On Monday, Dec. 14, a former senior Homeland Security official told ABC News of a secret department policy that barred screeners from reviewing the social media content from foreign citizens applying for U.S. visas.
“The primary concern was that it would be viewed negatively if it was disclosed publicly, and there were concerns that it would be embarrassing,” said John Cohen, former DHS undersecretary for intelligence, on “Good Morning America.” Another former senior counterterrorism official added, “They felt looking at public postings (of foreign U.S. visa applicants) was an invasion of their privacy.”
As details emerge of the online activity of the San Bernardino murderers, what is embarrassing is a DHS policy that places political correctness above fear of harm to American citizens—not to mention the hypocrisy of an administration that pursues background checks of every firearm transfer in America, but won’t look at a foreign applicant’s Twitter feed because it might become a public-relations “embarrassment.”
Dana Loesch: “The Godless Left”
Radio show host Dana Loesch appears in a new commentary on NRA News and addresses the New York Daily News and its proclamation that “God isn’t fixing this.” Loesch called it the most condescending voice for what many call “the Godless Left” and said this was a coordinated assault on the two freedoms they hate the most—our right to believe and our right to survive.
Loesch also exposes the global alliance of political and media elites who conspire to tear apart the foundations of America. She says these elitists, media activists, Hollywood celebrities, campus radicals and political power mongers have openly attacked American values and the people who cherish them.
“These saboteurs share the same fanatical fervor to tear apart the foundations of America as the terrorists who threaten our very survival. And together, they march hand-in-hand toward the possible, purposeful destruction of us all.”
Congressional Defenders Of Due Process Put On Blast In New Radio Ads
If you live in one of ten battleground congressional districts, your commute may soon become even less bearable. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has purchased radio time to run a series of 15-second spots attacking Republicans opposed to preventing those on the Terrorism Watch List from purchasing firearms. An infuriating DCCC press release refers to the reason for these votes (aka the constitutional guarantee of due process) as a “loophole,” then explains the ads will provide phone numbers to encourage constituents to reach out to those who “voted to keep allowing suspected terrorists to buy assault rifles.”
Meredith Kelly, DCCC national spokesperson, says these ads will be the “first of many to highlight the reckless position that these vulnerable Republicans have taken on this national security issue.” We’d posit that an attempt to relegate the Second Amendment to the dustbin of history—and send the Fifth and Fourteenth with it—is the real reckless position.
Report: As Gun Sales Skyrocket, Visits To NRA.org Explode
Americans aren’t just buying more firearms than ever today—they’re also expressing more interest in the safe, lawful and effective use of firearms, as evidenced by the 72 percent increase in Web traffic to NRA.org in October over September.
According to the online audience analysis firm Compete, in October the NRA home page had the highest number of visitors in two years, that number having risen by 59 percent compared with October 2014.
One of the largest sources of traffic was Google, and one of the biggest draws for visitors was NRA’s popular and provocative “Freedom’s Safest Place” videos. With more and more Americans learning the truth about firearms and their Second Amendment right to own them online, it’s not hard to understand why the Obama administration would want to censor online speech related to firearms.
Poll Shows That Americans Think Terrorism Is The Problem, Not Guns
According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans feel that terrorism is “the most important problem facing the country today.” After the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, 16 percent of Americans, nearly 1 in 6, now identify terrorism as the most important issue in the United States—an increase of 3 percent from early November and the highest percentage in a decade. The percentage of respondents who mentioned any aspect of the economy as their top concern dropped to 21 percent from 39 percent in November.
Only 7 percent of Americans responded that guns constitute the nation’s greatest “problem.” All three major Democratic presidential candidates are hoping that America will embrace gun control in the wake of these attacks, but these results demonstrate little appetite on the part of voters to trample on the Second Amendment in the false hope of greater security.
Armed Friends Save Elderly Man From Knife-Wielding Attacker
In Gwinnett County, Ga., two friends saved the victim of a savage attack. Karen Duncan was walking to the house belonging to her friend Ron Childress when she heard the voice of a man calling for help. She rang the doorbell and alerted Childress, then went looking for the victim—carrying a firearm in her purse.
Duncan found a roughly 90-year-old man on the ground being stabbed by a younger assailant. She drew her gun and informed the suspect that she would shoot him unless he stopped, causing him to drop the knife. Childress arrived soon afterward with his own firearm and held the suspect at gunpoint.
“You cannot protect everyone; police can’t do it …” said Childress of the man he and Duncan saved. “… [y]ou need to be ready to protect yourself and others because what happened yesterday is a perfect example of how a citizen can protect other citizens.”