Democrats launched an initiative attacking Ted Cruz’s character for backing Trump because they opposed each other so passionately during the presidential primary. Folks, Cruz’s willingness to move beyond the bad blood between himself and the president for the good of America confirms the greatness of Cruz’s character. Too many politicians have the attitude that everything is about them, screw what is best for America.

Outrageously, there are GOP politicians working to undermine Trump’s America-First agenda simply because they do not like Trump. That is the epitome of political narcissism and lack of character.

Cruz is on board with Trump because he realizes that Trump is doing a remarkable job for America. Our Conservative Campaign Committee attended Ted Cruz’s rally in Amarillo, Texas. Cruz touted all the great achievements of the Trump administration for We the People. Excitedly, Cruz shared that unemployment for blacks, Hispanics, women, and Asians is at historic lows.

Numerous times the crowd of almost a thousand spontaneously chanted, “Thank you Ted!”, “Build the wall!”, “Six more years!” and “USA!” When Ted mentioned Hillary, they chanted, “Lock her up!” Among the sea of Ted Cruz signs, caps and t-shirts, I saw Trump MAGA caps and t-shirts. Numerous people wore t-shirts which read, “God + Guns and Trump”. Clearly, the rally attendees were excited about Cruz and Trump working together, keeping Cruz in the Senate to keep Texas red and continue Trump’s agenda.

Cruz mentioned that he and Trump worked together on Trump’s massive tax cut while on Air Force One. These two former passionate opponents working together for the good of their country illustrates the character we should expect in all our politicians, but rarely see. Cruz and Trump forgiving each other shows their submission to God’s command that Christians forgive and love one another. Evil Democrats seek to spin Cruz and Trump’s biblical behavior of forgiveness into a negative.

During his introduction, the rally’s emcee praised Cruz for remaining a Texan while in Washington D.C. while keeping his promise to fight for principles and values Texans and a majority of Americans hold dear. The crowd responded with cheers and applause. Numerous times we who love freedom and America have worked our butts off to send conservatives to Washington only to be betrayed. Cruz remaining faithful and true to his constituents is another example of his outstanding character.

Cruz pounded home the point that this race is about voter turnout. We cannot be complacent. Democrats fueled with hate, rage, and resistance to Trump have out fund-raised Cruz by tens of millions of dollars.

Every time Beto O’Rourke announces another extreme left-wing idea he wants to implement, such as separating Texans from their guns, impeaching Trump, or getting rid of ICE, wealthy Hollywood leftists send him big checks. This enables Democrats to flood the airwaves with ads filled with deceptions and lies. Cruz asked the audience to financially support his campaign and get every conservative Texan to vote. 

During the Q and A after Cruz’s speech, an elementary-school student asked Ted about the issue of gun violence in our schools. Cruz said he met with students after a school shooting. None of the students thought more gun control was the answer. Their consensus was that disarming good guys does not protect them from bad guys. Have you heard this point of view expressed by students reported in fake news media? No.

Cruz shared commonsense solutions he has been pushing for years. Cruz suggested armed officers in schools. He said many teachers are former police officers and military. Why not arm them and other teachers who feel comfortable being armed? Cruz said classrooms should have bulletproof doors. Students were shot and killed while pressing against classroom doors trying to keep out gunmen. He also said schools should have far fewer exits.

Cruz reminded the crowd that Beto and his fellow Democrats/leftists are not interested in commonsense solutions to gun violence in our schools. Democrats seek to exploit the issue to repeal our Constitutional 2nd Amendment Right to bear arms.

Hanging out with conservative Texans has been pleasantly refreshing. They are bold and fearless. They love their state, God, guns, America, barbecue and freedom. At the Cruz/O’Rourke debate, I met two black women Cruz supporters. One wore a MAGA cap. I said, “Leftists are physically assaulting people, especially blacks, who wear MAGA attire. Aren’t you afraid?” My new black patriot sister, Karen Watson, chuckled and said she is not afraid. Karen said leftists know they had better not attack people wearing MAGA gear here because this is Texas. 

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Democrats launched an initiative attacking Ted Cruz’s character for backing Trump because they opposed each other so passionately during the presidential primary. Folks, Cruz’s willingness to move beyond the bad blood between himself and the president for the good of America confirms the greatness of Cruz’s character. Too many politicians have the attitude that everything is about them, screw what is best for America.

Outrageously, there are GOP politicians working to undermine Trump’s America-First agenda simply because they do not like Trump. That is the epitome of political narcissism and lack of character.

Cruz is on board with Trump because he realizes that Trump is doing a remarkable job for America. Our Conservative Campaign Committee attended Ted Cruz’s rally in Amarillo, Texas. Cruz touted all the great achievements of the Trump administration for We the People. Excitedly, Cruz shared that unemployment for blacks, Hispanics, women, and Asians is at historic lows.

Numerous times the crowd of almost a thousand spontaneously chanted, “Thank you Ted!”, “Build the wall!”, “Six more years!” and “USA!” When Ted mentioned Hillary, they chanted, “Lock her up!” Among the sea of Ted Cruz signs, caps and t-shirts, I saw Trump MAGA caps and t-shirts. Numerous people wore t-shirts which read, “God + Guns and Trump”. Clearly, the rally attendees were excited about Cruz and Trump working together, keeping Cruz in the Senate to keep Texas red and continue Trump’s agenda.

Cruz mentioned that he and Trump worked together on Trump’s massive tax cut while on Air Force One. These two former passionate opponents working together for the good of their country illustrates the character we should expect in all our politicians, but rarely see. Cruz and Trump forgiving each other shows their submission to God’s command that Christians forgive and love one another. Evil Democrats seek to spin Cruz and Trump’s biblical behavior of forgiveness into a negative.

During his introduction, the rally’s emcee praised Cruz for remaining a Texan while in Washington D.C. while keeping his promise to fight for principles and values Texans and a majority of Americans hold dear. The crowd responded with cheers and applause. Numerous times we who love freedom and America have worked our butts off to send conservatives to Washington only to be betrayed. Cruz remaining faithful and true to his constituents is another example of his outstanding character.

Cruz pounded home the point that this race is about voter turnout. We cannot be complacent. Democrats fueled with hate, rage, and resistance to Trump have out fund-raised Cruz by tens of millions of dollars.

Every time Beto O’Rourke announces another extreme left-wing idea he wants to implement, such as separating Texans from their guns, impeaching Trump, or getting rid of ICE, wealthy Hollywood leftists send him big checks. This enables Democrats to flood the airwaves with ads filled with deceptions and lies. Cruz asked the audience to financially support his campaign and get every conservative Texan to vote. 

During the Q and A after Cruz’s speech, an elementary-school student asked Ted about the issue of gun violence in our schools. Cruz said he met with students after a school shooting. None of the students thought more gun control was the answer. Their consensus was that disarming good guys does not protect them from bad guys. Have you heard this point of view expressed by students reported in fake news media? No.

Cruz shared commonsense solutions he has been pushing for years. Cruz suggested armed officers in schools. He said many teachers are former police officers and military. Why not arm them and other teachers who feel comfortable being armed? Cruz said classrooms should have bulletproof doors. Students were shot and killed while pressing against classroom doors trying to keep out gunmen. He also said schools should have far fewer exits.

Cruz reminded the crowd that Beto and his fellow Democrats/leftists are not interested in commonsense solutions to gun violence in our schools. Democrats seek to exploit the issue to repeal our Constitutional 2nd Amendment Right to bear arms.

Hanging out with conservative Texans has been pleasantly refreshing. They are bold and fearless. They love their state, God, guns, America, barbecue and freedom. At the Cruz/O’Rourke debate, I met two black women Cruz supporters. One wore a MAGA cap. I said, “Leftists are physically assaulting people, especially blacks, who wear MAGA attire. Aren’t you afraid?” My new black patriot sister, Karen Watson, chuckled and said she is not afraid. Karen said leftists know they had better not attack people wearing MAGA gear here because this is Texas. 

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American

Help Lloyd spread the Truth

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By Gabriel Peters

Preparatory to the 2018 commemoration of the Asaba Massacre on October 5-7, 2018, the Asaba Community has empanelled the Asaba Memorial Foundation under the seal and direction of the town’s traditional ruler; Asagba of Asaba, the Advisory Council and the Asagba-in-Council.

The Foundation, which has been formally incorporated, will act for and on behalf of the Asaba Community on all matters pertaining to the Asaba Massacre of 1967.

It will therefore be part of the foundation’s mandate to oversee the 2018 edition of the Asaba Massacre Memorial scheduled for October 5-7, 2018 in Asaba. A major highlight of this year’s commemoration of the tragic death of over 700 indigenes of the community who were massacred by the federal troops during the Nigerian Civil War in October 1967 will be the official opening of the secretariat of the Asaba Memorial Foundation.

A statement by Chief Nicholas Chizea, Oshimili Atata of Asaba, who is also the Chairman, Caretaker Committee, Asaba Development Union explained that the importance of the foundation to the community is underlined by the highly respected personalities that constitute its Board of Trustees with the Asagba of Asaba, Prof. Chike Edozien as Chairman. Others include Chief Sonny Odogwu as Vice Chairman, Chief Philip Asiodu, Chief (Prof.) Emmanuel Edozien, Prof. Joy Ogwu and Chief Nicholas Chizea.

Other eminent citizens nominated to serve in the various organs include Iyase of Asaba Chief P.I.G Onyeobi, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, Omu (Dr.) Ada Biosah, Chief Ubaka Attoh, Obi Godfrey Konwea, Obi Michael Odiaka, Chief (Dr.) Ngozi Allanah, Chief John Edozien, Prof. Emmanuel Nwanze, Chief Tony Ashiofu, Ms. Claire Chizea, Dr. Gertrude Ogunkeye, Chief (Prof.) Epiphany Azinge, Chief (Dr.) Tony Idigbe, Chief Victor Nwosa, Rt. Hon. Peter Onwusanya and Dr. Ify Uraih. Others are Mr. Ibe Udobi, Mr. Fabian Oweazim, Dr. Sam Okonta, Mr. Godfrey Odogwu, Mr. Okey Ofili, Prof. Fidelis Njokanma, Mr. Emma Okocha, Chief Ugbade Okotcha, Mr. Peter Ejiofor, Mr. Emma Diali, Mr. Uche Uraih, Mr. Alban Ofili-Okonkwo and a host of others.

Chizea disclosed that the major objects of the Foundation include the need to act for and on behalf of Asaba on all matters pertaining to the Asaba Massacre of 1967 including the support for victims and survivors and development of monuments and other memorial structures. It also behoves on the foundation to organize the annual commemoration of the anniversary of the Asaba Massacre and institute a Memorial Lecture Series aimed at promoting dialogue and the peaceful coexistence and unity of the people of Nigeria and the world. It will also design, build and manage a world class Maternity and Children’s hospital with a College of Midwifery, as a befitting dedicatory for the Massacred.

Chizea further avowed that the foundation will set-up a secretariat in Asaba with an Advisory Board, a Project Team, a Legal Team and Management Team and design, develop and manage a comprehensive and empirical database and record of the fatalities, victims, survivors and damages/injuries of the Asaba Massacre. It will Create and manage an Asaba Memorial Fund and liaise with National and International Agencies including well-meaning individuals to raise funds for Asaba. It will on behalf of the community engage the Nigerian Government in the resolution of all issues pertaining to compensations, reparations and donations, and siting of institutions and other developmental projects in Asaba, aimed at bringing healing and closure to the people of Asaba. He emphasized that the Foundation is also mandated to organise the memorial lecture series aimed at promoting dialogue, peaceful co-existence and unity among Nigerians and all peoples of the world.

Commenting on the importance of the annual event, the Asagba of Asaba said, “It is important we mark this event for posterity. Asaba Massacre is too tragic to be wished away by mere passage of time. While we no longer bear grudges, it is difficult to forget that on October 7, 1967, over 700 innocent and defenceless indigenes of Asaba were mowed down with machine guns and other weapons assembled not to fight the Biafra soldiers, but to eliminate men and youth in the most brutal manner.

Not even the most ruthless emperor could have ordered the mass killings of a people who did nothing to offend their killers, except that they speak the language of the enemy the killers were pursuing.” Recounting the tragic event of October 1967 at the press conference, Chief Patrick Onyeobi, the Iyase (Traditional Prime Minister) of Asaba, said the Nigerian soldiers had accused the natives of showing solidarity to Biafra and for collaborating with her soldiers in invading the community from where they made successful advance into the West, as far as Ore in present-day Ondo state. The soldiers thereafter settled in Asaba as the Onitsha end of the Niger bridge had been destroyed by the retreating Biafra soldiers to frustrate the advancing federal soldiers who turned their angst against the people of Asaba.

The annual event will also be used to assess the milestone on the various memorial projects launched last year towards keeping the spirit of Asaba Massacre alive among the generations. These include a world-class hospital and maternity sited at Ogbe-Osowa, the location where the massacre occurred. It will be called ‘My Place of Birth Hospital & Maternity’, to serve as symbol of life and not death. It will also include a College of Midwifery to train health workers to acquire advanced expertise in their profession of saving lives.

As earlier explained by the Asagba-in-Council, the challenge of grappling with memories of the horrible incident was the major reason it took 50 years to institute the memorial projects. The facilities will be open to all Nigerians and citizens of all nations across the globe, including the herdsmen given the nomadic nature of their occupation, to demonstrate our spirit of forgiveness notwithstanding the tragic nature of the sad incident.

The community, under the auspices of ‘Asaba 7 October Memorial Group’, hosted a memorable 50th anniversary of the event in October 2017, with the theme: “In Pursuit of Rebirth”.

Among prominent personalities that graced the 50th anniversary last year were Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa; former Vice-President, Dr Alex Ekwueme; Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka; Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto; President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo; former chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun, and Senator Ike Nwachukwu.

Former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke chaired the occasion during which a publication, “The Asaba Massacre: Trauma, Memory and the Nigerian Civil War” by S. Elizabeth Bird and Fraser Ottanelli, Professors of Anthropology and History respectively at University of South Florida, USA, was unveiled. The event was preceded by a world press conference held at the Palace of the Asagba of Asaba.

Part of Bird and Ottanelli’s book contains graphic account of the heartless Asaba Massacre: “The progress of Federal troops toward Asaba could be measured by the approaching sound of heavy guns and the rattling of machine-gun fire. Within the first twenty-four hours of ‘ferocious’ shelling, Asaba suffered its first victims. Twenty four hours of torture later turned to days, and from October 2 to 7, 1967, hundreds were slaughtered. Despite wearing akwa ocha – a white cloth that symbolises peace – and pledging allegiance to ‘One Nigeria’, the men were singled out, shot and ‘wasted.’ Women and children raped and/or forced into marriage.”

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The Harford County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that there was a shooting Thursday morning in the city of Perryman that involves “multiple victims”, presstv.ir reported.

The sheriff’s office warned that the situation is still fluid and ask people to avoid the area.

Several people were shot on Thursday in Perryman, Maryland, and residents were asked to avoid the area, according to US authorities.

“The situation is still fluid,” the Harford County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Twitter, adding that officers responded to the incident shortly after 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT).

Agents from the Baltimore office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were also headed to the scene, the agency said.

Perryman is 34 miles (55 km) northeast of Baltimore. The area of the reported shooting includes a church and a business district, and is near the Aberdeen Proving Ground, a US Army facility.

The shooting occurred a day after a man entered a Pennsylvania court building and shot and wounded four people, including a police officer, before he was killed by police, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The United States loses around 33,000 people to gun violence every year. Additionally, more than 100,000 people are shot each year in the country at a total cost of $45 billion, according to a study published in the journal Health Affairs.

Amnesty International said in a scathing report last week that the gun violence situation in the United States has grown into a full blown “human rights crisis” amid inaction from the US government.

The report said “all aspects of American life have been compromised in some way by the unfettered access to guns, with no attempts at meaningful national regulation.”

“The US government is prioritizing gun ownership over basic human rights. While many solutions have been offered, there has been a stunning lack of political will to save lives,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA.

“Our government has allowed gun violence to become a human rights crisis,” she said.

The issue of gun violence has become all the more polarizing under President Donald Trump, a Republican whose presidential campaign was funded partially by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Trump has been reluctant to address the growing issue in his speeches and following several high-profile mass shootings in the country.

(Intersociety Nigeria: 20th September 2018)-The war of statistics between non Nigerian-born UN and ECOWAS/AU research statisticians and Nigerian-born UN figure brandishers over the actual number of illicit small arms and light weapons (SALWs) in circulation in Africa, ECOWAS and Nigeria is a clear attestation of the fact that Nigerian intellectual industry is terminally sick. This is compounded by the emergence in the country of the central Government of mediocrity in June 2015.

Contrary to the irritatingly bogus figure of “350million SALWs in Nigeria” being bandied or brandished by the trio of Mrs. Olatokunbo Ige (country director of UNREC), Mr. Anselme Yabouri (another director in the Nigerian office of UNREC) and retired Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau ( Doctor of Criminology and Nigeria’s current Minister of Interior) as “the total number of illicit Small Arms & Light Weapons circulating in the country, out of 500million in West Africa”; the duo of the ECOWAS Commission President (Mr. Jean-Claude Brou) and UN Chief de Cabinet (Maria Viotti) have released research statistics that not only rubbished and shamed the trio but also affirmed the recent position of our Organization to the effect that “10million illicit SALWs are likely in wrong hands in West Africa, out of which 4.5million are approximately in circulation in Nigeria.

It is so shameful that the intellectual and diplomatic image of the country is being rubbished with reckless abandon on daily basis or dragged through the mud by the Nigerian-born and based chiefs of missions of the ECOWAS, AU and UN especially those in charge of disarmament, arms control, demilitarization and demobilization. Those manning different strategic public offices in the country are also not left out of such intellectual stagnancy, crudity and anachronism.

The country’s intellectual industry has been so knuckled or crashed that the Nigeria’s current Attorney Gen and Chief Law Officer of the Federation (Abubakar Malami, SAN) had in early February 2016 unpardonably lied to all Nigerians and the entire world in his written address in a public function in Abuja that “the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had since its inception in 2003 recovered over $2triilion cash and properties from treasury looters”; which prompted our national investigation on the net budgets and expenditures of all the 774 LGAs, 36 States/FCT and the Federal Government put together from 2003 to 2016.

Our findings found only $624billion budgeted and spent in all including borrowed loans, shared federal allocations, received grants, proceeds from oil and gas and non oil revenues including import duties and States’ internally generated revenues. The statistics contained in our findings was later sent to the AGF for retraction of his public false information and he ran to cover and never responded till date.

It is recalled that the Nigerian-born Country Director of the United Nations Regional Center for Peace & Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), Ms Olatokunbo Ige had in Abuja in early August 2016 during a workshop on National Consultation on Physical Security & Stockpile Management (PSSM) organized by the Presidential Committee on Small Arms & Light Weapons (PRESCOM); falsely and bogusly disclosed that “out of 500million illicit small arms and light weapons in circulation in West Africa, 350million of them or 70% are in wrong hands in Nigeria”.

The bogus claims and brandishing of outrageous figures by the Nigerian-born UN Agency chief immediately drew our attention and issuance of a disclaimer statement of 5th August 2016, titled: questions the Nigerian-born UN Agency chief must answer over bogus claims of circulation of 350million small arms and light weapons in wrong hands in Nigeria. The UN Agency chief ran to cover and never responded to the questions or corrected her blunder till date.

As if that was not enough, the armada of statistical falsehood and lies was shamelessly repeated fourteen months later in Abuja, Nigeria on 12th December 2017 by another Director in the Nigerian office of the same UN Peace and Disarmament body (UNREC), Mr. Anselme Yabouri at the workshop on Physical Security & Stockpile Management Standard Operating & Administrative Procedures Validation; to the effect that “out of 500million illicit small arms and light weapons in West Africa in 2010, 350million of them or 70% are in circulation or in wrong hands in Nigeria”.

This rabid oe extreme falsehood was shockingly reechoed by the Minister of Interior, retired Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau, who is also a foremost doctor of criminology and one of the few finest brains in the current mediocrity ridden central Government of Muhammadu Buhari. The retired Nigerian Army chief made fool of himself and his hard earned career and intellectual height on Tuesday, 22nd January 2018 in Abuja at a meeting on proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Nigeria; where he was quoted by the Daily Trust Newspaper of 23rdJanuary 2018 as saying “from records by the United Nations Center for Peace & Disarmament, I understand that there are approximately 500million assorted arms in West Africa and out of these 500million, 70% or approximately 350million of them are in Nigeria”.

Of all the four figure brandishers above mentioned, that of Doctor Abdulrahman Dambazau is the most shocking, inexcusable, disappointing and unforgiving. Before joining the present central Government of Nigeria in 2015, Criminology Prof Abdulrahman Dambazau was a highly respected, seminal and scholarly criminologist with numerous internationally rated books and other writings in his name.

Both in the Cesare Lombroso’s Italian and Edwin Sutherland’s Chicago Schools of Criminology and acclaimed others, it amounts to criminological hara-kiri or disembowelment for social statistics or research findings of a criminologist to be credibly disputed, discredited and rubbished by a lawyer, not to talk of a member of the educated others. Field of criminology starts and ends with questioning and finding answers to social phenomena including human behaviors involving deviances, crimes and social data or statistics.

It is also a criminological taboo for a criminologist of Dambazau’s doctorial/professorial standing to subscribe by hook, line and sinker to contaminated and concocted figures brandished by a mere country director and domestic kitchen statistician without re-criminological analysis or questioning of same through available criminological data mining and analytical processes. It is so sad that the highly respected and celebrated doctorial/professorial criminologist has allowed himself to be made a victim of the central Government of mediocrity in Nigeria.

Contradictorily, the Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS Commission) has recently put the number of illicitly circulated small arms & light weapons (SALWs) in West Africa and Africa including Nigeria to 100million in Africa and 10million in West Africa. The ECOWAS Commission’s position was made known on Tuesday, 18thSeptember 2018 in the meeting of the organizations in the Sahel region held at the ECOWAS parliament in Abuja.

The correct and believable research statistics was given by the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace & Security, Francis Behanzin while fielding questions to journalists. Mr. Behanzin stood in at the event for the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Brou. It was specifically disclosed by the ECOWAS Commission that out of 100million illegal small arms and light weapons circulating in Africa, about 10million of such illegal arms are found in West Africa and over 800million around the world.

In tandem with the ECOWAS Commission’s position, Intersocietyhad maintained and still maintains that over 800million illicit small arms and light weapons are in circulation around the world with 10million in West Africa and about 4.5million in Nigeria. It is also our position that the battered Republic of Afghanistan is the global worst hit with 10million SALWs while Egypt has the highest number of anti personnel landmines hitting 6million and dating as far back as 1948 during the Israeli war of independence with her Arab neighbors.


We had also disclosed that these illicit small arms and light weapons are manufactured mostly by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council including USA (majority), Russia, China, France and UK; followed by non permanent members of UN such as Germany, Italy, Brazil, Ukraine, Japan, North Korea and a number of defunct Eastern European countries, among others. There are also a total of over 1000 small arms and light weapons manufacturing companies in 98 countries with large number of them coming from USA and other four UNSC permanent members. These SALWs also kill not less than 500,000 civilians or non combatants every year with 80% of the victims being women and children.





Intersociety’s statistics was further corroborated on 19thJune 2018 by the United Nations’ Small Arms Survey, which, as reported by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), found that “over 500,000 civilians or non combatants are killed every year by small arms and light weapons involving revolvers, pistols, assault rifles, machine guns and other similar weapons”. This was disclosed by UN Chief de Cabinet, Maria Viotti, quoted as saying that “there are over one billion legal and illicit firearms in the world as at December 2017 including 857million in wrong hands”. The report estimated that 133million SALWs are held by government militaries around the world and 22.7million in the hands of law enforcement agencies while 857million of them are in civilian hands including over 390million held legally in civilian hands in USA.

For purpose of clarity and records, Disarmament is the collection, documentation, control and disposal of small arms, ammunition, explosives and light and heavy weapons of combatants and violent civilian population. Demobilization, on its part, is the formal and controlled discharge of active combatants from armed forces or other armed groups usually for purpose of ending violent or armed conflict. Arms Control are efforts through interstate or sub regional or regional or international agreements or arrangements to limit or reduce the war making capabilities by restricting the quantity or quality of weapons and making forces or the zone of their deployment in an attempt to avoid arm race or conflict escalation.

By Small Arms, they are weapons that can be carried by a single person either for military or civilian use. They are relatively cheap, available in abundance, highly portable, long lasting and easy to carry or operate. Light Weapons, on their part, are weapons that are man-portable or transportable by light vehicles and do not require much in terms of service or logistical backup training; and they include small caliber cannons, light support weapons, combat grenades, anti personnel landmines, mortars, anti-tank weapons, anti-tank mines, etc. Complex Humanitarian Emergencies caused by proliferation and misuse of SALWs are profound social crises in which a large number of civilians die or suffer from war, hunger, disease and displacement owing to man-made and natural disaster including devastating violent or armed conflicts.


Intersociety hereby calls for concrete steps, not bandying or brandishing of unscientific, unverifiable and unsubstantiated figures, to curb the raging menace of illicit SALWs proliferation scourge in Nigeria in particular and ECOWAS region and the entire Africa in general. Such efforts must include proactive and diligent enforcement of the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms & Light Weapons and their Ammunition thereto (2006), ratified by Nigeria in 2009.

There shall also be speedy passage by the National Assembly and presidential assent of the National Commission against the Proliferation of the Small Arms and Light Weapons Act. The Buhari Administration which is complicit in flooding the country with SALWs through its militarism and militarization policies must review and reverse such arms flooding policy and return the country to full and credible democracy, rule of law and human rights observance and compliance processes and governance style.

Attached Photo showing Mrs. Olatokunbo Ige, LLM, head of the Nigerian office of the United Nations Regional Center for Peace & Disarmament (UNREC) at a public security function in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Signed:

Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chair
Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law

Mobile Line: +2348174090052
Email: [email protected]

URL: intersociety-ng.org


Obianuju Joy Igboeli, Esq.
Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program
Email: [email protected]

Giving pro-gun Turning Point USA a platform to speak at University of Colorado is giving credibility to a group that supports the rise of a public health crisis in America. CU would not allow a group to come and tell students to stop using condoms and drink heavily, and CU’s stance on gun violence should be no different.

Turning Point USA argues for everyone to carry guns based on the misleading data that 97 percent of public mass shootings occur in gun-free zones (like schools, places of worship, and government property). They claim the reason there are so many mass public shootings is because shooters know these gun-free zones, like military bases, won’t have guns on site to shoot back. Based on to Turning Point USA’s logic, if every first-grader at Sandy Hook carried a gun, those children who were slaughtered would now be in middle school rather than coffins.

Additionally, according to Turning Point USA, the Holocaust happened because 6 million Jewish people had their guns taken away by Hitler. Even a second-grader can see the flawed logic in their statement.

Whether it is the media or a university, giving a platform to dangerous groups who make false claims is what has divided our country. Yes, Turning Point USA has a right to free speech, just as Colin Kaepernick has a right to publicly protest the rise of police brutality against minorities. But, unlike Kaepernick’s protest for harmony and peace, Turning Point USA does not have a right to endanger the lives of Americans.

Christina Tangora

Boulder


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(Intersociety Nigeria: Sunday, 16th September 2018)-The agonies of Christians in Nigeria have uncontrollably continued and escalated with possibilityof same being adopted as a reelection strategy by the Muslim led central Government in the country. It must be stated clearly here again that anti Christian attacks including killings and destruction of properties and sacred places and symbols of worship by Fulani jihadists are solely perpetrated or targeted against members, properties and sacred places of worship of members of the Christian faith in industrial scale as well as members of other non Muslim population in Nigeria. It is still on record that no single Muslim or Mosque has been targeted for death or destruction by the Jihadist terrorists in the country or any part thereof.

Statistically, a total of no fewer than 2000 Christian lives have been lost to Fulani jihadists alone since January 2018 with no fewer than 250 killed between 15th July and 15th September 2018. No fewer than 120 were killed in less than ten days in July or between 2ndand 11th July 2018. The killings briefly went down between 15th July and first week of August 2018 with about 30 killings before their resurged increase since the last week of August to 15th September 2018; leading to death of over 100 Christians. Totality of these brings the total number of innocent and defenseless Christians slaughtered by Fulani jihadists in the past eight and half months or between 1st January and 15th September 2018 to over 2000. The figure did not include the number of Christians killed by Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria since January 2018 or “battle-field related” deaths.

The anti Christian killings have gone so bad that they are now being celebrated by many members of the Nigerian northern Muslim population especially on social media. A clear case in point was the barrage of social media attacks, aspersions and vituperations cast at or poured on a Pentecostal pastor who went on social media to appeal for western intervention and assistance over the incessancy of anti Christian butcheries in Nigeria including the recent massacre by Fulani jihadists of Pastor Adamu Gyang Wurim, his wife and three children in Plateau State.

From the look of things, these killings have not only raised the “popularity” of President MuhammaduBuhari among teeming and crudely uneducated young Muslim population in northern Nigeria, but also appeared to have made him to be seen among them as “pure Muslim/defender of Allah”; an unholy edge he appears to have over his fellow northern Muslim presidential hopefuls in the coming 2019 presidential poll.

The President’s caliphate style of administration or governance in the country is also believed in some social quarters to have gone down well with many of the educated and uneducated Muslim population in northern part of the country particularly his Fulani kinsmen and women; culminating in recent issuance of threats of violence against his fellow Muslim presidential hopefuls to back off from the race to allow the President as “the only man standing”.

A clear case in point was recent threats of violence including death made by one of the leaders of the mother body of Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria called “the Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN)”. The open threats of violence were issued against the Senate President, Dr Abubakar BukolaSaraki, who is of a Yoruba-Fulani Muslim root.

Another fellow Muslim Presidential hopeful in the coming 2019 presidential poll, Alhaji Atikur Abubakarhad also recently cried out over threats to his life and that of his wife and children by unnamed group of persons strongly believed to link to the Fulani jihadists. These emergent threats to lives and properties of political opponents of President Muhammadu Buhari by the Fulani jihadists are a clear pointer to the midwifery, aiding and abetting of the atrocities and impunity of the Fulani jihadists by the Administration of the President.

There are also reports of sustained state actor and non state actor threats against members of Christian faith in Northern Nigeria particularly in Kaduna State where the State Government recently on 28th May 2018 issued a proclamation Islamizing the State traditional stools and institutions by changing them to “Emirate Council or Caliphate” including those located in Christian dominated Southern Kaduna. In some places, holy bibles are reportedly burnt or destroyed while in others Christian prayers are no longer said in the open. Open Christian evangelism is becoming life threatening in such areas except in areas populated in large numbers by members of the Christian faith.

Some Christians in some northern parts of the country are also reported to have been so threatened that they no longer worship or meet in clusters or in their church buildings except use of teleconferencing and other online points of contact. The negative effects of Fulani jihadists’ killings or untamed violence against northern Christians have further made some Christian faithful to undergo post traumatic stress disorder (PTSDs); as well as raising, emboldening and radicalizing other fanatical Muslim groups and individuals to further let loose on their Christian neighbors including threatening and shutting them off with reckless abandon from their religious beliefs and practices. In all these, Governments at the State and Federal levels including their security agencies either watch and do nothing or collude, aid and abet the crimes and protect their perpetrators.

The Christian agonies in Nigeria include killing of Christian children and busting, using machetes and guns, of pregnancies of the heavily pregnant Christian women leading to their death and that of their unborn children; killing of other Christians (i.e. women, children, the physically challenged, young men and women, the aged and the sick) in their sleep, sick and retirement apartments, farms and other work places as well as sacred places of worship. The agonies also involve property destruction involving land seizure and forceful occupation as well as attacks, burning and destruction of sacred places and symbols of Christian worship including churches, altars, monasteries, seminaries, chapels, schools, cassocks, holy bibles, chaplets, statutes, crucifixes, etc.

Going by our updates following recent general evaluation of various reports and investigative findings on killing of Christians and destruction of their sacred places of worship in Nigeria particularly since January 2018, no fewer than 2000 Christian lives have been lost in the hands of the Fulani jihadists hiding under the cover of “Fulani Herdsmen”. The said Jihadists carry out their untamed atrocities using the existing primitive pastoralist cattle herding network manned by cattle pastoralists called “Fulani Herdsmen”.

The primitive network involves downward movements of herds of cattle and their herders into the rain forest region of Nigeria with associated makeshift settlements inside bushes and forests; now heavily guarded by the lopsidedly composed and Muslim led Nigerian military formations. The attacks highlighted above are easily launched and coordinated by the jihadists especially at night using the said primitive cattle herding routes and settlements as attack bases and for intelligence gathering; in addition to military and police guard or protection.

Breakdown of Updated Statistics: We had on 2nd July 2018, released the statistics of the anti Christian butcheries in Nigeria, showing that the Fulani jihadists killed no fewer than 1,750 Christians in the first six months of 2018 or January to June. In our follow-up statement of 11th July 2018, the number of Christian victims of the Fulani jihadists’ attacks increased to 1,870, indicating the killing of additional 120 Christians in less than ten days or between 2nd and 11th July 2018. The killings associated with the 120 Christian deaths specifically took place in Adamawa and Taraba villages and communities.

The said general evaluation of the killings by terror Fulani Militia (a.k.a. Fulani Herdsmen), as contained in our special statement of 2nd July 2018, clearly indicated that Benue State recorded the highest number of rural Christian and other non Muslim deaths with no fewer than 600, followed by Plateau State with 400; Taraba250; Nasarawa 200; Southern Kaduna 100, Adamawa 100 and Kogi State 100. Presently, no fewer than 620 Christian lives have been lost in the past eight and half months (1st January-15th September 2018) in Benue, 450 in Plateau while Adamawa and Taraba States recorded no fewer than 550.

The anti Christian killings later went down especially between 15th July and first week of August 2018 following international media attentions and diplomatic concerns in some western countries, prompting the Nigeria’s Minister of Information to embark on globetrotting and image laundering in selected western countries tagged “killings arising from Farmers-Herdsmen clashes have stopped”. The said few western concerns followed the three days of unstoppable massacre of rural Christians in eleven villages of Plateau State which began on 24th June 2018 leading to death of no fewer than 250 defenseless Christian citizens including pregnant women, children, other women and men.

The said reduction resulted in fewer death of about 30 Christians between July 15 and first week of August 2018, compared to alarming number of deaths recorded in the previous months. The sudden reduction was also strongly believed to have been unconnected with directive of the political and military patrons of the jihadists to cease a momentary fire to possibly dousethe said selected western media and diplomatic pressure on political leadership in Nigeria.

However, the killings have returned at alarming rate especially since the last week of August 2018, leading to killing of no fewer than 250 more Christians as at 15th September 2018. The figure included no fewer than 120 Christians killed between 3rd and 11th July 2018 most of which took place in Adamawa and TarabaStates. Between 15th July and first week of August 2018, no fewer than 30 more Christians were killed in the old Middle Belt; and between last week of August and 15th September 2018, over 100 more Christians have died in the hands of Fulani jihadists who hide under the cover of “Fulani Herdsmen”.

Christians in Nigeria are also most likely to have lost not less than 500 churches and other church related facilities since January 2018. The Government of Benue State has just on Thursday, 13th September 2018 disclosed that “over 560 Christians have been killed in the Fulani Herdsmen attacks in the State between January and August 2018” during which half of five Christian Local Government Areas of the State were sacked. The State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom named the affected five LGAs as Makurdi, Gwer West, Guma, Logo and Kwande Local Government Areas.

In the latest round of killings, Adamawa and Plateau States are worst hit while Benue, Kaduna and TarabaStates are not left out. By the Punch Newspaper account of 15th September 2018, no fewer than 51 Christians including a Pastor of the Lutheran Church lost their lives to Fulani jihadists in coordinated attacks launched on Thursday night in villages of Gon, Nzumosu, Bolki, Nyanga and Bukuto Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

The Adamawa Christian villages above mentioned have also lost hundreds of Christians and dozens of churches in the hands of the Nigerian security forces and armed Fulani jihadists since December 2017 including over 80 Christians killed on 4th December 2017 in simultaneous air raids and ground attacks simultaneously launched by Nigerian war jets and armed Fulani jihadists. The Government of Nigeria initially denied it but later claimed “they were armed bandits terrorizing the area being chased away by Government forces”.

The Fulani jihadists who were reported to have stormed the Adamawa villages on Thursday night, 13thSeptember 2018 from neighboring Abbare in TarabaState in large numbers also burnt three villages and churches after slaughtering no less than 15 Christians and a Pastor. The Punch Newspaper report further quoted a resident of Bolki village, Mr. James Nzonzo as saying that “the boat escaping with 40 endangered (Christian) women escaping the attacks got capsized killing 35 and leaving only five rescued alive”. The attacks and killings were independently confirmed by our local contact who is also a Christian Pastor in the area. The Punch Newspaper also quoted a Member representing the Numan State Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Mrs. Sodom Tayedi as further confirming and condemning the attacks.

Plateau State has lost no fewer than 30 Christians since last week of August 2018 and 50 since 15th July. The renewed anti Christian killings in the State included not less than eight Christians killed by the Fulani jihadists on 28th August 2018 also reported by the Punch Newspaper of 30th August 2018, among other media reports. The attacks launched at churches and houses in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the State claimed the lives of no fewer than eight Christians including Pastor Adamu Gyang Wurim, his wife and three children.

On Sunday night of 2nd September 2018, no fewer than 13 Christians were killed by Fulani jihadists in LatyaVillage, Du District of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. The Telegraph Newspaper report of 3rd September 2018 said that the attacks came late night of Sunday, 2nd September 2018 when the Fulani jihadists stormed the Village and opened fire killing 13 Christians. Not less than five Christians were also killed on Saturday, 18th and Sunday, 19th of August 2018 in Shonong and Kwi villages of Riyom Local Government as well as in Ndin and Haipang villages at Barkin-LadiLocal Government Area of Plateau State. While two Christians were killed in the former on Saturday night, three others were killed on Sunday night in the latter. The instances above are just to mention but few.

A new government censorship has further been introduced into such anti Christian killings whereby security forces now refer to Fulani jihadists as “unknown gunmen” or “suspected rival cultists”. Some independent media practitioners have also been forced by the country’s undercover security establishments to adopt and use same in their media reports.

It is recalled that during our special interview with the Washington D.C., USA based Christian Post Online, granted on 2nd August and published on 25th August 2018, one of the nine questions asked over the raging anti Christian butcheries in Nigeria was premised on “false position and influence by the Federal Government of Nigeria in many western media and diplomatic circles to the effect that killings in Nigeria have no iota of religious undertone but merely arising from herders-farmers clashes”. Findings also showed that a fortune is spent internationally by the Nigerian Government to sustain this falsehood and misinformation through “international media and diplomatic lobbying”.

The special interview, monitored in Dublin Ireland and published in Washington D.C., strongly found that “the anti Christian killings and killers have persisted and continued because the political authorities in Nigeria that ought to end them are mindlessly found working hand in glove with the killers or encouraging and emboldening them by misinforming the world and doing little or nothing to stop same”.

The present Nigerian military establishments are so partisan or Islamic and jihadist friendly that apart from holistic adoption of the country-wide establishment of “Fulani grazing routes and ranching”, military presence and patrols are maintained in all Fulani herding settlements in the rain forest region of Nigeria particularly those located in Southeast and South-south regions of the country.

Such settlements either have military or police “sedentary or pastoral formations” located around them or they are located in bushes and forests near the already existing ones. The location of Asa main and Ogwe satellite army checkpoints in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State is a clear case in point. It is further found that such settlements or protection of existing ones are routinely done by the military establishments using the cover of “army python dance” and “army crocodile dance” series in Southeast and South-south regions of Nigeria respectively.

We therefore renew our call for end of anti Christian butcheries in Nigeria and scrapping of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and founding of a new and more purposeful Christian body with capacity to rising to the occasion including congregation and aggregation of all Christian bodies and members in Nigeria into a formidable movement with unblemished legitimacy, integrity, courage, boldness, knowledge, means and contacts to secure and protect the lives and properties of Christians and churches in Nigeria. The present CAN is integrity challenged and incapable of leading a secured Christian population and their sacred places and symbols of worship.

Attached Photo: A Church in Raqqa, Syria, converted to Mosque and replaced with Islamic black flags by Islamic Jihadists in 2014.

Signed:
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chair
Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law

Mobile Line: +2348174090052
Email: [email protected]
Obianuju Joy Igboeli, Esq.
Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program
Email: [email protected]
Chinaza Ndidiamaka Bernard, Esq.
Head, Int’l Justice & Human Rights Program
Email: [email protected]

The much anticipated Chris Young concert with Kane Brown and Morgan Evans is finally here tonight (Friday, Sept. 14th, 2018) at the United Supermarkets Arena.

As usual there are a few things you are definitely going to want to know before you go!

From parking and security to avoiding last-minute surprises at the door, the list below has you covered.

A little thinking ahead, can save a hassle later! Let’s have fun at this great big night of country music tonight!

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    Parking

    Parking for the show is free, and there are a few different lots that concertgoers can choose from:

    • West of the venue, across from Indiana Avenue.

    • West of Indiana. If you’re coming from the north, take Marsha Sharp Freeway –> Texas Tech Parkway –> Knoxville Avenue. If you’re coming from the south, it’s 19th Street and Texas Tech Parkway –> Parkway –> Knoxville Avenue.

    Carpooling is also encouraged since things can get a little crazy during a big country music show.

    For those with handicapped parking tags/license plates, go west on Main Street from Flint Avenue to the lot directly north of the USA.

    The map here provides everything you need to know.

    United Supermarkets Arena
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    What you can’t bring into the show

    As always, you can’t just bring whatever you want into the United Supermarkets Arena. The below list, provided by the venue, shows what items are barred from the show:

    • Professional-style cameras & cameras with lenses longer than 3 inches

    • Video/Audio recording devices

    • Laser pointers/laser pens/flashlights/noisemakers

    • Selfie sticks

    • Weapons of any kind (knives, tazers, mace, guns, chains, studded/spiked jewelry, etc.)

    • Backpacks, large purses

    • Laptops, tablets

    • Glass containers or cans of any kind

    • Skate-shoes

    • Fireworks

    • Glowsticks

    • Noise makers

    • Alcoholic beverages

    • Outside food and beverage, coolers

    • Tobacco products, e-cigarettes, illegal drugs or paraphenalia of any kind

    • Sticks, poles for signs / banners

    • Animals other than aid dogs

    • Helium balloons

    • Any item considered a danger to the artist or the public

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    No guns, either

    Open carry is always prohibited at the United Supermarkets Arena. Additionally, concealed handgun license (CHL) holders are not permitted to enter with a weapon.

  • 4

    No smoking allowed

    From the United Supermarkets Arena’s press release:

    The Arena is a non-smoking venue. The designated smoking section for this event will be outside the northeast doors of the Arena. Violators of the facility’s no smoking policy or carrying any of the prohibited items will be subject to ejection from the facility.

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    Handbags will be inspected

    Be careful what you carry in your handbag, as all handbags will be thoroughly inspected.

American gun violence is “a human rights crisis” and the US government’s refusal to pass gun control laws represents a violation of its citizens’ right to life, according to a new report by Amnesty International.

“The USA is failing to protect individuals and communities most at risk of gun violence, in violation of international human rights law,” Amnesty argues. “The right to live free from violence, discrimination and fear has been superseded by a sense of entitlement to own a practically unlimited array of deadly weapons.”

To address the crisis of gun homicide, suicide and injury that leaves about 38,000 Americans dead and 116,000 wounded each year, Amnesty recommends the US pass a sweeping set of gun control measures, including universal background checks, the requirement of a valid license to buy a gun, no gun purchases for those under 21, a ban on certain military-style weapons and ammunition, and the creation of a digitized national gun registry.

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Congress should also pass a federal law prohibiting carrying guns in public “unless there is a credible justification for doing so”, Amnesty argues.

Some of the measures Amnesty recommends go further than the policies even Democratic party politicians currently support. Current US law, for instance, “expressly prohibits the creation of a national registry of most firearms,” the report notes, while endorsing the policy.

Amnesty also recommended that “the USA should guarantee the right to health and access to healthcare services for gunshot survivors,” and insure that healthcare costs do not cause “catastrophic financial burdens” to survivors or their families.

While it gives some attention to public mass shootings, the Amnesty report focuses more on everyday forms of gun violence, particularly urban violence, domestic violence, and the impact of gun violence on children. Mass shootings “account for less than 1% of gun deaths in the USA,” the report notes.

Noting that the gun violence crisis disproportionately burdens Americans of color, and particularly young black men, Amnesty called for Congress to pass legislation to ensure “sustained funding” for local violence prevention programs. Despite strong evidence that some community-based programs can reduce urban gun violence, “lack of funding and lack of political will” have blocked successful programs from being widely implemented, the report noted.

By framing gun violence in terms of human rights, Amnesty is attempting to use international human rights law as a counterweight to Americans’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms, experts said. While the invocation of human rights law could be a powerful rhetoric tool for advocates, they said, it was unlikely to make much difference in a courtroom. The United States has largely resisted being held accountable by international human rights bodies.

Amnesty’s new report comes as the Senate prepares to confirm a gun rights champion as a new supreme court justice. Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the supreme court has been backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), and his confirmation could tip the balance of the court even further in favor of gun rights advocates and gun manufacturers. Gun control advocates say they fear Kavanaugh could be the swing vote to rule, for instance, that banning assault weapons is unconstitutional, or to further restrict the ability of local governments to regulate gun-carrying in public.

But even as Donald Trump has advanced the agenda of the NRA, which spent more than $30m to back his White House bid, the United States has also seen a resurgent gun control movement, led by teenagers frustrated with the constant toll of school shootings and everyday violence. Student survivors of the 14 February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, are now crisscrossing the country, working to register and turn out young voters in advance of the midterm elections, with the goal of voting out Republican lawmakers who are blocking gun control laws.

While framing America’s gun violence in human rights terms is a symbolic move, “I don’t think it’s symbolic in the empty sense,” said Gerald Neuman, the co-director of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School.

“For some people who are already concerned about the number of deaths that are occurring, having it framed as a human rights issue may help them understand the issue differently – that there are rights on both sides to be considered.”

Governments that are violating the human rights of their citizens tend to “gaslight” victims, said James Cavallaro, a Stanford University professor and a former president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

American gun control advocates may be encouraged by the human rights report that they’re “not asking for anything bizarre” and that the legitimacy of their demands are “recognized in the rest of the world”, Cavallaro said.

The NRA has been consistently unpopular in recent polling, but there's been a dearth of media coverage about this phenomenon.

The NRA has been consistently unpopular in recent polling, but there’s been a dearth of media coverage about this phenomenon. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The National Rifle Association may be striking out with voters.

A new report from the progressive think tank Navigator Research shows the NRA has suffered “lasting damage” since the Parkland shooting.

Over 1,100 people took part in the survey, which was conducted last month. Respondents were verified as active voters, and the demographic compositions of the poll matched those of national registered voters (including party affiliation).

Many respondents said stronger gun laws would be an important issue in their midterm election votes. Forty-four percent of voters trust Democrats to tackle these issues, while Republicans only had a 28 percent trust rate among respondents.

Public opinion of the NRA has usually suffered after mass shootings like Columbine and Newtown, when media coverage tuned people into gun control issues. These news reports “contributed to and sustained the NRA’s declining popularity,” the Navigator study said.

But support for the group usually rebounds thanks to intense lobbying. Now, however, that may not be the case.

Over half of Navigator’s respondents reported an unfavorable opinion of the NRA and its leaders, Wayne LaPierre and Oliver North. But the issue goes deeper than that.

In a survey of comparable sample size and demographic breakdown to Navigator’s, the Center for American Progress (CAP) found that 53 percent of Americans consider the NRA “a political organization that fights to weaken gun laws.” By contrast, the NRA website markets it as “the premier firearms education organization in the world.”

This difference between the NRA’s stated goals and actions is also hurting companies that associate with it. Fifty-seven percent of respondents in the CAP study say it is not appropriate for American corporations to “support or provide benefits to the NRA.”

“It’s changed from a popular organization that politicians feared to an unpopular organization that politicians try to distance themselves from,” Margie Omero, a partner at public opinion firm GBA Strategies and one of Navigator’s pollsters, told Observer. “The emphasis and the energy on this issue is coming from the left, so it’s not surprising the NRA can’t rebound.”

In fact, Navigator writes “the group is now underwater, and shows no signs of bouncing back.”

Firearms regulation has also become an important campaign issue. According to USA Today the 2018 midterm elections are the first time pro-gun control ads have outpaced those opposed to it. Roughly 59 percent of campaign ads between January and August advocated gun control, up from 31 percent in 2016 and 11 percent in 2014.

“The NRA has made a deliberate choice to take a very extreme, hardline approach when it comes to the issue of gun violence and has become increasingly more extreme in its messaging,” Chelsea Parsons, CAP’s vice president of gun violence prevention policy, told Observer. “That hyper-extreme messaging is really not resonating with a majority of Americans, who are sick and tired of the gun violence problem in this country. They’re looking for solutions and prevention, and that’s not what you get from the NRA.”

These issues are often split along party lines. While a Pew study found only 19 percent of gun owners actually belong to the NRA, the analysis found similar partisan cracks among the general gun-owning population. Only 44 percent of gun owners want to ban high-capacity magazines, while 77 percent of non-gun owners do. And while 60 percent of Democratic gun owners believe the NRA has too much influence, 67 percent of Republican gun owners disagree.

A recent Gallup poll also found that 88 percent of Republicans have a positive view of the NRA. Only 24 percent of Democrats do.

The NRA did not respond to Observer requests for comment.

In some ways, the American people have neglected gun issues in recent months. Google trend data since Parkland shows this pattern.

Google search traffic for both the NRA and gun control has decreased dramatically since the March for Our Lives. Google Trends

In spite of this, these polls show the public is still engaged in activism related to gun control.

“Parkland, and guns more broadly, have receded from daily news coverage, yet the NRA remains unpopular,” the Navigator study read. 

“Even though there’s less daily coverage, for a lot of Americans, it’s reached a tipping point,” Omero added. “This group is standing in the way of popular action.”

The NRA has mostly stayed in the public eye thanks to the survivors of the Parkland shooting. The students moved the conversation from media to social media, and their refusal to shut up about gun control has kept the online dialogue going. In fact, Parkland survivor Emma González now boasts more Twitter followers than both the NRA and its spokesperson Dana Loesch.

“They are much quicker than traditional advocates to call the NRA out for its absurdity,” Parsons said.

“People are engaging with the movement because of them,” Omero added.