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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Murphy’s Law: Any Fact That Can Be Distorted, Will Be Distorted

Connecticut U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick for Hillary Clinton. Like the Democratic candidate, Murphy is a staunch anti-gun advocate. Also like Clinton, Murphy has no qualms about distorting the facts as needed. 

After his bogus claim last year that there had been a school shooting every week since Sandy Hook, The Washington Post “awarded” Murphy one of the biggest “Pinocchios” of 2015. But that hasn’t deterred him. 

Last week, Murphy spoke of the “epidemic of young children being killed accidently by guns” and used a supporting “2,000 to 3,000” figure that included both children and teens, and included not just accidents but homicides and suicides as well. Fact check: There were actually 69 accidental firearm fatalities among children 14 and under in 2013. 

While tragic, that’s hardly an “epidemic.” In fact, the real figure represents a decrease of 66 percent over the last two decades. But hey, whatever it takes to sell gun control, right?


Federal Judge Strikes Down D.C.’s Concealed-Carry Scheme

The District of Columbia’s continued effort to ban the right to keep and bear arms suffered another blow yesterday when a federal judge issued an injunction prohibiting D.C. from requiring lawful citizens to show “good reason” before being granted a permit to carry a firearm. 

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon found the law violated the “core right of self-defense,” and quoted the Supreme Court’s decision in D.C. v. Heller in his 46-page opinion: “The enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table.” Judge Leon also reinforced the right to carry arms for self-protection, writing that the Second Amendment “Is Not Limited to the Home.” 

The 2008 Heller decision struck down D.C.’s handgun ban and affirmed an individual right to keep and bear arms. In response, the D.C. city council drafted a ban on carrying firearms in public, which was struck down in 2014. D.C. then instituted a restrictive licensing scheme that issued practically zero licenses—which the judge ruled was a de facto ban.


Former LA Mayor Says Clinton Supports Ammo Background Checks

Speaking “on behalf of Hillary Clinton” at a gun-control roundtable Monday, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Clinton supports the ballot initiative requiring that Californians pass a background check for all ammunition purchases, Breitbart reports. 

As Villaraigosa also pointed out, Clinton also supports so-called “universal” background checks for all firearm purchases and a national ban on many semi-automatic firearms—laws that California has already imposed and that have failed to stop killers like those in San Bernardino and Santa Barbara.

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is currently pushing a ballot initiative in California that would ban detachable magazines with capacities greater than 10 rounds, along with requiring background checks for all ammunition purchases.


L.E. Opposition To CA Gun-Control Measures Continues To Grow

While Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom claims his gun-control proposals—which would require bullet purchasers to be registered with the state, require bullet/ shotgun shell sales be reported to the state, ban so-called large-capacity magazines, and mandate confiscation of rifles capable of holding those magazines, among other things—will ensure “Safety For All,” many in the law-enforcement community disagree. 

On Tuesday, members of many local law enforcement agencies, led by Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, spoke out in disapproval at a news conference. Mims explained that while the proposals have a “catchy name,” constituents “shouldn’t be fooled.” 

“Voters should be concerned about passing any additional gun-control laws,” Mims said. “These laws will not be obeyed by terrorists, gang members, robbers or home invaders.” Moreover, she said, there’s nothing in the legislation that would exempt law enforcement officers, and the measures would “divert law enforcement from fighting real crime.” 

In addition to those gathered Tuesday, members of California’s largest police union have also expressed opposition.


HuffPo Wants Hillary’s Vice To Be Anti-Gun

Not surprisingly, the Huffington Post is looking for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to bring gun control even farther to the forefront of the presidential campaign with a vice president selection that will make it a priority. Of course Hillary has never been a Second Amendment supporter, as her official website lists an agenda of, “comprehensive background checks, cracking down on illegal gun traffickers, holding dealers and manufacturers accountable when they endanger Americans, and keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and stalkers.” 

However, HuffPo’s editorial piece refers to the Republican Party’s defense of Second Amendment rights as ‘crap,’ calling the presumptive nominee Donald Trump “Shlump” while ridiculing the notion that armed, law-abiding Americans help keep the country safe from criminals. Ultimately the Post’s call to arms against arms suggests Hillary select an unusual (if not completely logical for HuffPo) choice for VP: Shannon Watts, leader of billionaire Michael Bloomberg's pet project Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.


Criminal Caught Wrong-Foot-Forward By Armed Citizen

Police in Arab, Ala., report that a repeat criminal is facing charges—and a limp—after being shot in the foot while trying to rob a home.

Assistant Chief Shane Washburn told WHNT News 19, “The victim advised us that he received a call that someone was breaking into his residence. When he arrived … he found two male subjects there. One of the subjects had some of his property in his hands. The victim advised him to put the property down and he did.” 

The homeowner looked inside the thieves’ vehicle, finding more of his property, and then told the robbers he was calling the police. Washburn adds, “During that time there was a brief altercation. The property owner discharged a firearm, and one of the suspects was shot in the foot.” The police arrested the injured criminal a short time later, while the second criminal turned himself into police custody.


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