Gov. Brown takes middle road on guns – “Gov. Jerry Brown, ever the compromiser on gun-regulation matters, kept to form last week. Neither the San Bernardino nor Orlando massacres could move the former state attorney general off his longtime insistence on balancing gun control and gun rights. He signed six new laws, vetoed five others — and left it to voters to decide whether they want to go further in November.” So now ammunition background checks, outlawing legally purchased magazines and re-defining “assault weapon” to include almost any semi-automatic rifle constitutes the middle road on guns in California.
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Questions no one is asking: Intervention at Augusta Wal-Mart raises questions about guns – “’Our citizens are force multipliers,’ Gardiner Police Chief James Toman said last week. ‘They are our eyes and ears. We are asking them to do the right thing.’ That may include intervening, he said. ‘What these gentlemen did was not for everyone,” he said, noting the increase in drug-related crimes. But they saw a problem and reacted. “They assisted law enforcement and that’s what we need. We’re seeing different things now. We’ve always had concerns about guns in the hands of the wrong element, and that hasn’t changed.’”
Gays Against Guns vs Pink Pistols: Two views on gun control debate – Like individuals within most other socio-demographically constructed communities, LGBTQ people in the United States differ widely on issues of firearms along a continuum from imposing absolutely no restrictions on firearms ownership on one end to fully repealing the Second Amendment on the other. Two particular groups embody at least some of the diverse attitudes of individuals within our LGBTQ communities: “Gays against Guns” and “Pink Pistols.” Huh. Wonder why the minuscule Gays Agains Guns gets so much pub.
This time the Dems rounded up some civilians to carry out their political stunt: Gun Control Advocates Arrested in Rotunda – “Eight protesters who lost families and friends to gun violence staged a short sit-in in the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday before Capitol Police led them away in handcuffs. At about 12:15 p.m., the group sat down in the center of the Rotunda and began chanting, “No Bill, No Break,” the slogan used by House Democrats when they occupied the chamber floor in late June to demand action on gun violence. Some of the protesters held photographs of loved ones, and signs with such slogans as ‘My daughter is not a political stunt.'”
Blah, blah, blah…yadda, yadda…. What Pat Toomey has said – and not said – in gun debate – “His aides said he had long reiterated his support for background checks in news releases and public comments while also working behind the scenes on ways to get new gun laws through a divided Congress. And Toomey has mentioned his support in other settings, most notably when he was honored last year by Sandy Hook Promise, a group made up of families of those murdered in Newtown. Toomey remains one of the few Republicans willing to support new gun laws, let alone put his name on such bills. ‘I’m the guy that’s trying to find common ground,’ he said in the interview.”
Matt Damon calls for U.S. to ban guns ‘in one fell swoop’ – “Hollywood actor Matt Damon used a press conference in Australia over the Fourth of July weekend to discuss his desire for a massive confiscation of U.S. guns. ‘You guys did it here in one fell swoop [in 1996] and I wish that could happen in my country, but it’s such a personal issue for people that we cannot talk about it sensibly,’ Mr. Damon said during a promotional engagement in Sydney for the movie ‘Jason Bourne.’” Molon labe, buttercup.