A small Colorado town is considering selling permits to hunt… drones? Deer Trail, CO is going to put the right to hunt drones to a vote next month, after a local resident pitched the idea as a form of protest. Already the number of applications for the $25 permits is nearly double the town’s population of 546. “I stopped counting when it hit 985,” said town clerk Kim Oldfield. The FAA, however, is not amused: “Shooting at an unmanned aircraft could result in criminal or civil liability, just as would firing at a manned airplane.” [h/t: David K.]
In response to the Civilian Disarmament Movement constantly blaming the NRA, I’ve said they’re right. It was “the NRA.” Because I am the NRA, and so are you. It’s not about the money, it’s about the people. The Yankee Marshal seems to agree with me in this quick video, where he compares the spending of the “Evil NRA” against that of a few other lobbying groups:
Chicago Police said in a press release on Friday that the number of illegal guns seized so far this year has passed 5000. Just like last year, they’re on a pace to exceed 7000 by year’s end. Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Mayor Rahm Emanuel say if there were longer sentences for illegal gun possession crimes it would keep some criminals responsible for many gun crimes off the streets. Or, y’know, if they’d stop using the gun possession charge as the “throwaway” in plea deals.
A Texas man’s pregnant wife was adamant that she didn’t want a gun in the house. He disagreed, and insisted she learn the basics just in case, and now she’s glad he did. Two upstanding citizens attempted to break into her house recently, but when they saw she was armed, they turned tail and ran. She later said in an interview, “I was against him buying a gun maybe 7-8 months ago, but I told him, ‘I don’t know if I told you, thank you for doing that’ because it changed the situation completely.” [h/t: DrVino/Steve S.]
Signs of sanity from our benighted former colonial masters, with a story in The Telegraph of a state-funded (what we would call “public”) school that is believed to be the first in the country to take primary-age pupils on a shooting trip. Children ages 8-11 are given the experience of knocking down clay pigeons with shotguns as well as target shooting with air rifles. A representative of the local wet blanket brigade was aghast: “Guns are dangerous weapons which are frequently misused. No child should be taught to shoot until the age of 18 when they assume adult rights and responsibilities.” Mike Fairclough, the headteacher, had a different view: “We had lovely sweet little eight-year-old girls shooting massive shotguns but they didn’t then go around killing everyone afterwards; they just saw it as an activity that they enjoyed.” Here’s hoping this is the beginning of a trend. [h/t: Harter]
Urge California Governor Jerry Brown to VETO gun control bills here: