The same three UT professors are shot down yet again. It’s almost as if they don’t really have a case . . .
[Glass] argues that there is no rational basis for Texas to allow private universities to ban concealed carry but not public universities. In addition, she argues that there is no rational basis for the University to allow concealed carry in classrooms while simultaneously prohibiting the practice in other campus locations such as faculty offices, research laboratories, and residence halls.
Texas argues that simple explanations provide the needed rational basis. First, the Campus Carry Law distinguishes between public and private universities in order to respect the property rights of private universities. Second, public safety and self-defense cannot be achieved if concealed carry is banned in classrooms because attending class is a core reason for students to travel to campus. Texas argues that public safety and self-defense can still be achieved if concealed carry is banned in less-frequented areas such as faculty offices and research laboratories.
“Gun safety” . . .
A Thurston County judge has thrown out more than 300,000 signatures to put a gun-control initiative on the November ballot.
Superior Court Judge James Dixon said the signature petitions for Initiative 1639 did not “comport” with state law. He ordered the secretary of state’s office to stop certification of the ballot measure.
Initiative 1639, which is backed by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, would raise the purchase age of semi-automatic rifles to 21, incentivize secure storage, and require enhanced background checks and a waiting period similar to what’s required for handguns.
It would be the most sweeping gun safety initiative put before voters in recent history.
The National Rifle Association and Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation had filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Kim Wyman, claiming the petitions didn’t follow the law by clearly identifying what would change in the statute.
They also said the font was too small to be readable.
Did we mention that it’s National Shooting Sports Month? . . .
Pennsylvania is one of America’s most populous when it comes to gun owners. Almost one in three Pennsylvanians owns a firearm, or 31 percent. So where do they learn how to shoot? (Legally, that is.) I’m under-educated on the gun-owner side of our national debate. So, I persuaded my editors to let me take a gun class, learn gun safety, and understand more about gun culture.
On Aug. 4, I took a group class with Ron Flowers, a retired Allentown police officer and professional weapons handling trainer based in Broomall. He and his wife, Kathleen, operate Citizens Defense Training, teaching classes all year long at ranges around the state, including “Intro to Pistol and Revolver” (my class), for absolute beginners like myself, at the Ridge and Valley Gun Club in Coopersburg, Pa.
First, the thrill. It’s for real. I’m holding a firearm in my hands. It’s horrifying and exhilarating at the same time. Later, I’ll shoot “dry-fire” — essentially, blanks — and then real bullets.
Now we’re in real trouble . . .
Jennifer Aniston has been one of the most famous women in the world since the nineties. But while the press was focused on her personal life and Friends fame, few established where Aniston stands on important issues. When you speak to Aniston, though, it’s clear she feels passionately—about gun control, about our country’s future, and about finding the right moment to speak out.
Enter WE Day, an event that brings together young people dedicated to making a difference with world-renowned speakers, celebrities, and performers to kick off a year of social action. At this year’s event, which took place in California in April, Aniston teamed up with Parkland survivors Cameron Kasky and Jaclyn Corin. (A one-hour special about WE Day airs this Friday on ABC.)
For Aniston, it was a chance to work with future leaders. “It’s just an incredible thing to be amongst these young powerful people who are our future and making a difference,” she tells Glamour. “It’s wonderful to sit back and actually know that we’re going to be OK because of this generation.”
There’s only one problem. It’s not working . . .
Four months ago, hundreds of Arizona students staged a die-in on the floor of their state Capitol to protest for stricter gun laws.
Now, many of those same students are working on a new campaign: registering their high school classmates to vote, with the goal of voting out the politicians who have blocked the passage of gun safety laws.
“This entire thing is led by mostly kids who can’t vote yet,” said Jordan Harb, 17, one of the organizers of March for Our Lives Arizona, a group of teenage gun violence prevention advocates running a statewide voter registration program.
Harb himself will not be old enough to vote this November. But that has not stopped him and his fellow teenage activists from leading an intensive campaign to shift the balance of power in the midterm elections.
Ladd Everitt likely considers this good news because at least they weren’t shot . . .
A boy is fighting for his life after he was allegedly disembowelled when he was stabbed on a south London housing estate.
He was one of four children who were taken to hospitals in south London following the incident at Landor House, Camberwell yesterday.
All the boys are aged between 15 and 16 years old and six attackers of the same age have been taken into custody.
Giving an update on the conditions of the boys who were injured, police this morning said: ‘One remains critical, one is in a serious but stable condition and the remaining two did not suffer serious injuries.’
Apparently the still-woke Marvel Comics has learned nothing from their precipitous sales decline . . .
September’s Champions #24 from Marvel Comics will be a special issue dealing with gun violence in schools and school shootings.
“Earlier this year, I started talking to Tom Brevoort about writing a Champions issue on the effect of gun violence in schools. Marvel has always strived to deliver ‘the world outside our window’ and this was too big a topic to ignore,” series writer Jim Zub told Newsarama. “Centered on Miles Morales, the story is about a tragedy and the trauma that ripples outward from senseless violence – and the people that come together to support each other to build a better future, which is the heart of every Champions story. I’m incredibly proud of everyone’s work on this issue, and I’m thankful we were given the chance to tell this story.”
— Emily Miller (@EmilyMiller) August 17, 2018