This was the closing item in yesterday’s Daily Digest but many of you felt it was so important it should have been the first item listed. So in case some of you fell asleep before getting to it last night, here it is again: GUN CONTROL ACTION ALERT!!! The Gov of Nevada has set up a hotline asking whether or not he should veto a proposed gun control bill….he has opened it up to out of state callers since it would impact everyone…Mayor Bloomberg has asked his minions to call in supporting the legislation we need to call in opposing it 775-684-5670 press #2 to ask for the veto…it takes 15 seconds…just make the call!! The hotline has caught the attention of both The Examiner and The Huffington Post, with each putting their on special spin on it. Meanwhile . . .
NBC tells us “a New Jersey police officer is being held on $1 million bail after he was charged with shooting and killing a man on a Maryland highway in an alleged road rage incident.” The two got into an altercation while driving, both pulled over, the victim got out of his car and walked toward the off-duty cop, who pulled out a .45 GLOCK and shot him. Allegedly. Keep in mind that most states that are instituting stricter gun control laws want to exempt police officers (both active and retired) from those laws.
The New York Times is lauding the Chicago PD for “tamping down retaliatory shootings between gang factions …[and] focusing on more than 400 people they have identified as having associations that make them the most likely to be involved in a murder, as a victim or an offender. ” Homicides are down 34 percent in Chi-town so far this year (a decrease of 76 over the same time last year). They say this is because “in recent months, as many as 400 officers a day, working overtime, have been dispatched to just 20 small zones deemed the city’s most dangerous.” It’s amazing how the crime rate drops when police actually do their job and pay attention to high-crime areas. “[I]t is unclear whether the months of lessened violence will generate a lasting trend, particularly given a spring of rainy, chilly weather here that some experts say may have kept people off the streets and contributed to the relative calm.” Yes, there is that.
UCLA Law Professor Adam Winkler says gun laws will never stop people like Adam Lanza or John Zawahiri from going on shooting sprees. He told KNX news radio, “I don’t think there’s any gun control law we can adopt that’s gonna stop a crazed madman from killing a lot of people.” And as far as gun rights supporters saying the more people who have guns, the safer the public will be particularly in “gun-free zones,” he says, “There’s certainly some logic to it…if more people are armed, there’s likely to be someone who might stand up and defend themselves.” Of course, then he equivocates, saying the more people who have guns, the more likely there will be accidental shootings or confusion when the police show up at a crime scene and we need to take steps to “reduce the daily death toll from firearms violence.”
The MSM and the Justice Department apparently aren’t the only people interested in getting their hands on lists of concealed gun permit holders. The Republican Party of Virginia has requested the personal information of permit holders from circuit courts across the Commonwealth. They say they just want the information “to send campaign materials to like-minded voters.” Sorry dudes, but if it’s not OK to request this kind of information to publish it, it shouldn’t be OK to use it to build a junk mail list that could easily be copied and/or sold.
Strobridge Elementary School in Hayward, California held their big toy gun “buyback” on Saturday. Students who turned in their “dangerous toys” were given a book and a chance to win a bicycle. Interestingly, the news story that touts the program omits how many (or few) toys were actually turned in. Their attitude toward these toys has to make you wonder how my generation, brought up on Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Cisco Kid and other shoot-’em-up westerns, and for whom getting toy cap guns or BB guns was a highlight of every Christmas, managed to make it this far without going on rampages and killing off large parts of the population. (Warning: Watching the video at the link may trigger an extreme gag reflex and could result in throwing up in your mouth a little.)
On the other hand, Dr. Leonard Sax , a Pennsylvania psychologist and family physician told Fox News that “These zero-tolerance [gun] policies [in schools] are psychotic, in the strict sense of the word: psychotic means ‘out of touch with reality.’” He explains further: “Out-of-touch policies such as these, which criminalize behaviors which have always been common among young kids, are contributing to the growing proportion of American kids, especially boys, who regard school as a stupid waste of time and who can’t wait to get out of school so that they can get back to playing their video games.”
And in Washington State, the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility and other advocates of more background checks are working to bypass the legislative process and make the issue a state ballot initiative. They have to collect about 246,000 valid signatures before Jan. 3 in order to qualify. If they get enough signatures, lawmakers will have the option of adopting the measure; otherwise it will be on the ballot in November 2014 for the voters to decide. This bears watching because if it succeeds there, you can bet it’ll be tried elsewhere.
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