During an anti-gun rant to the National Press Club on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., repeated the new favorite lie of gun-ban Democrats and the so-called “mainstream” media—gun ownership is dropping like a rock.
“The number of (gun) buyers has shrunk, so the simple solution, the industry realized, is to just sell more weapons to this smaller-sized market,” Murphy said.
In truth, and we explain it here, the report that gun ownership is dwindling is nothing more than a media myth, as more and more first-time gun buyers visit shooting ranges throughout the country each day to learn about shooting and gun ownership.
In fact, a brand new Pew Research Center poll found that 31 percent of those surveyed said they owned a gun—the highest number in the history of the poll. And that figure is likely low, since many gun owners prefer not to discuss their firearms with strangers over the telephone.
Schumer’s #1 Priority: Stripping Your Liberties
If you were a politician, what would your most pressing issue be? Job creation and economic growth? The ongoing threat of terrorism and ISIS? Perhaps dealing with the deficit and government spending? Or maybe health care or immigration?
If you selected any of the above, you’d fall right in line with American voters and their chief concerns. But if you’re U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the answer is none of the above. Instead, here is what the Democratic Senator would like to see: “My number one goal, should I become majority leader with your help, is to get a progressive Supreme Court.”
The political elitist has long been a staunch gun-ban advocate, and he’s fully aware that a left-leaning court will likely overturn the District of Columbia v. Heller ruling. So rather than work to actually solve any of our nation’s problems, Schumer—like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—plots instead to strip Americans of their Constitutional liberties.
Report: ATF Badly Mishandled Gun Sting Operations
The Operation Fast and Furious scandal, much to the Justice Department’s dismay, simply refuses to go away. The latest hit comes from the Office of the Inspector General, which released a report Thursday expressing new concerns about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF’s) undercover storefront operations.
Fast and Furious, you’ll recall, is the operation where the ATF told gun dealers to sell gun runners as many firearms as they wanted. But they didn’t put tracking devices on the guns or even follow them—they simply let as many as 2,000 guns go directly to Mexican drug cartels.
This latest report sheds more light on how badly the operation was mishandled. They determined that, “ATF underestimated the level of experience, training and expertise necessary to manage and oversee its storefront operations.” Their mistakes, the report read, “were avoidable and were caused primarily by poor management, insufficient training and guidance to agents in the field.”
Harvard Argument Against Campus Carry: Students’ Brains Aren’t Developed
A Harvard Crimson editorial—which reads more like an article from a 1969 issue of Harvard Lampoon—asserts campus carry is dangerous because college students’ brains aren’t developed and they consume drugs and alcohol.
Excerpts from the thesis seem like satire, but are, in fact, presented as rational. From the editorial titled “No Guns On Campus”:
“… at the University of Texas, they (sex toys) have become instruments of protest against state legislation forcing public campuses to accept concealed carry …. Neurology confirms college students’ dubious decision-making abilities. The frontal lobes, the area of the brain responsible for ultimate decision-making, may not even fully develop until the 30s, and one of the last areas to mature. While this lagged development should not exempt college students from all responsibilities, Texas ought to reconsider the prudence of relying on gun-toting 20-somethings for campus safety …. The environment of undergraduate life itself also gives ample reason to question the wisdom of concealed carry. Alcohol and drugs are undeniable parts of college life ….”
Tell that to all the 20-somethings now carrying guns for the military in faraway lands while protecting our freedoms—including our right to keep and bear arms.
Home Intruder Stopped In His Tracks
An off-duty Memphis police officer and mother, home with her 13-year-old daughter, heard a loud crash from the bathroom and found a wood log on the floor when she investigated. Suddenly, a man was crawling through a tiny broken window.
The officer acted on instinct, grabbing her gun and firing a shot at the intruder, who was halfway through the opening. The burglar quickly retreated, but was captured moments later lying in a driveway blocks from the officer’s home.
Investigators said the intruder, identified as Jeremy Scott, resisted arrest. “The defendant also had dilated pupils and was acting in a way one does while on hallucinating narcotics.” Local residents agreed the homeowner did the right thing, with one neighbor saying, “That's the only way you can make sure you're protected and he's leaving.”