USA TODAY POLL: Public Support For Gun Control Ebbs.
“So much of the support for gun control is emotional, following the Newtown tragedy,” says Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report. The December shooting at the Connecticut school left 20 children and six educators dead. “The longer you get away from there, people start thinking of other issues. They start thinking about terrorism or jobs or immigration, and not surprisingly, then some of the momentum behind gun control starts to fade.”
The Boston Marathon bombings last Monday also may have had an effect, he speculates. “It wouldn’t be shocking if people sitting in their homes in Massachusetts cities and towns thought to themselves, ‘Boy, I wish I had something to protect myself with if a terrorist came through the door now.’”
Highlights of the Boston bombings:
There's more - a lot lmore.
"...Boston marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was thrown out of his local mosque for 'crazy' behavior after getting involved a 'shouting match' with his imam according to one member of the congregation.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was ejected from his Boston mosque for aggressive behavior after insulting Martin Luther King Jr. during a Friday prayer service three months ago
Described as being full of rage by a worshiper who would give his name only as Muhammad, Tamerlan was ejected from the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center three months ago for claiming that Martin Luther King Jr. was not a man Muslims should look to emulate.
This revelation comes as Ruslan Tsarni, an uncle of Tamerlan, claimed that his nephew had fallen under the spell of a mysterious religious leader in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who radicalized him and his brother Dzhokhar into committing Monday's terror outrage.
The dramatic confrontation between Tamerlan and his imam began when the 26-year-old interrupted a solemn Friday prayer service three months ago.
The imam had just offered up assassinated civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. as a fine example of a man to emulate - but this reportedly enraged Tamerlan.
'You cannot mention this guy because he’s not a Muslim!' Muhammad recalled Tamerlan shouting, shocking others in attendance according to the LA Times.
Kicked out of the mosque for his outrageous behavior, Tamerlan did return to the prayer service after his outburst according to Muhammad.
'He’s crazy to me,' said Muhammad. 'He had an anger inside.… I can’t explain what was in his mind.'
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Several posts on what several news organizations have confirmed as the Twitter profile of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev indicate that that the 19-year-old Chechnyan immigrant was a supporter of Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election.
If that is indeed the case, it does not mean that Obama has any sort of connection with or responsibility for the bombing suspect or his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. It does, however, completely reverse the fantasy that many American liberals were openly hoping for: that the bombing suspects might be revealed as Timothy McVeigh 2.0, someone whose very name they could use to smear and deride anyone who stands against their belief system. In other words, one of those "dog whistles" we keep hearing so much about.
Now that information has emerged which not only indicates the suspected bombers were not radical conservatives but that one of them appears to be a supporter of President Obama, how widely will it be spread in the endless series of reports trying to report as many details about the two suspects?
Several news agencies have tracked down a Twitter account<https://twitter.com/J_tsar> which is believed to belong to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger of the two brothers whom the FBI has identified as the people responsible for a pressure cooker bomb which killed three people and injured nearly 150.
Blogger Bob Owens discovered<http://www.bob-owens.com/2013/04/twitter-feed-suggests-boston-marathon-terrorist-was-an-obama-supporter/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BobOwens+%28Bob+Owens%29> that Tsarnaev made clear his political preferences as he celebrated the reelection of President Obama on November 6th.
As one can see frome the timeline linked above, Tsarnaev retweeted a statement from Obama's official Twitter account after he won which stated "This happened because of you. Thank you."
He also retweeted a statement from a Twitter user named "TnL 4/20 Monty" which expressed approval of Obama's defeat of Romney but urged caution: "Barack you my dawg but we all puppets in this bitch."
The owner of the account also explicitly stated his own approval of Obama saying "america is impervious to the fuckery #justforthisoneday."
Now that this information is known and liberal news organizations are known to be quoting from the J_tsar Twitter account, will they quote the above statements?
Update: As an assist to liberal readers of this article, here are some recent posts from NewsBusters documenting how various left-wing media figures sought to blame the bombing on conservatives:
* MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell Blames NRA For Slowing Down Investigation In Boston Bombing<http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matt-vespa/2013/04/18/npr-heavily-hints-boston-was-bombed-anti-government-right-wing-individua>
* NPR Heavily Hints Boston Was Bombed by 'Anti-Government Right-Wing Individuals' Who Love Hitler<http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matt-vespa/2013/04/18/npr-heavily-hints-boston-was-bombed-anti-government-right-wing-individua>
* Boston Bombing: NYT Reports, National Journal Speculates On 'Right-Wing, Antigovernment Extremist Groups'<http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matt-vespa/2013/04/18/boston-bombing-nyt-reports-national-journal-speculates-right-wing-antigo>
* CNN Claims Pressure Cooker Bombs Somehow 'Signature' of Extreme Right Terrorists<http://newsbusters.org/blogs/randy-hall/2013/04/18/cnn-claims-pressure-cooker-bomb-signature-right-wing-extremists-offers-n>
* Actual Salon Headline: 'Let's Hope the Boston Marathon Bomber Is a White American' <http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/04/17/actual-salon-headline-let-s-hope-boston-marathon-bomber-white-america>
* MSNBC Brings On Harvard Professor to Speculate 'Far Right' May Be Responsible For Boston Attack <http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2013/04/17/msnbc-brings-harvard-professor-suspect-far-right-may-be-responsible-b>
In light of the absurd statements referenced above, might it be time for the organizations who made them apologize for their errors?
Update 17:25. Both CNN<https://twitter.com/SteveKrak/status/325286146475171841> and Buzzfeed<http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/this-might-be-djohar-tsarnaevs-actual-twitter-account> have confirmed that the Twitter account referred to in this piece indeed belongs to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The lede of this post has been rewritten to reflect this confirmation.
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