CNN Repeats Bogus Claim It’s Easier to Buy ‘Automatic’ Gun Than to ‘Plan for a Weekend’

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Nets Push Fake News Trump Made It Easier for Mentally Ill to Buy Guns

Fresh off their disinformation campaign in the immediate aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shooting in which they falsely claimed there had been 18 school shootings this year, the three major network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) moved on to another fake news topic they wanted to push on the American people: President Trump and the GOP made it easier for mentally ill people to buy guns.

The accusation that a bill designed to remove restrictions and allow the mentally ill to purchase guns was passed by the GOP and signed by President Trump had long been debunked. As the National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke wrote over a year ago, what got removed was “in layman’s terms: The rule would have allowed bureaucrats within one of our federal agencies to bar American citizens from exercising a constitutional right — and on the highly questionable grounds that to be incapable of managing one’s finances is, by definition, to be a ‘mental defective.’”

And the bill wasn’t even supported by the NRA. But it was supported by the liberal ACLU and the American Association of People with Disabilities. Yet that didn’t stop the networks from pushing lies and being appalled that the President wasn’t exploiting the situation to push gun control as their previous president did.

The President’s efforts to comfort the nation tonight striking for what he didn’t say,” chided White House Correspondent Peter Alexander during NBC Nightly News. “President Trump in a nearly seven-minute statement not once mentioning the word ‘Guns.’ Instead, again signaling his focus is on the mental health of shooters, not the weapons they use.” He then spewed a torrent of fake news:

 

 

Despite emphasizing mental health, the White House’s newly unveiled budget would slash funding for Medicaid that covers a quarter of mental health care in the U.S. And President Trump last year revoked a hotly contested Obama-era regulation that would have made it harder for some people with mental illness to buy guns.

That lamenting for the lack of a gun control push was echoed on CBS Evening News when anchor Jeff Glor bemoaned that “President Trump did not mention gun laws when he addressed the nation today about the shooting.”

Well, Jeff, the President didn’t have a lot to say today about what he actually plans to do about school shootings,” CBS’s Chip Reid whined to Glor. “But just last year, the President signed legislation reversing an Obama-era regulation that would have made it more difficult for some people with mental illness to buy guns,” Reid continued.

The report by ABC’s Senior White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega during World News Tonight was particularly vindictive. “Calling the shooter mentally disturbed, his message was clear … But shortly after taking office, President Trump blocked an Obama-era rule that made it tougher for the mentally ill to obtain guns,” she claimed.

But Vega’s lie appeared to be inadvertently exposed when Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas was describing how the shooter obtained his rifle. “Federal law bans anyone deemed by authorities as mentally ill from buying guns, but it’s unclear whether any court or commission designated Cruz as mentally unfit. So, it appears he fell through the cracks,” he explained. So, is it easy for the mentally ill to buy guns or are they banned? ABC doesn’t seem to know, judging by their own reporting.

It should be noted that all three of the networks backed off and didn’t repeat the bogus claim about there being 18 school shootings since the start of the year. BUT, all of them left it out there and didn’t correct their reporting from the previous night.

The relevant portions of the transcripts are below, click expand to read:

 

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NBC Nightly News
February 15, 2018
7:10:12 PM Eastern

LESTER HOLT: And President Trump says he plans to visit the site of this horrifying massacre in the coming days. Today he addressed a grieving nation while many are calling on the President and Congress to finally address guns and mental health. We get more from NBC’s Peter Alexander.

[Cuts to video]

PETER ALEXANDER: The President’s efforts to comfort the nation tonight striking for what he didn’t say.

DONALD TRUMP: Answer hate with love. Answer cruelty with kindness.

ALEXANDER: President Trump in a nearly seven-minute statement not once mentioning the word “Guns.” Instead, again signaling his focus is on the mental health of shooters, not the weapons they use.

(…)

ALEXANDER: The President’s initial response this morning suggesting the Parkland community could have done more tweeting, “so many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem.”

Despite emphasizing mental health, the White House’s newly unveiled budget would slash funding for Medicaid that covers a quarter of mental health care in the U.S. And President Trump last year revoked a hotly contested Obama-era regulation that would have made it harder for some people with mental illness to buy guns.

(…)

 

CBS Evening News
February 15, 2018
6:42:57 PM Eastern [1 minute 44 Seconds]

JEFF GLOR: The Broward County Sheriff called today for tougher laws to keep guns out of the hands of people with mental health issues, including forcing them to be examined by mental health professionals. President Trump did not mention gun laws when he addressed the nation today about the shooting.

(…)

GLOR: So the question is what is being done to protect those children and others? Chip Reid is at the White House tonight with more on this part of the story. Chip.

CHIP REID: Well, Jeff, the President didn’t have a lot to say today about what he actually plans to do about school shootings. One thing he did say he wants to do is, quote, “work with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health.” But just last year, the president signed legislation reversing an Obama-era regulation that would have made it more difficult for some people with mental illness to buy guns.

Now, Jeff, as you mentioned, the President did not even mention gun control today, and the truth is, as long as Republicans are in charge of both Houses of Congress, there is little chance of doing anything on that front. The one thing the President did say today that he definitely wants to do in the coming days is to go to Parkland, Florida, and visit with families and local officials. Jeff.

(…)

 

ABC
World News Tonight
February 15, 2018
6:45:22 PM Eastern [1 minute 38 Seconds]

DAVID MUIR: For the fourth time since his inauguration, President Trump addressing the nation about a mass shooting. Something his predecessor had to do often, as well. Today, President Trump sending his condolences to the families and promising to focus on mental health, but he did not answer questions about guns. Here’s ABC’s Senior White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega.

[Cuts to video]

CECILIA VEGA: President Trump today speaking directly to those grieving families in Parkland, Florida.

DONALD TRUMP: You are suffering is our burden, also.

VEGA: Calling the shooter mentally disturbed, his message was clear.

TRUMP: We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health.

VEGA: But shortly after taking office, President Trump blocked an Obama-era rule that made it tougher for the mentally ill to obtain guns. Today, no mention of gun control.

(…)

VEGA: Immediately after past shootings, the President has said it was too soon to discuss gun control. But today, in that grief-stricken community, many saying now is the time.

(…)

6:51:57 PM Eastern

PIERRE THOMAS: David, Cruz bought that gun legally at a local gun store, despite all those signs that he was troubled. Federal law bans anyone deemed by authorities as mentally ill from buying guns, but it’s unclear whether any court or commission designated Cruz as mentally unfit. So, it appears he fell through the cracks, David.

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NRA & Republicans Pushing Bill to Make it Easier for Feds to Disarm Citizens

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In yet another example of how both parties are willing to completely compromise their ostensible principals to further the agenda of usurping your rights, the Republican-controlled house just recently voted to federalize gun laws across the country. Not only was this bill—which makes it easier for the federal government to disarm the citizens—voted for by the alleged pro-2nd Amendment Republicans but it was also supported by the NRA.

After finding out that the US Air Force failed to turn over the information that would’ve made it illegal for Devin Kelly—the coward terrorist behind the horrific shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas—the federal government came up with the “Fix NICS” bill. NICS stands for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System which was missing information that could’ve prevented Kelly from buying a gun.

It is important to note that checks were already in place to prevent Kelly from acquiring a gun. Kelly was given due process and legally lost his 2nd Amendment right. However, he was allowed to by a gun, not because NICS failed, but because the Air Force did.

To make sure the Fix NICS bill gets passed, Democrats joined together with Republicans and tied an ostensible pro-gun bill in with it called the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38), sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson, R-NC. This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

However, Fix NICS, as noted above, does nothing to prevent what could’ve happened in Sutherland Springs as that was a mistake on behalf of the government. Instead of punishing the Air Force for allowing a wife beating psycho to discharge with no criminal record—despite having a criminal record—this bill simply throws money at states to force citizens to turn over more data.

While it may seem rational to bolster the Federal gun registry, we need to heed the warning from those in Congress as to how it’s been used in the past to violate the gun rights of veterans and senior citizens.

As Congressman Thomas Massie noted in his own criticism of the bill:

When President Obama couldn’t get Congress to pass gun control, he implemented a strategy of compelling, through administrative rules, the Veterans Administration and the Social Security Administration to submit lists of veterans and seniors, many of whom never had a day in court, to be included in the NICS database of people prohibited from owning a firearm. Only a state court, a federal (article III) court, or a military court, should ever be able to suspend your rights for any significant period of time.

Guess who championed that Obama-enabling measure as a pro-gun bill when it passed? The NRA did, that’s who—and now they are doing it again.

Ten well-informed Republicans chose to vote “NO” on the bill last week, however, the overwhelming majority of them voted for it. Here’s why:

The NRA threatened them. 

“Please vote “YES” on the Rule for H.R. 38, as reported. Due to the importance of this issue, votes on this rule will be considered in future candidate ratings and endorsements by the NRA Political Victory Fund,” read the NRA’s threat.

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The irony and ignorance of Republicans being threatened by the NRA for wanting to uphold the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans is glaring, to say the least.

As the Mises Institute notes, while Republicans and supporters of the NRA may not fear the Trump Administration coming after their guns, it is obviously reckless to grant additional power and resources to future administrative states that may be quite hostile to the right to gun ownership. To put it simply, there is never a good reason to give Federal agencies the power the revoke an individual’s ability to lawfully purchase a weapon without due process.

To see how this gross abuse of power is already being used without this bill further increasing federal reach, we need only look at Hawaii who began disarming their citizens in compliance with a 2011 federal mandate that prohibits medical marijuana users from owning firearms.

As TFTP reported last month, residents in Honolulu, Hawaii, were recently informed that if they use cannabis for medicinal purposes, they will be given 30 days to “voluntarily surrender” their firearms and ammunition before the Honolulu Police Department begins confiscation.

Similar confiscations are happening in Ohio as well.

As Tho Bishop explains in his article for the Mises Institute, while the simplicity provided by nationalizing laws is an understandable appeal, especially if you’re a gun owner who frequently travels, political centralization is never the answer. By supporting this flawed attempt at “National Concealed Carry Reciprocity,” the NRA and their supporters in the House have sided with the power of Federal agencies over the Second Amendment rights of Americans.”

Even if you are for the reciprocity bill, and you are willing to take a hit on NICS just to get it passed, as Business Insider reports, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said that Senator Cornyn, R-Texas, agreed with him to push “Fix NICS” as a stand-alone bill. Meanwhile, he says reciprocity is dead in the Senate.

Even with the already expanded NICS that happened under Obama, thanks to a grossly negligent mistake in the Air Force, Devin Kelly was able to purchase a gun. Even if this bill is passed, it won’t prevent that from happening again it merely expands the state’s authority to remove rights with no due process.

As CR reports, the NRA suggests that this bill actually helps those wrongly placed into NICS by truncating the appeals process. But that is only a moderate fix on the back end once people have already lost their rights without due process. We need a fix on the front end. Though government has the power to limit the gun rights of someone who is a threat to society, the Second Amendment is the most foundational right and requires due process to take it away. Imagine if we placed people on a No Free Speech list without due process and invited them to prove they could have their free speech back after the fact.

In short, this bill will pressure federal agencies and states to place as many names as possible on the list, making it only a matter of time before this list becomes so large that nearly any activity could serve to remove your 2nd Amendment rights. And, Republicans and so-called gun rights activists in the NRA are willing to sell you out to get it passed.

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People Who Want to Make it Easier to Prosecute Cops Who Kill Might Get Their Way Soon


For two years, police-reform groups have unsuccessfully tried to convince state lawmakers to make it easier to prosecute law enforcement officers who kill in the line of duty.

Those reformers now might have something on their side to put their efforts over the top: Political leverage.

A group called De-Escalate Washington has decided to push its proposed changes as an initiative to the Legislature in 2018.

If the campaign hits its 260,000-signature target by the end of the year, it will bring a bill to the Capitol that would lower the state’s uniquely high bar for prosecuting officers who improperly use deadly force. Group leaders say the measure would increase police accountability.

Key lawmakers say the threat of the initiative going to the ballot gives De-Escalate Washington the upper hand should it choose to negotiate a legislative alternative with police groups that have stuffed more modest change in the Legislature.

Those against revamping the law, namely the Fraternal Order of Police, say Initiative 940 could lead to witch hunts against police who make honest mistakes in stressful situations. But lawmakers who have been deeply involved in the debate say the Fraternal Order might be more willing to strike a deal on an compromise to avoid a vote of the people on I-940.

De-Escalate Washington, which launched in July, said in a news release Thursday it had about 160,000 signatures so far.

“Bottom line is, I think the opponents might realize that a legislative solution is better for them than the initiative,” said Sen. Mike Padden, a Republican from Spokane Valley who chairs the Senate’s Law and Justice Committee.

There are three outcomes possible with an initiative to the Legislature. Lawmakers can pass it. They can approve an alternative to compete with I-940 on the fall 2018 ballot — possibly one that unites police and community advocates as a compromise. Or they can do nothing, sending Initiative 940 to the ballot by itself.

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[WATCH] An Easier Way For Police to Track Your Cell Phone and Other Horrible New Laws Went into Effect


The United States has a lot of laws. Too many laws, in fact.

In various places in the country, it is illegal to transport water chestnut plants across state lines, receive a shipment of lobsters packed in clear plastic, fake a sick day at work, unknowingly link to a site which hosts extremist views, get lost in a blizzard on federal land, sell loose cigarettes, and more. Lots more.

“If you take the U.S. code as it exists right now,” notes historian David Barton, “today, if you read 700 pages a week of the U.S. code, national calculations are that you can finish the U.S. code in only 25,000 years.” And that’s just at the federal level! Add in state and local laws and there are so many crimes on the books today it is impossible for the average American to be aware of all the ways we could break the law at any given moment.

We are chronically over-criminalized.

On Sunday, that problem got a little bit worse. New laws in some states were scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 1, and as Ed Krayewski details at Reason, they weren’t all wise and necessary additions to the legal code. For example, consider this new law from Connecticut:

“Among the 140 laws going into effect in Connecticut today is one that aims to regulate cellphone tracking by police agencies. Unfortunately, the law gives cops too much discretion to use the cell site simulator devices that make phone tracking possible.

“Specifically, the law permits police to use such devices for 48 hours without a court order during “exigent circumstances” (despite it not taking nearly that long to obtain a warrant even in an ‘exigent’ circumstance) and for two weeks under an ‘ex parte court order’ which means police don’t have to notify anyone about the tracking.”

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Tesla making car sharing a whole lot easier

When we talk about new electric cars, we often focus on hardware and performance improvements like battery size/range or design features like the sleek minimalism of the Tesla Model 3.

But that may be about to change.

Alongside these very real physical innovations, the new breed of electric car is also delivering major improvements in terms of software and user experience. Specifically, as Autoblog Green reports, Tesla is ushering in several new innovations that will make car sharing a whole lot easier.

Whether it’s using your smartphone as a replacement for a traditional key fob, or eventual full automation that will allow your car to go do Uber/Lyft-style driving for you when you don’t need it, many of these features have been discussed in detail before. But Elon Musk just announced another significant step in a response to a question on twitter:

This feels like a significant step toward a more sophisticated approach to car sharing. As someone who regularly (and unreasonably) gets frustrated at having to adjust my mirrors when my spouse has driven my car, I suspect that the small frustrations of adjusting seats/mirrors or resetting navigation systems/radio stations etc would be enough to put many people off of sharing their car with others.

This, however, should remove many of those inconveniences and make formal and informal car sharing a whole lot more practical. Now if Tesla could also include a feature that cleans out old receipts and half empty packets of gum…

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Blogging Made Easier: Five Tricks You Should Know

Writing interesting blog posts, creating attractive pages, and interacting with your visitors — these are essential ways to help you build a body of work, a successful business, or a growing audience online.

I’m part of a team focused on design and research at WordPress.com — I like to find ways to improve your experience, and to help you reach your website or blogging goals. In this post, I’ve compiled five of our favorite WordPress.com features that streamline your publishing experience and help you make an impact with your work faster.

Post Settings That You Can Hide

We’ve recently moved things around a bit in the editor. The settings for your post or page are now on the right — and can be hidden! Just click the cogwheel icon above your toolbar.

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If you yearn for a more minimal experience, hide the post settings so you can focus on your writing.

Add Images in a Snap

Visuals make posts and pages more compelling. But going through the steps to add image files often takes time and interrupts your flow.

Did you know you can add images simply by dragging and dropping? Just drag an image file from your computer into the browser window and drop it in your post.

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In the screen capture above you might have noticed a smaller, rectangular area on the right where you can drop your featured image. Many themes use featured images as header images or when displaying posts in lists. It’s an important image, if not the most important image, that you can set for your post.

A Visual Page Hierarchy

On WordPress.com, you can nest pages — a page can have a few “child” pages, and these child pages can have their own child pages, and so on. Many themes then use this information to display different levels of navigation. Super useful!

But until recently, it’s been a bit cumbersome to understand this hierarchy when working on your pages, and impossible to see at a glance. But not anymore!

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At My Site Pages, we now show the page hierarchy on the pages list (if you have fewer than 100 pages). This makes it much easier to scan your site’s structure and directly find what you’re looking for.

Change Your Slugs

When you give your post or page a title, WordPress.com automatically creates a slug for it. That’s useful, but if you’d like to change it, you can do so yourself by clicking on the chain link icon to the left of your post or page title:

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You can shorten the slug or even rename it entirely. For example, let’s say you had a page called “Our Restaurant’s Menu” — WordPress will create it at “/our-restaurants-menu.” But now you know: You can make it accessible at the shorter and simpler “/menu.” Ideally, you do this before you hit publish, so that your readers will have the correct URL going forward.

Reply to Comments From the Posts List

For many of you, being able to interact with your site’s visitors is one of the most important aspects of having a website. Did you know you can respond to your comments all in one place?

Take a look at your post list at My Site Blog Posts. If a post has comments, you’ll see a small chat bubble among the icons on the bottom right. Did you know you can reply to comments right from here?

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Try it out the next time someone comments on one of your posts. And if you get a lot of comments, this is an easy way to streamline conversations and keep in touch with your readers or customers.

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We work to make WordPress.com a bit better every day, and we hope that these tricks help make blogging, writing, and designing your site easier and faster for you.

Do you have a pet peeve — a small thing that you think could be made even faster, simpler, or just better? Let us know in the comments.


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Flat pack Bait Hive attracts bee swarms inside for safer & easier relocation (Video)

Even as bee populations around the world are being threatened by colony collapse disorder, beekeeping is nevertheless enjoying a bit of a renaissance as hobbyists benefit from today’s ease of sharing the skills via online sources, the popularization of urban beekeeping, as well as a crop of new technological innovations that help beekeepers better maintain their hives.

Bait Hive is one of these new beekeeping tools that make the task easier, especially when bees engage in swarming behaviour when looking for a new home. Here’s how it works:

Bait Hive Functionality from voodoovideo on Vimeo.

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Swarming is the process when a queen bee leaves with a large group of worker bees, in the quest to create a new colony. Created by British designer Joshua Akhtar, the flat pack Bait Hive aims to ensure that when bees engage in this natural behaviour, that they don’t converge in less-than-ideal places that may result in the loss of life — apiarian or otherwise. Akhtar explains:

Swarming bees are looking for a new home. They frequently cause mischief settling in unusual public places, and are often lost or killed as a result (give ‘bee swarm’ a Google search). Bait Hive attracts swarms of honey bees using a scented / pheromone lure. The bait hives can be located on roofs, on a lamp-post, in your garden, on trees – pretty much anywhere out of the way.

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Akhtar, who studied product and packaging design at the University of Brighton, got into urban beekeeping several years ago thanks to his father. At one point, Akhtar encountered a bit of a bee blunder that inspired the Bait Hive:

I had 20,000 honey bees escape in my university house – which gave my housemates what I would describe as, the ultimate surprise. I also at one point had to push 50,000 honey bees hidden under a blanket on a skateboard through central London.

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So Akhtar figured there had to be a better way to transport a large number of bees to where one would like them to go. To that end, the Bait Hive attracts the roving queen bee with a pheromone-laced beeswax inside, and once inside, the beekeeper turns the rotating front door — which has various-sized openings — so that the cut openings will allow bee drones inside, but not the queen, out.

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The Bait Hive is a simple foldable and portable design that can be attached to high places, increasing the chance of the swarm being attracted into it. The Bait Hive has a landing pad, yet another addition that makes it more bee-friendly. The tunnel-shaped foam entrance bio-mimics that of a tree, and the foam insulation on both ends of the unit protect it against sudden temperature changes.

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There is a pop-out base that is lined with a mesh screen, to allow for increased air flow in case the bees have to be contained for a longer period of time during transport. The size of the Bait Hive can also accommodate standard-sized hive frames, if you already have some.

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The Bait Hive has already gone through a series of successful tests, and even recently won the Wilko & W’innovate Award for Innovation. It’s currently being crowdfunded for larger-scale production. The goal here is to save bees from any unfortunate situations, says Akhtar:

Eventually I’d like to be able to begin installing these hives in public spaces. In doing so I am hoping to catch swarms before they settle somewhere unsuitable. Once captured, they can be offered to beekeepers for collection. I’d like to be able to help eliminate a lot of the bad press honeybees get when they swarm in public spaces. Honeybees are at their most docile when swarming and don’t pose a threat. More swarm boxes means less swarms of bees ending up in places where they are dealt with inappropriately.

As bee populations face decline and an uncertain future (and we humans face a hungry future without them), every little bit of innovation and responsible stewardship helps. Visit Bait Hive on Kickstarter to see more.

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