NBC just ran a poll they probably wish they could take back. Despite the national kerfuffle over gun control in the wake of Parkland, Americans don’t seem to be much deterred from the idea that guns prevent bad people from doing bad stuff. The poll showed nearly 60 percent of Americans believe legal gun owners
NBC just ran a poll they probably wish they could take back.
Despite the national kerfuffle over gun control in the wake of Parkland, Americans don’t seem to be much deterred from the idea that guns prevent bad people from doing bad stuff.
The poll showed nearly 60 percent of Americans believe legal gun owners help make the country safer.
What’s even more surprising is that that number represents a radical change from twenty years ago when well over half of Americans believed just the opposite.
In other words, the radical gun-control agenda isn’t working all that well.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
Nearly six in 10 American adults believe citizen gun ownership does more to improve public safety because it allows law-abiding people to protect themselves in case of danger, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Friday.
The March 10-14 survey found 58 percent of people think legal gun owners help make the country a safer place compared to 38 percent who think the chance for accidental misuse of firearms is connected to more people having them.
Over the past two decades since the 1999 Columbine massacre, the public’s beliefs on gun ownership and safety have dramatically changed.
Back then, 52 percent of people said higher gun ownership levels correlated with lower levels of safety.
Yesterday, President Trump signed history’s most bloated budget ever at a whopping 1.3 trillion price tag after threatening to veto it.
And with its passage, he and Republicans in Congress turned their backs on explicit pledges to finally defund Planned Parenthood.
Buried within the more than 2,200-page bill is funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider to the tune of half a billion bucks…your tax dollars.
And all of those greenbacks are justified with PP’s dubious claim of women’s health services like mammograms, which almost none of their hundreds of centers offer.
It’s a subsidized monopoly of death that profits their executives in the millions per year.
Planned Parenthood needs to be aborted…yesterday.
Here’s more from PJ Media…
President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans broke their promise to conservative voters by giving Planned Parenthood approximately $500 million in taxpayer funding in the omnibus spending bill that Trump signed into law on Friday.
Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders promised their voters for years that they would defund Planned Parenthood if given the chance to govern.
Now, with Republican majorities in the House and Senate and a Republican in the White House, the nation’s number one killer of unborn children will continue receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funding.
Planned Parenthood receives approximately $500 million in taxpayer funding every year through Medicaid and Title X grants for family planning.
In every school in America, students are expected to be housed in a safe environment.
At least that’s the premise behind the furor over recent school shootings.
And in most communities, school attendance is mandatory.
But according to some leftist public school administrators, a political agenda trumps all need for safety.
At least that’s the logic offered by the principal at a Ventura, CA, school as she explained to an enraged father why she can’t stop sixth-graders from leaving the school ‘to protest’…or something.
Because 12-year-olds roaming around city streets unsupervised is super safe and obviously is a really good idea.
Here’s more from PJ Media…
John Gunn, father of a student at a Ventura, Calif., middle school, was enraged when he found out his son’s sixth-grade class was allowed to walk out in protest of gun rights in the wake of the shooting in Florida. He went to the school in person with his camera rolling to confront the principal about her decision to allow political protesting on campus. What Gunn was told when he asked principal Barbara Boggio, who made the decision to allow 12-year-olds to walk out of school, boggles the mind.
“There is no such authorization. If a student chose to leave that’s their choice,” she said. “I won’t restrain a sixth-grade student if they choose to leave.”
Boggio goes on to proclaim again and again that her main job is to keep her students “safe.” (How she does this while allowing them to leave the school whenever they want is unknown.)
PJM reached out to Gunn. “They said it was a memorial. I spoke to my son’s friends. They were playing basketball [during the walkout] when a homeless person came through the fence and took their ball,” he said.
So what’s all the fuss about the fact that Andrew McCabe was the lead on the investigation of AG Jeff Sessions last year?
As Roger Simon’s new column points out, it’s an obvious sign that the left is in the final stages of self-destruction and that the leak of that investigation is an attempt to paint McCabe’s ouster as paybacks from Sessions.
But, as Simon points out, it’s actually meant to distract from the reality that Inspector General Horowitz’s report is due in a month or so.
And all the available evidence is that it will shake the federal government to its core as this ‘Gate of Gates’ which will make Watergate look like a minor ‘showed up to work late’ infraction.
Here’s more from PJ Media…
Why would some “concerned citizen” suddenly leak information to ABC that Jeff Sessions was under investigation for perjuring himself (about Russia, of course) during his confirmation hearing now almost a year behind us?
Could it have something to do with the fact that the man who instigated that investigation was none other than Andrew McCabe, only recently fired by Sessions? Was someone or some group — the ABC report specifies “sources” with an “s” — trying to make the attorney general’s act seem one of revenge, and thus illegitimate?
No doubt. But the problem is that Sessions was long ago exonerated of this charge by none other than Robert Mueller.
Furthermore, just hours after ABC trumpeted its “exclusive,” current FBI director Christopher Wray reaffirmed that the firing of McCabe was justified. Indeed, he asserted that politics didn’t influence McCabe’s firing at all, and that the FBI was now operating “by the book.” (Not, one would hope, the same book that appeared in Susan Rice’s email.)
This leak is yet another manifestation of panic on the part of the cabal that tried to upend Trump’s presidency. The Deep State is in deep trouble — at least that part of it, anyway. (The part that wrote the omnibus budget bill seems to be doing just fine.)
It’s undeniable now that former Vice President Joe Biden is running for president.
So it comes as no surprise that he’d show up at an “It’s On Us” rally in Miami to take advantage of the anti-gun fervor in hopes of propelling his stock.
And that’s when he dropped a hint of how his campaign will run against Trump in 2020.
Reminding the crowd of the infamous Access Hollywood audio in which the grabbing of certain body parts were mentioned, Biden reiterated that he’d have taken a guy like that in high school behind the gym to ‘beat the hell out of’ him.
To which Trump replied essentially: bring it on.
So there you have it: the 2020 fight will be between a guy who talked about grabbing women and a guy who routinely does.
Here’s more from PJ Media…
Former Vice President Joe Biden told students at the University of Miami that he wishes he could engage in fisticuffs with President Donald Trump over the infamous Access Hollywood comments. The president shot back on Twitter.
“When a guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,’ and then said, ‘I made a mistake,’ they asked me would I like to debate this gentleman, and I said no,” Biden recalled. “I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.'”
The University of Miami College Democrats posted the video of these remarks on Facebook. The former vice president’s taunt to Trump begins around minute 43 of the video below.
Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018
Recall the dubious study by Newtown which was cited by leftist media outlets in the wake of the Parkland tragedy that showed 18 school shootings this year alone.
The anti-gun lobby jumped on that study to demonstrate how we’re at epidemic levels despite that the study included any round of ammunition fired within the vicinity of a school as a ‘school shooting’.
But now Heritage Foundation is out with a new study with legitimate data.
In 2018 there have been just four shootings. Of course one shooting is one too many, but it’s a far cry from 18.
And what the study shows also is that shootings are actually on the decline since the 90s.
So once again, the anti-gun hysteria is just that.
A calm, reasoned response is nearly always better than emotive knee-jerk.
Here’s more from Redstate…
The media has a way of taking an atrocity and making it seem like our world has come down with a serious case of it.
After each shooting, the media dedicates untold amounts of attention to shootings past, present, and future. You’d be forgiven for believing the United States is soaked in the blood of the victims of mass shootings, specifically in schools.
In fact, anti-gun organization Everytown likes to throw up scary numbers about 18 school shootings having occurred. Including Maryland we can bring their count up to 19, but the real number is actually four. Of course, that’s four too many, but the way Everytown tells it, anytime a live round is shot off inside or near a school campus, regardless of the context or outcome, it’s a school shooting. This may include something along the lines of a man committing suicide in the parking lot of a closed down elementary school.
According to a new study from the Heritage Foundation, the hysterics over the amount of school shootings handed to us by the media isn’t half as bad as they portray it. Furthermore, they are more rare now than they were in the 90s.
Famed uber-leftist Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz has leveled arguably the toughest hit on special counsel Robert Mueller to-date.
Arguing via an op-ed in The Hill, Derschowitz also blames Congress for not stepping in to launch its own investigation into Russia collusion.
He argues Mueller was never given a concrete crime to pursue, which is why the investigation has descended into a witch hunt in search of something to prosecute.
And that reality has opened up the FBI to all sorts of scandal, ultimately which has “politicized our justice system beyond repair.”
It’s not often we agree with leftists, but this one is right. It’s time for Mueller to go.
Here’s more from Hotair…
Go figure that a man known as a skilled appellate defense attorney might have an animus against the idea of a roving prosecutor, but don’t let that keep people from hearing Alan Dershowitz out. He writes in The Hill that Congress should have seized the moment after the 2016 election by creating a bipartisan special commission to get to the truth of Russian interference and how to defend against it instead of demanding recusals and special counsels.
The Mueller probe, Dershowitz argues, compounded the damage that Russia intended to create in the first place:
In this case, the appointment of a special counsel has done more harm than good. It has politicized our justice system beyond repair. The FBI deputy director has been fired for leaking and lying. His testimony appears to be in conflict with that of the former FBI director as to whether the leaks were authorized. Messages by high-ranking FBI agents suggest strong bias against Trump. A tweet by the former CIA director reveals equally strong negative views of the president. Perhaps these revelations prove nothing more than that law enforcement and national security officials are human and hold political views like everyone else.
But these views are not supposed to influence their decisions. In our age of hyperpartisanship, the public has understandably lost confidence in the ability and willingness of our leaders to separate their political views from their law enforcement decisions. This is not all attributable to the appointment of the special counsel, but the criminalization of political differences on both sides of the aisle has certainly contributed to the atmosphere of distrust in our justice system.
Just when we thought Malthusianism had thoroughly been discredited, comes now a rebooted version of the idea that there are just too darn many people on the planet.
Renowned science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson detailed in a recent op-ed that, since we’re all “enmeshed in Earth’s web of life,” we should forcibly move people out of the rural areas of the globe and into mega-cities.
That would free up a “considerable portion of the Earth’s surface.”
So there you have it.
Humans are essentially parasites that need to be herded into urban pens so as to have a minimal impact on the ‘web of life’.
Here’s more from PJ Media…
Science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the best-known names in a genre known for looking forward. However, not all writers in the genre look to the future for their ideas — plenty are obsessed with moving backwards, from liberty back to tyranny.
Robinson recently penned an op-ed in The Guardian that favors removing humans from most of the world, forcefully herding us all into cities.
“The tendency of people to move to cities, either out of desire or perceived necessity, creates a great opportunity. If we managed urbanisation properly, we could nearly remove ourselves from a considerable percentage of the planet’s surface,” Robinson writes. “That would be good for many of the threatened species we share this planet with, which in turn would be good for us, because we are completely enmeshed in Earth’s web of life.”
Robinson doesn’t claim credit for this idea.
“Here I’m referring to the plan EO Wilson has named Half Earth. His book of the same title is provocative in all the best ways, and I think it has been under-discussed because the central idea seems so extreme,” he notes.
First it was Facebook, now it’s Youtube getting in on the anti-gun craze that’s sweeping the nation.
Youtube announced this week a new policy that any videos promoting the sale of guns or a tutorial on how gun parts can be made at home will be banned.
But the problem is there’s a whole bunch of grey area.
What about videos already posted? And what about videos that mention guns available for sale but not explicitly promoted with a link?
This is yet another knee-jerk by the leftmedia in hopes that good feelings with save us all from bad people.
What it’s actually doing is creating some great opportunities for competitors like Vimeo.
Here’s more from Hotair…
It’s not clear to me precisely what is and isn’t banned under the new guidelines. But that’s the point, right? The more ambiguous the new rules are, the easier it is to justify banning gun channels arbitrarily.
If I’m reading this correctly, simple demonstration videos showing how a particular gun operates aren’t banned *unless* they’re being used to promote sales. If you want to upload a video showing off your AR-15, you can — I think. If the gun’s manufacturer wants to upload a similar video with a link to where you can purchase it, nope. Banned. If the manufacturer wants to upload the same video without any link or express notice that they have that gun for sale? Unclear.
Likewise, I think it’s okay to upload a video showing how to install a commercially available gun accessory. What’s not okay are videos showing you how to manufacture that accessory yourself. No machining tutorials, no 3-D printed guns, no lessons on how to make your own bump stock — nothing that would give a crazy person ideas on how to modify his weapon to make it more lethal. In fact, even if your bump stock was purchased commercially, you can’t upload an installation video for it. There’s been a special anti-bump-stock rule in effect on YouTube since the Vegas massacre.
Here’s a profound truth which California officials are apparently just discovering: criminals break laws.
So when Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tipped off illegals via Twitter of a pending ICE raid, a bunch of bad guys got away.
But if you’re the type that doesn’t have much respect for the law, it’s only matter of time before you get caught.
It comes as little surprise, then, to learn that three of the illegals originally targeted have committed additional crimes for which they were subsequently arrested.
In all, the ICE raids rounded up over 200 illegal aliens — many already convicted of crimes and previously deported — but hundreds more escaped due to Schaaf’s warning.
Here’s more from Fox News…
Three illegal immigrants, who avoided capture after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf blew the whistle on a raid by federal immigration authorities last month, have since been re-arrested for new crimes including robbery and spousal abuse, ICE officials said.
Schaaf tweeted out a warning ahead of the raid in northern California last month, infuriating Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and the Trump administration.
“How dare you!” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in California this month, addressing Schaaf. “How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical, open borders agenda.”
ICE officials eventually caught 232 illegal immigrants, many of them criminals, in the four-day sweep but said that hundreds more escaped because of Schaaf’s warning.
But on Tuesday, officials said that at least three of those who were targeted in the raid, but were not apprehended, had since been arrested for additional crimes.
One was a Mexican national arrested for robbery and gun crimes, who was released back into the community for a prior offense despite an ICE detainer request in November.
Another Mexican national was arrested for a DUI, despite having been deported three times and prior convictions for false imprisonment, DUI and battery of a spouse.