Did Jimmy Carter Barr Iranians from the United States?

Yes he did, but….

April 7, 1980 President Jimmy Carter announced sanctions against Iran as a result of the Iran Hostage Crisis.

One of the sanctions….

The Secretary of Treasury [State] and the Attorney General will invalidate all visas issued to Iranian citizens for future entry into the United States, effective today. We will not reissue visas, nor will we issue new visas, except for compelling and proven humanitarian reasons or where the national interest of our own country requires. This directive will be interpreted very strictly. 

Also, soon after the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was taken over; Carter order (Executive Order) all Iranian students in the United States had 30 days to report to immigration officials to verify their visas. Out of over 50,000, there were 15,000 Iranians who were ejected out of the U.S for being in violation of their visas. This would be later upheld by an appeals court.

Now we have Conservatives / Trump supporters using Carter as an example of hypocrisy….. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!

Donald Trump’s call for a ban on all Muslims traveling to the U.S. is no comparison to what Carter did during the Iran hostage crisis. For example, Carter was willing to allow Iranians access to the U.S. for “compelling and proven humanitarian reason”. While Trump doesn’t care about the humanitarian reasons a Syrian or let’s say a Nigerian Muslim has for wanting to escape a dire situation.

Nice try!

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

 

Credit: The American Presidency Project, MegynKelly.org

What Japan Gets Right about Gun Control….

Just to clear the air, as a Liberal I support Americans’ right to own guns.

I support the 2nd Amendment, but as Justice Scalia once said, “Yes, there are some limitations that can be imposed” to it.

After reading Vox’s article, ‘Its Really Hard to Buy a Gun in Japan. The Country also has almost no Gun Homicides’ I think there are some ideas we can take from the Japanese when it comes to gun control…

To get a gun in Japan, first, you have to attend an all-day class and pass a written test, which are held only once per month. You also must take and pass a shooting range class. Then, head over to a hospital for a mental test and drug test (Japan is unusual in that potential gun owners must affirmatively prove their mental fitness), which you’ll file with the police. Finally, pass a rigorous background check for any criminal record or association with criminal or extremist groups, and you will be the proud new owner of your shotgun or air rifle. Just don’t forget to provide police with documentation on the specific location of the gun in your home, as well as the ammo, both of which must be locked and stored separately. And remember to have the police inspect the gun once per year and to re-take the class and exam every three years.

While I would hesitate going as far as providing the police with documentation on specific location of the gun in your home, as well as ammo, and having gun and ammo locked and stored separately.

The mental health check, the shooting range class, and retaking the class and exam are the better points that interest me the most.

It has never made sense to me that someone with no training can purchase a gun as long as they can pass a background check. But we have to go through training when we apply for a driver’s license.

At the end of the day gun control is about common sense, and in my opinion it just doesn’t seem like we have a lot of common sense with our current gun laws.

We are never going to 100% stop crazy people from getting there hands on guns, but there is so much more we can do to make it harder for the nutbags.

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Credit: Vox

The Answer is Not More Guns…..

Another day, another shooting…

This time in San Bernardino, Ca where authorities are searching for 3 possible suspects walked into one of three Inland Regional Center buildings and opened fired on a group of people attending a holiday party. At this time two of the shooting suspects (male and female) were killed by police later as police were following up a tip, and a 3rd suspect has been detained. It is believed that the suspects were carrying assault-style weapons with tactical gear.

As in past mass shooting you will hear Democrats and Republicans talk about , assault-style weapons, gun control, mental health, etc….

And while those are valid points for discussion, what should not be part of the discussion are more guns for people to have access to or for people to be able to carry guns everywhere. I support the right to own a gun but I don’t support the ability to carry a gun anywhere, and I have heard all of the arguments. At the end of the day this is not the wild west or a militarized zone!

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

#RIP Lamont Ulmer

Lamont wasn’t famous, he was my best friend and he was taken from this world 18-year ago.

It was a friendship that started in elementary school, and even though at times we were in separate classes we always had a bond. In the mornings in the schoolyard we talked about wrestling and Japanese Anime, especially ‘Robotech’.

It was a daily routine in the mornings to talk about the latest episode of Robotech. As a matter of fact those conversations about Robotech might be were the habit/love to debate ANYTHING started for me, hmmmm…

It was in high school where our bond strengthened. During those years we either chilled at Lamont’s house or went to the mall. As those high school years zoomed by Lamont had to focus more on making a living and supporting himself; it wasn’t fair that he had to take on so much as a teen, but he never complained to me. But he made sure I stayed focus and that I was getting ready for the next step; college.

The transition was difficult; I didn’t have my best friend by my side. I had few friends and I mainly kept to myself, believe it or not I didn’t hit up a single party that freshman year. I had my girlfriend and while she hit up parties I called back home to talk to my homie.

I couldn’t wait for breaks to come back home and I would spend the weekends getting caught up with what was new with Lamont. Whenever I came home we made sure we chilled, it was a regular routine.

After some time I adjusted to college and started to come into my own, I wasn’t full blown Bobby Broadway just yet, hahaha.

Every chance I got I would tell Lamont stories about college, and he even made a trip up during my junior year. Lamont’s cousin Rob aka George (Who I knew from elementary as well) drove up and well Rob and I were straight fools. Lamont didn’t drink as he saw the damage of alcohol abuse 1st hand in his own family, but he still had fun. Looking back I think that trip let him know that I was good and adjusting well.

Fast forward a couple of years and I was home for Thanksgiving. For whatever reason Lamont and I couldn’t get together to hangout; he had his girlfriend and work and I just remember not having any energy to do anything. I even went back to school a day late, but I never saw Lamont that holiday weekend. We talked and we were good.

12/1 i took a bus back up to Syracuse and I don’t think I slept the entire ride up. I just knew I wanted to get back to my dorm room. and As soon as I walked in the door the phone rang (no cell phone). It was Lamont’s sister and she said I have some bad news, and I immediately responded sarcastically “what happened to Lamont?”

And that’s when she told me he was gone….

I was numb, and in shock. I walked to my friend’s house on South Campus from North Campus. For those of you who know Syracuse then you know a December night in Syracuse was freezing but I couldn’t feel anything.

He was my sounding board and he knew me well enough to know when he had to tell me I was going down a wrong path; and he knew when to let me make my own mistakes. He was someone wise beyond his years, as he had to grow up fast, dealing with real-life way before a kid or a teenager should have to.

I miss him….