The weekend violence tally in Chicago looked painfully familiar—eight killed and 35 wounded. Included was an 18-year-old who had survived five previous shootings, but wasn’t so fortunate this time.
So far this year, more than 3,000 people have been the victims of violent criminals with guns. The Windy City also tallied more than 500 homicides, a figure already exceeding last year’s total.
What does Mayor Rahm Emanuel have to say about the unrelenting bloodshed? Nothing, apparently. The mayor’s office declined comment and referred questions to the police department.
For his part, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson blamed gangs—saying, “It’s not a police issue, it’s a society issue”—and refused to accept responsibility. Law enforcement “is doing its job,” he said.
With Chicagoans dying at record numbers, city officials can’t continue burying their heads in the sand and pointing fingers. Homicides are a crime problem, not a gun problem, and it’s time they were dealt with accordingly.
Missouri Legislators To Address Veto Override Today
Today’s the day! Missouri state legislators are returning to the state capitol this morning to consider an override of Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of pro-gun Senate Bill 656.
Despite the “permitless” carry bill unanimously passing the legislature with overwhelming support earlier this year, a coalition of anti-gun organizations led by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is attempting to prevent the override. Bloomberg has invested millions in the state, aggressively targeting Republican legislators in an attempt to flip the votes necessary to sustain the veto.
The NRA is urging residents to contact their representatives—tell them you don’t want to bring Bloomberg’s big-city gun control to the Midwest, and ask them to demand an overriding vote.
USE YOUR POWER!
To contact your representative and urge him or her to override Gov. Nixon’s veto,click here.
Anti-Gun Oregon Governor Nets Big Bloomberg Bucks
Hot on the heels of her call for a package of restrictive gun-control measures to be considered in the state legislature next session, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has received a $250,000 donation from anti-gun former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
As most A1F Daily readers know, billionaire Bloomberg is using his mega bucks to back anti-gun candidates throughout the country at the state and federal level. Find a candidate Bloomberg backs financially, and it’s a pretty sure bet that gun owners should vote for that candidate’s opponent.
Among other proposals, Brown supports a ban on popular semi-automatic rifles that she calls “assault weapons,” as well as doing away with the three-day limit for the so-called “instant” background check, which would let the government delay gun purchases for an unlimited amount of time without cause.
Gun Rights Rally In California Draws Hundreds
The signs lined the street as more than 500 people gathered in Modesto, Calif., for a gun-rights rally last Saturday: “No more gun laws.” “We will not comply.” “The 2nd Amendment: America’s original homeland security.”
Event coordinators collected approximately $1,300 for disabled veterans and the Firearms Policy Coalition. More importantly, they gained 300 petition signatures for ballot referendums against anti-gun legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last July.
Several speakers addressed the need to fight for the right to own firearms for self-defense, recreation and competition—including Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson. “We should be electing people to the state and federal government who represent our interests and are more concerned about the people than their own self-serving interests,” the sheriff said. Speaking directly to the gun-control measures, he added, “None of it brings a greater level of safety to our community because the only thing it affects is law-abiding citizens.”
Another Concealed-Carry Permit Holder Saves Lives
A man was dropping off a friend from work in the small town of Granite City, Ill.—just northeast of St. Louis—when another individual approached his car and attempted a robbery. Detectives say that’s when the victim, who had been driving the car, was able to grab his concealed weapon. The man fired and struck the attacker, halting the robbery.
Investigators are saying the actions of the man with the carry permit and firearm probably saved his life. A local resident summed up the feelings of the stunned neighborhood, “I was nervous. You don’t know where the bullets are flying. You hear this every day. People just sitting on the porch and shot and killed, just from the wild fire.”
The investigation is ongoing, and the district attorney’s office has yet to say what charges may be filed against the suspect, who is still in the hospital being treated for gunshot wounds.