This week, we have another set of updates to Midnight Run: Harassment, plus a bit of candor from Mark Kelly, and attempting to rationalize the behavior of an 11-time arrestee. Also, we finally have some resistance to the National Firearms Act.
Pretty strange week all told.
1.) Harassment: Threats. Harassment was the Midnight Run update about SWATting. System Update brought more material to the topic, and now we have yet more to cover on threats and harassment. First off, this bit from Guns Save Life. (Which is not affiliated with Guns Save Lives, an armed citizen news database.) Guns Save Life has a few choice cuts from Facebook and others about anti-gunners basically calling for open carriers to be shot, possibly killed. Interestingly, a lot of the comments have NOT been deleted from the Facebook pages of many anti-gun groups.
2.) Harassment: Crawford. With that, let’s return to SWATting Patient Zero: the case surrounding John Crawford III. Crawford was killed in a SWATting incident in Ohio, (full brief in Midnight Run: Harassment). This week, a group of armed protesters walked into that Walmart.
Also, as if the 911 tape being run side-by-side wasn’t enough, eyewitness accounts are contradicting the story of the SWATter, Ronald Ritchie.
Despite all this, a grand jury found no wrongdoing on the part of the police no word if Richtie will be facing any repercussions for his role in Crawford’s death.
3.) Candor. Mark Kelly, of the anti-gun group “Americans for Responsible Solutions” (yes, every anti-gun group must sound vague and meaningless) was oddly frank on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper. Ammoland writes:
Tapper then welcomed Kelly to the show and asked: “When you hear about ‘school shootings’ or other ‘mass shootings’ in public, what law can actually stop them?”
Kelly responded: “You’re never going to stop all of them.” He then he gave a pitch for the kind of expanded background checks and online firearm sales regulations that were contained in Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) failed gun control bill.
This is obvious to anybody who understands how criminals think, but it is interesting to hear from an anti-gun group, if nothing else.
4.) Dirt And Blood. Someone who has been arrested eleven times was shot and killed in an altercation with the NYPD this week. The suspect reportedly lunged at an officer with a knife. The mother of the suspect is saying there was no reason to shoot him, adding that “it’s not a gun, it’s not a big knife.”
Those of you who read Dirt and Blood already see what’s coming. Bearing Arms writes:
An edged weapon—even something as small as a paring knife or box cutter—can be incredibly lethal at close range in the right hands, and it isn’t the officer’s job to wait around to see if the man attacking him is an amateur or Jack the Ripper before opening fire.
Anything can be a weapon in the right hands.
With that, let’s shift gears to some good news.
5.) Bloomberg. When Michael Bloomberg pours money into your campaign, historically that is a clear sign you are in trouble. Bearing Arms also has a report out stating that Everytown has decided to “change Congress” by way of endorsing mostly incumbents for 2014. There’s no punchline here other than the news itself. Gun Control is doing so well it needs to make easy and “safe” endorsements.
6.) NFA Reform. While I would argue that the NFA shouldn’t be reformed but axed altogether, that is not all that likely to happen. While we wait for that freedom-based pipedream, Guns.com has a report out about a group looking to “expand the right to own, sell, and use National Firearms Act items”
One of the stated goals of the group, the NFA Freedom Alliance, is the removal of silencers and short-barreled rifles/shotguns from the NFA’s control.
Not everything this week was awful. There’s almost always an upside.
Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.