House Democrat Proposing 1,000 Percent Tax on AR-15s and Similar Rifles: Worldview Report For May 8, 2022

House Democrat Proposing 1,000 Percent Tax on AR-15s and Similar Rifles: Worldview Report For May 8, 2022

INTRO: The Biden administration is incurring the indignation of Islamic countries by openly promoting homosexuality in these countries where it is strictly forbidden. We’ll show you the reaction.

As transmania sweeps the U.S., several Tampa Bay Rays baseball players push back, refusing to wear the Gay Pride logo on their uniforms.

Another caravan is heading toward the U.S.-Mexico border and this one’s reported to be the Mother of all Caravans. We’ll tell you where they’re coming from and how many to expect.

Calls to disarm Americans are reaching hysterical levels in Washington, with a new bill being unveiled that seeks to hit owners of a popular sporting rifle right where it hurts, in the pocketbook. Are Democrats trying to tax gun owners out of existence? Stay tuned for the details.

We’ll have these stories and much more when the Worldview Report begins right now.

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Good evening everyone and welcome to the Worldview Report. I’m Brannon Howse.

A massive caravan of illegal aliens, the largest such caravan ever, is now organized and heading up to the U.S. border-Mexico border with demands to be allowed in.

You can rest assured that the Border Patrol will be under orders from the Biden administration to do just that, to welcome them into the country illegally and whisk them onto charter planes for delivery into cities throughout the U.S.

The caravan contains at least 11,000 people and is expected to grow to at least 15,000 or more by the time it reaches the border.

SHOW PHOTOS FROM DAILY MAIL

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10889677/Huge-caravan-15-000-migrants-heads-Mexico-U-S-border.html

Many of the migrants come from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.

The caravan is making its way northward as the Biden administration is fighting in court to end Title 42 restrictions on migrants crossing illegally into the U.S. Biden has also retained the national state of emergency connected to Covid, at the same time he tries to undo President Trump’s Covid restrictions on illegal border crossers.

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Miranda Devine of the New York Post reports that as illegal migration at the southern border breaks new records, the Biden administration has upped the frequency of its secret flights sending illegals into the interior of the country.

Migrant flights into New York have increased in recent weeks to almost one per night, Devine reports, and now a second airport is being requisitioned to handle the influx.

This is all being done, writes Devine, in a bid by the Biden regime to avoid images of border chaos in the run-up to the November midterm elections.

New York Stewart International Airport, in the Hudson Valley, is taking up the slack for Westchester County Airport, according to Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino.

Astorino told The Post:

“It’s just an expansion of this program and a second airport no one thought they would go through, either to be clandestine or because of a need for another runway.”

The former Air Force base in Newburgh is a Port Authority airport under the control of Gov. Kathy Hochul.

“This directly links to the governor,” said Astorino, who Devine notes is one of the few Republicans sounding the alarm about the border chaos.

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A key House Democrat is proposing a new 1,000 percent tax on AR-15s and similar semi-automatic rifles as part of his party’s latest bid to crush the Second Amendment in the wake of recent mass-murder events in Buffalo, Uvalde, Chattanooga and Philadelphia. The tax may also be levied on the magazines that make these rifles run.

Congressman Donald Beyer of Virginia told Business Insider that increasing the cost of the rifles ten-fold could act as a deterrent to mass shootings. The tax could raise the price of the rifles to anywhere from $5,000 to as much as $20,000 or more, depending on the make and model and how many magazines the gunowner has to match the rifle.

Beyer told Business Insider:

“What it’s intended to do is provide another creative pathway to actually make some sensible gun control happen. We think that a 1,000% fee on assault weapons is just the kind of restrictive measure that creates enough fiscal impact to qualify for reconciliation.”

SHOW BEYER’S TWEET

https://twitter.com/RepDonBeyer/status/1533465457671524353?s=20&t=1swa4_CVbwBPdurNqpkdQw

A final draft of Beyer’s bill is not yet available, and it remains unclear when the tax would take effect, at the point of sale or annually on all affected rifles. Nor has Beyer or any other Democrat said what the added revenue would be used for. One one possibility is a restitution program for family members of victims killed in shootings.

Beyer told Business Insider that law enforcement agencies and the military would be exempt from the tax. He added that he believes his bill can clear the House and Senate without any Republican votes.

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Gun sales, meanwhile, are soaring through the roof since Joe Biden and his minions started aggressively exploiting tragic mass murder events to pursue new restrictions on gun purchases and ownership, some of which we reported on earlier in this newscast.

A number of public figures have even brazenly posted to social media calling for the outright repeal of the Second Amendment.

How have Americans reacted to this rhetoric? They have been buying guns hand over fist. More than 1 million civilians purchased firearms in the month of May alone, marking a record-breaking streak of 34 months of increased sales.

Although the gun-grabbing media and politicians would like the world to believe there are no restrictions on buying guns in America, the majority of people who applied were found to be not eligible. The FBI reportedly conducted 2.4 million background checks last month alone.

Gun sales have also spiked in Canada following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announced plans to ban all handgun sales in that country. Numerous gun shops reported selling out of handguns entirely after Trudeau announced that it will become “illegal to buy, sell, transfer or import handguns anywhere.” There are 2,500 gun retailers in Canada, and all of those shops are expecting to go out of business within months if not weeks. This is how quickly the right to defend one’s property and family can be terminated by a tyrannical government.

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The administration of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has asked the state board regulating doctors to ban surgeries and chemical hormone treatments for children claiming to be transgendered, according to a letter obtained by NBC News.

The state Health Department made the request hours after another state agency issued a 46-page report to justify banning Medicaid coverage for alleged transgenders who want puberty blockers, hormone therapies or gender-reassignment surgery.

According to NBC, “The two-pronged effort ensures DeSantis can act quickly and without the need for legislative approval.”

Leading the charge for DeSantis: Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, who oversees the Health Department.

 In April, Ladapo issued guidance recommending against transgender treatments for minors who feel their bodies and their gender identities are misaligned, which is a mental health problem called gender dysphoria. This puts Florida in a direct confrontation with the federal guidelines issued by Joe Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration issued its report questioning the science and safety of hormone therapies, puberty blockers and gender-reassignment surgery. Ladapo then asked the Florida Board of Medicine to “establish a standard of care” that could ultimately result in prohibiting doctors from prescribing the therapies for transgender youths.

In his letter, Ladapo wrote:

 “While some professional organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Endocrine Society, recommend these treatments for ‘gender affirming’ care, the scientific evidence supporting these complex medical interventions is extraordinarily weak. The current standards set by numerous professional organizations appear to follow a preferred political ideology instead of the highest level of generally accepted medical science. Florida must do more to protect children from politics-based medicine.”

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We have another story tonight that illustrates more young people are growing weary of the global obsession with celebrating and promoting the LGBTQ lifestyle.

Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays decided to celebrate the so-called Pride Month by dedicating a Saturday baseball game to its fans who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer. Part of the plan for LGBTQ Appreciation Night at the ballpark was for the players to wear the Gay Pride logo on their uniforms.

Well, five of the Rays’ players said thanks but no thanks. We’re good. They declined to wear that logo, citing their religious beliefs.

Let’s face it, this is just another case of corporate virtue signaling that we believe all fans should be treated equally. When, in fact, these special events for LGBTQs reflect just the opposite. Is there an appreciation night for the ball club’s straight fans? Of course there is not.

These five players caught a lot of flak for their decision to put their faith above their employer’s desire to virtue signal their allegiance to the militant gay agenda.

One of the first to ridicule the players' faith-based decision, and there were many, was St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty, who tweet “what a joke.”

SHOW TWEET

https://twitter.com/Jack9Flaherty/status/1533600800374763520?s=20&t=2F5FZRFFZOEFyHmwBR0Zmw

Another condemnation came from Preston Wilson, a former baseball player who posted a rant on social media, stating:

"There is a special ignorance in sports on this topic. Every person in MLB has at some point played with a homosexual teammate. They have all cheered for their success on the field. They have all felt their pain when they struggled. They just didn't know that player was LGBTQ."

As World Net Daily noted, he appeared to conflate playing on the same field as an LGBTQ individual with promoting that person's choice of lifestyle.

The Washington Examiner noted there was some support for the players, with sports media company OutKick founder Clay Travis explaining, "Regardless of your personal beliefs, refusing to wear these uniforms – and being willing to take the inevitable sports media crushing they will get – is far braver than meekly acquiescing."

SHOW TWEET

https://twitter.com/ClayTravis/status/1533607916183363585?s=20&t=kJbi81ul0eSMcngLt_UvAw

The five brave Tampa Bay players were all pitchers, Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson. All of them said they accept everyone coming to the stadium to cheer them on despite their choice to pass on the Gay Pride patch.

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The Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry summoned U.S. chief diplomat James Holtsnider on Thursday over the U.S. Embassy’s “social media references and tweets supporting homosexuality.” 

The Kuwaitis were not amused by the tweets celebrating LGBTQ “Pride.”

According to DM.com, the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry said Holtsnider had received a memo “confirming Kuwait’s rejection of what was published and stressing the need for the embassy to respect the laws and regulations in force in Kuwait.”

So exactly what was published on Twitter by the U.S. government? Let’s take a look.

SHOW TWEET FROM US KUWAIT EMBASSY

https://twitter.com/USEmbassyQ8/status/1532282068830507008?s=20&t=YJIsDtZ4BT7xlC2uGx9ZIg

Kuwaitis reacted on social media to the embassy’s posts with outrage, suggesting the pro-gay message was in conflict with the Muslim beliefs of the majority of the people.

Holtsnider has been the top diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait City following the April departure of Ambassador Alina Romanowski at the conclusion of her tenure.

Why are the tweets problematic in Kuwait?

Kuwait legally bans homosexuality, as do several other Muslim countries.

Kuwait's Supreme Court recently reversed a ban on imitating the opposite gender, a move hailed by Amnesty International as a breakthrough for transgender rights in the Gulf state.

We can say with relative confidence that no matter what court decides to reverse bans on transgenderism in these hardline Muslim countries, you won’t be seeing any grown man brave enough to openly parade around in women’s dress and appearance.

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Well, you knew this was coming. The National Football League, among the most woke of all American professional sports leagues, has hired its first openly transgender cheerleader.

The NFL has hired Justine Lindsay, 29, who announced his new job as a cheerleader for the Carolina Panthers in a post to his Instagram account, stating that he made the cut and will be a full-fledged member of the team’s Topcats cheerleading squad.

SHOW PHOTOS FROM DAILY MAIL

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10887183/NFLs-transgender-cheerleader-Dancer-29-signs-Carolina-Panthers.html

In that same Instagram post, he also came out as transgender, a man pretending to be a woman.

“Cats out [of] the bag, you are looking at the newest member of the Carolina Panthers Topcats Cheerleader's as the first transgender female,” he wrote.

Lindsay will now represent the Carolina Panthers at everything from community events and fundraisers to business conferences, reports an article in the Daily Mail.

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It is becoming painfully obvious, or at least it should be, that you can never be fully in the good graces of the LGBTQ mafia. A company can’t be woke enough to fully please them, and the more they try, the more they will steer into a hornet’s nest. No sooner do you make one concession and the gay-transgender mafioso pushes for another.

Mail order giant Amazon is finding this out.

The Federalist reports that Amazon headquarters in Seattle hosted its annual LGBTQ Pride celebration on the first day of June, Pride Month, only to be interrupted by transgender employees protesting the company’s “transphobic” policies. If that takes a moment to process, you’re not alone.

As the Federalist points out, Amazon was one of the first major companies to include transgender medical services in its health plan. Currently, the company covers full transition services and a wide range of elective and cosmetic surgery coverage for transgender employees, including rhinoplasty, liposuction, multiple facial reconstruction and adjustment procedures, and even a facelift.

The information site for Amazon Aetna coverage has a designated section for transgender benefits. Under the provider options, you can even specifically look for LGBT providers. Among other benefits, Amazon has an employee resource group called Glamazon, founded in 1999, specifically for LGBT employees. They have built a Transgender Toolkit designed for managers to help transgender employees go through transition and express themselves fully at work.

Amazon is arguably one of the most explicitly pro-LGBT organizations globally and has earned a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign as one of the best places to work for LGBT people. Under Amazon’s LGBTQ+ books section, there are 60,000 results.

So, what could possibly be motivating protests by transgender activist employees? It comes down to two books: Abigail Shrier’s “Irreversible Damage” and Matt Walsh’s “Johnny the Walrus,” being sold on the platform. Amazon leaders have apparently refused to remove them from sale.

Journalist Katherine Long documented these grievances in a Twitter thread, with accompanying articles detailing the complaints.

SHOW TWEET

https://twitter.com/_katya_long/status/1532062593304580096?s=20&t=os5zGMwbJcYKr16RP8FAUA

Her first tweet reads, “I’m at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, where about 30 Amazon employees are staging a die-in during Amazon’s Pride flag raising ceremony in protest of the company’s continued sale of what they say are transphobic books.”

WATCH VIDEO

https://twitter.com/_katya_long/status/1532063995057778688?s=20&t=ZpGqQPUz3ur_cynzpPpbkw

In this video post in the Twitter thread, showing security attempting to quell the protest, an activist is heard naming Shrier’s book, “Irreversible Damage,” demanding to know why Amazon refused to have it removed.

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Governor Ron DeSantis once again swept a straw poll for 2024 presidential candidates at a Colorado conservative conference on Saturday, beating out former President Donald Trump and other possible contenders.

According to Fox News, the attendees of the Western Conservative Summit, organized by the Centennial Institute, a think tank associated with Colorado Christian University, approved of a potential DeSantis candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination at 71 percent, with Trump coming in a close second at 67 percent. Ted Cruz was a distant third with 29 percent and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson at 24 percent.

DeSantis won the 2024 straw poll last year at the Western Conservative Summit, narrowly edging out Trump. DeSantis received 74% approval to Trump's 71% in 2021. 

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In our commentary tonight, we ask the question, is America following the same path to socialistic tyranny traveled by Germany 75 years ago? Rampant inflation, shortages, riots in the cities, gun control measures to disarm the populace, all of these things occurred in Germany leading up to Hitler’s takeover.

Take it from someone who was there. Kitty Werthmann grew up in Austria. She gave a speech in 2013 warning America.

Her description of Germany at that time sounds an awful lot like America in 2022.

Take a look.

WATCH VIDEO (clip from 0:57 mark to 7:24 mark)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-awkYhtey50&t=52s

We only heard good things, she said. Then it was National Socialism. Now we have global socialism. That often means the end of free and fair elections. More appointed officials like Dr. Fauci start to make the important decisions. And the German people were assigned a national ID card. Now they are pushing for a global ID that will be digital.

Hitler gave free radios. Today they give free cellphones. The rise in censorship. Equal rights. A guaranteed basic income from the government and the list goes on. You heard it from Kitty Werthmann.

The parallels are amazing.

Americans should listen to warnings from people who lived in that era.

To think it could never happen in America would be a fatal mistake. We must remain vigilant in defense of individual liberty and freedom. Tyranny has been knocking at the door of America for years, and through the Covid plandemic, the tyrants have been enabled by mass voluntary compliance. That must stop if we are to maintain our republic, and for goodness sakes never give up your firearms to any government that wants to take them away.

It's natural for human beings to want to feel protected. The underground market for guns will surge in America if any bans get passed. A ban on certain guns or magazines will not erase demand. It will just ensure that only the police and the criminals end up with all the weapons, leaving the common man vulnerable to the whims of thugs and tyrants.

That concludes this edition of the Worldview Report. Thank you for tuning in. From all of us, good night and God bless.

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