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Netanyahu: Allies could have saved 4 million Jews if they’d bombed death camps in 1942

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H/T The Time Of Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is correct in his observations about saving lives if the death camps were bombed.

There is no doubt in my mind that anti Semitism played a role in the decision not to bomb the camps.

‘When our brothers and sisters were being sent to the furnaces… the powers knew and did not act’

In bitter Holocaust Remembrance Day speech citing new UN documents, PM castigates global indifference 75 years ago, says it persists today.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony held at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, on Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 23, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday launched a blistering assault on Allied policy during World War II, saying world powers’ failure to bomb the Nazi concentration camps from 1942 cost the lives of four million Jews and millions of others.

Citing recently released UN documents that show the Allies were aware of the scale of the Holocaust in 1942, some two years earlier than previously assumed, Netanyahu said in a speech marking Holocaust Remembrance Day that this new research assumed “a terrible significance.”

“If the powers in 1942 had acted against the death camps — and all that was needed was repeated bombing of the camps — had they acted then, they could have saved 4 million Jews and millions of other people,” he said at the official state ceremony marking the start of the memorial day.“The powers knew, and they did not act,” he told the audience at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

“When terrible crimes were being committed against the Jews, when our brothers and sisters were being sent to the furnaces,” he went on, “the powers knew and did not act.”

In a bleak and bitter address, the Israeli prime minister said that the Holocaust was enabled by three factors: the vast hatred of the Jews, global indifference to the horrors, and “the terrible weakness of our people in the Diaspora.”

Anti-Semitism had not disappeared, and “it would be naive to think” that it would do so in the foreseeable future, he said. It was being exacerbated by “hatred from the East,” led by Iran and the Islamic State, he added.

The speech marked a sharp contrast from that of President Reuven Rivlin, who spoke just before Netanyahu, and cautioned against seeing anti-Semitism where it does not exist.

Global indifference persisted, too, Netanyahu said, as evidenced by the horrors in Biafra, Cambodia, Rwanda, Sudan and Syria. One “ray of light,” he noted, was US President Donald Trump’s determined response to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s gassing of his own people.

What had changed, though, was that the Jewish nation now has a strong Israel to protect it. “The weak do not have much chance of survival,” he said. “The strong survive; the weak are wiped out…our people learned this in the Holocaust.”

The lesson for Israel, he said, “is that we have to be able to defend ourselves, by ourselves, against any threat, against any enemy.”

He warned that “those who seek to kill us put themselves in the line of fire.”

That stance, he said, was “not a provocation or an exaggeration; it’s the only way to truly ensure our future.”

And that imperative, Netanyahu stressed, “is the prime obligation… of all Israeli prime ministers.”

 

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Judge Blocks Trump Order on Sanctuary City Funding

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The Ninth District Court of Appeals is the whose rulings are most frequently overturned by the United States Supreme Court. (Source)

It is made up of far left-wing progressives, socialists, Marxists and likely a communist or two sprinkled in with the group.

The share one commonality, they rarely follow the U.S. Constitution and adjudicate from the bench.

They can rule as they wish on the funding for sanctuary cities, but watch the United States Congress who makes the law while the House of Representatives funds it, make no funds available.

In one of their more brilliant decisions, they overturned the right of the individual to carry a concealed weapon after the individual was issued a permit. (Source)

A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.

The Truth About Sanctuary Cities and Crime Rates(Source)

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US files charges against teen accused of JCC bomb threats

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H/T The Times Of Israel.

I hope they put this punk away for a very long time.

Florida indictment says he made 245 threatening calls, most of them to Jewish community centers and schools.

Allegations against Israeli-American youth, whose identity in Israel remains under gag order, include making threatening calls and cyberstalking.

The US Department of Justice said on Friday it had filed charges against an Israeli-American teenager accused of making over 200 bomb threats against mainly Jewish institutions in the United States.

The teen, whose identity remains under gag order in Israel, was arrested last month in the southern Israeli town of Ashkelon after a joint investigation by Israeli and US authorities, including the FBI.

On Thursday an Israeli court extended his remand until April 24.

The 18-year-old living in Israel left scores of messages graphically describing children’s deaths in calls to Jewish community centers and schools across the United States, using an online calling service to disguise his voice as a woman and hide his identity, according to the federal indictment filed Friday in Florida.

He was charged with 28 counts of making threatening calls and conveying false information to police, according to the indictment filed in federal court in Orlando.

Separately, he was charged with three more counts of making threatening calls, conveying false information and cyberstalking in an indictment filed in federal court in Athens, Georgia.

The calls to the Jewish community centers and schools stoked fears of rising anti-Semitism and led to campus evacuations.

Online federal court records in Florida showed no attorney listed for the suspect.

The Florida indictment said that he made 245 threatening calls, most of them to Jewish community centers and schools, from January to March, using an online calling service that disguised his voice and allowed him to hide his identity. He recorded each of the calls himself and kept them in organized files at his home in Ashkelon, along with news articles describing the police responses to the threats, the indictment said.

He also paid for the online calls using the semi-anonymous currency Bitcoin. A large antenna at his apartment building allowed him to make long-distance, outdoor wireless connections, the indictment said.

The Florida indictment said recordings of the calls stripped of the software-enabled disguise revealed a speech impediment in the caller’s voice that matched his.

The Georgia indictment connects him to several incidents of “swatting” in which authorities are called to respond to an emergency that ends up being fake. The indictment alleges that in January the University of Georgia Police Department received a phone call about a home invasion that ended up being untrue.

The JCC Association of North America said in a statement that it welcomed the charges and that it was “enormously proud of the extraordinary commitment to safety and security” at the community centers.

“Today’s charges into these violent threats to Jewish Community Centers and others represent this Department’s commitment to fighting all forms of violent crime,” US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “These threats of violence instilled terror in Jewish and other communities across this country and our investigation into these acts as possible hate crimes continues.”

FBI Director James Comey added: “This kind of behavior is not a prank, and it isn’t harmless. It’s a federal crime. It scares innocent people, disrupts entire communities, and expends limited law enforcement resources. The FBI thanks our partners for working with us here at home and around the world.”

The suspect, said Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth E. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, “allegedly took extraordinary steps to conceal his identity and location through several technological means, including voice alteration, use of proxy IP addresses, virtual currencies and caller ID spoofing.”

A wave of bomb threats to American Jewish institutions since the start of the year helped spread fear amid an apparent increase in hate crimes and anti-Semitic acts in the United States. Some said that the rise of Donald Trump as US president encouraged the extreme right and emboldened hate groups.

Shira Nir, a lawyer of an American-Israeli teenager suspected of calling in fake bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the world, shows the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court what she says is an image of a cancerous growth in her client’s brain, on March 30, 2017. (Flash90)

 

In addition, Israeli police say he is suspected of a bomb threat to Delta Airlines in February 2015 that led to an emergency landing.

His lawyer has said that he has a brain tumor and suffers from autism. His parents have also argued that he is unfit to stand trial, though they have apologized for his alleged actions.

During Thursday’s remand hearing, the teenager’s parents asked the court to replace their son’s attorney with a public defender, but the defendant insisted that his current lawyer, Shira Nir, remain on the case, Channel 10 reported. The court ruled that Nir should remain the suspect’s counsel.

“After I saw documents related to the suspect’s past, I decided to ask his parents to bring a private psychiatrist to the prison, in order to help clarify that he is not fit for detention,” Nir told Channel 10. She said the suspect’s father refused to pay for a private psychiatrist and subsequently asked the court to replace her with a public defender.

 

Amount Trump Has Saved American Taxpayers In Only 90 Days By Dumping Obama Admin Rules Is MIND-BOGGLING

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H/T US Hearld.

As President Trump dumps the Obama regulations taxpayers will see even more savings.

American voters had a clear-cut choice last November – a successful international businessman or a veteran politician. Someone who had made a career – and a fortune understanding the bottom line or someone who made money off government connections.

So, when businessman Donald Trump took the oath of office as the nation’s 45th president while his vanquished opponent Hillary Clinton looked on in disbelief, the country was already in the midst of a market rally that had begun on November 9th – the day after the election.

Trump had run on a strong platform of economic revitalization for the country and despite the dire predictions of liberals who warned that a Trump win would send markets into a death spiral around the world, the business sector responded with enthusiasm and vigor in the days and months following the election of the first president of the U.S. without any political experience whatsoever.

Now, nearly one-hundred days into the new era, the optimism generated by just the presence of someone who understands business behind the desk in the Oval Office, rather than someone who manacled the free market for all eight of his years in office, not only shows no sign of slacking, but is paying off.

One of Trump’s most often repeated promises was to roll back regulations that stymied business growth – the sacred touchstone of liberal Democrats who continue to push outmoded theories that see governmental interference as the only way an economy can actually work.

Trump has been able to make good on his promise to cut regulations without even asking Congress for legislation – always a protracted effort with no sure signs of success, – by using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

The CRA provides Congress with the ability to overturn rules and regulations adopted by federal agencies, with only a simple majority and the support of the president.

With a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate, the vote is virtually guaranteed and with the president’s signature, the regulation in question is no longer in effect.

According to The American Action Forum (AAF), the president and Congress have used the CRA with huge savings for taxpayers.

Congress has already passed 13 CRA resolutions, repealing more than $1.1 billion (annually) in past regulations from the Obama Administration,” the report, written by Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy for AAF, said.

“In addition, President Trump has formally delayed and signaled an intention to amend several other major rules. Combined, these actions could generate more than $18 billion in annual regulatory savings for businesses, investors, and consumers.”

Among the most significant regulatory rollback was Trump’s reversal of Obama’s “Waters of the United States” Environmental Protection Agency rule that subjected even privately owned ponds to federal government regulation.

Batkins estimates that this move alone could result in $16 million savings to taxpayers.

And with the clear eye of a businessman, President Trump is looking to cut President Obama’s so-called “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” rule that would have required federal contractors to disclose all labor violations found against its company in the three years previous to a bid on a government contract.

It was estimated that Obama’s Executive Order would have cost contractors over 2 million hours in data collection and $400 million in annual costs.

In addition to the outright repeal of agency rules, the president can also implement other measures such as allowing more flexibility in compliance and less rigorous enforcement that will give the edge to the business owners and operators who fuel the engine of America’s economy.

And those are the people who know the benefit of having one of their own kind in the White House.

Why Is MSM Covering Up Trump’s Closure Of Corrupt ENERGY STAR?

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H/T The Lid.

The lamestream media will not report on the Energy Star program being shut down because the do not give President Trump credit for stopping corruption.

Recently the Trump administration began the ‘close out’ of the ENERGY STAR program, essentially repealing the ENERGY STAR mandate which granted the EPA’S Billionaires Club a complete monopoly over all government procurement for decades. Media Foundations can’t afford to report on the ENERGY STAR repeal, because no other industry profited more from the Junk Science produced by this corrupt federal agency than members of the Liars Club.

EPA claims their exclusive brand of government ‘certified’ energy efficiency has saved over $430 billion for EPA Partners since 1992, making their exclusive product the most lucrative and profitable government commodity on the planet. ENERGY STAR was so wonderful that governments in Canada, Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland and the European Community all mandated the use of EPA’s superior brand, due in large part to media’s unwavering support for the cutting-edge science produced by EPA’s non-profit partners.

So don’t expect any media coverage of this repeal soon, at least not until after the EPA’s big Awards banquet in Washington DC on April 26. Government and media elites will gather to honoring 152 businesses and organizations with prestigious 2017 ENERGY STAR awards, and there is simply no need to spoil the party with inconvenient facts.

ENERGY STAR is arguably the most corrupt federal program in US history, built entirely on myth, fraudulent scientific research and bogus technical reports. Which explains why most Americans have never heard of the ENERGY STAR program, and couldn’t locate a single shred of evidence supporting the EPA’s phony claims of hundreds of billions of dollars allegedly saved by EPA Partnerships.

How will media spin this fiasco ? The US has never developed a National Standard for the measurement and verification of energy efficiency in products, all energy-savings claimed are estimates made by bureaucrats. Yet lawyers somehow managed to turn the ENERGY STAR brand of ‘certified’ government energy efficiency into a multi-billion dollar commodity, and relied on mainstream media to promote their delusional energy-saving claims to the Global community.

What they didn’t disclose is that ENERGY STAR’s big break came rather suddenly in 2009, when the Obama Administration released the EPA: Lead By Example guidelines and began claiming that ENERGY STAR products save 25-50% more electrical energy than other identical products. No technological breakthroughs were involved in this miracle, only the reshuffling of words on paper were required to create incredible value for this rare commodity.

President Trump has now swept away decades worth of mindless rules and draconian regulations, and it will literally take an act of Congress to bring them back. Small business should pay close attention to the creation of governments contracting laws going forward, to ensure that just and equitable laws provide a level playing field for all qualified competitors seeking to do business with government.

Understanding the extraordinary number of opportunities presented from the repeal of the ENERGY STAR mandate is the first step for America’s business community to prosper from the Buy American-Hire American agenda. Knowledge is power!

The first real economic benefits of this repeal comes in the form of regulatory relief, by cutting funding to bureaucracies created specifically to enforce unproductive regulations crafted for a program that no longer exists. Every honest business in America has been impacted by these regulations, and the double-standards of enforcement by bureaucrats which always favored EPA Public/Private partnerships, non-profit organizations or foreign NGO’s.

Next we will all benefit big-time from increased accountability in the procedures for government contracting of goods and services, and by returning to a competitive bid process for conducting business with government agencies. Full transparency within the government contracting process will yield huge rewards, as qualified US companies compete for government business based solely on providing the best value to the public.

Lastly, and by far the most important aspect of this repeal is that it forever eliminates the EPA Department of Junk Science which has severely impacted every segment of science, education and commerce in America for decades. Imagine if products and services purchased by government had to meet verifiable standards known to all, selected through a transparent and uniform process open to all American business without regard for political considerations. This is Huge!

Media Foundations have no interest in disclosing the true economic impacts from all the repeals taking place, because they will now have zero influence over those processes in the future. Media will still act as a shill for EPA’s 16,000 partners, but only a few of their multi-national corporate partners actually manufacture anything. The vast majority of EPA partners are non-profits organizations, civil society members or NGO’s working for the UN, and everyone knows they have nothing of real value to offer for sale to anyone, much less the US government.

Where-as most of the Small Business community would be very interested in supplying products and services to government, the largest procuring agent on the planet. They are ready, willing and able to compete for government business and contracting opportunities, and would gladly step over any number of EPA Partners for a shot at this trillion dollar market.

When Cadets At The US Air Force Academy Realized Their Janitor Was Medal Of Honor War Hero

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H/T War History OnLine.

R.I.P. Master Sergeant William Crawford.

William Crawford proves the old adage you can’t judge a book by its cover.

Perhaps it was the way he carried himself in an unassuming and humble manner, but day after day hundreds of Air Force Academy cadets would pass this janitor in the hall oblivious to the greatness that was among them.

In the mid-1970s, William Crawford might spend one day sweeping the halls and another cleaning the bathrooms, but it was a day approximately 30 years prior that would create for him a special place in the history of war. In 1943 in Italy, the only thing  Private William Crawford was cleaning out was German machine gun nest and bunkers.

William J. Crawford, Medal of Honor recipient.

Under heavy fire and at great risk to himself, his gallantry was so audacious that it earned him the Medal of Honor and the respect of any man who witnessed his actions. And yet, for the cadets at the Air Force Academy, it would take a student’s study of the Allied campaign in Italy to realize who it was that walked among them.

Once the cadets realized the humble janitor was a recipient of the nation’s highest military honor, that would never be able to look at him the same and the secret was out.

A Humble Spirit

William Crawford was born in 1918 in Pueblo, Colorado.  For Crawford, he would always call the state of Colorado home despite serving a long career in the military where he was assigned to various duty stations.

It was after retiring from the Army that he returned to Colorado and took up his job as a janitor at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Interior of Cadet Chapel. Photo Credit.

The cadets would report that the shy janitor they only knew as Mr. Crawford simply blended into the background as he did his job without much fanfare. However, when one of the cadets began reading a book detailing the Allied advance through Italy he came upon the story of a medal of honor recipient named William Crawford.

Talking to his roommate, Cadet James Moschgat, Class of ’77 made the connection and said: said, “Holy cow, you’re not going to believe this, but I think our janitor is a Medal of Honor [recipient].” The next day, the cadet took the book to Crawford and simply asked if this was him.

Perhaps weighing whether it was worth it to expose his gallantry, Crawford stared at the book for a while then simply said, “That was a long time ago and one day in my life.”

US Infantrymen during the Italian Campaign

 

He would then be taken back to that fateful day in Italy and recount the story as only the man who lived it could do.  By September 1943, the Allies were pushing through southern Italy slugging it out with a resilient German army.

For Crawford and the 36th infantry division, that would place them near Altavilla Silentina with orders to take Hill 424.

One Man Assault

On September 13th, Company I was assaulting enemy positions on the hill when the entire company was pinned down by intense machine-guns fire and mortars.

Serving as the squad scout for third platoon, Private Crawford was near the front of this assault and located the first of the gun positions wreaking havoc on the company.

Enemy artillery in the area. Photo Credit.

Without orders, he took it upon himself to eliminate the threat single-handedly. Under heavy fire, he crawled forward to within a few yards of the gun and placement and lobbed a grenade directly on top of the three defenders.

Meanwhile, the rest of the company finally made it to the crest of the hill when they were again coming under fire from two more machine gun nests entrenched in a higher ridge. Again on his own initiative, Crawford set out to destroy the threat.

Crawling under the storm of bullets, Crawford came upon the first machine gun nest and with perfect accuracy once again landed a grenade right in their lap.

Moving on to the second gun, he was able to take it out of action causing the rest of the defenders to flee as they opted not to stick around for a visit from the man they had just watched single-handedly destroy three entrenched positions.

Map of the Italian Campaign. Altavilla is located near Salerno. Photo credit.

 

Thanks to Crawford’s gallant actions, Hill 424 was successfully overtaken and the Allied advance continued. Unfortunately for Crawford, his position at the front of the assault would eventually lead to his capture by the Germans during the chaos of the battle.

The rest of the company had believed Crawford was killed in action as reports of his gallantry advanced up the chain of command. And for his actions that day in Italy, William Crawford was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, but that is not where the story would end.

Back to Life

In 1944, the medal was presented to his father who accepted it on behalf of his son he presumed to have died in combat. But later in 1944 when a group of soldiers was rescued from German captivity, it turned out William Crawford was among them, oblivious to the fact that he was now the recipient of the nation’s highest military honor.

Crawford would continue to serve in the military after World War II and retired in 1967 at the rank of Master Sergeant.  After his distinguished and yet humble career in the military, this unassuming man would take a job as a janitor at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

It was here in 1976 that the truth would come out, and future Air Force officers would get a lesson in both gallantry and incredible humility. As the cadets looked to their janitor with a newfound respect, they would eventually coax the painfully shy man into speaking about his experience to the next generation of leaders.

In one exchange, Crawford related the point that he never personally received his Medal of Honor with any ceremony due to his captivity and presumed death. The students and staff of the Air Force Academy would remember this fact and see to it that he had his day.

In 1984 when Pres. Ronald Reagan came to speak at that year’s graduation ceremony; they had arranged for their gallant janitor to finally stand face-to-face with the President of the United States and receive his due commendation.

William Crawford died at the age of 81 in the year 2000 at his home in Colorado. And although Crawford was a veteran of the Army, he would become the only non-U.S. Air Force enlisted person buried at the United States Air Force Academy Cemetery in Colorado Springs.

The cadets regarded him as one of their own and gave him all the respect such a man deserved.

Credit: “A Janitor’s 10 Lessons on Leadership” – COL James E. Moschgat (USAF Ret.)

 

OR State Senator Pushes Gun Confiscation Without Due Process Bill – He’s A Republican

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H/T Freedom Daily.

First I want to say I can not imagine the pain Oregon State Senator Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) is suffering with the loss by suicide of his step son.                  

The gun was not the problem it was the untreated mental issues his stepson was suffering from.

Instead of  disarming Americans to solve the problem of military members suicides fix the Veterans Administration so these brave men and women can get the help they need.

An Oregon State Republican senator is advancing a bill that would expand the number of people who would be prohibited from purchasing guns and require some who are in possession of guns “to hand over any guns in their possession.”

Oregon State Senator Brian Boquist (R-Dallas)  lost his stepson, a Navy veteran, to suicide, and now, instead of speaking out against more unconstitutional wars and seeking to help veterans, which figures show commit suicide 22 times every day, he is pushing a bill that would infringe on the rights of the people he was elected to serve.

Three bills were before the Senate Committee on Judiciary on Monday, all of them had to do with firearm regulations.  Those bills were:

    • SB 764 Directs Department of State Police to study reasons for certain denials of concealed handgun license applications and report results to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to judiciary on or before February 1, 2019.
    • SB 797 Prohibits transfer of firearm by gun dealer or private party if Department of State Police is unable to determine whether recipient is qualified to receive firearm.
    • SB 868 Creates process for obtaining extreme risk protection order prohibiting person from possessing firearms when court finds that person presents imminent risk, or risk in foreseeable future, of suicide or causing injury to other persons.

Boquist is pushing SB868 and claims it is constitutional.  He waved about a pocket-sized constitution and said, “It’s easy to wave your book around.”

“When the Supreme Court and other people say it’s constitutional, that’s the law of the land,” he added.

That’s not entirely true.  I’m sure he would probably disagree with Roe v. Wade or Obamacare.  Neither are constitutional and neither should be considered the law of the land.  Additionally redefining marriage is neither the “law of the land” nor an authority given to the central government in the constitution.  All legislative authority is given to Congress, not the courts.

During the hearings, Governor Kate Brown gave appeal to emotions in their attack on the right to keep and bear arms and the issue of due process.  She spoke about her thoughts that these bills could have helped prevent the Umpqua Community College shooting in 2015 and the recent Gresham shooting.

“I cannot imagine the heartache the family is going through,” Brown said. “And I extend my sincere condolences. This is absolutely unacceptable. In Oregon, we can do better. Violence answers nothing, offers nothing, solves nothing.”

These pieces of paper would not have stopped either of those shootings from taking place.  By the way, Governor Brown should tell the Oregon State Police that “Violence answers nothing, offers nothing, solves nothing” concerning their blatant murder of LaVoy Finicum in January 2016.  She should include Finicum’s widow in that little conversation too.

The particular bill that Boquist is pushing would allow family members to obtain a court order to not only prevent a person, who they claim might show signs of wanting to commit suicide or hurt other people, from obtaining a gun for a full year.  Additionally, the bill would require that person must turn over any firearms they own.

There is obvious logical problems with formulating this bill to stop suicides or attacking other people.  It doesn’t remove knives, drugs, or anything else that one could use to commit suicide or attack someone else with.  It’s simply an emotionally driven anti-gun bill, no matter what Senator Boquist says.

Keely Hopkins, a lobbyist with the National Rifle Association, said, “This bill allows for a protective order to remove your Second Amendment rights, not because of a criminal conviction, but based on third-party allegations using an evidentiary standard that falls far below what’s normally required for the removing of fundamental rights.”

That, my friends, is why legislation should never be written based on emotion, furthermore, a God-given right is not to be regulated in such a fashion.

Boquist contacted Breitbart regarding his bill.  “On April 19, Senator Brian Boquist informed Breitbart News that SB 868 went through numerous drafts and the legislation allowing a judge to prohibit gun purchases/gun possession will now be contained in SB 719,” wrote Awr Hawkins.

While I sympathize with Senator Boquist in the loss of his son, infringing on other people’s rights is not what needs to be done here.  I suggest he and those supporting this bill take time away from political office and head down to his local VFW and offer some genuine service to our veterans and see how he can help there.

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