This video is a couple years old, but it’s pretty awesome. Watch this kid, reportedly twelve years old at the time, attack a would-be robber in a jewelry store. As soon as he saw the gun he went for it, without hesitation. How many of us would react that quickly in the same situation? . . .
A few days after Newtown, Templar Sports opened its doors in Los Gatos, CA (a suburb of San Jose). (Some) residents were aghast at the nerve of the shop daring to sell guns and other scary things so soon after such a horrible tragedy. The local pearl-clutchers loudly declared that “This aggression will not stand, man” and last week, the Town Council passed a new ordinance regarding gun shops. The Council deigns to let gun vendors in town, provided they get an annually renewing permit, and that they confine their places of operation to areas at least 250 feet away from youth-oriented businesses, schools, day care centers, government buildings, churches, parks and trails. That restriction means the Council will magnanimously permit gun vendors to operate at precisely three locations within the city limits, one of which is across the street from, but does not include, Templar Sports’ current location. The Council also showed generosity beyond the realm of comprehension by agreeing to give Templar four years to become compliant by either losing the guns or moving.
The Baltimore Sun notes, without hysterics, that even in Maryland, with gun laws much stricter than those of Virginia, Aaron Alexis would still have been able to get a shotgun cash-and-carry on the same day. The strict laws about background checks, waiting periods and purchase limits in Maryland do not apply to shotguns and “traditional rifles,” and neither does the one-gun-a-month limit. Even the sweeping new gun legislation set to go into effect October 1 would not have stopped Alexis’ gun purchase. Careful there, now. You’re coming perilously close to reporting that all these laws do very little to keep you safe.
Obama gloats as Kerry signs U.N. Arms Trade Treaty… bearingarms.com captioned this better than I ever could, and notes that “this treaty does not apparently include weapons provided by the Obama Adminstration to Mexican drug cartels, Libyan terrorists, or Syrian “freedom fighters” aligned with al Qaeda.”
Texas state law requires people to identify themselves to police only if they are legally arrested. But a new Fort Hood policy requires soldiers to show their ID to law enforcement whenever they are asked to do so by authorities. The policy comes after recent incidents in which soldiers openly carrying long guns were asked by police to show identification and they refused. The memo cites as the basis for the Fort Hood policy “a growing trend of soldiers assigned to Fort Hood openly carrying firearms in private business establishments in the greater local area in an attempt to publicly assert their Second Amendment right.” Because guns. [h/t: Mike R.]
For the second time in less than a week, TSA officials at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport outside of Baltimore confiscated a stun gun from a passenger’s carry-on bag. The passenger was allowed to continue on with her flight after being issued a criminal citation. I guess it’s at least good that they’re not really hammering people for stuff like this anymore, but it’d be better if it’d all just go away.
And finally, I’m about over the whole Starbucks thing, but this was a little amusing.