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Kamala Harris Says She’s Willing to Have Police Forcibly Take “Banned” Guns From Your Home

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They’re not coming for your guns, we’re told.

No, they are, and at least California Senator Kamala Harris is fully willing to send police to your home to take your guns from you.

According to the Washington Examiner, when asked if Harris would send law enforcement to homes to seize banned firearms, Harris answered in the affirmative:

When asked by the Washington Examiner if her plan would include legal gun owner databases or gun confiscation via law enforcement visits to residents who own banned firearms, she replied, “I’m actually prepared to take executive action to put in place rules that improve this situation.”

She continued, “I also have as part of my background and experience working on this issue, when I was attorney general [of California], and we put resources into allowing law enforcement to actually knock on the doors of people who were on two lists — a list where they had been found by a court to be a danger to themselves and others.

“They were on a list where they were precluded and prohibited from owning a gun because of a conviction that prohibited that ownership. Those lists were combined and then we sent law enforcement out to take those guns, because, listen, we have to deal with this on all levels, but we have to do this with a sense of urgency,” Harris added.

When we speak of “banned” firearms, Harris has actually said what she’s willing to ban earlier this year. Back in January, Harris noted during her CNN presidential town hall that:

“We have got to have smart gun safety laws in this country, and we’ve got to stop buying this false choice. You can be in favor of the second amendment and also understand that there is no reason in this civil society that we have assault weapons around communities that can kill babies and police officers,” said Harris.

As I wrote then in more detail, it may be mistaken to think that Harris meant fully automatic weapons. The problem is that these weapons have been banned, and the talk was centered around mass shootings. She was speaking about semi-automatic weapons, which are what Americans primarily own.

So, we have Harris wanting to ban semi-automatic weapons and her admittance that she will send law enforcement to your home to forcibly taken them from you.

But remember folks. No one is trying to take your guns.

No one.

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Chicago Had So Much Gun Violence Over the Weekend That One Hospital Stopped Admitting Gun Shot Victims

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As Red State‘s Mike Ford wrote yesterday, in addition to the horrific mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH Saturday and Sunday, Chicago also experienced a mass shooting incident – on top of the other gun violence that plagued city streets over the weekend.

To quickly recap, via NBC 5 Chicago:

Seven people were wounded in a shooting Sunday as they gathered in Douglas Park on the West Side.

At about 1:20 a.m. Sunday, a group was standing in the park in the 2900 block of West Roosevelt Road when someone opened fire from a black Camaro, Chicago police said.

All totaled, 7 people were killed and at least 48 were injured by gun violence in the city of Chicago from Friday night to Sunday:

Chicago’s most violent weekend this year began Friday evening when a 5-year-old boy was shot in the leg while sitting in a car as adults around him argued.

[…]

By Monday morning, 55 people had been shot across the city, seven of them fatally. The victims ranged from 5 to 56 years old, and the shootings stretched from Rogers Park on the North Side to West Pullman on the Far South Side. Nearly all the gun violence happened on the West and South sides.

Watch a short WGN News report on the incidents below:

The week prior, two mothers who worked to rid their communities of gun violence were shot and killed:

Two women involved with a group called Mothers Against Senseless Killings were shot dead Friday on a South Side Chicago block where moms gather to help curb gun violence. Police say they don’t believe the two young mothers were the intended targets.

The deaths of Chantel Grant, 25, and Andrea Stoudemire, 35, in the Englewood neighborhood served as a grim reminder of the kind of violence that led them to participate in neighborhood activities organized by Mothers Against Senseless Killings. The anti-violence group launched five years ago following the shooting death of another young mother at the same corner.

As it turns out, the gang violence was so bad in Chicago over the weekend that one local hospital had to temporarily stop admitting victims:

Chicago’s Mount Sinai Hospital temporarily stopped accepting patients Sunday morning because they were at capacity following a series of shootings, a hospital official said.

The hospital went “on bypass” in the early morning, said Roberta Rakove, Senior VP for External Affairs.

Hospitals use the term “on bypass” when they stop accepting ambulance runs and those ambulances are diverted to other trauma centers. Mount Sinai Hospital is one of five trauma centers in Chicago, according to Rakove.

Chicago had 561 gun murders in 2018, which was down about 100 from the year before. In all, the city had 2,948 shooting victims in 2018.

There are two reasons why people point out Chicago’s gun troubles in the aftermath of mass shootings, and it’s not to minimize what happened to victims of those shootings, or to play “whataboutism” games. It’s:

1) To show Democrats and the national media that even with the strong gun control measures a city like Chicago has in place, violent offenders are still illegally obtaining firearms at alarming rates – with no end in sight.

2) To point out to those same people that if they are serious about tackling gun violence, then they will not just virtue signal about it only when they believe there is a political angle they can take advantage of.

The lives of all victims of gun crime matter, not just the ones liberal politicians and their media enablers believe they can exploit for political gain.

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School Official Gets Slap on the Wrist After Planning Horrible Active Shooter Drill

After arranging for a truly terrifying active shooter drill, a school superintendent in California will be formally reprimanded. Without notifying teachers, Juan Sandoval had a custodian at Raisin City Elementary school wear a mask, hold a fake gun, and run around the school pretending to be an active shooter. Teachers and students were understandably terrified leading teachers to call for his removal.

In July, the school board unanimously voted to undertake disciplinary action, which could be anything up to termination. The board has now decided by a vote of 4-1 that the disciplinary action will be nothing more than a formal reprimand, the Fresno Bee reports.

Teacher Kim Cooper, president of Raisin City Teachers Association said:

I am glad that Mr. Sandoval will use better judgment in the future and I am glad that my students will feel safe in their school environment. We will put this incident behind us and focus on the well-being of our students.

Would you feel safe with your kids in this school?

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2020 Candidates Blame Trump for the Shootings; Which One of Their Proposals Would Have Prevented These Attacks?

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Law enforcement from different agencies work the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody after a shooter went on a rampage at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said. (AP Photo/Rudy Gutierrez)

 

Immediately after news of the El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH shootings broke, the 2020 Democratic candidates, with one exception, led the charge against President Trump.

The exception was Former Secretary of Housing Julian Castro. To his credit, he said that one person is responsible for the El Paso massacre – “the shooter.”

More than a few of the candidates recalled Trump saying that “there were very fine people on both sides” following the August 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, words which were taken wildly out of context. In fact, that pillar of patriotism, James Comey, said it as well.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg told voters at the Public Service Forum:

White nationalism is evil, and it is inspiring people to commit murder, and it is being condoned at the highest levels of the American government … The president of the United States is condoning white nationalism. … We are the only country in the world with more guns than people. It has not made us safer. We can respect the Second Amendment and not allow it to be a death sentence for thousands of Americans.

Bernie Sanders reacted exactly as one would have expected:

Americans must reject the dangerous and growing culture of bigotry espoused by Trump and his allies. Instead of wasting money putting children in cages, the U.S. needed to address the scourge of violent bigotry and domestic terrorism.

After every tragedy the Senate, intimidated by the NRA’s power, does nothing. This must change. We need a president and congress that listen to Americans, not the ideology of a right-wing extremist organization. We must pass common sense gun safety legislation. …

We must treat this violent racism like the security threat that it is. That means investing in law enforcement resources to combat the growing population of white nationalists who are engaging in violence.

Beto O’Rourke proclaimed that, “He is a racist and he stokes racism in this country … it fundamentally changes the character of this country and it leads to violence.”

Some, including Elizabeth Warren, used it as a fundraising opportunity. After insulting President Trump, she sent out a tweet which said, “Republicans won’t act—because gun lobbyists are signing their checks. We must take back the Senate in 2020…Will you chip in to help elect Democrats to the Senate? Let’s build a grassroots movement to beat back the gun lobby and end gun violence.”

Kirsten Gillibrand, whose shameless pandering seems to grate most of all, said:

This growth in racism and white nationalism over the last two years is because president Trump has literally poured gasoline on a fire that’s been burning a long time. He is someone who has used racist language from the White House, someone who has used racist language in his tweets and someone whose rally inspired violence across the country…Mitch McConnell should call the Senate back to Washington today to pass common sense gun reform.

Frontrunner Joe Biden offered the standard words that are always uttered by Democrats after a shooting. “This is beyond anything that we should be tolerating…We can beat the NRA. We can beat the gun manufacturers.”

All of them were long on rhetoric, but short on answers. Their only solution is a generic call for stricter gun control. But I have two questions for them. First, which of their proposals, past or present, do they believe would have stopped either of these shooters from acting?

Second, according to Wikipedia, 66 mass shootings took place during Obama’s presidency. Why was he never blamed for those attacks?

Should we conduct more comprehensive background checks? Surprisingly, neither shooter in this weekend’s attacks had a substantial criminal record.

Would we see fewer mass shootings if we banned assault weapons?

Should we round up all of the guns from law-abiding citizens?

Kamala Harris seems to think that’s a good idea. The Washington Examiner tweeted that she’s “willing to send cops to people’s homes to confiscate banned firearms.” A twitter user responded, “Alternate headline: Kamala Harris willing to ignore the 4th Amendment in order to violate the 2nd.”

Harris’ remedy sounds just like Eric Swalwell, who dropped out of the race last month.

Drastic as that sounds, it is precisely what many on the left advocate.

Americans own a huge number of guns. According to Vox, “America has 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but almost half of its civilian-owned guns.”

Realistically, a gun control plan that has any hope of getting us down to European levels of violence is going to mean taking a huge number of guns away from a huge number of gun owners.”

This proposal would leave guns in the hands of the criminals. Additionally, it (almost) goes without saying that any attempt to confiscate “a huge number of guns” from “a huge number of gun owners” would not end well. It’s a completely unreasonable proposal.

I don’t pretend to know what the solution is. Or if there’s a solution. I agree with Julian Castro that the only individuals responsible for the weekend massacres were the shooters themselves.

The 2020 candidates attempts to blame President Trump sound pathetic and lame. We know one thing all of these shooters crave is attention. Yet every time this happens, the media broadcasts their names and photos, giving these psychopaths the recognition they crave.

Democrats seem to relish these shootings because it offers them the opportunity to bash the President once again and to lecture us on liberal principles. Yet none of them provide any workable solutions. Clearly, none of their proposals would have prevented either one of last weekends attacks. Of that, I am sure.

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Mainstream Media Figures Shamefully Dog Pile Onto Dana Loesch in Wake of Mass Shootings

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Anytime a shooting that the media wants to pay attention to occurs — Chicago and Dayton are quickly being forgotten about — many people on the left immediately log onto Twitter and head straight for Dana Loesch.

Dana Loesch is arguably the most famous gun rights advocate in America. As such, everyone from your average keyboard warrior to mainstream media figures will begin attacking Loesch for no better reason than being a woman who people can recognize in relation to guns.

Naturally, after the El Paso shooting occurred, Loesch became the focal point of a lot of people’s hatred and anger.

So on, and so on, and so on. By now, this “blood on your hands” line from the left is uttered about as much as the word “white supremacist” is when they talk about President Donald Trump. “Gun lady evil” could be a meme right up there with “orange man bad.”

The problem is that it’s not just your typical blue checkmark and internet rando that comes after Loesch. The mainstream media seem to love putting the blame on people like Loesch too. After El Paso, the mainstream media decided to jump on Dana Loesch by trying out this brand new strategy that we’ve never seen before; taking something she had said completely out of context.

It started when CNN’s Joan Walsh decided to make a snide comment about Loesch’s connection with beet juice.

Walsh was called out for trying to attack Loesch in the midst of the tragedy by confusing beet juice with blood, and Walsh responded with more insults. Loesch simply responded that she has nothing on her hands.

Another blue checkmark told Loesch to look more closely, insinuating Loesch really was to blame for what happened. When Loesch called out the fact that they were directing hate toward her that could inevitably lead to violence from those angered by Loesch’s supposed part in the shootings, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough decided to take a swipe at Loesch by making himself and his wife Mika Brzezinski sound like a victim of her rhetoric.

Scarborough is purposefully misrepresenting Loesch’s “your time is running out” quote by not even acknowledging what Loesch was talking about, or the context with which she said it. Loesch called him out on this.

Then Brzezinski joined in the fray, making it sound as if Loesch was the one who picked the fight in the first place.

Brzezinski had a flute to play, however, and kept going after Loesch while trying to pretend like it was Loesch on the attack. The MSNBC co-host kept telling Loesch to leave her alone while continuously tweeting insults at her. Brzezinski even went so far as to claim she picked the fight with Scarborough.

There’s plenty more to choose from. Visit Loesch’s page. She posts and retweets the hate thrown at her in Breitbartian fashion.

Loesch has been dealing with this nonsense for ages. The “blood on your hands” line has been repeated so much to her, especially lately, that it’s taken on the same feel as a zombified sounding cult chant. She’s obviously not to blame for the shooting, but she’s a lightning rod for people looking for someone to take their anger out on.

The problem is that the media leads this charge against her and for a solid reason. Loesch has proven them wrong time after time and is one of the few people who will actually walk into their territory to actually fight for gun rights in the face of a hostile crowd. If they truly want to push their agenda, one of the first steps is bringing down Loesch.

Of course, that’s easier said than done, especially when it’s done by people who are trying to self-victimize while on the attack like Scarborough and Brzezinski.

But whether they succeed or not — heavy emphasis on “not” — what they are doing is directing an inordinate amount of hate toward a woman who has only ever promoted the idea of gun safety and education while fiercely defending law-abiding gun owners right to have a firearm. Loesch has already had to move before due to the threats that have come her way, and here the mainstream media is making the problem worse.

But what else is new for them?

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The Dayton Shooting Is About To Be Memory Holed and That Tells You All You Need To Know About Mass Shootings

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Bodies are removed from at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

On Saturday, in the space of about 14 hours, the nation experienced two mass shootings. One, at a WalMart in El Paso, TX, claimed 20 lives and injured 26. The second, in a nightclub district in Dayton, OH, resulted in 9 dead and 27 wounded. Superficially, the two shootings were fairly similar. In reality, we’re going to hear about El Paso for some time and people will probably have forgotten about Dayton by next Friday just as no one is talking about the shooting in Gilroy, CA, or the slaughter in a government office building in Virginia Beach that left 12 dead. Why would that be?

To understand the gun control debate that erupts around these shootings you have to understand that the gun control people don’t really care about bodies dropping. If they did, they’d have an office in Southside Chicago or West Baltimore or East St. Louis and be holding “take back the night” candlelight vigils with Alyssa Milano as keynote speaker. They aren’t there, despite plenty of dead people, for a good reason. These people only care about a narrative that will help push a gun confiscation agenda.

The narrative is helped with a killer uses an illegally obtained firearm…something that is remarkably rare…but the real narrative is always about race and about politics. So, when DeWayne Antonio Craddock killed a dozen co-workers in Virginia Beach, that story disappeared. Fast. Even though that story had a lot of threads that would have been useful to anyone really interested in preventing mass shootings. For instance, the shooter had a history of physical altercations with co-workers and was the subject of pending disciplinary action. But Mr. Craddock was not white and he didn’t have any political viewpoints that were out of sync with the left. As a result, the media lost interest in that shooting before Mr. Craddock reached room temperature.

Let’s look at the Gilroy shooting. We got of to a rip roaring start there with a lot of Twitter numbnuts declaring him to be a white supremacist and a Trump supporter. Just picking this example out of a slew of offerings by people who are to stupid to go to the toilet unassisted:

The actual situation is a lot more ambivalent. The book they refer to, “Might Makes Right,” it basically a knockoff of or sequel to Friedrich Nietzsche’s “superman” bullsh**. Legan harps on his Iranian heritage. He does make disparaging comments about “mestizos” but he also includes “Silicon Valley twats” along with them. The FBI issued a statement saying he read a lot of political works from the left and right. No narrative, no interest. The story disappears.

This brings us up to Saturday.

Initially, Twitter was full of people claiming that he was a white supremacist and had been at Trump’s Cincinnati rally. Then the facts began to trickle in. Registered Democrat. Favors gun control. Fan of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Hates law enforcement. Antifa booster. Called the moron who tried to blow up the Tacoma ICE facility a “martyr.” Satanist. Had created a “murder” and a “rape” list in high school and populated it with names of classmates. Boom. He’s gone.

Fat little Tater who pretends to do media criticism for CNN, manages to give one passing mention to Dayton in his online newsletter, it is essentially a shrug and “meh.’

Don’t be fooled. Absolutely nothing you’re going to read on the El Paso shooting has diddly-squat or jack-sh** to do with preventing mass shootings. The entire argument is about labeling the shooter a white supremacist and then trying to attach that label to anyone who the media doesn’t like (Beto and Mayor Booty were at it over the weekend) because they oppose banning firearms (again, don’t fool yourself, the agenda is to ban and confiscate firearms and has nothing to do with “commonsense” laws of which we have thousands). If the killer has inconvenient skincolor or politics, the shootings serve no purpose and the gun-grabbers and their media fluffers move on. The Patrick Crusius character fits into this narrative. Connor Betts doesn’t. So El Paso will be harped on and no more will be said about Dayton than about an average weekend in Chicago.

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Trump Blames Shooters, Asks Social Media Companies to Help ID Them, And Calls For ‘Hard’ Cultural Change

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In a press conference Monday morning from The White House, President Trump named several areas that can be addressed to help alleviate the problem of mass shootings following two deadly shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend.

Trump forcefully blamed the shooters themselves, calling one a “wicked man” and the other a “twisted monster,” and called for legislators, social media companies, and Americans in general to come together to stop mass shootings before they happen.

“This is a crime against all humanity,” Trump said. “We ask God in heaven to ease the anguish to those who suffer and we vow to act with urgent resolve.”

The president spent some time in his short address naming all the factors that have been circulating on social media as reasons for why shooters act, including internet-radicalized white supremacy, unchecked mental illness, easy access to weapons by those who may be a threat to society, and a culture that glorifies violence.

He called specifically for bi-partisan moves regarding passing legislation such as “red flag laws” to address the increasing incidents of mass shootings, announced the DOJ will be available to provide “any and all assistance” in the investigation of mass shootings, and requested the help of social media companies in identifying shooters before they act.

“We must shine light on the dark resources of the internet and stop mass murders before they start,” Trump said, referring to the internet radicalization that so often accompanies mass shootings. “It’s too easy for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that glorifies violence.”

“Culture change is hard,” he finished.

The president also acknowledged the heroism of the police officers in Ohio who stopped the shooter within a minute of his attack, and offered condolences to Mexico for the death of their citizens in El Paso, Texas, where the shooter was said to have posted a manifesto in which he indicated his intent was to kill Mexican nationals.

While the president’s address generally called for the mobilization of everyone to begin helping identify shooters and those prone to violence, he also mentioned his desire to see the DOJ propose legislation that calls for the death penalty in the case of mass shootings.

“We will ensure those who were attacked will not have died in vain,” Trump said.

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Brian Stelter Keeps a Running Total of Mitch McConnell’s Offers of Thoughts and Prayers Because Journalism

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In the immediate aftermath of horrific mass shootings like the ones that happened in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH over the weekend, one of the first orders of business for Democrats is to shut down anyone who says the victims are in their thoughts and prayers.

So it was no surprise to anyone that CNN media firefighter Brian Stelter, who only masquerades as an impartial journalist, adopted a similar tactic and ran with it on Sunday.

Stelter took to the Twitter machine midday yesterday to “report” on at least six different instances where Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered prayers to the victims of past shooting tragedies and their respective communities:

Was this supposed to be an act of journalism or something? It sure didn’t appear that way to a number of Twitter users, who took him to task in the comments:

Here was Stelter’s response to the criticism:

Red State‘s Brad Slager and Joe Cunningham weren’t buying what Stelter was selling and let him know it:

Sadly, Stelter is not above such childish mockery, nor is he above blatantly displaying double standards when it comes to holding Democrats and Republicans to the same standards. Case in point:

I wrote this in response to Sen. Cory Booker’s despicable rant against people offering their thoughts and prayers after the UNC Charlotte mass shooting that happened here in April. Re-upping today because it still holds true:

Thoughts and prayers provide an immeasurable feeling of comfort and peace and – for some – answers in the aftermath of tragedy and loss. In the days after the UNCC gunman stormed the Kennedy building at the university, prayer vigils and prayer walks were held on campus. Individually, students held hands, hugged each other, and prayed together.

People all across the city and state – and the nation – offered their thoughts and prayers for Charlotte in the aftermath. As a person of faith myself who was in so much shock after it happened, it provided me comfort and solace as I began the grieving and healing processes.

Any person of faith who has read and studied the Bible knows better than to say that offering up thoughts and prayers is meaningless. It’s reprehensible that Sen. Booker has decided to play the “who is the truuuue person of faith” game but he’s on the campaign trail, so I guess that’s to be expected. Shame.

What’s Stelter’s motivation for playing this game? To carry the left’s water on these issues, naturally, which is par for the course for such a dishonest fraud.

If CNN is trying to earn back the trust they’ve lost with viewers and readers over the years, they sure have a lousy way of showing it.

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Cloudflare Terminates 8chan After Another Mass Shooter Posted His Manifesto on the Site

Yesterday, Cloudflare, which provides internet security services like DDoS protection and domain name server services, announced that it was terminating services for the website 8chan, where the El Paso shooter and several other mass shooters had posted their manifestos before committing their murders.

8chan (not officially associated with the similarly-named and also controversial 4chan) has long been a breeding ground for some of the most offensive content on the internet, including promoting child pornography and child rape, virulent racism and bigotry, and encouragement for acts of violence against others, including SWATting — calling in a false police report that there has been a shooting or someone is making threats, with the goal of an armed law enforcement response causing stress and chaos, and possibly even injury or death, to the intended victim.

The El Paso shooter (I am deliberately not using his name) posted his manifesto less than an hour before he began murdering innocent shoppers at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. The several pages he posted expressed support for white nationalism and previous mass shooters at the Christchurch mosque in New Zealand and a Poway, California synagogue — both of whom also used 8chan to share their hate-filled screeds with the world beforehand.

Beyond the manifestos directly posted by these mass shooters, encouragement for these killings came from other users on the site. Scores of news reports over the past few months have noted posts supporting the idea of taking violent action to eliminate people of a specific race or religion — the El Paso shooter targeted Mexican-Americans; previous shooters targeted Muslims and Jews — and those who commit such evil acts are cheered as heroes.

In 2017, Cloudflare was in the center of a similar controversy when they decided to terminate services with The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that soon found another service provider. Cloudflare has long maintained that they do not monitor or publish content, unlike services like Facebook, but merely provide the technological infrastructure that allows websites to remain online and to be found by search engines.

The company had expressed its discomfort with the role of internet censor after kicking out The Daily Stormer, and originally maintained that they would continue to allow 8chan to use their services, telling reporters that their technological infrastructure made it easier for sites like 8chan to be monitored and they were committed to cooperating with law enforcement.

“If we kicked 8chan off our network, the crowds would cheer, and we’d suddenly not be in the middle of this horrible tragedy,” said Cloudflare’s CEO Matthew Prince. “But law enforcement would have less visibility into what’s going on.”

Within hours of giving these interviews, Prince reversed his decision and the company posted a notice on their blog, noting that they would in fact terminate 8chan’s service, citing 8chan’s refusal to moderate their users’ conduct and how postings on that site had “directly inspire[d]” violence:

8chan is among the more than 19 million Internet properties that use Cloudflare’s service. We just sent notice that we are terminating 8chan as a customer effective at midnight tonight Pacific Time. The rationale is simple: they have proven themselves to be lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths. Even if 8chan may not have violated the letter of the law in refusing to moderate their hate-filled community, they have created an environment that revels in violating its spirit.

…We reluctantly tolerate content that we find reprehensible, but we draw the line at platforms that have demonstrated they directly inspire tragic events and are lawless by design. 8chan has crossed that line. It will therefore no longer be allowed to use our services.

8chan’s founder, Fredrick Brennan, spent Sunday calling for 8chan to be shut down, and told CNN that the site was being run in a way that was “indefensible,” and “letting their users incite violence.” He posted a tweet praising Cloudflare’s decision.

One potential motivation for Cloudflare’s willingness to drop the hammer on 8chan, despite their previous reluctance: they have an upcoming IPO.

Multiple news reports noted that Cloudflare is reportedly planning to go public, with an IPO scheduled for this September. Tech blogs were giddy over the news as recently as five days ago. As BuzzFeed tech reporter Ryan Mac tweeted, “Not a great look to public investors if you’re defending the go-to site for extremist shooter manifestos.”

So what’s the solution here? PJ Media’s Paula Bolyard was one of many asking if Cloudflare’s move was a “slippery slope or necessary evil,” and conservatives have good reason to be concerned about overly zealous internet censorship. Look no further than Snopes’ aggressive efforts to “fact-check” The Babylon Bee — a satire site that found its Facebook monetization at risk after Snopes labeled them “fake news.”

The ability to communicate online, to share thoughts and ideas, to raise money and build networks of subscribers and supporters, is absolutely critical in these modern times, and the companies that provide the infrastructure, content platforms, and other technology that connect us to each other online are often dominated by leadership who lean more liberal than the RedState audience.

As Americans, we have a First Amendment right to free speech, but that does not require any of us to publish or promote the speech of others, as Cloudflare rightfully noted in their announcement last night. Demanding that the government step in to either force companies like Cloudflare kick out sites like 8chan or to protect them and require Cloudflare to do business with a site they find to be repugnant would be unconstitutional.

Where Cloudflare deserves express praise, however, is how they note the importance of the Rule of Law, and the benefits of declaring their own managing rules in a way that is transparent and consistent (see the section of their announcement titled “Rule of Law”). This principle also serves as the guide for which sites have crossed the line and they believe deserve termination, because they were “designed to be lawless and unmoderated,” and “have demonstrated their ability to cause real harm”:

The unresolved question is how should the law deal with platforms that ignore or actively thwart the Rule of Law? That’s closer to the situation we have seen with the Daily Stormer and 8chan. They are lawless platforms. In cases like these, where platforms have been designed to be lawless and unmoderated, and where the platforms have demonstrated their ability to cause real harm, the law may need additional remedies. We and other technology companies need to work with policy makers in order to help them understand the problem and define these remedies. And, in some cases, it may mean moving enforcement mechanisms further down the technical stack.

Right-leaning sites do not need to defend the likes of 8chan to protect their right to exist online. I don’t care what your politics are; murdering people who are shopping at a Walmart merely because of their race is an absolutely evil and indefensible act, and encouraging anyone who considers such acts is likewise indefensible.

However, the sloppy way some in the media and on the left have characterized sites like The Daily Stormer and 8chan as “right wing,” or attempted to conflate support for enforcement of immigration laws with support for white nationalist mass shooters must be called out and criticized, while we continue to demand that services like Cloudflare and social media companies like Facebook and Twitter increase their transparency about their rules and how they are enforced.

It should not be too much of a challenge to articulate how espousing conservative principles is distinguished from calling for the murder of innocent people. We can do that, and we can demand that internet companies make the same distinctions as well.

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Trump Calls For Expanding Background Checks, But Wants Legislation Tied To Immigration Reform

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Monday morning to signal his openness to expanding background checks on gun purchases.

In response to the tragic mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Trump called for bipartisan legislation that would strengthen (likely through expansion) background checks for gun purchases, an already contentious proposal by legislative standards, but called for it to be tied to an equally contentious policy: reforming immigration.

Expanding background checks is not a new position for Trump, who prior to running for president had been a proponent of action on gun control. However, tying such legislation to immigration reform could prove contentious in Congress.

Gun lobbyists will see expanding the background check system as a loss, prompting Republicans to be wary, at best, of the president’s proposal. Democrats, meanwhile, have been extremely reluctant to give up any ground in the immigration battle. As a result, the president’s call to action may have no effect on Congressional plans.

The president’s call, however, is a notable one. Few Republican leaders go this far when it comes to responding to mass shootings in the United States – fewer still are Republican presidents who do. It could mark a shift in how Republicans address the issue, ceding some ground to the Democrats. The Democrats, however, could likely see immigration reform as ceding much more ground to the Republicans and refuse to negotiate.

The shootings in Texas and Ohio have once again prompted fierce outcries against gun proliferation in the United States.

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