Who can argue with perfection? . . .
In the intervening thirty-five years, the Glock has become the dominant handgun in a crowded field of competitors. Despite stiff competition from countries emulating his polymer design, Glock 17 handguns serve with such diverse forces as the British Armed Forces, the Swedish Armed Forces, Indian special forces, the Iraqi military, the Israeli Defense Forces and the Yemeni military.
The Glock 17 outfits dozens of armies and hundreds of police forces worldwide. U.S. Army Rangers and Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command use the compact version, the Glock 19, and U.S. Special Forces—including the shadowy Delta Force—carry the .40 Smith & Wesson–caliber Glock 22.
Now that I graduated from @KentState, I can finally arm myself on campus. I should have been able to do so as a student- especially since 4 unarmed students were shot and killed by the government on this campus. #CampusCarryNow pic.twitter.com/a91fQH44cq
— Kaitlin Marie (@KaitMarieox) May 13, 2018
Obviously someone learned something during her four years in college . . .
On December 19, 2016, Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a bill legalizing campus carry but allowing each university system to decide if it would allow it on its campuses. To date, Kent State has not permitted it.
Moreover, Kent State has a policy against allowing students to open carry on campus, although open carry is legal in Ohio. In an interview with the Akron Beacon Journal on April 25, 2018, (Kaitlin) Bennett said, “Kent State is one of the few schools in Ohio that decided that students wouldn’t be permitted to open carry on campus while guests can.”
Upon graduating, no longer a student, Bennett donned her AR-10 and a graduation cap that said “Come and Take It” and walked through campus….
If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. The third conditional is pretty much out of the question.
As these changing demographics and consumer habits gradually erode the still-powerful gun culture, its political base is likely to erode as well. Like water running downhill, this is the natural order of things. And if you take this reality and layer it on top of another one—namely, the ongoing fiscal pressure that states and cities across the country constantly face—it suggests that guns and ammunition could be increasingly seen as an undertapped source of revenue.
There are precedents for this. Tobacco, a ubiquitous product half-a-century ago, gradually became politically easier to target and tax as demographics and changing consumption patterns gradually weakened a once all–powerful and unassailable industry.
This culminated in a massive 1998 agreement between tobacco manufacturers and 46 states, five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, in which the industry agreed to pay billions of dollars a year to those jurisdictions. Those costs were generally just passed on to the declining number of Americans who smoke, which helps explain why cigarette taxes are always going up. This revenue is addictive as nicotine to states, which need every penny they can get; Of course, all this is on top of the current federal tax of $1.00 per 20-pack of cigarettes.
Publix clarifies that they don’t support the NRA, just self-described ‘proud NRA sellout’ Adam Putnam
That’s clearly not good enough for the David Hoggs of the world . . .
Publix wants you to know that they don’t directly support the National Rifle Association, but they do support Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, a self-described “proud NRA sellout.”
A report from the Tampa Bay Times says the Lakeland-based grocery chain has given $670,000 to Putnam over the last three years, which is a record amount of donations to a single candidate for Publix. Following that report, the company took to Twitter to clarify to angry customers that they don’t support the gun lobby or industry.
“Supporting our associates, customers and communities is always top of mind for Publix, especially when tragedies strike like natural disasters and gun violence,” said the company in one Twitter response. “When we are deciding which political candidates to financially support during an election, we consider a number of factors. Publix has not provided financial support to the National Rifle Association.”
Anyone detect a pattern here? . . .
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) had stern words for the National Rifle Association on Tuesday, responding to the gun group’s new president attacking student survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, for allegedly engaging in “civil terrorism.”
“The NRA is kind of just shy of a terrorist organization,” Schultz told HuffPost. “They have done everything they can to perpetuate the culture of violence that we have in our country with the spread of assault weapons across the nation.”
In an interview with The Washington Times last week, newly elected NRA president Oliver North accused students of Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of using “intimidation and harassment and lawbreaking” in the anti-gun efforts they launched following the Valentine’s Day massacre that left 17 people dead at their campus.
Hi @NRA –
Received your questionnaire. Not sure what gave you the impression I would ever WANT your endorsement. Or your money.
Look forward to the day you’re swept into the compost bin of history. Until then, receiving my F is an honor.
Your California snowflake pic.twitter.com/uJj4LeXkzQ
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 14, 2018
If they hadn’t sent him a survey, he’d have complained that he was being excluded.