Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Constitution

Trump Orders Ban on “Bump Stocks” in Wake of Florida School Shooting

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, February 21, 2018:

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During a two-day White House meeting this week on making schools safer, President Trump reversed his solemn promise repeatedly stated as a candidate to support and defend the Second Amendment. He said: “Just a few moments ago I signed a memorandum directing the Attorney General to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.”

Trump referred to an effort by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (still known as ATF) to expand its statutory definition of “machine gun” in both the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) and the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA) to include “bump stocks,” which could then be banned altogether. On Tuesday Trump ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to

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Gun Rights Expanding After Florida Shooting

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, February 20, 2018:

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The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution

Following mass shootings at the Connecticut elementary school, the Orlando gay nightclub, the Las Vegas concert, and now the massacre at the Florida high school, anti-Second Amendment groups such as Everytown for Gun Safety and others ramped up pressure on federal legislators to “do something, anything” about the violence. Happily, very little further infringements of precious rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment have occurred.

On the state level, in fact, much progress has been made in reasserting those rights.

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Another Mental Case Shoots Up Florida School

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, February 15, 2018:

Almost immediately after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon, anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety decried it as the sixth school shooting so far this year. Others claimed that the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who was previously expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons, was a mental case who should never have had a firearm in the first place. In most media the common theme was the danger of guns and their proliferation.

Cruz left abundant clues about his mental instability:

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Why do Anti-gun Politicians Continue to Push for Buyback Programs?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 17, 2018: 

English: Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie

Former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie

After all, they don’t work. They are fraudulent from the very beginning, implying that a government is merely buying back firearms from private citizens that it initially sold to them. But still the failed “experiments” in reducing gun violence continue.

They lack logic. Criminals seeking to rid themselves of an offending weapon aren’t likely to show up at a police station or other public place, relying on the promise that there will be “no questions asked.” Not when a much easier alternative exists: toss it into the river.

Studies showing their failure to reduce crime don’t impress anti-gun politicians. The first gun buy-back program in the United States happened in Baltimore, Maryland in 1974. It was considered a failure when, during the program’s two-month existence, gun violence and assaults actually increased.

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New Jersey to Start Statewide Gun Buyback Program

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, January 16, 2018: 

The state-wide gun buyback bill headed for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s desk, A-2374, contains dangerous language. The state’s attorney general would be obligated to hold “at least” three gun buybacks every year throughout the state. The bill’s sponsor wants nine. Now that anti-gun Democrat Phil Murphy is governor, he is likely to press for even more.

State Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex) sponsored the bill and declared that

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Efforts to Pass National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry Focus on Senate

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 29, 2017:

Riding the momentum from passage of the National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry bill by the House on December 9, attention of the National Rifle Association (NRA) is now being directed to the Senate’s version, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, S. 446.

The NRA’s arguments are simple:

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Heartening Results From Latest Poll on Patriotism

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 26, 2017:  

Pollster George Barna’s most recent survey on patriotism in America revealed much that remains positive, especially among the younger generation. Instead of defining patriotism as simply “love for or devotion to one’s country” (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition), Barna chose instead to select 15 different descriptions. He found that most Americans — young or old; black, white, or Hispanic; conservative or liberal; born-again, “notional,” or skeptic — consider themselves patriotic. There was notable agreement about six of those descriptions:

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Skeptics Over Decline of Patriotism Among Millennials in America, Take Heart

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This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Tuesday, December 26, 2017:  

Pollster George Barna, director of the American Culture & Faith Institute, reported some good news last week: the “lost” generation isn’t so lost after all. Millennials have been called the Peter Pan or Boomerang Generation because of the propensity of many of them to move back in with Mommy and Daddy after being unable to find a job that is “suitable” to their skill sets. They have been called lazy, narcissistic, and “trophy kids” thanks to receiving “participation” trophies just for showing up. The very last thing they have been called is “patriotic.”

Barna could have used Merriam-Webster’s definition of patriotism: “love for or devotion to one’s country.” Or he could have used Noah Webster’s definition from 1828: “Love of one’s country; the passion which aims to serve one’s country either in defending it from invasion, or protecting its rights and maintaining its laws and institutions in vigor and purity. Patriotism is the characteristic of a good citizen, the noblest passion that animates a man in the character of a citizen.”

Instead Barna selected 15 criteria and asked 1,000 people to pick the best of them. These were the top six:

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Visa Lottery Winner from Bangladesh Fails to Blow Himself up, Reignites Immigration Issue Anyway

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 12, 2017:

FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force

FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force

Blending in with the crowd of commuters rushing off to work in a Times Square subway tunnel early Monday morning, no one took notice of the immigrant from Bangladesh wearing cargo pants and a heavy coat. The NYPD didn’t know who he was, and neither did the FBI. Akayed Ullah has been in the United States, thanks to the “green card lottery,” since 2011, and in that time has had but a single brush with the law: a traffic violation.

A former taxi driver and currently an electrical worker, Ullah set off the home-made pipe bomb at 7:20 a.m. and — thanks to an apparent inability to follow instructions he downloaded from the Internet — Ullah managed only to burn himself (his hands, his stomach, and parts even lower), while slightly injuring three other commuters nearby.

Almost immediately

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National Reciprocity Likely to Pass House, Get Bogged Down in Senate

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 4, 2017:

With the House due to take up, and likely pass, the national reciprocity bill this week, attention is being given to the argument often presented to support it: all that’s wanted is to treat CCW (carrying a concealed weapon) permits like drivers’ licenses. After all, goes the argument, states allow drivers from other states to drive on their roads with licenses issued by those other states, why shouldn’t they allow CCW permits issued by others states as well?

On December 1, 24 state attorneys general sent a letter summarizing the argument: the patchwork quilt of state laws is so cumbersome that some get caught in the trap of carrying illegally when they didn’t know it. Besides, the laws not only contradict other laws in other states not only in their language but in their enforcement. And, finally, they inhibit rights under the Second Amendment. Said the AGs:

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Unhappy Obama Holdover Sues to Keep Mulvaney from Taking Over the CFPB

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 29, 2017:

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Mick Mulvaney

Regular readers will remember that just a week ago Monday MIA covered all the reasons that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was unconstitutional. It quoted from a court ruling where judges found the agency to be unconstitutional. It found commentators explaining why: the bureau’s designers in the Democrat Party and the Obama administration deliberately recombined the separate powers – create rules, interpret rules, enforce rules – into a single entity. Readers will remember the most egregious betrayal of the Constitutional of all: the bureau’s funding didn’t come from Congress but from another illegal agency, the Federal Reserve. This was to ensure that Congress couldn’t, in a fit of Constitutional awareness, defund it.

And then something happened.

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George Washington Warned About Agencies Like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 20, 2017:

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Secretary of State James Madison

The first president of the republic warned his citizens about the inherent dangers of government: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”

Washington was merely putting in elegant form what the founders were attempting: to keep government from overriding the rights of individual citizens. As James Madison noted in March, 1792: “As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.”

Thomas Jefferson expressed it this way:

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Trump Considers Mulvaney to Run Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 20, 2017: 

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Mick Mulvaney.

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney is likely to be appointed to take Richard Cordray’s place when he leaves the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) at the end of next week. Mulvaney has been leading discussions with other top administration officials for months about what to do with the rogue agency. He is on record as calling the CFPB a “sad, sick joke.”

Abolishing the unaccountable and unconstitutional agency apparently isn’t part of those discussions. Instead,

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Head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Resigns, Giving Trump Chance to Abolish It

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 15, 2017: 

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Richard Cordray

Richard Cordray, the rogue head of the unaccountable Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), announced on Wednesday that, effective at the end of the month, he would be leaving his post. His term doesn’t run out until July of 2018, but he’s leaving early with no reason being offered. In an internal e-mail he told his 1,623 employees, “I have told the senior leadership … that I expect to step down from my position here before the end of the month.”

The CFPB was created in July 2011 as part of the Dodd-Frank bill that was hastily passed following the real estate crisis of 2007-2008 that led to the Great Recession. It is physically located inside

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Active Shooter Defense Classes Springing Up Following Texas Church Massacre

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, November 10, 2017: 

FBI New agent training.

In just the last two years, former FBI agent J. Pete Blair, author of the FBI’s “Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013,” has trained more than 130,000 citizens in how to respond to the sudden presence of an active shooter. Blair now leads the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program at Texas State University. Said Blair: “We’ve seen a series of incidents and an increase in lethality [but] it could be that we’ve had a really unlucky few weeks.”

Lucky or not, American citizens are flocking to training classes offering strategies they can use if they are confronted with an armed attacker. Churches are

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Crazed Atheist Shoots Up Texas Church; Dems Call for Gun Control

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 6, 2017: 

Five years before Devin Patrick Kelley entered the First Baptist Church of Sutherland, Texas, on Sunday and opened fire on the 50 or so worshippers there, he had been court-martialed for “bad behavior.” That behavior consisted of at least two beatings of his wife and child, which resulted in him being confined for a year and demoted. He left the U.S. Air Force in 2014 with a dishonorable discharge. According to federal law, someone who receives a dishonorable discharge is not supposed to be able to purchase a gun, but Kelley had recently done just that, after filling out the federal paperwork as he was supposed to do. Kelley was an angry atheist, whom school acquaintances had been unfriending from Facebook because of his angry diatribes.

Kelley, clad in black and wearing a ballistic vest, entered the church around 11 a.m. on Sunday and opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle,

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Users of Chicago “Crime Guns” Not Original Purchasers

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 1, 2017: 

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According to the 2017 Gun Trace Report released last week by the Chicago Police Department (CPD), the Office of the Mayor, and the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab, 95 percent of so-called crime guns — those used in the commission of gun violence in the city — were originally purchased by someone other than the perpetrators of that violence, e.g., a “straw buyer.” Some 60 percent of such guns were originally purchased outside of Illinois, with 20 percent coming from Indiana and five percent being purchased in Mississippi.

The Gun Trace Report, covering gun crimes from 2013 to 2016, was full of suggestions

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Utah Nurse Waives Lawsuit, Settles for $500,000 in Patient Privacy Case

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 1, 2017:

Alex Wubbels, the Utah nurse who was violently arrested after trying to protect her patient’s Fourth Amendment rights last July, received a $500,000 settlement on Tuesday from Salt Lake City and the University of Utah which owns and operates the hospital. She waived any plans to sue, saying: “We all deserve to know the truth and the truth comes when you see the actual raw footage [from the officer’s body camera] and that’s what happened in my case. No matter how truthful I was in telling my story, it was nothing compared to what people [actually] saw and the visceral reaction people experienced when watching the footage of the experience that I went through.”

She is donating part of the settlement to

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49ers Football Team Donates $500,000 to Anti-gun Push

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 30, 2017: 

Photo of fugitive Assata Shakur.

Photo of fugitive Assata Shakur.

Not content with losing its first eight games of the season (a franchise record low) or winning just seven out of its last 40 games, the San Francisco 49ers football team announced it is doubling down in its efforts to offend its fans even more grievously: On Thursday it announced that the team would be donating $500,000 to a gaggle of anti-gun groups working to ban “bump stocks,” gun suppressors, and so-called armor-piercing bullets. Nick Wagoner of ESPN delivered the news as follows: “The 49ers announced … that they are joining local and national law enforcement in signing a pledge for a ‘more understanding and safer America.’ The Niners have pledged $500,000 toward the campaign [the Pledge for a More Understanding and Safer America], which will advocate for legislation banning ‘bump stocks’ and other mechanisms that allow semi-automatic weapons to become automatic weapons, as well as silencers [suppressors] and armor-piercing bullets.” The coalition included left-wing, anti-gun unions, such as the San Jose Police Officers Association and the Los Angeles Police Protective League.

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York is attempting to repair bridges that the NFL burned with police through allowing kneeling during the National Anthem — player protests that have been intended to bring attention to the claim that blacks are being systematically murdered by police (a claim that is untrue, as studies show that compared to the percentage of violent crimes they commit, whites are more likely to be killed by police than blacks, who commit approximately seven to 10 times more violent crimes than whites, though they make up about 13 percent of the population). This donation is seen as a way to curry favor with the police in a manner that will not be attacked by black radicals. The group attempted to explain away its real purpose with astonishing hypocrisy:

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Pelosi Calls for More Background Checks After Las Vegas Shooting

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 11, 2017: 

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California Democrat Senator Nancy Pelosi

Following the ghastly shooting in Las Vegas, a retired Marine captain and gun store owner confronted Senator Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at a town hall meeting and asked her what sort of gun control measures could be implemented in the future to keep someone such as Stephen Paddock from murdering innocent civilians in the future. Pelosi said the present NCIS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) is working just fine:

We have come together in a bipartisan way to put together what we thought would save the most lives. And that is to have background checks, gun violence prevention background checks, and to have them be effective.

But of course even a great system such as NCIS can be improved by expanding those background checks to include every private gun transaction between every private citizen, just to make sure the government knows everything. Said Pelosi:

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.