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Guns in the News: May 2020

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Just because you’re in lockdown — a questionably legal or constitutional situation (though perfectly normal in any totalitarian state) — and concerned about a pandemic doesn’t mean the nation’s gun-grabbing lawmakers have taken a break. Quite the reverse.

They have taken every tragedy and potential insult to the common good to promote their agenda. People like billionaire Michael Bloomberg, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are working their butts off to keep gun control in the news. And because the national news networks (electronic and print) lean to the left, their job is an easy one.

Culture Change

The mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, has issued an emergency municipal order preventing the open carry of firearms during the COVID-19 crisis. Lumumba has deliberately misinterpreted state law, accepted a great deal of money from Bloomberg groups and falsely blamed open carry for a number of crimes in the vicinity of Jackson.

Anyone who has studied Jackson will agree that the picture of the city painted by AreaVibes.com stretches the positives: “Jackson has a livability score of 61/100 and is ranked #268 in Mississippi and #22,753 in the USA.”

AreaVibes.com also notes that “Jackson, Mississippi, has a violent crime rate that is 196 percent higher than the Mississippi average and 82 percent higher than the national average. For property crime, Jackson is 97 percent higher than the Mississippi average and 115 percent higher than the national average.”

What is needed in Jackson is not gun control. Jackson needs the one thing: a culture change.

No Border

Not so long ago, there were some chanting, “No border. No wall. No USA at all.” This week, our family attorney in Vermont recommended that America split into two or three nations. She wanted the Northeast and Great Lakes states joined with Canada, where Justin Trudeau is Prime Minister. (Trudeau has long vowed to clamp down on firearms.)

Now, using the terrible shooting in Nova Scotia, where an angry man wearing a police uniform recently murdered 22 people — 13 of them with a rifle — Trudeau said, “We have long been committed to strengthening gun control in this country, including banning military-style assault weapons. There is no need in Canada for guns designed to kill the largest amount of people in the shortest amount of time.”

Thus, Canada follows the direction of New Zealand, which banned assault-style rifles by changing its law within weeks of deadly shootings at two Christchurch mosques. New Zealand’s broad, permanent criteria cover all centerfire semi-automatics other than .22-caliber rimfire guns and other minor exceptions.

So now, anti-gun activists are dreaming of uniting with Canada. Perhaps it is time to say, “Bon voyage. Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.”


About Rick Sapp

Richard “Rick” Sapp was a U.S. Army infantry platoon leader until recruited to the 66th Military Intelligence Group. There, he worked with the West German KRIPO (Criminal Police) at Czechoslovakian border stations during the Soviet invasion of 1968.

Returning to the U.S., he earned a Ph.D. in social anthropology after studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Catholic University of America and the University of Florida, following which he moved to Paris, France, for a year.

After four years with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, he turned to journalism and freelance writing, specializing in outdoor features. His journalism experience includes newspapers and magazines. He has authored more than 50 books for a variety of international publishers.

Rick is married and lives in Florida.

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