With some of the strictest gun laws already in the books, in November Californians will vote sweeping new firearms restrictions—including background checks for buying ammunition, the first law of its kind nationwide.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom calls this a “historic opportunity to recapture our leadership nationwide on this issue,” adding that 600,000 petition signatures already in hand are more than enough to make the ballot. In addition to ammunition checks (already in place for guns) the measure would ban large-capacity rifle magazines, make possessing a stolen gun a felony and require the state to share background check information with the FBI among other provisions. Another controversial part of the initiative would take away rifles with magazines holding more than 10 cartridges from people who already legally possess them.
California’s last gun-control vote was the 1982 initiative to limit new handgun purchases, which was soundly defeated after opposition from the National Rifle Association.
Smart Move: Police Reject Being Guinea Pigs For “Smart Guns”
In January, Barack Obama used an executive order to direct further research into so-called “smart gun” technology. And on Friday, the president announced new efforts to speed up the development of these guns.
“These common-sense steps are not going to prevent every tragedy, but what if they prevented even one?” Obama wrote on Facebook. Apparently the president isn’t considering the alternative—what if just one tragedy was caused by this technology failing?
In an effort to have government take the lead and help create a market for smart guns, the Department of Justice is offering certain federal grants to state and local governments that purchase the guns. But law enforcement isn’t biting.
“I don’t think that police officers, or anybody for that matter, should be guinea pigs for untested, deadly weapons,” said James Pasco, executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police. “We have some very, very serious questions.”
Facebook Founder Spends $16 Million On Armed Security While Attacking Gun Rights
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg spent $16 million to surround himself with armed security—including 16 bodyguards just for his home—even as he banned Facebook ads for firearm sales and canceled user accounts that so much as included the word “firearm,” Breitbart reports.
The message, and its hypocrisy, are clear: “Don’t do as I do, just do as I say.” It’s the same arrogance and hypocrisy we get from Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg and elitists everywhere, who demand arms for their own protection but deny them to others. As George Orwell wrote, “All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.”
Federal Judge Upholds Gun Ban On Army Corps Public Lands
A Georgia federal judge has upheld a firearms ban on public land and water controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers, saying that gun owners “can freely exercise their right to bear arms for self-defense elsewhere,” effectively treating the right to self-defense, enshrined in the Constitution and affirmed by the Supreme Court, like Frisbee golf or skateboarding.
Daily Report Online reported that U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy threw out the case, brought by GeorgiaCarry.org on behalf of David James, writing that the Corps’ ban on bearing arms on 12 million acres of public land in 42 states did not infringe on Second Amendment rights. Mistakenly confusing criminals with lawful gun owners, Murphy wrote, “It is reasonable to expect that allowing loaded firearms … would present significant safety concerns,” an unsupportable argument that has been proven false in every other public place where lawful carry is allowed—such as in our national parks.
Mark Kelly’s Deceptive Editorial Proves Time Magazine Will Print Anything
In a Thursday Time editorial, Americans for Responsible Solutions Co-Founder Mark Kelly became the latest to jump on the “gun-show loophole” bandwagon.
Kelly believes American laws are making us more susceptible to terrorism. But since he was only able to cite one American terrorist attack committed with firearms, he had to use examples from Mumbai, Nairobi and Paris to bolster his claims. Putting aside that American laws obviously don’t hold a lot of water in those places, by doing this Kelly winds up disproving his own argument: All of those places have far stricter firearms laws than America, and the death tolls were much higher: 174 (Mumbai), 67 (Nairobi) and 142 (Paris), compared with 14 in San Bernardino.
He then states 76 percent of NRA members support using secret terrorist watch lists to prohibit gun purchases. Even liberal media outlets admit this idea is ridiculous—but there’s also the small matter of Kelly not having access to NRA’s membership rolls.
If Kelly’s “solutions” can only be justified by faulty arguments and manufactured statistics, how “responsible” can they actually be?
Armed 80-Year-Old Stops Husband's Attacker
A senior citizen in Snohomish County, Wash., used her gun Thursday night to stop a home intruder who had just stabbed her husband.
According to local media reports, the stranger broke into the home hoping to burglarize it. After entering, he stabbed the 75-year-old homeowner. But before he could commit any more mayhem, the homeowner’s wife retrieved her gun and shot the intruder once, killing him on the spot.
Neither the woman nor the couple’s 45-year-old son, who also was home, was injured in the attack.