Before their latest round of anti-gun measures was signed into law on Friday, California already had among the strictest gun-control laws in the nation. They must be working pretty well if the state’s lawmakers and governor agreed to make them even stricter, right?
Not so fast. According to SFGate.com, crime in California last year was actually up, in contrast to the continued trend of falling crime most everywhere else. In 2015, murders rose an average of 10 percent across the state. The murder rate in L.A. has increased 13 percent since 2013, while in San Francisco—a wealthy area typically insulated from sharp increases in crime—murder rose nearly 16 percent last year alone. Statewide, property crimes and hate crimes showed increases of 8 percent and 10 percent respectively.
While a 29-percent decrease in felony arrests last year surely didn’t help, criminals’ growing awareness that they’re unlikely to meet resistance might be the true culprit behind the spike. Unfortunately, with Californians now even less able to defend themselves, we’re likely to see these trends continue.
Clinton Representative Calls "Assault Weapons" Ban Not Worth The “Juice”
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., one of last week’s Democratic House sitters for gun control, appeared on behalf of Hillary Clinton last week to talk about conservation, but disagreed with her support for a renewed “assault weapons” ban.
Appearing at the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership in Fort Collins, Colo., Thompson said, “She has gone further than I have gone; she has called for an assault weapons ban … There are over 10 million of them in civilian hands in the Unites States of America; you’re not getting that toothpaste back in the tube. And personally, I don’t think the juice is worth the squeeze.”
Thompson also said California’s proposed initiative imposing draconian regulation on ammunition, which would require licensing of buyers and sellers, background checks and limits on who can purchase ammo for young shooters, would “have a chilling effect on a sport that I think is incredibly important … No kids coming into the sport, no hunting, no habitat.”
Will Gun Control Backfire On Democrats This Election Day?
Will gun control be a factor in the 2016 elections? The Democrats seem to think so. Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has long made it one of her key campaign platforms, and now others in the party are following her lead—they’ve apparently determined it’s an issue to run on and are moving full speed ahead stumping for gun control.
There’s just one small problem: Only 1 percent of Americans think it’s the nation’s most important problem. A Gallup poll shows that citizens consider issues like the economy, dissatisfaction with government, unemployment, immigration and national security as far greater problems facing our country today.
If gun control does end up being a driver in the election, the Democrats should be forewarned. “Draconian gun control at every level of government has really energized [people] to vote against Hillary Clinton and down the ballot,” noted Jennifer Baker, director of public affairs for the NRA.
June Sets Yet Another Gun Sales Record
June—a month when gun sales typically drop—became the 14th straight month for record gun sales in the United States.
In a rise likely spurred by calls from anti-gun politicians for more restrictions, the FBI processed more than 2.1 million gun-related background checks last month, up by 600,000 from last June’s record number.
June’s numbers were even higher than the number of gun sales in May, which typically hasn’t been the case in past years. Sales so far this year have 2016 on pace to break 2015’s record for most gun-related background checks in a year.
Another Actor Bashes The Second Amendment
In Australia promoting his new Jason Bourne movie, American actor Matt Damon showed his disdain for the Second Amendment—and his lack of knowledge about the restrictive gun confiscation and ban instituted Down Under.
Calling for America to follow Australia’s lead, Damon said, “You guys did it here in one fell swoop and I wish that could happen in my country, but it’s such a personal issue for people that we cannot talk about it sensibly.” Then he foolishly added, “And nobody’s rights have been infringed, you guys are fine.”
In truth, Australian authorities, through compensated forced confiscation, took some 650,000 registered firearms of all kinds from law-abiding citizens and destroyed them. If that’s Damon’s idea of “nobody’s rights have been infringed,” we’d hate to hear what he believes real infringement might be.
In the meantime, Damon will continue to make his millions off gratuitous gun violence in his films, while speaking out against law-abiding citizens’ right to keep and bear arms.
Homeowner Fights Off Home Invaders With Shotgun
A thwarted home invasion left two would-be robbers in the hospital, courtesy of buckshot from the homeowners’ shotgun.
Police responding to a 911 call in Colleton County, S.C., pulled over a jeep racing out of the area after a reported break-in and gunfire. The driver said he had fled a nearby home where two men had stormed in, and when deputies arrived at the residence three other occupants were found unharmed.
Officers said one of the residents had been in a bedroom when he heard a commotion in the living room—and when he went to investigate, he saw two armed men wearing bandanas over their faces. He then fired at the suspects with his father’s shotgun, but wasn’t sure he had hit the men who escaped on foot. That question was quickly answered as two individuals were admitted to a local trauma center with shotgun injuries. One suspect was arrested immediately; the other is still in recovery.