A new state law in Tennessee took effect on July 1, recognizing the right of permit holders to carry firearms on city buses. (Local authorities are allowed to continue to ban firearms only if they install metal detectors and station security guards at each station to ensure that all passengers, law-abiding or not, are disarmed.) But public transit authorities in the state’s major cities seem determined to do as little as possible to honor the law.
The Times Free Press of Chattanooga reports that codes of conduct in Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga do not specify who is allowed to carry firearms on public transit, instead requiring passengers to know in advance whether or not they are authorized. Well after the law has gone into effect, Memphis officials say that they are still changing their policy language, while reports have come in about signage in Nashville still indicating that all firearms are prohibited. (City officials say they are working on replacing the out-of-date signs.)
Unsurprisingly, the cities’ poor implementation of the new law appears to have more to do with political opposition than with general incompetence. “We will comply with the law, we won’t encourage it,” Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority Executive Director Lisa Maragnano told the paper in an email—and apparently they are determined to comply to the slightest degree possible!
Another Worthless Gun “Buyback”
Another day, another pointless gun turn-in program falsely called a “buyback.”
This time it’s Hartford, Conn., where the local Hartford Courant led off a feature story by writing, “There's a certain poetic justice to the idea of turning a gun into a gardening tool, of returning ‘what came from soil back to soil,’ according to police Sgt. Steve Austin.”
“One of the initiatives we do in law enforcement is to try and reduce the gun violence footprint in our community, but it's something that we can't do alone,” Austin told the newspaper.
In fact, it’s something that cities can’t do at all with feel-good gun turn-ins, as studies by the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research have shown that “buyback” programs have little impact on preventing gun violence. As for local Rev. Henry Brown’s comment that, "Any gun that we take off the street is one less gun able to cause harm in our community," what about guns that might have been used by innocent citizens for self-defense?
John Lott Questions What The Women’s March Really Represents
Women’s March organizers are leading a protest today against the alleged “intimidating rhetoric of hatred” and to “strive for the respect of the civil and human rights of all people.” The location: the headquarters of America’s longest-standing civil rights organization.
Dana Loesch certainly sees the irony in that. She refers to it as the “Some Women’s March,” as the group clearly doesn’t represent her. So who do they represent? And do they represent a woman’s view on guns? Noted criminal researcher John R. Lott penned an article for Fox News that provides some clarity.
He references a new PEW survey indicating that 40 percent of women live in a home with a gun—and almost a quarter of those women own a gun personally. Of the women who don’t live in a home with a gun, 45 percent say they can see themselves owning a gun.
Adding to the irony of the protest: One of the fastest-growing groups of gun owners in America is black women. So, remind us again what the protest is actually about?
Armed Wireless Shop Owner Sends Aspiring Robber On His Way
“He had that look on his face. I told my employee to be prepared if something was going to happen.”
KSNV-TV in Las Vegas reports that Miguel Gonzalez, owner of the Wireless Clinic store, sensed something was wrong when a suspicious man returned to his store after just visiting a short time earlier. Sure enough, moments later the man kicked in a glass shop counter and began grabbing merchandise—all caught on the store’s surveillance camera.
Gonzalez, however, had prepared for the worst. He raised his gun and challenged the crook, and the would-be bandit stopped dead in his tracks, raised his hands, then slowly walked out of the store. And he also walked away with nothing. Gonzalez told reporters he never even had his finger on the trigger, and hopes he never has to face another robber, concluding, “I love what I do. I’m not going to stop.”