A pair of right-wing groups, Washington Three Percenters and Patriot Prayer, held a “Liberty or Death” pro-gun rally in Seattle Saturday, but were met with counterprotesters from several liberal and anti-fascist groups.
The competing rallies, divided by metal barriers and police officers, were largely peaceful, but there were some scuffles, leading to three arrests and one conservative protester injured.
The pro-gun groups billed their event as a “rally against left-wing violence.” In particular, it was meant to oppose Initiative 1639, a proposed ballot initiative to expand a number of gun control measures, including enhanced age requirements, background checks, waiting periods, and training in order to obtain semiautomatic rifles, as well as requirements that gunowners properly secure their firearms in their homes. The conservative protesters called Initiative 1639 “illegal and unconstitutional.”
He thinks universal background checks and an “assault weapons” ban represent Montana values . . .
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Sunday said he would support a ban on semiautomatic weapons — the strongest stance the Democratic governor has taken on gun control as he weighs a possible run for the 2020 presidential election.
Bullock told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” that firearm owners and those who want more gun control have the same goal: keeping their families safe.
“If we really step back for a minute, I think most folks that live in Montana and elsewhere that are firearm owners want to keep themselves and their families safe. It’s not unlike folks who say that all these school tragedies and everything that’s been happening,” he said.
“What do they really want? Those same values.”
Due, where’s my kegger? . . .
A Summer Street resident had called police saying an unknown man had entered their home.
The caller said she and her partner encountered the man parked in a vehicle on Summer Street and her partner fired his gun at the vehicle as it fled.
After detectives arrived on the scene, the initial investigation showed a juvenile man entered the home after receiving an invitation by social media for a party but had the wrong address.
No one was injured, police said.
A police force in a Minneapolis suburb is outfitting its officers with cameras mounted on their handguns amid calls for more transparency in police shootings.
The West Hennepin County Safety Department says the $7,200 cameras are significantly less expensive than body cameras. The Star Tribune reports that the department tested the weapon-mounted cameras over the past year as part of a pilot project.
The 3-inch (76-millimeter) long camera sits in front of the trigger and includes a flashlight. The camera activates as an officer draws their gun from its holster.
That should work well . . .
Swedish police have revealed that they will offer young women wristbands with the slogan “POLICEAVSPÄRRAT #tafsainte” [Police cordon, don’t grope] in Swedish, to prevent sexual assaults.
“By wearing these wristbands, young women will be able to make a stand. No one should have to accept sexual molestation. So do not grope. And if you are groped, report it to the police,” Police Chief Dan Eliasson said, according to the press release.
He added that the main goal of the step is to “draw attention to the issue [of sexual assault], and urge those affected to report.”
“We’re hoping mainly that this will get boys to think twice. A lot of them don’t seem to realize that this is a crime,” Eliasson told news agency TT.
He also described types of attacks that “many young people recognize too well.” This could include “a hand tucked between the legs”, “a hug from behind in the crush at a club or festival”, and “one person holding somebody while another grabs their breasts.”
Teenage shooter Manu Bhaker said she’s told her parents not to accompany her to tournaments abroad as she struggles to adapt to life as one of India’s best known sportswomen.
The 16-year-old has brought home World Cup and Commonwealth Games gold medals this year in a sudden rise to fame, and is one of the favourites at the Asian Games in Indonesia.
But she is finding that success comes at a price, with a tough training schedule and a restrictive lifestyle that means less time with friends and a one-hour daily time limit for using her mobile phone.
Bhaker said she had resorted to banning her parents from her overseas trips as she tries to carve out a slice of freedom.
— #Q13FOX (@Q13FOX) August 19, 2018
‘Liberty or Death’ #gunrights rally draws counter-protesters, forcing police to keep the peace
A man who was protesting with #PatriotPrayer and other groups supporting gun rights is treated for an injury during a rally and counter-protest in Seattle, https://t.co/MUFO5bH4PW pic.twitter.com/f9n05AL3Cj
— Washington News Line (@WashNewsLine) August 19, 2018
.@SeattlePD reports three arrests, one person with minor injuries, as a result of rally and counter-protest around Seattle City Hall today. Rally sponsored by Washington Three Percent celebrated recent court defeat for @yeson1639, many present carried guns. @KUOW pic.twitter.com/s5XgJl7Xe6
— Amy Radil at KUOW (@AmyRadil) August 19, 2018