• Gun Rights Actually Are a Civil Rights Issue

    Gun Rights Actually Are a Civil Rights Issue

    It is becoming increasingly fashionable for those who support gun control to compare the post-Parkland, student-driven movement to the civil rights movements of earlier generations.

    “Young people said, ‘We will not tolerate what our ancestors have tolerated. We’ve had enough and we’re willing to fight for it and we’re willing to march in the streets for it and, if necessary, die for it,’” TV personality Oprah said in comparing the student marches to civil rights demonstrations.

    One writer in The New Yorker wrote of the pro-gun control March for Our Lives protest: “The Parkland students seem to instinctively understand that their fight not only crosses racial and class lines but also exists on a historical continuum, as an extension of the civil-rights movement.”

    Another recent article in The Washington Post, headlined “Gun rights are about keeping white men on top,” even tried to connect American gun culture and support for gun rights to racism.

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  • I Went to the March for Our Lives Protest. Here Are My 7 Takeaways.

    I Went to the March for Our Lives Protest. Here Are My 7 Takeaways.

    Tens of thousands of protesters—and maybe more—gathered in Washington, D.C., and around the country Saturday to protest in favor of gun control.

    The demonstrations, called the March for Our Lives, featured children calling for an end to gun violence and ultimately stricter gun control laws.

    The Daily Signal hit the streets to observe the event and see what it was all about.

    The following are my observations from walking through the crowd and assessing its common themes.

    1) A Left-Wing Movement

    It may seem painfully obvious, but it is worth noting the march in Washington was clearly a left-wing protest.

    As Julie Gunlock at The Federalist noted, some parents were led to believe that the March 14 National School Walkout would be about memorializing victims of the Parkland shooting.

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  • 5 Ways Obama’s Discipline Policy Made Schools Less Effective and Safe

    5 Ways Obama’s Discipline Policy Made Schools Less Effective and Safe

    As is typical with so many other policies, federal meddling in what should be a local matter leads to poor results.

    This is the conclusion reached Monday by a Heritage Foundation panel about a school discipline initiative, launched by the Obama administration, that suddenly became the subject of national debate after the Feb. 14 massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

    A “Dear Colleague” letter from the Department of Education in 2014—designed to crack down on racial disparities in school discipline and reduce the “school to prison pipeline”—created negative unintended consequences, according to Manhattan Institute scholar Max Eden, who was on the panel.

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  • Obama-Era Policies Helped Keep Parkland Shooter Under the Radar. Here’s What Went Wrong.

    Obama-Era Policies Helped Keep Parkland Shooter Under the Radar. Here’s What Went Wrong.

    One of the most heartbreaking and perhaps infuriating aspects of the Florida school shooting that took 17 lives is just how many red flags there were surrounding the shooter.

    The national debate following the shooting has mostly revolved around guns. Much ink has also (rightly) been spilled about the failed leadership of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in its moment of crisis.

    What’s been lost in this discussion are the issues of school safety and discipline. Those issues are highly relevant to what took place in Parkland.

    Prior to the mass shooting, Nikolas Cruz was involved in a huge number of incidents on and off campus, numerous calls were made to the police, and the was FBI even involved.

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  • Progressive Activists Look to Courts to Undermine the Electoral College

    Progressive Activists Look to Courts to Undermine the Electoral College

    Having failed to generate enough support to abolish the Electoral College through a constitutional amendment, the institution’s detractors are now looking to the courts to upend it.

    A new lawsuit, spearheaded by Harvard University law professor Lawrence Lessig and filed in four states, charges that the “winner-take-all” element of how states divvy up their Electoral College votes is unconstitutional.

    The District of Columbia and 48 states use this winner-take-all system.

    The only exceptions are Maine and Nebraska, which use a proportional allocation of votes.

    “Under the winner-take-all system, U.S. citizens have been denied their constitutional right to an equal vote in presidential elections,” said David Boies, an attorney who represented former Vice President Al Gore in the contested 2000 election and is leading the current litigation against the Electoral College.

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  • YouTube Quietly Relies on Far-Left Organization to Help Police Content

    YouTube Quietly Relies on Far-Left Organization to Help Police Content

    Silicon Valley has enormous power over the flow of information that reaches people around the globe.

    That’s why it’s vital for Americans to understand how tech giants can manipulate information, either intentionally or unwittingly, to advance a political agenda.

    A report by The Daily Caller said that Youtube, which is owned by Google, is using the Southern Poverty Law Center, a left-wing activist nonprofit that bills itself as an objective civil rights organization, to assist in policing content on their video-sharing website.

    In 2016, Youtube was accused of censoring PragerU videos, and more recently, Google was lambasted for creating a seemingly partisan “fact-checker” function for its search engine that almost exclusively targeted right-leaning media outlets.

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  • Fired Googler Warns Social Media Users About Censored Speech

    Fired Googler Warns Social Media Users About Censored Speech

    Bias and mass censorship from extraordinarily powerful tech companies create an enormous problem that Americans have to come to terms with, says a former Google employee who was fired for his politically incorrect views.

    While tech companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere are incentivized to create a “safe and civil” environment for their customers, problems emerge when “they get to define what offensive is,” James Damore said during a breakout session at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC.

    Damore lost his job as an engineer in August over an internal memo he wrote questioning Google’s gender diversity policies, which went public.

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  • 6 Common Media Myths About Gun Control

    6 Common Media Myths About Gun Control

    The latest mass shooting, this time at a Florida high school, was one of the deadliest school shootings since the Columbine massacre in 1999.

    So far, there have been 17 confirmed deaths in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the alleged shooter is in custody.

    Americans are understandably searching for answers to stem this terrible epidemic.

    Unfortunately, as always, many jump immediately to the conclusion that guns and protection of gun rights are what’s fueling the recurrence of these crimes. Some suggested that any opposition to gun control legislation is outright immoral.

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  • I Tried Telemedicine and Was Amazed. Here’s Why It Can Be a Huge Aid This Flu Season.

    I Tried Telemedicine and Was Amazed. Here’s Why It Can Be a Huge Aid This Flu Season.

    Flu season is the worst it has been since health officials began keeping records in 2004, and by some measures, it’s still getting worse.

    According to a recent weekly flu report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 53 flu-related deaths this season. The disease is currently active in 48 states and Puerto Rico, CNN reported.

    While hospitals and urgent care clinics are filled up with patients waiting for treatment, there are other innovative options available that can deliver treatment to patients faster and with more cost effectiveness.

    One option that has been gaining momentum in recent years is telemedicine.

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  • Right Side of History: The Founders Had an Answer to the ‘Fake News’ Problem

    Right Side of History: The Founders Had an Answer to the ‘Fake News’ Problem

    “The Right Side of History” is a podcast dedicated to exploring current events through a historical lens and busting left-wing myths about figures and events of America’s past.

    On this week’s episode, hosts Jarrett Stepman, a contributor to The Daily Signal, and Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal’s White House correspondent, discuss the fake news phenomenon, the history of media in America, and current threats to free speech rights. Laws to regulate news are already on the books in some European countries.

    The debate boils down to who decides what is truth, the government or the people?

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  • What We Lose When We Take Down Statues of Men Like Columbus

    What We Lose When We Take Down Statues of Men Like Columbus

    Another day, another historic statue comes down.

    This time in California, to no one’s surprise.

    On Tuesday, the San Jose City Council voted to remove a Christopher Columbus statue from City Hall. The California city joins a long list of other municipalities that have considered removing Columbus statues or have abolished Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

    So, why did this statue have to come down?

    The San Francisco Chronicle reported:

    The vote came after activists repeatedly denounced the explorer, whose conquests in the Caribbean led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of indigenous people, and declared him not statue-worthy.

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  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz Thinks Your Bonus Is No Big Deal

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz Thinks Your Bonus Is No Big Deal

    In the latest good economic news following the passage of tax cuts, Home Depot announced that it would be distributing up to $1,000 bonuses to hourly paid workers.

    The list of companies now sharing the benefits of tax reform with employees is growing long.

    In 2011, Democrats celebrated a temporary payroll tax cut that netted Americans about $40 per month. They even had a hashtag campaign on Twitter, #40Dollars.

    But that was during the Obama presidency. Their tune has changed with Donald Trump in the White House.

    Despite the sudden boon for American workers, prominent progressives are publicly pooh-poohing the new bonuses and salary increases as no big deal, mere “crumbs,” as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D.-Calif., said.

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  • Red States Drop the Ball on School Choice. Here’s Why That Needs to Change.

    Red States Drop the Ball on School Choice. Here’s Why That Needs to Change.

    Fixing our country’s system of education needs to be a priority, especially for those who have an opportunity to do something about it.

    In a speech Monday proclaiming National School Choice Week, President Donald Trump said, “By giving parents more control over their children’s education, we are making strides toward a future of unprecedented educational attainment and freedom of choice.”

    The school choice movement was launched when economist Milton Freidman proposed school vouchers in 1955. It has grown in scope and sophistication in the years that followed.

    States around the country have enacted innovative programs, and the diversity of options beyond the traditional public school has certainly grown.

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  • The Media Continues to Whitewash the Legacy of Communism

    The Media Continues to Whitewash the Legacy of Communism

    “The Right Side of History” is a podcast dedicated to exploring current events through a historical lens and busting left-wing myths about figures and events of America’s past.

    On this week’s episode, hosts Jarrett Stepman, a contributor to The Daily Signal, and Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal’s White House correspondent, discuss the history of communism in the 20th century and the media’s whitewashing of its legacy.

    With the surge in millennial support for communism and socialism, it is important to note the impact these doctrines had on the countries that implemented them. Stepman and Lucas discuss the origins of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia as well as the egregious cover-up of the Soviet Union’s crimes by New York Times Moscow correspondent Walter Duranty.

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  • Why the Pro-Life Movement Is a True Expression of America’s Founding Principles

    Why the Pro-Life Movement Is a True Expression of America’s Founding Principles

    The most successful social movements in American history have almost always channeled the philosophy of the founding generation, and in most cases, religion.

    Religious conviction along with the principles of the Declaration of Independence, which defines rights as both God-given and equally applicable to everyone, drove both the anti-slavery and civil rights movements.

    In many ways, the modern pro-life movement has followed in this tradition in defense of the individual right to life itself.

    Public opinion on the issue of abortion has certainly shifted over the last half century, with an increasing number of Americans identifying as pro-life, and an even higher number of people calling themselves pro-choice while actually holding more pro-life views.

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