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Senator Charles Schumer Advises Democrats to Back Off of Gun Control

The Truth About Guns - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:00

Your average Congresscritter has about as much cranial capacity as a bag of hammers. Like the hedgehog, they know one important thing: never say or do anything that will endanger...

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Here Are The Reasons Why Another Government Shutdown Looms

The Daily Sheeple - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 06:59

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It seems that it was just yesterday when the market was celebrating Trump’s avoidance of a government shutdown due to an “unprecedented” bipartisan deal with Democrats, which left Republicans out in the cold. Well, things are once again back to normal.

With fewer than 30 sessions left in the year and a heap of legislative priorities pressing on lawmakers’ agendas, it will be “extraordinary” if Republicans manage to pass tax reform this year, something Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin somewhat surprisingly admitted in an interview published yesterday. However, given President Donald Trump’s penchant for burning bridges with lawmakers – perhaps best exemplified by his decision to make a deal with “Chuck and Nancy” only to go back on said deal by pushing a package of unrealistic demands, including funding for his border wall and more resources for immigration enforcement – Republicans’ ability to keep the government open past Dec. 8 is looking increasingly tenuous.

As Bloomberg points out, given the rancor within the Republican ranks, and a lack of trust among Democrats – fostered by the president’s penchant for burning bridges – not only will the Trump White House be forced to punt on all of its major legislative priorities, but it may not be able to avert what would be the first federal government shutdown since 2013, as squabbling lawmakers struggle to find common ground on immigration reform, disaster-relief spending, taxes, Obamacare (subsidies) and preserving funding for Planned Parenthood.

And now, after a year of trying – and failing – to legislate, the Republicans’ unfinished business is coming back to haunt them in the fourth quarter.

The year’s most divisive fights in Congress are set to converge in a bitter partisan clash in December that could result in a US government shutdown. The unresolved battles – over a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, immigration, health-care subsidies, Planned Parenthood and storm relief – are hanging over talks on must-pass spending legislation to keep the government open after Dec. 8. The spending measure is at risk of becoming so weighted with controversial items that it collapses. “The laundry list of things they want to put on it grows every day,” said Jim Dyer, a former House Appropriations Committee Republican staff director.

Even if Republicans could focus their energies on overcome their internal divisions and passing the budget, which is set for a vote today in the Senate after easily sailing through the more Trump-friendly House earlier this month, certain “unbridgeable policy differences” could make passing a budget difficult. With Republican Sen Thad Cochran away this week due to illness, it’s anybody’s guess whether the budget resolution being brought to a vote in the Senate today will pass. Even Trump has no idea.

Of course, since lawmakers are probably wary of the political backlash a shutdown might cause, the pressure to punt on the deal and agree to extend the current spending program for another year might be too difficult to resist, especially if no deal on tax reform is forthcoming.

With Cochran off due to sickness, there is a slimmer margin of error to pass the controversial budget, which seeks a $1.5 trillion expansion of the budget deficit over the next 10 years. That said, with the late backing of Senator Collins from Maine, Lisa Murkowski from Alaska along with Sen. McCain, there’s a chance the bill could pass before the weekend. But then the next even more logistically fraught phase begins: passing tax reform, which is supposed to be hammered out during the reconciliation process for the budget bill.

Being forced to punt could leave the Trump White House with no major legislative accomplishments this year.

Even without contentious issues, completing a trillion-dollar spending bill in time would be a tall order. The brewing battle could leave Republicans with no major accomplishments in President Donald Trump’s first year after they couldn’t find enough votes to repeal Obamacare. The more protracted the fight, the less time in 2017 to overhaul the tax code, the GOP’s top priority.

Unbridgeable policy differences might result in a push to simply extend current spending authority through fiscal 2018. That would limit military spending to $549 billion, leaving out the big boost sought by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain of Arizona and other Republican defense hawks.

And of course, there will always be certain intransigent lawmakers vowing to force a shutdown if they don’t get what they want.

McCain is among those threatening to take his year-end priorities to the mat. He said Wednesday that he won’t support any temporary extension of government agency spending unless the defense caps are lifted. He said a government shutdown – for the first time since 2013 – is possible.

“There’s always a risk every time we go through this cycle,” he said. Democrats say a shutdown can be averted if Trump and congressional Republicans, including the conservative House Freedom Caucus, put aside unrealistic demands such as a ban on funds for Planned Parenthood or requiring any added hurricane-relief funds to be offset with domestic spending cuts.

“We don’t want a shutdown,” said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York. “Ask President Trump. Ask our hard-right Freedom Caucus types.”

Still, with Democrats scrambling to preserve Obamacare after Trump cut subsidies, the renewed battle over health care could sink the White House’s other priorities, like spending. And Trump’s decision to encourage – and then denounce – a bipartisan plan to enshrine the subsidies in law has only heightened the rancor and mistrust harbored by both Republicans and Democarts.

Trump, who earlier encouraged Alexander to cut a deal, signaled opposition to the measure. His spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, said, “We need something that goes a little further to get on board.”

Steve Bell, a former Senate Budget Committee GOP staff director, said Trump’s shifting positions could poison the well for bipartisan deals. “All of that makes a Dec. 8 shutdown very possible,” he said.

Even passing disaster relief spending – something President Donald Trump repeatedly promised to deliver – looks set to devolve into a political dogfight.

Another sticking point is disaster relief. Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico could seek tens of billions of dollars in additional rebuilding money once final damage assessments are tallied. Conservatives are likely to seek spending cuts in exchange for such funds, which Democrats and many other Republicans reject.

A dispute over extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which expired in September, could also carry over into the spending bill. So too could a perennial push by Republican House conservatives to ban funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions and family planning services. On defense, Republicans are seeking to increase spending caps by $54 billion, while Democrats insist that must be coupled with the same increase for non-defense spending.

Republicans would like to avoid a shutdown after the 2013 incident hammered their polling ratings. But Trump’s mercurial approach to lawmaking has made legislators in both parties nervous.

The real question is: How will markets react once tax reform is off the table and the federal government has ground to a halt? Will the long awaited volatility spike arrive? And will investors then rush to take the opportunity and “buy the fucking government shutdown dip?

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IMI Systems Quote of the Day: Regulating Bump Fire Stocks Out of Existence Via the Courts – Enter to Win 1000 Rounds of IMI 9mm Ammo

The Truth About Guns - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 06:00

“We as a society have decided that guns should be allowed and extensively regulated. The legitimate uses are deemed to outweigh the risks of misuse. The dangers of bump stocks are...

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[IPAS 2017] Iranian Grenade Launchers and Anti-Material Rifles

The Firearm Blog - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 06:00

At IPAS 2017, Iran’s Defense Industries Organization showcased various grenade launchers and anti-material rifles the state owned company is bringing to the Iranian (and possibly Iran’s allied customers) market. Displayed first is almost an exact copy of the South African Milkor M32 six cartridge semi-automatic 40x46mm grenade launcher. In Iran’s case, this is simply a […]

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Hurricane Ravaged Dominica: ‘It’s All Gone’ And Fighting For Survival

SHTFplan.com - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 05:30

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In just the blink of an eye, island life on Dominica was turned upside down.  Like Puerto Rico, Dominica was violently ravaged by Hurricane Maria, and residents are still fighting for survival.

The wooden frames and scattered, water-damaged belongings are all that remains of some homes of on Dominica, which was ravaged by Hurricane Maria last month. Without warning, the storm rapidly accelerated from a Category 3 to a Category 5, and residents said they could do little to prepare. “There was lightning, there was heavy rain…[it was like] the hurricane was in the house,” said Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit according to ABC News. “We have lost everything that money can buy, and that is a fact.”

The roof of Roosevelt Skerrit’s house was blown away and its floors flooded. On the night Hurricane Maria hit, Skerrit took to Facebook to post updates including one that said, “I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding” and another that said, “The winds are merciless! We shall survive by the grace of God!” Later he posted, “I have been rescued.”

“You can still see the shock, the anxiety, the fear the trauma in the eyes and the expressions of people every day,” he told ABC’s Nightline. “Their entire life investments, life’s savings, blown away.” Another now displaced resident named Emmanuel Peter said he can still remember the roar of the hurricane-force winds. “It was just whistling, whistling,” he said. “I thought it would burst my eardrums.”

Puerto Rico was not the only island in Hurricane Maria’s path, and almost a month later, both islands still look like post-apocalyptic zones.  But the island with the highest death toll per capita was Dominica; a close-knit, mostly Christian nation that was left at the mercy of a hurricane that shared a name with the mother of Christ: Maria.  To date, 26 people are confirmed dead, 31 are still missing, and more than 50,000 people are displaced on the island that has a total population of roughly 74,000.

When  ABC’s Nightline visited Dominica six days after the storm, the only way to reach its interior was with the United States military. Upon arrival, many who had the option to evacuate the island were already in the process of doing so, including 1,300 students at Ross University Medical School, an American college based in Dominica.

“I do feel sadness for the people of Dominica,” said Carey James, the college’s associate dean of operations, analysis, and admissions. “My wife’s family is from Dominica … and it’s hard to see a place that you love go through that kind of a storm.” And nearly four weeks after the storm, people are still fighting to survive.

No one on the island has access to running, drinkable water, and with sewage systems destroyed, residents are contending with fears of diarrhea, dehydration, and dysentery. Much of the island still remains without power. For the vast majority of Dominicans, the choice to leave their home country isn’t financially available. More than 85 percent of houses have been damaged, and of those, more than a quarter simply do not exist anymore, leaving many of the residents homeless.

Volunteer of the Week: Scott and Ramona Lee

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[IPAS 2017] Iranian Machine Gun Development, Shortened PKM

The Firearm Blog - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 05:00

This year’s IPAS 2017 held in Tehran featured a number of designs seen previously such as Iran’s 7.62x54mm PKM GPMG, and 12.7x108mm Dshk Heavy Machine Gun copies. But of particular interest was what appears to be a shortened PKM with a barrel cut to around 14 inches, a telescoping butt stock based on the AR15, polymer pistol […]

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Indian Army Brass Call for Small Arms Program Reform (Again)

The Firearm Blog - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 04:08

In an ongoing national conference where the top Indian Army generals are convening to discuss issues and ways to improve the military, one of the top issues is small arms program reform, especially in regards to the 5.56x45mm INSAS infantry rifle currently in use by most Indian Infantrymen. Secondarily, leaders are looking towards ways to […]

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Lyman Introduces the GuardianGrip for Small Frame Revolvers

The Firearm Blog - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 03:00

Guardian GripOne of the most popular concealed carry handguns remains the small frame revolver. Diminutive wheelguns have been a top choice for decades, with the J-frame Smith & Wesson guns being some of the most popular. One of the problems with a gun small enough to slip into a pocket is that the grip is frequently too small […]

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QUIZ: What Hunting Season Are You?

NRAblog.com - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 02:45
Find out which hunting season best matches your...

Mid-Evil Industries 360º VFG And Drop Stop | Big 3 East

The Firearm Blog - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 02:00

Mid-Evil Industries came out to Big 3 East. They showed off their flag ship product, the 360º rotating foregrip. aka 360RFG. It comes in three variations: Picatinny, MLOK, and Keymod.   The 360RFG is very simple to use. You just untwist the bottom half of the grip about a quarter turn and it loosens the […]

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Stereotypical Shooting Styles by Knockout Lights

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

Knockout Lights posted a video showing off some stereotypical shooting styles. They are: The Instructor The Bowler Fishing The Chicken Wing Draw Gansta Isosceles Armor Facing Foward Six Position Draw The Cross Eye Dominant The Lean Forward Speed Shooter Fanny Pack “Mossad” Condition 3 C.A.R. Minus the ceiling tiles The Speed Shooter Gross Motor Skills […]

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Flip Dot – A Folding Mini Red Dot

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

NcStar’s division Vism has released it’s folding red dot sight. The Flip Dot is a mini red dot that fits RMR pattern pistols.   Other than the neat gimmicky feature I do not see the point of this. The optic sits rather high and it has non adjustable rear sights molded into the housing. However […]

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Report: National Media All In For Gun Control

America's First Freedom - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 22:14
It didn’t take the liberal left and so-called “mainstream” media long to turn the Las Vegas attack into a rallying cry for gun control. A report from media watchdog Media Research Center notes that in the six days following the tragedy, Oct. 2-8, the big three networks filled the airwaves with a non-stop stream of anti-gun rhetoric.

Another Arrest Made In Brian Terry “Fast And Furious” Murder Case

America's First Freedom - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 22:12
While those responsible for the disaster known as Operation Fast and Furious may never be held accountable for their actions, the last of the suspected killers of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry is now in custody.

Several Anti-Gun Measures Advance In Illinois

America's First Freedom - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 22:10
Several anti-gun bills have been released by the Illinois House Rules Committee and referred to the Judiciary Committee for hearings. Consequently, Illinois gun owners need to contact their House members immediately.

Parked Motorist Shoots Rock-Throwing Man In Jurupa Valley

America's First Freedom - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 22:08
A man sitting in a Park & Ride site in California watched a couple slowly walk up to his vehicle. For reasons still unknown, the strange man outside raised his arm and hurled a large rock through the driver’s side window. The driver’s instinct was quick, and exact.

Jimmy The Ignorant … And Hateful

America's First Freedom - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 22:04
Turning his comedy show into a leftist political rant, Jimmy Kimmel shows his ignorance about guns, gun owners and the Second Amendment.

Why Would A Gun-Ban Group Change Its Name?

America's First Freedom - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 22:02
When a gun-ban group suddenly changes its name, there’s a good chance it has something to hide. Remember Handgun Control Inc.?

Jorge Ramos Uses His Univision TV Program To Push Gun Control

America's First Freedom - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 22:00
When Jorge Ramos took to Univision to criticize gun owners, he ignored the strong federal laws already on the books concerning gun purchases by criminals and the mentally ill.

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