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This Week In Gun News: Libertarians And Mexico Want To Ban AR-15s In America

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Libertarian VP Nominee: AR-15s Are WMDs

We’ve seen stupid nonsense from gun-grabbers before, but now, this gem of ignorance from the vice-presidential nominee of a party that is supposedly very strong on protecting the Second Amendment, this takes the cake. Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, the Libertarian Party’s nominee for Vice President, compared the AR-15, perhaps the most popular rifle today, to a weapon of mass destruction.

“The five-shot rifle, that’s a standard military rifle; the problem is if you attach a clip to it so it can fire more shells and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon, and those are independent criminal offenses,” Mr. Weld said. “That is when they become, essentially, a weapon of mass destruction.”

Weld has unwittingly given gun-grabbers ammo to ban just about any semi-auto rifle there is, including the Ruger 10/22, the M1 Garand, and even the Marlin Camp Carbine! None of which were considered “assault weapons.” We have enough trouble with gun grabbers – we don’t need so-called “friends” putting one in our backs.

Mexico Demands America Pass Assault Weapons Ban

Mexico has had a real violent crime problem. We’re talking a murder rate that makes a Chicago weekend look peaceful. They also have strict gun control laws. Gee, maybe Maryland, California, and some other locales with strict gun laws ought to take the hint… but that’s for another rant.

This time, though, we have Mexico’s Foreign Minister, one Claudia Ruiz Massieu demanding that the United States pass a new assault weapons ban and claiming that American gun laws are causing Mexico’s violent crime. Sounds like someone’s looking for a scapegoat.

Looks like we need to find a wall that can block Mexico from pushing gun control here in the United States.

The Latest Gun-Grabbing Nonsense

You know, it seems we can’t go a week without seeing some doctor spout off some dumbass idea to “address violence as a public health issue” when what they really want is to take away your guns. Now, this week’s mistaken doctor, Monya De, penned an item in a blog called Medical Economics outlining what prospective owners of AR-15s should go through. One notable item is to make a prospective AR-15 owner “write essays about why they should receive this privilege.”

That is her first mistake. Okay, Doc, let me explain this to you: Gun ownership, including AR-15s, is a constitutional right. A right is very different from a privilege. Second of all, with the way that Zika is breaking out across the country like mildew, I think you have bigger fish to fry than poking around people’s gun safes. Third, if you want to really address violent crime, then lock up the criminals. There are adequate laws that can put them away without prosecutors breakin’ a sweat. Why aren’t they being used? In other words, the miracle drug is already out there – and yet docs won’t prescribe it. If anything, Obama’s letting loose folks like Richard Reid (covered two weeks ago) who have been put away with tough mandatory sentences for misusing firearms in crime. Doc, point your finger at the failure to enforce current laws, not our gun rights!

Campus Carry Suit Rejected

Three professors tried to use a federal court to block the campus carry law Texas passed from going into effect. Well, in the Western District of Texas, that suit was shot down. The judge found that the three gun-grabbers had very little chance to prevail, and thus declined to issue an injunction.

“I am pleased, but not surprised, that the Court denied the request to block Texas’ campus carry law. There is simply no legal justification to deny licensed, law-abiding citizens on campus the same measure of personal protection they are entitled to elsewhere in Texas,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who was named as a defendant in the case, said in a prepared statement.

You know, based on the record of concealed carry, you think the gun-grabbers would just give it up. Yet they don’t.

Can’t They All Lose?

Travis Beckles is not a person who should have a firearm, period. This guy had multiple felony convictions involving drugs. When he got busted for being in possession of a sawed-off shotgun, that record got him 30 years in the slammer, partially for being an armed career criminal, a description that seems very accurate in this case.

Now, the Supreme Court’s hearing his case, because he’s claiming that the United States Sentencing Commission’s definitions are unconstitutionally vague. It may not be a bad idea to rein in the bureaucrats – they tend to be very unaccountable when they do abuse their power. See Lois Lerner as an example. Lerner violated the civil rights of many Tea Party groups, arguably having an effect on the 2012 election, and wasn’t punished. Heck, she’s retired and gets a six-figure pension, courtesy of taxpayers, including the Tea Party supporters whose rights she violated. So, taking bureaucrats down a peg or two would be a good thing.

But at the same time, reining in bureaucrats shouldn’t mean setting this big-time loser back on the streets to do… what, exactly?

The Raffle is Back On

Two weeks ago, we described how a gun-grabbing grinch tried to wreck a raffle to raise funds for the Otero County United Way in New Mexico. Well, good news! She’s failed. The raffle is back on.

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