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No, Mr. Blumenthal, Republicans are not Complicit in any of the Nation’s Mass Shootings

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Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) recently blamed Republicans for the tragic mass shootings that have taken place in the country. As reported by Breitbart, Blumenthal stated that “Republican lawmakers were ‘complicit’ in all the mass shootings that take place in the United States, given their opposition to gun legislation.” While Blumenthal’s finger-pointing is consistent with the left’s playbook, it is also wrong, illogical, and fails to address the root of the problem.

Each and every mass-shooting is tragic. The recent mass shooting in Colorado is no exception. However, the fact that such events are tragic and the fact that they involve guns/firearms does not necessarily mean that guns/firearms are to blame, nor does it mean that Republicans are complicit because they allegedly oppose the left’s proposed gun legislation.

Democrats in Congress have a long track record of blaming everyone and anyone other than the perpetrator for such tragedies.

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For example, immediately after the horrific shootings in El Paso, Texas and in Dayton, Ohio, some Democrats blamed President Trump. Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) stated, “Let’s be very clear about what is causing this and who the president is. He is an open avowed racist and encouraging more racism in this country.” As reported by Politico, other Democrats also placed the blame on President Trump. Additional comments blaming Trump for the El Paso shooting can be found here.

Liberal groups, such as Bend the Arc, also blamed President Trump and Republicans after the tragic shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. This group was not alone in blaming President Trump. As set forth in The Hill:

“Famed economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman tweeted a link to the story with the caption, ‘but none of the white supremacist terrorism has anything to do with Trump, oh no.’ The Washington Post featured an op-ed on its homepage asking ‘How much responsibility does Trump bear for the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh?’ The author of that piece, GQ’s Julia Ioffe, tweeted ‘a word to [her] fellow American Jews: This president makes this possible. Here. Where you live. I hope the embassy move over there, where you don’t live was worth it.’”

Finally, Democrats also blamed Republicans after the devastating and tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Blumenthal and many of his colleagues on the left are way off-base by placing blame for such tragedies on their Republican colleagues. For starters, this position is nonsensical. Simply stated, a gun/firearm, which is an inanimate object, does not wake up one morning and decide to commit a mass-casualty event. Rather, this decision is made solely by the individual who ultimately commits such a heinous act. Republicans do not put the gun in the shooter’s hands, do not make it easier to obtain a firearm, and play no role whatsoever in such tragedies.

By placing the blame on guns and/or Republicans, Blumenthal and many of his colleagues on the left are ignoring the root of the problem, which includes personal accountability and mental health. They believe that more stringent gun control laws like the ones recently proposed and passed by the House of Representatives (i.e. expanding background checks and extending the review period for such checks) will help to prevent such tragedies in the future.

While background checks should be encouraged by Republicans and Democrats alike, it is not clear how more expansive checks would prevent such tragedies. For example, if more stringent background checks are required, how will they prevent people who are willing to commit such acts from obtaining a weapon illegally? More generally, how will stricter gun laws specifically address/deter those who intend to commit such acts from executing them? After all, Colorado has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Will a system that mandates more thorough background checks serve to stop/prevent such tragedies? Finally, and most importantly, why would law-abiding American citizens jeopardize their Second Amendment rights when doing so is unlikely to prevent many mass-shootings? As reported by Politico:

While the House bills have Republican cosponsors and won a handful of GOP votes, most Republicans voted against them. During the floor debate, Republicans argued that the background checks would not stop most mass shootings and would mistakenly prevent some lawful gun owners from purchasing firearms.

Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry said the bill would lead to more crime because there would be “less people out there defending themselves.”

Blumenthal’s attempt to blame Republicans (to any extent) for the nation’s mass-shootings is out of line and lacks any causal connection. Both Republicans and Democrats want to make the nation safer and want to prevent such tragedies from ever happening again. Towards this end, some type of gun reform could very well be appropriate and necessary. However, Republicans have legitimate concerns with the left’s gun-control proposals and have clearly and publicly expressed those concerns. Moreover, short of potentially infringing upon the Second Amendment rights of lawful gun owners in the United States, there is serious doubt as to whether the left’s proposals will accomplish the desired goal(s).

Finally, many Democrats in Congress allege that their proposed gun-reform bills are needed to  make America “safer.” At the same time, however, they openly support other policies that potentially jeopardize American lives, such as opening the nation’s borders, weakening America’s immigration policies, and defunding the nation’s police. How can Democrats reconcile these inconsistent positions?

Clearly, something must be done to curb the nation’s gun violence. However, to assert that Republicans are complicit in the nation’s mass shootings because they don’t agree with the Democrats’ proposed bills/reforms is an enormous and unsubstantiated leap. As such, it should be disregarded in its entirety.

Mr. Hakim is a political writer and commentator and an attorney.  His articles have been published in The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, American Greatness, The Algemeiner, The Western Journal, American Thinker and other online publications. 

https://thoughtfullyconservative.wordpress.com   

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America No More…

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After watching with over a hundred others the newly released movie, Civil War, I left the theater stunned, and I was not alone. Was it a good movie? Just a deeply unsettling one! Could it really happen? You don’t even want to imagine it! But with Biden’s assault on America continuing and Trump reemerging as the favored GOP candidate, the American division is growing. More and more citizens are getting angrier as their standard of living is in jeopardy and illegals are getting benefits citizens can only dream of.

Spoiling the movie’s plot is never appropriate, but when Western forces from Texas, Florida, and even California take on the elected President, the country is left in a civil war. We watch as desensitized media professionals cover the death of hundreds of American citizens. To the film’s media, the war is just a once-in-a-lifetime story that deserves to be captured one picture at a time. After all, it’s the media’s job. They are just feeding citizens what they want—blood, gore, winners, and victims. What would happen if America descends into such chaos? This movie provides one disturbing view, one that, God help us, must never happen.

One thing is clear, when a country loses trust in its leader’s ability to preserve their cherished freedoms and ensure equal treatment under the law, even insurrection seems somehow possible. That is a nightmare no American should have to entertain, but more and more Americans seem to be losing hope in the future of our country. They don’t trust elections. Many don’t even like the Presidential choices presented to them.

The Founding Fathers valued freedom enough to unleash a revolution against the greatest power at the time. Enough citizens joined them in securing what most at the time believed impossible, independence. Yes, insurrection hatched our beloved America. Belief in equal rights and freedom are powerful forces that have always driven patriotic Americans to action.


Even with our differences, most Americans believe in property rights, voting rights, law enforcement to keep us safe, freedom of speech, and personal responsibility. Unfortunately, more and more Americans feel these values are in question, and they are not sure America can be saved!

Many Americans no longer even believe that elections will produce a lawful winner. They don’t trust the voting machines. They want paper ballots that can be counted. They don’t believe multiple days are needed. Hasn’t one day of voting always been enough? They want required IDs and signed mail-in ballots. They fear ballot harvesting is just another name for ‘manufacturing” all the votes you need to ensure a fraudulent victory. Are American fair elections no more!

Many no longer believe that the enforcement of law is fair and sure. While former President Donald Trump has been charged with multiple “crimes,” President Joe Biden’s similar actions aren’t even charged. Hunter Biden’s influence peddling with money set aside for the “Big Guy” are not even covered in the mainstream media. The Dept. of Justice is quick to charge Trump, but with the Bidens, we hear nothing but crickets. People who commit crimes are being let go instead of being held accountable. Is American law and order no more!

Under President Trump, our border was finally more under control. Under Biden, his open border has been continually flooding our country with illegals from around the world. They come expecting benefits at the expense of taxpaying citizens. Illegals overwhelm services in our urban areas. Legal immigrants had to wait years to enter and are fuming at this invasion of illegals rushing to the front of the line and expecting to be accepted, supported, and allowed to become citizens. Is America’s secure border no more!

We thought in America, your home was your castle. If you work to buy the home of your dreams, you were sure that your property rights were secure in a community that you loved. But today, squatters are taking over vacant homes and fending off owners who want them to leave their property. Illegals are being told to come to America, find an empty home, and move in. In the name of equity, governments are rezoning the suburbs and requiring the building of low-income housing where it is not wanted. Are America’s property rights no more!

Do you believe America is lost? Do you believe nothing can reverse this march to chaos? Do you believe that it is time to buy your own guns to protect your family when the government won’t? Is a civil war coming? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are in danger of losing the optimistic attitude that has characterized Americans for two centuries. This is our country. This is not the time for surrender. It’s time to fight to preserve America the best way you can—vote for candidates who promise to preserve the rights you value most.

Your vote does matter. There are no perfect candidates, but the party positions make a difference in this critical election. If you want law and order, secure borders, fair elections, property rights, and a return to personal responsibility, there is only one party to support. Vote for every GOP candidate you are given the opportunity to support, or it may very well be America no more!

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After Iran launched an extensive drone and missile attack against Israel, Iran’s president vowed to completely destroy Israel if it proceeds with a military response. In plain language, Israel is not allowed to react as any other country would after being attacked. That seems to be the opinion of many world leaders, including Joe Biden.

That’s like saying that the US had no right to retaliate after Japan’s attack on December 7th. This absurd policy applies only to Israel. If Iran launched missiles against the US, imagine what we would do in response. (Of course, with a wimp in the White House, there is a good chance that we would do nothing.)

On the evening of 13 April 2024, Iran launched hundreds of deadly missiles against various sites in Israel. Iran’s attack was presumably in retaliation for an Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus. Israel’s justification for its attack is that the Iranian consulate has been the center for Iran’s terrorist activities throughout the Middle East. The consulate “did not have diplomatic immunity,” according to attorney Alan Dershowitz, “because it was not being used for diplomatic purposes; it was being used to plan military attacks against Israel.”

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With assistance from the US, the UK, neighboring Jordan and other nations, Israel successfully intercepted nearly all the missiles and drones. Despite the lack of damage, Iran’s intent clearly was to inflict serious harm. Iran underestimated Israel’s ability to defend itself. Now Iran’s president Ebrahim Raisi has vowed to completely destroy Israel if it proceeds with even the “tiniest invasion” of Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country would be the one to decide whether and how to respond to the Iranian attack, brushing off calls for restraint. “The state of Israel will do whatever is necessary to defend itself,” Netanyahu said. “Everything is on the table right now,” said a source in the Israeli government. Israel possesses an impressive range of high-tech weaponry, including nuclear weapons and F35 fighter planes that can overwhelm Iran’s outmoded air force.

“Iran declared war on Israel by sending more than 300 bombs in Israel’s direction, aimed at civilian as well as military targets in Jerusalem and other locations,” said Alan Dershowitz. “As a matter of law and morality, Israel is entitled to respond to this act of war by overwhelming, even disproportionate, force against Iranian military targets.”

Biden has not supported Dershowitz’s argument. Instead, he has “sent a clear message to the mullahs that there would be no consequences for their rogue actions,” said Lisa Daftari, a leading Iranian-American expert. “What we are seeing is a manifestation of weak policies and the ayatollah’s correct read on American foreign policy.” Biden’s policy, said Yaakov Katz, a leading Israeli security expert, “does not work and the world’s strategy of diplomacy and sanctions is not effective. The world needs to shift gears and change the way it has tried to confront Iran.”

Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe agreed that the Biden administration’s tepid policy has emboldened Iran. “Joe Biden’s reaction to that hit in Damascus sent a message to Iran and to the rest of the world that the US was not with Israel, that the US was reluctant to support Israel on this. And I think that emboldened Iran. And as one of the former intelligence officials in Iran said to me, with friends like Joe Biden, Israel doesn’t need more enemies.”

Biden has warned Israel not to take action, said Alan Dershowitz. “Biden wants Israel simply to proclaim victory and not respond appropriately. This will only encourage Iran to take further military action against Israel either directly or through its numerous proxies,” Dershowitz warns. “If the [Iranian] regime felt endangered, it could attack Israel with its nuclear weapons, as it has threatened to do. That is an important reason why Iran’s potential nuclear arsenal should be destroyed before it can be deployed.”

“This is the time to act,” Dershowitz concludes. “Iran has provided Israel and the United States with a complete legal and moral justification for destroying its nuclear weapons program and for beginning the process toward regime change. If we do not act now, it may be too late.”

Ed Brodow is a conservative political commentator and author of two No. 1 Amazon Best Sellers, AMERICA ON ITS KNEES: The Cost of Replacing Trump with Biden, and THE WAR ON WHITES: How Hating White People Became the New National Sport.

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