Governor takes to social media firing machine gun to promote 2A tax free holiday (VIDEO)

by Matt Adika, August 27, 2016

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is something of a gun enthusiast and wanted to help get the word out about the Magnolia State’s Second Amendment tax free holiday. You know what came next. The holiday runs from Friday through Sunday and eliminates the state’s normally mandatory 7 percent sales tax on the sale of some firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and hunting supplies. You can find the full list of eligible items here. A former sheriff’s deputy, Bryant went on to serve as state auditor and Lt. Governor before winning election in 2011. Since then he has signed legislation to change state laws to codify the right for open carry, slash prices on concealed carry permits, allow for off-body carry in a purse or bag without a license, and protect ammunition from federal government restrictions while vowing to veto anti-gun bills if they ever somehow make it past the GOP-controlled legislature to his desk. Speaking of desks, when Bryant signed an omnibus bill earlier this year that allowed for stand your ground protections for church security teams and constitutional carry, he did so with his holstered Glock 23, a tattered Bible and a copy of the Reagan Diaries on his desk. And, while visiting Mississippi National Guard troops during annual summer training this summer, he got some time on a 155mm howitzer. Sometimes its good to be the governor. The post Governor takes to social media firing machine gun to promote 2A tax free holiday (VIDEO) appeared first on Guns.com.

Up close look at a very green XM-42 flammenwerfer (VIDEO)

by Matt Adika, August 27, 2016

Some people hate him, some people love him, but no matter how you feel, YouTube gun vlogger The Yankee Marshal now has an XM-42 flamethrower and gives a good brief run down on it. We’ve talked about the XM-42, the world’s first commercially-produced flamethrower by Ion Productions, a number of times from its crowd-sourced origins to production and even talked with Chris Byars, Ion’s president and founder about their use and design. With that being said, TYM’s video above gives a good nuts and bolts peak at the mechanics of it and why you would want one. And seriously, you can use them on snow. Just watch the neighbor’s reaction. The post Up close look at a very green XM-42 flammenwerfer (VIDEO) appeared first on Guns.com.

NSSF on Hillary Clinton’s plan for guns in her own words (VIDEO)

by Matt Adika, August 27, 2016

The National Shooting Sports Foundation on Friday released a video compilation as part of their Gun Vote series encompassing several of Hillary Clinton’s talking points on gun politics over the years. The more things change… The post NSSF on Hillary Clinton’s plan for guns in her own words (VIDEO) appeared first on Guns.com.

California streets are safe now: Gun-like smartphone cases banned

by Matt Adika, August 27, 2016

Use a gun cell phone case in California? Not anymore if you want to stay on the right side of the law (Photo: Imgur) West Coast lawmakers have left no stone unturned in their crusade to protect the public from scary gun-like objects as a new law banning the sale or manufacture of phone cases resembling guns was signed Friday. California Assembly Assistant Majority Leader Jim Cooper, a Sacramento Democrat, introduced the measure in February to change state law to consider a cell phone case that is similar in color and appearance to a gun, to be classified as an imitation firearm, then ban the manufacture or sale of such covers. “The bill is necessary because existing law is not sufficient in its definition to clearly prohibit the manufacture, import or distribution of gun shapes cellular/smartphone cases,” said Cooper in a note to lawmakers. He went on to explain that, since they do not have a barrel that can be marked in a high-viz color– such as required for toys– some could think they were a gun. Just to repeat– because they do not have a barrel (see what we did there) that can be marked in a high-viz color, such as required for toys, some could think they were a gun. Cooper’s measure, AB 1798, passed unanimously in the Assembly with Senate concurrence and Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill Friday without comment. A host of law enforcement lobby groups to include the state highway patrol association, sheriffs’ association and police chiefs’ association all supported the proposal. Elsewhere, a similar bill to ban cell phone gun cases passed the Minnesota Senate in May. AB 1798 is not Cooper’s only successful legislative attempt at dropping the hammer on guns that may skirt the existing rules in California. In May he gutted a bill left behind by a retiring lawmaker to enact clean vehicle rules for trucks, buses and off road vehicles and redrafted it to place extra requirements on homemade guns commonly referred to as “ghost guns” Pushed through the legislature, it was signed by Brown last month. The new law, set to go into effect in January 2017, changes the definition of a firearm under California law to include, “an unfinished frame or receiver that can be readily converted to the functional condition of a finished frame or receiver.” Such raw components would have to be regulated in the state just like other guns including having a serial number registered with the Department of Justice, transferred through a licensed dealer, and fall under DROS fee schedules and waiting periods for first-time buyers. “Increasingly untraceable, undetectable, and stolen firearms are being used in serious crimes,” said Cooper, a former 30-year law enforcement officer, in a statement on AB 857. “I am proud to author legislation to address these issues and protect the public while safeguarding our Second Amendment rights.” The Firearms Policy Coalition had urged Brown to veto Cooper’s ghost gun bill, saying, “In addition to many other terminal issues presented in the bill, AB 857 fails to conform its exemptions to federal law, thereby placing potentially hundreds of thousands of good, law-abiding people at the mercy of an unconstitutionally vague criminal statute.” The post California streets are safe now: Gun-like smartphone cases banned appeared first on Guns.com.

Chicago cops fire 2,623 rounds since 2010: Kill 92

by Matt Adika, August 26, 2016

Turning to the Freedom of Information Act to get the data, the Chicago Tribune found that on average at least once a week for the past six years, CPD skinned the smoke wagon. The paper combed through 435 officer involved shootings and discovered Chicago Police killed 92 and wounded 170 while firing 2,633 rounds in the process. In a staggering 200 of those shootings, officers missed entirely. When demographics are crunched, nearly 80 percent of those shot by police were African-American males, most often in Chicago’s South and West Side neighborhoods. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, blacks make up about one-third of Chicago’s population. Of the more than 12,000 officers on the force, only around 1 percent have been involved in a shooting. Statistically speaking, the typical officer who fired had been in uniform for 9 years and in about half of the incidents was either African-American or Hispanic. At least 64 officers have been involved in more than one shooting since 2010. When compared to other large cities, statistics released by the 35,000-strong New York Police Department last year found 35 officer-involved shootings with suspects in 2014, firing 282 rounds in the process. Of the 34 apprehended suspects involved in NYPD’s shootings that year, on average they were black (75 percent), male (94 percent) and under 26 years of age (47 percent). The post Chicago cops fire 2,623 rounds since 2010: Kill 92 appeared first on Guns.com.

La. militia member arrested on drug charges

by Matt Adika, August 26, 2016

Since there are no images of the suspect or additional information, here’s a picture of a cypress tree. A ranking member of the Louisiana Tactical Militia was arrested this week on drug and gun charges by the FBI’s domestic terror team in New Orleans. James Moore, 46, of Talisheek, Louisiana, was allegedly involved in trafficking large quantities of meth and claimed to have access to more than 80 firearms, the Justice Department said. The feds say Moore was arrested without incident by an FBI SWAT team with the help of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. There were no additional documents besides the FBI press release available at the time of publication. A Facebook page for the Louisiana Tactical Militia describes itself as “not a hate group” but rather “patriots who only care for American people’s liberties and rights.” The post La. militia member arrested on drug charges appeared first on Guns.com.

16 states back lawsuit against DC’s strict concealed carry system

by Matt Adika, August 26, 2016

A number of states have signed on to a brief filed by the Arizona Attorney General’s office supporting a case that the District of Columbia’s “good reason” requirement for a gun permit is unconstitutional. In May, U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon was not impressed with the city’s argument to keep its may-issue concealed carry practices in the case of Matthew Grace. He was denied a carry permit from Washington, D.C., even though he had ones from Virginia and Utah. According to court documents, authorities he was denied because he did not “demonstrate a good reason to fear injury” or “demonstrate a proper reason” to obtain a permit despite his wife having been robbed on a public street and he found shell casings in front of his home. Leon was compelled by Grace’s argument and found Washington’s good reason clause likely violated the Second Amendment, a decision that has since been appealed. In support of Grace is a group of 16 largely red states who filed an amicus brief with the court on August 12. The filing argues the case that 42 states have implemented lenient “shall-issue” practices for granting concealed carry permits and at least five codify the right to carry either openly or concealed without a permit. “Thus, throughout most of the country, it is commonplace for law-abiding adults to carry handguns for self-defense,” reads the brief, penned by Assistant Solicitor General Keith Miller with the Arizona Attorney General’s office. “Licensed carry is not a regulatory or public safety gamble. In fact, since Texas passed its ‘shall-issue’ statute in 1995, over half the population has lived in states where non-discriminatory licensed carry laws are norm.” The attorneys general from Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming joined Arizona in the filing. In each case, the AG is a Republican except for Missouri’s Chris Koster, a Democrat fresh off a primary victory set to oppose Republican and former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens for governor of the Show Me State in November. Koster this week also filed suit against the University of Missouri on behalf of a law professor seeking to carry his gun on campus for self-defense. Besides the attorneys general, a number of gun rights, police lobby and conservative political organizations have informed the court they intend to file briefs in support of the suit this month. These include the Western States Sheriffs’ Association, International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, Law Enforcement Action Network, Law Enforcement Association of America, Gun Owners of America, Gun Owners Foundation, U.S. Justice Foundation, and the Heller Foundation. The states of California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Washington as well as gun control organs such as the Brady Campaign and Everytown oppose the suit and support keeping Washington’s strict gun laws on the books. Oral arguments are scheduled for Sept. 20 by a panel consisting of Judges Karen LeCraft Henderson, Stephen Williams, and Thomas Griffith — all appointed to the bench by Republican presidents. Notably, Henderson in a 2007 gun rights case, dissented with a majority panel and voiced support for DC’s even more restrictive gun laws in place at the time. On the same day as the Grace argument, the same three-judge panel will hear the Wrenn v. DC carry rights case brought against the District by the Second Amendment Foundation. The post 16 states back lawsuit against DC’s strict concealed carry system appeared first on Guns.com.

Clinton slams Trump on ‘alt right’ connection

by Matt Adika, August 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton shared a laundry list of inconvenient truths about Donald Trump’s empowering of hate and other fringe groups during her speech in Reno on Thursday. She put economic discussions on hold to remind voters about the Trump campaign’s divisive rhetoric as the Republican presidential nominee attempts to soften his commentary on immigration and minorities. “From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties,” she said and added “there’s been a steady stream of bigotry” coming from the campaign since its launch last year. Clinton made reference to Trump’s hesitation to disavow support from David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, his spreading of white supremacist propaganda and perpetuation of conspiracy theories. She also linked those groups to what’s known as the “Alt-Right,” or alternative right, movement, a millennial brand of conservatism that unapologetically ties societal problems to race and aggressively confronts political correctness. Many see Trump as amplifying alt-right politics and bringing it mainstream. Earlier this month, Trump appointed one of the leading purveyors of alt-right news to lead his campaign. Stephen Bannon, chairman of Breitbart News, has assumed the role of the campaign’s chief executive officer. The website Breitbart (if you visit, prepare to be inundated with pop-up ads) has been cheerleading Trump this election cycle even at the expense of staff members and has come to embrace the label of alt right. However, the alt right has yet to formally establish itself as its ideas mostly spawned online by mostly anonymous supporters, said Nicole Hemmer, who authored the book Messengers of the Right, an exploration of the affects of new age conservative media, in an interview with NPR. She said the group has a mix of beliefs about white nationalism, anti-feminism and anti-progressivism. “It’s also about, at least in part, saying the most unthinkable thing possible because they believe that strikes a blow against political correctness,” Hemmer said. “They see political correctness really as the greatest threat to their liberty. So they believe that saying racist or anti-Semitic things, it’s not an act of hate, but an act of freedom.” During Clinton’s speech, people in the niche conservative movement used the hashtag #AltRightMeans on social media to not just define the ideology but also to anonymously slam Muslims, immigrants in the U.S. illegally and others they see as a threat to their vision of America, the Associated Press reported. Trump responded to Clinton’s characterization of his campaign by calling her a “bigot” and arguing that her policies are a personal reflection because she knows they are destined to fail minority communities, according to his interview with CNN. “She is selling them down the tubes because she’s not doing anything for those communities. She talks a good game. But she doesn’t do anything,” Trump said. (To be clear, that’s not the definition of a bigot.) Shortly after Clinton’s speech, the Trump campaign, which has taken every opportunity to create a caricature of legitimate criticisms of Clinton, fired off a statement to direct attention to her email scandal and allege she committed fraud during her term as Secretary of State. Others have criticized Clinton for her speech as well, saying her dedicating an entire 30-minute speech to the alt right gave it more credibility whereas before it was limited to the dark corners of the Internet. The post Clinton slams Trump on ‘alt right’ connection appeared first on Guns.com.

Hillary Clinton’s speech in Reno (TRANSCRIPT + VIDEO)

by Matt Adika, August 26, 2016

Thank you, Reno! It’s great to be back in Nevada… My original plan for this visit was to focus on our agenda to help small businesses and entrepreneurs. This week we proposed new steps to cut red tape and taxes, and make it easier for small businesses to get the credit they need to grow and hire. Because I believe that in America, if you can dream it, you should be able to build it. We’ll be talking a lot more about our economic plans in the days and weeks ahead. But today, I want to address something I hear from Americans all over our country. Everywhere I go, people tell me how concerned they are by the divisive rhetoric coming from my opponent in this election. It’s like nothing we’ve heard before from a nominee for President of the United States. From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties. His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous. In just the past week, under the guise of “outreach” to African Americans, Trump has stood up in front of largely white audiences and described black communities in insulting and ignorant terms: “Poverty. Rejection. Horrible education. No housing. No homes. No ownership. Crime at levels nobody has seen… Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot.” Those are his words. Donald Trump misses so much. He doesn’t see the success of black leaders in every field… The vibrancy of black-owned businesses…Or the strength of the black church… He doesn’t see the excellence of historically black colleges and universities or the pride of black parents watching their children thrive…And he certainly doesn’t have any solutions to take on the reality of systemic racism and create more equity and opportunity in communities of color. It takes a lot of nerve to ask people he’s ignored and mistreated for decades, “What do you have to lose?” The answer is everything! Trump’s lack of knowledge or experience or solutions would be bad enough. But what he’s doing here is more sinister. Trump is reinforcing harmful stereotypes and offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters. It’s a disturbing preview of what kind of President he’d be. This is what I want to make clear today: A man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far reaches of the internet, should never run our government or command our military. If he doesn’t respect all Americans, how can he serve all Americans? Now, I know some people still want to give Trump the benefit of the doubt. They hope that he will eventually reinvent himself – that there’s a kinder, gentler, more responsible Donald Trump waiting in the wings somewhere. After all, it’s hard to believe anyone – let alone a nominee for President of the United States – could really believe all the things he says. But the hard truth is, there’s no other Donald Trump. This is it. Maya Angelou once said: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Well, throughout his career and this campaign, Donald Trump has shown us exactly who he is. We should believe him. When Trump was getting his start in business, he was sued by the Justice Department for refusing to rent apartments to black and Latino tenants. Their applications would be marked with a “C” – “C” for “colored” – and then rejected. Three years later, the Justice Department took Trump back to court because he hadn’t changed. The pattern continued through the decades. State regulators fined one of Trump’s casinos for repeatedly removing black dealers from the floor. No wonder the turn-over rate for his minority employees was way above average. And let’s not forget Trump first gained political prominence leading the charge for the so-called “Birthers.” He promoted the racist lie that President Obama isn’t really an American citizen – part of a sustained effort to delegitimize America’s first black President. In 2015, Trump launched his own campaign for President with another racist lie. He described Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals. And he accused the Mexican government of actively sending them across the border. None of that is true. Oh, and by the way, Mexico’s not paying for his wall either. If it ever gets built, you can be sure that American taxpayers will be stuck with the bill. Since then, there’s been a steady stream of bigotry. We all remember when Trump said a distinguished federal judge born in Indiana couldn’t be trusted to do his job because, quote, “He’s a Mexican.” Think about that. The man who today is the standard bearer of the Republican Party said a federal judge was incapable of doing his job solely because of his heritage. Even the Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, described that as “the textbook definition of a racist comment.” To this day, he’s never apologized to Judge Curiel. But for Trump, that’s just par for the course. This is someone who retweets white supremacists online, like the user who goes by the name “white-genocide-TM.” Trump took this fringe bigot with a few dozen followers and spread his message to 11 million people. His campaign famously posted an anti-Semitic image – a Star of David imposed over a sea of dollar bills – that first appeared on a white supremacist website. The Trump campaign also selected a prominent white nationalist leader as a delegate in California. They only dropped him under pressure. When asked in a nationally televised interview whether he would disavow the support of David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, Trump wouldn’t do it. Only later, again under mounting pressure, did he backtrack. And when Trump was asked about anti-Semitic slurs and death threats coming from his supporters, he refused to condemn them. Through it all, he has continued pushing discredited conspiracy theories with racist undertones. Trump said thousands of American Muslims in New Jersey cheered the 9/11 attacks. They didn’t. He suggested that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the Kennedy assassination. Perhaps in Trump’s mind, because he was a Cuban immigrant, he must have had something to do with it. Of course there’s absolutely no evidence of that. Just recently, Trump claimed President Obama founded ISIS. And then he repeated that nonsense over and over. His latest paranoid fever dream is about my health. All I can say is, Donald, dream on. This is what happens when you treat the National Enquirer like Gospel. It’s what happens when you listen to the radio host Alex Jones, who claims that 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombings were inside jobs. He said the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre were child actors and no one was actually killed there. Trump didn’t challenge those lies. He went on Jones’ show and said: “Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down.” This man wants to be President of the United States. I’ve stood by President Obama’s side as he made the toughest decisions a Commander-in-Chief ever has to make. In times of crisis, our country depends on steady leadership… clear thinking… and calm judgment… because one wrong move can mean the difference between life and death. The last thing we need in the Situation Room is a loose cannon who can’t tell the difference between fact and fiction, and who buys so easily into racially-tinged rumors. Someone detached from reality should never be in charge of making decisions that are as real as they come. It’s another reason why Donald Trump is simply temperamentally unfit to be President of the United States. Now, some people will say that his bluster and bigotry is just over-heated campaign rhetoric – an outrageous person saying outrageous things for attention. But look at the policies Trump has proposed. They would put prejudice into practice. And don’t be distracted by his latest attempts to muddy the waters. He may have some new people putting new words in his mouth… but we know where he stands. He would form a deportation force to round up millions of immigrants and kick them out of the country. He’d abolish the bedrock constitutional principle that says if you’re born in the United States, you’re an American citizen. He says that children born in America to undocumented parents are, quote, “anchor babies” and should be deported. Millions of them. And he’d ban Muslims around the world – 1.5 billion men, women, and children –from entering our country just because of their religion. Think about that for a minute. How would it actually work? People landing in U.S. airports would line up to get their passports stamped, just like they do now. But in Trump’s America, when they step up to the counter, the immigration officer would ask every single person, “What is your religion?” And then what? What if someone says, “I’m a Christian,” but the agent doesn’t believe them. Do they have to prove it? How would they do that? Ever since the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, America has distinguished itself as a haven for people fleeing religious persecution. Under Donald Trump, America would distinguish itself as the only country in the world to impose a religious test at the border. Come to think of it, there actually may be one place that does that. It’s the so-called Islamic State. The territory ISIS controls. It would be a cruel irony if America followed its lead. Don’t worry, some will say, as President, Trump will be surrounded by smart advisors who will rein in his worst impulses. So when a tweet gets under his skin and he wants to retaliate with a cruise missile, maybe cooler heads will be there to convince him not to. Maybe. But look at who he’s put in charge of his campaign. Trump likes to say he only hires the “best people.” But he’s had to fire so many campaign managers it’s like an episode of the Apprentice. The latest shake-up was designed to – quote – “Let Trump be Trump.” To do that, he hired Stephen Bannon, the head of a right-wing website called Breitbart.com, as campaign CEO. To give you a flavor of his work, here are a few headlines they’ve published: “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy.” “Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism or Cancer?” “Gabby Giffords: The Gun Control Movement’s Human Shield” “Hoist It High And Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims A Glorious Heritage.” That one came shortly after the Charleston massacre, when Democrats and Republicans alike were doing everything they could to heal racial divides. Breitbart tried to enflame them further. Just imagine – Donald Trump reading that and thinking: “this is what I need more of in my campaign.” Bannon has nasty things to say about pretty much everyone. This spring, he railed against Paul Ryan for, quote “rubbing his social-justice Catholicism in my nose every second.” No wonder he’s gone to work for Trump – the only Presidential candidate ever to get into a public feud with the Pope. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, Breitbart embraces “ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right. Racist ideas. Race-baiting ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-Immigrant ideas –– all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘Alt-Right.’” Alt-Right is short for “Alternative Right.” The Wall Street Journal describes it as a loosely organized movement, mostly online, that “rejects mainstream conservatism, promotes nationalism and views immigration and multiculturalism as threats to white identity.” The de facto merger between Breitbart and the Trump Campaign represents a landmark achievement for the “Alt-Right.” A fringe element has effectively taken over the Republican Party. This is part of a broader story — the rising tide of hardline, right-wing nationalism around the world. Just yesterday, one of Britain’s most prominent right-wing leaders, Nigel Farage, who stoked anti-immigrant sentiments to win the referendum on leaving the European Union, campaigned with Donald Trump in Mississippi. Farage has called for a ban on the children of legal immigrants from public schools and health services, has said women are quote “worth less” than men, and supports scrapping laws that prevent employers from discriminating based on race — that’s who Trump wants by his side. The godfather of this global brand of extreme nationalism is Russian President Vladimir Putin. In fact, Farage has appeared regularly on Russian propaganda programs. Now he’s standing on the same stage as the Republican nominee. Trump himself heaps praise on Putin and embrace pro-Russian policies. He talks casually of abandoning our NATO allies, recognizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and of giving the Kremlin a free hand in Eastern Europe more generally. American presidents from Truman to Reagan have rejected the kind of approach Trump is taking on Russia. We should, too. All of this adds up to something we’ve never seen before. Of course there’s always been a paranoid fringe in our politics, steeped in racial resentment. But it’s never had the nominee of a major party stoking it, encouraging it, and giving it a national megaphone. Until now. On David Duke’s radio show the other day, the mood was jubilant. “We appear to have taken over the Republican Party,” one white supremacist said. Duke laughed. There’s still more work to do, he said. No one should have any illusions about what’s really going on here. The names may have changed… Racists now call themselves “racialists.” White supremacists now call themselves “white nationalists.” The paranoid fringe now calls itself “alt-right.” But the hate burns just as bright. And now Trump is trying to rebrand himself as well. Don’t be fooled. There’s an old Mexican proverb that says “Tell me with whom you walk, and I will tell you who you are.” We know who Trump is. A few words on a teleprompter won’t change that. He says he wants to “make America great again,” but his real message remains “Make America hate again.” This isn’t just about one election. It’s about who we are as a nation. It’s about the kind of example we want to set for our children and grandchildren. Next time you watch Donald Trump rant on television, think about all the kids listening across our country. They hear a lot more than we think. Parents and teachers are already worried about what they’re calling the “Trump Effect.” Bullying and harassment are on the rise in our schools, especially targeting students of color, Muslims, and immigrants. At a recent high school basketball game in Indiana, white students held up Trump signs and taunted Latino players on the opposing team with chants of “Build the wall!” and “Speak English.” After a similar incident in Iowa, one frustrated school principal said, “They see it in a presidential campaign and now it’s OK for everyone to say this.” We wouldn’t tolerate that kind of behavior in our own homes. How can we stand for it from a candidate for president? This is a moment of reckoning for every Republican dismayed that the Party of Lincoln has become the Party of Trump. It’s a moment of reckoning for all of us who love our country and believe that America is better than this. Twenty years ago, when Bob Dole accepted the Republican nomination, he pointed to the exits and told any racists in the Party to get out. The week after 9/11, George W. Bush went to a mosque and declared for everyone to hear that Muslims “love America just as much as I do.” In 2008, John McCain told his own supporters they were wrong about the man he was trying to defeat. Senator McCain made sure they knew – Barack Obama is an American citizen and “a decent person.” We need that kind of leadership again. Every day, more Americans are standing up and saying “enough is enough” – including a lot of Republicans. I’m honored to have their support. And I promise you this: with your help, I will be a President for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. For those who vote for me and those who don’t. For all Americans. Because I believe we are stronger together. It’s a vision for the future rooted in our values and reflected in a rising generation of young people who are the most open, diverse, and connected we’ve ever seen. Just look at our fabulous Olympic team. Like Ibtihaj Muhammad, an African-American Muslim from New Jersey who won the bronze medal in fencing with grace and skill. Would she even have a place in Donald Trump’s America? When I was growing up, Simone Manuel wouldn’t have been allowed to swim in the same public pool as Katie Ledecky. Now they’re winning Olympic medals as teammates. So let’s keep moving forward together. Let’s stand up against prejudice and paranoia. Let’s prove once again, that America is great because is America is good. Thank you, and may God bless the United States. The post Hillary Clinton’s speech in Reno (TRANSCRIPT + VIDEO) appeared first on Guns.com.

Veteran commits suicide in VA parking lot

by Matt Adika, August 26, 2016

Peter Kaisen A 76-year-old Navy veteran shot himself in the parking lot of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island Sunday. Peter A. Kaisen, of Islip, New York, was pronounced dead at the scene. His family said he suffered from mental health problems and depression. Kaisen had previously been a patient at the hospital, but according to the hospital’s spokesman, Christopher Goodman, there is no indication Kaisen sought treatment at the hospital immediately before his death. However, sources who work at the hospital, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The New York Times that isn’t true. “He went to the E.R. and was denied service, and then he went to his car and shot himself,” said one of the sources. Sources said Kaisen sought treatment and was unable to get it because the emergency room at the hospital was not staffed to handle mental health issues, with no psychologist at the ready. Nonetheless, the source said Kaisen should have been sent to the mental health building, which was always open and equipped to handle such issues. “Someone dropped the ball,” the source said. “They should not have turned him away.” Because the suicide occurred on federal property, the incident will be investigated by the FBI. Kaisen’s family has declined to comment on the incident, but a woman claiming to be his granddaughter has expressed anger via comments on news reports. Kaisen served in the United States Navy and was a retired police officer out of Long Beach. He was described as a “devoted husband, beloved father, grandfather, cherished friend and brother,” according to the funeral home’s website. [ New York Times ] The post Veteran commits suicide in VA parking lot appeared first on Guns.com.

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