A Washington Post headline on Thursday blared, “Schumer: Democrats Will Filibuster Gorsuch Nomination.” In the story, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will oppose the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court: “If this nominee cannot earn 60 votes … the answer isn’t to change the rules. It’s to change the nominee.”
This is ironic, coming from the leader of the party that changed the rules in 2013 to confirm then-President Barack Obama’s lower federal court nominees. However, despite the headline, WaPo notes that Schumer did not call for fellow Dems to join him in a filibuster, and it’s not certain that Democrats have the power to make one stick.
In response, a letter from NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox to Senate leaders announced that NRA will score the Gorsuch vote and target senators who oppose him come election time. Given NRA’s recent electoral success, and the vulnerability of several Democrats from states that voted for Trump, his promise will likely not be taken lightly.
Preschooler Suspended Over Spent .22 Casing
In a pathetic example of anti-gun political correctness run amok, a 4-year-old in Illinois has been suspended for a week from his preschool for bringing a spent .22 shell casing to class in his pocket.
“I was met with a stone-faced teacher who said that my son had a shotgun bullet,” Kristy Jackson, Hunter’s mom, told Fox2now.com. “I was horrified thinking, ‘where could he have gotten this?’”
In reality, the so-called “shotgun bullet” was simply a spent .22 casing the boy had picked up off the ground while visiting his grandfather, who is a police officer. But that didn’t stop the school’s administration from suspending the boy for seven days, a move the mother called “paranoid.”
While the school’s vice president told the news station that it wasn’t just the spent casing that led to Hunter’s suspension, his further reasoning shouldn’t exactly strike fear in teachers and administrators. It seems Hunter also has been using other toys as make believe guns—just like most other 4-year-olds have done since firearms were invented.
Oh, the horror!
Have Vehicles Become New Terror Weapon Of Choice?
In 2010, the Al-Qaeda-linked Inspire magazine ran an article titled “The Ultimate Mowing Machine.” It encouraged readers to “use a pickup truck as a mowing machine, not to mow grass but mow down the enemies of Allah.” It went on to provide details on how to “achieve maximum carnage” should one be guided to such a “great operation.”
Seven years later, it’s clear radical Islamic terrorists took that mission to heart. As The Wall Street Journalnotes, vehicles—being easy to acquire and unsuspicious—just might be the new weapon of choice for terrorist attacks. Last July, a rampage in France saw 86 people killed when a truck rammed through crowded streets during their annual Bastille celebration.
On Wednesday, three people were killed by a terrorist who ran a vehicle into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, then stabbed a police officer. WSJ cites Rita Katz of the jihadist activity-tracking SITE Intelligence Group as saying that the Islamic State “saw the deadly potential in such attacks, and doubled down on inciting them.”
W.V. Self-Defense Bills On The Move
West Virginia lawmakers will be considering two important pro-gun bills this week that were recently passed in committee.
Senate Bill 388, which would allow law-abiding citizens in possession of a concealed firearm to transport the gun onto school property while dropping off or picking up students, as long as the firearm does not leave the vehicle, will be considered by the full Senate. Meanwhile, House members will consider House Bill 2679, which would allow a law-abiding person to carry a firearm in any state, county or municipal park or other recreation area. This legislation would remove the ability for park commissions to prohibit carrying in parks by rules or ordinance.
As NRA-ILA pointed out, law-abiding West Virginia gun owners who choose to carry a concealed handgun in a park should not need to worry about a confusing patchwork of firearm regulations throughout the state.
Use Your Power!
West Virginians are encouraged to contact their legislators and ask them to support SB 388 and HB 2679. To contact them directly,click here.
Florida Mom With Shotgun Sends Home Intruder Scrambling
“I will do anything to protect my family.”
That’s what a Miami Gardens, Fla., woman told WPLG Local 10 News after she grabbed a gun to protect her 10-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son from a home invader. Surveillance video shows a man attempting to enter the home—then kicking in the door—which sent the woman running to the bedroom for her gun. As both children were “screaming and crying hysterically,” the intruder suddenly realized he had made a mistake as the woman approached with the shotgun.
“He was running for his life and kept looking back, making sure I wasn't going to shoot him in the back,” the well-armed mom told the news team, who then asked why she didn’t shoot. “My kids. Not traumatizing them and I did have a baby.” Investigators are still looking for the burglar, who made a hasty getaway in a stolen Mercedes-Benz, which was later found abandoned in Miami.