AJ sent this to help those of us in free states understand what it’s like to try to be a gun owner in Massachusetts. “We like to refer to them as privileges, because it’s easier to defend how we trample all over them.” Quite. Read on . . .
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, Renaissance Public School Academy was placed on lockdown briefly when police were called to investigate a report of a student showing a gun to a classmate. The fourth-grader had brought an Airsoft gun to school, and when another student reported it, the gun was taken from the student and secured in the school office. Principal Lisa Bergman said at no time were students in danger, but some parents opted to pick up their children and take them home early. Although the gun was determined to not be a threat, and the 10-year-old student didn’t brandish the weapon or make any threats, the sheriff said they take such incidents seriously, and a report will be sent to the County Prosecutor for review.
New York’s NRA membership has nearly doubled since the SAFE Act was passed just over a year ago. Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, said NRA headquarters had informed him that his state affiliate was now the largest chapter in the country, surpassing both Texas and California. Membership in New York rose from 22,000 to 41,000 since the SAFE Act was passed in January 2013. In addition, King said his organization had received donations of $200,000 from both members and nonmembers. “The Second Amendment is alive and well in New York State,’’ King said. [h/t Pascal]
The first attempt by Colorado Republicans to repeal last year’s gun control laws failed on Monday. In a hearing that the Durango Herald described as “carefully scripted” and with an outcome that was “never in doubt,” the bill died in committee. The bill was sponsored by Sen. George Rivera, who replaced Sen. Angela Giron in last year’s recall elections. The Democrat majority assigned the bill to the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, known as the “kill committee,” because it’s a reliable place to dispose of bills the majority doesn’t like. After a hearing lasting over six hours, the Committee killed the bill on a 3-2 vote.
In a new Gallup poll out just a few days ago, nearly 55% of Americans now say they are dissatisfied with our country’s gun laws, a nearly two-decade high. But while previous trends have seen the increase in the area of people who think the gun laws aren’t strict enough, this poll showed an increase in the number whose dissatisfaction stems from thinking the gun laws are too strict. Last year just 5% of respondents thought that gun laws were too strict, while this year that increased to 16%, an increase of more than 300%. At the same time, the number of people who thought they weren’t strict enough decreased, from 38% to 31%. The final metric of note is the difference between those who are “very dissatisfied” with gun laws and those who are only “somewhat dissatisfied.” The gap between those numbers increased from 30%/21% to 35%/20%, indicating feelings are stronger this year. [h/t CL]
Jerry Miculek shows us how he spends Super Bowl Sunday. As I didn’t watch what turned out to be a pretty pathetic showing, I like his way better.