Germany has some of the most stringent gun laws in Europe. There is no “right” to bear arms for Germans and, in fact, there is a litany of restrictions against ownership that includes background checks, mental health checks, bans on certain types of guns, licensing requirements, storage requirements and proof of necessity.
Yet none of those kept an 18-year-old from getting a gun and going on a shooting rampage in Munich that left nine dead and 36 injured. In light of that mass shooting and recent terror attacks, the head of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has come out in support of allowing Germans to defend themselves with firearms.
“Many people are increasingly unsafe,” AfD leader Frauke Petry said on Saturday. “Every law-abiding citizen should be in a position to defend themselves, their family and their friends.” Petry has also rejected calls to toughen up gun laws, saying it would only affect the law-abiding.
NRA-ILA Shreds New York Times Hit Piece
A full-length feature posted to the NRA-ILA website last Friday completely dismantled a recent New York Times attack piece targeting the National Rifle Association and its 5 million-plus law-abiding members.
Titled “Donald Trump Courts the Gun Zealots,” the editorial is laden with hyperbole, unsupported claims and outright falsehoods. Moreover, the Times’ decision to label NRA as “zealots” should strike many as ironic coming from a “news” outlet that late last year used its front page to advocate the undeniably extreme position of confiscating Americans’ lawfully owned firearms.
The NRA-ILA feature is a must-read for American gun owners, as it tears through a number of New York Times myths, following them up with the truth about the issue at hand. Read the entire feature story by clicking here.
According to July fundraising totals submitted to the Federal Election Commission on Saturday, millions of dollars continue to pour into the Hillary Clinton presidential war chest—much of it in the form of large donations from billionaires.
During the month of July, New York hedge fund billionaire George Soros donated $1.5 million to Planned Parenthood’s super PAC and another $35,000 to Priorities USA, both of which heavily support Clinton. These contributions bring his total 2015-2016 super PAC giving to over $14 million—five times more than he spent during the last presidential election. (Priorities USA also saw multi-million dollar donations from Slim-Fast founder Daniel Abraham and financier Donald Sussman.)
California hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer gave $7 million to NextGen Climate Action Committee, another super PAC backing Clinton. Over the past two years, he’s given nearly $40 million to the organization.
Then there’s Michael Bloomberg, who in July gave $5 million to Independence USA, his super PAC dedicated to electing anti-gun candidates—including, of course, Hillary Clinton.
N.M. Gun Raffle To Continue Despite Protests
We told you last week about how those who hate gun raffles actually just despise the fact that Americans have the freedom to own firearms. Now we have learned that one raffle hater, despite raising holy hell, isn’t getting her way.
The Alamogordo Daily News reported that the United Way of Otero County, N.M., has confirmed that it received permission from United Way Worldwide to continue raffle sales, despite demands by New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence Co-President Miranda Viscoli that the raffle be cut short.
“I think they realized that there were a lot of charters nationwide that were doing gun raffles,” Western True Value Store Manager Kerry Maupin, who is donating the guns, told the News, adding that “maybe instead of everyone else bowing down to her beliefs and opinion, she needs to back down. We fought hard and the people spoke up.”
Winners of the raffle, like other gun raffles throughout the United States, will be required to pass an FBI background check before receiving their firearms.
Florida Homeowner Stops Suspected Burglar With Several Bullets
A Florida homeowner in a quiet Oviedo neighborhood heard someone trying to open the door of his house in an attempted break-in. So the owner greeted the intruder outside—with his gun.
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office is reporting the homeowner stepped outside to confront the would-be burglar, who ran across the street to hide in the bushes. However, the suspect suddenly charged from the shrubs, forcing the homeowner to push him away and fire his gun, hitting the intruder several times. The accused burglar was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The neighbor from across the street heard the shots explode in the peaceful community, telling WKMG News 6 he thought they were fireworks. “It didn't sound like a gun. It sounded like a cannon went off a couple times.” Later, the neighbor added, “I believe you ought to be able to shoot and take your own action to protect your property.”