Video: Attempted burglary, shooting at Bouchards; owner says: “I don’t come to work to have a shootout”

Don’t let the lying demoncraps get away with telling people that an AR isn’t useful for self defense.

MILWAUKEE — A 20-year-old man facing charges in connection with an attempted burglary and shooting that occurred at Bouchards, a high-end clothing store on Martin Luther King Drive on July 3rd appeared in court on Monday, July 27th — and for the first time, we are seeing the surveillance video that shows the store’s owner firing shots at the suspects. We have also learned the store’s owner won’t be charged in connection with the shooting.

 


Teen robber shot by victim, accomplice charged with murder

A botched robbery this weekend left one teen dead and a second teen charged with murder – all while the robbery victim and police say the shooting was in self defense.

Around 5 a.m. Saturday, investigators say two 15-year-old boys tried to rob a woman at gunpoint in the 3600 block of Reading Road.

The victim drew her own firearm and shot at the teens, striking 15-year-old Jordan Lara. He was taken to  University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

The actual shooter, the victim of the robbery, is not facing any charges. However, the surviving teen is.

He appeared in court Friday on aggravated robbery and murder charges. He was calm and often looked back at his mother during his appearance before Magistrate Mary Schulcz.

His mother cried. She quietly said, “I know,” to her son as he shook his head “no” when the murder charge was being discussed.

Prosecutors said the teen also faced a probation violation for getting in trouble and skipping three days of school. He was on probation due to a prior charge of receiving stolen property, officials said.

Men Without Chests

“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” — C.S. Lewis

It can be hard to find hopeful voices. I found one. Steve Turley started a YouTube channel in 2016. He was encouraged to do so by a friend. Turley had been regaling his friend with analysis about the rise of nationalism and populism all over the world. His friend suggested that he could help many folks if he shared his analysis using the internet.

Turley now produces two ten minute YouTube’s a day. He analyzes current events from his unique hopeful perspective.

So many of us have become glum over the years. That was the biggest reason Maine’s good people faded from the front line of the battle against big sodomy. Thousands of folks worked tirelessly using democratic means to stop the so-called “gay” agenda. Like spoiled teenagers the sodomites and their fellow travelers refused to relent. They are much more dedicated to their “religion” than are Christians. We must shake off our glum stupor and return to the front lines of the culture war.

We must pray for words and actions that will open the eyes/minds of the good people around us to the imminent threat to civilization.

I know this won’t happen unless Men develop their chests, instead of the organ lower down. The passions will not be enough in this war. We need the masculine virtues more than ever.

Lewis prefaced the thought quoted above with, “In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function.” Virtue and enterprise wither under womanishness — feminism … equality. He concludes his quote, “We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.” America is becoming ugly, chaotic and unfruitful as a result of castration. All people must be mentored into the virtues. We must not expect order if we stop teaching, and expecting, the masculine virtues in our boys and men.

Just days after Eric Trump spat upon by waitress, WaPo publishes op-ed justifying harassment of restaurant customers over politics

The Washington Post is all-in on stoking the fire of public harassment of Trump supporters, denying them public accommodations. So much for civility and mutual respect.

That’s the only conclusion to draw from this op-ed (non-paywall version here) published by the largest newspaper in our nation’s capital, written by Stephanie Wilkinson, the owner of the Red Hen Restaurant that kicked out Sarah Sanders and her family while dining there.

The paper proudly tweeted out its contribution to the loss of civility.

 

OFFICIALLY SANCTIONED POLITICAL VIOLENCE:

If you were ever in any doubt that so-called anti-fascists are, in fact, fascists, take a look at this picture of my friend and colleague Andy Ngo:

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In the attack, Andy received cuts and bruises to his face and head, including a torn earlobe, and had thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment smashed or stolen. He was taken to the local hospital, where it was discovered he had a small bleed to his brain and, as a result, he was kept in overnight. His friend Michelle Malkin has set up a Gofundme page where well-wishers can make donations to pay for additional security, his medical needs and to replace his camera equipment.

The protest in Portland last night was billed by the organisers as ‘milkshake themed’ and one of the most sinister aspects of the attack is that milkshakes thrown at the event contained quick-drying cement, a chemical substance that can cause serious harm, including severe burns.

For months, critics of milkshake-throwing – a trend that began in England – have warned that it will inevitably lead to escalation, while left-wing journalists like David Aaronovitch have defended the practice. Earlier this month, the comedian and Women’s Equality Party supporter Jo Brand joked about protestors who’d thrown milkshakes at Ukip and Brexit Party candidates in the European Election. ‘Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?’ she said on a BBC Radio 4 comedy programme. This led to no disciplinary action by the BBC, even though it immediately sacked the Radio 5 Live presenter Danny Baker for making an inappropriate joke the month before. On the contrary, the BBC came to her defence.

But the real enablers here are the politicians and journalists who’ve championed Antifa, such as the CNN presenter Chris Cuomo, as well as the Portland authorities who have consistently turned a blind eye to the criminal behavior of the group. Indeed, Andy himself was assaulted by an Antifa activist at his gym last month and the Portland Police took no action. And he was punched in the stomach while covering an Antifa May Day protest in Portland while a police officer stood by and did nothing.

Let’s hope this sickening attack finally shames the Portland authorities into taking action against the group. Beating up a journalist because he or she criticizes your political ideology is what the Nazi party did in Germany in the 1930s.

Destroying Our History: Of Wokeness and ‘Moralistic Therapeutic Barbarism.’

Pity future generations who will live in a world scrubbed clean of the sins of our forefathers.

And sins there were. No one denies that. No one questions it. But to judge their entire lives — their foibles as well as their majestic accomplishments — without viewing both sides of their Janus face, demonstrates a towering ignorance and an aggressive denial of the truth.

What is truly frightening about the current attitude present in our “woke” culture, is the utter lack of care and concern for the damage being done to history on the part of the self-proclaimed arbiters of purity. Someone (always unnamed), somewhere might/could be offended by a sculpture, a painting, or a statue. The “offense” is that viewing this devil’s work might/could “trigger” an unwanted emotion of some kind. (Not to mention the encouragement it gives to white supremacists!)

Then there’s the case of the San Francisco school board voting to spend $600,000 to destroy a Depression-era mural of George Washington painted by an ardent Communist…..

Rod Dreher in a brilliant summation of the Weiss op-ed, refers to the school board’s action as “moralistic therapeutic barbarism.”

The school board is spending $600,000 to destroy a work of art. The mind boggles. If right-wingers were doing this because the mural was insufficiently reverent to George Washington, all left-wing Californians would see this idiotic iconoclasm for what it is. The  religion of Social Justice is a thing of staggering stupidity and destructiveness. It is moralistic therapeutic barbarism. If you value art, literature, and freedom of thought and expression, you will fight hard to keep these people from coming to power within political and cultural institutions. It might be too late for California. But for the rest of us? We are creating a generation of sentimentalized Stalinists.

And that’s worth putting down your smartphone and fighting for a future where freedom, not tyranny rules.

‘Godless Commies!’

Ed Driscoll last week called attention to an essay by Harry Stein about the continuing relevance of Eugene Lyons’s 1941 book The Red Decade because of its eerie parallels to the Stalinist tendencies of the 21st-century Left. A complete and cynical dishonesty was one of the hallmarks of Stalin-era Communism, as the Soviet regime engaged in grossly false propaganda to defend its power and conceal its bloody crimes.

One of the reasons younger people — and by “younger,” I mean, under 40 — are so vulnerable to leftist “progressive” propaganda is because they aren’t old enough to remember the Cold War. Today’s 35-year-old was in kindergarten when the Berlin Wall fell, and thus has no personal memory of what it was like to live during the decades when we were faced with the possibility of annihilation by Soviet aggression. The permanent sense of terror inspired by the menace of Communism, a godless creed of murderous hatred, was so deeply embedded into American culture during my youth that my children (the oldest of which was born some six months before the fall of the Berlin Wall) can scarcely understand what it was like. When my oldest was a teenager, I was driving her and her friend to a Christian music festival and, to pass the time, began talking about politics and history. I tried to explain to them how, growing up in a Baptist church in Georgia, I was horrified by stories of how Christians were persecuted in the Soviet Union, in Red China and wherever else Communist regimes came to power. The worldview of Communism — “historical materialism,” or “dialectical materialism” — was based explicitly in atheism, and Communists everywhere were determined to destroy Christianity. Imagine what it would be like to live in a dictatorship where you could go to prison for possessing a Bible!

“Godless commies!” I yelled, as we rolled along the highway, and the vehemence of my expression rather startled my daughter and her friend.

To deny the existence of God is, as Nietzsche foresaw, to deny that there is any eternal law. The categories of “good” and “evil” are meaningless to the atheist, so that the most basic of moral maxims — “Thou shalt not steal,” “Thou shalt not kill,” etc. — meant nothing to the godless Commies, whose only ideas of right and wrong were summarized by Lenin’s frightening question: “Who? Whom?” Anything that advanced the “dictatorship of the proletariat” was justified, including deliberate deceit and cold-blooded murder, so that the Communists claimed unquestioned authority to lie, steal and kill on behalf of their revolution, and none of their victims had any claim to justice.

Ford Employee Fired For Self-Defense Shooting Rehired, Gets Back Pay

CHICAGO (CBS) — He was called a “deranged gunman” and charged with attempted murder for a South Side shooting, but after three long years, he’s cleared his name and won his job back.

In June 2016, then 50-year-old Ford employee Billy Cowart was charged for shooting off his gun in the United Auto Workers 551 parking lot. He struck two fellow union members — both in the leg.

“They made it seem like I was this villain, I’m shooting up the parking lot willy nilly. It didn’t happen like that,” Cowart said.

He was fired from Ford, where he had worked for nearly two decades. He spent a year and a half on house arrest, depleted his savings, and says his reputation was destroyed.

And the legal process was slow, in part because his case was transferred from his original Cook County Judge Joseph Claps after Claps was caught on camera dropping a handgun on the floor in the courthouse last fall.

The second judge reviewed the surveillance video from the night of the shooting and said the victim, who was intoxicated and seen sucker punching Cowart in the face, was clearly the aggressor.

The judge ruled that Cowart was legally defending himself.

“Now, here we are today, 12 counts all dismissed,” said Cowart’s attorney, Irena Stephanovski.

Cowart had been exonerated but was still out of a job.

“Ford didn’t want to have anything to do with me,” he said.

So, he filed a grievance in January and finally won this week. An arbitrator ruled that Ford fired him without just cause and he should be reinstated with no loss of seniority and a year of back pay.

Cowart says he won’t soon forgive and forget about his ordeal. But he fought to clear his name for one reason:

“For my family, for my son. I’ve got a 19-year-old son I don’t want him to ever think, ‘well, my father did something wrong,’” Cowart said.

A Ford spokesperson said they had no comment about the case, saying that as a policy they do not make statements on individual circumstances of current or former employees.

3 arrested as downtown Portland protests escalate into civil disturbance

I’m surprised the Portland Police actually arrested an of the protesters

Rival demonstrators clashed Saturday afternoon in downtown Portland, resulting in myriad injuries and three arrests.

Protesters from the left and right held separate demonstrations that eventually resulted in roving marches throughout the downtown core, halting traffic and public transit for much of the early afternoon amid the busy tourist season. Police declared a civil disturbance and unlawful assembly shortly after 3 p.m., and crowds dispersed before the afternoon concluded.

The demonstrations, which were mostly peaceful, started at about noon in Lownsdale and Pioneer Courthouse squares. Video of one skirmish, in which a local conservative writer was apparently attacked by a group of left-wing protesters, quickly spread across the internet.

At Lownsdale, a group opposing right-wing demonstrators pumped music and distributed vegan milkshakes. Meanwhile a separate, loosely organized demonstration by the #HimToo movement occurred at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Group members say they support men who have been falsely accused of rape.

Protesters from the competing factions converged near Pioneer Courthouse Square, leading to brief flashes of violence and pointed confrontations.

At one point, people in the crowd threw eggs and milkshakes at Portland police officers. Some milkshakes that were thrown may have contained “a substance similar to quick-drying cement,” police said. They also asked for people who witnessed violent assaults to email them. Protesters were also seen using bear and pepper spray.

Officers deployed pepper spray into the crowd near the Pioneer Courthouse Square at some point during the protests.

Police said they arrested three people during the course of the afternoon. Gage Halupowski, 23, was charged with second-degree assault and assault of a police officer, both felonies, as well as resisting arrest and interfering with a police officer. Maria DeHart, 23, was charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and harassment. James Stocks, 21, was charged with harassment.

Antifa Mob Viciously Assaults Journalist Andy Ngo at Portland Rally.

According to Ngo, his attacker stole his camera equipment. But video footage recorded by another journalist, The Oregonian’s Jim Ryan, clearly shows an antifa activist punching Ngo in the face. Others throw milkshakes at him:

Throwing milkshakes at right-wing politicians is a tactic of British progressive activists that recently traveled to this side of the Atlantic. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R–Fla.) was hit with one earlier in June. The tactic has its defenders in mainstream left-of-center media as well: Vox’s Carlos Maza tweeted “milkshake them all” after a British activist hurled a milkshake at Nigel Farage.

Portland police have claimed that some of the milkshakes thrown by the antifa activists on Saturday contained quick-dry cement. That may or may not be true. What is true is that an antifa mob beat up a journalist—one who is harshly critical of them, to be sure, but who posed no physical threat to them and was only there to document their activities—on a public street. This is indefensible, and yet there are tons of progressive-leaning people currently defending it, or at the very least rationalizing and making light of it.

 

Dem Disarmament Dialogue: ‘Keep Your Pistols, Rifles, Shotguns…But’

Okay, I’ll keep what they want us to keep,
but I think I’ll still keep what they don’t want us to have too.
And they can all osculate my Gluteus Maximus.

Democrats lined up for ‘Night 2’ of their opening debates, and gun control was on their agenda.
In remarks reminiscent of the promises of a former president who assured Americans they could keep their doctors and health care plans, Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Eric Swalwell brought his gun control demagoguery to Debate Night No. 2, insisting, “Keep your pistols, keep your rifles, keep your shotguns, but we can take the most dangerous weapons from the most dangerous people.”

Near the end of Thursday evening’s “top tier” debate between candidates—an evening that saw front-runner Joe Biden pounded by Sen. Kamala Harris on the race issue—the question of guns was raised and several Democrats took the bait. Thursday night’s debate drew a larger audience than the Wednesday evening session with lower rung candidates.

Swalwell stuck to his gun control scenario of getting citizens to surrender their so-called “assault weapons” in a mandatory “buy-back” that amounted to forced surrender of firearms in exchange for payment. He talked about frightened children with rhetoric that would scare any youngster, explaining how—as reported by ABC News—“parents now send their kids to school remembering what they’re wearing ‘in case we have to identify them later.’” He hasn’t changed his focus since mid-April when Ammoland profiled his proposal.

Sen. Bernie Sanders chimed in, declaring that the United States is experiencing a “gun crisis” and vowing that he would ban the sale and distribution of “assault weapons.”

Harris declared she would “give the United States Congress 100 days to pull their act together, bring all these good ideas together and put a bill on my desk for signature, and if they do not, I will take executive action and I will put in place the most comprehensive background policy we’ve had.”

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, citing his military service in Afghanistan, remarked, “As somebody who trained on weapons of war, I can tell you that there are weapons that have absolutely no place in American cities or neighborhoods in peacetime. Ever.”

Biden’s contribution was little more than a cliché, “If more guns made us safer, we would be the safest country on Earth.”

The former vice president also insisted that “smart gun” technology should become mandatory.

“We should have smart guns,” Biden stated. “No gun should be able to be sold unless your biometric measure could pull that trigger. It’s within our right to do that; we can do that. Our enemy is the gun manufacturers, not the NRA — the gun manufacturers.”

It was an extension of the anti-gun-rights rhetoric during the first evening debate in Miami between the “lower tier” candidates, which suggested to rights activists burning up social media that none of the candidates understands that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental right rather than a regulated government privilege.

It amounted to more regulations, more restrictions and more demonization of firearms. And it rang hollow with Second Amendment activists.

The election is 16 months over the horizon. Between now and then, all of these Democrats will be traveling the country trying to sell themselves, and their programs. When it comes to selling gun control, they will soon discover that rights activists from Kotzebue to Key Biscayne aren’t buying.

“POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY, NOT STATUTORY AMBIGUITY”

The Firearms Policy Coalition and Cato Institute have filed an amicus brief in Gun Owners of America v. Barr, the GOA’s bump-fire stock case in the 6th Circuit.

Read it. It’s only 17 pages in full, and the brief proper is just 11 pages (the remainder being the standard legal paperwork administrivia).

Yes, read it; but I’m going to distill the basic message for you anyway.

The ATF’s Interpretative Reversal Is Based on Political Expediency, Not Statutory Ambiguity
[…]
What prompted this reversal? The proposed rulemaking reveals that the impetus for this change in position was not an organic review of agency policy. Instead, the change was triggered by public outrage following the October 2017 mass killing in Las Vegas, which likely involved a bump-stock-type device:
[…]
The ATF admits that the rulemaking was commenced “in response” to outside political pressure.
[…]
On February 28, 2018, the president hosted a meeting with members of Congress to discuss school and community safety. […] President Trump interjected that there was no need for legislation because he would deal with bump stocks through executive action:

And I’m going to write that out. Because we can do that with an executive order. I’m going to write the bump stock; essentially, write it out. So you won’t have to worry about bump stock.”
[…]
Reportedly, Justice Department officials told Senate Judiciary Committee staff that the government “would not be able to take [bump stocks] off shelves without new legislation from Congress.”

Likewise, the ATF director told police chiefs that his agency “did not currently have
the regulatory power to control sales of bump stocks.”

While the Department stated that “no final determination had been made,” President Trump boasted that the “legal papers” to prohibit bump stocks were almost completed. […] [B]efore the rulemaking was announced, President Trump tweeted: “Obama Administration legalized bump stocks. BAD IDEA. As I promised, today the Department of Justice will issue the rule banning BUMP STOCKS with a mandated comment period. We will BAN all devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns.”

Right there, they document that the decision had been made, regardless of the actual rulemaking process or facts, and that it deliberately bypassed legislation. We knew that, of course, but they collated and documented it in incriminating detail.

This is now a test of the court itself, not just ATF or DOJ. Taking the longer view, because I anticipate the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals blowing this off, it is a test of the Supreme Court.

If the ban is upheld, despite flawed regulatory practices (which didn’t really matter, as the process was a Potemkin show to pretend they weren’t actually banning by political fiat), and the grossly improper bypassing of Congress, there is no law.

By and large, honest gun owners try to live by the Constitution and the rule of law. We’ve put up with much over the decades because it was framed as “law,” and we thought we, too, had the courts and law to make our case for freedom. The politicians, bureaucrats, and especially the courts must consider the ramifications of making that impossible.

Washington gun law restrictions effective July 1 despite controversy

The author neglects to mention that now in Washington state, all semi-auto rifles will be classed as ‘semi-automatic assault rifles’ (yep that includes your Ruger 10/22 and Marlin Model 60 .22 rifles) .
This is what you get when TPTB violate the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of a republican form of government and let the mob vote on individual rights.

WASHINGTON – New provisions from the voter-approved gun control measure Initiative 1639 will go into effect on Monday, July 1 across the State of Washington.

An added age restriction on purchasing semi-automatic assault rifles took effect at the beginning of this year. Although, a portion that adds tougher background checks and a requirement for gun owners to secure their firearms or risk being held legally responsible if their firearm is used to commit a crime if stolen will soon go into law.

I-1639 arrives to curb gun violence keep the chance of a mass shooting to a minimum after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, killing 17 students and faculty.

Washington State voters approved the initiative in November of last year by an extensive margin, but opponents say the measure violates the second amendment of young adults and unjustly punishes law-abiding firearm owners.

A federal U.S. District Judge in Tacoma recently denied a motion by defendants to dismiss a lawsuit challenging I-1639.

The Second Amendment Foundation and the National Rifle Association filed the lawsuit and are joined by two gun dealers, one in Spokane and the other in Clark County, plus four young adults who are directly affected by provisions of the initiative.

Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones says his office will not be enforcing Initiative 1639, joining other sheriffs across the state.

“I agree with my other county sheriff colleagues,” Jones said. “I am instructing my deputies not to enforce Initiative 1639 in Grant County while the constitutional validity remains in argument at the federal courts level. I swore an oath to defend our citizens and their constitutionally protected rights. I do not believe the popular vote overrules that.”

At least eight other sheriffs in the state have said they will not enforce the law, including Adams, Benton, Franklin, Grays Harbor, Klickitat, Stevens, Wahkiakum and Yakima counties.

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says he doesn’t feel he has the right to stand up as Sheriff and say that the initiative is unconstitutional.

Awesome: California Now Has A ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary City’

‘Obtain an exemption’? ‘Ask the state’? ‘Make a request’?
Just do it and let the demoncraps (who have set up illegal alien sanctuary cities without all that bureaucrapic folderol ) squeal like stuck pigs.

The small town of Needles, California, which sits right along the California-Arizona border, declared itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary City earlier this month. The city’s officials wanted to show their support for gun rights and obtain an exemption from state gun control laws.

According to officials, California’s anti-gun laws are severely hurting the small border town. Arizona gun owners have decided to boycott California over the Golden State’s gun control laws, which is hitting Needles very hard.

“All we can do is tighten state law,” Needles Mayor Jeff Williams told the San Bernardino Sun. “We can’t loosen it, but we can ask for a change in the law or an exemption.”

Needles City Council is considering making one of three various moves:

1) Obtain an exemption from California’s gun laws, which would include Needles and a 65-mile radius around the town.

Beginning July 1, California residents have to purchase ammunition from a federal firearms licensee (FFL), meaning ammo purchases made online have to go through an FFL. It’s illegal to purchase ammo out-of-state and bring it into California. When they pick up their ammo, they have to undergo a background check, just like when a firearm is purchased.

This is significant for small towns, like Needles, that are in the middle of the desert. Gun owners now have to drive more than 100 miles to purchase ammo or pick up online orders, even though there are FFLs right over the river in Arizona.

2) Ask the state to recognize CCW permits from Arizona and Nevada. 

As it currently stands, California does not have reciprocity with other states. Other states, however, recognize California’s CCW permits.

“It’s time to have reciprocity,” Williams said. “Out-of-state residents cannot get a concealed weapon permit in California, however you as a Californian can get an out-of-state permit in every other state. It’s time for us to recognize other permits.”

3) Make a request to San Bernardino County to allow deputies to not enforce gun owner violations for residents of California, Nevada and Arizona residents who are following their state’s rules.

If granted, this request would mean that deputies would be more lenient on gun owners from other states. Deputies could ask out-of-state residents to take their firearm back over state lines instead of pressing criminal charges against the person.

Mayor Williams said he is working with other border cities to see if they’d be interested in getting in on the request. His team is also meeting with California Highway Patrol, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and state legislators to see if it’s possible to obtain an exemption.

Bill allowing concealed-carry without a permit advances in Ohio House

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After a one-week detour, a bill that would allow Ohioans to carry a concealed gun without a permit has advanced in the Ohio House.

A House committee on Wednesday voted mostly along party lines to refer for passage House Bill 178, which would allow anyone 21 and older to carry any concealed deadly weapon as long as they’re not legally barred from owning a gun.

The bill is now expected to head to a different committee for further review, something that’s unlikely to happen before the legislature breaks for its summer recess.

Ohio’s existing concealed-carry system, under which one can only conceal handguns, and only after going through a permitting process that involves mandatory training and a background check, has been in place since 2004, signed into law by then-Gov. Bob Taft following a years-long lobbying campaign by the National Rifle Association. That bill was backed by House Speaker Larry Householder, who also leads the House today.

Before referring HB178 on Wednesday, members of the House Federalism Committee removed language that was added to the bill last week.

Two Republican committee members — Reps. Kyle Koehler of Springfield and Ryan Smith of Gallia County— had voted with Democrats to amend the bill to save a current provision requiring that gun shops provide buyers with a pamphlet summarizing state gun laws.

Supreme Court: Bad Day for Everyone, Especially Roberts

Just me, but keeping the drawing of district boundaries left to the state legislatures is ever so much more so worse for the demoncraps than not being able to ask for citizenship on a census form.

 

Today the Supreme Court issued two major opinions with profound implications for American politics. It blocked, for now, adding a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census in Department of Commerce vs. New York. In Rucho v. Common Cause, the Court permanently killed off allowing federal courts to decide that a legislative map gave one side too much of a partisan advantage.

It was a bad day for the right, a very bad day for the left, and an extremely bad day for Chief Justice John Roberts.

First, the very bad day for the left. For years, the institutional left has been trying to strip state legislatures of power and give it to federal courts. They wanted federal judges to have the power to say that a given legislative map helped one political party too much. For example, if a state voted 52 percent to 48 percent, then state and congressional legislative lines should apportion power in roughly the same percentages. If they didn’t, federal courts should get to decide the legislative lines.

Giving federal courts the power to rule on partisan imbalances in legislative lines has been a top priority of Democrats and leftist process hounds for years. Why? Because the vast majority of America, when considered state by state, leans right and elects Republicans to majorities in state legislatures. They wanted federal judges in those states to blunt the power of state legislatures.

Today the Supreme Court drove a final stake through the heart of partisan gerrymandering cases. They are done, dead, RIP. Consider this their obituary.

The Court ruled that these are political questions, that the Constitution vests power in state legislatures to draw their own lines and to set the rules of line drawing. Power should reside with the people, not federal courts with life tenure.

That makes it a very, very bad day for funders who had poured millions of dollars into the left’s efforts to have federal courts erode decisions made by Republican state legislatures.

But in another decision, it was a bad day for the right and those who want to collect data on how many aliens are in the United States. The Court blocked, for now, the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote along with the four liberal justices. Writing for the Court, Roberts agreed that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross had the power and authority to add the question, but something just didn’t smell right.

Over the last few weeks, the ACLU has bombarded the Court with letters, missives, complaints, and self-proclaimed bombshells containing conspiracy theories on the “real” origins of the Census question. It’s not as bad as O.J.’s quest for the real killer, but it’s close.

Naturally the compliant leftist media at CNN and the Washington Post has had an endless parade of stories. See, they know who still takes the mainstream media seriously, and today they won five votes to block the question.

It’s a shame that five votes validated these extracurricular mob tactics after the briefing was complete. It provides a roadmap for future last-minute efforts to influence the Supreme Court. One suspects Chief Justice Janice Rogers Brown or Chief Justice Edith Jones would not have sided with the left to block the Census question. Whether or not the citizenship question can still be added to the Census before the printer needs the final proofs remains to be seen.

Northam Admits Latest Gun Grab Wouldn’t Prevent VA Beach

Gun control proponents latch onto every mass shooting and use it to advance their anti-gun agenda. It doesn’t take long, either. We usually see them push gun control proposals on social media before the facts have even started coming in. They’ll tout “assault weapon” bans before we know what weapon was used, for example.

So it wasn’t surprising to see Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam jump all over the Virginia Beach shooting with such vehemence. It’s the way of his people, after all.

What is surprising is that he is willing to admit that none of the proposals being touted by him and others would have prevented the tragedy.

According to the Roanoke Times, Gov. Ralph Northam admitted his proposed gun plan would not have stopped the Virginia Beach shooting.

During a question and answer session Friday at the Virginia Boys State session at Radford University, Northam was questioned by a group of students who formed a mock goverment and debated how the shooting may have been prevented. The students reportedly decided that the shooting was more about mental health than about guns and challenged Gov. Northam on his proposed gun plan.

According to the Times, Northam eventually “conceded” to some degree that his proposals would not necessarily have prevented the shooting.

And, of course, they wouldn’t have. The killer had legally purchased his weapons and had a clean criminal record. There was nothing that would have prevented him from purchasing his firearms. I’d figured Northam knew as much, but this is confirming what we already knew.

So then, why push for laws that wouldn’t have prevented the tragedy? Like someone once said, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” That’s all this is. There was a shooting, and Northam isn’t willing to let the opportunity pass. That’s why he’s calling for a special legislative session to address the issue of gun control. He knows damn good and well that if he doesn’t force the issue quickly, he’ll miss his chance.

That’s it.

It’s not about stopping the next Virginia Beach. Northam knows none of these proposals will do that. No, it’s about buffing up his anti-gun credentials and making life difficult for law-abiding gun owners — nothing more, nothing less.

Northam’s admission, however, isn’t surprising for pro-gun activists. Anyone who looked critically at the proposals being talked about would have recognized that none of them would have stopped diddly. However, gun control fans tend not to look at these things critically. They see gun control and jump on it. They don’t care if it would have stopped the attack from happening.

If you force their hands, they’ll admit it wouldn’t have but then claim the measures would stop some number of other shootings, all without providing the least bit of evidence to support the claim.

Northam’s admission is surprising only in its honesty, though it won’t stop him from trying to cram gun control down Virginia’s throat. No, he’s never going to let a crisis go to waste.

VIRAL PHOTO SHOWS A FATHER AND DAUGHTER WHO DROWNED CROSSING THE BORDER. THE STORY BEHIND THE IMAGE PROVES WHY WE NEED A WALL.

This was not a family turned coldly away as it fled violence and oppression. They were not turned away at all. They simply grew impatient waiting for the bureaucratic wheels to turn. Indeed, family members confirm that the family was not being persecuted in its home country…Ramirez and his family were looking for asylum from low-paying fast-food jobs, which isn’t how the asylum program is traditionally meant to be used.

Hemet Homeowner Shoots and Kills Intruder to Protect Family

A burglary in a home occupied by a Hemet family led to the shooting death of the suspect on Wednesday.

Authorities said that on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, just after 12:00 a.m., deputies responded to a burglary in progress in the 26000 block of Plymouth Street in Hemet.

Deputies learned that the suspect broke into the home and the armed homeowner confronted the suspect. The homeowner shot the suspect, who died as a result of the shooting. No other suspects are outstanding and all of the residents are uninjured.


 

New gun law takes effect July 1st

It’s your Second Amendment right, the right to bear arms.

Starting next week, South Dakota will join 13 other states where you no longer need a permit to carry a concealed weapon, that includes kids, who are with a parent or legal guardian.

The new law, that takes affect July 1, was passed in this year’s legislative session.

It eliminates the requirement for a gun permit, which opens the door for more people to carry concealed weapons in the state.

Starting next week, more people could be carrying a concealed gun.

You won’t need a permit for concealed carry soon (today). What that means for gun-loving Kentucky

Starting Thursday, anyone who can legally possess a gun in Kentucky can carry it around under a coat, in a purse or hidden in a hip holster — no permit required.

Senate Bill 150, which was signed into law on March 11 and takes effect June 27, eliminates the six-hour gun-safety training course, background check and $60 application fee that Kentucky previously required.

It also removes an exclusion that prevented Kentuckians from getting a concealed-carry permit if they owed more than a year of child support or had misdemeanor alcohol or drug convictions within three years.

Kentucky joins 14 other states that have passed similar laws eliminating the need for a permit to carry concealed.

The change loosens yet another firearms restriction in a state already known for having some of the nation’s most liberal gun laws.

Kentucky’s new concealed carry law: Here’s what you should know

 

Backers of a Federal Ban on ‘Gun Silencers’ Claim Only Murderers Use Them
The bill would turn law-abiding gun owners into felons for possessing a product that is almost never used in violent crimes.

Yesterday Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced a bill that would ban the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of “gun silencers,” which he blames for helping the perpetrator of last month’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach murder 12 people. “The sound of gunshots is what tells you that your life is [in] danger, and that it’s time to run, hide, take cover, call the police and help others save themselves,” Menendez says. “At the end of the day if you can hear a weapon you might just save a life.”

Contrary to the impression left by TV shows and movies, so-called silencers, a.k.a. suppressors, do not eliminate “the sound of gunshots.” On average, they reduce the noise generated by a .45 ACP pistol, the kind used in the Virginia Beach attack, from around 157 decibels to something like 127 decibels, which is still louder than a siren or a thunderclap. It’s not surprising, then, that “most law enforcement experts say” the Virginia Beach shooter’s suppressor “likely had no bearing on his ability to kill so many people in so little time,” as the Associated Press noted.

But Menendez thinks he knows better. “What first sounded like a nail-gun ended up being gunfire,” he says, suggesting that some victims might have lived if the sound had been louder. Never mind that there is no evidence to support that supposition, or that people have been known to confuse the sound of unsuppressed gunfire with noises generated by nonthreatening sources such as firecrackers or a car backfiring.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who is cosponsoring Menendez’s bill, insists there is no legitimate reason to own a suppressor. “The only people who could reasonably oppose a ban on gun silencers are criminals trying to avoid detection by law enforcement or mass murderers trying to hurt as many people as possible,” he says. “Whether a firearm is being used in a mugging or a massacre, the sound of a gunshot is a warning that helps bystanders get to safety and allows law enforcement to track and apprehend the shooter.”

Americans legally own about 1.5 million suppressors, which means they live in one of the 42 states where the devices are legal, have paid a $200 transfer tax, and have passed a federal background check that typically takes eight to 10 months. Based on data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, The Washington Free Beacon‘s Stephen Gutowski calculates that “roughly .003 percent of silencers are used in crimes each year.” Yet according to Blumenthal, every single American who owns a silencer is a criminal.

Why might law-abiding Americans find suppressors useful? As anyone who has visited a gun range can testify, guns are really loud, even when you’re wearing ear plugs or muffs. Suppressors provide extra hearing protection, which may be worth the cost and trouble of legally buying them if you shoot frequently, especially if you shoot large-caliber guns. Blumenthal seems to think that explanation is just a cover for criminal activity, which defies logic and math.

Menendez’s bill, the Help Empower Americans to Respond (HEAR) Act, would ban not just new sales of suppressors but current possession. Like Donald Trump’s extralegal ban on bump stocks, it would transform law-abiding gun owners into felons because they legally acquired a politically disfavored product that is rarely used to commit violent crimes. The text of the bill does not seem to be available yet, but Menendez’s summary says it would “authorize a buyback program” and “provide individuals with a 90-day grace period after the date of enactment for individuals to comply with the ban.”

Update: The bill is here. People who continue to possess suppressors after the 90-day grace period could be fined up to $250,000 and/or go to prison for up to five years.