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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Shannon Watts: Attacking NRA While Praising Ineffective Gun Laws

On Sunday, NRA tweeted a reminder about the dangers of a Hillary Clinton presidency: “The attack on #2A is clear. A Clinton SCOTUS would hack away at our #2A rights. #Guns #NeverHillary,” it read. 

Shortly after, Shannon Watts, founder of Michael Bloomberg’s Demanding Moms, fired back: “Attack on Americans clear: [NRA] lobbyists paid millions to hack away at lifesaving gun laws. #ImWithHer.” 

Firstly, Watts never even tries to deny NRA’s assertions about a Clinton Supreme Court. But the real problems with this tweet become apparent within the first three words. How can NRA’s actions be an attack on Americans when poll after poll shows that not only do Americans value gun rights over gun control and believe guns make us safer, but a full 20 percent more Americans view NRA favorably than those who have a favorable view of Hillary Clinton

And what about these “lifesaving gun laws”? Is she referring to the ones banning rifles very rarely used in crimes, or the ones mandating background checks that only the law-abiding will submit to?

Chicago’s Deadliest Month In Nearly Two Decades

It might rank as the nation’s third-largest city, but it comes in first in one very undesirable stat. Chicago leads the way in the number of homicides and shooting victims this year—recording more than New York City and Los Angeles combined

This isn’t news to anyone, especially if you’ve been following A1F Daily. All year, we’ve been reporting on Chicago’s downward spiral of violence. In August alone, more than 400 people have been shot, 78 fatally. There hasn’t been a deadlier month since October 1997, when the Windy City registered 79 homicides. 

Fortunately, with summer on the way out, those numbers will likely start to decline. And we can only hope that when Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s plan to lock up repeat offenders—and keep them locked up—takes hold, there will be a similar effect. Let’s hope so, as far too many innocent people have lost their lives already.

Support Needed For Missouri Veto Override

With former NYC mayor and anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg poised to spend big bucks in Missouri to stop an attempted override of SB 655, NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action is alerting Show Me State gun owners to the threat.

The Missouri General Assembly is scheduled to reconvene for a veto session in September, where the House of Representatives and the Senate will vote to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of important pro-gun self-defense legislation. Senate Bill 656, which would make numerous pro-gun reforms including permitting anyone legally allowed to possess a firearm to carry a firearm for self-defense without a permit, was passed out of the legislature with overwhelming support during the 2016 Regular Session before being vetoed by Gov. Nixon.

The NRA has publicly condemned the veto of Senate Bill 656 by Gov. Nixon, and now state legislators need to hear from their constituents in order to override the veto.

Use Your Power!

It is extremely important that Missouri gun owners contact their lawmakers today and urge them not to bow to out-of-state, anti-gun interests by allowing New York-style gun control to come to Missouri. Politely urge them to override Gov. Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 656 by clicking here.

Minnesota Gun “Buyback” Blows $25k Buying Cast-Off Junk While Collectors Score Bargains

Minneapolis handed out $25,000 worth of Visa gift cards in return for more than 150 guns handed in to authorities Saturday, the Star Tribune reports, before running out of gift cards and halting the feel-good operation.

One unnamed gun owner told WCCO that he’d gotten $200 for a firearm he turned in, which he planned to spend on another gun. Meanwhile, local gun collector Paul Joat reportedly bought two firearms from people en route to the “buyback,” apparently by offering a better price for them than the $15 to $300 Visa cards the city was offering. 

“A lot of what I’m seeing is gun nuts turning in their guns for more than they’re worth,” Joat told the Star Tribune. Indeed, one person reportedly turned in a “shotgun” bodged together from scrap wood and pipe and walked off with $100. Meanwhile, Councilman Cam Gordon called the stunt “a great way to get guns off the street.”

Restrictive Virginia Measure To Be Considered Today

This morning the Department of General Services is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order to permanently ban the concealed carry of firearms in executive branch offices. The hearing is set for 10 a.m. at the Pocahontas Building Auditorium, 900 E. Main Street in Richmond.

If approved, law-abiding concealed-carry permit holders would no longer be able to carry a firearm and exercise their right to self-defense in state agency offices.

It is important that NRA members and other Second Amendment supporters attend this hearing and voice their opposition to this gun ban. The hearing is open to anyone who wishes to speak. Speakers are limited to two minute comments and must sign in at the hearing. Sign-in begins at 9 a.m.

Use Your Power!

Virginia gun owners who are not able to attend can still make their voices heard on this issue. Submit written comments on the proposal by clicking here.

Knife-Wielding Robber Chased Off By Gun-Carrying Employee

While it’s fairly well known that you shouldn’t bring a knife to a gun fight, a criminal in Knoxville, Tenn., recently learned the lesson firsthand. Officers are now searching for a man who tried to rob a store with a knife, and who was quickly dispatched by an employee carrying a firearm.

Knox County sheriff’s deputies told ABC affiliate WATE that the suspect entered Danny’s Market earlier this week, approached a customer at the counter, then held a knife to her throat while telling the store clerk to hand over money. Instead, the employee pulled out his handgun.

At that point, the suspect backed out of the store using the customer as a shield before taking off on foot. A bystander gave chase, but eventually lost track of the criminal, who eyewitnesses described as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s with a stocky build, and who kept his face covered throughout the robbery attempt.

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