New York City billionaire and shrill anti-NRA activist Michael Bloomberg is scheduled to endorse Hillary Clinton—one of the most anti-gun presidential candidates ever—at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Wednesday night. A close adviser, Stu Loeser, says this is clear sign of Bloomberg’s dismay at the Republican nomination of Donald Trump, even though he’s never had an especially warm relationship with Clinton.
Bloomberg has spent the past few years, and millions of dollars, battling the National Rifle Association and pushing for more restrictive gun-control legislation nationwide. The former Democrat (then Republican mayor of New York City, and now Independent) had also recently considered his own run at the White House.
However, Bloomberg decided his campaign could split the Democratic vote and give Trump an easier path to the presidency. Bloomberg is expected to speak in a prime time slot, followed by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Gun-Ban Groups Love Hillary’s VP Choice
It’s not hard to tell that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s newly named vice presidential pick, Tim Kaine, is just as anti-gun as she is—simply look at the people who are praising the selection.
The choice of Kaine, who is rated “F” by NRA’s Political Victory Fund, is being lauded by two of the most anti-gun groups fighting against the Second Amendment-protected rights of America’s law-abiding gun owners. “Since the very beginning of Moms Demand Action, Sen. Kaine has been a champion of our organization and cause,” Michael Bloomberg’s Demanding Moms head Shannon Watts wrote on Saturday. “He’s been there for us every step of the way, and now we’ll make sure Clinton/Kaine wins the White House.”
Not to be outdone, Everytown—another anti-gun Bloomberg-funded Astroturf group—also cheered Kaine’s selection. “With a Clinton-Kaine ticket, it’s clear that the political calculus has changed: Candidates are now running on a platform of gun safety and bucking the NRA, from the presidential ticket on down,” Everytown President John Fienblatt said after the announcement.
Baltimore Ups Illegal Gun Arrests, But Releases Lawbreakers Quickly
Baltimore appears to be doing all the right things in its quest to lower violent crime. With a renewed focus on apprehending “trigger pullers” and seizing guns from criminals, police have arrested 822 on gun charges so far this year, an increase of 46 percent over last year. Yet homicides are down just 7 percent compared with the same period last year.
So why aren’t the arrests having any effect? You need look no further than the 822 arrested. Of those, only 52 have been found guilty in court—the rest were either found not guilty, had charges dropped, or charges are still pending. For the 52 found guilty, reduced and suspended sentences mean they will spend just over a year in prison before hitting the streets again.
“There's no deterrent; there's no consequence,” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. “The bad guys know it, and they take advantage of it."
German Authorities Investigating How Gun Control Failed In Munich Attack
In the wake of Friday’s shooting rampage in Munich—where a lone gunman murdered nine people and wounded 27 more using a 9 mm pistol with the serial number filed off—German officials are investigating why that country’s gun-control laws, described by the U.S. Library of Congress as “among the most stringent in Europe,” failed.
The gunman did not have a license to possess a firearm, according to The Independent—possibly because, according to Reuters, he “had spent time in psychiatric care,” which presumably should have disqualified him from owning a firearm under Germany’s laws. Nonetheless, those laws did not prevent him from purchasing the firearm “on the so-called ‘dark net,’ a part of the Internet accessible only via special software.”
Instead of pushing bans on starter pistols and more restrictions on law-abiding citizens, maybe the Europeans should consider how the right to arms might protect innocent citizens against such attacks.
Escaped inmate Jeffrey Scott checked out of the Loxley Work Release Center near Mobile, Ala., on June 23 and never returned. Authorities have been hunting him ever since.
That is, until Friday night, when the owner of a cabin in Coffee County, Ala., went to check on his property and found Scott inside the cabin. According to local media reports, the property owner ordered Scott to not leave, then held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived.
Dale County Chief Deputy Mason Bynum told WSFA.com that the owner of the cabin fired shots when Scott initially wouldn't comply, convincing him to stay put until law-enforcement officials were on the scene. No one was injured.