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.
Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.