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Hillary’s Running Mate, Kaine, Is a Staunch Anti-gunner

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 12, 2016:  

Tim Kaine in 2008.

Tim Kaine

Virginia’s junior Senator Tim Kaine first earned public notoriety for his anti-gun ideology in 2000 when as mayor of Richmond he spent $7,000 of city funds to ship eight busloads of anti-gun supporters to Washington, D.C., to support the so-called Million Mom March against guns. The outcry was so vociferous that Kaine was forced to ask for private donations to repay the theft.

But he never recanted or apologized for the theft of the government funds, which the media called a “subsidy.” The Richmond Times Dispatch wrote that “Kaine defended the subsidy on the ground that Richmond always has supported stricter gun laws,” while adding, “I can’t think of an issue I’d rather be aligned with than this.”

The month before being picked by Hillary Clinton as her running mate in the campaign for the presidency, Kaine was at it again. In June he announced his support in the Senate for efforts to allow the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to use taxpayer funds to advocate for gun control. As the NRA noted:

More than 15 years after being rebuked for squandering taxpayer dollars on gun control advocacy as mayor of Richmond, Kaine is still eager to attack gun owners’ rights by any means at his disposal, and he still isn’t above looting the public treasury to do it.

The primary backer of the original Million Mom March (which fizzled the second year when just 200 backers showed up) was the Bell Campaign, which supported all manner of Second Amendment infringements including rationing of the purchase of guns to one every month, a ban on the most popular semi-automatic rifles and their magazines, the licensing of all firearm owners, and plain out-and-out federal gun registration. In regard to the precious Second Amendment, the Bell Campaign was dismissive: “The Second Amendment does not, and never did, protect the private ownership of guns for private purposes.”

Also in June Kaine joined about three dozen other anti-gun members of Congress in a 15-hour filibuster on gun control following the Orlando night club shooting.

That means that Kaine is in complete agreement with Clinton’s promise, if elected, to nominate Supreme Court justices to “correct” the “wrong” decisions in the Heller and McDonald cases.

In April of 2007, following the Virginia Tech massacre, Kaine took advantage of the still-simmering public outrage, saying that he (according to the Roanoke Times) “thought the time might be right to press the General Assembly to address the [so-called] gun-show loophole.” This “loophole” presently allows people meeting at a gun show to buy, sell, or trade firearms without going through a background check. Properly described, the “loophole” is simply a private transaction between consenting individuals without government oversight or approval.

But abrogation of such rights didn’t matter. Something had to be done, and picking on law-abiding gun owning citizens as a way to channel public sympathy and outrage into his anti-gun agenda would serve nicely. Expanding background checks to include every soul in the state wouldn’t have prevented the Virginia Tech massacre since the shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, obtained his firearms legally following a background check.

In September 2015, Kaine tried again, this time taking advantage of the public outcry over the murder of news reporter Alison Parker by Vester Lee Flanagan. Kaine upped the ante by pressing for a bill that (again, according to the Roanoke Times) “would make gun sellers criminally liable to a bad sale if they didn’t take reasonable, affirmative steps to determine [if] the customer met federal criteria.”

Kaine has also attempted to eliminate traditional gun shows in his state while rejecting legislation that would have made it easier to obtain a concealed carry permit. When legislation was passed that would exempt active-duty service members from Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month law, he vetoed it.

With his extensive anti-gun background (he supports limiting the capacity of magazines to carry just 10 rounds, while also supporting an amendment proposed by California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein to ban all semi-automatic firearms that accept a detachable magazine — that would mean banning nearly all of them outright), it’s no wonder that Kaine holds a 100-percent rating from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and an “F” rating from the National Rifle Association.

 

If Hillary Falters, Kaine Will Move Her Anti-gun Agenda Forward

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 12, 2016: 

Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia.

Tim Kaine

Even as concerns over Hillary’s health continue to grow, alternative media websites are putting disclaimers on articles suggesting that she is hiding Parkinson’s Disease. For example, Inquisitr.com warns its readers that Reno Berkeley’s report “is entirely the opinion of Reno Berkeley and does not reflect the views of the Inquisitr.” Concluded Berkeley:

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Trump: Repeal Johnson Amendment That Muzzles Pastors

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, September 9, 2016: 

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On Friday, at the Family Research Council’s convention in Washington, D.C., Donald Trump is expected to reiterate his call to repeal the Johnson Amendment, in line with a similar call in the GOP platform.

During his acceptance speech, Trump thanked the evangelical community for their support, adding:

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Gun Sales Soar in California

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 7, 2016:  

The study released last year by Calgunslaws.com confirmed what most Second Amendment supporters already know: more guns equal less crime. John Lott’s breakthrough analysis, which was published in June 1998, proved it for everyone except hardcore anti-gunners. They immediately ganged up on Lott, questioning his analysis to the point where Lott issued a second and then a third edition responding to his critics and expanding his proofs.

But for anti-gunners like California State Senator Loni Hancock, the logic and the proofs still escape her. Sponsor of one of the batch of anti-gun bills that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on July 1, she explained her illogic:

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In California, Stricter Gun Controls Leading to Less Violent Crime — for Now

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 6, 2016:  

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California Governor Jerry Brown

Christopher Lapinski, the operations manager at Last Stand Readiness & Tactical, a gun shop in Sacramento, is considering moving his operation out of California, thanks to the state’s continued determination to restrict gun sales further. In the meantime he is enjoying a booming business, especially in handguns, as Californians rush to buy them before they can’t. As Lapinski told Fox News:

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Ninth Circuit Rules Marijuana Card Holders May Not Own Firearms

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 5, 2016:  

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Last Wednesday a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision that holding a marijuana card precludes its owner from keeping and bearing arms. In the process, the panel threw out the First, Second, and Fifth Amendment rights.

Rowan Wilson, a Nevada resident who held a state-issued marijuana card but didn’t use the weed, tried to purchase a firearm from Custom Firearms and Gunsmithing in Moundhouse, Nevada. She applied for the card to show her support for the freedom of people to make their own decisions about what they might or might not imbibe or inhale. It was a political statement only. It became personal when she tried in October 2011 to purchase a firearm for personal protection.

She was confronted with Question 11e on the required federal disclosure Form 4473 issued by the ATF, which reads:

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Knightscope Robots: Enhanced Safety or More Invasive Surveillance?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 5, 2016:  

NXT Robot

Not a Knightscope robot, but close

Knightscope robots — one for inside work, the other for outdoors — have been under development for three years, and have logged 35,000 hours of testing and 25,000 miles of rolling through malls, parking lots, and manufacturing facilities. And yet, within weeks of the K5 outdoor model being released in the Stanford Shopping Center, an upscale shopping mall in Palo Alto, California, one of them couldn’t avoid hitting a 16-month-old toddler and running over his foot.

It was a poor start to Knightscope’s first major public contract with the mall, and they did the best they could to ameliorate the situation:

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California’s Gun Violence Restraining Orders: Grandpa Older, Armed, Therefore Dangerous?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 22, 2016:  

Richard Swift could be anyone’s grandfather. Born in 1949, he grew up around guns. He got his first .22 at age 12 and learned how to pick off rodents on his family farm in southeastern Pennsylvania. Said Swift: “Mostly, I was just shooting things that were there, like a stick floating down the creek. I’d shoot bumblebees if they settled on a limb … any kind of small, challenging target.”

When he joined the National Guard, he competed in marksmanship matches, and when he delivered cash between branches of a local bank, he carried a firearm for protection.

But now he’s retired and still owns that .22, along with a couple of other rifles, two pistols, and a pair of shotguns. And he has no plans to dispose of any of them.

And that makes Shannon Frattaroli very nervous.

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Rights Are Lost Slowly, Over Time, and Then All at Once

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, August 22, 2016:  

German Pastor Richard Niemoller (pictured) wasn’t the first to discover how totalitarians complete their takeover, but he is remembered for waxing poetic about just how the strategy works:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Socialist.

 

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Trade Unionist.

 

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew.

 

Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.

In the early 1930s, Niemoller supported Hitler. But when he observed the tyrant’s strategy of isolating his enemies and then eliminating them one by one, he opposed him. Niemoller spent years in a German concentration camp, and, upon his release in 1946, explained what he had seen with his own eyes:

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Anti-gun Politicians Falling Further Behind, Thanks to the Internet

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 17, 2016:  

Steve Israel

Anti-freedom Congressman Steve Israel

New York’s Democratic House Representative Steve Israel (left) could be the poster child of the typical anti-gun politician. He has little respect for his oath of office, scoring an abysmal 18 out of 100 on the John Birch Society’s Freedom Index. That index uniquely measures how pols vote on issues that are clearly constitutional, or not. Israel gets it right (no pun intended) just once out of every six votes.

The anti-gun establishment loves him. He scores 100% with both the

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3D Printed Guns: More Freedom, Less Government

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 16, 2016:  

Swatjester AR15

Swatjester AR15

With Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed, a company that sells both software and hardware allowing individuals to make firearms at home, is getting more attention thanks to his pending lawsuit against the government. In light of this, Thor Benson with the liberal anti-gun Daily Beast, decided to interview Wilson. Following that interview, Benson predicted a “terrifying future” where government gun controllers wouldn’t be able to keep up with Wilson’s expanding technology.

Benson wrote that legislators can pass laws requiring background checks and putting undesirables onto “no fly, no buy” lists all day long. But they will have precious little impact

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New York Times Interpreted Trump’s Remarks as Violent, Compliant Media Echoed

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, August 12, 2016:

English: New York Times Tower in Manhattan.

The unofficial mouthpiece of the left

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaking at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Tuesday, said this:

Hillary wants to abolish – essentially abolish – the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people – maybe there is, I don’t know.

 

But I tell you what, that will be a horrible day. If Hillary gets to put her judges in, right now we’re tied.

Ever alert to an opportunity to twist, spin, or otherwise misinterpret to its advantage, the New York Times within hours had a five-page article providing its interpretation:

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Election Pollsters Have One More Thing to Worry About: New Gun Owners

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 10, 2016: 

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The difference between pollsters like Rasmussen and prognosticators like Nate Silver of Five Thirty Eight is like the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. Polling is tricky enough. Prognosticating is a whole other matter.

Rasmussen (and its peers) must develop the questions, determine whom to ask, decide when to call (weekdays, weekends, dinner time, etc.), and then confirm that they’re talking to the right person. They have to take into account that sometimes people will give wrong answers, or hide behind their answers because they have opinions that aren’t mainstream. Once the poll is taken, they must determine just how variable – how reliable – the results really are. That explains part of the plus or minus calculation included in them.

Silver (and his peers) build models based on past experience. It’s vastly more complicated

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Could Increase in Gun Ownership Impact the Election?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 9, 2016: 

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Glock model 22 (.40 S&W) in the new olive drab frame (with magazine)

The latest study by John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) raised an interesting question: Could the enormous increase in gun ownership and the attendant increase in the issuance of concealed carry permits have an impact on the presidential election in November?

The increase has been astounding, according to Lott:

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Trump’s Plan for “Winning the Global Competition”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 9, 2016:  

During his hour-long speech on Monday at the Detroit Economic Club, Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump was serious and reasonable, avoiding histrionics and the temptation to push back against protesters who interrupted him several times. He followed his script and peppered the economic landscape with his wish list of actions he would take as president to “Make America Great Again.”

It was a very long list:

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Czech President: “Citizens Should Arm Themselves”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 3, 2016:  

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Czech President Milos Zeman

Reflecting a startling change of heart, Czech Republic President Miloš Zeman, once opposed to private civilian ownership of firearms for self-defense, told local Czech newspaper Blesk: “Earlier I spoke often about limiting the ability [of citizens] to have large quantities of weapons. But after the terrorist attacks [in France], I have changed the idea.” He is now pushing the Czech parliament to adopt a new law that would allow citizens to purchase, keep, and use firearms as necessary.

Zeman is also calling for a wall to be built along the country’s borders (the country is bordered by Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Poland), and the expedited deportation of “failed asylum seekers.”

Zeman is hardly alone in his observations.

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New ATF Head Wants Computerized Database of All Gun Purchases

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 1, 2016:

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Deputy Director Thomas Brandon, head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) appeared on CBS’s Sunday Morning television show, complaining that his agency is “a small agency with a big job” and that he really needs more agents and more money to do that job.

What he would really like, however, is a computerized database of all gun purchases made by every buyer and seller in the country:

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Fits the Definition of Tyrant

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, July 22, 2016:  

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Photo taken in Minute Man National Historical Park.

Tyrant is commonly defined as an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution. It would include a ruler inflicted with passions that led to punishing innocents for perceived injustices. The definition of tyrant so inflicted with those passions is perfectly provided by theEncyclopedia of Diderot & d’Alembert:

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Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Diktat Banning “Assault Rifles”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, July 21, 2016:  

Quarter of Massachusetts

Quarter of Massachusetts

Displaying contempt for the Second Amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in Heller and McDonald, and the rule of law, Massachusetts’ Attorney General Maura Healey issued a diktat Wednesday banning the sale of virtually anything that looks like it might be termed an “assault rifle.” Her directive applied immediately not only to every gun manufacturer in the state but also to every gun dealer as well.

Knowing that it is, on its face, unconstitutional, Healey even admitted that her order would be challenged in court, but issued it anyway:

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Police Union Leader Demands Ohio Governor Restrict Open Carry at RNC

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 18, 2016: 

John Kasich

John Kasich

On Sunday, the day before the start of the Republican National Convention, Stephen Loomis, the president of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association, sent a letter to Ohio Governor John Kasich asking him to restrict Ohio’s “open carry” law for Cuyahoga County for a week:

We are …. requesting assistance from him. He could very easily do some kind of executive order or something — I don’t care if it’s constitutional or not at this point.

 

They [constitutionalists, presumably] can fight about it after the RNC, or they [the governor, presumably] can lift it after the RNC, but I want him to absolutely outlaw open-carry in Cuyahoga County until this RNC is over.

Loomis added:

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