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Assault Style Weapons Pulled from Dick’s Shelves Will be Destroyed

Back in February, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced they would be pulling all assault style weapons from their Field & Stream store shelves, along with raising the age to buy firearms in their stores to 21.  Their stores would also no longer carry high capacity magazines or sell bump stocks.

Dick’s had pulled the weapons off the shelves in their main stores after Sandy Hook, but the offshoot store Field & Stream was still carrying semi-automatic riffles.

Many have wondered what the chain would do with the unsold merchandise and now we have an answer: Dick’s is destroying  all of it.

The Pittsburgh-Post Gazette reports that the guns are being destroyed at Dick’s distribution centers and the company is following guidelines outlined by the federal government to complete the process. Parts will be sent to a salvage company for recycling.

A spokesperson for Dick’s did not say how much merchandise was being destroyed and also did not comment on what the retailer did with the guns they pulled in 2012.

Most of the response on Twitter was positive.

 

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Charlie Kirk Unwelcome at Parkland High School

Charlie Kirk, the founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, was recently invited to speak to students about the right to bear arms by outspoken 2A advocate and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school student Kyle Kashuv.

Kirk was excited about the opportunity, posting on his Twitter account that “I have been invited by students at Parkland high school to come as a guest speaker in the coming 2 weeks. I excitedly accept and look forward to discussing our right to bear arms in front of a captive student audience This is of course unless I get blocked by the administration.”

Twenty-four hours later, school administrators vetoed the idea, stating through spokesperson Cathleen Brennan that “The school’s administration has met with the student organizers and advised them that non-school sponsored, student-initiated guest speaker assemblies/meetings are not permitted to take place on campus.”

In addition to students protesting the event, some parents suggested that Kirk and Kashuv hold their forum off campus because the wounds of the school shooting are still too fresh.

Kashuv believes school administrators are trying to silence pro-Second Amendment discussion. He also points out NBA player Dwyane Wade visited the school after meeting with victim’s parents and donating to March for Our Lives.

Since the event can’t be held on campus, Kirk and Kashuv will be holding it off campus at a location to be determined.

 

 

Trump Supporting College Student Triggers Left with Senior Portrait

Brenna Spencer, a senior at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, turned some heads and triggered some liberals when she posted this photo on her Twitter account. In the photo, Brenna is wearing a Women for Trump shirt and has her firearm tucked into her white jeans.

Her caption reads, “I don’t take normal college graduation photos…”

She told ABC that the photo is intended “show who I am as a person,” and “I did think that it would get a little attention but not to this degree,” she said. “It was really, really surprising to see the amount of hate that I got.”

Some users were supportive but as you can imagine, the photo drove the anti-gun crowd absolutely nuts.

Way to be different, Brenna! Best of luck to you as you start your career and keep fighting for the things you believe in. It’s nice to see some conservative millennials DO exist, contrary to what the mainstream media would have you believe.

Illinois Town Bans Assault Weapons, Will Fine Owners Who Keep Them

If you live in Deerfield, Ill. and own an AR-15, AK-47, Uzis or other semi-automatic rifle capable of accepting a large magazine, you are now banned from owning that weapon.

An ordinance which passed unanimously by the Deerfield Village Board states “the move is in the best interest of public health and will spur a culture change toward the normative value that assault weapons should have no role or purpose in civil society.” It also states that weapons are “not reasonably necessary to protect an individual’s right of self-defense” or to preserve a well-regulated militia.”

The ban will go into effect on June 13 and people who already own the weapons will not be grandfathered in or allowed to keep them. If they choose not to get rid of them or move them elsewhere, hefty fines will ensue.

From USA Today:

Deerfield residents with assault weapons may sell them, hand them over to police or move them out of the village within 60 days of the ordinance going into effect. There are exceptions for law enforcement officers and members of the military.

Violating the ordinance could result in a fine of at least $250 and up to $1,000 for each day the violation occurs.

Guns Save Life, a gun advocacy group, has already filed a suit against the town and the NRA is backing them.

Punishing law abiding gun owners who haven’t committed any crimes. Confiscation. Outright attacking the language and meaning of the Second Amendment. Skipping due process.

But they’re not coming for our guns, right?

 

 

Gun Violence Survivor Kaya Jones Wants to Debate David Hogg

Former Pussycat Dolls singer and Native American Ambassador to the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, is a staunch Second Amendment supporter. Despite having been a victim of gun violence AND leaving the stage shortly before the Las Vegas shooter began his rampage at the Route 91 music festival, Kaya still believes in the right to bear arms and she’s had enough of David Hogg.

So far Hogg hasn’t responded to her challenge.

Meanwhile, other conservatives have decided that muting him is better than trying to engage.

 

But no one is addressing the elephant in the room – why aren’t theses kids back in class??

-K

Retired Supreme Court Justice Calls for Repeal of the Second Amendment

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment. In an opinion piece published in The New York Times this morning, the former justice says that it’s a “relic of the 18th century.”

From The New York Times:

Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society.

That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms. But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.

He also says:

In 2008, the Supreme Court overturned Chief Justice Burger’s and others’ long-settled understanding of the Second Amendment’s limited reach by ruling, in District of Columbia v. Heller, that there was an individual right to bear arms. I was among the four dissenters.

That decision — which I remain convinced was wrong and certainly was debatable — has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power. Overturning that decision via a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple and would do more to weaken the N.R.A.’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option.

Using that line of thinking, if the Second Amendment is a relic of the past, then so are the other ten amendments in the Bill of Rights.

And if it’s civic engagement that’s driving his opinion, why not also overturn Roe vs. Wade? The March for Life, which takes place in Washington D.C. every January, drew crowds of over 600,000 in 2013. Numbers since then have fluctuated but it still draws well over 100,000 on average. By comparison, the March for Our Lives drew just over 200,000 in Washington D.C., despite the media’s initial claim of 800,000.

John Paul Stevens retired from the Supreme Court in 2010, after serving thirty four years on the court. He was appointed by President Ford.

-K

A Response to Emma Gonzalez’s Op Ed

Today, Emma Gonzalez, one of the Parkland High School students, wrote an op-ed for Teen Vogue‘s digital issue. The issue this month is dedicated to “rising voices in the gun control movement, young people who are working on the issue in different ways, all of them impacted by gun violence.”

In her op-ed, entitled “Dear Lawmakers, You’re Killing Us,” Gonzalez blames the deaths of teens in the post-Columbine climate on local and national government who fail to regulate access to guns. She says the NRA feeds people myths about about gun ownership and that organizations cutting ties with the NRA along with the passage of bills allowing funding for more security in schools is not enough.

So what exactly does Emma Gonzalez want?

From her op-ed:

We need to digitize gun-sales records, mandate universal background checks, close gun-show loopholes and straw-man purchases, ban high-capacity magazines, and push for a comprehensive assault weapons ban with an extensive buyback system.

It would also benefit us to redefine what assault weapons are so that when we call for a ban against them, it’s clear that we aren’t trying to ban all guns. No one needs to use an assault weapon to protect themselves while walking home at night. No one should be allowed to use an AR-15 to strategically hunt people, which, in case anyone forgot, is what made us speak out in the first place.

She is also adamantly against arming teachers.

How would arming teachers work, logistically?

Would they have to buy their own guns, or would there be armories in schools? Would students be able to break into armories?

While teaching, would a teacher keep their weapon on their person or in a lockbox?

If it was in a lockbox on the other side of the room when a threatening person walked in, would the teacher be able to get to their gun in time?

If the threat and the teacher were in close proximity, would the threat not be able to disarm the teacher and turn the pistol on them and in turn the students?

Why would a student shooter even need to worry about metal detectors or getting patted down if they already know they can overpower the teacher and take that gun for their own use?

If the teacher wasn’t in close proximity, what would stop the teacher’s bullets from hitting other students who might be in the way and obscured by gunsmoke?

And finally, the kicker.

And since there was a resource or police officer on campus to help protect students and teachers, why didn’t that stop 17 people from getting killed and 15 from getting injured on February 14?

Let’s address a few of her solutions.

“We need to digitize gun-sales records.”

This is a dangerous statement. The Second Amendment was created with the idea that someday, the citizens of the United States might need to overthrow a tyrannical government. If said government has a record of every firearm that was purchased and who owns them, that’s scary. They will know exactly where the guns are, who has them and it will be easy to round them up should we ever reach that point in the future.

Also, Americans’ should have a right to privacy that extends to gun ownership. It’s no one’s business but mine, and those I choose to tell, what kind of firearms and how many I own.


“Push for a comprehensive assault weapons ban with an extensive buyback system.”

 


“Why would a student shooter even need to worry about metal detectors or getting patted down if they already know they can overpower the teacher and take that gun for their own use?”

Maybe let’s not make it public which teachers are armed and which ones aren’t. That solves this problem.

 


“If the teacher wasn’t in close proximity, what would stop the teacher’s bullets from hitting other students who might be in the way and obscured by gunsmoke?”

Hopefully the teachers are smart enough and trained well enough not to blindly shoot if they don’t have a clear shot at the shooter.

“And since there was a resource or police officer on campus to help protect students and teachers, why didn’t that stop 17 people from getting killed and 15 from getting injured on February 14?”


Because your school resource officer was a coward and failed to do his job. When you have resource officers who do their jobs the right way, you have a situation like Maryland – the shooter was taken down quickly and effectively.

What she is also missing, as are many people in the anti-gun crowd, are the oversights by the FBI and the local law enforcement in many of the shootings she mentions in her piece. And there are numerous reports that are easily accessible on the web as to just how preventable the Parkland shooting was.

She also fails to address the root of the problem. What is causing our youth to to act out like this? Fifty years ago, students would take guns to school, store them in their lockers and go hunting after class. They didn’t carry out mass shootings and no one thought anything about them bringing their rifles to school. What’s changed? Getting to the root of the problem seems like the best solution. You can legislate guns all you want, but you can’t legislate morality.

Emma Gonzalez seems like a smart young woman. She’s well spoken and no one can blame her for demanding change. Seventeen innocent young adults had their lives snuffed out in an instant and it should never have happened.

Keep asking those questions, Emma because they’re helpful for discussion. But when you ask a question, be willing to listen to the other side too. America does not work on mob rule and when you call for measures that infringe upon the rights of others, it’s a pretty big deal.

As someone once said, my rights don’t end where your feelings begin.

-K

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