Category Archives: 2018 Florida Parkland School shooting

California lawmaker proposes firearm tax to pay for school security

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Assemblyman Jim Cooper

From Sacramento Bee: Following the February school massacre in Parkland, Fla., California legislators responded as they often do after a mass shooting, with proposals to further tighten the state’s strict gun control laws.

But the killings – and a national protest movement that they inspired – have also raised questions across the country about how best to keep children safe in school.

Assembly Bill 2497, unveiled last month by Assemblyman Jim Cooper, would create a tax on firearm and ammunition sales to fund grants for high schools that want to hire police to provide campus security. The money would also pay for a counselor at every middle school, whose primary responsibility would be to detect and report potential threats of violence.

“It sickens me to think about all the kids who have lost their lives in the school shootings that are plaguing our country,” Cooper, an Elk Grove Democrat, said in a statement when he introduced the measure. “Arming teachers is not good public policy and shouldn’t be considered.”

Cooper has yet to determine how much the tax would be, so it will be an incomplete proposal going before the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee for its first hearing, 2:30 p.m. in Room 126 of the Capitol. The bill faces an uphill climb in the Legislature, where it will need a two-thirds vote in both houses.

Gun rights groups are already lining up against the measure.

Craig DeLuz of the Firearms Policy Coalition said he supports efforts to improve school safety, but it is unfair to target gun owners to pay for a service that will benefit all students.

“Who should be bearing that burden? It should be all taxpayers, not one specific group of law-abiding taxpayers that are just trying to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” DeLuz said.

He added that he’s been expecting a firearms and ammunition tax at the Capitol since Democrats regained their supermajority in 2016: “I was honestly surprised that it took them this long to come up with this idea.”

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Dick’s Sporting Goods to destroy all firearms pulled from shelves

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Whatever makes them feeeeeeel good. Hope their stockholders are happy because this just means more business for Cabela’s.

From Fox News: Dick’s Sporting Goods announced on Monday it will destroy all of the unsold firearms it pulled off store shelves in February after the deadly Parkland school shooting.

The sports retailer decided to destroy the assault-style rifles instead of returning them to the manufacturer, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported. On Feb. 28, 2018, the Pittsburgh-based company announced it would immediately stop selling assault-style rifles and ban the sale of all guns to anyone under 21. It was not immediately clear how many firearms will be destroyed.

“We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer for sale as a result of our February 28th policy change,” a spokesperson from Dick’s Sporting Goods told the media outlet. “We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations.”

The rifles will be demolished at distribution centers and then delivered to a salvage company to be recycled.

The changes came after the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The accused gunman, Nikolas Cruz, shot and killed 17 students and faculty with an AR-15. Cruz legally purchased the firearm.

“Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” the company said in a statement. “We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens. But we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us.”

Following the massacre, shooting survivors called on Congress to pass stricter gun laws. The company previously pulled sporting rifles from its shelves after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The sporting goods store is currently facing two lawsuits due to the imposed age limit on purchasing firearms.

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Second Amendment rallies across America: FOTM’s Stovepipe reports from Connecticut!

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, thousands of Americans — many carrying rifles and ammunition — peacefully gathered at state capitols across the United States to reassert our constitutional Second Amendment right to bear arms against recent efforts to pass gun-control laws. See:

In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled 5:4 that the Second Amendment applies to individuals, not militias, and may include military weapons.

Thousands of patriots were at the rally in Hartford, Connecticut. Below is a first-person report and photos from FOTM reader Stovepipe, the commenter formerly known as Bob:

Joining many other rallies in state capitols across America, we held a Pro-2nd Amendment Rally at the State Capitol Building in Hartford, Connecticut, on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The rally was organized and hosted by CCDL (Connecticut Citizens Defense League).

The local Mainstream Media said the rally drew hundreds. But I can attest to approximately 3,000 patriots in attendance at the peak of the rally.

It was a great day. The whole event went off without a single problem. Even the weather was perfect — truly a memorable event.

The rally had all the characteristics of a Trump rally, a love fest of sorts. Most of the attendees were open carrying. There were no anti-gun rights protesters, not one. Even the police engaged the crowd with like minded, friendly conversation: I can personally attest to their pro-Second Amendment attitude.

At one point, I almost forgot I was in blue-state Connecticut!

Almost everyone I spoke with was wide awake, on issues from the Parkland school shooting to the communist coup d’êtat by “Progressives” within America’s borders.

The NRA had speakers come up from Washington, DC. Six local gubernatorial contenders spoke in reference to Connecticut’s upcoming Governor’s race, each making a boat load of campaign promises as usual. We have an unprecedented number of gubernatorial candidates this year: 12 declared, 4 potential, 5 have declined, and 1 has withdrawn.

Connecticut is in a fiscal free-fall, destroyed by the Democrats, especially by the widely-loathed two-term governor, Dannel Malloy. Connecticut is not only dead broke, we are so far in debt that our bond rating has been lowered.

But the Democrats continue to spend money we don’t have to build a new (third) casino; a new  stadium — a construction debacle that is already a failure; and a new rail system from Massachusetts to New York, with 40-year-old train cars that Connecticut will lease from Massachusetts. Highway tolls are being implemented; walking trails and bike lanes are built. Taxpayers are forced to pay for a whole new renovation project at the failing XL Center in downtown Hartford — an attempt to resuscitate the old Civic Center with a roof that had collapsed back in 1978.

Spend, spend, spend. They’re bankrupting the state by design.

Connecticut is also a sanctuary state, thanks to our liberal, Progressive, socialist governor. In addition to illegals getting driver’s licenses, in-state college tuition, and free health care, Governor Malloy is now considering Voting by Mail. At the same time, the state is phasing out early voting. Our own governor appears to hate his state and its citizens, reminiscent of Barack Obama’s animus against America.

But on Saturday, hundreds of patriots — men and women, young and old — showed Malloy and all the Leftists that we, the hard working, gun toting, Bible clinging, deplorable taxpayers of Connecticut have a voice, and it was loud.

The rally made me proud to be a U.S. Army veteran.

Sincerely,

Stovepipe

Fellowship of the Minds thanks Stovepipe for his report and for his service to our country.

~Eowyn

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Vermont “republican” governor signs restrictive gun control law bills, including background check on private sales

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Governor Phil Scott: He knows what’s right…

A democrat state senator has voiced his concern against the new gun control laws signed by the republican governor. Imagine that…

From MSN: Vermont on Wednesday raised the age to buy firearms, banned high-capacity magazines and made it easier to take guns from people who pose a threat — the first significant gun ownership restrictions in state history, signed into law by the Republican governor.

It’s a remarkable turnaround for the largely rural state that traditionally has refused to impose restrictions on gun ownership.

Standing on the Statehouse steps, Gov. Phil Scott signed the three bills into law before a crowd of gun rights activists and supporters of gun control. “This is not the time to do what’s easy, it’s time to do what’s right,” the governor said.

Scott, a gun owner, had urged the Legislature to pass gun restrictions in the aftermath of what police called a narrowly averted school shooting in Fair Haven by a teenager. He said the incident proved to him that Vermont isn’t immune from the school violence that has plagued other parts of the country.

An arrest in the February Fair Haven case came the day after a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead.

Vermont’s new gun laws are mild by some standards. But they are part of a trend of states passing gun restrictions, prompted in part by the Florida mass shooting, said Robert Spitzer, a political science professor at the State University of New York at Cortland who has written books on gun policy.

“There has been movement in a number of states,” Spitzer said. But Vermont is significant “because Vermont is traditionally such a strong gun-rights state and has not moved in this direction in ages, if ever,” he said.

While gun control advocates have praised Vermont’s new laws, the state’s traditionally powerful gun rights advocates and members of the outdoor community feel betrayed by Scott, whom many supported during his 2016 election campaign. During debate on the legislation, many firearms owners milled around the Statehouse halls wearing hunter orange vests or hats.

“The tyranny of democracy has overwhelmed the protections of my constitutional, individual rights,” said Bill Moore, a firearms policy analyst for the Vermont Traditions Coalition who fought against the gun restrictions.

Gun rights advocates in the state generally support taking guns away from people deemed dangerous or prone to domestic violence, both covered by the new legislation. But they fiercely oppose provisions in the laws that raise the age to buy firearms from 18 to 21, restrict the size of gun magazines and require background checks for most private gun sales.

On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of Vermont lawmakers urged Scott to veto the bill that contains the provisions they find onerous.

Democratic State Sen. John Rodgers, who represents a rural area of the state known as the Northeast Kingdom and spoke fiercely against some of the gun restrictions, is considering a run for governor.

“It will affect law-abiding citizens while doing nothing to stop evil people and criminals from doing harm to others,” Rodgers said of the legislation.

But supporters of the restrictions say the time has come in Vermont.

“I think it sends a signal that the cultural shift … is huge in Vermont, and I don’t think there is anything in these bills that are going to take guns away from any law-abiding person,” said Clai Lasher-Sommers, executive director of the Gun Sense Vermont, which was formed in the aftermath of the 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 26 first-graders and educators dead.

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Join a class-action law suit for truth of Parkland school shooting!

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Wolfgang Halbig and Professor James Fetzer have teamed together to organize a class-action law suit for the truth on the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Here’s the description on the lawsuit’s website, Truth Be Told:

The immediate goal for TruthBeTold is to provide information to participate in various ways for a class action lawsuit regarding the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas (MSD) school shooting. If you have questions regarding the official narrative – WE NEED YOU. Before evidence is destroyed, before witnesses capitulate, before the 2nd Amendment is infringed, we need to act under an organized authority and quickly.

There are many ways to help and one can participate in as many categories as they would like. You do not have to donate to be part of this class action, although any donation is appreciated.

  1. Donate – help sponsor and pay for this lawsuit. $5, $10, $100 or any level of support is welcome. Donations can be anonymous. (Note: Fetzer told me in an email that the site isn’t yet set up to receive donations.)
  2. Participate in Class-Action – Add your name if you would like to be part of this class-action. The more names we have, the more weight we have in court. Our goal is to have at least 500 plaintiffs as signatories.
  3. Help with Investigation – Any person who has information about this case and would like to analyze data, please sign up.
  4. Organization – We are planning a long-term organization. We will need people who want to participate in the organizational structure.

This is Truth Be Told’s statement on the class-action lawsuit’s goals:

Think it is illegal for the Government to lie to you?  Think again –

The Smith-Mundt “Modernization” Act allows the U.S. Government to use propaganda to be disseminated to Americans to change their opinion.  The original act prevented propaganda being distributed to the American public to influence them.  So, the question remains what is propaganda – false information, deception, staged events, etc.?  What happened to the government telling the truth to Americans?  When “Weapons of Mass Destruction” were announced as a pretext to go to war with Iraq and then revealed that there were none – was that propaganda to wage war?

We all know the power of the pen and so does the Government.  That is why they are launching a $40,000,000 million-dollar propaganda offensive.    Why is it becoming more difficult to question any event or criticize policies?  Don’t people in a free society have a right to the truth to formulate their own opinions?  One of TruthBeTold underlying goals is to champion this belief.

On a long-term basis, we need an organized, unrentless, enduring organization that will NEVER be controlled by the opposition. We would like to cooperate with other groups in forming an alliance to promote a free society.  Other organizations have influence and have provided an avenue to have their voices heard.  We would like to establish the same avenue to shape our future.

Other goals under TruthBeTold include:

  1. We have seen the on-slaught of freedom of speech over the internet. Why?  Because we allowed it.  We know Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, etc. do not have our best interest at heart, yet we use them.  Why have we not had our own search engine and video site that could be an umbrella for all people trying to report the news.  We realize that people have developed alternatives, yet without a cohesive group and mass marketing, we cannot compete.  A long-term goal is to provide a platform to include archives, a search engine, videos, hosting. etc.  We know that the Government is spending millions to combat any narrative they do not want Americans to hear, especially online. We need a centralized on-line location that will not be corrupted.
  2. We need to establish our own journalists and investigative reporters. Can you imagine if the media did its job and reported the news accurately?  The regulated narrative of FAKE news is debilitating to a free society.  Let’s change this!
  3. We need to be politically active and help cooperate with other like-minded organizations. There are so many organizations doing great things, but are scattered. We need to pool our resources and ban together on important issues.

For more on the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012, go here.

To sign up for the class-action law suit, go here.

Update:

Fetzer just informed me in an email that the site isn’t yet set up to receive donations. So hold off donating until I get the word from him.

H/t Tony Mead

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~Eowyn

Bank of America to stop lending to some makers of “military” firearms

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Know thy enemies of the Second Amendment.

From Yahoo (via Reuters): Bank of America Corp plans to stop lending to companies that make military-style firearms for civilians, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, making it the second major U.S. lender to address gun sales after the Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead in February.

The company is in discussions with a few manufacturers who make military-style firearms for civilians, Bank of America’s vice chairman, Anne Finucane, told the news agency in an interview.

“It is not our intent to underwrite or finance military style firearms on a go-forward basis,” she said.

A spokesman for Bank of America declined to comment on the report.

Last month, Citigroup Inc added restrictions on firearm sales for new retail sector clients, requiring them to sell firearms only to customers who passed a background check, restricting sales for buyers under 21, and not sell so-called bump stocks or high-capacity magazines.

The second-deadliest shooting at a U.S. public school re-ignited the long-running national debate over gun rights, pitting many of the students who survived the Feb. 14 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, against powerful gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association.

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