Despite California’s passage of strict anti-gun laws late last month, fundraising efforts continue for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s so-called “Safety For All” ballot initiative. Officially known as Prop. 63, it would end grandfathering of magazines capable of holding over 10 rounds, set strict rules for reporting lost/stolen guns, and mandate background checks for all ammunition sales.
According to Secretary of State Alex Padilla, these efforts have been enormously successful—as of July 11, Newsom had raised over $3.5 million in support of the initiative. The California Democratic Party and Newsom’s gubernatorial campaign have both given large non-monetary contributions, while real-estate broker George Marcus and Hyatt Hotels heir Nicholas Pritzker each contributed a quarter-million dollars. Numerous (relatively) smaller donations came out of Hollywood, from actress Amanda Peet, writer (and wife of “Game of Thrones’” Executive Producer D.B. Weiss) Andrea Troy, “Game of Thrones” producer David Benioff and others.
Unfortunately, this total not only dwarfs that of many of the other ballot proposals, it also represents 12 times the amount raised by the pro-Second Amendment opposition.
Obama Turns Dallas Police Memorial Into Divisive Political Speech
President Barack Obama on Tuesday turned the memorial for five slain Dallas law enforcement officers into a call for gun control.
After 15 minutes, his address veered away from possibly being the most uplifting of his presidency with the ridiculous assertion, “It’s easier for a teenager to get his hands on a Glock than it is to get a computer or even a book.”
As Obama droned on for another 25 minutes, Steve Krakauer exemplified the reaction on Twitter, first writing, “This is a great, unifying speech by President Obama, and actually calls out some in the #BlackLivesMatter movement”—but he then followed with, “… aaaand now Obama’s speech has veered into a political, divisive speech. Wow, what a strange turn after such unifying comments.” Former Reagan speechwriter John Podhoretz wrote, “That’s not presidential. That’s Bill Maher, or Trevor Noah.”
Yesterday, Paul Bedard noted that it is actually “41,000 percent easier for a teen to ‘get his hands on’ a book than a Glock.”
Amy Schumer: Couric’s Debunked Anti-Gun Pseudo-Documentary Should Be “Required Viewing”
Comedian Amy Schumer is a hopeless gun-control romantic. Over the weekend, she gushed about Katie Couric on Twitter. “I love @katiecouric for being so cool in general,” she wrote. “But her doc @UnderTheGunDoc should be required viewing.”
Yes, that same “documentary” that was widely discredited for its misleading editing intended to shed poor light on gun-rights proponents. After the deceptive edit was brought to light by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Couric was forced to make a public apology. And while producer Stephanie Soechtig refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing, she did admit that the film’s production team skirted federal gun laws governing interstate gun purchases.
But apparently, you do whatever it takes in Hollywood to get your gun-control message across. And when you do, you can be assured that Chuck Schumer’s favorite cousin will be the first in line to heap praise on your efforts, no matter how phony.
NRA Commentator Facing Violent Threats For Speaking Her Mind
For people who claim to abhor violence, some anti-gun wackos can sure be … well, violent.
NRA Commentator Dana Loesch, also a new special adviser on women’s policy for NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, had to call police to her home earlier this week because of a threat to her life and to her family by someone who doesn’t appreciate her opinion on gun control.
“Be aware—the guy on Twitter just called me and threatened to come to my house. I’m calling the police,” Loesch tweeted. “I recorded the call of the man who called me and threatened to hurt me. On the phone with the police now. ‘You’re going to learn your lesson,’ he threatened.” The person threatening violence then called Loesch while law enforcement officers were in her home.
Loesch said she talked with police about SWATting threats, because the man also threatened her with that. The case was to be transferred to detectives the following morning. “We are going to track him down,” Loesch tweeted later. “This won’t be over until he’s ID’d and convicted.”
Lawmakers Seek To Override Parental Authority On Guns, Shooting
A new proposal by two anti-gun federal legislators would ban youngsters under 16 from participating in 3-gun competitions—the country’s fastest-growing shooting sport—or any other recreational use of the popular AR-15 rifle.
The proposal, by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., would ban people under 16 years of age from shooting a “machine gun or assault weapon,” even at a gun range under the supervision of a parent or other responsible adults. And when gun-haters say “assault weapon,” they are incorrectly referring to the AR-15-type rifle—a semi-auto rifle design that has been sold to law-abiding American gun owners for nearly a half century.
In truth, the AR-15’s ease of use and light recoil make it the perfect tool for teaching youngsters rifle shooting skills, and its semi-auto operation makes it very similar to many other rifles antis claim to not want to ban. Fact is, anti-gun legislators really want to delay young people entering the shooting sports so they can curb the so-called “gun culture” they hold in such contempt.
Waffle House Customer Shoots Robber Carrying AK-47
Diners at a Waffle House near Dallas were shocked when a man entered the restaurant armed with an AK-47 and began robbing both the business and its customers. And now DeSoto police are asking for help identifying the suspect, who is on life support after being shot by a customer.
At 2:30 a.m. last Thursday, responding officers found a severely wounded man in the Waffle House parking lot. After interviewing customers, they discovered the man had burst into the restaurant carrying the firearm and robbed the business as well as several patrons.
One of the customers, who was expecting his wife to arrive shortly and feared for her safety, followed the suspect to the parking lot. The customer, who was carrying a concealed firearm, said the thief turned and pointed the rifle, giving him no choice but to shoot. The customer was not detained, and police have released photos of the suspect’s unique tattoos for help in uncovering his identity.