President Donald Trump is outpacing the two previous presidents when it comes to filling seats for federal judges, with the U.S. Senate signing off this week on his fifth pick.
FOX News reports that the president appointed Kevin Christopher Newsom, an attorney from Alabama, to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Newsom is President Trump’s third circuit judge appointment, along with one district judge and Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The Trump administration has moved faster on filling judicial vacancies compared to the past administrations, thanks to its commitment to working with and extensively consulting all senators, regardless of political affiliation, to select high-caliber nominees,” said White House spokeswoman Kelly Love. We look forward to these judicial appointments leading to a court system that pays greater respect to the original intent of the Second Amendment.
NRA-ILA’s Chris Cox on Fox News
In an appearance Thursday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox praised the Trump administration’s efforts to prosecute illegal gun activity. With the Department of Justice announcing that prosecutions are up almost 23 percent over last year, Cox applauded President Trump’s leadership that is changing the culture of how America deals with criminals and is working to make cities safer and save lives.
In contrast, prosecutions for certain federal gun crimes dropped 40 percent while President Barack Obama was in office, yet his administration tried to take away Second Amendment rights from law-abiding gun owners.
“The sad truth is that nearly 4,000 people were murdered in [Obama’s] hometown during his presidency,” Cox said. Had he followed the leadership example being shown by President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, there would be people alive today who aren’t, he noted. “That’s a real tragedy and it should forever stain his legacy.”
Sessions Cuts Federal LE Aid To 4 “Sanctuary” Cities
The U.S. Department of Justice is cracking down on cities seeking federal aid to reduce violent crime but that refuse to enforce immigration laws, according to a report in The Washington Times.
The Justice Department sent letters to Albuquerque, N.M., Baltimore, Md., and San Berardino and Stockton, Calif., telling leaders the cities won’t be eligible for a new federal program to address violent crime unless they give the Department of Homeland Security access to local jails and comply with federal immigration detainers to give agents time to take custody of illegal immigrants before they are released.
“The Department of Justice is committed to supporting our law enforcement at every level, and that’s why we’re asking ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions to stop making their jobs harder,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in an announcement. “By taking simple, common-sense considerations into account, we are encouraging every jurisdiction in this country to cooperate with federal law enforcement.”
NRA-PVF Announces Virginia Election Endorsements
NRA’s Political Victory Fund has announced endorsements for critical Virginia offices ahead of this November’s elections.
The NRA is endorsing Ed Gillespie for governor, Jill Vogel for lieutenant governor and John Adams for the office of attorney general. Gillespie has an NRA “A” rating, Vogel as an “A+” rating and Adams has an “AQ” rating (A rating based on a questionnaire. In contrast, their opponents are far less friendly to the Second Amendment.
“The team of Gillespie, Vogel and Adams will ensure that law-abiding Virginians have the ability to protect and defend themselves,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA executive director. “We need to elect leaders in the Commonwealth who will support our rights. Voters need to send (gun-ban billionaire Michael) Bloomberg a strong, clear message—that his gun control agenda is not welcome in Virginia.”
Arizona Homeowner Holds Nude Invader At Bay With His Gun
“My wife said, ‘Ty, there's a man in the house.’” And so there was.
A completely nude man had walked into the home of Tyler Plitz through an unlocked door after crawling over the family’s fence. The intruder told Tyler, his wife and their two children—both under 4 years old—that he was “invited” to their home and would pay the homeowner in diamonds. Tempe police investigators say the homeowner then grabbed his firearm and held the suspect at gunpoint while chasing him out of the residence. According to ABC15, the suspect found clothing in an alleyway and got dressed before running away.
The family was understandably upset, with Plitz’s young daughter asking, “Daddy, is the monster gone?” Plitz said he reassured his little girl, and told reporters he would have done whatever was needed to ensure their safety. “You know, if he wouldn't have left, I know that I wouldn't have hesitated to shoot him.”