A group of California teachers protested their own retirement system last week because their retirement fund is still invested after several mass shootings including Sandy Hook last year. California State Teachers Retirement System, or CalSTRS, has a portfolio of about $190 billion, and it is the second largest public pension in the country. A representative from the retirement fund, which would include a loss for the teachers, estimated that it could take years for a full divestment. Either way, doesn’t it seem odd that people are blaming the gun manufacturer for the gun crime and not, you know, the individual?
A Connecticut Democratic Representative is set to introduce a bill that would grant a $2000 tax credit for individuals who surrender assault weapons. According to Rep. Rosa DeLauro, “Assault weapons are not about hunting, or even self-defense. There is no reason on earth, other than to kill as many possible in as short a time as possible, that anyone needs a gun designed for a battlefield.” This bill was defeated by a Republican congress the last time it was introduced, and it will likely be defeated again. Especially because it is ludicrous to say that those rifles are not used for defense.
A Nebraska business owner returned from his lunch to his furniture store and saw an altercation taking place in his parking lot. One man was holding up another man at knifepoint. The business owner, Lucuas (?) Gerdes, instinctively grabbed his firearm, and held the knife wielder at gunpoint until the police arrived. No one was harmed. Mom’s Demand Action did release a statement following the incident in which no one got hurt with a gun. [insert sound effect of crickets chirping]
Finally this week, Walmart may be unable to continue selling firearms and ammunition. A shareholder, Trinity Wall Street Church in New York, sued the company for refusing to place a proposal on the ballot that would suspend all firearms. The lawsuit was won, but Walmart appealed. A decision is expected soon. Some experts believe that the decision will be overturned, and that the lawsuit is simply because anti-gunners can’t win at the state or federal level. In any case, any business or corporation should have the right to sell or not sell whatever they choose.