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If CURRENT gun laws had been enforced, the Aurora shooter wouldn’t have had a firearm

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If CURRENT gun laws had been enforced the Aurora shooter wouldnt have had a firearm

Following the mass shooting at a plant in Aurora, Illinois, many leftists have been doubling down on their cries for stricter gun laws. Their narrative fell apart when it was revealed alleged shooter Gary Martin had his gun permit revoked years earlier. If the law that is currently on the books had been enforced, he would have had his firearm taken away in 2014.

Nevertheless, leftists aren’t backing down based solely on the facts. They’re using this opportunity to push more gun restrictions even if they wouldn’t have changed the outcome of Aurora shooting.

Enforcement has been arguably the biggest problem preventing law and order from working properly in America. Diluted enforcement of immigration laws, voting laws, and even gun laws have helped leftists push their narratives and justify their calls for reforms that in many cases aren’t necessary. Aurora shows we don’t need more gun laws. We simply need current gun laws to be enforced properly. That will go a long way towards preventing as many mass shootings as possible in the future.

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The unfortunate reality is that no additional gun laws are capable of preventing more murders. When we look around the country at areas where there are already plenty of firearm restrictions, invariably we see the lawful gun owners harmed while unlawful gun owners continue along their criminal ways. From Chicago to Baltimore to the entire state of California, obtuse gun laws have only emboldened and empowered illegal firearms owners while preventing “good guys with a gun” from acting as a proper counterbalance.

An armed citizenry isn’t just about hunting. It isn’t even just about self-defense. The concern of an oppressive government was always one of the biggest worries of our founding fathers, which is why they were adamant about making certain the people were able to defend themselves even against their own government. It’s naive to think there would never come a time when the people must defend themselves and the nation from entities in power.

It’s often assumed by leftists that proponents of the 2nd Amendment want the Wild West where everyone is armed and gun battles are commonplace on streets across the nation. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Most 2nd Amendment proponents are okay with gun restrictions that come about through due process and kept out of the hands of those who have demonstrated a disregard for law and order that makes them dangerous. Someone like Martin who had a violent crime conviction should not have owned a firearm.

Enforcement of current laws will go much further towards the goal of reducing mass shootings than any new laws the left could cook up. These new laws harm lawful gun owners, not those who have or will perpetrate more crimes.

 


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Dianne Feinstein’s comment on Dayton shooter skipped one important point

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Dianne Feinsteins comment on Dayton shooter skipped one important point

Gun control is the talk of the town as the week comes to a close. Well, that and Greenland. And Jeffrey Epstein. But the mass shootings two weeks ago has DC buzzing, media furiously reporting, and activists on both sides of the debate furiously Tweeting at each other. Senator Dianne Feinstein weighed in on the discussion by pointing out some important facts about the alleged Dayton shooter, Connor Betts.

Her facts are correct. Her analysis is off because it missed one important point. We’ll get to that in a minute, but let’s declare once and for all (though I’m sure I’ll have to repeat myself later) that the 2nd Amendment IS NOT ABOUT HUNTING OR HOME PROTECTION. Our right to keep and bear firearms was put into the Constitution by our founders because they recognized what could happen if the people had no recourse against an oppressive government. Just as Venezuelans didn’t realize they danger they were putting themselves into when they allowed their guns to be taken away, so too do many Americans put way too much trust in government.

The authoritarian left wants guns because they know they’ll never achieve their endgame as long as the people can defend themselves from tyranny.

Feinstein is correct that the Dayton shooter was able to cause an extreme amount of death and injury in a short period of time. Police were quick to respond, otherwise it could have been much worse. But as our EIC pointed out in a Tweet, Feinstein’s narrative is worthless when you look at it from the opposite perspective.

Gun control is not the solution to our mass shooting problem. If anything, gun control has enabled shooters to enact their crimes without fear of many “good guys with a gun” to stop them. We must never give up our 2nd Amendment rights.

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‘Sanctuary Sheriff’ Garry McFadden released convicted child molester Oscar Leonardo to protect him from ICE

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At some point, Democrats have to come to the conclusion that their little experiment with sanctuary cities has failed. It was supposed to encourage cooperation with the Hispanic community so they’d be more willing to report crimes knowing the people they were reporting won’t be deported. But instead, crime has risen in nearly every sanctuary jurisdiction while cooperation between the communities and law enforcement haven’t gotten any better.

But instead of learning lessons, Democrats are doubling down. One such Democrat is Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden. Known as the “Sanctuary Sheriff” for lording over his county with anti-ICE policies that went against the will of the people, the buddy of Barack Obama has been at the center of controversy for over a year. Now, he’s being questioned about one illegal alien his policy had released, a previously deported convicted child molester who took two additional months for ICE to capture.

“They know if they’re arrested, they’re not gonna be handed over to ICE,” ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said.

Oscar Leonardo sexually assaulted at least one child in McFadden’s district before being granted release. An ICE detainer was in place, which the sheriff’s office ignored. But McFadden doubled down on his policy by saying ICE should have sent an arrest warrant instead of a detainer. Either McFadden is ignorant of the law he’s supposed to uphold or he’s lying for the sake of misdirection as ICE is incapable of issuing warrants. That’s solely done by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Sanctuary jurisdictions choose to ignore detainers, and despite their claims that this makes the community safer, there are numerous instances where they clearly made the community less safe. This instance is one of them, but ICE was able to recapture him after wasting two months and countless man-ours. They could have simply picked him up and deported him had McFadden cooperated with ICE. Instead, he chose to put more children at risk by protecting a child molester.

As long as Democrats like Garry McFadden continue to protect child molesters like Oscar Leonardo instead of the American citizens they’re charged to protect, they should not be given a single vote. If they won’t do their jobs, replace them.

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Seb Gorka: Red flag gun laws are a ‘red herring’

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It isn’t often that former Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka disagrees with his old boss, but as the President pushes for red flag gun laws to be incentivized by the federal government to be adopted by all states, Gorka’s loyalties rang at their highest pitch. He isn’t going against the President’s leanings to oppose him. He’s doing it to try to save him from the bad advice that’s being thrown at him in the White House and by members of Congress.

Red flag gun laws are a bad idea on many levels, perhaps most strikingly in the fact that they do not work. Then, there’s the unconstitutional nature of them that, as Representative Jim Jordan said, inverts our system to make American citizens guilty until proven innocent. But the biggest reason every American gun owner should be concerned about red flag gun laws is because of where they’ll lead.

“Red flags are a red herring,” Gorka said on Fox Business today. “This is another way for us to be disarmed. Look at the states where it’s already happened – California, Massachusetts, where certain types of weapons are already banned. This is the last straw they have take away our civil rights. Remember, the founding fathers called this a ‘civil right.’ The Bill of Rights includes the capacity to protect ourselves.”

Some are calling red flag gun laws a “slippery slope,” but that’s not strong enough as a characterization. They’re a guaranteed stepping stone to gun control because they will not work as advertised. When they fail, the left will double down.

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