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Homeward Bound… Thanks Mister President… Pompeo returning from North Korea with three U.S. detainees: Trump
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that three Americans detained by North Korea have been released and are on their way home with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health,” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter. Trump said he will greet Pompeo and the Americans when they land at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington at 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT) Thursday morning. “Very exciting!” he wrote on Twitter. The fate of Korean-Americans Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chul had been among a number of delicate issues in the run-up to the first-ever meeting of U.S. and North Korean leaders. Trump sent Pompeo to Pyongyang to accompany the men home following U.S. calls for Kim to free them as a gesture of goodwill and sincerity before the U.S.-North Korea meeting, which is expected to take place in late May or early June.
President Trump on Tuesday announced plans to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, saying it has failed to halt the country’s nuclear ambitions. Trump said: “I am announcing today the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.” He said, “The Iran deal is defective at its core.”
7 Forces Driving America Toward Civil War By John Hawkins I was interviewed by a mainstream media reporter yesterday. I thought he wanted to talk tech issues, but we actually spent almost the entire conversation discussing the feeling that many conservatives have that America has gone off the tracks and is headed toward dissolution or alternately, a civil war one day. Obviously, this would be a terrible thing and ironically, twenty years ago, it would have been laughable. Today, the joke isn’t so funny because we are a deeply unhealthy society with a dysfunctional government and for all our money, success and storied history, we seem to be on an increasingly dangerous trajectory. 1 ) A Post-Constitutional Era: Liberals don’t believe in the Constitution. Typically they deny this, but that’s exactly what a “living” Constitution means. You make it up as you go along. The Founders foresaw the instability and danger that would be created by this approach, which is why they wanted us to be a constitutional republic, not a democracy. Unfortunately, America has in many ways already become a post-constitutional democracy and we’re one liberal judge away from abandoning the Constitution altogether. Once we get to that point, America just becomes the representation of that old saying, “Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for dinner.” Of course people are not lambs and when large numbers of them believe they aren’t being treated fairly, they do have the option of getting away from the wolves. 2) Tribalism: The “you only have to listen to people you already agree with” nature of social media has dramatically ramped up the level of tribalism in the United States. The Right has gotten much more tribal since Donald Trump rose to prominence and the Left has taken tribalism into hyper-drive. Increasingly, liberals treat a range of opinion between Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton as legitimate while everyone else is viewed as a white supremacist Nazi primitive that must be driven down into the gutter for society to move forward. This makes any sort of dialogue or cooperation nearly impossible. When every issue is a zero sum war where one tribe must win or lose, a lot of people quite understandably ask, “What do we gain by staying allied to this other tribe?” 3) Federal Government Too Powerful: Federalism is a safety valve on the American pressure cooker. As long as people in San Francisco can, for the most part, live the way they want to live while the people in rural North Carolina can, for the most part, live the way they want to live, it’s much easier for everyone to get along. When people are unnecessarily forced to live under rules they find abhorrent because the federal government has become an octopus that has inserted its tentacles into every minute crevice of American life, it creates discontent on a wide scale. If most Americans wanted to live like people in San Francisco, they’d live in San Francisco. 4) Moral Decline: As Samuel Adams once noted, “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” A large number of Americans HAVE LOST their principles, manners and virtue and it shows through from the sort of politicians they elect, to their rudeness online, to the sort of shallow hedonism and fame whoring they find appealing. Americans are increasingly becoming a soft and decadent people which is problematic because the challenges may change, but we can be certain that Americans will face future challenges every bit as difficult as the ones past generations had to tackle. This is frightening because if you look at the “principles, manners and virtue” of Americans today, they don’t seem capable of dealing with monumental events like the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Depression or World War II. Most people in their twenties probably couldn’t tell you why all those events were such challenges in the first place. When America faces a challenge bigger than we can handle because of ineffective politicians and our “amusing ourselves to death” population, there are no guarantees our republic will survive. 5) The Debt: America is a freight train heading toward a cliff, but because we’re not moving toward the edge at lightning speed, no one seems all that concerned. However, the fact of the matter is that a reckoning is coming. At some point, probably within the next decade or two, we will face a debt-driven economic collapse; borrowed money will stop flowing into the United States and Medicare/Social Security as we know it will fall apart because we will not have the money to pay it. If and when we get to that point, all bets are off because if regions of the country see an advantage to splitting off from the United States at that point, they will do it. 6) Lack Of A Shared Culture: There has never been a time when American culture was more fragmented than it is today. By that, I mean that there are legions of people with millions of fans or followers on the Internet that the vast majority of Americans have never heard of in their lives. We don’t have that shared love of anybody or for that matter, anything. Conservatives and liberals disagree on economics (capitalist/socialist), religion (friendly to Christianity/hostile to Christianity), the Constitution (support/believe in a living Constitution i.e. no Constitution), etc., on and on. The average conservative and the average liberal disagree on 95% of the issues and in the few limited cases where they do look at things the same, they won’t support a proposal by the other out of sheer tribalism. Over the long haul, there has be something more to hold a country together than, “We wear Nikes, like pop music and play golf.” 7) Gun Grabbing: Reportedly, Timothy McVeigh undertook the Oklahoma City Bombing because he was inspired by a book called “ The Turner Diaries. ” Here’s a paragraph from my review of that vile book back in 2009: The book begins in 1991 with America declining into a banana republic with a tyrannical government. That undoubtedly seemed like a very genuine possibility in the dog days of the Carter years, which was when the book was written. In the book, the government made the terrible mistake of outlawing guns — which, as it would in real life, set off organized resistance against the government. Liberals have fallen in love with the idea of ignoring the 2nd Amendment and confiscating all firearms. The logistics of doing this in a nation with hundreds of millions of guns (many of which are off the books) when many police departments and tens of millions of Americans would not cooperate is seldom discussed. Another thing that seldom seems brought up is that large numbers of conservatives would see this as a prelude to the government’s use of force against the citizenry. When it is discussed on the Left, there seems to be an assumption that lone resisters might get into firefights with dozens of police or soldiers, as opposed to ganging up with other formerly law-abiding Americans to waylay gun confiscators, politicians and anti-gun activists at THEIR HOMES in guerrilla actions that would be silently applauded and supported by hundreds of millions of Americans concerned about their freedom. Confiscating guns is a dangerous and stupid idea that could in and of itself end our republic if a serious attempt were ever made to implement it.
Date Set for Saudi Arabia to Lift Ban on Women Drivers by SIMON KENT
AP Photo/Hasan Jamali Saudi women, start your engines. The General Department of Traffic Director General Mohammed al-Bassami said on Tuesday that female drivers will be allowed the freedom of the road in the deeply conservative kingdom from June 24. “All the requirements for women in the kingdom to start driving have been established,” Bassami said in a statement quoted by AFP. In September 2017, a royal decree announced the end of a decades-long ban on women driving — the only one of its kind in the world, as Breitbart Jerusalem reported . The rise of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, is largely seen as being the catalyst behind this move. His Vision 2030 reform plan for a post-oil era seeks to elevate women to nearly one-third of the workforce, up from about 22 percent now. For decades, hardliners cited austere Islamic interpretations to justify the ban on women, with some maintaining that they lacked the intelligence to drive and allowing them to do so would promote promiscuity. These objections have now effectively been swept aside. Women 18 years of age and older will be allowed to apply for a driver’s license, Bassami said. Driving schools for women have been set up across five cities in Saudi Arabia, and teachers will include Saudi women who obtained their licenses abroad. “It is no secret that many women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hold driving licences from abroad,” the statement added.
The Nuclear Option: John Kerry Caught Colluding with Foreign Enemy to Undermine the USA by CHARLES HURT
The last time Sen. John McCain lay dying, he was in a North Vietnamese prison cell having been brutally tortured. Over the propaganda loudspeaker, one of Mr. McCain’s fellow prisoners of war would later recall, the brave Americans heard the voice, clearly, that of an American, testifying before Congress that it was the American forces like John McCain — not the North Vietnamese — who were committing torture and murder over in Vietnam. American servicemen “personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam,” claimed the American, reportedly a U.S. Navy officer. Such unverified testimony in the hands of the North Vietnamese was a massive propaganda win. And a devastating blow to American POWs, such as John McCain, who was clinging to life in such savage conditions. Decorated Vietnam War veteran and POW Paul Galanti would later recall that it was the soft, effeminate pronunciation of “Genghis Khan” that tipped him off that the testifying turncoat was none other than John Kerry, who would later become a senator, his party’s failed presidential nominee and eventually one of the worst secretaries of state in U.S. history. “I don’t remember hearing his name, but he’s the only human being I’ve ever heard that said ‘Genghis Khan,’ ” recalled Mr. Galanti, pronouncing the name “Genghis Khan.” “When I heard him saying that a couple of months ago, I said, ‘My God! That’s the same guy I heard in Hanoi they were promoting as a big friend of theirs!’ “ As heroes like John McCain and Paul Galanti rotted in prisoner camps, John Kerry — safely back stateside — was throwing away his medals and accusing his former fellow servicemen of committing the worst atrocities imaginable. In other words, plotting a lifelong political career. Once again, America finds Mr. McCain heroically fighting for his life, this time against cancer. Perhaps inspired by such heroism, Mr. Kerry has dusted off his old turncoat from his French closet and is turning traitor against the United States again. According to the Boston Globe, Mr. Kerry has been spotted in New York City, conspiring with our sworn enemies to undermine U.S. foreign policy. Mr. Kerry doesn’t have anything positive to claim from his years as President Obama’s secretary of state. So, instead, he clings to the sewage barge of his diplomatic career: the rotten deal he helped cut with Iran. Based on lies from a theocratic terrorist nation hellbent on destroying the United States and Israel, Mr. Kerry’s “deal” gave Iran hundreds of millions in taxpayer cash, plus billions more to fund the country’s terror efforts around the globe. It requires only the flimsiest of sham inspections and basically puts Tehran on a glide path back to building a nuclear bomb in less than 10 years. If Teddy Roosevelt spoke softly but carried a big stick and President Trump talks loud and also carries a big stick, then Mr. Kerry speaks loudly and carries a tiny stick. Or maybe no stick at all. Or if he even has a stick he gives it to his enemy. The man is a diplomatic, political imbecile. Unlike Mr. Kerry, President Trump got elected president. And, unlike Mr. Kerry, President Trump got elected president promising to dismantle Mr. Kerry’s disastrous — even traitorous — deal with Iran. Still not elected president ever, Mr. Kerry has once again gone underground to conspire with the enemy to undermine U.S. foreign policy. Two weeks ago in New York, according to the Globe, “more than a year after he left office, he engaged in some unusual shadow diplomacy with a top-ranking official.” “The rare moves by a former secretary of state highlight the stakes for Kerry personally, as well as for other Obama-era diplomats who are dismayed by what they see as Trump’s disruptive approach to diplomacy.” Try to imagine for a second if some unelected diplomat from the Jimmy Carter administration had tried to interfere with President Reagan’s efforts to end the Cold War. Or if Condoleezza Rice had huddled with leaders from Iraq and Afghanistan to undermine President Obama’s policies in the region. Of course, you cannot imagine that because it is unimaginable that even Jimmy Carter would have ever hired such a buffoon so utterly committed to hurting America. Well, now that we are all so whipped up into such a frenzy over anyone who might be colluding with a foreign enemy to undermine the free will of the people and hijack the American political process, we should certainly take a hard look at Mr. Kerry. And if he sets foot back at the United Nations or anywhere else Iran’s terror leaders can be found, Mr. Kerry should be arrested and thrown in jail. For starters, anyway. • Charles Hurt can be reached at churt@washingtontimes.com ; follow him on Twitter via @charleshurt .
Trump Took A Moment To Send A Message To Kim Jong Un As He Shattered The Iran Deal By Daily Caller Ryan Pickrell As President Donald Trump fulfilled a campaign pledge to withdraw from the Iran deal, he took a moment to send a message to North Korea. “Today’s action sends a critical message. The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them,” the president said Tuesday during his announcement on the fate of the Iran nuclear deal. “In fact, at this very moment, [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo is on his way to North Korea in preparation for my upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un.” “Hopefully, a deal will happen, and with the help of China, South Korea, and Japan, a future of great prosperity and security can be achieved for everyone,” he further stated. While many critics have commented that withdrawing from the Iran deal damages America’s credibility, the Trump administration’s intended message to North Korea appears to be that the Kim regime must do better than Iran, which curbed its nuclear ambitions but continued to destabilize the region, violating the spirit of the original deal. White House National Security Adviser John Bolton elaborated on this point Tuesday afternoon, telling reporters that the president’s decision to withdraw from the Iran deal “sends a very clear signal the United States will not accept inadequate deals.” Pompeo is making his second trip to North Korea in a month, as he made a secret trip to the hermit kingdom over Easter weekend. During his first trip, he met with Kim Jong Un to lay the groundwork for the upcoming summit.
Stephanie Ruhle: Enforcing the Border and Defunding Planned Parenthood Hurts Children By Bill D’Agostino Stephanie Ruhle lost her grip on reality Tuesday morning when she attempted to draw a contrast between First Lady Melania Trump’s new “Be Best” initiative for children and President Trump’s policies. The MSNBC host’s diatribe featured the absurd claim that enforcing existing immigration laws and cutting taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood would hurt children. The aim of Ruhle’s presentation was to frame the President as a hypocrite for supposedly endangering the same kids whom his wife had pledged to help: “The First Lady’s plans to help children, they don’t gel with her husband’s policies. Policies that impact every child in this country.” However, a number of her claims amounted to nothing more than partisan talking points. The show ran a clip of Attorney General Jeff Sessions warning that parents who attempted to sneak into the U.S. with their kids “might be separated” from them “as required by law.” Ruhle then spun this policy as “ripping babies from their mothers who have risked everything in search of a better life,” – a characterization jam-packed with the kind of emotionally manipulative verbiage one might expect to find in an open borders pamphlet. “How exactly is that being best?” she demanded. Recall that Ruhle’s thesis was that the President’s policies were impacting “every child in this country.” After decrying recent cuts to CHIP and the administration’s support for the school voucher program, Ruhle closed with an impressive display of mental gymnastics. “The administration appears to be attacking teen pregnancy prevention programs,” she worried. “It tried but was blocked from cutting grants to Planned Parenthood.” Supporters of Planned Parenthood have rolled out a litany of creative arguments over the years in attempting to justify the organization’s continued federal funding. But Ruhle’s claim here – that an organization which largely exists to perform abortions is somehow “helping children” – may have topped them all. Presumably by “children,” she was referring to pregnant teenagers. Otherwise, she would have been attempting to argue that an end to taxpayer funding for abortions would somehow harm unborn babies. “So again, I ask the question: How is this ‘Be Best,’ as in best for children?” she concluded triumphantly. At this point, there are likely some readers who would like to ask Ruhle that same question. To read a transcript of the segment, click “expand” below: MSNBC’s Live with Velshi and Ruhle 05/08/2018 11:38:06 — 11:40:46 p.m. EDT 2 min, 40 sec STEPHANIE RUHLE: The first lady’s plans to help children, they don’t gel with her husband’s policies. Policies that impact every child in this country. Less than about an hour after her announcement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new zero tolerance crackdown on families who enter the United States illegally. He is threatening to separate parents from their children at the border. JEFF SESSIONS: If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you. And that child may be separated from you as required by law. [End Video Clip] RUHLE: If you’re smuggling a child, chances are we’re talking about an infant. A baby. Ripping babies from their mothers who have risked everything in search of a better life. How exactly is that being best? Also President Trump wants to slash previously approved health insurance funding for kids as a way to help appease conservatives who are angry over his as in his – as in his, President Trump’s – spending package. He’ll reportedly send a plan to congress today stripping $7 billion from CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which helps cover low income kids’ health care. The White House says the cut comes from money already expired in the program, and money set aside for higher-than-expected enrollment. President Trump’s budget for next year slashes education funding by more than $3 billion while adding $1.5 billion for private school vouchers and school choice programs. About 90% of the nation’s children use the public school system. Lots of kids live in areas where they don’t have another school to choose from. Also, Trump’s budget eliminates several school programs, including after-school and grants that help support and recruit good teachers. That is a “Best” idea indeed. Then there’s this: When it comes to some of the nation’s most vulnerable kids, the administration is delaying a rule that would require states to report foster care youth who have been victims of sex trafficking. Advocates say they fear it will push foster children into more risky situations. And, finally the administration appears to be attacking teen pregnancy prevention programs. It tried but was blocked from cutting grants to planned parenthood. Last year it ended grants it gave to government to run local programs. The administration is now pushing abstinence-only. and is shifting money towards those plans. Researchers say such programs are ineffective and unethical. So again, I ask how the question, how is this “Be best,” as in best for children?
Syrian TV Reports of Explosions Near Damascus, Israeli Missiles Intercepted By Scott Kelnhofer Syrian state-run media said Israeli forces struck a military outpost near the capital of Damascus on Tuesday, while its air defenses intercepted and destroyed two of the incoming missiles, according to the Associated Press . Syria’s official news agency SANA said the attack occurred about 10 miles south of Damascus, an area known to have numerous Syrian army military bases. Several Arab media reports said the strike targeted a Syrian base used by Iranian forces. The attack was said to have taken place roughly an hour after President Donald Trump announced he was quitting the Iranian nuclear deal. A commander in the regional alliance supporting Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian dictator, told Reuters that Israel’s air force had struck an army base, but the attack did not result in casualties. There was no immediate comment from Israel on Syria’s claim, but the government almost never confirms or denies airstrikes in Syria. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz , the Israeli army said it believes Iran is planning to carry out an imminent strike from Syria. Tuesday, the Israeli government ordered communities in the northern Golan Heights, near the Israel-Syria border, to open bomb shelters to the public after identifying “unusual movements” of Iranian forces in Syria. Israel Breaking @IsraelBreaking 2h BREAKING: Israeli airstrike reportedly targeting Iranian weapons convey bombed near Damascus in Syria. pic.twitter.com/sTERhprJWL Israel Breaking @IsraelBreaking Video shows moments suspected Israeli jets bomb Iranian affiliated weapons convoy tonight in Syria. pic.twitter.com/drqV94esCU 4:47 PM – May 8, 2018 “Defence systems have been deployed and Israel Defense Forces troops are on high alert for an attack,” a military spokesman said. “The IDF is prepared for various scenarios and warns that any aggression against Israel will be met with a severe response.” The Israeli military said in a statement it had called up some reservists but did not give specifics on the number of troops it has added. The military said it is prepared for “various scenarios” and warned “any aggression against Israel will be met with a severe response.” Israel has warned it will not tolerate Tehran establishing a military presence near its border with Syria. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a critic of the Iran deal, said Trump made a “brave and correct decision” to withdraw from the agreement. “Israel fully supports President Trump’s bold decision today to reject the disastrous nuclear deal,” Netanyahu said.
5 Facts About Mass Shootings That The Gun Control Fanatics Don’t Want You to See John Hawkins Every time there is a mass shooting we get the same old song and dance from the gun control fanatics. You’re sorry this happened? Then you must institute gun control. Oh, you don’t want to do that? Then it’s your fault that it happened. The NRA is bad. They kill people. We must have gun control. Innocent law-abiding Americans are responsible. Don’t you feel bad for the victims? Then institute our gun control agenda that will do nothing to stop the killings. It’s hamhanded, relentless propaganda peddled by smug, self-righteous anti-gun zealots. Well, here are some things you don’t typically see those anti-gun nuts mention when they demand that we disarm the whole country because some crazy murdered people. 1) Some of the worst mass murders didn’t use guns: The worst mass murder on American soil was 9/11 which featured terrorists turning planes into weapons and 2,996 people. Then there was the Oklahoma City Bombing which used explosives and cost the lives of 168. One of the largest mass murders and worst at a school was the Bath School Disaster in 1927 which used dynamite/pyrotol to achieve a 44 person body count. In 1962 a man committed suicide via dynamite ON A PLANE. Forty five people died when it went down. In the 2016 Nice attack in France, 86 people were killed with a large cargo truck. In 2016 in Japan, 19 people were even killed with a knife. The idea that these sort of killings are impossible without guns just isn’t true. 2) America is not the only country with this problem: Mass shootings happen all over the world and if you account for the POPULATION DIFFERENCE between the United States and smaller nations, we’re not even one of the countries with the worst problem , But a study of global mass-shooting incidents from 2009 to 2015 by the Crime Prevention Research Center, headed by economist John Lott, shows the U.S. doesn’t lead the world in mass shootings. In fact, it doesn’t even make the top 10, when measured by death rate per million population from mass public shootings. So who’s tops? Surprisingly, Norway is, with an outlier mass shooting death rate of 1.888 per million (high no doubt because of the rifle assault by political extremist Anders Brevik that claimed 77 lives in 2011). No. 2 is Serbia, at just 0.381, followed by France at 0.347, Macedonia at 0.337, and Albania at 0.206. Slovakia, Finland, Belgium, and Czech Republic all follow. Then comes the U.S., at No. 11, with a death rate of 0.089. The idea that this only happens here just isn’t true. 3) These shooters are all white guys: There’s a long running myth about mass murderers (and for that matter, serial killers) that says they’re almost all white guys. This isn’t correct as even Slate magazine noted in a rare moment of honesty , The proportion of white mass shooters drops down to 56 percent, by my count. Judging by those newer numbers, and the most current census estimate that 76.9 percent of Americans are white, the whites-are-overrepresented-among-mass-shooters meme appears even less accurate. Perpetrators that Mother Jones classifies as Asian make up 7.4 percent of the data set, versus an estimated 5.7 percent of the population, while those MoJo identifies as black represent 17.0 percent of the mass shooters in the database versus an estimated 13.3 percent of the population. According to this data set, then, Asians and black Americans are overrepresented among mass shooters by about the same proportion (a bit more than one-fourth) that whites are underrepresented. 4) Mass shootings are much more rare than gun control advocates would have you believe: If it bleeds, it leads and the bloodier the better. That means mass shootings get ENORMOUS amounts of publicity every time they happen and if you believe gun control nuts, they happen constantly. But, what are the chances you are actually going to die in a mass shooting? Well, in an anti-gun article in the Washington Post from April of this year, it was noted that 1,081 people had died in mass shootings from 1966 to the present . In other words, roughly 21 people per year died in mass shootings over the last 52 years. Just as a point of comparison, almost one American per day (335 per year) drowns in a bathtub, hot tub or spa . In 2016, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, 656 people were beaten to death with “hands, fists, feet, etc.” If the mainstream media obsessively focused on stories like these, we’d have people calling for bans on bathtubs and martial arts training. The death of any innocent person is a terrible thing, but the number of deaths via mass shootings doesn’t justify 1/50 of the attention it’s given in a nation of 325 million people. 5) Banning rifles will do very little to address the problem: There is no gun control policy that our government can put in place that will stop mass killings. Let me repeat that: there is no gun control policy that our government can put in place that will stop mass killings. Still, the latest thing we’ve heard from people who exploit the deaths of innocent people to further their political agenda is that they don’t want to ban guns; they just want to get rid of those awful “assault rifles” to prevent mass shootings. That doesn’t make much sense if you actually look at the data on the weapons used in mass shootings . According to the FBI, rifles of all kinds accounted for just 3 percent of firearm homicides in 2016, while handguns accounted for 65 percent. Contrary to what you may have heard, handguns are also by far the most common choice for mass shooters. A Mother Jones review of mass shootings from 1982 through 2012 found that 66 percent of the weapons were handguns, while just 14 percent would qualify as “assault weapons” under the definition used in a 2013 bill sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). More recent data show a similar pattern. When the only idea gun control zealots are willing to entertain to stop mass killings is *** surprise *** gun control and the majority of weapons used in those killings are handguns, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to see that their real agenda is to disarm America.
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