Tired of burgeoning violent crime in their city despite extremely restrictive gun laws, Baltimore city leaders are finally turning toward a solution that can really make a different.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby called a press conference on Wednesday to announce the formation of a new task force targeting violent, repeat gun offenders. The Gun Violence Enforcement Division will be housed within Mosby’s office and will be manned by a team of “elite” prosecutors and police detectives. The unit, Mosby said, would have just one responsibility: “To ensure the aggregation of intelligence that's extracted from my criminal strategies unit and the Baltimore Police Department is used to not only apprehend and charge, but to convict those who are administering gun violence in the city.”
The announcement of the task force comes the same week that three 16-year-olds were shot. According to officials, there have been more than 650 shootings in Baltimore this year—and guns have been used in 177 of the city's 215 homicides.
6-Time Olympic Medalist Kim Rhode: “How DARE Anybody Put Me In A ‘Basket of Deplorables’”
In response to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s hateful “basket of deplorables” remark labeling Donald Trump supporters as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it,” six-time Olympic medal winner Kim Rhode, the only triple Olympic champion, fired off an on-target tweet of her own:
“Wife, mother, Olympian, proud supporter of the 2nd Amendment & how DARE anybody put me in a ‘basket of deplorables’!” Rhode tweeted above a photo of herself with a shotgun and a T-shirt reading, “Gun Owners for Trump.”
Rhode, you may remember, won the bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics this summer, making her the first woman to medal in six consecutive Olympics. She’s also an honorary Life member of the NRA, and we’re proud to have her on our side.
Anti-Gun Pastor Above Oregon’s Background Check Law
The anti-gun Oregon pastor who ran afoul of the state’s ridiculous new background check law by wasting $3,000 of his congregation’s money to win an AR-15 in a raffle, then leaving it with someone else for safe storage, won’t be charged.
Rev. Jeremy Lucas told The Washington Post that after he won the rifle he left it with a parishioner for safe-keeping—an illegal act under the misguided law since no background check was conducted for the “transfer.” Yet the Oregon State Police somehow can’t determine if a law was broken, saying the case is “challenging, due to the lack of any evidence supporting the allegations.”
Might we suggest simply asking Lucas if he transferred the gun to someone without a background check? Isn’t that what investigations usually consist of—asking questions?
If Lucas answered “yes,” he broke the law and could be prosecuted. If he answered “no,” then he lied to the Post—making him just a liar, not a criminal.
Shotgun Maker Sponsors CCW Classes For LGBT Community
The Standard Manufacturing Company, a shotgun maker based in Connecticut, is subsidizing a concealed-carry handgun class for the LGBTQ community in Florida.
The president of the company, Louis Frutuoso, was succinct about why: “We are not a handgun manufacturer, thus get nothing out of these efforts. Why we are doing this is to show solidarity for our fellow Americans no matter what gender, sex or creed.”
The effort stems from a new partnership between Empower Firearms Training, Global Dynasty Corps., and the not-for-profit Pink Pistols organization. After the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando last June, Frutuoso wanted to make a positive impact in the community. In a press release, Standard Manufacturing said, “The objective of this program is to encourage a professional, safe and comfortable learning environment in the field of firearms and self-protection for the LGBTQ community while ensuring that our Second Amendment rights are cherished and upheld for every law abiding citizen.”
Armed Florida Woman Stops Apartment Break-In
A 19-year-old woman was alone in her Jacksonville, Fla., apartment around 6 p.m. on Wednesday when she heard someone kicking in the door. She grabbed her firearm, and when she saw the suspect, who police identified as 21-year-old Kyle Williams, enter her apartment, she fired a shot, hitting him in the leg.
Williams immediately fled the apartment complex and jumped into a black vehicle driven by an accomplice. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Williams was arrested and charged with burglary after he sought treatment for a gunshot wound at a local walk-in clinic.
According to authorities, the victim has been cooperating with the investigation, and was released after being questioned. The driver remains at large.