Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Crime

Disingenuous Democrats in Denver Claim Victory in Gun Wars

When three Democrats said they were going to side with Republicans on two of the gun bills being debated in Denver, the Democrats pulled them, claiming victory. By pulling the bills that would have included a gun ban on campuses and another holding firearms owners liable for damages, Democrats claimed victory over those that were left: a restriction on ammunition magazine limits, and universal background checks.

Nothing was said about the Constitutional right to bear arms in Section 13 of the state Constitution, which, just for the record says:

The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person  and property … shall  be called in question…

and precious little had to do with logic. Instead it was all about feelings. Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs)led the way:

Cleansing a sickness from our souls doesn’t come easy.

Mike Johnston (D-Denver) claimed these were “policy” questions, not constitutional ones:

What is before us is not a constitutional question but a policy question.

Mary Hodge (D-Adams County) said:

This bill is merely an attempt to reduce the slaughter.

But Ted Harvey (D-South Denver) took the prize. [Note: please see comments at the end of this article] When Amanda Collins said that if she had had a gun she would have been able to repel an attacker who raped her, Harvey replied:

What we’re trying to do here tonight is not protect ourselves from violent crime … but to protect students and teachers from feeling uncomfortable by you carrying a gun to protect yourself. (emphasis added)

I’m not making this up. You can click this link which will take you to a YouTube video of Harvey’s “explanation” – you’ll find it at the 1:30 point in the video.

Even Governor Hickenlooper is drinking from the same glass, claiming with a straight face that he supports all of the bills and will sign any that reach his desk, but

I’m not in any way an anti-gun person.

That’s really good to know, Governor, as guns don’t have feelings and we certainly wouldn’t want them to be offended, would we?

Note: Readers have asked me to review the Harvey video again, suggesting that I was misreading Harvey’s comments. I have done so and have concluded that I have done the man a disservice in making it appear that he was expressing his opinion about feelings when he was in fact apologizing to Amanda for others in the legislature who were more concerned about their constituents’ feelings than about her right to self defense. For that I apologize.

However, the intent of the article remains intact. Logic is rarely involved by those in the anti-gun camp. History means little to them. Well-founded arguments presented in opposition to their position are ignored, or ridiculed. Feelings are how they govern.

 

 

A city that requires homeowners to own a firearm?

Nelson, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, is known as the birthplace of Claude Akins, and not much else. But it is about to get famous (or infamous, depending upon your point of view). The city council is considering an ordinance that would

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Michigan Governor Snyder Declares Detroit a Fiscal Disaster

On the surface, Friday’s announcement by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder that Detroit’s financial situation was so grievous that a special emergency financial manager (EFM) would have to be appointed to take over from the city council appeared to be the end of the line for a once great city.

A city that was once the fifth largest and wealthiest in the country, Detroit has apparently 

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Maryland Senate Passes Governor O’Malley’s Gun Control Bill

After ten hours of intense debate the Maryland Senate passed Governor Martin O’Malley’s gun control measures handily late Thursday afternoon, 28-19, with all 12 Republicans and a handful of Democrat turncoats voting against the bill. The measure will be debated in the House next week with passage nearly certain. After O’Malley signs the bill into law

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Background Check Bill for Private Gun Sales is Stalled

The one-two punch of separate pushbacks against any gun control legislation that involves a national database of gun owners has stalled in the Senate, perhaps permanently. First, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn told Fox News on Sunday that any legislation that includes a national registry will kill it. He said that there

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It’s Chicago’s gangs, not guns, that need control, says IBDaily

And mostly I agree with them. The litany of ghastly statistics from the Windy City is appalling. There were more than 40 homicides in Chicago in January, on pace to match 2012’s record of more than 500 for the year. The city has 68,000 gang members, four times the number of police. There are

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Ron Paul: Disarm federal agents!

This is one disarmament proposal I can support. Paul is referring specifically to federal agents enforcing unconstitutional laws like drinking raw milk:

For example, the offices of Rawesome Foods in Venice, California, have been repeatedly raided by armed federal and state agents, and Rawesome’s founder, 65-year old James Stewart, has been imprisoned.  What heinous crime justified this action?

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A bad week for thugs is a good week for the rest of us

Glenn Beck’s The Blaze wrote on Friday about how Detroit is handling its crime problem: individuals with firearms are shooting back. Guess what?

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Private Enterprise Interrupts Seattle’s Gun Buyback Program

When the Seattle, Washington, gun buyback program was announced on January 8th, King County Executive Dow Constantine said that removing guns from the streets would

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Teachers Flocking to Firearms Training Classes

Two days after Christmas 200 school teachers in Salt Lake City, Utah took a vacation day to take advantage of free training in the safe handling of firearms. Sponsored by the Utah Shooting Sports Council, the event usually attracts about 15 teachers. But

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Sunday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Funny the media ignored it.

I did find this, however, from the AP which was picked up by Yahoo! News, from Warsaw, Poland:

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Holocaust survivors, politicians, religious leaders and others marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday with solemn prayers and the now oft-repeated warnings to never let such horrors happen again.

Events took place at sites including

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Pro-Gun Rallies Attended by Thousands at State Capitols

Small Gun Rally

Small Gun Rally (Photo credit: JAYRNIV)

An estimated 20,000 pro-gun enthusiasts braved cold weather and a national media blackout on Saturday to support their rights to own guns, according to the Daily Mail, a British tabloid. This was a grass-roots movement, called Guns Across America, that began, according to the tabloid, when Eric Reed, an airline captain in Houston, decided that a response to the threats to the Second Amendment coming from the Obama administration was demanded. He started a group on Facebook called “More Gun Control = More Crime,” which as of this writing has more than 19,000 “likes.” Most of them kept their promise to show up at state capitols on Saturday.

What Reed wanted to do was to send “a very, very strong message to Congress and to our president that we the people are against any more gun control.” He added,

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Resistance to the President’s Gun Control Plan Continues to Build

Admitting that passing his ambitious plan to rein in shooting incidents like the one that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut last month would “be difficult,” President Obama published a 22-page explanation of exactly what he has in mind. There are “four common-sense steps we can take right now,” according to the White House blog. The two steps meeting the most resistance are:

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How Does YOUR State Rank?

Map of USA with North Dakota highlighted

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every year 24/7 Wall St. analyzes various data from each state and then ranks them in order based on that data. The result is a list of all 50 of the “best” run and “worst” run states. I’m going to be taking a closer look at their study later on today and publishing it tonight at 7PM if you care to come back then. But for now let’s take a quick look at just three states: North Dakota (#1), California (#50), and Colorado – where I live – at #29.

First of all, the authors admit that measuring how well a state is run is a difficult task:

The successful management of a state is difficult to measure. Factors that  affect its finances and population may be the result of decisions made years  ago. A state’s difficulties can be caused by poor governance or by external  factors, such as extreme weather.

Put another way, nature may have blessed a state with an abundance of natural resources that other states don’t share. And a state may have suffered an abundance of stupidity inflicted on that state by politicians long dead and thankfully forgotten (if not forgiven). Nevertheless, the effort to rank them is

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Defending the First Amendment

George Will – Bureaucrats declare war on free advice

Rather than eat a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet, [Steve Cooksey] adopted what he and other enthusiasts call a Paleolithic diet, eating as primitive humans did — e.g., beef, pork, chicken, leafy green vegetables.

Cooksey lost 75 pounds and the need for drugs and insulin. And, being a modern Paleo, he became a blogger, communicating his dietary opinions.

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in ...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oh, no! He expressed his opinions! Mercy me! How outrageous is that? Where does he think he lives? In America? Where one cannot express his opinions without being oppressed?

According to Will that’s exactly what happened:

When a busybody notified North Carolina’s Board of Dietetics/Nutrition that Cooksey was opining about which foods were and were not beneficial, the board launched a three-month investigation of his Internet writings and his dialogues with people who read and responded to them.

The board sent him copies of his writings, with red pen markings of such disapproved postings as: “I do suggest that your friend eat as I do and exercise the best they can.”

“If,” the board sternly said, “people are writing you with diabetic-specific questions and you are responding, you are no longer just providing information — you are counseling — you need a license to provide this service.” (my emphases added)

What Cooksey did was enlist the help of a pro-bono, pro-First Amendment law firm, the Institute for Justice (IJ), which loves cases like these. Their most prominent one, Kelo v. City of New London went all the way to the Supreme Court, which decision continues to favorably impact eminent domain laws today.

Will discusses the principles involved – you can imagine for yourself what they are – and then asks rhetorically:

Did Ann Landers and Dear Abby conduct 50-year crime sprees by offering unlicensed psychological advice?

What basic Constitutional principles are in play here, in your opinion? I’d love to hear back from you.

James Holmes, Batman Shooter: It Still Doesn’t Add Up

James Holmes

James Holmes (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

The more information comes out about the “Batman shooter,” James Holmes, the more the standard narrative about what happened on midnight on Friday, July 20th, at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, is being questioned.

That narrative was outlined by The Wall Street Journal on the day after the shooting:

A gunman wearing a gas mask and sheathed head-to-toe in body armor opened fire in a theater packed for a midnight showing of a just-released Batman movie, killing at least 12 people and wounding 58 others.

Police in this suburb just east of Denver quickly arrested the alleged shooter, James E. Holmes, a 24-year-old graduate student in neuroscience at the University of Colorado Denver with no known criminal history other than a speeding violation.

The rampage began around 12:38 a.m. Friday at the Century Aurora 16 movie theater, which was crowded for the first showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

According to the Journal, Holmes had been preparing for the attack for months, buying his SWAT gear and weapons and ammunition online and in local stores as part of his plan. He also was able to procure various dangerous chemicals and high-tech electronic gadgetry along with the requisite training all of which he used to booby-trap his apartment before leaving on his rampage.

According to the popular media narrative, Holmes bought a ticket and sat down front on the first row, on the right, close to an emergency exit door. As the initial credits were rolling, Holmes was observed by two audience members taking a cell phone call and then getting up and using the exit door to go outside, presumably to take the call. In a few minutes he returned, this time all dressed up in SWAT gear from head to toe. As Aurora Chief of Police Dan Oates noted, Mr. Holmes “was dressed all in black. He was wearing a ballistic helmet, a tactical ballistic vest, ballistic leggings, a throat protector and a groin protector and a gas mask, and black tactical gloves.”

Upon re-entering the theater, Holmes threw two canisters of tear gas into the crowd, fired his shotgun into the air, and then began firing his semi-automatic rifle into the crowd. Apparently the audience members initially thought it was part of a stunt related to the movie, but then panic ensued, and people ran for the exits.

Tre Freeman, one of those in the audience, said “After that, it was pure chaos. People were ducking or running. We were on the floor and we couldn’t breathe. We thought we were either going to suffocate or get shot. So we thought the only thing we could do is run.”

It didn’t take long for the official narrative to begin to come unraveled. Two other members of the audience including Corbin Dates, told Aurora news outlets that when Holmes went outside to “take” his call, he seemed to be signaling somebody. After about ten minutes, “someone,” perhaps Holmes, appeared in full SWAT gear and started shooting. Another witness said that there were two tear gas canisters thrown, one by the shooter and one by another person from the other side of the theater.

When Holmes was found near (some reports indicate he was inside) his vehicle by police, he

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Senator Rand Paul’s Bill to Protect Citizens From Drone Surveillance

U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field

U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field (Photo credit: AN HONORABLE GERMAN)

When Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced his bill in June, he was responding to growing concerns over privacy by American citizens. The purpose of his bill is elegantly simple: “To protect individual privacy against unwarranted governmental intrusion through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles commonly called drones.” Paul’s bill is very specific:

[A] person or entity acting under the authority [of], or funded in whole or in part by, the Government of the United States shall not use a drone to gather evidence or other information pertaining to criminal conduct or conduct in violation of a statute or regulation except to the extent authorized in a warrant that satisfies the requirements of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Paul explained that “Americans going about their everyday lives should not be treated like criminals or terrorists and have their rights infringed upon by military tactics.”

One of those claiming to have had his rights infringed upon is Rodney Brossart of Lakota, North Dakota, who is “the first American citizen to be arrested with the help of a Predator surveillance drone,” according to USNews. Brossart’s troubles began in 2010 when six cows

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The Lamestream Media Misleads on Assault Rifles

John C. Goodman: The Truth About Guns

What disqualified a weapon (when the short-lived assault weapons ban was in effect) was looking like a military weapon. The offensive features included plastic stocks, extended ammunition clips, collapsible butt-stocks, and other decorative devices that made them look like, but not operate as, a fully functional assault rifle. (my emphases)

Semi automatic rifle FN FS2000

Semi automatic rifle FN FS2000 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My thanks to John Goodman for explaining this. Gun manufacturers like to sell guns just like Dodge likes to sell pickup trucks. They find that the more “masculine” they make them look, the more people buy them. That’s why the term “Dodge Ram” with a husky voice-over on their TV ads is so deliberate. They’re selling the dream, not the reality.

And so is the media. If enough people can be deceived into thinking that anyone can go into a store and buy a fully automatic, 600-rounds-per-minute true military assault rifle without raising an eyebrow, then that becomes “their” reality. And the demand for further restrictions is the natural, if misguided and misinformed, result.

To make it even clearer, Goodman quotes Steve Chapman:

Assault [rifles] are functionally indistinguishable from ordinary semiautomatic hunting rifles. They don’t fire more rapidly, they don’t deliver more lethal rounds, and they don’t spray bullets. They only look like military arms.

The misleading is deliberate in my opinion. The media wants us to think machine guns can be bought down at the local hardware store without difficulty. But that not only isn’t true, it hasn’t been true in this country for 80 years.

But some 250,000 machine guns are owned by Americans: those who have gone to the trouble, and the expense, of obtaining a special government permit. Question: how many of those machine guns have actually been involved in a crime over the past 80 years? NONE! Not one! But to hear the media tell it…well, you get the idea.

There’s more to this excellent article. I hope you read it. This will confirm that the MSM is not on our side.

How Did Chavis Carter Do That?

The Raw Story: Arkansas police claim man shot himself in head despite handcuffs

A Mississippi mother is accusing police in Jonesboro, Arkansas of killing her son after he was found shot in the head with his hands cuffed behind his back in a squad car.

Just how did he manage that? Chavis Carter was a passenger in a pickup truck that was stopped by police and following a search “some marijuana” was found on him. The police arrested him, searched him again, handcuffed him, and put him in the back seat of the cruiser.

The police sergeant said that Carter had been “handcuffed behind his back and double locked, and searched.” On the way to the station the sergeant heard “a loud thump with a metallic sound” and when he stopped the cruiser he found Carter in a “sitting position, slumped forward, with his head in his lap.” There was a small caliber handgun sitting next to him on the seat.

The sergeant concluded that somehow Carter had shot himself in the head, but his mother isn’t buying it: “I think they killed him, my son wasn’t suicidal,” she explained to WREG, adding that police told her he was shot in his right temple, even though her son was left handed.

“I just want to know what really happened,” Teresa Carter said. “That’s all I want to know.”

Let’s see what’s wrong with this narrative. According to the story by David Edwards, writing at Rawstory.com, Carter was found with “some marijuana” on his person. How much isn’t specified. How much to constitute a crime isn’t specified. How the police found it isn’t specified. Did Carter consent to the search? It wasn’t specified.

Carter was searched, twice, and nothing was found. Where did the gun come from? Was it in the back seat from a previous arrest earlier that day? If he had it on his person, how come the officer didn’t find it?

How does an individual who is left-handed shoot himself in the right temple, while handcuffed, behind his back? The article doesn’t say.

The officer was placed on “administrative leave” pending “further investigation.” Right.

Maybe the ACLU will find this case interesting enough to take on.

Aurora Shooting: Questions Still Remain

Tad Cronn says, “There are conspiracy theories, and there are conspiracy theories,” concerning the Aurora shooting that took place in Aurora, Colorado, last Friday night. “But some conspiracy theories have just enough meat on them to make you go ‘hmm.’”

Writing at Godfather Politics, Cronn reviewed the key questions still being raised about James Holmes’ rampage, including the “exquisite” timing of the incident. It could have something to do with the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that is being debated in New York this week. Cronn is impressed with the coincidence of the Aurora attack and suggests similarities to the Fast and Furious operation that put U.S. weapons into the hands of Central American drug cartels. Says Cronn,

There is powerful evidence to suggest that the real plan [for Fast and Furious] was to have drug runners wreak havoc here at home with our guns, as they have, and [then] use that “discovery” as leverage for further gun controls.

The same theory applies to using Aurora as leverage to pass the U.N. treaty.

Cronn also raised a number of other issues without answers, including Holmes’ demeanor following the incident when he gave up to the police without a struggle and then warned them that he had booby-trapped his apartment. Holmes was a penurious student, without the obvious means to

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.