Nevada lawmaker denies she’d shoot Syrian refugees

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Michele Fiore: ‘I Was Not Talking About’ Shooting Syrian Refugees In The Head.

The controversial Nevada assemblywoman — who recently made headlines for a Christmas card featuring her gun-toting family — says that when she expressed a desire to “shoot ’em in the head,” she was referring to Islamic terrorists. “I am not OK with Syrian refugees,” Republican Assemblywoman Michele Fiore said late last month on her weekly Las Vegas radio show. “I’m not OK with terrorists.Republican Michele Fiore, a member of the Nevada Assembly and infamous for publishing a Christmas photo featuring her heavily armed family, is in the news again. “That five-year-old grandson of mine has total trigger control,” Ms Fiore told Fox News, referring to the picture which has drawn criticism and support as America’s gun culture comes under deeper scrutiny. The two-term Republican state assemblywoman clarified statements she made Saturday on her Las Vegas-based radio talk show, “Walk the Talk,” that some interpreted as conflating refugees and terrorists and indicating she wanted to kill the whole group. “I was not talking about the refugees,” she told The Associated Press on Monday, but she added, “I do not want Syrian refugees in our state, period.” Fiore, who is known for making controversial statements and posing with guns in a custom calendar and on a family Christmas card, also confirmed that she’s entering the race for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District and does not plan to seek re-election to her Las Vegas-area Assembly seat. Ms Fiore’s pro-gun Christmas family photo was released days after a radicalised couple killed 14 people and wounded 21 others in San Bernardino, California, with a cache of legally bought weapons.

Dressed in festive red, standing before a Christmas wreath – for Santa’s bereaved reindeer? – are Fiore’s smiling family, brandishing a terrifying small arsenal of machine guns and semi-automatic pistols. In the Fox News interview, Ms Fiore defended her grandson’s knowledge of gun safety learned from a National Rifle Association child gun-safety program.

Four generations of Fiores can be seen holding guns in the festive photo, including the lawmaker’s adult daughters and her grandson Jake, who holds a Walther P22 handgun. “It’s up to Americans to protect America. She was talking about a conversation she had with Nevada GOP political consultant Chuck Muth, who questioned why she didn’t sign a statement from her fellow Republicans opposing Syrian refugees being resettled in her state. “I’m like, ‘What, are you kidding me? Since the Sandy Hook school killing in Connecticut in 2012, there have been more than 1040 mass shootings in the US, defined as shootings involving multiple victims – but not necessarily ending in death. Fiore’s views were already well-known—she released similar photos on occasions like Mother’s Day, and she stars in her own Second Amendment-themed calendar—but the Christmas card has proved controversial, BuzzFeed reports, especially amid the intensified gun-control debate after the San Bernardino shootings. Fiore, a Republican assemblywoman for Nevada, probably doesn’t share the view that she has shot herself in the foot with her defence on Fox News. “I think getting firearms as a present and giving firearms as presents is a great present, and I think again because Christmas is a family affair, our ultimate responsibility is to protect and make sure our family is safe,” she said.

According to reports from Chicago’s ABC7 and West Palm Beach, Florida’s ABC25, a car driven by 57-year-old Cathy Bernstein automatically called 911 to report a crash. Fiore tells CNN that she doesn’t regret having posted the photo the day before the massacre. “What’s regrettable is governing and forcing innocent people to be defenseless while allowing and inviting terrorists into our country knowing the murderous outcome,” she says in an email to the network. (Eleanor Roosevelt said she didn’t like guns, but she carried one and knew how to use it.) Newser is a USA TODAY content partner providing general news, commentary and coverage from around the Web. I’m good with that.” Fiore said Monday that she didn’t advocate killing refugees, but still wouldn’t hesitate to shoot a terrorist if she needed to.

That seems to have given dispatchers all the information they needed to pinpoint the location of the vehicle – and find the alleged hit-and-run driver – without ever having to talk to a person. Nevada Assembly Speaker John Hambrick (R) removed Fiore as majority leader and as chairwoman of the Taxation Committee late last year, blaming her Internal Revenue Service troubles. Last month, she greeted the Paris attacks with a tweet to fellow Americans: “Be Aware & Armed, CARRY YOUR GUN.” She later threatened to fly to Paris and shoot Syrian refugees “in the head”. But, he said, from reports he had heard about the Florida incident, it seems that the emergency call feature “worked exactly like it was supposed to.” The vehicle was in a collision, and it called 911 through the driver’s phone, which was paired with the car.

In 2014, she supported a Nevada rancher Clive Bundy in a confrontation with US federal agents. “Don’t come here with guns and expect the American people not to fire back,” she said. When the driver did not respond to the operator, the car appears to have taken over and provided the operator with the information needed to locate the vehicle. In February, she attracted national attention when she described cancer as a fungus that can be cured by “flushing, let’s say, saltwater, sodium carbonate.” A month later, Fiore reportedly described a black colleague as a “colored man,” drawing criticism from civil rights advocates. South Carolina Republican Chris Corley’s card features an image of the state house with the Confederate flag flying above it. “May your Christmas be filled with memories of a happier time when South Carolina’s leaders possessed morals, convictions and the principles to stand for what is right,” the card reads.

However, drivers should note that the feature is opt-in, meaning that all drivers, including the one allegedly involved in this crash, have to turn the feature on and pair their car with their phone before it will work. Concerns about cyberattacks that could divulge drivers’ locations or even take over their cars have gotten a lot of attention in Washington, as lawmakers and regulators warn of the security implications of putting more smart technology into our vehicles.

Whether drivers consider it a positive development or not, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to hide your location even when you’re in your own vehicle. You can lump it in with other techy “dumb criminal” stories, such as a case in October in which a woman used Twitter’s live-streaming Periscope app to film herself driving while drunk. Stanley said he doesn’t have sympathy for someone who flees a crime scene but that cases such as this one can illustrate how little people think about how their tech use affects them.

It’s also about tough choices,” Dropbox founder Drew Houston said in a blog post. “Over the past few months, we’ve increased our team’s focus on collaboration and simplifying the way people work together. In light of that, we’ve made the difficult decision to shut down Carousel and Mailbox.” Dropbox bought sizzling hot email start-up Mailbox for $US100 million with much fanfare in March 2013, and rolled out Carousel with a splashy press conference in 2014.

At the time, the company was looking to give people new reasons to use Dropbox as it faced rising competitive pressures from Google and Microsoft as well as rival Box. Dropbox said Carousel and an expanded rollout of its Mailbox app were just the beginning of Dropbox launching a new wave of independent apps to help users save on time and frustration. Mailbox was an early innovator in smart email management, introducing now-standard features like swiping on a message to perform a set action and setting a “snooze” on a message to have the app remind you about it later. “It’s been a great journey, and we’re proud of this impact and grateful to the community that helped make it possible”, the Mailbox team wrote in a goodbye message to its users, adding that while it won’t maintain an email app in the future it will continue to have an impact. “We’ve come to believe that the best way for us to improve people’s productivity going forward is to streamline the workflows that generate so much email in the first place”, the team said.

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