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The American discussion on gun rights would seem by most accounts to go the way of the world’s discussion on American gun rights. The general opinion of the Western European powers and even Russia seems to rest on the notion that there is something basically wrong with the idea that American people have a very full right to gun ownership. Many Americans that live in larger cities do not understand the need of gun ownership for self-protection because their community is blessed with good police protection. Many of the European countries do not share this, and even Russia has rather strict limitations on the matter of ownership. In light of these different contexts that these people live in, the comments are honestly and entirely fair and it is wise to hear them out.

But when the discussion on this matter dissolves into argument and name-calling, this is useless. This member of the Virginia House of Delegates expressed his frustration with the lack of true debate, which had recently been replaced by egregious slander and name calling instead of constructive action.

Mr. Freitas here expresses clearly the summary of things that have changed in the United States that have contributed to the persistence of the problem of these awful crimes. The assessment is damning, and it is damning of issues that liberals have championed.

The issue of gun-control has become a sensation and hotbed of vicious slander.

The liberal media and the Democrat party operatives in the United States have been rather in lockstep with the attitudes of the Western Europeans. And some of the attitudes expressed are quite judgmental, like this thought from the British paper The Guardian back in 2013:

Last week, Starbucks asked its American customers to please not bring their guns into the coffee shop… Although it was brave of Howard Schultz, the company’s chief executive, to go even this far in a country where people are better armed and only slightly less nervy than rebel fighters in Syria, we should note that dealing with the risks of scalding and secondary smoke came well before addressing the problem of people who go armed to buy a latte. There can be no weirder order of priorities on this planet.

Here is a whole lot of opinion, expressed in just three sentences. The author of this piece offered the novel thought that with all the gun violence in the US, we ought to be considered to be in a state of “civil war” and if so, then the world should intervene and put a stop to it.

However enticing that point might seem to someone who has never lived in the United States, this might seem very logical – indeed, I live in Russia, where the gun laws are far more permissive than they are in many states in Europe, but the issue of guns in the hands of Americans is always met with perplexity at the very least.

There are a number of “mythbusting facts” which must be presented to come to a more realistic view of the situation. We will offer three of them here.

Guns are really not that important to Americans, but the freedom to own one is important.

First, the view on firearms in the United States itself is highly polarized where anyone has an opinion at all. But that last phrase says a lot – because by and large, most Americans do not spend time thinking about guns one way or the other. When an awful crime happens, like the recent Florida massacre, the issue comes up and the press tries to bring home the idea that “something must be done about the gun violence” which is just sensationalism of the worst character possible, as it is built on the blood of the dead who perished in the attack. This in itself is worse than tasteless, it expresses a point of view, be it subtly so, that the political issue is more important than the fact that a lot of people just got killed, and it is this which actually both distracts attention from the debate and also seems to cut off any further critical thought on the matter.

The United States has the oldest and most stable constitutional government on earth.

The second fact is that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right that has existed ever since America was founded. Although the nation is young contrasted with nations like Great Britain or Germany or Italy, it has had a stable government for its entire history, Civil War notwithstanding. In other words, the United States is not a place where coups and revolutions happen, so it could rightly be said that our system of government and our corresponding culture is among the worlds oldest. To back that up with numbers, look at these dates for the Constitutions of the United States and those of the other significant powers of today:

  • Brazil – 1988
  • Canada – 1867
  • People’s Republic of China – 1982
  • Finland – 2000
  • France – 1958
  • Germany – 1949
  • Greece – 1975
  • Poland – 1997
  • Russia – 1993
  • Switzerland – 1999
  • The United Kingdom – Parliamentary Sovereignty – means Statutes passed by Parliament are the final and supreme source of law in Great Britain – While Great Britain has no constitution as such, this character of Sovereignty resting in Parliament’s hands could potentially mean the the law of the land might be only one day old at times.
  • The United States of America – 1788

When a nation forms around a constitution, this document is held to be the supreme law of the land. As we can see, the American document is the oldest here, and in fact in the list provided on this site, it is the oldest in the world. Although the US Constitution has been amended, this has only been ratified 27 times in the entire history of the nation, and only once has an amendment ever effectively repealed another amendment.

When something begins to last as long as this, then it psychologically and culturally becomes even more difficult to change. The Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, was put in place early in the formation of the Republic to protect the citizens against their own government if it got tyrannical. While for the most part, gun owners are not concerned with the US government becoming tyrannical, the fact of life that people own guns if they want to has become embedded in the cultural landscape. Removing this would only be possible if the whole population agreed to this, but they are exceedingly unlikely to do that because the Second Amendment warns us to beware of a government that would ask us to give up our arms. Therefore the alarm over any government’s move about weapons is set off very easily when it comes to this matter.

Mental health is the linking factor in all mass shootings, not the nature of the arms used.

A third factor is overall homicide rates in the United States, as well as all crime, has been in decline since at least 1981, from 6.6 people killed per 100,000 then to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2010. The shocking reality of mass shootings has, sadly, increased, and this parallels two other developments that have also increased at the same time – one being the incidence of psychological illness in the populace, and the other – the increasing rejection of religious values and traditions in the culture of the United States. I believe all three of these are inextricably linked, as written about here, and here.

While the overall decline in homicide is forgotten about by most in such tragedies, the statistic is nevertheless there to be seen once someone looks.

It is vitally important to be fair on this issue

Now, a journalist is charged to be fair unless that journalist is expressly writing an opinion piece. My personal opinion is that the problem with such shootings is primarily one of the state of mind and soul of the shooter and how he or she got that way. At the same time I have seen the statistical charts that show that yes, gun-involved crime is very high in the United States per capita compared with the rest of the world.

But I grew up in the United States, and I was taught about guns and respect for them. Something was instilled in me that seems no longer to be instilled in people. There is a reason for that. One blogger in Great Britain was honest about this issue enough to admit that while the incidence of gun crime in England is very low, there are many, even epidemic counts of stabbings. We do not hear talk in England about banning knives. In fact, we hear very little talk at all about this unless someone high-profile gets stabbed. But here again, the facts remain just like they are in the USA with guns: The knife didn’t decide it was going to stab someone. Neither did the gun.

In order to properly conduct the debate over what to do, then, a factual assessment is required. We have offered some information – maybe it can help. We have also acknowledged that this is presently a divisive issue, but it need not be if we care more about our nation than about how to slam one another with rhetoric. While I personally do not support changing the Second Amendment, I do support measures taken to keep unstable people from gaining access to firearms – this seems only sensible. In a future piece we will examine the issue regarding mental health, and the care – or lack thereof that has spiraled into a horrible crisis of its own, of which we believe the shootings is a symptom. But otherwise, this is a time for prayer and mourning, and eventually of reasonable and rational investigation and discussion of real measures we can take to solve this terrible problem.

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Pat Buchanan: “The Late Hit” On Judge Kavanaugh

Wha exactly is professor Ford’s case against Judge Kavanaugh?

Patrick J. Buchanan

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Upon the memory and truthfulness of Christine Blasey Ford hangs the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his reputation and possibly his career on the nation’s second-highest court.

And much more. If Kavanaugh is voted down or forced to withdraw, the Republican Party and conservative movement could lose their last best hope for recapturing the high court for constitutionalism.

No new nominee could be vetted and approved in six weeks. And the November election could bring in a Democratic Senate, an insuperable obstacle to the elevation of a new strict constructionist like Kavanaugh.

The stakes are thus historic and huge.

And what is professor Ford’s case against Judge Kavanaugh?

When she was 15 in the summer of ’82, she went to a beer party with four boys in Montgomery County, Maryland, in a home where the parents were away.

She says she was dragged into a bedroom by Brett Kavanaugh, a 17-year-old at Georgetown Prep, who jumped her, groped her, tried to tear off her clothes and cupped her mouth with his hand to stop her screams.

Only when Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge, laughing “maniacally,” piled on and they all tumbled off the bed, did she escape and lock herself in a bathroom as the “stumbling drunks” went downstairs. She fled the house and told no one of the alleged rape attempt.

Not until 30 years later in 2012 did Ford, now a clinical psychologist in California, relate, in a couples therapy session with her husband, what happened. She says she named Kavanaugh as her assailant, but the therapist’s notes of the session make no mention of Kavanaugh.

During the assault, says Ford, she was traumatized. “I thought he might inadvertently kill me.”

Here the story grows vague. She does not remember who drove her to the party. She does not say how much she drank. She does not remember whose house it was. She does not recall who, if anyone, drove her home. She does not recall what day it was.

She did not tell her parents, Ford says, as she did not want them to know she had been drinking. She did not tell any friend or family member of this traumatic event that has so adversely affected her life.

Said Kavanaugh in response, “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

Mark Judge says it never happened.

Given the seriousness of the charges, Ford must be heard out. But she also needs to be cross-examined and have her story and character probed as Kavanaugh’s has been by FBI investigators as an attorney for the Ken Starr impeachment investigation of Bill Clinton, a White House aide to George Bush, a U.S. appellate judge and a Supreme Court nominee.

During the many investigations of Kavanaugh’s background, nothing was unearthed to suggest something like this was in character.

Some 65 women who grew up in the Chevy Chase and Bethesda area and knew Kavanaugh in his high school days have come out and spoken highly of his treatment of girls and women.

Moreover, the way in which all of this arose, at five minutes to midnight in the long confirmation process, suggests that this is political hardball, if not dirt ball.

When Ford, a Democrat, sent a letter detailing her accusations against Kavanaugh to her California congresswoman, Anna Eshoo, Ford insisted that her name not be revealed as the accuser.

She seemingly sought to damage or destroy the judge’s career behind a cloak of anonymity. Eshoo sent the letter on to Sen. Diane Feinstein, who held it for two months.

Excising Ford’s name, Feinstein then sent it to the FBI, who sent it to the White House, who sent it on to the Senate to be included in the background material on the judge.

Thus, Ford’s explosive charge, along with her name, did not surface until this weekend.

What is being done here stinks. It is a transparently late hit, a kill shot to assassinate a nominee who, before the weekend, was all but certain to be confirmed and whose elevation to the Supreme Court is a result of victories in free elections by President Trump and the Republican Party.

Palpable here is the desperation of the left to derail Kavanaugh, lest his elevation to the high court imperil their agenda and the social revolution that the Warren Court and its progeny have been able to impose upon the nation.

If Kavanaugh is elevated, the judicial dictatorship of decades past, going back to the salad days of Earl Warren, William Brennan, Hugo Black and “Wild Bill” Douglas, will have reached its end. A new era will have begun.

That is what is at stake.

The Republican Senate should continue with its calendar to confirm Kavanaugh before Oct. 1, while giving Ford some way to be heard, and then Kavanaugh the right to refute. Then let the senators decide.

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Arizona Senator Jeff Flake Opposes Vote on Kavanaugh Until Leftist Accuser Has Her Say

The end of the Republic inches closer as Identity Politics knows no bounds: Republicans join the fight to delay Brett Kavanaugh confirmation vote.

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FLAKE OUT — ARIZONA SENATOR OPPOSES VOTE ON KAVANAUGH

Anti-Trump Senator Jeff Flake, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in an interview Sunday evening that until he learns more about the sexual assault allegation regarding Brett Kavanaugh, he is “not comfortable voting yes” on Kavanaugh.

It’s Flakes last chance to poke President Trump and the country in the eye before he rides retires and likely finds a job in the liberal media.

Via Mike Cernovich:

Kavanaugh’s accuser is a far left anti-Trump activist.

Via Zerohedge


Over the past few days, what appeared at first to be a merely token resistance to the nomination of Trump SCOTUS pick Brett Kavanaugh has morphed into something entirely more menacing. And for the first time since Kavanaugh’s name was first floated in June, his nomination may be in jeopardy.

After allegations of decades-old sexual improprieties first surfaced last week, it looked as if Kavanaugh would easily surmount this obstacle. But we have to give the Democrats credit: They have lined up their dominoes perfectly. And on Sunday, they set their plan in motion when the Washington Post published an in-depth interview with Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. The story detailed a blow-by-blow accounting of Ford’s allegations, as well as her explanation for why she neglected to share her experience until decades later. Tellingly, the story also noted that Democrats have been sitting on the story since July, and that Ford only decided to out herself after some unscrupulous members of the Judiciary Committee shared her identity with the press – or at least that’s what California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office alleges.

While the allegations are relatively tame by #MeToo era standards (the incident allegedly unfolded when Kavanaugh was 17), it has apparently been enough for Democrats and a handful of turncoat moderate Republicans to successfully shut down a planned Thursday vote of the Judiciary Committee. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake effectively shut down the vote last night when he revealed that he wanted to hear more from Ford before voting. Without Flake, the Republicans’ 11-10 majority on the Judiciary Committee shifts to a 10-11 vote in favor of the Democrats. While Committee Chairman Charles Grassley has said he’d like the vote to proceed as scheduled, media reports say he is quietly working to organize a private call involving Ford and curious Senators in an effort to help mitigate their concerns.

But looking further ahead, Republican leaders might have more difficulty as Tennessee Republican Bob Corker – who is not a member of the Judiciary Committee but could still hold up the final confirmation vote – said Sunday that he’d also like to see Thursday’s committee vote delayed.

Here’s more from Bloomberg:

“I’ve made it clear that I’m not comfortable moving ahead with the vote on Thursday if we have not heard her side of the story or explored this further,” said Flake, who has the power to stall consideration if all Democrats on the panel join him since Republicans only hold an 11-10 majority on the committee. Flake’s office didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Corker of Tennessee, who isn’t a member of the panel but whose vote is critical to confirmation, also doesn’t want the committee to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation until Ford’s allegations can be heard, said his spokeswoman, Micah Johnson. The senator wants the allegations to be heard promptly, she said.

The backlash intensified late Sunday when Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski told CNN that Thursday’s hearing should be delayed.

“Well, I think that might be something they might have to consider, at least having that discussion,” Murkowski.

[…]

“This is not something that came up during the hearings. The hearings are now over. And if there is real substance to this it demands a response.”

However, at least one of the Senate’s reputed moderates has stood up to the Democrats in an interview with the New York Times, castigating them for withholding this information until so late in the process (remember: Feinstein justified this decision by saying she had referred Ford’s allegations to the FBI, who reportedly added them to his background check file).

“What is puzzling to me is the Democrats, by not bringing this out earlier, after having had this information for more than six weeks, have managed to cast a cloud of doubt on both the professor and the judge,” Collins told The New York Times.

Collins asked if Democrats believed Ford, “why didn’t they surface this information earlier,” and if they didn’t believe Ford, “why did they decide at the 11th hour to release it?”

“It is really not fair to either of them the way it is was handled,” Collins said.

Collins comments come after Ford spoke publicly about the alleged incident for the first time during an interview with The Washington Post that was published on Sunday.

On Monday, in the latest sign that Ford could appear at an embarrassing public hearing, Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, told “Today” that her client would be willing to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “She’s a credible person. These are serious allegations. And they should be addressed.”

The White House, for its part, is standing by Kavanaugh, and allowing the Senate to sort things out. According to Bloomberg, Kellyanne Conway said Ford should not be “insulted and ignored” in what appears to be an attempt to beat the Democrats at their own virtue-signaling game.

Still, according to a White House spokesperson, Trump isn’t giving an inch. Washington Post reporter Seung Min Kim, citing WH spokesperson Kerri Kupec, reported that Judge Kavanaugh “categorically and unequivocally” denied this allegation: “This has not changed. Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement,”she said.

In fact, as Axios reports, Senate Republicans could “play hardball” by calling on Ford to testify before Thursday’s scheduled vote. Though Republicans wouldn’t surprised if Ford holds a press conference or gives a TV interview, which Axios says “would raise the stakes considerably.” Chuck Schumer, meanwhile, has repeatedly called for an FBI investigation and a postponement of the vote

To be sure, the Democrats’ goals here are obvious. After Sen. Corey Booker’s “selfless” decision to release unauthorized documents about Kavanaugh’s time in the Bush Administration failed to even delay the process, Democrats have now played their Trump card – no pun intended. Their goal: Delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation at least until the Oct. 1 mark – the beginning of SCOTUS’s next term – to put a halt to any controversial decisions that could reverse important precedents. Of course, their ultimate goal is to stonewall the White House until after Nov. 6, when a few victories in the midterms might allow them to sink Kavanaugh’s nomination once and for all.

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University announces “White Awake” safe space for white students

The University of Maryland at College Park has set up a new diversity support group to create a “safe space” for white students to discuss their feelings.

Campus Reform

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Update: After publication of this article, University of Maryland-College Park changed the name of the group to “Anti-Racism and Ally Building Group,” along with a shorter description, which reads,  “Do you want to improve your ability to relate to and connect with people different from yourself? Do you want to become a better ally? Members will support and share feedback with each other as they learn more about themselves and how they can fit into a diverse world.”

In a statement provided to Campus Reform on Friday, the university explained the name change: “Our Counseling Center acknowledges that we did not choose the right words in raising awareness about this research-based initiative, and how this group has been perceived is counter to the values of inclusiveness and diversity that we embody. Therefore, we are renaming the group to better reflect our intention and values.”


The University of Maryland at College Park announced Friday a new diversity support group to create a “safe space” for white students to discuss their feelings about “interactions with racial and ethnic minorities.”

The support group, called “White Awake,” will help white students who may “sometimes feel uncomfortable and confused before, during, or after interactions with racial and ethnic minorities.”

“This group offers a safe space for White students to explore their experiences, questions, reactions, and feelings,” the description explains. “Members will support and share feedback with each other as they learn more about themselves and how they can fit into a diverse world.” The description asks students if they want to “improve [their] ability to relate to and connect with people different from [themselves]” or if they want to become a better “ally.” The new group is now one of four in the university’s “Diversity Issues” program series.The group is being led by Noah Collins, who works for the UMD Counseling Center, and will be held once a week. Collins specializes in group therapy and is interested “especially in the areas of racial and cultural awareness,” according to his faculty bio.The safe space has been met with harsh criticism from students on social media.

“I am ashamed over the execution of white awake nor do I fully understand its clause. ‘How they can fit into a diverse world’? Why do they need to attend therapy sessions on how to be a decent human being in society?” a UMD student wrote on Twitter. “Why do they need to have these sessions to learn how to coexist?”

“Just like classes. You can’t take one class and feel like you have all understanding over a certain subject,” the student added. “It takes practice, it takes problems, it takes more than one course, so ‘White Awake’ has good intention but I am skeptical over the fairytale result.”

Campus Reform reached out to Collins and UMD for comment but did not receive a response by time of publication. If and when a comment is received, the article will be updated.


Follow the author of this article on Twitter: @Grace_Gotcha

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