The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican

H/T Beyond The Band Of Brothers.

R.I.P. Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty February 28,1898-October 30,1963.

There was a tv movie made about Monsignor O’Flaherty starring Gregory Peck called The Scarlet And The Black.

An Irish priest played hide-n-seek with the Gestapo.

The Catholic Church is sometimes criticized for not doing enough to save Jews from the Holocaust. The question is a complex one but one thing not up for dispute is that numerous Catholic clergymen all over Europe risked their lives to help the victims of Nazi persecution. One such priest was the Irishman Hugh O’Flaherty (1898-1963).

O’Flaherty originally intended to be a missionary but he ended up first as a Vatican diplomat to Egypt, Haiti, Santo Domingo and Czechoslovakia, then a papal chamberlain at the Vatican in the mid-1930s. An avid golfer, he played regularly with Mussolini’s son-in-law, former Spanish King Alfonso XIII, and other high society figures.

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O’Flaherty on a donkey in Haiti

After World War II broke out, many Allied soldiers, especially British ones from North Africa, ended up in POW camps in Italy. O’Flaherty had reason to resent the British, as their Black and Tan soldiers killed several of his childhood friends during the Irish War of Independence. He, however, put aside his ill feelings and started touring POW camps to find Allied soldiers reported as missing in action and bring news to their families through the Vatican’s radio station.

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Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty

In July 1943, Mussolini was ousted from power shortly after the Allied landings in Sicily. Many Allied POWs who were released or managed to escape from prison had no way of getting too friendly territory and traveled to Rome to seek O’Flaherty’s help. The situation for these men, as well as Rome’s 10,000 Jews, quickly became worse when Germany established military control over Italy. Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Kappler, a Nazi hardliner, became the head of German police and security services in Rome. He started rounding up Jews, resistance members and other “enemies of the state,” and was directly responsible for the infamous Ardeatine Massacre.

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German soldiers rounding up civilians before the Ardeatine Massacre

By this time, Monsignor O’Flaherty had built up a circle of operatives working on hiding Jews and POWs in crowded flats, Catholic convents and farms outside the city, with one particular hideout being right next to the Roman SS headquarters. The “Rome Escape Line” comprised of New Zealand priests, Free French agents, communists, escaped POWs, Count Sarsfield Salazar of Switzerland and others. A British major named Sam Derry, who had several previous prison camp and train escapes under his belt, was in charge of security within the conspiracy and made sure POWs in hiding never got too chatty due to an overindulgence of alcohol.

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Major Sam Derry

A Malta-born British widow called Chetta Chevalier was another key figure, who stayed in Rome after her son was imprisoned for being a British citizen. She offered her flat as a store- and safehouse and, with help from her daughter, always made sure its inhabitants felt at home, even getting them Christmas presents – all this despite several Gestapo raids.

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Chetta Chevalier, born Henrietta Scerri

British Ambassador to the Holy See D’Arcy Osborne was sympathetic to O’Flaherty’s cause and even supported it with funds but could not associate with the priest directly. Instead, he had his butler John May act as the in-between man. May was a genius at locating anything on the black market, from food and false IDs to uniforms, and also controlled who gained personal access to The Monsignor.

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John May

In time, Kappler became fully aware of O’Flaherty’s activities but was always one step behind the priest, who used a variety of disguises to move around the city. This habit of his earned him the nickname the ‘Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican,” referring to a popular novel hero who used disguises to save French aristocrats from the guillotine in Revolutionary France.

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Kappler at the time of his capture by the Allies

Kappler stepped up his game and ordered several assassinations against the priest, but all failed. O’Flaherty was once tipped off by none other than the German ambassador and afterward started meeting his contacts on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, inside the Vatican, where German soldiers weren’t allowed.

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A shepherd talking with a German soldier on St. Peter’s Square during WWII

Kappler had a white line painted on the ground at the opening of St. Peter’s Square, the official boundary between the Vatican and Italy, and instructed his men to shoot O’Flaherty on sight if he’s ever caught on the wrong side. The order was to no avail: the Irish priest continued eluding the Nazis. When the Allies finally reached Rome, his group was taking care of 3,925 escaped POWs, 185 of them Americans, and an unknown number of Jews.

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British soldiers in the Vatican

After the war, Kappler was sentenced to life without parole. Surprisingly, O’Flaherty visited him regularly in prison and the two, talking about literature and religion, grew to be a peculiar pair of friends. Kappler, born and raised a protestant, even converted to Catholicism and was baptized by the man who was first his elusive prey, then his friend: the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican.

You can learn more about the brave individuals of Rome who risked their lives to aid the victims of Fascism on our Italian Campaign Tours. It’s still not too late to join us this fall on the tour scheduled for October 13-23, 2018.

Choke On It, Democrats: Unemployment Heading For A 50-Year Low Under Trump

 

 

 

H/T Town Hall.

The DemocRats say it was Bathhouse Barry Obama’s policies, not President Trump’s Tax Cuts that have the economy growing.

But we know that claim is pure BS.

What’s that? Unemployment is about to hit a record low. Yes, it is. Ever since President Donald J. Trump signed major tax reform legislation into law, the economy has been booming. Strong job growth, rising wages, and three million jobs created since Trump was sworn into office. There are now more jobs than there are job seekers. Over three million workers from over 250 companies have been given bonus checks averaging $1,000 or more. Guy has a lengthy post detailing the strong retail sales report from June, along with another company, Mack Molding, announcing a $5.4 million expansion that will create another 100 jobs thanks to the tax reform bill. Oh, and hiring in America is at an 11-year high. And to add another bit of positive news, unemployment could hit a 50-year low under Trump (via WSJ):

Economists expect the low U.S. unemployment rate to go even lower over the next year, reaching levels not seen in a half-century.

Private-sector economic forecasters surveyed in recent days by The Wall Street Journal on average saw the jobless rate—4% in June after touching 3.8% in May—falling to 3.7% by the end of 2018 and 3.6% by mid-2019.

“Right now, the drivers for the labor market are for a lower unemployment rate,” said Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group.

“We will see a bit stronger demand because of tax cuts and federal spending increases this year and into 2019, so businesses will be hiring,” he said

May’s 3.8% unemployment rate was the lowest since April 2000, when the jobless rate was also 3.8%. It hasn’t been below that level since December 1969, when it was 3.5%.

Second quarter economic growth is projected to hit four percent. Black unemployment has reached a historic low as well under Trump. When liberals and Never Trump Republicans wonder why the party is behind this man, it’s because his agenda, which gives conservatives almost everything they want, has generated a booming economy. So far, the experts agree that the Trump economy is unstoppable. Yet, this economic powerhouse could end if Democrats retake Congress.

 

 

Liberal Outlet Triggered That People Are Saying Brett Kavanaugh Is A Good Dad

H/T Town Hall.

The horror of it all Brett Kavanaugh is a good dad that loves his daughters watches baseball and pays off his debts.

Yeah, the attacks against Judge Brett Kavanaugh are silly. They’re getting worse by the day, actually. Kavanaugh was nominated on July 9 to fill the vacancy that is going to be left by outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired not long after the conclusion of the 2017 SCOTUS term. Liberals went into full meltdown mode. They still are—and what they’re coming up with to try and disqualify Kavanaugh is some grade-A stuff. And by that, I mean it’s a total joke. Apparently, it’s not good that Judge Kavanaugh goes to baseball games. And now, it’s “shameless” to say that he’s a good dad, specifically a good father to his daughters because he’s the spawn of Satan, or something (via HuffPo):

Yet we’ve been hearing an awful lot about these facts since Monday night when Trump introduced Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old federal judge, as his pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the high court. First from Kavanaugh himself. He spoke on Monday about coaching his girls’ teams and even bragged that the majority of his law clerks are women.

And then we heard more of this in a much-derided opinion column in The Washington Post published Tuesday, titled “I don’t know Kavanaugh the judge. But Kavanaugh the carpool dad is one great guy,” from Julie O’Brien, whose daughter goes to school with his elder daughter.

The whole enterprise pushes the narrative that this man is a friend to women. Maybe even a feminist. After all, he spoke winningly about how his mother “overcame obstacles” to become a trial judge — a signal, perhaps, that he understands the kind of systemic discrimination women once faced. He spoke of trying to bond with his daughters. Clearly, he must respect girls and women. Or at least that’s the message.

[…]

If Kavanaugh’s nomination goes through ? and there’s little reason to think it won’t ? he will be the fifth conservative on the court. And in this role, he will likely be very not nice to women.

Indeed, he is likely to gut reproductive rights for women. As an appeals court justice, he has already ruled against Obamacare birth control provisions and signaled a willingness to curb abortion access. He’s a favorite of conservatives, and anti-abortion groups have already signaled their pleasure about his selection.

Playing up Kavanaugh as some kind of gentle, good dad seems to be a fairly transparent effort to sidestep all this stuff. To try to make this man less terrifying by reassuring women that he’s a nice daddy.

Emily Peck

@EmilyRPeck

I get the criticism, especially if you only read headlines. And that seems to be where this is at. But if you read both pieces they don’t contradict each other. Also, to those of you criticizing me, I’m not sure “you look Jewish” counts as a thoughtful critique.

Jason Howerton

@jason_howerton

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THE GrandePdre™@grandepdre

I read both articles. They contradict each other. “It’s an argument with fragile logic. Imagine extending it to other fathers.” vs “…fathers learn as they watch their daughters grow up and confront the world. “

Emily Peck

@EmilyRPeck

I get the criticism, especially if you only read headlines. And that seems to be where this is at. But if you read both pieces they don’t contradict each other. Also, to those of you criticizing me, I’m not sure “you look Jewish” counts as a thoughtful critique. https://twitter.com/jason_howerton/status/1017079090996760576 

Jason Howerton

@jason_howerton

Hey Emily!

The stories definitely do seem to be quick in contrast of each other (and a little funny, sorry!). But I’m always open to listening and trying to understand your perspective. Also, sorry for any jerks that are jerks. We all have to deal with that

Emily Peck penned this post, though she caught some flak for writing about how men become less sexist once they have daughters:

For many men, having a daughter is a wake-up call to a notion most of us are already on board with: Women are human beings, just as capable as men.

The web is awash in blog posts from fathers earnestly explaining how having a little girl changed their feelings about women ? they’re not just pretty-smelling objects to be ogled, dads say. They face challenges because of sexism, fathers learn as they watch their daughters grow up and confront the world.

But the daughter effect isn’t merely anecdotal, and it doesn’t simply change men’s attitudes. It can also have profound economic consequences. A new study from researchers at Harvard offers perhaps the most compelling evidence yet: Venture capitalists who have daughters are more likely to hire women to work at their firms and those more diverse firms see improved financial returns.

In other words, the less sexist dads wound up making better business decisions.

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Raising a girl isn’t always a game-changer for men. No one would mistake Pence or President Donald Trump for feminists. Yet it was at the urging of his daughter Ivanka that Trump included a paid parental leave policy as part of his draconian budget proposal last month. He’s the first Republican president ever to propose such a measure. On the flip side, his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, the father of two girls, was the first president to actually, explicitly call himself a feminist

Is this contradictory? Peck said her posts don’t conflict. You can debate that, but it’s yet another example of what we see from liberal media outlets on a daily basis: Democratic dad, politician, or president—Good, Republican counterparts bad. Our friends at Twitchy certainly caught some of the response to this piece. The thing is it’s so obvious that if Obama was president and he was nominating someone from his list, the being the good father aspect would have definitely been played up as a positive.

The Obama nominee in this example would have two daughters, which would harped as one of the reasons why contraception and abortion rights would be protected, understood, and empathized with this judge. Heck, he might even be played up as a feminist, an ally in the struggle or something. But because it’s Judge Kavanaugh so be very, very skeptical; he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing about to overturn Roe v. Wade, or something. We have not come to that juncture yet.

This episode is just a friendly reminder of the BS they pull on a daily basis.

Man Uses AR-15 To End Multi-County Crime Spree

H/T Bearing Arms.

 Imagine that an evil black rifle actually stopping a crime spree.

The AR-15 is the most vilified gun in America. Gun control zealots continue to maintain that there are no legitimate, peaceful uses for these firearms in civilian hands. They claim that the only purpose of such weapons is to slaughter the innocent or similar such nonsense.

However, they’re valuable personal defense weapons that can end threats a handgun just can’t. Take, for example, what recently transpired in Oklahoma.

A retired officer from Alabama was the person who shot a man Douglas County deputies said was pointing a gun and firing at random people on a multi-county crime spree, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by 9NEWS.

The retired officer said when he went to speak with [Austin] Benson, the man told him “to get him water and that the law was after him.” According to the affidavit, Benson had a rifle in his left hand at the time and was pointing it at the retired officer.

The affidavit said the retired officer went into his camper and gave his wife a handgun, telling her to take cover. He then took an AR-15 out of the camper and went outside, ordering Benson to drop his gun, according to the affidavit.

Benson, however, started to drive away and began shooting at the retired officer and his camper. This prompted the officer to return fire. According to the affidavit, Benson crashed into a tree.

When the retired officer thought he had fired all of the ammunition in his AR-15, he told deputies he set it in the bed of his truck and took out a second AR-15. According to the affidavit, the retired officer told deputies that he fired one more shot to see if Benson would react since he didn’t see any movement in his car.

In the process, the retired officer ended Benson’s crime spree.

Benson had been involved in a carjacking earlier that day and had opened fire on numerous vehicles, though he didn’t injure anyone, thankfully. However, it does illustrate that Benson had little regard for human life and was more than willing to pull the trigger.

Unfortunately for him, he finally crossed someone who was armed and willing to shoot back.

Benson was shot in the arm and face but wasn’t killed. He now faces a slew of charges for attempted first-degree murder (6 counts) and a count of attempted aggravated robbery.

Meanwhile, it’s possible that there would be more, including actual murder charges, had the man at the campground not had an AR-15.

Gun control opponents will latch onto his status as a retired police officer, but I feel it vital to point out that if AR-15s are banned, even retired officers wouldn’t have them. If they’d have gotten their way, this man or someone else may well have been killed before Benson’s rampage ended. Gun control activists don’t like to think about that, but it’s true. This retired officer was a private citizen, same as you and me in most legal ways, and wouldn’t have been able to stop this if they’d have gotten their way. But he did. He did because we live in a free society that generally recognizes the right to keep and bear arms.

LMAO: This Sarah Huckabee Meme Is Melting Snowflakes – Yes, It’s That Good

H/T Clash Daily.

I love it and it pisses Snowflakes off.

Sarah Huckabee just got the last laugh.

You know the saying about whoever laughs last? So does she.

Not long ago, Sarah Huckabee was at the center of a ‘protest’ where she was thrown out of one restaurant and heckled by the owner at the one across the street.

That was then. This is now:

No less than Buckingham Palace welcomed her.

We’re guessing Sarah isn’t sweating being unwelcome in some dumb chicken shack.

Watch: Cop Shoots Through Window And Nails 2 Gun Toting Idiots

H/T Clash Daily.

Cue a family member saying the dead man didn’t do nuffing and did not deserve to be shot and killed.

Scenes like this will make you recalibrate what you mean by a ‘tough day at work’.

“Kelly praised Umana and Solomon as heroic.

“The officer could have backed off, but he didn’t,” he said, referring to Umana.
Source: ReviewJournal

Cop responding to a fleeing suspect not only had to catch him while driving, he had to return fire.

The way it resolved is a credit to his skill and training.

Watch:

A cop in Vegas was responding to reports of a shooting. Two armed suspects were driving away. He gave chase, and they were shooting at him.

The hero cop warned his backup to ‘stay back’ as he gave chase. Even still, the other cop’s car and a civilian car were hit by the gunfire.

The footage from Wednesday morning shows officer William Umana following Fidel Miranda, 22, and Rene Nunez, 30, and yelling “shots fired, shots fired” into his radio. When another police car joined the chase, Umana warned the officer to stay back. The second officer’s car was hit by bullets at least twice, and the officer could not finish the chase, Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly said at a briefing Monday.

As the chase neared its end, Umana, 43, pulled his car closer to the SUV and fired 11 shots through his windshield and seven shots through his open window.

Nunez exited the car as it was still moving near Hollingsworth Elementary School, 1776 E. Ogden Ave., and ran up steps outside of the school and attempted to enter, but the door was locked, Kelly said.

Miranda moved to the driver’s seat and attempted to back up toward Umana, Kelly said. Umana left his car and continued to fire while plainclothes officer Paul Solomon, 46, approached the passenger-side door.

Solomon fired his shotgun once and hit Miranda. The SUV came to a stop at the north wall of the school, and Miranda was handcuffed while medical was called, Kelly said.
Source: ReviewJournal

One criminal was shot dead. The survivor faces a stack of charges.

John McCain Rips Trump-Putin Presser: ‘Pathetic,’ ‘Disgraceful,’ ‘Erratic,’ ‘Painful’

H/T Breitbart’s National Security.

John where was your outrage when Bathhouse Barry Obama told outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have “more flexibility” to deal with contentious issues like missile defense after the U.S. presidential election.

John, you should do America a big favor and STFU and ride off into the sunset and die.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) lambasted President Donald Trump’s joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir in Helsinki, Finland on Monday.

The Arizona senator released a statement describing President Trump’s remarks during the press conference as “pathetic,” disgraceful,” and “painful” to observe — “a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency.”

ABC News

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Sen. John McCain: “Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.” https://abcn.ws/2zJbvqR 

“Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake,” Sen. McCain’s statement begins. “President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world.”

It is tempting to describe the press conference as a pathetic rout – as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience. But these were not the errant tweets of a novice politician. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin’s regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbors, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of international treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world.

McCain highlighted the coziness between President Trump and his Russian counterpoint in contrast to his tough talk towards the United States’ European allies. Last Wednesday, President Trump scolded Germany during a breakfast with NATO officials in Brussel over Berlin’s support of a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal with the Kremlin, describing Europe’s largest economy as a “captive of Russians.” In an interview with British tabloid The Sun, President  Trump predicted the British government’s proposed watered down Brexit strategy “will probably kill” hopes of a bilateral trade agreement with the United States. Ahead of his high-stakes meeting with Putin, President Trump branded the European Union a “foe” in respect to trade.

“Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency,” the statement continues.” That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisors makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable.”

McCain concluded his blistering statement by accusing Trump of failing to uphold American values abroad, something he claims the president has failed to do since winning the White House.

“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are—a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad. American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed,” McCain said. “Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain.”

Presidents Trump and Putin vowed a fresh start to troubled relations between the world’s greatest nuclear powers at their summit, as the American leader rejected a chance to condemn Moscow’s alleged manipulation of U.S. elections. Standing alongside Putin at a joint news conference, President Trump said he had “spent a great deal of time talking about” election meddling, without going into detail or explicitly condemning any interference after 12 Russian agents were indicted in the United States.

When pressed about alleged meddling, President Trump stressed that Putin had delivered a “powerful” denial of any Russian vote meddling and said the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller had been a “disaster” for the United States. President Trump again denied any collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin, while Putin insisted: “The Russian state has never interfered and is not planning to interfere in the USA’s internal affairs.”

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.

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.”