With Australia in the middle of the National Firearms Amnesty, an ineffective initiative encouraging citizens to turn in their (mostly lawfully owned) guns, some are speaking out against the program’s usefulness as a curb to violence. Interestingly, one of the strongest voices comes from a professor who resides firmly in the anti-gun camp.
Philip Alpers teaches at the University of Sydney, where he advocates for gun control through a “public health” lens. Yet he delivered to ABC News of Australia a withering criticism of the turn-in: “All the research studies show that very limited, unenforced amnesties like this one produce no measurable decrease in violent crime. You can’t prove they reduce death or injury. ... But gun amnesties are popular right around the world. They are the politician’s favorite feel-good gesture, and they generate really useful media images of guns being destroyed.”
With opposition on both sides of the gun debate, the National Firearms Amnesty seems uniquely useless. Another Australian professor, Samara McPhedran of Griffith University, suggested combating violence by taking a page out of the American playbook: “Things like a very focused approach particularly on disrupting criminal activity, and holding offenders to account. But also looking at communities where gun violence disproportionately occurs.”
21 States Urge Supreme Court To Hear Maryland Gun Ban Case
A coalition of 21 states is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a case that argues some of Maryland’s restrictive anti-gun laws are unconstitutional.
According to a report from the Associated Press, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed the brief on behalf of the 21 states asking the court to hear the case on Maryland statute that prohibits sale and possession certain semi-automatic rifles and so-called “high-capacity” magazines. AP quoted Morrisey as saying that banning certain types of firearms “steps on” the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
States joining in the brief include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Los Angeles Removes Ban On Small Handguns
A move by the Los Angeles City Council that partially restores the Second Amendment rights of residents there has some in the media leaning toward hyperbole.
The Council on Tuesday reversed a longtime ban on the sale of small handguns—a ban that the National Rifle Association had been fighting since it began more than 15 years ago. That’s a good thing, but you wouldn’t know it by reading the report at mynewsla.com.
“‘Pocket rockets’ OK in LA: NRA gets tiny-gun ban reversed,” the headline shrilly announced. The lead sentence was little better: “The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 Tuesday to undo a longtime ban on the sale of so-called “ultracompact” handguns, bowing to legal pressure from the National Rifle Association and the California Rifle & Pistol Association.”
In truth, such handguns are preferred by many law-abiding citizens who carry concealed handguns for self-defense. Also, the sale of such firearms is allowed under state law, which pre-empted the local statute.
Man Threatens California Gun Range With Lawsuit Over Ladies Night
A few years ago, Riverside Magnum Range (RMR) in Riverside, Calif.—65 miles from the gun-hating haven of Hollywood—started hosting regular Ladies Night events. By waiving the $15 range fee, owner Peter Lee hoped to draw more women to the shooting sports and help prevent firearm accidents.
Unfortunately for area women, RMR has now been forced to cancel all such events going forward. According to an NRA Members’ Councils of California Facebook post, an Orange County man has threatened to sue the range under the state’s civil rights statutes if the events continue. Even though men are allowed to attend the events if they pay the $15 range fee, current and potential female shooters are now losing the chance to take advantage of free programming that is focused on them, without the sometimes intimidating atmosphere of a male-dominated environment. And if they can’t afford the range fees, the cancellations may leave them without much place to shoot at all.
We have to wonder what’s next for the disgruntled man—perhaps suing IHOP over its senior citizens’ discount?
Elderly Delaware Man Drives Off Four Attackers With Single Shot
The call came to Delaware State Police headquarters just before 3 a.m. Wednesday, reporting a home invasion in Camden involving four men. When investigators arrived, they discovered an elderly man who had been in a struggle with one of the four suspects who had forced their way into his home. However, the homeowner had managed to grab his gun and fire a single shot—which lodged in the floor, but managed to scare off the intruders.
A short time later, troopers stopped a suspicious vehicle with a quartet of men inside, and found evidence connecting them to the attack. The four men were identified as Tyson B. Beckett, 26; Anthony Long, 18; Brandon D. Satchell, 25; and 29-year-old Joshua T. Walker. All were arrested on a variety of charges, from first-degree assault to possession of a firearm during a felony.
The elderly victim was treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.