Journalist gets denied on NICS check for gun purchase
This isn't just hilarious, it's actually a crime. And unlike the usual journalists who break gun laws in minor (but legally very serious) ways without actually being a prohibited person, and thus are usually allowed to escape punishment, this journalist actually is a prohibited person. Allegedly, he has an admitted history of alcohol abuse and is facing a domestic violence charge. And he did it in the Chicago area.
The police might actually charge him.
If they do, other reporters might start to think twice about their damn stupid propaganda pieces and learn some sympathy for the legal minefield that anyone interested in owning firearms walks through on a regular basis.
Arguments against using the watch list to block firearms sales
Only one point of disagree. We were tracking the Orlando terrorist pretty well. He was on law enforcement radar multiple times. He got investigated multiple times. He got put on the watch list multiple times. The problem is, no one ever actually did anything about it. And as a result, rather than being charged with a crime and put on the NICS forbidden list (which wouldn't have stopped him, but might have made it harder for him), he was simply cleared by the investigations and taken off the list
It's not better tracking we need. It's a willingness to prosecute the smaller stuff, even if the suspected terrorist hasn't received a personal kill mission from ISIS leadership,.
Watch lists and gun bans are worthless at preventing terrorism, but they can help in identifying individuals who deserve focused attention from local law enforcement for any minor acts of violence or threatening behavior they commit. We can't throw them in jail for things they haven't done yet, but often there are things they have done that could put them there.
Note well, the Orlando terrorist is technically an American citizen, because he was born here, but he does not consider himself an American. America is not "his" country. Afghanistan is his country.
Being born in the United States, and even growing up here, is no longer enough to make someone accept that they are an American. Part of that is our bizarre educational fetish with self-hatred and self-criticism. Part of it is the media's constant pounding of their "citizen of the world" viewpoint.
But the "why" doesn't matter as much as the simple fact. If we do not fix the problems that are causing this sense of alienation from America, we will no longer have a nation at all. That requires a change our immigration policies to keep out those who will not accept America as their home and their nation with a certain amount of patriotism and national pride.
DHS says right-wingers pose same threat as terrorists
[Editorial comment added]
When was the last time a true "right wing extremist" committed mass murder? The left blames the right for every single attack, but a closer examination of the facts usually shows that the murderers are mentally ill lunatics with no coherent ideology, terrorists with a noticeable left-wing ideology (including some who helped our current president launch his political career), or adherents to islamic jihad. To see something different, you have to go back to either 1995 (the Oklahoma City bombing, done arguably in retaliation for the government's actions at Waco) or the Chattanoga murderer, whose pathetic attempts to find someone willing to be a comrade-in-racism with him were notable for their utter failure.
But blaming the right fits into the gun control narrative and avoids the cognitive dissonance of self-examination by the party of racism, terrorism, and tyranny.
NPR finally admits there might be an IRS scandal after all
Now that there's finally a list -- which the IRS fought to keep hidden for years -- at least some on the left are finally beginning to admit there might have once been a problem. And this is with a list that the IRS may well have padded with "progressive" groups after realizing they were being investigated for their illegal activities.
It seems that the Orlando jihadi terrorist has lived his whole life flying red flags. From openly celebrating 9-11, to threatening mass murder over a pork burger incident, to talking about becoming a martyr, to sharing a mosque with a suicide bomber, to watching terrorist imam videos, to getting reported by security at Disney for casing the place, to threatening and stalking his coworkers, to beating his wife... everyone knew this guy was going to snap and commit mass murder. Except the FBI. Even though almost everyone told the FBI about him.
It's not immediately clear what went wrong with the multiple FBI investigations. Did the FBI back off voluntarily? Were they pressured by the Obama administration? How many other ticking time bombs are being ignored because they haven't committed mass murder yet?
Another reporter violates gun laws while buying a gun for a story
Read the whole thing at the link above for the details. I know I would like to see an indictment.
America's gun laws are far stricter than most non-gun-owners realize. When ordinary people make innocent mistakes, I support leniency. When reporters abuse their position of trust to spread propaganda about their pet political causes, and accidentally violate the law while doing so, I think the full force of the laws they are claiming don't exist should be thrown at them.
It won't ever happen, of course. They seem to have a political exception.
And who has been in charge while this has been happening, Ryan? First it was Boehner, but we kicked him out. Now it's you, and it's been you for close to a year now. It's an election year and you're firing up the rhetoric to claim you're going to reign in Washington, but you've had the power to do that for the past year and you've done jack shit.
Paul Ryan's primary opponent is Paul Nehlen. I don't know him and I'm not from Wisconsin, but sometimes these primaries send a national message. Don't be fooled by Ryan's last minute rhetoric. If you nominate Ryan, you'll get more of the same out of the GOPe.