The study focused on tracing the origins of the 893 guns recovered from crime scenes in 2008. “All guns start out as legal guns,” lead researcher Anthony Fabio told the Washington Post. “As a public-health person, I’d like to be able to figure out that path.”
Once all guns were traced, researchers found that in roughly 80 percent of cases, the perpetrator wasn’t the lawful owner of the crime gun, but was in illegal possession of someone else’s firearm. About a third of those guns had been stolen—but researchers suspect that a large portion of the remainder came from illegal straw purchases.
With criticism coming from all directions, including the governor, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday doubled down on her recent “reinterpretation” of state law, which resulted in banning thousands of guns that were previously legal.
The governor, state legislators and others questioned Healey’s unilateral ban, with Public Safety and Security Secretary Daniel Bennett writing, “Depending on how your office is interpreting the two-part test you have articulated for determining whether something is a ‘copy or duplicate’ of a listed assault weapon, a large number of firearms, including pistols that have been sold here legally for decades, may be unintentionally affected.”
For her part, Healey pooh-poohed that suggestion. “I don’t think that’s accurate,” she told the Boston Globe. “I stand by our actions here.” Healey added that the matter might eventually be up to the courts to decide.
NRA is still assessing all legal and legislative options to protect the rights of Massachusetts gun owners. Stay tuned.
Reverend Wastes $3,000 Of Church’s Money To Win AR-15 In Raffle And Destroy It
Oregon Reverend Jeremy Lucas used $3,000 in “discretionary” church funds to buy half the tickets in a raffle for an AR-15. Lucas was disturbed by the raffle, sponsored by a girls’ softball team to raise money for a California tournament. Lucas said, “I want to live in a world where a girls’ softball team doesn’t have to raffle off a gun because it’s the quickest way to make money. I happen to believe that the world is going to be a better place when there are fewer guns in it.”
Let’s review: 1) By purchasing all available tickets, Lucas guaranteed the raffle’s success; 2) We doubt this was what Christ Church Episcopal parishioners had in mind when they dropped their money into the collection plate; 3) For $3,000, Lucas could have purchased four or five AR-15s outright, making this seem less about removing guns; 4) Had he not won the rifle, Lucas still would have been proud of funding the trip—further defining this as nothing more than a self-serving publicity stunt.
Kimberly Corban TV Ad Smashes DNC Gun-Control Talking Points
A new NRA television ad is refuting and invalidating calls to tighten federal gun-control laws coming from the Democratic National Convention. The TV spot began running Thursday on national cable and features Kimberly Corban—a rape victim who embraced her right to bear arms after her brutal attack.
Corban has become an increasingly outspoken advocate of the Second Amendment since she bravely confronted President Barack Obama during a televised town hall meeting in January, accusing his administration of making it harder for her to own a gun to keep her family safe.
Corban presents an impactful counterpunch to the gun-control movement. “The thought of owning a handgun terrified me … until one night a man attacked me,” Corban says in the ad. “My fear of guns disappeared when I got my second chance at life.” She continues, “Self-defense is your right. Don’t let it be taken away.”
While performing a late-night mini-concert for delegates in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, pop singer Kesha revealed what many at the convention likely believe about gun control—even though they often try to hide behind more politically correct wording.
Playing at an event sponsored by gun-ban advocate Gabby Giffords’ group Americans for Responsible Solutions, the singer said: “We as a nation, we can’t control who feels hurt, we can’t control who feels pain. You can’t control every single person and know how they’re going to deal with things and know if they’re going to pick up a weapon—you don’t know that. But what we can control is who we give the f---ing weapons to.”
Not to be outdone, singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, while performing for the crowd at the convention, couldn’t ply her trade without getting her two cents in on banning guns. “Until we deal with gun control in America, we cannot claim to be the home of the brave,” she said, rudely insulting every member of America’s armed forces, both past and present.
Florida Homeowner Stands Ground, Shoots And Kills Armed Invader
“This neighborhood gone, man.”
That was the statement of a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., resident to News Miami 7, which is precisely why homeowner Curtis Traylor has a permit and a firearm. Broward Sheriff’s detectives say that 51-year-old Gary Peterson was wearing dark clothes, a mask and holding a firearm as he began forcing his way into Traylor’s home at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
“His end game was to get into the home. He did so. At that point, shots were fired,” said Officer Gina Carter. “He barged inside the home and subsequently died inside the home.”
Witnesses say Traylor argued with Peterson outside the house before he was attacked. Neighbors also believe Peterson—who had previous charges, including robbery with a firearm—was roaming homeless in the streets. Another resident added, “I probably would’ve done the same thing. People work too hard for anybody to come in and break in their house.”