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May 1, 2018

NRA Went Ballistic When Secret Service Banned Weapons at VP Appearance







, USA TODAY

The NRA's leadership forum at the gun group's annual meeting this week in Dallas will feature Vice President Pence, but it won't feature guns.
The gun ban has drawn the ire of gun-control advocates who question how the NRA can support open carry while banning guns as a safety measure at its own event. Some gun-rights supporters also are complaining, offering that no forum is safer than one where the entire audience is armed.
The group bills Friday's forum as "one of the most politically significant and popular events" in the nation, drawing Second Amendment leaders in government, the media and even entertainment.
That's the rub. The NRA website notes that, because of the appearance of Pence, the Secret Service will be responsible for security at the forum. That means no guns or gun accessories, knives or "weapons of any kind." Even selfie sticks and laser pointers are banned. No gun lockers, either.
Silver lining: Knife Rights will be providing complimentary storage for knives and other prohibited items. 
There is also buzz that President Trump will speak at the convention, which runs Thursday through Sunday. That would mean another event at one of the gun lobby's biggest gatherings where guns would be banned.
The NRA notes that for most events, guns will be allowed into the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. But what the Secret Service wants, the Secret Service gets.
The irony wasn't lost on some of the most outspoken survivors of the deadly February school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Several students have led a national movement to increase restrictions on guns that has pitted them against the NRA leadership.
Cameron Kasky tweeted that the NRA "has evolved into such a hilarious parody of itself." 
The NRA has evolved into such a hilarious parody of itself. NRA went ballistic when this piece of information hit the fan:
 Fred Guttenberg's daughter, Jaime, didn't survive the Parkland massacre. He called the ban "enlightening."
"According to the NRA, we should want everyone to have weapons when we are in public," Guttenberg tweeted. "But when they put on a convention, the weapons are a concern? I thought to give everyone a gun was to enhance safety. Am I missing something?"
Another Parkland survivor, Matt Deitsch, questioned why "to make the VP safe there aren’t any weapons around but when it comes to children they want guns everywhere? ... It sounds like the NRA wants to protect people who help them sell guns, not kids."
The ban was a hot topic on the online gun forum TexasCHLforum.com
"I don't care how popular you are or how big your salary is, I think it's unnecessary to disarm the good guys," posted Grundy1133. "If a bad guy decides to show up in a room full of armed citizens PLUS secret service, the VP should feel safe knowing that the bad guy will have about 200 holes in him before anything bad happens."
Other were less aggrieved by the ban.
"Look at it this way, imagine what a prime opportunity it would be for some rabid gun hater to take a pot shot at the VP AT the NRA Annual Convention," posted Wildrose.

March 2, 2018

This Church Celebrates The AR-15 Killer Rifle as the "Rod" of God and Most of Them Own It




 Some people ask themselves why many religious people have this love for punishment and tools of death.This is the Unification church in Pennsylvania. Yes in the North East, not the South.
The AR-15 that Christian fellow is carrying in the church is not a prop and he is not the only one who brought his to church. They decided to bring their killer rifles to church to make a point. Freedom makes these people feel threatened.  Some of them also had crowns made of bullets. You got to give them credit for showing what others feel. Putin in Russia, just announced a new round of weapons of mass destruction and these people do not have a concern in the least. Not because they got their killer rifles but because they want the world to be destroyed before they die, so hey can see god come and give them eternal life and put things right again. Things might be put back together again but it might take what it took the last time. Billions of years and everything turns into radioactive dust first. Adam

 Hundreds of faithful at a Pennsylvania church on Wednesday carried AR-15-style rifles in adherence to their belief that a "rod of iron" mentioned in the Bible refers to the type of weapon that was used in last month's mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.
The armed ceremony at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, about 20 miles southeast of Scranton, featured gun-toting worshippers, some wearing crowns of bullets as they participated in communion and wedding ceremonies.
Attendants carefully placed a zip tie into the receiver magazine well of each weapon to assure that a clip could not be loaded.
Concern over Wednesday's gathering prompted a nearby elementary school to cancel classes for the day. It also sparked a small demonstration outside the church, with one protester telling The Associated Press that "it's scaring people in the community."
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, "The ceremony's official name was the Cosmic True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humanity Cheon Il Guk Book of Life Registration Blessing. It was part of the church's weeklong 'Festival of Grace,' which included a 'President Trump Thank You Dinner' on Saturday."
The Rev. Hyung Jin "Sean" Moon prayed for "a kingdom of peace police and peace militia where the citizens, through the right given to them by Almighty God to keep and bear arms, will be able to protect one another and protect human flourishing."
"We pray they would stand as kings and queens with their crown and rod of iron," he said.
Moon is the youngest son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon — the self-proclaimed messiah who founded the Unification Church in South Korea in 1954 and eventually spawned a worldwide movement regarded by detractors as a cult. The church is perhaps best known for its mass wedding ceremonies.
As the AP notes, "The younger Moon's congregation is a breakaway faction of the Unification Church, which had distanced itself from Wednesday's event."
The ceremony reportedly attracted followers from as far away as Japan, South Korea, and Europe.
Within the past year, Moon incorporated the new belief about the AR-15 into the church's teaching. It is based on Revelation 2:27, which states, "he shall rule them with a rod of iron." 
One follower, Jonathan Franco, was quoted by Scranton's WNEP TV as saying, "If you don't have a rod of iron then, unfortunately, you can come into a situation where your life can come to an end. Who else is there to blame if you yourself didn't take the responsibility to preserve your own life?"
Sreymom Ouk, 41, who attended the ceremony with her husband, Sort Ouk, and an AR-15, told the AP that she needed the weapon to defend her family against "sickos and evil psychopaths."
"People have the right to bear arms, and in God's kingdom, you have to protect that," she said, according to the news agency. "You have to protect against evil."
As the Inquirer notes, the Rev. Sean Moon's brother, Moon Kook-jin, also known as Justin Moon, is the founder and CEO of Kahr Arms, a firearms manufacturer headquartered in nearby Greeley.
Kahr specializes in making compact semiautomatic pistols. It was not clear from its website whether the company sells AR-15-style rifles, but the newspaper quoted one follower who said he bought one there.
"I actually purchased my weapon there yesterday because, although I have several rifles, I didn't have an AR-15," David Konn, who had driven from Florida earlier in the week, told the Inquirer.
NPR


May 19, 2015

Pres. Obama to Restrict Police Military Toy Equipment


                                                                           

President Barack Obama plans to put in place new restrictions on the use of military equipment by police departments, following unrest in U.S. cities over the deaths of black men at the hands of police officers, the White House said on Monday.
Obama will ban police use of equipment such as explosive-resistant vehicles with tracked wheels like those seen on army tanks, the White House said in a fact sheet. For other types of equipment, such as MRAP (mine-resistant ambush protected) vehicles and riot shields, departments will have to provide added justification for their use.
Obama will announce the steps, which are the result of an executive order, during a visit later on Monday to Camden, New Jersey, where he plans to push efforts to encourage trust-building between police and the communities they serve.
The fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer in August was followed by a string of highly publicized fatal encounters between police and black men, including Walter Scott who was shot by an officer while fleeing the scene of a traffic stop in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Last month, violent protests erupted in Baltimore after 25-year-old Freddie Gray died after sustaining spinal injuries while in police custody.
Protesters in Ferguson felt the methods use by police to prevent the demonstrations from turning violent were excessive, and the Justice Department has since launched a review of St. Louis County law enforcement's response to the unrest.
The turmoil in Ferguson and Baltimore also highlighted divisions between black and white Americans.
In a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken after the protests in Baltimore, 69 percent of respondents said America has a serious issue with race. Nearly three-quarters said there is more racism in the United States than the country is willing to admit.
In the aftermath of the Baltimore riots, Obama has been speaking out more about race, including in a speech in the Bronx on increasing opportunity for young minority men and during a panel discussion on poverty in Washington.
"Race issues have been more present over the past year for this country. We've seen, since Ferguson, issues that have been bubbling up in communities becoming much more present," said Rashad Robinson, executive director of colorofchange.org, a group that aims to strengthen the black community's political voice in America.
Robinson has met with Obama to discuss the issue.
DIFFICULT BALANCING ACT
Obama's remarks in Camden will be the fourth time in as many weeks that he has held an event to discuss his ideas for improving life for poor black communities.
Obama, the country's first black president, has often been reticent about discussing race issues.
Following the shooting of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin by a volunteer neighborhood watchman in 2012, Obama discussed the issue in personal terms, saying that if he had a son, he would have looked like Martin.
In response to a question in 2009, Obama said he thought police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, had acted "stupidly" when they arrested Henry Louis Gates, a black Harvard professor who was mistaken for a burglar at his own home.
Obama faced a backlash from law enforcement groups who accused him of commenting before he knew all the details of the case. Obama later said he wished he had chosen his words more carefully and invited the professor and the police officer to the White House for a beer.
Michele Jawando, vice president for legal progress at the left-leaning Washington think tank Center for American Progress, said Obama faces a difficult balancing act on race. 
"For a long time in this country we've had a hard time developing a narrative around poverty, around race, so when there are incidents like this that sit at the apex of both, different people are going to have different reactions to that," Jawando said.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll is measured with a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 1.8 percentage points.
(Reporting by Julia Edwards; Editing by Caren Bohan and Paul Simao)
 (Reuters) 

September 26, 2012

Iran Got 1 of our Drones Last Yr.(Today)"Made One” Don’t Sweat it



But don't sweat it.
Revealed yesterday by high-ranking military officials on state TV, Iran's new, domestically-produced drone is allegedly capable of carrying bombs and missiles and has a theoretical range of 1,240 miles -- enough to cover Afghanistan and much of Pakistan to the east; Israel and Iraq to the west; and Saudi Arabia to the south. Video footage of the drone demonstrates that, at the very least, it's airworthy:

But how concerned should we be about Tehran's latest toy? According to the Council on Foreign Relations'Micah Zenko -- not much. So far, he told me, Iran hasn't been able to mount precision-guided weapons on the Shahed-129 like the kind U.S. drones rely on to perform targeted killings. And even before it can attack a target, the machine has to get there -- a task made more complicated by Iran's elementary command-and-control infrastructure. Even if everything went to plan and the drone escaped detection -- an unlikely event in any case -- Iran's military would still need to keep in contact with it to operate the thing.
"And," Zenko added, "since it is a country with a military budget under $10 billion and surrounded by perceived threats, they are compulsive exaggerators about what their military could do."
Of course, that doesn't rule out the possibility of surprises. Last year, the country managed to steal one of America's stealthiest drones through the use of a clever GPS hack, forcing an RQ-170 Reaper onto autopilot before feeding it false coordinates and landing it safely on Iranian soil. It's unclear whether Iran's own drone incorporates technology stolen from the Reaper, although military officials claim they've retrieved data from it and are trying to build their own version of it.
.theatlantic.com


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