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THR 6/17/17: VA Shooting and Prager’s Response to the Anti-Gun Crowd

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich joined the Mike Gallagher Show shortly after the shooting in Virginia. Dennis Prager’s response to the anti-gun crowd: “the only effective answer is for good people to be armed.” Guy Benson, sitting in for Hugh Hewitt, interviewed columnist Byron York about fringe Democrats who would like to see Trump impeached. Prager lays out the consequences of the recent British election. Benson spoke with columnist Josh Kraushaar about the special election being held in Georgia next Tuesday. Michael Medved reports on how religion is still a major part of the social fabric in America. Law Professor John Eastman tells Larry Elder why he believes Trump is not guilty of obstruction of justice. California Democrat Chris Wiggins didn’t know what he was getting into when he joined the Larry Elder Show.

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Michael Medved: Demonizing, Dehumanizing the Opposition

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The context of the brutal assault in Alexandria, Virginia that wounded Congressman Steve Scalise sends an important public message: our elected representatives may wield enormous power but they’re still ordinary Americans who enjoy getting up early on a bright Spring morning to practice for things like a charity baseball game.

The crazed shooter had been so warped by hateful leftist propaganda that he couldn’t recognize the obvious humanity of his victims: he asked about party affiliation, and when told they were Republicans he was ready to kill. This time the targets were conservatives and the assailant was a self-styled “progressive,” but both sides have indulged the recent toxic tendency to demonize and dehumanize opponents.

The idea that disagreements over health care, taxes, and foreign policy are enough to justify violent assault is repugnant and profoundly un-American. President Trump sounded the right note when he asked the nation to respond to such hatred by coming together for the common good.

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New York Times Blames Palin for Giffords Shooting

The New York Times editorial board shocked respectable writers everywhere, insisting “when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs” (NY Times).  From the Washington Examiner: There is no proof that the Tucson shooting was inspired by the crosshairs map. There’s no evidence Loughner ever saw the map or even followed Palin. The shooter reportedly didn’t watch television, he didn’t read the news and he didn’t listen to talk radio. “He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the Left. He wasn’t on the Right,” said Loughner’s high school friend Zach Osle (Washington Examiner). From Ross Douthat, written right after the Gabby Giffords shooting (NY Times). A look at how the left reacted to the Giffords shooting in 2011 and is reacting quite differently today (Hot Air).

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Lanhee Chen: Americans

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As Americans, we are drawn together by so much more than what divides us. We have a common sense of purpose and destiny. And we wake up each day knowing how blessed we are to live in this remarkable country.

Even as we are saddened by news of the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others, including two Capitol Police officers who were wounded while doing their jobs, we recognize that we, as Americans, must be about so much more than what separates us.

We come together to celebrate the bravery of our first responders and marvel at those who place their lives on the line each day to protect the things we hold dear. And we come together, in spite of the pettiness and politics, to honor those who serve the public each day, selflessly and courageously.

Now is a time for us to rise above our differences. Now is a time to elevate the tone of our public discussions—and to remember that our fates are tied together, as Americans.

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Lanhee Chen: Single-Payer for the Golden State?

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The California State Senate recently passed legislation creating a government-run, single-payer health care system in the Golden State. The idea is so bad that even Governor Jerry Brown has expressed concerns about it.

What’s wrong with the idea?

It replaces the existing, largely private-sector system and will force people out of the health care plans they currently have. It will lead to the rationing of care and give to government the most intimate and sacred of our health care decisions. And left-wing lawmakers in California want to pay for their socialized health care system with mammoth tax increases, because the cost of their program is estimated to be more than the entirety of the state’s current budget.

Public opinion polls reveal that most Californians are actually opposed to a single-payer health system. Yet, some politicians are following the lead of left-wing demagogues like Bernie Sanders, and pursuing policies that will literally bankrupt the state. Ultimately, California’s voters are the ones who have to say that enough is enough.

Here’s to hoping that they do.

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John Eastman: Trump Did Not Obstruct Justice; Loretta Lynch Did

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Law professor John Eastman joined the Larry Elder Show to discuss the hearings involving Russia, former FBI Director James Comey, and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. He argues that Trump did not obstruct justice when he expressed his view to Comey that he hoped the investigation into Michael Flynn would not have to continue, but that Lynch obstructed justice when she demanded that Comey refer to the Hillary Clinton investigation as a “matter.”

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Michael Medved: Jerusalem Unified

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This month—June 2017—marks the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem as the undivided, eternal capital of the Jewish people. What was the city’s status before Israeli victory in 1967’s Six Day War? At that time, Eastern Jerusalem and the Old City were occupied by Jordan; all Jewish residents had been either killed or driven out, and even Jewish tourists were banned from ancient holy places like the Western Wall.

The UN Partition Plan of 1947 had called for international status for all of Jerusalem, but the Arabs rejected the plan and destroyed 58 synagogues in the ancient Jewish Quarter. UN control of Jerusalem was supposed to last only 10 years, when residents would vote to decide the city’s permanent status. Since Jerusalem’s population was two-thirds Jewish in 1947, and remains so today, the Holy City would have ended up as the undivided capital of the Jewish state of Israel, even under the UN’s original plans.

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