A University of Toledo professor who has studied the history, principles and techniques of propaganda, as it was used by various governments during World War I and World War II, reports that he has found many of the same techniques used by members of the elite media to attack, marginalize and dehumanize leaders and members of gun-rights groups such as the National Rifle Association of America.
What’s more, Professor Brian Anse Patrick reports, these propaganda efforts, which get magnified when smaller, less influential media outlets copy the coverage, attitude and language used by the elite media, reveal a “naked bias of large magnitude” against the NRA by the media.
The consolation, Patrick reports, is that “such coverage offends and politically mobilizes gun owners. Were it not for the informational heavy-handedness of The New York Times and similar news organizations, NRA and American gun culture would not possess the power of numbers they have today.”
Polls Show Americans Distrust Clinton
Recent polls by the Washington Post/ABC News and CBS/New York Times suggest that Americans widely distrust Hillary Clinton.
The Washington Post/ABC News poll, conducted July 6-7, asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of [FBI Director James] Comey's recommendation that Clinton should NOT be charged with a crime?” for her mishandling of classified email, and found that 56 percent disapproved and only 35 percent approved of that recommendation.
The CBS/New York Times poll, conducted July 8-12, asked respondents, “Do you think Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy, or not?” and found that 67 percent of respondents—including 74 percent of independents—considered Clinton untrustworthy.
Oregon Governor Targets Gun Owners
Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced three gun-control goals for the 2017 legislative session—all of which will target law-abiding gun owners while doing nothing to reduce crime.
One proposal, HB 4147, would remove the current safeguard that prevents indefinite delays on firearm transfers and allows FFLs to release a firearm after three business days if the Oregon State Police are unable to determine whether a recipient is prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Other proposals include expanding the types of relationships that qualify under “domestic violence” charges and banning so-called “extended-capacity” magazines. The domestic violence proposal has the potential to expand the prohibited possessors category to include some misdemeanor crimes. And, of course, arbitrarily limiting ammunition does nothing more than hinder Oregonians’ lawful right to self-defense, since criminals, by definition, do not follow the law.
Louisiana Sheriff Says Cop Murders Not A Gun Issue
As gun-banners continue to call for more restrictive gun-control laws in the wake of vicious and deadly attacks on law enforcement officers in a number of states, one Louisiana sheriff sees the situation differently.
Following the murder of three Baton Rouge police officers on Sunday, East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said he doesn’t believe the attack there was the result of a “gun issue.”
“With God’s help, we will get through this,” Gautreaux said. “To me this is not so much about gun control as it is about what’s in men’s hearts. And until we come together as a nation, as a people, to heal as a people. If we don’t do that and this madness continues, we will surely perish as a people.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to officers and their families in Dallas, Baton Rouge and everywhere our police officers selflessly patrol to keep the rest of us safe.
CrossFit Under Fire For Decision To Award Pistols As Prizes
CrossFit is courting controversy. As the company’s 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games gets underway today in Carson, Calif., the event is receiving criticism for its decision to award winners prizes that include handguns. Dave Castro, director of the games, said he gladly accepted Glock’s offer to give the pistols away.
But not everyone is in accordance. Title sponsor Reebok put out a statement saying they do not agree with this decision. And a Change.org petition also protested the giveaway. “This is not us,” read the petition. “CrossFit is for health, fitness and the well-being of people in all communities.” Apparently the signees don’t see how self-protection could bear any relation to “well-being.”
Fortunately, Castro has the final say, and he refuses to back down. “There has also been tremendous support,” he notes. “As long as guns are legal in the U.S. based off of our constitutional right, nothing is changing.”
Convicted Felon Killed After Forcing Entry Into Ex-Girlfriend’s Home
Patrick Dewayne Decker of Leitchfield, Ky., had a lengthy rap sheet that included rape, kidnapping, assault and burglary. He also had an outstanding domestic violence order that forbade him from seeing an ex-girlfriend. She had told police she feared for her life and that of her 11-year-old son.
Decker’s restraining order was recently amended to allow him to stay in his parents’ home, which is next door to his former girlfriend. The courts and his family all begged him to stay away from her home—but Decker apparently couldn’t resist.
On Saturday night, he went next door and began banging on her windows and doors, and eventually broke down the front door and forced his way in. Fortunately, she was prepared for the event she had long dreaded, and she fired several shots at Decker. He fled and collapsed in the driveway, and was pronounced dead at the scene.