The American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American College of Surgeons, American Psychiatric Association and the American Public Health Association have joined with the American Bar Association to issue a five-page statement in the Annals of Internal Medicine calling for more gun control. Specifically . . .
The Department of Justice announced this afternoon that it was closing its investigation of George Zimmerman, an effort to determine whether the Florida man violated federal civil rights laws in the incident that led to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. As Justice put it, “there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a violation of these statutes.” . . .
FedEx is a common carrier. They ship just about everything from prescription medications to firearms and silencers. In fact, I’ve used them before to send guns across state lines, and all they wanted to know was whether the gun was unloaded — no further questions asked. But when Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed fame wanted to use FedEx to ship his cheap his CNC machines, they refused. Why? Because — gasp! — they might be used to make guns . . .
We’ve already pointed out the hypocrisy on display by Moms Demand Action, the Bloomberg-funded group who demands that all Americans be disarmed and guns be banned yet hides behind their own paid armed guards. Apparently at the open carry and campus carry hearing yesterday, CJ Grisham (President of Open Carry Texas) was quietly and unobtrusively filming an interview with one of Moms Demand Action’s employees when their armed bodyguard pushed him out of the way and attempted to grab his phone (presumably to delete the video or stop him from recording). The man, pictured above in a plaid shirt being detained by Texas police (photo from OCT’s Facebook), was not arrested, but as Grisham points out it is ironic that the only violence on display at the hearing came from a paid member of Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action group, not the Open Carry Texas members. Video after the jump.
Illinois State Representative Brandon Phelps has sponsored a bill which would repeal the ban on silencers in the Land of Lincoln and allow them to be used while hunting, to boot. What are the odds that Democrat Phelps’ bill will pass, allowing more people access to a bit of common sense firearm safety equipment? Hard to say, but probably less than the chances that a news outlet could run a story on the subject without including some feckless non-sequitur from an anti-rights organization . . .
As reported earlier, the Vermont legislature is currently considering gun control legislation, and according to an article in the Vermont Free Press, it has Vermonters dressing up like competing rallies in Ulster: Orange against the bill, green in favor. The Free Press also quotes Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell (who shows the same dedication to civil liberties that characterized such fellow Dems as Orval Fabus and Stephen Douglas) saying “the bill would provide another tool for stopping drug dealers who possess guns in Vermont.” . . .
In California right now, a “concerned family member” can call the police and claim that a law abiding gun owner is really a psychotic murderer bent on taking out a bus load of children. They they can watch gleefully as the police bust down that gun owner’s door and confiscate their firearms. The gun owner has no recourse available — there’s no contesting a “gun violence restraining order” until after the firearms have already been confiscated. Involved in a contentious divorce? There’s not much to stop your spouse from falsely claiming you’re a wannabe Elliot Rodger as filing a false report is only a misdemeanor, roughly the same as a parking ticket. It’s a nightmare inducing situation, one that a Republican senator is trying to fix . . .
Reader John D. writes . . .
You cover a fair number of hunting issues, so I thought this legislation might interest you and your readers. Particularly readers in the western states which have born the brunt of regulatory amplification. And this could become a general firearms issue at a moment’s notice. I wrote this up for Michigan Gun Owners . . .
The historical link between gun control and racist oppression in America is clear enough for anyone who dispassionately examines the record. Most people who are trying to roll back civilian ownership of firearms tend to be quiet about this truth. I’ll even be charitable and allow that some are simply ignorant of it. Not so much for Cedar Crest College Professor (and former Allentown city council member) Michael Donovan . . .
I’m subscribed to the Democrats’ email list. Why? Because I once was one, and I can’t find the “unsubscribe” button. For the last few weeks they have been using this list to hammer into their base a hatred for Republicans who are trying time and time again to repeal Obamacare — something that the American public seems to agree with, since they elected those officials specifically on that platform. Dems seem to have an inherent belief that they are doing things for the good of the people, public opinion doesn’t matter and lying to their constituents is perfectly OK. But when it comes to things Republicans are doing, they categorically oppose those actions. “Tell them it’s here to stay!” they say. It seems like Democrats aren’t taking their own advice though, and are introducing similarly repetitive and useless bills designed to change matters of settled law. In this case, they are once again introducing legislation to ban “high capacity” magazines . . .
In The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, writer Robert A. Heinlein famously suggested that a legislature should have an entire chamber of members whose sole task was to repeal laws. By inserting a group of politicians whose only power and function was to erase statutes, he reasoned, the jealous and self-interested members of that body would serve as one more check against overreaching on the part of the other chambers of the legislature, the judiciary, and the executive . . .
In December, a Federal appeals court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency could not regulate lead ammunition used by hunters. A flock of 101 environmental pressure and advocacy group had sued the EPA in an attempt to force them to ban lead ammo lest the furry little creatures of the forest and the dell eat it. “‘We agree with EPA that it lacks statutory authority to regulate the type of spent bullets and shot identified in the environmental groups’ petition,’ Judge David Tatel wrote for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.” But the NRA-ILA doesn’t want to leave the matter to the vagaries of the judicial process . . .