SANDY HOOK: Report Not Expected to be Objective

Officials at the Danbury (Conn.) State’s Attorney’s office are set to release a summary of their official investigation report about the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, according to a local source.  Will the report be accurate, objective and thorough?  I hope so, but expect it will not.

Remington Model 1148 .410 ShotgunExpected to contain thousands of pages, according to another source, the report will likely be constructed so as to serve as a clarion call for more-strict gun control measures.

At the same time, it will probably ignore the fact that Adam Lanza, the person responsible for the deaths of 26 people plus himself, had serious mental health issues and was not a legal owner or firearms.

Perhaps most damning, I expect the report will not include the release of audio recordings of 911 calls made on the day of the shootings.  As a result, conspiracy theories will continue to flourish.

Again, I certainly hope things turn out differently, but won’t be surprised if my predictions prove accurate.  After all, Connecticut state officials are, no doubt, under pressure from Attorney General Eric Holder and his staff to produce a report that aligns with the Obama Administration‘s anti-gun agenda.  And flawed reports are nothing new to this Administration.

They’ve withheld information and/or whitewashed details related to the attack on the U.S. Consulate at Benghazi, the gun-running scandal known as “Fast and Furious” and the Oklahoma City Bombing, to name a few.  [FYI:  May 5, 2014, has been set as the date for another Oklahoma City Bombing trial that will take place in Salt Lake City and, if justice prevails, forces the FBI to release copies of videotapes, the contents of which could further erode Americans' trust in their government.]

Stay tuned to see how this develops.

UPDATE 11/25/2013 at 4:28 pm. Central:  The investigation report was released, but featured only 48 pages.  As many predicted, however, audio from the 911 calls is remaining sealed for now.

UPDATE 11/25/2013 at 10:50 a.m. Central:  Published today, a Washington Times headline seems to confirm my suspicions:  Sandy Hook investigators under fire for keeping some findings secret.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  This article has been updated and will continue to be updated throughout the day.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

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Barack Obama’s Issues Are America’s Issues

Because Americans need to know more about the many scandals to which President Barack Obama and members of his administration are connected, I decided to share this slightly-modified version of a believable conversation that’s been floating around the web.  Please read and share!

Barack Obama Caricature by Political GraffitiBob: “Hey Jim, did you hear about the Obama administration scandal?”
Jim: “You Mean the Mexican gun running?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean SEAL Team 6?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama saying ObamaCare would save the average family $2,500 on their premiums?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Forcing business owners to violate their religious beliefs by making them pay for drugs that abort the unborn?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Violating the rights and sanctity of our churches?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Spending $634 million on the ObamaCare website that doesn’t work?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama calling for an increase in the debt ceiling after he lambasted President Bush for the very same thing?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama having NSA spy on 124 billion phone calls in one month?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Saddling our kids with $17 trillion in debt which they can never get out of?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Bailing out Detroit after decades of corrupt Democratic management?”

Justice for ChristopherBob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the State Department lying about Benghazi?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean voter fraud?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Intentionally trying to hurt Americans during the sequester?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Blocking veterans who secured our freedoms from their monuments but giving the ‘green light’ for illegals to use National Mall?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Denying school kids the ability to tour the White House but still spending lavishly on his parties?”

"Healthscare" by Political GraffitiBob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean Obama saying we can keep our doctors and insurance if we want to?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The NSA monitoring foreign diplomats?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the use of drones in our own country without the benefit of the law?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Giving A123 Systems $300 million right after it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the president arming the Muslim Brotherhood?”

Bob: “No the other one.”
Jim: “The IRS targeting conservatives?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The DOJ spying on the press?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean Obama spending $3.7 trillion on welfare during the past five years?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Giving Solyndra $500 million dollars three months before they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought the company?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Millions of Americans losing their health care coverage?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Forcing Americans to include coverage in their insurance policies of items they do not want?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Ordering the release of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons, and falsely blaming the sequester?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Denying Arizona the right to protect its borders?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Providing weapons to Syrian rebels, many of whom apparently are al-Queda”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The president’s repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a budget no later than the first Monday in February?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some counties voted 100% for Obama?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The president’s unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advise-and-consent role?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Clinton, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The President using nearly $1 trillion dollars of stimulus money to fund his cronies?”

Judge Fast and Furious Holder 9-30-13Bob: “No, the other one”
Jim: “You mean ‘Fast & Furious?’”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I got it! You mean that 65 million low-information voters who don’t pay taxes and get free stuff from taxpayers and stuck us again with the most pandering, corrupt administration in American history?”

Bob: “THAT’S THE ONE!”

Hat tip:  2 Million Bikers to DC on Facebook

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Deaths of High-Profile Firearms Experts Raise Suspicions

Thirteen months ago, I wrote a piece in which I compared Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL and lead author of the book, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, to former Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, the man whose life I chronicled in my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August.  Then, late Saturday night, I read a shocking news report about Kyle being shot to death at a gun range.  Amidst so much anti-gun vitriol floating about these days, something didn’t seem right, but I couldn’t place it.

photoThings started to come together today, however, after I saw a graphic posted by a Facebook friend.  It showed the images of three firearms experts in the United States –  Keith Ratliff, 32; John Noveske, 36; and Kyle, 38 — and information about their untimely deaths — all within a one-month period.

On Jan. 7, Guns.com reported the death of Noveske three days earlier after driving off a highway and “crashing into boulders.”

On Jan. 8, Defense Review reported reported the death of Noveske, describing him, among other things, as “known for building high-end/high-quality AR-15 rifles.”

Also on Jan. 8, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Ratliff had been shot once in the head on the evening of Jan. 3.

Alone, any one of the three deaths could be overlooked.  Viewed together, however, it’s difficult to believe foul play is beyond the realm of possibilities.

It will be interesting to see if my suspicions “grow legs” beyond this page.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, The CLAPPER MEMO, is coming soon was released May 2013.
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Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Constitutional Rights Under Seige — Not Just Guns!

While many Americans are rightfully concerned about preserving their Constitutional right to bear arms, other vital Constitutional rights are being threatened.  Case in point:  A Chicago-area woman was arrested for merely videotaping her neighbor’s arrest!

When CBS2 Chicago reported the news earlier this week on their website, they used a slightly-inaccurate headline, Two Naperville Women Arrested for Trying to Block Smart Meters.  In reality, one of the women, Kim Bendis, was arrested for merely videotaping officers as they arrested the other women, neighbor Jenn Stahl, as she was arrested for trying to block utility workers from installing a controversial “smart meter” at her home.

This isn’t the first time a citizen has been arrested for exercising a First Amendment right.

Since May 27, 2011, when I published a post about photographers’ rights, I’ve shared news of two other arrests under similar, but not identical, circumstances.

In a post Aug. 24, 2011, I highlighted an event during which U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, an Ohio Republican who somehow went on to win re-election, had police officers seize cameras from constituents attending one of his town hall meetings.  See video below:

One week later, I shared the incredible story of a Robinson, Ill., man facing up to 75 years in prison for filming police officers.  See video below:

If you’re a citizen journalist or simply someone who wants to gain a better understanding of his Constitutional rights, watch the video below and be sure to read about your rights.

"Three Days In August" Promotional PhotoBob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, The CLAPPER MEMO, is coming soon was released May 2013.

Assassination Attempt Offers Case Study in Gun Law Madness

Caught on video today, an assassination attempt in Bulgaria serves to highlight the fact that the tighter gun laws being pushed by President Barack Obama will do nothing to improve public safety in the United States.

The video shows a would-be assassin pointing a handgun to the head of Ahmed Dogan, the ethnic Turk leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, as he was delivering a speech in the capital, Sofia.  Fortunately, the would-be assassin’s gun did not fire on the first try, and Dogan was able to strike the gunman before he was able to try again.  Within moments, Dogan was assisted by others in attendance who wrestled the assailant to the ground.

All of the above took place in a country where tight gun laws — like the ones President Obama is pushing — are already in place.

According to a Bulgarian National Radio report three years ago, all Bulgarian citizens of legal age have the right to own firearms if they have not been charged with a crime and are deemed psychologically healthy following thorough background checks.  They are also required to go through gun safety training.

Since the 1990s, when the first private gun shops opened in the country of approximately 7.5 million people, about 350,000 citizens have purchased firearms legally, according to the same report.  Conversely, between 80,000 and 90,000 people own illegal (i.e., unregistered) guns.

”In Bulgaria when a murder happens, the government usually starts to think of a way to make gun control stricter, but criminals use illegal weapons and no matter how you control the legal sale of guns, the number of crimes stays the same,” said Miroslav Piralkov, a gun shop owner in Bulgaria, told BNR.

Though it won’t change the fact that guns do not kill people without fingers to pull the triggers and that anti-gun laws only prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, it will be interesting to see whether or not this would-be assassin was a legal gun owner — or not.

Long live the Second Amendment!

"Three Days In August" Promotional PhotoBob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, The CLAPPER MEMO, is coming soon.

Chicago Versus Afghanistan: Statistics Prove ‘Gun Control’ Doesn’t Make Americans Safer

Those calling for more restrictions on gun ownership in the United States need only compare Chicago to Afghanistan for proof that so-called “gun control” laws don’t make Americans safer.

Afghanistan Safe Than Chicago in 2012

 

According to a WBEZ.org report published Dec. 28, officials with the Chicago Police Department confirmed that Chicago had reached the 500-murders milestone with three days remaining in the calendar year.   Conversely, http://icasualties.org reported 309 American deaths in Afghanistan with two days to go in 2012.

Should we expect residents of Chicago, home to some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, to be moving to Afghanistan soon?  Of course not!  Thanks to the national news media’s anti-gun bias, most will never know that Chicago had 191 more killings than did the entire nation of Afghanistan.

SEE ALSO:  I shared a similar report three and a half years ago.

UPDATE 12/30/2012 at 6:42 p.m. Central:  More evidence of anti-gun bias seen in national news media’s failure to report on another Aurora, Colo.-style theater shooting that was thwarted by a good guy with a gun.

UPDATE 1/01/2013 AT 5:42 p.m. Central:  According to another source, Chicago tallied 532 murders during 2012.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

 

Anti-Gun Media Bias Evident After Clackamas Mall Shooting

Last Tuesday, an armed man began firing shots at the Clackamas Town Center mall near Portland, Ore.  By the time the incident ended, the shooter had killed two and wounded a third.  But did you hear why the shooter stopped shooting others and killed himself?  Not unless you tuned in to local television station KGW.

On Friday, they broadcast a story, Clackamas man, armed, confronts mall shooter, about Nick Meli, a 22-year-old concealed carry permit holder who drew his Glock .22 on the shooter and, he thinks, prompted the shooter to take his own life.  This sequence of events proved accurate what I wrote the same day in my post, Connecticut School Shooting Provokes Much Thought.

But did many people hear about it?  No.

I ran a Google search of the terms, “concealed carry”, “Nick Meli” and clackamas as well as several three-letter news network acronyms (i.e., abc, cbs, nbc, cnn, fox).  Sadly, my search produced only four results, none of which revealed evidence of coverage by any mainstream media outlets.

Google ClackamasDoes media bias — or, more specifically, anti-gun bias — exist in the mainstream media?  You betcha!

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, The CLAPPER MEMO, is coming soon.