According to a PRI report, 40,000 Brazilians are murdered with firearms annually (nearly four times the number in the U.S., in a country with less than two-thirds the population). Coincidentally, Brazil has a strict gun control regime, which requires all guns to be registered, restricts the number of guns citizens can own, and severely limits carry outside the home.
PRI’s response to current efforts to better allow law-abiding Brazilians to defend themselves? “The answer is not to arm more citizens indiscriminately. This is the height of irresponsibility and will make Brazilians more, not less, insecure. To the contrary, Brazil needs to limit the number of firearms in circulation to avoid preventable death and injury.” Isn’t Brazil already doing that?
PRI cites Brazil’s booming firearms industry as a problem, ignoring that skyrocketing gun sales in the U.S. have coincided with a drop in the gun homicide rate. PRI should interview Brazilians who fear for their lives, left helpless by draconian policies of a government that distrusts them.
Observer.com Calls Out Media Over Suppressor Lies
Turns out we’re not the only ones calling out the so-called “mainstream” media on all the lies they have been telling about firearm suppressors since the introduction of the Hearing Protection Act in the U.S. Congress.
In an Observer.com story titled “Why Is It So Impossible for the Media to Be Honest About Guns?” political columnist Ashe Schow called out the media on suppressor and other gun lies in a big way. “We’re taught in writing classes to ‘write what you know,’ or, at the very least, research what you don’t know so that you end up knowing it,” Schow wrote. “If the mainstream media took that to heart, then we’d never see articles about guns again.”
After pointing out the wide array of lies media are telling about suppressors, Schow summed up the situation concerning the media and guns quite succinctly. “After the 2016 election, the Decision Desk’s John Ekdahl asked journalists if they knew anyone who owned a pickup truck,” she wrote. “I think it’s time to ask journalists if they know anyone who owns a gun (or have ever even spoken to someone who does or who uses one regularly).”
Michigan Joins List Of States Considering “Permitless” Carry
A package of bills was introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives this week that could make Michigan the 13th state in the nation to allow “permitless” carry.
The bills, HB4416-HB4419, would eliminate penalties for those carrying concealed handguns without a permit, thereby liberating the self-defense decisions of law-abiding citizens in the Wolverine state from the bounds of government-mandated time delays and taxes. (The current permitting structure would remain in place for those wishing to carry openly in some restricted areas or take advantage of Michigan’s reciprocity agreements.)
In response to opposition from anti-gunners, Rep. Triston Cole points out the bills won’t allow anyone currently prohibited from carrying a gun the right to do so, and “have no impact on the protections already in place to prevent criminals from purchasing handguns.” As Rep. Michele Hoitenga points out, rather than give criminals an advantage, the package actually eliminates one: “Criminals don’t complete the permitting process before they commit a crime, and it’s time we level the playing field for lawful people …”
Montana Senate Passes Pro-Gun Bills Including Restaurant Carry
Two pro-gun bills passed through the Montana Senate on Tuesday. The measures would allow for law-abiding citizens to carry their concealed firearms into restaurants, and for properly permitted legislators to carry guns onto state property.
House Bill 494 would enable concealed-carry permit holders to carry a firearm for self-defense while patronizing a restaurant where alcohol is not the primary item of sale. The NRA and the Montana Shooting Sports Foundation have both backed the measure.
Republican state Sen. Keith Regier had a response to opponents claiming that alcohol and guns don’t mix. “I’ve received several messages about this bill saying that alcohol and guns don’t mix,” he said. “Apparently, with Montana’s open carry laws, alcohol and guns have been mixing for a long time.”
The Senate also passed a second bill, House Bill 280, that would enable lawmakers with concealed-carry permits to arm themselves at the state Capitol. Both bills are with Gov. Steve Bullock for consideration.
Homeowner Cocks Gun, Home Invader Pops Up Begging Not To Be Shot
An Alabama couple and their children were home sound asleep early Saturday morning when they were awakened by the sound of shattering glass. The homeowner quickly secured his handgun and headed for the living room.
Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies told AL.com that once the homeowner cocked the handgun loudly, a man emerged from behind a family room sofa begging not to be shot. After telling the intruder to lie face-to-the-floor, the family called 911.
When officers arrived, they found 37-year-old Robert Ryan Delgadillo still lying face-down and took him into custody for first-degree burglary. On inspection, investigators found an open folding knife belonging to the suspect. In addition to the burglary charge, Delgadillo is being held on a non-related probation charge.