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NBC Frets About Too Much Money in Politics, then Praises Bloomberg’s Massive-Money Anti-Gun Crusade

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Self-awareness is not the mainstream media’s strong suit. Just a couple of weeks after NBC lamented the presence and impact of there being too much money in politics, its own Savannah Guthrie conducted a glowing interview with Michael Bloomberg. That interview centered on his plan to pour $50 million into his latest anti-gun crusade.

h/t CNS News

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Bloomberg Plans to Use $50 Million, and Naked Fear, to Attack Gun Rights

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Mike Bloomberg just doesn’t get it. He thinks the NRA is successful because of money. He doesn’t understand that the NRA has money because it consistently defends a civil right.

Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those politicians who fail to support their agenda — even Democrats whose positions otherwise align with his own.

“They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A. “ ‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’ ”

The NRA doesn’t do that. It doesn’t threaten children and grandchildren. But Bloomberg intends to.

He added: “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.”

Would you settle for people despising you? Because you’ve already achieved that.

Let’s flash back to note what a towering hypocrite Bloomberg is. He knows it’s a dangerous world out there. And he wants people with guns walking around him to protect him. He just doesn’t want you and I to have the same rights.

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Bloomberg is setting up a new anti-constitution brand name that we’ll all have to watch out for.

Women, and mothers in particular, will be the focus of the organizing and outreach, a path that he and his advisers have modeled after groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The plans call for a restructuring of the gun control groups he funds, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. They will be brought under one new umbrella group called Everytown for Gun Safety.

He’s also enlisting a high-profile Republican to help him curb our self-defense rights.

Bloomberg is bringing on a new advisory board with prominent Republican and Democratic figures. Tom Ridge, the former Pennsylvania governor and Homeland Security secretary under President George W. Bush; Eli Broad, the philanthropist; Warren Buffett, the investor; and Michael G. Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under both Mr. Bush and President Obama, will all be board members.

Bloomberg’s arrogance truly knows no bounds at all.

Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

It’s not what you’ve done or what you know that gets you into Heaven. It’s Who you know.

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Holder: DOJ Considering Forcing Gun Owners to Wear Electronic Bracelets

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

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Holder told Congress, “I mean, I think that one of the things we learned when we were trying to get passed those common sense reforms last year, Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology people and talked about how guns can be made more safe by making them either through fingerprint identification — the gun talks to a bracelet or something you might wear — how the gun can only be used by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.”

That wouldn’t stop any gunman on a rampage. But an electronic bracelet would drive up the cost of firearms, make them less reliable, increase a potential crime victim’s response time and might prevent them from being able to respond at all, and might even give the government a means of monitoring gun owners within their own homes. Criminals will just disable the electronics.

So it’s very much in line with this administration’s overall aims of disarming all of us and keeping control of us.

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Gun Rights Advocates Pretty Impressed with the Mindblowing Scale of Leland Yee’s Hypocrisy

Friday, March 28th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

By day, California Democrat Leland Yee was an outspoken gun control advocate. But by night, he is alleged to have been a broker for Russian arms dealers to arm Islamic militants, for piles of cold, hard cash.

That dual life hasn’t been lost on Yee’s enemies on gun control. Through its tears and between its heavy sobs at having a gun controller so ruthlessly exposed, the LA Times reports:

The complaint says Yee described his approach to arms dealing as “agnostic.”

“People want to get whatever they want to get. Do I care? No, I don’t care. People need certain things,” Yee said, according to the complaint.

Later Wednesday, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms issued a statement ripping the 65-year-old San Francisco Democrat.

“If these allegations are true, Sen. Yee is easily the biggest hypocrite on gun control to walk the halls of the capitol in Sacramento, if not the entire United States,” said the group’s chairman Alan Gottlieb.

“It is hard to fathom this kind of activity on a scale as massive as these court documents allege. If Sen. Yee and his fellow defendants are convicted, they’re going to wind up in one of the biggest gun-free zones in the country, a federal prison.”

Andrew Arulanandam, a spokesman for the NRA, said Yee was a hypocrite.

“This poster boy for gun control is a scumbag,” he said.

Succinct, and accurate.

Isn’t Leland Yee an excellent argument for keeping and strengthening the Second Amendment? The Second Amendment is not and never was about hunting. It’s about an armed populace being a check on out-of-control, tyrannical government and also about national defense. This is a man who used his political power to disarm Americans, while he was allegedly arming America’s enemies. It’s treasonous.

Here’s a good laugh.

Yee was scheduled to be honored last week by the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, according to a statement on Yee’s website, which says the state Senator “has authored numerous bills designed to make government more transparent.”

Yee is the recipient of several similar journalism awards, the statement said, including the Freedom of Information Award by the California Newspaper Publishers Assn.

“State Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco will receive the Public Official Award for his courage to oppose his own Democratic Party leaders and the governor in 2013 with public criticism of efforts to weaken the California Public Records Act by loosening disclosure requirements for local governments,” the SPJ chapter’s website said.

Ha ha ha. Mr. Transparency, Mr. Gun Control, Mr. Censor Violent Video Games — Mr. Hide His Elaborate Scheme to (Allegely) Trade Cash for Favors and Shoulder-Fired Rockets to Arm Hyperviolent Terrorists. The media praised him, never saw any of this coming.

All told, 26 people were identified as having violated federal statutes in the complaint. They were accused of participating in a free-ranging criminal ring that dabbled in a spectrum of activities, including illegal marijuana “grows” and a scheme to transport stolen liquor to China.

Wow. Just, wow. Yee’s ring includes just about everything a proper crime syndicate requires, including political access and power. The only thing lacking so far is a sexy sidekick, but who knows? Maybe there’s one lurking in the full complaint. Where was sexy Russian spy Anna Chapman?

Michael Walsh has a strong point. Yee’s Democratic Party does look like a grand national criminal enterprise.

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Democrat Wants His Party to Officially Come Out Against the Second Amendment

Monday, March 24th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

The Daily Surge has a clip of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Bill Maher’s HBO show. Ellison says the Democratic Party should just be honest about its stance on guns.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), a guest on Maher’s panel pushed back saying, “You have got to check out the progressive caucus. We have come out very strong for common-sense gun safety rules. I mean, 27 children were mowed down. Isn’t that enough for us? One of our colleagues, [former Congresswoman] Gabby Giffords, shot in the face.”

For some reason, Americans murdered by drug cartel members along the border never came up. Neither did the victims of Chicago’s gang violence.

“Common-sense gun safety is bullsh*t,” Maher shouted. “Why doesn’t your party come out against the Second Amendment? It’s the problem, ” he added.

“I sure wish they would. I sure wish they would,” Ellison hollered in response.

Most Republicans wish Democrats would come out in full opposition to the Second Amendment, too.

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Is This Mission Creep or Something Worse?

Friday, March 21st, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

The US Navy built its LinX system in 2003, supposedly to help conduct counterterrorism. But that’s not what it’s doing, according to the Washington Examiner. It’s engaged in an activity that crosses the posse comitatus line.

A parking ticket, traffic citation or involvement in a minor fender-bender are enough to get a person’s name and other personal information logged into a massive, obscure federal database run by the U.S. military.

The Law Enforcement Information Exchange, or LinX, has already amassed 506.3 million law enforcement records ranging from criminal histories and arrest reports to field information cards filled out by cops on the beat even when no crime has occurred.

LinX is a national information-sharing hub for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. It is run by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, raising concerns among some military law experts that putting such detailed data about ordinary citizens in the hands of military officials crosses the line that generally prohibits the armed forces from conducting civilian law enforcement operations.

It seems that everywhere we turn, the US government is crossing lines and gathering up information on ordinary Americans. These government agencies are doing this despite President Obama’s promise that the government isn’t spying on ordinary Americans.

This bit is interesting.

The number of records in the system has mushroomed from about 50 million in 2007 to more than 10 times that number today.

Background checks for gun sales and applications for concealed weapons permits are not included in the system, according to NCIS officials and representatives of major state and local agencies contacted by the Examiner.

How can we be sure of that? Or, more accurately, while LinX may not be collecting gun background check pings, how can we be sure that some other government agency out there isn’t? How can we be sure that some obscure agency or program out there hasn’t scooped up all of the gun background checks, and all of the state records on concealed carry, and is just storing it all somewhere? NSA supposedly can record every phone call placed in a given country. If it can do that, it’s probably child’s play to tap into the NICS lines.

Can we be sure they or another agency isn’t doing that? I don’t see how. The FBI has its own version of LinX, called the National Data Exchange, or N-Dex. So together the military and the politicized DOJ have a database of about 500 million records of our ordinary interactions with law enforcement. Along with what else?

It’s surely tempting for government officials to find a way to amass firearm background check and purchase records, along with state carry permits.

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There’s More to #SXSW2014 than Skinny Jeans and Hipsters

Friday, March 7th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

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As great as it can be to be a conservative at CPAC, it tends to be a weekend of preaching to the choir. Well, that, and getting smeared by the dishonest media.

Media could just as easily stroll around Austin this weekend and mock the self-important, the hipster, the thousands upon thousands of conventioneers who occupy every couch, beanbag, stool and crevice to do exactly what they would be doing if they were at home — namely, burying their heads in their laptops and shutting out the rest of the world. If you’re looking for stereotypes, the city and SXSW are full of them — the non-conformist who wears the same little porkpie hat that every other non-conformist wears, the anti-corporate type checking into Facebook on his iPhone or Galaxy, the libertarian start-up dreamer who espouses every single anti-business leftwing trope known to humanity. They’re all here.

But so are the corporations.

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And the networks.

 

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Seth Meyers’ booth/tent lets you rent bikes to get around town, which is pretty helpful. SXSW has brought a couple hundred thousand extra people here, and the roads aren’t even built to handle Austin’s normal traffic. Parking is insane. A free bike is handy.

Anyway, the media won’t mock any of this and it won’t note the corporate-indie conflict or just make fun of some of the more obvious oddities of the whole thing. The corporations are here and the indie start-ups are here, somewhere, and the politics of the place has a distinctively leftish point of view, which doesn’t make a lot of sense if you think about it. The left these days is all about conformity and one-size-fits-all. The left looks at bankrupt California and successful Texas and wants to force the latter to become more like the former, instead of allowing for differences or admitting that its way isn’t working. Tech is about doing whatever works, and then making that work better or in some new way. Tech development is about freedom. The left, and the politics the left has brought to SXSW, are not about freedom at all.

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Flashback: Obama Oversaw the Destruction of Ukraine’s Conventional Military Weapons

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

When he was Illinois’ junior senator, Barack Obama went to Donetsk, Ukraine. There he saw something that is quite relevant today.

DONETSK, Ukraine – U.S. Senators Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Barack Obama (D-IL) called for the immediate destruction of 15,000 tons of ammunition, 400,000 small arms and light weapons, and 1,000 man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) or shoulder missile launchers that are often sought by terrorists.

Lugar and Obama toured the Donetsk State Chemical Production Plant, a conventional weapons destruction facility where the U.S. has taken the lead in a three-year NATO program to destroy the weapons. Another 117,000 tons of ammunition and 1.1 million small arms and light weapons are slated for destruction within 12 years.

So far, the U.S. has contributed $2.1 million to the project, and Austria, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom have contributed $1.2 million.

Ukraine has been calling for US, UK and NATO assistance since Russian troops swept into and captured Crimea over the weekend. Its small military is no match for Russia’s much larger military. Poland, whose missile defense system Obama canceled after Russian objections, called for a NATO Article 4 meeting which takes place today.

During the 2012 presidential election, Obama mocked Republican rival Mitt Romney when the latter said that Russia is America’s main geopolitical adversary. Putin’s moves have proven Romney right.

Markets around the world rose today, after plunging since the weekend invasion, on the news that Putin ended the Russian military exercise on Ukraine’s border and indicated that the Russian troops in Crimea would not open fire. But at the same time, Putin is warning the West against using economic sanctions against Russia. The question now is whether Putin is merely consolidating Russia’s gains in Crimea before moving on to “protect Russians” in eastern Ukraine.

h/t Jim Geraghty

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Concealed Carry Permit Applications Soar in California After Ninth Circuit Second Amendment Decision

Friday, February 28th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

A couple of weeks ago, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Second Amendment is settled law, and California’s laws on concealed firearm carry were overly restrictive. The ruling essentially turned California into a “shall issue” state, at least until the Democrat-owned legislature and Gov. Brown can figure out how to thwart the ruling.

Look what’s happening in California now.

Gun owners are flooding the sheriff’s offices in two California counties with applications for concealed weapon permits following a bombshell ruling two weeks ago by a federal appeals court that citizens need not justify their requests.

Orange and Ventura counties have dropped the “good cause” standard for issuing conceal carry permits after the requirement was struck down  Feb. 13 by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeal. A three-judge panel of the court ruled 2 to 1 that the Second Amendment bars California counties from requiring law-abiding gun owners who want to carry concealed firearms to demonstrate special, individualized needs for protection.

More than 500 applications have poured in to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in just two weeks — roughly the total number of applications filed in 2013, a spokesman said. Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens announced on the department’s website that the county will comply with the federal court’s order immediately, sparking the wave of applications.

The Brady gun-grabbers aren’t happy about all this. Thinking about their unhappiness with law-abiding Americans exercising their fundamental rights for the first time is a nice way to prepare yourself for a fine weekend.

California is appealing the case, but the Second Amendment is settled law. Democrats should stop trying to change it.

h/t Hot Air

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VIDEO — Detroit Mom Uses ‘Assault Rifle’ to Defend Her Kids from Armed Thugs

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Here’s your feel-good Second Amendment story of the day, from WXYZ-TV.

A Detroit family is resting easier today after three armed thugs failed in their attempt to break into the family’s home while the mother and her two young children were inside. The family’s security camera captured the drama.

The video shows that the three young men broke through the front door, and one of them was armed. The mom had grabbed her rifle:

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And she fired at the intruders. She did not hit them.

The three fled, but the one carrying a pistol came back in. The mom fired again and he fled.

All three were arrested later. The mom and her children were unharmed, an outcome that would not have been very likely had she not been armed and knew how to operate her rifle.

h/t Capitol City Project

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Is PepsiCo Underwriting Gabby Giffords’ Gun Control Activism?

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Take a look at this. It’s from the 2013 Aspen Ideas meeting:

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If you haven’t heard of the Aspen meeting, it’s one of those gatherings of the high and mighty around the world, UN heavyweights and Hollywood nitwits and politicians with big government causes, like Giffords.

Here’s the text from that screenshot:

Two and a half years ago, Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly had their lives changed forever by a madman with an arsenal of deadly weapons. Today, the former congresswoman and the former astronaut discuss what it’s like to take on one of the most complicated issues in America—and one of the most difficult political challenges of our time. Giffords and Kelly will discuss how the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School drove them to commit themselves, personally and professionally, to reducing gun violence in America—by working toward common sense solutions that respect our Second Amendment rights and traditions of gun ownership. They will share what the first few months of their new organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, have yielded, what it feels like to be public figures again, and what the future holds, in terms of keeping our communities safer and building a political movement that reflects the diversity of our great country. Underwritten by PepsiCo.

Giffords’ group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, proffers “solutions” to gun violence that would not solve anything, such as mandating background checks among private sellers at gun shows. They use fuzzy logic to support this measure.

[T]here is a gaping hole in our laws that allow criminals and others to go to “private sellers” at gun shows, on the internet, and elsewhere to buy guns with no background check, no questions asked. Commonly referred to as the private sales loophole or “gun show loophole,” this failure in our public safety policy has allowed up to 40 percent of all gun transfers to take place without a background check.

In practice, this means that those wishing to purchase a gun have two easily available options – a federally licensed seller that will require a background check and an unlicensed seller that won’t. Not surprisingly, 80 percent of criminal inmates in a Department of Justice survey said they got their guns through private means – no background check necessary.

Do criminal inmates always tell the truth? Where is the link between how criminals get their guns “privately,” and gun shows? Giffords’ site doesn’t demonstrate that such a link exists.

Giffords uses an old statistic — “40 percent of all gun transfers take place without a background check” — which has been debunked.

The bolded line from the Aspen Ideas site above prompted the folks at TheTruthAboutGuns to call PepsiCo for an answer. An answer has not been forthcoming.

I called PepsiCo (1-800-433-2652) to see what’s what. “That is absolutely outrageous,” Customer Service Rep Hannah said. “We would never do something like that.” After spending an Internet eon on hold listening to the audio history of Pepsi jingles, Hannah transferred me to her supervisor, Elise Galgano. “PepsiCo doesn’t sponsor any gun control-related event,” she told me. “I’ll pass this along to my boss and get back to you.”

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell’s role alongside Giffords is a nice touch. Mitchell, whose show engineered smears of Republican Mitt Romney during the 2012 election, may be the most unethical reporter at MSNBC, which is saying something.

PepsiCo brands are numerous and difficult to avoid, should you want to avoid them.

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Pepsi earned criticism in 2009 for aligning its branding and rhetoric too closely to the Obama campaign’s look and feel.

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Ninth Circuit: Yes, The Second Amendment Means Americans Have the Right to Bear Arms

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

The Second Amendment is settled law, people. Stop trying to change it.

The court concludes that California’s broad limits on both open and concealed carry of loaded guns — with no “shall-issue” licensing regime that assures law-abiding adults of a right to get licenses, but only a “good cause” regime under which no license need be given — “impermissibly infringe[] on the Second Amendment right to bear arms in lawful self-defense.” The Ninth Circuit thus joins the Seventh Circuit, and disagrees with the Second, Third, and Fourth Circuits. (State courts are also split on the subject.)

If this holds up, and it will if it gets to SCOTUS, then California will have to issue concealed or open carry permits.

 

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AR-15 Maker Makes Cosmetic Changes So It Complies with New York’s Silly Gun Law

Monday, February 10th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

“Assault weapons” bans typically focus either on capacity or on cosmetics — how the weapon looks. New York’s SAFE Act has already run into trouble on the first part, when its capacity limits made criminals out of cops. Now the maker of the AR-15 rifle has exposed the stupidity of the second part. They changed a couple things about how the rifle looks, making it compliant with the law.

Here’s a SAFE Act compliant assault weapon.

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Features like adjustable stocks, pistols grips, and flash suppressors has been deemed to be unlawful on these rifles, mainly because it makes them LOOK mean.  And we all know how little these anti-gun lawmakers really know about guns, as the “Ghost gun” video illustrated.

The new AR-15 design did away with the pistol grip which gives the gun an odd paintball gun look.  The stock is fixed as well, but at least New Yorkers now have a legal way to own an AR-15, a fact which is still driving some gun control activists mad.

Two words: Ha ha.

 

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Wendy Davis’ Shocking ‘Conversion’ on Guns Exposes Anti-Gun Group’s Rank Hypocrisy

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

The Blaze’s Dana Loesch appeared on The View this week. Anti-gun group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America! (the exclamation point is part of their logo) took the occasion as a chance to engage in vitriol and name-calling.

Forgive me here, but are these moms demanding action at the point of a gun?

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Loesch is a conservative, therefore fair game for childish #gunbully name-calling and preemptive accusations of lying. The enraged moms demanded that The View keep Dana off the show, which didn’t happen.

But how about late-term abortion icon Wendy Davis? The Texas Democrat came out overnight for open carry, putting her at odds with many in her own party.

For some reason, Moms Demand Action’s response to Davis’ desperate conversion isn’t quite as full of rage.

Earlier today, Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis announced that she supports new laws that would allow Texans to openly carry loaded firearms in public. Davis’s position is disappointing and dangerous given that there is no federal or state requirement for background checks on private gun sales in Texas, making it easy for felons and other dangerous criminals, including domestic abusers, to get guns.

Current law also makes it easier for victims of domestic abuse to defend themselves. Moms Demand Action! and similar groups never get around to noticing that.

Ashley Sewell tweets for the win.

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Wendy Davis Supports Open Carry Now? Seriously? (Updated)

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Well, this is good for a laugh.

When she was on the Fort Worth, TX city council, Democrat gov candidate Wendy Davis tried to kick gun shows off of municipal property. As recently as September 2013, Davis told Jay Root of the Texas Tribune that she would sign legislation restricting gun shows and closing the so-called “gun show loophole.” That “loophole” allows individual sellers to sell their firearms without having to get any government permission. Anti-gun activists have long sought to close that “loophole” without much success. Davis’ efforts on the Fort Worth council also failed, but they’re very similar to what the Democrat-controlled Travis County commission is attempting to do to the Saxet gun show right now. Anti-gun sentiment runs deep among the Democrats, and where they have control, they usually get up to no good.

Fast forward and Davis’ campaign is in a tailspin after revelations that she embellished the origins story that was central to her campaign for governor. Wendy Davis needs a game-changer, or at least a subject-changer. And surprise! Wendy Davis is now in favor of open carry.

Sure she is. She also supports ranchers, except when she’s voting against stiffer penalties for cattle theft. The senator who filibustered against a reasonable bill on abortion is also “pro-life.”

Davis has said she supports expanding gun rights in Texas. But in a statement to The Associated Press, she said that includes open-carry — a position that puts her at odds with her own party but could keep her from alienating gun rights advocates in a deeply conservative a state where the Second Amendment is sacrosanct.

Well, it would put her at odds with her own party if anyone believed her. Few will.

It would be useful positioning, though. If anyone believed Wendy Davis.

“There is little or no public safety justification for open carry,” said Emmanuel Garcia, spokesman for the Texas Democratic Party.

Kellye Burke, who leads the Texas Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, also opposes Davis’ position. She said the open carry of firearms, whether rifles or pistols, “is meant to be a sign of intimidation. It’s not about protection.”

“I don’t think people are aware of it. They just haven’t seen it yet. People are completely shocked how strange and lawless it looks to have that kind of firepower in our daily life,” Burke said.

A more honest name for that group would be “Some Moms Who Don’t Know Anything About Guns or the Second Amendment Demand Even More Government,” but that’s neither here nor there. Most Texas moms and dads are not on board with the anti-gun agenda.

About 13 states allow open carry, with several more considered “friendly” to it. Those states don’t look lawless, but gun Democrat-dominated control havens like Chicago and Washington, D.C. do. Texas isn’t an open carry state yet, but should be. The GOP frontrunner for governor, Attorney General Greg Abbott, is for open carry. All the GOP candidates for lieutenant governor are on the record favoring open carry.

Davis is trying to defuse an issue before it becomes even more of a problem for her, and may be trying to raise her bottom-feeding F score from the National Rifle Association. But the reality is, her new position just creates new questions about her credibility. It raises the question of whether she can be believed on anything. Six months ago Wendy Davis wanted to do what the radical Travis County Democrats are doing. Now she wants Texans to believe that she’s for open carry?

There is good news here, for gun rights advocates. Attacking the Second Amendment is a dead end in Texas. The Democrats in Texas know they cannot run an honest anti-gun radical for governor. They can run a dishonest one, though.

Update: “Flummoxed” isn’t a word one generally wants to see associated with the top of their party ticket. But Davis’ extreme makeover on guns has her running mate thus:

While the position essentially mirrors the stance on open-carry taken by her likely Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, it puts at her odds with statements from her own Texas Democratic Party and her fellow senator, Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

Van De Putte looked flummoxed Thursday morning in a Texas Tribune interview when asked about the revelation — reported overnight by The Associated Press — that Davis wanted to allow Texans to carry firearms in public.

“The discussions that I have had with the law enforcement back home, they think that open carry does not make their job any easier and I’m with them,” Van De Putte said. “This is one where Wendy and I are on a different page.”

More: Wendy Davis’ Shocking ‘Conversion’ on Guns Exposes Anti-Gun Group’s Rank Hypocrisy

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Beretta to Open New Factory in Tennessee

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

About a year ago, Maryland passed onerous new gun restrictions. At that time, gun manufacturer Beretta said Maryland’s decision would force it to reevaluate its presence in the state. Beretta, the world’s oldest weapons maker, makes many of its firearms at its factory in Accokeek, MD and has warehousing facilities there. Previous Maryland actions against the Second Amendment have already caused Beretta to relocate some of its warehousing to Virginia, which has more open gun laws.

Today, Beretta announced that it is building a new firearms factory in Tennessee. It chose that state for commonsense reasons.

Jeff Reh, general counsel for Beretta, said the company was looking a state that supported Second Amendment rights,and had other key attributes, including a competitive tax environment, good quality of life and was focused on corporate recruitment.

That rules out most of the blue states.

Beretta’s new Tennessee facility will create 300 jobs.

h/t Instapundit

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Rebuttal to Another ‘Why Won’t the Social Conservatives Just Shut Up?’ Post

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

So, I have to respond to this. Gently.

My friend Roger Simon writes that social conservatives are the only thing that can “save liberalism.” Social conservatives should just accept the wisdom of coastal, unchurched 18 year olds and surrender our core beliefs. Surrender on marriage, and allow it to be redefined by people who harbor nothing but contempt for the institution. It’s a recurring theme among a certain set within the larger conservative-libertarian movement. Shut up and surrender, they explain.

Where do the surrenders end? Those who share the shut-up sentiment never say. They just tell social conservatives to shut up already and give up on the issues that for many are the very reason that they got into politics in the first place. So we surrender on marriage, then we give up on life, and pretty soon, they’ll be telling us to give up on the Second Amendment, then the First, then something else. Always retreat, ever surrender, because they say so, never offering a glimpse of what might be the end game.

The First Amendment is already under assault, by the way, via Obamacare. And it’s under threat in the marriage issue too. So surrendering on that issue threatens to gut our fundamental rights as Americans. Beware of ripple effects.

For what it’s worth, social conservatives aren’t actually pushing anything forward, at least not in the cultural arena. For many, Roe v. Wade was an assault that could not go unanswered, so they got involved in politics. For others, the left’s sustained assault on the family is the driving force. For others, it’s confiscatory tax policies or something else. Social conservatives are defending, not advancing, on social policy. Marriage was a settled issue — settled law, as the Democrats like to say when it suits them — until some folks came along and decided to redefine it. Mostly in court, because they kept losing in the democratic process, even in their coastal states.

The surrenders won’t end with same-sex marriage. Anyone who has observed the past few decades must see this, unless they’re willing themselves blind. There are never armistices in the culture wars. There is no redoubt to which strategic withdrawal is possible. There is no line the other side will not cross. Give the haters — not Roger, who is a friend and very much not a hater at all, but the core of the anti-family movement on the left — their redefinition of marriage and they will just move on to something else that expands state power at the expense of the individual. They always do. They’re already forcing business owners who object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds to serve them, or lose their livelihoods. Is this fair? Is there no space for what was even Barack Obama’s stated (insincerely) position just two years ago? At some point, a church somewhere will lose a lawsuit over gay marriage in an activist court, and then the state will feel free to crush what’s left of Christian faith in America under its boot. Go ahead and scoff. It’s coming. Which side do you think the alleged civil rights defenders at the ACLU will take? They’re the ones pulling down harmless monuments to our war dead, because those monuments acknowledge faith.

If social conservatives are to be muzzled — silenced — why will they remain engaged in politics? What’s the point? Roger and those who agree with him never answer that one either. If we can’t speak out on issues that are dear to us, why will we speak at all?

Let’s take but one issue that’s before the courts right now. Who is challenging Obamacare and on what grounds? Are the libertarians waging lawfare against it? Not effectively, but the Green family and the Catholic Church are. Who are they? Social conservatives. They’re fighting one of the most egregious assaults on personal liberty in a century, on religious freedom grounds. And they have the best standing chance of at least rolling back Obamacare’s attack on religious conscience — an attack, by the way, that libertarians mostly ignore. If they win, though, some measure of liberty will be restored — without the help of libertarians. Hm.

This month we honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King. Why do we honor him? What animated his quest for civil rights? From where did he draw the moral force that he had? From where did the abolitionist movement of the 19th century draw its moral force? What made abolitionist William Wilberforce tick?

They drew their power from their faith. They built their appeals to hearts and minds out of their faith. Look at today’s social justice movement. It has divorced itself from faith in anything but the very government that has been the instrument of oppression. That’s why it lacks credibility, and why Al Sharpton will always be unfit to carry Dr. King’s and Wilberforce’s Bibles.

While charlatan Sharpton pounds his angry fist and hops around town with his hot young thang, and some try to write people like me out of the conservative movement, let me tell you what I learned in my Southern Baptist church down in the Bible Belt: Racism is intolerable. Hatefulness is unacceptable and ungodly. We’re all sinners and children of God. We all want to and need to be loved. They will know we are Christians by our — what? By our love. Where do those ideas come from? If we write the source of those ideas out of our public life, and chase those who believe them away, what replaces it? Upon what do we base this idea of the dignity of humanity?

Big government, unchallenged by any moral rival, leads to madness.

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Phoenix Jewelry Store Owner Shoots, Wounds Armed Robber

Thursday, January 16th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

If you outlaw guns, only criminals will have guns.

PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A woman who allegedly tried to rob a jewelry store is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot several times by the store owner.

Phoenix police say the owner and the suspect exchanged gunfire Tuesday afternoon at Diamond Star AZ Jewelry near 13th Street and Northern Avenue.

The woman fled the scene, but was arrested a short distance away in a nearby neighborhood and taken to an area hospital. Authorities say she was shot several times by the store’s owner after she allegedly tried to rob it.

The owner, who is in his 70s, was also shot in the exchange, but sustained less serious injuries than the robber.

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Washington DC Saw Nearly 1400 Armed Robberies in 2013. How Can This Be?

Monday, January 6th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Washington DC has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, even after the Heller decision. So how can it be that the city of just 632,000 saw nearly 1,400 armed robberies last year?

I mean, don’t the robbers know about all that gun control on the books? Don’t they know that the violent crime rate elsewhere around America is plunging?

In the year from Dec. 31, 2012 to this past Dec. 31, D.C. police reported 1,397 robberies in which a gun was shown, brandished or pointed.

With 103 homicides reported in the same period, the figures suggest that the likelihood of being robbed with a gun in the city is about 14 times greater than that of being slain by any means.

The number of gun robberies in 2013 was 97 fewer than in the previous year, a drop of more than 6 percent. It was, however, about 11 percent more than the 1,261 gun robberies reported to police in 2011.

Maybe all those robbers just assume that if David Gregory can get away with violating Washington’s gun laws, so can they.

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Detroit Police Chief: Yes, Armed Citizens Can Help Stop Crime

Friday, January 3rd, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

An admission of obvious truth, from an unlikely source, as most urban police chiefs are political creatures who serve at the pleasure of leftist bosses.

Detroit— If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday.

Urban police chiefs are typically in favor of gun control or reluctant to discuss the issue, but Craig on Thursday was candid about how he’s changed his mind.

“When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police Department,” Craig said at a press conference at police headquarters, adding that he thinks more Detroit citizens feel safer, thanks in part to a 7 percent drop in violent crime in 2013.

Craig said he started believing that legal gun owners can deter crime when he became police chief in Portland, Maine, in 2009.

“Coming from California (Craig was on the Los Angeles police force for 28 years), where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs (carrying concealed weapon permits), and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying; that was my orientation.

“I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”

In a moment of hilarious irony or comical dishonesty, the local gun grabbing group accused the top cop of approaching the issue too emotionally.

Robyn Thomas, director of the the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in San Francisco, disagreed.

“I think at its core, his position is an emotional one, based on the idea that people feel safer when they have guns. But studies have shown more guns don’t deter crime,” Thomas said. “There’s no research that shows guns make anyone safer, and it does show that, the more guns in any situation, the higher the likelihood of them harming either the owner, or people who have access to them.”

It’s always the gun grabbers who make the Second Amendment an emotional, rather than logical, issue, twisting every tragedy into another campaign against firearm ownership. They have to make it emotional, because there’s plenty of evidence that more legal gun ownership leads to less crime.

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‘Rape Tree’ Found Near Texas-Mexico Border

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 - by Bryan Preston

This photo appeared Tuesday night on the Texas Border Volunteers Facebook page. It shows a torn black bra and a small purse hanging from a tree in what is said to be a “rape tree” — a place where Mexican drug cartel members and coyotes who smuggle humans across the border rape one or more of the women among them. Rape trees have been known of since at least 2009, but they tend not to feature in any discussions of comprehensive immigration reform.

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Border activist Linda Vickers took the photograph near her home in Brooks County, which is in the Rio Grande Valley southwest of Corpus Christi. It is not on the border, but it is on the pathway between Hidalgo County, other border counties, and points north.

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Vickers posted these comments along with the photo.

Rape tree and increase in illegal alien traffic abounds in Brooks County.

Rape trees in Brooks County are becoming overly abundant. This is not the first one I have found on my property or on surrounding ranches. Nor is it the only one I have heard about recently.

I spotted this(torn black bra and an empty little purse) across the fence on my neighbor’s property on the 13th of December. The proper authorities were called and the information passed along to law enforcement. This is way too close to my home and tackroom. Illegal alien traffic is off the chart in this area of my home. It is overwhelming and every day that passes….I feel less and less safe. In the last few weeks, this feels like a legitimate invasion that we are experiencing in Brooks County, Texas.

A friend told me that he called in 50 illegals that he had a visual on. Border Patrol could not send anyone!!!! Not their fault since they are undermanned and many times they have large drug busts at the BP checkpoint.

The Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, is right that the Feds should be protecting our borders and doing something about this, because they are constitutionally obligated. But they don’t care, and the Federal Government isn’t going to do anything but give us lip service and tie the hands of Border Patrol. It’s time, hell it’s past time, for Texas to take care of Texas. This insanity needs to stop!

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College Loses Gun Rights Case, Intends to Defy the Court and State Law Anyway

Thursday, December 12th, 2013 - by Bryan Preston

First, the good news: BizPacreview reports that a Florida court has ruled that college students don’t surrender their constitutional rights as soon as they enter campus.

The Florida appeals court ruling that the University of North Florida was violating state law when it prohibited a woman from storing a gun in her vehicle while she attended class will spill over to cities and counties statewide, an attorney said Wednesday.

Florida Carry Inc. and  Alexandria Lainez vs. the University of North Florida centered around Lainez’s ability to store a gun in her vehicle while attending classes at UNF so she would have available for self-defense while traveling to and from campus.

Lainez is a young mother, Friday said, “and she takes seriously her responsibility to protect herself and her child.”

Lainez, who’s 24 and has had a concealed weapons permit for three years, said she takes firearms safety and training pretty seriously, too. A Jacksonville resident with a half-hour one-way commute to school, she said she’s working to get students at other schools interested in gun training, too.

“I think it’s pretty important to be able to protect myself and my son, especially with that long commute to and from school.”

And making that commute armed means storing the gun on UNF property.

UNF bans all firearms on campus. Lainez sued to get UNF to change its regulation, and she won.

But the University of North Florida doesn’t care.

In an emailed statement Wednesday, UNF Associate Director for Public Relations Joanna Norris wrote that the university is still reviewing its options on whether to appeal the case. Until it makes that decision, she wrote, the university’s policy prohibiting weapons on campus will remain in effect.

Friday (Lainez’s attorney) said that means the university intends to continue breaking the law.

“In other words, despite the express, well-reasoned opinion of this court, they intend to continue violating students’ rights until they have to comply,” he said.

Florida has passed laws dealing with officials who defy the state’s gun laws in ways that restrict Second Amendment rights. Those laws, if enforced, carry fines and even removal from office.

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A Month of Horror for Christians under Islam: September, 2013

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 - by Raymond Ibrahim

The same month that Obama tried to wage war on behalf of the jihadi rebels in Syria (citing “human rights” concerns), some of the war’s worst atrocities were committed against that nation’s Christian minority, most notably in Ma‘loula, an ancient Christian region where the inhabitants still spoke the language of Jesus.

There, among other things, the al-Qaeda-linked jihadis fired mortars and missiles onto at least two ancient churches before looting them; some 80 Christians trying to defend their homes were killed.  Others who could not flee were forced on pain of death to convert to Islam.

One man’s last words before being slaughtered by the rebels were: “I am a Christian, and if you want to kill me for this, I do not object to it.”   A nun involved with humanitarian relief said the man “Is a Martyr in Christ in the full sense of this word, since he was murdered solely because of religious hatred!”

The Christian Post reports:

Jihadists reportedly forced one man to convert to Islam at gunpoint and slit the throat of another Christian woman’s fiancé and then [mockingly] told her, “Jesus didn’t come to save him.”…. “I saw people wearing Al-Nusra headbands who started shooting at crosses,” the Christian senior told the AFP. One of the shooters, he said, “put a pistol to the head of my neighbor and forced him to convert to Islam by obliging him to repeat ‘there is no God but God’ [Islamic shehada]…Afterwards they joked, ‘he’s one of ours now.’”

In al-Thawrah, Syria, Christians were also singled out for attack by jihadi invaders.   In one incident, they stopped three residents, releasing two who identified themselves as Muslims, while bludgeoning to death the third after identifying himself a Christian (graphic image). They also destroyed the Antiochian Orthodox church of Sts. Sergius and Bacchus among other churches.

In Raqqah, a city in northern Syria, the al-Qaeda linked “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” broke the crosses off the area’s two Christian churches and placed al-Qaeda’s Islamic flags.  They also set the contents of the churches—the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of Martyrs—aflame.  In one video, a Muslim “freedom fighter” smashed a statue of Virgin Mary to shouts of Islam’s victory cry, “Allahu Akbar!”

These latest attacks come in the context of yet another fatwa appearing in September and issued by 36 Islamic scholars who legitimized “the right of the faithful Sunni Muslims to seize and take possession of goods, homes, property belonging to Christians, Druze and Alawite and members of other religious minorities ‘who do not profess the Sunni religion of the Prophet.’”  (Earlier, before the “sex jihad” solved the problem by luring Muslim women from Tunisia and elsewhere to provide their sexual services to jihadis in Syria fighting to make Allah’s word supreme, another fatwapermitted jihadis to rape all non-Sunni women.)

Meanwhile, when publicly asked about the jihadi nature of the rebellion and the fact that the rebels often shout Islam’s supremacist war-cry, Allahu Akbar (such as when firing at Chrisitan churches),  John  McCain insisted that shouting “Allahu Akbar” is equivalent to a Christian saying “Thank God,” and that the rebels in Syria are “moderates and I guarantee you they are moderates.”

Similarly, when John Kerry was also asked in September about the jihadi and al-Qaeda elements of the Syrian rebels, the U.S. Secretary of State argued that “The opposition has increasingly become more defined by its moderation … more defined by its adherence to some, you know, democratic process and to an all-inclusive, minority-protecting constitution”—an assertion that prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin openly to call Kerry a liar.

The rest of September’s roundup of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is not limited to) the following accounts, listed by theme and country in alphabetical order, not necessarily according to severity... Continue for full report

 

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Watch the Ad that the NFL Doesn’t Want You to See

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 - by Bryan Preston

The National Football League has banned this ad from airing during the Super Bowl.

The NFL’s ad policy for the Super Bowl bans ads for many products including firearms, but that policy allows advertising by companies that sell other products along with firearms. Daniel Defense does sell other products. The ad above doesn’t show a gun. Its theme isn’t guns per se, but about the responsibility to be prepared to defend your loved ones. Responsibility is apparently a forbidden topic now. Watching how many NFL stars lead their lives, the concept should be revived.

The Second Amendment itself isn’t banned by the NFL, and the league has allowed anti-gun ads to run in the past.

The NFL can do what it wants with its product. But potential viewers can respond to what the NFL does. We’re the ones who make the Super Bowl the spectacle that it is. I might spend Super Bowl Sunday brushing up on techniques at a gun range this time around. It’s not like the Cowboys will be playing anyway.

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Vancouver Man Discovers It’s a Mistake to Heed Any Advice Given by Joe Biden

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 - by Bryan Preston

Jeffrey C. Barton just wants an apology from the Vice President of the United States.

The Vancouver man faces a misdemeanor charge of illegally discharging a firearm from an incident July 15 in which he says he fired a shotgun in the air to chase away three men who were allegedly breaking into his vehicles.

After pleading not guilty July 17 to the misdemeanor charge, 52-year-old Barton said that he was following advice from the vice president of the United States.

“I did what Joe Biden told me to do. I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air,” he said.

Barton’s comment on Biden refers to a question about home defense that Biden was asked in February. Biden responded that Americans don’t need semi-automatic weapons because a couple blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders.

Biden’s advice is worth a felony.

He appeared in court this morning. While maintaining that he did nothing wrong, Barton said outside the courtroom that Biden owes him an apology. Underneath a black jacket, Barton wore a black T-shirt with the words “Joe Biden Owes Me,” written in white letters on the back.

“He should really know the law before he starts giving America advice on national television,” Barton said Tuesday morning.

You’re asking way too much.

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Foreign Governments Believe Some American Cities Are Too Dangerous to Visit

Friday, November 15th, 2013 - by Howard Nemerov

The Washington Post published a list of 16 American cities that foreign governments have warned travelers as being too dangerous to venture about in. Here are a few highlights.

Los Angeles California: France warns tourists to stay away from Hollywood. This makes total sense: Their movies are enough to make anyone terminally ill. Regarding California in general, if you stay too long, you’ll be robbed by state and local governments.

Detroit and New Orleans: Anybody who’s surprised about these two cities being included needs therapy, or perhaps different medication.

New York: France warns against visiting Times Square and the Statue of Liberty, which was built by a Frenchman. France also recommends not to visit Harlem, the Bronx, or Central Park at night. The last two locations were added because the French want to avoid being accused by our president of being racist. Also, if you see any soon-to-be unemployed politicians, run and hide. And avoid any sugary drinks over 12 ounces in size, lest you be terrorized by the Carbohydrate Police.

Miami, Florida: Canada’s foreign ministry warns that “Canadians have been the victims of crime such as break-ins, assaults and pickpocketing in the Miami area, sometimes during daylight hours.” Florida’s criminals know Canadians don’t carry concealed handguns, so they know Canucks are high-priority/low-risk targets. If you’re in Miami, don’t talk about the weather or hockey, and you’ll be fine.

Washington: France warns tourists against going to the Northeast or Southeast sectors; don’t go to Anacostia day or night; Union Station is dangerous at night. And don’t go near Congress or the White House. You’ll get mugged and robbed, and then they’ll steal your health insurance.

Brits warn El Paso, Texas visitors about violence at Mexican border, particularly at the crossing to Ciudad Juarez. But Mexico has draconian gun control just like Britain, which enacted their gun ban to address violence! (Failed.) I’m sure this is a Foreign Office typo. Just keep a stiff upper lip, and if that fails, act peeved.

France warns Houston, Texas tourists: “Be vigilant if traveling through Downtown, south and east Houston at night.” A smarter idea is to avoid trouble spots; second best is concealed carry. Predators hate prey that can fight back. (See above reference to Britain and Mexico.)

Meanwhile, the Germans have warned their travelers to avoid running afoul of indecent exposure laws and not go nude in public, though these laws are “rarely asserted and punished” as proven by Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus.

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Hizballah Bust Highlights Strong Connection Between Islamic Terrorism and Drug Trafficking

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 - by Bryan Preston

suriname-mapThe Drug Enforcement Agency handed down an indictment this month in the case of a top Suriname counter-terrorism official. The DEA alleges that Dino Bouterse, ”who held himself out as Commander of [Suriname's] Counter-Terrorism Unit,” sought to aid Hizballah’s global drug trafficking network, its operations in South America, and its operations against the United States. The scheme included training terrorists to launch attacks against the United States.

Bouterse is the son of Suriname President Desi Bouterse. He was arrested in Panama on August 29, 2013, and moved to the United States the following day.

Bouterse maintains his innocence.The operation he allegedly agreed to engage in hearkens back to conditions in pre-9-11 Afghanistan, when the Taliban harbored al Qaeda as it planned its devastating attacks on the United States.

According to the unsealed indictment, Bouterse sought to use his power and influence in his northern South American nation to assist Hizballah and even set up a training base in his country. That base was to host dozens of Hizballah agents. As part of the multi-million dollar deal, he also wanted an armed Hizballah guard for himself. He had agreed to provide false passports for Hizballah agents to facilitate their travel worldwide and into the United States. He agreed to help them build cover stories for their travel. He had also worked to supply cocaine for shipment to the United States, to fund Hizballah’s operations.

What Bouterse did not know was that the Hizballah operatives he believed he was dealing with were actually U.S. anti-narcotics agents. The confidential U.S. agents initially posed as Mexican narcotics cartel members. The U.S. agents obtained video and audio recordings of some of their meetings with Bouterse.

In 2013, Bouterse used his position to assist individuals he believed were members of Hezbollah. In exchange for a multimillion-dollar pay-off, Bouterse agreed to allow large numbers of purported Hezbollah operatives to use Suriname as a permanent base for, among other things, attacks on American targets. In furtherance of his efforts to assist Hezbollah, Bouterse supplied a false Surinamese passport for the purpose of making clandestine travel easier, including travel to the United States; began determining which heavy weapons he might provide to Hezbollah; and indicated how Hezbollah operatives, supplied with a Surinamese cover story, might enter the United States.

In June 2013, Bouterse and Defendant-1 met in Suriname with DEA confidential sources (the “CSes”), in a local government office. During the meeting, Bouterse showed the CSes a rocket launcher and a kilogram of cocaine.

Approximately one month later, Bouterse and Defendant-1 worked to provide transportation and security for cocaine being sent through Suriname to the United States. As a test run, Bouterse and Defendant-1 sent ten kilograms of cocaine on a commercial flight departing from Suriname. Bouterse personally verified the arrangements for the 10-kilogram cocaine shipment in a text message. The cocaine was intercepted by law enforcement officials after it departed Suriname.

In July 2013, Bouterse met with one of the CSes to discuss opening Suriname to the CSes’ purported Hezbollah associates.

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Gonzaga University Punishes Students for Defensive Gun Use

Monday, November 11th, 2013 - by Howard Nemerov

Erik Fagan and Dan McIntosh were at home in their apartment on October 24, when “a felon with an extensive criminal history” knocked on their door demanding money. When Fagan decline to contribute, the felon, tried to break in. McIntosh brandished his pistol, at which point the attacker ran away. Police later took him into custody, because he’s wanted on an outstanding warrant.

McIntosh has a concealed weapons permit. While this is irrelevant when discussing home defense, it shows that the gun owner is a law-abiding citizen known to law enforcement, which ran his background check and approved his permit.

It’s also good to note that this defensive gun use succeeded without firing a shot. Most researchers agree that the vast majority of defensive gun uses don’t require shooting. They also rarely get reported by media.

The reason such a benign defensive gun use made headlines is because there’s a wrinkle in this story, courtesy of Gonzaga University.

Fagan and McIntosh are students there, and the school owns their apartment. Gonzaga’s student handbook bans gun possession on any school property. As a result, police confiscated McIntosh’s gun and the university is in the process of disciplining both students, which may include expulsion.

Gonzaga claims their anti-gun policy is “in place to reduce threats to the school.” Apparently, as long as the threats are only to students and not the school itself, law-abiding armed students are the threat.

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Lessons from the Krick’s Korner Robbery

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 - by Howard Nemerov

When two armed robbers attacked Krick’s Korner in Reading, Pennsylvania, they were perhaps congratulating themselves as they exited the front door with “money, cigarettes, and lottery tickets.” But a neighbor, alerted after seeing the clerk being held at gunpoint, told them to stop and that he was calling the police. All witness accounts and store video seem to concur that the robbers aimed their pistols at the man, who drew his own pistol and shot them both in the chest, killing them.

Based on the evidence, Berks County District Attorney John Adams declined to press charges against the defender. Moreover, the driver of the getaway car has been charged with conspiracy and second degree murder, because people died during the commission of his accomplices’ criminal action.

Alleged robbers’ family members claimed “it’s not fair” that the two were shot while exiting the store with stolen property, and then aiming their guns at the defender. They claimed the defender “took the law into his own hands and walked away scot-free.”

Within states’ self-defense laws are codes for the protection of third parties, as well as authorizing deadly force for defense when confronted with the threat of deadly force. For example, Texas Penal Code specifically states when you can use deadly force to stop a robbery (Title 2, Chapter 9, Subchapter C, Sections 9.31, 9.32, 9.42.)

Since all reports agree that both suspects aimed their pistols at the defender, self-defense was justified. Therefore, rather than “taking the law into his own hands” the defender simply acted within the law.

In truth, the robbers took the law into their own hands, declaring by their actions that the store owner’s property really belonged to them. If they wanted to operate within the law like the defender, they should have filed a civil action against the store owner, or perhaps campaigned at city hall to explain why they deserve the store owner’s property. (Not that they had just cause for doing so.)

Psychologists call this denial, enabling, and projection, when family members defend unsupportable behavior and instead blame the victim for the consequences of their relative’s criminal actions.

Of course, there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation why surviving family members want the defender prosecuted. Under Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine law, he has civil protection against suits filed by survivors. Should he be prosecuted, the family can rob him, too.

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Yes: Gun Owners Groups May Recall Some CA Lawmakers

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 - by Stephen Kruiser

It’s a start.

Gun owners groups said Thursday they are considering recall campaigns against five Democratic lawmakers in California, including Assembly Speaker John Perez, for supporting a variety of firearms bills this year.

The effort could be patterned on recall elections in September that unseated two Colorado legislators, including the state Senate president.

The successful Colorado recalls suggest that lawmakers also are vulnerable in California, Jennifer Kerns, who recently founded the group Free California, said at a Capitol news conference.

Some of the lawmakers are newly elected to their seats and have the support of independents who are more likely to oppose gun restrictions, she said.

I’m not really sure how the Colorado recalls “suggest” anything about California but I do like the idea of going after Perez. At first glance this might seem like this is a monumentally difficult task but it’s important to remember that some of these bills were sponsored by progressive groups and so far left that Gov. Moonbeam vetoed six of them just a couple of weeks ago.

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Nairobi Hero: When Westgate Went Down, Civilian Grabbed His Gun and Rescued People

Friday, September 27th, 2013 - by Bridget Johnson

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What were the odds that two of the most talented combat photographers working today would be on the scene of the Westgate mall attack in Nairobi? One was the New York Times’ Tyler Hicks, who was at a nearby mall when the Al-Shabaab attack broke out, and whose wife Nichole Sobecki, also a photojournalist, ran home to get their helmets and Kevlar vests before they both plunged into the mall to cover the unfolding tragedy. The other, Goran Tomašević, has covered Serbia, Iraq, Egypt, Libya and Syria; recently he settled in Nairobi as Reuters’ chief photographer for East Africa.

The above image was one of the countless haunting images captured that day by Tomašević, who was at home when he heard about a commotion at the mall and headed there.

The man in the checked shirt shows up in several of Goran’s photos from his 4-5 hours that he was able to accompany security forces inside the mall. Many of the plainclothes men in the day’s photos were police, but Abdul Haji, 39, is a real estate executive and son of a former security official.

As reported by ABC News:

As the gunmen began their rampage in Nairobi’s upscale Westgate Mall early Saturday afternoon, Haji got a short text from his brother who was at the mall. “I’m stuck at the Westgate. It’s probably a terrorist attack. Pray for me.” Haji’s immediate thought was that militants had gone to assassinate his brother.

Until just a few weeks ago, his brother was an undercover counterterrorism official battling organizations like al Shabab, the al Qaeda-linked group that has claimed responsibility for the four-day siege that left almost 70 people dead. But a local media outlet had recently revealed Haji’s brother’s identity and the family – including their father, a former defense minister – had started receiving death threats.

Haji says he grew up around guns and lately had been carrying his pistol with him. “I left where I was and I headed straight to the Westgate,” Haji told ABC News. “Luckily on that particular day I had actually carried my licensed gun with me so I didn’t have to go back home to waste time and pick up a gun, I went straight to the mall.”

Haji realized that the attack was bigger than an attack on his brother, and jumped in with security officials to go into the mall and save people. He provided cover for Red Cross workers and systematically searched through the stores for three harrowing hours. One of the men he was fighting with was shot in the stomach. One of the terrorists taunted Haji in Swahili: “As if it was a joke to him. This whole thing was a joke to him.”

Then comes the story behind the photo:

Nearby, a woman was trapped behind a table. Haji yelled at her to run to them but the woman, 39 year-old Katherine Walker, said she couldn’t because she had three young children with her. Haji told her to send the eldest, 4-year-old Portia, who ran across. “[A] very brave girl,” said Haji affectionately. “She’s running toward a man with a gun and she was very brave.”

“I don’t know how she knew to do it but she did,” Katherine Walker later told The Telegraph newspaper, “she did what she was told and she went.”

Walker and another woman followed close behind with the other two children who then re-united outside with the family’s two teenage sons who had been shopping elsewhere in the mall. “I was worried about family in America seeing [the photo] because we haven’t really shared the whole story with them yet,” Walker told the newspaper. “For me, I know the story behind it and that it ends well. I think I owe Mr. Haji a hug or two.”

Haji told the Telegraph that his father taught him to use a gun to protect their cattle from bandits when he was growing up.

Even after receiving a text saying that his brother had escaped, Haji kept rescuing others.

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The death toll in the wicked attack is currently at 72, but the Kenyan Red Cross says 61 people are still missing as security officials carefully comb through rubble for fear that the terrorists planted bombs within.

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In Other News: The Idiot King’s ‘Favorite General’ Loses His Security Clearance

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 - by Stephen Kruiser

BRILLIANT second term, so far.

Retired Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright has reportedly lost his security clearance as an investigation into his involvement in national security leaks continues, Foreign Policy reports.
Cartwright, a retired four-star general who served for 40 years and last served on the Joint Chiefs, has been the subject of an ongoing investigation into an alleged leak of classified information of the “Stuxnet” virus that targeted and temporarily disabled Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2010.

The general’s legal team has called that assertion “preposterous.”

Gordon Lubold of FP reports that multiple current and former administration sources said Cartwright lost his clearance earlier this year. That delivers a big blow to the retired officer once regarded as Obama’s ‘favorite general,’ who left the military and now serves in other military-related roles at the Center of Strategic and International Studies, Raytheon, and as a defense consultant for ABC News.

For once, and only because it involves someone who served the country for such a long time, I hope this is one negative associated with Team Lightbringer that turns out to not be true.

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Lessons From Kenya

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 - by Chris Salcedo

Now that the crisis has passed, countries all over the world will try to learn lessons from the latest terrorist attack. Reports from Kenya indicate that security wasn’t allowed to carry firearms in the upscale mall where the massacre occurred. At the end of the day, this was another mass shooting in a “gun-free zone.”  It would seem that someone forgot to tell the terrorists that weapons were not allowed.  Knowing terrorists, I’m sure if they had known about the restriction they would have dutifully complied.   Still, there is that chance that some terrorists are not the most upstanding, law-abiding folks in any given neighborhood.  Perhaps the better part of valor is making sure that “the gun-free zone” goes the way of the dinosaur.  We all may be a lot safer.

The liberal mind is truly a wonder.  I’m not sure what sort of mental contortion a progressive must go through to reason that it’s easier to disarm the world rather than make sure the world is able to defend itself from aggression.  But I am certain I can’t replicate the thought process.  Maybe I’m just too simple.  Or maybe they are simply nuts.  The data seem to support my way of thinking.  Take, for example, a Harvard study. For those keeping score, Harvard is hardly right-wing central.  This study found that the liberal notion that “more guns mean more deaths and that fewer guns, therefore, mean fewer deaths” is completely wrong.  One example from the study shows numbers for Eastern European gun ownership and corresponding murder rates.  In Russia, where the rate of gun ownership is 4,000 per 100,000 inhabitants, the murder rate was 20.52 per 100,000 in 2002. That same year in Finland, where the rater of gun ownership is exceedingly higher, 39,000 per 100,000, the murder rate was nearly ZERO, at 1.98 per 100,000.  But that’s Europe right?  What about the United States of America, or, as liberal call it, the WILD, WILD WEST?

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, Obama commissioned the government to study the impact of guns on America.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was given $10 million to research gun violence.  What they found was a nearly complete repudiation of left-wing talking points on guns.  Among the findings were these little gems.  Armed citizens are less likely to be injured by an attacker.  How many times has some extremist progressive tried to convince us that we’re better off not having a gun when confronted by someone else with a gun?  Liberals have claimed that it’s more likely that victim would do more damage because of their assumed lack of experience and ability to wield a firearm.  The CDC also found that defensive uses of guns are common.  Willfully ill-informed left-wingers consistently  whine, “What does anyone need with a gun America anyway?”   According to the survey, “Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year.”  They don’t know their facts.  So isn’t it time to stop listening to liberals on this topic?

The facts are there a for all to see.  Progressives just ignore them.  I don’t think left-wingers are stupid or unable to read.  In fact I think liberals intentionally ignore the facts about firearms to achieve a broader goal.  That goal is simple: make sure only government has guns to ensure a compliant populace.  The Kenyan massacre and the recent shooting rampage in Washington, D.C., are prime examples of what is wrong with the American left and their anti-gun advocacy.  Reasonable people, with safety in mind, realize that soft targets, where innocent people try to peacefully go about their daily lives, make too tempting a target for those who wish to do harm.  Experience has shown that if one is a terrorist, insane or just plain evil, one tends to attack the defenseless in an effort to remain unopposed for the greatest length of time so as to inflict the most damage.  I long for the day when the headlines read, “CITIZENS FIGHT BACK, OVERWHELMING TERRORISTS IN SHOW OF DEFIANCE.”  To hasten the reality of that day might I suggest that the people, the world over, not allow governments to keep them defenseless any longer?  Resist liberals’ attempts to disarm law-abiding citizens.  And by God get rid of “gun-free zones.”

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Wendy Davis Wants Double-Barreled Assault on Texans’ Gun Rights

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 - by Bryan Preston

The results of Tuesday’s recall elections in Colorado are unambiguous. Two Democratic state senators, one of them the sitting president of the Colorado Senate, faced recall elections. State Sen. John Morse and State Sen. Angela Giron, both Democrats, had the full support of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns as well as their state party and the Democratic National Committee.

They were both recalled last night. Tossed from office. They lost their seats, and the Republicans nearly took control of the Colorado Senate. One issue drove the entire recall: guns. In Giron’s case, returns reveal that thousands of Democrats even voted to recall her.

Both Morse and Giron voted to curb Second Amendment rights in the state of Colorado at the behest of the national Democrats and Bloomberg’s anti-gun group. Specifically, they voted to limit magazine capacity, and they voted to mandate background checks on private gun sales between indivuals. Now they’re both out of office.

Colorado is a purple state trending blue largely due to the influx of Californians moving there. But given last night’s result, a political party in a purple or red state would have to be nuts to back a candidate that openly supports any new restrictions on the Second Amendment, right? It’s folly.

Well, the Texas Democratic Party may be nuts.

The Texas Democrats of “white primary” infamy are lining up behind state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth as she mulls a run for governor. Texas has not elected a Democrat governor since 1990, and has not elected any Democrat to any statewide office in a generation. One would think that the Democrats in Texas would take a lesson from its decades of defeat and moderate toward the middle. That doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

Davis has become a national name thanks to her pink-shoed filibuster of a bipartisan abortion law that a majority of Texans support. The media made her a national darling among themselves, but she lost the fight and her protest devolved into madness and anarchy by the end of it. She is now known chiefly for that single unsuccessful effort, which will galvanize pro-life forces against her if she runs statewide. Coupled with the D after her name, then, Davis already has a couple of strikes against her. State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Planned Parenthood) has a certain ring to it, in deep red Texas.

Now, it turns out that Davis wants to restrict gun shows across the state of Texas.

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Senate Dems Laud Obama for Ducking Around Congress on Gun Control

Friday, August 30th, 2013 - by Bridget Johnson

The Connecticut Democrats behind much of this year’s push for gun control in Congress lauded the Obama administration for finding ways to work around the legislative branch.

The White House yesterday issued two new directives that would require background checks on guns registered to trusts and corporations and block the reimportation of military surplus arms.

“We applaud the President and Vice President’s efforts to continue the fight for commonsense, life-saving gun safety measures. Today’s executive actions build further on those announced earlier this year by the White House and mark continued progress even as Congressional gridlock blocks other critical measures from becoming law,” Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said in a joint statement.

“We will continue our efforts to work with victims of gun violence, law enforcement officials, and responsible gun owners to push for the passage of universal background checks – a measure that 90 percent of the American public supports,” they added. “We will also continue to push for gun safety measures such as a ban on military-style assault weapons.”

“The country can’t afford to wait. Nearly nine months after the horrific tragedy of Newtown and in the face of constantly mounting gun violence deaths, we must confront this threat. We have to do something.”

But Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said that “something” shouldn’t include finding ways to dodge the legislative branch.

“The president’s end-around Congress to impose new gun control measures flies in the face of Texans and the American people, and is particularly troubling given that the laws currently on the books are so woefully unenforced,” Cornyn said.

“Any effort to address gun violence must go through Congress and be aimed at the root causes of the problem, not through symbolic gestures,” he added.

“Even as Congress fails to act on commonsense proposals, like expanding criminal background checks and making gun trafficking a federal crime, the president and vice president remain committed to using all the tools in their power to make progress to reducing gun violence,” White house spokesman Josh Earnest said at yesterday’s press briefing.

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