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GUNS …VIOLENCE & THE AMERICAN MYTH!

GUNS …VIOLENCE & THE AMERICAN MYTH!

Let me start with..I DO NOT OWN A GUN..PERIOD..I most certainly know how to use one.. would not have one in  my home but I grew up with a shotgun in my home.
Now the rest of the story….
In 1900 almost anyone could get a gun in this country..there were practically NO GUN LAWS…anywhere…You could get them from a catalogue…a store..almost any place your heart desired…with almost no questions asked ….and in 2018 the suicide rate per 100,000 in this country is approx 6x the rate it was in 1900…YEP…give that a little thought!
…AND…READY…the change in the “homicide rate” is  approximately the same…the same  in both cases…Yep…And we have gun laws today that would fill a phone book…and very large phone book!…and the homicide and suicide rates per hundred citizens  are approximately 6x greater than they were more than 100 yrs ago…
And life was much tougher in 1900 than it is today…for just about anyone living in this country…no matter the color of your skin or  where you came from or how much money you made!…And the noise..from the media..from the democrats…from the left……we need more gun laws!…and so I ask…what for???..It most obviously has accomplished NOTHING in reducing gun deaths in this country  in more than 100yrs…So exactly  where does all this lead?
Maybe…just maybe the root cause of all these absolutely senseless and horrible slaughters, Dayton…El Paso, etc .. is not guns or even the ease with which we can obtain  guns…Maybe It is the society we now live in!..maybe it is the rules of the society we now live in!..maybe the violent language that is so common….maybe it has something to do with the desensitizing of young people with all the violence we all are subject to in the media everyday!..Anyone seen a movie lately?
Gratuitous violence is everywhere, you cannot avoid it…video games?…everything around us…DEAD PEOPLE are ….well..just another “screen shot”…If the line is…this doesn’t affect people’s thinking were true…then ‘advertising” any product would be simply a waste of money…and we all know that IS NOT TRUE!
I have been in the media business for 50 years and let me tell you something..ADVERTISING WORKS..it MAKES IMPRESSIONS…IT SELLS! ..and so do all those images that are all around us.
The media hate this line of thinking…but they bear more responsibility than any group…movies…violent video games..it all impacts young people who think nothing of shooting people when they get older..just another “screen shot”..what’s the big deal?
We are not the violent society that the media and the left make us..the biggest slaughter of innocent  people by a gun happened in New Zealand…51 people…#2…in a school in the UK. in 1996, with 18 killed and 15 wounded…Excuse me..those places are not exactly noted for violence!..
We need to be honest about guns…and who uses them and who kills with them…and we need to stop blaming GUNS.

GUNS DO NOT KILL PEOPLE….PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE...Lets start dealing with the real problem..and it is NOT GUNS.

Floyd Stern
stern.floyd@gmail.com

 

THERE IS NO OUTRAGE FROM THE DEMS, IT IS THE RHETORIC OF THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES AND PARTY MEMBERS LIKE AOC, EGGING ON ALL THESE THREATS TO ICE- NO ELSE!

Americans have always argued about how our government should be run and what actions it should take. For the most part, we’ve settled our difference with ballots and not bullets – the Civil War being the worst exception, when irreconcilable differences over the immoral institution of slavery tore our nation in two and claimed the lives of an estimated 620,000 Americans.
Today it seems like we’re fighting a small-scale civil war. Some angry people are claiming they have the right to harm and even kill others because of differences over political and public policy issues – or because they believe people belonging to particular racial, religious, ethnic or other group are somehow evil or inferior and must be attacked.
This is a poisonous attitude that is dangerous and un-American. Terrorism, murder and acts of violence are wrong whether they come from the right or the left. They should be condemned by all Americans and all our institutions, including government, political parties, religious institutions, and the media.
TOM HOMAN: TRUMP’S ABILITY TO PROTECT AMERICA STRENGTHENED BY SUPREME COURT RULING ON BORDER WALL
The horrific mass murders that recently killed 31 people in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas have been widely and appropriately condemned. Sick cowards committed these evil acts and there is absolutely no justification for their crimes.

Some Democratic presidential candidates and others in their party have wrongly blamed President Trump for creating a climate of hatred that encouraged the El Paso killings.
But the truth is that President Trump is simply doing his job by securing our border and enforcing existing laws. Congress can change those laws if it wants, and if enough lawmakers support new laws they can even override a presidential veto.  But presidents don’t have the right to simply ignore laws. Imagine the justified uproar, for example, if the president said he wasn’t going to enforce civil rights and anti-discrimination laws.  And the same anti-Trump media and Democratic politicians who seek to portray our current president as a racist who hates immigrants seldom mention that President Barack Obama deported a lot more illegal immigrants.
In 2012, for example, Obama deported nearly 410,000 people – a record. Last year President Trump deported just over 256,000 immigrants. In his eight years as president, Obama departed nearly 3 million.
As the former acting director of ICE, I know firsthand what it’s like when federal law enforcement officers are targeted with threats of violence by the far left.
It’s particularly disturbing that many of the same Democratic politicians, news organizations and other groups that justifiably condemned the El Paso shooter for his hate-filled diatribe against Hispanic people and his murderous rampage have failed to condemn the hate-filled diatribes and violence generated by extremist on the left. There should not be a double-standard.
Just last month a man attacked an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in Washington state with a firearm and tried to set the building on fire. If he had succeeded, he could gave killed as many as several hundred people – ICE employees and hundreds of immigrants being detained for hearings.

Before attacking the ICE facility, the man is accused of sending a letter to friends that he titled a “written manifesto,” which detailed his motivation to “take action against the forces of evil” – specifically “fascism” and “concentration camps.”  Sound familiar? Authorities say the El Paso killer sent the same sort of manifesto, except he was a right-wing extremist, while the ICE attacker was a left-wing extremist.
As the former acting director of ICE, I know firsthand what it’s like when federal law enforcement officers are targeted with threats of violence by the far left.
Border Patrol Agents – along with their spouses and children – have been bullied and harassed at schools, churches and elsewhere because someone in their family chose to serve his or her country by joining the ranks of the Border Patrol.  ICE facilities and employees across the country are being threatened. There have been numerous social media posts about hurting ICE officers.
When I was acting director of ICE I had to deal with numerous death threats against my family and myself. At one point I had round-the-clock armed protection around my home for weeks.
An ICE facility last year was attacked and shut down by Antifa.
Just this week, another ICE office was attacked in San Antonio when someone shot out windows with a firearm. There were ICE employees in the building at the time.
The GEO Office in San Antonio was also damaged by gunfire. GEO is one of the companies that partners with law enforcement and ICE in managing detention facilities.
In addition to the threats of violence, we see elected officials at the local, state and national level calling the Border Patrol, ICE and anyone that enforces our immigration law Nazis, racists, and obscene names.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has even called federal detention facilities for illegal immigrants “concentration camps,” as if they were no different than the death camps where the Nazis tortured and murdered millions of Jews and others.  And what have employees of the Border Patrol and ICE done to deserve both threats of violent attacks and verbal attacks from Democrats in Congress and the media? Like President Trump, President Obama and presidents before them, they have enforced the laws that Congress enacted.
But where is the outrage from the nearly two dozen Democrats seeking their party’s presidential nomination regarding the attacks noted above coming from left-wing extremists?  Where is the outrage by the media and by the Democratic leadership in Congress?  Here’s the bottom line: Hate is hate, terrorism is terrorism, and murder is murder. Politicians who condemn attacks on themselves and institutions and policies they support have an obligation to condemn such attacks on their opponents just as vigorously.
We must not let political campaigns go from a war of words to a war where people are being killed and wounded. One civil war was enough.
Thomas Homan, the former Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), joined Fox News Channel as a contributor in August 2018.

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Immigration update

By Mike Huckabee

The Trump Administration plans to impose a new immigration rule starting October 15th that would allow applicants to be turned away if they are deemed likely never to become permanent US residents who aren’t drawing so many welfare benefits that they would be classified as “public charges.”
Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced the rule Tuesday with a suggested update to the poem by the Statute of Liberty: “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.” Cuccinelli said it “doesn’t seem like too much to ask, as we open our doors currently to more than a million new people a year, that they not become a burden on an already, frankly, overburdened and bankrupt welfare system.”
https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-admin-immigration-boss-presents-new-version-statue-liberty-poem/
I can understand the logic, although I would hope exceptions would be made for elderly and disabled refugees who are fleeing genuine danger in other nations (the kind for which the concept of “asylum” was intended.)  I wouldn’t bet the farm, though, on meeting that October 15th deadline.  Not while America has huddled masses of ACLU lawyers and liberal federal judges who think they run the immigration system.

According to the Crime Prevention Research Institute, he’s (Barack Obama) incorrect on both counts (or as liberals would say if he were Trump, “He’s LYYYYING!!!!”)

BARACK OBAMA: INCORRECT ON BOTH COUNTS

This is a must-read article if you ever find yourself faced with someone pressing the liberal cliché that (as former President Barack Obama put it in a recent statement) “no other nation on Earth comes close to experiencing the frequency of mass shootings that we see in the United States. No other developed nation tolerates the levels of gun violence that we do.”
According to the Crime Prevention Research Institute, he’s incorrect on both counts (or as liberals would say if he were Trump, “He’s LYYYYING!!!!”)
According to the Crime Prevention Research Institute, “The U.S. is well below the world average in terms of the number of mass public shootings, and the global increase over time has been much bigger than for the United States.”
A study of 97 nations that suffered measurable incidents of mass shootings found that between 1998 and 2015, the US ranked 64th in per capita frequency of mass shootings and 65th in the murder rate.  As you might expect, the worst were nations notorious for violence and unrest, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.  But the US also came in below nations often cited as liberal utopias, such as Norway, Finland, France, and Switzerland. Incidentally, the first three of those four nations have very strict gun laws while it’s easy to get a gun in Switzerland, but they all outranked the US in mass shootings, showing that gun laws have little effect either way.
In addition, the US’s share of mass shootings declined over that time, while the rate of increase in mass shootings in the other 96 nations as a bloc was over twice as high as ours.  I’m sure people will point to the recent spate of shootings to claim there has been a huge jump since 2015, which would be easy to believe because of all the media coverage.  But in fact, in all of 2019, there have been a total of 62 deaths in the US from mass shootings.  The mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, alone killed 51.
None of this is meant to downplay the seriousness of the problem or the tragedy of the deaths and injuries.  As the linked article notes, one senseless death is too many.  Instead of pointing fingers and laying blame, we should all be talking and working together to find ways to prevent this from happening ever again.
But it doesn’t help the situation to libel America as a violent, gun-crazed wasteland where mass shootings are happening on every corner.  The first step to solving a problem is to identify the problem accurately, not mischaracterize it just so you can apply your favorite one-size-fits-all “solution” (more gun control laws) that hasn’t worked anywhere it’s been tried.
And yes, I know that many people point to Japan, which has very strict gun laws and almost no gun deaths.  But that glosses over both the Japanese culture factor and the fact that eliminating guns did not eliminate deadly mass attacks.  In 2016, 19 people were killed and 26 injured in a knife attack in Sagamihara.  Last May, two people were killed and 16 injured (including over a dozen school children) in a knife attack at a bus stop in Kawasaki.
It all points to a sad but inescapable conclusion: you can’t fight evil acts by banning the tools people use to perpetrate evil acts, because they’ll always find new tools or ways around the laws.  You have to identify the real problem: addressing the evil.
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