Friday, February 10, 2012

Gun News

Former DEA chief says 3 other federal agencies knew about Operation Fast and Furious

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants a statewide gun registry in Illinois, an idea some lawmakers quickly dismissed Thursday as ineffective and an insult to gun owners. The proposal would require anyone who buys a handgun to pay a $65 registration fee. To register a gun, a purchaser would need to provide his name, address and phone number, along with the weapon's manufacturer and serial number and the place and date of purchase. The registry would be in addition to the firearm ownership standards all gun owners must already meet.

 Read the article: The Chicago Tribune (Ill.)

Every so often, a local news story about a victim of crime goes national. Most recently, it was Sarah McKinley, 18, home alone with her 3 month old son, a few days after Sarah's husband had died of lung cancer. Two men apparently looking to steal pain medicine prescribed for the husband broke in. Sarah grabbed a shotgun and a pistol and killed Justin Martin as he forced entry into her home. How often do such incidents happen? While the results from studies vary, the numbers are large. The National Crime Victimization Survey, for various procedural reasons, is at the low end, showing 108,000 such cases a year (although this was some years back, when crime rates were higher than now). The widely reported Kleck/Gertz study, which has its own set of problems, showed a range of 830,000 to 2.45 million defensive gun uses per year. Other studies have fallen solidly in the middle, with hundreds of thousands of defensive gun uses per year.

 Read the article: The Washington Times

The debate over U.S. gun laws and Mexican drug violence brings to mind Mark Twain's famous quip about lies, damned lies, and statistics. In a recent editorial, the Washington Post blamed American policies for exacerbating the bloodshed, pointing out that "70 to 80 percent of the traceable guns seized in Mexico can be tracked to the United States." The key word there is "traceable." While it's true that most of the traceable guns originated north of the border, those weapons represent a very small portion of total Mexican gun seizures.

Read the article: National Review

For over a year now I have been investigating Fast and Furious, an operation of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). This has been a complicated investigation. It's been made even more difficult because of the Justice Department's lack of candor and transparency. The Justice Department is stonewalling, interfering with Congress' constitutional responsibility of oversight.

 Read the article: U.S. Senate

If you caught the Super Bowl on Sunday, you may have seen an ad featuring New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Tom Menino claiming they "support the Second Amendment" but want to keep "illegal guns" off the streets and "save lives." The ad might appear innocuous, even laudable. After all, who doesn't want to keep guns out of the hands of criminals? However, the group sponsoring the ad, "Mayors Against Illegal Guns," is blatantly anti gun and openly supports strict limits on the ability of all citizens -- including law abiders -- to own and possess firearms.

Read the article: The Daily Caller

Legislation that would allow homeowners to use any degree of force, even lethal, against intruders without threat of criminal or civil charges has passed the House of Delegates.

Read the article: The Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.)

The panel held its first hearing on House Bill 679 with witnesses for and against but did not vote. The measure by Rep. Jason Spencer, R Woodbine, would allow anyone who can legally own a gun to carry one without having to get a permit from a county probate judge.

Read the article: The Savannah Morning News (Ga.)

House Majority Amy Stephens doesn't know if the Rapture of 2012 is coming but she does know if an emergency happens she doesn't want the government to be able to confiscate Coloradans' firearms. The Monument Republican sponsored a bill that prohibits law enforcement from banning possession, transport or other uses of a firearm during an emergency unless a person is committing a crime.

Read the article: The Denver Post (Colo.)

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