Desperate pearl-clutching at HuffPo . . . Trump Pick For Army Secretary: Citizens Should Have Same Weapons As The Government – “Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green (R), President Donald Trump’s nominee for Army secretary, strongly believes that citizens should be armed ― and not just with any ol’ guns. They should be able to possess whatever weapons the military has, because an armed citizenry is the ‘ultimate checks and balances’ against the federal government. ‘The Second Amendment, while it allows citizens to protect themselves from other citizens, goes well beyond just allowing us to defend ourselves from a criminal,’ Green said at a pro-gun rally in 2013.”
Remember those warnings from the ATF about SoCal cops selling guns? . . . Huge arsenal seized from high-ranking Pasadena police officer’s home, new records show – “Federal agents seized about five dozen firearms worth tens of thousands of dollars from a high-ranking Pasadena police officer during a raid earlier this year, according to newly released government records. The Feb. 16 search of the officer’s Sierra Madre home by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was widely publicized, but authorities did not identify the officer or detail what was recovered. The cache of weapons was an enormous haul that took two trucks to cart away.”
Questions no one is asking . . . Why do people buy guns after mass shooting? – “The demand for guns jumped in Newtown after the shooting. Assault rifles began selling out across the country amid fears of tighter gun control legislation. Similar spikes in gun sales followed tragedies in Orlando and San Bernardino, and stock in gun companies surged. Now, research in California suggests that the closer people are to a mass tragedy, the greater the impact on gun sales. Hockley calls this a ‘knee-jerk reaction’ by people who are scared for their safety and who worry that someone will take their guns away. Now a voice for gun violence prevention through her organization, Sandy Hook Promise, Hockley said that the families of mass shooting victims have responded very differently.”
And here’s a case in point . . . Study: California Gun Sales Spiked After Recent Mass Shootings – “A new study published Monday found that in the wake of two high-profile mass shootings, handgun sales spiked in California. Sales in the state rose by 53 percent during the six weeks after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. After a 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, sales rose by 35 percent in most of California. But they nearly doubled within San Bernardino County, growing by 85 percent.”
Brownells Honors “FedEx Guy” With All American Dream Gun® – ATLANTA, Georgia (May 2, 2017) – Brownells’ NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits special guest Matt Uhrin – also known as the famous flag-saving “FedEx Guy” – was honored by Brownells CEO Pete Brownell during a presentation in the Brownells booth on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Uhrin, an Iowa City, Iowa-area package delivery man, was recognized for his patriotism and courageous actions for intervening in a late-January 2017 protest where demonstrators were preparing to burn American flags. A U.S. Army combat veteran, Uhrin, who had sent fallen brothers and sisters home from the Mid-East under America’s symbol of freedom rushed into the crowd of protestors, bravely saving three American flags. In recognition of his actions, Brownells CEO Pete Brownell presented Uhrin with the one-of-a-kind Brownells/Smith & Wesson® All American Dream Gun®. The firearm is a highly-customized Smith & Wesson M&P® M2.0™ 9mm pistol and features, most appropriately, an American Flag paint scheme.
Trump slump? What Trump slump? . . . Gun sales remain near record levels in April – “The number of gun-related background checks in April remained near record levels, FBI statistics released on Monday show. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) ran 2,045,564 gun-related checks in April. That represents a decrease of about a hundred thousand checks from the all-time record for the month of April set in 2016. It also is a drop of almost four hundred thousand from March as the gun industry enters its seasonal low period.”
Better and better in Arizona . . . Ducey signs law banning background checks on private gun sales – “Arizonans won’t have to worry the state or city will demand a background check before someone can privately sell a refrigerator, a microwave — or a gun. Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday signed legislation that bars all levels of government from requiring that the owner of any personal property be forced to search a federal or state database before transferring the item. The law, which takes effect later this summer, also says governments can’t require the involvement of a third party in such transfers of personal property. Sen. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford, said the legislation is the outgrowth of a concern from a constituent who heard of restrictions being enacted elsewhere and wanted to be sure Arizona not only makes those illegal for itself but keeps cities and towns from their own such interference.”