And that’s just the way they want it . . .
Seattle passed a law Monday requiring gun owners to store firearms unloaded and in a secured container.
CB119266 was passed unanimously by the Seattle City Council and makes it a civil infraction to keep firearms unlocked or loaded while not under control of the owner, imposing a fine of up to $500.
Violating the ordinance can result in even higher penalties, up to $1,000, if the firearm is accessible to a minor or an “at-risk” person. It can incur penalties of up to $10,000 if a minor, “at-risk” person or prohibited possessor obtains the firearm and uses it to harm oneself or another.
“Seattle is unafraid to be a leader and take legislative action on measures to reduce and prevent gun violence,” Durkan continued.
Of course they did . . .
An Army veteran father says State Police tried to confiscate his firearms without a court order or warrant just because his son was overheard discussing school shooting news with a classmate.
Police said their visit was sparked by a conversation that Leonard Cottrell Jr.’s 13-year-old son had had with another student at school. Cottrell said he was told his son and the other student were discussing security being lax at Millstone Middle School.
The conversation was overheard by another student, who went home and told his parents. Those parents then contacted the school, which contacted the State Police, according to Cottrell.
Really, Academy? Tell us this is #fakenews . . .
Crouch and another employee tackled White at the exit doors. White had a .40-caliber handgun, a stolen backpack with five boxes of ammunition and two magazines for a Glock handgun, according to the Democrat. Tallahassee police said White had also stolen two guns from a pawn shop hours earlier, according to the Democrat.
“He repeatedly said ‘I stole and I admit to it’ and ‘I will steal again when I get out of jail,’” investigators said, according to the Democrat.
Academy Sports could not comment on specific personnel but said Crouch’s termination was handled in accordance with its policy, according to the Democrat. It is unclear if the other employee was also fired.
That’s probably because he sees the First and Second Amendments as equally important constitutional rights. . .
“In Heller, the Supreme Court held that handguns—the vast majority of which today are semi-automatic—are Constitutionally protected because they have not traditionally been banned and are in common use by law-abiding citizens,” (Kavanaugh) wrote. “There is no meaningful or persuasive constitutional distinction between semiautomatic handguns and semiautomatic rifles.”
As The Daily Beast noted after a previous mass shooting, a distinction between semi-automatic handguns and assault rifles is established by a law of another kind, this one a general law of physics:
Kinetic energy (K.E.) equals one half the mass (M) of an object times the square of the velocity (V). Kinetic energy—which is measured in Joules—increases exponentially with velocity.
Today I got fitted for my personal bullet proof vest, equipped w ceramic plates to stop rifle rounds like an AR-15. Salesman assured me “These will stop everything but armor piercing bullets.” I’m a f’ng #FireFighter! When is enough, enough? I’ll be donating to @MomsDemand today!
— Kurt Becker (@becker_kurt) July 6, 2018
Kurt Becker, a Clayton firefighter and union leader, never expected to join a group of moms advocating for gun law reforms. But while he was getting fitted for new body armor designed to protect him from semiautomatic gun fire, he hit a turning point.
He tweeted, in part: “Salesman assured me “These will stop everything but armor piercing bullets.” I’m a f’ng #FireFighter! When is enough, enough? I’ll be donating to @MomsDemand today!”
The tweet has gotten more than 30,000 likes.
Becker said new safety guidelines require fire departments that respond to mass shootings to update their personal safety equipment. Firefighters wait until law enforcement have done a first wave sweep in an active shooting incident, Becker said. Then, first responders go in to find, treat and extract patients, he said. They still face a personal security threat.
The government should be afraid of the people, not the other way around . . .
She’s apparently willing to step outside ideological respectability as well. Cardi B, the first female solo hip hop artist to earn two number-one Billboard singles, says this to reporter Vanessa Grigoriadis:
“God forbid, the government tries to take us over, and we can’t defend ourselves because we don’t have no weapons.” She adds, “How do you think American colonizers went to Africa and it was so easy for them to get those people? Because they had guns. No matter what weapon you have, you can’t beat a gun.” She shrugs. “They have weapons like nuclear bombs that we don’t have. So imagine us not having any weapons at all.”
Even many defenders of gun rights find it less than politically expedient to emphasize the Second Amendment’s value in resisting government’s depredations, though it was one of the major reasons we have it in the first place. Still, Vox gave space to gun rights scholar David Kopel back in 2016 to preemptively explain why Cardi B isn’t being as outrageous as some might think.
As Kopel explains, “The Second Amendment does not create a right of revolution against tyranny. That inherent right is universal.” He points out that even the United Nations acknowledges this in its Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But by barring the government from disarming the people, the Second Amendment does “reinforce the rule of law and anti-tyranny structure of the US Constitution.”