Florida, the ‘Gunshine State,’ tries on new role: gun-control bellwether – This is the rep Rick Scott will take into his run for the Senate this fall . . .
“Florida has been the petri dish for a lot of pro-gun legislation that has blossomed [here] and then been transplanted to other states,” says Republican lobbyist John “Mac” Stipanovich, who goes to work at the Tallahassee capitol building armed with a concealed 9 mm pistol.
Given what is happening here in Florida, that could mean that the NRA “has reached the end of its rope,” he says.
Indeed, Florida’s own high-schoolers launched the national movement that has marched right over the expected script in America’s gun debate, with several million protesters taking part in more than 800 March for Our Lives events on March 24. And, in the wake of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, some Floridians are now seriously mulling whether, after years of loosening rules on gun possession and use, the US has overshot the bounds of the Second Amendment, which guarantees a “well-regulated” militia that, according to the US Supreme Court, extends to individual gun owners.
California Considering Unprecedented Law Restricting Police Firearm Use – Because in the heat of the moment, a cop always refers to his department manual to make sure he’s OK to pull the trigger . . .
The proposed legislation would change the guidance in California’s use of force laws so that police may open fire ”‘only when necessary’ rather than ‘when reasonable,’” Sacramento-based Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D), said at a press conference Tuesday.
He co-authored the bill with fellow Democrat Assemblywoman Shirley Weber with support from the American Civil Liberties Union and fellow members of the California Legislative Black Caucus. They were joined at Tuesday’s press conference with Sacramento leaders from the NAACP and the Black Lives Matter movement, along with the grandfather of 22-year-old Stephon Clark, last month’s shooting victim.
“We should no longer be the target practice of a ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ police force,” Assemblyman Christopher Holden (D) said, before listing the names of several other unarmed black victims of police shootings.
How M.L.K.’s Death Helped Lead to the Cornerstone of Gun Control in the U.S. – Never let a crisis go to waste . . .
The political calculus began to change on April 4, 1968. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down in Memphis. Nine weeks later, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot in Los Angeles.
Finally, gun control became a possibility — at least in the hands of President Lyndon B. Johnson, a master at turning tragedy into legislative gain. He had used the death of President John F. Kennedy to pass the Civil Rights Act, and wrung the Voting Rights Act from the Bloody Sunday march from Selma to Montgomery. Now he would try for the Gun Control Act.
Today, it’s not clear that any shooting could be awful enough to embolden Congress to thwart the National Rifle Association. But even back then, the N.R.A. throttled much of what Mr. Johnson intended to do.
Top 10 Reasons Liberals Reflexively Blame the NRA for Shootings – Oh, and one more: because they think it will benefit them politically . . .
Almost as soon as the news of the shooting at YouTube headquarters broke on Tuesday, the usual frothing band of liberals fired up their boilerplate hate tweets and comments for the NRA. Actor Michael Ian Black (Language Warning) took no time to reflexively (and angrily) tweet out the now fashionable “terrorist organization” line.
Of course, none of America’s mass shooters have been NRA members. The NRA doesn’t, as many liberals erroneously claim, provide weapons to people.
So then why are the anti-gun leftists so quick to smear millions of law-abiding Americans whenever a shooting occurs?
David Hogg Isn’t a Bully, His Adult Allies Are – Google Cindy Sheehan, David. That will be you soon . . .
By now we know how this pitiful game works. Hogg, egged on by cheering adults, says vicious, cruel, and often false things about their political opponents, and they cheer all the louder. They love it. They quite obviously can’t get enough of it. In this way, Hogg is an expression of the liberal id, a person who “destroys” the opposition in ways that are far more savage and intended far more personally than anything you’ll see from late-night television. …
So, here we are, once again. While advertisers of course have every legal right to boycott, the response to offensive speech in the marketplace of ideas isn’t better speech but rather an effort to use raw economic power to punish your political enemies. Transgress one of the ever-shifting lines of public discourse (even if you apologize), and you’re instantly fighting for your job.
Hogg isn’t the bully here. His powerful adult allies are. They built this culture. This is the culture of the progressive corporate boardroom, the progressive academy, and all too many sectors of media and the arts. In this culture, Hogg is a weapon to wield so long as he’s useful. He’s the latest in a long line of victims/activists who spend their time as the “face” of an immense movement, pushed forward by the media until that moment when the news cycle moves on, other victims emerge, and other outrages inflame the masses.
Tech CEOs call for stricter gun control after YouTube shooting – Silicon Valley types advocating stricter gun laws? You don’t say! . . .
High-profile technology executives have called for increased gun control in the wake of the shooting at YouTube’s headquarters that left at least three people injured and the suspect shooter dead.
The attack at the Google-owned video service’s headquarters in San Bruno, California Tuesday was allegedly carried out by Nasim Najafi Aghdam, who killed herself after the shooting, according to law enforcement officials.
Technology CEOs including Apple’s Tim Cook and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella sent out messages of support, but some went further and called for stricter gun control.
Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey tweeted a link to the March For Our Lives page, a movement that is supporting stricter gun control, in response to a tweet from President Donald Trump.
A National Ad campaign on the 4 rules of gun safety would save more lives in a month than any gun control or assault weapon ban has ever saved in a decade. Education is the biggest threat to the gun control lobby. Gotta keep the ppl ignorant to get them to give up their rights pic.twitter.com/2ThcKxWDY6
— Colion Noir (@MrColionNoir) April 4, 2018