Steve Harvey used an episode of his daytime talk show back in May (it just came to our attention) to ridicule the NRA’s longstanding gun safety program. He asked, “What’s a better way to keep kids from guns—laws that punish adults who let children get their hands on firearms, or is it Eddie Eagle?” The comedian then went on to mock the mascot and question an NRA claim that the Eddie Eagle GunSafe program has been credited with an 80-percent reduction in child firearm accident fatalities.
Harvey should have done a bit more research. The statistic he cites was a finding of the National Center for Health Statistics. And since it began in 1988, the NRA’s gun accident prevention program has been widely successful and adopted throughout the nation. To date, it has taught its life-saving message of what to do if children come across a gun—Stop. Don’t Touch. Run Away. Tell A Grown-up—to more than 28 million children in all 50 states, plus Canada and Puerto Rico.
So who’s laughing now?
Texas Judge Refuses To Block Campus Carry
A U.S. district judge has denied a request for a preliminary injunction in the case of three University of Texas professors opposed to campus carry. The liberal arts professors filed the suit in June, saying guns in the classroom could have a “chilling effect” on discussion of controversial topics such as abortion.
But on Monday, Judge Earl Yeakel III ruled the merits of that argument weren’t strong enough to block implementation of campus carry while the case goes forward. “The court has searched the jurisprudence of this country from the ratification of the Constitution forward and found no precedent for Plaintiff’s proposition that there is a right of academic freedom so broad that … their concerns override decisions of the legislature and the governing body of the institution that employs them,” Yeakel said.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who had called the case frivolous, said he was “pleased, but not surprised” with the court’s decision. “There is simply no legal justification to deny licensed, law-abiding citizens on campus the same measure of personal protection they are entitled to elsewhere in Texas,” Paxton said.
Terrorism In Europe Spurs Demand For Defensive Weapons Across The Continent
In the wake of this year’s increasing terrorist attacks in France, Belgium and Germany, applications for permits to own weapons—both firearms and non-lethal so-called “scare devices”—are rising in at least four countries, Reuters reports.
In Germany, as of June, permits for non-lethal weapons, including blank pistols and pepper spray guns, increased by almost half, year-over-year. In Switzerland, applications for firearms permits rose in 2015 and increased even more this year. The same is true of Austria, where the number of gun licenses increased since last September by 11 percent, having risen about half that much in the previous year. And in the Czech Republic, the number of gun permit holders increased this year, after falling for several years.
Apparently Europeans are realizing that surrendering their right to protect themselves to politicians who promise to protect them is a fool’s errand at best, and too often a devil’s bargain.
NRA T-Shirt Sales Help Fund Law Enforcement
A creative pro-law enforcement T-shirt design and resulting sales at NRAstore.com has led to a $39,000 donation to law enforcement.
The store debuted the “Thin Blue Line” T-shirt with a two-week promotion between July 28 and Aug. 12, in which 100 percent of the profits would support the NRA Foundation's Law Enforcement Training Endowment. The popularity of the shirt and strong sales resulted in a $39,000 donation to the endowment, which supports instructors, agencies and programs serving law enforcement personnel through enhancement of professional firearm-related skills, state-of-the-art gun safety and marksmanship training.
“Now more than ever, the NRA supports our men and women in blue across our country, and will continue to provide that support through our law enforcement programs,” said Kyle Weaver, NRA’s executive director of General Operations
The NRA "Thin Blue Line" T-shirt is still available at NRAstore.com, where 100 percent of profits support vital NRA programs.
Pennsylvania County Reflects Widespread Popularity Of Concealed Carry
Want to see a great example of the exploding popularity of concealed carry? Look no further than Allegheny County, Penn., where the number of permits issued is on pace to rise 40 percent this year from last year.
According to a report in the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, Deputy Sheriff Ryan Foster detailed the jump in carry permits issued this year when speaking at a seminar hosted by two local state legislators in Oakdale, Penn.
“The numbers [of licenses issued] started to spike when I took over in 2015,” he said. “We issued 25,000 licenses to carry in 2015 … and we could issue 30,000 to 35,000 this year.”
After the address, Foster discussed reasons for the increase with the Post-Gazette, saying, “I believe that [the increase] is due to the terrorist attacks [on citizens]. That’s what has been ascertained to me from the applicants.”
Homeowner Holds Intruder At Gunpoint Until Police Arrive
A husband and wife were asleep in their Tennessee home earlier this week when they heard a crashing sound just before 6 a.m. The man got out of bed, retrieved his handgun and headed downstairs to investigate, where he soon discovered their front door had been kicked in.
The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office told WATE.com the man then encountered the home invader—later identified as 23-year-old Darrick C. Whaley—who was also armed and told the homeowner someone was after him. The homeowner held the intruder at gunpoint and warned him not to come up the stairs. Within minutes the police arrived, disarmed Whaley without incident, and discovered meth and a syringe on the suspect during a search.
Whaley is currently in the Sevier County Jail, charged with especially aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during a violent felony, and possession of a schedule II narcotic.