Did anyone expect anything different? . . . Gun control advocates push for more control almost immediately after GOP congressmen targeted – “House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), a congressional staffer and two Capitol Police officers were shot early Wednesday morning when a lone gunman opened fire on Republican congressman practicing for the annual congressional baseball game. And it took just a little more than an hour after news of the shooting broke for one political commentator to begin politicizing the brazen attack.”
As Saul Alinsky advised, (s)he who controls the language controls the masses . . . Dem Congresswoman to Activists: Don’t Say ‘Control’ When Talking Gun Laws –
Esty explained that she ‘never’ uses the term ‘gun control,’ adding that ‘government control’ has not worked out well for the LBGTQ community.
“I’d never say gun control, never ever, ever say that. Do you want the government taking control of your life, anybody in this room? For my brother and his husband – they don’t want control by government of their lives, that’s not been a good thing for the LGBTQ community, much of any of us as Americans we don’t want government control of our lives,” she said. “We want the respect and rights and privileges and responsibilities of every other American.”
“That’s what we want, right? That’s what we want and so that’s why we really should be talking about gun safety.”
IPSC competition tragedy . . . Vancouver man dies after shooting himself during Kamloops pistol contest –
In an extremely unusual tragedy, a man fatally shot himself by accident during a pistol competition in Kamloops on Sunday. The 50-year-old Vancouver man died shortly after arriving at the hospital in Kamloops. “It’s rarer than getting hit by lightning, you got ‘er,” said Jim Sloper, president of the 132-year-old Kamloops Target Sports Association.
“I’ve competed around the world and I’ve never come across it. Injuries are unheard of, let alone fatal shootings” The man, whose identity hasn’t been released, was taking part in a regional qualifying pistol competition for the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) provincials when he lost control of his handgun and accidentally shot himself in the torso, RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said.
He likely tried to catch the gun.
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When will the angry left admit they have a violence problem? . . . When Will the GOP Admit We Have a Gun Problem? –
Today’s shooting, like so many others that have preceded it, is a tragedy. But it is no longer a rarity. Sick as it is to admit, a gunman attacking a soft target—a movie theater, an elementary school, a nightclub, and now a baseball practice—is Wednesday in America.
And today we’ll repeat the same vicious cycle that we’ve performed many times in the past: Elected officials will release statements of sympathy and support. News outlets will ponder the sad statistics (as of today, there have been 154 mass shootings in the last 165 days) and Virginia’s lax gun laws, which require no background checks, no licensing or registration, nor permits required for open carry of handguns. Open carry is the law of the land there.
“Guns: The Album.” We can hardly wait . . .
“Guns is an attempt at making a contentious conversation more accessible, more specific — and by using music as our medium, we hope more infectious,” said Molinaro. “Our objective was to tap into these firearm fueled conversations from all angles, without limiting the genre or story elements. We used performers whom some may recognize, but built it mostly of those they may not. We were only inclusive of authentic talent and truly passionate people. It’s a new kind of listening experience that rallies for a reason.”
Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican who witnessed the shooting and attended to Scalise by using his own belt as a tourniquet while waiting for medics to arrive, answered a question on gun control later that morning.
Reporter Sam Sweeney of ABC7 asked Brooks, “Congressman, does this change your views on the gun situation in America?” His answer (as first transcribed and posted by Lachlan Markay of the Daily Beast) was more than a simple ‘no.’”
Why would the actions of one twisted, violent individual affect his support of an enumerated civil right?
Progress reining in the administrative state? . . . The NRA Racks Up Wins in Congress. The ATF Wants to Give It More –
The unusual ATF white paper was written by Ronald Turk, a career official with the title associate deputy director. In the absence of a Senate-approved director, he serves as the chief operating officer at the 5,000-person agency.
“In an introduction, he described the memo as providing the new administration with options ‘to reduce or modify regulations.’ Those options include loosening oversight of gun dealers who sell multiple firearms that turn up at crime scenes and studying the elimination of the ban on importing AK-47 and AR-15 military-style, large-capacity rifles.
“Another option Turk discussed was making it easier for dealers to operate exclusively at guns shows or via the internet.”
You may remember Agent Turk from his conversation with Rep. Jason Chaffetz earlier this year.
Fears of more calls for gun control result in . . . Gun stocks jump after shooting at congressional baseball practice –
Gun stocks rallied on Wednesday after a top Republican congressman and several other people were shot during baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. … Sturm Ruger and American Outdoor Brands reversed their gains within an hour of the market open. ShotSpotter, a maker of gunshot detection software, went public on June 8 and reached an all-time high during the rally.
Oops! And the crowd goes mild!