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  1. I could use those as I have one - PM sent
  2. Biden/Harris Gun Plan Omits Criminals New Plan Only Affects Innocent People Mass media has overlooked, or failed to recognize, that the core of the Biden administration's announced plan for so-called "gun control" would overlook criminals and the arsenals they have already. Strict laws to stop this have been passed, but enforcement tools, budget and most crucial a crime-stop attitude is missing. The Administration has adopted a take-guns-from-the-innocent mindset. For crime control, we must move past defund-the-police, police-are-oppressors and guns-are-evil mindset now in the curriculum. Biden and his team must recognize that if courts and cops don't enforce the laws, disarming the public will only make things worse. The recent focus on newly vilified so-called "ghost guns" is a perfect case in point. Murders, primarily in disadvantaged neighborhoods, are in the tens of thousands. Where's the media? At a rose garden presser attacking a new gun concept. The murderers walk free. Meanwhile newshounds take the bait and assault homemade firearms—constitutionally protected property. This is sleight of hand by leadership, ignoring crime control and scapegoating arms—that criminals basically don't use! "Gun control" doesn't stop criminal behavior, it lets it thrive. Proposed gun registries for specialty firearms cannot even address the "guns-on-the-streets" narrative. There are no guns "on the streets," ghost-like or otherwise. Guns are in criminal hands, from lack of attention. Armed street criminals cannot legally possess guns in the first place, you cannot expect them to register. Mandating it would require them to self-incriminate, a blatant violation of the 5th Amendment—criminals cannot be forced to use any proposed ghost registry. The new plan is mainly a way to compel more government databases—small requirements, with illegal compulsion, inching up to massive bans. Mass media should make this clear if they're doing their job but they aren't. Mass media wants you registered, and it shows. Even logic dictates this glaring flaw in the proposal—if you could require people banned from guns to register, you could just round them up and their illegally held firearms.
  3. Yesterday, the Minnesota Senate passed pro-gun omnibus legislation, Senate File 4062, by a 37 to 29 vote. The measure now heads over to the House for further consideration. Please contact your State Representative and ask them to SUPPORT Senate File 4062. Senate File 4062 includes language from previously alerted on measures, including SF 4098, which adds $150,000 extra for shooting sports facility grants. This measure would increase the amount of funding provided from the Game and Fish fund to be used for development and maintenance of shooting and archery facilities in Minnesota. Further, SF 4062 will remove “shotgun zones” for deer hunting on all except for two counties, and provide $5 Million in funding that will support gun/hunter safety and angling activities in the Land of 10,000 Lakes! Again, please contact your State Representative and ask them to SUPPORT Senate File 4062.
  4. New York is doing its best to unseat Chicago as the quintessential national example of why gun control is a failure. The Empire State has some of the harshest gun laws in the country. While these laws successfully harass and burden law-abiding gun owners, they do nothing to go after criminals. One-party control in Albany has resulted in pure carnage in New York, and Albany Democrats keep doubling down on more of the same failed policies. On Monday, April 25, the Senate Codes Committee is scheduled to hear another pair of gun bills, as anti-gun politicians continue to sell the same snake oil they’ve been peddling for years. S.6659 by Sen. Shelley Mayer (D) is nothing more than an attack on concealed carry. This legislation would allow Westchester County to set its own fees for pistol permits. New York City and Long Island already do this, and we’ve witnessed the widespread abuse and exorbitant fees and bureaucracy that are simply designed to deter citizens from even applying in the first place. Ironically, this is all happening with the Supreme Court’s decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen pending. This case is challenging the state’s “proper cause” standard, and this latest legislative effort is yet another example of New York’s multi-pronged attack on the Second Amendment. S.8164 by Sen. Anna Kaplan (D) is even worse. This bill turns crime victims into felons. Mandatory storage bills do nothing except render self-defense in one’s own home impossible by tipping the scales in favor of home invaders. Sen. Kaplan believes that if your guns are stolen and a criminal uses them, YOU should be convicted as a felon! This is akin to somebody stealing your car, killing someone with it, and then you are sentenced to do the time for someone else’s crime. Of course, this type of rationale falls perfectly in line with the Progressive penchant for coddling criminals. Crime in New York has zero chance of ebbing with this crew in control. Enough is enough. Contact your Senator immediately and respectfully request that they vote against both S.6659 and S.8164.
  5. When Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, unleashed World War II-style horrors on the Ukrainian people, those Ukrainians stood up to this tyrant and showed the world why, to really be free, the people need their natural right to keep and bear arms. Just after Russian forces began the invasion in late February, a member of Ukraine’s parliament told Fox News he got a gun from a local police department that was “handing them out like candy.” Indeed, more than 25,000 firearms were handed to residents of Ukraine just after Russia began its attack. One estimate determined that, before Russia invaded, about 700,000 Ukrainians owned firearms. As this was being written, there was no way to know how many had bought, borrowed or otherwise obtained arms to defend themselves and their nation. And it wasn’t just Fox News reporting on the need for armed citizens in Ukraine. With enemy forces coming to take Ukrainians’ liberty—their very futures—even CNN’s typically anti-Second Amendment talking heads were acknowledging the bravery of civilians in Ukraine who were willing to take up arms to fight for their nation, for their children and for their basic human rights. Even The New York Times, a publication that typically detests America’s Second Amendment rights, ran articles celebrating the civilians in Ukraine who took up arms. “When I heard the explosions I decided that I am ready,” The New York Times quoted Olena Sokolan, a Ukrainian business manager. Sokolan got her rifle. “I am adult woman, I am healthy and it’s my responsibility.” Now sure, these typically anti-Second Amendment news outlets will surely make the distinction that America is not a war zone. And though parts of America in 2020 resembled a war zone, it’s a fair point; but then, when a rapist, murderer or other monster attempts to break into a home, to carjack a mother with her baby in the back seat or to attack someone on a street, isn’t that normal, law-abiding individual in just as much danger? There is a huge difference in scale, but to the potential victim, the danger is the same, as is the need to have access to a real means to self-preservation; as in the right to keep and bear arms. Only with this right intact can good citizens defend themselves from evil. This truth is so plain that gun-control groups here in America just want to shut down the conversation; for example, Peter Ambler, executive director of the gun-control group Giffords, said it is “deeply irresponsible” for gun-rights advocates to cite the Ukraine crisis. The trouble for the gun-ban crowd is reality just keeps deflating their false messaging. Much of the mainstream media can ignore or downplay what armed citizens do in America, but they can’t ignore or talk away an entire people grabbing guns to repel a liberty-destroying horror. Even agnostics to this fundamental issue are learning this. Oleksandr Mykhed, a Ukrainian writer who was awoken by Russian helicopters trying to take an airfield outside Kyiv at the onset of the war, ended an essay for Financial Times in March with: “I’d never held a gun in my hands till February 2022. My wife and I had several hours of training just to figure out what to do with it. Just in case. And now I regret like hell that I didn’t do that training before.”
  6. Having been pulled for years in two diametrically opposed directions, the anti-gun movement now finds itself in a dreadful political bind. As ever, it continues to abhor the private ownership of firearms, and wishes to make it as difficult as possible for Americans to keep and bear them. And yet, increasingly, its leaders also seem to believe the enforcement of the laws they seek ought to be resisted in some places. The result has been situations like we see in states such as New York, which has law books crammed full of infringements of the Second Amendment, but also has prosecutors who enforce those laws selectively, if at all. Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) complained bitterly about the news that New York City intended to begin random searches of bus travelers’ luggage for guns, on the grounds that such “random searches are anything but random,” “raise major constitutional alarms” and “are plagued with racial bias.” And yet, for some reason, that same ACLU not only supports New York’s restrictions on concealed carry, but it also has filed an amicus brief against those who are challenging these restrictions. In a press release explaining why the ACLU sided with the state government in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the ACLU argued that “New York’s limits on carrying guns in public spaces are constitutional” and that such limits are vital to protecting the “free-flowing, sometimes heated exchange of ideas.” Or, to put it another way: The ACLU supports New York’s draconian restrictions on concealed carry, but it opposes the enforcement of those restrictions. Naturally, this makes no sense. As the Black Attorneys of Legal Aid explained in its filing, it is simply not possible to distinguish between the law and its enforcement in the way the ACLU has attempted to do. “The real-life consequences of New York’s firearm licensing requirements on ordinary people,” the group submitted, are “brutal.” Sometimes, this incoherence is even more pronounced. In Philadelphia, the district attorney, Larry Krasner, has defended his reluctance to enforce the law by proposing that many of the people who violate the rules are not doing so to commit crimes, but “to protect themselves because they did not feel they could count on police to do the job.” If Krasner really believed this, of course, one would expect him to have coupled the claim with a call to increase the number of police officers on the streets. But he has done no such thing—and neither, for that matter, has the movement to which he belongs. Instead, the steps taken by Krasner’s movement range between making it more difficult for police officers to do their jobs effectively and calling for those jobs to be defunded or even abolished completely—a juxtaposition that leads to the nonsensical claim that (1) we need strong gun laws to reduce crime and (2) that we shouldn’t prosecute those who violate those strong gun laws because they themselves are worried about crime and (3) that, despite this, we should weaken or remove the people whom we have hired to fight that crime. It’s ridiculous. Given the racially charged history of American gun control, the obvious solution for those who fear disparities in the law is simply to support the Second Amendment for all Americans, and thereby remove the opportunity for meddling and for caprice. But that, apparently, would be too simple and too fair. Instead, the ACLU and some others are trying to somehow simultaneously argue that gun control—including effectively banning most citizens from carrying arms outside their homes—is constitutional despite the clarity of the Second Amendment, while also arguing that some people who break those laws should get “get-of-jail-free cards.”
  7. A recent armed home-defense episode in France points out a drastic difference in the way that country looks at the topic of self-defense in the home compared to here in the United States. In late March, a farmer in Longré, France, was indicted for murder after shooting and killing a man who had broken into his home. According to investigators, the farmer was home with his 3-year-old daughter when a group of four men broke into his home. He fired two shots with a large-caliber rifle, killing one of the intruders. In response to the story, French President Emmanuel Macron said the farmer should have called the authorities to take care of the incident. “Everyone must be safe, and the public authorities have to ensure it,” Macron said. “But I am opposed to self-defense. It’s very clear and undisputable because otherwise the country becomes the Wild West. And I don’t want a country where weapons proliferate and where we consider that it’s up to the citizens to defend themselves.” Fortunately, here in the United States, armed self-defense of the home is more often viewed quite differently, although many anti-gun politicians would undoubtedly like to see that changed. Here, someone’s home is, indeed, his or her castle. That was the case with three home invasions that occurred in the United States shortly after the home-defense shooting in France. In Homosassa Springs, Fla., on April 2, a man identified as Kyle Nye Davis was shot and killed. According to a report, the man had struck and severely injured a woman. When the woman returned to her home, the man allegedly broke into the home and attacked the woman’s male roommate, who was able to retrieve his pistol and shoot Davis, stopping the attack. The incident is still under investigation, but the sheriff’s office said the preliminary investigation indicates the shooting was done in self-defense. Three days earlier, a Kent County, Mich., homeowner was forced to use his firearm to protect himself in his home. According to a report, the homeowner was awakened around midnight by the sound of someone breaking his car windows in his driveway. The homeowner approached the suspect, who told him to back up. When the homeowner went inside to load his hunting rifle, the suspect followed him into the house. The two exchanged gunfire. Police said the suspect, who died at the scene, was believed to be connected to two other vehicle thefts that night. That same day, a homeowner in Dale County, Ala., used his firearm to fight off a home intruder at the same time he was reporting the invasion to a police dispatcher over the phone. According to a report, a man called 911 at about 5:45 a.m. to report a break-in in progress. While the homeowner was on the phone with the dispatcher, the suspect broke out a window and began climbing through it into the house. As the suspect came through the window, the homeowner shot him, quickly ending the home invasion. As this was being written, the suspect was listed in critical condition at a local hospital, and the police had reported that no charges are expected against the homeowner. There you have it: three straightforward cases of legal, armed home defense around the same time the French farmer was charged with murder and chided by the country’s president for—if press reports are to be believed—protecting his home and family. Looking at these three cases, one has to wonder what the outcomes would have been if the victims had lived in France, where the current government is against armed self-defense.
  8. When I opened my mailbox to find a campaign flyer showing Winsome Earle-Sears in business clothes holding an AR-15, she had my full attention. She went on to win the election to become the first black woman to serve as lieutenant governor of Virginia. Now she had the nation’s attention. Months later, as I walked up to the historic three-story, brick-and-terra-cotta building where I was to meet Sears in Richmond, Va., on a cold, sunny President’s Day, I thought about how the building had been renamed in 2005 after Oliver Hill, a civil-rights attorney who worked to end segregation and who was the first black American to win a seat on the Richmond City Council in 1949. I imagined Mr. Hill would be pleased to see Sears, the first black woman and the first Jamaican-born American citizen elected to statewide office in Virginia, in the office of lieutenant governor. Sears does appear to be enjoying the elected position; for example, she discovered her gavel missing once when it was time to open a Senate session, so she used her high-heel shoe to pound the chamber to attention. “One shoe can change a life,” she quipped. “Ask Cinderella.” But, as you’ll see from the interview, she takes her work—literally defending the American dream in every way her position allows—very seriously. A1F: You were born in Jamaica and spent much of your childhood shuttling back and forth between there and the U.S. Did that influence your opinion about gun rights in America? Sears: When I was very young, we had a prime minister [Michael Manley] come to power who declared Jamaica would be a “democrat socialist” country—where have you heard that before? And so, he nationalized everything and brought Castro over from Cuba with Russian money. They started building schools and whatever else, and people understood that their money and whatever profit their business had was no longer theirs. And that created a lot of economic instability and a lot of brain-drain. Some of the people left, and they tried to run with as much money as they could. And you know, you can only take so much. It destroyed Jamaica, and they’re only just now recovering. So, I knew what the IMF [International Monetary Fund] was when I was 11 years old; I knew about the World Bank. I knew about all that at that young age because so much of our lives was impacted by those socialist positions. That’s why I’m a Republican, you know? I am a capitalist. I understand that’s the best system that we have going so far. Nothing invented has topped it. So, I did see guns in a sense because of that unrest. I saw shootings and that sort of thing. I was too young to understand gun rights, if you will, but I certainly could understand the economic and the social unrest. And powerlessness. A1F: So, was your first time using a firearm when you became a U.S. Marine? Sears: Yeah, I’d say so, up close and personal. I saw the police with it. But, yeah, no shooting experience like that. A1F: Okay, so what did you think that first time? Sears: I don’t know that I really thought anything of it. I mean, it was just part and parcel of being a Marine. They throw a rifle in your hand and tell you, “This is your best friend and you better know how to pull it down within two minutes.” You know, all the way down to the cotter pin. It was just another new thing to learn how to do. It’s part of being a Marine. A1F: Your campaign flyer showing you proudly posing with an AR-15 certainly got my attention in a good way. Did that get strong reactions? Sears: The whole gamut! I’ll give you an example. I was meeting with a group of black business owners from the Southwest. I was trying to feel them out and I said, “You know, that campaign flyer with me with the gun—” and one black woman stopped me. She said, “Girl, we don’t care about that. I’m packing right now. What we want to know is about what economic principles you’re going to deliver for us. On this side of the mountain, guns are not the problem for us.” So, you’ve got the urban view as well as the rural view, and I guess it depends on where you grow up sometimes. Once again it shows that the black community is not so monolithic. We are not. Even in the urban areas, the largest-growing segment of gun owners are females, which means black women! And so, you’re going to come and get my gun? I don’t think so. And then there were some Republicans who said I was too openly for guns. And some Republicans that loved guns. I remember talking with a man who didn’t know me, and I said, “What do you think about this Winsome Sears?” He said, “Who, the one with the gun? Oh, I got her.” So, it ran the gamut. A1F: How about personal shooting? Do you still go to the range? Do you like shooting your AR, or handguns, or … ? Sears: Actually, I love skeet shooting. Oh boy. Because it’s a different kind of shooting. It takes skill. You have to determine where you think the target is going to be. To me, that’s the best feeling. Yeah, I love it. I love it. The governor [Glenn Youngkin] and I, when we were campaigning during the convention cycle, we were all down at the range and he said, “Hey, Winsome, you want to shoot with me?” and I said, “Sure!” So, there we were. He hit some clays and I hit some clays; I don’t know what anybody else did. I won it, by the way, if I’m not mistaken. A1F: You took a step back from politics and then you came back to it. What inspired you to run for lieutenant governor? Sears: Yeah, 20 years later. So just call me ‘Little Mo’ because Moses came back after 40 and I came back after 20! I looked at our education scores, and they were bad. They’re still bad. It’s going to take us some time to come out of this. When we look at the NAEP scores—the national assessment for educational proficiency—I get concerned. I really concentrate on two subjects: math and reading comprehension. It tells us that when it comes to those two subjects, especially math, by the time the children in Virginia reach the eighth grade, 35% of Asian children can’t do math, 45% of white children, 70% of Latino children and 84% of black children can’t do math! It’s time we come back together ... . You can either light a candle or you can curse the darkness. I lit the candle. So, our children aren’t learning. We have got to figure this out. Our children need to be able to compete on a global scale, in a global market. So that’s why I got in. I’m a former vice president of the state board of education, and we’ve tried everything. And none of it is working, so it’s time now for parents to make the decision on where their children should go to school. The money should follow the child instead of a brick building. The worship of the building is over. So that’s one reason I ran. And then I saw the racial strife happening, the burnings, the lootings, the shootings … and I just thought I’m the one who can talk to that—that pain and that divisiveness—to say it’s time we come back together. Because, again, we are not on this planet by ourselves. We can’t have another civil war, and it just felt like that’s where we were going. I saw relationships destroyed, friendships destroyed, because of this black/white thing. So, I figured I could speak to it. You can either light a candle or you can curse the darkness. I lit the candle because to light the candle is to find a solution. To complain about the darkness is to be a victim. We have that saying in church that I may not be what I’m supposed to be, but I ain’t what I used to be. And again, that’s America. Fits and starts, but she’s getting there. She’s getting there. A1F: You are the first woman to serve as lieutenant governor of Virginia, plus you’re the first woman of color and the first Jamaican-born American citizen elected to statewide office in Virginia. It seems like these milestones should’ve received more media attention than they did. Were you expecting such a muted media response? Sears: It doesn’t bother me! It doesn’t bother me a bit because I didn’t run for that anyway. I ran to make those accomplishments, for little kids to say, “Well, if Winsome can do it, then I can do it.” I keep telling the little children wherever I go: “I didn’t do anything special to get here. All I did was stay in school and study.” Because if they think that I had access, you know, I had money, I had connections, whatever, then they may not even try. I want them to understand that if I can come to a place that’s not my country, not my culture and make it, then they can, too. Furthermore, I’m the one with the gavel, so whether they acknowledge me or not doesn’t make a bit of difference to me. Besides, the praises of men are fickle. A1F: You talked a little bit about not being a monolithic culture and how different black people view gun ownership differently, but there has been a cultural shift toward becoming more pro-gun. I wonder if you have any insight into that shift. Sears: I think it’s not even just a gun shift so much as questioning of political beliefs because, really, black people, Hispanic people and Asian people generally are more conservative in their views—they just don’t vote that way sometimes. There is more of a “Wait a minute … Why do we vote the way that we vote?” For me, the new water fountains are the political party. There’s a group of elites somewhere that is trying to tell the rest of us that we can’t drink at the Republican water fountain, or the Green party water fountain or whatever other political party water fountains there are. The only one we can drink at is the Democrat party water fountain. And we’re saying no, we’re adults. We’re grown. We will make those decisions for us. You make your decision and we will make ours. And guns are a part of that. Because if I put up a sign on my door, in my yard, that says, I have a gun and my neighbor doesn’t, where do you think the robbers are going to go? And by the way, while I’m waiting for the cops to come, if you are breaking into my home, what am I going to do? I can’t call the social worker. Another thing: We have black gun manufacturers, we have black bullet manufacturers, we have black gun shops here. And what are we going to do—tell them to close their businesses? I don’t think so. Absolutely not. We’re here, and we’re not backing down. A1F: How do you think you can use your role to help restore and defend freedom in general, but especially our Second Amendment rights here in Virginia? Sears: I campaigned on that, you know, that we’re not giving any of it up, but you do need to have control of enough votes to make that happen. And so, we have the governor’s mansion, we have the House now, but we don’t have the Senate. Politics, as you know, is the art of the possible. So, you take what you can get and then next time you come back and you ask for more. Sometimes our voters may be a little bit disillusioned that we didn’t get what we wanted—the whole thing. But sometimes a win is incremental. At least we’re there now. We get this, we roll back certain things, and then we try to change some minds and come back next year and fight for some more. So, I would say to your members: Stay the course. Don’t leave the battlefield. You lose a hundred percent of the battles you walk away from. Join a local political party. Donate money. Be the candidate, but if you’re not going to be the candidate, help the candidate. Go knock on doors, put a sign in your yard. Remember that our government is we the people—not we the politicians, not we the elite. It’s we the people! Don’t be afraid, and don’t be caught napping. You’re the people.
  9. We just broke some significant news on the ATF that could impact President Biden's latest permanent director nomination. Check it our below: file:///C:/Users/User/AppData/Local/Packages/microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/msohtmlclip/clip_image001.png Exclusive: ATF Acting Director Demoted, Replaced By Stephen Gutowski The ATF is undergoing a major shakeup. Acting Director Marvin Richardson is being demoted, and US Attorney Gary Restaino will take over his position, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the move. The reshuffling was announced by Richardson on a conference call Monday, which left many ATF officials surprised and dismayed. The ATF is expected to announce the move in the coming days. "The news that he was being replaced came as a shock to most of us within the agency," one ATF official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, told The Reload. Richardson is an African-American career ATF official who has spent more than 30 years with the agency. His demotion means he has not only been passed over twice for nomination to become the permanent director but is now being shuffled out of the acting director position mere months before a permanent director may be confirmed. The move follows a recent New York Times article featuring complaints from gun-control activists which labeled Richardson “an industry-friendly subordinate pumping the brakes” on President Biden's aggressive gun-control initiatives. It risks creating a backlash that could jeopardize the President's second attempt to install a permanent head for the agency. Refusing to consider an accomplished Black agent like Richardson for the permanent position may lead to further controversy around Biden's nomination of Steve Dettelbach. Dettelbach was going to be recommended for renomination as US Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio by Senator Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) last year but was pulled after civil rights activists complained no consideration was given to qualified Black candidates. Samaria Rice, whose son Tamir was killed by Cleveland Police in 2014 when they mistook his toy gun for a real one, was among those who spoke out against Dettelbach's renomination. At the time, Rice told Cleveland.com, “the community deserves a fair process,” not a “white, political insider” pick. The administration's treatment of Richardson, who worked his way up from field agent to the directorship, may inspire similar critiques. The White House did not respond to requests for comment on the situation. The ATF referred questions to the Department of Justice which did not respond. At least some ATF sources perceive Richardson's demotion as a politically-motivated punishment. A second ATF source with dozens of years of experience confirmed Richardson is being replaced by Restaino. They said the demotion was likely a result of perceptions inside the administration that Richardson is too friendly towards the gun industry. "This administration has some very strong opinions on guns," the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Reload. "They may have some distaste with that. So, bringing in [Restaino] kind of negates that." Click here to read the full piece. file:///C:/Users/User/AppData/Local/Packages/microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/msohtmlclip/clip_image001.png We'll have more on the situation as it develops. Thank you, Stephen Gutowski Founder The Reload
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