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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Texas Smoke Shop Employee Shoots And Stops Armed Robber

Last Friday a man burst into the Shisa Smoke Shop & Game Room with a gun, demanding cash and threatening employees and customers. What happened next? You could say the would-be robber got smoked.

Investigators say that the suspect, 20-year-old Cedric Brown, entered the establishment with a stolen gun just after midnight. Picking up the story, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton told The Waco Tribune-Herald an employee saw Brown and, “due to the suspect’s criminal behavior and placing others in fear of their lives,” the employee fired at the suspect with his own gun.

Responding officers found Brown lying on the floor, having sustained gunshot wounds to both the leg and shoulder. The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated for his injuries. During the robbery investigation, Temple police discovered Brown has an outstanding theft warrant and arrested him on that charge, and additional charges from the robbery are pending. 


With Confirmation Vote Nearing, Zinke Needs Continued Support

A confirmation vote in the U.S. Senate is expected soon for U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Interior.

As we’ve noted before, Zinke is a hunter, angler and former Navy SEAL who understands the important role hunting and the shooting sports play in the stewardship of our nation’s public lands. In fact, during a confirmation hearing last month, Zinke said, “It was on these lands that my father [taught me] to hunt and fish, and the Boy Scouts taught me the principles [of] environmental stewardship and the importance of public access.”

During his time in Congress, Zinke has also been a strong supporter of legislation that would greatly enhance hunting and shooting opportunities on America’s public lands.

Use Your Power!

Hunters and shooters throughout the country are encouraged to contact their U.S. senators and ask them to support Ryan Zinke for secretary of the interior. Contact them directly by clicking here.

Indiana Bill Would Ensure Safety Of Those Applying For Protective Orders

An Indiana measure that would help ensure the safety of people who have petitioned for a civil protection order has passed the House Committee on Public Policy and will soon head to the House floor for consideration.

HB 1071 was sponsored by Republican state Rep. Sean Eberhart and would ensure that victims of domestic violence are not left defenseless while they’re at their most vulnerable—during the time between when they file a protective order, and when they gain approval for their concealed-carry permit. If passed, the law would allow petitioners of a civil protective order to temporarily carry a handgun without a permit.

HB 1071 would provide victims of domestic violence added protections against would-be abusers while also protecting our constitutional right to self-defense and due process. If a victim is in danger, it is even more important that they be allowed to protect themselves without delay.


Teachers, Students Freak Over Librarian Pictured Holding Gun

A recent incident at William H. Taft Educational Campus—which houses six small high schools in Bronx, N.Y.— begs the question of whether students are being taught about the Constitution.

After a photo taken of chief librarian Elizabeth Ervin made the rounds on social media, students were all too eager to offer up their opinion. The picture showed Ervin in a gun shop holding an AR-15 and smiling.

Many students cracked jokes, but others were alarmed. “It makes me feel insecure and uncomfortable,” said a freshman at Bronx Collegiate Academy. “Teachers shouldn’t have guns.” One of Ervin’s fellow co-workers condemned the photo as “disgusting.”

It’s ironic that those who are exercising their First Amendment right of speech choose to use it to vilify someone exercising their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Perhaps it’s time for the school to offer a refresher on freedom and the U.S. Constitution.


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