In the aftermath of the Orlando terror attacks, this call has been renewed—and according to Pink Pistols President Matt Schlentz, many are listening. Previously, membership in the group hovered around 1,500. Now, it has ballooned to more than 4,000, with 2,000 of those added on the Monday after the incident.
“It’s really sad that something on this scale had to happen for people to realize that this is a need for our community,” Schlentz told The Salt Lake Tribune. But, he says, “The reality is what it is—the world is a violent, terrible, scary place, and people do wish me harm based on who I love.”
Schlentz says the incident also raised awareness among those outside the LGBT community: In the aftermath of the attacks, several gun-range owners have offered to help provide firearms and self-defense training to the group.
New Democrat Party Platform Targets Law-Abiding Gun Owners
In a newly released draft party platform that a top adviser to Hillary Clinton said “all Democrats can and should be proud of,” the Democrat Party put law-abiding gun owners squarely in its crosshairs.
Included in the draft platform is support for so-called “universal” background checks (which even the government admits must have full firearm registration to be effective), repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), banning semi-automatic rifles that gun-banners like to call “assault weapons,” and banning gun sales to people on secret government lists with no due process of law.
The new party platform is so anti-gun that gun-ban advocates are praising it. “This move is a historic victory for the gun violence prevention movement,” Po Murray, chairman of the Newtown Action Alliance, said in an email to Guns.com.
Obviously, it’s also a historic slap in the face to America’s law-abiding gun owners, who find a major political party actively advocating taking away their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Facebook Suspends Account Of Anti-Gun Internet Troll
A San Francisco-based web designer who started his own crusade to “monitor” Facebook’s ban on private gun sales has had his account suspended.
This week, Mike Monteiro bragged, “I think we’ve gotten more than 1,200 gun sellers suspended from Facebook.” He followed up with, “It’s easy, man. You can do it while you’re on the bus, you can do it while you’re on the toilet.”
Facebook only bans the private sale of guns; gun enthusiast groups and licensed dealers can still maintain pages. However, Monteiro searches for all pages that contain “gun sales” and immediately reports them to Facebook. On July 4, he tweeted about Facebook, “I started reporting them. They banned me.”
Monteiro’s brand of Internet trolling is especially virulent. In July 2015, supposedly in response to a professor lauding the design of the AK-47, he ranted: “F*** no. F*** him. F*** the AK-47. F*** all guns and the people who design them … and f*** all of you who do.”
Gun Shop Owner Helps Foil Terror Plot
While Hillary Clinton and other gun-ban politicians like to make it sound like America’s gun shop owners are an enemy, the truth is actually much different. In fact, a gun shop owner in Virginia last week helped thwart an ISIS-inspired terror plot that easily could have resulted in the murder of many innocent citizens.
Mohamed Bailor Jalloh, a former member of the National Guard, tried to purchase an AR-15 from Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, Va., last Friday, but was sent away because he wasn’t carrying proper identification. The FBI entered the store after he left and asked store owner Earl Curtis to allow him to return and buy a gun so the FBI could take him into custody.
Jalloh—who, according to court documents, was planning a terror attack—returned with the proper identification and was sold an AR-15, which store employees disabled before he left the store. Shortly after, he was taken into custody.
“Normally, if we have some inkling that something isn’t right, we would turn down a sale like that,” Curtis told the New York Daily News. “But with the FBI catching a terrorist, we’re happy to help.”
N.C.: Legislature Fails To Act On Right To Hunt Measure
The North Carolina Legislature adjourned last Friday, forsaking an opportunity to advance protections for state sportsmen’s hunting heritage when the House failed to act on House Bill 3, the Omnibus Constitutional Amendments bill.
Part of this legislative package included NRA-supported language that sought to allow North Carolinians to vote on whether they wanted to amend the North Carolina Constitution to affirm that it is a right of the public to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife. This language passed the Senate on June 28, and while there appeared to be no opposition to the Right to Hunt & Fish language, the House never took up H3.
While disappointing, NRA has already begun working with pro-hunting legislators to ensure that solid language that would affirm the right to hunt and fish will be considered next year.
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NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action is encouraging North Carolina sportsmen to contact their state representatives and let them know they are disappointed that the House did not take up the right to hunt and fish provisions in H3, and that they hope their representative will work with NRA to pass this amendment to the North Carolina Constitution next year. Contact your representative byclicking here.
Armed Citizen Foils Bank Robber’s Attempted Withdrawal
An armed bank robber entered the Spokane (Wash.) Teachers Credit Union last Thursday afternoon, jumped over the counter and ordered money from a teller. But according to eyewitness accounts, what happened next caught him off balance.
The criminal had no idea one of the customers was also armed, legally carrying a concealed handgun. The citizen drew his handgun, firing a single shot that sent the bandit running out the door. Spokane Valley officers quickly arrived at the bank, setting up boundaries with K-9 units and air support, but the suspect escaped on foot.
No customers or bank employees were injured during the attempted robbery. However, the deputies said that interviews with other customers, as well as evidence collected at the scene—which included a blood trail—implied the suspect was hit by gunfire from the armed customer. Spokane Valley authorities are asking anyone with information to come forward.