As we watched the horror unfold in Brussels—terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of 31 and injured 270 more—one political pundit was quick to cite … the ease of getting guns?
Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large for The Atlantic, called into MSNBC from Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the bombings that rocked the city. When asked why Brussels was chosen as the epicenter, Clemons’ nonsensical off-topic response included a remark that, “there is an ease of getting guns here.”
The Islamic State had just carried out terrorist attacks using four homemade bombs that killed dozens and injured hundreds more—yet Clemons deduces that guns are to blame.
He’s the same writer who in a 2011 article on the Tea Party, pointed to their support of “… guns and religion—or, in other words, fear and intolerance.” The only thing that is abundantly clear is that Clemons understands neither of the two.
University Prof Vows To Call 911 On ROTC
An associate professor of creative writing at the University of North Dakota panicked upon seeing ROTC students preparing for rifle drills, dove under her desk and called 911.
Heidi Czerwiec wrote in a letter to the Grand Forks Herald, “I can barely talk—first, with fear, and then with rage when the dispatcher reports back that yes, in fact, I’ve probably just seen ROTC cadets …”
Czerwiec had previously been notified of the exercises via email; the dispatcher also confirmed it, campus police called to reassure her, and a UND spokesperson even took responsibility for insufficient notification. However, Czerwiec complained that another officer, who called to let her know this would be ongoing, “scolded me for calling 911.”
“So I reply that I guess I’ll be calling 911 for the next couple weeks—and I will. Every time,” she responded, calling on-campus “military maneuvers” inappropriate, unnecessary and irresponsible.
Republican Lawmakers Target VA Gun Ban
Republican lawmakers are fighting a Department of Veterans Affairs policy that could rescind the Second Amendment rights of over a quarter-million former service members. Currently, if the VA appoints a fiduciary for someone having trouble managing his or her finances, they are judged “mentally incompetent” and submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). These individuals will then be flagged during NICS checks, and will be denied the right to purchase a firearm.
In response, two GOP lawmakers—Sen. Chuck Grassley and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson—have written a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald criticizing this policy. In another letter, this time to Senate appropriators, Grassley asked lawmakers to use upcoming budget negotiations to block the VA from continuing this practice.
While the VA claims they’re required to report “mentally incompetent” veterans, one has to wonder what being unable to balance a checkbook has to do with a constitutional right.
New York Public Advocate Continues To Bully U.S. Gunmakers, Shareholders
The second-highest ranking elected official in New York City, Public Advocate Letitia James, wrote to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Tuesday, claiming that firearms manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co. misled investors by not disclosing the shocking revelation that criminals use guns—and that this omission did not adequately disclose Ruger’s reputational and liability risks, The New York Timesreports.
It’s just the latest scheme James is using to scare investors and bully gunmakers by fomenting fear over their viability. In December, she sicced the SEC on Smith & Wesson using the same tactics, and recently urged TD Bank to stop financing the gunmaker. She’s also pushed public pension funds to agree to divest from firearms industry stocks.
But they may be the ones who lose: Over the past five years, Smith & Wesson’s stock value has increased by over 600 percent, while Ruger’s has more than tripled. Any chance Letitia wants to buy-in cheap?
Who Is Pushing Gun Control In Maine?
We’ve covered the influx of Michael Bloomberg-affiliated funds to Maine, as the state became an important Second Amendment battleground. But as the fight to put “universal” background checks on the ballot enters a new legislative session, the ostensibly “grassroots” anti-gunners are coming out of the woodwork. In an op-ed published in The Maine Wire, NRA-ILA media liaison Lars Dalseide asks, “Who Are These People, Anyways?”
The answer won’t come as a surprise. Maine’s Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, which reported almost $800,000 in contributions, is funded almost entirely from a source outside the state—namely their parent organization, Bloomberg’s Everytown. Dalseide says that far from enjoying local support or serving local needs, Maine’s Moms Demand Action “… is similar to a franchise much like McDonalds or Starbucks.”
The truth is that Maine residents aren’t clamoring for gun control—New York tycoon billionaire Michael Bloomberg is. And it’s about time that, just like Virginia, Maine sends him packing.
Georgia Man Opens Fire On Home Invader
A resident of Macon, Ga., was at home when he reportedly heard an unidentified noise coming from his sister’s bedroom. Going to investigate, he encountered an intruder and ended up shooting him in the leg. Authorities arrived to find the suspect, dressed in all black, lying on the ground while the resident held him at gunpoint.
The suspect, who was hospitalized and is in stable condition, told police that he formerly dated the woman who lived in the home and had come for “revenge.” From the sound of it, it is possible that this armed citizen saved his sister’s life.