We wanted to start the news by doing a quick fact check exercise about the campus carry debate going on in Texas right now. First, it has been reported by the liberal media in Texas that 75% of police chiefs oppose campus carry. This is not true, because that poll did not ask about campus carry, only open carry. There have been other reports that Texas A&M already has a campus carry system in place. This is outright false. Finally, several op-eds and stories have said that most Texans oppose campus carry. However, a Texas Tribune poll recently found that 45% of people oppose campus carry while 47% support it. So I suppose the real story this week is how the media doesn’t want campus carry in Texas.
Two Senators stood tall for gun control this week. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill that would repeal DC’s draconian gun control laws, and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) proposed an amendment that would ban federally mandated gun control. The latter bill would remove any danger of a liberal president or a liberal congress from stripping gun owners of their rights. Both of these bills come on the heels of the ATF’s failure to ban so-called “armor-piercing” rounds for the AR-15 that the President unsuccessfully tried to ban. Republicans are delivering on their promise to fight for gun rights while President Obama is failing to keep his promise to restrict our freedoms. We feel this is a win-win.
This week in “Liberals Getting it Wrong,” and Iowa State volleyball player published an op-ed in which she stated that she had never owned or fired a gun, but that she knew they were bad and no one should be able to own them without making their gun ownership public record. That’s like saying ice cream is bad and no one should eat it. This news just in: ice cream is delicious and guns are good, and you should have as much or as little as you want.
Sam Piccinini, a republican candidate for sheriff in Pennsylvania, is making waves with his installation of vending machines at a local gun club. That doesn’t sound exciting, but the machines are actually vending ammo, not snacks. Piccinini fills the machine with his self-manufactured ammo. The best part is that this isn’t just a stunt: it’s totally and completely legal, and attorneys for the gun club and ammo company reviewed the set up, and Texas Fish & Game has deemed it completely legitimate.
An Oregon Senate bill currently under consideration is seeking to require all private gun transfers to go through a dealer. The foolish people who wrote the bill have scheduled it for a hearing on April Fool’s day, which sounds fitting. Many are estimating that this bill will end up costing way more than the current system, and it’s doubtful that any form of privacy will be kept intact. We will keep you updated on this bill’s progress, and you can support the effort to kill this bill by going to oregonfirearms.org to support the Oregon Firearms Federation.