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News from the heartland….. When it comes to “mass shootings,” the Leftmedia’s definition is deliberately inflated to advance The Narrative™. The guy who started the NFL kneeling spectacle recently donated to a fund named for a convicted cop-killer. And speaking of The Narrative, don’t buy what The Washington Post is selling about blacks fearing Donald Trump. Black-on-black crime is what they should fear. Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” —John Adams (1770)
Mass murders are shocking, leaving many people stunned and looking for answers and possible solutions. The New York Times, with its anti-gun agenda, would like people to believe that these mass shootings are not relatively rare events but are rather occurring at a frequency that borders on epidemic levels. Monday the editorial board of the Times ran a bare-numbers article entitled “477 Days. 521 Mass Shootings. Zero Action From Congress.” Here is yet another example of the Times playing fast and loose with both definitions and statistics in order to push an agenda rather than honestly present the facts.
In order to come up with these dubious numbers the Times played a schematics game. Using the anti-Second Amendment Gun Violence Archive’s politicized definition of “mass shooting” rather than the FBI’s official definition, the Times was able to massively inflate the number of “mass shootings.” For the Times, a mass shooting is defined as involving “four or more people injured or killed in a single event at the same time and location” [emphasis added]. The FBI’s definition is three or more people killed in a single event.
Second, the Times piece does not further delineate the numbers to include the FBI’s definition of “active shooter,” which is an “individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.” As a result, the FBI numbers on mass shootings differ significantly from those reported by the Times. From 2014-2015 the FBI recorded 40 active shooter situations that lead to 92 deaths. Over that same period of time the Gun Violence Archive claimed that there were 607 “mass shootings.” Are mass shootings at epidemic levels in America? According to the facts, the answer is no. But when has the Times ever let the facts get in the way of its leftist agenda?
Finally, speaking of this bias, in its reports this morning, the Times still includes the assailant among its count of the victims, noting the assault was “one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States, which left 59 people dead — including the gunman.” To include the assailant in the count with the people he murdered is unconscionable and is profoundly offensive to the families of his victims. But the Times’ editors are in such a vacuum that they are unable to discern why this is not acceptable. The same goes for other Leftmedia outlets that will continue to use the wrong death toll in the coming days.
In an attempt to gin up a positive vibe for the man responsible for starting the NFL’s National Anthem kneeling protests, unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick has touted his philanthropic acumen by pledging to donate $1 million to charitable organizations. However, it appears that Kaepernick’s judgment of worthy charities is as misguided as his evaluation of American society and law enforcement in particular. The Washington Times reports that Kaepernick has donated $25,000 to an organization called Assata’s Daughters — an organization named in honor of the cop-killing terrorist Assata Shakur.
Shakur, a member of the domestic terrorist organization Black Liberation Army, was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1973 shooting death of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster and sentenced to life in prison. In 1979, she escaped prison and fled to Cuba where she was granted asylum and remains to this day.
Assata’s Daughters was founded in 2015 with a mission to “develop and train young people, ages 4-19, in the Black queer feminist tradition and in the spirit of Assata.” If you’re wondering if Kaepernick’s choice of organization is merely an honest accident, then look no further than his congratulatory birthday tweet to Shakur this past July. (The leftist Women’s March did the same thing.) It is increasingly evident that Kaepernick has neither love for America nor for those who willingly stand to protect its citizens. That’s why other NFL players following his lead is even more offensive.
The Las Vegas shooter modified a dozen rifles to shoot like automatic weapons (The Washington Post)
Don’t panic: “We’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by,” Trump says (The Washington Times)
Speaker Paul Ryan pulls SHARE Act — suppressor deregulation — from consideration (The Truth About Guns)
Russian-linked ads didn’t reach most Facebook users until after Election Day (The Daily Caller)
Facebook official investigating Russian election ads donated to Clinton, other Democrats (The Washington Free Beacon)
Budweiser considers ending NFL sponsorship over protests — and they want to hear from you (The Blaze)
Tim Murphy, an allegedly pro-life congressman, allegedly urged mistress to get an abortion (Washington Examiner)
House passes bill banning abortions after 20 weeks (CNS News)
Not yet a decade after the bailout, inspector general highlights $32 million in cost overruns at new Fannie Mae headquarters (The Washington Free Beacon)
Administration officials push DACA path to citizenship, contradict Trump’s stance (The Washington Times)
Policy: The Court Should Quit Trying to End Gerrymandering (Bloomberg)
Policy: Six Takeaways From the Senate Budget Proposal (The Daily Signal)
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By Louis DeBroux
The Washington Post recently published yet another propaganda screed masquerading as journalism, this time lamenting the fear supposedly plaguing the black community in the era of Donald Trump. Showing impressive intellectual contortionism, the Post manages to drive this narrative while remaining largely free of fact and substance.
After pointing out that Trump received only 8% of the black vote in the 2016 election, the Post notes that the majority of blacks are worried about losing their civil rights under Trump. They reportedly fear his campaign to “Make America Great Again” will “negatively impact the black community’s access to quality public schools, job opportunities that pay a livable wage and affordable health care, child care and housing,” and will “have a negative impact on the ability to keep black children from mass incarceration and over-policing.”
These are the same asinine claims Democrats have made (unfortunately, successfully) for decades about Republicans, which is both infuriating and baffling. The party most responsible for black suffering — the Democrats — is embraced as savior by their victims. The Democrat Party fought a war in part to protect slavery, opposed civil rights, enacted Jim Crow laws, and oppressed blacks at every turn, then successfully peddled the lie that white racists fled to the Republican Party in the 1960s.
Today, despite claiming to be the protector of blacks, the Democrat Party funds the slaughter of black children, giving more than $500 million in taxpayer funds each year to Planned Parenthood, an organization founded with the goal of exterminating blacks through abortion and sterilization, while trapping those who live in crime-ridden neighborhoods and failing schools — urban poverty plantations, if you will.
It was Barack Obama and the Democrats who repeatedly defunded the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, an incredibly successful school choice program serving almost exclusively poor black and Hispanic children, graduating them and sending them to college at far higher rates than DC’s public schools, and at a fraction of the cost. It was Republicans who successfully fought to restore funding, and it is still Republicans today who fight for school choice so children of single black and Hispanic mothers in DC and Detroit and Baltimore and Atlanta can receive the same high-quality education as Obama’s daughters, who attend highly selective private schools.
Crime is another area where blacks suffer disproportionately, but not for the reasons that Democrats claim.
Following the nationwide riots and protests orchestrated by progressive Democrats and race-baiters after the shooting death of Michael Brown (later ruled justified, even by Obama’s cop-hating Justice Department), many police departments in major cities felt the impact of the “Ferguson Effect.” That is, the effect on law enforcement brought about by the slanderous accusations of racism and police brutality coming from Obama and Democrat mayors — their own war on cops. Manhattan Institute fellow Heather Mac Donald explains, “Cops are backing off of proactive policing in high-crime minority neighborhoods, and criminals are becoming emboldened. … Having been told incessantly by politicians, the media, and Black Lives Matter activists that they are bigoted for getting out of their cars and questioning someone loitering on a known drug corner at 2 AM, many officers are instead just driving by.”
As a result, murder and violent crime rates in these cities have skyrocketed, and it is poor, inner city blacks, living among these vicious predators, who suffer most. Yet every attempt to crack down on criminal thugs is met with screams of racism from Democrats. It is not conservative Republicans, statues of General Robert E. Lee or even Confederate flag-waving white supremacists that are robbing, raping and murdering innocent blacks in these neighborhoods. It is, as the FBI data proves, almost exclusively young black men.
For example, Chicago’s murder rate — largely in gang violence — skyrocketed from 411 in 2014 to 765 in 2016. The city’s on pace to surpass that number this year. Six other major U.S. cities saw similar spikes between 2014 and 2016. That would be pre-Trump for those keeping score.
The Obama years were brutal on the black community economically too. Blacks suffered an increase in the poverty rate, a decrease in the workforce participation rate, a decrease in median income, home ownership fall by 9.1%, and the numbers of blacks on food stamps explode by 4.4 million, up 58.2%.
Even Urban League President Marc Morial acknowledged as much in the 2015 “State of Black America” report, lamenting that “Black America remains in a recession and remains in crisis when it comes to jobs and the economy. … Black unemployment is twice that of white unemployment. Wages are stagnant. Many people who are working are simply not earning what they need or should earn to make ends meet.”
President Donald Trump is slashing bureaucratic red tape, cutting regulations and jump-starting the economy. GDP growth numbers for last quarter were recently revised to 3.1%, a rate Democrats told us we’d never see again. The stock market continues to hit record highs, unemployment is near record lows, and Trump has cracked down on illegal immigration and its accompanying crime. He appointed an education secretary who is fighting for school choice, which predominantly helps poor minority children and leads to better jobs.
A growing economy will create more jobs, raise wages and provide greater opportunities for blacks, whites and Hispanics alike. If Republicans can finally pass the repeal of ObamaCare, it will lower costs and provide greater access to health care. And it is conservative governors who are leading the way on criminal justice reform.
These are colorblind policies that benefit all hard-working, law-abiding citizens, of which there are millions in the black community. Which goes to show that, contrary to The Washington Post’s propaganda, in Trump’s America, blacks not only have little reason to fear the president but much cause to celebrate.
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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Ben Shapiro: “This week, an evil human being murdered nearly 60 Americans and wounded more than 500 others in Las Vegas. … But there was heroism, too. … It took hundreds of heroes to save hundreds of people; it took one evil man to wound and kill that many. On the one hand, it is impossible not to lament the extent of evil: A man attacking those who harmed him in no way, possibly gleefully murdering people attending a concert, makes us wonder at the rot that can infect the human heart. But on the other hand, in each incident of horror we must remember how much the good outweighed the evil. Were there hundreds of people like Stephen Paddock, thousands would have died; were there only one person attempting to stop the impact of Paddock’s evil, thousands would have died. All of which means that as we mourn the victims in Las Vegas, we must also celebrate the heroes. We should see the incident as proof of just how much light infuses America from its citizens — how many normal people run to help each other when evil strikes, when darkness threatens to divide us. So long as that light continues to unite us, America will emerge ready, as always, to fight that darkness.”
Village Idiots: “A group that enables such massacres, the National Rifle Association, is not branded for what it is: a terrorist organization. … It is time to end the National Rifle Association. And it is time to end the career of any political figure who made his way to the White House dog whistling to his Second Amendment people.” —Keith Olbermann
Braying Jenny: “The way the Republican Party has been captured by the NRA, which has intimidated a lot of Democrats … is one of the worst developments of the last 25 years. … This is beyond absurd. This is evil. This is nothing but pure, unadulterated greed motivated by people who want to sell as many guns as they can, to engage in a falsity of fear and rhetoric about why everybody has to have guns. And the evidence is just so clear that more guns do not make you safer.” —Hillary Clinton (Easy for her to say — she has Secret Service protection for life.)
Non-solution: “We should have a gun registration program. We should have a limitation on the maximum size and ammunition capacity for guns. Assault weapons should be off the streets, as they were for 10 years because of the legislation passed in ‘93 to '94.” —Hillary Clinton
Alpha Jackass: “The police say the shooter appeared to have acted alone. That’s not true. Every gun lobbyist and the politicians who do their bidding were all in that room with him. We have to make this stop and we can with courage and political will.” —California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
Non Compos Mentis: “He was only stopped finally because he did not have a silencer on his weapon. And the sound drew people to the place where he was ultimately stopped. Can you imagine what this would have been if he had silencers on these weapons?” —Sen. Tim Kaine (Listen in and decide for yourself.)
And last… “While the desire to prevent atrocities like the one committed in Las Vegas is both understandable and good, it is impossible to have a reasoned discussion on the best ways to prevent mass attacks when emotions, rather than facts, are the foundation for debate.” —Sean Davis
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