TTAG Daily Digest: A SAF Surge, Enforcing the Law and Gun Control’s ‘Soundtrack’

SAF Reports 1,200% Spike in Members, Donors from Young Adults Since FLA. – Oh darn. We hate when that happens . . .

Since the tragic mass shooting at a Florida high school last month resulted in efforts to restrict firearms ownership by young adults, the Second Amendment Foundation has experienced a 1,200 percent increase in the number of 18- to 20-year-olds joining or supporting the organization, SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb reported today.

“We normally don’t get that many members or donors in that age group,” Gottlieb noted, “since the gun rights movement typically trends toward older Americans. But the 18- to 20-year-olds have never been specifically targeted before, and they are obviously alarmed. This influx of young Americans into the gun rights movement is important, not just to respond to the current gun control threat, but as the movement has gotten older, it is encouraging to see so many young adults getting involved in support of Second Amendment rights.

“SAF has always conducted leadership training conferences,” he continued, “but now we’ll increase our emphasis on a younger audience, to integrate them into leadership roles.”

Parents up in arms after NYPD removes cops from schools – Has Sheriff Israel moved to the Big Apple?

The last NYPD cops assigned full-time to New York City public schools are being moved out — despite nationwide calls for heightened security in the wake of last month’s Florida shootings.

As the nation mourned the 17 victims of the school massacre at Parkland, Fla., the NYPD was removing Sgt. Raul Espinet from his post at Francis Lewis HS in Fresh Meadows, Queens — where he had worked for more than a dozen years. Parents, teachers and students are livid over the beloved cop’s departure.

“My colleagues think it’s outrageous — and really stupid,” teacher Arthur Goldstein said. “We’re not enthusiastic about arming teachers, but we liked having a cop around.”

Sessions calls on U.S. attorneys to aggressively prosecute gun buyers who lie on background checks – Now there’s a novel idea . . .

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that U.S. attorneys will more aggressively enforce the law that makes it a crime for gun buyers to lie on their federal background checks, one of several steps Justice Department officials outlined as part of the Trump administration’s response to last month’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

The Justice Department also will increase the presence of law enforcement officers at schools and continue to review the way law enforcement agencies respond to tips from the public, Sessions said.

How are Marches, More Gun Laws, and Dissing the NRA Going to Keep Our Kids Safe? – Silly…that was never the goal . . .

The anti-gun crusaders have stooped to new lows; using our kids to try and push a hopeless agenda which will do absolutely nothing to keep them safe. As a mom, I am utterly and completely fed up with Hollywood starlets, manic-media, multimillionaires, and spineless politicians who attack the NRA and cry for more gun laws but never even consider discussing the root of the problem they have actually created.

On March 24th, youth from the Florida high school, where 14 students and three staff members were killed, will descend on Washington D.C. in yet another march protesting the constitution. Kids around the country are holding “walk outs” and “sit ins” demanding more gun laws, but they have no idea what they’re asking for.  They have an excuse to walk out of class without getting in trouble because the adults aren’t acting like adults and telling them to get back to school.

Lawmakers put finishing touches on gun rights plan – Not all the gun rights news is negative . . .

Indiana lawmakers were putting the finishing touches Monday on legislation that would end licensing fees for handguns while allowing people to carry firearms in churches located on school grounds.

As this year’s legislative session entered its final days, lawmakers on both sides of the gun debate openly bickered with people who testified both for and against the bill during an intense joint committee meeting that included members of both the House and the Senate.

Law enforcement groups voiced serious concerns about the bill since license fees are a major source of funding for training, including active shooter responses training.

Pete Wentz: I Want to Be ‘Soundtrack’ to Gun Control Movement — And we thought that unbearable sound was provided by Moms Demand Action . . .

As gun control again overtakes the national conversation, Fall Out Boy and G-Eazy announced Monday that they will co-headline a Washington, D.C. concert, dubbed Stay Amped, that will benefit the gun-violence prevention groups Giffords and Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund. After seeing how the students of Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have rallied together to create a unified voice against gun violence, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz tells Rolling Stone that his band wanted to boost their signal.

“I think [the students’] first-person perspective is really powerful,” he says. “This is not a think tank or a lobby group – these are kids who have gone through what we are talking about. It’s powerful. Instead of the nation moving on this time, the kids are saying no. That’s something I want to be the soundtrack to.”

BHARADWAJ: Gun control is ineffective and infeasible – Apparently someone in higher education is learning something . . .

Many moderate gun activists also advocate for “common sense gun control,” including background checks and waiting periods for some varieties of firearms just to name a few, all of which have the goal of minimizing the number of guns in the public. However, there is little precedent to suggest the effectiveness of such policies. Studies have shown that there is practically no correlation whatsoever between gun ownership rates and crime rates between different states.  In fact, many areas with incredibly strict gun laws like Chicago, Ill. or Baltimore, Md. still have some of the highest murder rates in the country. In addition, numerous states like Massachusetts and Connecticut have seen their homicide rates increase following the implementation of comprehensive gun control.

This may seem counterintuitive at first, but it makes sense when you consider the obvious truth that criminals inherently do not follow laws. This is evidenced by the fact that over 98 percent of mass shootings occur in gun-free zones — such as schools or churches — as opposed to areas with other armed citizens. By passing such legislation, the government is simply preventing law-abiding citizens from defending themselves, while criminals still have a myriad of illegal and unpreventable ways to obtain firearms. In addition, the advent of 3D printed firearms and other technologies in the future will also make it even easier for criminals to obtain weapons, making it even more important that citizens have the means to defend themselves.

comments

  1. avatar A O says:

    How many shoes would they have to put on the lawn of Chicago’s city hall for all the people shot by repeat gun offenders in Chicago that weren’t prosecuted or went through the revolving door that is the C(r)ook County State’s Attorneys office?

    1. avatar Bloving says:

      What size are those Crocs? I could use a new pair…
      🤠

    2. avatar Omer says:

      I was thinking about all of the babies killed since Roe v Wade, and maybe someone should put shoes for all of those children. But that would require over 60 million pairs of shoes. And these monsters call us killers.

    3. avatar barnbwt says:

      How many of those shoes are Air Jordans, would you figure?

      1. avatar A O says:

        Heyjackass.com currently says it will be at the minimum 69%.

    4. avatar Pro2A says:

      Someone should collect those shoes and hand them out the homeless vets (you know, the ones who defend our Constitution and freedoms) that our government has forgot about. This is one hell of a shoe drive. Just saying…

  2. avatar JasonM says:

    Activists placed 7,000 pairs of shoes in front of the US Capitol building on Tuesday, to remember children killed by gun violence since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre

    They should have had 10 million people stand there to represent the 2 million people per year who protect themselves from violence using firearms.

  3. avatar ATFAgentBob says:

    7,000? Are they counting gang bangers, suicides, overdoses, pedestrians, and the bugs on the bus windshields?

    About that gun control being ineffective, it’s about damn time these idiots figure it out. Now to get the rest of the population on the same page.

    Pete Wentz… Honestly even the horse you rode in under says you’re stupid. Your band hasn’t been relevant since its first album and that was only because people thought yall were Green Day. Unfortunately though yall just turned out to be a cheap “Clover Valley” imitation of Green Day who themselves started as a more watered down Blink 182.

    Indiana, good job! Keep it up.

    New York City, we cannot wait until Godzilla and King Kong tag team you.

  4. avatar John in Ohio says:

    RE: NYPD removing armed agents of government from schools

    ‘said sophomore Josephine Li. “Who is there to protect [us]?”’

  5. avatar John in Ohio says:

    “Follow the laws we already have!” cries the masses.

    Be careful of what you wish for.

  6. avatar Ralph says:

    “Second Amendment Foundation has experienced a 1,200 percent increase in the number of 18- to 20-year-olds joining or supporting the organization”

    Maybe those 18-20 year olds support Manchin-Toomey. The SAF sure did.

    1. avatar Craig in IA says:

      1200% spike in that age group for SAF could be 6 new contributors. Let’s see the actual numbers, Alan…

  7. avatar John in Ohio says:

    Is Indiana giving back government privileges in place of the exercise of the unalienable individual right that it stole from you? Be cautious. Remember normalization and incrementalism.

  8. avatar barnbwt says:

    Well, I guess we know where the next school mass shooting will be occurring. Enjoy the semi-auto ban and mandatory mental-health exams, NY gun owners.

    Step 1) Remove all possible resistance to violence from a subject population
    Step 2) Wait for an opportunity to cash in on the inevitable bloodshed
    Step 3) Use carnage to justify disarming a broader population
    Step 4) Repeat.

  9. avatar anonymoose says:

    That one protester girl is not wearing pants.

  10. avatar former water walker says:

    Chicago does NOT have incredibly strict gun laws…but they may again. Sorry I have precious little sympathy for NYC. You reap what you sow. I love Indiana. Way to go!

    1. avatar Rswartze says:

      Correct. They loosened up right before I left in 2014. Now the revolving door justice system is the clear problem.

  11. avatar DoomGuy says:

    Unfortunately even “gun blogs” are being taken over by antis or blind trump minions like this one.

    https://bearingarms.com

    They have an author there who praises Rick Scott for violating the 2A rights of adults 18-21, and says hat fix NICS “steers clear of gun control”. This crap is nauseating and infuriating.

    1. avatar John in Ohio says:

      Yep. As I wrote in comment on another article here at TTAG:

      It is the same human nature today as it was in the time of the American Revolution.

      Some are unwillingly ignorant. Some are genuinely stupid. Some are willingly ignorant. Some are cowards.

      There is nothing new under the Sun.

      But what do I know?

      1. avatar DoomGuy says:

        I didn’t see your comment, but I’ve also been constantly repeating that it’s 1989-1994 all over again…

        And the comments are almost always in the vein of “I’m supporting this to save us from worse laws down the road”, when we know that that statement is a load of cowardice crap…

        1. avatar John in Ohio says:

          Keep your powder dry and carry on. 🙂

      2. avatar DoomGuy says:

        “Keep your powder dry and carry on. 🙂”

        Thank you brother. 🙂

  12. avatar Gutshot says:

    Why not some baby booties to remember all of the babies that were killed and ripped from their “mother’s” wombs? Oh yeah, they were just a bit of tissue and cells. Fucking hypocrites.

  13. avatar Joke and Dagger Revived says:

    Where’s Taylor’s vest review?

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      We’re in discussion with the company regarding JWT’s testing protocol.

      We are retesting the vest and will provide a full explanation of our experience at that time.

  14. avatar Jared says:

    Huge huge supporter of SAF here. But 1200% doesn’t mean anything. What’s the number? Did they go from 100 to 1200? Or did they go from 5000 to 60,000?

  15. avatar Spike says:

    A Fall Out Boy show? LOL!! That will attract untold… tens of people.

  16. avatar Patrick says:

    almost *7000 young adults

    It’s a little disrespectful to, for example, a five year old, who gets killed in a confrontation started by young adult thugs below age eighteen who act like five year olds, to put them both into the same category of maturity.

  17. avatar J says:

    Please help save our 2nd Amendment rights. Please pass the first link to others so we can get this petition sent to the White House.

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/oppose-gun-control-and-weapons-ban-legislation

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov

  18. avatar Gordon in MO says:

    Young Adults…
    Adults are mature, logical people who think through things.

    These “Young Adults” are dumb kids, and the dumb kids are being paraded around by the left to wave bloody shirts.

    The bloody shirts are the result of conscious decisions by the left to prevent defensive measures that could actually protect kids. They want the killing to continue so they can use dead kids to push their anti-gun agenda…. and they are succeeding.

  19. avatar Bierce Ambrose says:

    “How are Marches, More Gun Laws, and Dissing the NRA Going to Keep Our Kids Safe? – Silly…that was never the goal . . .”

    Well, we know where a lot of ill-informed, reactive people are, at least for a while. Maybe marching will make them tired, and they’ll need a nap.

  20. avatar Jim Bullock says:

    “Sessions calls on U.S. attorneys to aggressively prosecute gun buyers who lie on background checks – Now there’s a novel idea . . .”

    The point of “background checks” is the presumption that some people are too dangerous — impulsive, violent, ideological — to be entrusted with the power in firearms.

    The point of not enforcing “background checks” or prosecuting people who game the check system, is to make the argument that *all people* are too dangerous & etc. to be entrusted with firearms.

    Every single restriction proposed by the antis for “some people” is just a prelude to then “proving” that “all people” are just as bad as those folks, so everybody should be banned too. The same goes for particular arms, or features.

    “It’s hard to come to an honest compromise with someone who’s not an ‘honest broker.’ That’s you. No, I have no intention of making some fake compromise you have no intention of living up to. Fix your ethics, and then we’ll maybe talk. Meanwhile, I’m gonna try to get less kids shot up in schools by whack-jobs, if I can keep you from getting in the way (again, some more.)”

    Jackholes

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