Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Guns

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U.S. Park Police and D.C. Metro Police seized a weapons cache near the C&O Canal last week.

They were alerted to the find by a woman walking the trails near the canal. The women had found a violin case with two guns hidden within it.

When police searched the nearby area, they found another cache of both weapons and ammunition. The Park Service failed to provide specific details of the find other than saying that a number of weapons were discovered that included “long guns and pistols.”

Law enforcement said the guns and ammo were found in bags and buckets around the area.

The second cache was found approximately a quarter of a mile from the violin case in Northwest D.C., which is far from the inauguration route by D.C. standards.

Last week, a shootout occurred near the construction site of a U.S. Consulate in Mexico between the Mexican Army and ISIS-tied Cartel members.

It was reported that the group had planned to carry out terrorist attacks within the United States to disrupt the inauguration of President Elect Trump.

The Park Service has downplayed the find saying that none of the weapons were loaded and they did not pose a threat.

The possession of firearms in the District of Columbia is still effectively illegal (despite a court case to restore gun rights in the District).

Speculation has been fueled by several sites online assuming the guns were placed as part of a plat to assassinate Trump, however, abandoning firearms out of fear of prosecution or arrest is not uncommon in areas that are essentially gun free zones.

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Seven hundred and sixty-two. That is how many people were murdered in Chicago last year; an appalling number not seen in two decades. Twelve people were killed over Father’s Day weekend in 2016. Another dozen were murdered over the recent Christmas holiday. And, the city’s liberal leaders — including “The Godfather” Rahm Emanuel — stand slack-jawed and clueless at how to stop this tide of violence washing over the Windy City.

Obviously, the City has a serious problem. But it is not a gun violence problem, or a gun control problem. Chicago is dealing with a complex and multi-faceted cultural problem of violence; the resolution of which requires throwing out the Left’s usual playbook — blame it on the Second Amendment – and replacing it with a “pro-police, tough-on-crime” strategy.

Unfortunately for the citizens of this major metropolitan area, this is something Chicago officials appear unwilling to do. To them, it’s not Chicago’s problem, but everyone else’s. “We border Indiana and Wisconsin, which have really lax gun laws,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told CNN. “We know that people from Chicago go across the border, fill up gym bags with illegal weapons from gun shows and things of that nature and they come back here and sell them to the gangs.” This is the same song and dance trotted out by former New York City Mayor Bloomberg, whenever he was questioned about high levels of gun violence in the Big Apple – blame other states for your failures.

Illinois legislators see the problem through the same blinders as city officials. In recent years, they have made it increasingly difficult, if not virtually impossible for low income residents — who are among those most at risk to be injured or killed by gun violence – to defend themselves by buying and possessing firearms for self-defense.

Caught in the middle between Emanuel and his gun-control gang at City Hall, and the Democrat-controlled state legislature in Springfield, are the victims of their shortsightedness.

As shocking as are Chicago’s 2016 murder statistics, this level of violence is neither a new phenomenon facing a major city, nor one requiring rocket science to resolve. Other cities, including Richmond, Virginia in the 1990s and New York City in the 1980s, faced high levels of gang activity and gun violence. They stemmed the tide in large measure by effective policing, and by institutionalizing cooperation between law enforcement at all levels of government – federal, state and local.

Fundamentally, what Chicago needs is strong, consistent policing; along with a political structure and community leaders who actually support the police, and who will work collaboratively to build a criminal justice system that is swift, consistent and certain.

An example of this approach can be found in the 1990s, in a crime strategy adopted by then-Governor Jim Gilmore of Virginia and the United States Attorney’s office, responding to a rash of gun crimes in Richmond. These bipartisan officials (Gilmore was Republican and the U.S. Attorney was an appointee of President Bill Clinton) took the position that anyone caught using a firearm in the commission of a crime, would be turned over to federal authorities for prosecution. This reflected the fact that the more extensive resources available to federal prosecutors and the tougher sentences under the federal system, meant that cases did not languish in the state system, and that once convicted, the criminals faced lengthy mandatory sentences. “Project Exile” worked, and gun violence dropped significantly.

Unfortunately, neither the current mayor of Chicago nor the current U.S. Attorney General, would support such an approach; both are too busy blaming the police and the Second Amendment for gun violence.

In fact, a 2014 audit of federal prosecutions shows a dramatic decrease in federal gun-crime prosecutions under Obama, as the DOJ has found it more politically expedient to harass gun show attendees, than actually pursue the criminals on the street responsible for the violence such as witnessed on Chicago’s mean streets.

But there is a sparkle of light at the end of the tunnel.

President-elect Trump, and his choice for Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, understand that it is the criminals who commit gun violence; and that resolving the crisis requires a refocusing of priorities and tactics within the law enforcement and criminal justice systems. Therein may lie the best hope for Chicago’s beleaguered citizens now being whipsawed between merciless thugs and gangs and do-nothing political leaders.

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Gun ownership has always been a “conservative” thing in the eyes of at least the media. In actuality it’s a “libertarian” thing, but that’s a topic for another day.

Since the 2016 presidential election concluded with Donald Trump coming out on top, some liberals have shifted their view on gun ownership and . . . gasp . . . the second amendment.

Conceptions of liberalism assume that most will not even consider owning a gun; however, a poll conducted by PRRI showed that 32% of Democrats had a firearm in the home.

The key to that statistic is that not all Democrats are liberals.

However, since November gun retailers are reporting a shift in buyers and are seeing many more “non-traditional” buyers walking through their doors.

The report is bolstered by Black Friday sales reports that set another all-time record.

Even a group called “The Liberal Gun Club” which has been around since at least 2010, reports a 10% growth in membership since Donald Trump won the election.

An internal exit poll conducted by the preferred gun club for lefties also showed that 32% of the Liberal Gun Club’s forum members voted for Donald Trump, while 41% voted for Hillary Clinton and 11% voted for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

In late November, NBC News ran with the headline “Trump’s Victory Has Fearful Minorities Buying up Guns.”

The article led with “Yolanda Scott is upgrading the crowbar she keeps in her purse to small-caliber pistol.”

Given the journalistic integrity of NBC News, the report should be taken with a grain of salt. Plus, who carries a crowbar in their purse and how big is that purse?

A quick scan of Twitter shows the reports to be correct as countless liberals are telling the world that they’re now armed:

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secret service

The U.S. Secret Service has lost thousands of agency computers, radios, cell phones, weapons, credentials and vehicles since Islamic terrorists executed the worst attack in U.S. history, records obtained by Judicial Watch show.

The equipment was reported lost or stolen by the Secret Service, which claims to be one of the most elite law enforcement organizations in the world with responsibilities that include protecting, not only the president, but also national and visiting foreign leaders as well as conducting criminal investigations.

Judicial Watch requested the records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) almost a year ago as part of an ongoing investigation into the scandal-plagued Secret Service. The information was finally provided this month and it most certainly depicts behavior unbecoming of an elite law enforcement agency.

Since 2001 dozens of weapons and pistols have gone missing, hundreds of agent badges and cell phones as well as scores of laptop and desktop computers and six agency motor vehicles. Labeled “lost and stolen assets” by the Secret Service, the records are broken down by year and type of equipment missing. Two categories are somewhat vague and neither includes records before 2009. One, titled “other equipment,” reveals the loss of 793 items since 2009. The other, listed as “office equipment,” shows the loss of 201 items during the same period.

The agency had an especially humiliating year in 2004 when 1,362 items were recorded as lost or stolen, the records show. Radio equipment led with 191 lost items in addition to 53 laptops, 53 desktop computers, 26 badges and 25 cell phones, among others.

In 2002 the Secret Service lost 1,179 items, including a disturbing number of weapons (69) and badges (40). Keep in mind that was the year following the 9/11 terrorist attacks! In 2014 the agency reported 1,032 items lost or stolen, among them hundreds of pieces of information technology equipment, 142 cell phones and a motor vehicle. In 2010 the records list 1,001 disappeared items, including dozens of badges, computers and cell phones.

Some of the categories are too general and don’t offer specific descriptions of the equipment, but enough information is provided in the records to illustrate the severity of the negligence. Except for 2013 the Secret Service has lost more than 100 information technology items every year since 2009. For the portion of 2016 that’s been reported, the agency has already lost eight badges. In 2015 it was 18 and in 2014 it lost 25 badges.

The Secret Service has been rocked by several scandals in the last few years, including one that Judicial Watch uncovered last summer. Known as “Operation Moonlight” and “Operation Moonshine,” agents were covertly redeployed from the White House compound to protect a close friend of the agency’s then director during a dispute with a neighbor.

Judicial Watch obtained government records containing details of the illicit operation, which occurred under former Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan. His good friend and administrative assistant at the time, Lisa Chopey, was embroiled in a discord with a neighbor in her rural community of La Plata, Maryland and the Secret Service surreptitiously redeployed agents assigned to guard the White House to protect Chopey and conduct undercover surveillance of the problematic neighbor.

Other Secret Service transgressions have made headlines in the last few years. Besides drunken agents plowing a government vehicle into a White House security gate, a dozen agents brought prostitutes to their hotel rooms during a 2012 world leaders’ summit attended by President Obama. A mainstream news outlet called the incident a debauchery that caused an uproar and surprised many who previously regarded Secret Service agents as a highly disciplined force of dark sunglasses, earpieces and unreadable facial expressions.

The Secret Service suffered another major blow when a psychologically disturbed man with a knife jumped over the White House fence and ran across the North Lawn, into the executive mansion and to the entrance of the East Room. Last year a drone flew over the White House and landed in an area that’s supposed to be secure. The device was described as a quadcopter drone and the Secret Service told media outlets that it crash-landed in a tree on the southeast side of the complex around 3 a.m.

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obama bans

Obama’s time is running out, but if his latest push for executive actions is any indication of how he is going to spend his last year in office, then we better get ready.

Obama is leaving office soon but not soon enough. He can still do a lot of damage to freedom in the time he has left so we decided to put together a list of the 28 Things That You Need To Buy Before Obama Bans Them.

Stock up on these awesome American freedoms before Obama bans them!

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Sixth graders at Giunta Middle School were asked something shocking in their classroom–would they save Donald Trump from a sinking ship?

The “Lifeboat Test,” as it’s being called, presents a hypothetical situation where a ship is sinking with 15 passengers–and the student must pick 9 of them to be saved in the lifeboat.

The list includes: a black guy, a white guy, a Hispanic woman, a rabbi, an ex-convict, a guy doctor, a girl doctor, Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, among others.

Many parents were shocked that politicians–like Donald Trump and Barack Obama–made the list, and that children would have to choose whether or not to let them die.

But parents were also concerned that, with the short descriptions of people, it encourages racism–how are they supposed to judge whether “a black guy” or “a white guy” should be saved?

One mom, Valerie Kennel, voiced her opposition to the “Lifeboat Test.”

“Leah is 11,” Kennel explained, about her daughter. “How is she supposed to pick people based off of what they’re saying? …To her, everybody matters. Everybody should have a chance. They didn’t do anything wrong. Everybody deserves to be saved.”

The school district, however, disagreed. They stood behind the Lifeboat Test as allowing for “really great conversation” in the classroom–despite parental shock and horror.

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Ghost Gunner

Stuck in a rut trying to figure out holiday gifts for the men in your life?

So were we, and after careful consideration, here’s our list of the best gift ideas for men who love liberty:

  • Makerbot Replicator: While there’s a good deal of debate about 3d printers, we’ll avoid that by giving our recommended pick with the Makerbot Replicator that goes for $2,899, but we also have an alternative below.

    Yes, that’s expensive price to pay but your loved one will be in at the ground floor of the future of distributed manufacturing. There’s not doubt that 3d printing will be the future technology that changes how we purchase and manufacture goods in the future.

    Flux 3d All-in-One: For those willing to risk a Kickstarter campaign, this is a deal you can’t pass up. We’ve had our eyes on this one for the office. The Flux is a 3d printer, 3d scanner, laser engraver and modular do-it-all. The key to this device is the modular “print heads” that you swap out for the job. Future modules include a pastry extruder (3d printed food), a ceramics extruder and a dual extruder for varying 3d filament in one job.

    The Flux is a Kickstarter campaign but there are still 45 spots left to get their 2nd run of machines for the reasonable price $599. Expect this price to shoot up into the thousands upon release.

    Note that the Flux can only print small items (include the Makerbot) but it’s a good, reasonable pick for someone getting started in the 3d arena. And there’s also zero chance to get it before Christmas . . . but it’s the thought that counts, right?

  • Ghost Gunner: Admittedly, we’ve pre-ordered this and are counting down the minutes until it arrives. Cody Wilson, the guy who created the first 3d printed gun, decided to take his game to the next level by creating the Ghost Gunner. The machine, as the name implies, gives you push-button ability to finish your own AR-15.

    Yes, it’s legal. You can buy what are called “80% AR Lowers” online which are unfinished parts that require machining to make them useable parts for firearms. The “lower” is what the ATF considers the piece of the gun that is serialized and goes on file when you purchase a firearm.

    However, if you make your own AR-15, you legally have no requirement to go on record with the government. There are no background checks when you make a gun in your garage as long as you don’t transfer it and retain ownership for the life of the firearm. Of course, state and local laws still apply as does your personal restrictions if any.

    With that out of the way, the Ghost Gunner is an arsenal-making machine. Buy a batch of AR-15 lowers and go to town preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse.

    Even better, future design files are being developed for AR-10’s and other gun lowers to be used in the same machine.

    You can pre-order the Ghost Gunner with a deposit of $250 and the full price of $1,299 will be due when your machine is ready to be produced.

Since the above have higher price points, here are a few more reasonably priced gifts that you can pick up and stuff in a stocking:

  • Mosin-Nagant M21: Okay, so this might not fit in a stocking, but for the price of $150, you can’t go wrong.

    Mosin’s are Russian rifles that you’ll receive in whatever condition they come out of the crate. You can end up with a battle-used rifle from 1921, or a pristine never-used rifle that just needs a bit of cleaning up.

    While you can’t hit the broadside of a barn with this rifle without a bit of practice and tuning, they are a thrill to fire that will leave you with a sore shoulder in the morning.

    When not in use, they look great mounted on a wall and typically come with the original sling and kit that go with the era. Buy from LNN’s recommended online firearm’s store, Bud’s Gunshop, and you’ll likely be able to pick it up before Christmas.

  • Old Fashioned Glasses: The ones you drink out of, not wear. These are glasses made by Bryne. They look good and they’re dangerous. If you were to throw these, someone would get hurt. They’re heavy, stylish and will last decades.

    Even better, they’re only $50 for a set of four . . . and that’s engraved. Christmas delivery is guaranteed.

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