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So let's talk about universal background checks (we'll also get into "buying elections", but it's gonna take a few tweets to get there). 1/
"Universal background checks make the country safer", says @Alyssa_Milano. The only problem is, the latest research (from a gun control supporter no less) is that universal background checks in WA, CO, and DE "had little effect". 2/…
@Alyssa_Milano Gun control advocates will say "Aha! The reason they didn't increase background checks is because the laws weren't being enforced."

So ask them, "How exactly do you enforce universal background checks?" Have any ideas, @Alyssa_Milano? 3/
@Alyssa_Milano In 2017, NM sheriffs opposed a UBC bill. "These measures would make it harder for law-abiding New Mexicans to exercise their #2A rights, waste scare law enforcement resources, and do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals." 4/…
@Alyssa_Milano Clearly, these sheriffs were just bought off by the gun lobby, right Alyssa? The only problem is while the NRA spent $10k in New Mexico elections in 2016, ya boy Bloomberg spent $200k. 5/…
@Alyssa_Milano As it turns out, the universal background check bill failed to make it out of committee, despite Bloomberg's success in turning the legislature Dem majority. Go ask the Dems who opposed it what they were hearing from their constituents. 6/…
@Alyssa_Milano Universal background check laws sound good to people who don't own guns, don't have to enforce laws, but who really want to "do something". I'll give you one more example, from the Wintemute study I mentioned earlier. 7/…
@Alyssa_Milano According to the study, WA & CO didn't see an increase in background check laws after they went into effect. DE saw an increase, but if you look at the crime rates of those three states during the same time period (Wintemute didn't), DE had the biggest increase in homicides. 8/
@Alyssa_Milano So, even when there's an increase in background checks, there's not necessarily a corresponding decrease in crime or murders. But keep demonizing millions of Americans who disagree with you, Alyssa. And keep telling yourself it's okay because you're doing it out of "love". 9/9

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Oct 4, 2018
A brief thread to emphasize Jesse’s point. On Long Island, anti-gun activists and local Dem politicians recently mounted a campaign to get a local event hall to void their contract to host the Nassau County @FriendsofNRA dinner. It did not go as they hoped it would. 1/
In Brooklyn, anti-gun activists and local Dem politicians were able to get three venues to back out of their contract with the locals Friends of NRA committee before Knights of Columbus hall agreed to host. The activists on LI had a playbook to follow. 2/…
They had several dozen protesters outside the Inn at New Hyde park on the weekends leading up to the Friends of NRA dinner. A Democratic fundraiser was cancelled. And still the owner stood by the signed contract. 3/…
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Aug 7, 2018
I’m gonna try to distract myself from thinking about tomorrow (and now get that stupid Fleetwood Mac song out of my head) with a little thread on the deplatforming of another controversial media figure from an earlier day: Dr. J.R Brinkley, the “goat gland doctor”. 1/
John Romulus Brinkley was a real doctor. Or at least he had a certificate from something called the Kansas City Eclectic Medical University and in 1915 that was good enough to practice medicine in eight states. Dr. Brinkley was in business. 2/
In 1918, he moved to Milford, Kansas and set up a fairly large clinic during the Spanish Flu epidemic. But it wasn’t until the following year that he hit upon his genius idea of grafting bits of goat balls onto human testicles to increase virility. 3/
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Apr 19, 2018
It was right about now, 243 years ago, that Paul Revere left Dr. Joseph Warren's home in Boston and began his journey towards Lexington and the history books.
Before Revere left Boston, he had to assure that Patriots across the Charles River in Charlestown would get word of which route the British Regulars would be using to reach Lexington. For that, he enlisted the help of Robert Newman and Thomas Bernard.
Revere knew almost every son of liberty in Boston, thanks to his booming business and his never-ending networking. Newman happened to be a church sexton whose family reluctantly housed British soldiers to help make ends meet. He had access to the belfry at Old North Church.
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Apr 7, 2018
Seeing @jack endorse a one party state and @deesnider remember the stifling of expression from the PMRC tonight reminded me of the story of the Klaus Renft Combo, East Germany's most popular band.. until it wasn't allowed to exist. Let me tell you a story, Jack.
I read about the Klaus Renft Combo in Stasiland, which is worth a read before you plunge headlong into the embrace of a one-party state, especially one with incredible surveillance powers. h/t to @jonronson for mentioning the book in his feed recently.…
The Klaus Renft Combo were the Rolling Stones or the Beatles of East Germany; rock and roll, but deemed to be safer by the government. Still, they pushed the boundaries. Here's their hit 'Die Ketten Weden Knapper' (The Chains Are Growing Tighter).

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Mar 1, 2018
I was on the air while today's school safety presentation was taking place. Having now caught up, here's my stance:

Not giving up my due process rights.

Adults can and should be able to exercise their constitutional rights.

Gun bans don't work. In fact, I believe in general that supply side gun controls (laws restricting legal access in hopes of stopping criminals) are not nearly as effective as efforts to reduce demand among criminals.

I believe imposing an age limit of 18 to use social media would be far more useful for helping kids grow up mentally healthy than an age limit of 21 to purchase a firearm.

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