How A Buyback Got Played With A Homemade Shotgun

H/T Bearing Arms.

These folks doing the gun buyback in San Franciso prove the old adage correct that a fool and his money are soon parted.

A buyback program in San Francisco is convinced it’s making the world safer for everyone. After all, they took a whole lot of guns off the street.

Now, often a buyback program gets a lot of non-functional guns that aren’t worth what’s being paid. They also get a few quality guns that someone doesn’t want anymore.

However, sometimes, they get played.

Police in San Francisco took in 187 weapons during a gun buy-back Saturday morning.

The four-hour event, hosted by United Playaz, yielded 57 pistols, 44 revolvers, 11 assault weapons and three shotguns. One of those shotguns was homemade.

Now, if you watch the video at the original post, you’ll see the homemade shotgun was little more than a piece of pipe attached to a piece of wood with wire ties. I’m not sure if there was anything internal to the gun, even. It had a pipe cap on the end where the breach would be. I don’t even see how to load the damn thing.

In other words, its greatest value as a weapon is probably serving as a poor excuse for a club.

See, what happens is that some will look at these buybacks, figure they have a quick way to make a buck, and will throw together these cheap “weapons” and make a tidy profit.

Meanwhile, the ignorant morons who are convinced this is a winning strategy get to hold this up as proof that guns are a serious problem and can be easily constructed in anyone’s backyard.

The buyback offered $100 for every handgun and $200 for every “assault rifle.” It’s not clear what they got for this “shotgun,” but if they only got handgun price, it’s still a nice little profit for little to no actual effort.

To make matters worse, it’s unlikely anyone even knew how to tell if that was an actual firearm or not. It was just vaguely gun-shaped, so they took it. No questions asked, right?

Frankly, buybacks are kind of asking for this. In addition to being great places to dump murder weapons, they’re all but begging for people to scam them with these gun-shaped objects. They make it clear they’ll take anything, so that’s what they do.

Then they turn around and pretend taking something like this off the streets was a great accomplishment.

In fairness, though, it might be. After all, a “weapon” like this could easily be used in crime almost as effectively as an actual firearm. A quick glance, fear, and loud orders could all create an environment where people don’t look too closely at the “weapon” being used.

Of course, a buyback isn’t going to stop much of that kind of action. After all, the person who made this “shotgun” now has more than enough money to make another and still have a nice dinner.

Nice job, San Francisco. Keep this up, and you’ll lift people out of poverty exclusively by scamming gun buyback programs. Keep this up, and people will soon be able to afford to live in the bay area.

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13 Facts About Friday the 13th

H/T Mental Floss.

My grandfather would barely get out of bed on Friday the thirteenth.

There are plenty of superstitions out there, but none have woven themselves into the fabric of our culture quite like Friday the 13th. It’s inspired books, songs, and one of the most successful horror movie franchises of all time. But despite giving us anxiety, the origins of this notorious date on the calendar remain largely unknown to most. Where did it start? Does it really stretch back to the 14th century? And how does Loki figure into all of it?

There are a lot of urban legends and half-truths out there, so we’re diving a bit deeper into the history of this most terrifying of days with 13 facts about Friday the 1

1. THE BIBLE HELPED INSPIRE THE PHOBIA.

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Part of superstition surrounding Friday the 13th comes from the Christian Bible. During the Last Supper, there were 13 guests—Jesus and his 12 apostles, one of which, Judas, would eventually betray him. Since then, some have believed in a superstition regarding 13 guests at a dinner table. This slowly extended to be an overall feeling that the number itself was bad luck.

Of course, when Jesus was crucified, it took place on a Friday, leading some to view the day with an anxious eye. Taken separately, both the number 13 and Friday have since made their way into modern superstitions.

2. SO DID LOKI.

Guided by Loki, Höðr shoots the mistletoe at Baldr.

Guided by Loki, Höðr shoots the mistletoe at Baldr.
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The Last Supper is one view on the origins of our fear of 13. Another comes from Norse mythology—more specifically in the form of the trickster god Loki. In those stories, Loki tricked the blind god Höðr into killing his brother Baldr with a dart of mistletoe. Baldr’s mother, Frigg, had previously ordered everything in existence to never harm her son, except the mistletoe, which she viewed as incapable of harm.

How does 13 figure into this? Some accounts say Baldr’s death took place at a dinner held for 12 gods before it was interrupted by Loki—the 13th (and most unwanted) guest.

3. SOME POINT TO THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR AS THE DAY’S ORIGIN (BUT IT’S PROBABLY NOT).

Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and Last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, is lead to the stake to burn for heresy in 1314.

Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and Last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, is lead to the stake to burn for heresy in 1314.
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Contrary to what The Da Vinci Code told you, the reason people fear Friday the 13th isn’t because of the Knights Templar. On the very unlucky Friday, October 13, 1307, Philip IV of France had members of the Templar arrested—growing uneasy with their power and covetous of their riches. There were trials, torture, and many of the Knights were burned at the stake, eventually leading to the superstition of Friday the 13th as a cursed and evil day.

That’s not quite true, though. This is a take that’s been drummed up in recent years, most visibly in Dan Brown’s best-selling novel, but in reality, the unlucky combination of Friday and 13 didn’t appear until around the turn of the 20th century.

4. A 1907 NOVEL PLAYED A BIG PART IN CREATING THE SUPERSTITION.

Panic on 'Black Friday' in the New York Gold Room, 1869.

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We know a good deal about the history of our fear of 13 and of Fridays, but combined? Well, that’s less clear. One popular thought, though, points to a 1907 book by a stockbroker named Thomas Lawson. Titled Friday, the Thirteenth, it tells the tale of a stockbroker who picks that particular day to manipulate the stock market and bring all of Wall Street down.

The book sold fairly well at the time, moving 28,000 copies in its first week. And it must have struck a chord with early 20th century society, as it’s said to have caused a real-life superstition among stockbrokers regarding trading and buying stocks on the 13th. While not the first to combine the dates, Lawson’s book is credited with popularizing the notion that Friday the 13th is bad news.

The fear among brokers was so real that in a 1923 New York Times article, it stated that people “would no more buy or sell a share of stock today than they would walk under a ladder or kick a black cat out of their path.”

5. STOCKBROKERS HAVE REASON TO BE NERVOUS.

The 1873 rush from the New York Stock Exchange as banks began to fail and close, leading to a 10-day closure of the Stock Exchange.

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Lawson’s book was pure fiction, but the history of the stock market on Friday the 13th can be either profitable or absolutely terrifying, depending on the month. On most Friday the 13ths, stocks have actually risen—according to Time, they go up about 57 percent of the time, compared to the 52 percent on any other given date. However, if it’s a Friday the 13th in October … be warned.

There’s an average S&P drop of about 0.5 percent on those unlucky Fridays in October. And on Friday, October 13, 1989, the S&P actually saw a drop of 6.1 percent—to this day, it’s still referred to as a “mini crash.”

6. GOOD THINGS HAPPEN ON THAT DAY TOO, THOUGH! IT’S ALSO THE DAY HOLLYWOOD GOT ITS SIGN.

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On Friday, July 13, 1923, the United States got a brand new landmark as the famed Hollywood sign was officially christened as a promotional tool for a new housing development. But before the sign took on its familiar image, it initially read “Hollywoodland”—the full name of the development that was being built on the hills above Los Angeles. The signtook on its current “Hollywood” look in 1949 when, after two decades of disrepair, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce decided to remove the last four letters and just maintain the first nine.

7. APPROPRIATELY, IT’S THE DATE HEAVY METAL WAS BORN.

Cover of Black Sabbath album

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This one isn’t exactly scientific, but don’t tell that to a metalhead. According to heavy metal lore, the genre was born Friday, February 13, 1970, with the UK release of Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album. Bands like Steppenwolf had laid the foundation in the years before (Steppenwolf is also credited with coining the term “heavy metal” in their lyrics for 1968’s “Born to Be Wild“), but those first dissonant “Devil’s Tritone” chords of “Black Sabbath“—yes, the opening track of the album Black Sabbath by the band Black Sabbath was the song “Black Sabbath”—were the true birth of the dark, brooding, rocking subculture. Horns up.

8. THERE ARE SCIENTIFIC TERMS FOR THE PHOBIA.

Friday the 13th on a calendar

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Afraid of Friday the 13th? Well now you can put a name to your phobia. You likely already know the term triskaidekaphobia, which only applies to the fear of the number 13. But for specific fears of Friday the 13th, you can choose between paraskevidekatriaphobia (Paraskevi meaning Friday in Greek) or friggatriskaidekaphobia, based on the word Frigg, the Norse goddess that Friday was named after in English. (Remember, it was her son who Loki had killed …)

9. ONE INDIANA TOWN PUT BELLS ON EVERY BLACK CAT TO WARD OFF BAD LUCK.

Black cat wearing a bell.

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The folks of French Lick, Indiana (Larry Bird’s hometown) are apparently a superstitious lot. In the 1930s and extending into the ’40s, the town board decreed all black cats in the town were to wear a bell around their neck every Friday the 13th. Apparently, the confluence of two popular phobias was a bit too much for the small Indiana town to handle.

10. FIVE PRESIDENTS WERE PART OF A CLUB TO IMPROVE THE NUMBER’S REPUTATION.

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Some people aren’t just unaffected by the stigma of 13, they’re downright defiant of it. In order to prove that there was no curse on the number, Captain William Fowler—who had fought in 13 Civil War battles—started a club in 1882 that spat in the face of superstition.

Members would meet on the 13th of the month, at 13 past the hour, and sit 13 at a dining table. For some, this behavior was just begging for a hex, but these men didn’t care. They sought to disprove the myth and others along with it—open umbrellas lined the dining hall and members would willingly break glass, waiting for a so-called curse to befall them.

This wasn’t just a club for eccentrics, either. Five presidents would become honorary members of The Thirteen Club: Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, and Theodore Roosevelt. In fact, Cleveland would take part while he was in office. In all, it’s said that no man was struck down by any particularly curious fate (except perhaps McKinley, who was assassinated), despite having so blatantly tempted it.

11. IN ITALY, PEOPLE FEAR FRIDAY THE 17TH.

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Italy’s got the right idea, but they’re a few days off. Traditionally, their fear coincides with the number 17, which can be arranged as the sum of the Roman numerals VIXI, which can then, in turn, be translated as the Latin phrase “I have lived.” The overall superstition around Friday remains the same—it all has to do with Jesus’s crucifixion.

This is no niche phobia, though. As ThoughtCo. points out, there are people who refuse to leave the house or go to work on Friday the 17th out of fear of the ominous date. And the Italian airline Alitalia doesn’t even put a row 17 (or a 13) on its planes, as seen on this seat map [PDF].

12. THERE CAN’T BE MORE THAN THREE IN A GIVEN YEAR.

Calendar of 2015 with three Friday the 13ths

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There’s some good news if you’re one of those people who are genuinely afraid of Friday the 13th: There can’t be more than three in any given year, and it’s possible to go as many as 14 months without one. There’s an easy way to figure out if a month will have a Friday the 13th, too—if the month starts on a Sunday, you’re guaranteed one. For 2018, 2019, and 2020, we get a bit of a break, as each year will only have two. This year, only April and July are affected.

13. AN ASTEROID WILL COME RELATIVELY CLOSE TO US IN 2029.

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Let’s just get this out of the way: We’ll be fine. An asteroid will not collide with the Earth on Friday, April 13, 2029. We will, however, get a pretty spectacular look at asteroid 99942 Apophis (also known as 2004 MN4), which is about 320 meters wide and would be devastating if it did hit. When the asteroid was first discovered in 2004, astronomers gave it a haunting 1-in-60 chance of colliding with Earth, but extra data has proved that it’ll miss us entirely.

“We weren’t too worried,” Paul Chodas, of NASA’s Near Earth Object Program, said, “but the odds were disturbing.”

That’s not to say the asteroid still won’t be a sight to behold: Apophis will cruise past Earth 18,600 miles above ground. “For comparison,” NASA wrote on its site, “geosynchronous satellites orbit at 22,300 miles.” The asteroid will be mostly visible in parts of Asia, Africa, and Europe, and another event of this nature may not be seen for another 1000 or so years.

Left-Wing Antifa Terrorists ‘Freaking Out’ over Proposed ‘Unmasking’ Law

H/T Breitbart’s Big Government.

Only cowards hide behind a mask and these thugs need to be exposed for the cowards they are.

 

The left-wing terrorist organization that calls itself Antifa is “freaking out” over a proposed law that would enhance penalties for anyone who “injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person” while wearing a disguise or mask.

Throughout our country, and for a number of years now — and primarily because the establishment media fantasizes about,  promotesenflames and  approves of the violence committed against the right (naturally, HuffPo opposes the unmasking law) — Antifa has been allowed to run rampant, committing countless acts of violence against everyday, peaceful supporters of President Donald Trump.

Antifa has also been responsible for untold amounts of vandalism and property damage, and targets the alt-right.

The  Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018 can mean additional fines and prison terms of up to 15 years. The Hill reports the “bill was introduced by Republican Rep. Dan Donovan (N.Y.) and is co-sponsored by GOP Reps. Pete King (R-NY), Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Ted Budd (R-NC).”

Ironically, this proposed law is similar to laws passed decades ago in states like Georgiaand Alabama to stop another terrorist group formed by far-left Democrats, the Ku Klux Klan. According to the far-left New York Times, Ohio and West Virginia already have similar laws on the books.

Unless it is Halloween, Mardi Gras, or some other kind of celebration, there is no legitimate reason to disguise who you are in public, unless you intend to do something illegal and do not wish to be identified.

And since our establishment media choose to encouragestokedismissfomentdownplay, and excuse harassment, violence and property damage against Trump supporters; since the media are normalizing and even making heroes of violent, left-wing thugs, it is important that law enforcement have all the tools necessary to stop this epidemic of lawlessness.

Nevertheless, people are still freaking out. Carmichael Monaco, a member of the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council, a New York City-based activist group, told Vice Tuesday:

[The unmasking law] takes a pro-fascist stance in its very name, and doubtlessly in its enforcement. In the current political climate, antifascists who speak out against fascism, racism, xenophobia, etc. are routinely harassed, threatened, and attacked by the far right, often supported by the police, who are notably exempted here. Families and friends of antifascists also become targets of far right violence. The wearing of a mask is an act of self-defense often necessary to ensure one’s right to free speech.

“It’s a law that threatens to clamp down on direct action politics more broadly. I think it sets a disturbing precedent,” Mark Bray, a professor at Dartmouth who studies human rights and radical politics told Vice.

No examples of Antifa being victims or targets are cited anywhere in the Vice piece. But…

Here are 352 (and counting) verified acts of violence and harassment against Trump supporters, much of it committed by Antifa terrorists wearing masks.

Sen. Chris Murphy: Brett Kavanaugh Is a ‘Second Amendment Radical’

H/T Breitbart’s Big Government.

I like the fact Sen.Chris Murphy(CT) thinks Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a Second Amendment Radical. 

Pres. Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on Monday night and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) responded by calling him a “Second Amendment radical.”

Murphy tweeted:

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Brett Kavanaugh is a true Second Amendment radical. He believes assault weapon bans are unconstitutional, a position way out of the judicial mainstream, far to the right of even late Justice Scalia.

Ironically, on December 8, 2015, Justices Clarence Thomas dissented SCOTUS’ refusal to hear a challenge to Highland Park, Illinois, “assault weapons” ban, contending that the commonly-owned rifles meet the threshold for Second Amendment protections. His dissent was joined by Justice Antonin Scalia.

The New York Times quoted Thomas: “Roughly five million Americans own AR-style semiautomatic rifles. The overwhelming majority of citizens who own and use such rifles do so for lawful purposes, including self-defense and target shooting. Under our precedents, that is all that is needed for citizens to have a right under the Second Amendment to keep such weapons.”

Again, Scalia joined Thomas in dissent.

On May 20, 2018, Breitbart News reported that Sen. Murphy called for an “assault weapons” ban in reaction to the May 18 Sante Fe High School shooting. The attacker in that incident used a revolver and a shotgun.

Brett Kavanaugh’s View on the Second Amendment

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

I think Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court will be a great asset for the Second Amendment and gun owners.

Trump’s Supreme Court pick says ‘text, history, and tradition’ key to determining the constitutionality of gun laws.

Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace retiring justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, has ruled on a number of gun-related cases in his time on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, including a written opinion that comprehensively explains his approach to determining whether or not gun laws are constitutional.

Kavanaugh was involved at several points in the years-long fight over Washington, D.C., gun carry laws. In September 2015, he dissented in the appeals court’s decision to stay a lower court ruling striking down the city’s restrictive gun-carry law. In Grace v. D.C., he indicated that he believed the city’s law should not be reinstated while the case continued to play out in federal court. In September 2017, Kavanaugh was among the judges who rejected a request for a full panel hearing in the same case, leaving the decision striking down the restrictive “good reason” clause in place.

Before those cases, Kavanaugh was involved in another gun-rights case, in which he wrote a detailed account of how he views the landmark Heller and MacDonald precedents affirming that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms. In that 2011 case, Dick Heller again challenged D.C.’s gun laws. This time he argued that the city’s ban on many semiautomatic firearms, including the popular AR-15 rifle, and their restrictive firearm registration system were unconstitutional. The majority ruled against him.

Kavanaugh, however, dissented from the majority and agreed with Heller.

“In my judgment, both D.C.’s ban on semiautomatic rifles and its gun registration requirement are unconstitutional under Heller,” he wrote. “In Heller, the Supreme Court held that handguns—the vast majority of which today are semiautomatic—are constitutionally protected because they have not traditionally been banned and are in common use by law-abiding citizens. There is no meaningful or persuasive constitutional distinction between semiautomatic handguns and semiautomatic rifles. Semiautomatic rifles, like semiautomatic handguns, have not traditionally been banned and are in common use by law-abiding citizens for self-defense in the home, hunting, and other lawful uses.”

“Moreover, semiautomatic handguns are used in connection with violent crimes far more than semiautomatic rifles are. It follows from Heller‘s protection of semiautomatic handguns that semiautomatic rifles are also constitutionally protected and that D.C.’s ban on them is unconstitutional. (By contrast, fully automatic weapons, also known as machine guns, have traditionally been banned and may continue to be banned after Heller.)”

“D.C.’s registration requirement, which is significantly more stringent than any other federal or state gun law in the United States, is likewise unconstitutional. Heller and later McDonald said that regulations on the sale, possession, or use of guns are permissible if they are within the class of traditional, ‘longstanding’ gun regulations in the United States. Registration of all lawfully possessed guns—as distinct from licensing of gun owners or mandatory recordkeeping by gun sellers—has not traditionally been required in the United States and even today remains highly unusual. Under Heller’s history- and tradition-based test, D.C.’s registration requirement is therefore unconstitutional.”

After analyzing the city’s ban on certain semiautomatic rifles and its registration requirements, Kavanaugh turned his focus to explaining what standard he believes the Supreme Court’s Heller and MacDonald precedents demand. He argued at length that the High Court requires a “text, history, and tradition” test rather than any sort of analysis that balances government interests against constitutional rights.

“In my view, Heller and McDonald leave little doubt that courts are to assess gun bans and regulations based on text, history, and tradition, not by a balancing test such as strict or intermediate scrutiny,” he wrote. “To be sure, the Court never said something as succinct as ‘Courts should not apply strict or intermediate scrutiny but should instead look to text, history, and tradition to define the scope of the right and assess gun bans and regulations.’ But that is the clear message I take away from the Court’s holdings and reasoning in the two cases.”

He addressed a number of critiques of the test in his opinion including what to do about regulation of firearms that did not exist when the Second Amendment was first adopted. He argued that constitutional principles do not change because technology advances. Instead, he said, those same principles should continue to be applied to gun laws like they are to other areas of law affected by the passage of time.

“When legislatures seek to address new weapons that have not traditionally existed or to impose new gun regulations because of conditions that have not traditionally existed, there obviously will not be a history or tradition of banning such weapons or imposing such regulations,” Kavanaugh wrote. “That does not mean the Second Amendment does not apply to those weapons or in those circumstances. Nor does it mean that the government is powerless to address those new weapons or modern circumstances. Rather, in such cases, the proper interpretive approach is to reason by analogy from history and tradition.

“The Constitution is an enduring document, and its principles were designed to, and do, apply to modern conditions and developments. The constitutional principles do not change (absent amendment), but the relevant principles must be faithfully applied not only to circumstances as they existed in 1787, 1791, and 1868, for example, but also to modern situations that were unknown to the Constitution’s Framers. To be sure, applying constitutional principles to novel modern conditions can be difficult and leave close questions at the margins. But that is hardly unique to the Second Amendment. It is an essential component of judicial decision making under our enduring Constitution.”

Kavanaugh said the “text, history, and tradition” test is not necessarily the most stringent possible test for gun laws and may actually allow longstanding gun laws to remain in tact where other tests may strike them down.”

“The Court in Heller affirmatively approved a slew of gun laws—machine-gun bans, concealed-carry laws, felon-in-possession laws, and the like—without analyzing them under strict scrutiny,” he wrote “The Court approved them based on a history- and tradition-based test, not strict scrutiny. Indeed, these laws might not have passed muster under a strict scrutiny analysis.”

While Kavanaugh’s opinion in the 2011 Heller case is detailed on the matter of how the Supreme Court’s gun-rights precedent ought to be applied and has, in large part, earned him the endorsement of the leading gun-rights groups, it isn’t a guarantee that Kavanaugh will bring the same point of view to the High Court where he will sometimes be setting precedents instead of always abiding by them. In his opinion, Kavanaugh notes that “our task as a lower court here is narrow and constrained by precedent.” He went on to say that, as a longtime resident of D.C., he wasn’t convinced that gun registration and regulation are necessarily bad policy.

“This is a case where emotions run high on both sides of the policy issue because of the vital public safety interests at stake,” he said. “As one who was born here, grew up in this community in the late 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and has lived and worked in this area almost all of his life, I am acutely aware of the gun, drug, and gang violence that has plagued all of us. As a citizen, I certainly share the goal of Police Chief Cathy Lanier to reduce and hopefully eliminate the senseless violence that has persisted for too long and harmed so many. And I greatly respect the motivation behind the D.C. gun laws at issue in this case. So, my view on how to analyze the constitutional question here under the relevant Supreme Court precedents is not to say that I think certain gun registration laws or laws regulating semiautomatic guns are necessarily a bad idea as a matter of policy. If our job were to decree what we think is the best policy, I would carefully consider the issues through that different lens and might well look favorably upon certain regulations of this kind.”

Kavanaugh said, however, that fidelity to the Constitution and the highest court in the land are more important than how he feels about any given policy.

“But our task is to apply the Constitution and the precedents of the Supreme Court, regardless of whether the result is one we agree with as a matter of first principles or policy,” Kavanaugh said.

 

Congress Renews Push to Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Terror Group

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

The Muslim Brotherhood should be designated as a Terrorist group because that is what they are.

Rep. DeSantis: ‘The Muslim Brotherhood is a malevolent force, and American policy needs to reflect this truth’

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are renewing a years-long push to designate the international Muslim Brotherhood organization as a terrorist organization due to its support for terror organizations that threaten U.S. security interests across the globe, according to conversations with U.S. officials spearheading the effort.

The congressional effort to target the Muslim Brotherhood will kick off early Wednesday, when lawmakers on the House’s Subcommittee on National Security gather for a hearing to “examine the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates pose to the United States and its interests and how to most effectively counter it, including potential next steps for U.S. policy,” according to the committee.

The hearing is expected to set the stage for Congress to follow through on efforts that begun in 2015to convince the Obama administration to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terror group following its violent, and eventually failed, takeover in Egypt.

The State Department has opposed formal designation of the Brotherhood for some time due to efforts by the Obama administration to make diplomatic overtures to the group, particularly during its coup in Egypt. Although the Trump administration has designated various offshoots of the Brotherhood as global terror groups, the organization as a whole has escaped U.S. scrutiny.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), the National Security Subcommittee’s chair, told the Washington Free Beacon that U.S. policy has failed to address the Brotherhood’s radical behavior and support for terror groups. Multiple countries, such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, have already designated the Brotherhood as a terror group.

“The Muslim Brotherhood is a malevolent force, and American policy needs to reflect this truth,” DeSantis told the Free Beacon. “Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization is overdue.”

Key U.S. allies such as Turkey and Qatar continue to work alongside the Muslim Brotherhood, sparking concern among lawmakers such as DeSantis who view these countries as working at a crossroads with the Trump administration as it works to eradicate radical forces in the Middle East.

“The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical Islamist organization that has generated a network of affiliates in over 70 countries,” the House committee notes on its website promoting the upcoming hearing.

In addition to hearing from Muslim Brotherhood experts on the group’s ongoing support for radical terror groups, lawmakers participating in the hearing will keep a close eye on exposing the roles that both Qatar and Turkey play in bolstering the group’s radical ideology, according to those briefed on the hearing.

While the Trump administration, as early as January 2017, indicated that it was considering a terror designation for the entire Muslim Brotherhood, little action has been taken, motivating Congress to lead the charge.

Past efforts to designate the Muslim Brotherhood failed to gain traction during the Obama administration due to its explicit policy of working with the group in Egypt, a policy that was met with much protest in the region.

U.S. Muslim advocacy organizations such as the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, have galvanized their supporters to oppose a Muslim Brotherhood designation.

In early 2017, groups affiliated with CAIR and its supporters launched a series of attacks on Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), who, at the time, was pushing his own effort to formally designate the Brotherhood as a terror entity.

Video: For Those Who Don’t Believe Guns Save Lives … Watch This!

H/T Clash Daily.

This story could have had a very sad ending if the employee had not been armed.

Just one day after her boss gave her the green light to carry at work, it saved her bacon.

A disgruntled customer went on a rampage, stormed into the kitchen, and started throwing hands.

The first kitchen worker was hurt pretty badly. She had a concussion.

The second worker was ready for him and stopped him in his tracks.

The footage was obtained by Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan, who released it to the public on Friday in an attempt to identify the suspect.

‘It is sickening to see this unsuspecting worker assaulted so brutally by this individual,’ he said, adding that the victim now faced thousands of dollars worth of medical bills.

‘One can only imagine what might have occurred if that employee had not pulled out her weapon. Sadly, she quit her job shortly afterward,’ he added.

‘This is just sickening and I am tired of this c*** happening in my district and in too many other neighborhoods across Milwaukee.’
Source: DailyMail

The attack happened at a Milwaukee restaurant, George Webb, and only one-day earlier her boss had given her the OK to carry at her workplace since her paperwork was in order.

The customer (who, to nobody’s surprise was ‘known to police’) was upset with his service and decided the “right” way to handle his disappointment was to throw his weight around and attack a couple of apparently defenseless women. Emphasis on the ‘apparently’.

Turns out that large aggressive men unwilling to listen to reason or common sense will listen to a woman with a gun.

He stood down and walked away.

And that’s the point. That’s why we support the Second Amendment right.

Guns allow little people to stand up to big people.

Guns turn defenseless people into empowered people.

If someone would explain that to Emma Gonzalez, that would be greatly appreciated.