NJ Legislators Approve Bill Banning 3-D Guns

So, machine tools are outlawed. right

TRENTON, NJ – No Ghost Guns. No 3-D Firearms. And no purchasing any component used in making either of these weapons.

Legislation banning the manufacturing of any untraceable or covert firearm was approved 68-5-3 by the full Assembly and the Senate 31-0 Monday.

The bill (A-3129)- sponsored by Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty, Gary Schaer and Annette Quijano – would make it illegal to purchase firearm parts for the purpose of unlawfully manufacturing firearms without a serial number and to manufacture or possess covert or undetectable firearms and 3-D printed firearms.

“Instead of making it harder for criminals to obtain weapons, new technology and mail-order kits are only making it easier for criminals to manufacture firearms at home,” said Moriarty (D- Camden and Gloucester). “Our only recourse is to arm our court system with additional penalties for those who choose to skirt the law, avoid licensure and manufacture these types of firearms to keep or even to sell. We’re saying no to ghost guns, and no to 3-D firearms. Not in New Jersey.”

The bill makes it a 3rd degree crime to: (1) manufacture, cause to be manufactured, transport, ship, sell, or dispose of any covert or undetectable firearm; (2) possess any covert or undetectable firearm; or (3) possess a firearm enclosed in a container or covering that is designed or modified to allow the firearm to be fired while so enclosed and that disguises or obscures the shape of the firearm such that it does not resemble a handgun, rifle, shotgun or machine gun.

Intruder shot and killed during Post Falls home invasion.

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office says a man was shot and killed while breaking into a Post Falls home early Monday morning.

The sheriff’s office responded to a 911 call for a shooting in the 900 block of S. Spokane Street around 1:30 a.m. When they arrived, they found a 24-year-old man was dead.

Deputies say a man and woman were asleep in the home, when they were awakened by loud crashing sounds. That’s when they found the man inside their home.

The sheriff’s office says the homeowners told the man to leave multiple times. They say it also appears the intruder was armed. The homeowner says the man refused to leave and became aggressive, so he got a gun and shot the man multiple times.

“They confronted that person and it was found they were armed. The resident inside shot and ultimately killed the person that was doing the home invasion,” said Detective Dennis Stinebaugh with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.


Former Lancaster Mayor Charlie Smithgall fired shots at man trying to rob pharmacy

Court documents identify former Lancaster Mayor Charlie Smithgall as the person who fired shots at a man who is charged with trying to rob his pharmacy at gunpoint last week.

They also describe an assault on a customer and a violent struggle between Smithgall, 72, and the intruder in the presence of several employees.

The documents were filed Tuesday along with charges against Brandon Galette, 24, who remains hospitalized in serious condition, according to police. Galette’s condition was improving as of Monday, according to police.

The Harrisburg man and a second, unidentified male attempted to take Oxycodone from the West Lemon Street pharmacy Oct. 23, according to police.

Their attempt was foiled after Smithgall shot Galette — who entered the pharmacy wielding a gun —several times, according to police.

The incident is still under investigation and the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office has not yet ruled on whether the shooting was justified.
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DA Quinn: Cab driver acted in self-defense in fatal shooting

FALL RIVER — Bristol County DA Thomas M. Quinn III said his office has determined that a cab driver acted in self-defense when he shot and killed one of two men trying to rob him during a botched Aug. 10 holdup in New Bedford.

“After a thorough investigation, it is clear that the cab driver acted in lawful self-defense and the use of deadly force was justified under the circumstances,” Quinn said in a statement released to the media Wednesday at the Superior Court arraignment of 23-year-old New Bedford resident Kyle S. Dawson, the surviving robbery suspect.

The cab driver for the Yellow Cab Co. picked up Dawson and Christopher Dunton, 24, of New Bedford about 1 a.m. in the area of Cottage and Willis streets and drove them to Bentley Street in New Bedford’s near North End, four houses away from Dawson’s home, prosecutors said.

Dawson asked the cab driver if he had change for a $50 bill and then Dunton placed him in a chokehold, while Dawson held a knife to his side, prosecutors said. The cab driver freed himself and fired three rounds into the cab, killing Dunton, investigators said. Dawson ran out the passenger side and door and was arrested later that day by police.

“The victim was violently robbed by two men who threatened his life while choking him and putting a knife to his side,” Quinn said in the statement. “Fortunately, he was able to extricate himself and get out of the cab.


Truck driver shoots assailant outside NE Miami-Dade 7-Eleven

NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A truck driver turned the tables on the man who, police said, attacked him outside of a 7-Eleven in Northeast Miami-Dade.

Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene at 1000 NE 215th St., just before 2:15 a.m., Tuesday.

Investigators said the driver was standing outside his truck talking to someone when the subject approached him and began to attack him.

Police said the driver pulled out his gun and opened fire, striking the attacker in the stomach and back.

The subject was able to walk into the 7-Eleven to seek help.

Paramedics transported him to Aventura Trauma Center with injuries that were not life-threatening. He was last listed in stable condition.

Police detained and interviewed the driver. Officials said he acted in self-defense, so it is unlikely he will face charges.

Neither ‘Capacity’ Nor ‘Power’ Distinguishes ‘Assault Weapons’ From Other Firearms

The New York Times continues to push the myth that there is something uniquely deadly about the guns Dianne Feinstein wants to ban.

Good to see this posted in more widely read venues.

In an editorial published the day after the shooting that killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, The New York Times erroneously claimedthat so-called assault weapons like the Colt AR-15 rifle used in that attack are distinguished by their “high capacity.” In a news story posted yesterday, Times reporter Richard A. Oppel Jr. suggests that AR-15-style rifles are especially “powerful,” which also is not true.

Unlike, say, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, Oppel acknowledges that an AR-15, like any other semi-automatic, “fires one bullet at a time.” Still, he says, “it is a powerful weapon: light, easy to hold and to fire, with limited recoil, its bullets shooting out of the muzzle more than twice as fast as most handgun rounds.” The only part of that description that is related to “power” is the part about muzzle velocity, and here Oppel pulls the time-honored trick of comparing the rifles Dianne Feinstein hates with handguns instead of other rifles. Bullets fired from rifles generally move faster than bullets fired from pistols, mainly because a longer barrel gives them more room to accelerate. But that tells us nothing about the difference between the rifles Feinstein wants to ban—which are distinguished by features such as folding stocks, pistol grips, and barrel shrouds—and the ones she is willing to leave on the market.

If the comparison is limited to long guns, the .223-caliber round typically fired by AR-15-style rifles does have a relatively high muzzle velocity. But other cartridges, fired by guns that are not considered “assault weapons,” equal or surpass it. Furthermore, muzzle velocity is not the only factor in a bullet’s lethality; size also matters, and so-called assault weapons fire smaller rounds than many hunting rifles.

Oppel adds that “the standard AR-15 magazine holds 30 bullets and can be swapped out quickly, allowing a shooter to fire more than a hundred rounds in minutes.” The ability to accept “high-capacity” magazines does not distinguish “assault weapons” from other guns, and Oppel’s point about how quickly magazines can be switched undermines the argument that a 10-round limit would make mass shootings less deadly. In any case, any semi-automatic gun can fire “more than a hundred rounds in minutes,” which would require, at most, pulling the trigger about once per second.

The Times has been helping to perpetuate the myth that there is something uniquely deadly about “assault weapons” for decades. But it also has intermittently published articles pointing out that the distinctions drawn by politicians like Feinstein make little sense, or at least acknowledging that perspective. Critical readers, even if they had no other source of information about “assault weapons,” should be able to figure out that there is something fishy about the case for banning these guns. It’s too bad there are not more of those on the paper’s editorial board or reporting staff.

Jewish Gun Advocate: ‘Learn to Shoot or Get Out of the Way of Those Who Do’

Doris Wise, the founder of “Jews Can Shoot,” an offshoot of the former Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors organization, told Breitbart News on Monday that the best response to Saturday’s synagogue shooting is for Jews to arm themselves.

“My reaction was horror and sadness — horror was the first thing … I don’t think this is going to pass that quickly,’ she said, speaking from her home in Arizona.

“I got very angry when I saw the candlelight and the vigils and all of that — I mean, it’s good, and people need a chance to heal — but the only thing that’s going to stop these people is a gun, is shooting them back.”

She rejected the idea that President Donald Trump bore any blame for the attack, adding that she believed the country’s divisions began in earnest during the Obama presidency.

She added that her own family’s experience in the Holocaust had taught her the importance of firearms ownership as a protection against tyranny.

“I go back to the same thing I’ve always said. We’ve been persecuted since the time of the Holocaust. I definitely believe that had we been armed, there would not have been a Holocaust, or the Holocaust would have been very much minimized.”

The solution, Wise said, is gun ownership and firearms training — which her organization provides to members of the Jewish community.

Mexico Providing Professional Charter Buses for Migrant Caravan.

Can you say ‘Soros’? I thought you could.

Why Do We Know Almost Nothing About Pittsburgh Gunman Robert Bowers?

There has been a remarkable failure of journalism in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. The gunman, 46-year-old Robert Bowers, remains a cipher. Except for the fact that he posted anti-Semitic rants on the Internet, worked as a truck driver and lived alone in an apartment, we know nothing about Bowers. Who are his parents? Does he have any siblings? Girlfriends? Did he have any hobbies other than hating Jews?

We know none of the answers to such questions. The guy’s a complete mystery. If there are any reporters trying to fill in the background on this guy, so far they have produced nothing, and so the question of why and how this guy turned into a mass murderer cannot be answered.
This bothers me, for some reason. Think about any previous mass murder or terrorist attack — the Boston Marathon bombings, the Parkland massacre, etc. — and remember how within 72 hours we had a vast pile of biographical background on the killers. Obviously, we want to know this information, since it helps us understand the motives. What created the monster? What are the warning signs? Who is vulnerable to online appeals to hate? But in this case, we’ve got nothing.

Three reporters for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette worked on a profile of Bowers, who dropped out of Baldwin High School sometime after his junior year. His photo appears in the school’s 1989 yearbook, however: “He is not listed as taking part in any clubs or activities, and classmates reached by the newspaper said they had no recollection of him.”

A total blank — a neo-Nazi NPC, you might say. The blankness of Robert Bowers should disturb us.

Evidently, any random loner — the quiet, nondescript high-school dropout with no friends or family — could log onto the Internet, find some kind of hate that appeals to him, and become a mass murderer. And in all the world of journalism, nobody except some reporters for the local newspaper will expend any effort to figure out what went wrong in this guy’s life. Why? Because they can explain it all with one word: Trump.

That’s the answer, you see.

Man shot during attempted home invasion pleads

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) – A second suspect from Ohio who authorities say was involved in a home invasion on Burlew Road which led to a home occupant firing a gun at the intruders has entered into a plea agreement with the Branch County Prosecutor’s Office.

A Branch County Circuit Court spokesperson says 20-year-old Bryceton Owen Vanscoder of Bryan, Ohio entered a guilty plea Monday to a charge of attempted second degree home invasion.

Two original charges of second degree home invasion will be dismissed in exchange for the plea and a pending home invasion investigation involving Vanscoder will not be pursued by prosecutors.

Vanscoder is scheduled to be sentenced December 10, 2018. He was shot and wounded during the incident.

How Public Schools Indoctrinate Kids Without Almost Anyone Noticing.

I’ve never ‘suspected’. I knew it.

Many people have long suspected that governments sometimes attempt to indoctrinate their people to increase the government’s own power and influence. Unfortunately, ambitious governments will not stop at merely controlling what their people can do; they must control their minds.

Indoctrination happens through many channels—entertainment, speeches, and censorship––but its main instrument is the school system. Teachers have a captive audience of malleable young minds for several years. They may not have figured out how to make students smart and productive, but they can at least make them submissive and obedient.

Judging by results and from most people’s experience, indoctrination is not only a problem with rogue regimes, but also a distinctly American problem. However, here it is difficult to determine the extent of indoctrination, how it works, or even if it does work.

Most Americans might receive a mediocre education, but this education may be so mediocre that the intended brainwashing might not even be effective. True, some will feel the Bern and join the Socialist Party, and others will become feminists and beat up women who protest abortion. A precious few may even become conservatives. Most, though, seem content to remain disengaged from politics, religion, and most ideas in general, and allow the mainstream media to think for them.

Far from resembling a unified collective, society has become more polarized and tribal. Some might see this as evidence of the failure of indoctrination, and the insuppressible human desire for freedom and justice, but they are mistaken. Indoctrination does work, and it is one the main reasons America is so divided.

What Is Indoctrination?

Few people seem to have a clear definition of indoctrination, and thus call anything they dislike indoctrination (e.g., “Leftists professors are indoctrinating their students,” “Those fundamentalist Christians are indoctrinating their kids,” or “Facebook is indoctrinating its users.”).

While indoctrination involves pushing a certain opinion, it is also much more. It is the comprehensive effort of passively disseminating a particular viewpoint. The passive aspect is key. People who are indoctrinated with a certain narrative or ideology do not arrive at the intended conclusions through their own thinking, but hear the same thing repeated in a million different ways until they finally take it as unquestionable truth…….

Harry Reid in 1993: It’s insane to reward illegal immigrants by giving their children birthright citizenship.

 

An oldie but goodie to cleanse the palate. We’ve blogged it before but I’d forgotten all about it until I was reminded today, now that the subject is topical again. Reid said this in the early 1990s, a decade that saw huge growth in Nevada’s Latino population and a sea change in the AFL-CIO’s attitude towards immigrant labor. By 1999 he had reconsidered his position. But then, convenient flip-flops on big-picture worldview-defining issues weren’t unusual for Reid.

SEE ALSO: 5 Gitmo detainees traded for Bowe Bergdahl have joined the Taliban’s political office

He would have reversed himself eventually even if electoral pressures in his home state hadn’t forced him to. It’s hard to imagine a modern Democrat supporting any meaningful disincentive to illegal immigration but it’s completely unimaginable to imagine one backing a tweak to the Constitution(!) that would deny something as momentous as citizenship(!!). If we haven’t yet reached the point where open borders are as sacrosanct to liberals as feticide, we’ll get there. His logic in the clip is perfectly sound, though: Inescapably, if you grant citizenship to children of parents who have no lawful right to be in the United States, you’ll get more would-be parents attempting to enter the United States unlawfully.

Leftist Actor James Cromwell: ‘There Will be Blood in the Streets,’ Violent Revolution if Democrats Lose in November

The blood in the streets may not be the blood he really wants there. All these leftist proggie demoncraps need to be reminded which side owns the most guns, and the rules of 4th generation warfare.

On Monday, Variety said it spoke with actor James Cromwell at the fourth annual Carney Awards about the current political climate.  During that interview, Cromwell warned of “blood in the streets” and violent revolution if Democrats lose the midterm elections.
“This is nascent fascism. We always had a turnkey, totalitarian state — all we needed was an excuse, and all the institutions were in place to turn this into pure fascism,” he told Variety on Sunday night. “If we don’t stop [President Trump] now, then we will have a revolution for real. Then there will be blood in the streets.”

Translation: If Democrats lose the midterm elections, there will be violence and blood in the streets.

Variety said Cromwell “later echoed his statement during his acceptance speech” for one of the awards handed out that night.

“We’re living in very curious times, and something is coming up which is desperately important to this country and to this planet, and that is an election, in which hopefully in some measure we are going to take back our democracy,” he said. “We will have a government that represents us and not the donor class. We will cut through the corruption, [and] we won’t have to do what comes next, which is either a non-violent revolution or a violent one, because this has got to end.”

Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms:

DESPERATE ANTI-GUNNERS STEALING ‘NO ON I-1639’ SIGNS; CCRKBA WILL PROSECUTE

BELLEVUE, WA – Following reports of disappearing yard signs that urge voters to reject anti- rights Initiative 1639 in at least three Washington State counties, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms announced today that it will press charges against anyone caught removing such signs.

CCRKBA has learned of sign thefts in Whatcom, King and Yakima counties. The signs, produced by the National Rifle Association – which has joined forces with CCRKBA and the Washington Arms Collectors – are being placed at key locations around the state by hundreds of grassroots volunteers.

“This is not the first time we’ve faced this kind of activity from anti-gunners,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “In October 2014, we actually sought leniency for a former Bellevue councilwoman who was caught removing our campaign signs for Initiative 591. She was a supporter of the competing gun control initiative, and she was publicly embarrassed by the incident.

“However, this time around, we’re not going to be so magnanimous,” he promised. “We are encouraging grassroots volunteers to watch for any sign removal or vandalism and report it immediately to the local police or sheriff’s department and we will pursue charges.

“There is no excuse for stealing someone else’s property,” Gottlieb said, “especially when it is done in an effort to suppress an opposing viewpoint. Our allies at the NRA have been spearheading the grassroots campaign against I-1639 and we’re all on a shoestring budget compared to the multi-million-dollar war chest amassed by the gun prohibition lobby in Seattle. Theft of yard signs represents a significant financial loss, and we’re not going to just roll over and take it.

“We realize that gun control is an emotional subject that can incite some people to do stupid things,” he observed. “But that doesn’t justify theft or destruction of yard signs, campaign posters, billboards or other forms of opposing political speech. While we can’t imagine that the I-1639 campaign would sanction such activity, we call on them to publicly discourage their supporters from such actions.

“We live in a Republic,” Gottlieb concluded, “but it’s not a banana Republic. This kind of childish vandalism doesn’t help their cause, and only suggests to us that some I-1639 supporters are feeling desperate, especially since law enforcement lined up against their measure this week.”

Trump to terminate birthright citizenship.

The countries that have recently repealed birthright citizenship:
Australia (2007)
New Zealand (2005)
Ireland (2005)
France (1993)
India (1987)
Malta (1989)
UK (1983)
Portugal (1981)

Imagine this conversation:
Proggies: “The U.S. needs to be more like Europe and Australia.”
Trump: “Okay, we’ll be more like Europe and Australia by repealing birthright citizenship.”
Proggies: “Nooooooooooooo!!!!!!”

President Trump plans to sign an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on U.S. soil, he said yesterday in an exclusive interview for “Axios on HBO,” a new four-part documentary news series debuting on HBO this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Why it matters: This would be the most dramatic move yet in Trump’s hardline immigration campaign, this time targeting “anchor babies” and “chain migration.” And it will set off another stand-off with the courts, as Trump’s power to do this through executive action is debatable to say the least.

“Antifa Witches”: A Glimpse Into the Source of the Demonic Rage Surging About US

From Marx and Bakunin to Saul Alinsky and Antifa, the radical Left has always had a fixation with Lucifer.

“This is basically Antifa witches,” Dakota Bracciale said in an interview with Newsweek. “We’re coming for these people’s throats, and we will never stop, we will never be silenced… There are a lot of angry people who are righteously filled with rage that are going to take back our country.”

Dakota Bracciale, who identifies herself as a witch, was talking to Newsweek about the highly publicized October 20 event she was organizing, in which a coven of Brooklyn witches would cast a hex “to make Kavanaugh suffer.” She was referring, of course, to the newly confirmed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh…

Here’s a clue: Much of the political rage that passes for “craziness” today is not merely the result of psychological disorder, but also of spiritual disorder. Most communists, Marxists, Maoists, Stalinists, Leninists, etc., publicly claim to be atheist materialists. They insist that God doesn’t exist, that the idea of “God” is a rancid myth, and religion is the “opiate of the people.” However, throughout the history of revolutionary communism, we see over and over again words and behavior from leading theorists and practitioners of the revolutionary cause that belie this disbelief. In fact, many of these professional atheists do believe in God; they just choose to oppose, defy, and hate Him. And they hate not only God and those who believe in Him, but also hate the moral, social, and political order they associate with God. Like Lucifer, they wish to be gods and to refashion the world according to their own utopian whims and desires.

Kanye West: Blacks Should Leave Dem Party

Rap star Kanye West is calling for black Americans to leave the Democratic Party in a campaign he and other supporters are calling a “Blexit.”

The outspoken fan of President Trump is using his fashion and marketing chops to encourage the “Blexit” campaign, said Candace Owens at Turning Point USA’s Young Black Leadership Summit.

“Blexit is a renaissance and I am blessed to say that this logo, these colors, were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West,” Ms. Owens told the New York Post about the T-shirt line.

ATF UNHINGED: PROSECUTIONS MADE UP OUT OF WHOLE CLOTH – YOU MIGHT BE NEXT…

From what I can determine, the defendant, Mr Wright put a Maxim Defense collapsible arm brace on his AR-15 pistol and then apparently modified it by sticking a rubber pad on it as a cheek pad of some sort along with putting a Stark angled foregrip up front. How he got on the ATF’s radar isn’t explained and we will hopefully get more information as this prosecution, that ended in a very quick acquittal, all settles out.
Until then, I think the best case is for those who do have arm braces on whatever type of pistol they own, to not modify them in any way that might appear like it’s making it easier to use as a stock.

Since the Law Vegas shooting and what some contend has been a takeover by Department of Justice (which in some contexts appears to be accurate), ATF has begun internally reversing prior determinations and making up new interpretations of law, in the absence of informing the Firearms Industry or the public of these reversals and/or new interpretations. More disconcerting, this mentality has now seemingly infected certain U.S. Attorney Offices, which is alarming to say the least.

Although I cannot disclose all of the occasions where ATF has recently reversed its prior determinations or devised a new interpretation of the law or regulation, I can disclose a recent prosecution, of a veteran, where ATF devised a new interpretation out of whole cloth and was successful in convincing the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio to prosecute. The case is U.S. v. Wright, 3:18-CR-162 and it should have the entire Firearms Community alarmed.

Although many of the documents have been sealed by the Court (that should tell you a good bit already), the superseding indictment is publicly available and suggests that Mr. Wright had an unregistered short-barrelled rifle (SBR) that was not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR). Regardless of whether you believe the National Firearms Act is constitutional or appropriate, at the time of writing this article, the courts have not yet found it to be unconstitutional and if merely inappropriate, one’s proper recourse is to seek a statutory deletion or revision. Thus, the possession of an unregistered SBR is unlawful. So, why is this case concerning? Unfortunately most of the informative documents have been sealed…that is, except for the Government’s Motion in Limine. (For those who don’t know what a motion in limine is, it is a motion filed by a party which asks the court for an order or ruling limiting or preventing certain evidence from being presented during a trial).

When you review the Motion in Limine, you quickly learn that the Government is seeking to preclude ATF FATD (Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division) determinations from being used in any way during trial. These determinations appear to have been part of a discovery dispute, which is also sealed and is evidenced by the Government’s statement that “[t]he Government produced the letters under the protection of a protective order that the Court authorized on August 1, 2018.”. For the reasons that follow, I find it extremely comical that the Government actually contended that “ATF FATD letters at trial creates a grave risk of confusing the issues and misleading the jury,” but I digress…for now.

We quickly learn from the Government that:

The critical issue in this case will not be possession, registration (or lack thereof), or barrel length. Ultimately, the primary issue in dispute at trial will be whether or not Kelland Wright’s firearm meets the definition of a “rifle,” that is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, see 26 U.S.C. § 5845(a). Part of this issue will center on the implications modifications that Kelland Wright made or had made to the firearm, including the addition of an extension piece to the rear of the firearm.

Hmmm, so now we know that the issue is whether the piece added to his Ar-15 pistol constituted a “stock” or not. The Government further contends:

Wright’s expert, Richard Vasquez, is expected to testify that the extension piece functions as a cheek rest. The Government’s expert, Firearms Enforcement Officer Eve E. Eisenbise, is expected to testify that the extension piece makes the firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder. Officer Eisenbise is an employee of the ATF FATD. Richard Vasquez formerly was employed by the FATD.

The relevant issues at trial relate to the specifics of Wright’s firearm, an AR pistol platform that was modified with an angled foregrip and collapsible stock.

Now, everything starts to come into light. The Government is contending that an extension piece that is designed as a cheek rest is actually a stock or if not, Mr. Wright had a vertical foregrip on his pistol. (We call this roping a heifer, where the Government attempts to contend that no matter how you classify the situation, you have violated some law). Now, some of you are probably saying, hold on, ATF previously issued determinations – such as in relation to the Thorsden determination request letter and ATF’s response – that cheek rests and other devices, which were not designed to be shouldered, are not stocks. (For more discussion on cheek weld determinations, see our blog article Ringing In the New Year ATF Style). And they have issued numerous determinations – such as the one regarding the Magpul Angled Fore-Grip – that angled foregrips are not vertical pistol grips. Yep, but that didn’t stop the ATF and the U.S Attorney’s Office from prosecuting Mr. Wright and seeking to preclude the jurors from seeing or hearing of the determination letters, even though, the Government never once contended that Mr. Wright actually shouldered the cheek weld extension or utilized the angled foregrip.

For those interested in what the products involved actually were, you can discern them from the Certification of Exhibits, which thankfully wasn’t sealed. And here is the docket.

Thankfully, after only deliberating for a very short time over lunch, the jurors came back with a verdict of not guilty. However, Mr. Wright has likely incurred tens of thousands of dollars of attorney fees and costs fighting for his freedom – all because ATF decided that it would invent a new interpretation of the law and it did so without notifying the Industry or the public. Let that sink in for a couple minutes…

Military to Deploy 5,000 Troops to Southern Border
Deployment numbers are increased from initial estimates of 800 troops, in anticipation of migrant caravan

The U.S. military plans to deploy 5,000 troops to the southwest U.S. border in anticipation of a caravan of would-be asylum seekers and migrants currently moving northward in Mexico, U.S. officials said Monday.

The new figure is a major increase from initial estimates of 800 troops and would represent a military force equal to about one-third the number of customs officials currently working at the border. The military sent about 2,000 National Guard troops to the area earlier this year.

The U.S. and federal law-enforcement officials said troops are likely to be deployed to ports of entry, at least in initial phases of the U.S. military mission, which the Pentagon has named Operation Faithful Patriot.

U.S. troops later expect to support border officials by doing things like building tents, providing medical support and helping staff command and control centers.

Under the latest plans, about 1,800 troops will go to Texas, 1,700 to Arizona and 1,500 to California. The troops will be drawn from about 10 U.S. Army installations and consist largely of military police and engineers, one of the U.S. officials said. U.S. Marines also will be deployed, the U.S. official said.

Some already have begun to deploy to the area and most are expected to serve there until mid-December, a Pentagon official said.

The additional troops would mean that the number of U.S. forces deployed at the border would be greater than those currently in Syria and Iraq, and roughly half of those deployed in Afghanistan.

A Real Long-Term Solution to Gun Violence

Even when they acknowledge that the problem isn’t ‘sniper rifles’, or ‘assault weapons’, the gun-grabber proggies still can’t walk away from their standard operational crap-for-brains gun-grabbing, in one form or another. It’s not the guns. It’s the hands the guns are in.

The stalemate on gun legislation will not last forever. A point will come, as it has several times in America’s past, when Washington will be politically ready to act—most likely the next time Democrats control both the White House and Congress. When that moment arrives, wouldn’t it be better if, instead of debating marginal fixes, there were new ideas on the table to actually address the root of the problem by substantially reducing the number of guns in circulation?

In that spirit, I would like to float such an idea. It is not one that comes from deep expertise in gun policy, which I cannot claim. Rather, it emerges from my experience in the private equity business. ……..

In the end, we chose not to invest in the firearms industry. But the exercise drove a thought. To shift the supply and demand dynamics of firearms in America, and thereby reduce gun violence, what if somebody acquired every handgun manufacturer in America? And what if that somebody were the federal government?

One big problem gun-ban activists struggle with is that sometimes they mess up and tell the truth about their goals, even during the election season.

As an example, take a recent campaign event for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, held in Amarillo, Texas.

As background, NRA-PVF A-rated Cruz is facing an F-rated challenger in Democrat Beto O’Rourke. At the Amarillo event, a pompous, loud-mouthed O’Rourke supporter infiltrated the crowd and loudly argued with Cruz on several points—one of which was gun ownership.

As Cruz addressed the Second Amendment, one of his supporters shouted, “Come and take it.”

The O’Rourke supporter brashly shouted, “Oh, we will!”

It’s spur-of-the-moment candidness like that by the O’Rourke supporter that shows the true aim of most gun control advocates. “Oh, we will!” goes beyond banning guns to confiscating guns, and the guy couldn’t have been more cheerful about it.

For his part, Cruz quickly took advantage of the statement.

“‘Come and take it,’ and the Beto O’Rourke supporter screams, ‘Oh, we will!’” Cruz said. “If you want to sum this entire election up, that’s their approach. They want to come and take it. And the question is, is Texas going to stand up and defend our freedom?”

Such rare honesty by a gun-ban proponent, especially during an election season, tells us more than just that Texas voters should shun O’Rourke and flock to the polls to support Cruz. It is an indication of the true goal of Democrat candidates and politicians throughout much of the nation.

Sure, after some nice work by slick-tongued speech writers, most anti-gun Democrats hide behind focus-group-tested phrases like, “I believe in the Second Amendment, but …”; “military-type assault weapons”; and “common-sense gun safety measures.” That’s because they know coming out and telling the truth—that they’d not only like to ban many firearms owned by law-abiding gun owners, but they’d also like to confiscate those guns—won’t fly with most Americans, who believe that there is a true individual right to keep and bear arms.

Remember that remark—“Oh, we will!”—when you head to the polls on Nov. 6. Because that’s exactly how most anti-gun candidates feel about the Second Amendment.

The Left’s Response To The Mass Shooting Of Jews Is An Act Of Bad Faith.

The same Voxers who had long rationalized, romanticized, and excused the Jew-killing terror organization of the Middle East were now blaming the existence of the evil, anti-Semitic Pittsburgh shooter on Republicans. The same Pod bros whose echo chamber deployed anti-Semitic dual-loyalty tropes to smear critics of the Iran deal were now incredibly concerned about the Jewish community.

There were many others, and that was bad enough. But others decided to dip into a little victim blaming, as well. Hadn’t American Jews been little too Jew-centric and pro-Israel for their own good?

Franklin Foer of The Atlantic demanded that Jews finally dispense with their faith, adopt his, and start expelling co-religionists for their political opinions. (If you want to read about the left’s co-opting of American Judaism, I recommend Jonathan Neumann’s excellent book, “To Heal The World?”) Wire creator David Simon went bold, embracing a transparent anti-Jewish conspiracy theory, accusing the Israeli government of intervening in the American democracy.

For those who confuse progressivism with Judaism — which is to say many — it might be difficult to understand that undermining the Democratic Party isn’t an act of anti-Semitism.