The 2016 Olympics kicked off a week ago in fine style—with the U.S. picking up their first gold medal of the games courtesy of 19-year-old sharpshooter Ginny Thrasher. But of course, not everyone was happy for the Women’s 10m Air Rifle champ.
Piers Morgan, whose aggressive gun-control stance ultimately led to the cancellation of his CNN show, couldn’t help but fire off a tweet saying it was unsurprising that “America’s 1st Olympic Gold Medal is for shooting.” USA Shooting quickly shot back at the Brit, thanking him for trolling and reminding him that she also bested six British competitors.
The classless Morgan has since gone on to accuse Team USA members of doping and has branded UK silver and bronze medal winners as “underachieving.” Thrasher, meanwhile, has been gracious in victory and plans to return to West Virginia University at the conclusion of the Olympics.
NRA’s Cox Slams Hillary In CNN Op-Ed
In an op-ed posted Wednesday at CNN.com, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox called out Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her hypocrisy concerning armed self-defense.
“She has never had to worry about being alone in her home in an emergency situation,” Cox wrote of Clinton. “Unlike most Americans, she does not have to think about dialing 911 if she hears the glass break downstairs at two o'clock in the morning. And she never has to wait the national average of 11 minutes from the time she calls for help to the time the police arrive.
“Despite that reality, she doesn't believe you and I have the individual right to keep firearms in our homes to protect ourselves and our families,” he continued. “So where does that leave us? It leaves us with Clinton's vision for America—one set of rules for her and a different set for the rest of us.”
CNN Introduces Mark Kelly As “Gun Owner And Second Amendment Supporter”
On Thursday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer introduced an interviewee as a “gun owner” and “Second Amendment supporter.” The interviewee? Mark Kelly, who, together with wife Gabby Gifford, founded Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), whom Blitzer described as a “gun violence prevention group” (the label gun-control groups prefer of late).
Check Kelly’s credentials: ARS’ website supports so-called “universal” background checks, closing non-existent “loopholes” for online sales and “unlicensed dealers,” and funding of Centers for Disease Control anti-gun research into gun violence as a “public health issue.” His statements support Massachusetts AG Maura Healey, who just imposed a unilateral ban on the sale of modern sporting rifles, and blame huge spending by “entrenched interests like the gun lobby” for blocking additional gun-control laws.
In the interview, Kelly also aligned himself with the candidate who has labeled the NRA as her enemy: “Hillary Clinton says she supports the Second Amendment. Gabby and I support the Second Amendment.” Mark Kelly, you shall be known by the company you keep.
Brits Still Trying To Disarm Americans
Taking a page from Piers Morgan’s book, the British Independent published an editorial Wednesday claiming the framers of the U.S. Constitution “could not have foreseen the destructive power of modern weaponry,” lecturing that “something is deeply and damagingly entrenched in the culture of the United States,” and bemoaning, falsely, that “a weapon that can fire 2kg of ammunition in a five-second burst” (huh?) would be legal in the United States.
While space doesn’t permit us to address all the falsehoods in the Independent’s editorial, we will say that we also doubt the framers of the Constitution could have foreseen television, computers, email or the Internet—let alone the abuse of those technologies to spread lies—when they wrote the First Amendment right of free speech. But if they had, they would have said the answer to false speech is more speech, not less.
If anything should be clear from the experience of Great Britain and Europe—where lawful citizens are largely disarmed and defenseless against the terrorist attacks that come with increasing frequency and ferocity—it’s that disarming good people costs innocent lives. And Americans will never accept that surrender.
Washington Post Shilling For Hillary—And Against The Second Amendment
If the consequences weren’t so devastating, the Washington Post editorial board’s defense of Hillary Clinton’s plans for the Second Amendment would almost be funny, even if macabre. “… Mrs. Clinton does not appear to be interested in pressing a radical re-interpretation of the Second Amendment,” the Post claimed, and immediately directs the reader to a fact sheet that outlines her plan to do precisely that.
Once again: The founders codified the Second Amendment to protect private arms possession and as a check against standing armies, period. Even in the wake of the Revolutionary War, they still feared over-reaching government more than invasion. The Second Amendment was intended to keep the governing and the governed talking, not the former dictating—with radically superior arms—to the latter.
When Clinton talks of winding the clock back with “assault weapon” bans and winding it forward with registration (as “universal” background checks) and SCOTUS appointments that would prime—and then permit—wholesale confiscation, you can bet she means it.
You can also bet the Washington Post knows and approves of the same.
A Single Shot Stops Campground Assault
“Are you ready to die?”
Humboldt County, Calif., deputies report that’s what 50-year-old Patrick Michael Harris said to a woman at the BLM campgrounds in Petrolia. According to witnesses, the aggressor was acting strangely and approached the female victim from behind, attempting to choke her with rebar.
Just at the moment the woman thought she was taking her last breath, an eyewitness stepped up to stop the attack. The man who intervened shot Harris in the leg, likely saving the woman’s life. He then also called 911 to report the shooting.
Although she received significant facial injuries, the victim did not require any medical attention. Harris was detained by other citizens at the scene before he was taken to a nearby hospital with a non-life-threatening leg injury—where he was treated and then arrested for attempted homicide.