The days of gun-ban billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s millions being spent in secret without television viewers being aware he is behind some advocacy advertisements might soon be coming to an end.
Three transparency groups—The Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause and the Sunlight Foundation—have asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require that Bloomberg’s name appear on TV commercials that are paid for by his Independence USA PAC.
“Efforts to obscure the true funding of political messages have recently proliferated as individuals increasingly turn to political action committees with opaque or misleading names to hide funders’ identities,” the groups wrote in their complaint. The groups believe the ads should state that Bloomberg is responsible for them since he provides all of the super-PAC’s funding.
White House Reportedly Finalizing Executive Order On Guns
Although Barack Obama has repeatedly pressured Congress to pass various gun-control measures, it appears that he has resolved to take unilateral action on expanding background checks. Most information at this point is secondhand, but it has been reported that the White House is finalizing the details on an executive order that would require gun owners who sell a certain volume online or at gun shows to conduct background checks on transfers.
We have previously theorized that Obama would increasingly go at it alone on his crusade against guns, abandoning any attempt at consensus as his presidency draws to a close. While this piece of news is frightening to supporters of the Second Amendment, rest assured that the NRA will do everything within its power to challenge such an executive order on legal grounds.
Conn. Gov.: Some Watchlist Or Other Might Stop Terrorism If I Can Get My Hands On It
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Thursday an executive order that would ban those on a government watchlist from purchasing firearms. Exactly which list is unclear—Malloy stated Thursday that those who “can’t fly without clearing government watchlists” should be barred from buying guns, referring to the No-Fly List. But in a CBS interview Friday, when asked to specify which list, he replied, “There’s a terrorism watch list, and I think that’s A-number-1.”
While he uses some variation of the phrase “make us safer” six times in that six-minute interview, he never attempts to back it up, instead conflating the issue with “universal” background checks and even the Syrian refugee crisis. And when asked if he’d be able to obtain the lists, Malloy stammered, “Uh, we’re having discussions and I believe that, uh, I’m hopeful that it will lead to allowing us to use these lists … uh, we are in discussion …”
Speaking of things that won’t fly, let’s all hope Malloy’s unconstitutional scheme, which tosses due process out the window, never makes it off the ground.
Democrats Hold Spending Bill Votes Hostage
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y.; and the Democratic party are attempting to stonewall the party’s support for a year-end spending bill by demanding that a 17-year-old provision banning “gun violence” research be eliminated. Republican leaders will almost certainly reject this demand.
NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox, in an editorial earlier this week, explained why the NRA lobbied for the ban originally and why they continue to support it. “Government-funded research was openly biased in the 1990s. CDC officials unabashedly supported gun bans and poured millions of dollars into ‘research’ that was, in fact, advocacy.” The spin was so egregious, Cox noted, that Congress acted and forbade the use of taxpayer funds for such biased, agenda-driven research.
As for the renewed call for research funding, “It’s not objective data gun-control advocates seek,” Cox says. “They have a pre-determined outcome.”
Hillary Clinton Sticks To Her Guns, Lies On Seth Meyers Show
Appearing on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Thursday, Hillary Clinton made a special point to trot out the tired litany of lies she routinely tells about gun owners, firearms and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
Specifically, Hillary claimed that 92 percent of the public and 85 percent of gun owners supposedly support dramatically expanding federal anti-gun laws, including:
requiring so-called “universal” background checks that the Obama Justice Department admitted would require gun registration;
repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, thereby exposing the U.S. firearms industry to bankruptcy due to baseless, politically motivated lawsuits; and
putting the government in the middle of every firearm transfer.
Assistant District Attorney Erin Oquin of Craig County, Okla., is unhurt after shooting an intruder who allegedly kicked down her door. Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton explained to News on 6, “We don’t know if he knew whether that house was occupied or not, but he found out shortly after he entered it.”
The suspect was shot once in the chest and jumped into his car, driving away. He was eventually found wounded by a city police officer. Authorities said that the intruder was a serial burglar.
Of Oquin, Sheriff Walton said, “She was a victim in her home, with a very high expectation of safety and privacy, and an intruder comes in and she was ready to deal with it, and did so.” It’s a good thing that the local district attorney doesn’t forbid prosecutors from owning guns, or things might have gone quite a bit differently.