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

Category Archives: Crime

ABC News’ “One Nation Under Fire” Will Promote the Lie About Gun Violence in the U.S.

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, July 23, 2021: 

ABC News is launching another attack on gun rights, starting Sunday. Its project, called “One Nation Under Fire”, will join with ABC affiliates across the country as well as with Good Morning America and GMA3Variety, which made the announcement, breathlessly rejoiced that “various ABC-owned stations may also contribute their own reports on findings in their area of coverage.”

So, what will ABC News be using as its source to back up the attack? False data from the Gun Violence Archive, long considered to be biased in favor of more gun regulations and controls.

Said Pierre Thomas, ABC News’ chief justice correspondent, “We hope this is going to give us a better sense of who, what, where and why and that people will walk away from this with a much better sense of what’s happening.” That would include, of course, according to Variety, “solutions that might help reduce gun violence.”

Those watching to the end will no doubt have their opinions formed in the cauldron of canards, misinformation, and distortions served up by Gun Violence Archive.

For one example, according to the FBI, the media’s portrayal of “mass shootings” is more than 10 times higher than reality. The FBI reported that in 2016 there were 20 mass shootings, while GVA reported that there were 382. In 2017, the FBI reported 31, while GVA reported 346.

In 2018, the FBI reported 30 mass shootings, but GVA reported that there were 337. In 2019, the last year for which comparisons are available, the FBI reported there were 30 mass shootings, while the GVA reported that there were 417.

Why the great discrepancy? The GVA explains: “GVA uses a purely statistical threshold to define mass shooting based ONLY on the numeric value of 4 or more shot or killed, not including the shooter.” It adds:

GVA does not … exclude … victims based upon the circumstances in which they were shot.

That means the GVA includes any and all incidents, including gang- or drug-related shootings. It includes self-defense shootings, domestic disputes, shootings that include crossfire as a byproduct of another criminal act, and accidents (“actions that appeared not to have put other people in peril”).

The media, including ABC News, fails to mention the huge chasm between what the FBI reports and what GVA reports.

John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, complained that the focus on guns, both by the media and the White House, ignores this basic fact: More than 90 percent of violent crimes in American do not involve firearms at all.

Lott explains that, in attempting to rein in violence, many other relevant factors are ignored: unrest over the George Floyd murder; the impact of the COVID restrictions, including mass layoffs and youths being kept out of schools; the early release of many convicts from prison; softening of bail rules that allow those accused of crimes to remain on the streets; police ordered to stand down; police departments having their funding reduced; and liberal prosecutors in many major urban areas refusing to prosecute violent criminals.

Lott also points out facts that are conveniently missing from the mainstream media’s (and likely ABC News’ “One Nation Under Fire”) including: More than half of all murders in the country take place in just 60 of the nation’s 3,140 counties, most of them occurring within a 10-block area. Gun violence there is overwhelmingly gang related.

For those intending to watch ABC News’ “One Nation Under Fire,” they would do well to remember that what is being presented is propaganda, not reality. It will be another part of the effort to separate gun owners from their firearms, turn local police departments into mere appendages of a national police force, and prepare the nation for the imposition of the left-wing Marxist agenda.

Michigan Legislators Expected to Repeal Law Whitmer Used to Justify COVID Lockdowns

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on  Thursday, July 15, 2021:  

Under orders by Michigan’s Supreme Court, the Board of State Canvassers on Tuesday voted to allow a petition to be presented to the state’s legislature for consideration and likely passage into law.

What’s unique is that the Michigan Supreme Court has already ruled that the 1945 law — the Emergency Powers of Governor Act, or EPGA — is unconstitutional. But, as one state legislator stated, “Bad ideas never really die in Lansing, they just take naps. And this one could wake back up.”

A group called Unlock Michigan, made up of citizens increasingly infuriated by Whitmer’s executive orders and the expansion of her draconian lockdowns, gathered more than enough signatures to allow the petition to be presented to both houses of the Michigan Legislature next week. The bill would repeal the noxious and unconstitutional act, and passage is likely.

That act on which Whitmer relied as she shut down the state (applying criminal charges for operating a motorboat, visiting a secondary home, and banning stores from selling gardening supplies, for example) was passed in 1945, giving legislative powers to the executive in the event of an emergency:

The governor may proclaim a state of emergency … and may promulgate reasonable orders, rules, and regulations as he or she considers necessary … to bring the emergency situation … under control….

 

It is hereby declared to be the legislative intent to invest the governor with sufficiently broad power of action in the exercise of the police power of the state to provide adequate control over persons and conditions during such periods.

Last October, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled not only that the ERPG was unconstitutional, but it also ruled that the 1976 Emergency Management Act on which Whitmer also relied for her mandates “did not give Whitmer the power, after April 30 [2020], to issue or renew any executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic after 28 days without Legislative approval.”

Specifically, the state’s high court ruled that the EPGA “is an unlawful delegation of legislative power to the executive branch in violation of the Michigan Constitution,” adding:

The Governor did not possess the authority to exercise emergency powers under the EPGA because the act unlawfully delegates legislative power to the executive branch in violation of the Michigan Constitution.

Whitmer, not to be denied, used the state health department to continue her orders without legislative approval. So, Unlock Michigan began their petition campaign to rein in the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. If successful in persuading the legislative branch, another law would limit that department’s rulings to be effective for just 28 days. After that, such administrative mandates would end unless the state’s legislative body approved their extension.

The core issue here is that of the separation of powers that limits just such illegal overreach by eager tyrants-in-waiting such as Whitmer. The success of Unlock Michigan serves as an example to follow in reining in federal administrative agencies’ similar overreach and abrogation of constitutional limits. Hats off to the success of Michiganders using Unlock Michigan to help restore those limits.

 

Trump-appointed Judge Defends Second Amendment

This article was first published by TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 11, 2021:  

One of President Donald Trump’s appointments to the federal court ruled that another of the anti-gun Left’s attempts to abrogate the Second Amendment has failed. In an obscure but vitally important ruling, U.S. District Judge Susan Brnovich tossed a lawsuit brought by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The decision — Travieso v. Glock Inc. — is one in a long line of cases over similar lawsuits meant to bankrupt the American gun-manufacturing industry. And it squarely upholds a federal law designed to prevent just this sort of frivolous lawsuit from succeeding.

In March 2018, Carlos Travieso was shot in the back with a Glock 19 while traveling home from a youth camping trip. A passenger in the vehicle discovered the semi-automatic pistol and, noting that the magazine was missing, pulled the trigger. Unfortunately, there was a round in the chamber. The bullet entered Travieso’s back, severed his spine, rendering him a paraplegic.

The Brady bunch sued Glock, claiming that

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The Fed Lies. Inflation Is Here and It’s Going to Get Worse, Not Better

This article was published by TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 10, 2021:  

In its Beige Book, a summary of the U.S. economy published eight times a year and largely based on anecdotal evidence, the Federal Reserve claims that recent price increases are “partly attributed to ongoing supply chain disruptions, temporarily exacerbated in some cases by winter weather events.”

Its authors are lying.

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Constitutional Carry Gets Another Boost, This Time from Texas

This article was published by TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, May 6, 2021: 

After eight hours of debate, the Texas Senate finally voted on Wednesday, 18-13, to pass a bill allowing any state resident over age 21 to carry a handgun without first having to seek government permission, unless he or she has a criminal history. The bill now goes to Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who has promised to sign it into law.

The new legislation makes Texas the 21st “constitutional carry” state, though two weeks ago, after the House passed the measure, there was serious doubt whether it would pass the Senate. During the debate, dozens of amendments were proposed, either watering down the bill or designed simply to delay the vote.

The final bill now contains more punishments for felons found with a weapon, including domestic violence offenders, and those carrying while intoxicated.

Upon learning that the Texas Senate had passed the bill, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick celebrated:

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Gun Sales Continue to Soar, Setting Records for 16 Months and Counting

This article was first published at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 4, 2021:

The FBI conducted more than 3.5 million gun-related background checks in April, an increase of more than 20 percent during the same month last year. For 16 months in a row, that upward trend has not abated, with the FBI continuing to process a record-setting number of background checks.

Nearly 1.7 million of the applications in April were directly related to the purchase of firearms, also a record, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Records indicate these are first-time buyers from a range of backgrounds: young, old, black, Asian, Latino, Republicans, and Democrats. When it comes to fear driving the need for a means of self-defense, ideology means nothing. More remarkable is the number of black women seeking to purchase their first firearm.

Even anti-gun NPR (National Public Radio) was forced to admit that

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State Department Demands “Ghost Gun” Company Stop Publishing 3D Files. Too Late.

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, April 30, 2021:  

Two days after Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed (DD) 3D software-publishing company was allowed to resume publishing its files, free to the public, Biden’s anti-gun State Department demanded it stop.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals allowed DD to resume feeding computer software files relating to the 3D printing of various firearms already in public use to its website defcad.com, and by Thursday it had published more than 16,000 of them. By the time Wilson learned that the State Department was coming after him, those files had already been downloaded more than 40,000 times.

In a public declaration issued on Friday, Wilson stated:

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RINO Liz Cheney Won’t Rule Out 2024

This article was first published by  TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, April 28, 2021:

Liz Cheney, Wyoming’s RINO representative and surviving leader of the House Republican Conference, saw her chance and she took it. Despite claiming that all is well inside the GOP — unity, confidence, enthusiasm over the party’s prospects to retake the House in 2022, etc. — she never misses an opportunity to speak to the press or sit for an interview and indirectly bash Donald Trump and his supporters.

When asked about whether she was considering running for the presidency in 2024, she gushed: “I’m not going to rule anything in or out — ever is a long time.”

The GOP conference held in Orlando last week (close to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, although Cheney didn’t invite him to attend) is an annual affair, situated far from Washington, where the party regulars gather to lick their wounds and plan for their future.

This year it was all about “unity,” but Cheney made sure that that “unity” did not and would not ever (if she had her way) include Donald Trump.

Or anyone who supports him:

I do think that some of our candidates who led the charge — particularly the senators who led the unconstitutional charge not to certify the election … in my view that’s disqualifying.

For Cheney, Trump’s popularity is a mirage: “I think right now the Republican Party is headed by Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy.… I think our elected leaders are the ones who are in charge of the Republican Party.”

Nothing was mentioned about her low polling numbers in Wyoming. Following her noisy vote to impeach Trump for allegedly inciting the January 6 Capitol Hill riot, her popularity in a state that voted for Donald Trump 70-30 over Biden dropped like a stone. The latest poll shows that only 10 percent of Republican voters (and 13 percent of all Wyoming voters) said they would vote to reelect her in 2022. Further, several opponents are challenging her in the state’s primary, with one of them, State Senator Anthony Bouchard, already holding a 30-point lead over Cheney.

She did it to herself, by declaring on January 12:

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“Ghost Gun” Laws Likely to Fail

This article was first published at TheNewAmerican.com on  Friday, April 23, 2021:  

A slipshod piece of propaganda written by Annie Karni and published by the anti-gun establishment mouthpiece the New York Times reveals only how concerned the powers that be are about people exercising their Second Amendment rights without government awareness or permission.

Karni said there is now a “proliferation” of so-called ghost guns and, as a result, they “are a growing problem.” She built her case on “data” (without sources) that “show that their prevalence appears to be growing every year.” Their “numbers are rising at what the authorities [source also missing] say is an alarming rate every year.”

Something must be done, she warns,

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Indiana’s Red Flag Law Failed to Prevent FedEx Shooting

This article was first published by TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, April 20, 2021:  

Indiana’s unconstitutional red flag (Extreme Risk Protection Order, or ERPO) law failed to keep the FedEx shooter from legally purchasing the firearms he used to kill eight people and himself last Thursday at a FedEx facility near Indianapolis.

Under Indiana’s red flag law, the oldest in the country, a police officer can seize a firearm from its rightful owner without a court order. Due-process rights are ignored for 14 days, after which the officer must “prove” to a judge that his seizure was merited by the circumstances. The officer must show that the citizen “presents an imminent risk” to himself or others or he “has the propensity for violent or emotionally unstable conduct.”

If the judge doesn’t agree,

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Nebraska Joins Growing Number of Second Amendment Sanctuary States

This article was initially published by TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 15, 2021: 

When Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation on Wednesday declaring his state a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State,” he joined an increasing number of other governors pushing back against unconstitutional federal overreach at the hands of the Biden administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress.

He said:

Nebraska has always been a state that has supported our Second Amendment rights. As a symbol of that support, I am signing a proclamation declaring Nebraska a Second Amendment Sanctuary State, and, with my signature, it will become official.

He also thinks it’s enforceable against federal encroachment:

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States, Cities Declaring Freedom From COVID Rules

This article was first published by TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, April 7, 2021:  

Lawmakers in Texas and at least 19 other states, not to mention municipalities such as San Francisco, are throttling back on the COVID rules that have plagued the country for more than a year.

Plague is the correct term to use, too. According to the Bureau of Economic Research (BRS, just the shock of being out of work — “unemployment shock” — will lead to a three-percent increase in mortality that will ultimately cost, in its estimation, nearly 900,000 lives. That compares to the 570,000 deaths already attributed — though likely inaccurately — to the China virus. (Because of incentives to report any death as COVID-related, that 570,000 figure is likely grossly overstated.)

Keith Jackson, writing at American Thinker, suggested that BRS’ estimate is too conservative:

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Federal Court: College Officials Deliberately Discriminated Against Campus Christian Group

This article was first published at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, April 6, 2021:  

The ruling issued on Monday vindicating charges that Wayne State University’s board members and administrators intentionally discriminated against InterVarsity Fellowship’s campus chapter is a small victory in the long and accelerating war against Christians and their faith.

Judge Robert H. Cleland, a senior federal judge appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in 1990 by then-President George H. W. Bush, wrote

that [Wayne State University board members and administrators] violated [InterVarsity Fellowship’s local chapter]’s rights to internal management, free speech, freedom of association, freedom of assembly, and free exercise….

 

Defendants also violated the Establishment Clause [First Amendment to the Bill of Rights, to wit: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

He also dismissed any claims that the board members or administrators had immunity from sanctions over the case, allowing those sanctions to apply to them personally as well as professionally.

InterVarsity Fellowship/USA (IVF) has more than 600 chapters on college campuses in the United States and its chapter at Detroit’s Wayne State University (WSU) has been present there for 75 years.

But when board member Ricardo Villarosa decided to stretch the school’s anti-discrimination policy in order to prevent the group from having its usual access to campus facilities and events, the chapter enlisted the assistance of the Becket Fund and filed a discrimination lawsuit.

Wayne State University’s efforts to be all things to all people all the time are incorporated in its non-discrimination policy:

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Iowa the 19th State to Push Back Against Biden Gun Control

This article was first published at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 5, 2021:  

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law on Good Friday the latest manifestation of the pushback against federal tyranny taking place across the land. The instant issue is “constitutional carry” — the freedom to enjoy a right without first being required to obtain governmental permission to do so — but the larger issue is this: People belonging to the Country Class are getting sick and tired of the Ruling Class and its condescension and its imposition of its tyrannical agenda.

The new state law, which becomes effective on July 1, allows Iowans to purchase a handgun from private sources without obtaining permission first, and further, to carry it on their person, also without first having to get governmental permission.

Said Reynolds:

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Texas Governor Demands “Border Czar” Harris Do Something About Southern Invasion; Still Waiting to Hear Back

This article was first published at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 1, 2021:  

It’s been two days since Texas Governor Greg Abbott fired off a letter to Vice President Kamala Harris, President Biden’s “Border Czar,” demanding she do something about the flood of illegals pouring into his state, and he has heard nothing back but crickets.

He called the flood a “surge”:

I write to you about the surge in illegal crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border, which continues to fuel a humanitarian crisis, particularly for unaccompanied minors.

 

Now that President Biden has named you Border Czar in charge of the administration’s response, I want to express to you the threats and challenges caused by this administration’s open border policies.

 

These policies embolden and enrich cartels, smugglers, and human traffickers who continue to ramp up their criminal operations.

 

In many cases, these criminals lure unaccompanied minors into inhumane conditions and expose them to abuse and terror.

Abbott uses the “editorial ‘we’” in his demand:

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Orange County, California, Shooting: Shooter Violated Many Gun-control Laws

This article was first published by TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 1, 2021:

Details about the fourth mass shooting under the Biden administration remain sketchy, but certain facts are becoming known.

The shooter, a male, entered a building complex in Orange County around 5:30pm Wednesday evening and was able to murder four people and wound another before law-enforcement officers arrived on the scene and neutralized him.

Among the victims was “a child,” according to reports.

The other mass shootings — a mass shooting being defined as an incident in which at least four victims were shot, not including the shooter; or in which four or more victims are murdered with firearms — during the Biden administration included:

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Montana AG: “Strong Constitutional Case” Against Biden EO Cancelling Keystone Pipeline

This article was first published by TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, March 31, 2021:

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen told Breitbart News Sunday host Matt Boyle that he thinks the lawsuit he and Texas AG Ken Paxton brought against the Biden administration over the cancellation of the Keyston XL pipeline has “a strong Constitutional” foundation.

He summed up the lawsuit, which was filed two weeks ago:

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CNN Isn’t the Only Network Whose Viewership Is Collapsing

This article was first published by TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, March 24, 2021:

CNN has been hemorrhaging viewers ever since the new administration captured the White House. Nielsen Media Research reported that the far-left media outlet has lost nearly half of its prime-time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) audience since the inauguration. It averaged 2.5 million prime-time viewers from November 4, the day after the faux election, to inauguration day, January 20.

Since then its viewership has plummeted, dropping to just 1.6 million. But among the key demographic that advertisers are most interested in — adults age 25-54 — the drop was even worse, down 47 percent over that same period.

It gets even worse.

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Boulder Shooting: Where Were the Defenders?

This article was first published by TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, March 23, 2021:  

By the time first responders arrived at the scene, shooting suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa had had plenty of time to murder 10 people. Police received the first call at just after 2:30pm on Monday afternoon and the first responder, Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, arrived at 2:40pm.

Alissa, a resident of Arvada about 25 miles away, entered the King Soopers grocery store in the Table Mesa neighborhood of Boulder, Colorado, and began, according to eyewitnesses, picking off customers at random with his AR15 semi-automatic rifle.

When Talley arrived, a firefight ensued, and the suspect was able to hold off law officers until 3:21 p.m. when, wounded, he was finally taken into custody.

The mainstream media focused on two things: 1) his motive; and 2) the opportunity to press for more gun laws.

As of 9:04 a.m. Tuesday morning, Boulder’s Daily Camera couldn’t report a motive, only that the shooter had been charged with 10 counts of murder.

But rabid anti-gun Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) saw the moment of opportunity, and he took it, tweeting:

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Federal Judge Challenges Supreme Court’s “Infallibility”

This article was first published by TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, March 22, 2021:

Federal Appeals Court Judge Laurence Silberman, in a dissent in an obscure case on Friday, challenged the “infallibility” of the Supreme Court. Because of a ruling the high court made in 1964, politicians or those running for any political office in the land cannot win a defamation lawsuit. This has consequently allowed media giants to become promoters of a party line without worrying over negative repercussions. They have instead become a transmission belt of leftist propaganda.

According to Silberman, that ruling — New York Times v. Sullivan — has unleashed the media’s bias against Republicans and the Republican Party, and has turned them into propaganda mouthpieces for the Left:

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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.
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