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UK Government considering to ban .50 cal and Lever Release action rifles

The Firearm Blog - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:20

If you ever wanted proof that there is no end to the forces that want to ban firearms and knives here it is. Just months after the EU Firearms Directive (aka EU Gun Ban) the UK Home Office comes with more suggestion on how to restrict the ownership of certain firearms. Once again, it’s just […]

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Father of soldier killed in Niger recounts his call with Trump

The Blaze - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:15

On the heels of allegations that President Donald Trump was disrespectful to the widow of a fallen soldier, the father of another slain soldier opened up about his phone call with the president.

What’s the story?

Four Green Beret soldiers, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, Sgt. La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, and Staff Sgt. Bryan Black died in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. Two Americans were also wounded.

Trump made condolence calls earlier this week to the families of the fallen soldiers. Those calls are now under scrutiny.

What did Trump say?

Arnold Wright, father of Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, told CBS News that he spoke with Trump on Tuesday for about 20 minutes. He said Trump was cordial and listened to him as he talked about his son.

“He [Trump] talked to me about the loss of my son,” Wright told Time, “and how he [Wright’s son] served with honor and dignity and he just wanted to give me a call to thank me.”

Will Wright, brother of the fallen soldier, said his father was appreciative of Trump’s call.

“It went well, he was pleased with the phone call,” Will Wright told People. “He got to talk about what he wanted to talk about and Trump was very receptive and [my dad] is very grateful for the phone call.”

What’s the controversy?

On Tuesday, Trump also called the pregnant widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson to offer his condolences for her husband’s death. She was on her way to Miami International Airport at the time to receive her husband’s body.

The Miami Herald reported that Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), who was present for the call, alleged Trump told Myeshia Johnson that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”

That comment stirred the controversy that has continued since late Tuesday when the Miami Herald published a story about Trump’s alleged remarks. Trump has denied the allegations.

A Modest Proposal on Resolving America’s Gun Rights Debate

The Truth About Guns - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:00

Reader MO writes: I have a proposal to solve the bump stock issue (and hopefully the entire gun debate) where both sides will win through an intelligent, non-emotional compromise. I propose...

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Officer reportedly meant to use his Taser on 18-year-old suspect but grabbed his gun instead

The Blaze - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:50

A Milledgeville, Georgia, sheriff’s deputy says he mistakenly pulled a gun and shot a suspect in the arm last week instead of using a Taser. The incident was documented through police bodycam footage.

What happened?

According to a video released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Baldwin County Deputy Charles Gillis shot an 18-year-old in the arm when the officer mistakenly drew his service weapon instead of his Taser.

Gillis was at the scene of a domestic disturbance between a mother and her son when the incident occurred. The mother called police to report the disturbance after her son struck her in the face, according to The Union-Recorder.

In the video, officers can be seen congregating around the suspect who began resisting them.

One of the officers shouted, “Taser, Taser!” but in a split second, Gillis realized that he’d pulled his gun and shot the young man in the arm instead of using his Taser on the suspect.

Gillis, clearly shocked, yelled, “Oh my God! Dang it!”

Another officer on the scene said, “You shot him!”

Gillis can later be seen clearly distressed as the other officers phone EMTs for medical assistance.

What happened after the deputy shot the suspect?

The suspect was taken to the hospital and treated. He was later released and jailed on misdemeanor charges of battery and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Gillis was placed on paid administrative leave following the incident, which is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee attended a Monday night local NAACP meeting in which he addressed questions about the shooting. The NAACP chapter president asked Massee how an officer could mistake a gun for a Taser.

Massee answered, “Well, I’m sorry this happened to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, but I don’t think this is the first time that this has occurred where someone has grabbed his firearm as opposed to a Taser.”

“People wear the Taser on what we called the off-hand side and wear their weapon on the good side. We do that, to be real honest with you, we do that so people won’t do what this deputy did and that is to grab his firearm,” Massee explained.

“That is not what happened in this circumstance,” he added. “The deputy did not go to his weak side hand. He pulled his service weapon and thought he was shooting a Taser and shot him [with his gun].”

Detective Chuck Downing, who works at the sheriff’s office and was also in attendance at the NAACP meeting, spoke and was adamant that the incident was not racially motivated.

“It’s not racial,” Downing said and explained that he felt sorry for Gillis.

“He’s one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet,” he added. “I feel sorry for him. It was just a human mistake.”

What You’re Not Being Told About Trump’s War Against the Iran Nuclear Deal

The Daily Sheeple - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:41

Trump Iran

Last Friday, Donald Trump made a hard-hitting speech demonizing Iran. This shouldn’t have come as a surprise considering candidate Trump made it quite clear that he despised Iran. Prior to that, he had spent the last few years criticizing Barack Obama for entering into a nuclear agreement with the Iranian government. President Trump has now further intensified his stance, threatening to derail the deal multiple times before announcing his plan to “decertify” Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Donald Trump has vehemently voiced his opposition to the JCPOA over the course of the last few years. “The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States ever entered into,” is just one of Trump’s lamentations. He also called it an “embarrassment” and a “catastrophe,” at one point stating it was “incompetently negotiated.”

For the sake of this contention, let’s accept Trump’s assertion that the JCPOA is one of the “worst” and most “one-sided transactions” the U.S. has ever been a party to. If this is true, the simple solution would be to exit the deal completely.

So why hasn’t he exited the deal? The president has been in office since January, has been bashing Iran the entire time, and has flirted with demolishing the JCPOA numerous times. Yet the U.S. is still a party to this deal (remember, it’s one of the worst deals of all time).

Vox explains:

 “Accounts from inside the White House suggest that it’s supposed to be a kind of Goldilocks compromise: a move that would prevent Trump from having to regularly certify that the Iran deal is working, which wounds his pride given how publicly he’s criticized it, while simultaneously avoiding the potentially catastrophic consequences of quitting the Iran deal.”

If anything, President Trump is actually still acting well within the scope of the agreement – certainly not outside of it. As Vox explained further:

“Decertification, on its own, does not put the US in violation of this deal, because it doesn’t reimpose sanctions. There’s nothing in the text of the deal itself…that requires the American president to certify that Iran is complying with the deal’s terms.”

In other words, this deal is so bad that Donald Trump has decided to act completely within its framework and do nothing concrete to exit it.

The deal itself was formed with the help of China, Russia, France, the U.K., and Germany. In that sense, Trump has very few allies who openly want to see the Iran deal fail. Even among the most anti-Iranian hawks out there, there are none who support Trump’s position on this agreement. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May gave a scathing speech against Iran earlier this year, and yet she, too, has warned against derailing the deal.

Russia has not been impressed with Trump’s self-proclaimed ability to cancel agreements if he so chooses. Nor has Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, and current High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini.

Even Trump’s own anti-Iranian advisors such as Rex Tillerson, General H.R. McMaster, and James Mattis all disagree with Trump’s position on the JCPOA. It was Mattis and Tillerson who had to try to convince Trump to certify Iran’s compliance in July of this year, which enraged the president.

But distancing himself from Obama’s “failures,” opposing Iran at every turn, and threatening to dismantle the JCPOA have been major elements of Trump’s foreign policy.

For those who enjoy fact-based assessments, when it comes to deals the U.S. has entered into, the JCPOA is without a doubt one of the most effective in recent history. If the aim of U.S. foreign policy is to prevent a rival nation like Iran from possessing nuclear weapons, to avoid a war with said nation, and to give some peace of mind to America’s closest allies in the region, the JCPOA is remarkably effective. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has found that Iran is in full compliance with the agreement. It has dismantled thousands of its centrifuges and moved as far away from building a nuclear weapon as possible.

In contrast, backing Iran into a corner can only have one effect: an Islamic version of North Korea emerging from the shadows, radically expanding its nuclear program and testing all manner of missiles as a last-resort deterrence strategy to avoid an all-out confrontation. Who thinks it’s better to have the Iran deal fail than to avoid a potential nuclear holocaust?

A moron, that’s who.

As Vox explained:

“Trump doesn’t hate the Iran deal for policy reasons. He’s never offered a detailed public policy case against it, and experts don’t really believe he has one. ‘I don’t think anyone actually thinks he knows anything about the particularities of this agreement,’ says Sarah Kreps, a professor at Cornell University who studies arms control agreements.”

Instead, Trump was provided with an opportunity to continue to talk tough but prevent the deal from failing completely, which would be an “embarrassment,” indeed. According to the Washington Post:

“White House national security advisor H.R. McMaster and other senior advisers came up with a plan – one aimed at accommodating Trump’s loathing of the Iran deal as ‘an embarrassment’ without killing it outright.”

These developments may be the beginning of the end of the Iran nuclear deal. But the fact remains that Trump hasn’t presented any valid reason to oppose the deal in the first place. He most likely has no idea what the text of the deal involves and has ended up doing very little to follow through on his campaign promise to exit the Iran deal completely.

The only embarrassment the rest of us can see is Donald Trump himself, who is single-handedly and systematically destroying anything remotely positive in the international community and risking a full-on war simply to protect his own over-sized ego.

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Bad News For “Universal” Background Check Supporters

NRA-ILA - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:36
NRATV Host Cam Edwards describes a study that shows the ineffectiveness of so-called “universal” background checks

George W. Bush on state of American politics: ‘We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty’

The Blaze - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:13

Former President George W. Bush delivered a rebuke Thursday of the coarsening of American politics during a speech at a forum sponsored by the George W. Bush Institute in New York City.

Bush condemned rising nationalism in Western societies and issued a defense of free markets as a means of promoting freedom. Some characterized the speech as a condemnation of Trumpism, although Bush did not use the current president’s name.

What did Bush say about democracy?

Bush told attendees at the forum that “We are gathered in the cause of liberty this is a unique moment.”

“The great democracies face new and serious threats – yet seem to be losing confidence in their own calling and competence,” he said. “Economic, political and national security challenges proliferate, and they are made worse by the tendency to turn inward. The health of the democratic spirit itself is at issue. And the renewal of that spirit is the urgent task at hand.”

Bush argued that since the end of World War II, American presidents of both parties have “encouraged and benefited from the global advance of free markets” because they knew “that American security and prosperity were directly tied to the success of freedom in the world.”

“Free nations are less likely to threaten and fight each other,” he said. “And free trade helped make America into a global economic power.”

Bush said that challenges such as terrorism and economic insecurity have frayed confidence in American institutions.

“Our governing class has often been paralyzed in the face of obvious and pressing needs,” he said.” The American dream of upward mobility seems out of reach for some who feel left behind in a changing economy.”

“Discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts,” he continued. “Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”

What did Bush say about political discourse?

On American political discourse, Bush said, “We have seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty.”

“At times, it can seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together,” Bush said. “Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization. Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions – forgetting the image of God we should see in each other.”

He said “nationalism distorted into nativism – forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America.”

“We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade – forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism,” Bush said.

He said “isolationist sentiments” became prominent as some forgot that “American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places, where threats such as terrorism, infectious disease, criminal gangs and drug trafficking tend to emerge.”

What does Bush say America should do?

Bush said the United States should harden its own defenses against external attacks on democracy, maintain America’s role in defending freedom and free markets, and strengthen democratic citizenship.

“We should not be blind to the economic and social dislocations caused by globalization,” he said:

People are hurting. They are angry. And, they are frustrated. We must hear them and help them. But we can’t wish globalization away, any more than we could wish away the agricultural revolution or the industrial revolution. One strength of free societies is their ability to adapt to economic and social disruptions. And that should be our goal: to prepare American workers for new opportunities, to care in practical, empowering ways for those who may feel left behind.

He called for more efforts to teach young people about the value of democracy.

“Our identity as a nation – unlike many other nations – is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood,” he said. “Being an American involves the embrace of high ideals and civic responsibility. We become the heirs of Thomas Jefferson by accepting the ideal of human dignity found in the Declaration of Independence. We become the heirs of James Madison by understanding the genius and values of the U.S. Constitution. We become the heirs of Martin Luther King, Jr., by recognizing one another not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

“This means that people of every race, religion, and ethnicity can be fully and equally American,” Bush continued. “It means that bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed. And it means that the very identity of our nation depends on the passing of civic ideals to the next generation.”

Bush added that “civic learning” is vital to the American experiment. in schools.

“Our young people need positive role models,” he said. “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children. The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.”

He said, “In short, it is time for American institutions to step up and provide cultural and moral leadership for this nation.”

Is Bush optimistic?

The 43rd president said it is “the great advantage of free societies that we creatively adapt to challenges, without the direction of some central authority.”

“Self-correction is the secret strength of freedom,” Bush said. “We are a nation with a history of resilience and a genius for renewal.”

“Right now, one of our worst national problems is a deficit of confidence,” he added. “But the cause of freedom justifies all our faith and effort. It still inspires men and women in the darkest corners of the world, and it will inspire a rising generation.”

“The American spirit does not say, ‘We shall manage,’ or ‘We shall make the best of it.’ It says, ‘We shall overcome,’” he concluded. “And that is exactly what we will do, with the help of God and one another.”

Mysterious ‘Pyramids’ Are Spotted on the Ocean Floor: Conspiracy Theorists Claim They Have Found Two Ancient Underwater Structures off the Coast of the Bahamas

The Daily Sheeple - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:07

Speculation that there are mysterious pyramids at the bottom of the Atlantic is circulating online.

Conspiracy theorists have been debating whether a video posted to YouTube shows two ancient structures off the coast of The Bahamas.

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A Storm Called ‘The Big Dark’ Is Barreling Into The US

The Daily Sheeple - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:00

A woman holds a red umbrella on a fishing pier during a storm.

A group of three storms, dubbed “The Big Dark,” is headed towards the Pacific Northwest, bringing with it strong winds and rain.

The first storm hit the Washington area Tuesday and brought some light rain, heavy winds and gusts, reports The Seattle Times.

The second storm was expected to make land Wednesday and carry on through Thursday morning, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) explained. Wind gusts were supposed to reach up to 50 miles per hour and bring heavy rains.

“Basically it’s going to be windy and rainy everywhere,” said Q13 News Meteorologist M.J. McDermott. “Snoqualmie Pass looks OK, we are not talking about snow with this storm. Still rain at pass level.”

Wednesday’s storm should bring between two to eight inches in parts of western Washington, NWS meteorologist Jay Albrecht added and a Mason County river would need watching in case of flooding.

“That’s not all that unusual as we get into fall, but it’s our first windy system of the year and the first one tends to prune the trees of some dead branches and cause some local power outages,”Albrecht said.

The third storm is expected to hit Saturday with more heavy rains and wind gusts, with the forecast for the upcoming week consisting of rain, wind and thunderstorms.

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Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day – Gerald Woller

The Truth About Guns - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:00

Music City resident Gerald likes to keep things light. He says, “I don’t like to carry a lot of items unless I have my EDC pack with me. I don’t...

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VIDEO: Cop Suffers A Panic Attack During Standoff As Paramedic Disarms Him - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:00


A Sevier County Sheriff’s Office deputy opened fire without warning in a mobile home park. He then suffered an apparent panic attack and four minutes later was forcibly disarmed by a paramedic, body camera footage shows.

Deputy Justin Johnson and paramedic Blake Gregg were holding down an unarmed suspect, Tina Carrie Jo Cody, when the incident occurred. The video begins with Johnson asking Cody to walk toward him with her hands up. He already seems angry and slightly agitated.

Johnson was called to the mobile home park at 794 Sharp Road by the paramedics. A “morbidly obese female” had fallen inside one of the homes and was complaining about landlord Robin Sutton, Cody’s mother, and Cody, Johnson wrote in his report.

Once Cody is on the ground after a short chase,  an obviously adrenalized Johnson suddenly turned toward the trailer park and fired four shots. He paused and fired three more rounds, the video obtained by the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee showed. Johnson then ran away from Cody and Gregg toward Sharp Road.

“Shots fired,” he told dispatchers. “We need help.” Four minutes later, Johnson was kneeling over Cody, who had remained on the ground during the shooting, with his gun still in his hand when the video showed he began hyperventilating and running backward away from the mobile homes and Cody.

Paramedic Michael O’Connor ran toward Johnson.

“Pull it together,” O’Connor told Johnson. “Look at me.”

The sheriff’s deputy begins to panic around the 5:25 mark in the video. Johnson continued to hyperventilate while pointing his gun toward Cody, Gregg and the mobile homes. He appears to be suffering from a breakdown. “Give me your gun,” O’Connor repeatedly said. A still hyperventilating Johnson continued to grip the gun. O’Connor eventually wrested it from his hand. “Let go of it,” O’Connor said. Johnson continued to hyperventilate.

The paramedic does succeed in disarming Johnson. About one minute and 30 seconds after Johnson began hyperventilating, his breathing slowed. “I’m OK,” he said. “I’m OK.”

O’Connor handed Johnson his gun back. He had hyperventilated so strongly one of his contact lenses had popped out of his eye, the video showed. He tossed it away as he trained his gun toward the mobile homes. The man he has been yelling at was Brian Keith Mullinax, the boyfriend of Tina Carrie Jo Cody. The couple spent 42 days in jail on felony charges, accused of causing what was described in court statements as a “panic attack” and which a detective called “some type of cardiac event.” They remain under prosecution on misdemeanor charges, court records show.

Unarmed, Mullinax was face down on the ground with his arms extended during the duration of Johnson’s panic attack. The video showed Mullinax obeyed Johnson when – after Johnson had fired seven shots and ran away – the deputy ordered him to the ground, and he never moved from that position during or after Johnson’s panic attack.

Mullinax is set to stand trial in Sevier County Criminal Court on a charge that he assaulted Johnson. A lower court judge already dropped felony charges against both Cody and Mullinax, and a grand jury refused to indict Cody for causing the panic attack. She remains charged with resisting arrest.

Left-wing protesters invade College Republicans meeting, reportedly declare ‘dialogue is violence’

The Blaze - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:46

Leftist students invaded a school-approved meeting of the College Republicans at the University of California, Santa Cruz, on Sunday, reportedly chanting that “dialogue is violence” and accusing the GOP students of being Nazis, fascists, racists, and white supremacists.

How did this start?

  • Student activist Haik Adamian — a “ringleader” of the protest, according to Campus Reform — posted on the official UCSC Student Facebook group about the College Republicans meeting, the outlet said.
  • “White Supremacist, fascist sympathizing College Republicans are having a meeting at McHenry library, room 0332. Everybody be aware of this violent racist activity happening everyday on this campus!” his post said, Campus Reform reported. “We need a movement of people on this campus that rejects the ‘right of assembly’ or ‘right of free speech’ for white supremacists and fascists.”

What happened next?

  • According to a statement from the College Republicans, posted by City on a Phil — which Campus Reform referred to as a moderate school news site — the student activists “banged open the door and started screaming at the top of their lungs and demanding we leave the space immediately.”
  • The protesters called the meeting “a threat to the library,” the statement read.
  • “We invited the activists to stay and discuss ideas,” the statement continued. “However, any attempt at civil communication was met with the response, ‘Dialogue is violence.’”
  • “The protesters called us a number of different epithets, including ‘fascists,’ ‘racists,’ and ‘white supremacists’ and berated McHenry Library staff, calling a school employee a ‘white supremacist,’” the statement added.
  • One protester was caught on video telling a school official to not follow the “f***ing rules.”
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  • Some of their targets included students of color at the meeting, the statement said.

What else did video catch the protesters saying to meeting attendees?

  • “Your existence is a disturbance.”
  • “It’s gonna help if these motherf***ers leave, and we don’t allow racists on this campus.”
  • When a meeting attendee argued that Communist students wouldn’t be treated this way, one protester replied that’s “because Communists aren’t f***ing racists.”
  • “So you believe that Nazis should be able to express their racist ideas?” a protester asked, adding that he concluded the group members are Nazis because they “had a Build the Wall march” a year before.

How did it end?

  • A school official was on hand attempting to mediate the dispute and got nowhere.
 YouTube screenshot)A school official tried to calm things down. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)
  • The College Republicans refused to vacate the room.
  • One attendee who identified himself as a Democrat and defended the GOP students was heard on video saying in reference to the protesters that “we’re not indulging these children.”
 YouTube screenshot)A self-described Democrat defended the College Republicans against the protesters. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)
  • All those not actively attempting to get the College Republicans out of the room became a “white supremacist” to the protesters, the statement continued.
  • One of the protesters even ran into the main library area screaming that there were “Nazis downstairs,” Campus Reform reported.
  • School officials called campus police, the College Republicans’ statement read, and three protesters were arrested for disturbing the peace.

How did one Democrat react?

  • “As a Democrat, I am embarrassed that some people on the left act this way,” Phil Leonard Vogel, creator of the City on a Phil, told Campus Reform. “They give all of us a terrible name.”
  • “I have a lot more sensational footage of the protesters being arrested and yelling at police,” City on a Phil added. “I don’t feel comfortable releasing that at this time. Although the protesters called me a litany of hurtful names and acted belligerently, I realize they are very young, and may not understand the full ramifications of their actions.”
  • In regard to the “your existence is a disturbance” statement, the City on a Hill post noted: “This is the exact rationale that the NAZIs used to murder members of my family. Basically, a Jew’s existence is such a ‘disturbance’ to the lives of other people, that any action of extermination is justified for the good of society. Many fascist groups frame their political enemies in this light, before taking violent action against them. The protesters who interrupted our meeting made it clear that they see everybody in that room (regardless of their viewpoints or ideologies) as defective people, who have no right to an opinion, or to assemble. I think it is important for the students on campus to see what fascism actually looks like.”

The College Republicans’ statement also said “many liberal students, who were initially skeptical of our group, now come to our meetings on a regular basis.”

Here’s an edited clip of the confrontation via Campus Reform. You can view the full video here. (Content warning: Rough language):

This story has been updated.

Man facing kidnapping and robbery charges in Windsor

NRA-ILA - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:21
A man is facing charges in Windsor after police say he robbed a woman at gunpoint — then forced her into her car and started driving.   

Vancouver homeowner, former mayoral candidate, shoots prowler

NRA-ILA - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:18
The Vancouver Major Crime Unit is investigating after police said a homeowner shot a suspected prowler in his backyard Wednesday morning. 

Video Shows Where Puerto Rico’s Aid Went (Spoiler: It’s In A Dumpster In Puerto Rico)

The Daily Sheeple - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:17

In light of the outcry from one particularly vocal Democratic mayor in Puerto Rico about relief efforts after Hurricane Maria, a video is quickly making its way across the internet purportedly showing what happened to many of the supplies sent to help the locals who were devastated by the storm.

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Middletown woman fires gun into air as home break-in suspects flee

NRA-ILA - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:15
After seeing two people trying to break into her home Saturday morning, a Middletown woman fired her gun into the air as the suspects ran away.

Wow… what a debate!

Ted Cruz - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:01

We hope you were able to tune in to last night’s CNN Debate in which Ted’s performance was described as “home run.” If you weren’t able to catch the debate live, you can watch it here. We also wanted to share some excerpts of press coverage highlighting Ted brilliantly making the case for tax cuts...Read More

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Trevor Noah’s Daily Show Pimps Chicago’s Violence Interrupters

The Truth About Guns - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:00

According to the Daily Show report below, Chicago’s Operation Ceasefire “violence interrupters” have reduced shootings in three [cherry-picked] Windy City neighborhoods by 43 percent. The comedian/reporter fails to provide a...

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Airborne Arms HERJA – 1300 yard supersonic AR-15 cartridge .224 Valkyrie

The Firearm Blog - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:00

If I had a Dollar every time someone asked how far you can “reach out” with a .223 Remington… With the Airborn Arms HERJA AR-15 in .223 Valkyrie there’s no need to ask that question. According to the manufacturer it’s the the worlds first 1300 yard supersonic AR-15 cartridge. If you like you can read […]

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Commentary: UK single-payer health system’s new policy targeting obese people, smokers is horrifying

The Blaze - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:51

In the months leading up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, conservatives and Republicans railed against Democrats’ plan to increase government’s role in health care, with many arguing an expansion could eventually lead to the creation of “death panels” — government committees that determine which health care services will be covered and for whom.

Conservatives’ theory went something like this: If government is responsible for health care and thus dependent on tax revenue to provide health care services, then government has an incentive to cut services. Further, if government is in charge of health care, then it could theoretically use its power to force people to behave in a certain way if those people want to continue receiving government services.

Conservatives called these bureaucrats making health care decisions “death panels” because, they reasoned, they could eventually be used to deny certain life-saving treatments to people in the name of the “public good.”

The left roundly attacked conservatives for daring to make such a bold statement and the left, since Obamacare’s passage, has often used death panels as an example of how conservatives allegedly lied about the dangers of expanding government’s power over health care. Politifact even went so far as to call it 2009’s “lie of the year.”

Fast-forward to 2017. Obamacare is collapsing, insurance premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed compared to the pre-Obamacare era and people have fewer health insurance options in the individual market than ever before. And now a new story out of the United Kingdom seems to justify the many fears limited-government Americans have had for the past decade about the potential development of government-controlled health care decision-making panels.

A dangerous new policy

According to a report published Tuesday in The Telegraph (U.K.), “The NHS [United Kingdom’s National Health Service] will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking,” a policy change Royal College of Surgeons Senior Vice President Ian Eardley said could be just the “tip of the iceberg.”

The Telegraph reports in some parts of the country, those who refuse to give up smoking “could wait indefinitely” for access to surgical care, and “those with a Body Mass Index of 30 or more will be set targets to reduce their weight by 10 percent over nine months, with those with a BMI over 40 will be told to cut their weight by 15 percent.”

Once a patient is identified by the government as being, quite literally, too fat to be worthy of medical attention, a “clinical panel” will be summoned to determine whether an exception should be made for an overweight or still-smoking patient.

Why is this happening?

If you’re angry, you shouldn’t be — at least according to the British health officials who made the rule. Apparently, this is all for the good of the patients and society. According to the agency making the new rule, “This policy is designed to improve patient safety and outcomes, both during and immediately after non-urgent surgery. No financial savings are expected as a result of these measures. We do however hope to improve the long-term health of our residents through the targeted stop-smoking and weight-loss support on offer to patients.”

The reason the agency goes out of its way to say it won’t save any money from this new policy — which, by the way, doesn’t seem to make any sense — is because many have argued the policy is direct result of NHS being significantly underfunded and facing numerous staff shortages.

As The Telegraph notes, “While hospital doctor and nurse numbers have risen over the last decade, they have not kept pace with the rise in demand. Meanwhile 2016 saw record numbers of GP [general practitioner] practices close, displacing patients on to A&E [accident and emergency] departments as they seek medical advice.”

Why this matters

Whatever the reasons are behind the NHS decision, the result is the same: People considered to be too fat to matter and smokers will be treated as second-class Brits under the new rule. Why? Because they aren’t healthy enough to deserve the same resources as “more responsible” citizens. Who decides? Of course, the government, who in socialist-leaning nations like the United Kingdom is the final arbiter of what’s right and wrong and who has rights and who doesn’t.

Needless to say, this is truly horrifying, and when coupled with the tragic story of United Kingdom baby Charlie Gard, it should serve as a very clear warning to all those Americans crying for more government power in health care. When the government is in charge, systems are cold-hearted, inefficient, and designed to enhance the power of the ruling administrative state — or, as President Donald Trump likes to call it, “the Swamp.”

A better way forward

There is hope elsewhere, however. Rather than put your faith in government to manage health care — a government that can’t even manage to run the Post Office, Amtrak or DMVs without chaos ensuing — Americans should put their trust in each other.

Yes, the health care system that existed prior to Obamacare was a disaster and in desperate need of reform. It had become a crony-capitalist market full of unfair rules, regulations, and greed. But replacing the failures of the previous system with the current, much-worse model was the wrong way to go.

We need more freedom in health care, not less, and there are several ways this can be accomplished. Perhaps the most important is to move away from a model that makes everyone dependent on insurance companies for every health care service they get.

When you get an oil change, you don’t pay using your car insurance, so why would you use insurance when getting a check-up with your primary care doctor? This is a huge part of the problem, because insurance companies act as a costly middle man in almost every health care transaction, even those where they clearly aren’t needed.

Further, because consumers don’t ever think about prices when they go to the doctor, even for routine services, there are no market forces working in most of the health care system. Most of us don’t even know how much health care services cost!

This system needs to change so that patients work directly with their primary care doctors when getting routine services, negotiating prices as they would in any other situation. People would only use health insurance in extreme emergencies, which would make insurance much, much cheaper.

There are plenty of other solutions, too, but for any of them to happen, we need stop thinking about ways to make it easier for government to be involved in our lives and start thinking about how we can thrive without government.


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