Otherwise, the American Dream is at risk for everyone.
Let’s get something straight: if there’s anything small out there it’s his brain and the same goes for those who agree with him. His comment is nothing more than a junior high level bullying tactic, usually reserved for those who lack the intelligence to debate an issue like an actual adult. We’re surprised he didn’t close out his tweet with “neener neener neeeeener!” What’s more, Rivera’s adolescent disrespect for women gun owners – many of whom own and shoot AR style rifles – is both ignorant and thoughtless.
Rather than tease Geraldo about his reporting boo boos (and there are quite a few), GOC would prefer to cite some cool AR facts (more than 16 million are privately owned) courtesy of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Interesting that we didn’t notice even one bullet point that addressed the size of anyone’s private body parts as a criteria for ownership:
- Modern sporting rifles are among the most popular firearms being sold today.
- The “AR” in “AR-15” rifle stands for ArmaLite rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950s. “AR” does NOT stand for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle.”
- AR-15-style rifles are NOT “assault weapons” or “assault rifles.” An assault rifle is fully automatic, a machine gun. Automatic firearms have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934.
- If someone calls an AR-15-style rifle an “assault weapon,” then they’ve been duped by an agenda. The only real way to define what is an “assault weapon” is politically, as in how any given law chooses to define the term—this is why the states that have banned this category of semiautomatic firearms have done so with very different definitions.
- AR-15-style rifles can look like military rifles, such as the M-16, but by law they function like other semiautomatic civilian sporting firearms, as they fire only one round with each pull of the trigger.
- Versions of modern sporting rifles are legal to own in most states, provided the purchaser passes the mandatory FBI background check required for all retail firearm purchasers.
- Since America’s founding, civilian sporting rifles have evolved along with military firearms. The modern sporting rifle simply follows that pattern.
- These rifles’ accuracy, reliability, ruggedness and versatility serve target shooters and hunters well. They are true all-weather firearms.
- Modern sporting rifles are chambered in .22 LR, .223 (5.56 x 45mm), 6.8 SPC, .308, .450 Bushmaster and in many other calibers. Upper receivers for pistol calibers such as 9 mm, .40, and .45 are available. There are even .410 shotgun versions.
- These rifles are used for many different types of hunting, from varmint to big game. And they’re used for target shooting and in competitions.
- AR-15-style rifles are no more powerful than other hunting rifles of the same caliber and in most cases are chambered in calibers less powerful than common big-game hunting cartridges like the .30-06 Springfield and .300 Win. Mag.
- The AR-15 platform is modular. Owners like being able to affix different “uppers” (the barrel and chamber) to the “lower” (the grip, stock).
- They have been commercially sold to the American public since the 1960s.
- They are commonly-owned, with more than 16 million modern sporting rifles owned by civilians by 2018.
And, last, but certainly not least, they are a lot of fun to shoot. Take that you ignoramus…
“Someone tell me again how anyone at all takes this woman seriously?”
This horse$#!+ for brains was rolled out years ago, when states began passing CCW laws. “Blood Will Run In The Streets!™” It’s simply stunning that Frum is so out of ideas that he has to go back 30+ years to try this on again.
One of the reasons we should not let people carry deadly weapons around town with them: many of us are prone to panic in unexpected situations – and might respond to a purse-snatching by opening poorly aimed fire and likely maiming half a dozen unfortunate passers-by
— David Frum (@davidfrum) September 4, 2019
My, my. The little new ager is getting an education, and she don’t like it.
Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson (D) revealed that she did not think the left was “so mean” and “lied like this” until she ran for president as an outsider candidate.
“I know this sounds naive. I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this,” Williamson told the New Yorker’s David Remnick in an interview. “I thought the right did that. I thought we were better.”
Williamson accused the left of lying about her use of crystals and “crystal gazing,” telling Remnick that there has “never been a crystal on stage” at any of her events and “there is no crystal” in her home.
She accused those on the left of also falsely accusing her of having told AIDS patients not to take their medicines or implying that “lovelessness” causes diseases and “love” is “enough to cure their diseases.”
“I’m Jewish, I go to the doctor,” Williamson said, ripping those on the left for labeling her as an anti-science candidate who does not believe in modern medicine.
Williamson has in recent weeks criticized the “political-media industrial complex” and warned Democrats that nominating a conventional or establishment candidate to go up against President Donald Trump in 2020 could be disastrous.
Williamson will not be at the third debate next week in Houston. Though she has met the 130,000 unique donor requirement for the second round of debates, she needs three more qualifying polls (2%) to qualify.
Criticizing the nominating process, Williamson recently said on MSNBC that there should be a “deeper conversation than just the horse race” and wondered why so few polls approved by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) were released prior to September’s debate deadline.
She added that she is not dropping out of the race, though, because she could qualify for the October debate and her campaign is about “consciousness and inspiration.”
That the yawning chasm between blue and red America continues to widen is obvious. It has gotten to the point, frankly, where one wonders what we still have in common as Americans. Today’s instance is a resolution by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors labeling the National Rifle Association, America’s largest and most successful civil rights group, a “domestic terrorism organization.”
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on Tuesday declaring the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorism organization” due to its opposition to more stringent gun-control legislation.
I am so old, I can remember when a typical second grader knew the difference between someone you disagree with and a terrorist. But today’s liberals don’t function at that level.
The resolution accuses the NRA of not only resisting legislative reforms that its drafters believe would help curtail the country’s “epidemic of gun violence,” but also of “incit[ing] gun owners to acts of violence.”
This is insane. The NRA obviously has not incited anyone to violence. On the contrary, it has trained many thousands of Americans in gun safety and has saved countless lives by doing so.
“All countries have violent and hateful people, but only in America do we give them ready access to assault weapons and large-capacity magazines thanks, in large part, to the National Rifle Association’s influence,” the resolution says.
The “assault weapon” and “large-capacity magazine” dodges are too familiar to require comment. One remarkable fact about the left’s obsession with banning “assault weapons,” a category without a meaningful definition, is that it has already been tried. The ban was allowed to expire after a decade because it did zero good.
One might ask, what on God’s green Earth does the San Francisco Board of Supervisors have to do with the National Rifle Association?
The resolution also declares the Board’s intent to “limit those entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business with this domestic terrorist organization.”
It is hard to know what this means, but the idea, obviously, is to use the Left’s boycott strategy. Whether this is actually implemented, and what effects it may have on banks; hotel, restaurant and retail store chains; and who knows what other businesses, remains to be seen. What we do know is that this action by San Francisco typifies the kind of hateful, irrational conduct that has made any civil political discourse in this country impossible.
Another demonstration of the stupidity rampant in demoncraps.
Democrats Continue To Turn On The Constitution
Sorry you’re offended, but we don’t live in a ‘democracy’
The state isn’t here to give you everything you want—not even if what you want is extraordinarily popular with your fellow Americans.
This is, no doubt, disorientating for voters who grew up believing they live in a “democracy.” In reality, our un-democratic constitutional bulwarks temper the vagaries of the majority. “Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates,” James Madison quipped, “every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.”
Of course, there’s nothing “weird” about diffused democratic institutions. There is nothing weird about arguing for federalism. These should be the foundation for every policy debate. Every governing institution in the country, to some degree, is counter-majoritarian. Quite often, the counter-majoritarianism is the entire point. Hayes is under the impression that “one man, one vote” means every ballot needs to be plugged into a direct democracy, which is absurd.
Hayes doubled down on “democracy” by arguing that “conservatism is a movement deeply paranoid and pessimistic about its own appeal, increasingly retreating behind counter-majoritarian institutions: the senate, the courts, the electoral college” and that it was “*deeply* revealing that the entire conservative movement gets #triggered if you say the simple truth about the electoral college.”
It’s not a simple truth, is it? For one thing, progressives increasingly view voting as the most sacred and determinative act of a citizen and see any counter-majoritarianism as unnatural and unfair.
Sadly, few will properly argue that people are increasingly “retreating” into majoritarianism—although, in a constitutional republic, that would be a proper political insult.
Of course, it’s also true many of these political grievances are situational. Liberals had no problems with anti-majoritarianism when courts concocted a right to an abortion. It is only a problem for them when courts protect free speech or gun rights or stop partisans from coercing Americans to join their groups.
It’s only when Democrats lose presidential elections that “fixing” the Electoral College becomes imperative. It’s only when the Supreme Court skews towards originalism that we have to figure out a better way to appropriate Senate seats or pack the courts…………
It’s no surprise, then, that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will openly grouse that “Republicans are now arguing that the US isn’t (& shouldn’t be) a democracy.” Ocasio-Cortez surely understands basic civics. She must know that a national “democracy” is far more likely to corrode the civil rights of individuals than are republican institutions. She must have learned that direct democracy encourages a mob mentality. Surely she understands that counter-majoritarian institutions, featured in every free nation, help restrain the worst impulses of partisanship and protect the nation from the whims of the electorate.
These are the reasons Ocasio-Cortez, and other progressives, supports majoritarianism. Without it, national socialistic projects like the Green New Deal can ever exist. They need a one-party system. Nothing relies more on emotionalism, scaremongering, and the “common impulse of passion” more than socialism.
One wishes Ocasio-Cortez took a more honest approach, like left-wing commentator Matthew Dowd, who recently came out against the Constitution (and Christianity, I guess?), arguing that “texts written 2000 years ago or 200 years ago should not control our ability to advance the human race and do what needs to be done in the 21st century to create a more enlightened community based in justice and compassion for all.”
And only local media report this.
The corrupt demoncrap politicians that have run Chicago for so long simply can not admit they’ve made a mess of things. They have to blame other states for their problems. I’ve always asked, as others have; If the problem is the guns in Indiana, why doesn’t Indiana have the violence problems you have. ..All anyone gets is silence.
CHICAGO (WLS) — A violent Labor Day weekend in Chicago has left seven people killed and another 34 wounded.
In the latest shooting, four men were shot near the King Drive CTA Green Line station at about 11 p.m. Monday night. All four men are expected to be OK.
Davantae Jackson, 15, was among the seven people shot and killed. The teen was supposed to be starting high school Tuesday. Instead, his family is making funeral plans.
Family members said Davantae was lured outside early Sunday morning by someone he thought was a friend who then opened fire, shooting and killing him just steps away from his own home.
“They called him and told him to come outside,” said Alexis Jackson, the victim’s sister. “When they told him to come outside and he was guessing he was going to see his friends,” she said. “And they did what they did to him after they called his phone.”
The shootings occurred as Chicago police increased patrols during the holiday weekend.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot lashed out against Texas Senator Ted Cruz after his tweet about violence in Chicago over Labor Day weekend.
The Republican Cruz said, “Gun control doesn’t work. Look at Chicago. Disarming law-abiding citizens isn’t the answer.”
Mayor Lightfoot fired back, tweeting “60% of illegal firearms recovered in Chicago come from outside Illinois-mostly from states dominated by coward Republicans like you who refuse to enact commonsense gun legislation. Keep our name out of your mouth. “
Beto’s Impossible Gun Ban Dreams
A growing number of prominent Democrats want owners of “assault weapons” to surrender them to the government. History says most people will ignore any such law.
Maybe Beto O’Rourke, the long-shot presidential hopeful (polling in the low single digits), didn’t get the memo about soft-pedaling gun control advocacy as “common sense” proposals, or maybe he’s making a desperate move to revive his faltering bid for the Democratic nomination. Either way, he announced over the weekend that under a hypothetical O’Rourke administration, “Americans who own AR-15s, AK-47s, will have to sell them to the government.”
Like prohibitionists of the past, O’Rourke has yet to come up with a credible scheme for getting people who oppose restrictive laws to obey them. But in his open call for confiscation of so-called “assault weapons”—semiautomatic rifles classified largely according to cosmetic characteristics—O’Rourke isn’t alone.
“The newest purity test for Democrats is whether to mandate assault weapons buybacks,” The Washington Post reported recently—with “buybacks” a popular euphemism for compensated confiscation. Donkey party potentates including Sens. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) and Cory Booker (N.J.) share Beto’s taste for imposing a new form of prohibition.
Maybe that’s a winning formula for harvesting votes, but it’s terrible as policies go, unless they really want to make the government look thoroughly impotent. Similar bans, restrictions, and confiscations have been tried before, with minimal success.
“More than a year after New Jersey imposed the toughest assault-weapons law in the country, the law is proving difficult if not impossible to enforce,” reported The New York Times in 1991. “Only four military-style weapons have been turned in to the State Police and another 14 were confiscated.” Police also knew “the whereabouts of fewer than 2,000 other guns”—out of an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 privately owned weapons in the state.
Note that New Jersey officials threatened resisters with felony prosecutions and got mass defiance in return. By contrast, O’Rourke says that “individuals who fail to participate in the mandatory buyback of assault weapons will be fined.” Where stiff prison sentences failed, fines seem unlikely to overcome opposition.
Honestly, New Jersey’s gun confiscation was easy to defy because the state had no gun registration requirement—officials had no idea as to who owned what. Compliance, then, was on the honor system.
Registration also does not exist in most of the U.S., and it’s far too late to bring it in.
“Did a MSNBC commentator just advocate for gun violence against NRA board members?”
MSNBC continues to pass Susan Del Percio off as a “Republican strategist.” In fact, her last strategery gig was as an adviser to Andrew Cuomo, the liberal Democrat governor of New York.
In any case, when it comes to strategy, Del Percio’s specialty seems to be recommending personal attacks on Republicans and other opponents.
In July, our Gregory Price caught Del Percio recommending that constituents “attack” and “scare” their Republican congressmen for purposes of forcing them to support a piece of Democrat legislation.
Appearing on MSNBC today to discuss Saturday’s West Texas shootings, Del Percio took things an ugly step further. She advised gun control advocates to play “tough, dirty pool” with individual members of the NRA board. “Go after them and their businesses,” urged Del Percio; “hold them accountable in their hometowns.” Yes, there’s nothing like ruining someone’s livelihood and making them a pariah in their hometown to make them see the light!
And in a particularly ghoulish twist, Del Percio suggested that the only way to get congressmen to come around on gun control will be when a “critical mass” has been personally affected by mass shootings. She noted that, so far, “we have seen [only] one congressman get there.” Sick.
"As long as there is a Hornady at Hornady, we will never sell Walmart direct. They don’t support our industry." – Jason Hornady, 2007
— Hornady (@TeamHornady) September 4, 2019
Most of the coverage of James Mattis’s new book, Call Sign Chaos, co-authored with Bing West, deals with the former defense secretary’s relationship with President Trump. The Atlantic‘s pre-publication interview with Mattis was headlined, “The Man Who Couldn’t Take It Anymore.” The New York Times editorial page ran a column about Mattis called “The Man Trump Wishes He Were.”
Both articles establish that Mattis doesn’t have much to say right now, in either the book or in interviews, about President Trump. Neither piece, though, mentions another president about whom Mattis is more than willing to dish. That would be Barack Obama, who was Mattis’s commander in chief when the then–Marine general led Central Command. Mattis’s critique of Obama isn’t just harsh. It’s blistering.
Mattis’s tenure at Central Command lasted from 2010 to 2013. It was during this time that the Obama administration took steps that diminished American influence in the greater Middle East and empowered Iran. The spillover effect includes the migrant crisis that contributed to the rise of national populism in Europe. Mattis dissented from Obama policy. “In 2010,” he writes, “I argued strongly against pulling all our troops out of Iraq.”
When the Arab Spring came to Egypt in 2011, “I thought we should use quiet diplomacy to urge inclusive government.” Obama instead called for Hosni Mubarak to resign. Mattis writes:
President Obama came out vocally against Mubarak, insisting that in Egypt, “we were on the right side of history.” Having read a bit of history and found that events, good and bad, had been “written” by both good and evil characters, I put little stock in the idea that history books yet to be written would somehow give yearning Arabs what they fervently desired today.
In the spring of 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder revealed an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador on U.S. soil. Mattis urged the White House to make the public case for reprisals against Tehran. He was rebuffed. “We treated an act of war as a law enforcement violation, jailing the low level courier.”
Still a problem for the people on the east coast.
Hurricane Dorian will track near the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and southeastern Virginia into Friday, delivering a siege of storm-surge flooding, high winds and flooding rain.
Dorian’s maximum sustained winds have increased slightly, currently a Category 2hurricane. Regardless, Dorian will have significant, damaging impacts near and along the Southeast coast.
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A woman shot and wounded a suspected robber who reached for her purse, police say.
It happened around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday on Creekbend at Fondren in southwest Houston.
Police say Lachelle Hudgins had just parked her vehicle outside her home when two men reached through her driver’s side window and grabbed her purse. Before they could take it, Hudgins frantically reached into her bag and grabbed her gun.
“I couldn’t do anything except scream. At one point, they told me to stop screaming, and he reached his hand inside my car,” Hudgins explained.
A man has died after another man shot and killed him following an attempted stabbing in Bridgeport on Sunday night, according to police.
Officers were called to Noble Avenue and Shelton Street around 6:15 p.m.
When police arrived, they said they found a man, later identified as 41-year-old Jose Perez-Ortiz, of Monroe, suffering from a gunshot wound.
Authorities said Perez-Ortiz was taken to Bridgeport Hospital, where he later died.
The shooting was captured on a nearby video system and shows Perez-Ortiz attempting to stab the man. The man then drew a gun and fired it, hitting Perez-Ortiz, according to police.
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