Former NRA-ILA Director of Communications James (Jim) O.E. Norell passed away this week at the age of 74. The first to serve in that role, Jim acted as the voice of freedom for more than 40 years.
“Jim Norell spent a lifetime in service to our Second Amendment freedom,” said NRA EVP and CEO Wayne LaPierre. “He fought throughout his lifetime with words that made an immeasurable difference—words that defended firearms in the hands of good, law abiding, patriotic Americans. His words helped change the course of American history. He was a good friend and patriot. God bless him. I’m going to miss him.”
NRA American Rifleman wrote a tribute to Jim that details his many accomplishments. Among them were helping to pass the 1986 Firearm Owner’s Protection Act, creating the advocacy journal “Reports From Washington” and producing the hard-hitting documentary It Can’t Happen Here.
Pittsburgh Proposal Would Ban Guns In Parks
A bill proposed in the Pittsburgh City Council would prohibit guns in the city’s parks, violating state firearms pre-emption laws and leaving law-abiding gun owners at the mercy of violent criminals.
The bill’s author, councilmember Dan Gilman, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he penned the bill after a group of demonstrators with “assault rifles” gathered in Mellon Park last month. Despite the fact that the protest was peaceful, and all the demonstrators reportedly followed the law and refrained from disturbing other park-goers, Gilman apparently found the mere sight of the guns offensive enough that he feels justified in disarming all law-abiding park-goers forever.
“We treat [our parks] uniquely under city code because of the kids’ sports activities and the playgrounds that are there—recognizing that children are different … When people are out there, we want them to feel safe and secure because parks are family-friendly.”
Of course, Gilman neglected to explain how stripping law-abiding adults of their ability to protect their families is supposed to make anyone “safe and secure,” or accomplish anything other than emboldening criminals.
Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars Raised For Woman Fired For Shooting Robbery Suspect
We recently covered the case of Jennifer Wertz, a convenience store clerk in Albuquerque, N.M., who was suspended and later officially fired for shooting a man who allegedly tried to rob her at gunpoint. Now there’s some good news to report: A GoFundMe page set up for Wertz by her mother has raised over $60,000 to support her while she is between jobs.
“My daughter has 3 kids to care for and needs help now,” the GoFundMe summary reads. “The kids are 8, 6, and 2, and with no income, she isn’t sure what to do. She won’t ask for help herself, so I’m doing this for her.” Now thanks to the kindness of over a thousand donors, the working mom won’t need to worry about money for a while.
Wertz told KRQE-TV that the donations would allow her to recover from the trauma of the shooting and to be covered for legal fees if she happens to end up in court.
Virginia Races Remain Close Despite Injection Of Bloomberg Cash
We previously reported that anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg is throwing around more money in another effort to promote his favored candidates for governor and attorney general. But there’s a chance that Virginia can once again thwart his attempts to buy his way into state politics.
The Bloomberg-backed Everytown for Gun Safety has reportedly donated about $300,000 to incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring’s campaign and $700,000 to the campaign for gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam. Yet despite enjoying the advantage of already holding office, both Herring and Northam are only polling about 5 or 6 percentage points ahead of their Republican challengers, as reported by The Daily Caller.
Pro-Second Amendment candidates in Virginia are facing a tough battle, but this is still anyone’s game. Virginia voters should relish a second opportunity to send Bloomberg back to New York with his tail between his legs.
North Carolina Mom Scares Off Burglars With Handgun
Sabrina Flowe of Gaston County, N.C, was home with her two small children when she heard a commotion at the back of the house. She grabbed a pistol that her husband had taught her how to use and went to investigate, finding a man trying to force his way in to her enclosed porch.
Flowe told WSOC-TV that she showed her firearm to the would-be intruder and another suspect who was accompanying him: “I had my hand up like this where they could see it … Told him basically, ‘Get the [expletive] out of my house.’” Both men promptly obeyed her command.
The mom said of her actions, “My only thought is to take care of my family.” She told reporters that the man trying to gain access to her porch had something in his hand, but she could not tell whether it was a weapon. Police called in K-9 units to help track down the suspects.