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Did a clerical error by the Air Force allow Devin Patrick Kelley to purchase firearms?

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Did a clerical error by the Air Force allow Devin Patrick Kelley to purchase firearms

Debates have been raging across social media about how a court-martialed, dishonorably discharged Devin Patrick Kelley was allowed to purchase firearms, one of which was allegedly used to kill at least 26 people yesterday. Some say he wasn’t truly dishonorably discharged. Others say the law didn’t really prohibit it. Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirms Kelley was denied a gun license. So, what happened?

The latest report may shed some answers. NPR is reporting that following Kelley’s conviction, the Air Force didn’t report him to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System that would have flagged him as ineligible to purchase firearms. In other words, they’re saying it was a clerical mistake.

“This was mishandled by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, where Kelley was serving when he was arrested,” NPR’s Tom Bowman said, referring to word from an Air Force source. “An investigation is now underway, and the Air Force is taking it very seriously, said the source.”

No perfect system

In our technologically advances society, it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing everything pertaining to data is close to perfect. We don’t always account for human error because with so many automated system, things generally run pretty smoothly. That’s the perception. The reality is that there’s human error, technological error, and procedural flaws that come into play all the time.

It gives no solace to the family of the victims to know that this tragedy may have been avoided by proper filing of paperwork, but as with any system, it’s not perfect. It’s prone to errors. Can it be made perfect? Can things as serious as a violent criminal being barred from owning firearms be a reasonable expectation? One would hope the answer is yes, but the Texas church shooting tells us there’s a gap between reasonable expectations and true safety.

Procedural failure, not a failure of the law

Those calling for more or harsher gun control laws should know that this was not a failure of current laws. Kelley should never have been allowed to own a firearm, but the procedures were not followed and people died as a result.

We do not need more gun control laws. If anything, they’re too oppressive already in some states. Laws generally prohibit law-abiding citizens from owning firearms but do very little to keep guns out of the hands of would-be criminals.

What we really need is better enforcement of current laws. We need procedures to be followed. The law says Kelley should not have owned a gun but procedures made it possible for him to purchase them. That doesn’t mean we need more laws. We simply need better procedures to allow the laws to be enforced.

Final Thoughts

There will be plenty of fingers pointing in plenty of directions over the next few days. We cannot allow the emotion of the gun control arguments to sway us from reality. No gun laws would have stopped Kelley. Let’s evaluate this and previous situations with level heads and find real solutions for enforcement rather than wasting our time and making the nation less safe with harsher gun ownership laws.

Further Reading

BREAKING: Investigators Discover How Texas Shooter Purchased Gun Despite Ineligibility | Daily Wire

http://www.dailywire.com/news/23240/breaking-investigators-discover-how-texas-shooter-ryan-saavedraA new report on Monday stated that the United States Air Force did not submit Devin Patrick Kelley’s criminal history to the FBI as required by the Pentagon, which would have prevented him from purchasing firearms.

Kelley, 26, opened fire on a congregation of churchgoers on Sunday, killing at least 26 people in the deadliest mass shooting at a place of worship in American history.

Carl is a gaming fanatic, forever stuck on Reddit and all-around lover of food. He writes about cars for several publications and lives in northern California.

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16-year-old accused Sylvester Stallone of forcing her into a threesome with his bodyguard

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16-year-old accused Sylvester Stallone of forcing her into a threesome with his bodyguard

As Hollywood, Washington DC, and everywhere in between seems to be getting rocked by sexual misconduct scandals, Sylvester Stallone has had one from his past creep back up. An unnamed 16-year-old girl signed a “no-prosecution form” for police in 1986 claiming Stallone forced her to engage in a “threesome” with his bodyguard.

The young fan reported she was given Stallone’s room key at the Las Vegas Hilton while he was filming Over the Top. She used the key to go to his room and began having intercourse with him. Then, she claims he called for his bodyguard who was in the bathroom and forced her to perform other sexual acts with them simultaneously.

She also said Stallone threatened to “beat her head in” if she told anyone about the incident.

My Take

As with so many reports coming out in recent weeks, this one seems credible. It demonstrates a trend that is now being exposed, one where men of power take advantage of women (and sometimes men) for the sexual gratification.

This isn’t new. It’s just coming out now as women are getting the courage to speak out.

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Sylvester Stallone accused of forcing 16-year-old girl into threesome

https://pagesix.com/2017/11/16/stallone-accused-of-forcing-16-year-old-into-threesome/“She indicated that if the sexual encounter had only been with Stallone, she would not pursue this matter, but due to the fact that Mike, the bodyguard became involved in the sexual incident, she didn’t know what she wanted to do,” the report says.

The teen ended up signing a no-prosecution form and the issue was dropped, according to the Daily Mail.

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Menendez gets a mistrial

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Menendez gets a mistrial

Democrats on Capitol Hill and around the nation would be celebrating a good day as Senator Bob Menendez was granted a mistrial in his federal corruption case. The news was relegated to page-2 news as his colleague, Senator Al Franken, was accused of sexual misconduct.

Reports of a hopelessly deadlocked jury mean the Senator will likely not have to go to trial again following 11 weeks of drama in Newark, NJ. He and co-defendant Salomon Melgen weren’t acquitted, but the mistrial declaration means the government would have to rebuild their case to justify another go-around. Quotes from jurors indicate they didn’t have much of a case, allegedly 10 of the 12 jurors favored acquittal.

“When the prosecution rested…in my gut I was like, that was it, that’s all they had?” said Ed Norris, a 49-year-old juror from Roxbury Township.

Further Reading

Sen. Bob Menendez warns opponents after mistrial: ‘I won’t forget’

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/sen-bob-menendez-warns-opponents-after-mistrial-i-wont-forget/article/2640943New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez said Thursday he would not forget those seeking to benefit from his downfall after his federal trial for allegedly taking bribes ended in a mistrial.

“To those who were digging my political grave so that they could jump into my seat, I know who you are and I won’t forget you,” the Democrat said at a press conference.

Judge declares mistrial in Senator Bob Menendez federal corruption trial

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/11/bob_menendez_mistrial_federal_corruption_case_guilty_not_guilty.htmlMenendez was visibly emotional as he spoke to reporters following the conclusion of the trial. “The way this case started was wrong. The way it was investigated was wrong. The way it was prosecuted was wrong,” proclaimed the senator, thanking 12 jurors “who saw through the government’s false claims and used their Jersey common sense to reject it.”

In a statement, the Justice Department also thanked the jury, and said only “the department will carefully consider next steps in this important matter and report to the court at the appropriate time.”

As Sexual Assault Gains Attention, the Left’s Silence on Bob Menendez Is Deafening

http://dailysignal.com/2017/11/15/sexual-assault-gains-attention-lefts-silence-bob-menendez-deafening/A new Media Research Center analysis reported that ABC, CBS, and NBC devoted 40 times more of their morning and evening TV newscast coverage this past week to Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore’s alleged sexual assault accusers than to the ongoing federal trial of one of the Democrats’ most powerful, visible, and entrenched figures on Capitol Hill.

Four years ago, when the FBI raided the Florida home of Democratic donor and eye doctor Salomon Melgen, Menendez suddenly remembered that he had failed to pay back his “hermano” $60,000 for private jet flights to the Caribbean—where Melgen owns a tony home in the private Casa de Campo resort.

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Muskets are now in the cross-hairs

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Muskets are now in the cross-hairs

It’s been a staple of the gun grabber left to invoke muskets when referring to the 2nd amendment. The contention is usually that the founding fathers wouldn’t have affirmed the civil right of self defense IF they had known what the future would hold with ‘military style’ and repeating firearms. Of course, this is balderdash of the first order given that they were learned men with knowledge of how technology had progressed from the past and what it would do the same in the future. In addition, repeating firearms had already been created at the time (e.g. the Puckle gun), the technology was in a nascent state at the time and the military was the source of most firearms.

That being said, there is now a report from the Free Beacon that Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords’s gun control group has released a warning of the danger of muzzle loaders [Essentially muskets] and other devices:

Muzzleloaders are firearms that must be loaded through the end of the barrel with powder, wadding and a projecticle [sic]. Muzzleloaders fell out of favor as a firearm of choice almost a century ago, and are generally seen as primitive antiques. That’s why federal law generally exempts them from regulation. Cue the .50 calibre muzzleloader, which delivers a particularly lethal .50 caliber round.

Granted, this is within the context of a musket with suppressor, but the gun grabber refrain has always been that we’re only ‘allowed’ these weapons under the auspices of the 2nd amendment. So now they have ‘jumped the shark’ and are now going after technology from centuries past.

By the way, one of the best known examples of the ‘Military Style’ of the day was the .75 calibre ‘Brown Bess’ musket carried by the Redcoats in the Revolutionary war. This was the reason the founding fathers placed the commonsense civil right of self defense near the top of the Bill of Rights, and now even that technology is unacceptable to the gun grabbers.

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