With all due respect to the Washington Post fact checker—and there is very little respect due, in this case—the recent decision to give the NRA four Pinocchios for saying Hillary Clinton “doesn’t believe in your right to own a gun at home for self-defense” smacks of anti-gun bias and partisan political opportunism.
Consider a few simple facts: The Supreme Court’s 2008 Heller decision was all about whether Washington, D.C., residents had a constitutional right to own a gun in their home for self-defense. The court ruled they did. Clinton has said in no uncertain terms that the court “was wrong” in that ruling. More recently, she’s dodged a question about whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms.
No matter how the pointy-headed prevaricators at the Post try to explain what Clinton might have actually meant, the fact is that she said what she said, and she believes what she believes. Remember, this is the same Washington Post that recently gave President Barack Obama only three Pinocchios for saying it “is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book.” Can you say, “liberal media bias”?
With Only Two Chapters, Gays Against Guns Claims To Speak For The Entire LGBT Community
On Monday, Gays Against Guns (GAG), an anti-gun group formed in the aftermath of the Orlando Pulse nightclub terror attack, claimed that “hundreds of gay activists will begin a campaign of civil disobedience and direct action against gun companies and their supporters …” GAG’s Ken Kidd and others presumed to speak for the entire LGBT community, telling companies, “If you get into bed with the NRA, we’re going to f-----g break up with you.”
But GAG is jumping the gun: Their website trumpets the creation of a chapter in Providence, Mass.—only their second. Claiming to represent all LGBT individuals is a real stretch for an organization with only two chapters, especially when the Pink Pistols, an LGBT pro-gun rights organization, has 45 chapters nationwide. Membership in the Pink Pistols tripled in the week after the Orlando attack.
Perhaps GAG should let the LGBT community speak for itself on the subject of self-defense rights.
Supposed “Decline” In Gun Ownership Could Lead To 1 Million Sold This Year In California Alone
While anti-gun advocates continue to push the false narrative that gun ownership in the United States is drastically declining, Californians are apparently trying to help prove them wrong.
According to a report from radio station KPCC, Californians are on track to potentially purchase a record 1 million guns this year. The latest numbers from the California Department of Justice’s Dealer Record of Sales show 554,203 firearms sold in the state through the end of July.
Roughly 890,000 guns were sold in 2014, with 2015’s total reaching 845,000. If sales continue strong throughout the summer, 2016 sales could reach the million mark. Still, naysayers will be naysayers: The story also quotes UCLA law professor Adam Winkler—who undoubtedly hasn’t examined every single purchase record, so has no way to prove his assertion—as saying: "It's more of the same people buying guns. It's not going to result in more households having guns." Of course, if even one of those 1 million purchasers is a first-time gun buyer, Winkler’s assertion is proven to be patently false.
Doctor’s Orders: Buying A Gun Should Be As Difficult As Becoming A Doctor
Writing in the Medical Economics blog, Doctor Monya De claims that semi-automatic rifles “amount to a license to kill,” and that buying a firearm should be as hard as becoming a doctor. Gun purchasers, she says, should be forced to “pass difficult tests ... write essays about why they should receive this privilege ... [and] do hours of service with children orphaned by guns.”
That might sound good to someone who hangs a sheepskin shingle to show us how much more educated, capable and responsible she is than us. But if you look beyond her supposedly superior credentials, you’ll see that through so-called “medical misadventures,” doctors kill between four and nine times as many Americans as are killed in firearm homicides every year.
Corban, Okafor Participate In RedState Gathering Panel
Kimberly Corban is a rape survivor. Antonia Okafor is the southwest regional director of Students for Concealed Carry. Together, they’re a powerful force for Second Amendment advocacy.
Corban and Okafor recently appeared at the eighth-annual RedState Gathering in Denver, Colo. The Townhall.com contributors participated in a panel to discuss the rising demographic of new gun owners—women. Corban shared why gun ownership is so deeply personal to her, and how a gun is a tool of empowerment and a great equalizer. Okafor, for her part, discussed the ongoing battle to expand Second Amendment rights on college campuses.
The overriding message from the panel was clear: Gun ownership is no longer just for men. Women are taking charge of their own personal safety by getting trained and buying firearms. In fact, between 2012 and 2016, women have obtained concealed-carry permits at twice the rate of men.
Home Invasion Halted By Kentucky Armed Citizen
Several adults and children were startled when four armed individuals—Kevin Helton, 48; Cindy Puckett, 41; Jonathan Goodan, 45; and Brittany Crouch, 28—broke into their Carter County, Ky., home at around 8 a.m. Saturday. After the robbers stole an undisclosed amount of cash, an altercation broke out between the homeowner and one of the robbers. Fearing for the safety of his family, the homeowner fired a shot, fatally wounding Helton and ending the attack.
Puckett and Goodan fled on foot, while Crouch remained on the scene and was arrested once police arrived. Puckett and Goodan were found a short time later, and all three have been charged with first-degree robbery.
Unfortunately, neighbors say such occurrences are becoming increasingly common. “There’s a lot of drug activity in this area,” a neighbor who wished to remain anonymous told WSAZ. “I live here with my younger child, and I’m just afraid someone will [try to break in], but I’m prepared if they do.”