Gun Control is Not the Solution After Navy Yard Shooting

Today marks the one year anniversary of the tragic Washington Navy Yard shooting. This event left our metro area down and distressed. The unspeakable horror surrounding this event brought so much pain to those personally afflicted by it. Anyone who commits a senseless act like a killing rampage should be condemned and properly brought to justice.

How did this president commemorate this day? By calling for more expanded background checks, a revival of the “assault weapons” ban, and more restrictions on magazines. Same old, same old.

One, universal background checks NEVER work. In order to purchase a gun in your respective state, you have to undergo a background check. There are already laws in the books. Stop creating more government oversight on our Second Amendment rights. The Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis got government clearance, had a history of weird behavior, and could have been stopped. This administration did NOTHING to stop him. No redundant background check would have prevented him from committing his awful actions.

Two, “assault weapons” don’t exist. Banning guns like the AR-15 because you find them scary when all they have are certain unique features is unnecessary and foolish. Hell, even the New York Times recently published an article admitting that “assault weapons” are in themselves a myth. Semi-automatic firearms are NOT the same as fully-automatic firearms. Drop this imaginary crusade once and for all.

Third, restricting magazine capacity puts one in more danger than you think. If you’re met with a moment where your life is on the line and you don’t have enough bullets to defend yourself as a last resort-key word is last resort-you are making yourself more vulnerable to attack or worse–death. 10-round or 15-round magazines offer extra cushion for range time and, inevitably, for self-defense.

Gun control measures never reduce or eliminate the threat of violence. Instead, they bolster and enable tyranny. What’s the solution? Gun-free zones should be eliminated so tragedies like the Navy Yard Shooting never happen again.

Irony in Estonia

There is no greater irony than an American president with Marxist beliefs who already brokered a deal with Russia telling the nations of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania that he has their backs.

Here are some gems from his speech in Estonia today: “People want more control of their lives, not less.”; “Our commitment to your security is rock solid!”; and “I should have called the Estonians when we were setting up our healthcare website.”

Really? If he says he loves freedom, why are his policies here rooted in control and more government involvement? Why did he okay START II with Russia if he has the Baltics’ backs? Why should he and his administration be trusted if their foreign policy strategy is out of whack? Why would Estonia want to touch something like Healthcare.gov when that country, like many other formerly occupied countries under the USSR, already suffered under the wrath of socialized healthcare? It’s quite pathetic.

Here’s why you should be skeptical about the Obama administration backing the Baltics: During a 2004 trip to Ukraine, he and former U.S. Senator Dick Lugar told Ukrainian officials that their country should be disarmed of military weapons–at minimum, weakened militarily (meaning they are more vulnerable to Russian attack). Additionally, Obama essentially gave Putin via Medvedev the okay to do whatever that country wants in the name of “flexibility” in that infamous hot mic scandal before the 2012 election.

I have a vested interest in Baltic affairs because I have many family members back in Lithuania and friends in several of the Baltic states. (My mom is in Lithuania as we speak.) Given how the Obama administration has handled things domestically and foreign policy-wise, he’s not to be trusted. The Baltics need to take matters into their own hands and have the moral support of fellow freedom-lovers at their disposal.

Obama Administration is Not to Be Trusted on Ukraine

Here’s a lengthy Facebook post I wrote this morning about the situation brewing in Eastern Europe:

I’ve never been more infuriated by a sitting American president and his administration than I am right now. Not only has he weakened us domestically with high taxes, nationalized healthcare, bailouts, wiretapping, and targeting of political opponents, his policies have weakened us aboard by making us a global laughing stock.

The Obama administration is not to be trusted in its handling of foreign relations, particularly with the brewing Russia-Ukraine situation. Here’s the back story on what this administration (and Obama) did to complicate the situation:

As a U.S. Senator, Obama went to Ukraine with former Senator Dick Lugar (ugh) and “called for the immediate destruction of 15,000 tons of ammunition, 400,000 small arms and light weapons, and 1,000 man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) or shoulder missile launchers that are often sought by terrorists. Lugar and Obama toured the Donetsk State Chemical Production Plant, a conventional weapons destruction facility where the U.S. has taken the lead in a three-year NATO program to destroy the weapons. Another 117,000 tons of ammunition and 1.1 million small arms and light weapons are slated for destruction within 12 years.” [Link here.]

In March 2009, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented former Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a gift-wrapped red button bearing the word “Reset” in English and “Peregruzka” in Russian. “Peregruzka” doesn’t translate to “reset” in English. It translates to “overcharged” or “overloaded” to English.

START II Treaty, the arms control treaty passed by the Senate in 2010, called on the U.S. to reduce a certain number of its strategic offensive arms in return for a reciprocal obligation by the Russian Federation to reduce its offensive strategic arms. Russia hasn’t retreated at all. Our politicians were duped into supporting this. [More on New START Treaty here.]

In a hot mic incident right before the 2012 election, President Obama told Russian President Dimitri Medvedev to back off on missile defense until after the election and said “I’ll have more flexibility after the election.” Russian puppet Medvedev then famously replied, “I will transmit this message to Vladimir.” Enter 2014: Russia threatens to go into countries with Russian-speaking populations and reclaim them for Mother Russia. (See Crimea, Eastern Ukraine, and threats towards Baltics.)

With tensions escalating in Eastern Europe and possible warships entering the Baltic Sea, Americans shouldn’t turn a blind eye to the situation. What can we do? Not go to war would be smart. Imposing sanctions on Russia may do. Passing the Magnitsky Act could work. [Investors are already pulling out of Russian stock and the ruble is suffering, so Russia can possibly implode on its own.]

Why am I concerned about this? I have family back in Lithuania and friends in Europe who’ll be targeted by Russia. George Santayana said it best: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” We could use real leadership right now…

#HandsOffUkraine Rally in Washington, D.C.

Yesterday my parents and I ventured to DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C., to join other Americans from Eastern Europe – including Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Georgians, Poles, Ukrainians, Russians – to protest Russia’s illegal invasion into Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

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The protest was organized by Joint Baltic Americans National Committee (JBANC). Lithuanian Ambassador Žygimantas Pavilionis and Ukrainian Ambassador Oleksandr Motsyk gave brief remarks at the event.

I’m pictured with some diplomats from the Lithuanian Embassy. [ Lithuania is my ancestral homeland, for those of you wondering.]

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With my new friends Rolandas Kacinskas (L) and Lithuanian Ambassador to the U.S. Zygimantas Pavilionis (R) at the #StopRussianOccupation rally in support of Ukraine. The ambassador’s sign reads, “Obama Beware! One day Putin might come “rescue” Russians in Brighton Beach, NY!”

Amb. Motsyk of Ukraine gave brief remarks at the protest.

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Amb. Pavilionis of Lithuania addressed the protest.

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Lithuanian Ambassador to the U.S. and Mexico Žygimantas Pavilionis

Pictured below is the Lithuanian National Flag alongside the Lithuanian State Flag with Vytis.

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A sign cautioning against Russian “liberation” of Crimea/Ukraine is shown below.

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LTU World covered the protest, as with Daily Caller.

I’ll have a column in Townhall.com later this week about the situation in Eastern Europe. As Americans, we should encourage means other than war to punish Russia for its behavior.

Stay tuned…

Join Rand Paul’s Class Action Lawsuit Against President Obama and the NSA

Yesterday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) announced that he’s suing President Obama and the NSA in a class action lawsuit .

In December, a federal judge ruled NSA’s domestic phone data mining as unconstitutional.

If you’re concerned about the lack of transparency from our government and this clear violation of Fourth Amendment rights, then sign this petition in support of Paul’s class action lawsuit. Sign it and then share it with your family and friends!

On Syria and American Exceptionialism: Don’t Trust Megalomaniacs Obama and Putin

I stumbled upon Russian President Vladimir Putin’s article in the New York Times. Not surprisingly, I took issue with Putin’s charge that America isn’t exceptional.

Putin writes:

And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

Perhaps it’s the anti-communist in me or perhaps it’s the very fact that my family escaped the former Soviet Union that I find Putin’s comments disconcerting.

Here are my thoughts about the Obama-Putin rivalry over who is the “better” world leader: I say neither! 
 
An ex-KGB officer (Russian President Vladimir Putin) who has been quoted lamenting the collapse of the USSR and has expressed interest in creating a Eurasian Union is seen as an adult when matched to President Barack Obama…
 
Unfortunately for Putin and Obama, both fail to understand how exceptional and unique America is. The USSR deprived all people of basic rights, and Russia today is no beacon of freedom. Why did many people, including my parents and family, flee the Soviet Union for the U.S.? America was exceptional and inviting to them because they could live in a free society, own property, freely express their views, and enjoy life without fear. The USSR was not exceptional; the U.S. was. America under Obama, who was mentored by communist Frank Marshall Davis and surrounded by anti-American mentors throughout his life, is departing from its founding and becoming mediocre. If you own a business, you didn’t build it unless the government subsidized it. If you are religious, you are seen as a bigot if you care about values and morals. If you are skeptical of big government, you are placed on a watch list. The list goes on and on. America has been subverted to political correctness (Cultural Marxism) for many decades, but its wrath has escalated under this president.
 
When it comes to Syria – a place where we have no business or vital interest in- don’t confide in Putin nor Obama. Putin wants to undermine America aboard and Obama wants to undermine her from within. Discern carefully and don’t place trust in these two megalomaniacs.
 
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My Tweet Condemning Obama’s Race Baiting Featured in National Journal

I often talk about the power of Twitter on my social media outlets. I cannot stress it enough. One tweet or retweet can carry immense sway and even land in an article or news story.

So, that happened to me again.

Jill Lawrence of National Journal, which is no bastion of conservative thought, borrowed one of my tweets in order to write why it was appropriate for President Obama to insert himself in the George Zimmerman trial. Lawrence took great issue with being “dangerously conservative.” (It’s called having a sense of humor.)

Below is the excerpt:

Inevitably, conservatives charged that Obama was stirring up controversy needlessly, and showing bias against whites. “Remarkable that the president of the United States continues to fan the flames on George Zimmerman. #StopTalkingSir,” tweeted Republican strategist Brian Walsh.

“Can this president and his ilk get over race? You’re dividing and destroying this country with your race-baiting—making Karl Marx proud,” tweeted Gabriella Hoffman, a regional field coordinator for the Leadership Institute who describes herself as “dangerously conservative.”

Yet for the black community, Obama’s remarks were more than four years overdue. After the Zimmerman verdict, they pleaded with him to say something commensurate to their pain over this case—to speak not just about race but about racism.