In a battle of crazy conspiracy theorists who think everything is an Illuminati plot, far right — I mean really far right — radio show host Rick Wiles is attacking Alex Jones for helping promote a rally of armed gun owners marching on Washington, DC scheduled for July 4.
Trunews radio host Rick Wiles today denounced the upcoming Open Carry March on Washington scheduled for July 4, 2013. The march is organized by Adam Kokesh. Participants are urged to carry loaded firearms to Washington and walk across the Memorial Bridge in a show of defiance against demands by the Obama Administration to the Congress to pass stricter gun control laws…
“This call for citizens to march with loaded firearms across the Memorial Bridge is highly irresponsible and dangerous,” said Wiles. “No responsible citizen should participate in an event that has a high risk of ending in a violent shootout with federal law enforcement officers. This proposed march borders on being an incitement to instigate an armed mob.”
In the wake of the Newtown massacre in December, lawmakers in nearly every state in the nation have introduced gun legislation, either to strengthen gun controls or push back against them. There has also been a flurry of activity in local jurisdictions. Some of the proposals fall into the category of reasonable policy ideas, while others just seem to fire wildly, in both political directions. Here are 10 of them:
Glocks and gimlets: Allowing guns in bars has become something of a trend lately. A bill introduced in South Carolina would legalize concealed carry in bars and void the current law punishing the same with a fine of up to $2,000 or three years in jail. Gun owners would be required to remain sober, but the prospect of patrons packing heat in places where alcohol and attitudes mix remains worrisome, especially as self-defense laws grow increasingly lax. Another bill awaiting approval from the state senate in Georgia would allow guns in bars and churches.
K-12 teachers packing heat: Never mind that recently armed guards in schools have forgotten their guns in restrooms and fired them by mistake: Lawmakers in at least six states have pushed bills since Newtown to allow K-12 teachers to carry guns. A few school districts around the country already allow teachers to carry them; in early March, South Dakota became the first state to sign into law a bill explicitly giving all its teachers the right to do so.
Just like George Killerman, another blood thirsty asshole from Florida armed himself, got out of his truck, and shot an innocent person:
A man walking his dog was shot in the leg by a disgruntled motorist when the animal lurched into the road, forcing a pickup to stop.
St. Petersburg police are searching for a man who shot Peter Harbachuk, 46, on Friday after his dog got off its leash.
The 4-year-old dog wiggled her way out of the leash and jolted across the road near 88th Avenue North and Seventh Street North, running out in front of a dark pickup truck.
The truck stopped, and a woman got out and yelled at the couple, St. Petersburg police said.
Minutes later, the woman got back in the truck and a man stepped out. He had a gun.
“Some dude hopped out and he pointed a gun toward my head,” Harbachuk said. “I said, ‘Hey. This doesn’t have to go down like this.’”
The man lowered the gun a bit, closed his eyes and squeezed the trigger, he said. He and the woman quickly sped away, and police and paramedics arrived soon after.
Police said the man is 30 to 35 years old, about 5-foot, 10-inches tall, about 200 pounds, clean-shaven and muscular. The woman is 25 to 30 years old, about 5-foot, 5-inches tall, petite and has short, brown hair. [comment: no description of race/skin color is provided]
It’s only a matter of time before the gun fetishists/apologists blame video games, bath salts, Hollywood, Union Thugs, Obama, Benghazi, etc. In the world according to gun fetishists/apologists, gun owners are “law abiding” up to the point where they shoot someone and then they are “crazy”.
All Around Pizza, in Virginia Beach, VA, only employs gun-carrying delivery drivers - and is now offering firearms owners a 15 per cent discount off their food bill.
The idea came to owner Jay Laze after he saw a similar incentive being touted by a Utah frozen yogurt store.
“All they have to do is show me that they’re carrying a weapon or they can show me their concealed weapons permit and they can get the discount”
Aiming to make his business a favorite target (get it?? …”TARGET”!?!!! har har har, Derp) for sharp shooters, he said the plan was a “unique way” to demonstrate his support for the Second Amendment.
“I actually hire delivery drivers that do carry openly.”
I’m sure teatards around the country are now currently placing orders to ‘All Around Pizza’ to show their support for their fellow gunnut/pizza guy. I’m guessing the owner will now make no fewer than 3 appearances on Faux over the next week.
A sane person might argue that the president and his family require special protection because they face threats the rest of us don’t. But the NRA and many of its most fervent supporters don’t see it that way. As far as they’re concerned, all of us are just as threatened as the person in the Oval Office. The fact that you’re an ordinary person and not the leader of the most powerful nation on Earth doesn’t mean you haven’t already been targeted by an al Qaeda death squad or a murderous drug gang, so you’d better be prepared, not just with a gun but with an entire arsenal of military-style weaponry.
But the real threat in the fantasy world some gun owners have spun inside their heads isn’t terrorists. You know the people I’m talking about: the “doomsday preppers,” the angry tea partiers talking about “watering the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants,” the folks who can’t talk about guns for 30 seconds without bringing up Hitler (who, for what it’s worth, didn’t actually disarm the German people, as so many gun advocates believe). What’s important isn’t just that these folks are paranoid, it’s who they’re paranoid about: the United States government.
Take, for one vivid example, James Yeager, the CEO of a Tennessee company called Tactical Response. In response to the prospect of stricter gun laws, he posted a YouTube video saying, “If that happens, it’s gonna spark a civil war, and I’ll be glad to fire the first shot. … I’m not letting my country be ruled by a dictator. I’m not letting anybody take my guns. If it goes one inch further, I’m gonna start killing people.”
Massachusetts can require gun owners to either lock their firearms or render them inoperable to unauthorized users, the state’s high court ruled.
John McGowan was charged with violating the gun storage ban in October 2008. He had an argument with his female roommate over $10. She grabbed his loaded Smith and Wesson .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun and threw it into the neighbors’ bushes.
When McGowan left the house to retrieve the gun, his roommate locked him out. He called the police, who ended up arresting him on a charge of violating the gun-storage law.
McGowan challenged the constitutionality of the law, and the motion judge referred the case to the Massachusetts Court of Appeals. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts then took the case over and upheld the law Tuesday.
“Even though the obligation to secure a firearm in [the law] applies only where the gun owner chooses not to carry a firearm or keep it under his immediate control, the defendant suggests that the brief period of delay needed to unlock a secure storage container or trigger lock suffices to render this requirement in violation of the Second Amendment’s right to self-defense in the home,” Justice Ralph Gants wrote for the seven-member panel. “We disagree.”
More: Courthouse News Service
I AM a New England liberal, born and bred. I have lived most of my life in the Northeast — Boston, New York and Philadelphia — and my politics are devoutly Democratic. In three decades, I have voted for a Republican exactly once, holding my nose, in a mayoral election in which the Democratic candidate seemed mentally unbalanced.
I am also a Texas resident and a gun owner.
I can relate to this op-ed quite well. Not all gun owners are conservative. Not all gun owners are nuts. Not all gun owners keep our guns in the closet. And so on.
Point out the nuts and laugh, but please use an appropriately sized brush when you paint them…
A New York newspaper this week said that it would hire armed guards because it was sent ‘suspicious white powder’ after publishing the names and addresses of gun owners in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties last month.
White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong said his department would investigate if the incident was related to a map of pistol permit holders that was published after the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
‘That would only be conjecture on my part right now,’ Chong said. ‘We’ll investigate this as we would any similar threat.’
New York State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King, however, told CNN on Thursday that there was no way a gun owner would have threatened the paper.
“Your assuming that the powder and the threats came from us, I don’t believe that they did,” King explained. “I think that whoever perpetrated that should be found and should be prosecuted. But what I’m saying is, I don’t think you’ll find it’s anyone from the gun community that did it.”
The Rockland County Times reported on Monday that The Journal News had hired armed security guards after receiving an alarming amount of “negative correspondence” by email and phone.
To make matters worse, blogger Christopher Fountain retaliated against the paper by publishing the names and home addresses of Journal News staff. That information was seen by thousands after popular conservative blogger Instapundit linked to the post.
And yet we shouldn’t be concerned about firearm ownership in this country when the gun fetishists are resorting to threats and terrorist activities?
If you have a history of bar fights and domestic violence, you probably shouldn’t have a gun. If you’ve tried suicide in the past, you probably shouldn’t have a gun. I’m sure that some of you can think of other reasonable restrictions and limits.
On July 20, a gunman in Aurora, Colorado, used an assault rifle to murder 12 people and wound 58 others. Although this was one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, all mass shootings account for a small percentage of gun violence that occurs in the U.S. every day. In the past 100 days since the Aurora shooting, an estimated 3,035 Americans have died as a result of gun violence.
A new report by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health examines policies and initiatives for reducing gun violence in the U.S. by reforming current gun policies. The report, a synthesis of prior research and analysis conducted by researchers with the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, includes the following key findings:
Easy access to firearms with large-capacity magazines facilitates higher casualties in mass shootings.
“Right-to-carry” gun laws do not reduce violent crime.
Prohibiting high-risk groups from having guns-criminals, perpetrators of domestic violence, youths under age 21, substance abusers, and those with severe mental illnesses-and closing loopholes that enable them to have guns are integral and politically feasible steps to reduce gun violence.
“Mass shootings bring public attention to the exceptionally high rate of gun violence in the U.S., but policy discussions rarely focus on preventing the daily gun violence that results in an average of 30 lives lost every day,” said Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and lead author of the report. “Addressing weaknesses in existing gun laws by expanding prohibitions for criminals, perpetrators of domestic violence, youth, and drug abusers, and closing the loopholes that allow prohibited persons to obtain guns can be effective strategies to reduce gun violence. It is important to note that making these changes to our gun laws would not disarm law-abiding adults.”
According to the report, guns were used to kill more than 31,000 people in 2010, including more than 11,000 homicides. The homicide rate in the U.S. is seven times higher than the average of all other high-income countries because the U.S. firearm homicide rates are 22 times higher. A 2012 study examined the direct and indirect costs of violent crime in eight geographically diverse U.S. cities, and found that the annual cost of violent crime averages more than $1,300 for every adult and child.
The authors point to numerous weaknesses in current gun laws in the U.S., which make it harder to keep guns from high-risk individuals. For example, compared to other age groups, 18- to 20- year-olds are the most likely to commit homicides, yet only five out of 50 states prohibit this age group from possessing handguns. Additionally, the report identifies several federal laws that have been enacted to protect licensed gun sellers from oversight and reduce sanctions for law violations, and a key loophole that exempts gun purchasers from background checks if they buy guns from private sellers.
The report cites studies which found that fixing lax gun laws reduces gun violence and associated costs. When states expand firearm prohibitions to high-risk groups and adopt comprehensive measures to prevent diversion of guns to prohibited persons, fewer guns are diverted to criminals and there is less violence.
While some polls indicate declining public support for stricter gun laws, Webster cautions against inferring that the majority of the U.S. public doesn’t want lawmakers to fix weaknesses in current laws.
“Many people don’t realize that, in most states, individuals convicted of violent misdemeanors, and those who were previously subject to court-issued restraining orders for domestic violence, or who have a serious history of mental illness or substance abuse, can legally possess firearms,” said Webster. “Federal gun laws allow private gun sellers to sell their guns with no questions asked of purchasers or proof that the purchaser has passed a criminal background check. Survey research shows that 82 percent of gun owners want that loophole fixed.”
Earlier this week I suggested that America’s gun owners have often been let down by the leadership of the gun-rights movement. I don’t know if that has ever been more obvious than it is today.
The press conference - well, a statement really, since there were no questions permitted - held by the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre is quite extraordinary. Reading the transcript I thought at first that it must be a parody written by gun-control activists determined to discredit the National Rifle Association. Turns out there’s no need to attempt that, not when the NRA is prepared to do the job itself.
I don’t know if I can recall a performance quite as stupid, bone-headed, ill-judged, morally obtuse, tone-deaf, politically obnoxious and emotionally unintelligent as this. Heckuva job, NRA.