Here’s how NOT to test whether a store will respect your Second Amendment rights: don’t do as the 20-year-old suspect in Springfield, Missouri, did and strap on a bulletproof jacket and carry a rifle, a pistol and 100 rounds of ammo into Walmart to see how people would react. At least, that’s what he claims he was doing. Even if that’s all he was planning, he could still face up to four years in prison and a $10,000 fine for second degree terroristic threat.
Fortunately, the reason we don’t know his intentions for sure is that he was stopped immediately by an as-yet unnamed Huck’s Hero, an off-duty firefighter who pulled out his concealed pistol and held him with his hands up until the police arrived. So we’re also not sure whether this story isn’t getting much media attention because nobody was shot or because a shooting was prevented by a good guy with a legal concealed gun.
After a spate of males who claim to identify as females trounced girls in girls’ school sports competitions and took all the trophies and scholarships, there is a glimmer of hope that some sanity might finally be restored. The Department of Education has launched a formal investigation into complaints by female athletes and their parents of unfair competition. And ironically, the complaint is based on Title IX, the same anti-sex discrimination law that forced schools to offer equal athletic opportunities to girls in the first place.
While the complaints about allowing transgender students to compete as girls are coming from all over the country, the investigation stems from a claim by a Connecticut student that she was removed from her sprint relay team and denied college athletic recommendations because she and other girls were replaced by transgender athletes who were born male. She testified that using these athletes, with their inherent biological advantages of male bodies, causes girls to be denied equal athletic opportunities, as per Title IX.
In a welcome (and these days, very brave) statement, the young woman she’s fully supportive of these transgender students being true to themselves and expressing themselves in school, “but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair,” and “girls competing against boys know the outcome before the race even starts.”
To show how these “you are whatever you identify as” rules have thrown a monkey wrench into reality, the female athlete is being represented by the conservative legal aid group, the Alliance Defending Freedom, which said, “Allowing boys to compete in girls’ sports reverses nearly 50 years of advances for women.”
So to sum up: in the name of ending gender discrimination, schools are discriminating against girls. Feminists who speak out against that are denounced as sexists. And the ADF is now defending feminism.
As Ray Davies of the Kinks sang in “Lola,” “Girls will be boys and boys will be girls, it’s a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world.”
Today’s must-read article by Byron York asks the question, “Has anyone actually read the El Paso manifesto?”
We’ve now been through almost a week of rising partisan hysteria, accusing President Trump (and by extension, anyone who voted for him) of being white supremacists who were accomplices to the El Paso mass shooting. This was because the shooter reportedly posted a crazy “manifesto” that made it clear that he was enraged over race-mixing and illegal immigration (the blame-Trump crowd conveniently ignores that the shooter predicted the media would falsely blame Trump when he’d felt this way long before Trump entered politics – just as they’re trying to ignore the mass shooting the next day in Dayton, Ohio, by a Satan-loving, Elizabeth Warren-supporting, pro-gun control socialist, but I digress.)
York makes the point that everyone in the media is talking about the shooter’s motivations and his manifesto, but has anyone actually read it? Because even though it’s clearly insane, there’s a lot of stuff in it that’s totally at odds with the leftist narrative or with any of Trump's beliefs, but nobody’s saying anything about that. For instance, the shooter not only denies being influenced by Trump, he criticizes Trump for issuing too many work visas to foreigners.
Read the full article for the details, but prepare to be surprised if you thought his manifesto was just a rehash of a Trump rally speech. He was also furious about automation replacing jobs, Republicans backing corporations, the high cost of college, and most of all, he rants at length about his extreme environmentalist views. He was angry that illegal immigration was bringing in too many people who would exhaust resources (and use up government money that could be spent on universal health care and a guaranteed income.) He’d obviously been filled with the same doomsday environmentalist messages that are drilled into many kids these days: that people are a plague and we need to “get rid” of a lot of them to save the planet. At one point, he rails against people drying their hands on paper towels made from trees, as if the tree were more important than human life.
I wonder where he got that idea? I’m pretty sure I know, but I would never blame the sources of such ideas for the killings this lunatic personally committed.