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Conservative Activists Advocate Consistency, Attention, Support for Domestic Violence Survivor Marissa Alexander

In Articles on July 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm

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““From an economic standpoint…from a civic standpoint…from a moral standpoint…for those that stand for economic and social efficiency, strong families for our children, safe communities devoid of crime, and the ability to enact self-defense through the power of the Second Amendment, this case is tailor-made for the conservative argument that centers on the power of the individual in America…”

 Jacksonville, FL (July 19, 2013) — Conservative activists Aaron Laramore and Lenny McAllister have begun talks with the support team of Marissa Alexander, controversially jailed in Florida after losing a “Stand Your Ground” defense as a domestic violence survivor, in the hopes of garnering more support for the Florida mother from conservatives, notably 2nd Amendment and self-defense conservatives.

The effort, initially spearheaded by Laramore, reached a new level after talks commenced with several on Alexander’s support team, including legal analysts and experts.  Both Laramore and McAllister have been among other supporters that have highlighted the inconsistencies between the treatment of the Zimmerman case and other high-profile “Stand Your Ground” cases, including the cases of John McNeil in Georgia, John White of New York, and Alexander in Florida. The two, along with a growing list of other conservatives, are looking for consistency in support and advocacy, particularly from fellow conservatives.

“For us, it is a slam dunk decision for more conservatives to support Marissa at this point, especially in light of the overwhelming economic and emotional support given to George Zimmerman by many of our fellow conservatives,” said Republican pundit and former congressional candidate Lenny McAllister. “From an economic standpoint, domestic violence costs American businesses upwards of $1 billion annually in lost productivity. From a civic standpoint, more on-site police activity results from domestic violence calls than any other type of call on average. From a criminal standpoint, domestic violence is the under-reported crime that impacts women and families across all racial, socioeconomic, and geographic lines. From a moral standpoint, partner abuse is one of the cancers that currently ravishes the body of marriage across the nation. For those that stand for economic and social efficiency, strong families for our children, safe communities devoid of crime, and the ability to enact self-defense through the power of the Second Amendment, this case is tailor-made for the conservative argument that centers on the power of the individual in America and the value of personal liberty uninhibited by harm. Further, this case allows for that argument to be made outside of the confines of color.”

“As conservatives who are traditionally concerned with the rule of law and protection of liberty, this is an opportunity for conservative engagement with the African-American electorate on the fair and equitable administration of justice,” stated Laramore, a registered Black Republican based in Indianapolis. “If we are serious as conservatives about winning support from African-American voters, then we cannot be silent in the face of an unjust result like Marissa Alexander’s”.

“For those conservatives that decline to look at this case through a conservative prism while continuing to clamor behind the Zimmerman family,” McAllister continued, “one may ask if  there is another motivating factor that drives passionate support for George Zimmerman yet cannot garner a similar level of sympathy for a formerly-hospitalized domestic violence survivor. Simply put, some do not mind asking that question to fellow conservatives.”

The Alexander legal team is currently pursuing an appeal to her mandatory sentence after the incident where Alexander fired a warning shot after an attack on her by her husband (a documented repeated abuser). The shooting led to her arrest. Before the infamous incident, Alexander was previously hospitalized as a result of her husband’s attacks.

The mother of 3 is hoping to win on appeal and be released from a Jacksonville jail as quickly as possible.

Laramore and McAllister are vying to engage Florida-based conservatives at the grassroots level and in government to re-evaluate their position and involvement in the Alexander case as well as others around the nation. Laramore’s blog following this case can be found at http://politicalseason.blogspot.com/p/freedom4marissa.html. His twitter (@politicalseason) has begun featuring the #FreeMarissa hashtag.

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Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister is the “Working Man’s Conservative” currently working to make his hometown of Chicago and our proud nation better by working together as #OneBigTeam.

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WATCH: Lenny McAllister on CNBC (December 26, 2012)

In Video on December 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm
David Ormsby (Chicago blogger at The Huffington Post) and Lenny McAllister (Republican, Illinois' 2nd Congressional District) debate legality vs. ethics of The Journal News' decision to publish the names and addresses of all the known gun permit-holders in its readership area.

David Ormsby (Chicago blogger at The Huffington Post) and Lenny McAllister (Republican, Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District) debate legality vs. ethics of The Journal News’ decision to publish the names and addresses of all the known gun permit-holders in its readership area.

CHICAGO, IL (December 26, 2012) – (courtesy of CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report”) The Journal News of Westchester County in New York is being discussed throughout the news after the paper decided to publish the names and addresses of all the known gun permit-holders in its readership area. David Ormsby (Chicago blogger at The Huffington Post) and Lenny McAllister discuss.

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A Fundamental Choice About Fundamental Change

In Articles on July 25, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Every time we deal with another incident that threatens our safety as Americans, we have to ask: are we willing to relinquish freedoms as citizens in the pursuit of greater security?

Whether it is Chicago or Colorado, gun violence is gripping the nation. Yet, we have to decide: is it enough to change our nation at the most basic levels?

 

I know that we are all feeling pain over the recent rash of violence gripping our nation today. You can’t walk down a street on the south side of Chicago after dusk without fear of gunfire.

 

You can’t head to a local movie theater for an anticipated premiere without the worst possible scenario playing out.

 

Yet, as I have said before, I say again: We cannot choose to fundamentally change America when we face these terrors, especially as we know that we will never be able to fundamentally change the dynamics of free will and evil on the earth.

 

It is very easy to blame the NRA or rally the cause for rigid gun regulations, as if putting some sort of gun purchasing limits in place will be the remedy to prevent any more tragedies by way of gunfire.

 

Yet, we have to ask the question: can limiting gun purchases also prohibit evil Americans from plotting the worst?

 

Do we have the capability – or even the political and social desire – to fundamentally change the freedoms that we enjoy in America? And, by the way, what measurable good would it do? Did Chicago – once known as Beirut by the Lake in the 1980s – become a bastion of community safety on its west and south sides of the city during its decades-long gun ban?

 

Sure, we have added and removed amendments from the Constitution before, so the 2nd Amendment could be in play if those in power in America – both the elected officials and the electorate themselves – actually pushed for it. However, what good would it do?

 

Both the United States Constitution – and the Provider of the rights protected by that document – grant Americans the ability to perform the greatest good and the most horrible evil in this nation on a daily basis. The same document that allows for inspiring free speech also affords bigots and racists the chance to voice their vile perspectives with the same protection given the civil rights leaders of the past. The same document that ensures a republican form of democracy also had to institute multiple amendments to make sure that minorities and women could vote with equal protection under the law.

 

America – much like life- provides just enough freedom to permit evil in our imperfect world. There will never be enough legislation to keep us completely safe or provide civic assurances in our nation without fundamentally changing the nation. If we are willing to change the 2nd Amendment in the interest of keeping us all safe, what’s next? Can we limit the 1st Amendment further to make sure that those that feel “threatened” are protected at the risk of restricting the free speech of others? Can we do – as some have suggested for the sake of “preserving the Union” – put proficiency tests into place for potential voters so that we have assurances that our citizen government is created through a more-educated voting base? We can always find something to put into place to “keep us safe”, even as we overlook the long-term detriment from the short-term action.

 

Therefore, we have a choice, yet again.

 

Catch more of Lenny McAllister’s “Freedom, James Holmes, Chicago, the NRA, Columbine and Fundamental Change” on Politic365.

Politic365 (April 21 2012 – McAllister’s Saturday Remix)

In Video on April 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm

CHICAGO, IL – “The more both sides say that race, culture, and politics are not intertwined in the upcoming elections, the more that they seem to be interlocked in 2012, so the choice is pretty clear.”

Politic365’s Lenny McAllister challenges both progressives and conservatives to address their definitions and approaches to political and social issues that have arisen as a result of “Stand Your Ground” cases in 2012.

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