Deadly violence in Dublin has residents living in fear. Seven murders in 11 weeks—the latest coming this week when two men were fatally shot in separate incidents—are believed to be linked to a dispute between the Hutch and Kinahan gangs.
As the gang wars escalate, residents of Ireland’s capital worry about their safety. “People are scared for their lives,” said one woman. “These killings are getting closer and things are getting worse and worse.”
This violence comes following a series of gun-control laws enacted in 2015. Irish police pushed for a ban on nearly all handguns currently licensed to sports and hunting enthusiasts, as well as a ban on shotguns holding more than three rounds and all semi-automatic centerfire rifles. “Such firearms should not be licensable as they pose an unacceptable danger to society,” they warned.
Seems the real danger now is to those who are unarmed and unprotected.
Hillary Clinton Bets Her Campaign On Gun Control
In an MSNBC Town Hall in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton repeated her intention to tackle gun control on her first day of office and advance it beyond what President Barack Obama has been able to accomplish.
Clinton declared her intention to reauthorize Obama’s executive orders and mused about working with Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., “one of the most effective legislators in taking on the gun lobby,” should Democrats regain control of the Senate. She blamed “out of control” gun violence on the “gun culture.” She listed news reports of local murders and then incorrectly intimated such criminal violence killed “33,000 Americans a year.” (Annually, two-thirds of that number are suicides, not homicides.)
Twice, she exhorted listeners to “make it a voting issue.” Clinton would love to shift the focus from her foreign policy failures as secretary of state, the ongoing FBI investigation into her emails and the Benghazi attack, but she is facing an uphill battle: A Jan. 2 Gallup poll ranked “guns/gun control” near the bottom of Americans’ most pressing concerns (2 percent).
Despite Hillary’s Best Efforts, Most Support The PLCAA
Hillary Clinton has made attacking the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) a cornerstone of her campaign, but a new study conducted by Harper Polling shows that the majority of Americans in every demographic group are seeing through the rhetoric.
In mid-April, 1,000 registered voters were asked whether (1.) PLCAA should be kept, and only criminals—not law-abiding manufacturers or retailers—should be punished for crimes; or (2.) whether it should be repealed because it allows manufacturers and retailers to sell guns to prohibited persons without consequence.
Overall, a total of 72 percent said they supported PLCAA, and this support held regardless of how the group was divided. Support was greatest among “Strong Republicans” (91 percent), but even among “Strong Democrats,” supporters of PLCAA edged out opponents (47-45). Interestingly, among those who voted for Obama in 2012, support for PLCAA was at 53 percent, and among non-gun owners, 56 percent favored keeping PLCAA in place.
Virginia Gun Store Files Lawsuit Against Harassers, Cites Death Threat
The owner of Nova Armory, a gun store just outside Washington, D.C., that opened last month—despite protests, an online petition urging its landlord to deny the gun store a lease, and even pressure from elected officials—has filed a lawsuit for $2.1 million in lost revenue and damages against 64 people, including seven Virginia state legislators, claiming they conspired to quash the business and citing online, email and telephone harassment, even a mailed death threat against the owner’s 16-year-old daughter.
Attorney Daniel Hawes, who represents Broadstone Security, which does business as Nova Armory, told the Washington Post, “People generally don’t like it if you try to destroy their business. That’s malicious behavior.” Worse, the harassment has continued, even after the store opened, Hawes said, with someone following and photographing the cars and license plates of customers, “all sorts of creepy stuff by people with a neurotic obsession with firearms.”
Democrats Look To Block Christie’s Plan To Ease NJ Gun Laws
“Serious but generalized threats.”
That’s what Governor Chris Christie proposes as satisfactory reason to carry a gun, which would signify a major change to New Jersey’s restrictive gun laws. Of course, Democratic lawmakers have vowed to fight Christie’s administration, offering only a promise to help better enforce the existing, and often discounted, condition that police process gun permits in under a month.
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg told New Jersey 101.5, “It would allow every cab driver, pizza delivery driver, Uber driver and anyone else living or working in a high-crime neighborhood to qualify for a firearm permit.” Which is just as it should be. In making the bid, Christie cited the case of Carol Bowne, who was stabbed to death outside her home in Berlin, N.J., last June. Though Bowne had a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, he attacked and killed her as she was waiting on a response to her gun-permit request—a response that was way overdue.
Louisiana Homeowner Wins Gun Fight With Intruders
An armed Youngsville, La., man fought off three home invaders who busted into his house and fired several shots at him.
According to local police, the three men broke into the home while the homeowner was asleep. One suspect fired several shots at the homeowner.
The homeowner then returned fire, hitting one of the suspects and causing all three to flee. Deputies later arrested the trio of intruders at a nearby hospital, where they were seeking medical treatment for the wounded robber.