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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics
is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Massachusetts Attorney General Unilaterally Bans Thousands of Previously Legal Guns
by NRA-ILA: On July 19, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued an “enforcement notice” that greatly expands the Commonwealth’s definition of “assault weapon.” AG Healey alleges that the ban’s definition of “copy” or “duplicate” “assault weapons” has been misinterpreted for the last 18 years and she is simply the first law enforcement official to discover this incorrect interpretation. Unfortunately for AG Healey, the history of Massachusetts’ ban on “assault weapons” makes perfectly clear exactly which types of firearms the legislature intended to ban.
The Massachusetts ban on “assault weapons” was first passed in 1998 and included a provision that made the intent of the ban clear. That provision provides that the term “assault weapon” “shall have the same meaning as a semiautomatic assault weapon as defined in the federal Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act [of 1994]. . . .” By copying the federal definition of an “assault weapon” the legislature showed clear intent to prohibit exactly those firearms that at the time were already prohibited under federal law.
By 1998, the federal ban on “assault weapons” had been in effect for nearly four years, and almost from day one of the federal ban, manufacturers were producing the “compliant” rifles that AG Healey is now targeting. Massachusetts legislators in 1998 were well aware of these compliant rifles, yet they chose not to alter their legislation to prohibit those rifles when they simply enacted a copy of the federal ban. It’s hard to imagine a more clear-cut example of legislative intent.
Beyond AG Healey’s obviously incorrect interpretation of the law, her enforcement notice fails to provide an intelligible definition of what will be considered an “assault weapon” by her office. The enforcement notice provides only the following test to determine if a firearm is a “copy” or “duplicate” “assault weapon” and therefore banned:
A weapon is a Copy or Duplicate and is therefore a prohibited Assault weapon if it meets one or both of the following tests and is 1) a semiautomatic rifle or handgun that was manufactured or subsequently configured with an ability to accept a detachable magazine, or 2) a semiautomatic shotgun.
Similarity Test: A weapon is a Copy or Duplicate if its internal functional components are substantially similar in construction and configuration to those of an Enumerated Weapon. Under this test, a weapon is a Copy or Duplicate, for example, if the operating system and firing mechanism of the weapon are based on or otherwise substantially similar to one of the Enumerated Weapons.
Interchangeability Test: A weapon is a Copy or Duplicate if it has a receiver that is the same as or interchangeable with the receiver of an Enumerated Weapon. A receiver will be treated as the same as or interchangeable with the receiver on an Enumerated Weapon if it includes or accepts two or more operating components that are the same as or interchangeable with those of an Enumerated Weapon. Such operating components may include, but are not limited to: 1) the trigger assembly; 2) the bolt carrier or bolt carrier group; 3) the charging handle; 4) the extractor or extractor assembly; or 5) the magazine port.
These tests seem intended to give little in the way of actual notice to gun owners while giving the AG’s office unlimited flexibility in enforcing the ban. The “similarity test” could foreseeably encompass nearly all semi-automatic rifles because the “Enumerated Weapons” include rifles with the most common types of semi-automatic operating systems. Even if that test weren’t interpreted so broadly, the “interchangeability test” would still capture many common rifles because newer firearm designs are often built using compatible parts from popular firearms to take advantage of the large aftermarket of magazines, trigger groups, and other components available for popular semi-automatic rifles.
Likely in an attempt to limit public uproar over her unilateral rewrite of the Massachusetts “assault weapon” ban, AG Healey notes that her new “enforcement notice” “will not be applied to possession, ownership or transfer of an Assault weapon obtained prior to July 20, 2016.”
No explanation is given for how the definition of an “assault weapon” can change as it applies to individual possession, ownership, and transfer versus sales of new firearms by licensed dealers, but AG Healey was already on such a roll avoiding any use of logic that this legal contortion probably didn’t seem like such a stretch.
However, the guidance is very clear that AG Healey “reserves the right to alter or amend this guidance”, so it’s possible that the AG’s new “interpretation” will soon apply to individual possession of previously compliant firearms. NRA is still assessing all legal and legislative options to protect the rights of Massachusetts gun owners. Stay tuned. Tags:Massachusetts, Attorney General, Maura Healey, Unilaterally Bans, Thousands, Previously Legal Guns, Assault Weapons Ban, Semi-Automatic Firearms, Assault Weapon Issue, NRA-ILATo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
by Dr. Ron Paul: I recently proposed that the liberty movement capitalize on Brexit with “Fed-exit”: a campaign to “secede" from the Federal Reserve. Fed-exit could be accomplished with a few simple policy changes.
Passing Audit the Fed is a good first step toward Fed-exit. Contrary to the Federal Reserve’s propaganda, auditing the Fed will not reduce the Federal Reserve’s mythical “independence.” It will simply allow Congress and the people to learn the full truth about the Fed’s conduct of monetary policy.
However, the desperation with which the Fed fights the audit bill suggests it believes increased transparency will boost support for Fed-exit. Considering what we discovered from the limited audit of the Fed’s activities during the 2008 financial crisis, the Fed’s fears may be justified. That audit revealed that between 2007 and 2008 the Federal Reserve loaned over $16 trillion — more than four times the annual budget of the United States — to foreign central banks and politically-influential private companies! Imagine what would be revealed by a full audit that includes looking at the Fed’s recent explosion of money creation via “quantitative easing.”
Once Congress and the public know the full truth about the Fed’s operations, we can begin working on ending, or at least reining in, the Fed. A good next step would be to explicitly forbid the Fed from making “loans” to private businesses or foreign governments. Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act, which the Fed claims gives it the authority to provide "emergency assistance” to private companies, must be repealed.
Congress should also pass legislation reversing President Ronald Reagan’s executive order creating the “Plunge Protection Team.” Created after the 1987 stock market crash, the Plunge Protection Team’s “job” is to intervene whenever the financial markets appear to be on the verge of a meltdown, in order to prolong the Fed-created illusion of economic prosperity.
Congress should also restrict the Fed’s ability to purchase government securities, which the Fed uses to monetize the federal debt. Congress should also stop the Fed from manipulating interest rates. These actions would reduce the economic instability wrought by the Fed’s monetary policy. Ending the Fed’s monetization of the debt could also force Congress to not just halt the growth of, but actually begin to roll back, the welfare-warfare state.
The best way to rein in the Fed is to restore the gold standard. However, this must be a true gold standard, not the phony post-war Bretton Woods gold standard or the "gold price rule" promoted by the supply-siders. The “gold price rule” requires the Fed to raise interest rates whenever the price of gold matches or exceeds a Fed-determined target. Thus, this rule still allows the Fed to attempt to “fix” the price of money. It just provides the Fed with another after-the-fact indicator that the latest inflationary bubble is about to burst.
The most important step toward Fed-exit and the restoration of a true free-market monetary system is the repeal of all laws that in any way restrict individuals from using alternative currencies. Under a free-market monetary system, some individuals will choose to use metal-based currency, while others will choose to use digital currency. Some many even stick with fiat money. The important factor is not the type of currency individuals use, but that people have the right to decide for themselves what unit of exchange they use for their economic transactions.
As long as the Federal Reserve is allowed to manipulate the value of money and support the welfare-warfare state, we will never have a truly free market or a free society. Therefore, all those who seek liberty, peace, and prosperity should join the effort for a Fed-exit.
-------------- Dr. Ron Paul, Chairman of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, is a former U.S.Congressman (R-TX) for 21 years. He twice sought the Republican Party nomination for President. As a MD, he was an Air Force flight surgeon and has delivered over 4000 babies. Paul writes on political and economic theory, American foreign, domestic, and monetary policies, the military–industrial complex, the War on Drugs, the Federal Reserve, and compliance with the U.S. Constitution. Tags:Ron Paul, The Fed, Path to Fed-Exit, Fed-ExitTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
On ABC Sunday Morning This Week, anchor George Stephanopolous – former Clinton employee, big contributor to the Clinton Foundation, and chief Clinton apologist – sat by and did not even blink when his panelist, Democrat Congressman Keith Ellison, laid this giant, stinking egg: “Donald Trump is the worst Republican candidate since George Wallace.”Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), sitting next to Ellison on the panel, could barely keep from laughing out loud.“I have to correct my friend, Congressman Ellison,” Cole told Stephanopolous. “George Wallace was a lifelong DEMOCRAT. He ran on the Democrat ticket, and we can’t let history be rewritten.”The embarrassment on Ellison’s face was absolutely priceless. As a Democrat, and an African-American, Ellison has been brainwashed to believe that all Republicans are racists, and all racists are Republicans. He has bought into the Democrat re-write of history, which hides the fact that the KKK was a Democrat organization, and the Democrats fought integration tooth and nail. Learning that the bogey-man under his bed was actually a Democrat was a total shock. He literally saw his television career pass before his eyes.
But the really funny part was watching Stephanopolous throughout this Sunday morning news misadventure. Stephanopolous knew that Wallace was a Democrat and never batted an eye, hoping that nobody else would pick up on Ellison’s devastating gaffe. Even better, Ellison had just finished excoriating Donald Trump for being mean and unfair to the press.
At the other end of the panel, Donna Brazile, another lifetime Clinton lackey and DNC vice-chair, was nearly in tears as she apologized profusely for her Democrat National Committee’s abuse of Bernie Sanders, revealed by WikiLeaks after it was learned that Russians hacked the DNC email accounts and had the goods on chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Ever the good little Clinton puppy, Stephanopolous gamely tried to accuse Donald Trump of conspiring with Russian president Vladimir Putin to cause trouble for the poor Democrats.
Cole, having the time of his life, got in one more little shot. “The Clinton campaign might be worried that the Russians will report what they found on an email server in somebody’s basement,” he giggled.
--------------- Tom Balek is a fellow conservative activist, blogger, musician and contributes to the ARRA News Service. Tom resides in North Carolina and seeks to educate those too busy with their work and families to notice how close to the precipice our economy has come. He blogs at Rockin' On the Right Side Tags:Tom Balek, Rockin' On The Right Side, ABC Sunday Morning This Week, anchor George Stephanopolous, former Clinton employee, lets, Democrat Congressman Keith Ellison, Claim George Wallace, Ran As RepublicanTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
by Phil Kerpen, Contributing Author: We told you that reducing the Internet to a public utility would mean calls for the FCC to regulate anything and everything, and the latest example is just insane. Recently, cell phone carrier T-Mobile announced that it would allow its customers to access the new web-based game “Pokemon Go” without having to pay any data fees.
By waiving the fees, T-Mobile scores points with potential customers who wish to play the enormously popular game without racking up a large data bill.
But instead of cheering on experimentation and a win for consumers, some liberals are outraged at T-Mobile for violating “net-neutrality” rules – and begging the FCC to ban T-Mobile from offering the deal.1
Now if you think that’s crazy, you won’t believe this:
While some liberals are fuming that T-Mobile is charging “too little” to play Pokemon Go by waiving fees…
Democrat Congressman Frank Pallone, the top Democrat on the committee that oversees the FCC, is complaining that Pokemon Go data usage is costing TOO MUCH!
This week, Congressman Pallone fired off a letter to Niantic, the creators of Pokemon Go, to investigate their business practices, specifically asking: “Has Niantic worked with wireless carriers to ensure that consumers are not unexpectedly hit with large overage charges?”2
As a Democrat overseeing FCC issues and a big supporter of the FCC’s public utility order, you would think he would be aware that his own constituency is fighting tooth-and-nail against any effort to try to reduce or waive data fees for Internet services.
This incident perfectly illustrates how Obama’s FCC is strangling innovation on the Internet, and that once government gets involved, there’s just no winning with the big government liberals who put themselves in charge.
by Penna Dexter, Contributing Author: Over the past few months we have witnessed the emergence of a controversy over an issue most of us never saw coming. We have seen local governments, and now the federal government attempting to force schools, businesses, and non-profit organizations to open the showers, changing facilities, locker rooms, and bathrooms designated for women and girls, to biological males and vice versa.
No elected official I know of has asked to be faced with this issue. But I met one the other evening who confronted it with great resolve and courage. He is Pat McCrory, Governor of North Carolina.
The governor described the day Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy organization, sat in his office and told him that North Carolina was the epicenter of his organization’s efforts to make gender identity the means for people to enter restrooms and locker rooms. What the HRC wants, says Governor McCrory is a third status in addition to ‘male’ and ‘female’: Questioning. They want the few who are questioning whether they really want to be the sex they are anatomically, to be able to use the facility of their choice.
The HRC had already gotten to the city of Charlotte which had placed a mandate on all private businesses to allow bathroom/locker room use based, not on a person’s biological sex, but on the gender identity they choose to identify as.
The state swung into action to stop this craziness and to protect the security and privacy of its citizens. The legislature passed HB2, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, and Governor McCrory signed it. It affects public facilities. Private businesses, and private universities and non-profits can establish their own practices. The governor says North Carolina’s schools and its rest stops were top of mind for him. How could he leave people using those bathrooms vulnerable?
The response from the Human Rights Campaign was swift and sharp. Chad Griffin said to North Carolina: “You won’t know what hit you.” He wasn’t kidding. Scores of companies said they’d rethink doing business in North Carolina. PayPal cancelled a contract to build a 400-person call center. Deutsche Bank froze a 250-job expansion. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said HB2 must be changed if the league’s multi-day 2017 All-Star festivities are to remain in Charlotte. Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr cancelled concerts. Conventions and events in the state were cancelled.
The federal government threatened to pull millions in education funding. Governor McCrory got wind of a civil rights lawsuit coming from the U.S. Justice Department. He sued them first, citing their “baseless and blatant overreach” in violation of the 10th Amendment. He was joined by 21 other states. Hours later, the Justice Department counter-sued.
The Left brought the issue to us, not the Right. Many politicians have caved to these demands. But this governor is to be commended for standing strong.
----------- Penna Dexter is a radio talk show host heard on numerous stations via the Point of View Network endorsed by Dr. Bill Smith, Editor, ARRA News Service Tags:Penna Dexter, Viewpoints, Point of View, a bold Governor, Pat McCrory, Governor, North Carolina, Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign, transgender bathrooms, legislature passed HB2, Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, Governor McCrory signed itTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
by Star Parker: Here's a photo from Cleveland that you did not see in the media:
Neighboring Indiana sent 100 state troopers to help police in Cleveland. In this photo, taken on the street by my good friend Bob Adams, is a trooper playing with black kids -- the type of relationship many African Americans have around the police. But the media and Black Lives Matter do not want you to see these images.
I'm tired of hearing that young black men are shot by police, then the media repeats Black Lives Matter's press releases that it was because they were black, only to discover that there was cause or it was inconclusive in nearly all of these situations.
Remember, even Obama's Justice Department couldn't find anything to pin on the officer who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson. Yet, Michael Brown -- who had just robbed a store and assaulted a clerk five minutes before he was stopped by the police -- became a rallying cry for leftist activists in the media. Democrats even plan to have his grieving mother speak at their convention next week!
I don't want our young black men shot in the street by anybody, but instead of reflecting why our young men choose a life of crime, these VERY sad situations are hijacked by activists paid for by billionaires like George Soros to split our country by race -- and it works!
Here's how we can fight back: we must build the opposition to Black Lives Matter that will tie the relationship between marriage and crime. No one knows this more than our pastors, especially black pastors who are the glue in black communities. That's why CURE's pastor network is the conservative response to Black Lives Matter.
Our pastors know, like you and I, that most young men are socialized by the women they marry.
Even in the Jim Crow era we never saw violent crime like this. That's because in the 1960s, the black out-of-wedlock birth rate was 33 percent! Today, the black out-of-wedlock birth rate is 76 percent!
We need our pastors to publicly make the marriage connection because progressives will continue to use race to divide us until more Americans know their lies! Until our boys are raised by men to respect police, earn an education, work for a living, and get married and have kids (in that order), crime in the African American community will NOT go down. This leaves our freedom vulnerable to race-baiters like George Soros and Al Sharpton.
Only CURE can make this connection and we do this every day across the country in black communities because of the support from people like you who love freedom.
Friend, imagine when the next Ferguson or Baltimore happens -- and, sadly, it will happen -- and we have pastors across the country who will stand up to give a voice of reason, support and tell the media to wait for answers before they accept the conclusion of Black Lives Matter. CURE can make this happen with your financial support.
We have so much work to do as we organize and teach pastors. I am proud to march shoulder-to-shoulder with you to protect our country!
Your foot-soldier for freedom!
------------ Star Parker is an author and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education. CURE is a non-profit think tank that addresses issues of race and poverty through principles of faith, freedom and personal responsibility. Tags:Star Parker, Center for Urban Renewal and Education, CURE, RNC Convention, police, the people, To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
. . . IF UNPROTESTING COEXISTENCE WITH INDUSTRIALIZED MURDER IS THE SYMPTOM, WHAT IS OUR DISEASE?
by Rolley Haggard, Contributing Author:“When we shrink from the sight of something, when we shroud it in euphemism, that is usually a sign of inner conflict, of unsettled hearts, a sign that something has gone wrong in our moral reasoning.”The above is an astute observation, all the more impressive for describing in 50 words or less the chief reason we're still letting abortion flourish 40-plus years after Roe v. Wade: There's something terribly wrong with our moral reasoning.
Please understand, I am very much an animal lover myself and often quote Jonah 4:11 in defense of my God-given affection for them. But try to find admissions similar to the one above regarding the callous irresponsibility we've exhibited with respect to the brutal extermination of pre-born people. Most of us have grown so accustomed to unprotestingly coexisting with industrialized murder that it hardly elicits the least little twitch on our moral galvanometer. If EKGs could measure emotional upset over abortion, the majority of us would be flatliners.
We've plain gotten used to babies being killed in America at the stupefying rate of two per minute. Our response to the silent screams of those being aborted has been, for the most part, to simply drown it all out by “singing a little louder.” We deem it more tolerable to let the massacre go on than to live up to our responsibility to end it.
Most of us manage to live relatively normal, carefree lives fully aware we are in the midst of a holocaust. We not only don't lose sleep over it, we deliberately shrink from (or complain about) the display of it. We avoid like the plague the implications of the Second Great Commandment (“love thy neighbor”) in connection with it. When it comes up in conversation, we treat it as an unwelcome intruder into our “positive and encouraging” abundant Christian lives. We shroud it in euphemism, calling it almost anything but murder. And we regard as guilt-manipulators those who try to rally us to what, in reality, is just basic compassionate Christian duty.
Why do we do this? Why do we act as if the unbridled slaughter of innocents is something we don't need to be utterly consumed to see abolished? Why are we not daily in unmitigated anguish over allowing this atrocity to continue decade after decade? Why do we have so little burden to take responsibility for it? Why do we treat it as merely some despicable thing that, if we just hide our heads in the sand long enough, will eventually go away on its own?
Like the man said, we do it because something is wrong with us. Desperately wrong.
What is that “something”? And who is the “us” and “we” smitten with this dread moral disease?
Listen up, choir. If you didn't pick up on it, the “us” and “we” is you and me—i.e., Christians.
Please don't misunderstand: Almost all Christians dutifully concede that abortion is “just awful” and that “something needs to be done about it.” But if you're waiting for an uncoerced confession that something has gone wrong in our moral reasoning, don't leave your engine running. The number of those willing to admit that we Christians are largely to blame for the proliferation of commercialized child-killing, for allowing the earth to be turned into a giant abortion factory, is only slightly greater than statistical zero.
The reality is, most Christians regard abortion as a problem attributable to anyone but us. “After all,” the reasoning goes, “we're pro-life. We'd love to see abortion end. Abortion isn't the church's problem; it's the culture's problem. If anyone needs to change anything, it's pro-choicers, not pro-lifers.”
Would that it were so. But we know better than to let such monstrous evil thrive unresisted; the world doesn't—at least not like we do. And yet here we are, 522 months into this nightmare, still afraid to thunder unremittingly from every pulpit in the land Love's mandate to rescue those being led away to death.
So, yes, this is a message for the church, for born-again, Bible-believing Christians. Judgment begins at the house of God for good reason. Because if salt loses its saltiness, there is no substitute; the corruption of society will continue, and even accelerate, unchecked. To put that in the vernacular, if we don't do the work of unitedly, heroically advocating for our pre-born neighbors, it won't get done.
So hearken, beloved. There will be a test at the end of the period. We need to get this down because the Headmaster, according to reliable sources, has no pleasure in fools.
Just What is Our 'Disease'?
If we were to interview the aborted, they could tell us in a heartbeat what our disease is. But since (thanks largely to us) they have no heartbeat, others must tell us what we're too proud to admit: that we love ourselves, not our neighbor. We'll share the gospel, but we won't live it. We'll declare “God is love,” but we won't show it. Not if it costs. And it would cost to show sacrificial love to “the least of these.”
But to share the gospel of Christ's love without living the gospel of Christ's love is to deny the gospel of Christ's love. It is to say in words “God loves people,” and then argue tenfold more convincingly by actions, “well, not really.” As long as we neglect the pre-born children Jesus loves, we mock Jesus and His gospel.
What abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison said of slavery is precisely where every one of us should be on abortion. In 1831 he wrote:I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! No! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen—but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest—I will not equivocate—I will not excuse—I will not retreat a single inch—AND I WILL BE HEARD. The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal, and to hasten the resurrection of the dead.If Garrison’s words don’t epitomize our attitude and intent with respect to the pre-born, the diagnosis is indeed dire: We are sick unto death with that moral psychopathy the Bible calls hardness of heart.
So What Is the Cure?
The cure for our illness is repentance. Break the silence and apathy; give no more “moderate alarm.” Advocate publicly, passionately, for those being led to slaughter, until this holocaust is a thing of the past or Jesus returns.
End of sermon.
-------------- Rolley Haggard is an IT manager for a multinational corporation in the Southeast. He is a Christian and pro-life activist and writer for the BreakPoint Blog. He is a Contributing Author of the ARRA News Service and Greater Fitchburg for Life. Tags:Rolley Haggard, Sunday Sermon, Preaching to the Choir -- on Purpose, The Church, Christians, The disease, no love, hardness of heart, the Gospel, abortionTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
by Tony Perkins: Donald Trump has spent his career in real estate, and yesterday he became the sole owner of the GOP's most valuable property: the Republican nomination for president. Late last night, delivering a speech few thought possible, the question of Hillary Clinton's opponent was formally settled, after what will almost certainly go down as one of the most unpredictable seasons of presidential politics in history.
Just before midnight, balloons and confetti rained down on stage, closing out a significant two-week stretch for the GOP.
To the relief of conservatives, it was a stretch that included the strongest statement of principles by a Republican platform to date. Against all odds (and even more Establishment money), a coalition of pro-family groups led by FRC Action beat back the attacks on our values and emerged with a document more clear and compelling than any in party history.
Regardless of what the media might make out of this week's program, the GOP platform -- not the Convention's speakers -- is what guides the party, and we were proud to help lead the charge in firmly planting the flag for life, marriage, and religious liberty in the planks of the GOP's governing document. Long after the streamers are cleaned up and the delegates have gone home, that will be the legacy of this Convention. And thanks to your support, we helped shaped that legacy. As even the New York Times pointed out, these past two weeks would have been very different had we not been involved.
But the GOP platform wasn't the only place where social conservatives played a prominent role. On the final night of festivities -- while some were beating the tired drum of evangelicals' waning influence -- I was invited to speak. Despite the obituaries the press continues to write about our movement, it was a visible reminder that pro-family conservatives continue to influence the Republican Party by being a witness for transcendent and unchanging truths. It was such a significant moment, in fact, that The Hill included it in its five reasons for the Convention's success. After leading the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, I had the opportunity to talk about what makes that tradition so meaningful.
From the Christian Post to the Washington Times, the media agreed: offering evangelicals such a primetime spot on the program spoke volumes about the direction of the party. "Christianity Takes Center Stage at the Start of the Final Night of Trump's Convention," the Daily Caller headline read. We will continue to work to ensure the concerns and values of families across this nation remain a key part of the policies, debates, and months leading up to November.
-------------- Tony Perkins is President of the Family Research Council . This article was on FRC Action and as a DISCLAIMER: Tony Perkins was speaking in his personal capacity and not on behalf of any of the nonprofit organizations he leads. Tags:Tony Perkins, speaker, 2016, National Republican Convention, GOP Platform, pro-family conservatives, life, marriage, religious liberty, planks of the GOP's governing documentTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
Keeping America safe is the first responsibility of the American president.
There have been many fascinating things to watch about the extraordinary, historic rise of Donald Trump.
But the most significant has been Donald Trump’s courage to tell some important truths about our national security.
We are at War.
We are at War with Radical Islamists.
They are determined to kill us.
They are stronger than we admit
And there is NO substitute for victory.
In contrast to Donald Trump, our national security and foreign policy elites, led by Hillary Clinton, are incapable of speaking with such honesty.
While they lie about the threat, we need to tell the truth about the danger.
If our enemies had their way, not a single woman in this room could define her future.
If our enemies had their way, gays, lesbians and transgender citizens would be put to death—as they are today in the Islamic State and Iran.
If our enemies had their way, every person on earth would be subject to conversion by the sword and to a cruel and violent system of law.
There would be no individual liberty.
There would be no equality.
There would be no freedom.
If you doubt we are at war…
If you doubt that this threat is as real as I say…
Let me refresh your memory: On Monday, an Afghan refugee in Germany used an axe and knives to slash and wound train passengers while shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
Last week, ISIS claimed responsibility after a Tunisian man drove a cargo truck into crowd in Nice, France. He murdered 84 people, including at least 10 children and three Americans, and injured over 300 others.
Two weeks ago, almost 300 people were killed and more than 200 were wounded in bombing attacks in Baghdad.
Two days before that, radical Islamists in Bangladesh killed 20 hostages, including 3 American college students.
A few days before that, at the Istanbul airport in Turkey, ISIS attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 44 people and injured hundreds more.
Last month, a radical Islamist in Paris stalked a French police officer to his home, where he murdered the officer and tortured his wife to death in front of their three-year-old son, while streaming it all on social media.
He was pondering whether to kill the three-year-old when he was killed by police.
Two days before that, an attacker pledging allegiance to ISIS killed 49 people in an Orlando nightclub and wounded dozens more.
All this in just the past 37 days.
We cannot let ourselves grow numb to these accumulating atrocities.
One analysis estimated that since January of 2015, some 30,000 people have been killed at the hands of terrorists.
Donald Trump is right.
We are at war with radical Islamists, we are losing the war, and we must change course to win the war.
Let me be very clear, because I know the news media will do their best to distort this.
We have nothing to fear from the vast majority of Muslims—in the United States, or around the world.
The vast majority are peaceful. They are often the victims of the violence themselves.
They are people we would be happy to have as our friends and neighbors.
The challenge is, when even a small percentage of a billion, six hundred million people support violence against those who disagree with them, that is still a giant recruiting base.
For example, Pew Research finds that just 9 percent of Muslims in Pakistan view ISIS favorably.
Unfortunately, 9 percent is 16 million people.
And that’s just one country.
So the truth is, although we are losing the war with radical Islamists, we have been very lucky.
The danger we face is much worse than the horrors that happened in Germany on New Year’s Eve, when twelve-hundred women were assaulted.
It’s worse than what’s happening in France, where there are stabbings of Jews in the streets and the nation’s security chief warned recently that France is “on the brink of civil war.”
It’s worse than what’s happening in Israel, where average citizens fear for their lives whenever they leave their homes.
The danger is even worse than September 11th, when 19 hijackers murdered almost 3,000 Americans.
The worst case scenario is losing an American city to terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction.
Instead of losing 3,000 people in one morning, we could lose more than 300,000.
Instead of losing 2 great buildings, we could lose block after block after block to a nuclear event.
That’s not just my view. Back in January of 2001, the Hart Rudman Commission warned that terrorists, “will acquire weapons of mass destruction…and some will use them. Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large numbers.”
15 years later, the dangers are even greater.
In a world where Pakistan has nuclear weapons…
where North Korea has nuclear weapons…
and where Iran–the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism–is close to having nuclear weapons…this, a catastrophic attack on innocent Americans, is a very real threat.
Which brings us to the heart of the matter.
We are sleepwalking through history as though this is All About Politics.
It is not.
It is about our safety and our survival as a country.
We cannot keep in place the people and the systems that have brought us to this point and that LIE to us every single day about the threat.
That is why every American should be terrified at the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency.
Hillary Clinton has been right at the center of this dishonesty.
We know this administration and its allies lied to us about the Iran nuclear deal. We know it because they openly bragged about it to the New York Times.
We know that Hillary Clinton lied to us knowingly about the terror attack on our Benghazi consulate.
We know that Hillary Clinton and President Obama lie to the American people when they say they can safely screen the Syrian refugees. They cannot. And yet Hillary wants to increase the number by 500 percent.
So when you hear about Hillary’s dishonesty, or the emails, or taking millions from the Saudis and other Middle Eastern dictatorships–remember: this is not about politics.
The cost of Hillary’s dishonesty could be the loss of America as we know it.
The first step forward to safety is electing a leader who will be truthful with the American people about the realities we face.
Only then will we understand, support, and demand the strategies required to confront this threat.
---------------------- Newt Gingrich is a former Georgia Congressman and Speaker of the U.S. House. He co-authored and was the chief architect of the "Contract with America" and a major leader in the Republican victory in the 1994 congressional elections. He is noted speaker and writer. The above commentary was shared via Gingrich Productions. Tags:Newt Gingrich, commentary, speech, Cost of Dishonesty About Our Security, dishonesty, America, security, To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
by Michael McDonald: What killed the dinosaurs? It's a question as old as – well the dinosaurs themselves, and one that everyone from school children to scientists have been asking for decades. Movies like Jurassic Park and the Land Before Time only heighten that sense of wonder and raise the stakes behind that question. Now according to a new scientific study, it seems that black gold may have been the source of the dinos' demise.
Japanese researchers at Tohuku University and the Meteorological Research Institute authored a recent study in the research journal Scientific Reports suggesting that a meteor impact 66 million years ago on an oil rich region of Yucatan Peninsula led to the death of the dinosaurs. When the asteroid hit the vast oil deposits of Mexico, it sent thick black smoke into the atmosphere, changing the climate around the world. That soot blocked out the sun leading to a significant cooling of the planet. Equally importantly, it also led to a substantial drought around the world.
The asteroid in question was roughly 6 miles wide and its impacted created the 110 mile wide crater that exists in the Yucatan today – the third largest crater on Earth. The impact was the equivalent of roughly 1 billion atomic bombs of the equivalent power to what struck Hiroshima at the end of World War 2.
The researchers calculate that the amount of soot released would have lowered sunlight exposure by 85 percent and reduced rainfall by 80 percent. That would have had a significant impact on plant growth, which in turn would have limited food options for most dinosaurs. In addition, the soot cooled the Earth by 16 degrees Celsius (about 28.8 degrees Fahrenheit) over the course of just 3 years. Think of the event as the reverse of global warming – and on steroids.
Against this backdrop it is not surprising that dinosaurs all died out. Only smaller mammals that could live underground would have survived. In fact, the fossil record suggests that only 12 percent of the pre-asteroid life was able to survive after the impact. It was not just dinosaurs that died either, contrary to myths about the Ice Age – around 93 percent of mammal species were killed off as well, according to a separate research study by scientists at the University of Bath. The largest animals that would have survived the extinction event were about the size of a house cat.
Still, life bounced back “fairly quickly” researchers say, with about twice as many species existing 300,000 years after the event versus before it. Of course, given that the course of human history only goes back around 25,000 years, three-hundred thousand years is still a long period of time. It reflects the reality that the asteroid strike had a significant enough impact that its effects took tens of thousands of years to dissipate. It was the adaptability of mammals after the strike versus various reptiles that led the mammals to ultimately come to dominate the planet. Dinosaurs were in decline for millions of years before the asteroid strike, but that event aided by the oil rich soil of the Yucatan finished them off.
It's ironic that oil, so fundamental for modern human life was ultimately the catalyst that wiped out the dinosaurs. Had the asteroid stuck in a less oil rich region, back of the envelope calculations suggest its impact would have only been around one-third as devastating. It's impossible to say if that would have allowed any of the dinosaurs to live or not, but it is at least a possibility. Perhaps if not for the existence of oil, none of us would have cars, but maybe we would all have a pet brontosaurus.
---------------- Michael McDonald authored this article contributed by James Stafford the editor of OilPrice.com, the leading online energy news site, to the ARRA News Service. Tags:Oil, Dinosaurs, Michael McDonald, James Stafford, Oilprice.comTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
by Gary Bauer, Contributing Author: "Make America Great Again" - Last night, Donald J. Trump formally accepted the Republican Party's nomination for president of the United States. In doing so, he becomes the first major party nominee without elected political experience since General Dwight Eisenhower won the Republican nomination in 1952.
I have been to many conventions. And this one was unlike any other. The convention hall last night was electric. Trump delivered his speech in his usual extravagant style, but his message was controlled and disciplined.
The left-wing media's reaction was predictable. "Dark." "Vengeful." "Extreme." "Incendiary." "Toxic."
Given recent events -- terrorist attacks and police assassinations -- the public is in no mood for happy talk. According to a recent Gallup survey, just 17% of Americans are satisfied with the state of the country.
But here's something to consider: An instant reaction poll by CNN found that 75% of those who watched Trump's speech had a positive reaction to it, and 73% said the policies he outlined would move America in the right direction.
The American people want real change and real hope. The left-wing media might be happy with the direction of our nation, but most voters know we are on the wrong track. They are sick and tired of politicians and their platitudes. They want to make America great again!
Reaching Main Street, U.S.A. - I felt Trump's address last night was an incredibly effective, populist message aimed at the great swath of Americans -- the "silent majority" who work hard, play by the rules, love their country, but who have been left behind by the globalist, corporatist agenda.
Trump made it clear he was speaking to these Americans when he said:"My message is that things have to change and they have to change right now. Every day I wake up determined to deliver a better life for the people all across this nation that had been ignored, neglected and abandoned.
"I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country, and they are forgotten, but they will not be forgotten long. These are people who work hard but no longer have a voice. I am your voice!"Expanding The Base - Trump also made several direct appeals to minority voters. He slammed Obama's failure to deliver on "hope and change," saying:"This administration has failed America's inner cities. Remember, it has failed America's inner cities. It's failed them on education. It's failed them on jobs. It's failed them on crime. It's failed them in every way and on every single level." While some in the left-wing media are decrying his law and order message as a "racist dog whistle," minority communities suffer the most from crime.
This is not, or should not be, a racial issue. Every American -- black, white, Hispanic, Asian -- wants and deserves safe streets so their kids can walk to school and play.
Trump was 100% right when said, "The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead."
On this point, Democrats have big problems. Portions of their coalition despise the police and our military. It took Clinton hours to issue a statement after three Baton Rouge police officers were killed. What on earth were they debating?!
Nevertheless, some of the speakers at next week's Democrat convention indicate that Hillary and her allies are all in on the left's anti-cop agenda. And the police union in Philadelphia is furious!
Trump also championed school choice, a popular idea with minority voters, saying, "We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice."
And while his immigration message is falsely bashed as "anti-Hispanic," Trump framed it the right way, saying:"Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers. We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people."Speaking To Values Voters - Of particular interest to values voters, Trump clearly reiterated the kind of judges he would appoint. He said:"We are also going to appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our Constitution. The replacement of our beloved Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views, principles and judicial philosophies. Very important. This will be one of the most important issues decided by this election."Again, he is absolutely right!
That issue alone -- control of the Supreme Court and everything that entails for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, the Second Amendment, separation of powers -- should have every conservative rushing to the polls on November 8th to vote for the only candidate who can keep Hillary Clinton out of the Oval Office.
And that candidate is Donald Trump!
Trump pointedly thanked evangelicals for their "amazing support." To my surprise, he added, "And I'm not sure I totally deserve it." To me, those remarks demonstrated some welcome humility. And there was more.
Trump brought up the 1954 IRS amendment, passed by then-Senator Lyndon Johnson, that muzzled the ability of pastors to speak freely from the pulpit. This isn't the first time Trump has raised this issue, which, frankly, too few of our friends in Congress ever talk about. Trump is making it a real cause and seems to feel strongly about it.
Of course, values voters care deeply about life and religious liberty. These issues will be decided by the judges he appoints, and he is trying to expand religious liberty by overturning that amendment.
But values voters also love America, support the rule of law and are very patriotic people. They dislike globalism and the trend toward international law overriding our Constitution.
Many evangelical churches often pray for our soldiers and our men and women in law enforcement. Some have special services devoted to our men and women in uniform. We do that in our church.
Trump is hitting a lot of themes that resonate with values voters -- an important part of the electorate, especially within the GOP coalition.
Lastly, I would point out that actions speak louder than words. And that is why I was so encouraged -- and believe every conservative voter should be as well -- by his selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a solid, articulate, pro-family, pro-life conservative Christian, to be his running mate.
------------- Gary Bauer is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families Tags:Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families, Donald Trump, Vows, To Make America Great AgainTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
Church Fights State Over What It Preaches, Practices on Sexuality and Gender Identity
Fort Des Moines Church of Christ tries “to be faithful
to God’s Word and call on our lives,” its website says.
(Photo courtesy Alliance Defending Freedom)
by Leah Jessen: A small Iowa church has entered a legal battle with the state government over what the congregation considers censorship of biblical teaching on human sexuality.
The dispute began with a brochure published by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission about state law’s protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. The document explained how the law applies to places of public accommodation—and included churches among places such as restaurants and hotels.
In the brochure, the state agency interpreted the Iowa Civil Rights Act “to apply to churches anytime that they hold worship services that are open to the public, as all worship services are,” Christiana Holcomb, a lawyer with Alliance Defending Freedom, said.
The Christian legal aid group represents Fort Des Moines Church of Christ. It filed a federal lawsuit July 4 on behalf of the church, located in the state capital of Des Moines.
As defendants, the suit names officials at the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the attorney general of Iowa, and the city of Des Moines.
“No American, no citizen, has to wait for the government to enforce an unconstitutional law against them,” Holcomb said.
The commission’s interpretation of the civil rights law “does basically two things,” Holcomb said:One, it tells the church that you’re not allowed to teach or do anything, including what a pastor preaches from the pulpit, if it would make anyone feel uncomfortable based on their gender identity. A logical extension of that would mean that a pastor couldn’t preach about God’s design for human sexuality and biological sex.
The second component … is that a church that holds a worship service open to the public would no longer be allowed to have sex-designated sensitive areas like restrooms and locker rooms and shower and changing facilities.‘Able to Choose What We Believe’
Alliance Defending Freedom’s motion for a preliminary injunction, filed July 14, asks a federal court to stop the state commission from using the law against the church while the lawsuit progresses.
Fort Des Moines Church of Christ, pastored by Michael Demastus, believes and teaches that God created each person either male or female, the lawsuit says.
“We can agree or disagree with what Fort Des Moines Church of Christ believes about the issues of gender identity and sexual orientation, and that’s fine,” Holcomb said. “In a diverse marketplace of ideas, we should each be able to choose what we believe.”
“But the real problem in Iowa is … you have a government trying to come in and dictate to a church what it believes and how it uses its house of worship.”
Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, wrote a letter on July 13 to Angela Jackson, chairman of the Iowa commission, arguing that her agency’s approach “plainly violates both the free exercise clause and the establishment clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
Fort Des Moines Church of Christ, Holcomb said, “discovered that an unelected commission in the state of Iowa had published this brochure” explaining the civil rights law.
The Iowa Civil Rights Commission revised its brochure July 8, four days after the church sued, clarifying that churches are generally exempt from the state law “unless the place of worship engages in nonreligious activities which are open to the public.”
Another church, Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City, Iowa, and its senior pastor, Cary Gordon, took legal action against the state commission for similar reasons, as The Daily Signal previously reported.
Holcomb said the state agency not only has the authority to interpret the Iowa’s civil rights law, but to enforce it, so it could use the statute to “infringe on a church’s religious freedom.”
‘Complementary Halves of Humanity’
According to its website, Fort Des Moines Church of Christ is a nondenominational congregation that is “simply trying to be faithful to God’s Word and call on our lives.”
“The church believes that God intentionally and purposefully created males male and females female, and that these two complementary halves of humanity reflect God’s image,” the lawsuit says.
Church policy for sex-specific private spaces states that restrooms and showers may be used only by members of the designated biological sex, according to the lawsuit.
While the commission has not taken action against Fort Des Moines Church of Christ, Holcomb said, the church was “deeply concerned” the agency could start enforcement proceedings.
Saying it wanted to get clarity for Iowa churches, Alliance Defending Freedom filed the lawsuit as a pre-enforcement challenge to the law.
Kristin H. Johnson, the state commission’s executive director, declined to comment to The Daily Signal.
In a prepared Jul 8th statement, Johnson said the commission “has not done anything to suggest it would be enforcing these laws against ministers in the pulpit, and there has been no new publication or statement … raising the issue.”
The Des Moines church’s lawyers argue that the law bans expressing any views on sexuality that would “directly or indirectly” make individuals “unwelcome” based on their gender identity. In its description of the case, Alliance Defending Freedom writes:The speech ban could be used to gag churches from making any public comments—including from the pulpit—that could be viewed as unwelcome to persons who do not identify with their biological sex because the commission has stated that the law applies to churches during any activity that the commission deems to not have a ‘bona fide religious purpose.”‘It Could Flip-Flop Again’
The civil rights law was amended in 2007 to include gender identity and sexual orientation as classes protected from discrimination at places of public accommodation, Johnson said in the prepared statement.
“The commission regrets the confusion caused by the previous publication,” Johnson said, and “has never considered a complaint against a church or other place of worship on this issue.”
Alliance Defending Freedom’s Holcomb said “cosmetic changes” to the commission’s brochure aren’t enough and highlight “the underlying vagueness of the state law at issue.”
“The commission could change its mind tomorrow about the brochure and reissue the old one,” Holcomb said, “or a month or a year down the line, it could flip-flop again on this issue.” She added:It just highlights that the commission has too much power, too much authority to try to apply the law to churches, which are not places of public accommodation. They are places of worship and should enjoy full and robust freedom under the First Amendment.
Who gets to decide what is or is not a religious purpose? Is that something that’s being left in the hands of unelected bureaucrats, or is that something that the church gets to determine?--------------- Leah Jessen (@_LeahKay_) is a news reporter for The Daily Signal. Tags:Church Fights State, Over What It Preaches, Practices, Sexuality, Gender Identity, The Daily Signal, Leah JenssenTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
by James Phillips: The steady drip of disturbing revelations about President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement continues unabated. On Monday, the Associated Press reported that key restrictions on Iran’s uranium enrichment activities will significantly ease after 10 years, long before those restrictions expire after 15 years.
The AP acquired a confidential document, leaked by an anonymous diplomat involved in the Iran nuclear issue, which it described as an add-on agreement in the form of a declaration submitted by Iran to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The document, the Joint Comprehensive Plan for Action, details Iran’s plans for expanding its enrichment activities and makes it clear that some of the most restrictive provisions of the nuclear agreement are relaxed after only 10 years, although they will function as more permissive constraints for up to 15 years.
The published text of the nuclear agreement was vague on the exact timing of what happens to Iran’s uranium enrichment program after 10 years.
But the new document indicates that after 10 years, Iran plans to start replacing its current centrifuges with thousands of more advanced models that would be up to five times more efficient than the 5,060 centrifuges that it is allowed to operate currently under the agreement.
This concession could allow Tehran to enrich at more than twice the rate that it is now doing, even if the total number of operating centrifuges are reduced. This is a major concern because if the enrichment rate doubles, the time Tehran would need to stage a nuclear breakout would be reduced from the 12 months promised by the Obama administration to six months or less, much earlier than the administration had advertised when it was trying to sell the nuclear deal.
Fred Fleitz, a veteran analyst who has monitored Iran’s nuclear program for many years at the CIA, State Department, House Intelligence Committee, and Center for Security Policy, warned that although the permissive nature of the agreement was not news:What is news is that the Obama administration is a party to another secret side deal to the [Joint Comprehensive Plan for Action] that explicitly recognizes Iran’s plan to greatly expand its uranium-enrichment program. Other secret side deals include one that allows Iran to inspect itself on possible nuclear-weapons-related work and another that possibly weakened IAEA reporting on Iran’s nuclear program.The International Atomic Energy Agency secret side deal that allowed Iranian personnel to inspect a suspected nuclear research site was exposed last year only after Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., traveled to the agency’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria, to ask questions about the nuclear agreement.
Cotton, a leading congressional opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, charged that the latest news about Iran’s declaration to the agency demonstrated that “the administration misled the American people about Iran.”
State Department spokesman Mark Toner denied that the new document was “secret” since it was known to the countries negotiating the deal, but he acknowledged that the details had been kept away from the public.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was much more enthusiastic about the newly revealed document. Yesterday, he crowed that it was created by Iran’s “negotiators and industry experts” and was a “matter of pride.”
Indeed, he should be proud. The document outlines how Iran plans to escalate its uranium enrichment efforts with the blessing of the Obama administration until it reaches the point where a nuclear breakout would require only a few weeks of work.
------------------------- James Phillips is the Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies a The Heritage Foundation. Tags:Iran Nuclear Deal, Continues to Unravel, James Phillips, The Heritage FoundationTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good” ~ George Washington
by Jim Mullen, Contributing Author: The anti-Second Amendment Marxist, Barack Obama, relies upon attacks by terrorists or crazed lunatics to bring cries for bigger, more powerful government to protect us. It’s the same incessant cry always heard from tyrants; give up more freedom in exchange for a promise of security. Every leftist in the country follows Obama’s lead and shamefully exploits tragic events by madmen and terrorists. Consequently, to further their political agendas they do what they do best; attack lawful American gun owners and innocent people by grandstanding and self-aggrandizing.
They use manipulative hyperbole, and emotional rhetoric to push for legislation that has proven repeatedly not only ineffective, but fatally destructive. Like vultures, these zealots immediately circle every despicable shooting by an outlaw, insane person, or terrorist, and use the tragedy and suffering of others to gain an upper hand in implementing their anti-gun tyranny.
These organized attacks are not just on firearms; they are indeed, personal attacks on every American’s freedom who dares defend themselves, their families, and their homes.
It’s obvious to even the densest anti-gun fanatic, that criminals ignore ALL gun-control laws. Therefore, it’s evident that the quest for additional limits on guns remains focused on disarming law-abiding citizens. The facts are irrefutable; restrictive gun legislation disarms or makes criminals of lawful Americans. In other words, gun control only restrains law-abiding Americans! Control of the people is the ultimate aim of all big governments.
Criminals rely on tyrannical government to disarm the public, thus allowing thugs and gangs unrestricted domination of our streets, neighborhoods, and cities. U.S. cities with the strictest gun laws have the highest crime and murder rates. Witness the Democrat-controlled cities of Chicago, Washington, DC, Detroit, Baltimore, and on, and on.
Americans must face reality; it’s apparent that over the last several years, the New Socialist Democrat Party is a mortal enemy of gun owners and the Second Amendment. It’s equally clear that further legislation amounts to placing a bull’s eye on the backs of innocent Americans gathered in gun-free zones, as well as those cowering in fear in their undefended homes.
None of the proposed laws by the fanatical left will reduce gun violence or murder rates in this country. However, under one plan, purchasing or selling a gun from a neighbor, friend, or relative, we would pay for a background check and hope for approval and blessing from the federal government. These extended background checks are another back door, roundabout attempt at registration that allows the government to know who owns guns, what type they are, and where to find them.
Not a word emanates from the mouths of Obama, or any Marxist about the real causes of crime and murder rates in this country. Most violence comes directly from inaction and misguided programs by federal, state, and local governments.
The free exercise of American rights under the Second Amendment does not cause violence.
Here are just a few of the shortcomings, incompetence, and corrupt bureaucracies of government that do result in lawless, senseless mayhem and murder:
Failure of the liberal courts and the justice system in general to PUNISH criminals
Failure to build more jails and prisons
Early release and catch-and-release of criminals; including violent felons, and illegal aliens
Plea-bargaining and reductions of sentences
Left-wing lawmakers, state and federal, who consistently and shamefully twist, manipulate, and distort, every societal issue to bestow the victimhood label on criminals, not on real victims; innocent citizens
Failure to address illegal aliens pouring over our border with drugs, guns, and human cargo
Overcrowding of prisons, then release of illegals and felons to reduce the overflow
A corrupt government-controlled educational system that, especially in the inner cities, fails to give young people even a rudimentary education and then dumps them on the streets without sufficient skills to compete in the world
Gun-free zones that leave unarmed groups of people at the mercy of thugs or armed terrorists
For decades, few talked about long guns of any kind, rather the national discussion was on handguns. Then came the ban on scores of long guns, and Bush let the ban expire because evidence revealed the nation was no safer and there was no increase in mass killings after ten years. To leftists, firearms represent everything that’s evil. The unvarnished truth is that they believe the very existence of the Second Amendment is malevolent.
Concealed permits are under constant attack. By declaring gun-free zones and limiting where one can legally carry a weapon, tyrants hope to make it so restrictive as to make concealed permits worthless. With one such limit, only the most naïve, ignorant, and convoluted of liberal minds could imagine and implement a system of declaring schools as “gun-free zones” to prevent shootings.
Some notable quotes from Obama, the anti self-defense President, should tell everyone where the leftist-in-chief stands:
“I am consistently on record and will continue on record as opposing concealed carry.”
“I believe in keeping guns out of our inner cities.”
“It’s a scandal that Bush didn’t renew the ‘assault weapon’ ban.”
“If you need 19 rounds to shoot a deer, you probably shouldn’t be hunting.”
Here are some notable votes by Obama:
Voted to uphold civil actions and lawsuits against gun manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of guns and ammunition.
Voted to ban hundreds of common rifles and shotguns.
Voted to uphold local gun bans in Illinois.
Voted to uphold prosecution of people using guns in self-defense.
Obama and his Marxist cult know they cannot ban all gun rights at once any more than a boa can instantly kill and devour its prey. They do it slowly, one contraction at a time. It’s one more reason they must destroy our Constitution.
Little-by-little, one step at a time, Obama, and his ilk formulate their “reasonable rules.” Dictates which are, in reality, slow narrowing and constriction designed to squeeze the life from our Second Amendment and devour our guns.
Knowing what Obama said publicly, what’s in his writings, and knowing the history of the anti-gun radicals, does anyone believe them when they say, “Nobody is coming after your guns?” Disarming America is not a solution or answer for violence; rather it is one of the principal determining factors for the violence raging through the streets of this country. An unarmed nation is a nation on its knees, and that is exactly where the leftist tyrants want Americans.
The free exercise of American rights under the Second Amendment does not cause or exacerbate violence; It provides the same protection from evil-doers and dictatorial government envisioned by our Founders!
For one to see the tragic results of liberal politics and gun control that disarms lawful people, one needs to look at cities and states controlled by the New Democrat Socialist Party. Here, despots ban guns outright or restrict them as to make their right to own guns and defend themselves, a cruel joke. These areas throughout the country are microcosms of what liberals want for the rest of the country.
When liberal-progressive government is in control of peoples’ lives, they must keep citizens, disarmed, poor, uneducated, indoctrinated, and dependent. Take a stand against our government, the media, and the entertainment industry. Under no circumstances, allow them to cast their tyrannical, liberal, spell over this great land. Your personal safety is in YOUR hands; trust it to no one else!
---------------- Jim Mullen is a West Virginia conservative Republican activist writing articles at Freedom For US Now and a contributing author to the ARRA News Service. He also shared this article on TEA Party Tribune. Tags:Jim Mullen, Freedom for US Now, Spread Politeness, Reduce Crime. Arm Yourselves, gun controlTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
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