We’re Not Disarming Fast Enough for the Left

I’ve got a phone number for them

The women of this country learned long ago, those without swords can still die upon them. — Eowyn, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (movie quote)

They’ve been trying to get ‘er done for some time. Everything we see in the media right now are just the new tactics. The attacks on the NRA seem pointless, but I don’t think the Organized Left cares about taking down the NRA. Not really. A mindset is being planted.

That’s why I’m not interested in arguing with people who want to leave me defenseless against the next demonic attack … er … mass shooting. Most pro-gun commentators, including me, figured out a while back that the Organized Left had long wanted to turn the USA into a full-blown Leftist Paradise — one likely to be replete with cartels and jihadists armed with AK-47s and the like, true automatic rifles — have long had one fact which makes the transformation an iffy proposition: personal and legal ownership of firearms.

I said the following in 2003, the first year I started blogging:

It’s been demonstrated that states which have liberal (not Liberal) CCW regulations tend to have lower violent crime rates, so what could be the purpose of not adopting these regulations? Why would a government not want its citizens to be able to protect themselves?

  • The government may want the average citizen to depend on the government for his/her protection. This will plant the idea that citizens can count on the government for nearly all of their needs. No, it doesn’t matter how demonstrably false the idea is. As we’ve seen in countless other matters, as long as the lie seed is planted, the lie will flourish, serenely unhindered by the facts.
  • A government may want to be able to act with autonomy without worrying about an armed citizenry rising up in protest. (See National Socialist Germany, the Soviet Union and Cuba.)
  • When a certain segment of its citizenry is hardest hit by gun violence, a government may just “let them kill each other,” taking care of the problem that way, or so it would seem. The government figures that the law-abiding citizens will eventually just give up and move out. (See Chicago.)

Are any of these suppositions—or others–part of the goals of those who continue to chip away at the Second Amendment? I don’t know. I do know that it has been continuously demonstrated both in the USA and in other countries that an unarmed citizenry is a vulnerable one—both from small-time crooks and from the big-time ones.

The Facebook/Twitter/CNN posing is fun, but when all is said and done, the anti-gun elite want you dead or afraid to die, which, spiritually, amount to the same thing.

Broward State Attorney’s Opened At Least 66 Cases Of Criminal Misconduct Into Sheriff’s Office

yeah, looks like the people of Broward County got hosed.

  • Since 2012 there have been more than 66 investigations by the Broward County State Attorney’s office into the Broward County Sheriff’s office
  • Sheriff Scott Israel is coming under mounting criticism when it was discovered his deputies failed to enter the Stoneman Douglas High School during the shooting. Calls for his resignation are mounting.
  • David Schoen, a civil rights attorney, is representing the family of Jermaine McBean, an IT specialist who was killed by one of Sheriff Scott Israel’s deputies in 2013. McBean was walking home with an unloaded air rifle he had purchased when confronted by the deputies and was killed. Schoen says Sheriff’s Israel’s failed leadership in the Sheriff’s office puts citizens at risk.

Ben Shapiro on school safety: ‘We should be guarding our kids’ the way we guard banks

In the wake of the latest school shooting, liberals only seem interested in gun control. Why is discussing school security and other bipartisan solutions controversial?

On today’s show, Ben Shapiro listed some ways to help keep students safe, discourage shooters and potentially prevent the next tragedy – all without eroding our Second Amendment rights. Liberals have turned the gun debate into a “moral push” even though we should be able to find bipartisan, commonsense solutions like these:

  • The media should stop publicizing the shooters’ names and faces and giving them infamous celebrity, something that encourages future school shooters.
  • Lawmakers should consider measures that let family and close friends petition to have someone’s gun rights suspended if there is enough evidence that they are dangerous.
  • Schools should increase their security, whether it’s through fences or more armed personnel.

“We should be guarding our kids the same way we’re guarding our banks,” Shapiro said.

 

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks: “The purpose of the Second Amendment is to ensure that we have a republic”

Responding to a question about gun rights in a tele-town hall on Monday night, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) expressed that his primary concern about the Second Amendment is a lack of understanding about its meaning.

“The most important thing is to help the general public understand the purpose of the Second Amendment,” Brooks told his constituents over the phone. “The purpose of the Second Amendment is not to stop some criminal who is coming into your house, although that’s an excellent benefit. The purpose of the Second Amendment is not to enable you to go hunting, although that is an excellent benefit.”

Brooks stressed an originalist reading of the right to bear arms.

“The purpose of the Second Amendment is to ensure that we have a republic,” he said. “That no one – no one – feels that they can get away with imposing a dictatorship from Washington, D.C. to the rest of our country. And for over two centuries, the citizenship’s bearing arms, of having those weapons, in my judgment, has deterred that kind of thinking.”

Despite warning from NRA, Wyoming Senate guts immunity provision in ‘stand your ground’ bill

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Senate gutted a so-called “stand your ground” bill that sought to provide initial immunity from arrest and prosecution for assault or murder to anyone who claimed self-defense.

In a contentious vote Tuesday, the Senate removed the immunity provision and brought the measure inline with current Wyoming law, which allows individuals to use force in self-defense but only if doing so is reasonable. Prosecutors may still bring charges against someone who claims to have acted in self-defense if law enforcement believes the more reasonable option would have been to retreat or de-escalate the situation.

“It’s very, very close to what Wyoming law is now,” Sen. Drew Perkins, R-Casper, said of the amended bill. “You have the obligation to do as a reasonable man would.”

Wyoming law enforcement opposes ‘immunity’ in self-defense bill
Wyoming law enforcement opposes ‘immunity’ in self-defense bill

The original measure would have stated that individuals never had a duty to retreat when feeling threatened, even if a jury or prosecutor believed that doing so would have been the best option. Police would have been prohibited from arresting or detaining anyone who had acted in self-defense. The Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police came out in opposition to that provision, noting it would be difficult for an officer to determine in the heat of the moment whether a suspect was legitimately defending him or herself.

For our folks in the PACNW

New bill clarifies semi-automatic rifles, adds school safety

Gun control supporters were out in force Tuesday morning in Olympia as a new bill for enhanced background checks on guns like AR-15s got a hearing in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

An earlier version of this bill for enhanced background checks for assault weapons would have raised the age to buy an assault weapon to 21 and required buyers go through state background checks in addition to the federal checks they already do. That bill [SB 5444] stalled, but after the Florida school shooting, Governor Inslee called for lawmakers to revive it.

Instead of reviving the old bill, lawmakers came up with a new one [SB 6620], billed as a school safety package. It does the same thing as the original bill, but rather than label the guns as assault weapons, it describes them as semi-automatic rifles and shotguns with tactical features.

Oprah Talks to God, But It’s Okay Because She’s Not Mike Pence

A few weeks ago, Vice President Mike Pence was criticized for engaging in a custom that’s frowned upon by our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the media. He was mocked for his belief in a very controversial and outdated practice: prayer.

From the meeting place of America’s finest minds known as The View, here’s noted theologian Joy Behar analyzing Mike Pence’s religious beliefs and practices:

“It’s one thing ta tawwwk ta Jesus. It’s anothah thing when Jesus tawwwks ta you. That’s cawwwled ‘mental illness,’ if I’m nawwwt correct. Hearing voices.” [APPLAUSE SIGN]

Got that, all you Christians and Muslims and Jews and Bahá’í and the rest? You really think God talks to you? You really think all your prayers mean anything? You’re crazy.

Pence was suitably humiliated for practicing his religion in the United States of America. But it sounds like the next POTUS didn’t get the memo. Mary Green and Ale Russian, People:

There’s only one thing that could make Oprah Winfrey run for president in 2020.
Amid calls for her to consider a run for the White House — from fans as well as her closest friends — “I went into prayer,” she tells PEOPLE in the magazine’s new cover story. “‘God, if you think I’m supposed to run, you gotta tell me, and it has to be so clear that not even I can miss it.’ And I haven’t gotten that.”
How about that. Sounds like she thinks God talks to her, and he hasn’t told her what to do yet.

And now, here’s a clip of Joy Behar mocking Oprah Winfrey for imagining that God talks to her:

Trump: ‘Take the guns first, go through due process second’

As always you must watch what Trump does rather than listen to what he says. But if he wants to flush his presidency down the drain, the surest way to do it is to separate from his base on the gun issue. I watched the last few minutes of this ‘conference’ and he went over the top on asking for a ‘strong-strong bill. Either he’s still not gotten up to speed on how the congress plays it’s games, or he knows that such a bill,  with everything the anti-gunners want,  will go nowhere and he’s playing his game. That might be his plan, but he can step on himself if he doesn’t become more cautious about just how influential the voice of the President is.

President Trump on Wednesday voiced support for confiscating guns from certain individuals deemed to be dangerous, even if it violates due process rights.

“I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida … to go to court would have taken a long time,” Trump said at a meeting with lawmakers on school safety and gun violence.

“Take the guns first, go through due process second,” Trump said.

Trump was responding to comments from Vice President Pence that families and local law enforcement should have more tools to report potentially dangerous individuals with weapons.

“Allow due process so no one’s rights are trampled, but the ability to go to court, obtain an order and then collect not only the firearms but any weapons,” Pence said.

“Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court,” Trump responded.

Trump met with lawmakers on Wednesday to discuss gun laws and school safety……

Would-be carjacker shot, killed by concealed carry holder outside Milwaukee business

Okay another one bit the dust, but get that last line? Why was this felon outside the state prison? (of course, he was paroled, but he was a minimum of a two time felony loser and was still out. No telling how many crimes he committed before he made that last mistake in the victim selection process.

Police have released the identity of a 21-year-old would-be carjacker who was shot and killed by his intended victim early Monday.

Police identified the carjacker Tuesday morning as Carlos D. Martin, a convicted felon. Martin was armed with a gun and trying to carjack a 24-year-old man who was heading into work shortly before 6 a.m. Monday, Milwaukee Police Capt. Andra Williams said.

The 24-year-old had a valid concealed carry license and fatally shot Martin, said Ald. Cavalier Johnson, who called a news conference late Monday about the shooting.

The incident occurred outside a business in the 8800 block of W. Fond du Lac Ave. and was the first reported fatal shooting in Johnson’s northwest side district this year.

The shooter, who lives outside the city, stayed at the scene, gave a voluntary statement and is cooperating with the investigation, Williams said.

Police believe a second car may have been involved with the attempted carjacking and are searching for a green Chrysler Pacifica, Williams said.

According to circuit court records, Martin was convicted in 2015 of felony battery and in 2016 of burglary.

This is what happens when businesses let a small group of obnoxious activists influence their business practices. I wonder what their CFO thinks about that $50 million tax statement they’re going to get. I’d bet that they’ll never make that up from the revenue from the tickets the teenage protesters were going to buy.  What Maroons.

Oh really?

Georgia Senate blocks Delta tax deal after airline cuts NRA ties

Georgia lawmakers scuttled a tax deal that would have benefited Delta Air Lines on Monday after Delta cut ties with the National Rifle Association.

Delta, which is headquartered in Georgia and has its largest hub at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, this weekend ended a discount it offered to NRA members, joining other companies such as United Airlines and Symantec in taking action after the Parkland, FL school shooting.

The Georgia Senate responded by blocking a $50 million jet fuel sales tax exemption, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday. Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a Republican, tweeted that he would “kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA.”

“Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back,” Cagle continued.

 

Why Liberals Are Wrong About School Shootings (And Everything Else)

I remember during the lead up to the Gulf War, having some liberal tell me everything the US was doing wrong.

“The problem is you can’t demand Saddam retreat, because it’s a challenge to his honor and he has to resist.”

I asked, “What negotiations do you think will help?”

“Oh, you can’t negotiate with Middle Eastern strongmen. That comes across as weak and they’ll ignore you.”

I asked, “So, what will work?”

“Well, I don’t know, but Bush needs to come up with something.”
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So this guy didn’t have a solution. He just knew that everything was wrong and someone else needed to fix it.

I could give 50,000 other examples, but they’re all the same, so let’s review:

Liberals never offer a workable solution.

Liberals condemn everyone else’s solutions as unworkable.

Liberals never admit error.

Liberals create disastrous policies, blame others for them, demand others fix it, refuse to acknowledge any other solution as workable, then blame others for failing to fix it, all while refusing to acknowledge it was their error in the first place.

Let’s summarize this: When someone attacks a school or other soft target, the response is going to involve people with guns. People with guns who are driving distance away are less effective than people with guns on site.

You cannot disagree with this. It is a fact. If you attempt to disagree, you’re just not living in the real world. Go see a professional, do not ever buy a gun, do not vote. You probably shouldn’t drive, drink or handle matches either. You probably need an audio track of “Breathe in, breathe out.”

 

 

Why It’s Time To Raise The Voting Age Back To 21

Simply the picture of this kid, basking in the limelight of celebrity and feted by – of all people – Dan Rather, makes this article have a valid point.

The events since the Parkland shooting have convinced me that we need to change the Constitution to eliminate an ill-considered amendment that has done more harm than good. We need to repeal the 26th Amendment and raise the voting age back to 21.

That’s the opposite of what a lot of people are advocating. Seeing Parkland students go on television and agitate for gun control has people on the Left excited at the prospect of lowering the voting age to 16. That is, they’re excited about the small subset of Parkland students opportunistic talk-show hosts have paraded in front of television cameras—not the ones who dropped out of scripted “town halls” when they refused to let CNN tell them what they could say.

But what I’ve seen from the teenagers getting the most television coverage has confirmed their poorly considered political views should not have binding power over anyone, and explained why they should not be given any kind of authority on matters of national importance.

Consider the case of David Hogg, the one you’ve probably seen on TV the most. A few days ago he was responding to the unraveling of the Parkland narrative—the revelation that armed sheriff’s deputies had arrived at the shooting while it was in progress but made no attempt to stop the killer—by excusing the deputy, asking, “Who wants to go down the barrel of an AR-15?” (Never mind that the deputy had no way of knowing what weapon was being used.) Just a few days later, Hogg was on television (again), blaming the deputy’s inaction on…Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

These elected officials are the boss of these sheriff personnel and just like the president is the boss of the FBI, Governor Rick Scott is essentially the boss of Scott Israel, the sheriff, and as such he should be held accountable. He can’t just blame this on the bureaucracy and expect to get re-elected.

Aside from the blatant contradiction of Hogg’s earlier views, the main thing you should notice about this statement is that it is factually wrong. Scott is not the “boss” of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel any more than Scott is the “boss” of the state’s mayors or legislators. The sheriff is an independently elected position. That’s a widespread feature of our Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement, which today’s young people might know if they weren’t too busy being taught to be shocked and offended by the phrase “Anglo-American.”

Moreover, just a few years back, Israel spent a lot of money campaigning for his position and subsequently put a bunch of his campaign officials on the public payroll. This was all reported widely in local newspapers, which are read by politically engaged local voters—but are not, as a general rule, read by high-school students.

Don’t try to make sense out of any of this. Just notice what it accomplishes: it once again lets Israel skip out on responsibility for the policies and training of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office that he runs, and shifts the blame onto a Republican politician, which better serves the preferred political narrative.

You can criticize Hogg for being uninformed and inconsistent, for being a publicity hound, or for being easily manipulated by partisan activists. But I would prefer just to say that he is 17 years old. Of course he’s saying dumb things in a smugly self-assured way, because that’s what 17-year-olds do. His knowledge is incomplete and his judgment is under-developed.

 

Splitsylvania: State Secession and What to Do About It

In PDF

 

This short piece looks at the growing phenomenon of intra-state secession movements. From California, where plans have been floated to split the state into two, five, or six pieces, to more traditional secessionist movements in Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington, to plans to separate upstate New York and downstate Illinois from the large metropolitan areas that dominate state politics, various states are facing internal separatist movements. The paper looks at the sources of the dissatisfaction driving these movements, and suggests a number of solutions to address that dissatisfaction without amending the Constitution or adding stars to the flag.

Lawsuit: 100,000 noncitizens registered to vote in Pennsylvania

And now the reason for the demoncraps suing up to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (controlled by demoncraps) for the congressional redistricting buy the republican controlled legislature becomes more clear. Put those illegal voters in the right places and ouila’ more demoncrap congresscritters in the US House. It’s all about political power and getting it back by any means necessary.

More than 100,000 noncitizens are registered to vote in Pennsylvania alone, according to testimony submitted Monday in a lawsuit demanding the state come clean about the extent of its problems.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation, which has identified similar noncitizen voting problems in studies of Virginia and New Jersey, said Pennsylvania officials have admitted noncitizens have been registering and voting in the state “for decades.”

But state officials have stonewalled PILF requests for access to the data that could expose the problem, the group says in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Harrisburg.

“For months, Pennsylvania bureaucrats have concealed facts about noncitizens registering and voting — that ends today,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said.

He said Pennsylvania had already admitted to a “glitch” dating back to the 1990s that had allowed noncitizens applying to renew driver’s licenses to be offered the chance to register to vote. Mr. Adams said he now wants to find out how bad the problem is overall.

Broward Sheriff: ‘I’m Not Responsible’…But Gun Owners Are?

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel appears to be in a hole and he may wish to stop digging as the revelations pile up about how his agency may have botched the response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland.

Monday morning, at the far corner of the country, KVI morning host John Carlson unloaded on the sheriff, not only for the possible poor performance of his subordinates, but also for the way Israel tried to shift the blame to guns and the National Rifle Association during a CNN “Town Hall” appearance opposite NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch last week.

Quoted by the New York Daily News following the CNN program, Israel said this:

“An 18-year-old kid should not have a rifle…They’re in high school. These kids should not have a rifle. Bump stocks should be illegal. They should be outlawed forever. Automatic rifles should be outlawed forever.

“And anybody who says different, I don’t know about other people, but (student) Emma (Fernandez) and I, we’re calling BS on that.”

That is a discussion Israel may wish to have with the Marine Corps and the U.S. Army, which issue real “assault rifles” to young adults who seem to have enough responsibility to enter a battlefield and perhaps lose their lives defending the nation.

Carlson’s take:

“This had nothing to do with AR15s, this had to do with a complete breakdown of law enforcement at the local and federal level.” – John Carlson, KVI Seattle

Millions RUSH To Join The NRA After Anti-Gun Lectures By The Liberal Media

Cluebat strikes.

The Democratic Party and the mainstream media have helped the NRA gain incredible traction with the war they’ve waged on them in the wake of the Florida shooting.

CNN hosted a Town Hall last Wednesday, it was highly criticized after multiple people claimed it was scripted. Unsurprisingly, the Democrats placed the blame on the NRA.

The Florida shooter wasn’t an NRA member. The Florida shooter had never worked with the NRA. The Florida shooter had ZERO to do with the NRA, yet it was still blamed by the left.

Even Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel blamed the NRA during CNN’s Town Hall despite his multiple failures in preventing the shooter from ripping down the halls of the school.

NRA Spokeswoman Dana Loesch was viciously attacked during the Town Hall when one of the students attacked her motherhood and someone in the audience yelled “burn her!”

Now, leftists have taken to Twitter to run #BoycottNRA hashtags. Once again, the NRA has no connection to the shooter.

Companies such as Hertz, Metlife, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, and many others have cut ties with the NRA for any deals and discounts that were offered to the NRA’s members.

Google Trends even show a massive surge in “how to join the NRA” searches this week.

On Twitter, thousands of members were excited to join the NRA thanks to the attacks they’ve received from liberals.

Older Voters Want Gun Control More Than Younger Voters

Don’t give up hope that the younger generations will understand that all rights are important. And self defense is one of them.

First, older voters are more likely than younger voters to support congressional candidates who would ban the sale of assault weapons.

Second, older voters are also more likely to oppose congressional candidates who take money from the NRA.

Schools safer today than in 1990s, study on shootings says

Despite the horror of the high school massacre in Florida, U.S. schools overall are safer today than they were in the early 1990s, and there is not an epidemic of such shootings, a new academic study is reporting.

Researchers at Northeastern University say mass school shootings are extremely rare, that shootings involving students have been declining since the 1990s, and four times as many children were killed in schools in the early 1990s than today.

“There is not an epidemic of school shootings,” said James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law and Public Policy at Northeastern. He said more children die each year from pool drownings or bicycle accidents.

GOP’s Brian Mast: President Trump Must Enact Immediate ‘Temporary Ban’ on AR-15s

I’m sorry, I’m working on the floor as I ROTFLMAO. These politicans are clueless, but I repeat myself. POTUS and the executive departments have no such regulatory power.

Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) is asking President Trump to enact an immediate “temporary ban” on AR-15 sales while Congress weighs whether to ban the rifles altogether.

Special Operations Command asks for more troops, biggest budget yet

Special operations forces numbers are higher than they have ever been, but leaders in that community want Congress to approve their highest budget request ever made to increase the force by more than 1,000 troops.

The special operations forces, which include Army Special Forces and Rangers, Navy SEALs, Marine Raiders and Air Force Special Tactics Operators and others, are being strained to their breaking point, officials have said publicly over the past year.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has said that conventional forces would have to assume some of those duties to supplement the missions special operations troops perform across more than 80 countries on an ongoing basis.