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

What’s Wrong with Red Flag Laws? After All, They Don’t Apply to Me!

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 14, 2019: 

Red flag laws are pernicious, not because they are evil (which they are), nor because they’re unconstitutional (which they are), nor because they don’t work (which they don’t). It’s because, says Missouri Representative Tony Lovasco, people who think about them (if they think about them at all) are certain they don’t apply to them. After all, who in their right mind would even dream of shooting up a Walmart?

Lovasco (R-Mo.), writing in The Hill, exposed the danger of the thinking by law-abiding citizens that such laws could never apply to them: “Proponents of gun control (and make no mistake, red flag laws are gun control) want you to think, ‘I’m not like them. This isn’t about me.’ But you are like them, and it is about you. It’s about everyone.”

Every American citizen, gun owner or not, has unalienable rights, wrote Lovasco: “The right to face your accuser. The right to due process. The right to protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. Every one of these rights is explicitly violated under red flag laws.”

Added Lovasco:

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What About Firearms That Saved Lives Last Month?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, August 8, 2019: 

Media hysteria over recent mass shootings just reached new highs. Rather than rehashing the ghastly atrocities committed over the past weeks, the Associated Press instead recounted the number of shootings committed since the first of the year and loudly lamented in its headline: “U.S. Mass Shootings This Year Nearly Reach 2018 Levels, and It’s Only August!”

It proclaimed:

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Obama Judge Delays Arkansas’ Anti-abortion law, Hastening Supreme Court Review of Roe v. Wade

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 7, 2019:

Within hours of an Obama judge blocking Arkansas’ strict anti-abortion law, a representative of the state’s attorney general announced she would be filing an appeal. This brings the day ever closer when one of many similar laws, and blockages by liberal judges, will be appealed to and reviewed by the Supreme Court. And that, according to many observers, will be the beginning of the end of the abortion holocaust that has haunted America since 1973.

The Arkansas law bans abortion after 18 weeks of pregnancy (with very limited exceptions). It also mandates that physicians performing abortions must be board-certified or board-eligible in obstetrics and gynecology. This requirement would be the death knell for the only remaining abortion clinic still operating in the state. In addition, it would prohibit an abortion sought solely because the fetus was diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Wrote U.S. District Court Judge Kristine Baker, appointed to the position by President Obama in 2012:

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“If It Bleeds, It Leads.” But What if It Doesn’t?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, August 9, 2019: 

According to the Urban Dictionary, “‘If it bleeds, it leads’ basically means that the media loves violence: television, radio, and film for the most part have much higher ratings if it’s about a bunch of people getting murdered rather than something nice, like somebody saving a cat from a tree.”

And the slogan first created by New York Times‘ owner Adoph Ochs in 1897, “All the News That’s Fit to Print” remains on the masthead of the paper today.

But what if the news doesn’t “bleed?” What if it doesn’t “fit?”

There’s been plenty of blood lately, goodness knows. The Associated Press raised the level of hysteria to a new high with its headline, “U.S. Mass Shootings This Year Nearly Reach 2018 Levels, and It’s Only August!”

The AP proclaimed that “Just seven months into 2019, the U.S. has experienced almost as many mass killings as occurred in all of 2018 … mass killings so far this year [total] 23, leaving 131 people dead. There were 25 mass killings in 2018 … according to a database complied by the Associated Press, Northeastern University and USA Today.”

The AP went on to explain how it defined “mass killings” – now apparently no longer referred to as “mass shootings” – “as killings involving four or more fatalities, not including the killer. What the AP failed to explain is how they missed reporting on those incidents where firearms were used to prevent injuries and killings.

Back when Obama was president,

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President Trump and Marxist Dictator Maduro Using Same Tactic, but for Vastly Different Purposes

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 7, 2019:

This writer was too optimistic back in June when he prematurely rejoiced that Trump’s sanctions on Maduro’s totalitarian regime in Venezuela appeared to be working (see Sources below). It seemed reasonable at the time. After all, similar sanctions applied by President Reagan to the Noriega regime in 1989 had the desired effect.

When one of Russia’s suppliers of military equipment to Venezuela pulled out, it was easy at the time to report that it represented “a body blow from which it [Maduro’s dictatorship] might not recover.” In cocktail party parlance, “the first olive out of the bottle is always the hardest; the others come out a little more easily.”

It didn’t happen. And so, on Monday night, President Trump went for broke. He issued an executive order placing an immediate and total embargo on Maduro’s regime, and explained why in a letter he sent to Congress at the same time:

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Trump Imposes Full Embargo on Venezuela in Effort to Remove Maduro

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 6, 2019: 

As he signed an executive order on Monday night placing an embargo on Venezuela, President Trump explained why he did so in a letter to Congress:

I have determined that it is necessary to block the property of the Government of Venezuela in light of the continued usurpation of power by the illegitimate Nicolas Maduro regime … [which includes] human rights abuses, arbitrary arrest and detention of Venezuelan citizens, curtailment of free press, and ongoing attempts to undermine Interim President Juan Guaido of Venezuela and the democratically-elected Venezuelan National Assembly.

The extraordinary escalation exceeds previous sanctions against some 100 individuals associated with Maduro’s inner circle. The executive order now blocks anyone

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Motives in Recent Mass Shootings Should Include Impact of Violent Video Games

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 5, 2019: 

As hundreds of law-enforcement personnel and forensic examiners explore the three shootings over the past week, searching for motives behind the violence, one common element keeps bubbling to the surface: anger.

It surfaced when the Garlic Festival shooter, 19-year-old Santino Legan, told a witness that he was shooting people there “because I’m really angry.” He left a clue on Instagram, referring his readers to a rancid, racist, and anti-Semitic book that was so hateful and vitriolic that it was banned for several years.

Part of the “manifesto” published by the El Paso shooter, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, just before his rampage revealed his anger at the immigration of Mexicans crossing the border into Texas, declaring: “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me.”

The Dayton shooter, 24-year-old Connor Betts, planned his attack carefully, dressing himself in riot gear including a face mask and a bullet-proof vest. When he was denied entry into Ned Peppers Bar at 1:30 Sunday morning, he began shooting people indiscriminately, killing eight and wounding another 27 before law officers ended his rampage.

Maureen Callahan, a writer on pop culture for the New York Post, saw the link and wrote:

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The Hunting Season on Unarmed, Unaware Human Beings by Angry Young Men Is Far from Over

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, August 5, 2019:  

Three mass shootings in a week are more than sufficient proof of at least two things: law enforcement and local security cannot protect innocents; and angry young men will continue their rampages regardless of their motivations.

This writer covered the first, the Garlic Festival shooting, here on July 31. Various motivations were covered, but the one that kept bubbling to the surface was anger by the shooter, Santino Legan. Maureen Callahan, writing in the New York Post, said this:

From those mass shooters who have attacked the innocent before, we know it’s a specific strain of anger – deep, repressed, biblically vengeful – felt most commonly by young men, almost always white, who report feeling alienated, dispossessed, misunderstood, victimized, and all too often rejected by women.

 

Their chosen outlet is the mass slaughter of innocents, carnage at places the rest of us once deemed safe – schools, hospitals, places of work and worship, concerts, carnivals – all meant to hold us hostage, in fear of the next reprisal we’re not responsible for and won’t see coming.

On Saturday, another angry young man inflicted horrific pain and suffering on innocents in El Paso, Texas, at a Walmart store full of back-to-school shoppers. The shooter, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius (a resident of Allen, Texas, a nine-hour drive from El Paso), approached the Walmart store in the Cielo Vista Mall on Saturday morning carrying a semi-automatic rifle. He began shooting at people in the parking lot and then took his rampage inside the packed store. During the 20 minutes before local police were able to capture him, he had shot 46 shoppers, killing 20 of them.

He expressed his anger at the immigration of Mexicans crossing over the border from Juarez by telling law enforcement officials that he wanted to inflict the maximum number of Mexican casualties as possible. This squares with his anger reflected in the introduction to a manifesto he posted online just 27 minutes before launching his attack:

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El Paso Mass Shooting Elicits Calls for More Gun Control

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, August 4, 2019: 

The reactions following the ghastly atrocity that took place outside and inside a Walmart store in El Paso on Saturday morning were predictable. The president called it hateful and offered his sympathies and prayers, the state’s lieutenant governor warned Antifa to stay out, and Democrats called for more gun control.

Tweeted the President:

Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people. Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas.

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick told Fox News:

I just saw … where Antifa is posting they want to come to El Paso and do a 10-day siege. We don’t need them coming in on September 1.

 

We didn’t need them to begin with before this happened. I would say to Antifa: scratch Texas off the map and don’t come in. It’s not the time or the place for them to come at any time, but particularly in the aftermath of what just happened in El Paso.

Bodies of slain victims weren’t even cold before Democrats running for president saw another opportunity to burnish their anti-gun credentials. Elizabeth Warren tweeted:

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New York Post Writer Comes Closest to a Motive Behind Garlic Festival Shooting

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 31, 2019: 

For Maureen Callahan, the Garlic Festival shooter fits the profile, and it has nothing to do with his choice of weaponry: his semi-automatic rifle was just a tool he used to express his anger. The day after the shooting that took the lives of three innocents in Gilroy, California, Friday night, she wrote this:

From those mass shooters who have attacked the innocent before, we know it’s a specific strain of anger – deep, repressed, biblically vengeful – felt most commonly by young men, almost always white, who report feeling alienated, dispossessed, misunderstood, victimized, and all too often rejected by women.

 

Their chosen outlet is the mass slaughter of innocents, carnage at places the rest of us once deemed safe – schools, hospitals, places of work and worship, concerts, carnivals – all meant to hold us hostage, in fear of the next reprisal we’re not responsible for and won’t see coming.

The shooter, 19-year-old Santino Legan, fits the profile:

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Garlic Festival Shooting: So Many Questions, So Few Answers So Far

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, July 30, 2019: 

Almost immediately after 19-year-old Santino Legan was killed by police within a minute of beginning a shooting rampage that left three dead and a dozen wounded at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, Sunday night, questions began: How did he get into the festival? Where did he get this weapon? Why the festival? What motivated him? Why didn’t California’s strict gun laws keep this from happening?

There are, at this writing, precious few answers, but a few clues.

Santino had been planning the attack for some time. He knew California’s strict gun laws would keep him for being able to purchase a firearm, as he was only 19 (California restricts firearm ownership to those age 21 and older). He knew that security at the food festival — one of the nation’s best known and most popular — would be extremely tight, with metal detectors at the main entrance.

The shooter’s solution:

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Budget Deal a Win for Everyone Except Taxpayers

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, July 23, 2019: 

The budget “deal” cobbled together over the last couple of weeks is a win for every vested interest but one: the U.S. taxpayer. It provides proof about what can be accomplished, even by Congress, when the motivation is sufficiently strong.

That motivation was provided by a letter from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on July 12 that his “extraordinary measures” being employed since the debt ceiling was reached in early March were about to be “exhausted.” This move allowed him to conduct budget negotiations directly with Pelosi, sidelining Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney and resulting in a deal that was a win for nearly every vested interest in Washington.

First and foremost

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Recent Poll Reveals 95 Percent of Biologists Say Human Life Begins at Conception

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 22, 2019: 

In writing his majority opinion in Roe v. Wade in 1973, Associate Justice Harry Blackmun complained that neither he nor any of the experts in the field of medicine, philosophy, or theology knew when life began, and so he developed an extra-legal theory — a “right to privacy” — that permitted him and a majority of the Supreme Court to rule that abortion was constitutional. Wrote Blackmun:

We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, in this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.

How would Blackmun (who died in 1999) and his majority supporters rule if they knew then that 95 percent of 5,500 biologists — with specialties ranging from anatomy, biochemistry, cellular biology, genetics, and physiology — believe that “a human’s life begins at fertilization”?

What if they knew that of those biologists, even those who are “very pro-choice,” “very liberal,” and consider themselves to be “strong Democrats” believe life begins at conception?

That is the result of a study

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Opposition to Gun-Free Zones Is Gathering Momentum

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, July 19, 2019: 

Vincent Smith’s petition urging Virginia Beach’s city council to repeal its “gun free zone” ruling is gaining even more momentum. As noted here last month (see Sources below), Smith, a city engineer, saw a gap in the security measures allegedly protecting city employees. He said, “The gap was not allowing employees to carry a firearm … instead, people were forced – like I am every day – to choose between earning a living and saving my life.”

The first time he tried, his effort fizzled. His petition received only 260 signatures. But following the ghastly shooting at Virginia Beach’s Municipal Center (where Smith works, but was absent on the day of the shooting) that resulted in the murder of 12 of his co-workers before police could intervene, he tried again. When this writer checked on June 27, there were 3,179 signatures (his initial goal was 2,500). As this is being written (July 18), Smith’s petition now has 5,366 signatures, and Smith has raised his goal to 7,500.

Said Smith: “I want a real consideration by council and a real discussion about changing the HR policy … what happened [on May 31] could have been minimized.” Once his petition reaches 7,500 signatures, the Virginia Beach city council will have that opportunity.

And so will the House of Representatives if Rep. Thomas Massie’s bill continues to gain traction. His Safe Students Act, which would repeal the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act, just received a massive boost by the 650,000-member Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA). Its chairman, Alan Gottlieb, said on Wednesday that the federal ban on guns in “gun-free” zones has been an unmitigated disaster:

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FBI Reports that Firearm Background Checks Continue to Set New Highs

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, July 12, 2019:

When the National Instant Criminal Background Check System – NICS – was inflicted on the American people as part of the Brady Bill passed under President Clinton in 1993, it was sold as a means to reduce gun violence by keeping firearms out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them.

But now it turns out that another force – a profound cultural change – has been quietly at work accomplishing what the NICS demonstrably didn’t: the increasing freedom being enjoyed by law-abiding citizens “to keep and bear arms.”

Whenever the FBI updates its monthly report on NICS firearm background checks (BGCs) it notes that the numbers “do not represent the number of firearms sold.” That’s because the BGCs are performed on people attempting to purchase a firearm and not on the number he or she might be buying at that moment in time.

So, a fair question to ask, in light of the record-setting two million background checks every month for the first six months of 2019, is:

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Another Gun-buyback Failure, This Time in New Zealand

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, July 10, 2019: 

Following the Christchurch mass shootings at two mosques, New Zealand politicians reacted just as the shooter hoped they would. In the manifesto he filed just before beginning his rampage on March 15, the shooter, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, wrote: “I chose [those particular] firearms for the effect it would have on social discourse. The gun owners of New Zealand are a beaten, miserable bunch of baby boomers who have long since given up the fight. When was the last time they won increased rights? Their loss was inevitable. I just accelerated things a bit.”

Indeed, he did. Within weeks,

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Venezuela’s Maduro Employing Death Squads, Torture to Retain Control

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 8, 2019: 

The day after the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet left Caracas, Venezuelan Marxist dictator Nicolás Maduro thumbed his nose at her investigation and ordered the arrest, torture, and murder of a supporter of the opposition party. According to his family’s lawyer, Navy Captain Rafael Acosta, age 49, was healthy and in good spirits the day before he was arrested. Local media were allowed to see his body afterwards, reporting that it showed signs of having been subjected to “extreme force, had been starved of oxygen, and had suffered severe beatings and electrocution.”

He was just one of the more than 9,000 people Maduro has executed over the last 18 months. This explains how the communist thug has managed to stay in power: through threats, intimidation, torture, and murder.

That was why Bachelet was there:

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Will Virginia Beach’s City Council Members “See the Light”?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, June 28, 2019: 

It’s unclear who said it first: Everett Dirksen, Barry Goldwater, or Ronald Reagan. What’s clear is that the members of Virginia Beach’s city council are about to hear it again: when politicians feel the heat, they see the light.

It’s coming in the form of a petition urging – nay, demanding – that they repeal the “gun free zone” law that cost the lives of 12 city workers last month.

And it’s coming from a city employee who lucked out. Vincent Smith was absent from his workplace in the city’s Municipal Center on May 31 when the shooter entered the building where he worked, and killed 12 of his co-workers before the police could stop the rampage.

Three years ago, Smith, a city engineer, saw a gap in the security measures protecting city employees: “The gap was not allowing employees to carry a firearm … instead, people were forced – like I am every day – to choose between earning a living and saving my life.”

So he created a petition demanding that the city council reverse its “gun-free zone” policies. He got 260 signers, and it went nowhere.

On Tuesday he tried again. He refreshed the petition on Change.org:

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Petition to End Virginia Beach “Gun-free Zone” Policy: More Than 3,000 Signers So Far

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, June 27, 2019: 

Three years ago, Vincent Smith, a city engineer in Virginia Beach, Virginia, saw a gap in the security measures protecting city employees: “The gap was not allowing employees to carry a firearm.… Instead, people were forced — like I am every day — to choose between earning a living and saving my life.”

So he created a petition demanding that the city council reverse its “gun-free zone” policies. He got 259 signers, and it went nowhere.

Now, he has tried again. He refreshed the petition on Change.org:

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Biden To Be Targeted by the Far Left in Thursday’s Democrat Debate

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 24, 2019: 

In the first of two consecutive debates starting on Thursday night in Miami, Democratic 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden will be the target of the other nine Democrat candidates vying for their party’s nomination. With a nearly insurmountable lead of 17 points in the polls over his nearest rival (Bernie Sanders), each will be attempting to improve their positions by attacking the leader of the pack.

The attacks have already begun. Standing on Biden’s left will be avowed Socialist Bernie Sanders who will, merely by his presence to the left of Biden, illustrate the “dangers” of Biden’s perceived “middle ground” on various issues.

On Biden’s right will be youngster “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg who, at age 37, is more than 40 years Biden’s junior. Biden, if he is the Democrats’ chosen candidate, will turn 78 just weeks after the November 2020 election.

Biden’s nine opponents are sharpening their knives over topics that Biden’s long political history has provided them. They will seek to draw blood over his “friendly” relationships with two (long since deceased) segregationist Senators decades ago while serving as a Senator from Delaware.

They will seek to damage him further with questions about his recent “flip” over federal funding of abortion.

Missing from Thursday night’s debate, or from any other future debates, will be attacks on his character as exemplified by his long history of lying.

In 1972, Biden’s first wife and daughter died in a car accident. For years afterward, he milked his version of what happened that day for his political advantage. In a 2007 speech at the University of Iowa, Biden exploited the incident once again for political purposes:

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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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