The number of National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks performed last month was the highest of any August on record, according to recent FBI statistics. In August 2016, the FBI conducted 1,853,815 checks, reporting a six-percent increase over August 2015 and marking the eighth month this year that has set a new record high for that particular month. This pattern of record-setting totals means 2016 is well on its way to becoming the year with the highest number of background checks since the FBI began keeping records in 1998.
With recent tragedies spurring calls for increasingly severe gun-control measures, and at the same time emphasizing the need for armed self-defense, it’s no mystery why people might think now is a good time to purchase a firearm. And with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton threatening to reinstate her husband’s failed “assault-weapon” ban, enact so-called “universal” background checks and repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act, it’ll be no wonder if this rise continues.
Chicago’s Killers Break Record After Record ... While Politicians Talk
By Labor Day, Chicago’s killers had racked up 500 murders so far for 2016—more than in all of 2015—putting the city on track to record its most violent year in over a decade, if not decades, USA Todayreports. Indeed, August was the deadliest month in 20 years in Chicago, yet all the Windy City’s politicians wanted to do was talk.
Democrats Continue Pushing For Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee
As senators returned to work on Capitol Hill following a seven-week summer recess, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wasted little time pressing the Republican-led Senate to support Merrick Garland, President Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee. “Republicans have deadlocked our entire system of justice because of the Republican Senate's dysfunction,” said Reid, adding that refusing to consider Garland is “disgusting and repugnant.”
But his act of persuasion seemed more like desperation as the ill-advised nomination continues to languish—now longer than any other Supreme Court nominee in history at more than 170 days. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is still demanding Obama’s successor make the pick, with an aide reiterating his position that the next president should select the nominee. Republican Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley agrees, saying that speaking with voters at home during recess “only bolstered the point that Iowans should have the opportunity to have a voice in the direction of the Supreme Court for the next 40 years.”
D.C. Police Chief Decries Broken Criminal Justice System
Outgoing Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier lamented her city’s “beyond broken” justice system last week, citing the lack of outrage over repeat offenders as the principal reason for her retirement. “People are being victimized who shouldn’t be,” she declared.
Where was Lanier’s outrage over those innocent victims during her 10-year term? Apparently she was too busy pushing gun control and denying constitutional rights to the law-abiding to notice. Lanier made headlines after appearing on “60 Minutes” last year and advising citizens in an active shooter situation to “take the gunman down.” She declined to elaborate on how, probably since getting a carry permit in gun-controlled D.C. is so laborious that one journalist wrote an entire book about it.
Just this past June, Lanier talked about seeing more shootouts in the city where “everybody is armed.” Everybody but the law-abiding, of course, who have been stripped of their rights to defend themselves against the rise in crime largely due to Lanier’s own policies. Looks like there’s far more broken in D.C. than just the justice system.
Piers Morgan Attacks 12-Year-Old Hunter, Asks “What If I Killed Your Pet Cat?”
TV host and freedom-fearing anti-gun zealot Piers Morgan was back to his tiresome shtick again Monday, as he bullied 12-year-old Aryanna Gourdin for hunting and posting pictures from her hunts on social media. “How would you feel if I came to your house one day and I hunted down your pet cat and I killed it and I then posted pictures of me celebrating the slaughter of your pet cat?” Morgan taunted his young guest.
According to the Washington Times, when the young lady was dumbfounded by Morgan’s inflammatory question, Morgan doubled down, insisting “There’s nothing tricky about that question” and repeating, “Would you like it” if he “came and killed your pet cat and I posted pictures of me celebrating the killing?”
Here’s hoping Morgan’s sanctimony and self-righteous scolding get the same reaction in England as they did here in the United States, as viewers change the channel and broadcasters pull the plug.
Armed Texas Home Invasion Gets One Attempted Robber Killed, Another Jailed
When two men, one armed with a handgun, invaded a home in Lamar County, Texas, around 2 a.m. Friday morning, they probably didn’t expect the victims to be awake. But awake they were, and fight back they did.
“The victims started struggling with the first person that came in the door with the gun,” Lamar County Chief Deputy Jeff Springer told KXII-TV. “That person dropped the gun, and one of the victims picked up the gun and ordered them to get out of the house, and they wouldn't do it.”
That’s when one of the victims fired a shot at the home invaders, striking one and causing all three to flee. The injured suspect was found deceased in the road in front of the house, and police arrested a second suspect a short time later. The getaway driver remains at large.