If asked to choose which city—out of Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, New York, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.—had the highest per capita homicide rate, most people would say Chicago. But in fact, Baltimore has 20.2 homicides per 100,000 people, topping the 18.0 for New Orleans. In 2017 to date, there have been 124 homicides in the so-called Charm City.
Baltimore has been experiencing a spike in violent crime since 2015, when Freddie Gray died in police custody. The rioting and protesting that followed turned that year into the deadliest in the city’s history, with 344 homicides. In 2016, 318 people were murdered, making it the second-worst year for homicides. Now, The Washington Postreports that Baltimore is on pace to set another record in 2017.
“People don’t realize it’s worse than Chicago,” said Otis Rolley, a former city planning director. Baltimore is similar to Chicago in more ways than one—but most importantly, both share strict gun control laws. With all Maryland state residents having to abide by an archaic law requiring them to prove a “good and substantial” reason for needing to carry a concealed gun, one look at the latest stats should provide the only reason needed.
NYT Campus Carry Op-Ed Ignores Important
In a hand-wringing op-ed posted to its website on Monday, The New York Times editorial board lamented that two more states have passed campus-carry laws.
“Police and university officials, who had strongly opposed the law as dangerous, now are burdened with making it work in the face of all manner of unanswered questions,” the writers whined. Yet the editorial completely ignored two critical points.
First, campus carry doesn’t “arm” anyone. It merely lets an individual who is already licensed to carry a firearm for self-defense in a particular state to continue to do so when he or she crosses an invisible boundary onto a college campus. Equally important, the nine states that already had campus-carry laws on the books before this spring have had no murders on campus by carry permit holders.
So what’s the Times editorial board really up in arms about? Apparently, they simply hate freedom.
Long List Of Pro-Gun Wins In Missouri!
Following last week’s adjournment of the Missouri General Assembly, NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action is pointing out several important pro-freedom wins this spring in the Show-Me State.
Anti-gun bills that were defeated include House Bill 185, which would have required lawful gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms within a certain period of time or face harsh penalties, potentially including jail time; House Bill 241, which would have made it illegal to transfer a firearm to any person on the federal “No Fly” list; House Bill 363, which would have required that all sales or transfers of firearms be processed through a licensed firearms dealer; House Bill 364, which would have created provisions requiring permits to purchase firearms in the state of Missouri; House Bill 365, which would have established extreme risk protection orders and gun violence seizure warrants, and prohibited certain persons involved in domestic violence from possessing a firearm without due process; and House Bill 366, which would have added unnecessary extra steps for a person to purchase a firearm in the state.
Fabio: “Don’t You Ever Give Up Your Guns”
Fabio has long been known for his “guns,” but until recently that statement had everything to do with the golden-haired actor and model’s physique, and nothing whatsoever do with the Second Amendment.
But after his L.A. home was burglarized—and several of his friends were mugged or robbed—Italian-born Fabio decided to become a gun owner. In an interview with Lifezette, he shared the insights gained from being the target of violent crime in the ever-more-restrictive gun control mecca of California. Fabio explained that while criminals “are always going to have every single weapon available to them,” lawmakers “don’t really have to care” about the dangers faced by average law-abiding citizens. “They’re protected. They have security,” he said.
As for America’s gun owners, he admonished them to work to avoid the fate of his homeland: “Don’t you ever give up your guns. If people lose that right, forget about it. Politicians—they will take everything away from you. And then what are you going to do, protest with a rock? Because that’s what they do in Europe.”
Elderly Couple Fight Off, And Fatally Shoot, Home Invader
When a Louisiana man broke into an elderly couple’s residence, he most likely didn’t anticipate one surprising circumstance—that one of the senior citizens might be armed.
The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office says the suspect entered the home in Swartz, La., late Sunday afternoon and refused to leave—ultimately threatening the lives of the husband and wife who lived there. Luckily, one of the occupants managed to pull a firearm and shoot the violent intruder, who was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
While the OPSO is withholding the name of the couple, no charges are expected to be filed in the self-defense shooting.