Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday in an article on Bloomberg View that a 2016 presidential run is “not a risk I can take in good conscience.”
Bloomberg made the right choice, but not for the reasons he lays out. Putting aside the audaciousness of claiming that at this late stage, on a third-party ticket, he could do well enough at the polls to keep any candidate from winning a majority of electoral votes, Bloomberg’s expressed desire of wanting to end partisan politics is laughable. He follows his hypocritical “why-can’t-we-all-just-get-along” plea with attacks on Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, saying his run could “play a role in electing a candidate who would weaken our unity and darken our future.”
Killer Of 9-Year-Old Chicago Boy Should Have Been In Jail
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a Chicago gang member suspected of the execution-style murder of a 9-year-old boy had been paroled only three months earlier.
It is alleged that 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was playing basketball in a South Side park when he was lured into an alley by Dwight Boone-Doty, 22. Boone-Doty then shot the child in the head in retaliation against the boy’s father for the gang murder of Tracey Morgan in October. Morgan’s brother, Corey, 25, is also charged with murder in the case.
Boone-Doty served only two years of a five-year sentence on gun charges before being paroled in August 2015. Apparently, he passed straight through Chicago’s revolving door of justice back to his previous life: Investigators connected him to Lee’s murder while he was in custody for yet another murder in October, just two months after being released.
NRA Tweet On Sanders No Surprise
The so-called “mainstream” media’s feigned surprise over an NRA tweet saying Bernie Sanders was right about the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) at a recent presidential debate is simply political posturing.
During the debate, Sanders said, “If you go to a gun store and you legally purchase a gun, and then three days later you go out and you start killing people, is the point of this lawsuit to hold the gun shop owner or the manufacturer of that gun liable?” Sanders asked. “What you’re really talking about is ending gun manufacturing in America. I don’t agree with that.”
NRA later tweeted: “Sen. Sanders was spot-on in his comments about gun manufacturer liability/PLCAA.”
Of course, Sanders’ statement doesn’t make him pro-gun, as he still supports many other restrictive proposals that won’t curb violent crime, but will negatively affect law-abiding gun owners. But it shows that he at least has some understanding of the danger of rolling back the PLCAA.
Federal Legislation Would Curb President’s Executive Actions On Guns
A measure just introduced in Congress by U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., would target certain portions of President Barack Obama’s recent executive actions concerning guns and gun ownership.
Luetkemeyer said his legislation would prevent the president from interfering with families handing down guns “from one generation to the next as treasured heirlooms” or inheriting firearms without a background check. The bill states the president cannot take action more restrictive than those in effect at the time of his executive actions in early January, and describes family as an individual’s “spouse, or a child, sibling, grandchild, or legal guardian.”
“This common-sense legislation would simply protect the ability for Americans to transfer firearms to their family members, and I am eager to work with my colleagues to move this bill forward,” Luetkemeyer said in a statement.
Only In New Jersey: Fake Gun Brings Real Gun Charges
“What happened to common sense?” That’s a question that has been asked many times in New Jersey in regards to their gun laws—see for yourself. Now, Republican Assemblyman Jon Bramnick is asking again.
Bramnick and Democrat Sen. Raymond Lesniak are working on a bill that would give prosecutors more discretion in cases where there was no evidence of criminal intent. The legislation is in progress thanks to Carlo Bellario—an actor and comedian who was slapped with gun charges and is facing up to five years in jail for having a fake gun while filming a movie in Woodbridge, N.J., last year.
Attorney Jef Herringer is working with the prosecutor’s office to get the case dismissed on behalf of Bellario, who is currently barred from leaving New Jersey. “It is completely ridiculous that someone like Carlo has to worry about going jail for holding a prop gun,” Herringer said.
Michigan Homeowner Stops Home Intruder
A West Michigan homeowner gave an intruder more than he bargained for late last week.
According to police, Joanne Borsodi and three other people were inside her Bangor, Mich., home Friday evening when they heard someone trying to break into the house. Borsodi told local CBS affiliate WWMT that she grabbed her shotgun, and as the suspect entered the residence, he found himself staring down the barrel. She then held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.
“I grabbed the gun and told him to get out of the house,” she said to WWMT. “If someone wasn’t in the house, he could have snuck ... he could have killed us.” The suspect, identified as 28-year-old William Brewer, was arraigned Monday on felony assault and breaking-and-entering charges. “Their actions protected them, and also helped us in apprehending the suspect,” said Tommy Simpson, with the Bangor Police Department.