Nevada club pro tied for Senior PGA Championship lead

Nevada club professional Stuart Smith shot a 5-under 66 for a share of the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship Nevada club pro tied for Senior PGA Championship lead Nevada club professional Stuart Smith shot a 5-under 66 for a share of the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2J4oTco BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – Nevada club professional Stuart Smith admitted sleeping on the lead of the biggest tournament available to him might be a problem.

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Nevada Sheriff Apologizes For Leaving Gun In Casino Bathroom

One thing that it’s important for us to understand about any law enforcement officer is that they’re human. While we often expect things of them through the course of their job that we may not expect of other people, they’re still people. They make mistakes.

However, from time to time, they make really, really big ones.

Take Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly. She left her firearm in a casino bathroom last week. The firearm was found by a staff member and turned into management.

On Monday, she apologized in a video posted to Facebook.

Public Release

Public Release–Sheriff Wehrly addresses public inquiries about gun left in the bathroom.

Posted by Nye County Sheriff's Office on Monday, May 21, 2018

Yeah, I’m sorry, but that’s not good at all.

However, it is amusing in an odd sort of way. I’m able to feel that way because the gun didn’t fall into the wrong hands, mind you. Yet there’s another dimension, which Dan Zimmerman over at The Truth About Guns sums up perfectly.

We’re told, repeatedly and forcefully, by many who would like to limit or eliminate civilian-owned firearms, that law enforcement officers are the only people with the knowledge, training and degree of responsibility necessary to be entrusted with carrying a gun. At which point gun owners immediately Google “Lee Paige” and hold their phones up for all to see. It’s as effective a comeback as any.

But while most law enforcement officers are well-trained and treat their firearms in a responsible manner, there will always be the exceptions that prove the rule. So our friends in the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex will have to forgive us if we choose to highlight them when they come up. Today’s example is Nye County, Nevada Sheriff Sharon Wehrly.

Frankly, I’m not going to argue with Dan because he’s dead on right.

This doesn’t help Wehrly’s reelection chances in what the Las Vegas Review-Journal calls a “crowded” race. If one of her opponents doesn’t hit her with something like this, they’re missing a golden opportunity.

Yes, it was a mistake, but it’s the kind of mistake that police officers really can’t afford to make. No one who carries a firearm really can.

Wehrly claims that part of the problem was that she wasn’t wearing a gun belt. Well, that’s something to remedy, in my opinion. Everyone should have a proper gun belt when they carry a firearm. Again, just my opinion. But having one negates the need to remove your firearm, even if it’s a full sized weapon, from your belt when you have to answer nature’s call.

Let this be a lesson to all of us.

In the meantime, the sheriff offered up her mea culpas to the people of Nye County. Whether they’ll accept it or not remains to be seen. If she has until November before reelection, she’s probably has a good chance of people forgetting all about it. If not, well…

Unfortunately, though, Sheriff Wehrly isn’t the only officer this has happened to through the years. She won’t be the last, either.

Just remember this the next time we’re told only police are responsible enough to be trusted with firearms.

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What took so long? 2,100 more pages of Vegas shooting documents finally released

Following a court order after media organizations sued for access to information on the October 2017 Las Vegas shooting, 2,100 pages of documents have finally been released by police investigating the incident.

Reporters are still poring through the redacted materials, which have been released in waves over the past seven months. 

What’s been found in the docs, so far?

The new materials included additional police reports and dispatch logs, but still no definitive word on perpetrator Stephen Paddock’s motive for the mass murder that resulted in 59 deaths during a country music concert.

When the shooting began, headliner Jason Aldean was performing on stage. The Las Vegas Review-Journal speculated that one of the statements released on Wednesday were his accounts of the attack.

In the unnamed witness’s words: “I was onstage singing and thought I heard fireworks. I turned to look at my monitor guy and saw my personal security guard running toward me and telling me to evacuate the stage.

“We then stayed in the back of the bus for a few hours until police escorted us away.”

According to law enforcement’s search warrant of Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada: “The house contained minimal furniture and possessions. The closets were empty. The beds consisted of box-springs and mattresses, but no bed frame.

“The…corner of the garage contained shelving units with neatly stacked and aligned ammunition and clips of various caliber. A gun safe was opposite the shelf.”

One officer who was working during the shooting recalled that law enforcement on the scene of the tragedy “were operating under the belief that (they) were under a Mumbai-style terror attack and could be set upon by active shooters at any moment.”

Numerous victim statements were also included in the latest document release.

No, really. What took so long?

Last month, The Nevada Supreme Court rejected a request by law enforcement to continue withholding evidence from the tragedy and its aftermath, such as body camera videos, interviews, and 911 calls.

Attorneys for the department said that complying with the public records requests would be too expensive and time-consuming, arguing that the investigation is still not complete.

 

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Find out about Las Vegas construction projects at ‘Seeing Orange’

No one likes getting the runaround when tracking down an answer, but that sometimes happens when people try to find out about the latest road improvements in their neighborhoods. The Nevada Department of Transportation might punt a question to Clark County.

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How To Prove The NRA Is Wrong: Just Make Stuff Up… ANTI-GUN VIDEO

Opinion
By Chris Knox and Jeff Knox

Buckeye, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, turned ubiquitous talking head on left-leaning cable news and radio, recently published five talking points that he claims shoot holes in the NRA’s (here meaning all gun-rights supporters’) arguments.  The points are not at all unique to Mr. Reich, so we thought it would be worthwhile to take a closer look.

Reich’s Point Number 1: Gun laws save lives.

“Consider the federal assault weapons ban. After it became law in 1994, gun massacres – defined as instances of gun violence in which six or more people were shot and killed – fell by 37 percent. The number of people dying from mass shootings fell by 43 percent. But when Republicans in Congress let the ban lapse in 2004, gun massacres more than doubled.”

Nonsense. Reich doesn’t cite a source for his claims because there is no credible source drawing that conclusion.  Start with his definition of “gun massacres” being shootings resulting in 6 or more deaths. Despite a rash of those horrible events, massacres, by any definition, remain rare.  But because of their horrific nature, they draw media, following the ancient newspaper adage, “If it bleeds, it leads.” As a result the nation fixes its gaze on a single-digit percentage of all crime involving guns, and a fraction of a percent of overall deaths.

With such a small sample size, a difference of one or two incidents has a dramatic impact when presented as a percentage.  Thirty-seven percent of 10,000 would be a significant result, but 37% of 3 would be one more or less – a meaningless statistical anomaly.  There’s no way of knowing exactly what Reich’s percentages are based on though, because he provides no source, and most tellingly, no real numbers.  In short, Reich’s first point is just short of a total fabrication.

Reich’s Point Number 2: The Second Amendment was never intended to permit mass slaughter.

When the Constitution was written more than 200 years ago, the framers’ goal was [to] permit a “well-regulated militia,” not to enable Americans to terrorize their communities.

The First Amendment was written more than 200 years ago and the founders’ goal was to protect people’s right to assemble in person, and protect the press – newspapers printed on paper, not to enable the mass propagation of fake news by internet trolls.  But few today would argue that the First Amendment does not apply to online communications. The rights recognized by the Bill of Rights are not dependent on technology.

It is also worth noting that during the framers’ time, it was common for private citizens who could afford them to own canons, and even fully-armed warships.  The right to arms does not “permit mass slaughter,” and restricting that right does not prevent mass slaughter. Every day over 100 million lawful gunowners don’t kill anyone or terrorize their communities.  Restricting their rights will not prevent evil people from doing evil things.

Reich’s Point Number 3: More guns have not, and will not, make us safer.

“More than 30 studies show that guns are linked to an increased risk for violence and homicide. In 1996, Australia initiated a mandatory buyback program to reduce `the number of guns in private ownership. Their firearm homicide rate fell 42 percent in the seven years that followed.”

Once again, Mr. Reich throws around “studies” but fails to mention which ones.  We can easily present more than 30 studies that show that gun control laws don’t reduce risks of violence.  In fact, in the late 1970s Wright and Rossi produced a study funded by the Carter Justice Department, with the objective of determining which “gun control” programs were most effective.  They found none. In the mid-2000s, both the Centers for Disease Control and the National Science Foundation did independent reviews with the same objective. Both reviews reached the same conclusion as Wright and Rossi: that there is no clear evidence that any gun control laws have effectively reduced crime.

Not surprisingly, Mr. Reich also fails to mention that murder rates in Australia were declining prior to the massacre that triggered their gun ban and confiscation.  The rates went up slightly in the year right after the ban, then resumed their downward trend at a slower pace than previously, and slower than the rate enjoyed in the U.S., where gun laws were being liberalized, and gun ownership was skyrocketing.

Reich’s Point Number 4: The vast majority of Americans want stronger gun safety laws.

“According to Gallup, 96 percent of Americans support universal background checks, 75 percent support a 30-day waiting period for all gun sales, and 70 percent favor requiring all privately owned guns to be registered with the police. Even the vast majority of gun owners are in favor of common-sense gun safety laws.”

Gallup polls also concluded that Hillary Clinton was supposed to be our president.

Poll results depend on how questions are phrased and asked.  A good many Americans support some of the general ideas around gun control, but absolutely reject specific proposals.  Rephrase the question about “universal” (sic) background checks to ask whether it should be a felony for you to lend your gun to a friend for target practice, and different answers come back, as they did in Nevada and Maine when such proposals were put to voters.

Reich’s Point Number 5: The National Rifle Association is a special interest group with a stranglehold on the Republican Party.

“In 2016, the group spent a record [for them] $55 million on elections. Their real goal is to protect a few big gun manufacturers who want to enlarge their profits.

America is better than the NRA. America is the young people from Parkland, Florida, who are telling legislators to act like adults. It’s time all of us listen.”

Gun prohibitionists routinely target the NRA instead of ordinary American gun owners.  It’s certainly easier to stir fear and uncertainty about some large organization funded by a faceless industry than to risk humanizing the opposition.  Even so, the NRA’s power does not arise from industry money, it comes from millions of individuals who freely choose to defend their rights with their voices, their votes, and their dollars.

Something else worth mentioning is that while Reich and other media accuse NRA of buying politicians with their $55 million in election spending in 2016, labor unions reportedly spent $1.7 billion on those elections.

If those talking points are the strongest assault an Ivy League lawyer can launch against the unfettered right to arms for defense of self, family, home, and homeland, then the Second Amendment should be safe for a while longer.  Unfortunately, these and similar points rarely get any sort of honest scrutiny in the media shouting matches, so it’s up to you to call them out every time they pop up again.

Jeff Knox
Jeff Knox

About Jeff Knox:

Jeff Knox is a second-generation political activist and director of The Firearms Coalition. His father Neal Knox led many of the early gun rights battles for your right to keep and bear arms. Read Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War.

The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition has offices in Buckeye, Arizona and Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

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In case you missed it, here were some highlights of the day in news locally and nationally.

On Tuesday, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors approved the first step to what can potentially become a new shelter at a site that used to be a jail. A Nevada man and his wife never called 911 when his 5-year-old daughter was dying inside a filthy Reno apartment earlier this month, then put her emaciated corpse in a duffel bag and drove it to California and left it in a storage unit , authorities said.

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Read the Miss USA pageant Q&A segment, which involved the Boy Scouts and voting rights

Sarah Rose Summers of Nebraska was crowned Miss USA 2018 on Monday night; she won over the runner-up, Caelynn Miller-Keyes of North Carolina, and the third-place finisher, Carolina Urrea of Nevada. But before the crown was handed out, they all had to …

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Low Voter Turnout for Nevada Primaries and General Elections

The poll numbers continue to suffer for Nevada primaries and general elections. Is this a result of turnout or burnout? Traditionally Nevada voters are known to be lackluster concerning their civic duty to vote, however, some are wondering if it is just due to turnout or burnout. Low voter turnout in the United States as […]

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