There has been much hand-wringing in the journalistic community following a Secret Service announcement that for the first time, those wishing to attend the Democratic or Republican conventions will need to pass a background check. There are no established criteria, and those who don’t pass will be denied entry.
Of course, gun owners have been fighting this battle for years. The media’s calls for increased scrutiny of gun owners recently reached fever pitch in a New York Times editorial—on the front page, no less—decrying defeat of legislation mandating use of FBI’s terrorist watch list—itself possessing no established public criteria—to prohibit gun purchases.
While the Times hasn’t commented on the recent announcement, the Daily Beast spoke with Newark Star-Ledger’s Jonathan D. Salant, who said, “I personally think it’s the government deciding who can and can’t be a journalist, and I don’t think the First Amendment allows that.”
Ironically, Salant’s recent articles have promoted gun control via the no-fly list—without mentioning the constitutional violations this would entail—and extolled requiring private sellers to register as dealers to force them to conduct more background checks.
The Weird Election World Of Katie Couric
Since we are fully engaged in the gun-control debate on a daily basis, a recent headline at thewrap.com caught our attention: “Katie Couric: Why Aren’t We Talking About Guns in This Election?”
And our first reaction was, of course, “What planet is she living on?” Couric is apparently ignoring Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s near-daily attack on National Rifle Association members and other law-abiding gun owners.
“I really support everything President Obama said he would do through regulation on guns, but we're going to start the very first day and tackle the gun lobby to try to reduce the outrageous number of people who are dying from gun violence in our country,” Clinton said on MSNBC. Prior to that, she stated at a Connecticut election rally: “I am here to tell you I will use every single minute of every day … looking for ways we can save lives, that we can change the gun culture.”
Trust us, Katie, there’s plenty of talk about guns—and most of it is bad.
Minnesota County Opens New Permit Office As Applications Rise
There’s a run on people choosing to carry firearms for self-defense in Minnesota, so much so that many counties can’t keep up with application requests. In fact, it’s an increase of 16 percent since 2014. This overflow has caused Minnesota’s Hennepin County to open a second full-time permit-to-carry office.
Sheriff Rich Stanek pointed to recent shootings, a rise in violent crime, even Obama administration policies as reasons for the rise. However, he believes the increased interest in self-defense is a good sign. “We’ve had very few problems with those who have concealed-carry permits,” Stanek said. “We've had a number of instances when those with concealed-carry permits have stepped in to help average citizens who have been victims of violent crime.”
At Arnzen Arms in Eden Prairie, Minn., employees say the increased information available to gun-buyers is also leading the spike. Shop worker Adam Maxell said, “We generally talk to them two or three times before they actually buy the gun.”
N.J. Legislature Moves Forward On Anti-Gun Measures
On Thursday, the New Jersey Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee voted along a 3-2 party line vote to pass Senate Concurrent Resolution 101—a measure vigorously opposed by NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.
A few weeks ago, the state attorney general issued a directive that took steps toward fixing some of the rampant abuses with New Jersey gun laws. The executive action clarified the “justifiable need” standard for concealed-carry permit issuance and the reasonable “deviation” language with regard to firearm transportation.
Undeterred by the Garden State’s failed, draconian gun laws, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg quickly introduced SCR 101 to block the recent improvements made by executive action.
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ISIS Sympathizer Paroled Early In South Carolina
A South Carolina teenager who plotted to join the Islamic State terrorist group and kill American soldiers was granted parole Wednesday after serving only one year of his five-year sentence. The 17-year-old, whose family is from Syria, had pled guilty to gun charges a year ago. He had planned to rob a gun store before fleeing to Syria to join the Islamic State.
The parole board’s decision was widely criticized by police and politicians alike. York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant said he was “devastated” and Police Chief Andy Robinson decried that “the juvenile system has failed us.” Mayor Eddie Lee agreed. “We are all outraged.”
Tom Elliott, the teen’s court-appointed lawyer, defended his client. “Just the word ISIS—I equate this to the Red Scare of the Cold War,” he said. “This young man has done all that has been required of him.” The teen was released from custody yesterday.
Washington Man Uses Gun To Save His Family
A homeowner in Shoreline, Wash., used his 9 mm handgun to protect himself and his family from a home intruder early Thursday morning.
According to local media, the homeowner, his wife and two daughters were awakened about 2:50 a.m. by someone yelling and kicking their front door. The family heard glass shattering, and one daughter quickly dialed 911.
While the 911 call was being made, the homeowner took his handgun to investigate and found the suspect standing just outside the front window and door, which were broken out by lawn furniture thrown by the suspect. When the intruder began advancing toward him, the homeowner fired two shots, dropping the intruder on the spot. He is expected to be booked into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary after he is released from the hospital.