An academic study published recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine examined trends in the firearms industry over a 25-year period. The journal consistently features biased research by anti-gun public health scholars like David Hemenway, and this article was no departure. There was a call for more “smart guns” and plenty of hand-wringing about the alleged rise in production of firearms “that are of a higher caliber and therefore greater lethality.” But separated from the hysterical anti-gun spin, the results may be of interest to Second Amendment supporters for their confirmation of trends for which we’ve seen anecdotal evidence.
The paper identifies “a dramatic increase in domestic firearm production starting in 2005 and peaking in 2013, driven by the increased production of pistols and rifles.” The researchers see trends indicating a growing market preference for higher-caliber and more concealable guns. This leads us to conclude that manufacturers are responding to an expanding public interest in self-defense, and concealed carry, in particular.
And that’s not such a bad thing at all, is it?
Senator Introduces Measure Targeting Executive Overreach On Guns
A U.S. senator on Wednesday proposed legislation that would shield the Second Amendment rights of Americans from executive overreach, according to a report at Guns.com.
U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., introduced the “Protecting the Second Amendment Act,” targeting unnecessary intrusions of freedom like those made by executive actions during the Obama administration.
“The Obama administration demonstrated time and again a disturbing willingness to bypass the separation of powers and disregard Congress as a Constitutional watchdog,” Strange said. “Had the restrictions faced by lawful gun dealers in border states been applied to Alabama, many sportsmen, myself included, would have a difficult time practicing our hobby, and exercising our Constitutional rights. With this bill, I am proud to stand up against existing and future threats to the rights of lawful gun owners, and restore respect for the rule of law.”
NRA to Provide Firearms Training for Lawmakers
In the aftermath of the attack on Republican lawmakers, Alabama Sen. Luther Strange had quite a different reaction than Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Rather than calling for gun control, he called for gun training—and he called on the NRA for help.
As reported by Yellowhammer News, Strange sent a letter to NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox and asked the NRA to “consider offering a training program to members of Congress, their staff and other personnel that work on Capitol Hill, regardless of political affiliation, so that they have the skills necessary to survive an active-shooter situation and to safely handle a firearm.” The senator noted that, “proper training can lead to the attacker being neutralized and lives being saved.”
Cox replied that that the NRA “wholeheartedly” agreed. He pointed out that the NRA serves as the world’s leader in providing firearms safety, education and training—with more than 130,000 instructors across the country—and the Association would look forward to teaching the safe and responsible use of firearms to members of Congress and their staff.
Female Suspect Shot By Employee During Armed “Take-Over” Robbery
“It was a take-over style robbery ... which is much more dangerous. We don't see many of those. It was a very scary situation.”
SLCP Detective Greg Wilking described the harrowing armed invasion at a Quiznos restaurant on Tuesday to the The Salt Lake Tribune. Around 6 p.m. a woman and two men entered the establishment, locked the door, then pulled handguns. Two employees were in the restaurant at the time, one at the counter and one in a back room. While one intruder began emptying money from the registers, the other two began forcing their way into the back.
However, the door had been barricaded by the worker, who had also armed herself—and who began firing. “Because of the severity of the situation,” Wilking said, the employee had little choice. A single bullet hit the female robber, who is in serious condition. Police are searching for her two male accomplices, who fled the scene.