The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to confirm Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., as President Donald Trump’s interior secretary.
A former Navy SEAL, Zinke is a hunter and outdoorsman 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.”
Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA executive director, praised Zinke’s confirmation.
“On behalf of our 5 million members, the National Rifle Association congratulates Secretary Ryan Zinke on his confirmation as the 52nd secretary of the interior,” Cox said. “The confirmation of an avid outdoorsman to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior marks the end of a hostile era towards hunters and sportsmen. The NRA looks forward to working with Secretary Zinke in the pursuit of true conservation that respects the rights of America’s outdoorsmen and women.”
Pickaxe-Wielding Intruder Stopped By Armed Alabama Homeowner
After a suspect used a pickaxe to splinter and shatter three doors, the owner of the Alabama home had more than enough evidence to see this invader had something brutal on his mind—and he had to act.
The intruder was breaking through the doors of the Elite Marine, which was the owner’s home as well as business. Foley, Ala., Police Captain Thurston Bullock told FOX-10 that it was a “violent” invasion that woke the homeowner, and he “had no choice but to defend himself.” Which is exactly what the man did, firing two shots and fatally wounding the suspect.
Investigators say homeowner did not know the intruder, but they do believe the suspect had an accomplice. Another man was seen fleeing the area on foot, and was then picked up in a car. K-9 units were used to search a wooded area behind the establishment, but nothing was discovered.
Minnesota Lawmakers Want Public To Fund Gun Control
Some Minnesota state Senate Democrats are pushing for a measure that would fund activities of anti-gun groups with public funds.
State Sen. Jeff Hayden has introduced legislation, SF 12763, that would direct the state commissioner of human services to develop an awards process for $200,000 in annual grants that non-profit anti-gun groups could apply for. The measure was cheered by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action—two groups that would probably love to get an easy $200K, at least some of it straight out of the pockets of law-abiding Minnesota gun owners.
Bryan Strawser, chairman of the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus, spoke out against the legislation. “We were sorry to hear of the loss that Senator Hayden’s family has suffered with the tragic murder of his sister last year,” Strawser said. “However, what was proposed last week is more of the same tired old gun control strategies of the past brought out from the same groups, with the same messaging, and the same falsehoods.”
Virginia Pro-Gun Bills Await Governor’s Consideration
Will Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe rule in favor of women who are living under a protective order and fearful for their lives? We’ll find out this month as the governor has a bill on his desk for consideration that would enable people under such an order to carry a concealed handgun for 45 days. That would provide enough time to apply for a concealed-carry permit.
Senate Bill 1299, Senate Bill 1300 and House Bill 1852, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel and Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert, were proposed to help potential victims of domestic violence defend themselves. “I think experience tells us that when faced with imminent danger, you can only rely on yourself,” said Republican state Sen. Richard H. Black.
Also on Gov. McAuliffe’s desk is Senate Bill 1023, which would prohibit the sharing of information regarding Virginia concealed handgun permits in states that don’t recognize those permits.
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Did Sen. Chris Murphy Blame Urban Gun Violence On The Mentally Ill?
With MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Tuesday evening, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., reacted to President Donald Trump’s signing of legislation restoring Second Amendment rights to tens of thousands of disabled recipients of Social Security benefits:
“How can you come before the U.S. Congress and talk about your concern for murders that are happening in our cities, or the incident that happened in Kansas City, and then sign an act into law that allows for people with serious mental illness to obtain assault weapons, right?”
Never mind mistaking Olathe, Kan., for Kansas City, Mo.: The ACLU, together with multiple disability and mental illness advocacy organizations, joined NRA in opposing the Obama-era regulation for stigmatizing Americans with “serious mental illness,” such as eating or anxiety disorders. SSA flagged anyone who designated a representative payee to help them with their finances, labeling them “mentally defective” without going through a court of law.
Comingling 70,000 disabled Americans with drug-fueled gangbangers in U.S. cities is an appalling political ploy by Murphy. How was stripping constitutional rights from the disabled supposed to reduce the ongoing carnage in cities such as Chicago?