It seems that Mayor Bloomberg’s really stepped in it this time. It’s one thing when he’s mandating what size soft drinks his subjects can buy or throwing millions into anti-gun ads, but now he’s meddling in the finances of the Democratic party and they aren’t happy. He’s asking donors to stop giving money to Congressional candidates who don’t support gun control: “Polls consistently show that 90 (percent) of Americans — including 82 (percent) of gun owners and 74 (percent) of NRA members — support requiring background checks for all gun sales. … [Until] they show they will stop bowing to pressure from the gun lobby, you should not support them.” . . .
Party leaders were “outraged” by his actions. Majority Leader Harry Reid, worried about his job as majority leader, told Mayor Megalomaniac that his targeting of Dems could result in their losing seats. Making Mitch McConnell majority leader would only further set back the cause of gun control. We can only hope. After all, “there should be consequences for being a weenie.”
And Hizzonner is totally bummed out by the DOJ’s threats to use a federal monitor to “oversee changes” at the NYPD should the federal courts find his unconstitutional stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutional. He stated that the po-po need a clear-cut line of authority: “No military organization or paramilitary runs where you have confusion in the command structure.” Yep, that’s right folks — he called his police department a “military organization.” So now you know. He really does think NYC is a military dictatorship and he’s the commanding general.
Apparently the downturn in violent crime in Chicago that caught the New York Times‘ attention last week is over. Over the Father’s Day weekend, seven people were killed and 41 others were wounded by gunfire in the Bloody Windy City (aka Chiraq). A few more weekends like this and Chiraq‘s numbers will be back on par with previous years.
Elsewhere in Illinois, more counties are allowing concealed carry for legal weapon owners. The State’s Attorney in Tazewell County stated “A citizen who wishes to exercise their Second Amendment right to carry a firearm outside of the home for self-defense should not be placed in the situation where they fear prosecution if they exercise a constitutional right,” and the State’s Attorney in Peoria County agrees. Woodford County is expected to follow suit. In Madison and Randolph Counties, prosecutors have already issued similar statements.
Arlington Heights, Illinois resident Arthur Lovi was speaking to a VA psychiatrist and mentioned his bitterness about a doctor who misdiagnosed his wife, who subsequently died. The shrink contacted the police and said Lovi had made a threat against the doctor, although he added he was really no threat to anyone. The police showed up and confiscated his antique firearms. He’s subsequently been given a clean bill of (mental) health but he had to sue to get his guns back. With broadening definitions of what the psychiatric community considers a “mental disorder” you can be sure it’s going to get even uglier if they succeed in adding mental health records to NICS across the board.
In Wichita, Kansas, elementary school teacher Daniel Nagel was arrested for carrying a concealed handgun on school premises. He has a concealed-carry permit, but his school has the ever-popular “gun-free zone” signs so it’s illegal for him to pack on the job. Interestingly, the Kansas Legislator passed a law this year allowing school districts to designate employees to carry guns, but the Wichita district hasn’t acted on the issue. Maybe they’ll reconsider before a Sandy Hook-style incident occurs there.
WRDW-TV News 12 in Augusta, Georgia is all excited over the Report It system a local resident used to help locate a handgun that was stolen two years previously. You list your valuables in the on-line system, Then if anything is stolen you can release the information to law enforcement officials who “add your information to the the criminal database, making it harder for thieves to get away with your stuff.” Oh, and the “only way law enforcement can access your list of items is if you report something stolen, and even then, they’ll only have access to the items you’ve reported.” That is until the DHS finds out people are putting information on firearms in the system and they have the NSA get them a copy of it for their own records.