Robert V March 03, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Soros Spends Nearly $7 Million to Push Gun Control Looks like he started some 'Moms' groups to help push his agenda: Five U.S. gun control groups have received almost $7 million combined from liberal billionaire George Soros, including the most prominent one, the Brady Campaign. The Soros contributions to these five groups total an astounding $6,727,966 between 2000 and 2011. The American Bar Association, a liberal group of lawyers, received $4,093,946 from Soros. According to their site, “the ABA believes that lawyers share a special responsibility to help create a just and secure society in which firearms are well-regulated.” President Laurel Bellows urged for more than just background checks back in January, including “full integration of state and local mental heal records into the National Instant Check System” and supported an assault weapons ban. The most renowned gun control group, The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the legal arm of the better know Brady Campaign, received $50,000 in Soros funding. The Brady Center helps those involved in legal matters through their separate 501c(3) organization, as opposed to The Brady Campaign that deals at the grassroots level. The Children’s Defense Fund, whose mission is “to ensure every child a Health Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start,” received $550,000 from Soros. In their “Protect Children, Not Guns” campaign, CDF links back to gun control partners, including The Brady Campaign. The League of Women Voters received a staggering $2,028,020. LWV is not concerned solely with gun control. On their website, they also show to be against the XL Pipeline, Voter ID laws, and encourage their members to “tell your Senators to pass sensible gun laws.” And finally, Physicians for Social Responsibility received $5,000 from Soros. PSR is the “medical and public health voice” against nuclear power and weapons and for supposed “safe” energy. They push for “the strongest possible legislative and regulatory approaches” in regards to firearms. Since the Newtown massacre in Dec. 2012, there have been a few new gun control groups formed. Most notably, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords formed the new PAC Americans for Responsible Solutions. Another group, Moms Demand Action, was also formed for “gun sense” in America. It’s too soon to know whether these new groups are getting Soros funding, as well. Soros has made his support of gun control clear. In “The Bubble of American Supremacy: The Costs of Bush’s War in Iraq,” Soros complained about the Bush presidency hindering gun control. “He has aggressively infringed the rights of states to legislate and enforce provisions on issues such as gun control and medical marijuana,” Soros wrote. Soros's donations go to fund an extensive network of liberal media outlets, which have received more than $52 million. Those operations include a wide range of liberal news operations as well as the infrastructure of news - journalism schools, investigative journalism and even industry organizations. Since 2000, Soros has given away more than $550 million to liberal organizations in the United States through his Open Society Foundations.
Robert V March 03, 2014 at 11:04 AM
A non story about US school shootings In the absence of any dramatic school shootings that might further the anti-gun agenda, US campaigners calling for a ban on weapons invented a non-story last week: that 28 have been killed in 44 US school shootings since the Newtown massacre in 2012. In case you have trouble adding up, that’s more than the 26 that died at Newtown. As the Guardian’s Ed Pilkington said without a trace of hyperbole, gun violence is ‘erupting in America’s schools and colleges at a rate of more than three incidents a month’. The report was launched with appropriate pomp in Washington at a rally organised by two groups: Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group founded by billionaire ex-New York mayor Mike Bloomberg, who likes guns even less than he does large fizzy drinks; and a new ‘grassroots’ organisation, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense headed by a stay-at-home mum who happens to have 15 years worth of experience of corporate public relations. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy intoned at the rally: ‘While only a handful of people have been killed or hurt in these incidents, it is just a matter of time before another Newtown happens.’ Murphy appeared almost impatient for the next massacre to occur in order to further the anti-gun agenda. Some of the arguments put forward at the rally might at first appear like common-sense. Background checks are one example. President Obama has insisted they are effective: ‘The law already requires licensed gun dealers to run background checks, and over the last 14 years that’s kept 1.5million of the wrong people from getting their hands on a gun.’ Upon investigation, however, nearly all of these were false positives. The 1.5million Obama refers to were initial denials and simply delayed legitimate purchases by law-abiding citizens with names similar to felons and others on the prohibited list. In 2010, there were 76,142 initial denials, but even after just the preliminary review by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, there were only 4,732 cases left. Further reviews by the bureau’s field offices and the Department of Justice left only 62 cases to be referred to prosecutors, and only 13 were strong enough to produce a conviction. Further investigation shows how unusual school tragedies like Newtown are. Though the deaths listed are no doubt horrifying individual tragedies, 28 deaths in 14 months means they are incredibly rare. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, there were 75,900,000 people enrolled in educational institutions in the United States in 2010, of which 55,350,000 were enrolled in K-12 schools (for ages 5-18). The rate of homicide at school is approximately one homicide or suicide per 2.7million school-age students in 2009-10, according to the Centers for Disease Control. To put that in perspective, that rate is lower than that of any country in the world that records homicides. The UK’s overall rate of homicide (the UK’s total population is similar to America’s K-12 enrolment combined with the number of teachers employed) is 32-times higher and the America’s overall homicide rate is 127-times higher. Ergo, American schools are incredibly safe places. In fact, in the United States children are ten times more likely to be killed at home by a parent (in half the cases, the mother) than they are to be killed at school. This raises a question of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense: wouldn’t it make more sense for gun owners to lobby on Capitol Hill against mothers who viciously kill their children at home? They could call it Gun Sense Demand Action Against Murdering Moms. RELATED CATEGORIES Guns and shooting USA Kevin Yuill teaches American studies at the University of Sunderland. His latest book, Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case Against Legalisation, is published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Robert V March 03, 2014 at 12:23 PM
PS regarding the 'shoe bomber' graphic at the top of the article, different bomber...same idea: US Department of State Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy testified before the House Homeland Security Committee that an unnamed US intelligence agency deliberately put the Christmas/Underwear bomber on his plane, despite now confirmed knowledge that US intelligence also knew that a person with his name was planning an act of terror on that very day. Webster Tarpley provides the concise and explosive summary in the following 4-minute television interview. Mr. Tarpley correctly concludes that the obvious demand from the US public and those in government committed to rule of law is to discover and investigate this rogue intelligence agency. Mr. Tarpley’s analysis and documentation is excellent. I fully recommend his comprehensive website for all of his work. http://tarpley.net/2010/02/11/state-department-admits-detroit-christmas-bomber-was-deliberately-allowed-to-keep-us-entry-visa-board-his-flight/


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