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Trump promises to take Obama-sized bite out of Second Amendment

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During the presidency of Barack Obama, conservatives were justifiably concerned over his multi-faceted attack on the Constitution as he advanced a host of liberal priorities important to his Democratic Socialist base. But it looks like Obama will be relegated to playing second fiddle to the New York liberal now occupying the Oval Office.

Just one day after announcing the launch of his 2020 re-election campaign, Donald Trump held a “bipartisan” meeting with legislators to discuss how he plans to take an Obama-sized bite out of the Second Amendment using Obama’s favorite tools: his pen and phone.

With Dianne Feinstein sitting so close that she was practically his lap, Trump informed his liberal friends that he will ban bump stocks by executive order.

“I’m going to write that out. We can do that with an executive order. You won’t have to worry about bump stocks. We can do it without Congress. We have to act.”

But that was just the beginning for Prima Donald.

As the man possessing a successful track record of attacking the First Amendment rights to free speech and a free press, Trump decided he would incorporate his success at denying the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments’ right to due process to his anti-Second Amendment plans.

In response to a suggestion from Vice President Pence that due process rights be protected in the gun-control debate, Trump let those in attendance know that his plan to destroy the right to bear arms couldn’t be bothered with such a pesky detail, saying, “Take the guns first, go through due process second.”

As I wrote just two days ago, Trump and the party formerly known as Republican are working hand-in-hand with Democrats to disarm America. So, any thought you might have that these GOP cowards in Congress wills stop Trump’s Obama-inspired policies from succeeding are pure fantasy.

Next up on the anti-Second Amendment agenda is Trump’s stated desire for a complete gun ban for adults 18-21 years old. While it’s being touted as a way to deal with so-called “assault weapons,” language in a bill proposed by Dianne Feinstein essentially bans the purchase of any gun for this age group.

One of the reasons many people voted for Trump was to keep Hillary from continuing Obama’s agenda. Looks to me like they focused on the wrong candidate.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.


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As Jussie Smollett story evolves, let’s not give it the Covington Catholic School treatment

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As Jussie Smollett story evolves lets not give it the Covington Catholic School treatment

When a juicy story hits social media, the instant reaction is to run with it and all the implications. That’s the nature of our on-demand, always-on, real-time media world. The only thing faster than hot takes from the first hint of a story are the assumptions made by both sides regardless of the details.

Such is the case with Jussie Smollett, the actor who was allegedly attacked by MAGA-loving bigots. Smollett, a gay man of color, was allegedly targeted on the streets of Chicago, but now reports are coming in that it may have been an elaborate hoax designed to help him save his job on the cast of Empire.

But so far, police have only confirmed that Smollett is still being treated as a victim. Yes, there were two persons of interest questioned by police. Yes, Smollett skipped a voluntary interview with police this morning. Yes, the story was strange from the start and this new narrative seems to match much better regardless of which side of the political or cultural aisle you’re on.

And yet, nothing has been confirmed.


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It’s incumbent on us, whether journalists or simply social media users, to wait for the facts before jumping to conclusions. It works in both directions.

Was it all a hoax? Possibly. Some who are looking at he evidence today and the report released by local Chicago news may come to the conclusion that a hoax was likely. But let’s not assume until the truth is revealed by officials.

 


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Democrats push background check bill in the House

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Democrats push background check bill in the House

As social media buzzes about the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting, Democrats hope to put their latest iteration of gun control on the floor and onto the Senate. Called a “bipartisan” attempt to initiate more background checks on firearm purchases and sales, many conservatives on Capitol Hill are speaking out against it.

The House Judiciary Committee advanced the bill yesterday.

My Take

Gun control bills, of which this is merely the first to be pushed by the current iteration of Democrats, usually have two things in common. First, they don’t address the problem they’re allegedly trying to solve; neither the Parkland shooting nor any mass shooting in the 21st century would have been prevented had this bill been in place. Second, they are a stepping stone through which leftists will attempt to initiate more draconian laws that eat away at our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

As with the abortion issue, the gun control issue is one in which “common sense” is used to push harsher laws down the line.

It should be strange to cognizant Americans that Democrats continue to push laws that make it easier to kill preborn babies while making it harder for innocent people to defend themselves with firearms. Are you seeing a trend in their mentality?

 


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Freedom-lovers, keep an eye on AG William Barr

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Freedom-lovers keep an eye on AG William Barr

Today, William Barr is likely to be confirmed to be the next Attorney General. While he’s a qualified leader to take the reins over the Justice Department and a strong patriot, there are concerns that we must remember as he joins the Trump administration.

First and foremost, Barr’s record on the 4th Amendment is abysmal.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

One would hope the top law enforcer in the nation would be an ardent defender of the 4th Amendment, but Barr has demonstrated not only a willingness to circumvent it at times but has also expressed annoyance that it prevents law enforcement from doing its job, particularly as it pertains to stopping terrorism. He’s also a fan of the Patriot Act, though if anything it didn’t go far enough.

Sadly, only a tiny handful of Republicans in DC seem to be concerned.

The tribalism that has infected the country and plagued groups on both sides of the political aisle has struck once again. There would be plenty of objections from conservatives if Barr had been nominated by President Obama or another Democrat, but since he’s a Trump nominee it appears he’s going to fly through with no GOP Senators objecting other than Rand Paul.

It’s a shame that the President decided to go with Barr. It’s likely he did so based on Barr’s objections to Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian hacking of the election, but otherwise Barr’s record is one that doesn’t seem very conducive to freedom. We’ll be keeping a close eye on him.

 


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