27 Sep

It’s official: Anti-gun groups oppose law-abiding gun ownership

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(SmallGovTimes) – It has been long argued by freedom-loving Americans that anti-gun groups from around the nation actively strive for civilian disarmament that disproportionately effects the law-abiding, and a recent statement from the Moms Demand Action group provides evidence that this argument is pretty accurate.

On November 1st, Moms Demand Action (the gift that keeps on giving the whole year) posted an official statement about the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.  Of course, the statement calls on Congress to enact more laws to supposedly “fix” the problem of gun crime and implement a full ban on so-called “assault weapons” for civilians, a phrase that many out-spoken critics of gun ownership in American cannot intelligently define.

Within the statement, the group inadvertently reveals the true nature of their involvement in the gun debate.  In their attempt to prove that the “gun lobby” wants more guns everywhere, the statement includes the following text:

Despite these tragedies and increased gun danger at American airports, the gun lobby continues to fight to make it easier to carry loaded guns inside airports. For example, the gun lobby advocated for the new policy that makes it legal for permit-holding gun owners to bring loaded weapons into the Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, one of the busiest airports in the world.

This statement is a point-blank attack on law-abiding gun freedom in the United States of America, something that most anti-gun groups claim to support.  Here, Moms Demand Action takes issue with permit-holding gun owners bringing loaded weapons into the Atlanta Airport.

Read that again: permit-holding gun owners.  Permit-holding gun owners are not criminals – that’s why they hold a valid state gun permit.

Many states already provide permit-holding gun owners more carrying freedom, without cause for alarm.  Arizona, for example, allows permit-holding gun owners to carry guns into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol provided the gun owner does not drink.  The AZ permit also allows gun owners to carry guns in some state parks, all national parks and within 1,000 feet of schools (when was the last time you heard about a school shooting in Arizona?).

The LAX shooting proves that criminals will ignore the law.  But Moms Demand Action actively supports restricting law-abiding gun freedom in the United States of America, and this official statement proves it.  Why would anyone want law-abiding gun owners to bring loaded weapons everywhere they go?  To protect themselves, and others, from the Paul Ciancia’s of the world (LAX shooting), from the Major Hasan’s (Ft. Hood shooting), from the Aaron Alexis’ (Washington Navy Yard shooting) and from the Adam Lanza’s (Newtown, CT shooting).

I call on Moms Demand Action to start putting their money where their [loud] mouth is.  If they truly feel like gun crime is a problem in the country, then start fighting criminals and stop fighting the law-abiding.  Their rhetoric is fooling no one, and the damning truth of their real agenda is not difficult to figure out.  It is even easier to see when groups like this publicize their disgust for law-abiding gun freedom.

The assumption is as clear as it is frightening: this group treats law-abiding people as if they were criminals.

Congratulations, Moms Demand Action – you ARE the problem.

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27 Sep

FDA-approved drugs kill 100,000 every year

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(SmallGovTimes) – Medications approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration result in 100,000 deaths every year from what the federal agency describes as “Adverse Drug Reactions”, or ADRs.  Worse, over 2 million Americans suffer non-deadly adverse reactions to drugs every year that the FDA has approved “safe”.

ADRs refer to negative reactions that Americans suffer from taking drugs as directed by their doctor or the drug’s manufacturer.  These cases DO NOT include overdoses or drug abuse.

In fact, the FDA claims that adverse drug reactions account for the 4th leading cause of death “ahead of pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDS, pneumonia, accidents and automobile deaths”.  Who is the FDA truly protecting, and what responsibility does the FDA accept in the number of deaths that result from its approved drugs?  These deaths give the phrase “FDA Warning” a whole new meaning.

The bureaucratic mess of the FDA makes the formulation of effective new antibiotics cost-prohibitive, according to Steve Forbes, by changing the rules in the middle of clinical trials and adding significant and arbitrary new requirements into the testing process.  This results in an increase in drug costs for everyone and demonstrably fails to make Americans more safe.

Thanks to the Food and Drug Administration, you are much more likely to be killed by FDA-approved drugs than you are from terrorism.  How many terrorist attacks on U.S. soil would it take to keep pace with the number of Americans that FDA-approved drugs kill every year?

2,996 people died in the September 11th attack.  Doing the math, that amounts to more than 33 9/11-style terrorist attacks every year.

The United States spends around $75 billion every year in its combined anti-terrorism efforts.  The FDA’s budget of just over $2 billion pales in comparison, but what are Americans truly getting for their money?  The real threat to American lives comes from expensive drugs and bureaucratic legalese that makes effective testing expensive and cumbersome, leaving Americans to literally fight for their lives amid a slurry of expensive medications that our government has deemed “safe”.

In a healthcare system considered the best in the world, Americans should expect better than 100,000 deaths a year.  The first step is recognizing that government almost never knows best.

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27 Sep

I support the Moms Demand Action anti-gun group; here’s why

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(SmallGovTimes.com) – As a freedom-loving American citizen, one might expect me to hold a vehement disgust towards Moms Demand Action, an anti-gun group of women (mothers?) that use highly-publicized gun crime to advocate for civilian disarmament.

But the truth of the matter is something very different.  I love this group and I love to push their writings, but not only because I support their right to exist as a supporter of true freedom.  I enjoy getting the word out about Moms Demand Action because they illustrate better than I ever could what freedom-loving Americans are truly up against and how little many of these anti-gun outfits know about gun crime.

Look no further than the group’s own About page, which provides a list of six “solutions” to help address gun violence in the United States, all of them dependent entirely on more government regulation.  Not a single word about our lax mental health services in our country.  Nothing about our nation’s relatively weak jail sentences for gun crimes.  The group advocates nothing but more government: background checks, weapon bans and regulations.

The group’s collective ignorance regarding guns and gun safety is amazingly robust.  Their About page unknowingly recommends banning almost every gun in existence today (Solution 2: “Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds”).  Most guns can, especially with extended magazines.

Founder Shannon Watts coughed up an equally bewildering statement when she Tweeted that an assault weapon “enables humans to shoot 10 rounds in one minute“, effectively making an 1860′s rifle an assault weapon.  That’s cute.

Despite the group’s claim to support the 2nd amendment, MDA’s own founder told (again, unknowingly) millions on Twitter that she supports banning every weapon made in the last 200 years.  The bigger problem is she does not realize what she said because she knows so little about guns and gun crime.  She, like so many others who support sweeping gun-bans, does not possess the ability to intelligently define what an “assault weapon” actually is.

Worse, this group has directly opposed legal and law-abiding gun possession.  The group actively supports the denigration and dis-empowerment of women with a clumsy implication that women are not capable of defending themselves.  Further, many of their rallies are short on supporters, and for good reason.  What woman would willingly support a group that believes she is incapable of self defense, reliant only on government and laws for their protection?  This women’s-clan apparently believes that all women are helpless.

This group does not support the 2nd amendment – and, they do not realize it.

It should come as no surprise that the Sandy Hook-inspired group was originally called “One Million Moms For Gun Control“, because those terms truly represent what the group supports: gun control.  Founder Shannon Watts now uses the friendlier sounding “Moms Demand Action” name to elicit a more objective “violence prevention” overtone, but the change in the group’s name did not effect the group’s purpose.

I love this group of anti-gunners because they give a public voice to the ignorance that envelops the disarmament crowd.  Full of emotion and void of any real understanding of guns (ask an anti-gunner what a “barrel shroud” is), these groups provide more fodder for freedom-lovers than our hapless government ever could.

Visit Moms Demand Action, please: http://www.momsdemandaction.org.

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27 Sep

Surprise! Hospitals refusing to accept Obamacare patients

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(SmallGovTimes) – mericans who expect to take advantage of high-cost healthcare services may be in for a surprise as many hospitals are refusing to accept Obamacare insurance, according to a new report from WatchDog.org.  Most hospitals, the report cites, will only accept Obamacare from one or two insurance providers.

Worse, insurance bought privately outside of Obamacare would have been honored.  ”For example, fourth-ranked Cleveland Clinic accepts dozens of insurance plans if you buy one on your own. But go through Obamacare and you have just one choice: Medical Mutual of Ohio.”

The problem is Obamacare’s cap on premiums has prompted many insurance companies to significantly limit reimbursement to doctors.  More and more hospitals are beginning to refuse heavily used and risky Obamacare plans that were purchased within the healthcare “marketplace” due to fears that policyholders simply cannot afford expensive medical services.

Read the entire report: http://watchdog.org/114137/top-hospitals-opt-out-of-obamacare/

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26 Sep

Politician supports forcible police inspection of homes

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(SmallGovTimes) – Citing the state of Massachusetts’ law that requires all gun owners to store firearms in a safe manner out of the reach of children, Swampscott Selectman Barry Greenfield said he supports enabling local police officers to force their way into private homes of registered gun owners to inspect their firearm storage.

Currently, police are required to obtain a warrant and abide by the protections that all Americans are afforded under the 4th Amendment to the Constitution before entering private residences.  However, “We need the ability to enforce the state law,” said Selectman Greenfield.  Apparently, Greenfield does not believe local Swampscott residents are worthy of 4th Amendment protections.

According to this elected official, civil liberties no longer apply in his utopia in Massachusetts.  Gun owners are typically wary of calls for gun registrations because of politicians like Greenfield who believe their own draconian political ambitions trump the Constitution.

I refer all readers to the 4th amendment to the Constitution, which states that all people are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures and requires a warrant and probable cause before government officials can enter homes and seize property.  Clearly, this proposed policy would violate the 4th Amendment and leave residents wondering where their constitutional rights went.

Greenfield backed off his statements to BearingArms.com.

I’m simply asking the question of whether an existing law can be enforced. I’m not trying to add any laws. I asked our board of selectmen whether we could look into potential methods of enforcement. Can the police conduct a investigation with due notice, similar to a building permit inspection or a fire inspection when you want to sell your home? If not, fine.

Right, Mr. Greenfield.  What you meant to say is that freedom-loving Americans caught on to your suggestion that the 4th Amendment no longer apply in your fair town.

Too late.

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26 Sep

Bush’s “Axis of Evil” Becomes Obama’s “Network of Death”

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(Ben Swann) – When Barack Obama ran for President of the United States in 2008, he was adamant about setting himself apart from President George W. Bush. However, given Obama’s recent announcements regarding the war in the Middle East, it has left many wondering just how different Obama is from his predecessor.

In his campaign for election in 2008, and in his campaign for re-election in 2012, Obama emphasized the fact that he intended to “end the war in Iraq.”

http://benswann.com/bushs-axis-of-evil-becomes-obamas-network-of-death/

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26 Sep

Was Crawford’s death the result of police militarization?

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(RightlyWired) – Last August, John Crawford’s death caused a massive uproar when he was gunned down by police in a Walmart near Dayton, Ohio while holding an air rifle. Recently, surveillance video footage of the incident was released after a grand jury decided not to indict any officers in the case, a decision met with varying amounts of dissent and ratification.

Police responded to a 911 call reporting an armed man in the Beavercreek store on Aug. 5 and they claim to have shot Crawford when he wouldn’t drop the gun.

http://www.rightlywired.com/was-john-crawfords-death-the-result-of-police-militarization/

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26 Sep

Losing the war on poverty

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(SmallGovTimes) – After trillions of spent dollars on our government’s supposed “War on Poverty”, what exactly does the United States have to show for it?  Millions still live in poverty (although the definition of “poverty” in the United States includes ownership of flat screen TVs, cable/satellite television service and high speed Internet) despite the enormous toll the war has had on the American people’s tax dollars.

Every year, the government spends more than a half-trillion dollars on programs designed to “end poverty”.  10s of trillions of dollars later, we find ourselves no better off than the year before.  Consider the following analysis by Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute, who wrote recently:

In 2012, the federal government spent $668 billion to fund 126 separate anti-poverty programs. State and local governments kicked in another $284 billion, bringing total anti-poverty spending to nearly $1 trillion. That amounts to $20,610 for every poor person in America, or $61,830 per poor family of three.

Spending on the major anti-poverty programs increased in 2013, pushing the total even higher.

Over, the last 50 years, the government spent more than $16 trillion to fight poverty.

Yet today, 15 percent of Americans still live in poverty. That’s scarcely better than the 19 percent living in poverty at the time of Johnson’s speech. Nearly 22 percent of children live in poverty today. In 1964, it was 23 percent.

How could we have spent so much and achieved so little?

The answer lies in government involvement.  Propping people up with government anti-poverty programs succeeds at keeping people in poverty with a consistent and dependable monthly check.  Consider this: what how motivation would you have to find a job if your unemployment benefits do not run out until 2015?

“Fewer than three percent of full-time workers are poor, compared to nearly 25 percent for those without a job. Even an entry level, minimum-wage job can be the first step on the road out of poverty,” Tanner wrote.

Will our government ever learn?  Better yet – will the American people make them learn?

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26 Sep

Don’t want to get raped by cops? Simply follow the law…

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(Raw Story) – An Oklahoma Highway Patrol official reportedly told women that the best way not to get raped by an officer was to “follow the law.”

In recent months, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer and an Oklahoma City Police officer have been accused of repeatedly raping women, often during traffic stops.

After a Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy was arrested last week for sexually assaulting a woman while responding to a 911 call, Tulsa NBC News affiliate KJRH decided to ask the Oklahoma Highway Patrol how to stay safe during a traffic stop.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/09/ok-trooper-tells-local-news-best-way-not-to-get-raped-by-cops-is-to-follow-the-law/

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26 Sep

Police stop good samaritans from saving drowning woman

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(KFOX TV, El Paso) – A 64-year-old woman drowned when police said her vehicle ended up in a drainage canal in Northeast El Paso Monday morning.

El Paso police said they were called out to the intersection of Diana Drive and Vulcan Avenue just after 6:30 Monday morning due to reports of a vehicle that had gone into a drainage ditch overflowing with floodwaters.

Constance Manzanares was found inside a submerged 2005 Toyota Corolla and died, police said.

A witness told KFOX14 that police stopped several men from trying to save the victim.

http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/person-dies-drowning-northeast-el-paso-6576.shtml

 

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