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Obama Goes To War With Weapons He Scrapped

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Published on: September 25, 2014

The president launches attacks on the Islamic State with two weapons systems that were targeted for elimination by the administration years before their usefulness ended or any replacements were ready.

With the decision to launch air and missile strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, in addition to ongoing strikes in Iraq in what is said to be the start of a long and sustained campaign to “degrade and destroy” the terrorist group, President Obama has stumbled upon a revelation:

The military whose budgets he’s slashed and weapons systems he opposed is suddenly quite useful.

As the Washington Post reported, the first strikes Monday night included a volley of 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two warships, the guided missile destroyer Arleigh Burke and the guided missile cruiser Philippine Sea. They are part of the George H.W. Bush carrier battle group led by the aircraft carrier of the same name.

‘F’ Is for Firearm: More Teachers Authorized to Carry Weapons in Classroom

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Published on: September 25, 2014

IMAGE: Kasey Hansen poses with her handgun in the hallway outside one of her classrooms at Valley Junior High School

“Stop. Drop your weapon. Don’t shoot.”

Kasey Hansen yelled as she pointed the barrel of her loaded handgun at a target’s chest at a shooting range outside Salt Lake City.

Hansen, a special needs teacher in Utah, is prepared to take down any armed gunman that barges through the doors of one of her classrooms. Hansen carries her pink handgun “Lucy” with her every day in each of the 14 schools at which she teaches. The 27-year-old teacher works with elementary, middle and high school students with hearing impairments in the Granite School District.

“I want to protect my students,” Hansen said. “I’m going to stand in front of a bullet for any student that is in my protection and so I want another option to defend us.”

Hansen is one of an unknown number of armed teachers across the country. Legally gun-owning adults are now allowed to carry guns in public schools in more than two dozen states, from kindergarten classrooms to high school hallways. Seven of those states specifically allow teachers and other school staff to carry guns in their schools.

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Bloomturd-led gun control group announces ads, endorsements

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Published on: September 25, 2014

Angling to reintroduce gun control into public discourse ahead of November’s elections, the group bankrolled by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday announced endorsements in more than 100 state and federal races.

Everytown for Gun Safety – yoking the Bloomberg-funded Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – is backing candidates who “have shown leadership in the fight to keep our communities safe from gun violence,” said John Feinblatt, the group’s president. Several on the list, including Sens. Kay Hagan, D-North Carolina, and Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, face tough contests that could decide control of the Senate.

The organization also plans to run television ads in Illinois and Oregon featuring family members of high-profile shootings, and over the next three weeks will take its message on the road with a “Gun Sense Voter” tour. The circuit will include Oregon, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Maine, Maryland, Connecticut and Washington, where Everytown has funneled over $1 million toward pushing a state initiative that would expand background checks for firearm purchases.

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How Gun Control Made England The ‘Most Violent Country In Europe’

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Published on: September 25, 2014

Gun control in Britain passed in stages, beginning just after World War I and continuing in a reactionary fashion with increasing strictness through the 1990s.

When the final stage arrived in 1997, and virtually all handguns were banned via the Firearms Act, the promise was a reduction in crime and greater safety for the British people. But the result was the emergence of Britain as the “most violent country in Europe.”

Britain began placing restrictions on gun ownership after World War I with the Firearms Act of 1920. The passage of this act was emotionally driven, based in part on the public’s war-weariness and in part on the fear that an increased number of guns–guns from the battle field–would increase crime.

The Firearms Act of 1920 did not ban guns. Rather, it required that citizens who wanted a gun had to first obtain a certificate from the government. We see this same stage taking place in various places in the United States now, where a person who wants a firearm has to get a Fire Owner Identification Card (Illinois) or has to be vetted by police (Massachusetts) or both.

Thirteen years after the passage of the Firearms Act, British Parliament passed the Firearms and Imitation Firearms Bill, making the possession of a replica gun or a real one equally punishable unless the owner of either could show the lawful purpose for which he had it. (Sounds like California?) This was followed by the Firearms Act of 1937, which author Frank Miniter says “extended restrictions to shotguns and granted chief constables the power to add conditions to individual private firearm certificates.”

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Holder Backs Lawsuituit Against New York State Faulting Legal Service for Poor

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Published on: September 25, 2014

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who last year declared a crisis in America’s legal-defense system for the poor, is supporting a class-action lawsuit that accuses Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the State of New York of perpetuating a system that violates the rights of people who cannot afford to hire lawyers.

The lawsuit claims that public defenders in New York are so overworked and overmatched that poor people essentially receive no legal defense at all. It describes a system in which indigent defendants navigate courts nearly alone, relying on spotty advice from lawyers who do not have the time or money to investigate their cases or advise them properly.

Because of substandard legal aid, children are taken from their parents, defendants in minor cases are jailed for long periods and people are imprisoned for crimes for which they might have been acquitted, the civil rights lawyers who filed the suit said.

Although the United States is not a party to the case, Mr. Holder is using the same core legal arguments as the plaintiffs and the weight of the federal government to resolve what he sees as deep-seated unfairness in local criminal courts. His views will bring national attention to a case that has mainly been of interest in New York. After Mr. Holder weighed in last year in a similar case in Washington State, the judge strongly rebuked the public-defense systems in two cities there and ordered improvements.

If the New York lawsuit succeeds, the state could be forced to take over the public-defense system, which is now run by county governments. Such an outcome would also quite likely encourage similar lawsuits, and, in turn, additional intervention by the Justice Department.

Mr. Holder has made the right to legal representation part of a broad effort to address inequities in the criminal justice system. He has pushed to reduce harsh sentences that were adopted during the country’s crack epidemic, for example, and to eliminate mandatory-minimum sentences for nonviolent drug crimes.

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NYCG Radio Episode #86 – 9/23/14 “Gabby Giffords Jumps the Shark”

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Published on: September 24, 2014

New York City Guns Radio Episode
#86

IN THIS EPISODE:
Gabby Giffords goes too far: how the left use brain damaged people to rob us of our constitutional rights.
WARNING! This Content Contains AWESOME VULGARITY

Liberal Incivility and Gabby Giffords

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Published on: September 23, 2014

When a gunman attempted to murder Rep. Gabriel Giffords in January 2011, the country was shocked by what was widely interpreted as an act that symbolized the incivility that had transformed American politics. That assumption, which was primarily aimed at undermining the Tea Party movement that had swept the midterm elections months before in the 2010 midterms, was soon debunked when we learned the shooter was an apolitical madman. But liberals have never ceased yapping about the implications of their opponents’ alleged meanness. Now it turns out the person who is doing the most to give the lie to this assertion is Ms. Giffords.

Giffords’s plight in the wake of the shooting engendered the support of all Americans as she struggled to recover from catastrophic wounds that forced her to abandon her political career. Like James Brady did a generation before, Giffords’s valiant recovery from a severe head wound made her the object of the nation’s sympathy and warm wishes. That wasn’t diminished by her activism on behalf of controversial gun-control laws. But as Giffords has begun to realize that empathy for her situation doesn’t translate into a willingness by the majority of Americans to embrace her positions on gun control, her intervention in political races is now taking on the aspect of a political attack dog rather than that of a sympathetic victim.

As Politico reports today in a story that runs under the headline “Gabby Giffords gets mean,” the former congresswoman has taken off the gloves in a series of political ads aimed at taking out Republicans she doesn’t like. In them, her super PAC seeks to exploit the suffering of other shooting victims but twists the narrative to make it appear that people like Martha McSally, the Republican woman running for Giffords’s old seat, were somehow involved or even complicit in violent shooting of a woman named Vicki by a stalker.

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Anti-Gun NY State Senate Candidate Accused by Own Law Firm of Stealing $2M (Democrat)

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Published on: September 23, 2014

A still taken from the September 19 2014 TV advert attacking Nassau County legislator Dave Denenberg, also known as David Denenberg, that was made for his political campaign opponent Michael Venditto in the New York State Senate race.

A Long Island state Senate candidate who promises voters that “Nobody Works Harder!” stole $2 million by routinely billing for lawyering that never happened, his own law firm charges.

David Denenberg, a Nassau County legislator who’s running for the Senate as a Democrat, created an elaborate narrative to justify years of fake bills, according to a lawsuit the firm Davidoff Hutcher & Citron filed Tuesday.

The firm alleges Denenberg even drafted pretend court orders and forged judges’ signatures to justify some of his make-believe billing.

Denenberg, 51, was fired, and the matter was referred to Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, according to the law firm. Her office declined comment Monday.

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NRA focuses on Three Major Senate Races (Join Today!)

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Published on: September 23, 2014

The National Rifle Association will weigh in on three of this year’s key Senate races with a multimillion dollar ad buy beginning Wednesday.

The NRA effort is aimed at boosting Republican Senate challengers in Arkansas, Colorado and North Carolina — the outcomes of which could likely determine which party controls the chamber.

The group’s campaign is expected to top $4 million in these states, spokesman Andrew Arulanandam confirmed to CNN. It will spend $1.4 million to boost North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, who is running against incumbent Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan.

“Our Second Amendment rights are under attack by the Obama Administration, and we need leaders like Thom Tillis in the Senate to fight back,” states the ad.

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NYT, AP Ignore Large Contingent of Communists and Far-Leftists in NYC “Climate March”

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Published on: September 23, 2014

Image source: Oliver Darcy/TheBlaze

 

At Tea Party and conservative events, the press routinely seeks out any shred of evidence of far-right extremism, racism or even uncivil behavior exhibited by attendees. If found, it then tries to portray even one or a few such people out of thousands as somehow typical.

Rallies in support of liberals’ pet causes get a completely different treatment. The press almost invariably ignores rampant left-wing extremism clearly on display. Sunday’s “Climate March” in New York City, along with other smaller marches in other parts of the world, exemplifies the blatant double standard. The Blaze, Gateway Pundit, and others reported no shortage of Gotham protesters often uncivilly advocating an end to capitalism and its replacement with “a socialist future.” The Associated Press and the New York Times ignored it all.

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Panera Bread Told Customers to Keep Their Guns Out…Here’s How 28,928 Reacted

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Published on: September 22, 2014

Panera Bread recently put out a statement asking customers to leave their legal and lawful firearms out of their stores. The anti-gun crowd has proclaimed victory, with the Bloomberg-funded group Moms Demand Action releasing a statement praising the decision of the store to disarm it’s customers.

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But customers have responded quite negatively to Panera’s new firearms policy, with an unscientific poll showing an overwhelming majority, 83%, saying that the decision has changed their opinion of the restaurant for the worse.

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Pistol-packing pastor stops alleged thief stealing packages from Baytown porches

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Published on: September 21, 2014

Praise the lord . . . and pass the ammunition.

A pistol-packing pastor helped catch a grandmother last week who police say has been stealing dozens of packages from the front porches of homes in a Texas town, KTRK reported.

Pastor Benny Holmes was, to hear his wife Pat tell it, “at his wits end” after packages delivered to his Baytown home kept disappearing.

“He was determined in his mind that he would sit here, however long it took, to see if he could find her,” Pat Holmes told the station.

His determination paid off when he apparently caught the thief on yet another trip to allegedly steal packages.

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Gabby Giffords Gets Mean in New Anti Gun Ads (Nobody has the stones to respond of course!)

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Published on: September 21, 2014

Gabby Giffords, irreproachable figure of sympathy, has fashioned an improbable new role for herself this election year: ruthless attack dog.

The former Democratic congresswoman, whose recovery from a gunshot wound to the head captivated the country, has unleashed some of the nastiest ads of the campaign season, going after GOP candidates in Arizona and New Hampshire with attacks even some left-leaning commentators say go too far. And Republicans on the receiving end are largely helpless to hit back, knowing a fight with the much-admired survivor is not one they’re likely to win.

Some of the toughest spots from Giffords’ newly formed pro-gun-control super PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions, hammer Republican Martha McSally, a retired Air Force pilot who is running for the Arizona seat Giffords once held. One features a wrenching testimonial from a woman named Vicki who weeps and stumbles over her words as she recounts how her 19-year-old daughter was hunted down and murdered by an enraged ex-boyfriend.

“He had threatened her before. I knew. I just knew,” Vicki says. A narrator then declares that McSally “opposes making it harder for stalkers to get a gun.”

It’s no accident that Giffords is singling out McSally, people close to the former congresswoman say.

During her unsuccessful 2012 campaign, McSally ran TV commercials comparing herself to Giffords. The Giffords team fumed, and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, released a terse statement declaring, “Martha McSally is no Gabby Giffords.”

Glenn Says: Remember when the Democrats flew her to DC for a “historic comeback” vote on a party-line Bill not too long after she was shot in the head? She was so mentally handicapped that a staffer had to press the button for her. Probably the single most disgusting thing that has happened in politics in 30 years. She is a tool now. A puppet worked by her spouse to raise money and assassinate the character of pro-gun politicians. See our enemies for who they are: they use brain damaged people like Giffords and Brady to take away your civil rights!

Limbaugh on the Republicans: They Get Blamed for Everything and Never Push Back

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Published on: September 21, 2014

Look, let me tell you where we are with the Republicans. I had a guy was chatting back and forth, a friend last night. He said, “You seem remarkably calm.”

I said, “I am. It’s all about expectations. I finally figured out, the Republican Party’s what it is and isn’t anything gonna change it, and every day being invested in the hope they’re gonna change is a waste of time and energy. Let me give you an example…”

And then my friend said, “Let me just tell you something. If one of these ISIS guys get in through the Southern border and sets off some kind of bomb in LA, that’s the end. That’s the end of the Democrat Party.”

I said, “See, no. That’s where you’re looking at this the wrong way. If some ISIS guy gets into the country through the Southern border and drops a bomb, sets off a bomb in LA, it’s the Republicans who will get blamed for not working with Obama on comprehensive immigration reform that could have kept the ISIS guy out!”

The Republicans are going to get blamed for everything, and because they’re gonna get blamed for everything, they’re going to keep cooperating with the Democrats in hopes that they will stop being blamed. That’s the reality of the day, folks. Call it Battered Wife Syndrome, call it PTSD, call it outright fear of the media or what have you. But the Republicans… Look at John Boehner!

He just voted for the continuing resolution that funds Obamacare. All right? At the same time said that comprehensive immigration reform is got to happen. It’s the only thing that can help the American people. Well, so, I have ceased… That’s not the way to put it. The question that drew all these answers out of me was, “How do you get up and go to work every day? Aren’t you just totally frustrated?”

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George Zimmerman Details What His Life is Like Today

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Published on: September 21, 2014

With a smile on his face, George Zimmerman spent Saturday afternoon posing for photos, sharing hugs and shaking hands with gun enthusiasts at a firearms expo in Lake Mary.

“It’s so odd to me,” said Zimmerman, about the celebrity treatment he receives in public. “[But] it is appreciated.”

In his first interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Zimmerman described life after his acquittal last year in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The former Neighborhood Watch volunteer shot the unarmed black teen in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012.

Now life for the 30-year-old is completely different.

He’s always moving.

He’s in debt.

And he’s constantly receiving death threats.

“I just try to be smart where I go,” said Zimmerman, who described the gun show at Gander Mountain Academy as a “friendly” event that didn’t warrant extra protection.

Zimmerman said he carries a semi-automatic handgun for added safety.

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“Gabby Giffords Jumps the Shark”

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