Hickenlooper ends White House bid Thursday, hints at possible Senate run in Colorado

H/T Fox News.

Another clown has exited the 2020 DemocRat Clown Car.

Coping with a struggling campaign and facing the reality that he wouldn’t make the stage at next month’s third round of Democratic presidential debates, former two-term Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper ended his long-shot bid for the White House on Thursday.

“Today, I’m ending my campaign for President. But I will never stop believing that America can only move forward when we work together,” Hickenlooper said in a video released on social media and through email.

“A little over six months ago, I announced my run for President. In almost every aspect, this journey has been more exciting and more rewarding than I ever imagined. Although, of course, I did imagine a very different conclusion,” he added.

Hickenlooper’s announcement also came as he’s been facing pressure from national Democrats this summer to end his presidential campaign and jump into Colorado’s crowded Democratic U.S. Senate primary for the chance to face off next year against first-term GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, who faces a challenging re-election.

“People want to know what comes next for me. I’ve heard from so many Coloradans who want me to run for the United States Senate,” HIckenlooper said in his video. “They remind me how much is at stake for our country. And our state.”

HInting at a possible Senate bid, he added “I intend to give that some serious thought.”

Hickenlooper, a geologist by training who started a successful brewery in downtown Denver and then served two terms as the city’s mayor before winning the governorship, announced his candidacy for president in March. But during the spring and summer he struggled to break out of the pack, outshined by candidates with bigger names and bigger campaign war chests, as well as less-known rivals who generated buzz and soared ahead of him in the polls.

Hickenlooper had a lackluster second quarter of fundraising, bringing in just $1 million during the April-June period. And six weeks ago, much of his senior staff jumped ship over differences with the candidate regarding the future of the campaign.

There also was virtually no chance Hickenlooper would reach the two Democratic National Committee thresholds – campaign contributions from 130,000 individual donors and at least 2 percent in four qualifying polls – to make the stage at the next two debates, which will be held next month and in October.

Hickenlooper focused his White House bid on his record as a governor who accomplished results by working with all sides, but who also pushed back against the leftward drift of the Democratic Party.

He was no fan of “Medicare-for-all,” telling Fox News earlier this year that “we will get to some version of single-payer, but single-payer doesn’t include getting rid of insurance companies.”

At last month’s second round of Democratic presidential nomination debates, he repeatedly took aim at rivals Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the party’s progressive standard-bearers and biggest advocates of a government-run Medicare-for-all system that would eliminate private insurance.

In the spin room after the debate, he once again painted Medicare-for-all as unrealistic, telling Fox News “there are a lot of different ways to move this country forward. It might not be these moon shots.”

And on the Green New Deal — the sweeping proposal that aims to transform the country’s economy to fight climate change while enacting a host of new health care and welfare programs–Hickenlooper argued that the plan shouldn’t be “a litmus test that you’re either with us or wrong.”

A Democratic source familiar with Hickenlooper’s recent conversations with Senate Democratic leadership regarding a potential Senate run told Fox News on Wednesday that “the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee wants him to drop [his White House bid] and they want this recruit really badly.”

The source, who asked to remain anonymous in order to speak more freely, said that at a meeting in New York City earlier this month between Hickenlooper and Sen. Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the chamber, “Schumer made the point that if the governor were to run for the Senate, he would be a total hero. … The governor could be the firewall between Mitch McConnell remaining as Senate majority leader and the Democrats taking back the Senate.”

A separate source, close to Hickenlooper’s inner circle, told Fox News that “everyone has come to him and said, ‘We need you, we need you, we need you,’ and I think the message of ‘You need to do this for the sake of the country’ resonates with him.”

Hickenlooper left office in January with an approval rating nearly 20 percentage points above water. And a new poll in Colorado released this week suggested Hickenlooper would be far ahead of the rest of the already-crowded field of candidates for the Democratic Senate nomination if he were to join that race.

National Democrats view Gardner, a former congressman who narrowly defeated incumbent Sen. Mark Udall in 2014 during a wave election year for Republicans, as vulnerable.

Democrats are fighting to regain the majority in the Senate, which the GOP currently controls 53-47.

Hickenlooper’s announcement also came as he’s been facing pressure from national Democrats this summer to end his presidential campaign and jump into Colorado’s crowded Democratic U.S. Senate primary for the chance to face off next year against first-term GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, who faces a challenging re-election.

“People want to know what comes next for me. I’ve heard from so many Coloradans who want me to run for the United States Senate,” HIckenlooper said in his video. “They remind me how much is at stake for our country. And our state.”

HInting at a possible Senate bid, he added “I intend to give that some serious thought.”

Hickenlooper, a geologist by training who started a successful brewery in downtown Denver and then served two terms as the city’s mayor before winning the governorship, announced his candidacy for president in March. But during the spring and summer he struggled to break out of the pack, outshined by candidates with bigger names and bigger campaign war chests, as well as less-known rivals who generated buzz and soared ahead of him in the polls.

Hickenlooper had a lackluster second quarter of fundraising, bringing in just $1 million during the April-June period. And six weeks ago, much of his senior staff jumped ship over differences with the candidate regarding the future of the campaign.

There also was virtually no chance Hickenlooper would reach the two Democratic National Committee thresholds – campaign contributions from 130,000 individual donors and at least 2 percent in four qualifying polls – to make the stage at the next two debates, which will be held next month and in October.

Hickenlooper focused his White House bid on his record as a governor who accomplished results by working with all sides, but who also pushed back against the leftward drift of the Democratic Party.

He was no fan of “Medicare-for-all,” telling Fox News earlier this year that “we will get to some version of single-payer, but single-payer doesn’t include getting rid of insurance companies.”

At last month’s second round of Democratic presidential nomination debates, he repeatedly took aim at rivals Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the party’s progressive standard-bearers and biggest advocates of a government-run Medicare-for-all system that would eliminate private insurance.

In the spin room after the debate, he once again painted Medicare-for-all as unrealistic, telling Fox News “there are a lot of different ways to move this country forward. It might not be these moon shots.”

And on the Green New Deal — the sweeping proposal that aims to transform the country’s economy to fight climate change while enacting a host of new health care and welfare programs–Hickenlooper argued that the plan shouldn’t be “a litmus test that you’re either with us or wrong.”

A Democratic source familiar with Hickenlooper’s recent conversations with Senate Democratic leadership regarding a potential Senate run told Fox News on Wednesday that “the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee wants him to drop [his White House bid] and they want this recruit really badly.”

The source, who asked to remain anonymous in order to speak more freely, said that at a meeting in New York City earlier this month between Hickenlooper and Sen. Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the chamber, “Schumer made the point that if the governor were to run for the Senate, he would be a total hero. … The governor could be the firewall between Mitch McConnell remaining as Senate majority leader and the Democrats taking back the Senate.”

A separate source, close to Hickenlooper’s inner circle, told Fox News that “everyone has come to him and said, ‘We need you, we need you, we need you,’ and I think the message of ‘You need to do this for the sake of the country’ resonates with him.”

Hickenlooper left office in January with an approval rating nearly 20 percentage points above water. And a new poll in Colorado released this week suggested Hickenlooper would be far ahead of the rest of the already-crowded field of candidates for the Democratic Senate nomination if he were to join that race.

National Democrats view Gardner, a former congressman who narrowly defeated incumbent Sen. Mark Udall in 2014 during a wave election year for Republicans, as vulnerable.

Democrats are fighting to regain the majority in the Senate, which the GOP currently controls 53-47.

Senate Dems deliver stunning warning to Supreme Court: ‘Heal’ or face restructuring

H/T Fox News.

DemocRats going back to Emperor Franklin The First have wanted to pack the court.

Several high-profile Senate Democrats warned the Supreme Court in pointed terms this week that it could face a fundamental restructuring if justices do not take steps to “heal” the court in the near future.

The ominous and unusual warning was delivered as part of a brief filed Monday in a case related to a New York City gun law. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., referenced rulings by the court’s conservative majority in claiming it is suffering from some sort of affliction which must be remedied.

“The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it,” the brief said. “Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.'”

The last part was quoting language from a Quinnipiac University poll, in which 51 percent favored such restructuring. In the same poll, 55 percent believed the Supreme Court was “motivated by politics” more than by the law.

Dramatic changes to the Supreme Court have been proposed by several Democrats vying for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination, with “court-packing” being a common — though highly controversial — suggestion. Increasing the number of justices on the court would allow the president to shift the balance on the bench by loading up justices of his or her preference.

Democratic candidates, including former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, and Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, and Gillibrand, all have signaled an openness to expanding the number of judges on the court should they reach the White House.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg has also supported expanding the court, proposing a plan to have some justices appointed by the president and others selected by the other justices in order to “depoliticize” the court. He’s admitted that the only way he can think of to make this work would be to increase the size of the court from nine justices to 15, while stressing that simply “adding more justices onto the court who agree with you” would be a bad idea.

Yet other candidates such as former Vice President Joe Biden have come out againstcourt-packing, as has Bernie Sanders, though the Vermont senator has suggested rotating judges to other courts.

Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has also spoken out against court-packing, telling NPR in July, “Nine seems to be a good number.”

The Democratic senators’ brief was filed in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. City of New York, which dealt with legal limitations on where gun owners could transport their licensed, locked, and unloaded firearms. They are urging the court to stay out of the case brought by the NRA-backed group, claiming that because the city recently changed the law to ease restrictions, the push to the Supreme Court is part of an “industrial-strength influence campaign” to get the conservative majority to rule in favor of gun owners.

If the court still decides to hear the case, a ruling against New York City could prevent other cities and states from passing similar gun control laws.

Conservatives currently outnumber liberals on the Supreme Court 5-4, but the past year featured a multitude of cases where conservatives — including President Trump’s picks Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — sided with the liberal bloc.

Schumer Proposes Unconstitutional Infringements on Body Armor Sales

H/T AmmoLand.

Little Chuckie Schumer has bodyguards and dos not care if we can protect ourselves.

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Senator Chuck Schumer (D) New York, has proposed radical new infringements on the Second Amendment.   Schumer proposed that body armor be prohibited to citizens, and that body armor sales be metered out by the FBI.

None of his proposals were in the form of a bill or written proposals. The proposal is blatantly unconstitutional on its face. Body armor is legal to purchase in all 50 states and is in common use. It is clearly a portable arm, even though its use is primarily defensive in nature. From the nypost.com:

Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday proposed new legislation to require the FBI to sign off on body armor sales to civilians.

The announcement comes one week after mass killer Connor Betts — clad in body armor — opened fire in a trendy Dayton, Ohio, neighborhood and killed nine people before he was gunned down by police.

The standard is clear from the Heller decision, clarified in a unanimous decision in Caetano.

Bearable arms are protected by the Second Amendment. They are not unusual if they are in common use. Arms may be regulated to keep them from being used to terrify the population if they are both dangerous and unusual.  Arms that are in common use are not unusual, as per the Supreme Court.  From Caetano:

The Court has held that “the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding,” District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U. S. 570, 582 (2008), and that this “Second Amendment right is fully applicable to the States,” McDonald v.Chicago, 561 U. S. 742, 750 (2010). In this case, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts upheld a Massachusetts law prohibiting the possession of stun guns after examining “whether a stun gun is the type of weapon contemplated by Congress in 1789 as being protected by the Second Amendment.” 470 Mass. 774, 777, 26 N. E. 3d 688, 691 (2015).

The Left in the United States has not respected the Constitution in a hundred and ten years, since Progressivism became a serious force in American politics. It would be folly to expect them to respect the Constitution and the principle of limited government it is designed to implement. They claim to respect the Constitution by claiming it is infinitely malleable, that words can be twisted to mean their precise opposite, thus allowing Leftist to rule the country without limit.  Their deception, promoted by an ideologically Progressive media, is now widely understood.

Armor has been considered a part of bearable arms since before the historical record, as long as man has existed.

The idea of restricting body armor from the population is so obviously forbidden by the Second Amendment so as to wonder at the purpose of Senator Schumer’s proposal.

I suspect it is a “bargaining chip” to be used as leverage to obtain a ban on the private sale of firearms, also known as “universal background checks”. A gun sale is not private if it is required to be approved by a public entity.

Body armor is used by criminals occasionally. It has been used in two instances of mass murder that I know of, at the Aurora theater mass murder and at the Dayton, Ohio mass murder.

It is more commonly used by police and others for legal defensive purposes. No arms commonly carried by police should be denied to the citizenry.

If an arm is useful to the police, it is useful to citizens.

Use of a single event that arouses public passion, to pass legislation that would never pass otherwise, has been well understood for centuries. The founders understood it and guarded against it.  In the modern parlance, it has been called the “Overton Window”, or as Rahm Emanuel was quoted:

You never let a serious crises go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.

The concept is a direct attack on good and prudent government. It presupposes the people in power know best, and thus harness the emotion of a moment to pass legislation that could never pass if considered rationally and judiciously.

It is exactly what the limits on government power were designed to prevent.

One of those limits is the Second Amendment of the Constitution. If Senator Schumer succeeds in his unconstitutional desire to deprive American citizens of body armor, the Courts should quickly and clearly rule it as an unconstitutional infringement.

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Sen. Rick Scott: Dems Don’t Want Solutions, They Just Want To Take Away Your Guns

H/T The Lid.

Gun control has never been about guns but it has been about control.

U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) has accused congressional Democrats of being more interested in disarming American gun owners than solving problems associated with mental health, according to Fox News.

Mental health seems to be a thread that connects several recent mass shooters, although it seems that only after the fact do reports surface that some of these individuals provided “warning signs” that might have tipped people off to their sudden violent outbursts.

In an appearance on “America’s Newsroom,” the Fox midday newscast, Scott stated, “This is like Groundhog Day, we have a shooting and Democrats want to take away your guns. They don’t want to solve problems, they want to take away your guns. That’s what totalitarian governments do.”

The former Florida governor, Scott noted that in the aftermath of the Parkland mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, “I sat down within days, within four to five days, I got law enforcement together, mental health counselors together, and I got educators together and within three weeks, we passed logical, common-sense legislation to make our schools and communities safer.”

Democrats seem focused on passing so-called “universal background checks” – which many people see as a precursor to registration – and so-called “red flag laws,” which lots of gun owners dislike because of due process concerns.

Now a mayor in California wants to complicate things for gun owners in his jurisdiction by passing a requirement that all gun owners have liability insurance. Mayor Sam Liccardo of San Jose, according to CNN, would mandate insurance to cover “accidental discharge of the gun, and for the intentional acts of third parties who steal, borrow, or otherwise acquire the gun,” CNN reported. Such insurance would not cover “liability of the policyholder for his or her own intentional conduct,” the story noted.

The dilemma may be in finding an insurance company that would provide such plans for gun owners.

The proposal may not fly far, due to the state’s peremptory language in the statute, but there is no state constitutional provision that guarantees the right to keep and bear arms. The 2010 McDonald ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court did incorporate the Second Amendment to the states via the 14th Amendment, however.

Under Liccardo’s proposal, gun owners who couldn’t afford insurance could pay into a government fund that would help offset the costs of “gun violence,” but even then the scheme would penalize honest gun owners for crimes they didn’t commit.

Watch the full Rick Scott interview below:

Cross Posted With Conservative Firing Line

Post On 4Chan Announced Epstein Death 40 Minutes BEFORE News Became Public

H/T The Lid.

How did 4Chan know 40 minutes the Epstein was dead before the public announcement?

This Epstein suicide gets weirder by the hour. Buzzfeed is reporting that about 40 minutes before Aaron Katersky of ABC News broke the news of Jeffrey Epstein death via twitter, an anonymous message 4chan announced the suicide, “dont ask me how I know, but Epstein died an hour ago from hanging, cardiac arrest.”

Obviously, this raises the questions Who is the poster? And how the heck did he find out?

It gets weirder when others on the message board demanded evidence, the poster gave details about the attempts to save the pedophile, including that first responders attempted to resuscitate Epstein for 40 minutes before he was taken to a hospital, where medical staff continued efforts to revive him for 20 more minutes.

Not only were there details but it was in first-responder-type jargon. Which may be an indication that it was one of the first responders who posted the news to 4Chan.

Buzzfeed spoke to the NYFD who could not verify the information but…

Frank Dwyer, an FDNY spokesperson, told BuzzFeed News he “could not verify the accuracy” of information in the 4chan post. But he said any medical professional who divulges patient information without consent is in violation of a federal health privacy law, HIPAA, and that FDNY would look into it.

“The department will review this incident,” he said at the time. The FDNY later said that it “is reviewing this incident, there is no investigation” — but would not describe the difference between a review and investigation.

The nickname for the NY Fire Dept. has always been “New York’s Bravest.” But after trying to differentiate between review vs. investigation, the name of their press team should be “New York’s most confusing.”

The investigation/review or whatever you want to call it happened was over quickly as two hours after telling Buzzfeed about the review, the NYFD, determined this alleged information did not come from the Fire Department.” The reason for that determination was that the medical facts on the board did not match their records:

“We looked at the information provided by [a BuzzFeed News] reporter and we looked at our own records and there was no match.It doesn’t match our medical records.”

Whether or not the medical part of the 4chan post was correct (and the NYFD spokesman may be fudging the truth)  the question remains how did that anonymous poster find out before anyone else?

H/T Ed Morrissey at Hot Air

WATCH: AG Barr Gives Fiery Speech Defending Police, Proposes Swift Death For Mass Shooters And Cop-Killers

H/T The Daily Wire.

I agree with Attorney General Barr it is taking way too long to bring mass shooters and cop killers to justice.

I say convict them on Monday then on Wednesday execute their asses.

Speaking in New Orleans at the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police’s 64th National Biennial Conference on Monday, Attorney General William Barr stated in a fiery pro-police speech that the Trump administration will propose legislation calling for the swift imposition of death sentences for mass shooters or those who murder police officers.

Barr stated, “We will be proposing legislation providing that in cases of mass murder, or in cases of murder of a law enforcement officer, there will be a timetable for judicial proceedings that will allow imposition of any death sentence without undue delay. Punishment must be swift and certain.”

Noting that the troops who fought in the first Gulf War were justifiably cheered and given ticker tape parades when they returned, Barr pointed out, “But when police officers leave their precincts every morning, there are no crowds on the highway cheering you. And when you come home at the end of the day after a job well done, there are no ticker tape parades. One reason for this is that law enforcement is fighting a different type of war. We are fighting an unrelenting, never-ending fight against criminal predators in our society. While there are battles won and lost each day, there is never a final resolution – a final victory is never in sight.”

Barr saluted the police, saying, “In the final analysis, what stands between chaos and carnage on the one hand, and the civilized and tranquil society we all yearn for, is the thin blue line of law enforcement. You are the ones manning the ramparts – day in, and day out.”

Barr offered his diagnosis for some of the most dangerous trends plaguing American society: “We live in an age now when the institutions we have relied on to inculcate values and self-restraint have been under constant assault for over 50 years. As a result, we see about us increased social pathology: boys growing up without fathers; alienated and angry young men; gangs engaged in the most brutal violence; mass shootings; increasing mental illness and suicide among young people; a drug epidemic inflicting casualties beyond what we would sustain in a major war; growing domestic violence; an increase in sexual assaults and child exploitation.” He continued, “And who is expected to deal with this? As other institutions fail and abdicate, who is expected to stand their ground? Who is expected to pick up the pieces? You are. The police. The thin blue line.

Barr acknowledged that there have been abuses, but asserted, “… these are very much the exceptions, not the rule. If anything, I continue to be amazed at the professionalism of our police officers in the most extreme circumstances.”

Barr took a shot at the Obama Administration, positing, “On the drug front, we are facing a monumental challenge. To be frank, the Obama Administration showed little interest in prosecuting the fight against dangerous drugs. A tsunami built up and has been crashing over the country, bringing death and destruction. The death toll from opioids alone is higher than we would sustain in a major war. Indeed, in a single year, we lose more people to opioids than we lost during the entire Vietnam War … I think our attack on illicit opioids is building momentum. It is going to be a long difficult road, but we are gaining real traction. As you know, this Administration has sharply increased drug trafficking prosecutions, especially as to opioids. In 2018 we prosecuted 36 percent more opioid-related offenses than we did in the previous year. Fentanyl prosecutions were up 200 percent.”

Barr said bluntly, “Obviously, the head of the snake is outside the United States. Most of the illegal drugs coming into the country – opioids, cocaine, and meth – are trafficked from Mexico by transnational organized crime, particularly the Mexican cartels. We must destroy these cartels. This is a uniquely Federal responsibility. We have destroyed cartels in the past, but we let up so that other groups were able to take their place. We cannot do that again. I don’t underestimate how hard this work is, and how long it will take.”

He concluded, “Please continue to do what you do. This Administration has your back. May God bless you and keep you safe. And may God bless the United States of America.”

Video below:

 

Let the Blame Game Commence: Attacker Fires Shots Into San Antonio ICE Office

H/T Godfather Politics.

The blame for the attacks on ICE Offices lays at the door of DemocRats and especially Alexandria Occasional-Cortex(Delusional-NY).

A man has been arrested in San Antonio, Texas, and charged with firing shots into the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office (ICE) there.

Police in San Antonio are questioning a man who they suspect of firing into the downtown office building early on Tuesday morning, according to KSAT.

The man was accused of firing shots into the building from across the street. Fortunately, no one was hurt and officials said that the building was nearly empty at the time, in any case.

Keep Texas Red@VoteRedTexas

: Shots fired at ICE facility around 3 am this morning. Shots came from across the highway and hit the 14th floor. No one was injured and the suspect has been caught. The name of the suspect has not been released.

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Shots fired into ICE office in San Antonio: ‘There were people in the building’

Police in San Antonio arrested a man early Tuesday morning in connection with gunshots fired through the windows of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in the city, according to local media…

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NBC 4 reported that the shooting occurred at around 3 AM on Tuesday.

“I don’t think there’s a question that they knew which floors the ice offices were,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Chris Combs told the media on Tuesday.

“All of the shots that we have found are on the floors where ICE had offices,” Combs added. “This is no question a very targeted attack. It’s not a secret facility, you can go online, it’s out there. So they did some research, they knew what floors ICE was on, they knew what buildings they were and they hit those.”

Neither the San Antonio Police nor the federal government were interested in confirming that the ICE offices were an actual target of the shooter. But the investigation continues into the man’s motives.

But ICE ERO San Antonio Field Office Director Daniel Bible denounced the shooting.

“This attack at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Field Office in San Antonio is completely without justification,” Bible in a statement. “Political rhetoric and misinformation that various politicians, media outlets and activist groups recklessly disseminate to the American people regarding the ICE mission only serve to further encourage these violent acts. ICE officers put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communities safe. This disturbing public discourse shrouds our critical law enforcement function and unnecessarily puts our officers’ safety at risk.”

The FBI’s Combs also added that it was important to discourage copycats.

“We are concerned that there could be additional attacks, we have to stop that,” Combs said. “We cannot allow political discourse to lead us to the point of violence, where federal employees, innocent people doing their jobs are put in harms way.”