The (celebratory?) headline read: “Monday could mark 8 days without a fatal shooting in Chicago.” While it was later determined that it was actually a six-day murder-free stretch, either way it is definitely not cause for celebration in a city that has recorded more shooting victims so far this year than at this time last year—and last year resulted in more violence than Chicago has seen in two decades.
If the numbers don’t tell the story—102 homicides to date in 2017—perhaps this tragic stat will: From Feb. 28, 2015 to Feb. 26, 2017, a period of two years, there had been a shooting every single day.
But make no mistake, these shootings aren’t random violence due to lax gun laws. They are gang-related shootings pinpointed to a handful of neighborhoods. And their guns aren’t being acquired legally. Breitbart recently reported that gang members have even targeted railways three times in the past three years—one robbery bringing in more than 100 guns.
Until real solutions are proposed for Chicago, a handful of violence-free days will unfortunately remain an anomaly.
Woman Fatally Shoots Pit Bull To Save Her Dog And Herself
A Molino, Fla., woman was in her home last Friday morning when she heard her small puppy whining and whimpering in the backyard. As she checked on the pup, she found a pit bull had broken into the yard and was attacking the smaller dog. Then the pit bull set his sights on the homeowner, and began to rush her.
Fortunately, the woman had grabbed her gun and she fired at the charging pit bull, fatally wounding the aggressive animal. Neighbor Rachel Drury, who also owns a small dog, told WKRG News 5, “I can see the passion, and they were just trying to save their dog, so I can empathize with that owner.”
The family was shaken after the attack, and it’s not clear how the unleashed dog gained access to the puppy. However, Escambia County Animal Control officers told reporters the owner of the pit bull has been cited several times before.
And The Death Spiral Continues
An element of comedy strikes us in the continuing death spiral of big media: The same rats jump to new or different ships, but seem hell-bent to act just the same.
In other words, overstate and vilify with impunity, as long as your targets—so to speak—are gun owners of conservative stripe. Witness this mess from Vocativ. Complete with trash-mouth quotes, “F___ that”, and “S___ this”—which have become the apparent touchstone of progressive authenticity—it’s lubricated with the cognitive dissonance we’ve come to know so well, if not exactly to love.
The humor (admittedly jaundiced) is inherent to the topic: “Gun Lovers No One Talks About.” You guessed it, probably—that rarer than a hen’s tooth far-left MSR (AR) owner. Evidently, some extreme liberals are finally waking up to the notion that meaningful liberty includes meaningful self-defense, and that screaming, “Why can’t we all just get along?”—however loudly—won’t get the job done.
But if it gets these folks to the range, we’re good: Sooner or later, their daft preconceptions (and misconceptions) of mainstream, American, NRA-style gun ownership will collapse. In the meantime, be kind.
The Advocate: Guns, Not Hate, Are The Problem For LGBT Americans
“Legally obtained or not, whether by ‘good guys’ or ‘bad guys,’ guns are the problem,” wrote Igor Volsky and Mark Glaze of GunsDown. “If we’re serious about saving lives, we need to build a bolder, broader movement that finally tackles the problem at its core. We need to go after guns themselves.”
This will be news to the LGBT community, who thought prejudice was the problem—but instead of addressing that cause, GunsDown tries to insert its own.
Contrast that approach with the Pink Pistols, an LGBT gun-rights groups whose membership has soared since the Pulse massacre in Orlando. Instead of “building a movement for dramatically fewer guns in America,” the Pistols are educating and training members to defend themselves from ever-present threats. For these “good guys,” guns are a solution.
Fla.—Important Measures To Be Heard In Senate Committee Today
Two critical self-defense bills will be heard in Florida’s Senate Judiciary Committee between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. today, and both need the support of Sunshine State gun owners.
SB 646, by state Sen. Greg Steube, removes the criminal penalties for violations of the state’s open carry law and prohibits a person who has a concealed firearms license from being arrested and charged with a crime if their firearm becomes exposed to the sight of another person. SB 616, also by Sen. Steube, allows a concealed firearms licensee to temporarily store a firearm with courthouse security when entering a courthouse, and provides for return upon departure.
NRA-ILA is encouraging Florida gun owners to immediately contact their senate members and urge them to support SB 616 and SB 646. To make sure you message gets to all committee members, copy and paste the following email addresses into the “Send To” box on your email program: