At Mizzou, the NRA is a bigger danger than ISIS . . . GEORGE KENNEDY: The NRA’s influence is a danger to us all – “What makes ISIS so feared is its willingness to kill in pursuit of its goal of creating a fundamentalist caliphate. What makes the NRA so feared is its willingness to spend heavily and campaign aggressively in pursuit of its goal of removing all restrictions on the possession and use of firearms just about anywhere by just about anyone. In our country, the NRA is a lot closer to meeting its goal. See, for instance, the report mentioned above and the recent history of Missouri’s legislators. So which is the greater threat to the safety of Americans? Let’s look at the facts rather than the ideology.”
The importance of opsec . . . Prosecutors: Brother of cop’s girlfriend killed him to get hands on gun collection – “An off-duty Chicago police officer was lured to a quiet neighborhood on the Southwest Side and killed by his girlfriend’s teenage brother in a botched plan to steal his gun collection, Cook County prosecutors alleged Tuesday. The slaying of Chicago police Officer David Blake in 2010 was a “cold-blooded execution,” prosecutors said during opening statements to the jury in the trial of Bernard Williams, now 25, who is charged with first-degree murder.
Achtung, baby . . . H&K confirms: This is the Army’s new and improved sniper rifle – Heckler & Koch has confirmed that a modified version of its G28 rifle has won the Army’s Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System contract. The gun will replace the M110 made by Knight’s Armament as a culmination of the Army’s desire for a shorter, lighter rifle that didn’t sacrifice accuracy or performance. A press release from Heckler & Koch said the G28 is a light-weight variant of the 7.62 mm gas-powered G28 in use by the German Army, adjusted to fit the U.S. Army’s requirements.
An exercise in intellectual hygiene . . . Newtown urges Trump to denounce Sandy Hook truthers – “Members of the Newtown Board of Education hoped a newly elected President Donald Trump would speak out against a famous conspiracy theorist and others who question the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Two months later, they have yet to receive a response. The school board sent a one-page letter in February, asking Trump to denounce the lies because the comments of those who deny what happened are still hurting the community, said Keith Alexander, board chairman. The letter singled out Alex Jones, a radio host whose “Infowars” programming has alleged the massacre was a hoax.”
Gun buyer wounded by accidental discharge in downtown Juneau – “‘The 19-year-old male said he was interested in purchasing the handgun and the two males examined the handgun, which was loaded,’ police wrote. ‘During the handling of the weapon, the firearm discharged, striking the 19-year-old in the leg.’ Juneau police Lt. David Campbell said Wednesday that officers believed alcohol was involved in the incident. He said the victim was shot in ‘the meaty part of his thigh.’ Campbell said a quartet of commonly accepted gun safety conventions could have prevented the shooting.” You have to break at least two of them for something bad to happen.
Ya think? . . . TSA: Procedures Weren’t Followed When Cop Took Gun in Carry-On to Taiwan – “The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that proper procedures weren’t followed when a California police officer inadvertently left her handgun in a carry-on bag on a trip to Taiwan last week. Taiwan’s aviation police said Friday that a 43-year-old officer was questioned after turning in her gun on arrival in Taipei on a flight from Los Angeles. ‘When she entered Taiwan, she realized she had a gun with her. She reported it to airport authorities,’ the Aviation Police Bureau said in statement, according to Reuters. The TSA said the blame lay at one of its checkpoints.” Useless security theater.
Who says the intrepid Chicago Police Department isn’t out there making a difference?