Despite politicians’ hand-wringing and media doom-saying over the fact that open carry of firearms is legal in Cleveland, Ohio—and thus allowed during the Republican National Convention, where hundreds of protestors held demonstrations this week—the event was largely peaceful, as even the San Francisco Chronicle had to report.
In the wake of the Dallas police assassinations, and in advance of the convention, Stephen Loomis, head of the largest Cleveland police union, wrote to Ohio Gov. John Kasich urging him, as Loomis explained to CNN, “to absolutely outlaw open-carry in Cuyahoga County until this RNC is over.”
In the end, open carry of firearms was legal, the open carriers who attended caused no problems and, as the Chronicle reported, they scarcely even drew attention by the end of the convention. Sounds like the NRA convention this year in Louisville, where violent crime dipped while all those gun owners were in town.
In RNC Acceptance Speech, Trump Vows To Safeguard Firearm Freedoms
At the Republican National Convention Thursday night, Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican presidential nomination. In his acceptance speech, he vowed to lead America back to safety, prosperity and peace. “We will be a country of generosity and warmth,” Trump vowed. “But we will also be a country of law and order.”
Trump outlined the current threats facing Americans, many exacerbated by the policies of President Barack Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state. But he was quick to offer a path out: one that included protecting our nation’s police, stemming the tide of illegal immigration, and—most notably—defending our right to keep and bear arms.
Promising to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the passage of Second Amendment defender Justice Antonin Scalia with someone “of similar views and principles,” Trump announced, “This is one of the most important issues decided by this election. My opponent wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment. I, on the other hand, received the early and strong endorsement of the National Rifle Association, and will protect the right of all Americans to keep their families safe.”
Police Union Slams Clinton Over Convention Speakers
Hillary Clinton hasn’t been formally selected as the Democratic presidential nominee yet, but she’s already stirring up controversy. The Philadelphia police union took exception to her scheduled list of Democratic National Convention speakers, which includes relatives of victims of police shootings—but not relatives of slain police officers.
It is “sad that to win an election, Mrs. Clinton must pander to the interests of people who do not know all the facts, while the men and women they seek to destroy are outside protecting the political institutions of this country,” read a statement issued by John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5.
The Democratic Convention, which takes place next week in Philadelphia, has former President Bill Clinton scheduled to meet with relatives of black men killed by police. The FOP statement summed it up succinctly: “Mrs. Clinton, you should be ashamed of yourself, if that is possible.”
Expanded Massachusetts Ban Is “Solution In Search Of A Problem”
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday unilaterally expanded the state’s ban on many semi-automatic rifles, called “assault weapons” by gun-ban advocates, by “reinterpreting” the law. Now a report from FOX News indicates the expansion of the ban to a new class of rifles is just another “solution in search of a problem.”
As FOX pointed out, the latest FBI Uniform Crime Statistics show that not even a single murder was committed in Massachusetts in 2014 using a rifle of any sort—much less an AR-15 type rifle. Yet Healey insists, “We have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure that combat-style weapons are off our streets and out of the hands of those who would use them to kill innocent people.”
Interestingly, Healey’s “reinterpretation” resulted in a sales boom, with 2,549 of the rifles being sold to Massachusetts residents on Wednesday. In comparison, 132 were sold on Tuesday, and only 51 on Monday.
Bass Pro Shops "Freedom Days” Rewards NRA Members
NRA “Freedom Days” are coming, and Bass Pro Shops are rewarding customers who renew memberships or join the NRA at any store. The NRA’s larger “Freedom Days” event takes place between July 15 and 31, offering discounted prices on firearms—which Bass Pro advertises as “2nd Amendment Instant Savings on Guns.” The discount equals “applicable state sales tax up to $150” in the city where the shop is located.
In addition, on Saturday and Sunday Bass Pro says anyone renewing their NRA membership in-store will receive a $25 gift card, and an NRA representative will be present in every Bass Pro store for the membership drive. Most stores will also have a “Kids’ Shooting Range and Workshop” on those dates as well.
In addition to the two-week sales tax discount, Bass Pro Shops is also giving away a free Plano case with handgun purchases of $300 or more.
Elderly Man Shoots Intruder, Stops Violent Home Invasion
The San Antonio Police Department has commended the actions of a man in his late 70s during a recent home break-in. Once they became aware of the break-in, the homeowner and his wife called police to say someone was forcing their way into the house. SAPD spokesperson Douglas Greene told mySanAntonio.com that the elderly man pleaded with attacker to stop, but the invader stormed the home ferociously enough to break the door handle. That’s when the homeowner had no other choice than to defend his life, his wife and his property. He fired his gun, hitting the man in the chest.
EMS technicians attempted to save the life of the would-be intruder, who was in his 40s, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. As of Thursday the suspect was not identified, but SAPD believe a car near the home belonged to the intruder and have taken it for evidence.