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America’s Fifth Column (when the majority in a country becomes weak…)

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Published on: April 5, 2015

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“It is when the majority in a country becomes weak, indifferent and confused that a criminal minority, beautifully organized like all gangs, seizes the power”, wrote Ayn Rand in her open letter To All Fifth Columnist.

Speaking about the tragedy of today, Rand concludes that “by remaining unorganized, mentally unarmed, indifferent and confused, we are serving as innocent Fifth Columnists of our own destruction”.

This indifference in America to cultural issues that we believe are seemingly unimportant is akin to the appalling fascination of watching a man being hanged with the slowly dawning realization that it is a reflection in a mirror. The effect of remaining indifferent while we ourselves tighten the noose is compounded by our nation’s steady departure from our Judeo-Christian heritage.

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Liberal Paradise: California to HEAVILY FINE Citizens for Taking Long Showers (Unarmed, Unshowered)

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Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) said Californians will face heavy fines for taking long showers.

Brown said, “This executive order is done under emergency power. It has the force of law. Very unusual. It’s requiring action and changes in behavior from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border. It affects lawns. It affects people’s — how long they stay in the shower. How businesses use water.”

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thumbOregon Sheriff: Gun Control Push ‘Borderline Treasonous,’ Will Not Enforce

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While Oregon Democrats stood with Gabby Giffords and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence to push expanded background checks on April 1, Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer stood for the law-abiding citizens whom the checks will target by describing the gun control push as “borderline treasonous.”

Palmer also made clear that if the Democrats pass the measure there is zero chance of his office enforcing it.

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TENN GOV Haslam (Ex-Bloomturd Pal) Will Have NO ROLE at NRA Convention in His Own State

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From Tennessee’s Times News:

Haslam has had a strained relationship with some gun rights advocates ever since he ran for his first term as governor in 2010. In that race, his GOP rivals criticized Haslam, who was then the mayor of Knoxville, for his failure to join the NRA until after he became a candidate, and for his past membership in Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Haslam as mayor also presided over a 2009 city council vote that kept in place a ban on handguns in some of the city’s parks. That issue has come to a head again this year with state lawmakers moving to do away with local government control over whether handgun carry permit holders can be armed in parks, playgrounds and ballfields.

Kansas Governor Brownback Signs NRA-Backed Permitless Carry Legislation Into Law

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Published on: April 4, 2015

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauds Kansas Governor Sam Brownback for today signing into law Senate Bill 45, NRA-backed legislation that expands Kansas permitless open carry to included permitless concealed carry.

“On behalf of the NRA’s five-million members, we want to thank Governor Brownback and Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce for their leadership on this critical issue,” said Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the NRA-ILA. “This new law is a common sense measure that allows law-abiding Kansans to exercise their fundamental right to self-protection in the manner that best suits their needs.”

Kansans already have the right to carry a firearm openly without a permit, as long as they are not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm. However, under current law, if a firearm becomes covered by a coat or if a woman prefers to carry a firearm for protection in her purse, he or she would need a concealed carry handgun license. The new law simply extends permitless open carry to permitless concealed carry, allowing law-abiding gun owners to protect themselves and their loved ones in the manner that best suits their needs. Kansas’ permitting system remains the same under the new law. People who obtain permits still enjoy the reciprocity agreements that Kansas has with other states.

The bill passed the legislature with overwhelming support despite efforts by billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s out-of-state gun control lobbyist to defeat the legislation through a misinformation campaign.

In the three states that have adopted permitless carry laws similar to Kansas’ law, murder rates have gone down; declining by 23 percent in Alaska, 16 percent in Arizona, and eight percent in Wyoming.

D.C. Gives Up Defending Total Ban on Carrying Firearms, Shifts to Defense of Near-Total Ban

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Published on: April 4, 2015

On April 2, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the D.C.’s motion to voluntarily dismiss an appeal of the ruling that held the District’s ban on carrying a firearm outside the home for self-defense was unconstitutional. The District’s decision not to continue the appeal ends one of the last outright bans on carrying firearms in the United States.

While this marks the end of the District’s total ban, those wishing to lawfully carry firearms in D.C. still have a long way to go before all law-abiding individuals have a legal means of exercising their right to bear arms in the District. Shortly after the ban was held unconstitutional last July, the D.C. council adopted a temporary law that makes it all but impossible to get a license to carry a concealed pistol. A nearly identical version of that temporary law is still in effect, and a permanent version is under review by Congress and set to become law on May 30.

Plaintiffs in the case have attempted to enjoin the newly enacted D.C. carry law as contrary to the court’s order that required D.C. to create a licensing system that complies with the Second Amendment, but the court has yet to rule on the injunction. Perhaps the best hope for recognition of the right to bear arms in the District was introduced in Congress last week by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and U.S. Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). “The Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2015” includes a “shall-issue licensing” system that would only allow the District to deny a license to individuals who fail a background check or who do not satisfy other objective criteria. (See related story.)

Please contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative and urge them to cosponsor and support “The Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2015.”

You can contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative by phone at (202) 224-3121 or by using our “Write Your Lawmakers” tool at www.NRAILA.org.

Warped View of Reality: Campus Carry Opponents Equate Self-Defense to Blaming Victims

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Published on: April 4, 2015

On Tuesday, Media Matters’ Timothy Johnson, who dabbled at the Brady Campaign and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence when he was in college, attacked NRA News’ Cam Edwards for his statements on women’s self-defense. Johnson took issue with Edwards’ observations that rape prevention programs and “intervention training” offer no guarantees and that women who are violently attacked on campus may have to depend upon themselves for protection.

Edwards was responding to an editorial that appeared last month in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student newspaper, the Daily Tar Heel. The editorial said, “To reduce sexual assault, focus should be maintained on preventative programs that challenge rigid gender roles and promote healthy relationships.” Allowing women to carry guns for protection “would be yet another excuse to blame victims for their own assaults,” would “not address the causes of sexual assault,” and “could reinforce rape culture because the burden of stopping assault would be further placed upon women.”

In what appears to be a coordinated messaging campaign, the same anti-self-defense rhetoric was repeated by purported anti-rape activists Annie Clark, a co-founder of End Rape on Campus, and Sandra Park, of the American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project, in an interview with CBS News. Clark, a former UNC student who writes for the leftwing news entities Huffington Post and MSNBC, and who formerly worked with anti-gun Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), told CBS, “I think we should be talking about the perpetrators. Telling women to carry guns, first of all puts the burden on the woman to prevent this and secondly, it’s not a solution.” Park added, “If we are saying the victims need to have guns so they can protect themselves, we’re returning the burden onto the victims to somehow be able to individually fight off the offense.”

Leave it to Media Matters and other anti-gun stalwarts to argue that armed self-defense, a form of empowerment for all people, is its own form of oppression. By that reckoning, nature itself sought to belittle and shame animals by equipping them with teeth, claws, and quills to deter and resist larger, stronger, more aggressive predators. While prevention efforts are fine, as far they go, no reasonable person would suggest that they can completely eliminate every risk of deadly assault. Apparently, however, Johnson and his like-minded cohorts believe that forcing women to hazard such attacks without even the option of defensive force is fair price to pay for ensuring that other prevention efforts get due priority.

Johnson also incorrectly insists, “There is no evidence that guns on campus would reduce the incidence of sexual assault.” To the contrary, Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck’s analysis of crime victim survey data showed that “rape victims using armed resistance were less likely to have the rape attempt completed against them than victims using any other mode of resistance.”

Johnson’s ideal of a peaceful, egalitarian society may be appealing, but he’s obviously more attached to those ideals than the actual safety of real women in the real world. Wishful thinking, to say nothing of willful denial of current reality, never protected anybody from anything. Cam Edwards is right: female college students should be able to decide for themselves whether or not armed self-defense is among the options they may choose to provide for their own self-defense. That Johnson and others would deny women even that choice and insist that they depend on the help or solicitude of others for their safety shows little regard for their judgment, capabilities, or even their lives.

With Sarah Brady’s passing, the press finally admits to her gun banning agenda

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With the passing Friday of longtime gun control advocate Sarah Brady, there is some honesty from the mainstream press about just exactly what she stood for the past three-plus decades.

Mrs. Brady passed away following a battle with pneumonia, according to published reports. Remarkably, NPR and the Washington Post accurately identified her as a gun control activist, where others would use the terms “gun safety” or “gun responsibility.” The Washington Post even recalled something she reportedly did in 1985, calling the National Rifle Association and threatening to make it her “life’s ambition to put you all out of business.”

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Broken Windows 2.0: Time for an NYPD Re-Do?

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Published on: April 3, 2015

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Since Mayor de Blasio took office a little over a year ago, his plans for the NYPD have been difficult to fathom. One puzzle stems from the fact that the people who have backed him have now become his critics on the issue of policing.

Last week, for instance, we learned that a prominent liberal group of supporters, called the North Star Fund, is seeking donations so it can campaign for NYPD reforms.

One of its top priorities is to end low-level Broken Windows policing, which is designed to maintain a sense of orderliness in our communities on a daily basis. The problem is the mayor and his police commissioner, William Bratton, back the program.

It’s not clear what de Blasio will do.

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Meet Chuck Schumer, One of the Most Trivial Pols Ever. And Your Next Senate Minority Leader

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Published on: April 3, 2015

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It’s long been said that the most dangerous place in Washington is between Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and a TV camera.

With news of the resignation of the historically awful Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the odds are good that Schumer will now ascend to the role of Senate Minority Leader. Indeed, Reid—who’s one clear accomplishment after 600 years in office was putting the late Robert Byrd to sleep while talking about soldiers and war—has anointed Schumer his preferred successor.

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Maybe The Best Way To Stop All This Swatting Is To Have Fewer SWAT Teams?

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As you may have heard, last week, a 13-year-old boy admitted to calling in three separate swattings. This came about a month and a half after another person accused of a swatting incident was arrested in Las Vegas. Swatting — the act of calling in a bogus “hostage situation” (or something similar) to a 911 line — has been around for a while, but has really taken off recently, especially in connection to online gamers who live stream their games.

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Armed and fabulous NRA women shoot #NRAWhores hashtag full of holes

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Why is there an #NRAWhores hashtag? It could just be the latest salvo in the Left’s war on women, but one thing is certain: women who know how to defend themselves with firearms aren’t likely to be shaken by a Twitter hashtag. Rather, they chose to have fun with the term. So, what is an #NRAWhore?

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Remington Cuts More Jobs in NY – Democrats Deny any Jobs Lost

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Published on: April 3, 2015

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“It’s a business move,” Leonard said. “There’s no reduction in workforce.”

Last year, Remington Arms laid off 231 of their employees in Ilion — 105 in August and then 126 more in November. Some officials said the layoffs were due to the soft gun market, while others said it was due to the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Act of 2013, or a combination of both. Some of the jobs that were cut in Ilion moved to the new facility Remington Arms built in Alabama in 2014, where the company plans to employ up to 2,000 people.

Leonard said some individuals might feel a bit edgy with this recent announcement on top of the layoffs from last year.

“When you get an announcement like this, there’s bound to be a negative reaction,” he said.

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thumbHIDDEN CAMERA: Gay Wedding Cake At Muslim Bakeries? (Video)

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D.C. Gives Up on Ban on Carrying Guns in Public (Will Defend “May Issue” Scheme Instead)

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Washington, D.C., will drop its appeal of a federal court ruling that overturned the city’s ban on carrying handguns in public, Attorney General Karl Racine announced Wednesday.

City attorneys will instead focus on defending concealed-carry laws adopted by legislators in the months after U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. declared the ban was unconstitutional.

“We need to focus our energies not on litigating old laws, but defending new ones that our leaders enacted in good faith to comply with court rulings while still protecting public safety,” Mr. Racine said.

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