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A report from Virginia’s largest school system indicates that children being kept out of school and learning remotely is crippling their capacity for learning.

A Fairfax County Public Schools study found that during the period that the children were learning remotely, roughly between the end of the 2019-2020 academic year to the present, “the percentage of F’s earned by middle school and high school students jumped from 6 percent of all grades to 11 percent — representing an overall increase of 83 percent from 2019 to 2020,” as The Washington Post reported. The results were worse for younger students, as middle-schoolers exhibited a 300% increase in F’s while for high-schoolers the rise was 50%, the Post noted.

Among disabled students, the percentage of F’s rose 111%.

The study, titled, “Study of Teaching and Learning During the COVID 19 Pandemic,” asserted:

Based on the findings of the analyses presented here, there is reason for concern about the performance of some middle and high school students based on their Q1 marks from this school year. Results indicate a widening gap between students who were previously performing satisfactorily and those performing unsatisfactorily. In other words, students who performed well previously primarily performed slightly better than expected during Q1 of this year. In contrast, students who were previously not performing well, performed considerably less well. A greater proportion of low-performing students received failing grades during Q1 than would have been expected based on patterns of marks in prior years.

Students at the middle school level had a notable increase in the percentage of failures, while at the high school level the increase also existed but was considerably smaller. The pattern was pervasive across all student groups, grade levels, and content areas examined in this report. The trend of more failing marks is concerning across the board but is especially concerning for the groups that showed the biggest unpredicted increases in receiving multiple unsatisfactory marks, namely our English learner students and students with disabilities.

On November 16, The Washington Post reported that the Fairfax County Public Schools had temporarily halted plans to return thousands of children to classrooms.

Fairfax County Public Schools, which serves 186,000 students, was supposed to send 6,800 pre-kindergartners, kindergartners and special education students back into school buildings on Tuesday. They would have joined the roughly 8,000 young children, special education students, and career and technical students who have already returned to classrooms. But in a letter sent to families Monday, Superintendent Scott Brabrand said coronavirus cases in the area have exceeded “the threshold to expand our in-person learning.” Groups of students that are currently learning inside Fairfax classrooms will continue to do so, at least for now, he wrote.

Braband added that online learning for the students would continue at least until Nov. 30, concluding, “These next few months will not be easy.” Last Thursday, Braband said, “We are committed to returning our kids to in-person. There will be some setbacks. There will be some pauses. I cannot promise you that it will be linear,” according to WTOP.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Virginia Study: Remote Learning Damaging Students’ Education

Before his campaign rally in Arizona on Monday, a reporter targeted President Trump on the tarmac, asking, “Your campaign strategy seems to be to call Biden a criminal. Why is that?”

Trump, referring to the reports that went largely unreported in the mainstream media that Hunter Biden’s laptop revealed information suggesting that his father, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, may have acted corruptly, fired back, “He is a criminal. He’s a criminal. He got caught. Read his laptop. And you know who’s a criminal? You’re a criminal for not reporting it. You are a criminal for not reporting it. Let me tell you something: Joe Biden is a criminal and he’s been a criminal for a long time and you’re a criminal and the media for not reporting it.”

In late September, President Trump stated that the mainstream media was loath to report on the scandal enveloping Hunter Biden, saying, “If we had a media that was fair — even just reasonable — this would be the biggest story for years and years. Then you’d be entitled to real Pulitzer Prizes, not the fake committee that gives away these fake awards.”

“It turned out that, if you read the — you read the texts that came out over the last three days, it turned out that they were really — it was reversed; it was the DNC and the Democrats that were using Russia,” Trump continued. “And related or unrelated, Hunter Biden got three and a half million dollars from the wife of the mayor of Moscow. Why did he get three and a half million dollars? And then he got millions more than we thought from Ukraine, and he got millions more than we heard about from China. Hunter Biden — Where’s Hunter? … And the press doesn’t ask those questions. It’s incredible.”

“And then you have to say, ‘What about Joe’s involvement?’ Trump went on. “And why did Joe not give the billion dollars over to Ukraine, as an example, until such time as they let go of a prosecutor that was investigating the company that his son was involved with? … Why did [Hunter Biden] get three and half million dollars? I’ll tell you why: Because Joe Biden was in on it. Joe was in on it. There’s no way that he wasn’t. And uses Joe Biden’s plane — Air Force Two. Uses Joe — and they go to China, and then he comes back, and he never mentioned it to his father that he just got a billion and a half dollars?”

The Daily Wire’s Ashe Schow noted:

These double standards are simply another attempt to keep Biden from having to answer very real questions about his involvement with his son’s employer in Ukraine. Recall that Biden bragged about getting the top Ukrainian prosecutor fired – a prosecutor that just so happened to be looking into Hunter Biden’s company. Many have noted that the prosecutor was seen as corrupt, but what business was it of the U.S. to withhold aid from a country unless they fired a particular prosecutor?

Even without Biden’s brag about getting the prosecutor fired or the photo of him and his son playing golf with one of his business partners involved in the Ukraine deal, the Post story would have been enough to open an FBI investigation into the Trump campaign had this story been about Eric Trump or Donald Trump Jr. Recall that the FBI launched a sweeping probe into Trump associates based on alleged drunken statements by low-level campaign official George Papadopoulos allegedly seeking “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: WATCH: Reporter Asks Trump Why He Calls Biden A Criminal. Trump Fires Back: ‘You’re A Criminal For Not Reporting It’

For all of you Trump supporters who could use a laugh, this one’s for you.

A woman who was temporarily stopped in heavy traffic decided to taunt Trump supporters at a street corner rally through her open window, as she flipped them the bird with both hands while she screamed at them.

Unsatisfied with her powerful gestures, she decided to take it one step further, leaning out the window from the waist up to flip them off with her arms and hands.

She forgot she had taken her foot off the brake.

As a result, what started out as a defiant gesture in the direction of Trump supporters wound up with her ramming the car in front of her, which hadn’t yet moved forward, as the Trump supporters saluted her valiant effort with cheers. As she sat in the car, she made another gesture, seemingly blaming the car in front of her for the accident.

In a matter of seconds, police sirens could be heard, followed by two policemen showing up.

A plethora of Trump supporters have been assaulted or taunted over the last four years; here are a few notable examples:

Last month, Trump supporter Aaron Jay Danielson was fatally shot in Portland, allegedly “hunted” by an apparent left-wing Antifa member after the two were spotted wearing Patriot Prayer hats, according to an eye-witness. “We’ve got a couple of ’em right here, pull it out, pull it out!” the alleged witness recounted them saying, during an interview posted to YouTube by The Common Sense Conservative.

In February, a 34-year-old man was arrested in New Hampshire after he attacked a 15-year-old Trump supporter who was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. Fox News reported that Windham Police Department arrested Patrick Bradley. “Police said the incident happened Tuesday as Bradley exited the voting location inside the high school and was walking by a Trump campaign tent occupied by several supporters,” Fox News reported. “As he passed by the tent, police said, Bradley slapped a 15-year old juvenile across the face and then assaulted two other adults who attempted to intercede.”

In October 2019, in video captured by Alpha News MN, a young woman walking hand-in-hand with a young man in a pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” hoodie was sucker-punched by a female anti-Trump protester.

“After the [Donald Trump] rally in Minneapolis, his supporters were attacked by left-wing extremists. An unprovoked assault on a woman was caught on camera by [Alpha News MN],” reported journalist Andy Ngo. “Mayor [Jacob Frey] defends charging Trump campaign $530k for public safety.”

Only days before the hoodie incident, an anti-Trump protester spat on a Trump supporter on Thursday afternoon outside of President Donald Trump’s rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Dave Carlson, a salesman in Minnesota, was sharing why he donates to President Trump’s campaign when a protestor openly spat in his face and kept walking by,” Vice News’ Elizabeth Landers reported.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: WATCH: Woman Driver Taunts, Flips Off Trump Supporters. Then She Plows Into The Car In Front Of Her.

“If he were to cause problems … he would just be putting himself in a position for me to file a conduct report.”

After a graduate of Kentucky’s Transylvania University who currently works with the ACLU ripped the idea of the university accepting Nick Sandman, writing that Sandmann “clearly is a provocateur in training” and “dangerous,” an Assistant Professor and Diversity Scholar at the university responded that if Sandmann “were to cause problems,” she would “file a conduct report.”

Transylvania University is a private university in Lexington, Kentucky, and the first university in Kentucky, founded in 1780.

The exchange started with Samuel Crankshaw writing on Facebook:

Does anyone else think it’s a bit of a stain on Transylvania University for accepting Nick Sandman? I’m sure it’s a “both sides” defense, but it’s pretty counter to their mission and another instance of there not actually being equal sides to an issue. I think TU should accept anyone willing to have an open mind and engage in debate, regardless of their views. That’s how we all learn. That’s Transy’s mission.

But this kid clearly is a provocateur in training with no intention of learning. He exists only to troll, intimidate and play victim. He and his attorney proudly use their national platforms to promote QAnon, which has *literally* been the direct cause of multiple instances of violence (not to mention all of the other batshit stuff). He is proudly defending Kyle Rittenhouse, who murdered two people for exercising political speech. Ironically, this silenced victim is running with Don Jr., spoke at the GOP convention, has a bill in his honor at the General Assembly, has attended private schools, has a national law firm representing him, etc. So silenced. He’s no different from the likes of Milo Yiannopoulos, but he is more dangerous.

Having experienced the incredibly high standards Transy requires for admission and then holds its students to, this seems like a slap in the face. I hope some time in a real classroom changes him, but his twitter and public persona suggest otherwise …

Dr. Avery Tompkins replied, “While I certainly don’t support or agree with his views, and find his public behavior and rhetoric atrocious and uninformed, we can’t not admit academically qualified students due to their political and personal views.”

Then she got snarky and patronizing: “If he ends up in my intro class, fine. He might learn something that is actually based on research and evidence. I’m well aware of the anti-intellectual views tied to the organizations he’s part of, so I assume he’d view me as part of some liberal brainwashing machine, but signing up for Transy and my class means he is required to learn that information, even if he disagrees.”

“If he were to cause problems by being disruptive, trolling, or engaging in unethical behavior of any kind, I would immediately document it (just like I would for any student doing the same thing) and he would just be putting himself in a position for me to file a conduct report,” she threatened. “So. As far as I know, there have been no issues so far (though I certainly could be missing info).”

Then she expressed sympathy with Crankshaw’s attack on Sandmann: “That said, I totally get where you’re coming from. I’m interested in knowing why he chose Transy, whose mission is the antithesis of what he believes and promotes.”

Jonathan Turley, professor of law at George Washington University Law School, wrote in response to the professor’s post, “[the] fact that figures in the ACLU and academia would publicly espouse such views of intolerance is a chilling example of how our faith in free speech has eroded in the recent years.” Excerpts from Turley’s response:

Crankshaw labels Sandmann a “provocateur in training with no intention of learning.” Putting aside the provocateur label how would Crankshaw know that Sandmann has “no intention of learning”? … Rather than say that there is no reason why this conservative student should be singled out in this way, Tompkins declares publicly “I get where you are coming from.” Where would that be? Cranksaw was coming from a place where a wrongly accused conservative teenager will be harassed or targeted for daring to take his views to a college. … Tompkins labels this incoming freshman as part of an anti-intellectual movement and publicly assumes that Sandmann will reject core principles of learning. This is a freshman being publicly shredded by a professor at his school. Tompkins then expresses the same uncertainty why this student would pick a university dedicated to higher education and “the antithesis of what he belies and promotes.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: ACLU Associate Warns University Nick Sandmann A ‘Provocateur,’ ‘Dangerous.’ University Prof: ‘I Get Where You Are Coming From’

The mastermind behind the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign that effectively targeted 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, paving the way for George W. Bush’s reelection, is now spearheading an ad campaign targeting Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in swing states.

The PAC Preserve America, supervised by Chris LaCivita, began running commercials in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin. “Roughly $25 million of the total buy will be invested on TV, a figure that nearly matches what America First Action and Priorities USA have spent on the airwaves over the course of the entire election cycle. The remaining $5 million will appear on digital platforms,” Politico reported.

LaCivita stated, “The radical left-wing mob is trying to destroy our country from within and Joe Biden is too weak to stop them. It’s a concern shared by a growing number of Americans and we intend to spread their message far and wide over the coming months.”

Using the theme of preserving law and order, two of the first commercials to be released feature a woman whose police officer husband was killed in Dallas in the line of duty and a retired Los Angeles police lieutenant who speaks of the execution-style murder of his 23-year-old daughter, whom he says was killed by a gang member because her father was a police officer.

The first commercial features Alyssa Cordova. She states:

When my husband was killed I was five months pregnant. To see all this going on in the world, I don’t want my kids to ever be afraid to honor their dad. To say, “Hey, I back the police.” With this whole “Defund the police” movement, they defaced the law enforcement memorial wall; they put “Murderers.” That’s my husband’s name on there. My husband was murdered. I haven’t heard Joe Biden stand up for law enforcement, which says a lot. You’re part of the problem because you’re condoning it. What kind of a leader are you?

“It’s a lack of respect,” she continues. “Joe Biden in office could go with all these people rioting and looting; it’s scary to think of. How do we want to raise our children? Do we want to raise them in a situation where’s there’s law and order or do we want to raise them in chaos?”

The second commercial features John Gillis, a retired Los Angeles police lieutenant. He states:

I’m a retired police lieutenant and I enjoyed helping people. The career was great up until the tragedy in my life. The local gang member murdered my daughter because I was a police officer. It was just a cold-blooded execution.

“Those folks in uniform put their life on the line every day,” Gillis continues. “They’ve been talking recently about ‘Defund the police.’ The people who suffer the brunt of this will be minority and the poor communities. Joe Biden is not going to take a stand. He can’t do the tough things that need to be done; he’s too worried about popular opinion; that’s his character. He would be easily persuaded by other people.”

“If we don’t go with the president we have now, I think we’re really in trouble as a nation,” Gillis concludes. “Hopefully that’s not going to happen here in America.”

Videos below:

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: WATCH: Swift Boat Campaign Mastermind Starts Running Powerful Commercials Targeting Biden

In a new online Zogby analytics poll, conducted between August 17-19, President Trump hit a new high, garnering 52% of the overall vote and displaying him making inroads into minority communities.

Pollster Jonathan Zogby found 36% of blacks approving of the president, along with 37% of Hispanics and 35% of Asians. Trump surged among independents to 44%, and as Zogby noted, 23% of Democrats approve of Trump.

Zogby noted a surge for Trump during the Democratic National Convention while according to Reuters, Joe Biden got no bounce from his convention.

The Washington Examiner noted, “Last night @donlemoncalled for the rioting to end, ‘because it’s showing up in the polling.’ What polling? The media polling after the DNC Convention that was never released over the weekend.”

Lemon stated to Chris Cuomo, “The rioting has to stop. Chris, as you know and I know, it’s showing up in the polling. It’s showing up in focus groups. It is the only thing — it is the only thing right now that is sticking.”

Jonathan Zogby surmised that 80-90% of Americans have already decided whom they will vote for, and they are split roughly even between Trumpo and Biden. He added that the violence around the country has redounded to Trump’s advantage among urban voters.

The Zogby analysis stated:

Another factor continuing to help the president’s high approval rating is a rise in crime in our nation’s biggest cities. Unlike a year ago, the president is performing well with voters in large cities. It’s highly likely he is benefiting from the uptick in violence. His law-and-order message is resonating with urban voters at the moment …

The president is also improving his job approval numbers with African Americans and millennial African Americans, which is a trend we witnessed last year. Trump has been making the case that he has done more for African American voters, by way of prison reform and previously low black unemployment, than Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, both of whom have been accused by the president for increasing incarceration among African Americans for generations on nonviolent drug charges.

The Daily Wire reported on Wednesday that several polls indicate that Trump is closing the gap between him and Biden:

Former Vice President-turned-2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden is finding himself with a narrowing lead over President Donald Trump in the latest polls and Trump, not Biden, appears to have gotten a “bounce” from the Democratic National Convention.

Although Biden remains ahead, the race, CNBC reports Wednesday, is now tightening even in battleground states, where Biden’s lead is lagging behind Hillary Clinton’s at this point in the 2016 presidential cycle.

The shift seems to stem from a change in voter priorities, from the novel coronavirus, which dominated headlines across the country for the first six months of 2020, to ongoing riots in many major cities, some of which have now spread to traditionally suburban areas, like Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: New Zogby Poll: Trump At All-Time High, Surging With Minorities

Speaking at his press briefing on Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took a shot at police in his state, snapping, “I announced an executive order on June 12th, which was ambitious. It was called the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative. What it said is, we have an issue and we have to address the issue. Very little has been done.”

The New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative, an executive order signed by Cuomo on June 12, stated:

WHEREAS, there is a long and painful history in New York State of discrimination and mistreatment of black and African-American citizens dating back to the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in America; and WHEREAS, this recent history includes a number of incidents involving the police that have resulted in the deaths of unarmed civilians, predominantly black and African-American men, that have undermined the public’s confidence and trust in our system of law enforcement and criminal justice, and such condition is ongoing and urgently needs to be rectified …

WHEREAS, recent outpouring of protests and demonstrations which have been manifested in every area of the state have illustrated the depth and breadth of the concern .. WHEREAS, black lives matter … I, Andrew M. Cuomo … do hereby order and direct as follows …

Each local government entity which has a police agency operating with police officers as defined under 1.20 of the criminal procedure law must perform a comprehensive review of current police force deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, and develop a plan to improve such deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, for the purposes of addressing the particular needs of the communities served by such police agency and promote community engagement to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color.

Cuomo began the segment of his briefing dealing with crime by acknowledging, “New York City, murders are up 29% year to date. Shootings are up 79% year to date. Bronx, 60%. Brooklyn, 102%. Manhattan, 54%. Queens, 75%. Staten Island, 108%. You cannot dismiss these numbers.”

Cuomo then argued that the huge numbers of “black and brown” viciims in the murders were a result of a lack of “social justice” and lack of “civil rights,” saying:

You cannot look at this reality and say it doesn’t exist. Because the reality is so clear. New York City, recent data, over 90% of the victims are black and brown. 90% of the victims are black and brown. You want to talk about social justice? You want to talk about civil rights? You want to talk about social equity? How do you explain that? It’s not just New York City, it’s all across the nation.

It’s also Upstate New York. Upstate cities, shooting injuries up 70% year to date. Albany, shootings up 240. Buffalo, 66%. Rochester, 54%. Syracuse, 130%. So it’s not just New York City. I announced an executive order on June 12th, which was ambitious. It was called the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative. What it said is, we have an issue and we have to address the issue. Very little has been done.

“Denial is not a successful life strategy,” Cuomo pontificated. “Not in government, not in your personal life. This state does not run from a crisis. It’s not what we do. It’s not who we are. And we’re not going to deny that this is a crisis. What do we do in a crisis? Leaders lead, and leaders act. This is a time for leadership, and action.”

He repeated, “Denial doesn’t work. ‘Well, let’s ignore it, and maybe it’ll go away.’ It’s not going away. It’s not going away. The relationship is frayed. The relationship is based on trust and respect. And the relationship is ruptured. But divorce is not an option here. Divorce is not an option. You can’t say, ‘We don’t need any police, and the police department.’ Oh, really? And then what happens at two o’clock in the morning when someone’s coming through the window and you hear the glass break. So divorce is not an option.”

Painting himself as tough, he continued, “You have to resolve the and reconcile it. I understand it’s politically difficult. I understand politicians don’t like to get involved in politically difficult situations. I don’t lust for politically difficult situations, but it has to be done. It has to be done quickly.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Andrew Cuomo Targets Police After Rise In Crime: ‘Very Little Has Been Done’

As part of the city’s much-criticized coronavirus response, New York City officials reportedly placed at least six homeless pedophiles who are on parole at a luxury Manhattan hotel only one block from an elementary-school playground in potential violation of state law.

Six convicted pedophiles are listed on the state Sex Offender Registry as current residents of the Belleclaire hotel, which sits under 1,000 feet from Public School 87, The New York Post reported last week.

“New York state law bars such high-risk sex offenders on probation or parole from ‘knowingly entering into or upon’ schools or other facilities or other facilities ‘primarily used by children if a minor is present. Courts have interpreted that to mean they must keep 1,000 feet away,” the outlet notes.

A representative for the city told the Post that the listings are inaccurate and the “names you reference are not at that location.” The rep would not comment as to whether the men had ever resided at the hotel. A representative for the Sex Offender Registry, however, stated that the list contains the registry’s most current information.

One of the pedophiles allegedly moved into the hotel was convicted of physically overpowering and having sex with a 4-year-old girl; one was convicted in 2010 for using threats to force intercourse on a 6-year-old boy; one used threats to rape a 10-year-old girl; one repeatedly sexually molested a child who was under the age of 11; one was convicted in 2013 of rape for repeatedly using physical force to overpower and have intercourse with a 16-year-old girl, and one was convicted in 2015 of forcibly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

In April, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would house 6,000 homeless people in hotels, saying where it was clear “that social distancing cannot be achieved properly, some of those clients will be moved to hotels. We will use those hotels aggressively as a tool, in addition to the homeless shelters, to make sure those who need to be isolated are isolated.”

As Gothamist.com noted, “As part of an effort to let residents better socially distance, some 10,000 people were moved out of crowded shelters into 63 hotels across the city … Isaac McGinn, a spokesman for the Department of Homeless Services, said three Upper West Side hotels have been housing the homeless since May: The Belleclaire, the Park West, and the Belnord. A fourth hotel, the Lucerne on 79th Street, opened on July 27, for a total of around 730 people around the four locations.”

A group created on July 28, 2020, called “Upper West Siders for Safer Streets” wrote on its Facebook website, “500+ single homeless men including MICAH (mentally ill chemical abusers), registered sex offenders have been moved to 3 hotels in the neighborhood close to schools and playgrounds without any community vote or notice! If you are for this then please do not join this group but if you want to help take action then please join … We are for homeless assistance & compassion but we are against registered sex offenders and drug use in our community. Homeless or not. IT IS TIME THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAS A VOICE AND A VOTE!”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Report: NYC Moved Convicted Pedophiles Very Near To Elementary School

Gun sales have skyrocketed so dramatically that now some gun retailers are claiming they are nearly out of guns and ammunition.

In the wake of violent protests and looting across the nation, gun sales set a record nationwide for the month of June, The Washington Free Beacon reports. On Wednesday, Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting released a study showing over 2.3 million guns were sold in June, an increase of at least 145.3% compared to June 2019, short of the record 2.5 million in March, but far outstripping the estimated 1.7 million guns sold in May and 1.8 million in April.

The study stated, “Likely single handgun sales increased year-over-year by 177.5% whereas single long-gun sales increased year-over-year by 114.3%. All other likely background check-related sales increased year-over-year by 74%. This includes so-called ‘multiple sales’ where the allocation between handguns and long-guns cannot be determined from the data record.”

At the rate guns have sold in 2020, the final total of the year would set a record. Brandon Wexler, owner of Wex Gunworks in Delray Beach, Florida, told the Free Beacon, “Obama was the best gun sales in the country, they claimed. No, COVID-19 is.” He added, “Pretty much everything is out of stock. We have been doing it since the late ‘70s and have never seen literally no supply available. As of last week, at all major distributors you could not get any guns. Everything was literally sold out. Can’t even get hearing protection.”

“Our sales within just a few thousand dollars of doubling in June 2020 as compared to 2019. Popular guns and ammo SKUs have been sold out for some time and now it is becoming a challenge to keep anything in stock that is among the higher demand categories … things like handguns, home defense shotguns, AR/MSRs and the associated ammo, particularly 9mm,” Rex McClanahan, president of Bud’s Gun Shop echoed.

Windham Taylor, outreach manager for Ammo.com. added, “Things are not slowing down in the ammo world at all. Sales have continued to soar throughout June despite major shortages from nearly all suppliers due to the sustained demand from our customers. We are working hard to keep up with demand and will continue to provide the best customer support possible.”

McClanahan admitted, “Distributors and manufacturers are all struggling now, several months into this extremely high demand market. The current status of the supply chain is already overwhelmed with both no end to the current demand in sight … and a presidential election coming up in just four months.”

After the gun sales were reported in May, Mark Oliva, a spokesman for National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry’s trade group, noted, “Our recent survey of firearm retailers shows us that 40 percent of these gun buyers are buying a firearm for the first time. Of those first-time gun owners, 40 percent are women and these buyers are overwhelmingly purchasing handguns for personal protection.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: In Wake Of Protests, Gun Sales So High Retailers Running Out Of Guns And Ammo, Report Says

On Wednesday night, President Trump, infuriated at what is happening in Seattle, where radical protesters took over six blocks of the city to create “The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” after Seattle police left a boarded East Precinct building behind, tweeted his ire at Washington Democratic governor Jay Inslee and Democratic Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, snapping, “Radical Left Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great country has never seen before. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly anarchists must be stopped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST.”

As The Daily Wire reported on Wednesday morning:

After a showdown between left-wing rioters and police on Sunday, Democratic Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced late Monday an effort to “de-escalate” the situation by ordering the police to pull out of the East Precinct.

“In an effort to proactively de-escalate interactions between protestors and law enforcement outside the East Precinct, Chief Best and [Seattle Police Department] officers have removed barricades surrounding the East Precinct while safely securing the facility,” Durkan said in a statement posted on social media Monday night. “…Keeping demonstrations peaceful must be a joint effort between our community members and law enforcement. I am hopeful that tonight, with these operational changes, our city can peacefully move forward together.”

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best framed the decision to pull police out of the area as an exercise in “trust and deescalation.”

Left-wing outlet Democracy Now! describes the situation in triumphant terms, reporting that “protesters are claiming victory after they established a barricaded zone around a police precinct building that had been the site of protests — and a brutal police crackdown — for eight days.” Meanwhile, the Seattle City Council is discussing “demilitarizing or defunding the police force,” including a newly submitted bill that would ban the use of chokeholds and chemical weapons.

The Daily Wire reported Wednesday evening that Inslee claimed he knew nothing about the “autonomous zone”:

Washington Democrat Governor Jay Inslee claimed on Wednesday that he has “not heard anything about” extremists declaring an autonomous zone in his state’s capitol, despite widely shared images and photos that circulated on social media and a decent amount of media coverage.

Inslee was asked during a press conference, “Governor, I’d like to ask you about what’s going on Seattle, there’s this thing called the capital autonomous zone, what’s your thought about the fact that the protesters have taken that over and are not allowing people to come and go freely?

“Well, that’s news to me,” Inslee claimed. “So, I’ll have to reserve any comment about it. I have not, I have not heard anything about that from any credible source, not that you’re not credible, it’s just like before I espouse an opinion, I should know of which I speak.”

In June 2019, at a Democratic presidential debate at a time when Inslee still sought the 2020 Democratic presidential nod, candidates were asked what the greatest geopolitical threat to the United States was. Inslee replied: “The biggest threat to the security of the United States is Donald Trump. There’s no question about it,” eliciting wild applause.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: President Trump Warns Washington Governor, Seattle Mayor: ‘Take Back Your City NOW. If You Don’t Do It, I Will’

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