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The Babylon Bee Takes on the Fauxtrage Mob’s Ridiculous War on Comedian Dave Chappelle – and Wins

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Dave Chappelle speaks at the press conference for “A Star Is Born” on day 4 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

In his recent Netflix special “Sticks and Stones“, comedian Dave Chappelle has unleashed hell on cancel culture and fauxtrage mobs, and also turned the tables on liberal arguments when it comes to issues like abortion and President Trump.

Naturally this makes Chappelle Public Enemy Number One to leftists and their outrage army whose sole purpose in life is to find things to be offended about in order to wage social media wars against the offending subject. The idea is to force the object of the mob to shut up or otherwise confirm.

Chappelle has proven over and over again that he’s just not gonna do that.

Because Democrats and so-called progressives have so heavily invested themselves in “identity politics”, under normal circumstances any criticisms of Chappelle would be viewed and called out as “racist” because the comedian is black.

But those rules don’t apply in this case, because Chappelle is doing what fewer and fewer comedians are doing in modern times when it comes to the demands from the left for milquetoast “comedy” and “safe spaces” for minority groups: he’s, in a nutshell, giving them the bird.

With that in mind, the geniuses at the Babylon Bee wrote one of the better takes on liberals and their reactions to Chappelle’s “Sticks and Stones” special:

After some confusion was expressed by casual observers of apparent hypocrisy in their denunciation of Dave Chappelle’s most recent comedy special, liberals from around the country clarified that they only want black voices to be heard when those voices are saying liberal-approved things.

The offended white progressives asked black comedian Dave Chappelle to “keep it down” and “maybe not talk so much” after his comments made them feel uncomfortable, sources confirmed Thursday.

Read the full “report” by clicking on the link below:

Perfect.

Chappelle, whose political affiliation is unknown, has demonstrated that he’ll call both sides to the carpet politically. But because he doesn’t spare the snowflakes on the left from his politically incorrect wrath, he gets treated like a traitor to The CauseWestlake Legal Group 2122 The Babylon Bee Takes on the Fauxtrage Mob’s Ridiculous War on Comedian Dave Chappelle – and Wins republicans Popular Culture Politics political correctness Ohio North Carolina Netflix Hollywood Front Page Stories Front Page Featured Story Featured Post Entertainment donald trump democrats dave chappelle Culture comedy Allow Media Exception Abortion   , as a comedian whose opinions and shows you should ignore because he refuses to march in lockstep with leftist orthodoxy.

Nobody puts Dave Chappelle in a corner, and that includes perpetually fauxfended liberals. Kudos to the Babylon Bee for getting right to the heart of the matter.

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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 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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C-SPAN Guest: Background Checks Didn’t Prevent El Paso or Dayton, and Universal Checks May Not Have, Either

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Journalist Stephen Gutowski guested on C-SPAN Monday to point out a notable truth about recent mass murders in El Paso and Dayton: background checks didn’t prevent them.

Furthermore, a universal background check wouldn’t necessarily have, either.

Stephen explained to the host of Washington Journal that, as per the law, all firearms dealers must be federally licensed and submit background checks on any and all gun sales:

“If you go to a gun store, there’s a background check. If you buy a gun from them at a gun show, if you buy from a licensed dealer, someone at a gun store, you have to do a background check. If you buy online from a licensed dealer, there’s a background check.”

Private sales, of course, are a different matter. They’re not regulated by the feds, so only state laws apply. So-called universal background checks would end that exception:

“If a private individual sells a gun to another private individual on the secondary market, within their own state, then there’s no federal regulation on that, a background check is not required. Universal background checks would require background checks on those sales as well. Basically, on almost any transfer of a gun between two people there would have to have a background check.”



As for “somebody who is a convicted felon or who has been adjudicated mentally ill,” firearm purchases are always illegal. In fact, it’s against the law to let someone in that boat even hold a gun, he said.

How does all this play into the massacres in Texas and Ohio?

“As far as the effectiveness of background checks, especially in regards to universal or especially in regards to the recent shootings, the last three attacks, all three of those shooters went through the legal process and had a background check and passed it. So as far as this as a response to these recent shootings, this kind of proposal, it wouldn’t necessarily have stopped these particular shootings. Advocates say it would generally reduce crime. That’s the claim at least.”

So one of the ways in which politicians are trumpeting regulation in the aftermath of tragedies doesn’t really address those tragedies; sounds about right.

On the Democratic side, fighting for changes almost wholly unrelated to catalysts for fighting for those changes seems a veritable way of life — recently, Biden fought for a ban on the scariest guns rather than the deadliest (here), and Beto O’Rourke fingered Trump as the reason people got shot (here).

Beto’s out fighting ghosts today (here) — he must think it’s a bonafied presidential look.

President Trump has called for background checks, as well. I’m not suggesting they’re a bad idea. They will, possibly, make it more difficult for those who shouldn’t have weapons to attain them. Although, given the personalities in Congress, it may be wise to question what criteria in the future may be used to keep guns out of the hands of Americans more broadly.

It’s certainly virtuous to question what could’ve stopped the slayings of August 3rd and 4th. But the answers may look like something entirely different than legislation.

We’ve lost something in the fabric of society. We’ve lost family, religion, and community. Society has lost some its reasons to function according to the Golden Rule (please see here, here, and here).

And no law can fix that. Neither can a background check.

-ALEX

 

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Man Arrested for Threat to AOC – ‘My Employer Would Load the Gun for Me.’ Violence Has No Place in the American Conversation

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On Friday, a man from Toledo was charged with launching threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He’d been stockpiling ammunition, and a Facebook post stated the 29-year-old freshman congresswoman “should be shot.”

That’s definitely a good way to get some negative attention.

According to the Toledo Blade, the 41-year-old was also charged with “being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a fugitive in possession of a firearm, and making interstate threats.”

He could get 25 years in prison — that’s 10 years each for two firearms charges and a 5-year sentence for the threat.

On July 23rd, Capitol Police were provided with a screenshot from social media:

“She should be shot. Can’t fire me, my employer would load the gun for me.”

In a phone call, the man told the CP he had guns and always carried them concealed. He also confirmed “he was very proud of that post he made,” as per the filed complaint.

This isn’t AOC’s first time to be singled out.

As reported by The Daily Wire:

She was previously included on a hit list compiled by a self-proclaimed white nationalist…who was arrested in February. Hasson had read the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, a right-wing terrorist who murdered 77 people in Norway in 2011. The former U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant also included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), whom he referred to as “Sen blumen jew,” on the list.

Of course, politicians on both sides of the aisle are the recipient of disdain from coast to coast, and Republicans have been doxxed, harassed, threatened…and in 2017, a left-wing nutjob attacked a D.C. softball game. Among four shot, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was critically injured.

The media haven’t seemed too interested in that event, but The New York Times did manage the August 5th op-ed “Conservatism Has a Violence Problem,” which included the quote “Right-wing extremist violence is our biggest threat” by Anti-Defamation League National Director Jonathan Greenblatt.

Nevermind the Dayton massacre, as covered by RedState’s Bonchie: “NEW: The Dayton Shooter Was A Satanist, Leftist-Socialist, And Bernie/Warren Fan, Supported Antifa.”

Of course, evil is evil, whether red or blue. And talk of dastardly deeds is bad for the country.

Civility is an American value, and it’s one we must maintain. Our liberty came, at a time, through armed revolution. But in order to keep it, we must lay down our weapons of vitriol and violence. Otherwise, the bad guys win.

-ALEX

 

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NRA Stays True to Its Principles and Members and Opposes Enhanced Background Checks and Red Flag Law

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As I mentioned a few days ago, the shootings in El Paso and the mostly forgotten shootings in Dayton (which will go down as Antifa’s first but not last mass murder) are stampeding political Washington into doing something. Doing something for the sake of doing something is one of the most natural and stupid reactions to political risk. Usually doing nothing is much less damaging. In this case, the legislative proposals being pimped as the way to prevent mass shootings are expanding background checks for sale of weapons to personal sales and a federal so-called red flag law which gives the police the power to confiscate your weapons until you can prove to a judge that you are not dangerous.

The irony is that neither of these laws would do jack-sh** to prevent either of the shootings last weekend. The weapons were legal. They were legally purchased. Background checks were conducted. Neither of the shooters exhibited any behavior that resulted in them being reported to law enforcement as a danger to themselves or anyone else (despite AP’s deeply dishonest story from yesterday). None had any history of run-ins with law enforcement. As far as I can tell, neither were suspended or expelled from high school for behavioral issues. The Dayton shooter had some strange fixations but that, fortunately, does not give authorities to deprive people of liberty or property. In short, these laws are the epitome of the empty gesture.

Red flag laws, in particular, are pernicious. They not only set up a system where the police are incentivized to act on bullsh** complaints and judges have the incentive to take seriously otherwise bullsh** evidence to confiscate guns. Most troubling, they encourage persons with mental health issues to NOT seek treatment because of the inevitability of ending up in Big Brother’s database. And they are not actually effective at preventing the actions they are being passed to prevent:

This is one of those situations where President Trump’s lack of a firm set of guiding principles is giving a lot of us the jitters. He seems to have gotten a bit spooked by the shootings in a campaign season and is trying to “do something” to convince suburban voters he’s not a wild man.

My gut feeling is that Trump’s campaign will tell him the folly of selling out gun owners and gun rights in hopes of getting positive press…because it is folly and the narrative has already been set that Nancy Pelosi is the driving force behind any legislation.

There are three factors which I think give us a lot of hope that nothing happens here. Four factors if you include an electorate and Congress that has the attention span of a Jack Russell terrier with ADHD.

First, Chuck Schumer is going to sandbag any legislation that doesn’t include enhanced background checks. During the last panic over guns, Schumer realized it was more lucrative to kill gun control bills and fundraise on the failure to pass them than to actually pass a law. I doubt that he’s changed very much.

Mitch McConnell says he’s not going to act on it until the fall…which means never (see my Jack Russell analogy). McConnell is not going to lead the GOP into an election by passing gun control laws.

And the NRA says no.

The NRA is weaker than it has been in years but it is still potent enough that it has to be dealt with by any GOP president.

Ultimately, this will die under its own weight. If it doesn’t, Trump is going to find that he just made his reelection campaign a lot harder.

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Sleepy Joe Biden: Dazed and confused about geography in America

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Joe Biden, the great Democrat hope to unseat President Trump in 2020 is having a bit of a rough patch with his public and private speaking. Anyone can make a mistake in delivering remarks to a group of people, large or small. It is noteworthy, though, when a candidate for president is on a roll. Sleepy Joe is on a roll.

Over the course of last weekend, we all processed the tragic stories of human death and destruction brought about by two murderous madmen. One mass shooting happened in El Paso, Texas on Saturday. The other in Dayton, Ohio early Sunday morning. Biden, speaking at a high-dollar fundraiser in San Diego Sunday night referenced the shootings in his speech. Unfortunately, he got the locations of the shootings wrong. Not just wrong, actually, decidedly wrong. Not just one incorrect location, but both locations. He offered sympathy for people in Houston instead of El Paso, and for those in Michigan, not Dayton, Ohio.

Thanks, Joe, but the people in my city of Houston were spared such a horrific event. El Paso is waaaaayyy on the other side of our very large state, 746 miles away traveling east on I-10. El Paso is a border town in the desert. Houston is America’s fourth-largest city located 40 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. The Michigan reference is weird, too. Maybe Biden thinks all rustbelt states look alike.

Biden, 76, mistakenly referred to the shootings as “the tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan the day before,” but later corrected himself, according to a pool report. Biden seemingly confused Houston for El Paso and Michigan for Ohio when speaking to donors about the shootings.

I wasn’t going to mention Joe’s verbal mistakes. Biden is frequently wrong about lots of things. Then President Trump mistakenly mentioned Toledo as he ended his remarks about the mass shootings Monday morning at the White House. He said, “May God bless the memory of those who died in Toledo. May God protect them.”, which is nice but we know he meant Dayton. So, instead of ignoring the error, the snark flowed on Twitter. CNN snark was strong and even included a request for some drug testing for President Trump. This. Is. CNN:

Biden had the luxury of speaking to a limited audience outside of Washington, D.C. President Trump was reading off a TelePrompter which indicates to me that a staffer made a mistake in the speech. Trump didn’t catch it in time as he read the words. Anyway, Trump’s audience was larger by millions of listeners so he’ll get beat up for the mistake the rest of the day. Biden’s audience was only about 75 people.

The fundraiser for his presidential campaign took place at the home of businessman Mark Arabo, who is an advocate for persecuted Iraqi Christians. Around 75 attendees at the fundraiser received a three-course meal before the vice president’s remarks and listened to Biden speak in a marble-tiled living area with two chandeliers as they sat in rows of white chairs.

Biden misspoke during the Democrat debate last week when he tried to work in one of his favorite lines against Trump’s re-election. He frequently says that eight years of Trump will destroy America or something. Instead, he made it sound like Trump would have an additional eight years after his first four. He mangled it up.

“We can tolerate four years of this man, but we have a hell of a lot to make up, nationally and internationally,” Biden said. “But my God — eight years? Eight years of this man will fundamentally change the character of our country.”

During a Democratic primary debate last week, Biden misstated his frequent line about eight years of Trump, among other flubs. Biden warned that “eight more years of Trump will change America in a fundamental way,” even though Trump is constitutionally limited to one more four-year term after 2020.

Speaking of Houston and shootings, the mayor (running for re-election) and other Democrats, like Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee looking for a mention on local news came together and held up signs against gun violence. The usual gun-grabbers were in attendance including Moms Demand Action and March for Our Lives. This is from the mayor’s press secretary’s Twitter account.

Houston lit up City Hall in the color orange.

As it turns outs, Houston had its own deadly weekend at the hands of violent individuals.

Police were busy Sunday night into Monday morning responding to numerous shooting scenes across the Houston area.

The shootings left at least six people dead and four people wounded over a 12-hour period in the City of Houston alone.

Maybe some attention closer to home is warranted, Mr. Mayor.

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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.

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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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Trump Condemns White Supremacy but Stops Short on Major Gun Control

WASHINGTON — President Trump forcefully denounced white supremacy in the wake of twin mass shootings over the weekend, citing the threat of “racist hate” with no acknowledgment that his own anti-immigrant rhetoric has become part of a national debate.

“In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Mr. Trump said at the White House. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated.”

But he stopped well short of endorsing the kind of broad gun control measures that activists and Democrats have sought for years, instead falling back on longtime Republican remedies, such as stronger action to address mental illness, violence in the media and violent video games.

He warned of “the perils of the internet and social media,” but offered no recognition of his own use of those platforms to promote his brand of divisive politics.

It seemed unlikely that Mr. Trump’s 10-minute remarks, coming after one of the most violent weekends in recent American history, would reposition him as a unifier when many Americans hold him responsible for inflaming racial division. He took no responsibility for the atmosphere of division, nor did he recognize his own reluctance to warn of the rise of white nationalism until now.

Speaking at a lectern beneath a portrait of George Washington in the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room, Mr. Trump read from a prepared script on a teleprompter as he denounced the bilious anti-Hispanic online manifesto of a shooter in El Paso, Texas, who killed 22 people on Saturday as part of an “evil contagion” spreading online.

“These barbaric slaughters are an assault upon our communities, an attack upon our nation and a crime against all of humanity,” Mr. Trump said of the massacre in El Paso and another in Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday — at one point incorrectly referring to Toledo as the site of those killings. The Dayton shooter is not known to have had a political motive.

Between the two massacres, 31 people have now died.

Mr. Trump took no questions, and did not repeat his call on Twitter earlier in the morning for Republicans and Democrats to work together to strengthen background checks for prospective gun buyers.

That outraged Democratic leaders in Congress, who quickly accused Mr. Trump of retreating from more substantive action on gun control under political pressure.

“It took less than three hours for the president to back off his call for stronger background check legislation,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, said in a statement. House Democrats passed such a measure in February, but the Republican-controlled Senate has not acted on it.

Mr. Trump’s first comments, made in early morning Twitter posts, set some gun control advocates up for disappointment.

In his somber remarks, Mr. Trump repeated his past endorsement of so-called “red flag” laws that would allow for the confiscation of firearms from people found to be mentally ill and said mental health laws should be changed to allow for the involuntary confinement of people at risk of committing violence. He gave no indication of how he would pursue any of his goals.

It was not immediately clear what other gun control proposals Mr. Trump was referring to on Twitter. The House passed back-to-back bills on firearms soon after it Democrats took control, voting in February to require background checks for all gun purchasers, including those at gun shows and on the internet, and to extend waiting periods for would-be gun purchasers flagged by the existing instant-check system. The Republican-controlled Senate has not acted on either measure.

Instead of focusing on measures to limit the sale of firearms, Mr. Trump ticked through a list of proposals that Republicans have long endorsed as alternatives. They include unspecified action to address “gruesome and grisly video games” and “a culture that celebrates violence.”

Mr. Trump also warned that the internet and social media provide “a dangerous avenue to radicalize disturbed minds and perform demented acts.” But the president has himself amplified right-wing voices online with histories of racism and bigotry. Shortly before the shooting began in El Paso on Saturday, Mr. Trump retweeted Katie Hopkins, a right-wing British political commentator who has said Islam “disgusts” her and has urged her fellow citizens to “arm ourselves” to “fight back” against foreign infiltration.

Mr. Trump also emphasized steps to better identify and respond to signs of mental illness that could lead to violence, repeating a familiar conservative formulation that de-emphasizes the significance of widely available firearms.

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White Extremist Ideology Drives Many Deadly Shootings

Active-shooter episodes in which the gunmen espoused white extremist beliefs were among the deadliest in recent years.

“Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun,” Mr. Trump said. Calling mass shooters “mentally ill monsters,” he also said he was directing the Department of Justice to propose legislation calling for the death penalty for “those who commit hate crimes and mass murders.”

Senator Pat Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, praised what he called a shift in tone for the president. On a conference call with reporters, Mr. Toomey said he had spoken Monday morning to Mr. Trump and that the president also expressed “a very constructive willingness to engage on” the issue of expanded background checks, long championed by the senator.

Mr. Trump delivered the remarks at the White House after a weekend at his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., where he was thinly staffed as the weekend’s news unfolded. Perusing the news in isolation, Mr. Trump tweeted several expressions of sympathy, along with more combative shots at the media and his liberal critics.

By Sunday night, when his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner joined him for his return to Washington, Mr. Trump’s aides recognized that he needed to do more. Some advisers suggested that background checks would be an easy, bipartisan measure to endorse, but Mr. Trump was uncertain. When early drafts of his remarks began circulating, they did not mention background checks or immigration, according to two people briefed on them.

So aides were startled to discover that the president, sitting in the White House residence, had posted a tweet linking the two issues.

In a small meeting with Mr. Trump in his residence ahead of the speech, several aides argued the linkage was a mistake, and the president dropped both the immigration idea and the call for background checks.

Gun control groups reacted sharply to Mr. Trump’s address.

“Let’s be clear: This is not about mental health, it’s not about video games, it’s not about movies. Those are all N.R.A. talking points. This is about easy access to guns,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group.

Mr. Trump has previously denounced racism with scripted marks that sounded out of tune with his typical rhetoric. After the killing of a counterprotester at a white power rally in Charlottesville, Va., two years ago, he called white supremacists “repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

But those remarks followed earlier off-the-cuff comments by the president, who had been criticized for not more forcefully denouncing the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville organized by neo-Nazis. Instead he condemned “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.” Mr. Trump later declared that the event had “some very fine people on both sides.”

Aides said he was referring to nonviolent protesters defending southern heritage, and that he was angry the media had not paid more attention to left-wing Antifa activists who engaged in violence.

In March, after an avowed white supremacist killed 51 Muslim worshipers in New Zealand, Mr. Trump said he did not “really” see a rising threat from white nationalism. “It’s a small group of people,” he added.

The president has also previously declared himself a supporter of stronger gun control, only to retreat from the issue. After a gunman killed 17 at a high school in Parkland, Fla., last year, Mr. Trump startled Republican lawmakers that February when on live television, he appeared to embrace comprehensive gun control legislation that would expand background checks, keep guns from mentally ill people and restrict gun sales for some young adults.

But he made little effort to follow through.

In Texas, law enforcement officials arrested Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old white man from Allen, Texas, which is about a 10-hour drive from the Walmart in El Paso where he opened fire on Saturday. In the manifesto, Mr. Crusius said he supported mass shootings in two New Zealand mosques.

The gunman in Dayton, Connor Betts, 24, fired on popular night-life spot with a high-capacity magazine that can hold 100 rounds of ammunition. Nine people were killed, including Mr. Betts’s sister.

Some of the Democrats campaigning for their party’s presidential nomination condemned Mr. Trump for not calling the El Paso attack a white supremacist act of domestic terrorism and blamed the White House for fueling white nationalist sentiment.

No federal agency is responsible for designating domestic terrorism organizations, as it has for international terrorism. Similarly, there is no criminal charge of domestic terrorism, and suspects who are by definition considered domestic terrorists are charged under other laws, such as hate crime, gun and conspiracy statutes.

According to F.B.I. statistics, there have been eight mass shootings in the United States since 2017, in which the shooters espoused white supremacist views.

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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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