Grab Bag 2: July 2015

As mentioned in the previous Grab Bag, this is going to be the last Run for about three weeks. I’m taking a bit of time off to focus on other projects, among other things. Real life is proving to demand a lot more time.

To be blunt, at this rate we could stay in the Newtonian mindset and cover the latest mass shooting, but that has been worn out elsewhere. Another man, another defenseless target, another shooting.

Interestingly, while there is wall-to-wall coverage about that mass killing, five people being stabbed to death by their own relatives warrants barely a mention (but it does warrant a remarkably less dramatic presentation, apparently).

So, this week, we’re dealing with other major stories not directly related to the theater shooting. Social Security as backdoor gun control, a doomed order from Marine Corps Recruiting Command, and arming the military on-base.

1.) Social Security. Recipients of Social Security could be barred from owning guns under a new concept from the Obama administration. It basically adds people who have others handle their financial affairs to the list of prohibited persons. There’s not much else to talk about here except for the brazen efforts to reduce the pool of eligible gun owners by barring people who have others handle finances alongside people with criminal records. (As we’ve discussed in the past, I tend to hold that anyone not in prison should at least have a path to restoring their gun rights.)

2.) Dress Blues. The DoD’s reaction to the Chattanooga shootings was to suggest that Marine recruiters not wear their uniforms in public. This, as you can imagine, was recieved well only by the people who suggested it, with Marines roundly criticizing what they perceived to be cowardice on the part of DoD brass. Interestingly, this was only coming from Marine Corps Recruiting Command. Neither the Corps at large, nor any other branch of the US military, put out a similar (equally-doomed) order.

Now, USMC Recruiting Command is backpedaling with enough force to power a city, saying that only a handful of recruiters actually got the order.

3.) Armed Security: Within. The DoD also waded into the idea of arming personnel on base. Basically, they do not support it in any way.

Gen. Ray Odierno also seems to be nervous about the concept, saying that the military should be careful about over-arming” itself. Civilians have taken to “standing guard” at military recruitment centers, but DoD has not really welcomed them either.

See you in late August. Until then:
Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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