Category Archives: Better Laws

Child Abuse And Violence Are Out Of Control

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Justin Wallace, a 10-year-old little boy, with a caring, heart of gold, will never be forgotten.

Man who allegedly fatally shot
10-year-old New York boy is charged
with murder

QUEENS COUNTY, NY  –  Jovan Young, 29, who authorities say fatally shot 10-year-old Justin Wallace, has been charged with murder, according to a news release from the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Young was arraigned on Wednesday before Queens Criminal Court Judge Toko Serita, according to the news release.  He was charged with murder in the second degree, attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

“There isn’t a parent alive who doesn’t mourn this family’s loss, another tragic result from gun violence,” said District Attorney Melinda Katz in the statement.  “The defendant allegedly fired repeatedly into an occupied house, is now in custody and faces justice in our Courts.”

Young’s next court date is set for June 14, and if he’s convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison, according to the release.

According to the charges, video surveillance from the evening of Saturday, June 5 allegedly shows Young approach the home Wallace was in and fire multiple shots into the residence, Katz said.  Wallace’s 29-year-old uncle was also hit twice, once in the neck and hand, according to the release.

Young also suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder and was brought to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in stable condition, the NYPD said.

Beth Unger from the LAS confirmed she represents Young but had no comment.

Maxine Waters was Inciting Riots And Violence

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Tell Congress To Expel Maxine Waters

Tell Your Representative: Expel
Maxine Waters!

As the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin was taking place, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was engaging protestors and rioters with promotions of civil unrest.

In an interview with FoxNews, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Waters “was on the streets encouraging protestors in Minneapolis to engage in violence, to engage in riots.”

This past weekend, while joining an angry mob, Waters said if Chauvin should be found not guilty in the murder of George Floyd, “We’’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational.  We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”

TAKE ACTION NOW

For this and other outbursts, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has filed H. Res. 327 to expel Waters from Congress for “inciting violence and engaging in rioting and protest against citizens and officers of the United States, including President Donald J. Trump.”

The rule of law matters in the United States.   When an elected official thwarts the law and encourages others to do so, that official should be immediately removed from office.
Maxine Waters is such a person.  Her continued incendiary comments serve only to divide our nation and create an unsafe environment for citizens across the country.

TAKE ACTION

Email your representative now, urging immediate action to remove Maxine Waters from Congress and help restore a sense of dignity to the House of Representatives.

After you send your email, we will provide a direct phone number to your representative’s office.  Please take the additional step to make sure your voice is heard.

TAKE ACTION NOW

Sincerely,
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association

Tell Elected Officials Stop Takeover Of Supreme Court

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STOP these radicals from taking over the Supreme Court!

Stop These AntiAmericans From Taking
Over The Supreme Court

The radical agenda of President Joe Biden and the liberal left is very clear… they want to pack the United States Supreme Court by increasing the number of justices from nine members to 13.  Through shady legislation and unethical maneuvering, Vice President Kamala Harris, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other Democratic operatives will force U.S. citizens to abide by their tyrannical authority and policies.

In 1983, then-Senator Joe Biden called court-packing a “bonehead idea.”  In 2005, he said eliminating the filibuster for political convenience would gut the “core of what the Senate is about as an institution.”

But now, Biden and his far-left pals have an unquenchable thirst for power and control. And they will stop at nothing to get it.

TAKE ACTION NOW

With a rigged Court, they’ll have a majority of justices, sure to rubber-stamp radical legislation that will fundamentally change America and ravage the Constitution.

This attack on the most fundamental tenets of separation of powers in our government must be stopped.  Right now, the only thing standing between complete tyranny and freedom is the Supreme Court.

Those on the radical left who want to destroy America currently control the executive and legislative branches of government.  They must not be allowed to gain control of the judiciary.

Please, TAKE ACTION!

Contact your members of Congress now!  We have prepared an email that will be delivered directly to your representative and senators.

Our friends at First Liberty Institute have prepared a short but very concise video exposing this attempted coup of the Supreme Court.  You can watch it here.

TAKE ACTION NOW

Sincerely,
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association

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Judge Fines, Releases Pastor Without Conditions

 

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Canadian Pastor Coates, who had been arrested and placed in jail for holding church services after the government ordered him to cease.

Pastor Coates released, hearing pending

Earlier this month, we alerted you to a Canadian pastor who had been arrested and placed in jail for holding church services after the government ordered him to cease.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have been holding GraceLife Church Pastor James Coates since March 15, after he refused to agree to a bail release condition that he stop holding church services.  Pastor Coates remained firm in his religious conviction to obey God rather than man.

Since that time, the government’s prosecutors have agreed to release Pastor Coates and withdraw all but one of the charges against him.  That one charge is for allowing more than 15% of his church members to attend Sunday worship services.

According to Pastor Coates’ attorneys, he is expected to be released today and will be challenging the remaining charge in court in May, forcing the government to prove why it has the right to limit congregational worship.

Pastor Coates is a hero of the faith and deserves our continued support and prayers. Rather than go away quietly, Pastor Coates will continue to challenge the government’s immoral laws threatening religious freedom.

Take Action

If you have not yet done so, sign our petition to Pastor Coates, letting him know you stand with him in prayer and for justice for Christians everywhere.

SIGN THE PETITION

Sincerely,
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association

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Alarming Number of Cars Stolen with Kids Inside

.jpg photo of kids and cars graphicThings can go wrong in mere seconds
when a child is left alone in a vehicle

#Vehicles Are Not #BabySitters

Cars are being stolen with children alone in the back seat all over the country far too often and in some of the most unexpected places. Families are being traumatized and expensive AMBER Alerts are being issued as a result of these easily preventable incidents.

Last month, KidsAndCars.org documented 17 children (+ 4 cases involving dogs) who were taken in a stolen vehicle, one resulting in the tragic death of a teen.  In 2019, KidsAndCars documented over 200 children taken in stolen vehicles nationwide.

Thieves watch for vehicles to be left unattended with the engine running or the keys inside.  Most of the time, they don’t realize that there is a child inside until after they have stolen the vehicle.  Car thefts happen even in the safest neighborhoods, outside homes, convenience stores, grocery stores, daycares, restaurants, etc.  It only takes a few seconds for a car thief to jump into a vehicle and be gone.  Children and pets should never be left alone inside of a vehicle, not even for a minute.

“Although the victims of these types of incidents typically survive, it is incredibly distressing for everyone involved.  Because this is easily preventable, we can avoid the unnecessary trauma and use of precious law enforcement resources by simply never leaving children alone in vehicles.” said Janette Fennell, president and founder of KidsAndCars.org.

On February 6, a 13-year-old Wichita, KS girl was dragged to death trying to escape the backseat of her family SUV that was stolen while her family went inside to grab food.

Below are the details on the cases KidsAndCars.org documented last month.

02/28/21 – Chicago, IL – Children 5 & 7 – Parked on street, kids called Mom from tablet, found shortly after.

02/24/21 – Renton, WA – Girl 5 – Grocery Store, AMBER Alert, found unharmed.

02/17/21 – Cleveland, OH – Girl 3, Boy 4 – Parked on street, thief left Children along road nearby.

02/16/21 – St. Paul, MN – Children 2 & 4 – Apartment, thief left children outside in cold.

02/16/21 – Valrico, FL – Girl 1 – Driveway of residence, found 2 hours later.

02/15/21 – Honolulu, HI – Infant – Gas station, found along road shortly after.

02/12/21 – Madison, WI – Child – Restaurant, thief abandoned child in car nearby minutes later.

02/09/21 – Columbus, OH – Boy 4 mos – Daycare, AMBER Alert.

02/09/21 – Cayce, SC – Girl 2, puppy – Hotel circle drive, found 3 hours later 11 miles away in car.

02/07/21 – St. Paul, MN – Girl 6 – Walgreens, thief left girl in car a few blocks away.

02/06/21 – San Francisco, CA – Girl 4, Boy 1 – Residence, AMBER Alert issued, children found 4 hrs later.

02/06/21 – Minneapolis, MN , Boy 1 – Church, AMBER Alert, found nearby 2.5 hrs later.

02/06/21 – Wichita, KS – Girl 13 – Restaurant, FATAL

The cost of car theft.

In 2018 alone, 748,841 vehicles were stolen in the United States, costing vehicle owners more than $6 billion according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

AMBER Alerts and extensive search operations for car theft kidnapping cases have cost taxpayers millions of dollars.   One estimate out of Memphis, TN reported the cost to be over $71,000 in the search for a missing baby taken in a vehicle in March, 2018.

Most importantly, the safety and well-being of children is priceless.

State Laws

There are currently 21 states that have laws making it illegal to leave children unattended inside vehicles.  However, it is important for parents and caregivers to understand that in any state, a person can face child endangerment or neglect charges for leaving a child alone in a vehicle, even if the state does not have a law specifically making it illegal.

Additionally, at least 30 states and some municipalities have varying laws making it illegal to leave vehicles running unattended.  These are commonly referred to as anti-idling laws and also help protect the environment.

Tips for parents and caregivers:

  • Never leave a child alone in a vehicle, not even for a minute.
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved.  Call 911 immediately.  If the child is in distress, get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible.
  • Utilize drive-thru or curbside services that don’t require you to leave your vehicle.
  • If a business doesn’t offer curbside delivery, call upon arrival and ask them to bring your order to your car.  Most people are more than happy to accommodate when you tell them you have small children.
  • Keep car doors locked every time you step away from your vehicle and any time you’re sitting inside a parked car.
  • Understand that a running vehicle can be driven away even if the key fob is not inside the vehicle.

Car Theft Video PSA:  http://youtu.be/mTa98jQfYTg
 
There are far too many devastating tragedies that could have easily been prevented had a child not been left alone in a vehicle.  Besides being abducted during a car theft, children are injured by knocking cars into gear, suffer from heatstroke, become strangled by power windows and seat belts, start car fires, exit the vehicle and are run over, etc.
 
For more information on the dangers children face when left alone in vehicles, please visit our website.