Trump Says He’s ‘All You Have’ Standing Between 2nd Amendment and ‘Chaos’

President Donald Trump reiterated his support for Second Amendment rights at Sunday’s rally in Nevada, saying “I’m all you have” between the right to bear arms and “chaos.” “Here it is. It’s me. I’m all you have between your Second Amendment and chaos and all the problems. It’s me. I’m all you have,” Trump said at the Carson City event. Trump has made his support for the Second Amendment a key feature of his campaign for reelection, while Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) are running on a platform of tighter gun laws. Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control advocacy group, labeled the Biden-Harris campaign as “the strongest gun safety ticket in American history.” The National Rifle Association (NRA), on its website called the duo the “most anti-gun presidential ticket in history.” Following a September incident in which two police officers were shot in California in an ambush-style attack, Biden called for tougher gun restrictions. “Weapons of war have no place in our communities,” Biden wrote on Twitter. “We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.” His statement followed an earlier tweet in which he referred to a 10-year Senate ban on “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines, saying Congress should never have let it expire. “As president, I’ll take on the @NRA and we’ll ban them once again.” Biden, in his “Plan to End Our Gun Violence Epidemic,” calls for ending liability protections for gun makers and enacting a ban on the manufacture and sale of “assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.” “The ban on assault weapons will be designed to prevent manufacturers from circumventing the law by making minor changes that don’t limit the weapon’s lethality. While working to pass this legislation, Biden will also use his executive authority to ban the importation of assault weapons,” the Biden proposal states. His plan also involves enacting tighter controls around possession of existing assault weapons and the launch of a buy-back program, which “will give individuals who now possess assault weapons or high-capacity magazines two options: sell the weapons to the government, or register them under the National Firearms Act.” Biden has also pitched mandatory background checks for all gun sales and legislation aimed at reducing stockpiling of firearms by limiting the number of guns an individual may buy to one per month. He has also vowed to close a number of “loopholes,” including one that lets people complete a firearms purchase if their background check is not completed within three business days, and end the online sale of firearms and ammunition. Harris, during the primaries, vowed to fight for tighter background checks and “ban the importation of AR-15-style assault weapons.” At a Judiciary Committee hearing in 2018, Harris called for “common sense gun safety laws” and said “it’s a false choice to suggest that you are either in favor of the Second Amendment or you want to take everyone’s guns away.” While Biden has repeatedly rejected the claim that he is opposed to the Second Amendment, at an Everytown for Gun Safety action Fund’s Presidential Gun Sense Forum in Iowa in August, the former vice president said, “the Second Amendment—no amendment is in fact absolute.” He said the Second Amendment allows for some restrictions on gun ownership. “Can you go out and buy a flamethrower? Can you go out and buy an F-15?” he said. “If you want to protect yourself against the federal government, you’re going to need at least an F-15.”

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No Intelligence Tying Hunter Biden Emails to Russian Disinformation: Ratcliffe

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe told Fox News on Monday that there is no evidence tying the case of the Hunter Biden laptop to Russian disinformation. Ratcliffe told the outlet that the laptop “is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign” following claims from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) suggesting the contrary. Schiff on Saturday told CNN’s “The Situation Room” that revelations in a New York Post story around messages contained on a laptop that allegedly belonged to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son were part of a smear campaign that came from the Kremlin. “We know that this whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin,” he said when asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer if the Hunter Biden stories are “Russian disinformation.” “That’s been clear for a well over a year now that they’ve been pushing this false narrative about the vice president and his son,” Schiff said. The New York Post story alleges that the emails on the laptop suggest Joe Biden had knowledge of, and was allegedly involved in, his son’s foreign business dealings. The Epoch Times has not been able to verify the NY Post report independently. Ratcliffe denied the existence of intelligence linking the laptop story to Russian disinformation. “Hunter Biden’s laptop is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign,” Ratcliffe told Fox News. “It’s funny that some of the people who complain the most about intelligence being politicized are the ones politicizing the intelligence,” Ratcliffe said. “Unfortunately, it is Adam Schiff who said the intelligence community believes the Hunter Biden laptop and emails on it are part of a Russian disinformation campaign.” “Let me be clear: The intelligence community doesn’t believe that because there is no intelligence that supports that. And we have shared no intelligence with Adam Schiff or any member of Congress,” Ratcliffe added. Ratcliffe said the FBI has the laptop in its jurisdiction but, as is standard practice, would not confirm or deny the presence of any related investigation. He added that the intelligence community has not been involved in investigating the claims surrounding the laptop. The controversy surrounding the case stems from alleged Hunter Biden emails reportedly found on a hard drive—which was given to the NY Post by President Donald Trump’s private lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The emails suggest Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman Vadym Pozharskyi to Joe Biden. Pozharskyi is an adviser to the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company at the heart of Biden-Ukraine controversies. “Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to D.C. and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent some time together. It’s realty an honor and pleasure,” Pozharskyi allegedly said in an email to Hunter Biden back on April 17, 2015. Then-Vice President Joe Biden waves as he walks out of Air Force Two with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden (C) and son Hunter Biden (R) upon their arrival in Beijing on Dec. 4, 2013. (Ng Han Guan/AFP via Getty Images) Giuliani told The Epoch Times that his team took 3 weeks to authenticate the alleged Hunter Biden materials found on the hard drive. However, despite being convinced about the authenticity of the contents of the drive, Giuliani would not rule out the possibility that “the shop owner was lying” or that the laptop may have been brought in by and belonged to someone other than Hunter Biden. The Democrats, along with some media, claim the Hunter Biden stories published by the New York Post are “Russian disinformation” and a “false narrative.” Several articles about Hunter Biden’s engagement with foreign businesses came out recently with the election less than 20 days away. The NY Post published a separate report on Thursday with further emails allegedly showing Biden sought to pocket millions from deals involving a Chinese oil giant with ties to the Chinese military. An unidentified recipient in one of those emails later confirmed that message’s authenticity to Fox News. Breitbart reported on Friday that separate emails show Hunter Biden facilitated a meeting between a group of communist-aligned Chinese business elites and Joe Biden back in 2011. The Epoch Times could not verify the Breitbart and Fox News reports independently. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign denounced a recent decision by the Presidential Debate Commission to omit a topic on foreign policy as attention has focused on Biden’s foreign dealings. Trump campaign strategist Jason Miller wrote in a Monday tweet: “Good morning to everyone except Presidential Debate Commission members who changed focus of final debate away from foreign policy so Joe Biden wouldn’t have to answer to being compromised by the Chinese Communist Party, supporting endless wars, and sending pallets of cash to Iran.” Allen Zhong and Ivan Pentchoukov contributed to this report.

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Pelosi ‘Optimistic’ About Relief Package Passing Before Election

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that while differences remained with President Donald Trump’s administration on a broad CCP virus relief bill, she was optimistic the package could be adopted before November’s presidential election. “I’m optimistic because, again, we’ve been back and forth on all of this,” Pelosi said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.” She added that, for a relief bill to pass ahead of the election, agreement would have to come within 48 hours. Pelosi spoke with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Oct. 17 for more than an hour, but the two again failed to agree on a stimulus deal. The last major stimulus package was the CARES Act, passed in March, although Democrats have passed two iterations of their HEROES Act. Both of these were denounced by White House officials and Republicans in Congress. The latest iteration of the HEROES Act is about $2.2 trillion, while Mnuchin in recent days offered a $1.88 trillion stimulus package. Last week, some Democrats in the House called on Pelosi to accept the White House’s latest offer. “People in need can’t wait until February. … Make a deal & put the ball in McConnell’s court,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), a member of the House’s progressive wing, told Pelosi on Twitter. Pelosi and Mnuchin have yet to agree on issues including funding for cities and states, child care, tax credits for lower-income Americans, and liability protections for businesses sought by Republicans. Both sides want a new round of $1,200 stimulus checks to most Americans and to restore some level of federal unemployment benefits for jobless workers. President Donald Trump told reporters in Nevada on Sunday: “We’re talking about it. I think Nancy Pelosi maybe is coming along. We’ll find out.” “I want to do it at a bigger number than she wants,” Trump said, adding, “That doesn’t mean all the Republicans agree with me, but I think they will in the end.” Republicans have been reluctant to pass another giant relief bill, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) saying the Senate would vote on Wednesday on a $500 billion relief proposal to target specific areas of need. “Nobody thinks this $500B+ proposal would resolve every problem forever. It would deliver huge amounts of additional help to workers and families right now while Washington keeps arguing over the rest,” McConnell announced on Saturday. McConnell also said the Senate will vote on Tuesday on a stand-alone proposal on more funds for the Payroll Protection Program to help businesses through forgivable loans. While McConnell said earlier in the week that Senate Republicans would oppose a package between $1.8 trillion and $2.2 trillion, saying that, “My members think half a trillion dollars, highly targeted, is the best way to go.” He said on Saturday that the Senate would consider whatever deal is potentially reached between Pelosi and White House negotiators. “If Speaker Pelosi ever lets the House reach a bipartisan agreement with the administration, the Senate would of course consider it. But Americans need help now,” McConnell said. Reuters contributed to this report.

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Biden’s ‘Shoot Them in the Leg’ Comment Draws Backlash from Policing Experts

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s remarks about police shooting suspects “in the leg” rather than aiming for center of mass to neutralize a threat sparked criticism from law enforcement professionals. Biden was asked during the ABC Town Hall last week about criminal justice reform and in response, the former vice president touched on deescalation techniques, before saying law enforcement response protocols should be changed. “You can ban chokeholds, but beyond that you have to teach people how to deescalate circumstances,” Biden said. “So instead of anybody coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg,” he added. But experts say Biden’s suggestion is, at best, unrealistic. “Former VP Joe Biden’s suggestion that cops should ‘shoot someone in the leg’ if they’re coming at them is insulting and demonstrates his incompetence and inability to understand the grave dangers cops face as they protect the public and themselves from violent, heartless criminals,” the Detectives’ Endowment Association wrote in a statement. Joe Gamaldi, national vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police, called Biden’s suggestion “completely ridiculous,” “unrealistic,” and a “pandering talking point.” “Shootings are dynamic situations and we shoot to stop the threat,” Gamaldi told Fox News. “It’s incredibly difficult to hit a moving target.” Cops are not trained to shoot to wound because it might not stop the threat and it increases the likelihood of stray rounds. It requires the kind of precise marksmanship that is difficult under controlled circumstances, much less under the dynamics of a real-world confrontation with a suspect. “There is no way an officer can react, track, shoot, and reliably hit a threatening suspect’s forearm or a weapon in a suspect’s hand in the time spans involved,” Dr. Bill Lewinski, executive director of the Force Science Institute, explained in a paper for the institute. He added that introducing shoot-to-wound mandates would “hold officers to super-human performance and punish them criminally for being unable to achieve it.” Biden earlier made similar remarks about shoot-to-wound training or protocols. “Instead of standing there and teaching a cop, when there’s an unarmed person coming at them with a knife or something, you shoot them in the leg instead of in the heart is a very different thing. There’s a lot of different things that could change,” in police training, Biden said at a June meeting with community leaders at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Those remarks also drew rebuke from law enforcement professionals. “Officers are not trained to ‘shoot somebody in the heart’ as Biden says, but rather to aim for the biggest part of the body, so as to be most likely to hit the person presenting the threat and not hit anybody else,” said Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, in remarks to Fox News. “This always includes the condition that the officer or somebody else is in peril of death or great bodily harm, and certainly someone charging at you with a knife satisfies that requirement.” Biden, in his remarks during the town hall, said it’s important that police are in a position to identify if they’re dealing with a suspect with mental health issues. “That’s why we have to provide—within police departments, psychologists and social workers, to go out with the cops on those calls, those—some of those 911 calls, to deescalate the circumstance, to deal with talking them down,” Biden said.

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