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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.

Anti-gun Media Bias After Las Vegas Exposed

By: Dave Workman

Following the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the dominant media seemed to go full tilt toward the left with an anti-gun bias, according to a report from the Media Research Center on Newsbusters.

According to Newsbusters, the “Big Three” networks “wasted little time in exploiting the tragedy to advance their anti-gun rights agenda” with an almost 5-to-1 reporting ratio that left stories stressing gun rights at a distinct exposure disadvantage.

The report accused NBC of being “the most stridently anti-gun rights network.” NBC reports supporting gun control efforts outpaced stories supporting gun rights by a 10-to-1 ratio, Newsbusters reported this week. Coming in at second place was CBS, with a 4-to-1 anti-gun ratio.

“Separate from the overall arguments on gun rights, the networks also devoted 28 minutes and 30 seconds to regulation of bump stocks (devices that allow semi-automatic guns to perform like fully-automatic guns) that would essentially put them in line with already existing laws about fully-automatic weapons. With the NRA and many Republican lawmakers signaling they would be open to looking at regulation of bump stocks, the thrust of the coverage favored some sort of restrictions. However 1 minute and 45 seconds was spent on those who opposed any new regulations, even those on bump stocks.”—Newsbusters

The report came almost simultaneous to an editorial in the Weekly Standard that essentially threw down the gauntlet, challenging gun prohibitionists to have a serious discussion about guns, and in the process drop all pretenses about being only interested in new regulations. The Weekly Standard declared, “What makes the debate so stale, rather, is the disingenuousness of those who claim to want ‘sensible’ and ‘reasonable’ gun regulations but who in fact want an outright ban.” So far, none of the major gun control organizations has taken up the challenge.

Instead, the well-financed Everytown for Gun Safety was out with an email early Wednesday morning that declared the group has “Hosted over 65 vigils to honor those affected during the Las Vegas shooting,” and “Held over 200 events, including public education events and visits to members of Congress across the country.” The Michael Bloomberg-backed anti-gun rights organization has also “Driven 30,000 messages to Congress, demanding them to (reject the NRA’s) dangerous policies.”

The imbalance in reporting should be no surprise to veteran Second Amendment activists. They have long complained about media bias against their gun rights that, in their view, only gave cursory attention to their side of the story.

But the Weekly Standard challenge included a slap at the gun prohibition lobby’s deliberate avoidance of any discussion about the failure of its gun control agenda.

“The case for increased gun regulation isn’t helped, either, by the fact that what laws have been passed and rigorously enforced all over the nation have had little or no measurable result. A comprehensive study published in 2013 by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council could find no clear correlation between the implementation of gun-control laws and reductions in gun-related violence.”—Weekly Standard

The controversy over guns is not going to disappear, and so long as one side of the argument seems dishonest while the other side at times seems reclusive, those who practice the alleged bias will continue getting away with it.

UTT Assesses Las Vegas Attack As A Jihadi Operation

by: John Guandolo

There has been a lot of speculation in both mainstream media and social media about Sunday night’s tragedy in Las Vegas, where, according to the latest from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, 516 people were injured and 59 people were murdered by Stephen Paddock.

Before any real information about the shooter was put out via U.S. media outlets, UTT published a tweet at 6:34 AM CST on Monday assessing the Las Vegas attack was likely a jihadi operation.  So far as UTT has been able to ascertain, we were the first organization in America to reach this conclusion.

The following were the basis for that assessment:

  1. The Islamic State has previously called for attacks on the U.S. homeland and has specifically mentioned Las Vegas, Nevada as a target.
  2. The Islamic State issued a statement last week through one of it’s information outlets Nasher News calling for muslims to avoid places in America (and elsewhere) where “Crusaders” gather and have mentioned major events as good targets.
  3. In recent days, jihadis have launched attacks in Europe.
  4. The target of the attack.
  5. The method and execution of the attack.

While investigation reveals Paddock was a politically left-wing individual with possible Marxist ties to Antifa and other groups, the evidence points to jihad.

Since UTT first published it’s initial assessment, the Islamic State claimed the Las Vegas attack was conducted by one of their “soldiers.”  It should be noted, this is a very strong data point in understanding the events in Las Vegas.

The Islamic State has never claimed responsibility for an attack that was not carried out by a jihadi.

Later in the day Monday, the Islamic State issued a second public message calling Stephen Paddock a “soldier of the caliphate” and a “martyr” and stating he converted to Islam in the last few months.

The Islamic State further gave Paddock the Arabic name of Abu Abed al Bir Al-Amriki.

The fact the FBI found “no evidence” of links between Paddock and “terrorist organizations” is, in fact, evidence he is likely linked to such organizations.

The FBI has been wrong on every single attack of this nature over the last 8 years.

The FBI had investigations on and interviewed nearly all of the jihadis who ended up killing Americans in the attacks in Little Rock, San Bernadino, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Boston, and others.

The government called the massacre at Fort Hood, Texas and the beheading of a woman in Oklahoma as “workplace violence.”

The government continues to catastrophically fail in their basic duties to (1) know the enemy and (2) protect the public.

UTT reminds the public that on numerous occasions we have identified threats inside communities that later produced jihadis who initiated attacks inside the United States.  Once such case involves the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix (ICCP), which UTT included in several presentations given to law enforcement in Arizona beginning in September 2014.  UTT briefed law enforcement and local leaders that the center and its leaders are a danger to the community.

On May 3, 2015, two muslim jihadis from the ICCP went to Garland, Texas to kill people at the Draw Mohammad contest.  Fortunately, the jihadis were killed by police before they could harm innocent non-muslims.

While UTT makes this assessment based on the facts at hand, we will be monitoring the ongoing investigation, as well as the response by law enforcement (federal and local), state and national leadership, as well as the Islamic State.  We will continue to provide the information and our assessment of the situation to American citizens.

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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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 →

TOPIC: Anti-Gunners Fearful Of Gorsuch On Gun Rights

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Anti-Gunners Fearful Of Gorsuch On Gun Rights 

By Dave Workman


Sen. Richard Blumenthal was on the losing side last year over gun control. (Source: Screen capture, YouTube, CBSN)

Democrat Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has repeatedly let the proverbial cat out of the bag by mentioning that when Judge Neil Gorsuch faces confirmation hearings Monday, the Supreme Court nominee will be quizzed “on his positions on abortion rights and gun control.” Continue Reading →

Gun sales slower, but some surprising groups are buying

TOPIC: Gun sales slower, but some surprising groups are buying

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Gun sales slower, but some surprising groups are buying

By Dave Workman 

 

Gun sales have slacked off some since the election, according to published reports. (Dave Workman)

 

A weekend story in the Washington Post that was published in other newspapers, reports that firearm and ammunition sales have “dropped precipitously since Election Day,” but a careful read of data from the FBI’s National Instant Check System suggests things are not so bad.

Indeed, the story as it appeared in the Portland (ME) Press Herald said this: “Gun clubs and shops that cater to black and LGBT clients say there has been an uptick in interest in firearms since November among those who fear that racial and gender-based violence could increase during Trump’s presidency.”

So, what’s really going on? 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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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 →