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On October 27 NBC News announced the death of Gia Soriano, one of the students wounded by freshman Jaylen Fryberg in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting, and followed the announcement with a reminder that Washington state residents get the chance to vote for gun control via Initiative 594 next week.
The catch is that I-594 would not have stopped or even hindered the Marysville shooting.
NBC News reported that residents get to vote on “universal background checks” next week — checks which “Congress tried, but failed to pass.” They also reported that some Newtown, Connecticut, parents were already pushing for “universal background checks.”
Breitbart News previously reported that “universal background checks” — like those contained in the failed Senate gun bill — would not have stopped the Marysville shooting because the gun used by Fryberg was “legally” obtained by his father. In other words, he went through a background check.
The same is true for the Washington state gun control initiative being funded by one-percenters like Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, Nicolas Hanauer, and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, among others. The “universal background checks” and gun registry I-594 would institute would not have done anything to prevent the Marysville attack from happening.
It is simply another gun control measure which promises safety, yet fails to deliver on that promise. In so doing, it forces law-abiding citizens to jump through more hoops to acquire a firearm for self-defense while leaving criminals undeterred.
With the closest known U.S. cases of Ebola diagnosed about 160 miles away in Dallas, Cary Griffin is taking no chances.
If, as the former correctional officer fears, the virus spreads to hundreds of people, Griffin is headed to the woods.
“I’ll do what the English royalty did to survive the bubonic plague,” Griffin said, referring to King Charles II’s flight to the countryside during the Great Plague of London in 1665-66. “I’m going into the country.”
Griffin, 27, of Huntsville, Texas, is among a growing if loosely-defined segment of Americans, known as “preppers,” who plan, train and stockpile in preparation for a natural calamity or societal breakdown.
For many, the three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States so far since late September represent a new potential disaster and a reason to run to the store.
Preppers are at the extreme edge of concern over Ebola, which has led to a series of false alarms driven by fear. Government efforts to stop the virus spreading from the three worst-hit West African countries, where more than 4,500 have died, include some travel restrictions and enhanced screening at airports.
Chad Huddleston, an anthropologist at the University of Southern Illinois at Edwardsville, who studies preppers and estimates their numbers in the United States in the low hundreds of thousands, said those he has talked to are more concerned with undue public fear than with contracting Ebola.
The virus was diagnosed in a Liberian visitor who was infected in his home country and two nurses who treated him at a Dallas, Texas hospital when he was dying and at his most contagious. Both nurses have been moved out of the state for treatment in hospitals equipped to treat Ebola patients.
U.S. preppers have their roots in Cold War-era civil defense programs, said Vincent DeNiro, editor of Prepper & Shooter magazine.
The movement’s profile rose thanks in part to the National Geographic Channel TV show “Doomsday Preppers,” and includes strains as disparate as off-grid homesteaders in the Great Plains, wilderness experts in the Mountain West and suburbanites across the country with caches of food and guns.
Here comes the magical mystery tour! Anti-gun activist–and former Congresswoman–Gabby Giffords is taking her gun control cause on the road because that is the number one priority on the minds on most American right now…said by no one ever.
The focus will be strengthening laws to protect victims of domestic abuse. Currently, citizens convicted of domestic abuse are barred from owning firearms. The late New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg spearheaded the amendment called the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban in the 1990s. The Supreme Court recently upheld this federal law’s constitutionality last March.
Nonetheless, Giffords is embarking on a 9-state tour (via AP):
Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords on Tuesday urged women in Maine to help prevent stalkers and abusers from getting guns, part of a nine-state tour to advocate for tougher laws she says can protect domestic violence victims.The former Arizona congresswoman, who was severely wounded in a 2011 shooting in Tucson that killed six people, told law enforcement officials, domestic violence advocates and others that those who seek “common sense” gun reforms can lead the way in safeguarding women and families from abusers.
“We can change our laws. We can win elections. Please join your voice with mine,” she told the roughly 20 people gathered at the University of Southern Maine campus to discuss gun control policy ideas and challenges.
During the more than weeklong tour that will take Giffords from Maine to Washington, she will urge residents to press their state and federal officials to prohibit people convicted of stalking and domestic violence misdemeanors from possessing guns.
Her gun-control advocacy group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, calls guns and domestic violence “a lethal mix,” noting that abuse victims are more than five times more likely to be killed if the aggressor has access to a gun.
The tour will take Giffords to New Hampshire, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Minnesota, Iowa and Oregon. The last stop of the tour will be in Seattle, Washington, on Oct. 22.
So, since there is a law that is already on the books barring people convicted of domestic abuse from owning firearms, the issue will eventually have to revert back to background checks, which is another area where liberals have made their case and failed to convince the public that cannibalizing their civil rights would lead to safer communities.
After all, sacrificing freedom for safety is beyond repugnant.
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When Bill Gates introduced the Windows® operating system it changed how we use computers forever and made Gates one of the wealthiest men on the planet.
But it was also Gate’s unique business model that made Microsoft the powerhouse that it is today. Instead of hiring programmers to write his code he chose mathematicians, physicists and other scientists under the theory that if they were that smart computer programming would be a piece of cake. Gates was most certainly correct as the company’s success amply demonstrates. Now this software legend is adding his thoughts on Bitcoin and what it might mean to the future.
Gates has been mostly silent on the issue of Bitcoin, which is a bit strange considering his background in both tech and business, but he finally broke his meditation about Bitcoin in a recent interview with Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg TV’s Smart Street show recently. Schatzker asked his opinion of cryptocurrencies during the interview and Gates replied:
“Bitcoin is exciting because it shows how cheap it can be. Bitcoin is better than currency in that you don’t have to be physically in the same place and, of course, for large transactions, currency can get pretty inconvenient.”
But the richest man in America did not stop there. He went on to talk about the bad reputation that Bitcoin has gotten from a media that only seems to report when something bad happens, such as Mt. Gox and Silk Road. While Bitcoin has been used by criminals over the years, in today’s world this is simply no longer as true because more and more ordinary citizens are adopting it with enthusiasm. Gates shed light on this aspect, stating:
“The customers we’re talking about aren’t trying to be anonymous. They’re willing to be known, so Bitcoin technology is key and you can add to it or you could build a similar technology where there’s enough attribution where people feel comfortable that this is nothing to do with terrorism or any type of money laundering.”
Gates also spoke at the Sibos 2014 financial-services industry conference in Boston recently and while his support for a new age in finance was not apparent, he was most definitely in favor of using Bitcoin as a payments solution at the very least. During his speech he made it clear that he believed virtual currencies will take the forefront leading to all financial transactions being “digital, universal and almost free.”
FERGUSON, Mo. (CBS St. Louis/AP) — Missouri officials are reportedly planning for possible riots if a Ferguson police officer is not indicted in the death of an 18-year-old African-American.
Reuters reports that state authorities are meeting two to three times a week to draw up contingency plans in case of riots if Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson is not charged in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. A grand jury is expected to decide next month whether Wilson will face criminal charges.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar fears violence will not only encompass Ferguson, but that riots could spread to other meetings.
“We know outside groups visited us in August. We are expecting that different people will come in from outside the St. Louis area,” Belmar told Reuters.
Protests and unrest have been common in Ferguson since Aug. 9, when Brown was shot and killed. Hundreds have been arrested in the unrest since Brown’s death, including journalists and clergy.
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told Reuters he fears “the unrest is going to be far beyond the city of Ferguson” if Wilson is not indicted.
State authorities have also been seeking intelligence from police departments nationwide about out-of-state protesters.
One Ferguson protest leader warns that there will be “carnage” if the grand jury doesn’t indict Wilson.
“I do believe if Darren Wilson is not indicted you will see a lot of carnage,” Tef Poe told Reuters. “There is a lot of explosive energy.”
Following the sad death of Thomas Duncan this morning, CBS is now reporting that a possible second case of Ebola has been discovered in a suburb of Dallas:
- *DALLAS AREA PATIENT SHOWS EBOLA SYMPTOMS: CBS
The patient claims to have had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, referred to as Dallas ‘patient zero.’
NEW: CareNow says patient checked “YES” to question on screening form about travel to West Africa.
— Ryan Wood (@RyanWoodDFW) October 8, 2014
An afternoon news conference has been called in Frisco, a suburb of Dallas, to discuss a possible second case of Ebola.
The patient claims to have had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, referred to as Dallas ‘patient zero.’
It is not clear how the patient had contact with Duncan or if the patient was one of the about 50 people being monitored by state and local health officials.
The call came in shortly after noon from Care Now, 301 Main Street, where the patient was “exhibiting signs and symptoms of Ebola.”
The patient is being transported to a nearby hospital by Frisco firefighter-paramedics.
First responders are also examining clinical staff and other patients. It is unknown how many other people may have been exposed to the patient.
First, the good news: Despite feared cases in Hawaii, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., there is still only one Ebola patient who by all accounts became symptomatic while walking around freely in the United States.
Sure, the hospital sent Thomas Eric Duncan home the first time he came to the emergency room. Sure, a homeless man who had contact with Duncan was missing for a while. Sure, Duncan’s family was quarantined in an apartment with possibly-infected sheets. Sure, the Centers for Disease Control says not to worry.
“That’s how you stop it in its tracks,” CDC director Thomas Frieden told CNN Sunday of the agency’s monitoring of those who could have caught Ebola from Duncan. “That’s why we’re confident we won’t see a large number of cases from this.”
But assume for a second that the CDC — a fallible agency staffed by fallible humans — could be wrong. Assume that it may have misjudged the number of Duncan’s contacts, as it did when it said it needed to monitor only “a handful” of people who Duncan put at risk. (The number quickly leaped to 100.) And assume that, as one unnamed federal official told CNN, monitoring flights for Ebola is “not as easy as it sounds.”
Assume, though it may make no sense, that Ebola is a more of a danger in the U.S. than officials think now. In survivalist parlance, what is your “SHTF plan” — that is, your plan for when the (s)— (h)its (t)he (f)an?