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Terror in Northern California

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This is a very interesting quote from Tiffany Rodgers of Rancho Tehama, California. She was quoted in an article in the LA Times  written by Frank ShyongFrank ShyongJaclyn CosgroveJoseph Serna and Ruben Viveson November 14, 2017

I just want to make sure this town doesn’t get a bad name. Such a beautiful, remote community and this happens everywhere,” she said. “And I’m really hoping they don’t go for the gun violence portion of this, either, because it’s not a gun. I own guns. I take my kids shooting. It’s the person. And sometimes just bad things happen.

It’s not the gun, it’s not mental illness. It’s not anything, it’s just life, unfortunately.

What more needs to be said?

WaPo Writer: Why Were There No Calls for Gun Control at the CMA Awards?

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By Courtney O’Brien
Townhall
November 10, 2017

Carrie Underwood delivered a beautiful, tear-filled tribute to the victims who were slain at last month’s mass shooting in Las Vegas during her gig co-hosting the Country Music Awards with Brad Paisley Wednesday night. During her emotional performance of the hymn “Softly and Tenderly,” the victims’ faces, 58 in all, were shown on the screen.

She and Paisley also gave a tribute to the Vegas victims, who were attending a country music festival when shots began raining down on them from the Mandalay Bay hotel, at the very top of the show, before proceeding with their monologue.

That’s all well and good, but the show could have used a bit more gun control rhetoric, according to Washington Post contributing music writer Chris Richards. Why didn’t the awards show use the opportunity to call for gun control, he wondered in his Friday op-ed. He was especially “disheartened” by Brad Paisley, who he said was “acquiescing to Nashville’s disengagement reflex” and encouraging fans to ignore the violence – at least that’s how he interpreted the song “Heaven South.”

And sure, nobody expected the CMAs to transform into a three-hour town hall discussion about the Second Amendment. But did anyone expect such monolithic quiet after such a catastrophic event? Apparently, the ghost of the Dixie Chicks’ career still haunts this town in terrifying ways. (In case you forgot, the colossally popular country trio spoke out against President George W. Bush at a concert in 2003 and were instantly boycotted by radio stations across the country, sending the entirety of mainstream country into a state of political paralysis that has lasted 14 years and counting.)

Now, a style of music that used to proudly address the real-life struggles of real-life Americans won’t go near the issue that everyone in our harried republic is struggling with. After last month’s massacre in Las Vegas, 26 more people were killed in a shooting inside a church in Texas — the setting of countless country songs. Yet, instead of singing about life in America, today’s country stars are singing about an apolitical no-place that doesn’t actually exist. I guess it’s called Heaven South, and apparently, you protect it by circling the wagons.

Perhaps a music awards show isn’t the best place to promote a political agenda. Other awards ceremonies have tried to offer their two cents on policy matters instead of sticking to their art, and are quickly criticized for it. Leave the politics for Washington, D.C.

Richards will be comforted to know that Democrats on Capitol Hill are pushing new gun control legislation. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA), along with dozens of her colleagues, introduced an assault weapons ban this week.

Very Good Advice

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The Dalai Lama, who said, “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would make sense to have your own and shoot back.”

Upstate NY Church Posted this Warning Sign After Texas Shooting

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By Courtney O’Brien
Townhall
November 10, 2017

A church in Mexico, NY is not taking chances after last weekend’s mass shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, TX. The killer, who we’ve since learned escaped from a mental institution in 2012 and had a history of domestic abuse, shot and killed 26 churchgoers and wounded 20 others. The number of people killed amounted to about 4 percent of the small town’s population.

In light of the tragedy, the Lighthouse Mexico Church of God, located in upstate New York, has a warning for any one wanting to do harm to their congregation. The church has a sign outside its building which presumably lists Bible verses and encouraging words of faith most of the year. But, after Sunday’s massacre, it now reads, “We say it again, we are not a gun free zone.”

Pastor Ronald Russell explained that his church has allowed members to carry firearms since the 2015 shooting in Charleston, SC, when a white supremacist slain nine black church members at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The shooting in Texas on Sunday just cemented their policy.

“Times are changing,” Russell told Spectrum News on Thursday. “It’s not the congregation, per se, but the leadership. People say ‘well, pastor, you’re talking about killing some,’ and I say ‘well, if I don’t protect my people, I’m being complicit.’ A shooting here, that’s not going to happen.”

In addition to its gun-friendly policy, the church also offers self defense courses for its congregants.

Other churches have taken similar steps after Sunday’s tragedy. In Michigan, the state Senate approved legislation this week to allow individuals to conceal carry handguns into churches, schools, and day care centers. Work had begun on the legislation before last weekend’s shooting in Texas, but the tragedy made the legislation “more timely than ever,” according to Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, (R-West Olive).

The bill is now moving to the state House.

Trump Nominee Thinks It’s ‘Insane’ You Can Buy An AR-15

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By Tom Knighton
Bearing Arms
November 9, 2017

When a president appoints someone to a post that requires congressional approval, the assumption tends to be that the nominee shares the president’s politics. This is especially true when someone is the mean, fascisty-racist dictator-in-waiting that the left assures people President Trump really is. After all, aren’t megalomaniacal madmen known for not tolerating any dissent, especially within the ranks?

Yet President Trump’s Department of Defense nominee said something that’s very much not something you expect from the Republican side.

President Donald Trump’s nominee for Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Dr. Dean Winslow, said Tuesday it is “insane” that a civilian can buy a semi-automatic weapon like the gun that [the Texas church shooter] used in the Texas church shooting.

Winslow made the comments in his confirmation hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“I may get in trouble with other members of the committee, just say how insane it is that in the United States of America a civilian can go out and buy a semi-automatic assault rifle like an AR-15, which apparently was the weapon that was used,” Winslow said.

Law enforcement have said [the killer] used Ruger AR-556, which is a variant of an AR-15.

The Pentagon declined to comment on Winslow’s remarks.

It’s insane?

Except for the fact that the man who appointed him appears to be fine with the idea, as are millions and millions of Americans. In fact, the AR-15 and its variants are the most popular rifle in the country. It’s not that way because people thinking owning them is insane. They find them enjoyable for plinking, valuable for hunting, viable for self-defense, or maybe they just want one because they think they’re cool. Who cares?

There’s absolutely nothing insane about it.

Though perhaps Winslow has fallen victim to the narrative overflowing from the media that fails to differentiate between the AR-15 and its variants and the M-4 in use by the military? Perhaps he thinks the notion that we can walk into a gun store and purchase a fully-automatic weapon insane, in which case, he’s right.

More specifically, the notion we can do that is what is insane, because we can’t. Those guns are so heavily restricted as to be nonexistent for most firearm enthusiasts who lack tens of thousands of dollars to spend on a single firearm. There are hoops to jump through before you can even think of forking over your hard-earned money to buy something you have no intention of hurting a soul with.

Luckily, Winslow is someone who, if confirmed, won’t be in any position to inhibit our right to keep and bear arms. He’ll be a bureaucrat within the Department of Defense, who doesn’t determine firearm policy for the civilian world. His comments are harmless, in and of themselves, but they’re worrying on another level.

After all, a Republican nominee voices opposition to the private ownership of AR-style rifles at a time when it feels like the GOP is more open to gun regulations? The president has made it clear that he opposes new regulations on guns, which is good, but I can see why some are concerned that the Republican party isn’t the friend to gun owners than many believed.

San Francisco 49ers Pledge $500,000 to Push Suppressor Ban, Other Gun Control Measures

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By Awr Hawkins
Breitbart
October 26, 2017

The push comes in the weeks after the Las Vegas attack. Suppressors were not used in that attack, but the 49ers are dedicated to banning the devices anyway.

According to ESPN, the 49ers presented the gun control pledge as part of creating a “more understanding and safer America.” The $500,000 will also be used to push a ban on bump stocks and armor-piercing bullets.

The ban on armor-piercing bullets is somewhat ambiguous, but appears similar to a ban which was unsuccessfully pushed by the Obama administration in 2015. The Obama-era actually targeted bullets that would have to be re-categorized as armor piercing in order to be banned.

On February 15, 2015, Breitbart News reported that the Obama-era push was directed toward M855 rounds for the AR-15. The rounds are fully legal under the auspices of the Gun Control Act of 1968, which bans handgun ammunition categorized as armor piercing. The Obama ATF attempted to apply the ban on handgun ammo to rifle ammo as well, even though the M855 round was one of the most popular AR-15 rounds for sporting purposes at the time. And it was precisely because of the round’s popularity that the NRA-ILA described the attempted ban as “a move clearly intended by the Obama administration to repress the acquisition, ownership, and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles.”

It appears the 49ers are ready to pick up where Obama left off, and they are joined by the Los Angeles Police Protective League, an LAPD union, in so doing. On October 26 Breitbart News reported that the Los Angeles Police Protective League is pushing for a ban on suppressors, armor-piercing ammunition, and bump stocks.

Suppressors are legal in over 40 states and are widely owned. Legislation to loosen the cumbersome acquisition process for the devices was shelved by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) two days after the Las Vegas attack, which happened to be one day after Hillary Clinton criticized suppressors.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

Hypocritical radical Leftist Democrats

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Since when can the radical Leftist Democrats lecture the president on making politicizing statements concerning tragic events?

Within twenty-four hours of a mass shooting on October 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) was on the floor of the US Senate calling for legislation to usurp the “rights” of Americans “to bear arms” protected by the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights:

 

 

On November 1, 2017, Sayfullo Saipov (a Muslim Uzbekistan national immigrant) killed eight people and injured eleven more by running them down with a truck on a bike path in New York City.

Now, Charles Schumer believes that he has the moral authority to lecture the president for using a tragedy to politicize a terrorist event. I think NOT!

 

 

Where is your leadership, Charles Schumer! Why are you not calling for a review of Section 203 (c) (provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants,” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States) of Senator Edward Kennedy’s (D-MA) Immigration Act of 1990?

You can’t have it both ways!

HA! A Major Gun Advocacy Group Is More Popular Than The NFL

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By Beth Baumann
Townhall.com
October 28, 2017

According to a new Fox News poll, the National Rifle Association is more popular than the National Football League. Shocker, right?

The Breakdown

The NFL’s favorability rating has dropped considerably over the last four years. In 2013, 64 percent had a positive view of the league. Fast forward to 2017 and that number has dropped 18 points to 46 percent.

“If the NFL were a political candidate, alarm bells would be going off in campaign headquarters,” said Democratic Pollster Chris Anderson who conducted the Fox News Poll with Republican Pollster Daron Shaw.

The poll confirms what the average American already knew: that conservative white men are more likely to disagree with football players kneeling in protest during the National Anthem. On the other hand, the poll also confirms that minority liberals are more likely than their counterparts to think that kneeling is an acceptable form of protest.

But even more surprising: the NRA is more popular than the NFL. 49 percent of those who were polled favored the gun rights group.

The Takeaway

There are two things that make America significantly different than other countries. For one, we love our sports, especially football. Sports are the one thing that everyone can come together over. It doesn’t matter what race, ethnicity or political background you come from. You can come together with your fellow man (or woman!) to cheer on your favorite sports teams.

But unlike other countries, we also feel the need to make everything — and I do mean everything — political. The days of having a beer and watching the game with your neighbor without fear of political talk are long gone.

And we have idiots like Colin Kaepernick to thank for that.

If it wasn’t for these hot shot, do-nothing multi-millionaire football players trying to turn a game into a stage for political discourse, this one segment of American culture would be unharmed. We would be able to put down our “conservative” and “liberal” labels for three hours while we watch our team duke it out.

 

Left Wing Oakland Radicals Worked With ISIS, New Book Reports

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By Timothy Meads
Townhall
October 29, 2017

Former Editor in Chief of the New York Times Magazine Edward Klein has a new book that will be released tomorrow October 30th. In All Out War: The Plot to Destroy TrumpKlein reveals an FBI investigation proving coordination between American college campus far left radicals and Islamic terrorists from groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda.

What started as a secret investigation in to the “resistance” movement spurred by college socialists and anarchists in response to Trump’s political rise, led to the discovery of what the FBI is calling the “the greatest challenge to law enforcement since the Weather Underground and the Black Panther Party.”

“There is clearly overwhelming evidence that there are growing ties between U.S. radicals and the Islamic State, as well as several [ISIS] offshoots and splinter groups,’ stated the FBI field report, which was delivered to Acting Director Andrew McCabe on July 11, 2017, and which is being published for the first time in (his) new book All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump.

Last summer the FBI began investigating international radical groups such as ANTIFA and other anarchist groups. However, activity from organizations in Oakland piqued the interest of authorities.

Klein’s book details the revelations.

“Now that the bureau has determined they have followers in the radical U.S. resistance movement in the United States, it is clear there will be additional violence in the attacks on law enforcement and U.S. institutions, including banks.

“Ties between three key leaders of the Oakland group [names redacted] met in Hamburg with a leader of the AQAP [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] and the AQIM [Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb],’ the report continued. ‘The leader from AQAP is an Egyptian-born male [name redacted] who is known to be in charge of finances and recruiting for the group.

“There is evidence from informants that he is helping the Oakland group acquire the weapons they are seeking, primarily bomb making equipment and toxic chemicals and gasses.

“One of the men from Oakland traveled to Syria to meet with ISIS; the purpose was for training in tactics, but was thought to be primarily a bonding visit to discuss possible massive disruptive attacks in the U.S.

“While in Hamburg, several of the Oakland-based criminals were photographed throwing Molotov cocktails and wielding iron bars, which have been their weapons of choice, though they are almost certainly on the verge of upping the caliber of their weaponry for use in the U.S.

“Despite having their faces covered by masks, they were positively identified.

“This group and their connections with the radical Islamic groups must be disrupted and destroyed.”

Klein also claims that under Barack Obama’s watch, anti-American groups were able to coordinate and foment insurrection because these groups were largely ignored by the FBI during his administration.

“The FBI is really playing catchup ball, because the Obama administration refused to give the bureau the resources it needed to effectively infiltrate and surveil the radical groups on college campuses,’ the source continued.

“Any talk of a connection between radical Islam—a phrase the Obama people wouldn’t even use—and American extremists was pretty much laughed off. [Former Attorney General] Loretta Lynch would have blown a gasket if she heard that the FBI was surveilling so-called college political organizations.

“All that has changed under the Trump administration. Everyone’s aware that the resistance movement, with its effort to get rid of Trump by any means necessary, has created fertile soil for ISIS and al Qaeda to establish a beachhead in America.”

In other words, the far left and radical Islam are united in their hate for the American way of life. They are willing to work together and to be violent to accomplish their goals.

This is nothing new. As mentioned in the FBI report, since the 1960s, radical liberal, anarchist, and socialist groups have regularly used violence as a means to their collective end; the destruction of the United States and implementation of communism or socialism.

The aforementioned group “Weather Underground” is probably the most well known left-wing domestic terrorism organization in the history of the United States. That group was founded by Bill Ayers. Ayers, alongside his girlfriend and several other colleagues, utilized homemade bombs to target American institutions of law enforcement. They successfully detonated several bombs at places such as the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol, and a wide range of police stations. His group never killed anybody, but not for lack of trying. They wanted to place explosives at a Fort Dix Army dance, but were stopped by the feds. But, due to a legal misstep by the FBI, Ayers was never charged with domestic terrorism. In fact, Ayers is an unrepentant anti-American, Anti-capitalist. In 2000, he told the New York Times that he did not regret the violent actions his group took. “I don’t regret setting bombs…I don’t feel we did enough.”

If you are wondering what happened to his girlfriend that he co-founded Weather Underground with, well, she died during a bomb cooking experiment gone wrong. Ayers later married Bernadhine Dorn, who was also a member of the domestic terror group. Bill Ayers is also infamous for acting as quasi-mentor to President Barack Obama. Obama launched his political career from Ayers house in 1995.

In 2013, I had an opportunity to protest and speak with Bill Ayers after my college invited him to speak in an academic setting. Ayers now works as an educational reformer and  is a professor of education theory at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He was at my school to speak to our education department and education majors. Myself and several other Conservatives were rightfully outraged that our college had invited him in the first place. But rather than shout him down as current college students do to voices they disagree with, we printed flyers and passed out pamphlets informing students he was. We also gained a few hundred signatures to show our dissatisfaction. It was rather successful. I was somehow blessed with a largely conservative student body where I attended. But, this led to an opportunity to speak with the man.

I asked him if he had any remorse for his actions. Ayers did not. He even seemed adamant that he was morally correct to place the explosives. “The United States was illegally killings thousands of Vietnamese each week, what would you do in that situation,” I remember him telling me.

Ayers also told me that his goal was, and still is, the destruction of capitalism and the United States. But, as an activist, he realized he could be more effective in the educational realm. At the end our conversation, Ayers asked if there was a place to get coffee nearby. “Boy, I hate capitalism but love Starbucks,” he remarked.

This anecdote is important, because as Klein’s book shows, modern college left wing radicals are following in Ayers’ footsteps and are undoubtedly inspired by him. They are just as violent, just as committed, and unless are stopped by the FBI, will continue to try and fundamentally change the USA by whatever means necessary.

Paul Ryan Ignores National Reciprocity Bill for 42nd Week

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By Awr Hawkins
Breitbart
October 27, 2017

It is October 27 and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has just finished ignoring national concealed carry reciprocity for a 42nd consecutive week.

National reciprocity was introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) on January 3, 2017, and Ryan has remained mum on it ever since, with one exception. That one exception came in the wake of the June 14 Alexandria attack, when Ryan told Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) that “he didn’t think the time was right” for legislation revolving around reciprocity.

This is typical of a ruling class mentality. Ryan enjoys taxpayer-funded armed protection wherever he goes while the common man is forced to plan family vacations along routes where our nation’s patchwork of concealed carry laws will somehow afford him the ability to keep a handgun close at hand for defense of himself and his family.

If a common man with a concealed carry permit from Kentucky needs to travel I-64 to St. Louis, Missouri, he will have to do so unarmed because the route includes passage through Illinois, which refuses to recognize any concealed carry permit but its own. Or if a common man with a concealed carry permit from Arizona has to travel to surrounding states for work he can be armed for self-defense in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada, but he has to move throughout California unarmed because that state will not recognize any outside permits either.

Why should Second Amendment rights be null and void because someone crosses a state border?

Rep. Hudson’s bill fixes this mess by making a concealed carry license from one state valid in the other 49 states, just like a driver’s license. Moreover, Hudson’s bill had 212 co-sponsors by the end of September, making it appear that momentum was finally on the side of the Second Amendment.

The NRA tweeted:

But we are still waiting on Speaker Ryan, who has let national reciprocity languish for 42 consecutive weeks.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

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