Detroit Police Chief James Craig Believes Good Gun Owners Can Deter Crime

Detroit Police Chief James Craig Good Gun Owners Can Deter Crime

Detroit Police Chief James Craig Believes Good Gun Owners Can Deter Crime (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Detroit Police Chief James Craig believes that if more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice before attacking them. He said responsible gun owners would likely deter crime, the Detroit News reports.

During a press conference Thursday at police headquarters, Craig siad, “When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police Department.” Sounds like something National Rifle Association executive Wayne LaPierre would say.

Chief Craig was a staunch gun control supporter during his 28-year tenure at the Los Angeles Police Department. That changed when he left California in 2009 and became police chief in Portland, Maine.

He said, “coming from California, where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs [carrying concealed weapon permits], and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying. That was my orientation.” He then added, “I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”

As of December, nearly 80,000 concealed carry permits were approved in Wayne County, where Detroit is located, Michigan State Police documents show.

Chief James Craig supports a ban on assault weapons, regulating magazines and ammunition, as well as tighter background checks at gun shows, the Huffington Post reports.  So, do you agree with Chief Craig that more good guys with guns will deter criminals from acting?

New NRA President Jim Porter Says Civil War Called ‘War of Northern Aggression’ Down South

New NRA President Jim Porter says Civil War called War of Northern Aggression

New NRA President Jim Porter Says Civil War Called ‘War of Northern Aggression’ Down South

If you think Wayne LaPierre is crazy, his boss, the incoming president of the National Rifle Association, is certifiably nuttier. Alabama lawyer Jim Porter, who recently became the new NRA president, noted the organization was “started by some Yankee generals who didn’t like the way my Southern boys had the ability to shoot in what we call the ‘War of Northern Aggression.'”

He said, “Now y’all might call it the Civil War, but we call it the ‘War of Northern Aggression’ down South.” Porter made the remarks to the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association.

There’s more nuttiness:  He is a staunch advocate of training all U.S. civilians to use standard military firearms, so “they’re read to fight tyranny.” He also called U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder un-American.


NJ Gov. Chris Christie Seeks Expanded Background Checks, Crackdown on Violent Video Games Sold to Minors

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NJ Gov. Chris Christie Seeks Expanded Background Checks, Crackdown on Violent Video Games Sold to Minors. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bloomberg reports New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) “is seeking expanded background checks for gun purchases and parental consent for minors to buy violent video games as part of his response to the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.” The usual chorus of right wing “haterade” drinkers won’t like it, but of course, Chris Christie doesn’t care one iota.

“Christie, a first-term Republican seeking re-election, also wants to ban purchases of the .50-caliber Barrett rifle, and to make it easier for doctors and courts to commit ‘potentially dangerous’ people to mental-health treatment against their will,” Bloomberg reports.

First Read: “Folks, this isn’t someone who’s thinking about the 2016 primaries; instead, this is someone who’s running for re-election in the blue state of New Jersey. If Christie does end up running for president in 2016, he’s going to bringing a record that is similar to Rudy Giuliani, circa 2007. And while Rudy’s personal baggage did him in with GOP primary voters before his ideological baggage did. Christie will be another test about whether personality and electability can trump ideology. Many folks we know in GOP circles are skeptical.”

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President Obama Should Put Sens. Max Baucus, Mark Begich, Mark Pryor & Heidi Heitkamp on Blast Over Gun Control

Max Baucus, Mark Begich, Mark Pryor and Heidi Heitkamp voted against gun control

President Obama Should Put Sens. Max Baucus, Mark Begich, Mark Pryor & Heidi Heitkamp on Blast Over Gun Control

It’s time for a political demonstration over lawmakers voting the way the National Rifle Association wants just because they are beholden to them. Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are living proof that something must be done about preventing terrorists from getting guns in their hands. I say President Obama needs to make the lives of the Democratic senators who voted against gun control amendments a living hell. I would also throw New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte in the mix. These senators thumbed their noses at the wishes of 90 percent of Americans. I must say that I am very disappointed in President Obama. He wasn’t tough enough on these Democrats.

Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Max Baucus of Montanta and Mark Begich of Alaska are facing reelection in 2014. It’s time to send them home. Sorry. The Democrats deserve to lose their majority in the Senate. To echo Joe Scarborough, President Obama must take a stand and say, “I am going to make your life a living and breathing hell if you don’t help me take guns out of the wrong hands.” President should also make it clear that any bill Sen. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp manages to send to his desk will be vetoed. I never thought I would say this, but George W. Bush has more guts than President Obama. Whether he was wrong or right, he stood firm and talked tough.

Let’s not forget that Senate Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell have no vested interest in working with President Obama. They made that very clear in the past. This time wouldn’t have been any different. Forty-one Republicans blocked the Toomey-Manchin bipartisan bill because they hate President Obama.  From the way it looks, the Republicans fear Wayne LaPierre and the NRA than they do the president. Whatever. But the Democrats also squandered their opportunity to get this bill passed.

Left-leaning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd opines that President Obama doesn’t know how to govern. I am of the opinion that he really doesn’t know how to play the game in Washington D.C.

How is it that the president won the argument on gun safety with the public and lost the vote in the Senate? It’s because he doesn’t know how to work the system. And it’s clear now that he doesn’t want to learn, or to even hire some clever people who can tell him how to do it or do it for him.

It’s unbelievable that with 90 percent of Americans on his side, he could get only 54 votes in the Senate. It was a glaring example of his weakness in using leverage to get what he wants. No one on Capitol Hill is scared of him.

Even House Republicans who had no intention of voting for the gun bill marveled privately that the president could not muster 60 votes in a Senate that his party controls.

President Obama thinks he can use emotion to bring pressure on Congress. But that’s not how adults with power respond to things. He chooses not to get down in the weeds and pretend he values the stroking and other little things that matter to lawmakers. Source

Bill Daley makes a great argument against Heidi Heitkamp, who claims she voted against the amendments based on what her constituents wanted.

I want my money back.Last October, I gave $2,500 to support Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign to become North Dakota’s junior senator. A few weeks later, she won a surprise victory.

I have had a long career in government and politics, but I don’t donate heavily to political campaigns. When I contribute, it’s because I know the candidate well or am really impressed with the person. Heidi Heitkamp was one of the latter: She struck me as strong-willed, principled and an independent thinker.

But this week, Heitkamp betrayed those hopes. …

Polling has shown that nine in 10 Americans and eight in 10 gun owners support a law to require every buyer to go through a background check on every gun sale. In North Dakota, the support was even higher: 94 percent. Yet in explaining her vote, Heitkamp had the gall to say that she “heard overwhelmingly from the people of North Dakota” and had to listen to them and vote no. It seems more likely that she heard from the gun lobby and chose to listen to it instead.

It’s not too late for President Obama to get background check amendments passed. President Obama has to stand firm and make the lives of those Democrats who voted in favor of the NRA a living hell. The Democrats continue to squander their majority year after year. There are many ways to do that in Washington D.C. For starters, it’s time to send Max Baucus, Mark Pryor and Mark Begich home. President Obama isn’t the only one accountable to American voters. These lawmakers are too.

Stunning Defeat of Gun Control Overhaul Should Culminate in Lawmakers Being Kicked Out of Office in 2014 Elections

Gun Control overhaul fails thanks to National Rifle Association

Stunning Defeat of Gun Control Overhaul Should Culminate in Lawmakers Being Kicked Out of Office in 2014 Elections (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HinterlandGazette Editorial — Wednesday was a horrible day for the majority of Americans who wanted to see some type of gun control overhaul passed. What’s troubling is that it wasn’t just the background check amendment that went up in flames. Every other proposal concerning gun control did too. To echo President Obama, this shouldn’t be ignored, but remembered in the polling booth in the 2014 and 2016 elections. It’s quite clear, the National Rifle Association controls the majority of the Senate like puppets on a string.

Washington Post:  “It was a stunning collapse for gun-control advocates just four months after the deaths of 20 children and six adults in Newtown led the president and many others to believe that the political climate on guns had been altered in their favor.”


“But the biggest setback for the White House was the defeat of a measure to expand background checks to most gun sales. The Senate defied polls showing that nine in 10 Americans support the idea, which was designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.”

First Read: “Yesterday, even the most uncontroversial piece of gun legislation — a trafficking bill with NRA support — went down. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wouldn’t get cloture on the final bill, and he may pull the whole package from the floor as soon as today.”

Michael Tomasky : “You cannot oppose the will of 90 percent of the public and expect no consequences. You can’t have people saying what Rand Paul said, that monstrous comment of his about Newtown parents being “props,” and think that you haven’t offended and infuriated millions of people. You can’t introduce amendments that encourage moreinterstate transfer of weapons and give it the way-beyond-Orwellian name “safe communities” act and think that karma will never come back around on you. And you can’t sneer at the parents of dead 6-year-olds and expect that God isn’t watching and taking notes.”

If this isn’t proof that lawmakers thumb their noses at their constituents and ignore their wishes. Well, we’ll be urging you to remember those lawmakers up for reelection in 2014 who didn’t do your bidding in the gun control fight. Until the gun violence hits close to home, they will continue their love affair with the NRA. That includes Democrats and Republicans alike. The Democrats deserve to lose their majority edge in the Senate. You can’t just ignore the wishes of the vast majority of Americans who elected you to do as you please once you get to Washington D.C. Gun control overhaul was supported by 90% of Americans.

When one of these lawmakers lose a child, spouse or another relative to gun violence, they’ll sing another tune. Until then, they are willing to trample all over the victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting, the victims of the Newtown school massacre, the victims of Sikh temple shooting, and all the others victims of gun violence. That’s just shameful.

The group of cowards don’t realize that the impact of their votes will be largely positive on President Obama because it shows he fought for the victims of gun violence and their families.  David Axelrod said it best, “I don’t think there is any doubt that the President devoted himself fully to the cause of strengthening gun laws. The American people know that.” He added this on the subject of political fallout, “If there is some, it will be for those members of the Senate who defied 90% of the American people out of fear of reprisals from the NRA.” Enough said. Fe fi fo fum, 2014 elections here we come……


1. Sen. Rand Paul

2. Sen. Saxby Chambliss

3. Sen. Johnny Isakson

4. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

5. Sen. Mitch McConnell

6. Sen. Richard Shelby

7. Sen. Jeff Sessions

8. Sen. Marco Rubio

9. Sen. Jeff Flake

10. Sen. John Boozman

11. Sen. Tim Scott

12. Sen. Lisa Murkowski

13. Sen. Mike Crapo

14. Sen. Jim Risch

15. Sen. Dan Coats

16. Sen. Chuck Grassley

17. Sen. Pat Roberts

18. Sen. Jerry Moran

19. Sen. David Vitter

20. Sen. Thad Cochran

21. Sen. Roger Wicker (the one who got ricin letter)

22. Sen. Roy Blunt

23. Sen. Mike Johanns

24. Sen. Max Baucus

25. Sen. Mark Begich

26. Sen. Mark Pryor

27. Sen. Deb Fischer

28. Sen. Dean Heller

29. Sen. Kelly Ayotte

30. Sen. Richard Burr

31. Sen. John Hoeven

32. Sen. Rob Portman

33. Sen. Jim Inhofe

34. Sen. Tom Coburn

35. Sen. Lindsey Graham

36. Sen. John Thune

37. Sen. Lamar Alexander

38. Sen. Bob Corker

39. Sen. John Cornyn

40. Sen. Ted Cruz

41. Sen. Orrin Hatch

42. Sen. Mike Lee

43. Sen. Ron Johnson

44. Sen. Mike Enzi

45. Sen. John Barrasso

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Rick Warren: Matthew Warren Committed Suicide with Unregistered Gun Bought on Internet

Pastor Rick Warren son Matthew Warren unregistered gun in suicide

Rick Warren: Matthew Warren Committed Suicide with Unregistered Gun Bought on Internet (Saddleback Church)

Pastor Rick Warren said his son, Matthew Warren, committed suicide with an unregistered gun he purchased on the Internet. The serial number was reportedly scratched off the gun, making it virtually impossible to trace.

“I pray he seeks God’s forgiveness,” wrote Warren, a best-selling author and the head of Saddleback Church, referring to whoever sold his son the gun. “I forgive him.”

Law enforcement authorities have the gun they believe Matthew Warren used to kill himself, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino.

Amormino said he could not say from where, or whom, the 27-year-old got the weapon. But he did confirm the gun was not registered, adding that its serial number had been scratched off.

“(The fact) the serial number is scratched off … is going to make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to trace,”  Amormino said. Source

Rand Paul Gun Control Filibuster Threat Fizzles as Senate Votes to Begin Debate

Sen. Rand Paul’s gun control bill filibuster threat failed in the Senate. The U.S. Senate voted 68-31 to begin gun control bill debate. GOP ayes include Ayotte, McCain, Alexander, Corker, Chambliss, Toomey, Flake, Isaakson, Graham, Kirk, Wicker, Coburn and Collins.

The procedural vote followed a breakthrough by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, on broadening background checks to include private purchases at gun shows and on the Internet.

CT Gov. Dan Malloy Compares NRA’s Wayne LaPierre to a ‘Circus Clown’ on Gun Control

CT Gov. Dan Malloy compares NRA Wayne LaPierre to circus clowns

CT Gov. Dan Malloy Compares NRA’s Wayne LaPierre to ‘Circus Clowns’ on Gun Control

LOL: Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy slammed NRA vice president on Candy Crowley’s “State of the Union” show saying he “reminds me of the clowns at the circus. They get the most attention.”

That’s what he’s paid to do. But the reality is is that the gun that was used to kill 26 people on December 14th was legally purchased in the state of Connecticut even though we had an Assault Weapons Ban. But there were loopholes in it that you could drive a truck through. This guy is so out of whack, it’s unbelievable. 92% of the american people want universal background checks. I can’t get on a plane as the Governor of the state of Connecticut without somebody running a background check on me. Why should you be able to buy a gun? Or buy armor-piercing munitions? It doesn’t make any sense. He doesn’t make any sense. Thus my reference to the circus.[…]

Bring it back to reality. Why are they against universal background checks when 92% of the American public is in favor of them? If they can’t answer that question — and they can’t, Candy — What this is about is the ability of the gun industry to sell as many guns to as many people as possible even if they’re deranged, even if they’re mentally ill, evening if they have a criminal background, they don’t care. They want to sell guns.

Gov. Dan Malloy comparing Wayne LaPierre to a circus clown is priceless. LOL. Send in the clowns……Haha.

Wayne LaPierre — circus clown:

Denver Cops Take to Facebook to Whine About Obama Using Cops as Backdrop During Gun Control Speech

Few Denver cops whine about Obama gun control speech

Denver Cops Take to Facebook to Whine About Obama Using Cops as Backdrop During Gun Control Speech (Hinterland Gazette)

President Obama can’t win with the right wing, no matter how hard he tries. Some Denver cops, retired and active, complained that the President shouldn’t use law enforcement officers to stand behind him as he gives a speech on gun control at the Denver Police Academy. They believe it sends the wrong message, as though law enforcement stands behind him in his push for universal background checks and stricter gun control.

Some current and former Denver police officers have taken to Facebook to criticize President Barack Obama’s planned use of Denver police officers as a backdrop for a Wednesday speech on gun control.

“This is wrong and it shouldn’t be happening,” said Mike Rossi, a retired Denver police detective who left the department in 2005.

CBS4 has learned that the Denver Police Department has been asking for officers — in uniform — to volunteer to stand behind Obama as he makes his speech Wednesday at the Denver Police Academy. Source

Mike Rossi might be in the minority, since numerous police officers volunteered to stand behind the president. I would imagine the police officers, more than anyone, would want tighter gun control measures and less guns on the streets. I guess Mike Rossi didn’t get the news that yet another law enforcement officer was gunned down as he sat in his car — Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot at point blank range by Tennis Melvin Maynard. Sheriff Crum’s murder comes days after Kaufman County TX district attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia, were found shot to death in their home.

According to media reports, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund preliminary data shows since April 2, 2012, 28 police officers have been killed nationwide, with 13 of those murders caused by guns.  So excuse me while I take the complaints of a handful of Denver cops whining with a grain of salt.

During his speech, President Obama rejected concerns that new background checks might lead to gun confiscation, saying, “I am constrained by a system our founders put in place,”

Jim Carrey ‘Cold Dead Hand’ Tweets Mocking Assault Rifle Owners Sparks Right Wing Freak-Out

Right wing freak-out over Jim Carrey’s ‘Cold Dead Hand’ tweets about assault rifle owners who are ‘unwilling’ to bend for the safety of our kids. He also added, if “sorry if you are offended by the word safety.” Robert Zimmerman Jr. sends racist tweet comparing Trayvon Martin to alleged baby killer DeMarquise Elkins and Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy is silent.