On April 21, we responded to a hate-filled screed in The Missourian, penned by Missouri School of Journalism Professor Emeritus George Kennedy, in which he compared NRA to ISIS. In response, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Stacy Washington wrote, “… when has a member of the NRA ever decapitated, set on fire, tossed from a rooftop or otherwise terrorized another American? The linkage is not only rife with improper context; it is false on its face. Yet The Missourian saw fit to publish it without question, I believe, because it suits the ideological bent of the opinion editor.”
TheMissourian is now distancing itself from Kennedy’s column, calling him a “retired professor” who writes an “unpaid column,” and emphasizing that “his views are his own.” However, the fact that Kennedy remains while Washington is suspended is further proof of the sorry state of journalism at both TheMissourian and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Woman With Rifle Sends Stalker Scrambling
There are a few ways to enforce a protection order: through the courts, by calling police—or with a rifle. The latter is how a Chickasha, Okla., woman administered hers.
The Express-Star says the woman was granted a final protective order against Larry Grammer in March. But days later, Grammer had called threatening to “come after her” if she didn’t turn over the title to a car. Then, he contacted her while sitting outside her home, threatening to kill her for the title.
Finally, last Friday night Grammer was at the woman’s house again, and Lieutenant Scott Weaver of the Chickasha Police reported, “Dispatch broadcast the woman had a rifle and was standing on the porch, yelling for Larry to leave. As police units were responding, Larry backed out of the drive and drove away at a high rate of speed.” Grammer was tracked down shortly after the encounter and placed under arrest.
Mississippi Governor Encourages 2A Activism
Speaking at a college leadership forum at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Atlanta, Ga., over the weekend, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant urged students to become Second Amendment activists.
“If you think the Left isn’t coming for your guns, look at Australia,” Bryant was quoted as saying in a report at Guns.com. “The only thing the Left is upset about, the only thing they fear, is the Second Amendment.”
Bryant himself has a history of Second Amendment activism: Last year he signed a measure that made Mississippi a “permitless” carry state, where law-abiding citizens are no longer required to get a permit from government to practice their right to armed self-defense.
“If there’s an active shooter at the capitol, I’m not going to hide behind my desk,” Bryant added. “I’m going to put some lead downrange on someone.”
Demanding Moms Target Texas Carry
Despite the fact that there has been no increase in violence in any of the 13 states that have done away with the requirement that law-abiding citizens obtain a government-issued permit in order to carry a firearm for self-defense, Bloomberg’s Demanding Moms are fighting against “permitless” carry in Texas.
“If passed and signed into law, these measures would only make it easier for violent criminals to carry hidden, loaded handguns into public spaces we frequent daily with our families,” Demanding Mom Lisa Epstein said in a released statement.
What Epstein and others don’t seem to understand—despite the fact that the truth is alluded to in her own statement—is that criminals already carry loaded handguns into “public spaces we frequent daily with our families.” They break the law: That’s why they are called criminals. This legislation doesn’t make that any “easier.”
About a million Texans are already licensed to carry loaded handguns in public, with no ill effect. The measures hated by the Demanding Moms simply deregulate the practice of a constitutionally protected right.
Despite Fake News of Impending Doom, Gun Sales Remain Strong
Gun sales are on a roll, despite what liberal media elites would have you believe. FBI statistics released this week show that more than 2 million background check applications were processed by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in April. During the same time period last year, a record-setting 2,523,265 checks were performed, compared to this year’s 2,433,092 checks.
"Anyone looking to proclaim a continuing sales slump would be wrong based on the best number we have as a proxy for firearms sales for April 2017 compared to April 2016," National Shooting Sports Foundation Spokesman Mike Bazinet told the Washington Free Beacon.
The first two months of 2017 saw sales below last year’s totals, but those numbers have picked up in March and April. But you likely won’t hear that reported in the mainstream media, as they’re looking to perpetuate the false narrative that fewer Americans are exercising their right to bear arms.