UK Prime Minister David Cameron offered a weak and flaccid response to the Muslim Missionary attack in Tunisia that left at least 30 Britons dead last week. Britain is reaping the fruits sewn by its policy of “tolerance.” Despite innumerable assaults on the citizens of Great Britain by Muslim invaders, the government just cannot bring itself to fight back.
Animals were on the loose in Macon, Georgia over the weekend. Tune in to find out what they targeted. Also, the blood of murder victims clinging to the bottom of his shoes, little Chuckie Schumer is back beating the gun control drum, not just for his home state of New York, but for the entire United States.
“In his article, the Prime Minister says that we can only defeat terrorism by promoting the British values of “peace, democracy, tolerance and freedom”.
“We must be stronger at standing up for our values – of peace, democracy, tolerance, freedom,” he says.
“We must be more intolerant of intolerance – rejecting anyone whose views condone the Islamist extremist narrative and create the conditions for it to flourish. We must strengthen our institutions that put our values into practice: our democracy, our rule of law, the rights of minorities, our free media, our law enforcements – all the things the terrorists hate.”
The Queen has sent her condolences to the families of those killed in the massacre, saying the attack had left her and the Duke of Edinburgh “shocked”.
She also sent her “deepest sympathy” to those injured in Friday’s slaughter in the popular holiday destination of Sousse. The atrocity represented the worst loss of British lives in an extremist attack since the London bombings of July 7 2005, when 52 people were killed.
Investigators have revealed they are looking for at least one accomplice, with an Interior Ministry spokesman saying they are sure that Rezgui had help.
At least a dozen Britons are still listed as missing with relatives increasingly frustrated with the failure of British and Tunisian authorities to discover what has happened to them.
The Foreign Office said that the delays were in part because the victims were “dressed for the beach” and did not have identifying documents on them.
It came as British police mounted the biggest security operation in this country since 7/7, with more than 600 officers deployed to investigate and prevent attacks. More than 50 officials and officers have been sent to the North African country.
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Lord Dannatt, the former head of the armed forces, has called for British forces to be deployed on the ground to fight Isil in Iraq and Syria.
Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, said that such a move would ultimately prove “unsuccessful” because Western troops would be seen as “an army of occupation”.
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He said that to put it “bluntly” the next terrorist attack is just as likely to take place in a European city as it is in Tunisia, adding that there cam be “no guarantee” of safety against lone-wolf extremists.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, also writing for The Telegraph, warns that people must not “censor” the use of the words “Muslim” or “Islamic” when describing the terrorists responsible for extremist attacks.
“That just lets too many people off the hook,” he says. “If we deny any connection between terrorism and religion, then we are saying there is no problem in any of the mosques; that there is nothing in the religious texts that is capable of being twisted or misunderstood; that there are no religious leaders whipping up hatred of the west, no perverting of religious belief for political ends.”
The killing spree by Kalashnikov-wielding student Rezgui targeted western tourists on the beach at the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel and the RIU Bellevue and only ended when he was shot dead by police. A bomb was found on his body.
David Cameron warns the British public to be prepared for the UK death toll to rise
Following the attacks, it emerged that one wounded British holidaymaker survived by playing dead to avoid being finished off by Regzui after her husband was shot down beside her. Another was murdered in front of her husband, who survived the attack unscathed.
Nine Britons are currently being treated in hospital for serious injuries, including one who is in an induced coma after being shot seven times.
Following warnings that Britain is at risk of similar terrorist atrocities, Mr Cameron makes pledges to “stand up for our way of life”.
“We will not be cowed,” the Prime Minister says. “To our shock and grief we must add another word: resolve. Unshakeable resolve. We will stand up for our way of life. So ours must be a full-spectrum response – a response at home and abroad; in the immediate aftermath and far into the future.”
The Sun Sets on the private beach of The Hotel Imperial (Warren Allott/Telegraph)
As tributes were paid to the victims by family and friends, Buckingham Palace released a statement from the Queen which said: “Prince Philip and I were shocked to learn of the attack on British tourists in Tunisia on Friday.
“We send our sincere condolences to the families of those who were killed and our deepest sympathy to the people who are still fighting for their lives in hospital, and those who have been seriously injured.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those of all countries who have been affected by this terrible event.”
In a passionate rallying cry, the Prime Minister says that “the great British spirit” will “triumph” over the “cowards who murder defenceless people on a beach”.
“We have something the terrorists don’t,” Mr Cameron says. “We have the great British spirit that triumphs in the face of adversity. It’s the spirit we have always shown when we faced threats to our nation in our history.
“It’s the spirit that saw London rebound after the 7/7 attacks, whose 10th anniversary we mark next month. It’s the spirit we saw as British tourists went to the beach in Tunisia this weekend, determined not to be cowed by the terrorists. We are the people who stand up to hatred.
“They are the cowards who murder defenceless people on a beach. They stand for oppression; we stand for freedom, and a peaceful, tolerant way of life.“
“Uber driver who was being choked by a passenger shot him in the foot Sunday in Clearwater Beach, police said.
Steven Rayow, 74, stopped his vehicle in the 400 block of Mandalay Avenue around 10 p.m. while working for the app-based driver service to pick up a passenger, according to a release from the Clearwater Police Department.
Three cheers for the Uber driver for not following bad no gun company policy. Gun free zones should be considered an OSHA violation.
Rayow and passenger Marc Gregory Mermel, 60, began arguing and it turned physical, police said. Mermel choked Rayow, who pulled a gun from his waistband, police said. As the struggle continued, the gun went off and Mermel was hit in the foot, police said.
Mermel was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital and treated for his wound.
Rayow has a concealed weapons permit.
Police continue to investigate the case.“
“U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling for a host of new measures from background checks to magazine bans in the wake of the attack on Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina.
The senior senator from New York announced he would help lead a charge to mandate Brady-style background checks on private gun sales, limit sales of some types of magazines and increase reporting of those prohibited from possessing firearms from states to the federal database.
Schumer, recently endorsed to succeed Sen. Harry Reid as Senate Democratic Leader and author of the 1993 bill that brought mandatory background checks to over-the-counter sales, cited the recent mass killing in Charleston as a reason to renew the push for gun control.
“If there is anything that the massacres in South Carolina, Newtown, Virginia Tech, Aurora and so many other places have taught us, it’s that we should be doing everything in our power to prevent weapons from falling into the hands of hateful, evil-doers and the mentally disturbed,” Schumer said in a statement Monday. “It makes no difference when guns are sold or who are selling them – we must prevent deadly weapons from falling into the wrong hands.”
Schumer contends that his proposed changes would still respect constitutionally-protected gun rights.
“I acknowledge the right – enshrined in the Second Amendment and the Heller decision – of American citizens to purchase and bear arms, however, just as the First Amendment comes with responsibilities and limits to protect public safety, the Second Amendment does as well. We have to make sure that we as a country are safe and that everyone’s right are respected,” he said.
First on Schumer’s list is to close the so-called gun show loophole and require Brady checks on virtually all private sales.
Next, he proposes states increase and expand reporting of those adjudicated mentally ill or convicted of a violent crime and do so more quickly.
Finally, a statement from his office explained that Schumer would also help champion “banning those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns, prohibiting large capacity magazines, and allowing the CDC to research the ways to prevent gun violence.”
While Schumer admitted the events in South Carolina are still being investigated and it is unclear if stricter gun laws would have prevented the killer from shooting up Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on June 17, he contends that such events occur all too frequently.
“Our children have seen far too many tragedies in the country involving guns and weapons, and now is the time to put forth real, effective common sense gun safety measures that can save future innocent lives from being taken, without taking away any existing rights,” Schumer said.
This is not the first time this year that Schumer has appeared in the wake of a high-profile murder to decry the availability of guns and propose increased regulation.
In May, he responded to the killing of a New York police officer with a stolen gun with a proposed repeal of the Tiahrt amendments, which prohibits the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from sharing its gun trace data with local law enforcement and the public as well as move to name a director to the agency.
However, Schumer may find some allies on Capitol Hill for background checks moving forward as last week Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., expressed cautious support for the concept.
“I’m convinced that more background checks will save lives,” Toomey said last Wednesday at a dinner for Sandy Hook Promise.
“It’s true that more background checks won’t stop every tragedy. But we know it will stop some,” Toomey said.“
“Surveillance video of a wee-hours ruckus at a Macon Wal-Mart on Sunday shows a teenager race inside flashing gang signs ahead of a mob of four dozen or so people who burst in and smashed merchandise.
The commotion, which caused an estimated $2,000 in damage, appears to have been planned.
Some in the crowd also snatched a man, apparently a shopper at the Zebulon Road store, from a motorized shopping cart and dragged him to the floor, Bibb County sheriff’s officials said Monday.
The vandals, said to number between 40 and 50, sprinted down the store’s main aisle about 1:50 a.m. Sunday, “destroying merchandise displays and items,” a sheriff’s deputy’s report of the incident noted.
Floors in parts of the store were “coated with broken merchandise,” the report added. “The length of the store from front to rear was lined with items which had been shattered, destroyed, turned over and thrown about.”
When sheriff’s deputies got there, the crowd “began to flee into many different vehicles and leave the scene,” the report said.
The store, next to Lowe’s, is just east of Interstate 475 in one of the area’s most frequented shopping districts.
The teenager seen leading the rushing horde of young men and women told a Wal-Mart employee “that this was a planned event … to see how much damage they could cause,” the sheriff’s report said.
The teen, identified as 17-year-old Kharron Nathan Green, of Ashton Drive in northwest Bibb County, was arrested when he returned to the store to retrieve his cellphone.
Green was jailed and later released on bond after being charged with inciting a riot and second-degree damage to property.
Green, according to the sheriff’s report, first told cops that “he did not know anything about what had happened in the store and that he did not know anyone involved.”
But when his mother and father arrived and watched the surveillance footage with sheriff’s deputies, the report said “Green admitted to his parents that the male in the video was indeed him.”
He refused to name others in the crowd, but according to the report said they had all come from a party on the city’s south side.
“Hopefully we can identify the others,” Sheriff David Davis said Monday. “Hopefully it’s not a pattern of behavior.”
Davis wondered about the parental supervision of the young people involved.
“Due to the lateness of the hour,” he said, “I don’t know that they were going to be going to church the next morning.“
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