DE-RANGED: Moms Demand Tries To Lay Claim To Entire City
You’ve got to be stunned at the gall of the the joyless bullies of Moms Demand Action: they think they have the right to lay claim to entire cities as gun free zones, starting with Orlando, Florida.
Just an hour outside Tampa Bay, Orlando’s newest attraction, and perhaps its most controversial, is set to open this weekend. It’s called Machine Gun America and it’s already become a target for gun-control advocates.
Machine Gun America bills itself as Orlando’s first automatic adrenaline attraction.
“Everybody has something they always wanted to try,” says General Manager Bruce Nierenberg, “this would be on people’s bucket list to try it and have a new experience.”
Machine gun America is itself coming under fire from critics who say the Orlando region was built on a history of child and family-friendly entertainment, and is no place for this concept.
“You’ve got Holy Land right there in Orlando. You’ve got Disney World, and Epcot,” said Lucia Kay McBath, a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, “All places for family fun where they should feel protected.”
Any what, pray tell, does McBath expect to happen? Volleys of plunging fire into the “It’s A Small World” ride at Disney World?
Machine Gun America is an indoor range. The walls, floors, dividers between shooting stations and backstop are bulletproof.
The business—which aims at conventioneers in their 40s as their primary audience—has a 1:1 a range safety officer/shooter ratio. Machine Gun America also says that the RSOs are active participants, always positioned to control the weapon and the shooter.
WTSP.com goes for the emotional hook that shooters as young as thirteen (accompanied by their parent or legal guardian) are allowed to take part at Machine Gun America, which is a terrifying thought to many people.
What the report doesn’t convey is that the range management staff of Machine Gun America has plenty of prior experience with machine gun tourism, with two of their staff coming from the well-established Machine Gun Vegas, which has catered to even younger customers safely under close RSO supervision.
McBath and Moms Demand Action aren’t upfront about their real problem with Machine Gun America, which is to be expected.
Their whining social media campaigns against various businesses are crafted with the Alinsky-ite goal of attempting to make all firearms socially unacceptable, while casting gun owners as irresponsible and inherently violent people unfit for polite society.
A tourist attraction like Machine Gun America, which stands to expose tens of thousands of people a year to the invigorating rush of firing automatic weapons, is a significant impediment from a group that has the ultimate goal of firearms prohibition.
Moms Demand Action isn’t worried about the physical safety of visitors to Orlando in the slightest.
They are, however, terrified that Machine Gun America customers will return home with the knowledge that firearms can be used safely and very enjoyably, undermining the narrative of fear that is the oxygen of the gun control movement.
They aren’t concerned with saving lives… only with their own waning influence.
Found at Bearing Arms.
“…justifying his new, unilateral (remember when that used to be a bad thing?) Cuba policy, Barry told us:
“If you’ve done the same thing for 50 years and nothing’s changed you should try something different if you want a different outcome.”
Maybe he should send the same message to his own party, because after 50 years and trillions of dollars, the results of the Great Society’s War on Poverty are less than spectacular…” –MOTUS
Research confirms it: Dr. Oz dispenses a lot of medical advice with no scientific grounding
A new study in the British Medical Journal has made official something many have argued for a long time: the advice Dr. Oz gives on his famous American television show can be dangerous to follow.
Researchers randomly selected 40 episodes of The Dr. Oz Show and evaluated the recommendations that its star, Mehmet Oz, gives in each one. The majority of his suggestions involve dietary advice, but he also promotes alternative therapies and other things of questionable veracity. They found that only 46% of his claims were corroborated by science, while 36% were found to have no supporting evidence—and 15% were directly contradicted by scientific evidence.
In other words, more than half of what Oz propagates is drivel.
Though this won’t come as a shock to some, there are still millions of people who watch his show. A subset of those viewers actually follow his medical advice.
What makes the study findings all the more disappointing is that Oz is a real doctor, and his resume is extremely impressive. He went to Harvard, got his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and has been a distinguished professor of surgery at Columbia since 2001. By all accounts, he is an expert on cardiothoracic surgery. The study suggests he may want to stop talking about dubious weight-loss schemes and stick to surgery.
In June, Oz was grilled by member of Congress at a hearing about false advertising for weight-loss products. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, essentially accused him of taking advantage of ignorant and vulnerable people. “I don’t get why you need to say this stuff because you know it’s not true,” she said. She also said what he was doing was a “recipe for disaster.”
We’ve reached out to Oz’s press representatives for a comment on the new study and will update this post as warranted.
The study, by researchers from the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia, also analyzed the popular show The Doctors, and found that it was similarly bogus. But shows like The Dr. Oz Show and The Doctors are so ingrained into the American entertainment-industrial complex that a study like this, however helpful in validating longtime assumptions, is unlikely to convince most people to stop watching.
Why the U.S. Can’t Punish North Korea
The FBI formally accused the isolated country of the Sony hack, but the White House is basically powerless to do anything to respond.
On Friday, the FBI announced that it “now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible” for the Sony hacks that leaked a trove of private data, launched a thousand thinkpieces, and, following some threats, ultimately preempted the release of The Interview.
Speaking in a press conference later in the day, President Obama weighed in, characterizing Sony’s decision to pull The Interview as “a mistake.” He also said that the United States would “will respond proportionally, and we’ll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose.”
So what does this very vague promise of retaliation mean for North Korea? As Reuters points out, Washington may not have a lot of options. Despite decades of sanctions against the isolated communist regime, “the U.S. Treasury has so far directly sanctioned only 41 companies and entities and 22 individuals.”
Compare that to Russia or Iran, whose economies have been laid low by a strenuous sanctions regime across several industries and against countless companies and individuals. Part of it is that North Korea doesn’t have much of an economy to punish. According to CIA figures, the country ranks 198 out of 228 in gross domestic product with just 1.3 percent growth in 2012. Reuters also pointed to Pyongyang’s aversion to traditional banks, saying that the country has “become expert in hiding its often criminal money-raising activities.”
But there’s much more to it than that. Scott Snyder, a Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy at the Council for Foreign Relations, has his own take on l’affaire Sony.
He explained that part of why it’s difficult to sanction and further isolate North Korea is that Pyongyang “isn’t integrated with the rest of the world.” That has made the country difficult to sanction or punish in the past as well. As Snyder reminds us, this isn’t the first time we’ve had trouble with North Korea.
Historically, I think that North Korea has a record of having engaged in provocations that have international ramifications with relative impunity. So if we go back and look at the record of controversial provocations, we see the difficulty and the challenge of holding them to account. It goes back decades.
Those transgressions have included, at least recently, the holding of American hostages, the (alleged) sinking of a South Korean boat in 2010, along with thebombardment of a South Korean island. Given that the United States has now named North Korea in the Sony hacks and given what’s already happened, Snyder says we shouldn’t expect much to come of it.
“All of these are examples of cases that have resulted in behavior or responses that are pretty exceptional compared to the way that other countries have been dealt with in similar circumstances,” Snyder explains.
He adds that what makes this ordeal much more difficult to move away quietly from is Sony’s decision to pull The Interview from theaters, a move that naturally begs a response from the United States.
“I do think that decision put the administration into a much more difficult circumstance,” he said, adding that Sony’s actions have created more pressure for the administration to respond. Essentially, Obama has to figure out a way to ensure The Interview cancellation hasn’t convinced America’s enemies that “these kinds of threats actually may be working.”
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