What do David Hogg, Emma González and Alex Wind have in common?

Answer: The word Bullshit!

You will see David Hogg, Emma González and Alex Wind wearing a button with the phrase “We call BS.” BS stands for bullshit. BS is a profane idiom which means “nonsense.” Profanity and nonsense have become the symbols of the anti-gun movement. Profanity and nonsense are the mantra of what drives those who want to disarm law abiding citizens and repeal the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the name of saving children from violence.

There is actually a class at the University of Washington titled “Calling Bullshit.” The syllabus for the course reads:

The world is awash in bullshit. Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. Higher education rewards bullshit over analytic thought. Startup culture elevates bullshit to high art. Advertisers wink conspiratorially and invite us to join them in seeing through all the bullshit — and take advantage of our lowered guard to bombard us with bullshit of the second order. The majority of administrative activity, whether in private business or the public sphere, seems to be little more than a sophisticated exercise in the combinatorial reassembly of bullshit.

We’re sick of it. It’s time to do something, and as educators, one constructive thing we know how to do is to teach people. So, the aim of this course is to help students navigate the bullshit-rich modern environment by identifying bullshit, seeing through it, and combating it with effective analysis and argument.

The University of Washington Calling Bullshit course defines bullshit as:

Bullshit involves language, statistical figures, data graphics, and other forms of presentation intended to persuade by impressing and overwhelming a reader or listener, with a blatant disregard for truth and logical coherence.

Calling bullshit is a performative utterance, a speech act in which one publicly repudiates something objectionable. The scope of targets is broader than bullshit alone. You can call bullshit on bullshit, but you can also call bullshit on lies, treachery, trickery, or injustice.

What David, Emma and Alex also have in common is “a blatant disregard for truth and logical coherence.” It is critical to “call bullshit on lies, treachery, trickery, or injustice.”

What is the truth?

The truth is no member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) has ever been involved in a mass shooting of students. The truth is that gun control has racist roots and the NRA has fought to give minorities and women the right to keep and bear arms. The truth is that the world’s greatest mass murders (genocides) began with gun control. The truth is that gun control is immoral.

What is the truth is that according to the most recent data from Federal Bureau of Investigations 75.8% of all aggravated assaults are committed using clubs, blunt instruments, fists, feet, hands and knives.

What is the truth is that Nikolas Cruz would never have passed a National Background check. The truth is that the Broward County School Board, Broward County Sheriff, the FBI and students at Marjory Douglass High School are all culpable and possibly responsible for what happened on February 14th, 2018.

The truth is that the one thing mass shooters have in common is that they come from a broken family.

Bullshitting the Bullshitter

David Hogg, Emma González and Alex Wind are all bullshitters, led by bullshitters trying to bullshit the people that gun control is the answer to stopping violence.

We don’t need to harden our public schools. We need to harden our families. We need to teach our children how to safely use a gun to protect themselves from violence. Gun ownership is a choice. One not choosing to own a firearm is their choice. Their choice cannot infringe on the rest of Americans right to keep and bear arms as clearly outlined in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Before being elected President, while serving in Congress, James Garfield stated at the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1876:

“Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature … If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”

Any questions?

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Poll Finds Most Teachers, Students Say They’re Protected From School Shooters

A majority of teachers say they believe they are protected from shooters entering their school, according to a recent poll.

The Gallup poll found that 60 percent of teachers agreed their school is somewhat protected or very protected.

Gallup, however, chose to look at the down side with a headline reading: “Four in 10 Teachers Say Their School Is Not Well Protected.”

The poll also found that a majority of teachers, 64 percent, and a majority of students, 55 percent, said they are not worried about a shooting happening at their school. A total of  36 percent said they are worried, and 9 percent said they are “very worried.”

Fully 60 percent of teachers said they were prepared to protect students and staff from a shooter, while 40 percent said they were “not too prepared” or “not prepared at all.”

Schools remain among the safest places to be, but there is always more elected officials can do to make them safer, Heritage Foundation legal expert John Malcolm told The Daily Signal.

“There is nothing more horrifying than the thought that you might kiss your child goodbye, send him off to school, and then never see him again,” said Malcolm, a Heritage vice president who oversees the Institute for Constitutional Government and directs the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.

“Fortunately, the reality is that our kids are safer in school than they are in many other areas,” Malcolm said. “That is not to say, though, that school officials and elected representatives should not do more to ensure that our schools are safer from the malevolent acts of disturbed individuals intent on committing mayhem and murder.”

The Gallup poll surveyed teachers from March 5 to March 12, less than a month after the deadly school shooting Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead and 17 wounded.

Despite heavy media coverage of school shootings, the majority of students say they feel safe, as they did in 2005—when Gallup surveyed students in a similar way.

In 2005, about eight months after a school shooting in Red Lake, Minnesota, that ended in 10 deaths, including the killer, a Gallup survey found that while students said “violence, fighting, and school safety” was the top problem at school, 80 percent said they feel safe in school.

The expressed student concern in 2005 for violence, fighting, and safety was nearly double that of the next biggest concern, a four-way tie among lack of funding/budget cuts, overcrowded classrooms, use of drugs and alcohol, and lack of student effort.

Students polled at 13 percent who said school safety was the biggest problem, compared to 7 percent who said it was lack of funding or budget cuts.

The Daily Signal previously reported that schools are safer now than in the early 1990s, with shooting incidents declining by more than half since then.

The new Gallup poll surveyed 497 teachers of kindergarten through high school across the U.S. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 7 percentage points.

Kyle Perisic

Kyle Perisic is a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation.

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Dear Readers:

With the recent conservative victories related to tax cuts, the Supreme Court, and other major issues, it is easy to become complacent.

However, the liberal Left is not backing down. They are rallying supporters to advance their agenda, moving this nation further from the vision of our founding fathers.

If we are to continue to bring this nation back to our founding principles of limited government and fiscal conservatism, we need to come together as a group of likeminded conservatives.

This is the mission of The Heritage Foundation. We want to continue to develop and present conservative solutions to the nation’s toughest problems. And we cannot do this alone.

Before March 31, we are looking for a select few conservatives to become a Heritage Foundation member. With your membership, you’ll qualify for all associates benefits and you’ll help keep our nation great for future generations.

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Podcast: What the March for Our Lives Was Really About

Kids converged on D.C. over the weekend to protest school shootings and guns, yet the most effective policy solutions went unmentioned. Jarrett Stepman, who went to the march, joins us to share his observations and discuss why students aren’t really the ones driving this movement. Plus, we discuss President Donald Trump’s new actions against Russia, Larry King’s tough words for cable news, and a new study about teen happiness and cellphone usage.

Dear Readers:

With the recent conservative victories related to tax cuts, the Supreme Court, and other major issues, it is easy to become complacent.

However, the liberal Left is not backing down. They are rallying supporters to advance their agenda, moving this nation further from the vision of our founding fathers.

If we are to continue to bring this nation back to our founding principles of limited government and fiscal conservatism, we need to come together as a group of likeminded conservatives.

This is the mission of The Heritage Foundation. We want to continue to develop and present conservative solutions to the nation’s toughest problems. And we cannot do this alone.

Before March 31, we are looking for a select few conservatives to become a Heritage Foundation member. With your membership, you’ll qualify for all associates benefits and you’ll help keep our nation great for future generations.

VIDEO: Gun Rights Are Women’s Rights

The right to bear arms isn’t just a constitutional issue — it’s a women’s rights issue. Author and commentator Katie Pavlich explains why guns are the great equalizer between men and women.

TRANSCRIPT:

Do you want equality between men and women?

I do.

Which is why I own a gun. My Glock 43 is my equalizer.

Too NRA for you? Then, let’s take a step back and think about this. I will start with this premise: Men are physically stronger than women.

I know: even this is controversial these days. But men have more muscle mass and greater bone density; they run faster, and punch harder. It’s called “biology.”

If a woman is going to protect herself against a man who intends to do her serious harm, she needs to even the odds. And what’s the best way for her to do that? Own a gun — and know how to use it.

Given this, you would think that feminists would be lining up in front of gun shops, spending quality time at the shooting range, and filing for concealed carry permits. But when was the last time you heard a feminist speak out for women owning guns? You haven’t, because feminists aren’t for gun ownership. They’re for taking guns awayfrom women.

Well, you might say, if no one owned a gun, then everybody would be safer. Yes…and it would be nice if cheesecake was a diet food.

There are over 300 million guns in the United States and that’s not going to change any time soon. But even if we could build a giant magnet, fly it across the country and snap up every gun, it wouldn’t much matter to women’s safety.

In Great Britain, where it’s almost impossible to get a gun, a woman is three times more likely to be raped than in America, according to a study by David Kopel, a professor of constitutional law at Denver University.

Here’s another telling comparison between gun-free UK and gun-owning US: In the United States, only about 13 percent of home burglaries take place when the occupants are home, but in the UK, almost 60 percent do.

Professor Kopel explains the disparity: “American burglars . . . avoid occupied homes because of the risk of getting shot. English burglars prefer occupied homes, because there will be wallets and purses with cash.”

And, by the way, an assailant doesn’t need a gun to be dangerous. What do you do if you’re a woman and a man comes at you with a knife? Or just his bare hands? If you want to depend on pepper spray or a whistle, okay—but I think your finger on the trigger of a gun would be more effective.

Take the example of mail carrier Catherine Latta. After she had been assaulted and raped by her ex-boyfriend, Latta tried to purchase a firearm. She was told it might take a month to get a permit. “[I’ll] be dead by then,” she recalls telling the clerk. That afternoon, she went to a rough part of town and bought a handgun. Five hours later, her ex-boyfriend attacked her outside of her home. She shot him in self-defense, and saved her life.

I should add that firing a gun is very rare. Just carrying it—let alone brandishing it—is a deterrent.

And, isn’t that the issue? Personal safety? How is a woman supposed to defend herself? What if an intruder breaks into her home?

Liberal TV personality Sherri Shepherd answered this question a few years ago.

“At one in the morning, the alarm in our house went off,” Shepherd told her co-hosts on the popular daytime show, “The View.” As the alarm blared, her husband, Sal, went downstairs to look around. If something happened to him, a terrified Shepherd realized, she had no way to protect herself or her son, Jeffrey. “ …All I had was this wicker basket…[I] don’t have a bat, nothing.”

“‘We’re going to get a gun,’” I told Sal. “[This] just made me realize how vulnerable you are if you can’t protect your home. And the police [were] wonderful; they came about seven minutes later, but to me, that’s seven minutes too late.”

Luckily for Shepherd, the incident was a false alarm. But there are lots of cases where the alarm is real, especially in high crime areas. Yet every year, progressives push for more and more gun control without ever considering who will pay the price.

It won’t be the bad guys. They always get the guns they want. It will be the good women who need to equal the odds in a dangerous confrontation with a man.

Women owning guns shouldn’t be a partisan issue. In fact, it’s a women’s rights issue.

I’m all for equality between the sexes. And I practice what I preach.

That’s why I own a gun.

I’m Katie Pavlich for Prager University.

VIDEO: A Message From Parkland You Didn’t Hear at March for Our Lives

Warning: This video contains profanity.

Thousands of people gathered Saturday in Washington, D.C.,  and around the nation for anti-gun rallies spurred by the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. But not everyone from the Parkland community supports the anti-gun rhetoric on display at the March for Our Lives protests.

Kyle Kashuv, a student at the school where a 19-year-old with a rifle killed 17 and wounded 17 others, and Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was among those killed there, are speaking out with another perspective

“They’re all together, it’s great. They’re going to be heard. But I would urge them to focus on school safety,” Pollack, who appears in a video from The Daily Caller, said before the rallies.

“This isn’t just a gun control debate,” Kashuv added. “Making sure schools are safe—not everything has to do with guns.”

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VIDEO: ‘Broward Coward – Stood Down’ Posters Plastered on Broward County Sheriff’s Offices

British political commentator and writer Milo Yiannopoulos posted on his website Dangerous.com an interesting article. The Dangerous.com staff in a column titled “Mysterious ‘Broward Coward’ Posters Plastered All Over Sheriff’s HQ [PHOTOS]” reports:

On Friday morning, Broward County Sheriff officers woke up to their police headquarters littered in controversial “Broward Coward” posters.

The posters, which were photographed by Broward County residents early Friday morning included pictures of disgraced Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, controversial Deputy Sheriff Nezar Hamze (labeled as Deputy Hamas), and the infamous Broward County officer Scott Peterson with the caption, “Have you seen this Broward Coward?”

These posters appear to be an artistic and political reaction to the Broward County sheriff department’s poor handling of the Parkland school shooting, which left 17 people dead. Following the Valentine’s Day school massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, it was quickly revealed that officers under Sheriff Israel were called to the home of the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, 19, nearly 45 times prior to the school shooting.

Despite the fact that Nikolas Cruz’s instability, violent tendencies, and plans to carry out a school shooting were reported to the FBI twice prior to the massacre, law enforcement failed to properly investigate, and their failure to act have been directly attributed to the loss of life in Parkland, FL.

On the poster depicting Sheriff Israel, the text reads: “HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BROWARD COWARD? GUILTY OF DERELICTION OF DUTY, INCOMPETENCE, FAILURE TO PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN.”

Following the shooting, it was revealed that school resource officer Scot Peterson was on campus at the time of the shooting, but chose to stand down and not engage the shooter inside the school as innocent children were gunned down. Peterson was quickly labeled a coward, and upon investigation, he was suspended by Sheriff Israel.

On the poster depicting Officer Scot Peterson, the text reads: “HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BROWARD COWARD? GUILTY OF DERELICTION OF DUTY, INCOMPETENCE, HIDING WHILE CHILDREN DIED.”

The middle poster contains an image of the highly controversial Islamic Deputy Sheriff Nezar Hamze, with text that reads: HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BROWARD COWARD? GUILTY OF PROMOTING TERRORISM, TRAINING JIHADIS, INFILTRATING LAW ENFORCEMENT.”

Deputy Hamze has come under fire and received national press for his association with the terror-tied Islamic advocacy group CAIR, and providing weapons training to jihadis at several terror-linked south Florida mosques. On the poster, Hamze is seen wearing an official Hamas head band while holding a weapon.

He is referred to on the poster as Deputy Nezar Hamas–a reference to the Middle East terrorist organization–and nods to him being a member of CAIR. CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, is listed as a designated terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates. However, a federal judge, the U.S. Attorney Generals office, and the Fifth Circuit Court of appeals found ample evidence of CAIR having direct ties Hamas.

Read more.

Nikolas Cruz killed 2 faculty and 15 students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. The Broward County School District and Broward County Sheriff’s Office was complicit in these deaths. The Federal Bureau of Investigation failed and is also complicit in these deaths.

People kill people. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. The good guys with guns stood down. The heroes that used their bodies to take bullets in order to protect their fellow students were unarmed.

The real story is about cowards with guns and unarmed heroes.

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Socialists Indoctrinate NYC Students in ‘Evening of Action’ for Gun Reform

March 14, 2018 – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM– Hosted by Coalition Z – Quaker School, NYC. The No Guns Student Strike March vs patriots. The students gathered to discuss a controversial topic: the pros and cons of the Second Amendment, with a one-sided view planned inside, while a lively debate was ON outside the Quaker School.

There were many student signs attached to the fence that surrounded the Quaker School.

Signs that were countered when when the patriots arrived.

Signs that seemed to arouse the students’ curiosity.

Causing a few to peek over the fence….dare they do more?

Eventually a few of those students calmly (and respectfully) crossed the street to interview the patriots.

The calm before a storm, perhaps, but still a relief from the usual Socialist Left invective.

Part 3 – A student named Eric had a long conversation with a couple of patriots about the Second Amendment. He stayed long after his advisors kept prodding him to go inside  the Quaker House to hear the pre-arranged speakers:

 1. Stoneman Douglas alumna, Claire McCue
2. Marie DeLus, a Moms Demand Action activist and former Marine sharpshooter who lost her nephew to gun violence.
3. Alex Clavering, the lead organizer of the March for Our Lives-NYC
4. Stoneman Douglas student activists survivors of  Parkland shooting (via video message).

Seemed that Eric preferred to continue this exchange. He was confidently more interested in what was happening outside the school.

Part 2 – Earlier another group of students also chatted with the patriots, asking questions, talking and listening to their responses regarding the Second Amendment.

Part 1 – The patriots took a position across from the historic Quaker School (built in 1860) as the students arrived. They were often visibly shocked to see signs supporting our President. One young man interviewed a patriot on why he supports the Second Amendment.

Links to a few Media Reports : “Students Walk Out Nationwide Protesting Gun Violence

“The coordinated walkouts were loosely organized by Empower, the youth wing of the Women’s March, which brought thousands to Washington, D.C., last year.

The group urged students to leave class at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutes — one minute for each victim in the Florida shooting — and suggested demands for lawmakers, including an assault weapons ban and mandatory background checks for all gun sales. ” [PIX11]

Tenn Vogue;  NY1;  The Slot :

“More than a hundred local students, parents, activists, and curious reporters gathered at a Quaker meeting house on Wednesday for what students had billed as an evening of action.

There was a brief lick of tension when one of the speakers—a woman from Moms Demand Action—admitted that she was, in fact, a card carrying member of the NRA. Just behind her hung a sign that screamed “NeveRagAin (NRA).” But her comment was largely defused when she mentioned that most NRA members support stronger gun control, and she held up a photo of her nephew, who was shot and killed in 2008 at the age of 19. The woman, a former marine turned activist, emphasized that gun violence doesn’t just affect young people in schools, but in their communities as well.”

AND NEXT up for this student-led (Socialist-nurtured) Coalition Z :

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship” at NYU, Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 pm.

“The World Socialist Web Site, Socialist Equality Party, and International Youth and Students for Social Equality are organizing public meetings throughout the United States to alert workers and youth to the far-advanced efforts to control and censor the Internet.

The US government, in the closest collaboration with Google, Facebook, Twitter and other powerful information technology corporations, is implementing massive restrictions on Internet access to socialist, antiwar and progressive websites.

The World Socialist Web Site, which has been a principal target of the censorship campaign, is leading the fight against the greatest attack on free speech since the Second World War.Our meeting will explore the political context of efforts to censor the Internet, examine the pretexts used to justify the suppression of free speech (e.g., “fake news”), and discuss a political strategy to mobilize the working class in defense of democratic rights.” [World Socialist Web]

This type of heavy Socialist indoctrination is what our schools offer as the only road to a free society, which made this group of students willingness to talk, to even ask questions, so unusual.

[Pictures and videos Property of Pamela Hall]

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report. Pamela Geller’s shocking new book, “FATWA: HUNTED IN AMERICA” is now available on Amazon. It’s Geller’s tell all, her story – and it’s every story – it’s what happens when you stand for freedom today. Buy it. Now. Here.

Banning Guns with the Ballot Box

Anti-gun extremists continually try to paint themselves as “reasonable,” and only want to present the image of seeking to promote “common sense” ideas that will serve to protect our citizens, while not infringing on the right to personal protection.  That, however, is rarely what they seek to actually implement.  As an example, we present Oregon’s Initiative Petition 43 (formerly Initiative Petition 42).

In Oregon, citizens are allowed to petition to place an initiative on the ballot that would let voters establish state law.  Within this process, it also allows for anti-gun organizations to pay others to circulate petitions and obtain signatures.  In other words, people who don’t even live in Oregon can work towards restricting your rights as a law-abiding gun owner. 

In the case of Oregon’s Initiative Petition 43, what the proponents want to establish is a ban on some of the most commonly-owned rifles, handguns, and shotguns in America.  The firearms being targeted are those that most gun owners consider to be the best option for personal protection.

Should this proposal become law, and a law-abiding citizen who possesses one of these newly restricted items wishes to remain law-abiding, he or she will be required to either surrender it within 120 days, or register it and commit to storing it according to Oregon’s “safe storage” requirements.  Anyone who moves into Oregon with an affected item (magazine or firearm) would be required to dispose of it.

This initiative seeks to ban all semi-automatic rifles that fall under its version of the “Assault Weapon” category.  In this case, it considers any semi-automatic rifle capable of accepting a detachable magazine, and also having one arbitrarily determined cosmetic feature, to be subject to the ban.  Such cosmetic features include certain stock configurations that have no relationship to how the firearm operates, as well as other attachments that have no impact on the firearm’s actual function.  By comparison, when the failed federal “Assault Weapons” ban of 1994 was passed, it required two of these features to be banned.

In addition, proponents of this attack on law-abiding gun owners want to target those who use virtually any semi-automatic handgun for personal protection. As with rifles, Initiative Petition 43 changes the old federal ban threshold from having two features to having only one.  It also bans any semi-automatic handgun with a magazine capacity over ten rounds.  That means most modern semi-automatic handguns.

Semi-automatic shotguns would also be banned based on the new one-feature test.

Beyond the firearms themselves, this proposal also seeks to outlaw countless magazines, including those that are commonly sold with any number of rifles, handguns, and shotguns.  At this point, proponents of Oregon Initiative Petition 43 have drawn the line at magazines capable of handling more than 10 rounds, but similar proposal throughout the country have ranged widely in their limits.  At least one restriction “allows” only five rounds.  In the end, anti-gun extremists will always seek to impose whatever magazine limitations they feel they can achieve.  Today, in Oregon, that limit is ten rounds.

Ultimately, whether it is one or two cosmetic features, or whether it is magazines that can accommodate five rounds, ten rounds, or 20, promoting the banning of firearms and their accessories based solely on randomly determined features or ammunition capacities is nothing more that appealing to the emotional response of those who simply do not like firearms, do not understand them, and would like to ban all firearms. 

In perhaps the most candid article describing the federal “assault weapon” ban, anti-gun columnist Charles Krauthammer wrote, “Passing a law like the assault weapons ban is a symbolic — purely symbolic — move in that direction. Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation.” This is the goal of Oregon’s Initiative Petition 43.

VIDEO: One of these saves lives, the other is just a march

This weekend, radical leftists will participate in the so-called “March for Our Lives” in Washington, DC to advance an agenda that demonizes guns and gun owners. While organizers will portray this event as a spontaneous protest by young people, the “March” is actually a well-organized project of the Bloomberg-backed “Everytown” and professional agitator Shannon Watt’s “Moms Demand Action.”

These groups are well-funded and have no qualms against exploiting tragedy to advance their anti-2nd Amendment agenda. They also have the support of liberal celebrities and companies like American Eagle, Aetna, Gucci, and Lyft.

Your can also be certain the media will provide glowing coverage of the protestors, purposefully ignoring young people who hold an opposing view.

However, what you won’t hear from the protestors is how guns are used every day to prevent crime and, for that matter, save lives.

Below is a gun we’ve been watching 2ndVote Guncam for over 250 days and could be used by a law-abiding citizen to defend himself or his family. Furthermore, we have yet to observe any indication that this gun will initiate any acts of violence:

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That’s why we need your help sharing a simple message. Let’s illustrate how the so-called “March for Our Lives” is another political rally organized exploit tragedy and advance the left’s agenda while highlighting how guns are not only safe, but can prevent acts of violence as well.

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Corporations, Professional Agitators Behind D.C. Gun Control Rally

The media will portray this weekend’s so-called “March for Our Lives” as an earnest, spontaneous gathering of young people who are taking a stand against violence in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. However, this protest is actually a well-organized, well-funded initiative by radical leftists intent on advancing a gun control agenda that undermines the 2nd Amendment and demonizes guns and gun owners.

Not surprisingly, Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown for Gun Safety” is the main conduit for funding and organization. The event’s website directly solicits donations to the March for Our Lives – Everytown Support Fund, which is apparently a 501(c)3 non-profit, as well as the March for Our Lives Action Fund, a 501(c)4 “dark money” organization. Everytown.org emails are listed as the contact for assistance with “sibling marches” and financial support is available in the form of $5,000 from Everytown.

Everytown is also a sibling organization of professional activist Shannon Watts’s “Moms Demand Action.”

While Bloomberg and Everytown may be funding the event, the dollars raised in support may be flowing elsewhere. The president of the 501(c)4 organization is the co-executive director of the Women’s March Los Angeles Foundation, Deena Katz.

In fact, FrontPageMag.com’s Daniel Greenfield finds hardly any individuals or organizations involved with the March are tied to Florida at all:

Florida is notably absent from the roll call. Instead the organization, one of a number of seeming incarnations of the March for Our Lives brand, draws on established activist talent from the usual places, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. There’s nothing particularly local about it.

March for Our Lives is funded by Hollywood celebs, it’s led by a Hollywood producer and its finances are routed through an obscure tax firm in the Valley. Its treasurer and secretary are Washington D.C. pros. And a top funder of gun control agendas is also one of its directors.

Greenfield describes “nebulous shadow” obscured by high school students used as props as the driving force behind the March for Our Lives and, with this well-oiled political machine clearly visible beneath the surface, the corporate supporters of the March cannot be given a pass. Companies like Aetna, which has pledged $200,000 in support, Gucci, $500,000, and dating app Bumble, $100,000, are complicit in not only advancing the March’s anti-2nd Amendment agenda, but the entire progressive movement as well.

In addition to the corporate donations, Lyft is offering protestors free rides and American Eagle has contributed to recruitment efforts via emails to its customers.

Perhaps the ultimate hypocrisy by these corporations is their absence from another march earlier this year in Washington. On January 19th, over 100,000, mostly young people, joined the March for Life, an annual event that works to end the 900,000 deaths caused by the abortion industry every year. Not one of these virtue signaling companies was present, and Lyft provided no free rides.

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Why One Florida Legislator Voted ‘NO’ on Gun Control Legislation

The following is a statement from Florida Representative Cord Byrd who voted NO on SB7026. SB7026 is the Gun Control Legislation created in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting in Broward County, Florida. This legislation was passed before the full investigation of what actually happened at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School was completed.

As Representative Byrd points out this legislation was based on the desire to “do something” not on the facts of what actually occurred.

Friends,

Over the past three weeks my office has received thousands of emails and phone calls regarding the horrific tragedy in Parkland and what steps the State should take moving forward. It was impossible to respond at the time, but now that Session is over I wanted to make sure everyone received an explanation as to why I voted NO on Senate Bill 7026.

I simply could not vote for legislation that has serious constitutional infirmities infringing upon the Second, Fourth and Fifth Amendments. When I took the Oath of Office I meant it.

What happened in Parkland was a failure of government. Over and over again, federal, state and local government failed. When government fails, the solution is not more government. The solution is not gun control.

The gun control measures in SB7026 would not have prevented the Parkland tragedy. The desire to “do something” cannot serve as the rationale to infringe upon the rights of law abiding 18-20 year old citizens.

Our society has lost its values and morals. It glorifies vice and mocks virtue. Until we fix our broken society, until we fill the God-sized hole in the hearts of our children, we will not solve this problem.

Thank you for being engaged politically, I look forward to hearing from you in the future. In the meantime, please follow me on Facebook or Twitter for updates on our battle to protect the 2nd Amendment and all other issues before the Florida Legislature.

Cord Byrd
State Representative
District 11

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NRA Statement on YouTube Censorship Announcement

Fairfax, Va.— Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), released the following statement on Friday:

“YouTube is now in the business of political posturing and censorship. Millions of Americans watch YouTube videos every day to learn more about the safe and responsible use of firearms, and those videos show law-abiding gun owners participating in lawful behavior. By banning this content, YouTube is engaging in politically motivated censorship and alienating the millions of people who turn to the website for education and training. Currently, anyone can go to YouTube and watch a video to learn how to make a bomb, yet the company wants to ban videos depicting lawful gun use? It’s absurd. This new policy runs counter to the American traditions of open dialogue and tolerance for diverse opinions and firmly plants YouTube, and its parent company Google, against the freedoms so many Americans hold dear.”


Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Be sure to follow the NRA on Facebook at NRA on Facebook and Twitter @NRA.

The World’s Greatest Mass Murderer is ‘Gun Control’ — 170 Million Dead and Counting

Who is the greatest mass murderer? History tells us that it is gun control. Who has a monopoly on violence? History tells us it is government. Who imposes gun control? The state. Why does the state impose gun control? To control its citizens.

Professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii Rudolph Joseph Rummel (October 21, 1932 – March 2, 2014).

The University of Hawaii maintains a website based upon the teachings of Rudolph Joseph Rummel who was professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii. He spent his career studying data on collective violence and war with a view toward helping their resolution or elimination. Professor Rummel coined the term “democide.” Democide is: “the murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder”.

A column titled “Democide: Understanding the State’s Monopoly on Violence and the Second Amendment” notes:

Gun control is predicated on the belief that private citizens cannot be trusted with firearms. That the state should have a “monopoly on violence” because it is less violent than individuals. And that firearms should be taken away from private citizens because only the state is responsible enough to handle them.

There is, however, a major problem with this: States are statistically far more violent than individuals. After all, in the 20th century alone, 262 MILLION people died at the hands of their own governments.

The term for this sort of atrocity is “democide.” It is one of the reasons the Founding Fathers included the Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution – to allow citizens some form of protection against agents of a tyrannical government meaning to do them harm, as the Founders were forcibly disarmed as colonists by the British prior to the American Revolution.

Read more.

History tells us that every genocide in modern history has started with gun registration, followed by confiscation, followed by genocide. Here are examples of gun control:

  • 1929: The Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929-1953, 20 million dissidents rounded up and murdered.
  • 1911: Turkey established gun control. From 1915-1917, 1.5 million Christian Armenians rounded up and exterminated.
  • 1938: Germany established gun control. From 1939-1945, 13 million Jews and others rounded up and exterminated.
  • 1935: China established gun control. From 1948-1952, 20 million political dissidents rounded up and exterminated.
  • 1964: Guatemala established gun control. From 1981-1984, 100,000 Mayan Indians rounded up and exterminated.
  • 1970: Uganda established gun control. From 1971-1979, 300,000 Christians rounded up and exterminated.
  • 1956: Cambodia established gun control. From 1975-1977, 1 million educated people rounded up and exterminated.

In the 20th Century more than 56 million defenseless people were rounded up and exterminated by people using gun control.

Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership in a column titled “Death by Gun Control” reported:

In the 20th Century:

  • Governments murdered four times as many civilians as were killed in all the international and domestic wars combined.
  • Governments murdered millions more people than were killed by common criminals.

How could governments kill so many people? The governments had the power – and the people, the victims, were unable to resist. The victims were unarmed.

Read more.

The book “Death by Gun Control: The Human Cost of Victim Disarmament” by attorneys Aaron Zelman and Richard W. Stevens presents this simple formula on gun control:

Hatred + Government + Disarmed Civilians = Genocide

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – Lord Acton

“Power kills; absolute power kills absolutely.” – Rudolph Joseph Rummel

Gun control is the first tool used by tyrants to get and keep control of their people. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

Democide is still occurring in the world. Lest we forget.

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EDITORS NOTE: Wikipedia provides an overview on gun control by country:

Private citizens Personal protection Open carry Concealed carry Carry without permit Fully automatic firearms Unlimited magazine Free of checks Free of registration Max penalty (years)
Argentina[8] Yes – shall issue Yes – shall issue Yes May issue – specific reason needed No No Yes 3 years; 6 for prohibited weapons[154]
Australia[155] Yes – shall issue, must have a specific reason No No No No No varies by state No No up to life imprisonment
Austria (EU)[156] Yes – shall issue Yes – shall issue May issue – restricted May issue – restricted No May issue – restricted[157] No No 2[158]
Bosnia and Herzegovina[87] Yes – may issue Yes – may issue Yes – may issue Yes – may issue No No
Brazil[159] Yes – may issue May issue – restricted May issue – restricted May issue – restricted No[160] No[160] No No[160] No[160] 3 years; 6 for prohibited weapons[161]
Canada[162] Yes – shall issue May issue – restricted No May issue – restricted No No (apart pre-1976)[162] No No non-restricted only 10[163]
Chile Yes – may issue May issue – restricted May issue – restricted May issue – restricted May issue – restricted No No 10[164]
China[165] May issue – restricted[166] No No No No No No No 3 (minimum)[35]
Private citizens Personal protection Open carry Concealed carry Carry without permit Fully automatic firearms Unlimited magazine Free of checks Free of registration Max penalty (years)
Cyprus (EU)[167] Yes – shotguns only Yes – shotguns only May issue – restricted[168] No No No[167] No[167] No[167]
Czech Republic (EU) Yes – shall issue Yes – shall issue Professionals only[169] Yes – shall issue No May issue – restricted[170] Yes No No 2
Denmark (EU) Yes – may issue No No No No No Short firearms unlimited. Bolt-action rifles unlimited. Semiauto rifles restricted to 2 rounds. No Only shotguns pre 2001 1 (minimum)
East Timor[citation needed] Yes Yes No No No No No 1
Egypt[171] Yes – may issue Yes – may issue Certain officials, military and police personnel No up to life imprisonment
Estonia (EU)[172][173] Yes – shall issue Yes – shall issue No Yes – shall issue
(no bullet in chamber – except revolvers)
No Yes[citation needed] – shall issue (collection purposes) No No 3
Finland (EU)[174] Yes – shall issue[175] No No No No May issue – restricted[157] No No 2[163]
France (EU)[176] Yes – shall issue May issue – restricted No May issue – restricted No No No No No 7
Germany (EU)[177] Yes – may issue[178] May issue – restricted May issue – restricted May issue – restricted No No Yes No No 10[177]
Honduras[179] Yes – shall issue Yes – shall issue No No No No No No 10[180]
Hungary (EU)[181] Yes May issue – restricted Professionals only[182] May issue – restricted No No No No 8[183]
India May issue – restricted May issue – restricted No No No
Indonesia[184][185] May issue – restricted[186] May issue – restricted May issue – restricted No No No No 20 or death[187]
Private citizens Personal protection Open carry Concealed carry Carry without permit Fully automatic firearms Unlimited magazine Free of checks Free of registration Max penalty (years)
Iraq Yes – shall issue Yes – shall issue Yes[188] No[189] No[189]
Iran[citation needed] May issue – restricted No No No
Ireland (EU) Yes – may issue No No No No
Israel[190] Yes – may issue May issue – specific reason needed May issue – specific reason needed May issue – specific reason needed No No No No 10
Italy (EU)[191] Yes – shall issue Yes No May issue – restricted No No Yes No No
Jamaica[192][193][194][195] Yes – may issue Yes – may issue Yes – may issue Yes – may issue No No No No
Japan[196][197] May issue – restricted No No No No No No No 15[163]
Kenya[198] Yes – may issue[199] No Automatic in case of legal possession Automatic in case of legal possession No No No 15[163]
Kuwait Yes – may issue May issue – restricted No No No
Lebanon May issue – restricted No No
Malaysia May issue – restricted No 14
Mexico[200] Yes Yes May issue – specific reason needed May issue – specific reason needed No No No No 7[163]
Netherlands (EU)[201] Yes – may issue No No No No No No No 1[202]
New Zealand[203] Yes – shall issue No No No No Yes – may issue No No Registration of certain firearm types 2[163]
Private citizens Personal protection Open carry Concealed carry Carry without permit Fully automatic firearms Unlimited magazine Free of checks Free of registration Max penalty (years)
North Korea No[204] No[204] No[204] No[204] No[204] No[204] No[204] No[204] 20 or death
Norway[205] Yes May issue – restricted No No No May issue – restricted No No 3 months[206]
Pakistan[citation needed] Yes – shall issue Yes – shall issue Yes – shall issue Yes – shall issue Maybe – in rural areas Yes Yes No No 7[163]
Philippines Yes – may issue Yes – may issue Yes – may issue Yes – may issue No No No No
Poland (EU)[citation needed] Yes – shall issue May issue – specific reason needed No – professionals only Automatic for self-defense and target shooting permits holders No Shall issue – (collection purposes) Yes Cartridgeless black powder guns Cartridgeless black powder guns 8
Romania (EU) Yes – may issue May issue – restricted No – professionals only May issue – restricted No No No No No 5[207]
Russia[208] Yes – may issue Yes – may issue No No No No No No 8
American Samoa Yes – shall issue Yes – shall issue No No No No No No
Serbia[209] Yes – shall issue Yes – shall issue May issue – specific reason needed May issue – specific reason needed No No No No 5[163]
Singapore May issue – restricted May issue – restricted May issue – restricted May issue – restricted No May issue – restricted No No 14
Slovakia (EU)[210] Yes – may issue[211] May issue – specific reason needed No May issue – specific reason needed No No May issue – restricted No
Slovenia Yes – may issue Yes – may issue May issue – restricted No No No No
Private citizens Personal protection Open carry Concealed carry Carry without permit Fully automatic firearms Unlimited magazine Free of checks Free of registration Max penalty (years)
South Africa[212] Yes – may issue May issue – specific reason needed No Automatic in case of legal possession Automatic in case of legal possession May issue – restricted Yes No No 15[163]
South Korea[213] Yes – may issue No No No No No No No 10 [214]
Spain[139][140] Yes – May issue May issue – restricted No May issue – restricted No No No No No
Switzerland[102] Yes – shall issue Yes – may issue No May issue – restricted No No Yes Maybe – criminal record mandatory for most transactions Some classes of firearms, such as hunting guns (Art. 10) 5[102]
Taiwan May issue – restricted May issue – restricted No
Thailand[215] Yes – may issue[216] Yes – may issue Yes – may issue No No No No 10[163]
Turkey[217] Yes – may issue No No May issue – specific reason needed No No No No No 3
Ukraine[218][219] Yes – may issue No May issue – restricted No No No No 7[163]
United Kingdom(EU)[220] Yes – may issue (shall issue for shotguns) No
(May issue forNorthern Ireland)
No No No No No (applies only to shotguns) No No 5 (minimum)
United States Varies Varies Varies
Open carry in the United States
Varies
Concealed carry in the United States
Varies internally Varies
(firearms registered before 1986)
Firearm Owners Protection Act
Varies internally Varies internally Varies internally Federal Prosecution: 10 years, State Prosecution: Varies[221]
Vietnam[222] May issue – restricted No No No No No No No 7
Private citizens Personal protection Open carry Concealed carry Carry without permit Fully automatic firearms Unlimited magazine Free of checks Free of registration Max penalty (years)

3 Irrefutable Truths The Walkout Kids Need To Hear, And Don’t

It’s time to speak out some hard truths to the children participating in the so-called “student-led” national walkout and the broader “school safety” movement.

Let’s call it speaking truth to power, because there are some very powerful forces blocking most of these young people from hearing these truths — the traditional media, Hollywood and the rest of the culture movers, Democratic leaders, most school leaders and the big activist organizations using the children as pawns for their own agenda.

First, despite all the hot air from the above groups of people, all Americans agree on a few things.

First, students are fearful. Well rightly so, the world is a dangerous place. Second, they want to be in a safe school. Also rightly so.

But what if they were told they already were in a safe place? In their schools. This is where they need some educating in a way they will not get from a fawning media, from manipulative activist organizations such as the Women’s March and Black Lives Matter or, alas, from too many of their schools.

Apologies ahead of time for those who do not want facts to mess with your feelings and political agenda, but here are some truths based in fact that could change the whole discussion — if they ever got past the kids’ gatekeepers.

TRUTH 1:

You’re not in imminent danger in your schools. It feels like it because of the overwhelming media coverage suggesting it, and irresponsible adults twaddling on about how school kids “risk their lives” every day just by showing up at school. But actually they do not. These adults should get an “F.”

The lifetime odds of an American dying in a mass shooting committed in any location is 1 in 11,125 (more on this inflated number in a moment). This is just a fraction of the odds of dying other ways. Dying of accidental drug overdose is 1 in 86; dying from riding in a vehicle (not motorcycle) is 1 in 491; dying from drowning is 1 in 1,133; dying from being assaulted with a sharp object, usually a knife, is 1 in 2,517; dying from choking on food is 1 in 3,461; dying from bicycling is 1 in 4,030.

Let’s do the math a little more. A student is 129 times more likely to die from a drug overdose than of a mass shooting of any kind; nearly 23 times more likely to die from riding in a car than a mass shooting; 10 times more likely to drown; more than four times more likely to die from knife assault and nearly three times more likely to die riding a bike.

All of these are a long ways from dying of mass shootings. But that mass shooting number includes not just non-school mass shootings, but all shootings of more than three fatalities — including gang shootings, which is actually the largest element.

The reality is that criminal victimization in American schools has completely collapsed along with the sharp decline in the crime rate. American classrooms are safer today than at any time in modern history.

So yes, being fearful is understandable. Stay away from drugs! But being fearful of mass shootings actually is not. Being fearful in school actually is not. According to the facts.

TRUTH 2:

Immediately following the Parkland shooting, the media and the progressive organizations seeking to use the tragedy trafficked in the claim that there had been 18 school shootings in the U.S. in the first 45 days of 2018. ABC NewsPoliticoTIMECNBC and other national media reported this as fact, despite being provided by a very biased anti-gun organization called Everytown for Gun Safety. The organization is quoted regularly.

But PolitifactSnopes and others have totally debunked the claim as untrue. Everytown’s numbers include accidental discharges, suicides, college sorority disputes and so on. In fact, if you look at Everytown’s own chart breaking down the 18 shootings, very few even had an injury. Obviously the number is cooked to make it look much worse. But it is now alive forever in social media and many students buy it.

Researchers at Northeastern University report there have been a total of eight mass shootings (killing more than three people) at K-through-12 schools in the United States in the past 22 years. Further, the number of fatal shootings in American schools over the past 20 years has plummeted.

Schools are actually relatively safe.

TRUTH 3:

Outlawing certain types of guns or magazines simply won’t make schools significantly safer in any respect.

Despite all of the red-meat language about “assault rifles”, no one of a serious nature is pushing for the banning of all semi-automatic weapons, which is what would be required by taking this route. Why? Semi-automatics are guns that automatically chamber the next round each time after the trigger is pulled and the gun fires. So this actually includes old western revolvers. What is left is single-shot rifles, shotguns that are not semi-automatic and single shot handguns. These require loading each bullet.

Such laws would mean probably hundreds of millions of guns being confiscated, or at least none allowed to be sold but still owned by Americans.

There are more than 300 million guns in private Americans’ hands in the United States. The majority, it appears, are semi-automatics. There are no overall statistics on types of guns in the U.S., but the most popular rifle purchases are the AR styles, and the most popular handgun purchases are semi-automatics.

Limiting the size of magazines is a marginal impact at best because reloading a clip takes literally seconds.

So what are the “assault weapons” bans being talked about? Generally, guns that look like an AR-15. But a WWII M-1 would also count. Perhaps any semi-automatic .22 would count. And that’s the rub. It’s not practical, even if it were Constitutional.

So this is all just talk for politics and power.

The truth is that Americans have always owned a lot of guns. It’s part of our history and heritage. But mass killings are a relatively new phenomenon. Even when machine guns were legal to own, the only “mass shootings” were gang-related and usually during Prohibition. No one at all was shooting schools, or movie houses or government buildings. Want to get to the core issue? Find out what has changed in our culture.

All of this points to one, simple, overarching truth: Guns are not the problem.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Revolutionary Act. Please visit The Revolutionary Act’s YouTube Channel

6 Reasons Gun Control Will Not Solve Mass Killings

In the wake of the tragic murder of 17 innocent students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students, educators, politicians, and activists are searching for solutions to prevent future school shootings.

As emotions morph from grief to anger to resolve, it is vitally important to supply facts so that policymakers and professionals can fashion solutions based on objective data rather than well-intended but misguided emotional fixes.

Are there ways to reduce gun violence and school shootings? Yes, but only after objectively assessing the facts and working collaboratively to fashion common-sense solutions.

Definitions

  • “Mass shooting” typically refers to mass killings perpetrated by a firearm or firearms. In 2013, Congress defined “mass killing” as “3 or more killings in a single incident.”
  • A prominent 2017 study defined “mass public shootings” as incidents that occur in the absence of other criminal activity (such as robberies, drug deals, and gang-related turf wars) in which a gun is used to kill four or more victims at a public location.

1. Mass killings are rare, and mass public shootings are even rarer.

  • Mass killings are very rare, accounting for only 0.2 percent of homicides every year and approximately 1 percent of homicide victims.
  • Only 12 percent of mass killings are mass public shootings. Most mass killings are familicides (murders of family members or intimate partners) and felony-related killings (such as robberies gone awry or gang-related “turf battles”).
  • Although there has been a slight increase in the frequency of mass public shootings over the past few years, the rates are still similar to what the United States experienced in the 1980s and early 1990s.

2. Many gun control measures are not likely to be helpful.

  • Over 90 percent of public mass shootings take place in “gun-free zones” where civilians are not permitted to carry firearms.
  • A complete ban on “assault weapons” will save very few lives: Six out of every 10 mass public shootings are carried out by handguns alone, while only one in 10 is committed with a rifle alone.
  • The average age of mass public shooters is 34, which means that increasing the minimum age for purchasing firearms would not target the main perpetrators of mass public shootings.
  • Few mass public shooters have used “high-capacity magazines,” and there is no evidence that the lethality of their attacks would have been affected by delays of two to four seconds to switch magazines. In fact, some of the largest mass shootings in U.S. history were carried out with “low-capacity” weapons:

The Virginia Tech shooter killed 32 and injured 17 with two handguns, one of which had a 10-round magazine and the other a 15-round magazine. He simply brought 19 extra magazines.

Twenty-three people were killed and another 20 injured in a Killeen, Texas, cafeteria by a man with two 9mm handguns, capable of maximums of 15-round and 17-round magazines, respectively.

A mentally disturbed man armed with two handguns and a shotgun shot and killed 21 people in a San Ysidro McDonald’s and injured another 19. The handguns utilized 13-round and 20-round magazines, and the shotgun had a five-round capacity.

3. Public mass shooters typically have histories of mental health issues.

  • According to one study, 60 percent of mass public shooters had been diagnosed with a mental disorder or had demonstrated signs of serious mental illness prior to the attack.
  • large body of research shows a statistical link between mass public killings and serious untreated psychiatric illness. The most commonly diagnosed illnesses among mass public shooters are paranoid schizophrenia and severe depression.
  • It is important to remember that the vast majority of people with mental disorders do not engage in violent behaviors, and there is no empirical means of effectively identifying potential mass murderers.

4. The United States does not have an extraordinary problem with mass public shootings compared to other developed countries.

5. Mass killers often find ways to kill even without firearms.

  • Some of the worst mass killings in the United States have occurred without firearms:
    • Before the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, the deadliest attack on the LGBT community in America occurred in 1973 when an arsonist killed 32 and injured 15 at the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans.
    • In 1987, a disgruntled former airline employee killed 43 people after he hijacked and intentionally crashed a passenger plane.
    • In 1990, an angry ex-lover burned down the Happy Land social club where his former girlfriend worked, killing 87 others in the process.
    • In 1995, 168 people were killed and more than 600 were injured by a truck bomb parked outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
    • In 2017, a man in New York City killed eight and injured 11 by renting a truck and plowing down pedestrians on a Manhattan bike path.
  • In other countries, bombings, mass stabbings, and car attacks frequently kill more people than even the deadliest mass shootings in the United States. Consider the following:
    • Spain (2004) — Bombing: 192 deaths, 2,050 injuries;
    • Great Britain (2005) — Bombing: 52 deaths, 784 injuries;
    • Japan (2008) — Car ramming and stabbing: seven deaths, 10 injuries;
    • China (2010) — Shovel-loader: 11 deaths, 30 injuries;
    • China (2014) — Car ramming: six deaths, 13 injuries;
    • China (2014) — Mass stabbing: 31 deaths, 143 injuries;
    • Germany (2015) — Plane crash: 150 deaths;
    • Belgium (2016) — Bombing: 21 deaths, 180 injuries;
    • France (2016) — Car ramming: 86 deaths, 434 injuries;
    • Germany (2016) — Car ramming: 11 deaths, 56 injuries;
    • Japan (2016) — Mass stabbing: 19 deaths, 45 injuries; and
    • Great Britain (2017) — Bombing: 22 deaths, 250 injuries.

6. Australia did not “eliminate mass public shootings” by banning assault weapons.

  • Australia did not “eliminate mass public shootings” by banning assault weapons. Mass shootings in the country were rare before the 1996 National Firearms Act, and multiple-casualty shootings still occur.
  • Before 1996, firearms crimes in Australia rarely involved firearms prohibited under the National Firearms Act, suggesting that any change in firearm-related crimes or deaths was not due to the law.
  • Further, Australia did not see a reduction in “mass murders.” In the years immediately following enactment of the National Firearms Act, the country experienced six mass murders in which five or more people were killed—they just were not killed with guns.

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