On Thursday, a parking attendant was walking a woman to her car near the FedEx Forum when he was suddenly struck on the back of the head. After the victim fell, the attacker began to fumble through his pockets. But that caught the eye of a Good Samaritan, who happened to have his concealed-carry permit—and his gun.
Memphis Police Department Colonel Gloria Bullock told FOX-13 the witness pulled his gun on the attacker and told him to stop. The suspect then yelled, “I don’t have a gun” and fled, speeding away in a tan Toyota. Investigators say nothing was stolen from the victim, nor was he seriously hurt.
Bullock noted that when large downtown events are staged, criminals come out in force. “They look for opportunity; they look when you’re not watching and jump up on you.” The officer also expects a quick arrest, since security cameras are located throughout the area.
Atlanta Police Chief Opposes Campus Carry Based On Her College Days, Not Data
In an interview with Atlanta’s NPR affiliate, WABE, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields urged Georgia’s governor to once again veto a bill that would allow permit holders to carry concealed on public college and university campuses.
“I just think back to when I was in college and, you know, the amount of alcohol that flows there, it’s just … I just don’t see that there is an upside to this,” Shields said. Citing violent crimes near area campuses, she was asked why permit holders shouldn’t be able to choose how to protect themselves. However, Shields ducked the question and minimized the threat on campuses, saying, “Get your data right.”
Get your data right, Chief. Georgia law requires permit holders to be at least 21 years of age, and prohibits possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol. In addition, the new law bars guns in student housing or at sporting events. The image of drunken underclassmen and -women mishandling firearms is a red herring; data from campuses that currently allow carry is proof.
As is the impressive safety record of 15 million permit holders nationwide—whom the chief would disarm for stepping onto campus.
Bloomberg Says Gun Control Will Send Him To Heaven
Michael Bloomberg, angel on earth? If you listen to him tell it, he’s one of the head archangels. In a "60 Minutes” interview, the billionaire, who’s dedicated his fortune to taking away your freedom, claims, “We’ve probably saved millions of lives, and certainly we’ll save tens of millions of lives going forward.”
The former New York City leader earned the nickname “Nanny Mayor” for his penchant to trying to control every facet of people’s lives—what they ate, what they drank, where they smoked and if they could own guns (a resounding “no”). His efforts, he boasts, have earned him an eternal reward: “When I get to heaven, I’m not sure I’m going to stand for an interview. I’m going right in.”
The 75-year-old sworn enemy of the NRA has lived in his mega-wealthy penthouse world for so long that he can’t see how out of touch he is with reality. His $47 billion fortune won’t be enough to buy away our freedoms any more than it will be enough to get a free pass through the Pearly Gates.
Indiana—Victim Defense Bill Sent To Governor
The Indiana House and Senate have passed a measure to help protect domestic violence victims, and the measure has been sent to Gov. Eric Holcomb for consideration.
HB 1071 passed the Indiana House 74-26 and the Senate 38-12 on Friday. The measure would ensure that victims of domestic violence are not left defenseless at their most vulnerable time: while waiting for their carry permit to be approved. It provides victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual abuse added protections against would-be abusers while protecting our constitutional right to self-defense and due process.
HB 1071 also urges the legislative council to assign a study committee to look into the repeal of the law which requires a person to obtain a license to carry a handgun in Indiana—an important step towards establishing “permitless” carry in the Hoosier State.
Use Your Power!
NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action is urging Indiana gun owners to contact Gov. Holcomb and ask him to sign HB 1071 into law. Contact him byclicking here.
Twitter Explodes After Chicago P.D. Brags About Confiscating Antique Guns
On April 19, Chicago PD correctly and proudly tweeted a successful drug bust with a picture of “weapons and drugs recovered.” The only problem was that the weapons pictured were a 19th-century triggerless percussion revolver and a cheesy-looking .25 ACP.
The Twitterati had a field day. Witty to say the least, but also with a surprisingly historical—if jaundiced—eye: “Did they have time travel? BC some of those guns … lol”; “Chicago PD out there catching Billy the Kid and what not”; “I didn’t know Wyatt Earp lived in the 10th District”; and “I really hope you let them walk ten paces first” among others.
Our favorite? “Everyone is safe. Aaron Burr is in custody.”