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Who caused the violence at protests? It wasn't antifa.

June 22, 2020

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/06/22/who-caused-violence-protests-its-not-antifa/

No paywall: https://archive.ph/mk87B

An intelligence bulletin issued by the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center that was obtained by ABC News warned that “anarchist extremists continue to pose the most significant threat of targeted assaults against police.” The bulletin, which was distributed to police departments nationwide, mentions antifa only in a footnote differentiating those who self-identify with the group from anarchists.

Rather, the bulletin said that “the greatest threat of lethal violence continues to emanate from lone offenders with racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist ideologies and [domestic violent extremists] with personalized ideologies,” specifically pointing to boogaloo-related groups as likely to be “instigating violence” at the protests.

The DHS said in a June 1 internal intelligence report seen by Reuters that “most of the violence appears to have been driven by opportunists.” A separate DHS document dated June 17 reviewed by Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent stated “anarchist and anti-government extremists pose the most significant threat of targeted low-level, protest-related assaults against law enforcement.” The document did not mention antifa by name and the document’s definition of “anarchist extremist” appears to exclude the group.

It's a start.

Protecting Our Kids Act

https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/7910/text?r=1&s=1
https://maloney.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/maloney-urges-colleagues-to-pass-the-protecting-our-kids-act


Background checks really should be on the table as well, along with red flag laws.

https://www.findlaw.com/legalblogs/law-and-life/how-do-red-flag-gun-laws-work/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_flag_law

In the United States, a red flag law is a gun control law that permits variously police, family members, coworkers, and others to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who they believe may present a danger to others or themselves. A judge makes the determination to issue the order based on statements and actions made by the gun owner in question.[1] Refusal to comply with the order is punishable as a criminal offense.[2][3] After a set time, the guns are returned to the person from whom they were seized unless another court hearing extends the period of confiscation.[4][5][6]


Also, there needs to be federal law closing the boyfriend loophole. That would be huge.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boyfriend_loophole
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/biden-violence-against-women-act-2022-against-women-act-boyfriend-loophole-n-62324f9be4b0d39357c25448_n_623cd3d7e4b0bcc5b476935c

With the simple stroke of a pen, Biden could close the dangerous “boyfriend loophole,” advocates tell HuffPost. VAWA includes prohibitions on gun ownership for people who have been convicted of domestic violence who are spouses, cohabitants or people with whom a victim has a child. But the boyfriend, or dating partner, loophole is a gap in gun safety protections found in VAWA that has historically allowed unmarried dating partners convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence to buy or own firearms. [snip]

Essentially, the protections cover any convicted domestic abuser except stalkers and current or former dating partners. Often overlooked, however, is the next sentence, which says that gun ownership is additionally prohibited “by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim” who has been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence.

Biden could clarify that “similarly situated” language through a regulatory process that would broaden the definition of who is a domestic abuser in the eyes of federal law, advocates tell HuffPost.

Thanks so much!

eta - Katie Porter, I LOVE YOU.

She is not messing around and is not letting the witness try to weasel out of owning her words. Yes, perjury is serious. How inconvenient of Porter to catch Amy Swearer in a lie and say so.

At 03:10:57 Porter's point that there is no federal safety standard for guns, that federal law protects gun manufacturers and prohibits oversight of guns by the Consumer Products Safety Commission is on point. Gun manufacturers should not have federal immunity.

Remind your coworker that Biden does not set those prices.

https://twitter.com/SaneYossarian/status/1528409451916578817

Progressive Pro Investor (they do exist)
@SaneYossarian
Oil companies are admitting on earnings calls that they're intentionally keeping supply low to keep prices high. Refusing to drill & produce more oil to inflate prices. How is this not gouging? And why do we give them $25 billion in subsidies per year?
https://theguardian.com/business/2022/apr/27/inflation-corporate-america-increased-prices-profits
12:16 PM · May 22, 2022


From the Guardian article:

In earnings calls, executives detailed how even as demand and profits rose post-vaccine, they passed on most or all inflationary costs to customers via price increases, and some took the opportunity to add more on top. Margins – the share of sales converted into profits – also improved for the majority of the companies analyzed by the Guardian.

Economists who reviewed the data say it’s more evidence of a clear reality: Consumers are taking a financial hit as companies and shareholders profit or are largely shielded.

👍 It's nationwide as well.

https://twitter.com/DBvelin/status/1531476573991206912

DBdant @DBvelin Replying to @HeidiStevens13
June 11, 2022.
Across the nation.
March For Our Lives.
Find a location here.
[image: map]
https://secure.everyaction.com/p/4X6lOpXbV0e3Ba9SGz3dvw2

Yep. It's bonkers, absolutely nutso.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/01/589808670/ar-15s-are-biblical-rod-of-iron-at-pennsylvania-church

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, "The ceremony's official name was the Cosmic True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humanity Cheon Il Guk Book of Life Registration Blessing. It was part of the church's weeklong 'Festival of Grace,' which included a 'President Trump Thank You Dinner' on Saturday." [snip]

Moon is the youngest son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon — the self-proclaimed messiah who founded the Unification Church in South Korea in 1954 and eventually spawned a worldwide movement regarded by detractors as a cult. The church is perhaps best known for its mass wedding ceremonies.

As the AP notes, "The younger Moon's congregation is a breakaway faction of the Unification Church, which had distanced itself from Wednesday's event." [snip]

As the Inquirer notes, the Rev. Sean Moon's brother, Moon Kook-jin, also known as Justin Moon, is the founder and CEO of Kahr Arms, a firearms manufacturer headquartered in nearby Greeley.

Kahr specializes in making compact semiautomatic pistols. It was not clear from its website whether the company sells AR-15-style rifles, but the newspaper quoted one follower who said he bought one there.


When even the original Moonies distance themselves, you know it's way, way off the reality map.
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