REMINDER: The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting. That is all . . .
Arguably one of the rights that has seen less government encroachment in the US — in contrast to other activities such as commerce — gun rights are now witnessing unprecedented attacks at the state level and even from politically-connected corporate entities.
Although gun control laws are not created equally in terms of overall impact, gun confiscation holds a special place in the halls of political repression. A trip down memory lane will give us a refresher of how gun confiscation has helped consolidate government power.
The French have apparently concluded that more good guys with guns is a good idea. Shannon Watts hardest hit . . .
The municipal police are the local police force for towns and smaller cities in France, and fall under the authority of local mayors. Their main mission is to maintain public safety and resolve minor conflicts, but they have to appeal to the national police in more dangerous situations.
The proposal to arm all local cops is a significant departure for France. The law currently states that municipal police shouldn’t carry guns unless a mayor specifically requests it. According to Le Figaro, just under half of municipal cops currently carry a handgun, up from a quarter just 10 years ago (link in French).
The increased militarization of local police in France is directly linked to the increased threat of terror attacks in the country. In January 2015, after the attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the government gave local police in municipalities nearly 4,000 revolvers (link in French) and, in 2016, passed a decree allowing mayors to equip local police with 9mm semi-automatic pistols. Meanwhile, the French military deployed more than 10,000 soldiers around the country, in what is known as Operation Sentinelle—the French military’s largest operational deployment (link in French). It has become common to see soldiers carrying machine guns near major tourist sites, or along the check-in lines at Charles de Gaulle airport, something that would have been unthinkable not that long ago.
A UK paper is reporting that Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York and billionaire owner of business news network, is planning to running as a Democrat in the 2020 presidential election.
“Mike Bloomberg told me he is going to run in 2020,” a source told The Times. “He has the money to see it through while other candidates knock themselves out.”
Bloomberg, now 76, considered presidential runs in 2008, 2012 and 2016, amid concerns at the time that he might split Democrat votes.
Are they sure this didn’t happen in Florida? Because this really sounds like a story from Florida . . .
A Galveston man is accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend’s cat with a kitchen knife earlier this week and then pinned it on his 4-year-old boy who fired an AK-47 in their home.
Police arrested Mario Salinas, 27, Monday after they say he killed Snowflake the cat and then threatened to kill his girlfriend, The Daily News of Galveston County reported.
According to documents released Friday, a woman called police about 8 a.m. Monday saying her longtime boyfriend had threatened to kill her, the newspaper said.
Of course they have . . .
The state and Hawaii County filed a petition today asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a three-judge panel’s ruling that Hawaii’s legal requirement for getting a license to carry a firearm in public violates the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to bear arms for self-defense.
The three-judge panel of the court handed down a 2-1 opinion in July in the case of a Hilo man’s lawsuit against the state and the Hawaii Police Department. George K. Young Jr. sued in 2012 after then-Hawaii Police Chief Harry Kubojiri twice rejected his application for a license to carry a firearm.
State firearm laws prohibit carrying a firearm in public except to transport it to and from places where it can be purchased and used legally, such as from a gun shop to your home or to the police department for registration. The firearm must be unloaded and in an enclosed container.
Harder to buy Claritin D then a gun. No further comment needed. Just let that sink in. https://t.co/V54WDW4p1E
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) September 10, 2018