Category Archives: National Issues

Why the Right to Bear Arms Is an Individual Right

THE DAILY SIGNAL, Jarrett Stepman 

Does the Second Amendment protect an individual right to gun ownership, or is it a collective right that can and should be heavily regulated by the state?

In light of recent debates about mass shootings and gun control, that argument—which has been at the heart of many conversations about gun control—was fleshed out by Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.

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Why Socialism, and Why Now?

“Socialist!” is no longer a McCarthyite slur.

Rather, the fresh celebrity “Squad” of newly elected identity-politics congresswomen – Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — often either claim to be socialists or embrace socialist ideas. A recent Harris poll showed that about half of so-called millennials would like to live in a socialist country.

Five years ago, septuagenarian Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) was considered an irrelevant lone socialist in the U.S. Senate — Vermont’s trademark contribution to cranky quirkiness. But in 2016, Sanders’ improbable Democratic primary run almost knocked off front-runner Hillary Clinton, even as socialist governments were either imploding or stagnating the world over.

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Answers to Common Questions About ‘Red Flag’ Gun Laws

THE DAILY SIGNAL, Amy Swearer / /

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The national gun control conversation often sounds like a broken record, with the same advocates resorting to the same talking points about decades-old proposals, such as banning so-called assault weapons or imposing universal background checks.

But, as we noted in our recent article “Answering Common Gun-Related Questions After Recent Shootings in El Paso and Dayton,” the latest tragedies have added some new, complex layers to the mix—layers that are not always easy to parse through in the midst of all of the background noise.

One of those added layers is the focus on “red flag” laws, also known as “extreme-risk protection orders” or gun violence restraining orders.

What are these laws? What do they accomplish that existing laws don’t already do? What concerns should law-abiding Americans have about them?

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Skillet’s John Cooper on Apostasy Among Young Christian Leaders

From COGENT CHRISTIANITY

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by George Brahm

John Cooper, lead singer for the rock band Skillet, responded to the litany of recent apostasies among young Christian leaders. In a Facebook post titled ‘What in God’s Name is Happening in Christianity?’ put up on Tuesday, August 13, Cooper directly addressed the reasons given by Hillsong songwriter Marty Sampson for renouncing his Christian faith, before highlighting the need for Christians to stay grounded in a truth-driven faith over an emotion-driven one. Here is the text of the post in its entirety (not corrected for spelling or punctuation):

“Ok I’m saying it. Because it’s too important not to.

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If Medicare Is for All, Why Not Chevrolets for All?

THE DAILY SIGNAL, by Elad Vaida / /

“Why do we think it would be ridiculous for the government to mandate which cars we must drive, but not which health insurance plans we must choose?” writes Elad Vaida. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

America suffers from a grave societal ill that somehow has been totally ignored.

As debate rages about health care (among other hot-button issues), no one is discussing a very alarming statistic: As of 2015, nearly 10% of U.S. households didn’t have a car.

That’s a severe problem, because affordable transportation is a basic human right, and not an issue for car companies to profit from greedily.

Millions of Americans are living without cars, and the only way to remedy that is by implementing a national, government-funded “Chevrolets for All” plan that would put a Chevy in the garage, driveway, or parking lot of every single adult American.

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How Faulty Assumptions in Climate Predictions Could Mean Big Costs for Americans

THE DAILY SIGNAL, Kevin Mooney / /

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks about her proposed Green New Deal during a May 13 rally at Howard University in Washington. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)


Family incomes will take a severe hit and household electricity prices will jump rapidly if policymakers use the “social cost of carbon” to justify new environmental regulations, a Heritage Foundation statistician warned during a climate change conference in Washington.

Since computer climate models are grounded in assumptions about the impact of carbon dioxide emissions, the results “can be all over the map,” Kevin Dayaratna said at the Heartland Institute’s conference.

These results then can be “rigged by policymakers” to achieve their desired results, Dayaratna said during his presentation.

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How Actress Roxann Dawson Achieved Her Own ‘Breakthrough’ on Faith, Hollywood, and Adoption

THE DAILY SIGNAL, Josh Shepherd / /

GettyImages-1136389329-1250x650.jpgRoxann Dawson arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of her movie “Breakthrough” on April 11 at Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo: Lisa O’Connor/ AFP/Getty Images)


She has become an in-demand director of popular TV shows, including “This Is Us,” “The Americans,” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Science fiction fans know her as Lt. B’Elanna Torres, the Klingon chief engineer during seven seasons of “Star Trek: Voyager.”

But Roxann Dawson would rather be known as a mother raising two girls, including one adopted from China—and for how her Christian faith informs every aspect of her life.

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The Green New Deal is a Government Takeover, Not an Environmental Policy

TPPF,  By The Honorable Jason Isaac|March 26, 2019

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When the Green New Deal comes to the floor of the Senate, its supporters won’t want to talk about it.


After the publication (and near-immediate deletion) of an FAQ page detailing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s lurid plans for “massive transformation of our society” through the Green New Deal, some supporters publicly distanced from the specifics; now the bill is being touted as a statement of principles, rather than what it really is — a roadmap for a near-total government takeover.

“The #GreenNewDeal is a positive vision,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “a roadmap—for our future.”

But as the environmentalist left is realizing, the devil is, in fact, in the details.

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The Totally, Utterly Irrefutable Case Against Socialism

The Daily Signal, by Lee Edwards /

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Opposition supporters hold a banner reading “No More Socialism” during a gathering with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido in Caracas on Feb. 2, 2019. (Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)


When a dozen of conservatism’s best minds take on Socialism and expose it for the utopian fraud it is, attention must be paid.

In a brief foreword to a special issue of National Review, Editor-in-Chief Richard Lowry admitted that many conservatives thought socialism in America had been “vanquished” after the collapse of Soviet Communism 30 years ago. But as T. S. Eliot insisted, “There is no such thing as a Lost Cause because there is no such thing as a Gained Cause.”

The experts examine socialism in its many guises, beginning with Charles Cooke’s blunt assessment that socialism is not and never can be “democratic.”

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Why These Defensive Uses of Firearms Should Disarm Second Amendment Skeptics

The Daily Signal, Amy Swearer / / Lucas Drill /

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Firearms are used in self-defense between 500,000 and 3 million times every year in the United States. (Photo: Getty Images)


At a time when many high-profile politicians are comfortable proposing laws that impose serious burdens on the right to keep and bear arms, including the mass confiscation of commonly owned firearms, it’s important to remember that those same firearms are regularly used by average Americans to defend their life, liberty, and property.

While some gun control advocates claim the Second Amendment is a dangerous historical relic, even going so far as to call for its repeal, they often overlook the fact that firearms are significantly more likely to be used for self-defense than in criminal activity.

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