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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

American Confidence In Media, Congress Hit Rock Bottom

Good news for our nation’s fighting men and women: More than 70 percent of those surveyed still have confidence in the American military, a number unchanged in a decade.

Now, the bad news for the so-called “mainstream” media who have pretty much let unbiased reporting become a thing of the past: Confidence in the media has dropped dramatically in the same amount of time. In fact, Americans in a Gallup poll revealed their confidence in newspapers has bottomed out to a new low, right along with TV news. The survey showed only 20 percent still have confidence in newspapers, while their TV counterpart fell to 21 percent.

Both are 10-point drops in 10 years. Worse still, Congress is at the bottom of all the institutions surveyed by Gallup, with just 9 percent showing any confidence in the country’s elected leaders.


Chris Cox Sets Record Straight On Guns & Terrorism

Amid mounds of misinformation and gun-ban proposals by anti-gun politicians and activists following Sunday morning’s terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox began setting the record straight in a Tuesday op-ed in USA Today.

“In the aftermath of this terrorist attack, President Obama and Hillary Clinton renewed calls for more gun control, including a ban on whole categories of semi-automatic firearms,” Cox wrote. “They are desperate to create the illusion that they’re doing something to protect us because their policies can’t and won’t keep us safe.”

Cox stressed that radical Islamic terrorists are not deterred by gun-control laws. “The San Bernardino terrorist attack wasn’t stopped by California’s so-called ‘assault weapons’ ban,” Cox further wrote. “The gun ban in Brussels didn’t prevent the terrorist attack there. And France’s strict gun control didn’t stop the two attacks in Paris, committed with fully automatic rifles and grenades. Repeating the same thing but expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. Law-abiding gun owners are tired of being blamed for the acts of madmen and terrorists.”

Read Cox’s full USA Today op-ed here.


DHS Chief Says Gun Control “Part And Parcel” Of Homeland Security, But Screening Immigrants’ Social Media Is Not

The cabinet secretary ultimately responsible for the safety of the nation told “CBS This Morning” that “gun control is now part and parcel of homeland security.” However, that same bureaucrat refused to screen the social media accounts of foreign applicants for visas to the U.S. 

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday, “… we have to face the fact that meaningful, responsible gun control has to be part of homeland security as well …” Echoing President Barack Obama’s talking points, he said, “We need to do something to minimize the opportunities for terrorists to get a gun in this country.”

Yet in December 2014, facing criticism in the wake of the San Bernardino terror attack, Johnson admitted to a secret U.S. policy that prohibited immigration officials from reviewing the social media messages of foreign citizens applying for U.S. visas. Stunningly, Johnson refused to end the policy, fearing “bad public relations.”


White House Won’t Rule Out Issuing More Executive Orders To Impose Gun Control

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that the Obama administration will not rule out the use of additional, unilateral executive orders to impose more gun control without the consent of Congress, the Washington Free Beacon reports.

In response to a reporter’s question, Earnest said, “I think we made pretty clear when the president announced a series of executive actions back in January that he had asked his team to consider every available option for using his executive authority.” Earnest added, “If there are new ways to use executive authority” to impose more anti-gun dictates, “the president won’t hesitate to use them.”

The key questions are: Just how far will Obama go? And how many years will it take U.S. courts to undo any Obama executive overreach, if they act at all?


(Another) Good Guy With A Gun Stops (Another) Robbery

An armed robber who burst into a Queens, N.Y., bar early Sunday morning found an armed citizen there to be more than he could handle.

According to local media reports, the man entered the bar with a gun and began taking money out of a cash register. The armed citizen—in this case a 69-year-old retired policemen—pulled out his gun and shot the armed robber once in the head, ending the threat.

The armed robber died at the scene, and the investigation continues.


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