By Heather Mac Donald. A must read article originally published in Imprimis. Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal.
For almost two years, a protest movement known as “Black Lives Matter” has convulsed the nation. Triggered by the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, the Black Lives Matter movement holds that racist police officers are the greatest threat facing young black men today. This belief has triggered riots, “die-ins,” the murder and attempted murder of police officers, a campaign to eliminate traditional grand jury proceedings when police use lethal force, and a presidential task force on policing.
Even though the U.S. Justice Department has resoundingly disproven the lie that a pacific Michael Brown was shot in cold blood while trying to surrender, Brown is still venerated as a martyr. And now police officers are backing off of proactive policing in the face of the relentless venom directed at them on the street and in the media. As a result, violent crime is on the rise.
The need is urgent, therefore, to examine the Black Lives Matter movement’s central thesis—that police pose the greatest threat to young black men. I propose two counter hypotheses: first, that there is no government agency more dedicated to the idea that black lives matter than the police; and second, that we have been talking obsessively about alleged police racism over the last 20 years in order to avoid talking about a far larger problem—black-on-black crime.
Read more in Imprimis.
By Kimberly Bloom Jackson
Last week, near a busy outdoor shopping area, I witnessed two women break out into coughing fits while walking by a man who was just about to light a cigar. The match wasn’t even lit, but just seeing the cigar set them off. Perhaps their reaction was purely psychosomatic or maybe they just wanted to send the man a clear message of public disapproval and make him feel uncomfortable for enjoying a cigar. Either way, they sure looked silly.
Chances are you’ve seen or heard something similar. It seems to me that these kinds of Alinsky-inspired theatrics are becoming increasingly common for those who wish to draw negative attention to certain people or situations for ideological purposes. This is especially true among the anti-gun crowd. To demonstrate, I offer the following recent stories:
STORY #1: Imagine wearing an empty holster and then cited by police for “causing alarm.” This is what D.J. Parten, a student at the University of Alabama and President of Students for Concealed Carry in Alabama experienced while participating in what was billed as an empty holster protest on campus. That’s right. No guns or ammo, just an empty holster. Nevertheless, someone apparently freaked out and three campus police officers showed up. Here’s just a snippet of what happened:
Officer: “You know there’s a no-weapons policy out here, but then you want to push it.”
Parten: “Uh … this is a protest.”
Officer “Doesn’t matter. Did you get permission to wear it?”
Parten: “I don’t need permission to wear it.”
Officer: “You need permission from the university.”
Parten: “To wear a holster?”
By Kimberly Bloom Jackson
The hootenanny days of Establishment Republicans riding shotgun with Establishment Democrats may be over soon. Both political parties are so determined to cling onto what little influence they have left, they’re willing to risk it all, even if it means crash and burn at the end of the road.
In my view, we should have taken a big broom and shooed them all out a long time ago. But here we are with an even more arrogant bunch of political elites during a critical election season. As for the GOP, there’s a lot of scuttlebutt about how they’re planning to force a “brokered convention.” Yeah, I know it’s legal and it’s been done before, but depending on how the convention rules are changed at the last minute to suit Establishment whims, it may not be very liberty-oriented or respectful of voters. That’s because it likely wouldn’t be a contest between our two clear frontrunners—Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Instead, according to numerous mainstream news stories that have been dribbled out in an attempt to test the waters of resistance, Establishment politicians are hinting at choosing someone of their own liking. In other words, if the Republican primary doesn’t go the way the GOP prefers … to hell with the People!
Take it from Mr. Establishment himself, Karl Rove, who recently appeared on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show suggesting one possible scenario:
If we have somebody who we think has been battle-tested, and has strong conservative principles and the ability to articulate them, and they are nominated at this convention, there will be a lot of acrimony from the people who were seeking the nomination. But if it’s somebody who has, you know, has those convictions that they can express in a compelling way we could come out of the convention in relatively strong position … And a fresh face might be the thing that could give us a chance to turn this election and win in November against Hillary.
By Kimberly Bloom Jackson
This is the perfect reply to anyone who tries to suggest that Democrats who own guns are somehow praiseworthy supporters of gun rights. The reply comes from Mark Walters, who writes a column for Concealed Carry Magazine, which I highly recommend to anyone who carries, or is thinking about carrying, a firearm. Learn more at United States Concealed Carry Association.
Hey Mark! Dems Own Guns, Too (July 2014 Issue)
To Mark Walters:
I own guns. Carry guns. Hell, I live in Kansas and we have one of the country’s best set of gun laws.
Do you think a Democrat cannot be a supporter of gun rights or that we don’t carry guns? Do you think we are all a bunch of wimps?
Can Democrats be good supporters of the 2nd Amendment? Or does just being a Democrat mean we are evil and not capable of carrying a gun?
How does Obamacare impact your gun rights? It doesn’t. The hatred of Obama seems to be more of a personal thing for people like you. A hatred not backed by logic but just anger. I assume you never read these emails, but I wish there was a gun forum or magazine that dealt with gun rights only and was not just another right-wing haven.
Gary, Via Email
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So you’re a Democrat who owns guns. Big deal. Woo-hoo and pass the chips!
A must see video from Prager University:
“Is America racist? Is it—as President Barack Obama said—”part of our DNA”? Author and talk-show host Larry Elder examines America’s legacy of racism, whether it’s one we can ever escape, and in the process offers a different way of looking at things like Ferguson, crime, police and racial profiling.”
Originally posted on January 18, 2016 at Prager University.
By Kimberly Bloom Jackson
What is it about Hollywood elites who jump on their soapboxes proclaiming to be saviors of America, but then do everything imaginable to undermine the core principles of its founding?
Take Hollywood’s anti-gun glitterati for example. Between making personal fortunes from glorifying guns in their movies and living exuberant lifestyles that includes armed security, one would think they would support their fellow Americans right to self-defense. Nope.
We’ve all heard of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his scandalous anti-gun program Everytown For Gun Safety. Now, Academy Award-winning actress Julianne Moore has recently launched her own gun control group called Everytown Creative Council, which, not surprisingly, falls under the auspices of Bloomberg’s organization. To help her, she has recruited fellow celebrities Meg Ryan, Amy Schumer, Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon, Kevin Bacon, Kristen Bell, Jessica Chastain, J.J.Abrams, and others to join in her un-American assault on the Second Amendment.
In a Huffington Post blog, Moore had the audacity to write:
- “We are actors and artists, but we are Americans first. … We respect the Second Amendment but keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of convicted criminals, terrorists, domestic abusers, stalkers and dangerous people isn’t anti-gun; it’s pro-common sense.”
- “We know that more than 90 percent of Americans support common-sense reforms that are proven to save lives. What not enough people know and what the gun lobby doesn’t want more of us to know is that a large majority of gun owners support these reforms too.”
This is a level of propaganda we would expect from the pompous pigs in George Orwell’s 1945 classic novel Animal Farm. All people are equal, but some people (the elites who like to make the rules) are more equal than others.
I finally took Rob Pincus’ Combat Focus Shooting class last summer. To be honest, I was a little nervous at first. That’s because Combat Focus Shooting goes beyond just shooting at a stationary paper target, where people stand and take their sweet time shooting at the bullseyes. If only the bad guys who seek to lethally harm us would be as still as the typical paper target.
Luckily, Pincus’ intuitive shooting class can better prepare us for a dynamic critical incident in the real world. His classes are very “hands-on” and “minds-on,” complete with shooting (with and without sights), holstering/re-holstering, loading/reloading, and lots of lateral movement, all while under the influence of multiple stimuli. In other words, it wasn’t comfy like a standard shooting range. This is precisely how my skills were taken to the next level. In fact, the class was so good, I plan to take it again in the future.
To experience this potentially life-saving training for yourself, contact Combat Focus Shooting for more information.
By Kimberly Bloom Jackson
Few things turn Americans off more than when a minority Hollywood elitist takes to the microphone and whines about how unfair and racist America is, especially after they just left their multi-million dollar home and were transported to the event in a luxurious limousine.
Enter actress Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia Pope, one of the main characters on the ABC television drama Scandal. Recently, Washington was honored at an ACLU Southern California Bill of Rights Awards Dinner. But don’t let the “Bill of Rights” thing fool you. The beauty of this kind of propaganda is that it allows the Left to masquerade as the moral defenders of our liberty, while at the end of the day not really being interested in defending all individuals, or even all liberties.
Washington was introduced by MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, whose opening remarks began with three words: “Black Lives Matter.” This set the tone for Washington’s big racist America speech complete with personal lamentations:
“The fact that my very personhood as an African-American, as a woman, as a granddaughter of immigrants, as a kid from the Bronx, the fact that my personhood is still so fragile in this country—that I feel how fragile my personhood is, that my daughter’s personhood, that the personhood of so many of my loved ones is still so fragile—it’s heartbreaking to me.”
This is, to put it bluntly, nauseating to the rest of us. For starters, Washington purports to see herself as a victim in a racist nation. This shouldn’t be completely surprising given how the racial grievance industry has been whipped up to a full froth, particularly in the media and across college campuses. As for Washington, she attended George Washington University.
By Dave Workman. This is a much needed “we’ll play hardball right back at you” article. Workman is an author and senior editor at TheGunMag.com.
Fox News is reporting this morning that a Virginia state senator is making good on his promise to push for defunding armed bodyguards for anti-gun Gov. Terry McAuliffe unless the Democrat does an about face on an October order to prohibit firearms in most state office buildings.
It brings up an interesting question that could apply to any government official anywhere, from mayors on up. If an elected official is opposed to the carrying of defensive sidearms by average citizens, should that official automatically lose his/ her security guards?
Virginia State Sen. Charles Carrico, a Republican, is quoted by Fox News observing, “It’s easy for someone who is surrounded by armed state policemen to tell someone else they can’t carry a weapon to protect themselves.”
If the idea were to spread, it’s likely that herds of liberal politicians would be running for cover, complaining that they “need” the protection. This would be the perfect way to test the “needs” standard for issuing carry permits in such states as New York, New Jersey and Maryland by applying it to officials who insist they need security.
Could it be that this elitist double standard might be part of the reason that, according to Rasmussen Reports, only about one in four Americans think the country is headed in the right direction? Rasmussen’s daily polling update revealed Monday that only 26 percent of likely U.S. voters think the
Read more at Examiner.
By Kimberly Bloom Jackson
December 14 marks the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that took the lives of 20 children and 6 adults. But this anniversary is different because it comes on the heels of the Islamic terrorist attack in San Bernardino that killed 14 and injured 17. Given this, what has your local school done to prevent another tragedy?
All across the country political leaders, school personnel, and parents have moved beyond the emotionalism that has influenced mindless policies of so-call gun free zones. Finally, scores of teachers are now rising up from a posture of being defenseless sheep to that of taking responsibility for their personal defense and that of the children they are entrusted to protect.
Incredibly, most educators are still waiting anxiously for their school leaders to do the right thing. Remember all the endless chatter immediately following the Sandy Hook tragedy? School officials everywhere sent letters to frantic parents promising all the things they would do to ensure the safety of their kids. Where I was teaching, even the police chief was invited to speak at our school board meeting, of which only about 8 minutes was actually dedicated to school safety—and still no change. Sadly, for many schools it appears to have been all hype. But how could this be after so many innocent lives have been lost?
Those in charge are so paralyzed by their own cowardice that they find all sorts of excuses for inaction. My personal favorites are: “It’s not likely to happen here,” “We don’t want to freak out parents,” or “We just don’t have the budget.”
In reality, the problem is not budgets or anything else. The problem is denial.
To understand denial, all we have to do is look at school safety from another angle—fire. How many school children in North America have died from fire in the last half century? The answer is zero. And the reason is simple. We are inundated with highly effective redundancy systems that include smoke alarms, fire sprinklers, fire extinguishers, fire exits, fire hydrants, fire resistant tiles, paint, and other materials. We also have fire drills so everyone can practice how to escape safely. Finally, to make sure everything humanly possible is being done to prevent death by fire, we undergo regular safety inspections by the local fire chief. We do these things because we believe they make children safe. And they do!