Category: Guns

NRA | Destruction from Within

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Perspective | April 28, 2019) –  During the Age of Enlightenmentfollowing the Dark Ages, when scholars and philosophers around the globe were desperately trying to figure out what was true, what the facts were, they began relying on the scientific method to discover truth. Francis Bacon created this “New [Scientific] Method‘ – an updated iteration of Aristotle’s “demonstration method” – in 1620. The scientific method is just as valuable and vital today in verifying what’s true as it was 400 years ago.

What is the Scientific Method:

  • Make an observation
  • Ask questions
  • Form a hypothesis
  • Test the hypothesis, and revise as needed; then retest the updated hypothesis
  • Draw a conclusion

In dealing with our President’s aversion to facts, deciphering what’s true is tricky. Factor in the lies and delusions of Trump’s inner circle and GOP supporters, and it becomes a quagmire.

Thankfully, everything in Trump’s twisted reality rests on twisted hypotheses. Both are provable using the scientific method. Becoming proficient in highlighting the flawed hypotheses, makes it much easier to throw away the entire argument.

Take for example, guest speaker Chris Cox introducing Trump at the annual NRA Convention on April 26, 2019:

“Has any president in American history ever needed the job less? (Yes. MOST of the presidents in American history have needed the jobs less. Trump is the one who needed it the most. It was his desperate attempt to ward off a 7th bankruptcy.) Think about it. He spent 70 years of his life becoming one of the most successful businessmen ever. (False. Trump’s willingness to “die on this hill” by refusing to turn over his tax returns, leads the public to believe that his success is in dispute. What does “success” mean anyway? Financial achievement? But if Trump’s fortune, or lack there of, was accomplished by breaking the law and committing crimes, is that success?) And not one second of those 70 years was spent as a politician. (Irrelevant.) These are supposed to be the years where he relaxes and enjoys the fruits of is hard work and success. (There are no fruits. That’s the point. This presidency was his Hail Mary Pass to keep the Trump Organization afloat.) But he gave that up for his country. (False. He didn’t give it up, and it wasn’t for his country.) And what does he get for that sacrifice? An absolutely unprecedented and savage onslaught of despicable attacks. They’re trying to destroy his reputation and even his family. And they’re willing to say and do anything it takes to make his life a living hell. (Terrifying that NRA is making this false assertion at a huge NRA event filled with White Nationalists who have declared ‘Civil War’ on all those who oppose Trump.)”

So, here we have a massive NRA event, filled with extremists, who are wrongly fed propaganda, which seems highly probable will compel them to feel it their patriotic duty to attack those who oppose Trump and who are “making his life a living hell.”

There must be a point where all these false statements with ill intent are criminal. With this fantasized introduction, followed by Trump’s continuation of warped reality, it seems clear that Trump and the NRA have crossed into criminal territory and that by doing so, they’ve fueled the domestic extremism that incites so much violence. And now, as if to prove the point, a domestic extremist has opened fire at a synagog on Passover in Poway, CA killing 1 and wounding 3, this less than 24 hours after the disturbing NRA whitewash.

The silver lining out all this darkness, is that the NRA is imploding, suffering a $64 million loss for combined 2016 & 2017 tax year. Members have fled following the link of Russia funneling money to political campaigns through the NRA. Building an organization on sand, on false hypotheses, only has one possible outcome when the thrashing storm finally rolls in.

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Red Flags | Who placed these images in DC?

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Perspective | March 25, 2019) –  Tuesday morning March 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM, the Full Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Lindsey Graham, will be discussing guidelines for state Red Flag Laws. Sadly, the American public has been plagued by distressing news stories the past five years of numerous gun massacres where many of the attackers displayed alarming warning signs indicating they were a threat to the public, but so few picked up on it or knew how to proceed when they did recognize the signs.

The Senate Red Flag Laws Hearing couldn’t be taking place at a better time. Recent Red Flags have sprung up just yards away from Dirksen Senate Office Building where the hearing is taking place. Are any of the Senator’s who’ll be be discussing this most important National Security issue aware of the Red Flags surrounding National Mall? Does anyone in DC know how to interpret these alarming symbols?

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Or are these weird, scary gun-toting icons in high trafficked crosswalks surrounding National Mall, strategically placed around the Smithsonians, just interesting characters? Perhaps readers can decide. The information has been shared with police.

The Witnesses who’ll be testifying at the Senate Red Flag Laws Hearing are:

  • Mr. Ronald Honberg, Senior Policy Advisor, National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Ms. Amanda Wilcox, Legislative Chair, Brady California
  • Sheriff Ric L. Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County
  • Ms. Kimberly Wyatt, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Mr. Dave Kopel, Research Director, Independence Institute

 

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So the weird, scary gun-toting icons hiding in plain sight, seem to be quite instructive, with every single detail representing something significant to the various people involved with what might be a plot to attack the public. This one above is particularly alarming, especially when factoring in it’s location on National Mall.

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What’s challenging is that the potential meaning behind these mysterious figures seems to change with each new discovery.

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Initially, there only seemed to be one. The big one in the header (is the body an upside down pentagon?), which was discovered on Valentine’s Day 2019. The See Something Say Something tip line was called and the image was texted. The next day, the Coast Guard white nationalist who planned to “kill nearly everyone on earth,” particularly massacre Democrats and journalists, was arrested. Coincidentally, the image is fixed on the crosswalk leading to the front lawn of the Capitol, closest to the Peace Statue on the Senate side, crossing from the reflection pond. The bent knee points at the Capitol. Double-fisted guns are terrifying. It seems highly probable these signify assault rifles.

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A second was discovered a month after the first, on March 14, 2019, the day before the New Zealand massacre that slaughtered 49. Three more were located within a week of the second. And ten more were uncovered a week later on Sunday March 24, 2019. Major alarm bells are going off for everyone hopefully. These are clearly red flags of sorts. Clues indicating a possible attack?

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This last icon with arms dropped, no guns, seems to emphasize more clearly that the others are indeed carrying multiple, big guns. So then is this friendlier bloke suppose to represent the player who’s a solid cover, a trust worthy tour director perhaps. Hmm, yes, a tour director. Someone who’s highly regarded and respected on National Mall, yet all the while is directing an army of nefarious bad actors manning their battle stations in the white and yellow buses that line Jefferson, Madison, Constitution and Independence?

Hopefully the Senate Judiciary Committee can find some answers to these frightening questions during their majorly important Senate Red Flag Laws Hearing.

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Trump Tweets | Covert Signals?

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report |Opinion | March 18, 2019) –  The horrific slaughter of 50 innocent lives in New Zealand on Friday March 15, 2019, by a proud white supremacist who pushed himself to the extreme far right online, and sought to thrill his fellow white supremacist comrades by filming the massacre live on Facebook, has made us question whether there’s a connection between Trump’s harsh rhetoric and the escalation of white nationalist violence.

The white nationalist toxic hatred for all non-whites has been building for two years, seething to the surface in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017, and then erupting out of control.

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The world was stunned by Trump’s refusal to condemn the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017, instead stating “You also had some very fine people on both sides.” This tone deaf remark, following the death of Heather Heyer, conveyed a strong subliminal message that Trump was supporting the white nationalist movement.

 

After learning that the white supremacist terrorist in New Zealand wrote a 74 page manifesto using the same rhetoric as Trump, this alarming concern that Trump might be inciting violence has to be addressed.

Trump’s tweets and inflammatory public statements are red flags. Michael Cohen revealed to Americans in his public hearing that Trump speaks in coded messages to avoid being accountable, just like a MOB boss. But his words are still triggers, regardless. During Trump’s bizarre two hour CPAC speech on March 2, 2019, he strongly referenced Make America Great Again, emphasizing the color red to such a troubling degree that many were concerned. One could’t help but wonder if he was emphasizing blood red as the reason why red is key. Trump appeared to be promoting violence by emphasizing the importance of (blood) red.

“The key is in the color. Make America Great Again. Right? Right?” ~ Donald J. Trump, March 2, 2019 | CPAC

Sunday March 17, 2019 | St. Patrick’s Day. So now, one can’t help but wonder if a tweet like this one on Sunday, is actually a coded message promoting more violence, especially since Trump posted the same tweet on Wednesday of last week, which was immediately followed by a violent hate massacre two days later. Coincidence or intentional?

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Wednesday March 13, 2019. And was this a trigger? After planning for two years, did the New Zealand terrorist perhaps see this Trump tweet one day, then strike the next?

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We need to track this. There doesn’t seem to be a cohesive strategy for preventing domestic terror attacks in the US right now. Is that intentional?

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HR8 |Background Check House Vote Feb 27, 2019

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Perspective | February 25, 2019) –  Following HR8’s approval by the Judiciary Committee on February 13, 2019, the Committee has moved one step further in bringing HR8 to the House floor for a full vote this week, barring any unforeseen political conflicts. However, Capitol Hill promises to be a turbulent landscape in the upcoming days, with Representatives being pulled in many important directions. Thus, timing the HR8 vote is critical. We need all the sponsors and supporters to be present for the vote, which will hopefully take place on Thursday, February 28, 2019, the 25 year anniversary of The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (the original background check bill) which went into effect on February 28, 1994. Interestingly, the initial background check legislation was first introduced in Congress by NY Representative Chuck Schumer in 1991.

The next few days on the Hill appear extremely busy:

  • TUESDAY Feb 26House vote to nullify Trump’s national emergency
    • House Rules Committee Hearing on Migrant Family Separation Policy
    • House Financial Services Committee Hearing with Credit Bureau CEO’s testifying
  • WEDNESDAY Feb 27 – Oversight Committee public hearing with Michael Cohen on Wednesday February 27, which may be the most significant event of the year if the Mueller report isn’t shared with the public
    • Full House Vote on HR8 Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019

HR8 now has 232 bipartisan co-sponsors. The significant bipartisan support for the bill stems from 97% of the American public believing strongly that background checks should be required for every single gun sale. Background checks protect the public from those who seek gun ownership with ill intent. HR8 advocates simultaneously believe in the Second Amendment, and do support the right to bear arms, yet understand that common sense gun legislation makes sense. The success of our democracy stems from the fact that it’s stabilized by the rule of law. Borders and boundaries are essential. Evil exists in the world. The first three words of the Second Amendment clearly state: “A well regulated…”

HR8 | Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 Explained: On January 8, 2019 Representative Mike Thompson of California’s 5th District introduced HR8. This simple, common sense gun bill is very basic : To require a background check for every firearm sale. The current background check bill has several significant loopholes that have proven deadly. Guns sold at gun shows, and guns sold among family and friends, currently do not require background checks.

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The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act requires that before a firearm is purchased through a federally licensed dealer, manufacturer or importer, a background check must be performed. There are a list of nine prohibitions that would prevent approval. The operative words in the Brady Bill are “federally licensed.” Since the majority of sellers at gun shows, and on the streets, as well as family and friends, aren’t federally licensed, a loophole was soon exploited by those falling under the following nine prohibitions:

  1. fugitive from justice
  2. convicted in any court for a crime punishable by more than one year in prison
  3. dishonorably discharged from military
  4. illegal alien
  5. user or addicted to a controlled substance
  6. renounced citizenship
  7. has a restraining order against them
  8. domestic violence, convicted in any court of misdemeanor crime
  9. in a mental institution or adjudicated as mentally defective

HR8 eliminates these existing loopholes, making it far more difficult for those who plot to harm the American public to succeed. The Second Amendment was intended for self-protection, not public annihilation.

CALL to ACTION: Contact your Congressional Representative TODAY to let them know: Yes to HR8.

  • https://www.house.gov/representatives | Search by name or state, must click the correct box. If not sure of Representative’s name, use the search box on top right of page
  • Text CHECKS to 644-33

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HR8 Passes Judiciary Committee | 1st Time Gun Legislation Passes in Two Decades

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report) –  It took all day, and well into the evening, but patience did not disappoint. HR8 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee and will now move forward to the House floor for a full vote. This typically takes place within 100 days of being approved by the Committee. We should know the outcome by early May. From there it proceeds to the Senate floor for another full vote. The Senate will be a much tougher battle of course, however, HR8 has 231 bipartisan cosponsors so there is much hope it will pass the Senate as well.

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HR8 Explained: On January 8, 2019 Representative Mike Thompson of California’s 5th District introduced HR8: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. This simple, common sense gun bill is very basic : To require a background check for every firearm sale.

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Many more calls to Congress are necessary these next 100 days. Let’s mark our calendars now. One call per week for next 14 weeks.

CALL to ACTION: Contact your Congressional Representative TODAY to let them know: Yes to HR8.

  • https://www.house.gov/representatives | Search by name or state, must click the correct box. If not sure of Representative’s name, use the search box on top right of page
  • Text CHECKS to 644-33

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HR8 | Bittersweet Gift Planned for February 13, 2019

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report) – Today House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler announced that the Judiciary Committee will markup HR8 next Wednesday February 13, 2019. This means the divisive committee will decide whether to amend, accept or reject HR8. With a Democratic majority, along with bipartisan support for HR8, it’s expected that the bill will be accepted and move to the House floor for a full vote by the end of May.

The markup for HR8 will be taking place the day before the tragic one year anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Wednesday February 14, 2018, when seventeen innocent MSJ students were slaughtered at school. Hundreds of survivors became a powerful force, uniting millions of students around the country to let their legislators know that enough is enough. No more thoughts and prayers, they would only accept action, kicking off the forceful March For Our Lives movement that helped fuel the blue wave on November 6, 2018.

HR8 Explained: On January 8, 2019 Representative Mike Thompson of California’s 5th District introduced H.R. 8: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. This simple, common sense gun bill is very basic : To require a background check for every firearm sale.

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CALL to ACTION: Contact your Congressional Representative TODAY to let them know: Yes to HR8.

  • https://www.house.gov/representatives | Search by name or state, must click the correct box. If not sure of Representative’s name, use the search box on top right of page
  • Text CHECKS to 644-33

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HR8 | Gaetz Promotes Border Wall at Background Check Hearing, Alarming Indifference to Parkland Parent

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report) –  For the first time in eight years, the Judiciary Committee held a hearing today, Wednesday February 6, 2019, to discuss HR8: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. The bill was introduced by Representative Mike Thompson from California’s 5th District and has nine bipartisan co-sponsors. The essence of this common sense gun solution is basic and universal, a background check for every firearm sale, making it difficult to imagine anyone having a contrasting position. But as the morning progressed, there was soon heated debate, shining light on the sharp division this emotional issue triggers.

Survivors of gun violence, family members of those killed by gun violence, gun control advocates, NRA supporters, and gun rights promoters gathered together with Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA) and the Judiciary Committee to hear witness testimony discussing whether background checks were a common sense solution in keeping Americans safe, particularly school children. Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School massacre survivor Aalayah Eastmon, spoke of her personal trauma over classmate Nicholas Dworet dying while saving her life:

“After our presentations we began to hear loud pops,” Eastmond said. “When the gunman shot into our classroom, Nicholas Dworet was in front of me.

“The gunman’s bullets killed him and Helena Ramsay. As Nicholas fell, I matched his every movement and hid underneath his lifeless body as bullets riddled my classmates.

“I thought I was going to die,” Eastmond said.

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Ranking Member Collins summed up the GOP-NRA argument in opposition to HR8 in his opening statement: “[The] greatest cruelty in the world is to tell people you will help them in their situation through legislation that will do nothing to fix the problems that you claim to fix. In legal terms, that’s called fraud.” Collins didn’t provide any data to support his claim that HR8 background checks “will do nothing,” “nothing” being a hyperbolic word choice, when clearly background checks will curb gun violence. Curbing is not curing, though. No one is claiming background checks to be the cure. Regardless, Collins’ misleading assertion to insist fraud, appears to be his pro-NRA strategy to weaken bipartisan support for the bill, indicating how concerned NRA supporters are that the bill may be approved in the Judiciary Committee and sent to the floor of the House for a vote.

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The show-stopper was Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) who tried to use his five minutes to twist the validity of the arguments in support of background checks, asking how background checks would stop violent crimes by illegal aliens. Gaetz claimed that the only real solution for any violent crime anywhere in America was a border wall. The father of Joaquin Oliver, killed in the February 14, 2018 slaughter in Parkland, reacted to this absurdity by jumping up and protesting. Mr. Oliver was reminded that he was a guest of the Committee, and guests were not allowed to speak, and certainly not protest. Representative Jeffries tried to alleviate the tension by asking whether a Committee member was allowed to provide false information during the hearing. Everything snowballed after that with Gaetz threatening to throw Mr. Oliver out of the hearing. Interestingly, in 2008, Gaetz was arrested for DUI, so appears to have a scar in his background that may prevent him from owning a gun. Screen Shot 2019-02-07 at 1.15.59 AM.png

Millions of Americans across the country were grateful for the hard work and perseverance Representative Thompson exerted in his effort to make this hearing possible, emphasizing the merit of… never, ever give up.

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