VCDL protests AutoZone firing of employee who stopped a robbery
Story here. In an email, the VCDL president reports:
"I could not believe all the cars and trucks honking their horns and waving enthusiastically as they passed the group! All of us were surprised and elated. People were pulling into the mall to go shake Devin's hand. A few people passing by stopped to join the protest!
The AutoZone parking lot, for the most part, looked like a ghost town. I wished I had a tumbleweed to toss in their parking lot! ;-)
For those of you who couldn't make this one, you really missed a great event - the public support for a hero was clear and strong.
The Shady Banks Shopping Center, where AutoZone is located, was extremely nice to us and gave us specific permission to park in their parking lot and to marshall there. The Mall did ask us not to protest in the parking lot and we honored that request.
The 7-11 across the street was giving our members FREE coffee! When I learned of that, I walked over to thank them for their support and generosity. They, too, were supporting a hero."
In the wake of the horrific CT school shootings, I have only seen one article/blog post that addressed cogently one possible avenue Obama may take in response to the shooter's firearms.
It talked about a possible Executive Order (EO) reclassifying all or some semi-autos under Title II of the '68 GCA, in much the same way that the Streetsweeper and SPAS-12 shotgun was reclassified a number of years ago. (And probably with similar results; less than 5% of these shotguns were ever registered in the NFRTR.)
I thought more about this tonight. If an EO is used to redefine parts of the National Firearms Act (NFA), and the NRA and every other gun group out there challenges the EO in court--and forces it to be overturned--would not that also strike down parts, or perhaps even *all* of the NFA as unconstitutional?
I hope the lawyers at ATFE are pointing this out to the White House. And then again, I hope they aren't that smart...perhaps this will be some of the unintended consequences of overreach by the Administration on this issue and tragedy.
I'm not a lawyer but I regularly read the Federal Register and Congressional Record as part of my exciting research job. PB, NoVa
Posted by: Poshboy at December 14, 2012 10:00 PM
This article is a pleasant change from the continuous grief from yesterdays tragedy. nWould that I lived there so I could participate.....
Posted by: Ceefour at December 15, 2012 06:09 AM
Streetsweepers and SPAS-12 shotguns could be reclassified because the law assumes that any cartridge firearm with a bore greater than .50" is a destructive device unless the Secretary finds that it has sporting purposes. They could not reclassify modern sporting rifles without new legislation, and such a reclassification would likely fail Supreme Court review because it is difficult to claim they are "unusual" when they are manufactured by just about every major firearm's manufacturer in the US and sold in most sporting goods stores, including Wal-Mart.
Posted by: James at December 16, 2012 12:58 AM
I sent AutoZone a reminder, via their Contact Us on their web page, that I had stopped doing business with them on account of this.
Let's all do likewise (if it's actually true.)
Posted by: Kirk Parker at December 17, 2012 12:46 AM