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Yes, They Are Coming for Your Guns


Bruce Bialosky
|Posted: Apr 01, 2018 12:01 AM
  The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com.
 The anti-gun movement has held out the falsehood that they are not coming after people’s guns as a central core of their effort to hide their existential goal.  The lid was blown off that charade when a 97-year-old man who previously occupied a position at the top level of our country (retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens) advocated for the abolition of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the paper of record – The New York Times.
Before anyone jumps off a cliff about this proposition, let me state who I am on this issue.  I am not a gun owner.  I am not a member of the National Rifle Association nor any other group that supports gun rights. I was fairly ignorant about essential elements of guns and gun owners until I did a series of columns on the subject and became knowledgeable about the subject of guns through extensive research and interviews.I strongly support the right to bear arms.  I don’t care about or believe that garbage about a well-armed militia.  The Second Amendment was put in place and obtained its lofty position as the “Second Amendment” right behind the most essential amendment giving us free speech etc., etc., for a reason.  The people who founded this country did not trust government.  Even though they were possibly the most talented, intelligent and capable group of people ever assembled for one cause, they lacked the arrogance of most people in government that government was or is the answer.  

Today we have a multitude of reasons to have a high concern about a government that has become far too large, too invasive in too many issues and operated by people who are almost impervious to being fired for normal matters that citizens have to face in their own lives.  When I have discussions with people wanting to shrink the rights of gun owners, they discount this essential aspect of why citizens should be allowed to own guns.  When I ask them to explain the explosion of armed representatives of the government in non-military agencies, they are universally ignorant of that fact.  Here are just a few:

  1. The IRS has 2,300 Special Agents armed with AR-15s, P90 tactical rifles and other heavy weaponry.  The IRS recently spent $12 million on ammo and weapons.
  1. The Small Business Administration (SBA) spent tens of thousands on Glock hand guns.
  2. In 1996 the Veterans Administration had no armed employees.  Today they have 3,700 officers armed with millions of dollars worth of guns.

The list goes on.

As a Jew, I have a problem with any government having all the guns. The last time we allowed that to happen, it ended with millions of dead Jews.  I believe any Jew who denies that reality puts their own political naiveté above the survival of the Jewish people.
If you think that is far-fetched because it happened over 70 years ago, then just cast your eyes south to Venezuela.  Hugo Chavez took over a country that had open elections and was the most prosperous in South America in 1999.  In less than 20 years Chavez and his successor Maduro have run an educated, productive country into the ground.  It is a human disaster and they control all the guns while people are starving.
Let’s look at the current move by the anti-gun people to limit guns.They call a restriction of certain long guns “common sense” legislation.  First let me say, these people have destroyed the use of the words “common sense” for all of us just like they destroyed the word “liberal.” In both cases, the use of the words was driven into oblivion by using them in an Orwellian manner.  
Let us believe that the banning of these guns was achieved as they previously were for 10 years with non-existent benefit. Toward what end? The fact is that deaths from long guns average one per day.  If you exclude suicides, gun death by hand guns are 42 per day. If you include all gun deaths (suicides) by hand guns it is 104 per day.  We are led to believe by their rhetoric that once the anti-gun goal of banning certain long guns has been achieved (guns responsible for one death per day), they will stop and not go after guns that are used to kill 104 per day.  Balderdash.
Those of us who have some experience in life know that is not the way it works with the Left.  They play a long game and are happy to move the ball forward with mini steps until they achieve their goal.  That is how they moved a free market for medical care in America just 55 short years ago to a position that some states like California are toying with 100% government-run health care.  There is an expression that could be used in this situation – if that ever happens, just shoot me.
I don’t trust the government and this country was established on that bedrock principle.  I don’t trust the people who are lying to us about what their true intentions are about gun control just like they lied to us about government-run health care. They want all guns in the control of government-controlled apparatchiks.
As Charlton Heston said: “From my cold, dead hands.”


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Here Are the Companies Boycotting Laura
Ingraham, Let’s Boycott Them Right Back

MARCH 30, 2018 AT 3:19PM

The left’s “tolerance” is on display once again.
Outspoken student activist David Hogg has unleashed his followers against conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham, and is essentially threatening her livelihood because she spoke her mind on Twitter.   Ingraham is facing a loss of advertisers on her program after the 17-year-old Hogg called on supporters to boycott her. The reason? She shared an article that accurately reported the teen activist’s problems being accepted into major universities.
 “David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it,” Laura Ingraham posted on Wednesday. She linked to an article that was not even written by her, but was penned by Daily Wire contributor Joseph Curl.   David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA…totally predictable given acceptance rates.) https://t.co/wflA4hWHXY

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 28, 2018 

“David Hogg, a self-appointed spokesman for a generation, revealed on Tuesday that four universities he has applied to have rejected his application,” the Daily Wire article shared by Ingraham explained.facebook
Hogg himself confirmed that he was having trouble getting into the colleges he wanted, and took his signature smug and arrogant tone while explaining the problem.
“It’s been kind of annoying having to deal with that and everything else that’s been going on but at this point, you know, we’re changing the world,” he declared on video to TMZ. So humble.  “We’re too busy. Right now it’s hard to focus on that,” he continued.
Considering that Laura Ingraham’s tweet was factual if not particularly gracious, it’s tough to see exactly what the problem is. Apparently criticizing Hogg in any way is now verboten, because the anti-Second Amendment activist quickly seized the issue and sanctimoniously turned it against the conservative host.
 “I’m so sorry to everyone that @IngrahamAngle has ever tried to hurt we are here for you and we love you,” Hogg tweeted in response.   Remember, this is the same “oh so loving” David Hogg who called law-abiding NRA members “pathetic f—ers that want to keep killing our children.”
“It just makes me think what sick f—ers out there want to continue to sell more guns, murder more children,” Hogg ranted about anyone who supported the NRA, which promotes lawful and responsible gun ownership.  “They could have blood from children splattered all over their faces and they wouldn’t take action,” Hogg went on, according to The Daily Wire. How charming.
 Smear everyday Americans as blood-covered murderers? That’s fine. Jab at an arrogant activist who can’t get into colleges because he’s so busy lecturing the entire country? That’s too far and we will end you.
Several advertisers sided with the now-famous teen activist, and announced that they would be pulling their sponsorship of “The Ingraham Angle.”
According to Time Magazine, as of Friday afternoon, these companies are: Atlantis Bahamas, Expedia, Hulu, Jenny Craig, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual, Nestle, Nutrish, Stitch Fix, TripAdvisor, and Wayfair.
Several of the advertisers commented that they were pulling their ads because Ingraham dared to criticize a teenager … even though Hogg is months away from being 18 and has without a doubt portrayed himself as an adult voice on policy issues, using adult language including the F-word to attack gun owners and the NRA.   Welcome to leftist hypocrisy: We must change America’s laws because wise, knowledgeable activists like David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez said so — but they’re also too young and immature to criticize or question, so don’t you dare!
The two-facedness doesn’t stop there. Despite all the liberal talk of “tolerance” and “when they go low, we go high,” Hogg flatly rejected an apology from Laura Ingraham on Thursday.   “Pressed on whether he’d accept her apology, he replied, ‘No,’” reported Politico.
Ingraham didn’t need to apologize in the first place, but simply posted something that was true while adding a few words of opinion-based commentary. That’s literally her job — and after millions of American gun owners were insulted as murderers by the camera-loving Hogg, he put himself within bounds for criticism.  The quick-fleeing advertisers who have decided to bail on Ingraham are certainly within their rights to do so — it’s still a free country, while it lasts.   But that street can go two ways, and if you are fed up with the hysterical antics of the anti-Second Amendment left, it may be worth letting those companies know that conservatives know how to boycott, too.

GOP’s Omnibus Bill Should Have Gone off a Cliff – Do the Republicans really want to give control back to the progressive Democrats, one would think so by their actions!?

 Republicans began 2018 on a roll, but quickly collapsed.  The Republican party needed just 90 days to tumble from triumph to self-humiliation.
On December 22, President Donald J. Trump signed the $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the most significant levy reduction since 1986. Even Trump’s critics conceded that Republicans ended 2017 on an unexpectedly high note, with their free-market banners flapping smartly in the tail winds.
But on March 22, the GOP House hosted a drunken orgy of bipartisan fiscal recklessness. The resulting $1.3 trillion omnibus bill should have been steered off a cliff.
The omnibus hiked military outlays by $80 billion. After years of Obama’s Pentagon spending from behind, higher expenditures on weapons and warriors made sense, although the precise amount seemed to be: “More!” To garner Democratic support  for the GOP’s national-security priorities, Republicans co-sponsored Democrats’ social-spending bacchanal:
• A 12.5 percent hike in low-income housing credits
• $145 million for federal apprenticeship subsidies — 53 percent above the $95 million shelled out last year
• $152.8 million each, for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, not the $0 that Trump originally budgeted
• $456 million more for IRS operations than Trump requested
• Beneath the headline “Progressive Policy Wins in the Omnibus,” a Center for American Progress article gushes: “The bill includes an unprecedented increase in federal child care funding, expanding current discretionary resources by 80 percent for a total of $5 billion in 2018.”
• The omnibus finances fugitive cities that harbor violent illegal-alien criminals.
Conversely, this bill prohibits funds for President Trump’s border-wall prototypes. They now languish in the San Diego desert, awaiting the cash to shield the southern frontier.
Even worse, this legislative Godzilla was conceived much as Republicans decried the creation of Obamacare — absent the promises of “quality, affordable health care.” Top GOP and Democratic leaders huddled behind sealed doors and drafted it with virtually zero input from mere members of Congress. They then dragged this unread, nine-inch-high, 2,232-page monstrosity to a vote 17 hours later, not in three days, as House rules require.
The Senate soon followed, and after an encouraging-but-fleeting threat to veto this calamity for its lack of border-wall funds, a previously disengaged President Trump approved it anyway. “I will never sign another bill like this again,” Trump said March 23. “I was thinking about doing the veto. But because of the incredible gains that we’ve been able to make for the military, that overrode any of our thinking.”
This GOP epic fail was totally unnecessary.
Republicans began 2018 on a roll. Their tax cuts gained popularity as 468 companies, to date, started to share their savings with some 4 million employees via bonuses and increased wages, benefits, and business-development investments. The Schumer Shutdown soon detonated in Democrats’ faces like an exploding cigar. What the Associated Press called “the strongest nine-month stretch of growth in a dozen years,” plus rising corporate and consumer confidence, confirmed GOP economic prowess.

This GOP epic fail was totally unnecessary.

Republicans then pitched these advantages into the garbage.

February’s budget deal erupted some $300 billion above previous spending caps and hiked outlays 14 percent — seven times last year’s 2.1 percent inflation rate. Last week’s omnibus then smothered any remaining Republican claim on its signature issue.
What happened?
House speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky cannot trade horses. Had they negotiated the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War, Americans would traverse the left side of the road, call senators “lords,” and bow before King Donald I.  Yes, Republicans hold a precarious 51-seat Senate majority. Until they scrap the filibuster, Democrats will hold inordinate sway in that legislative chamber. Still, Ryan and McConnell should have demanded:
• Immediate border-wall funds in exchange for legalizing 800,000 DACA recipients.
• Subsidies that finance state-level women’s health programs, rather than Planned Parenthood. Abortion-funding decisions should shift from Washington to America’s state capitals.
• Domestic-spending hikes, if any, no higher than inflation.
• Private-sector audits for every federal agency, complete with recommendations for reform or repeal.
• An agreement from Democrats to debate each presidential nomination for three hours, maximum (not a crippling 30), and drop endless “holds” on nominees that bar key people from crucial duties, such as Senator Jeff Merkley’s (D., Ore.) freeze on Richard Grenell, U.S. ambassador-designate to Germany.
Had Democrats spurned these modest proposals, Republicans should have blamed them for closing the government on March 23. Had Republicans collectively scraped together three vertebrae, they could have crushed “Schumer Shutdown: The Sequel.” Instead, Republicans collapsed like jellyfish.  Thus, the GOP has flushed fiscal conservatism into the sea. Its leaders no longer can advocate limited government without inspiring sneers. And all because they didn’t even try.

Trump-hating Democrats will crawl chin-first over lava to reach the polls and punish their anti-Christ.

As for November’s midterm elections, Trump-hating Democrats will crawl chin-first over lava to reach the polls and punish their anti-Christ. Republicans will require equal fervor to counteract the Left’s infinite rage and impressive talent for showing up — as last week’s March for Our Lives gun-control extravaganza demonstrated, yet again.
The GOP will lose its tenuous grip on Congress if it makes its loyalists hurl into buckets. Deep down, one wonders, do Washington Republicans really want to keep control?
DEROY MURDOCK — Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online.


Trump says ‘NO MORE’ on deal for ‘Dreamer’ immigrants

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump declared Sunday that a deal to help “Dreamer” immigrants was “NO MORE” and threatened to pull out of a free trade agreement with Mexico unless it does more to stop people from crossing into the U.S. He claimed they’re coming to take advantage of protections granted certain immigrants.

“NO MORE DACA DEAL!” Trump tweeted one hour after he started the day by wishing his followers a “HAPPY EASTER!”
He said Mexico must “stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!” The U.S., Canada and Mexico are currently renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement at Trump’s insistence.  “Mexico has got to help us at the border,” Trump told reporters before he attended Easter services at an Episcopal church near his Palm Beach, Florida, home. “A lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of DACA.”
Former President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally after they were brought here as children. Trump ended the program last year, but gave Congress six months to pass legislation enshrining it. A deal has so far proved elusive.  It was not immediately clear what Trump was referring to when he said people are coming to take advantage of the program, which granted the immigrants work permits.
The government is not issuing new permits, though existing ones can be renewed. Anyone who wanted to participate had a set period of time in which to sign up, and the program is no longer open to new entrants. Proposed DACA deals crafted by lawmakers also were not open to new participants.
Trump did not explain his thinking when reporters asked as he entered the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea with his wife, Melania, and daughter Tiffany. The White House also did not immediately respond to a request for clarification.  Trump, who addressed reporters briefly before entering the church, again blamed Democrats for the failure to reach an agreement on the “Dreamers.”
“They had a great chance. The Democrats blew it. They had a great, great chance, but we’ll have to take a look,” he said. “Mexico has got to help us at the border. They flow right through Mexico, they send them into the United States. It can’t happen that way.”

Words of concern from Mike Huckabee regarding Gun ccontrol and confiscation.

One of the Parkland, Florida, high school anti-gun activists is taking heat for wearing a Cuban flag patch on her jacket. Critics say it shows her naiveté to preach against the Second Amendment that protects us from tyrannical governments while wearing the flag of a tyrannical government that took away its citizens’ guns. Supporters say she was just proudly displaying her Cuban heritage, which is separate from the Cuban government.

I’d like to point out an angle that hasn’t been covered yet: even the anti-gun group GunPolicy.org claims that Castro didn’t disarm the populace and there are still an estimated 545,000 privately-owned guns in Cuba. While the vast majority of weapons are in the hands of government and police (which naïve youth apparently believes makes people safer and more secure), the Cuban constitution does allow citizens to have arms. Not to protect themselves from the government, Heaven forbid, but so they can fight “anyone who tries to overthrow the political, social and economic order.” In other words, they’re allowed to own a gun to protect their communist oppressors, but not to protect themselves from their communist oppressors.

Therefore, since many protesters at the march were calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment, confiscation of guns and disarming the citizenry completely, that would actually put their position on guns far to the left of Fidel Castro’s. This is what the Democratic Party proudly points to as America’s future under them.

So think long and hard before you decide to surf that “blue wave” next November. 

A nation like Cuba could be your final reward!


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