When Seattle’s firearms and ammunition tax—billed as a means of paying for the consequences of gun violence—went into effect in January, City Council President Tim Burgess told the Seattle Times he wasn’t “particularly worried about” gun stores closing, but was “more concerned about what shootings cost victims, neighborhoods and taxpayers.”
Precise Shooter, one of the city’s two dedicated gun stores, moved roughly 20 miles away, and the other has since relocated as well. Faced with mounting red tape, at least one pawn shop has reportedly closed its gun counter, with others expected to follow. And Outdoor Emporium—where guns make up only a portion of sales—has been forced to lay off two employees as a direct result of the tax.
The city originally anticipated raising $300,000-$500,000 in tax revenue. At this rate they’ll never reach their stated goal—but with gun retailers closing all over the city, they’re still getting exactly what they wanted.
Tom Brokaw: Allowing Americans To Own Guns Will Lead To Homegrown Terrorism
In a commencement speech to the University of Mississippi on Saturday, former NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw again indulged his elitist “freedom is OK for me, but not for thee” hypocrisy, darkly warning that allowing the unwashed masses to own firearms—as opposed to special people like himself—will result in more violence.
“I’m appalled by the determination of organizations and individuals to arm more people, without any appreciation of the consequence of evermore lethal weapons in our midst,” Brokaw lamented, no doubt in his voice of hand-wringing concern. “More guns and more firearm tolerance will mean more homegrown acts of terror,” Brokaw pronounced.
There’s just one catch: It just ain’t so. Over the past decade, as the number of privately owned firearms has skyrocketed, America’s violent crime rate has fallen to a 40-year low, and accidental firearm fatalities have fallen to the lowest levels ever recorded. But that doesn’t fit with Brokaw’s paternalist agenda.
Michelle Obama Thinks Kids Turn To Crime Because They’re Bored
In an appearance at a Let’s Move event, First Lady Michelle Obama blamed perceived rising crime rates on bored kids who have no playground equipment.
“Why are we confused about why crime rates are going up?” she asked. “It’s not a complicated set of scenarios, unless people don’t really understand just what a wasteland so many kids are living in in terms of activity.
“… when we look at crime rates and all that sort of stuff, it’s like, these are a bunch of bored kids that are unsupervised who don’t know how to play. If we start there—and then we give them a gun. And then you’ve got such a lethal combination.”
Providing playground equipment is a laudable goal, but if she really looked at crime rates and stuff, she’d find that drugs, gangs, broken families and a revolving-door justice system play a far larger role in fostering crime than do broken swing sets.
Friends Of NRA Chips In For New Eddie Eagle Costume
The sheriff’s office in Madison County, Tenn., now has a new Eddie Eagle mascot costume, thanks to a $2,800 donation from the Friends of NRA Forked Deer Chapter. The gift was presented last week to Sheriff John Mehr and Sgt. Allen Castleman.
The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program is an NRA initiative that was created in 1988 to teach children four simple, easy-to-remember steps so they know what to do if they ever come across a gun. Although Eddie has evolved over the years, his mission remains the same—to remind children that if they see a gun, “Stop! Don’t touch. Run away. Tell a grown-up.”
Sgt. Castleman and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office have been offering the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program to young students for what will be their seventh year. In that time, they’ve taught more than 6,000 children the importance of firearm safety precautions.
Time Winding Down To Bid On NRA/HPR Jeep
Only three days remain to bid on the fabulous customized NRA/HPR Jeep Wrangler being auctioned on GunBroker.com, with proceeds earmarked for The NRA Foundation.
Some of the Jeep’s unique features include Smittybilt XRC Armor side panels, a custom tailgate, custom Katzkin Leather embroidered seats with NRA and black ops logos, underneath LED lights and a Wild Boar tactical slant back hardtop.
The auction will run on GunBroker.com through May 22, and the winner will be announced at the 145th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville, Ky. The current bid stands at $65,025.
Indiana Woman Stops Armed Robbery
An Indiana woman used her handgun to scare off an armed robber last week.
According to local media reports, the Kokomo, Ind., woman was walking to her house when a man, who was waiting by her entry door, pulled a gun on her. The man threatened her and demanded she give him her money.
When the woman pulled her own gun, the suspect ran away. Police later arrested the armed robbery suspect, and he has been charged with burglary while armed with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery, two counts of pointing a firearm, possession of stolen property, and two counts of cruelty to animals.