Cable news was awash in coverage of the “sit-in” for gun-control laws staged by Democratic U.S. House members this week. Staging their protest just before a scheduled Independence Day holiday, House sitters chanted, “No Bill—No Break,” and vowed to “occupy” the House floor until Republican leaders agreed to hold a vote. Time magazine reported that Democrats intended to “sit-in” for days.
Twenty-six hours later, it was over. The Democratic occupiers went home for the holiday, without forcing a vote. Had they failed?
No, not exactly. House Speaker Paul Ryan exposed a Democratic fundraising effort attached to the sit-in, with emails from minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. John Lewis asking for contributions of up to $500 “to defeat these AWFUL Republicans. Let’s get 32,000 more gifts during the sit-in.”
What’s more likely: That the mass email fundraising effort arose spontaneously, or that it was planned from the beginning?
NPR Forced To Admit To Covering Up Shannon Watts' Background
On Saturday, June 18, Americas1stfreedom.org reported that NPR’s “Morning Edition” had covered up the political PR background of Shannon Watts, director of Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action (MDA). NPR’s Chris Arnold reported, “Watts had never done anything political before” she started the Facebook page that became MDA. Americas1stfreedom.org pointed out that Watts was a career PR professional who had once worked for anti-gun Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan. On June 20, NewsBusters.org’s Tim Graham posted a feature detailing Watts’ public relations work history, as well as her political contributions to Democratic campaigns.
On Thursday, NPR issued a correction, noting Watts’ background in corporate communications and her history of political contributions to Democratic campaigns. However, NPR took her at her word that her job as a public affairs officer in Carnahan’s administration was “non-political.”
Incredibly, Watts characterizes her political contributions as “trying to win contests to meet the president.” Watts attempted to pivot the conversation to a definition of “stay-at-home mom,” but Katie Couric’s example proves that hiding the truth doesn’t work in the digital age.
Steven Crowder Preaches The Truth On SkyNews
When broadcast and radio host Steven Crowder did an interview with Britain’s SkyNews to explain why it is wrong to take away the constitutional rights of American citizens without due process, he used reason and logic.
“It requires an uninformed voting base to support the measures they are putting forth,” Crowder explained. And when the host began babbling about “automatic rifles” used in the Orlando terror attack, Crowder calmly put a stop to the nonsense. “No, no,” he said. “I hate to come onto your show and correct you, but what you’ve just said is entirely false. You said ‘automatic weapons.’ Respectfully, I don’t think you know the difference between an automatic weapon and a semi-automatic weapon.”
After Crowder explained in detail how no mass shooter in the United States has used an automatic weapon, the host doubled down, forcing Crowder to finally show his frustration. “No, no, no, I was simply saying you were wrong. I assumed you were ignorant, now you’ve made me think you are lying. Everything that has been repeated (about automatic weapons), including many things in this interview, are verifiably false.”
Newsom’s Ballot Initiative To Go Before Voters—If Legislators Don’t Beat Him To The Punch
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s deceptively named “Safety For All” ballot initiative has received enough valid signatures to go before voters, state election officials announced on Thursday. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, a random sample verification process estimated that at least 402,468 of the 600,000 signatures submitted were from registered voters—meaning that unless Newsom drops his proposal, the initiative will appear on the November state ballot.
Given that this onerous package of laws would require background checks for ammunition purchases, ban magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, mandate the surrender or confiscation of such magazines already in circulation and more, you’d think anti-gun lawmakers would be celebrating. But in fact, these legislators are now pressuring Newsom to withdraw his ballot initiative.
Why? Fearing voters might reject Newsom’s ballot initiative, anti-gun lawmakers drafted legislation that essentially duplicates Newsom’s ideas. Their goal is to ramrod these proposals through the state Senate and Assembly, allowing them to circumvent the will of the people altogether.
Hawaii Says Aloha To A Federal Gun Registry, Goodbye To Rights
Big Brother is alive and well in the Aloha State. Democrat Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed a bill Thursday that will enter gun owners into an FBI database registry. Under the law, police will be notified if a resident is arrested anywhere in the country and will then make the determination of whether that resident can continue to possess firearms.
This measure sets a dangerous precedent in turning the notion of our inalienable rights upside-down. You’re no longer innocent until proven guilty, you’re guilty until proven innocent. It’s part of an alarming larger trend where legislators across the country are trying to rewrite laws to cast an ever-widening net to deny the right to keep and bear arms to more people—whether or not they've ever committed any crime, whether or not they're violent or dangerous, and in some cases, whether or not they’ve even been accused of any wrongdoing.
Car Shop Owner Tells Criminal To Take A Seat—At Gunpoint
“He didn’t fit the build for a Mini owner.”
Those were the words of Modified by KC co-owner Ryan Charlton, when a man rolled into his shop with a turbocharged Mini Cooper looking to sell the seats. Earlier, he had seen a similar car posted on social media sites, so Charlton believed the car was stolen and the man was selling parts.
That’s when Charlton coolly walked over and locked the door. Charlton told WDAF-TV, “He was a little nervous and freaked out by that. I said, ‘Chill out.’” He quietly called police and grabbed his pistol, telling the thief to take a seat. The criminal tried a bribe, but Charlton simply waited for officers.
“It was kind of like that ‘Pulp Fiction’ moment. ‘We are going to be little Fonzies … We are going to relax until they get here.’” After police arrived and took the man into custody, Charlton took a photo of the car and contacted the owner.