Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday. “If Congress doesn’t act, we’ll fight for a new Congress,” Biden said in the Roosevelt Room of the White House as he swore in B. Todd Jones as the new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “It’s that simple. But we’re going to get this done.” In April, a bipartisan gun-control plan that would have expanded background checks and banned assault weapons failed to garner support in the Senate and was killed off, despite polls that showed massive public support in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. school massacre last December.
So let’s go ahead and talk about this Mr. Biden.
1. Expanding background checks isn’t going to do anything to reduce crime. Criminals don’t go through legal channels, and don’t show up on background checks. There is nothing to stop a criminal from getting a gun in an illegal manner. Whether it is from a black market dealer, or stealing the weapon, they are not going to submit to a check.
2. There is no such thing as an “assault weapon.” It is a semi automatic, sporting rifle. The term assault rifle is made up by people to make a perfectly safe firearm sound scary. It is not a weapon of war. And even if you did manage to ban these, keep in mind again, the only ones that would turn them in or cease buying them would be those who follow laws in the first place. Also bear in mind that there are only a handful of shootings done with AR15 and AK47 style firearms. Go to the Department of Justice website or the Bureau of Justice Statistics. More murders are committed with knives and bare hands than your so called “assault weapons.”
3. Massive public support doesn’t compute. Why do I say this? Only 19% of the American people see gun control as a pertinent issue in our country. That is a very small minority. As a matter of fact, the only thing it is really greater than is the approval numbers for the government.
You may want to get your facts straight and actually listen to the American people for once. You are wrong on this issue, and you will be outed every opportunity I get.
By Hope Hodge Seck
A rifleman from Camp Lejeune received the Silver Star on Aug. 28 for leading a successful night mission in 2012 that cleared more than 50 enemy compounds near an Afghan village without causing a single civilian casualty.
Sgt. Ryan Steinkamp, a squad leader with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, was pinned with the military’s third-highest valor award for his decisive battlefield leadership during a lengthy and grueling combat engagement while attached to Regimental Team Combat 6 in Afghanistan.
On April 17, 2012, Steinkamp and his squad were inserted by helicopter near the village of Payawak in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, close to Forward Operating Base Delaram for a night mission that would become a test of combat skills and endurance. Steinkamp led the squad across 800 meters of terrain laced with mines en route to clear Payawak of insurgents, according to his award citation.
When the squad arrived at its objective, they were beset by enemy ambushes from multiple positions.
As they took direct and indirect fire from insurgents, Steinkamp led his squad to a compound where they sheltered and formed a plan for counter-attack, according to the citation.
He later emerged from the safety of the compound and began pelting the enemy’s position with grenades. As the insurgents fell back, Steinkamp’s squad cleared the first portion of the village, clearing 10 compounds before encountering more enemy fighters. The Marines, led by Steinkamp, engaged the enemy using small arms, grenades and demolitions weapons, according to the citation. Steinkamp also called in AH-1 Cobra air assets as the fight continued.
The ordeal would last 12 hours. At the end of it, Steinkamp and his squad had taken out five fortified enemy positions, cleared more than 50 compounds and more than 500 meters of “dense vegetation,” and completed a successful friendly casualty evacuation, with no civilian casualties and while wounded himself.
“Throughout the day, [Steinkamp] made sound tactical decisions and maintained his composure through close-quarters combat,” his citation reads. “His actions and leadership helped set the conditions for local security forces to safely occupy Payawak.”
Steinkamp received the award in a small unit ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune that was closed to the press by his request.
At the ceremony, with family members from Des Moines, Iowa, in attendance, Steinkamp praised the work his unit had done during the 12-hour mission.
“They were the ones who executed everything,” he said, according to a Marine Corps news release. “I couldn’t serve with finer Marines.”
Brig. Gen. James Lukeman, the commanding general of 2nd Marine Division, said Steinkamp had earned his award with courage and heroism.
“Steinkamp demonstrated all the skills of the Marine squad leader in a very long day of combat in Afghanistan,” he said.
I am so livid over seeing the President’s face plastered on the American flag. It spits on everything I fought for in my life.
While I understand that it has been ruled as free speech, it is still disgusting as a display, and showcases the utter ignorance of the people who fly that flag.
The flag should be respected, not tarnished with someone’s face. Especially not someone who stands against what it means to be American. Not someone who believes our nation’s founding documents are out of touch, or need to evolve.
This is very personal for me because I had twenty three friends come home draped with that flag. How many other men and women were brought home in such a manner after giving the ultimate sacrifice for our nation? I would give my last breath to protect that flag because of what it stands for, and I know many who feel the same.
Have some dignity and respect.
It is much more than just a piece of cloth. The flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies, the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice. There is meaning behind what you are defacing.
I will not apologize for this rant. That flag means a lot to me.
Without a declaration of war, congressional approval, or even a broad coalition of international allies, it appears Barack Hussein Obama is about to lead the U.S. into another war against the sovereign nation of Syria.
Engaging our military without congressional authorization clearly violates the separation of powers that is clearly outlined in the Constitution.
As an American citizen, I object to Obama’s reckless dismissal of the Constitution and the will of the people.
I have just added my name to a national “No War In Syria” petition opposing Obama’s efforts to bring America into a Middle East war.
With this petition, I am sending him and key leaders in Congress that I condemn any military action without securing congressional authority.
I urge you to join with me by clicking here::
Take action now:
I know that this is just a form letter that was sent in reply to my concerns over immigration, but I wanted to share exactly the sort of lies the administration sends out IF you end up eventually getting any form of statement from the White House.
Thank you for writing. I have heard from many Americans who are concerned about immigration, and I appreciate your perspective.
Americans are frustrated with our Nation’s broken immigration system, and I share that frustration. We need an immigration system that is fair and helps grow the middle class by ensuring everyone plays by the same rules. That is why I have proposed a commonsense plan that would continue to strengthen our borders; crack down on employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers; create a path to earned citizenship for immigrants here illegally that requires them to pay taxes, learn English, and pay a fine; and streamline the legal immigration system so America can continue to be a magnet for the best and the brightest from around the world. That is how we can reaffirm our heritage as both a Nation of immigrants and a Nation of laws.
To make these fixes, we need Congress to act—and I remain deeply committed to working in a bipartisan way to enact commonsense immigration reform. But until they take action, my Administration will continue to do everything we can to strengthen our borders and enforce the law.
Since I took office, we have invested an unprecedented amount of resources, technology, and manpower to secure our borders. Our efforts are producing real results. Today, our Southern border is more secure than ever, with more law enforcement personnel than at any time in American history—and there are fewer illegal crossings now than at any time in the past 40 years. Crime rates along the border are down, and we have seized more illegal guns, cash, and drugs than in years past. In addition to doing what is necessary to secure our borders, my Administration is implementing a smart, effective immigration enforcement policy that includes taking action against employers who knowingly exploit people and break the law.
Smarter enforcement also includes focusing our resources on high-priority individuals who threaten our national security or pose a threat to the safety of American communities, and not on young people who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own. On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would allow eligible young people who do not present a risk to our national security or public safety to apply for temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization. This is not a path to citizenship, and it is not a permanent fix—only Congress can provide that. It is a temporary measure to allow us to focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, and patriotic young people who are American in every way but on paper.
My Administration has also worked to strengthen, streamline, and update our legal immigration system through administrative reforms—making it easier for employers, immigrants, and families to navigate the system. Through the innovative “Entrepreneurs in Residence” initiative, we are gaining insight into business realities and streamlining existing pathways for highly skilled, foreign-born entrepreneurs to create businesses and jobs in our country. In 2012, I issued an Executive Order to make it easier and safer for international travelers to visit America, and to create a national strategy to better reap the economic benefits of travel and tourism. We have worked to support family unity by providing a provisional waiver for certain American families to reduce the length of time United States citizens are separated from their loved ones during the immigrant visa application process. We have also reduced barriers to citizenship by creating tools to help applicants through the naturalization process.
By creating a 21st-century immigration system that is true to our principles, our Nation will remain a land of opportunity, prosperity, and freedom for all. To learn more about my Administration’s plan for immigration reform, please visitwww.WhiteHouse.gov/Immigration. For additional information and resources on current immigration and enforcement efforts, I encourage you to visitwww.DHS.gov or call 1-800-375-5283.
Thank you, again, for writing.
So as you can see there are several blatant lies mentioned in the letter. The main one being immigration enforcement. Notice how the letter doesn’t point out that when Arizona took measures to add some actual enforcement, backing up federal law, the Department of Justice and this administration sued the state of Arizona for their actions.
The letter also points that there are fewer border crossings. I have a very close friend of mine who works the front lines in Border Patrol, and he has informed me that the number of crossings has DOUBLED, not lowered as the President would have you believe.
This same friend also let me know that there is another lie in this letter. He has told me that many of their requests for gear and ammunition have been rejected. Many times the men he works with do not have the ammunition they need.
The last bone I have to pick with this letter is the “common sense” approach. First, laws already on the books are being selectively enforced by this administration. In 2006, it was passed that fencing would be built along the border, but it still has yet to be completed. Second, there is almost no deportation, and DHS has even released prisoners with illegal status due to “sequester.” Lastly, common sense is two words (I am feeling a little grammar nazi today).
I have contact with people who see this daily, and what the President is doing is hoping that I am a low information individual, that will just take him at his word. Unfortunately for him, I am well informed on the matter at hand.
Without just cause or legal citation, Raleigh police threatened Love Wins Ministries (LWM) for following Jesus’ teachings of feeding the poor by simply handing food and coffee to hungry people near a city park.
According to Rev. Hugh Hollowell, the pastor and director of LWM, last Saturday, sausage biscuits and coffee were to be distributed to people in need.
“On that morning three officers from Raleigh Police Department prevented us from doing our work, for the first time ever. An officer said, quite bluntly, that if we attempted to distribute food, we would be arrested,” the pastor said.
“No representative from the Raleigh Police Department was willing to tell us which ordinance we broke, or why, after six years and countless friendly and cooperative encounters with the department, they are now preventing us from feeding hungry people,” the pastor wrote in a blog.
“When I asked the officer why, he said that he was not going to debate me. ‘I am just telling you what is. Now you pass out that food, you will go to jail.'”
Pastor Hugh’s response, regardless of any law the city may have, is an encouragement to other Christians. “Simple: We will feed people.”
Raleigh’s mayor and city council need to step up to the plate and support ministries like Love Wins Ministries which are reaching out to the homeless and hungry.
Please send them a word of encouragement to come forward and clarify that no police action will be taken against Christians putting their faith into action.
In my efforts to highlight stories of our Armed Forces and the heroic actions they take on our behalf, I found another story. Let’s all give a big Semper Fi and thank you to this Marine. We must never forget our heroes.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Capt. William J. Kavanagh, executive officer, Company E, 2nd battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, was awarded a bronze star at the Combat Center’s Range 105 Aug. 21. The award was presented by Maj. Gen. Larry D. Nicholson, 1st Marine Division Commanding General.
“Training is something that is stressed very the beginning of a Marine’s career,” Nicholson said. “Education is something that goes beyond training. This Marine showed both of those qualities when the time came. This is what we need more of in the Marine Corps.”
Kavanagh was deployed from early September 2012 to mid April 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
During the deployment, Kavanagh set the example for Afghans and Marines by putting himself at the point of friction during numerous engagements by directing fires and leading troops.
During Operation New Hope, he demonstrated courage and judgment under fire while acting as a liaison to the Afghan Civil Order Police during the clearance of the Taliban strongholds.
His Afghan police were attacked by a platoon-sized element of Taliban. He directed a scout sniper team to establish a position as he neutralized the enemy with close-air combat support, allowing the Afghan soldiers to resume their offensive.
He repeatedly subjected himself to fire from enemy machine guns and mortars by running across exposed terrain to direct his Marines and Afghan soldiers.
His actions inspired the Afghan soldiers to press the attack and seize their objectives without incurring any causalities.
“The feeling of combat is almost addictive,” Kavanagh said. “There is something about knowing the person to the left and right of you will literally risk their life for you. This award not only represents what I did that day but what all of the Marines and Afghan soldiers did that day.”
By his extraordinary guidance, zealous initiative and total dedication to duty, Kavanagh upheld the highest Marine Corps traditions and traditions of the United States Naval Services.
The U.S. will also guarantee $110 million in loans to small- and medium-sized businesses located on the West Bank.
The mortgage and business-loan activities will be conducted by the federal Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).
“OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution,” says OPIC’s website. “OPIC provides financial products, such as loans and guaranties; political risk insurance; and support for investment funds, all of which help American businesses expand into emerging markets.”
Let me tell you right now how it is not the responsibility of the United States to give loans or finance another country’s mortgage industry. This is not acceptable use of the money hardworking taxpayers make.
I understand that we want to look like a good guy around the world, but with a staggering 17 trillion dollars in debt, we cannot afford to help with such matters. It is time that we start decreasing our spending and paying down our debt.
This is just one more example of poor use of the money by our government.
The truth about societies with widespread private ownership of weapons is both logical and has been verified by history. This is time tested that those with weapons, usually aren’t the ones being attacked.
Criminals prefer disarmed victims, while gun control laws only disarm those who will obey the law. If gun control laws increase the cost of gun acquisition for criminals, that cost is more than offset by the subsidy those criminals get from the government when they provide criminals with a disarmed society to victimize. Again, this is time tested. Restricting the availability doesn’t prevent a criminal from obtaining a weapon.
Likewise, it is hard to believe that a lack of firearms would make a significant difference in suicide rates. Enter the Harvard study: “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder And Suicide? A Review of International and Some Domestic Evidence” The short answer is NO.
As the Small Government Times blog reported: “Russia, for example, enforces very strict gun control on its people, but its murder rate remains quite high. In fact, the murder rate in Russia is four times higher than in the ‘gun-ridden’ United States, cites the study.
‘Homicide results suggest that where guns are scarce other weapons are substituted in killings.’ In other words, the elimination of guns does not eliminate murder, and in the case of gun-controlled Russia, murder rates are quite high.”
The study revealed several European countries with significant gun ownership, like Norway, Finland, Germany and France – had remarkably low murder rates. Contrast that with Luxembourg, “where handguns are totally banned and ownership of any kind of gun is minimal, had a murder rate nine times higher than Germany in 2002.
The Harvard study found no evidence to suggest that the availability of guns contributes to higher murder rates anywhere in the world. Of course, not wanting to appear to be NRA members, the scholars did their best to discourage the idea that gun ownership deters crime.
And even when they attempted to make their case, they still admitted the opposite was true in the United States:
“In sum, though many nations with widespread gun ownership have much lower murder rates than nations that severely restrict gun ownership, it would be simplistic to assume that at all times and in all places widespread gun ownership depresses violence by deterring many criminals into nonconfrontation crime. There is evidence that it does so in the United States, where defensive gun ownership is a substantial socio‐cultural phenomenon.”
When you look at the statistical evidence of crimes committed to the percentage of gun ownership, it shows that the more guns allowed to be privately owned by citizen, the less likely crimes will occur.
This is what gun rights groups have been saying for years, so it’s nice to know that Harvard finally agrees with the facts on the ground.