In 2012 Venezuela Banned Private Gun Ownership – In 2018 ‘Security Forces’ Killed Hundreds

H/T Clash Daily.

An armed man is a citizen and an unarmed man is a subject.

I saw a movie once where only the police ad the military was armed it was called Schindler’s List.

Gee, what will anti-gun activist, David Hogg, have to say about this?

Back in 2012, the Venezuelan government banned the private sale of firearms. The BBC reported that the move was to ‘improve security and cut crime’.

Here’s an awkward pair of headlines:

If that isn’t an argument for the Second Amendment, I don’t know what is.

Here’s a snippet from that 2012 BBC article:

Venezuela has brought a new gun law into effect which bans the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition.

Until now, anyone with a gun permit could buy arms from a private company.

Under the new law, only the army, police and certain groups like security companies will be able to buy arms from the state-owned weapons manufacturer and importer.

The ban is the latest attempt by the government to improve security and cut crime ahead of elections in October

Venezuela saw more than 18,000 murders last year and the capital, Caracas, is thought to be one of the most dangerous cities in Latin America.

The Hugo Chavez government even ran a gun amnesty program to allow those with illegal firearms to bring in the weapons without fear of reprisal.

And they were honest about their goal.

Hugo Chavez’s government says the ultimate aim is to disarm all civilians, but his opponents say the police and government may not have the capacity or the will to enforce the new law.

Oh, and look what was slipped in there at the end of the article.

According to a recent United Nations report, South America, Central America and the Caribbean have the highest rates of murder by firearms in the world.(Emphasis added)
Source: BBC, June 2012

So, you’re saying that it’s not the United States with the highest per capita private firearm ownership in the world?

You mean to tell me that there are law-abiding gun owners out there? And that the single country in the world that ensures the most freedom doesn’t have the same homicide rate as some of those socialist sh!thole countries?

Shocker.

But that article was written waaaaay back in 2012.

Yo, Bernie, whatcha gotta say about that? Is Venezuela still the place to find the ‘American Dream’ that you posted on your website in 2011?

Well, let’s take a look at the headlines and see.

In April 2017, The Hill wrote this piece:

Looks like their plan to ‘reduce crime’ didn’t work. Unless it wasn’t about ‘reducing crime’ at all…

The article explains that despite the anti-gun law, homicide rates have soared.

Since April 2017, at least 163 pro-democracy protesters in Venezuela have been murdered by the Maduro dictatorship. Venezuela serves as an example of how gun prohibition can sometimes encourage gun crime.

In 2012, the communist-dominated Venezuelan National Assembly enacted the “Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law.” The bill’s stated objective was to “disarm all citizens.” The new law prohibited all gun sales, except to government entities. The penalty for illegally selling or carrying a firearm is a prison sentence of up to 20 years. Despite criticism from the democratic opposition, the bill went into effect in 2013.

Ostensibly, the motive for gun prohibition was Venezuela’s out of control violent crime. In 2015, Venezuela’s homicide rate was the world’s highest, with 27,875 Venezuelans murdered that year. More broadly, the Bolivarian Republic is the only South American nation with a homicide rate that has steadily risen since 1995. In the year prior to Maduro’s disarmament initiative, the Venezuelan capital of Caracas had a homicide rate of 122 per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly 20 times the global average of 6.2.

The high homicide rate is attributed to robberies, and 70 percent of all crime was due to armed robberies. The article goes on from there describing the rampant poverty in Venezuela — 87 percent of the country at the time. Desperate people are doing desperate things.

And the government took the only tool that individuals had to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their property — assuming the government hadn’t already taken it without compensation.

The government then suppressed dissent.

As has been typical of tyrannies since the dawn of time, arms prohibition has aided in the suppression of dissent. Indeed, the Venezuelan Violent Observatory has reported a notable increase in state violence; lethal extrajudicial force is frequently used against criminals and against political dissidents. (Emphasis added)

The Maduro government confiscated firearms, destroyed some in a display of might, but some others, well… they ‘somehow’ slipped through the cracks.

In other words, the Maduro regime stripped Venezuelans of their right to self-defense and then transferred the confiscated firearms to its loyal thugs.

When the public is disarmed, ordinary criminals have greater impunity to rob and murder the innocent. So do criminal governments.
Source: The Hill

And now we’re up to speed to what’s happening in 2018. Back to the BBC’s new article.

Venezuelan security forces have carried out hundreds of arbitrary killings under the guise of fighting crime, the UN’s human rights body says.

In a report, it cites “shocking” accounts of young men being killed during operations, often in poor districts, over the past three years.

The UN’s human rights chief said no-one was being held to account, suggesting the rule of law was “virtually absent”.

Venezuela has in the past dismissed human rights allegations as “lies”.

The UN Human Rights Office alleges that extra-judicial killings were carried out by officers involved with the Operations for the Liberation of the People, ostensibly a crime-reduction initiative.

These officers may have killed more than 500 people since July 2015 as a way to showcase crime-reduction results, it says. They are alleged to have faked evidence to make it look as though the victims died in exchanges of fire.
Source: BBC, June 2018

This is why we need to protect the Second Amendment from the gun-grabbers.

We don’t want to become sitting ducks like the people of Venezuela.

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Gun Owners Challenge Gun Show Protesters To Prove Their Claims

H/T Breitbart California.

The anti-gun show crowd talks a good game but are really short on facts to back up their talk.

San Diego County Gun Owners is challenging gun show protesters to prove claims that laws are violated at gun shows and offering to donate $10,000 in the name of any protester who can do it.

The move comes as gun show protesters seek to shut down the Crossroads of the West gun show at Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that San Diego County Gun Owners will “donate $10,000 to a favorite charity of anyone who can prove someone at the shows has violated state laws requiring background checks, a 10-day waiting period or prohibiting the sale of automatic weapons.”

Gun show protester Rose Ann Sharp cried foul over the offer from San Diego County Gun Owners, saying, “We believe that (Gun Owners Executive Director Michael) Schwartz’s $10,000 challenge is a disingenuous, fundraising scam. Schwartz knows that none of the allegations he claims to refute was ever made and therefore no reward will ever be won. Instead, like the NRA, he is trying to incite his membership to donate out of fear and anger to this faux challenge.”

The problem for Sharp is that her organization–NeverAgainCa–made arguments earlier this year containing claims very similar to those Schwartz mentioned. And Breitbart News reported that they made these claims in reference of the Crossroads of the West gun show at Del Mar.

On April 22, 2018, the San Diego Union-Tribune published a photo depicting fewer than two dozen gun show protesters holding signs that said, “After Parkland, Shame On You.” Nevermind that the Parkland attack had zero to do with gun shows, much less the Crossroads of the West gun show.

Sharp said, “Our point is to end the gun shows. The gun shows are just not healthy for our community.”

And the Union-Tribune reported that “Sharp and other Never Again members say shows like the one at Del Mar promote the gun culture and provide easy access to assault-style rifles and weapons of all types.”

In truth, California has universal background checks, which means gun sales of any kind must go through a background check–whether the sales are retail, neighbor to neighbor, or at a gun show. Moreover, a 10-day waiting period is required for all sales, even at a gun show. So gun shows are not providing the “easy access” claimed.

Rob Reiner: Mueller Indictments Make It ‘Crystal Clear the Trump Campaign Conspired with Russia’

H/T Breitbart’s Big Hollywood.

The Meathead has had his 15 minutes of fame now he needs to STFU go away and stop embarrassing himself with his stupid comments.

Hollywood director Rob Reiner told followers Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s latest indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking during the 2016 campaign makes it “crystal clear that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia in the attack on our Democracy.”

Rob Reiner

@robreiner

It is now crystal clear that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia in the attack on our Democracy. At this point the only way Trump can avoid the consequences of his crimes is to invoke the Moron Defense. “I was too stupid to obstruct or conspire.” VOTE!!!

The indictment to which Reiner refers contains no allegation that President Donald Trump or anyone from his campaign was part of either of the two criminal conspiracies described in the indictment. All members of those conspiracies are Russian nationals allegedly working one of several GRU (Russian military intelligence) operations based in that country.

In fact, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein went out of his way in his announcement of the indictment to make explicitly clear that no “collusion” is alleged. “There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime,” Rosenstein told reporters.

The “attack on our Democracy” line in Reiner’s tweet was also undermined in Rosenstein’s announcement as he made clear that “there’s no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result.”

The total alleged contact with any American in the indictment is to “a person who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump.” This is the entirety of the alleged contact:

On or about August 15, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, wrote to a person who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump, “thank u for writing back . . . do u find anyt[h]ing interesting in the docs i posted?” On or about August 17, 2016, the Conspirators added, “please tell me if i can help u anyhow . . . it would be a great pleasure to me.” On or about September 9, 2016, the Conspirators, again posing as Guccifer 2.0, referred to a stolen DCCC document posted online and asked the person, “what do u think of the info on the turnout model for the democrats entire presidential campaign.” The person responded, “[p]retty standard.”

As Rosenstein later made clear, “There is no allegation in this indictment that the Americans knew they were corresponding with Russian intelligence officers. ”

None of this stopped Reiner from going even further Saturday as he claimed President Trump “refuses to defend us” from Russia.

Rob Reiner

@robreiner

It’s this simple: The United States of America was attacked by a foreign enemy power and our President refuses to defend us.

The When Harry Met Sally… director has become a vocal opponent of the president, calling for “all out war” against him last year. His definitions of attacks on “Democracy” have become strained in the throes of his activism. Last week he suggested voting against the party he supports is “a vote to enable the destruction of Democracy.”

Hillary Alumni Group Opposing Brett Kavanaugh Desperate: ‘Trump’s Judges Are Overwhelmingly White Men’

H/T Breitbart’s Big Government.

Even if President Trump had nominated a woman the left would have been pissed off because she wasn’t a minority and a lesbian.

NEW YORK — In a clear attempt to deploy the time-tested progressive tactic of divisive warfare, the activist organization at the center of opposing President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh complains on its website that “Trump’s judges are overwhelmingly white men.”

Demand Justice, founded by former members of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, is tied to the who’s who of the organized progressive left.

Within less than one hour of Trump’s Supreme Court announcement on Monday, Demand Justice already launched its sister website stopkavanaugh.com, exclaiming, “We need to demand that the Senate defeat the Brett Kavanaugh nomination.”  The site does not contain many details about Kavanaugh.

Its own website, Demand Justice, is also short on content about Trump-appointed judges other than to claim generally:

Trump’s judges are overwhelmingly white men. Many are not at all qualified for their posts. And they consistently hold extreme, right-wing views.

His nominees have a record of favoring big corporations over workers. They have fought to restrict women’s access to reproductive health services and deny equal treatment to LGBTQ Americans.

Trump’s judges also have a clear record of bigoted views when it comes to race.

If we truly want to stop Trump, we can’t surrender this fight.

Demand Justice was founded by Brian Fallon, who served as press secretary for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. The group’s digital team is headed by Gabrielle McCaffrey, who was a digital organizer for Clinton’s campaign.

Working at Demand Justice is Paige Herwig, a former Judiciary Committee aide to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).  Prior to her stint with Feinstein, Herwig served as counselor to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

According to emails released by the Justice Department, Herwig was included in a chain of emails crafting the initial media response into Lynch’s infamous tarmac meeting at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in which former President Bill Clinton, the husband of the FBI’s main subject in a criminal probe, boarded the attorney general’s plane and reportedly stayed there for about 20 minutes.

Demand Justice’s formation was encouraged by former Obama White House counselor John Podesta, who served as chairman of Clinton’s latest presidential campaign. “We have ignored this field of battle for too long,” Podesta told the New York Times regarding Demand Justice.

Even before Trump announced his pick, Demand Justice committed to spending about $5 million to oppose the eventual nominee. The organization seeks to raise $10 million in its first year.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Fallon would not comment on the source of the group’s financing, but the newspaper noted that he was a featured speaker recently at the conference of the Democracy Alliance, a grouping of progressive donors.

Democracy Alliance’s founding donors include billionaires George Soros and Tom Steyer. Indeed, Fallon’s panel at Democracy Alliance was moderated by Sarah Knight of Soros’s Open Society Foundations.

Democracy Alliance directs donors to leftist groups, including the ACLU, the Women’s March, Media Matters for America, and reportedly the radical Indivisible group known for storming Republican townhalls.  Democracy Alliance highlighted anti-Trump organizations to donors in a “resistance map” suggesting which activist groups would be opportune for funding. Already, Indivisible received funds from donors and coalitions associated with Democracy Alliance financiers, the New York Times reported.

In a clear sign of desperation, Fallon took to CNN earlier this week, where he gave Chris Cuomo a preview of his organization’s likely attacks on Kavanaugh, including generating questions without any evidence about whether Kavanaugh knew about sexual harassment allegations related to former Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski for which Kavanaugh clerked in 1991.

Kozinski announced his retirement in December 2017 after numerous women claimed in Washington Post interviews that they were subjected to inappropriate sexual behavior. Kavanaugh was one of many lawyers who clerked for Kozinski, and Fallon presented no evidence that Kavanaugh would have known about any of those charges. Indeed, Cuomo took issue with Fallon’s strategy, and the activist made clear he had no actual evidence but still planned to raise questions.

In the interview, Fallon stated:

Two other issues that could be wild cards in this confirmation, number one, his work – there is a lot of papers related to his work on the Starr committee that have not been out yet. There is going to be a big effort to try to get the National Archives to release all those documents. They are going to have to go through them, peruse them, see what has to be redacted and then his e-mails from the time in the Bush White House.

When it was Elena Kagan that was put forward, I think there was 170,000 some pages that required 6,000 man hours to go through all of that. So, Mitch McConnell himself indicated in a leaked story that came out in the “New York Times” that he was privately urging the Trump White House to look away from Brett Kavanaugh because he worried that the document production alone with would delay a hearing and potentially throw the schedule off.

Cuomo interjected, pointing out, “But Grassley is in charge of what they are allowed to do and how long they can take.”

He then pointed to Kavanaugh’s clerkship with Kozinsky:

One other thing that I think is going to be relevant, one of Brett Kavanaugh’s mentors in life and in his career as a judge is a guy by the name of Alex Kozinski who is a judge on the Ninth Circuit who had to resign in disgrace last year because of the #MeToo Movement.

He was accused publicly on the record by a number of female clerks for having behaved inappropriately in chambers, and he had to resign in disgrace. Brett Kavanaugh is somebody that is friends and was a mentor and personally clerked for Alex Kozinski. I think there’s going to be a lot of senators in this hearing that want to know what he knew and when he knew it about Alex Kozinski’s behavior.

Cuomo, however, took issue with some of this strategy. “What he knew if it were happening when he was there, fair line of questioning.  Him being responsible for somebody else’s actions, not fair,” the host said.

Fallon replied, again clearly relying on speculation:

Not only was he a clerk for Alex Kozinski, I think in 1990, but Brett Kavanaugh was who was considered in the judicial world as a feeder judge for Anthony Kennedy, who he clerked for in the Supreme Court, as is Kozinski. And oftentimes, Kavanaugh would interview prospective clerks that Anthony Kennedy might have clerked for him on the Supreme Court. And Kozinski would send a lot of clerks to Brett Kavanaugh to interview for clerkships with Anthony Kennedy.

So, the likelihood that Brett Kavanaugh knew what was an open secret in the Ninth Circuit about Alex Kozinski’s misbehavior is very high. I think he’s going to have to answer questions about that.

“I agree there are legitimate questions, but we cannot impugn Kavanaugh with what Kozinski did unless we have knowledge of fact of what he knew at the time,” interjected Cuomo.

Fallon relented, essentially conceding that he has no evidence, stating, “We will only know that if we ask the questions.”

Cuomo told the activist that “You’ve got to give him the benefit of the doubt until he answers them.”

Fallon replied, “But Grassley has been as aggressive as anybody in forcing past nominees to produce everything. So, he would be a hypocrite now if he didn’t insist on the same standard for Kavanaugh.”

12 Insane Reasons the Left Opposes Brett Kavanaugh (Yes, These Are Real)

H/T Breitbart’s Big Journalism.

I have been watching the loony left since I first got involved in politics in 1972 and they are getting nuttier every day.

Now that President Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court the insanity has gotten worse.

Democrats and the establishment media have been doing the hard and patriotic work of vetting Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. And boy, are they desperate to come up with something that’ll stick.

Here are twelve of the biggest MEGA-SCANDAL bombshells so far uncovered that almost certainly disqualify him from sitting on the nation’s highest court.

  1. Brett Kavanaugh Will Affect the Outcome of Supreme Court Decisions

During a Tuesday appearance on PBS’s NewsHour, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) stunned the world when she informed host Judy Woodruff that, as a Supreme Court Justice, Kavanaugh could affect the outcome of decisions made on the Supreme Court:

WOODRUFF: As you know, the president is calling Judge Kavanaugh one of the most qualified people ever to be nominated to the Supreme Court. Your view?

HARRIS: Well, listen, I would categorize this nomination differently, which is that this is one of the most important positions on the United States Supreme Court, because, of course, replacing Kennedy is about the swing vote on the United States Supreme Court.

It is outrageous Trump could not find someone to nominate whose vote will not count.

  1. Brett Kavanaugh Will Kill People

It does not get any more prestigious than the Yale Law community, and when over 200 students, faculty, and alumni gather together to tell us Kavanaugh will start killing people on the Court, we need to pay attention.

“People will die if he is confirmed,” their open letter reads, and it is time for those opposed to people dying to get together and stop the killing of people.

Because if we do not, people will die.

  1. Brett Kavanaugh Is a White Male

If you do not find Yalelies compelling, I dare you to deny the wisdom of former members of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, those who have formed the group Demand Justice, and have broken the news that Brett Kavanaugh is a white guy.

“Trump’s judges are overwhelmingly white men,” they wrote on their website.

Demand Justice was founded by Brian Fallon, Hillary’s former campaign spokesman, who is himself a white male; so if we are not supposed to take white males seriously, this creates a bit of a dilemma because we have a white male wanting to be taken seriously when telling us not to take another white male seriously, so if we are not supposed to take a white male can someone please help me because my brain just locked up.

  1. Brett Kavanaugh’s First Name Is ‘Brett’

White male Stephen Colbert dug up the fact that “Brett Kavanaugh” sounds like “a waiter at Ruby Tuesday’s.”

At first glance, that sounds like a ridiculous reason not to confirm a Supreme Court Justice, but hear Colbert out:

I don’t know much about Kavanaugh but I’m skeptical because his name is Brett. That sounds less like a Supreme Court justice and more like a waiter at a Ruby Tuesday. “Hey everybody, I’m Brett, I’ll be your Supreme Court justice tonight. Before you sit down, let me just clear away these rights for you.”

And the fact that one-percenter Colbert has probably not seen the inside of a Ruby Tuesday’s since Friends was on the air should not color our admiration of his penetrating insight.

  1. Brett Kavanaugh Was Nominated During the Current Year

NBC News’ Katy Tur, who has a real nose for these things, informed us of this shocking reveal Wednesday:

Do you think it’s appropriate to continue to take such a strict originalist view of the Constitution given it’s 2018 and not 1776? … The arc of history has shown that opinions have become more progressive… Americans are more progressive. Look at the polling. Most Americans support Roe v. Wade, gun control. They are split whether states should be able to restrict firearm ownership. But when it comes to money and politics, a majority want the next Justice to support limits on campaign spending by corporations and unions that goes against the Citizens United position.

Tur nosed around and discovered the year is not 1776;  and thanks to her keen sense of smell when it comes to sniffing out a big story, everyone now nose knows this, which is why Tur always beaks breaks the big stories.

Yep, those first and second amendments are long past their stale date, and it is time we had a Supreme Court that understands this.

Fact Check: Ms. Tur is off on her facts, but just by a nose. The Constitution was not written in 1776; that was the Declaration of Independence. The Constitution and Bill of Rights were adopted in 1789 and 1791, respectively.

  1. Brett Kavanaugh Likes Baseball

The essential Washington Post reports that Brett Kavanaugh not only likes baseball, he likes it so much he bought season tickets with his credit card. But this is just the beginning…

Sources inform me, the Washington Post is very close to nailing down stories that will reveal Kavanaugh’s similar affection for apple pie, his mother, the American flag, hot dogs, the Baby Jesus, and that poster of Raquel Welch in a fur bikini.

  1. Brett Kavanaugh Ran Up Credit Card and Loan Debt

The essential Washington Post broke the news Wednesday that, in 2016, Brett Kavanaugh was in debt to the tune of $60,000 to $200,000.

Apparently, Kavanaugh went into debt to purchase season baseball tickets (see #6) for himself and for his friends.

  1. Brett Kavanaugh Paid Off His Debts

The essential Washington Post reports that in 2017, Brett Kavanaugh’s “credit card debts and loan were either paid off or fell below the reporting requirements.” Apparently, this happened after his friends reimbursed him for the season baseball tickets he purchased on their behalf (see #6 and #7).

In other words… Brett Kavanaugh purchased season baseball tickets for his friends… who later reimbursed him.

Un-be-leeeev-a-bull.

  1. Brett Kavanaugh Drank Beer in College

The irreplaceable Washington Post once again brings democracy to darkness, or darkness to democracy, or light to the darkness of democracy, or darkness to my brain locked up again.

“In Kavanaugh’s Georgetown Prep yearbook,” the darkness lighters at WaPo report, “he listed himself as the treasurer of the Keg City Club — 100 Kegs or Bust and included references to the Beach Week Ralph Club and Rehoboth Police Fan Club.

In other words, Donald Trump nominated a man for the Supreme Court who enjoys baseball, beer, the beach, and police officers.

  1. Most of Brett Kavanaugh’s Law Clerks Were Women

The indispensable New York Times reports that of the 48 law clerks Kavanaugh hired over the years, 25 were women, and they are now vouching for his integrity and professionalism.

This is [checks notes] a bad thing. I’m shocked that this is actually allowed to happen in the era of #MeToo.

  1. Brett Kavanaugh Has Two Daughters

The essential HuffPo reports that Brett Kavanaugh is “an attentive father to two young daughters and a man who has actually hired women more than a few times to work with him,” but correctly points out that “this, of course, is almost totally irrelevant when it comes to whether he would make a good Supreme Court justice.”

And that is exactly right, because we all know that if Brett Kavanaugh was a terrible father who never hired women, HuffPo would find that just as irrelevant.

Remember, character no longer counts, unless we are talking about Trump, then character counts even though it didn’t for Bill Clinton but does not again with Kavanaugh because brain lock.

  1. Brett Kavanaugh Might Have Mouthed the Word ‘Bitch’ at Hillary 20 Years Ago

While the media have made it okay to call Ivanka Trump a “feckless cunt,” President Trump a “cockholster,” and to boo a rape victim, the word “bitch” has not yet been cleared by our media ministers.

Calling Hillary Clinton a “bitch” (according to a single source, her bottom bitch David Brock) is obviously a disqualifier to sit on the Supreme Court — which means that seat will never be filled.

 

 

Congress Demands State Department Release Secret Report Busting Myth of Palestinian Refugees

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

We need to pressure our members of Congress to release the report that Senator Ted Cruz(R-TX) is trying to get released.

Way too many American tax dollars are being funneled the terrorist that end up killing Americans and Israelis.  

Cruz, congressional insiders pressuring Trump administration to expose long classified report

Key lawmakers in Congress are increasing pressure on the Trump administration to release a long classified government report on Palestinian refugees that insiders have described as a potential game changer in how the United States views the refugee issue and allocates millions in taxpayer funding for a major United Nations agency, according to conversations with senior congressional officials working on the matter.

The State Department has, since the Obama administration was in office, been hiding a key report believed to expose the number of Palestinian refugees as far smaller than the U.N. and other have claimed for decades. The public release of this information could alter how the United States provides funding for Palestinian refugees.

The Washington Free Beacon first disclosed the existence of the refugee report in January, when the Trump administration decided to significantly cut funding to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, an organization long accused of harboring anti-Israel bias and of aiding Hamas terrorists in the Palestinian territories.

Though the State Department is legally required to publish an unclassified version of the report, it has repeatedly ignored demands by Congress that the report be released.

The State Department, when asked by the Free Beacon, could not provide any information or timeframe on the report’s possible release.

“The State Department is committed to taking all appropriate measures to provide information in response to requests from Congress,” a State Department official said.

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R., Colo.) spearheaded the initial effort to declassify the report. Congress must have a complete picture of the Palestinian refugee situation in order to ensure that U.S. taxpayer funds are not being wasted, he told the Free Beacon in April.

“It is critical that Congress investigates the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which operates under the United Nations (UN) using a different definition of a refugee for Palestinians than all other UN refugees around the world,” Lamborn said.

Congressional demands that the report be publicly released come at time of mounting criticism for UNRWA, which is facing a severe cash crunch following the Trump administration’s decision to reduce U.S. funding. The tense situation with UNRWA has sparked protests in the Gaza Strip, where UNRWA mainly operates and employs hundreds.

In addition to regional protests over UNRWA’s inability to pay salaries, Turkey was recently appointedat the U.N. to chair the agency’s advisory committee for the next year. This has stoked concerns that UNRWA could take an even more anti-Israel position in the coming months.

Sources with direct knowledge of the report’s contents have told the Free Beacon it puts the number of actual Palestinian refugees at around 20,000, far fewer than the 5.3 million figure routinely pushed by UNRWA and pro-Palestinian advocates who want to see the United States and international partners continue sending millions in aid to the Palestinian government.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), one of the main lawmakers pressuring the Trump administration to release the report, told the Free Beacon that efforts to suppress the information on the actual Palestinian refugees is preventing Congress from providing oversight for the U.S. taxpayer.

“UNRWA lashes out against America and engages in anti-Semitic incitement. Hamas terrorists use UNRWA facilities to target Israeli civilians,” Cruz told the Free Beacon. “The American people deserve to see this reported State Department assessment, so Congress and the administration can have a transparent and productive debate about America’s role in the organization.”

Now that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is running the State Department following the ouster of former head Rex Tillerson, lawmakers and senior congressional officials see a renewed opportunity to ensure the refugee report is released.

They continue to view the classified report’s findings as a critical tipping point in the debate over UNRWA’s funding and core mission, which has found itself subjected to increased scrutiny as a result of what many allege is UNRWA’s anti-Israel bias and close relationship with Palestinian terror groups.

One senior congressional official who has been involved in the UNRWA issue for several years questioned why the Trump administration is continuing to keep the report classified, particularly as the White House amps up efforts to foster peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. The refugee issue has long been a sticking point in peace talks.

“It’s not really a question of what they’re hiding,” said the source, who was not authorized to speak on the record about the situation. “We know what’s in the report because it’s just a matter of mathematics and demographics. The number of refugees was half a million people to begin with, and that was 70 years ago so many of them have passed away, so it can’t be five million now.”

“The question is why the Trump administration is trying to lock in the Obama era policy of never letting this report see the light of day,” the source said.

Update July 13, 3:16 p.m.: This post has been updated with further information.

When Does the Shooting Begin?

H/T Town Hall.

Eric Erickson makes a good point about some mentally disturbed DemocRat starting to shoot people because of leftist propaganda.

The question is when and where will the shooting begin and how many people will be severely injured and killed?

ach time Republicans do something Democrats do not like, Democrats escalate their rhetoric. The right is not immune from this, but the right is in power right now, so conservatives have less with which to drive fear.

After the Southern Poverty Law Center declared the Christian based Family Research Council a hate group intent on harming gay rights, Floyd Lee Corkins walked into the Council’s offices with Chick-fil-A sandwiches and a gun intent on murdering the employees and stuffing their mouths with the sandwiches. Also a fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center and its anti-Christian and anti-Republican rhetoric, James Hodgkinson took seriously the Democrat and progressive left’s rhetoric that Republicans would kill people by repealing the Affordable Care Act. He drove to a baseball field and attempted a mass assassination of Republican members of Congress.

Both men had serious mental issues. But both were provoked by extreme rhetoric from the left. Progressives once claimed Republicans were racist. Now they claim Republicans are racist killers who need to be stopped. According to Democrats, Republicans attempted to kill people through passing tax cuts, repealing Obama era net neutrality regulations, merely considering the repeal of Obamacare and now by the president nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

We are already at a point where progressive protestors are showing up at the homes of Trump administration employees. White House staff, members of Congress, Fox News personalities and other notable conservatives are getting harassed and thrown out of restaurants. A random 16-year-old in San Antonio, TX was assaulted in a restaurant last week for wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap.

Democrats have now convinced a good portion of their base that Russia stole the 2016 election and that Russia is trying to steal the 2018 election as well. In fact, some Democratic consultants are already warning that Democrat leaders may be suppressing their vote by saying Russia is going to steal the election.

Democrats are increasingly vocal about the idea that they think Republicans in Congress are doing Russia’s bidding. They view Donald Trump as an authoritarian figure waiting for just the right moment to suspend elections and impose a dictatorship. Hollywood Director Josh Whedon declared merely considering Kavanaugh’s nomination would create the first American dictatorship.

On Independence Day, “The First Purge” came out in theaters. The movie posits that the National Rifle Association backed a coup that put a dictatorship in power in the United States. Democrats consider the group a terrorist organization that Republicans show fealty to. They also believe Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a terrorist organization that should be abolished.

In the 24 hours after President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared Kavanaugh would be “a destructive tool on a generation of progress for workers, women, LGBTQ people, communities of color [and] families” and that he would “radically reverse the course of American justice [and] democracy.” Yale law students declared people would die because of Kavanaugh. NBC News journalists spread, as news, a false rumor that Anthony Kennedy negotiated his retirement contingent on Kavanaugh’s appointment.

All of this is just hyperbole designed to motivate a political base and fundraise. But this is the world in which a man attempted the mass assassination of Republican members of Congress inspired by similar rhetoric. And things have gotten far worse since then.

To believe Democrats, voting no longer matters because Russia is stealing the elections; Republicans are doing the bidding of a terrorist group; another terrorist group runs part of the government forcibly separating children from their parents; Republicans are letting corporations kill Americans; Anthony Kennedy is ensuring Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court to protect the NRA, Christian fundamentalists, and a president who should otherwise be indicted; and the system is rigged. The Democrats’ call to action is “stop this.”

How long before more Hodgkinsons believe the dystopian picture painted by the Democrats? The Russians are in charge, voting no longer matters, the system is rigged, and the Supreme Court is now a tool of a would-be dictator. It is only a matter of time before “stop this” leads to “shoot them.”