Briefings  from SCOPE President, Tom Reynolds

  • 10/25/2020 8:55 AM | Anonymous

    Lies During the Debate – And After  by Tom Reynolds

    During Thursday’s debate, “fact checkers” usually have a field day identifying what they claim are lies and misrepresentations.  Here’s what CNN said about Trump lying. 

    Anchored by Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s headline was “Trump was better behaved but he lied more”.  And according to CNN, the specifics he lied more about were:

    Trump said 2.2 million people would have died.  CNN concedes it’s accurate but the number was describing what would happen if nothing was done about the virus. 

    Trump said the virus was going away.  Obviously, it did not go away.

    That’s all the specific instances they gave of Trump lying.  And no mention of Biden lies.  But SCOPE will make up for CNN’s shortcomings, below.

    Biden will/will not ban fracking.  Biden has been on all sides of this, depending upon his audience.  Trump can produce videos of Biden saying definitively he will ban fracking and Biden can show a video of himself saying he would not.  Since his party is definitely anti fracking and he was anti fracking everywhere except when he was in Pennsylvania, he’s definitely anti fracking.

    Shut down the country.  Biden definitely has said he would do it in spite of his denials during the debate.

    No one lost insurance under Obamacare.  Estimates for cancelled policies range from 2.6 million to 4.7 million.  Not only did people lose insurance but most people who did keep insurance had big premium increases and huge increases in deductibles.

    US had a good relationship with Hitler.  It just never happened.  FDR, the president at the time, was anti Hitler from the start of Hitler’s ascension.

    Biden praised New York as to dealing with the Corona Virus.  If you live in New York, the response is LOL.

    Biden distanced himself from progressives.  Does he know who his vice president candidate is? 

    Trump is a dog whistle to racists.  Dog whistles are only heard by dogs and the ones hearing Trump’s racist comments are Democrats.

    Biden blames Republican congress for Obama not passing criminal justice reform.  Democrats held both houses in Obama’s first two years and both houses were held by Republicans in Trump’s first two years.

    Trump has a secret bank account in China.  Opened 2013 and closed in 2015.

    No evidence that businesses will go out of business if the minimum wage is raised.  Is Biden familiar with Seattle, pre-riots?

    The laptop. 

    It’s Russian disinformation?  Not according to law enforcement that has seen it and also according to a recipient of the e mails.  Former national security people who have not seen it claim it is disinformation. 

    Biden said he has not taken a penny from a foreign source.  Money from China and Ukraine flowed to his son but e mails on the laptop indicate that Joe “wet his beak”.

    10% for the big guy?  A recipient of the emails says that is definitely Joe.

    Hunter says that dad takes 50%?  If the lap top is true, the statement is true.

    Post-debate, CNN tried to dismiss any questions that viewers had after observing Biden’s ongoing struggles with thoughts and the discussion of Biden’s possible mental decline. CNN’s Don Lemon blamed Biden’s missteps on stuttering.  It’s true that Biden stuttered as a child but it has been unmentioned and unnoticed for 60 years, until his recent mental lapses.  In 1987, the left-wing Washington Post reported, “…no trace of the stutter he had as a child.” Biden’s confusion about which state he is in, the inability to hold on to his train of thought, forgetting where he is and who he is with and inappropriate behavior are not symptoms of a stutterer.

    2nd Amendment.  Unfortunately, moderators steered the debate away from any question on the 2nd Amendment.  If there had been, Biden is definitely anti 2A and Trump is definitely pro 2A.

  • 10/22/2020 3:19 PM | Anonymous

    Don’t Vote.  Cuomo Only Wants “Assault Weapons”  by Tom Reynolds

    There are many gun owners in New York (perhaps millions) who do not believe that Cuomo and company are coming for their weapons and, thus, there is no need to vote.  Well, guess what? There is now evidence that Cuomo and company are going after all guns!

    Bills that were introduced in both the New York State Senate (S7065) and the Assembly (A01589-A) will require that before any sale, exchange or disposal of a firearm, rifle or shotgun, the purchaser must pass a mental health examination.  No exemption for hunters.  No exemption for target shooting.  No exemption for self-defense. No exemption for…anything.

    Violators would face a non-violent Class D felony charge. (Some other non-violent Class D felonies in New York include robbery, burglary and vehicular manslaughter, so this is serious business.) If you are convicted of this felony, you face up to 7 years in prison, lose your right to own a firearm and your right to vote.  (Of course, if you won’t vote anyway, what difference does the latter mean to you?)

    The NY Department of Mental Health would oversee this.  Some Mental Health organizations believe that 1 in 5 persons has a mental health problem…so the fox is guarding the hen house.    

    What if the NY Department of Health sets a low bar for denial or the Mental Health Professional doing the test is predisposed against guns?  It’s a “twofer”; fail you and get a potential customer to treat! 

    Fail the test and you face a huge legal bill for lawyers and expert witnesses to challenge the denial in court.  Of course, NY State will use your tax dollars to fight you and will act as if they have bottomless pockets.  Guilty until you prove your innocence (or to be precise, prove your sanity).

    The bill does not address what happens to guns that you already own if you fail the mental health test.  A “loophole” to be closed by future laws?  Cuomo’s China Virus lockdown got you feeling a little depressed?  Best not to mention that issue if you want to keep your guns.  (The left wanted drugs decriminalized so there would be no impediment to drug addicts seeking help.  If you are a gun owner, the same logic does not apply.)

    The bill does not address stopping criminals from buying guns illegally, which is how most criminals get them.  

    The bill does not address if you must again take the test if you recently passed the mental health test.  (But other pending bills like S01275 will limit how often you can purchase a gun, anyway, so it will not be a problem.)

    Expect a future law, once the psych door is open, that says your mental health exam must be renewed every few years. Exaggeration?  Before the SAFE Act, pistol permits had no end date but now they must be renewed.  (Retest to make sure the gun owner hasn’t mentally degenerated.)

    Are the costs of a firearm, ammunition and a hunting license putting a financial squeeze on you?  Wait until you see what a “Mental Health Professional” charges for administering the exam!  (The law does not limit what they can charge.)  And if that is not enough, NY Assembly bill A00095 wants to force you to buy liability insurance.  (Don’t count on any of this being tax deductible, to ease the financial burden.) 

    The purpose of gun control is not to stop criminals but to increase government control and power.  Want proof?  As of January 1st, Governor Cuomo and his radical left friends implemented a law that allows violent felons to walk free until their trail–without even posting a bond.  If Cuomo was really interested in stopping criminals, shouldn’t there be a mental health exam for people already accused of a crime and in jail, before releasing them to endanger the law-abiding public?

    Using mental health issues was a favorite trick of socialist icon Joe Stalin.  Oppose him and you were sent to Siberia or an insane asylum.  One had to be crazy to want to go to Siberia, so opposing Stalin was ample evidence to commit anyone who opposed Stalin to an insane asylum. 

    The first step in stopping this insanity is to vote the NY Senate away from the gun grabbing New York City liberals who propose these worthless laws.  That would require gun owners to vote, which brings us back to the original problem that many gun owners won’t vote because no one is coming for their weapons…yet.

  • 10/22/2020 3:05 PM | Anonymous

    Coming to a town near you…Part 2  by Tom Reynolds

    Yesterday, SCOPE wrote about a riot in Ithaca and warned that they will spread.  The primary lesson here is that liberal socialists consider themselves to be our moral and intellectual superiors.  As such, they believe that, if they make the decisions in our life for us, we will be better off than if we made the decisions ourselves.  Because they believe that what they are doing is in our best interests, that excuses their every action.  They won’t admit that their actions are in pursuit of their own power and privilege. Coming from people who believe in the same system that spawned Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Castro, this would be laughable if those socialists weren’t so convinced that they really are superior and that excuses all of their actions.

    Let’s take advantage of reporting in the Cornell Daily Sun about the riot to point out how delusional these people are in their egotistical beliefs.  Beware of people who will riot, burn, murder and use fear and intimidation in pursuit of their beliefs because lying will mean nothing to them.    

    The Cornell Daily Sun said, “Earlier this week, the Ithaca Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) planned in response a Trump Rally counter-demo, to ‘let them know they are NOT welcome here,’ the group wrote in social media posts”.  Later in the Sun’s article, a DSA member and History Professor is quoted, “It was a spontaneous and almost joyful display.

    So, I was a spontaneous planned response! That is called an oxymoron, with the emphasis on moron.

    The Sun further reported, “…counter protesters approached members of the Trump rally, yelling…you’re racist if you support a racist.’’ An organizer of the pro Trump rally was reported as saying that, “…people calling us members of the KKK”.

    The DSA was protesting at the wrong rally.  They excuse away the racist DNA of the Democrat Party, just as they excuse away Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Castro. Let’s look at the record and not the rhetoric or, as Mike Pence said to Kamal Harris, “You can have your own opinion but not your own facts”.

    The KKK was a spawn of the Democrat Party.  Famous Democrat Senator Richard Byrd was an organizer, recruiter and leader of the KKK.  Byrd also filibustered the Civil Rights Act and then voted against it.  Why is Byrd important to know about?  Of Byrd, Democrat Presidential Joe Biden said, "To me...for a lot of us, he was a mentor and a friend, and for a lot of us, he was a guide."  The racist Senator from the KKK was a mentor and guide to the current Democrat presidential candidate! 

    Democrat Biden said of Barack Obama, I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy”.   Joe Biden believed Obama was “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy”!  Racism?  Nah, nothing to see here if you are the Ithaca DSA.

    Ithaca DSA does, indeed, welcome racists - as long as they are Democrats.

    In contrast, in 1986, Donald Trump was honored with the Ellis Island Award, along with civil rights icon Rosa Parks and boxing legend Muhammad Ali.  (Will the DSA disown Parks and Ali for associating with Trump?)

    Upon purchasing Mar-a-Lago resort in 1997, Trump opened up membership to African Americans and Jews. To do this, he had to sue the town council.  He succeeded, prompting changes in membership at the other local clubs.   

    Thanks to Trump’s economic policies, prior to the pandemic, unemployment amongst women, blacks and other minorities had reached all-time lows.

    If that’s a racist, the black population needs more like him.

    The chair of Ithaca DSA said, “If pro-authoritarian forces are going to keep showing up in Ithaca we need to show them that they are not welcome here.” Authoritarian is defined as, “favoring or enforcing strict obedience to authority…at the expense of personal freedom”. Don’t “freedom of speech” and “peaceably to assemble” count as personal freedoms? 

    The Ithaca DSA believes that, from the same movement that spawned Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Castro, a benevolent leader will emerge.  Socialist icon Vladimir Lenin coined a phrase for people like this, “Useful idiots”.

  • 10/20/2020 11:03 AM | Anonymous

    Coming To A Town Near You…Part 1  by Tom Reynolds

    Big city riots are coming to a small town near you and the 2nd Amendment may be your only defense when police refuse to protect law abiding citizens! 

    Last week, pro Trump supporters in Ithaca (yes, there are Trump supporters in Ithaca) held a rally.  It was interrupted by counter demonstrators and turned violent, originated by the counter protesters who identify themselves as the Ithaca Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).  (Apparently, they don’t understand the part about “democratic” covering people with opposite opinions having the right to say and vote their opinions.)  The Ithaca police intervened, temporarily, when a main street was blocked, but eventually the police left.  The mayor of Ithaca is a kid (almost literally) who identifies with protesters, as long as they are left wing. Non-support by the Ithaca police should not have surprised anyone.

    Faced with violent opposition, what will Trump supporters in Ithaca do?

    Ithaca is in Tompkins County.  In response to this violence, the Tompkins County GOP said that the only appropriate response to the violence is to hold another rally next Saturday and that’s exactly what they plan to do.  “If the mob learns that they can intimidate people into silence, it’s over,” the GOP wrote on Facebook. “At that point, we no longer have freedom of expression in the place where we live. The ONLY way to show them that this doesn’t work is to show them that this will cause us to show up.  We hope to see you at the Back The Blue rally on Saturday”.

    SCOPE has written previously about the importance of voting for down ballot candidates such as DA’s, sheriffs and Mayors and has given several examples of rogue DA’s who put their personal left-wing politics ahead of protecting law abiding citizens.  This lawlessness was previously confined to major cities and then we saw it spread to intermediate sized cities like Rochester.  Now that it’s in small cities like Ithaca, will your local towns and villages be far behind? 

    Whether they are on the ballot this year or not, it would be wise to put your local officials on record as to how they will react.  Presumably, they are all going to say that peaceful protests are to be safeguarded.  But what will officials do after the first bottle is thrown?  When the first road is blocked? When MAGA hat wearers are accosted?  Will the authorities act swiftly to prevent this from continuing and spreading?  Do they have a plan to deal with the rioters, especially since the riots seem to not be spontaneous, are well organized and equipped and the rioters will probably outnumber the police?  Will they arrest and prosecute these lawbreakers?

    It’s better to ask these questions now, before there is an immediate threat, and you can sort through your representatives and decide who is on your side.  Write an open letter to your Mayor, Sheriff, DA or County Administrator and copy the local media.  Ask that these questions be put on the local legislature’s / council’s agenda.  Go to the meetings and when there is time for public comments, ask these questions.  If any of these officials are on the ballot, it will be interesting to see how forthright they are in their answers.   

    Below is a link to a news story describing what happened and below that is a link to the rioters patting themselves on the back.  Pay attention because it is coming to a town near you.

  • 10/16/2020 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    Dick Durbin versus the 2nd Amendment  by Tom Reynolds

    In the Supreme Court nomination hearings, Democrat Senator Richard Durbin questioned Amy Coney Barrett’s “originalist” view of the Second Amendment.

    The Senator said, “I’m going to take you back in history for a moment and note that when the Second Amendment was written—and you did the analysis of it—we were talking about the likelihood that the person could purchase a muzzle-loading musket…We are now talking about virtual military weapons that can kill hundreds of innocent people. It is a much different circumstance…Maybe an originalist pins all their thinking to that musket. I’ve got to bring it to the 21st century, and the 21st century has people being killed on the streets of Chicago because of the proliferation of deadly firearms.” 

    Senator Durbin obviously believes the 2nd Amendment freedoms do not apply to modern arms and that “originalists” are hopelessly out of touch with modern technology.

    Let’s paraphrase what the Senator might have said if he had been speaking about the First Amendment “…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…”

    “I’m going to take you back in history for a moment and note that when the First Amendment was written—and you did the analysis of it—we were talking about the likelihood that the person could purchase a quill and ink pen…We are now talking about virtual free speech that can spread a lie around the world in minutes, misinforming millions of innocent people. It is a much different circumstance…Maybe an originalist pins all their thinking to that quill pen. I’ve got to bring it to the 20th century, and the 20th century has people being killed by the tens of millions because of the ideas and lies of communist socialist and fascist countries.”

    If Senator Durbin were consistent (he isn’t) he would also condemn the First Amendment freedoms for the same reasons he condemns Second Amendment freedoms.  The written word in colonial times could, at best, have reached only thousands of people over months while modern technology can spread lies around the world in seconds.

    Being such a progressive thinker, (I know, progressive thinker is an oxymoron) perhaps the Senator thinks that the Second Amendment was only to protect hunting.  Let’s go back to June of 1789 and a conversation that never happened when the Bill of Rights was introduced.

    Congressman James Madison rises to propose an amendment to the Constitution.

    “We fought eight long years to free this nation and we are now surrounded by enemies of that independence such as Britain, Spain and the Indian tribes.  I have proposed other amendments that protect life, liberty and property against a malevolent government.  With that in mind, it is essential that we protect hunting deer against government intrusion.  And in fairness to deer, this protection should only apply to current muzzle loading technology since science may advance humans’ hunting ability, creating an unfair advantage to the hunter.  And besides, if you take more than one shot to kill a deer, you shouldn’t be hunting.” 

    “Originalists” are labelled extreme but the Founding fathers took an extremist view of what a too intrusive government would do to individual rights.  “Originalists” are only following the dictates of people who were much smarter than Senator Durbin.  

    And finally – I can’t resist – Durbin is also wrong when he equates the 2nd Amendment to muskets.  He said, “…the likelihood that the person could purchase a muzzle-loading musket”.  The muzzle loading musket was a military weapon that had an unrifled barrel and was highly inaccurate; it was not a desirable civilian weapon.  Real shooters, in colonial times, wanted advanced technology and they bought “rifled” barrels because they were far more accurate in shooting deer and redcoats.

    But who would expect a gun grabber to actually understand what he is talking about?

  • 10/15/2020 3:48 PM | Anonymous

    Who cares about the District Attorney Races? by Tom Reynolds

    Portland Oregon District Attorney Mike Schmidt refuses to prosecute rioters and admits to being an “old buddy” to an Antifa militant. Schmidt campaigned for ending cash bail. In an interview, Schmidt said, "...I think our criminal justice system very much fails victims..." But he was referring to “the vast majority of perpetrators” as the victims. About riots he said, "This dystopian image that is being painted nationally is not at all what it looks like on our streets”. (I guess we imagined the images of burning buildings and cars.)

    On July 30th, Fox News reported, “St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner… announced her office was bringing felony charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who brandished guns outside their home as protesters marched by in June. The McCloskeys have said many times they were defending themselves, with tensions high in St. Louis and other cities over race and law enforcement”.

    About Kim Gardner, the Washington Times reported on June 4th that, “At least 36 people have been arrested on felony charges related to violent protests in St. Louis since May 29, and every one of them had the charges against them dismissed, according to a St. Louis police department spokesman”.

    Seattle City Attorney Peter Holmes has an unusual approach to prosecuting rioters.The Post Millenial reported on June 23rd, “The DA's office has received 37 misdemeanor cases so far from the latest civil unrest in Seattle. Many are for obstructing police, but the list includes half a dozen assaults, theft, reckless endangerment and attempted property damage. Holmes said he hopes to refer these protesters to “Choose 180, a restorative justice program with a proven track record.” However, Choose 180 is one of the groups that was part of the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP).

    The Post Millenial also reported, “Holmes…under fire for not prosecuting crimes long before the current violent rioting, looting and protests rocked Seattle. Seattle and King County have a track record of releasing violent Antifa activists. In 2019 business groups in Seattle commissioned a report on 100 prolific offenders who were terrorizing downtown Seattle residents and businesses. The report blamed a ‘revolving door’ justice system that a criminal could be arrested in Seattle over 70 times and still be released or diverted for treatment rather than incarceration”.

    Townhall reported on July 7th, about Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, “…has been heavily criticized throughout his 10+ years as the DA of New York County for inserting his own progressive politics into the rule of law. After decades of low crime rates and a thriving economy in NYC following a major crackdown in policing and enforcing the rule of law, it seems Vance, with the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio, are determined to undo all the hard work of the NYPD and the people of the city”.

    The New American reports on January 28th, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin said, “My parents were all dedicated to fighting U.S. imperialism around the world. I’m dedicated to the same thing”. (His parents are convicted murderers.) CBS News reported about Boudin on January 23rd, “San Francisco's top prosecutor announced his office will no longer ask for cash bail as a condition for defendants' pretrial release”.

    What do all these District Attorneys have in common? They are all Progressive Democrats. (Some of them, and many others not mentioned here, were funded in their campaigns by George Soros, the Progressive billionaire who hates the U.S.A.) They were also elected to their positions by the voters!

    Pay attention to that last statement. They were also elected to their positions by the voters. Do you know any gun owners who refuse to vote? This is what happens when people refuse to participate in our republic on its most elementary level: voting. It isn’t just the presidency and other offices at the top of the ballot that matter; down ballot races for judges and D.A.’s can and will effect your future.

    Can’t happen here? Don’t vote and find out.

  • 10/15/2020 8:18 AM | Anonymous

    Unemployed?  Try Adding Pimp or Terrorist to Your Resume’? by Tom Reynolds

    Seattle hired a professed pimp, Andre Taylor (He starred in a documentary entitled American Pimp). Taylor will provide “alternatives to policing” and be paid $150,000 a year. According to Breitbart: when he was a pimp, some of the girls he was trafficking were reportedly underage; earlier this year, Taylor reportedly tried to extract $2 million from the city of Seattle to “support” the short-lived police-free CHOP zone.  (He apparently had to settle for a mere $100,000.)

    Susan Rosenberg has served as vice chair of the board of directors for Thousand Currents, an organization that provides fundraising and fiscal sponsorship for the Black Lives Matter Global Movement. She was an active member of revolutionary left-wing movements whose illegal activities included bombing U.S. government buildings and committing armed robberies.Rosenberg was sentenced to 58 years in prison on weapons and explosives charges. She spent 16 years in prison before her sentence was commuted to time served by President Bill Clinton, on his final day in office.

    Weather Underground founders were Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers, who later married. That group is most famous for a campaign of bombings and riots including the bombings of NYPD headquarters, the U.S. Capitol building, the Pentagon and a San Francisco police station Criminal charges against them were dropped in 1974 due to illegal evidence-gathering activities by authorities.  

    Ayers and Dohrn became university professors in Chicago: Ayers specialized in education reform at the University of Illinois at Chicago and served as an advisor to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley; Dohrn was hired by Northwestern University School of Law as an adjunct "Clinical Associate Professor of Law", even though she did not have a law license.

    Ayers and Dohrn hosted a meet-the-candidate gathering at their home for Barack Obama as he prepared to run for his initial election to the Illinois state senate.  Ayers and Obama worked with the same charity and social service organizations in Chicago (particularly the Chicago Annenberg Challenge).

    Ayers and Dohrn had legal guardianship of Chesa Boudin, son of Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert. Boudin and Gilbert were former Weather Underground members who were convicted of felony murder. Radical leftist Chesa Boudin has been elected District Attorney of San Francisco.

    We can’t hold Boudin responsible for the crimes of his parents but, according to American Thinker, “Chesa Boudin…was quite literally Hugo Chavez's trusted propagandist, translator and advisor”.  Chavez was the Venezuelan President (1998-2013) whose socialist programs created widespread poverty and unemployment in spite of that country’s great oil wealth. Working for Hugo Chavez is inexcusable. 

    A pimp and three terrorists have grown wealthy and influential in an America they tried to destroy.  A pimp is going to advise Seattle on policing, a terrorist handled finances for Black Lives Matter, another terrorist specialized in education as a college professor and a third terrorist taught law.  The latter two help explain a lot about why the college educational system took a far-left turn.

  • 10/14/2020 7:52 AM | Anonymous

    Upon Further Review…  by Tom Reynolds

    New York’s 18th Congressional District race between Democrat incumbent Sean Maloney and Republican challenger Chele Farley was listed as a race to watch in the recent Firing Lines.  Farley brings name recognition (she ran for the Senate against Gillibrand) and fund raising ability to that race, things that cost Republicans in recent elections in that district.  But when listing candidates that had an “A” rating from SCOPE, in last week’s email to members, Farley was omitted.  Since then, SCOPE has received new information and is raising Chele Farley to an “A” as a defender of the 2nd Amendment.  Her opponent, Sean Maloney, remains an “F”.

    In New York’ Senate District 55 race, Democrat Samra Brouk is running against Republican Christopher Missick.  This race was rated a tossup in the recent Firing Lines and Missick was rated as a “?” in last week’s email to members.  SCOPE has since received additional information and Christopher Missick is now rated as an “A” as a defender of the 2nd Amendment.  Samra Brouk remains an “F”. 

  • 10/12/2020 6:54 PM | Anonymous

    Let’s Pass Another Law – What Harm can It Do? by Tom Reynolds

    Beware of seemingly harmless laws.  Activist governments can twist anything into something it was never meant to be.  Laws are out there, lurking like Freddy in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies.

    Under the so called “Charleston Loophole”, if a NICS check takes more than 3 days, the gun sale may proceed.  Biden and Kamala Harris want to close the “Loophole” at the federal level.  Given that the federal level also controls the NICS checks and if the 3 day rule is changed, as President they could slow down the approval process and put many gun stores out of business.  (New York closed the “Loophole” but the federal government controls NICS checks – not NY State – so Cuomo cannot slow down the process.  Does anyone doubt what he would do if he did have that power?)  Closing the “Loophole” sounds attractive to some voters, but it would be too easily abused by gun control activists like Biden, Harris and Cuomo.

    Since the anti-gun left never stops trying, here’s an arrow they would like to have in their quiver.  Suppose Congress passed legislation funding HUD and included that “States and municipalities must make positive efforts to curb violence or be ineligible for HUD funding”?  Sounds like a good thing with all the riots and such.  But, an Obama-like administration could interpret it to mean that states and municipalities must proactively push gun control as a means of curbing violence.  No gun control means no federal dollars.  The federal government could withhold money for street and bridge maintenance if the state and local authorities did not implement stringent gun controls.

    Sounds far-fetched?  The HUD program called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) proves this point and, besides, it’s a program you should really be aware of even though it’s not about 2A. 

    Almost half a century after it was enacted, Obama’s HUD “discovered” a brief mention in the 1968 Fair Housing Act, and created AFFH, which calls for “diversity” in all levels of housing in suburbsTowns and suburbs are obligated to “do more than simply not discriminate”.  They have to make it possible for low-income minorities to choose suburban living and the towns must also provide “adequate support to make their choices possible.” AFFH’s plan included building high-density housing in low density suburban neighborhoods, (goodbye local zoning laws).  Suburbs would have to look like the city they surround or lose federal aid.  Under this program, suburbs are viewed as fundamentally unjust communities because they prevent taxation from flowing into the urban cities they surround.  Suburbanites are selfishly keeping their own money from less well-off people in the cities.

    Don’t worry about AFFH - for now.  Clinton lost in 2016 and Trump’s HUD Secretary Ben Carson stripped away Obama's AFFH Rule.  (In response, the left-wing media played the race card.  Ignoring that Ben Carson is black.)  Joe Biden has said he will reinstitute AFFH.

    What are the lessons in this for gunowners?    First, because the federal government is now funding so many local projects, the feds only need to threaten to withhold funding to trample on constitutional rights.  (The founding fathers warned about what a too powerful central government would do to individual rights.)  Second, laws are subject to misinterpretation, especially if the judiciary does not follow “original intent”.  (Amy Barrett is an “original intent” justice).  Third, charge racism – even when unfounded - and weak-kneed politicians take a knee.  Fourth, it’s not enough to be neutral, you must actively support a government program or you will be punished

    Who knows what minor part of some federal law is sitting in obscurity waiting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to resurrect in order to attack the Second Amendment that they pledged to destroy.

    The outcome of the November election will determine if AFFH is resurrected.  Oh yeah, the election will also decide if the 2nd Amendment is alive or just the walking dead.

  • 10/08/2020 10:10 PM | Anonymous

    Okay, Enough is Enough! by Tom Reynolds

    There was probably no one since George Washington who understood and practiced leadership better than Dwight Eisenhower. Forged in war and honed to a fine point in their presidencies, both Washington and Eisenhower understood the multiple dynamics of leadership. Not politics, but leadership. (There is no lack of successful politicians who are not leaders.) One of Ike’s guiding principles was that a leader had to be positive and optimistic.

    Susan Eisenhower wrote about the value of optimism in a leader in How Ike Led. She said that Ike, “…understood, perhaps better than anyone else, pessimism’s corrosive impact and the negativity it can produce…”

    In Crusade in Europe Ike, himself, wrote, “I firmly determined that my mannerisms and speech in public would always reflect the cheerful certainty of victory-that any pessimism and discouragement I might ever feel would be reserved for my pillow.”

    In a commencement speech at Dartmouth on June 14, 1953, Ike spoke concerning problems, “You can’t solve them with long faces, they don’t solve problems-not when they deal with humans. Humans have to have confidence; you’ve got to help give it to them.”

    America is going through a difficult time and we need leadership to hold us together and give us confidence that things will get better. One way is to follow Ike’s example and provide an optimistic outlook that things will get better.

    Our current President is criticized because he presented a positive outlook early in the China Virus epidemic. The media would seem to have preferred that he be gloom-and-doom and that the world is ending.

    Now, he is criticized for saying that we shouldn’t be afraid of the virus and to not let it dominate our lives. Would MSNBC prefer him to say that suicidal thoughts are okay in this difficult time? The media seems to feel that he set a bad example by not dying of Covid,

    Can you imagine the current media’s reaction to some of Winston Churchill’s great quotes? When Britain’s defeat seemed inevitable, he said, “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender”. CNN would have crucified him for being inspirational instead of being transparent and telling the British how really bad the situation was.

    What about liberal icon Franklin Roosevelt saying, during the depths of the Great Depression, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself”. At the same time, he, himself, was wondering if he would be the last president of the United States. Talk about a President who was not transparent!

    Have the talking heads on TV ever read history? Or closer to the truth, have their script writers ever read history? If they did, they may have read it but they certainly did not understand it. Leaders must present a positive. optimistic outlook. As Yogi Berra would have said, if leaders say it’s over - it’s over - and you don’t have to wait for Whoopie Goldberg to sing.

    In closing, one of Churchill’s lesser known quotes, but appropriate for this time is, “If you’re going through Hell - KEEP GOING”.

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