NEWTOWN, Conn. — NSSF®, the firearm and ammunition industry trade association, categorically rejects the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Proposed Rule (PR) published today.
The Proposed Rule would improperly trade access to public lands in exchange for a ban on traditional ammunition made with lead components which has no scientific basis and would disenfranchise the outdoorsmen and women who support and fund conservation.
“This is a Faustian bargain that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “The Service isn’t following the science and isn’t serving those who invest their dollars to perpetuate wildlife conservation. Instead, this Proposed Rule serves special interest anti-hunting groups to the detriment of conservation-minded hunters and anglers.”
The USFWS announced new proposed hunting and fishing opportunities for game species at 19 national wildlife refuges on approximately 54,000 acres nationwide.
Slipped into that proposal, though, is a phased ban of traditional ammunition by 2026. The USFWS, according to their press release, indicated that this measure is based on the best scientific data available, however no data indicates that traditional ammunition is causing population declines of any wildlife species at any of the refuges.
The anti-hunting Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed a petition yesterday with the Department of the Interior calling for a Director’s Order requiring the phaseout of traditional ammunition on the entire Refuge System and initiate formal rulemaking to phase out traditional ammunition by Sept. 30, 2024.
The timing of CBD’s petition raises questions about whether it was filed to coincide with today’s proposed rule. CBD had earlier sued USFWS in federal court in Montana seeking a ban on traditional ammunition for hunting on federal lands.
Rather than moving to dismiss the case, the Service immediately entered into settlement discussions with CDB that are ongoing.
The USFWS announced earlier this year that a record-breaking $1.5 billion was apportioned to the states for conservation projects, of which $1.1 billion was directly tied to Pittman-Robertson excise taxes paid by firearm and ammunition manufacturers.
Hunters and recreational shooters support conservation when they purchase these products. The ban on traditional ammunition would force hunters to use non-lead alternatives which cost more and are much harder to find than traditional ammunition.
The Obama administration attempted a similar ban on traditional ammunition on the final day of the administration. Then-USFWS Director Dan Ashe signed an order in the waning hours of the administration that banned the use of traditional ammunition on federal lands without consulting with state wildlife managers or conservation groups.
Like the Proposed Rule, that order had no foundation in science and was repealed by former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke as his first official act on his first day in office.
NSSF calls on USFWS Director Martha Williams to follow the science of wildlife management and abandon this attempt to disenfranchise outdoorsmen and women and put the interest of true conservationists over special interest ant-hunting groups. NSSF urges all outdoorsmen and women to register their concerns with this policy posted on the Federal Register before Aug. 8, 2022.
NSSF: U.S. House gun control hearings reveal the farce and show how the left simply wants to take away your guns
The U.S. House of Representatives is controlled by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). She’s constantly being pushed further and further to the Left by progressive and antigun members of her caucus who are not interested in finding common ground on firearm safety proposals.
If the rush to place blame on law-abiding gun owners for the tragedies in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, didn’t give away their cynical intentions, the public House committee hearings this week on proposed gun control bills did. None of the proposals would have stopped the reprehensible acts and wouldn’t stop future incidents. It was all for show.
Know What You’re Selling
The U.S. House Committee on Rules held a markup hearing to debate the massive gun control package Speaker Pelosi is pushing through for a vote. The package includes proposals favored by gun control groups, including a so-called “assault weapons” ban.
During the committee hearing, U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) questioned U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), testifying in favor of the bill package, about some basics.
Rep. Reschenthal served in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) before Congress and the congressman was deferential in his questioning. “Chairman Nadler – I don’t want to put you on the spot but do you know what the ‘AR’ in ‘AR-15’ stands for?”
“It stands for ‘assault rifle,’” the New York Democrat responded. “That’s not it…Mr. Massie, do you know what it stands for?” Rep. Reschenthaler asked, turning to hearing witness U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.). “ArmaLite – the original manufacturer.”
“Yeah exactly and that’s unfortunate because it’s the first manufacturer of the platform in I think 1963 and it’s different than the M-16 platform. I know I was in the Navy, I shot M-16s – actually M-4s.”
“But it’s still an assault rifle,” Chairman Nadler interrupted. Shaking his head, Rep. Reschenthaler stated, “I would disagree with that.”
More Americans are familiar with the rifle in question than ever and understand more about them than Chairman Nadler. AR-15-style semiautomatic rifles, or Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs), are the most popular selling centerfire semiautomatic rifles in the country. The most recent industry estimate shows over 20 million are in circulation.
The rifle operates off the same one-trigger pull-one-round-fired technology that is utilized in shotguns and handguns for well over a century.
More homicides are committed in America each year using knives, clubs and fists combined than rifles of any kind, let alone from MSRs, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports.
Standing Up for Rights
Not to be outdone, U.S. House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) held a gun control hearing of her own. She’s currently locked in a fierce incumbent-on-incumbent primary election battle with Rep. Nadler.
The two Manhattanites are trying their hardest to out-gun-control one another. Rep. Maloney’s committee hearing involved survivors of criminal violence, including those involved in the recent tragedies in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.
Testimony was also provided by The D.C. Project’s Lucretia Hughes.
Hughes is a Second Amendment advocate whose 19-year-old son was murdered by a criminal. She testified about the need for people – especially women – to be able to defend themselves and their families against criminals that won’t follow any of the laws being considered by Rep. Maloney’s committee.
Hughes told the committee there are laws already on the books that need to be enforced and that, “education is the key to safety, not ineffective legislation.”
“My son’s death resulted from a criminal with an evil heart and a justice system failing to hold him accountable for laws he had already broken,” Hughes said. “The laws being discussed today are already implemented in cities across the country. We have decades of evidence proving they do not work.”
Rep. Maloney remained adamant that pushing more gun control on law-abiding Americans. Measures include a so-called “assault weapons” ban, magazine capacity restrictions, enacting an age-based gun ban, expanding “red flag” laws while not addressing concerns about protecting Constitutional Due Process rights for the accused and implementing universal background checks.
President Joe Biden delivered a national address from The White House last week that was largely seen as unhelpful. Meanwhile in the U.S. Senate, senators are taking a deliberate, measured approach to find common ground on proposals that can garner bipartisan support while also addressing concerns that could prevent future tragedies.
School violence: When is enough actually enough? Well, the problem isn’t guns. It’s a lack of masculinity and morality.
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The headline sounds very much like what we read in many left-leaning publications for the first week or two after a school shooting with mass casualties. We have heard the President ask it. We have heard it from the liberal elite of Hollywood and “woke” athletes and coaches.
Every last one of them saying the same thing:
“No one needs an assault weapon that can hold high-capacity magazines.”
“You don’t need that kind of gun to kill a deer.”
“The founding fathers never intended for citizens to have military-grade weapons.”
The “between-the-lines” statement in all of these comments is that it is time to repeal the 2nd Amendment and take away guns.
Except now they are saying the quiet part out loud.
“The 2nd Amendment is not absolute,” said President Joe Biden.
“Hell yes, we are coming for your Ak-47s and Ar-15s,” Beto O’Rourke has stated in the past.
After all, enough is enough.
And we all agree. Enough IS enough.
But for millions of Americans, we are thinking of a different enough than Biden, O’Rourke and the talking head on The View.
While they just want to take away guns, we want to get to the root cause of all these violent acts that are happening across the country.
Folks, we do not have a gun problem.
We have a problem with lacking.
Lack of a moral compass.
This is the crowd that says the truth is not a constant and two things can be simultaneously true for different people, even though they are diametrically opposed. Morality is unique and independent and there is no genesis for right and wrong.
I don’t think there is a right or wrong anymore. Only horrible and not
— Robert Duan (@NolanBlanchard8) May 26, 2022
For this writer, truth does not exist apart from God. He is my moral compass…just as He is for millions of others. Keep in mind, I am not talking about religion here. I am speaking solely on where truth lies.
I do not follow a set of moral guidelines because a religion predetermined that I should. I follow the truth because I have a relationship with Jesus. I know that there are natural consequences for my choices.
Too many in this country walk through life with an “it is what it is” mentality. There is no right or wrong, only varying shades of gray.
Lack of legitimate masculinity.
We have seen our society tell men that being male is toxic. We currently live in a world where we are constantly told that men should not be able to physically outperform women, then allow men to compete as women, and pretend there is nothing wrong with them physically outperforming the female competition.
We have been conditioned to believe that being a man is bad, only to see pockets of society celebrate women who claim that they are now men.
According to today’s “science,” men can now get pregnant, breast feed and even menstruate. Just ask the “woke” amongst us. They will tell you.
No. Seriously. Just look at this statement form Healthline.
“Yes, it’s possible for men to become pregnant and give birth to children of their own. In fact, it’s probably a lot more common than you might think. In order to explain, we’ll need to break down some common misconceptions about how we understand the term ‘man.’
Not all people who were assigned male at birth (AMAB) identify as men. Those who do are ‘cisgender’ men. Conversely, some people who were assigned female at birth (AFAB) identify as men. These folks may be ‘transgender’ men or transmasculine people.
Many AFAB folks who identify as men or who don’t identify as women have the reproductive organs necessary to carry a child.”
Hey Healthline, the individuals you were referring to, the ones with the reproductive organs necessary to carry a child, we call those individuals women.
Masculinity has been replaced with a watered-down version of what a man is supposed to be.
Lack of accountability.
It doesn’t take long to do a search of the pages of Law Enforcement Today to find story after story of violent criminals who get arrested and are back out on the street, in days if not hours, committing more violent crimes.
All of this is being done in the name of criminal justice reform.
Everything is always someone else’s fault.
To quote Jeff Foxworthy, referencing accountability and the blame game and wanting a talk show guest to say, “You know what? My daddy was great, my mama was great — I’m just a s—head!”
Nope. This administration wants to make everyone liable for someone else’s decision.
The settlement reached between Remington and nine families impacted in the Sandy Hook shooting for $73M was just a start. Biden wants to make all manufacturers culpable if their guns are used in a mass shooting.
It’s funny though. Biden was nowhere to be found in 2020 when a BLM activist drove her Nissan Versa into a crowd of Trump supporters in California. He wasn’t asking for Nissan to be held responsible for what someone else chose to do with their product.
Maybe it was the fact that only two people were injured, and no one died.
He was equally as silent last November when Darrell Brooks drove his SUV into a Christmas Parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, killing 6 and wounding 62 more.
To date, we have not heard the President mention the Ford Motor Company in the incident. So, it isn’t that the manufacturers actually bear any responsibility.
It boils down to the belief that of gun makers have to dole out millions every time one of their guns is used, they will stop making them or eventually go bankrupt, as Remington did.
Pray that our judicial system starts labeling these lawsuits as frivolous and throws them out when they come again in the future.
Lack of education.
This is not an indictment on the public education system in this country. I will save my thoughts on the liberal indoctrination camps for another day. This is about people who simply run their mouths but have done no research to support their falsified claims.
Case in point?
The lawsuit against Remington began in 2015 when families of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy decided that the manufacturer was responsible because they “never should have sold that dangerous a weapon to the public.”
“That dangerous of a weapon.”
There are far more lethal weapons readily available to the public, and no one seems to be worried about them.
Because of the way they look. So, this really isn’t a safety thing. It isn’t even a danger thing. It is an aesthetic thing.
Because they look like “weapons of war,” they are scarier and deadlier and far more likely to be used to commit act of violence.
Except none of that is true. In fact, using the data pulled directly from the CDC, in 2020 there were nearly 50,000 gun-related deaths in the US. 54% of those were suicides. Of the remaining deaths, 5% were accidental, and 3% were via officer involved shootings. Of the 19,384 gun-related deaths in the US in 2020. Approximately 16% of gun deaths that are ruled to be homicide involve the use of “assault weapons.”
In fact, Everytown for Gun Safety even points out on their website, of all the mass shootings that occurred from 2009 to 2020, 81% of them were carried out by a shooter with a handgun. They also illustrated that the overwhelming majority of mass casualty shootings occur in homes, not churches, schools or supermarkets.
But the media doesn’t want you to actually know that. It would distract from the narrative that AR-15s are military grade weapons capable of creating the types of carnage that should be reserved for the battlefield, and they need to be confiscated immediately and melted down.
Lack of common sense.
For people who keep screaming that we need common sense gun laws, they must not understand what logic and common sense actually are.
We live in a time where common sense is lost. Some people appear to have traded theirs for 3 free months of Disney+. It starts at the top and works its way down.
In one breath, the left tells us that AR-15s are weapons of war. President Biden points out that if the US government became tyrannical, we wouldn’t win the war against the military with AR-15s. So, which is it? ARs are weapons of war, or they aren’t?
We are told that no 18-year-old American teenager should be able to legally purchase and own an AR-15. The age should be increased to 21. Yet we have no problem with allowing those 18 to 20-year-olds to join the military, where they are assigned and trained on numerous weapons systems.
They qualify on those systems with live rounds and must maintain proficiency by going to live-fire ranges. Hundreds of thousands of young adults attend these ranges every year, and they do not turn those weapons on others.
So, maybe it really isn’t the weapons that are the issue. Maybe it actually is the people who are using them.
But the lack of common sense doesn’t end with those two items.
Texas Congresswomen Sheila Jackson-Lee infamously pontificated on the evils that are the AR-15.
“I’ve held an AR-15 in my hand,” she said. “I wish I hadn’t. It is as heavy as 10 boxes that you might be moving. And the bullet that is utilized, a .50 caliber, these kinds of bullets need to be licensed and do not need to be on the streets.”
To further illustrate her ignorance of these issues, she introduced legislation that would outlaw possession of ammunition that was .50 caliber or greater.
These statements are replete with buffoonery. But the issue lies in the fact that far too many people simply take her at her word and assume that a sitting elected Congressional member must know what they are talking about. No one in that position could be that stupid, right?
Well, on the left, that level of idiocy seems to be in abundant supply. Please enjoy this montage.
Did you know that bullets have incendiary devices on them that make them heat-seeking?
Did you also know that the American public has access to guns that fire 700 rounds per minute? If I remember correctly, my 240B was capable of 600-650 rounds of 7.62 per minute.
But we never reached anything close to that number, as the barrel would overheat, and we would wind up “cooking off” rounds, likely destroying the gun and injuring or killing the individual firing it. But I am not going to take time to explain that to the folks who checked their common sense at the door. It would go over their heads anyway.
Meanwhile, they will continue to discuss the “assault weapons” that can fire thirty .30 calibers round per second, or that have the ability to fire on full semi-automatic. For the record, a rifle able to fire 30 rounds per second would also be capable of firing 1,800 rounds a minute.
But hey, all you need is a stabilizer bracket that attaches to a hip mount that allows you to fire from your waist like Rambo and hit what you are aiming at every time, especially with those fancy heat-seeking bullets.
You know…I think Joe Biden may have answered our question on how to prevent school shootings. Just go outside with a double-barreled shotgun and fire two blasts into the air. That seems to thwart all sorts of evil.
Instagram “influencers” with disturbing backgrounds may be harming young girls using social media
In June, Law Enforcement Today shared the story of a “social media ‘influencer,” Cheyenne Lutek, who has a significant Instagram following.
Lutek appears on the surface to be a good old, all-American girl as we noted in our report, and had been signed to play in an all-women’s football league for the Los Angeles franchise.
However a deeper dig into Lutek revealed that she was much more than a “social media star.”
Why do we raise all of this again? Because it has come to light recently that inside documents from Facebook, which owns Instagram, show the company knows the platform is toxic for young girls, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Online, Cheyenne Lutek gives the impression of serving as a role model for the target audience of Instagram, primarily teenage and young girls between the ages of 13 and 20.
However she is much more than that and the fact she is being raised up as an icon or “influencer” of young teenage girls is a microcosm of the issues with the platform.
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The Journal tells the story of a young teenage girl, now 18 named Anastasia Vlasova who joined Instagram at the age of 13.
At the age of 17, Anastasia started seeing a therapist, after having developed an eating disorder. She told of spending hours a day on Instagram, “entranced by the seemingly perfect lives and bodies of the fitness influencers” who were prevalent on the app.
“When I went on Instagram, all I saw were images of chiseled bodies, perfect abs and women doing 100 burpees in 10 minutes,” Anastasia said.
Researchers within Instagram, the Journal said started studying the issue of young teenage girls spending hours a day on the platform seeking to find if it was part of a wider phenomenon, and upon doing so discovered some issues.
“Thirty-two percent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse,” an internal March 2020 slide presentation posted to Facebook’s internal message board showed.
The presentation was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal.
“Comparisons on Instagram can change how young women view and describe themselves,” it said.
Research conducted over the past three years by Facebook has shown that Instagram is harmful for a sizable percentage of users, primarily teenage girls.
“We make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls,” one slide noted, in which research about the issue was summarized.
“Teens blame Instagram for increases in the rate of anxiety and depression,” another slide noted. “This reaction was unprompted and consistent across all groups.”
The Journal noted that among teenagers who reported suicidal thoughts, “13% of British users and 6% of American users traced the desire to kill themselves to Instagram, one presentation noted.”
Of course for Instagram’s parent company Facebook, it’s all about the money and the ability to expand the base of younger users is important to the company’s bottom line, which comes in at around $100 billion in annual revenue.
According to materials reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, over 40% of Instagram’s users are 22 years old and younger, while about 22 million teenagers log onto the platform daily, compared with “only” five million teens logging into Facebook, a platform with decreasing influence among teenagers.
Statistics show that American teenagers spend 50% more time on Instagram than Facebook. So clearly, officials at Facebook are invested in getting teens onto Instagram.
“Instagram is well positioned to resonate and win with young people,” said one of the slides. Another one said: “There is a path to growth if Instagram can continue their trajectory.”
Clearly, cases such as Anastasia’s are of little concern to executives at Facebook/Instagram.
None of the above research has been made public or available to either politicians or researchers who have asked to review it. In fact, Facebook has played down Instagram’s obvious negative influences on teenagers.
In fact, the insufferable CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg testified in a congressional hearing that social apps such as Instagram are a positive influence on people, in direct contrast to the internal documents.
“The research that we’ve seen is that using social apps to connect with other people can have positive mental-health benefits,” Zuckerberg lied when asked about children and mental health.
In fact doubling down on Zuckerberg’s comments, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri claimed to reporters that the “app’s effects on teen well being is likely ‘quite small.’”
This takes us back to Lutek, one of those “influencers” whom teenage girls try to emulate.
As we reported in June, Lutek runs (or ran) a New York City-based company called Him Eros. The link to the website appears to have been deactivated since we ran our story.
That site, which was touted as a place where a woman (or man) can go to hire a “companion.” In other words, law enforcement sources told us it was an escort service, code name for a prostitution site. Think high-end “Backpage.”
One of Lutek’s “models” was a guy named Trevor “Dutch” Shapiro, who went by the name of Trevor Dutch. As we reported, Shapiro was involved with a number of different women through Him Eros and it is believed he and Lutek were actually in business together.
Some say, however, that Shapiro is nothing more than a common criminal. According to a site called “Ripoff Report,” Shapiro was hired by a New York City photographer to act as a professional model for his website and social media to promote his business.
He claimed that when Shapiro showed up, he was either “drunk or on drugs.”
Long story short, at some point Shapiro allegedly became violent, punched the photographer in the face and stole his Rolex, his designer sunglasses, and cash from his wallet. Shapiro is promoted on Instagram as Trevor Dutch.
And what of Lutek, the Instagram influencer? The same website, Ripoff Report has a post about Lutek, also from a photographer who hired her for a shoot to promote her on Instagram, and basically outed her as a phony.
Moreover, the reviewer called out Lutek’s “status” as an Instagram influencer, however, notes she doesn’t have one movie or television gig, while noting her “modeling” career consists of porn websites and the escort service Him Eros, noting her “business partner” Dutch Shapiro who also claims to be a “musician, model, magician” also has no jobs to be found other than porn websites and the escort service.”
The poster noted that Lutek has more than one Instagram page, and posts photoshopped images, noting she puts up pictures of “sex parties, vacations with sugar daddies to exotic locations, new brands of swimwear and fashion designs that don’t exists [sic].”
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And what of Lutek? According to her Instagram page, she has over 68,000 followers.
Her page consists of what can only be described as “soft porn” images of her showing a perfectly sculpted body which the above poster is likely enhanced by a significant amount of plastic surgery.
Shapiro meanwhile has over 23,000 followers.
So what’s the problem you may ask? Lutek is basically the equivalent of a porn actress. Shapiro is the equivalent of a gigolo.
These are only two so-called “influencers” on Instagram. According to the reviewer on Ripoff Report, both Lutek and Shapiro are under investigation for sex trafficking and drugs. Our previous report was referenced on this page.
Here’s another one of Lutek’s greatest hits:
All of this goes back to Instagram and the platform’s specific targeting of young females. When people such as Lutek are held up as “role models” these girls should aspire to emulate, that’s a problem. And clearly there is no vetting process on Instagram to prevent young girls from being exploited.
Facebook is clearly aware of the negative issues that plague young users of its platform yet have chosen to avoid addressing them while publicly playing down the negative impact on teen girls.
The research conducted by Facebook on Instagram has dug deeply into Instagram’s users, using focus groups, online surveys and diary studies in 2019 and 2020. They surveyed tens of thousands of people in 2021 that matched up user responses with Facebook’s data about how much time users spend on Instagram and what was seen there.
For example, the desire of respondents of “having the perfect image, feeling attractive and having enough money” were most likely started on Instagram. Areas measured included having to create the perfect image, not being attractive enough, not having enough money and so on were all areas noted on the survey.
One slide noted that one in five teenagers say Instagram makes them feel worse about themselves, while another said teens who struggle with mental health say Instagram makes it worse.
The slide stated that “young people are acutely aware that Instagram can be bad for their mental health, yet are compelled to spend time on the app for fear of missing out on cultural and social trends.”
- “Teens specifically call out the following ways that Instagram harms their mental health:
- Pressure to conform to social stereotypes
- Pressure to match the money and body shapes of influencers
- The need for validation—views, likes, followers
- Friendship conflicts, bullying, and hate speech
- Over-sexualization of girls
- Inappropriate advertisements targeted to vulnerable groups
The researchers working for Facebook found that most of the problems regarding mental health were specific to Instagram and “not social media more broadly.” They noted this was true in particular where so-called social comparison, or “when people assess their own value in relation to the attractiveness, wealth, and success of others” is concerned.
The research also showed that compared to TikTok, which is more “grounded in performance,” users on Snapchat are more directed toward “jokey filters that ‘keep focus on the face,’” and is more focused on “the body and lifestyle.”
This spring, Zuckerberg appeared before Congress, where he was asked about plans to create a new Instagram more focused on children under 13. When lawmakers asked Zuckerberg if Facebook had studied the app’s effects on children, he replied, “I believe the answer is yes.”
Meanwhile in August, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) wrote Zuckerberg and called on him to release the company’s internal research of its platforms on children, in particular their mental health.
In response to the letter, Facebook basically blew them off, sending a six-page letter that didn’t focus on the company’s internal studies.
Instead they offered platitudes about the ability to conduct research in that space, noting that, “We are not aware of a consensus among studies or experts about how much screen time is ‘too much,’” according to a copy of the letter reviewed by the Journal.
The company also told the two senators that the internal research conducted by the company is “proprietary and ‘kept confidential to promote frank and open dialogue and brainstorming internally.’”
In reply, Blumenthal scorched the company:
“Facebook’s answers were so evasive—failing to even respond to all our questions—that they really raise questions about what Facebook might be hiding,” Blumenthal said in an email. “Facebook seems to be taking a page from the textbook of Big Tobacco—targeting teens with potentially dangerous products while masking the science in public.”
Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University, who has published research finding that social media is harmful to some kids, claims the revelations of the study should prove to be a potential turning point in the discussion about the effect of social media on teens.
“If you believe that R.J. Reynolds should have been more truthful about the link between smoking and lung cancer, then you should probably believe that Facebook should be more upfront about links to depression among teen girls,” she said.
The evidence seems to show Instagram has a significant negative effect on a segment of teenagers.
One study among teens in the U.S. and Britain showed 40% of Instagram users reported feeling “unattractive” while saying that feeling came about on the app. Around 25% of teens who reported “not feeling good enough” said that feeling started on Instagram. A significant segment also said the app “undermined their confidence in the strength of their friendships.”
Instagram’s researchers found a number of teens reported not wanting to log off the app, saying they lacked the self-control to do so.
“Teens told us that they don’t like the amount of time they spend on the app but feel like they have to be present,” an Instagram research manager explained to colleagues, documents showed. “They often feel ‘addicted’ and know that what they’re seeing is bad for their mental health but feel unable to stop themselves.”
It became worse during the pandemic, where teens often found themselves being isolated, especially from friends.
“If you wanted to show your friends what you were doing, you had to go on Instagram,” said Destinee Ramos, 17, of Neenah, Wisconsin. “We’re leaning towards calling it an obsession.”
Ramos and her friend Isabel Yoblonski, 18, believed this was a potential mental health problem so they decided to conduct a non-scientific study of their peers as part of a national science competition. Their survey of 98 students who responded showed nearly 90% believed social media negatively affected their mental health, the Journal reported.
Meanwhile Eva Behrens, 17 and a student at Redwood High School in Marin County, California believes around half the girls in her grade struggle with body-image concerns tied to Instagram. “Every time I feel good about myself, I go over to Instagram and then it all goes away,” she said.
All of this research and data shows that Instagram, especially among teenage girls has a significant effect on their lives, and moreover creates pressure to belong and emulate those who they follow on the platform, including so-called influencers such as Lutek.
Girls who follow Lutek, who enhances her appearance with filters and apparently a good amount of plastic surgery is hardly a role model that teenage girls should be following.
In fact, some have suggested that Instagram should reduce exposure to so-called celebrities’ postings about fashion, beauty, and relationships, however some employees of Facebook said such content is “key” to the app.
“Isn’t that what IG is mostly about?” he wrote. The employee noted that getting a peek at “the (very photogenic) life of the top 0.1%? Isn’t that the reason why teens are on the platform?”
A former executive also questioned and move to overhaul Instagram to avoid social comparison, noting that “People use Instagram because it’s a competition. That’s the fun part.” Teenagers be damned.
For Lutek, whose Him Eros “male escort” business has apparently crashed and burned, she touts herself on Instagram as a role model who allegedly inspires young women to get into business.
According to a website called “Cheater Diaries,” Lutek is nothing more than a woman involved in the sex industry with no real business to speak of. They note she claims to be a real estate broker, yet no license was found anywhere; she claims to be a fashion designer, however, has no clothing available to purchase.
She posts magazines, although none we’ve heard of in the US, only from Africa and other foreign countries.
Some say Lutek is a bimbo. Yet for girls logging on to Instagram, she flouts herself as someone to be emulated. And Facebook/Instagram does nothing about it.
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In case you missed our original report, we have included it below for your reading pleasure:
NEW YORK CITY- To most people, Cheyenne Lutek seems like she might serve as a role model to teenage girls.
She has a huge Instagram following and despite having a run-in with police a few years back, including one incident which got two New York City cops in trouble, she seems to be a normal, all-American girl. She was even signed to play for the Los Angeles Black Storm in the X-League, an all-women’s football league.
However, there is much more to Lutek, who is also something of an “entrepreneur.” Born and raised in New Jersey, Lutek now lives in California where she is pursuing a modeling and acting career. Lutek’s business, however, has raised some eyebrows.
Have you ever heard of a site called “Backpage?” Up until a few years ago, it was part of Craigslist as a “personals” page. That is code for a hookup site.
If one went to that site, you could find “M for W” (men for women), “W for M” (women for men) and of course all of the derivatives. It was also a site where pedophiles and sex traffickers roamed, and was, as it turned out, a place where prostitution ran rampant.
After some high-profile human trafficking and child pornography cases, the site was thankfully shut down.
However there are alternatives that have popped up, which brings us to Lutek.
In her non-modeling/acting time, Lutek runs a company called Him Eros, based in New York City. Him Eros is a site where women (and probably men) can go in order to hire a “companion.” On its “About” page, Him Eros says:
“Legends aren’t just things of books. Let us here at Him-Eros help you meet your greek-god-like companion. Spend time pampering your goddess self. You deserve it. Unwind to elite company and enjoy life with a Him-Eros companion. Our hand picked men are well educated, handsome, witty and great company for any occasion. As a company run by women, for women, we believe we know what it is that women like. Ready for passion and the adventure of a lifetime? It’s time to dive into temptation.”
“Meet your matchmaker” is where you meet Cheyenne. On that page, she explains how she came about the idea for Him Eros, with some psychobabble about having read a book called The Female Brain in which it breaks down differences between men and women.
She goes through a whole litany of personality types, making informed decisions in choosing a male companion, etc., etc.
At the bottom of the page is a button to “request & book a model.”
There are links at the bottom of the page to “become a companion” or “hire a companion.” Anyone who wants to “become a companion” is strongly suggested to use a “stage name.” Because of course, when you’re engaging in something that arguably closely resembles prostitution you need to maintain some measure of anonymity.
According to information received by Law Enforcement Today, Lutek as the site-owner always interviews clients first via telephone to explain booking and payment processes, as well as the clint’s identity. Him-Eros operates under Cheyenne Lutek LLC, a domestic limited liability company based in New York City, incorporated in December 2019.
Our sources tell us neither the company or Cheyenne Lutek are listed currently in any litigation matters, nor criminal matters in the United States. Likewise, there were no negative social media or news media items pertaining to Him-Eros.
Now Lutek can try to frame her “escort” business any way she wants, but sources tell us it is much more than that. More on that in a bit, but it raises a question about something being “legal” and something being “moral.”
For example, there has been a push across the United States to decriminalize sex crimes. In one such case, Andrew Yang, failed Democratic presidential candidate and now a candidate for mayor in New York City, has made part of his platform the decriminalization of sex crimes, such as prostitution.
“The first thing we need to do is decriminalize things that aren’t really hurting people or the public interest so much,” Yang said last month in an interview.
“I’ve committed to decriminalizing sex crime, as one example. I’ve committed to decriminalizing opiates for personal use, not to sell or traffic or profit from,” Yang said.
Yang of course cannot decriminalize sex crimes (or his extremely ill-informed ‘decriminalize opiates for personal use nonsense) without the law being changed in Albany. All of this is of course intended to appease the “criminal justice reform” left, who would pretty much decriminalize everything.
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Another mayoral candidate, Citigroup executive Ray McGuire, slammed Yang, calling his comments a “misguided attempt to be the loudest voice in the room.”
“I agree that we need a different approach to helping sex workers who themselves are very often victims of trafficking and other crimes,” he said. “But I certainly do not believe we should give a free pass to those who exploit or profit from the sex trade industry, especially when trafficking young women is so prevalent in our city.”
When considering things such as the decriminalization of sex work, we need to look at why we have laws in the first place.
Laws are part of our moral code, rooted in many ways on the Ten Commandments. Now before things go totally off the rails, this is not about preaching Christianity or any other religious dogma. But one must admit that if we do not have a moral guidepost such as the Ten Commandments, what then differentiates right from wrong?
Most people have an idea of the difference between right and wrong. Why is that? Because we are taught at a young age that stealing is bad. That murder is wrong. Those are directly out of the Ten Commandments. Morality. It is the guidepost that backs our laws. If we have no morality, if we don’t have an absolute knowledge of right and wrong, then our laws mean nothing.
We have seen this in other areas over the past year, where crimes such as looting, stealing and arson have been excused under the guise of “need,” “people need to eat,” or “they have insurance.” If this is in fact, what then is the point of having any laws?
So, in the case of Him Eros, you need to give Lutek credit for coming up with a “different” take on a so-called “escort” service. Most people are aware of the female version, which of course lends itself to the type of crimes Yang talked about (trafficking, etc.).
However Lutek trying to portray here business as an “escort” service is laughable.
One of her “models” is a guy named Trevor Dutch Shapiro who goes by the name of Trevor Dutch
Shapiro seems to be a pretty busy guy and has been observed with a number of various females throughout New York City. Now as a single guy this might not be completely unusual, but one particular woman he was seen with is of particular note.
An Orlando, Florida woman, a nurse, went to New York City to ostensibly help with the coronavirus outbreak. As a matter of fact, when she returned home to Florida after volunteering in New York City for three weeks, she received a “hero’s welcome” organized by her husband.
Katie Kovalcik told reporters back home that she had spent three weeks helping COVID-19 patients in the ICU and assisting other nurses prior to returning home. She described New York City as a “war zone.”
She told Orlando station WESH that, “I would work in that unit a thousand times over any day of the week, no matter how busy it was.”
So what does this have to do with Him Eros, Lutek and Shapiro? Kovalcik seems to have contacted Shapiro…figuratively and literally.
A look at her Instagram showed that she and Shapiro followed each other, liked each other’s posts, and occasionally commented. Kovalcik also apparently had contact with a number of Shapiro’s Instagram contacts. Innocent enough probably.
But while in New York, working “a thousand times” a day, Kovalcik found the time to avail herself of Shapiro’s company. Surveillance provided to Law Enforcement Today by Interpol sources in Italy showed that she and Shapiro met on March 5, 2021. Just before 12:50 on that date, Shapiro went to the Moxy Hotel Times Square at 485 7th Ave. About an hour and a half later, Shapiro and Kovalcik left the hotel, walking to 36th St. and 9th Ave, then walked back to the Moxy Hotel.
An hour or so later, they went to a sushi restaurant at 229 W. 43rd Street and ate. After they finished, they walked back to the Moxy Hotel. This was around 3:30 p.m.
At 8:35, Shapiro and Kovalcik left the Moxy Hotel, with Kovalcik now wearing a different colored coat. From that fact, it appears that Kovalcik was the one staying at the hotel. They then went to a liquor store and made a purchase and hailed a taxi; at that point surveillance was lost.
We shed light on this not to attack anyone, but the fact that this woman was hailed as a hero while engaged in questionable legal behavior is troubling. Things are not always as they seem.
Over the course of several weeks of surveillance of Shapiro, he was observed with various females, staying at different hotels. Law enforcement sources tell us Shapiro is believed to be performing other services besides what is described on the Him Eros site.
Police sources tell Law Enforcement Today that based on their experience on similar investigations and given the language on the website – combined with financial “incentives” – it appears Lutek is running a cover for a male prostitution operation or something at least incredibly similar. Kind of lends a whole new meaning to “pay for play.”
If these alleged prostitution schemes happening domestically are not bad enough, we were also informed of multinational investigations, including an Italian national living in Dubai intricately connected to Lutek, and her activities. Additionally, federal sources report there are ongoing investigations in Italy with connections to both Italian and Russian organized crime.
This isn’t a typical story we would run for Law Enforcement Today, but we feel it’s important to shed light on the moral path our country is going down. If we lose our morality, we lose our soul. We have gotten to a point in this nation where we have lost our moral compass. And if we lose that, we will lose the very rule of law that keeps us safe.
What adults do in the privacy of their homes is none of our concern, which is true to a point. However when it crosses the line from morality to immorality, we have definitely headed down a dangerous path.
Our country is currently on the precipice. Great nations have been taken down when they start going down the path of immorality and debauchery. The United States is headed precisely down that path. His Eros is but a small microcosm of that path.
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.
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