In 2016, the violence in Chicago hit highs not seen in years, with nearly 800 murders and nearly 4,400 shootings. So it’s no surprise to see that residents are taking it upon themselves to protect their families and loved ones, and they’re obtaining gun permits to do so.
According to information provided by state police, 38,712 Chicagoans picked up a Firearms Owners Identification (FOID) card in 2016. Another 22,517 also obtained a concealed-carry permit. Both figures represent a sharp increase over the previous year, when 23,725 and 13,948 received a FOID and concealed-carry permit, respectively.
With guns in hand, residents are also seeking out training. Firearms instructors throughout the city are reporting that training classes are in high demand. “People are worried about crime in Chicago,” said Joel Ostrander, owner of SafeShot Ltd. “These are well-educated, professional people looking for a way to protect their homes and families.”
Expect Gorsuch Opposition To Look Like Campus Revolts And Town Hall Shutdowns
Expect the opposition to the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court to be similar to the shouting mobs disrupting recent college campus and town hall events.
On Thursday, Politico reported on a press release from a coalition of several liberal groups that are promising “a hub of action to leverage the unprecedented grassroots activism that has been created by the Trump administration’s agenda and direct it toward defeating the Gorsuch nomination.” The coalition, The People’s Defense, includes the Center for American Progress, MoveOn.org, the Service Employees International Union, the American Federation of Teachers, End Citizens United and Indivisible, who published the guide to interrupting campus speech and town halls.
A spokesperson for the coalition confirmed that they are not planning TV ads to match those already running in support of Gorsuch, but “are instead aiming to match right-leaning groups’ financial muscle with grassroots firepower.” They have urged supporters to prepare for “a national day of action” on April 1.
2 Thumbs Down For The Dayton (Fake) Daily News
If anyone ever invents an award for fake news, Dayton Daily News reporter Lynn Hulsey and the newspaper’s hapless headline writer should be the first in line for the “honor.”
The News on Friday posted a story to its website titled, “Hundreds killed by guns in workplaces.” Reporter Hulsey then doubled down on stupid with the lead sentence: “Firearms were the cause of about one-tenth of workplace fatalities in 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).”
Surely Hulsey and her headline writing cohort in crime realize that guns didn’t really kill anybody, and that firearms weren’t actually “the cause” of any of the workplace deaths they discuss. Aren’t they smart enough to understand that every one of the people they are reporting on in their headline and lead sentence were really killed by a murderer using a gun as his or her tool for violence?
Is accurate reporting that doesn’t blame an inanimate object for criminal violence really too much for Dayton Daily News readers to expect?
Pro-Carry Legislation Approved By Utah Senate
On the last day of its legislative session, the Utah House passed HB198 63-12. The bill, which would allow 18- to 20-year-olds to apply for a provisional concealed-carry permit, now heads to Gov. Gary Herbert’s desk for consideration.
The measure’s sponsor, Republican state Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, said she introduced the legislation after a group of women approached her about their desire to protect themselves from rape, especially on college campuses. The legal age for open carry in Utah is 18, but since most campuses don’t allow open carry, those under 21 are effectively disarmed during their undergraduate careers—a time at which the Justice Department states that 20 to 25 percent of women will be the victims of a completed or attempted rape.
Use Your Power!
Law-abiding 18- to 20-year-olds have proven they are responsible while carrying openly. HB198 would fix a loophole under which those same individuals are disarmed while on college and university campuses, giving them a greater chance to ward off attackers. Please contact Gov. Herbert and encourage him to sign this important legislation into law byclicking here.
Maine Homeowner Shoots Intruder … Who Still Won’t Leave
Ever hear the one about the guest that wouldn’t leave until you shot them? And they still wouldn’t leave?
In a bizarre turn, a Richmond, Maine, man used his gun to defend himself and his girlfriend from an intruder who walked through their front door. Trevor Whitney told WCSH-TV 6, “He just stares at me and I stare at him. I’m like ‘Who are you?’ and he goes, ‘Who are you?’”
Investigators say the intruder, 42-year-old Shad Hembree, lived down the street, but Whitney and his girlfriend, Lindsey Laevasseur, had never seen him before. After grabbing a gun, the homeowner persuaded the suspect to leave, but he came back later even more erratic, smashing a glass door. “We tried everything we could to get him out, so I mean—that was our last resort,” said Levasseur. Whitney then shot the intruder in the shoulder, but Hembree continued to stay and stumble around the home until police arrived.
The suspect was treated for a minor gunshot wound, then arrested for burglary.