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Nice try! Josh Earnest’s effort to link Philly cop shooting to gun laws backfires

Last week, a man in Philadelphia ambushed a police officer and fired 13 shots at point blank range, striking him three times. The officer miraculously survived the attack. According to authorities, the suspect said he “did it in the name of Islam” and had reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest turned it into another gun control issue:

There’s a detail about the story Earnest is probably overlooking intentionally:

But other than THAT, maybe the White House can blame the NRA again.

Greg Gutfeld: After month of terrorism, Democrats debate guns

Those still awake 40 minutes into the Democratic debate Saturday night heard the candidates argue how they’d deal with ISIS and Syria, but not until the moderators set the candidates against each other on the issue of guns and gun control. Fox News host and author Greg Gutfeld made note of how the candidates were happy to discuss their plans to place restrictions on gun rights in the United States.

What, this?

Don’t tell us to watch your “high-stakes” debate and then hassle us towake up.

Careful what you ask for! Va. legislator might force anti-gun Gov. McAuliffe to lead by example

The Democrats at the top of Virginia’s executive branch continue to attempt to enact gun control measures in that state, and the GOP is fighting back:

Virginias radically anti-gun Governor and Attorney General were probably quite pleased with themselves when they spitefully severed concealed carry agreements with 25 states, including all but one of its neighbors.

They probably didnt anticipate the backlash theyve received, which includes calls to recall or impeach Attorney General Mark Herring, and pushes for legislation that will both strip elected officials of the ability to make such unilateral decisions, and get a little payback.

Gov. McAuliffe’s anti-gun measures could backfire in a most ironic way:

Nice of the state GOP to try and help the Democrat governor not be a hypocrite. #Bipartisanship

BAN Democrats! Katie Pavlich schools NYT journo WHINING GOP won’t ‘rethink guns’ after Alexandria

They just don’t get it, do they?

NYT: Rape victim who testified against gun control is ‘scare mongering’

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As Twitchy founder Michelle Malkin wrote in her syndicated column Friday, while New York Times editorial writer David Firestone purported to investigate campaign fear-mongering, it’s independent-thinking women who give him the chills. Malkin writes:

This week, Firestone took aim at “attack ads” sponsored by the National Rifle Association. The “worst commercial,” he says, “features a rape victim describing her assault and accusing” former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg “of wanting to take away her right to defend herself.”

That rape victim has a name and a story Firestone couldn’t even bother to mention. She is Kimberly Weeks, a brave and fierce Colorado woman who testified against the Bloomberg-backed gun-control measures that beleaguered Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper now admits he passed “without basic facts” and concedes were ineffective from the get-go.

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While Firestone and the New York Times couldn’t be bothered to acknowledge Weeks by name, she is certainly capable of telling her own story, which she bravely shares in a guest op-ed today at Revealing Politics. She also takes on Firestone’s editorial dead on.

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Very recently, I’ve been accused of fear mongering and waging a war on women in an election season where ads about a fabricated birth control apocalypse and condom shortages are main stream. But my real-life experience is not a gimmick or a strategy, it is just a truth. I could easily be your daughter, your sister, your wife, or your mother. This makes many people uneasy; to have to imagine their loved ones in my shoes. I’m not asking you to go out and buy a gun if that’s not your choice; I know it wasn’t always mine. All I ask is that you not infringe upon my rights to do so.

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Related:

Rape survivor Amanda Collins hits back at anti-gun state Sen. Hudak: ‘You weren’t there’  

Colorado students testify against, for concealed carry on campus; Rape victim told statistics ‘not on her side’

Who needs a gun? University advises women to scream, vomit, fake a disease to avoid rape

Rep. Joe Salazar: Give women whistles, not guns; ‘You may actually not be’ at risk of rape; Update: Salazar apologizes ‘if’ he offended anyone

University stands by tips for women to make themselves less ‘attractive’ victims, provides ‘context’

‘Kudos, Democrats’! Report: These 2 cities account for a ‘jaw-dropping’ murder statistic

Liberal politicians led by President Obama have been telling voters they need to elect more Democrats to fix the problems the country faces. First let’s take a glance at what’s happening in cities Democrats have run for decades:

Wow.

Also, according to liberals, that shouldn’t be happening:

Go figure!

Education secretary’s final speech focuses on gun control

Arne Duncan delivered his final speech today as U.S. Secretary of Education after serving in the position for the past seven years. Part of Duncan’s speech was devoted to the ongoing need to keep children safe from gun violence, and he expressed his disappointment in Congress for failing to address the issue.

President Obama, who quietly commuted the sentences ofnearly 100 felons before taking off for his family vacation in Hawaii, has long conflated education and incarceration, suggesting that the money saved by releasing prisoners could be redirected to educational reforms.

You might remember back in July, when the president’s laser focus was trained on criminal justice reform. If nonviolent offenders were releasedfrom prison, he tweeted, the $80 billion saved could pay for universal pre-K, double the salary of every high school teacher, andeliminate tuition at every public college and university in America.

Duncan was obviously on board, repeating the president’s wish list on his way out the door.

Of course, “nonviolent” is the critical variable there, and Duncan also chose to speak on guns and gun control.

Education Week reports:

If young people “honestly don’t believe in their heart that they are going to live past 23, what does that do to their decision making?” he asked.

Duncan also chided Congress for failing to pass even basic gun-restriction legislationsaying that lawmakers’ are out of step with public opinion.

Even though the push to combat gun violence probably isn’t the policy Duncan will be best remembered for, it’s hardly a new area of interest for him. He’s been an outspoken advocate on this issue since his time as superintendent of Chicago Public schools. He was even named the most “anti-gun” member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet by the National Rifle Association.

Duncan even spoke briefly on the complementary nature of the Defense Department and the Education Department.

Finally, Duncan argued that opportunity is unevenly distributed in America. At least he didn’t blame climate change, although we suspect “unfettered” capitalism has a lot to do with it.

Not running for mayor of Chicago, then?

NY Daily News says the NRA, GOP are helping terrorists in the U.S.

This didn’t take long:

They’re arguing that the NRA and GOP politicians are blocking a proposal that would stop individuals on the terror watch list from buying a gun:

The legislation was initially proposed in 2007 by the Bush administration, with King formally introducing the bill in Congress two years later.

Currently, some known or suspected terrorists are prohibited from boarding airplanes by the governments no-fly list but all are allowed to buy assault rifles and other weapons.

While the bill remained a nonstarter, more than 2,000 suspects on the FBIs Terrorist Watchlist bought weapons in the U.S. over the last 11 years, according to the federal Government Accountability Office.

The NRA’s objection to the bill is a little more complicated than the NYDN would have you believe. At issue is how an individual ends up on the watchlist in the first place and how it could be abused in the future to restrict an American’s right to buy a gun.

From the NRA:

Objections to the Bills

  • As the name suggests, the watchlist is not limited to people guilty of terrorism1 or who are suspected of other acts serious enough to warrant their arrest. It broadly includes people known or reasonably suspected to be or have been engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism,2 including those only being preliminarily investigated to determine whether they have links to terrorism and those for whom the FBI does not have an open terrorism investigation.3
  • A person accused of serious wrongdoing has the right to know what he has been accused of, to offer evidence in his defense, and to be judged by a jury. A constitutionally protected right cannot be taken away on the basis of a secretive or unsubstantiated accusation. A judge should be allowed to consider evidence which may support the innocence of the accused.
  • S. 34 and H.R. 1506 are aimed primarily at law-abiding American gun owners. Ninety-five percent of watchlisted persons are already prohibited from acquiring firearms in the U.S., because they are not U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens. (See below.)
  • NICS already checks the relevant portion of the watchlist, and denies firearms to watchlisted persons who are prohibited from possessing firearms. Tellingly, S. 34s and H.R. 1506s sponsors could not name a single gun crime committed by a watchlisted person who purchased a firearm after passing a NICS check. (See below.)
  • As D.C.s and Chicagos handgun bans have proven, prohibiting the possession of firearms doesnt stop criminals from illegally acquiring them.
  • There would be an enormous potential for abuse, if the FBI were given arbitrary power over a constitutionally-protected right. This would be true even if the FBI had an unblemished record where civil rights are concerned.

What other Constitutionally protected rights should the government take away just because an American citizen is on the watchlist? Speech? Right to attorney? Right to remain silent? Maybe the NYDN will lets us know!