An American teenage air rifle shooter won the first gold medal awarded in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday.
Virginia Thrasher, a 19-year-old sophomore at West Virginia University, won the 10-meter air rifle event, narrowly beating China’s Du Li, a former Olympic gold medalist, by just one point. "This is beyond my wildest dreams," Thrasher said. "I knew it was a realistic expectation for me to get into the finals and once you get into the finals, anything can happen. For me, this year has been incredible."
Formerly a figure skater, Thrasher took up shooting just five years ago after going on a deer hunting trip with family members. “In the finals, about halfway through, it kind of became clear to me that I was in contention for a medal,” Thrasher said. “But I quickly pushed that thought away and focused on breathing, just taking one shot at a time.”
D.C. Travel Guide Attempts To Rewrite History
Taking political correctness and anti-gun sentiment to a ridiculous new level, a travel guide published by the Washington, D.C., Convention and Sports Authority will no longer accept ads for the National Firearms Museum located at the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Va.
“I am writing again about the ad your team has recently submitted for the Destination DC’s Official Visitors Guide,” Claire Carlin, VP of partnerships & alliances of Destination DC, told NRA officials in an email quoted in the Washington Free Beacon. “We recognize the place that firearms have had in history, but have decided not to run any ads that depict weapons or ammunition at this time.”
According to a report in the Free Beacon, the NRA offered three different ad variations featuring antique firearms on display at the museum, but all were rejected. “The NRA is surprised and disappointed that a publication purporting to be a guide to historic attractions in the nation’s capital would choose to censor history …,” said NRA spokesman Jason Brown.
Armed Nebraska Man Stops Invasion
A Nebraska man, who was house-sitting for an acquaintance, used his firearm to stop a home invasion early Saturday morning.
According to local media reports, the man and woman who were house-sitting were awakened about 2:15 a.m. to the sound of an intruder in the home.
When the intruder began kicking down the bedroom door, the man shot the intruder, who, it was later learned, was an ex-boyfriend of the homeowner.
The intruder fled but was found nearby. Local police said he was taken to a nearby medical provider, where he is expected to survive. Charges are pending.