Less than a year after Gabby Giffords and husband Mark Kelly told Essex Daily News that they “actually do not support gun control in the traditional sense,” the two appeared in Washington State to drum up support for perhaps the most “traditional” form of gun-control—firearms confiscation without due process.
After boosting the state’s “universal” background check initiative in 2015, the two are now promoting another ill-advised ballot initiative. I-1491, the “Extreme Risk Protection Orders,” would allow judges to order temporary firearms confiscation at request of “family or household members” with no due process. In front of a crowd of around 1,500, the two urged support for this circumvention of Congress and the Washington state legislature, saying, “The nation is counting on you.”
Big money played a significant role in the passage of the background check legislation, and unfortunately that may prove the case again—Steve Ballmer and Bloomberg’s Everytown group have already pledged large contributions, and we’ve no doubt Giffords is already soliciting more high-dollar donations.
Katie Couric Schools Stephen Colbert On Gun Control
On Wednesday’s “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Katie Couric was on as a guest to discuss her new “documentary” titled “Under The Gun.” In the first 10 seconds of the interview, Couric made her position abundantly clear.
Colbert no more uttered the words “gun control” when Couric interrupted to “correct” him: “We try to say ‘gun safety,’” she explained. “‘Gun safety’ and ‘gun violence prevention’ because ‘gun control’ I think makes people freak out.”
Couric’s right of course—Americans do tend to get concerned when gun grabbers threaten their constitutional freedoms. They can call it whatever they want—whatever the carefully crafted PC phrase-of-the-day is—but no one is fooled.
Nor is anyone fooled by Couric trying to pass off her anti-gun piece as one that finds “common ground.” And it’s surely no accident she uses loaded phrasing like “gun lobby” and “tentacles” when discussing NRA and its reach.
Missouri Gun Owner Support Needed For Critical Legislation
Four important pro-gun measures, currently under consideration in the Missouri legislature, need immediate action by Show Me State gun owners.
Senate Bill 656, sponsored by Republican State Sen. Brian Munzlinger, and House Bill 1468, sponsored by Republican State Rep. Eric Burlison, would both recognize a law-abiding adult’s inherent Right to Keep and Bear Arms for self-defense in the manner he or she chooses. SB 656 and HB 1468 recognize that self-defense situations are difficult, if not impossible, to anticipate. Accordingly, a law-abiding adult’s right to defend himself or herself in such situations should not be conditioned by government-mandated time delays and taxes.
Out-of-state gun-ban billionaire Michael Bloomberg has launched a misinformation campaign aimed at undermining the rights of law-abiding Missourians. Gun owners should contact their legislators today and voice their support for SB 656, HB 1468, and the Stand Your Ground amendments to SB 663 and HB 2332 byclicking here.
Arizona Governor Signs Pro-Gun Measures
On Tuesday, Gov. Doug Ducey signed two important pro-gun bills into law.
Senate Bill 1266 is an important measure that ensures consistency in gun laws throughout the state by strengthening the state’s current preemption statutes. House Bill 2338 would prevent educational institutions from adopting policies that would prohibit individuals from lawfully possessing or carrying a firearm in their vehicle (means of transportation) or on their person, on a public right-of-way.
Governor Ducey’s signing of these two bills was preceded by his signing last month of House Bill 2224, which prohibits the state and any political subdivision from levying a fee, tax, assessment or other financial encumbrance on the transfer of a firearm between two private parties who are not prohibited under state or federal law. By signing HB 2224 into law, Gov. Ducey reaffirmed that private citizens who are not prohibited from owning and possessing firearms have the right to conduct infrequent transfers without government intrusion.
Longmeadow Mass Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Gun Restrictions
The votes are in. And three gun-control proposals were roundly rejected yesterday by a majority vote in Longmeadow, Mass. The measures were meant to add further restrictions on firearms owners and businesses, specifically:
Fines for anyone carrying a firearm on town-owned property;
A ban on so-called “assault” rifles, plus a $300 fine every day the gun was in the city; and
A requirement that gun owners write descriptions of each gun in their possession when renewing licenses or applying for FID cards.
In October 2015, more than 950 residents in Longmeadow had a Class A license to carry. Norman Spencer, a resident who voted against the gun restriction proposals, did so because he was worried too many rights were being taken from law-abiding gun owners. “A lot of this gives that away, and gives us nothing. No protection, nothing,” he told WWLP-22News.
Good Guy With Gun Stops Man On Rampage
A Massachusetts good guy with a gun shot and killed a man on a crazed stabbing rampage in a local mall on Tuesday.
According to local police, the man, whose family said he had been battling depression, started by breaking into a home and stabbing two women. After fleeing that scene, he crashed his car into a mall in Taunton, Mass., exited the vehicle and began stabbing people there and in a nearby restaurant.
The good guy with a gun—in this case an off-duty sheriff’s deputy—pulled his gun and shot the attacker, ending the assault. According to the Bristol County district attorney, the attacker stabbed three people in the mall and two people in a nearby restaurant before the attack ended.