Matalin: Obama ‘the Al Sharpton of Commanders-In-Chief’

Tuesday on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show,” Republican political consultant Mary Matalin said President Barack Obama going to Roseburg, OR on Friday to use the mass shooting to highlight gun control makes him”the Al Sharpton of Commanders-in-Chiefs.” In commenting on the family members of the Oregon shooting not being happy about Obama vising this week, Matalin said, “I am so glad to hear that family member speak the truth. This president has become the Al Sharpton of Commander-in-Chiefs. I can’t believe it. With Christians being slaughtered all over the place and all the problems going on, and he is once again, doesn’t care about Christians being slaughtered he just cares about guns being taken away from law abiding citizens. It’s too frustrating to even discuss.” She added, “Here’s our president running around torturing families, bereaving families. It makes me want to cry.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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How to Get Washington Off the Backs of the 21st Century Economy

Remarks as prepared for delivery, October 6, 2015. Civic Hall, New York City. I’m here today not just to tell you my ideas, but to listen to yours. I think that’s a big part of what campaigning is all about. No one understands the needs of the on-demand economy as well as those of you…

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Geist: A Criminal ‘Is Going to Get His Hands on Guns’ Even With Strict Laws

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist argued that “a criminal with a bad idea is going to get his hands on guns” “you can make more laws and still wouldn’t capture the people, the criminal element” who want firearms on Tuesday. Geist stated, “Australia, to be clear, confiscated guns. They went out and said you can’t have guns. That’s not going to happen in the United States, even if a lot of people would like to it happen. And it’s worth pointing out, that if you confiscated all the guns, if you banned guns right now, there’s still 300, 350 million guns floating around. So, a criminal with a bad idea is going to get his hands on guns, the way that a person who wants to do drugs, although they’re illegal, can get drugs whenever they want them. I’m not being defeatist about this, I’m just trying to be realistic, to say, that there are so many laws out there, and you can make more laws and still wouldn’t capture the people, the criminal element that wants to get his hands on a gun.” (h/t Newsbusters) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Don't Be a Bystander: Find Out How You Can "Stop the Bleed"

Stop the BleedNo one plans for an emergency.

A car crash, a tornado, an active shooter, or any accident can change lives in a split second.

No one plans to be a victim.  No one plans to witness tragedy.

However, simple knowledge and immediate action of a bystander can mean life or death for a victim. Bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become lifesavers. 

Today, the Administration launched the “Stop the Bleed” campaign to provide people with the tools and knowledge to stop life threatening bleeding in the event of an emergency situation. Working with the private sector, nonprofit organizations, and the medical community, the “Stop the Bleed” campaign will put knowledge gained by first responders and our military, into the hands of the public to help save lives.

So, why is bleeding the trauma you need to pay attention to in an emergency? Severe bleeding can lead to death in five minutes or less. A victim can bleed to death much faster than trained public safety personnel can arrive. The person standing or sitting next to that individual may be the ONLY one who can make the difference between life and death.

The “Stop the Bleed” campaign is the culmination of work convened by the National Security Council at the White House with partners committed to build awareness, harness technology, and empower Americans from all walks of life to respond when they are needed most.

As President Obama said in the aftermath of a tornado that leveled much of Joplin, Missouri:

Just as we can’t know why tragedy strikes in the first place, we may never fully understand where these men and women find the courage and strength to do what they did.  What we do know is that in a split-second moment where there’s little time for internal reflection or debate, the actions of these individuals were driven by love — love for a family member, love for a friend, or just love for a fellow human being. 

Please take a moment to get the information and have the tools to help save lives in the precious moments immediately after an emergency.

While the government can and does have a role in fortifying our Nation’s readiness, response happens every day on the individual level.  Everyone can protect our nation from harm; anyone can protect their neighbor from harm; and anyone can protect their loved one from harm.

Don’t be a bystander. Get informed and be a hero and stop the bleed.

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‎Amy Pope is Deputy Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy Assistant to the President at National Security Council.

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