In a Salon.com rant nearly too nonsensical to follow, columnist Bob Cesca blamed the San Bernardino school murder-suicide on Monday on the NRA’s completely unrelated efforts to roll back an Obama-era order more than a month ago.
With a headline asking “When is the NRA complicit?” the opinion piece tells all the same old lies about Congress’ successful effort in rescinding the Obama rule that empowered SSA bureaucrats to prohibit people who receive Social Security disability payments for a mental disability and have a representative payee handling their finances from purchasing or possessing a firearm with no due process. The op-ed reads like it was written weeks ago and held until a new tragedy made it seem worthy of publication. After mentioning the murder-suicide in the lead paragraph, it is only mentioned briefly one more time in the wrap-up.
In reality, a man shooting and killing his wife, himself and a student in a gun-free zone in California—while indeed a terrible tragedy—has nothing to do with the legislation Cesca discusses in the bulk of the column. For him and a headline writer to try to make it sound otherwise is the very definition of “fake news.”
The New York Times Thinks Gunfire Just Breaks Out Like Spontaneous Combustion
“The toll the proliferation of guns takes on the nation was made clear yet again on Monday when gunfire broke out at an elementary school in San Bernardino, Calif., leaving two adults and one child dead and one student critically injured.”
How can these two accounts possibly describe the same tragedy? One is an account of fact (aka truth), while the Times’ description is clearly biased. Only in the Times’ world does gunfire “break out” like gasoline-soaked rags bursting into flame; only on their pages can a deranged murder-suicide be characterized as two victims of spontaneous combustion.
In its war on fake news, the Times doesn’t have to look far to find it.
Judicial Watch Sues ATF Over Green-Tip Ammo Ban Records
Watchdog group Judicial Watch sued the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on Monday in an effort to obtain records related to the proposed M855 “green-tip” ammunition ban. In 2015, the Obama administration’s ATF sought to ban some AR-15 rifle ammo by reclassifying M855 green-tip bullets as “armor piercing.”
Following immediate and harsh fallout, ATF quickly walked back that decision. Meanwhile, Judicial Watch had requested ATF records related to the reclassification—but received no response and no records.
A press release from Judicial Watch indicates that the ATF is reportedly reconsidering their initial proposal, hence the group’s filing of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
“This is yet another example of how Obama's wanton use of the ‘pen and the phone’ attempted to undermine the constitutional rights of all Americans, as opposed to upholding the rule of law,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. “The Obama ATF simply ignored our request on their ammo ban. Let’s hope the Trump administration finally brings transparency to this out-of-control agency.”
California Pharmacist Stops Armed Robbery
When two men entered Jonathan’s Pharmacy in Apple Valley, Calif., Friday evening wearing bandanas over their faces, the pharmacist and two technicians on duty suspected that they were up to no good. But when they approached the counter, announced a robbery and pulled out a revolver, the pharmacist knew he had to act quickly to defend his life and that of his staff.
Fortunately, he had a .45-cal. handgun behind the counter, which he retrieved without alerting the suspects. He opened fire, striking one of the men in the leg and arm, and prompting the other to flee.
The Apple Valley Sheriff’s Department found the injured suspect at the scene a short time later, but according to witnesses, his accomplice had fled and remains at large. The wounded suspect was treated for “non-life-threatening” injuries, but aside from being shaken up by the incident, no one else was hurt.