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Stopwatch: How quickly will antis exploit California school shooting?

By: Dave Workman

Another tragic shooting near an elementary school in Northern California was brought to a quick end by good guys with guns – in this case police officers – and now gun rights activists are wondering how long it will take for the gun prohibition lobby to use the incident to push its agenda.

At least four people were killed, and Fox News is reporting that two school children were wounded. Initial reports said two youngsters had been killed, but that has been corrected.

Already, anti-gun U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who has sought to ban so-called “assault weapons,” posted a statement on Twitter; “Another heartbreaking shooting, this time in Rancho Tehama, California. When will this stop and how can we stop it?”

Law enforcement is releasing few details, although it is known that a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns have been recovered. The shooter, at this report, had not been identified, but one published report talked with a neighbor of the suspect who described him as acting “crazy” and firing off multiple rounds.

California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, especially that apply to semi-auto rifles. It was not immediately clear what the motive for the shooting might have been, but several people were also wounded and transported to area hospitals.

There are reportedly several crime scenes that are being processed.

The community is about 130 miles north from Sacramento in Tehama County. It is located about 15 miles southwest from Red Bluff and west of Corning.

In recent years, California lawmakers have increasingly tightened up the state’s gun laws. However, those restrictions didn’t prevent this incident, which began at about 8 a.m.

Ironically, on Oct. 2, the Los Angeles Times quoted Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, an anti-gun liberal Democrat, who challenged other states’ legislatures “to look closely at the work we’ve accomplished here, through the Legislature and the ballot box, and act.” Newsom is looking to become the Golden State’s next governor.

Earlier high-profile shooting incidents also have not been prevented by the state’s tough gun laws. The San Bernardino terrorist attack would be high on that list, and the Santa Barbara spree killings in which three people were fatally stabbed and three others were killed by gunfire were also considered by Second Amendment activists as gun control failures.

Clinton, Democrats Move Quickly to Exploit Las Vegas Tragedy

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Hillary Clinton is already trying to exploit the Las Vegas tragedy to build opposition to the proposed Hearing Protection Act.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and fellow Democrats wasted no time exploiting the worst mass shooting in U.S. history in Las Vegas Sunday night that so far has claimed 58 lives and resulted in more than 500 people injured.

Clinton sent a tweet attacking the proposed Hearing Protection Act, which would remove onerous paperwork from the process to own a sound suppressor, also known as a “silencer.”

Here’s what Clinton had to say on Twitter, according to Fox News:

“The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get. Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.”

Anti-gun Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy railed in a statement: “This must stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.”

Likewise, Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey both chimed in on Twitter, and Markey got some heat for his remarks.

The investigation is still in the early stages. Authorities recovered several firearms from the room at the Mandalay Bay hotel from which alleged killer Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire and rained down a hail of bullets on thousands of people gathered for an outdoor country music concert. When lawmen burst into the room, they found Paddock dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The presumed killer’s motive remains a mystery at this point, although there appears to be plenty of conjecture showing up on social media.

However, Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, noted in a message to The GunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, “If the gun grabbers want to control something, they should control themselves and their mouths. This tragedy was unpreventable.”

He may be correct, since it appears the alleged killer did not have any kind of criminal record that would have prevented him from owning or purchasing firearms.

That evidently is the same assessment from Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who told reportersMonday, “This individual was described as a lone wolf, I don’t know how it could have been prevented. We didn’t have any prior knowledge to this individual. It wasn’t evident that he had any weapons in his room. We have determined that there has been employees going to and fro to his room and nothing nefarious was noticed at this point.”

This is just the beginning of the investigation, and the effort to capitalize on the Nevada tragedy.

Las Vegas Massacre: Probably couldn’t be prevented, says Sheriff

By Dave Workman – October 2, 2017

As anti-gunners rush to exploit the massacre in Las Vegas, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters during a press briefing that he didn’t know “how it could have been prevented,” a remark in a story published by CBS News.

He had company in that opinion in the form of national gun rights advocate Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation. Only hours before the mass shooting that left 58 dead so far and more than 500 injured, Gottlieb had wrapped up the 32nd annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Lombardo’s remarks were published by the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia.

“This individual was described as a lone wolf,” the sheriff said. “I don’t know how it could have been prevented. We didn’t have any prior knowledge to this individual. It wasn’t evident that he had any weapons in his room. We have determined that there has been employees going to and fro to his room and nothing nefarious was noticed at this point.”

The alleged killer, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, apparently did not have any criminal record. He owned several guns and with a clean record, he could have passed a background check.

The shooting has brought out the worst from anti-gunners. Fox News reported that a CBS attorney was fired after posting a message on Facebook that said she was not sympathetic for the victims “bc (sic) country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”

Mark Kelly, husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords reportedly has called for more gun control and complained that Congress has done nothing due to the “polarization of our politics.” It was not clear whether he was alluding to the polarization practiced by the gun prohibition lobby, or just the conflict between conservatives and liberals.

Sheriff Lombardo has been very cooperative with the press, holding regular briefings and updates.

The suspected killer does not fit the typical profile of a mass shooter. It has been reported that he has been gambling heavily over the past few months.

Fox News reported that he had at least 30 firearms. Authorities recovered at least ten guns in the hotel room at Mandalay Bay where Paddock apparently killed himself.

Reporters have interviewed Paddock’s brother, who said the dead man had not expressed political views and there is no apparent motive for the massive attack.

Illegal Crossings Plummet Under Trump

Dave Workman is an award-winning career journalist with an expertise in firearms and the outdoors. He is the author of several books dealing with firearms politics. He has a degree in editorial journalism from the University of Washington and is a lifelong Washington resident.

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By: Dave Workman

There has been a remarkable decline in illegal border crossings from Mexico to the United States since Donald Trump took office, according to National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd, who appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal Monday. “We attribute that to actually enforcing the law,” Judd said.

It is making big news except in the mainstream press, where the obsession with Russia appears to be continuing.

The Washington Examiner reported that Judd, in a separate interview with Fox News, said, “There’s a vibe, there’s an energy in the Border Patrol that’s never been there before in 20 years that I’ve been in the patrol.”

Stemming the tide of illegal immigration along the southern border was a large part of Trump’s campaign, and it appears to be paying off.

“As far as the Trump administration’s efforts on immigration, this is something they campaigned heavily on. At six months, where we are on meeting those promises, we are seeing nothing short of miraculous. If you look at the rhetoric that President Trump has given, it has caused a number of illegal border crossings to go down. We have never seen such a drop that we currently have.”—Brandon Judd, president National Border Patrol Council
Under the previous administration, the southern border seemed like a sieve, with people pouring across and heading north. That was then, this is now.

Earlier this year, the Washington Times reported that illegal immigration was “down a stunning 76 percent since President Trump was elected, with the flow of children and families dropping even faster as analysts say the administration’s commitment to enforcing the law has changed the reality along the border.”

In May, the Washington Examiner noted that there had been “a huge crop in arrests along the Southwest border.” The newspaper quoted U.S. Customs and Border Protection asserting that this was “a likely result of president Trump’s aggressive effort to stop illegals from entering the nation and deport those with criminal records.”

There has been trouble along the southern border for many years, with some remote stretches showing a fair amount of activity, keeping the Border Patrol busy.

It was one enforcement effort in December 2010 that led to the infamous gun battle resulting in the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. That slaying blew the lid off of an Obama administration scandal surrounding Operation Fast and Furious, a gun smuggling sting that went bad for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Border security is more than just smuggling firearms or even drugs. With international terrorism a constant threat, there have been concerns that terrorists might be able to enter the country illegally through Mexico.

2A Victory: North Dakota Governor Signs ‘Constitutional Carry’ Bill

TOPIC: 2A Victory: North Dakota Governor Signs ‘Constitutional Carry’ Bill

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Award-winning outdoor writer & former member of the NRA Board of Directors

Recognized expert on Washington State gun laws.

He has appeared and been featured many times by local TV stations, news programs, and talk shows, including Kirby Wilbur, Dave Ross, Dori Monson, John Carlson, Ken Schram, and more.

2A Victory: North Dakota Governor Signs “Constitutional Carry” Bill

By Dave Workman


Gov. Doug Burgum (Source: YouTube screen capture)

Second Amendment activists have scored another victory for so-called “Constitutional Carry” as North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed legislation that will allow law-abiding adults to carry concealed sidearms without a permit, according to the Bismarck Tribune and Associated Press.

State House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo) said it was “a great day for the Second Amendment,” according to the Washington Times. The law applies to citizens over age 18 and over, and requires the person carrying the firearm to have valid identification and notify law enforcement any time there is a contact, “such as a traffic stop,” published reports say. Continue Reading →

If ‘Democracy Dies In Darkness,’ Dave Workman Will Light A Torch With Gunpowder

TOPIC: If ‘Democracy Dies In Darkness,’ Dave Workman Will Light A Torch With Gunpowder

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Communications director for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Award-winning outdoor writer & former member of the NRA Board of Directors

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He has appeared and been featured many times by local TV stations, news programs, and talk shows, including Kirby Wilbur, Dave Ross, Dori Monson, John Carlson, Ken Schram, and more.

If ‘Democracy Dies In Darkness,’ Dave Workman Will Light A Torch With Gunpowder  

 

 

 

 

 

Reporters attempt to pose questions to U.S. President Donald Trump during a news conference in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Washington Post’s new slogan “Democracy Dies in Darkness” is apt given all the pressures now reshaping journalism (some from the Oval Office), but then, when you consider how the Post treats a few highly polarizing issues, their new slogan at times can feel insincere.

If there are two sides to every story, then, when it comes to the Second Amendment at least, the Post has only been telling one of them.

There are a lot of reasons for this, but one is they don’t have even one politically incorrect, gun-owning nonconformist like Dave Workman in their newsroom. They once had Stephen Hunter on staff, but he is a rare thing indeed.

In the 1940’s, Central Casting would have called Workman an “atmosphere” character for any newspaper newsroom scene. Today they wouldn’t even let his mustache in the door.

Workman is the type who only trips into a lyrical line out of sheer bluntness. He is after facts, not prose that paints a pretty picture or a witty line that would impress Maureen Dowd. After President Donald Trump’s speech before Congress, Workman wrote that a few Democrat’s “gave [Trump] a ‘thumbs down’ like privileged Romans motioned for the death of a gladiator at the Colosseum.” With Workman, even if you disagree with his conclusions, you always get the feeling he is trying to boil out the perfidy. Continue Reading →

Washington’s Liberal AG’s Anti-gun Agenda Takes Two Embarrassing Hits

TOPIC: Washington’s Liberal AG’s Anti-gun Agenda Takes Two Embarrassing Hits

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He has appeared and been featured many times by local TV stations, news programs, and talk shows, including Kirby Wilbur, Dave Ross, Dori Monson, John Carlson, Ken Schram, and more.

Washington’s Liberal AG’s Anti-gun Agenda Takes Two Embarrassing Hits
By Dave Workman

Washington AG Bob Ferguson (right) with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. (Source: YouTube, CNN)
Washington State’s liberal anti-gun Attorney General Bob Ferguson may basking in the media sunshine for beating the Trump administration in court on immigration, but he apparently can’t push his gun control agenda through the state House of Representatives, which is controlled by his fellow Democrats.
By no small surprise, Puget Sound media has overlooked the fact that Ferguson’s effort to ban so-called “assault weapons” and his backup measure to license and strictly regulate them both died in committee. On Thursday morning, KVI talk hosts John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur discussed this debacle, along with the failure of another Ferguson-backed bill, one that would have abolished the death penalty.
Instead, the spin on Ferguson is only positive for his challenge of the Trump administration’s immigration order, which has now been revised. Seattle media may be wearing blinders.
Ferguson made a rather big deal of his gun ban proposal last fall, which many believe was the launch of his 2020 gubernatorial bid; an effort to cement his liberal credentials with the increasingly far-left Democrat voting base in Seattle and metropolitan King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. But Democrats in the Legislature, who have to run next year, appeared to be in no mood to push a politically toxic measure certain to bring every gun owner to the mid-term polls. Once away from the I-5 corridor, the Evergreen State is still purple or bright red in many counties, especially east of the Cascades. It would be a disaster for rural Democrats to pass a restrictive licensing bill to say nothing of an all-out ban. Continue Reading →

Clinton’s hypocrisy erupts with doubletalk about guns, Orlando

Clinton’s hypocrisy erupts with doubletalk about guns, Orlando

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Clinton’s hypocrisy erupts with doubletalk about guns, Orlando

 

Democrat Hillary Clinton went after guns yesterday in Ohio, insisting that people on no-fly lists should not be allowed to buy guns.

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After opening her remarks Monday in Cleveland by asserting that “today is not a day for politics,” Hillary Rodham Clinton went full-on politics, demanding more gun control and in the process possibly misrepresenting how the terrorist killer in Orlando obtained his firearms.

In response, the Second Amendment Foundation ripped Clinton and President Barack Obama for exploiting the attack to press for more restrictions on firearms. SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb said, “Americans should be appalled that both President Obama and Clinton chose to attack the Second Amendment rights of legitimate gun owners instead of radical Islamist terrorists.”

“If the FBI is watching you for suspected terrorist links,” Clinton declared during a campaign visit, “you shouldn’t be able to just go buy a gun with no questions asked. And you shouldn’t be able to exploit loopholes and evade criminal background checks by buying online or at a gun show.” Continue Reading →

Gloves come off, swords come out: Political brutality begins

Gloves come off, swords come out: Political brutality begins

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Gloves come off, swords come out: Political brutality begins

 

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Hillary Clinton enjoyed last night’s primary victories.

Yesterday’s primary election results sealed the deal for Hillary Rodham Clinton to become the first woman to secure her party’s presidential nomination, but hanging over that achievement like a storm cloud is the inevitable clash on the horizon, a five-month bare knuckles battle between her and presumptive Republican nominee Donald J. Trump to take the White House.

Between now and Nov. 8, the nation may face a bigger challenge than two world wars. America is resilient, but it is bitterly divided and many believe the very life of the nation is at stake. Gun rights organizations have warned that the Second Amendment is on the ballot. Trump has repeatedly declared that he will protect the right to keep and bear arms. Clinton has made gun control a cornerstone of her campaign. Continue Reading →

Dems show true colors, want Clinton to run even if indicted

Dems show true colors, want Clinton to run even if indicted

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A majority of Democrats responding to a weekend Rasmussen survey want Hillary Clinton to stay in the presidential race even if she is indicted.

 

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In a stunning revelation, 71 percent of likely voters who identified themselves as Democrats told the Rasmussen survey, published today, that they believe Hillary Rodham Clinton should continue running for the presidency if she is indicted in connection with the use of a private e-mail server while Secretary of State.

Today’s Seattle Times fact-checks some of her statements regarding the e-mail scandal. A fair number of Times readers reacting to the article are convinced she has been dishonest. Continue Reading →