Baltimore Sun: Arrests in Baltimore for Illegal Guns Often Lead to Dropped Charges or Little Jail Time
About one-quarter of such gun cases are dropped before defendants go to trial, according to a Baltimore Sun analysis. Even when convicted of illegally possessing a firearm, prosecutors say, defendants are sentenced on average to 16 months in jail, with a substantial portion of their sentences suspended.
At the same time, police data show that fewer people arrested with illegal guns are ordered held without bail.The police commissioner told the Sun "There's no certainty of a consequence." Gun control advocate Daniel Webster, a Johns Hopkins University professor with the Bloomberg School of Public Health, told the Sun "not everyone deserves lengthy prison time." It's nice to know that at the same time Webster is pushing out data he claims shows more guns equal more crime, that he thinks some criminals that use guns in crime don't deserve lengthy jail sentences.
Whether you're a seasoned volunteer or brand-new, there is still time to ensure the pro-gun vote gets out this year. Click the links below to RSVP so we know you will Stand and Fight for your rights.
Saturday, October 29th, 12pm-3pm Phone Bank at Dance's Sporting Goods in Colonial Heights
NRA Staff and fellow gun owners will be making calls to pro-gun voters here in Virginia to make sure they get out to vote! Join us for free NRA gear, other giveaways, and refreshments.
Saturday, October 29th, 3pm-7pm Neighborhood Walk at Dance's Sporting Goods in Colonial Heights
NRA Staff and volunteers will be meeting at Dance's at 3pm to head into the Colonial Heights community to spread the word about our our pro-gun candidates.
Sunday, October 30th, 10am-4pm Neighborhood Walk at Martin's in Glen Allen
Local volunteers will be knocking on doors in the Glen Allen area to encourage pro-gun voters to get out to vote. Free NRA gear, other giveaways, and refreshments will be provided.
Sunday, October 30th, 5pm-8pm Phone Bank in Glen Allen
Volunteers will be meeting at one of our wonderful volunteer's homes in Glen Allen to reach out to voters and make sure the pro-gun vote is well represented on Election Day! This will be the last phone bank in Glen Allen for the year - don't miss it!
Monday, October 31st, 5pm-8pm Phone Bank in Colonial Heights
This phone bank will be the first of many GOTV weekday activities available to help ensure victory for our Second Amendment and our pro-gun candidates. Feel free to come over anytime between 5pm and 8pm!
It's not too late to make a difference in this election, but it will be on November 9th! Now is the time to Stand and Fight to make sure pro-gun voices are heard this year. If you are interested in helping out this year but are unable to make the events above but like to help from home, or if you have any questions, please contact Josephy Vrecheck, NRA-ILA Campaign Field Representative at (817) 729-8265 or at [email protected].
Fact Checking Politifact on Clinton's Statement Supporting Australian Gun Confiscation as Model for US
In the final rating of "Mostly False" the author, Warren Fiske, said Clinton was simply talking about "voluntary buyback programs" and not confiscation:
Clinton made that statement last year at a New Hampshire campaign stop, when she was asked a vague question about an Australian program that gave gun owners one year to sell certain firearms to the government before those weapons became illegal. She left the NRA some room.
But the NRA stretches her words to an almost unrecognizable form. Clinton focused her comments on voluntary buyback programs similar to those some U.S. communities have instituted for guns and the federal "cash-for-clunkers" program.Fiske however misses some key facts, like, the Australian "buyback" wasn't voluntary, it was mandatory, as the NRA was quick to point out:
Even an ad for the supposedly voluntary "Australian example" calls it...a ban. And @HillaryClinton says it's "worth looking at"@PolitiFact pic.twitter.com/zKu0xc13lB— NRA (@NRA) October 17, 2016.@Politifact thinks the "Australian example," which promised "severe penalties" like a 12 month prison sentence was...voluntary? pic.twitter.com/LnDDNHrfNt— NRA (@NRA) October 17, 2016The Washington Examiner's Ashe Schow did the work that Fiske apparently did not have time to do:
And that "Australian example" was an example of gun confiscation. It was not a voluntary program. Historian Varad Mehta wrote about the Australian program last year for the Federalist, breaking down exactly what it entailed.
"Australia outlawed semi-automatic rifles, certain categories of shotgun, and implemented strict licensing and registration requirements," Mehta wrote. "The cornerstone of its new gun-control scheme, however, was a massive gun buyback program. The Australian government purchased 650,000 to one million guns with funds raised via a special tax."Not withstanding the long list of sources Fiske lists that he used to reach his conclusion, it is very clear to anyone interested in knowing the facts that the NRA in no way "stretched" Clinton's words in an "unrecognizable form" and if given the chance, she would do everything she can to make it much harder for Americans to own firearms.
Steve Weast and Mike Jamison took all of the prizes in the Master class. Mike won the first stage with as score of 198.06. Then Steve got going, and won every match after that with scores of 197.07, 192.05, and a 1st day aggregate score of 585.18. Steve continued his dominance on day two with 1st place scores of 188.03, 193.04, 191.09, and a second day aggregate of 572.16 for 1st. Great shooting, Steve.
On Monday the office received a call from a member who indicated they were going to vote for Hillary Clinton, misguided to say the least. It has taken millions of dollars, an enormous amount of time, massive efforts by organizations like the ISRA, NRA and SAF as well as personal sacrifices by people like Dick Heller, Otis McDonald and others to bring the Second Amendment back to its real meaning. If Hillary Clinton is elected President, Heller v DC, which is the cornerstone of the Second Amendment movement, will be reversed. McDonald v City of Chicago will be overturned, as well as many other cases and will fall by the wayside and turned into the dust of history. Moreover, there are other important cases waiting like Peruta v County of San Diego, which seeks to destroy concealed carry. In this case, the County of San Diego insists there is no right to carry concealed in the Second Amendment and that a person must prove his or her life is in danger before being issued a permit. The 9th Circuit upheld the County's position by a margin of 7-4. Before you say that it's "just California", Hillary's court will make that the law of the land.VSSA members helped pay for the victories in Heller and McDonald. You contributed to a special appeal that allowed VSSA to be a party to the State Association amicus briefs, so you have a special stake in making sure those decision are not rendered worthless. Gun owners need to understand that if those decisions are reversed, we won't go back to the way things were before Heller, as former NRA President David Keene reiterated during his appearance on this past Sunday's Armed American Radio (at about the 43:25 minute mark of the first hour) program and in his new book, Shall Not Be Infringed the New Assaults on Your Second Amendment. Hillary Clinton wants the 2nd Amendment reinterpreted so it doesn't mean anything, which as Keene told AAR host Mark Walters, "is the moral equivalent of abolishing it."
Last week, Keene spoke at the Heritage Foundation and discussed the book.
Last week, Keene spoke at the Heritage Foundation and discussed the book.
Mark Twain (among others), is noted for a saying he attributed to the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." This comes to mind when you look at the study and its list of states on page 21 and find that Illinois is listed among the ten states with the lowest rate of firearm related deaths (it actually has the lowest according to the study). Chicago is in Illinois and it already has almost 600 murders committed with a firearm, and there is still a little over two months left in the year. Chicago has some of the strictest firearms laws in the nation even after Heller and McDonald and it hasn't stopped criminals from getting a firearm. Maybe rather than look at Illinois as a whole, they should look at areas within those states and see what the murder rate is in Chicago and a comparable city in a pro-rights state, then make a comparison.
If the NRA paid for or did a similar study to prove states with few restrictions on firearms ownership are safer than states with many restrictions, the New York Times would say it is just propaganda funded by the "gun lobby" (actually, the gun ban lobby already does that with studies conducted by people like John Lott). But the Times treats this study as gospel and uses it to promote ballot initiatives in California, Nevada, Washington and Maine.
"I respect the Second Amendment, but I believe that there should be comprehensive background checks," the Democratic nominee said Sunday, "and we should close the gun show loophole and close the online loophole we have to save as many lives as we possibly can."
Clinton's remarks were a response to the specific question: "What would you prioritize as the most important aspect of selecting a Supreme Court justice?"
She said she believes the current court has "gone in wrong direction." Though the issue of gun control was mentioned only briefly Sunday evening during the debate, it has been an ongoing theme of the Clinton campaign.Clinton has used both debates to stress the importance of more gun control. Last debate she tied gun control to better "race relations." That's interesting given it was a black man, Otis McDonald, that fought for the right for residents of Chicago to be able to own firearms for self defense. But that is likely one of the cases Clinton was referring to when she said the Court has "gone the wrong direction."
Patrick DeStefano, Roanoke, VA, 864-680-0399, [email protected]
Joe Vrecheck, Richmond, VA, (817) 729-8365, [email protected]
To say that Ginny Thrasher is a shooting phenom is an understatement. She originally took up the sport five years ago after a hunting trip with her grandfather. Two years later, she was the 45th best junior shooter in the country and was destined for success.Thasher wants more people to take up the sport and had some great advice for new shooters:
Additionally, Ginny wants to spread the word about rifle competition, saying, “One of the best parts about rifle is natural ability does not hold you back. Whether you’re a male, female, 5'1" or 6'1", it doesn’t matter. Rifle is a sport where you very much get out of it what you put into it, and that’s the message I would like to get across.”It's worth the short time it takes to read the entire article.