Mike burns more cash . . . Second Wave: Anti-Gun Bloomberg And His Minions Are Mounting Another Invasion of Virginia
In 2015, Bloomberg decided to set $2.2 million on fire in an effort to flip the state Senate, hoping to flip two seats. It failed. Now, he’s coming in with the second wave. So far, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Ralph Northam, has outraised Republican Ed Gillespie, but the race is now a dead heat, with Herring leading by five points over Republican John Adams in the attorney general race. The question of course is turnout, which Democrats don’t do well in off-year races, but a Suffolk poll also had the race in a dead heat between Gillespie and Northam.
Absolutely shameless . . . Pelosi Invokes Scalise Shooting to Blast Bill Deregulating Silencers
“We all understand that the Second Amendment exists. We respect the rights of people to have gun ownership,” Pelosi said at her weekly press briefing. “The fact, though, [is] that they’re making it more dangerous for our first responders to have to deal with armor-piercing bullets.”
“Silencers. Even in the case of Steve Scalise; if you can hear, you can run to where the tragedy is emanating from,” she added. “It’s horrible.”
Pelosi sounded resigned to its passage, saying Democrats would fight it but Republicans will “have the votes.”
Enforcing the laws already on the books . . . The ATF traced more firearms in the past 12 months than in any year on record
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced more firearms in the past 12 months than in any year on record.
The agency performed more than 400,000 gun traces from October of 2016 through the first three weeks of September 2017. That’s up from 364,000 the previous 12 months, and a dramatic increase from when the agency’s gun tracing operation got off the ground in the early ‘90s.
The ATF has set a new record for gun traces each year since 2014. The agency reports trace figures for fiscal years, not calendar years.
Scientific American: where anecdotes and driving through the South passes for research . . . More Guns Do Not Stop More Crimes, Evidence Shows
The belief that more guns lead to fewer crimes is founded on the idea that guns are dangerous when bad guys have them, so we should get more guns into the hands of good guys. Yet Cook, the Duke economist, says this good guy/bad guy dichotomy is a false and dangerous one. Even upstanding American citizens are only human—they can “lose their temper, or exercise poor judgment, or misinterpret a situation, or have a few drinks,” he explains, and if they’re carrying guns when they do, bad things can ensue. In 2013 in Ionia, Mich., a road rage incident led two drivers—both concealed carry permit holders—to get out of their cars, take out their guns and kill each other.
OMG! Judges! Buying tickets to a fundraiser! OMG! . . . Florida gun control coalition questions judges’ neutrality
Two judges who serve on Florida’s First District Court of Appeal were table sponsors at a recent “Friends of NRA” charity fundraiser and were both listed by the title “Judge” in the event’s program, under the heading of “sponsors and supporters.”
Judges Clay Roberts and Kemmerly Thomas both confirmed they purchased tables for the Sept. 15 event in Tallahassee. Both also said they asked the NRA that they be listed in the program by name only, not by title, and that they did not see the program beforehand.
Because this worked so well for the University of Texas profs . . . Professors ask court to overturn Georgia’s campus carry law
Six veteran Georgia professors are seeking an injunction to stop the state’s new law that allows licensed permit holders to carry concealed guns on certain areas of public college campuses, saying it’s dangerous to students and faculty and unconstitutional.
The professors hope to overturn the controversial guidelines using a legal argument that the “campus carry” law usurps the University System of Georgia’s constitutional authority over its campuses. Their complaint was filed Monday in Fulton County Superior Court against Gov. Nathan Deal and Georgia Attorney Georgia Chris Carr.
The professors, who’ve been teaching at various University System of Georgia (USG) campuses between 16 and 40 years, believe guns in the classroom stifle discussion on contentious issues, will lead to more student suicides and could create a safety hazard if a firearm is accidentally discharged in areas with hazardous materials.
But we need more gun control laws…or something . . . Antioch church shooting: All 4 guns purchased legally, Nashville police say
The continuing investigation by local and federal authorities into Sunday’s mass church shooting in Nashville shows the suspect legally purchased one of four guns found at the scene of the deadly attack.
A relative of Emanuel Samson — the man accused of opening fire at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, killing one churchgoer and injuring seven others — legally purchased the other three firearms, Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said Wednesday.
Police are not releasing the relative’s identity but Aaron said the person had been interviewed by law enforcement and reported that the three guns were given to Samson “for safe keeping.”