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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Octogenarian Homeowner Shoots Invader, Sends Him Scrambling

Around 9 a.m. Monday morning, an 81-year-old Edgewater, Fla., homeowner heard a knock at the door, and the doorbell ringing over and over. After looking outside and not recognizing the visitor, the man retreated to the back of his house. That’s when he heard the shattering glass.

The elderly homeowner grabbed his .22-caliber pistol and returned in time to see the suspect reaching through the front window, brushing away broken glass. Fearing for his life and the safety of his wife, the homeowner fired several times through the window.

“I fired a whole bunch of them. I don't know whether I hit him or not, one time I heard him say, ‘Oh,’” the homeowner told 911. The suspect—described as being in his 30s or 40s with dirty blonde hair—remains at large after fleeing the scene in a Chevrolet Silverado.

Texas Dems Forced To Back Off Hasty Anti-Gun Tweet

Anti-gun Democrats are well known for trading on tragedy, seldom waiting for facts before trying to gain political advantage.

Enter the Texas Democratic Party, which had to pull and apologize for a tweet made shortly after a troubled Texas Tech University student shot and killed a campus police officer. “Allowing concealed guns on college campuses was a dumb and dangerous idea,” read a tweet from the Texas Democrats’ Twitter account, attempting to tie the shooting to the states’ campus-carry law.

In this case, the murder suspect was 19 years old, and the state of Texas requires a person to be 21 years old and meet several other requirements before receiving a carry permit. Consequently, the two things—the murder and campus carry—were not related in any way.

The best Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia could muster for trading on tragedy was a meek “Our words were inadequate, hurried and we apologize.”

Facebook Blocks Country Star’s Promotion Of 2A Anthem

Seems it isn’t just legal gun sales drawing the ire of Facebook’s gatekeepers these days, as country artist Dustin Collins recently learned when he tried to promote his single, “Cold Dead Hands.”

With liberals salivating for gun control after the Las Vegas massacre, Collins thought it might be a good time to remind people of the importance of our Second Amendment rights. But Facebook disagreed, saying his post “doesn’t comply with Advertising policies.” Another attempt was likewise denied, accompanied by the inexplicable claim that it included “profanity, harassment or references to the person’s attributes.”

The fact is, Collins’ single features nothing of the sort—it’s a positive celebration of our firearms and our freedoms. It struck such a chord upon release that it reached Number One on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales Chart. But apparently even such mainstream acceptance can’t compete with the social media giant’s biases.

As for Collins, he’s taking it in stride. “Tried to boost my pro-2nd Amendment song on Facebook #denied I guess I’ll have to write a First Amendment song next,” he told followers.

9th Circuit Rules That Counties Can Regulate Gun Shop Locations

In 2012, John Teixeira was planning to open a gun shop in San Lorenzo, Calif. As the East Bay Times reported, the county denied his permit as being in violation of an ordinance stating gun stores couldn’t be within 500 feet of a residential neighborhood. Teixeira, claiming the 1998 ordinance violated his own constitutional rights, filed a lawsuit.

A U.S. District Court upheld the ordinance initially. But in 2016, a three-justice panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the ordinance violated the Second Amendment. Earlier this year, an 11-justice panel of the 9th Circuit Court heard the case. The verdict was passed down this week and ruled in favor of upholding the ordinance.

Teixeira’s attorney, Donald Kilmer, was disappointed in the decision. “By definition, our customers and employees and owners of the business all have to be law-abiding citizens,” Kilmer said. “You can’t say the same for a tattoo parlor or an adult bookstore.”

Clinton, Obama Finally Respond To Weinstein Allegations

Since we last reported on the scandal swirling around movie boss Harvey Weinstein, the list of allegations leveled against him has grown from sexual assault to include rape. But until recently, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, who both counted Weinstein as an influential supporter, remained silent.

Weinstein did more than just talk himself up as an enemy of the NRA; he also donated generously to Clinton’s presidential campaign, in which she promised to gut the Second Amendment. On Tuesday she finally issued a short statement condemning her longtime supporter: “I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein. The behavior described by the women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior.”

Former President Barack Obama likewise received campaign donations from Weinstein and even sent his daughter Malia to intern with his company. Later in the day, he and his wife, Michelle, released their own brief statement condemning him.

Meanwhile, Hollywood figures continue to speak up and claim that Weinstein’s misdeeds were widely rumored. But with deep pockets and a deep hatred of the Second Amendment, who could afford to be bothered too much about his character?

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