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Pelosi Attacks Trump for not Addressing “Gun Violence Epidemic”

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Not wasting time after President Trump’s State of the Union address, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lambasted Trump’s speech for not addressing “the gun violence epidemic”.

Pelosi also made sure to criticize Trump’s concerns with border security and pivot the discussion to gun control.  Pelosi can whine all she wants about the so-called “gun violence epidemic”, but the facts have an inconvenient way of bringing down her dubious assertions. Contrary to popular belief, there is no gun violence epidemic in the United States.

For a start, school shootings have actually been on the decline since the 1990s. According to Criminology Professor James Alan Fox’s research, four times as many children were killed in shootings during the early 90s than in present times. School children these days are more likely to die drowning or in bike accidents.

However, dropping incidences of gun violence go beyond the school yard. Declining crime rates were seen from 1993 to 2013, a period when per capita gun ownership increased by 56 percent and gun violence dropped by 49 percent during the same time frame.  From a big picture perspective, the United States hit a 51-year low in homicide rates during 2014.

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Despite hand-wringing from anti-gunners, more guns and laxer carry laws have not translated into more crime.  However, gun controllers don’t care about facts.

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On the day after the State of the Union, there were hearings on H.R. 8, the House’s Universal Background Check bill. Universal Background Checks are already law in 11 states, and now Congress critters want to bring them to the DC swamp. Anti-gun Democrats took the House in the 2018 midterms, and want to leave their mark by ramming gun control through. With a safe majority in the House, they will likely pass H.R 8 with relative ease.

The Republican-controlled Senate is a different story, but a number of squishy Republicans like Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, and Lindsay Graham could make things interesting if H.R. 8 makes its way to the Senate. It’s anyone’s guess what could happen in the 116th Congress, but there’s no denying that gun control will be one of the most polarizing issues for the next year or so.

However, let’s not kid ourselves. The concerns about a gun violence epidemic are misplaced.

Instead, there is an epidemic of control freak politicians who think they know better than the average American on how to defend themselves and their loved ones.  For that reason, Second Amendment supporters must keep their eyes peeled for any anti-gun shenanigans when Congress is in session.

 

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The American Right Should Beware of Campaign Consultant Grifters

Some people want to make a quick buck with zero results to show for it.

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Heading into 2022 and 2024, America First operatives should be careful dealing with campaigns run by grifters. 

Patrick Clerbune of VDARE put out an informative post that serves as a warning to all about the rampant corruption within Republican political consultant outfits. 

He highlighted a Washington Post piece detailing how donors gave more than $8 million to Kim Klacik, a black woman running as a Republican candidate in Maryland’s 7th district. In reality, the money donated to Klacik’s campaign went straight to the fat pockets of political consultants who knew full well that she couldn’t win.

The Post went into further detail about this naked grifting opportunity:

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Her campaign is an example of how some consulting firms are profiting handsomely from Republican candidates who have robust appeal in today’s politically charged environment…

By the end of Klacik’s campaign, she would raise a staggering $8.3 million and pay nearly $3.7 million of it to Olympic Media, according to campaign finance filings.

For political veterans, this is nothing new under the sun. Political consultant parasites such as Karl Rove are notorious for enriching themselves by running failed campaigns and diverting resources from actual winnable races. Rove was also involved in the Georgia Senate dumpster fire, where the GOP dropped a whopping $1 billion and still ended up losing both seats. 

Pointing out how the managerial state is detrimental to all Americans, especially minorities, is one thing. But using failed ethnic pandering and running campaigns in districts that can never be won by Republicans is another. 

In the aforementioned case, Maryland’s 7th district has never gone Republican in its history and was the long-time home of Elijah Cummings from 1996 until his death in 2019. Democrat challenger Kweisi Mfume completely obliterated Klacik 74 to 25 in the 2020 general election. 

Intelligent nationalists would be wise to recognize that certain races are lost causes, which drain resources that could otherwise be allocated towards winnable campaigns. A large degree of skepticism should always be directed towards the political consultant class. Their money-making model does not always translate into electoral success.

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