USA Today made an astounding discovery: “New Jersey gun laws don’t curb violence in Camden.” Although the Brady Campaign considers NJ to be the state with the second-strongest gun laws in the US, Camden’s murder rate was about 12 times the overall U.S. rate in 2011. There were 75 homicides in the city last year. Anderson Baker, a convicted felon and former gang member stated, “Gun laws to people in Camden are like saying you’ll get a ticket if you jaywalk…it means nothing. Most politicians don’t get that.” So what’s NJ’s response? Pass more gun laws, of course. It all makes perfect sense. Or not. And from Connecticut . . .
The more than 100 revisions to CT’s onerous gun control laws now before the governor for signature include several “technical changes” aimed at trying to keep gun manufacturers from leaving the state and taking their tax money with them. One clarifies the fact that manufacturers don’t have to register high-capacity magazines they produce (although they still can’t sell them in the state). Another allows gun makers to move weapon parts from one factory to another within the state. So far, no firearms manufacturers are saying if they’re going to change their minds about moving. Michael Nicastro, president of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce admitted “it may be a case of too little, too late.”
Meanwhile, inside the Beltway, it’s zombie politics. Harry Ried plans to meet with Double Barrel Joe Biden and Formerly NRA A-Rated Joe Manchin some time next week to discuss trying to revive the DOA gun legislation in the Senate. Reid said “I’m not going to bring up a vote just to have a vote. I want to bring up this vote again if we can accomplish something.” Uh huh. What was it Einstein said about doing the same thing over and expecting a different result? This whole gun control thing is like the psycho ex who just won’t go away and leave you alone. Except you can get a restraining order against the ex and have her crazy ass tossed in jail.
In the Peoples Republic of San Francisco, Supervisor Malia Cohen introduced legislation on Tuesday that would would ban the possession of firearms with large capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Notice that doesn’t just say ban the possession of the magazines – it states it would ban the possession of the firearms with the magazines. It would also require gun dealers in the city to report the sale of any ammunition to the police, not just the 500 or more rounds previously required. She says “I’d imagine it’ll probably ruffle some feathers.” Ya think?
They’re taking their own innovative steps in Toledo, Ohio to get handguns off the streets. On June 8 at People’s Missionary Baptist Church, will hold a gun buyback where they “will pay $50 per firearm during a handgun buyback program at a central-city church next week, officials announced Thursday…Officials also will accept, but not pay for, unwanted ammunition, shotguns, rifles, BB and pellet guns, starter pistols, and visibly inoperable firearms, all of which will be destroyed.” Is it just me or does it seem they’re offering less and less dinero at these things? Fifty bucks? For working firearms? What a bunch of cheapskates!
If you thought little Fluffy was safe, it turns out that the LAPD and NYPD don’t have a monopoly on shooting dogs. From Buffalo NY comes a report that the BPD got the wrong apartment in a drug raid and shot Army vet Adam Arroyo’s pet dog, which he says was tied up at the time. Arroyo says he plans to hire a lawyer. Let’s hope so. This needless bloodshed at the hands of the police must cease. We have to think of the pets!
A pair of home invaders in Brooklyn, New York picked on the wrong 10-year-old. When they pushed their way into his house and tried to enter the room where he and his mom were located, she slammed the door on one of their arms, causing him to drop his gun. Then the kid grabbed the gun and fired at the bad guys. They fired back without hitting anyone and ran off. Perhaps they wouldn’t have gotten as far as the second floor if NYC gun laws didn’t prevent the homeowner from having a gun of her own with which to protect her family.
Nicholas Finch, the now-former sheriff of (ironically named) Liberty County, Florida near Tallahassee, has been arrested, apparently for refusing to arrest and book someone for carrying a concealed firearm. Per his lawyer: “The records at the jail show exactly what happened in this case and the records speak the truth. The sheriff looked at the facts and said ‘I believe in the second ammendment [sic] and we’re not going to charge him.’ That is not misconduct at all. That is within the Sheriff’s perogative [sic] whether to charge someone or not.” So the Florida Department of Law Enforcement had him arrested and the governor has replaced him. There may be more to it than this, but something sounds kinda fishy. If any of you live in the area and have more information on what happened, please let us know in the comments.