Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon predicts it’s “impossible” President Trump will ever compromise with Democrats on gun control.
Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon predicts it’s “impossible” President Trump will ever compromise with Democrats on gun control.
In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting which left nearly 60 dead, the Breitbart News executive chairman asserted a deal with dems on guns would not be received well by his base.
“Impossible: will be the end of everything,” Bannon said in a text to Axios reporter Jonathan Swan.
Asked if the response from supporters might be equal to the reaction seen when it was assumed Trump had reached a DACA deal with Senators Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, Bannon said, “as hard as it is to believe actually worse.”
Echoing Bannon’s sentiments, former Trump adviser Roger Stone expressed the president would likely not budge when it comes to gun rights.
“Base would go insane and he knows it,” Stone said.
Calls for gun control from Democrats in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre have surged, with former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also pushing for some form of legislation against guns and even suppressors.
Speaking to reporters outside the White House Tuesday before he headed out to Puerto Rico, the president – who has in the past always demonstrated strong support for the NRA and the Second Amendment – gave an ominous, if not ambiguous, response to future gun control legislation.
“We’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by,” the president stated.
An anonymous White House source speaking to Axios claimed the optics from the Las Vegas shooting could politically force the president to enact some form of new gun law, even if just a small concession.
“On top of the immense political pressure, the visuals Trump will see, hundreds of severely injured young people, could provoke him to act,” this source said. “The rational route to take would be to let the investigation play out to see if any new laws could’ve prevented this. I’m 100 percent Second Amendment but … people who had their brains blown out is enough to make anyone with a heart consider anything to prevent this.”
Jimmy Kimmel used the platform of his talk show last night to rail against gun rights in the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre but failed to mention the fact that he has his own armed security and recently increased it.
Breaking down in tears at one point, the Jimmy Kimmel Live host said Republican lawmakers, “should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country.”
The video is YouTube’s number one trending video and has received well over a million views overnight.
Kimmel went on to slam politicians who “won’t do anything about this because the NRA has their balls in a money clip,” adding that their “thoughts and your prayers are insufficient.”
He then turned the monologue into an anti-Trump rant, declaring, “There are a lot of things we could do about it. But we don’t, which is interesting because when someone with a beard attacks us, we tap phones, we invoke travel bans, we build walls, we take every possible precaution to make sure it doesn’t happen again. But when an American buys a gun and kills other Americans, then there’s nothing we can do about that.”
Breitbart’s Ian Mason debunks most of Kimmel’s claims, almost all of which had nothing to do with the weapons used by killer Stephen Paddock during Sunday night’s massacre.
But for Kimmel, it’s very much a case of do as I say, not do as I do.
A 2015 clip from his show uploaded to YouTube features one of the security guard’s whose job it is to protect Kimmel and his production staff.
When his shirt lifts up for a brief moment, the man is seen to be carrying a Glock pistol in a holster.
In other words – Kimmel is against gun rights, unless it applies to his own personal security.
Recent reports also confirm that Kimmel has beefed up his security due to the increasingly polarized and political nature of his rants.
According to the Mercury News, “Ever since the late-night show host began crusading against the effort by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, there have been “incidents with Trump supporters” that have forced him to increase security at his show tapings.”
In response, “the show has increased personnel at both the front and back entrances. This personnel consists of highly-trained, off-duty police officers.”
Judging by the video clip of the security guard above, these security guards are almost certain to be packing.
Kimmel’s hypocrisy is a reminder of the fact that many liberals rely on men carrying guns to protect them but want to deny that right to the rest of the American people.
Michael Moore, who built part of his career on tearing down the second amendment, admitted in a 2008 Larry King interview that he owns a gun and also relies on armed security.
A caller to the Michael Savage radio show who says he was neighbors with Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock asserts that Paddock could not have carried out the massacre and that it was actually a “set-up”.
The man, a former Marine who called himself Rick, says he was Paddock’s neighbor between December 2015 and June 2016 in Mesquite, Nevada.
“I can tell you 100% this is not that kind of guy,” said Rick, adding that he would see Paddock every other day and that the two would go to a local bar and play slot machines.
“He never even told me that he owned a gun,” continued the shooter’s neighbor, adding that Paddock did not express any religious or political opinions during their conversations.
“I’m not a big conspiracy theory guy, but it don’t sit right,” said Rick, before making the extraordinary claim that the whole shooting was a “set up” and that Paddock’s body may have been left in the hotel room while other assailants carried out the shooting.
The caller mentioned how some people in the crowd were warned 45 minutes before the shooting that they were going to die, suggesting that this was evidence of a wider plot and not a “lone wolf” attack.
As a firearms expert, he also questioned the lack of flashes coming from the hotel windows where the shooter was supposedly firing from.
Rick said he had already contacted the Clark County Sheriff’s Office to relay all the information he knew.
Although the claims are intriguing, it is important to remember that after virtually every terror attack and mass shooting, friends and neighbors express shock that the culprit would be capable of carrying out such horrors, with some outright denying it to be possible.
If Paddock was planning such a sophisticated operation and hoping to evade detection, he would not be blabbing details about it to his neighbors.
However, the neighbor’s claims are certain to attract more attention given that no specific motive has yet to be uncovered for the shooting.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
As the motive behind Sunday night’s massacre in Las Vegas remains unclear, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner suggested that gunman Stephen Paddock may have deliberately targeted conservatives and that CNN was partly to blame.
Appearing on Fox and Friends, Welner explained that the massacre was a “stranger mass homicide,” which means that it was motivated either by a political or personal cause, or because the shooter wanted to gain notoriety, such as with Aurora shooter James Holmes, a case that Welner worked on.
“Here’s the thing, shooting for notoriety’s sake and nothing more is a young man’s crime and this is a 64-year-old with no dramatic mental illness,” said Welner, equating Paddock with James Hodgkinson, who attempted to massacre Republican lawmakers, which would have mandated special elections to replace them.
“My point is a spectacle is either designed to cause some derivative impact or to instigate some cause discussion,” added the psychiatrist, emphasizing, “people who commit crimes for notoriety alone are young and he’s not.”
Welner went on to assert that Americans who are gun enthusiasts, populists and nationalists are routinely “dehumanized” and “demonized” by leftists and the media, referring to the CBS News executive who was fired after she said the had no sympathy for the Las Vegas victims because most of them were probably Republicans.
“His mindset is that they deserve to die,” said Welner, referring to the shooter, “So a person who adopts a cause may be otherwise law abiding but he feels righteously justified that the end justifies the means – so we’re talking now about gun control because he committed an over the top gun crime,” he added, suggesting that Paddock was “instigating a means to end with people you’ve dehumanized.”
Asked, “What do country music fans and country music artists represent?” Welner responded, “It’s Americana – it could be guns….he’s smart enough to know what this would instigate”
Welner went on to assert that “CNN is going to have to answer for how they demonize gun enthusiasts and how CNN actually contributes to mass shootings.”
No motive has yet been uncovered for the shooting, with Paddock’s family claiming he didn’t hold any strong religious or political views.
Editor’s Note: Just like the Pulse nightclub massacre, the San Bernardino attack and the 2009 Ft. Hood shooting, the mainstream media is doing everything it can to cover up the connection between Islamic terrorism and major massacres on US soil. Establishment reporters are even claiming it’s “fake news” that ISIS took responsibility for the attack – even though they did take responsibility for the attack. The following article reveals the dark triad of Antifa, Kurdish members of ISIS and anarcho-communists Kurds – and by implication why a country music festival – the bastion of flyover-country Americana – was targeted. For background, read this RELATED article first: FBI Source: Vegas Shooter Found with Antifa Literature, Photos Taken in Middle East.
Members of Antifa are illegally crossing the Syrian border to receive military training from Kurdish militias as part of a dark triad between Antifa, anarcho-communist Kurds and Kurdish members of ISIS.
The US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) has anarcho-communist politics which has attracted American and EuropeanAntifa to fight alongside them in what they refer to as “the Rojova revolution.”
Security agencies are concerned that these Antifa members will continue the “revolution at home” once they return. Already FBI sources have revealed Antifa literature and photos taken in the Middle East which were found in the hotel room of suspected Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock.
In a policy that began under the Obama administration, the US military is providing weapons and training to YPG members, many of whom are directly linked to the PKK terrorist organization.
This policy was wrapped under the guise of fighting ISIS, however, backing terrorists to fight terrorists hasn’t worked in the past.
An uproar occurred when US special forces in Syria attached YPG insignia to their arms and the US military was accused of supporting terrorism, to which the Pentagon admitted wrongdoing and said the use of the insignia was unauthorized.
As a result, the US military was forced to rebrand YPG as “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) to provide plausible deniability.
The weapons and military training that the US military has provided them with are in turn being provided to western members of Antifa.
These members of Antifa, along with the Kurds, have been constantly glorified in the mainstream media.
And the fact that these anarcho-communist militias have ‘women who are fighting ISIS’ is something that is oft-repeated.
Antifa groups in Europe and North America have posted photos of their fighters holding up the Kurdish YPG-flag along with the Antifa flag in Syria.
Now this group of militants is calling themselves the International Revolutionary People’s Guerilla Forces [IRPGF] and the vanguard “of the revolution” in Rojava who vow to fight capitalism all over the world.
One of the groups involved, the John Brown Gun Club, already glorifies the Kurdish YPG.
It’s plausible the photos from the Middle East that were found in the room of the Las Vegas shooter (along with Antifa literature) were photos of Antifa fighting alongside Kurds in Syria, and it’s also possible the shooter crossed into Syria to receive military training.
Foreign fighters are able to legally fly to Turkey and then illegally cross into the Syrian border without being detected.
Germany is already reeling from a large population of Antifa, 1.2 million Kurdish immigrants and Kurdish militant groups working together in large numbers.
Furthermore, thousands of Germans have illegally crossed into Syria to fight alongside Kurds, thus it’s no surprise when German Antifa gangs show up at right-wing rallies with hundreds of people and commit violent attacks.
The media, however, continues to glorify Kurdish fighters as “the only people fighting ISIS” while ignoring the efforts of the Syrian and Russian governments.
This is mainly because the military-industrial complex had plans to balkanize Syria and Iraq, in the “project for a new Middle East” and they don’t care if they accomplish it using Islamic terrorists or Kurdish communists.
The Kurdish militias are not much better than ISIS, nor as liberal and democratic as the media portrays them to be.
In fact, the Kurds themselves are not one homogenous group, with the majority of Kurds being Sunni Muslims and some of them even joining ISIS.
In fact Iraqi Kurdistan,along with Yemen and Egypt, are the only areas of the Middle East where female genital mutilation is routinely performed.
But even the communist YPG has been active at ethnically cleansing Christian Assyrians, Arabs and other minorities in the areas they deem the “Kurdish” state. Often times the areas they claim don’t even have a Kurdish population.
Since the Kurdish population aren’t a majority in the areas Kurdish militias are trying to annex, they are carrying out these ethnic cleansings of non-Kurdish minorities in an attempt to achieve a demographic shift.
The YPG forcibly disarmed Assyrian Christian militias after assassinating their leader, David Jindo.
In Iraq the US-backed Kurdish militia Peshmerga forced Christian and Yazedi militias to disarm, before abandoning them to genocide once ISIS attacked.
And the Kurdish regional government of Iraq is still not allowing these minority groups to return to their villages even though ISIS was pushed out two years ago.
The idea that Kurds deserve their own state is something that is being perpetually pushed by pro-war think tanks and liberal sympathizers; however, this pays little attention to the origin and history of the Kurdish people.
For one thing, the word Kurd was a designator for Iranian nomads.
Like many other nomadic groups such as Bedouins and gypsies, they cross borders tending to livestock.
They typically cross through Iraq and Turkey following the Euphrates River and live mostly in mountains.
In 1915, the Turkish government promised Kurds the homes and cities of the Armenian Christians if they were to participate in the Armenian and Assyrian genocide.
However after Kurds complied, Turkey reneged on the deal of giving them autonomy.
The population of Kurds in north Syria resulted from multiple waves of illegal Kurdish immigration from Turkey after they failed to mount insurrections against the Turkish government.
Many of these Kurdish were given refugee status by the Syrian government at the time, but now these same refugees are demanding their own state and are trying to claim ownership of much of Syria’s oil fields and are blocking the Syrian army from fighting east of the Euphrates.
This foreign policy of balkanizing Middle Eastern countries to create a Kurdistan may have explosive implications not just for the Middle East, but also for the West, as it breeds a new form of “Antifa resistance” as well as terrorism in the same way that ISIS was bred through US deep state foreign policy.
Well it’s all right, even if they say you’re wrong
Well it’s all right, sometimes you gotta be strong
Well it’s all right, as long as you got somewhere to lay
Well it’s all right, every day is Judgment Day
Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze
Well it’s all right, if you live the life you please
Well it’s all right, even if the sun don’t shine
Well it’s all right, we’re going to the end of the line
Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne “End of the Line”
The world lost one of its premier rock singer/songwriters with the recent death of Tom Petty. His music and lyrics have played on the background soundtrack of my life for decades – beginning with the song “Breakdown” in 1978.
No doubt Tom’s family and friends (and any number of fans) are heartbroken by his sudden death…but to my mind he’s on to bigger and better things, and I say “God bless you Tom Petty – thank you so much and Bon Voyage!” Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying that I don’t have a tear in my eye as a wave farewell.
I figured out many years ago that this life is no permanent gig, and we can be pulled away in the blink of an eye at any given moment. So, I try to live this life as fearlessly as I can – to love life, and embrace death when it comes; to leave this life a better being than when I arrived, and the world a bit better for my having been here.
Relatively very few of us live in the rarified spiritual atmosphere of the higher states of consciousness — lacking the spiritual energy to reach escape velocity from this mundane world’s spiritual gravity well. Most of us simply get by, doing the best we can, day by day. That means that often simply standing tall and being strong in the face of adversity is quite an accomplishment, as Tom well knew.
I’ll stand my ground
Won’t be turned around
And I’ll keep this world from dragging me down
Gonna stand my ground
And I won’t back down
Hey, baby, there ain’t no easy way out
I won’t back down
I will stand my ground
And I won’t back down
Well I know what’s right
I got just one life
In a world that keeps on pushing me around
But I’ll stand my ground
In any event, I believe that the love, prayers, and tributes of family, friends, and fans accompany Tom and will help ease his way as he travels into the ultimate Great Wide Open. Thanks Tom, thanks a lot – and may God guide, bless, and protect you on your way to your next port of call, and upon your arrival.