Brady Deceptions

Some of you might remember that earlier this year, The Brady Campaign put out a piece called No Gun Left Behind: The Gun Lobby’s Campaign to Push Guns Into Colleges and Schools. Howard Nemerov, who is the “unofficial” investigative analyst for NRA News, has produced an excellent piece [PDF] that highlights many of the Brady Campaigns deceptions in this report. Let’s take a look at one:

To bolster their claims, Brady’s report contains an appendix of stories where alleged CCW licensees broke the law. Of the two cases researched so far, both of these incidents have proven to be self-defense, while Brady insinuates both cases were murder.

Color me unsurprised. In the report it is also detailed that Brady claimed a CCL holder, Jon Loveless, shot a man because he gave him a “weird look”. Howard manages to dig up the context for that accusation:

Loveless told detectives he thought it was going to be a friendly meeting to discuss a piece of radio equipment, but when he pulled his truck alongside Eichhorn’s truck he said Eichhorn had a gun pointed at him.

Loveless, who has a concealed weapons permit, said he retrieved his gun from his glove compartment and pointed it at Eichhorn.

“Loveless claims that he directed Eichhorn to drop the weapon but that Eichhorn got a weird look” on his face,” Detective Jon Thompson wrote. “Believing that Eichhorn was about to fire his handgun, Loveless instead fired his handgun several times.”

So it would seem that even the examples of CCL holders that Brady has managed to dig up and hold out as criminals are turning out not to be criminals after all. Download and read Howard’s whole report.

13 thoughts on “Brady Deceptions”

  1. “…retrieved his gun from his love compartment …”

    You guys better chance that, sounds kinda nasty!

  2. “…retrieved his gun from his love compartment …”

    You guys better change that, sounds kinda nasty!

    (and I better learn how to spell)

  3. Call me crazy but I didn’t think it was a typo. I just assumed the guy hadn’t bothered to pruchase a strong side duty holster and had his gun shoved down the front of his pants.

    After all, isn’t that where ya carry a pee-shooter?

    everyone needs a laugh.

  4. “…retrieved his gun from his love compartment …”

    Anyone see ‘Bones’ last night, when she produced a S&W 500 Magnum that was concealed in her Wonder Woman costume?

    The overwhelming cause of CCL arrests, and license revocations are due to Driving While Intoxicated arrests. If you get stopped for DWI and are packing, you are in the deep stinky.

  5. Well, the yearly FBI crime report might record it as a murder. I hear they don’t investigate beyond the initial assessment of local police.

  6. The FBI records justifiable homicide in separate tables, one for law enforcement (Table 13) and one for private citizens (Table 14). Expanded homicide data page:

    The FBI does not record justifiable homicide as murder. From:

    “The classification of this offense is based solely on police investigation as opposed to the determination of a court, medical examiner, coroner, jury, or other judicial body. The UCR Program does not include the following situations in this offense classification: deaths caused by negligence, suicide, or accident; justifiable homicides; and attempts to murder or assaults to murder, which are scored as aggravated assaults.”

    In both cases covered in this story, local police were aware of the justifiable homicide ruling. Neither case went to court. One gray area: Both of these cases would be reported to the FBI as justifiable homicides if their status was settled as of 12/31/2006. Considering dates on newspaper reports, it appears both cases were in fact settled before year end.

  7. “in other shocking developments, the Brady Bunch stoops to outright–and obvious–lies about concealed carry”

    The only “shocking development” that could ever concern the Brady Bunch would be if they acually told the truth for a change.

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