Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke warned the opponents of his recent proposal to have government seizure of firearms from U.S. citizens, claiming that opponents warning the seizure could lead to violence is self-fulfilling.
“I just, I think that kind of language and rhetoric is not helpful,” O’Rourke told The Daily Beast. “It becomes self-fulfilling — you have people on TV, who are almost giving you permission to be violent and saying ‘you know, this is, this is going to happen.'”
While co-hosting “The View,” Meghan McCain expressed concern that a federal seizure of firearms could lead to violent responses from gun owners, who do not want to give up their right to self-defense.
“The AR-15 is by far the most popular gun in America,” McCain said on the show. “If you’re talking about going and taking people’s guns away from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence.”
O’Rourke specifically referred to McCain’s remarks while reporting to The Daily Beast.
“When someone says ‘if you do this, then this will happen,’ [it’s] almost as though that’s a natural response,” O’Rourke claimed. “Or maybe even something that should happen or deserves to happen.”
“When I think the response should be: ‘We’re doing nothing now and we’re seeing people slaughtered in their schools, at work, at a Walmart, in a synagogue, in a church, at a concert,’ he continued. “There is violence right now and it is horrifying and it is terrifying and it is terrorizing. … We should be worried about that kind of violence right now.”
You will often see Democrats claim “we’re doing nothing now,” as O’Rourke did, and, therefore, the government needs to “do something.” But, at the lowest estimates there are already 300 relevant gun laws on the federal and state level. That number jumps up to between 9,000 and 20,000 laws when local government laws are taken into account. Clearly, the government has already legislated a lot. Maybe the “something” the government should be doing is repealing gun laws to allow citizens to better and more easily defend themselves?
According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, data indicates that countries with high rates of gun ownership tend to have lower homicide rates. Additionally, homicide rates and gun homicide rates rose sharply in Great Britain in the years following strict gun control measures, while most other countries in the developed world saw a decrease in these rates. Further, homicide rates in Ireland also spiked after the country’s 1972 firearm seizure.
On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that the terror watchlist of more than 1 million people identified as “known or suspected terrorists” violates the constitutional rights of those people placed on the watchlist.
The ruling from U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga grants summary judgement to nearly two dozen Muslim U.S. citizens who challenged the watchlist and were helped by a Muslim civil-rights group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The ruling said that the travel issues faced by the plaintiffs, who claimed they were handcuffed at border crossings and had to undergo invasive secondary searches were significant.
The FBI’s lawyers argued that the travel difficulties the plaintiffs dealt with pale in comparison to the government’s interests in combatting terrorism.
The plaintiffs claimed they were placed on the list incorrectly and that the government’s process for adding people to the list is too broad and filled with errors. Gadeir Abbas, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said “Innocent people should be beyond the reach of the watchlist system.”
This ruling, during a time when domestic terrorism is becoming more prevalent and bipartisan preventative measures like red flag laws are being discussed, is counterintuitive. Further, the organization who helped the plaintiffs, CAIR, is known for supporting terrorist organizations and is known as a terrorist group in other countries. According to Rasmussen Reports:
“The federal government designated CAIR an un-indicted terror co-conspirator in 2007 in the prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation and others for providing support to violent Hamas jihadists”
“CAIR is a designated terror organization in the United Arab Emirates.”
“CAIR officials in California rushed in front of cameras after the San Bernardino jihad attack in 2015 to blame American foreign policy instead of the killers. CAIR provided aid, comfort and legal assistance to the mass shooters’ families.”
And there are many more examples in Rasmussen Report’s article. So are we now allowing terrorist support groups to dictate our national security policies? In reality, this judge and anyone associated with CAIR should be on the terror watch list.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution labeling the National Rifle Association (NRA) as a “domestic terrorist organization,” and has encouraged the federal government to do the same.
The resolution states the Department of Justice (DOJ) definition of terrorism: “The use of any … explosive, firearm, or other weapon or dangerous device, with intent to endanger, directly or indirectly, the safety of one or more individuals or to cause substantial damage to property.” And that the DOJ definition “includes any individual or member of an organization commits an act that the actor knows, or reasonably should know, affords material support, including communications, funds, weapons, or training to any individual has committed or plans to commit a terrorist act.”
Then the resolution attacks the NRA: “The National Rifle Association musters its considerable wealth and organizational strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence, and the National Rifle Association spreads propaganda that misinforms and aims to deceive the public about the dangers of gun violence, and the leadership of National Rifle Association promotes extremist positions, in defiance of the views of a majority of its membership and the public, and undermine the general welfare, and the National Rifle Association through its advocacy has armed those individuals who would and have committed acts of terrorism.”
And finally, the declaration of the NRA being a domestic terrorist organization: “the City and County of San Francisco intends to declare the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization … the City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to assess the financial and contractual relationships our vendors and contractors have with this domestic terrorist organization … the City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to limit those entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business with this domestic terrorist organization … the City and County of San Francisco should encourage all other jurisdictions, including other cities, states, and the federal government, to adopt similar positions.”
According to KTVU, the NRA responded to the resolution in a statement: “This ludicrous stunt by the Board of Supervisors is an effort to distract from the real problems facing San Francisco, such as rampant homelessness, drug abuse and skyrocketing petty crime, to name a few. The NRA will continue working to protect the constitutional rights of all freedom-loving Americans.”
This resolution comes as Democrats continue to use tragedies to increase political tensions and divisiveness in this country, and the promise from some of the Democratic presidential candidates, like Beto O’Rourke, to execute a government seizure of various guns.
On Tuesday, Democrat and California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that no longer requires any “able-bodied person 18 years of age or older” to help an officer who requests assistance during an arrest.
In recent years, crime in California has seen a slight uptick despite the nationwide trend continuing downwards. Unsurprisingly, the California State Sheriff’s Association said in a statement that it is “unconvinced that this statute should be repealed.”
Anyone that signs a bill like this is trying to destroy their state. Before justice and cleanliness comes morals and ethics. Newsom is trying to rid his state of all the above. He is trying to undercut the ability of law enforcement to enforce the law in order to appeal to the leftists that got him elected.
A dark-web website is collecting donations to facilitate the assassination of President Donald Trump. The Terminating Donald Trump site has collected over $88,550 in bitcoins through a bitcoin wallet.
“The consequences of having Donald Trump and Mike Pence as the leaders of the free world is extremely dangerous,” the site states, which is only accessible through special browsers. “The political, environmental and social consequences will change the United States for the worst.” “The plan we need to implement requires a lot of money to pay for equipment.”
According to Newsweek, there is a message within the source code of the website left by someone who claims to be a hacker that uncovered the identity of the person who set up the site.
Newsweek writes: “The message states that the site is hosted by a Canadian citizen who is “a little scammer.” Newsweek tried to contact the creator of the site via the administrator email address published on the website but there was no reply at the time of publication.”
Look behind headlines like these and you will see a common thread that ties together leftists and their vision of a Marxist type of utopia where governments don’t exist. The sad part about that idiotic concept, however, is that our Constitution has gone past the point of government and gave the power to the people. Unfortunately, the people have given most of that power back.