Predictably and Despicably, Dems Exploit Vegas to Push Gun Control
by Paul Albaugh: The nation’s worst shooting massacre happened Sunday night in Las Vegas, where 59 people attending a country music concert were murdered and more than 500 wounded. Jason Aldean was performing when the assailant opened fire from his 32nd floor hotel room. This was a horrendous act of mass murder — what President Donald Trump correctly called “pure evil.” It’s a grim reminder that evil human beings will go to extreme measures to inflict pain and suffering on others.
As evil as this massacre was, gun controllers took to the microphone before any facts surrounding this atrocity were unveiled. Leftists immediately screamed about how their preferred policies would have prevented this tragedy without presenting any facts to back up their claim.
What follows is a litany of lies from many leftists using this tragedy to advance their agenda to strip Liberty from law-abiding citizens.
After trotting out a series of completely bogus statistics, House Minority Leader Nancy Pulosi pontificated in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, “Congress has a moral duty to address this horrific and heartbreaking epidemic. Charged with the solemn duty to protect and defend the American people, we must respond to these tragedies with courage, unity and decisive action.” By which she means to pass left-wing anti-gun legislation curtailing the Second Amendment.
Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy from Connecticut insisted, “This must stop. … It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic.” He added, “The thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It’s time for Congress to get off its a— and do something.”
Connecticut’s other Democrat senator, Richard Blumenthal, added, “It has been barely a year since what was previously the largest mass shooting in American history — the deadly attack at Pulse nightclub. … In the interim, thousands more have been lost to the daily, ruthless toll of gun violence. Still, Congress refuses to act. I am more than frustrated. I am furious!”
Joe “Double Barrel Shotgun” loose lips-Biden posted on Twitter, “How long do we let gun violence tear families apart? Enough. Congress & the WH should act now to save lives. There’s no excuse for inaction.”
Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) argued, “The problem is that ‘enough’ was many, many years and many, many brutal deaths ago.”
Sen. Elizabeth dinky-Warren (D-MA) tweeted, “Thoughts & prayers are NOT enough. … We need to have the conversation about how to stop gun violence. We need it NOW.”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) added, “How many lives must be lost before we act?”
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) commented, “We suffer these horrific events repeatedly and do nothing to stop them. We must do better.”
“Enough is enough,” Rep. Mike Thompson tweeted. “Congress should come together and establish a Select Committee to end gun violence.” While they’re at it, maybe they could end world hunger and poverty.
Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York and perennial leading advocate for gun control, opined that leaders should “resolve to stop mass shootings in America — and back up our words with actions.”
And of course, liar-Hillary Clinton, the defeated presidential candidate who should be in jail instead of making public comments, urged the public to not politicize this mass murder — but then immediately politicized it. “Our grief isn’t enough,” she lectured. “We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.” In other words, defenders of the Second Amendment must put our politics aside to follow her politics.
liar-Clinton also launched into factually challenged nonsense: “The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.”
Which brings us to several facts that these cynical exploiters conveniently leave out.
It is true that the NRA has been pushing for years to have Congress allow “silencers” to be less regulated. But there is a huge misconception about these tools that liar-Clinton and many others exploit. A “silencer” is more accurately called a suppressor. It reduces the loudness and flash of a firearm but it does not completely silence it. In other words, a silencer makes a gun slightly less loud (though it’s still roughly the decibel level of a jackhammer), and it was invented to protect hearing for those who regularly practice shooting. It does not, as Hollywood imagines, allow someone to fire a weapon that cannot be heard by others in the next room.
Another consideration is whether the killer used a fully automatic weapon to carry out this attack on innocent people as early reports speculated. It’s more likely that the killer used a “bump fire” stock attachment that allows a semiautomatic rifle to simulate automatic fire. If that’s the case, Democrats will go after such accessories and Republicans will have a difficult time playing defense.
Either way, the truth is, as Charles C.W. Cooke points out, “He had so many weapons that it’ll be a while before we know which ones he chose." Nevertheless, the media is quick to blame Republicans for failing to renew the liar-Clinton administration’s 1994 "assault weapons” ban. That ban applied to semiautomatic rifles, not fully automatic ones.
Fully automatic weapons already have the severest restrictions of any firearm. It is illegal to sell or buy a new one. Fully automatic weapons that were made and owned before 1986 are still in circulation but they are extremely expensive, are very difficult to acquire and have very strict rules that come with them. In order to own a fully automatic weapon, a $200 tax must be paid along with a lengthy application form to the ATF. If, after a lengthy background check, someone is approved to own a fully automatic weapon, then the ATF enters that individual’s information into a registry and the local law enforcement within that jurisdiction is notified. Fully automatic weapons are also almost never used in homicides — just three times since 1934, and two of those were by police.
The Democrat talking points about gun control are completely blown out of the water with these facts, but the Leftmedia come to their aid.
Yet, as they do with every heinous shooting, Democrats continue to use the blood of innocents to push for more restrictions and even to completely outlaw firearm ownership. They call for more controls despite the fact that there are already 20,000 laws on the books to restrict firearm use. Chicago, a city leftists love to tout as an example of why we need more firearm regulations, already has the most stringent gun laws to go with the highest crime rate of any city in the U.S.
Moreover, a gun is an object, a tool. Monstrous murder sprees using those tools are committed only by evil or mentally deranged people. The argument from the Left goes something like this: “Well, if there were no guns, then evil people could not inflict such great harm.” Wrong! Evil people will use any means to inflict harm; knives, baseball bats, explosives, vehicles (as when 84 people were slaughtered in Nice, France) and many other objects could be used. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin perhaps said it best: “You can’t regulate evil.”
We also need to be reminded of the reason that our Founding Fathers were so adamant about protecting We the People from government encroachment on the natural right to defend oneself with a firearm. Our right to keep and bear arms is the greatest deterrent to a tyrannical government that would want to enslave its people. Without gun ownership, there is no defense of Liberty. That doesn’t change even in the face of the horrific violence in Las Vegas. ~The Patriot Post
FUMBLING THE FOOTBALL
by Burt Prelutsky
The Never-Trumpers were having a field day on the football field so long as they got to call all the plays, flag all the penalties and invent an opposing team consisting solely of straw men.
When Trump called them a bunch of s.o.b.’s, lunkheads like Jeff Robinson, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU, snapped at the bait, insisting that the President “has misled people into thinking the protests are just about the flag, or the national anthem. So, let’s turn to what this protest was about from the beginning: the epidemic of police in this country killing black and brown people with no accountability.”
While nobody denies that there has been a spate of questionable killings by cops -- some white, some black, some Hispanic -- the unvarnished truth that Mr. Robinson and every other cheap race hustler -- be they white, black or Hispanic -- chooses to ignore is that most of the violent crime in America is committed by young black and Hispanic thugs.
Trump called the spoiled players, owners and commissioner of the NFL, sons of bitches because that, in the main, is what they are. And everyone who doesn’t have a vested interest in seeing Trump removed from office or at least seeing his administration go down in flames, knows that’s what they are.
In case anyone believes there isn’t a left-wing political agenda behind the NFL’s taking a knee, my friend Steve Maikoski passed along the work history of Joe Lockhart, who serves as the Executive VP and top public relations official for the league.
In 1980, he worked on Jimmy Carter’s failed re-election campaign.
In 1984, he worked as press secretary for presidential candidate Walter Mondale. 1988 was a busy year for Mr. Lockhart, who started out working to garner Illinois Senator Paul Simon the presidential nomination, then moved on to working to get Michael Dukakis elected; and when that didn’t pan out, he went into private practice, where he worked for the Al Nahayan family during the BCCI financial scandal.
In 1996, he worked to help liar-Bill Clinton get re-elected. It marked the first time he was on the winning side of an election. That garnered him the opportunity to serve as liar-Clinton’s Press Secretary during the impeachment proceedings.
In 2004, he returned to form by serving as senior advisor to presidential candidate John hanoi-Kerry. While in that position, he played a key role in providing Dan Rather with the false report about George W. Bush’s service in the National Guard. At least, that wound up costing Rather his job at CBS, so it’s not as if Lockhart hasn’t done something positive for America.
Between 2011 and 2013, Lockhart was the company spokesman for Facebook. Then, in 2016, Lockhart signed on with the NFL and also found the time to sell the liar-nObamas his home in Washington, D.C., which was always intended to serve as the seat of liar-nObama’s shadow government. It is from Lockhart’s former living room that the liar-nObamas and Valerie Jarrett, in concert with George Soros’s ill-gotten billions, are waging what they refer to as the Resistance.
● It’s a shame that so many basic things that Americans should agree about have become so partisan that one’s political identity pre-determines one’s position. For instance, consider immigration. What rational human being, including even someone as liberal as liar-Bill Clinton, would have envisioned 25 years ago that the Democrats would defend the right of people who had snuck into this nation -- simultaneously cutting the wages of the lower class, while taxing the resources of the middleclass -- to not only remain, but have mayors and governors offer them sanctuary, in violation of federal law?
But, so long as liberals pretend that the millions of people who dislike Barack liar-nObama, liar-Hillary Clinton or illegal aliens, are racist, sexist or xenophobic, I can guarantee they will continue losing elections. Even easy-going, good-natured, people, which Americans, by and large, happen to be, dislike being insulted and having their motives impugned.
Speaking for myself, and I suspect a few others, I am getting sick and tired of hearing how this is a nation of immigrants and how important diversity is in forging the future path of the nation.
This is, in fact, mainly a nation of the native-born, many of whose ancestors came here between 1870 and 1920. We have nothing against immigrants who wait in line and come here legally. We welcome them wholeheartedly. However, we have a natural contempt of people who butt in line, whether it’s to get into a ballpark, a movie theater or our nation.
And if diversity is as important as those on the Left are always claiming, how about we take in a few more immigrants from England and Eastern Europe and a few less from Latin America and the Middle East?
In case anyone else thinks that America is no different and certainly no better than other countries, I heard a caller to a radio talk show, an attorney whose work takes him to foreign capitals, point out what should be obvious to all: America is the only nation in history that grants absolute freedom to the nations it defeats in wars.
● Although the jokes have been sparse of late, I have received a couple of amusing lists. The highlights of the first, supplied by Joe McNeeley, pride of West Salem, IL, include:
“I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So, I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.”
“I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.”
“To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.”
“A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk is a work station….”
“Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the edge of a pool and throw them fish.”
“Hospitality: making your guests feel like they’re at home, even if you wish they were.”
“When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.”
“You’re never too old to learn something stupid.”
“Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.”
“The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on the list.”
● My old friend Dr. Harry Maller, who gives Van Nuys, CA, something to brag about, has passed along what some people might consider clichés and stereotypes about Jews, unless, of course, they happen to be Jewish and recognize reality when they face it.
“My mother is a typical Jewish mother. Once she was on jury duty. They sent her home because she kept insisting SHE was guilty.”
“Any time a person goes into a delicatessen and orders pastrami on white bread with mayo, somewhere a Jew dies.”
“An elderly Jewish man is knocked down by a car and brought to the nearest hospital. That evening, when a nurse tucks him into bed, she asks: “Mr. Greenbaum, are you comfortable?” With a shrug, he replies: “I make a living.”
“A rabbi was opening his mail one morning. Removing a single sheet from an envelope, he found a one-word message: “Schmuck.” At the next Friday night service, the rabbi announced: “I have known many people who have written letters and forgotten to sign their names. This week, I received one from someone who signed his name, but forgot to write a letter.”
“Three Jewish women got together for lunch. As they took their seats, one took a deep breath and let out a long, slow “Oy.” The next one took a deep breath, and let out an equally long, slow “Oy.” The third lady looked at her friends and said: “Girls, I thought we all agreed we weren’t going to talk about our children.”
“An elderly waiter comes over to a table of Jewish women -- perhaps that very same table -- and asks, “Is anything alright?”
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