Posted April 20, 2018 by Chris Pandolfo
CDC Survey On Defensive Gun Use Was Never Publicized
Defensive gun use (DGU) happens more regularly in the United States than gun crimes, according to data the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) never publicized.
Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck has been arguing that point for a quarter of a century, saying that his own research led him to believe that DGU was far more prevalent than gun-control advocates claim.
The CDC’s data, collected a few years after Kleck’s survey, appears to corroborate his findings, Reason.com reported. The question asked in the CDC survey addressed the use or threatened use of a firearm to deter a crime. “During the last 12 months, have you confronted another person with a firearm, even if you did not fire it, to protect yourself, your property, or someone else?”
Kleck, upon reviewing the CDC’s data, noted just how close it came to mirroring his own.
The final adjusted prevalence of 1.24% therefore implies that in an average year during 1996–1998, 2.46 million U.S. adults used a gun for self-defense. This estimate, based on an enormous sample of 12,870 cases (unweighted) in a nationally representative sample, strongly confirms the 2.5 million past-12-months estimate obtained Kleck and Gertz (1995)….CDC’s results, then, imply that guns were used defensively by victims about 3.6 times as often as they were used offensively by criminals.
Many gun control advocates have complained about the fact that the CDC is limited with regard to research on gun violence. A 1996 amendment to a spending bill bars the organization from using congressionally allocated funds to “advocate or promote gun control.”
What those fighting for stronger gun-control generally leave out is the fact that the CDC is not barred from doing any research on gun violence — and the research it has done in the last two decades has largely corroborated Kleck’s findings.
Comey and McCabe will now destroy each other
It was an amazing week. It started with an ABC interview, and now Mr. Comey faces a DOJ investigation. We also learned that Mr. McCabe is facing his own problems.
It won’t be long before McCabe and Comey turn on each other, as Natasha Bertrand wrote:
The growing tension between two frequent targets of President Trump, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and his old boss, former FBI Director James Comey, was laid bare Friday morning.
“Andy is upset and disappointed in some of the things Comey has said,” McCabe’s lawyer Michael Bromwich said at a briefing for reporters Friday morning. Comey told the Justice Department’s internal watchdog that McCabe never alerted him to disclosures he planned to authorize to The Wall Street Journal in October 2016.
McCabe, who was fired last month after the Justice Department Inspector General determined that he lied about those disclosures, insists that Comey knew – and that there are email and phone records that prove it.
The IG has referred McCabe for possible prosecution to the U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C.
The open conflict between the two former associates reveals the stark reality of McCabe’s defense strategy, and its unlikely intersection with Trump’s: Both McCabe and Trump’s efforts to defend themselves against allegations that they acted improperly – McCabe through self-serving leaks, Trump through attempts to influence the FBI investigation into his former national-security adviser – now depend in large part on their ability to impeach Comey’s credibility.
Trump, whose new nickname for the former FBI director is “Lyin’ Comey,” has taken this a great deal further than Bromwich, who has attributed the disagreement between McCabe and Comey’s version of events to Comey’s “fallible memory.”
But Bromwich’s suggestion that Comey’s recall may be faulty comes at a particularly sensitive time for Comey, who has been trying to convince the public – through the launch of a new book and a whirlwind media tour – that he can be trusted to recall the details of his private conversations with the president.
So here we are. Trump will benefit greatly from the unfolding Comey vs. McCabe feud.
My guess is that the dam is about to break, and we will be overwhelmed by several unpleasant stories:
1. We will learn that the Obama administration was spying on the Trump campaign.
2. We will confirm that Obama officials were unmasking U.S. citizens for partisan purposes.
3. We will realize that the Clintons were even worse than we imagined, from the foundation to deleting emails.
Stay tuned – and it all started this week, with Comey and McCabe out to save their necks! These two guys are about to destroy each other, and a fellow named Trump is going to enjoy it a lot.
Friday on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin reacted to the news that the Democratic National Committee is suing Russia, Trump campaign officials, and WikiLeaks over alleged interference in the 2016 election.
“The Democrat Party just made a massive mistake,” Levin said.
By filing a lawsuit, the Democrats just opened themselves to discovery. Levin explained how a few smart lawyers can turn this around on the Democrats and cause a few headaches over what the Left thought would be a nice publicity stunt.
President Trump is on board.
Just heard the Campaign was sued by the Obstructionist Democrats. This can be good news in that we will now counter for the DNC Server that they refused to give to the FBI, the Wendy Wasserman Schultz Servers and Documents held by the Pakistani mystery man and Clinton Emails.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2018
“How stupid is the Democrat National Committee? Very.” Levin said.
New emails show Hillary-FBI-DOJ coordination
Newly uncovered emails containing 22 messages with “Top Secret” information found on former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s personal email server indicate that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) “coordinated” efforts to devise a response to a major development in her email probe.
The recent discovery bolsters Republicans’ newly raised allegations that there was a “concerning level of coordination” between the FBI and DOJ during Clinton’s private email investigation.
“Republican Rep. Mark Meadows cited [the accusations] in a letter earlier this week claiming former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to Congress – in which he downplayed FBI-DOJ coordination on the Clinton case – may be at odds with documents suggesting ‘frequent’ coordination,” Fox News announced.
Digging up the Dems’ buried scandal?
The letter written by several House Republicans to Attorney General Jeff Sessions – and to FBI Directory Christopher Wray and U.S. Attorney John Huber – by several House Republicans asks him to open an investigation into Comey, Clinton and other DOJ officials involved in the Russia probe … accusing them of a coordinated bias.
”We write to refer [Comey, Clinton and DOJ members] for investigation of potential violation(s) of federal statutes … [and] are especially mindful of the dissimilar degrees of zealousness that has marked the investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, respectively,” the letter signed by 11 GOP lawmakers on Wednesday reads. “Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately.”
Besides seeking to get to the bottom of Clinton’s alleged criminal behavior, the letter is also looking to open the door on the current controversy revolving around Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who many believe Trump is poised to fire.
Newly released memos written by former FBI director James Comey indicate that an early 2017 briefing for then-President-elect Donald Trump about the contents of an infamous dossier was held so it could be leaked to media outlets eager to report on the dossier’s allegations. In multiple memos, Comey specifically mentioned that CNN had the dossier and wanted a “news hook” that would enable the network to report on its most salacious allegations even though they had not been verified.
“I said the Russians allegedly had tapes involving him and prostitutes at the Presidential Suite at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow from about 2013,” Comey wrote of his conversation with Trump in a classified memo that was released in redacted form late Thursday. “I said I wasn’t saying this was true, only that I wanted him to know both that it had been reported and that the reports were in many hands.”
“I said media like CNN had them and were looking for a news hook,” Comey added in his memo about the briefing with Trump on January 6, 2017.
In another classified memo written on January 28, 2017, Comey wrote that in a separate meeting Trump mentioned the allegation about the alleged tape of prostitutes at a hotel and called it “fake news.”
“I explained again why I had thought it important that he know about it,” Comey wrote. “I also explained that one of the reasons we told him was that the media, CNN in particular, was telling us they were about to run with it.”
Comey Book Event Packed With Press, Only One ‘Normal Person’ Attended
Posted by Kemberlee Kaye Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 9:00pm
“There are more cameras here than people”
This is so perfect.
Former FBI Director Comey has been on one heckuva book tour promoting his tell-all drama, “A Higher Loyalty.” Comey’s been busy filming interviews on broadcast and cable news channels, chatting with radio hosts, but it’s starting to look like he’s preaching to the choir.
During a book event in D.C. Monday, press filled the Dupont Circle Kramer Books. Conspicuously absent? Normal people.
Washington (CNN)The Justice Department’s inspector general has sent a criminal referral regarding former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to the US attorney’s office in Washington, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Despite an unprecedented Russian intelligence operation to influence the 2016 presidential election, former President Barack Obama rejected a plan to conduct retaliatory cyber action against Moscow during the campaign, according to former CIA Director John Brennan.
Brennan disclosed Saturday that Obama opposed a plan to carry out “a cyber event” against the Russians because the former president feared the action would lead to more aggressive interference by Moscow.
“There was consideration about rattling their cages with some type of cyber event,” Brennan said during remarks to a journalism conference at the University of California Berkeley.
But based on Obama’s fears, the planned cyber action was shelved in favor issuing vague warnings to Russian officials. Brennan did not elaborate on the cyber retaliation plan.
“President Obama was the ultimate decision-maker on that,” Brennan said of the lack of response.
The former CIA director defended the Obama administration’s handling of what is widely viewed as a significant counterintelligence failure during the presidential election.
Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) is pushing legislation to require licenses for handgun owners throughout the United States.
The legislation, HR 5490, is titled the “Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act.”
HR 5490 would not only require licenses but would also provide federal grants to help states cover the expense of a licensing program.
The bill is based on the inaccurate claim that “33,000 Americans were killed by guns” in 2013. Hillary Clinton made this claim again and again during her failed 2016 campaign, and Breitbart News showed that her claims actually exaggerated “gun violence” deaths by 66 percent.
In reality, the number of accidental deaths was 505, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the number of deaths due to actual “gun violence” was 11,208. The number of suicides was 21,175. When Clinton spoke, she would combine homicides, accidental deaths, and suicides as if all were the result of “gun violence” and present a death toll of 33,000. Rep. Esty is doing the same thing.
Esty’s legislation would authorize the “Attorney General … to award grants to States, units of local government, and Indian tribes for the development, implementation, and evaluation of handgun purchaser licensing requirements.” And it stipulates that such a license would only be good for five years, after which, the gun owner would have to go through a re-licensing process in order to retain his or her ability to own a handgun.
Byron York: On James Comey and what the FBI thought about Michael Flynn
Did Comey tell lawmakers that? Here is the exchange between Comey and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos:
Comey’s statement directly contradicts this report, by me, from Feb. 12:
So who is right? There are a few things to note. One, in findings from the Russia investigation released in advance of its still-unreleased final report, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee included this:
That seems to indicate a substantial misunderstanding, or just a straight-out conflict, between what the House concluded about the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn and what Comey says he told lawmakers.
How to clear things up? As it turns out, sources say the Comey-House Intel meeting at issue was transcribed. There is a word-for-word record of what Comey was asked and what he said. It seems reasonable to infer — can’t say anything definite yet, but infer — that Finding #22, quoted above, does not contradict what Comey said in the interview nor did lawmakers make up a finding out of whole cloth.
It is also reasonable to infer that the Republicans’ final report on the Trump-Russia investigation — it has long been finished but is still with the intelligence community, being cleared for classified information — might discuss its findings, including Finding #22, in greater length.
The bottom line is, it appears there will be an answer soon enough to the question about what Comey said in the ABC interview.