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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Teachers And Nonprofit Encourage Fourth-Graders To Stage Anti-Gun March

In Philadelphia, Pa., the fourth-grade class at Samuel Powel Elementary School has sad experience with violence—one of their instructors, “Teacher Chris” Powers says that 75 percent of them have experienced someone they know being killed by means of a gun. But instead of learning about gun safety or examining the root causes behind such violence, the students—presumably with encouragement from their teachers and nonprofit Need in Deed, which participates in a “service-learning project” with the kids—have opted to take time off school to hold a public demonstration, with blame being directed against guns themselves.

“I matter! You matter! We matter! Guns don’t matter!” was the refrain that the Samuel Powel fourth-graders chanted. While it’s wonderful to see young children being inspired to make a difference in their community, it’s a tragic waste when their own educators fail them by providing such a simplistic and wrong-headed target for their anger.


Chelsea Clinton: My Mom Will Use The Supreme Court To Stand Up To NRA

At an event in Maryland on Thursday, Chelsea Clinton said Justice Scalia’s death could lead to more pro-gun-control rulings in the Supreme Court—especially if Hillary Clinton wins this November’s election. “… [M]y mom also recognizes the role the Supreme Court has when it comes to gun control. With Justice Scalia on the bench … sometimes the Court upheld local and state gun-control measures as being compliant with the Second Amendment and sometimes the Court struck them down,” Chelsea Clinton said.

Saying that Brady and Bloomberg’s Moms—both Hillary endorsers—believe the next ruling on gun control will be definitive, Chelsea continued: “My mom is the only person running for president who not only constantly makes that connection but also has a strong record on gun control and standing up to the NRA.”

In other words, the nomination of virulently anti-gun justices won’t just be a possibility under a Hillary presidency—it’s actually part of the game plan.


Citadel Allows Cadets To Have Guns In Cars

The Citadel in South Carolina revised school regulations last weekend to allow cadets with concealed-carry permits to keep personal firearms locked in their vehicles. The military academy made the move after cadets petitioned for change a month earlier.

While South Carolina law allowed for guns secured in cars on public college and university campus property, the Citadel’s “Blue Book” of conduct conflicted with that law. So cadets including Austin Lee, Kameron Hamlin, Evan Maes and Jake Moore set out to change policy. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley supported the decision. 

“It has been a long, hard road, but we are ecstatic about today’s victory,” said Lee, a graduating senior. “We fought this policy because it was the right thing to do, not for personal gain. We hope our dedication to our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms will inspire others in similar positions to do the same.”


Hillary Clinton: “Amen” To Using Executive Orders

At a campaign appearance in Hartford, Conn., Thursday, when a supporter urged her to use her executive powers, if elected president, to attack the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms—and the right to carry in particular—Hillary Clinton replied, “Let the congregation say, ‘Amen.’” 

Not content to attack just the bearing of arms, but also the keeping of arms, Clinton said a day earlier in Philadelphia that even firearms in homes were too much. “We have just too many guns. On the streets, in our homes, in our neighborhoods,” Clinton said. Note that she didn’t say “too many guns in the wrong hands,” but just, “too many guns”—meaning yours and mine.

So it’s no surprise that Clinton went on to vow, “I will use every single minute of every day ... looking for ways that we can change the gun culture.”


UK Gang Buys Guns From Same Place As Charlie Hebdo Terrorists

Police in the United Kingdom seized the country’s largest stockpile of illegal automatic weapons ever, all traced back to the Slovakian gun store that provided the guns used in the Charlie Hebdo and supermarket shooting by extremists in Paris. The National Crime Agency secured the guns after they were smuggled from eastern Europe to France, then across the Channel and on to Kent. The NCA described the 22 Kalashnikov-style rifles and nine machine guns as “mass casualty weapons.”

Rob Lewin, head of NCA specialist operations, told The Guardian, “We can only speculate that some of these weapons would have been sold to whoever had the means to pay the asking price.” Authorities are investigating a possible link between organized crime gangs in the UK and terrorists. It just goes to show that, with law-abiding British citizens disarmed, the worst of the worst don’t seem to be having any trouble finding guns.


Suspect Wounded In Attempted Burglary In Denver

9 News in Denver, Colo., reports that a man who allegedly attempted to break into a home in the southwest part of the city was shot during the incident. The suspect was hospitalized and taken into custody. There have not been many details released, but Denver Police described the incident as an attempted burglary and said that the homeowner was the one who fired the shot. The Denver district attorney announced that no charges would be filed against the homeowner.


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