Election Warm-up

An ammo background check in California gets slammed by a left-wing publication, Clinton’s “Five-Point Plan” on guns, and Mexico decides to mull expanding gun rights as cartels continue to fight.

1.) California. Basically calling out a competition between California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and state Senator Kevin de Leon to be the “king of gun control (yes, de Leon of “ghost gun” fame), Mother Jones has recommended its readers in the state vote against an initiative calling for background checks on ammo.

2.) Clinton. Gun Owners of America has an article out basically laying down Hillary Clinton’s plans for the Second Amendment should she win in November. It’s basically a hard-left dream list, including expanded background checks, “closing the gun show loophole” (which doesn’t exist), and essentially trying to end the firearms industry.

It’s likely enough to make at least a few people take a risk on Donald Trump. Though polls suggest “a few” isn’t going to be enough.

3.) Washington. Two years after Washington State anti-gun groups (and also national anti-gun groups) got universal background checks hammered through, we now have a single prosecution coming down the pipe. Which means two things. 1.) Opponents made the “problem” look considerably worse than it actually was. 2.) If we’ve only had a single prosecution, and the situation is as bad as the initiative’s supporter’s claim, then the initiative is toothless and was oversold.

Two years. One prosecution. Regardless of the reason, the optics are terrible.

4.) Mexico. All you really need to know is this; Mexico is starting to think that the best solution to the surge in crime in the country is giving people the ability to fight back.

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First off, it must be said. Congrats to my InSov colleague over at This Is The Line on his new job as a columnist for Thunder Roads Louisiana. That’s just awesome.

Tonight on the Run, Clinton’s gun tax, the Sandy Hook case against Remmington is dismissed, and progress in the case of Marine Major Jason Brezler.

1.) Major Brezler. The case of Marine Corps Major Jason Brezler is, in the present context, ridiculous. Maj. Brezler’s career has been in jeopardy after he sent an urgent email through a personal account, warning other Marines of an insider attack (which, sure enough happened not much later). Because of that one email, the Corps has gone after him, and now a judge is ordering the Corps to prove that they aren’t looking to simply retaliate against him after the Major asked for help from his Congressman.

Supporters of Major Brezler note an interesting dichotomy. It is well known (even by the FBI) that Hillary Clinton had an entire server of classified information on it that was mishandled, and she is in the running for President (i.e. yet more classified information), whereas the Major warned other Marines of an attack that happened as he said it would, and he is facing everything from retaliation to having his career ruined. The Clinton case was even cited by the Major’s defense team.

Follow this story if you haven’t been already.

2.) Clinton. We’re finally starting to see a bit of contrast in policy from the Presidential candidates. Wikileaks is helping in this regard with their regular release of hacked emails, including one which has Clinton supporting a twenty-five percent tax on firearms back in 1993. Interestingly, as Ammoland notes, Clinton has never taken her support of such a tax back. She positioned herself as more anti-gun than her former rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

3.) Sandy Hook. There has been a lawsuit essentially blaming firearms manufacturer Remmington for the Sandy Hook shooting in litigation for a while now. This week, that suit was dismissed under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Judge Barbara Bellis stated that the deaths at Sandy Hook were caused “solely by the criminal misuse of a weapon by Adam Lanza” and that Remmington could not be held responsible for his actions. (It’s the same logic that prevents Ford from being sued because a drunk driver killed somebody.)

The suit said Remmington was responsible because they sold “military-style” weapons to untrained civilians. The suit was also filed on the two-year anniversary of the shooting.

So it was almost entirely built on symbolism and an agenda.

4.) Muskets. The NRA has decided to put the “the Second Amendment only covers muskets” talking point under the microscope in a new blog entry. It is a long and extremely detailed read, although if you are looking for more I continue to recommend The Founders’ Second Amendment by Stephen Halbrook.

Regardless, and particularly with the election approaching fast….
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Expansion of background checks at the next debate, and an Officer is paralyzed by fear of public scrutiny and is severely injured as a result. Plus, in the lead-up to Hurricane Matthew, a new gun law allowed people to carry without a permit. CJ Grisham’s “A Soldier’s Perspective” also makes a guest appearance tonight as the Open Carry Texas founder returns to blogging full-time in place of Facebook.

1.) UBCs. The gun debate is going to be center-stage (alongside the recent controversies) at the upcoming Presidential debate. Apparently the questions for the second debate are being crowdsourced, and whether or not the candidates support expanded (i.e. “universal”) background checks has gotten a LOT of social media energy as of late.

The Brady Campaign’s Dan Gross said in a statement that “as the number one question on voters’ minds, each candidate must be held to an answer on expanding Brady background checks. If Donald Trump and Mike Pence still disagree with 90 percent of Americans and still support arming domestic abusers, felons, and dangerously mentally ill people, they’ll have to explain why in front of the entire country.”

On the subject of felons and guns, CJ Grisham has a great piece out on felons and gun rights. We had discussed the topic here on the Run in 2014’s Debt update, and this one goes into considerably more detail as to why felons should have their rights restored after they have served their sentences.

The debate airs Sunday night.

2.) Florida. Hurricane Matthew dropped by the southeastern US this week. A bill signed last year kicked in when a State of Emergency was issued for the entire state. The law allows firearms to be carried without a permit during SoEs. Additionally, existing state law already prohibited the seizure or confiscation of weapons during an emergency.

Very forward thinking crew down in Florida.

3.) Officers. Headline: Report: Officer Didn’t Shoot Attacker Over Fear of National Scrutiny.

Well done, outrage brigade.

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Grab Bag: Oct 2016

The Libertarian Party ticket just can’t keep their foots out of their mouths, a new report on LEOs abusing access to databases, and a gun group in North Carolina holds a raffle for an AR and a picture of Clinton.

1.) Johnson/Weld. At this point, the Libertarian Ticket is, like the other two parties, their own worst enemy. Whether it’s Johnson blanking on foreign leaders, or Weld saying Clinton is most qualified.

2.) Police databases. A new report by the AP suggests law enforcement across the country are using their access to databases for activities other than investigations. Some for revenge, some out of curiosity, some basically becoming stalkers.

It’s both an interesting read and more than a little unnerving.

3.) Raffle. Grass Roots North Carolina is hosting a raffle involving an AR-15, ammo….and a picture of Hillary Clinton. They don’t explicitly say what to do with the photo, but note that “when we ran a picture of Hillary on the front of our newsletter, we heard it was very popular at the range.”

So far, I haven’t seen much about it being interpreted as anything other than a political stunt. But it is a fairly passive-aggressive hint at what they want you to do with it.

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This week, a look at a few different angles on the Charlotte protests. Not necessarily the case itself, but what is happening as a result.

In other words, riots. This week, the inevitable surge in gun sales, a dispatch from STRATFOR from the London riots of 2011, and how the protests are anything but a reflection of local opinion on the matter.

Interestingly, a similar police-involved shooting occurred in Tulsa, although the officer has been charged. We haven’t seen much in the way of protests there.

1.) Firearms. There’s a meme going around right now about “roof Koreans.” The memes are a direct reference to how many Korean-Americans during the Los Angeles riots took guarding their storefronts/livelihoods into their own hands, generally by way of arming themselves.

The meme has seen an uptick recently because of the riots in Charlotte and the self-defense buying spree the riots have caused.

In other words, with the breakdown in order, and with the police overwhelmed (and in some cases actively targeted), many have decided that the best solution to their safety is to get an equalizer.

According to Legal Heat, gun laws in North Carolina are actually very good, including the use of open carry being built into the state’s Consititution. It is clear that many citizens are taking full advantage of that as the city burns around them.

2.) Astroturf. There’s one small issue with the riots in Charlotte: it barely involves the people of Charlotte. According to the police, the overwhelming majority of arrests in the riots are from out-of-state, what the department calls “instigators.”

In other words, the protest is largely made of people who felt the need to insert themselves into the case and cause damage to places they’ve never visited, lived in, or even been aware of. Which probably explains why they can destroy with such abandon; it’s virtually guaranteed that the stuff they are destroying isn’t their’s and they’ll never see it again when the riots subside. The destruction is practically consequence free barring getting arrested.

All of which speaks volumes about those involved.

3.) STRATFOR. It is because riots can apparently happen out of nowhere and with help from out-of-state “instigators” that it is now worth determining what can be done on a practical level. The intelligence firm STRATFOR released an excellent video called “Personal Safety in Riot Situations” back during the London riots. In it, Scott Stewart, STRATFOR’s VP of Tactical Analysis, discusses how to stay ahead of the rioters, monitor communications, and basically prepare yourself should you need to evacuate the area.

Watch the video, study it, and get to determining what you would do in that situation.

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Breaking from guns to cover a bit of news from the 2016 election. Tonight, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein fail to qualify for the Presidential debates, Stein says people should be “persuaded” to disarmed, and the Southeast looks at a gasoline shortage.

1.) Johnson. The two third-party candidates have not been invited to the presidential debates. Over the last few weeks, Johnson’s supporters have shifted from touting his rise in the polls, to calling the 15% threshold in polls “arbitrary.” Johnson released a statement saying he is not surprised, and that “the Commission is a private organization created 30 years ago by the Republican and Democratic parties for the clear purpose of taking control of the only nationally-televised presidential debates voters will see. At the time of its creation, the leaders of those two parties made no effort to hide the fact that they didn’t want any third party intrusions into their shows.”

2.) Stein. When she’s not saying WiFi is dangerous or facing vandalism charges, Jill Stein is also the Presidential candidate for the Green Party. In a recent interview, Stein said that Americans should be “persuaded to disarm. In response to a question of whether confiscation is too extreme, Stein responded

It’d be hard to do that at this point. So, we establish background checks and assault weapons ban as a floor. And we add to that stripping the gun manufacturers of their immunity — so currently they have immunity right now from lawsuits holding them accountable for dangerous weapons, and for putting those weapons in the hands of dangerous people.

In Norway, Norway really moved forward with gun control by persuading people to give up their guns, and in order to do that you need to have the proper things in place. So in Norway, among other countries, police have also demilitarized and go without guns. Not in all areas of Norway, but in many. And, interestingly, in those districts where police are not armed, they are actually safer. It’s not only the public that is safer but the police are safer because they cease to become targets.

I think we need to begin to move in that direction, and I do believe as a society that we need to disarm because we are now an armed garrison state, and everyone is in the crossfire right now — black lives are in the target hairs, and police are also in the target hairs. We’ve become a culture of open carry — not just guns but assault weapons and sniper rifles.

3.) Gas Shortage. Our infrastructure is extremely fragile. This is becoming incredibly clear this week as a gas line in Alabama is leading to shortages in Georgia.

There isn’t much you can do about it, but we are seeing what happens when a major supply chain breaks down. Consider other supply chains you CAN deal with (namely, storing food and water), and prepare yourself should those lines go down, as Atlanta saw in the rush during Winter Storm Leon.

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A couple of updates on law enforcement, plus an anti-gun group discusses “responsible” gun use in the most dangerous manner possible.

1.) “Blue Lives Matter” law. In the wake of high-profile attacks on police, legislation was passed in Louisiana that made attacking an officer/fire/EMS person a hate crime. This law apparently has a wide definition, since the first arrest in which the law was used involved shouting slurs at police officers. Critics of the law have jumped at the charges, with many saying it proves the law was both unnecessary to begin with and would be abused.

2.) Dallas. There is an awesome story from FOX 7 in Austin about a man who was inspired enough by Dallas Police Chief David Brown’s post-shooting “call to serve,” as the network puts it, that he dropped out of college.

After the shootings in Dallas, Chief Brown said that protesters could affect change more directly >by actually getting involved and fixing the problems they see. Applications have surged since then, but it isn’t known how many protesters actually took him up on the offer.

3.) Maine Not unlike that legendary, debatably legal PSA my colleague at This Is The Line covered back in 2014, Bloomberg and Co. are out with a new PSA for “Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership” that features children blasting, for all intents and purposes, randomly in a Forrest among a litany of other safety violations.

Granted, the anti-gun crowd has never been much for actual gun safety. But it might help their cause if they weren’t so obvious about it.

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