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FOAC's September 2021 Newsletter and Meeting Notice w-Linked Agenda :: 09/10/2021
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The activist roots of FOAC, as an organization, go back into the very early 90s here in Pennsylvania and individually, for some of us, much further than that. At that time our state, and even our nation, were nowhere near as polarized as we are today with Pennsylvania having more A Rated politicians on the Democrat side, we still have the records, than on the Republican side. There was a general respect for our constitutional values and the importance of holding perpetrators of violent crime responsible. As an example, former Democrat Speaker of the House, Bill DeWeese, once told me that he was 90% liberal but the 10% conservative side was in support of the Second Amendment and his voting record supported that. Sadly, for the Democrat party, the vast majority of that honor and moral courage seems to have slipped by the wayside for the most part.
We now have an administration in the White House that is acting more and more erratic and despotic as each day goes by! They get smacked down by the Supreme Court, no problem, we’ll just continue to do the same thing! That pesky Second Amendment, no problem, we’ll just nominate a person (David Chipman) who is a Chinese communist loving, racist, who loses firearms and ignores the limitations placed on government by the Bill of Rights!
Let’s be clear, David Chipman is an insult to our Constitution, the rule of law, and every good law enforcement officer!
As an example, Chipman testified at the Harrisburg University in support of Extreme Risk Protection Orders or what’s known as Red Flag Laws several years ago. I was there testifying against those measures, thankfully they didn’t pass, and so was attorney Joshua Prince. The entourage surrounding him was made up of the same people who nominated him to Pres. Biden for the position of ATF Dir.
Chipman’s testimony, then as well as everything we’ve seen since, indicates that we have a man here who is not only ignorant on the Constitution of the United States of America, defiantly so I might add, but that he feels he can make things up as he goes along the matter what Congress or any other law says the contrary!
Chipman’s own statements helped scuttle his chances of becoming ATF’s Director with, as an example, assertions like this, "The FBI [and] other federal agencies have a tough job responding to these threats when they don't currently have the authority to remove weaponry just because people are saying hateful things." That comment is a red flag about red flag laws.
It seems this is a troubling time because we have organizations (Everytown, Giffords, Mom’s Demand Action and CeaseFire PA) who are willing to support someone who is knowingly willing to violate not only the rights of law-abiding citizens along with being willing to act like a tyrant to impose his own agenda on others!
While I’m ecstatic that his nomination was pulled, I worry where else he will land in the Biden administration and still be influencing bureaucratic policy.
Of course, the inevitable wailing and gnashing of teeth was to be expected from the anti-gun groups like Everytown and Moms Demand Action, however, the September 9th e-mail from Everytown was an unusually desperate example of their “over-the-top” lies! It was not that they supported an ATF Director nominee who was flawed in so many ways and could not convince the Senators of the merits of his selection nor that to this day parts of his record have NOT been made available to Congress but, in a clear case of 'transference', Everytown makes the unfounded excuse that it was the “gun lobby” who conducted a month-long smear campaign. It seems appropriate to call out some of their completely false statements in Everytown's most recent e-mail, of which I will list several below:
- The gun lobby and their allies in Congress--who represent a minority of Americans
- The gun lobby and their allies in Congress--. . . . .--continue to fuel our nation's gun violence crisis.
- Today, after too many lawmakers failed to recognize the urgency of our gun violence crisis
- The gun lobby can keep spewing disinformation all day long
- . . . .our movement will continue to work every day to defeat their dangerous agenda
Not only is this an insult to law-abiding citizens in America who responsibly exercise their Second Amendment rights every day to the tune of well over 100 million of us, it is demeaning and insulting to the members of Congress. What's more, IF gun owners are NOT the 'majority' and IF the 'truth' is on their side; HOW did 'the gun lobby' pull this off??!! After all, it is a matter of public record that Everytown and Mom's Demand Action are bankrolled by billionnaires and receive ten times, if not more, the money that ALL gun groups spend every year!! They have the money, the media and control of the Presidency, the Senate AND the House.
What they don’t say, is that the Democrats control the Legislative and Executive branches of government! So how did the nomination fail if there wasn’t supporting documentation and we were just spewing lies or as they put it “mirrors”?
So, they claim that the gun lobby is fueling the gun violence crisis in America along with their allies in Congress. Yet we have never had the level of gun control laws actively in place in the history of our nation! In just eight short months Congress has filed 91 different anti-gun bills that would add significant statutory restrictions and roadblocks to the lawful exercise of the Second Amendment.
It’s important to keep in mind that Everytown is but one of a myriad of anti-gun organizations that is supported by many foundations and wealthy individuals. The top nine anti-gun organizations organized as nonprofits and can be found at the embedded link here.
It bears repeating that unless you walk the halls of Harrisburg and/or DC you will not get a full understanding of the pressure applied to legislators every day when they’re in session, and even in their district offices, to push the anti-gun agenda!
It also bears repeating that these organizations do NOT focus on holding criminals accountable and, in fact, in at least one example-CeaseFirePA-they have admitted on a conference call with me that they do not support mandatory sentencing laws because of their impact on the black and brown community. The person making that assertion was Adam Garber Cease-Fire’s Executive Director. I want to let that sink in for a moment because here we have an anti-gun organization that is advancing laws that have mandatory sentencing provisions within it and yet enforcement of those laws is not something they’re seeking. So, is their position not reverse racism because leaving out the black and brown community means they only want to see the laws applied to white Americans?
Do Harsher Sentences for Violent Criminals Work?
Progressives shudder at the thought of mandatory sentences so I'm sure they are gnashing their teeth at the new government study of violent criminals in the United States that has shown that violent criminals were less likely to be rearrested if they spent more time in prison before release, a large, long-term Bureau of Justice Statistics study has shown.
Nearly 77 percent of people imprisoned for a violent crime were arrested again within 10 years of release. The rate was lower, though, for those who served harsher sentences than for those who served lighter ones, according to the study conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BLS).
Of those who spent less than the median time in prison prior to release, 78.3 percent got rearrested. For those who served more than the median time, 66.4 percent were rearrested. Among those with the harshest sentences of more than 80 months, 57.5 percent were rearrested, according to the recently released study (Bureau of Justice Statistics Report-click here).
The study followed a sample of 76,000 state prisoners selected from more than 400,000 released in 24 states in 2008. It saw more than four in five arrested again within a decade, recording nearly 2.2 million rearrests. Among those released, about a quarter were serving time for violent crimes.
Bottom line, government knows that gun control is a failure and, at the same time, they know that keeping violent criminals in jail for longer periods of time protects citizens (something Biden boasts about). So, let’s go back to the beginning where we have a polarized society that appears no longer focused on doing the right thing for all citizens. We have seen what detachment, apathy and disinterest have done to our nation and it is time for all Americans to recognize the warning signs of what is being done to our nation on a daily basis before we wake up one day and find ourselves in a nation that we no longer recognize!
Trusting Government Lists??
Illinois Gun Owner Database (FOID) Hacked-Law Abiding Citizens at Risk
Licensing of firearms owners is a decades old dream of the anti-gun groups. It’s important to make the distinction that this licensing is not to carry a firearm but just simply to purchase and possess as is represented by the FOID card in Illinois.
In this digital age the flow and control of information is extremely important and gun owner information contains a great deal of sensitive information. However, as we have seen, trusting government with that is becoming more problematic as each passing year proves beyond a shadow of a doubt.
The state of Illinois is over a year behind in issuing FOID cards to citizens yet it appears they are also behind in keeping up with proper security protocols because thousands of gun owners personal data has been compromised by hackers! This information is coming out of notification sent out to some gun dealers who, reportedly, want to remain anonymous because of fears of retribution from the Illinois State police according to some reports.
This problem comes at an awkward time for the state because the FOID system is under legal challenge. The case of Illinois v. Vivian Claudine Brown has been in the state court system for several years, now, and has been twice rule unconstitutional. Last year the Illinois State Supreme Court declared that the judge had unnecessarily ruled on the constitutionality of the FOID statute and sent the case back down to the Circuit Court for further review.
Well, that review has been made, and once again we have a clear headed and well-researched decision that the FOID requirement is a violation of the Second Amendment. In a thorough analysis of the state’s FOID law, Judge T. Scott Webb makes the astute observation that under Illinois law no one really has the right to keep and bear arms, even in their home. Instead, everyone is considered a prohibited person unless and until they fork over money to the state for a permission slip. Webb says that the entire process is “inverted,” adding:
The burden should be on the state to demonstrate that a citizen has committed an act thereby disqualifying them from being in the group of people that already possess a Second Amendment right. Instead, the opposite is true. A citizen in the state of Illinois is not born with a Second Amendment right. Nor does that right inure when a citizen turns 18 or 21 years of age. It is a facade. They only gain that right if they pay a $10 fee, complete the proper application, and submit a photograph.
In his opinion, Webb also declared that “if the right to bear arms and self-defense are truly core rights, there should be no burden on the citizenry to enjoy those rights, especially within the confines and privacy of their own homes.”
Even in the best of circumstances, Illinois’ FOID requirement is an egregious abuse of government power but apparently that power does not extend to protecting citizens from having their personal data protected.
This is one of the critical problems with registration of gun owners in this digital age and only makes the case for eliminating the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (HB 280) that much stronger because of the integral Record of Sale database that has been maintained since 1901.
Is the Refunding of CDC Research Also Focused on Stifling 2A Activism?
The fact that Congress has opened the checkbook and paved the way for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get back in the gun violence research business means that this is a threat that arguably eclipses New York Atty. Gen.’s, Letitia James’s, one woman crusade against the NRA in terms of a potential existential threat to effective pro-Second Amendment activism exists.
In fact, the clock could very well be ticking.
One of the pretexts that Big Tech uses to censor are claims about “COVID misinformation.” Just look at what happened to Alex Berenson at the hands of Twitter. Whether you agree with his take or not, this has to have the attention of Second Amendment supporters.
Here’s why cutting off funding for the CDC to research “gun violence” (in reality, it was the perversion and prostitution of medical research to create anti-Second Amendment propaganda) was the right decision. Silicon Valley used the CDC and the World Health Organization to justify censorship of alleged misinformation. Of course, we now know that the WHO was spreading misinformation on behalf of the Chinese Communists, but that’s a bit of a diversion.
This ticking time bomb for our ability to even get our message out on the dominant social media platforms is this: Once the CDC sponsors “research” that purports to back up the agenda of anti-Second Amendment extremists, Silicon Valley can then take action to silence Second Amendment supporters, on the grounds that they are peddling “misinformation.”
So, in essence, not only could Ammoland (or just about any pro-Second Amendment organization) be silenced, Silicon Valley would be able to label those they ban as liars – with no recourse for those thusly smeared to correct the record. To call this a massive in-kind donation to various anti-Second Amendment extremist groups or candidates puts it mildly.
The fact of the matter is that Second Amendment supporters have to also protect the First Amendment. The ability to make our case is paramount, and it is why our enemies have sought to deny Second Amendment supporters the means to make their case. Michael Barnes admitted that was why the Brady Campaign backed McCain-Feingold two decades ago.
In a way, these are old battles from a couple of decades ago. But they have re-emerged, with new wrinkles that pose existential threats to Second Amendment advocacy. Second Amendment supporters need to contact their Representative and Senators and politely urge that they halt taxpayer-funded anti-Second Amendment propaganda that will be used by Silicon Valley to silence advocacy for the Second Amendment. They also need to work to defeat elected officials who back the CDC’s perversion of medical research via the ballot box as soon as possible.
Status of BATF Rule Making Proposals:
From the Reload:
The legal status of a popular firearm accessory is facing a direct challenge from the ATF, and the response from opponents was immense.
The public comment period for the Biden administration’s proposed ban on most stabilizing pistol braces ended Wednesday, after 90 days and more than 209,000 submitted comments. April Langwell, Chief of the ATF’s Public Affairs Division, said the proposal is among the most commented on in the agency’s history.
“ATF received over 186,000 comments on the NPRM on bump stocks,” she told The Reload. “In comparison, ATF received 294,632 on the NPRM for definition of firearm frame/receiver that closed on 8/19, but as mail is processed this number will increase. Currently, the number of comments received on the NPRM for stabilizing braces that closed on 9/8 is 209,044, but as mail is received & processed that number will increase as well.”
Stand Your Ground Is Not Only a Self-Defense Issue with Firearms but Also a Guidepost for Standing Up to Government Overreach
When one chooses to challenge government, it is important to prepare yourself for the eventuality that you will be unpopular with the powers that be. In that regard, you must prepare yourself for the possibility that you could have to defend yourself against overbearing bureaucrats and overzealous prosecution at some point.
This requires a steady hand, preparation, and a willingness to pursue the right thing no matter the consequences!
As an example, and activist in Connecticut named Michael Picard chose to protest a drunken-driving checkpoint in 2015 by holding up a sign alerting drivers to the location of this checkpoint while at the same time openly carrying a firearm. He was, and still is, a law-abiding citizen! What happened next will test the mettle of any of us to refuse to bow to pressure and admit some sort of wrongdoing.
Here are the words of Michael Picard:
Back on Friday, September 11th, 2015, in West Hartford, CT, I was illegally detained, frisked and searched, and my gun, permit and camera were seized, I was threatened with arrest for interfering (apparently, freedom of speech passes for interfering), and the Connecticut State Police fabricated a story, on camera, to trump up the charges because they needed to charge me with something (“Let’s give him something.”) to cover their ass (“Gotta cover our ass.”), charging me with “creating a public disturbance” for legally open carrying my firearm and “negligent pedestrian” for legally holding up a sign on public property, as well as being threatened with arrest (again) if I did not pay the fine. I was detained for 40 minutes and charged for nothing more than legally open carrying and holding up a sign on public property. I never touched my gun once and I am a legal gun owner. My lawyer and I went to the first court appearance back on Thursday, January 14th, 2016, where the prosecutor offered a $25 fine, in lieu of the original $300 fine, to make the case go away. I rejected the deal because I did nothing wrong. As of now, the prosecutor has not dropped the case despite having video evidence of police misconduct. The trial date has been set for Monday, April 25th, 2016, at 9:30am, at the New Britain courthouse (20 Franklin Sq., New Britain, CT).
Picard filed a lawsuit against the State Troopers on 15 September 2016.
All three officers involved in the incident have retired after being cleared by Internal affairs. From ctinsider.com:
Barone, who is now retired, and the other two state police troopers, Patrick Torneo and John Jacobi, now also retired, were exonerated of any wrongdoing by a state police internal affairs investigation, the lawsuit said.
Picard sued in 2016 claiming the encounter violated his First Amendment free speech rights and Fourth Amendments rights against the unlawful seizure of property. A federal court judge agreed in September to allow the Fourth Amendment portion of the lawsuit to move forward to a trial.
Over three years after the lawsuit was filed, on January 21, 2020, there was a settlement. Michael Picard settled for $50,000. From acluct.org:
Complete video footage of the incident, as gathered by Picard’s camera while it was on top of Torneo’s cruiser and with closed captioning added, is available here [warning: this link will take you to YouTube, a third-party website].
In 2020, the lawsuit was settled. According to the settlement agreement, the State of Connecticut agreed to pay Picard approximately $1,800 for every minute that the defendants detained him (a total of $50,000), in exchange for his dismissing the lawsuit.
“In a free society, it is normal and necessary for people to protest the government, including police. If police violate people’s fundamental right to peacefully protest, those police employees should be held accountable. In addition to the human costs of poor police behavior, there can also be financial costs for taxpayers. I hope my story sends a message to police departments that they cannot ignore the constitution without consequences,” said Picard after the settlement.
While the officers involved may have been concerned about the lawsuit, they were cleared by internal affairs, in spite of the evidence against them. They suffered little personal loss. It’s likely that after five years of litigation, a sizable portion of the $50,000 settlement went to Picard’s lawyer fees and court costs.
In the end, we all have to ask ourselves what are we prepared to do in a case like this! Remember that if you accept the plea bargain and admit guilt you may set case law precedent, no matter how small, that will end up harming other activists down the road. Standing by one’s decision and doing the right thing is part and parcel of the resolve that Americans need to rediscover!
Do Americans 18 to 20 Years of Age have Second Amendment Rights?
It has been a matter of faith to many in the media and all of the anti-gun groups that somehow disenfranchising Americans in the age group of 18 to 20 somehow makes us safer. Leaving aside for the moment the argument that we ask those very same individuals in that age group to fight and potentially die for their country using advanced weaponry undercuts those individuals with that belief.
On July 13, 2021 a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel issued an opinion that held that 18 to 20-year-old citizens “do” have Second Amendment rights!
While too many this may seem to be an unsurprising conclusion it is important to have a look at the actual decision with page 24 being an important place to start:
As with any matter of constitutional interpretation, “our inquiry begins with the text of the Constitution.” Altman v. City of High Point,330 F.3d 194, 200 (4th Cir. 2003). Both the text and structure of the Second Amendment, along with its place within the Constitution as a whole, reveal that it protects 18- to 20-year-olds. First, nothing in the text of the Second Amendment limits its application by age. Second, the most analogous rights to the Second Amendment, those in the First and Fourth Amendments, similarly contain no age limits. Third, most other constitutional rights are not age limited. And fourth, the few rights that may not apply to those under 18 or that change by age are not analogous to the Second Amendment, and most of those rights become applicable at age 18, not 21.
Then on page 29:
There are many things that minors and even those under 21 cannot do. See Ent. Merchs. Ass’n, 564 U.S. at 836–37 (Thomas, J., dissenting) (explaining that minors cannot drive for hire or drive a school bus, buy tobacco, play bingo for money, or execute a will). But none of those restrictions implicate constitutional rights, so states have great leeway to regulate those activities under their general police powers. And while the Court has “recognized that the State has somewhat broader authority to regulate the activities of children than of adults,” that does not mean that children necessarily have different rights than adults. Danforth, 428 U.S. at 74. Often they have the same rights as adults, but the states’ interests are stronger with regard to minors so restrictions may more easily pass constitutional scrutiny. Ent. Merchs. Ass’n, 564 U.S. at 794–95. So it is hard to conclude that 18- to 20-year-olds have no Second Amendment rights when almost every other constitutional right affords them protection. This conclusion becomes inescapable when we consider the history.
This opinion clearly shows that members of the militia included Americans from 18 years of age and up and oftentimes even 16-year-olds and up going back to 1791! Not only were these in the militia but they were even expected to bring their own weapons/arms! See the actual language about this in the decision below:
Generally firearms were owned privately and kept by the members of the militia in their homes as the government did not provide or keep the guns unless the citizen was too poor to afford one.29 That 18-year-olds had to be part of the militia and bring their own arms establishes that 18-year-olds were included among “the people” who enjoyed the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. See Heller, 554 U.S. at 580.
No regulations or laws were in place restricting Americans below the age of 21 to access to weapons, including purchase, until after two states adopted those kinds of laws in 1856. Additional gradual infringements continued to occur until we arrived at our current situation.
The opinion eviscerates the heart of the gun control argument:
It is not enough to target guns generally and argue that less access to guns means less crime, as this would justify almost any restriction and eviscerate the Second Amendment.
The conclusion of the opinion sums up the arguments exceedingly superbly:
But while Congress—or judges—may have struck a different balance long after ratification, that role is foreclosed to us by the balance that the Founders chose. We cannot now second-guess or undermine their choice. History makes clear that 18- to 20-year-olds were understood to fall under the Second Amendment’s protections. Those over 18 were universally required to be part of the militia near the ratification, proving that they were considered part of “the people” who enjoyed Second Amendment rights, and most other constitutional rights apply to this age group. And Congress may not restrict the rights of an entire group of law-abiding adults because a minuscule portion of that group commits a disproportionate amount of gun violence. Congress’s failure to connect handgun purchases from licensed dealers to youth gun violence only serves to highlight the law’s “unduly tenuous ‘fit’” with the government’s substantial interests. Craig, 429 U.S. at 202.
Eighteen- to twenty-year-olds have Second Amendment rights, and the challenged laws impermissibly burden those rights. As a result, we vacate the district court’s grant of the motion to dismiss, reverse the denial of summary judgment, and remand for further proceedings.
If you choose to read the dissent, make sure that you have aspirins handy because the reasoning and logic will make you wonder if the judge actually graduated law school!
Given the makeup of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is very likely that this opinion will be appealed to the en banc court and then summarily overturned though it is quite likely it will be appealed to the United States Supreme Court which is a tossup they will take up this case. However, it is important to make note that there are somewhat similar cases in the Eleventh Circuit in Florida, concerning long guns, and another in the Ninth Circuit addressing all firearms.
The arguments are similar. Essentially, they are: is the fundamental, Constitutional right protected by the Second Amendment to be respected, or is it to be eviscerated by the Courts as it has been by several legislatures?
Ever Wonder What A World Without Firearms Would Look Like?
In this Dave Koppel piece, he takes us on a tour of how far-reaching the consequences would be. So the next time you run into one of these anti-gun purists who think that we can turn the world into a oasis/paradise just by banning firearms, try running these thoughts pass them!
the individual’s eccentricity
The History of Our Freedom and Its’ Hero’s: Gen. Louis H. Wilson Jr. retired as the commandant of the Marine Corps in the late 1970s, but he made a name for himself long before that. During World War II, his heroics were vital to the U.S. recapture of Guam. His efforts earned him the Medal of Honor.
Efficacy of Gun Control: Spotlight – New York City Sullivan Law
Proof that firearms laws really do not work as promised is easily shown from New York State, which in the early 1900s virtually banned handguns. In 1993, decades after New York City had the infamous Sullivan Act, the US Department of Justice estimated that up to 2 million illegally possessed guns were in circulation in the city of 8 million people.
- A Short History of Slavery – Candace Owens & Prager U –
Slavery didn’t start in 1492 when Columbus came to the New World. And it didn’t start in 1619 when the first slaves landed in Jamestown. It’s not a white phenomenon. The real story of slavery is long and complex. Candace Owens explains.
- How we are Spied on Every Day by Federal, State and Local Tracking?
- A Nation of Cowards by Jeffrey R. Snyder
9/16/2021 – Concealed Carry Seminar – Rep. Barb Gleim
Location: Carlisle Fire and Rescue, 177 Carlisle Spring Road Carlisle, PA 17013
Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
9/23/2021 – Concealed Carry Seminar – Rep. Lou Schmitt
Location – Bavarian Aid Society, 112 S. 13th St., Altoona, PA
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
10/9-10/2021 – Rod of Iron Freedom Fest – Kahr Firearms
Kahr Arms/Tommy Gun Warehouse, 105 Kahr Ave, Greeley, PA 18425
Time: 2 days – October 9th through October 10th
10/12/2021 – Concealed Carry Seminar – Rep. Bud Cook
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
10/14/2021 – Concealed Carry Seminar – Rep. Eric Nelson
Location – Word of Life Church, 4497 State Route 136 Greensburg, PA 15601
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
10/16/2021 – Concealed Carry Seminar – Ambridge District Sportsmen’s Assoc.
Location – ADSA Clubhouse, 2900 Ridge Road Extension, Baden PA, 15005
Time: 10 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
10/19/2021 – Concealed Carry Seminar – Rep. Stephanie Borowicz
Location: Liberty Township Sportsman’s Club, 1140 Marsh Creek Road, Howard PA 16841
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
10/28/2021: Concealed Carry Seminar – Rep. Matt Dowling
Location – TBD
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
11/4/2021 – Concealed Carry Seminar – Rep. Tim O’Neal (Tentative)
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
11/5/2021 – Concealed Carry Seminar – Rep. Bud Cook
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Overall Status of 2nd Amendment Legislation Filed to Date in PA and in Congress:
2021-2022 Session PA State Bills (updated)
- Pro-Gun Bills: 25
- Anti-Gun Bills: 66
- Unrated (Watching): 12
- Legislative (gun related) Memos: 119
2021-2022 Session Federal Bills (updated)
- Pro-Gun Bills: 42
- Anti-Gun Bills: 91
- Unrated (Watching): 35
1st Point to Ponder: Why Isn’t the Attack on Larry Elder (candidate for California Governor) the Biggest Story in America?
A white woman in a gorilla mask threw an egg at a black man seeking to become the first non-white governor of our largest state, and the media shrug. Nothing on CNN, Washington Post, etc.
If Elder were a Democrat, the attack would have been instantly and with good reason dubbed racist.
2nd Point to Ponder: Joe Biden’s Afghan Military Equipment Gifts to Taliban Violate ITAR (State Department) Laws and Regs
The administration, from Biden on down, either deliberately or with gross negligence gave to the Taliban (and, by extension, China) an almost incalculable amount of top-secret American military technology. Under ITAR, which has no exceptions for presidential administrations, all need to be fined and locked up with the key thrown away.
Anti-Gunners on Guns: Everytown & ACLED on Armed Protests
Two national non-profits, the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (Acled) and Everytown for Gun Safety, showed that over the last year and a half, “armed demonstrations”, at which individuals other than law enforcement officers were carrying firearms, were nearly six times as likely to turn violent or destructive compared with unarmed demonstrations.
Researchers did not determine whether the presence of firearms provoked violent acts, or if participants tended to arm themselves ahead of events that were likely to be violent, said Dr Roudabeh Kishi, a researcher for Acled.
(Ed. Note: when you read the report it becomes abundantly clear that this is a focus on armed open carrying citizens as it nearly completely ignores the left wing groups and their actions.)
Armed Citizen Report: Texan Beats Home Invaders to a Bloody Pulp
Wanna be cop killers stumble into Texas home but get more than they bargained for as homeowner wasn’t going to let them steal his pickup. After going hand-to-hand with them in his truck he leaves one bloody and running away only to get arrested shortly thereafter.
Interesting Book on Attacks on our Freedom and Society:
- HOW THE SPECTER OF COMMUNISM IS RULING OUR WORLD is a must-read for every freedom-loving individual. The book reveals the ways in which the communist specter has burrowed into the minds of today’s people. It charts communism’s global advance and explains how this specter has embedded itself in nearly every facet of today’s society — from education to the judicial system — and the path humanity must take to escape its grip.
Founding Father’s Statement on Freedom:
"There is no maxim in my opinion which is more liable to be misapplied, and which therefore needs elucidation than the current one that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong." - James Madison (1786)
A Celebration of the Heart of America: Afghan Vets Save Mother & Her Kids
Forgotten American Heroes: Medal of Honor Recipient: Navy Rear Adm. Claud Jones
Democrats in Congress have conspired with foreign agents, lied, cheated, and denied due process to Americans across the nation. The abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan is but one of a string of their most recent travesties.
If they were willing to do those things then why should Americans expect them to do to anything different to those same Americans who refuse attempts to be disarmed?
Democrats understand that an armed America(n) can say, “No!” And they can’t have that. If they want to radically change the American heritage that has been in place for more than two centuries, they need to first disarm Americans. And they realize asking nicely is not going to accomplish this.
Therefore, the establishment Democrats have suffered an epiphany of faith of their desire for the disease of civil war… a disease that has lain dormant for more than 160 years.
Kim Stolfer, President
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Remember: FOAC is fiercely independent. We are not affiliated with, nor do we receive any money from, any national organizations. No sugar daddies. No New York billionaires. Memberships and individual donations are our only source of income.
If your friends are not a member - why not? The more members we have committed to making a difference, the greater FOAC’s impact in the legislature. By working together and making our voices heard, not only can we show the billionaires and their lapdogs that they don’t stand a chance in Pennsylvania, we can push through legislation that further restores and protects our rights.