Police Chief Makes Bizarre Move That’s Being Called ‘The Height Of Anti-Gun Stupidity’

The Honolulu police department recently made a change in the brand of firearm issued to its officers, but the new policy has led to an act of “anti-gun stupidity” that has taxpayers aghast at the massive waste of tax dollars.

The Honolulu police department had 2,300 Smith & Wesson, 9MM handguns in its arsenal, but the department decided to change over to the lighter, cheaper, easier to care for Glock 17.

Usually a department faced with such a policy change will either give its arsenal to a smaller department that might need the help or auction off the guns to law-abiding gun owners in the public, thereby helping to defray costs for the new firearms and save taxpayers some cash.

Many hundreds of the Smith & Wesson handguns in the Honolulu arsenal were still brand new in unopened boxes; but instead of following the budget-conscious and responsible practice of nearly every police agency in the U.S. and donating them or auctioning them off to the public, the Honolulu police department actually destroyed the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of perfectly functioning and safe firearms.

The city’s mayor puffed up his decision as an act of “public safety.”

“Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the Honolulu Police Department agreed that they would not allow the guns to be sold to the general public and end up on the streets of Honolulu,” Honolulu Police spokeswoman Michelle Yu said. “The same goes for selling the individual gun parts that could have been used to assemble a gun.”

Properly selling the unwanted firearms could have brought in proceeds of nearly $580,000; but it was not to be as all the arms were destroyed.

The mayor even refused to allow the city to sell the guns to its own officers.

Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, called the move wasteful and said it was “the height of anti-gun stupidity and will not stop one criminal from getting a weapon.”

“These guns in the hands of lawful civilians could provide an important means of self-defense, especially for low income people who can’t afford them,” Gottlieb told the media. “Or the sale of them could help pay for much needed law enforcement equipment to help keep the public safe.”

Many Hawaiians also criticized the waste of over half a million dollars worth of firearms.

The Hawaii Rifle Association’s president, Harvey Gerwig, sent a letter to Mayor Caldwell decrying the waste and pointing out that the move was also spiteful of law-abiding gun owners.

“The reason your office and HPD gave for not selling to the public seemed to be a slight on those legal gun owners who would have purchased them and who supported you during your election,” Gerwig’s letter read. “You should be ashamed for suggesting that the good citizens of Hawaii cannot be trusted with buying HPD’s surplus guns for fear of them falling into criminal hands when record numbers of firearms have been bought by those same citizens for the last ten years without any such problems.”

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Gun Grabbers Escalate War On 2nd Amendment

The gun grabbers’ war on the Second Amendment is escalating with two new frontal assaults on the rights of U.S. citizens. In the crosshairs are those with family members who have received treatment at mental health facilities, as well as select veterans of the US armed forces.

A San Jose, California, woman, Lori Rodriguez, has gone to court…suing the City of San Jose for the return of 12 firearms. The weapons were seized by local authorities in 2013 after her husband spent 72 hours undergoing inpatient psychiatric examinations.

Mrs. Rodriguez claims she can safely secure the weapons in her home, and that it is unfair for her to forfeit her Constitutional rights. So, she is pursuing the legal issue through the court system.

Meanwhile, 100 residents of Priest River, Idaho, have shown up at the home of a local veteran to prevent the Veterans Administration from enforcing a firearms seizure order against John Arnold. The crowd gathered after word leaked out that a VA inspector was to arrive at Arnold’s home on August 6, 2015 to “complete an inspection and seize the guns.” The VA issued the order after it claimed Arnold was no longer competent to handle his own finances. However, Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler disagreed, telling reporters outside the Arnold home, “I took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and uphold the laws of Idaho. This seemed appropriate to show my support. I was going to make sure Mr. Arnold’s rights weren’t going to be breached.”

As government officials bend over backward to strip Americans of their firearms, Gun Owners of America is working overtime defending the Second Amendment Rights of Americans. GOA President Larry Pratt responded: “If we are serious about protecting our freedoms, we had better be serious about getting the anti-freedom crowd out of office. One of the best ways to sort the good guys from the bad guys is the gun issue. If they are not for you having a gun, they are not for you, at all.”

To learn more about your Second Amendment Rights and these fresh assaults on the Second Amendment and what you can do to help, visit the Gun Owners of America website at: Gunowners.org.

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This Famous ‘Star Wars’ Hero Just Reacted To Horrifying TV Murders In A Stunning Way

Even though his acting career has been built on playing an iconic movie character who leads an armed rebellion against an evil, tyrannical, merciless empire, Mark Hamill has now taken a stand that seems to completely contradict the nature of his Luke Skywalker role in the Star Wars film franchise. But, of course, Hamill’s hypocrisy wouldn’t mark the first time a Hollywood star has come out in favor of greater restrictions on gun ownership, even though denying the actor access to personal weapons for movie roles would be to deprive that performer of a livelihood.

Joining a chorus of liberals calling for more gun control immediately after the horrible, on-air, ambush murders of two TV journalists in Virginia, Hamill let his social media followers and fans know he wants the government to tighten its squeeze on gun rights in America.

Image Credit: Twitter/Mark Hamill

Image Credit: Twitter/Mark Hamill

Hamill’s tweet about how “Australia fixed it” refers to the country’s 1996 government ban on some types of personal weapons, its promotion of a handgun buyback program, and imposition of stricter licensing and registration requirements. Clearly, Hamill thought that the shocking murders of the young TV reporter and her cameraman that were broadcast live early Wednesday could have been “fixed” if only the United States had done what Australia did nearly twenty years ago.

However, there are the starry-eyed musings of an actor whose life is spent living and playing in a fantasy, and then there are the facts.

Yes, reaction to Hamill’s “ENOUGH!” tweet was mixed, with lots of positive and negative comments praising and ridiculing his take on the tragedy and its place in the gun control debate. But “Luke Skywalker’s” reference to the Australian experience is truly a comparison of apples and kiwi fruit.

As a June 25, 2015 article on The Federalist points out, the “myth” of Australia’s successful gun control program has been built upon a government program that relied upon confiscation:

Australia’s vaunted gun buyback program was in fact a sweeping program of gun confiscation.

When gun control advocates say they want Australian gun control laws in the United States, what they are really saying is that they want gun confiscation in the United States.

In addition, the level of private gun ownership in Australia has always been far below that of the United States. A recent survey showed that some 32 percent of Americans own a firearm or live with someone who does. And there are skeptics who believe the number is higher than that, as people who were asked about gun ownership may well have been reluctant to tell the questioner they had a gun in the house.

Regarding the part of Mark Hamill’s Twitter comment congratulating Andy Parker for his “new mission” in life, that referred to what the father of murdered reporter Alison Parker said — that he would seek to find ways to keep guns out of the hands of mentally disturbed individuals.

So, as far as “Luke Skywalker” is concerned, there are no doubt a number of Star Wars fans who would hope that, in this case, the “Force” is not with him. They might well side with the Twitter user who responded to Hamill’s anti-gun message this way:

So how would the rebellion have defeated the empire w/o weapons, smart guy?

FYI: the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One, is set for release in December of next year.

h/t: Young Conservatives

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A News Crew Was Just Killed On Air…Hillary’s Response To The Tragedy Is Almost Predictable

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wasted no time in making a renewed call for more gun control measures following the on-air shootings Wednesday morning of a Virginia television news reporter and her cameraman. 

Within hours of the shooting she tweeted:

She told members of the press this afternoon in Iowa: “I was so stricken to think that these two young people doing the work that you guys do every single day would be murdered on live television.”  

“We have got to do something about gun violence in America,” she continued. “And I will take it on. There are many people who face it and know it, but then turn away because it’s hard, it’s a very political, difficult issue in America… I want to reiterate how important it is we not let yet another terrible instance go by without trying to do something…”

The candidate made clear “doing something” means passing more gun control laws. “There is so much evidence that if guns were not so readily available, if we had universal background checks…that maybe we could prevent this kind of carnage,” she added.

Clinton specifically suggested a five-day waiting period to purchase a gun, though in this instance it apparently would not have made a difference. Alleged shooter Vester Flanigan stated in his manifesto that he purchased his firearm two days after the Charleston shooting in June.

All federally licensed gun control dealers are required to do a background check before selling firearms. However, gun sales between private individuals are not subject to background checks, which is the “universal background check” Clinton apparently seeks.

According to About News, licensed gun dealers are prohibited from selling guns to:

  • Convicted felons and people under indictment for a felony
  • Fugitives from justice
  • Unlawful drug users or drug addicts
  • Individuals who have been determined to be mentally incompetent
  • Illegal aliens and legal aliens admitted under a non-immigrant visa
  • Individuals who have been dishonorably discharged from the military
  • Persons who have renounced their American citizenship
  • Persons under domestic violence restraining orders
  • Persons convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes

Regarding the assault weapons ban, a 2004 study found “very, very little evidence, almost none, that gun violence was becoming any less lethal or any less injurious during this time frame. So on balance, we concluded that the ban had not had a discernible impact on gun crime during the years it was in effect.” 

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Armed Man Walks Into Store Demanding Money – He Never Walks Out

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According to recent reports, a Chicago-area convenience store attendant came face-to-face with an armed robber in a mask Sunday evening. With a gun pointed directly at him, Ahmad Samhan reportedly told the suspect he would retrieve money from the safe, only to reach down and grab a handgun.

“He had a gun pointed at him,” Samhan’s brother, Jawad, said Monday. “I think anyone in his position would do the same thing.”

Samhan shot the suspect, who died a short time later at a local hospital. The incident was initially being treated as a self-defense shooting, but led investigators on a peripheral hunt for the deceased man’s identity. Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd explained that authorities recovered no identification from him at the scene and, as of Monday afternoon, fingerprint analysis had not found any matches. “This is strange,” he concluded, noting that the deceased “looks pretty young, mid-20s” and “may not have had a job that required fingerprints.” Reports Tuesday indicated the man had been identified as 30-year-old Ingleside resident Justin Greenewald. As for the clerk, the initial shock of defending himself with lethal force was pronounced, his brother said. “He was freaked out and crying,” he said, concluding that with the “help of family and friends he should be OK.” Local prosecutors say that they have made “no decisions” regarding potential charges against the clerk, though his actions have been largely praised online.

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