The headline read “I’m a member of Congress. I’m going to start carrying a gun.” The editorial, penned by U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., ran in The Washington Post and was a common-sense reaction to the politically motivated shooting last week in Alexandria, Va., that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise seriously wounded.
While “we’ll continue debating” what caused this horrible act, Collins declares that “here’s what’s not up for debate: From now on, I’ll be exercising my Second Amendment right to carry a firearm as I travel my district.” He went on to commend Capitol Police for their heroic bravery that saved lives, but also stated that “self-defense is my responsibility, too.”
Collins said his father taught him responsible gun ownership and noted that he’s been a concealed-carry permit holder for years. “Now, more than ever, I truly believe that the best place to be, during a terrible episode like the one in Alexandria, is next to a good guy with a gun,” he wrote.
Journal Sentinel Editor: My Guns Are Fine, Yours Not So Much
David Haynes, editorial page editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has figured out how to tell “good” guns from “bad” ones: His are “good,” yours are “bad.
In an op-ed where he says he has been a gun owner all his life and owns many firearms, Haynes apparently appointed himself all-knowing god of firearms and concluded that it’s only guns that he doesn’t like that should be banned—not ones of which he approves.
“Civilians don’t need military-style assault rifles, which are nothing but tools for killing people,” he pompously stated. In reality, Haynes is talking about AR-15 style rifles, the most popular rifle in America, that are regularly used by thousands upon thousands of Americans for a wide variety of things other than mass murder—including competition, sport shooting, hunting and self-defense.
Apparently, this purveyor of editorial brilliance forgot to mention any of that. Doh!
Continued Twisting Of Facts About Firearm Suppressor Deregulation
Writing in an op-ed at thecrimereport.com, Robin L. Barton started off by trying to sound like the voice of reason, then fell into the same old lies about firearm suppressors and efforts to deregulate the devices.
Mentioning early on that, “Although silencers don’t completely suppress the sound of a gunshot, they do muffle it,” Barton quickly veered into territory sought by those who know the truth about the topic doesn’t make their anti-gun case.
“The sound of gunfire alerts people that someone is firing a weapon nearby and that they should take suitable precautions,” Barton wrote. “If that sound is muffled, people may be unaware that they’re in danger and thus not take cover.”
Of course, the simple truth can be found from even the Washington Post fact-checkers, who wrote when investigating a similar claim: “There is little that’s quiet about a firearm with a silencer, unless one also thinks a jackhammer is quiet.”
Media Finds It Hard To Admit That Guns Can Be Used For Good
The KMOV news channel in Albuquerque, N.M., posted a story with an innocuous, silly-sounding headline: “Homeowner restrains intruder with duct tape until police show up.” But as pointed out by a post on Twitchy.com, there was one crucial detail left out.
When a local homeowner received a notification from his security system that there was movement inside his home, he phoned his neighbor and asked her to investigate. That neighbor, Shandra Vestal, explained what happened next: “I went to my garage, my husband and I. We got two pistols … Micah and I went into the home with two of the loaded weapons. Micah announced himself to the perpetrator, saying, ‘I have a loaded weapon, get down on your hands and knees.’”
She went on to say that they did indeed secure the suspect with duct tape until police arrived on the scene. But the reporting of this story reveals something about media bias: Such a feel-good story couldn’t have happened because of nasty guns, could it? Nope, must have been that old reliable duct tape.
Pennsylvania Man Grabs Gun, Scares Off Intruder
Late Thursday night Iean Critchlow got a call from his neighbor, who told him someone was trying to break into his home. Critchlow’s reaction: He flipped on the light and grabbed his firearm.
WPXI Channel 11 is reporting that Critchlow went to investigate and encountered the intruder behind his neighbor’s property. “He was hiding behind a bush and jumped out so I put him at gunpoint and it looked like he was going to go down, I told him don't move, I will shoot.”
When a neighbor came outside, the would-be burglar used the diversion to escape—but this is only one further incident in a rash of robberies in Critchlow’s Claridge neighborhood. “They took my boy’s bike off the porch, literally just stole it off my porch, and the neighbor’s go-kart,” he said. “If you want to mess with my home or neighbor's home and property, threaten me and my family, there will be something to pay.”