If President Joe Biden’s White House Rose Garden gun control announcement seemed like déjà vu all over again, it was.
The president regurgitated firearm industry fabrications while proclaiming executive orders that have significant implications for firearm manufacturers, retailers and gunsmiths. President Biden announced his nominee for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Once again he chose someone with a known record of supporting gun control who was previously endorsed by gun control groups.
For President Biden, it’s the same gun control cycle – rinse and repeat.
The firearm industry has long-standing partnerships with the agencies charged with keeping Americans safe from criminals that break gun laws.
President Biden chose again to attack the firearm industry instead of supporting those partnerships. It was a speech that he could’ve taken off the shelf from last year’s Rose Garden gun control announcement, or his earlier White House gun control remarks, or his first Joint Session Address to Congress or his first State of the Union Address last month.
The president repeated his favorite false attack on the firearm industry and the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA).
“Look, this is incredibly rare because gun manufacturers have more immunity from liability than any other American industry, so they have never had to take responsibility for the death and destruction their products cause,” President Biden wrongly claimed. “They’re the only outfit — (applause) — they’re the only outfit in the country that is immune.”
That’s flat wrong and the president and his speechwriters know it. It is criminals committing violence who must be held responsible when they commit crimes. Lawful firearm manufacturers are responsible for any product defects.
Congress specifically carved out exceptions to allow claims of negligent entrustment to proceed where allowed under state law. The law, PLCAA, simply says that these agenda-driven lawsuits can’t be brought against a manufacturer that had nothing to do with the criminal or wrongful misuse of their product.
The Washington Post, CNN, PolitiFact, the Associated Press and many more have all rebuked the president on his claim. “They are not exempt or immune from being sued,” wrote the AP. “Gun manufacturers can certainly be sued…Biden is wrong to say gun manufacturers are alone,” The Washington Post stated. These facts don’t change no matter how often the president repeats them.
Know Your History
President Biden presented himself a “student of history” but he repeated a false claim to sell more gun control, one he’d easily know was untrue if he studied the American Revolution.
“But from the very beginning, the Second Amendment didn’t say you can own any gun you want, big as you want,” the president said. “You couldn’t buy a cannon when, in fact, the Second Amendment passed.”
President Biden has been taken to task for this claim before. The Washington Post assigned him “Four Pinocchio’s” and said, “Biden has already been fact-checked — and it’s false. We have no idea where he conjured up this notion about a ban on cannon ownership in the early days of the Republic, but he needs to stop making this claim.”
American merchants and sailors – before the Second Amendment was ratified – granted “special waivers,” “allowing private individuals to act as pirates on behalf of the United States against countries engaged in war with it.” Americans given waivers and those who owned warships often obtained cannons for use in battle. It is still legal to buy a cannon today.
One of the major policy changes President Biden announced will have major impacts on lawful firearm industry manufacturers and law-abiding Americans. Because of the president’s previous unilateral executive actions, a Final Rule by the Department of Justice (DOJ) would redefine firearm frames and receivers, a change that significantly alters the sale and possession of not only personally-made firearms (PFMs) but potentially other types and models as well.
Home-built firearms have been legal since before the founding of America. Until this new Final Rule, private citizens were able to make their own firearms, so long as they followed existing laws and they were for private possession. Anyone prohibited from purchasing a firearm at retail is also prohibited from possessing a home-built gun.
As proposed, President Biden’s new rule radically alters the manufacturing and compliance processes for manufacturers of traditional firearms, not just the making of incomplete, unfinished parts Congress has not chosen to regulate. It could turn millions of law-abiding Americans into criminals, as well as force onerous regulations on lawful firearm retailers and gunsmiths to assign serial numbers to any home-built firearm that is brought to them.
ATF Director Redux
President Biden’s first nominee to lead the ATF failed due to his paid gun control activism and his questionable and problematic professional behavior that came to light. Forced by frustrated gun control groups to do more, President Biden announced a new ATF director nominee.
“Today, to lead and support the dedicated men and women of the AFT [ATF], I am proud to nominate Steve Del- — Dettelbach — excuse me, I mispronounced your name — I just — as Director of Bureau of Al- — Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” the president announced.
The firearm industry has supported every ATF director nominee that was favorably voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and NSSF is committed to a thorough examination of Dettelbach’s record and qualifications.
Dettelbach has previously stated support for bans on Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs), or AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, universal background checks, which are unworkable without a national firearm registry that is already forbidden by federal law, and extreme-risk protection orders, or so-called “red flag” laws, without protections for Due Process considerations.
Dettelbach was also a recent partisan candidate for public office, supported gun control during his campaign and was previously endorsed by the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, for his support for policies restricting Second Amendment rights.
From start to finish, the president’s Rose Garden gun control speech was more of the same. He attacked the firearm industry and repeated lies to further a gun control agenda the American people – especially more than 14 million first-time gun buyers – who are rejecting gun control by the millions.
For those watching, it was déjà vu all over again.
Buckle up: Foreign criminals are flooding into America thanks to lax laws, and that’s according to the FBI
Per the Daily Mail and the FBI, foreign criminals are coming to America because they believe that laws and enforcement have changed.
If foreign criminals believe that America has become easy pickings, is there any doubt that domestic offenders don’t have the same beliefs?
“It’s clear what we are confronting: A perception among criminals that there are no consequences, even for serious crime,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell.
The Daily Mail-UK offers an article on foreign criminals coming to America because of a perception of lax laws and enforcement.
The debate is whether changes or reforms in the American criminal justice system prompt criminality. According to the FBI, there are crime tourists coming here because they believe that their chances for apprehension are slight and if apprehended, the consequences are few. Relaxed bail laws are cited.
Daily Mail Article (edited for brevity)
- ‘Crime tourists’ from South America are being blamed for at least two recent burglaries in an affluent San Francisco Bay area community
- Similar groups have struck in Indiana, Texas, New York, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina
- The gangs target wealthy neighborhoods in places with lax criminal justice laws to conduct their home burglaries, police say
- Criminals apprehended by police for similar schemes have hailed primarily from Chile and Colombia
Gangs of South American ‘crime tourists’ are being blamed for at least two home burglaries in California this week – as well as similar raids across the country in recent months, including sprees in Indiana, Texas, New York, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The criminals target wealthy neighborhoods in places with lax criminal justice laws to conduct their home burglaries, before returning home with the loot while out on bail, according to police.
‘Of the eight burglaries this month, we suspect six were committed by organized Chilean gang members operating out of the Los Angeles area,’ Atherton Police Chief Steven McCully told KPIX. ‘Chilean gang member burglaries have been a problem throughout San Mateo County and nationwide.’
Law enforcement experts say the foreign cells of professional burglars – mostly from Columbia and Chile – enter the country illegally or exploit a 2014 visa waiver program intended to spur tourism from dozens of trusted countries.
The Electronic System for Travel Authorization allows citizens from 40 nations to be prescreened to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa, a process that lets travelers undergo less scrutiny to enter the country
After entering the country, they reportedly carry out strings of break-ins and other crimes, bringing home up to hundreds of millions of dollars in stolen goods, the FBI estimates.
The visiting criminals are emboldened by their discovery of a ‘sweet spot’ in the American criminal system because their offenses don’t meet the requirements for federal investigation, and are often overlooked because the country is focusing on a frightening rise in homicides.
What’s more, no cash or low bail law allow the repeat offenders endless opportunities to continue to the brazen heists, even after being caught.
Like Virginia, California is one such state that criminals take advantage of due to its controversial 2014 law – Proposition 47 – that barred prosecutors from charging suspected shoplifters accused of stealing less than $950 worth of merchandise with felonies.
Is America A “Sweet Spot” For Crime?
Violence and fear are skyrocketing in cities because we are changing the response to crime and telling offenders that accountability is reduced (or over) for a wide array of illegal acts. Progressive prosecutors are leading this effort.
“It’s clear what we are confronting: A perception among criminals that there are no consequences, even for serious crime,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said Wednesday during a news conference to announce the crime statistics.
Criminals are not stupid. They see what’s happening on our streets. They understand that prosecutors are not charging. They are getting out of jails without bail (and without supervision) after major arrests. We are at historic lows for corrections and parole and probation and other forms of accountability.
Cops are pulling back due to immense public and media criticism. Arrests are plummeting. The percentage of homicides and violent crimes solved are falling dramatically. Cops are reluctant to arrest for crimes that will not be prosecuted.
Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, thousands of police officers are leaving. Recruitment is plummeting. Proactive policing per the DOJ and the National Academy of Sciences is the only modality per research that reduces crime and violence. We have told (demanded?) cops to stop proactivity via massive national protests, Police Strategies.
The result? Immense violence, firearm and security sales are skyrocketing, fear is at an all-time high and it’s minority communities that are being hit the hardest.
Discussions of criminal justice reform need to be mixed with messages of accountability. Without the threat of arrests and sanctions, crime and violence increase to the point of making cities unlivable and ungovernable, which is why people are leaving.
Most progressives have always made the welfare of offenders the priority rather than the protection of the public. Considering massive violence and record fear in distressed communities, they miscalculated badly.
But if foreign criminals know that America has become easy pickings for criminality, is there any doubt that domestic criminals don’t have the same perceptions?
Where’s the media? U.S. Marshals task force recovers 16 missing children, makes five arrests in Operation “Fresh Start”
NEW ORLEANS, LA – Operation “Fresh Start,” a three-month operation conducted by the Missing Child Unit (MCU) of the U.S. Marshals Service Eastern District of Louisiana New Orleans Task Force, has resulted in the recovery or rescue of 16 children. The unit also made five arrests and discovered alleged sex trafficking.
According to a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service, Operation “Fresh Start” was conducted from January 1, 2022 through March 31, 2022.
Participants included the U.S. Marshals Service New Orleans Task Force, the New Orleans Police Department, multiple Sheriff’s Offices, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Departments of Child and Family Services in Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida.
Press release author Brian W. Fair, Deputy U.S. Marshal, took note of how New Orleans has spearheaded operations such as “Fresh Start,” saying:
“New Orleans was one of the original U.S. cities to begin a USMS pilot program for the Missing Child Unit in 2016, and U.S. Marshals Service Eastern District of Louisiana Deputy U.S. Marshals have provided instruction to other USMS districts and state agencies on how to coordinate their MCU operations, which have gained national news attention within the last two years.”
The USMS also reported that, in addition to the 16 missing children who were rescued or recovered:
“six (6) children self-returned, three (3) children were recovered as other status, and three (3) more were recovered by other law enforcement agencies.”
U.S. Marshals Service Eastern District of Louisiana New Orleans Task Force, Missing Child Unit Operation “Fresh Start” was conducted from January 01, 2022, until March 31, 2022, resulting in the rescue or recovery of 16 missing/endangered children: https://t.co/3vQAwcIgv2
— U.S. Marshals (@USMarshalsHQ) April 8, 2022
Furthermore, the USMS noted that, in addition to the five arrests that were made:
“[B]ased on the operation at least four (4) felony warrant exist for adults suspected of involvement with MCU minors and the USMS New Orleans Task Force is actively pursuing these fugitives.”
In their press release, the U.S. Marshals highlighted some of the rescues and recoveries that they made during Operation “Fresh Start.”
In one case, a 14-year-old female runaway was found in Fayetteville, Georgia, after her parents reported her possible involvement with sex trafficking. The investigators discovered that she may have spent some time in the Jacksonville, Florida area before moving to Georgia. In Georgia, the teen was found to be living with several adults.
In another instance, a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old were abducted by their mother, who was their non-custodial parent, and taken to Florida. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office issued a felony warrant for her arrest for kidnapping. Despite her multiple attempts at evasion, the non-custodial parent was tracked to Florida, where she was arrested and the two young children were recovered.
In addition, the task force recovered a 1-year-old baby who was taken by his father, after his father shot and killed the baby’s grandfather. The father surrendered to the New Orleans Police Department Violent Offenders Warrant Squad, and the baby was recovered safely.
Furthermore, a 2-year-old male child was recovered after he was abducted from his crib by a family member. The child was found after the NOPD Special Victim’s Division – Child Abuse Unit and the USMS New Orleans Taskforce conducted searches and interviews in the area. He was returned safely to his mother.
Also, a 15-year-old schizophrenic patient was recovered after she broke free from restraints in an ambulance en route to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. Thanks to a cooperative effort from the New Orleans Police Department Special Victim’s Division – Child Abuse Unit, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Xavier University Police Department, the patient was located in New Orleans.
@USMarshalsHQ is staying busy protecting our children!!! They recovered 16 missing children from 1/1/2022 to 3/31/2022! Thank you @USMarshalsHQ for operation "Fresh Start"! Awesome work! 👏👏 https://t.co/2pcUg1U4H1
— Stacey (@Stacey12917323) April 11, 2022
Deputy U.S. Marshal Fair praised Operation “Fresh Start,” in his press release, saying:
“I am very proud of the cooperative work done by all the agencies involved in safeguarding at risk children.”
U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Louisiana Scott Illing said in a statement:
“Our Office is proud to be a part of a robust MCU program that took root in New Orleans starting in 2016.”
“This work is being done with our partners while our office still performs its critical USMS missions (judicial and witness security, managing federal prisoners, violent fugitives’ apprehension, sex offender investigations, and service of federal process).”
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Got him! Man accused of shooting two Georgia deputies, aiming at a third captured by U.S. Marshals
Originally published January 19, 2022
OCHLOCKNEE, GA – A man wanted for shooting two Georgia deputies is now in custody after he turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Tyler Keith Henderson, 25, was arrested five days after going on the run after allegedly shooting two Thomas County Sheriff’s Office deputies and aiming at a thirdhttps://t.co/LbAGENctf9
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 17, 2022
The suspect, Tyler Henderson has been the subject of a manhunt after he allegedly shot and wounded two Thomas County deputies on January 11th.
Thomas County Sheriff’s Office Captain Steve Jones said that Henderson’s capture is a relief to the community.
“My phone has been going off nonstop since the news broke of this. The community is relieved. I went to get coffee and people were cheering, they were so happy we had caught this guy.”
Authorities noted that the manhunt ended thanks to the family of Henderson who convinced him to turn himself over to the police. They said:
“Our investigators and US Marshals have been in contact with several family members, which is what broke it. They were able to talk some sense into him and get him to turn himself in.”
ARRESTED: Tyler Keith Henderson had been on the run for nearly a week after officials say he shot two deputies in Georgia. The convicted felon is now in custody at the Thomas County Jail. https://t.co/CG8InSOtgt
— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) January 17, 2022
Henderson allegedly informed his family members that he was ready to turn himself in on January 16th. Family members notified the task force which moved in and took him into custody without incident.
Henderson turned the deputy’s firearm over to the task force when they took him into custody. He also alleges that he has received no help from anyone while he was on the run.
The manhunt started after three deputies went to Henderson’s residence, who is a convicted felon, to serve an arrest warrant for him over parole violations.
At some point, while the deputies were attempting to take him into custody, Henderson was able to retrieve one of the officer’s firearm and shot two of them before fleeing on foot.
One of the deputies was shot in a bullet-resistant vest while the other took a round underneath the vest.
A third deputy was also injured during the altercation. Thankfully, two of the deputies have already been released from the hospital and the third is scheduled to be released soon.
Captain Jones added he believed these deadly situations in which a deputy is disarmed are rare. He said:
“That situation they were in is one you can go your entire career and never be in a situation like that. It’s very taxing mentally, emotionally. It’s draining physically. I can’t imagine what it was like. We’re offering these guys all the support they need and all the time they need.”
TPD is pleased to share this news from the Thomas County Sheriff's Office. As of today, Tyler Henderson is IN CUSTODY. pic.twitter.com/nPRqVK9mA0
— Thomasville Police Department – Georgia (@thomasville_pd) January 16, 2022
Captain Jones also expressed the Sheriff’s Office appreciation for all of the law enforcement agencies that offered assistance in their time of need. He said:
“A lot of these agencies didn’t call and say, ‘Can we help you?’ They called and said, ‘We’re on the way to help you.’ That means a lot.”
A number of agencies, local, state, and federal, all jumped in immediately to search for Henderson. Thomas County Sheriff’s Office noted they received help from the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Thomasville Police Department, Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Georgia Highway Patrol, and the Tallahassee Police Department.
In addition to the original parole violation, Henderson has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
OCHLOCKNEE, GA – Two deputies in south Georgia are recovering after being shot allegedly by a convicted felon on January 11th. The suspect was able to evade capture and is still on the run.
Three deputies with the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office responded to the suspect’s residence, identified as Tyler Henderson, to arrest him for a parole violation.
While the deputies were attempting to take Henderson into custody for the warrant, a physical struggle ensued.
At some point during the struggle, police allege that Henderson was able to disarm one of the deputies and fire on them. Two of the deputies were struck, one in his bullet resistant vest and the other underneath the vest.
The third deputy was not shot. Thomas County Sheriff’s Office Captain Tim Watkins said:
“Deputies from the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office went to Ellen Street to try and execute a warrant on a Tyler Henderson. A struggle ensued and during that struggle, Mr. Henderson was able to take the deputies weapon.”
The deputies that were shot and injured were transported to a nearby hospital where they underwent medical treatment for their wounds. Thankfully, they are expected to recover from the injuries.
Law enforcement from the U.S. Marshals Service, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the Thomasville Police Department, and the Georgia State Patrol descended on the area in attempts to locate Henderson.
During their search, officers were notified by an alleged family member that he was chased out of a residence in Meigs, Georgia after the shooting.
So far, law enforcement has not been able to take him into custody and are asking the public’s help in locating him. They are currently offering a $5,000 reward for any information that can lead to his arrest. The Thomasville County Sheriff’s Office released the following on Facebook, asking for help and warning the public:
“Henderson is wanted for attempting to murder three of your deputies. Two…were shot, both are stable and are going to be okay. Henderson is a convicted felon and is no stranger to the law…We will find Henderson and bring him to justice.”
WCTV spoke to neighbors in the area, most of whom were upset those deputies were injured in the shooting. One of the residents, Larry Spicer, said:
“Everybody was real upset about it because not too many folks take to kind to him around here no-how.”
Police noted that the warrant they were attempting to execute on Henderson was for a parole violation for a new arrest that occurred in December of 2021.
Henderson was on parole for robbery, burglary, and aggravated assault in a previous incident.
The shooting of these two deputies comes after the State of Georgia as seen at least three police officers killed in the line of duty from November of 2021 until January of 2022.
The incident also comes at a time in which a record number of police officers have been shot.
The National Fraternal Order of Police recently reported that there were 346 police officers that were shot in the line of duty throughout 2021, 63 of those who died. The number of officers shot increased from a total of 312 in 2020 and 293 in 2019.
FOP President Patrick Yoes told Fox News:
“The attacks on law enforcement officers during 2021 was a harsh reminder that our law enforcement officers are not just in harm’s way due to the dangerous nature of their profession, but that they are targets of cowardly individuals whose sole motivation is to injure or kill a law enforcement officer.
Despite all of this, the brave men and women of law enforcement will continue to hold the line, stand in between good and evil, and work tirelessly to protect the communities they serve.”
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