“A judge has struck down — for now — an NFL policy preventing off-duty Minnesota police officers from carrying guns at Vikings games,” abcnews.com reports. “Two police organizations challenged the rule, arguing that NFL policy cannot trump state law. Judge Ivy Bernhardson ruled in favor of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association and the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis. However, the NFL’s policy will remain in place pending further court guidance. The ruling applies only in Minnesota.” And not to other civilians (i.e. all civilians). “Police groups argued that even off-duty officers need to be armed at Vikings games, to protect themselves and the public. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says the policy is designed to keep fans safe. He says the NFL will continue enforcing it until the matter is resolved.”
While this website stands at the center of the fight to defend and extend Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, we know full well just how easy it is to subvert any and all firearms laws. The video of the Batman-style grappling hook gun above, as well as the wide variety of firearms for sale at your local gun store, demonstrate the engineering talent available to gun guys around the country. But forget CAD-CAM and 3D printers. It’s easy enough to roll your own. Check this out . . .
“I thought it was great, I loved it. The shirts fit my personality perfectly. They’re military and they’re patriotic. That’s my thing. I wore them to all over the place, to my kids’ baseball games – everywhere. And I got nothing but compliments about how great they were. No one ever said they were offensive, because it’s obvious that they’re in support of the military and the United States.” That’s Marine Mario Alejandro describing shirts his family had given him that they’d bought from The Marine Reconnaissance Foundation which supports Marine recon operators like him and their families. There’s only one thing the leatherneck didn’t take into account. He was in New Jersey . . .
“The recent spate of gun violence illustrates the need for programs such as the City Council’s cure violence initiative,” Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-North Shore) said in a press release celebrating New York City’s forthcoming $12.7m payout to most favored felons and known gang bangers (a.k.a., “violence interrupters”). “Our existing cure violence program has made strides in keeping our neighborhoods safe with trained violence interrupters, conflict mediation, credible messengers and other proven tools. The initiative is one of the many resources we have to defuse gun violence and other volatile situations, and I’m pleased that this City Council initiative will deliver additional resources to communities where they are needed. I will aggressively continue to work toward seeking solutions to gun violence in the community.” Yes, well . . .
God bless the Gun Owners of America. Where the National Rifle Association considers the Brady Bill – mandating an FBI background check for the purchase of any firearm from a federal firearm licensee – above political reproach, the GOA is happy to point out that the entire system is a fraud. An unconstitutional, expensive piece of security theater that creates a federal gun registry (form 4473) enabling gun confiscation. The GOA may always live off the crumbs falling from the NRA’s table, but they provide food for the souls of gun rights absolutists everywhere.
My name is Robert Farago and I am a gun rights extremist. I reckon there shouldn’t be ANY laws restricting the right to keep and bear arms. No background checks, no concealed carry licenses, no government infringement whatsoever. In other words, I take the Second Amendment as writ. There aren’t a lot of journalists who ascribe to that interpretation, or anything even close. There are even fewer 2A loud n’ proud politicians. Or police. But there is Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Jr. As you know, or should know . . .
The next time you’re stuck in traffic on an LA freeway, think for a moment about what’s underneath you. That concrete you’re not rolling on could be supported by the remnants of confiscated and turned-in boomsticks. “Nearly 5,000 handguns, rifles and other weapons were destroyed Wednesday as part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s 21st annual Gun Melt event, authorities said…Interim Los Angeles County Sheriff John Scott and other law enforcement officials were on hand for the annual event at the Gerdau Steel Mill in Rancho Cucamonga, which donates its furnace, equipment and personnel to convert the weapons into steel rebar to be used in construction of freeways and bridges.” There’s apparently no truth to the rumor that . . .
What is it about the super-rich that predisposes so many of them to oppose the right to keep and bear arms? We all know about the mostly ineffectual efforts of the former mayor of New York City to convince Americans that guns are bad and the Second Amendment is outdated. Now it’s former Microsoft CEOs Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer along with a smattering of other tech titans stepping up to shovel money at supporters of Washington state’s effort to pass a universal background check law. Gates kicked in a perfunctory $50,000, but Ballmer’s ante’d up close to $600,000. As we saw this week in Milwaukee, billionaire big bucks don’t always translate into victory at the polls. Americans have a deep-seated independent streak and value their natural, civil, Constitutional right to armed self defense. May Gates and Ballmer be as successful in this effort as they were with Windows Vista.
The legal eagles at geoffreygnathanlaw.com would like to remind past and potential clients that “According to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 274: Section 1, a felony in this state is one that is punishable by death or imprisonment in the state prison. If the crime can be punished by a year or more in state prison, it also is defined as a felony.” Note: even if you don’t serve any prison time, if you’re convicted of a crime that could have been punished by a year in jail, you’re a felon. And under the new gun control bill signed by MA Gov. Duvall Patrick yesterday, police chiefs can stop long gun purchases. Oh, and a felony conviction means . ..
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Doctors should be able to ask their patients anything they want to ask their patients up to and including “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the communist party?” The government has no business dictating what your physician can and can not ask the people in their care, just as it has no business requiring you to answer. Yes, I get it. If docs are “allowed” to ask their patients about communism, or firearms in the home, they’re acting as government spies. Or will, eventually. But the First Amendment is the First Amendment for a reason: freedom of speech is our most important natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right. OK, so, Florida . . .
“Moms will no longer tolerate America’s culture of gun violence. We demand to be safe in the places we go with our children — schools, restaurants, stores, parks and in our own homes. By opposing legislation to close the deadly loopholes in our background check system that allow minors and dangerous people like felons and domestic abusers easy access to guns, as well as reasonable limits on where, when and how loaded gun[s] are carried and used in public, it’s crystal clear the gun lobby is out of touch with the concerns of American parents, including those who are gun owners.” – Shannon Watts, quoted in School Violence And Gun-Related Injuries Rank Among Top Concerns For American Families [via huffingtonpost.com]
Reader CTSheepdog writes:
In Connecticut yesterday, John McKinney, state Senate Minority Leader, lost his bid for the GOP candidacy to face Governor Dan Malloy in November. McKinney, one of the architects of Connecticut’s restrictive 2013 gun laws, was beaten by 11 percent by businessman Tom Foley. Tens of thousands of CT gun owners turned out in a low turnout primary to lift Foley to victory in all but one CT county . . .