Father of Parkland victim encourages gun owners to head to their local range

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By Matt Manda and our friends at NSSF

There’s a growing chorus for strict gun control following the tragic murders in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, where deranged individuals took the lives of innocent Americans.

Ryan Petty isn’t among them, though some might expect him to be. Petty’s 14-year-old daughter Alaina was murdered in the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy. Instead of blaming gun owners that follow the law, he’s inviting them and others with a call-to-action of his own: Go to the range, practice and show your support for the Second Amendment.

His efforts are gaining momentum.

#ResponsibleGunOwnersDay

Petty is also a federally-licensed gun store owner. He’s calling on all law-abiding Americans and gun owners to head to their local practice shooting range on Saturday, June, 11, for a national #ResponsibleGunOwnersDay. NSSF is supporting Petty’s efforts to practice and teach others about responsible gun ownership.

He joined Bearing Arms’ Cam Edwards – who was guest hosting the nationally-syndicated Erick Erickson radio show – to talk about his efforts.

“With anti-gun activists and politicians once again calling for gun control measures that will only punish responsible gun owners for the evil acts of criminals, activists have called for June 11th, 2022, to be a day of marches and protests against our Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms,” Petty told Edwards.

“I say enough! It’s time for responsible gun owners to stand up and take action. So, I am calling all responsible gun owners to a national day at your local gun range on June 11th, 2022.”

Petty added:

“Being a gun owner demands responsibility; becoming and maintaining proficiency with firearms is part of that responsibility. Your neighborhood gun range is the best resource for training and education on firearms proficiency, safety, handling and storage.”

Interested gun owners can participate in #ResponsibleGunOwnersDay anywhere in the country at their local, neighborhood shooting range. Find a range near you at NSSF’s website wheretoshoot.org.

Gaining Steam

Petty announced his #ResponsibleGunOwnersDay idea, in partnership with NSSF, over social media and the feedback was immediate and positive.

“This is a cause worth supporting!” tweeted Fox News contributor and retired Marine (ret.) Johnny “Joey” Jones.

Jones visited SHOT Show 2022 and spoke about the importance of firearms and what safe ownership and practice meant to him. “The face of the Second Amendment is the face of any American,” Jones said at the time. “This Constitution – the Bill of Rights that we have – they’re for all of us.”

In his social media post announcing #ResponsibleGunOwnersDay, Petty told his followers it’s easy to find your nearest community practice range to participate. “Need help finding a range for #ResponsibleGunOwnersDay at the Range? Find it here –> www.WhereToShoot.org #LetsGoShoot.”

Second Amendment-supporting Americans gave Petty some immediate feedback. “I’ll BE OUT THERE SIR!,” said one woman. “#ResponsibleGunOwnersDay sounds AWESOME – see you at the range!” another exclaimed. Second Amendment advocate and veteran Virginia Kruta added, “This is a really good idea. #ResponsibleGunOwnersDay.”

Advocate Dan Roth expanded the call and invited his followers to join him too. “I’ll be heading to a local range on this day. If you are interested in joining me, let me know and we’ll see what we can do. It could be a great opportunity to learn about safe and responsible gun ownership,” he tweeted.

Saturday, June, 11, is coming up fast and all signs show that #ResponsibleGunOwnersDay could be a boon to demonstrate America’s law-abiding gun owners are responsible and looking for more education, training and safety. They’re showing that the answer isn’t more gun control on those who obey the law, but enforcement of the laws to hold criminals responsible.

The Landscape

 More than 40 million Americans purchased a firearm between 2020 and 2022. To date, there have been 34 months of at least 1 million firearms sold per month and it’s still going. That number includes roughly 14 million new first-time gun owners. The gun-owning community is now the most diverse it’s ever been – with women and African-American and minority buyers leading the new wave.

President Joe Biden and some in Congress are clamoring to pass more restrictions on law-abiding Americans looking to exercise their Second Amendment rights. Not all lawmakers agree with the proposed bans. U.S. senators are cautiously working on a legislative proposal that would be focused on solving problems instead of pushing political agendas.

While gun control groups stage their rallies and garner the attention of major media networks and talking head TV pundits lauding their “courage,” Petty is urging Americans in communities across the country to head to their local shooting range and demonstrate a different kind of courage – the courage to lawfully own a firearm, stand up for Constitutional rights and to refuse to be a victim.

School violence: When is enough actually enough? Well, the problem isn’t guns. It’s a lack of masculinity and morality.

This editorial is brought to you by a staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

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.

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.

Report: Suspects in slaying of missing Seattle woman cut ankle monitors and skipped bond

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.

Education matters.

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.

Why?

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.

 


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].”

 

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.

Father of Parkland victim encourages gun owners to head to their local range
Cheyenne Lutek, internet madame, Instagram influencer

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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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.”

“Companion,” right?

“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.

In Him-Eros’s privacy policy, it (thankfully) says the company doesn’t “solicit, collect, or share information from any individuals under the age of 18.”

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.


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