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Regular readers know that we report with great frequency on a veritable parade of ridiculous cases involving over-zealous school officials and their over-the-top enforcement of "zero-tolerance" rules. Well, here we go again.
This week, we have not one, but four outrageous incidents of ridiculously enforced zero-tolerance policies to report. So, depending on your perspective, either the bar you hoped would not go any lower has dropped yet another peg, or--alternatively--the "asinine enforcement index" has now reached a new high.
Our first case involves a California high school student who was confronted by Canyon High School officials and told to change her NRA T-shirt because the officials deemed the shirt a violation the school's dress code, which forbids offensive, violent or divisive clothing.
According to a CBS Los Angeles story, Sophomore Haley Bullwinkle wore her NRA shirt to school last month, and ended up in the principal's office. "They were treating me like I was a criminal," she said, noting that school officials would not allow her to wear the shirt "because it promoted gun violence."
by Chad D. Baus
Last month, lost in the news media's attempts to blame law-abiding gun owners (and a rifle that wasn't even used) for a crazed man's attack on the Washington Navy Yard, came a report from the City of Akron, where Police Chief James Nice offered a very public explanation of why background checks, no matter how stringent, are never going to prevent criminals from obtaining them.
From the AkronNewsNow.com:
It's a weekly occurrence in Akron, several shootings for police to solve, all despite the police department's best efforts to get the guns off Akron streets.
The problem is frustrating for Akron Police Chief James Nice who says teens and young adults just break into homes and keep stealing more guns to shoot each other with. He doesn't think the justice system is doing enough to stop them.
by Tim Inwood
On September 18th I was concerned Sarah Brady had briefly taken control of my local newspaper, considering the editorial cartoon and AP article that looked and sounded like propaganda straight from the Brady Campaign, an organization that never misses an opportunity to attack our Second Amendment rights.
The article quoting rabid anti-gun politicians like Obama, Feinstein and anti-gun activists like Kristen Rand, gratuitously taking a swing at the AR-15 rifle, basically blamed gun owners and the gun laws for the fact that Aaron Alexis was able to pass the required background check and legally purchase the shotgun he used to murder 12 citizens at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. The argument made is unsound. The fact is had law enforcement, the various courts dealing with him and the U.S. Navy done their job, dealt with his various crimes and treatment for mental illness as they should have, he never would have been able to pass the background check to buy the gun.
Washington, D.C., October 15, 2013 – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman joined a bipartisan group of 50 U.S. Senators, including Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), in reiterating to President Obama that the Senate overwhelmingly opposes the ratification of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and will not be bound by its obligations.
"The U.S. cannot and will not place the Second Amendment rights of the American people in the hands of the United Nations," said Portman. "I am disappointed that the Administration has backed down on its self-proclaimed red line and chosen to sign the U.N. Arms Treaty in spite of Congress' bipartisan rejection. Such an agreement will weaken the United States' ability to conduct our own foreign policy while violating the rights of law-abiding Americans, and I strongly reject the ratification of this treaty."
In the letter to the president, the Senators outline six reasons why they will not give advice and consent to the treaty and are therefore not bound to uphold the treaty's object and purpose.
by Chad D. Baus
WSAZ (NBC Huntsville, WV) is reporting that a man who was critically injured after investigators say he was shot while he was breaking into a home in Portsmouth (OH) last Sunday evening has been taken off of life support.
From the article:
The shooting happened at a home in the 1000 block of 23rd Street around 9:30 p.m.
Portsmouth Police say Keith Richards, 31, of Portsmouth, received life threatening injuries after being shot by a family member of the deceased homeowner.
Family members say they have been taking care of the house since the homeowner died. They tell WSAZ.com that a family member was in the home when they saw Richards crawling through a back window. They say that is when Richards was shot.
Portsmouth Police say they are treating the case as self defense under Ohio's Castle Law.
Richards is in critical condition at a Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington.
by Paul Gallant, Sherry Gallant, Alan J. Chwick, andJoanne D. Eisen
On September 10, 2013, Piers Morgan, a British journalist and TV host in America on CNN, interviewed Emily Miller, author of Emily Gets Her Gun...but Obama wants to take Yours, and Opinion Page Senior Editor for the Washington Times. Miller, a Washington D.C. resident, "gained national attention for her 'Emily Gets Her Gun' series in the em>Times..." Her book documents the story of all the hoops she had to jump through, and all the money she had to spend, to obtain a concealed-carry license.
From the video clips we've seen of his "interviews," Piers Morgan is most often arrogant and ignorant in his debates, and has a habit of rudely cutting off his guests in mid-sentence, talking over them, and inserting his own totally uninformed opinions. A rabid firearm-prohibitionist, Morgan, a British subject, almost invariably uses his program as a platform for international firearm-prohibition, using the U.K. as an example that less guns in the hands of citizens equals less crime.
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, today praised the bipartisan House leadership of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) for introducing the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2013.
CSC Co-Chairs, U.S. Reps. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), joined by Vice-Chairs, U.S. Reps. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), introduced the SHARE Act as a package of pro-sportsmen's legislation designed to safeguard and promote America's hunting and fishing traditions and that is expected to garner wide support from both sides of the political aisle.
by Greg Sowinski
LIMA — If Ohio lawmakers pass a measure dubbed the "stand your ground" bill, residents no longer will have a duty to retreat before using deadly force so long as they are lawfully at a place, Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick told Elida Optimists on Tuesday.
Waldick was asked to talk about current self-defense laws, the proposed "stand your ground" bill and previous self-defense laws.
"We used to be a chicken state. In other words, if you could run you had to run," Waldick said under old law.
He explained when current self-defense laws were established three elements were adopted. The first was the person did not create the situation. The second was the person had an honest belief and reasonable grounds to believe that he or she was in imminent danger of suffering serious physical harm or death. The third was the person had a duty to retreat.
by Jeff Knox
Polls say that popular Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is trailing former Democrat National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe in his bid for Governor of Virginia. If the polls are correct – or even close to being correct – the blame must rest upon the professional political strategists in the Cuccinelli camp.
The only poll that really matters happens on Election Day, of course, but the significant gap in opinion polling between Cuccinelli and McAuliffe at this point cannot be completely discounted. McAuliffe has run a smart campaign so far, and Cuccinelli has not. What's the key difference? McAuliffe has been reaching out aggressively to his base, while simultaneously offering reassurance to "moderates" in the state. Cuccinelli, on the other hand, has generally ignored a large swath of his base and focused on outreach to the "moderate middle" that the experts say swing elections. Their focus on the squishy center is a strategic error that may cost Cuccinelli the election.
Editor's Note: - The following "Law You Can Use" Consumer Information Column, written by Buckeye Firearms Association Legal Chair Ken Hanson, is being provided by the Ohio State Bar Association to news outlets across the state. It has already been published at Akron.com.
Q: I've been hearing about "stand-your-ground" laws in the news. What does Ohio law say about using lethal force in a self-defense situation?
A: In Ohio, if you use lethal force in self-defense you must prove, by a "preponderance” (greater weight) of the evidence, that you were properly acting in self-defense. Under current law, in order to act in self-defense, you must prove: 1) you were not at fault in creating the situation; 2) you had an honest belief and reasonable grounds to believe that you were in imminent danger of suffering serious physical harm or death, and that the only reasonable way to stop or avoid the attack was to use lethal force; and 3) you did not violate any duty to physically retreat from the situation.
Q: When might I be "at fault in creating the situation?"