Lower Manhattan attack kills 6, injures 9; suspect in custody

Religion of Pieces.

At least six people are dead after a driver barreled into a bike path and crashed a rental pickup truck into a crowd in Lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, shouting “Allahu Akbar,” law enforcement sources tell Fox News and The Associated Press.

Another nine people were injured, authorities said. Police tweeted that one person — who police shot twice — has been taken into custody and is expected to survive. Police added that there are “no others outstanding.”

FBI officials confirmed to Fox News that they have agents responding to the situation “with NYPD.” A bomb squad is also on scene examining a vehicle.

The Manafort Political Theater Project Launched


Some absurd MSM political theater is about to unfold, as if it were a serious scandal for Trump that a guy who was his campaign chairman for a few months is going to be charged for alleged crimes committed years before that relationship was forged.  Paul Manafort and his longtime protégé are the big news for the MSM to inflate into a conspiracy that traces back to the puppet master in the Kremlin.  They have been told to report for arrest, which means they are to be indicted.

Matt Apuzzo of the New York Times got the scoop.  He describes Gates as:

… a longtime protégé and junior partner of Mr. Manafort. His name appears on documents linked to companies that Mr. Manafort’s firm set up in Cyprus to receive payments from politicians and businesspeople in Eastern Europe, records reviewed by The New York Times show. …

Mr. Manafort had been under investigation for violations of federal tax law, money laundering and whether he appropriately disclosed his foreign lobbying.

The alleged offenses lie far in the past:

Mr. Manafort, a veteran Republican strategist, joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 to help keep delegates from breaking with Mr. Trump in favor of establishment Republican candidates. Mr. Trump soon promoted him to chairman and chief strategist, a job that gave him control over day-to-day operations of the campaign.

But Mr. Trump fired Mr. Manafort just months later, after reports that he received more than $12 million in undisclosed payments from Viktor F. Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian president and a pro-Russia politician. Mr. Manafort spent years as a political consultant for Mr. Yanukovych.


New Jersey cop shoots two would-be robbers dead in Newark

Thugs try to rob an off duty cop.
This counts as a ‘double’; Slugs For Thugs and Crap-For-Brains since the DRT thugs made a mistake in the victim selection process. 

An off-duty New Jersey cop shot two people dead when they tried to rob him in Newark, officials said Monday.

The officer opened fire on the would-be robbers, killing both of them, on S. 6th St. near 13th Ave. just before midnight Sunday, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Katherine Carter said.

Carter noted that the officer works for Jersey City Police Department and was not working at the time of the shooting.

Communism Through Rose-Colored Glasses

Demoncraps simply lurve them some commies. 

Progressive intelligentsia (intelligent proggies? = oxymoron)  “is moralist against one half of the world, but accords to the revolutionary movement an indulgence that is realist in the extreme,” the French scholar Raymond Aron wrote in “The Opium of the Intellectuals” in 1955. “How many intellectuals have come to the revolutionary party via the path of moral indignation, only to connive ultimately at terror and autocracy?”

On Thursday, I noted that intellectuals have a long history of making fools of themselves with their political commitments, and that the phenomenon is fully bipartisan.

But the consequences of the left’s fellow-traveling and excuse-making are more dangerous. Venezuela is today in the throes of socialist dictatorship and humanitarian ruin, having been cheered along its predictable and unmerry course by the usual progressive suspects.

Bernie Sanders captured the heart, if not yet the brain, of the Democratic Party last year by portraying “democratic socialism” as nothing more than an extension of New Deal liberalism. But the Vermont senator also insists that “the business model of Wall Street is fraud.” Efforts to criminalize capitalism and financial services also have predictable results.

To win in 2018, Democrats must resist moving further left

True, but impossible.

Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Jeff Flake’s (R-Ariz.) surprise retirements and their decision to forcefully speak out against Donald Trump’s behavior have created an unprecedented and unexpected opportunity for Democrats across the country.

Independent and moderate Republican voters are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, to put it mildly, with Donald Trump and the sycophantic Republicans who are molding the party in his image. Make no mistake; the GOP is becoming the party of Trump and all the conspiracy theories, nativism and racial divisiveness that come along with him. The party has become a glorified comment section and it seems to be getting worse by the day.

But that doesn’t mean the state of the Democratic Party is much better.

Democrats continue to lose election after election and have no shortage of excuses for why that is. Setting aside the qualms over the Electoral College and potential Russian interference for a moment, it should greatly concern every Democrat in the country that more people in traditionally blue states like Pennsylvania and Michigan thought Donald J. Trump was still a more attractive option for president than an experienced former secretary of State and United States senator.

Yes, it’s time again for another “Crap-For-Brains” Monday.

Just a few new gun laws in California this year, but one’s a puzzler

California is not called the ‘Land of Fruits and Nuts’ for nothing.

Last year, California’s Legislature and voters enacted a veritable blizzard of legislation making private gun ownership more difficult and expensive, including new restrictions on magazine capacity and ammunition sales.


One of them induces head-scratching bewilderment.

Assembly Bill 424, by Democratic Assemblyman Kevin McCarty of Sacramento, removes the power of local school authorities to allow someone to legally carry a gun on school grounds.

It’s aimed at a tiny number of schools where teachers with training and valid concealed-weapons permits have been allowed to carry guns

With the new law, any deranged person bent on slaughtering children will now know for certain there will be no armed resistance inside school grounds.

While we ponder the logic of AB 424, we should consider another bill Brown signed, Senate Bill 620 by Sen. Steven Bradford, a Democrat from Gardena.

It repeals the long-standing Penal Code section that requires extra years behind bars for anyone using a gun to commit a crime and leaves such “enhancements” to the future discretion of judges.

So on one hand Brown and the Legislature make it more difficult for a teacher to protect children against gun-wielding criminals, while on the other they reduce potential penalties for gun-wielding criminals.

Go figure.

Pentagon identifies soldier killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Yes, a Night Stalker. These guys can fly where others simply won’t dare to go. Unfortunately, that means if anything, even something seemingly insignificant, goes wrong, bad things can happen.

The Defense Department on Sunday released the name of the soldier killed this week in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jacob Sims, 36, died Friday in Logar province, Afghanistan, from wounds sustained from the crash, according to a statement from DoD.

Sims, who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, was assigned to 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. He was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.


Slugs For Chicago Thugs

Store clerk fires shot at would-be robber on Near West Side

Not too long ago and this wouldn’t have happened. Chicago used to have some of the strictest gun control ordnances in the country.

A store clerk fired a shot at a suspect during an attempted robbery Friday morning on the Near West Side.

About 11:10 a.m., a man entered a convenience store in the 700 block of South Western, displayed what appeared to be a weapon and demanded property, according to Chicago Police.

The clerk fired one shot at the suspect, and the man ran away, police said. The clerk was not certain whether or not the man was struck by the bullet.

The suspect is described as a black man between 30 and 35 years old and wearing a purple hoodie, red shoes and white sneakers, police said.

No one is in custody as Area North detectives investigate.

Brooklyn man who confessed he wasn’t following ‘real Islam’ gets 15 years for supporting ISIS

I wouldn’t have been moved either. Study islam enough and you’ll understand that the ‘islamic state’ is “real islam”.

A Brooklyn man’s tearful regret for following ISIS failed to sway a judge, who sentenced him Friday to 15 years in federal prison for plotting terrorist acts.

Abdurasul Juraboev, 27, said he rejected extremism and the ISIS snake oil peddlers he once listened to. He wiped away tears as he admitted that what he was following “wasn’t real Islam.”

“I didn’t know my religion correctly,” the Uzbek national said, adding that ISIS fighters and propagandists were “doing many things wrong.”

Judge William Kuntz, unmoved, slammed him with the maximum sentence.


Slugs For Convenience Store Thugs

Police video released in Circle K shooting that injured suspect

Don’t bring a BB gun to a gunfight…
unless you’re a crap-for-brains robber.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Newly released video gives a much clearer picture of an attempted armed robbery at a Circle K convenience store last month that ended with a clerk shooting the suspect

The clerk at that store had her own firearm. She says when he pointed his gun, she pointed hers right back and pulled the trigger. Police lapel footage and 911 calls released Wednesday capture those intense moments immediately after it happened.

Caller: “He came running in the store with a gun drawn and he got shot.”
Dispatcher: “He got shot?”
Caller: “Yes, ma’am. My assistant had a gun.”
The video shows police approaching the injured man later identified as 23-year-old Ferron Mendez. Police say Mendez tried to rob the Circle K on Eubank and Candelaria. But when he aimed the gun at clerk Jennifer Wertz, she took action.

Police video released in Circle K shooting that injured suspect
“He had the door open,” she said. “He had maybe one or two steps and pointed the gun at me, and I pointed my gun at him and I shot.”

The 911 caller says the suspect dropped his gun in the store before trying to run away, but his gun was just a toy.

Why the NRA’s new “murder insurance” is so alarming to gun control activists

I’m not saying ‘buy it’.
I’m not saying ‘don’t’.
I am saying I like that it twists the proggie’s guts into knots.

If you think about exactly what the NRA has birthed through its partnership with Lockton Affinity and Chubb, it’s infuriating.
Offering this type of insurance policy will not only make it easier for “stand your ground” shooters to settle and even win the lawsuits they may face, but it could reasonably stand to embolden gun holders to shoot first and think later.

At least, that is the belief of Guns Down America, a “bolder, broader movement calling for dramatically fewer guns in America.”

In an effort to have the Carry Guard insurance tossed out, Guns Down America is encouraging viewers to contact Lockton Affinity and Chubb and insist that the coverage be pulled. The group also took one step further by creating a petition that reads, “We fear that your insurance product for gun owners who shoot first and claim ‘self-defense’ later will contribute to this devastation and encourage more people to use deadly force.”


Michigan man linked to ISIS; guns found in Ann Arbor storage unit, propaganda on hard drive, FBI say

Just because they’ve been keeping themselves in the shadows, doesn’t mean they’re not still planning mayhem.

YPSILANTI, Mich. – Court records related to the indictment of an Ypsilanti man for possession of a firearm without a serial number indicate the man may have ties to ISIS.

Yousef Mohammed Ramadan, 28, was charged with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, which had moved in interstate commerce. The complaint was filed by an agent with the FBI’s counterterrorism team, but Ramadan has not been charged with a terror-related crime.

Ramadan traveled to the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport with his wife and four children Aug. 15, and purchased six tickets departing to Amman, Jordan, later that day, according to court records.

Transportation Security Administration officials said they discovered a rifle scope and mounts, knives, pepper spray, tactical load-bearing vests, a gas mask, two-way radios, a taser with extra cartridges, a pistol holster, ammunition pouches and black masks in Ramadan’s checked luggage prior to his flight to Amman. TSA officials said they also found laptops, external hard drives, SD cards, flash drives, and two phones.

Ruger Mk. II .22 caliber handgun found in a storage unit in Ann Arborn, Michigan during the execution of a search warrant on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.
Ramadan was questioned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and FBI agents and told them he was leaving the United States with his family to relocate to Bethlehem. CBP officials said they searched Ramadan’s external media drives and found videos of him shooting firearms, photos of pipe bombs and propaganda relating to ISIS.

Ramadan allegedly told authorities it took about an hour to build a pipe bomb. Ramadan informed officers that he had made IEDs in the past for educational purposes while overseas, according to court records.

He claimed to have purchased the items found in his luggage for personal protection, outdoor use and for making videos for his YouTube channels. One of the channels, WB.88Guns, includes several videos of an individual shooting or handling various types of firearms. A Kimber .45 caliber Covert II pistol is shown in a video posted in Dec. 2016 with the video description claiming ownership of the weapon. Michigan state records confirm that a Kimber pistol is currently registered to Ramadan.

Ramadan stated to FBI agents that he currently owns three weapons — two rifles and a Glock pistol that he had placed in self-storage before departing for the airport — but did not acknowledge the Kimber pistol. He then recanted and said he left the firearms with a friend, whose identity he would not disclose, the FBI said.


We Need an Investigation of the Entire Justice Department Now

Remember stories about a dossier on President Trump that turned out to show the document was a pack of salacious lies?
Seems that the FBI – who had, at least, partly paid for it (so they knew damn well it was a pack of lies) – used the dossier as ‘evidence’ to get the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) to issue a secret surveillance warrant on Trump’s presidential campaign. “Wiretapping” indeed.

Bravo, Charles Grassley! The Iowa senator has turned into something of an aging Mr. Smith taking on corruption in the Obama administration (and its Justice Department) and calling for a special investigator for the metastasizing Uranium One Scandal. But is it enough?

As has been reported, this 2010 deal was made despite a hitherto unknown FBI investigation that exposed bribery, kickbacks, etc. on the part of the Russian company involved. The pact resulted in 20% of U.S. uranium in Putin’s hands (some of whic, in lethal yellow cake form, has already disappeared into the ether) and millions of dollars in the Clinton Foundation’s coffers, basically at the same time.

Or should we now call this the Podesta, Podesta & Manafort Scandal, because an ongoing and related report on Tucker Carlson’s cable show is unmasking a series of connections that make the most paranoid conspiracy theorist seem rational?


A thus-far-reliable source who used to be involved with Clinton allies John and Tony Podesta told Tucker Carlson that press reports appearing to implicate President Trump in Russian collusion are exaggerated.

In other words, as the French say, it’s the world upside down. Russia? Trump? Oh, sorry, no, it’s the Brothers Podesta and, through them, Hillary. Meanwhile, over at the also related (phony) Trump Dossier Scandal:

In the midst of a court case that threatened to reveal the dossier’s funding, it emerged Tuesday night that political consulting firm Fusion GPS was retained last year by Marc E. Elias, an attorney representing the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. The firm then hired former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to write the dossier that contained unverified and lurid allegations about Trump and his team’s ties to Moscow.
In the latest news, it appears Elias’ firm was being used as a cut-out to avoid campaign disclosure laws in the promulgation of Fusion’s garbage.

More disturbingly, indications are that the FBI itself relied on this execrable pack of nauseating lies to jump-start the Trump-Russia collusion investigation. They may even have made additional payments to Fusion GPS themselves.

Illinois House rejects ‘bump stock’ ban for semi-automatic rifles

Not everyone there has the same anti-gun views as Chicago. And this bill was a anti-gunner’s dream. 

Legislation to ban “bump stocks” and other devices that allow guns to fire more rapidly was rejected by the Illinois House on Thursday, as opponents from both parties contended the measure was too broad and could turn legal gun owners into criminals.

State Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, said the bill was designed in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, where the gunman used bump stocks to increase the rate of fire on several semi-automatic rifles.

“Today we are taking the first step towards better protecting our loved ones and preventing this horrific violence from happening in Illinois,” Moylan said.

But opponents, including Rep. Jerry Costello, a Democrat from Downstate Smithton, called the bill too far-reaching because it would ban any modification that accelerates the rate of fire — such as changing a spring or replacing a trigger.

“I don’t view this as a bump stock ban, I view this as a ban on 40 to 50 percent of the guns in the state,” Costello said. His district includes the World Shooting Recreational Complex in Sparta.

Costello said the legislation would turn people who modify firearms to compete in shooting competitions into lawbreakers. Most lawmakers agreed with his side of the argument, rejecting the proposal by a 48-54 vote.

OS Privacy: watch.user – Access both iPhone cameras any time your app is running

I don’t have a smart phone. This is one reason why.

Once you grant an app access to your camera, it can

  • access both the front and the back camera
  • record you at any time the app is in the foreground
  • take pictures and videos without telling you
  • upload the pictures/videos it takes immediately
  • run real-time face recognition to detect facial features or expressions

What can an iOS app do?

iOS users often grant camera access to an app soon after they download it (e.g., to add an avatar or send a photo). These apps, like a messaging app or any news-feed-based app, can easily track the users face, take pictures, or live stream the front and back camera, without the user’s consent.


Slugs For Thugs

Intruder shot twice while breaking into Iowa apartment

Two shots, two hits.
(and from what can be gathered from the article, they were solid hits too!)

A man allegedly breaking into a Sac City apartment was shot twice by a resident inside Wednesday.

Bendji Joseph, of Fort Dodge, has been charged with burglary and is in stable condition after he was flown to a Sioux City hospital for his gunshot wounds.

The Sac City Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at 211 S. Fifth St. at 4 a.m. Wednesday.

After an investigation, a news release said that Joseph forcibly entered the apartment without permission with the intent to commit a serious or aggravated assault.

Fearing serious bodily injury or death, Miguel Alcantara, one of the apartment’s occupants, fired two shots at Joseph with a 9mm pistol, hitting him twice.

Joseph was transported to Loring Hospital in Sac City for treatment and was later life-flighted to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City, where he is believed to be in stable condition.

Today, October the 25th on the liturgical calendar, is the Feast of Crispin and Crispinian, more well known as Saint Crispin’s day. Crispin and his twin brother were martyred somewhere around 286 A.D.

Of more mundane interest is the large number of battles fought on this day in the last 600 years. They are:

  • The Battle of Agincourt, 1415
  • The Battle of Balaclava (‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’), 1854
  • The Second Battle of Springfield, Missouri, 1861
  • The Battle of Marais des Cygnes, Kansas, 1864
  • The Battle of Shanghai, during the Matabele War, 1893
  • The Battle of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, 1942
  • The Battle of Leyte Gulf, Philippines, 1944

I think it well worth a few minutes time to reflect on the fact that humanity isn’t all that peaceful of a race and always keep that in mind as we go along our merry way.

Bill Gates Tacitly Admits His Common Core Experiment Was A Failure

Bill and Melinda Gates run the world’s richest nonprofit, with assets at $40 billion and annual giving around $4 billion. They have helped pioneer a mega-giving strategy called “advocacy philanthropy,” which aims to use private donations to shift how governments structure their activities and use taxpayer dollars.

Since 2009, the Gates Foundation’s primary U.S. activity has focused on establishing and implementing Common Core, a set of centrally mandated curriculum rules and tests for what children are to learn in each K-12 grade, with the results linked to school and teacher ratings and punitive measures for low performers. The Gates Foundation has spent more than $400 million itself and influenced $4 trillion in U.S. taxpayer funds towards this goal. Eight years later, however, Bill Gates is admitting failure on that project, and a “pivot” to another that is not likely to go any better.

“Based on everything we have learned in the past 17 years, we are evolving our education strategy,” Gates wrote on his blog as a preface to a speech he gave last week in Cleveland. He followed this by detailing how U.S. education has essentially made little improvement in the years since he and his foundation — working so closely with the Obama administration that federal officials regularly consulted foundation employees and waived ethics laws to hire several — began redirecting trillions of public dollars towards programs he now admits haven’t accomplished much.

“If there is one thing I have learned,” Gates says in concluding his speech, “it is that no matter how enthusiastic we might be about one approach or another, the decision to go from pilot to wide-scale usage is ultimately and always something that has to be decided by you and others the field.” If this statement encompasses his Common Core debacle, Gates could have at least the humility to recall that Common Core had no pilot before he took it national. There wasn’t even a draft available to the public before the Obama administration hooked states into contracts, many of which were ghostwritten with Gates funds, pledging they’d buy that pig in a poke.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Students Protest Abraham Lincoln Statue Because ‘He Owned Slaves’

This is what proggies learn from proggie professors. It’s alright to disagree with a lot of what Lincoln did, but these simpletons can’t even get the ‘why’ right.

There’s a common quote, frequently attributed to G.K. Chesterton: “Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up.”

In our modern context, this should be rephrased a bit: “Don’t try to pull down a statue if you have no idea who or what the statue was really about.”

During a 2016 Columbus Day protest conducted by Wunk Sheek, a Native American student organization, activists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus hosted a “die-in” at Bascom Hall, near a statue of President Abraham Lincoln.

According to The Daily Cardinal, a campus newspaper, the protest ended with the group hanging a sign on the Lincoln monument that said “#DecolonizeOurCampus.”

The activist group is now demanding a disclaimer be put up saying Lincoln was complicit in the murder of Native Americans.

Why would they be so angry about Lincoln?

“Everyone thinks of Lincoln as the great, you know, freer of slaves, but let’s be real: He owned slaves, and as natives, we want people to know that he ordered the execution of native men,” said one of the protesters.

“Just to have him here at the top of Bascom is just really belittling.”

This claim from the protester is patently false. The Great Emancipator grew up in poverty and never owned slaves.

Not only that, but his debates with fellow Illinois statesman Stephen A. Douglas offer some of the clearest reasons for why the institution of slavery violated the American creed.


Fisticuffs Slugs For Thugs.

Video: Clerk fights back, punches would-be robber

  1. This shows that crims will be crims. This bad guy should have been been locked up and had the key thrown away no later than after the second time (this is Number 6)  he did this. So remember; “They walk among us.”
  2. Yes, the ‘good guy’ used his fists, but this still shows that a fist to the head can be incapacitating. Learn how to articulate ‘reasonable fear’ even if a crim doesn’t have a gun, or even a knife.
  3. The proper response is often; Threat of violence? Return the favor. Immediately and in no less than double measure. That crim wielding a box-cutter gave the clerk the right to use deadly force right back at him. 


A devastating right hook sent robbery suspect Andre Young to the ground in Forest Park just after midnight Monday.

The knockout punch, delivered by a store clerk, was captured by a security camera inside a Speedway off Northland Boulevard.

It happened when police said Young tried to jump across the counter of the store.

“He’s still in here,” the clerk told a 911 dispatcher. “I had to knock him out. You need to get a trooper here now, because he’s in here, he’s in here all ****** up.”

Detectives said the 52-year-old Young acted as if he were going to buy a can of Milwaukee’s Best beer when he revealed his true intentions.

“The allegations are that the defendant went into a Speedway gas station, brandished a box cutter, and stated, ‘We can do this the easy way, or the hard way,'” said Dave Wood, with the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office. “The cashier luckily was able to defend himself and incapacitate the defendant until police showed up.”

“He tried to jump over the counter, and he had a blade in his hands,” the clerk said during his 911 call. “I’ve got the blade in my hand right now.”

On Tuesday, Young appeared in court on crutches. He also has a severely bruised left eye. A judge gave Young a $175,000 bond on two counts, aggravated robbery and assault.

This is not the first time Young has been accused of this kind of a crime, or the first time he’s been caught.

“He has five prior felony convictions for aggravated armed robbery, robbery, robbery, aggravated robbery and robbery,” Wood said.

Police said Young was convicted of using a bat to rob the same Speedway store in 2005.

If You Want to Understand the Next 10 Years, Study Spain

There are lots of people in Europe who are getting fed up with the EU and what their national governments are doing too.

Some of you may be confused as to why a U.S. citizen living in Colorado has become so completely obsessed with what’s going on in Spain. Bear with me, there’s a method to my madness.

I believe what’s currently happening in Spain represents a crucial microcosm for what we’ll see sweep across the entire planet over the next ten years. Some of you will want to have a discussion about who’s right and who’s wrong in this particular affair, but that’s besides the point. It doesn’t matter which side you favor, what matters is that Madrid/Catalonia is an example of the forces of centralization duking it out with forces of decentralization.

Madrid represents the nation-state as we know it, with its leaders claiming Spain is forever indivisible according to the constitution. Madrid has essentially proclaimed there’s no possible avenue to independence from a centralized Spain even if various regions decide in large number they wish to be independent. This sort of attitude will be seen as unacceptable and primitive by increasingly large numbers of humans in the years ahead. Catalonia should be seen as a canary in the coal mine. The forces of decentralization are rising, but entrenched centralized institutions and the bureaucrats running them will become increasingly terrified, panicked and oppressive.

Paul Ryan Still Frozen on Pro-Gun Bills After Democrats’ Bump Stock Ban Fizzles

It’s like he can’t conceive of the notion that we’re serious about deregulating suppressors!

House Speaker Paul Ryan remains frozen on pro-gun legislation even though the Democrats’ post-Vegas gun control push has imploded.
Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) were loud and proud for gun control in the immediate aftermath of the Vegas attack. Together, with their Democrat colleagues and surrogates, they voiced support for nine different gun controls between October 2 and October 11. Those controls included an “assault weapons” ban, universal background checks, a ban on bump stocks, a ban on semiautomatic guns, and a ban on “high capacity” magazines.

But things took a turn toward a more hushed tone as polls showed that Americans emerged from the Vegas attack still holding gun rights as more important than gun control. The polling was released between October 11 and October 22, with California’s KPCC finally declaring, “Las Vegas shooting didn’t change anyone’s mind about…guns.”

As the polls were coming in, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) remembered that November 2018 is fast-approaching and Democrat Senators in red states are in trouble if they are tied too closely to gun control. So Schumer urged his colleagues to avoid gun control as the budget debates began.