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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Texas AG: Law Is Clear—Professors Lack Authority To Ban Guns In Classrooms

Professors in Texas attempting to ban firearms in the classroom could be subject to punishment, Attorney General Ken Paxton stated Monday.

A lawsuit filed by three University of Texas professors had claimed the university’s rules were too vague to indicate how or whether individuals could be disciplined for forbidding guns in their classrooms. The professors’ attorneys claimed nothing in state law or UT policy expressly forbids professors from banning guns. 

But on Monday, counsel for the state and the university asked Judge Lee Yeakel to throw out the suit, saying the law is clear: Campus presidents can define limited campus gun-free zones—and if classrooms aren’t expressly designated off limits, carry must be allowed there. 

“Faculty members are aware state law provides that guns can be carried on campus, and that the president has not made a rule excluding them from classrooms,” Paxton wrote in a brief filed Monday. “As a result, any individual professor who attempts to establish such prohibition is subject to discipline.”


NRA Spending $3 Million To Expose Hillary’s Hypocrisy

The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund on Tuesday announced a $3 million ad buy aimed at pointing out the hypocrisy of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton when it comes to guns and self-defense.

“If elected, Hillary Clinton will appoint an anti-gun Supreme Court justice to overturn our fundamental right to self-protection,” Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA's Political Victory Fund, told USA TODAY. “That is what this election is about: protecting our individual right to keep a firearm in our home for protection and making sure that there isn't one set of rules for political elites like Hillary Clinton and a different set for the rest of us.”

The ad highlights Clinton’s hypocrisy in constantly being surrounded by armed security while pushing for further gun restrictions that would only harm the law-abiding. “She’s one of the wealthiest women in politics. Combined income: $30 million. Tours the world on private jets. Protected by armed guards for 30 years. But she doesn’t believe in your right to keep a gun at home for self-defense,” the ad says, specifically referring to her statement that the Supreme Court was “wrong” in the Heller decision, in which it ruled that the Second Amendment protects the right of Americans to keep a gun in their home for self-defense.


Massachusetts Medical Society Joins Cheering Section For AG Healey’s Executive Gun Ban

As gun owners protest and Second Amendment defenders prepare lawsuits to reverse Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s unilateral expansion of the state’s semi-automatic gun ban, the Massachusetts Medical Society has thrown its support behind Healey’s gun ban by decree, MassLive.com reports

In a letter sent to Gov. Charlie Baker and leaders of the Massachusetts House and Senate, Dr. James Gessner, president of the Medical Society, wrote that the group “applauds” Healey for her edict, and claimed in a post on the group’s website that their support “is guided by the principles of reducing the number of deaths, disabilities, and injuries attributable to guns ...” 

That’s ironic, since according to the FBI, the firearms Healey has banned were not used in a single murder in Massachusetts in 2010, or 2011, or 2012, or 2014—the most recent year for which statistics are available. Medical mistakes, by contrast, are the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Medice, cura te ipsum!


MSNBC Admits Abandoning Objectivity In Trump Coverage

On Wednesday morning, the conversation on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” spiraled out of control while discussing Donald Trump’s comments on the political power of gun owners.

Panelist Mike Barnicle fretted that journalists were being too objective in their Trump coverage, asking, “Do we legitimize Donald Trump’s performances—and they are performances—by trying to be objective about it? … I don’t think you can be.” Co-host Mika Brzezinski leaped in: “No. You can’t.” 

Objectivity is the bedrock of news media. When Barnicle admits to abandoning it, the result vindicates historic decline in public trust reported by Rasmussen and other polls. Rasmussen’s 2013 poll found that 42 percent of Americans don’t trust the news media, and only 6 percent rate news media as “Very Trustworthy.”

Barnicle tried to justify media bias when, regarding Trump’s comment, he asked, “Has there ever been anything even close to this in history?” In truth, he could just as easily have been addressing the rampant liberal bias in “mainstream” media.


New Mexico United Way Chapter Stops Lawful Gun Raffle

“The mission of the United Way is to mobilize the power of communities worldwide and to advance the common good. They were raffling off an AR-15 assault weapon. Those AR-15s are designed for one thing—to kill as many people as quickly as possible. It has nothing to do with that mission.”

Those were the words of Miranda Viscoli, co-president of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, in a letter to United Way Worldwide. It was sent after the United Way of Otero County and Western True Value sold calendars with raffle entries to win more than 100 firearms—including an AR-15 rifle.

Of course, the AR-15 rifle is the most popular rifle in America, and is used by many for sport shooting, hunting and self-defense. Moreover, rifles of all kind are used in less than 3 percent of all murders. The local UW organization has now suspended the raffle—but Kerry Maupin, Western True Value Store manager, says they have done contests according to firearm laws on many occasions. He added, “I believe this person who is perpetrating this is causing harm to this [United Way] organization and the community. We as a community are going to have to stand up.”


Carjacking Thwarted By Armed Would-Be Victim

A carjacking in a Memphis, Tenn., neighborhood was thwarted when the would-be victim pulled a pistol on the suspect. The woman was gathering belongings in her car when the suspect came up to her and, with one hand in his pocket insinuating a firearm was there, angrily demanded that she get out of her car. To his surprise, he was met with her gun instead of her compliance, and promptly fled.

The victim later identified the attempted carjacker in a lineup, and Marico Ford, 31, was arrested. He’s now in jail with a $75,000 bond. Records show he lives just a few blocks from the victim—and another neighbor, Ricky Hammett, told reporters he supported the victim’s actions and that his pistol would definitely come out if he was confronted by a carjacker.


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