The day after 20 people were shot over a span of 16 hours, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged residents to participate in his “Put The Guns Down” initiative last Friday. To support the effort, residents were encouraged to take part in citywide events that included barbecues, neighborhood clean-ups, prayer groups and youth sporting activities.
The mayor’s goal was to go a full 24 hours without any “gun violence”—more specifically, without any criminals shooting anybody. The mayor’s problem was that in his gun-controlled city, most of the citizens with guns are criminals. Thus, the sadly unsurprising holiday weekend tally totaled 69 people shot over 76 hours. That brings the yearly toll to 1,476 shooting victims—a pace well ahead of last year’s that ended with 2,988 victims.
In truth, Mayor Emanuel, Chicago doesn’t need any more gimmicky initiatives. What it does need is a leader who will fight for tougher prosecution and sentencing … and who will ultimately save lives.
D.C.’s ‘Good Reason’ Requirement Is Back … Temporarily
In a 2-to-1 vote, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that the District of Columbia can continue to require residents to demonstrate a “good reason” to carry a firearm until it can hear further argument.
The federal court issued a stay on U.S. District Judge Richard Leon’s temporary injunction, barring D.C. from requiring residents to demonstrate an extraordinary need to exercise a constitutional right. Judge Leon wrote that the requirement, which the city uses to create a de facto ban on carry, is “likely unconstitutional,” and that “the right to keep and bear arms includes the right to carry firearms for self-defense both inside and outside the home.”
Last week, resident Devin Watkins wrote in The Federalist that when he applied for his permit, D.C. police told him they had been ordered to ignore Leon’s injunction, and that his failure to fill out the “good reason” section would guarantee rejection of his application. The D.C. Attorney General’s office issued a clarification on May 27.
Donald Trump Reportedly Promises Answers On “Fast And Furious” To Victim’s Brother
Will we finally get some answers on “Fast and Furious”?
Kent Terry, the brother of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, whose murder was linked to guns smuggled to the Mexican drug cartels through the Justice Department’s disastrous Fast and Furious scheme, has tweeted that he met with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who “promised answers” about the gunrunning operation that—so far—has been shrouded in secrecy, obstruction and obfuscation, Ammoland reports.
“When I become president I will open the books on Fast and Furious and Brian,” Trump reportedly told Kent Terry, leading Terry to note, “First time in Brian’s death I honestly believe Mr. Trump will get answers.”
Such an investigation could prove costly to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As David Codrea wrote at Ammoland, it “could get honest investigative journalists asking what Hillary knew and when she knew it ... What was Hillary’s State Department doing while diplomatic channels were reportedly being bypassed and arms export laws were apparently being ignored ...?”
School Suspends Child For Having Bubble-Making “Gun”
A 5-year-old kindergarten student at Southeast Elementary in Brighton, Colo., was recently suspended for bringing a ‘fake weapon’ to school. The weapon: a transparent plastic gun with two Disney princesses adorning the side that blows bubbles with a trigger pull.
Southeast Elementary officials issued a statement defending the suspension, saying: “The bringing of weapons, real or facsimile, to our schools by students can not only create a potential safety concern but also cause a distraction for our students in the learning process.” The word "facsimile" can include any item that could reasonably be mistaken for a firearm, however it’s unclear how a Disney-branded bubble toy could be identified as such.
Similar incidents are why the National Rifle Association supports legislation to protect children and parents from misguided school officials, which can have lasting negative effects. As the kindergarten student’s mother stated, “It’s always going to be lingering there in her school file.”
Suppressor Measure Introduced In Illinois Legislature
Illinois legislators have introduced a measure that would legalize firearm sound suppressors in the state.
According to NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, this important pro-gun legislation will implement the full legalization of suppressors, allowing for their lawful possession and use, including for the taking of game. Suppressors provide numerous benefits to the hunters and sportsmen who choose to use them. Most importantly, suppressors decrease muzzle report to hearing-safe levels and reduce shooters’ risk of hearing damage, which can occur when discharging a firearm without the proper hearing protection. Additionally, suppressors help increase accuracy by reducing felt recoil and shot “flinch.”
Forty-two states currently allow for the sale, use and possession of firearm sound suppressors, while 38 of those states allow for their use while hunting. We’ll keep you posted as this measure is considered by the Illinois Legislature.
Armed Texas Man Stops NBA Player Who Broke Down His Door
A Dallas, Texas, man used his firearm to stop a man, later identified as an NBA player, who kicked down his front door and then tried to break into his bedroom as he slept.
According to local media reports, the man was sleeping early Saturday morning when he heard his apartment door being kicked open. After New Orleans Pelican guard Bryce Dejean-Jones busted the front door open and then kicked in the bedroom door, the man grabbed his gun and fired several shots, stopping the attack.
ESPN reported that the apartment complex sent an email to its residents Saturday morning, saying that Dejean-Jones was “believed to be breaking into the apartment of an estranged acquaintance (but) inadvertently broke into the wrong apartment.” Later reports indicate that Dejean-Jones apparently thought he was breaking down the door of his ex-girlfriend, who is the mother of his young daughter and lives in the same apartment complex.