Louisiana passed a bill that makes it illegal to publish personal information on concealed carriers. This came in response to the outrage last December after a newspaper in New York published an interactive map that showed the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in two counties. As you can imagine, the MSM is livid. Rebecca Savastio with the Guardian Express proclaims they’ve “criminalized journalism” with the passage of this bill. I wonder how she’d feel if a someone published her address, home phone, cell phone, work phone, and a list of valuables she has in her home in the paper or on a web site. After all, it’s “an infringement on the right to free speech through the concept of prior restraint” to deny us the right to do so. And . . .
She’s also pissed about the penalties. Anyone who “intentionally disseminates” this information for publication faces penalties of six months of jail time and a fine of $10,000. Unless they’re public officials or police officers. Then the fine is just $500 with no jail time. You know, just like how they make special provisions for them in gun control laws. So how does it feel, Rebecca, to have a state pass a law that restricts one of your closely-valued rights?
The Market Research Foundation did a poll for Fox News to find out how people feel about President Obama’s job performance on gun control. Only 38 percent said they approve of what he’s done; 57 percent disapprove. Stuart Varney discussed this with Celia Bigelow from MRF and he tried to make it sound like this meant the majority of people think he hasn’t done enough and want him to be “more aggressive” in controlling guns. No, said Celia, it means they think he’s has gone too far and that “young people are increasingly becoming more dissatisified with government intrusion in our daily lives.” Watch the interview and tell us what you think.
Last January, Seattle, Washington held a gun buyback. It cost the city $31,306, including $23,223 in overtime for police officers. They collected about 716 guns and gave out $68,000 in gift cards. The mayor claimed it a success. Not so fast, says Washington CeaseFire, the state’s most active gun control group. You should “have talked to us… about this before moving forward,” President Ralph Fascietelli emailed the mayor. “The overwhelming research shows that buybacks generally don’t work well and are a waste of resources and are mocked by the NRA… Buyback programs by themselves don’t work, and we’ve found that out.” So why haven’t they been sharing this information with other cities that are wasting money like this?
If you have an iPhone, you will soon be able to buy a “Grip & Shoot” handle for it, designed to provide greater control when taking photos. The phone snaps onto the grip, which connects using Bluetooth to let you control the camera via buttons on the handle. The inventors said it could be also used for other purposes “like an augmented reality shooting game.” But we all know that attaching a pistol grip to something makes it inherently evil, so it’s only a matter of time before the police get calls about someone walking down the street “shooting” things with this strange weapon.
Jeffrey Burtner was prevented from buying a hunting rifle in Pennsylvania when a routine background check said he was a “mental defective” because he had been voluntarily committed to Butler Memorial Hospital in 1992. Only problem is that he never was. He’s sued the Pennsylvania State Police who run the Pennsylvania Instant Check System. He tried to get his record corrected but says a PSP attorney told him he would have to sue to get action. He’s asking the court to order the PSP to declare he’s never been voluntarily committed, declare he isn’t prohibited from buying guns, expunge all erroneous records, and pay his attorney’s fees. And the Feds want to add mental health records to NICS? Imagine how screwed up it’ll be when they get involved.
On a related thought, the “C” in NICS stands for “criminal background.” So if the Feds start requiring the states to put people in NICS because of a mental problem, are they automatically categorizing them as a criminal? That seems like it would set back the efforts in destigmatizing mental illness a few centuries, to when they used to lock those with mental problems in jails like they did the criminals. Just sayin’.
Apparently the folks on the MAIG Magical Mystery Tour (AKA “No More Names”) have their own version of the Constitution. They made a stop in Knoxville, Tennessee Wednesday where they heard from local victims of gun violence. One stated “The Second Amendment, I do support. The word ‘regulation’ is in there and why as a country are we not choosing to oversee that properly?” Hmm…. I’ve looked at several copies of the Bill of Rights that I found on line and nowhere in the Second Amendment does the word “regulation” appear. However, the phrase “shall not be infringed” definitely is there. I’d love to hear her thoughts on that.
In Sanford, Florida, two men came in through the back door of a couple’s home. One of them pulled out a gun and started shooting. The man inside the home pulled out his own gun and shot back. Both must have been really lousy shots because no one was injured by any of the flying lead. The two home invaders tucked tail and ran out of the house then took off in a Dodge Caliber. I don’t know which was the bigger offense — the home invasion or driving a Dodge Caliber. Anyway, police have identified one of the intruders but are still looking for both of them.
And in Atlanta, Georgia, five thieves used hammers to break a display case in a jewelry store in a mall. Then they scooped up about 20 watches valued at almost $900,000 and ran off — all within 30 seconds. Almost a million in a half-minute without using a gun. Gun control activists should be so proud!