1/ New @ncri_io report finds ⬆️ in social media posts critical of police that include calls to violence

Left-wing extremists commit far less violence than right-wing extremists. But both are weaponizing social media & easily accessing firearms to cause violence. That's a problem
@ncri_io 2/ “It is overwhelmingly the far right — not the far left — that makes direct incitements for terrorist attacks...Far-left activity usually doesn’t extend beyond destruction of property — that being arson against police vehicles, sabotaging infrastructure and similar activities"
@ncri_io 3/ In 2019, right-wing extremists perpetrated nearly 2/3 of terrorist attacks and plots in US & committed 90%+ of attacks and plots between January 1 and May 8, 2020 csis.org/analysis/escal…
@ncri_io 4/ Context & scale are important. But the problem here is *systemic* 

- violent extremists are using social media to organize violent acts in the real world

- violent extremists can exploit our weak gun laws to easily obtain weapons & even use untraceable 3D printed weapons
@ncri_io 5/ To ensure our democracy is not overrun with violence and intimidation we *must* push for serious systemic change.

What does that look like?
@ncri_io 6/ Digital companies like @Facebook must be far more pro-active in de-platforming violence and hate BEFORE it spills out into the real world.

The must prevent hate groups from using the platforms, particularly event pages & they must *enforce* bans against gun sales and trades
@ncri_io @Facebook 7/ Addressing our nation's weak gun laws is also a key part of all of this - we must raise the standard of gun ownership in America by tightening our gun laws and banning very powerful weapons (that allow bad actors to kill quickly and efficiently) from the civilian marketplace
@ncri_io @Facebook 8/ Oh and vote. We must must vote in this election like our lives depend on it.

Because you know what? They do.

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1/ With Romney supporting a vote on Trump's SCOTUS nominee this year, pundits are proclaiming that a confirmation is inevitable.

Let me be blunt: that's total BS.

In fact, it's the same BS we were told in January of 2017 when pundits decided that ACA repeal was inevitable
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It's our responsibility to stop freaking the fuck out and start focusing on how to organize effectively in key states
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NOBODY thought we could save Obamacare in 2017/2018 -- but you know what, we did? And that strategy is a great blueprint for this fight.

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Here's just a sampling: Image
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So what does that mean in practice?
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Can the media please cover how Republicans are literally cheering and calling for more blood and assassinations in our cities?

Don't sugarcoat it. That is literally what they are urging their supporters to do.
THEY ARE ALREADY DOING IT.

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- 64 cases of simple assault
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1. extremists can meet and build community

2. they can trade/buy weapons on Facebook, plan violence

3. Facebook mostly shrugs, refuses to pro-actively take down pages
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1/ The circumstances surrounding the Kenosha shooting, which left 2 ppl dead and injured another are so incredibly infuriating I don't even know where to start

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45% confident in election results
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New poll from NBC News/WSJ
In 2016, those numbers were:

45% confident in the election results
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In 2020, 44% of voters say they are confident that mailed ballots will be counted accurately, while 51 percent disagree.
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