After Wednesday’s attack on Republicans at a congressional baseball practice, one GOP congressman is laying his cards on the table about concealed carry.
For Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., who wasn’t at the practice, the attack hardened his resolve to carry a firearm for self-defense.
“If you look at the vulnerability, I assure you: I have a carry permit. I will be carrying when I’m out and about,” Collins told WKBW. “On a rare occasion I’d have my gun in a glove box or something, but it’s going to be in my pocket from this day forward.”
Collins believes that widespread, angry anti-Trump rhetoric by those on the left was responsible for the attack.
“I can only hope that the Democrats do tone down the rhetoric," Collins said. "The rhetoric has been outrageous—the finger-pointing, just the tone and the angst and the anger directed at Donald Trump, his supporters. Really, then, you know, some people react to things like that. They get angry as well. And then you fuel the fires.”
Liberal Writer Says Gun Owners Shouldn’t Train For Self-Defense
It’s not uncommon for anti-gun “journalists” to repeat the lie that law-abiding concealed firearm carriers can’t stop crimes because they aren’t well enough trained. That’s why it struck us as interesting that after Wednesday’s shooting at a congressional baseball practice, one liberal writer says citizens shouldn’t train to protect themselves.
In a rambling rant seemingly written to make the case that a left-wing attacker is rare, liberal writer Michael Tomasky lamented at thedailybeast.com that the real problem is that the so-called “military-style assault rifle” used by the Bernie Sanders supporter who launched the attack hadn’t been banned. But Tomasky left his best observation until near the end.
“Teachers and regular citizens aren’t cops,” he stated. “They don’t do repeated drills on taking down perps, and they shouldn’t.”
Allow us to disagree. Many law-abiding Americans work diligently to build their self-defense skills in case the unthinkable should ever happen to them. Tomasky’s saying concealed firearm carriers shouldn’t train for self-defense situations is utterly ridiculous—and quite insulting to those who train diligently to protect themselves and others.
NRA’s Dana Loesch Takes On Virginia Governor Over Remarks After Shooting
NRA Spokesperson Dana Loesch appeared on several talk shows in the aftermath of the shooting of Republican congressmen in Arlington, Va. Immediately following the attack, Gov. Terry McAuliffe went before the media and issued a plea for more gun control.
On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Story With Martha MacCallum,” Loesch blasted McAuliffe and stated that "this isn’t a gun issue.” She appeared alongside Mark Glaze, former executive director of Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown For Gun Safety, and reminded viewers that guns save lives, as this tragedy proved.
On Thursday’s "Fox & Friends," Loesch called out the language of the left—a beheaded prop of the president, a presidential assassination Shakespeare play in the park, cursing out the Republicans from the stage of the California Democratic convention—and noted that you can’t have this environment and not expect it to affect people in a negative way. She went on to accuse McAuliffe of raising the left’s rhetoric to another level on “America’s Newsroom.”
Maine Anti-Gun Legislation May Be Voted On This Week
By week's end, the Maine Senate is hoping to vote on Legislative Document 351, an anti-gun bill allowing cities to stop gun owners from carrying a firearm during municipal public proceedings and in polling places.
As NRA-ILA noted in a legislative update, “Infringing upon your right to keep and bear arms at municipal proceedings and polling places would be a foot in the door for gun control advocates. First, they take away polling places. Next, they will forbid you to carry on the sidewalks in your home town.”
Currently, citizens can lawfully carry a firearm into a polling place and other public buildings where it is not prohibited under state or federal law. Legislative Document 351 takes away this constitutional right while the individual is exercising another—prohibiting the right to carry a firearm while voting.
Use Your Power!
NRA-ILA is urging members from Maine to contact their state senator and ask him or her to oppose LD 351. You can reach them by email byclicking here.
Speaking to The Delaware County Daily Times, Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood quoted the victim of a crime, “He kept saying, ‘I got a gun, I got a gun, I got a gun.’” And he did.
In the latest example of “never bring a knife to a gunfight,” two men with knives confronted an Upper Darby, Pa., man and found their target was also armed—with a firearm. “A father and son get out of the car and walk up to the shooter with a knife,” Chitwood continued. That’s when the victim said he was armed—over and over.
“He has a concealed weapon permit for a 9 mm. Then the knife-wielding man comes toward him and he shoots him in the knee,” Chitwood said. “He told us he purposely shot him in the leg.” The suspect was treated for injuries and released, and is expected to be charged with assault and terroristic threats.