4/17/2015

Country Music Star Tim McGraw pushes for more gun control

Tim McGraw says that he is headlining a concert for Sandy Hook Promise, not because he supports gun control, but because he supports "education and safety" regarding guns.  No one disagrees with  "education and safety," but the question involves the gun control regulations being pushed by this organization.  If McGraw is raising money for the group, he is helping achieve the gun control regulations that Sandy Hook Promise is lobbying for.  Nicole Hockley's video here talks about her lobbying for "common sense" gun control legislation.
"Let me be clear regarding the concert for Sandy Hook given much of the erroneous reporting thus far," McGraw told FOX411 in a statement. "As a gun owner, I support gun ownership. I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety – most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children. I can’t imagine anyone who disagrees with that."
The problem is that her push to prevent access to what she calls "high powered weapons," like an AR-15, and her desire to lock up guns can lead to more deaths.  Guns that fire .223 caliber bullets are not "high powered weapons."  If she really wants to ban all rifles that fire that size bullet or larger, she would ban the vast majority of hunting rifles.  Mandating gunlocks emboldens criminals to attack people in their homes and makes it more difficult for people to protect themselves.  As criminals are more successful in committing their crimes, you actually see an increase in the number of deaths.

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4/16/2015

Hillary Clinton, the candidate who "will fight for average working people" fails to leave a tip at restaurant

It is always easy to say that someone who claims that they will fight for average working people, but assuming that they even know what will help those people, how do you measure whether they actually care?  Well, one simple way would be whether they actually tip waiters or waitresses.  Hillary Clinton is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.  She probably isn't even paying for her meals as I suspect her campaign is paying for them.  Granted the campaign will apparently only have $2.5 billion to work with this go round, but you would hope that either Hillary or her campaign could afford to leave a 15% tip or even the change that they got back on the meal.  From Bloomberg Politics:
"Her bill was $20 and some change, and they paid with $21 and left" without putting anything in a tip jar on the counter, Charles Wright, the manager at the Maumee, Ohio, Chipotle restaurant told Bloomberg. . . . . 
"We get a bunch of tips," said Wright,  who only realized that the customer had been the presidential candidate after news organizations began calling the restaurant and he had reviewed surveillance video. "If we're doing our job right, people tip."  
The question of whether Clinton had tipped the workers during the Chipotle stop was first asked by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday.  . . .
 UPDATE:  For those who claim that people don't tip at this restaurant, please actually read the points in bold from the article.  The restaurant not only has a "tip jar," but they say that "If we're doing our job right, people tip."

Still, I am sure that some people won't tip, but don't you imagine that the people who feel most sympathetic to the workers would be the ones most likely to tip?

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4/13/2015

Some of Hillary Clinton's comments that could come back to haunt her: from foreign policy to gun control


Hillary Clinton: 'The Reset Worked' With Russia  

Clinton Was Challenged With Polling That Showed That She Had Not Restored America's Standing

 Clinton: On ISIS, Obama “Passed With Flying Colors Every Leadership Challenge”

Clinton calls Syria's Assad Is "A Reformer"

 Hillary Clinton: Gun Proponents Are Terrorizing the Majority of Americans "We can not let a minority of people, that is what it is, a minority of people, hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people" Clinton

Described Her "Rescue" Of Chinese Dissident Chen Gangcheng As "James Bond-Ish" Hillary

Clinton approvingly talks about defending child rapist

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4/11/2015

5 of the US demands that were dropped in negotiations with Iram


5 things that the Obama administration gave in on when they negotiated with Iran.  The agreement doesn't really seem enforceable as we will have to give the Iranians a heads up before any investigations occur.  Summarizing what was in The Hill newspaper and some other sources:

1. Banning uranium enrichment

2. In 2012, Obama promised ending their nuclear program. In 2013, he promised capping centrifuges at 500 to 1,500


what we got was 6,104

3. Shuttering secret nuclear facilities 

President Obama said in December 2013: “They don’t need to have an underground, fortified facility like Fordow in order to have a peaceful nuclear program,.  They certainly don’t need a heavy-water reactor at Arak in order to have a peaceful nuclear program."

What we got was that nothing got shut down

4. Ending Iran's ballistic missile program

What we got was nothing

5. Finalizing  a 25-year sunset clause

10 year agreement, assuming that one believes that it is enforceable. 

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4/07/2015

If you are in Nashville this coming Friday, come join us!!!: Meet Brad Thor, Glenn Reynolds, Ted Nugent, Dana Loesch and others.

4/06/2015

Letter in the Nashville Tennessean on who benefits from lowering the fees to get a concealed handgun permit


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This letter appeared in the April 7th edition of the Nashville Tennessean
Poor people suffer at anti-gun bill elitism 
Re: “Shame of Senate: Guns for all but no time for people,” by by Keel Hunt, April 5.

Keel Hunt claims that the Republican legislature in Nashville only cares about “serving power, not people,” but Mr. Hunt is really the elitist.

One of the gun bills that Mr. Hunt dislikes that died in the legislature this year would have eliminated the $140 it costs to get a permit and pay for fingerprinting.

These fees stop poor minorities who live in high-crime urban areas from getting permits.

They are the very people who are most likely to be victims of violent crime, the ones who would benefit the most from being able to protect themselves.

Hunt seems oblivious to cities like Memphis, where the murder rate is more than four times higher than the U.S. rate.

Police are extremely important, but what happens when police can’t be there to protect people?

John R. Lott Jr.
President
Crime Prevention Research Center
Swarthmore, PA 19081

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Nevada one step closer to getting rid of gun-free zones in colleges and government buildings

From the Las Vegas Review Journal:
A controversial bill that would allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry their guns on Nevada college campuses won approval in the Assembly on Monday and now goes to the Senate. 
The so called “campus carry” measure, Assembly Bill 148, is sponsored by Assemblywoman and gun rights advocate Michele Fiore, R-Las Vegas, along with many of her colleagues. 
The vote for passage was 24 to 15 with all but one Democrat, James Ohrenshall of Las Vegas, opposed. Three members were absent. . . . 
Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen is supporting the bill. 
Gov. Brian Sandoval has said he won’t take a position until and if a bill lands on his desk. 
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures in information dated from February 2015, 23 states let universities make the call on carrying concealed weapons, 20 ban weapons and seven, including Utah, Colorado and Idaho, allow firearms to be carried with some limitations. . . .

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4/03/2015

Gov Christie pardons Pennsylvania mom who brought her permitted concealed handgun into New Jersey

Shaneen Allen's life isn't going to be the same.  This mother of two was arrested in October 2013 for having her loaded .380 handgun in her car.  When she was pulled over by the police she immediately informed the officer that she had a gun.  Worse she had hollow point bullets, bullets that are illegal in New Jersey.  But bullets that make a lot of sense for a small woman who wants to make sure that she is able to stop a large man who attacks her.  I can only image the costs that have been imposed on her over 2.5 years.  From Fox News:
. . . Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, initially said he would let the case play out in the state's judicial system. He said recently he would consider changing the state's gun laws, but that the Democratic legislature has no appetite for that and instead he would do what was in his purview, such as pardons . . . .
The case drew national attention, in part because the same Atlantic County prosecutor and judge who signed off on pre-trial intervention for former NFL star Ray Rice, who knocked his then-fiancee out in an Atlantic City hotel elevator last year, denied the opportunity to Allen. 
At least the pardon will end her legal problems. 

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3/31/2015

Newest Fox News piece: "French Alps crash shows psychiatrists cannot be last line of defense"

My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
There has been a lot of second-guessing about Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who deliberately crashed his plane into the French Alps, killing himself and 149 others. If only Lufthansa had regular mental evaluations of pilots, if only people at the airline knew what obvious signs to look for, this tragedy could have been avoided. 
But psychiatrists know that isn’t true. It isn’t just fellow workers who fail to pick up the supposed subtle hints that indicate that someone might be a danger to themselves or others. “We have no indication what could have led the co-pilot to commit this terrible act,” said Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa’s chief executive. 
Psychiatrists themselves have a very poor record. Identifying mental illness is a long way from thinking that the person poses a danger. Look at the inability of psychiatrists to identify mass shooters. It’s very common for mass killers to be seeing psychiatrists before their attacks, including Elliot Rodger (Santa Barbara), Ivan Lopez (the most recent Fort Hood shooter), Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook elementary school), James Holmes (Aurora, Colo., movie theater), and Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech). 
Rodger had already been receiving top-quality mental-health counseling for years. Indeed, one of his psychiatrists, Dr. Charles Sophy, is nationally known and medical director for the LA County Department of Children and Family Services. . . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.

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Faced with unyielding US regulation, Amazon moves to Canada to tests delivery drones

From the UK Guardian:
Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following repeated warnings by the e-commerce giant that it would go outside the US to bypass what it sees as the US federal government’s lethargic approach to the new technology. 
The largest internet retailer in the world is keeping the location of its new test site closely guarded. What can be revealed is that the company’s formidable team of roboticists, software engineers, aeronautics experts and pioneers in remote sensing – including a former Nasa astronaut and the designer of the wingtip of the Boeing 787 – are now operating in British Columbia. 
The end goal is to utilise what Amazon sees as a slice of virgin airspace – above 200ft, where most buildings end, and below 500ft, where general aviation begins. Into that aerial slice the company plans to pour highly autonomous drones of less than 55lbs, flying through corridors 10 miles or longer at 50mph and carrying payloads of up to 5lbs that account for 86% of all the company’s packages. 
Amazon has acquired a plot of open land lined by oak trees and firs, where it is conducting frequent experimental flights with the full blessing of the Canadian government. As if to underline the significance of the move, the test site is barely 2,000ft from the US border, which was clearly visible from where the Guardian stood on a recent visit. . . .

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Judge Napolitano: What Hillary Clinton did was "10 times what David Petraus was assured of doing"


Judge Napolitano does a great job explaining the legal issues facing Hillary Clinton over her emails.

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Permit holder defends himself against an armed robber, robber wanted the new Air Jordans the victim had just bought


Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at  Tuesday, March 31, 3.14 AM From WCPO-TV Channel 9 in Cincinnati about a defensive gun use in Dayton, Ohio:
A 16-year-old Middletown High School football player wanted to buy the new Air Jordans on sale Saturday morning at the Dayton Mall. 
But Jawaad Jabbar got there too late and the shoes were gone. . . . 
So Jabbar went outside to the sidewalk and pulled a gun on a man who had just bought the shoes, Phares said. Only, the man had a gun, too. 
"The person who he tried to take the shoes from had a valid carry concealed weapon permit through Ohio, and when he was threatened with a firearm he drew his firearm and discharged it into the juvenile, who then died as a result of a single gunshot wound," Phares said. . . . 
Police caught the other teens. They are in detention in Montgomery County awaiting charges. 
They could face murder charges if it is determined that they had prior knowledge or were a party to the robbery.

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Obama administration is making it very difficult to get the most basic data out of the federal government

From the Washington Post:
Stacey Singer, a health reporter for the Palm Beach Post in Florida, was perusing a medical journal in 2012 when she came across something startling: a federal epidemiologist’s report about a tuberculosis outbreak in the Jacksonville area. Singer promptly began pursuing the story. 
But when she started seeking official comment about the little-reported outbreak, the doors began closing. County health officials referred her to the state health department. State officials referred her to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though the CDC’s own expert had written the investigative report, the agency’s press office declined to let Singer speak with him. A spokesman told her it was a local matter and sent her back to the state office in Tallahassee. 
Through public records requests, Singer eventually was able to piece together the story of a contagion that had caused 13 deaths and 99 illnesses — the worst the CDC had found in 20 years. . . .

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3/28/2015

Obama's Department of Education won't say which colleges it has banned receiving federal money

From Inside Higher ED:
The U.S. Department of Education is so concerned about the risk that dozens of colleges pose to students and taxpayers that it has curtailed access to federal money at those institutions -- but it won’t say which ones.  
Even as it pushes to make far more information about colleges available to consumers, the department is keeping hidden from public view its decisions to punish certain colleges with funding restrictions known as heightened cash monitoring. 
At the end of last October, 76 colleges or universities were subject to the most stringent form of those restrictions, according to the department. Another 455 institutions, as of last August, faced a lower level of scrutiny.  
But the department has refused to provide the names of those colleges because of the “competitive injury” it may cause them.  . . . 
Such reasoning hasn’t stopped the department from publishing other information about colleges that might harm their reputation in the interest of protecting students. It annually publishes colleges’ financial responsibility scores and an array of other financial and price data. And last year the Obama administration began releasing the names of colleges under investigation for mishandling sexual assault cases. . . .
Here is my concern.  In the past the Obama administration has banned students at some private schools from obtaining federal student loans.  I wouldn't be surprised if all 76 schools here are private schools.

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Canadian Supreme rules that the Canadian government can destroy the long gun registration

Brian Lilley with The Rebel has this discussion of the Canadian Supreme ruling that the Canadian government can destroy the long gun registration.

Here is a March 2012 op-ed that I wrote with Gary Mauser on the failure of Canadian gun registration system.

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3/27/2015

Drug Enforcement Administration agents over several years attend sex parties paid for by drug cartels

With the drug cartel making so much money from selling drugs, it is hard to see how the government can pay DEA agents enough to keep them from being tempted.  From Fox News:
In another major embarrassment for federal law enforcement, a Justice Department watchdog report alleges several Drug Enforcement Administration agents attended "sex parties" with prostitutes paid for by local drug cartels.  
The alleged parties took place in an unnamed "host country," which reportedly was Colombia, over a period of several years. According to the Justice Department inspector general report, the parties were even held in agents' U.S. government-leased quarters.
Further, agents received "money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members," according to the report, which explored sexual misconduct allegations and how they are handled at the DEA; FBI; Bureau of  Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF); and the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS).  
The IG report found such allegations often went unreported or underreported, or were not pursued properly.  
The findings were immediately met Thursday with outrage on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers for years have pressured agencies to get tough on misconduct from within -- most notably, following the Secret Service prostitution scandal in 2012, also in Colombia. . . .

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3/24/2015

Government micro managing people's behavior: NYC telling day care centers whether they can give children juice and how long children can sit for

No juice to children under age 2?  Kids not allowed to sit for more than 30 minutes?  Seriously?  From the New York Daily News:

In a pint-sized version of ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to ban super-sized sugary drinks, the city's Board of Health on Monday announced dramatically stricter rules for all licensed city day cares, including a limit on how much juice kids can drink.
Under the new rules, designed to try to cut obesity rates, children must be at least 2 years old before they can take their first sip of juice at day care, and they are only allowed four ounces a day.
Only 100% juice is allowed.
The old rules allowed babies as young as eight months to guzzle six ounces of 100% juice a day. 
Other new rules restrict kids' "sedentary time" to less than 30 minutes a day down from 60 minutes a day currently  and only one half-hour of screen time a week. . . .

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Former Maryland state police Captain and Jack McCauley on Fox & Friends to discuss concealed handgun laws




A Crime Prevention Research Center's study on concealed handguns is discussed here, though they are going to have to work with Jack a little bit to get the name right! Jack McCauley on Fox & Friends

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Appearing on Fox News to discuss Chicago's Crime Problems

3/13/2015

Newest Fox News piece on Bloomberg's false statements on concealed handgun laws

My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
Michael Bloomberg is spending tens of millions of dollars trying to convince state legislatures to support restrictive gun control laws.  From television and newspaper ads, to blanketing communities with flyers, to bringing in people from out of state to testify, no effort seems too great.  Then again, he is worth of over $36 billion.
But Bloombeg’s newest campaign has become so extreme that even gun control advocates may wonder that he is becoming a liability to their cause.  And he has already earned a reputation for fabricating numbers, with even liberal-leaning PolitiFact slamming Bloomberg for exaggerating the number of school shootings by a factor of five.  Other inaccuracies include that deaths from school shootings are increasing, that attacks with “assault weapons” are the most deadly, that firearms research fell dramatically after the restrictions on federal funding, and absurdly that “84% of female firearm homicides in 25 countries are in US.”
Bloomberg is now running advertisements attacking state legislators who are sponsoring legislation to eliminate gun-free zones.   Thus in Nevada, his campaign is targeting state Assemblywoman Michele Fiore who is sponsoring a bill to eliminate gun-free zones in schools and government buildings.  The 30-second ad announces that Fiore wants legislation "allowing criminals to carry hidden, loaded guns in our schools and college campuses. Anywhere we go, criminals and the dangerously mentally ill could be carrying loaded handguns, putting us at risk.”
But this is an outrageous falsehood.  Eliminating gun-free zones doesn’t mean that just anyone can pack heat. You still need to have a concealed handgun permit, which requires a criminal background check.
Besides, permit holders are incredibly law-abiding.  In 2014, there were over 90,000 permit holders in Nevada.  But only 128 people had their permits revoked for any reason. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.

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Newest piece at Fox News: "Is gun ownership really down in America?"

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My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
Is gun ownership falling? The answer is yes, at least if you believe a new General Social Survey (GSS) by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). Supposedly, since the late 1970s, the percentage of homes with a gun has fallen from approximately 50 percent to 32 percent.  "The number of Americans who live in a household with at least one gun is lower than it's ever been,” reported Emily Swanson of the Associated Press.
Time magazine also points to a PEW Research survey that has done a couple much more limited surveys that suggest a similar drop in gun ownership over time.
But those claims are likely overblown.
Surely, gun control advocates such as GSS director Tom Smith view this decline as a good thing.  In a 2003 book of mine, I quoted Smith as saying that the large drop in gun ownership would “make it easier for politicians to do the right thing on guns” and pass more restrictive regulations.
Other gun control advocates have mentioned to me that they hope that if people believe fewer people own guns, that may cause others to rethink their decision to own one themselves.  It is part of the reason they dramatically exaggerate the risks of having guns in the home.
The Associated Press and Time ignored other polls by Gallup and ABC News/Washington Post.  These polls show that gun ownership rates have been flat over the same period.  According to Gallup, household gun ownership has ranged from 51 percent in 1994 to 34 percent in 1999. In 2014, it was at 42 percent – comparable to the 43-45 percent figures during the 1970s. . . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.

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On the Mark Levin Show to discuss the Obama administration's report on racism in the Ferguson Police Department

I talked to Mark Levin on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 from 7:35 to 7:46 PM. Interview available here.

I also talked about the DOJ report to David Madeira on 94.3 FM in Scranton. PA at 8:45 AM on Wednesday, March 11th.


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