Following a week where 21 people across Ohio died by gun violence – including a police officer in Cleveland, Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, renewed calls for the state legislature to pass a slate of gun control measures.
After the mass shooting in 2019 in Dayton, DeWine pushed the General Assembly to pass several measures that would expand background checks and increase penalties on unlawful gun possession. Thus far, the Republican-controlled legislature has balked at taking up any of his proposals.
During his Tuesday coronavirus briefing, DeWine said his office tracked 40 shootings across Ohio from Sept. 1-7. Twenty-one of those victims died.
“I’m going to keep saying. We have to, in Ohio, get tougher on repeat violent offenders,” DeWine said. “We have to get tougher on those who are convicted felons who have absolutely no business owning a gun. We have to do this. We have pending in the state legislature a bill that would do that and I urge my friends in the general assembly to take that bill up.”
A Democratic Congressman prompted backlash this week after he claimed that anyone owning a gun in America has small genitals.
Illinois Rep. Sean Casten made the comments during a Zoom call with college students last week.
“If you are a constitutionalist, unless you’re a member of well-regulated militia, tell me why you need to own a gun, right? Having small genitals is not a sufficient reason to own a gun,” Casten declared.
There you have it, an elected representative seriously proclaiming that if you exercise your Second Amendment rights it must mean you have a tiny penis (or vagina, presumably for women gun owners).
Casten is a strict gun control advocate, has pushed legislation to increase background checks, ban ‘assault weapons’, and has endorsed the anti-gun group Everytown.
If adopted, the 2020 Democratic Party platform would be the most vigorous attack on the Second Amendment by a major political party in our nation’s history. And in selecting Kamala Harris as his running mate, Joe Biden confirmed that failed Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s boast that “Hell yes, we’re gonna take your AR-15, your AK-47” was not an idle threat. The platform lays out a roadmap for subverting our gun rights by creating federal laws and using federal money to bribe the states into invading private matters.
According to section “Ending the Epidemic of Gun Violence” in their 2020 platform, Democrats plan to:
“Enact universal background checks”
This is a favorite goal of liberals that would do very little to lower violent crime or suicide, as even the left-wing Vox reported: “Establishing a background check system, as the U.S. has already done on a national scale, likely affects. But making the system more comprehensive or universal doesn’t seem to have a significant effect on its own, at least at a population level.” But depending on how the law reads, it could open the door to the government requiring a background check even when gifting a firearm to a family member or friend.
Letitia James claimed the National Rifle Association (NRA) was a “terrorist organization” during an interview with Ebony magazine, one week before she was elected to the office of New York attorney general.
James won the November 6, 2018, election for New York attorney general. A week before that, on October 31, 2018, Ebonyasked James, “What is the most important issue you have heard from prospective voters?”
She gave a broad-based response, which included tying “gun violence” to the repeal of the individual mandate in Obamacare.
Democratic candidate Joe Biden promised Tuesday to enact stricter gun control measures, citing policies that have already failed.
Biden wrote “One year ago, just hours after the massacre in El Paso, nine precious lives were cut short in Dayton. In the wake of the tragedies, Donald Trump promised the most modest of gun safety policies, then caved to the NRA and failed to deliver.”
He continued, “As president, I’ll take on the powerful gun lobby to pass universal background checks, ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and close loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands. We can and will end our gun violence epidemic.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County sheriff said Tuesday gun shops are not essential businesses and ordered deputies to make sure they were closed during the coronavirus crisis — a move that was contradicted hours later when the county’s top lawyer said the shops could be open.
Los Angeles, the nation’s largest county with 10 million residents, enacted a stay-at-home order last week that required all nonessential businesses to close to slow the spread of the virus.
The county order — and an executive order from Gov. Gavin Newsom — did not specifically mention gun shops, prompting the Los Angeles County counsel’s office to issue a statement late Tuesday saying it has “opined that gun stores qualify as essential businesses.”
It was not immediately clear what the conflicting guidance meant for gun stores.
Champaign, Illinois mayor Deborah Frank Feinen signed an executive order giving herself the power to order the seizure of firearms, ammunition, alcohol and gasoline during the coronavirus pandemic.
The executive order also enables the government to “take possession of private property” and cut off an individual’s access to gas, water or electricity.
The city promised to “keep the public’s best interest in mind” while also handing itself the power to shut down all liquor stores and bars, although Gov. J.B. Pritzker has already ordered the shut down of all bars and schools across Illinois until March 30.
Champaign, Illinois, Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen (D) issued an executive order Thursday that gives her the power to halt ammunition and firearm sales in the city.
The City of Champaign announced the executive order, saying:
Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen issued an Executive Order declaring the existence of a local emergency in the City of Champaign related to the COVID-19 virus, which is causing or is anticipated to cause widespread impacts on the health of members of the community.
Provisions in Chapter 12 of the Champaign Municipal Code provide the Mayor authorization to declare an emergency for a limited period of time.
This allows the Mayor to exercise significant emergency powers at the inception of the emergency, and then to provide an opportunity for the City Council, as a whole, to deal with an emergency.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gun rights supporters are suing Connecticut officials over part of a 2013 state gun control law passed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, saying it unconstitutionally bans people from loading more than 10 rounds of ammunition into their firearms.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court cites the Second Amendment right to bear arms and the ability of people to better defend themselves with more bullets in their guns.
“Law abiding gun owners in Connecticut are left more susceptible to harm or death by being limited in their means of self-defense,” Holly Sullivan, president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, said in a written statement. “Criminals who are intent on doing harm will not follow this same law.”