In a thoughtful op-ed published last week in the Bangor Daily News, Franklin County, Maine, Sheriff Scott Nichols came out strongly against the Michael Bloomberg-funded ballot initiative designed to place NYC-style gun restrictions on law-abiding Maine gun owners.
“This is the never-ending mission of anti-gun groups: to slowly erode our Second Amendment rights to the point where, eventually, we will have to crawl to the government for permission to own a gun …” he wrote of Question 3, adding, “This initiative does nothing to restrict evil people from possessing firearms.”
Nichols continued: “These groups are trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. After all, Maine’s violent crime rate is one of the lowest in the country.” He then wrapped up the op-ed with a plea for Maine citizens to vote “no” on the initiative: “My friends, this is not what our forefathers had in mind when they drew up the Second Amendment,” he wrote.
Sen. Murphy: To Be A Leader In The Democratic Party, You Have To Be “Right” On Guns
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., told Politico yesterday that “if you want to be a leader in the Democratic Party, I think this presidential election has proven that you have to be right on the issue of guns.” Of course, “right,” in this case, means “wrong.”
“This has become a litmus-test issue for leadership in the Democratic Party,” Murphy continued. “We should accept that cracking down on our gun laws, yes, will prevent more mass tragedies like Sandy Hook, will cut down on the rates of urban gun violence, but will also be a pretty effective counter-terrorism strategy.”
Americans don’t respond well to politicians telling us what “we should accept.” In addition, gun owners know mass murderers, drug gangs and terrorists don’t care about gun laws. However, Murphy is right about one thing—current Democratic Party leaders are willing to trample your rights in their rush to the White House
Olympic Trapshooter Corey Cogdell-Unrein Takes The Bronze In Rio
On Sunday, Corey Cogdell-Unrein earned the bronze medal in women’s trap at the 2016 Rio Olympics—the second medal earned by the U.S. shooting team this year, as well as Cogdell-Unrein’s second Olympic medal (she also earned a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.)
In a Facebook post on Monday morning, the 29-year-old shooter from Eagle River, Alaska, said, “I can hardly put into words what it means to me to have won my second Olympic medal yesterday, another bronze. To stand on top of the podium again after an eight-year absence it's hard not to take the time to reflect on how far I have come. … I can only ultimately give the glory to one person, Jesus. He has given me the personal strength to carry on day after day and placed all the right people in my life to help me along this journey. I went to God so many times this week for comfort, patience and strength, and he delivered all of that—including an extra bonus of this beautiful Olympic Bronze Medal.”
N.J. Legislature Trying To Block “Justifiable Need” RTC Improvements
New Jersey’s Senate Law and Public Safety Committee held a procedurally required hearing yesterday on the legislature’s attempts to kill small improvements to the “justifiable need” standard required for residents to obtain handgun carry permits.
These improvements, recommended by Gov. Chris Christie and implemented by the State Police earlier this year, would strengthen New Jersey’s self-defense laws—which is why anti-gun legislators in Trenton have resorted to this procedural maneuver to kill them.
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Custom Bike And Firearm Designer Jesse James Launches NRA Clothing Line
“I am a lifetime NRA member. I am very proud to have this partnership with an organization with such deep American roots.”
With that statement, West Coast Choppers CEO Jesse James announced a new deal to create Second Amendment-themed apparel in partnership with the National Rifle Association. The custom motorcycle and firearm maker will launch the branded line—NRA Originals—late in the summer, featuring a collection of hats and shirts.
A fixture on his Discovery Channel TV series, James is known for his signature style as well as his “outlaw persona.” According to media reports, the NRA hopes to draw upon his individuality and design capability. “The NRA is excited about Jesse’s NRA Originals line … We feel even more fortunate to have him with us in this fight for freedom,” said Kyle Weaver, NRA’s executive director of general operations.
James is also known for his Jesse James Firearms Unlimited venture, offering his well-known flair to high-end 1911s, ARs and suppressors.
Armed Robber Stopped By Armed Citizen
A man attempting to rob two workers at Buffalo Brothers restaurant in Garner, N.C., was shot by one of the workers early Saturday morning.
According to local media reports, two suspects went into the closed restaurant and attempted to rob two contract employees who were inside working on the interior of the building. The four people got into what police described as a struggle, and one of the suspects was shot.
The injured suspect was taken to an area hospital for treatment and has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. According to police records, he had been previously arrested and charged 13 other times in North Carolina.