With more guns per capita than any other state, those who have spent time listening to anti-gun politicians or the so-called “mainstream” media probably expect crime in Wyoming to be out of control. In reality, however, the state’s per-capita gun-related murder rate is below the national average.
Park County Sheriff Scott Steward recently told CBS News that non-gun-owners “are very much in the minority”—and among those who do own guns, “The low end’s going to be probably four to five [per household], high end’s going to be anywhere from 100 to more.”
While the media tries to claim more guns mean more danger to law enforcement, Steward is grateful for the backup. “We might have three [deputies] on duty in the county to cover 6,000 square miles,” he said. “Sometimes you can have a deputy on one side of the county get a call 40 miles away. Chances are, he’s not gonna get there to intervene.” Consequently, Steward says he’s glad that, in his county of 29,000, he signs around 25 concealed-carry permits a week. “The more concealed-carry permits, the safer we are.”
Hillary Clinton’s VP Pick Calls For More Gun Control
Democrat vice-presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine says he supports expanding federal background checks on firearm purchasers, WTOP reports, although their story doesn’t touch upon the additional anti-gun policies—from outright gun bans, to magazine size restrictions, to holding firearm dealers liable for the actions of criminals—that Kaine also has advanced over the years.
This is likely a result of the Clinton campaign’s efforts to “rebrand” gun control as “gun safety,” and to cloak Clinton’s plans with focus group-tested sound bites and anodyne euphemisms—such as “preventing gun violence”—rather than a reflection of the candidate’s true aims.
The event will include a dinner, pro-gun guest speakers and an opportunity to help GOAL raise funds to fight Attorney General Maura Healey’s outrageous unilateral decision on July 19 to ban the sale of commonly owned semi-automatic firearms. Cost of the event is $25.
As most Massachusetts gun owners are aware, the attorney general issued an “enforcement notice” that greatly expands the commonwealth’s definition of “assault weapon.” AG Healey alleges that the ban’s definition of “copy” or “duplicate” “assault weapons” has been misinterpreted for the last 18 years, and she is simply the first law enforcement official to discover this incorrect interpretation.
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Massachusetts gun owners should consider attending this event if at all possible. For more information or to purchase a ticket,click here.
Facebook To FFLs: It Doesn’t Matter If You Have A License
In January, Facebook changed its user policy to ban private-party gun sales. The ban applied to person-to-person sales only, and didn’t affect licensed gun dealers or gun clubs. So you can imagine Christopher Dover’s surprise when, in an attempt to follow the new policy to the letter, he found his Facebook group suddenly shut down on, ironically, Independence Day.
The East Texas Firearms Marketplace Facebook group that Dover managed required dealers to provide a valid copy of their federal firearms license. But neither Dover, nor any other Facebook users, were aware of yet another policy change the social behemoth made in June.
They added the words “by private individuals” so that their policy now reads: “We prohibit any attempts by private individuals to purchase, sell, or trade prescription drugs, marijuana, firearms or ammunition.” This small change with a big ramification effectively shut Dover’s group—and likely others—down, as a Facebook spokesman said the rule will be enforced on “individuals,” whether they have an FFL or not. Status: dislike.
Arkansas Group Uses Hunting For Therapy
A northwest Arkansas nonprofit is seeking participants and volunteers for its hunting program that is used for therapeutic purposes.
Buckmasters NWA hosts all-expenses-paid hunting trips for veterans, first responders, and disabled or critically ill children. In fact, the organization has taken more than 700 disabled individuals and ill children hunting over the past 25 years.
“We want to show compassion for the critically ill children who may not be able to go out into the outdoors,” Lindell Roth, organization president, told KFSM. “We want to encourage [applicants] to get outdoors. We realized that is good therapy for them.”
Roth added that those who volunteer will witness firsthand what participating in such an event means to others. “Words can’t describe it,” he said. “You have to see it, and feel it, to know what the experience really is.”
To apply to attend a hunt or volunteer to help, click here.
Teenager With Shotgun Stops Home Invader
It’s all too common a scene: A burglar locates a house, breaks in and begins looking for items to steal. Something not as common: While rifling through the property, the robber comes across a 15-year-old with a shotgun.
Myrtle Point, Ore., police received a report of an attempted burglary early Wednesday morning. Responding officers said the burglar had entered the residence while the teenager was alone in the house. In fear for his life, the teen found a shotgun inside the home and then shot the burglar in the leg.
The suspect was identified as 33-year-old Kenneth John Edwards III, who was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. The Coos County district attorney said that the injury was not life-threatening, while also concluding that the shooting was a justifiable use of force. Charges against Edwards will come from the Coos County Grand Jury.