Talk about misleading. First of all, who is the “you” of whom they speak? Methinks the people shooting and being shot in Manhattan aren’t the kind of people who matter – in the mainstream media scheme of things. Odds are they’re part of the city’s gang/drug trade, which employs (if that’s the right word) tens of thousands of people and generates tens of millions of dollars in revenue. More (or less) than that, this seemingly staggering increase in homicides is a percentage – of a small number. Here are the stats . . .
By a margin of 79 to 63, the Texas House has just rejected 84(R) HB 910, the open carry bill sent to it by the Senate. House members objected to Sen. Huffines’ added language barring police officers from stopping open carriers to question them about/examine their Concealed Handgun License (without any other indication that a crime was being committed). The House made the move under pressure from law enforcement groups who claimed the proviso would put lives in jeopardy. The bill now goes to Committee. How it emerges is an open question. Whether or not it passes must be answered by a straight up or down vote by June 1, when the current legislative session expires. If open carry fails, [partial] gun rights restoration must wait another two years for consideration.
Alan Korwin writes:
“We are deploying every resource possible to gain control of the situation and ensure peace moving forward,” Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, on page one of USA Today. Two images in the Arizona edition showed heavily uniformed riot police tussling with a few individuals in the street. The national edition had a different calm image. While USA Today would, if asked, insist that they accurately quoted the mayor (I asked, they did), the mayor’s statement is false, an outright lie, which anyone watching witnessed on live TV, as hundreds of heavily uniformed riot-equipped police officers stood in lines . . .
The firearms industry is awesome. The vast majority of gun people with whom I interact are straight shooters. I reckon that’s because they believe in something other than lining their pockets. The major players prove the point by donating millions to the NRA and other pro-2A groups. It happens on a smaller scale, too. debuskarms.com, for example, donates 20 percent of their net profits to JWT’s mates at veteran-outdoors.com (who welcome good old-fashioned contributions). Question: do you care? If their prices were roughly the same, would you buy from Dubusk instead of cheaperthandirt.com just to support vets? By the same token, does GLOCK’s mega-checks to Wayne’s mob influence your buying decision? Or does charity begin – and end – at home?
TTAG reader DH horites:
When SB11 came to the floor last night at 9:30 pm, with over a hundred pre-filed amendments, I thought it was DOA. I stopped watching the clown circus at 10pm and went to bed as the Dems and a few particular Repubs ran the clock out. So to be honest I haven’t scrubbed the amendments carefully. But what we know is this: the Texas legislature passed a watered-down campus carry bill with a host of amendments on second reading with ten minutes to spare . . .
“If you oppose the passage of a federal law requiring background checks for gun buyers, you’re endangering police officers and empowering cop killers — and you’re not doing anything to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.” – Lane Filler in A bad case against gun-buy checks [via triblive.com]
“Unmanned drones are being piloted over private homes by burglars in a bid to identify potential targets,” the UK’s telegraph.co.uk reports. “Detectives fear the mini-helicopters, which can be bought for as little as £30, are being deployed to take surveillance photographs from above, posing a brand new threat to home security. Piloting them over perimeter walls will allow criminals to carry out low-risk reconnaissance around homes which cannot be seen from the public road.” This is not a UK-only phenomena . . .
“Police plan to target replica guns and the inappropriate use of scooters, mopeds, and off-road vehicles to keep Boston streets safe from violence this summer,” bostonglobe.com reports. “Commissioner William B. Evans revealed his plan as Boston approaches the Memorial Day weekend with 11 homicides on record for the year.” Wait. What? Surely that’s not the BPD’s answer to Beantown’s “gun violence”? Don’t call me Shirley and check it out . . .
Gun control advocates have attacked John Lott’s More Guns, Less Crime since the work first appeared. None has taken it down. No surprise there. To do so would require an advanced degree in statistics. So Lott’s detractors have been left flailing about, countering his chart-laden conclusions with less well-researched though equally turgid (sorry John) studies. Surprisingly, Firmin Debrabander takes another whack at MGLC. In a salon.com article entitled The right’s big gun lie: Debunking the phony case that more guns will stop crime, Debrabander ends up promoting gun ownership [paragraph breaks added] . . .
RIP: Over 100 newspapers dumped in year, ads down 50%, circulation hits bottom, washingtonexaminer.com‘s headline proclaims. In other words, print is dead. But that’s not all. What’s commonly called broadcast TV is losing audience share, as younger people turn to the Internet for their news and entertainment. The so-called mainstream media’s influence is fading, replaced by a multiplicity of independent voices. This website’s monthly readership, for example, is three times larger than the Washington Post’s print circulation. Yes, but – the mainstream media magnates are spreading their anti-gun agitprop through the intertubz. So who’s winning the war for gun rights? Those who tell the truth about guns or the same old cast of characters bent on selling the same old statism? Is time running out for the antis?
Dear National Rifle Association,
I want to begin this correspondence by saying that I believe very much in what you’ve stood for over the years. Your organization has worked tirelessly to defend our nation’s Second Amendment. Although I never took the time to join the NRA, I am a fan and believe the nation is indebted to your great work. As you know, there is currently legislation under consideration in the North Carolina General Assembly that would repeal North Carolina’s 145 year-old Sunday hunting ban . . .
“Campus carry could hurt Texas universities’ ability to recruit and retain quality faculty, and could drive up tuition, University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven said in a letter sent to state representatives a day before the legislation hits the House floor for debate,” chron.com reports. Could. How many times have we heard gun rights opponents Chicken Little legislation seeking to restore Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms? Every time. This time, the UT jefe wants lawmakers to believe that “allowing” campus carry would discourage qualified teaching candidates from applying for employment within the system. In fact . . .