How to smash the gun lobby – “It won’t be easy — but we can start. We have to start. We can name and shame industry leaders like Michael Fifer (CEO of the baldly political Ruger) alongside the politicians who enable them, like Indiana governor and vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, people who profit either literally or politically from a business model that peddles death. We can start questioning the millions of dollars that the NRA’s top executives share in salaries and other compensation in exchange for leading one of the nation’s most powerful “nonprofits.” Corporations, universities, and influential figures can start actively divesting from the industry, citing concerns that employees’/clients’/students’/fellow citizens’ lives not be endangered by their investments; individuals can make the effort to be sure that we aren’t inadvertently invested in the gun business, either.” Oh, and we have to smash the gun lobby to do something about “poverty, racism, unchecked crime, and a pervasive culture of toxic masculinity.”
All America really needs then is some Australian-style gun confiscation and…problem solved! Oh. Wait.
Young, Dumb, and Armed: How Melbourne became a gun city – ” The notion that a military-grade weapon could be in the hands of local criminals is shocking, but police have already seized at least five machine guns and assault rifles in the past 18 months. The AK-47 was not among them. Only a fortnight ago, law enforcement authorities announced they were hunting another seven assault rifles recently smuggled into the country. Weapons from the shipment have been used in armed robberies and drive-by shootings. These are just a handful of the thousands of illicit guns fuelling a wave of violent crime in the world’s most liveable city.”
Maybe all those guns in the hands of Oz’s criminals has something to do with why law-abiding Australians are getting fed up with their civilian disarmament advocates:
Gun enthusiasts shoot effigy of gun control activist Sam Lee in ‘vile’ video – “Police have been asked to investigate footage of a man shooting and setting alight an effigy of Gun Control Australia leader Sam Lee. The YouTube video shows two gun enthusiasts customising and demonstrating a controversial Adler lever action shotgun.”
Hold on though…even American lefties are recognizing that civilian disarmament is a bad idea:
From the mouths of social justice warriors: Progressives Should Oppose Gun Control – “Recognizing the roots of gun control advocacy — the intentional disarming of a marginalized population and selective enforcement of gun legislation — means opening up a new case against gun control, one based on the systemic discrimination that inevitably comes with arms legislation. The conservative and libertarian case against gun control is a matter of individual liberty. But after recognizing that gun control is consistently used to discriminate against minorities, there’s a case to be made that progressives, too, should be wary of gun control: It’s hypocritical that progressives champion equality while supporting gun laws with consistently discriminatory enforcement.” Is there hope yet for the modern American liberal arts college?
And this week’s Darwin Award winner is… A protective vest test proves deadly for cousin – “Police say Alexandro Garibaldi shot his cousin Joaquin Mendez in the chest on Saturday night to see if the vest worked, the Tampa Bay Times reported. It didn’t. Mendez died.”
All that was missing was the Jiffy Pop: Sniper takes out ISIS executioner from a mile away – “A sharpshooter killed a top ISIS executioner and three other jihadists with a single bullet from nearly a mile away — just seconds before the fiend was set to burn 12 hostages alive with a flamethrower, according to a new report. The British Special Air Service marksman turned one of the most hated terrorists in Syria into a fireball by using a Barett .50-caliber rifle to strike a fuel tank affixed to the jihadi’s back, the UK’s Daily Star reported Sunday.”