Spearheaded by Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act” has been at the forefront of the Democratic legislative agenda for months. Democrats have applauded the reform bill, presenting it as the only way of achieving real change in terms of combating so-called police brutality or systemic racism. “Last summer, hundreds of thousands demanded change that ends police brutality, holds police officers accountable and calls for transparency in our system of policing,” Bass said in a statement after reintroducing the House bill in February. “Due to inaction, more than 100 unarmed people have been killed or brutalized by police since then. For more than 100 years, black communities in America have sadly been marching against police abuse and calling for the police to protect and serve us as they do others. Last year, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support but was neglected in the Senate and by the White House.”
Law & Crime
A classified study of the origin of SARS-CoV-2 conducted a year ago by scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Department of Energy’s premier biodefense research institution, concluded the novel coronavirus at the heart of the current pandemic may have originated in a laboratory in China, Sinclair has learned. Researchers at Livermore’s “Z Division,” the lab’s intelligence unit, issued the report May 27, 2020, classified “Top Secret.” Its existence is previously undisclosed. Haines added that Chinese leaders “have not been forthcoming through this process,” and that U.S. analysis “is not based on an assumption that what they say is true.” According to a “fact sheet” released by the State Department on January 15, WIV personnel work closely with the Chinese military and have conducted experiments involving RaTG13, the bat coronavirus with the closest sample to SARS-CoV-2 (96.2 percent). The lab has also published findings from “gain-of-function” research, which is aimed at increasing the transmissibility of viruses among humans. The State Department fact sheet said China is working “to engineer chimeric viruses.”
A court in Nanterre found the former presidential candidate and French far-right political star had not broken hate speech laws by publishing gruesome images on Islamist atrocities on Twitter. The charges stemmed from a tweet in late 2015. In the wake of Paris terror attacks, in which Islamists killed 130 people, Le Pen posted three images of atrocities committed by the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) terror militia. These included an image showing the beheaded body of US journalist James Foley, which Le Pen claimed highlighted what she said was the absurdity of comparisons of her far-right political party National Front — now called “National Rally” — to IS. Le Pen, who will likely face incumbent Emmanuel Macron in the 2022 French presidential election, called the charges “politically motivated.”
Civility is a thing of the past, based on the alarming crime wave that has infested Democrat-run cities across the United States. Last month, a 61-year-old grandmother was punched to death on the street in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The suspect, Jeremiah Mark, 23, has since been arrested and charged with manslaughter in the death of Margaret “Jane” Johnson Street, according to NOLA.com. Mark faces up to 40 years in jail if convicted. The victim’s brother said he doesn’t know why his sister was brutally murdered. “We have no earthly idea why this happened,” Jeffrey Johnson told NOLA.com. An Alabama-born grandmother was fatally punched in the French Quarter, among nine homicide victims reported in New Orleans during an exceptionally violent six-day period. According to police, Johnson Street got into an argument with Mark about 7:45 p.m. on April 18. It’s unclear what the dispute was about. During the disagreement, Mark allegedly punched the 61-year-old woman in the face, causing her to fall and hit her head on the sidewalk.
This American tragedy runs too deep for the superficial fix favored by President Biden. “We’re going to continue to fight for the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act so we can — I can sign it into law as quickly as possible,” he said following the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. The president’s haste misses the real problem. There can be no justice without prudence. I’m not talking here about prudery or some namby-pamby cautiousness. Prudence, said Aristotle, is the charioteer of the other virtues. Aquinas agreed: “Moral virtue cannot be without prudence because it is a habit of choosing, i.e., making us choose well.” A society that has lost the will to exercise prudence as a basic human duty is in real trouble. No amount of justice in policing can compensate for a society that indulges bad choices. Ordinary common-sense prudence was missing in this whole sorry saga of George Floyd’s drug-driven behavior during arrest and the distracted behavior of Derek Chauvin resulting in his murder conviction. Both actors were at fault in this inane, totally tragic yet totally avoidable disaster.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearms industry trade association, on Monday released adjusted data on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System’s (NICS) statistics, which provide insight into the number of Americans purchasing firearms. According to the data, April was the 13th straight month of record firearm sales. NSSF adjusted numbers pull out the number of background checks used for concealed carry permits and rechecks to isolate the number of checks used for firearm purchases and transfers. According to the NSSF’s adjusted data, 1.694 million background checks took place in April, a 0.9% increase over April 2020. Interestingly enough, there was a 21.1% increase in unadjusted NICS numbers over April 2020. Last month, 3.48 million total background checks were completed, compared to 2.87 million in 2020. That means there was a 21% increase in the number of Americans who are carrying a firearm, particularly with a concealed carry permit. The NSSF attributes the sky-high numbers to two factors.