Why a Trauma Kit is essential and what it should contain

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Tiny SquirrelGun shows are great places to meet kindred spirits and at the last one I went to I met David Dietrich who is co-owner of GetReady! Emergency Planning Center, getemergencyready.com. He was selling a fantastic range of Trauma items (although I admit he got my attention with a small pack on his stall labeled “Vasectomy Kit.”) Anyway, I asked him to come up with something that would really be of use to you guys and he produced a doozy. Check this list out. Thanks David, this is really useful. 

Most people likely think about equipment for trained specialists in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) when they hear “Trauma Kit.”  Other terms used are “Blow-Out Kit,” and “Individual First Aid Kit” (IFAK).  However, they would be wrong.  Such kits are instead designed to be used by the first responder, whether he is a police officer, infantryman, or just a Good Samaritan.

A Trauma Kit is a far cry from a typical First Aid Kit.  While the latter is designed to support minor injuries and medical issues, the former is essential for saving someone’s life in the next ten minutes.  That means such kits are focused on major bleeding from gunshots, stabbings, and amputations.  In addition, they address breathing obstructions from anaphylaxis or massive tissue damage.

For the purposes of post-disaster preparedness, a Trauma Kit provides coverage where there will likely be no medical services for some time.  That means we will be on our own.  We ourselves may be not only the first responder, but also the last.  So, acquiring and learning to use the components of such a kit is a critical capability.  This is one reason why so many military combatants have survived serious wounds in our recent wars.

One axiom is indisputable – all bleeding stops.  The question becomes, how it will stop?  Do you want to let it stop on its own, after the casualty has bled out, or do you want to play an active role, stopping the bleeding yourself in sufficient time for the casualty to become an asset once again?  The Trauma Kit provides a means to that end, through various included devices.

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Image: Pictured are the JBC Corporation Medical Assault Kit, costing over $200, and the GetReady! Field Trauma Kit, listing at $99.95.

So, what does a Trauma Kit look like?  First of all, it is relatively small, easily carried on a belt, armor plate, or in a backpack.  Secondly, it does not usually contain the items we expect to see in First Aid Kits.  Rather, they include tourniquets, pressure bandages, blood clotting agent, occlusive dressing, tension pneumothorax needle, and nasopharyngeal airway. There may be a few other odds and ends as well, but those are the basics.

 

Let’s take a look at components of a trauma kit, to better understand why they are used:

 

tourniquets
Image: Pictured are rubber tubing, RATS, SWAT-T, and CAT-T.  Others to consider are are SOF-TT, and TK-4.  They range in price from approximately $6 to $32 each.

Tourniquet.  There are many designs and brand available, from simple rubber tubing to complex windlass or ratcheting designs.  But, they all have one purpose – to constrict or eliminate blood flow to the bleeding extremity.  While these used to be a tool of last resort, military experience has proven their worth in saving lives as the tool of first choice.  If properly applied and combined with other devices, they can be safely removed later.

 

compression-bandages
Pictured are the H&H Medical H-Bandage and the ubiquitous “Israeli Bandage.”  They range in price from approximately $6 to $15 each.

Compression (Pressure) Bandage.  There are several commercial brands out there, typically based on the original Israeli Bandage.  As the tried and true method for staunching blood flow is pressure and elevation, their purpose is to maintain pressure at the injury site, as well as provide a clotting medium.  This is accomplished through an integrated dressing and pressure device.  The hands are then left free to perform other functions. Here are some examples of commercially available Pressure Bandages:

 

Pictured are the Celox Hemostatic Granules,  QuikClot Combat Gauze, and QuikClot Clotting Sponge.  They range in price from approximately $13 to $42 each.
Pictured are the Celox Hemostatic Granules,  QuikClot Combat Gauze, and QuikClot Clotting Sponge.  They range in price from approximately $13 to $42 each.

Hemostatic (Clotting) Agent.  There are mainly two commercial brands out there, found in three forms.  These are QuikClot and Celox, using sponges, gauze wraps, or poured granules.  The key component is either a clay mineral (kaolin), used in QuikClot, or a crustacean derivative (chitosan), used in Celox.  Both types interact with blood plasma to rapidly form clots.  They work independently of blood platelets or thinning drugs.

 

 

Pictured are the H&H Medical Wound Seal Kit and Compact Wound Seal.  Other companies also produce simple and valved options.  They range in price from approximately $15 to $30 each.
Pictured are the H&H Medical Wound Seal Kit and Compact Wound Seal.  Other companies also produce simple and valved options.  They range in price from approximately $15 to $30 each.

Occlusive Dressing (aka Chest Seal).  Several brands are used by the military and other agencies.  They are designed to block inhalation through the thoracic cavity, rather than normally, into the lungs.  If such a condition, known as a “sucking chest wound,” is allowed to continue, the lung on that side will likely collapse, putting pressure on the aorta and heart, resulting in painful breathing and associated circulatory problems.

 

 

 

Pictured are the BD Angiocath and the H&H Medical Tension Pneumothorax Needle.  Enhanced versions are also available.  They range in price from approximately $15 to $43 each.
Pictured are the BD Angiocath and the H&H Medical Tension Pneumothorax Needle.  Enhanced versions are also available.  They range in price from approximately $15 to $43 each.

Tension Pneumothorax Needle (TPN).  Several brands are used by the military and other agencies.  They are designed to release air and/or fluid pressure in the external thoracic cavity that may lead to the same conditions described under Occlusive Dressing above.  So, this device is for closed, versus open chest wounds.  The TPN is probably the most difficult of all the Trauma Kit devices to apply, and should by studied and practiced.

 

Naso-Pharyngeal Airway (NPA)

Pictured is the Rusch Robertazzi Nasopharyngeal Airway.  Packaged with water-soluble lubricant, they range in price from approximately $5 to $15 each.
Pictured is the Rusch Robertazzi Nasopharyngeal Airway.  Packaged with water-soluble lubricant, they range in price from approximately $5 to $15 each.

Numerous brands are used by the military and other agencies. They are used to maintain breathing in the event of an airway blockage due to anaphylaxis or tissue damage.  They are basically comprised of a stiffened rubber tube, beveled on one end and enlarged into a bell shape on the other.  Assisted by accompanying water-based lubricant, they are fully inserted into a nostril up to the bell.

compressed-gauzeCompressed Gauze.  Numerous brands are used by the military and other agencies.  They are used primarily to absorb and aid in the clotting of blood.  Almost always comprised of cotton, they are the most versatile Trauma Kit component.  And it cannot be overstated that you can never have enough gauze.  Additional uses include absorbing other bodily fluids, covering burns and lacerations, wrapping dressings, and securing splints.

 

Trauma Shears

Pictured are 3.5” and 5.5” light duty Trauma Sheers from Rescue Essentials and Ronson.  Other, more robust sheers are available.  They range in price from approximately $3 to $50 each.
Pictured are 3.5” and 5.5” light duty Trauma Sheers from Rescue Essentials and Ronson.  Other, more robust sheers are available.  They range in price from approximately $3 to $50 each.

Numerous brands are used by the military and other agencies.  They are used primarily to cut away clothing and other accessories (eg bra underwire) to quickly access the point of injury.  Their unique design provides a safe and easy method to cut through almost anything, including coins!  The major take-away regarding arterial bleeding is that saving clothing comes in a distant second to saving a life.

 

 

 

 Pictured are rolls from eGear and H&H Medical.  Also found among survival gear, they range in price from approximately $1 to $4 each.

Pictured are rolls from eGear and H&H Medical.  Also found among survival gear, they range in price from approximately $1 to $4 each.

Medical (Duct) Tape.  This ubiquitous resource really comes into its own in a medical kit.  Not only can it be used to secure bandages and dressings, but it also has applications for foot care (eg prevention and treatment of blisters), wrapping splints, making snow goggles, and repairing medical gear and other items.  Mini rolls, primarily for storage purposes, are the best configuration.  Don’t leave home without them!

 

 

Pictured are rolls from eGear and H&H Medical.  Also found among survival gear, they range in price from approximately $1 to $4 each.
Pictured are rolls from eGear and H&H Medical.  Also found among survival gear, they range in price from approximately $1 to $4 each.

Medical Gloves.  These are included in Trauma Kits primarily to protect the responder, not the patient.  Bodily fluids can carry many dangerous diseases, and having additional barriers during treatment may keep the responder from becoming a casualty.  In addition, they may preclude the need for further cleansing following treatment.  Simple glove removal and disposal may be sufficient action under tactical conditions.

Marking Pen

Pictured are mini Sharpies.  Full-sized versions can also be used.  They range in price from approximately $1 to $3 each.
Pictured are mini Sharpies.  Full-sized versions can also be used.  They range in price from approximately $1 to $3 each.

This is important not only for recording information on a Casualty Card, but also for marking other information, such as the date and time of a tourniquet application.  Such marking can be on the device itself, or even on the forehead of the patient.  There are other uses for such pens, such as taking notes on environmental conditions, and descriptions of agents (eg animals, plants, suspects) involved.

 

Pictured are the H&H Medical standard and Marine Combat Casualty Care Cards.  They range in price from approximately $2 to $4 each.
Pictured are the H&H Medical standard and Marine Combat Casualty Care Cards.  They range in price from approximately $2 to $4 each.

Casualty Response Documentation Tool (CRDT).

This is an event recording card, containing information describing patient and injury, treatment (including drugs) administered, mental state, circulation, respiration, mechanisms of injury (MOIs), medical conditions, and overall patient medical status, from routine to critical.  It’s always good to keep track of what’s happening in such cases, for reference prior to future treatment.

 

 Pictured are medical pouches from Eagle Industries and Maxpedition.  Another common brand is Rothco.  They range in price from approximately $15 to $45 each.

Pictured are medical pouches from Eagle Industries and Maxpedition.  Another common brand is Rothco.  They range in price from approximately $15 to $45 each.

Pouch.  Typical military kit dimensions are 8 inches long by 6 inches wide by four inches deep when full.  It uses the Pouch Attachment Ladder System (PALS) to fasten to Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment (MOLLE) configured backpacks.  Made of rugged Cordura nylon, this Pouch can be used under adverse environmental and tactical conditions.  It should be readily accessible for immediate use.

 

Other Components.  A number of other items may be included in a Trauma Kit for various reasons.  For example, if the owner would like to access the kit for minor injuries, and not dip into important trauma components, then adhesive bandages may be included.  In addition, medications (eg aspirin) should be considered.  Sterile wipes and water for cleaning wounds, flashlight for nighttime, and CPR shield round out the list.

 Pictured are a CPR Shield, regular strength Aspirin, Moist Towelettes, Sterile Water, Penlight, Adhesive Bandages, and Gauze Pads.  They range in price from approximately $1 to $5 each.

Pictured are a CPR Shield, regular strength Aspirin, Moist Towelettes, Sterile Water, Penlight, Adhesive Bandages, and Gauze Pads.  They range in price from approximately $1 to $5 each.

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David Dietrich is co-owner of GetReady! Emergency Planning Center, getemergencyready.com. He has been preparing for uncertainty since he was a youth, recognizing that backpacking is about smaller, lighter, and multi-capability.  His experiences in the Boy Scouts and military have given him an appreciation for the real meaning of the Scout Motto – “Be Prepared.”  Today, David runs a disaster preparedness business that is focused on the creed – helping you help yourself.  It is about delivering resources, training, education, and consulting in preparation for a failure of civility.  Prepared people are survivors.

 

 

 

 

What you didn’t learn in Conceal Carry Training. And how this information could change your life.

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Image: Target shooting, Kelly McCarthy. Now’s the time to think about the consequences of pulling the trigger in a defensive situation

Pulling that trigger is something you need to have thought about BEFORE you ever have to do it. Could you shoot a kid? No? Could you shoot a kid with a gun aimed at your wife? Maybe? Could you shoot a pregnant woman? Never? Could you shoot a pregnant woman with a gun to your kid’s head. Would you shoot a gunman threatening a clerk in a convenience store if you’re safely hiding at the back and in no immediate danger? Could you shoot your wife? Are you going to risk your life for a stranger? Are you willing to endure the court case? The massive hit to your finances? To even, possibly, have to move town because people won’t believe that what you did was necessary. So many ifs, right?

Here are the steps that COULD follow a defensive shooting:

  • Shots Fired
  • 911 Call
  • First Responders
  • Local law enforcement supervisors
  • Detectives – In some places the ADA will be dispatched
  • Investigation/Questioning
  • Prosecutor Determination
  • Trial Phase
  • Sentencing
  • Appeal Process
  • Civil Trial

See what I mean. Being the hero can get you in a whole world of trouble? That’s why I am probably only going to draw and shoot if I’m saving someone with the same last name as me.

Reporting a defensive shooting

So you pulled the trigger. You need to prepare for how you would report a defensive shooting. Rule No. 1. Don’t incriminate yourself. The 911 operator is not your friend but is trained to keep asking questions which are being recorded. Keep it simple.

  • Dial 911
  • Report there’s been a shooting.
  • Give them your name and the address you’re at
  • Tell them who is in the house/building. (Maybe send the kids next door if they are present.)
  • Describe any injuries and whether you need EMS
  • Describe yourself, your clothes. Put your weapon on the floor or in clear sight. (Unless you are using it to subdue a criminal.)
  • If you are insured with an organization that provides an attorney, call them. If you have an attorney call them.
  • Tell the police the bare minimum. Be cooperative but spare the details. Say only:
    • Officer, I was in fear of my life/my family member was threatened and at risk of losing their life. (You would not pull the trigger to save property. The fallout is NOT worth it for something insured or inanimate.)
    • I will sign the complaint.
    • Be helpful and show them what the assailant used to attack you.
    • Introduce any witnesses.
    • Tell them you are invoking the Fifth Amendment until you have had time to talk to your attorney and calm yourself down. You should say you’ll be back within 24 hours to talk to them. Be prepared to be arrested. And be prepared to spend a long time being questioned.
    • Remember to say: “If he/she survives I want to press charges.” Remind everyone that you’re not the aggressor here. 

Father of Parkland Victim on What Could Have Stopped the Tragedy

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“This incident that occurred, this outrageous tragedy that we have had to deal with, we really had no signs, no warning, no tips,” announced Broward County School Superintendent Robert Runcie on CNN on Feb. 15, 2018.

Runcie was speaking of the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that had left 17 students and staff dead the day before. 

“No signs, no warning.” Well, that’s simply not true.

The confessed shooter in Parkland, Florida, had a long history of violence that school officials were well-aware of—a history that should have alerted them to the potential risk. 

Andrew Pollack and Max Eden document this in their new book “Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies that Created the Parkland Shooter and Endanger America’s Students.” Pollack is the father of Meadow, a girl who lost her life on the third floor of Stoneman Douglas that day. 

The warning signs were abundant—from animal torture and attempted suicide, to bringing knives and bullets to school and an overall obsession with guns. Police had been called to the shooter’s home 45 times to deal with incidents involving him or his brother. 

Pollack and Eden identify the shooter throughout by his prison number, 18-1958. 18-1958 had been in a fight in school, repeatedly issued death threats to other students, and was prohibited from bringing a backpack to school so as not to be able to conceal weapons in it. 

Yet as Pollack notes, when the shooter bought his guns, “he had a totally clean record. On paper, he was a model citizen.” 

How did his record stay so clean?

Pollack and Eden meticulously document that district and school officials did not stop 18-1958 because of the district’s policy to limit student suspensions and expulsions. That policy—the PROMISE Program—also deterred educators from referring students to police. 

Such leniency, Eden argues, meant that officials neglected opportunities to refer 18-1958 to law enforcement, allowing him to avoid arrest, which ultimately made it possible for him to buy a gun.

While the media at large focused on lack of “gun control” as the major problem, Pollack and Eden explain that PROMISE and the related rules on student discipline—which the Obama administration had then promulgated in school districts across the country—are undeniably at the center of this tragedy. 

The PROMISE Program “deters teachers from reporting disciplinary problems and makes administrators less inclined to trust teachers’ intuition and more inclined to make decisions that produce the disciplinary ‘data’ that their district-level superiors want to see,” Pollack and Eden write.

At every possible turn, the adults in the system ignored glaring warning signs. Pollack and Eden write that 18-1958’s story is “a cautionary tale of what can happen when everyone in a school system has an incentive to do the wrong thing.”  

Pollack and Eden’s book is difficult to read because Pollack’s pain, sorrow, and frustration is present on nearly every page. Furthermore, the detailed recounting of the tragedy pulls no punches in identifying the policies that allowed this disaster to happen. 

“Every step of the way, [district officials] had a choice: do the responsible thing and help [18-1958], or do the politically correct thing and ignore him. They made the wrong choice every single time,” Pollack writes in one section.

The most troubling part of the book, aside from the actual retelling of the shooting, is the ending. 

After an exhausting effort to change the composition of the Broward County School Board failed in 2018, the authors express fear that voter apathy is so deeply-rooted that even a disaster like Parkland is not enough to get people interested in local elections. 

In his epilogue, Pollack pleads with readers: “You simply have to step up, get involved, and make a difference for your children. You can’t let your schools be run like the Broward County Public School District.”

Readers will be left shaking their heads at the district’s systemic failures, administrators’ abdication of responsibility, and the abundance of adult negligence. 

Every school leader should read this book and safeguard against such a lax disciplinary environment being replicated in their districts—and every parent should read it to hold school officials accountable. Children’s lives depend on it.

Reproduced with permission. Original can be viewed here. Written by:

Lindsey M. Burke researches and writes on federal and state education issues as the Will Skillman fellow in education policy at The Heritage Foundation. Read her research. Lindsey Burke @lindseymburke

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Jonathan Butcher is a senior policy analyst in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy and a senior fellow for the Goldwater Institute and the Beacon Center of Tennessee. Jonathan Butcher @JM_Butcher

Pence: Kavanaugh Allegation Shows Democrats, Media ‘Getting Desperate’

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Justice Brett Kavanaugh “is a principled jurist and a credit to the highest court in the land and these attacks on Justice Kavanaugh must stop,” says Vice President Mike Pence in a speech at The Heritage Foundation.
(Photo: Erin Granzow for The Heritage Foundation)

Vice President Mike Pence dismissed the latest allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, calling it “discredited” and accusing liberals of “getting desperate.”

“The Democrats and their allies in the media are obviously getting desperate,” Pence said Tuesday during a speech at The Heritage Foundation. “After dominating our courts for more than a generation, leading Democrats today are now openly calling for packing the court.”

“This week, they have even taken to smearing a sitting justice on the Supreme Court with discredited allegations,” he said. 

Over the weekend, The New York Times published a story about a new purported instance of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh while he was in college. The Times subsequently issued an editor’s note on the piece, saying that the female student referred to in the piece “declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident.”

“The calls by Democrat candidates for president to remove Justice Kavanaugh from the court are a disgrace and nothing short of an attack on our independent judiciary,” Pence said. 

The vice president added that Kavanaugh “is a good and decent man.”

“He is a principled jurist and a credit to the highest court in the land and these attacks on Justice Kavanaugh must stop,” Pence said.

The vice president also discussed President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees.

“In the last two and a half years, President Trump has appointed 150 federal judges to our courts.” Pence said. “And they are all conservatives who are committed to upholding the God-given liberties enshrined in our Constitution, including the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.”

Pence was at The Heritage Foundation to deliver remarks on Trump’s trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.


A Note for our Readers:

In the wake of every tragic mass shooting or high-profile incident involving gun violence, we hear the same narrative: To stop these horrible atrocities from happening, we must crack down on gun laws. 

But is the answer really to create more laws around gun control, or is this just an opportunity to limit your Constitutional right to bear arms?

The researchers at The Heritage Foundation have put together a guide to help you better understand the 8 Stubborn Facts on Gun Violence in America.

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Rachel del Guidice is a congressional reporter for The Daily Signal. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Forge Leadership Network, and The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program. Send an email to Rachel.

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VIDEO: 8 Easy Ways to Tell If You Are Healthy

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Would you like some simple tests to determine if you have serious health issues?

If so, try these 8 simple tests to check your current state of health in important areas.

From eyesight to stamina to hearing, these simple but effective tests will give you an idea of how you are doing.

They can also let you know if you need to seek further medical assistance with a potentially serious medical problem.

Keeping yourself healthy is crucial to self reliance so try these tests today.

It begins?: Colt shuts down AR-15 production

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Facing threats from liberal lawmakers who want to confiscate AR-15s and create loopholes allowing activists to sue gunmakers for crimes committed with firearms, Colt Firearms announced they plan to cease producing the rifle.

Colt claims the decision was made due to “customer feedback.” According to Colt, there are more than enough AR-15 rifles on the market from other manufacturers, so they plan to focus on producing firearms for the military.

“We’re going to focus on the products that our consumers are asking for,” Colt senior vice president Paul Spitale said in a statement.

That claim is confusing, as the AR-15 is America’s best-selling and most popular rifle, indicating there aren’t enough rifles to meet demand.

Realizing the difficulty of passing laws banning private firearms ownerships, liberals have instead focused on eliminating guns at their source.

Anti-gun Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who vows to not only ban production of the AR-15, but to forcibly seize those already owned, celebrated the news on Twitter.

O’Rourke has proposed banning credit card companies from allowing customers to buy any type of firearm.

Anti-gun lawmakers have also threatened banks that allow gunmakers to hold accounts and have proposed creating loopholes in liability law to make gunmakers the only manufacturer who can be held financially liable for others misusing their product.

Meanwhile in MemeWorld

Image: Facebook

As the rest of America rushes to purchase an AR-15 either to spite O’Rourke or because they truly fear they’ll lose the opportunity, Colt may want to reconsider their stance.

Man Brain Dead 9 Days After Mosquito Bite

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A Michigan man went from perfectly healthy to brain dead after 9 days thanks to the rare, mosquito-borne virus Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the EEE virus can cause a rare brain infection called encephalitis. Around 30 percent of individuals who catch the virus die. Those that survive can suffer mild to severe brain damage.

Each year, between 5 to 10 cases are reported the CDC states. These mostly occur during the late spring to fall in subtropical areas, such as the Gulf States. The insects lay their eggs in or around water, so EEE-carrying mosquitoes most often lurk in swampy areas. –Newsweek

21 people have reportedly dies from EEE this year up from an average of 7 in previous years.

There is no cure for EEE and health specialists say they only way to protect yourself from EEE is to not get bit by mosquitoes.

While EEE is uncommon, you should still be looking out for these symptoms if you have been in mosquito infested areas recently:

Once a person is bitten and becomes infected with EEE, it can take between four to 10 days for symptoms of the virus involving encephalitis (EEEV) to emerge. These symptoms include headache, chills, vomiting and a high fever. They may then feel disorientated, experience seizures and fall into a coma. Doctors can diagnose EEE with a blood test.

Image: Mosquito. CDC

Liberals demand Americans kneel before plants to confess ‘climate sins’

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Has environmentalism become a mental disorder?

Students at the far-left “Union Theological Seminary” placed an array of houseplants at the center of the school’s chapel this week so they could kneel down to “confess” the “harm they’ve done to plants.”


“Today in chapel, we confessed to plants. Together, we held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow in prayer; offering them to the beings who sustain us but whose gift we too often fail to honor. What do you confess to the plants in your life?,” the school preened on Twitter.

“We are in the throes of a climate emergency, a crisis created by humanity’s arrogance, our disregard for Creation,” the school falsely claimed.

They were joined by NBC News, which created a page on the network’s website so Americans could submit “Climate Confessions.”

“Even those who care deeply about the planet’s future can slip up now and then,” the page reads. “Tell us: Where do you fall short in preventing climate change? Do you blast the A/C? Throw out half your lunch? Grill a steak every week? Share your anonymous confession with NBC News.”

Among the “sins” “confessed” to NBC are:
* “I compost at home, but not at work”
* “I run a heavy equipment contracting company. We burn 28,000 gallons of diesel a month to build more stuff we don’t need.”
* “I go to Starbucks several times a week and I don’t bring a reusable cup.”
* “I fly to see my son on the west coast. I live on the east.”
* Falling asleep to the TV at night helps my anxiety, but I often forget to turn on the sleep timer.”

The attempt to make ecosocialism a religion coincides with an attempt by the political establishment to more aggressively brainwash Americans or bully them into compliance.

But is this really want plants want?

If environmentalists really wanted to worship and honor plants they would stop eating them and start producing more carbon dioxide.

VIDEO: Model Jet Truck Made of Matches

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Who has the time to do this?

Watch as this model jet truck made of 30,000 wooden matches is lit.

It doesn’t travel very far but it gets there in a blaze of glory!

Trump Swats Down Onerous California Emissions Regulations

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President Donald Trump revoked California’s Obama-era federal waiver granting them the ability to impose draconian regulations on automakers.

Now, carmakers will have one set of standards for all 50 states and no longer have to build to the California standard.

The regulatory rollback comes on the heels of a Department of Justice antitrust investigation into California’s deal with four automakers; Ford, Volkswagen, Honda and BMW where the carmakers pledged to meet Obama’s 50 mpg fleet standard by 2026.

President Trump’s action negates this deal and rolls back the mpg standard.

Thanks to this regulatory rollback, consumers can look forward to lower cost vehicles and safer ones.

Image: Public Domain

VIDEO: Communists attack Trump supporters, torch US flag

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A Communist organization operating in the United States set fire to the American flag and physically assaulted Trump supporters outside a Trump fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Members of “Revolution Club Los Angeles,” proudly posted to Twitter video of themselves shrieking “America was never great” as they set the American flag ablaze.

They surrounded the flaming flag and locked arms to prevent Trump supporters from rescuing it. Police had to physically separate the two groups as multiple fights broke out.

“All my years, I’ve never seen that,” said Gregg Donovan, a Trump supporter, told CBS Los Angeles “I was very disappointed in both sides. I took a neutral stance. I just stood there with my sign the whole time, but the burning of the flag really hurt.”

“That’s us who burned that rag cuz the Trump/Pence are fascists & the Democrats are war criminals & we need REVOLUTION!” tweeted the Communist group.

“When a fascist who’s torturing ppl in concentration camps, threatening Iran, & attacking the homeless comes to your city… What do YOU do? While most ppl in LA stayed home, a determined group from the Rev Club sent a msg 2 Trump: F##k you & the sh#thole system u rule over!,” the group tweeted, without the profanity edited.

Good News!

Although President Donald Trump is getting into it with California Democrats over car emissions, homelessness, and refusing to pick up their budget debts he’s really resonating with the Republicans and conservatives trapped in LaLa Land. In one weekend he picked up $15 million for his re-election campaigns. To put this in context, Californian Democratic contender Kamala Harris took three months to raise this amount!

FUEL PLANT TO PRODUCE HYDROGEN FROM PLASTIC WASTE

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A new process will allow the production of hydrogen and electricity from unsorted, unwashed waste plastic

Researchers at the University of Chester and Powerhouse Energy have developed a way to use plastic waste to heat homes. 

The process takes unsorted, unwashed plastic and rapidly heats it to 1,000C. The heat causes the plastic to release hydrogen and other gases. The hydrogen is then trapped and can be compressed and used to power vehicle engines or to generate electricity. The process can generate more than 1 tonne of fuel-quality hydrogen gas and more than 58 MWh of exportable electricity per day. The plastic is also completely destroyed in the process. 

In addition to reducing the use of fossil fuels, projects like this can have the benefit of decreasing plastic found in oceans. Although similar projects have raised concern that burning plastic could release greenhouse gases, W2T plans to trap all of the gases produced and use them to generate electricity in gas-fired power plants.

The technology has been licensed to waste-to-energy company Waste2Tricity (W2T), which is developing a plant on a site near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire. W2T aims to eventually roll out plants in Southeast Asia, where hydrogen-fuelled buses are already in use. 

The company plans to buy unrecyclable plastic waste to fuel the plant from countries where such waste often ends up in rivers and oceans. 

Check it out! Website: waste2tricity.com China has already realized the potential of Hydrogen fuel. The world’s biggest car market is set to embrace hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle technology. China’s former science-and-technology minister, who’s been called the father of China’s electric-car movement has said that he wants to “establish a hydrogen society”. 

Cute kid cooks dinner on charcoal wok!

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I’ve seen 20-somethings who couldn’t do a nice fried rice like this four-year old kid does! Look how gently he treats his little brother.

This absolutely shows how quality of life is not measured in “stuff” but in making the most of your situation and having the lifeskill to cope.

Job Posting: Python Removal Agent

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If you would like to get into the exciting world of python removal, then the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board would like to have a word with you.

They are looking for a few good men or women to become python removal agents.

According to the job posting, if you qualify, you will be provided with procedural instruction and field identification guides.

In addition, you will be given access to SFWMD lands in Miami-Dade, Broward, Collier and Palm Beach counties.

If you are hired, Python removal agents will be paid:

  • A minimum wage hourly rate up to 10 hours daily. Time spent searching for pythons on SFWMD lands must be verified by a GPS tracking app installed on each python removal agent’s iOS or Android mobile device.
  • An additional incentive payment of $50 for each python measuring up to 4 feet plus an extra $25 for each foot measured above 4 feet. In the example below, an 8-foot python would pay out $150.
  • An additional $200 for each eliminated python found guarding “nests” with eggs

Here’s all you need to get into this exciting field:

  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Possess a valid email address
  • Have access to an iOS or Android mobile device that allows for download and utilization of the required GPS tracking app
  • Consent to be tracked using the GPS tracking app
  • Sign a waiver of liability
  • Have not been convicted of a felony or wildlife-related offense within the last five (5) years
  • Consent to submit to a criminal background check
  • Consent to using an electronic data collection app
  • Must have a bank account and agree to receive all payments by direct deposit

Act fast. The SFWMD is only hiring 25-35 python removal agents. By the way, the SFWMD HAS authorized the use of firearms to remove pythons.

VIDEO: San Diego Police in Gunfight With Fleeing Suspect

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San Diego police released this body cam footage of a gunfight with a suspect.

Isaias Raziel Ochoa and two companions were in a Ford sedan about 1:30am when police noticed it stopped at a green light.

An officer heard a scream coming from the car and gave chase.

The vehicle stopped in a residential area and the three suspects fled.

Officers heard gunshots from the direction Ochoa had fled and sent in a service dog.

The dog found Ochoa and as officers moved in they heard more gunshots.

Ochoa was killed during the gunfight.

Explosion rips open Russian bioweapons lab. Get your FREE Bio-warfare Survival Guide

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A massive explosion has blown open a Russian laboratory housing ebola, anthrax, smallpox and other biological weapons.

“The State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology has said a cylinder exploded in lab which is one of two places in the world that houses the smallpox disease which has been eradicated in the world,” the Daily Star reports. “Located in Koltsovo, in the Novosibirsk region of Siberia, the site is thought to be where biological weapons have been made.”

Firefighters battled the blaze until they realized the facility houses highly contagious and deadly viruses.

While the fire would destroy any viruses in the facility, scientists note the explosion may have blown infectious agents into the air and free of the fire’s high temperatures, possibly infecting those in the area.

“That contamination zone could be 10 to a few hundred meters depending on the size of the blast and other factors such as wind speed and direction, and whether it was an airborne virus,” the Daily Star reports.

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SAS officer kills five jihadis with a shotgun in seven seconds

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A British SAS officer armed with a shotgun took out five ISIS fighters in seven seconds in a raid on a terrorist bomb factory.

The unnamed officer was leading a dawn raid on the ISIS bombmaking facility outside of Baghdad, Iraq, acting on a tip received the previous night that a suicide bombing was planned for that day.

The successful operation was part of a covert mission that took place on an ISIS outpost in Baghdad, Iraq.  Working with Iraq’s special forces, MI6 agents had identified the building as a suspected bomb factory used by the terror group, from which militants would carry out attacks.

Leading a 12-man team, the officer burst into the facility, breaking through a doorway into a small courtyard.

He found himself just feet away from the ISIS fighters.

Unfortunately for the team, the terrorists were loading weapons into a truck at the time, meaning they were armed and had other weapons within reach.

That’s when the team leader, carrying a Benelli M4 Super 90 semi-automatic shotgun used to blow open door locks, leaped into action. (See video above how the Bennelli performs.)

He “opened fire with a shotgun and shot dead three before they could get a shot off,” an unnamed source tells the Daily Star.

“Another two terrorists appeared from a building and he neutralized them as well,” the source added.

Using a shotgun at point-blank range had the desired effect.

“Several other terrorists emerged from the building but immediately surrendered and began panicking as two of the bodies didn’t have heads – they thought they were about to be executed,” the Daily Star reported.

Two of the terrorists were wearing explosive vests loaded with ball bearings, meaning the team intercepted and neutralized them just minutes before they were set to carry out the attack.

The Ministry of Defence does not comment on special forces operations.

Man brings emotional support clown to meeting about his firing

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When Joshua Jack got an email from his employer saying they needed to discuss his future with the company, he figured it wasn’t to make him CEO.

The message reminded him that under New Zealand law he could bring someone as “emotional support.”

He hired a clown.

The clown made balloon animals as Jack’s bosses explained to him he was being fired, though he had to stop when executives complained about the squeaking rubber.

He even mimed crying as the company handed Jack formal notice of his firing.

The bosses thought the “emotional support clown” was unusual, but appreciated Jack lightening the mood.  “I mean he was one of the best clowns in all Auckland so they were getting something of a free service,” said Jack.

Jack has since found another job at a different ad agency, though he did not hire a clown for the interview.

Give the man credit. Nowadays people would show up with their Mom, sobbed through the whole thing, then sued for emotional distress.

VIDEO: Make a Copper Coil Water Heater

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As the fall begins, many of us turn toward the question of heating our living spaces through the upcoming winter months.

If you want to make certain you and your family remain warm as the snow falls, check out this ingenious water heater/space heater.

This may be perfect for heating your cabin out in the woods or if the power fails for a long period and you need to keep warm.

Beto Special: Gun sales surge 15% after Dems vow confiscation

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“Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.” Rep. Beto O’Rourke, TX-16, Democrat, Presidential Candidate. 

Americans surged into gun stores to buy firearms as Democrat presidential candidates competed with one another to see who could propose the most gun bans.

The number of gun sales reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in August 2019 was 15.2 percent larger than the number reported in August 2018, the National Shooting Sports Federation reports.  That figure is the second-highest ever recorded for August, behind only August 2016 as it appeared anti-gun Hillary Clinton could possibly be elected President.

That battle among Democrats for the title of Biggest Gun Confiscator appears to have been won by former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who pushed away decades of Democrat claims they weren’t going to confiscate guns by flatly promising “We’re coming for your AR-15.”  O’Rourke even sold t-shirts emblazoned with his promise to confiscate privately-owned guns from peaceable Americans.

Image: Beto for America

In response, Alpha Dog Firearms in Phoenix, Arizona held a “Beto Special” sale.  Responding to an O’Rourke tweet about AR-15s, complaining that he saw the “weapon of war” for sale for just $395, Alpha Dog offered up its stock of AR-15s for only $349.99.

They completely sold out of rifles in just four hours.

Would You Pass (Gas) on this Fart Festival?

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They have competitions for everything. Well, almost everything.

In what might be a first of its kind, flatulence has floated up to the competitive level.

Surat, India will be the location for a farting competition called What the Fart? on September 22nd.

Organizers Yatin Sangoi and Mul Sanghvi promote the contest as ” a test to see whose farts are the loudest, the longest and the most musical.”

They have even created a hashtag #freethefart to further their cause.

Winners will take home trophies and as sponsors are coming forward to provide Rs 5,000 to Rs 15,000 (about $60-$200) in prize money. The entry fee is only Rs 100 (about $1.40).

Do you think this will catch on in America?

Source: Facebook

Graphic video: Police shoot man in back. Take our poll!

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There may have been a few reasons to want to see this man locked up. Apparently there was a warrant out for his arrest and reports indicate it was for possession of child pornography.

But here the cop turns judge, jury and executioner. After a few minutes of standoff, and AFTER the victim pocketed his weapon and turns to run away, the cop shoots him in the back with his rifle.

This is not righteous. Even if the guy was a scumbag. Even if he’d been wasting their time or previously threatening these officers. Their training should have stopped them from making a kill shot while he was jogging away. The cop could not demonstrate he had a  “reasonable fear of imminent, serious bodily injury or death.” Colorado gives the police a greater degree of flexibility in these kinds of shootings as their legal standard is looser.

The Rifle shooting remains under investigation by the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Rifle Police Department.  More in the Denver Post.

Why the President released our strategic oil reserves

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Houthi* rebels battling Saudi Arabia in Yemen took credit for the drone bombing on Saturday (Sept 14) that took out a chuck of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s oil pipe network and cut supplies by 50%. The President is looking to Iran who has a history of lying about drone attacks. (see video above) In any event, the oil spot price shot up 20% overnight and the President has stepped in to allay fears and prevent shortages by releasing some of the US strategic oil reserve. He has also Tweeted that an armed response could be in the works.

But this is about more than just oil in this asymmetrical war with Islamic radicals. The drone strike may prompt other rebel groups, possibly our own home-grown radicalized terrorists to copy the idea and use drones (they don’t have to be military grade to cause harm) to attack targets here on the US mainland.

*The Houthis, officially called Ansar Allah, are members of an Islamic religious-political-armed movement that emerged from Sa’dah in northern Yemen in the 1990s. They have threatened additional attacks on Saudi oil installations according to their TV Station al-Masirah.

Weird Snake-Like UFO Spotted Over New York

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Weird snake-like UFO’s over New York?

A new You Tube video shows what looks like a very strange object hovering over the skies of Clayville, New York.

This clip was the latest is a steady stream of similar sightings from across the world.

Another video from Wyoming showed a mysterious cylindrical object floating in the sky in the early morning hours.

Some believe these are top secret military experiments while other believe they are unusually shaped balloons.

What do you think they are? See it for yourself.

FBI reveals domestic terrorism on rise and it looks like Antifa is fueling it

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The FBI is currently tracking 850 suspected domestic terrorists, and as many as 60 percent could be linked to Antifa and other leftist causes.

“There have been more arrests and deaths in the United States caused by domestic terrorists than international terrorists in recent years,” the head of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, Assistant Director Michael McGarrity, tells a U.S. House committee.

McGarrity says the Internet and social media allow groups to radicalize potential terrorists without meeting in person, and results in terrorists taking action more quickly, making tracking the threats harder.

He tells Congress that while 40 percent of the suspects are linked to racist groups, mostly white nationalists, “the vast majority of the other cases involve subjects who promote anti-government or anti-authority sentiments,” ABC News reports.

That appears to refer to the “Antifa” or “anti-fascist” movement, which claims to oppose fascism despite holding entirely fascist views.

It also includes what the FBI call “anarchists.” Antifa terrorists and those holding similar views also call themselves “anarchists,” even though actual anarchy is the absence of government and the rejection of violence and their cause is committed to increasing the size of power of government through violent means.

While racist groups have been around for decades, “Antifa” and their leftist counterparts are relatively new, or have been resurrected from the 1960s, which saw a national wave of liberal terrorism and assassinations, indicating the rising prevalence of domestic terrorism is fueled by the Left, as much as the FBI is reluctant to admit.

According to Wikipedia: Antifa is not an interconnected or unified organization, but rather a movement without a hierarchical leadership structure, comprising multiple autonomous groups and individuals. Activists typically organize protests via social media and through websites. Some activists have built peer-to-peer networks, or use encrypted-texting services like Signal. According to Chauncey Devega at Salon, antifa is an organizing strategy, not a group of people. The antifa movement has grown since the 2016 presidential election and, as of August 2017, approximately 200 groups existed, of varying sizes and levels of activity. The activists involved subscribe to a range of ideologies, typically on the left and they include anarchists, socialists and communists along with some liberals and social democrats.

According to Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at the California State University, San Bernardino, antifa activists feel the need to participate in violent actions because “they believe that elites are controlling the government and the media. So they need to make a statement head-on against the people who they regard as racist”. According to Mark Bray, the adherents “reject turning to the police or the state to halt the advance of white supremacy. Instead they advocate popular opposition to fascism as we witnessed in Charlottesville”.

The idea of direct action is central to the antifa movement. Former antifa organizer Scott Crow told an interviewer:

The idea in Antifa is that we go where they [right-wingers] go. That hate speech is not free speech. That if you are endangering people with what you say and the actions that are behind them, then you do not have the right to do that. And so we go to cause conflict, to shut them down where they are, because we don’t believe that Nazis or fascists of any stripe should have a mouthpiece

 Scott Crow

A manual posted on It’s Going Down, an anarchist website, warns against accepting “people who just want to fight”. Here it is.

VIDEO: Roasting an Ostrich!

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Watch as a BBQ pitmaster attempts to roast an entire ostrich.

As far as we know, no one has ever attempted to roast a bird this huge before.

It seems almost unreal when you look at the scale of the chicken wing versus the ostrich wing.

And the massive deviled ostrich egg is just as amazing.

Even with this success, I don’t think you’ll be seeing a roast ostrich concession at Costco anytime soon.

He was missing for 22 years. Then someone saw something weird on Google Earth.

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When Florida resident Barry Fay got a phone call from a former neighbor, no one imagined it would solve a 22-year-old mystery.

His neighbor’s ex-husband called Fay asking if he could take a look in the pond behind his house.  The former neighbor was checking out his old neighborhood on Google Earth when he spotted the faint image of what looked like a white car on its side, just yards from the shore.

Fay went to his backyard and looked out over the water.  From the shorelines, backyards and patios, at water level, no one could see a car in the articifial pond.  Fay had another neighbor fly a drone over the water to take a closer picture.

Sure enough, a car had somehow gotten into the water with no one noticing.

That’s when the mystery started.  There are no roads near the pond, which is completely surrounded by houses.  No one had seen a car go in the water, heard anything crash into the water, or noticed so much as tire tracks.

Fay assumed it was “just some junked-up old car” and called the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Police divers arrived and confirmed someone put a car in the pond.  A tow truck was called, cables attached and the car pulled out.

The heavily-calcified car appeared to be an early 1990s model.  The windows were caked in mud, so divers broke the glass to see inside.

There was a skeleton in the front seat.

Police quickly pushed back onlookers and put up crime scene tape.

Investigators and medical examiners realized it was the answer to a two-decades-old mystery.

The white 1994 Saturn SL, and skeleton inside, belonged to William Earl Mondt.

His family and friends have been looking for him since 1997.

Mondt, then 40 years old, was at a nightclub on the night of Nov. 7, 1997 when he called his girlfriend to let her know he would soon be at their nearby Lake Worth home.  Witnesses say he didn’t appear intoxicated when he left alone at around 11:00 p.m.

He never made it home.  Mondt and his car seemed to have simply vanished.

It now appears Mondt somehow turned off the main highway home and into Fay’s neighborhood.  Fay’s home, behind which Mondt’s car was found, is between a T-shaped intersection and a sharp curve.

But in 1997, the houses weren’t there.  Developers had only just finished paving the steets and digging the pond.  Without street lights to illuminate the curve or houses to block his path, he seems to have missed a turn in the dark and driven directly into the pond.

His car would quickly sink to the bottom, where no one noticed it for 22 years as houses sprang up around him.  With only skeletal remains, no one can determine if Mondt was intoxicated, had a medical emergency or simply got lost.

Americans’ knowledge of Constitution grows under Trump

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After years of decline, the share of Americans with basic knowledge of the U.S. government and Constitution is growing.

The Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey found “the American public knows more now about the Constitution and the concept of the separation of powers than in the previous five years. The survey found more adults responding correctly to questions about constitutional rights and other civics concepts,” Study Finds reports.

In 2016 and 2017 only about 26 percent of Americans could name all three branches of government. By 2019 it had grown to 39 percent, the highest in 13 years.

About 33 percent of Americans couldn’t name any of the three branches in 2017 and 2018, but that share fell to 22 percent in 2019, the lowest in 13 years.

Despite a media barrage of “the Founders couldn’t have imagined modern guns” and “the Second Amendment only protects muskets,” 83 percent of Americans correctly stated the Supreme Court has upheld the individual right to own a handgun.

“About six in ten participants (59%) correctly marked that a 5-4 ruling on a case by the U.S. Supreme Court meant that the decision was the law and must be followed, the highest score for that questions among the seven times it’s been asked since 2007,” Study Finds reports.

The survey has been conducted each year since 2006 by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Russian hockey team rewards player with AK-47

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Something tells me Beto O’Rourke is not a hockey fan.

While other teams reward outstanding players with a plaque or a check, HC Izhstal, a second-tier hockey team from Izhevsk, Russia recognized the outstanding play of goaltender Saveli Kononov with one of its nation’s finest products.

An AK-47.

After Kononov stopped 36 of 38 shots in a game against Chelmet in a 3-2 win, the team presented him with the Kalashnikov.

While American sports teams give players “turnover chains” and hats, one of the world’s toughest and most effective weapons makes more sense.

His teammates joked the gift is motivating the rest of the team. “If we play poorly, they will shoot us,” they laughed to Pravda.

50% of Americans fear gun registry will be used to spy on citizens

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A new Monmouth University poll finds most Americans hold split on gun issues, backing many restrictions but believing much of what is being proposed by Democrat presidential candidates goes too far.

56 percent would support a ban on the sale of so-called “assault weapons,” with only 38 percent opposed.  However, 53 percent oppose confiscating existing “assault weapons” through so-called “buy back programs.”  Independent voters are even split on banning sales, with 47 percent supporting and 45 percent opposing, but oppose “buy backs” by a massive 36 percent to 60 percent margin.

Interestingly, a shocking 62 percent of Americans support registering all American gun owners in a central federal database so they can be tracked, even though half fear the program will be used to spy on citizens.

“Half the public (50%) expresses concern that proposed registration measures would be used by the federal government to monitor other activities of American citizens. This includes 23% who are very worried about this possibility and 27% who are somewhat worried,” Monmouth reports. “A nearly identical number are not too worried (19%) or not at all worried (30%). These results are virtually unchanged from last year. NRA members (75%) continue to be significantly more likely than other gun owners (55%) and nonowners (43%) to express at least some worry that the government would use background checks or a gun database to track Americans’ activities.”

The 62 percent support for registering gun owners may seem like a win for the anti-gun movement, but it’s unchanged from a year ago, before recent high-profile shootings and combined attacks on gun owners from the media, Democrat presidential campaigns and some Republicans.

“Support for a national gun registry has dropped by 10 points among Republicans (45% in March 2018) and by 5 points among independents (64%), but has held steady among Democrats (84%),” Monmouth notes.

“Support for certain gun control measures remains high but new tragedies do not seem to move the needle any further. This suggests that we may be at a saturation point for how these events shape public opinion,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Pelosi tax extortion on drugs will end R&D, stop cures!

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems intent on destroying the hope of those afflicted by cancer and other deadly diseases as legislation she is pushing under the guise of lowering drug prices will effectively create a potential financial cost for developing and inventing new life saving medicines.

The only available summary published of Pelosi’s H.R. 3 published by FDANews.com states, “If a manufacturer refuses to enter negotiations after being selected by the Secretary, or if the manufacturer leaves the negotiation before a maximum fair price is agreed to, then the manufacturer will be assessed an excise tax equal to 75 percent of annual gross sales in the prior year of the selected drug.”

Note that the coerced payment for a manufacturer who doesn’t agree to a lesser amount is “75 percent of annual GROSS sales in the prior year of the selected drug.”  This is not a tax on the profit, but instead is a tax on the overall sales, meaning that if a company sells a drug for $100, they owe a tax of $75 — no matter what profit they made. This means that the Pelosi prescription medicine tax can easily exceed 100 percent of profits.

What company in their right mind is going to invest in developing, testing and marketing the latest miracle cure when the federal government can punish the company for their success? In fact, since the proposed H.R. 3 only applies to the 250 brand-name drugs that “lack price competition with the greatest total cost to Medicare and the whole U.S. health system,” the financial incentive for any corporation is to limit the number of people who benefit from their latest medicines in order to avoid falling within the price extortion threshold.

Rather than encouraging the expanded availability of life saving drugs and biologics, instead the presumed unintended side-effect of the latest Democrat health care scheme would be to make these treatments less available and as a result of this exclusivity, even more costly.  

Anyone who remembers the Obama lie that if you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance, should be shuddering under the prospects of the Pelosi prescription drug promise that, “This steep, retroactive penalty creates a powerful financial incentive for drug manufacturers to negotiate and abide by the final price, while ensuring that patients maintain uninterrupted access to the medicines they need. The penalty gives the HHS Secretary leverage without resorting to a restrictive formulary and without the interruptions of contracting, building, and approving a whole new production line.”

Because the reality is that what the steep, retroactive excise tax penalty actually creates is a powerful incentive for manufacturers to ration cures to those who are willing to concierge health providers who serve the wealthiest Americans rather than put their entire companies at risk based upon a retroactive penalty that will likely exceed any profits they derive from it.

The other reality is that small and mid-size biologic and drug manufacturers would be unwilling to assume the costs associated with the marketing of their latest and greatest new meds, and as a result would be almost compelled to enter into agreements with pharmaceutical giants in order to protect themselves from being destroyed by a bureaucratic edict.

One of the truisms of government is that when you tax something, you get less of it. By taxing the 250 most common prescription medicines at rates approaching or exceeding 100 percent, the Pelosi prescription medicine tax will result in higher drug prices, rationing, and in the IRS inserting itself at your local drug store’s pharmacy section.

President Trump has worked hard to make medicines and treatments more available to patients through landmark “Right to Try” legislation which gives dying patients the chance at life through not fully tested medicines.  Destroying the companies who are creating these medicines ability to make a profit and offset research and development costs will undermine the ability of millions of Americans with cancer and other deadly or disabling diseases from having the latest hope for a cure at their disposal. 

Punishing those who are inventing hope is not the answer.  Congress and President Trump should reject H.R. 3, and just tell Speaker Pelosi no in her latest attempt to stymie the invention of cures here in America.

Rick Manning is the President of Americans for Limited Government. Reproduced with kind permission. Original can be viewed here.

So-Called ‘Swatting’ Is On The Rise; That’s A Bad Omen When It Comes To Red Flag Laws

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The 15-year history of “swatting” should be borne in mind as several states and the federal government accelerate the push for “red flag laws,” also known as “emergency risk protection orders.”

It was in 2004 that a new and potentially deadly phenomenon appeared on the American legal landscape. That was the year a 14-year old boy, upset over being spurned in his sexual advances toward a girl, called in a false crime report designed to dispatch a SWAT team to the girl’s family’s home. Since then, there has been a surge in the number of cases in which calls or internet communications to law enforcement units claim that serious — but false — circumstances are about to unfold or have just taken place, which therefore requires immediate and serious law enforcement response against the “swatter’s” targeted victim.

The majority of swatting incidents thankfully have not resulted in serious injury or death, but there have been tragic exceptions. In one extreme swatting case in 2017 in Wichita, Kansas, for example, an innocent man was shot dead by a SWAT team responding to a false call from an irate “Call of Duty” player. The case spawned criminal charges against the alleged swatter that have yet to be resolved, but not charges against the police. Other cases have resulted in civilians and police officers being shot as a result of such surprise raids on the homes of unsuspecting victims.

Accurate figures on the number of swatting cases occurring each year are difficult to come by, especially since many jurisdictions, including the federal government, do not have explicit “anti-swatting” laws (such measures have been introduced in the Congress, but none has thus far made it to a president’s desk for signature). However, the number of such cases is estimated to be at least in the many hundreds each year.

The number of these cases is not likely to decrease anytime soon. This is because of the availability of increasingly sophisticated apps with which pranksters and evildoers can scour databases to obtain identifying information on victims to target. Moreover, improved and sophisticated technology allowing swatters to disguise the locations from which they make their calls and to hide other potentially identifying evidence from the authorities, continues to be available on the open as well as the dark web.

Even as police departments grapple with the already serious problem of swatting, another and similar potential problem looms. There is the distinct possibility that red flag gun confiscation orders that have been adopted in a number of states since the February 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, will be abused by disgruntled family members, paramours, or others by making false or exaggerated allegations against a firearms owner who then becomes the target of a surprise police raid to seize his firearms.

While red flag laws incorporate measures intended to guard against the type of malicious pranksters that have caused the surge in swatting incidents, the laws allow for gun confiscation orders to be issued without notice to the intended targets, leading to surprise raids; also, the evidence required for the orders to be granted is troublingly vague in virtually every instance, and can be as easily abused as lawfully employed.

When swatters call in false information to police, they allege imminent and serious incidents, such as bomb threats, murder or armed hostage-taking, clearly designed to result not in routine dispatch of blue-uniformed officers, but rather heavily armed SWAT squads of the type today maintained by virtually every police department in the country. This same scenario will likely occur also when executing many red flag orders, which by their express terms apply to circumstances involving firearms and persons alleged to pose a serious risk to themselves or others.

For legislators thinking about enacting red flag laws, the swatting phenomenon should serve as more of a “red flag” than it has thus far.

Bob Barr (@BobBarr) represented Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. He currently serves as president and CEO of the Law Enforcement Education Foundation.

Originally published in the The Daily Caller. Reproduced with permission from FORMER REP. BOB BARR

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