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Gun controllers aren’t interested in facts, or liberty

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For decades now the Left has moved us farther and farther down the road to socialism, and their inevitable conclusion would be a reign of totalitarian control by a centralized government that will dictate every aspect of our lives. This ultimate dream of the powers that be on the Left can never be realized without disarming the population at large, just like every other totalitarian regime in history has done, from the Romans to Stalin.

When they say “the mentally ill” they mean “veterans” who are the greatest threat to their eventual tyranny. When they say “common sense” gun control they mean “whatever we say it should be.”

Background

Of course it’s not just “rednecks with pickup trucks” that are the problem for our would-be overlords, although they would certainly pose a problem in and of themselves. There are millions of military veterans, most of whom (like me), are veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and know how to fight an insurgency if needed, because we fought on the opposite side of one before, and we understand the tactics. Plus, we’re smarter, better trained, and in far better shape than those we fought against.

Disarming veterans has become a top priority for the Left. Of course they can’t say that overtly, so they take the long way around and say they just want to stop people who are “mentally ill” from owning guns. Well that seems reasonable, doesn’t it? I mean who wants people who are crazy owning guns?

Well the problem is you have a lot of veterans who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder of varying levels, yet are no threat to anyone. I’m one of them. Leftists want to use this as Ann excuse to take away the 2nd Amendments rights of those who deserve them most, the men and women who have fought for those rights and are most trained in their use.

There are a thousand articles about vets having their gun rights taken so Google them if you want more; this is about the big picture, which no one seems to fathom.

The Left is slippery. There is ALWAYS a hidden meaning. When they say “the mentally ill” they mean “veterans” who are the greatest threat to their eventual tyranny. When they say “common sense” gun control they mean “whatever we say it should be.”

Your average every day liberal on Twitter doesn’t cleave to this of course. They are just mouthing talking points given to them by their favorite political leader or MSNBC host. They don’t actually understand the full implications of what they are wanting. Those giving them the talking points sure do though.

Examples

Ignorance is Left

When I say your “average every day liberal” I’m including the vast majority of the Hollywood types. They have no more idea what they are talking about than anyone else. They certainly do t know anything about guns. They THINK they do because they use them in their movies and TV shows, and that’s frankly more dangerous than being ignorant. Mark Twain said, “Ignorance doesn’t hurt you. What’s hurts you is that of which you are absolutely certain that isn’t so.” They have their talking points just like everyone else though. Hillary Clinton tweets out that suppressors are silencers and make gunshots silent and so they repeat it. After all, it works that way in the movies, so it must be true.

And so how do conservatives respond? We do the responsible thing. We try to “educate” these people. We explain that machine guns are already illegal. We explain that an AR-15 and an M-16 aren’t the same thing no matter how much they look alike. We explain the rigorous government process to buy a suppressor and explain how even then it’s not like a James Bond movie.

Analysis

It doesn’t matter. The people who are ignorant don’t want to know the truth, they just want to repeat the points of the politicians they like. The people we argue with who make policy already know all of these things, and that is where their long game comes in.

Wayne LaPierre, Executive VP for the NRA famously testified before Congress after Sandy Hook and explained, during questioning from Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) that an AR-15 was functionally no different than a semi-auto rifle commonly used for hunting. The AR-15 simply has attachments on it that make it more versatile, comfortable, and allow various attachments like optics and flashlights to be added. The AR-15 just looks like the military’s M-16 and M-4 rifles.

Yeah, gun-grabbing elites like Sen Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) know this already, in spite of their apparent ignorance of guns at times. They know that functionally an AR-15 or AR-10 is the same as any other semi-automatic rifle. In fact, they plan to make the same argument some day, and use conservatives statements to that effect against us.

After banning “weapons of war” from our streets, they plan to argue that since all other semi-auto rifles are the same, that those must go too. Semi-auto shotguns and handguns? Those will be close behind. I doubt even pump shotguns will be left. Soon all law-abiding Americans will have remaining to us is single and double barrel shotguns and revolvers, and maybe bolt-action rifles. But with our ability to resist gutted, those will be gone shortly thereafter.

The Takeaway

I would urge Americans who see the dangers of an overreaching Federal government bent on controlling a populace like slaves it’s as Stalin and Mao did to stop making the Left’s eventual argument for them. Stop arguing “they’re not the same thing.” Our argument SHOULD be, “automatic weapons like the military has are illegal, in violation of the 2nd Amendment.”

Those of us who truly understand the 2nd Amendment know it isn’t written for self-defense from criminals (although that is a great benefit) and it is CERTAINLY not about hunting deer. It’s about protecting ourselves from a government that the Founders knew could eventually turn as tyrannical as the one they had just cast off.

I reluctantly voted for to Mitt Romney in 2012, but there was a definite moment when it became reluctant. Romney as asked if he understood this purpose of the 2nd Amendment and he said, “I don’t really see how that applies in this day in age.”  If he didn’t see it after 4 years of Obama then he simply did not get it, and this wasn’t a man I could give my heartfelt support to.

The Left is playing the long game on guns, but they’ve been playing it for a long time. They are trying to close in for the kill. The GOP’s unwillingness to follow through on their campaign promises could hand control of Congress back to the Democrats in 2018 and the White House noble 2020. Mark be words, guns will Be first on their list of that ever happens. They already have their healthcare, a key component in their plans. Next they need their silver bullet, gun control.

 

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Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards charged for leaking financial data on Robert Mueller’s targets

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Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards charged for leaking financial data on Robert Muellers targets

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of leaking financial documents to BuzzFeed. These documents contained information about some of Robert Mueller’s targets in his probe of Russian election meddling, including Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Maria Butina, and the Russian Embassy.

Natalie Edwards: Treasury FinCEN official charged with leaking financial records in Russia probe

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/natalie-edwards-treasury-fincen-employee-charged-with-leaking-financial-records-in-russia-probe/U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement that Edwards “betrayed her position of trust by repeatedly disclosing highly sensitive information.”

“SARs, which are filed confidentially by banks and other financial institutions to alert law enforcement to potentially illegal transactions, are not public documents, and it is an independent federal crime to disclose them outside of one’s official duties,” Berman said.

My Take

There has never been a presidency that had so many government employees attempting to derail it. For a senior Treasury Department employee to be willing to go to jail to help a leftist media outlet post some stories exemplifies how unhinged President Trump’s opponents can be.

Trust of public employees is extremely important and, anecdotally, at an all-time low. It isn’t just people in the White House. There are clearly an large number of unhinged activists working for the federal government.

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If Keith Ellison wins his election, #MeToo has officially jumped the shark

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If Keith Ellison wins his election MeToo has officially jumped the shark

Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) should be a prime target for the #MeToo movement. He’s a powerful man who allegedly abused his ex-girlfriend. She has corroboration and evidence to back her claims. She’s a fellow Democrat, so she’s not a political plant by his opposition. She’s a woman with a story of abuse that, by #MeToo movement standards, should be believed.

The problem is Ellison is a powerful Democrat, a Muslim, a minority, and is in the middle of a tight election. Therefore, he’s protected from the people who would have sunk Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation despite no evidence or corroboration.

The hypocrisy of it all is stunning. The message being sent by the #MeToo movement based on their unwillingness to confront Ellison and call for his removal from offices, current and future, is that women are to be believed if they’re accusing the right people. Keith Ellison isn’t the right person. He’s an ally to the #MeToo movement because he’s a Democrat, a Muslim, a minority, and someone who’s in the middle of an important election in Minnesota.

Despite the #MeToo movement looking away, it seems that voters in Minnesota are starting to look closer.

Domestic abuse charges diminishing Ellison’s lead

https://onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2018/10/16/domestic-abuse-charges-diminishing-ellisons-leadRep. Keith Ellison’s (D-Minn.) lead in the polls – to become Minnesota’s newest attorney general in the midterm elections – has continued to vanish after his ex-girlfriend’s domestic abuse allegations.

Before the Karen Monahan’s charges were made public, the Democratic Muslim candidate was believed to be a shoe-in in the contest to become the deep-blue state’s top cop, but since then, polls show that his once long-shot Republican competitor, Doug Wardlow, has closed in on him – big time.

Misogyny and abuse of power are real problems in America. This is why the initial iteration of the #MeToo movement was so powerful. It worked. That cannot be denied. But what it has become is a shadow of its original self.

The highest ranking law enforcement official n the state of Minnesota may be a many accused by his ex-girlfriend of physical and mental abuse. Unfortunately, #MeToo doesn’t believe her.

#MeToo will only go after people like Keith Ellison if there’s incontrovertible evidence against them. They’ll go after Brett Kavanaugh no matter what. #MeToo is not the women’s empowerment movement they claim to be. It’s a political activist front.

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Why isn’t Katie Brennan’s #MeToo accusation getting national attention?

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It’s the type of story that should have received national attention immediately. It was sourced by a respected major news outlet, the Wall Street Journal. Both the accuser and the accused are high-ranking public official in New Jersey’s government. The accused stepped down two weeks ago when approached by WSJ for comment. Katie Brennan’s story is a major newsworthy scandal.

As of Monday morning, a day after the story officially broke and four days after it was leaked to other major news outlets, both mainstream media and the #MeToo movement are essentially silent.

That will change soon, possibly today. Brennan, a prominent volunteer for Phil Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign and current Chief of Staff at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, released this statement:

On April 8th, 2017, Al Alvarez raped me. On April 9th, 2017 I learned that the system is broken.

I have pursued every form of justice available. But it has become clear that this system is not built for survivors.

The details of the assault portrayed in reporter Kate King’s Wall Street Journal report published today are accurate. But to date, I have received no justice.

I decided to come forward because I know that Al Alvarez, and all perpetrators, must be held accountable, must never rape again, and the justice system needs a complete change with regard to sexual violence.

New Jersey residents are only given a two-year window to file a civil suit. After spending an entire year pursuing a criminal case before hitting a dead end, I am left with less than one year to pursue civil action.

It is clear that leadership from the Murphy administration is needed to create meaningful policy change on several levels to make sure future victims do not have to endure what I have. I urge Gov. Murphy and the Attorney General’s Office to eliminate the statute of limitations on civil action related to sexual assault, and to direct prosecutors to be more aggressive in taking on these criminal cases. Further, the Murphy administration and the General Assembly should pursue legislation to ensure New Jersey’s police and other first responders are better trained to handle sexual assault victims.

Finally, sexual predators like Al Alvarez are only able to stay in power when those around them do nothing. Several senior level members of the Murphy administration were aware of my assault and failed to take meaningful action. Al Alvarez remained employed at a senior level in the Murphy administration until just a few weeks ago, when he knew the Wall Street Journal article was coming out and opted to resign. The failure of members of Gov. Murphy’s staff to respond in an aggressive, proactive fashion is unacceptable.

To other sexual assault survivors in New Jersey, I urge you to join me in coming forward if you are able. I will stand with you, because when we stand together, we are safer and stronger. Our voice is our power. Together, we can finally receive the justice we all deserve.

Murphy has not commented other than saying Alvarez should not have been hired. He was made aware of a “sensitive matter” that needed to be discussed by Brennan in June and claimed his staff would set up a meeting. That was the last Brennan heard from Murphy.

Gov. Phil Murphy’s handling of aide sex assault allegation questioned

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/governor/2018/10/14/murphys-handling-sexual-assault-allegation-called-into-question/1642517002/His accuser, Katie Brennan, was a Murphy campaign volunteer who said she spent more than a year seeking action against Alvarez for the alleged sexual assault before directly emailing Phil and Tammy Murphy in June. Phil Murphy responded within the hour, according to the Journal.

“Hang in,” he wrote. “We are on it.”

But Alvarez remained in his $140,000-a-year position until October. The alleged assault happened in April 2017.

Standards set by the #MeToo movement dictate that credible accusations should be believed. Brennan appears to be extremely credible, having reported her rape immediately after it allegedly occurred. Alvarez offered a $15,000 settlement that would have been attached to a non-disclosure agreement, which Brennan refused.

Where is MSNBC? Where is CNN? Where is Alyssa Milano?

Social media is starting to take notice. In particular, they’re going after Murphy and his wife for speaking out in support of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Brett Kavanaugh.

Katie Brennan

My Take

I am a strong proponent for what the #MeToo movement once promoted and how it started. The original intent was to embolden women who had experienced sexual misconduct at the hands of men in power over them. The goal was to give courage to those who were in very tough situations.

Recently, the #MeToo movement has been weaponized. I’m not going to draw comparisons between accusations against Kavanaugh and Alvarez. That would be unfair to Ford since Brennan’s accusations against Alvarez are much more recent and have the benefit of an immediate report to the authorities. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that as of now, either the story hasn’t reached the right people or the right people have chosen to ignore it.

We can’t let them.

It’s not as if this is a political hit job against Democrats. Brennan’s image was used in Murphy’s campaign handouts and she was outspoken as a “Young Democrat of the Week” in New Jersey as a result.

Katie Brennan NJ Democrat

I don’t like when something as heinous as rape gets politicized, but silence from mainstream media and the #MeToo movement is deafening. Would they be avoiding the story if Brennan had accused a Republican?

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