Dustin has some fun with a Desert Eagle
Dustin has some fun with a Desert Eagle
Dustin has some fun with a Desert Eagle
Leavenworth, Kansas – A Fort Leavenworth soldier applied exceptional quick thinking when a gunman pulled out a rifle and a handgun and started shooting at passing cars on the Centennial Bridge. MSG Royer rammed his Chevy truck into the shooter, thereby stopping the event and saving numerous lives. One soldier was wounded in the incident prior to MSG Royer’s action, and is recouperating at the hospital. The incident occurred at around 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
Fort Leavenworth Soldier Averts Tragedy
Master Sergeant David Royer was on the phone with his fiance as he was waiting in traffic on the Centennial Bridge over the Missouri River. One lane had been closed due to construction, which backed up traffic. Suddenly, a man ahead of him pulled out a rifle and a handgun, exited his car and started randomly shooting. When he ascertained what was happening, MSG Royer stepped on the gas pedal and drove directly into the man, critically injuring him…and stopping the shooter from his intended goal.
“There was an active-duty soldier assigned to Ft. Leavenworth waiting in traffic behind the event, saw the event unfold, determined it was an active shooter and intervened by striking the shooter with his vehicle, causing him to be critically injured, ending the encounter with the active shooter and likely saving countless lives.” Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens
In the initial calls to police about shots fired, the report was thought to be about road rage.
“Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens said they initially received a multiple shots fired call around 11 a.m. from the bridge and believed the case to be road rage. But after further investigation, police found it was an active shooter situation with a suspect randomly firing at vehicles passing by with a handgun and a semi-automatic rifle.
“This was an active shooter with multiple weapons on the bridge, firing at cars with no particular association,” Kitchens said.
At least seven bullets flew through the window of a Ford Taurus. Two other cars were shot. Investigators said a Fort Leavenworth soldier, who was in one of those vehicles, was wounded.
The suspect is from Platte County, Missouri.
MSG Royer doesn’t think he’s a hero (sounds familiar) but he is definitely one who saw what was happening and took action.
“Most people in my situation would have done the same thing. I knew people’s lives were in danger. I needed to do something. My military training kicked in. So, I took action as I saw appropriate, and I just knew I had to do something.” MSG Royer
Royer has been an active duty soldier for 15 years. But would “most people” have done what he did? Or would they have cowered under their dashboard?
“Let’s be crystal clear, his actions yesterday were absolutely heroic. He saved countless lives. There were people on that bridge that were innocent bystanders just traveling, there were KDOT workers on that bridge. He saved all of those people’s lives. His actions are extraordinary.” Chief Patrick Kitchens
The soldier's fiance was talking to him on the phone when she says she heard eight or nine gunshots through the phone's speaker. https://t.co/laEEyMZaOs
— FOX4 News (@fox4kc) May 28, 2020
1 injured in a shooting near KS-92 in Leavenworth, Kansas https://t.co/cisRJWlGXE
— GVAU (@GunVAupdates) May 28, 2020
Lost in all the national news…Greater tragedy averted in Leavenworth Kansas
Soldier hailed a 'hero' for stopping active shooter – News – PrattTribune – Pratt, KS – Pratt, KS https://t.co/O7N8k5dtWL
— Dufus Rigamaroll (@DufusRigamaroll) May 29, 2020
Ultimately, when police arrived, they found one gunshot victim, and the suspect under a car. Both were transported to the hospital for treatment, and both are said to be in serious condition, but stable. Police were tracing the guns to see if they were purchased legally.
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President Trump was disappointed. Bad weather on Wednesday forced a delay in SpaceX's planned launch of the Dragon spacecraft, robbing the president of a prized photo opportunity. He plans to attend the next launch window, scheduled for May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT, but the spoiled visit to Florida punctuated another week of foreboding news from the campaign trail.
The coronavirus has left President Trump without his signature issue (the economy) and without his preferred venue (the tentpole rally). The bump in his approval rating as Americans rallied around the flag at the outset of the crisis is gone. Assessments of Trump's performance during the pandemic look a lot like his approval rating overall: polarized by party, and upside down. He continues to trail Joe Biden in both national and swing state polls. The margins are narrow, but they are also consistent. President Trump has not been ahead in any live interview national poll conducted this year.
Yet an aura of invincibility surrounds the president. That is why the same polls that show him losing to Biden also show that the public expects him to win. It is why betting markets favor him, too. After all, the story goes, Trump accomplished the impossible in 2016. He defeated the second-most unpopular candidate in American history (he was number one) against all odds. Why can’t he do it again? The president’s imagination, ruthlessness, and guile, the shortcomings of his uninspiring and slightly out-of-it opponent, and the Teflon quality of this campaign have lulled the public and the GOP into a sense of complacency. Sure, things look bad. But Trump will find a way out of it. He always does.
Well, maybe not this time. The 2020 election looks more and more like a contest between luck and precedent. On one side is President Trump’s incredible run of good fortune. On the other side is the weight of history. Consider: Every president reelected since Mr. Gallup’s first poll in 1935 enjoyed at least one day, and often several, when his approval rating was above 50 percent. That is something President Trump has not experienced.
Not since 1940 has a president been reelected with a double-digit unemployment rate. Nor has a president been reelected with an unemployment rate 2 or more points higher than when he entered office. Unemployment was 15 percent in April 2020, and is expected to rise for at least a while longer. It was 5 percent in January 2017. The recovery will need to have the trajectory of an Elon Musk rocket for unemployment to fall to less than 7 percent by November 3.
That is when America will hold its 59th presidential election. In all but 5 of the previous 58 contests, the same man won both the popular and electoral votes. The fact that two of the exceptions occurred in the past 20 years has distorted our perspective. We begin to consider it not only possible but probable that President Trump could win reelection without winning the popular vote.
History suggests that what is possible is also unlikely. Reelection was a prize awarded to just one of the four men before Trump who entered office on the basis of the Electoral College alone. John Quincy Adams lost to Andrew Jackson in the rematch of 1828. Rutherford B. Hayes did not run for a second term in 1880. Benjamin Harrison lost to Grover Cleveland in the rematch of 1892. The exception was George W. Bush, who defeated John Kerry in both the popular and electoral votes in 2004.
Bush, like Trump, faced an unexpected crisis in his first term. His decisive and compassionate leadership during the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath was an important factor in his reelection. Voters for whom terrorism was the most important issue backed Bush by a 72-point margin, according to the exit poll, and at that time majorities approved of the war in Iraq (51 percent) and considered it part of the war on terrorism (55 percent). Bush’s approval rating in the exit poll was 53 percent.
In the May 27 Reuters-Ipsos poll, the public disapproved of President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, while backing him on the economy and jobs. His job approval was 41 percent. In the May 21 Fox poll, it was 44 percent. Nowhere close to where it has to be to win a second term.
And so, America waits for Trump to pull a rabbit out of his hat. What might that look like? A stunning economic rebound would bolster the president’s strengths and restore confidence in his stewardship. Trump’s opponent might delegitimize himself through continued gaffes, a vice presidential selection that frightens more people than it reassures, and debate performances that heighten concerns about age and ability. Something unexpected might happen. The campaign is young. As a wise man once wrote, only an idiot would bet against Donald Trump.
Right now, though, Republicans have every reason to be worried about November.
Protests, rioting and looting intensified last night in Minneapolis over the killing of George Floyd. Police officers abandoned the third district station as it was taken over by rioters and burned. From the Associated Press: Cheering protesters torched a Minneapolis police station Thursday that the department was forced to abandon as three days of violent […]
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Riots in Louisville, apparently unrelated to the death of Gregory Loyd, have seen at least 7 people shot. Louisville Metro Police confirmed in a statement early Friday that there were at least seven shooting victims, at least one of whom is in critical condition. The statement said there were “some arrests,” but police didn’t provide […]
According to Nationwide Unrest, who have been reporting on the riots and listening to police scanners, a large group of rioters entered or tried to enter an apartment complex in Minneapolis. 3100 block penn nomi section home invasion 20-30 trying to gain entry to an occupied residence. We cannot confirm the reports just yet, but […]
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Minutes ago, President Trump sent out a series of tweets regarding the riots in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He criticized the Mayor’s handling of the situation, and promised to send in Military backup if it were needed. He went on to say; “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” […]
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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA — During the first night of riots on Wednesday, news is circulating that an owner of a pawn shop shot and killed a looter during the night. Video showing a person on the ground, outside of the pawn shop started circulating, with police performing CPR until the ambulance arrived. Confusion early on in […]
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According to Inforum Miles away from the sites of looting and vandalism in St. Paul thousands gathered for a peaceful demonstration downtown Thursday evening, May 28. For a third day, demonstrators convened near the site where George Floyd was held down by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck as he said he […]
Originating in Minneapolis, Minnesota after the death of George Loyd at the hands of a police officer caught on camera, riots have started to spring up in many cities across the country. This is the third night of protesting and the second night of riots. Reports are coming in of police stations on fire and […]
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Angry mobs of looters continue to run roughshod over police in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Thursday evening’s violence makes Wednesday’s orgy of looting, arson and violence look tame in comparison. Looters even set fire to the Minneapolis District 3 headquarters building at the epicenter of Wednesday’s violence. Rumors have it that police have been pulled out […]
According to Daily Mail Prosecutors have warned there is ‘evidence that does not support criminal charges’ in the case of four cops accused of killing George Floyd, as they say police can use a ‘certain amount of force – but not excessive’. At a press conference Thursday, Mike Freeman, county attorney for Hennepin County, condemned the […]
According to Fox News President Trump was right and justified Thursday to sign an executive order calling for new regulations to strip legal liability protections from social media companies that censor posts and engage in political conduct on their sites. I hope the president never has to take action against any social media company. The […]
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Elkins, in Pendleton County — WV Mailman Thomas Cooper was charged with election fraud after he allegedly took 8 absentee ballots and altered them. And he described his action as a “joke.”
The DOJ reported,
“Cooper, age 47, of Dry Fork, West Virginia, is charged with “Attempt to Defraud the Residents of West Virginia of a Fair Election.” According to the affidavit filed with the complaint, Cooper held a U.S. Postal Service contract to deliver mail in Pendleton County. In April 2020, the Clerk of Pendleton County received “2020 Primary Election COVID-19 Mail-In Absentee Request” forms from eight voters on which the voter’s party-ballot request appeared to have been altered.
The clerk reported the finding to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office, which began an investigation. The investigation found five ballot requests that had been altered from “Democrat” to “Republican.” On three other requests, the party wasn’t changed, but the request had been altered.
Cooper was responsible for the mail delivery of the three towns from which the tampered requests were mailed: Onego, Riverton, and Franklin, West Virginia. According to the affidavit, Cooper admitted to altering some of the requests, saying it was a joke.”
Altering absentee ballots is not a “joke.” Mr. Cooper just completely disenfranchised 8 people of the right to vote. Some of the ballots were changed from Democrat to Republican, some were changed in other ways.
The Daily Wire noted that voter fraud is real, and not an inaccuracy, as Twitter claimed in their “fact-check” on President Trump. We have written many times about election fraud, from county election officers to voters. The case of Domenick DeMuro is a case in point:
“During his guilty plea hearing, [Domenick J.] DeMuro admitted that an unnamed political consultant gave DeMuro directions and paid him money to illegally add votes for certain Democratic candidates,” the Department of Justice said in a statement. “These candidates were individuals running for judicial office whose campaigns had hired the consultant, as well as other candidates for various federal, state, and local elective offices who were preferred by this consultant for a variety of reasons.”
“After receiving payments ranging from between $300 and $5,000 per election from the consultant, DeMuro would add fraudulent votes on the voting machines, also known as ringing up votes, for the consultant’s clients and preferred candidates thereby diluting and distorting the ballots that were cast by actual voters,” United States Attorney William M. McSwain said at a press conference. “DeMuro would add these fraudulent votes to the totals during election day and then he would later falsely certify that the voting machine results were accurate. He would add the fraudulent votes by literally standing in the voting booth and voting over and over and over again as fast as he could when he thought that the coast was clear.”
In May 2014, DeMuro stuffed the ballot box with 27 fraudulent ballots during the primary election. In May 2015, he padded the ballot box with 40 fraudulent votes. In 2016, it was 46 fraudulent votes,” McSwain said. “Now these numbers may sound relatively small, but they made up a significant percentage of the total votes that were cast at the polling place. In 2014, 118 total ballots were reported in the 36th Division of the 39th Ward. That means that DeMuro’s fraudulent votes accounted for over 22% of the total voting in that division in 2014. In 2015, his fraud accounted for over 15% of the total votes in the division. In 2016, his fraud accounted for over 17% of the votes. Daily Wire
Mr. Cooper thought his actions were funny. Leftists generally don’t have any respect for the voters or the Constitution.
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According to CBS 47 A Florida man is accused of kicking a chicken “like a football player kicks a field goal,” so hard that he broke four of the animal’s ribs, authorities said. Chew told deputies he was “kicking the chicken out the way” and was annoyed by the noise the animal was making, the Miami […]
A bipartisan coalition is forming behind the push to roll back legal protections currently enjoyed by social media companies, Washington Free Beacon founding editor Matthew Continetti said Thursday.
"The truth is it's not just senators like Ted Cruz [R., Texas] and Josh Hawley [R., Mo.]," Continetti said on Fox News's Special Report. "It's also people like Elizabeth Warren [D., Mass.] and even Joe Biden who have said that Section 230 needs to be repealed."
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday seeking to change the way the law treats social media companies. The order is expected to face legal challenges, but Continetti argued it is "another step along that path" to undoing Section 230.
Continetti added that social media companies and other technology giants have been benefiting from ambiguity in the law.
"Are they publishers or are they platforms?" he said.
Section 230, part of the act passed in 1996, broadly exempts tech companies from being held legally liable for the content users post. The section is widely credited with allowing the growth of companies like Google, YouTube, and social media websites.
In 2018, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act attenuated some of the legal protections provided by the law. The act requires companies to remove content that violates sex trafficking laws.
Hawley has introduced legislation in the Senate to amend Section 230 immunity, and Cruz has also spoken out about changing the law. Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, said this year that he supports repealing the act, and Warren has introduced a plan to weaken online free speech protections.
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From Future Forged: The Vektor X is the newest design of AR grips from Future Forged. The grip boasts a beaver tail, a single finger well, extended pommel, beavertail/tang and a strong tendon down the middle of the grip. The grip has a 15.5 degree grip angle along with an ergonomic design to fit a […]
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A group of armed civilians successfully defended a pair of stores as riots tore through Minneapolis on Wednesday.
Protests about the police killing of George Floyd have escalated into riots that have torched many businesses in downtown Minneapolis. Four men, two white and two black, stood guard outside GM Tobacco and Sally Beauty Supply as rioters looted a Target store across the street and set other nearby businesses on fire.
"These guys are out here with machetes and shattered windows trying to keep looters out of their business because cops can't get in here," one of the armed men told Max Nesterak of the Minnesota Reformer. "So, I figure, before there were cops there were just Americans. So, here we are."
The two men who spoke with Nesterak said they had initially ventured into the area to support the protests over the killing of Floyd, a black man, by Derek Chauvin, a white police officer. Chauvin and three other officers involved in the incident were fired by the police department but have not been arrested or charged over it. The group of armed men became concerned for local businesses once looting broke out. When they stopped to try and buy cigarettes, they found the owners were trying to ward off looters without any assistance from the police.
"They said they're closed and they're defending their businesses," the first man said. "We heard that and were like, ‘Well, we better kit up and go see if these guys need help.'"
These guys say they support the protests but not the looting. Showed up to help this tobacco store owner stop people from breaking in pic.twitter.com/x2FMQiQwVK
— Max Nesterak (@maxnesterak) May 28, 2020
Another person in the group said looters were not the only concern.
"The cops are a lot less likely to try and tread on people's rights when there are other armed Americans with them," a second armed man guarding the stores said. "I figured that it's about d— time some heavily armed rednecks stood with fellow citizens."
Nesterak returned to the stores early on Thursday morning and found they were among the only ones untouched in the area.
Everything is broken into but the stores in the apartment building where residents, owners and volunteers kept guard pic.twitter.com/AFrejICvBZ
— Max Nesterak (@maxnesterak) May 28, 2020
There have been no reports on whether the men in front of the tobacco store ended up in any confrontations. A man was shot and killed at a nearby pawn shop during the rioting. Police have not determined if the shooting was related to looting.
The men outside the tobacco shop said they would continue to support the effort to hold police responsible for the killing of Floyd but did not want to see local businesses destroyed.
"Bottom line: Justice for Floyd and I hope they stop looting soon," the first man said.
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According to Firearm Chronicles USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Recently, GOA has been asked about bills such as H.R. 2837 that purport to “get tough on crime” by authorizing extended terms of imprisonment for offenses that involve firearms; irrespective of whether or not the offense was violent or possessory in nature. Gun Owners of America (GOA) has […]
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From an armed citizen standpoint: If you’re in any of these areas, stay home. The below live-stream is showing looters moving from store to store, with occasional clashes with police. Their feeds may change, but are currently showing 3 live streams from the city. Since we’re a concealed carry website, here’s what we think when […]
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U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- A Duke University law professor may have unintentionally explained to a writer at Foreign Policy.com why Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was able to push through new gun control measures following the deadly Nova Scotia shooting spree, when such arbitrary actions would never be permitted in the United States.
Buried deep in a story that was perhaps incorrectly headlined “How Canada Got Tough on Guns” are a couple of paragraphs quoting Prof. Joseph Blocher, who “studies gun rights and regulation.” As he explained to writer Jillian Kestler-D’Amours, the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear arms “as a factor for why the gun debate in Canada can appear so different. In Canada, there is no constitutional right to own guns.”
It’s not that Canada “got rough on guns,” but that Trudeau got tough on gun owners; law abiding Canadian citizens who neither committed the crime nor endorsed it. But the story really does not focus on that, only on the perception that some guns, at least, including so-called “assault weapons” and handguns, are not considered necessary in Canada.
The 2008 Heller ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court put that discussion off the table when it identified the handgun as the most common firearm used for personal and home protection. Handguns are in common use and therefore, according to Heller, they’re protected by the Second Amendment.
Twelve years ago, when the gun prohibition lobby contended almost around the clock to any news willing to listen that the Second Amendment did not protect an individual right, the late Justice Antonin Scalia corrected the record. Now anti-gunners argue the amendment does not protect “assault rifles” or carrying guns outside the home, and there are ten cases pending before the high court that—if one or more is accepted for review during the next term—could correct gun grabbers again.
WICZ News picked up a report from CNN’s Jamie Ehrlich that discusses how these cases, none of which were accepted for review this week so they go back on the list for consideration during the court’s next conference, could change the legal landscape anew. It’s been ten years since the Court accepted a Second Amendment case, so the justices are overdue.
By no small coincidence, the CNN story also quotes someone from Duke, Jacob Charles, executive director for the university’s Center for Firearms Law. Charles acknowledges the court composition has changed since Heller and the 2010 McDonald ruling, “but that is no guarantee the court will make a sweeping ruling the way some conservatives hope,” the story says.
Regardless of one’s philosophical position on the Second Amendment, both reports put the right to keep and bear arms squarely in the spotlight, a situation that could never happen north of the border, where the amendment doesn’t exist.
The Foreign Policy.com story mistakenly observes that “some 30,000” U.S. citizens are “dying from gun violence every year,” which mischaracterizes the problem considerably. Fully two-thirds of those fatalities are from suicide, not homicide, and gun rights advocates in the U.S. have insisted for years that the two categories should not be mixed together. One is the result of a crime, the other an act of emotional desperation, and combining the numbers only makes for a more dramatic and alarming total, which plays well with the gun control agenda, but rather fast and loose with actual fact.
As AmmoLand’s David Codrea noted in his recent article about the Canada situation, gun control extremists in that country have essentially admitted that disarmament is the ultimate goal.
Meanwhile, gun control will no doubt be a central issue in the upcoming presidential campaign, if it ever really gets underway amid the coronavirus pandemic panic. There are several battles on that front.
In Florida, National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer—the NRA’s first female president nearly 25 years ago—is in a fight with Leon County Tax Collector Doris Maloy about her apparent plan to delay accepting new, first-time applications for Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm licenses as the county gets back to normal services. Maloy reportedly has a “five-point plan” that will open four service centers around the northern Florida county. However, new gun license applications will still not be accepted, and Hammer is not happy. She’s advised Maloy in a letter that the Tax Collector lacks authority to make such a call under state law, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
A few days ago, the Second Amendment Foundation issued a statement declaring to local governments that if they are not issuing concealed carry licenses, citizens should not be arrested for carrying concealed. It’s something of a “Catch 22” situation. People can’t carry concealed without a permit or license. While the law allows them to apply, local governments or police agencies have blamed the COVID-19 outbreak for their decision to not accept new license applications to reduce potential contact between their employees and the public.
But there is nothing in the law, nor the Constitution, that allows for certain rights to be suspended because of a virus outbreak. So, SAF, the NRA, Firearms Policy Coalition and other groups have been busy legally.
These legal and political skirmishes keep anti-gunners reined in, but they also cost lots of money. That’s why all gun rights organizations are appealing to members and supporters to keep contributing, especially now that there are signs the economy is recovering from the coronavirus shutdown.
As Blocher, the Duke University law professor noted, the Second Amendment prevents the kind of heavy handed gun control now unfolding in Canada. That’s not to say U.S. anti-gunners wouldn’t like to change that situation.
This is why, as many leading gun rights advocates repeatedly tell people, “elections matter.” Donald Trump’s election in 2016 brought about some 200 appointments of conservative, pro-Second Amendment judges to the federal bench. For that to continue, he must win in November and Republicans will have to retain the Senate.
Somewhere out there, gun control advocates are planning their election strategy to flip the nation backwards. Gun owners who are alarmed about the Canadian situation and want to prevent that from happening here—Second Amendment or not—need to get in the game right now.
According to gun rights activists, the only things separating the U.S. and Canada are an invisible border and the Second Amendment. Ignoring that or taking it for granted could prove disastrous in November.
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According to Firearm Chronicles Lawmakers in Tennessee continued their work on two big pieces of pro-Second Amendment legislation this week, with House committees giving the nod to a permit-less carry bill and a campus carry measure as well, but not without some controversy. During testimony on HB 2817, the permit-less carry bill, both Second Amendment […]
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It was, as my dad would say, “colder than a well digger’s ass.” There was even a little snow covering the Texas Hill Country grass. I was probably 8 years old, and scrawny for my age. Shivering underneath an ashe juniper, my outfit consisted of the only jeans I owned, a bright green 4H jacket, […]
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Opinion By Larry Keane
USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- It’s time the little bluebirds of Twitter come home to roost. While we’re at it, clean out the henhouse of Facebook, Instagram, Google, and the other plucky tech giants.
The Trump administration is laying the groundwork to fence them all in for their blatant discrimination. It’s about time. Where’s the “hell-yes” emoji?
Under consideration is the creation of a White House commission to explore allegations of anticonservative bias by social media businesses. Interestingly, it’s coming from the most prolific Twitter user to occupy the White House. It’s also not the first time President Donald Trump’s torched social media platforms, according to The Hill, which reported the president tweeted in 2019 the tech giants engage in, “tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies. We will not let them get away with it much longer.”
Vice President Mike Pence told Breitbart, “Well, the president has made it very clear that we are not going to tolerate censorship on the Internet and social media against conservatives. We’re just not going to tolerate it.”
The pressure is building. News broke last year that the Justice Department was investigating unspecified online platforms to consider concerns raised about “search, social media and some retail services online.” Independently, 47 state attorneys general are probing Facebook for antitrust violations.
There’s a love-hate relationship with the social media platforms. They’ve become so ubiquitous that it’s nearly impossible to reach customers without them. NSSF has argued they’ve become the virtual public square, where people from every walk of life can not only see pictures and videos of friends and family but express ideas, debate topics and participate in civic discourse. That is, of course, if they’re allowed.
Jessica Keffer, the marketing manager for the Sportsman’s Shop in East Earl, Pa., went on Fox and Friends to describe the discrimination her business faced from Facebook. She was booted for advertising on Facebook over American flags. Keffer’s ad wasn’t about gun sales, but with her attempt to boost an “Honor the Flag” promotion. The ad was approved and then rejected.
The reason given was, “It’s because you have a link to your website on your page which does sell firearms. That’s also against our policies I’m afraid.”
The ad had nothing to do with selling guns and while the Sportsman’s Shop sells guns, all sales are completed in a face-to-face transaction, and with a background check, in accordance with federal and state laws.
Keffer was pointed to Facebook’s Prohibited Content section, a part of the social media giants Ad Policies. “Ads must not promote the sale or use of weapons, ammunition, or explosives,” one of the subsections reads. But Keffer’s ad was about flags, not guns. The Daily Caller dug deeper and Facebook told them since the page links back to the shop’s website, which advertises guns, they canned the ad.
It wasn’t just Mark Zuckerburg’s baby. Tech giant Google assigns a “Family Status” to every product in the Google Shopping function. In 2012, Google moved firearm-related content to the same “non-family safe” category as adult content. The bias didn’t end there.
Google discriminated against Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a conservation organization that is dedicated to putting millions of acres into perpetual trusts and conservation lands and restoring wild elk populations across America. RMEF wanted to promote an eight-minute video about the benefits of hunting to conservation. Google labeled it “animal cruelty.”
It didn’t get turned around until U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) sent a letter to Google’s CEO demanding answers.
It wasn’t the first time, either. Google owns YouTube, which shut down Brownells’ channel without warming in 2018. Brownells’ 69,000 subscribers, and the company, were left in the dark. Brownells issued a social media call-to-arms and their customers responded and YouTube restored the channel. The whole dustup was for supposed “violating YouTube Community Guidelines.” Even founder of Ars Techica and former Wired editor Jon Stokes scratching his head. He’s plugged into all things in the tech world and he couldn’t make the connection to any community standard that would have possibly posed a hazard.
Stokes tweeted, “I gotta say something else about this. Brownells is like the stodgiest, old-schoolest, non-tactical, non- ‘assault rifle’, old-hunting-guy brand in the gun world. When your platform has summarily executed Brownells, you’ve just gone too far.”
These tech giants, for years, have been infringing First Amendment rights to quash Second Amendment rights. Buying and selling guns is a constitutionally-protected right. A three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said as much in their ruling on Teixeira vs. Alameda County that reads “the right to purchase and sell firearms is part and parcel of the historically recognized right to keep and bear arms.”
Social media corporations have been suppressing the firearm industry, gun ownership, firearm safety, and anything that could be related to guns in the name of “community standards” and what they determine to be in the best interests of Americans. That right doesn’t belong to virtual overlords. That free exchange of ideas belongs to the people.
It’s time the bluebirds came home to roost.
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In 1962, China and India fought a brief war in the Aksai-Chin region, a mountainous territory along their shared border. China eventually drove the Indians behind the so-called Line of Actual Control (LAC), where the still-contested borderline remains today.
The LAC has been a sore spot in the two nations' relationship, one China has repeatedly probed over the decades in ways characteristic of Beijing's geopolitical opportunistic streak—poke here, harass there, slowly expand the sphere of communist influence.
China's latest incursion, which came over the past week, is the most bald-faced example of this opportunism yet. It was clearly instigated by India's crippling encounter with the novel coronavirus, a terrible ordeal that the People's Liberation Army apparently sees as a prime opportunity.
India is far from China's only victim. Beijing has also taken advantage of the crisis to enact a new national security law for Hong Kong, one that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday will end the city's independence. It is pressing its claims in the South China Sea, prompting protests after a Chinese ship rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat. And China has refused to forgive loans to hard-hit developing nations, a move calculated to tighten its neocolonial grasp on Africa.
Some refuse to see the pattern: the media, with their vacuous fetish for international cooperation; isolationists, like those at the Quincy Institute who think the shifting balance of power in the Pacific is reason enough to retreat entirely; and those, like Obama ambassador to China Max Baucus, who are simply in Beijing's pocket. All argue that, somehow, we can play nice with a bullying regime for which a pandemic has served as an opportunity to make power grabs.
And while President Donald Trump has generally been a steely eyed realist when it comes to China—a welcome departure from Obama's airy idealism—he has been slow to push back on Beijing here, offering only to "mediate" China's invasion of India.
That's no way to treat an ally—China crossed the line, and Trump needs to tell the the Chinese to back down.
There are other ways for Trump to stand up to the Beijing bully. He could go ahead on a direct response to the Hong Kong law, and sign the overwhelmingly bipartisan legislation now on his desk that would sanction Chinese officials for their Uyghur prison camps. Several members of the Congressional China Task Force tell the Washington Free Beacon they'd like to see Trump back other aggressive legislation, including sanctions on those who repress Hong Kong.
Otherwise, Beijing will take any sign of weakness as another opportunity to expand its authoritarian reach. As Rep. Jim Banks (R., Ind.) put it to the Free Beacon, "the situation in Hong Kong is a glimpse at what the world will look like if China's global ambitions are realized."
Standing up to China, we remind the president, matters not just for the global order, but for his reelection. Majorities in both parties dislike China—for its thuggery, its prison camps, and for causing the coronavirus pandemic. Taking a stand against these injustices is not just what China's victims need—but what voters are demanding.
China is working to assume control of multiple key United Nations agencies in order to subvert U.S. influence and advance its anti-democratic agenda, current and former senior Trump administration officials told the Washington Free Beacon.
China currently holds 4 of the top 15 leading positions within the organization, including a seat on the powerful Security Council. The country’s sway was on full display this year when it successfully pressured the World Health Organization (WHO) to hide information about the coronavirus pandemic.
The Communist Party is also using its influence at the U.N. to thwart investigations into its human rights record and other state-backed atrocities, including its coronavirus cover-up. China has blocked dissidents from petitioning the U.N. Human Rights Council and has even threatened retaliation against diplomats seeking an investigation of these abuses.
"China is constantly working behind the scenes to gain more influence globally," Nikki Haley, the administration’s former ambassador to the U.N., told the Free Beacon. "That's especially true at the U.N., whether it's distracting from their own human rights abuses, manipulating to gain control of U.N. agencies, or bullying smaller countries to vote their way. For them perception is everything, and it's why we can never stop being loud, calling them out, and bringing attention to their behavior."
China’s ambition extends far beyond the WHO, Trump administration officials say. The White House is placing a greater emphasis on combating China’s manipulation of the U.N., which could entail withholding further funding to the body and sanctions on top Community Party figures. These efforts are likely to receive bipartisan backing in Congress, as both Republicans and Democrats seek to hold China accountable in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dan Blumenthal, director of Asian studies at the American Enterprise Institute, said the United States can pressure the U.N. by withholding its funding.
"We need a focused and intensive diplomatic campaign to replace Chinese and Russian-backed heads of international organization, with people who support the values of the free world," he said.
The United States discussed new efforts to counter China’s influence at the U.N. in its Strategic Approach to China, a comprehensive document published earlier this month that outlines the White House’s response to Chinese hegemony. If China is permitted to exploit the U.N. unchecked, America risks losing its place at the center of global affairs, the document warns.
China’s Belt and Road projects—a Communist Party-run global development program aimed at expanding the country’s influence—have emerged as particularly concerning to the Trump administration.
In one example of the Trump administration efforts to combat China's influence, the State Department recently identified efforts by Beijing to expand the Belt and Road Initiative into Afghanistan. By inserting language into a 2019 U.N. Security Council resolution on Afghanistan assistance, China hoped to justify an increased presence in the country that the United States sees as damaging.
The State Department said in a 2019 report on voting practices at the U.N. that it was able to erase the Belt and Road language, describing the action as a significant win for America in its push to counter China, according to a copy of that report obtained by the Free Beacon.
China’s influence has been particularly evident within the U.N.’s human rights organs, where China enjoys membership. It has prevented these bodies from investigating its abuse of the ethnic minority Uyghur population, as well as other human rights abuses.
"Chinese officials heading international organizations lack independence from the CCP, and have a proven track record of using these leadership roles to mold the U.N. agenda to serve the CCP’s own self-serving interests," a senior administration official, who was not authorized to speak on record, told the Free Beacon.
While China presents programs like Belt and Road as part of aid packages for developing countries, primarily in Africa, it uses the leverage gained by the programs to infiltrate a country’s economy and military, according to the White House.
The United States and China recently engaged in a heated war of words over global health aid during the WHO’s annual meeting earlier this month. As the Free Beacon first reported, the administration renewed commitments to combat China’s narrative that it is supplanting America as the world’s most generous aid donor.
In Congress, lawmakers have forwarded a range of initiatives to sanction Chinese officials complicit in human rights abuses and the cover-up of the coronavirus. Congress could also move to withhold critical funding for bodies it deems under China’s thumb.
A spokeswoman for leading China hawk Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) told the Free Beacon the senator and his like-minded colleagues will use their leverage to block the ascension of Chinese officials to key U.N. bodies.
"The Chinese Communist Party systematically seizes control and subverts international organizations, one by one, to advance their interests at the expense of those organizations’ credibility and our national security," said Cruz spokeswoman Lauren Aronson.
A heated debate went down on our Facebook page last night after we posted a few live streams from Minneapolis that showed fires, looting, destruction and more. A commenter asked why we didn’t cover the death of George Floyd but covered the riots. Then, this morning, we come across these guys: WATCH: Armed citizens are […]
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PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA — A man came to the defense of his wife after an intruder broke through their front door and began to attack her. Deputies arrived at the Panama City home around 6:05 a.m. and found 31-year-old Nathan Jerrell Edwards lying on the floor dead and a handgun on the counter, the Bay County […]
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Democratic Senate candidate John Hickenlooper's ethics trial will still proceed as scheduled next week despite the former Colorado governor's objections to it being conducted by video, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission ruled Wednesday.
Hickenlooper has been accused of violating state limits on gifts and travel for elected officials by allegedly accepting free private flights and luxury hotel stays from donors and corporations during his time in office.
Hickenlooper objected to the remote hearing scheduled for June 4, saying it would violate his due process rights if he is unable to testify in person with his attorney present. He filed a motion with the ethics commission last week saying he would "not appear at the hearing as it is now scheduled" and threatening to sue if the hearing is not delayed.
But the ethics commission rejected Hickenlooper's motion and his alternative suggestion that he be allowed to submit his testimony in writing.
"The [commission] finds that Respondent's suggested solution of submitting written testimony in lieu of a hearing would fall short of procedural due process requirements and is plainly an attempt to avoid appearing at hearing," said the ruling.
The Public Trust Institute, the government watchdog that filed the initial ethics complaint against Hickenlooper, said on Thursday that it will subpoena the former governor to testify at the ethics hearing, which is still slated to take place by video on June 4. The group said Hickenlooper already agreed to participate in the hearing last January and he needs to "come out of hiding."
"Everyone agrees that in a perfect world this hearing would take place in person. People across the country are dealing with new realties caused by the health crisis, including virtually every court across the country moving to an online hearing platform," said PTI director Suzanne Staiert in a statement. "John Hickenlooper is not above the law and he is not above the inconveniences we are dealing with. The complaint was filed over 18 months ago and John Hickenlooper needs to just stop playing games and tell the truth for one hour to finalize this issue."
The Hickenlooper campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The watchdog group filed an ethics complaint against Hickenlooper in 2018 alleging that he violated state laws that cap gifts to public officials at $59 while serving as governor. The complaint claims Hickenlooper accepted a corporate-sponsored trip to Italy that included luxury hotels and a chauffeured Maserati. He also allegedly took a free private flight on a donor's jet to attend the commissioning of the USS Colorado in Groton, Conn.
Hickenlooper's ethics hearing was scheduled to take place earlier this year but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The former governor is considered the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in the Colorado Senate race. If he wins the primary on June 30, he will face off against incumbent Republican senator Cory Gardner.
Update 7:11 p.m.: This post has been updated with further information.
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Minneapolis riots over the death of George Floyd left at least one person dead, several buildings burned and stores emptied from looting. The protests began near the Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct, but quickly became riots. This has happened many times after high profile deaths. The Mayor asked the Governor to call out the National Guard.
Minnesota riots: Arson, Looting, Death
One man was shot to death during the evening. Police theorize that a shop owner caught him looting and shot him, but the full investigation has not been completed. One 59 year old male is in custody. Many stores were completely trashed by the looting. Thieves even broke into ATMs and cash registers.
Looters also broke into every cash register and self checkout at the store to steal the money inside. Similar treatment was given to ATM machines in several stores, the Daily Caller reporter observed. After Target and every other business that shared its strip mall were looted, fires were set.
According to Kyle Hooten, the Daily Caller reporter who was on the scene, looters actually stood in the parking lots taking orders for items that could be stolen from stores.
Damaged in the Minneapolis riots: Target, Wendys, the Dollar Store, Cub Foods, Auto Zone, Hi Lake Liquors, and a 6 story building under construction that was slated to become an affordable housing complex. Rioters set fire to bails of insulation at the base of the building. Ultimately, it collapsed. The Auto Zone was also totally destroyed.
This goes to show the extent of the fires last night in Minneapolis (note this is after the 6 story building collapsed): pic.twitter.com/XBcrN0xj8J
— Kyle Hooten (@KyleHooten2) May 28, 2020
.@millcitycitizen captured the moment shots were fired in the Target parking lot at the Minneapolis riot. Two other reporters and I were about 50 yards from the source of the gunfire which was aimed in our direction! pic.twitter.com/dwJsuBhLdz
— Kyle Hooten (@KyleHooten2) May 28, 2020
Here is a longer list of businesses that were damaged or destroyed:
— Andrew Usher (@KCChiefsUpNorth) May 28, 2020
Here is another video from a local news media that shows some of the damages.
In a case at Target, a white woman in a wheelchair was attacked by rioters as she was trying to help.
At the Target in Minneapolis that was being looted tonight during the BLM riot, a woman in a wheelchair was attacked. pic.twitter.com/JxsXTB30xI
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 28, 2020
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 28, 2020
The rioters/looters appeared to be not just blacks, but whites as well. This episode did nothing for the death of George Floyd. It did not bring him back, it did not bring justice, it did nothing except ruin the cause of those who particpated in it.
The Department of Justice has promised a “robust” probe into the death of Mr. Floyd (Fox). Derek Chauvin was the former officer with his knee on Floyd for 8 minutes. The other three former police employees were Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng. Not all white, obviously.
“Justice historically has never come to fruition through some of the acts we’re seeing tonight, whether it’s the looting, the damage to property or other things.” Chief Medaria Arradondo
Featured photo: screenshot via WCCO
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“It turns out these guys are out here with machetes and shattered windows trying to keep looters out of the businesses ’cause cops can’t get in here,” said one of the men to MNReformer reporter Max Nesterak.
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By Jessie Pang, Yew Lun Tian
HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s parliament approved a decision on Thursday to go forward with national security legislation for Hong Kong that democracy activists in the city and Western countries fear could erode its freedoms and jeopardize its role as a global financial hub.
China says the legislation will aim to tackle secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in the city but the plan, unveiled in Beijing last week, triggered the first big protests in Hong Kong for months.
Riot police were out in force in Hong Kong as its lawmakers debated another piece of legislation, a bill to criminalize disrespect of China’s national anthem, while the United States piled on pressure aimed at preserving the city’s autonomy.
Dozens of protesters gathered in a shopping mall to chant slogans but there was no repeat of disturbances the previous day when police made 360 arrests as thousands took to the streets in anger over the anthem bill and the national security legislation proposed by China.
Last year, the city was rocked for months by often violent pro-democracy demonstrations over an unsuccessful bid to introduce a law governing extradition to China.
The Chinese government’s security law for the city is fuelling fear in Hong Kong and beyond that Beijing is imposing its authority and eroding the high degree of autonomy the former British colony has enjoyed under a "one country, two systems" formula since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
Members of China’s mostly rubberstamp parliament, the National People’s Congress, in the Great Hall of the People to the west of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, burst into prolonged applause when the tally showed 2,878 votes to one in favor of moving forward with legislation, with six abstentions.
Details of the law are expected to be drawn up in coming weeks. It is expected to be enacted before September.
Chinese authorities and the Beijing-backed government in Hong Kong say there is no threat to the city’s autonomy and the new law would be tightly focused.
China’s Premier Li Keqiang said the law would be good for Hong Kong’s long-term stability and prosperity and the "one country, two systems" formula would remain a national policy.
Conflict between China and the United States would harm both sides while both stand to gain from cooperation, he told a news conference.
Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed leader Carrie Lam said her government would work with Beijing to complete the legislative work as soon as possible.
"The law will not affect the rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong residents," she said in a statement welcoming the Chinese parliament’s vote.
Democracy campaigners in the city were despondent, however.
"This is the death knell for Hong Kong, make no mistake of it, this is the end of ‘one country, two systems’ … the Hong Kong that we loved, a free Hong Kong," pro-democracy lawmaker Dennis Kwok told reporters.
The United States, Britain and the European Union have also expressed concern about the security legislation and its implications for China’s freest city.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday Hong Kong no longer qualified for special treatment under U.S. law, potentially dealing a crushing blow to its status as a major financial hub.
The proposed security law was "only the latest in a series of actions" undermining Hong Kong freedoms, he told Congress.
"No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground," he said.
The security law could see Chinese intelligence agencies set up bases in the city.
Relations between the two countries have been tense over China’s claims in the South China Sea and trade, with the coronavirus pandemic adding to the acrimony.
"Already, international business is facing the pressure of increased tension between the U.S. and China, but the enactment of China’s security law for Hong Kong could take the tension to a whole new level," said Tara Joseph, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
"This is show time for Hong Kong," she said in a commentary in the South China Morning Post.
U.S. President Donald Trump has promised action over Hong Kong, with an announcement at the end of the week. More than 1,300 U.S. companies have offices in the city, providing about 100,000 jobs.
China said it would take necessary countermeasures against foreign interference in what it insists are its internal affairs.
Hong Kong stocks underperformed most of Asia, closing down 0.7%.
Trump’s possible response could include visa and economic sanctions, David Stilwell, the State Department’s assistant secretary for East Asia, told reporters.
(Reporting by Jessie Pang, Anne Marie Roantree, Donny Kwok, Noah Sin, Clare Jim, Sarah Wu; Writing by Michael Perry and Marius Zaharia; Editing by Stephen Coates, Robert Birsel)
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Colorado Democratic Senate candidate John Hickenlooper, who frequently touts his opposition to corporate influence in politics, has hauled in more than $1 million from corporate executives and lobbyists and hundreds of thousands more from PACs that take corporate donations.
Federal Election Commission records show that Hickenlooper has directly collected more than $1.1 million from corporate executives in his bid to unseat Republican senator Cory Gardner. The cash flowed from high-level executives at Microsoft, Geico, UnitedHealth, BlueShield, and other companies. Many of the executives made maximum contributions to Hickenlooper's campaign.
Hickenlooper has made anti-corporate rhetoric a major part of his campaign in a race that could determine which party controls Congress’s upper chamber. He has highlighted his call to limit the influence of corporations in fundraising pleas, digital ads, and speeches. The stance also helped him land an endorsement from End Citizens United, the left's premier group opposing major moneyed interests. The former governor's boost from corporate executives, however, flies in the face of his anti-corporate rhetoric.
Despite his calls to "get Washington working for the American people" instead of "big business," Hickenlooper also pulled in $70,000 from dozens of federally registered lobbyists who work to influence policy for corporations. The lobbyists represent a wide array of industries including oil and gas (ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Trans Atlantic Petroleum), health care and pharmaceuticals (UnitedHealth Group, Amgen, and Purdue), and finance (Blackstone Group, Ernst & Young, and Goldman Sachs).
Hickenlooper has also vowed not to accept money from corporate PACs. Despite that promise, he has accepted $180,000 through a loophole—taking donations from Democratic leadership PACs fueled by cash from corporate PACs.
These donations include $10,000 from Sen. Jacky Rosen’s (Nev.) Smart Solutions PAC, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s (Ariz.) Getting Stuff Done PAC, Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s (Mich.) GREAT LAKES PAC, and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s (Nev.) All for Our Country Leadership PAC, all of which have received a vast amount of funding from corporate PACs. Other PACs that have given thousands to Hickenlooper's campaign—such as Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s (R.I.) Oceans PAC and Sen. Jon Tester’s (Mont.) Treasure State PAC—have been flooded with corporate PAC cash.
Hickenlooper is not the only Democratic Senate candidate who received corporate cash through pass-through entities. As of late last year, candidates who swore off corporate PAC cash and received the endorsement of End Citizens United combined to receive $1.6 million from allied PACs that accept corporate-linked contributions.
One such candidate, North Carolina Democrat Cal Cunningham, has claimed that his Senate campaign was not funded by special interests. Politifact rated his claim as "mostly false" due to the corporate PAC money that made its way into his campaign’s coffers through other Democratic PACs. Cunningham has also taken campaign cash directly from corporate executives.
Another Democratic Senate candidate, Arizona's Mark Kelly, has also received tens of thousands from Democratic leadership PACs that take corporate cash. He has also personally received almost $300,000 from speaking engagements—some of which were sponsored by large corporations—since his campaign began.
Hickenlooper’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
For the fourth consecutive year, the City of Seattle’s special tax on firearms and ammunition has fallen far short of original predictions, although according to data provided by the city, revenue was up slightly in 2019.
Last year, the city collected $85,352, which is just over $7,800 more than the $77,518 collected in 2018.
But it’s a shadow of what proponents of the tax contended Seattle would take in when the tax was hastily adopted in mid-2015, essentially copying a gun tax imposed in Cook County, Illinois. At that time, former Councilman Tim Burgess suggested the city’s revenue from the tax could reach between $300,000 and $500,000. The money was supposed to be used for “gun violence” reduction efforts.
The tax was unsuccessfully challenged by the Second Amendment Foundation, National Rifle Association and National Shooting Sports Foundation in the courts. The groups alleged the tax was actually a form of local gun control, which is forbidden by Washington state’s preemption law, adopted in 1983 and again in 1985. Under that statute, only the Legislature can adopt gun regulations. However, the liberal Washington state Supreme Court ruled the tax falls within the city’s taxing authority.
But when SAF supported a Public Records Act lawsuit filed by the editor of TheGunMag.com (formerly Gun Week) in 2016 to force the city to release tax revenue data, the court agreed. It was then the city revealed just how short the actual revenue figure was, an embarrassing $103,766 for the first year of collections. SAF owns TheGunMag.com, and always considered it a First Amendment case based on the principle that the public has a right to know about such projects.
“We suspected all along that the city’s predictions were fabricated,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb at the time.
The next year, 2017, saw gun tax revenue fall even farther, to $93,220 and by 2018, the collections had plummeted.
Last year is the first time the tax has actually picked up a bit, though still nowhere near the original prediction.
One of the city’s two major gun stores actually moved to avoid paying the tax. The other major retailer—Outdoor Emporium—routinely refers gun-buying clients to its sister store in Pierce County.
The tax places a $25 fee on the sale of each firearm. The city also imposes a 5-cent tax per round of centerfire ammunition and 2 cents on every round of rimfire ammunition.
While the tax was promoted as a way to reduce gun-related violence, Seattle Police Department data suggests it has failed on that front in terms of gun-related homicides, and has been only marginally successful in reducing the number of shots-fired reports.
In 2016, the first full year this tax was collected, Seattle Police data shows a total of 326 shooting incidents including 11 fatal shootings, 59 incidents of people wounded, and 256 reports of shots fired.
The next year saw 351 shooting incidents including 16 murders, 67 cases of gunshot injuries and 268 shots fired reports.
In 2018, the data shows 308 shooting incidents including 13 slayings, 67 more cases of people being injured and 228 shots fired reports.
Last year, there were 18 gun-related killings, 73 non-fatal shootings were reported and the city logged 224 reports of shots fired.
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According to Fox News The Justice Department said Thursday morning that it has made the federal investigation into George Floyd’s death a “top priority” and assigned experienced prosecutors to investigate the death of the Minneapolis black man. Floyd died after he was handcuffed and suffocated by a white police officer. It has also promised a […]
President Trump plans an Executive Order on Thursday to squelch Social Media bias against Conservatives after Twitter “fact checked” one of his tweets regarding mail-in ballots. One of the “fact-checkers,” Yeol Roth, is a raging anti-Trumper. Bias in spades?
Big Tech is doing everything in their very considerable power to CENSOR in advance of the 2020 Election. If that happens, we no longer have our freedom. I will never let it happen! They tried hard in 2016, and lost. Now they are going absolutely CRAZY. Stay Tuned!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
The Fact-checkers tend to be lefists
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
….happen again. Just like we can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country. It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
Fox reported on the Executive Order set to be released Thursday:
According to the drafts, the executive order would apply, at least in part, to section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which states that: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
Section 230, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, essentially protects online platforms against a range of laws that may otherwise be used to hold them legally responsible for what others say and do. The provision of the law created broad protection and allows for free speech on platforms.
It lets companies like Facebook and Twitter moderate content on their platforms as they see fit, while protecting them from lawsuits over content shared on them. An executive order, though, likely could not amend or repeal the section on its own.
Could Fact-checkers cause social media to be “content publishers” instead of social media platforms?
The “fact-checking” label on Trump’s tweet linked to an article that claimed Trump’s statements were inaccurate. In so doing, Twitter could have shot itself in the foot and be labelled as a “content publisher” rather than social media. That designation would remove their protection under the Communications Decency Act. Will Twitter’s Jack Dorsey be in for a rough ride?
The Epoch Times reported,
“The fact-checking label is concerning since it sends people to a list of content that Twitter deems to be factual, such as certain media organizations, and non-media accounts that have been verified by the platform, said Andrew Selepak, social media professor at the University of Florida.
“Twitter is essentially telling users who can and who cannot be trusted and labeling content from some users as untrustworthy,” Selepak told The Epoch Times. “Determining what is true and false … is what a content publisher would do—and not a social media platform.”
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) plans a bill to change the portion of the Decency Act so that they are no longer protected.
.@jack a few questions for you below. Bottom line: Why should @twitter continue to get special treatment from government as a mere distributor of other people’s content if you are going to editorialize and comment like a publisher? Shouldn’t you be treated like publisher? pic.twitter.com/JwDKc3gSyN
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) May 27, 2020
Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram call themselves “fact-checkers,” but in reality they are opinion monitors. They continually decide that Conservative viewpoints are “inaccurate.” Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children gets “fact-checked” constantly on everything. They have restricted our articles, or outright banned us constantly because our viewpoint differs from theirs. There is no free speech on social media. Specifically, the worst censorship occurs in an election year.
And yet, FB’s Zuckerberg weighed in on Twitter’s fact-checking action against Trump, saying he doesn’t fact check politicians (CNBC). No, he just restricts the content enough so that no one can see it.
Regulating them or stopping them will be a difficult task, and wording will be paramount in the Executive Order. President Trump plans a special commission to investigate the bias among the various social media giants (aka Big Tech). The Senate did an investigation last year on censorship and their witnesses lied, which left no action from the whole agenda.
These related stories are just a smattering of the articles we’ve written on the Censorship in Social Media:
Will anything actually be done to stop the censorship? Or will this end up like every other plan, dumped in favor of Big Tech?
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