Another day, another case of White House walking back Biden remarks, addresses comments on 9mm handguns

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WASHINGTON, DC- Another day, another case of the White House having to walk back another foot-in-mouth comment by the clown in chief. The day after Biden indicated a desire to ban 9mm handguns, which he described as “weapons of war,” White House mouthpiece Karin Jean-Pierre followed her notebook and walked back the remarks, the New York Post reports.

“We’ll leave it up to other countries to set their policy on gun ownership,” Jean-Pierre said, referring to Canada’s soy boy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement banning the sale of all guns in that country.

“The president has made his position clear: The United States needs to act. As I just laid out, he supports a ban on the sale of assault weapons [a non-existent category] and high-capacity magazines, and expanded background checks to keep guns out of the—dangerous hands.”

Biden however does not support the one thing which would have possibly helped avoid the carnage in Uvalde…”hardening” school security.

It should be noted that the shooter who killed 21 people in Uvalde, Texas last week, including 19 children, passed such a background check.

“He does not support a ban on the sale of all handguns, to answer your question,” Jean-Pierre responded from a question from Fox News Channel’s Peter Doocy.

Doocy asked, “Canada is making it impossible to buy, sell, transfer, or import handguns anywhere in that country. Would President Biden ever consider a similar restriction on handguns here?”

In his Monday remarks, Biden suggested possible restrictions on 9mm pistols—the most popular handgun in the US, which is also widely used by police officers throughout the country.

Biden spun another one of his BS stories, this time saying he had been told by doctors about the lethality of that weapon.

“They [doctors} said a .22-caliber bullet will lodge in the lung, and we can probably get it out—may be able to get it and save the life. A 9mm bullet blows the lung out of the body.”

That of course is absurd.

“So the idea of these high-caliber weapons [a 9mm is hardly “high caliber”] is, uh, there’s simply no rational basis for it in terms of thinking about self-protection, hunting,” Biden said.

An overwhelming number of gun experts, however, say that a 9mm pistol is not classified as a “high-caliber weapon.”

As a point of information, Biden’s downplaying of the seriousness of a .22 caliber bullet is disputed by the fact that Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was killed in 1968 by an assassin using a .22 caliber pistol. In other words, Joe Biden is clueless about guns, but we already knew that.

Biden admitted that he is unable to take such drastic action himself, stating, “I can’t dictate this stuff. I can do the things I’ve done and any executive action I can take, I’ll continue to take. But I can’t outlaw a weapon. I can’t you know, change the background checks. I can’t do that.”

The latest case of the White House having to do cleanup for Biden’s messes came on the same day NBC News reported that old sleepy Joe has become increasingly frustrated with advisers who have been attempting to clean up his misstatements, half-truths, and general lies.

Many of those statements have been attributed to foreign policy, however he has been an equal opportunity bungler of the administration’s purported policies.

After the NBC report published, deputy press secretary Andrew Bates told the Post that “no clarifications of the President’s remarks are ever issued without his direct approval.”

The problem is, given Biden’s cognitive condition, he probably doesn’t remember giving “direct approval.”

Biden’s comments about the 9mm round drew widespread criticism, with one member of the US Marshal fugitive recover taskforce telling Breitbart News, laughing at the time, that the “9mm is the smallest round we use.”

Another federal agent told Breitbart, “Bullshit,” in response to Biden’s claims that a 9mm bullet will “blow the lung out of the body.”

Biden also stepped in it once again when he claimed, “The Constitution, the Second Amendment was never absolute,” he lied. “You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed.”

Biden’s claim was debunked by Constitutional law scholar and George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley, who called Biden’s claim “completely false.”

White House, cleanup on the South Lawn!

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The following includes editorial content which is the opinion of the author, a staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

WASHINGTON, DC- The latest load of bloviating BS to come out of the fraud in chief, Joe Biden came on Monday when he went on another one of his unhinged, dementia-fueled rants, this time railing against so-called “high-caliber weapons,” the New York Post reported.

Biden appeared to suggest while mumbling to reporters outside the White House placing a restriction on the most popular handgun in the United States, the 9mm pistol. This follows other rants suggesting the elimination of the country’s most popular rifle, the AR-15.

Biden, who pretty much lies about everything also repeated his ridiculous, absurd, and repeatedly debunked claim that the Second Amendment prohibited ownership of cannons. More on that in a bit.

Biden had just returned to Washington, DC after a weekend which included a visit to Uvalde, Texas, the scene of last week’s mass shooting at an elementary school in that community, which killed 19 students and two teachers.

Old Joe returned to story-telling joe and recounted a visit to a trauma hospital in New York where he claims doctors showed him x-rays of gunshot wounds caused by various firearms. We’ll take things that never happened for 500, Alex.

“They said a .22-caliber bullet will lodge in the lung, and we can probably get it out—may be able to get it and save a life,” Biden claimed. “A 9mm bullet blows the lung out of the body.”

“So the idea of these high-caliber weapons is, uh, there’s simply no rational basis for it in terms of thinking about self-protection, hunting,” he continued.

Biden ruled out the possibility of taking executive action on guns, saying: “I can’t dictate this stuff. I can do things I’ve done and any executive action I can take, I’ll continue to take. But I can’t outlaw a weapon. I can’t, you know, change the background checks. I can’t do that.”

Hey, at least he admits he can’t violate the constitution, at least in this case.

Biden’s latest foray into the gun-grabbing realm is nothing new. For example, at a 2019 fundraiser in Seattle, Biden asked his audience: “Why should we allow people to have military-style weapons including pistols with 9mm bullets and can hold 10 or more rounds?”

Shooting Industry magazine says that 9mm pistols account for nearly 57% of all handguns made in the US during 2019. In all, over 15.1 million 9mm guns were produced in this country between 2010-2020. The chances of outlawing these weapons are two—slim and none.

Biden then of course went back to his usual line of absolute nonsense, which he has repeated numerous times and which has been repeatedly debunked.

“Remember, the Constitution, the Second Amendment, was never absolute,” Biden said. “You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed. You couldn’t go out and purchase a lot of weapons.”

Biden has made that same claim numerous times as noted, and it has been declared false by fact-checkers and anyone with more than a couple of brain cells to rub together.

“The Second Amendment did not place limits on individual ownership of cannons,” PolitiFact stated this past April.

PolitiFact pointed out the text in the Constitution: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Period.

Meanwhile, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley blasted Biden on Fox News Live:

There’s a real chilling effect on people talking about the facts of gun control. You know, people want to suggest that you can simply legislate away gun violence. That’s not going to happen. There’s 400 million weapons in this country, 15 million of which are estimated to be AR-15s. But it also is a fact that when we banned assault weapons for that earlier period, there was not an appreciable decrease in gun violence associated with it. So we can have what the president calls a commonsense discussion, but we need to be able to deal with it on a factually rather than purely rhetorical way.

And it’s got to start with the president. Today he repeated a clearly false statement about the Second Amendment. Many of us have repeatedly said that his statement that you could not own a cannon or other weapons when the Second Amendment was ratified is untrue. Even The Washington Post admitted it’s untrue, and yet the president keeps on repeating that as a defense for his call for gun control. He’s undermining his own case by repeating what is ironically Disinformation.

Don’t feel bad, America. You could be living in Canada. That is where the Canadian dictator, er prime minister announced on Monday that he is introducing legislation to freeze ownership of handguns throughout the country, Fox News reports.

“What this means is it will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer, or import handguns anywhere in Canada,” Trudeau said at a news conference.

“We recognize that the vast majority of gun owners use them safely and in accordance with the law, but other than using firearms for sport shooting and hunting, there is no reason anyone in Canada should need guns in their everyday lives.”

This folks is why we have the Second Amendment. As Trudeau showed a few months back with the trucker convoy in Canada, he is not beyond turning into a petty dictator in order to get what he wants.

In addition to Trudeau’s pronouncement, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino announced a mandatory buyback program for “assault-style weapons” (you know, black, scary looking rifles) will go into effect later this year if the bill passes Canada’s parliament, referring to it as Canada’s “most significant action on gun violence in a generation.”

“The first AR-15s and other assault style firearms will start to be bought back by the end of this year,” Mendicino said. “It’s going to be hard, but we’re going to get it done.”

He noted that some 55,000 new handguns are registered annually per year in Canada based on statistics over the past 10 years.

In addition to the gun buyback, the legislation will also create so-called “red flag” laws, which will allow courts to remove guns and suspend licenses without due process if it is believed someone is a threat to themselves or others. In another absurd proposal, magazines which hold more than five rounds will be banned.

Thank you Second Amendment.

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In case you missed it, following is another piece we published about Biden’s anti-gun crusade.

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By Larry Keane and our friends at NSSF

President Joe Biden has spent an extraordinary amount of speech time decrying the firearm industry’s existence. He’s repeated the same lies over and over. He’s called more than 375,000 Americans that work for lawful firearm and ammunition businesses “the enemy.”

No one could blame the president’s chief speechwriter for announcing he’s jumping ship and leaving The White House.

The claims the president has made against the firearm industry are indefensible. No one should hold their breath, though, that the president will change his tune regarding his gun control agenda or the lies he says about the firearm industry.

What would help is if President Biden instead listened to his own words about the good the industry has done. The campaign is called Real Solutions, Safer Communities® for a reason.

Rose Garden Real Talk

There was a time when then-Vice President Biden understood the effectiveness of the firearm industry’s Project ChildSafe.® It’s just one pillar of the multipronged Real Solutions. Safe Communities effort. In more than two decades, Project ChildSafe has partnered with more than 15,000 local law enforcement agencies in every state and U.S. territory to provide education materials and free firearm safety kits.

This includes handing out more than 40 million free gun locking devices. Combined with the locks included in every firearm sold at retail, that number tops 100 million.

What did Vice President Joe Biden think about this program? He let the truth slip out so he can be taken at his own words.

In 2013, then-Vice President Joe Biden held a White House meeting in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy. He spoke to then-NSSF CEO Steve Sanetti and referring to NSSF, the president said, “You guys are doing a lot of good things, including the gunlock thing. And this isn’t Joe Biden just blowing smoke. I mean it.”

Fast forward to 2021 and current NSSF President and CEO Joe Bartozzi expanded on the program’s successes during a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on safe firearm storage.

Bartozzi explained, “We know the program works. In the 22 years that Project ChildSafe has been in existence, we know that fatal [firearm] accidents have decreased by 40 percent,” he said. “There’s a lot that goes into that, but fatal firearm accidents are at the lowest point on record since 1903. We are seeing progress and progress is a good thing – it means we’re having an impact.”

Repeated Lies

Over the past two years, the gun owning community grew by at least 14 million new first-time gun owners. It’s increasingly diverse, with double-digit growth of women and minority gun owners. That’s an inconvenient fact the Biden administration ignores instead of embraces.

They choose instead to go soft on criminals and demagogue law-abiding gun owners. They choose to politicize the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to punish the firearm industry instead of regulate it.

In speech after speech, President Biden has repeated the partisan gun control talking points from gun control groups against the firearm industry.

His lies, written no doubt by speechwriters, have been fact-checked as false many times. That includes wrongly stating the firearm industry is, “the only outfit in the country,” with liability immunity, to making false claims about home-built firearms and private gun ownership in the early American colonies.

The president’s words have been termed, wrong and false and even urged, “he needs to stop making this claim.”

Real Solutions

Project ChildSafe is an effective and successful firearm safety program. It’s been recently highlighted in cities across the country, including DetroitAlbuquerque and Troy, New York. It’s just one NSSF program working to make safer communities.

The Don’t Lie for the Other Guy™ initiative is a partnership between industry, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to prevent illegal firearm straw purchases and warn the public it is a crime punishable by 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Operation Secure Store® assists firearm retailers to improve security at their locations to deter criminals from stealing firearms. One component of the program matches ATF reward offers up to $5,000 to bring to justice criminals stealing firearms. Since launching the number of burglaries and firearm thefts have been trending down.

The FixNICS® campaign improves the FBI’s background check system by changing the law in 16 states and in Congress to increase reporting of disqualifying adjudicated mental health records. NSSF increased state submissions by a 266 percent increase since 2013.

NSSF also partners with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Department of Veterans Affairs on efforts to have a brave conversation” and reduce the tragedy of death by suicide.

If the president wanted to make genuine efforts at reducing criminal and negligent firearm misuse and the resulting tragedies, he could work with the industry that already has a proven track record of success in those areas.

Gun violence: It’s not what you think. The DOJ just released new data and the media is all but ignoring it.

Highlights

The overwhelming majority of violence doesn’t involve firearms.

When firearms are used, the overwhelming majority of violence (including mass shootings) is committed with handguns.

The number of nonfatal firearm shootings involving a handgun decreased.

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The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the US Department of Justice released an overview of firearm violence (link below) from 1993 to 2018. The numbers examined are huge; they apply to today’s crime issues.

This article provides a practitioner-friendly summation of that report.

It starts with an overview of the multi-year reductions in firearm violence.

Per the Bureau of Justice Statistics victimization survey, violence decreased considerably over a 20-year period until 2015-2018 when violence (and serious violence) increased by 28 percent (with decreases in 2019-2020), partially kicking off our current increase in violence.

There was a nearly 30 percent increase in homicides in 2020 based on crimes reported to law enforcement via the FBI. Overall violence increased by 5.6 percent. Media reports indicate considerable and growing rates of violence and fear of crime concentrated in cities in 2021 and 2022.

The 2020 yearly crime reports from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the FBI are the latest available federal data.

The Bureau of Justice Statics uses a survey (the National Crime Victimization Survey) to collect its data because only 40 percent of violent crimes (including simple assault) are reported to law enforcement.

See Violent And Property Crime In The US for a review of crime statistics from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the FBI.

Considering that the Bureau of Justice Statistics survey doesn’t include homicides (you can’t interview dead people), that data usually comes from the FBI but the numbers in this report are primarily from mortality data in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System based on death certificates in the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) of the National Center for Health Statistics.

Readers are encouraged to read the full report (link below). I provide a brief overview.

Polls vary on the number of firearms in private hands in the United States. The estimates range from 350 to 400 million with the vast majority being Constitutionally protected handguns, shotguns, and hunting rifles.

“Controlling” private firearms is a daunting challenge considering the vast majority of gun violence involves handguns, not commonly discussed assault weapons. Even if handguns were banned (impossible because of Constitutional and court protections) it would take a lifetime for prohibitions to be effective.

I provide a user-friendly summation below. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports need to be read carefully.

Terms used include fatal or nonfatal violence, firearm and nonfirearm violence, and the report seems to exclude simple assaults, the largest category of violence.

I use italicized words for clarity that are mine, not from BJS. I include editors’ notes throughout for clarity. Most of what’s below uses exact but rearranged verbiage from the report.

Nonfatal firearm violence includes rape or sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault victimizations against persons age 12 or older in which the offender had, showed, or used a firearm.

Quick Overview

The current national discussion regarding violent crime focuses on “gun violence” when the overwhelming majority of violence doesn’t involve firearms (excluding homicides).

The current national discussion focuses on “assault weapons” when the overwhelming majority of violence when firearms are present (including mass shootings) is committed with handguns.

The current national discussion involves an explosion of gun violence where the number of nonfatal firearm victimizations involving a handgun decreased up to 2018 (the final year used for the report). It contradicts the narrative of an explosion in gun violence.

The firearm homicide rate was the highest (by far) for Black Americans. Patterns of nonfatal firearm violence by victim characteristics were generally similar to those for firearm homicides.

The share of Black Americans in nonfatal firearm incidents was higher for both victims and perceived offenders than their share of the population.

40 percent of nonfatal firearm violence is committed by offenders known to the victim.

About 40 percent of nonfatal firearm violence occurred in or near the victim’s home.

Violent and property victimizations involving the theft of at least one firearm declined from 277,700 in 1993 to 125,400 in 2018. It contradicts the narrative that firearm thefts are increasing.

Overall, victims were more likely to suffer physical injury in nonfatal violence without a firearm.

A firearm was used for self-defense in 2% of nonfatal violent victimizations.

The Vast Majority Of Violence Doesn’t Involve Firearms

From 1993 to 2018, an annual average of 8% of all fatal and nonfatal violence involved a firearm. The average percentage of nonfatal violence that involved a firearm was 7%. On average, 71% of homicides were committed with a firearm. During the same period, an annual average of 22% of nonfatal violence, excluding simple assault (editors note: simple assaults are the majority of violence), involved a firearm, including 23% of robberies and 27% of aggravated assaults.

Handguns Power Violent Crime

In 2018, an estimated 7,600 firearm homicides were committed with a handgun. The percentage of all firearm homicides that were committed with a handgun decreased from 82% in 1993 to 64% in 2018. The trend was also consistent for firearm homicides against persons age 12 or older.

As was the case for firearm homicides, handguns were involved in the majority of nonfatal firearm violence.

Though the average number of nonfatal firearm victimizations involving a handgun decreased from 1.3 million in 1993–95 to 432,800 in 2016–18, the percentage of nonfatal firearm victimizations involving a handgun was not statistically different from 1993–95 (89%) to 2016–18 (92%).

Other types of firearms, such as shotguns and rifles, accounted for the remainder of both fatal and nonfatal firearm violence during these periods.

Young Males And African Americans Were Primary Victims Of Firearm Violence

Males were victims of fatal and nonfatal firearm violence at higher rates than females. During 2014–18, an average of 13,200 firearm homicides occurred annually. The overall rate of firearm homicide was 4.8 per 100,000 persons age 12 or older.

The firearm homicide rate was higher for males (8.3 per 100,000 males) than females (1.5 per 100,000 females).

Based on rates among population groups, the firearm homicide rate was higher for black persons (22.0 per 100,000) than white (1.8 per 100,000), Hispanic (4.6 per 100,000), Asian or Pacific Islander (1.2 per 100,000), and American Indian or Alaska Native (6.2 per 100,000) persons.

The rate was also higher for persons ages 18 to 24 (11.6 per 100,000) than for persons in all other age groups. The rate of nonfatal firearm violence was 1.6 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older during 2014–18.

Patterns of nonfatal firearm violence by victim characteristics were generally similar to those for firearm homicides.

Chart-Homicide Victims

Black Americans Have The Highest Rate of Firearm Homicides

Black Americans Have The Highest Rate of Firearm Homicides

40 Percent Of Nonfatal Firearm Violence Are Committed By Known Offenders

During 2014–18, strangers committed a greater percentage of nonfatal firearm violence than nonstrangers. During 2014–18, the victim-offender relationship and number of offenders were known in 1.9 million victimizations involving nonfatal firearm violence.

Strangers committed a greater percentage of nonfatal firearm violence (60%) than known offenders (40%).

In comparison, strangers committed 39% of the 7.3 million nonfirearm violent victimizations during 2014–18, while known persons committed 61% (editor’s note-thus solidifying the fact that the majority of overall violent crime is committed by someone the victim knows).

Similar to nonfatal firearm violence, friends and acquaintances (35%) committed a greater percentage of nonfirearm violence than intimate partners (18%) and other relatives (8%).

Intimate partners committed a greater percentage of nonfirearm violence than other relatives. Known offenders include persons known to the victim, such as current or former intimate partners, other relatives, and friends or acquaintances. Friends or acquaintances committed a greater percentage of nonfatal firearm violence (25%) than intimate partners (9%) and other relatives (7%).

Your House Can Be A Dangerous Place

About 40% of nonfatal firearm violence occurred in or near the victim’s home during 2014–18. There were 2.2 million nonfatal firearm victimizations. About 40% of all nonfatal violence excluding simple assault occurred in or near the victim’s home, whether it involved a firearm or not.

Theft Of Firearms

Violent and property victimizations involving the theft of at least one firearm declined from 277,700 in 1993 to 125,400 in 2018. The number of victimizations involving the theft of items excluding firearms decreased during this period, from 32.3 million to 12.2 million.

In addition, an annual average of 1% of all theft victimizations from 1993 to 2018 involved the theft of firearms. From 2014 to 2018, about 777,100 victimizations (an annual average of 155,400) involved the theft of at least one firearm.

About 1.2 million firearms (an annual average of 249,400) were stolen during violent, property, and personal larceny victimizations during this five-year period.

Victims More Likely To Suffer Physical Injury In Nonfatal Violence Without A Firearm 

During 2014–18, about 16% of nonfatal firearm victimizations resulted in physical injury. In 9% of all nonfatal firearm violence during 2014–18, the offender actually fired the weapon. In 23% of these victimizations, the victim suffered a gunshot wound (editor’s note: most offenders are wildly inaccurate shooters).

A total of 16% of nonfatal firearm victimizations resulted in physical injury. About 5% of nonfatal firearm victimizations resulted in serious injury (e.g., gunshot wounds, broken bones, or internal injuries), while 11% resulted in minor injury (e.g., bruises or cuts).

Victims received medical treatment in 47% of these victimizations.

Overall, victims were more likely to suffer physical injury in nonfatal violence without a firearm (40%) than in firearm victimizations (16%).

Most Reported To Law Enforcement

Nearly 70% of nonfatal firearm violence during 2014–18 was reported to police. During 2014–18, nonfatal firearm violence (68%) was more likely to be reported to police than nonfirearm violence (49%). Editor’s note, currently, 40 percent of all violent crimes are reported to law enforcement-includes simple assault.

For firearm victimizations that were not reported to police, the most common reason victims gave was a belief that police could not or would not do anything to help (32%). The most common reason victims of nonfirearm violence gave for not reporting to police was that they had dealt with the victimization another way, such as reporting to another official, like a guard, manager, or school official (28%).

Victims of firearm violence (32%) were more likely than victims of nonfirearm violence (20%) to not report to police because they believed the police could not or would not do anything to help. Similarly, victims of firearm violence (15%) were more likely than victims of nonfirearm violence (8%) to fear reprisal for reporting.

A Firearm Was Used For Self-Defense In 2 Percent  Of Nonfatal Violent Victimizations

A firearm was used for self-defense in 2% of nonfatal violent victimizations. The National Crime Victimization Survey collects data on victims’ reactions and any actions they may have taken during the incident. During 2014–18, the victim took no action against the offender or kept still in 37% of all nonfatal violence excluding simple assault.

Other self-protective behaviors included noncombative tactics (31%) (such as yelling, running away, or trying to attract attention) and threatening or attacking the offender without a weapon (25%).

Victims used a firearm to threaten or attack the offender in 2% (166,900) of all nonfatal violent victimizations; the offender had a firearm in 28% of these cases.

In 1% (183,300) of property victimizations during which the victim was present, the victim threatened or attacked the offender with a firearm. However, the victim was not present during the majority (82%) of property crimes.

Offenders Using Firearms

There were 1.9 million incidents of nonfatal violence excluding simple assault—rape or sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault—during 2014–18 in which the offender had, showed, or used a firearm.

The Share Of Black Persons In Nonfatal Firearm Incidents Was Higher For Both Victims And Offenders Than Their Share Of The Population

The share of black persons in nonfatal firearm incidents was higher for both victims and perceived offenders than their share of the population during 2014–18.

During 2014–18, the percentage of nonfatal firearm incidents involving white victims (53%) was smaller than the percentage of white persons in the population (64%).

In comparison, the percentage of firearm incidents involving black victims (21%) was larger than the percentage of black persons in the population (12%).

For offenders, the percentage of nonfatal firearm incidents during 2014–18 with persons perceived by the victim to be white (30%) was half their share of the population, while the percentage with persons perceived by the victim to be black (37%) was greater than the percentage of black persons in the population (editor’s note-12.5 percent).

Nearly twice (1.8 times) as many nonfatal firearm incidents involved black offenders as black victims during 2014–18. In comparison, around half (0.6 times) as many firearm incidents involved white offenders as white victims.

Source

Bureau Of Justice Statistics

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NSSF: There’s a new trend in business – leaders are waking up to “woke” corporate discrimination

By Larry Keane and our friends at NSSF

A new trend is emerging in the business world.  Business leaders are waking up to the destructive “woke” policies being foisted on businesses by boardrooms more concerned with virtue signaling than their primary responsibility of ensuring corporate profitability and enhancing shareholder values.

In short, the “woke” buck stops here, more corporate executives are saying. Mixing the politics of culture wars with business is a losing strategy.

Former McDonald’s CEO Ed Rensi is leading the charge. He ran McDonalds from 1991-1997, bringing the chain’s McNugget to market and also served on the boards of Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, Great Wolf Resorts and Snap-on Inc.

These days, he’s launching The Boardroom Initiative, comprised of three conservative advocacy groups — The Job Creators Network, which was founded by Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, The Free Enterprise Group and Second Vote.

The goal: get business back to business and out of politics.

“Corporations have no business being on the right or the left because they represent everybody there and their sole job is to build equity for their investors,” Rensi told FOX Business.

Rensi knows how to grow a business. While leading McDonalds, he saw U.S. sales double to more than $16 billion, the number of U.S. restaurants grow from nearly 6,600 to more than 12,000 and the number of U.S. franchisees grow from 1,600 to more than 2,700.

“It is not the providence of board members or executives that take shareholder money profit and spend it on social matters,” Rensi explained. “Corporations should not get involved in social engineering.”

‘Woke’ Banks

Corporate adoption of “woke” policies that attempt to sway public policies on everything from energy investments to the Second Amendment is crippling businesses.

Corporate discrimination is nothing new to the firearm industry. It’s a battle NSSF has been engaged in for years.

Corporate banks are engaged in “woke” discrimination against firearm businesses.

Banks including JPMogran ChaseCitigroup, Bank of America and Wells Fargo have all adopted discriminatory policies unfairly denying financial services to firearm-related businesses simply because they don’t like the products that are lawfully made and sold.

They want gun manufacturers to adopt policies that exceed federal and state law and would deny Americans their Second Amendment rights, including demanding a ban on the sale of Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) and standard capacity magazines as well as instituting age-based gun bans that deny law-abiding adults under 21 their complete civil liberties.

The “woke” gun control policies aren’t just embraced by corporate boardroom executives that are unaccountable to American voters. Investor groups and state treasurers have their own pressure campaign to divest state retirement funds from firearm businesses to financially starve them too.

California’s Public Employees’ Retirement System, or CalPERS, has been active in the divestment game to discriminate against firearm businesses at the cost of their own investors.

Fund managers ignore their fiduciary responsibility to California’s public workers and instead advance a “woke” discriminatory gun control agenda.

As of 2019, these discriminatory policies cost CalPERS over $11 million to cover retirements that is underfunded by as much as $600 billion.

Even the “Oracle of Omaha” Warren Buffett isn’t immune to “woke” policies being driven by special-interest investors. Buffett refused to divest Berkshire Hathaway’s funds in firearm company investments in 2018. He told CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin, “I don’t believe in imposing my political opinions on the activities of our businesses.”

These days, CalPERS is attempting to strip Buffett of his Berkshire Hathaway chairmanship. CalPERS has a .3 percent stake in Berkshire Hathaway and Buffett’s return on investments is nearly triple that of CalPERS over 20 years.

Yet, it’s CalPERS ignores profitable investments for “woke” policies and think they know better than Buffet when it comes to investing.

Connecticut’s Democratic state Treasurer Shawn Wooden announced in 2019 that he directed $30 million in equity investments tied to firearm manufacturers to be divested from the state’s pension fund.

In 2021, Connecticut was rated as having the worst-funded state pension fund in the country. Not surprisingly, Treasurer Wooden announced just weeks ago he wouldn’t seek re-election.

There’s also the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) that purchased nominal shares in Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger & Co. They used their shares to attempt to force Smith & Wesson to adopt a statement on human rights and to make a public accounting of the cost of criminal misuse of firearms.

Their last attempt in 2020 was rejected by shareholders. ICCR teamed with the investment giant BlackRock to force the company to produce a report on the “development of safer firearms.”

BlackRock’s founder and chief executive Larry Fink wrote a letter in January defending investor activism, writing, “Capital markets have allowed companies and countries to flourish. But access to capital is not a right,” Fink wrote to chief executives according to The New York Times. “It is a privilege. And the duty to attract that capital in a responsible and sustainable way lies with you.”

That’s Fink using the power of his purse to tell publicly traded companies to kowtow to “woke” capitalism.

Waking Up

These “woke” policies aren’t just being rejected by business leaders for being destructive to business. Woke politics is being rejected by elected officials.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva rejected “woke-ism” that is wreaking havoc in his county and says midterm elections will be a referendum on their failing legacies. Los Angeles’ “woke-ism” led to record homelessness and out-of-control crime.

“Woke-ism is on the ropes. Let’s put it out of its misery in 2022,” Sheriff Villanueva told Fox News. “My only goal is to make LA livable again.”

When it comes to “woke” gun control targeting the firearm industry, governors and legislatures are standing up. Texas Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott signed the Firearm Industry Nondiscrimination (FIND) Act into law in 2021.

That bill bars states from holding municipal contracts while discriminating against firearm businesses.

Six sitting Republican governors attended NSSF’s first-ever Governors Forum at SHOT Show 2022 and told the audience they wouldn’t tolerate discrimination against gun companies.

Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt told Breitbart, “We believe in freedom for businesses, but the distinction is, we will not let a bank do business with the state of Oklahoma and also discriminate.”

FIND Act legislation similar to Texas’s law is pending in Oklahoma. Missouri and Arizona have similar bills waiting for Senate votes. U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) introduced similar legislation, H.R. 6970, in Congress.

That’s in addition to the Fair Access to Banking Act introduced by U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) as S. 563 and Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) as H.R. 1729.

Those bills would stop corporate banks from picking winners and losers based on executives’ personal politics. It also protects banks from outside pressure by special interest groups seeking to use the banks as a political weapon to advance their agenda.

Louisiana’s House of Representatives Republican Majority Leader Blake Miguez has reintroduced the FIND Act in his state after it was vetoed last year by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. That legislation has the support of the Republican state Treasurer John Schroeder and Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry.

Louisiana’s Bond Commission, on which AG Landry serves, removed JPMorgan Chase from a $700 million gas-and-fuel tax bond series in November 2021, after the bank failed to respond to questions about its firearm lending policies.

It wasn’t the first time Louisiana told banks that the Second Amendment wasn’t for sale. The state barred Citigroup and Bank of America from taking part in a debt offering in 2018, citing their “restrictive gun policies.”

“Woke” capitalism isn’t just bad policy. It is a dangerous policy. It supplants public policy-making by elected officials who are accountable to voters by unaccountable corporate boards executing policy by corporate fiat.

It leaves American rights, especially Second Amendment rights, vulnerable to a series of “corporately-endorsed privileges” and not a right of the people at all.

Turns out, that’s bad business too.

 


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