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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tampa Columnist’s Dumb “Guns Everywhere” Op-Ed Reveals His Ignorance

A Tampa, Fla., columnist unloaded 721 words of blather aimed at pro-gun Florida legislation on Tuesday, but you don’t need to read past the headline to know he has little to no understanding about criminals and violent crimes.

Tampa Bay Times columnist Brian Ruth’s op-ed was titled “Allowing guns everywhere won't make Floridians safer.” And it completely overlooks the fact that violent criminals are already “allowed” to have guns everywhere: They don’t follow the law. That’s why they’re called criminals!

Ruth showed his anti-gun stripes in slamming a measure that would hold private properties that ban legal carry of firearms liable if carry permit holders are harmed while disarmed. “Do you get the suspicion folks like [state Sen. Greg] Steube won't rest until the state symbol is a body bag?” Ruth asks in his arm-waving, over-the-top manner.

Earth to Mr. Ruth: Violent criminals already can, and already do, carry firearms in your sacred so-called “gun-free” zones. Why shouldn’t law-abiding gun owners have the same opportunity?


The New York Times Freaks Out Over Rolling Back Social Security Overreach

On Tuesday, a New York Times editorial excoriated the U.S. House for voting to roll back a last-minute Obama Social Security Administration plan to add 75,000 citizens to the list barring them from buying a gun. SSA planned to flag citizens asking for assistance to help them manage their affairs as “mentally defective,” denying them a Constitutional right without going through a court. 

The Times wrote that NRA “want(s) to make it easier for those with schizophrenia, psychotic disorders and other mental health problems to buy guns”—an appalling misrepresentation. The severely mentally ill are already barred from gun ownership; the SSA action would have mislabeled tens of thousands of Americans in a blatant effort to reduce gun ownership. 

In an excellent article, A1F.org contributor Charles C.W. Cooke counters this media hyperventilation. He also explains why the ACLU, the American Association of People with Disabilities, ARC, ADAPT and scores of other civil and disability rights organizations wanted the SSA overruled. But in the Times’ view, no rights are safe when there’s a chance to constrict the Second Amendment.

Colorado Senators Could Vote On Magazine Ban Repeal

Will Colorado finally get its chance to repeal one of the onerous gun control bills that put a limit on so-called “large-capacity” firearm magazines? Senate Bill 7, sponsored by three Republicans—Sen. Vicki Marble, Rep. Stephen Humphrey and Rep. Lori Saine—passed through the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee last week, and could now be heard as soon as this week in the Colorado Senate. 

SB 7 would repeal the 2013 statute that banned the possession, sale or transfer of any magazine that held more than 15 rounds of ammunition or, for shotguns, any magazine holding more than 28 inches of shells. Repeal of the law would enable law-abiding Coloradans to more effectively defend themselves and their loved ones should the need arise.


Use Your Power!

It’s important that you urge your state senator and representative to support Senate Bill 7—you can contact them here.

Authorities Seize 800 Firearms In Strictly Gun-Controlled UK

Large quantities of weapons and ammunition have been recovered in the UK as part of a month-long anti-terror operation, the UK’s Evening Standard reports. The raid recovered more than 800 illegal guns—including two machine guns and one submachine gun—100 “other weapons,” over 4,000 rounds of ammunition, and other contraband. 

Instead of considering this a wake-up call, law-enforcement officials are framing the raid as a success. Nick Wilcox, National Terrorism Policing Unit detective superintendent, totally sidestepped the failure of his country’s gun control laws in announcing the seizure, saying, “Low firearms availability is a major advantage in the UK” because someone like Muhiddin Mire, who committed a knife attack on a Leytonstone tube station, “could probably have got hold of a firearm and one serious injury could have become tens of deaths.” 

Sounds to us like he could’ve gotten a gun pretty easily in the UK, too. The only difference is that in countries with “high firearms availability,” there may have been someone able to stop him if he had.

Armed Indiana Homeowner Stops Intruder

It seems that more and more often lately, violent criminals are making bad decisions when choosing which homes to invade—and last Thursday was another good example.

An Elwood, Ind., homeowner was fortunate he owned a firearm and knew how to use it when an intruder broke into his home about 9:30 that evening. According to local media reports, the homeowner shot the man, who immediately fled the scene. He was later taken to an area hospital with a chest wound.

One armed neighbor had a warning for other burglars and home invaders. “This is a little bit of a redneck town; you might get yourself shot,” said Tim Huntington, a neighbor to the armed citizen who stopped the intruder.


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