Trump calls for police to take guns during stop-and-frisks – “Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday reiterated his call for expanded use of the controversial stop-and-frisk practice from law enforcement, adding that police should also take people’s guns away in the process. ‘Basically, they will, if they see — you know, they are proactive and if they see a person possibly with a gun or they think may have a gun, they will see the person, and they will look, and they will take the gun away,’ Trump said in an interview with ‘Fox and Friends.'” Illegally carried guns? Is that what he means?
Arms race: What it takes for an officer to carry a high-powered rifle on duty – “We surveyed some local police departments, and several say that after recent high profile violent incidents – including the July 7 murders of five police officers in Dallas – demand for heavier weapons by patrol officers has jumped. “Our department has probably tripled the amount of rifle classes we’ve started putting on for our officers,” said Officer Todd Witherspoon, Grand Prairie police range master and firearms instructor. Fort Worth, Dallas, Irving and Garland also report increased interest among officers for AR-15s.” Well yes. If you were a Dallas cop, you’d be interested in carrying a rilfe, too after the July Black Lives Matter hijinks.
Thanks, Chicago: New Analysis: Overall Crime Rate Holds Steady in 2016 – “Overall crime rates in 2016 are projected to be nearly the same as last year, with crime remaining at an all-time low, according to a new Brennan Center analysis. The report — released in the Center’s ‘Election 2016 Controversies‘ series — presents data from the 30 largest cities in the United States analyzed by a team of economics and policy researchers. The findings undercut media reports referring to crime as ‘out of control,’ though they do call attention to increased violence in some cities, specifically Chicago.” Not to mention Baltimore and D.C.
OMG! A kid! Twirling a rifle! OMG! Marching Band Member Practicing Rifle Toss Before School Mistaken for Armed Man – “At 6:06 a.m. a concerned citizen driving on their way to work called police, informing authorities that a male subject wearing blue jeans and a plaid shirt was “twirling” a rifle and playing with it. The call came in as a “Man With a Gun,” and Waukesha police responded to this call as they would in any situation — sincerely, and under oath to protect the lives of the people they serve.”
Another man of God for civilian disarmament…oy: Faith-based advocacy group mounts statewide campaign against campus carry – “A faith-based group is mobilizing in hopes of overturning the Kansas law that will allow campus carry of concealed weapons beginning next summer. Lawrence-based Kansas Interfaith Action representatives are visiting state universities to increase awareness of the issue, recruit activists and raise money this semester, according to Rabbi Moti Rieber, Kansas Interfaith Action executive director. The group plans to lobby the Legislature to change the law once representatives return to session next semester.”
Another hand-wringing, conflicted lefty cri de coeur about kids’ toys: My sons like playing guns: An American confession – “Watching my two little boys open their gifts in the idyllic glow of Christmas lights, warm, safe and full of life, the answer seemed simple: get rid of all the guns. Pan out further of course, and there was chaos: shredded wrapping paper, kids fighting over toys, Santa’s dirty wine glass. The reality is that the answers to complex problems are never simple. The best I could do was to ensure my kids remained gun-less, gun-shy, and anti gun(g)-ho.”
Bad news for Cody Wilson: 3D-Printed Gun Files Aren’t Fee Speech, Court Rules – “(W)e now live in a world where the files to print a gun exist, and people have indeed printed guns. Is this an activity the constitution protects? Decidedly no, according to a ruling handed down earlier this week from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The case, Defense Distributed v. United States Department of State, goes back to the creation of the first 3D printing of a gun, by the activist group Defense Distributed, in May, 2013.”
Is any other segment of the gun biz hotter than suppressors?