17 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-23-22

  1. This just demonstrates how unqualified she is to be on any court, let alone the highest in the land.

    Diversity hires are rarely good at their job, they just check the right boxes.



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  2. Some insurrectionists are more equal than others….




    Their crimes are the same crimes that Jan6 defendants have been in jail for over a year for.


    “This is welcome news from a Justice Department credibly accused of selectively enforcing the law based on the political affiliation of a defendant. To that end—not that Graves or his highly creative and occasionally dishonest prosecutors will take any advice—here is a partial list of offenses his office should consider to bring some parity between January 6 protesters and Colbert’s Capitol crashers:

    Obstruction of an official proceeding: The post-Enron law intended to prevent the destruction of evidence in an ongoing criminal investigation has been weaponized for the first time against political protesters. Biden’s Justice Department has charged at least 240 Americans with obstruction of an official proceeding; several, including so-called QAnon shaman Jacob Chansley, who pleaded guilty to obstruction after spending nearly 10 months in solitary confinement despite video showing police letting him in the Capitol and advising him to protest peacefully, face years in prison.

    Colbert’s insurrectionists—if the word can be applied to people who walked into a public building without proper authority on January 6, it can apply here—had been denied special press credentials to cover the January 6 committee hearing last Thursday in the Cannon House Office building but went anyway. “When Capitol Police spotted members of Colbert’s team at the Jan. 6 Committee area, they were schooled [sic] away, and left the House office building,” Fox News reported.

    If true, that means Colbert’s producers came far closer to a member of Congress on June 16, 2022, than anyone did on January 6, 2021. Further, most of the individuals charged with obstruction of an official proceeding in the Capitol breach probe entered the building after it had been evacuated; this was not the case for Colbert’s unauthorized crew. And since the language in the obstruction statute specifically refers to anyone who “corruptly . . . obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding, or attempts to do so,” which is precisely what Colbert’s large contingent tried to do that afternoon, they must be charged accordingly.

    Civil Disorder: Dozens of January 6 defendants have been charged with civil disorder for allegedly interfering with law enforcement’s efforts to discharge their duties on January 6. Colbert’s crew thwarted Capitol police’s attempts to keep them out of areas considered off-limits in two separate buildings on June 16; they roamed the hallways after hours, hunting down and banging on the doors of other Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. James Jordan (R-Ohio). That conduct by staffers working for a known supporter of Democrats must be considered a form of political disturbance, not a professional endeavor—a clear-cut case of civil disorder.

    Violent entry, disorderly conduct, entering and remaining in a restricted building, and “parading” in the Capitol: Unlike Colbert’s crew, only charged with one count of illegal entry, hundreds of January 6 protesters face all of those charges in a single complaint. At least 210 defendants so far have pleaded guilty to the parading offense; Biden’s prosecutors in most instances have sought prison time of up to six months for what is considered a petty offense. Since Colbert’s insurrectionists engaged in the same behavior—perhaps even worse since they targeted Republican lawmakers while avoiding detection by police—the Justice Department should at the very least add a “parading” charge.

    Conspiracy: According to Biden’s Justice Department, numerous Americans, including alleged members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, conspired to breach the Capitol on January 6. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and others insist Donald Trump led the conspiracy. So, what about Schiff’s role in the June 16 insurrection? Did Schiff conspire with Colbert’s crew to gain entry into the Longworth building after it was closed to harass and intimidate Schiff’s political foes in Congress? What if the lawless band of Democratic Party activists pretending to be comedians confronted a tiny, unprotected Boebert that night? One shudders to think of what could have happened.

    Prosecutors must determine whether Schiff incited such a dangerous uprising that threatened our democracy and undermined the rule of law.

    Colbert’s gang has already been far luckier than those ensnared in the government’s abusive prosecution of Capitol trespassers. None has been subjected to predawn raids by dozens of armed FBI agents using SWAT vehicles to bash down the front doors of political dissidents. By all appearances, they were booked and released early Friday morning.

    But this grave threat to our democracy cannot stand. Colbert’s insurrectionists who undermined the rule of law, obstructed official government business, and threatened the safety of members of Congress must be met with the swiftest and harshest punishment possible.

    That is, after all, what the American people have been told since January 6, 2021.”


    They made these rules.


  3. Warms me heart it does….


    See, no one cares, not even their base. 🙂

    “NPR visits a swing district — and much to its surprise, learns that voters don’t care about Dems’ Jan. 6 hearings”


    “Someone at NPR came up with the idea of finding out what voters are thinking in the swing districts, now that the Democrats’ Jan. 6 spectacular, starring Liz Cheney, is in full throttle.


    To say the least, the prim Victorian-gentlemen leftists at that award-laden outfit were in for a surprise:

    Kimberly Berryman lives in the countryside outside Fredericksburg, Va., but drives 20 miles to the suburbs to do her shopping. She keeps a cooler in the trunk to keep her corn cold as she travels from store to store, trying to find the best deals on groceries.

    For Berryman, it’s worlds away from the hearings about the Jan. 6 insurrection going on at the U.S. Capitol.

    “I got other things to do,” she said with a laugh.

    Berryman, who works with special needs students, said she was shocked and scared by the attack at the Capitol. But she said she’s more worried about price hikes and supply shortages than litigating Jan. 6.

    “Just move on to something else,” she said.

    Berryman said she usually votes for Democrats, including Abigail Spanberger, who currently represents the competitive 7th Congressional District in Congress. But Berryman said she’ll consider voting for a Republican if they do a better job addressing her concerns about high prices.

    “There are people out here that really can’t afford it. And I’m one of them,” she said.

    Voters like Berryman are testing whether Democrats can focus attention on the Jan. 6 committee’s findings, while also convincing voters they’re trying to address issues like rising prices. Their ability to balance that may determine if the party can get its coalition to show up in the November midterms.
    They kind of misread that in their nut graf: The lady told them she didn’t care about the Jan. 6 crap. NPR said she was all concerned about whether Democrats can focus attention on both the hearings and the Bidenflation.

    They must have been trying to save some semblance of their pre-determined storyline.

    The reality is, inflation is not being addressed by Joe Biden and his Democrats, because Democrats don’t care about it all that much, and worse still, don’t have any idea what causes inflation.

    Mike Gonzalez at the Heritage Foundation lays it out well in two tweets:”

    “The NPR piece notes that Rep. Abigail Spanberger, the embattled Democrat in the district seeking to defend her seat against multiple GOP challengers, claims she has addressed inflation by voting ‘yes’ on bills to spend more to prevent baby formula shortages and to spend more to hire more truckers as her solution to inflation. As you can tell, she seems to think inflation is about supply chain breakdowns, a byproduct of inflation, if not a separate issue, not money printing. Her solution is to throw more government money at a few individual problems, because it’s all so easy to get the Fed to print up another batch.

    The food prices? The gas prices? The stuff the lady was complaining about in the lead to the NPR piece? Nope, she has nothing to offer voters on that, but NPR didn’t probe.

    Spanberger, in fact, has much bigger things on her mind:

    “In addition to that, I’m focused on our democracy, the health of our democracy, and ensuring that something like we saw on Jan. 6 doesn’t ever occur in the future,” Spanberger said in an interview.
    Which is exactly what the swing voter just said she didn’t care about.”

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  4. I feel safer already. 🤡

    “As US Navy Targets Pronouns, China Launches its Most Advanced Carrier



    “The US Navy continues to implement the Biden administration’s most critical priorities.

    For example, our naval personnel will now receive mind-numbingly inane lessons on gender identity pronouns.

    Footage from a Navy instructional video on how to use the “right” pronouns went viral Monday.

    “Using the right pronouns is a simple way to affirm someone’s identity,” Jony Rozon, an engineer with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, says in footage of the video posted online.

    “It is a signal of acceptance and respect,” he continues.

    It is critical to use acceptance and respect to forge a safe space for everybody, according to the training video.

    Inclusive language is crucial for doing just that, the video explains.”

    “That video should do a lot to…squash the number of potential naval recruits seeking to join in the wake of Top Gun: Maverick. Could you envision Maverick asking Iceman what pronoun to use?”

    As if the video isn’t disturbing enough, there are reports that the US Navy has dismissed five commanding officers in less than one week.

    Cmdr. Peter Lesaca, commanding officer of USS Preble guided-missile destroyer, was relieved from his duties ‘due to loss of confidence in his ability to command,’ according to a Navy statement released on Tuesday.

    ‘Navy commanding officers are held to high standards of personal and professional conduct,’ the Navy said. ‘They are expected to uphold the highest standards of responsibility, reliability and leadership, and the Navy holds them accountable when they fall short of these standards.’

    Lesaca is the the latest dismissal within span of just six days and the Navy has not provided additional details as to why he or the other officers were fired.

    One of the commanding officers, who was fired on June 8, was reportedly relieved due to inappropriate behavior.

    Meanwhile, China recently launched its third and most advanced aircraft carrier.”


  5. Of course….

    They encourage this.

    “Democrats ignore threats against justices, churches, pregnancy centers and it’s deeply disturbing

    It’s time for Biden, Democratic Party leaders to stop giving pro-choice radicals’ violence and threats a pass”


    “It is hard to believe that only a month and a half has passed since the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion for the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade. With all the threats to Supreme Court justices, crisis pregnancy centers, and churches packed into the ensuing weeks, it feels like the operation of a years-long campaign of siege and bombardment by pro-Choice radicals who have gone largely unleashed.

    Just days after the leak, the dark-money group “Ruth Sent Us” posted a map of the six Republican-appointed justices’ homes and offered to pay people to protest there. They urged protesters, “Stand at or in a local Catholic Church” on Mother’s Day and joined a broader, week-long “Mother’s Day Strike” with the stated mission: “Break the economy. By abstaining from work, shopping, entertaining; and on the home front, running a household that would fall apart without your care.”

    Another group, ShutDownDC, which conducts blockades of roads for a variety of left-wing causes, rallied their followers to the targeted justices’ homes as well as a blockade of the streets around the Court, with a “jail support liaison” on hand “who can meet arrested folks” upon their release. The Supreme Court Building now has eight-foot wire fencing around it for the first time in its history.

    The demonstrations at the targeted justices’ private residences were inherently threatening, an attempt to pressure them into a judicial ruling that also happens to be illegal under 18 U.S.C. § 1507. But anyone expecting Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Justice Department to enforce the law would be mistaken. Contrast that with Garland’s focus on treating parents who are concerned about their children’s education like potential terrorists.

    Perhaps this reflects that the White House has tacitly endorsed the protests. When asked about taking demonstrations to the homes of the justices and their families, White House press secretary Jen Psaki notoriously refused to object to it, let alone acknowledge its illegality. Psaki had once worked for the far-left dark-money group Demand Justice, which applauded the leak of the Dobbs opinion draft in the first place.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cheered on the protests, proclaiming that “we have been moved by how so many have channeled their righteous anger into meaningful action: planning to march and mobilize to make their voices heard.”

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated that he was comfortable with protests at the justices’ homes as long as they were peaceful.

    He added, “The American way to peacefully protest is OK,” and then joked as a call came to his cell phone from his wife, “Maybe there’s a protest outside.” Schumer might have better appreciated the problem if he were sitting on the bench making judicial decisions instead of occupying elective office.

    Who can be surprised that the protests against the justices have escalated? Ruth Sent Us targeted Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s church along with the school attended by her children.

    The justices apparently now need armed guards just to go to church on Sunday. And on June 8, a man armed with weapons and burglary tools was arrested near the home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and charged with attempted murder.

    That evening, Ruth Sent Us still went ahead with its protest at the justice’s home. Protests at the justices’ homes continue on an almost nightly basis.”

    There is even more to this dark chapter of history. Since early May, dozens of crisis pregnancy centers and Catholic churches have been vandalized, often with the perpetrators scrawling threatening messages to the buildings’ occupants. Several of the crisis pregnancy centers were firebombed.

    A number of those attacks appear linked to an extremist group called “Jane’s Revenge,” which has declared “open season” on pro-life pregnancy centers that refuse to shut down. Not only are such acts breaches of state laws against arson and other destruction of property. They also violate the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which covers facilities that provide reproductive health services as well as places of worship.

    Sadly, we cannot expect much from this Justice Department, with a Civil Rights Division overseen by Kristen Clarke. Clarke has not hesitated to charge people with blocking the entrance of an abortion clinic. What about outright destruction of crisis pregnancy centers? Clarke has a history of calling such facilities “harmful” and “predatory” and using the hashtag “ExposeFakeClinics.”

    The Justice Department’s failure to act now may incur the gravest consequences. There is no reason to believe the violence is over. Jane’s Revenge has announced a “Night of Rage,” telling people to go out at 8 p.m. on the day the Dobbs decision comes out and to express their fury “physically.” ”


    So should we be looking for common ground here?

    No, we should be publicly calling them out and exposing them and their un-American acts.


  6. It’s fine….

    Everything’s fine…..

    “The coming blackouts. Do NOT say you were not warned”


    “For regular readers of this site, today’s news will likely not come as a surprise, but much of the nation seems to remain unaware of it. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has released its latest reliability assessment for the summer of 2022 and, to put it mildly, the news is not good. In far too many states, the power grid is already nearly at full capacity, and in the next few months, that capacity will be exceeded. This isn’t a question of “if” or really even “when.” It’s just a fact. Industry experts know this and have been trying to sound the alarm for several years. Critics are trying to place the blame on climate change (as they do with everything else) in the form of extended droughts and heatwaves. Those factors definitely exacerbate the problem, but this was going to happen in the next year or so anyway. And thus far, the government has done virtually nothing about it. In a moment we’ll look at what could be done if there is sufficient will to take action. (ksl.com)

    Extreme temperatures and ongoing drought could cause the power grid to buckle across vast areas of the country this summer, potentially leading to electricity shortages and blackouts, a U.S. power grid regulator said Wednesday.

    NERC, a regulating authority that oversees the health of the nation’s electrical infrastructure, says in its 2022 Summer Reliability Assessment that extreme temperatures and ongoing drought could cause the power grid to buckle. High temperatures, the agency warns, will cause the demand for electricity to rise. Meanwhile, drought conditions will lower the amount of power available to meet that demand.

    “Industry prepares its equipment and operators for challenging summer conditions. Persistent, extreme drought and its accompanying weather patterns, however, are out of the ordinary and tend to create extra stresses on electricity supply and demand,” said Mark Olson, NERC’s manager of Reliability Assessments.

    The federal government can not afford to simply ignore this problem and hope it goes away or miss the warning signs as they did with the current baby formula shortage and so many other things where the Biden administration claimed they aren’t “mind readers.” There will be no planes flying in extra electricity from Europe. There is no emergency federal reserve of electricity that the President release with an executive order. When demand for electricity exceeds supply, the utility companies will either have to begin a series of rolling blackouts in all of the affected states or the grid will suffer crippling damage and be down for months.

    Do the people in charge actually understand how reliant modern America is on this power? When the power grid in Texas failed in February of 2021, more than 200 people died, nearly all of them from hypothermia. Stop and think about that for a moment. Well into the 21st century, hundreds of suburban residents in one of the nation’s wealthiest states literally froze to death. That is how much we rely on a continual supply of electricity that most people simply take for granted.

    As we discussed last week, this won’t just impact California and Texas. A minimum of 14 states will be hit by this in a rolling sequence. As water levels fall, you eventually reach the point where your ability to produce hydroelectric electricity from dams diminishes. Meanwhile, there are 40 coal-fired power plants scheduled to be taken offline in the name of fighting climate change. No replacement sources for all of that juice have been proposed, to say nothing of having them come online.

    Action could be taken, but it needs to start yesterday. It’s too late to restart work on the Keystone XL pipeline and have it up and running by this summer, but we need to do that anyway because this problem will appear every summer and winter going forward. Meanwhile, the closure of the coal plants needs to be stopped at once. If you don’t want to burn coal, fine. Convert them to natural gas as has been done to more than 100 coal-fired plants in just the past ten years. We need to streamline the regulatory hurdles in the nuclear power approval process to bring more of the next-generation small module reactors (SMRs) online quickly wherever it is practical to do so. And yes, if there is room for any more wind turbines and solar farms, get to work putting them up also. We’ll take juice wherever we can get it at this point.”


    When it comes remember, Dems built this.


  7. Polly wants a cracker…..

    Parrots parrot, it’s what they do. Plus they’re all working off the same Dem released talking points.




  8. Interesting, and heartbreaking.

    They are destroying young men, and public “education” leads the way.







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  9. This will lead to further attacks from the left for sure. 🙂

    They hate when black folks leave the plantation and dare t speak the truth.

    “How liberal policies have killed black communities: Clarence Thomas”


    “In this excerpt from the just-published “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words” by Michael Pack and Mark Paoletta, the Supreme Court justice reflects on changes in his hometown, Savannah, Ga. The book is based on more than 30 hours of interviews Pack conducted with Thomas and his wife Ginni for the film of the same name; 95% of the book’s material is new, including this excerpt.

    Michael Pack: You have talked a little today about how life in the black community has not been improved by many well-intentioned social programs. Do you think, in some sense, it is worse than when you grew up?

    Clarence Thomas: It’s a disaster. When I grew up, you had family, you didn’t have drugs, you didn’t have gang-banging. You could walk down the street.

    There was a change in our society. I think that these programs certainly had an impact. Just go back to Savannah and take a look around you. Our worst fears were realized. We didn’t want to be right; we wanted to be wrong. It wasn’t about winning an argument. No, we wanted to lose the argument. We did not want the damage to occur; that’s why we were involved. I don’t particularly like public life; I never wanted to be in public life. I’d like to go to football games. I’d like not to make decisions about other people’s lives, but what drags you into it is when you see these principles being undermined, which leads to such destruction. The policies destroy people, and, ultimately, I think, we’re going to destroy the very thing that allows us to have liberty and to have a free society.

    MP: So the heirs to those movements, like Black Lives Matter, focus on other things: mass incarceration, police brutality. What do you think of the current movements for racial justice?

    CT: I don’t really follow the movements du jour. I don’t quite understand them. It’s fascinating to me that the radical groups in the sixties, that we all were aware of and fond of back then, like the Black Panthers — that’s kind of mainstream now. But we knew they were more marginal back then. I don’t know what to say about this. But if you look at some of the things that still are problematic, like bad education, unsafe neighborhoods, drugs, alcohol, breakdown in families, it seems like these are things that we warned about back then. We were told, basically, take a long walk on the short pier. And I understand that. I understand people not wanting to hear an opposing view. But at the same time, we’re not taking ownership of these policies’ having a significant role in the damage that’s been done.

    MP: You’ve made many trips back to both Pin Point and Savannah. When you return, do you reflect on your life? Do you reflect on how it is now?

    CT: I don’t reflect a lot about these sorts of things. A lot of this is depressing, and it didn’t have to happen. The Savannah that I return to is not the Savannah I grew up in. There are good parts, you’re free to move about. You don’t have the segregation, but you’ve got pathologies that we didn’t have before. You’ve got the crime we didn’t have before. You’ve got the disintegration of families that you didn’t have before, disorder you didn’t have before. And they were things that were avoidable. You didn’t have to do that to poor people, and it’s just heartbreaking. Something has changed, so it’s kind of hard to go back.

    My grandfather would always talk about: How do you help people without turning them into wards of the state, turning them into people who don’t help themselves? He would have this line, “You help people help themselves.” And there was a difference between helping or helping to help themselves. Now we could do it individually because we did it all the time. It was not only our Christian obligation; it was the way we lived. That’s the way our community lived. You have fish and somebody else has beans, they bring you beans, you give them fish, or vice versa. But what happens with people who can’t help themselves? And my grandfather’s line was, “There are people who won’t help themselves and the people who can’t help themselves.” And he wanted to help people who couldn’t help themselves versus those who wouldn’t. And how do you make that distinction? Well, you live there. It’s a part of your community; it’s family, it’s your neighbor. You know that this person refuses to work, versus that person who’s disabled or that person had just had another kid and can’t go to work right now. But you don’t know that from a distance.

    When people have these sort of macro policies and they have unintended consequences, they don’t fess up to it. When you tear down a neighborhood in order to replace the housing, you have changed the neighborhood. That little church that used to be there that people went to on Sundays, that little community house or whatever, is suddenly gone.

    MP: Why do you think these activists promote these policies? Don’t they have good intentions?

    CT: We were talking before about people will push a policy that makes them feel good. “Oh, I feel good about myself because I put you all in public housing.” When my grandfather saw all these high-rises for public housing, he thought it was awful. I remember when we visited a relative in New York who lived in one, and he said, “Boy, this don’t make no damn sense: pilin’ po’ people on top of po’ people.” And it turned out he was right. They tore down Cabrini Green [a Chicago housing project] and many of these notorious high-rise public-housing projects. They made a prophet out of him because he thought it would just create more problems. And yet the people who pushed it never say, “Oh, we made a mistake.” And they never take account of the fact the damage they did to the people with their grand experiment, the gangs they created, the drug dealing they accommodated, the destruction of the family that was exacerbated. All this was not necessarily caused but at least influenced in the wrong direction by the artificiality of the neighborhoods they created.

    The experts don’t live in the neighborhood. They don’t know what effect it had when you tore down that little shoe store because you say it was in a substandard building. It’s the same thing. When we had school integration, the unintended consequences is the effect it had on the black teachers and also the neighborhood schools. You walked to school, your parents went to that school, and what happens when you break those bonds?”


    Bad things, just look at our inner cities and see for yourself.


  10. Most Americans are correct, it’s a cesspool, top down.

    “Washington, DC, snags ‘worst-run city’ in America ranking”


    “Ahead of Tuesday’s Democratic primary election, Washington, D.C. , was ranked the worst-run city in America based on its financial stability, education, health, safety, economy, and infrastructure and pollution.

    Ranking second and third to last are San Francisco and New York City, respectively.

    According to the study by WalletHub , the capital has the highest long-term outstanding debt per capita, as well as the fourth-lowest high school graduation rate compared to 149 other cities.

    Nampa, Idaho, on the other hand, was ranked the best-run city in America. The Idaho city has the lowest long-term outstanding debt per capita, 37 times lower than that of D.C.

    California cities largely had the lowest infant mortality rates, with San Jose reporting the lowest rate of all cities considered. However, California cities also led the pack with the worst road quality. Huntington Beach, San Jose, Oakland, Fremont, and San Francisco ranked lowest for road quality.

    Baltimore, Maryland; Birmingham, Alabama; St. Louis, Missouri; Detroit, Michigan; and Memphis, Tennessee, all tied for the highest violent crime rate. Warwick, Rhode Island, has the lowest rate, which is 29 times lower than that of Memphis.

    The West Coast ranked worst in air pollution levels, with Riverside, California; Mesa, Arizona; and Phoenix, Arizona, tying for last. Billings, Montana, has the best air quality, according to the study.

    “The metrics used do not create a disadvantage for DC, despite its unusual status as a city/state, with the exception of the Outstanding Long-Term Debt per Capita metric. However, even with that metric removed, DC still ranks last. Thus, the District was included in this report,” wrote Adam McCann, a financial writer for WalletHub.

    According to Senior Faculty Fellow Robert E. Wright of the American Institute for Economic Research, “The overall quality of life has declined since 2020 due to COVID restrictions, civil unrest, and crime. All were self-inflicted as shown by well-run cities that quickly dropped unnecessary COVID restrictions, nipped unrest in the bud, and maintained criminal deterrence policies.””


    Just another Dem run crap hole.


  11. Seems….. insurrectiony….

    Hey, their rules….






  12. No one cares…. 🤣🤡🤣🤡🤣


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  13. Common Ground: I still believe the majority do not support this other than following along (which is supportive) and we need to keep trying to get the facts out. Yes, the Capitol Police did invite them in on Jan 6. No, the Colbert crew were not invited in and should be charged. Planned Parenthood is an insurrection in Wisconsin.

    But a lot of the protesters on the left side seem to be paid contributors. BLM, pro death of babies, etc. Whereas the other side tends to be real and heartfelt.

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  14. https://www.theepochtimes.com/supreme-court-strikes-down-new-yorks-unconstitutional-concealed-carry-gun-law_4553435.html

    “The Supreme Court voted 6–3 on June 23 to strike down New York state’s draconian concealed-carry gun permitting system on constitutional grounds.

    The Supreme Court has been strengthening Second Amendment protections in recent years and observers have said the court’s 6–3 conservative supermajority could help expand gun ownership protections. In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects “the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation,” and in McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010), it held that this right “is fully applicable to the States.”

    The ruling comes amid rising crime rates, activist demands to defund police departments, and a Biden administration push to strengthen gun control policies. A gun control package, introduced in the wake of a series of high-profile mass shootings, is moving forward in Congress.

    The Empire State’s gun permit law, like laws in seven other states, generally requires an applicant to demonstrate “proper cause” in order to obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun in public.

    New York makes it a crime to possess a firearm without a license, whether inside or outside the home. An individual who wants to carry a firearm outside his home may obtain an unrestricted license to “have and carry” a concealed “pistol or revolver” if he can prove that “proper cause exists” for doing so, according to state law. An applicant satisfies the “proper cause” requirement only if he can “demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community,” according to a 1980 ruling by the Supreme Court of New York in Klenosky v. New York City Police Department.

    The specific issue before the court was whether the state’s denial of the petitioning individuals’ applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense violates the U.S. Constitution.”

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