That’s what happens when your constitutional rights are constantly threatened . . .
American gun owners in recent years have exhibited higher levels of political participation, not only in voting but in donating money to candidates and contacting elected officials, according to a study by University of Kansas political scientists.
“Part of the reason majority opinions on gun control legislation aren’t turning into policy is that gun owners are a very strong political group who hold a lot of weight and hold a lot of influence despite being a minority in American politics,” said Abbie Vegter, a graduate student in political science.
Vegter is collaborating on the research with KU political science professors Don Haider-Markel and Mark Joslyn. They will present their findings, “Motivated Voices: Gun Ownership and the Propensity for Political Participation,” today, Sept. 2, as part of the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting in Boston.
What could possibly go wrong? . . .
Planned obsolescence is a term usually applied to design and economics and refers to intentionally building a limited lifespan into a product to ensure sales of future versions of the same thing. For example, electronics manufacturers have been accused of putting products on the market for which they have already developed “superior” versions or that cannot effectively run constantly updating operating systems so consumers will quickly be forced to “upgrade.”
Gun control advocates, however, have also adopted this technique to ensure that today’s “solution” to firearm-related violence inevitably tees up tomorrow’s even stricter measure to close the former law’s “loopholes.” As an article this week in USA TODAY demonstrated, even as gun control advocates are pressing for laws to give judges the discretion to order the seizure of guns that people already own, they are already preparing to argue that this is not enough. The next step requires giving bureaucrats the discretion to determine who should own guns in the first place.
The burglary and vandalism raps were one thing, but owning an illegal “assault rifle” was a bridge too far . . .
Moreno Valley school board member Evan Morgan, who was arrested in June on suspicion of burglary and vandalism, has resigned after being arraigned on unrelated charges that he had an illegal assault rifle.
Morgan, 35, resigned effective Tuesday, Aug. 28, according to a Moreno Valley Unified School District statement released Friday, Aug. 31.
Reached by phone Friday morning, Morgan declined to comment, but emailed the following statement:
“It has been my pleasure and a great honor to serve the Moreno Valley community, and especially the District’s students, during my time on the MVUSD Board of Trustees.
“Unfortunately, I believe that the criminal cases filed against me will be a distraction and might impede the important work that must be done to provide Moreno Valley students with the best possible educational opportunities. For that reason, I have resigned my seat on the Board. I am proud of the work I have done, but believe the District will be best served if I step away from this role.
No Aussie media allowed . . .
The complex is packed with families pushing babies in prams and kids who are already learning to shoot targets and hunt with their parents. Attendees pay $12 entry, a stall costs $80 and children under 12 get in free.
But if you’re Australian, you might not be the most popular person at one of these events.
As news.com.au explored the Harrisburg Gun Show, a large man in a neon orange shirt strode up to us. “You guys are gonna have to leave,” organiser Steven Elliott told us, after discovering where we were from.
“I’ve dealt with the Australian people before, they know full well they’re not allowed in any of my shows.”
He said Australians had been “rude” and “ugly” to him at past events, and even alleged media had tried to run him over in a car.
It’s almost as if people don’t appreciate having their rights restricted via diktat . . .
The Massachusetts attorney general’s decision to unilaterally expand the state’s ban of certain semiautomatic firearms is facing a new round of filings in state and federal court this month.
The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) announced on Wednesday a collection of gun-rights groups had filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in Worman v. Healey. That case challenges the decision in the First U.S. Court of Appeals.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announced earlier this month it would be supporting Baystate Firearms and Training, LLC and Downrange, Inc. in their effort to fight the action in state court. The retailers petitioned the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County to have the action invalidated under state law.