For several years, the Pittsburgh FFL gun shop in McKeesport, Pa., has operated quietly and without problems. But when store owner Jonathan Stark decided to renovate and expand the former American Legion post and rename it Legion Arms, opponents suddenly appeared.
McKeesport city Councilwoman Fawn Walker-Montgomery was one of the first to speak out. "I don't have issue with guns. I don't have issue with the Second Amendment,” she told WPXI News. She then went on to immediately contradict herself and prove that she clearly does have an issue with both. “I just do not feel like we need a gun shop in McKeesport."
Local resident Joy Burgwin also chimed in, "My biggest concern would be that there would be somebody that would be able to purchase guns legally and bring them guns outside and put them on the streets of McKeesport.” Apparently, any gun owner is a bad gun owner.
Stark points out the upside to expansion. "We feel that if everybody buys a building as we've done, renovates it and operates a business, that McKeesport would be a much better place." Legion Arms is set for a grand opening on Aug. 12.
Trump’s Surgeon General Nominee A Breath Of Fresh Air After Vivek Murthy
Most who follow the gun issue closely will remember that President Barack Obama’s surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, was a devout gun-ban advocate, stating last year: "What I’ve said before is what I believe now—which is gun violence is a public health issue.”
Thankfully, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the same post is a gun owner himself, and doesn’t see all guns as bad.
When anti-gun U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., asked Trump nominee Dr. Jerome Adams what the surgeon general can do to stem gun violence, his reply was laudable: “Guns and gun owners aren’t inherently a public health problem, but the violence that results absolutely is,” he answered. “I think what we have to do is separate the tool from the perpetrator; cars are not a public health problem, car accidents are a public health problem.”
Having a surgeon general who understands the difference between law-abiding gun owners and violent criminals will be a welcome relief from the last several years of having a gun-ban advocate in that position.
Webinar Planned To Explain New California Gun Regulations
The NRA and the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) are preparing a lawsuit against the state’s newly approved “assault weapon” regulations, as reported earlier. But given that (for now) the new measure is law, both organizations are also moving to educate California gun owners about what their obligations are.
To that end, NRA-ILA announced an upcoming joint NRA/CRPA webinar, addressing a wide range of questions such as how to register firearms, how to determine which firearms need to be registered and what information is required for registration. Interested gun owners can go here to register.
Since no major changes have occurred since the previous round of proposed regulations, those who attended the May webinar will find that this mostly covers the same material. For updates on how NRA and CRPA are fighting these burdensome and unnecessary regulations, visit Stand and Fight California.
Georgia Woman Shoots Career Criminal To Protect Her Children
On Thursday morning at 2 a.m., Shaquita Green heard a knock at the door. It was Keandre Funches and Javarian Mitchell, both friends of her husband who wasn’t home at the time. Even so, Green let them in, much to her regret.
Marietta police Officer Chuch McPhilamy said that after a short discussion, “Funches threatened the residents with his handgun.” McPhilamy added that Green’s three children were in the home at the time, and Funches was a dangerous individual, having had several confrontations with police. To protect her children, Green grabbed her own gun and shot Funches, fatally striking him.
“It was either him or me and my kids weren’t going to get hurt and they weren’t going to see me get hurt,” Green stated. Authorities say because Mitchell was “committing a felony when someone was killed,” he was arrested for murder, assault, false imprisonment and cruelty to children. Green, who was unharmed, was not charged for the self-defense shooting.