The Wednesday Read: PA 18, Edwards, & Gun Laws

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. – Stephen Hawking (RIP)

Today’s topics are:

  • Pennsylvania Congressional District 18
  • Sheriff Bob Edwards
  • Stricter Gun Laws

Pennsylvania CD 18:

The special House election in Pennsylvania is very special. It also may foretell what will happen in November 2018 all across the fruited plains.

The NY Times reports that Democrat Conor Lamb leads by 0.3 percentage points, or 641 votes, over Republican Rick Saccone with 100 percent of precincts fully reporting.

Donald Trump won this district by 20 points. He campaigned there for Saccone in the past few days.

The race is too close to call, although NBC News is calling Lamb “the apparent winner.

There is one report that one county in the District had not counted their absentee ballots so the results may change.

Nonetheless, the Trump Train may be derailing.

Sheriff Bob Edwards:

Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards continues to embarrass himself and Cascade County.

Readers may remember that Edwards was arrested in June at a law enforcement convention in Helena.

The Great Falls Tribune reported at that time:

A call for service report filed with the Helena Police Department states the complainant told emergency dispatchers that “a woman could be heard yelling about a gun” and they “heard her screaming about male throwing her into TV.”

The complainant reported that “a man put the gun in his mouth” at one point, but the call for service report does not specify who the man was.

Helena Police Chief Troy McGee confirmed that Edwards is the person in the report who is said to have a gun, but added it was called in and not seen by his officers.

The Public Safety Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council met with Edwards in February and asked that he surrender his peace officer and coroner certificates.

Now the Tribune reports that Edwards wants to bargain with POST and seek probation.

In my opinion, Edward should not have access to guns. If the members of the POST committee allow him to bargain his punishment, they will be responsible for anything Edwards does in the future.

I also believe that someone close to Edwards needs to do an intervention. They know the real story – the real Edwards.

Cascade County voters can send a message in June when Edwards faces primary challengers by voting for someone else and ending the embarrassment.

Stricter Gun Laws:

Gallup polling is reporting that sixty-seven percent of Americans say the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made stricter. This represents an increase of seven percentage points since last fall and is the highest in any Gallup survey since 1993.

You can read the full report from Gallup HERE.

Probably the major sticking point is how to make the gun laws stricter.

The laws we now have need to be enforced more universally. We need to better train those who document issues that would affect gun purchases.

We can do better. We’re the USA.