There’s no shortage of political ads featuring shooting. It’s the visual for a candidate looking to communicate their commitment to the Second Amendment rights. Then again, caveat emptor. Does anyone remember NRA A-rated Tailgunner Joe Manchin and his rifle? Missouri’s tight GOP gubernatorial primary vote is tomorrow. Catherine Hanaway’s already in with an ad showing her (at least holding) an over/under shotgun. Not to be outdone, Navy SEAL Eric Greitens has pulled something a little more tactical out of his safe for his video — a short-barrel AR-15. And his target’s stuffed with Tannerite, too! Is this a great country or what?
Gary Johnson Needs to Shut Up About Mental Health Checks for Guns – “It’s no secret that Gary Johnson has been doing a poor job reaching out to conservatives. In a recent interview with Dana Loesch, he dropped the ball once again, leaving her with the impression he was as bad as Obama and worse than Trump on gun rights.” That may be overstating the case a little.
Texas Campus Gun Law Takes Effect on 50th Anniversary of Shooting – “A new ‘campus carry’ law in Texas, which will generally allow people at the state’s public universities to carry concealed handguns in campus buildings, goes into effect on Monday. The timing is eerily coincidental.
On that same date fifty years ago—Aug. 1, 1966—Charles Whitman, a 25-year-old engineering student at the University of Texas at Austin, lugged several guns up to the observation deck of the limestone tower that soars 307 ft. above campus and starting shooting at people below.
He killed more than a dozen people and wounded 31 over 96 minutes before being shot dead by police in what TIME described back then as ‘the worst mass murder in recent U.S. history.’” This one was tee’d up perfectly for them.
Wells Fargo to Hogue Inc: We won’t do business with weapons manufacturers – “While Congress is trying to put an end this abuse, Operation Choke Point is expanding into new realms. This past Friday Hogue Inc. announced that Wells Fargo has refused to do business with them, because they ostensibly manufacture ‘weapons.’”
India had the one of the strictest gun laws in the world. It just got tighter – “Under the new rules, prospective gun owners will have to show they have been trained, only carry firearms in holders and secure them in a ‘knocked down’ condition in gun lockers at home. The government will declare new gun-free zones, in addition to schools, across the country. Even air guns will require an arms license.” Perfect.
Remember the Oregon priest who spent $3000 to win an AR he intends to destroy? Lake Oswego pastor could face charges in transfer of AR-15 – “Lucas, who passed a background check at a local gun shop before taking possession of the AR-15, told the Washington Post that he and his wife then ‘drove it to the home of a parishioner, a ‘responsible gun owner,’ Lucas said, who offered to keep the rifle locked up in a gun safe until the pastor is ready to destroy it.’
For that transfer of possession to be legal under Oregon law, the Christ Church Episcopal parishioner should have undergone a background check at a licensed gun dealer while Lucas was present. If that did not happen, Lucas may have committed a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $6,250 and as much as a year in jail.” Oops.
In a Fox News interview yesterday, the Dowager Empress of Chappaqua, describing herself as a “recovering lawyer,” allowed as how she really doesn’t want to take your guns. “…I think what the court said about there being an individual right (to keep and bear arms) is in line with constitutional thinking. And I said in the convention, I’m not looking to repeal the second amendment.” I know I feel better. Meanwhile, according to the NSSF, there’s been about a 30 percent year-over-year increase in NICS checks for July. Could it be that The People of the Gun just don’t trust her?