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

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What We Know So Far About Florida Shooter Nikolas Cruz

English: The front side of Marjory Stoneman Do...

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, located in Parkland, Florida.

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, February 16, 2018:

The New American reviewed what it knew about Nikolas Cruz, the Florida school shooter, on Thursday. Since then a lot more has been uncovered, some of it disturbing and totally unrelated to guns. Our previous article noted:

Cruz left abundant clues about his mental instability: gruesome pictures he published on social media of animals that he had brutally killed, claims that he wrote “Allahu Akbar” on Instagram, revelations that the FBI knew of his erratic behavior months ago when it was reported to them by one of Cruz’s classmates, the decision to expel him last year from the same school he attacked for “disciplinary” reasons, classmates being intimidated by him and avoiding contact with him because he was “weird” and a “loner,” and so forth.

But Cruz hadn’t lost control of his faculties:

Cruz carefully planned the assault. He entered the building near the end of the class day on Wednesday, wearing a gas mask and armed with smoke grenades and firearms. He set the grenades off and then triggered the fire-alarm system, which sent students scurrying into the halls where Cruz picked them off one by one with his rifle.

He wasn’t found and arrested until nearly two hours later, as he had left the building and deliberately blended into the crowd of fleeing students.

Police arrested him at his home about two hours after the attack.

Further investigation into Cruz’s background reveals many things:

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Florida’s School “Gun Free Zone” No Deterrent to Crazy Nikolas Cruz

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 16, 2018:

There is no doubt that Nickolas Cruz is crazy. And there’s no doubt that the FBI and the officials at the school he attacked on Wednesday knew it. Cruz left abundant clues about his mental instability: gruesome pictures he published on social media of animals that he had brutally killed; claims that he wrote “Allahu Akbar” on Instagram; revelations that the FBI knew of his erratic behavior months ago when it was reported to them by one of Cruz’s classmates; that he was expelled last year from the same school he attacked for “disciplinary” reasons; classmates being intimidated by him and avoiding contact with him because he was “weird” and a “loner”; and so forth.

But when it came to target selection, Cruz knew exactly what he was doing.

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Another Mental Case Shoots Up Florida School

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, February 15, 2018:

Almost immediately after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon, anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety decried it as the sixth school shooting so far this year. Others claimed that the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who was previously expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons, was a mental case who should never have had a firearm in the first place. In most media the common theme was the danger of guns and their proliferation.

Cruz left abundant clues about his mental instability:

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Why Would Anyone Move from California to Sheridan, Wyoming?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 26, 2018: 

Specifically, from Paso Robles, California? It’s a pretty town of 30,000 people located in San Luis County a few miles north of San Luis Obispo, whose full name is El Paso de Robles(“The pass of the oaks”). It’s known for its hot springs, its abundance of wineries, its production of olive oil, its almond orchards, and is the home of Weatherby, Inc., the maker of high-end rifles, shotguns, and ammunition.

Its climate varies little, allowing its residents to enjoy long, hot, dry summers, long-lasting autumns, and early springs, which also makes it perfect for growing grapes, olives, and almonds.

It’s expensive to live there, but, hey, it costs to live like this!

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Why do Anti-gun Politicians Continue to Push for Buyback Programs?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 17, 2018: 

English: Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie

Former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie

After all, they don’t work. They are fraudulent from the very beginning, implying that a government is merely buying back firearms from private citizens that it initially sold to them. But still the failed “experiments” in reducing gun violence continue.

They lack logic. Criminals seeking to rid themselves of an offending weapon aren’t likely to show up at a police station or other public place, relying on the promise that there will be “no questions asked.” Not when a much easier alternative exists: toss it into the river.

Studies showing their failure to reduce crime don’t impress anti-gun politicians. The first gun buy-back program in the United States happened in Baltimore, Maryland in 1974. It was considered a failure when, during the program’s two-month existence, gun violence and assaults actually increased.

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New Jersey to Start Statewide Gun Buyback Program

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, January 16, 2018: 

The state-wide gun buyback bill headed for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s desk, A-2374, contains dangerous language. The state’s attorney general would be obligated to hold “at least” three gun buybacks every year throughout the state. The bill’s sponsor wants nine. Now that anti-gun Democrat Phil Murphy is governor, he is likely to press for even more.

State Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex) sponsored the bill and declared that

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Efforts to Pass National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry Focus on Senate

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 29, 2017:

Riding the momentum from passage of the National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry bill by the House on December 9, attention of the National Rifle Association (NRA) is now being directed to the Senate’s version, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, S. 446.

The NRA’s arguments are simple:

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Churches Ramp Up Protection Following Texas Rampage

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 13, 2017: 

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New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado

It’s taking more than hope and good feelings to protect houses of worship from crazed attackers. Tomie Barker attends Christ Lutheran Church in Seguin, Texas, about 15 miles north of Sutherland Springs. She and her husband own firearms but have never taken one to church, until now: “Why should we take a gun to church? We feel like we ought to be safe [there].” But from now on they’ll have the assurance that comes not only from the Holy Scripture but from a firearm: “[My husband’s] not leaving home without it now.”

Many churches are waking up to their vulnerability.

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Crazed Atheist Shoots Up Texas Church; Dems Call for Gun Control

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 6, 2017: 

Five years before Devin Patrick Kelley entered the First Baptist Church of Sutherland, Texas, on Sunday and opened fire on the 50 or so worshippers there, he had been court-martialed for “bad behavior.” That behavior consisted of at least two beatings of his wife and child, which resulted in him being confined for a year and demoted. He left the U.S. Air Force in 2014 with a dishonorable discharge. According to federal law, someone who receives a dishonorable discharge is not supposed to be able to purchase a gun, but Kelley had recently done just that, after filling out the federal paperwork as he was supposed to do. Kelley was an angry atheist, whom school acquaintances had been unfriending from Facebook because of his angry diatribes.

Kelley, clad in black and wearing a ballistic vest, entered the church around 11 a.m. on Sunday and opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle,

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Where will Kate Steinle’s Killer Spend the Next 15 Years?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, November 3, 2017:

Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, also known as Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez or simply Francisco Sanchez, is more likely known to millions as the illegal Mexican immigrant who shot and killed Kate Steinle on Pier 4 in San Francisco on July 1, 2015. Those millions will remember that Zarate had been deported five times and had returned a sixth time, that he has a rap sheet including seven felonies, and that San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” status allowed him to go free even when the sheriff knew that ICE had put a “hold” on him.

They will remember that Trump made this case a cause célèbre during his run for the presidency last year.

They will shortly learn where Zarate is going to spend the next 15 years of his life: dodging border patrol agents once again, or inside a cell in a U.S. maximum security prison. He’s charged with second degree murder which carries a sentence of 15 years to life.

The trial, which began last week, is entering its final stages.

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Key Issue in Steinle Trial: Was Shooter’s Act Intentional or Accidental?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, November 2, 2017:

Since the trial of Garcia Zarate began, the jury has been subjected to the testimony of numerous witnesses, including bystanders who were nearby when Kate Steinle was fatally shot on July 1, 2015. Others providing testimonies included police officers and forensic experts. There were cellphone videos showing a figure, presumed to be Zarate, walking away from Steinle immediately following the shooting, and throwing something into the bay. There was an intense interrogation of the off-duty BLM ranger whose weapon, which was stolen from his car four days earlier, was used by Zarate in the shooting of Steinle.

They even heard part of the more than four hours of interrogation of Zarate by police following his arrest.

As the trial enters its final days, the issue is

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Users of Chicago “Crime Guns” Not Original Purchasers

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 1, 2017: 

English: Chicago police officers

According to the 2017 Gun Trace Report released last week by the Chicago Police Department (CPD), the Office of the Mayor, and the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab, 95 percent of so-called crime guns — those used in the commission of gun violence in the city — were originally purchased by someone other than the perpetrators of that violence, e.g., a “straw buyer.” Some 60 percent of such guns were originally purchased outside of Illinois, with 20 percent coming from Indiana and five percent being purchased in Mississippi.

The Gun Trace Report, covering gun crimes from 2013 to 2016, was full of suggestions

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49ers Football Team Donates $500,000 to Anti-gun Push

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 30, 2017: 

Photo of fugitive Assata Shakur.

Photo of fugitive Assata Shakur.

Not content with losing its first eight games of the season (a franchise record low) or winning just seven out of its last 40 games, the San Francisco 49ers football team announced it is doubling down in its efforts to offend its fans even more grievously: On Thursday it announced that the team would be donating $500,000 to a gaggle of anti-gun groups working to ban “bump stocks,” gun suppressors, and so-called armor-piercing bullets. Nick Wagoner of ESPN delivered the news as follows: “The 49ers announced … that they are joining local and national law enforcement in signing a pledge for a ‘more understanding and safer America.’ The Niners have pledged $500,000 toward the campaign [the Pledge for a More Understanding and Safer America], which will advocate for legislation banning ‘bump stocks’ and other mechanisms that allow semi-automatic weapons to become automatic weapons, as well as silencers [suppressors] and armor-piercing bullets.” The coalition included left-wing, anti-gun unions, such as the San Jose Police Officers Association and the Los Angeles Police Protective League.

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York is attempting to repair bridges that the NFL burned with police through allowing kneeling during the National Anthem — player protests that have been intended to bring attention to the claim that blacks are being systematically murdered by police (a claim that is untrue, as studies show that compared to the percentage of violent crimes they commit, whites are more likely to be killed by police than blacks, who commit approximately seven to 10 times more violent crimes than whites, though they make up about 13 percent of the population). This donation is seen as a way to curry favor with the police in a manner that will not be attacked by black radicals. The group attempted to explain away its real purpose with astonishing hypocrisy:

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Pelosi Calls for More Background Checks After Las Vegas Shooting

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 11, 2017: 

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California Democrat Senator Nancy Pelosi

Following the ghastly shooting in Las Vegas, a retired Marine captain and gun store owner confronted Senator Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at a town hall meeting and asked her what sort of gun control measures could be implemented in the future to keep someone such as Stephen Paddock from murdering innocent civilians in the future. Pelosi said the present NCIS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) is working just fine:

We have come together in a bipartisan way to put together what we thought would save the most lives. And that is to have background checks, gun violence prevention background checks, and to have them be effective.

But of course even a great system such as NCIS can be improved by expanding those background checks to include every private gun transaction between every private citizen, just to make sure the government knows everything. Said Pelosi:

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NFL Football Now Least-liked Sport, Says Latest Poll

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 9, 2017:

Photo of fugitive Assata Shakur.

Photo of fugitive Assata Shakur.

A surprising poll published Saturday by the Washington-based Winston Group found that in a single month — from late August to late September — fan support for the National Football League melted away following the kneeling protests. Once America’s favorite sport, NFL football is now “the least liked of top professional and college sports,” according to Winston.

The numbers are pitiful:

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NRA’s Surprising Capitulation on Gun Regulations Met With Outrage

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 6, 2017: 

The NRA is widely regarded as a staunch defender of the Second Amendment. Its capitulation on so-called “bump fire stocks” shows otherwise.

The statement from the National Rifle Association (NRA) issued on Thursday was carefully crafted to make it appear that the NRA remained a staunch defender of gun rights while it simultaneously promoted further breaches of those same rights. The statement was divided into three parts:

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Pro-gun Victory: D.C. Decides Not to Appeal Concealed Carry Ruling to Supreme Court

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, October 5, 2017:

Effective Thursday, residents of the nation’s capital seeking a concealed carry permit won’t have to show a “good or proper reason” to obtain it. That’s because anti-gun politicians on Washington, D.C.’s council think it’s too risky for them to take their case to the Supreme Court, considering the current political climate there. If they appeal the ruling handed down in July and the Supremes sustain it, it would likely apply not only to their district, but also to other states that have imposed similar restrictions on their citizens.

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine noted the risks of an appeal going against it:

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Gunmakers’ Stock Prices Continue to Rise Following Las Vegas Massacre

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 3, 2017:

Dianne Feinstein, member of the United States ...

Dianne Feinstein

After the Las Vegas massacre on Sunday night, the stock prices of gunmakers rose two to three percent on Monday. Following the noisy threats of more gun controls by anti-gun politicians, those stocks have continued to rise on Tuesday. Since the close of business last Friday, for example, the stock price of Sturm Ruger & Co. has jumped by 6.3 percent, while American Outdoor Brands Corp. (which owns Smith & Wesson) is trading seven-percent higher. The stock price of Vista Outdoor Inc., the conglomerate with ownership of ammunition makers American Eagle, Blazer, and Federal Premium, as well as gunmakers Savage Arms and Stevens Arms, is trading 3.5 percent ahead of Friday’s closing price.

The simple explanation for this was expressed by Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics:

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Washington, D.C. Loses Again in Its Long War Against the Second Amendment

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 2, 2017:

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Parker v. D.C. attorneys Bob Levy (left) and Alan Gura (right).

Alan Gura, the Second Amendment Foundation’s lead attorney in Heller and McDonald, has been taking the fight over gun rights to anti-gun politicians infesting Washington, D.C.’s council for years. With any luck at all, he’ll get a chance to take it to them again. When the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia turned down the city’s request for a full court rehearing of its decision striking down its concealed carry laws last week, Gura rubbed it in:

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Gun Violence Stats Altered by Washington Post: 23 “Children” Shot Daily

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 25, 2017:

In a wildly sensationalist screed published September 15, the Washington Post burnished its anti-gun agenda without regard to truth. In its “Children Under Fire” piece, the Post seemed to rely on emotional appeals in order to make its point: Youngsters are being shot at a terrible rate and something must be done! The reader is left to imagine just what must be done, but it’s likely to have little to do with supporting the Second Amendment.

Its subtitle warned the skeptic what was coming:

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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.