He’s the very definition of “career criminal.” His rap sheet runs 36 arrests long. Three felony convictions include robbery in 2005, burglary in 2007 and aggravated battery of a police officer in 2012. Other crimes—stolen vehicle (2011), possession of a gun (2013), reckless conduct and associating with gang members (2015) and numerous parole violations.
Yet all of that wasn’t enough to keep him behind bars. This 24-year-old convicted felon—who was so well-known to Chicago police that he was on a list of people deemed to be at high risk of getting shot or being a shooter—was roaming the streets freely on Tuesday when he murdered a rival gang member.
Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson rightly pointed to this as a glaring example of the need for Chicago’s justice system to hold gun offenders with extensive felony records more accountable for their crimes.
Georgia Governor Vetoes Campus Carry Measure
Changing directions from earlier statements on the issue, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday vetoed House Bill 859, the campus safety bill that would have allowed law-abiding citizens to exercise their constitutional right to self-defense on the state’s public college and university campuses.
“We agreed with Gov. Deal when he said that the arguments against the campus safety bill lacked validity. He was right then, but he is wrong today,” said NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen. “It is unfortunate that Gov. Deal vetoed a bill that would have made Georgia campuses safer for his constituents. The NRA is thankful to Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and the legislators who worked to protect law-abiding citizens’ constitutional right to self-defense on campus, and we look forward to working with them next session to pass this important safety legislation.”
According to NRA-ILA, legislators who were instrumental in passing the campus safety legislation include Representatives Rick Jasperse, Mandi Ballinger, Alan Powell, John Meadows, David Ralston and Sen. Jesse Stone.
Study: Medical Errors Third-Leading Cause Of Death Among Americans
But a new study by John Hopkins Medicine shows that it would be far more useful for CDC to actually focus on, you know, “disease control.” The study, published in The BMJ, showed that, were deaths due to medical errors held to the same reporting standards as, say, deaths due to AIDS, these errors would comprise the third-leading cause of death in the country. John Hopkins estimates that medical errors, defined as things like diagnostic errors, miscommunications and faulty judgment, cause more than 250,000 deaths a year—nearly 20 times more than the roughly 13,000 deaths attributable to violent criminals with guns.
In other words, if those in the medical community are truly interested in decreasing the mortality rate among Americans, perhaps they should stop sniffing around our gun cabinets and take a long, hard look in the mirror.
Amy Schumer’s Twitter Mob Threatens To Shoot Fan
It would seem that Amy Schumer is conflicted about when and how to apply her new gun-control message. Schumer joined her second cousin, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., in campaigning for stricter gun laws after two people were shot at a Lafayette, La., theater during a showing of her film “Trainwreck.” However, it seems those mandates for more control don’t include her four million Twitter followers, who are threatening the life of one of her fans.
TMZ is reporting that Leslie Brewer has been terrorized since approaching Schumer last weekend for a photo opportunity. Schumer later posted Brewer’s picture, accusing him of invading her space and taking photos without permission. He now says her fans have threatened to “shoot him in the face,” “jump him for you,” and have even warned they would “burn” his family. Brewer is asking the gun-ban comedian to calm her followers, but there seems to be no reaction from Schumer to date.
Op-Ed: New Orleans Proposal Would Only Affect The Law-Abiding
A gun-control package proposed by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will do nothing to protect residents of New Orleans from mass shootings. In fact, Landrieu has even admitted his proposals would not have stopped the shooting at Bunny Friend Park a year earlier, but believes posting a "firearms prohibited" sign at the park would remind law-abiding gun owners of their responsibilities.
“If there is a bigger indictment on the uselessness of these measures, it's hard to imagine what it could be,” Amy Hunter, Louisiana spokesman for the NRA, wrote in an op-ed in Wednesday’s Times-Picayune. “In that stunning statement, Landrieu not only admitted his measures would fail to stop criminal behavior, but also acknowledged that his proposals are aimed at the law-abiding—people who already take the responsibility of gun ownership seriously.”
To Hunter and other law-abiding Louisianans, that’s inexcusable. “The men and women of the National Rifle Association are law-abiding, patriotic and responsible gun owners,” she wrote. “Further regulating them and all Second Amendment supporters does nothing to enhance public safety.”
Armed Texas Homeowner Stops Intruder
Police are investigating an apparent self-defense shooting in Galveston County, Texas.
According to local media reports, police received a call from a Bacliff, Texas, homeowner early Sunday morning saying an intruder had broken into his home. The homeowner stated that the intruder had a knife in his hand and lunged at him with it.
Feeling threatened, the homeowner shot the intruder one time in the abdomen, ending the threat. The case remains under investigation by the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.