‘OUR RIGHT TO DEFEND OURSELVES IS A BASIC DIGNITY’: FBI releases Pro-2nd Amendment statement warning of importance staying armed

Washington, D.C. (Western Journal) — Active shooter incidents are defined as any incident involving one or more individuals who are actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill those within a populated area — gang or drug-related shootings notwithstanding.

There were 50 active shooter incidents in 2016 and 2017 combined, leaving many to question if America is, in fact, safer when armed.

However, a recent investigation by the FBI in April showed that, in numerous incidents involving active shooters, there were people who stopped them by use of a weapon.

“Armed and unarmed citizens engaged the shooter in 10 incidents. They safely and successfully ended the shootings in eight of those incidents,” read the report. “Their selfless actions likely saved many lives.

“The enhanced threat posed by active shooters and the swiftness with which active shooter incidents unfold support the importance of preparation by law enforcement officers and citizens alike.”

Ten active shooters had been confronted by citizens, and eight of them ended successfully, according to The Daily Caller. Four of those eight shooters were stopped by a lawfully armed citizen.

“In one incident, a citizen possessing a valid firearms permit exchanged gunfire with the shooter, causing the shooter to flee to another scene and continue shooting,” the report read.

Yet, in the wake of so many gun shootings and violence, the call for disarming American citizens remains.

According to Timothy Hsiao for The Federalist, it is not a matter of if guns increase violence, but if they are a good means of self-defense.

“What matters is not the risk (or lack thereof) that guns pose to society, but simply whether guns are a reasonable means of self-defense,” wrote Hsiao, adding that to defend one’s life is a basic dignity that cannot be taken away in the name of “social utility.”

“Rights function as moral ‘trump cards’ that override appeals to utility,” he said. “Like our right to life, our right to defend ourselves is a basic dignity that can’t be defeated just because it might produce a net benefit.”

In nearly all national survey estimates, the result saw that defensive gun uses by victims were nearly as common as offensive uses by criminals.

Though millions of Americans are legally permitted to carry firearms every day, most of them cite self-defense as the first and foremost reason to do so.

“The overwhelming majority of the time, those guns are never drawn in anger,” wrote Paul Hsieh for Forbes. “But innocent civilians can and do sometimes use their guns in self-defense.”

Any conversation, Hsieh added, that centers around firearm policy needs to acknowledge those that are saved by the legal use of guns and self-defense, such as those in the active shooter incidents.

“The value of firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens should be measured in terms of lives saved or crimes prevented,” he said, “Not criminals killed.”

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‘TOO DEVISIVE’: ACLU complains of Trump’s use of the word ‘America’ during State of the Union address

NEW YORK, NY — The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday put out a statement in which it complained about President Donald Trump’s use of the word “America” in his State of the Union speech.

Calling the word, “divisive”, Faiz Shakir, the ACLU’s national political director, said the president’s repeated use of our nation’s name was “harmful” to “vulnerable communities”.

“Tonight, President Trump said the word ‘America’ more than 80 times in his speech,” the ACLU said in a statement posted to its website (https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-trumps-america-exclusionary). “Yet, after a divisive first year, we hear and feel how exclusionary that ‘America’ is, with policies that have harmed so many vulnerable American communities. The ACLU stands ready to protect these communities, both in the courts and at the polls.”

“In particular, the immigration plan put forth by Trump would hold Dreamers hostage to his demands for a harmful border wall and an even larger mass deportation force,” the statement continued. “We are at this crossroads because of the President’s deeply destructive ideas fomented by his nativist allies and divisive rhetoric. We will continue to stand up for these young immigrants and ensure they continue to contribute to our country. We cannot let America’s Dreamers be deported.”

The organization, which has been a leader in efforts to prevent the deportation of illegal immigrants, has stepped up their fight against law enforcement and federal immigration agencies during the course of the past year.

Some mainstream news agencies have also come under fire since Trump’s Tuesday night address for condemning traditional American values referenced by the president.

“Church … family … police … military … the national anthem … Trump trying to call on all the tropes of 1950s-era nationalism. The goal of this speech appears to be to force the normalization of Trump on the terms of the bygone era his supporters are nostalgic for,” MSNBC’s Joy Reid tweeted in response to the president’s speech (https://twitter.com/JoyAnnReid/status/958528313563254784?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.infowars.com%2Faclu-attacks-trump-sotu-speech-used-word-america-over-80-times%2F).

Reid’s comments quickly resulted in a wave of backlash from Conservatives who called her comments “sick” and “disrespectful”.

“Do you seriously consider “Church … family … police … military … the national anthem …” to be “terms of a bygone era”?” Forbes columnist Joseph Steinberg tweeted in response to Reid’s comment.

“Since when are things like Church & family “bygone” era? You liberals are some sick ungodly anti-family (husband & wife) individuals,” another Twitter user, Patricia Dickson, tweeted to Reid in response.

“So you hate Church, family, policy and military? How much more disrespectful can you be?” yet another Twitter user, Ben Jammin, replied to Reid.

Despite the ACLU’s claims that the president’s words during his State of the Union address were divisive, Trump administration officials have called on media outlets to focus on the president’s actual words during his first ever state address.

“Tonight, I am extending an open hard to work with members of both parties — Democrats and Republicans — to protect our citizens of every background, color, religion and creed,” Trump said.

“My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans, to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream,” Trump added. “Because Americans are dreamers too.”