Republican National Committee, it has received over 25,000 signatures, and its message is simple: “Gun violence is bad, but leaving law-abiding citizens with limited means to defend themselves is even worse.”
While Obama may have less than a year left in office, he’s made it clear that gun control will remain a focus until the bitter end. We have a lot of hard work to do leading up to Election Day, but we cannot afford to let him think we’re willing to remain complacent in the meantime. To sign the petition, click here.
20 Hours, 21 More Victims In Chicago
Every 58 minutes. That’s how often someone was shot and either killed or wounded during a 20-hour span in Chicago from Tuesday to early Wednesday of this week. One person an hour claimed by the city’s out-of-control violence. “Why, why, why?” asked one bystander.
The “why” is a question we’ve addressed before, and the answer can be traced back to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Rather than examine his own policies and biases, he and other anti-gun politicians are pointing their fingers at gun owners and federally licensed gun dealers outside of the city and blaming them for supplying guns to criminals in Chicago. Frank Miniter dispels that myth here.
So as the carnage continues—a 21-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man were the latest casualties—Windy City residents can only hope that city leaders will honestly address the many problems on its streets before it’s too late for the next victims.
Maryland Gun Proposals Split Public
The Maryland legislature is considering several divisive new gun-control bills. Some say the state’s complicated gun laws should go further, while others argue they already infringe on Second Amendment rights without making anyone safer. Hundreds of people spoke in front of a Senate committee on the proposals, which seems likely to end in a confrontation between Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and the Democrat-controlled Assembly.
The proposals include a no-fly list prohibition, public college campus gun-free zones—even a bill banning toy guns that “look” like real guns. According to The Baltimore Sun, Robert Heede of Parkville was particularly outraged by the toy ban. “I’m a legal gun owner, but I would become a criminal because I have a pellet gun,” Heede told The Sun. “I have a grandson that I may want to teach to shoot with it. I agree there needs to be common sense, but there needs to be constitutional sense.”
Namibian Government Formally Embraces Hunting
Alarmed over massive anti-hunter response to its 2013 decision to sell five black rhino hunts for trophy hunting in efforts to raise funds to help save the endangered species, the Namibian government is taking steps to make sure that hunter haters don’t gain more of a foothold there.
As our good friend Karen Mehall Phillips at American Hunter reports, Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism has said it will officially oppose any calls to restrict hunting and export wildlife products. According to All Africa, the cabinet voted to go on the record as a pro-hunting nation, opposing any and all hunting bans—and to campaign against any bans proposed in the future.
“Chalk one up for common sense as the Namibian government got around worldwide anti-hunting extremists seeking to stop hunters’ critical conservation efforts—and, in turn, destroy the economic benefits hunters provide,” Mehall Phillips writes.
Memphis Man Fights Off Trio Of Armed Robbers
When two men sitting in a car outside a house in Memphis were accosted by three armed men who tried to rob them at gunpoint, one of the car’s occupants fought off the robbers with his handgun.
“Shots were fired in the car,” said Major Rodney Adair of the Memphis Police Department, hitting the male victim in the side. The victim was able to return fire in self-defense, hitting one of the robbery suspects in the chest.
The three suspects fled the scene in a dark-colored car. “The victims were pretty much scrambling for their lives, so they didn’t get a good look at them,” Adair said. Following the shooting, the two accomplices drove the injured suspect to his mother’s home. He was transported to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries. The victim inside the car is expected to recover from his injuries, and the two other suspects remain at large.