Outside of the irony of the same person who let Ray Rice off with a warning and an intervention program going after a woman who carried a gun into the state accidentally as if she committed a vile criminal act (3 years and a felony conviction? Really?) there isn’t much that is worth covering this week. Keeping it brief, and to-the-point in what has been a rather dull week in firearms news.
1.) Open Carry. A new law in Mississippi that critics claimed would lead to more violence….didn’t. Meanwhile, in Kansas, a new law giving the state legislature sole authority over firearms regulation (known as a “pre-emption” law), went into effect, which made open carry legal statewide.
Both bills had basically the same promises of bloodshed Georgia’s HB60 did. HB60 went into effect July 1 of this year, and we’re still waiting on the promised death, torment, and destruction of all that is good and pure. (That would be overdramatic, if they weren’t making some BIG promises by calling it “guns everywhere.”)
2.) Kroger. A pair of highly-publicized events at Krogers last week involving a racially-motivated beating and an armed robber getting shot don’t seem to have stopped Moms Demand Action’s campaign against the supermarket chain. A chapter in Lansing, Michigan was protesting outside of a local Kroger, and was invited to speak to the management there. The management told them that the company was not expected to change its policy, and Michigan Kroger reps also said that a change was “not likely.”
3.) Assault Weapons. The New York Times has finally admitted what anyone who understands firearms has known for years. The term “assault weapons” is a myth. “Assault weapons”, of course, was the term used as a battering ram for the Clinton gun ban; the idea of “powerful, military-style assault weapons.” It has been something pro-gunners have been fighting against for years. (Incidentally, NRANews did an excellent video years ago on the Clinton gun ban.)
4.) Civics. I’m just going to lay it out and then close for the week. There is a new survey out suggesting that only 36 percent of Americans can name the three branches of the Federal government. Just over one-third, people.
Stay INFORMED. Stay alert. Stay free.