Opposition rising to Colorado gun control laws

(WASHINGTON TIMES) – DENVER – More than a year after pushing through through some of the toughest gun control measures in the country, Colorado Democrats are finding it harder than ever to get the state’s residents to get behind them.

A Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday found that the strict new gun-control laws are losing support among voters.

The survey found that only 39 percent of Colorado voters favor the state’s hotly debated 2013 package of gun control measures, down from 43 percent support in Quinnipiac’s Feb. 5 poll.

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U.S. government pays Iran another billion

Iranian flagWhat would you say if you found out that your own government is writing checks worth hundreds of millions of dollars to our sworn enemy lead by a dictator that U.S. politicians argue is one of the biggest dangers to freedom and liberty across the world?  There is no way the U.S. would do that, right?

Sadly, that is exactly what is happening.  According to a report by the FreeBeacon, the United States has forked over another $450m to Iran on April 15th, the day that millions of working Americans dutifully submit to their annual financial beat-down after wading through an impossibly large collection of insanely complex tax law (otherwise known as “Tax Day”).

Under the so-called “nuclear deal” with Iran, the United States has paid more than $2.5 billion ($2,500,000,000) to Iran in exchange for Iran cutting back their nuclear weapons program.  Unfortunately, $2.5b does not account for half of what the United States is prepared to fork over to Iran.

While the White House maintains that Iran will receive about $7 billion in economic relief under the interim accord, outside experts calculate that with oil revenues and other business deals Iran could pocket at least $20 billion over the next several months,” the FreeBeacon report said.

The U.S. government’s insistence that American tax dollars be wasted by funding the nation that we consider our enemy, in exchange for promises by a known dictator and U.S.-labeled terrorist, is the height of recklessness, immoral to the core, and a slap in the face to honest, hard-working and tax paying Americans.

Apparently, there is good money to be made in terrorism.

 

Bloomberg not quick enough draw on social media

Safety FirstFormer New York mayor and anti-gunner Michael Bloomberg recently dropped another $50 million on the creation of a new so-called “grass-roots campaign” to supposedly curb gun violence, named “Everytown for Gun Safety”.  Bloomberg’s immediate job is to market the new gun-grabbing group and create a stir to elicit support.

Unfortunately for the rich and shrewd businessman, he failed to secure the Facebook name before announcing the effort.

A quick-to-the-draw Facebook user jumped on the opportunity and registered the name, using it instead as a group to support the second amendment’s gun protections and gun safety, telling BuzzFeed “I took the Bloomberg name because I wanted this page to remain open to debate, unlike his group at Moms Demand Action that block anyone with alternative views.”

Gun owners are getting a bad rep nation wide from their anti gun propaganda. As to who I am, I am your average citizen that believes the second amendment ‘shall not be infringed.’”

https://www.facebook.com/Everytownforgunsafety

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After knife attack, the gun debate miraculously continues

By now, most are aware of the stabbing that took place in a Pennsylvania school that sent 20 people to the hospital.  Wasting no time, anti-gun activists took the rest of the day off of work and quickly hopped onto web sites to express their joy that the 16-year old perpetrator of this crime didn’t have a gun.  After all – they argue – a gun would have turned 20 injuries into 20 or 30 deaths.

Putting the mindless insanity of relying on clumsy assumptions aside, what most people are missing in this discussion is a far more important question.  The weapon used in the attack is not the issue.  The issue is that of prevention.  How do we, as a society, prevent people from unleashing violence and havoc amongst a group of completely helpless people?

First, the issue of gun-free zones reemerges once again.  Of course, nobody in that school – for the exception of a school police officer – was allowed to carry a knife or gun, so the knife-wielding child has free reign over other helpless students until the officer arrived on the scene and took the 16-year old down.  Sadly, this school was lucky to have an armed police officer in the school.  Most schools are not as fortunate.

Second, what if this school – and all schools – had well-trained administrators who carry firearms inside the school?  20 people were knifed, some with life-threatening injuries.  How many fewer victims would there be if this school had trained marksmen working in the school?

People seem relieved that a gun was not used, completely ignoring the larger question of what makes schools safe.  Do written policies prevent knives and guns from being brought into school zones?  No.  Do signs posted outside of schools (and office buildings) prevent mass tragedies?  Again, of course not.

Do jewelry stores get robbed when armed guards are stationed by the door?  Not too often, and there is a reason for that.  Jewelry stores take visible precautions against the would-be criminal.

Schools and businesses tape signs up on windows and create written policies.

Which method do you trust more?

 

Sophisticated drug tunnels found in desert

Drug Tunnel found in 2012Reuters is reporting that the San Diego Tunnel Task Force has found two different sophisticated drug smuggling tunnels in the desert between Mexico and a warehouse facility in San Diego, complete with ventilation systems and railways.

Enabled by our War on Drugs, well-designed tunnel systems that travel underneath the U.S./Mexican border enable the transport of large quantities of drugs between countries.  Tunnels usually connect with innocuous-looking buildings to avoid unwanted suspicion.

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said of the incident that “going underground is not a good business plan”.  In actuality, going underground is the only business plan to avoid the expensive and ineffective drug enforcement laws instituted within the United States.

The report said that in the past eight years, the feds have uncovered at least 80 different cross-border smuggling tunnels – California and Arizona serving as the more popular entrance points into the country.  This, of course, only scratches the surface of the true physical network of drug-enabling systems into the U.S.

For every tunnel found, dozens more exist.  How much money does it cost to plan and execute surveillance programs that seek to uncover drug tunnels?  When virtually any middle-school aged student can get their hands on drugs, we must ask ourselves: is it worth it?

Is it worth it?

NYC police ticket man for running “too early”

In further evidence that the police state is alive and well in the United States, New York City police ticketed New York City jogger and resident Peter Shankman for the dangerous crime of jogging through New York’s Central Park when it was “closed”.

Mr. Shankman was training for an Iron Man competition when police stopped him at 4:30am Thursday and issued him a citation because, according to city police, the park opens at 6am – making jogging through the park at 4:30 to be illegal.

Shankman wrote on his Facebook page:

At 4:30 this morning in Central Park, at mile 2 of my ten mile run, I was stopped by the police and given a summons for exercising in the park “before it opened.” Apparently, Central Park doesn’t “open” until 6am, and my exercising (running) in the park before 6am is illegal. Note – Running in the park. Not “performing sex acts for crack,” or “laying down explosive charges,” but “running.” Because apparently, a 215 pound man running through Central Park at just over a 9:10 pace is a threat to Manhattan.

To answer the question of why I was running so early – I needed to do ten miles today as part of Ironman training. If I didn’t start that early, I wouldn’t be done before my first meeting of the day.

Apparently, police in New York City are looking for things to do at 4:30 in the morning.  No murders, hijackings, thefts or violence was taking place early that morning, leaving Shankman and other joggers brazen enough to be seen jogging through a closed Central Park to be ripe for a ticket.

Enjoy your freedom and liberty…while you still have it.

TX judge strikes down gay marriage ban

Federal Judge Orlando Garcia in the deeply-conservative state of Texas has ruled the state’s ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional, arguing the ban as no “legitimate governmental purpose” and demeans their dignity.  Judge Garcia has stayed his decision until it makes its way through the lengthy and expensive appeals process.

“Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution,” Garcia wrote in his decision.  “These Texas laws deny plaintiffs access to the institution of marriage and its numerous rights, privileges, and responsibilities for the sole reason that Plaintiffs wish to be married to a person of the same sex.”

Texas is the latest in a growing list of states that have finally decided to embrace true freedom and remove arbitrary and nonsensical bans on certain marriages.  Judges in Utah, Virginia and Oklahoma have ruled similarly, all decisions that await legal appeals.  The Supreme Court will likely be the deciding factor.

Read more from the Houston Chronical: http://www.chron.com/news/article/Texas-ban-on-gay-marriage-ruled-unconstitutional-5270241.php