Expert Refutes FBI Data On ‘Active Shooter Incidents’

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A study conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) documenting “active shooter incidents” is “politically biased,” says an expert in the field of firearms and crime.

Last fall, the FBI released a document entitled “A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013.” The study argues there have been 160 active shooter incidents recorded in that time.

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These are some of the key facts from the report:

  • An average of 11.4 incidents occurred annually.
  • An average of 6.4 incidents occurred in the first 7 years studied, and an average of 16.4 occurred in the last 7 years.
  • 70 percent of the incidents occurred in either a commerce/business or educational environment
  • Shootings occurred in 40 of 50 states and the District of Columbia
  • 60 percent of the incidents ended before police arrived.

But John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, disagreed with the FBI’s data. “The FBI put out a clearly incorrect set of numbers on public shootings shortly before the November election last year,” Lott told Fox News.

I have been reading FBI reports for 30 years and I have never seen anything like this.It is one thing for the Bureau of Justice Statistics or the National Institute of Justice to put out politically biased studies, but there has always been a Chinese wall separating the FBI raw data collection from political pressures.

Lott released a paper of his own the following month countering the FBI’s findings entitled “The FBI’s Misrepresentation of the Change in Mass Public Shootings.” In the abstract, Lott challenges the annual growth rate of mass shootings, which the report says is 16 percent.

“When a longer period of time is examined (1977 through the first half of 2014),” he writes, “deaths from Mass Public Shootings show only a slight, statistically insignificant, increase – an annual increase of less than one percent.”

The FBI’s misleadingly includes cases that aren’t mass shootings – cases where no one or only one person was killed in a public place. While the FBI assures people that it ‘captured the vast majority of incidents falling within the search criteria,’ their report missed 20 shootings where at least two people were killed in a public place.

“Most of these missing cases took place early on, biasing their results towards showing an increase,” Lott added.

h/t: Fox News

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Woman In Custody After Throwing Molotov Cocktail At People Praying For Life In Front Of Planned Parenthood

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A woman is in custody Monday after hurling a molotov cocktail at three women who were praying peacefully in front of the local Planned Parenthood.

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The executive director of Central Texas Coalition for Life told KXAN Monday they were able to record part of the suspect’s license plate number before she fled the the scene. Melanie Toney has been charged with aggravated assault.

The group has been praying outside the facility that provides abortions as part of a ‘40 Days for Life’ campaign.

“I don’t know what it was, I thought it was a firecracker, but I saw a person toss out something out of her vehicle,” explained Faviola Hidalgo to KXAN right after her prayer session. She saw Toney flee in a white BMW SUV and dialed 911. “My heart just sank, I got so scared, I said, ‘Oh my God, that is fire!.”

“This is definitely the first time that something of this nature has been thrown at us that’s actually threatened and put people in danger, so it’s obviously very alarming,” said Heather Garner, executive director of Central Texas Coalition for Life.

Garner’s organization took to Facebook after the incident Tuesday, noting, “This is not the first time people have thrown objects at pro-lifers but clearly this instance was a more direct threat, and we always want to exercise caution.

The safety of our volunteers is of utmost importance which is why it is necessary to have at least 2 people praying at all times. Our approach has always been that we have a peaceful prayerful attitude and be aware of our surroundings, which is what these volunteers exemplified. Let us pray for all involved.

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The Senate Just Stood Up To Obama And Slapped Him Down By A Vote Of 98 To 1

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The Senate overwhelmingly rejected President Obama’s budget plan Tuesday, nearly voting unanimously in opposition to his proposal.

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On Tuesday, the Senate voted 98 to 1 rejecting President Obama’s $4 trillion budget. After ten years, it is slated to result in massive federal deficits, according to National Review. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., was the only Senator to vote in the affirmative.

There was some dispute, however, as to whether or not the budget voted upon by the Senate reflected fully upon President Obama, as the package did not include a minimum-wage increase. “This is the president’s proposed budget.” asserted Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

“Since 2011, it’s only gotten two votes for the president’s proposed budget, 1,023 votes against,” Cornyn added.

“It is not what President Obama presented to the American people,” countered Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Sanders is the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.

This is hardly the first time the president has experienced trouble pushing a budget through the Senate. They were rejected 97 to 0 and 99 to 0 in 2011 and 2012 respectively, when Democrats controlled the upper chamber. The budget passed in 2013 was the first one green-lighted in four years.

Both the House and the Senate are debating budget proposals this week. One key point of debate in composing the budget for the GOP is whether or not to increase defense funding.

In the Senate, any member can propose an amendment, resulting in what seems like an endless amount of votes on their end.

While he is uncertain whether or not he will vote for a bill that does not increase funding for the Pentagon, Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., tells Politico he likes the idea of a ‘Queen of the Hill’ format– that is, whichever proposal has the most votes is the proposal the caucus chooses.

“I like that idea. Whatever one gets the most votes, let that prevail. It works,” Harris said.

h/t: BizPac Review

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Site Of Star Wars Filming Now A Way-Station For Jihadists

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A Tunisian town which provided the backdrop for Luke Skywalker’s home in the original Star Wars movie, known today as Star Wars IV: A New Hope, is now a site of unrest as violence has overtaken the surrounding area.

CNN explains what happened to the city of Tataouine, the location where George Lucas filmed the scenes for Skywalker’s home in Mos Espa on the planet Tatooine:

The desert and dun-colored cliffs around the town of Tataouine were once the backdrop for the movie “Star Wars,” much of which was filmed in this neglected corner of Tunisia in 1976. This struggling town on the fringes of the Sahara still draws a few fans of the movie but now finds itself part of a real conflict, as a way-station for jihadists crossing the Libyan border 60 miles to the east.

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Last week, a jihadist cell stormed the Bardo Museum in the capital of Tunis, killing 20 tourists and one policeman, the deadliest attack to ever take place on Tunisian soil. News24 reported Tuesday that the leader of the cell was arrested. The news outlet pointed out that two of the terrorists were killed during the attack by authorities, while the other is still at large.

Prior to the museum attack, three men were arrested trying to link up with a jihadist group. The men have since been taken to Tunis for interrogation, according to CNN.

The Hollywood Reporter pointed out the scenes depicting Tatooine in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, set to premiere at the end of this year, were filmed in Abu Dhabi rather than Tataouine because of the unrest in Tunisia.

h/t: YoungConservatives

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AZ Gov. Ducey Wants Education Standards Reviewed ‘In Their Entirety’

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In a speech to his state’s education board Monday, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona said the math and language arts standards need to be reviewed “in their entirety.” Ducey did not call for Common Core to be repealed outright, however.

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Ducey, who was sworn in earlier this year, reminded the state board that he opposed Common Core during the course of his campaign, even though he did not call for an outright reversal of its repeal Tuesday.

“Our state needs to act so we can move forward,” Ducey said. “Begin by reviewing the English Language Arts and Mathematics standards in their entirety to ensure that our children are well served by the standards you develop—with full transparency.”

This review should include input from people at all levels of education from every corner of our state – including parents, teachers, principals, and content experts – and the focus needs to be on an Arizona solution.

And in any instance during your review, you find situations where Arizona standards can outperform or improve our current standards, I ask you to recommend replacement immediately.

Last week, Ducey’s fellow GOP governor, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, went a step further by calling for his state to pull out of Common Core altogether and replace them with state-approved standards.

“[T]he standards will be approved by majority vote of both houses of the Legislature through an up or down vote with recommendations sent to BESE for amendments,” Jindal’s office said in a statement. BESE refers to the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The Bayou State would join Indiana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina as states in leaving Common Core. Alaska, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia never adopted the federal standards.

h/t: The New York Times

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