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Gun-controlled Baltimore has one of its most violent weekends: 17 shot, including 2-year-old

The Baltimore Sun reports that this past weekend, 17 people were shot — four of them fatally —one of its most brutal weekends on record. This includes a two-year-old boy who was shot in the stomach during a “road rage” incident.

More from the Sun:

“The violent crime is “sad and incredible sickening,” Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said, “especially when innocent children are caught in the middle.”

“As I have said repeatedly, enough is enough,” Hogan said in a statement. “We will continue working closely with city leaders and urging members of the legislature to do more to get these repeat violent offenders off our streets.”

A spokesman for Democratic Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young did not respond to a request for comment.

City Council President Brandon Scott, a Democrat who is running for mayor, called the weekend’s bloodshed “unacceptable” and said he intends to increase pressure on Baltimore police and Commissioner Michael Harrison to address the violence.

“We have to start to push a little harder on how they’re dealing with the violence day to day,” he said.

Harrison said in a statement that the men and women of the police department are focused on deterring violent crime in Baltimore.

“Prior to this weekend, as I mentioned to the City Council last week, I was encouraged by the overall trends in homicides and shootings over the past several weeks,” he said. “I think we all recognize that the issues driving spikes in violence must be addressed by a wide range of people and organizations, not just the police department, in order to make Baltimore the city we all want it to be.”

Read here about all the gun violence in Baltimore this past weekend.

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Dick’s destroys $5 million worth of “assault weapons”

Amanda Wood s from the NY Post reports that Dick’s turned $5 million worth of “assault weapons” into scrap metal. From her report:

“Ed Stack, who has been the CEO and chairman of the chain since 1984, told “CBS News Sunday” how he came to the controversial decision.

“I said, ‘You know what? If we really think these things should be off the street, then we need to destroy them,’ ” he said.

The billionaire businessman discusses the move — what he calls his “toughest business decision” — also in his book “It’s How We Play the Game: Build a Business. Take a Stand. Make a Difference,” which goes on sale Tuesday.

“Despite being a gun owner himself who’d grown up around firearms, Ed’s strategy included destroying the $5 million of assault-style-type rifles then in DICK’s inventor,” says a summary of the book on Amazon. “It was a profit-risking policy that would earn the outrage of some — even threats of harm — but turn Ed into a national hero.”

Dick’s was one of the biggest national sellers of firearms until 2012, when 20 students and six adults were slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Afterward, Stack ordered all AR-15 rifles — similar to the one used by the gunman in the massacre — removed from every Dick’s Sporting Goods store nationwide. “All we were going to do was just take it off the shelf and not say anything,” the CEO told CBS.

But when 17 people were slaughtered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last year, that was the last straw for Stack. “We found out that we sold this kid a shotgun,” Stack said. “That’s when I said, ‘We’re done.’

“Even though it wasn’t the gun he used, it could have been,” he said.

The retail giant announced that it would not sell any guns to anyone under age 21 going forward — and quietly reduced its remaining $5 million inventory of assaulting weapons into scrap metal, Stack said.”

See also:

CEO Ed Stack is okay with Dick’s Sporting Goods’ $150M loss from gun control stance
Pro-gun control Dick’s Sporting Goods sales down 4%; will close 35 stores
What do you know: Dick’s Sporting Goods misses 2nd quarter sales expectations

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How’s that gun control working in Washington State after stricter laws implemented?

In June of this year I questioned how Washington State’s new gun laws were working.

Turns out the criminals don’t care about gun laws as I noted that Seattle had more than one reported shooting a day somewhere in the city during the month of May.

June wasn’t so better either with a rash of shootings.

This past weekend, Washington State’s gun control laws didn’t stop the criminals as there were four separate shootings in King County. Read about the shootings here.

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What do ‘ya know: WA State gun control laws haven’t prevented increase in shootings in Tacoma

From my blog post on June 27 of this year:

“At the end of May this year I did a blog post entitled, “How’s that gun control working in Washington State since new laws were passed?”

I outlined how former presidential candidate demorat Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bunch of new gun control laws on May 7 claiming that they would “improve gun safety overall.”

The new laws included:

Statutory law prohibits firearms to persons under 21 years of age.
Police may temporarily seize guns from people a judge deems a threat to themselves or others.

In November 2018, voters approved I-1639 that includes increased background checks, firearm safety training, waiting periods before semiautomatic assault rifles may be purchased or delivered, and require certain secured firearm storage or trigger-locks, and criminalize certain firearm storage if it results in unauthorized use.

Of course these laws did NOTHING to stop criminals. As I noted in my post, “Seattle had more than one reported shooting a day somewhere in the city during the month of May; two of those incidents resulted in death.”

Guess the criminals missed the memo because gun violence continues in Washington state.

Read about all the shootings that still occurred despite the new gun control laws in Washington State.

The city of Tacoma has experienced an “uptick” in murders. On average, there are 16 murders every year in Tacoma. In 2019, there has already been 22.

Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell discussed a recent uptick in violence in a video on Twitter where he discussed their strategy to mitigate the violence. Pay attention criminals as there’s an important hashtag: #TacomaCeaseFire!

Last Wednesday, residents of Tacoma tried another strategy to get criminals to stop shooting: A ‘Drums not Guns’ march! From a KOMO News report:

“The protest called “Drums not Guns” was a march for peace after a violent summer with countless shootings involving youth and young adults, many of which were fatal.

The march for peace is a first step for change, according to demonstrators.

“I think some things are really going to change around here. At some point, we got to say enough is enough,” said Danny Leonard, who is a member of the Puyallup Tribe.

Neighbors are calling for a stronger transit system, safer streets and sidewalks. Plus, more programs and space to support and build community.

“Kids are afraid. Kids don’t have safe places. Safe people in their lives, and we need all of our kids and our families and community members to have safe places and safe people in their lives,” said Smith.

Smith added that East Tacoma needs more resources and places for kids to go.

The gathering and march is the first step that neighbors hope will be the start of improving in the community they love.”

Read all about the march here.

While the demorats who rule Washington state pretend that gun control laws will solve all their problems, they ignore the REAL issue: gang violence.

Jason Rantz reports for MyNorthwest.com that Loretta Cool, spokesperson for the Tacoma Police Department, told the Tacoma News Tribune that “gang violence has not increased.” However, gang members are involved.

The mental gymnastics are fantastic on this spin:

“What we’re seeing is people who are identified as gang members are some of the people who are committing crimes,” Cool insisted, “but the crimes are more interpersonal relationship related or just that individual that’s committing a crime and though that person may be identified as a gang member, that doesn’t mean that it’s a gang-related crime.”

Read the whole baloney here.

If you insist on being politically correct yet can’t identify the REAL source of a problem, you can never solve it.

But that’s the typical strategy of progressives: Pretend to be doing something (in a PC-manner, of course), implement new laws to stop associated bad behaviors and spend lots of taxpayer dollars while trying to solve said problem.

When that solution isn’t achievable by your “compassionate” and “caring” policies, then maybe you can implement your original, ultimate objective.

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Heritage Foundation explains: “THAT is why law-abiding citizens buy millions of these firearms”

“Policymakers appear completely uninformed about basic factual realities related to guns and gun violence.”

Great testimony by Amy Swearer of the Heritage Foundation before the House Judiciary Committee in a hearing titled “Protecting America from Assault Weapons.”

You go, girl!

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Demorat Sheila Jackson Lee says an AR-15 is as heavy as “ten boxes” you might move

How do idiots like this get elected?

Starts at 0:28 mark.

“…it is as heavy as ten boxes that you might be moving.”

She also states that the bullet that is used is a “.50 caliber” and that they need to be licensed and do not need to be on the streets.

Here’s me shooting a super, duper “ten box heavy,” .50 caliber AR!

It’s amazing that I didn’t fall on my butt shooting that thing!

h/t Weasel Zippers

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“Republican” mayor calls for his city to ban assault weapons because “my prayers aren’t working”

RINO George Cretekos

Mayor of Clearwater, Florida – George Cretekos – ain’t no republican, despite what this story states.

The proof? Just look at his Twitter timeline and some of his tweets and who he retweets:

Retweet of Paul Krugman: “I was warning about escalation, but things moving faster than I expected”

Retweet of Garry Kasparo (who promotes Renew Democracy in his Twitter bio): “As in Helsinki, Trump’s demeanor around Putin is that of a loyal dog afraid of being whipped. Joking with a dictator about his proven attacks on US elections is pathetic”

Retweet of Bill Kristol: “Excellent from @DavidAFrench at @NRO: “’Where is the outrage?’ The same question applies today, but to a different audience. The lies are simply too much to bear. No Republican should tolerate such dishonesty.” (Regarding Mueller report)

Retweet of Politico: “Opinion: Trump’s national emergency is great news for future President Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Cretekos a republican? Yeah, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

From Yahoo: The Republican mayor of a Florida city is calling on Congress to take action on strong gun control measures, saying that thoughts and prayers just aren’t cutting it when it comes to America’s gun violence epidemic.

George Cretekos urged his fellow city council members in Clearwater to pass a resolution which would represent a potent message in a state known for its fidelity to the National Rifle Association.

“I’ve gone to church, I’ve prayed,” Mr. Cretekos said this week, referencing a common refrain after mass shootings in which politicians offer “thoughts and prayers” for victims, but stop short of taking any practical measures to prevent future shootings.

“My prayers aren’t working,” he continued, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Florida state law prohibits cities from enacting their own firearms regulations, but Mr. Cretekos’s resolution would send a symbolic message to Congress that it should move to ban assault-style weapons and high capacity magazines, to pass a national “red flag” law, and to expand background checks so they can cover private sales.

“In the past, council and I have stayed away from national issues,” Mr. Cretenkos said. “But I think this issue is something that we need to consider to let people know where we stand as a community to encourage safety.”

Florida is the state in which two of the most deadly mass shootings in recent years have occurred, having drawn national attention after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, and at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Seventeen people were killed in Parkland by an expelled former student in February 2018, while 49 people were killed and more than 50 wounded at the Pulse nightclub in June 2016.

Mr. Cretenkos’s call for action is significant not only because of the state he lives in, though, but also because of his standing as a Republican.

In the past, Republican leaders and politicians in Washington including Donald Trump have reacted to shootings by proposing modest gun control measures, but have yet to make good on those promises.

The good mayor’s call for an assault weapons ban was shot down:

“The City Council on Thursday approved a resolution that called on Congress to pass modest gun control measures, but failed to go as far as Mayor George Cretekos had proposed earlier in the week.

In a compromise, the five-person council, which includes Cretekos, voted 3-2 to pass a resolution calling for the red flag law expansion and the stricter background checks. But the resolution was softer on the weapons and magazines. Instead of calling for a ban, it called for a “review of laws governing the accessibility of high-capacity ammunition magazines and military-style assault weapons.”

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Georgia homeowner fatally shoots 3 teens in masks who tried to rob him

Score one for the Second Amendment.

From Fox News: A Georgia homeowner fatally shot three teenagers who were purportedly trying to rob him and two others on Monday night, officials said.

The teenagers — ages 15, 16 and 16 — approached the residence in Conyers, a city roughly 25 miles southeast of Atlanta, with their faces covered in masks, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office.

The trio “attempted to rob three individuals in the front yard” of the home, and one of the teenagers “brandished a gun and fired shots” at those in the front yard.

One of the intended victims of the attempted robbery returned fire, shooting all three teenagers, authorities said in a news release. One of the teenagers died at the scene, while the two others died at a nearby hospital.

Sheriff Eric Levett said deputies responded to the scene after a report of shots fired. When they arrived, the dead teenager was bordering the street and the driveway, and one of the other teens who was shot “was a little bit down the street, where it appears he was running.”

Investigators said the three people who were on the Conyers property and neighbors have been interviewed, but no one has been charged. Levett confirmed two weapons were found at the scene and told reporters it’s possible this could be a “stand-your-ground” type of case, based upon preliminary information.

Witness Carlos Watson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he woke up to the “sounds of gunfire.”

“I heard somebody yell for help … then I heard it again, and that’s when I came outside,” Watson said. “There was one gentleman laid out and our neighbor Mr. Jenkins was helping him out.”

He said the situation seems to have been “a home invasion that went bad for the invaders,” and said the community is a “nice area” that doesn’t see random crime often.

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Media, demorats promised no one wanted to take your guns

We all knew they were lying. Was just a matter of time before the mask came off.

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