How Democrats cynically abandoned all principle on guns – “Democrats will almost certainly lose these votes, but they are still important in what they signal about the developing Democratic thinking on gun policy — and the results are not encouraging. The background check expansion is fine (if fairly small beer), but the creation of yet another extremely broad terrorist watch list indicates a disturbing willingness to throw principle and quality policy over the side in favor of posturing and symbolism.” Legislate in haste, repent at leisure…usually over years or decades.
It’s nice to dream.
Toomey’s trouble isn’t guns – “After mass shootings here, gun sales go up, Congress continues to ban research dollars into gun violence as a public health issue and politicians seek to grab political gain from the suffering of others. So expect noise; at least for a while. But, for three reasons, guns won’t topple Toomey.” philly.com figures he’s OK because the anti-gun furies always die down, his bromance with Joe Manchin was enough to show he’s “reasonable” on guns. But Trump might do him in.
Will County sheriff’s deputy wins national rifle competition – “Will County Sheriff’s Deputy Kim Heath won the National Patrol Rifle Competition earlier this month in Detroit – beating out more than 130 law enforcement officers from across the country. ‘The department is very fortunate to have a nationally ranked firearms instructor on staff,’ Deputy Chief Tom Budde said. Heath had no experience with firearms before becoming a sheriff’s deputy 12 years ago because it ‘seemed like an exciting job.’”
The Problems With Using The Terrorist Watch List To Ban Gun Sales – “But civil liberties and gun rights groups are critical of the list. The American Civil Liberties Union is still studying the proposed legislation and would not comment for this story. But the ACLU, citing secret documents released by the journalism site The Intercept, was critical in 2014 of the growing numbers of people on the watch list, saying there are no clear standards by which to determine who is placed in a database that can be used for religious and racial profiling. The rights of American citizens to contest their possible inclusion on the list is infringed because of the list’s secrecy, the ACLU said.” Ya think?
Explosion at Hornady Manufacturing causes no injuries – “A shipping container used for storage exploded at the Hornady Manufacturing plant early Sunday morning. The blackened container was visible on Claude Road, where it landed and blocked both lanes of traffic just south of Old Potash Highway.” Whoa.