Following the tragedy in South Carolina, anti-gunners reintroduced a bill that would make all gun transactions require a universal background check. This means a push for a national gun registry will probably be killed in the legislature. This is in spite of numerous prior defeats of this measure, and it flies in the face of statistics from the Bureau of Justice that show that background checks do not prevent criminals from stealing or buying guns through loopholes. And the anti-gunners clearly aren’t aware that one third of murders, 59 percent of robberies, and 78 percent of aggravated assaults that are reported to law enforcement are committed without firearms. But the idea of universal background checks, and thus a gun registry, is still alive and well.
Wal-Mart has made news in recent months with its newfound social conscience. Earlier this year, the retail giant threatened to stop doing business in the state of Indiana after the state enacted a law that “protected religious freedom” by allowing discrimination against same sex couples and homosexuals in Indiana. Wal-Mart also raised wages for half a million employees this year. Now, some are calling for Wal-Mart to take a stand on guns- to stop selling firearms in their stores. This has not happened as of yet, but it would be a huge win for gun control, and thus a significant blow to the progress made in the last few years by gun rights activists.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed two new laws on Wednesday that expand the rights of gun owners by removing a 48 hour waiting period for those looking to purchase a firearm. The other will allow off-duty or retired police officers to carry concealed weapons at public schools. This is a big step and a strong showing from a popular Republican presidential candidate who has a great record on guns. We don’t always trust police officers, but allowing them into schools with guns, even off duty, will make schools safer. And the 48 hour waiting period will prevent murders like the one in New Jersey last week, where a woman was stabbed by her ex while her gun license was pending.
Finally this week, a Domino’s delivery driver is still alive thanks to his defiance for the pizza company’s no guns policy. Slayde Henry, a driver in Hollywood, Florida, was returning to his store from a delivery run when 2 armed men approached him and attempted to rob him. At that point, Henry drew his firearm and shot at the two men, killing one, while the other fled. Domino’s released a statement saying that the workplace is in a no gun zone. This is PR speak for “Henry will likely be let go.” Dominos, incidentally, has had 8 employees shot (at least) and 3 of those 8 killed since the start of 2012. That does not include drivers beaten at gunpoint, locked in their own trunks, or one particularly bad attack in which a female driver was raped and robbed. Domino’s: wise up! Protect your employees.