Ohio Republican Gubernatorial Candidate DeWine Gets a Union Endorsement

Pressed on proposals to make Ohio a right-to-work state, DeWine said it’s not on his agenda, but he’ll do what’s needed to make Ohio competitive. In what could be a close gubernatorial race this year, Republican nominee Mike DeWine picked up a labor union endorsement Wednesday.

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NY: Subway Improvement Master Plan Focuses on Quickly Updating Signal System

May 23–The MTA revealed a sweeping plan to save the subway system, including proposals that would rapidly increase the modernization of the signal system, improve wheelchair accessibility in stations and restructure the inner workings of the department. New York City Transit president Andy Byford unveiled the plan, called “Fast Forward,” at the authority’s board meeting Wednesday morning.

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Contrasting UN Security Council measures on Gaza both fail

NEW YORK (AP) — Competing U.N. Security Council proposals to respond to the escalation of violence in Gaza both failed Friday, demonstrating the deep divisions that have paralyzed the U.N.’s most powerful body. After months of urgent discussions about …

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The Problem With Mandatory Reporting Of Missing Guns Laws

After the post about the police recovering stolen guns, a reader contacted me. He pointed out how gun owners tend to be a little paranoid about the government knowing what they own, thus why they don’t report their guns missing.

It’s a fair point. As a community, we tend to try and keep that stuff as secret as possible.

He also brought up mandatory reporting laws, legislation that’s been proposed in various places that would require gun owners to report lost or stolen guns within a certain amount of time.

Now, I have a major problem with mandatory reporting laws. Part of the reason? Well, it’s part of the same reason why I oppose universal background checks.

They’re unenforceable without gun registration.

Take my firearms for example. I’ve mentioned a couple here and there on this site, but I have a number I haven’t. Let’s say those guns were stolen and I failed to report them for whatever reason. How can I reasonably be caught breaking this law?

Without gun registration, I can’t. No one will know that firearm belonged to me. No one will know if it was stolen, lost, sold, or what. Not a soul.

The only people who will ever be punished are those who are honest enough to report their failure to comply with the law. That’s it.

What’s more, I can easily see this as being used to sell registration to the public. “We have to make people register them, so we know how the bad guys got the guns in the first place. This will also make people follow the reporting laws!”

An unknowledgeable public will shrug and think, “Makes sense.” They’ll back the new law easily enough.

Cries by gun rights groups of the potential downsides will be ignored. “You brought this on yourself,” they’ll say. “If only you and your crowd had complied with the reporting laws in the first place, we wouldn’t need to do this.”

The thing is, they don’t know that anyone failed to comply. All they’ll know is that they have guns with serial numbers not reported as stolen. They won’t have a clue just how they got there. They’ll just use gun owners as scapegoats.

Again.

Yeah, yeah, I hear the anti-gunners now. They think it sounds paranoid.

However, they say the same thing when we point out how they ultimately want to come for our guns. We’re paranoid because no one would want to do that. Except when they do.

They keep saying we’re paranoid, but we’re not the ones who are looking for any reason to impose new regulations on gun owners. We’re not the ones terrified of our fellow man being armed. We want those same people to have weapons and to have them on their person whenever they want. If we were truly paranoid, if we truly believed everyone was “out to get us,” we’d be screaming for the opposite. We’d want to be the only ones who have guns.

The truth is, we’ve gotten used to looking a few moves ahead. We know for a fact that we can’t look at what’s being talked about now in a vacuum. We need to also look at how this rule can justify the next one.

In this case, mandatory reporting is just an innocuous-looking gateway. Where it can lead is terrifying, and it’s why we should always oppose such proposals.

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Parkland Impact On Gun Control? A Bunch Of Nothing

While the Parkland kids got invited to Hollywood premiers and pretty much every prime time news slot the anti-gun media could manufacture for them, there still remained a question about just how much they actually accomplished. It’s a fair question.

Florida enacted some gun control measures in the immediate aftermath of Parkland, so there’s that, but nothing has passed nationally. Yet that’s not the only measure of their potential effectiveness, right?

Have they been effective in other ways?

It doesn’t look like it.

The Parkland, Florida, school massacre has had little lasting impact on U.S. views on gun control, three months after the shooting deaths of 17 people propelled a national movement by some student survivors, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday.

While U.S. public support for more gun control measures has grown slowly but steadily over the years, it typically spikes immediately after the mass shootings that have become part of the U.S. landscape, then falls back to pre-massacre levels within a few months.

The poll https://bit.ly/2GEdYkl found that 69 percent of American adults supported strong or moderate regulations or restrictions for firearms, down from 75 percent in late March, when the first poll was conducted following the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The new poll numbers are virtually unchanged from pre-Parkland levels.

The latest poll surveyed 3,458 adults from May 5 to 17. That was before the May 18 shooting in Texas, at Santa Fe High School near Houston, that killed 10 people.

Of course, the Reuters poll shows a similar trend to the Gallup poll we mentioned earlier today, namely that support for gun control is dropping. Their numbers are very different, but the overall point remains. Support for gun control is typically short-lived in the wake of an attack.

The Parkland kids tried to change that, of course, and the media sure as hell helped them along, but in the end, Americans aren’t crazy about rights being curtailed when they’re not hopped up on emotion.

It doesn’t help their case that they’ve been pushing a whole list of gun control items and then Santa Fe happened, which undermined everything. While another school attack would, theoretically, help their cause, the fact that literally none of the proposals being typically discussed would have done a damn thing to have prevented the attack that killed 10 and left 10 wounded, but was stopped by a couple of good guys with guns.

You know, the very same thing folks like us say stop attacks?

David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez are pushing for whatever, but at the end of the day, they’re just another couple of anti-gun activists with a chip on their shoulder who think they should be taken more seriously than they are despite the near constant barrage of nonsense they spew.  They offer nothing new except their victimhood, which only goes so far, even with people inclined to take such things into account.

At the end of the day, they’re nothing really new. They’re just people who don’t understand the Constitution who want to take guns away from the law-abiding because they labor under the false belief that it will make things better.

No wonder little has come of it.

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House GOP Seeks Last-Ditch Immigration Agreement Amid Rebellion

House Republican leaders are making a last-ditch effort to work out an agreement on immigration legislation as GOP hardliners conceded Tuesday that moderates would otherwise be able to force a vote on bipartisan proposals the conservatives oppose.

Representative Dennis Ross of Florida, a member of the Republican vote-counting team, said he was asked by party leaders to delay signing a petition that — with support from virtually all Democrats and a few dozen Republicans — would force Speaker Paul Ryan to hold votes on four immigration bills that he doesn’t want to bring to the floor.

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House Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows acknowledged that he expects moderate Republicans and Democrats can gather enough signatures to force a vote on the bipartisan proposals, including one to grant a citizenship path to young undocumented immigrants.

“They’ll get to 218” signatures, a majority of House members, said Meadows of North Carolina.

Still, he said that if the House passes a bill to protect the young immigrants known as dreamers, “it’s not going to become law so I’m not sitting here with fear and trembling.”

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Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican who has signed the petition, expressed confidence that it’ll succeed.

“There’s no doubt that there are enough Republicans who will sign on,” he said in an interview. “This one’s done to bring out four different diverse solutions. It was done in a way not to be disruptive or for political grandstanding.”

Conservative House Republicans are seeking an immediate vote instead on a bill that would put new restrictions on legal immigration, sponsored by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia. Last week, members of the Freedom Caucus blocked a GOP farm bill on the House floor because they didn’t trust assurances from GOP leaders that the Goodlatte measure would get a vote.

Regarding the Freedom Caucus, Ross said, “I’m tired of the tail wagging the dog.” He said he had been told that GOP leaders are trying to negotiate an immigration bill with Democrats.

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Democrats add drain-the-swamp proposals to campaign agenda

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., left, speaks with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., as congressional Democrats gather on the steps of the Capitol to promote their “Better Way” agenda, in Washington, Monday, May 21, 2018. less House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., left, speaks with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., as congressional Democrats gather on the steps of the Capitol to promote their “Better Way” agenda, in … more Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center at lectern, and other Democrats gather on the steps of the Capitol to advance their “Better Way” agenda, in Washington, Monday, May 21, 2018.

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Paul Krugman’s Fake Facts: Demonizing Republican Food-Stamp Proposals

Not surprisingly, the liberal crowd is up in arms about this allegedly cruel proposal that will, they claim, deny food to poor Americans. Economist Paul Krugman has chimed in , asserting that these proposals promote a false negative stereotype that recipients are not interested in working.

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