Question number one: how do you propose to come and get all of them? . . .
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., added a new wrinkle to the gun debate recently with a proposal to force Americans to sell off their so-called assault weapons — or else.
Swalwell says he was inspired to act by the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and the surviving students who have since led a nationwide campaign to tighten gun laws. His plan, which he debuted in a USA Today op-ed, is modeled on Australia, which responded to a 1996 mass shooting by forcing gun owners around the country to sell newly prohibited weapons.
But while Australia comes up often in gun debates, almost no prominent figures have proposed national laws that would demand that gun owners turn in existing weapons en masse. Gun safety groups and leading Democrats have rallied around more modest bipartisan measures like expanded background checks and mostly tiptoed around ideas that Second Amendment activists could label “gun confiscation.”
Is there anyone in Pennsylvania, Georgia or North Carolina who feels the slightest bit of shame? . . .
New Jersey has long been a net importer of such guns, meaning the vast majority of firearms recovered by police investigating serious crimes are found to have originated outside state borders.
But now Murphy’s administration is publishing monthly reports through a program known as NJGUNStat, through which law enforcement officials release charts showing the number of shootings in the state or the amount of guns recovered in cities and counties each month as well as quarterly reports on their origins.
In the first three months of 2018, police successfully traced the source state of 542 “crime guns” recovered in New Jersey, the first such report shows. Pennsylvania was the single largest source, with 83 weapons traced back to the state, followed by 59 from Georgia and 58 from North Carolina.
The Swiss don’t want the French and Germans dictating gun control policy . . .
Swiss gun-rights activists, whose logo is a muscular William Tell clutching a crossbow, are taking aim at European Union firearm reform, just as Donald Trump says armed Parisians could have stopped terror attacks in 2015.
Seven hundred years after Switzerland’s defiant hero was forced by Habsburg oppressors to shoot an apple off his son’s head, a gun-advocacy group plans to trigger a referendum to block the implementation of tighter EU restrictions on semi-automatic firearms like the AR-15 assault rifle used by Nikolas Cruz in February to kill 17 classmates at his Florida high school. Protell and its supporters in the nationalist Swiss People’s Party bridle at Brussels laying down laws they say are unnecessary in Switzerland, where gun crime is rare.
When the goal of one side is to deprive the other of a constitutionally guaranteed right, they don’t…not to each other . . .
Gun-control activists have aggressively challenged the idea that the NRA is fighting “the good fight” in recent months, and 2018 may mark a turning point for the organization. This year’s convention highlighted the anxiety that NRA members face at a time when mass shootings have made their hardline opposition to gun control increasingly toxic.
Nevertheless, last Friday, scores of attendees sauntered under gigantic banners in Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center featuring LaPierre, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch and gun lobbyist Chris Cox. They came to Dallas to celebrate the almighty gun.
The Second Amendment applies to everyone . . .
Dozens of Chinese business owners in the Triangle say they have felt targeted by thieves for so long that they have turned to firearms, including AR-15 assault-style rifles, to defend their livelihoods and their families. About 100 small-business owners have banned together to form the North Carolina Chinese Hunting Club to train in shooting techniques.
“They’re changing their mentality,” said John Wang, a local business owner who translated into English for four other Chinese business owners. “Now, they’re going to start shooting back.”
A sign of the times . . .
The sign, which reads “Hey liberals, better get your guns if you try to impeach Trump. From all of your deplorables in Calvert County,” was erected near the intersection of Route 4, or Solomons Island Road, and Bowie Shop Road near Huntingtown in Calvert County, and has likely been there for a couple of weeks, according to Captain Dave Payne.
Payne said the sign is owned by a local man, who has been asked to remove the message. Payne did not identify the man, but said Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans has been in communication with the sign’s owner, who is away on a trip and is expected to return home later this week to change or alter the sign. …
“There’s two groups that are offended. We’ve received messages that say it’s offensive that it’s up,” he said, while others say “it’s offensive that he’s being pressured to take it down. We can’t win. We’re in the middle.”
I can’t imagine why this guy would want law abiding women to be unable to carry guns 🤔 pic.twitter.com/Xwun8dCep4
— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) May 9, 2018