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Shooting After Shooting–What Do We Have Left?

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Yesterday was just like any other day, until I got a text from my brother-in-law. All it said was “27 people killed at an elementary school shooting in Connecticut; 18 were kids.” A familiar feeling came over me; the same feeling I had when I heard about the Colorado shooting, and the Amish shooting, and the sikh shooting. I felt heavy. What makes this so much more vile is the ages of the victims. What can be done about this?
Every blogger in the world will be writing about this shooting today; and every blogger will be arguing over gun control. Politicians and pundits jumped on the gun control issue within hours of the shooting.
Rupert Murdoch Tweeted: “Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy.”
Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino said:

“As a Mayor who has witnessed too many lives forever altered by gun violence, it is my responsibility to fight for action. Today’s tragedy reminds us that now is the time for action. Innocent children will now never attend a prom, never play in a big game, never step foot on a college campus. Now is the time for a national policy on guns that takes the loopholes out of the laws, the automatic weapons out of our neighborhoods and the tragedies like today out of our future.”

Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg said:

“With all the carnage from gun violence in our country, it’s still almost impossible to believe that a mass shooting in a kindergarten class could happen. It has come to that. Not even kindergarteners learning their A,B,Cs are safe. We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. We heard it after Virginia Tech. After Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek. And now we are hearing it again. For every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns. Today, many of them were five-year olds.”

In the face of all of this violence, what can be done? What is the source of the violence? Advocates on the Left and some on the Right will argue that guns are the problem; but is that the case? If there wasn’t someone pulling the trigger, the gun wouldn’t fire. So, if we are looking at this situation, and situations like this, from a standpoint of root cause, the gun is just a middle-man.
Rush Limbaugh, on his Friday show, said this:

”By the way, to all you leftists…trying to find a way to get rid of guns, trying to find a way to politicize this and advance your agenda, let me just point out we had guns 30, 40, 50, a hundred years ago, and we didn’t have mass murders every other month…So what’s changed? It is not the number of guns that’s changed. If you people on the left are so eager to control things, we actually need some values control. We actually need some social guardrails.”

Rush makes a very interesting point. It is not guns that are the cause, but a culture that has slipped farther and farther away from morality. So much has changed for the better in America since our independence, but what has changed for the worse is our moral fiber.
Many people look to acts like these and cry out for gun control. If we’d only eliminate guns, we would be safer. But it’s not the guns that are the problem; it’s people using them maliciously. If we ban guns, evil people will use explosives, or knives, or bows and arrows, or they will kill people using their own hands. Stricter gun laws are like giving cough medicine to someone with the plague.
According to Ben Shapiro: “Connecticut has some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country, and it seems that the shooter obtained his guns legally.”
So if stricter gun laws did nothing to prevent this shooting, what is left to be done? We can either arm our teachers, like Israel, or we can take off our blinders and stare the root problem right in the face. We are a rotting culture. We have walked so far away from our moral beginnings that we can no longer see where we started. It is not guns that are the problem; it is the decomposing moral fiber of our nation.
What are we left with? Some blame guns, some blame culture; the debate will continue.
But in the end, this debate over guns is not what matters. What matters is that we remember those who passed, those they left behind; and pray for the future. I pray that we will recover our sense of morality, and that we will find the way back to where we came. Not everyone has clear vision, so it is our responsibility to be the leaders. It is up to each of us to stand for what is right, oppose what is evil, and lead others on our way back home. I will end this with a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien:

“The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.”

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Leftist Journalist Slams Paralyzed GOP Candidate Standing To Recite Pledge Of Allegiance At RNC

So now it’s ok to kneel but it’s not ok to stand?

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Leftist Journalist Slams Young Paralyzed GOP Candidate Standing To Recite Pledge Of Allegiance At RNC

Madison Cawthorn standing to recite the Pledge was enough cause for PBS journalist Yamiche Alcindor to slam him on Twitter, writing: “Madison Cawthorn made it a point to stand, suggesting that all Americans to (sic) should stand during the pledge of allegiance & national anthem. It was a direct rebuke of actions by ppl — including black athletes who are currently sitting out games — protesting police brutality.”

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Madison Cawthorn, 25, the young GOP candidate for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, spoke Wednesday at the Republican National Convention from his wheelchair, as he has been paralyzed since the age of 18 from a car accident. At the end of his speech, Cawthorn, with the help of two men on either side of him, slowly rose to his feet to recite a brief portion of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Cawthorn began by mentioning the terrible car accident that robbed him of the use of his legs, saying, “Instantly, my hopes and dreams were seemingly destroyed. I was given a 1% chance of surviving. But thanks to the power of prayer, a very loving community, and many skilled doctors, I made it.”

“My accident has given me new eyes to see and new ears to hear; God protected my mind and my ability to speak, so I say to people who feel forgotten, ignored and invisible: I see you. I hear you,” Cawthorn stated.

He continued, “In times of peril, young people have stepped up and saved this country, abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled the cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps, and cracked codes. Yet today, political forces want to usher in the digital dark ages. A time of information without wisdom and tribalism without truth. National leaders on the Left have normalized emotion-based voting and a radicalized identity politics that rejects Martin Luther King’s dream. MLK’s dream is our dream: for all Americans to be judged solely on their character.” More

Social media erupts:

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CNN’s Stelter Says They May Cut Away From The RNC If There’s ‘Disinformation’

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CNN’s Stelter Says They May Cut Away From The RNC If There’s ‘Disinformation’

CNN’s Brian Stelter says the network will do live ‘fact-checks’ of the Republican convention, then gets blasted for not doing the same with Democrats.

“Television nets are going to have interesting choices to make…about whether to cut away if there’s this stream of disinformation happening live.” Promises CNN will cut in with “fact” checks.

Twitter weighs in:

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Trump Dunks On Reporter Over Not Wearing Masks: It’s A ‘Peaceful Protest’

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Trump Dunks On Reporter Over Not Wearing Masks: It’s A ‘Peaceful Protest’

President Donald Trump shoots down a reporter’s claim that NJ club members violating coronavirus guidelines: ‘It’s a peaceful protest.’

“No, this is a political activity,” Trump responded as the crowd booed the reporter. “You’re wrong on that because it’s a political activity. They have exceptions … and it’s also a peaceful protest.”

Twitter EXPLODES:

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MSNBC Ends Interview After Pro-Trump Dem Lawmaker BLASTS Him For Suggesting That He’s Getting Paid To Support Trump

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MSNBC Ends Interview After Pro-Trump Dem Lawmaker BLASTS Him For Suggesting That He’s Getting Paid To Support Trump

Democratic Georgia Rep. Vernon Jones told MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin that he is “paid to shape a liberal narrative” during a heated interview in which the lawmaker took exception to a question about whether or not he’s compensated to support President Trump.

OUCH: MSNBC Host Gets BLASTED After Suggesting Dem Lawmaker Is Paid To Support Trump

OUCH: MSNBC Host ENDS Interview after pro-Trump Democratic lawmaker BLASTS him for suggesting that he’s getting paid to support Trump

Posted by Ben Shapiro on Sunday, August 2, 2020

Vernon Jones, who is a member of Black Voices for Trump Advisory Board, was asked by MSNBC host Craig Melvin if he is paid to support Trump as a Democrat.

“Are you a paid campaign surrogate? Are you being compensated?” Craig Melvin bluntly questioned.

“Let me be clear. You get paid to shape a liberal narrative. You get paid to attack this president,” Vernon Jones shot back. “I don’t get a dime for this president. I don’t get a dime from the campaign. Everything I’ve done has been me and based on my principles.”

Jones then started to discuss how African Americans are expected to oppose Trump but Melvin cut him off. “Sir, I did not raise your race,” Melvin said as bickering intensified.

“Let me finish now. Let me finish,” Vernon Jones said.

“No, no, wait. Whoa, whoa, whoa. You’re not going to imply that I asked that question because you’re Black,” Craig Melvin responded.

“So don’t ask me that. You only ask me that because I don’t fit your narrative. I don’t want anything from this president. It’s what I can do for my country and you need to accept that many other African Americans and others support this president because of his policies. And to insult me to say am I getting paid, that is disgraceful,” Vernon Jones said

“That’s representative of MSNBC and their narrative to keep Blacks silent who happen to support this president,” Vernon Jones added. “Why can’t I be like White liberals or other Whites, nobody questions if they’re getting paid, so do you ask Democrats [if] are they getting paid? Are you getting paid by Joe Biden?”

Craig Melvin then quickly ended the interview.

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ABC Gets Mocked For Their “Peaceful Demonstration Intensifies” Claim

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ABC Gets Mocked For Their "Peaceful Demonstration Intensifies" Claim

ABC got mocked after they tweeted “peaceful demonstration intensifies” about a violent incident that happened in California.

The protest in Oakland turned violent when demonstrators set fire to a courthouse, vandalized a police station and shot fireworks at officers.

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Fox Soul Cancels Farrakhan Broadcast After Outrage On Social Media

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Fox Soul Cancels Farrakhan Broadcast After Outrage On Social Media

Fox Soul network won’t air the upcoming Louis Farrakhan speech after a lot of outcry on social media.

Fox Soul, which bills itself as “a live and interactive streaming channel dedicated to the African American viewer that premiered in January 2020,” announced on Monday that it will not broadcast the speech after facing backlash.

TDW:

Fox Soul, Fox TV’s streaming service targeted to black viewers, has canceled a Fourth of July program that was set to feature Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

The new network had planned to air a “Message to America” from Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan, who has been widely criticized for anti-Semitic and racist statements. Farrakhan was scheduled to deliver his remarks — dubbed “The Criterion: An Announcement to the World” — at 11 a.m. EDT on America’s birthday.

Among other widely reported comments, Farrakhan compared Jews to termites and defended the use of the phrase “death to America” on a visit to Iran in 2018.

Former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat and founder of Americans Against Antisemitism, called on Fox Soul to cancel the program.

“@AmericansAA calls upon @FOXTV to immediately cancel the planned JULY 4 broadcast of Dishonorable Minister of Hate @LouisFarrakhan on @[email protected] considers the Nation of Islam to be an extremist hate group. So why amplify this hateful voice?!#CancelFarrakhanNow!” he wrote.

Others also blasted the network for giving Farrakhan a platform. More

I’m normally against the cancel culture, but I won’t shed a tear that Louis Farrakhan got canceled. He truly deserves it!

 

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CNN Reporter and Crew Freed After Being Arrested by Minneapolis Police While Covering Protests

While CNN may not be the most balanced news outlet out there, the Constitution guarantees them certain rights that we must all defend….no matter how we feel about their programming.

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As if things couldn’t get any more dystopian around here these days, we now have concerns that the First Amendment is under attack in Minneapolis.

First there was the global pandemic, followed swiftly by a cultural flood of angst after the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police.  During their attempt to cover the protests that have erupted surrounding the case, a CNN reporter and his crew were arrested.

A CNN crew was arrested while giving a live television report Friday morning in Minneapolis — and then released about an hour later — as the crew covered ongoing protests over the death in police custody of George Floyd.

State police detained CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, his producer and his photojournalist shortly after 5 a.m. CT (6 a.m. ET) as Jimenez was reporting live from a street south of downtown, near where a police precinct building was earlier set ablaze.

Jimenez could be seen holding his CNN badge while reporting, identifying himself as a reporter, and telling the officers the crew would move wherever officers needed them to. An officer gripped his arm as Jimenez talked, then put him in handcuffs.

“We can move back to where you like. We are live on the air here. … Put us back where you want us. We are getting out of your way — wherever you want us (we’ll) get out of your way,” Jimenez said to police before he was led away.

Jimenez and his associates were eventually freed without charges, after it was made very clear that arresting members of the press is not something that we do here in America…even if it is CNN.

The journalist said that police treated them justly during their brief detention.

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