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Are Gun Deaths Higher in States Without Common Sense Gun Laws? Yes, Indeed!

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis | September 18, 2019)
NoreenByLine by Noreen Wise

There are many states who began passing common sense gun legislation to curb gun violence and are now experiencing the benefits. Lives have been saved. Communities  are safer. Thus, it’s very clear why more than 90% of Americans are demanding that local, state and federal legislators do something.

ST-SAGA-CovFrnt-72-300Diving deeper to assess which states have passed which bills, it soon becomes crystal clear that the permissive gun states that have allowed gun ownership to go unchecked, are the states with the highest gun violence deaths. This makes sense, which again is why more than 90% of Americans, many millions of whom are gun owners, are demanding action.

How can Mitch McConnell hold a blind eye to this reality? Why is Mitch McConnell suddenly saying that he can’t allow any bill that Trump won’t sign to be brought to the floor for a vote? This is illogical and unconstitutional. The Legislative Branch is separate from the Executive and McConnell is at the helm of the Senate in the Legislative Branch. Going rogue and eliminating a vital check & balance, especially when it comes to the safety and protection of the American people, should be grounds for having him removed as Senate Majority Leader.

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Connecticut is an excellent example of passing common sense gun laws that have served residents well and saved thousands of lives.

  • The Sandy Hook massacre of 20 innocent first graders and 6 adults occurred on December 14, 2012
  • In idyllic Newtown, Connecticut
  • On April 3, 2014….  less than 4 months after the traumatizing horror, the bipartisan state legislature passed sweeping gun reform
  • State Permit is required to purchase both long guns and hand guns
  • Registration is required through Department of Emergency and Public Protection for log guns & handguns, gun tracked by authorization number and DPS-3-C form
  • Partial ban on assault rifles: no new sales/purchases of assault rifles; banned ARs already owned, must be registered, if owner wants to sell AR, can only sell to licensed gun dealer

  • Magazine Capacity Restriction: any magazine that holds greater than 10 rounds is considered an LCM (Large Capacity Magazine); all LCMs were banned when new law went into effect, cannot be sold or transferred; existing owners had to register LMs by
  • Permit Required for Concealed Carry: owner must meet requirements, and abide by two-step process, first, 60-day temporary permit issued by local authorities, Second, 5 year permit issued by DESPP
  • Permit Required for Open Carry: MUST have a license to open carry
  • Vehicle Carry: Must have valid pistol permit to carry loaded gun in car, otherwise must be unloaded and firearm and ammunition stored in separate locked containers; if car left unattended, firearm must be locked in trunk or glove box
  • Castle Doctrine: not the exact same as “stand your ground,” but if intruder enters home or yard and owner has permit and “reasonable force,” courts provide civil immunity
  • Background Checks: required for private party transfer and must be performed by federally licensed dealer
  • Red Flag Law: allows police to obtain a court warrant and seize guns from anyone posing a risk to others or themselves once they investigate and determine probable cause

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Connecticut’s sweeping common sense gun laws are some of the most reasonable and effective in the country and serve as a very sensible model to follow. In 2019, Connecticut ranks in the top 5 states with the lowest number of gun deaths per capita.

  • Hawaii
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • New York
  • Connecticut

The top 5 states with the highest number of per capita gun deaths are five red states with permissive gun laws:

  • Alaska – most permissive gun ownership in country, must be 21, complete handgun competency course, no permit required to carry, Castle Doctrine, that’s it
  • Montana – must be 18, open & concealed carry legal without permit, Castle Doctrine, done
  • Alabama – must be 18, no permit or background check or registration required for private sales, open carry legal without permit, concealed carry needs pistol permit, Castle Doctrine, done
  • Louisiana – must be 17, no permit or background check or registration required for private sales, concealed carry is legal with a permit, open carry requires no permit, Castle Doctrine, that’s it
  • Missouri – must be 19, no permit or background check or registration required for private sales, open carry and concealed carry both legal without permit, but gun owners can obtain a concealed carry permit (CCP) if they’d like one, local authorities are able to restrict in certain locations, Castle Doctrine, done

The Connecticut common sense gun laws respect the 2nd Amendment, while simultaneously protecting the American public’s expectation to live in a safe community. Colt is headquartered in Connecticut, and yet these bipartisan common sense gun laws passed in record time following the Sandy Hook massacre.

If more than 90% of the American public are demanding common sense gun laws, and the data proves the effectiveness, it doesn’t make sense to sit on the sidelines and hold a blind eye to such convincing proof that common sense gun laws save lives, maybe your own.

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Climate Action Force Strong Enough To Unseat McConnell

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis | June 24, 2019)
NoreenByLine by Noreen Wise

The American public has moved into action on the Climate Crisis. The public isn’t waiting for legislators to pass bills, but rather running forward, choosing products and services based on whether or not a business has a climate action agenda.

Slowly but surely, climate action is taking root and starting to sprout all over the country, particularly in coastal cities and states.

The momentum is increasing exponentially and is may prove to have the power necessary to unseat McConnell in 2020.

We’ve got the power as individuals to make changes that save lives:

  • “Shining city on the hill” takes on new meaning in 2019. Towns are installing solar panels on streets to harness green energy.
  • Retailers a going cold turkey by eliminating single-use plastic bags all together. Here one day, gone the next. Shoppers better have reusables in their cars.
  • Towns are banning plastic straws.
  • Restaurants are choosing to replace plastic straws with paper.
  • According to CNN, 90% of the ocean’s plastic flows through 10 rivers resulting in 400 million pieces of plastic to wash ashore far-flung islands in the Indian Ocean, amongst these were one million shoes and 375,000 toothbrushes (very easy to correct this by keeping tabs on personal belongings when boating and on shorelines)
  • YouTube videos are popping up showing consumers how to convert a t-shirt into a reusable shopping bag without having to sew.
  • Families are taking advantage of amazing sustainability offers and switching to solar energy with $0 cost for transitioning.
  • More Americans are choosing to walk and ride bikes for local errands.
  • High Schools in foreign countries have begun requiring students plant 10 trees in order to graduate. American high schools can easily do the same
  • Families have created climate action weekly habits: recycle, cold water to wash clothes, turn off lights when leave a room, LED lights.

These tiny, easy adjustments have a significant impact when implemented on a grand scale by millions of Americans. We do NOT need to wait for legislators to act. Begin today to implement your family green agenda.

McConnell is singularly the most responsible American for global warming, voting NAY and eventually blocking every single solitary US initiative to curb carbon emissions, elevating carbon levels from 345 PPM in 1985 to 415 PMM in 2019.

Foreign countries are much further ahead than America. France has begun installing solar roads.Many countries are banning plastic single-use bags by 2025.

Category 5 hurricanes kill, maim and destroy. If all that it takes to reduce and prevent are simple, basic, everyday green habits, is there any benefit to not implementing immediately?

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McConnell is highly likely to be removed from office in 2020 if Climate Action becomes the number one priority to the American majority this election season. We have the power here. The ball is in our court.

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Will Climate Action 100+ Unseat Mitch McConnell in 2020?

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report |Analysis | June 4, 2019)
NoreenByLine by Noreen Wise

Who is Climate Action 100+? A very powerful, strategic force to be reckoned with, that’s for sure. One that has the potential to derail Mitch McConnell from American politics for the remainder of his days on earth… after all, McConnell is the single most culpable American connected to the US’s massive contribution to global warming during the past 35 years.

In 1984, when McConnell began his career as a US Senator, carbon part per million was approximately 345 PPM. Scientists were alarmed. Carbon was on the rise and had to be quickly contained. Previously, it had hovered below 310 PPM for thousands of years. But McConnell, from the coal producing state of Kentucky, was determined to block all legislation that would impact coal production levels.

From 1985 to the present, there have been dozens of international conventions with representatives from the majority of countries in the world gathering to brainstorm collectively and address the rise in carbon levels and ways to curb it. At the conclusion of each meeting, agreements were reached. In America, groups of concerned legislators have tried to pass bills that align with these numerous  international agreements. But, McConnell has done everything in his power to block each bill. In fact, it was Mitch McConnell who convinced Trump to pull out of the Paris Agreement.

Under Mitch McConnell and the GOP’s indifference, carbon has seen a staggering jump from 345 PPM in 1985 to the newly released 415 PPM in 2019. Hundreds of thousands of innocent victims across the globe have perished as a result.

Climate Action 100+ is a group of more than 320 global investors who have formed a coalition to collectively govern an excess of $33 trillion in assets for the purpose of:

  • improving management
  • cutting carbon
  • strengthening corporate financial disclosure about climate

The group is lead by a Steering Committee that has ten members. The additional member roles and functions are broken into five Engagement Working Groups, one group for each of the five main participating continents.

  • Asia
  • Australasia
  • Europe
  • Multi-region
  • North America

The North America Engagement Working Group is overseen by Ceres, who’s motto, “Sustainability is the bottom line,” sums up their mission.

Through superior organization, significant assets, and a life-and-property-threatening purpose, does anyone doubt that Climate Action 100+ won’t be able to leap tall buildings and move a few mountains… coal mountains to be specific. Good luck! We’ll be keeping a watch on the progress.

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Silent GOP Senators Are the Force That Enables Trump’s Obstruction of Justice

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Opinion | April 25, 2019) –  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s silence is deafening. It appears that McConnell didn’t even read the Mueller Report. Or Lindsey Graham for that matter. The GOP game-altering “silence is complicity” perspective in 2018, led to the blue tsunami sweep on November 6, 2018. The Senate overhaul will be next.

Twenty-one months of GOP silence now has Trump by the throat. It’s the very reason why Mueller’s obstruction investigation uncovered so much evidence. The very reason why Mueller can’t exonerate Trump. If McConnell and the GOP Senators had followed-through with their sworn oath to the Constitution, Trump wouldn’t be able to obstruct. It’s become a Catch-22. Mitch McConnell and GOP Senators are enablers of Trump’s obstruction of justice, allowing him free reign to obstruct. Are GOP leaders now part of Trump’s criminal enterprise, or has their long game always been Trump’s demise? McConnell’s silence will eventually lead to Trump’s destruction, as well as his own. The ultimate goal in 2020 is to flip the Senate and the White House. McConnell’s pro-Putin, anti-American Constitution obstructionism will finally become the nail in his coffin.

McConnell has only made one official statement since the release of the Mueller report and it is completely unapologetic of any of Trump’s ludicrous attempts to subvert the United States legal system.

“I’m grateful for the Attorney General’s diligent work to release as much of the Special Counsel’d report as possible to Congress and to the American people. The nation is fortunate to have an experienced leader like Bill Barr in place to ensure maximum possible transparency while carefully protecting classified material and legally restricted grand jury information. Like all of my colleagues, I look forward to carefully reviewing the report.” ~Mitch McConnell, April 18, 2019

Lindsey Graham, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is in a state of denial. The statements in his tweet read like lies, except that he does clarify that they’re IMO (“To me”). But is it appropriate for the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee to spin the Mueller Report in this way, or does he feel justified in doing so because he’s simply following Barr’s lead? Isn’t Graham obligated to adhere to professional standards in this leadership position?

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Sad. The gagged Senate GOP has become the springboard that will lead to Trump’s “day with destiny” (Neal Katyal) much sooner than otherwise.

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Mitch McConnell’s Days Are Numbered

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Opinion | February 26, 2019) –  Mitch McConnell has been indicted by the American majority, global leaders, and citizens of the world. Denunciations of this notorious coward are erupting with every news story, resulting in strong protests of disgust toward his blatant lack of morality that now rings from every single corner in every major city in America. Despite McConnell’s pivotal leadership role in the most powerful legislative body on earth, McConnell is loathed, despised and scorned.

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Mitch McConnell is a self-serving fraud. There are many who believe McConnell’s a criminal and may eventually be indicted by the Southern District of New York, along with Trump and his children, when SDNY takes down this organized crime syndicate. What’s incredibly fascinating about the public’s deep mistrust and animosity toward McConnell, is that corruption appears to have a tangible residue, much like filth, that sticks to those he comes in contact with, and blinds them, while the good hearts flee with a horrible foreboding.

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What is it about Jim Mattis that commands overwhelming respect and admiration from all people in all demographics, the entire stretch of population spanning the globe? Mattis’ strong character is like a magnet, drawing people toward him rather than repelling them. Mattis embodies the deep virtues that our nation was founded on. Honor. Sacrifice. Commitment. Perseverance. Grit. All things noble. All things good. Mattis’ presence on the news screen, his noble commitment to our American ideals, quietly inspires us to be our best selves. True greatness isn’t about words, it’s about actions. A real leader doesn’t need to say anything, he or she simply shows the way by example.

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Mitch McConnell won’t have a hero’s goodbye. He’ll leave in the dead of night, shrouded in disguise. We’ll likely learn of McConnell’s arrest one blistering summer day as we’re headed to a climate change rally, or a superfund site to protest the undermining of our wondrous natural resources, and awe-inspiring landscapes. Mitch McConnell will spend the final chapter of his life a very lonely man, with nothing to look forward to. No noble legacy. No hero statue honoring his patriotism. His after-life will be eternity in the deep dark abyss, with all the other evil souls he tried to emulate while holding his gavel.

McConnell began his Senate career January 3, 1985. In these 34 years, he’s been the single strongest force behind global warming, blocking every single initiative introduced to protect our cherished national treasures. Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senator who will go down in American history as the arch obstructionist, the most politicized politician we’ve ever had the misfortune of being steamrolled by, straight from the bluegrass state of Kentucky whose astute motto has been ringing true for 2,500 years: “United we stand, divided we fall.”

DitchMitch

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2012 GOP Emails | Have these been investigated? The prababilties

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Perspective | February 21, 2019) –  With the Mueller Investigation ending as soon as next week, and with the recent understanding that the GOP emails hacked by Russia but never released, were likely used to blackmail GOP leaders, particularly Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and should be investigated. It seems that the most likely GOP emails hacked by Russia, emails that would make ideal blackmail material, are the ones from 2012, in addition to the time leading up to 2012 and year following.

On January 10, 2017FBI Director James Comey informed Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that in the spring of 2016, at the same time the DNC email servers were penetrated by Russian hackers, the RNC was also hacked, along with state level GOP organizations. Apparently, the RNC intrusion was an older server that was no longer in use, thus the emails mined were dated earlier than those confiscated from the DNC. No dates were shared with the public during Comey’s Intelligence hearing, other than Comey using phrases such as “not current” and “old stuff,” implying that the email dates were prior to January 2015. Coming using the words “state level GOP organizations” seems to imply GOP organizations connected with the presidential election, since these emails might be particularly inviting to Russian hackers, something we can identify with following the GOP stunts we learned of during the 2018 midterm elections.

Since the public is now fully aware of Russia’s laser-focus on U.S. presidential elections, it seems logical to hypothesize that Russia would hit pay dirt mining GOP servers from 2012 during Obama’s re-election campaign. In fact, Mitch McConnell appeared to be on a one-man mission to make “Obama a one-term president.” Further, 2012 was a very turbulent year, filled with numerous heart-wrenching tragedies that kept the American public riveted on the presidential candidate’s reactions to these emotional headlines as well as other big-named congressional leader’s responses.

If Russia wanted to blackmail GOP leaders, would they target Mitch McConnell? Yes, of course. Would they begin their search by Googling every major news headline of 2012, along with the search words “Mitch McConnell” and see what comes up? And then hunt for emails that add new meaning to the headlines? Most likely.

So what were the biggest news stories of 2012? Can Representative Adam Schiff of the House Intelligence Committee meet with the FBI behind closed doors to sift through these emails. Apparently, the FBI knows the dates of the stolen emails.

The following are several of the top 2012 new headlines that help paint a picture of what types of GOP emails Russian hackers may have uncovered during their deep dive into the RNC servers and several state GOP Orginizations servers:

  • Aurora theater massacre, July 20, 2012 |New York Magazine July 20, 2012, Twelve Killed, Dozens Injured in Midnight Massacre at Dark Knight Rises Premier in Colorado [Updated] –  “…’We were maybe 20 or 30 minutes into the movie and all you hear, first you smell smoke, everybody thought it was fireworks or something like that, and then you just see people dropping and the gunshots are constant,’ said witness Christ Jones, speaking to Denver ABC affiliate KMGH. ‘I heard at least 20 to 30 rounds within that minute or two.’ Eyewitnesses described Holmes as wearing a bulletproof vest…” Were the any emails between the NRA and the GOP following this horrific massacre.
  • Benghazi, September 11, 2012 |The Washington Times, July 19, 2016 Mitch McConnell brushes aside boos –  CLEVELAND — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell launched an all-out assault on presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton late Tuesday and said the only way to repeal Obamacare, realign the Supreme Court and defund Planned Parenthood is to elect Donald Trump, even as members of his own caucus steer clear of the nominating festivities.Mr. McConnell brushed aside a cascade of boos from the convention hall and doled out a bit of payback for years of political jockeying with Mrs. Clinton and her famous husband, starting with their attempts to unseat him in Kentucky…” There are likely more than a million GOP emails on this subject alone.
  • Hurricane Sandy, October 29, 2012 |Huffington Post October 28, 2013, GOP Senators Who Opposed Sandy Relief  Aid Fundraise Around One-Year Anniversary Of Storm –  “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen Tom Coburn (R-OK) may have opposed Hurricane Sandy recovery funding, but that reportedly did not stop them from visiting the northeast to raise money on the eve of the disastrous storm’s anniversary…”
  • Obama re-elected, November 6, 2012| Time August 23, 2012 “…It reveals some of my reporting on the Republican plot to obstruct President Obama before he even took office, including secret meetings led by House GOP whip Eric Cantor (in December 2008) and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (in early January 2009) in which they laid out their daring (though cynical and political) no-honeymoon strategy of all-out resistance to a popular President-elect during an economic emergency. ‘If he was for it,’ former Ohio Senator George Voinovich explained, ‘we had to be against it.’ The excerpt includes a special bonus nugget of Mitt Romney dissing the Tea Party…” Millions of emails from McConnell regrading Obama. McConnell was the arch-obstructionist, Obama’s greatest nemesis.
  • Sandy Hook massacre,  December 14, 2012 |Boston Globe, April 10, 2013, Conley hits McConnell over gun control filibuster –  “Conley singled out the Republican senator from Kentucky on Tuesday and urged him to ‘stop playing games’ and allow a vote on the bill. McConnell has said that he would join a group of 13 other Republican senators to filibuster a gun control bill that Democrats plan to bring to the Senate floor Thursday.” Did Russian hackers uncover emails between the NRA, the RNC and McConnell expressing that if McConnell wanted any NRA money for his 2014 re-election campaign, he better filibuster the gun control bill, endorsed by traumatized Sandy Hook parents, that was proceeding through Congress. The majority of Americans can visualize these types of emails existing.

With the Mueller investigation concluding, Adam Schiff will now be taking the reins of investigating Russia’s meddling in our American elections, we must call congress and request that Schiff investigate the potential Russian blackmailing of GOP leaders in an effort to influence the American Legislative agenda.

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The Kentucky Plan | Boycott

“Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.” ~Benjamin Rush

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report) – If McConnell is the obstacle causing so much pain and suffering, what’s the solution?

The traditional US negotiating tactic, dating back to pre-independence America and the Boston Tea Party, is that of boycotting products directly related to the subject being negotiated. We’ve seen this play out successfully in modern politics as well. For example, a large number of companies pulled ads connected to the NRA immediately following the tragic Parkland slaughter of 17 students on February 14, 2018. So effective was this boycott campaign, that the NRA is now on the verge of bankruptcy.

With that in mind, in an effort to block Senate Majority Leader’s aggressive efforts to advance Trump’s anti-American/pro-Russia agenda, despite McConnell’s sworn oath to protect the Constitution of the United States of America, it’s now time to flex our muscles in preserving our American principles and the institutions we hold sacred, the two pillars that are essential to the survival of our democracy.

The following is a short list of the top consumer product corporations headquartered in Kentucky, and are thus the top candidates for an effective boycott campaign.

  • Yum! Brands | $5.88 Billion in 2017, down from $13.08 Billion in 2013
    • Kentucky Fried Chicken
    • Pizza Hut
    • Taco Bell
  • Texas Road House | $2.22 Billion, 2017
  • Papa John’s Pizza | $1.78 Billion, 2017
  • Churchill Downs | $882.6 million, 2017

All five food chains are in every state in America. We can do this!
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