The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement has come to Pennsylvania, and with the growing support among citizens there’s growing backlash among the press. The latest to try to take down the movement are the editors of the York Dispatch, who seem awfully upset about something they say is meaningless and purely symbolic.
in yet another example of the privileged majority feigning minority victimhood, gun owners in rural communities nationwide are buying into the so-called “Second Amendment Sanctuary” movement. This despite the fact that:
• There are more guns than people in the United States.
• More than 45% of the world’s civilian firearms are owned by Americans.
• Even as 2019 saw a record number of mass shootings — more than 400 — Congress continues to ignore the issue of gun safety.
• The most recent substantial federal law regarding firearms — signed by President George W. Bush in 2005 — protected gun manufacturers from being sued by victims of gun violence.
Still, just the suggestion of something as mildly inconvenient — and widely popular — as, say, universal background checks for gun purchases elicits howls of opposition and, now, arguments for special protections for gun owners.
Actually, my main argument against universal background checks isn’t that they’re unconstitutional, it’s that they’re completely ineffective at reducing violent crime or even increasing the number of background checks performed. In order to even attempt to be effective, universal background check laws need a gun registry, and that’s where the constitutionality of the law comes in to play for me. I live in a state where anti-gun lawmakers just tried to turn me into a felon for keeping my AR-15, and then told me I’d be allowed to keep it as long as I registered it with the state police. I don’t think it’s crazy to believe that these same lawmakers would love to use a list of gun owners to eventually confiscate their firearms, or at least declare them felons for continuing to own them.
The Dispatch‘s editorial board is really steamed that West Mannheim Township, Pennsylvania will be considering a Second Amendment Sanctuary ordinance on Tuesday that states no town funds will be used to “interfere with a gun owner’s rights” (in the words of a Dispatch reporter). The editorial board calls it a “vague and troubling broad assertion.”
Yeah, a $150 million lawsuit tends to concentrate the corporate mind
The McClatchy Company, a news media company that is being sued for defamation by House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA), moved to dismiss the lawsuit in court on Wednesday, but the judge in the case rejected the request — an interim win for Nunes.
McClatchy filed a motion to dismiss Nunes’ complaint, which was filed in Virginia’s Sixteenth Judicial Court, arguing that the Delaware-based company does not fall under the jurisdiction of Virginia because it has no significant business in the state.
However, Judge Cheryl V. Higgins did not grant McClatchy’s motion to dismiss the case but has granted Nunes discovery on the question. That means that McClatchy must prove that it does not have significant ties to Virginia by answering questions and providing information on assertions from Nunes. Higgins said the court may have to hear witness testimony on the question as well.
WASHINGTON — McClatchy, one of the nation’s largest newspaper publishers, filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday, another harbinger of America’s deepening local-news crisis.
The Chapter 11 filing will allow the Sacramento-based company to keep its 30 newspapers afloat while it reorganizes more than $700 million in debt, 60 percent of which would be eliminated. If the plan wins court approval, control of the 163-year-old family publisher would be turned over to hedge fund Chatham Asset Management, its largest creditor. The company has obtained $50 million in financing from Encina Business Credit to maintain operations while it undergoes bankruptcy proceedings.
YUBA CITY (CBS13) – The Sutter County Sheriff is alerting concealed carry weapons holders after a public records request prompted him to release some of their information.
Sheriff Brandon Barnes says the San Francisco Chronicle recently put in the request for information about CCW permit applications and permit holders.
The sheriff says he “personally” declined to release much of the information requested, but was advised by the county counsel to provide some data. CCW permit numbers, the names of permit holders, and the dates of issue and expiration have been released.
Exactly what the Chronicle is using the information for has not been stated, according to the sheriff’s office.
I know what they want the information for, to ‘out’ people who have CC permits no matter the denials.
On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office posted the letter they will be sending out to CCW permit holders in the coming weeks.
In response to the sheriff’s decision to publicize the Chronicle’s request and to notify CCW permit holders, San Francisco Chronicle Editor In Chief Audrey Cooper issued the following statement:
“I am deeply disturbed by how some sheriffs have handled a routine request for public information from a respected and established news outlet. As a result, they have put our journalists in personal danger for their own political gain.
“It is a journalist’s job to investigate trends, and we do not intend on publishing personal information of private citizens. Unfortunately, the sheriffs sought to play up distrust in media when it became clear that they cannot deny access to public information.”
Cooper later added the newspaper would refine its Public Records Act request out of concern for their reporter’s safety. His name will be removed. Cooper will instead use her name in the Chronicle’s request for the data.
Sheriff Barnes says he will alert CCW permit holders if any more information is requested.
By now, nearly every citizen near a television or computer has seen the clip of Don Lemon, Rick Wilson, and Wajahat Ali mocking and degrading Trump and his supporters in a particularly poisonous way. Andrea Widburg today points out what a gift this is to the Trump campaign, and the GOP has already released an ad using it.
Don Lemon is actually the stupidest man on television, as Mark Levin often remarks, so no one expects anything other than rank infantile behavior from him. He is a child in an adult body and fortunately has no children.
Rick Wilson bills himself as a Republican strategist, but he has long been a vicious anti-Trump hysteric. He is no Republican; if he were, he would embrace President Trump, who has implemented more conservative policies than Reagan did in his first three years. Like all the other NeverTrumps, he hates this president more than he believes in his own previously held conservative principles.
Thanks to President Donald Trump, we now all know who the phony conservatives were and are. Their objections to Trump are to him personally, the fact that he is not one of them. This club of self-appointed super-elite elites simply cannot abide a clever fox in their henhouse. They are a pathetic bunch of whiners, but not all of them are as cluelessly vicious as Rick Wilson. He’s a really big player; his most recent job was working for Evan McMullin’s presidential campaign. The most distressing thing, if you read his bio, is that he has adult kids! And we wonder how and why so many young people are so venomous and spiteful. Perhaps it is not just social media. Perhaps they are learning it at their parents’ knees……………
What we saw on that CNN clip of Lemon and Wilson isn’t shocking; the underlying attitudes are the norm on that network, as they are on MSNBC as well. The big three networks are very nearly on the same page. George Stephanopoulos, formerly of the Clinton War Room, couldn’t bear to allow Jay Sekulow to answer questions for reporters after the day’s impeachment trial in the Senate last Friday and ordered the video feed cut. SNL and all of the late-night comics are even more brutal toward the president and his supporters.
This is who the Left is today: cruel, vicious, disrespectful of any opinions that differ from its own. And because those are the only outlets the Left sees, leftists think this brand of personal attacks is not only acceptable, but necessary, their coin of the realm…………………
THIS is CNN.
Anyone still wondering why they’re called ‘Fake News’?
Ok maybe I made up the convo, but you know that's exactly what they're thinking.
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) January 22, 2020
If you hadn’t already downloaded the files (just because) this will be another chance.
A federal rule change could soon make it legal to put 3D printed gun blueprints — first introduced by a Texas man — back online after being blocked from the internet twice.
The Trump administration has proposed transferring authority of some small arms and ammunition exports from the U.S. Department of State to the Commerce Department — a move that would effectively relax regulations that have previously prevented the 3D printed gun blueprints from being posted online.
The Trump administration gave the requisite 30-day notice of the rule change to Congress on Nov. 13, meaning the White House could announce the transfer of authority any day, ending a long fought battle by Austin-resident Cody Wilson to allow the blueprints to be made publicly available.
In the newest iteration of the story from NBC News, we learn that after Iran shot down a U.S. drone this summer, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, Trump’s then-national security adviser, tried to persuade Donald Trump to kill the Iranian terrorist leader. Trump, instinctively uneasy about escalating Middle East conflict, resisted the pressure. According to “current and former senior administration officials,” NBC News states, the president instead drew a red line: He would authorize the killing of Soleimani only “if Iran’s increased aggression resulted in the death of an American.”
Trump even tweeted, warning the mullahs that further violence would have repercussions.
Well, after subsequent escalations by Iran, and proxies attacked the United States embassy and murdered an American contractor, Trump followed through on his threat to take out Soleimani. Apparently Ali Khamenei did not take Trump literally or seriously.
The big problem with the NBC News account of the killing is that it conflicts almost entirely with the premise and tone of much of the earlier coverage, most notably an adjective-laden New York Times story published the day after Soleimani was killed, which claimed that Trump’s decision was extreme and impulsive.
Armed citizens stopped a mass murderer at the West Freeway Church of Christ. When we plain folk in fly-over country heard that the attacker was stopped quickly, most of us thought, “Praise God.” In contrast, Joe Biden said it was irrational to allow anyone to be armed at any religious institution. Some journalists said they were terrified that ordinary citizens could be armed at church.
Why is the emotional response from politicians and journalists so different from ours? We know something that they don’t know. Those of us who live in fly-over country know Armed America, and the elites don’t.
We know real gun owners- We know real people people who own guns, rather than the two-dimensional cardboard-cutout characters portrayed by Hollywood and the media. With over a hundred million gun owners in the US, they are easy to find. Legally licensed gun owners are our friends, our co-workers, our associates, and our neighbors.
I have a news flash for Vice President Joe and the journalists. Ordinary people are armed. Millions of us carry a legally concealed personal firearm in public. Unless you live in one of the elite bubbles in the US, then you are standing shoulder to shoulder with Armed America.
We’ve seen their good judgement. We’ve met Armed America and we’ve seen their restraint. We’re not surprised to learn that individuals who are licensed to carry a firearm in public are among the most law abiding groups that sociologists can find. That makes us different from Joe Biden and Co. Most elites don’t have a friend who drives a pickup truck, much less a friend who is a licensed concealed carrier.
We know and trust our neighbors- We have a positive opinion of our neighbors, our community and our town. We formed this judgement through experience. We’ve seen our fellow citizens solve challenging problems. We’ve seen their character under challenging circumstances, like fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and floods. We’ve seen a broad segment of society rise to the occasion and do their best for themselves and for those around them.
We’re comfortable with our neighbors. The media elites are only comfortable with other elites. Select law enforcement officers can be armed, according to the elites. Select bodyguards can be armed, according to the elites. You and I, average voters, not so much.
We actually believe in “diversity:” Our circle of friends includes people of all ages, backgrounds, and races. If you want to see elitism, look at the makeup of the MSM and at our elite colleges. If you doubt me, try to find a conservative-Christian-Republican male in the Sociology Department at your local college.
Also, consider the “diversity” of the editors at the Huffington post.
We’ve seen bad people do bad things- We’ve seen what criminals do. We’ve seen their effect on our family, our neighbors, and our communities. In our world, violence doesn’t happen in slow motion at 35 frames a second on a 60 inch screen; it happens in the parking lot at the corner store after dark. Our connection to reality is stronger than a TV crime-drama where the bad guy is brought to justice in 42 minutes.
Ordinary citizens like us defend ourselves thousands of times a day. We are not the easy victims the criminals expected. The bad guy meets Armed America and runs the other way. In that way, Armed America is making me and my family safer every day, just like the defenders did at the Church of Christ in Texas.
Armed America frightens the elites. Maybe the elites like Joe Biden had better stay home and have their food delivered by Amazon so they feel safe. Don’t tell them the Amazon driver might be carrying. That might upset Joe and the mainstream journalists.
We’ll keep that truth to ourselves.
Of all the asinine arguments in all of the news cycles in all of the media universe, they are using this one. I’m talking about an annoying tendency of some who oppose the airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. For some reason, they have chosen to use the tired, “If you support the airstrike you should be willing to join the military” trope.
That’s right folks. Many on the left — and some on the right — are eschewing nuanced and well-reasoned argumentation regarding the president’s airstrike for the intellectually bankrupt implication that those supporting it should don a uniform, grab a rifle, fly to Iraq, and get their John Wick on.
So let’s say I was a 67-year-old woman with arthritis, but I happen to think Trump’s airstrike was a novel idea. Am I supposed to somehow do my part in the fight against Iran and terrorism? Should I go to the front lines with a weapon and start shooting?
What about you, dear reader? If you happen to think President Trump made the right decision in killing Soleimani, are you ready to suit up and report for duty?
Does this argument make any sense at all?
Of course it doesn’t. It’s just something people say when they don’t know how to address your opinion. It’s a lazy form of virtue signaling, a way to let the world know that they would not advocate for military action unless they damn well mean it. And the only way to prove their sincerity would be to enlist, isn’t it?
This is how you can tell that the Virginia Second Amendment Sanctuary movement has them really rattled…the Washington Post pays enough attention to run drivel like this. First there’s the economic argument.
These crazy gun nuts are going to scare away all of the entrepreneurial lefties with cash — the kind of people we REALLY want here — who are fleeing New York, Illinois and California!
Then there’s the nauseating spectacle of likening the sanctuary movement — everyday citizens standing up to defend a constitutionally guaranteed civil right — to slavery and segregation.
[T]he anti-control fervor got its start in rural areas and then spread to wealthy suburban counties, including Henrico and Hanover near Richmond. “I think it reveals the deep cultural divide you have in Virginia,” political analyst Bob Holsworth told me.
The movement is dangerous, he added, because it could hurt the state economically as more high-tech firms consider moving in with more progressive-minded workers. Some may not want to locate in a gun-toting state. And it is certainly ugly, he said. “The threats that have come up are really over the top as people talk to officials,” Holsworth said.
A sad irony is that the “sanctuary” movement conjures the disturbing nullification movements of the past three centuries in Virginia. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison argued that the states have the right to ignore federal laws they consider unconstitutional.
That thinking was applied to proslavery movements, leading to the Civil War and the fight over integration in the 1950s and 1960s. Prince Edward County, for instance, shut down public schools for several years rather than desegregate.
– By Peter Galuszka in The disturbing ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ trend in Virginia
That’s not hard to do when they are boobs.
For the U.S. troops abroad, President Trump made a major personal sacrifice by skipping his own Thanksgiving in order to surprise them by helping to serve them theirs. Under cover of secrecy, he flew nearly 7,000 miles, met with them, praised and cheered them, took selfies with them, served them in the chow line, and generally gave the brave fighting men and women in the world’s most forlorn hellhole something to smile about. It was a lovely presidential gesture, well in keeping with past presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who also made holiday trips to cheer the troops.
But unlike them, he also had a goodie for us back home: he managed to expose the press as presumptuous boobs.
Fake news gonna fake! pic.twitter.com/ykmlenbFLi
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 28, 2019
Newsweek wasn’t the only one. CBS’s media big Mark Knoller was an easy mark for Trump’s trap, too
Pres motorcade this morning pulls into Trump Intl Golf Club in West Palm Beach. By my count, his 61st visit to this course. It brings the number of days as Pres he's been to a golf club to 224. pic.twitter.com/ixrHg8zvbP
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 27, 2019
Oh, how he researched that! Oh, how he wanted to convince us Trump was a pleasure-seeking, lazy, good-for-nothing layabout. He tried. He really tried. And all for nothing!
Soon enough, they had to change it, because what they were reporting was mere speculation, premised on someone seeing a black car go into a golf course, which might have been a diversionary tactic from Trump, knowing that these people don’t bother to actually verify facts before reporting. Newsweek got snared easily on that one, which tells us a lot about its other reporting.
It’s almost like there’s a hidden agenda isn’t it?
If it’s about RKBA on Mother Jones, you can bet they’ll ‘miss the point’ even if it was surrounding them.
This Kevin Drum post responding to my piece on the Democrats’ bad-faith arguments regarding gun control is willfully obtuse. For starters, California doesn’t have “feeble” gun laws, it has the strictest gun laws anywhere in the country. Any stricter and they probably wouldn’t pass Constitutional scrutiny (even some of existing limits are being challenged.) And besides, even if Drum finds California laws meager, they’re still more stringent than the ones Democrats want to pass in D.C. And those restrictions — the ones we’re dealing with in the real world — have been shown to do nothing to mitigate school shootings, and did not even intersect with with this shooting.
You might also want to note that whenever there’s a mass shooting, then by definition the laws currently on the books didn’t stop it. Ditto for murder, robbery, rape, carjacking, and so forth. You can play this juvenile game forever. Pay no attention to it.
“[M]urder, robbery, rape, carjacking” are criminal acts. A gun is a tool, not an act, and owning one is a right. If laws passed to alleviate “murder, robbery, rape, carjacking” limited the liberties of victims but empowered criminals, we’d be paying attention.
Drum also asks someone to ask me why I put scare quotes around the word “slaughter.” (No problem. I’m a pretty accessible guy!) First, because Chris Murphy uses the word to scaremonger the issue by absurdly accusing Mitch McConnell of enabling shooters. As noted above, California proves that the Democratic bill on McConnell’s desk would do little but inhibit law-abiding citizens from practicing their Constitutional right (which, let’s face it, is point of many of these restrictions).
Second, Murphy uses the word “slaughter” to demagogue and create moral panic. Communities need to do more to figure out how to stop broken people from committing horrifying acts, but the chances of a child being shot in an American school over the past 20 years is somewhere around 1 in 600,000,000. Your child has a far higher chance of choking, drowning, falling down the stairs, or being in a car accident than of being involved a school shooting. Schools are safer today than they were 20 years ago. Gun homicides are at near-historic lows. Using phrases like “the slaughter of our children” or “epidemic of gun violence” is hyperbolic and deployed only to create hysteria for political reasons.
Last week, the Wall Street Journal published an op ed by prominent firearm policy researcher John Lott Jr., and big shocker – the anti-gunners immediately got their knickers in a bunch.
Entitled Mexico’s Soaring Murder Rate Proves Gun Control Is Deadly, Lott very effectively spells out some sound reasons as to why our southern neighbor has become a mecca of murder.
“Another month, another record number of murders in Mexico” reports Lott. “For the first nine months of 2019, Mexico had 25,890 murders—almost six times as many murders per 100,000 people as in the U.S.”
Not content, however, to marvel at the sheer horror and atrocity of these numbers, anti-gun fanatics instead are shrieking at the Wall Street Journal for having the gall to give Lott anything other than print space in the obituaries.
Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts – head anti-gun dogmatist and Bloomberg’s political honey screamed through Twitter “Why would the WSJ allow John Lott to lie about gun violence in their newspaper?”
And she continued by doing what she does best – being flat-out dishonest – calling Lott a “shill for the gun lobby.” She knows full well this is bogus but that hasn’t kept her and others in the anti-gun circle from spreading the lie. On the Crime Research Prevention Center’s website, Lott responded:
“It is a false claim that Shannon Watts and other gun control advocates have floated before and I have responded before. Neither the Crime Prevention Research Center nor I have received a $1 for any of our research. We have that policy posted on our website. Shannon Watts also links to an attack on Dr. Lott in the left wing Vox, but that was also something that we had previously responded to. Not that Watts could respond to our responses, she finds it necessary to keep repeating the same links over and over again.”
In direct response on Twitter, Lott asked “Why is it acceptable for gun control activists like Shannon Watts to always push to keep others off the media – why can’t they ever provide substantive comments on the actual content of what they are criticizing?”
He concluded with “Of course, neither Shannon Watts nor any other gun control advocates responded to my Tweets. As is typical, they attack and then move on.”
Lott’s article is well worth a read. He reports “Mexicans had a right to own guns until 1971, when the constitution was amended to give the federal government total control over firearm access. In 1972 the government passed strict gun-control measures. registered, unloaded, in a locked container, and going from one residence to another.”
For decades Mexico has had only one gun store in the entire country, a military-run establishment in Mexico City. The store’s prices are very expensive, and the most powerful rifle that you can buy there is a .22 caliber.
John Lott – WSJ 10/21/19
Although this sounds eerily familiar as to what Californians face, Mexico has taken private ownership of firearms to a level far beyond what we experience.
“Getting permission to purchase a gun is a feat in itself. Background checks take six months to complete and require fingerprints and an evaluation of the buyer’s employment history. Only 1% of Mexicans possess a license to own a firearm.”
John Lott – WSJ 10/21/19
There’s nothing scary or inaccurate about anything Lott has written – in the Wall Street Journal piece or anywhere else. That being said, it’s clear to GOC why Shannon Watts and those like her want to shut the John Lotts of the world up. It’s because the more people know the facts, the anti-gun movement will be just like that Emperor…you know, the one with no clothes.
To read the full John Lott article, click here.
If we’re going to discuss guns in this country, it’s important that we know what we’re talking about first and foremost. That’s why we consulted the on-staff gun experts at hundreds of different news outlets across the country. We compiled their hands-on experience and book knowledge on guns into the handy image below. It’s a part-by-part breakdown of assault rifles. Consult it whenever you need to talk about guns, whether you’re chatting with your Uncle Cletus at Thanksgiving this year or CNN asks you to come on the air and tell them how deadly an AR-15 is.
The top trending featured news story on Twitter is a story no journalists are really talking about and no major news network or outlet is covering.
There is a fundamental disconnect between media and audience and that’s why Facebook/Social Media isn’t going anywhere. pic.twitter.com/VqxJQxM5CM
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) November 5, 2019
Remember when the entire media had a panic attack over Trumps comments on the Access Hollywood tape? While this was going on, those same people knew that Epstein was raping children… and then decided to cover it up.#EpsteinCoverup
— Carpe Donktum🔹 (@CarpeDonktum) November 6, 2019