Deception

Fast and Furious is tied to almost 70 murders, Katie Couric caught in a lie, and another effort to construct the narrative of a gun violence epidemic.

1.) F&F. Fast and Furious, the famous government-sanctioned gunrunning operation, isn’t going anywhere. The Obama Administration has had a rough time trying to run from it, and a new report may make that even harder by tying the operation to sixty-nine homicides. The project initially went live in 2009, but was shut down when it was publicized in 2011. So far, nothing out of the program has been positive, and people like David Codrea are determined to make sure the public doesn’t forget about it.

2.) Yahoo News. It is no secret that the mainstream media isn’t exactly pro-gun. But a new “documentary” on Yahoo News may have both made that blatantly obvious and threaten a well-known journalist’s career. The documentary “Under The Gun” has been shown to have been deliberately edited in such a way to make pro-gun advocates look horrible, by inserting silence in response to a question that was actually answered almost instantly.

It’s one of the most naked attempts at propaganda. Fortunately it seems to have backfired.

3.) “Gun Violence Awareness.” Everytown is bringing back its “National Gun Violence Awareness Day” in which people wear jumpsuit orange to “raise awareness” to a gun violence epidemic that isn’t there.

The anti-gun movement is based largely on symbolism and slander at this point. With FBI figures showing a decrease in violent crime, where exactly that epidemic is, is anyone’s guess.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Razor’s Edge

Oklahoma passes knife reform, Missouri’s omnibus bill makes it out on the final day, and a gun for the disabled. Not much to go over while everyone is trying to figure out the election.

1.) Oklahoma. With gun rights going so well, many self-defense advocates have focused on laws focusing on the original self-defense weapon: the blade. “Knife rights” is a movement now, and in Oklahoma that movement took a huge step forward with Governor Mary Fallin signing a bill into law that removed many bladed weapons from the list of items citizens are prohibited from carrying in the state.

Due to a pre-existing law giving the State sole authority on the matter, the bill goes live statewide this November.

2.) Missouri. A huge bill for self-defense passed out of the Missouri legislature on the final day of the session and is now headed for Governor Jay Nixon’s desk. Among other things, the bill would put into place a permitless carry system, expand the Castle Doctrine (to be clear, the Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground are parts of self-defense law, not the end-all of self-defense law), and sets the maximum fee for permits at $100.

3.) Disabled, not defenseless. A company is looking at creating a line of guns designed for people with disabilities, and is looking to show the gear off at a conference for amputees. This is big news because, if the product takes off, it could lead to an interesting development in the gun debate as well.

The question a lot of anti-gunners cannot answer is how those who are disabled should defend themselves. For example, how can a man who is wheel-chair bound escape an attacker?

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Grab Bag: May 2016

Georgia’s Governor vetoes campus carry against his own rhetoric, New Hampshire looks at going permitless, and Missouri looks to improve their gun laws.

1.) Campus Carry. Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal once said that the fact that “wild west” scenarios didn’t materialize after HB60 made using those same arguments again for campus carry lack validity. Despite this, he vetoed campus carry legislation this week saying that it also wouldn’t make Georgia’s campuses much safer. House Speaker David Ralston, however, has promised that the “fight will go on” and that campus carry will return in the 2017 session.

2.) New Hampshire. Constitutional Carry is going everywhere. Even the northeast. A bill in New Hampshire to make concealed carry legal without a permit is now on the governor’s desk, although Governor Maggie Hassan has vetoed the measure in the past. The bill passed the House 206-146 and the Senate 14-10. Opponents are hoping for a repeat of last year’s veto.

3.) Missouri. Lawmakers in Missouri are looking to improve the state’s gun laws, with bills ranging from an expansion of self-defense laws to permitless concealed carry. Campus carry, and allowing guns on mass transit stalled, as did a bill to allow for violent felons to petition a court to get their gun rights restored.

Jay Nixon made his opposition to campus carry clear, talking about how “gunfights on the quadrangle will not solve problems.”

Exactly the promises that were made from HB60 in Georgia. Which, again, never materialized.

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