California Senator Barbara Boxer sees last week’s shooting in Santa Monica as a boon for anti-gun groups. During an interview on MSNBC, after the obligatory sad-faced “our thoughts and prayers go out to the families” statement, she let us know exactly where her thoughts really are: on gun control. It didn’t take her long to wave the Sandy Hook bloody shirt, then said the Santa Monica shooting will help the gun control movement because “it gives us wind at our back.” That should help offset all the hot air coming out of her front and keep her from falling over. And at the same time, across the nation in Jersey . . .
Last week, the New Jersey Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee failed to muster enough votes to pass S2723/A4182 out of committee. The bill throws out existing FID cards and replaces them with either a privacy-invading driver license endorsement or other form of ID; suspends Second Amendment rights without proof of firearms training; imposes a 7-day waiting period for handgun purchases; ends all private sales; and effectively creates a registry of ammunition purchases and long gun sales. Democrats had touted the bill as a national model. But as soon as they realized they didn’t have enough votes to get it out of committee, they illegally stopped the roll-call vote and tabled the bill. Now it appears that they’ve figured out how to get it passed.
The bill is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Budget Committee next Monday, even though it’s not a budgetary bill. This committee is made up of eight Democrats and four Republicans, which explains why they’re doing their do-over there. This may be politics as usual in New Jersey, but voters there should be up in arms over how the political process has been subverted by all of this.
In Denton, Texas, shooters are taking to helicopters for target practice. Helicoptersniper.com is offering “the ultimate opportunity to test and challenge your marksmanship skills as you fly through various obstacles while shooting from a Helicopter” and describes it as “the ultimate video game.” Area residents aren’t too happy with the venture, claiming they’re turning their neighborhoods into a “war zone. ” According to WFAA.com, “Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and Denton County said the helicopter target practice is perfectly legal. The neighbors are frustrated and say they may have no choice but to go to court.” Personally I’d tell anyone who says they want to “test and challenge [their] marksmanship skills … while shooting from a Helicopter” to join the Army or Marines. They’ll give you lots of chances to do just that.
In a suburb of Atlanta, a 14-year-old girl was shot Monday afternoon. Her 18-year-old brother said they were going door-to-door selling candy when someone in a white sedan shot her once in the stomach. She substantiated his story. However, on Tuesday, police released a statement that said the “shooting actually occurred at the victim’s house…It appears at this time that the victim was shot by her 18-year-old brother while he was playing with a gun.” The investigation continues, but both siblings could now face criminal charges.
Australia is a country the antis love to cite as an exemplar of gun control. As an Australian state, the island of Tasmania is subject to the same gun laws. But while Australia doesn’t seem likely to change any time soon, Tasmania is taking another look at some of their laws pertaining to gun registration and compliance. According to licensed gun owner Larry Collinson, “The experiment has failed…The only people being punished are the law-abiding citizens, and the Tasmanian taxpayer is forking out $2.2 million a year to police a pointless policy.” The Tasmanian cabinet is working on firearm reforms that would relax a lot of the regulation and barely enforceable laws. Mr. Collinson said of the laws, “If you’re going to commit a crime with a gun, you don’t get your shooting licence, a permit to acquire, and a legally approved firearm, do you?” From his lips to the US gun control crowd’s ears.
Civil liberties attorney John Whitehead, founder of the Rutherford Institute, claims the NSA is “systematically monitoring the Internet posts and telephone conversations of U.S. military returning from Afghanistan.” He said they’re looking for “anti-Obama views that can be interpreted to reflect psychological problems of sufficient seriousness to disqualify the veteran from ever owning a firearm,” and that “the FBI and the Secret Service are showing up to request an interview to question specific Internet posts the veteran has placed on websites such as Facebook.” He recommends “veterans being visited by the FBI or the Secret Service to take the Fifth Amendment rather than answer questions that might end up with a diagnosis of PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, which goes into the veteran’s file and can be used in the future to prevent the veteran from purchasing a firearm.”
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