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FOAC ILLEA's Top Weekly News Stories for the week of August 21, 2022 :: 08/21/2022

In the last 2 weeks we have learned much more about the so called, “Inflation Reduction Act”. We have seen more and more lawlessness as “We the People” must deal with the fallout of politicians empowering criminals. We have also seen more of our fellow Americans empower themselves by purchasing firearms and obtaining licenses or permits to carry in record numbers as a direct result of the Supreme Court Bruen decision.

“We the People” are indeed stuck between a rock and a hard place as we must protect ourselves from criminals and a slew of elected officials that are seeking new and creative ways to restrict our rights and liberties. These new and creative ways are sometimes covert, overt, veiled, blatant, and coming from all angles. What makes this situation even harder to manage, the anti-liberty forces definitely have a monopoly when it comes to the dissemination of information. Pro-Liberty organizations, such as FOAC-ILLEA and other orgs, individuals, and even certain elected officials or “former office holders” are often shadow-banned or all out censored by the media or the “information distribution complex”. (Maybe that is what Eisenhower would have called it?) 

I received an email blast from Senator Bob Casey about the “Inflation Reduction Act” on August 16th at 7:53AM. Usually the emails I get from Senator Casey are the same tired “thank you for contacting me about XXXX however, your opinion does not matter to me so I will vote how I want” emails. In this case, Senator Casey triumphantly said, “The Inflation Reduction Act will improve lives across the Commonwealth and the Nation.” He claimed that the Act will, Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Extend ACA Healthcare Tax Credits through 2025, puts the U.S. on track for climate goals, and reduces the deficit and create jobs. Wow, imagine a piece of legislation that does all that, what an amazing accomplishment! (I wish there was a font that could convey my sarcasm). His email blast was reassuring and showed that the Democrats were here to help keep me safe and healthy and keep me from going broke. 

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” -Joseph Goebbels

Ironically enough, nowhere in the email blast did Senator Casey link the actual text of the legislation. This seemed rather odd to me. Whereas in the past we needed to wait for the bill to become law to learn what is in it, now that this one is law, we just need to take their word on it as to what is in it and what it does. Perhaps Senator Casey is saving me time by just getting to the root and essence of the bill/law, or MAYBE he is only telling me part of the story? Maybe he is omitting details that I might find distasteful? 

In 1973, Italian novelist/philosopher Umberto Eco wrote, “Today a country belongs to the person who controls communications.” Perhaps in 2022 his statement still holds some water.

This caused me to search around the interweb to find out what is actually in the legislation. I generally search legislation through the FOAC-ILLEA website or use Legiscan or go straight to the Senate or Congressional websites, but I thought I would do a google search for “Inflation Reduction Act”. Google is a very impartial entity designed to maximize American’s ability to find information… Right? (Insert sarcasm font here). 

I found a press release (near the top of the search) from the White House, called “BY THE NUMBERS: The Inflation Reduction Act”. Again, according to this post, these elected officials fixed everything that is wrong with the economy and health care, and the environment. My goodness, how fortunate we are to be under the leadership of these brilliant legislative tacticians. (Insert sarcasm font here). But alas, the White House did not cite the actual text of the legislation either…. Interesting.

I looked at an article by Forbes called “The Inflation Reduction Act Is Now Law—Here’s What It Means For You”. Hokey Smokes! Forbes cited a one page summary of the legislation. This was much more than Bob Casey and the White House did. However, upon investigation of the hyperlink, I noticed that it was from democrats.senate.gov. So, I am guessing this was more of a propaganda piece rather than the actual text itself. Strangely enough, the one sheet did not provide a hyperlink to the actual text of the Bill/Law either. True propagandists are as careful with what they DON’T tell you as they are with what they DO. Strategic omissions are one way that those “in power” perpetuate their positive spin. What are they trying to hide? What are they NOT telling us?

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 CAN be seen and read entirely. The text is available to see if you hunt for it.

I am not a tax expert, healthcare expert, pharmaceutical expert, or a climate expert by any stretch of the imagination, however, I know as a businessman, and someone who has paid taxes my entire adult life, that after reading the text, I believe that this law is likely is going to put the screws to many businesses and probably many individuals. It will likely make a lot of big pharma companies bigger, and the climate details will likely make living more unaffordable to the average American. But, like I said, I do not claim to be an expert with these subjects, so perhaps I am wrong, and this law will do some good things. Because after all…. how fortunate we are to be under the leadership of these brilliant legislative tacticians. (Insert sarcasm font here).

Part 3 of Subsection A of this bill/law called “FUNDING THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE AND IMPROVING TAXPAYER COMPLIANCE” is quite interesting. The devil is in the details and strangely enough, nowhere did I see anything about these detail in the Senator Casey email or the White House statement.

I find it very inconsistent that many of the same people (mostly Democrats) who were crying to defund “the police” a few years ago, are now so eager to up the funding to the enforcement arm of the revenue service, including the hiring of a reported 87,000 more “agents”.

Now to be fair there have been some clarifications on this as some folks on the internet were reporting that the consequence of this law will be 87,000 armed IRS agents with AR15’s. This, according to a Reuters fact check is incorrect, and I feel somewhat compelled to agree with Reuter’s assessment, however, I am cautious… VERY CAUTIOUS. According to the Reuters article, the IRS Criminal Investigations Department, will (due to several factors) only gain between 150-200 agents. The explanation that Reuters offers is logical, however, as I said, I am cautious.

If I am wrong, and thousands of armed IRS agents are in our future, perhaps the government can save money by repurposing confiscated civilian owned AR-15’s? Who knows what the elected class has in store for their constituents. I wouldn’t put it past Bob Casey… would you put it past YOUR elected representatives? You know about that whole “death and taxes” thing, perhaps in the future the IRS can offer taxes AND death to those that do not “comply”.

It is very hard to navigate the muck of half-truth and disinformation from the very sources we have been conditioned to trust for the last 30-40 years. I, like many of my fellow Americans, are not very game to trust what the government and the media tells us.

“This is Louisiana, chief! I mean, how do you know who your daddy is? Because your mama told you so?” -Michael Rooker playing Bill Broussard in Oliver Stone’s JFK 1991

However, one fact is indisputable. We are seeing that we have a lot of people in office who are not only NOT upholding and defending the Constitution, but there are also some who are actively trying to destroy it and the Liberties and processes that it protects. Many of them are not shy about it. They are embolden by their contempt for traditional American values, our founding principles, and the INDIVIDUAL American’s rights and Liberties.

We have an opportunity in November to right the ship. We MUST vote for candidates who will empower the citizens, not restrict the citizens. We need to elect candidates who will fight for YOUR rights rather than fight for the rights of criminals. We need to vote for candidates who will protect YOU from elected officials, not protect elected officials from you.

An armed and educated citizenry is the true check and balance in our constitutional republic and the ultimate homeland security. YOU are an American and YOU hold the power. Vote accordingly and spread the word!

More Quotes

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” -Benjamin Franklin

“The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.” -Will Rogers

Deception, as an Art Form

Originally published on DTI Quips BY JOHN FARNAM | 5:04 PM, 18 Aug 2022

“War is an ill thing, as I surely know. But, it would be an ill world for weaponless dreamers, if evil men were not slain, now and then!” -Kipling

S&W is the current pitiable target of sleazy Congressional Bolsheviks who just can’t wait to prohibit (for everyone but themselves) the private ownership by American citizens of any kind of gun.

Since S&W can’t be faulted for product quality (which is excellent), nor for dishonest business practices, since S&W is a virtuous and unblemished American manufacturer and employer, seedy left-wing politicians can only criticize them for honestly marketing their wares, and for the fact that S&W’s CEO, Mark Smith, refuses to be publicly pilloried.

S&W, and all other American gun manufacturers, are being accused by these arrogant Marxists of being responsible for “gun-violence” in America. It’s much like accusing Ford of being responsible for drunk driving!

We learn today that S&W’s advertising is “unfair, deceptive, and overly-geared toward young males”

Apparently, “young males” have no rights, and it’s “unfair” and “deceptive” for S&W to acknowledge that they even exist.

Apparently, any marketing strategy that so much as mentions our Constitution’s Second Amendment is “hate speech” and is designed to promote “white supremacy!”

Intelligent Americans know it’s Democrat/Communists who are solely responsible for the current crime wave!

Innocent Americans are buying “weapons of war,” because they’re scared to death of violent criminals, violent criminals who are brazenly supported, empowered, enfranchised, and encouraged by these same dishonest politicians who are now so anxious to shift the blame onto innocent American capitalists.

You need to have the capacity for danger. You need to be ‘dangerous.’ Yet, you need to learn how to not use it except when necessary. And, that is not the same thing as being harmless. Harmlessness is no virtue. It’s like a rabbit. There’s nothing virtuous about harmlessness. It just means you’re ineffectual and useless.” -Jordan Peterson

/John

Defensive Gun Uses By People Legally Carrying Guns: 21 Cases During June 2022

Originally published August 12, 2022 on crimeresearch.org

Christopher Carmona from New York City is charged with shooting a woman outside her car in the Walmart parking lot in Pittston Township on June 1.

Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce said Monday the man was inside the nail salon business with family when he heard gunshots outside.

“He exited the nail facility and confronted the gunman and fired what we believe were three shots,” Sanguedolce said…

“He was legally carrying a sidearm,” Sanguedolce said, noting no charges were filed against the man calling his actions justifiable…

WNEP Web Staff, “DA: Armed citizen returned fire during parking lot shooting,” WNEP, June 13, 2022.
Ed Lewis, “DA: Shooting by bystander justified,” Times Leader, June 13, 2022.

Pittsburgh, PA, June 5, 2022 (CBS News)

Gunshots rang out at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday near the bar Finn McCools as late-night revelers lined the sidewalks of Carson Street. Officers responded to 15th Street and found two gunshot victims, one of them being Young, according to his arrest report.

As the victim was walking away, surveillance video obtained by KDKA-TV appears to show Young firing shots and the victim falling to the ground. A friend of that victim, described in the affidavit as “Victim 2,” shoots back, hitting Young multiple times, according to the affidavit. That friend can later be seen dragging his friend to safety.

When police arrived at the scene, they detained “Victim 2,” who had stashed his gun and that of the other victim in a nearby alley. But the guns were registered, and he showed police his permit to carry a concealed weapon. Neither man will apparently face charges, as police say Young was the aggressor and “Victim 2” acted in self-defense…

Andy Sheehan, “Man arrested in late-night shootout near busy Carson Street,” CBS News, June 10, 2022.

Memphis, TN, June 5, 2022 (WREG)

The shooting happened just before 3 a.m. Sunday morning in the 1200 block of Perkins Terrace. Court documents said a man was walking his dog when three men stopped their vehicle, got out, and ran towards his neighbor’s home.

The man told officers he asked the men what they were doing and the suspects began shooting at him. MPD said the man returned fire. He is not facing charges at this time…

Officers made the scene and found two of the suspects, Ashton Hairston and Chedrick Webber. Hairston admitted that he and his friend were breaking into cars and taking what was inside of them…

Destinee Hannah and Andrew Ellison, “Man gets in shootout with accused car burglars,” June 5, 2022.

Oklahoma City, OK, June 7, 2022 (News 9)

Police responded just after 1 a.m. to the Travelers Inn near Interstate 40 and MacArthur Boulevard…

The front desk clerk told police that Carter was attempting to kick in one of the hotel room doors. The employee told Carter to leave but instead said Carter demanded a free room…

The clerk told officers he called the business’ security company and went back out to see if Carter left. Witnesses told the employee Carter was still on the property.

According to the report, Carter ran at the man, coming within feet of him and allegedly threatened his life. The employee told police he was in fear for his life and fired at Carter several times…

Jennifer Pierce, “Southwest OKC Hotel Clerk Claims Self-Defense In Overnight Shooting,” News 9, June 7, 2022.

Phoenix, AZ, June 8, 2022 (FOX 10 Phoenix)

A suspect has been hospitalized after reportedly being shot during an attempted carjacking in west Phoenix.

Phoenix Police say the incident happened on June 8 near 83rd Avenue and Encanto Boulevard.

During the attempted carjacking, citizens intervened, and one of them reportedly shot the suspect…

FOX 10 Staff, “Citizens intervene, stop attempted carjacking in west Phoenix: police,” FOX 10 Phoenix, June 8, 2022.

Highland, IN, June 8, 2022 (nwi.com)

A man told police he was exiting his vehicle Wednesday night in the 2300 block of Teakwood Circle when a masked gunman shot at him several times, leaving him injured, Highland Police Chief Peter T. Hojnicki said.

The injured man reportedly told officers he returned fire, yet is unsure if he struck the masked gunman and/or his vehicle as he fled the scene…

The shooting occurred around 9:30 p.m. in a parking lot, the chief said. The masked gunman appeared from a dark or grey-colored SUV vehicle, possibly a Dodge Durango…

Bob Kasarda, “Man injured by masked gunman; Highland police seeking videos of shooting,” nwi.com, June 9, 2022.

Gastonia, NC, June 10, 2022 (WCNC)

Gastonia police said a 17-year-old was leaving the mall when he saw an 18-year-old man and 21-year-old woman going inside. Investigators said the 17-year-old and 18-year-old got into an argument, which led to the 17-year-old pulling out a handgun and opening fire at the couple. A 42-year-old man who happened to be outside the mall was also hit by gunfire, police said.

Police said the 18-year-old, who was armed, pulled out a handgun and shot back at the first shooter before he and the 21-year-old ran to the food court. They were treated for injuries inside the mall when paramedics arrived. The 17-year-old, who hasn’t been identified, ran into the woods where he was later captured by responding police.

The shooting happened around noon on Friday, June 10. Gastonia police officers responded to reports of a shooting at the mall around 12:10 p.m. Two guns were recovered, including the one used by the 18-year-old, which was in the food court. The 17-year-old’s weapon was found in the woods near where he was arrested.

The 18-year-old won’t face charges in connection with the shooting because he was acting in self-defense, police said. The 17-year-old was charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and injure…

Madelyn Ricket, “Eastridge Mall shooting suspect met with 3 charges,” WCNC, June 13, 2022.

Detroit, MI, June 11, 2022 (FOX 2 Detroit)

The shooting happened Saturday afternoon in the block of Griggs, which is near Lyndon and Wyoming.

Police say two suspects met up with the victim and attempted to rob him at gunpoint. The victim pulled out a weapon, and a shootout occurred, police said.

All three were privately conveyed and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police say two suspects are currently in police custody at the hospital.

Ibrahim Dabaja, “3 injured after shootout during robbery attempt in Detroit,” FOX 2 Detroit, June 11, 2022.

Deland, FL, June 13, 2022 (ClickOrlando.com)

Britten Polk, 30, confronted a woman outside of C’s Waffles at 413 S. Woodland Blvd. due to rumors about something she may have said about him, police said.

According to police, the two had previously been in a romantic relationship.

As Polk approached the woman, she pulled out a handgun, holding it toward the ground, records show.

Reports indicate that a struggle ensued between the two, leading to the firearm going off and a round hitting Polk in his right leg…

Polk faces charges for felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor battery.

Anthony Talcott, “Deland man shot in the leg, arrested after confronting woman, police say,” ClickOrlando.com, June 17, 2022.

Austin, TX, June 14, 2022 (KXAN)

According to the arrest affidavit, Reed has an “extensive criminal history of aggravated robbery” and is a suspect in robberies that happened in the last few weeks.

At 4:11 p.m. the suspect came up behind two people who were walking through a parking lot at 3400 Palm Way, which is in The Domain shopping center, according to an arrest affidavit. The victims told police he had a black shirt wrapped around his face and pointed a gun at the two as he took a shopping bag and a backpack from one of them.

The suspect started getting into a car and pointed a gun at one of the victims who was yelling and walking toward him, the other pulled out a concealed pistol and shot the suspect…

According to an affidavit related to one of the people accused of being in the car, Reed dropped the gun he had at the scene. Police later said it was stolen.

The suspect left in the car, but didn’t get far before a passenger called 911 for help and police responded. The victims’ property was found in the vehicle, the affidavit said…

Kate Winkle, “Victim shoots robbery suspect at The Domain, Austin police say,” KXAN, June 15, 2022.

St. Louis, MO, June 14, 2022 (KSDK)

Police said the shooting happened on the 1400 block of Commercial Street in the city’s Near North Riverfront neighborhood at around 4:40 a.m. …

Police said an initial investigation found the man who was killed tried to enter the suspected shooter’s tent when he was shot. Police said they interviewed the suspected shooter and released him pending further investigation…

Sam Clancy, “Man found shot to death in tent near Mississippi River in St. Louis,” KSDK, June 14, 2022.

Nashville, TN, June 14, 2022 (WSMV)

Police are investigating a claim of self-defense after a man was fatally shot on Tuesday night at a storage unit in Germantown…

The woman claimed Washington put her in a chokehold during an argument in their car. The woman retrieved her firearm and shot Washington once before getting out of the vehicle…

Mary Alice Royse and Chuck Morris, “Police: Shooter claims fatal shooting in Germantown area was self-defense,” WSMV, June 14, 2022.

Olympia, WA, June 17, 2022 (tcscannernews)

The shooting that occurred the evening of Friday, June 17, at the Drexel House Apartments in the 600 block of Pattison St SE, at this time appears to be a self-defense shooting as police say the shooter is not in custody…

Police say the man was highly agitated and was causing a disturbance outside, then entered the lobby of the apartment complex where he drew a large knife and charged a man sitting in a chair. The man sitting in the chair drew a pistol and shot him twice…

Tcscannernews Staff, “Shooting at Drexel House appears to be self-defense, shooter not in custody,” tcscannernews, June 19, 2022.

Des Moines, IA, June 19, 2022 (KCRG)

The woman who fired a gunshot in a Des Moines Hy-Vee on Sunday morning may not face criminal charges.

Police said Kapri Francis violently attacked a woman unprovoked, blindsiding her and putting her in a headlock.

Police said the woman then shot Francis in the leg. Another nearby person was hurt by either the bullet or debris.

“Iowa law allows for the use of reasonable force to stop someone from hurting you, or someone else, and that includes deadly force under certain circumstances,” said Katherine Sears, a criminal defense attorney.

She said it’s unlikely the woman who fired the gun will be charged for injuring the other person as well. Sears said that’s because a state statute says a person who reasonably uses authorized force is immune from criminal or civil liability caused during the force.

KCCI Staff, “Woman who fired gun in Iowa Hy-Vee may not face charges,” KCRG, June 21, 2022.

Nashville, TN, June 20, 2022 (WKRN)

A 47-year-old man is charged with attempted criminal homicide after a shooting early Monday morning at an East Nashville gas station.

The shooting happened at 12:43 a.m. outside the Citgo gas station located in the 500 block of Main Street…

Two victims who work at the gas station were outside when House approached them wanting to return items he claimed to have purchased Sunday night, according to Metro police. When the 23-year-old told House he’d have to wait for the manager to return, House allegedly pulled out his Glock pistol and threatened both men.

The 39-year-old tried to disarm House and during a struggle between the men, House fired twice. The 23-year-old returned fire and shot House multiple times. The 39-year-old was struck once during the shooting…

Alicia Patton, “Man shoots at clerks who refused returns at East Nashville gas station,” WKRN, June 20, 2022.

Houston, TX, June 21, 2022 (Click2Houston)

A suspect was shot and killed by an employee after attempting to rob two businesses, including a gun shop on Tuesday, according to the Houston Police Department.

The incident was reported around 3:17 p.m. at Carter’s Country, located in the 11800 block of South Wilcrest Drive and Southwest Freeway.

Before the man entered the gun shop, witnesses told police he entered a Suit Mart next door and tried to steal some items…

Leaving the Suit Mart empty-handed, police said the man then entered the gun shop with a sharp object, opened the cash register and stole the money. The employee told officers he shot the suspect in self-defense as the suspect was leaving the business.

“Once he went there (the gun shop), he actually went behind the counter (and) started ruffling through the cash register,” HPD Lt. Larry Crowson said. “He was confronted by one of the employees, at that point, one of the employees felt in fear of their safety and fired two shots, at least one struck.”…

Brittany Taylor and Deven Clarke, “Suspect shot, killed by employee after robbing gun shop in southwest Houston, police say,” Click2Houston, June 21, 2022.

Jackson, TN, June 24, 2022 (WBBJ-TV)

On June 24, the police department was dispatched to the Days Inn on the Highway 45 Bypass around 9:20 a.m. Police say when they arrived, two people were found suffering from gunshot wounds, and one of the individuals died at the scene.

Jackson police say upon further investigation, the incident was an attempted robbery. The victim shot and killed the robber, and the District Attorney has ruled it self defense…

Ashley Luningham, “Jackson police share update on recent crimes,” WBBJ-TV, July 6, 2022.

Nashville, TN, June 24, 2022 (WSMV 4)

Under an hour later, around 11:30 p.m., officers responded to shooting at the Mapco station on Harding Pike in White Bridge.

Police said 41-year-old Jonathan Distefano was being taken by his family to the hospital for treatment during a mental health episode. They were driving on Harding Pike when Distefano jumped out of the vehicle and charged at oncoming traffic. He jumped onto a moving car, which stopped immediately, causing him to roll onto the street.

The report states that Distefano then ran to the nearby Mapco where 26-year-old Emion Ensley, an employee, was on break in his parked car. Ensley told officers that Distefano tried to get into his vehicle and wanted his keys, so he got out and attempted to flee the situation by going inside the station store. Distefano followed him inside.

Once inside, Ensley repeatedly yelled for Distefano to leave the store. Distefano then noticed Ensley was carrying a pistol and tried to take it away from him, threatening to shoot him with his own gun. While the two wrestled behind the counter, Ensley pulled his pistol and fatally shot Distefano.

Police said no charges have been filed and the District Attorney’s office will determine the self-defense merits of the case…

Tony Garcia, “Arrest made in deadly Greyhound bus shooting in Nashville,” WSMV 4, June 25, 2022.

Shreveport, LA, June 25, 2022 (KTBS)

No arrests are expected in the road rage incident on Saturday in a busy grocery store parking lot that sent one man to the hospital, Shreveport police said Monday in a news release.

Shreveport police identified Harry Dubin as the one responsible for shooting Donald Gonsoulin.

Detectives said the incident started at a red light on Line Avenue when Gonsoulin got out of his vehicle and charged at Dublin’s car. Gonsoulin then confronted Dublin a second time in Brookshire’s parking lot. Gonsoulin attempted to get inside Dublin’s vehicle and that’s when Dublin shot Gonsoulin from inside, police said.

Gonsoulin’s injuries were describes as non-life threatening.

KTBS Staff, “No arrest expected in Saturday road rage that left one man shot,” KTBS, June 27, 2022.

Chicago, IL, June 30, 2022 (FOX 32 Chicago)

The 28-year-old man was walking to his car around 1:08 a.m. in the 300 block of North Avers Avenue when a gunman approached and demanded his belongings, police said.

The man, who is a concealed carry holder, pulled out a gun and they both exchanged gunfire, police said.

The man got in his car to leave when he discovered he had been shot once in the abdomen, police said. He drove himself to West Suburban Hospital where he was listed in good condition, according to officials.

The attempted robber was also shot in his thigh and hand. He was taken by paramedics to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition, police said…

FOX 32 Digital Staff, “Concealed carry holder, robber both wounded in East Garfield Park shootout,” FOX 32 Chicago, June 30, 2022.

Lufkin, TX, June 30, 2022 (KTRE)

Sheriff Greg Sanches said he received a call around 5:30 a.m. Thursday regarding an incident involving trespassers at the mill. It is believed they were in the act of stealing copper.

Captain Alton Lenderman with the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office said a man who was trespassing on the property was shot by employee of the property owner. Sheriff Sanches confirmed that one of the suspects, Kenneth Holley, 56, of Houston, was found dead on the property…

Gary Bass, “Angelina County Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting death at old paper mill,” KTRE, June 30, 2022.

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RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE

Originally posted by Doc Gunn

Dear Friends: 

We are losing our Society to random violent attacks! I saw on the News a few days ago a video of a random attack of a person standing waiting for a bus. He was savagely knocked unconscious from behind with a blunt object. This was in NYC and his attacker (a repeat offender) was immediately released back onto the streets with "No Cash Bail." 

The 45-second video below is that of a random attack on a Police Officer who was standing beside a vehicle after a Traffic Stop. An unassociated car stops and a VCA (Violent Criminal Actor) exits and rushes the LEO with a hatchet! Our LEO responded by quickly drawing and effectively firing as he backed away from the charge. (Great reaction!) 

See video here: https://youtu.be/xxoPm-3we08?t=516

The Big Question is this: What is happening (Nationwide) and what must be done about it? 

We MUST regain control of our Government at all levels: Federal, State, County and Municipality. 

Stand Ready! 

Doc

The Sept 12th Harrisburg Rally

The 2A Rally in Harrisburg is less than a month away on Monday September, 12th, 2022. Join us on the Capitol stairs at 10AM as we celebrate our 2A and Article 1 Section 21 of the PA Constitution and send a message to our elected officials that we will not stand aside as some in government actively try to destroy our Liberty.

The rally is organized by PA Representative Daryl Metcalfe and he will be joined by many pro-2A Legislators, and guest speakers. Afterwards, join us as we walk the halls of the Capitol to discuss legislation and build relationships with and educate elected officials.

FOAC-ILLEA License To Carry Seminar hosted by Representative Barbara Gleim

FOAC-ILLEA Events:

FOAC-ILLEA conducts meetings, educational seminars, are involved with License to Carry Satellite events, rallies, and much more! To view the complete list of FOAC-ILLEA Events visit the website.

Researcher Alleges FBI Seriously Undercounts Armed Citizen Responses to Active Shootings, Real Number 3x Higher

Originally published on The Western Journal

By Warner Todd Huston, August 13, 2022

Firearm statistics expert John R. Lott Jr. recently exposed the FBI’s gross underestimation of the number of times armed citizens have stopped a mass shooting event and suggested that the agency is purposefully muffing the numbers for political reasons. 

In his review of the FBI data published by Real Clear Investigations, Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, attributed the discrepancies to errors on the FBI’s part, including misidentifying and overlooking incidents.

The FBI insists that only 4.4 percent of active shooter incidents between 2014 and 2021 were interrupted or stopped by an armed citizen. But according to Lott, the number is actually 14.6 percent.

The FBI defines an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.” The bureau excludes incidents it deems “related to other criminal activity, such as a robbery or fighting over drug turf,” according to Lott.

Lott notes that the FBI’s narrow criteria necessarily eliminate many incidents that should be included.

For instance, between 2014 and 2021, the bureau counted 252 active shooter incidents, but Lott found 281. The FBI reported only 11 shootings stopped by an armed citizen, while Lott found 41.

Lott finds the discrepancies glaring. As do others.

“So much of our public understanding of this issue is malformed by this single agency,” said Theo Wold, former acting assistant U.S. attorney general, according to Lott’s report.

“When the bureau gets it so systematically — and persistently — wrong, the cascading effect is incredibly deleterious. The FBI exerts considerable influence over state and local law enforcement and policymakers at all levels of government.”

“Although collecting such data is fraught with challenges,” Lott wrote, “some see a pattern of distortion in the FBI numbers because the numbers almost exclusively go one way, minimizing the life-saving actions of armed citizens.”

Wold and Lott are right. When the FBI purposely lowballs statistics like this, the left uses the fake numbers in a direct attack on our Second Amendment rights.

Indeed, the media sits like a vulture just waiting for data that can be used to destroy the “good guy with a gun” narrative. Lott pointed out that The Washington PostThe Associated Press and The New York Times went all-in to blast the pro-gun position after armed citizen Elisjsha Dicken ended a mall shooting in Greenwood, Indiana, in July.

After the shooting, Indiana University law professor Jody Madeira told the Post that armed citizens are “particularly dangerous.” Madeira added, “You’ll get this idea that these people are needed out there to help protect citizens, when in reality that’s the job of the police.”

Unfortunately, the FBI isn’t merely fudging data. It is also putting Americans in danger. By putting out misleading statistics that are used to discount the benefits of a legally armed citizenry, the FBI is necessarily putting lives at risk.

After all, if the FBI’s data is successfully used to thwart gun ownership, mass shooters will be given a free hand to take out as many people as they can until police intercede. 

The FBI should be faithfully serving Americans, not cooking its books to help liberals try to take guns away from legally armed citizens.

Firearms Owners Against Crime Institute for Legal, Legislative, and Educational Action is constantly having dialog with elected officials in an effort to educate them about the law, firearms safety, gun ownership, self-defense, and Article 1 Section 21 of the PA Constitution. FOAC-ILLEA holds the feet of elected officials to the fire when it comes to upholding the Constitution and protecting the rights and liberties of ALL Pennsylvanians.

FOAC-ILLEA is actively engaged in the Courts to fight tyrants, stand up for Citizens, and help to establish court precedent that will help the cause of Liberty for generations.

We are working together with other like minder organizations to pursue the same causes together, as together we are stronger than apart.

FOAC-ILLEA is an all-volunteer organization, and we operate on donations from people who believe in the cause of Liberty. We are always looking for those that will donate their time, talent, and treasure.

If you are in a position to donate to help us continue the fight for Liberty, please do so today!

Closing Thoughts

Tim Schmidt, founder of the USCCA has a book called, If It Is To Be, It’s Up To Me. I have always liked that saying and try to live by it myself. When I see that something needs to be done, I try to do it. I don’t find someone else, or expect that someone else is going to do that thing, I just try and do it myself.

My son and I went to the zoo last week. When I go to the zoo I often spend a measurable amount of time picking up trash. I see it on the ground, I see the trash can 20 feet away, so (unless maybe if it is dirty diaper) I pick it up and place it into the trash. If it is to be, let it be me. 

I can assure you there is a daily war on our rights, our liberties, and our country in the halls of government, the courts, and in the hearts and minds of our fellow misguided Americans. FOAC-ILLEA needs help from people like you that get things done and fight. We appreciate and need financial donations, but when a member puts forth a physical effort, it can be worth so much more. 

Some folks can send emails, some can make calls, some can rally others to the cause, some can raise money, some can donate money, some can organize bodies to be at certain places at certain times, some can visit legislators, some can consult, some can carry out, but if you are willing to get some skin in the game, we can accomplish so much more for the cause of Liberty if we work together.

If all of us do SOME, we can acomlish so much more than if some of us do ALL.

Stay Armed and Be Well Regulated!

Yours in Liberty, 

Klint Macro

2nd VP FOAC-ILLEA

kmacro@foac-illea.org

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How the FBI Undercounts Armed Citizen Responders to Mass Killers, and Media Play Along

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The gun store behind a viral video showing potential misconduct by the ATF wants an investigation into the matter.

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Spanish arrest that shows futility of gun control

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