May 20, 2005


Another installment.

Yah.  You betcha.  Even though I've already covered it, this post wouldn't be complete without a mention of Eleanor Holmes Norton's descent into insanity.  Even Sarah Brady isn't that nuts.

Speaking of the D.C. Personal Protection Act, here are the current co-sponsors of the Senate version, S. 1082.  They deserve our thanks.

  • Allard
  • Allen
  • Baucus
  • Bond
  • Bunning
  • Burns
  • Burr
  • Chambliss
  • Coburn
  • Cornyn
  • Craig
  • Crapo
  • DeMint
  • Ensign
  • Enzi
  • Hagel
  • Hatch
  • Inhofe
  • Isakson
  • Kyl
  • Lott
  • Murkowski
  • Nelson (NE)
  • Sessions
  • Sununu
  • Talent
  • Thune
  • Vitter

And not even the specter of inane opinions could rouse us to take away your right to speak freely, toots.  A columnist for New York Newsday laments the fact that gun control is in the doldrums right now. 

Private sales are bound to be next.  The llinois House votes to require background checks on private sales of firearms at gun shows.  At least there's one tiny bit of good news in the story: "The legislation would also require police to destroy records of gun transactions."  I'm a little disappointed to see the Illinois State Rifle Association applauding this development.

Even after they retire, cops still have more rights than the rest of us. 

Republican lawmakers, rejecting advice from the state's top lawyer, urged local police agencies Thursday to immediately implement a federal law allowing retired officers to carry concealed weapons.  (Link.)

As a general matter I don't have any problem with police officers.  But I'm skeptical of laws that create heirarchies of rights, especially fundamental rights like the right of self-defense.  I approve of the federal statute, but only as a stepping stone to broader interstate concealed carry rights for all licensees.

My hero.  "Worried that Americans' flirting with litigation is jilting purveyors of bullets and burgers, Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, is co-sponsoring separate legislation to protect fast-food companies and gun manufacturers from being sued for what they sell." (Link.)

Guns are useless . . .   "

A burglary attempt was foiled by a neighbor who gave chase and fired a warning shot into the air late Thursday night, resulting in the arrest of a Marion man.

Rodney Lee Banks, 36, 2018 W. Third Street, was arrested and preliminarily charged with attempted burglary, resisting law enforcement and criminal trespass at about 11 p.m. Thursday."  The shot in the air wasn't such a bright idea, though. (Link.)

Details, please.  "David Iglesias, the U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, will make an appearance Thursday at Taft Middle School in Albuquerque to discuss gun safety and "the medical and legal consequences of using and possessing guns," according to a release from his office."  I'd like to know precisely what he will say are the "medical and legal consequences."  (Link.)

Absolutely useless, I tell ya! "An off-duty Chicago Police officer shot a man Wednesday afternoon while trying to stop a robbery suspect from getting away, Chicago Police said."  (Link.)

Pretty stupid.  Almost makes you wonder if it's the work of an agent provocateur. "On the eve of a crucial vote to reinstate a law allowing more people to carry guns in public, [Minnesota] House members received e-mails threatening harassment and blackmail if they voted against the bill Wednesday."  (Link.)  Meanwhile, here's even dumber behavior from the other side, in the U.K.

Should've stayed in D.C.  It's much safer there.

A Silver Spring homeowner shot a man who broke into his house
in the Norwood area yesterday, wounding the alleged invader in the hand
and side, police said.

The wounded man -- who is
also a suspect in a burglary 20 minutes earlier in the same area -- was being treated at Suburban Hospital late yesterday and was expected to survive, police said. 


At least some judges presumably believe handguns are useful for self-defense.  "More judges in Georgia are packing guns following a shooting that left three people dead at an Atlanta courthouse."  (Link.)

Bad survival skills.  These guys picked the wrong octogenarian to try and rob.

Cross-posted at Stop the Bleating.

Posted by Matt Rustler at May 20, 2005 11:20 PM

I think you underestimate Sarah Brady.

Posted by: robert at May 21, 2005 02:40 PM

Permit me to clarify: Even Sarah Brady isn't nuts enough to actually say that sort of shit. (Er, I don't think she is.) I've little doubt that she believes it, though.

Posted by: Matt at May 21, 2005 03:28 PM

Let me just say that Eleanor needs to pick her words more carefully. She's taken an argument that might make sense and made a mockery of it.

- David T

Posted by: David C Thompson at May 22, 2005 02:02 AM
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