Going Off Half-cocked

New York Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez unveiled new legislation to curb gun violence, in which she cited a gun crime figure that shows she didn’t do all her homework. Velázquez’s announcement of the new bill, she featured a statistic about the number of guns stolen each year:

“Across the U.S., almost 600,000 guns are stolen each year from private homes. New York streets are often a destination for guns lost or stolen in states with more permissive gun laws.”

Velázquez’s figure is not backed up by the Bureau Justice Statistics which calculated approximately 232,500 stolen firearms per year, or one-third of Velázquez’s claim.

As this charade played out on Capital Hill, U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross sentenced Jalita Johnson to only a year of probation, 180 days of home confinement and 40 hours of community service for straw purchasing a firearm used in the murder of Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco.

Johnson wrote on the purchase form that she was buying the gun for herself. She later admitted she was buying it on behalf of her boyfriend Marcus Wheeler, a convicted felon.

Police say Wheeler killed Officer Orozco on May 20 when he opened fire on officers trying to arrest him. Wheeler was killed when another officer returned fire.

President Obama appointed Ross to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in December 2013.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration also released thousands of violent felons, many with previous firearms charges to roam the streets. Oh, and don’t forget, the President is still considering executive action on gun control for legal gun owners.

And as we wait — Connecticut officials are urging owners of now-illegal assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines to relinquish them to the police or make them permanently inoperable. The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection sent a letter to owners who had failed to register the items by a January 1 deadline, part of last year’s gun control law.

Finally, a 6-year-old in Ohio was suspended from school for three days, after using an imaginary weapon during recess. The boy was playing a game of Power Rangers during a school break when he pretended to shoot another student with an imaginary bow and arrow.

It seems that our society is being ‘fundamentally transformed’ using lies, lawlessness, over-regulation and a lack of imagination.

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