I was going to do an all-out analysis of this paper, since just from the press release I knew it had problems (cross-sectional analysis, without longitudinal; 18-21yo “children”), but this persuaded me to not waste that much time…..
So, starting with bad data, and excluding data that would invalidate their thesis, they did a cross-sectional comparison only, with no longitudinal analysis to find an effect of implementation of background check laws on in-state trends. A UC Davis study found no effect on homicide or suicide rates in the ten years after California’s passage of a universal background check law. More recently, California has seen an increase in firearms homicides……
Just another BS paper with a pre-set agenda, lacking in anything resembling science.
California has some of the toughest laws to purchase and possess guns.
Sure work to keep criminals from getting their hands on guns don’t they?
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office said it arrested a felon in possession of guns after he fired a gun during an argument with a roommate.
Deputies arrested 41-year-old Merced County resident Francisco Gonzalez on Friday after responding to a report of a disturbance between roommates and shots fired in the 4000 block of North Highway 59, according to a news release.
Authorities said deputies spoke with the victim and learned that Gonzalez threw water at the victim during an argument. In retaliation, the victim threw mouthwash into Gonzalez’s eyes, according to the news release. According to Deputy Daryl Allen, the victim spoke with deputies after leaving the home where the argument occurred.
Texas Border Patrol agents fear that a six-foot alligator who lives in the Rio Grande, which migrants swim across daily to get into the United States from Mexico, may carry out a deadly attack.
Federal agents in Eagle Pass, Texas, have known about the reptile for several years, but say they have seen it more often in recent months at a section of the river where most migrants illegally cross in the region.
“It’s never snapped at anyone. The guys who work boat patrol see it every once and a while, and it checks them out,” Jon Anfinsen, the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council’s Del Rio chapter, told the Washington Examiner.
Gadsden County, Florida is a Democrat-run, Hillary Clinton-loving, minority majority community in Florida’s rural panhandle…and has decided to follow common sense and arm their teachers.
To put things in perspective, Gadsden County last voted for a Republican in 1972 for Richard Nixon. In 1984, they were the only county in the state to vote against Ronald Reagan and again in 1988 against George H.W. Bush.
You would think that with Gadsden County being such a Democrat hotbed that they’d follow the party line and oppose arming teachers in the county’s schools. Apparently the Gadsden County School board really does believe in their mission statement — putting children first.
“Florida’s students and parents have rightfully demanded increased security measures, and this is another example of education leaders responding to the call. There are cowards who prey on our schools, and with each new district who takes advantage of this opportunity to safeguard their students, the State of Florida is sending a message that we are united in protecting our state’s future generations,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran.
Let me reiterate:
4 Firearms Safety Rules
- All guns are always loaded. The purpose of this rule is to develop safe habits.
- Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
- Keep your fingers off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
- Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
If a person neglects one or more of these rules, they will, eventually cap off a round when they don’t want to. And when the whine; “I didn’t know it was loaded” is heard from a respected and loved person whose mental capabilities are faltering, you have to start making plans for the future.
As your parents grow older and advance into ‘seasoned citizenry’ keep a closer watch on how they follow the safety rules. It will -hopefully- be easier to correct their mistakes if you’ve kept your relationship with them as congenial as possible depending on their personality.
Andrew Pollack, father of Parkland, Florida, shooting victim Meadow Pollack, says lawmakers’ focus should be on banning gun-free zones, not suppressors.
Pollack’s observation comes as a ban on suppressors is being pushed by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and other Democrats.
But Pollack notes that the overarching commonality in high-profile public shootings is that attackers strike in gun-free zones, where they know their victims cannot shoot back. They do this at schools like Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Sandy Hook Elementary School, and Virginia Tech; at clubs like Borderline Bar & Grill and Orlando Pulse; and at movie theaters in Lafayette, Louisiana, and Aurora, Colorado.
Pollack addressed the Democrats’ focus on suppressors via a tweet Friday, in which he said: “Instead of banning silencers, how about we address the real problem… gun free zones! If maniacs decide they want to do bad things, gun free zones will fail 100% of the time. Silencers don’t protect the shooter. Gun free zones do!”
To Pollack’s point, Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera made clear officers found the Virginia Beach shooter by moving toward the sound of his gunfire.
It should be noted that other Democrats, like Sen. Mark Warner (VA), have responded to the Virginia Beach handgun attack by pushing an “assault weapons” ban.
Pollack also addressed that push, telling Breitbart News: “Just like with every shooting, anti-gunners insist on gun control in the weeks following. But notice after the Colorado STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting and the Virginia Beach shooting they did this without discussing the type of gun actually used in those attacks. That’s because the attackers in both instances used handguns, not a scary looking rifle. Not a single policy Democrats have proposed would have stopped what happened.”
The Virginia Beach shooter who killed 12 people and wounded several others in a municipal complex on Friday had submitted his resignation earlier that morning, officials said Sunday.
The gunman, identified as 40-year-old DeWayne Craddock, was an engineer with the city’s public utilities department for 15 years. In a news conference Sunday morning, Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen described the man’s work performance as “satisfactory” with no ongoing issues of discipline.
In response to a reporter’s question, Hansen said the shooter had notified his chain of command of his intention to quit via email on Friday, hours before the shooting……..
Officers arrived outside the building within two minutes of receiving a call of shots fired, the chief said. Minutes later, the officers who entered the building engaged in a “long gun battle” with the suspect. Cervera said the gunfight lasted 5 to 8 minutes and the number of rounds fired went into the double digits, though he couldn’t give specific numbers.
Google Announces a Security Flaw That Could Let an Attacker Access Your Device
Google is replacing some versions of its Titan Security Key because of a known issue with Bluetooth pairing that could leave your device and account vulnerable.
We’ve become aware of an issue that affects the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) version of the Titan Security Key available in the U.S. and are providing users with the immediate steps they need to take to protect themselves and to receive a free replacement key. This bug affects Bluetooth pairing only, so non-Bluetooth security keys are not affected. Current users of Bluetooth Titan Security Keys should continue to use their existing keys while waiting for a replacement, since security keys provide the strongest protection against phishing.
What is the security issue?
Due to a misconfiguration in the Titan Security Keys’ Bluetooth pairing protocols, it is possible for an attacker who is physically close to you at the moment you use your security key — within approximately 30 feet — to (a) communicate with your security key, or (b) communicate with the device to which your key is paired. In order for the misconfiguration to be exploited, an attacker would have to align a series of events in close coordination:
- When you’re trying to sign into an account on your device, you are normally asked to press the button on your BLE security key to activate it. An attacker in close physical proximity at that moment in time can potentially connect their own device to your affected security key before your own device connects. In this set of circumstances, the attacker could sign into your account using their own device if the attacker somehow already obtained your username and password and could time these events exactly.
- Before you can use your security key, it must be paired to your device. Once paired, an attacker in close physical proximity to you could use their device to masquerade as your affected security key and connect to your device at the moment you are asked to press the button on your key. After that, they could attempt to change their device to appear as a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse and potentially take actions on your device.
This security issue does not affect the primary purpose of security keys, which is to protect you against phishing by a remote attacker. Security keys remain the strongest available protection against phishing; it is still safer to use a key that has this issue, rather than turning off security key-based two-step verification (2SV) on your Google Account or downgrading to less phishing-resistant methods (e.g. SMS codes or prompts sent to your device). This local proximity Bluetooth issue does not affect USB or NFC security keys.
Am I affected?
This issue affects the BLE version of Titan Security Keys. To determine if your key is affected, check the back of the key. If it has a “T1” or “T2” on the back of the key, your key is affected by the issue and is eligible for free replacement.
Steps to protect yourself
If you want to minimize the remaining risk until you receive your replacement keys, you can perform the following additional steps:
On devices running iOS version 12.2 or earlier, we recommend using your affected security key in a private place where a potential attacker is not within close physical proximity (approximately 30 feet). After you’ve used your key to sign into your Google Account on your device, immediately unpair it. You can use your key in this manner again while waiting for your replacement, until you update to iOS 12.3.
Once you update to iOS 12.3, your affected security key will no longer work. You will not be able to use your affected key to sign into your Google Account, or any other account protected by the key, and you will need to order a replacement key. If you are already signed into your Google Account on your iOS device, do not sign out because you won’t be able to sign in again until you get a new key. If you are locked out of your Google Account on your iOS device before your replacement key arrives, see these instructionsfor getting back into your account. Note that you can continue to sign into your Google Account on non-iOS devices.
On Android and other devices:
We recommend using your affected security key in a private place where a potential attacker is not within close physical proximity (approximately 30 feet). After you’ve used your affected security key to sign into your Google Account, immediately unpair it. Android devices updated with the upcoming June 2019 Security Patch Level (SPL) and beyond will automatically unpair affected Bluetooth devices, so you won’t need to unpair manually. You can also continue to use your USB or NFC security keys, which are supported on Android and not affected by this issue.
How to get a replacement key
We recommend that everyone with an affected BLE Titan Security Key get a free replacement by visiting google.com/replacemykey.
Is it still safe to use my affected BLE Titan Security Key?
It is much safer to use the affected key instead of no key at all. Security keys are the strongest protection against phishing currently available
If you can carry, do so.
From New Zealand to Sri Lanka, houses of worship are under attack. This has been an all too common phenomenon around the world. At home, there have been recent shootings at synagogues in Pittsburgh and San Diego, and at churches in Texas, Tennessee, Colorado, and South Carolina. So how do we make people safer?
New York City councilman Kalman Yeger will introduce a bill this week that requires the city to pay for armed security guards at any house of worship that requests protection.
That is helpful, if expensive, but New York refuses to adopt the most effective policy: letting more people carry concealed handguns. Indeed, all of the church shootings noted above were stopped by civilians with guns. One that had banned guns and didn’t stop the attack occurred in Charleston, South Carolina.
There are simply too many targets for police to be able to guard every one of them. If terrorists don’t attack synagogues, they can target Kosher grocery stores, Jewish schools, or restaurants. In January 2015, the Hypercacherkosher supermarket siege in Paris left four murdered and nine injured.
These terrorists have huge strategic advantages in determining the time and place of attacks. They can wait for guards to leave the area, or pick an undefended location. Even when guards or police are in the right place at the right time, those who can be readily identified as guards may as well be holding up neon signs saying, “Shoot me first.” Terrorists know that once the guards are killed, they will have free rein to go after everybody else.
Permit holders make guards’ very difficult job easier.
If a terrorist tries to kill a guard, he reveals his position and makes himself a target to someone with a concealed handgun.
New Page on the right—->
Bottom Line Up Front?
Schools that Allow Teachers to Carry Guns haven’t seen school shootings during school hours.
Of course, you’ll never hear this on the lame stream media as it’s not supportive of the gun-grabber’s agenda. But copy the PDF and cram it down the throats of your school boards who can’t seem to get with the program that defending the children in schools is a pro-active undertaking.
Some Texas legislators want to make it clearer in state law that licensed handgun holders can carry weapons in churches, synagogues and other houses of worship, nearly a year and a half after a gunman killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church during a Sunday service.
The effort comes as places of worship around the world face targeted attacks by extremists, including a shooting at a California synagogue last week that left one worshiper dead and injured three others. In October 2018, a gunman killed 11 worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
The Texas bill would codify an opinion state Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a little over a month after a gunman killed more than two dozen people at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in November 2017. Paxton determined then that licensed handgun holders can legally carry in places of worship unless given “effective oral or written notice” or warning that weapons were banned from the property.
Supporters of the bill that passed the state Senate on Tuesday say it will help churches and other houses of worship determine security measures. A similar measure is expected to get a vote in the House soon.
The measure would align houses of worship with the rules covering licensed handguns on private property if they want to ban handguns, said bill author, Sen. Donna Campbell.
Gun rights advocates say the law’s current language is confusing and leaves Texans with doubts about their rights to carry if they have a license. They say tweaking the law would still allow places of worship to prohibit weapons.
“I would like to eliminate any doubt that it’s legal to carry and use a firearm to defend yourself in a church should the gravest extreme actually present itself,” longtime firearms instructor Kenneth Gibson told lawmakers when the Senate bill had a public hearing.
After about seven hours of angry, sometimes deeply painful debate about race and gun violence that spanned two days, the Florida House passed a bill Wednesday that would allow classroom teachers to be armed, expanding a program lawmakers created last year after the Parkland shooting.
The debate reached emotional heights that had Democrats shouting or tearing up as black lawmakers delved into details about their personal experiences with racism and their deep-seated fears about minority children being targeted by teachers who have guns.
The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis, who expressed early support for it. For teachers and other staff to be armed, school districts must opt-in to the so-called “Guardian program,” which allows teachers and other staff to volunteer to carry a gun on campus after undergoing screening and training by a local sheriff’s office.
British Politicians Declare War on Knives
Having failed to thwart crime with gun bans, British officials now want to restrict what may be the most useful tool ever invented.
Next, they’ll want to outlaw rocks and sticks. Stupid is as stupid does.
It turns out that when you pass laws disarming people in an attempt to prevent violence, criminals who habitually disregard all laws don’t make exceptions for the new rules. In London, crime still thrives despite the U.K.’s tight gun controls and the British political class is now desperately turning its attention to restricting knives.
A flurry of recent headlines reveal that London now has a higher murder rate than New York City, a metropolis of nearly identical population and one long considered more vulnerable to crime. “London police investigated more murders than their New York counterparts did over the last two months,” Reuters reported earlier this month. “In the latest bloodshed, a 17-year-old girl died on Monday after she was found with gunshot wounds in Tottenham, north London, a day after a man was fatally stabbed in south London.”
Commentators note that this may be a blip and that New York City’s murder rate for 2017 stood at more than double that for London. In fact, London’s murder rate really hasn’t risen much—instead, New York’s has dropped dramatically. But that stillrepresents a big shift. In her 2002 Guns and Violence: The English Experience, historian Joyce Lee Malcolm noted that “New York City’s homicide rate has been at least five times higher than London’s for two hundred years. For most of that time, there were no serious firearm restrictions in either city.”
New Yorkers didn’t need firearms to exceed the bloodlust of their trans-Atlantic rivals. Even if you removed crimes committed with guns from the comparison, “New Yorkers still managed to outstab and outkick Liverpudlians by a multiple of 3 and Londoners by a multiple of 5.6″ over those two centuries,” wrote the late Eric H. Monkkonen in Murder in New York City, published in 2000.
The mayhem that’s closed London’s homicide gap with its trans-Atlantic rival appears to be largely the result of violent criminal gangs. Firearms are strictly restricted in the U.K., including a near-total ban on handguns. Nevertheless, “[i]n the 12 months to October 2017, there were 2,500 offences involving guns: a 16 per cent increase on the previous year and a 44 per cent increase on 2014,” the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee noted in January. Criminals, it seems, are not averse to committing crimes—including the illegal acquisition of tools that help them commit more crimes.
Besides illegal guns, British criminals also use edged weapons, which have been a favorite tool for mayhem since the dawn of civilization.
Having failed to disarm criminals with gun controls that they defy, British politicians are now turning their attention to implementing something new and different: knife control. Because criminals will be much more respectful of knife laws than of those targeted at firearms, I guess.
“No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law,” London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted on April 8.
Not to be outdone, his predecessor, Boris Johnson, currently Foreign Secretary, calledfor increased use of stop-and-search powers by police. “You have got to stop them, you have got to search them and you have got to take the knives out of their possession.”
Poundland (the British equivalent of a dollar store) announced last week that it will no longer sell kitchen knives in any of its 850 stores. Similar stores are being slapped with fines for selling knives to minors.
British politicians propose banning home delivery of knives and police promote street-corner bins for the surrender of knives while also conducting stings against knife vendors. Their goal is to “target not only those who carry and use knives, but also the supply, access and importation of weapons.”
It all sounds all so familiar, doesn’t it? And yet so utterly pointless. If British authorities have been unable to block criminals’ access to firearms—mechanical devices that require some basic mechanical skill to manufacture, or at least a 3D printer—how are they going to cut off the flow of knives, which require nothing more than a piece of hard material that can take an edge?
There are also practical downsides to discouraging the public from possessing knives—one of the oldest and most useful tools ever invented. Poundland, after all, isn’t dropping the sale of combat blades; the company’s move applies specifically to the tools people use to make their meals. The law looks much more likely to inconvenience peaceful people planning to carve a roast than to put off thugs who, push comes to shove, can find a way to sharpen a piece of rebar against a rock.
The FBI is investigating anti-fascist activists for an alleged plot to buy guns from a Mexican cartel in order to “stage an armed rebellion” at the southern border, according to an unclassified document obtained by The Chicago Tribune.
The FBI document, from December of 2018, warns of militant antifa activists planning to “disrupt security operations” at the U.S.-Mexico border. The group allegedly planned to buy guns from a Mexican cartel associate known as Cobra Commander, in order to “stage an armed rebellion at the border.”
The source who provided it to the San Diego Tribune asked the outlet not to publish the six-page document because the investigation is ongoing, and the outlet cited two additional law enforcement officials who confirmed the news. The FBI has warned dozens of law enforcement agencies in both Mexico and the United States of the alleged plot.
Two of the men named in the report told the San Diego Tribune the allegations are absurd.
“It doesn’t make any sense that someone from the United States would purchase guns in Mexico,” Ivan Reibeling, the man known as Cobra Commander, told the outlet. “And the Hondurans certainly didn’t bring money to buy guns. It doesn’t make any sense; in fact it’s extremely absurd to say the Hondurans wanted to attack the United States at the border.
The FBI sent the report marked “priority” to agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the CIA and the National Security Administration.
Antifa is known for using violent means, including in protests against peaceful conservative speakers, free speech advocates and even journalists. The well-documented instances of violence include a protester repeatedly punching a man in the face, throwing water bottles and launching fireworks at police officers and starting fires on a college campus with Molotov cocktails. The Daily Caller News Foundation’s reporting led to the arrest of an Antifa leader who stands accused of accosting and assaulting two Marines in Philadelphia.
Former Vice President Joe Biden launched his campaign for president by praising the group. He referred to a group of protesters who gathered in Charlottesville, VA, and violently confronted white nationalists “a courageous group of Americans.”
When Jonathan Morales and Oscar Stewart heard the gunshots, they ran toward them.
Stewart, 51, was in the back of the room when the shots rang out, he told reporters. The veteran said his military training kicked in.
“I ran to fire. That’s what I did. I didn’t plan it. I didn’t think about it. It’s just what I did,” he said.
Stewart said he started yelling expletives at the gunmen, who stopped shooting when he heard Stewart’s voice.“Get down!” and “I’m going to kill you,” Stewart said he yelled.
According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the suspected gunman fled the synagogue to a nearby vehicle. Stewart was in close pursuit.
“Stewart caught up to the vehicle as the suspect was about to drive away,” the department said in a statement.
Stewart said he began punching the shooter’s window when Morales told him to get out of the way.
“He yelled, ‘Clear back, I have a gun,'” Stewart said. Then, Morales began firing.
The off-duty agent hit the car, but the gunman drove away, police said. Authorities later arrested John T. Earnest, 19, along Interstate 15. A rifle was found in the front passenger seat, police said.
“Mr. Stewart risked his life to stop the shooter and saved lives in the process,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement.
As Paul commented earlier, here’s another take on the bravery of the people in the synagog
I’m sure that you’ve already heard about the shooting at the Chabad synagogue yesterday in Poway, CA. For those unfamiliar with Chabad, it is an orthodox Jewish movement engaged in outreach to other Jews, especially those who’ve gone adrift, so to speak.
Members of Chabad also tend towards the conservative end of the political spectrum, are often Republican and pro-Trump.
One of the members of the Poway congregation is a member of AR15.com, his screen name is “Drsalee” (he’s a dentist). He started a thread about the shooting yesterday and posted this comment on page 11 yesterday:
“This congregation is armed.
“Lori’s husband had a wheel gun hidden safely in a cabinet. Only a few congregants knew about it. The Rabbi is also armed.
“The perp parked out front, walked in the open front door. Shots were fired immediately, I’m not sure exactly who was hit first. The Rabbi had a few fingers shot off. Lori took one shot to the abdomen and died instantly.
“When husband heard the commotion, he retrieved the wheel gun and tossed it to the BP guy who was praying. There was another ex-military congregant accosted the perp, screaming at folks to get down. The perp panicked and ran to his car. The BP fired several shots into the car, blowing out the back window and possibly hitting a tire. The perp surrendered to local LA a mile down the road.
“The perp had multiple mags. A huge massacre was prevented by the presence of that wheel gun.”
[Here’s the first page of the AFRCOM thread]
(Note: Wheel gun is slang for a revolver, for those who don’t know.)
Once again, the only thing that prevented a massacre was the presence of a good guy with a gun and the guts to use it. I am posting this because I doubt it’s going to be reported in the MSM. It goes against the narrative that guns aren’t useful for defense.
I also want to note that I’ve read the perp’s manifesto. Aside from being an antisemite, he’s also anti-Trump, largely because he sees Trump as pro-Jewish and a Zionist. So, before anyone claims this is a result of Trump encouraging antisemitism or racism, stuff it.
Even charter schools can be cesspits of progressive indoctrination. If you’re not going to homeschool, please do your due diligence about who you’re going to leave you children with for a significant part of their formative years.
Over the last two months, riots at public schools across the country have underscored why parents choose safer charter schools for their children.
In April, 10 Stamford, Connecticut high school students were charged with numerous crimes, including first-degree riot and assault on a police officer, after a riot that involved hundreds of students throwing eggs, water and soda cans.
“This is not the learning environment we expect and demand for our children in this city,” stated the Stamford police.
In March, a riot at a Vancouver, Washington middle school resulted in nine arrests on a variety of charges, including felonies.
According to police, after they arrived, racial and gendered curse words were hurled at officers, while 50 to 70 students surrounded them and, in some cases, attempted to assault officers.
Parents at the school have complained about the poor safety situation to administrators, but to no avail.
Speaking to a local television station, one Vancouver parent said, “The racial slurs and the sexual intimidation [occur] on a daily basis in the classroom and goes unchecked.”
“If these eighth-grade students will face off with an armed sheriff, exactly what does my 14-year-old have a chance in class while she’s being threatened,” she lamented.
Given the rising safety problems, it is no surprise that parents are exiting dangerous regular public schools and opting for charter schools, which are publicly funded and independent of school districts and which have greater flexibility to implement policies that meet individual student needs.
Commenting on urban charter schools, Harvard professor Paul Peterson has written, “Compared to district schools, the charters are generally perceived to be smaller, safer, friendlier, and more often than not, a better place to learn.”
Ranchers and farmers are finding prayer rugs along the United States-Mexico border — evidence corroborating President Donald Trump’s assertion that migrants from Islamic terrorist hotbed nations in the Middle East are breaking into the country.
Texas rancher Dr. Mike Vickers found an Urdu-to-English (official language of Pakistan) dictionary dropped under the cattle fencing on his 1,000-acre ranch north of the U.S.-Mexico border.
While local ranchers have to contend with torn-up fences, broken water lines, contaminated wells and robbery on a daily basis from illegal immigrants streaming through, a Texas Border Patrol agent said there is “no doubt” that among the hordes of Central Americans are also crossers from Pakistan and Afghanistan, raising significant national security concerns.
Other than Mexicans (OTMs) cross our southern border every day and never turn themselves in to Border Patrol like the family units or children.
Dr. Vickers’ wife, Linda, said the southern border ranchers have been dealing with illegals for years and no one seemed to care until our government started shipping illegal aliens all over the country. Once that happened, it wasn’t just the ranchers’ problem; it became the nation’s problem.
The southern border is 1,933 miles long, and it crosses through arid deserts, rugged mountains, and winding rivers, many areas of which are unprotected by border security, and easily crossed border obstructions.
Hezbollah and Latin America
Relations between Hezbollah and Latin American drug cartels have been well known for two decades. In recent years, border security officials in southwest states have seen an alarming rise in Hezbollah insignia tattoos among imprisoned drug cartel operatives suggesting a very strong relationship amongst rank and file these days, let alone at the command level.
Over the years pro-Iranian websites have proliferated across Latin America. Latin American politicians, notably Venezuela’s Maduro, have been in bed with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC)/Hezbollah operatives for years.
The terror threat from the south is not so much from illegal Latin American immigrants per se, but from Shiite Lebanese Hezbollah working with Iranian IRGC. Of course, Hezbollah can recruit South Central Americans as operatives as well. There is little doubt that Hezbollah’s connections enable them to enter the U.S. as they desire, through our porous border with Mexico.
Our efforts to combat Islamic terrorism needs to consider the open southern border, the IRGC and Hezbollah threat to national security.
Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump said Wednesday the US is sending armed soldiers to the southern border after Mexican soldiers recently “pulled guns” on US troops.
Trump appeared to be referring to an April 13 incident in which Mexican troops reportedly questioned and pointed their weapons at two US troops conducting surveillance on the border.
“Mexico’s Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the Border. [*gasp* Horrors! Say it isn’t so!] Better not happen again!” he tweeted.
“We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border. Mexico is not doing nearly enough in apprehending & returning!”
Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his government would analyze the incident, take into account Trump’s comments, and act “in keeping with law within the framework of our sovereignty.”
Far-left website ThinkProgress has sounded the alarm about new gun control laws that Pittburgh authorities moved to put in place after last October’s shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. Reporting on a local story from the Public Source (TPS) last month, the ThinkProgress post highlights concerns that new gun control measures, including an “assault weapons” ban, an ammunition ban, and a new “red flag” law, will hurt young black men especially.
“Any ordinance like this… always lands on the backs of young African Americans,” Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network President Rev. De Neice Welch of the, told the Public Source. “Always.”
University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris told TPS that black communities have traditionally experienced “more draconian” enforcement of laws than that seen in white communities and cited disproportionate rates at which black marijuana users are penalized compared to white users.
Let’s clear something up before we dive any further: Police are going to spend more time policing areas where more crime is likely to occur. That’s just as true for a drug- and crime-ridden trailer park or motel in Appalachia as it is for a crime-ridden inner-city community anywhere, regardless of anyone’s skin color.
The real question here isn’t about racism. Rather, the real problem is what happens when politicians criminalize otherwise law-abiding people’s means of self-defense.
If you increase regulations and penalties against private firearms ownership anywhere, that enforcement is going to disproportionately affect populations and areas that experience more crime and more police presence. Period. In reality, the people who would benefit the most from more gun freedom are law-abiding people in high-crime areas, where gun control laws will make it that much harder to defend themselves. And yes, that would also include young black men who want to keep and carry a firearm to keep themselves safe from people who already decided to break laws that already existed.
Unfortunately, however, many of those same people also live under the more restrictive and draconian gun laws because of politicians who think that more gun control will eventually provide an answer to their city or state’s crime problems.
The numbers, however, show that people who commit crimes with guns don’t tend to get their hardware in ways that would be affected by gun control laws: 90 percent of 2016 federal inmates don’t buy from retail sources, and almost half of them got their guns off the black market. Furthermore, another survey found that four out of five gun crimes are committed with illegally obtained firearms.
If you don’t want people over-policed and brutalized, reasonable and responsible oversight of law enforcement is one part of the equation, but the other would be for governments to not criminalize so many things that will need policing and enforcement. Additionally, if government officials want to decrease police presence anywhere for any reason, the only morally responsible thing to do is to allow the innocent law-abiding citizens a means of self-defense in their absence.
As always, the best and final defense against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy firing back.
Of course, the best way to delete the gun culture from the citizenry is to make it increasingly difficult – as early in their lives as possible- for the youth to responsibly learn about guns.
Having been a Boy Scout, camp counselor and volunteer for the past 30 years, I can attest that the shooting sports program is one of the most popular – and most important – aspects of summer camp.
For more than a half-century, boys have been thrilled to use the rifle range at Camp Dittmer, the Finger Lakes-based property that serves the Boy Scouts of our local Iroquois Trail Council. Being able to learn about and use firearms is not only a highlight of their summer, something they look forward to all winter, but it’s also a highlight of their lives as it provides respectful exposure to an interest they will carry with them forever………
The days might be numbered for most scouts to earn the rifle shooting merit badge thanks to a threat from legislation that has passed the Senate and Assembly and is now awaiting the Governor’s signature.
You likely saw television news stories or read newspaper reports about A02686A /S02450A, an alleged response to school shootings that amends provisions relating to requirements for storage of firearms. It requires gun owners to lock their guns away when minors are in the home or in their presence unless the child is at least 16 years of age or possesses a hunting permit.
Much has been written on editorial pages or talked about on radio about the flaws of the bill, primarily how it inhibits the ability of homeowners to have immediate access to their firearms if they have to defend themselves — usually predators don’t give victims time to go get their guns and unlock them.
One thing that has been mostly overlooked is the impact the nuanced language of the law will have on Camp Dittmer, every other camp in the state, and shooting organizations like the sporting clay club recently started by Albion High School.
Last week, in a letter to the editor of the Watertown Daily Times, Lewis County Sheriff Michael Carpinelli wrote, “…the law prohibits the owner of a firearm from knowingly allowing any person younger than 16 to have access to their firearms unless the firearm is in their “immediate possession or control” outside of the home, unless said youth has a hunting license and is hunting. The only way for a loaded firearm to be in the “immediate possession or control” of the owner is to be within arm’s reach at all times.”
The good sheriff continued, ”this bill will effectively outlaw all youth shooting activities, competitions and training for those individuals younger than 16 who are not hunting.”
If his assessment is correct – and it should be; he is, after all, a lawman – then what happens at summer camps and every other youth-focused shooting event will not be allowed — that is, a certified riflery instructor and assistant overseeing up to 10 kids at a time at a range. There is no direct one-on-one for each shooter; it’s done in a well-organized group setting.
The question is; What are you carrying with an empty chamber? There’s no modern weapon – Glocks and 1911s included – that can’t be safe when properly carried with one up the spout.
Do you carry a concealed handgun? Do you carry it fully loaded? While everyone I know in the defensive-firearms-training business advocates carrying pistols loaded with a round in the chamber, a surprising number of people think it’s safer to carry the pistol with an empty chamber. Where does this idea come from? In years past, military police and watch-standers were prohibited from carrying a pistol with a round chambered. [I can attest that outside of the Military Police, Special Forces and some *cough* Special Mission Units *cough*, that this is still the practice, at least in the Army, even with the M9. It’s the ‘lowest common denominator’ rule for making regulations that came about due to those known as The Stupid.]
As silly as it may sound, up until quite recently some security guards at military installations carried modern, double-action, six-shot revolvers loaded with only five rounds—a throwback to the days of the Colt single-action revolver. And then we have the Israelis, who are rumored to advocate carrying semi-automatic pistols with an empty chamber.
I suspect some people who carry concealed firearms with an empty chamber do so because they feel it’s safer and are nervous about carrying a fully loaded pistol. A recent tragedy revealed that it might actually be more dangerous to leave the chamber unloaded. In September, 2018, in Wyoming, a bear killed a hunting guide while his client, unfamiliar with the guide’s Glock 10 mm pistol, was unable to chamber a round and use the pistol to stop the bear from mauling the guide.
Understand this; If any of your relatives have had their DNA tested by these companies, you’ve been profiled as well. One of my paternal cousins had hers tested a few years ago and when one of our paternal aunts had hers done this past year, the two were connected right off. So don’t go thinking that since you haven’t, your DNA profile is still private, or for that matter secure from whoever wants to catalog it for further consideration.
A popular DNA testing company seems to be targeting true crime fans with a new pitch to let them share their genetic information with law enforcement so cops can catch violent criminals.
Two months ago, FamilyTreeDNA raised privacy concerns after BuzzFeed revealed the company had partnered with the FBI and given the agency access to the genealogy database. Law enforcement’s use of DNA databases has been widely known since last April when California officials revealed genealogy website information was instrumental in determining the identity of the Golden State Killer. But in that case, detectives used publicly shared raw genetic data on GEDmatch. The recent news about FamilyTreeDNA marked the first known time a home DNA test company had willingly shared private genetic information with law enforcement.
Several weeks later, FamilyTreeDNA changed their rules to allow customers to block the FBI from accessing their information. “Users now have the ability to opt out of matching with DNA relatives whose accounts are flagged as being created to identify the remains of a deceased individual or a perpetrator of a homicide or sexual assault,” the company said in a statement at the time.
But now the company seems to be embracing this partnership with law enforcement with their new campaign called, “Families Want Answers.”
The company plans to air a new advertisement this week in San Francisco that features Ed Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart, who was abducted in 2002 and held captive for nine months before being rescued.
In the ad, Ed Smart makes a plea for people to share their DNA so they can help families who have lost a child. “When a loved one is a victim of a violent crime families want answers,” he says as the ad shows footage of a child’s shoe on a playground, crime scene tape, and parents embracing. “There is more DNA available at crime scenes than any other evidence. If you are one of the millions of people who have taken a DNA test your help can provide the missing link.”
FamilyTreeDNA did not immediately respond to a Gizmodo request for comment on whether the new ad campaign was a response to recent reporting on the company’s arrangement with FBI.
In a public statement, FamilyTreeDNA’s president and founder, Bennett Greenspan, seemed to appeal to both genealogy hobbyists and true crime fans. “The genealogy community has the ability to crowd-source crime solving,” Greenspan said. “If FamilyTreeDNA can help prevent violent crimes, save lives, or bring closure to families, then we feel the company has a moral responsibility to do so.”
In the first step of its kind, President Trump has signed an executive order calling for a government wide war on EMP, the types of electromagnetic pulses that can wipe out every computer, electric grid, and jet.
In joining the voices of those warning of EMP attacks, Trump called on his government to quickly generate a plan to detect EMP, protect critical infrastructure like water and electric sources, and also to recover if a hit lands.
“It is the policy of the United States to prepare for the effects of EMPs through targeted approaches that coordinate whole-of-government activities and encourage private-sector engagement,” said the executive order released by the White House.
“The federal government must provide warning of an impending EMP; protect against, respond to, and recover from the effects of an EMP through public and private engagement, planning, and investment; and prevent adversarial events through deterrence, defense, and nuclear nonproliferation efforts. To achieve these goals, the federal government shall engage in risk-informed planning, prioritize research and development (R&D) to address the needs of critical infrastructure stakeholders, and, for adversarial threats, consult Intelligence Community assessments,” it added.