Georgia

A DGU in Georgia, an attempt to blame a shooting on HB60 way after the fact, and an update on the continuing trend of women buying guns.

1.) Brian Moore. NYPD officer Brian Moore was shot and killed last weekend by a man who, under current law, should not have had a gun. (And, frankly, since he was a repeat violent felon, probably should never have been released to start with.) US Sen. Charles Schumer, a man who never saw an anti-gun measure he didn’t like, is calling for more gun control alongside Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown groups in the wake of the shooting.

The revolver Moore’s killer used was originally from a gun store in Georgia. Everytown has attempted to blame HB60 for the killing, despite the fact that the gun was bought in 2011, three years before HB60 was passed.

“Once again, a police officer has been killed with an illegal gun from Georgia – a state that last year did the NRA’s bidding and weakened its already lax gun laws,” said Everytown Executive Vice President Megan Lewis in a statement. “These are the same laws that the gun lobby is now trying to force on other states nationwide. Americans have to decide what kind of country we want to live in. It’s past time for common-sense solutions to gun violence.”

Leaving aside the now-mechanical resorting to the “appeal to common sense” fallacy, HB60 had nothing to do with the shooting and, in fact, tightened some portions of Georgia’s gun laws.

The solution, according to Everytown, is universal background checks. In Georgia, this has almost no chance of passing.

While we’re on the subject of strange logic, Moms Demand Action is calling for more gun control in the wake of the shooting in Texas. Yes, more gun control after an event where the attackers were the ones who were killed.

2.) DGU. Channel 2 Action News brings us the story of a store employee in Decature who was held at shotgun-point, only to grab the barrel of that gun, pull out his own firearm, and shoot the would-be robber. The robber’s accomplice was arrested three hours later.

3.) HB60: Ohio. One of the main points of HB60 (which will be live for a full year July 1, 2015) was expanding the places in which guns could legally be carried. Ohio is looking at a bill that would, according to WCPO, potentially allow “them in places like churches or daycares and letting certain gun owners carry concealed weapons without a permit.

“Certain” gun owners apparently being anyone over 21 not barred from having a firearm by federal law.

4.) Women. Now, here’s this month’s reminder that the surge of women owning firearms isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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