After becoming the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton celebrated with her favorite gun-control groups. Shannon Watts, the leader of Michael Bloomberg’s demanding moms group, said, “We endorsed Hillary Clinton for president because she’s willing to stand up to the gun lobby—so we stood up for her. Our supporters worked to push her over the top in California, a state with strong gun laws and a strong base of Gun Sense Voters, and they made a big difference. This is yet more proof that guns is [sic] a winning issue …”
Of course, we’ve chronicled time and time again Clinton’s disdain for gun owners and the Second Amendment, resulting in her refusing—twice—in an interview last week to answer the simple question of whether she believes the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms. With beliefs like that—and friends like the demanding moms—is it any wonder that law-abiding gun owners fear a Clinton presidency could be even worse than the last eight years under President Barack Obama?
Appeals Court Rules Against California Concealed Carry
A full panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit yesterday handed down a ruling that effectively denies millions of law-abiding Californians their constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense.
As NRA-ILA pointed out in a news update penned immediately following the ruling, the issue in the case is simple: Does the Second Amendment allow California officials to deny the state’s residents the only effective means they have of carrying a firearm for self-defense in public, without showing an extraordinary need to do so? The answer is simple—no—and it was answered correctly in an opinion by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit back in 2014.
In reversing the panel’s decision, the full court deceptively recast the issue as whether plaintiffs, who “wish to carry concealed firearms in public” but “do not satisfy the good cause requirements in their counties” nevertheless have a Second Amendment right to be issued concealed-carry licenses. In her dissenting opinion, Judge Consuelo M. Callahan called the majority’s framing of the case “an elaborate straw man.”
Another Moment Of Silence For Katie Couric’s Career
While the eight-second pause inserted into Katie Couric’s pseudo-documentary “Under The Gun” may seem like a rookie mistake, in reality the film actually represented the second collaboration between Couric and director Stephanie Soechtig. And in the fallout, three sources have come forward to say the duo’s 2014 film, “Fed Up,” was just as dishonest.
In that film, Dr. David Allison remained silent for several seconds after being asked a question. But Allison says Couric told him he could pause to gather his thoughts at any time—which was necessary, due to her continued insistence that he describe complex scientific ideas exclusively in layman’s terms.
“I gave an answer to every question she asked me in a 90-minute interview that was a barrage of questions,” Allison told the Washington Free Beacon. “And out of a 90-minute interview, she chose to show the approximately 10 seconds when I paused.”
In addition, two anonymous sources claim that pieces from an interview were moved around for “maximum effect.”
Armed Citizen Helps Stop Terror Attack In Tel Aviv
An armed citizen reportedly shot at least one of the suspected terrorist gunmen involved in a coordinated attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, that left four Israeli civilians dead and at least five others wounded Wednesday night.
Citing CCTV surveillance footage reviewed by Israel’s Channel 10, Fox News reported that two Palestinian terrorists dressed as Hasidic Jews reportedly opened fire at Tel Aviv’s crowded Sarona Market, which CNN described as a “classic soft terrorist target where the potential for harm is quite extreme.”
About 170,000 private citizens have firearm licenses in Israel, according to its Licensing Department. Last year, with “lone wolf” terrorist attacks on the rise in the country, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan eased restrictions on citizens carrying firearms, calling them “a multiplying force for the police in their fight against terrorism.”
As Shootings Rise, Toronto Mayor Supports Ineffective Plan
Toronto, Canada, has recorded its 21st fatal shooting—more than double the count this time last year—and the city is averaging at least one shooting a day. On Monday, Toronto Mayor John Tory wrote that the shootings are “largely a result of targeted gang violence” and he has berated the “brazen” gang violence as “totally unacceptable.”
Now, however, Tory says he supports a call for a gun amnesty, despite any evidence that it would make a difference. “I’m not going to rule out any tool that we can use … to try and get at this.”
How exactly Tory thinks having law-abiding gun owners turn in their firearms will impact what he’s already admitted is gang violence is unclear. But it’s a story we’ve heard before—a city swept up in deadly gang violence, yet working feverishly to keep guns out of the hands of those who need them most.
California Man Fights Off Armed Robbers
The manager of a California medical marijuana dispensary used his firearm to fend off two heavily armed men who tried to rob him Tuesday night.
According to local media reports, two men, dressed in body armor and with their faces covered, burst into his business and pointed guns at him. The manager grabbed his handgun and fired at least 10 shots at the suspects in self-defense.
Authorities said both suspects were taken to the hospital for treatment for gunshot wounds. Their conditions were not immediately released.