‘Open Season For Gang Members’: Texas Police Chief Blasts New Open Cary Law

The same Texas police chief who encouraged his constituents last year to alert authorities of any “gun enthusiasts” they might know is back in the news this week with another anti-gun rant.

After Texas legislators passed a new provision allowing citizens to openly carry firearms, Austin Sheriff Art Acevedo responded by posting a rambling, error-filled screed against the amendment. He titled his post, published Tuesday on Twitter, Open Season For Armed Criminals and Extremists.

In his attempt to convince Texans that expanded freedom for legal gun owners would somehow translate to more dangerous communities, Acevedo wrote that the legislation “is beyond belief and Aiken [sic] to open season for gang members, drug cartels, outlaw motor cycle [sic] gangs and any other criminal or extremist to defy the law with impunity, just brilliant [sic]!”

He went on to assert that if these criminals “had a seat at the policy writing [sic] table they couldn’t have come up with s [sic] better Amendment.”

Acevedo envisioned a nightmare scenario in which government buildings are overtaken by gun-toting criminals who were just waiting for an open carry amendment to pass in Texas.

“Here is a scenario,” he wrote, “next time groups face off in our Capital City at the Capitol, Klan with their hoods on, Panthers with their faces covered, ISIS sympathizers with their faces covered and just about any other extremist group, armed with firearms authorized by Open-Carry, law enforcement will have absolutely no authority to ensure the people who are armed as they wish……….why bother [sic] common sense has officially died and writing any further would be fruitless.”

While a few gun control activists supported Acevedo’s position, a clear majority of social media responses sought to clear up perceived misconceptions in his depiction of the law.

“The assumption that criminals aren’t already carrying is just stupid!” one user wrote. The sentiment was echoed by many others.

One supporter of the law indicated that criminals carried firearms long before it was legal, adding that now “honest people can, too.”

h/t: BuzzPo

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Report: FBI In Cahoots With VA To Prevent Veterans From Getting Guns

A new report shows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) colluding with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to prevent veterans from exercising their Second Amendment rights to bear arms using not only medical information, but banking methods too.

The memo from February 2012, first obtained by The Daily Caller, is entitled “MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION REGARDING THE NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM.”

The document states that the VA must provide health-related information of veterans to the bureau:

VA will provide an encrypted compact disc exchanged via mail to the FBI no less than quarterly for, inter alia, inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

A separate “frequently asked questions” document said the “VA provides the Department of Justice a monthly list of individuals who have been rated by VA as being unable to manage their VA benefits.”

“A monthly CD” is sent by the VA information technology center in Austin, Texas, to the FBI. On the CD are new names of veterans added to the watch list. While the number of veterans “fluctuates,” as many as “129,440 beneficiaries were in the program as of July 12, 2012,” according to the memo.

Changing banking methods could also get you on the list, the publication noted. Even agents with the Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will confiscate veterans’ firearms. “I was getting real sick from the medications they had me on,” veteran Douglas Szklarski told The DC.

I pretty much lived in bed. Somebody brought me a joint. I started using cannabis. It started turning me around immediately. So I said I wouldn’t [take the VA pills] anymore. They said you have to take them. They deemed me incompetent.

“I’ve had like nine doctors say I wasn’t incompetent and they still went after my guns,” Szklarski added. “ATF came to my house. I had to surrender them.” Szklarski noted he appealed the VA’s decision and only “just got” his guns back.

This report comes after a letter submitted by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to Attorney General Eric Holder last week asking several questions about the VA’s questionable policy.

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VA Sending Medical Records To FBI To Strip Veterans’ Gun Rights

The scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs has been running a secret program in an effort to confiscate veterans’ guns by sending personal medical and financial information to the FBI. This information is being used to evaluate veterans as mentally incompetent and subsequently bans them from owning a firearm without proper legal backing. Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has expressed deep concerns over these VA evaluations:

But there’s something wrong when a whole class of people get swept up and denied the right to own guns because if you’re on this list with the Department of Justice and you go in to buy a gun…and they see your name, you can’t buy a gun.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Scott Mann said that we have to have more confidence in the veterans who have protected our country.

We’ve got to stop thinking of returning veterans as the ‘island of misfit toys.’ These guys are high performers, resilient leaders and problem solvers. And frankly, have a lot to bring back to America. Taking away the Second Amendment right doesn’t make any sense.

The VA is the sole agency that determines if a veteran is incompetent, which puts the burden on the veteran to prove otherwise. Are veterans being treated unfairly by the government by having their medical and financial records evaluated to determine if they have the right to possess a firearm?

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Priest Pens Passionate Pro-Gun Plea, Presents Proposal To Parishioners

A Catholic priest serving a parish in Ann Arbor, Mich., recently made headlines for distributing a letter to churchgoers defending his belief that citizens should obtain firearms to combat area crime.

When he first broached the issue, a conversation that included the news that Christ the King parish would begin hosting concealed pistol license classes, Rev. Edward Fride attracted some criticism from within his flock. He countered these concerns with a letter he titled We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore, Toto.

The mixed reference was reportedly designed to differentiate the world as it exists from the idealized environment depicted in The Andy Griffith Show and The Wizard of Oz.

According to the lengthy letter, there are several reasons it makes sense for Christians to remove their blinders and acknowledge the sin and crime that surrounds them daily.

“It is very common for Christians to simply assume that they live in Mayberry,” Fride wrote, “trusting that because they know the Lord Jesus, everything will always be fine and nothing bad can happen to them and their families.”

In reality, of course, that is not the case; and Fride acknowledged that adequate self-defense is a necessity. Unlike in generations past, when “the ration of police to bad guys, i.e. criminals in the traditional sense, was more or less sufficient to reasonably control crime,” he said today’s society requires a more proactive populace.

He also cited the enthusiastic reception his parish’s CPL classes received from one Detroit police officer who “expressed a hope that more would follow suit, because having law abiding citizens armed makes their job as police so much better.”

Within his own faith, however, many leaders were less understanding of his position.

Lansing Catholic Bishop Earl Boyea blasted the firearms classes as an inappropriate use of the parish; and, in previous comments regarding gun control, he stated that “we grasp both the Second Amendment and the legitimate right of some persons to defend themselves” but “our churches and our schools are dedicated to a far different approach to life’s problems.”

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Cleveland Passes Gun Control Law Not Aimed At Stopping Gun Violence

The Cleveland City Council overwhelmingly passed a gun control ordinance Monday, even though multiple officials acknowledge it will do little to solve the problem of gun violence.

Cleveland.com reported that the council passed the ordinance “nearly unanimously,” with only one member voting against it. Under the new measure, gun offenders must register with the city’s safety department within five days of moving to the city or being released from prison.

Other provisions include banning the use of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, damaging a firearm’s serial number, and prohibiting a minor from using a firearm without supervision. This mirrors Ohio state law; and by aligning themselves with the state, they can retain any fines collected. Cleveland.com points out the other provisions in the ordinance:

  • Prohibits carrying a concealed deadly weapon or handgun, unless the person is a police officer or a person who holds a license to carry a concealed weapon.
  • Requires a person who sells or transfers a gun, and who is not a licensed gun dealer, to report such transactions to police.
  • Requires an owner to report a lost or stolen gun to police.
  • Creates a gun offender registry, requiring people convicted of gun crimes to register their names with Cleveland’s Safety Director.
  • Prohibits the display, marking or sale of a facsimile firearm and prohibits brandishing a facsimile firearm in the presence of law enforcement or with the intent to frighten people.
  • Prohibits the negligent transfer of a firearm to a felon or intoxicated person.
  • Sets restrictions for firearms in the hands of minors and restricts discharging firearms in public areas, including schools, churches, cemeteries, playgrounds and parks.
  • Requires owners to safely store firearms to keep them from being stolen or out of the hands of children.

“The problem I have with this legislation is that you’re giving me a shot of penicillin to get over the flu, but I’m dying of a gunshot wound,” said Councilman Zack Reed, the lone ‘no’ vote on the panel. “You brought the legislation to us to deal with this problem, but you can’t tell us how. So you’re just trying to appease us.”

Councilman Michael Polensek, who voted for the measure, acknowledged the new ordinance would not “dramatically change” the Rock and Roll Capital of the World. “So we pass this legislation tonight, but what does it really mean?” Polensek said.

I think there are going to be some people who think that as a result of this passage, things will dramatically change in this city.

And they are not, because the bad guys are not turning in their guns. The bad guys are not registering. The kids who want to shoot indiscriminately on the street won’t stop.

Furthermore, Council President Kevin Kelley contended the new law is not aimed at stopping gun violence, “Rather, it is a reflection of council’s values and is good public policy intended to encourage responsible gun ownership,” Kelley said, according to the Cleveland.com report.

h/t: Breitbart

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