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Posted by Jeff Soyer on 11 Jul 2014 02:23 am

From the Colorado Observer:

In what may come as a surprise to residents of Colorado Springs and Pueblo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t think those cities have roads.

Bloomberg told Rolling Stone that he was “sorry” about the recalls of two state senators last year over the Democratic state legislature’s gun-control laws, but added that their districts were so “rural” that, “I don’t think there’s roads.”

Hey, Mike? They even have indoor plumbing these days.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 10 Jul 2014 09:45 am

From the Examiner:

The social media giant Facebook wants its users to know that it has standards, which is why it removed hunting photos posted by Kendall Jones, a 19-year-old hunter who is also a cheerleader for Texas Tech. But Facebook says a page advocating the murder of Jones does not violate those standards, Twitchy reported Wednesday.

Juneau Empire reporter Matt Woolbright spotted the page and reported it for “harassment” and a “credible threat of violence.” But Facebook told Woolbright the page, named “Kill Kendall Jones,” does not violate their standards.

Moreover, Twitchy said, the page features the very same photos Facebook said violates their standards. It also features a photo of a lion standing triumphantly over a dead Jones.

And, there’s more here at TMZ.

I’ve had enough of Facebook’s manipulative hypocrisy. The main reason I hung out there was that many local friends did, too. In addition, posting there drew far more comments, or at least “likes” than anything I post here. It also makes logging onto other sites easy.

However, on MY websites, I control the content, the advertising (which I don’t allow), and I don’t censor anyone. I’m going to have to think about this….

Update: It would appear that they finally got the message and took the page down. Took them long enough….

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 10 Jul 2014 02:55 am

From the Washington Post:

A Manassas City teenager accused of “sexting” a video to his girlfriend is now facing a search warrant in which Manassas City police and Prince William County prosecutors want to take a photo of his erect penis, possibly forcing the teen to become erect by taking him to a hospital and giving him an injection, the teen’s lawyers said.

I guess there’s no criminal activity in Manassas that might be more worthy of spending tax-payer dollars to investigate.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 10 Jul 2014 02:42 am

From the Boston Globe:

After making last-minute changes to mollify angry gun owners, the Massachusetts House tonight approved wide-ranging legislation aimed at tightening state gun laws, already considered among the strictest in the nation.

Remarkably, the bill drew praise from gun-control advocates as well as from the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association, which remained officially neutral, but called the legislation “a great victory for the Second Amendment.”

Under the main provisions of the bill, the state would join a national database for criminal and mental-health background checks, require schools to develop plans to address students’ mental health needs, and give police discretion to deny a permit for a rifle or shotgun if an applicant is deemed unsuitable.

Here’s more, from the Boston Herald:

The bill would require police chiefs to give written reasons for denying gun licenses, however. Their decisions would have to be based on public safety and could be appealed in court.

[ . . . ]

Jim Wallace, head of the Massachusetts Gun Owners Action League, said the group supports the changes in the bill related to gun owners, particularly the requirement that police chiefs state in writing their reasons for denying licenses.

“Now the burden is on the chief to prove us unsuitable rather than us proving ourselves suitable and that’s a big difference in court,” Wallace said.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 10 Jul 2014 02:34 am

Well, only according to the NYPD database. From the NY Post:

A Queens man who had his stolen car returned to him by the NYPD was pulled over and surrounded by gun-waving cops just months later because they forgot to remove the vehicle from their database, according to a new lawsuit.

His 11-year-old son was with him at the time.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Jul 2014 05:14 am

In a break from the relentless, daily cry for more gun control coming from the pages of the NY Daily News, some common sense accidentally slips out:

The problem with gun violence isn’t the woman with a concealed carry license at her suburban Target or Chipotle, or the prepper in rural Kansas with a handgun collection. And it isn’t the legal gun owner in Westchester County, N.Y., whose name and address was published by the Journal News after the Sandy Hook shooting.

And yet this is where gun control groups are directing their resources. This and, of course, toward the NRA. Moms and Everytown’s latest initiative is to score politicians on their commitments to gun control, the way the NRA scores on commitment to gun rights.

How does any of this even begin to solve gun crime in cities like Chicago? It doesn’t.

If the gun control groups were less interested in scoring meaningless political points and disarming lawful citizens, and were more interested in reducing gun crime, they’d be on the streets of Englewood, starting community programs to occupy inner-city children and teenagers and pull young men out of gangs and into jobs.

Read the whole thing.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 08 Jul 2014 03:15 am

The bill is mostly designed to ‘assist’ Senate Democrats up for reelection in ‘red states.’ From The Hill:

The Senate voted to move forward on Monday with legislation aimed at preserving federal lands for hunting and fishing, despite objections from Democrats who wanted the measure to include gun control language.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said they voted against cloture on the motion to proceed because they don’t think the Senate should be considering a gun bill that doesn’t include reforms such as background checks on all gun sales.

“I cannot vote for a measure that makes owning, possessing or using guns more readily or easily usable when we have failed to act and we have failed to act on common sense, sensible measures that would stop gun violence,” Blumenthal said ahead of the vote. “First things first, let’s reduce gun violence.”

The vote to move it forward was 82-12 in favor — meaning that a whole lot of Democrats were more interested in the intent of the bill (helping red state Dems) than adding on gun control amendments. Those could still come, but I doubt it since then the House would block the bill. BTW, the bill was introduced by a N.C. Democrat, Kay Hagan.

Update 7/10: Now the Dems and Reps are battling each other over tacking on amendments:

Senators of both parties are readying gun-related amendments and are poised to introduce them this week. Republicans want to overturn the ban on large-capacity magazines and assault weapons in the District of Columbia; expand the right to purchase or transport firearms and ammunition across state lines; limit when a military veteran can be denied a firearm due to mental illness; and allow gun owners to carry weapons into post offices or other federal sites. Democrats said they are working on proposals to limit the sale of certain weapons and ammunition; expand the national background-check system; and stiffen penalties for gun straw purchasers.

But then there’s this report:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada blocked a parade of campaign-season votes on gun rights Wednesday that could have been a political thorn for Democrats seeking to retain control of the chamber in this fall’s elections.

The Nevada Democrat used Senate procedures to prevent votes on any amendments to a bipartisan measure expanding hunters’ access to public lands and renewing land conservation programs.

Confused? So am I…

Update 7/11: The bill is dead:

The Senate killed a bipartisan bill Thursday designed to boost hunting and fishing protections — a victim of a long-running war over amendments that came in the shadow of gun politics.

The sportsmen’s bill — a political boon for its chief Democratic sponsor, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan — died in a 41-56 procedural vote Thursday. The legislation needed 60 votes to advance.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 08 Jul 2014 02:50 am

From Stuff:

Facebook came under fire from hunting advocates and gun rights supporters this weekend when it removed a series of pictures from the account of Kendall Jones, a Texas cheerleader. Jones’ pictures showed her posing with a variety of animals she had shot earlier this month on safari in Zimbabwe, such as the leopard, above.

It was widely assumed that the pictures were removed in response to widespread outcry from animal rights groups over Jones’ trophy snapshots. But that’s not the case, the social network has said - the pictures simply violated Facebook’s terms of service.

Specifically, the pictures were deemed to break a rule about “graphic images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence,” as outlined in this page on Facebook Community Standards.

Dumb quotes from Facebook at the link. This begs the question because there are a ton of user pictures on FB of hunters proudly posing with their deer, or what-have-you. Of course those didn’t generate 300,000 emails of protest from the anti-hunting crowd.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 08 Jul 2014 02:43 am

They should have done this a long time ago. From the Elko Daily Free Press:

The Remington Arms Co. has reached a nationwide settlement of claims that most of its Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifles have a defective trigger mechanism — a settlement likely to include the recall of millions of the popular firearm.

[ . . . ]

Last week’s notice said a settlement agreement will be submitted to U.S. District Court in Missouri by Oct. 30, after which the court will decide whether to approve it.

The Pollard suit is one of at least three class-action suits filed in federal court against Remington involving the Model 700.

More at the link.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 08 Jul 2014 02:13 am

From The Wrap:

Piers Morgan is gone from CNN, but new host John Walsh plans to continue his campaign for gun control.

Besides hosting “America’s Most Wanted” and advocating for victims’ rights, Walsh has been a longtime advocate of background checks and other safety measures. He said he would continue that fight now that he is joining CNN as the host of “The Hunt,” a new show about catching fugitives.

More at the link, including a quote from Vice President Joe Biden referring to pro-gun politicians as “Tea-baggers.”

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 07 Jul 2014 04:42 am

Researchers in Washington State studied the lives of people who were admitted to hospitals with firearm injuries. From the Seattle Times:

The study highlighted a strong correlation between firearm-related hospitalizations and poor outcomes after being discharged, including repeated hospitalization, commission of crime and death. A quarter of those hospitalized for a firearm-related injury were arrested for firearm-related crime within the next five years.

Researchers found that those hospitalized with a gun-related injury who had a prior arrest for gun-related or violent crime were 43 times more likely to be slain within the next five years than those without either.

You can read this whole article and not find a clear reference to “gangs.”

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 06 Jul 2014 11:14 pm

Except the police:

As state officials across the country grapple with how to prevent mass killings, some are turning to a gun seizure law pioneered in Connecticut 15 years ago.

Connecticut’s law allows judges to order guns temporarily seized after police present evidence that a person is a danger to themselves or others. A court hearing must be held within 14 days to determine whether to return the guns or authorize the state to hold them for up to a year.

[ . . . ]

Police statewide filed an estimated 183 executed gun seizure warrants with court clerks last year, more than twice the number filed in 2010, according to Connecticut Judicial Branch data. Last year’s total also was nearly nine times higher than the annual average in the first five years of the gun seizure law.

Connecticut police have seized more than 2,000 guns using the warrants, according to the most recent estimate by state officials, in 2009.

Be very careful of what you say to people, or what you write online. All it takes is a “he said she said” call to the cops. The judges go along with whatever flimsy evidence cops present to them.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 06 Jul 2014 10:55 pm

Well, he did promise to spend $50 million dollars to try to defeat pro-Constitution candidates. From the Washington Post:

The gun-control group founded by former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will begin surveying all federal candidates in the 2014 midterm elections on gun issues Monday as it tries to become a political counterweight to the National Rifle Association.

This is the first big step by Bloomberg — who has committed to spending $50 million of his personal fortune this year to build a national grass-roots movement that will pressure lawmakers to pass more restrictive gun laws — to devise a political strategy heading into the November elections.

Bloomberg’s group, Everytown for Gun Safety, is asking all Senate and House incumbents and candidates to complete a 10-part questionnaire stating publicly where they stand on issues such as expanding background checks for gun buyers, limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines and toughening gun-trafficking statutes.

You can find the survey here though it’s a “slide show” so you have to answer each question to see the next one.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 06 Jul 2014 04:53 am

Surprisingly, the article was rather neutral, maybe even giving more quotes to those against the idea. From NBC News:

Pinholt, a firearm owner, said she and her co-author, a retired Army Ranger, “are not against guns,” and simply are seeking to reduce suicide risk and boost safety for visitors –- including home-health professionals. Some gun-rights advocates assert, however, the paper’s focus on the elderly is another attempt to try to chip away constitutional freedoms.

“The ‘5 ‘L’s’ suggest that senior citizens must automatically be considered safety risks if they are firearms owners –- a notion we find rather insulting if not preposterous,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, based in Bellevue, Washington.

“Should we prevent people from serving in public office into their 70s or 80s? Decisions they make could affect millions of citizens,” Gottlieb added. “Simply because someone is older does not mean they should begin to lose their firearms rights … One doesn’t lose his or her civil rights merely because we turn the page of a calendar.”

I couldn’t get the video at the link to play for me.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 05 Jul 2014 04:18 am

There is so much bad logic and statistical crap in today’s Brattleboro Reformer editorial that I don’t even know where to begin. And since this is a holiday weekend, I won’t. Essentially the writer is parroting Gun Sense Vermont — which is funded by former NYC Mayor Michael Blowhard. Now, Gun Sense Vermont claims they only want “universal background checks” put into law in this state. As if criminals would submit to that. But here’s their slippery slope, real agenda:

As we’ve noted before on this page, the Reformer believes it’s time for common senses gun control in Vermont. We back Gun Sense Vermont’s call to require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties and prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines. We also back its call to require firearms dealers or purchasers to obtain a state license and the reporting of mental health commitments or adjudications for firearm purchaser background checks. The number of firearms that may be purchased at one time should be limited and a waiting period should be imposed to purchase a firearm. We also believe, as does Gun Sense Vermont, that junk guns such as Saturday Night Specials, should be banned and local governments should be allowed to regulate firearms. Finally, a permit and training should be required for anyone who wants to carry a concealed firearm.

Oh, is that all?

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 05 Jul 2014 03:46 am

Somehow, the rain cooperated with us yesterday, so the Fairlee–Orford parade, Volunteer Firefighters’ Barbecue, and Fireworks went off without a hitch. The parade is actually famous — and the only one for miles around. I took a bunch of photos and put them on my Facebook page. They’re ‘public’ so you don’t even need to “friend me” to see them. Of course, if you do “friend me” you get to see my weirder side since I mostly put up cartoons and other funny stuff….

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 04 Jul 2014 10:16 am

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 02 Jul 2014 09:11 pm

Massachusetts State Representative Paul Heroux (a Democrat!) has an article in today’s Huffington Post about ways to reduce school shootings. It’s a pretty good read considering it’s in HuffPo, though he concludes that the real problem with gun crimes is — as I’ve always said here — gang shootings.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 02 Jul 2014 08:54 pm

From Fox News:

Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a gun control bill that would have banned ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

[ . . . ]

Christie said in his veto message that limiting the number of bullets that guns can hold will not put an end to mass shootings. He is calling for reforms to mental illness treatment instead.

Well, it’s good news for N.J. gun owners and God knows they could use some. As I understand it, the vetoed legislation didn’t offer a grandfather clause in it.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 02 Jul 2014 08:46 pm

From the Valdosta Daily Times:

A man carrying a holstered firearm entered the store to make a purchase. Another customer, also with a holstered firearm, approached him and demanded to see his identification and firearms license, according to the Valdosta Police Department report.

The customer making demands for ID pulled his firearm from its holster but never pointed it at the other customer, who said he was not obligated to show any permits or identification.

He demanded the man’s ID again. Undeterred by the drawn gun, the man paid for his items, left the store and called for police.

The “Demander” was arrested.

I’ve never open-carried. Rarely, I CCW, but open carry just seems like grandstanding.

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