U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and his party counterparts ended their 14-hour filibuster, as the GOP committed to a gun-control vote. During his speech, Murphy commented, “What we know is that in states that have imposed those reasonable limitations, there are less gun crimes. There are less homicides.”
But is there truth in the statement? Murphy’s team said they used a 2015 National Journal chart, the same one President Barack Obama referenced in claims about “gun deaths.” However, Murphy specifically used the words “gun crimes” and “homicides,” and more than 60 percent of those deaths listed in 2013 were suicides. The National Journal study includes all gun deaths—homicides, accidental gun deaths, legal firearm intervention and suicides.
By taking suicides out of the equation, the results were staggering. It turns out half of the 10 states with the lowest deaths related to guns are states with less-restrictive laws. That’s a fact.
Alabama Woman Saves Herself From Violent Estranged Husband
A Decatur, Ala., woman on Tuesday fatally shot her estranged husband inside the couple’s home.
According to local media reports, the woman told police she shot the man in self-defense. Divorce documents filed by the woman indicate that her husband has been involved in two standoffs with police.
No charges have been filed, and police continue to investigate.
As Gun Haters Push Bans, More Is Learned About Terrorist’s Violent Life
As gun-ban groups and anti-gun politicians and media continue to push for more restrictive gun-control laws in the aftermath of the Orlando, Fla., terror attack, new reports about the killer’s past are proving that guns weren’t the problem—a violent terrorist was.
The killer, who pledged allegiance to ISIS on a 911 call during the rampage, has concerned many for years. He publicly cheered the 911 terror attacks, threatened to kill school classmates, told work colleagues that he had ties to al Qaeda, Hezbollah and the Boston Marathon bombers, and was even investigated by the FBI for terror ties. Recently, a Florida gun shop reported him to the FBI after refusing to sell him body armor and ammunition.
Yet gun-banners, politicians and the media blame the NRA? “We’ve had NRA members who have fought and died in this war on terror, so to suggest somehow that we want to cause a problem or want to have terrorists get access to firearms is not just wrong, but it really is offensive—no question about it,” NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox said Thursday on Fox News’ “Hannity” program
NPR Covers Up The Political Background Of Moms Demand Action's Shannon Watts
NPR’s "Morning Edition" painted a picture of Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action as a stay-at-home mom with no previous political experience before she started a Facebook page called One Million Moms for Gun Control. However, Watts started her career in 1993 as a public affairs officer for Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, a vehement opponent of gun rights.
NPR’s Chris Arnold reported that, the day after Sandy Hook, “Watts had never done anything political before, but she made a Facebook page: “One Million Moms for Gun Control.”
As A1F has previously reported, Watts started her career working for Gov. Carnahan, who campaigned from day one for one-gun-a-month, repeal of Missouri’s pre-emption statute, fingerprinting and photographing gun purchasers, reporting gun sales to police, and requiring permits to buy ammunition. He prevented enactment of “shall-issue” carry permit laws until after he left office.
Loesch Named Women’s Policy Adviser To NRA’s Wayne LaPierre
Conservative leader and nationally syndicated radio host Dana Loesch has been selected as a special adviser on Women’s Policy for NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
In her new role, she will also act as a national spokesperson for the Association.
“Dana is a talented and influential leader and communicator,” LaPierre said. “In her role as an NRA Commentator, as well as leading the fight for freedom for more than a decade, she has become a leading voice for Second Amendment freedom and a tremendous advocate for the rights of American women. Expanding her role as an advisor on women’s issues, and particularly as a national spokesperson for the 5 million men and women of the NRA, strengthens our organization and our voice.”
Loesch said she was eager to accept the challenges of her new role. “I applaud Wayne LaPierre for his vision to bring greater advocacy to bear for the Second Amendment freedom of all Americans, especially women,” Loesch said. “And I look forward to facing the national news media and defending our freedom with great enthusiasm.”
Chris Cox: The NRA Will Fight Without Apology To Protect The Rights Of Law-Abiding Americans
NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox delivered a blistering repudiation to attacks on NRA members by media and politicians, who accuse us of making it easier for terrorists to obtain firearms.
Cox set the record straight: “The NRA believes that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms, period. Anyone on a terror watch list who attempts to purchase a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI.” If evidence of terrorist activity is uncovered, the sale should be blocked and the suspect arrested.
However, current grandstanding tactics by anti-gunners to deny Americans their right to due process and “shame you into surrendering your freedoms” will be vigorously opposed. Speaking of efforts by President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to distract us from their failure to keep us safe, Cox said. “When we’re attacked, do they blame the jihadists who kill innocent Americans? No, they blame you and your freedoms.”