It’s a classic end-around. When anti-gun politicians are unable to get gun-control bills passed, they simply look for alternate methods to achieve the same goal.
Their newest favorite scheme is proposing bills that legislate special taxes on firearms and ammunition. Seattle, for example, enacted a “gun violence” tax last year that tacks on $25 to each gun sold and up to 5 cents for every round of ammunition. Now other cities are attempting to follow suit.
As Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., warns, “Anti-gun politicians will stop at nothing to push their unconstitutional agenda on the American people.” Which is precisely why he authored H.R. 5666, the Stop Taxing the Second Amendment Act. The bill is aimed at preventing state and local governments from enacting special levies on firearms, ammunition and background checks. Republicans introduced the measure into the House last week, and it has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
Washington Post Covers For Obama, Gives 3 Pinocchios Instead Of 4
As we reported yesterday, President Barack Obama, during Tuesday’s memorial for slain Dallas police officers, made the patently false statement, “We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book.” Now, the Washington Posthas given President Barack Obama three Pinocchios for telling that lie.
The statement is obviously completely false, yet Obama has made similar faulty comparisons on several occasions. As the Post put it: “This is a catchy talking point that people obviously paid attention to, but it doesn’t make much sense … But the president can make that point without resorting to such an exaggerated claim based in no real statistics, and which does nothing but distract the public.”
Kudos to the Post for pointing out yet another big Obama lie. But shame on the newspaper for not giving the president the four Pinocchios—the highest falsehood rating—he so richly deserved.
NRA’s Colion Noir Corrects NPR Claim That Armed Dallas Cops “Made No Difference”
In an interview with NPR on Wednesday, NRA Commentator Colion Noir described his own experiences as a young black man who carries a firearm legally. After touching on issues of race, Philando Castile and the responsibilities of being armed, host Steve Inskeep steered the conversation toward the attack on Dallas cops.
“NRA supporters have argued many times if people in that crowd had guns, they would save lives. Here is an instance where every single officer had a gun, and a number of people, even demonstrators in the crowd, had guns. And it made no difference. What does that do to the NRA's classic argument?”
Noir corrected the claim that armed cops had “made no difference”: “How many cops would have been killed if none of those officers had guns? … they stopped him. He had to fall back into a position because cops were returning fire. So imagine how many people would have died.”
Fort Lauderdale Loses Attempt To Ban Semi-Autos At Gun Show
A city official thought he’d found a way to ban common semi-auto rifles, misleadingly called “assault weapons,” from the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Gun Show—a proviso on the lease. That is, until the NRA took up the fight.
Vice Mayor Dean Trantalis tried to skirt state law preventing cities from enacting gun regulations by having guns like AR-15 or AK-47 rifles banned as part of the terms of the lease for renting the city’s War Memorial Auditorium. But when the proposal made the June commission meeting, the National Rifle Association sent a letter cautioning against the passage as it violated state law.
Even City Attorney Cynthia Everett said it wouldn’t get around existing legislation as it “would constitute a rule or regulation of the municipal body, and is therefore prohibited by Florida law.” Christopher Conte, the NRA’s litigation counsel, added, “We hope the city commission keeps this in mind when considering these matters in the future.”
Attorney Shot In Couple’s Home After Bizarre Rampage
A Chattanooga, Ga., attorney broke into an elderly couple’s house, threatened them, left, returned, climbed the roof, then threw plants at them. It took two bullets in his arm to end the strange incident.
Georgia police said Matthew Fitzharris, 29, walked into the couple’s residence uninvited and carrying a blanket. When the homeowners asked him to leave, Fitzharris screamed obscenities and refused to go. The wife asked again, adding, “My husband was a Marine, and he will shoot you.”
Fitzharris left, but returned quickly and ran up the back stairs of the house. After banging on doors, hurling plants and climbing the roof, he bolted down the stairs again. When he charged the homeowner, he received two bullets in his right arm. Fiztharris was taken to a local hospital, then to jail. His attorney told the Times Free Press, “I do think that a suspected psychological problem may be at play.”