House Bill 875 Seeks to Expand Georgia’s Stand Your Ground Law

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House Bill 875 Seeks to Expand Georgia’s Stand Your Ground Law (Credit: Wikipedia)

#StandYourGround:  Georgia’s “Safe Carry Protection Act” (HB 875) seeks to expand the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground legislation. It would allow people to carry guns almost anywhere they choose, including schools, bars, churches, government buildings and airports. Lucia McBath, the mother of teen Jordan Davis, who was murdered by Michael Dunn after an altercation about ‘thug music,’ is leading the charge against this bill.

Stand Your Ground laws, which was made famous by the murder of Trayvon Martin by overzealous neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, allowed armed citizens to defend themselves with deadly force if they feel threatened and believe they face physical harm.

HB 875, which was introduced by state Rep. Rick Jasperse, could be passed next week during before the current legislative session ends on March 20. Laura Cutiletta, a staff attorney with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence told PolitiFact“Of all the bills pending right now in state legislatures, this is the most sweeping and most dangerous.”

It should also be noted that Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun reform advocacy group founded by former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords who was shot in the head by Jared Loughner, called HB 875 the “guns everywhere” bill. Of course, the National Rifle Association is embracing this bill, calling it “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history.”

HB875 would not only overturn current state laws, it would also roll back concealed-carry restrictions and would loosen other gun regulations in Georgia, according to the NRA-ILA. The bill would:

  • Removal of fingerprinting requirement for gun license renewals
  • Ban the state from keeping a gun license database
  • Repeal the state licensing requirement for firearms dealers (requiring only a federal firearms license)
  • Expand gun owner rights in a declared state of emergency by prohibiting government authorities from seizing, registering, or otherwise limiting the carrying of guns in any way permitted by law before the emergency was declared
  • Lower the age to obtain a concealed-carry license from 21 to 18 for active-duty military and honorably discharged veterans who’ve completed basic training
  • Prohibit detaining someone for the sole purpose of checking whether they have a gun license  (H/T Mother Jones)

I am urging the residents of Georgia who are against Stand Your Ground laws to call your state representative and let he or she know you don’t want this bill passed. It could mean more unarmed black and Hispanic teens will be gunned down by cowards hiding behind a so-called threat.

 House Bill 875 Seeks to Expand Georgias Stand Your Ground Law

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

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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?

Right Wingnut John Hinderaker Blames Obama, Eric Holder for Increase in Mass Murders

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Right Wingnut John Hinderaker Blames Obama, Eric Holder for Increase in Mass Murders (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)

So, Power Line’s John Hinderaker is blaming President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder for the increase in mass shootings that have occurred since the a black man ascended the U.S. presidency. Hinderaker is chomping at the bit to assign blame to the Obama administration in response to Eric Holder’s comments that the number of mass shootings have tripled. Holder said between 2000 and 2008, the U.S. experienced an average of five mass shootings every year, but since then the annual average has tripled. He said so far this year, there have been at least 12.

So, now this is his and Obama’s fault? The right wing has no limits on how low it will go. This is ridiculous on so many levels, but the comments in response to the article are even crazier. Talk about a bunch of raving lunatics! The right wing are masters at shifting blame.

HAVE BARACK OBAMA AND ERIC HOLDER CAUSED AN INCREASE IN MASS MURDER?

… Still, one wonders: why has the Obama/Holder administration seen a tripling in attempted mass murders, even as the overall homicide rate has continued to decline? It might be coincidence. But it also may be that the hysterical publicity given to each such incident has encouraged others. During the last few years, the Democratic Party news media have enthusiastically promoted stories about “shooters,” hoping to aid the Obama administration in its gun control initiatives.

I guess President Obama and Eric Holder are taking over the minds of the mass shooters because they hate white people. Oh, wait, Washington D.C. Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was black. Um, I guess he looks like President Obama, so that doesn’t count.

Let’s not rain on the parade of the wingnuts. But I can’t help shaking my head at the absurdity of his ‘reasoning.’ In fact, if the truth be told, if anyone is “encouraging … unstable individuals” to secure guns, it’s the gun lobby,  namely the National Rifle Association, which is only too happy to say more good people with guns are needed to combat bad people with guns.

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre on Navy Yard Shooting: “There Weren’t Enough Good Guys with Guns”

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NRA’s Wayne LaPierre on Navy Yard Shooting: “There Weren’t Enough Good Guys with Guns”

The National Rifle Association’s clown car rolled through “Meet the Press” on Sunday…..

NRA bigwig Wayne LaPierre contends that if there were more good guys with guns at the Washington Navy Yard then more people would have been saved from Aaron Alexis shooting rampage. Um, the first person Aaron Alexis killed was a good guy with a gun. Never mind the fact that the Navy Yard is a ‘gun-free’ zone.

NRA is calling today for layers of security around our military bases,” LaPierre said, a similar ex cathedra statement to one he gave after the Sandy Hook shooting for armed guards in schools. “The whole country knows the problem is there weren’t enough good guys with guns. When the good guys with guns got there, it stopped.”

[David] Gregory pointed out that there were armed guards at the Navy Yard.

“How could anybody look at what happened this week and say there was enough security?” LaPierre said. “We need to turn seven minutes response, we need to turn thirty minutes before they bring down the shooter, into seven seconds and thirty seconds. That’s when we need to be doing and that’s what I’m talking about with armed response. There’s not a homeowner in northern Virginia, that if somebody is breaking in their door, would be satisfied with thirty minutes.”

LaPierre also called repeatedly for an effort to fix the “broken” mental health system. Gregory asked if he would be comfortable with someone who was voluntarily committed being barred from owning a gun.

“I think if they adjudicate you like Virginia has done now, where if you’re involuntarily committed or if the mental health people say you’re dangerous, you need to be in the system,” LaPierre responded, noting that people like Alexis needed to be committed. “If we leave these homicidal maniacs on the street—they don’t obey the law, they’re going to kill!”

LaPierre also brushed aside more restrictions on gun sales. Source:  Mediaite

US Navy Releases Biographical Data on Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis, Who was an IT Contractor

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US Navy Releases Biographical Data on Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis, Who was an IT Contractor (Photo credit: Busted Mugshots)

The U.S. Navy released biographical data for suspected Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, who killed 12 people in Building 197 Monday morning. He served in the Navy Reserves from 2007-2011. Alexis, who worked as an IT contractor, received two awards during his military service. Aaron Alexis had a “pattern of misconduct,” the LA Times reports. The gun used in the Navy Yard shooting was reportedly purchased in Lorton, Va.

The Seattle Times also reports Aaron Alexis was arrested after shooting out the tires of another man’s vehicle in Seattle in 2004. He described that incident as an ‘anger-fueled blackout.’ His father claims his son suffered from Post Traumatic Stress disorder.

Aaron Alexis reportedly had an access card to get into the Navy Yard because of his subcontractor job with The Experts, which is connected to HP Enterprise. Alexis, who is dabbled with Buddhism, had his security clearance updated in July 2013.

US Navy Releases Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis’ Biographical Data

NRA Claims NSA Surveillance Programs Could be Used as ‘Backdoor’ for National Gun Registry

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NRA Claims NSA Surveillance Programs Could be Used as ‘Backdoor’ for National Gun Registry

The National Rifle Association has started a new freak-out. The leaders of the NRA plan to press members of Congress to block the NSA’s surveillance program to collect records of phone calls made by Americans, claiming these efforts can be used as a “backdoor” to construct a national gun registry. SMH. What’s sad is that there are people who will believe this mess coming from the NRA.

“We will be up there and we will be making our feelings known,” David Keene, a member of the NRA’s executive board who served until this spring as the group’s president, told NBC News. “Our members are concerned about this. This metadata can be used to construct a list” of every gun owner.

Keene’s comments signaled a new determination by the gun lobby to take up opposition to the NSA surveillance efforts as a political cause, joining with civil liberties groups and others on the left who have been lobbying against the program for months, and potentially complicating the Obama administration’s efforts to preserve the phone surveillance program.

The comments came as NRA board members gathered this weekend in Arlington, Va., for a quarterly meeting and to celebrate the gun lobby’s latest political coup: Its defeat of two state senators in Colorado — including the state Senate president — in a special recall election pushed by the NRA as payback for the lawmakers’ support of gun control measures….. Source: NBC News

Iowa Granting Gun Permits to People Who are Legally or Completely Blind

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Iowa Granting Gun Permits to People Who are Legally or Completely Blind (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WTF: Iowa is granting permits to purchase or carry guns in public to people who are legally or completely blind. It’s not enough that some mentally ill people are getting their hands on guns, but now the blind.

No one questions the legality of the permits. State law does not allow sheriffs to deny an Iowan the right to carry a weapon based on physical ability.

The quandary centers squarely on public safety. Advocates for the disabled and Iowa law enforcement officers disagree over whether it’s a good idea for visually disabled Iowans to have weapons.

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“I’m not an expert in vision,” Delaware County Sheriff John LeClere said. “At what point do vision problems have a detrimental effect to fire a firearm? If you see nothing but a blurry mass in front of you, then I would say you probably shouldn’t be shooting something.” Source: USA Today

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Blames Media as “Silent Enablers If Not Complicit Co-Conspirators” in Shooting Massacre

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NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Blames Media as “Silent Enablers If Not Complicit Co-Conspirators” in Shooting Massacre(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The National Rifle Association held a press conference and blamed everyone under the sun, except admitting that a ban on assault weapon would be a good starting place to curb the mass shootings that we have experienced over the past few years, with increasing frequency and intensity. Wayne LaPierre blamed the media as “silent enablers if not complicit co-conspirators” for allowing violent culture to come into children’s homes.

He said we care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service, but when it comes to our kids, we do the opposite.  The press conference was interrupted twice by protesters yelling “blood is on the hands of the NRA” and “the NRA is killing our children.” He also claims that an armed security guard would have stopped Adam Lanza.

Wayne LaPierre called on Congress to appropriate funds to put armed security guards in schools before January. He asked what if Adam Lanza was confronted by an armed security at Sandy Hook Elementary School? That armed security guard could have also been killed if he was taken by surprise and the shooting massacre would have still occurred. Three words to describe Wayne LaPierre — bat-shit crazy.

Wayne LaPierre said former congressman Asa Hutchinson will help with its new “National School Shield” program. His insensitivity is mindboggling — blaming everyone else for the horrific tragedy that befell Sandy Hook Elementary School such as Congress,  President Obama, foreign aid, movies,  music videos, sports stadiums, the people who oppose the NRA, the video game manufacturers, Hollywood, the medical community. If you can stomach the bullshit click on the “transcript” link below to read his comments or watch the video.  Wayne LaPierre had a public meltdown during this so-called press conference and if anything, it is further proof that gun control is a must.

It would seem that Mr. LaPierre forgot Columbine High School had an armed guard, Neil Gardner, a sheriff’s deputy, who was assigned to watch Columbine High School, as a community resource officer. He  usually ate lunch with the students, so he could be in the school. On that day, he was called to the “back lot” when the custodian found the first body. Needless to say, the gunmen wreaked havoc, even though an armed officer was on the school grounds.

In closing, in case Wayne LaPierre doesn’t realize this, here are the results of a PPP poll which show  63-64% support for assault weapons and high capacity magazine bans, while 76% support for closing the gun show loophole, and 93% support for mandatory criminal background checks before selling guns. While he was delivering his diatribe, four people were killed in Frankstown Township, Pa., including the gunman, and three state troopers were injured. Um, I guess now we need a police officer or armed guard stationed on every street in the U.S. No need for gun control.

UPDATE:  The American Federation of Teachers responded to the NRA statement:  “Schools must be safe sanctuaries, not armed fortresses. “

Former RNC chairman Michael Steele called the NRA’s statements “very haunting and very disturbing.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said armed guards won’t make schools safer:  “In general I don’t think that the solution to safety in schools is putting an armed guard because for it to be really effective in my view, from a law enforcement perspective, you have to have an armed guard at every classroom,” he said during an event in Newark Friday morning. “Because if you just have an armed guard at the front door then what if this guy had gone around to the side door? There’s many doors in and out of schools.”

Read the transcript from the NRA’s press conference.

Watch the press conference:

 NRAs Wayne LaPierre Blames Media as Silent Enablers If Not Complicit Co Conspirators in Shooting Massacre

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee Seeks Meeting with NRA Over John Holmes Aurora Shooting Rampage

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Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee Seeks Meeting with NRA Over John Holmes Aurora Shooting Rampage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

REP. SHEILA JACKSON-LEE SEEKS MEETING WITH NRA:  Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) is seeking a meeting with the National Rifle Association (NRA) to see if there are any ways to find an agreement on how to prevent tragedies like the Aurora shooting massacre last Friday at the premiere of the new Batman movie, “Dark Knight Rises,” that left 12 dead and 58 wounded. Sheila Jackson-Lee, who once wanted hurricanes to have more black sounding names, said late Monday from the House floor, “I’m going to invite the National Rifle Association to one of my meetings. I want to sit down and talk to them about how we can work together.” Ain’t nothing like Sheila Jackson-Lee mucking up any situation.

 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Seeks Meeting with NRA Over John Holmes Aurora Shooting Rampage

Ann Coulter: NRA’s Proud History of Fighting KKK Airbrushed from History by Democrats

 Ann Coulter: NRAs Proud History of Fighting KKK Airbrushed from History by Democrats

Ann Coulter: NRA's Proud History of Fighting KKK Airbrushed from History by Democrats (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every now and then conservative windbag Ann Coulter makes a valid point, but then she goes back to being her onerous self. She wrote an article stating the National Rifle Association has gone to bat to blacks since the end of the Civil War, even taking a stand when civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was denied a gun permit because of his race. I have to be honest, I don’t care much for the whole gun debate, but I found Ann Coulter’s article pretty riveting. That doesn’t mean I agree with her on her positions on the issues, but she made a valid point that the Democrats and their then-offshoot, the Ku Klux Klan, were a thorn in the sides of blacks at the height of the struggle for racial justice and equality. But I guess the tables have turned now since that fringe element that has now swung to the Republican camp.

Here’s an excerpt from Ann Coulter’s article entitled, “Negroes with Guns” (note the title, which is meant to be provocative):

Gun control laws were originally promulgated by Democrats to keep guns out of the hands of blacks. This allowed the Democratic policy of slavery to proceed with fewer bumps and, after the Civil War, allowed the Democratic Ku Klux Klan to menace and murder black Americans with little resistance.

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In 1640, the very first gun control law ever enacted on these shores was passed in Virginia. It provided that blacks — even freemen — could not own guns.

Chief Justice Roger Taney’s infamous opinion in Dred Scott v. Sandford circularly argued that blacks could not be citizens because if they were citizens, they would have the right to own guns: “[I]t would give them the full liberty,” he said, “to keep and carry arms wherever they went.”

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After the war, Democratic legislatures enacted “Black Codes,” denying black Americans the rights of citizenship — such as the rather crucial one of bearing arms — while other Democrats (sometimes the same Democrats) founded the Ku Klux Klan.

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Following the firebombing of his house in 1956, Dr. Martin Luther King, who was, among other things, a Christian minister, applied for a gun permit, but the Alabama authorities found him unsuitable. A decade later, he won a Nobel Peace Prize.  Source

So, while Ann Coulter’s screed about the NRA going to bat for blacks in the early days is quite riveting, let’s fast-forward to 2012 and the Trayvon Martin case, to see if her argument is strong. George Zimmerman, who murdered Trayvon Martin, has a right to bear arms, but the “stand your ground” law behind which he seems to be hiding doesn’t seem to be a plausible reason for why he shot the teen. You see, how one defines being threatened varies from person to person. Therein lies the problem with the “stand your ground” law. Besides, he formulated the opinion early in the encounter with the teen that he was up to no good and “they always get away.” He was told quite clearly not to follow him, but he did. He should have gotten in his car and sat there as the 911 dispatcher told him.

I am beholden to neither the Republican or Democratic parties. I find the Democratic Party has taken the black community for granted and the Republican Party doesn’t even try to appeal to the black community, but that’s for another debate. So, whether the NRA gives a hoot about blacks or not is quite irrelevant in this case. It doesn’t have a bone in this dogfight, other than the “stand your ground” law must be amended or abolished because it cannot adequately define what constitutes a threat to one’s life.  Nice try Ann Coulter, just remind blacks of what a group of whites did for them during one of the darkest periods in American history. Let’s be real. The NRA didn’t do all that you claim for the love of blacks. Further, I don’t believe one bit that KKK is making a comeback. Gone are the days of Jim Crow and seeing black men hanging from trees without public outrage and pushback.

 Ann Coulter: NRAs Proud History of Fighting KKK Airbrushed from History by Democrats