Students, Guns and Politics:
New legislation in Arizona, Texas, Florida, Nebraska, New Mexico and Oklahoma would legalize the “concealed carry” of weapons on college campuses, and many student governments in those states are mobilizing against the bills. Meanwhile, the few other campuses that already allow weapons are waiting to see whether this year marks a real shift in gun policy, or is just another short-lived reaction to a tragedy.
Knee-jerk reactions are rarely good in the long term. And knee-jerk reactions that restrict freedoms are, IMHO, practically indefensible. And critics who try to use Virginia Tech as an example of why concealed carry should be banned on college campuses are either clueless or lying, because concealed carry was banned on the VT campus at the time of the shootings.
Joe’s Crabby Shack is closing up shop:
After years of badgering, watchdogging, and challenging the state’s political leaders, they have called my bluff.
I can’t get into the details, but I have accepted a position that will allow me to carry on the effort to protect Nebraskan’s legal ability to own and carry firearms on the insider level. I’m going to work for the G (state-level G, anyway).
Good luck, Joe.
Acknowledging state law trumps a local ordinance, the Kearney City Council has repealed the city’s 51-year-old total ban on carrying concealed firearms.
The council’s 4-1 vote came in the wake of an opinion issued by Attorney General Jon Bruning which said cities and towns cannot effectively override a 2007 statute which allows qualified Nebraskans to carry concealed handguns.
Excellent news! (via Uncle)
Joe’s Crabby Shack on a string of armed robberies in a local strip mall:
Now, can anyone tell me why armed thugs pick these properties to rob?
Here’s a hint: When I’m hungry, I go to where the food is.
Really, next to the “no guns allowed” signage, they strip mall owners should just put up some “no crime allowed” signage.
Those watching things closely may have noticed a trend:
These are all from the past two or three days and aren’t simply re-runs of AP items in different papers. All of these have considerable, if not exclusively, local content. I could easily have included many, many more.
No doubt, the media coverage is feeding the flames a bit. As is the fact that hunting seasons are kicking off or underway in most states right now. But the trend is unmistakable.
It doesn’t seem to be localized to the bitter, clingy parts of the nation. Or to the red states.
Joe’s Crabby Shack points out Another Unpossible.
Why is it that criminals keep bringing weapons into gun-free zones? Aren’t the signs large enough?
Suspect held after 3 swimmers killed in Wisc.
Sheriff’s authorities said a man armed with a military-style assault rifle shot and killed the three Michigan teenagers and wounded a 20-year-old Michigan man Thursday evening. The group had gathered to go swimming near the Wisconsin-Michigan border near Niagara, Wisconsin…
The victims had gathered near a railroad bridge on the Menominee River when the gunman came out of the woods and opened fire about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Sheriff Mike Kanikula.
Other reports I’ve seen indicate that the shooter was within ten feet of one of his targets when he fired and that there was no communication between the shooter and the victims. There were 9 kids gathered at the time.
I’ve been unable to find out what sort of “military-style assault rifle” was used in the crime.