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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bloomberg’s $32 Million Mayoral Training—Gun Control Is Free of Charge

The oh-so benevolent billionaire is at it again. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has opened up his wallet and poured out $32 million to launch a program at Harvard University that will teach mayors how to “run cities more effectively.” This executive training is expected to reach as many as 300 mayors and 400 aides over the next four years.

During his three terms as mayor, Bloomberg famously turned the nation’s largest city into his own personal “nanny state”—one characterized by a barrage of controversial bans that the elitist attempted to pass in order to impose his control over every facet of New Yorkers’ lives. 

Now, of course, the founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns is attempting to bankroll anti-gun laws in states across the union. So it would hardly be surprising if his latest effort involving “training mayors” comes complete with a playbook on pushing gun control.


Chicago: Number Of Detectives Dwindling Despite Soaring Crime Rates

If you thought Chicago’s practice of suppressing lawful armed self-defense during a crime surge was baffling, wait until you hear this. Between 2008 and 2016, the number of detectives—you know, the people charged with figuring out who should be arrested for murders—dropped from 1,252 to 922. Today, just 8 percent of Chicago’s 12,000-person force is detectives, compared with 15 percent in New York and Los Angeles. 

The choice to make the “thin blue line” even thinner couldn’t come at a worse time—at least 462 people have been murdered so far this year, compared with 472 in all of 2015. However, of those 472 murders, only 123—or 26 percent—were solved (the national average is 63 percent). When it comes to nonfatal shootings, the numbers are even grimmer—less than 10 percent of those cases were solved.

As one recently retired detective told Reuters, understaffing is a major contributor to unsolved crime: “You get so many cases you could not do an honest investigation on three-quarters of them. The guys … are trying to investigate one homicide, and they are sent out the next day on a brand-new homicide or a double.” 

While the department seems to be on the right track pleading for harsher sentences for repeat gun offenders, what good will it do when most offenders are never arrested in the first place?


NRA Spending $3 Million On Trump Commercials

The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund has spent nearly $3 million to reserve air time for a series of commercials promoting Donald Trump’s stance on law-abiding American citizens’ right to keep and bear arms.

The ads are set to air in Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania beginning the week of Sept. 5 and running through Oct. 18, according to a report from Kanter Media political ad tracker.

NRA began supporting Trump with ads pointing out Hillary Clinton’s record before Trump began airing his own campaign ads. And there’s little wonder why. While Clinton has shown her outright disdain for the Second Amendment, Trump has taken the opposite side of the issue—which he is quick to point out. “It’s easy for Hillary Clinton to turn a blind eye to crime when she has her own private security force that, by the way, carries guns,” Trump said at a recent campaign stop. “I believe all Americans—not just the powerful—are entitled to security.” 


Ohio Judge Strikes Down Cleveland Gun Laws As Unconstitutional

A Cuyahoga County, Ohio, judge has struck down several provisions in a Cleveland gun-control ordinance Monday, ruling that three laws imposed last year violated the state’s firearms pre-emption law, while upholding other provisions, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

In the constitutional challenge that was filed by Ohioans for Concealed Carry just days after the ordinance was passed by the Cleveland City Council, Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland-Saffold struck down several provisions of the new law, including a redefinition of many semi-automatic firearms as banned “automatics,” as well as provisions that merely duplicated existing state laws. 

Jeff Garvas, head of the concealed-carry group, said the judge’s ruling “cites three cases where the city of Cleveland passed ordinances that are unconstitutional. The city of Cleveland has been told three times now that they're not allowed to do this, twice by the Supreme Court.”


91-Year-Old Man Stands Ground; Shoots Robber In Parking Lot

“This is a textbook case for why concealed pistol licenses are issued in the first place. American citizens have the right to protect themselves …”

That was Macomb County, Mich., Prosecutor Eric Smith, in announcing that no charges will be filed against a 91-year-old carry permit holder who shot a suspected robber.

The incident took place in Eastpointe, Mich., as the elderly man stepped from his car at a local pharmacy. Witnesses say Richard Ashford, 30, approached him in a “threatening manner,” causing the man to announce he was armed while returning to his vehicle. After Ashford left, the man again tried to enter the store. However, Ashford returned and rushed the man, this time holding a piece of metal in his hand. The 91-year-old drew his .38-caliber revolver and fired, missing first, then hitting Ashford in the neck. Ashford was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, while a warrant for his arrest was authorized for assault with a dangerous weapon.


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