In his Saturday address to the nation, President Barack Obama continued to blame the gun instead of the terrorist for last week’s terror attack on an Orlando, Fla., nightclub.
“Being tough on terrorism, particularly the sorts of homegrown terrorism that we’ve seen now in Orlando and San Bernardino,” the president said. “It means making it harder for people who want to kill Americans to get their hands on assault weapons that are capable of killing dozens of innocents as quickly as possible.”
Of course, we had a so-called “assault weapons” ban implemented under the Bill Clinton administration for 10 years starting back in 1994. And even government reports acknowledged that the ban had no impact at all on reducing violent crime.
LaPierre Sets Gun-Banners Straight On Terror
On CBS News’ “Face The Nation” Sunday morning, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre made a strong case against gun-banners who believe taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens through gun bans and tighter restrictions is the best method for curtailing terrorism.
“What we’re doing with this debate on the Hill right now, it’s like they’re trying to stop a freight train with a piece of Kleenex,” Wayne LaPierre told CBS’ John Dickerson. Speaking of terrorists like the one who killed 49 in Orlando, LaPierre said, “They don’t care about the law. Laws didn’t stop them in Boston. Laws didn’t stop them in San Bernardino, where you had every type of a gun-control law you could have, and that didn’t stop them in Paris, where people can’t even own guns.”
LaPierre said Americans must have the means to fight back against those who have vowed to kill us. “The fact is we need vigilance, we need preparedness, we need a full-court press on personal protection,” he said. “We need to be able to protect ourselves.”
Gallup: Americans Believe Carry More Effective Than Gun Ban At Preventing Terror Attacks
While President Barack Obama and other gun-banners push a semi-auto rifle ban, a Gallup poll has found that more Americans believe expanding the right to carry would be more effective at preventing attacks like last Sunday’s in Orlando, Fla., than would new gun laws making it harder to buy semi-automatic firearms or limiting magazine capacities to 10 rounds.
The survey, conducted June 14-15, also asked respondents whether they viewed the Orlando attack more as an act of “Islamic terrorism” or an act of “domestic gun violence.” Overall, more Americans (48 percent) said they saw it as Islamic terrorism than domestic gun violence (41 percent). Split out by party affiliation, about eight out of 10 Republicans agreed with that assessment, but only about three out of 10 Democrats agreed.
The poll also found that two-thirds of respondents believed that increasing U.S. airstrikes against ISIS would help prevent such attacks, and even a majority of Democrats (57 percent) agreed that response would be effective.
LGBT Gun-Rights Group Is Growing After Orlando Attack
After the recent shooting at an Orlando nightclub, a national gun organization for the LGBT community is watching its ranks grow in record numbers. The Pink Pistols say membership grew to 3,500 on the Monday after the incident, up from 1,500 the day before. What’s more, the organization added 1,000 more members over the next week.
Pink Pistols Spokesperson Gwendolyn Patton told NBC News, “We’ve had the greatest response in three areas: our Facebook page, which has tripled in size; our chapters, we have so many requests for information on starting new chapters I’ve lost count; and the sheer number of people offering services such as training to our members.” The Pink Pistols largely consists of LGBT individuals, but also includes straight members.
Alabama Homeowner With A Gun Stops Intruder
A suspected criminal in Hartford, Ala., picked the wrong home at which to attempt a late-night burglary. Police, responding to the home invasion, said a man was trying to enter the home through a window around 11:15 p.m. That’s when the homeowner fired a round, hitting the intruder in the chest before he could break into the residence.
Hartford Police Chief Annie Ward said an investigation is ongoing and charges are probably in store for the home invader, who was treated at a local hospital and then released. Ward told the Dothan Eagle, “I want the citizens of Hartford to know if they feel like their life or their family’s lives are in danger, then they have the right to protect themselves.”
Supreme Court Rejects Gun-Ban Challenges
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected to hear a challenge to Connecticut’s “assault weapons” ban. With Monday’s decision to let the ban stand, the high court left in place a lower court ruling from January 2014 that found the law constitutional. The Connecticut measure passed in April 2013 along with other sweeping gun-control measures.
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL), one of the plaintiffs in the case, had hoped the court would “step in and reaffirm that the Second Amendment is not a ‘second-class’ right.” But they vowed to continue fighting.
In a statement from President Scott Wilson, CCDL promised to “renew our challenge to Connecticut’s blatantly unconstitutional ban as soon as there are five Justices sitting on the Supreme Court committed to the proper understanding of the Second Amendment.”
The Supreme Court ruling also applied to a similar ban in New York.