Gun Stories of the Week: Gun Sales Highest Ever for Any June in History

TOP STORY
Murphy’s Senate Bill Seeks To Drop-Kick Murphy’s House Bill

Rep. Tim Murphy’s (R-Pa.) Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which passed the House with little fanfare or notice in a 422-2 July 6 vote, faces politically-motivated challenges in the Senate despite broad agreement that it is the most significant federal mental health legislation in decades.

Why? Because it includes clauses and due-process provisions to protect gun owners’ rights and that, some Senate Democrats apparently believe, could be politically exploitable in November’s elections. The fact that it actually effectively addresses an issue is not important. The fact that it can be manipulated to their political advantage is all that really counts.

Democrat Senators support an alternate bill sponsored by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) which, of course, does away with Constitutional rights and due-process guarantees.

Rep. Murphy’s bipartisan Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act will increase the number of psychiatric hospital beds, establish an assistant secretary for mental health and substance use disorders within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and make treatment for young mental health patients accessible, while establishing conditions in which gun owners who meet criteria must relinquish firearms after a due-process procedure.

That’s not good enough for some Senate Democrats, especially when they believe the TV-educated believe gun control is the solution to gun violence and, therefore, needs to remain on the front burner as an exploitable campaign issue.

It makes little sense to solve a problem that can be manipulated as a politically advantageous perceived problem during a campaign.

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CONVENTIONAL WISDOM
NRA's Cox: Hillary Would ‘Kill’ Gun Rights

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Chris Cox succinctly summed up what the 2016 election is all about for many of the nation’s 100 million gun owners by raising the specter of what could happen if the most anti-Second Amendment liberal to ever run for President occupies the White House in an address during the Republican National Convention.

Cox’s message: Hillary Clinton would stock the U.S. Supreme Court — beginning with replacing the last Antonin Scalia — with anti-gun zealots and it would be the beginning of the end of gun rights for law-abiding Americans.

“A Hillary Clinton Supreme Court means your right to own a firearm is gone," he said to a rousing cheer.

Nothing new here. It doesn’t take a sage to understand this, but reiteration paints a stark picture that should galvanize the undecided, if such people still exist considering this presidential campaign has been underway, it seems, since the day after the November 2012 election.

What is new, perhaps, is that suddenly Hillary Clinton is portraying herself as a friend of gun-owners and committed adherent to the Second Amendment.

"Chris Cox just parroted Donald Trump's false claim that Hillary Clinton wants to repeal the Second Amendment. This debunked claim couldn't be farther from the truth," Hillary’s campaign tweeted in response to Cox’s convention address.

The bottom line is this: Depending how the numbers are estimated, there are as many as 100 million legal gun owners in an estimated 61 million households across the country. While few responsible voters focus exclusively on one issue, virtually all vote their interests and, even with Trump’s checkered past on gun-related issues, the choice between him and Hillary is — at this point — quite stark.

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**STATE ROUNDUP
Massachusetts AG Expands Politically Contrived 'Assault Weapons' Definition To Boost Career **

Massachusetts’ Attorney General Maura Healey on July 20 extended the state’s 30-year-old “assault weapons” ban to include scary looking, “military style” semi-automatic rifles because, she said, expanding the politically contrived and meaningless definition of “assault weapon” would make “citizens safer.”

What she really meant to say is if she can manipulate the TV-educated to believe there are such things as “assault weapons” that Americans can legally own, she can seek higher office as a heroic protector of the sheeple Liberals think voters are.

"We have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure that combat-style weapons are off our streets and out of the hands of those who would use them to kill innocent people," she told the Associated Press. "Increasingly, these guns are the weapon of choice for mass shooters, and we will do everything we can to prevent the kinds of tragedies here that have occurred in places like Orlando, San Bernardino, Newtown and Aurora.”

Noting that Healey accomplished this in a 1-0 vote without consultation form the Legislature, critics pointed out that the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics show zero murders were committed in Massachusetts in 2014 using any type of rifle.

“This is an abuse of power by the Massachusetts attorney general,” Second Amendment Foundation Chairman Alan Gottlieb told Fox News. “It is no different than President Obama’s illegal anti-gun executive orders. If these firearms were legal yesterday, they are legal today. This ban on semi-auto firearms must be stopped before gun prohibitionists in other states try to enact similar bans by fiat.”

On July 28, 58 Massachusetts lawmakers — including 18 Democrats — demanded Healey rescind her “unilateral” decision to expand the meaning of a meaningless term for her own political benefit.

Healey’s ruling "raises far more questions than it answers,” Sen. Don Humason (R-Westfied) told The Republic newspaper. "I was very surprised by the Attorney General's unilateral approach towards changing the impact of an 18-year-old law without seeking public input or consulting legislators.”

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THANKS, OBAMA! (AND HILLARY?)
Gun Sales Most Ever For Any June In History

The beat goes on: According to the FBI, it processed more than 2.1 million gun related checks in June, an increase of more than 600,000 over June 2015 and the most of any June since the current background check system went into effect.

That makes June the 14th consecutive month to set a new background check record, including every month of 2016. So far, 2016 is on pace to break 2015's record for most checks in a year.

June’s numbers are lower than the first four months of the year, which is typical of the seasonal lulls in gun sales for the industry, but higher than May’s. Usually, June features the fewest checks of any month.

Analysts and pundits attribute June’s background check record in response to the Orlando Pulse shooting and murders of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rogue, La.

But others wonder if the mere prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency is propelling gun owners to buy now rather than wait until next year. After eight years of enduring the anti-gun owner administration of Barack Obama — the greatest gun salesman in recent history — many are not willing to take the chance that Hillary could eclipse her predecessor … at least until she outlaws private gun ownership altogether.

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