Yup. The logic train just left the tracks in New Jersey.
For some time, people have commented in jest about how we should ban trucks, because they can be used to commit mass murders.
But some people took it to heart, and apparently that day has come.
U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer said it’s time to implement new “red flag laws” that would prevent would-be killers from renting “terror trucks” and other vehicles that could be used in deadly attacks.
He used the example of the rampage in Lower Manhattan two years ago where eight people were killed, including a 32-year-old New Jersey man.
The legislation is asking feds to identify “red flags” of possible terrorists. That information would then be shared with car rental companies.
“They represent a new weapon of mass destruction,” said Gottheimer, who is a Democrat from the 5th District.
He made his comments at an event in New Milford. In his conference, he made to rented trucks used in terrorist attacks that mowed down bystanders here and in Europe.
“Terrorists shouldn’t be able to rent terror trucks,” he said. “We commit ourselves to take these next steps.”
The bill is called the Darren Drake Act. The name was chosen in remembrance of the New Milford man killed when a truck jumped onto a riverfront path in New York City. In that 2017 event, the driver plowed into pedestrians and bicyclists.
Jimmy Drake was the man’s father.
“You don’t get better,” he said to the media.
He called the loss of his son “a living nightmare.”
“(But) Darren would be very, very proud,” he said. “If Darren knew that because of his sacrifice that people would live, he would be jumping up and down.”
According to Gottheimer, it would be up to the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration to create the system and share the information with rental companies.
According to the congressman, there “were flags raised” against the terrorist who is accused of killing Drake and seven others in the 2017 attack. He claims that if the legislation was in place, they could have been prevented.
But of course he didn’t provide any details of the warning signs.
And he blamed the tool… not the extremist who used it.
That was Sayfullo Saipov, who was the Paterson man who police say caused the deadly Halloween rampage. His trial is scheduled for April of 2020.
Let’s keep in mind, this is New Jersey we are talking about.
It’s the same state that just figured out how to force gun control, and it’s a direct threat to America.
“Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15 and AK-47. We’re not going to allow them to be used on Americans anymore…Americans who own AR-15s will have to sell their assault weapons.”
These were the words of Robert “Beto” O’Rourke last month at the Democratic Presidential Debates.
Luckily, he added that last sentence to help clarify that Americans will only have to give up their assault weapons, not their AR-15s. It isn’t clear why he targeted AR-15 owners when discussing a government-mandated ban on assault weapons.
And just so we don’t think that we have to wait for the next Democrat president to see that push from the government, let’s take a quick journey to New Jersey.
According to the National Review’s Jack Crowe, Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, signed an executive order in September that leverages the state’s purchasing power to coerce gun retailers, manufacturers, and financial institutions to comply with a more stringent gun-control regime.
Murphy’s order states that gun violence is a crisis with nearly 100,000 gun related incidents in the US, and over 2,000 shootings each year in New Jersey. It goes on to break down the numbers for the Garden State:
280 homicides, 184 suicides, 764 non-fatal interpersonal and 599 accidental shootings per year.
This totals 1,874, which is slightly less than the ‘over 2,000’ indicated in Murphy’s order.
Crowe continues, saying that under the executive order, the state, which purchases an estimated $70 million in firearms and related equipment annually, will refuse to do business with gun manufacturers and retailers that lack policies that deny guns to people with a history of mental illness or domestic abuse.
Retailers that wish to keep the state’s business will be required to prevent, detect and screen for the transfer of firearms to straw purchasers or firearm traffickers.
Murphy’s order will also deny the roughly $1 billion in financial-transaction fees the state pays annually to banks that have relationships with gun manufacturers and retailers that adhere to permissive policies.
New Jersey already has strict gun-control laws in place that require retailers to perform background checks, but the new policy will apply to out-of-state companies that are not bound by New Jersey laws.
So, each of the Democratic candidates are swearing that they will immediately sign legislation into law that takes away guns from law-abiding citizens, while they refuse to acknowledge that criminals who perpetrate these acts of violence do not follow the law to begin with.
But I am not sure that Congress needs to do anything. I think that the mainstream media and social media are working equally as hard to suppress the firearms industry by effectively silencing 2A voices, limiting their exposure and reach and in some instances, downright banning them.
Case in point, here’s a letter from the founder of Law Enforcement Today on what you need to know…and how LET is fighting back:
When I founded Law Enforcement Today, I did it during a time where freedom of speech still existed.
A time when the ability to market and advertise your company wasn’t infringed by bigger companies that control the media space and decide who does and doesn’t get a voice based on their own political perspectives.
Sadly, that time has come to an end. Which is why our family at Law Enforcement Today has no choice but to step forward to fill that void and begin advocating for people and companies that are being actively silenced.
We’ve received word from some of our partners in the firearms and tactical industry that Google is actively shutting down advertising accounts of companies in the firearms accessories and tactical space.
Let’s be clear – we’re not talking about companies selling guns.
One such company, for example, is Inforce. They make weapon mounted lights that are used by departments like the FBI, NYPD, LAPD, Boston PD, CBP and others. Widely recognized as being both an LE and a consumer brand that helps make people safer… they are now shut down by Google.
They are a company spending six figures on advertising their products to consumers on the search engine, and now they’ve been shut down.
Here’s the message they received:
“Google, despite our ads having run without issue, now insists that weapon-mounted lights do not fall into the “increasing safety” clause of their violent content policy, therefore they cannot approve our ads. This is regardless of the ad copy wording because the landing page contains policy-violating content (the weapon-mounted light products). Google is having to crack down on what qualifies as a ‘safety-enhancing’ accessory as a result of the backlash they have received following recent shootings in the US.”
Bing, another search engine, also shut down the ad account because the flashlights have “a line related to weapons.”
Please understand that we’re using Inforce as just one example of our many partners who have come to us about this attack in the recent weeks since the Dayton and San Antonio shootings.
Inforce, like many other partners of ours, moved to Google advertising after their ad account was shut down on Facebook and Instagram. Although the platforms explicitly allow for the “advertising of weapon-mounted lights”, they still shut down the ad accounts as they move to remove all firearms and tactical related advertising from their platforms.
Think about this for a minute. Where do you do your searching for products and brands? If you’re like most Americans, it’s Google, Facebook and Instagram.
When the three biggest platforms decide it’s time to attack the industry and the Second Amendment, it has the potential to be catastrophic. It’s, in effect, gun control through censorship. And it’s an attack that’s going to continue to spread.
We at Law Enforcement Today want to make our stance very clear.
We strongly and firmly stand behind the Second Amendment, companies that keep civilians and law enforcement officers safe through products and innovation, and the men and women who serve and protect our communities and our country.
We are launching a new series of options to help our partners and other patriotic businesses to be able to connect with consumers. While we can’t replace Google, Bing or Facebook – we sure can provide options to ensure that these companies and our brothers and sisters have a voice.
We welcome with open arms companies in the firearms and tactical industries and are proud to offer them options to get their products to market. We’re also proud to stand beside organizations like NSSF, which runs SHOT Show, along with the Anteris Alliance, to make sure that the companies they represent have a massive voice.
Now to the consumer side of things.
We started noticing the problems a couple of years ago. Social media was scaling back the reach of content that it didn’t believe people should see.
Not that there was anything offensive about it. We’re talking about pro-police videos, stories about patriotic Americans and more.
And from our perspective, that created a huge problem. We have some of the greatest warriors in the world. Yet their voices and their stories were being buried.
The mainstream media, on the rare occasion that it would tell some of these stories, would give you only a piece of them. They’d cram as much as they could into a 90 second segment, slap their bias on it and that was it.
We needed to fix it. And so we are.
Law Enforcement Today (LET) is proud to announce the beta launch of LET Unity – a new home focused on bridging the gap between civilians and civil servants. We’ve merged with The Whiskey Patriots to massively expand content, rolling out hundreds of videos to members.
Many of those in our focus groups dubbed it the “Netflix of the law enforcement community”. But the truth is, it’s so much more.
The first officer in the door at the Pulse nightclub shooting.
Emergency responders from the Parkland shooting.
The bomb squad that responded to the Aurora movie theater massacre.
Survivors of the Dallas five killings.
The first Marine Guard hostage in the Iran crisis.
The CIA agent who started a counter human trafficking company.
World War II veterans.
And so, so much more.
The membership is less than the cost of two coffees a month, and those who sign up for an annual membership will get some surprise bonuses in the mail. We decided to charge a nominal fee so we could take all of the proceeds and reinvest them into capturing more of these stories.
On top of that, we’re opening up the platform to some well-known podcasters who are going to be joining the team with some incredible content soon.
We have a problem in society. Censorship has created an existential threat to democracy. But even worse is the risk we run that some of these incredible stories of patriotism, hope, faith and our Sheepdogs would be lost.
We’ll soon be launching a series of content with Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) to share the stories of survivors. We will also be dropping a weekly law enforcement focused newscast that addresses some of the most important topics in the country… and helps bridge the gap between those who serve and those whom they serve.
On top of that, we’ll soon be rolling out a series of private discounts and special promotions to members only as a “thank you” for being a part of the family.
The beta platform is live and the apps for Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku will be launching soon.
We hope you’ll join us in this journey, knowing that your membership is going to give a voice to those who have been silenced for so long.
If you are one of the many companies out there that’s being censored – or you’re worried about what’s to come – don’t hesitate to reach out today. I can be reached at [email protected]
We will not be silenced. You shouldn’t be either.
God bless you all, and God bless America.
Captain Robert Greenberg
Founder, Law Enforcement Today
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