Detroit Police Chief James Craig is getting national attention for encouraging residents to arm themselves for their own self-defense.
Craig is featured on the cover of the NRA magazine America’s 1st Freedom. In the cover story, the chief insists he’s not responsible for a recent slew of self-defense shootings. Since January, there have been seven incidents of homeowners shooting intruders. Six resulted in death.
Craig says the shooting began to increase before he started the job in 2013. “More and more Detroiters are getting sick of the violence,” Craig says. “I know of no other place where I’ve seen this number of justifiable homicides.”
Craig adds, “We’re not advocating violence. We’re advocates of not being victims.”
Remember if it is written at Think Progress, it has to be pretty lame to begin with, but Jessica Goldstein takes asinine to a new low in bashing Colin Noir’s new show Noir although not one episode has been released yet.
About two months ago, the NRA announced a partnership with Noir who, as an African-American millennial, isn’t the typical NRA spokesperson, thus the basis of his appeal. Since Newtown, the NRA has made a mission of winning over more non-white supporters. The NRA even hosted a “Youth Day” at which children were offered free memberships.
But the odds are not ever in the NRA’s favor: According to a Harvard University Institute of Politics poll, taken in spring of last year, 49% of millennials support stricter gun laws, compared to 15% who think they should be less strict (35% want no change in the laws). Only 18% of 18 to 25 year olds reported owning a gun.
So, the odds, according to Goldstein are not in the NRA’s favor? Well looking at the poll 49% of “millennials” support stricter gun laws. I am not sure how Goldstein arrives at that 49% number, since that question was not on the poll. You can look at the survey here for yourself. But, the point here is that if Goldstein’s number is correct then 49 % support “stricter” gun laws, while 50% do not. So, the numbers are neither in the NRA’s favor nor against them. It seems pretty evenly split. Yet she presents the numbers as if the numbers are just dead set against the NRA.
The most fascinating part of Goldstein’s apparent disconnect with reality is that she believes that Noir was created by the NRA somehow, as if his opinions could never be his own, I mean doesn’t he know he is Black?
As you can probably guess, Colion Noir is not his real name. It’s Collins Idehen. (Can you imagine the pitch meeting, trying to come up with the just-right fake name for the face of young black gun ownership? “How about Jack Black? Wait, that’s taken.” “You know, Noir means “black” in French.” “French? Isn’t that a little liberal-elite for our taste?” “No, trust me, people are going to like it.” “BOOM. Best brainstorm ever!”)
See, Goldstein actually thinks that a Black guy would NEVER support the NRA so, Noir must be just a creation of the NRA, a figment of their right wing imagination. In other words he is a pawn parroting words his NRA masters give him.
Noir seems to have emerged out of the ether; evidence of his earlier, real-name career is scant. In interviews, he recites an origin story that sounds too good to not be scripted: he told conservative news site The Blaze that he was “not too fond” of guns as a kid and didn’t fire one until after college, when he went with gun-owning friend to a range one day. “Quite frankly, when I stepped in I was terrified.” But once he fired, “it was literally love at first shot.”
Too good not to be scripted? That is rich coming form a Leftist isn’t it. Hell the Left scripts everything, and repeats those talking points over and over and over, no matter how false they are. In fact this whole piece by Goldstein is nothing but talking points meant to convince us that Noir is a phony, a fraud, a pawn of the NRA!
Today, Noir is a self-described “Urban Gun Enthusiast.” To quote from his website: “I am unapologetically a Gun Enthusiast. I love shooting, I love guns, and all things gun related.” He addresses what he must assume is a primary concern at the top of his personal FAQ: “Are you just a pawn for the NRA?” (Spoiler alert: he says no.)
Wow, Goldstein bashes Noir for defending against the charge that he is a pawn in a column where she repeatedly hints he is a pawn. A pawn and a creation of the evil NRA. That is the most inane part of this piece. Noir is attacked as a pawn, as a creation of the NRA. Yet, Goldstein herself remarks how popular Noir was BEFORE he was contracted by the NRA!
Noir has an impressive social media presence—over 35,000 followers on Twitter, 181,000 likes on Facebook, and nearly 220,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel—and got his start in the pro-gun world with YouTube videos about firearms.
See! Even though Noir has been popular for a while now, Goldstein tries to convince us that he is just a manufactured illusion by the NRA! Good Grief! The fact is this. The NRA has hired Noir BECAUSE he was popular, they did not invent him. They liked his videos and went from there. He is not the only You Tuber the NRA signed up either. Billy Johnson, is another man, he is White by the way, so Goldstein likely thinks he is real, who was making You Tu be videos that caught the eye of the NRA. The NRA has several great commentators, you can peruse their work here. They were hired because they are effective speakers, engaging, and principled. Yet Goldstein is hung up on Noir for one reason, his color. The NRA is EVIL because they hired a Black man that believes in self-defense and gun rights! Odd isn’t it? If Noir was parroting gun control talking points, Goldstein would point to him a leader in the fight for #gunsense. But, Noir does not know “his place” so bigots like Goldstein must marginalize him.
Yep, I have $25 bucks too Mayor Nanny!
Emotion, emotion, and more emotion fueled by gun control propaganda.
Bob Belvedere takes apart Harvey Weinstein and his radical attitude towards guns and gun owners
Movie producer Harvey Weinstein announced for the first time on Howard Stern’s radio show that he is making a full feature drama to try to destroy the National Rifle Association.
Mr. Stern asked Mr. Weinstein on Wednesday whether he owned a gun. The Hollywood heavyweight replied that he did not and never would. “I don’t think we need guns in this country. And I hate it,” the producer said. “I think the NRA is a disaster area.”
Mr. Weinstein then revealed his secret project about the gun rights group. “I shouldn’t say this, but I’ll tell it to you, Howard,” he said. “I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this head-on. And they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.”
The shock jock asked whether the film was going to be a documentary. Mr. Weinstein said no, that it would be a “big movie like a ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.’”
The movie mogul said his vision was to scare people away from firearms. He foresees moviegoers to leave thinking, “Gun stocks — I don’t want to be involved in that stuff. It’s going to be like crash and burn.”
The chairman of the Weinstein Co. (formerly Miramax) is one of President Obama’s biggest fundraisers. He brought in more than $500,000 from his Hollywood friends for the president’s re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee in 2012.
The 5 million members of the NRA are law-abiding Americans who are active in preserving the right to protect themselves and their families.
Mr. Weinstein thinks guns are necessary for self-defense, but only in other countries, during genocides and if the weapon is not personally owned.
Mr. Weinstein does not seem to know that the Nazis were able to confiscate the guns that the Jewish people owned based on Germany’s government registry.
These are the ravings of someone who is mentally ill, but does it rise to the level where you have to urge Whinestein be put in a straitjacket?
While Leftism is, indeed, a mental illness, I think it most cases it does not rise to the level of commitment because people like Harvey [does he have an imaginary friend named ‘Trotsky’?] does not pose an immediate danger to those around him and to himself [but, if he were to hurt himself, I wouldn’t shed any tears]. Fortunately, we are still in a position — despite the fact that our government is illegitimate and, therefore, lawless — to ignore this ignorant cretin, this waste of human flesh, this depraved and soulless dimwit, this dumpy and demented little putz. I am tempted to pray that he chokes on his own stupidity, but, well, I’m a peaceable man.
Weinstein is a buffoon who ignores history, reality, and stats from the FBI, CDC, and many other sources that show guns are used far more often for good, self-defense, than they are used to commit crimes. But in today’s culture, buffoons, if they say the right things, are lauded as wise somehow. Weinstein can make as many movies as he likes, but if he thinks he will turn Americans against the right to own guns, he is not just crazy, but stupid as well.
GREAT! I love the “Grow the Hell up” part. Of course Liberalism is an ideology for the childish so, do not count on that happening anytime soon.
This woman redefines the word idiot. Video at A Nod to the Gods who lays out the case against Giron having any functioning brain cells
How can a politician at that level not realize the Navy Yard was a gun free zone? I know we have uniformed voters aplenty, but uniformed Senators? Holy shit, you couldn’t have made a better argument for conservatives when the left starts going off about gun control.
“[The NRA is trying to say that] more guns equals safety. And in this case in particular, we can look at, it was a Navy Yard. You couldn’t have any more armed people than in that case right there.” – Angela Giron 9/19/2013
Now the video
A bobble head doll has more sense.
NRA lifetime membership usually costs around $550, but all 8-year-old Joshua Welch had to do was get suspended from school for wielding a cherry Pop-Tart.
Two months after Welch was suspended from Park Elementary School in Maryland for nibbling a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun, The National Riffle Association has granted the 7-year old boy a free lifetime membership.
The boy, then seven, was sent to the principal’s office where he was suspended from school for two days.
News of the boy’s suspension spread quickly.
“You’re doomed, America,” National Review’s Mark Steyn said on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show. “You’re done for.”
“No society can survive this level of stupidity,” Steyn said then. “The school counselor is available to meet with any students who are traumatized by hearing reports of some guy four grades below them who nibbles a Pop-Tart into a gun-like shape.”
Although the boy originally denied attempting to make his snack look like a weapon, he later admitted to CBS that the Pop-Tart did indeed look like a gun.
The elementary school student was granted the lifetime membership Wednesday night at an Anne Arundel County Republican Party political fundraiser.
After receiving the certificate, Welch reportedly returned to playing video games on his cell phone.
Lawrence O’Donnell is easily the one I find the most despicable. Basically, he just goes on TV and lies, in the most outrageous fashion, take his recent rant against the NRA members.
On Monday’s The Last Word, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell portrayed NRA members as imagining themselves killing police officers in a “psychotic vision of an armed uprising” as he ranted against the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre alluding to the benefits of American citizens being armed while a fugitive like Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is on the loose. O’Donnell:
The NRA’s cause, it’s mission, what that convention was about is making sure everyone else, everyone other than police officers can get any kind of gun and ammunition they want any time they want it. In fact, the NRA’s mission is to make sure citizens can outgun police officers, make sure we all have access to even more lethal weapons than police departments use or can afford. The psychotic vision of an armed uprising against our government, the uprising that 44 percent of Republicans think might have to happen soon is an uprising against police officers.
Police officers are the first people those armed Republicans and NRA members imagine themselves shooting and killing with guns and high-capacity magazines. Good grief, if O’Donnell spent one minute with any NRA members he would know that they are VERY supportive of law enforcement officers, and that MANY NRA members ARE cops. Fact is that O’Donnell is a gasbag and nothing more. He is a shock jock without the talent. A used car salesman in a nicer suit, and most of all he is an intellectual coward.
Here you go Larry, you pathetic windbag
On the Friday, May 3, Politics Nation, MSNBC host Al Sharpton fretted over the video that was played at Friday’s NRA convention in Houston to introduce Rick Perry which shows the Texas governor firing at targets with an AR-15. Sharpton began the segment:
Houston, we have a problem. It’s called the NRA. Today, in Houston, the NRA held its annual convention with a whose who list of the far-right pundits and politicians in the country. In fact, the NRA used a tasteless video to introduce Texas Governor Rick Perry, complete with the soundtrack and slow motion effects that showed him shooting an AR-15, the same type of gun used at Newtown.
After a clip of the Perry video, Sharpton responded:
That’s offensive. Glamorizing a weapon of murder. That’s not what Americans want. At a townhall last night in Arizona, a woman who used to work for Gabby Giffords and who was shot in the Tucson massacre praised Republican Senator John McCain for his “yes” vote on background checks.
Via Weasel Zippers, which has the video of Perry proving that she is not “technically” nor literally connected to reality. Just another cheap shot by the Marxists at MSNBS, the network for emotionally unstable Leftists
Disciplined 8th-grader Jared Marcum returned to class on Monday after being suspended from school and arrested for refusing to change his NRA t-shirt at the request of one of his teachers. The shirt apparently pictured a firearm and the words “protect your rights.”
However, he apparently hasn’t learned his lesson – assuming that there was even any lesson to be learned. Fresh off his suspension, Marcum showed up to school on Monday wearing the exact same NRA shirt that sparked what many have labeled “t-shirt control.”
There were also other people wearing matching shirts in support of Marcum, WOWK-TV reports.
“There’s a lot of people wearing this same exact shirt, showing great, great support and I really appreciate it,” the student said Monday before going to school.
WOWK-TV has more:
Jared’s father, Allen Lardieri, says getting Jared back into school was his first priority.
We’ve completed the first leg of what we wanted to accomplish here,” Lardieri said. ”Now, we’re working on the next step, which is trying to clear his name.”
Lardieri says that he was informed by Logan City Police on Thursday that his son was facing two charges, obstructing an officer and disrupting the education process. However, Jared’s attorney Ben White says that wasn’t the police department’s call to make.
“He was arrested, he was put into handcuffs, he was removed from the school and brought to the Logan City Police Department,” White said. “Charges aren’t officially filed or brought until the prosecuting attorney’s signs off on them and they don’t do that willy nilly. They do that after a thorough investigation.”
That investigation is currently underway, according to authorities. Leading the investigation is juvenile prosecuting attorney Sabrina Deskins.
TheBlaze will monitor updates to this story.
From the moment 13 News first broke this story on 13 News at 11 on Thursday, emails, Facebook posts and phone calls from people all across the country have been pouring in. Despite all of the attention, Jared Marcum and his family say they’re no closer to a resolution than they were when it all began.
Jared Marcum, an 8th grade student, was suspended, arrested and is now facing two charges after refusing to change his shirt.
“People are saying that I did the right thing, that they’re proud,” Jared said.
The 14-year-old student at Logan Middle School in Logan, West Virginia says the NRA shirt that sparked the controversy now symbolizes a fight that is just getting started.
“What they’re doing is trying to take away my rights, my freedom of speech and my second amendment,” Jared said.
“You can take the firearms out of the equation, what this about is fundamental rights,” Jared’s father Allen Lardieri said.
Lardieri says his questions for the school district remain unanswered.
“I’m still confused, thoroughly confused,” he said. “They school didn’t even make a statement to the news agencies, much less myself.”
After several attempts the only comment 13 News received from the Logan County School District was no comment.
“They gave me no paperwork, all they said to my mother was not to bring me back to school the next day,” Jared said.
So, while Jared spent the first day of his suspension at home, some of his friends showed their support for Jared at school.
“I did try to wear a shirt with guns on it and I was told to take it off,” Jared’s friend Dustin Vickers said.
One question that many are asking is how clothing that displays images of firearms can be punishable when a statue with a soldier carrying both a gun and a grenade stands proudly in the school parking lot.
“No matter all the attention, I have a genuine fear for my son,” Lardieri said. “I do not know where his future lies. He has criminal charges, he has a bright future, this could do a lot to damage that”
13 News was contacted by Benjamin White, the attorney handling Jared’s case. White says first, they’ll be working on getting the charges, obstruction and disturbing the education process, dropped. Then, they plan on filing any federal or civil suit that is in order.
Very well spoken, and very effective
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said Friday that the National Rifle Association wants “guns on demand, like you’re buying a Hershey bar.”
“That’s the way they want to do it, guns on demand, like you’re buying a Hershey bar. That’s it. It’s a Hershey bar. I think I’d like one. I’m going to try that. You know, no background check? What are you, crazy? Okay, that’s the hideous argument they make, check out the guy that’s going to guard the kids, but don’t check out the guy who’s buying the gun to go after the kids,” Matthews said referring to the NRA.
Is this buffoon actually saying the NRA does not want checks on people buying guns to shoot up schools? Good grief he will say anything. Matthews stopped being anything remotely resembling a a journalist long ago. He is now nothing more than a deranged second-rate shock jock.
Actually Chris, it was the NRA that got background checks in place to begin with. You Cannot buy a gun from a gun dealer without undergoing a background check. Very few people who fail those checks ever get prosecuted, which the NRA points out often.
Matthews is nothing more than THAT drunk asshole at the end of the bar now. You know the guy. Sloppy drunk, mumbling incoherently, and asking everyone to buy him a shot. Except Matthews is not even drunk on the air. He does not find his inner asshole in a bottle. Matthews comes by his naturally.
How pathetic are the Left’s talking points on guns? Lies, more lies, mixed in with distortions, half-truths, and topped off with emotionalistic rhetoric. Note that these egg heads bash their fellow Congressmen for not ignoring their constituents wishes AGAINST more useless laws. The biggest lie they keep telling is that there are background checks in only 14 states, that is complete BS and they know it. They only care about one thing and that is increasing the power of the State at the expense of individual liberty.
I also love how they cannot imagine anyone not wanting gun bans like they do. They actually are trying to sell the lie that the NRA is the only thing stopping more gun control laws. I guess they cannot grasp all the polls showing most Americans trust the NRA far more than they trust Congress. I guess they missed all the folks buying guns, and signing up for CHL’s too.
The National Rifle Association’s fundraising pace continues to quicken amid fears of new restrictions on firearms, with the gun lobby’s political action committee posting its best single month of fundraising in more than a decade.
The group raised nearly $1.6 million in February, according to the latest Federal Election Commission filings posted Tuesday night. February’s numbers follow a $1.1 million haul in January.
The NRA hasn’t posted such strong fundraising numbers since the height of the 2000 presidential campaign, when the committee raised $1.7 million in October.
Its fundraising pace has increased considerably since the December shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26 people.
During the 2011-12 cycle, the committee raised $600,000 per month – for a two-year total of $14.3 million.
The committee’s fundraising pace in January and February alone has doubled from the previous cycle. Its PAC ends the month with a $4 million war chest.
The NRA also has upped its giving to congressional candidates since Newtown. The committee gave to 19 congressional and state-level candidates and party committees in February – up from just two donations in January.
Its donations include a $2,500 contribution to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Congressional Democrats and President Barack Obama have vowed to overhaul the nation’s gun-control laws, after a shooting in Connecticut left 26 children dead.
Still, new legislation faces an uphill climb in Congress. Democratic leaders shelved a renewed assault weapons ban this week, citing a lack of votes for the new measure.
Any new laws requiring better background checks or magazine capacity limits would require cooperation from House Republicans – who seem reluctant to back such proposals.