It’s been a grim beginning to 2017 for the Windy City. The Chicago Police Department report 51 people murdered and another 299 shot thus far—both numbers representing an increase over last year. Half of the murders are isolated in three districts on the south and west sides.
And while many, including Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., would love for you to believe that the NRA is somehow culpable for the city’s out-of-control crime, the reality is that for every 100 guns police seized, just one criminal was prosecuted. It’s no wonder that Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has complained, “We just don’t have a deterrent to pick up a gun.”
With plans to hire up to 1,000 more police officers by year’s end, here’s hoping that the city turns from gun control to criminal control—and that the judicial system will step up and enforce the laws mandating that violent offenders serve the time for their crimes.
Dallas Homeowner Fights Off Armed Intruders In Shootout
Sleeping peacefully in his Oak Cliff home, Texas resident Terry Morgan was awakened by a strange noise. A look at his surveillance camera revealed two men—one prying at the front door, the other armed with a large gun.
But Morgan quickly readied himself to confront the intruders. “I immediately jumped up, grabbed my weapon, came here and aimed my weapon towards the door, because I thought they were on their way in,” he said. As the homeowner snuck a look through the front window, he made a noise that apparently startled the burglars. “So they started to shoot, BOOM! They were shooting as they were retreating.”
Morgan returned fire at the group of would-be intruders, and saw five people jump into a car at the end of his driveway and speed away. “I don't want to shoot anyone's kid. What are you doing riding at 4:30 in the morning, trying to break into somebody's house? You are going to get killed,” Morgan concluded.
Iowa House Will Consider “Universal” Background Checks, Semi-Auto Ban
The Iowa House of Representatives is set to consider two anti-gun bills—both introduced by Democratic state Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, and both punitive to the state’s law-abiding gun owners.
House File 145 would expand background checks to include all transfers and sales of firearms, while House File 157 would prohibit the sale or transfer of commonly owned semi-automatic firearms that proponents of the measure falsely call “assault weapons.” And according to NRA-ILA, “These misguided bills, much like other anti-gun legislation, are aimed at providing a false sense of safety while infringing upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners and those that wish to lawfully purchase a firearm.”
In truth, so-called “universal” background checks do nothing to reduce violent crime, and only affect law-abiding gun owners by entangling them in red tape. Additionally, semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15 are the most popular rifles in the country and are seldom used in crime.
Use Your Power!
To voice your opposition to these ill-conceived measures that only affect the law-abiding, contact your state representative today byclicking here.
Kansas Senate Committee Upholds Campus Carry
A bill that would have effectively nullified Kansas’ campus-carry law was rejected by a Senate committee on Tuesday.
When the law requiring public buildings to allow firearms on their premises was originally passed in 2013, it granted universities and medical buildings a four-year exemption. While that exemption was set to expire in July, S.B. 53, which was rejected by the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs by a voice vote, would have prolonged it indefinitely.
While the committee vote is certainly cause for celebration, the battle for campus carry is far from over—S.B. 53’s companion bill, H.B. 2074, is still set for a hearing. If passed, this measure would repeal campus carry altogether in universities that declined to provide “adequate security.” A related bill, H.B. 2150, would prohibit concealed carry in the Kansas University Hospital.
Use Your Power!
To ensure the future of campus carry, it is imperative that Kansas gun owners contact members of the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs and encourage them to oppose H.B. 2074 and H.B. 2150 when they are brought up for a vote. To contact your representatives,click here.