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Economics & Investing For Preppers - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 23:02

Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on real money versus fiat currency, aka “funny money.” (See the Forex section.)

Precious Metals:

COT Silver Report – February 16, 2018

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Johnson Matthey: Expect Platinum Surplus in 2018


Zacks: Stock Market News for Feb 16, 2018


Forex (Real Money):

The Trump Administration seems intent on continuing a Weak Dollar policy, to bolster American exports.  The question is: What currency is the best hedge?  I’m still betting on the Swiss Franc (CHF). … Continue reading

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The Editors’ Quote of the Day: - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 23:01

“In a recent article, Yale scholar Stephen Roach points out that between 2008 and 2017 the combined balance sheets of the central banks of the U.S., Japan and the eurozone expanded by $8.3 trillion, while nominal GDP in those same economies expanded $2.1 trillion.

What happens when you print $8.3 trillion in money and only get $2.1 trillion of growth? What happened to the extra $6.2 trillion of printed money? The answer is that it went into assets. Stocks, bonds, emerging-market debt and real estate have all been pumped up by central bank money printing.

What makes 2018 different from the prior 10 years? The answer is that this is the year the central banks stop printing and take away the punch bowl.

The Fed is already destroying money (they do this by not rolling over maturing bonds). Last week, the Fed reduced its balance sheet by $22 billion. While … Continue reading

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Parkland students lash out at Trump, NRA on Sunday talk shows: ‘You sicken me’

The Blaze - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 18:26

Multiple students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were paraded onto Sunday talk shows over the weekend and they had one message for President Donald Trump, the National Rifle Association and politicians who support gun rights.

“You sicken me.”

What did the students say?

Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” student Cameron Kasky was unequivocal: “The adult politicians have been playing around while my generation has been losing our lives…we are begging for our lives, but we need to make real change here.”

Emma Gonzalez went on to talk about a march students nationwide plan to take part in to bring attention to gun violence.

“At this point, I don’t even know if the adults in power who are funded by the NRA, I don’t think we need them anymore,” she said. “If they don’t turn around right now and state their open support for this movement they’re going to be left behind because you are either with us or against us.”

Gonzalez has been especially outspoken in the days after the shooting and has urged Americans to ignore the president.

David Hogg, who said the day after the shooting that more children will die if action isn’t take to rectify the problem right now, looked straight into the camera and delivered a message to Trump. He said:

President Trump, you control the House of Representatives, you control the Senate, and you control the executive. You haven’t taken a single bill for mental health care or gun control and passed it. And that’s pathetic. We’ve seen a government shutdown, we’ve seen tax reform, but nothing to save our children’s lives. Are you kidding me? You think now is the time to focus on the past and not the future to prevent the death of thousands of other children? You sicken me.

Hogg’s comments came in response to a question about one of Trump’s tweets from the weekend, where he questioned why Democrats didn’t pass gun control when Barack Obama was president.

When asked what laws they’d like to see passed, Hogg stressed that any law that helps prevent the next mass shooting will do. Hogg said the buck stops with both political parties. He explained:

We’ve had the debates — and people have died as a result. Children have died and will continue to if we don’t stop now and look at both sides of this because we can’t wait around any longer. Children are dying as a result. And we need to take action. And I call on President Trump and the Republican-controlled House and Senate and executive branch to work together, get some bills passed and stop taking money from the NRA because children are dying and so is the future of America as a result.

Watch the segment below:

#enough: Students, Teachers, Administrators Bunking School on March 14 to Promote Gun Control

The Truth About Guns - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 18:00

In the video below, students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tell the world that they’re mad as hell that they’ve lost 17 of their classmates to a spree killer armed with an AR15. Mad at the FBI for failing to act on not one but two tips, the second of which identified the […]

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Facebook VP says mainstream media distorted Russia’s interference in US politics

The Blaze - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:42

Facebook vice president of advertising Rob Goldman dinged the mainstream media for distorting Russia’s interference in American politics, the Daily Caller reported.

What did he say?

Goldman wrote in a series of  tweets on Twitter:

“Very excited to see the Mueller indictment today. We shared Russian ads with Congress, Mueller and the American people to help the public understand how the Russians abused our system. Still, there are keys facts about the Russian actions that are still not well understood,” he wrote.

“Most of the coverage of Russian meddling involves their attempt to effect the outcome of the 2016 US election. I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal,” Goldman said.

“The majority of the Russian ad spend happened AFTER the election. We shared that fact, but very few outlets have covered it because it doesn’t align with the main media narrative of Tump and the election,” he added.

Trump retweeted some of Goldman’s comments.

A nation divided?

Goldman said on Twitter on Friday that the main goal of Russian propaganda and misinformation is to “divide America, by using our institutions, like free speech and social media, against us. It has stoked fear and hatred amongst Americans. It is working incredibly well. We are quite divided as a nation.”

He gave the example of an anti-Islamic protest in Houston in which “Americans were literally puppeted into the streets by trolls who organized both the sides of protest.”

Special counsel Robert Mueller announced the indictment of 13 Russian and three Russian entities on Friday for their meddling in American politics both during and after the 2016 election. Included is the state-backed “troll farm,” the Internet Research Agency, which was indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C.

The indictment stated the Russians backed then-Republican nominee Donald Trump during the general election but promoted the anti-Trump resistance after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.

Rush Limbaugh supports amnesty provided immigrants can’t vote for up to 25 years

The Blaze - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 16:12

Conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh said on “Fox News Sunday” that he would agree with giving permanent citizenship to all undocumented immigrants as long as they couldn’t vote for up to 25 years.

“I’ll make you a deal right here,” Limbaugh said on the program. “I would be willing, right here, to support an effort to grant permanent citizenship to whatever number of illegal immigrants there are in the country, tomorrow, if you will make as part of the deal they can’t vote for 15 to 25 years. And if they will agree to that, I’ll grant them amnesty.”

Host Chris Wallace said the proposal was “pretty interesting.”

“You’re pretty powerful, but I’m not sure you could make that deal on behalf of Congress and the president,” Wallace joked.

Does he believe Democrats will cooperate?

Limbaugh said he believes Democrats do not really want to see immigration issues solved.

“All this is, is an effort by the Democrat party to provide for themselves a current underclass,” he said. “They need a permanent underclass that is dependent on the government for their survival. That’s why they want illegal immigrants granted citizenship. They don’t want the issue solved.”

“They don’t want any issue solved, legislatively or otherwise, before the 2018 elections. And I think Trump is partially exposing that through the various, different proposals he is making. He’s giving them pretty much what they want and they’re turning it down,” he explained.

In 2015, Limbaugh suggested that the flood of immigrants into the country is a move by Democrats to increase their voting block.

Since 1990, immigrants have tended to lean toward Democrat candidates, The Washington Post reported.

Four immigration bills failed in the Senate this past week, as lawmakers grapple with how to deal with the so-called Dreamers, immigrants came to the country illegally as children but have deportation protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

DACA will end next month unless Congress can agree on a solution.

Buy a Rifle with a Mounted and Zeroed Scope: Guns for Beginners

The Truth About Guns - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 16:00

Ideally, a rifleman/hunter should know how to choose, mount and zero a scope for his or her rifle and choice of ammunition. And ideally I should be doing yoga. Soi don’t worry about The People of the Gun who look down at you if you buy a hunting rifle ready to go, whether it’s an […]

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Video shows Maxine Waters at Nation of Islam event where Louis Farrakhan defended suicide bombers

The Blaze - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 14:55

Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters attended a Nation of Islam convention where the group’s leader, Louis Farrakhan, defended Palestinian suicide bombers, the Daily Caller reported.

The convention, held in California in 2002, is the latest link between Democrats and Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam, according to the Daily Caller. The Nation of Islam is a movement that combines elements of Islam with “black nationalism.”

Farrakhan is also known for saying, “White people deserve to die, and they know, so they think it’s us coming to do it. No, no, no.”

What comments were made?

“We have Maxine Waters here,” Farrakhan told the cheering convention audience, gesturing to the seats behind him, “our great congresswoman from this area.”

In another portion of the speech, Farrakhan said: “The Palestinians have nothing to defend themselves with, so they’re so exhausted and exasperated, think about that, strapping bombs to themselves, making themselves a weapon.”

“And then for the world to get upset because Iran or somebody is trying to send them some weapons,” he continued. “Wait a minute. If you were Jewish and you saw unarmed Jews being persecuted, wouldn’t you come to your brothers’ aid? Do you expect Muslims to see their brothers suffering like that and not come to their aid?”

What else did the report say?

In January, a photo surfaced of former President Barack Obama and Farrakhan that was taken in 2005, the Daily Caller reported.

The photographer for the photo, a journalist for the Nation of Islam publication, was asked to keep the photo under wraps to protect Obama’s political aspirations, according to the Daily Caller.

the Daily Caller also posted a video of Waters “warmly hugging Farrakhan.”

What has Farrakhan said about Jewish people?

Farrakhan has raised the ire of the Anti-Defamation League for allegedly calling the Jewish people “Satanic”:

“In his words and writings since the beginning of 2017 he has continued to preach to his followers that Jews are satanic conspirators who represent the epitome of evil in the modern world,” the ADL’s website states. “He uses his propaganda machine, which includes a network of Nation of Islam mosques, a weekly newspaper, a “research institute,” occasional speeches, and a robust social media presence to disseminate the notion that Jews are collectively responsible for inhibiting upward mobility in the African-American community, conducting the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and even being responsible for the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in the early 20th century.”

New from Tech Smith MFG: B&T Tailhook Brace Adapter

The Truth About Guns - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 14:00

I really enjoy shooting my B&T TP9, which I reviewed here. I haven’t registered it as an SBR yet. I’m just not convinced it’s going to stay in my permanent collection. The main reason: its proprietary suppressor is just too expensive to use on only one weapon. Sure it’s a great suppressor, but if I’m going […]

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NBC hires Olympian who bashed Mike Pence for his Christian beliefs on gay marriage

The Blaze - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 13:51

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon has stayed in headlines for the past month for his repeated attacks on Vice President Mike Pence. Rippon routinely bashes Pence for his Christian view of gay marriage. Rippon is the first openly gay Olympian.

Now the bronze medal winner is in headlines because NBC has hired him as an Olympic correspondent.

What happened?

According to USA Today, NBC announced the hire on Sunday. Rippon will serve as a correspondent for the remainder of the Olympic games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

NBC spokesman Greg Hughes told USA Today Rippon will do work for TV, digital and social media.

Rippon was a member of the of U.S. male team that won a bronze medal in group competition. He later secured a 10th place finish in male individual competition.

He originally made headlines last month when he slammed the selection of Pence to lead the American delegation at the winter games. He later took a shot at Pence on Instagram during the games.

Rippon has also declared he will skip a visit to the White House in protest of Pence and the Trump administration.

Florida Social Services Closed Case 0n Parkland Spree Killer Despite “Behavioral Struggles,” Nazi Sympathies and a Plan to Buy A Gun

The Truth About Guns - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 13:39

“Florida’s state social services agency investigated Nikolas Cruz’s home life more than a year before police say he killed 17 people at his former high school, closing the inquiry after determining that his ‘final level of risk is low,’ despite learning that the teenager had behavioral struggles and was planning to buy a gun,” […]

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Utah small business owner offers free concealed carry class for teachers

The Blaze - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 12:31

A small business owner in Sandy, Utah, is offering a free concealed carry class for Utah educators and students who are at least 18-years-old, the KSTU-TV reported.

Bryan Melchior, owner of, told the TV station that arming teachers could help prevent another tragedy like the shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.

“The biggest misconception about someone carrying a firearm is that they are a danger or a threat,” Melchior said.

Melchior, who is a parent, added: “It’s high time we defend our children.” If attackers know schools are heavily armed, they are less likely to try harming students and staffers, he said.

What message does it send?

“The message to the bad guys is this: Our schools are heavily armed,” Melchior said. “Our schools are not gun-free zones. If you try to hurt our children in our schools, you will be shot.”

Melchior believes most teachers should carry concealed firearms in class.

On Facebook, about 300 people have expressed an interest in attending Melchior’s concealed carry class in Sandy on March 3.

“You know what that tells us is there is demand and the demand is real,” Melchior said.

What about gun control advocates?

Some people believe gun control is the answer. But that concept is strongly opposed by Second Amendment advocates.

Teacher Chelsie Acosta, who attended a vigil at the Utah State Capitol to honor the Florida shooting victims, told KSTU that lawmakers do need to address gun control.

“We wanted to be respectful today of Florida and give them healing and love and support,” Acosta said. “Definitely the next conversation is what we are going to do about gun control?”

Acosta was among dozens of students and teachers attending the vigil, the TV station reported.

“Teachers just don’t know how to process this anymore,” Acosta said.

Arming teachers, having more police at schools, new gun restrictions and better mental health care are among the suggestions being made by politicians, educators and law enforcement.

And while there is little agreement on what should be done, everyone agrees that school violence is a problem that must be addressed, KSTU noted.

JROTC cadet gave up his life to save fellow students — see how military members are honoring him

The Blaze - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 12:06

Peter Wang, 15, was a freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where he was a member of the school’s Army JROTC program. He gave up his life for his fellow students during the shooting rampage last week.

Now, military members will honor Wang at his funeral.

What’s going on?

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Wang was last seen holding open a door for students who were running away from the gunman. He was putting the lives of his classmates ahead of his own.

He was later found shot and killed.

“He is so brave. He is the person who is genuinely kind to everyone. He doesn’t care about popularity. He always liked to cheer people up. He is like the big brother everyone wished they had,” Wang’s cousin told the Sun-Sentinel.

Wang wasn’t a member of the actual military, so he cannot be buried with full military honors. But that hasn’t stopped members of the military Reddit subforum from rallying military support for Wang.

What are they doing?

The Reddit users are organizing two efforts:

  • They are encouraging any military service member to attend Wang’s funeral on Tuesday in uniform. The family has requested a large military presence.
  • For any military service member who wants to honor Wang but cannot attend his funeral, the Reddit users are asking them to send the family military unit patches and unit challenge coins.

The Reddit group also looked into getting an honor guard for Wang’s funeral, but a family member said the school’s JROTC unit is performing the honor guard and funeral.

The family has also said they’re donating GoFundMe donations received in Wang’s name back to his school’s JROTC unit.

“Peter embodied the Army values and he was our brother,” the top comment on the Reddit post read.

(H/T: RedState)

Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day: Mouse Gun Uber Alles! But .32 ACP . . . ?

The Truth About Guns - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 12:00

Bryan Ward’s pocket dump features a North American Arms (NAA) Guardian in .32 ACP. NAA introduced that gun in 1997; I wouldn’t be surprised if Mr. Ward’s gun was born the same year Playhouse Disney first hit the airwaves. Lightweight entertainment, lightweight stopping power? Let’s put it this way . . . NAA reconfigured […]

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Debt Cancer: More Than 80 Percent Of American Adults Owe Somebody Else Money

The Economic Collapse Blog - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 11:11

How long can our debt levels keep growing much, much faster than the overall economy?  We haven’t had a year of 3 percent growth for the U.S. economy since the middle of the Bush administration, but we keep borrowing money as if there is no tomorrow.  Much of the focus has been on the exploding debt of the federal government, and that is definitely something I plan to address once I get to Washington.  But on an individual level, U.S. consumers have been extremely irresponsible as well.  In fact, one new survey has found that more than 80 percent of all American adults are currently in debt

It’s no secret that America is a nation that runs on debt, but it may surprise you to learn that the overwhelming majority of U.S. adults owe money in some way, shape, or form. According to new data from Comet, here’s how many Americans have debt at present:

  • 80.9% of Baby Boomers
  • 79.9% of Gen Xers
  • 81.5% of Millennials

For most of us, it starts very early.  We were told that going into debt to get a college education would not be a problem because we would be able to pay those loans off with the good jobs we would get after graduation.

Unfortunately, those good jobs never really materialized for many of us, and now millions of former college students are absolutely drowning in debt

A study released Friday by the Brookings Institution finds that most borrowers who left school owing at least $50,000 in student loans in 2010 had failed to pay down any of their debt four years later. Instead, their balances had on average risen by 5% as interest accrued on their debt.

As of 2014 there were about 5 million borrowers with such large loan balances, out of 40 million Americans total with student debt. Large-balance borrowers represented 17% of student borrowers leaving college or grad school in 2014, up from 2% of all borrowers in 1990 after adjusting for inflation. Large-balance borrowers now owe 58% of the nation’s $1.4 trillion in outstanding student debt.

In addition to owing more than a trillion dollars on student loans, Americans are also now carrying more than a trillion dollars of auto loan debt and more than a trillion dollars of credit card debt.

Corporations have been incredibly irresponsible as well.  Corporate debt has doubled since the last financial crisis, and corporate bankruptcies have been rising steadily in recent years.  All it would take for the dominoes to really start falling is some sort of a major economic downturn.

Local, state and federal government debt levels are all at record highs as well.  It is now being projected that our national debt will hit 30 trillion dollars by 2028, and those projections are probably too optimistic.

My guess is that we will almost certainly hit the 30 trillion dollar mark far sooner than that.

We can’t keep doing this to ourselves.  Our incessant greed is literally destroying the future, but anyone that tries to warn about the collective insanity that has descended upon our society is mocked and ridiculed.

Let me ask you a question.

Would you willingly choose to give yourself cancer?

Of course not, but that is essentially what we are doing to ourselves as a society.

Debt is economic cancer, and as Lance Roberts has pointed out, if we continue to allow debt levels to grow like this eventually it will kill our entire economy…

Debt is, by its very nature, a cancer on economic growth. As debt levels rise it consumes more capital by diverting it from productive investments into debt service. As debt levels spread through the system it consumes greater amounts of capital until it eventually kills the host.

Debt is addictive, because it does boost our standard of living in the short-term.  It is so easy to keep going back for one more “hit”, but every time we do it just makes our long-term crisis even worse.

Most people out there seem to think that our economic problems have been “solved”, but that is not true at all.

The truth is that our long-term problems just continue to grow with each passing day, and that is one of the reasons why I am so determined to go to Washington.  We are at such a critical juncture right now, and if something is not done the prognosis is extremely negative.

If we stay on this current path, the very best that we can hope for is a “soft landing” and a greatly reduced standard of living for future generations of Americans.  Here is more from Lance Roberts

The processes that fueled the economic growth over the last 30 years are now beginning to run in reverse, and when combined with the demographic shifts in the U.S., the impact could be far more immediate and prolonged than the media, economists, and analysts are currently expecting. Sacrifices will have to be made, the economy will drag on at subpar rates of growth, individuals will be working far longer into their retirement years and the next generation of Americans will lead a far different life than what the currently retiring generation enjoyed.

It is simply a function of the math.

I am sorry for not writing more lately.  I have been working night and day to get ready for May 15th.  With Donald Trump in the White House, this is our opportunity to take our government back.  If we miss this window, we may never have this sort of opportunity ever again.

America is drowning in debt, but of course our problems go far beyond that.  Our economic, political, cultural and spiritual problems go very deep, and we desperately need to change course as a nation.

Unfortunately, most of the population is in a deep state of sleep, and my hope is that we can wake them up while there is still time to turn things around.

Michael Snyder is a pro-Trump candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on

Mitt Romney, seeking a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, says he wouldn’t hold back on criticizing Trump

The Blaze - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 10:41

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says that if he is elected to a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, he would not hold back on criticizing President Donald Trump.

In an interview with the Salt Lake City Tribune, Romney pledged to “call it like he sees it.”

“You know where I stand and if he says something or tweets something or there’s some issue that I find that I can’t agree with, I’ll point that out,” Romney said. “He’s not going to change at his age. I’m not going to change, either. So, I’ll call them like I see them. But policy-wise, we’re going to work together.”

Does Romney think he can work with Trump?

Asked if he could work with the Trump administration, Romney said: “We have very similar views on policy. I’m probably more of a deficit hawk, but we can work on issues. I’m absolutely convinced of that.”

Romney added that he is on the same page with Trump on many issues.

“Well, the president and I are on the same page with regards to the policy agenda,” Romney told the Tribune. “I’m not pleased that he backed the 45 percent tariff idea and dropping out of NAFTA. But on taxes and regulation and bureaucracy, I mean, and his appointments to the Supreme Court and the other circuit and district court bench, we’re on the same page.”

Is Romney gearing up for another presidential run?

As far as another run for president, Romney says that isn’t going to happen.

“Look, I’ve got to dispel the notion that my running for president was just a steppingstone to becoming a senator from Utah,” Romney explained. “I’ve run for president before. I gave it two tries. I’m not running for president again. Thanks.”

Romney lost to former President Barack Obama during the 2012 presidential race. On Friday, Romney announced via social media web video that he is running for the Senate in Utah. If successful, he will replace Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) who announced in January he is not seeking re-election after serving seven terms.

What did Romney say about school safety?

Romney also weighed in on the school safety debate that is raging across the nation following the school shooting in Florida.

“What is the best way to protect our kids? I’ve looked at federal legislation but there’s no federal legislation I’ve seen that would have prevented the attacks that have occurred,” Romney said. “I don’t support any of the federal legislation that’s been out there. I make an exception, by the way, for Sen. [Orrin] Hatch’s enhanced background bill. I have not read that but I’ve been briefed on that and that’s something I would probably support.”

State legislators should also be looking at what can be done, he added.

“And I think with regard to protecting our students in schools that states — state legislators in particular — ought to look to actions they can take. And I’m talking about the wide array of options. Maybe that’s police protection at schools. Maybe volunteers protecting our schools. Or entry systems at school property. Or intervention teams that would target kids who have said things or posted things that are disturbing. Or restrictions on purchases by a certain disturbed person. These are things that I think state legislatures should take a look at.”

Australian church sign about Florida school massacre stirs controversy — see the reason why

The Blaze - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 10:14

An Australian church sign addressing last week’s Florida school shooting is stirring controversy over its brash message.

What does the sign say?

The sign was posted outside the Gosford Anglican Church in Gosford, New South Wales, Australia.

The sign says: “When will they love their kids more than they love their guns.”

The message is a clear jab at the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Australians don’t have a constitutional right to own and possess guns — and most guns are outlawed in Australia — so it’s hard for Australians to understand the gun culture in the U.S.

Still the message is clear: That Americans allegedly care more about gun rights than the safety of children.

And the priest, Rod Bower, who posted the picture took his critique a step further with a message he posted alongside the photo.

“#America is a society destroying itself from within, an empire in decline, it can never be great again. A culture that loves guns more than children has no future other than corruption, decline and death,” he wrote.

He later told KRTK-TV the ability for anyone “suffering from a mental illness walk into Kmart and buy a assault rifle” is “surely evidence of a corporate mental illness” that “will ultimately lead to your nation’s destruction.”

How did people react to the sign and message?

Bower told KTRK the response has been mostly positive and a look at the post’s comments confirm that. Most people responded by bashing the National Rifle Association, the “gun lobby” and gun rights.

What Part of “Gun Control Doesn’t Work” Don’t Gun Control Advocates Understand? Question of the Day

The Truth About Guns - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 10:00

Common sense doesn’t equal rational analysis. So when gun control advocates call for “common sense gun control” after a firearms-related spree killing they’re channeling their inner Wizard of Oz . . . Background checks didn’t work? The FBI failed to act on a specific, credible threat? An unarmed teacher and designated security guard confronted the […]

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Hawaii: Trigger Modification Ban To Be Heard Wednesday

NRA-ILA - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 09:52
On February 13th, the House Committee on Judiciary passed House Bill 1908 by a 7-1 vote with amendments to prohibit certain trigger modifications.  HB 1908 will now be heard by the House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce on February 21st at 2:00PM.  Please  contact committee members and urge them to OPPOSE HB 1908.  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact committee members.  

Trump blasts FBI for Florida shooting, says agency too busy with Russia investigation

The Blaze - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 09:03

President Donald Trump says the FBI could have prevented the deadly Florida high school shooting if it was not busy trying to prove his campaign was working with the Russian government.

Late Saturday, Trump said on Twitter:

How did this happen?

Last month the FBI received a call to a tip line that indicated the shooting suspect was hinting of a “desire to kill.” He also had access to guns and could be planning an attack, the tipster told the intelligence agency.

But the FBI did not investigate.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who oversees the FBI, called for a full review of FBI and Justice department procedures.

“It is now clear that the warning signs were there and tips to the FBI were missed. We see the tragic consequences of those failures,” Sessions said in a statement. “The FBI, in conjunction with our state and local partners, must act flawlessly to prevent all attacks. This is imperative, and we must do better.”

Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a Trump supporter, said FBI Director Christopher Wray should resign.

How did the FBI respond?

In a written statement, the FBI blamed a lack of communication for the botched investigation:

On January 5, 2018, a person close to Nikolas Cruz contacted the FBI’s Public Access Line (PAL) tipline to report concerns about him. The caller provided information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.

Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami Field Office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken.

We have determined that these protocols were not followed for the information received by the PAL on January 5. The information was not provided to the Miami Field Office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time.

Wray said he is working to find out exactly how the tip was missed.

Seventeen people were killed and 15 were injured Wednesday when Nikolas Cruz allegedly used an AR-15 rifle to open fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Cruz faces 17 counts of premeditated murder.

How does this relate to Russia?

Trump and other Republicans have been on the FBI’s case since it declined to charge Hillary Clinton with crimes over her use of a private email server. Trump and his supporters have also complained about what they say is bias in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Trump campaign ties to Russia.

Earlier this month, Sessions called for “a fresh start” for the FBI to help win back public trust after its handling of the Clinton email controversy.

On Saturday, Trump also tweeted that Mueller’s indictments into the investigation have not proven a connection between his campaign and Russian operatives.


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