Claiming the “anti-gun violence movement is stronger” now than it was last year, Sen. Chris Murphy has introduced a “universal” background check bill to eliminate the imaginary “gun-show loophole.”
Why is Murphy treading the same barren ground as others who have introduced similar bills—including one that failed just last year, following a nearly 15-hour filibuster by Murphy himself? Does he think his measure is in some way different enough to succeed where others have failed? Actually, no—he doesn’t expect it to succeed at all.
“Every great winning cause is a losing cause first,” Murphy said, claiming he simply wants to continue the debate on gun control at the federal level. But what Murphy fails to acknowledge is that some losing causes continue to lose because they deserve to. Lawmakers know that criminals don’t buy their firearms at gun shows, and the public knows that laws like this won’t stop the next violent massacre. So regardless of how much “discussion” Murphy’s bill inspires, this “losing cause” is nothing more than a lost cause.
Montana Homeowner Shoots Grizzly In Self-Defense
Last Sunday evening, a man in West Yellowstone, Mont., was loaded for bear. Literally.
After hearing a loud noise coming from his garage, the homeowner grabbed his gun and went to the front porch to investigate. That’s where he found a grizzly bear had broken through the huge metal door into the garage, where an elk carcass was hanging. When the bear spotted the homeowner, it turned and advanced. With no other choice, the man fired, fatally wounding the grizzly.
“We have a pretty clear case of self-defense here,” said Andrea Jones, a spokeswoman for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Officers found bloody paw prints all around the home—including just a few feet from the front door. Paw prints were also discovered on the home’s living room window. Jones added that it is important for homeowners and hikers to remember that bears are still out looking for food to fatten up before winter.