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Washington insiders – gun control legislation unlikely under Trump

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In the midst of the new demands for gun control, Axios was able to contact insiders in Washington to get their opinions on whether Trump would join Congressional Democrats and call for gun control legislation.

Steve Bannon, the former White House Chief Strategist, who has vowed to fight for Trump from outside D.C. shared his thoughts with Jonathan Swan of Axios,

“I asked Steve Bannon whether he could imagine Trump pivoting to the left on guns after the Las Vegas massacre. ‘Impossible: will be the end of everything,’ Bannon texted. When asked whether Trump’s base would react worse to this than they would if he supported an immigration amnesty bill, Bannon replied: ‘as hard as it is to believe actually worse.’ “

There are two reasons that Trump is unlikely to pass gun control legislation. The first reason is that sources near the President say that Trump would lose the support of his base, and according to Roger Stone, “he knows it.”

The second reason is the support he has received from the NRA. The NRA stayed loyal to Trump’s campaign through all the ups and downs, of which there were plenty. This loyalty cannot be overlooked when it comes to Trump taking action. It is well known that Trump values loyalty from those he associates with.

Despite the sources saying that Trump calling for gun control is unlikely, Swan did say that the sources he spoke with “hesitated when predicting Trump’s next move on guns” due to his “taste for bipartisan deal-making.” Even those of us watching from the outside understand that there is a degree of unpredictability when comes to President Trump.

Perspectives

Sarah Sanders Dismisses Calls for Gun Control: ‘Premature for Us to Discuss Policy’ | Mediaite

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/sarah-sanders-dismisses-calls-for-gun-control-it-would-be-premature-for-us-to-discuss-policy/Democrats have already begun making those calls, and Nancy Pelosi is urging Speaker Paul Ryan to set up a Select Committee on Gun Violence.

Huckabee Sanders said in response, “Today is a day for consoling the survivors and mourning those we lost. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with all of those individuals. There’s a time and place for a political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country.”

Sen. Murphy Tells Congress to ‘Get Off Its Ass’ on Gun Control – NBC News

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/angry-democrats-demand-action-guns-after-las-vegas-shooting-n806561“This must stop,” Murphy said. “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.”

Bannon warns: “end of everything” if Trump supports gun controls – Axios

https://www.axios.com/trump-wont-pivot-to-gun-control-probably-2492197581.htmlBottom line: Trump’s allies, both inside and out of the White House, are mostly sure he’ll resist because he owes too much to the NRA and its supporters — but even some of them aren’t 100 percent sure.

 

Final Thoughts

The worst time to make a decision that affects hundreds of millions of individuals is when we are suffering from a flurry of powerful emotions. If we allow evil acts to take away our belief in good, then we all lose. Our nation has 320 million Americans and over 300 million guns.

Every time evil rears its ugly head, there is only one response. That response is to continue to be good by helping those around us and denouncing the evil that surrounds us.

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Democrats

Tucker on new NJ gun ban: Venezuela banned gun ownership before country’s collapse

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Tucker on new NJ gun ban Venezuela banned gun ownership before countrys collapse

Tucker Carlson makes the point that the Leftists opposing Liberty should target criminals instead of the innocent.

Letting Tucker Carlson speak for himself, But we’re emphasizing two important points:

  1. Gun Confiscation has nothing to do with ‘safety’ or ‘protecting the children’ but empowering the Socialist Left. Crime has skyrocket in the Socialist Utopia of Venezuela after the government disarmed the people. Just as the Left wants to do in the states.
  2. He also made the point that indicates the other party is arguing in bad faith.  If they really were concerned about gun violence, then they would go after that small segment of the population that is committing this violence. Instead they are going after innocent gun owners.
Tucker on New NJ Gun Law: Venezuela Banned Gun Ownership Before Country’s Collapse

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/12/17/new-jersey-gun-law-bans-magazines-more-10-rounds-tucker-carlson-bernard-kerik-reactHe said that in Venezuela, the point was not to make people safer, but to “disarm the public.” Now, it is a felony in New Jersey for ordinary citizens to “defend themselves,” Carlson added.

Bernard Kerik, who was Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s NYPD police commissioner, said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that the law is a “cunning way to attack the legal gun owners.”

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Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’

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Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch Bambi

OZARKS, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie “Bambi” as part of his sentence in a scheme to illegally kill hundreds of deer.

David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence in what conservation agents have called one of the largest deer poaching cases in state history, the Springfield News-Leader reports .

“The deer were trophy bucks taken illegally, mostly at night, for their heads, leaving the bodies of the deer to waste,” said Don Trotter, the prosecuting attorney in Lawrence County.

Berry, his father, two brothers and another man who helped them had their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges revoked temporarily or permanently. The men have paid a combined $51,000 in fines and court costs — but the judge ordered a special addition to Berry’s sentence for illegally taking wildlife.

Court records show he was ordered by Lawrence County Judge Robert George to “view the Walt Disney movie Bambi, with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least one such viewing each month thereafter” while at the county jail.

Berry was also sentenced to 120 days in jail in nearby Barton County for a firearms probation violation.

His father, David Berry Sr., and his brother, Kyle Berry, were arrested in August after a nearly nine-month investigation that also involved cases in Kansas, Nebraska and Canada. The Missouri Department of Conservation said information from the investigation led to 14 Missouri residents facing more than 230 charges in 11 counties.

Investigators say David Berry Sr.’s other son, Eric Berry, was later caught with another person spotlighting deer, where poachers use light at night to make deer pause and easier to hunt.

The investigation into the Berrys began in late 2015, when the conservation agency received an anonymous tip about deer poaching in Lawrence County.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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Daniel Horowitz says what most lawmakers hope you won’t find out about the First Step Act

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Daniel Horowitz says what most lawmakers hope you won't find out about the First Step Act

When people hear that something has “bipartisan support,” they usually assume it’s a sign that it represents common-sense legislation that made all sides happy. The First Step Act, the latest iteration of criminal justice reform, isn’t one of those. It gives many lawmakers, especially those in the mushy middle, a campaign tool they can use to target minority voters.

This is a tactic often used by the left, but even some on the right are embracing it in hopes that it won’t be as bad as some experts believe. They’re betting on enough distance between the signing of the bill and the first instance of avoidable violent crime perpetrated by one of the criminals released under the new law. Their hope is that the “good” that comes from the bill overshadows the negatives and modern day mainstream media is likely to give them the cover they need.

Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz posted an article today pointing out the many foibles of this reform bill. It’s likely to pass despite opposition from some on both the far right and far left (for different reasons, obviously), setting the stage for dangerous criminals to be let back out on the streets sooner rather than later.

But it isn’t just the dangers that will be unleashed as a result. There’s a clear fiscal irresponsibility attached to the bill that nobody’s wanting to discuss. We should be accustomed to both Democrats and Republicans failing to safeguard the nation’s financial future, but doing so while simultaneously putting American citizens in danger is a bold new normal.

Here’s a poignant quote from the article:

“More crime, more gangs, more drug traffickers, more strained federal and state law enforcement, and we are all left with the tab for the welfare and increased crime.”

Read the whole thing. It’s worth it:

CBO: First Step Act will release dangerous criminals … and add to the deficit

https://www.conservativereview.com/news/cbo-first-step-act-will-release-dangerous-criminals-and-add-to-the-deficit/Even if one believes there are a few individuals here and there who can and should be released early, there is no denying that if you cast such a wide net of early release on such a sizeable portion of the most advanced felons in the country, it is a recipe for a public safety and law enforcement nightmare. As a group of police officer associations, narcotics officers, and federal prosecutors noted in a joint letter to the Senate, it will “have serious consequences upon public safety and the capacity of law enforcement to effectively respond” because the “releases will involve twice as many federal prisoners as those whose sentences were selectively commuted by President Obama throughout the entirety of his presidency.”

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