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Antifa Shut Down Major Intersection, Threaten Citizens with Violence If They Don’t Obey


Reported By Jack Davis | October 8, 2018 at 5:48pm

Antifa protesters holding a vigil for a man shot to death by Portland police made it clear Saturday that they were taking over, and there was no room for anything else but obedience to mob rule.

The raw violence was captured by Brandon Farley, who in his Twitter profile says he captures “disruptive events in downtown Portland, Oregon.”

Warning: the following embedded videos contain strong language.

At one point, protesters blocked off an intersection as though they were the police and refused to let drivers pass.

A woman, asked by a driver why traffic was rerouted, had no time to explain.

“Because I told you to,” she said.

Various videos posted to Twitter show protesters threatening elderly drivers who did not understand what was going on.

Antifa protesters swarmed one car when it did not comply.

“Yeah brother, yeah you little white little f—er,” said one protester. “The First Amendment. Get the f— down the road.”

In the video, he appeared to notice that the car was registered in North Carolina and called the driver a “little white supremacist.”

“Go back to North Carolina where you came from. We don’t need your KKK in Portland, Oregon,” the protester said.

Meanwhile, drivers were frazzled.
“I’m in the middle of the intersection and (the protesters) are blocking traffic,” one confused driver says into his phone.
“We’re not here to riot. We’re here for justice,” said Charles Kimmons, who is related to victim Patrick Kimmons, according to Oregon Live. “We need to fight this all the way to the end. These cops need to be locked up.”

Police have said that Patrick Kimmons was shot at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 30 when police, responding to a call of a shooting, encountered Kimmons, who was armed.

Antifa has been on a rampage in Portland since June, when protesters blocked the offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and neither city officials nor police did anything to help the federal workers targeted.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jack Davis is a free-lance writer. Writing as “Rusty” Davis, he is a Spur Award-nominated writer whose first two novels, “Wyoming Showdown” and “Black Wind Pass” were published by Five Star Publishing.

Police: Democrat Ended Political Argument by Driving to Man’s Home, Opening Fire


Reported By Kara Pendleton | September 12, 2018 at

2:46pm

Brian Sebring of Tampa, Florida, was arrested last month for allegedly shooting a man who he had a political disagreement with on social media. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Tampa Police DepartmentBrian Sebring of Tampa, Florida, was arrested last month for allegedly shooting a man after the two had a political argument on social media. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries. (Tampa Police Department)

Perhaps when President Barack Obama, known for being divisive, left office, some held out hope for a more unified nation. Instead, there has been a ramping up of not only violent political rhetoric, but acts of violence, as well. Social media has been one place where that aggression has been seen surging. Take the example of a political disagreement on social media that resulted in a Florida man being shot.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, 44-year-old Brian Sebring — a registered Democrat — and Facebook friend Alex Stephens, 46, a convicted felon with no political registration, got into an online dispute last month involving politics. It ended with Sebring driving to Stephens’ home and shooting him.

“After receiving several explicit messages and threats, the defendant responded to the victim’s home to confront him (regarding) the messages,” according to a police report cited by the Tampa Bay Times. Sebring was arrested and told police that Stephens had threatened him, so he drove to his home in order to confront him.

However, Sebring took a Glock, in a waistband holster, and an AR-15 with him when he went to confront Stephens. After arriving at Stephen’s home, Sebring allegedly honked his truck horn and waited outside of the vehicle for Stephens. Stephens went outside and allegedly “charged at” Sebring. It was at this point that Sebring allegedly opened fire, hitting Stephens in the buttocks.

Despite Stephens fleeing and Sebring leaving the scene, police ultimately found and arrested Sebring for the shooting. He was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed firearm. His bail was set at $9,500.

“I’m not a bad guy,” Sebring said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times a few days after the incident. “But I mean, this guy threatened to hurt my family, and I went off the deep end. I wasn’t thinking right. You know, after this I’m going to go see a therapist or something, man, because that’s some scary s—, that I could lose my temper like that and do something so stupid.”

The exact topic of the men’s dispute is not known, other than it had to do with politics. What we do know is that in the current political climate, violent rhetoric and violent acts are on the rise. And that makes it even more fool-hardy for anyone to make threats.

What we also know is that, overall, the violence is being perpetrated more heavily in one direction. And those violent threats and acts are leaning heavily against those on the right.

Breitbart has reported that instances ofviolence against the right are increasing as media outlets “amp up hate-rhetoric against Trump.” In July, Breitbart began documenting “acts of media-approved violence and harassment against Trump supporters.” The running total is now up to 564.

In mid-July, The Gateway Pundit noted that Breitbart’s running total at that time was just over 300. This means that in  approximately two month’s time, the number has almost doubled. And more reports of violence continue to pour in.

It has long-since gone beyond an increase in violent threats on social media to actual attacks in real life.

Meanwhile, few on the left have said anything to discourage such behavior. Some, such as Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, have been blamed for amping up the hate and violence.

Some believe the incitement is intentional, with the ultimate goal being that of a civil war. Others point to mental disorders on a mass scale, with such tags as “liberalism” and “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”

While such labels are sometimes used in jest, the injuries sustained by victims of the violence is no laughing matter. Something needs to be done and it needs to include Democratic leadership and media taking responsibility.

Violent rhetoric and violent acts against political opponents are not OK. This should be something both sides of the political aisle can agree upon and commit to fighting against. What actually happens, as reports continue to pour in and public outrage continues to grow, is yet to be seen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Specializing in news, politics and human interest stories, Kara Pendleton has been a professional writer and author since 2002. One of her proudest professional moments was landing an interview that even mainstream media couldn’t get.

Opinion: It Wasn’t Just Mental Illness; There’s Another Sickness Infecting Gamers


Commentary By Bryan Chai | August 27, 2018 at

1:10pm

Let me preface this entire thing with two notes: First, I am an avid video game player. I’ve been playing video games since I was six, and I’ve easily played thousands of hours worth of video games. Second, I am a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment. Few things are more fundamentally American than the right to keep and bear arms. In short, I love my constitution and I love my video games.

Unfortunately, the two of them became intertwined in the worst possible way on Sunday in Jacksonville, Florida, when 24-year-old David Katz shot up a Madden football game tournament and killed two people before turning the gun on himself.

To the utter surprise of absolutely nobody, this tragic event somehow became a political issue instead of an indictment against the evil humans are capable of.

There were those who predictably jumped on the anti-Second Amendment train, calling for the logistically impossible task of banning guns. In turn, that triggered a defense mechanism from the other side who immediately wanted to blame violent games.

Both fringes of the spectrum are wrong on this matter.

As has been noted ad nauseam, you can’t regulate the evil that lurks in people’s hearts. Taking away freedoms has never been the answer to any question worth asking.

Equally as obnoxious are people who want to scapegoat violent video games. Madden is a football video game, which is a fairly far cry from the likes of “Grand Theft Auto,” and is rated “E” for “Everyone” by the ESRB.

Considering it’s impossible to regulate evil intent, let me posit something that’s actually worth regulating since the mainstream media is too preoccupied with wanting to ban guns or violent media.

As competitive video gaming, or “eSports,” continues to grow, alongside the proliferation of streaming platforms like Twitch, which creates unprecedented access, fame and money to gamers, perhaps it’s worth looking into whether or not that entire scene needs to be regulated and looked into.

Mental welfare checks, psyche evaluations, limits on practice time and meaningful punishments for toxicity are all things that professional or competitive video gamers need at this point.

Guns are already regulated through permits and licenses. Video games themselves are regulated by the ESRB and sometimes the government.

I have never been a “professional gamer,” but I know the scene well. I have close friends who would consider themselves pros or at least Twitch gamers. I’ve dabbled in competitive video game tournaments here and there.

I can say, unequivocally, that the competitive video game scene is insanely toxic. It’s one of the primary reasons I stick to single-player video games. I’d rather play “Zelda” and have some music playing in the background than play “Call of Duty” with a prepubescent punk yelling racial obscenities at me.

Video gamers as a whole are probably not the most well-adjusted people. Thrusting the most avid of players (in other words, people who likely have the worst work-life balance) into prominent public spotlights is unlikely to lead to anything good.

Going back to violent games, there have been no conclusive studies correlating violent games to aggressive actions. You know what types of video games do trigger aggressive actions? Competitive ones.

The American Psychological Association published a study that found gamers were more likely to have aggressive responses to a competitive video game than a violent one.

It makes sense. As history has proven, whether it’s steroids in baseball or any number of New England Patriots-related scandals, competition often brings out the very worst in people. Bringing the worst out of people who aren’t well-adjusted is a recipe for disaster.

Toxicity within gaming culture is hardly a novel problem. Companies like Blizzard and Riot Games have been trying to regulate the overwhelming toxicity in popular competitive games like “Overwatch” and “League of Legends,” respectively, for a while now. It’s mostly been lip service with a couple of band-aids thrown in. Perhaps more stringent and significant change can come from them now.

If there’s one positive thing to emerge from the horrible tragedy in Jacksonville, perhaps it’ll be an honest and introspective look from my fellow gamers. We can, should and, apparently, need to be better.

If I could have two television shows and two movies on a desert island, they’d be “The Office,” (the American version) “Breaking Bad,” “The Dark Knight,” and “Die Hard.” I love sports, video games, comics, movies and television. And I guess my job, too.

Trump Claims He Would’ve Run Into Parkland Massacre… Reports from ’91 Prove He Was Serious


Reported By Erin Coates | February 27, 2018 at 1:32pm

URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-claims-he-wouldve-ran-into-parkland-massacre-reports-from-91-proves-he-was-serious/

After news broke that multiple officers failed to confront the gunman in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting earlier this month, President Donald Trump called the handling of the situation by the sheriff’s office “disgusting.”

The president harshly criticized now-resigned sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson for hiding as the shots rang out, calling him a “coward” who “certainly did a poor job.”

“I got to watch some deputy sheriffs performing this weekend. They weren’t exactly medal of honor winners. The way they performed was frankly disgusting,” Trump said at the White House on Monday.

Trump chastised the officers’ cowardice further, saying he would’ve run in the school to confront the shooter even without a weapon.

“I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon, and I think most of the people in this room would’ve done that too,” Trump said. “But the way they performed was really a disgrace.”

A story from 1991 that has resurfaced reveals that Trump might actually have done what he claimed he would, according to The Daily Caller. On Nov. 18, 1991, The New York Daily News reported that Trump stopped a mugging that he had witnessed while riding in his limousine.

According to The Daily Caller, he was with his then-wife Marla Maples on their way a Paula Abdul concert when they came upon the mugging.

“Someone in the car looked over and said, ‘Gee look at that, it’s a mugging,’” Trump said to the Daily News. “I said to my driver to stop the car because it was brutal-looking.”

He got out of the car and approached “a big guy with a big bat” who delivered five or six “good whacks” before Trump arrived, according to his 1991 recount.

“The guy with the bat looked at me, and I said, ‘Look, you’ve gotta stop this. Put down the bat,’” he told the Daily News. “I guess he recognized me because he said, ‘Mr. Trump, I didn’t do anything wrong.’ I said, ‘How could you not do anything wrong when you’re whacking a guy with a bat?’ Then he ran away.”

One witness, Kathleen Romeo, disputed his tale.

“A lot of people were surprised that he got out to see what was happening,” she said. According to Romeo, the bat-wielder had already run off and Trump “just looked around and went back into his limo.”

However, an unidentified witness confirmed Trump’s story to the Daily News.

“There was a guy with a bat, hitting a guy over the head, and Trump yelled, ‘Put that bat down. What are you doing?’” the witness said. “The guy dropped the bat, came over and started talking to him.”

The original story is available in the archives of the Philadelphia Inquirer and screenshots are available online.

Viral Meme Shows the Real Issue Behind Liberals’ Obsession With Gun Control


Authored By Cillian Zeal | February 22, 2018 at 8:48am

URL of the original posting site: https://conservativetribune.com/viral-meme-gun-control/

The only question after every school shooting is how quickly it begins. I’m talking, of course, about calls for guns to be banned and confiscated. This time, it was surprisingly swift and predictably fact-free.

There were, of course, the tweets from liberal luminaries, many of whom used outright lies masquerading as statistics to explain their position. Then there were the angry and/or weepy liberal news anchors berating the GOP for their response. The only twist in the narrative this time was a supposed political movement of cherry-picked high school students who were calling for gun control, all of which was given conspicuous coverage.

The FBI’s mishandling of the case, meanwhile, was pushed to the back-burner. The same thing happened to calls to focus on mental health, even though it quickly became clear the shooter had raised numerous red flags with his behavior in the past and was on the radar of law enforcement.

The most conspicuously-ignored proposal to stop shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida from occurring, however, was the suggestion that schools increase their security. In fact, when Ted Cruz went on CNN to talk about it, the network didn’t even bother to air the footage and half-anchor/half-pundit Chris Cuomo later had the audacity to call Cruz out for shirking an interview with “The Most Trusted Name In News.”

That’s because it involves guns — and, if there’s anything we know from the media, it’s that guns are evil and the more gun-free zones there are, the better. Yet, increased security on campus — in particular letting trained teachers conceal carry — seems to be one of the most effective ways to stop shooters in their tracks, or to stop them from considering schools a soft target in the first place.

One political cartoon sums it up best, and it’s going viral:

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FTheFederalistPapers%2Fphotos%2Fa.112478365457075.7231.107705785934333%2F1779861662052062%2F%3Ftype%3D3&width=500

You can see why this simple yet poignant cartoon has gone viral.

The primary issue with the idea of gun control — especially when it comes to school shootings — is that it primarily affects individuals who aren’t willing to break the law. Given the fact that the Florida shooter had already been on the FBI’s radar, he could have been stopped. But let’s suppose that he hadn’t been.

Say you ban AR-15s and other “assault weapons.” He still could have purchased handguns, which would be just as effective in a gun-free zone where there’s no trained security.

OK, say you ban guns entirely (even though, as per Heller v. D.C., the Supreme Court has already declared that unconstitutional). There are already plenty of illegal guns in the United States. A shooter could easily use the dark web to buy whatever he needed — assuming he didn’t have an illegal weapons connection in real life.

Let’s be clear: there’s no way to effectively confiscate all weapons in the United States, particularly those that are illegally possessed. That’s before you consider that, with the rise of 3D printing, the technology to make firearms is easier to obtain than ever.

That’s why all the gun-free zones and laws in the world won’t stop school shooters, especially given the fact that most of them plan these crimes months — if not years — in advance. The one thing they can always count on is the fact that most schools will be soft targets, with little to no security in their way.

After all that planning, they’re not going to get to the door and say to themselves, “Oh, no — a gun free zone? I’ve been foiled!” In fact, they’re counting on the school being a gun-free zone.

There are plenty of ways to stop mentally ill individuals intent on mass violence. Gun control or gun-free zones are not one of them, in spite of the left’s obsession with disarming Americans.

Matt Walsh: “I’m a Gun Owner, I Will Get Rid of My Gun Under These Conditions”


By Cillian Zeal | February 23, 2018 at 2:16am

URL of the original posting site: https://conservativetribune.com/matt-walsh-gun-owner/

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, the media has been more than happy to hand the spotlight to any gun owner who shows a willingness to rid themselves of their gun. Whether or not this will actually affect gun safety — or even if they actually managed to destroy the gun — is pretty much irrelevant. Just look like you’re destroying and/or handing in your gun, make an impassioned (if fact-free) commentary about the Parkland shooting, and bam: instant viral star.

One prominent conservative — The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh — has also offered to give up his firearms. However, in a short-but-pithy piece for the publication, Walsh says there are a number of conditions for this offer to be valid.

“To be more specific, I will get rid of my gun the moment my gun becomes self-aware and develops the ability to go off by itself and shoot people on its own initiative,” Walsh wrote.

“I will get rid of my gun as soon as I begin to feel the insatiable urge to become a mass shooter,” he continued.

“I will get rid of my gun if I ever lose half my brain cells and no longer possess the basic competency to store and handle it safely.

“I will get rid of my gun if someone can pull out a Bible and show me the verse that makes it a sin merely to own a weapon, or to use it for self-defense.

“I will get rid of my gun if my gun ever becomes possessed by the Devil, or if I ever become possessed by the Devil.

“I will get rid of my gun the very moment that all evil is vanquished from human society, and wickedness is purged from the hearts of men, and there is no longer any danger in the world and the whole of mankind can live in utter peace and harmony. When Christ returns in His glory I will certainly lay down my arms. I do not plan on bringing my gun to Heaven.

But we aren’t yet in Heaven. And that is why I have a gun. And that is why I won’t get rid of it.

This is, of course, the one thing that the media is unlikely to point out: the fact that the easiest way to combat evil of the violent sort is a firearm. Period. This is something that the media loves to ridicule. Just look how they received President Trump’s suggestion that teachers ought to be armed. Yet, it’s also something that’s an undeniable fact. Look at the numerous examples where guns have saved lives. Look at where they could save lives.

We don’t live in Heaven, we live upon a very imperfect earth. Our founders realized this, and they gave us the right to bear arms. When we can bring Heaven down to earth, we can all give up our guns. Until then, good luck.

Man Goes Viral After “Destroying” AR-15, But Gun Expert Notices Something


Authored By Cillian Zeal | February 20, 2018 at 1:53pm

URL of the original posting site: https://conservativetribune.com/man-goes-viral-ar-15/

If there’s a shooting involving an AR-15, or a gun like the AR-15, or even a gun with the letters “A” and “R” somewhere in its name, you can bet that the media is looking to use it to demonize the AR-15. After the shooting at the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week, the AR-15 again came under scrutiny.

That’s not because it’s more deadly than other guns if school shooters have free rein — the Virginia Tech shooting, which claimed far more lives, was committed with simple handguns — but it’s become almost a symbol to both shooters and gun-grabbers alike.

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, one AR-15 owner went massively viral by “destroying” his gun in response. However, our gun expert looked at what he did to it and noticed something the media should have looked at before reporting the story.

“Scott Pappalardo owned his AR-15 rifle for more than 30 years,” ABC News reported on its Facebook page. “He even has a Second Amendment tattoo on his arm.

“This weekend, he destroyed his gun ‘to make sure this weapon will never be able to take a life.’” Thus, he cut it in half:

That video has gotten over 2.3 million views on ABC News’ Facebook account alone in just one day. However, did you notice the one thing about his “destruction” of the gun that seems a bit suspicious?

Jared Harris, our resident gun expert here at Conservative Tribune, certainly did.

Harris, a former infantryman who has extensive experience in weapons, says that if Pappalardo thought he was really destroying the weapon, he did it so ineptly one could argue he probably shouldn’t have owned it in the first place.

“He only sliced the barrel,” Harris said. “Those are less than $100 and literally screw into the upper part of the receiver.”

To put that into context, low-end AR rifles start at $500 minimum and can go up to several thousand dollars.

“It’s like throwing a tire into the garbage and declaring that you’ve destroyed an entire car.”

If Pappalardo truly thinks he’s destroyed the weapon, in other words, he’s actually made it more dangerous by thinking it’s destroyed and therefore harmless. If one thinks a gun is harmless, one is more likely to let it fall into the wrong hands — and that makes the gun way more dangerous than it was before it was “destroyed.”

Of course, this could be a stunt, or Pappalardo might just be trolling the heck out of the news media. Maybe he went on and ran over the gun 20 times with his truck before blowing it up in his backyard. All of these are options.

However, when the media uncritically reports that this man has “destroyed” an AR-15, it shows they know nothing about a gun they’re so eager to villainize.

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