As Mayor Pete Buttigieg contended with skyrocketing crime rates in South Bend, Ind., the city's police department trained officers to combat "sizeism" and "languageism," according to newly revealed documents.
South Bend's police department instituted a series of diversity and anti-discrimination training sessions in 2017. The training sessions took place as violent crime surged in the city, reaching the highest level in 20 years in 2018. The training extended far beyond the immediate issues facing the city and instead lectured cops on policing their own language to be sensitive to "isms."
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The training slides for one of the sessions contained a list of nefarious "isms" that allegedly perpetuate prejudice and power dynamics. The denounced "isms" include familiar issues such as racism and sexism along with such topics as "sizeism," "languageism," and "materialism."
During his eight-year tenure as mayor, Buttigieg struggled with South Bend's rising crime rate and the deteriorating relationship between the city's police and black community. The city's problems spilled into the national spotlight when a South Bend police officer fatally shot a black resident in June, forcing the mayor to leave the campaign trail and fly home.
The slides for one of the sessions urged officers to avoid the use of "ableist" terms, such as "hearing-impaired."
"HEARING-IMPAIRED: an inappropriate term commonly used by hearing individuals referring to those who are Deaf," one slide read. "Considered offensive; implying that their hearing is broken, and needs to be fixed."
The South Bend Police Department did not respond to request for comment.
The training slides were first obtained by Judicial Watch, a conservative-leaning government watchdog. Tom Fitton, the group's president, said the mayor's office had prioritized political ideology over public safety.
"These documents show how South Bend police under Mayor Buttigieg had to contend with politicized ‘training' that had nothing to do with the public safety," he said in a statement.
The training slides cited "Cumulative Perceptual Index theory" to explain the origins of bigotry and biases. A Google Scholar search of the term turned up no results of media or academic writing on the theory. Professional Consulting Associates, the consulting firm that created the slides, did not respond to requests for comments.
The presentation also addressed the Black Lives Matter movement. One slide, for example, supports the idea that police do not treat all races equally and alludes to an "all lives matter" mantra that BLM has condemned.
"Black lives do indeed matter, but no more, and certainly no less than the lives of every community within law enforcement's jurisdictions," the slide said. "The perceptual proof of that belief is unquestionably not universally present today because such a Vision is not yet universally shared by law enforcement."
The training sessions took place as South Bend dealt with historically high violent crime rates that peaked in 2018, the latest full year of data available. Roughly 1,200 violent crimes occurred in the city of 102,000 residents. The growing crime rate was driven by a nearly four-fold increase in aggravated assault since Buttigieg assumed office. It is unclear what effect, if any, the diversity training sessions had in improving policing in the city.
The Buttigieg campaign did not respond to request for comment.
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Magpul is one of the biggest names in the firearms world. Usually thinking several steps ahead, its innovative products always keep consumers happy. And now, Magpul is at it again, keeping the world in the fight with the brand-new Magpul PMAG D-50 EV9 9mm Magazine for CZ Scorpion-compatible magazine wells.
Magpul heard the market’s call for a drum-style magazine, and it delivered. Recently, alongside some other goodies like the Magpul Pro 700 Chassis, I was able to get my hands on one briefly while attending the 2019 Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous in Idaho. The Magpul PMAG D-50 EV9 didn’t disappoint. Our friends at Tactical have video of the new 50-round CZ Scorpion drum magazine.
Magpul PMAG D-50 EV9 Details
Magpul put a lot into its latest magazine. It has the same DNA as the legendary PMAG D-50 LR/SR 7.62×51 magazine. It’s also very easy to disassemble. Magpul chose to utilize a stainless-steel spring for corrosion resistance. According to Magpul’s Chris McRae, “They will never take a set, and will run just about forever.”
The PMAG D-50 EV9 has a ratcheting loading lever, as well as a “round remaining” window on the back. Magpul also integrated a bolt hold open feature into the magazine tower.
CZ Scorpion fans are going to love the new D-50 EV9. It’s also sure to be a hit with those that own a Palmetto State Armory AK-V9, as it uses Scorpion-pattern magazines. Shooters who don’t want to utilize the larger capacity D-50 EV9—for whatever reason—can also opt for the PMAG D-35 EV9. The 35-rounder is more of a “stick” magazine, with a curve; it holds 35 rounds of 9mm.
Magpul also has another variant on its radar in the near future. It’s a 50-round drum mag that is compatible with Glock 9mm mag wells. It shares similar features with the PMAG D-50 EV9.
PMAG D-50 EV9 Testing
We ran the new magazine extensively at the aforementioned Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous. When I say “we,” I mean myself and about two dozen other contributors who were on hand for the event. It ran flawlessly for myself, and everyone else I spoke to agreed that it was a welcomed addition to the Magpul family; no surprise there.
Having so many choices was never so much fun, and now you can have 50 rounds of 9mm at the ready. For those of you in states that “limit your freedom,” fear not—there’s a simple workaround: Move to a different state. Sorry to get your hopes up, but it’s worth the move in this instance. MSRP is $119.95. For more information, please visit Magpul.com.
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NEITHER CAN AN ELECTION RESULT … "Pelosi: Trump's impeachment ‘cannot be erased'," via THE HILL: "Yes, it is a fact: When someone is impeached, they are always impeached. It cannot be erased. So I stand by that comment, although I know you don't like hearing it," [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi said in remarks in response to Republicans defending Trump.
Pelosi previously said that Trump is "impeached for life."
COMRADES NO MORE … "Audio reveals tense confrontation between Warren and Sanders," via CNN: "I think you called me a liar on national TV," Warren can be heard saying.
"What?" Sanders responded.
"I think you called me a liar on national TV," she repeated.
"You know, let's not do it right now. If you want to have that discussion, we'll have that discussion," Sanders said, to which Warren replied, "Anytime."
"You called me a liar," Sanders continued. "You told me — all right, let's not do it now."
VOTERS HATE IT? SHE’S GOT A PLAN FOR THAT … "Elizabeth Warren Failed to Mention "Medicare-For-All" Once During Tuesday's Debate," via PASTE: Elizabeth Warren appears to have given up on Medicare for All—at least as a talking point. At Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Iowa, the last before the caucuses, the 2020 hopeful did not utter the phrase a single time while discussing her health care proposal …
Even early on, despite having co-sponsored Sanders’ Medicare for All bill in 2017, the Massachusetts senator had a tendency to equivocate when asked what her plan would ultimately look like.
LOCK HIM UP! … "Michael Avenatti ordered to remain in jail amid new accusations of money laundering," via LAT: A federal judge revoked the bail of Los Angeles attorney Michael Avenatti on Wednesday and ordered him jailed as he awaits trial on three indictments, saying new allegations of fraud and money laundering show he poses a danger to the public …
Avenatti was one of President Trump’s fiercest critics on cable news for months after Stormy Daniels went public in 2018 with her allegation that Trump paid her $130,000 to keep quiet about their alleged one-night stand.
YOU HATE TO SEE IT … "Michael Moore Laments ‘The Sad Downfall of Elizabeth Warren’," by WFB’s Andrew Stiles: "Why are you doing this, so you can win?" he said. "Well, I have news for you and anybody else running on the Democratic side. This isn't about you winning. This isn't about you gaining this office. This is about us. This is about removing Trump."
Moore, who officially endorsed Sanders in October at a rally in New York alongside Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), went on to criticize Warren's tendency to "embellish the truth" for political gain—from her false claims of Native American heritage to falsely describing her father as a "janitor."
SEND THE BOMBERS … "Trump Signs China Trade Deal, Putting Economic Conflict on Pause," via NYT: President Trump signed an initial trade deal with China on Wednesday, bringing the first chapter of a protracted and economically damaging fight with one of the world’s largest economies to a close …
To critics, it is the type of managed trade approach that the United States has long criticized, especially with regard to China and its control over its economy … The president’s approach may pay off politically. He will head into a re-election campaign with a commitment from China to strengthen its intellectual-property protections, make large purchases of American products and pursue other economic changes that will benefit American business.
HE’LL HAVE MORE FLEXIBILITY AFTER THE ELECTION … "Putin Proposes Vote on Constitutional Shake-Up That Could Extend His Rule," via REUTERS: President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday proposed a nationwide vote on sweeping constitutional changes that would shift power from the presidency to parliament and the prime minister, a move that could allow him to extend his rule after leaving the Kremlin.
In power as either president or prime minister since 1999, Putin, 67, is due to step down in 2024 when his fourth presidential term ends.
EUROPE HAS TROOPS? … "Iran threatens European troops, as FM Zarif admits officials lied about plane," via TOI: Iran’s top diplomat acknowledged Wednesday that Iranians "were lied to" for days following the Islamic Republic accidentally shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing 176 people, as the country’s president warned that European soldiers in the Mideast "could be in danger" after three nations challenged Tehran over breaking limits of its nuclear deal.
CRACK WITNESS … "CNN Analyst: GOP Has ‘Caricature' of Hunter Biden as a ‘Troubled,' ‘Ill-Equipped' Witness," via NEWSBUSTERS: On the flip side of that, CNN analyst Michael Smerconish suggested Republicans may be unhappily surprised if they called Hunter Biden as a witness in the Senate impeachment trial, because there's "this caricature that has been created of Hunter Biden being a very troubled and ill-equipped individual," but he graduated from Yale Law and "comported himself well" in a softball interview with ABC News, so "It's possible he comes off as credible."
Talk about putting on the most positive paint job!
YOU ARE SENTENCED TO 30 DAYS HARD FINGER-PAINTING … "N.Y. Justice Dem Appears to Support Substituting Art Class for Jail Time," by WFB’s Collin Anderson: Democratic congressional hopeful Jamaal Bowman on Wednesday shared an article detailing a New York City program that allows arrestees to avoid prosecution by attending a two-hour art course. Brooklyn district attorney Eric Gonzalez said the program is about "holding people accountable." Any perpetrator who attends the course has their case dismissed with no criminal record registered.
Those eligible for the program include shoplifters and trespassers.
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE … "Meet the 16-Year-Old Competitive Shooter Working to Keep her Guns Legal in Virginia," by WFB’s Stephen Gutowski: Mia Farinelli is like any other teenage girl, except for one key difference. Her skill as a world-class competitive shooter has brought her into the national spotlight. She uses that spotlight to teach others about her sport, but also to do something other top high school athletes don't have to worry about: stop political proposals seeking to ban the very guns she competes with …
Find out how Mia started competing with guns, what her favorite competition is, how she hopes to influence lawmakers, and how a ban on AR-15s could crush her dream to one day join the Army's shooting team.
DAYS SINCE JOE BIDEN DID A SUNDAY SHOW: 1,131. Come back, Joe!
"You know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden." —Former President Barack Obama
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Virginia protesters take the rally to another level. A gun rights activist carries a handgun in a hip holster outside the Virginia Capitol building in Richmond on Jan. 8.Jonathan Drake / Reuters file NBC News: Fearing a repeat of the deadly march by white nationalists in Charlottesville in 2017, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday declared a state […]
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WORLAND, WYOMING — A bill, to be introduced in the Wyoming legislature this year, would put and end go gun buybacks from happening in the state. Specifically, the bill states, “No city, town, county, political subdivision, state agency or entity or any other governmental entity shall operate a firearm buyback program or participate in the […]
On Wednesday Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued an executive order declaring a temporary state of emergency, effective January 17-21, in order to ban firearms at a pro-gun rally that is planned at the state capitol complex on Monday January 20th. During a press conference Wednesday Northam attempted to justify his actions by saying, “we have […]
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CANTON, TEXAS — This is a great example of why guns and alcohol don’t mix, folks. Police believe the man who was killed was intoxicated, which directly led to his behavior. Unfortunately, it seemed like nothing short of shooting this guy was going to stop his craziness. [Alan] Bates, according to police, was an attendee […]
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Police reveal more evidence of 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert murder! Shannan Gilbert, seen in an undated photo provided by the Gilbert family’s attorney, had vanished in 2010. Fox News sources state: The trail of a prime suspect in a spate of long-unsolved murders along a desolate coastline of Long Island, N.Y., has led to no new developments for years, […]
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A major organizer of an upcoming gun-rights rally at the Virginia state capitol vowed to appeal a state judge's ruling in favor of Democratic governor Ralph Northam's temporary ban on guns on capitol grounds.
The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) and Gun Owners of America brought suit against Northam's ban in state court on Thursday but were rebuffed by Judge Joi Taylor the same day. "We're definitely going to appeal," Philip Van Cleave, president of the VCDL, told the Washington Free Beacon.
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The judge wrote that Second Amendment rights are limited and that courts must defer to the executive branch when dealing with emergencies. She concluded that Northam had sufficient authority to issue the ban. "Because individuals have limited right to bear arms," Taylor said in the ruling, "the Plaintiffs in this case will not suffer an irreparable harm sufficient to justify the injunction sought by the Plaintiffs."
Van Cleave described the ruling as "bizarre" and criticized it for ignoring the gun-rights group's central claims.
The legal confrontation is the latest skirmish over the effort by Virginia Democrats—who recently won control of the state government—to enact new gun-control laws. Northam has framed the order as necessary to ensure public safety at the gun-rights rally VCDL has slated for Monday in Richmond, especially in light of the arrest of three individuals alleged to be planning violence. But VCDL has contended that the ban is not only unconstitutional, but an attempted "smear" of gun owners. The outcome of the suit could test the limits of the governor's powers, and will likely drive up the rally's turnout, already expected to be high.
The dispute stems from a 2012 law that limits the governor's ability to use emergency powers to ban gun carry. That law stipulates that emergency powers do not give the governor the power to "in any way limit or prohibit the rights of the people to keep and bear arms" and specifically includes the lawful carrying of guns. However, it provides exceptions for ensuring "public safety in any place or facility designated or used by the Governor, any political subdivision of the Commonwealth, or any other governmental entity as an emergency shelter or for the purpose of sheltering persons."
Northam's office did not respond to a request for comment on the legal basis for the order.
Northam said in his executive order "available information" indicates a "substantial number" of those planning to attend Monday's rally are coming from out of state with the intention of causing "violence, rioting, and insurrection." He further argued the temporary ban was necessary to ensure that the Virginia capitol grounds, where the rally will occur, are "sheltered safe places."
"Assuring that Virginia's Capitol Square and surrounding public areas are sheltered safe places for those who come to participate in the democratic process, as well as those who work on or near Capitol Square, is my greatest priority," Northam's order said. "The anticipated effects of the potential convergence of tens of thousands of demonstrators on Capitol Square, some of whom may not come to assemble peacefully, constitutes an emergency."
The gun-rights groups argued that the very provisions in state law the Governor invoked actually bar him from issuing the ban. They also contended that the order violates the United States and Virginia constitutions.
"Neither statute relied on by the Governor comes close to providing him the authority that he purports to exercise in the EO," the groups said in the initial suit. "On the contrary, they expressly prohibit the Governor's actions."
The FBI on Thursday arrested three alleged extremists and accused them of illegally transporting firearms with the intention of committing a felony in connection with Monday's rally. The three are alleged to be members of a violent neo-Nazi group. One of the men, a Canadian, is also accused of illegally crossing the border in hopes of inciting racist violence in the United States.
Northam said in a speech announcing the order that his intention was to prevent the kind of violence experienced in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 when racist groups clashed with counter-protesters, and a car attack resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Northam said threats from extremist groups outside the state were enough to justify temporarily banning all weapons, including firearms, from capitol grounds. He acknowledged that the people organizing the event were doing so legitimately and were not connected to the extremist groups. Northam went on to compliment an NRA-organized event in Richmond earlier this week which occurred without incident.
In an email to supporters, VCDL questioned whether a large number of out-of-state extremists are planning to commit violence at Monday's rally and said neither the governor nor law enforcement had informed the group of any threats.
"The Democrats are afraid of the voters and want to portray this peaceful assembly of law-abiding gun owners in the worst possible way," the group said. "They would love for it to degenerate to ‘violence, rioting, and insurrection' in order to smear gun owners."
The group noted that it has conducted similar protests annually since 2002 without any violent incidents, adding that "the only difference" was the expectation of a substantially larger crowd size, "due to the Democrat leadership's promise to pass draconian gun control laws that would adversely affect law-abiding citizens while having minimal impact on criminals." The group condemned violence, emphasizing that it would be harmful to its political goals, and called on members to report anyone attempting to incite violence to the police.
The appeal in the case against Northam's emergency gun ban will likely be heard in short order, as the ban goes into effect on Friday afternoon. The gun-rights groups are still hoping to block enforcement of the ban ahead of Monday's rally.
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More than 120 members of Congress privately issued letters of support to a controversial Islamic-American advocacy group known for its involvement in one of America's most prominent terrorism financing cases, according to a copy of these official communications obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), an advocacy group with deep ties to the anti-Israel movement in America, touted its support among congressional leaders during its 2019 gala conference in November in Washington, D.C. Prominent opponents of the pro-Israel community, including anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), headlined the conference.
A copy of CAIR's conference agenda, obtained by the Free Beacon and published here for the first time, includes well over 100 letters from Democratic and Republican members of Congress, all of whom expressed their support for the controversial organization. Democrats issued the majority of the letters, with only two coming from Republican members of Congress.
The breadth of congressional support for CAIR is likely to generate concern in the pro-Israel community, which has long been at odds with the advocacy group due to its promotion of anti-Israel activists and causes.
Democratic 2020 presidential contenders Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), and Tom Steyer all penned letters of support. Prominent Democrats such as Omar, Reps. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich), and Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.) also lent their support to CAIR's agenda, according to materials reviewed by the Free Beacon.
CAIR has long been central to the anti-Israel movement in America.
"CAIR's anti-Israel agenda dates back to its founding by leaders of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a Hamas affiliated anti-Semitic propaganda organization," according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which combats anti-Israel bias. "While CAIR has denounced specific acts of terrorism in the U.S. and abroad, for many years it refused to unequivocally condemn Palestinian terror organizations and Hezbollah by name, which the U.S. and international community have condemned and isolated."
CAIR is also known for its involvement in a fundraising scheme tied to the Muslim Brotherhood that sought to support the Hamas terror organization. That case, known as the Holy Land Foundation trial, unearthed evidence that CAIR and its founders sought to lend backchannel support to Hamas.
In fact, "the Federal Bureau of Investigation has distanced itself from CAIR over the years," according to the ADL. "In an April 2009 letter to the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology, and Homeland Security, the FBI explained that it suspended contact with CAIR because of evidence introduced during the Holy Land Foundation trial, demonstrating that CAIR and its founders were part of a group set up by the Muslim Brotherhood to support Hamas."
Additionally, in 2014, CAIR was placed on the United Arab Emirates's terrorism list for alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood organization.
The full conference agenda, list of speakers, and congressional letters can be viewed here:
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The Washington Post rallied behind the Government Accountability Office (GAO) after it released a negative report about the Trump administration's handling of Ukrainian aid on Thursday. But the outlet brushed off similar findings from the agency in 2014, calling them nothing more than a "political talking point" aimed at the Obama administration.
After the non-partisan agency released a report saying the White House acted illegally when it withheld defense aid to Ukraine, the Post responded with multiple stories lambasting the president.
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"The GAO severely rebukes Trump's Ukraine ploy, undermines his ‘no crime' defense," read one piece. "The GAO just said Trump broke the law. It's another reason impeachment was necessary," said another.
The outlet was much more forgiving when the GAO ruled against the White House in 2014. When the watchdog group found that the Obama administration broke the law by swapping five Taliban terrorists for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Post downplayed the ruling, saying it would likely become nothing more than a "political talking point."
"The review handed opponents of President Obama powerful reinforcement of two of their key critiques: that Obama routinely oversteps his executive authority, and that his maneuvers on foreign policy make the country less safe," the article said. "But the actual effect of the letter from the nonpartisan agency may be only that—that it becomes a political talking point."
The article went on to analyze past GAO rulings of illegality, concluding that "the substance of the charge has always fallen far short of allegations that the chief executive violated federal legislation."
Obama responded to the ruling by rejecting the agency's findings.
"We strongly disagree with GAO's conclusion, and we reject the implication that the administration acted unlawfully," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in 2014.
Trump has yet to respond to the GAO's ruling directly, but the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pushed back against the report.
"We disagree with GAO's opinion," spokesperson Rachel Semmel said. "OMB uses its apportionment authority to ensure taxpayer dollars are properly spent consistent with the president's priorities and with the law."
Top Democrats quickly used the GAO's findings to advance their case for impeaching Trump.
"The president not only undermined our diplomatic relationships for his own personal, political gain—he also broke the law," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.). "He must be held accountable or he will continue breaking the law and putting the country at risk."
The Senate is now beginning a formal impeachment trial centered on Trump's handling of Ukrainian aid after House Democrats voted to impeach the president on Dec. 18.
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U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Anti-gun Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a “temporary emergency” and banned all firearms from Capitol Square in advance of an anticipated “massive rally” of Second Amendment activists—a move the Virginia Citizens Defense League believes is illegal— and anti-rights politicians in Washington state are pushing an ominous bill that could be a bad omen for gun owners elsewhere.
Northam’s declaration appears to fall within the parameters of a state law passed a few years ago that places limits on emergency declarations by the governor. Under the language contained in § 44-146.15:
“Nothing in this chapter is to be construed to:
(3) Empower the Governor, any political subdivision, or any other governmental authority to in any way limit or prohibit the rights of the people to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by Article I, Section 13 of the Constitution of Virginia or the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, including the otherwise lawful possession, carrying, transportation, sale, or transfer of firearms except to the extent necessary to ensure public safety in any place or facility designated or used by the Governor, any political subdivision of the Commonwealth, or any other governmental entity as an emergency shelter or for the purpose of sheltering persons…”(emphasis added)
In a prepared statement, VCDL advised grassroots activists, “VCDL believes that this gun ban is illegal. Our legal team is looking at our options and we will keep you advised as soon as we have a definitive plan. As it stands now, you can carry on 9th Street, or other nearby streets, as long as you don't go into the fenced-in Capitol grounds area (or into any of the government buildings). There will be 17 magnetometers to speed up security for those wishing to be on the Capitol grounds, which puts you near the stage. You CAN have a knife with a blade LESS THAN 3 inches. Again, wait for final word on the Capitol grounds gun-ban situation over the weekend.
“Every year since 2002,” the statement adds, “VCDL has come to the General Assembly to peacefully assemble and lobby our elected officials on Martin Luther King Day. The only difference this year is that the crowd size is expected to be significantly larger due to the Democrat leadership's promise to pass draconian gun control laws that would adversely affect law-abiding citizens while having minimal impact on criminals.
“The Governor claimed in his Executive Order that there has been credible intelligence gathered suggesting that the purpose of many of the participants in VCDL's Lobby Day is not to peacefully assemble but instead is to foment “violence, rioting, and insurrection.” Yet, neither the Governor nor any of his law enforcement has informed VCDL of any of these alleged threats.”
Ammoland reached out to Van Cleave, but he did not immediately respond.
While the drama plays out in Virginia, anti-gun-rights Democrats have launched yet another effort to further ratchet down on Evergreen State gun owners. Legislation has been introduced to create a “Washington Office of Firearm Violence Prevention.” Its sponsors are perennial anti-gun Seattle-area Democrat Senators Manka Dhingra, Jamie Pedersen, David Frockt, Reuven Carlyle, Claire Wilson, Patty Kuderer and Mona Das.
Several Washington State gun control bills have been introduced or carried over from 2019, and all are sponsored by Democrats.
Gun rights activists planning to gather Friday at the state capitol in Olympia will loudly oppose Senate Bill 6288, which may appear designed to fill a funding gap in Seattle caused by a dramatic shortfall in anticipated revenue from a 2015-adopted “gun violence tax” in the Jet City. That tax—$25 on the sale of every firearm, plus 5 cents for every round of centerfire ammunition and 2 cents for every rimfire round sold—was supposed to have raised between $300,000 and $500,000 annually. But revenue never went beyond the first year grab of $103,766. The money has declined ever since. Seattle was going to use the money to fund “gun violence research” and prevention efforts.
Buried in the language of SB 6288—which does not include language to explain how this new bureaucracy will be funded—is this provision: “The office will also administer the Washington firearm violence intervention and prevention grant program which will provide for intentional, coordinated, and sustained investments in evidence-based violence reduction strategies to reduce the human and financial costs of firearm violence…
“Program grants shall be made on a competitive basis to cities that are disproportionately impacted by violence, and to community based organizations that serve the residents of those cities. Where appropriate, two or more cities may submit joint applications to better address regional problems.”
But a state-level “Office of Firearm Violence Prevention” (the word “gun” has disappeared) is something new, and it is widely known Washington has become a testing ground for all sorts of gun control experimentation. If this bureaucracy takes root in Washington, watch for the idea to be proposed in other states.
At the same time, the State Senate is also considering SB 6294, which would require—for the first time in state history—training as a prerequisite for obtaining a concealed pistol license. A hearing on this bill and SB 6077, which bans so-called “high capacity magazines, is scheduled Monday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. before the Senate Law and Justice Committee. Washington has had licensed concealed carry since 1935 and “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state” is enshrined in the state constitution, adopted in 1889. That right “shall not be impaired.”
In the state House, Democrats are sponsoring House Bill 2519, which would require background checks for ammunition sales. Would that be considered an “impairment?”
As previously reported by AmmoLand News, criminal violence involving firearms has actually gone up in Washington State, rather than declined as contended by the gun prohibition lobby, since the state began tightening its gun control laws, starting in 2014.
From all indications, anti-gun-rights extremism is on a collision course with grassroots activism on both coasts, and the common denominator is that Democrats hold legislative majorities in Virginia and Washington.
In Virginia, some predict tens of thousands of angry Commonwealth gun owners will descend on Richmond after more than 100 counties, cities and smaller municipalities have declared themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.” This prospect evidently has Northam and his Democrat colleagues worried, although VCDL President Philip Van Cleave is counseling calm.
“The eyes of the nation and the world are on Virginia and VCDL right now,” he said in the prepared statement, “and we must show them that gun owners are not the problem. Lead by example.”
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Washington State grassroots gun rights activists, enjoying a timely break in winter storm weather, will travel to their state capitol in Olympia Friday, and again on Monday, first to hold a rally and lobby day and then to oppose some gun control measures being heard by a state Senate committee.
The Friday rally is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. on the Capitol steps. A hearing before the House Civil Rights and Judiciary committee begins at 10 a.m. during which testimony about House Bill 2467, which will establish a centralized single point of contact for firearm background checks will be held. That session is scheduled in House Hearing Room “A” in the John L. O’Brien building.
The Friday rally should see gun owners from across the state declaring their opposition to several proposed gun control measures, and their continuing anger about Initiative 1639, which instituted several restrictive gun control regulations in 2019. It was passed in November 2018 and an initiative effort to repeal it fell short, while a federal lawsuit challenging provisions in the measure is still active in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.
On Monday, the gun prohibition lobby is busing in Seattle-area anti-gunners to support restrictive new measures ranging from a proposed ban on so-called “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines” to requiring proof of training prior to qualifying for a concealed pistol license. More than 646,000 active CPLs are now in circulation in the state.
According to the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility, their followers will gather for a 10 a.m. hearing before the Senate Law & Justice Committee. That panel will hear public testimony about five bills, SB 6044 (high capacity magazines), SB 6294 (CPL training requirements), SB 6347 (Extending the expiration date for a CPL to seven years with a proof-of-training provision), SB 6406 (concerning firearms theft) and SB 6402 (concerning use of a stolen firearm).
According to an article in Crosscut, Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-Spokane) is not certain the ban on high-capacity magazines will pass, despite support from Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson, both Democrats.
Grassroots gun rights activists are being encouraged to attend both the Friday rally and Monday’s hearing because the crowd of anti-gunners is almost certain to be big. According to the Alliance, they get a free breakfast and lunch to “support commonsense gun laws.”
That contention may be up for debate, because rights activists do not consider these gun control measures to make any sense at all. They point to the state and federal constitutions, the fact that gun-related homicides have actually gone up in the state since passage of the first gun control initiative in 2014, and FBI data that says rifles—including so-called “semiautomatic assault rifles” as defined in I-1639, are used in a fraction of all murders, both in Washington state and nationally.
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Anthony Todt, Florida man charged with killing his wife and 3 kids! Fox News states: He confessed to killing his 42-year-old wife, Megan, and their three children: Alek, 13; Tyler, 11; and Zoe, 4, Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said Wednesday. He also killed the family dog, Breezy. His motive remains unclear. Video here! […]
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Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) opposed the House's efforts to push the Senate to listen to witnesses during President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, but now supports having such witnesses during its trial of President Donald Trump.
The Vermont senator said during a Thursday interview on VPR's All Things Considered that the Senate opting not to hear from witnesses would leave a "dark mark" on the chamber.
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"I think it would be a mark against the Constitution, a mark against the Congress, and actually would not in any way help the president. So if we want to start the proceedings and then vote on witnesses, that's a possibility," Leahy said. "But why do something that is just going to be a dark mark, not on the president, but on the United States Senate."
Leahy was highly critical of House Republicans' push for impeachment witnesses during the impeachment trial of Clinton in 1999, saying that "the [impeachment] Managers only became interested in hearing from witnesses once they faced trouble obtaining a conviction in the Senate."
"Having chosen to proceed in the House without witnesses, the Managers were in no position to demand that the Senate hear witnesses. A Senate impeachment trial is not a make-up exam for an incomplete inquiry by the House," Leahy wrote during the Clinton impeachment.
Leahy also criticized the House Judiciary Committee for not allowing witnesses to appear before their committee during Clinton's impeachment hearings.
"I find it stunningly ironic that the House Judiciary Committee saw no similar disrespect to their fellow House members when they presented their articles of impeachment before the full House without the benefit of a single witness appearing before their panel," Leahy wrote.
The House officially transferred its articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate on Thursday. The Senate is expected to begin the trial on Tuesday.
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CBS News reporters on Thursday suggested that flashcards distributed to U.S. senators with phrases to use when seeking assistance from Capitol Police were tips on how to avoid reporters.
CBS correspondent Ed O'Keefe and other members of the media took offense to the safety tips, posting pictures of the flashcard on Twitter. O'Keefe claimed the phrases were "tips to avoid reporters" without offering evidence that this was their intended purpose. Republican aides immediately pushed back on the suggestion, saying these sorts of cards are routinely distributed to members ahead of events where significant protest is expected.
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Some of the phrases included: "Please move out of my way," "You are preventing me from doing my job," and "Please excuse me, I need to get to a hearing/meeting."
JUST IN: @CBSNews /@caitlinconant obtain a flashcard being given to U.S. Senators ahead of the #ImpeachmentTrial on tips to avoid reporters. (One thing it doesn’t suggest is calling reporters a "liberal hack.") pic.twitter.com/mAZpBP9Fv7
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) January 16, 2020
O'Keefe followed up by tweeting that CBS was waiting to hear back from U.S. Capitol Police and the Senate Office of the Sergeant at Arms for a comment on the flashcards. CBS reporter Melissa Quinn also reported the flashcards were meant to help senators avoid reporters. On CBS News's website, the outlet described the flashcards as "tips to help them avoid the press."
Two Republican aides pushed back against O'Keefe's initial tweet about the flashcards targeting reporters. Sen. Mitt Romney's (R., Utah) communications director, Liz Johnson, tweeted everyone needs to "take a breath," adding that the flashcards are a "longstanding" practice for "safely de-escalating confrontations with *protesters*."
Matt Whitlock, a former top aide to retired Utah senator Orrin Hatch, also pushed back against O'Keefe, saying, "These are normally intended to be kept secret because the words act as code to [U.S. Capitol Police] so I’ll be curious if they comment."
O'Keefe included Johnson and Whitlock's tweets in his tweet thread about the flashcards.
Neither O'Keefe nor Capitol Police responded to requests for comment.
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New Jersey – -(AmmoLand.com)- While the Second Amendment sanctuary movement – a form of civil disobedience that is proving particularly effective – has really taken off in Virginia, and it is also making huge strides in Kentucky, it is also taking off in one of the states that has historically been extremely hostile to our rights. New Jersey has seen the movement arrive as well.
According to Alexander Roubian of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, two towns in the Garden State have already declared themselves as Second Amendment sanctuary jurisdictions, while “we are aware of dozens of others that are supportive of passing similar measures. We have been working non-stop to help spread resolutions to towns and cities throughout New Jersey with a tremendous amount of positive feedback.”
One can look at the summaries of the Virginia and New Jersey laws available via NRA-ILA’s web site and ask if the movement does any good in the latter state. One thing New Jersey lacks that Virginia has is a specific provision in the state constitution protecting the right to keep and bear arms.
Now, New Jersey’s constitution does declare that citizens have rights when it comes to “defending life,” “protecting property,” and “pursuing and obtaining safety” – but somehow, the officials in New Jersey have gotten away with infringing on the right to own the implements that are the best at achieving those objectives. Despite that current state of illogic, Roubian still sees signs of hope in New Jersey.
“While there is a much more restrictive baseline for Second Amendment rights in New Jersey, we commend the law enforcement officers that have always honored and respected the Second Amendment in our State and expedite gun permits while others claim it takes 6-12 months to process an application. There are many police departments that already do the right thing when it comes to an individual making a hyper-technical violation of New Jersey's draconian and discriminatory gun-licensing scheme and we commend those officers and departments,” he said in an email.
Oftentimes, these efforts have not made the news. The New Jersey Second Amendment Society has worked to convince police officers and prosecutors to exercise discretion when it comes to the state’s laws, and in many cases, those Roubian describes as “good Samaritans” who made “an honest mistake with no criminal intent” often are granted pre-trial intervention.
In the extreme cases where discretion was not exercised, like that of Shaneen Allen, a single mother who crossed into New Jersey and was then targeted by an anti-Second Amendment prosecutor after a routine traffic stop, the New Jersey Second Amendment Society was able to get Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey at the time, to issue a pardon.
Even as the New Jersey legislature prepares to push more anti-Second Amendment legislation, Roubian’s group has also pursued legal action, with great success. “Even with the cards stacked against our rights we have had many legal victories to push back against” New Jersey’s laws. One legal victory resulted in the awarding of $90,000 in legal fees.
These victories are small steps to ending the unacceptable situation in the Garden State. It goes without saying that it would be far better to stop such laws, and Second Amendment supporters in Virginia are fighting to do just that. The Lobby Day of January 20 is coming up – and the advice of Jeff Knox and the Virginia Citizens Defense League should be heeded. For more information on the work the New Jersey Second Amendment Society is doing, go to www.NJ2AS.org.
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Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.
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From the Associated Press A Kansas teen who said he didn’t know a gun was loaded when he fatally shot a 14-year-old friend has been acquitted of second-degree murder. Jurors returned the verdict Wednesday in the case against the Roeland Park teen, who was 13 years old in August when he shot and killed Zavier Mendoza in […]
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We heard a lot of bloviating and hot air emanating that Democrat (socialist) debate stage on Tuesday night, but ya know what I did not hear? Read on for that, and more . . .
BELLEVUE, WA – The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is encouraging gun owners from across Virginia to gather Monday in Richmond as a show of opposition to the extremist gun control agenda put forth by Gov. Ralph Northam and his Democrat majority in the General Assembly.
Events begin at 8 a.m. with committee meetings starting at 9 o’clock. The rally on the Capitol Steps begins at 11 a.m. Speakers include Stephen Williford, the Texas hero who shot the Sutherland Springs church gunman two years ago; Dick Heller, Bearing Arms Editor Cam Edwards, Jan Morgan, founder of 2A Women, State Sen. Amanda Chase, Delegates nick Freitas and John McGuire, and many others.
CCRKBA also stresses the importance of being vigilant in the wake of rumored potential for confrontation with provocateurs who may show up in an attempt to create an incident to discredit law-abiding gun owners.
“With more than 100 counties, cities and smaller jurisdictions having declared themselves to be ‘Second Amendment Sanctuaries,’ we concur with our friends at the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) that the eyes of the nation, and maybe the world, will be on Richmond,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.
Virginia gun owners have been gathering peacefully every year in Richmond to support their Second Amendment rights, and this year must be no different, CCRKBA said. A much larger-than-normal crowd is anticipated, so this will be a good opportunity for gun owners to meet like-minded fellow Virginians, and to deliver a unified message to the General Assembly about gun control proposals such as reviving the failed one-gun-per-month law and other extremist proposals.
Information about the rally, and about scheduled bus transportation from many locations around the state may be found here, at the VCDL website.
“We’re suspicious of Gov. Northam’s temporary ban on firearms in and around the State Capitol,” Gottlieb noted, “but we’ve been saying for a long time that Ralph Northam is a gun-banner, and now he’s proving it.”
Maybe Nancy Pelosi waited to send impeachment to the Senate because she was waiting for her pens to arrive. The fancy commemorative ballpoints, featuring the speaker's name engraved in gold, that Pelosi gave to colleagues at Wednesday's engrossment ceremony quickly became the subject of mockery. Republicans saw them as emblematic of Democratic partisanship and triviality. "Nothing says seriousness and sobriety like handing out souvenirs," said Mitch McConnell. "As though this were a happy bill-signing instead of the gravest process in our Constitution."
In Pelosi's eyes, impeachment is something to celebrate. It's more than an accomplishment. It's the most significant product of the 116th Congress. What McConnell calls "the gravest process" has been the preferred means of Democrats to inflict maximum damage on President Trump and possibly remove him from office before the end of his term. The trial that begins on Tuesday has been years in the making. And the drive to impeach Trump won't end when the verdict is rendered. He may well end up the first president to be impeached multiple times.
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Maxine Waters has been chanting "impeach 45" since the spring of 2017. Rep. Al Green introduced the first impeachment resolution that summer. Tom Steyer founded "Need to Impeach" that October. In November 2017 a group of House Democrats introduced additional articles of impeachment. The same thing happened in December 2017, January 2018, March 2019, May 2019, and July 2019. House Democrats accuse Trump of violating the emoluments clause, obstructing justice, associating with white nationalism, separating families of illegal immigrants, and more.
Pelosi resisted. Why? Not because she thought impeachment was wrong. Because none of the articles advanced by the left could win a majority of her caucus.
Then the whistleblower arrived. The story he told about shenanigans in Ukraine was enough to bring aboard moderates from swing districts. The rushed inquiry and polarized vote on two vague and weak articles betrayed the political motivations behind the enterprise. Impeachment shields Pelosi from leftwing recriminations in the event that Trump is reelected and Democrats retain the House. And the investigations, hearings, and trial guarantee a steady stream of bad press for Trump and hostile questions that make some Republicans squirm.
Pelosi is more than happy for additional evidence to be disclosed and for the Senate to call witnesses, even after the House has impeached and when the resolution of the trial is foreordained. It's not justice she's after. It's victory in November. Expect leaks of damaging information before key procedural votes just as happened during the Kavanaugh confirmation fight. When Trump is acquitted or the charges against him dismissed, Democrats will pronounce the verdict illegitimate and accuse Republican senators of involvement in a cover-up. No charge is too outlandish. Pelosi and impeachment manager Hakeem Jeffries have advanced the ridiculous conspiracy that McConnell has "Russian connections" of his own. "It's a win-win," Chuck Schumer told the New York Times.
There's a cautionary lesson for Democrats in the Kavanaugh episode. As the allegations against Kavanaugh grew more absurd, and the D.C. climate more inhospitable, Republicans found themselves more unified. The senators that Democrats hope will side with them on procedural motions might demur. Susan Collins, for example, isn't anybody's pawn. "I don't think Chuck Schumer is very interested in my opinion," she said in a blistering comment to the Times. "I don't think he's really very interested in doing anything but trying to defeat me by telling lies to the people of Maine. And you can quote me on that."
After the House Intelligence Committee dropped a trove of documents from Lev Parnas, the former Giuliani associate under indictment for campaign finance violations, the day before senators were sworn in as jurors, Collins said, "I wonder why the House did not put that into the record and it's only now being revealed." Good question!
House Republicans voted in unison against impeachment not because they fear President Trump but because the Democratic case was weak. A similar dynamic might take shape once senators who haven't been paying attention to the scandal listen—in silence—to the House managers and the president's attorneys. How the House managers such as Adam Schiff behave on the Senate floor might also sway jurors.
The test of Republican unity will be a motion to call witnesses. Republican senators will have to ask why they would want to make Schumer's job—winning the Senate for Democrats in 2020—any easier by crossing party lines. Prolonging the trial would legitimize a flawed and politicized investigation. Republicans understand by now that Pelosi and Schumer aren't engaged in an honest fact-finding mission. They are the leaders of an impeachment that will never end.
The pistol brace market just got a little more interesting with the entry of Magpul to the business. Their new BSL and BTR pistol braces are due to hit stores later this year. Magpul’s chosen to go with a blade type design similar to the Shockwave. Like the Shockwave, Magpul won’t be shipping the BSL […]
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Texas – -(AmmoLand.com)- Governor Greg Abbott today presented the Governor's Medal of Courage to West Freeway Church of Christ hero Jack Wilson at the Governor's Mansion. The Governor thanked Jack for his willingness to risk his own life to protect others in the congregation and expressed the state of Texas' enduring gratitude for Jack's heroic actions.
“When faced with an evil that few of us will ever comprehend, Jack Wilson responded with strength, bravery, and with love for those in the church that day,” said Governor Abbott.
“The courage in his actions cannot be understated, and Jack is not only a hero to West Freeway Church of Christ — he is a hero to the entire state of Texas.”
The Governor's Medal of Courage is given to civilians who display great acts of heroism by risking their own safety to save another's life. It is the highest award given to civilians by the Governor.
Jack Wilson is the head of the volunteer security team at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. When a gunman opened fire on the congregation on December 29, 2019, Wilson jumped into action and fired a single round at the gunman, killing the gunman and preventing further loss of life.
Governor Abbott Presents White Settlement Hero Jack Wilson With Texas’ Medal of Courage
Dear Texas Rifle Association Member:
On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott presented the Governor's Medal of Courage to West Freeway Church of Christ hero Jack Wilson at the Governor's Mansion in Austin. From the Governor's press release:
TSRA PAC would like to thank Governor Abbott for recognizing Wilson's life-saving actions in White Settlement. We would also like to extend our gratitude not only to Mr. Wilson himself, but to the sponsors and legislative supporters of TSRA-backed laws passed in 2017 and 2019 which expanded the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves in churches, synagogues or other places of worship:
- Senate Bill 2065 by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) which included language from House bills by former Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Farmers Branch) and Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) to allow volunteers providing armed security at places of worship to be exempt from certain requirements of the Private Security Act (2017); and
- Senate Bill 535 by Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) and Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) which removed these locations from the list of prohibited places for handgun possession in the Penal Code, clarifying once and for all that controllers of church property, rather than the state, may decide whether to allow License To Carry holders on-premises. (2019).
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Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the Texas State Rifle Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending the rights of law abiding Texans to own, enjoy and use firearms as guaranteed by the Constitutions of the State of Texas and the United States of America. For more information on membership or supporting the Texas State Rifle Association, call 512.615.4200 or visit www.tsra.com.
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State senator Erica Smith (D., N.C.) is trying to become the third black woman in history to serve in the U.S. Senate. Unfortunately, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) doesn't think a black candidate can win in North Carolina.
That's what Smith, a former Boeing engineer, told a group of North Carolina voters at a recent campaign event while discussing the national Democratic Party's endorsement of her white male primary opponent, Cal Cunningham.
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"Sen. Schumer, for whatever reason, did not want an African American running for Senate in North Carolina," said Smith, who has previously attacked the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) for breaking its pledge to remain neutral in the Democratic primary.
The national party's endorsement of Cunningham in October, Smith said at the time, was "unacceptable" and "confirm[ed] [the DSCC's] attempt to sway this U.S. Senate election away from the voices and voters of North Carolina."
According to Smith, DSCC executives told her "unequivocally, that they were not, had not, did not intend to endorse in the primary," before officially backing Cunningham's campaign.
In the weeks before Cunningham, a former state senator, announced his candidacy, his campaign received $152,000 from donors based in New York, all but two of whom have also donated to Schumer. The New York donations accounted for more than a third of Cunningham's itemized contributions for the second quarter of 2019, according to federal election records.
With Schumer's help, Cunningham has raised more than $3 million since entering the Democratic primary in June, including $1.6 million in the final three months of 2019. Cunningham's fundraising haul included a $2,800 maximum contribution from liberal billionaire George Soros. Smith has not yet reported her fourth-quarter fundraising total.
"It's not always Republicans who are putting big money [into campaigns]," Smith said at the recent campaign event. "Somebody's going to be beholden to Chuck Schumer and New York millionaires and billionaires."
The DSCC previously endorsed Cunningham during his failed bid in the 2010 Democratic Senate primary. North Carolina secretary of state Elaine Marshall, who defeated Cunningham in a run-off that year before losing to incumbent Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.), lashed out in similar fashion at the party establishment's meddling in the race.
"North Carolina Democrats do not appreciate Washington trying to handpick or anoint their candidate," Marshall said during the campaign.
Whichever candidate wins the primary on March 3 will face off against incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis (R., N.C.), assuming he can fend off several challengers in the GOP primary. A poll taken weeks prior to Cunningham's campaign announcement showed Smith leading Tillis by seven points, 46 percent to 39 percent. Even so, Democratic strategists at the time were raising concerns about Smith's viability in a general election and attempting to recruit Cunningham to enter the primary.
One of the Democrats courted by party brass, state senator Jeff Jackson, a white man, was caught on tape recounting the strategic advice he received during a meeting with Schumer. Speaking to a politics class at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Jackson recalled telling Schumer that, if he decided to run, he would hold "100 town halls in 100 days" in each of the state's 100 counties.
According to Jackson, the Senate leader's response was: "Wrong answer—we want you to spend the next 16 months in a windowless basement raising money, and then we’re going to spend 80 percent of it on negative ads about Tillis."
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The new SIG RXP series pairs P320 pistols with Romeo1 Pro mini red dot optics for out-of-the-box everyday carry solutions.
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Vudoo Gun Works, leader in rimfire precision rifles, is proud to announce the addition of the V22M action to their product lineup. Vudoo Gun Works is now offering complete builds chambered in 22 Magnum and 17 HMR. The V22M brings longer bolt travel to accommodate the length of 22WMR and 17HMR cartridges. This added length […]
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U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- West Virginia has a strong preemption statute to ensure the state has reasonably uniform laws about the carry and use of firearms by individuals, throughout the state. It is §8-12-5a:
Limitations upon municipalities' power to restrict the purchase, possession, transfer, ownership, carrying, transport, sale and storage of certain weapons and ammunition.
§8-12-5a does a pretty good job of limiting the power of local governments to infringe on the right to keep and bear firearms. But the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is not limited to firearms.
As affirmed in the Heller decision, the Second Amendment covers all bearable arms. The Heller decision was re-enforced by the Caetano decision, where the justices on the Supreme Court unanimously held the Second Amendment protects all bearable arms. From Caetano v. Massachusetts:
The Court has held that “the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding,” District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U. S. 570, 582 (2008), and that this “Second Amendment right is fully applicable to the States,” McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U. S. 742, 750 (2010).
Senate Bill 96 has been filed in West Virginia to expand the state preemption protection from firearms to most bearable arms. From Senate Bill 96:
(b) For the purposes of this section:
“Deadly weapon” means an instrument which is designed to be used to produce serious bodily injury or death or is readily adaptable to that use. The term “deadly weapon” includes, but is not limited to:
(A) A blackjack, gravity knife, knife, switchblade knife, nunchuka, metallic or false knuckles, pistol, revolver and firearm, as defined in §61-7-2 of this code, or other deadly weapons of like kind or character which may be easily concealed on or about the person; and
(B) A rifle and a shotgun.
“Deadly weapon” does not include explosive, chemical, biological and radiological materials, or any item or material owned by a school or county board of education intended for curricular use, and used by a student solely for curricular purposes.
Later in the bill, pepper spray is included in the preemption law:
“Pepper spray” means a temporarily disabling aerosol that is composed partly of capsicum oleoresin and causes irritation and blinding of the eyes and inflammation of the nose, throat, and skin, intended for self-defense use.
While SB 96 expands the protections of the preemption bill to most concealable weapons, there are a number of bearable weapons that may not be protected, depending on whether a judge or jury would believe them to be “concealable on or about the person”.
Would most swords be protected under the law? Would spears, quarterstaves, or other polearms? It seems unlikely they would be considered to be concealable. Most people do not carry a spear with them. But swords are popular, and a spear was used to stop a mountain lion attack in Canada when Canadian firearms law was found to be burdensome.
It is unclear why the protections of the bill were limited to concealable weapons. Perhaps it was because the prohibitions were originally applied to concealable weapons.
The bill may or may not be passed in the current legislative session. The extreme restrictions on the exercise of Second Amendment rights being proposed in the neighboring state of Virginia may aid in the bill's passage, simply to differentiate West Virginia's approach to the protection of the right to keep and bear arms.
About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a revamp of the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement that includes tougher rules on labor and automotive content but leaves $1.2 trillion in annual U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade flows largely unchanged.
The legislation for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement passed on an 89-10 bipartisan vote, sending the measure to President Donald Trump for him to sign into law.
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The U.S. House of Representatives, where Democrats hold the majority, passed the legislation on Dec. 19 after insisting on changes to improve enforcement of new labor rights.
Canada still needs to approve the trade deal before it can take effect and replace the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump has blamed NAFTA for the loss of thousands of American factory jobs to low-wage Mexico.
Canada's parliament does not return to session until Jan. 27, so the scheduling of a vote there remains unclear. But USMCA is expected to see little resistance in Canada, as Conservatives have said they would back the deal negotiated earlier by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal-dominated government.
"Today the Senate will send this landmark agreement to the president's desk. A big bipartisan win," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said in Senate floor remarks.
The vote comes a day after Trump signed a Phase 1 trade deal with China, and shortly before the Senate formally began the impeachment trial of Trump on charges that he abused his power.
(Writing by David Lawder; additional reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Alistair Bell and Rosalba O'Brien)
Northam has been threatening to declare a state of emergency for days, and it culminates what has been the worst slander against lawful gun owners in recent memory.
By Michael Kunzelman and Mike Balsamo, AP FBI agents on Thursday arrested a former Canadian Armed Forces reservist and two other men who are linked to a violent white supremacist group and were believed to be heading to a pro-gun rally next week in Virginia’s capital. The three men are members of The Base and were arrested […]
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U.S.A.– (Ammoland.com)- You didn't see this news covered by the mainstream media, but again this week, responsible gun owners defended themselves and the people they love. Self-defense instructor Ben Branam joins the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast to look at four new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they well trained? (24-minute audio)
These victims saved lives because they had a gun..and good habits.
You’re asleep. You’re woken up by someone pounding on your front door a few minutes before midnight. You get up to see who it is. You also bring your firearm with you. You see your ex-girlfriend outside. She says she has something to say. You open your front door, and she and another man push the door open. The male intruder has a gun and it’s pointed at you.
You back away and shoot your attackers. You run out the back door and your attackers shoot at you as you run. The news story doesn’t say how, but you contact the police. You meet the police when they arrive at your home. They take the male attacker to the hospital. The female attacker was declared dead at the scene.
You’re in an argument with your boyfriend. He starts pushing you and hitting you. You drive away.You’re on the highway when you notice that crazy man is following you. He tries to run your car off the road. You pull over at an exit. Crazy man stops in front of you and runs up to your car. You’re armed. You present your firearm. Now your attacker runs away.
You drive down the exit and go to a nearby police station. The police find your attacker. They also find methamphetamine when they search his car. He is arrested and charged with domestic violence, reckless endangerment, and possession of a controlled substance.
You and your fiance are home on a Saturday night. You hear something going on in the back of your apartment. You see two young men smashing their way into your screened porch. You shout to your fiance and then run to your bedroom. You grab your firearm. The intruders enter your home. One of them is armed. He tells you to put your hands up. You shoot both robbers. Now they run away, and you call the police.
Police find two more accomplices in a getaway car parked nearby. EMTs take your two attackers to the hospital. Your attackers are 16 and 17 years old.
It is 2am on new years day. The party is winding down, but not on the happy note you’d hoped for. One of the visitors has already picked a fight with one couple, and the couple left the party. The hosts ask the angry visitor to leave. Instead, the angry guest takes offense and says he is going to go get his gun from his car.
This is where you live. You go to your bedroom and get your gun. The armed attacker comes back into the house and points his gun at the people in the party. You shoot him until he drops his firearm. Now you call the police.
Links and text of the discussion at the podcast webpage.
About Rob Morse
Rob writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.
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Governor Northam may be facing legal action against his gun ban, and one Virginia delegate wants to make it more difficult for people to afford guns and ammo.
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Liberal viral news outlet NowThis News pushed the bizarre claim that Holocaust victim Anne Frank did not "die [from] a concentration camp."
In a Tuesday tweet, NowThis posted video of members of the far-left Jewish Voice For Peace criticizing President Donald Trump's executive order combating anti-Semitism and comparing Trump's handling of the border crisis to the Holocaust. "We're seeing people die at the border from lack of medical care," said Becca Lewis, a senior at George Washington University. "That's how Anne Frank died. She didn't die in a concentration camp, she died of typhus."
‘[Trump] has no right to define what being Jewish is’ — These Jewish and Palestinian students are speaking out against Trump for equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism in his Judaism executive order pic.twitter.com/TJGTBiMGb6
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 14, 2020
As phrased, Lewis's claim that Frank didn't die "in" a concentration camp is simply false; witnesses say the famous diarist and her sister Margot died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen death camp. The subtitles provided by NowThis changed Lewis's claim to say that Frank did not die "[from] a concentration camp."
But the altered claim is also rejected by Holocaust historians, who draw no distinction between the victims actively murdered by gas chambers or firing squad and those who died from disease. The Holocaust Memorial Museum notes that typhus victims died of "deliberate neglect" as part of "the German policy to cause the deaths of large numbers of Jews through over-crowded, squalid living conditions and a lack of reasonable medical care."
The fact that Anne Frank likely died of disease rather than being executed directly by Nazis is also a favorite talking point of neo-Nazis. The Holocaust-denying Institute for Historical Review, for example, says in its FAQ that Frank "succumbed to typhus in the Bergen-Belsen camp, just a few weeks before the end of the war. She was not gassed."
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A New Hampshire state lawmaker said he is switching his presidential endorsement from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) over electability concerns.
State representative Michael Pedersen (D.) credited Klobuchar with a "proven track record of winning in Trump country" and said Warren's electoral victories have only been in the "liberal northeast."
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"I like both candidates a lot and am friends with staff on both teams, however, I think that Sen. Klobuchar is more electable across the country than Sen. Warren," Pederson told NBC News. "She has a proven track record of winning in Trump country. And Sen. Warren has a proven track record of winning in liberal northeast."
He also said this week's debate cemented his change of heart. He saw Warren's feud with Sanders as an indication that the two don't "appeal widely across the nation as Sen. Klobuchar."
After the conclusion of the debate, Warren accused Sanders of calling her a liar on national television. Earlier this week, Warren claimed Sanders told her in a 2018 meeting that he did not believe a woman could win the presidency. Sanders denied making the claim, while Warren stuck to her account during the debate.
Warren is also losing ground to Sanders and former vice president Joe Biden in New Hampshire. The latest polling shows Biden in first place with 26 percent of the vote, followed by Sanders with 22 percent and Warren with 18 percent. The same poll showed Warren in the lead last October with 25 percent of the vote.
Another January poll, from Monmouth University, showed former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg leading the New Hampshire primary with 20 percent, while Warren sits in fourth with 15 percent. Klobuchar came in fifth with 6 percent.