U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has stepped forward to defend the unilateral expansion of Massachusetts’ semi-automatic gun ban by the state’s attorney general, Maura Healey. Healey’s dictates, issued July 20, are so vague and ambiguous that they could outlaw every semi-automatic rifle and pistol in the state with nothing more than her signature.
In an email blast sent Monday, Warren called upon Healey’s Democrat backers to sign a petition in support of her brazen expansion of the ban, warning that Second Amendment activists “picked a fight with the wrong state and the wrong attorney general,” masslive.com reports.
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Hillary Clinton Snubs Nation's Largest Police Union
On the day of the deadline, Hillary Clinton has declined to return a Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) questionnaire required of all candidates seeking the organization’s endorsement.
“To be honest with you, I was disappointed and shocked,” Chuck Canterbury, president of the National Fraternal Order of Police, told The Hill. “You would think with law enforcement issues so much in the news that even if she had disagreements with our positions, that she would’ve been willing to say that.”
A Clinton campaign spokesman issued a statement, saying, “She believes that we must work together to build on what’s working and to build the bonds of trust between police and the communities they serve—because we are stronger together.”
Asked why the Clinton campaign refused to return the questionnaire, FOP executive director Jim Pasco said, “I don’t know. She’s not talking to us.” Donald Trump, whose campaign did fill out the lengthy FOP questionnaire, met with the union on Friday.
More Law Enforcement Officers Oppose Nevada Ballot Initiative
Those who say they are supporting the Michael Bloomberg-funded background check ballot initiative in Nevada because it will save lives are getting it all wrong, according to a law enforcement official in the state.
Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill recently told Las Vegas radio station KNPR that the Question 1 gun-control ballot initiative would not reduce the number of gun deaths. “Our shootings aren’t occurring because you have great citizens who are involved in these types of things,” McMahill said. “You have people that are out there committing a number of crimes and using, more often than not, stolen firearms, firearms with obliterated serial numbers, firearms that they trade in the drug world. These are not legal firearms that are used in the murder of 101 people.”
Rise In Carry Permits In Swing States Might Affect 2016 Elections
A dramatic rise in the number of concealed-carry permits issued in key battleground states since the last presidential election may play a role in deciding who takes the White House in November, a new report by the Crime Prevention Research Center suggests.
Between 2007 and 2015, the number of permits issued across the country increased a staggering 215 percent. Now, more than 14 million Americans have a carry permit—and many of those newly minted permit holders reside in highly contested swing states. Florida and Pennsylvania now contain the highest number of permit holders in America (1.58 million and 1.2 million respectively). Both went to Barack Obama in 2012, as did Ohio (which currently has 549,000 carry permit holders), Michigan (556,136), North Carolina (530,092) and Indiana (728,976).
Many of the new permit holders are women and minorities—two groups who have typically voted for Democrats, but may reconsider this year, given Hillary Clinton’s outspoken anti-gun sentiments and the implications for the future of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Fox Says “No Guns” On Print Ads, Broadcasts A Different Message
The name of the new Fox TV show is “Lethal Weapon”; however, the network says it will avoid showing guns on promotional posters. And that’s certainly a change from the first four posters of Mel Gibson’s movie series.
Is this how Fox is helping “stop gun violence?”
The hypocrisy seems to be dripping—especially as the first promotional trailer for the next installment of Fox’s series “24” (now “24: Legacy”) has come out with guns blazing in multiple scenes. And that’s a show that typically had Jack Bauer holding a firearm on the poster. “We’re trying to focus on the characters, not on guns or the violence, in the show. You have to hit a balance,” Fox chairman Dana Walden told Entertainment Weekly magazine.
Fox calls this “modulating gun violence.” However, the balance appears to be taking guns off printed material for an insincere media narrative, while brandishing firearms in a reckless and violent manner as standard broadcast procedure.
Armed Resident Shoots Knife-Wielding Home Invader
A little before 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, a woman in Norwalk, Calif., was awakened by noises coming from the front of her house. Outside, a knife-wielding suspect was moving to the rear of house—and he ultimately broke in through a set of French doors. Inside were the woman, her husband and their five children.
The husband was armed and shot at the intruder, who fled the scene. He was taken into custody about a block away and transported to an area hospital, where he is listed in stable condition. None of the family members were injured and no charges are pending against the homeowner, who told a local news station that he thinks the suspect is the same person who broke into their home a few years ago.