Now I’ve seen it all. A recent article by Paul Hughes made two primary suggestions relating to school safety: 1) schools remain unsafe because there is too much emphasis on active shooter response, and 2) the best way to ensure school safety is to buy the G8 Pro V2, which its manufacturer–Guardian 8–bills as “enhanced non-lethal, low-impact de-escalation for crisis situations.” I initially thought the article was a parody. After visiting the company’s “Learning About the G8 Pro V2″ website, I’m not entirely certain it isn’t . . .
“Police in New York City say an intruder stabbed a couple who interrupted a burglary at their home, killing the man and injuring his wife,” the AP reports. “Police say the two were returning to their Staten Island home at around 10 p.m. Sunday when they encountered the burglar. Police say 67-year-old Peter Gialluisi was stabbed in the face and hand during a struggle. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. His 66-year-old wife was stabbed in the head, neck and back. She was listed in stable condition. Police say a suspect in the attack is in custody.” Fat lot of good that will do Mr. or Mrs. Gialluisi. If one of the couple had been carrying a gun when they returned to their apartment this story might – might – have had a happy ending. A carry permit for an elderly couple in “gun free” NYC? Fuhgeddaboutit. For shame.
Shannon Watts, paid spokeswoman for Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action gun control campaign, had planned to continue her crusade against companies that white suburban soccer moms care about by demanding that Kroger ban firearms from their stores. She had seen some marginal success with the likes of Starbucks and Chipotle, and she expected to be able to roll right along and declare a marginal victory with Kroger as well. Unfortunately for her, Kroger wasn’t playing ball. In a statement released Saturday, Kroger essentially told Shannon Watts to go away and stop bothering them.
“When the Army looks to the future, it sees cities,” armytimes.com reports. “Dense, sprawling, congested cities where criminal and extremist groups flourish almost undetected by authorities, but who can influence the lives of the population while undermining the authority of the state. And the service is convinced that these ‘megacities’ of 20 million or more people will be the battleground of the future.” Paging Alex Jones! I assume the Army’s preparing for mega-city warfare in cities outside the U.S., and that U.S. soldiers would refuse to “pacify” American conurbations, but capability is capability. Check out the Army’s big city game plan . . .
Washington State is ground zero in gun control advocates’ campaign to “expand” mandatory government background checks to all firearms purchases and transfers (including gun shows and family gifts). Come November, Evergreen State voters will either OK or torpedo Initiative 594. Quite how this increased government surveillance would reduce firearms-related crime is anybody’s guess. It certainly hasn’t had any measurable impact in Massachusetts or California. Regardless, billionaire Steve Ballmer’s donated $600,000. Bill Gates has chipped in $1m to the pro-Initiative 594 campaign. Not be outdone, billionaire ballistic bully boy Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety has also ante’d up a cool mil. seattletimes.com reports that the group spending the money is . . .
Warrantless searches. No right to remain silent. This could be you! That is all. [h/t SS]
The Utah municipality of Sandy City, A Salt Lake City suburb, has agreed to stop violating state law. Most states have reserved the power to regulate firearms to the state level so as to ensure uniform gun laws to keep compliance simple. Utah is one of the vast majority of states that have a preemption laws. But Sandy had passed ordinances that were clearly in violation of the state preemption law, prohibiting carry in some parts of the city. The Second Amendment Foundation has been looking at local municipalities that are in violation of the law, and pushing to have them follow the law. In the case of Sandy City, the violation was obvious . . .
“The home of Godzilla actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson [not shown] and his wife, Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson, was raided by police on Thursday evening (August 28) after a passerby saw a machine gun through the window in London, England,” justjared.com reports. Only it wasn’t a rock. It was a rock lobster! Sorry. I mean, it wasn’t a machine gun. It was a “fully decommissioned M16 assault rifle [not shown] that was provided to Mrs Taylor-Johnson by the international charity Peace One Day as part of an art project entitled ‘Peace One Day M16’.” Yeah, that so works on a post-modern level . . .
OMG! He called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America member Claire a “child”! First, the NRA portrays our beloved maximum leader Shannon Watts as a 50′s style hausfrau (note: Moms don’t do irony). Now that misogynist Farago at The Truth About Guns calls a grown woman a child! Does she look like a child to you, fellow civilian disarmament crusaders? No! She’s a grown woman! From Texas no less, a state where under-endowed pig farmers carry assault rifles into Kroger’s frozen food section. (Brave woman.) She’s also . . .
Word comes to us this morning that there are mixed emotions among the People of the Gun in California. Three firearms-related pieces of legislation have been voted on and while one is now taking a permanent dirt nap, two more have advanced to the governor’s desk for his signature. A bill requiring registration of people wanting to buy ammunition (SB53) failed to pass, but the much-dreaded “Gun Violence Restraining Order” bill (AB 1014) got the Assembly’s approval. That law would allow anyone at any time to drop a dime on any gun owner and get the police to confiscate his or her firearms. Also heading to governor’s office is a bill requiring the registration of homemande firearms (SB 808) As a quick reminder of why AB 1014 is a dangerous idea . . .
I named this website The Truth About Guns because I wanted to make sure that, A) we held ourselves to the highest possible journalistic standards, and B) we weren’t corrupted by the industry or, indeed, our own enthusiasm. Although we’ve made missteps, I like to think TTAG’s stayed true to our mission statement. With your help, we pursue the truth about guns. In contrast, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is an organization based entirely on a lie. The words “gun sense” are a ruse designed to hide the fact that MDA’s out to deny Americans their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. If you pay even the slightest attention to their messaging, you can see the proverbial man behind the metaphorical curtain. For example . . .
Over the last five years or so, TTAG has chronicled government abuse of Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. There is no question: these insults are geographical. Arizonans do not face the de facto ban on carrying a firearm that bedevils residents in New Jersey, Hawaii, New York and California. Texans are not subject to the “assault weapons” ban imposed on gun owners living in Maryland. I’ve never suggested that people living in [what we used to call] “slave states” stop fighting for their gun rights. But there comes a time when a beleaguered gun owner must realize that an anti-gun regime puts them in the crosshairs. And decide whether it’s worth it to run that risk. Check out this Constitution State story . . .