Democratic Megadonor Found Guilty on 9 Felony Charges Connected to 2 Deaths

H/T Western Journal.

Bathhouse Barry Obama, Slick Willie Clinton and the Hildabeast Clinton need to give a full and complete accounting of all the money they got from Ed Buck and return it.

And none of this crap we gave it to charity or some other cause.

Former Democratic political megadonor Ed Buck was convicted Tuesday in connection with the deaths of two men in his West Hollywood, California, apartment.

Buck was found guilty on nine felony counts in the deaths of Gemmel Moore in July 2017 and Timothy Dean in January 2019, according to KTTV-TV.

Each of the two counts of distribution of controlled substances resulting in death upon which he was convicted has a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence.

Buck was a major Democratic political donor who supported candidates including former President Barack Obama, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California and current California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

According to the Los Angeles Times, his political donations totaled more than $500,000.

But there was a darker side. During Buck’s trial, Sgt. Paul Cardella of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said about 1,500 videos were found in Buck’s apartment in which homeless men would be injected with methamphetamine as part of what witnesses in the trail called “party and play” sessions.

According to the prosecution, Buck injected Moore and Dean with meth until they died.

Buck “would find desolate, vulnerable victims and push meth on them over and over … until they went unconscious,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Lindsay Bailey said in her closing argument.

“That’s what he liked about it — the power gave him sexual gratification. … Every time he stuck a needle in someone’s arm, he was playing God. And he never stopped — not even after two men died,” she said.

One of Buck’s attorneys said the men who died had underlying medical conditions and that while Buck’s actions may have been a bit depraved, they were not criminal.

“This is a subculture, a lifestyle that may be shocking to some of us,” Ludlow Creary II said, according to KTTV. “Everyone involved was there voluntarily.”

Buck did not take the stand in his own defense. The only witness called by the defense said the men died of other causes than overdoses of meth.

Lieu said that he would donate the roughly $18,000 he received from Buck to various LGBT causes, according to The Washington Post.

 

At the time of Buck’s 2019 indictment, neither Clinton nor Obama made a comment about whether they would give the money Buck gave them to other causes, according to Fox News.

“Today is bittersweet,” LaTisha Nixon, Moore’s mother, said after Buck’s verdict was announced, according to The Associated Press. “We got victory today.”

Senate Dems Press Biden Admin To Shrink Nuclear Weapons Arsenal

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

With the Chi-Coms and the Ruskies building up their arsenals cutting our nuclear arsenal is the last thing we should be doing.

With Bathhouse Barry Obama using Joe Pee Pads Biden as his puppet the arsenal will most likely get cut back.

Lawmakers propose funding cuts, keeping Vietnam-era missile program.

Senate Democrats are pressuring the Biden administration to cut construction of a critical missile program even as China and Russia drastically increase their firepower, according to a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Sens. Jeff Merkley (D., Ore.) and Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), the authors of the letter, are urging national security adviser Jake Sullivan to alter the administration’s stance on nuclear weapons in the 2022 defense budget. The letter comes as Democrats strive to shutter the advanced nuclear program in favor of technology that was first tested by the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. The senators’ campaign puts them at odds with the Biden administration’s senior Pentagon officials, who have expressed support for nuclear modernization. The lawmakers’ direct appeal to the National Security Council presents a litmus test for where the White House stands on the vital issue.

“We write to express concern regarding [the] President’s FY22 budget requests for nuclear weapon modernization,” Merkley and Warren wrote. “The high funding levels suggest that the Biden administration embraces its predecessor’s reckless mission to build new nuclear weapons. … We believe that the Trump-era nuclear buildup must be halted.”

Even as the senators take aim at efforts to overhaul the aging Minuteman III program, which is the United States’ only ground-based nuclear missile, President Joe Biden’s Pentagon brass have voiced support for nuclear modernization efforts. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, who oversees the nuclear portfolio, told lawmakers in February that modernization plans must be driven by strategy, not ideology or budgets, and that ground-based nuclear missiles are part of the “bedrock” of America’s missile defense. Internal budget memos from the Biden Pentagon show nuclear modernization programs are a “number one priority” for the Department of Defense.

Military officials say cuts to the modernization program would prove financially disastrous and risky to U.S. national security. Air Force Global Strike Command chief Timothy Ray said in May an extension of the older Minuteman program would cost taxpayers $38 billion more than the planned upgrade. An aging nuclear arsenal also endangers U.S. national defense as China covertly builds more than 100 missile silos in its desert and Russia develops exotic nuclear missiles.

Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.), the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, told the Free Beacon he will push on with efforts to modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal, even as his Democratic colleagues do otherwise.

“America’s ICBM fleet remains a critical cornerstone of our nuclear triad, providing a widely dispersed target set that complicates any plans by our adversaries—like China and Russia—to threaten the United States,” Tester said. “I will continue to prioritize ongoing nuclear modernization efforts, including the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, that are essential to our national security.”

Merkley and Warren are recruiting other liberal Democrats to create a groundswell of opposition. They sent the letter to Sens. Ed Markey (Mass.), Chris Van Hollen (Md.), and more than 10 House Democrats in a bid to push back on the Biden administration.

Merkley, Warren, Markey, and Van Hollen did not return requests for comment.

Merkley and Warren’s campaign could run into a bipartisan roadblock. The chairmen of the Armed Services Committees in both chambers—Sen. Jack Reed (D., R.I.) and Rep. Adam Smith (D., Wash.)—have Both Committed to funding modernization in the 2022 budget. Sen. John Hoeven (R., N.D.) hammered any attempt to cut funding for upgrading land-based nuclear weapons in a statement to the Free Beacon.

“I am working to ensure that nuclear modernization stays on schedule,” Hoeven said. “I would be concerned about any attempt to pre-judge the outcome of that review because it is vital that nuclear modernization, including the development of a new ICBM, stays on schedule.”

U.S. adversaries are building up their own nuclear arsenals at an alarming pace. Satellite images released in June show the construction of more than 100 nuclear silos in the Chinese desert. Strategic Command chief Charles Richard said in October 2020 that Russian and Chinese nuclear buildup should force a rethinking of America’s plans to upgrade its weapons. A Pentagon memo released in July warned of an increased risk of nuclear conflict due to the buildup of arms by U.S. adversaries.

For Patty-Jane Geller, a missile defense policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, the campaign to cut U.S. missiles is “playing a dangerous game with national security.”

“Extending Minuteman III would leave the U.S. with a less capable weapon at a time when threats from Russia and China are advancing,” Geller said. “The Minuteman III is over 50 years old and will become less credible in the eyes of adversaries as it continues to age. Attempts to further study Minuteman III are attempts to unilaterally disarm, a move that would feed right into the hands of China and Russia and weaken any U.S. negotiating stance.”

The Pentagon will begin a review of its nuclear posture next week.

Gun Control Group Applauds NJ Gov’s Office For ‘Operation ChokePoint’ Style Actions

H/T AmmoLand.

Governor Phyliss(Phil)Murphy(Delusional-NJ)fancies his self the next Bathhouse Barry Obama with an Operation ChokePoint style law.



New Jersey – -(AmmoLand.com)- There are so-called “gun control” organizations that we, as gun owners, have to deal with on a constant basis.

Sure, the narrative has changed over the years, with many of the Astroturf groups referring to themselves as “gun safety” groups, but nonetheless, the spirit of “Handgun Control Inc” (aka Brady United) lives on in all of them. What is perhaps more surprising to me is learning about a group that apparently  has no issues mincing words and refers to themselves as a “gun control organization.”

One such group was corresponding with Governor Phil Murphy’s Director of Communications, Mahen Gunaratina. Looking through documents obtained through the Open Public Records Act (OPRA W170483) I glimpsed at an email thread involving Igor Volsky, the Executive Director of Guns Down America, and Governor Phil Murphy’s office. In the email dated March 15, 2019, Volsky does not hold any punches. In fact, what he had to say I’m going to include in full here for your immediate review:

Daniella — thanks so much for the connect, I’m moving you to BCC!

Mahen, we may have met when I interviewed the Governor as part of our ThinkingCAP podcast at CAP in 2018! I’ve since moved to running a gun control organization called Guns Down America and we’ve been absolutely loving what you guys are doing on the issue, particularly the decision to include the number of crime guns recovered by each manufacturer!!

I’m connecting with you because later this month we’re launching a campaign pushing the largest banks to stop doing business with the gun industry until that industry can be fundamentally reformed. Since TD Bank is headquartered in New Jersey, I’d love to hop on the phone and tell you more about that effort and ways the Governor can create some amazing change in the corporate responsibility/gun space.

I’m attaching a brief overview of our strategic thinking and would love to connect. Would you have some time next week?

Best,
Igor

Well, isn’t that a cute missive to digest? “I’m moving you to BCC!”, convenient. As noted earlier, this is a “gun control” group, self-proclaimed. If I had to take a guess, I’d say this goes directly against what the playbook from a group such as Moms Demand Action would say. My assumption, if I had the chance to read such a document, is it would say something very similar to exactly this:

DO talk about “preventing gun violence.” DON’T talk about “gun control.”

I suppose when the microphones aren’t hot, these groups have no issue admitting to exactly what they are. On one hand, I do find it rather refreshing to know that Igor, the head of a “gun control” group, is not trying to change his spots. Kudos! for honesty, at least with Governor Murphy’s office.

The first rule of gun control is never talk about gun control!

Something of a coincidence maybe, I will note that I did try to check out the podcast episode that Volsky mentioned in his email. Interestingly enough, the content of the interview is no longer available. What did Governor Murphy talk about? What is the content that no longer can be accessed? The title of the show is “New Jersey’s Gov. Phil Murphy on Resisting Trump” and you can read the show notes HERE:

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) joins Michele and Igor to discuss the progress his state has made—including passing equal pay and paid sick leave, pushing back against the GOP tax bill, and his decision to create a Cabinet as diverse as New Jersey—despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to dismantle progressive agendas. Also, Ben Olinsky, senior vice president of Policy and Strategy at CAP, joins to outline the Center’s big ideas for states, including overtime, a state Earned Income Tax Credit, and “clean slate” legislation to automatically seal nonviolent criminal records.

This is the type of stuff we, as gun owners, need to be aware of. This is the type of stuff the general public needs to learn about. Volsky fed us the information through this email he probably never thought would see the light of day. His group was advocating for an “operation chokepoint” type of tactics to be employed in New Jersey. This anti-civil rights enthusiast was clearly trying to conspire with government officials in the state of New Jersey to engage in discriminatory practices.

Volsky applauds “…the decision to include the number of crime guns recovered by each manufacturer!!” The program seems to have begun in January 2018. I vaguely remember the murmurs of this initiative via executive order starting, and most people were dismissive of it being more Astroturf “we’re doing something” measures. In light of litigation against one such tracked manufacturer, we can see there may have been some method to their madness. As reported:

State data show that more than 80% of the guns used in crimes in New Jersey came from outside of the state, with Smith & Wesson firearms among the heaviest-trafficked firearms into the state. According to the latest report, 48 Smith & Wesson-brand firearms were used in crimes in the state, the leader among all gun manufacturers.

The litigation is in the form of New Jersey suing Smith & Wesson over their advertising methods. From another report on the suit specifically:

“New Jersey is asking a judge to force Smith & Wesson Brands Inc. to hand over internal documents, the latest twist in an ongoing legal fight over how the gun manufacturer advertises to residents.

The subpoena came after Grewal’s office asked outside lawyers to help investigate how gun companies promote their products.

Smith & Wesson said in its lawsuit that this all amounted to an “unconstitutional fishing expedition” designed to weaken the Second Amendment.

Grewal’s office pushed back, saying last week that state law allowed them to dig into anyone advertising within New Jersey.

The review was not about “the product Smith & Wesson sells, but the representations and omissions in its marketing and advertising,” state officials argued in court documents, and the investigation has shown that some ads “may misrepresent the impact owning a firearm has on personal safety.”

Some Smith & Wesson ads also promoted carrying concealed firearms without mentioning that New Jerseyans needed a permit to conceal carry, state officials wrote.

Grewal’s office asked that Smith & Wesson be held in contempt of court for ignoring the subpoena.”

It’s eye-opening to see how all the pieces come together. New Jersey officials are using taxpayer dollars to sue a perfectly legitimate business. Looking at Guns Down America and what they stand for sheds more light on perhaps what else we could be up against in the Garden State:

Guns Down America has led large coalitions to execute successful campaigns that have forced FedEx to stop providing discounts to NRA members, drove two large insurers (Chubb and Lockton Affinity) to break their business relationship with the NRA’s Carry Guard insurance and helped push the NRA toward bankruptcy, pushed the nation’s largest banks to publicly back away from doing business with the gun industry, and convinced Walmart to significantly reduce their gun sales and begin actively lobbying for gun reform.

You, the gun advocate can connect the rest of the dots. Taking a 30,000-foot view, we are better able to see how these groups and methods all come together. Guns Down America has a line of communications with Governor Phil Murphy’s office. People like Volsky have his ear. AmmoLand News is going to continue to monitor and look into any potential wrongdoing by the Murphy administration. As you can see, we have our work cut out for us, and we are dealing with groups conspiring with the government against the people to usurp their rights.

Cruz Warned Biden Not to Send Cash to Palestine: Now, Missiles Are Raining Down on Israel

H/T Western Journal.

Joe Pee Pads Biden like his former boss Bathhouse Barry Obama favors helping terrorist.

In the past week, numerous videos of missiles raining down on Israel have flooded social media sites across the internet.

Beginning on Monday, the current onslaught of rockets targeting Israeli citizens came courtesy of Palestinian terrorists.

These attacks come roughly one month after the Biden administration decided to resume sending economic aid to areas in Palestine controlled by such militant groups.

At the beginning of April, a group of U.S. senators warned President Joe Biden’s secretary of state — Antony Blinken — not to send economic aid to territories controlled by the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

In a letter sent out on April 8, Blinken was warned that such funding would be inevitably redirected toward terrorist activities, citing numerous past examples.

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Tom Cotton of Arkansas were among the letter’s many signatories.

According to a report from The Associated Press, the Biden administration announced at the end of March that it was giving $15 million to “vulnerable Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Only a day later, with no public announcement, the administration notified Congress it would be sending an additional $75 million to Palestine for general economic support.

This was a reversal from the previous administration, which chose to cut most of the aid going into Palestine.

The April 8 letter warned Blinken that increasing such funding could lead to exactly the sort of violence Israel began facing on Monday.

“Since 1993, the U.S. government provided more than $6.3 billion to the Palestinians with the aims of, first, advancing the Palestinians’ capacity to build a state and, second, insulating and distancing Palestinian governance from terrorism,” the letter stated.

“Measured by the degree to which they have achieved those aims, U.S. programs have not just failed but have been counterproductive, with the money facilitating terrorist incitement and making its way to terrorists. In just the last few weeks, U.S. government documents and announcements by the Palestinians have made clear those failings were systematic and structural.”

The letter also warned of how this funding could lead to “pay-for-slay” programs, noting “the PA has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars every year to reward Palestinian terrorists and their families, with increased rewards in proportion to increased casualties.”

One beneficiary of the program, Bashar Masalha, “stabbed 11 people near Tel Aviv and murdered 28-year old U.S. Army veteran Taylor Force,” the letter noted.

In another letter sent out on Wednesday, Sen. Rubio and 43 Republican colleagues urged Biden to stand with Israel by refusing to send funds to one of Hamas’ biggest allies, Iran.

“The United States designated Hamas as a terrorist organization in 1997 and as such, is prohibited from providing any funds to Hamas,” the lawmakers wrote.

“Iran, however, is a longtime financial and material supporter of Hamas. The United States engaging in active negotiations with Iran and potentially providing billions of dollars in sanctions relief will no doubt contribute to Iran’s support of Hamas and other terrorist organizations who attack Americans and our allies.”

“We call on you to immediately end negotiations with Iran, and make clear that sanctions relief will not be provided. Doing so would demonstrate a firm commitment to our closest ally in the region and to our own security interests.”

Report: Biden Admin May Use Private Firms to Spy on Unsuspecting Americans

H/T Western Journal.

Joe Pee Pads Biden learned how to spy on Americans from his old boss Bathhouse Barry Obama.

The Department of Homeland Security has always faced limits on its ability to conduct surveillance of U.S. citizens without their consent. A new report suggests that President Joe Biden’s team may try to render those limits ineffective.

“The Department of Homeland Security is limited in how it can monitor citizens online without justification and is banned from activities like assuming false identities to gain access to private messaging apps used by extremist groups such as the Proud Boys or Oath Keepers,” CNN reported Monday.

“Instead, federal authorities can only browse through unprotected information on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook and other open online platforms.”

Apparently, the Biden administration feels that it needs to spy on Americans by whatever means necessary. As such, it reportedly wants to use private research firms to do the dirty work.

“By partnering with research firms who have more visibility in this space, the DHS could produce information that would likely be beneficial to both it and the FBI, which can’t monitor US citizens in this way without first getting a warrant or having the pretext of an ongoing investigation,” CNN reported.

 

In other words, private research firms are not subject to the same restrictions as the DHS. This means that they can assume false identities and spy on unsuspecting Americans.

CNN reported that the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency both have restrictions on “collecting intelligence domestically,” so private research firms seem to be the best option for gathering such information.

It seems obvious that there is a good reason for restricting government agencies’ ability to spy on Americans. Namely, it prevents the United States from turning into some sort of dystopian police state.

CNN briefly touched on this concern, but put a spin on it in a way that only a leftist could.

While the network admitted that the DHS has faced scrutiny for spying on public citizens, it cited last summer’s riots in Portland as the prime example.

The left-wing media outlet reported that the DHS response to those riots “included collecting intelligence reports on journalists and unmasking private citizens.” The implication, of course, is that this behavior was wrong.

At the same time, CNN implied it was necessary to spy on conservatives and those on the right, namely those who participated in the Jan. 6 incursion into the U.S. Capitol:

“That leaves the Biden administration with a key question: how to address mistakes made during the Trump administration while also finding ways to respond to what critics say were blatant failures by US intelligence agencies to act on warnings ahead of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol?”

At this point, CNN might as well just come out and say it. The real goal here is to spy on conservatives without the fear that the same tactics could be used against liberals in a future administration.

The reason that CNN thinks Trump’s DHS made a “mistake” by “unmasking private citizens” is that those citizens happened to be on the left side of the aisle. If Biden’s DHS did the exact same thing to citizens who were present at the Jan. 6 incursion, the left would cheer it.

In fact, we have already seen leftists perform a complete 180-degree turn in their rhetoric regarding responses to protests.

According to Business Insider, Democratic leaders in Oregon including Gov. Kate Brown, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler all denounced the DHS response to last summer’s riots in Portland.

Rosenblum went as far as to sue Trump’s DHS for supposedly violating the Constitution by sending officers to protect federal buildings.

Yet just a few months later when another federal building, namely the Capitol, was attacked, that same left denounced Trump for not responding more harshly.

Using private firms to spy on Americans is just an extension of the same idea. The leftist media wants left-wing groups to be free to protest, riot and loot without fear of being watched beforehand or reprimanded at the scene.

Meanwhile, they want conservatives to be monitored at every turn and face the full force of the government if they ever participate in protests or riots of their own.

As a general rule, protests should be allowed, and domestic terrorism should not. However, Americans have no reason to trust that Biden’s DHS is qualified to determine the difference.

So far, the phrase “domestic terrorism” has a much broader definition when referring to Republicans and a much narrower one when referring to Democrats. Giving DHS resources to spy on Americans also gives them the power to determine who should be spied on, and that is a dangerous path to go down.

Three South Louisiana Men, Sentenced for Violating Federal Firearms Laws

H/T AmmoLand.

Will prosecutions under the Federal Firearms Laws fall off under Joe Pee Pads Biden like they did under Bathhouse Barry Obama?

LAFAYETTE, La. – -(AmmoLand.com)- Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that three men from South Louisiana were sentenced today for illegally possessing firearms by United States District Judge James D. Cain, Jr.

Jaquan Smith, 27, of Houma, Louisiana, was sentenced to 24 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for illegal possession of an unregistered firearm.

 

On October 10, 2018, law enforcement officers in Jennings, Louisiana stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in which Smith was a passenger. Officers found Smith to have a square-shaped object bearing a Glock insignia in his possession. The device is capable of converting a firearm into a machine gun. The machine gun converter device was not registered to Smith in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. Smith knew that the purpose of the converter device was to turn a semi-automatic weapon into a machine gun and was illegal for him to possess.

The ATF and Jennings Police Department conducted the investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorneys T. Forrest Phillips and Robert C. Abendroth prosecuted the case.

Jeffery James Sullivan, 24, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm.

On August 18, 2018, Sullivan attempted to purchase a firearm while under indictment on felony charges in the 14th Judicial District Court in the State of Louisiana, including aggravated second-degree battery and illegal use of a weapon in commission of a crime of violence. While completing the ATF Form 4473 to purchase the firearm, Sullivan falsely answered “NO” to the question on the form, “Are you under indictment or information in any court for a felony, or any other crime, for which the judge could imprison you for more than one year?” Sullivan made this false statement intending to deceive the firearms dealer in order to purchase the firearm and was therefore charged.

The ATF conducted the investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney Danny Siefker prosecuted the case.

Timothy Caudle, 43, of Oakdale, Louisiana, was sentenced to 2 years of supervised probation, for illegally possessing firearms at a federal facility.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on May 10, 2019, when Caudle went to the Fort Polk Community Based Outpatient Clinic for an appointment. When clinic administrators told Caudle they would not be able to order his medication because he was behind on his scheduled appointments with the Clinic, Caudle became upset and made threatening remarks to the staff. This behavior caused law enforcement officers to monitor Caudle and determine whether or not he had any weapons on his person or in his vehicle, which possession was strictly prohibited in the federal facility and on the federal property. Officers found that Caudle illegally possessed two firearms in his vehicle on the federal property.

This case was investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Leon H. Whitten and John W. Nickel.

These cases are part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. PSN is part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime. To learn more about Project Safe Neighborhoods, go to www.justice.gov/psn.

 

Record Shattered: More Than 2-Million Guns Sold In January

H/T Bearing Arms.

Joe Pee Pads Biden will soon eclipse his old boss Bathhouse Barry Obama as the nation’s top gun salesman.

The Great Gun Run of 2020 has definitely continued into the new year, and may even be picking up speed rather than slowing down now that Joe Biden and his Democratic cohorts have control of both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s adjusted NICS figures for January of 2021, there were 2,052,130 background checks conducted on firearm sales last month; a 75% increase compared to the figures reported for January of 2020. The unadjusted January 2021 NICS figure of 4,288,240 (which includes checks not related to gun sales) is also about 62% higher than the unadjusted total from last January.

 

Mark Oliva, director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, says it “can’t be discounted” that many of these gun sales were in response to Joe Biden taking office and the threats his administration poses to the right to keep and bear arms.

“Americans are continuing to purchase firearms at a blistering pace,” Oliva points out. “That’s undoubtedly connected to President Joe Biden’s plans to attack the firearm industry by undoing and rewriting regulations and executive actions to target the firearm industry, which started with freezing the publication of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s ‘Fair Access’ banking rule. The Biden administration interfered with an independent government agency to further an agenda and perpetuate the illegal Operation Choke Point by farming it out to corporate banks. That was just the opening salvo.

In addition to Biden’s opening anti-gun moves, the president has promised a number of additional actions targeting legal gun owners and the firearms industry, including the repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), empowering the BATFE to (in Oliva’s words) “revoke licenses for minor clerical errors and ban entire classes of firearms from lawful ownership and tax or seize modern sporting rifles, or AR-15 style rifles, and magazines in a scheme that would cost those owners an estimated $34 billion for the privilege to own what they already lawfully own.”

According to the NSSF’s data, last month saw three of the ten busiest weeks in NICS history, as well as one of the top ten busiest single days in more than 20 years. Oliva calls that a “jaw dropping start to the new year,” adding that all but one of the ten busiest weeks and half of the ten busiest days in NICS history took place last year, when more than 21-million firearms were sold.

We’re on pace at the moment to shatter that record. Historically, January tends to be one of the slower months for gun sales, and there’s no sign that February’s sales numbers are going to significantly decline. In fact, with Biden and his anti-gun allies in Congress intent on partnering with gun control groups to place more restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms, demand for both firearms and ammunition is expected to remain at historically high levels for months to come.

Will the fact that Americans are buying guns in record numbers dissuade any Democrats to hold off on their push for new infringements on our Second Amendment rights? I wish I was confident that would be the case, but unfortunately it’s just as likely to spur anti-gun politicians to act even sooner than they might have otherwise.

I’m glad to see so many Americans joining the ranks of gun owners, but I hope they’re ready to defend the rights that they’re now exercising and are in contact with their lawmakers to urge them to reject any attempt to curtail our right to keep and bear arms.

 

Reality Check: Ammo Is Scarce And Prices Just Keep Jumping

H/T The Truth About Guns.

Joe Pee Pads Biden and his former boss Bathhouse Barry Obama set records for gun and ammo sales.

 

In a piece published by Fox35Orlando immediately prior to the Biden inauguration it was reported that people in search of ammunition are facing even an uphill battle.

People started lining up in front of the door at Academy Sports + Outdoors in Lake Mary as early as 2 a.m. on Monday waiting for the doors to open at 9 a.m.

When FOX 35 News asked several of those in line what they were waiting for, they all answered “ammo.”

And with perfect timing, several people in my social media feed have been posting pictures of long lines at gun and sporting goods stores across the country. All those lines are ammo-focused and in some you can clearly see the abysmally small pile of available ammo in the background.

Yes, demand and frenzy for ammunition has escalated with the inauguration:

Perkinson [owner of Volusia Top Gun] added that, since the pandemic hit, sales have been up 100% and every day feels like “Black Friday.”  However, he said the last two weeks, it’s been a “zoo.”

“I could have done 300% more if I had the inventory. I’m turning away a lot of people just for lack of inventory,” Perkinson explained.

Apparently some of the guys waiting in line for ammunition see no issue with with telling mainstream media journalists, well, everything:

“I just come here on Monday. Tuesday, I go to Buena Vista. Wednesday, I go to East Colonial. Thursday, Buena Vista. Friday, East Colonial. Sunday, I go to Millenia,” [David] Godkin said.

He is an avid hunter and marksman who uses about half of what he buys each week and stockpiles the rest.  Right now, he said Academy Sports will only sell three boxes of ammunition to each customer.  He was about 10th in line and wasn’t able to get exactly what he wanted.

“I got two 9s, which is the handgun, then I got the 223, which is the rifle. A good day. Would have been a better day if I’d gotten all 9s,” Godkin explained.

Well. Thank you for letting everyone know exactly where you shop, when, and how much ammo you’re using versus stockpiling, Mr. Godkin.

Something interesting in this news piece is the inclusion of prices and what sounds a bit like a half-assed excuse from a gun store owner:

A small box of 9mm ammunition that was selling for $14 maximum at this time last year, is now selling for $37.99 and [Volusia Top Gun] can barely keep it stock.

[Owner Ron] Perkinson tells FOX 35 News, even if he is able to get larger amounts of ammunition in later this year, he doesn’t see the price going down any time soon. Several of his manufacturers made him sign new contracts agreeing to pay more money for the product, if not, they won’t sell to him anymore.

Yes, it is true. Multiple major ammunition manufacturers announced price increases of as much as 15 percent per box. Oddly enough, every manufacturer I’m currently aware of that’s made that change has it slated to begin February 1, 2021.

Here’s the problem with gun store owners and dealers trying to push off higher ammo prices on the manufacturers: they have been hiking prices since the moment they saw demand spike. Manufacturers didn’t start increasing their own prices until relatively recently. Yet ammunition prices began climbing exponentially with no apparent ceiling back in, what, April of last year?

Supply and demand is a thing, but the way ammunition pricing has been handled has been…frustrating to watch in action. What do you guys think? Should ammunition prices be as they now are? Are dealers right to make the double and triple price increases in the face of spiking demand even when those increases were made months before manufacturers altered their own pricing?

Report Reveals Biden’s Intel Agencies Can Exploit Loophole to Get Tracking Data on Americans Without a Warrant

H/T  Western Journal.

Bathhouse Barry Obama weaponized government agencies against average Americans Joe Pee Pads Biden will do it also.

The Defense Intelligence Agency has a back door method of keeping track of Americans, according to a new report.

Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that America’s intelligence agencies needed a warrant to force phone companies to turn over location data on their customers, The New York Times reported that agencies have found a way to end-run that ruling, pointing to what it called an unclassified memo it has received on the subject.

Instead of having the intelligence community seek the information directly, agencies buy databases that are already available that have the location data intelligence agencies want.

As this power is being placed in the hands of the Biden administration, Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon is trying to call attention to the practice and have it stopped.

The memo obtained by The Times, shows that intelligence experts do not believe the 2018 ruling, known as the Carpenter decision, matters.

“D.I.A. does not construe the Carpenter decision to require a judicial warrant endorsing purchase or use of commercially available data for intelligence purposes,” the memo stated.

Wyden last week denounced cases “in which the government, instead of getting an order, just goes out and purchases the private records of Americans from these sleazy and unregulated commercial data brokers who are simply above the law.”

He said the practice is wrong.

“The Fourth Amendment is not for sale,” he said. The Fourth Amendment protects the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.”

During his comments, which came during the confirmation hearing of Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence, Wyden said there is a “need to rebuild trust in the Intelligence Community, which is going to require an aggressive and sustained commitment to transparency,” according to a release on his website.

“A key component of that transparency is making sure Americans know what kind of surveillance the government is conducting on them. And they should especially be told if the government is using legal loopholes in the law and the warrant requirement in the Fourth Amendment,” he said.

Wyden said full disclosure is needed of what the intelligence community is up to.

“I intend to introduce legislation on this topic. But for Congress to tackle this topic, it is vitally important that there be an informed, public debate on what the government is collecting right now and what it believes is the legal basis for that collection,” he said.

Wyden said one issue with intelligence agencies is that “the government too often reinterprets a public law in secret and keeps the new interpretation secret under the pretext that reinterpretations must be hidden to keep us safe. The reality is that interpretations of public law must be transparent and public.”

The memo said that when agencies buy databases, the brokers do not identify who are Americans and who are not.

The memo stated that DIA agents must get special permission from the agency’s office of general counsel, office of oversight compliance and its senior leadership to access the records of Americans.

“Permission to query the U.S. device location data has been granted five times in the past two and a half years for authorized purposes,” the memo said.

GOP Lawmakers Concerned Biden Defense Sec Pick Will Be Rammed Through Congress

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Will retired general Lloyd Austin be rammed through Congress because he was was associated with Bathhouse Barry Obama and Joe Pee Pads Biden? Personally I do not think he has what it takes to be Defense Secretary.

Urge careful deliberation on Pentagon pick with sparse public record.

Republican lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee are expressing concerns the incoming Biden administration will force through its selection of retired general Lloyd Austin to serve as the nation’s next defense secretary, according to a letter sent Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) that raises questions about the nominee’s sparse public record.

Austin, the head of U.S. Central Command during the Obama administration, retired in 2016 and requires a congressional waiver to serve as the Defense Department’s top civilian official due to a law prohibiting military members from serving as defense secretary until they have been out of the service for seven years. Republican leaders on the Armed Services Committee urged Pelosi to grant “full deliberation for the waiver processes,” citing concerns his vote “may be rushed to the House floor,” according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Despite his sterling military credentials, Austin does not have a lengthy public record, and lawmakers are likely to press him on matters ranging from the growing threat posed by China to his work in the Middle East as CENTCOM’s top official. The House granted retired four-star general Jim Mattis a waiver in 2017 after the White House declined to permit his testimony before the Armed Services Committee. At that time, Democrats overwhelmingly voted against the waiver, citing concerns he would sideline the department’s civilian leadership. Lawmakers are concerned Austin would do the same given his background.

“Civilian oversight of our armed forces is too important to expedite,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter led by Rep. Jim Banks (R., Ind.). The letter was signed by nine other GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee, including Reps. Mike Gallagher (Wis.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Jack Bergman (Mich.), Vicky Hartzler (Mo.), and Mo Brooks (Ala.).

Congress has only granted such a waiver twice in its history—once in 1950 and again in 2017, when President Donald Trump selected Mattis. The seven-year delay is in place to ensure a strict division between the Pentagon’s military and civilian leadership.

“Civilian oversight of our military is one of the things that makes our country great. If Speaker Pelosi fast-tracks the waiver without allowing the Armed Services Committee to even discuss it, she will have unilaterally abandoned another longstanding principle of our Republic,” Banks told the Free Beacon.

Biden’s transition team has yet to publicly confirm recent claims by the Armed Services Committee’s Democratic leader, Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.), that Austin has agreed to appear before his committee prior to any vote on the waiver.

Biden press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted in early December that Austin would speak with committee members but did not agree to formal hearings in front of Congress.

 

“Secretary-designate Austin is looking forward to speaking with congressional leadership early on, including House leadership, and both Senate and House Armed Service Committee members,” Psaki tweeted.

Smith expressed concerns last year, when Austin was first selected, “about again appointing a recently retired general to be secretary of defense.” He urged Austin to “meet with the members of the House Armed Services Committee so they can ask questions about civilian control of the military, and to be assured that General Austin is committed to this important principle and understands what he will have to do to make sure it is upheld during his tenure as secretary of defense.”

Joe Biden has enjoyed a close relationship with Austin since his time in the Obama administration, and said in a December op-ed explaining his pick that the military official “will do an outstanding job.”

Austin led a push during the Obama administration to bring home some 150,000 American troops from Iraq. “Given the immense and urgent threats and challenges our nation faces, he should be confirmed swiftly,” Biden wrote.