Roy Innis, chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and a civil rights icon, passed away on Sunday.
Innis was a powerful, passionate force who defied stereotypes; he was once a black separatist who became a libertarian conservative, and he was a long-time board member of the NRA. His annual CORE dinners were attended by the likes of George W. and Laura Bush, Howard Cosell, Muhammad Ali, Charlton Heston, Morgan Freeman, Don King, Rudy Giuliani, Ed Koch, Evander Holyfield and Barry Manilow. “Roy pulled together the most eclectic groups you’ve ever seen,” said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. “They showed up as much out of respect for Roy as for CORE.”
Many only know Innis as the man who decked Al Sharpton on the “Morton Downey Show” and who clobbered a skinhead leader on “Geraldo.” “He wasn’t a pacifist, as Al Sharpton and others found out,” said Ken Blackwell, former Ohio secretary of state.
Innis was respected for his individuality and courage. He told LaPierre that his advice for young people was “to believe in TLC—truth, logic and courage—and you’ll be OK.”
Federal Gun Legislation Would Benefit Military Spouses
A much-needed piece of legislation was introduced by U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, last week. The “Protect Our Military Families’ Second Amendment Rights Act” would enable military spouses to purchase firearms wherever their active-duty spouse is stationed.
Active service members are already exempt from laws requiring them to purchase guns in the state in which they live. This new legislation would afford the spouse of each active service member the same exemption—and it’s a law which has been a long time coming.
“A lot of military spouses don’t want to change their driver’s license or home of record for two years,” noted Elizabeth Peace, communications director for Rep. Farenthold. “Military spouses still have Second Amendment rights, and this should’ve been done when military members were given the exemption. It’s unfortunate it took a while for people to think of the spouses.”
Illinois Suppressor Legislation Needs Your Support This Week
Illinois Senate Bill 206, which would legalize the possession and use of firearm suppressors, is currently pending consideration this week. This bill needs your support today.
Firearm suppressors, which are widely used in Europe and currently legal to own in 38 states, offer important benefits. Although they neither “silence” firearms nor see common use among criminals—as movies and the media inaccurately portray—suppressors can reduce muzzle blast to hearing-safe levels, thereby protecting the hearing of hunters and reducing the noise complaints that are often used to try to shut down shooting ranges and hunting lands. In addition, by reducing felt recoil, suppressors can help increase accuracy, reduce “flinch” and make shooting more accessible to beginners, young people and even some milquetoast journalists.
Use Your Power!
To contact your state senator in Springfield today and politely urge him or her to pass the important pro-gun reforms in Senate Bill 206,click here.
NRA Is Supporting Nebraska Pre-emption Legislation
Legislative Bill 68 would ensure Nebraskans don’t inadvertently violate the law as they travel through the state. This problem is the result of local gun ordinances that are more restrictive than state laws and those of neighboring communities. LB 68 would eliminate this confusing patchwork of laws by ensuring that state gun laws pre-empt local ordinances.
“When law-abiding Nebraskans who choose to exercise their right to self-defense are scared at every turn that they might be breaking a law, that becomes a de facto gun ban,” said Catherine Mortensen, spokesperson for NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “Our goal is to eliminate this confusing patchwork of laws so that law-abiding Nebraskans can carry with confidence.”
Use Your Power!
Take action now. To sign a petition telling your legislators, “I want pre-emption in Nebraska,”click here.
New Orleans Woman Stops Intruder With Knife, Then Her Gun
When Deangelo Adams forced his way into a woman’s home just after 5 a.m. last week, she grabbed a huge knife from the kitchen. After a brief struggle, she managed to chase him away, and you would hope that would be enough to end the ordeal.
Unfortunately, you would be wrong.
A bit later, Adams paid a second visit to the woman’s house—but this time she pulled out her firearm. After shooting two rounds at the intruder, he scampered away again, ending the encounter once and for all.
Or perhaps not. Amazingly, Adams returned a third time, carrying a gun of his own. This time he was arrested by New Orleans police detectives who had arrived at the scene moments earlier. The third time was evidently the charm for this homeowner, but obviously not for would-be criminal Deangelo Adams.