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***DNC LiveWire*** Obama, Biden, Kaine Featured; Dems Look to Push Gun Control
Welcome to Breitbart News’s live updates of the Democratic National Convention. President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine, who will be formally nominated, will be tonight’s featured speakers. Democrats will also push gun control as Michael Bloomberg and family members of the victims of the Mother Emanuel and Sandy Hook shootings are schuedled to speak.
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An Armed Society Is A Polite Society
It is pretty clear that personal security is a concern for college students across the nation. Academics have established broadly defined sexual assault definitions, with an end result a set of studies that find that a veritable sexual crime wave exists in higher education.
Additional reviews seem to indicate high crime rates among students attending some of the most prestigious small colleges in the nation.
Yet when parents go to check out schools to send their offspring to, they find
Questionable way to deny gun rights
In 2010, the Government Accountability Office concluded that “membership in a terrorist organization does not prohibit a person from possessing firearms or explosives under current federal law.”
Indeed, according to the GAO, between 2004 and 2014 suspected terrorists attempted to purchase guns from American dealers at least 2,233 times. They succeeded 91 percent of the time.
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Guns, Guns, Whose Got The Guns?
No one knows how many American households have guns. That’s the good news. The only way to know with any degree of accuracy would be through national registration, which hasn’t happened – at least not yet.
But a lack of knowledge doesn’t keep the gun ban lobby from trying to marginalize those who choose to own a gun. These gun control groups crowed recently when various mass media outlets parroted a report from the General Social Survey (GSS) claiming that the number of American house
While recently misleading students in a speech at a South Carolina college, Barak Obama tossed a few gun control whoppers into the audience.
“Our homicide rates,” Obama began, “are so much larger than other industrialized countries, by like a mile.”
That’s inaccurate and misleading. And he’s wrong.
First, the United States does not have the highest homicide rate of industrialized nations. Granted, we come in at number two on that specific narrow statistic, but to say our hom
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Millions and Millions of Huckleberries….
The stage for the Presidential Election Campaign of 2016 is being set as we speak.
Citizen lawsuits and Congressional investigations seemed to have worn down a polling lead by presumed Democrat Nominee Hillary Clinton over Presumed GOP Nominee Donald Trump to perhaps the margin of error. In the meantime, other polling results seem to indicate that Donald Trump is doing better in Iowa and Florida than just a couple of weeks ago.
These results are also in the context of racial animus rel
Now It All Comes Down To Numbers…
"...The big boys, they all got computers, got incorporated too
Me, I just know how to raise things
That was all I ever knew
Now, it all comes down to numbers
Now, I'm glad that I have quit
Folks these days just don't do nothin'
Simply for the love of it..."
Lyrics from the song "Month of Sundays", by Don Henley
While political junkies are crunching numbers as we speak, the Democrat Party and the Mainstream Media are popping champagne corks for the nomination of Hillary Clinton as the De
Who Do You Love?
A wise political operative that I know has observed that "...spontaneity takes a lot of planning...".
So it should surprise no one that the current increase in tempo from the gun control movement nationwide has taken one or more years of preparation. From legislation to "documentaries", Great Floods of content are being released from the agenda of a movement to deprive American citizens with a technological means of constitutionally-recognized (s
Natural Law Over Constitutional Law
Much as been said recently about the politically-inspired drive to end the teaching of Western Civilization at the nation's universities.
If it were not so pathetic, this dismissal of John Maynard Keynes, Karl Marx (a product of Western Civilization ), the "Liberal" Christian philosophy that resulted in the modern bans on slavery, and the various natural law concepts of John Locke would be risible at least. After all, one would think that mode
Handguns As Prime Weapons of Self-Defense
The primary reason Americans own handguns is for self-defense; all other reasons being secondary. Likewise the primary reason Americans own long guns is sport, self-defense being secondary. If you want to review the evidence see Gary Kleck, TARGETING GUNS (1997), the definitive work on the criminology of gun control.
[as to the technical viability issues I insert here a memo I prepared for the other counsel in Heller:
RHETORICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DEFICIENCY OF LONG GUNS COMPARED TO HANDGUNS
[the following was written for my granddaughters]
None of you girls are old enough to remember Calvin Coolidge, though at least Bobbie may remember that he was Warren Harding’s vice president and succeeded to the presidency on Harding’s death, serving until 1928
when Herbert Hoover succeeded him. Coolidge was famed for his verbal reticence, sometimes being referred to
as “Silent Cal.” I think it was Dorothy Parker who on his death quipped “how could they tell?”
Probably the most important and enduring story to come ou
HOSTILITY IMPUGNS ANTI-GUN “SCHOLARSHIP”
Indicative of the irrational bias to which gun ownership is subject are a series of articles in which Prof. Leonard Berkowitz asserted that guns arouse hostile and aggressive impulses in their owners. To prove this he conducted laboratory tests supposedly showing subjects' hostility levels rose particularly when others who annoyed them were associated with guns in various ways.
1. Evidence of this "weapons effect" is limited and erratic. Other psychologists have been unable to replicate Berkowi
Penis Theory Of Gun Ownership
Reviewing unsubstantiated, mostly "derogatory... speculative literature
on the personality characteristics of gun owners", the NIJ Evaluation
(p. 120) mentions "the psychoanalytic" view that "weapons are phallic
symbols representing male dominance and masculine power." The idea of gun ownership as sexual aberration has been casually espoused by such anti-gun luminaries as Arthur Schlessinger, Jr., Harlan Ellison, Mike
Royko and Joyce Brothers.
The only serious study endorsing this view is by ps
Policing v. Self-Defense
Analysts Linda Gorman and David Kopel summarize the value of defensive firearms:
Reliable, durable, and easy to operate, modern firearms are the most effective means of self-defense ever devised. They require minimal maintenance and, unlike knives and other weapons, do not depend on an individual’s physical strength for their effectiveness. Only a gun can allow a 110 pound woman to defend herself against a 200 pound man.1
Multiple studies of thousands of defense inc
Presidential Election Scandal: Obama’s Benghazi
The Obama Administration’s manipulation of the news about the deadly 9/11 terrorist attack on Benghazi affected the presidential election. His administration misled the American people about a serious defeat suffered in the war on terror, and it appears that it did so for its own political gain. We’ll never know whether this media manipulation (with MSM complicity) altered the outcome of the election. But it could have. That alone is reason enough to investigate this presidential-election sc
Great lead-in to an editorial At the Detroit News: “For a guy who likes to get naked and shoot off rifles (who doesn’t?) State Sen. Virgil Smith has been consistently hostile to the rights of gun owners.” …
Thought on the assault on Sen. Rand Paul 18 USC §111 provides that whoever “forcibly assaults, resists, opposes, impedes, intimidates, or interferes with any person designated in section 1114 of this title while engaged in or on account of t …