As RF highlighted earlier today, Former Rep. Gabby Giffords and hubby Mark Kelly kicked off their “Rights and Responsibilities” road show by visiting a pistol range in Las Vegas. But before hitting the road, Mr.
Giffords Kelly stopped by CNN to let the media know what they’re doing. When asked point blank if “any of those steps [in his gun control plan] would have stopped what happened in [insert site of shooting here]” he said that, “maybe, absolutely” they quite possibly could have perhaps made a difference. He wants to expand background checks and make sure that the mentally ill are included in the NICS system. I wonder if that would extend to those with brain damage who can hardly point a gun to fire it? (Oh no he di’n’t!) Continuing in the background . . .
The Washington Times reports that a survey done by the National Shooting Sports Foundation shows that “almost all first-time gun purchases in 2012 were made at retailers or other venues where background checks are required.” Only seven percent of first-time buyers bought their guns at gun shows, and about seven percent purchased them from friends or family. Of course they also point out that “other analysts” say “less than half of the people who own military-style, semi-automatic rifles — akin to the kinds used in mass shootings in recent years — buy them from the retailers who are subject to background checks.”
Today, gun rights advocates marched to the National Mall from Arlington, Virginia with their guns in plain view. No, this wasn’t the resurrection of Adam Kokesh’s defunct Open Carry March. This was the Toy Gun March, and everyone carried “toy pistols with orange tips, water guns, Nerf guns and ‘anything peaceful.'” Organizer Austin Peterson said the goal was “to show people that we’re respectful, and that we are responsible gun owners.” It was planned as a kid-friendly event with face painting and a watergun battle. They also protested the harsh punishments doled out by some school districts to kids playing with toy guns (or eating Pop-Tarts the wrong way).
On July 13, the Maine Republican Party will combine a fundraiser with concealed handgun permit training. According to a press release from the GOP, the intent of the event is “to celebrate Republican success in protecting the privacy of Maine concealed carry permit holders.” The event includes breakfast, lunch, an “official concealed carry permit class” and a reception that evening. Total cost: $185. If you don’t want to attend the reception you’ll pay $150. But if you just want to attend the reception only, it’ll be $50. It doesn’t say who they’re receiving.
California Representative Jackie Speier is promoting a bill (H.R. 2566 – “Modernized Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act of 2013”) that will change the definition of “armor piercing” and could basically ban most of the ammo used in rifles. She claims that her bill will help protect police and other first responders. The text of the bill isn’t available for public release yet, but a key provision seems to be that it addresses bullets that can pierce the thinner body armor worn by first responders instead of the thicker armor worn by SWAT members – which includes most rifle ammunition. We have to wait until she releases it to see if she’s actually going to go that far, or stops at SWAT-style armor.
Rep. Speier has also introduced the “Child Handgun Safety Act” (H.R. 65) which “would require that all handguns manufactured, sold in, or imported into the United States to incorporate technology that precludes the average 5-year-old child from operating a handgun when it is ready to fire.” It “would also require any handgun sold, offered for sale, traded, transferred, shipped, leased, or distributed in the U.S. two years after enactment to be child-resistant or retrofitted with a child-resistant mechanism.” As you can imagine, the Brady Bunch is all over this one.
Finally, the CCRKBA gleefully reports that “CNN’s Piers Morgan pulled in the fewest viewers last month since he replaced Larry King in January 2011” while “gun sales continue to hit new highs.” Chairman Alan Gottlieb observed, “…that it was privately-owned firearms in the hands of American citizens that sent his ancestors packing back to England 232 years ago, which is why we have an Independence Day in this country.” If Mr. Morgan had any comments, so far he has kept them to himself.
On that note, have a Happy Independence Day holiday!