Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stop the Insanity: Ban Guns

Gerald Ensley

The Tallahassee Democrat

I'm not talking about gun control. I'm not talking about waiting periods and background checks.
I'm talking about flat-out banning the possession of handguns and assault rifles by individual citizens. I'm talking about repealing or amending the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The Second Amendment has been misinterpreted. It says guns are permitted to a "well-regulated militia." That means trained citizen soldiers called into action for emergencies — because in colonial times every able-bodied man was required to be a member of the militia. It does not mean everyone with $50 and a driver's license is entitled to own a gun.
That's what former Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger said in 1990, when he called claims of Second Amendment protection of individual gun ownership, "a fraud on the American public." Earlier this year, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called the Second Amendment one of the six great flaws with the U.S. Constitution. He called for it to be amended to say gun possession was only for state militias, not individuals.
Every legal opinion for 200 years denied individual gun ownership was a right — until the steady lobbying of the National Rifle Association created a climate that allowed a conservative U.S. Supreme Court in 2008 to strike down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia, and fuel the sense of entitlement of gun owners.

L.A. City Council Approves Safe Storage and Ammo Control

Local news reports

Ammunition sales would be tracked electronically in Los Angeles under a measure tentatively approved Tuesday by the City Council, which also directed staff to draft an ordinance to  require gun owners to store firearms in locked containers or use trigger locks to disable them when not in use.
The City Council voted 11-0 in favor of a proposed ordinance that would require licensed ammunition dealers to transmit sales records to the city via an online form, doing away with what one councilman described as the city’s “draconian” method of requesting physical records.
If given final approval by the council on second reading and signed by the mayor, the measure would make it a misdemeanor crime if retailers fail to comply with the reporting requirements.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Congratulations, Jon Holzwarth! You Are Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

Southern Beale

Responsible gun owner/prominent 2nd Amendment “gun rights” advocate Jon Holzwarth was babysitting his three-year-old son and his neighbor’s four-year-old grandson when a totally responsible thing happened: his son somehow was shot in the mouth. Imagine that:
According to Snohomish County deputies, the shooting happened in a bedroom that was locked.
Holzwarth told them he heard a loud boom and ran to the bedroom where his son, Michael, and his neighbor’s 4-year-old grandson were playing.
He forced the locked door open and initially thought his son had gotten hurt that way.
At Providence Everett Medical Center, doctors discovered the boy had been shot in the mouth.
He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
No one answered at Holzwarth’s door where a sign reads: “We don’t dial 9-1-1″ with a metal cutout of a pistol dangling below.
There were also emblems about guns on his Jeep.
On Saturday, his son was struggling to survive from a gunshot wound — a tragic irony not lost on his neighbor.
Oh, yes. The irony. I’m sure Holzwarth’s guns protected his family dozens and dozens of times before this tragic incident, though.

Rattlesnake vs. Hawk

Ferguson Burning


A Missouri grand jury has decided not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said tonight.

McCulloch said that the grand jurors ruled that "no probable cause exists" to indict Wilson on any of the five possible charges that they were asked to consider. He said that the jury was "presented with five indictments" ranging from "murder in the first degree to involuntary manslaughter."

The prosecutor repeatedly stressed the physical evidence that the 12 jurors considered, saying that it "tells the accurate and tragic story of what happened."

"All 12 jurors were present for every session and all 12 jurors examined every piece of evidence," MuCulloch said, adding that the jurors are "the only people who have heard and examined every witness."

Oklahoma Mom Killed by her 3-Year-old Who Found a Gun Under the Couch

Local news reports

A mother in east Tulsa is dead after her toddler son accidentally shot her in the head, police say.
The 3-year-old son was interviewed by child specialists to try and piece this horrible tragedy together, Sgt. Walker confirmed. As he was buckled into the police car, he repeated "mommy shot."
The 26-year-old mom was home with her 3-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter.
The mother of the victim, who also lives at the home, arrived home to find her daughter shot in the head.
A neighbor tells 2NEWS reporter Liz Bryant the toddler found the gun underneath the couch. She also confirmed the woman is in the Army.
Walker said it appears to be a large caliber handgun. He said there are other guns in the home, but not out in the open.
"But not out in the open," sorta like the one the kid found. 

Utah 12-Year-old Killed by Younger Sibling - No Mention of Any Charges - Naturally, It Was Just an Accident

Local news reports

Such events offer a tragic reminder that firearms need to be securely stored in homes, "at minimum a trigger lock, at maximum a safe. A safe is your best bet for weapons safety," the lieutenant said.
A tweet from the Davis County Health Department Sunday night said: "We urge all families to lock up firearms and discuss gun safety with children."