Strengthened self-defense rights for law-abiding citizens. The restored right of legal gun owners to carry in the Capitol. Restriction of the state’s powers during a state of emergency. And restored rights of parents to make decisions about their youth and handguns.
These are just a few effects of the bill signed into Iowa law Thursday by Gov. Terry Branstad. House File 517 is just one of many firearm bills that are being passed across the nation.
“In state legislatures across America, lawmakers are expanding law-abiding citizens’ constitutional right to self-protection,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. “The NRA and our 5 million members thank the Iowa legislature and Gov. Branstad for working to strengthen Iowans’ Second Amendment rights so they have the freedom to protect themselves and their families.”
A1F Daily readers will likely recall that Operation Fast and Furious was the deadly Obama-era fiasco in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) told gun store owners to sell gun runners as many firearms as they wanted, then didn’t track them—losing as many as 2,000 guns to criminals (mostly Mexican drug cartels). In late 2010, a cartel member gunned Terry down with one of the rifles lost in the ATF screw-up.
According to Fox, the suspect, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, was apprehended by a joint U.S.-Mexico law enforcement task force that included the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit. A $250,000 reward had been sought for information leading to the arrest of Osorio-Arellanes, who is finally in custody seven years after the murder.
Brady Campaign Brags About Assisting With Anti-Gun TV Episode
With raging anti-gun sentiment epidemic in Hollywood, it’s likely that few gun owners will be surprised to learn that ABC worked closely with a prominent gun-ban group for a recent anti-gun episode of “Designated Survivor.”
According to a report at freebeacon.com, Brady Campaign (formerly Handgun Control Inc.) leaders are bragging about the input they had in the episode, which managed to push several pieces of legislation, measures that failed at the federal level last year, as “common-sense.” “Our president Dan Gross presented to members of their team a while back before the season began about representing gun violence on screen and spent time educating them on the issue,” fawned Brendan Kelly, Brady Campaign spokesman.
With TV producers’ “education” coming from such a biased individual who has never seen a piece of anti-gun legislation he didn’t like, it’s doubtful that TV shows and filmmakers are going to accurately address either the issue of legal gun ownership or violent crime—two completely unrelated issues—anytime soon.
BBC: London Crime With Firearms Up 42 Percent Last Year
In a speech in late 2015, then-President Barack Obama touted gun control in the UK as the shining example the United States should aspire to. But new data from Britain’s Met Police, as reported by the BBC, reveal exactly how well gun control laws in the UK were working out at that time—and contrary to the former president’s exhortations, the numbers suggest that the country’s policies should perhaps instead be viewed as a terrible warning.
According to the data, “gun crime offences” increased a staggering 42 percent from 2015 to 2016. (While some U.S. cities were seeing modest rises during this time, a 42 percent rise is unprecedented on this side of the pond, likely because criminals here know there’s a good chance their victim will be armed.) If this isn’t enough proof that England’s disarmament policies are emboldening criminals, the report shows that knife crime rose 24 percent during the same period.
Martin Hewitt, assistant commissioner for territorial policing, attempted to deflect by saying his staff would continue to focus on “taking weapons and dangerous offenders off the streets” using “prevention and diversion.” Given how well that’s worked out so far, perhaps they ought to instead take a page from our books, and simply allow their citizens the right to self-defense?
Man Shoots Armed Home Invaders Who Killed His Uncle
“They just killed my uncle in front of me.”
That is the dazed recollection of Cortney Mosley, who was in his uncle’s Olive Branch, Miss., home when a group of men armed with rifles burst in Sunday morning. The invaders demanded money from the several family members, as well as Mosley’s girlfriend—who happened to be carrying a pistol. Mosley told investigators that a brawl quickly broke out, and the suspects began shooting. Curtis Mosley, Cortney’s 58-year-old uncle, was struck in the back and was later pronounced dead at the scene.
However, Courtney managed to grab his girlfriend’s gun and return fire, fatally striking suspect Deangelo Miquel Tinnin and injuring a second suspect, Miriko Dairyell Simmons. The other intruders fled the scene and remain at large. Maggie Dean, Curtis Mosley’s sister, told WLAB-TV 10 they can’t understand why their home was chosen. “We’ve been living in this house for over 50 years. This is a family house.”