Tuesday, June 7, 2016


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Barack Obama (or whatever his name is) continues to stand firmly in demented opposition to the God of all creation. Last week, Obama signed a presidential proclamation declaring June 2016 to be "LGBT" Pride Month. Some might shrug this off as no big deal, but this is a very big deal. This is the President of the United States, on behalf of our nation, officially celebrating pride of sin, sin the Bible calls an abomination to God. And, far from being "love," God's Word calls homosexuality and related behaviors exactly what they are: "vile affections."

What Obama has done is a dangerously wicked thing to do, and it harkens back to what the degenerates in Sodom and Gomorrah did, which is referenced in a prophecy against Jerusalem and Judah in Isaiah 3:

The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.

Disaster is being brought on our nation, and Obama is making it official. Don't doubt it for a minute.

Obama's proclamation reads like the communist propaganda it is. It's full of lies, because it equates perverse, sinful sexual behavior with "human rights" and "civil rights." Sodomy and "transgenderism" are not human rights or civil rights. They're bad behaviors that no sane society condones, much less celebrates.

You might say that Obama's proclamation doesn't speak for you. Oh, but it does! In his capacity as President of the United States (however anti-American and subversive he is) his proclamation speaks for this nation, whether we like it or not. And, there will be consequences for this nation as a result of the degenerates who proudly parade their sin with the President's official endorsement.

This does not end well for America, because God is not mocked. Whatever a man – or a nation – sows, that will he reap. Disaster is what God's Word assures us will result from this kind of sick "pride."

We're entering the time Paul warned us would come, when people will no longer accept the truth, but will instead embrace lies and delusion. When people firmly turn their ears away from the truth, there is no longer a way to reach them by simply speaking the truth and expecting reasonable people to accept it. Outside of God, in His mercy, opening their understanding, they cannot perceive the truth.

Regardless, I will continue to tell the truth, to do what little I can to warn this wayward nation that dark days are ahead if we don't stop this sexual anarchy insanity.

In conclusion, below is a letter I wrote to the editor of our local, liberal fish wrap, the Sun Herald, a McClatchy affiliate. That newspaper, like leftist hack rags all across the nation, is fully on-board with the militant homosexual movement, including the "transgender" insanity train, publishing stories by "reporters" who call men "she" and by women's names. They will no longer publish letters like mine that tell the glaring, simple truth about the militant homosexual/"transgender" movement and its sinister goals of crushing Christian freedom and expression.

But, for now at least, we still have outlets that do publish the truth, like the websites that carry my columns, and this letter will be read by far more people than the Sun Herald reaches.

It echoes my last column and was in response to the aggressive Human Rights Campaign crusade against our new law here in Mississippi that aims to protect the Christian rights and freedoms of those who resist the demands of militant homosexual/"transgender" activists. Those opposed to the reasonable new law falsely claim that it promotes "hate," which is typical of these God-hating fools who feign "pride" in their degeneracy.

Here's my letter to the Sun Herald editor that this craven newspaper wouldn't touch:

The "No Hate In Our State" protests funded and organized by the militant homosexual activists of the Human Rights Campaign are based on lies.

None of our resistance to this movement is inspired by "hate." It's inspired by truth, our God-given freedoms and what's right and wrong. Regardless of whether or not anyone today has a functioning moral compass to see it, right, wrong and truth have never changed, and they never will.

The truth is that homosexual behavior is dangerous, self-destructive, unnatural and immoral.

The truth is that marriage is, and always will be, one thing only: the union of a man and a woman. Anything else is a perverse mockery of marriage, and no amount of lawless court decisions will change that fact.

The truth is that there is no such thing as "transgenderism." Anyone who imagines he is the opposite sex is mentally ill and needs help aligning his mind with reality.

The truth is that a man can never be a woman – ever – no matter what he does to his body. He remains a man.

The truth is that Obama's illegal decree to the nation's public schools, directing them to allow boys in the girls' restrooms, locker rooms and showers is evil lunacy, and it puts our kids in danger.

We will not stand for this insanity.



The Basics of Islam 9: Robert Spencer on The Status of Jews and Christians
Under Islamic Law


Half Million Veterans Waiting Over 30 Days 
for VA Care
Waits climb nationwide as VA secretary gets heat for ‘Disney’ comments

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The number of veterans waiting more than 30 days for care at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities has climbed past half a million.
The most recent data on pending appointments released by the VA last week shows that nearly 506,000 veterans currently seeking care at agency medical centers have waited more than a month for appointments, an increase of more than 10,000 in just two weeks and 23,000 in one month.
The new numbers, which survey pending appointments as of May 15, cast light on the agency’s continuing struggle to reduce waits and offer timely care to the nation’s veterans.
The VA aimed to schedule veterans’ appointments in 14 days or less before it was revealed in 2014 that staffers were keeping secret lists to conceal long waits for care. Since then, the agency has relaxed its target to 30 days.
While a majority of veterans are being seen by VA doctors within 30 days of their “preferred date” for an appointment, average wait times for primary and specialty care appointments nationwide have spiked in recent weeks. The VA does not begin measuring waits when a veteran first calls to make an appointment—instead schedulers use the “preferred date,” either the date the veteran wants an appointment or the date a VA doctor decides the veteran should be seen. The VA’s data likely underestimates patient wait times because of this methodological choice.
Among those waiting more than 30 days for appointments, nearly 300,000 will not see a doctor for between one and two months, over 130,000 between two and three months, and nearly 50,000 between three and four months. Over 30,000 veterans currently have waited more than four months—a third of a year—for appointments. All of these statistics have increased over the last two weeks.
“This news is unwelcome, but not unexpected,” Rep. Jeff Miller (R., Fla.), chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, told the Washington Free Beacon. “Quite frankly, it is illogical to think the department’s performance and veterans’ experiences with the agency will ever significantly improve as long as VA routinely tolerates egregious behavior among employees such as armed robbery participation and wait-time manipulation.”
The new numbers are the most recent to be released since Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald controversially compared wait times at the VA to lines at Disney theme parks and suggested that wait times are not a valid metric of veterans’ experiences at agency hospitals.
“When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important? What’s important is, what’s your satisfaction with the experience?” McDonald told reporters on May 23. “And what I would like to move to, eventually, is that kind of measure.”
McDonald’s comment met fierce criticism from Republicans and Democrats. At least two lawmakers—Sens. Roy Blunt (R., Mo.) and Joni Ernst (R., Ia.)—have demanded his resignation.
“It’s clear he cannot prioritize getting our veterans the health care they deserve and have earned in a timely manner,” Blunt said in a statement last month. “Dismissing wait times when veterans can often wait months for an appointment is negligent and a clear sign that new leadership is needed at the VA.”
The secretary later expressed “regret” if his comments offended veterans but stopped short of apologizing for them.
President Obama nominated McDonald to the top post at the VA after his predecessor, Eric Shinseki, resigned during the wait list scandal two years ago. Despite efforts to increase accountability at the VA and improve veterans’ care, there have been continuing reports of appointment delays, insufficient care, and misconduct at the agency’s network of hospitals.
Auditors with the Government Accountability Office recently concluded that the VA does not provide sufficient oversight to make sure that veterans receive timely care and that staffers accurately log patient wait times.

Heller to VA Secretary: “Wait Times for Vets Is a Substantive Issue.”
Published on May 24, 2016
U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) spoke at a Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald’s response to a letter Heller recently sent. The letter expressed Senator Heller’s strong disgust and disagreement with the Secretary’s comments comparing the wait times of veterans at VA health care facilities to those of visitors at Disney theme parks.


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A United Nations summit in Korea this week adopted a global “action plan” demanding a planetary “education” regime to transform children around the world into social-justice warriors and sustainability-minded “global citizens.” Among other elements, that means the UN-directed global education must promote “integrated development” of the “whole person,” including the formation of their ethics, values, and spirituality, the final document declared. The global-citizenship programs, with definitions to be incorporated in curricula worldwide, should also indoctrinate children so that they understand their responsibilities to “protect the planet,” and promote what the UN and its member governments consider to be the “common good.”    
The controversial action plan, approved by the UN's propaganda department and a group of largely government-funded “non-governmental organizations” (NGOs) on June 1 in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, is aimed at helping the UN impose its Agenda 2030 scheme to “transform the world.” In fact, the title of the summit gave away the agenda: “Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together.” As The New American has documented extensively, the UN Agenda 2030 plan, also known as the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs), was approved by governments and dictators last year as a road map toward global control (tyranny). From national and international wealth redistribution to government healthcare and legal abortion for all, the controversial Agenda 2030 vows repeatedly to leave “no-one behind.”
However, globalists and the UN know that to achieve their vision of global totalitarianism, the minds of the young must be captured via “education.” Agenda 2030 actually has an entire goal dedicated to UN-guided “education.” And so the latest summit in Korea, organized for NGOs by the UN Department of Public Information, or UN DPI, was aimed at defining what that “education” regime will look like — and how NGOs can help. “Education is a human right, essential to well-being and dignity, and is key to achieving Agenda 2030,” reads the action plan adopted this week. “Further, an ethos of global citizenship is required in order to fulfil [sic] this bold, people-centered, universal, and planet-sensitive development framework.”
In the “spirit of global citizenship,” the document declares that “our primary identity is that of human beings.” But the agenda is much broader than attacking nationalism and patriotism. The UN DPI and the Astro-Turf “NGOs” that surround it, styling themselves "Civil Society," explained that what they call “education” must also be about more than what people normally think of as education — literacy, numeracy, and so on. In the UN's view, according to the “Gyeongju Action Plan” adopted in Korea, “education must advance the cause of global citizenship.” That means a lot more than one might think, too.
Among other points, this education for global citizenship must promote “integrated development of the whole person emotionally, ethically, intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually,” the action plan declares. (Emphasis added.) Of course, parents, families, communities, tribes, churches, and more have traditionally been responsible for much of that. When or under what authority government-run, UN-approved schools became responsible for children's physical, ethical, spiritual, emotional, and social development was not made clear. The implications, though, should trouble anyone who values liberty, diversity, national sovereignty, and parental rights.  
The “education” pushed by the UN must also be “imbued with an understanding of our roles, rights and responsibilities for the common good in service to humanity and the advancement of a culture of peace, non-violence, freedom, justice, and equality,” the action plan continued, using rhetoric about the "common good" that has been the rallying cry of countless tyrants. The globo-education must inculcate “a sense of care for the earth, reverence for the interdependent kinship of all life, and stewardship of all ecological systems for future generations.” It should also strengthen “the societal relationships among individuals, institutions, communities, states, humanity, and the planet.” And finally, it should nurture “a sense of solidarity and empathy in order to end poverty, protect the planet, ensure human rights, and foster prosperous and fulfilling lives for all.”
To those not well-versed in globalist-speak, that all might sound fine and dandy. However, when the UN's agenda is examined more closely, the real agenda becomes more clear. Consider, as just one point among many, what the UN means when it speaks of “human rights.” In Article 29 of the UN's “Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” the government signatories claim "rights" can be limited “by law” under the guise of everything from “public order” to “the general welfare.” In other words, you have no rights, only privileges. Separately, the same article claims that everyone has “duties to the community” and that “rights and freedoms” may “in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.” Compare that to the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, which outline and protect God-given, inalienable rights.   
Further down, the global action plan explains that the “education” agenda intends to shape every aspect of human life and civilization. “Education for global citizenship is an essential strategy to address global challenges as well as to promote gender equality, facilitate the eradication of poverty and hunger, build skills, eliminate corruption, and prevent violence, including violent extremism,” the document says. “It promotes truly sustainable production and consumption, mitigating climate change and its effects, protecting our waters and biodiversity, and preserving indigenous knowledge.”
If “tradition” and individual cultures get in the way of that agenda for UN-defined “human rights” and “global citizenship,” then “educational understandings” of those things will have to be “enhanced,” the action plan declares. The document also makes clear that this must be a worldwide effort, saying the global-citizenship scheming must be incorporated in school curricula worldwide and that “equitable quality education,” as defined by the UN, must be provided to “all people.” (Emphasis in original). The signatories vowed to work at the local level, too, to “incorporate education for global citizenship in educational systems.”
The signatories of the action plan, developed at the “66th United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference,” also committed to pushing global education that promotes a number of controversial concepts. “We commit to an education that teaches conflict resolution, a deep appreciation for diversity, ethical reasoning, gender equality, human rights and responsibilities, interdependence, multilingual and multicultural competence, social justice, sustainable development, and values,” it said. Those values, of course, are very unlikely to reflect the values of most parents around the world, whether they be Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or any other major religious tradition. Instead, the values will be the values guiding the UN: globalism, pseudo-environmentalism, socialism, and more.  
The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, is at the center of the UN's global “education” machinations. In addition to a partnership signed with Common Core-financier Bill Gates, UNESCO has been hard at work in its efforts to standardize and dumb-down education around the world. Among other schemes, it runs global programs on “Education for Sustainable Development,” “Educational for Global Citizenship,” and much more. It also has a “World Core Curriculum,” dedicated to and inspired by influential occultist Alice Bailey, that it hopes will guide schooling around the world in the years to come.
At a previous UN education summit, held last year in Korea, UNESCO boss Irina Bokova, a Bulgarian Communist Party operative who PR agents claim is among the “front runners” to lead the broader UN, also declared the UN's intentions. “We have the collective duty to empower every child and youth with the right foundations — knowledge, values and skills — to shape the future as responsible global citizens, building on the successes of the past 15 years,” she said, adding that education would “transform lives” and contribute to “breakthroughs on all the proposed sustainable development goals.” In other words, the UN — not parents, families, or communities — believes that it has not just the right, but the “collective duty,” to shape your children’s values.
The latest conference on pushing Agenda 2030 through globalist indoctrination of children masquerading as “education” is a crucial follow-up to the adoption of the agenda itself. “Children and young women and men are critical agents of change and will find in the new Goals a platform to channel their infinite capacities for activism into the creation of a better world,” the official Agenda 2030 agreement explains.
The sort of activists that the UN hopes to make your children into is also explicitly defined in the agreement. “By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development,” the global plan for 2030 states. Considering what the UN means by “sustainable development” — population control, central planning, global governance, and more — the agenda for your children takes on an even more sinister tone.
“Sustainable” children for global citizenship in the new order will be accomplished via what the UN, the Obama administration, and others misleadingly refers to as “education.” In the UN document the word “education” alone is mentioned more than 20 times. And throughout the agreement, the UN openly advocates the use of schools to indoctrinate all of humanity into a new set of values, attitudes, and beliefs in preparation for the new “green” and “sustainable” world order. The UN’s education agenda also puts sex “education” front and center. “By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services [abortion and contraception], including for family planning, information and education,” the document also explains.
For now, Americans, Europeans, and people around the world still have many options to protect their children from the global brainwashing campaign being pushed by the UN — home education, private schools, Christian schools, and more. However, the UN realizes that, too. And so, in recent years, under the phony guise of “human rights,” the UN has started agitating for government control and regulation of private and alternative forms of education in addition to its grip on "public" schools. The UN also continues to push international education agreements and schemes on everything from sex education and reading pedagogy to values and beliefs.
There is a good reason the UN is ridiculed by critics as the “dictators club.” Most of its member governments cannot be considered “free,” even under the most generous definition of the term. Allowing the UN to make and shape education policy is not just dangerous, then, it is crazy. Instead, education should be a job for families, communities, churches, charities, schools, and more — but primarily parents. The future of liberty literally depends on it.
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Education for Global Citizenship - Interview with Ms. Vibeke Jensen
Published on Apr 4, 2014
After 3 April's briefing entitled "Education for Global Citizenship," DPI/NGO Relations briefing's intern, Aftan, interviewed Ms. Vibeke Jensen, Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in NY and the Head Secretariat of the Secretary-General's Global Education First Initiative, to further explore the topic.

UNESCO - UCLA Chair in Global Learning
and Global Citizenship Education

Second UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education
Published on Mar 27, 2015
Highlights of the Second UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) Building peaceful and sustainable societies: preparing for post-2015 (28-30 January 2015,UNESCO HQ, Paris). The Forum was organized by the Division for Teaching, Learning and Content, Education Sector, UNESCO, with the support of Austria, the Sultanate of Oman and the Republic of Korea, and the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI).


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Anti-gun globalists will meet in New York City this week discuss ways to confiscate small arms and ammunition from civilians and to consolidate monopoly control over those weapons in the hands of the governments of United Nations (UN) member states. The convention is part of a UN-controlled process of disarmament called the Programme of Action (PoA).
From June 6-10 delegates from around the world will attend the Sixth Biennial Meeting of States (BMS6) of the PoA. This latest planning meeting will give delegates an opportunity to move the ball closer to the goal of ridding the world's civilian population of the small arms and ammunition that could challenge the ability of UN-approved governments to carry out the will of the world body.
Serving as an agenda for the deliberations will be the Chair's Summary published after the last meeting in 2015. For Americans, then, it will be instructive to examine this document and identify all of the proposals that would violate the Constitution, specifically the right to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment. To this end, I will highlight a few of the provisions of the Chair's Summary that represent the most clear and present danger to liberty.
First, the plan as put forth in the Chair's Summary calls for the UN's member states to eliminate the threat of technologically advanced weapons, including so-called polymer firearms and 3D printed guns, as well as the tracking of materials used in the “craft-production of small arms and light weapons.”
Not surprisingly, the representative from China called for increased UN-mandated regulations on 3D printers and the weapons they produce.
Specifically, the Chair's Summary calls for “strengthening 3D printing regulations in the context of 3D weapon printing,” for “ensuring export licenses [are] in place for 3D printers,” for drawing global attention to “the need to pay attention to the resale of such printers,” and for “strengthening controls over 3D printing technology.”
No one is shocked, of course, that the globalists at the UN want to draw up comprehensive plans to take guns — any and every variety of gun — out of the hands of civilians.
After discussing similar strategies to lock down the manufacture, purchase, sale, and transfer of polymer weapons and modular weapons, the next item on the agenda warrants an immediate withdrawal of the United States from the world body.
Paragraph 33 of the Chair’s Summary of the meeting calls for urgent tracking of civilian-owned firearms, recommending that manufacturers be forced by the UN to install “RFID and biometric technologies in limiting the access to the weapon to authorized users only,” with authorized users defined as state actors (UN member nations).
That’s right. As part of the Programme of Action (the foundation upon which the Arms Trade Treaty is built — a treaty nearly half of the U.S. Senate supports), the United States has committed to passing legislation that will require domestic firearms and ammunition manufacturers to equip their products with RFID chips and biometric technologies that will help the government slowly but surely disarm civilians.
That’s not all. At the end of that paragraph, the UN suggests governments look into combining RFID chips, biometrics, with GPS tracking technologies to be sure to prevent regular people from getting their hands on guns.
So, at this week's meeting, the UN will not only set out the schedule of domestic gun regulations, but it will instruct third-world regimes where to look for the money to help pay for the implementation of these new disarmament policies: increased foreign aid from the United States.
Specifically, the unelected, unaccountable UN globocrats call for greater “international cooperation and assistance” (read: American taxpayer dollars) to offset the massive cost of the “transfer of technology and knowledge” necessary to make the proposed gun grab a reality.
It should be noted that Paragraph 42 of the summary proposes funding this fascism “through the UN regular budget,” 22 percent of which is paid by the United States, through a process that can be described as nothing less than legalized theft of the wealth of the American worker.
Next, the document calls for the cultivating of a “culture of peace,” which is certainly shorthand for flooding the United States with UN-created propaganda linking the civilian ownership of firearms with homicide and other violent crimes.
Given the fact that both major party presidential candidates endorse some level of federal restriction on the right to keep and bear arms, it doesn’t take too much foresight to predict a panoply of renewed calls for controlling and regulating civilian access to firearms.
Additionally, according to the text of the Chair's Summary that will serve as the to-do list for the world's international cadre of gun confiscators, the POA will serve as an “international instrument to enable states to identify and trace, in a timely and reliable manner,” the small arms and light weapons that are the subject of the scheme.
In practice, this means that the governments of member nations (including the United States) will soon create a massive, all-inclusive database of all parties that manufacture, own, sell, trade, or transfer arms and ammunition.
If recent history is a reliable indicator of how such data would be used, after the catalog is complete, Congress could pass a law (or the president could issue an executive order) compelling “voluntary” surrender of privately-owned weapons, ammo, parts, and components (including reloading equipment). If, after a statutorily-set window, citizens don’t turn in these items to their local law enforcement, then officers will be sent to remind violators of their responsibility under the law to disarm.
How will this worldwide tracking of weapons, ammo, and component parts be carried out?
Paragraph 32 of the Chair’s Summary lays out the plan for “real-time tracking” of firearms and ammunition “from manufacturer to storage and from storage up to the individual users.”
Once the governments of the member nations begin tracking and confiscating weapons from civilians, the Programme of Action (paragraphs 30 and 31) mandates that member governments take “direct control over transfers of small arms and light weapons.”
This control will require the federal government to begin stockpiling these items and making a database of the recently impounded guns, bullets, 3D printers, plastics, polymers, and component parts.
This database must include "the marking, record-keeping and tracing of weapons, and in this regard considered bar codes, radio frequency identification (RFID) and biometrics for purposes of electronically identifying stored items, collecting data on them and enabling the data to be entered automatically into record-keeping systems."
It is evident from a reading of this latest UN disarmament publication that despite the rhetoric related to ”promotion of a culture of peace,” there are only two reasons the UN is making every effort to disarm the population of the United States: to weaken our sovereignty, and to take from our people their ability to resist those despots (at home and abroad) who would place us under the boot of tyranny and demote us to the ranks of slaves on a “sustainable” global plantation.
Finally, the upcoming confiscation confab will demand member states confirm their commitment to achieving the climate and sustainability goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted in September 2015. The startling complexity and comprehensiveness of these goals were examined by The New American's Alex Newman in an article published earlier this year. Newman writes:
Perhaps the single most striking feature of Agenda 2030 is the practically undisguised road map to global socialism and corporatism/fascism, as countless analysts have pointed out. To begin with, consider the agenda’s Goal 10, which calls on the UN, national governments, and every person on Earth to “reduce inequality within and among countries.” To do that, the agreement continues, will “only be possible if wealth is shared and income inequality is addressed.”
Americans committed to preserving their natural right to protect their liberty from those who would threaten it through the implementation of international agreements requiring the de facto repeal of the Second Amendment are encouraged to stand together in this urgent fight for freedom.
There is no organization better positioned to prepare Americans with the resources necessary to defeat the forces of disarmament in the UN and in our own government than The John Birch Society (JBS). For more than five decades, the JBS has worked to “Get U.S. out of the UN." The strength that results from this unmatched record of results makes the JBS uniquely able to increase the awareness of the American people for the fight to retain the right to keep and bear arms.

Record Gun Sales Continue Through May

Thirteen straight months of gun sales records
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The month of May saw yet another gun-related background check record making it the 13th month to see an all time high.
The FBI completed a record 1,870,000 checks through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, this May, according to an agency report. That’s almost 300,000 more checks than May of 2015, which set a record at the time.
It is also nearly a million more checks than May 2008.
May was also the first month in 2016 that did not break two million checks as the gun industry enters a seasonal lull in sales. The numbers remain on pace to set another yearly record, however.
The current yearly background check record, all-time monthly record, and all-time daily record were all set in 2015.
The number of NICS checks is considered a reliable indicator for how many gun sales have taken place in a given month because nearly all sales made through licensed dealers require one. Some states also require NICS checks on all private sales as well. However, NICS checks do not represent an exact count of gun sales.
“Based on varying state laws and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale,” the FBI noted in their report.
The streak of gun-related background checks have come during a renewed focus by Democratic leaders on gun control efforts. Both President Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have publicly expressed support for Australian-style gun confiscation measures. Clinton has also said the Supreme Court was wrong on Second Amendment gun rights protections.
Gun rights activists see a connection between the increased gun sales and calls by Democrats for new gun control.
“There is no doubt that the string of record monthly gun sales have been driven by the anti-rights agenda of the Obama Administration and the millions of dollars that Michael Bloomberg has spent assaulting the Second Amendment,” Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, said. “Now add to that the fact that Hillary Clinton has doubled down in attacking gun ownership in her White House campaign and it is no surprise that we continue to hit new gun sales records.”
“I predict that we will continue to hit new sales records as Americans vote to support Second Amendment rights right through Election Day.”


Reason Rally-compressed
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WASHINGTON — Thousands of professing atheists and agnostics from across the country descended on Washington, D.C. today for the “Reason Rally,” an event that is designed to discuss politics from a godless perspective.
“That’s the reason we’re holding this in an election year,” executive director Lyz Liddell told CNN. “We want to see reason taking precedence over religious-driven ideology.”
“The goal of Reason Rally 2016 is to showcase the presence and power of the nonreligious voting bloc, and to demand that reason be put at the forefront of our public and political discourse,” the website for the event also reads. “[W]e are preparing to exercise our power at the voting box to bring good sense back to government.”
The event opened this morning with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C., and was soon followed by the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Speakers throughout the day include outspoken atheist and entertainer Penn Jillette, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, David Silverman of American Atheists, Bill Nye, “the Science Guy” and Tony Pinn of the American Humanist Association.
Several lawmakers were also tapped to speak at the rally, including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hi.), a Hindu, and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), a professing Christian, as well as Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin, a progressive Jew.
Topics of discussion include climate change, abortion and homosexual and transgender issues, as well as increasing the atheist and agnostic voice in politics.
“We want reason to be the core of public policies rather than religious ideals,” Liddell told reporters. “This will be the moment where people start to see the secular voting bloc in the same way they talk about Jewish voters and Catholic voters. We’ll matter. They’ll realize we’re organized, they’ll realize we’re voting, and our perspective will be considered and taken into account.”
Larry Decker, the executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, told CNN that he was glad that Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropped out of the race as they had cited God as their reason to run for president.
“If you know that you can be a good person without believing in a god,” the event website reads. “If you think public policy should be based on scientific evidence, not religious beliefs … If you support the separation of church and state, then join us for the biggest gathering of nonreligious people in history!”
On Thursday and Friday, event organizers lobbied on Capitol Hill, requesting that lawmakers replace government funding for abstinence until marriage programs with sexual education programs that focus on birth control methods.
A number of Christians from across the country also attended the event—but for a different purpose: to share the gospel with those who deny their Creator as outlined in Romans 1. Some engaged in open-air preaching, some distributed tracts to passersby and some engaged in casual conversation with rally attendees.
“Atheists work hard against Christianity because they’re putting their hands over eyes and ears and shouting, ‘I refuse to see and hear truth!’ Their blind faith religion of natural processes is their way of explaining life without God—an anti-God religion,” wrote Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis in a recent Facebook post.
“The words of Daniel (5:23) describe today’s atheists: ‘The God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not glorified,'” he said.

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington D.C. at Reason Rally