When the U.S. Senate debates the national budget next week, Democrats will have the opportunity to introduce amendments pertaining to any issue they like. But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has signaled that he would like to avoid wading into the debate over firearms.
The Hill reports that Schumer is worried over the potential for anti-gun posturing to hurt Democrats running for re-election. He instead wants to focus on President Donald Trump’s tax plan and proposed cuts to Medicare, which he thinks will go over better with voters in swing states.
Sen. Schumer has proved himself in the past to be an implacable foe of the Second Amendment and the NRA. His new pragmatism on guns suggests that his leadership role has forced him to confront one unwelcome truth: Opposing the right to bear arms is a losing proposition.
Oregon Governor Pushing For More Gun Control Next Session
Last week, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that she will continue to make gun control restrictions a key tenet of her gubernatorial campaign. Unable to pass her anti-gun agenda in 2017, the Democratic governor is urging lawmakers to support State Bill 797 in the upcoming legislative session that will begin in February 2018.
SB 797 would require firearm transfers to be indefinitely delayed if the state police are unable to determine eligibility. Under federal law, a licensed firearms dealer must release a gun to a gun purchaser after three business days if they haven’t received any delay notification when conducting the background check. SB 797 would negate that safeguard and could lead to endless delays in the purchase of firearms.
Brown, who accepted a $250,000 donation from Michael Bloomberg during her last campaign in 2016, is running for re-election in 2018. The current Republican frontrunner is Rep. Knute Buehler of Bend, Ore.
Roswell, N.M., City Employees Can Now Carry At Work
In August, a shooting at a public library in Clovis, N.M., left two people dead and four more injured. It was that incident that prompted Roswell, N.M., City Councilor Jason Perry to propose that city employees be able to arm themselves at work
That proposal went before the full city council this week and they overwhelmingly approved the measure 9-1, reported the Roswell Daily Record. The resolution will now enable employees with concealed-carry permits to carry concealed firearms on city property.
The lone vote against the proposal came from Councilor Juan Oropesa. He was of the opinion that having guns in the workplace could be dangerous if people got angry. Fortunately, the voice of reason won out with a resounding victory in Roswell.
A 6-year-old Las Vegas boy was grabbed, thrown into a car and about to be taken to who-knows-where. That’s when Justin Pearson walked up, showed his pistol and stopped the kidnapper in his tracks.
Pearson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he was in his home when he heard a loud noise—the sound of a BMW racing past. “He had lost control of the car and almost went into a house at the end of the street,” he said. But then Pearson saw the car park in front of a neighbor’s house, where the child was playing.
Pearson told a 911 operator, “He just took a child, and he’s trying to stuff him into the car!” Fortunately, Pearson carries his gun everywhere. “He turned and looked at me. There was just enough of a delay for the kid to get out of the car. I know he saw the firearm. If I didn’t have a firearm, I don’t think there’s much I could have done.”
Metro police tracked down the would-be kidnapper, who was the boy’s biological father but who has no parental rights.