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Keeping it brief, keeping it simple.

1.) Programming notes. While this is the last Run for 2014, there are already plans for a few special editions in 2015. First of which is a rundown on the campus carry movement that I have been remiss to cover for the last few weeks now. That Run is slated to drop January 10. (The GA legislative session gets underway the following week.

After Midnight Run: Debt (which ended up featured on the Modern Arms Facebook, something I’m still humbled about), it became insultingly clear that there was more research that needed to be done on the subject. Debt will expand into two parts next year. Midnight Run: Interest will explore the legal system’s rather miserable sentencing for violent crimes, and Midnight Run: Dividend will look at restoring a criminal’s rights and status after the sentence is complete. (This, of course, is assuming both that he survived the initial encounter and has been deemed fit to be released in the first place if he did.)

Shortly after the update on campus carry, Midnight Run: Dirt will get one or two more installments. The update to Dirt will examine more closely the damage fists and knives are capable of, and present much more information than Dirt had. Especially after the Brown case, there has been a lot of discussion on the myth of the “unarmed” man, and the Run will explore it next year in an update tentatively called “Primitive Force.”

Campus carry, felons and gun rights, and the lethality of non-firearm combat are all slated to return to the Midnight Run in 2015. At present, the only one with a certain date is the campus carry update.

1.) Mentally ill. A federal law barring people committed to a mental hospital from owning a firearm has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court in Cincinnati. The plaintiff, 73-year-old Clifford Charles Tyler, was committed to a mental institution back in 1986 following a divorce. (28 years ago, by the way.) He was only in the institution for a single month, but federal law makes no distinction about that.

2.) Sydney. The former deputy mayor of Sydney, Australia has called for gun bans in the country to be lifted to allow Australians to defend themselves. Not much more to say there after the hostage situation.

3.) I-594. A sheriff and a prosecutor have said they will not enforce the new gun control measure in Washington state known as I-594. This is a continuation of the state’s law enforcement’s pre-existing opposition to the measure, which apparently didn’t get too much attention this time around. (Anti-gunners do like to talk about law enforcement, don’t they? Up until recently, anyway.)

4.) Armed Citizen. Finally, let’s close out 2014 with some Armed Citizen stories.

4a.) Untie and shoot. From the Daily Caller:

A 62-year-old Washington man was able to retrieve his gun after untying both himself and his wife during a home invasion earlier this week — a heroic act which left one of the bandits dead.

4b.) Texas. We would be remiss if we did not close with one of the most badass stories of the year. Earlier this month, a man attacked a federal courthouse in Austin with a firearm, the Mexican consulate in the area, and the Austin PD’s headquarters. He was killed by Sgt. Adam Johnson with one shot, from 312 feet (104 yards, so just over a football field) away, while holding the reins of two horses in one hand and his gun in the other.

Because Texas, ladies and gentlemen.

Enjoy the festivities, whatever you have planned for Christmas, etc.. We’re back here in 2015.

Until then:
Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

State

State lawmakers launch a new gun control group after the election, Democrats apparently still set on gun control, and a new survey shows support for gun rights at an all-time high. Keeping it brief once again.

1.) Programming note. There are only two weekends I take off. Thanksgiving and Christmas. Next week we have a Midnight Run, but then we break once more for Christmas and to unwind. Launching a new blog, and getting a bit of attention from both anti- and pro-gun sites has made this a pretty big year for me.

Also, there are plans in the works for a few more special editions. Midnight Runs “Dirt and Blood” and “Debt” scratched the surface of their respective topics. There will be more of them in the new year.

Also, there have been quite a few developments in Campus Carry that I have been remiss in reporting on. They will be compiled into a Midnight Run set for early January.

So, to recap, I’m off the weekend after Christmas, and there is a lot more coming to update the discussions on both “Dirt and Blood” and “Debt.”

That out of the way, let’s get going.

2.) Nullification. South Carolina is the latest state to look into nullifying Federal gun laws. Senate Bill 126 looks to exempt any firearms, accessories, and ammo manufactured and maintained in the state from federal laws. In other words, any gun/accessory/ammo that is made in and doesn’t leave South Carolina.

3.) Control. On the flipside, and now that there is no election on the horizon, about 200 lawmakers from all 50 states have formed the “American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention”. Yet another gun control group, only “gun control” has been replaced with “gun violence prevention.” How these legislators look to prevent violence in general is anyone’s guess.

This is not the only story, as Bearing Arms has a report about Democrats in general clinging to gun control, even after their drubbing at the polls.

But it isn’t just the electoral issues that are making it already look like a lost cause.

4.) Support. A new Pew Research poll suggests that, two years after Newtown, there has been “A Shift In Favor of Gun Rights“. It is the first time in two decades that the poll has shown (or, considering it is a poll, suggested) that most Americans are starting to back gun rights and turn away from gun control efforts. This is in-line with other polls, showing a decrease in support for gun control.

One more Run, then that is it for 2014.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Business

Gun sales surge on Black Friday, NJ AG blocks “Smart Gun Law” from going into effect, and Wal-Mart shareholders get a say on the store’s gun sales. Also, Kroger announces record profits while Moms Demand Action continues a months-long exercise in futility.

Lots of stuff from the business world, but I’m going to keep it simple. Keeping it brief, too.

1.) Black Friday. Background checks for guns came in at an average of 3 per second on Black Friday. It is worth noting that how many checks and how many guns were sold are not the same thing, as one check could hold five guns. Naturally, as the Daily Caller shows, national media outlets were desperate for a way to spin such an incredible rate of purchase.

3 per second, 180 per minute, 10,800 per hour. If that rate kept for the entire 24-hour period, anywhere between 259,200 (assuming they were ALL single gun purchases) and 1,296,000 guns (assuming they were all FIVE gun purchases).

2.) Wal-mart. A judge has ordered Wal-Mart to allow their shareholders to determine whether the company will sell firearms. The lawsuit came from Trinity Church, which claims it’s not an anti-gun proposal but apparently refused to expand that to other products.

3.) Smart Guns. When the .22 (yes, .22) caliber Armatix handgun was released, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence sued the state of New Jersey to get an obscure law triggered that would make it the only legal gun in the state. The smart gun, Brady argued, would reduce crime by making it so that only “authorized” people could fire the gun.

The AG of New Jersey disagreed, arguing that the gun, by design, could be fired by anyone who had the watch needed to activate the gun. Steal the gun, steal the watch, and there is nothing stopping you.

In other words, a “smart gun” would only need to be exploited in a slightly more complicated way.

4.) Kroger. Despite a months-long “boycott” by Moms Demand Action From Everytown’s Mayors (complete with people claiming they have shopped for years at the stores….oblivious to their long-standing policy), Kroger announced record profits this week, which jumped 21% this quarter. The supermarket giant has made its policy clear roughly seven times: they follow the laws of the states they operate in. At one point this week, the gun control group targeted Fred Meyer, which is owned by Kroger and sells guns.

Not the best news for a group already struggling to prove it is relevant or powerful.

5.) Looking ahead. Finally tonight, a look at what the gun control movement’s up to after the November drubbing. According to the Washington Times, Mike Bloomberg is looking at taking the fight to about 12 states It is putting a lot of effort into expanding the “universal background check” system that passed in Washington state, as well as the so-called “gun violence restraining order” that would allow the guns of people “believed” to be a threat to have their guns confiscated by a court. (They can still have knives, though. It kind of renders the whole thing moot. The lethality of knives and fists was discussed back in Dirt and Blood, so no need to go through all that here.)

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.