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Journalist Attempts to Buy Guns at Walmart, Ends Up Collapsing the Left’s Anti-Gun Narrative Instead

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After the devastating shooting that took place in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart that left 22 people dead and 24 injured, the left began to do its usual pattern of never letting a crisis go to waste. Instead of taking a moment to mourn the fallen, they immediately launched into the process of making it an agenda item.

This includes a lot of virtue signaling aimed at Walmart. Leftists from lawmakers and activists, to random twitter users, began demanding Walmart cease selling firearms. All of them presented the idea that it’s incredibly easy to purchase a firearm from Walmart. More so, even, than cold medicine as David Hogg proposed.

But is it that easy to get a gun from Walmart? Enter Hayley Peterson of Business Insider.

Peterson wrote that she set out to buy a gun from Walmart to see how easy it would be and found the process to be far more complicated than many have let on:

I went to Walmart with the intention of buying a gun last week as part of an investigation into the placement, selection, marketing, and security of firearms in Walmart’s stores, and to learn more about the retailer’s processes governing gun sales.

My journey to bring a gun home from Walmart turned out to be far more complicated than I expected.

First, she went to Walmart’s website and found out that over 4,000 Walmart locations sell guns, but upon attempting to find out which one sells firearms in-store, she was coming up with vague answers. Furthermore, the only guns being displayed on Walmart’s website were non-lethal airsoft guns.

She then attempted to reach out to Walmart employees directly, but still had no luck:

The only guns advertised on Walmart’s website are air guns, which are nonlethal. After about 30 minutes, I gave up on searching the internet and turned to the phone.

I figured that employees at any one of Walmart’s stores near me would know which locations sold guns.

I was wrong.

Over an hour and a half, I placed more than a dozen calls to multiple stores, waited on hold for a combined 40 minutes, and got through to a human only three times. Three Walmart employees told me they didn’t know which stores sold guns in the area.

Calling customer service gave her no luck as well, as the representative told her they weren’t allowed to discuss item availability of that type for reasons he wouldn’t elaborate on. Finally, she managed to find a store that claimed it did sell them:

Someone answered the phone at a Walmart Supercenter in Chesterfield, Virginia.

She transferred me to the sporting-goods department, where a woman on the line confirmed that I could buy a gun there.

The store was 30 minutes away. I got in my car and plugged the address for the Chesterfield Walmart into my phone.

Peterson says she walked into the store, past the toy and bike aisles and located the gun counter right behind them. Even then, she encountered a sparse inventory with a lack of selection:

A selection of about 20 rifles and shotguns was displayed in a locked glass case behind the sporting-goods counter. The guns ranged in price from $159 to $474.

The counter in front of the guns displayed pocket knives, binoculars, and digital night-vision monoculars inside a locked case.

The selection of guns was limited compared with nearby gun stores, which offered dozens of different kinds of firearms, including handguns.

Peterson noted no advertisements for guns in the store. She was warned by signage that she was on camera in this particular area of the store and that upon request to purchase a gun, the manager was called.

The manager told Peterson that she would have to come back in a couple of days to purchase the firearm, as no licensed firearm seller was scheduled to work that day. She was told later that Walmart employees have to be legally qualified to sell firearms, passing background checks and going through training for it specifically.

She was able to look at the gun, and noted the very careful way in which the guns were locked up and secured, including zip ties that needed to be cut and replaced after every removal. Also, once purchased, the employee has to walk the gun to your car with you.

Upon returning a couple of days later, a woman was able to help sell the gun to Peterson. She walked Peterson through the process, had her pay $2 for her background check fee, and began filling out the paperwork. Peterson was stopped almost immediately, however, as her address didn’t match up the one displayed on her driver’s license:

That was a problem, she said.

To pass the background check, I would need to bring in a government-issued document with my correct address, such as a bill from a state-owned utility or a car registration. (I have never bought a gun, so I wasn’t aware of this.)

She apologized, told me the rules were strict around background checks, and asked me to come back another time to finish the purchase.

At that point, Peterson said she gave up trying to buy a gun from Walmart, and concluded that purchasing a gun from that store is incredibly difficult.

I doubt that many of the politicians and activists currently virtue signaling over Walmart have ever tried to purchase one from them. What’s more, I’m not sure how stopping the sale of firearms from Walmart would have helped anyone in El Paso, or prevented El Paso from happening. They don’t even sell handguns.

It seems to me that the “do something” crowd has picked a target in ignorance.

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President Trump Says No To Universal Background Checks

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Donald Trump Jr., from left, President Donal Trump, Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum and NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, right, stand on stage at the NRA meeting in Dallas, Friday, May 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

In the immediate aftermath of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, President Trump unsettled some on the right by seeming to endorse so-called “universal background checks” for gun purchases.

President Trump traveled to hospitals in Texas and Ohio Wednesday to console victims recovering from mass shootings that left 31 dead, and he pledged to advance gun control legislation, declaring himself “all in favor” of expanded background checks.

Mr. Trump told reporters earlier in the day that he is working with congressional leaders in both parties on legislation focusing on more background checks for firearms purchases.

“There is a great appetite for background checks,” Mr. Trump said at the White House. “I’m looking to do background checks. I think background checks are important.”

This is pretty much what he said after the Parkland shooting (details on that are in Bonchie’s CNN’s S.E. Cupp Shows Us That Those Screaming the Loudest About Conservative “Principles” Rarely Have Any). And we all know what became of that. Be that as it may, there were calls of “betrayal” and vows to not vote for him in 2020.

By last, Trump had started to back away from the idea. The first hint was in the Wall Street Journal:

While the president is vacationing at his golf course in New Jersey, White House officials began meeting this week with congressional staff in a bid to find areas of compromise.

“It’s very simple: There’s nobody that is more pro-Second Amendment than Donald Trump, ” Mr. Trump told reporters Tuesday before departing for a speech in Pennsylvania. “But I don’t want guns in the hands of a lunatic or a maniac, and I think if we do proper background checks, we can prevent that.”

Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son who often speaks with his father about his views on gun laws, has raised concerns about both red-flag legislation and about tightening background checks, according to people familiar with the matter.

This was mocked in the failing group blog, Salon, but the one thing we know for certain about Trump’s decisionmaking process is that he trusts very, very few people and the few he does trust have enormous influence.

By yesterday morning, the Washington Post was reporting that background checks didn’t seem all that likely, in fact the article is sort of a monument to invective masquerading as reporting:

On Monday, Democratic leaders said they viewed Trump’s shifting posture as a sign that he was never serious about leading a push to tighten gun laws.

“We’ve seen this movie before: President Trump, feeling public pressure in the immediate aftermath of a horrible shooting, talks about doing something meaningful to address gun violence, but inevitably, he backtracks in response to pressure from the NRA and the hard-right,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. “These retreats from President Trump are not only disappointing but also heartbreaking, particularly for the families of the victims of gun violence.”

And by last night, the Post headline read Trump tells NRA chief that universal background checks are off the table.

President Trump talked Tuesday with National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre and assured him that universal background checks were off the table, according to several people familiar with the call.

Trump told LaPierre that the White House remained interested in proposals that would address weapons getting into the hands of the mentally ill, including the possibility of backing so-called “red flag” laws that would allow the police to temporarily confiscate guns from people who have been shown to be a danger to themselves or others.

Nonetheless, the president’s conversation with LaPierre, which was first reported by the Atlantic, further reduced hopes that major new gun-safety measures will be enacted after the latest round of mass shootings.

My prediction is that the Red Flag law that is being discussed either goes nowhere either because the more we learn about how they work the scarier they become.

There are a couple of big lessons here.

President Trump has an annoying and often counterproductive habit of thinking out loud. One should not mistake what he says in any non-teleprompter moment as an indication of what he will end up doing.

While Trump has manifest weaknesses, one he doesn’t have, and one which ran riot inside the Bush White House, is a willingness to sell out his supporters to try to curry favor with people who will always hate him. If, at any time, he here’s that siren song of bipartisan agreement on commonsense gun laws, Donald Trump, Jr., will be there to pull him back to reality.

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The NRA Wipes the Floor With Beto O’Rourke After His Weekend Visit to an Arkansas Gun Show

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Former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke is now on his second (or is it the third?) attempt at rebooting his failing presidential campaign, and two of his biggest priorities in his latest reboot are taking on what he calls President Trump’s “racism” and “the gun lobby.”

In the immediate aftermath of the horrific El Paso mass shooting earlier this month which left 22 dead and dozens more injured, O’Rourke stated a mandatory gun buyback program “absolutely has to be part of the conversation.” He noted he would be open to one in the event he was elected President:

“It absolutely has to be part of the conversation. And at the end of the day, if it’s going to save lives, if it’s going to prevent the kinds of tragedies that we saw in El Paso or Gilroy or Dayton or this weekend in Chicago or all over this country on a daily basis, then let’s move forward and do it,” O’Rourke said on the podcast “Pod Save America” when asked if he’d be open to mandatory gun buyback programs or gun licenses, referencing shootings in other cities in recent days.

On Friday, the O’Rourke campaign posted the candidate’s gun control plan at his website which included, among other things, a call for a mandatory buyback program for “weapons of war.”

Over the weekend, O’Rourke made an unannounced visit to a gun show in the red state of Arkansas to talk to gun owners on their thoughts about his ever-evolving gun control plan. Several media outlets including CBS News and The Hill described O’Rourke as being back on the campaign trail after a “12-day hiatus” in response the El Paso mass shooting.

In reality, O’Rourke never really stopped campaigning.

Beto talked about his visit to Arkansas on Twitter over the weekend. Here’s what he said:

The NRA took notice – and responded:

O’Rourke clapped back:

Not to be outdone, the NRA posted back:

The NRA makes an important point here that can’t be overstated. In debates about gun control and gun rights, what often gets lost in the heated rhetoric is the use of the correct terminology. For example, to some a “weapon of war” could be something as simple as a pistol.

Gun control activists often deliberately distort the meaning of certain words, terms (and laws) to confuse voters on the issue in an effort to bring them over to their side. It’s vitally important in these debates that everyone be on the same page when it comes to the meaning behind the words/terminology used so there is no confusion.

Honest and informed discussions are the best kind of discussions.

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A Pro-2nd Amendment Group Sues California Over Its Ban of So-Called Assault Weapons

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On Thursday, three San Diego residents teamed up with a pro-2nd Amendment organization to sock it California’s assault weapons ban.

The left-wing state had previously 86’d high-capacity magazines as well, but that move was ruled unconstitutional in June.

John Dillon — an attorney involved in the new filing — believes the assault weapons kibosh will follow suit.

He said as much, according to the Times of San Diego:

“This is a straightforward case to protect our clients’ constitutional rights and property. The state of California’s ban on these firearms will fail constitutional scrutiny for the same reasons that its ban on firearm magazines did.”

Lawyer George M. Lee thinks the embargo’s crazy:

“We look forward to proving that the state’s statutes, policies, and practices at issue in this case are both unconstitutional and irrational.”

The plaintiffs’ underlying claim is that the state violates constitutional rights via a wrongheaded definition of “assault weapons” — “a politically-concocted perjorative term” affecting the ownership of “normal” firearms. They assert the term suggests there’s “an inherently unlawful or illegitimate basis for owning otherwise common firearms protected by the Second Amendment.”

The suit sees James Miller, Patrick Russ, and Gunfighter Tactical owner Ryan Peterson join PAC San Diego County Gun Owners.

Their claim certainly has merit — there’s no fixed legal definition of “assault weapon.”

Will a U.S. District Court strike down another one of Cali’s gun laws?

Perhaps.

From Herald-Mail Media:

The assault weapon lawsuit on Thursday was assigned to U.S. District Judge John Houston, a President George W. Bush nominee, same as [the judge who ruled against the high-capacity magazine ban].

-ALEX

 

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A Popular Meme Points Out the Idiocy of Democratic Dissent as Women Long to Be Free as Guns

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First of all, in case you missed it: “Best & Stupidest This Week: The UK Wars With Cutlery, Offers Knife-Free Chicken Boxes & Tales Of Murder For Dinner.”

And now:

American politics could really be an interesting place: Imagine two sides with very different ideologies, frequently and thoughtfully debating the merits of their passionate principles on the national stage.

Fascinating.

What we largely have instead is a game of money and power propelled by enough hot air to fly the Hindenburg to Timbuktu.

And in this present anti-Trump era — where Democrats are concerned — nothing seems to matter anymore. So far as I can tell, people tend to just say whatever’s the most inflammatory, despite it having not the slightest hair-thin tether to reality.

Every day, there’s a new batch of assertions that are as completely foolish as they are pitifully transparent.

And looking over the silliness, I recently came across a meme presumably based on a December 2015 tweet.

The original Twitter post came by way of a comedienne; subsequently, I believe it deserves the leeway of a joke. But when placed in the arena of serious ideas, #notsogood.

Here’s the piece of pro-Democrat protest:

HuffPost doesn’t appear terribly opposed: “The Constitution Gives Gun Owners Greater Rights Than Women.”

And some tweeters were stoked:

Gay Pride Lion loved it:

But Twitter also noted the nuttiness:

Responsibly Armed hit upon a certain considerable truth:

And this leads me to the meme. It reads “I Dream Women Will One Day Have the Same Rights as Guns.”

That statement is, to me, a fantastic indication of where we are — the level of imbecility that’s become the national dialogue. People are saying and posting and sharing things which make absolutely no sense. Why speak reason when you can stick your finger down your throat and prop-puke words that ring the alarm?

Beto O’Rourke does it (here). So does Nancy Pelosi (here and here). The politisphere is brimming with bulemic boobs.

As for the meme, witness a bit of sense spoken into the madness:

She wants women not allowed on airplanes.
She wants women not allowed in schools.
She wants women kept out of government buildings.
She wants women kept away from children.
Businesses can post signs: “No women allowed.”
She wants women severely restricted in Hawaii and California.
Women will not be allowed anywhere alcohol is consumed.
Women cannot be carried without a special permit.
Women will be prohibited from having certain popular accessories.
A man can now own multiple women, but only after a background check.

Right. I pine for a day when the absurdity will cease, and impassioned proselytizers from all sides will tout the explained worthiness of their ideas.

But that day won’t be today. Party on.

-ALEX

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The Next Massacre? Ohio Teen Arrested for Terroristic Threats Had 13,000 Rounds of Ammo & Over 25 Guns

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This world has some problems.

In Ohio, a teenager was arrested Wednesday for making several threats against law enforcement.

18-year-old Justin Olsen — who used the handle ArmyOfChrist in the chat room iFunny — posted his support for mass shootings and Planned Parenthood terrorism. That got the attention of the FBI, as such things are inclined to do.

Also not helping: his June entry which offered, “in conclusion, shoot every federal agent on sight.”

That comment was in reference to the Waco fiasco of 1993. As for the 1995 Oklahoma bombing, Justin had this to say:

“[S]hows that armed resistance is a viable method of political change.”

According to the Tribune Journal, the youngster wrote that he “‘could not wait to start stockpiling weapons.’”

Upon his arrest, law enforcement discovered…get ready for this…13,000 rounds of ammo.

Additional goodies: 15 rifles, approximately 10 semiautomatic handguns, a machete, and camo gear.

As indicated by the FBI, Justin ‘fessed up to ominous online behavior.

He’s now resting his head at the Mahoning County Jail, charged with inducing panic and aggravated menacing threats against an officer.

Good grief.

-ALEX

 

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Beto O’Rourke to deliver “major address to the nation” resetting campaign as a fight against Trump, guns, white supremacy, you name it

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It would take a heart of stone not to laugh at a guy polling at one percent presuming to deliver a “major address to the nation.” Try a major address to your living room first, buddy, see how it plays. Work your way up to high-school auditoriums.

This will be his third (re)launch since he entered the race less than six months ago, notes David Rutz. There was the initial announcement with the splashy “Vanity Fair” cover this past spring. There was the humbled reset in May, when he started doing more TV after his man-of-the-people townhall tour in middle America didn’t catch fire. Now there’s Beto 3.0, the moral crusader, aflame with righteous outrage after the El Paso massacre. This (re)launch at least features something that the previous two lacked — a purpose for his otherwise aimless campaign.

O’Rourke will recommit to holding President Trump accountable for the state of the country — and focus on the stakes of removing a president from office whom he has explicitly linked to the deaths of fellow El Pasoans, according to a senior campaign official.

He’ll focus heavily on three key issues: racism, white supremacy and guns — and plans to propose what the campaign calls “new, bold solutions.”…

Back in El Paso since last Saturday’s shooting, the speech will mark O’Rourke’s return to the presidential campaign trail — but don’t expect him to race immediately back to early states, the campaign official said. O’Rourke will lay out a plan to take him to more places typically written off by presidential candidates, and less to “traditional” events — “reflecting the gravity of the situation we’re in, even if that means doing things differently,” the official said.

Not sure what that means but I wonder if he’s planning to campaign at the sites of recent mass shootings — not just El Paso and Dayton but Vegas, Pittsburgh, and so on. That’d be a clever gimmick inasmuch as the media and Democratic voters believe this is their moment to finally push across some new gun control regulations in Congress. They’ll be inclined to trumpet O’Rourke’s events if only to highlight the underlying cause, and of course Beto will be credited for his “selfless” approach and seriousness of purpose in focusing on a moral cause instead of gladhanding Iowans while eating corn dogs at the state fair or whatever. It’s not a bad idea for a longshot candidate. He’s going to get lost in the crowd of Biden, Warren, Sanders, and Harris if he hunkers down in the early states. He might as well go do his own thing and hope the media falls in love with him again, this time as the “conscience of his party.” The fight against the forces of darkness can only be won by [checks notes] nominating Beto O’Rourke for president.

I’m guessing his speech will sound a lot like this op-ed he published yesterday on CNN’s website. Title: “It’s America’s moment of truth.”

When President Donald Trump describes Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “bringing crime,” or refers to undocumented immigrants as individuals who “infest our country” — he speaks not as America’s President but as an emissary of hate. And his vilification and fear-mongering connect with those who are open to receiving it.

The seeds of terror we saw that August day are transmitted day and night on Fox News, the most watched cable news channel in the country. They are amplified by right-wing websites like Breitbart, and in messages forced onto local news broadcasts by Sinclair Media…

Every media outlet that covers Trump’s rallies uncritically is serving dangerous ends. This language of fear and intimidation is not, as some would have it, simply political theater; it actually changes our behavior. Counties that hosted a Trump rally in 2016 saw a 226% increase in hate crimes, according to an analysis by The Washington Post. And we’ve seen a rise in these kinds of crimes since Trump’s been a candidate and in office.

I keep thinking that this is all building to Beto using the shooting as a pretext to bail out of the presidential race and run for Senate in Texas instead, as the entire party wants him to do (“El Paso needs me!”), but no, not so says Politico. “The El Paso massacre only redoubled his resolve to campaign against Trump, according to sources close to his campaign,” they claim, noting that Beto has already qualified for the September debate whereas various other no-hopers have not. It’ll be a smaller stage and so he has a better chance of standing out. His plan between now and then, it appears, is to try to build as much buzz as he can as a Man On A Mission on the trail and then convert that into some impassioned moment at the debates that vaults him into the top tier, or at least past Buttigieg. That’s one thing O’Rourke has that Mayor Pete doesn’t, actually — passion. Buttigieg is almost preternaturally calm and methodical, which isn’t an asset for a pol when his base’s blood is up about something. O’Rourke can feed that better than he can. He already has over the past few weeks, in fact.

And if it doesn’t work out for him, hey. He’s 46. Here was my theory on Beto’s strategy from this past weekend, when he went on CNN and all but accused Trump supporters of being racist:

Maybe he’s playing a long game. He knows he won’t be the nominee and he also knows he’s unlikely to win a Senate race against John Cornyn (and that his political career would likely be over after two consecutive Senate losses). So he’s going to use his platform this year to be the “right side of history” voice in the field who savages Trump and Trump’s fans on moral grounds, hoping to make an impression in lefty minds about his moral clarity. Then, five or 10 years from now, when the demographics are more favorable to him in Texas and nationally, he’ll run again. Remember when I was the conscience of our party in speaking out against Trump? he’ll say to Democrats. They’ll remember.

Has the Beto 2024 campaign already begun? If so, what’s he going to do with himself between now and then?

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Donald Trump Jokes About Fredo, Inadvertently Makes the Case Against Red Flag Laws

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President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Washington. Trump returns from a visit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea as well as the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Because it’s 2019 and nothing has to make sense, the biggest story in the country today was that a CNN host threatened to assault someone after they called them “Fredo.” If the alien’s are reading this, yes that’s real life right now.

This led to all kinds of hot takes from around the political sphere. CNN came out and ridiculously asserted that Fredo is an “ethnic slur” when it’s clearly nothing of the sort. Liberals who had previously supported the heckling of people like Sarah Sanders suddenly decided it was out of bounds to poke fun at Chris Cuomo out in public.

To be clear, I think the guy who went at Cuomo was a jerk. That doesn’t mean the double standards aren’t still blatantly obvious. Had a major conservative figure told someone they were going to throw them down a flight of stairs, it’d have led to non-stop condemnation and claims of mounting violent rhetoric on the right. Because it’s a left-wing individual though, he’s considered justified. Some conservative voices, who’d have clutch their pearls had this been Don Jr. or Tucker Carlson, even went to bat for Cuomo. You can be assured he won’t return the favor when the time comes.

Regardless, because there was controversy, the Trump signal lit up the sky and he immediately ran to Twitter. That led to his hilarious response to the controversy.

I’m sorry, but if aren’t reading that tweet in your head with Trump’s accent and laughing, you have no sense of humor. Trump wasn’t done poking fun though. He then made fun of Chris Cuomo by asking if he would have his weapons taken away under a red flag law.

The funny thing is, Trump just inadvertently made the case against red flag laws, which he supports for some reason.

Dana’s right. While Trump is obviously just joking, is it that far-fetched to think red flag laws could be abused in this way? Someone gets caught on camera losing their temper. They are reported to a judge who’s generally sympathetic to gun control and he oks the order. Next thing you know that person is having police show up at their house to seize their weapons.

I don’t like Chris Cuomo but I wouldn’t want to see him stripped of his constitutional rights because of a moment of weakness responding to a heckler. I also wouldn’t want someone who’s reading this right now to have their 2nd amendment rights taken away because their vindictive neighbor reported them after an argument about the property line or something. These are real issues that are inherently unavoidable when dealing with red flag laws. There’s currently such a law in Florida and reports are that judges are extremely lax with granting the cool down period, most likely because they don’t want to be accused of inaction if something did happen.

At the end of the day, if red flag laws become law, it will lead to all kinds of questionable decisions regarding the 2nd amendment. We’ve already seen how volatile and partisan the judiciary can be when it comes to dealing with the Trump administration. Is there any doubt many judges would end up unfairly and unconstitutionally enforcing red flag laws?

The answer is simple. We don’t need laws that focus on the tool. We need laws that focus on the cause, and that’s typically mental illness. If someone is such a danger to society via derangement, radicalism, or depression (among other things), then taking their guns away is not a solution. You are dumping them back on the street in the same condition and there are plenty of other ways to cause carnage. Instead, we should be focusing on mental health treatment for such people.

Hopefully, the President and some conservatives re-think the unintended consequences of pushing for red flag laws.

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Family Members of Two El Paso Victims Say They Are Receiving Death Threats After Meeting With Trump

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at El Paso International Airport to meet with people affected by the El Paso mass shooting, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In yet another on a long list of examples of how we are living in incredibly stupid times, the Daily Mail reports that deranged lunatics have allegedly issued death threats to family members of two El Paso mass shooting victims because those family members had the audacity to meet with President Trump in the aftermath:

The family of the young couple who died protecting their baby from the El Paso gunman say they have received death threats after they met with Donald Trump.

A picture of the president went viral in the wake of the mass shooting at the Walmart after it showed first lady Melania holding little Paul Anchondo as POTUS smiled and gave a thumbs up.

Among the family members in the photo was the baby’s uncle, Tito Anchondo, a Trump supporter who said he had received death threats.

‘We should be coming together as a country at this time instead of threatening each other with hate messages,’ he said.

Here’s the photo the article talks about that went viral – and made liberals go crazy (the one on the bottom left):

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Screen grab via First Lady Melania Trump’s Twitter page.

Along with the President and the First Lady, Tito Anchondo is pictured at left along with with baby Paul Gilbert Anchondo and an unidentified member of the Anchondo family. Paul Gilbert survived the El Paso mass shooting because his parents Jordan and Andre Anchondo gave their lives to protect him.

Tito Anchondo told NPR last week that not only was he supportive of President Trump, but that his deceased brother had been a supporter, also:

[NPR Host David] GREENE: Of course, there are some in El Paso who don’t want the president to come to the city at all. Some here think that Trump’s language about immigrants could have incited the violence that took the life of Tito’s brother. And so I asked him about that.

ANCHONDO: I can see why people would believe that. And yes, maybe he said things in bad taste, but I think people are misconstruing President Trump’s ideas.

GREENE: I’m sure people hearing from you are going to react in all different ways.

ANCHONDO: Definitely, especially since I’m Hispanic.

GREENE: And I know that there are some listeners who have been very angry at this president and feel like he’s incited racism and are probably – might have thought like, you know, you have had – in this moment of tremendous loss, like, you were going to almost rise and be a spokesperson against some of what the president has said.

ANCHONDO: Yeah. I think – my brother was very supportive of Trump. We’ve always been Republican conservatives in our family.

It’s shameful and despicable that in addition to having to contend with the overwhelming grief of losing a brother and sister-in-law that the family is now having to concern themselves with death threats, presumably from unhinged people who don’t like the fact that some members chose to meet and take photos with President Trump.

Please remember to keep them and the family members of all of the victims of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings in your thoughts and prayers, and pray that those threatening the Anchondo family will be found and brought to justice.

(Hat tip: Daily Wire)

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“Slippery Slope”: Steve Scalise Warns of the Dangers of Blaming Politicians for the Actions of Mass Shooters

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In the immediate aftermath of the horrific mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH earlier this month that left 32 dead and dozens more injured, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA-1) issued a statement condeming the attacks as well as the political bickering that ensued shortly thereafter.

Scalise wrote, in part:

“In a media culture that encourages viewing people solely through hyper-partisan lenses, and not as neighbors and fellow citizens, dangerous division and hatred of those you disagree with is the outcome. This can often lead to violent consequences, as I have personally experienced.

These events are tragedies. Reducing them to talking points and name-calling in support of narrow political agendas only further divides our country.”

The following week, Scalise drew on his experience as a victim of politically-motivated violence when answering questions on whether or not full or partial blame for mass shootings should be assigned to politicians and their rhetoric in an interview he did yesterday on CBS News‘s “Face the Nation” program:

“To try to assign blame to somebody else is a very slippery slope because the president is no more responsible for that shooting as your next guest Bernie Sanders is for my shooting,” Scalise said on “Face the Nation”:

The Louisiana Republican was referring to the massacre in an El Paso Walmart last Saturday and a shooting in 2017 in which a gunman — who authorities later surmised was fueled by “rage against Republican legislators”* — critically wounded Scalise and others while they were practicing for a congressional baseball game.

*Note: CBS News did not note that the perpetrator of Scalise’s attack was a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

During the interview, Scalise also slammed Democratic presidential candidates who were pinning the blame directly on President Trump for what happened in El Paso:

“I know they’re running for president and they might not like Donald Trump’s views but stop this ridiculous assessment of blame to somebody other than the person who’s responsible,” he said.

Pressed again about Mr. Trump’s use of words like “invasion” when referring to migrants, Scalise demurred, noting that the president denounced racism and white supremacy during a White House address last week. He reiterated that all the blame lays with the shooters.

“Let’s try to identify these shooters in a better way which right now we’re working on doing let’s put more emphasis there,” Scalise said.

Watch the the segment below:

You can read the full transcript of his interview here.

The House Minority Whip was not asked to expand on his thoughts regarding his Congressional colleague Rep. Joaquin Castro’s (D-TX-20) doxxing of 44 Trump donors from his Congressional district last week, which Scalise condemned on Twitter the day after Castro published the information.

“People should not be personally targeted for their political views. Period. This isn’t a game. It’s dangerous, and lives are at stake. I know this firsthand,” Scalise tweeted at the time.

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