July 2016 – SOCIAL MELTDOWN – Black Lives Matter protesters have been sprayed with tear gas in Phoenix after a march against police brutality spiraled out of control. Police also fired bean bag rounds and pepper spray at the protesters, who were seen running away and shielding their eyes. One image showed a white man holding a Donald Trump ‘Make America Great Again‘ placard interrupting the protest on Friday night. Less than three hours after the demonstration began at 8 pm, police declared the protest an ‘unlawful assembly’ and ordered people to leave after objects were thrown at officers, the Arizona Republic reported. In Rochester, New York, the SWAT team arrived and police arrested 74 protesters who were blocking the streets. One organizer, Ashley Gantt, said they sat down because they did not want any movement to be misinterpreted as violence after the shootings in Dallas.
Other protests were calmer, with an estimated 5,000 people marching peacefully along a highway in Atlanta as they demanded justice for black men killed by police officers in recent days. There was a heavy police presence at the Atlanta rally as protesters halted traffic, with officers on high alert following Thursday’s massacre in Dallas. Gunman Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, shot 12 officers and two civilians on a rampage that killed five Dallas cops.
Friday evening’s protest came as police forces across the country braced for any fall-out from the horrific shooting in Texas. Protesters chanted: ‘Hands up, don’t shoot.’ People protesting police brutality in Dallas on Thursday evening were belting out the same chant when Johnson first opened fire. Tonight’s protests have been peaceful and no arrests have been made. The marches are in response to the recent shootings of black men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, who were shot by white police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota respectively. –Daily Mail
Another police officer gunned down: A police officer is “fighting for his life” after he was shot during a traffic stop this morning in Ballwin, Missouri, according to the city’s police chief. The incident, which was caught on police dashcam, happened around 11 a.m. local time on Friday when an officer pulled over a vehicle for speeding, Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott said at a news conference this afternoon. After speaking with the driver, the officer went to his car to do paperwork, Scott said, and then the driver exited his vehicle, approached the officer’s car, fired three shots, returned to his vehicle and fled. Residents and witnesses in the area called 911 to report that the officer had been shot, the police chief said. The wounded officer was transported to a local hospital, where he was in critical but stable condition this afternoon.
The suspect, who had been driving a blue Ford Taurus, was later tracked down and taken into custody without incident after a brief foot pursuit. A semi-automatic handgun, which officials believe was the weapon used to shoot the Ballwin officer, was recovered at the time the suspect was apprehended, according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar. The St. Louis County Police Department is leading the investigation into the shooting. The suspect, Antonio Taylor, a 31-year-old black man who was paroled in 2015 after serving time on a federal weapons charge, was charged with assault of a police officer, armed criminal action and a felon in possession of a firearm, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Friday, according to the Associated Press.
Authorities have not yet named the wounded officer, and the criminal complaint identifies the officer only as “M.F.” Though officials said they were not yet sure about the suspect’s motive, Belmar said investigators believe the officer was “ambushed.”
He added that it was a “sad day for law enforcement,” especially after the tragedy the night before in Dallas, where five police officers were slain. Several community leaders — including Rep. Ann Wagner, whose district includes Ballwin, and Steve Stenger, the St. Louis County executive — and area police departments expressed support for Ballwin’s police and the injured officer. –ABC News
Bad Karma: Would the U.S. be better off without presidents? Every U.S. president leaves some type of negative long-term effect on society. For Reagan, it was Iran-Contra and dumping crack cocaine on U.S. Streets. Bill Clinton had NAFTA, Whitewater, and Monica Lewinsky. George Bush fueled endless wars in Muslim countries and deprived so-called “enemy combatants” of due-process. Obama is dealing with immigration issues and gun-control and will be known for the TARP bailout.
The Obama Effect: Of course those surging stock prices are based on an expected big boost in sales. Several reports before the end of the year estimated that 100 million new guns have been sold in the U.S. since Barack Obama took office. The sales tend to surge the most after the President makes a public statement following a mass shooting. Americans who already vigorously defend their 2nd Amendment rights understandably get a little nervous when they hear that presidential rhetoric and they become more likely to buy more guns. The same thing happens to people on the fence about purchasing firearms when they start to think they might forever lose their chance to do so very soon. It’s such an unusual social phenomenon that socialists have given it a name, calling it “The Obama Effect.”
You don’t even have to be in office to create this effect. When Democratic Presidential front runner Hillary Clinton simply Tweeted a pro gun control message on December 2 after the San Bernardino shootings. And that helped spark a nice rally in both Smith and Wesson and Sturm Ruger shares, (Smith and Wesson shares rose 18% that week while Sturm Ruger surged 9%). Overall, Smith and Wesson shares are up almost 700% since the Obama inauguration, while Sturm Ruger is up 800% since January, 2009.
These results are no surprise to anyone who follows the free market and classic marketing techniques. But they seem to be a real foreign language to the White House and the Democrats overall who don’t seem to get the fact that if they really want fewer guns in the hands of all American citizens, the better strategy would be to do something else besides talking about gun control in such dire and drastic terms. –CNBC
Hillary Clinton said: “White Americans need to do a much better job of listening when African-Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face every day,” Clinton said in April of 2016 at a conference, which was held to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. “We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility, rather than assume our experiences are everyone else’s experiences.” –Insider Fox News
No Justice, No Peace: The Bible says: “And judgment is turned away backward and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.” Isaiah 59:14. We have a two-tier justice system in America – one that unfairly favors the rich and famous and one that allows injustices to be meted out against the poor and disadvantaged. Civil uprisings and unrest will continue across America until such grievances and racial disparities are redressed. However, this should never be an excuse or cause for violence. The system can only be fixed by the same system that created the system.
“Philando Castile had a valid permit to carry a gun when he was shot and killed by a St. Anthony police officer, a source confirmed to the Star Tribune Friday. Castile, a 32-year-old school cook from St. Paul, was killed by a St. Anthony police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights Wednesday night. His final minutes were live-streamed by his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was a passenger in the car.” –Star Tribune