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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Farce Is With Mark Hamill

On Sunday, the actor who portrays Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” movies tweeted talking points for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety.

Mark Hamill tweeted: “Don’t get me wrong, as a strong supporter of the 2nd Ammendment (sic)—I believe in every American’s right to own a musket.” 

Reaction to Hamill’s repeat of Everytown propaganda was swift: “So I guess this means you believe the 1st Amendment only covers speaking out against the king?” “So u’ll be exercising your 1A right to make Star Wars via town crier reciting the script now?” “We need to ban high-powered intarweb freedom of speech I guess?” 

Hamill responded with another Everytown talking point, tweeting, “Even responsible NRA members favor sensible gun laws.” If Hamill could actually use the Force to read NRA members’ minds, he’d find that limiting firearm freedom to musket ownership doesn’t fit any reasonable person’s definition of “sensible.”

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Stun Gun Bans, Reaffirms 2A Protects “Bearable Arms”

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Massachusetts ban on stun guns Monday, ruling that “stun guns are widely owned and accepted as a legitimate means of self-defense ... Massachusetts’ categorical ban ... therefore violates the Second Amendment.” The case—Caetano v. Massachusetts—was brought by a woman convicted of possessing a stun gun to protect herself from an abusive ex-boyfriend. 

The unanimous decision, which began by noting that the Court had already held, in the Heller case, that “the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding,” sends the case back to the Massachusetts court to be reheard. 

In less encouraging news, the Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to a federal law barring customers—even Right-to-Carry permit holders—from being armed when picking up mail from post offices, allowing that ban to stand.


CA: Newsom Plan Draws More Law Enforcement Opposition

More California law enforcement officers are speaking out against Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s rabidly anti-gun proposed ballot initiatives.

Last week we informed you that the California State Sheriff’s Association spoke out against the restrictive package, saying, “The focus of efforts to reduce gun violence in this state should be on those responsible for that violence, not those that have no intent to do harm.” Now the California Fish and Game Wardens Association (CFGWA) has officially come out against Newsom’s so-called “Safety For All" Act. 

“The CFGWA strongly opposes the ostensibly mis-named ‘Safety for All’ Act ballot initiative of 2016,” the group wrote in a statement. “The stated goals of the act to ‘keep our communities safe’ and ‘end gun violence’ are of critical concern to all CA law enforcement agencies and officers. However, the proposed changes in the act will have little bearing on the criminals who commit these atrocities in our great state.”

Utah Restaurant Features Fish And Firearms

The owners of the Sea Bears Fish House in Ogden, Utah, tout their fish and chips, wear kilts—and openly carry firearms. Tony and Monika Siebers, as well as their two older children, put on the attire and holsters as a display of Scottish customs and American liberties. 

Tony sums it up to Fox News, “We’re big supporters of open carry and the Second Amendment.” He added that customer feedback has been upbeat, and the conversations lively: “We have like-minded people who really support the Second Amendment.” 

The Siebers’ decision to carry was made about a year ago, as the family counted money and restocked after closing. Then while waiting for concealed permits, Monika, Tony’s wife, started to openly carry. Tony says no family member has ever had to use their firearm, and they have no problems with customers who also carry. “When law-abiding citizens carry, it protects all of us.”


Buckeye Pistol Team Wins Third Straight National Title

Last week the Ohio State University Pistol Team won its third consecutive national championship—the eighth in the program’s history. With a score of 6,294 points, the Buckeyes bested Army (6,188 points) and The Citadel (6,187) in the 2016 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships in Fort Benning, Ga. 

While a championship win during Head Coach Donna Knisley’s first year is a testament to her coaching abilities, this victory also proves the team’s strong recruiting practices. After last season, the Buckeyes lost half their roster to graduation, but a strong contingent of underclassmen seamlessly filled their shoes, with two of them—sophomore Irina Andrianova (Women’s Individual Aggregate) and freshman Anthony McCollum (Standard Pistol)—winning titles. 

Knisley told the Columbus Dispatch she hopes the win guarantees the team’s continued viability on campus. “We’re not in the NCAA, we’re in the NRA. So we’re always kind of on sticks as far as ‘Will we make it this year?’ But I’ve been able to recruit quite a few good shooters the last few years, and I think that’s helped us.”


Second Time’s Not A Charm For Home Invaders

South Prairie is a small town in Pierce County, Wash., with a population around 500. But as residents there know, small towns aren’t immune to crime—so many citizens are armed and prepared. 

Such was the case Monday morning, when home invaders broke a window to a home a little before 10 in the morning. After removing the screen to get inside, the burglars were apparently expecting to have free rein in an empty house. Instead, they were startled to come face to face with a man bearing a rifle and shouting. They immediately turned and fled, speeding off in an extended-cab truck. 

The two men were eventually caught and arrested. This same home had been burglarized less than two weeks before, when guns and a laptop were stolen, and police are still trying to determine whether these suspects were also responsible for the first burglary.

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