Updated: Dec 9, 2019
Meet “Rush” Darwish.
A small-business owner and former broadcaster from Chicago announced he will challenge U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, for his seat in 2020 to represent the Illinois 3rd Congressional District.
In his campaign launch video, Rush Darwish stressed the importance of health care for all, and better economic and educational opportunities for residents.
Ok, Great. A challenger (Democrat) to an establishment Dem. How is he on gun control (bullet points from his site to keep it shorter)?
1. Creating harsher federal sentences for those who buy and sell illegal guns
2. Taking assault rifles, high capacity magazine clips, and other weapons of war completely off our streets
3. Implementing the most thorough and transparent set of federal background checks for those wishing to purchase a firearm
On his site he goes into greater detail about his stances on those, but we are going to focus on #3 (and you’ll see why). Here it is:
Unfortunately, the number of white nationalist groups in the United States, those particularly electrified by Trump’s presidency, surged by almost 50 percent in 2018. Recent events have demonstrated that inhabitants of the dark web attracted to radical ideologies like anarchy and white nationalism should not be allowed to purchase firearms, and a federal database that takes this into account in its background checks may very well stop the next mass shooting. Homeland Security should be investing the resources and the manpower to address this rising white nationalist threat that threatens the safety of all Americans.
We are living in a data-rich age and private companies often know more about our internet search history and consumer habits than we do ourselves. There is no reason big data can’t work towards developing a national background check database that would be a required screening step before any American purchases a firearm.
“Radical ideologies“ should disqualify people from gun ownership and the Department of Homeland Security should investigate these people. Ok, fine. Let’s start with Rush (or his real name, Rashad). Make sure you watch this whole video he published in 2013.
Some screenshots from his video (for those that don’t like clicking and getting the full picture):
Ok, moving on now.
Who has he raised money for in the past?
"Rush", as he is nicknamed by friends, started thinking about entering the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, one of the nation's most prestigious races - but this time, as part of a team and for a cause. "I always wanted to do something for Palestine to help the Palestinians and to help Americans better understand our cause," Rush said. "In 2009, I had attended a fundraiser for the Palestine Children's Relief Fund [PCRF] and it hit me that I should organise a team, and we would run to raise funds for Palestinian children through the PCRF." Since 2009, Team Palestine has raised more than $400,000 for the PCRF.
PCFR. Where have I heard that name before? Oh, that’s right.
The Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, one of three charities whose assets have been frozen because they are suspected of funneling donations to terrorist organizations, has asked the Treasury Department for permission to transfer some of its charitable assets to another nonprofit organization. If the department approves, the foundation will give $50,000 to the Palestine Children's Relief Fund, which works to bring medical services to needy children in the Mideast. ''This is the donors' money and it should go where donors wanted it to go, to good, charitable causes,'' said Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, which has been lobbying for the release of the frozen money to other charities. Millions of dollars of the money frozen by the government has been spent covering legal fees, which has raised concerns in Congress as well as among the donors.
As you all know, organizations funnel money all the time. Terrorist $$$ is terrrorist $$$, even if it’s moved to another organization. On top of it all, having a radical agenda (Islamic revolution) is ok and those types should be allowed to be armed (notice the wording he used on the 9/11 terror attacks, he just said they were “bombings“, not terrorism), but god forbid you are a conservative American that puts America first. That‘s just wrong I guess and you should lose your rights...