We’re about to have a Surgeon General who’s also a gun owner . . . Surgeon general nominee, asked about gun violence, treads carefully
At a hearing Tuesday for five of President Trump’s nominees at the Department of Health and Human Services, a long contentious issue briefly flared: the public health threat posed by gun violence.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) asked Dr. Jerome Adams, Trump’s nominee for surgeon general, what the surgeon general can do to stem gun violence. It was a notable moment because Dr. Vivek Murthy, the former surgeon general, saw his confirmation delayed for a year because of his support for gun-control laws.
In response, Adams, the Indiana health commissioner, sought to separate gun violence from guns themselves.
“Guns and gun owners aren’t inherently a public health problem, but the violence that results absolutely is,” he said, likening the difference to car crashes being a public health issue, even if cars themselves are not.
Of course it does . . . Concealed-handgun carry bill triggers pushback from coastal mayors, police chiefs
Mayors and police in states like New York and California, which have relatively restrictive guns laws, are organizing against making concealed-handgun carry permits in one state valid in all states.
Earlier this year, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow individuals with concealed-carry privileges in their state of residence to exercise those rights in any other state while abiding by that state’s laws. …
“Since introducing this common sense bill, I have received an incredible amount of support from folks across the country,” Hudson told Fox News, adding that it currently has 207 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle. “I expect the Judiciary Committee to take it up when the House comes back into session in September. We are primed to make national concealed carry reciprocity for law-abiding citizens a reality.”
Did he say September?
Battery-free illumination . . . Trijicon Introduces the 4-16×50 AccuPoint Riflescope
Wixom, MI – Trijicon has created another Brilliant Aiming Solution™ with the introduction of the new 4-16x50mm AccuPoint riflescope. The latest model in the AccuPoint series gives tactical marksmen, long-range hunters, and precision rifle shooters the ability to accurately extend their range in any light – without the need for batteries.
Packed with features for the serious shooter, Trijicon’s new 4-16x AccuPoint is built around an advanced fiber-optic and tritium illuminated reticle that speeds target acquisition and extends available shooting time. This battery-free dual-illumination system automatically adjusts the aiming-point brightness to existing lighting conditions. Shooters can also easily control the brightness of the reticle with Trijicon’s unique manual brightness override feature.
Lies, damned lies and statistics . . . Does carrying a gun make you safer? No. In fact, right-to-carry laws increase violent crime
It’s a challenge to figure out what would have happened had the law not been adopted. There’s this new technique called synthetic control. What we will do is try to look at states that have not adopted right-to-carry [laws] at the time when, let’s say, Texas adopts, in 1996. We will look at the crime pattern that Texas had the 15 years before they adopted the right-to-carry law, and see if there are other states we can think of as a composite of Texas, that mimic that identical pattern of crime that Texas had prior to 1996.
We take that composite of other states and see what happened in that composite of other states after 1996. Then we’re comparing Texas against this composite of other states, because that composite was such a good match for identifying the impact, the pattern of crime prior to 1996.
FAIRFAX, Va. – The NRA Foundation awarded a total of $22,500 in college scholarships to attendees of the 2017 NRA Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.), a seven-day educational experience in Washington, D.C., for rising high school juniors and seniors, held this year from July 24-30.
The Youth Education Summit encourages young adults to become active and knowledgeable U.S. citizens by learning about the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the federal government. Since the program’s inception in 1996, more than $540,000 in scholarships has been awarded to participants. The following students received scholarships based on their display of leadership qualities and performance in debates and speeches conducted over the course of the week.
As his partner was murdered with a Fast & Furious gun, discovery could be very revealing . . . ICE Agent Wounded in 2011 Cartel Ambush Will Revive Litigation Against U.S. Government
A former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent who survived a 2011 Mexican drug cartel ambush that left an American officer dead is moving to resurrect litigation against the U.S. government to force the release of records that could shed light on the events leading up to the attack.
Victor Avila, who retired from ICE in 2015, has accused his supervisors of ignoring a State Department security alert that prohibited U.S. officials from traveling on a central Mexico highway, where former special agent Jaime Zapata was later killed.
Avila and the Zapata family seek to resolve why the agents, who arrived in Mexico only days prior to the attack, were sent unescorted on a notorious, gang-ridden highway to retrieve equipment from other ICE officers that Avila said could have “easily” been delivered by alternative means.
When you’re losing at virtually every other level, you have to trumpet even the smallest “victories” . . . Brady Campaign: We turned ‘Dear Abby’ into a ‘gun safety’ advocate
The column happened to be posted on “ASK Day,” the day gun control advocates remind parents to ask about guns in others’ home before a child visits.
Because she encouraged readers to not ask about guns, the columnist, carried on through Van Buren’s daughter, Jeanne Phillips, received flack from gun control groups, including Moms Demand Action, the Brady Campaign, and Everytown for Gun Safety.
The Brady Campaign took to Twitter to condemn Abby, which included retweeting others’ responses to the columnist.
Your feel-good defensive gun use story of the day . . . Police: Customer fatally shoots man trying to rob Phoenix drugstore
A man had pulled out a gun and jumped the pharmacy counter, pointing the weapon at people and demanding oxycodone from the pharmacist, (Sgt. Jonathan) Howard said.
A customer who was in the store and armed with a gun shot the man, Howard said.
Officers got everyone out of the store and found the robbery suspect, who was still armed but wounded, Howard said. A police dog was used to pull the man from his gun, Howard said, adding that the man had a second gun.
Police administered CPR to the man, but he died at the scene.
A cowboy can come from anywhere.