Don’t Tell the Left, but Knives Are Used in Far More Murders in the U.S. Than Guns

Knives kill far more people than rifles each year in the United States, according to the FBI.

The agency reported that 1,604 people were murdered by “knives and other instruments” and 374 were murdered by rifles in 2016.

Handguns far-and-away were the weapons used most often in incidents of murder.

However, there does not seem to be a correlation between the number of handgun murders and strict gun control laws.

According to FBI data, there were 7,105 murders involving handguns in 2016. Of those, 1,658 took place in the two states of California and Illinois, which have some of the toughest gun control laws in the country, the Federalist noted.

That amounts to 23 percent of the total handgun murders in the country, while those states only make up a combined 16 percent of the nation’s population.

Democrat lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Diane Feinstein of California, have called for greater gun control measures to be implemented nationally in response to last week’s Florida high school shooting.

Feinstein tweeted that she has introduced legislation to impose a new assault weapons ban, pointing out that the shooter used an AR-15, which is a semi-automatic rifle that would be covered by the bill.

Dudley Brown, president of the National Association of Gun Rights, in a statement to The Western Journal, said, “The 10-year Feinstein ban (passed in the mid-1990s) on so-called ‘Assault Weapons’ and normal capacity magazines did nothing to reduce mass shootings or crimes, and was roundly dismissed as a failure, even by gun control fanatics.”

The Columbine High School shooting in Colorado — one of the most high profile of these terrible incidents, resulting in the deaths of 13 people and 21 injured — occurred in 1999 while the assault weapons ban was in effect.

The shooters used a combination of shotguns, handguns, and semi-automatic weapons. They also had knives and improvised explosive devices in their possession, but the IED’s were not detonated.

As to the prevalence of privately owned weapons in the U.S., Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro tweeted a chart following the Las Vegas shooting last October showing that the murder rate has been trending down for decades in the U.S., despite gun ownership increasing significantly.


Notably, the rate remained low and then decreased further after the assault weapons ban, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994, expired in 2004.

Former Miss Ohio Madison Gesiotto — who was a law student at Ohio State University in Nov. 2016 when a terrorist used his car and a knife to attack students — told The Western Journal that “the loss of a life is extremely tragic for all involved, regardless of the instrumentality used in the murder.”

“Knives and guns do not kill people. People kill people,” The Washington Times columnist added. “Passing unreasonable legislation that encroaches on our 2nd Amendment rights will not solve the urgent problem we have in this country with violence.”

President Donald Trump stated on Tuesday that he has directed the Department of Justice to propose regulations that would ban bump stocks, The Hill reported.

The device, which was employed last October in the Las Vegas shooting, effectively turns semi-automatic rifles, like the AR-15, into fully automatic.

“We can do more to protect our children. We must do more to protect our children,” Trump said during the announcement at the White House.

“That process began in December, and just a few moments ago, I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,” the president stated.

Trump also signaled this week he would support legislation aimed at implementing stricter background checks for purchasing firearms and improving security at schools.

The chief executive has given no indications he would support reimposing an assault weapons ban. (For more from the author of “Don’t Tell the Left, but Knives Are Used in Far More Murders in the U.S. Than Guns” please click HERE)

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Father of Florida School Shooting Victim Harassed on Twitter for ‘Trump 2020’ Shirt

The father of a Florida school shooting victim was lambasted on Twitter after he was photographed wearing a “Trump 2020” shirt while he searched for his daughter, whom he later found out had died in the bloodbath.

Andrew Pollack was first pictured last Wednesday as he frantically searched for his daughter, Meadow, hours after gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Pollack found out the next day that his 18-year-old daughter had died.

But when a photo of him wearing the “Trump 2020” shirt began circulating on Twitter, several people spewed hateful comments about the grieving father, with no show of remorse.

Other people said they felt “empathy” for Meadow Pollack dying, but turned on the father for voting for Trump. One user said Andrew Pollack should have “thought twice” before casting his vote during the 2016 election . . .

Despite the hateful comments, many users also expressed their condolences and condemned others for politicizing a woman’s death. Some said they were “heartbroken” by the loss and urged people on social media to support Pollack during the difficult time.

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Dems Fume as Trump Pushes Low-Cost, ObamaCare Alternative Health Plans

The Trump administration moved Tuesday to allow health insurers to sell lower-cost, less-comprehensive medical plans as an alternative to those required under ObamaCare – in a plan that drew swift protest from congressional Democrats.

The proposed regulations would allow insurers to sell individual consumers “short-term” policies that can last up to 12 months, have fewer benefits, and come with lower premiums.

The plans also would come with a disclaimer that they don’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s consumer protection requirements, such as guaranteed coverage. Insurers could also charge consumers more if an individual’s medical history discloses health problems.

But at a time of rising premiums, Trump administration officials touted the option as a boost for those who need coverage but don’t qualify for the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies and would otherwise face paying the full premium cost.

“We need to be opening up more affordable alternatives,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters. “It’s one step in the direction of providing Americans with alternatives that are both more affordable and more suited to individual and family circumstances.” (Read more from “Dems Fume as Trump Pushes Low-Cost, ObamaCare Alternative Health Plans” HERE)

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Michael Moore Attended Anti-Trump ‘Not My President’ Rally Allegedly Organized by Russian Operatives

Hollywood director Michael Moore has bashed President Donald Trump since he took office in January 2017. He regularly accuses Trump of having “colluded” with the Russians to win the White House.

But now it appears Moore has a much stronger connection to Russian activities meant to undermine American democracy . . .

Special counsel Robert Mueller announced last week the indictment of 13 Russian nationals who ran the Internet Research Agency, a shell-company used to sow political discord and undermine American democracy. The agency originally sought to discredit Hillary Clinton, but after Trump won election, the agency worked to undermine him.

The agency did most of their work online, but they also helped organize rallies nationwide. Authorities believe Moore was a part of one those rallies, an anti-Trump rally in November 2016.

According to Fox News, the government said the Russian operatives organized the Nov. 12, 2016, “Trump is NOT my President” rally in New York City. Mueller said the goal of the rally was to “sow discord in the U.S. political system.” (Read more from “Michael Moore Attended Anti-Trump ‘Not My President’ Rally Allegedly Organized by Russian Operatives” HERE)

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Some Illegal Aliens Are Mad at ‘Dreamer’ Illegal Aliens for ‘Sense of Entitlement’

A Los Angeles Times story from over the weekend reported that the conflict over illegal immigration isn’t just between Republicans and Democrats, or citizens and non-citizens, but also between different sects of the illegal-immigrant population.

According to the Times story, some illegal immigrants who have not received legal protections such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program feel that DACA recipients act entitled and have failed to use their status to advocate for other illegal immigrants.

“I’m very bitter,” said Sam Paredes, who came to the U.S. illegally 30 years ago. “These DACA kids definitely have this sense of entitlement. People fought for them and they got DACA and they got their work permit and then they went to sleep, instead of working to fight for the rest of us.”

The Times article also featured an anecdote from 35-year-old illegal immigrant Alessandro Negrete, who lashed out at a friend and DACA recipient for complaining about DACA being repealed.

“You think you have it hard? You at least have legal status. For some people like me, my mom and some of my neighbors, we don’t have that,” Negrete said he angrily told his friend. (Read more from “Some Illegal Aliens Are Mad at ‘Dreamer’ Illegal Aliens for ‘Sense of Entitlement'” HERE)

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Pizza Workers Refuse to Serve Cop in Uniform, Then Get Served Some Justice They Won’t Soon Forget

A longtime Dora, Alabama, police officer was wearing his uniform when he visited a Little Caesars pizza restaurant in Sumiton last Tuesday to pick up dinner for his family — and had a little trouble getting his food.

That’s because two Little Caesars employees refused to serve the cop, WBMA-TV reported.

The officer and his family reported the incident to Little Caesars, and a corporate spokeswoman told WBMA an investigation revealed that the company’s core principals weren’t followed.

“The two employees were terminated the following morning,” Jill Proctor, Little Caesars Corporate Communications Manager, told the station.

Proctor added to WBMA that Little Caesars visited the Dora Police Department and gave all the officers free pizza. It appears that visit took place last Wednesday — the day after the incident in Sumiton. (Read more from “Pizza Workers Refuse to Serve Cop in Uniform, Then Get Served Some Justice They Won’t Soon Forget” HERE)

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Iran Threatens to ‘Level Tel Aviv’ If Israel Attacks

Any attacks carried out against Iran will result in the destruction of Tel Aviv, Mohsen Rezaei, secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council, warned Israel on Monday, according to the Fars News Agency.

Quoted by Iran’s semi-official government news site, Rezaei, in response to Netanyahu’s comments at the Munich Security Conference, asserted that “If they [Israel] carry out the slightest unwise move against Iran, we will level Tel Aviv to the ground and will not give any opportunity to Netanyahu to flee.”

“The US and Israeli leaders don’t know Iran and don’t understand the power of resistance and therefore, they continuously face defeat,” he was quoted as saying in an interview with Lebanese Hezbollah-affiliated Al Manar News.

“Today, the situation of the US and Israel indicate their fear of the Zionist regime’s collapse and the US decline,” he added in the interview.

Israel came in direct conflict with Iran on February 10, when an IAF attack helicopter shot down an Iranian operated drone, and later took out its command center in Syria. (Read more from “Iran Threatens to ‘Level Tel Aviv’ If Israel Attacks” HERE)

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Mainstream Media Spreading False Claim That Florida Shooter Was Trained by the NRA

“TRAINED BY THE NRA.”

That’s the bombastic and misleading headline that ran in The New York Daily News’ Saturday print edition about Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old man who confessed to murdering 17 high school students and faculty in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14.

The rampage, in which Cruz used an AR-15, sparked a typical debate over gun rights, with Democrats and liberals calling for increased gun control. Part of the strategy has been to link Cruz to the National Rifle Association, the largest gun lobby in the U.S.

The Daily News cited an Associated Press report in its misleading article, but without providing additional context that undercuts the idea that Cruz was “trained” by the NRA.

Instead, Cruz was a member of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at Stoneman Douglas High School, where Wednesday’s shooting took place. JROTC programs operate in more than 1,700 high schools across the U.S. and are sponsored by the U.S. Army rather than the NRA.

The Daily News report, and others published by left-leaning news outlets, also avoids mentioning the FBI’s admission on Friday that the bureau failed to act on a tip last month from someone who said that Cruz had expressed a “desire to kill people.”

Vox, a left-leaning website, published an article with the headline: “Nikolas Cruz was reportedly on an NRA-funded rifle team in high school.”

And Think Progress, a website affiliated with the leftist Center for American Progress, published a piece headlined, “The NRA donated $10,000 to help train the Parkland shooting suspect to use a rifle.”

As part of Stoneman Douglas’ JROTC program, Cruz competed in air rifle marksmanship competitions with other schools.

“He was a very good shot,” Aaron Diener, a teammate of Cruz’s in the marksmanship program, told The Associated Press.

According to the AP, the NRA Foundation gave $2.2 million in cash and non-cash grants to schools in 2016. Most of the grants — $1.8 million worth — were in-kind donations of “equipment for high school air rifle teams to gun safety programs for younger children.”

Stoneman Douglas received a $10,827 non-cash grant as part of the program, according to the AP.

There is no evidence that the NRA provided marksmanship training to Cruz or any other JROTC members.

The Daily News and other breathless reports about Cruz’s alleged NRA links left out other critical context about the JROTC funding.

Some of the grants provided to Stoneman Douglas’ program were used to purchase bulletproof Kevlar curtains that were used to protect students during Cruz’s rampage.

As the AP reported, “Colton Haab, a second lieutenant and platoon leader in the school’s JROTC, told The Associated Press that he helped usher about 90 students into the room where cadets train with pellet rifles. Haab moved the Kevlar sheets used as a backdrop for target practice away from the wall and told everyone to hide behind them. As it was, the shooter never approached the ROTC rooms.”

“So I think the NRA actually bonused us in a way,” Haab said.

A version of this article appeared on The Daily Caller News Foundation website.

HERO: This Utterly Mediocre Skier Made It to the Olympics on a Technicality

Meet the greatest Olympian since Orsippus: Elizabeth Swaney, a 33-year-old mediocre American skier who qualified for the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang by exploiting a loophole in Hungary.

Swaney’s half-pipe run on Monday involved one quasi-trick, no air, and a last-place finish. She frequently did not clear the top of the half-pipe. She qualified for the Olympics by leveraging her grandparents’ Hungarian birth to attend International Ski Federation World Cup events, where she regularly finished among the top 30 skiers because fewer than 30 skiers showed up to compete.

International Ski Federation judge Steele Spence told The Denver Post, “She would compete in [events] consistently over the last couple years and sometimes girls would crash so she would not end up dead last.” Alas, Swaney’s dearth of skill caught up with her on Monday, when he finished her second run in last place.

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Parents Lose Custody of Child for Refusing to Support Transgenderism

On Friday, Ohio parents were denied custody of their daughter for not being supportive enough of her alleged transgenderism.

The 17-year-old biologically female child identifies as a boy and claims she has suicidal thoughts over her parents’ lack of support for her transgenderism (they won’t, for example, call her by her new chosen male name). The parents were fighting for custody of their daughter back from the state in an effort to stop potential transgender hormone treatment.

An attorney representing the parents, whose names have not been disclosed because of privacy concerns, argued that the girl was not “even close to being able to make such a life-altering decision at this time.” Representatives of the girl argued that a “medical team” claimed that the treatment was a matter of life and death.

Hamilton County Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon granted custody to the girl’s maternal grandparents, who are open to transgender hormone therapy. The teenager has been living with them since 2016.

According to CNN, Hendon also granted the grandparents the option to petition to change the teen’s name to her new male name in probate court. The girl is now covered by their insurance. (Read more from “Parents Lose Custody of Child for Refusing to Support Transgenderism” HERE)

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