New York Times Editorial Board Defends Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Gun Law

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Chicago’s 30-year gun ban is unconstitutional, and the city must now allow gun shops to open in city limits. But this month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced extremely prohibitive new regulations for gun shops, a move that is really a defacto ban, and The New York Times is siding with him.

Even as the highest court in the land informed Chicago that it would have to allow gun shops to open in the city and allow its citizens to have concealed carry licenses to protect themselves, former Obama Chief of Staff Mayor Rahm Emanuel is still looking for ways to use “the law” to put a hamper on those reaffirmed Second Amendment rights.

To continue to restrict guns as much as possible, Emanuel has announced a whole new series of rules that will prevent gun shops from opening in over 99 percent of the city. He has also put a limit on how many guns a customer is allowed to buy, demanded that gun shop employees undergo training to alert themselves to the signs of a “straw buyer,” and insisted that gun shops make video records of every customer to whom they sell.

These extremely restrictive rules, The New York Times says, are “reasonable proposals.”

The Gray Lady begins its May 29 editorial with a contradictory first paragraph.

“The city of Chicago,” the Times begins, “bedeviled by street gang violence, refuses to give in to ever more restrictive court rulings against enactment of sensible gun safety laws. The Supreme Court’s misguided 2010 decision ended the nearly 30-year-long ban on handguns in Chicago.”

Of course, it is Chicago’s past laws that were restrictive, not the Supreme Court’s pro-Second Amendment ruling. The SCOTUS ruling loosens restrictions, not the other way around.

Furthermore, if Chicago’s 30-year gun ban was so wonderful, why is Chicago “bedeviled” by gun violence?

The Times goes on to say that Emanuel’s proposals are “rooted in proven reforms that Congress should be considering nationally.” And yet Chicago is one of the most dangerous cities in America with anywhere from two to four killed every weekend and dozens wounded. Again, if Chicago’s gun bans were working so well, why the constant mayhem?

The New York paper also invokes several recent criminal shootings, such as Sandy Hook, and seems to imply that these shootings are growing. But studies show that there were more school shootings in the past than there are today. Also, gun rights activists are quick to point out that many of these mass shootings are in places officially designated as “gun free zones,” so bans are not any sort of panacea.

In one case, for instance, a North Carolina fast food restaurant with a “no gun” sticker on its front door was robbed at gunpoint three times, despite the store’s ban of guns inside its premises.

The New York Times is right about one thing: it is time to change things to try to get a different result. But reinstituting Chicago’s gun ban–using backdoor, overly restrictive city regulations this time–isn’t likely the way to go.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali Questions Why America, the West Can Unite Against Apartheid But Not Sharia

On Friday’s “The Kelly File” on the Fox News Channel, Harvard Kennedy School fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali made an appearance to discuss the plight of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for her Christianity that recently gave birth in a Sudanese prison.

Hirsi Ali, an outspoken critic and victim of Islam for female genital mutilation, urged those in the West, including states, to unite against tenets of Sharia Law, which call for the punishment she and Ibrahim faced, as they did against South Africa’s apartheid in the 1980s and 1990s.

“It’s not a dichotomy — it’s not like black and white between having boots on the ground versus doing nothing,” Hirsi Ali said. “Remember apartheid — we stopped it through writing books, writing, through songs, through trade boycotts, through diplomacy. We were united as a — just not America but the West and all moral countries to say it is unacceptable to divide humanity to blacks and whites and what are we seeing with Sharia? We’re seeing it in Brunei. We’re seeing it in Sudan. We know it in our lives, Saudi Arabia and others. On grounds of, you know … we are not taking the positions, the moral positions that we need to and we’re not fighting that moral positions with the tools we have.”

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WaPo: GOP in ‘Retreat’ on Obamacare Repeal

The Washington Post, desperate to split the GOP as the fortunes of the GOP in 2014 look ever rosier, has a piece asserting that GOP candidates are backing off from repealing Obamacare. 

The implicit goal of the Post, of course, is to alienate the conservative base from members of the GOP so that Democrats can sneak through and hold on to what seats in Congress they can.

The Post states that the candidates willing to abandon efforts to repeal Obamacare are more interested in a “piecemeal approach” by which they would pick and choose which parts of Obamacare they would retain. The article cites candidates that are championed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, such as Rep. Joseph J. Heck (R-NV), Republican Massachusetts House contender Richard Tisei, and Oregon GOP Senate candidate Monica Wehby.

The Post cleverly quotes a recent column for the Cook Political Report asserting that “a shift already is underway” on the airwaves. One problem: the Cook Political Report comes from the leftist National Journal.

The Post admits that Scott Brown, running for the Senate in New Hampshire, is for repealing Obamacare. The article twists another candidate’s view this way: “In Minnesota, Republican House candidate Stewart Mills pledges in a campaign ad to ‘replace’ the law, rather than simply repealing it.” Somehow the Post doesn’t understand replacing something means getting rid of what preceded it.

When the Post is looking for some GOP group to back its thesis, it turns to Glen Bolger, a partner with the GOP polling firm Public Opinion Strategies, who says, “The sentiment toward the Affordable Care Act is still strongly negative, but people are saying, ‘Don’t throw the baby out’ with the bathwater.”

However, if Public Opinion Strategies thinks that the strategy of backing away from repealing Obamacare is a recent phenomenon, then why were they pushing it back in November of 2013? Their blog then read like this:

Three. The only way the President can bump up support of Obamacare is by luring an unpopular GOP into a fight in which Republicans are sure to get the partisan short end of the stick.

Four. The president and his allies in the Senate will take every opportunity to tempt the GOP into Republicans-versus-Obamacare fights between now and Election Day. And, they will win most of them.

The Post notes that the House GOP want to postpone a vote on their own health-reform proposal as an argument supporting its thesis, quoting “lawmakers” as saying the delay would give the GOP more “time to work on the bill and weigh the consequences of putting a detailed policy before the voters in the fall.”

Who would be a reliable source on the motives of the GOP? Why, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, who said the GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare “backfired… now they’re promising fixes but won’t be specific. That’s like a car dealer offering you a trade-in without telling you the car you’re getting in return. No one would buy that, and voters won’t buy this Republican scheme.”

The Post does admit that “a significant number of GOP Senate and House aspirants still back the idea of fully repealing the Affordable Care Act, including Senate candidates Tom Cotton (Ark.), Terri Lynn Land (Mich.), and Thom Tillis (N.C.).”

But the Post reserves the bulk of the article for its chief target, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). It acknowledges he has vowed “to rip up Obamacare ‘root and branch'” but then segues into an attack on McConnell for asserting that repealing Obamacare is unconnected to the fate of Kynect, Kentucky’s state-run exchange. McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore has stated that Kynect could continue operating even if Obamacare is repealed. She stated, “If Obamacare is repealed, Kentucky should decide for itself whether to keep Kynect or set up a different marketplace.”

The campaign manager for Alison Lundergan Grimes, McConnell’s Democratic opponent, stated inaccurately, “McConnell has voted to destroy Kynect – and he has said he will do it again.”

Finally, at the conclusion of the article, the Post quotes Jahan Wilcox, spokesman for the Republican National Committee, who stated in an email that Obamacare remains a prime target for the GOP, naming opponents such as Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK), Kay Hagan (D-NC), and Senate candidate Michelle Nunn of Georgia. Wilcox said succinctly, “We are thrilled Democrats are set to embrace their job-killing healthcare law.”




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Bloomberg’s Gun Control Group Launches #NotOneMore Campaign Post-Santa Barbara

Following the wild success of #BringBackOurGirls – pushed by Hillary Clinton and others as a response to Boko Haram’s abduction of over 200 school girls – Michael Bloomberg’s newest gun control venture Everytown for Gun Safety is pushing the hashtag #NotOneMore.

On May 28 Bloomberg tweeted a picture of himself holding a small sign with the words “Not One More” on it. On May 29 actress Julianne Moore tweeted a picture of herself holding a piece of paper with “#NotOneMore” written on it.

According to Twitchy.com, “‘Not One More’ is the tagline of Everytown.” The organization has launched a campaign aimed at sending “Not One More” postcards to senators in the wake of Elliot Rodger’s Santa Barbara attacks, in which he killed three with a knife and three others with a gun.

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Indigenous Guard Rescue 10-Year-Old Police Chief Daughter Held Hostage by FARC

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a 50-year-old terrorist group in South America, has been working hard from its safe haven in Havana to change its image as cold-blooded criminals. But while its rap videos indicate a thirst for peace, its latest action – the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl – belies its new image.

Colombian authorities announced the kidnapping of Alejandra Cantoñi on Thursday. Police noted that the girl was “intercepted by strangers who put her into a vehicle when she was traveling to school with two companions.” Police confirmed she was kidnapped by FARC terrorists for “extortion” purposes. She is the daughter of a local police chief.

Her mother, Sandra Cantoñi, used social media to get the message out about her daughter, telling the media, “I only want my daughter to return healthy and for them not to involve children in this war that leads nowhere. Don’t traumatize her or damage her psychologically.” The Cantoñi family received the support of both President Juan Manuel Santos and former president Álvaro Uribe on Twitter, as well as the support of many anti-FARC individuals online.

Late Thursday night, Colombian officials announced that an indigenous Colombian guard had found the girl and taken her from captivity, and was en route to deliver the girl to her parents, according to Colombian Radio Caracol. “Thanks to God, pressure from the Public Forces and the community, the girl Alejandra Cantoñi is free. We are investigating suspects,” President Santos announced.

While the Colombia government has been in talks with the Marxist guerrilla’s leadership in Havana to end violence in Colombia, the FARC have been resistant to concluding any of their criminal activities. Kidnapping, in particular, is a threat to Colombia’s civilian population. Colombia reported 292 cases of kidnapping in 2013, despite the FARC promising a cessation on the activity. The FARC had also promised a complete ceasefire during the first round of presidential elections last week – a promise they almost immediately broke, with authorities foiling a number of attempting plots and uncovering explosive devices collected by FARC agents.

Despite the terrorist organization’s continued resort to violence, it has been attempting to market itself as a group of peaceful leftist protesters. The group organized a 50th anniversary block party in Caracas, Venezuela, where the socialist government permits them to operate, in which organizers promised safety from law enforcement. They also released the aforementioned rap video with notorious Dutch terrorist Tanja Nijmeijer and Cuban communist rap group Cuentas Claras.




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