When an anti-gun screed loses the Washington Post . . . ‘Miss Sloane’ shows what happens when Hollywood abandons political common sense – “The same cannot be said for the cause she fights for; gun control advocates spout sub-Daily-Kos silliness, claiming, for example, that Texas regulates sex toys more stringently than guns with a straight face. I think part of the problem is that filmmakers didn’t consult with people heavily involved in the issue in order to see if the film made sense. ‘We didn’t offer the script to the Brady Campaign, we didn’t offer the script to any Second Amendment groups,’ director John Madden said when I asked if he had consulted with the NRA or other gun rights groups when making the film. ‘We didn’t want the film being adopted by one side or the other of the argument, because it isn’t a polemic. … I don’t think — the film is not political in its intent. It’s political in its milieu and it’s political in its, you know, the background of the story. But it’s more about political process to me.’” Why let facts or authenticity get in the way of entertainment?
Making procurement great again . . . Congress to mandate Army and Marine ammunition commonality – “The Fiscal 2017 National Defense Appropriations Act, which looks fairly certain to pass, includes a provision requiring the secretary of defense to submit a report to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees explaining two services are using different types of 5.56 mm ammunition for their rifles. The report must be submitted within 180 days after the bill, which includes the entire defense budget for the coming year, is enacted. Unless the Secretary of Defense declares an “emergency”, the Army and Marine Corps must adopt a standard round within a year after the bill is passed.”
Rationalizing a negligent discharge . . . Sheriff Blames Buckle for Accidental Discharge of Deputy’s Gun – “The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said a buckle attached to a thigh holster (not pictured above) likely contributed to a deputy accidentally firing his gun. In early November, a Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy was in the area of Church and Gearhart Avenues when his gun fired while still in the holster — injuring the deputy’s leg. The deputy was treated and release from the hospital the same day.”
Law enforcement in the Windy City . . . Chicago: Shoplifters Spend More Time Behind Bars Than Gun Offenders – “At a conference hosted by the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart addressed the high level of violence in the Windy City. Johnson put the blame on repeat gun offenders and echoed his previous call for tougher sentencing, as opposed to the slap on the wrist they’re currently receiving.”
Sheriff’s Office: Armed Baton Rouge man attempts to invade apartment, shoots himself – “A Baton Rouge man attempted to invade an apartment on Cezanne Drive on Saturday and fired shots at a tenant, but during the ensuing struggle ultimately shot himself in the abdomen, according to the Sheriff’s Office. … (Calvin) Edwards fired the gun at least twice, but the tenant had grabbed Edward’s hand, and Edwards shot himself in the stomach. Someone else pulled the man from the fight with Edwards, when Edwards fired at least two more shots at the man’s head, missing.” Next time, a shotgun perhaps.
Don’t look for any support for Florida campus carry coming from FSU . . . Thrasher Takes Aim At Guns On Campus – In his annual “state of the university” address on Wednesday, Florida State University President John Thrasher reiterated his strong opposition to allowing guns on university and college campuses. As a member of the Florida Senate, Thrasher helped kill a bill in 2011 that would have allowed gun owners with concealed-weapons licenses to bring their firearms to Florida’s university and state-college campuses. ‘I opposed it. I killed it. I have worked against it since then,’ Thrasher told the FSU faculty. ‘And you have my promise that I will work against it this year also.’”
Making gun carriers a protected class draws fire from business groups – “Two top Statehouse heavyweights — gun-rights supporters and business advocates — are battling over a bill that would make concealed-carry permit holders a protected class under employment discrimination. Gun-rights advocates are backing the proposal, added Tuesday to a military concealed-carry bill, that would essentially elevate concealed-carry permit holders who keep guns locked in their vehicles to the same level as race, gender, age or religious protections under the Ohio Civil Rights Act.”